It’s officially Fall and official October! We’re ready to trade in all things summer and prepare for the cooler months ahead. Decorating for the season is one of our favorite ways to get into the Fall spirit, so here are our top ways to move into Fall and head toward the holidays!

 

Candles

Nothing screams Fall and holidays like a good candle. We love all candles scented with pumpkin, warm spices, cinnamon, crisp flavors, etc. Adding in a few candles per room that liven up the area with their warm, Fall scents really gets your head into the Fall spirit, whether you’re aware of it or not. Scent has such a strong pull on our emotions, and something about the warm, cozy scents of Fall may help put you in a relaxed, serene mood. Pick candles that make you feel happy when you smell them and you can’t go wrong! Some of our favorites come from the Fall line at Bath and Body Works, which include Leaves, Sweater Weather, Caramel Pumpkin Swirl, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin.

One of our favorites can be found here!

 

Decor

Your decor in your home most likely reflects your personal style and taste. What better way to show off your love for the holidays and Fall time than switching up a few pieces of decor? We know that decorating your home can be expensive, so adding a few touches of Fall here and there can really spice up your space without depleting your wallet. Whether it’s adding in a few new candles, a Fall themed blanket, wall art, or pillows, there’s a ton of ways to show off your personal style while adding that Fall touch to get you into the Fall spirit! We personally love to add a new centerpiece to our table with dark oranges and reds, adding pumpkin themed decor in warm tones to wall units and coffee tables, and placing a Fall themed wreath and doormat on your front porch to living up the outside of your home. Homegoods, Big Lots and Hobby Lobby are great places to buy Fall decor at an affordable price if you’re looking to spice up your home!

Check out this hanging piece!

 

Food

Fall food! You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to indulge in Fall themed foods. Between smelling your Fall candles and tasting Fall comfort foods, you’ll be in the Fall spirit in no time! While summertime is great for acai bowls and lighter meals, something about Fall just calls us in to bake yummy treats and cook more meals. When it comes to desserts, anything apple, cinnamon, and of course, everything pumpkin comes to mind for baking. For cooking, heartier soups come to mind, such as butternut squash, cheesy potato soup, etc. Some of these soups can be super easy to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients! Play around with your Pinterest and find some new Fall recipes to try out for the family.

Try out this new recipe!

Here at Oakwood Escrow, coffee is an essential part of our day! Whether we head out to a coffee shop, or take a break from the office in a cafe, we love trying out new, local coffee spots. Check out these 3 awesome coffee shops in Encinitas!

 

Lil’ Jungle Java

Lil’ Jungle Java is a small drive thru/walk up window coffee shop in Encinitas that is serving up some fantastic coffee! They understand the struggle of not wanting to finish your watered down iced coffee, so they have solved all of your problems by using coffee ice cubes in your iced drinks. Being a family owned business, Lil’ Jungle Java will treat you just like family, and offer you incredible coffee drinks, frozen espresso drinks, and amazing chai lattes! You can’t go wrong when going to Lil’ Jungle Java, so what are you waiting for?

Location: 1500 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

 

Zumbar Coffee & Tea

If you’re into coffee, and we mean straight coffee, no fancy lattes, sugary syrups, or frappuccinos, then Zumbar is the place for you! We love getting all the fancy coffee drinks at other places, but sometimes you just need a simple mocha or cold brew, without 50 menu items to choose from. Just steps from the beach, Zumbar is the perfect stop to get your caffeine fix before a nice morning walk by the ocean!

Location: 111 Chesterfield Dr, Ste 115, Encinitas, CA 92007

 

Lofty Coffee

Trendy, quaint coffee shops are always a good find, especially when they’re close by the beach. Lofty Coffee gives you all the hip vibes and is located on North Coast Highway in Encinitas. This coffee shop is serving up local grown, organic sustainable products, and they offer milk substitutes, such as their homemade almond milk. While their drink menu isn’t extensive, each item is carefully crafted and will have your tastebuds dancing! Don’t forget to pick up a pastry with your coffee when you come visit Lofty!

Location: 90 N Coast Hwy 101, Ste 214, Encinitas, CA 92024

Weekends call for friends, family, and good eats! Nothing beats heading out to grab a bite along with a drink and great company. We want to share our favorite three spots in La Mesa to grab a drink with good friends.

 

The Pioneer BBQ

BBQ, burgers, and brews, need we say more? If any of those three interest you, you have to check out the newest BBQ and brew restaurant in La Mesa, The Pioneer BBQ. With a laid back atmosphere, The Pioneer is the perfect dinner spot to grab a brew with some delicious BBQ. Whether you’re a pulled pork or burger fan, mac and cheese and cornbread are always the best sides to accompany your meal. However, you may want to spice things up by getting the Smoked Pulled Pork Dirty Fries, which include mac and cheese on these decadent fries. Is your mouth watering yet? Head out to The Pioneer to satisfy all your BBQ cravings, while washing it all down with an ice cold brew.

Location: 8622 Lake Murray Blvd, San Diego, CA 92119

 

Bolt Brewery

If you’re looking to grab a beer with some friends, enjoy live music with some games and food trucks, Bolt Brewery has you covered. The space at Bolt Brewery is all outdoor, which allows for a great welcoming vibe with a yard filled with giant Jenga, cornhole, backyard Connect Four, and Disc Golf to name a few games. Although Bolt Brewery in La Mesa doesn’t serve food, there’s always food trucks right outside to grab a bite to eat with the wide selection of brews here. Not to mention, the beer garden is pet friendly, so bring your pups, friends, and lovers of beer with you for a great evening at Bolt Brewery!

Location: 8179 Center St., La Mesa, CA 91942

 

Helix Brewing

One of La Mesa’s hidden gems, Helix Brewing needs to be on your list of go-to brewery stops in San Diego. Helix Brewing has an awesome outdoor patio that creates an incredible relaxing vibe and experience due to its string lights, taco Tuesday taco trucks, dog friendly atmosphere, and outdoor games. With a wide range of beer flavors, Helix Brewing is a great spot to bring friends together to wind down after a long work week. Make sure to make it out to Helix Brewing this weekend to try one of their beer flights with your friends!

Location: 8101 Commercial St., La Mesa, CA 91942

Sometimes we all need a vacation. Instead of breaking the bank with traveling, enjoy the beauty of this city we all get to call home and have a staycation in San Diego! Here are our favorite tips to have the best staycation!

 

Hotel

To make your staycation feel like a real vacation, pick a destination that doesn’t necessarily feel like home. The hotel can really make or break your experience, because you are making it your home away from home after all. We love hotels where you can kick back, lay by the pool, enjoy a spa experience, and feel relaxed at. A few hotels we recommend are:

Hotel Del Coronado: This historical hotel sits right on the beach, where you can relax by the ocean or at one of their many pools, enjoy shopping steps from the hotel, bike along the boardwalk, or dine oceanside at the 1500 OCEAN Restaurant.

Omni Hotel La Costa: Located in Carlsbad, Omni La Costa is the perfect staycation getaway, with their eight swimming pools, award winning spa, tennis courts, golf courses, and easy accessibility to the beach and Legoland.

Paradise Point: Feel like you’ve stepped into paradise when you stay in Mission Bay at Paradise Point with their bungalow-style guest rooms hidden away in lush, tropical gardens on their 44-acre island, which offers five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, endless recreation options, and is just a short drive away from the beach, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park.

 

Relax

One of the hardest things to do on vacation, especially if work often follows you home, is to leave work at the office. We highly recommend leaving your phone behind, turning off your notifications, and refrain from checking your emails. The whole reason for your staycation is to get away from the stress and consistency of work, so let yourself enjoy your time off! Be present and worry about work when you resume your normal life. Staycations are for unwinding and relaxing, so allow yourself time to do so!

 

Enjoy Yourself

While this goes hand in hand with relaxing, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and your time away from home, work, and everyday life. Whether you’re on staycation with the family, friends, or your partner, don’t forget to enjoy the moments you’re in! Splurge on a fancy dinner one night, take a spa day if you really need some relaxation help, and don’t forget to take photos. Vacation or staycation, you’re going to want to remember the time you had with your loved ones!

Nothing beats a sweet tooth craving like some ice cream! Whether you’re into frozen yogurt, unique flavors, or regular ice cream, we have you covered! Check out Oakwood Escrow’s top 3 spots to get ice cream in San Diego.

 

Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt

For all you froyo fans out there, Rockie’s is the place to be. With seven portion sizes, from child to family, all of Rockie’s frozen yogurt flavors are non-fat, with some non-dairy and sugar free options. From sweet to decadent and fruity to tart, everybody will be happy with their choice of froyo when coming to Rockie’s, especially when they pick out their own toppings. Regular froyo not your thing? Then Rockie’s has milkshakes, acai and pitaya bowls, an espresso bar, and smoothies for you to choose from as well! If you’re unsure what size to get, go with the child size, it’s huge! Go crave your sweet tooth at Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt and we promise your taste buds will be thanking you.

Location: 7612 Linda Vista Rd, Ste 114, San Diego, CA 92111

 

ICMonstar

Rolled ice cream is the newest craze, and there’s definitely a reason why. Head down to ICMonstar Convoy to see what all the hype is about. Rolled ice cream is created by pouring a sweet milk base on a cold steel surface then adding toppings to create a delicious masterpiece. Once the concoction is hardened, a specialized spatula rolls the ice cream up for you to enjoy! This ice cream is harder than normal soft serve or out of the carton ice cream, and it melts in your mouth once your spoon hits your lips. Choose between one of ICMonstar’s signature creations, or come up with your own; the flavor options are endless. After stopping by ICMonstar, you’ll be wondering why it’s taken you so long to try rolled ice cream!

Location: 4698 Convoy St, Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92111

 

Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw is not your typical ice cream shop. This handmade ice cream shop offers out of the ordinary flavors and the service is impeccable. Head down to Little Italy to try this unusual ice cream experience that will make you coming back for seconds. Come try flavors like honey lavender, James coffee and bourbon, vegan roasted strawberry and coconut, and salted, malted, chocolate chip cookie dough. Don’t worry, double fold vanilla is on the menu if the out of the ordinary flavors make you weary, but these flavors are incredible! Don’t forget to make your ice cream selection sit in a waffle cone, and trust us, you’ll be coming back for more.

Location: 1670 India Street, San Diego CA 92101

We’ve talked about how much we love brunch before, but brunch in La Jolla takes weekend brunching to the next level. Check out our top 4 spots for brunch in La Jolla!

 

The Cottage

Located down near the La Jolla Cove, The Cottage is a spot you do not want to skip for weekend brunch. The outdoor patio is covered with oversized umbrellas and has an amazing aesthetic for all your brunching needs. On top of the cute decor and perfect location of The Cottage, they serve some amazing breakfast and brunch items. Whether you enjoy classic egg dishes or unique dishes off the griddle, you’re likely to leave happy and full after dining at The Cottage.

Location: 7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Our favorite: Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

 

The Taco Stand

More well known for lunch or dinner, the Taco Stand has an incredible breakfast menu that’s served between 9am and 12pm. While their California burrito is a go to classic, head down to The Taco Stand for brunch to one up your California burrito by ordering the asada and egg burrito that is filled with carne asada, eggs, fries, and cheese. For all you vegetarians out there, they have a veggie and egg burrito, so you can indulge in the brunch deliciousness as well! Even though you may be coming for breakfast, you can’t leave without ordering the mouthwatering churros as a midday dessert treat.

Location: 621 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Our favorite: Asada and Egg Burrito

 

Snooze an AM Eatery

If you’re heading closer to UC San Diego, Snooze is located just around the corner. For those of you looking for a trendy yet delicious spot to grab brunch with your friends, head on over to Snooze! Their menu offers endless breakfast and brunch options that will make you want to come back for more. Any egg, pancake, or sandwich dish you may be craving will definitely be found on this menu. Not to mention they have a good selection of breakfast cocktails to choose from, which is always a must with brunch!

Location: 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr, San Diego, CA 92037

Our favorite: Snooze Spuds Deluxe

 

Sugar and Scribe

This quaint, homey spot in La Jolla is home to Food Network Champion, Chef Maeve, who’s serving up breakfast and lunch alongside the bakery found inside the shop. Regardless if you’re a salty or sweet breakfast lover, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds when you step inside of Sugar and Scribe! No matter what dish you order, you have to order the hot chocolate, which is incredibly chocolatey and delicious! Don’t forget to stop by the bakery to pick up a peanut butter cookie on your way out.

Location: 7660 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Our favorite: Blazin’ Chilaquiles Skillet

San Diego’s warm, summer air calls for nights out and watching the beautiful sunset on the West Coast. Here at Oakwood Escrow, we want to share few of our favorite locations in San Diego to go view the sunset at.

 

Sunset Cliffs

Literally in the name, Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach is one of the most picturesque spots to view the sunset. While parking during peak sunset viewing times may be difficult, there are plenty of neighborhood streets to find parking on when heading to Sunset Cliffs. If you park in a neighborhood, you’ll have just a short walk over to the cliffs that are sitting right over the Pacific Ocean where you can watch an incredible sunset over the crashing waves.

Location: 1253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

 

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Right across from UCSD, Gliderport sits right above Black’s Beach and offers incredible views of La Jolla’s coastline. Watch hang gliders flying through the sky while enjoying a picture perfect sunset. There’s plenty of cliffside to explore to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, but be careful of the cliff’s edges. Parking is free in a dirt lot that leads right into Gliderport, but there’s street parking leading up to the dirt lot as well.

Location: 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

If you’re craving a little more out of your sunset viewings, Mt. Soledad in La Jolla offers you a 360 degree view of San Diego. Anywhere you look you’ll see incredible views of the city, not to mention the entire coastline soaking up the sunset. Parking can be tricky, so make sure to arrive early and check out the memorial dedicated to veterans while you’re here.

Location: 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr S (at Soledad Park Rd), La Jolla, CA

At Oakwood Escrow, we love finding hidden gems when it comes to food. Today we want to share some of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat in Point Loma!

 

Phil’s BBQ

If you’re looking for good place to get some amazing BBQ, Phil’s is the place for you! You know you’re in for a treat when you can smell the BBQ flavors from the parking lot, which exactly the experience you’ll get whenever you go to Phil’s. With a top secret recipe for BBQ rubs and sauce made from scratch, owner Phil Pace has created a family friendly environment filled with incredible BBQ food. Don’t be discouraged when you see the line wrapping around the building; the anticipation and wait for the food will only make your meal taste that much better. If you’re worried about long lines, check out the live B-B-Queue Cam featured on their website, which will show you a real time live feed of the line outside of Phil’s. You can’t go wrong with anything you order here, but we can’t get enough of the loaded fries with BBQ Broham (pulled pork)!

Location: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

 

Northside Shack

Nothing tastes better on a hot summer morning or early afternoon than an acai bowl. At Northside Shack, your craving for something cold and refreshing will be satisfied, while still getting something delicious, healthy, and filling. For only $9 for a small bowl, you get a plethora of toppings, which include pineapple, mango, kiwi, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, sliced grapes, and honey. Not to mention you also get granola, almonds, chia seeds, and coconut shreds on top. Get ready to taste the best acai bowl you’ve ever had because with this many toppings, your taste buds will be extremely happy with all the different flavors mixed together.

Location: 1255 Rosecrans St, Point Loma, CA 92106

 

Liberty Public Market

Are you someone who just can’t decide what you want to eat and wish you had multiple options? Then Liberty Public Market is the place for you! Located in Liberty Station, Liberty Public Market brings all different ethnic food groups together under one roof. Enjoy Greek nachos from Meze Greek Fusion, then get your Italian fix from Roma Express, and finish off your meal with mac and cheese from Stuffed! or a cup of corn and a taco from Cecilia’s Taqueria. The options here are endless. Not to mention you can also get desserts, including ice cream cookie sandwiches from Crafted & Scooped, or donuts from Frat Boy Donuts. Bring your friends with you to share different meals and try all the options provided here! You’re guaranteed to leave full with a satisfied stomach from all the delicious vendors.

Location: 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

There are a few places in Downtown San Diego that we at Oakwood Escrow find a little more enjoyable in the summertime. Check out these awesome places and try to enjoy at least one of them before summer comes to an end!

 

Seaport Village

Located on the San Diego Bay, Seaport Village is a great place to go with friends or the family to enjoy some local shops and vendors with a nice ocean breeze. From a Christmas shop that’s open year round to surf shops and a store dedicated to hot sauce, you can find almost anything while venturing through Seaport Village. On the grassy area outside the shops, treat yourself to a henna tattoo or get your palm read on the weekends. Stay around later in the day to watch the incredible sunset after enjoying a walk around the village.

Location: 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

 

USS Midway Museum

Take a step back in time to the 1940s when the USS Midway began its journey in the Cold War. This ship played a key role in the Cold War and had the first air kill of the Vietnam War in the 60s. Explore around this old, historical ship and see all aspects and quarters of the ship. Start at the top deck, where you can see and go inside of some old war planes, then make your way through the tight hallways under the ship where you can find the crew’s sleeping quarters, their dining area, the captain’s room, training rooms, etc. There’s so much history waiting to be discovered once you step aboard the USS Midway.

Location: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

 

House of Blues San Diego

Nothing says summer nights like going out to a concert with your friends. House of Blues San Diego provides the perfect intimate concert space for you to enjoy your favorite artists up close and personal. With just a small dance floor, get ready to dance your nights away with live music, drinks, and a venue full of people who love the same music as you. Not to mention, there’s a restaurant attached, which is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before heading to your concert!

Location: 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Petco Park

Summertime calls for warm nights under the stadium lights. Head over to Petco Park to watch the San Diego Padres play ball before summer ends! Enjoy food from Phil’s BBQ, Hodad’s, or any of the vendors inside the ballpark while watching the game. Let the kids run around at the Park in the Park, and stay after the game for the Post-Game Fireworks Show on August 18th for a summer night to remember!

Location: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Here at Oakwood Escrow, we love a good matcha tea, whether it’s in latte form or ice cream! Here are our top 3 spots in San Diego to curb your cravings and get your matcha fix.

 

Holy Matcha

With matcha in this shop’s name, how can you pass it up? Holy Matcha is your go-to for all things matcha! Located in North Park, Holy Matcha’s pink interior with palm leaf accents will guarantee you the perfect Instagram photo. This is your one stop shop for anything matcha related, from lattes and lemonade to donuts and soft serve ice cream! You can’t go wrong when matcha is involved, so make your way down to Holy Matcha for some matcha goodness. You won’t be disappointed!

Location: 3118 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Better Buzz Coffee Roasters

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, switch it up and order a matcha latte next time you find yourself at Better Buzz. Not only does matcha provide nutritional benefits, it tastes amazing too! You can order your matcha hot, iced, or blended, which can satisfy any craving you may be having for a yummy drink. Light and refreshing, a Matcha Buzz (blended) from Better Buzz will satisfy your midday pick me up drink needs without the after coffee jitters. With locations throughout San Diego, you can pick yourself up a matcha drink whenever you’re on the go.

Location: 801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

 

Copa Vida

Whether you’re on your lunch break in Downtown San Diego, or leaving a midday Padre game, a stop at Copa Vida is a must. Located just outside of the Park at Petco Park, Copa Vida is a trendy, quaint coffee shop that really knows how to make a good matcha latte. Available hot or iced, and with your choice of milk, Copa Vida’s matcha latte will not disappoint! Get some work done while sipping on your latte, or pair your matcha with a sandwich for lunch, and you’ll be sure to come back to Copa Vida next time you come down to Downtown San Diego.

Location: 905 J St, San Diego, CA 92101