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.
THE WOODEN SPOON
Five-star chef Jesse Paul converted this former taco shop into an
organic restaurant with innovative comfort food like duck confit
ramen, bacon-onion jam and apple grilled cheese, and kitchen
sink fries, with s’mores and beer donuts for dessert.
805 E. Valley Pwky., Escondido
Quench your thirst after a day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
at this scenic spot, which hosts live music, trivia and outdoor
movie nights, as well as food trucks and an end-of-summer grape
13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido
PETERSON’S DONUT CORNER
This local favorite serves up supersized apple
fritters, cronuts and cravable maple bacon bars.
903 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido
CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
This cultural center features a medley of performances, from jazz
concerts, symphonies and mariachi festivals to ballet, modern
dance and musicals.
340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido
Harrah’s pulses with
concerts, comedy shows,
casino play, golf, dining
and nightlife. Summer
means lounging at the
Dive Day Club, a Vegas-style pool party with live
DJs, a lazy river, cabanas
and swim-up bar.
777 Valley Center Road,
Mount Woodson Trail
Hikers with cameras flock to the photo-
genic “potato chip rock” along this chal-
lenging trail en route to the Mount Woodson
Summit in the Lake Poway Recreational Area.
14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway
The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
Saddle up and explore the scenic grounds on a morning or
evening trail ride, followed by wine and cheese pairings.
16251 Bandy Canyon Road, Escondido
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
Dozens of peacocks patrol this beautifully landscaped 27-
acre property, a former working ranch with adobe buildings,
antique windmills, a reflecting pool and an abundance of
exotic plants. Free admission.
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad
RIP CURRENT BREWING
Head to this tasting room for a wide range of beers that go against
the tide, from a burly Double Imperial IPA to the refreshing
Orange Honey Cream Ale. Their malty Break Line Traditional
Bock won gold at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
1325 Grand Ave., Suite 100, San Marcos
SAN PASQUAL BATTLEFIELD
This state park honors the soldiers of the Mexican-American War
with battle reenactments, living history programs and guided tours.
15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido