Hidden Gems in San Diego

Posted on 07 Feb, 2019

Can you keep a secret? If you’re looking for new places to check out in SoCal, take a trip off the beaten path and explore these San Diego hidden gems.

From virtual reality to large-scale installations, Wonderspaces offers extraordinary art experiences in San Diego. Shows rotate after three months, so there is always something new to see. Check out the website to stay up-to-date on their pop-up exhibits and featured artists.

The Grand Tea Room
For a spot of tea, visit The Grand Tea Room in downtown Escondido. Choose from traditional “Afternoon Teas” or à la carte items while you sit in a vintage-style dining room with themed tea sets. Bottomless pots of tea are just $5.50 with your choice of over 30 varieties of loose-leaf tea. After high tea, stroll through the gift shop and see what strikes your fancy.

Scripps Coastal Reserve
At the north end of La Jolla is the Scripps Coastal Reserve. This protected site features the Biodiversity Trail, an easy half-mile route that circles the upland mesa with stunning views of the coastline and Scripps Pier. Go to their website for instructions on how and when to visit.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle
Tucked away within a 12-acre natural habitat in the Iris Sankey Arboretum at Kit Carson Park, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle was designed by French artist, Niki de Saint Palle. As his last major international project, this permanent installation is his only American sculpture garden. Follow the maze entryway into the central courtyard to see Queen Califia and the eight surrounding mosaic sculptures.

The Stein Family Farm
This “living history farm museum” is just eight miles south of Downtown San Diego in National City. Take a stroll through the orchards, barn and Victorian farmhouse on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bringing your kids? Get your hands dirty volunteering in the garden or visit the animals, most famously Petunia the Pig.

Lucky’s Lunch Counter
Stop by this throwback dining spot across the street from Petco Park before an afternoon Padres game. Sidle up to the counter for an over-stuffed Reuben with a craft beer or one of their local root beers of the month.

Santee Boulders
Located less than a mile west of Weston’s master-planned community, Santee Boulders is one of the most popular bouldering parks in the area. Take in the beautiful views from any of the dozens of climbing routes. Check the website to find the perfect path for you.

At Weston, you are conveniently close to Mission Trails Regional Park and the Santee Lakes for more outdoor gems right outside your door. To receive the latest news and community updates in your inbox, join our Interest List below.