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Southern California-Choose Your Own Adventure

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Southern California-Choose Your Own Adventure


We are staying at the Welk Resort in mid February for a week, and I am putting together a list of day trips/activities before we go. I don't want to plan each and every day, but I do want to have at least 7 days/options so based on weather and how we feel we can make our plans when we wake up!

So far I have:

1. Safari Park

2. Julian/Santa Ysabel

3. Temecula Wineries

We have been to San Diego before, and will probably be back this summer, so we are not overly concerned on visiting San Diego proper this trip, though I am not necessarily ruling it out. On our past trips we have visited La Jolla, Coronado, USS Midway, Harbor Cruise, and Dana Point.

My boyfriend loves cars (car shows/museums) and boats (he can spend hours just sitting near a harbor watching the boats.)

I love wine, good food, shopping, and museums (history).

We both love beaches, small towns, and photography.

We love driving and exploring.

Any other suggestions for us?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Southern California-Choose Your Own Adventure

When you head to Julian/Santa Ysabel, keep going down the hill to check out Anza Borrego.Nice little town of Borrego Springs. There are lots of cool sculptures around town done by a local artist. And the hikes/walks at the state park are nice.

If you like to fly, maybe try a glider ride at Warner Springs.

If your boyfriend likes boats, maybe do a trip on an Americas Cup boat.


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2. Re: Southern California-Choose Your Own Adventure

The Deer Park Winery in Escondido has a car museum:


You can take highway 78 to the Carlsbad/Oceanside area (beach towns) - about 20-25 miles:



If you are interested in history, the San Luis Rey Mission is in Oceanside:


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3. Re: Southern California-Choose Your Own Adventure

Thank you both...gives me some great ideas!

The Deerpark Winery is definitely on the list.

Excited about checking about Oceanside now too.

I would love to do the sailboat, though my boyfriend gets very seasick, so we probably won't. (We are lake boaters!)

Hadn't read much about Borrego Springs, but will check it out!

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4. Re: Southern California-Choose Your Own Adventure

If you like doing the driving, one thing you could consider is taking the backroads between Temecula and Palm Springs... it's a really nice drive and once you get up there, you could explore the desert in that area, or hit some casinos, etc. You can make it a day trip if you leave early. They have some really nice restaurants out there.

Also, if you do like casinos, we have a ton of them in Escondido and there is a loop you can do to hit from Pala to Harrahs to Valley VIew through the backroads of Escondido/Valley Center. There is even a preserve out there, too for hiking.

In Escondido, there is actually quite a bit to do. We have a really big beer community in North County San Diego and one of the top breweries is Stone Brewing right in our backyard. There is also a brand new tiny little brewery right down the road from Stone called Offbeat Brewing.

There is also some great hiking and exploring in the Daley Ranch area and other areas, too (the lakes, etc). Kit Carson park is huge and you can do some walking there, too. I'd recommend visiting Queen Calafia's Magic Circle garden, which is small, but really cool to see.

For history, you can visit the Escondido History Center at Grape Day Park or the San Pasqual Battlefield State Park. Grand Avenue is sort of the "old town". You'll find some good restaurants there and some little shops, as well as a Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons. Also the Sikes Adobe Farmhouse has tours and on Sundays a Farmers Market. I've been to this Farmers Market and it was REALLY small when i was there.

Couple places you should put on your must do list: Vintana Wine + Dine for dinner, Baltimore Snowball for a cold sweet treat, and the Magic Circle Garden. Feel free to contact me with questions.

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