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Historical Del Mar

Updated on May 14, 2014

Hollywood's Beach Playground

In 1882 a New Yorker named Theodore Loop came to southern California to build a railroad connecting Los Angeles and San Diego. The original train tracks were laid down in the middle of Del Mar.

Del Mar became a Hollywood entertainment vacation destination long before the Del Mar Racetrack was built in 1937. Known as "Where The turf Meets the Surf," actors Bing Crosby, Jimmy and Marge Durante and Lucy and Desi Arnaz frequented this track to watch Seabiscuit race and legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker win many races.

The tradition for Opening Day is to wear flamboyant hats to parties and win the contests. The track races from July to September.

Many who visited Del Mar stayed at the historic grand Stratford Inn, built in 1909. It had a saltwater plunge swimming pool, a power house to provide power and warm water and a garage.

Today it's the L'Auberge Del Mar's offering over 100 guest rooms and luxury suites. Each room has either views of Del Mar village or the Pacific Ocean.

The rooms were renovated in 2008 and offer plush bedding, a sitting area with a couch that folds out to a bed, lovely marble bathroom with a huge walk-in shower and signature bath amenities, high-speed Internet access, in room coffee, 42” LCD flat screen television and bathrobes during your stay.

The full service 5,000 square foot beach-themed spa includes 10 treatment rooms, a couple's suite and lovely outdoor relaxation lounging area.

Two restaurants and a very popular bar lounge keep guests from going into the Village for a meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and romantic dinners is Kitchen 1540. Outdoor patio dining is offered at the resort's Waterfall Terrace restaurant overlooking the heated pool.

Within two blocks is miles of sandy beach to walk, jog or run along the water's edge.

L'Auberge Del Mar Resort


Del Mar Facts

L'Auberge Del Mar is at the historic site of the original Stratford Inn

L'Auberge Del Mar is a part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection.

L'Auberge Del Mar is situated on 5.2 acres of gracefully landscaped grounds within a short block from the Pacific Ocean.

L'Auberge Del Mar

L'Auberge Del Mar

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Del Mar Beach

Del Mar has 4,500 residents.

Del Mar has 60 shops offering everything from high-end apparel to one-of-a-kind specialty shops.

Del Mar Village has 25 restaurants with outside patios overlooking the town or ocean.

There are 2 miles of coastline for beach combing, walking, boogie boarding and surfing.

Dining in Del Mar

Kitchen 1540
Waterfall Terrace
Creative Fine Dining
Al Fresco Casual Dining

Kitchen 1540

Del Mar Race Track

The 2014 Racing Season starts on Thursday July 17, 2014 through Wednesday September 3, 2014.
It opens again on Friday November 7, 2014 through Sunday November 30, 2014.

L'Auberge Del Mar will host its sixth annual Opening Day After Party on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Space is limited.

Tickets include delicious tastes from Executive Chef Brandon Fortune of KITCHEN 1540 and music by Southern California DJ FishFonics and three-time winner of the San Diego Music Award for Best DJ. The party offers stunning ocean views from L'Auberge Del Mar's Pacific, Sunset and Ocean Terraces, as well as the pool deck and lobby, provide the perfect backdrop for the evening.

It begins at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: L'Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar CA 92014
PRICE: $175 per person ($200 at the door)
TICKETS: To purchase go to the hotel's L'Petite Boutique online at
INFORMATION: Please call 800-245-9757 or 858-259-1515

L' Auberge Del Mar Spa


Del Mar has one of the Prettiest Beaches in California

Spa Treatments at L' Auberge Del Mar

Seaside Sojourns feature ingredients and techniques from the Amazon, Morocco, Polynesia and Asia. There is a Japan Ritual treatment to Moroccan Oil from head to toe.

The spa offers a seaweed scrub, coffee scrub and rosemary salt scrub to exfoliate and nourish your skin.

The Spa packages include a Girlfriends Getaway and Mother to be treatment, lunch and gifts for mother and baby.

Interesting Del Mar Facts

Del Mar is one of few locations in which the Torrey Pine tree grows.

The average temperature in Del Mar in 71 degrees.

After Desi Arnaz divorced Lucille Ball, he lived in Del Mar at a house on the beach.

World Class Skateboarder Tony Hawk was raised in Del Mar.

JImmy Durante lived on the beach for many years and has a street named after him.

Horse Jockey, Willie Shoemaker lived in Del Mar near the Racetrack.

Heated Pool at the L'Auberge Del Mar

Take the Train To Del Mar

Leave traffic behind and ride the Pacific Surfliner to Solana Beach. Reservations are required. There is no station in Del Mar, however Solana Beach is 5 minutes away.

The Pacific Surfliner offers twelve daily round-trip services between San Diego and Los Angeles, and between Santa Barbara and San Diego. To learn more, go to

Pelicans soar above the water's edge in Del Mar


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