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Cedros Avenue Halloween Happenings

Halloween is around the corner, and Cedros Avenue has some exciting festivities lined up! Take a look at what we have in store, and you’re bound to find just what you need to bring out that holiday or seasonal spirit!

Dead Man’s Party and Halloween Heat — BellyUp Tavern

Here are two events where you’ll need to get your A-game costume ready and bring your dancing shoes! At the BellyUp Tavern, you’ve
got more than one Halloween-themed party to choose from. On Friday night, start your weekend off with the Atomic Groove Halloween Bash Happy Hour. This group of performers gets everyone on the dance floor with songs from the 60s as well as some modern hit covers. After warming up with Atomic Groove, continue dancing and enjoying your time with the talented Oingo Boingo tribute band, Dead Man’s Party!

On Halloween evening, the BellyUp will be keeping the holiday party going with “Halloween Heat,” featuring DJ Chris Cote and special guest Velours Rogue Burlesque. For this event, you’ll want your best costume on because there is a costume contest with prizes and all!

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Image Credit: Culture Brewing Co.

Halloween Dog Costume Contest — Culture Brewing Co.

Everyone loves a good Halloween costume contest. Some people may even take these opportunities to a whole new level of intensity, creativity, or pure humor! This year, Culture Brewing Co. decided to switch up the excitement by featuring our favorite furry friends as the costume competitors. Yes, that’s right, Culture is looking for the best dressed Halloween pup!

This particular event is not only held at Culture Brewing Co. on Monday the 31st, but it is also via social media. So you’ve got two options to enter your dog into the contest: 1) Head over on Sunday with your dressed up pup, grab a beer, and join in on the crowd of Halloween canines; 2) Take a picture of your dressed up pup and share it on social media with the appropriate hashtags (#CultureCostumeContestSB, #cccSB for Solana Beach; #CultureCostumeContestOB, #cccOB for Ocean Beach)… there’s still time! Winners will be announced and prizes will be given out on the 30th. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Good luck!

HalloWINE Party — Carruth Cellarscarruthcellars-halloween

On Halloween evening, Carruth Cellars will be hosting their usual Vinyl Monday with a special edition Halloween twist. Join in on the HalloWINE party, where DJ Thierry will be spinning your favorite 80s and 90s jams! It’s highly encouraged to dress up in costumes, but they’re more concerned about everyone having a good time and enjoying some wine! If you want to go all out, you can even dress up your pups and bring them along as well!

Keep in mind that neither of the events at Culture and Carruth requires an entrance fee — for those of you who want to save a few bucks without missing the Halloween fun!

If Halloween isn’t quite your favorite holiday, you may want to check out these alternative fall happenings on Cedros Avenue! Lofty Coffee Co has announced that they will soon be serving a new fall drink with brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. If reading about it doesn’t warm your belly, you just may have to stop in and give it a try! On the fashion side of things, Cedros Soles has stepped up their fall fashion game with new arrivals and styles. As for home design, Halloween and fall decorations — perfect for sprucing up your home for the holidays — can be found throughout a number of shops on Cedros! We sure love the holiday seasons!

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Antique Holiday Shopping in Solana Beach.”

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.

7 Benefits of Having a Small Town Iconic Avenue

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Exploring an iconic or main street within a small city is easily one of the most exciting things. You never know what you may come across, and you will likely discover a number different activities that will please pretty much anyone. The best part? The excitement is all along a single avenue. Such streets are typically identifiable by crowds, research, or simply aesthetics!  The perfect balance of looks and functionality brings just enough character to any small town.

So, what is it about having an iconic street that is so valuable? Take a look at these seven benefits coming from the perspective of Cedros Design District:

1 — Heart and Soul: This is essential in any town. However, main streets help bring it to life with a community atmosphere front and center. There is no better spot to discover the heart and soul of a community than an iconic street where both locals and visitors are drawn together enjoying the same activities and hidden treasures.

2 — Supports Local Businesses: Mom and pop businesses need some loving and opportunity, and that’s exactly what a main small town street does. What’s an iconic street without some locally owned shops after all? Whether it’s for local artists or family owned cafes, main streets are a way to support hometown businesses while creating an opportunity for continual business growth. From antique shops to health and beauty services, most businesses found on Cedros are owned by locals who care about the Solana Beach community just as much as their patrons do.

3 — Pleases Everyone: If you find yourself strolling along an iconic avenue, you’re sure to come across something offered for all interests. Between entertainment, shops, dining, and nightlife, different individuals with varying tastes are bound to enjoy their time along the stretch of blocks. With the numerous activities available, not many individuals will be disappointed when spending a day on Cedros Avenue.

4 — Brings Visitors: When there is a well-known street in a small town, it is usually a go-to visitors’ spot for a day of shopping or wandering around. During certain times of the year, visitors and tourists may even make up the majority of the crowd, which is, of course, great for local economies. On the other hand, locals are often very willing to spend time showing it off to their very own visitors as well.

5 — Inviting Pedestrian Environment: Encouraging walking within a community is extremely healthy and inspiring. In providing the ease of walking from one business or shop to the next, people are more willing to spend more time in one area. This is especially inspired because of inviting spaces to spend more time in such as tasting rooms, art galleries, and cafes. It’s hard not to spend hours on Cedros with its numerous and diverse inviting spots including Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, Lockwood Table Cafe and many more.

6 — Event Hosting: Small town main streets are a great place to host local events, celebrations, and seasonal gigs. An especially popular event regularly held in such areas is a farmers market — further supporting local business. Iconic streets also tend to have a range of event venues for different local happenings. Here on Cedros, Culture Brewing Co and Carruth Cellars are two of our various event venues for both private and public events.

7 — Historical Value: Whether it is a single attraction that holds all the historical value or the entire stretch, small town iconic streets often provide some incredible, authentic stories to the community. Visitors are bound to come across historical value even if they may not be looking for it. On Cedros Avenue, one of our favorite historical spots is the BellyUp Tavern — established in 1974, this music venue is a hotspot for historical significance in the city of Solana Beach.

What do you especially love about main streets or iconic avenues like Cedros? Share them with us on our Facebook page! If you have a favorite street, feel free to share that as well!

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “12 Towns In Southern California Have The Best Main Streets You Gotta Visit.

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

Prepping for KAABOO Del Mar – the Cedros Way

Attention music, comedy, cuisine, and art lovers alike… KAABOO Del Mar is right around the corner, and it’s about that time to start planning for the “journey of discovery!” It’s a unique music festival that pleases varying tastes of entertainment along with many different crowds. However, just like any other big weekend-long festivities, it’s important not to leave out these standard considerations when organizing each step of the way:

Dressing & Packing for the Scene
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Image Credit: Cedros Soles

Choosing the right outfit for festivals like KAABOO is oftentimes one of the most important factors in getting ready for the event. The good news is that, when a number of different crowds and styles are involved, you really can’t go wrong. It’s about finding your personal balance between fashion and comfort. So dress both to impress and to dance! Cedros Avenue has dozens of shops and boutiques, such as Cedros Soles, where you are bound to find the right KAABOO essentials for your style. Whether you are in need of shoes, hats, shirts, or accessories, you may just find three perfect outfits for your weekend of fun!

KAABOO allows visitors to bring in a handful of certain items to ensure a comfortable and satisfying experience. Included in this list are blankets, beach towels, small backpacks, and empty water bottles. These are all nifty things that you may not have known you could bring into the venue with you! So before making a trip for outfits and accessories, take a look at what else you may need and add those essentials to your Cedros shopping list. If you’re worried about hauling these extra things around during the weekend, KAABOO has your back with lockers available — with the option to rent them out overnight!

Transportation & Timing
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Image Credit: Culture Brewing Co.

You can’t go wrong in avoiding traffic and surges by sticking with public transportation — especially if you’re looking to go green. North County Transit District (NCTD) and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offer unlimited rides a day with the RegionPlus Day Pass for only $12 each day. The pass includes access to the NCTD Coaster, Sprinter, Breeze, as well as the MTS Trolley Lines, buses, and Rapid Express buses (not including Rural routes and Access services). If the RegionPlus Day Pass sounds like the perfect option for you, visit the following websites for more details: GoNCTD.com and sdmts.com.

The Solana Beach Train Station is the closest stop to KAABOO and provides a shuttle to and from the main gates of the venue for $5 each way. Here’s the best part: if you’ve got some spare time while waiting for the shuttle going to the event or the train going home, what better way to let time pass than with a pint of beer, glass of wine, or a bite to eat? Right across the street from the station here on Cedros are some perfect spots to visit while waiting on shuttles and trains! Beer lovers can find tasty beverages at Culture Brewing Co., while wine lovers can find them at Carruth Cellars. Those looking to fill an empty stomach can walk down to the bistro style Wild Note Cafe.

Enjoying the Ride

KAABOO will be here in no time, and the best you can do is know that you prepped like a champ. All that’s left is to enjoy each and every moment of the weekend — whether you’re there to see big headliners, up-and-coming performers, nationally recognized comedians, culinary experts, or artwork from a range of public artists. KAABOO Del Mar is all about the experience, so get familiar with all they have to offer to ensure you will get the most out of it!

 

If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy reading, “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (L through R)

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

 

Making the Most of a Day at the Del Mar Races

Del Mar Horse Races

Be a part of a classic and decades-old tradition by simply stepping inside the gates of the Del Mar Racetrack and placing a bet or two. Watch the top racehorses, jockeys, and trainers light up the scene with passion and high energy. Grab a beverage and walk around to simply enjoy the sights that come with a day at the track. Most importantly, be sure to take a look at the numerous events held at the Del Mar Racetrack, as you’re bound to find something that is right down your alley — a great reason to mark your calendar and commit to making the trip.

You’ve got until September 5th to pick a date and be off to the races! So make it count, and make a day out of it! Here is a list of some events worth looking into while the races are still here:

Summer Concert Series:

From Ziggy Marley to Chris Young, the concerts held at the racetrack’s Seaside Stage provide for an exciting end to a day at the races. Keep an eye out for a band or performer coming up that you can jam to after making a few bets. All you have to do is make it into the racetrack before the last race starts, and admission is free to every concert!

Cabana Fridays and Free & Easy Wednesdays:

Free & Easy Wednesday says it all in the name! Every Wednesday, save some cash by getting free Stretch Run Admission and a free program. But it doesn’t end there… domestic draft beers, regular soda, and regular hot dogs provided at the Stretch Run Concession Stands are all half price as well! So if you’re looking to check out the race scene without spending too much, Wednesdays are the day to get to those gates.

Kids Free Family Weekends:

Every Saturday and Sunday, the infield at the Horse Races turns into a family fun spot with free activities for the kids. Not to mention, admission into the racetrack for the event is a steal — kids get in free and adults only pay $6! It is the perfect activity for the kiddos and their parents on a sunny afternoon. So take advantage of it because there aren’t many opportunities where families can enjoy activities and games as horses take laps around them!

Food Events:

The Del Mar Racetrack knows how to please all kinds of tastes. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, salty tooth, or a somewhere between, there is sure to be a food event with your name on it — and these foods do not disappoint. Soon to be hosted at the races this season will be The Chili Cookoff, Tacotopia, Donuts Day, Pizza & Beer Festival and more! Arrive at the event with an empty stomach and you’ll leave as a happy camper my friends.

Classic Car Show:

Coming up on Saturday, August 6th, the Seaside Concert area is going to be flooded with some of the coolest old-school whips you’ll ever see. I think we can all agree that catching a glimpse of a classic car is a pretty sweet feeling — so imagine seeing dozens all at once! Big Fin Cadillacs, 47-47 Mercury’s, 31-39 roadsters, and more… including a special appearance of a world famous vehicle that any car-lover won’t want to miss.

TVG Pacific Classic:

As Del Mar’s signature event, this one may be more of an attraction to all those horse race enthusiasts out there. It is known as Del Mar’s most prestigious and priciest race. But don’t worry because it’s on the same day as the Pizza & Beer Festival — so beer connoisseurs and pizza lovers will be pleased to make a trip to the track on Saturday, August 20th as well.

Whether you’re an avid Del Mar Horse Races attendee or jumping into the vibrant scene for the first time, the racing season in Del Mar provides and environment for anyone to join in on the fun. Turf Club members, race enthusiasts, event goers, and first-timers are all encouraged to set aside a day for the races.

Good luck out there, have fun, and enjoy the scene!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

4 Reasons to Visit the SD Fair This 2016

Summer is literally around the corner and some of our favorite local events have already kicked off to get us into the true spirit of the season. One of those events, and probably the biggest, is the San Diego County Fair. This traditional annual event draws in thousands of San Diegans and SoCal visitors over a span of 26 fun-filled days. Games, prizes, exhibits, concerts, art, photography, crafts, gardens, vendors, sinfully delicious fried foods (yes, they have deep fried everything) and carnival inspired rides that light up the summer night sky. It’s a bit overly indulgent, and maybe just a little gaudy, but that’s what makes it so much fun!

Oh! And did we mention the theme this year? “Mad About the Fair”, which is an ode to that whimsical classic C.S. Lewis tale, we all know and love, “Alice in Wonderland.” How fun is that?!

Logo for the San Diego Fair 2016 theme

Everyone will have different reasons for visiting the fair this year, but here are 4 standout reasons we think you consider attending. Don’t worry, they’re much classier than you might think. [Wink]

#1 – The Concerts

The SD Fair draws in quite a musical line-up. And we’re talking on more than just the main Heineken Grandstand Stage, which is noteworthy with the Toyota Summer Concert Series featuring artists such as 3 Doors Down, Grand Funk Railroad, Kenny Rogers, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kool and the Gang, Hailee Steinfeld and Charlie Puth, just to name a few. But as we mentioned, there are other stages throughout the fair that will feature a fantastic line-up of bands and entertainment that are worth checking out. In fact, our very own Belly Up Tavern will be hosting their own line-up entitled the “Belly Up Music Festival” at the Coors Light Rock On Stage. For a list of who will be there this year check out the Concerts and Entertainment page.

#2 – Tea Time in Wonderland

This one may fly under the radar, but we’re mentioning it here to see that it doesn’t go unnoticed. Every Sunday, at 11AM or 1PM at Sprigs & Spirits in the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show, you can enjoy sipping on tea in a proper Wonderland-esque ceremony and make a special hat of your very own with the guidance of Charity Wings Art & Craft Center – a very special local art center located in the neighboring town of San Marcos. The menu is tea party worthy and sure to please. You can even make it a “Tipsy Tea” time with bottomless champagne cocktails for an added fee. Want more info on ticket rates for this special event? Follow the white rabbit to this page here. Seating is limited so reserve your space today!

#3 – Farm to Table Dinner

The phrase “eat and dine” local is a rapidly growing concept worldwide and for good reason. We’re getting back to our roots. Looking to neighborly farmers to supply us with locally grown food, and provide us with the much-needed education and experiences to help us obtain a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. At this special event, you’ll get to dine with local farmers, noshing on a five-course meal paired with award-winning beer and wine. For more info, click here. Date for this event is Saturday, July 2nd from 4:30PM to 7PM.

#4 – Whole Life Festival

Lastly, and in the same vein as event #3, is the Whole Life Festival (formerly Enviro Fair). The special event is FREE with your fair admission. You’ll get to mingle and chat with local farmers; explore an eco-friendly marketplace filled with products and services for the mind; body & soul; hear guest speakers or watch demonstrations; connect with and discover holistic approaches to a healthier lifestyle. There’s a whole line-up of health-centric events planned from Bhakti Yoga, feng shui talks, chakra balancing, fitness and nutrition, and even a little wine tasting. We think this one is a must! For more info click here! Date for this all day event is Saturday, July 2nd from 10AM to 5PM.

We can honestly think of quite a few more reasons to visit the San Diego County Fair this 2016. Many chalk the fair up to fried foods, and risky rides. While these are certainly prevalent, as you can see from above, if you do a little digging you can discover some gem-of-events that don’t make your stomach literally turn. So we urge you to venture down the rabbit hole and explore their website for something that tickles your fancy.

Oh! And one last thing — if you plan to take the train or bus into the Solana Beach Coaster station here on Cedros Ave., you can use your pass to board a shuttle from the station that will take you directly to the fairground’s west gate. Please note that you must have a valid Amtrak ticket or North County Transit District ticket or pass to board the shuttle.

Happy Summer San Diego!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (L through R)

Cedros Avenue Merchants

It is starting to feel a lot like summertime and we are so stoked! Live music, frothy cold beverages, long beach days and a new summer wardrobe are just a few of the reasons why we can’t wait for it to officially be summer season. As promised, we wanted to share the second part of the three-part blog series “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue.”

There was just no way we could fit all of the fun things to do on Cedros Avenue into one blog! Our trendy and chic avenue is lined with unique boutiques and shops making it difficult to choose just a few of our favorites. Whether you want to add the summertime staple you’ve always wanted to your closet, add a pop of color to your favorite room at home or spice up your accessories with unique stylish jewelry, you will find just what you’re looking for on Cedros Avenue.

Without further ado, we give you A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue L through R:

L– Lockdown your unique summer wardrobe with trendy must-haves from  Weeds  at 415 S. Cedros Ave. Suite 150.

M– Make your outfit sparkle with adorable accessories from Mabel’s  at 136 S. Cedros Ave.

N– Nail down the decor theme of your home with exotic furniture from Nativa Interiors at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite P.

O– Organize an outstanding social media presence with the digital experts at Organik SEO at 444 South Cedros Avenue #189.

P-Pick up stylish wardrobe staples from Pink Lagoon at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite V-104.

Q– Quit denying your desire for some sparkle in your life by visiting Passion Fine Jewelry at 415 S. Cedros Ave. Suite 100.

R– Redecorate your favorite room at home with a radical rug woven by gifted artisans from Aja Rugs at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite E

Stay tuned for the third and final post in this series on fun things to do on Cedros Avenue from A to Z.

What fun things do you like to do on Cedros? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (A through K)

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

Gift Giving Guide for Mom from Cedros Avenue

Everybody loves their momma and we want to make sure that she feels the love from you this coming Mother’s Day. I mean seriously, let’s think about it, none of us would even be where we are today if it weren’t for her. She’s been there through the ups and downs, happy day’s and sad ones too, she’s been by your side since day one. To help make this Mother’s Day special, we thought we would share some potential gifts to give the woman who means so much to you. We selected a few stores and our favorite items from each on Cedros Avenue that we thought mom would love.

Fun Candles and Cards

These adorable trinkets from Solo on Cedros that would make the perfect shelf decoration, or just a little something for mom to put on her bedside table. Remember, the littlest things go the longest way.

Gifts for mom from Solo

Brightly Colored Socks

Pick up a colorful pair of Stance socks from Cedros Soles. Who doesn’t love a great pair of statement socks? Mom will love all of the color options and combinations of these funky little socks. Fun fact- there will be a Stance trunk show on May 7, 2016, at the storefront of Cedros Soles where there will be even more adorable socks available for purchase.

Colorful Stance Socks

Handmade Soaps

Stop by Leaping Lotus for these unique handmade soaps. Whether mom wants to use them as bathroom sink decoration or for herself, these unique soaps will surely make her smile. Who wouldn’t smile at a bar of soap that looks like a piece of cake!

Homemade Soaps

Accent Throws

You can ever have too many throw blankets. Get mom one of these spring colored, cozy throws from Bixby and Ball. These throws will make the perfect accent on any couch, chair or bed!

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Jewelry

Jewelry always makes a woman feel fabulous. Mom would be delighted with the beautiful jewelry options at Mabel’s on Cedros Avenue. Whether she is into chunky gold necklaces or simple, dainty chains, you will surely find a piece that looks just like her.

Jewelry Mabel's Wall

Adorable Pet Supplies

This one is for all of the fur baby mommas’ out there! Whether you have a kitten or a pup, Muttropolis offers cute gift like this one for the special fur baby mom in your life.

Meow Kitty Bowls

 

Mother’s Day is about showing your mom how much she really means to you. The gift you give her or the day you have planned will make her happier than you can imagine, just make sure you do something for her. After everything she has done for you, it really is the least you can do. Always remember, the littlest things go the longest way and it is simply the thought that counts. We hope this blog has given you inspiration and ideas on what to get your special mother. See you on Cedros Avenue! Happy shopping!

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (A through K)

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

These 12 Towns In Southern California Have The Best Main Streets You Gotta Visit

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Cedros Avenue has been recognized as one of the top Main Streets in Southern California!

Read the article at OnlyInYourState.com

Cafes You MUST Visit on Cedros

Who doesn’t love cafe dining?! They’re small, they’re quaint, and more often than not, they’re locally owned and operated. There’s a charm to local cafe dining that offers an experience like no other.

Cafe menu’s tend to be small, and often present creative dishes that the owner(s) have put together out of their pure passion for all things food related. Some menu items become favorites among frequent diners, other menu items are seasonal, and some come and go as specials.

The overall aesthetic of small cafe dining is also deeply thought out. Again, these eateries are often locally owned and operated by passionate people who care a great deal about their business as a whole, design and decor included. Cafe enthusiasts, like us, tend to notice the little details that are carried out in menu designs, furniture, wall coverings, display cases, food plating and presentation, and even the cafe’s website and social media presence.

Ok, now we’re getting hungry! But before we head out to lunch, we’re going to share with you some of the beautiful cafes on Cedros Avenue that are a must for your list of places to dine for breakfast, lunch or even an early dinner.

Lockwood Table Café

Lockwood Table Cafe

Nestled in the back end of a teeny-tiny strip mall near Rosa Street is Lockwood Table. The owner, Alicia, is there a majority of the time and her passion for the business shines through. She and her staff have set a friendly vibe, and the menu boasts delicious, freshly prepared dishes that locals and visitors adore! The ‘Local Rolls” are a featured favorite with a base of baked eggs, black beans, oven roasted potatoes and cheese wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla — add-on’s for the “Local Roll” include turkey and avocado, bacon or ham. Yum! They also offer unique items such as housemade butter, housemade vinaigrette dressings, and delightful bubbly drinks (they term, “The Bubbles”) in a lovely array of flavors such as Lavender, Rose, Violet, Elderflower, Jasmine.

Address: 346-B South Cedros Avenue Solana Beach, CA, 92075

Hours: Open 8am to 5pm Daily

Orange Blossom Cafe

Orange Blossom Cafe in Solana Beach

This wonderful little French-inspired cafe is located in the heart of Cedros tucked in back in the parking lot of the Bixby and Ball cottage (which offers luxury home goods btw). Orange Blossom Cafe offers fresh fare in a quaint setting specializing in handcrafted crepes, omelettes, and other delicious handmade baked goods. Their lusciously flavored coffees, made from flavored beans instead of syrups, might be one of our favorite indulgences to go with a sweet or savory crepe!

Address: 224 South Cedros Ave. Suite B, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Hours: Mon-Sun 7:30am-4:30pm

Lofty Bean

Lofty Bean Coffee Solana Beach

Lofty Bean is the newest coffee hotspot and cafe to land on Cedros, and we’re so glad they did! Located just north of the Antique Warehouse, they bring such a lively vibe to our lovely Cedros Ave. The decor and fun staff is worth a visit in and of itself, but that’s only a prelude to the coffee they offer — true artisan, handcrafted coffees with organic locally sourced milks, and some of the most delicious housemade alternative milks and syrups you’ve ever tasted. Their menu is small, offering fresh, local, and organic items such as avocado with poached eggs and toast, salads, sandwiches, and homemade baked goods. They even have gluten free items.

Address: 132 South Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-6pm, Weekends 7am-6pm

Wild Note Cafe

 

Wild Note Cafe in Solana Beach

Image courtesy of The Wild Note Cafe

We highlighted the Wild Note Cafe in previous blog post, but it’s part of our cafe crowd so we’re giving it some more love!  Wild Note Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy an amazing meal and drink or two before attending a concert at The Belly Up Tavern. Their menu offers fresh and delicious pacific coastal cuisine with a touch of of Mexican-style fusion, which totally goes with the beachside feel of it’s sister venue, The Belly Up Tavern. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and of course, cocktails and dessert.

Address: 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite R, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Hours: Call restaurant at (858) 720-9000

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “6 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer’s Market.

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.

 

Top Gear for Summertime Hiking in San Diego

Adventure 16 store in Solana Beach

San Diego is an outdoorsy town. No matter what time of year it is, everywhere you turn you’re bound to see locals outside enjoying the near-perfect sunny southern California weather. Adventures are abundant in our oasis landscape and whether you walk, run, bike, hike, rock climb, kayak, surf, or anything else in between, there’s a special shop that caters to the outdoor lover in everyone, Adventure 16!

A Little About Adventure 16…

Before we dive into the fun of this blog (just wait for it) we need to give a little insight into this awesome local company that has been built on a pure love of all things outdoors. The founders of Adventure 16 are extremely eco-conscious and made it a point to initiate several efforts that to help preserve and protect our precious environment. A vast majority of the products offered in their store are eco-friendly, recyclable, and have a “locally produced focus.” They go for organic whenever possible and aim to sell sustainable products in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. A lot of thought goes into what they offer and you’ll find that much of their inventory is refillable, durable, and repairable – so you can count on items to withstand rigorous outdoor conditions! An added benefit to shopping at Adventure 16 (that we love) is that a portion of the proceeds are donated to green causes in the local area. Shopping with Adventure 16 is a true win!

Recommended Gear by the Adventure 16 Experts

And now to the fun part of this blog, the products!

Our focus today is on top gear for hiking in San Diego during the warm summer months. The employees at Adventure 16 are not only experts in the outdoor gear they sell, they’re passionate about it. So we decided to ask the staff what their top picks are for hiking gear this summer, and this is what they came back with:

Tilley Airflow Hat

Protect your noggin with the Tilley Airflow Hat. This topper offers excellent sun protection, repels rain, floats, and has a secure tie to make sure it doesn’t drift away in the wind. Rated UPF 50+, the maximum rating given! Guaranteed for life not to wear out.

Tilley airflow hat

Tilley Airflow Hat in light and dark khaki

Dermatone Sunscreen with Z-Cote

Following suit to sun protection the A16 staff recommends Dermatone Sunscreen with Z-Cote. Truly great sunscreen should do more than protect, it should feel good on your skin! This stuff is water resistant and moisturizing, yet has a nice non-greasy feel to keep your skin protected. It has an SPF 36 that protects your skin from harmful UVA and AVB rays with Z-Cote, which is a transparent zinc oxide…no white lifeguard noses here.

Dermatone sunscreen

Dermatone sunscreen

Osprey Viper/ Verve 13 Hydration Pack

If you’re out on an all day hike or even an extended run, a single water bottle will not suffice. The Osprey Viper/ Verve 13 Hydration hydration packs come equipped with pockets and multiple compartments, as well as a lower compression strap to pull the weight close to your body for added comfort. The Hydraulics Reservoir holds 3 liters of water for long runs and all day hikes. Packs are available for ladies and gents.

Osprey Viper hydration backpack

Osprey Viper Hydration Backpack

Staff Picks for Hiking Footwear

The footwear you choose for your excursion is an important factor for success, and the Adventure 16 staff is trained to help you find the best solution. Their shoe selection is carefully chosen to suit the needs of their core customer. While shoe needs do vary from person to person, there are a few stand-outs where hiking are concerned. One in particular that they recommend is:

Vasque Mantra 2.0 Shoes

 The Vasque Mantra 2.0 shoe has it all, giving you the mobility of a running shoe, with the sturdiness of a boot. Low cut with a molded midsole, you’ll gain the stability and grip you need for any hike.

Vasque Mantra Shoes 2.0

Vasque Mantra Shoes 2.0

Wigwam Cool-Lite Hiker Pro Quarter Socks

The perfect socks are the ones you don’t even realize you’re wearing. The Wigwam Cool-Lite Hiker Pro Quarter Socks offer a hugging fit with a breathable mesh instep, cushioned sole and a seamless toe closure to provide all day comfort. Dri-Release material is soft, fast drying, has everlasting wicking, and FreshGuard® order control. An American-made classic!

Wigwam Cool Lite Socks

Wigwam Cool Lite Socks, also available in light brown/gray

Superfeet Green Insoles

The Superfeet Green Insoles insoles absorb heavy duty shock and lend incredible support, making this the best selling insole at Adventure 16. The unique insole adopts the shape of your feet, and compensates for those hard surfaces you’re bound to cross on your excursion.

Superfeet Green Insoles

Superfeet Insoles, available in various colors/needs

BONUS: The A16 Staff’s Favorite Local Hiking Trails

We also asked the staff about their favorite hiking trails, and they provided us with some beautiful scenic suggestions:

Bernardo Mountain Scenic lake views near Escondido (7.3 miles round-trip)

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Oak woodland near Poway (5 miles round-trip)

La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines easy, breezy, and beautiful coast hike (10 miles round-trip)

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve waterfalls and shady oak trails (6.1 miles round-trip)

San Elijo Lagoon Riparian habitat near Solana Beach (8 miles of interconnecting trails)

San Onofre Bluffs Beach Trails Canyon bluffs and an ocean breeze (5.6 miles round-trip)

Adventure 16 is located at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite M Solana Beach, CA 92075. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10am – 6pm, and Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Stop by the store or visit their website at www.adventure16.com for more information on outdoor exploring.

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Dinner and a Show: The Belly Up Tavern’s Wild Note Cafe.

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.

Dinner and a Show: The Belly Up’s Wild Note Cafe

Wild Note Cafe in Solana Beach

Image courtesy of The Wild Note Cafe

A delicious extension of the Belly Up Tavern, the Wild Note Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy an amazing meal and drink or two before attending a concert. Residents, concert goers, and fellow merchants truly love this local hot spot. Their menu brings generous portions of pacific coastal cuisine and a dash of Mexican-style fusion, which only complements the beachside feel of the Belly Up located only a few blocks from the bean in the captivating Cedros Design District.

Explore the Menu

Chef Israel “Izzy” Balderas has created a stand-out lunch menu, with something for everyone to enjoy. Their Beef “Rad” Thai is made with filet mignon, veggies, rice noodles and a ginger tamarind sauce. If you’re looking to spice things up with some cuisine from south of the border, the Cedros Street Tacos are another amazing dish, made with marinated chicken or barbacoa, and are a local favorite among Cedros Avenue merchants who frequent the cafe. The Seared Ahi Sliders are a recommended favorite among Yelp reviews, served with truffle fries. Wild Note is not only a convenient dining spot before a show, another perk is that diners can enter the concert venue a little earlier than the masses to beat the crowd. How’s that for VIP?!

Protein and rice with a side of sauteed greens

Image courtesy of The Wild Note Cafe in Solana Beach

Compliment Your Meal with a Drink and Dessert

In addition to the savory menu, the Wild Note Cafe has a full bar, with some witty cocktails to compliment your main dish or dessert. Try the Keoki coffee with Kahlua and Brandy, or the French Connection, made with Grand Marnier and Courvoisier. There is also a variety of espresso and coffee drinks sans alcohol, if you’re the designated driver for the evening but need a little perk before a concert. And uh, can we just say that you absolutely must leave room for dessert!? White Chocolate Bread Pudding, or the decadent Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie…’nuff said!

Visit the Wild Note Cafe

The Wild Note Cafe also offers catering services for off-site events, as well as hosting private parties and corporate events. If you work on Cedros Avenue, you are also eligible for 10% off your meals, as a fellow discount to the Cedros Avenue Merchants. To see their full menu, please visit the Wild Note Cafe site at www.wildnote.com. Join their mailing list for advanced notice of events and ticket giveaways from the Belly Up Tavern, and menu specials at the cafe.

Soak up all there is to do in Solana Beach while in and around the area We’ve got the local scoop and aim to spotlight our local boutique shops, unique dining spots, and surrounding businesses of the bustling Cedros Ave. Design District. Want to know more about the area? Check out our blog feed and stay in the know!

Experience the Del Mar Racetrack: 8 Tips for 2015!

Del_Mar_races_-_Aug_2011-1The Del Mar Racetrack opens this Thursday, July 16th for the 2015 season. Over 50,000 people are expected to be in attendance to kick off race season “where the turf meets the surf”, creating a combination of outdoor sporting and the social atmosphere of a large outdoor mixer. With so much to see and experience, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most of your day at the races.

1. Avoid Traffic: Take the Coaster

Traffic is a known and expected issue during Opening Day, so why not avoid the headache? You can take the Coaster to the Solana Beach Station, where it’s just a quick jaunt through the Cedros Design District to the racetrack. Schedules can be found here on the Coaster website.

2. Dress the Part

The fashion at Opening Day is always a hot topic of discussion, and who doesn’t love an excuse to get dressed up? While a dress code is not required outside of the Turf Club, many attendees choose to dress up their casual attire for the event. It is recommended that in place of stiletto high heels, women wear wedges or flats for walking on the dirt in some areas of the racetrack. Cedros Avenue, near the racetrack, has fashion boutiques with unique styles for Opening Day. Check out La Femme Chic Consignment, or Pink Lagoon for some fashion finds.

3. Participate in the Hat Contest

The iconic women’s fashion of Opening Day usually includes those large, beautiful hats. There is a hat contest to participate in, or you can wear one just to celebrate the day with style! Check out the amazing summer hat collection at Jill Courtemanche Millinery in the Cedros Design District for a wide selection of dashing hats for ladies and gentlemen.

4. Make a Reservation for Dinner

If you’re planning on dinner at the track, it is recommended that you make a reservation, due to the high volume of attendance on Opening Day. The Derby Buffet, The Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant, and The Stretch Run Grill Restaurant are all popular choices. A full list of dining offerings can be found here on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website.

5. Arrive Early

In addition to planning for dinner, it’s a good bet to arrive early for the races, especially on Opening Day. As previously mentioned, with so many people in attendance, crowds will be large. Rather than stressing about timeliness or long waits, arrive early and take your time.

6. Learn How to Bet

While there is no exact science to placing the perfect bet, it might be good to brush up on some common terms and practices for posting your bets. Thankfully, The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has outlines everything you need to know on their “How to Wager” page. Check it out, and try your luck at the races.

7. The Clubhouse is Worth the View

It’s worth it to pay the additional $10 on Opening Day for access to the Clubhouse. As opposed to the general admission, you gain access to much more of the track, get a better view, and avoid some of the crowds.

8. Keep the Good Times Going

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the races end! Head over to Cedros Avenue where they have a local brewery and a divine winery. Culture Brewing Company features a wide selection of local, craft beers. If you prefer wine, Carruth Cellars is an urban winery located in the heart of the Cedros Design District, with an incredible tasting room.

The Del Mar Racetrack season spans from July 16th to September 7th. Races are not held on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the exception of Labor Day as closing day at the racetrack. For more information, please visit the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website here.

Cedros Avenue Featured on Travels With Carole

Cedros Avenue was recently featured on the travel blog Travels with Carole.

Check out her article here!

Cedros Avenue Holiday Open House

Come join us Saturday November 29th, 2014 from 12 to 5 pm.