A scenic drive up Interstate 15 reveals diverse suburban communities and
expansive outdoor spaces where you’ll find eclectic eateries, craft breweries,
casinos, arts and culture, parks and more.
OLD CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ROW
What started as a fruit stand in the 1970s has
become a local landmark with 15 restaurants and
a multiplex theater. The popular Sublime Ale
House, Old California Mining Company, King & I
Thai Cuisine and Fish House Vera Cruz are just a
few of the dining destinations.
1020 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos
DECOY DOCKSIDE DINING
The new dual-level restaurant and lounge at the
Lakehouse Hotel & Resort gives diners clear views
of Lake San Marcos and an inventive menu of
wild game, freshwater seafood and pizzas cooked
in a wood-fire oven. The top level serves dinner
and weekend brunch, and the alfresco water-level
bar has light bites and shareable plates.
1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos
SAN PASQUAL BATTLEFIELD
This state historic park honors the soldiers
of the Mexican-American War with battle
reenactments, living history programs
and guided tours.
15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido
See the famous Hale Telescope (which is
still in use) and learn about its history on a
guided tour. Dress for chilly weather, as the
observatory’s elevation is almost 6,000 feet.
35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain
DOUBLE PEAK PARK
At an elevation of more than 1,600 feet, you can
see the San Bernardino Mountains in Los Angeles
and downtown San Diego on a clear day. You can
drive right up to the park, which has picnic tables
and a telescope, or hit the trail from Discovery
Lake Park for a strenuous 2.5-mile hike.
900 Double Peak Drive, San Marcos
This place pulses with concerts, comedy shows,
casino play, golf, dining and nightlife. Lounge at
the Dive Day Club, a Vegas-style pool
party with live DJs, a lazy river,
cabanas and a swim-up bar.
777 Valley Center Road,
WORTH THE TRIP
SHOP & DINE IN ESCONDIDO
Ever wanted to run away and
join the circus? You can learn
the art of the flying trapeze
in just one day at the county’s
only trapeze school.
2470 Melru Lane, Escondido
Chef Patrick Ponsaty is one
of only two French master
chefs in the region, and
draws upon Californian and
French influences for his
417 W. Grand Ave.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, more
than 30 wines available by
the glass and appetizers like
pumpkin-seed-crusted Brie will
make you forget the restaurant
is atop a Lexus dealership.
1205 Auto Park Way
Peterson’s Donut Corner
This local favorite serves up
supersized apple fritters,
cronuts and craveable
maple bacon bars.
This vintage wonderland
is filled with things you
didn’t know you needed:
quirky antiques, recycled
treasures and home
404 E. Grand Ave.
treasures and home