Delicious Del Mar
Story and photographs by Greg Aragon
he mere mention of some places can inspire images of vacation and relaxation.
Mar is such a place. Located on the beautiful north coast of San
Diego, this sea-side village is a California paradise, replete with
ocean cliffs towering above sun-drenched beaches, a world-famous horse
racing track, top-notch restaurants, a charming village and luxurious
boutique resorts such as Hotel Indigo Del Mar, where a friend and I
recently snuck away for a memorable mid-week getaway.
Del Mar is a California beach paradise
Our adventure began when we checked into a beautiful
ocean-front suite that was designed like a hip, studio beach apartment.
Like the entire property, our room was highlighted by contemporary decor
with hardwood floors, beach themed murals, California-inspired art and
Hotel Indigo is boutique luxury with beach appeal
Our room came with a king bed, sleeper sofa, large flat-screen
TV, free wireless Internet, comfortable bathroom, and a kitchen area
with microwave, mini-fridge, sink and stove, and a granite bar. The
suite also boasted a large surfing mural on the living room wall, and
a balcony with a table and chairs overlooking the Pacific.
Rooms at Hotel Indigo come alive with surfing paintings
The ocean was so alluring that once unpacked with walked
a few blocks down the street from the hotel to Del Mar Beach, which
was recently ranked #4 in Time Magazines 100 Greatest Beaches
in the World." He we strolled along the two plus miles of white
sand, bounded by majestic rocky cliffs and a couple of family parks.
Back at the hotel, I hit the state-of-the art 24-hour
fitness center, which features treadmills, bikes, free weights, a universal
weight system, steam room and locker room. After a workout and a shower,
I swam in the outdoor pool overlooking the ocean and soaked in the Jacuzzi
next to my room.
Hotel Indigo's pool and grounds sit on a bluff overlooking
For dinner we drove to Del Mar Village, where we experienced
local favorite, Jake's sits on the sand, where it serves fine surf and
turf with tons of atmosphere and stunning ocean vistas.
Jake's Restaurant serves surf and turf with ocean
Our meal began with a perfectly marinated Moroccan grilled
shrimp appetizer, with pomegranate raita, edamame roasted garlic hummus,
and pea shoot salad; and a Buratta and heirloom tomato salad with arugula,
pomegranate vinaigrette, pickled red onions, figs, toasted sesame tuile.
For the main course I went with Jake's mixed seafood
pot. Full of tender Maine lobster, scallops, shrimp, fresh fish and
saffron tomato broth, this was soup was a delightful compliment to the
gorgeous sandy beach a few feet beyond our window seat. My friend's
dish was equally tasty, highlighted by steak and barbecued lobster,
with mashed potatoes and veggies. We ended dinner with a Bailey's Pot
de Creme, a sinfully divine dessert with ice cream, chocolate hazelnut
crust and whipped cream.
Dishes such as mixed seafood pot make Jake's a local
After dinner we drove back to the hotel and sipped wine
on our lanai, listening to the waves crash in the distance. In the morning
we had breakfast at Hotel Indigo's Oceanview Bar & Grill and then
headed back the beach for a morning walk. Beginning at Powerhouse Park,
we walked along the sand to Dog Beach, where we spotted dolphins playing
about a hundred yards off shore.
Other fun things to do in Del Mar include biking and
lots of hiking trails past ocean bluffs, mega-homes, and San Elijo Lagoon,
one of the countys largest coastal wetlands.
Hotel Indigo is a great place to start a Del Mar
Hotel Indigo Del Mar is located at 710 Camino Del Mar,
Del Mar, CA 92014. For more information and reservations, call 877-8-INDIGO
(877 846 3446) or visit: www.ihg.com/.
For more information on visiting Del Mar, visit: www.dreamdelmar.com
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