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Take the New Historic Walking Tour in Del Mar

historic l'auberge hotel

Now, it’s possible to learn about the Village of Del Mar’s rich history through a pleasant walking tour, a perfect way to spend a sun-soaked day in  North County San Diego’s prestigious and already walkable seaside city.

New, silver QR coded plaques have been installed on several of the historically significant buildings in the area. With the touch of a smartphone or tablet, pedestrians can now scan the code and access detailed information on the buildings and the colorful past of the residents who developed the seaside neighborhood in the early 1900s.

You’ll find plaques in the following places.

  • L’Auberge Del Mar: Originally built in 1910, through the years it was also known as the Stratford Inn and the Hotel Del Mar.
  • Stratford Square: Historically known as the Kockritz Building, which was the most prominent building in town during 1927 when it was established.
  • Del Mar Library: Formerly the St. James Catholic Church, which celebrated its first mass in 1914 without pews, lights or an altar.
  • Davidson Building: Built in 1927 at the Hotel Del Mar Garage, it later added gasoline and automotive services and grew into a thriving automotive shop.
  • St. Peter’s Church: Carefully preserved since its construction in 1940, the church remains Del Mar’s only house of worship and features a beautiful redwood interior.
  • Jake’s Del Mar: Formerly the Stratford Inn Garage, established in 1910 it was the first garage to serve hotel guests. Make this your lunch stop in order to check out their new menu.
  • 1414-1418 Camino Del Mar (Shops along Camino Del Mar): The buildings date back to 1926 and one in particular served as the old Del Mar Post Office known at the Kibler Building. It housed Mae Kibler, the town’s Postmistress, and her husband who owned a real estate office next door.
  • Del Mar Plaza: One of the most historically significant buildings in the area, despite its 1989 origin, it commemorates the neighborhood’s past and evolution over the years. It’s not a bad way to end the tour between a variety of boutiques and places to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset.

More plaque installations are planned in the upcoming months to encourage more visitors to enjoy the preservation and restoration of each locations and learn more about the Village of Del Mar’s rich history.

A walking map is in the works which will allow visitors and residents to take a self-guided tour of these historic points of interest.

Your Turn…

Where do you like to go walking in Del Mar?

Katie Dillon: Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management, and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband.