March 2017 Around Town

L’Auberge Del Mar Unveils New Updated Guestrooms

The 121 guest rooms at L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, located in San Diego’s coastal North County region, have emerged with a fresh new contemporary look masterminded by renowned Los Angeles interior designer Barclay Butera. According to Bob Harter, director of sales and marketing for L’Auberge Del Mar, the room renovations are part of a recently completed refurbishment program, which also impacts meeting spaces and select public areas. Providing an inspired take on the hotel’s oceanfront location, the new guest rooms have been redone with Butera’s characteristic modern beach flair – marked by clean, transitional “coastal chic” decor.

Local Teen Swimmer 
Recognized Nationally

Rachel Rhee, age 16, of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team was chosen as one of 68 swimmers from across the country for USA Swimming’s National Select Camp in January at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. During the three-day camp, Rhee experienced the day-to-day routine of a National Team athlete and utilized state-of-the-art training facilities. Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times during the 2016-qualifying period, where the two fastest athletes in each event, ranging from age 14 to 16 are invited to the camp.

Athleisure Options

Women are more active than ever before and love stocking up on new athletic apparel and athleisure wear. So why not opt for premium, made in the USA workout gear from GRACEDBYGRIT…high-performance women’s athletic apparel available in Solana Beach. Founded in 2013, the idea for GRACEDBYGRIT was conceived during a run between two entrepreneurs, Kimberly Caccavo and her run and swim coach, Kate Nowlan. Together they sought to develop high performance, flattering workout gear for women, particularly for running and watersports. All manufacturing is done in San Diego with fabrics imported from Italy. The elegant line has inspired a large celebrity following ranging from Charlize Theron to Chelsea Handler, along with a following via online sales that now spans the globe. All clothing is made in the USA, designed to empower and keep women safe.

Wokou Opens in The Village at 
Pacific Highlands Ranch

A new restaurant joins the league of foodie favorites in Carmel Valley – Wokou, an authentic Japanese ramen and yakitori restaurant, welcomes you to dine at the newest offering from Social Syndicate. If you haven’t visited this picturesque Spanish style shopping center, be sure to check out the variety of shops available. The center was designed with the Carmel Valley community in mind, catering to mom, dad and the kids. Everyday living is made easy at The Village. Pick up groceries at Trader Joes and pharmaceutical needs at Rite Aid. Take the kids to lunch at Fresh Brothers Pizza or drop them off at a craft lesson at Mint Studio. There’s something for everyone at this family friendly destination.

Top SoCal Hotels Receive 2017 AAA Four, Five Diamond Ratings

Four San Diego County hotels and one restaurant earned the AAA’s coveted Five-Diamond Rating, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced. Making the list are the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla and the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The Five-Diamond restaurant is Addison at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The Auto Club also released its list of Four-Diamond Ratings for hotels and restaurants. Establishments on that list included L’Auberge Del Mar, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Hyatt Regency La Jolla, La Valencia Hotel and The Grande Colonial in La Jolla. The restaurants include A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines), Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, George’s at the Cove and The Marine Room in La Jolla and Mille Fleurs in Rancho Sante Fe.

Couture Events Founder Krystel Tien to Launch 
Confetti Inc.

​Founded by Krystel Tien, Couture Events is known as California’s preeminent wedding and events coordination with service in San Diego, Palm Springs, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Ever the innovator, Krystel Tien is launching Confetti Inc., ​an online academy for brides, wedding planners, and entrepreneurs. The online academy will consist of all-things-wedding from the brains of the operation herself, Krystel. Ideal for the bride that may not be able to afford a one-on-one wedding planner, Confetti Inc. is designed to appeal to the DIY-er, creative and get-it-doner to achieve your bridal dreams on your own.

Farmer’s Fix Delivers Delicious and Nutritious Salads Weekly

Farmer’s Fix, a San Diego salad delivery company, offers weekly subscriptions of delicious and nutritious salads delivered directly to homes or offices. The salads are handmade in small batches every week using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Each salad is delivered weekly to customers’ doorsteps in reusable insulated bags with icepacks, staying fresh regardless of whether they are home to receive it. The subscription model makes it easy to get salads automatically delivered every week. Users can choose from 14 different flavors.

Armstrong Garden Centers Hosts Community Gardening Classes

California gardeners of all skill levels can participate in upcoming community classes to nurture your green thumbs. No registration required for these classes. Learn to grow your own strawberries, tomatoes and hot peppers. Each class is instructed by a nursery professional who will offer timely gardening advice and hands-on demonstrations. They also offer free garden talks for local gardening clubs, homeowners associations and other community groups.