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November 2023

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e property, which first opened nearly a century ago, was originally a guest house for prospective home buyers from the East Coast and Midwest who were looking to buy land in the new master-planned community of Rancho Santa Fe, heavily touted in promotional materials as "e Endless Miracle of California." Rice's official biographer Diane Y. Welch says it served as a sales center and "home away from home" for clients who would be taken by car to choose their homesites. As the new village took shape along Paseo Delicias — Rice also designed the commercial block, row houses, a school, even a gas station — e Inn soon became the center of the community. Renamed La Morada, it attracted such Hollywood stars as Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, who had ranchos nearby, and later, Bing Crosby, who opened the Del Mar Racetrack in 1937. T HE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE begins a new chapter in its long history this month, reopening to the public after a change in ownership and a multimillion-dollar property- wide renovation that took more than a year. e community is finally getting a look inside the long-cherished local landmark, designed by the late architect Lilian J. Rice. "We consider ourselves the keepers of this storied property, always looking to honor the history and heritage of e Inn and the role it has always played in the Rancho Santa Fe community," says Vikram Sood, e Inn's managing director, who has had wide experience with luxury properties around the world. "We look forward to welcoming guests and the community back with bespoke experiences, world-class dining, elevated design, and warm and intuitive service." Grand Opening at ranchandcoast.com 60 NOVEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE Bing's Bar, named in homage to crooner and movie star Bing Crosby, has custom wood paneling, a marble countertop, and an overhead liquor rack. Green velvet couches and lounge chairs provide comfortable seating

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