Best of Del Mar and Carmel Valley

Best Dessert/Bakery: 
Baked Bear Carmel Valley

Homemade from original recipes and hand-scooped onsite, the cookies here are made with the highest quality ingredients and baked fresh from scratch daily. “We are constantly testing new recipes and seasonal flavors, striving to provide our customers with a dessert experience that stands out from the rest,” says Franchise Owner Daniel Arabi. Baked Bear craft ice cream is made with the highest quality ingredients around and is a step above the traditional, using an all-natural mix made only with rBGH-free cream, pure cane sugar and natural stabilizers. Delicious natural flavors include real vanilla, cocoa, caramel and peppermint.

Best Day Spa/Med Spa: 
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Located in the upscale San Diego neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s most sought after luxury resorts. Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property features the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. Property highlights include 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, a three-bedroom Hacienda with a private pool and backyard, award-winning tennis program, Serenity Yoga Pavilion, signature restaurant, Veladora, bar, The Pony Room, and state-of-the-art wine room.

Best Landscape/Lawncare: 
Del Mar Landscape and Design

With 28 years of experience in Commercial, HOA and Residential landscaping, owner Douglas Kepner is the first point of contact and personally visits homeowners before taking on projects. A Cal Berkeley graduate with four years of architecture experience, Kepner has the resources and expertise to turn your ideas into reality. With just over ten employees and minimal overhead expenses, Kepner is able to offer great prices on services, often 20 percent less than that of his competition. Proof that his average rating of 4.97 (on 5 Stars) and positive reviews on are well deserved! 

Best Fine Dining: 
Pacifica Del Mar

For over 25 years, Pacifica Del Mar has remained one of the most celebrated and sought-after restaurants in the city. Its location atop the Del Mar Plaza offers striking ocean views and incredible sunsets, making it the ideal place to gather with friends and family for an unforgettable meal. Fresh coastal fare, like seafood, steaks and pasta, is served alongside warm, hospitable service. The lively bar and fantastic happy hour make dining here a treat every time. Make sure to dine at this Del Mar gem, and see why the locals love it. 

Best Private School: 
St. James Academy

North County’s Premier Catholic School, St. James Academy provides high academic standards, challenging students to intellectual excellence. They develop learners of faith and action, inspiring them to become leaders in the 21st century. Their distinguished programs include: a 1:1 technology program in grades 4-8, a nationally recognized inclusion program, a sustainability initiative that resulted in recognition as a California Green Ribbon School, a vocal and instrumental program and a Fit to Lead curriculum incorporated into the athletic program. Join the Open House on January 28 or “See Us in Action,” on March 13.

Best Realtor: 
Coastal Premier Properties

Established March 2009 by agents and partners, Amy Green and Susan Meyers-Pyke, Coastal Premier Properties has worked hard to establish a reputation as a different kind of real estate company. Agents here put the needs of their clients first. As a company, they invest in their agents to ensure they are receiving the education and support they need to consistently deliver superior service. Visit them across one of six office locations in North County San Diego, including in the Del Mar Village next to Dexter’s Deli! 

Best Casual Dining/Sports Bar: 
Board & Brew

Quality sandwiches and craft beer – that’s what Board & Brew is all about. For decades, fans of their sandwiches have spread the word across Southern California because they love the simple, straightforward menu and consistent everyday value. It’s a lot of pressure to live up to the hype, but Board & Brew wouldn’t have it any other way. The food they serve is their pride and joy. They never cut corners or use anything but the freshest ingredients. When you grab lunch or dinner at Board & Brew, you know you’re getting the best – every time. 

Best Home Décor and Furnishings: 
Le Dimora

Located in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Le Dimora specializes in transitioning Tuscan and Old-World interiors to embrace sleeker, updated styles of all sorts for your home. Le Dimora is excited to announce Modern Living By Lilian August – A unique collection of fresh contemporary home furnishings. “A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone for recognizing us as Del Mar’s best in home décor and furnishings!” says Le Dimora Design Assistant Jonathan Palinkas. Stop in today to view the new collection and other furnishing ideas for your home! 

Best Home Builder/Remodeler: 
Jackson Design and Remodeling

An award-winning industry leader in design build remodeling, Jackson Design and Remodeling’s unified team of architects, designers, and craftsmen expertly develop high concept designs for whole homes, additions, kitchens, and bathrooms. With their unique process, they deliver distinctive designs and successful builds that result in a remarkable 98 percent client satisfaction rating. Their designs encompass each client’s unique needs, desires and point of view, transforming homes and building clients for life. Learn more at their free Design and Remodeling Seminar on February 17. 

Best Retirement Community: 
La Vida Del Mar

Those seeking a vibrant and active retirement lifestyle, with supportive care services available when and if the need arises, can find it all at La Vida Del Mar. The vibrant retirement lifestyle community offers independent living alongside a full spectrum of assisted living services in one- and two-bedroom residences with a charming coastal location in Solana Beach. Complimenting this is a full calendar of social, cultural, educational, and wellness opportunities. Learn more by taking a personal tour today! 

Best Fitness Center: 
Forever Fit San Diego

Offering more than just great outdoor workouts, Forever Fit San Diego is an opportunity to become part of a fitness community that provides support, encouragement and accountability. Owner Deanne Ryder started the outdoor workout company ten years ago to get people outside for their workouts, and to create a comprehensive program for creating a healthy lifestyle. As part of the Forever Fit community, members have access to seven different workouts a week at local parks and beaches, nutrition counseling, body composition testing and 10-week nutrition and fitness challenges for those wanting to reach specific goals.

Best Orthodontist: 
Torrey Pines Orthodontics

Dr. Mary Lynn Merz, DDS, Board Certified Orthodontist earned her doctorate of dental surgery from the University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco graduating at the top of her class. She has taught orthodontics at UCLA and in China and is published in the prestigious American Journal of Orthodontics. Dr. Merz is one of the few orthodontists in San Diego to take an extra step in achieving the status of “Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics”. Stop by her offices for assistance with creating your winning smile.

Best Cosmetic Surgeon: 
Dr. Larry Pollock, Del Mar Plastic Surgery

Specializing in the art of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Pollack and his staff combine state-of-the-art technology with customized care to ensure that each patient’s experience is safe and positive. He devotes part of his practice to reconstructive surgery, notably breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Dr. Pollack has been performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in San Diego for over 25 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of both the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Best Dermatologist: 
Del Mar M.E.D

Providing Comprehensive Dermatology, Skin Cancer Surgery and Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery to the San Diego area, you can rest assured of the highest quality medical care and personalized attention here. Drs. Eaton, Massry and Eastlack work together to bring the best elements of their combined training to provide outstanding medical, surgical and cosmetic services to the community. You deserve to look your best and the staff will help you do just that. Their medical strength* skin care (products contain therapeutic levels of active ingredients and are only available for purchase through physicians) will help you achieve maximum results.

Best Luxury Automotive: 
BMW Encinitas

Your San Diego area BMW dealer, BMW Encinitas serves the areas of Encinitas, San Diego, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Carmel Valley and not only provides new and pre-owned vehicles for your viewing pleasure, but also maintenance and repair services and financing. They are dedicated to having the BMW you want, such as the BMW 2 Series or BMW i3 for your daily commute, or the BMW 5 Series or BMW X6 for cruising around with the family. Spend your time well with their knowledgeable sales force and know that you’ll walk away happy – Explore the expansive selection of brand new vehicles!

Best Financial and Wealth Management: 
Pacific Wealth Management

An independent firm with a highly personal and comprehensive approach to helping clients preserve and grow wealth, their unique method of managing assets and taking care of clients is based on carefully researched strategies, continual market evaluation, and unparalleled expertise. Their proprietary asset management system, Proactive Asset Management™, has a proven track record in meeting clients’ financial goals, even in the toughest market conditions. Pacific Wealth Management thoroughly understands the needs and challenges of high net worth individuals and diligently manages assets to secure clients’ financial futures, offering Sound Management for a Secure Future™.

Best Hair Salon: 
Revive Salon and Spa Pacific Highlands RANCH

The elegantly modern Revive Salon and Spa has continuously set itself apart through cutting-edge aesthetic technologies, a wide-breadth of services and experienced professionals continuously educated on the latest trends in their specialties. The hair salon has the unique distinction of being a Top 100 L’Oreal Professional Salon and Elite Black Level, a title given to hair salons recognized for innovation and professional excellence. Their Carmel Valley location is at the Pacific Highlands Ranch on Village Way and their website features all their upcoming promotions and offers to get you ready for your next special event. Experience a total revival!

Best Veterinarian: 
Torrey Pines Animal Hospital

Offering the very best in personalized, compassionate vet care for your pet, the veterinarians here have vast and varied experiences, and a friendly bedside manner, with the shared goal to provide state-of-the art medical pet care in a comfortable and clean environment. They can meet any need from basic veterinary care to major surgeries, taking an individualized approach to the long-term care of your pet. Their approach is to establish a relationship with you and your pet and ensure good communication so as to focus on the quality of life for your pet.

Best Dog Care/Grooming: 
Dirty Dogs Carmel Valley

Best Chiropractor: 
Del Mar Chiropractic Sports Group

Located in the Ideal Fitness Building in Del Mar and Carmel Valley, they are community health care providers specializing in family and injury care through clinical excellence. Dr. Brian Milligan specializes in helping the community with sports and auto accident injuries while Dr. Atherton Sorrenti specializes in family practice. Certified in Webster technique and trained through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, she is excited to serve expectant moms and the pediatric population from infants to teens. They look forward to helping members of the community get out of pain, back to normal daily activities and enjoying life.

Best Dentist: 
Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick

Kevin Fitzpatrick, DDS, MS, is Southern California’s premier family and cosmetic dentistry office. Dr. Fitzpatrick provides you with the high-quality dental care you deserve and his genuine smile will ease your mind from the moment you walk in to the state-of-the-art facility. He and his team treat each patient as they would a family member. Services offered here include Laser Dentistry by Solea®, 24-Hour Emergency Dental Care, teeth whitening and general care, mercury-free dentistry and veneers, cosmetic care and Invisalign®.

Best Heating/Cooling/Plumbing: 
Bill Howe Plumbing

The Bill Howe Family of Companies is a San Diego-based family-owned and operated plumbing, heating and air conditioning, restoration and flood services company. Since its inception in 1980, through high quality work and competitive pricing, Bill Howe Plumbing not only became a company of success stories, but also grew into one of San Diego’s largest commercial and residential property services companies. The company has won many community and industry awards, and has an A+ rating by the San Diego Better Business Bureau.

Best Insurance Agent: 
Val Myers, State Farm