In the fall, as the newly risen sun beats down over the Pacific shore, brightening its pristine, ivory sands, hordes of mud-caked runners shout and gambol along the 5-kilometer Del Mar Mud Run. Racers slosh through pits, crawl through steel pipes, and creep down mud slides as they scramble toward the finish line. Dressed in optional—but encouraged—costumes, participants receive numbered bibs for identification, and to prevent sullying their perfectly soiled shirts with water. After completing the run—most finish the course in around 40 minutes—contestants rinse off at private changing areas before joining the Mud Fest, an outdoor celebration where live music provides the soundtrack for beer, food, and games. Past runs have attracted camera crews from reality television shows such as VH1’s The X Life and TLC’s Project DryClean, as well as local news stations such as Fox 5 and NBC.
Backyard X-Scapes stocks a wide array of outdoor accouterments to help pretty up patios and accessorize barren backyards. The six-piece bamboo outdoor-furniture set enshrines sitters in nature's most beautiful and panda-friendly plant. Enjoy an afternoon of reclined revelry upon the sturdy frames of two chairs and a sofa while simultaneously resting yard-work-weary limbs. The included coffee table and two end tables/ottomans can be used as a depository for summertime snacks and drinks or as a makeshift soapbox during backyard mayoral debates.
Tucked inside the newly renovated Westfield UTC mall in University City, Brookstone has been a reliable supplier of high-quality consumer products for years. It’s the perfect store to pop in and find an unexpected gift idea or specialty gadget to use around the house. The service here is top notch, with highly knowledgeable staff eager to answer any questions or steer patrons in the right direction. The products range from electronics such as iPads accessories and innovative chargers to bedroom items such as massage pillows. Rest assured the line of products here are top-quality and often provide unique items for personal hobbies or electronic desires.
This Crate & Barrel is located on the corner of Towne Center and La Jolla Village Drive in University City at the newly renovated Westfield UTC mall. The exterior has a clean and modern facade and sets the tone for what customers can expect inside, as their minimalist store design works to emphasize the merchandise. An industry standard for decades, Crate & Barrel has an extensive selection of styles and prices for their home goods and furniture. The space is large and the merchandise is carefully segregated, creating an inspiring setting to peruse through their popular housewares and furniture collections. Though they are known for their high-end name brands, they still offer an array of quality affordable items. A specialized focus in curating the top designs makes them a nationally recognized homestore of choice. The staff is friendly and well-informed, and the atmosphere is casual, making for comfortable browsing.