Typically, people don't come to San Diego to hang out at Lake San Marcos, but North County locals are beginning to flock here. Decoy restaurant and lounge is beautiful and has recently undergone a big renovation. The Lakeshore Hotel will give you a free cruise around the lake if you eat at either of the great restaurants. Downstairs is casual. Upstairs, a little more formal, but still relaxing. We hang out on the sofas, have drinks and share the Charcuterie. There's a fireplace with a TV above it so folks can catch the game and a bar that's usually full early. We hear there's great fresh water fishing in the lake, and St. Mark's Golf Course is on the property, as well. So, you really could make a weekend of it. At the very least, though, it's a great place to end your week and start your weekend.
By Beth Toner
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San Marcos, CA, USA