Just far enough from Downtown San Diego to avoid the daily hustle and bustle of city-life but still where nightly action can be found. These communities showcase a lifestyle that never skimps on style or luxury with some of the county’s most-prestigious residential communities and country clubs.Just far enough from Downtown San Diego to avoid the daily hustle and bustle of city-life but still where nightly action can be found. These communities showcase a lifestyle that never skimps on style or luxury with some of the county’s most-prestigious residential communities and country clubs.
Rancho Sante Fe
Del Mar Country Club, in Rancho Santa Fe, is among Southrn California’s most sought after memberships and boasts some of the most well-known names in business, sports, and medicine worldwide. Playing on these exclusive greens isn’t the only activity the Club offers. Families can enjoy their days here lying around the Junior Olympic sized swimming pool, playing day or evening matches on one of the club’s six tennis courts, or enjoying a gourmet dinner together in the lavish European-inspired clubhouse.
Driving into Rancho Santa Fe is different than driving into any other part of San Diego’s North County. The tall eucalyptus trees stand guard at the entrance and offer privacy to the residents. Originally planted for use on the railroad that was central to Rancho Santa Fe’s development in the early1900s, these trees proved to be too frail for railroad demands, but a perfect backdrop for the emerging town.
Dr. A.R. Sprague, owner of the Rancho Santa Fe Bulb Co., initiated the first flower shows that were held under those eucalyptus trees. Many times, the shows were a way for Sprague to present his new varieties of gladiolus and the spectators of those early shows were predominately flower vendors from Coronado, Pasadena, and Riverside who wanted to see the new blooms. The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club hosted “The Spring Flower Show – Celebrating 80 Years” this month.
Also hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, alongside the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center and in conjunction with the Cinema Society of San Diego, is the Summer Cinema Series. This event consists of three afternoons packed with a movie screening and commentary prior to the show given by the Cinema Society’s Director, Andy Friedenberg. The list this year includes an award-winning short film on June 11th, an Academy Award Nominated foreign film on July 23rd, and a surprise pick from Friedenberg’s “favorites” on August 20th.
Just south of Rancho Santa Fe and the San Dieguito River, lies the exclusive, gated community of Fairbanks Ranch. Deemed one of the most desirable places to live by families worldwide, the flawless community boasts over 40 acres of impeccable park-like grounds, a lake, and a 17-acre equestrian center with access to more than three miles of fenced horse trails. Originally built as a ranch and orange-orchard, the 1,240 acres were purchased in 1977 by Santa Monica developer Ray Watt, who divided the land into 618 homesites put on the market in 1981.
Rancho Santa Fe’s neighbor to the west, Del Mar, will spring to life June 10th with the opening of the annual San Diego County Fair. The theme of this year’s Fair, Ride the Tide to Fun, centers around water and will feature world-renowned environmental artist, Wyland. The inland track will be transformed into “Wyland’s Island” and the famed artist will be on hand on many occasions to demonstrate to fair goers how they can do their part to preserve and protect one of Earth’s most valuable resources. Art and Craft exhibits, concerts, rides, food, and a petting zoo round out the events at the fair that offers something for everyone in the family. Following closely behind the fair is Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Track. Even during its “off-season”, the city that was once a secluded beach getaway for Hollywood stars offers plenty to do. A group of hot air balloons takes to the sky just before sunset to experience the Del Mar coastline from over 1,000 feet up. For land lovers, the sunset views are almost as impressive from the restaurants and shops at The Del Mar Plaza.
Just up the street from Del Mar, wander in and out of the boutiques and galleries that line the design district of Solana Beach. Cedros Street, famous for its unique, custom-made furniture shops and art galleries that appeal to the most discriminating buyers, also showcases boutiques full of stylish apparel, distinctive jewelry, and more. Window shop, people watch, or sip coffee in one of the street’s hip cafes or restaurants.
Encinitas, to the north, gives off the vibe of a true, sleepy beach town, rich with surf history. More experienced surfers gather daily at Swami’s and Cardiff to tackle the reef breaks and there are plenty of stores and restaurants to explore between breaks. Take in the beach volleyball competitions or sunbathe at Moonlight State Beach. In town, La Paloma Theatre alternates between featuring independent movies and cult classics, musical concerts, and city and community events. The theatre, which was one of the first to feature “talkies” in the late 1920s, is a big part of Encinitas and its culture.
In June, treat Dad to a ride in the sky with Father’s Day Fun in the Air. Biplane Rides, Air Combat, and Warbird Adventures is the country’s oldest vintage air tour company. Whether taking an aerial tour of the county’s most prestigious golf courses on the Dapper Duffer flight, taking in a sunset on the Sunset Snuggler flight along the coast, or taking the controls of a real airplane in mock aerial combat, this is one Father’s Day gift that is sure to leave a unique footprint in everyone memories.