Off the Walls: Vertical Gardens

Since 2002, designer Tracy Lynn has treated her clients to a creativity, collaboration, and vision that is unmatched in the interior design industry. Her singular vision guided the interior design of her own home that first year. The result created so much buzz that she soon had more work than she could handle on her own. Tracy Lynn has spent…

Outdoor Oasis

This gorgeous Del Mar beauty's charm lies in its versatile use of space and luxury technology upgrades. Every bit of space is utilized and optimized for the family that lives here. From the chalkboard wall for the kids to the putting green for dad and friends and the bar seating for extended family to the cabana studio for quiet workspace,…

Five Questions with Bettina Whiteford

Originally from Vail, Colorado, Bettina Whiteford of BW Home has an affinity for beautiful, quality furniture and antiques, attributed to her experience as a gift and home furnishings buyer for Gorsuch Ltd, a high-end store with European and Alpine influence in Vail, Colorado. She started consigning furniture serendipitously while helping her mother downsize. Whiteford found boxes of china, crystal and other valuables so…

Fashion Edit

 Danielle Jumpsuit - AMUR.com   Kip Pale Blue Nail Lacquer  -  ButterLondon.com  Ally Cotton Button Up Shirt - EcoVibeApparel.com

Her Blood Runs Pink

If you are a fan of 70s culture or fashion, then you surely know the name Zandra Rhodes.

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Outdoor Oasis

This gorgeous Del Mar beauty's charm lies in its versatile use of space and luxury technology upgrades. Whether a night out grilling with the boys or a family fiesta on a Sunday, this property lends itself to a variety of outdoor scenarios with all the tech add-ons to boot.

Ask the Expert

Achieving your financial goals requires expert insight, so engaging a wealth management firm to provide guidance is a great step in the right direction. Solana Beach wealth management firm Hall Private Wealth Advisors’ (HPWA) Founder and Managing Director Russell Hall shares his thoughts on the matter and what sets his firm apart.

Local Business, Community Focus

If you’re craving ice cream and feeling adventurously indulgent, you’ll want to stop by The Baked Bear. It isn’t your typical ice cream shop though. They create custom ice cream sandwiches and the signature offering features ice cream encased by two freshly baked cookies, which can be rolled in your topping of choice!

Readers Choice

 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…

Love Local Makers

 Textiles: Cotton & Flax by Erin Dollar  Woodcraft: The David Alan Collection  
Herbalist: Herb + Nectar


Mint Studio: A Makers’ Space

Walk into Mint Studio at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch and you are instantly aware of the creativity that happens in this space, you can feel it in the air. Decorative moldings on the walls and bright velvet upholstered chairs greet you along with a 'selfie-wall' featuring large, white, paper flowers - made at a previous workshop.

Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

It's February, perhaps the chilliest month of the year. We couldn't think of a more romantic yet comfy way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with breakfast in bed. With comfort food on our minds, we made waffles the star of this romantic morning menu. However, these are not your average waffles! These are liège waffles - rich, chewy and dense, with a caramelized sugar…

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,…

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.

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!

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. 

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...

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…

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!

A New View on Brews

Charles Koll moved to Del Mar when he was 5-years-old. After short stints in Colorado and San Francisco, he discovered his passion — pairing seasonal food with craft beer. He soon realized he could share this passion with others, so he returned to his adopted hometown. And thus, Viewpoint Brewing Co. was born, becoming Del Mar’s first craft brewery.

My FAVORITE Things

Darrin is passionate about cars, but he is equally passionate about the community; you can find him supporting the likes of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Angel Faces, and many other charitable organizations. Among his other interests are traveling, wake boarding/skiing/tubing and spending time with his family for movie night or catching a game at Petco Park. His hidden…

COFFEE, COFFEE, BUZZ, BUZZ

With fall upon us and the days getting shorter, we may need some extra motivation in the mornings. So look no further than our local coffee houses to get a little morning buzz and liquid motivation.

Craft & Cocktail

One of the most intriguing aspects of L'Auberge Del Mar is the atmosphere: cozy seating, burning fire in the hearth, not to mention the iconic view. With more than a couple places to toast with friends, The Living Room, Bleu Bar, Coastline and KITCHEN 1540, we would be remiss not to mention the amenable staff behind the cocktails. Those friendly…

Fierce Fashion

When it comes to fashion, fall is the time for serious fashion. However, in San Diego, we usually have only two seasons: summer and almost summer, but that doesn't mean we couldn't find some amazing women with a more-than-casual eye for style. Each of these ladies has talents and personality to fill out the trendiest of the sartorial selections found…

Favorite Things

Located on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, Pink Lagoon is the brainchild of local designer and trendsetter Jenny Livits. The wardrobe design and styling boutique is founded on the principle of building a closet that perfectly fits your lifestyle to create a well-edited wardrobe and a personal look that is as effortless as it is chic. PinkLagoon.com

Beyond the Music: Nashville

Tennessee’s Music City has a lot more to offer than the tunes its best known for. The city of lyricists and musicians boasts unique little neighborhoods, a booming culinary scene, historic venues and more. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our favorites from a recent trip to Nashville. Though synonymous with country music, music production and stellar songwriting, you’ll…

Have Stubborn Pounds to Lose?

Ever wish you could just swallow a pill and lose weight? Well, for those struggling with shedding pounds, it’s a fantasy no more. And it’s right here in Del Mar. Esthetica of San Diego has introduced the FDA-approved Obalon Balloon System, which is one of the latest technology breakthroughs in weight loss – there’s no other weight loss system of…

Art to Heart

You might recognize some of the work on the next few pages. Or you might learn something new about a community member. For our feature this month, we wanted to celebrate some of our local artists, no matter their medium or specialty. We were overwhelmed with the talent we discovered and are excited to share some of that with you.…

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It!

We hunted down some of the best tacos on menus in and around the area so you don’t have to think twice when Taco Tuesday rolls over. Sit back, relax and take a big bite!

Favorite Things

Born into a theatrical family, Ellenstein worked in theatres across the country, including as Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Repertory Company before joining North Coast Rep in 2003. He is a veteran of over 250 theatrical productions, and has also been guest faculty for numerous universities including Cal Arts. He lives in Del Mar with his beautiful wife Denise…

Poland Calling

One of the often overlooked destinations in Europe, Poland will surprise you with its natural beauty, architecture, culture, history and more. Join us on a quick trip through two of the most well-known Polish cities - the capital, Warsaw, and Krakow, the second largest city in the country.

Destination: Summer

There are no easy roads to Black's Beach, which makes it not only a peaceful destination but one that is worth the trip for solitude and serenity. Why Black's Beach? We chose it for its mystique and place in local and national beach culture. Although it's not too far from the hustle and bustle of the Village of Del Mar,…

My Favorite Things

Since assuming management of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Joe Harper has guided the historic track through a period of unparalleled growth and success, overseeing Del Mar's emergence as one of the nation's top racetracks while preserving its elegant, yet casual, ambiance, which makes it unique. DMTC.com

Global Beauty, Local Charm

A full service interior design firm and retailer of high-end furniture collections, Nativa Interiors' furniture is crafted in a state-of-the-art plant using premium materials such as walnut wood, brass and marbles. Each piece is built using the latest technology but with old-world craftsmanship, delivering a unique look exclusively for their clientele.

The Making of…

Art of the Horse: 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar is more than just an art event. Walking around our community and others in the vicinity this month, you will probably chance upon several fiberglass horse sculptures decorated by local artists. These are life-sized artistic reproductions of the Torrie Horse used on the Breeders’ Cup Trophy and feature artwork and…

Men of Del Mar

Del Mar is a city with a small-town vibe and we confirmed what we knew, that the businesses and people are here because of the sense of community and the kind nature of its residents. When you see these men around town, perhaps offer them their favorite drink and convivial conversation will ensue. That's what we discovered when we wanted…

DMVA Summer Solstice

On Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., experience Del Mar's favorite local eateries and California's best wineries and breweries at Powerhouse Park. Enjoy live music, the ocean breeze and your front row pass to the gorgeous sunset. This is one summer night you'll never forget! Use promo code "DML10" for $10 off your ticket now until…

Dudes Do Vegas

Whether you want to witness a high-energy racing event or get behind the wheel yourself, LVMS is where you want to be. With Dream Racing, the only driving experience that lets you drive a Ferrari racecar, or Exotics Racing, which offers its own fleet of Lamborghinis, Porsches, Corvettes, and more, any need for speed is sure to be satiated here.…

Women to Watch

“When I started my business straight out of college back in the early ‘90s, I never would have dreamed that over 20 years later, I would have nine brick and mortar locations!” Annie Glenn now owns five locations downtown at Seaport Village, two in Del Mar Village and has recently opened two more at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.…

Glam On-the-Go

The Southern California beach look is taking the nation by storm: fresh-faced, little make-up, sun-kissed, glowing. Even Alicia Keys is sporting a “less is more” fresh face on this season of The Voice. However, for most of us, it takes a little work to look effortless. Katelyn points to the growing popularity of services designed to enhance natural beauty, like…

Fine Sugar Artistry

Owner, artist and creative director behind Petalsweet, based in San Diego, Calif., Jacqueline Butler is a former wedding cake artist turned sugarcraft and cake decorating instructor. During her first career teaching and training in the non-profit sector, she discovered and fell in love with sugar flowers as a hobby. She traveled extensively to study with some of the best sugar…

Mother’s Day In Bloom

Gift Inspiration from Flower Hill Promenade

Rustic Romance in the Countryside

Picture, if you will, a special event in a rustic barn setting; gardens, walkways, mini barns, and numerous outdoor vignettes allow for a unique and memorable experience in our oceanside community of Del Mar. The historic charm of Saltwater Farm lends itself to the barn being built from the salvaged wood of the Stratford Inn’s natatorium.

Chef Casey’s Homemade Recipes

Celebrity chef and culinary personality Casey Thompson spearheads a number of endeavors: three-time Bravo Top Chef competitor, culinary consultant for California wineries, international wine ambassador, food-centric world traveler, and, of course, chef, for upcoming concepts in the Southwest and on the West Coast. Her focus is on market-fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers. In support of ethical animal treatment, Thompson…

A Farm-to-Fork that Gives Back

Every Saturday afternoon, rain or shine, a parade of local families, hand-holding couples, discerning foodies, California-dreaming tourists and more bike, scooter, walk, jog and carpool to one of the most popular attractions in town: the open-air Del Mar Farmers Market. Reusable bags and bike baskets quickly fill with fresh, certified organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables, eggs, fresh-cut flowers and…