Your Guide to a Fall Staycay in San Diego’s “Village by the Sea”
Autumn in Carlsbad feels like the idyllic small-town setting you see in movies. There’s magic in the misty mornings and crisp evenings as the sun tucks itself behind a blanket of clouds. And while this sea-swept destination may be known mostly for its sunny shoreline, Carlsbad is also the perfect destination for a cozy fall getaway. With an abundance of things to do—from perusing the local farmers’ market to sipping cocktails by the fire—we’ve planned the ideal weeknight in this charming “Village by the Sea.” Carlsbad Itinerary
Book an overnight stay at The Cassara Carlsbad, a sweet escape perched above the iconic Carlsbad Flower Fields. Featuring tranquil views of the Pacific Ocean, this chic hotel mixes modern and bold elements with charming Mediterranean details—think upholstered beds with classic down comforters, granite vanity countertops, tasteful wallpaper, 42-inch TVs and Keurig coffee makers. The charisma of this charming retreat also stems from its unique on-property features such as pet-friendly rooms, two resort-size pools (one featuring a kids splash pad), a signature restaurant, fitness center and a friendly staff. An evening spent here is sure to meet your vacation needs and keep you extra cozy!
The Cassara Carlsbad
5805 Armada Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Clothes to the Action
Take The Cassara’s free shuttle to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, one of San Diego County’s premier shopping destinations. Here, you can grab a warm beverage—perhaps a coffee or hot cocoa from Starbucks—and spend some time perusing the abundance of name-brand stores. Bring the family, as there’s Baby Gap, Claires, Disney Outlet and more for the kiddos. There are more than 85 designer and outlet stores, from A (Ann Taylor) to Z (Zumiez). You might even be able to get a head start on your Christmas shopping!
Make Your Way to the Market
After a few hours of shopping, bundle up and stroll through the artisan vendors at the State Street Farmers Market, which takes place every Wednesday afternoon. This eclectic market showcases products from local vendors in a fresh-air environment that are not found in traditional grocery stores. The market keeps farmers farming and provides Carlsbad with fresh, high-quality food and products, focusing on fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, nuts and honey, along with fresh flowers and plants.
Treat yourself to some afternoon R&R at Carlsbad’s Ocean Pearl Spa! This relaxation destination incorporates marine-based botanicals into skincare and body treatments that help to nourish and restore. Book a treatment, like the Seasonal Body Scrub or Rose Quartz Hydration Facial, and enjoy access to the spa’s eucalyptus steam room, showers, relaxation lounge, fitness center, heated pool and Jacuzzi. Nothing says cozy like a massage and soak in the hot tub!EXP 11/14
May the Course Be With You
Whether you’re a golf rookie or you’ve been at it for ages, you’ll love playing a sunset round with stunning ocean views at The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course. This 18-hole championship golf course is one of the best in the county and also has a restaurant, wedding venue and private event facility. The 6,835-yard public course is set on 400 acres of Carlsbad’s coastal terrain, designed to challenge golfers no matter their skill level. Don’t fore-get: they also have golf lessons and junior golf for children ages 6 to 17.
California Coastal Cuisine
Savor a taste of California dining at The Cassara Kitchen & Bar, located in the grand lobby of the Carlsbad coastal resort. This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serves up signature small plates crafted with the freshest local ingredients, offering a true taste of North County San Diego. Snag a seat on the patio and sip on a classic handcrafted cocktail with coastal and poolside views. And when your tummy starts to rumble, dig into dishes like the Baja Fish Tacos, made with basmati rice, Harrisa citrus marinade and bloomsdale spinach or the Steakhouse Burger, featuring a ½ pound brisket short rib patty, thick-cut bacon, grilled onion, white cheddar and house remoulade.
Where There’s Smoke, There’s…
Eager for a nightcap? Carlsbad’s Campfire draws upon the city’s community experience, enabling a roundtable vibe where you can get together and sip drinks by the fire. Their cocktails, wine and spirits draw inspiration from the remarkable range of California landscapes: coast, forest, mountain and desert. Cozy up and sip on handcrafted selections like the Social Butterfly, Camino 17 or Merit Badge—each made with attention to ingredients like guajillo chili or oak tree bark.
Local Insight: Don’t want to leave the property? Grab a nightcap from The Cassara Kitchen & Bar and cozy up around one of the hotel’s many outdoor fire pits. You can also purchase a s’mores kit too if you’re craving something sweet!
Photography Provided By: The Cassara Carlsbad