Del Mar is a pituresque seaside beach town on the North Coast. It’s about a half of an hour from downtown SanDiego. There’s a charming pedestrian-friendly downtown with an eclectic selection of boutiques and restaurants. Check out the Del Mar Plaza located at the corner of 15th and Camino Del Mar.
You can dine at Smashburger or Pacifica.
I like strolling through the shops on Camino Del Mar starting at 15th Street across from the L’Auberge Del Mar Hotel at 1540 Camino Del Mar. If want to stay in the center of the action, book one of the 120 guest rooms at this gorgeous resort with impeccable service. Dine at the Waterfall Terrace or in Kitchen 1540. Have a relaxing treatment at the Spa. You can celebrate the sunset from your designated rooftop rocking chair every night. The Vino con Vista views of the Pacific Ocean from this spot are spectacular!
To book a room visit: http://www.laubergedelmar.com or call 800-245-9757.
I love the beach at Seagrove Park!
There’s more shopping opportunities at Del Mar Highlands Town Center; south of the Del Mar Race Track at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.
Have lunch or dinner at legendary Red Tracton’s. I loved the Loster Bisque!
You can also have a spectacular happy hour at Jake’s in Del Mar for an oceanfront dining experience or go next door to the Poseidon Restaurant for a spectacular Vino con Vista opportunity! You can watch the sunset at both of these amazing restaurants.
At Posidon, the window is open so could can savor the glorious sea breeze!
Take some time to savor the sunset at Seagrove Park where the sprawling hills overlook the magnificent beach.
There are Twilight Concerts at Powerhouse Park between June and September on Coast Blvd. If you want to take some interesting photos, head over to San Dieguito Lagoon on the North side of Del Mar. Take Jimmy Durante Boulevard to Dan Dieguito Road to access the dock and the veiwing area. You can also walk along the San Dieguito River on Riverpath Del Mar.
In the summer, make plans to go to the Del Mar Racetrack an bet on the ponies. Opening day is in July at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. In addition to being the home of the Del Mar Race Track and the San Diego County Fair, there’s a host of year-wide events.
This summer I attended the third Annual Del Mar Food Truck Festival. This annual charity benefits Meals on Wheels with 50 food trucks. You obtain free admission to the festival with a paid adult race track ticket for $6.
You can take the Coaster from the Santa Fe Train Depot. Get off at Solano Beach and a Shuttle Bus will pick you up at the Train Station and take you to Del Mar.
WHEN: Saturday August 3, 2013; noon-6 pm.
WHERE: Del Mar Racetrack at the Seaside Concert Area west of the Grandstage.
Most items started at $4. Try a Lobster Roll from the “Lobster Truck” or a Patty Melt from the “Funky Garlic Junkies” Food Truck
For more details visit: http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=69
If you feel like placing a bet, try the Exacta where you collect if you select two horses in one race to finish first and second in exact order; the Quinella is when you select two horses in one race to finish first and second in either order. The Trifecta is when you select three horses in one race to fisnish first, second and third in that order. If you are feeling really lucky, try the Superfecta where you select four horses in one race to finish first, second, third and fourth in exact order.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel guides at http://www.vino-con-vista.com