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Experience Life With The 7 Best Things To Do In San Marcos, California

Published Aug 29, 2017

Whether you are a Californian doing a quick weekend away or flying in from much further, San Marcos is a suburban oasis filled with activities set to give you a phenomenal experience. San Marcos might not be at the top of your ‘must travel’ list, it should be! With everything from lush golf courses and wine tasting to hikes and tours, San Marcos is set up for a relaxing weekend filled with nature and the perks of suburbia.

1. Hike through Double Peak Park

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Known for its stunning views, excellent hikes and moderate temperatures, San Marcos is the perfect place to hike, especially at through the well-known Double Peak Park! Pack a picnic for the day and make your way up to the viewpoint where you will have panoramic views of San Diego County. As the highest peak in the county, this hike is well worth the trek and is ideal for hikers of all fitness levels. With an adventure playground, a telescope and an amphitheater as well as endless trails, this park is suited for a full day of adventure with the whole family.

Double Peak Park

Address: 900 Double Peak Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078

Website: Double Peak Park

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2. Do a wine tasting at Sunshine Mountain Vineyard

In San Marcos lies an amazing hilltop vineyard complete with a tasting room and views of the Pacific Ocean. With 10 acres of land and 30 years of experience, this vineyard produces fantastic, delicious wines. Pick up a bottle of wine at your tasting or order them online and get them delivered to your house once you get back home. These red, rose, and white wines are sure to peak your fancy. Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are just a few of the wines available at their tastings, where you can taste 8 wines for just $15! Open Friday to Sunday from 12:00 to 6:30, Sunshine Mountain Vineyard is ideal for an afternoon excursion.

Sunshine Mountain Vineyard

Address: 2286 Sunshine Mountain Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069

Website: Sunshine Mountain Vinyard

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3. Spend a day on the green with a lesson at Twin Oaks Golf Course

Posted by Twin Oaks Golf Course on Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Make the most of the phenomenal San Marcos weather all year-round with a day on the green at Twin Oaks Golf Course This beautiful course will provide an excellent way to unwind and relax while spending a day doing outdoor activities. If you are new to golf, are spending an extended period of time in San Marcos, and are close to one of the four golf courses run by Twin Oaks Golf Club, try the Intro2Golf Package for just $99, which provides everything you need for a fantastic day learning something new! This package includes five one-hour group golf clinics, three additional buckets of range balls for practice, 2 additional rounds of evening golf, and you can do it on any of their courses! If you already have enough skill and confidence to play your own game, sign up for tee-time or hit a few balls at the driving range - a great afternoon is guaranteed!

Twin Oaks Golf Course

Address: 1425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

Website: Twin Oaks Golf Course

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4. Take a tour at The California Spirits Company 

Combine your interest in science and cocktails with a tour at the California Spirits Company. Located in central San Marcos, you can learn about the production of various spirits, including vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum. If you want a bit more than a basic tour, the distillery offers specialty all-day courses including distilling, starting a distillery and more! Your tasting tour will include a variety of drinks. With drinks such as the Coffeetini, Cinnamon Apple Pie, and California Mojito, this distillery will keep you engaged all tour long!

The California Spirits Company

Address: 382 Enterprise St, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92078

Website: California Spirits Company

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5. Go for a Stroll Around Discovery Lake 

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If you are not interested in a long day-hike or even an uphill trek, the Discovery Lake Loop is an excellent option. You will not be missing any views on this beautiful 0.8-mile long nature loop. Paved trails, natural indigenous greenery, small wildlife, and fantastic lake views make this loop the perfect way to spend a sunny day in San Marcos. This easy trail suits the entire family and provides an excellent running path for your regular morning jog.

Discovery Lake Loop

Address: 650 Foxhall Drive, San Marcos, California

Website: Discovery Lake Loop

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6. Your taste buds will go into overdrive at Rip Current Brewing

Posted by Rip Current Brewing on Monday, 3 July 2017

Flavorful craft brewing is how Rup Current Brewery describes itself. This small micro-brewery in San Marcos provides a variety of delicious and unique beers on tap in the local tasting room. With everything from Boysenberry Tart to an Orange Honey Cream Ale and a Bodysurfing Belgian-style Blonde, it does not matter what type of beer you enjoy, you’ll find something for you! Your taste buds will be in overdrive by the time you leave this brewery, making it a must-see location in San Marcos.

Rip Current Brewing

Address: 1325 Grand Ave, Suite 100, San Marcos, CA 92078

Website: Rip Current Brewing

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7. Listen to amateurs and professionals at the Northern Spirits Jazz Club

Posted by Northern Spirits Jazz Club / Restaurant on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Where else will you find fantastic local live jazz music while you are eating delicious Thai cuisine? Nowhere but San Marcos’ Northern Jazz Club. This mix works so well that you will want to keep coming back for more. A welcoming atmosphere with plenty of space and mood lighting, Northern Spirits is the perfect place to spend an evening after a day of adventuring around San Marcos. It does not matter which day of the week you head to Northern Spirits, there is a daily promise of great live music from amateurs and professionals alike, and even better food.

Northern Spirits Jazz Club

Address: 727 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, California

Facebook: Norther Spirits Jazz Club

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Suburban Oasis

San Marcos in California is a gem waiting to be uncovered. This suburban oasis has everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend away. Discover the perks of suburban living with plenty of nature and activities to choose from.

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