I haven't quite recovered my bounce since then, which is perhaps why I so thoroughly appreciated the serenity and beauty we found at San Elijo State Beach. This campground, located smack between Encinitas and Cardiff by the Sea, in N. San Diego County, contains some of the prettiest coastline we've enjoyed yet here in S. California.
The shorter, colder days of Daylight Standard time pretty much ends dry camping season for us, so between November and March we prefer to stay at campgrounds and RV parks offering electric and water hookups. San Elijo State Beach actually has a good number of hookup sites, but just a small handful of them are located along the scenic bluff, so when I saw a multi night mid-December opening at the best hookup, bluff site in the park, I grabbed it.
With the assistance of Google search, and Yelp, I came up with several days worth of hikes, walks and restaurants to enjoy and visit. A search of the weather leading up to our trip indicated rain on one day, so we planned a stay-dry driving trip into the nearby San Diego valley wine region for wine tasting. The other days promised, and delivered, sunshine, so we ditched the car, and either walked or hiked to where we wanted to go.
Our spend for this five day getaway included several noteworthy dining treats, all researched extensively on Yelp, and all outstanding in their respective classes:
It was a wonderful, gloriously beautiful getaway, and we hope to make it an annual December get-away event. We also had the pleasure of meeting up with a wonderful couple, Terry and LuAnn, full time RV'ers that blog about their adventures at Paint Your Landscape. Check it out when you have a few minutes . . . they've led an amazing life in retirement so far!
|The serene Self Realization Center's meditation gardens in Encinitas.|
|A Cardiff by the Sea breakfast institution.|
|Scenic views along the seaside pedestrian walkway.|
|Two unique boat houses in Encinitas!|
|The charming and delicious Cafe Merlot at Bernardo Winery.|
|Bernardo Winery's cozy tasting room.|
|Too good an opportunity to pass up! This was at Orfila Winery.|
|The gorgeous coastal view from out campsite.|