Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for lazy afternoons at the beach and the colorful explosions of fireworks on the Fourth of July. Time for concerts in the park, Chino’s corn on the grill and the thoroughbreds running in the afternoon sunshine. Is there any better place to be?

If you’re looking for ways to fill your long summer days, we at Del Mar Lifestyle have some suggestions! We’ve got activities to keep you and your kids entertained during the day. And when you want a romantic lunch or dinner, we have our list of the best outdoor drink and dining spaces.

In this issue, the new Del Mar Civic Center is unveiled in our Open House feature. Also, we are thrilled to showcase what goes into creating the party of the summer: L’Auberge Del Mar’s Opening Day After Party, now in its 10th year. We also show you some easy treats, yard games and summer cocktails you can enjoy.

The mercury is rising, and the days are stretching longer and longer. Invite your friends and family and throw a backyard soiree! No matter how you spend them, enjoy these dog days of summer, Del Mar.

Happy Summer!

Chris Lowe