We all love our kids, but taking time out to spend time with your partner is important to keep the relationship alive and well. These five daytime date ideas in San Diego are going to leave you wanting to sneak away for a few hours on the weekend, or play hooky while the kids are at school.
Date 1: La Jolla
Start your morning with brunch at Brockton Villa. Book a table on the patio to take full advantage of the magnificent views over La Jolla Cove. They are open for breakfast, but if you are wanting a mimosa or glass of wine, then plan to arrive after 11 am. Save room for the cinnamon roll pancakes or try their signature item, Coast Toast. Luckily that delicious dish is served all day.
From Brockton Villa, walk across the road to the paved sidewalk where you can stroll around the cliffs to The Children’s Pool to view the seals and sea lions. From here wander back through the park to the cove where you can explore sea caves and tide-pools (check low tide times in advance) and soak up the sun, read a book, or go snorkeling.
Date 2: Carlsbad
The first thing you need to do is book tickets online for a movie at Cinepolis for just after lunch. Then head to Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen for a fresh and delicious light lunch. Skip dessert though, because you’ll want to order dessert while you snuggle up on your reclining chairs and watch a movie together. Don’t forget to put up the arm rest between you!
After the movie, hop into your car and drive to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park (only a 6-minute drive away), where you will enjoy a lovely stroll around the grounds (with the peacocks) and learn about the history of the ranch. They offer tours on the weekends, but during the week it’s self-guided.
Then head to Carlsbad beach. Stop by the Harbor Fish Cafe or walk to The Compass for happy hour, which is from 4pm – 6pm daily. The bacon-wrapped corn dogs are really good. Head back to your car just in time to catch the sun setting before heading home.
6985 El Camino Real #108
Carlsbad, Ca 92009
6941 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, Ca 92009
Leo Carrillo Ranch
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln
Carlsbad, Ca 92009
300 Carlsbad Village Dr. #202
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
Date 3: Poway
Wear your walking shoes and something comfortable for this date. Make a picnic lunch, or head to your local grocery story (I prefer the ready-made sandwiches and salads at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Fresh & Easy), don’t forget a couple of large bottles of water too.
Drive to Lake Poway, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. There are picnic benches available, or take a picnic blanket if you like.
After lunch walk it off with a hike around the lake. Feel free to walk even further if you like, there are many other trails you can take off the main one, but the walk around the lake itself is roughly three miles.
14644 Lake Poway Rd
Poway, Ca 92064
Date 4: Oceanside
Pack up a picnic blanket and a warm blanket to wrap around you if it gets chilly. Go to the Seaside Market in Cardiff and pick up a gourmet picnic dinner. They make delicious paninis and desserts. Drive to Oceanside Pier where there is ample parking, just make sure that if you park on the street you check the parking meter times, there is also a large parking lot where you pay as you park. Enjoy an early picnic dinner (or late lunch if it’s not daylight saving) on the beach, take a walk along the pier, and stay for the sunset (which never seems to disappoint) before heading home.
2087 San Elijo Ave.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Ca 92007
Pier View Way, N Pacific St
Oceanside, Ca 92054
Date 5: Temecula
For a perfect Sunday daytime date, visit The Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery where you will enjoy an amazing buffet brunch, with unlimited champagne. There is also live entertainment in the lower garden from 12pm, which you will be able to hear while you enjoy your brunch. Pack a picnic blanket and sit on the lawn after brunch to soak in the sun and listen to the live music.
35960 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, Ca 92591
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Written and photographed by Tonya Staab