Escapes from the City

Posted by Rebecca Merritt

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Let’s say it’s possible to get sick of ocean breezes and mild climates. That you’ve had enough of al fresco everything. That the palm trees and perfect sunsets somehow just aren’t cutting it anymore. We San Diegans love our home dearly, but we also enjoy a weekend getaway as much as the next non-paradisal community. Fortunately, there are plenty of unique places just outside county lines that have a distinctly different feel from SD. Here’s where to find them:

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Temecula has vineyards galore!

Temecula

Temecula is Southern California’s equivalent to the Napa Valley. It may not have quite the same sophistication since most of the vineyards here are newly established, but there are still some great wines to be had and it’s only an hour by car. Salut!

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Julian: how SoCal does historic.

Julian

With it’s windy mountain roads, quaint cabins, and retro rustic vibe, the former mining town of Julian feels about as far from the city of San Diego as one could imagine. Amazingly, you can take a weekend jaunt for cider tasting, apple picking, or just eating all its famous pies, without even leaving the county.

Wildflower season in Anza-Borrego.

Anza – Borrego

With the ocean at our fingertips and the consistent cool breeze through our hair, it’s easy to forget that we’re essentially in a desert here. A trip to Anza-Borrego State Park will certainly remind you. This place is as pure a desert as it gets. Whether you camp, hike, horseback ride, go by 4×4, or just drive, Anza encompasses more than 600,000 acres and 500 miles of road so exploring California’s largest state park will keep you busy for quite some time.

Want to know more? Feel free to get in touch with personal questions about your next trip by downloading the iPhone app or sending me a text message at 619-356-2224. It’s free and I’m happy to help!

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