Off to the Races in Del Mar | San Diego, California

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Enjoy a seaside escape in San Diego’s North County. From July to September, racing season is on at the famous Del Mar Racetrack. Spend a day at the track cheering on your favorite horses and placing wagers. You’ll also want to explore the coastal towns of Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. From boutique shops to mouth-watering restaurants to serene beaches, you’ll experience just the right mix of adventure and relaxation.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Inspired by the palaces and resorts in Spain, France, and Italy, the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar combines European and Southern Californian style. It features an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a spa, and over 37 miles of trails in the surrounding Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the ideal place to stay for a relaxing vacation. They provide free transportation to the nearby towns of Del Mar, La Jolla, and Solana Beach, and host fun summer events such as outdoor movie nights and beach escapes. With their A Day at the Races package, enjoy two nights in a guestroom or suite, breakfast for two each morning, reserved seats at the Del Mar Racetrack, and transportation to and from the track.

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Off to the Races

The Del Mar Racetrack was built by a partnership of actors that included Bing Crosby, who was there to welcome fans when the track first opened in 1937. In its early years the racetrack was a popular spot for Hollywood stars, and going to the races remains a fashionable summer activity today. During racing season, which runs from July to September, spectators can spend the day making wagers, watching the races, and socializing at the track. Racing season incorporates other events such as a summer concert series, a Pizza & Beer Festival, and a Spirits & Sliders event.

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Tony’s Jacal

After a day at the racetrack, head to Tony’s Jacal for dinner. Tony’s serves some of San Diego’s most authentic Mexican food. It opened in 1946, and many locals have been loyal customers for over 50 years. They’re known for their extensive menu that offers endless combinations of traditional Mexican dishes. Order a pitcher of margaritas and the Tostada Suprema, a mountain of beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole atop a crisp flour tortilla.

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Solana Beach

Explore Solana Beach, a seaside community just north of Del Mar. Stroll down Cedros Avenue, a two and a half block stretch with over 85 independent shops that reflect the area’s cool and contemporary vibe. You can browse antiques, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and more. Spend the afternoon window-shopping and be sure to stop at Lockwood Table Café for an organic tea or fresh juice. If you’re in town for the weekend, visit Cedros Avenue on Sunday afternoon for the Solana Beach Farmers Market.

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Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

Drive a little further up the coast to Encinitas, another lovely coastal town in North County. Head to Moonlight Beach, a beach named for the midnight picnics locals had there in the early 1900’s. Whether your ideal beach day includes relaxing on the sand, swimming in the ocean, or playing sports on the shore, Moonlight Beach has something for everyone. You’ll find picnic tables, volleyball courts, a snack bar, and fire pits. Plan to get there in the afternoon and stay for a bonfire when the sun goes down.

A Stunning Seaside Community | Del Mar, California

Del Mar is a gorgeous seaside town on the Northern end of San Diego County. It’s most known for the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the event center that’s home to the famous Del Mar Races and the fantastic San Diego County Fair. The city also features a variety of designer and artisan shops, distinguished restaurants, and beachfront resorts. Explore this quaint community and experience the natural charm and beautiful ocean views!

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L’Auberge Del Mar

L’Auberge Del Mar is an elegant, seaside hotel located in the picturesque Del Mar Village, only steps away from countless shops and restaurants. The award-winning resort is reminiscent of a private estate, featuring 120 guest rooms and suites, gourmet restaurants, a luxurious spa, pool area, and a private walking path to the beach! Book the “Get Wet” Surf Instruction package and experience San Diego like a local! The package includes deluxe accommodations and a 90 minute surf lesson from Fulcrum Surf.

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Del Mar City Beach stretches far down the incredible Pacific coastline. The 15th Street Beach was ranked #4 in Time Magazine’s “100 Greatest Beaches in the World”. The sand is situated along towering coastal bluffs that provide unparalleled natural beauty. There are two coastal parks located along the surf break that contain picnic areas and playgrounds. It’s the quintessential Southern California scene, perfect for families, locals, and visiting
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Del Mar Art Center

The Del Mar Art Center hosts numerous art exhibits, demonstrations, receptions, and events. Their goal is to make quality art more accessible to the public and give local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work. Since 2000, they’ve helped foster a greater appreciation of the arts. The gallery is a non-profit organization committed to supporting philanthropic initiatives and giving back to the community. Visit the showroom and experience the works of talented San Diego artists!

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Del Mar Plaza

Explore the beautiful Del Mar Plaza, an extravagant multi-leveled, outdoor shopping center. Enjoy the mild ocean breeze as you browse the stores. The plaza houses brand name shops and designer boutiques as well as some of the finest restaurants in San Diego. Frequent events are held at the plaza, including a weekly Zumba class on the ocean view deck!

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Board & Brew

Board & Brew has been a San Diego classic and local favorite since 1979. They’re known for quality sandwiches, craft beer, and a laid-back atmosphere that reflects the California lifestyle. The sandwiches are made from scratch and built from fresh ingredients, and the quality is what keeps customers coming back for more. Since opening 30 years ago, they’ve expanded from the original Del Mar storefront to several other locations across Southern California. Fans all agree that their secret sauce is what really sets them apart!

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Searsucker Del Mar

Searsucker, owned by Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey, is a stylish restaurant focused on new American cuisine. Sample classic dishes with a modern, elegant twist. The diverse menu is full of plates that are meant to be shared, so bring a few friends and embrace the social dining experience. Don’t skip out on their incredible cocktails! Our favorite is the Peter Rabbit made with Pimm’s #1, basil, lemon, and pickled carrot.

Del Mar New Year’s Eve | Del Mar, California

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Spend this New Year’s Eve in Del Mar, California. The upscale restaurants, gorgeous seashores, and mild weather make it a perfect spot to start off the new year. Take a hike and enjoy breathtaking ocean views at Torrey Pines State Reserve, or visit one of Del Mar’s picturesque beaches!

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L’Auberge Del Mar

Located minutes from the water in Del Mar Village, L’Auberge Del Mar blends elegant style with a casual beach aesthetic. Step down to the beach on their private walking path or relax in the pool. Be sure to eat at the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, which features outdoor cabana seating. Consider a hotel package for your New Year’s Eve stay!

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New Year’s Eve in Del Mar | Del Mar, California

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Del Mar, California is the perfect place to enjoy a seaside getaway. Stroll through the shops and boutiques that line the historic downtown Village of Del Mar, or go for a round of golf at one of the many pristine courses in the area. Don’t forget to take in the beautiful ocean views!

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Spend your New Year’s Eve at L’Auberge Del Mar, a waterfront hotel in the heart of Del Mar. Ring in the New Year in style with their Toast! New Year’s Package. Your evening will begin with a delicious meal for two at KITCHEN 1540. Sit by the fire on the outside patio and enjoy a glass of wine before heading inside for the New Year’s Eve Bash. Dance the night away at this exclusive party featuring DJ Gabe. At the end of the night, simply walk upstairs to your luxurious guest room. View current packages.