Quality Inn & Suites
555 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 743-3700
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Arts & Museums
This is the premier place for culture in all of North County. The Broadway-style theater hosts up to 60 performances each season with guests such as Barishnykov, Stomp and Broadway musicals. Meanwhile, the museum features more than 9,000 square feet of galleries as well as an outdoor area called "Lyric Court". The focus is on 20th-century visual arts with contemporary flair. Exhibitions change frequently. Private party and reception facilities are available.
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.
Trace your ancestry at this local museum! Beyond its vast collection of historic photographs, maps, books and paintings, the museum maintains a full archival facility for the research of community and family history. This collection specializes in information about the United States, British, Black, Hispanic and Latino family backgrounds, as well as general California history. The shop on premises, The Archives, specializes in supplies that will help preserve documents, photos and family heirlooms.
Serving the San Diego community since 1965, The Jones Gallery specializes in 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures. The gallery hosts works from both contemporary realists and impressionists. Artwork in oil, watercolor, pastel and bronze is displayed here. In addition, this establishment offers appraisals on notable artwork in your collection. The gallery is accredited by the International Society of Appraisers as well as the American Society of Appraisers.
In the 1880s, the town site of San Marcos was established during completion of the railroad to the Pacific Ocean. This museum highlights local history including that original site plan, the development of the agricultural industry, the incorporation of the city in 1963, and anecdotal notes. Displays consist of photographs, Native American artifacts, newspaper clippings and other treasures from San Marcos pioneers. A gift shop on the premises sells fascinating books on local history. Free admission. Donations are accepted.
This historical society oversees a museum complex in Grape Day Park that includes the first library of Escondido, a barn and windmill, a Victorian house, the 1888 Sante Fe Railroad depot, a railroad car and model train, and a working blacksmith shop.
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 archaeological repository features small exhibits exploring the past of San Diego, especially its Indian heritage. Visitors enjoy shows that offer glimpses of the region's Indian culture, which first emerged in the San Diego area about 10,000 years ago. The present exhibit includes a diorama and objects discovered by Malcolm Rogers in 1919. The center is technically wheelchair accessible, but viewing the cases is a bit cumbersome.
In the lobby of the Lawrence Welk Theatre, a large selection of memorabilia from Welk's personal collection gives guests a reason to stay and reminisce. Throughout guests' self-guided tours, they will also hear the sounds of Welk and his orchestra performing. The collection tells the story of how Welk—also called Mr. Wunnerful—and his band went from the small time to the big time. Among other paraphernalia, such as pictures, newspaper clippings, and plaques, a cardboard cutout of Welk orchestrating his band stands in front of a television camera. The pride of the collection is the world's largest champagne glass, which Welk received on his 25th anniversary. Call ahead for hours.
This family-owned gallery is a tribute to the bygone eras of American society, featuring distinct collections of classic automobiles and San Diego wines. Vintage vehicles such as Cadillac, Buick and Ford are featured in the main showroom. Meanwhile, the Barbie Bridal room features a fascinating collection of America's favorite doll. Inside the barrel-aging room, oak barrels house the wines until they are perfect. Check out the bountiful vineyards, where grapes are harvested yearly during August and September.
The Craftsmanship Museum is also known as the Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship and Miniature Engineering Museum. It is located in Carlsbad, California. This museum exclusively collects miniature objects of wood and metal. It has approximately 300 working models of cars, model planes, and other objects. The museum also has a set of expert craftsmen who work to built miniatures.
An excellent example of an intact adobe structure, Rancho Buena Vista Adobe rests on the remains of an 1845 Spanish Land Grant. Named after a Spanish Marquez, the adobe is in original condition and houses a very fine exhibit of museum-quality artifacts of its time. Many seasonal events and celebrations are held here throughout the year. The Adobe Gallery and La Tiendita gift shop are also located on the property. Call ahead for hours.