Are you feeling a little cabin fever? While staying at home as much as possible is still advised, there are plenty of fun local places that you can safely visit when you’ve got the itch to get out. And with spring just around the corner now is a great time to do some exploring! These are some of our favorite places in Vista where you can go to beat the winter blues.
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
Are you ready to breathe fresh air and cultivate some inner peace? Then head to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens! They offer 14 acres of botanicals, art, and sculptures in a relaxing hilltop landscape. Explore the nature trails and experience the variety in each of the themed gardens, including the Jungle Garden, Native Garden, Medicinal Herb Garden, and Labyrinth Garden. Bring a picnic, participate in one of their volunteer days, or take a yoga class in the Heritage Rose Garden. They are open seven days a week and admission is $5 for non-members and $3 for kids.
Vista Farmers Market
Happening every Saturday from 8 am to noon, the Vista Farmers Market features dozens of farmers who sell local, organic, certified, and in-season produce. You can also sample foods from around the world — the market has food makers representing ten different countries. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also browse and shop for handmade artisanal goods such as pottery, soaps, clothing, jewelry, and more. There are more than 50 farmers every week as well as over 30 food makers and artisans. It’s the longest-running farmers market in North County and happens rain or shine.
Rancho Guajome Adobe
Another wonderful place to enjoy this spring is Rancho Guajome Adobe. This authentic 1850s adobe hacienda is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and served as the headquarters of the Mexican land grant, Rancho Guajome. What makes this place so special (and safe to visit) is the 112-acre park that surrounds the adobe. This wetland open space is a beautiful place to spot great horned owls, white-tailed kites, and ring-necked pheasants. You can also enjoy hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, and fishing. They are open every day from sunrise to sunset.
The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
Finally, step back in time at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. This wonderful local non-profit collects, preserves, and displays machines and crafts that are associated with American rural communities and farms. You’ll see working examples of mining equipment, steam-powered tractors, and Caterpillar dozers that date from 1849 to the early 1960s. The museum encompasses nearly 60 acres of exhibits with well-marked paths. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for kids. The museum is closed when it rains.
Contact the Clark & Gilman Team today!
Are you ready to explore the charming community of Vista or any of the other wonderful places in North County San Diego? Then contact the experts at the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you achieve your real estate dreams!