Back in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park, visitors can enjoy more than a dozen first-class museums and cultural venues, including the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Japanese Friendship Garden. The elegant Old Globe Theatre is also located in Balboa Park, as are several more contemporary live theaters. This summer, in addition to modern productions, the Old Globe will host performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in July and Much Ado About Nothing in August and September.
Many county fairs today have lost their rustic rural charm, but the San Diego County Fair is still an old-fashioned fun filled adventure. Located in the 1937 vintage Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on coastal land owned by the State of California, the fair echoes the racetrack’s motto: “Where the surf meets the turf.” In this gorgeous setting, just north of San Diego, families and fun lovers of all ages can enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, and all the old time fair staples: livestock, including cattle, pigs, goats and llamas, as well as rabbits, poultry and pigeons, student visual and industrial arts and individual crafts including flower arranging and garden design, wood carving, baking and cake decorating, to name only a few. This year’s fair will run from June 1-July 4.
My husband and I have walked into Tijuana, and we have also taken the 83-mile drive to charming Ensenada, two-hours straight south of San Diego. Ensenada is a beautiful city to explore on foot, and we enjoyed the chocolate filled churros (deep fried pastries) made to order from a little shop in the downtown market area. On your return to San Diego, you will find good Mexican restaurants and cultural events everywhere. San Diego’s reputation for great fish tacos is well deserved. Even Rubio’s, a San Diego originated fast food chain now found in many local malls and shopping centers, serves good fish tacos.
I have mentioned only a few of San Diego’s unique landmarks and destinations to entice you to come to this magical and historic city to make discoveries of your own. No matter what you decide to do in beautiful San Diego, you will need a good breakfast to fortify you for the adventures ahead. If you are heading to the San Diego County Fair, I recommend Milton’s in Del Mar (2660 Via De La Valle) for a hearty New York Deli style breakfast in a stress-free Southern California setting. At Milton’s, the coffee will arrive quickly, the portions will be generous and the staff of professional and competent grownups, most of whom have worked there for years, will not address you as “You guys.” Milton’s is the kind of place where business men in suits and ties drop by to read the newspaper while enjoying an excellent breakfast before heading to the office. My favorite Milton’s breakfast is LEO: lox, eggs and onions. This delicious concoction combines scrambled eggs with generous amounts of smoked salmon and sautéed onions. Wayne loves Milton’s homemade corned beef hash, which he considers first rate. Breakfast is served all day at Milton’s, and there is also a bakery loaded with enticing pastries as well as a deli on the premises. Milton’s is justly famous for its multi-grain bread, which can be purchased at the restaurant or at good local grocery stores.