Fall into Picturesque
Story and photographs by Greg Aragon
here is a spot in Del
Mar, where an old train bridge meets the beach and crosses over
rocky cliffs and a dusty trail lined with flowers and coastal vegetation.
It is a spot any photographer would cherish. I discovered this magical
vista and much more on a recent getaway to the Southern California seaside
Del Mar is a seaside paradise and a photographers
My Fall adventure began when a friend and I pulled into
Hotel Indigo Del Mar, a luxurious boutique resort set on the beach.
Here we checked into a beautiful ocean-front suite with a hip, studio
beach apartment vibe. Like the entire property, the room featured contemporary
decor with hardwood floors, beach themed murals on the walls, California-inspired
art and granite counters.
The 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 Ocean and
the hotel pool.
Hotel Indigo is a luxurious boutique resort set
on the beach
The ocean was so alluring that once unpacked we drove
about a mile and parked along the side of the road and walked to Del
Mar Beach, which Time Magazine recently ranked as one of the "100
Greatest Beaches in the World." To get to the water, we followed
a dirt trail bounded by rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean.
A giant wooden eagle greets visitors on the Del
Mar beach trail
As we followed the path down to the water, we pass a
giant wooden eagle sculpture carved into a tree. The bird was looking
out over the cliffs of Del Mar and the Pacific Ocean. Continuing on
we came to North Torrey Pines Bridge, a majestic concrete structure
stretching over the rustic trail, against a backdrop of rolling hills
and lush canyons, beach and ocean. This spot is beautiful, but if the
sky is right, and you wait for an Amtrak train to pass under the bridge,
you can get a picture to truly remember.
Del Mar Beach is always peaceful and beautiful
After admiring the bridge scene, we made our way to
the beach, laid out our blanket and relaxed for a couple hours, napping
and playing in the water.
For dinner we hit the hotel's signature restaurant,
the Ocean View Bar and Grill, where acclaimed executive chef Joshua
Soth creates delicious new and modern classics. Here, overlooking the
Pacific Ocean, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset meal on the outdoor terrace.
We began with lightly breaded crab cakes with avocado and chipotle aioli
and couple glasses of smooth and elegant Oberon Oregon Merlot wine with
hints of black cherry.
For the main course I went with the exciting and tasty
fisherman's pasta, with shrimp, calamari, local fish and penne pasta
tossed in butter wine sauce with spinach, roasted peppers and caramelized
onions. My friend went with super tender braised short ribs in a succulent
cabernet sauvignon demi-sauce on top of mashed cauliflower and fingerling
potatoes. We concluded dinner with New York cheesecake with seasonal
berries and a memorable sunset falling in the ocean right in front of
Hotel Indigo is a great home base for exploring
Fall is a great time to visit Del Mar. Not only is the
weather perfect, but there are also lots of fun things to see and do.
Besides the beaches and world-famous Del Mar Racetrack, there is also
lots of art galleries, gourmet restaurants and renown shopping. In fact,
Del Mar Plaza is a European-style outdoor marketplace that overlooks
the Pacific Ocean and boasts a myraid of unique shops and galleries,
and an elegant atmosphere of fountains, sculptures and palazzo-style
terraces with spectacular views of the Southern California coast.
For more information on visiting Del Mar, visit: www.dreamdelmar.com.
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.hotelindigosddelmar.com/
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