Hello, San Diego.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway that’s an easy drive from Southern California, look no further than the coastal elegance of L’Auberge in Del Mar in San Diego county.
We took a quick weekend recharge trip there and fell in love with the the resort’s beachy, elegant vibe. L’Auberge Del Mar is a 120 room hotel overlooking the Pacific in the Northern San Diego County town of Del Mar. This hotel might be only two hours from Los Angeles, but it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle.
L’Auberge me, baby.
The resort’s décor is refined casual elegance. The resort calls it “relaxing by day, stylish by night” and I definitely agree. It is reminiscent of a grand coastal estate with guest rooms designed in a soothing neutral colors with natural texture accents. Our garden view room had a fireplace and patio. The room even had bookshelves with glossy coffee table books to thumb through. They thought of everything including a comfy armchair and ottoman perfect for curling up, sipping wine and snuggling in for a few minutes of reading.
Local find-Jake’s Restaurant.
We took a short walk off the resort for dinner the first night to try out a local favorite, Jake’s. Jake’s Del Mar is just down the hill from the resort and right on the sand. We sat in front of the floor to ceiling windows for a spot on view of the sunset and the magnificent pacific rolling in. The menu has lots of fresh seafood picks and even some vegetarian options too. It’s no wonder it is considered one of the best Del Mar restaurants.
There’s a lighted path from the resort so you can easily walk back in the dark after dinner. The weather is generally warm in San Diego, but do bring a light sweater or jacket for nighttime walks.
Aah the Relaxation! Aah the Spa!
There are so many things to do in Del Mar including a world famous horse racing track, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, during racing season and the Del Mar fairgrounds. Back at L’Auberge, there’s the resort pool and hot tub. You can surf, bicycle, hike, shop. We decided, instead, to enjoy a lazy brunch at the Waterfall Terrace. The Terrace is an outdoor restaurant at L’Auberge with nonstop views of the ocean and the resort’s waterfall fountain. We brunched for a few hours with Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s while reading the Sunday papers (yes, you can tell we didn’t have preteen in tow!)
To keep the relaxation going, I treated myself to Spa L’Auberge for a rejuvenating facial. The spa is cozy with a relaxing surf décor. I loved the fact that they had really comfy flip flops to pad around in (instead of those huge rubber sandals some resorts give you that never seem to fit). Even the robes were super soft. Christee, my facialist, used OSea products, a vegan organic skincare line for my facial. The products smelled great and really absorbed into my skin. Give yourself some extra time to enjoy the steam room and outdoor patio and fireplace after your treatment.
Romance under the stars at Kitchen 1540.
We couldn’t leave the L’Auberge without experiencing Kitchen 1540, the resort’s premiere restaurant. Chef Brandon Fortune’s menu combines comfort food with fine cuisine. Some menu standouts include their shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplins and beef tenderloin. We dined outdoors by the fireplace and fountain amid hanging lanterns glowing in the trees. Very romantic. The food was inventive and delicious and the wine selections extensive. Don’t miss the Low n’ Slow Bread Pudding for dessert; bourbon toffee caramel, candied pecan crumble and apple butter ice cream create warm delicious heaven. Yes, the diet was shot by the bread pudding was so worth it!
One of the best things about the L’Auberge? It’s dog friendly! Custard, my Chihuahua was greeted with her own goodie bag of treats, food and her own doggie bowls for her visit. Del Mar is truly a puppy paradise. You’ll see people walking their dogs everywhere. If you do bring your furry child, you must go to Del Mar’s North Beach aka “dog beach”. It’s like a dog park on the ocean. Dogs are romping in the surf and playing fetch into the waves. During winter months, dogs can be off leash, during the summer months, pooches must be on leashes.
L’Auberge is right on the main drag in Del Mar, so park the car (and forget it!) with the valet and walk to dinner, shopping, and the beach. It’s a wonderful break to not be behind the wheel for a few days. The shopping, by the way, is a step away including art galleries, high end boutiques, you name it!
The kids are alright.
We came sans child, but L’Auberge would also be a great place to come with kids for a lazy summer beach getaway. We will definitely be back to this little slice of beachy heaven soon!
Photo credits: Rosemond Perdue Cranner and L’Auberge Del Mar
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