Lovingly known as the “avocado capital of the world” because of its endless expanse of avocado groves, Fallbrook is a charming small town that is enjoyable all year long. The vibrant, historic, and friendly community is a fabulous destination for vacationers who want to spend their time enjoying art, culture, nature, and a delicious glass of wine. You can explore through the many local wineries, nature trails, gardens, farms, golf greens, or the downtown farmer’s market.
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1.Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens
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Established by the McDougal family in 1984, the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens is an awe-inspiring thirty-acre property filled with thematic gardens, a heart-shaped lake, and seven waterfalls. It’s extremely popular with people, residents and visitors, as a reception and wedding venue. Visitors are invited to tour the grounds and its botanical gardens to delve in the local flora and fauna. There are private docent tours which are perfect for amateur photographers, as well as their Veranda Restaurant, which is wonderful to dine in while looking out at the stunning views from their outdoor patio. Their weekend brunch is extremely popular, so be sure to dine there if you’re in the area.
220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-6466
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2.Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery
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Have a garden experience like no other at the Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery where you will come across an array of live oaks and splendid plants and flowers in a variety of colors. You can talk to their horticulture specialists to learn more about all the species that live there. Other aspects to enjoy include the Old Myrtle Creek which is fed by several natural running springs, the Carriage House which dates back to the early 1900s, and the Sherman Plantation House which is an amazing display historic architecture. The gardens and nursery are also home to their Butterfly Gardens, Wild Bird Sanctuary, historic Fallbrook Barn, Cafe Bloom, and the Farmhouse Gift Shop, which is filled with artisan-crafted gifts.
2940 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-5340
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3.Kenny's Strawberry Farm
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Open seasonally, Kenny’s Strawberry Farm is a family-owned, u-pick style farm that is renowned for their fresh, locally grown produce. Take the whole family along to experience the farm life, have a picnic, and of course, pick and take back all the strawberries you can hold. Unlike other farms, at Kenny’s you can walk right out onto the field to pick your strawberries rather than choose from bundles of already-picked ones. Keep in mind that even if you choose to purchase at the stands, it’s guaranteed to have been picked fresh that morning. It’s a great experience that the entire family will surely cherish, so if you’re in Fallbrook, be sure to stop by Kenny’s Strawberry Farm.
953 Rainbow Valley Boulevard, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 951-212-5805
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4.Fallbrook Art Center
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Offering a unique art experience for over twenty years, the Fallbrook Art Center has several sections: the Janice Griffiths Gallery, the Rosalie & Spencer Lehmann Gallery, and the Salon Gallery. The nonprofit visual arts center is a favored attraction by Fallbrook residents and visitors alike. They have a wide variety of rotating exhibits featuring works by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. Some of the annual shows held at the main exhibition space, the Janice Griffiths Gallery, include Art of the Holiday, Galaxy of Glass, World of Watercolor & Beyond, and Reflections of Nature. The art center is housed in the 1961 Rexall Pharmacy building and still has the Cafe des Artistes, which is an art-filled restaurant you can dine in during your visit.
103 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-1414
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5.Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum
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The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum promotes the research, appreciation, and display of minerals, gems, jewelry, paleontology, and related lapidary arts and earth sciences. Visitors will be able to see a diverse collection at the museum with specimens from all around the world. You can also learn about the local mines and the science behind the gems and minerals through the educational displays, workshops, and the many diverse speakers that are invited to speak there throughout the year. The museum hosts several gem shows and street fairs annually as well, so be sure to stop by one if you happen to be in Fallbrook during that time.
123 W. Alvarado Street, Suite B, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-1130
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6.Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard
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Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard is a gorgeous space which resembles the charm and beauty of an Old-World European vineyard. You can walk row after row of the luscious grape vines and take in the beauty of the property - which also has several Italian spruces and numerous rose bushes. The vineyard has a park filled with romantic spots which overlook the surroundings, which you can enjoy with a glass of their delicious wine. You’ll feel as if you’re strolling the streets of Florence when you walk their lighted pathways at night. Overall, it’s a wonderful experience and a great place to spend the day with your loved one while in Fallbrook.
4150 Rock Mountain Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-731-2356
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7.The Golf Club of California
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Offering North San Diego’s premier golf experience, the Golf Club of California is situated right on the rolling hills of Fallbrook. The scenic location boasts a beautiful 18-hole semi-private championship golf course. They also have practice facilities with a double-ended driving range, putting green, and a chipping area. Resort to the stunning Mediterranean club house after a day on the greens, where you will surely be met with superb amenities and outstanding service. There are several tournaments and events held there throughout the year for visitors to partake in or enjoy as a spectator - you can even book your own private event for an exciting time with friends and family.
3742 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-451-3737
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8.Lavender Hill Pumpkins
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Lavender Hill Pumpkins is a family-owned pumpkin farm which can be found in the gorgeous setting of Fallbrook, California. There is so much for the entire family to see, do, and experience there including picking your own pumpkins, having a picnic on the field, or even heading out there to take a family portrait. You’ll find a selection of varieties, no matter if you’re looking for a uniquely shaped pumpkin or an unusually large one. If you’re a master in the kitchen, or trying to be one, be sure to learn about all the delicious recipes that can be made with the farm’s range of edible pumpkins.
1509 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-715-8495
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9.Estate d'Iacobelli Winery
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Estate d’Iacobelli Winery is the brainchild of Ronei, the son of Italian immigrants who has winemaking in his blood. He was taught the art of making wine by his grandfather in Casalvieri, a town in the Italian province of Frosinone. He continued the tradition in his garage and eventually moved up to the beautiful, rolling 20-acre land you can now explore. Their tasting room is elegant, refined, and provides a wonderful atmosphere to spend a day with family and friends. In addition to their lovingly produced wine, you can also try their extra virgin olive oil which is made from the 125-tree olive grove grown on their estate.
2175 Tecalote Drive, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-723-0616
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10.Old Fliegler's Farm
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Nestled in the hills of Fallbrook, Old Fliegler’s Farm offers a relaxing day on their farm, away from the fast-paced bustle of the city. There are so many adventures there; you can meet the farm animals as their miniature donkeys Abu, Jafar, and Ghepetto would be more than happy to see you and teach you all about taking care of the animals. The farm hosts several workshops on organic gardening, hydroponics, solar ovens, sustainable living, cooking with herbs and flowers, and so much more. Kids love going on the farm’s scout adventures or on an overnight camping trip - their outdoor art classes are a creative outlet visitors of all ages love!
4332 Los Vecinos, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-1865
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11.Roadrunner Ridge Winery
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Roadrunner Ridge is a young California-based winery that is nestled on a hillside in Fallbrook. The calm and peaceful surrounding is a welcome difference from its busier neighbors, and visitors are invited to revel in the serenity of the winery. Family owned and operated, the Brady’s made wine for over 30 years before finally opening Roadrunner Ridge in 2008. During your visit there you can walk through the vineyard and learn all about how they handcraft their premium wines. You’ll be able to try glasses of their 2012 Cinq Blanc, 2012 Shiraz, and their 2013 Reserve Syrah among many others. Don’t forget to buy a couple of bottles to take back home with you to enjoy with friends and family.
4233 Rosa Rancho Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-731-7349
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12.Myrtle Creek Vineyards
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A family owned and operated facility, Myrtle Creek Vineyards comes from the Sherman family’s passion for producing quality, hand-crafted wines. The first vines were planted in 2011 by founder Matt Sherman and his father Bruce on the family’s old orchards, which has a long history of farming avocado. You can visit them on weekends for tastings of their refreshingly delicious wines which includes the earthy 2015 Grenache and the lighter, fruitier 2015 Zinfandel. They’re constantly working on new releases and visitors can look forward to new seasonal varieties such as the Sauvignon Blanc which is harvested in the fall.
1600 Via Vista, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 442-444-5066
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© California Watercolors
California Watercolors is a workshop space and gallery that features fine art paintings from the early 20th century all the way up to modern works by today’s artists. You’ll be able to see or purchase the works of American artists such as Ken Goldman, Hardie Gramatky, and Emil Kosa Jr. Pieces vary in mediums such as acrylic paintings, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, vintage art prints, HD giclee art prints, and much more. Some of their notable paintings include Olvera Street, 1951 by Millard Sheets and Windswept, Point Hueneme, circa 1935 by Phil Dike. You can also purchase some great books on California art while you’re there including a collection of California Watercolor Art from the Early 20th Century Through Today.
560 C Industrial Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-723-9270
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14.Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture
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Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture is a peaceful place that thrives with beautiful flowers, medicinal plants, food plants, and much more. You’ll be able tour the grounds and walk the winding paths through the living buildings and bridges, all of which were made with recycled materials. You can take in the fragrant smells and stunning views of the plants and blooms; other highlights of the garden include a compost bathroom, unlined pond, a cob pizza oven, and several bee hives and chickens. You can learn about varying permaculture techniques to use on your own property, go bird watching, have a picnic, or take some amazing photographs.
390 Vista Del Indio, Fallbrook, CA 92028
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15.Emerald Forest Bird Gardens
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Home to one of the most spectacular private collections of exotic birds in the world, the Emerald Forest Bird Gardens is internationally recognized and has been featured in many newspapers and magazines. You’ll be able to explore the forty acres of riparian woodlands and get up close and personal with toucans and several other species of birds in the semi-tropical setting. Join the professionals at Emerald Forest for an educational and fun guided general tour or photography tour, both of which will take you through the large property and into the homes of toucans, cockatoos, peacocks, parrots, and other magnificent birds.
38420 Dos Cameos Drive, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-2226
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16.Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ
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Owned and operated by Fallbrook locals, Oink and Moo Burgers and Barbecue is a funky, artsy-style restaurant that has foods filled with flavor and an environment fitted with creativity. Each of their burgers is a custom blended concoction of fresh beef, secret seasonings, and painstaking time and dedication to make sure that it is just right. The restaurant doesn’t take any shortcuts in preparation - even their lemonade is hand squeezed from fresh lemons grown on their property. Be sure to try popular favorites such as their bacon-wrapped mac and cheese fritters, the ? pound loaded Oink and Moo Burger, or their BBQ pork lettuce cup, which won the Taste of Fallbrook award.
121 North Pico Avenue, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-451-6005
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17.Rainbow Oaks Restaurant
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Though it had been closed for some time in the middle, the Rainbow Oaks Restaurant has been serving its patrons delicious foods since it was originally established in 1946. The restaurant/ sports bar, which is lovingly called ‘the oaks’, is almost like home to the many locals, travelers, and bikers who stop by for traditional American cuisine that hits the spot each and every single time. Feast on a chorizo and egg burrito for breakfast, have a barbecue chicken sandwich for lunch, or feast on a delicious Texas burger topped with jalapenos, avocado, and bacon for dinner.
4815 5th Street, Rainbow, CA 92028, Phone: 760-723-2279
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Burger lovers from all over the United States flock to Nessy Burgers for one of owner Sandra Webster’s delicious burgers. A high amount of thought and details goes into every burger, which is made with a special blend of premium chuck and sirloin beef that is ground fresh by her butchers every morning. The ground beef is then seasoned with Sandra’s secret blend of spices and each patty is then handmade and individually weighed to ensure that each diner gets the best of their ½ pound burger patty. Knowing that the devil is in the details each burger is then topped with Sandra’s secret sauce, juicy tomatoes, crisp onions, hand-broken Iceberg lettuce, and premium quality American cheese. Their concoctions are a must-try if you’re in the mood for a delicious burger.
3235 Old Hwy 395, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-712-1497
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19.Garden Center Cafe and Grill
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The Garden Center Cafe and Grill is a wonderful restaurant that guarantees you’ll enjoy a fresh, delicious meal each and every single time. Their exquisite food can be had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which breakfast served all day on the weekends. Choose to dine in their lovely indoor setting or head outdoors on to their covered patio elegantly designed with twinkle lights, seasonal flowers, a fountain, and a waterfall. The Garden Center is renowned with their regular patrons for their refreshing salads, delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh seafood, and their mouthwatering Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib. Be sure to pair your meal with a drink from their extensive wine, beer, and champagne list, or to finish off with a daily-made dessert.
1625 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-4147
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20.The Veranda at Grand Tradition
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One of North County’s most desired dining destinations, the Veranda at Grand Tradition serves fresh cuisine alongside exceptional customer service. You can enjoy your meal as you take in the breathtaking views of the restaurant’s surrounding gardens and lake; there’s even a lovely outdoor patio which you can dine from to enjoy the weather and view. Amongst their weekly array of delicious culinary concoctions, the Veranda at Grand Tradition is also extremely popular for their weekend brunch. Dishes from their menu that shouldn’t be missed include the Breakfast Egg Roll, their Club Panini, and their Prime Rib Sandwich, which is filled with top-notch shaved prime rib, smoked gouda, and house horseradish cream.
220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-6466
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20 Things to Do in Fallbrook, California
- Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, Photo: Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens
- Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery, Photo: Courtesy of mattegg - Fotolia.com
- Kenny's Strawberry Farm, Photo: Courtesy of Evgenia Tiplyashina - Fotolia.com
- Fallbrook Art Center, Photo: Fallbrook Art Center
- Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum, Photo: Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum
- Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Photo: Courtesy of alefat - Fotolia.com
- The Golf Club of California, Photo: Courtesy of Mrsuchat - Fotolia.com
- Lavender Hill Pumpkins, Photo: Courtesy of kwphotog - Fotolia.com
- Estate d'Iacobelli Winery, Photo: Estate d'Iacobelli Winery
- Old Fliegler's Farm, Photo: Courtesy of Alinsa - Fotolia.com
- Roadrunner Ridge Winery, Photo: Courtesy of UMB-O - Fotolia.com
- Myrtle Creek Vineyards, Photo: Courtesy of klabautermann82 - Fotolia.com
- California Watercolors, Photo: California Watercolors
- Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture, Photo: Courtesy of JCLobo - Fotolia.com
- Emerald Forest Bird Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of Sara Gomes - Fotolia.com
- Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ, Photo: Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ
- Rainbow Oaks Restaurant, Photo: Rainbow Oaks Restaurant
- Nessy Burgers, Photo: Courtesy of MSPhotographic - Fotolia.com
- Garden Center Cafe and Grill, Photo: Garden Center Cafe and Grill
- The Veranda at Grand Tradition, Photo: The Veranda at Grand Tradition
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