Author: Jill Weinlein
Date of Trip: May 2015
110 N. Meyers St. (760)722-1003.
3. Stroll The Longest Pier in California.
It’s a wooden 1,942 feet historical pier that attracts visitors, locals, fisherman and families. With Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier, don’t be surprised to see many on the pier sipping Ruby’s shakes or dining on burgers and fries inside. In the middle of the pier is a shop selling snacks, souvenir and fishing pole rentals.
4. Oceanside Museum of Art
Stroll inside a delightful space to admire the 100 Artists, 100 Years exhibit until July 26, 2015. In partnership with The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild chronicles a 100 year historical perspective of 100 artists who live or lived and worked in San Diego. There are Plein Air painters and contemporary masters displayed as paintings, sculptures, drawings, printmaking, photography, ceramics, architecture and furniture making. 704 Pier View Way (760-435-3720.
5. Sip a flight of Craft Beer
At Stone Company Store out on their picturesque stone patio filled with wood, stone and plants. Sit in one of the wooden lounge chairs or at a communal table with friends after stepping up to the small tasting inside. Boasting 20 rotating taps offering beer flights, bottled beer, and growler fills. Guests can order four, eight or 16 ounce pours. There is Stone merchandise for purchase. The Stone Company opens at 11 a.m. 310 N. Tremont St. (760)529-0002.
6. Rent a bike and explore Oceanside
Under the pier is Wheel Fun Rentals offering cruiser bike, tandem, or speciality bike for an hour or for the day. There are paved bike lanes on the strand next to the beach. Ride a bike to explore the area around the pier, Oceanside harbor, lighthouse and village, and take the nine mile path under and next to the freeway to the historical Mission San Luis Rey.
7. Hello Betty Fish House
Located at the corner of SpringHill Suites is a newer surfing theme restaurant serving lunch, happy hour and dinner. Come here at sunset to sip craft cocktails, craft beers or a glass of wine while nibbling on avocado toast, fish tacos, salads or fresh grilled fish with two sides. It’s fun with it’s eclectic surf culture decor and sparkling dune buggy. Lot’s of flat screen televisions feature surfing shows and sporting events. Upstairs is a great deck offering drinks and made-to-order snacks while enjoying views of the beach and Oceanside pier.
211 Mission Ave. Oceanside, (760)722-1008.
8. Grab a Red Cup of Yogurt
Just behind the SpringHill Suites is a self serve yogurt shop offering a variety of 10+ flavors that are non-fat, low-fat, lactose free and no sugar added. They also have 50 toppings to choose from fresh fruit, candy, brownies and cookies. You pay .39 cents per oz. 4259 Oceanside Blvd. Oceanside, (760)842-8738.
9. Hollywood History in Oceanside
Between SpringHill Suites and the beach is one of the oldest homes in Oceanside – the Graves House. The Queen Anne cottage was built in 1887 as a vacation beach home. If it looks familiar, the home was used in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise. There is a drawing of Top Gun near the front window.
10. Oceanside Harbor Village
Stroll around the Cape Cod looking ports-of-call among a harbor filled with leisure, sail and fishing boats. Shop, eat, and drink while visiting the colorful cluster of small family-owned shops, restaurants and a sportsfishing center that line the boardwalk on the south side of Oceanside Harbor next to the iconic lighthouse. You will hear seals barking near the breakwater. 260-280 South Harbor Drive.
Come see the new and improved Oceanside. It’s a fun city to rest, relax and enjoy the Pacific Ocean.