My Guide to California

Discover the top things to do and places to eat near my California property for your next vacation.
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Plan Ahead for the BEST Venue -Enjoy a Beautiful Story-book Cottage! Sleeps 6

Located minutes from the conveniences of the city, the Old Castle Cottage sits on a private country estate that has been sought as a venue for weddings, bridal showers, and retreats. This property, encased in white picket fences, has been described as “fairy tale” like. Crossing the green wooden...

Balboa Park

One of our favorite outings has been to take the Coaster to Old Town. From the view of the train, you will see all sorts of scenery inaccessible by car. From coast line to the beautiful homes along the coast, you will love the view! The train stops right across the street from Old Town. Old Town is what the...

Peterson's Donut Corner

This corner donut shop is epic! Step back into the 1960’s. Ask for whatever is still warm – You WON’T be disappointed. My favorites include the butter log, glazed old fashioned buttermilk bar, and massive apple fritter!

Fish House Vera Cruz

Fish House Vera Cruz offers a large selection of grilled fish, shrimp and lobster. Fresh steamed vegetables, garden salads and hot sour dough bread make for an excellent dinner! The restaurant has many huge aquariums with everything from eel to shark. These live fish are very entertaining to both...

Fat Ivor's Rib Rack

“Ivor’s” (as locals call it), is a favorite restaurant because it offers delicious BBQ at a good price in a very comfortable setting. Don’t look for fancy décor. In fact, you may wonder if you are in Texas. The wall art includes Old Glory, portraits of bald eagles, and even “The Duke”. You are in the...

Bates Nut Farm

Bates Nut Farm is a historical and much loved fixture of Valley Center. Free entertainment includes seasonal pumpkin patches and corn mazes. A year round park and petting zoo is fun for the children. They also offer a large store with everything from nuts to chocolates to antiques. Shoppers will...

Cocina Del Charro

Cocina Del Charro has a terrific selection of authentic Mexican dishes. Their Sunday Brunch is famous and will more than please!

Filippis Pizza Grotto Escondido

Like Peterson’s Donuts, Felipes is also an icon in Escondido. We have been eating there since the 1970’s. You will find large portions of delicious food at a great price. This casual eatery is very busy on weekends so come early or be prepared to wait. DON’T ask for extra cheese on your pizza. They...