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Why Cedros Avenue is the Perfect Date Night Pick!

If you’re in charge of organizing a fun and exciting date outing, we are here to send you in the right direction! It doesn’t get much better than having a variety of activities on one street — which is why you can’t go wrong on Cedros Avenue. So whether you’re wondering what to do for a first date, planning the weekly date night with your spouse, or bringing the girls or guys together for some bonding, we’ve laid out some great ideas to help you out.
The best part is that Cedros has you covered all day — so don’t worry about having to commit to a date night if you would rather have some midday fun instead. A number of these options  can be combined in different ways in creating your perfect date!

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When it comes down to it, most can agree that getting together around our favorite beverages is one of the easiest options for a date or time with friends. On Cedros, both Culture Brewing Co. and Carruth Cellars provide a cool and casual environment, which is just what you’ll want with a pint of beer or a glass of wine and great conversation. Not to mention, the tasting rooms are perfect options during the day or at night!

If meeting over a cup of coffee is more down your alley, Lofty Coffee is a hip and popular coffee spot with tasty beverages and food. For those of you planning to have your outing during the morning or afternoon, mingling over an iced tea or a cafe americano is a nice way to go.

Eats

Brunch and lunch planners will find some incredibly tasty breakfast and lunch options at Lockwood Table Cafe. From baked egg souffles to specialty sandwiches to choose from, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is the silence that may occur once the food comes out! Wild Note Cafe is another lunch option as well as the perfect spot to eat before a Belly Up show — you can even walk through back doors that will take you right into the venue.

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Entertainment

One of the most well-known and popular sources of entertainment in Solana Beach is the Belly Up Tavern on our very own Cedros Ave. Keep an eye on their schedule of performers as you plan your date nights because a great show can be the main event for your perfect night.

Cedros also offers some incredible art and photography galleries for admirers and enthusiasts alike. Since these options aren’t open later at night, they are perfect entertainment for before a dinner reservation, a show at the Belly Up, or before catching the sunset on the beach.

Shopping

After grabbing a bite to eat or something to drink, walking around the shops of Cedros is another source of entertainment in itself. Even if you don’t plan on big spending, simply walking through the unique stores and boutiques can provide for some fun with a significant other or a group of friends.

It’s safe to say that you’ll find something to please everyone on Cedros! Now all you have to do is pick and choose your favorite Cedros activities to combine for the perfect date or outing with friends. If there are just too many options and varieties to choose from, keep some ideas for your next time out! Here are a few of our favorite date combos:

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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. 

Wine and Beer: Seasonal Picks for Fall

We are now in the throws of fall, with the changing leaves and (theoretically) cooler days. As the seasons shift, so do the beer and wine aisles at the store. To help keep yourself cozy and warm in the fall,  we have sought out beer and wine flavor profiles that resonate with the fall season from our local expert vendors, Culture Brewing Company and Carruth Cellars Winery.

Culture Brewing Company – Featured Fall Beers

Culture Brewing Co. craft beers are good on any day, but we asked the staff for their recommendations for the fall season. Malty beers are an excellent choice for the fall, with deep notes of nuts, toffee, caramel, and fruit. Culture Brewing Co. recommends their Dunkelweizen, malty with just a touch of sweetness to it. If you’re looking for a malt beer with pine or fruit notes, try their Hoppy Red Ale, which has recently become one of their staff favorites.

Not a fan of malty beer? Not a problem! Another fall favorite is a creamy Stout, which are sometimes brewed with roasted malt, and darker in color. Head over to Culture and try their Milk Stout, or their coveted Peppermint Stout. The chill of fall hasn’t yet hit San Diego, so venture out to their back patio and enjoy the warm summer breeze and Solana Beach sun. Another fun thing to note is that Culture Brewing also brings in local food trucks that park out back. There’s a different vendor for each day of the week for added variety, which helps bring awareness to local food truck vendors in San Diego. We love this!

Culture Brewing Co. is located at 111 S Cedros Ave Suite 200, Solana Beach, CA 92075, and is open from 12:00pm – 9:00pm every day.

Culture Brewing Company Store Front

Fall Wine Suggestions from Carruth Cellars Winery

Carruth gets the majority of their grapes from Sonoma County, and processes all of their fruit here on Cedros Avenue. For the autumn season, experts at Carruth recommend Pinot Noir as the “iconic” fall wine, as it is typically served at Thanksgiving. More tannic (bitter/dry) Pinot Noir goes well with turkey (of course), casseroles, stews, and veggie dishes. We see why they like to serve this one to guests during the holidays and encourage you to give it a try as well. Why not pick up a bottle for yourself and for the festive family gathering?

Wine differs from beer when it comes to food pairing, so keep the menu in mind when choosing your wine. If you’re still unsure of how to pair wine, consider joining the Wine Club at Carruth. Their staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and they’re happy to help you navigate the wine scene and all that comes with it from tastings to culinary pairings.

Members get FREE tastings, so you can sharpen your palate. Keep an eye out for their new location opening up across the street from Culture Brewing Company!

Carruth Wine Cellars is located at 320 S Cedros Ave #400, Solana Beach, CA 92075, and is open daily from 12:00pm – 9:00pm.

Carruth Wine Cellar Solana Beach Tasting Room

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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.