Held this year for the first time “where the turf meets the surf” at the iconic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s racetrack in Southern California November 3 and 4, the 33rd Annual Breeder’s Cup will have a purse of up to $6 million attracting the racing world’s top thoroughbreds, jockeys, elite, celebs, and multitudes of fans.
For out-of-towners and locals who want to get in on all the action, conveniently located near the racetrack is the charming L’Auberge Del Mar overlooking the Pacific. Offering a relaxed, seaside resort experience similar to that of a private estate, there are 121 guest rooms and suites, a 5,000-square-foot spa, 24-hour fitness center, pool area with leisure and whirl pools, tennis courts, and a private pathway for easy beach access. The variety of dining and beverage options includes the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, waterfront al fresco dining at Coastline, poolside Bleu Bar for nips and nibbles, and The Living Room Bar for socializing and people watching while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and appetizers.
The hotel traditionally celebrates the opening of the Bing Crosby Racing Season with a series of festive events. Returning this year is famous hat fabricator Christine A. Moore Millinery who will create a Hat Pop-Up in the hotel’s Living Room Nov. 1-3. Having adorned stylish race goers and celebrities with men’s and women’s hats and fascinators for more than 20 years, she has been named “Official Hat Designer of America’s Best Racing.”
Admission to all events at the hotel is complimentary for guests and the locals, food and beverages not included. This year’s official line-up includes:
Wed., Nov. 1, 5pm – midnight: L’Auberge Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Party kicks off the Del Mar fall racing season with hotel guests and local racing fans donning their finest and enjoying live entertainment in the resort’s Living Room. Cocktails include this year’s winning “Off to the Races” cocktail created with Hudson Bourbon Whiskey, ginger beer, honey and Memphis Barbeque Bitters, with tasty bites from KITCHEN 1540 — both available for purchase. The signature drink can also be enjoyed at other Breeders’ Cup events and in the Living Room, Bleu Bar, Coastline and KITCHEN 1540.
Thurs., Nov. 2, – 5 pm – midnight: Del Mar Traditions. The build-up to the 33rd annual Breeders’ Cup continues with live music, specialty drinks and food pop-ups.
Fri., Nov. 3, 5 pm – midnight: Breeders’ Cup Opening Day After-Party. Home to Del Mar racing seasons’ after-parties, L’Auberge Del Mar is a great place to toast the day’s winners with the “Off to the Races” signature cocktail and rehash the excitement of the Breeders’ Cup Opening Day. Held in the Living Room, Coastline and Bleu Bar and Sunset Terrace, L’Auberge Del Mar’s Opening Day After-Party features specialty drinks, food pop-ups and a live musical performance.
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4 & 5: After-Party Activities
You can also discover the delights of Del Mar Village with its old-world charm evidenced in the quaint half-timbered Tudor-style architecture, and Del Mar Plaza with its upscale shopping, fine dining, fashion boutiques, galleries, fountains, sculptures and palazzo-style terraces overlooking spectacular views of the Pacific. You are also within 20-30 minutes of Sea World, San Diego Zoo and the many other attractions in and around San Diego.
With this being the first Breeders’ Cup to be held at Del Mar, it is recommended that you make your reservations at L’Auberge Del Mar early.
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