With summer in full swing, we love to get out of the office and explore around this beautiful city of San Diego. Today we want to share all of our favorite things to do in La Jolla and encourage you to get out this week and explore around for yourself!

 

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is one of our favorite places to go, especially early in the morning. Head down to the cove after grabbing a coffee and pastry from Sugar and Scribe Bakery, and enjoy the nature and beauty La Jolla has to offer. You can sit on a bench, listen to the waves, and watch the seals and sea lions in their natural habitat playing in the water and basking in the sun. Venture south of the cove to sit on the grass above the ocean and watch the surfers in their element. When you’re done admiring the ocean and the wildlife, make your way up to Girard Street for some shopping at multiple different stores lined along the street.

Location: 1100 Coast Blvd. (at Girard Ave), La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Birch Aquarium

Located near UC San Diego, the Birch Aquarium makes for a great outing with the family, somewhere to take the kids, or an awesome day date spot. Spend an hour or two here and experience different ocean exhibits, including the Tide Pool Plaza, where you’ll be able to get extremely close to sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and even touch stingrays and bat rays! The Tide Pool Plaza looks over Scripps Beach in La Jolla, so you’ll have an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean anywhere you look. Other exhibits showcase creatures of the deep and sea turtles! The Birch Aquarium also offers feedings and shows throughout the day, so make sure to look over the schedule for the day so you don’t miss out on all the fun. Tickets are $18.50 for adults, $14 for children 17 and under, and $15.50 for seniors. Parking is always free for up to three hours. Don’t forget to ask about military and student discounts at the ticket window!

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, California

 

University Town Centre (UTC)

Outdoor malls are a must for shopping in the warm summer air. UTC is a newly renovated Westfield mall located in La Jolla with approximately 150 stores taking up over one million square feet. This incredible outdoor mall holds a movie theater, an ice skating rink, Soul Cycle, and a plethora of dining and retail stores. Spend a couple hours here enjoying lunch at new restaurants, such as Napizza or Sweetfin Poké, and enjoy shopping from different retailers, including Sun Diego Boardshops or Nordstrom. The options for shopping and dining are endless at UTC, and there is something guaranteed to please everyone’s individual style and taste.

Location: 4545 La Jolla Village Dr Ste E-25, San Diego, CA 92122

 

Torrey Pines Golf Course

With beautiful views of the ocean and acres of green, Torrey Pines Golf Course is the perfect spot for those who love playing a round of golf. There are two 18-hole courses offered at Torrey Pines Golf Course, where they annually host the PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open event. This golf course is home to one of the largest on-course golf shops in the United States and holds tournaments, offers expert instruction, and has advanced golf schools. Torrey Pines Golf Course is open sunrise to sunset every day of the year for new and expert golfers looking for the best golfing experience.

Location: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

If you’re anything like us at Oakwood Escrow, we love to start our weekends off with our favorite friends and brunch! Here are our top 3 picks for brunch spots in La Mesa.

 

Farmer’s Table

Farmer’s Table La Mesa is a quaint little brunch spot in La Mesa that will cater to all of your brunch needs. The decor is all farm style which makes this restaurant extremely personable, and their brunch menu is to die for. You seriously cannot go wrong with any of their brunch items, so there are always new options to try every time you come eat here. Just grab yourself a mimosa alongside your favorite brunch item and you know you’ll be satisfied!

Our brunch favorite: Strawberry banana nutella waffle

Location: 8141 La Mesa Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91942

 

The Hills

The Hills is an American Pub in La Mesa that offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 1pm for those of you who love the bar vibe. They have an outdoor patio that is great to dine on, especially during the warmer months coming up. They also have a $5 all you can eat waffle bar and mimosas during their brunch hours. Their potatoes are incredible, so we highly recommend that you order these with your meal!

Our brunch favorite: Cali Benedict

Location: 8758 La Mesa Blvd La Mesa, CA 91942

 

@Spacebar

For those of you who prefer smaller cafes for your breakfast and brunch needs, @Spacebar is the spot for you. Inside they have high top tables, low top tables, and couches, so if you want to take your work with you to brunch, you definitely can. They have everything you can imagine, from acai bowls to bagel sandwiches, and french toast sticks to panini sandwiches. Whether you prefer a healthier and smaller option for brunch, or something more hearty, @Spacebar has all the brunch options you could ever need.

Our brunch favorite: French toast sticks

Location: 7454 University Ave Ste A La Mesa, CA 91942

Here at Oakwood Escrow we value the beauty of nature and everything it has to offer. Living in San Diego, there are many different terrains, which we love to explore by camping. Here are our top 3 picks for the best campsites in San Diego County!

 

Silver Strand State Beach

Living in San Diego, what better way to camp than steps away from the beach? Silver Strand State Beach has trailer camping that sits up against the sand, which is perfect for a weekend long trip to the beach. Located in Coronado, Silver Strand is on the south end of San Diego County and has bike paths along the coast where you can enjoy a morning bike ride with the sunrise before searching for sand dollars with the family on the beach during low tide.

Location: 5000 Highway 75 Coronado, CA 92118

 

San Elijo State Beach

At the San Elijo Campgrounds, you can camp in an RV or in a tent while overlooking the ocean. For those who prefer the north end of San Diego, San Elijo is a great campsite in Cardiff for some beach side camping. Just a short walk away you can find Sambazon Acai Cafe, along with other restaurants, to grab some food or acai bowls to bring down to your campsite for a day at the beach. San Elijo also offers plenty of restrooms for those tent camping on the site as well as fire pits and of course, amazing views.

Location: 2050 S Coast Hwy 101 Cardiff, CA 92007

 

Mt. Laguna Campground

Mt. Laguna can be found on the way to Julian, for those who prefer camping away from the beach with a more woodsy vibe. They have a few hiking trails for those who love to explore and experience nature, and Lake Cuyamaca is located nearby for a serene nature walk in the morning. In the winter, you may experience some snow, but in the summertime, you can enjoy warm nights sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows after a long day of roaming through the meadows.

Location: 10678 Sunrise Hwy Mount Laguna, CA 91948

 

Lunch is one of the things that helps us get through the day here at Oakwood Escrow. With so many different options and favorite spots for lunch, we wanted to share four of our top lunch spots in Escondido, which will cater to anyone’s lunch preferences.

 

Sunny Side Kitchen

With their specialty in paninis, Sunny Side Kitchen is the perfect spot to stop for a quick bite to eat on your lunch break or after cruising around town in Escondido. This small, personable cafe is sure to brighten up your mood with their yellow walls and decor for a midday pick-me-up while serving up some awesome lunch items! They also serve breakfast paninis all day, so if you’d prefer a late brunch, Sunny Side Kitchen has that in store for you.

What to order: Avocado and bacon panini

Location: 155 S Orange St Escondido, CA 92025

 

Burger Bench

Burger Bench is the perfect lunch spot to indulge in some amazing food. With a beer bar vibe, they receive their ingredients from local farmers and their produce from a local farmers market, so you know you’ll be getting the best quality food in any dish you order. Regardless if you go for a burger or a chicken sandwich, you hands down have to get the truffle tater tots. They are definitely a favorite when coming to Burger Bench.

What to order: Smokehouse burger

Location: 237 E Grand Ave Escondido, CA 92025

 

Eric’s Sandwich Shop

If you’re a sandwich lover, especially for lunch, Eric’s is a place you won’t want to pass up. Although it’s location is a little hidden, it is so worth it to eat at Eric’s because of their variety of sandwiches, salads, and soup. They always use fresh ingredients, which is a major plus, and you can order a half sandwich, half soup or salad combo if you can’t decide between two options!

What to order: Turkey avocado bacon sandwich

Location: 340 N Andreasen Dr Escondido, CA 92029

 

Everbowl

This is the lunch spot for those of you who enjoy a lighter, healthier lunch option consisting of acai bowls or smoothies. Everbowl caters to all of your acai needs because while they have a menu full of different acai bowl combinations, you have the choice of creating your own bowl and customizing it towards your preferred needs. They have an endless amount of toppings, ranging from cacao nibs to golden raisins, and plenty of delicious fruit options in between. As the summer sun keeps getting hotter, you’re going to want to stop by Everbowl to cool down with a delicious acai bowl for lunch.

What to order: Hawaiian bowl

Location: 1875-B S Centre City Pkwy Escondido, CA 92025

 

Here at Oakwood Escrow, we value the importance of winding down and getting pampered. Even for the working professional, getting out to a spa and relaxing is so important to reduce stress and enjoy a break from work. Here are our top three favorite spas in San Diego.

 

Urban Calm

Urban Calm is an organic spa in East Village that focuses on pure and simple ingredients that are free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives to ensure your spa experience leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The products Urban Calm uses are of top quality because they never want to harm your health or the environment. The vibe in this spa takes you out of the city and into a serene, quiet, and trendy environment, where the decor and music will enhance your experience while getting a massage, facial, or wax.

Location: 726 Ninth Ave San Diego, CA 92101

 

White Rabbit Day Spa

This Alice in Wonderland themed spa is perfect for all of you Disney lovers. Found in Normal Heights, White Rabbit Day Spa uses natural, high quality products for their spa services and will take you on a trip down the rabbit hole with every service they provide. Whether you’re getting a treatment, a massage, or getting your nails done, you’re sure to wind down and relax in this bright, fun day spa.

Location: 3242 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116

 

Girl on the Go! Night Spa

With white walls and a fresh, young, clean aesthetic, Girl on the Go! Night Spa specializes in offering services at all hours of the day because busy, working professionals deserve to get pampered and wind down after their work day ends. They offer customized facials, for anti-aging, acne, brightening, and calming, along with body treatments, massages, waxing, tanning, and makeup services. This is the perfect spa for a girls night out, because they are open until 10pm Monday-Friday.

Location: 830 25th St Ste 103 San Diego, CA 92102

Are you tired of working in the office? Don’t worry, check out our top 6 coffee shops to get a pick me up drink that will help you get your work done!

 

    

Better Buzz Coffee Roasters

Better Buzz is an amazing coffee shop with locations throughout San Diego, but the Pacific Beach location is one of our favorites.  This is the perfect spot to get away from the office to work while being able to enjoy a delicious drink to sip on. From coffee to tea and acai bowls to sandwiches, Better Buzz has whatever you need to refuel in order to complete your work day. For those of you who can’t sit still at work, you can enjoy your drink on a swinging loveseat. There’s also plenty of other stationary seats for the rest of you, but when it comes to the drinks, you won’t be disappointed.

Our drink of choice: Matcha Buzz (blended)

Location: 1186 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

 

Communal Coffee

Communal Coffee is a cute, quaint coffee shop with their own florist located inside the shop. There is ample seating outside, inside, and the side patio, which is perfect for anybody looking for a change in scenery to work in. They also offer plenty of food options and pastries along with their amazing drinks! After enjoying your drink and finishing your work, don’t forget to grab a nice flower arrangement to spice up your office space at work.

Our drink of choice: Iced Sea Salt Caramel Latte

Location: 2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Coffee & Tea Collective

Coffee & Tea Collective is the perfect place for those of you who love simplistic, clean work spaces. Here you can work alone, or bring a few coworkers for the larger tables that can fit between 4-6 people. You are almost guaranteed to stay focused while working here because of the white decor, quiet atmosphere, and minimalistic style this shop portrays. Their menu follows suit with their simplistic vibe, so you won’t have too many options to choose from when ordering your drink.

Our drink of choice: Mocha

Location: 2911 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Holy Matcha

This one is for all of you matcha tea lovers. The vibe in Holy Matcha is fun, youthful, and energetic, which is likely to spark your energy to help you finish the work you just couldn’t get to while at the office. You can only get matcha here, including different drinks, donuts, and soft serve! Holy Matcha will make you enjoy the work you’ve been dreading to get done because you’ll be too distracted by how delicious your drink is.

Our drink of choice: Matcha Horchata

Location: 3118 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Public Square Coffee House

Public Square Coffee House is a very hip coffee shop located in La Mesa. They offer handcrafted syrups for their drinks, which is one of their best qualities. There is plenty of seating located inside to ensure you get your work done, and you’ll be happy to do so when you pair your drink with either their house made sugar scone or the homemade cinnamon roll. Breakfast is also served all day, for those of you who love breakfast at all hours of the day.

Our drink of choice: Latte with almond milk and handcrafted vanilla bean syrup

Location: 8278 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

 

Sharetea

We didn’t forget about you non-coffee drinkers! This one is for those of you that love iced teas, especially with boba. Sharetea is a newer boba tea shop near San Diego State University that you will not be disappointed with. However, this shop is suited toward those who enjoy working in not so quiet places. The energy of Sharetea will keep you motivated to get your work done, because you just can’t focus when it’s too quiet and calm around you. The best part about Sharetea is that you can choose the amount of sweetness for your drink, so you can guarantee that you will enjoy whatever drink you choose.

Our drink of choice: Hawaii Fruit Tea with boba and lychee jelly

Location: 6353 El Cajon Blvd, Ste 134, San Diego, CA 92115

Hiking is one of our favorite ways to get out into nature to explore while getting in an enjoyable workout. This weekend, get out of the gym and see what Mother Nature has to offer. Here’s four of our top hikes and trails in San Diego County.

 

Torrey Pines

This hike is great for those who love to get outside and into nature, especially by the beach. Torrey Pines isn’t too difficult, but will definitely make you feel like you had a good workout after. Anywhere you look during this hike holds breathtaking views of the ocean, and if you’re lucky, you might see some dolphins swimming by. This hike offers multiple different paths, from easy to moderate, and during low tide, you can take the path that leads down to the beach and have a relaxing beach walk back to your car. The parking lot located at the base of the hike costs money to park, but there are plenty of free spots available on the street.

Location: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Cowles Mountain

Cowles Mountain is a moderately difficult hike because it is completely uphill and takes about two hours in total. This hike leads you up to San Diego’s highest point, and the views are incredible. You can see the whole city from the peak of Cowles Mountain, which also allows you to see anywhere from Mexico to Orange County. The best time to visit this hike is early morning, to beat the crowds of people who enjoy this hike every weekend. Don’t forget to bring your water and stay hydrated!

Location: 8300 Big Rock Rd, Santee, CA 92071

 

Oak Canyon

In Mission Trails Regional Park, Oak Canyon trail is a fairly easy, fun trail that is great for beginners. The trail starts at Old Mission Dam and offers creeks and small waterfalls that flow with water seasonally. For those who enjoy adventures off the beaten path, this trail has beautiful scenery and rocky areas to explore off to. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but keep them on a leash at all times.

Location: 9520 Father Junipero Serra Trl, Santee, CA 91124

 

Three Sisters Falls

For more experienced hikers, Three Sisters Falls offers a 4 ½ mile hike that takes about 3 ½ hours to complete. This hike is popular for its three waterfalls that can offer hikers a nice place to relax and cool down during this hike, but it is highly recommended to avoid in the summer because of high temperatures. The best thing to do when visiting this hike is to be prepared with water, durable shoes, and to stay on the path to avoid injury due to its steep slopes. While this hike is considered more dangerous, it showcases Mother Nature’s beauty and contains some of San Diego’s most incredible waterfalls. With safety advisories in mind, this can be a great hike to take on early in the morning for those who are experienced enough to stay safe and enjoy the beauty San Diego has to offer.

Location: Boulder Creek Rd, Pine Valley, CA 91916

 

Sometimes you need a break from a long day at the office. Here at Oakwood Escrow, we enjoy stepping away from the workday with a good happy hour and even better company. Here are our top four picks for happy hour spots in Pacific Beach!

 

Mavericks

Mavericks is a new beach club in Pacific Beach, located about one block away from the beach. The experience here is what makes their happy hour so great. With four bars, there are different areas to hang out, relax, and enjoy some drinks with friends or co-workers after a long day at the office. Three of the bars are located downstairs, which is open and outside, with great vibes and games like cornhole to keep your party entertained. Upstairs holds the fourth bar, where you can find a balcony to enjoy your drink on while watching the beautiful sunset. Happy hour occurs from 3-6pm Monday through Thursday, and 3-7pm on Friday, and includes $6 margaritas, $2 off snacks, and $1 off beer and wine.

Our drink of choice: Mavericks Margarita

Location: 860 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109

 

Crushed

A few more blocks up from the beach and also on Garnet Avenue, Crushed is a sit-down restaurant, but still serves up some killer cocktails. This is the place for those looking for great drinks, with some happy hour deals, who aren’t looking for a total bar scene. Their happy hour includes $5 beer of the month drafts, $5 house wine, and $1 off bites. Although there are no happy hour specials on cocktails, Crushed offers flights of mimosas, beer, and our personal favorite, margaritas, that range from $10 to $12 dollars. The flights are offered 10 am to midnight every day, which is just like an all-day happy hour.

Our drink of choice: Margarita flight (3 flavor choices)

Location: 967 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109

 

El Prez

El Prez is located on the other side of the boardwalk opposite the beach, and while they’re a sit-down restaurant, they have a rooftop bar that overlooks the ocean, which can’t be beaten. The rooftop has games, open seating areas, and is the perfect bar scene for anyone looking to enjoy a good time while enjoying some drinks. Not to mention, anywhere you look will have an amazing view of the ocean, and an even better view of the sun setting over the horizon, which is the perfect setting to wind down after a long day. While El Prez doesn’t have a set Happy Hour, they have specials every day, which include our favorites: Taco Tuesday and Fiesta Friday. Taco Tuesday specials are from 3 pm to close, and include a variety of food specials, with $3 Mexican drafts, $5 house margaritas, $5 Tijuana mules, and $6 Don Julio. Fiesta Friday specials are from 3-6pm and offer half off specialty drinks, $5 PBR Tall Boys, $6 select appetizers, and $5 Jager all day.

Our drink of choice: Peach Better Have My Money

Location: 4190 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109

 

Firehouse

Firehouse is located off Mission Blvd adjacent to the fire station, clever right? Firehouse is a sit-down restaurant mixed with the bar environment and is perfect for those who want a more mellow bar experience, but are still looking to have a good time. They offer weekly specials 5 pm to close Monday through Thursday, 5-10pm Friday, and Sunday until 3 pm. Our favorite specialty days are Monday and Friday. Monday offers half off specialty drinks and $1 Mary’s Wings from 5 pm to close. Friday includes $5 Montejo and Frosé and $5 appetizers from 4-7pm as well as $5 Jack, Jamo, and Fireball from 5-10pm.

Our drink of choice: Agua Fresca

Location: 722 Grand Avenue San Diego, CA 92109

 

With summer just around the corner, here at Oakwood Escrow, we want to share our favorite San Diego beach spots! This one is for all of you who can’t wait to get your toes in the sand and spend your days soaking up the sun and splashing in the waves!

 

Windansea Beach

At Windansea, you can relax on the soft sand while avoiding those huge summer crowds.  Being more secluded than some of San Diego’s popular beaches, Windansea offers a great place to relax by the ocean with some awesome views from the cliffs that lead down to the beach.

 

Mission Beach

Mission Beach offers a great staycation day for the family. Here you can enjoy the San Diego sunshine at the sand volleyball courts, or enjoy ice cream on the boardwalk of Belmont Park, which offers rides and games for the kids. After a day of tanning, swimming, and enjoying some rides, the whole family can enjoy dinner with an ocean view at one of the restaurants located just steps away from the beach. What’s even better? Parking for the beach, Belmont Park, or any restaurant is free in the lots located right next to Belmont Park.

 

La Jolla Shores

Known as a great surf spot, La Jolla Shores offers more than just a place for those who love to surf. While locals and those alike may come here for the surf, La Jolla Shores is a great place for those with kids and those that love to explore. Adjacent to the beach is a park where you can set up a family picnic before spending the day building sandcastles and swimming in the ocean. Tide pools can be found further south down the beach during low tide for those who want to explore, where you can see crabs, fish, sea anemones, and other sea creatures in their natural habitat.

 

Pacific Beach

Located in the middle of Mission Beach and La Jolla, Pacific Beach offers a great spot to surf or relax while enjoying great San Diego weather. Either on the boardwalk or just a short walk from the beach, Pacific Beach is known for their multitude of restaurants, bars, and shops for an enjoyable day down by the shore. Take a stroll along the boardwalk to check out the scenery and stretch your legs after a long day of relaxing on the sand.

 

Moonlight Beach

If you find yourself more North of San Diego, Moonlight Beach is a great beach just West of Coast Highway in Encinitas. Here you will find a snack bar, a playground for the kids, and volleyball courts to keep you occupied during your beach day. After the beach, make your way to Coast Highway to enjoy some dinner at any of the restaurants that line the highway.