Welcome to Escondido, come for the wildlife… stay for the culture!
The “Hidden Valley” of San Diego (located just 30 miles North of downtown San Diego and 20 minutes from the coast) is home to major attractions, beautiful wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, culinary experiences, a trend-forward historical downtown, golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian, and fantastic events!
With a beautiful year-round climate, Escondido is the heart of northern San Diego. Rich in history and culture, it’s home to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, a unique visual and performing arts complex and museum; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an expansive wildlife sanctuary; the amazing sculpture garden, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, created by the late world-acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle; the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum; and the Daley Ranch, a wilderness preserve with extensive hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
Embracing a farm-to-table experience, Escondido offers a variety of culinary experiences such as Vintana Wine + Dine, Intertwined Bistro & Wine Bar, California Avocado Grille and Bellamy’s… as well as four weekly farmers’ markets and tours of Stone Farms. Many beautiful boutique wineries with spectacular views provide leisurely wine tasting afternoons, and the best of the craft beer culture meets culinary vision right here at the first home of Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens.
This wonderfully unique area also presents many other activities… enjoy a round of golf at one of five golf courses, fishing or picnicking at three lakes, cycling on Palomar Mountain, browsing through downtown art galleries or shopping at world-class retail stores and the largest auto park in Southern California. You can also play at one of several nearby casino resorts!
There’s something for everyone here… we appreciate your visit and we encourage you to Explore, Experience and Enjoy Escondido!