Stökkva beint að efni

The Draagonfly Guidebook to San Diego

Traci

The Draagonfly Guidebook to San Diego

Food scene
Dining options I can vouch for all over San Diego.
I can't say enough good things about Curbside Cafe. The owner, Joe, is from the East Coast, and really knows his diner food. The good part is it's not greasy like New Jersey, which makes it even better! The pancakes are light and fluffy and come with real maple syrup. He even has potato pancakes! Their enormous cinnamon rolls are enough for 3 to 4 people, and have been voted best of San Diego multiple years, I believe. The coffee is sublime, the bacon is always done to perfection... what's not to love? They close around 2pm tho, so get there early for breakfast or brunch!
8
íbúar mæla með
Curbside Cafe
307 Main Street
8
íbúar mæla með
I can't say enough good things about Curbside Cafe. The owner, Joe, is from the East Coast, and really knows his diner food. The good part is it's not greasy like New Jersey, which makes it even better! The pancakes are light and fluffy and come with real maple syrup. He even has potato pancakes! Their enormous cinnamon rolls are enough for 3 to 4 people, and have been voted best of San Diego multiple years, I believe. The coffee is sublime, the bacon is always done to perfection... what's not to love? They close around 2pm tho, so get there early for breakfast or brunch!
Lawrence Welk Resort is less than 15 minutes from my house. It's not just for guests of the resort - they also offer an open-air farmers market on Mondays from 3–7pm, and the Resort Village has shops set in some beautiful scenery.
Lawrence Welk Resort Village
Lawrence Welk Resort is less than 15 minutes from my house. It's not just for guests of the resort - they also offer an open-air farmers market on Mondays from 3–7pm, and the Resort Village has shops set in some beautiful scenery.
The Yellow Deli is an interesting place to eat just off the main street in downtown Vista. The restaurant owns a farm in Valley Center, and a majority of their ingredients come from the farm. Needless to say, it is literally farm-to-table, and tastes fabulous!
29
íbúar mæla með
The Yellow Deli Vista, LLC
315 East Broadway
29
íbúar mæla með
The Yellow Deli is an interesting place to eat just off the main street in downtown Vista. The restaurant owns a farm in Valley Center, and a majority of their ingredients come from the farm. Needless to say, it is literally farm-to-table, and tastes fabulous!
Belching Beaver is a favorite brewery/bar in downtown Vista. Just opened before Covid hit, so the decor is very upscale, and there are plenty of tables. I believe they have live music on weekends, too. Definitely worth a try, and not too far from the house.
22
íbúar mæla með
Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern and Grill
302 E Broadway
22
íbúar mæla með
Belching Beaver is a favorite brewery/bar in downtown Vista. Just opened before Covid hit, so the decor is very upscale, and there are plenty of tables. I believe they have live music on weekends, too. Definitely worth a try, and not too far from the house.
This is hands-down some of the best homemade ice cream I've ever had. Carlsbad is about 30 minutes from the house, but this is worth the drive. Spend the afternoon, but plan on standing in line for a while. This place is no secret from the locals!
7
íbúar mæla með
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
2825 State St
7
íbúar mæla með
This is hands-down some of the best homemade ice cream I've ever had. Carlsbad is about 30 minutes from the house, but this is worth the drive. Spend the afternoon, but plan on standing in line for a while. This place is no secret from the locals!
One of my daughter's most favorite hangouts. This place has a very large bar, and restaurant seating as well. Many many TVs make it a great place to see the Big Game - whatever game that may be for you!
6
íbúar mæla með
The Draft Restaurant and Sports Bar
4225 Oceanside Blvd
6
íbúar mæla með
One of my daughter's most favorite hangouts. This place has a very large bar, and restaurant seating as well. Many many TVs make it a great place to see the Big Game - whatever game that may be for you!
Tony P's (as we affectionately refer to it) is a great place to grab a beer and a pizza with friends. The one in Oceanside off the 76 is smaller, and usually very busy on Fridays and Saturdays. If you're sitting at the bar, it's easy enough to see the TVs, just know that the owner is a Detroit fan! The location in Escondido is much larger and easier to find a seat. All the food is excellent, so no worries there, and Joe - you won't find a nicer guy anywhere. :)
Tony Pepperoni
805 College Boulevard
Tony P's (as we affectionately refer to it) is a great place to grab a beer and a pizza with friends. The one in Oceanside off the 76 is smaller, and usually very busy on Fridays and Saturdays. If you're sitting at the bar, it's easy enough to see the TVs, just know that the owner is a Detroit fan! The location in Escondido is much larger and easier to find a seat. All the food is excellent, so no worries there, and Joe - you won't find a nicer guy anywhere. :)
Barrel Republic is tons of fun. Set up like a frozen yogurt shop, but with beer and cider. You go in and get a bracelet to set up your tab, then pour your own glasses in any amount you like. This is great if you want to try a bunch of different stuff, but beware! They will cut you off after a certain number of ounces so as not to promote irresponsible drinking. Barrel Republic also offers a great menu of food - very tasty dishes! Definitely fun.
14
íbúar mæla með
Barrel Republic Carlsbad
2961 State St
14
íbúar mæla með
Barrel Republic is tons of fun. Set up like a frozen yogurt shop, but with beer and cider. You go in and get a bracelet to set up your tab, then pour your own glasses in any amount you like. This is great if you want to try a bunch of different stuff, but beware! They will cut you off after a certain number of ounces so as not to promote irresponsible drinking. Barrel Republic also offers a great menu of food - very tasty dishes! Definitely fun.
In better times before the plague, Privateer had comedy nights every Tuesday where they would bring in local acts, some out of LA, to practice new material on the locals. Order food and have a show - great for something to do during the week, and you'll be kicked out at 10pm, so you're sure to get up in time for work the next morning! Their coal-fired pizza is outstanding, but they have many other menu items that will also delight your tongue when you're not laughing or enjoying their many options for brews and wine.
The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza
1706 S Coast Hwy
In better times before the plague, Privateer had comedy nights every Tuesday where they would bring in local acts, some out of LA, to practice new material on the locals. Order food and have a show - great for something to do during the week, and you'll be kicked out at 10pm, so you're sure to get up in time for work the next morning! Their coal-fired pizza is outstanding, but they have many other menu items that will also delight your tongue when you're not laughing or enjoying their many options for brews and wine.
Best Mexican food in Oceanside, according to my daughter. Margarita Mondays come highly recommended.
Señor Grubby's
311 North Tremont Street
Best Mexican food in Oceanside, according to my daughter. Margarita Mondays come highly recommended.
Do you like to sing? Junkyard has karaoke every Wednesday night. :)
Junkyard Sports Bar & Grill
Do you like to sing? Junkyard has karaoke every Wednesday night. :)
Full of atmosphere, Parkhouse Eatery in the University Heights area has a stellar menu of interesting cuisine you won't find everywhere. Somehow this place never seem crowded, and you can even request the table by the fireplace for extra ambiance. Quite a romantic trip!
35
íbúar mæla með
Parkhouse Eatery
4574 Park Boulevard
35
íbúar mæla með
Full of atmosphere, Parkhouse Eatery in the University Heights area has a stellar menu of interesting cuisine you won't find everywhere. Somehow this place never seem crowded, and you can even request the table by the fireplace for extra ambiance. Quite a romantic trip!
If you're up for a drive, LeStat's is an all-night coffee shop with fantastic beverages, and some light sandwich fare. They also have LeStat's West Music Venue next door to the coffee shop, where you can often see great local musical talent. Once in a while they also have comedians on stage. I've seen Gregory Page play here, and I think back in the day, Jason Mraz may have performed here, too. It's down in the Normal Heights area of the city, pretty far from my house, but the overall feel of it makes it a great place to spend some time after an exciting day in San Diego. The best part is, no matter when your day ends, they're always open! LeStat's has four locations now, but the original is the one in my heart and has the best atmosphere. :)
8
íbúar mæla með
Lestat's West Music Venue
3341 Adams Ave
8
íbúar mæla með
If you're up for a drive, LeStat's is an all-night coffee shop with fantastic beverages, and some light sandwich fare. They also have LeStat's West Music Venue next door to the coffee shop, where you can often see great local musical talent. Once in a while they also have comedians on stage. I've seen Gregory Page play here, and I think back in the day, Jason Mraz may have performed here, too. It's down in the Normal Heights area of the city, pretty far from my house, but the overall feel of it makes it a great place to spend some time after an exciting day in San Diego. The best part is, no matter when your day ends, they're always open! LeStat's has four locations now, but the original is the one in my heart and has the best atmosphere. :)
Vigilucci's is an upscale Italian restaurant and bar in Carlsbad, literally across the street from the ocean. A bit pricey, but worth the money for great food, a great view of the ocean, and also fun to watch the people walk by around sunset. They offer indoor and outdoor seating, and a full bar.
42
íbúar mæla með
Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
3878 Carlsbad Boulevard
42
íbúar mæla með
Vigilucci's is an upscale Italian restaurant and bar in Carlsbad, literally across the street from the ocean. A bit pricey, but worth the money for great food, a great view of the ocean, and also fun to watch the people walk by around sunset. They offer indoor and outdoor seating, and a full bar.
A very intimate dining experience, but with great food and upscale beer and wine choices. Quite the romantic spot for two!
14
íbúar mæla með
The Miller's Table
514 S Coast Hwy
14
íbúar mæla með
A very intimate dining experience, but with great food and upscale beer and wine choices. Quite the romantic spot for two!
Pre-covid, this Speakeasy was the best. Located downtown behind a false door advertising a lawyer's office, this place was truly like a 1930s speakeasy where you needed a password to get past the dude at the door. The best Last Word cocktail I've ever had, too. Alas, we must wait for the plague to pass before we can enjoy this jazzy spot again.
19
íbúar mæla með
Prohibition Lounge
548 Fifth Avenue
19
íbúar mæla með
Pre-covid, this Speakeasy was the best. Located downtown behind a false door advertising a lawyer's office, this place was truly like a 1930s speakeasy where you needed a password to get past the dude at the door. The best Last Word cocktail I've ever had, too. Alas, we must wait for the plague to pass before we can enjoy this jazzy spot again.
This is an incredible restaurant with five stars for everything from food to atmosphere. It also has five $$$$$ for expense, but if you're feeling rich, nothing beats dinner in this 1920s-style experience.
30
íbúar mæla með
Born and Raised
1909 India St
30
íbúar mæla með
This is an incredible restaurant with five stars for everything from food to atmosphere. It also has five $$$$$ for expense, but if you're feeling rich, nothing beats dinner in this 1920s-style experience.
Nestled in the middle of a mall, of all places, this speakeasy fronts a liquor shop, but take a ride on the chairs by the fireplace and literally a whole new world will open up, with cocktails and music. Quite the experience!
13
íbúar mæla með
Raised by Wolves
4301 La Jolla Village Dr
13
íbúar mæla með
Nestled in the middle of a mall, of all places, this speakeasy fronts a liquor shop, but take a ride on the chairs by the fireplace and literally a whole new world will open up, with cocktails and music. Quite the experience!
Sightseeing
If you like the calm serenity of meditation gardens, SRF in Encinitas should definitely be on your list of places to go. Check the hours online, as they change with the seasons, but if you can fit it in, the energy is divine. Featuring many exotic plants and flowers, this is a garden that Yogananda originally cultivated decades ago. The koi pond has some of the largest fish I've ever seen, the empty swimming pool provides a bit of an eerie touch, and the views of the ocean can't be beat. Plenty of benches and quiet spots to meditate, this garden is just a joy to be in for a simple walk-through, or a meditative afternoon. Free to the public, but there are collection boxes among the trees to support maintenance of the gardens. Well worth any cash you feel like contributing. Not really a place for children because you must be quiet while walking through, and if you're not, the guards are not afraid to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to bring it down a level.
65
íbúar mæla með
Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple
1105 2nd Street
65
íbúar mæla með
If you like the calm serenity of meditation gardens, SRF in Encinitas should definitely be on your list of places to go. Check the hours online, as they change with the seasons, but if you can fit it in, the energy is divine. Featuring many exotic plants and flowers, this is a garden that Yogananda originally cultivated decades ago. The koi pond has some of the largest fish I've ever seen, the empty swimming pool provides a bit of an eerie touch, and the views of the ocean can't be beat. Plenty of benches and quiet spots to meditate, this garden is just a joy to be in for a simple walk-through, or a meditative afternoon. Free to the public, but there are collection boxes among the trees to support maintenance of the gardens. Well worth any cash you feel like contributing. Not really a place for children because you must be quiet while walking through, and if you're not, the guards are not afraid to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to bring it down a level.
The Cabrillo Monument is way down south - almost to the border. In fact, you will likely get message on your phone about picking up a signal from Mexico's cell towers while you're there. As a historic point of interest, there's a lighthouse and a museum, and also cliffs that overlook the ocean where you can get some really amazing photos. Worth the drive down, especially if you're traveling internationally!
64
íbúar mæla með
Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
64
íbúar mæla með
The Cabrillo Monument is way down south - almost to the border. In fact, you will likely get message on your phone about picking up a signal from Mexico's cell towers while you're there. As a historic point of interest, there's a lighthouse and a museum, and also cliffs that overlook the ocean where you can get some really amazing photos. Worth the drive down, especially if you're traveling internationally!
I have not personally visited the monastery yet, but it is literally right up the road - about a mile, I think. I hear the garden is beautiful to walk through. Before Covid restrictions, you could arrange to have breakfast and prayer time with the monks, but I've heard they will not be doing that until it is safe to gather in large groups again.
Thien Vien Dai Dang Buddhist Temple
6326 Camino Del Rey
I have not personally visited the monastery yet, but it is literally right up the road - about a mile, I think. I hear the garden is beautiful to walk through. Before Covid restrictions, you could arrange to have breakfast and prayer time with the monks, but I've heard they will not be doing that until it is safe to gather in large groups again.
Pala Casino is a 15-to-20-minute drive from my house. It offers all you would expect from a casino - table games, slots, and high-limit games. There is also an adults-only pool, where you can sit poolside or actually in the water and have drinks. It used to cost $25 per person to be at the pool for the day, but Covid restrictions may have changed this. Please call to find out what the current rules are regarding the pool. The gaming part of the casino is open though, as far as I know.
20
íbúar mæla með
Pala Casino Spa & Resort
11154 California 76
20
íbúar mæla með
Pala Casino is a 15-to-20-minute drive from my house. It offers all you would expect from a casino - table games, slots, and high-limit games. There is also an adults-only pool, where you can sit poolside or actually in the water and have drinks. It used to cost $25 per person to be at the pool for the day, but Covid restrictions may have changed this. Please call to find out what the current rules are regarding the pool. The gaming part of the casino is open though, as far as I know.
Harrah's Resort and Casino is about a 30-minute drive from my house. It's a fun place to spend an evening. They offer shows, 960 slots, 114 table games, and various food options.
12
íbúar mæla með
Harrah's Resort Southern California
777 South Resort Drive
12
íbúar mæla með
Harrah's Resort and Casino is about a 30-minute drive from my house. It's a fun place to spend an evening. They offer shows, 960 slots, 114 table games, and various food options.
Lawrence Welk Resort is less than 15 minutes from my house. They have a theater where you can see plays, magic shows, and live music.
Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre
8860 Lawrence Welk Drive
Lawrence Welk Resort is less than 15 minutes from my house. They have a theater where you can see plays, magic shows, and live music.
Nothing beats attending a performance of the San Diego Symphony at Copley Hall. Alas, San Diegans tend to dress somewhat casually for this, so you won't be out of place in business slacks/skirt and a nice shirt, but there is enough variety that even if you wanted to go dressed to the nines, I don't think anyone would bat an eye. I've done it! Copley Hall itself has quite a history, and the ushers are happy to give some background on the place if you arrive early. Also, if you're attending a Masterworks performance, be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes early to catch Nuvi Mehta's "What's the Score?" pre-concert talks. He covers the history of the music being played that night, gives interesting background on the composers, and is a fantastic storyteller.
Copley Symphony Hall
750 B St
Nothing beats attending a performance of the San Diego Symphony at Copley Hall. Alas, San Diegans tend to dress somewhat casually for this, so you won't be out of place in business slacks/skirt and a nice shirt, but there is enough variety that even if you wanted to go dressed to the nines, I don't think anyone would bat an eye. I've done it! Copley Hall itself has quite a history, and the ushers are happy to give some background on the place if you arrive early. Also, if you're attending a Masterworks performance, be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes early to catch Nuvi Mehta's "What's the Score?" pre-concert talks. He covers the history of the music being played that night, gives interesting background on the composers, and is a fantastic storyteller.
I admit I'm not much of a water person, but I know Carlsbad Lagoon offers paddle boat and ski-do rentals for those who are.
15
íbúar mæla með
Carlsbad Lagoon Recreation Area
15
íbúar mæla með
I admit I'm not much of a water person, but I know Carlsbad Lagoon offers paddle boat and ski-do rentals for those who are.
From Kate Spade to Coach to Nike and Vans, these shops give you all the big brands in one beautiful open-air outlet mall. Have a burger and a milkshake at Ruby's Diner, or grab a hot pretzel as a snack. It's a fun day of shopping.
148
íbúar mæla með
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo Del Norte
148
íbúar mæla með
From Kate Spade to Coach to Nike and Vans, these shops give you all the big brands in one beautiful open-air outlet mall. Have a burger and a milkshake at Ruby's Diner, or grab a hot pretzel as a snack. It's a fun day of shopping.
The County Fair comes to Del Mar Fairgrounds every June and July. They also host the Del Mar National Horse Show, concerts, exhibits, cake competitions, and of course, horse racing - there is always something happening at the Fairgrounds.
58
íbúar mæla með
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
58
íbúar mæla með
The County Fair comes to Del Mar Fairgrounds every June and July. They also host the Del Mar National Horse Show, concerts, exhibits, cake competitions, and of course, horse racing - there is always something happening at the Fairgrounds.
"Hotel Del," as it's known by locals, is about 45 minutes from my house, but worth the drive. If you head south on the historic Pacific Coast Highway (101), the journey is as fun as the destination. Not only is the hotel a beautiful place to wander around, enjoy a meal, or relax on the beach, it offers ghost tours (yes, there is a resident Victorian ghost!) and historical memorabilia exhibits. Don't miss taking a peek in the grand ballroom - the entire ceiling is made of wood and put together with not one single nail or screw! The island of Coronado also boasts a quaint village with plenty of fun shops and tasty restaurants. You'll definitely want to do a day trip there.
232
íbúar mæla með
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
1500 Orange Avenue
232
íbúar mæla með
"Hotel Del," as it's known by locals, is about 45 minutes from my house, but worth the drive. If you head south on the historic Pacific Coast Highway (101), the journey is as fun as the destination. Not only is the hotel a beautiful place to wander around, enjoy a meal, or relax on the beach, it offers ghost tours (yes, there is a resident Victorian ghost!) and historical memorabilia exhibits. Don't miss taking a peek in the grand ballroom - the entire ceiling is made of wood and put together with not one single nail or screw! The island of Coronado also boasts a quaint village with plenty of fun shops and tasty restaurants. You'll definitely want to do a day trip there.
San Diego County has a few dog-friendly beaches along its coastline, but Del Mar is the closest to my house. Alas, it is a bit of a drive at 30-40 minutes. At least San Diego is one of the most accommodating municipalities for dog owners. You can take leashed dogs on all beaches early in the morning (before 9am) and in the evening (after 6pm). This allows responsible dog owners to use the beaches before and after the busiest hours during the middle of the day. But if you want your dog to have the most fun off-leash, you have to go to one of the specific dog beaches. Even if you don't own a dog, it's sometimes fun to go and just watch them play. They are usually pretty well populated on any given afternoon.
Del Mar Dog Friendly Beach
San Diego County has a few dog-friendly beaches along its coastline, but Del Mar is the closest to my house. Alas, it is a bit of a drive at 30-40 minutes. At least San Diego is one of the most accommodating municipalities for dog owners. You can take leashed dogs on all beaches early in the morning (before 9am) and in the evening (after 6pm). This allows responsible dog owners to use the beaches before and after the busiest hours during the middle of the day. But if you want your dog to have the most fun off-leash, you have to go to one of the specific dog beaches. Even if you don't own a dog, it's sometimes fun to go and just watch them play. They are usually pretty well populated on any given afternoon.
Daley Ranch is about 20 minutes away in Escondido. Extensive hiking trails and a lake offer outdoor recreation options without having to drive too far.
17
íbúar mæla með
Daley Ranch
17
íbúar mæla með
Daley Ranch is about 20 minutes away in Escondido. Extensive hiking trails and a lake offer outdoor recreation options without having to drive too far.
Palomar Mountain is just to the east of my house. The road going to the park winds around quite a bit, but near the top of the mountain you'll find pine trees and even snow in winter! There is also an observatory, but I think you need reservations to visit, and I'm not sure how they're handling things during our plague, so be sure to call ahead.
10
íbúar mæla með
Palomar Mountain State Park
19952 State Park Drive
10
íbúar mæla með
Palomar Mountain is just to the east of my house. The road going to the park winds around quite a bit, but near the top of the mountain you'll find pine trees and even snow in winter! There is also an observatory, but I think you need reservations to visit, and I'm not sure how they're handling things during our plague, so be sure to call ahead.
If you're into ghost adventures, the Whaley House museum in Old Town San Diego is an interesting historic trip. They claim to be the most haunted house in San Diego!
10
íbúar mæla með
Whaley House Museum
2476 San Diego Avenue
10
íbúar mæla með
If you're into ghost adventures, the Whaley House museum in Old Town San Diego is an interesting historic trip. They claim to be the most haunted house in San Diego!
Neighborhoods
Encinitas is my most favorite place along the coast. The main street offers such a variety of interesting shops, the beaches are clean and classic California, and Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is a must-see. So many great reasons to spend an afternoon walking in downtown, with a quick trip over to Swami's beach to watch the surfers (or participate!), and enjoy a lovely dinner or evening cocktail at one of the many restaurants.
62
íbúar mæla með
Encinitas
62
íbúar mæla með
Encinitas is my most favorite place along the coast. The main street offers such a variety of interesting shops, the beaches are clean and classic California, and Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is a must-see. So many great reasons to spend an afternoon walking in downtown, with a quick trip over to Swami's beach to watch the surfers (or participate!), and enjoy a lovely dinner or evening cocktail at one of the many restaurants.
Vista is just south of Bonsall, and has spent quite a bit of their budget in recent years gentrifying the downtown area. Home to Mother Earth and Belching Beaver microbreweries, and the fantastic Vista Village Pub (an Irish pub) where you can my second-most favorite version of Bangers and Mash, Vista may be small, but it has an active nightlife. For the morning after, there is Curbside Cafe, with some of the best diner-style breakfast choices outside of New Jersey. Maybe because it's owned by Joe, who I'm pretty sure is from the NY/NJ area!
Vista
Vista is just south of Bonsall, and has spent quite a bit of their budget in recent years gentrifying the downtown area. Home to Mother Earth and Belching Beaver microbreweries, and the fantastic Vista Village Pub (an Irish pub) where you can my second-most favorite version of Bangers and Mash, Vista may be small, but it has an active nightlife. For the morning after, there is Curbside Cafe, with some of the best diner-style breakfast choices outside of New Jersey. Maybe because it's owned by Joe, who I'm pretty sure is from the NY/NJ area!
Oceanside is still busy refurbishing its main street, but it's fast becoming a better place to hang out. Close to Camp Pendleton, there are many "boots" that hang out at the bars, but the addition of a couple more hotels in recent years has the tourist trade booming over there. Alas, these hotels are very tall and have blocked all the good views from rooftop hangouts of the past, but the beach is still nice, and sometimes there is even an event in the bandshell. Every Thursday Oceanside hosts a farmers market, which is more like a street fair. In the earlier part of the day it's mostly produce and food; they take a break in the middle of the day, then set up at night more like a street fair. The nighttime version has food as well, but it's more along the lines of street food for dinner. There are a ton of booths selling locally made wares, and in summer it's usually pretty crowded. Dogs are welcome and prevalent at the street fair, but please check the laws about how close they can be to any food booths. Usually you have to keep them back a bit.
33
íbúar mæla með
Oceanside
33
íbúar mæla með
Oceanside is still busy refurbishing its main street, but it's fast becoming a better place to hang out. Close to Camp Pendleton, there are many "boots" that hang out at the bars, but the addition of a couple more hotels in recent years has the tourist trade booming over there. Alas, these hotels are very tall and have blocked all the good views from rooftop hangouts of the past, but the beach is still nice, and sometimes there is even an event in the bandshell. Every Thursday Oceanside hosts a farmers market, which is more like a street fair. In the earlier part of the day it's mostly produce and food; they take a break in the middle of the day, then set up at night more like a street fair. The nighttime version has food as well, but it's more along the lines of street food for dinner. There are a ton of booths selling locally made wares, and in summer it's usually pretty crowded. Dogs are welcome and prevalent at the street fair, but please check the laws about how close they can be to any food booths. Usually you have to keep them back a bit.
The town of Fallbrook is just north of Bonsall. It has a quaint main street with shops, restaurants, and a local theater. Fallbrook, being the avocado capital of the world, hosts the Avocado Festival once a year, and an annual Gem and Mineral show. The Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens is not only a popular wedding venue, their gardens are open year-round and they offer upscale dining at The Veranda on weekends.
9
íbúar mæla með
Fallbrook
9
íbúar mæla með
The town of Fallbrook is just north of Bonsall. It has a quaint main street with shops, restaurants, and a local theater. Fallbrook, being the avocado capital of the world, hosts the Avocado Festival once a year, and an annual Gem and Mineral show. The Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens is not only a popular wedding venue, their gardens are open year-round and they offer upscale dining at The Veranda on weekends.
Normal Heights is a bit of a drive, but has so many fun shops and restaurants. Everything is within walking distance there, and if you like to people watch, it's a great place to do so.
16
íbúar mæla með
Normal Heights
16
íbúar mæla með
Normal Heights is a bit of a drive, but has so many fun shops and restaurants. Everything is within walking distance there, and if you like to people watch, it's a great place to do so.
If you are LGBTQ, you'll be very comfortable in Hillcrest. It's a bit of a drive from my house - probably a good 40 minutes - but there are so many great events in that area. Kava Root Bar is a cool place to check out (not alcohol, per se - Google "kava root" and you'll see), and the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sundays can't be beat. Before Covid restrictions, I attended storytelling events down there, and usually the annual Pride Parade goes through Hillcrest. Lots of fun shops, restaurants from many cultures, and an extensive bar scene. You could easily spend the day exploring.
155
íbúar mæla með
Hillcrest
155
íbúar mæla með
If you are LGBTQ, you'll be very comfortable in Hillcrest. It's a bit of a drive from my house - probably a good 40 minutes - but there are so many great events in that area. Kava Root Bar is a cool place to check out (not alcohol, per se - Google "kava root" and you'll see), and the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sundays can't be beat. Before Covid restrictions, I attended storytelling events down there, and usually the annual Pride Parade goes through Hillcrest. Lots of fun shops, restaurants from many cultures, and an extensive bar scene. You could easily spend the day exploring.
La Jolla is where "the old money" lives, crossed with the very young students of UCSD. Lots of coffee shops, fancy restaurants, art galleries, a museum, their own symphony, a theater, an aquarium, and miles of rocky cliffs with a small break for a beach. While you're over there, be sure to say hello to the resident seals who have commandeered what's known as "the Children's Pool." The seals are truly wild, so you can't touch them, but they are cute to look at from the safety of the bridge. Better than Sea World, in my opinion.
181
íbúar mæla með
La Jolla
181
íbúar mæla með
La Jolla is where "the old money" lives, crossed with the very young students of UCSD. Lots of coffee shops, fancy restaurants, art galleries, a museum, their own symphony, a theater, an aquarium, and miles of rocky cliffs with a small break for a beach. While you're over there, be sure to say hello to the resident seals who have commandeered what's known as "the Children's Pool." The seals are truly wild, so you can't touch them, but they are cute to look at from the safety of the bridge. Better than Sea World, in my opinion.
Carlsbad Village is made up primarily of restaurants and bars, and has quite an active nightlife, even during our plague. So many to recommend: Compass is nice for some very tasty light fare and heavy cocktails, Campfire is great for more serious eats (and still more variety of cocktails), Viggilucci's and Cicciotti's offer pricey Italian cuisine, Caldo Pomodoro is Italian and a bit more reasonably priced. O'Sullivans is an Irish Pub, Oak + Elixir offers tapas, Barrio for Mexican, or just have a glass of wine at Witch Creek Winery. You'll definitely want to drop by Handel's Ice Cream afterward - the line is long, but worth the wait.
58
íbúar mæla með
Carlsbad Village
58
íbúar mæla með
Carlsbad Village is made up primarily of restaurants and bars, and has quite an active nightlife, even during our plague. So many to recommend: Compass is nice for some very tasty light fare and heavy cocktails, Campfire is great for more serious eats (and still more variety of cocktails), Viggilucci's and Cicciotti's offer pricey Italian cuisine, Caldo Pomodoro is Italian and a bit more reasonably priced. O'Sullivans is an Irish Pub, Oak + Elixir offers tapas, Barrio for Mexican, or just have a glass of wine at Witch Creek Winery. You'll definitely want to drop by Handel's Ice Cream afterward - the line is long, but worth the wait.
Old Town is a great place to spend the day shopping. Lots of Mexican-themed shops, outdoor kiosks, some great restaurants, the historic Whaley House, the Wells Fargo museum, the Seeley Stables (a museum of coaches, carriages, and other vintage transportation), the old schoolhouse, and the very creepy Cemetery of El Campo Santo, with headstones dating back to 1849. Just up the hill you can also view the Presidio - the first mission in San Diego.
428
íbúar mæla með
Old Town
428
íbúar mæla með
Old Town is a great place to spend the day shopping. Lots of Mexican-themed shops, outdoor kiosks, some great restaurants, the historic Whaley House, the Wells Fargo museum, the Seeley Stables (a museum of coaches, carriages, and other vintage transportation), the old schoolhouse, and the very creepy Cemetery of El Campo Santo, with headstones dating back to 1849. Just up the hill you can also view the Presidio - the first mission in San Diego.
Little Italy has become a beautiful place to sit and people watch. Covid inspired many restaurants along India Street to build permanent structures for outdoor dining, and the city also created a plaza with open-air food options and a fountain. So much good food! No worries, though, there is plenty close by to see. Waterfront Park and the Maritime Museum are a short stroll, so you can walk off those carbs quite easily!
375
íbúar mæla með
Little Italy
375
íbúar mæla með
Little Italy has become a beautiful place to sit and people watch. Covid inspired many restaurants along India Street to build permanent structures for outdoor dining, and the city also created a plaza with open-air food options and a fountain. So much good food! No worries, though, there is plenty close by to see. Waterfront Park and the Maritime Museum are a short stroll, so you can walk off those carbs quite easily!
City/town information
Idyllwild is a cool little artist town tucked away in the trees to the north of my house. It takes about an hour and a half to drive up there, but it's an easy day trip. Romantic little shops and restaurants inhabit mostly wood-constructed buildings that form a circle around a central park. You can walk the whole town in about 15-20 minutes, if you're not pulled into each shop to find treasures, nor distracted by all the amazing smells of the local food and coffee. Lots of fun to poke around up there for the afternoon.
55
íbúar mæla með
Idyllwild-Pine Cove
55
íbúar mæla með
Idyllwild is a cool little artist town tucked away in the trees to the north of my house. It takes about an hour and a half to drive up there, but it's an easy day trip. Romantic little shops and restaurants inhabit mostly wood-constructed buildings that form a circle around a central park. You can walk the whole town in about 15-20 minutes, if you're not pulled into each shop to find treasures, nor distracted by all the amazing smells of the local food and coffee. Lots of fun to poke around up there for the afternoon.
Julian is a gorgeous mountain town about an hour away from my house. Fun to do as a day trip, you can take a tour of an old mine (they will turn the lights out completely at one point - amazing how dark things are underground!), sit at the coffee shop to people-watch, have your fortune told, wander through the stores searching for treasures, and be sure to stop at the famous Julian Apple Pie Company for a warm treat before you leave!
126
íbúar mæla með
Julian
126
íbúar mæla með
Julian is a gorgeous mountain town about an hour away from my house. Fun to do as a day trip, you can take a tour of an old mine (they will turn the lights out completely at one point - amazing how dark things are underground!), sit at the coffee shop to people-watch, have your fortune told, wander through the stores searching for treasures, and be sure to stop at the famous Julian Apple Pie Company for a warm treat before you leave!
Unique Experiences
Truthfully, I only just discovered this and have not been there myself yet, but I fully intend to go because are you kidding me? This must be better than the zoo! An up-close, personal experience with exotic animals from all over the globe, hosted by professional wildlife educators, right here in Bonsall! Prices are a bit hefty if it's only a couple people, but if you have a group of four or more, and you split the cost, it's actually cheaper than going to the San Diego Zoo. (Which is also a very fun day, but a bit further south.) I will update this after I make my own first visit, but wanted to put up the suggestion immediately for guests who may be looking for unusual things to do while visiting North County.
Wild Wonders, Inc
5712 Vía Montellano
Truthfully, I only just discovered this and have not been there myself yet, but I fully intend to go because are you kidding me? This must be better than the zoo! An up-close, personal experience with exotic animals from all over the globe, hosted by professional wildlife educators, right here in Bonsall! Prices are a bit hefty if it's only a couple people, but if you have a group of four or more, and you split the cost, it's actually cheaper than going to the San Diego Zoo. (Which is also a very fun day, but a bit further south.) I will update this after I make my own first visit, but wanted to put up the suggestion immediately for guests who may be looking for unusual things to do while visiting North County.
Just over the hills of Valley Center, to the east, are the Galleta Meadows Sculptures of Borrego Springs. Anza Borrego is true desert hiking, so make sure you take your water bottle! 130 enormous sculptures pop up out of the dry desert floor in unexpected places. There are many maps online to guide you to each one. These are larger than life and a lot of fun to take photos of. A permanent art installment, they are rusty but magnificent, and there are no restrictions or ropes - you can walk right up and touch them, if you like. Dinosaurs and Jeeps and horses and dragons... they've got it all out there.
Borrego Springs Serpent Sculpture
1624 Borrego Springs Rd
Just over the hills of Valley Center, to the east, are the Galleta Meadows Sculptures of Borrego Springs. Anza Borrego is true desert hiking, so make sure you take your water bottle! 130 enormous sculptures pop up out of the dry desert floor in unexpected places. There are many maps online to guide you to each one. These are larger than life and a lot of fun to take photos of. A permanent art installment, they are rusty but magnificent, and there are no restrictions or ropes - you can walk right up and touch them, if you like. Dinosaurs and Jeeps and horses and dragons... they've got it all out there.
For 30 years, I've been an avid fan of renaissance festivals, so I can list off all the ones close enough to my house for a day trip, and the dates for each. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is the largest of these festivals, and usually takes place in April–May. It's about a two-hour drive north from where I live, but well worth the time to immerse yourself in an Olde English village, complete with artisans, food, comedy shows, birds of prey exhibitions, live actors that roam the grounds in full costume interacting with patrons, and even a real joust! The faires are one of my passions, so if you're interested, feel free to ask when they are, and I'll send you the list so you can schedule a trip accordingly.
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire
15501 Arrow Hwy
For 30 years, I've been an avid fan of renaissance festivals, so I can list off all the ones close enough to my house for a day trip, and the dates for each. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is the largest of these festivals, and usually takes place in April–May. It's about a two-hour drive north from where I live, but well worth the time to immerse yourself in an Olde English village, complete with artisans, food, comedy shows, birds of prey exhibitions, live actors that roam the grounds in full costume interacting with patrons, and even a real joust! The faires are one of my passions, so if you're interested, feel free to ask when they are, and I'll send you the list so you can schedule a trip accordingly.
The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival usually takes place in May–June, immediately following the closing weekend of Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April–May). The site is located in Corona, CA, about two hours north of my house. This is the only faire within a day trip that boasts permanent structures on site. It's a bit smaller than the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, but is growing quickly, and focuses more on guilds that provide historical and educational info. They do also have artisans, food, shows, live actors, and a joust, but in a more intimate setting. Many of the artisans are different from those who exhibit at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, so if you plan well, you can hit both faires within two weeks and get a taste of medieval variety.
Koroneburg Renaissance Festival
14600 Baron Drive
The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival usually takes place in May–June, immediately following the closing weekend of Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April–May). The site is located in Corona, CA, about two hours north of my house. This is the only faire within a day trip that boasts permanent structures on site. It's a bit smaller than the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, but is growing quickly, and focuses more on guilds that provide historical and educational info. They do also have artisans, food, shows, live actors, and a joust, but in a more intimate setting. Many of the artisans are different from those who exhibit at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, so if you plan well, you can hit both faires within two weeks and get a taste of medieval variety.
I have not personally experienced flying a falcon yet, but it's definitely on my list! A friend of mine has taken one of their classes and highly recommends it. He said it was one of the most exciting things he's ever done. Having experience with renaissance faires and watching the birds of prey shows for many years, this is definitely something that sounds exciting. I'll update my recommendation on this as soon as I've done it, and if you book my place and want to go, let me know and we'll make it happen! :)
Sky Falconry
593 Anderson Truck Trail
I have not personally experienced flying a falcon yet, but it's definitely on my list! A friend of mine has taken one of their classes and highly recommends it. He said it was one of the most exciting things he's ever done. Having experience with renaissance faires and watching the birds of prey shows for many years, this is definitely something that sounds exciting. I'll update my recommendation on this as soon as I've done it, and if you book my place and want to go, let me know and we'll make it happen! :)
If you're into antiques and spending a day finding unique treasures, Mission Galleria in Riverside is a fabulous place to go. There is SO MUCH to look at. I can't stress this enough! If you're like me, and like to wander around looking at every detail, you could literally spend hours in this place. Three floors of booths, rented and stocked by individuals, offer a wide variety of vintage items from dishes to books to clothes and more. Every time I go, it's like a treasure hunt, and also a trip back to my childhood, as I see so many items that are now "vintage" (am I *that* old??), which used to be part of my everyday life. Located in quaint Historic Downtown Riverside, there are restaurants and other shops on a wide brick promenade, so you can really make a day of it. This is definitely a day trip situation, but worth the drive. This area also happens to be where they hold Dickensfest every February. (Dickensfest is like a Victorian version of renaissance festivals.)
Mission Galleria Antique Shoppe
3700 Main Street
If you're into antiques and spending a day finding unique treasures, Mission Galleria in Riverside is a fabulous place to go. There is SO MUCH to look at. I can't stress this enough! If you're like me, and like to wander around looking at every detail, you could literally spend hours in this place. Three floors of booths, rented and stocked by individuals, offer a wide variety of vintage items from dishes to books to clothes and more. Every time I go, it's like a treasure hunt, and also a trip back to my childhood, as I see so many items that are now "vintage" (am I *that* old??), which used to be part of my everyday life. Located in quaint Historic Downtown Riverside, there are restaurants and other shops on a wide brick promenade, so you can really make a day of it. This is definitely a day trip situation, but worth the drive. This area also happens to be where they hold Dickensfest every February. (Dickensfest is like a Victorian version of renaissance festivals.)
If you happen to be booking in February, be sure to check out the Riverside Dickens Festival. Held in historic downtown Riverside, this is like a one-weekend renaissance festival, but with a Victorian theme. Besides artisan booths and food/drink, they offer "tea with the queen," live actors who portray famous Victorian authors in a question/answer type forum, usually a Victorian trial of some sort in the historic courthouse, and other interesting Victorian-themed events. More information can be located at dickensfest.com.
Riverside Dickens Festival
3585 Main St
If you happen to be booking in February, be sure to check out the Riverside Dickens Festival. Held in historic downtown Riverside, this is like a one-weekend renaissance festival, but with a Victorian theme. Besides artisan booths and food/drink, they offer "tea with the queen," live actors who portray famous Victorian authors in a question/answer type forum, usually a Victorian trial of some sort in the historic courthouse, and other interesting Victorian-themed events. More information can be located at dickensfest.com.
Waterfront Park is a fun place on a hot day. Dozens of fountains spray water into ankle-deep pools you're allowed to run through and wade in. Right across from the harbor, the view is something to behold with all the ships and sailboats, and makes for great photo opportunities. It's usually pretty crowded on weekend with families and folks trying to cool off in the summer, but it can also be a romantic stroll at sunset, with various colored lights on the surrounding historic buildings providing a nice background.
45
íbúar mæla með
Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Highway
45
íbúar mæla með
Waterfront Park is a fun place on a hot day. Dozens of fountains spray water into ankle-deep pools you're allowed to run through and wade in. Right across from the harbor, the view is something to behold with all the ships and sailboats, and makes for great photo opportunities. It's usually pretty crowded on weekend with families and folks trying to cool off in the summer, but it can also be a romantic stroll at sunset, with various colored lights on the surrounding historic buildings providing a nice background.

Borgartillaga

Samgöngur
Public transportation in SD is only convenient in some areas
San Diego is a very large county, and getting around solely by public transportation can be a challenge. There are local trains called the Sprinter, which travels inland, and the Coaster, which travels along the coast, but the train stations are few and far between. I believe you'd have to take Amtrak to get to the LA area, and the stations there are also not always convenient. The buses are a bit easier, especially within the City of San Diego, but getting to one of those from my house is a mile walk, and we are so far north, you could spend half your exploring time sitting on a bus.
Gagnlegar setningar
Highways are referred to as "The" plus the number
Where the East Coast usually refers to their highways by the proper names such as I-95 or I-40 or I-20, for some reason, the West Coast refers to their major roadways as "The 15" or "The 5" or "The 76," regardless of whether it's an interstate, highway, or a more local freeway.
Ekki missa af
Farmers Markets
There are so many farmers markets in San Diego! Some of the larger ones are: Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sundays; Little Italy Farmers Market on Saturdays (near the airport); Vista Farmers Market on Saturdays in the courthouse parking lot; and the Oceanside Farmers Market on Thursday mornings in downtown Oceanside. The smaller markets include Welk Resorts on Monday evenings, Mira Mesa on Tuesday afternoons, Carlsbad Village market on Wednesday evenings, Leucadia/Encinitas market on Sunday mornings, and so many more! Fresh produce is everywhere!