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L’Auberge Del Mar

Kitchen 1540 L'Auberge Del Mar

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 Del Mar

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. 

L'Auberge Del Mar

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!)

L'Auberge Del Mar

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!

L'Auberge Del Mar

Dog days.

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 Del Mar

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! 

L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California, 92014 
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Photo credits: Rosemond Perdue Cranner and L’Auberge Del Mar

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Review overview
  • Travel Blogger March 3, 2015

    That looks lovely, I hope we all get there soon! 🙂 This weather is awful LOL

  • Kim Croisant March 3, 2015

    I love San Diego – Me and a girlfriend went there last year. I would love to go back in a heartbeat – the beaches are beautiful.

  • Jenn March 3, 2015

    I have never been but hope to one day. The beach looks so beautiful, much nicer than here on the east coast.

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All March 3, 2015

    I’ve never been to San Diego but my Mom has several times and loves it. The pictures make it look lovely!

  • LaVonne March 3, 2015

    My sister-in-law lives fairly close to this place. She’s in Carlsbad. I’d love to stay her while visiting her in the summer. It looks lovely and quite peaceful!

  • Jeannette March 4, 2015

    This looks like an amazing getaway! So beautiful and relaxing. I hope to visit one day.

  • Liz Mays March 4, 2015

    The setting of that restaurant sounds absolutely wonderful! Actually the whole place sounds wonderful, what with the location and the spa and all. Love it!

  • Amy Desrosiers March 4, 2015

    Wow, I could only dream of visiting these places! This looks wonderful!

  • Chelley @ AisForAdelaide March 4, 2015

    Wow- What an amazing destination! I would love to stay here- looks so serene and I LOVE Cali!

  • Wendy March 4, 2015

    Oh MY GOSH! It’s SNOWING, YET AGAIN!!! In Connecticut- and I’m so tired of it then you show me that happy place that I want to be at RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND! I’d love to be there.

  • Onica [mommyfactor] March 5, 2015

    Such a lovely place to visit and spend quality time. You need to do that every now and then.

  • Trisha March 5, 2015

    This sounds like an amazing resort and the perfect place for a relaxing getaway! This seems liek a place I would love to escape to!

  • Rosey March 5, 2015

    That’s fun that it’s dog friendly. I’m so ready for a vacation, but we have to wait awhile here.

  • Debra March 5, 2015

    San Diego here I come!!! It looks beauitiful!

  • Our Family World March 6, 2015

    It looks absolutely gorgeous. I have always wanted to go to San Diego.

  • katrina g March 6, 2015

    I could so be there right now. I still see snow on the ground!

  • Stefani Tolson March 9, 2015

    I took the kids a few years ago to San Diego and we loved it. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Coralie March 9, 2015

    This is so beautiful! I would love to be there right now with my family enjoying a good vacation!

  • Karen March 16, 2015

    I am a big fan of San Diego. My husband grew up there, and since we have been married we have been there to visit about 5 times. I will look this place up for next time we go.


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