Quality Inn & Suites
555 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 743-3700
Fax: (760) 480-5887
The North County region offers upscale hotels and lodging, great beaches and terrific recreational opportunities, all of which San Diego North County Convention & Visitors Bureau office will be happy to share with visitors. Got questions about golfing, places to go, things to do with kids or the best places to dine? The staff here has answers by mail, e-mail, phone and at the Escondido office. Just give them a chance to talk about why they think North San Diego County is the best part of San Diego.
Stop by this North County park and pick up a little flavor of how this area used to be more than a century ago. A complex of buildings on Escondido Historical Society house the 1888 Santa Fe Railroad Depot, a Victorian house, a barn and windmill, a model train, the first library and a working blacksmith shop. There is no cost to tour the museum.
The 60-foot vertical entrance at this civic center is a grand pathway to Escondido's City Hall. City Hall was the first building in this complex, next to Grape Day Park and the new California Center for the Arts. Visitors arrange tours of City Hall through the city manager's office. Two weeks advance notice is required. Those who plan to tour the Escondido City Hall may want to note that the tour involves walking up and down staircases between two floors of the building.
Located in northern San Diego County, this man-made reservoir offers picnic tables, camping facilities and boat rentals. The lake is a popular spot to fish for bass, catfish and trout. Fishing fees range from USD3-5. With four piers located around the lake, many opt for shore fishing. The boating at this lake is restricted to boats rented on the premises; rowboats or motorboats. In addition, the lake has bait, tackle and ice for sale. No swimming and no pets are permitted.
One of the most popular fishing spots in San Diego County where you will find bass, catfish, crappie, and large bluegill, this lake is often crowded with anglers casting a line in hope of a big catch. Fishing fees range from USD2 to USD4. Boats are permitted at Lake Hodges with a launching fee of USD5 and a speed limit of 20 mph. Wind surfing is also allowed on weekends from May through October. Lake Hodges hosts a picnic area and snack bar. Bait, ice, and groceries are sold on the premises as well.
Animal lovers of all kinds will want to make the trek to this beautifully designed park and refuge for endangered species, including a renowned display of extremely rare California Condors. Thirty two miles north of downtown San Diego, you'll be transported to the wilds of Africa, Asia and Australia. Here at the park, more than 3,500 animals representing 260 species roam in habitats designed to simulate their natural environs. Ride the Wgasa Bush Line Railway for a five-mile, 55-minute guided tour or walk the trails that weave through the 1,800 acre park. Exceptional Botanic Gardens, gift shops, research information and restaurants can all be found here. Check out some gear for you or your own companion animals in the gift shop. It opens daily at 9a.
The San Dieguito River Park is an ongoing project that began in 1989 with the joint efforts of several cities and San Diego county. The San Dieguito River Park strives to create and maintain 2,000 acres of trails that stretch from Julian to the Pacific Ocean. Among other areas people can hike or bike through, the San Dieguito River Park includes Lake Hodges, San Pasqual Valley, and Volcan Mountain. For those who would like to enjoy a unique experience, the San Dieguito River Park hosts various activities, such as a backyard bird-calling class, hikes, or various other activities. - Erick Pettersen
Perhaps after visiting the nearby San Diego Wild Animal Park, history buffs will enjoy learning a little about the struggles for land ownership that took place in this region. On this spot in 1846, a contingent of American forces tried to defend this land against a group of Californians, Spanish-Mexican residents of California. The American forces lost that round, but came back to reclaim the area with the aid of Commodore Stockton. A museum now stands on the grounds to commemorate the battles. Admission is free.
This community college's main campus is located in San Marcos, just 20 minutes north of San Diego. Satellite campuses are located in nearly every community south of San Marcos. It is considered a "junior college," simply meaning students may not obtain a bachelors degree there, but nearly everything else is available. The school offers over 130 associate degree and certification programs. With over 25,000 students, a planetarium, an art gallery, arboretum, athletic playing fields and teams and a theater. This college hardly seems "junior" at all.
One of North County's most happening spots—Old California Restaurant Row is a string of local establishments featuring top-notch restaurants, from Japanese sushi to premium steak houses. The popular Old California Mining Company restaurant holds a prominent spot here. In addition to restaurants, the location is also popular for evening attractions, including the Edwards Cinemas, as well as a string of local specialty shops. Guests may take advantage of the Old California Tram Company for transportation on the premises.
With 190 acres of water packed with trout, largemouth bass and catfish, this spot is sheer dreamland for fishermen. Private boats are permitted, but restrictions are enforced. Boats may not be under 10 feet or over 20 feet. Sailboats are not allowed. Rental watercraft are available, with rowboats and motorboats on-site. This facility also offers bait, ice and groceries, as well as a picnic area, snack bar and restaurant.
One of the oldest in California, Bernardo Winery is located in the northern part of San Diego in the city of Rancho Bernardo, upon what was once a Spanish land grant. Since 1928, the Rizzo family has been producing fine wine here. You are free to wander through the rolling hillside covered with grapevines, sip wine on the patio, and shop in specialty stores converted from some of the original winery buildings.