Desert Excursion | Borrego Springs, California

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Borrego Springs is a scenic desert community located northeast of San Diego County. The warm climate and beautiful surroundings attract visitors from all over the country. The unique community has no big chain stores and the nearest stoplight is fifty miles away – it’s a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city. Need help planning your vacation? We’ve got a few suggestions!

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

With over 650,000 acres of land, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert park in America. It’s a national natural landmark with numerous campgrounds, wilderness areas, nature reserves, and over 100 miles of hiking trails. Our favorite trail is Whale Peak. The high-elevation route spans 4.5 miles and offers stunning views across all of Anza-Borrego Park. Be sure to put on lots of sunscreen and pack plenty of water!

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Metal Sculptures in Galleta Meadows

Over 130 life-sized metal sculptures are scattered throughout the sands of Borrego Springs. You can find prehistoric animals, historical characters, and a daunting 350-foot-long serpent. This public attraction draws in visitors from around the globe. The artist, Ricardo Breceda, brings life and movement to the installations by capturing each creature in motion. Drive through the surrounding roads to see the amazing artwork inspired by the beasts that roamed the area millions of years ago!

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Desert Excursion

This tour takes you through the sands of the Anza-Borrego desert in an open-air jeep or former military vehicle. Participants can choose from three levels of difficulty featuring different terrain and various hiking trails. The “adventure excursion” is an immersive experience that allows you to explore the rugged landscape and embrace the natural beauty of the desert! Reserve your spot online.

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Big Horn Bar & Grill

Have dinner at Big Horn Bar & Grill, a Western-style eatery serving up American classics. Be sure to try the house made chili and jalapeño cornbread. The full bar features classic cocktails and a wide selection of beer and wine. Take a seat on the outdoor patio and watch the sunset as you enjoy your meal.

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Stargazing

Your day doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Borrego Springs is an internationally recognized Dark Sky Community and was rated by USA Today as one of the top ten stargazing locations in the country. Look up at the night sky and gaze upon more stars and constellations than you’ve ever seen before! Click here for weekly stargazing tips.

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La Casa Del Zorro

Spend the night at La Casa Del Zorro, a stylish and romantic desert resort that has been serving Borrego Springs since 1937. It’s conveniently located adjacent to Anza Borrego State Park and offers unparalleled comfort and serenity. The beautifully appointed resort offers poolside guest rooms, private casitas, six tennis courts, and a world-class spa. Book their Stargazing Package for deluxe accommodations, use of the hotel telescope, and entrance to a stargazing party!

Coronado | San Diego, California

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Just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is a popular vacation destination with a charm unlike any other city. The quaint shops, beautiful architecture, fine dining, and stunning beaches draw in locals and visitors alike. Here are a few of our favorite things to do on the beautiful Coronado Island!

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Ferry Landing

Take the ferry over to Coronado Island from downtown San Diego. Explore the unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants right along the coast of the San Diego Bay. Buy a souvenir to take home or enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the water. The Ferry Landing Marketplace has something for everyone!

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Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach was named one of the top beaches in the country by Dr. Beach. Take a walk along the shore and it’s easy to understand why! The 1.5 mile beach shines silvery white because of the presence of the mineral mica. Numerous fire pits line the sand, and the northwestern end is dog friendly. A little known fact about the beach is that the sand dunes along the edge actually spell out “CORONADO”.

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Action Sport Rentals

Take advantage of the San Diego sunshine and spend some time out on the water. Action Sport Rentals, located in the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, is the one stop shop for your next adventure. Kick back and relax on an electric Funcat with a built in cooler or try Water Skiing if you’re a thrill seeker!

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1500 Ocean

Walk down the beach to the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and visit their signature restaurant, 1500 Ocean. The upscale eatery offers California coastal cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. With stunning views of the ocean, it’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Try the four-course tasting menu with hand selected wine pairings for a truly exceptional culinary experience. Reserve your table today.

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Spreckels Park

Spreckels Park is located on 7th and Orange, right in the heart of Coronado. It spans 8 acres and features a playground, gazebo, picnic tables, and plenty of natural shade. The park is named after J.D. Spreckels, one of Coronado’s founding fathers. Free concerts take place in the center of the park every Sunday during the summer.

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MooTime Creamery

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a local favorite. MooTime Creamery is a Coronado staple that has been serving handcrafted ice cream and hand-rolled cones since 1998. They now have two locations on the island and continue to create their treats from scratch. The flavors rotate daily, and you can even purchase custom ice cream cakes and pies!

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Glorietta Bay Inn

The Glorietta Bay Inn is a timeless, award-winning Coronado hotel and that is the perfect aplace to unwind after a long day on the island. The quiet setting and rich architecture guarantee a comfortable and memorable stay. Step back in time with their featured Historic Coronado Package! It offers a two-night stay, $25 local restaurant gift card, tickets to the Coronado Historic Walking Tour, and more. Book your stay today!

Encinitas | San Diego, California

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Encinitas is a beautiful beach city located along six miles of the Pacific coastline, just 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Full of sunshine and natural beauty, Encinitas is the perfect summer vacation destination. Spend a day out on the town and check out some our favorite things to do!

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Take the scenic route

If you’re planning a visit to Encinitas, skip the hassle of parking and take the Pacific Surfliner train. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as you travel along the Southern California coast! The train stops right in the heart of Encinitas, walking distance from everything the city has to offer. The route features multiple stops connecting San Diego and San Luis Obispo through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Reserve your seat online.

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Get your caffeine fix

Start your morning at Lofty Coffee, a locally owned company dedicated to serving sustainable, “farm-to-cup” coffee and tea. Grab a seat on the patio and sample their selection of organic pastries and locally sourced breakfast options. Their specialty drinks are crafted from scratch with house-made sweeteners – our favorite is the Salted Caramel Latte!

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Cruise around and ride the waves

Walk down the main street to CONCEPT Surf Shop, a family owned storefront that has become the go-to stop for surfers and beach goers in Encinitas. Rent a beach cruiser for the day and ride along the coast, taking in the ocean air and California sunshine. Feeling more adventurous? They’ve got everything you need to gear up and hit the waves! CONCEPT carries a wide variety of surfboards, boogie boards, and wetsuits. Ask about their daily surfing lessons!

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Experience tranquility

Locals and tourists alike gather at this hidden gem behind the Self-Realization Fellowship church. Tucked on a cliff overlooking Swami’s Beach, the garden provides spectacular ocean views. A canopy of trees, lush greenery, and exotic plants surround the area. Stroll through the peaceful grounds and relax by the koi pond. The serene environment creates a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

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Satisfy your cravings

There’s nothing like a juicy burger and a cold beer after a long day at the beach. Head over to the Encinitas Ale House for one of their “locally world famous” burgers. Their unique menu offers an array of humanely raised meats, including beef, bison, alligator, duck, rabbit, ostrich, and more! They also have a selection of more than 400 bottled beers from all over the world. Can’t decide? Try a flight of four beer tasters! Ask about their daily specials.

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Watch the sunset

End your day at Moonlight Beach, one of the most visited beaches in Encinitas. Gather around a cozy bonfire or bring a blanket and lay out on the soft sand. It’s the perfect location to unwind and enjoy the gorgeous West Coast sunset. Don’t forget to bring your s’mores essentials!