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San Diego, CA, USA
Just a short drive north from downtown San Diego, the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers an idea of what Southern California looked like before its coastlines were developed. Experience the area by taking a short walk from the...
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San Carlos, San Diego, CA, USA
Mission Trails is a quick getaway for some great hikes. I recommend you visit the trails in late winter and spring when the wildflowers are blooming. Summer is mostly dry & golden, but if you enjoy hiking you'll like it here no matter what the...
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Okay, I haven't had chocolate from all over the world yet, but this is the absolutely best chocolate I've ever tasted. Chuao is owned by two Venezuelan brothers and they only use Venezuelan cacao beans. Anyone who loves chocolate knows that the...
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10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108, USA
Mission San Diego is the very first Mission built in what is now the state of California and was built in 1769. Many people come to California for what is known as the "Mission Trail", a tour of all the Missions built in the state by the...
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3709 Convoy St #101, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
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The interior of Emerald's is quite spacious with dozens of large round tables covered in white linen. Throughout the course of the meal, Chinese women push around carts loaded with all sorts of steamed, fried, baked and raw foods. The first time I...
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315 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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The "Save the Ocean" mosaic (aka: the Surfing Madonna") originally installed under the Encinitas Avenue train bridge - now has a new home on the wall of Leucadia Pizzeria directly across the street from its original location under train bridge....
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10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
The Salk Institute is worth a visit for anyone intrigued by architecture–just not on the weekend! Which is of course, when I went. Which is also why you wont see any INSIDE pictures (from me, at least) in this post. No pleading, begging, or...
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2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
There's a legal, staircase, way down to Black's Beach in San Diego. Then, there's the billy goat way surfers who are in a hurry use. Don't try this if you're visiting, but don't miss Black's Beach either
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San Diego, CA 92129, USA
Covering more than 2,300 acres, Black Mountain Open Space Park features some 20 miles of trails just 45 minutes from downtown. Take the 2.5-mile hike up to the peak for spectacular views of downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Torrey Pines, and even...
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510 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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The Railroad Station turned Coffee House makes for a great eclectic place to wind down with a latte and some friends.They work hard at making delicious fresh pies/cakes, breakfast pastries, keish, and of course drinks. If that alone does'nt make...
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8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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I love dining al fresco and I love a beach view, so you can imagine how excited I was when Caroline's Seaside Cafe opened about a mile from our house. There's just nothing quite as beautiful as sitting on the deck of this chic little bistro and...
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA
While tourists flock to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its Safari Park—located 30 miles away in the San Pasqual Valley—is equally interesting. Spread over 1,800 acres, it’s home to more than 3,500 animals and 260...
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8950 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
If you want to have a picture perfect date; with amazing views of the ocean, perfect flowers along the sidewalk, and freshly cut grass (always) then you have come to the right spot. La Jolla gives tourists and locals an appreciation for a...
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632 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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Honeys is always our go-to breakfast cafe. You are welcomed by rows of coffee and whiffs of baked goods as soon as you walk in to the happy "honey" colored bistro including a delicious french caramel roast (all self-serve).. The goodness keeps on...
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11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Breakfast at A.R. Valentien in La Jolla is a relaxing way to start the day. Located in the Lodge at Torrey Pines, the restaurant is just minutes away from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, so you can head there after your meal to enjoy this...
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937 S Coast Hwy 101 #110, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
I love this spice shop- the concept is so ingenious, yet why has it taken so long to develop? At Savory Spice, you are allowed to taste any spice blend you want. Savory Spice has only been open a couple years, but my husband cooks gourmet for a...
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
The San Diego Botanical Garden contains 29 types of gardens. From New Zealand to South America to Africa, this huge botanical garden contains specimens from all over the world. There's even a native California plant section and also a gift shop....
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113 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
The unique thing about this restaurant is that everything is cooked on a plank and you can even choose the meats, cheeses and sauces to create your own meal. The flavors are amazing and after you eat- or before- you can stroll along East Grand...
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650 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
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Lourdes is known in San Diego county for their yummy chicken soup. People come from all over just for the soup- my husband, who loves chicken, always wants to stop here whenever we pass through on our way home from a vacation. If you're in the...
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4141 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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Kensington Cafe is located in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego. We come here a couple times a month when we want something early- they open at 7am- and we're on a budget. Check out this Sandy Eggan for just under $7 and it's loaded with...
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Mount Woodson Trail, Poway, CA 92064, USA
Mount Woodson is located in Poway, California (located northeast of San Diego) and is one of the harder hikes to do in San Diego county. The 6.4 mile hike culminates at the halfway point of Potato Chip Rock. So called because it's a thin rock that...
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Regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs, sometimes we all need to find our Moment of Zen... every moment at Swami's Meditation Garden is the epitome of just that; ZEN. This picturesque sanctuary is nothing short of peaceful perfection,...
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For a truly exceptional zoo experience, make sure to visit the beautifully preserved and well-maintained world-class San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In comparison to the San Diego Zoo located in Balboa Park, the safari park offers a more unique and...
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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, USA
Balboa park is a landscape of arts and culture in San Diego, including museums, such as The Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. The photo above is of the large koi pond outside the botanical garden house. It makes for a...
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San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego has over a half dozen rooftop bars. Due to our mild weather and beautiful skyline, there are several places to enjoy a few drinks with friends. My personal favorite is Altitude- picture here- because you can see the most of the skyline....
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San Diego, CA, USA
If you keep your eye out, you will find beautiful artwork all over the city. From murals on the walls of buildings to the painted electrical boxes around town- there is wonderful art to be seen if you know where to look! I love driving or walking...