Celebrities Grace Breeders’ Cup Events

Gun Runner’s thrilling victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a picture-perfect day at the Del Mar racetrack, the first-time host of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Racing fans and community members as well as several celebrities graces the events. DMTC.com

Bourbon, Bluegrass and The Breeders’ Club

Bourbon and Bluegrass was hosted by the Del Mar Foundation at the Barn at the Beach as part of The Breeders' Cup festivities. DelMarFoundation.org Photography Bill Morris. 

Del Mar Village Association’s Best at the Barn Culinary Event

The Del Mar Village Association presented the Best at the Barn as part of the weeklong Breeders’ Cup celebrations that took place at the Barn at the Beach. The oceanfront venue brought together some of North San Diego County’s best restaurants under one roof. BreedersCup.com

Happy New Year Del Mar!

2018 brings a new year with exciting new possibilities and so much to experience and do here in our wonderful community. Our area has amazing weather and many options for every lifestyle.

Jaguar San Diego Halloween Masquerade

A masquerade to benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego was hosted by Jaguar of San Diego featuring an evening of live music, cocktails and bites. SDJaguar.com Photography Charles Sandoval

Kilroy Realty Hosts Solar Project Ribbon Cutting

Kilroy Realty hosted a Ribbon Cutting Event in November at Kilroy Center Del Mar. Working in partnership with Nautilus Solar, nine Kilroy Realty properties in California will undergo the solar project to collect and convert solar rays into useable, clean energy. KilroyRealty.com

Racing Excellence Award Honoring Dick Enberg at Breeders’ Cup 2017

Honoring legendary American sportscaster Dick Enberg, the gala brought together several of his colleagues and friends, sports enthusiasts, business leaders, and the local and national horseracing community for a celebration to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. DMTC.com. Photography Zemina Zaferakis, Z Bella Photography.

January 2018 Around Town

Diane Coombs, founder of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program, was honored at the North County Philanthropy Council’s 2017 30th Anniversary Volunteer Awards Luncheon at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. A former Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, Coombs has been a long-time friend and supporter of the Conservancy. Her knowledge…

Hiking the Coast to Crest Challenge

The Coast to Crest Trail, from Del Mar to the summit of Volcan Mountain, will be the backbone of the San Dieguito River Park once it’s completed, although you can currently hike along 45 miles of the planned 70-mile trail. With accessible trailheads in Del Mar, in the Del Dios Gorge, at Lake Hodges, and in the San Pasqual Valley,…

A Doctor in the Kitchen

Half Italian and half Jewish, Dr. Aliza Cicerone grew up around food and has always loved cooking. Before she entered the medical field, she worked in the food and wine industry, which included teaching cooking classes.

On the Wellness Journey

The New Year is when many promise to pay more attention to their health and well-being with renewed hope and motivation. Here are a few alternate therapies available in the community on your journey to better mental and physical care for yourself and those around you.

At the Crest

We caught up with community member and surfing superstar Jeffrey Baldwin on his plans for 2018 and a few other topics of interest!

My Favorite Things

You've seen him out and about in Del Mar, at surf events and supporting other community activities as well. Johnny O, as most folks know him, is admittedly one of the city's best known ambassadors. Here he is, sharing some of his favorite local spots!

San Diego International Film Festival 2017

SDIFF 2017 brought along five days of festivities and many star sightings including Patrick Stewart, Heather Graham and Kumail Nanjiani. Here's what you missed! SDFilmFest.com Photography Zemina Zaferakis, Z Bella Photography

Solana Beach Sunset 5K

People of all ages ran or walked along the sand for SoCal’s only Sunset 5K on the beach. Fletcher Cove was the place to be - the marathon benefits the Diabetes Prevention Program at Champions for Health. The family friendly event brought the community together for a good cause. ChampionsForHealth.org

Rotary Club of Del Mar Hosts Chili and Quackers

The Rotary of Del Mar hosted the 6th Annual Chili and Quackers at Powerhouse Park on October 14. The chili cook-off culminated in the 
release of over 900 rubber ducks into the ocean with the first 10 ducks onshore winning amazing prizes. DelMarRotary.org

Mindfulness Matters

Prince “P.J.” Daniels, Jr. is a celebrity mindfulness expert, author and former NFL running back. When his football career ended as a result of injuries in 2009, Daniels turned tragedy into triumph. Having never imagined his life without football, he used meditation to focus on a new strategy for his future and The I’mAgine book series manifested. His first book,…

Porsche SD: Meet and Greet with Margie Smith-Haas

On October 8, Porsche of San Diego threw a delightful brunch and speakers panel featuring Margie Smith-Haas, a racing pioneer and idol to many, and the first American woman to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans. PorscheOfSanDiego.com Photography Zemina Zaferakis | Z Bella Photography 

December 2017 Around Town

OneClick Cleaners San Diego, a cutting edge, cloud-based dry cleaning and laundry service, offers always free pick-up/delivery for dry cleaning, laundry, alterations and leather repair/restoration to homes and offices in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Sante Fe and Sorrento Valley. Try their new, secure 2-way Drop-n-Clean lockers located in the pedestrian paseo between Whole Foods…


We chatted up with Carmel Valley resident and senior at Torrey Pines High School Sophia LeRose on how she is making a difference in the community.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy 8th Annual River Valley Fest

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy held its 8th Annual River Valley Fest, “Coast to Crest and Beyond,” at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Now in its 31st year, SDRVC will apply the Fest proceeds, $110,000 and counting, to the Conservancy’s conservation, education, and recreation programs. SDRVC.org Photography Delle Willette.

Doing Good in Del Mar

Kudos to some of the local organizations making a difference here and beyond. Our community prospers thanks to the good work done by these groups and their members. 

Festive Family Fashions

 Him: GSB Clothier  Her: Vandervort outfit / Tavi Noir knee socks   Boy: Mini Market by Vandervort


When BMW is mentioned in conversation, there is the immediate assumption of luxury, fine craftsmanship and power. The 2018 M760i is the epitome of that trio of descriptions, plus numerous package options to further separate itself from virtually every other automobile on the road.

The holidays are here!

And so are holiday traditions, old and new. One of the most anticipated times of the year. Hustle and bustle, joyous memories, celebrating with family and friends…

Present Mood

When gift-giving, presentation matters! Here is one gift presented three ways. Basic craft wrapping paper can be elevated to new heights with different colors and accents. We chose a few colorways and elements to evoke a different style, embellishing with ornaments or wooden words personalize the package for anyone's taste. What is your present mood?

Your Holiday Home

 Open your doors and home to guests.  It's that time of year again when we open our home to guests for dinners, parties, and general merrymaking. Plus we have guests who travel in from far and wide to celebrate the holidays with us. You don't want to overlook the guest bedroom when decorating for the holidays, and it's always a good idea…

Gifts That Give Back

A few local gift giving options that not only bring joy to those who receive but also benefit other causes...

KAABOO 2017 Festival Celebrates Successful Third Year

KAABOO Del Mar 2017 concluded a successful third year and announced 2018 dates. Highlights included an aerial performance from P!nk who debuted songs from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, and the first live performance of Kesha’s brand new single Praying. Purchase early bird 2018 passes now! KaabooDelMar.com Aaron Goulding Photography

Welcome to November!

Del Mar, I don’t know about you but I am beyond excited for this month with so much going on! We start the month with the Breeders’ Cup – Del Mar will be on the world stage. This event brings a lot of excitement to our coastal community including a week of festival events, food from around the world, and…

SD Coastal Chamber Annual Sip & Savor at Del Mar Hilton

The San Diego Coastal Chamber's Annual Sip & Savor networking and community event was held at the Del Mar Hilton in September. Guests enjoyed sips and bites from local restaurants and caterers while mingling with local businesses, residents and other community organizations. SanDiegoCoastalChamber.com

DMVA’s Taste of Del Mar Brings Community Together

The Del Mar Village Association hosted the Taste of Del Mar in September featuring 25+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, 15+ craft beer and wine sip stops, and live music. A night to stroll, relax, and enjoy while taking in the sunset and ocean views! VisitDelMarVillage.com

November 2017 Around Town

This year, the highly anticipated annual event attracted fans from all 50 states and over 30 different countries. In addition to a top-tier lineup of world class musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Muse, guests were treated to live contemporary art installments in ARTWORK; Vegas style cabanas at BASK; culinary exhibits at…

Starry Starry Night Raises $1.16 Million For Voices for Children

Hosted at Sahm Estate at Del Dios Ranch, the signature event raised more than $1.16 million in support of VFC and its volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate program, enabling VFC to provide a CASA volunteer to more than 450 abused, abandoned, or neglected children for an entire year. SpeakUpNow.org

Fashion Week San Diego Annual Culinary Couture Evening

Held at the Hotel La Jolla, the dinner featured a four-course meal with cocktail pairings, drawing inspiration from four of fashion’s current hotspots: Mexico, L.A, Korea, and France. With each course, founder/director Allison Andrews explained how the chosen cuisine related to its respective stylish city. FashionWeekSD.com

Concert with a Vision Raises Over $500,000 For Vital Research

The Vision of Children Foundation hosted Concert with a Vision at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club raising over $500,000 to fund vital research seeking a cure for genetic vision disorders. Featuring Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, the event attracted more than 500 guests. 
VisionOfChildren.org Photography Bill Keane, Keane Studios.

Serving Community, Clients and Cars

DRIVE AutoCare’s origins can be traced back 37 years to their first automotive repair shop at 371 N. Highway 101 in Solana Beach. Founder Mike Gilmore opened California Import Auto in 1980, specializing in imported vehicles. Years later, Gilmore opened North Coast Alignment on N. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach in 2003 and immediately after, Align-Tech in Escondido in 2005.…

Your Breeders’ Cup 2017 Cheat Sheet

The Bing Crosby Season kicks off Wednesday, November 1, followed by one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 3 and 4. Opening Day will attract the region’s most stylish ladies and dapper gentlemen for the Opening Day Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest.

An Autumn Feast

November is here as are the holidays, parties, merrymaking and festivities. Whether it is an intimate dinner for four or a grand dinner for 24, hosts set the stage and craft a menu for guests that engages all senses. Verbena Catering Co. hosted a hearty dinner for six at the Ranch at Bandy Canyon. Celebrating the fall harvest and setting…

Winter Getaway to Wisconsin

For the ultimate lake resort vacation this winter, head straight to Elkhart Lake - a lively lakeside community for leisure and hospitality, located in the heart of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. Stay at The Osthoff Resort - This luxurious all-suite historic hotel boasts a four Diamond rating from AAA. The resort is also home to Aspira Spa, L’ecole de…

Giving Thanks

When celebrating Thanksgiving with near and dear this year, choose one of your local businesses to support for the holidays. Here are some of our area favorites to get you started with making plans to enjoy a lovely fall day with friends and family!

Cranberry Tart

When you are tasked with bringing a dessert to a dinner party and are looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous apple pie, give this sweet yet tangy confection a try. We suggest pairing with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

Favorite Things

A successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard-nominated cookbook author and television personality, perhaps most recognizable as a recurring judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and the winner of Top Chef All-Stars. Blais is a partner at the popular Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack restaurants, which will be expanding in the coming months, including the now-open Encinitas location. Blais’ second cookbook, So Good,…

Crushing It: Carruth Cellars

Urban wineries have been popping up rapidly in recent times and San Diego is certainly seeing a piece of the action, but we have quite a few options right here in our neighborhoods, and one that has made its mark over the past few years is Carruth Cellars.

Fast Casual, Fine Dining

Some of our neighborhood eateries offer healthy options for family dining – high quality ingredients, creatively used for a fresh take on menu staples. Take a look at who is on our list, and do visit them soon for fall and winter offerings!

The Right Brew

What a fun issue we have this month! Coffee and beer here - two of my favorites. We hope you enjoy our round-up on some of the best spots to get your daily buzz - coffee is so much more than a drink...it's a connection. Meeting an old friend, celebrating family, a new client that could be growth for your…

Hats, Heels and Hooves Opening Day After Party

The excitement of Del Mar Racing's Opening Day continued into the night at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with a fabulous after-party where guests mingled with racing fans, jockeys and socialites. Becki Freed Photography.

October 2017 Around Town

Warren Cook, Healthy Living Festival Producer, has begun writing Generation Fit, a senior fitness blog, to help find the best ways for seniors to live well and to avoid most of the afflictions associated with aging. Cook plans to develop the blog into a senior fitness discussion center, a wide-ranging forum where members of the community can trade ideas and…

Breeders’ Cup Festival Sneak Peek

The excitement and festivities are just around the corner with the 34th Breeders’ Cup Championship coming to Del Mar on November 3 & 4. The week leading up to the event, October 28th through November 4th is filled with activities for the local community, racing aficionados, and spectators alike all in celebration of the world's best thoroughbreds in one location.…

Canine Companions Golf Classic

The 9th Annual Canine Companions Golf Classic at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa was held July 21. This event raises funds and awareness for Canine Companions for Independence. CCI.org Photography Aaron Goulding.