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


Here at Oakwood Escrow, we love getting to go out after work or on the weekends and grab a great burger and maybe even a milkshake with some friends. Here are four of our favorite burger spots located around San Diego!



It’s always fun to play tourist in your own city. Featured on Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives, Hodad’s brings together the tourists and locals of Ocean Beach for some killer burgers and milkshakes. At almost any time of the day you will see a line coming out of Hodad’s, but don’t worry, it moves fairly quick and the wait is well worth it! No trip to Hodad’s is complete without ordering a milkshake, which comes with two giant scoops of ice cream on top! Don’t forget to add bacon to your burger, it comes as a crispy, crunchy, delicious bacon patty on top of your burger. And if you love french fries and onion rings? Don’t worry, just order a side of frings!

Location: 5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach CA 92107

What to order: Double bacon cheeseburger



Located in Pacific Beach, Stuffed! is the place for those of you who love cheese, mac and cheese, and those who love to get creative with your food options. The burger patties here are all stuffed with American cheese, so you get gooey, oozy cheese coming out of every bite you take. You can also order some loaded mac and cheese with your choice of toppings, ranging from caramelized onions and french onion straws, with the option of a hot dog, grilled chicken, or a burger patty. Don’t forget to order the tater tots as your side, and if you can’t get enough of mac and cheese, be sure to order the Boom Burger, but don’t be surprised if you can’t find your burger patty that’s lost in a sea of mac and cheese.

Location: 1380 Garnet Ave San Diego, CA 92109

What to order: Boom Burger with tater tots

Burger Lounge

If you’re heading into La Jolla, you must stop at Burger Lounge. Not your average fast food joint, Burger Lounge prides themselves as being the original grass-fed burger, and offers beef, turkey, and veggie patty options, as well as a chicken sandwich, a fish sandwich, and a variety of salads. The spices they use on their fries make ordering the fries a must have, and the onion rings have the perfect crunch to them. Don’t forget to complete your meal by adding on a milkshake!

Location: 1101 Wall St La Jolla, CA 92037

What to order: The Husky with fries and a Lounge Float


Burger Bench

If you’re located or venturing more North of San Diego and looking for a great burger place with a killer beer selection, Burger Bench is the place for you. Located in Escondido, Burger Bench gets all their ingredients from fresh, local farms and farmers markets to ensure the highest quality foods for their guests. Their beers are also sourced from local San Diego Breweries. They offer burgers, sliders, grilled cheese, and chicken options, but their sides are to die for. Regardless of the meal you order, you cannot leave Burger Bench without trying the truffle parmesan tots. Stop by Burger Bench for some great food and beer to start off the weekend right!

Location: 237 E Grand Ave Escondido, CA 92025

What to order: Sunrise Burger with parmesan truffle tots

There’s nothing better after a long week than getting to indulge in some delicious sweets. Here at Oakwood Escrow, we love to enjoy dessert down in Pacific Beach, so we want to share three of our favorite places to grab a sweet treat!


Baked Bear

Baked Bear is a customizable ice cream sandwich shop located one block away from the beach. Started by two childhood friends, Baked Bear serves homemade recipe ice cream alongside freshly baked cookies, brownies, and even donuts! With countless combinations, your ice cream sandwich, sundae, or bear bowl will be sure to captivate your tastebuds and your Instagram audience. You’ll be blown away with the flavors of ice cream and cookies at Baked Bear, which will make you wanting to come back for more to try out new ice cream sandwich combinations.

Location: 4516 Mission Blvd Ste C, San Diego, CA 92109

Our favorite treat: Combo sandwich with cookies & cream cookie, brownie, and mint chip ice cream


Afters Ice Cream

Afters Ice Cream takes ice cream sandwiches to another level by putting your ice cream into a milky bun. They offer unique ice cream flavors, such as milk and cereal and french toast churro, to create an out of this world dessert experience. Their milky bun can be glazed, mimicking the flavor of a glazed donut, which tucks away your favorite ice cream flavor and toppings inside to satisfy all of your warm donut and cold ice cream fantasies.

Location: 855 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Our favorite treat: Glazed milky bun with cookie monster ice cream


Pure Cupcakes

For those of you who love all things cupcakes, this is the place for you! Pure Cupcakes creates different, unique flavors every day while offering vegan and gluten free options as well. In 2013, Pure Cupcakes won Cupcake Wars, so they pride themselves not only in their cupcake flavors, but in their presentation as well. You won’t be disappointed indulging in these delicious, mouth watering cupcakes, so head down to Pure Cupcakes to try a new flavor they offer every day!

Location: 1772 A Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Our favorite treat: Rol-e-ol-ee-o cupcake

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



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



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



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