Citrus Daze- San Juan Capistrano
Located on the Orange Coast and surrounded by lush, green hills dotted with wild flowers during spring. Known for its historical ruins, a distinctive bell wall, and beautifully landscaped grounds, the Mission San Juan Capistrano is no doubt this town’s biggest attraction. Book a guided tour to learn more about its history or visit during one of the many special events held here.
We also love exploring the Los Rios Historic District, the oldest neighborhood in California. There are 40 homes remaining here, including three adobe structures. While the mission was in operation, this was home to many of the builders and ranchers. Most of the homes are now private residences, but a few have been converted into shops and restaurants. You can also book a tour through the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, offered once a week.
Don’t forget to check out South Coast Farms for a fresh haul of locally grown produce. For a more immersive experience pick your own seasonal fruit, and summertime calls for fresh strawberries!
Canyon Hideaway- Los Alamos
A sleepy roadside town that resembles a 1950s western movie set, Los Alamos hosts plenty of top-notch restaurants, wine and beer shops, and shopping in a mere 7 block main street. Founded in 1876, Los Alamos was long an important transportation hub, first as a stagecoach stop and later as a station along the Pacific Coast Railway. In fact, it’s home to the last standing Pacific Coast Railroad station. Check into the Skyview Los Alamos and lounge by the pool. Grab breakfast or lunch at Bob’s Well Bread, one of the best bakeries we’ve tried. Enjoy some of the region’s best wines at the handful of restaurants that line Bell St. like Bell’s or The Maker’s Son. Whatever you choose, you truly can’t go wrong.
Electric Surf- EncinitasEncinitas is a relatively quick 2-hour drive south of LA. This laid back coastal town known to be the flower capital of the world, has great surf and incredible year-round weather. Grab breakfast at the Potato Shack Cafe where they serve pancakes bigger than your head, enjoy a hike at San Elijo Lagoon or Annie’s Canyon Trail, or hang out at Moonlight Beach. Feel like taking some surf lessons? Moonlight Beach Surf Camps offers top-notch private lessons for all levels, and they provide all the gear you’ll need to ride those waves. Savor a well-rounded wine tasting at Solterra Winery and hang out in their airy patio. On your way home don’t forget to explore the Leucadia Farmers Market, open Sunday from 10-2 PM and features over 75 vendors and stalls carrying organic fruits and vegetables + meats, seafood, and so much more!
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