There is something to be said for living in a community that offers many opportunities for adventure, dining, cultural experiences, and healthy living. We have selected an array of locations in and around the 92130 area that are places we hope you have either frequented on a regular basis, or have had the pleasure to experience once or twice. If you haven’t had the chance to check out one of our suggested hot spots, clear up your schedule, grab your friends and family, and hit the town. You won’t have far to go because, really, it’s all right here.

1. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 

How’s the view from up there? 


photo by Brandon Stachnik

While heading northwest on Carmel Valley Rd., the sight of towering cliffs and trees – specifically, Torrey pines – overlooking the ocean is hard to miss. Located directly west of the Carmel Valley community, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve attracts people from all over the world, let alone San Diego. With its prime hiking trails, breathtaking viewpoints, and breezy climate, the reserve is the perfect setting for a morning run or afternoon getaway. Being only a five to 10-minute drive away, the reserve’s location is especially accessible to 92130 residents. Waste no time and check out the reserve the next time you get a hankering for a close-to-home adventure.

2. Torrey Pines Dog Park

Where can you get some quality time with man’s best friend?


photo by Brandon Stachnik

If your four-legged friend could talk, he would most definitely thank you for taking him out to get some fresh air at 92130’s Torrey Pines Dog Park. There’s nothing better than playing some catch and making new friend with canines and their human companions. The park itself is very large and offers two different sections: one made of dirt and the other, grass. While your dog may come home with a little dirt on his paws, he’ll be happily tuckered-out.

3. Trailblazing

Have you been to the top, under it, or around that yet?

cover4It is a great feeling when you can say you’ve accomplished a trek – you have blazed the trail. The hiking and outdoor opportunities in the local communities are endless, and they cater to people of all ages and capabilities. Take an afternoon to hit one of the trails we recommend. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Black Mountain Open Space Park
  • Carmel Valley Recreational and
  • Equestrian Path
  • Crest Canyon Park
  • Gonzalez Canyon Trail
  • Los Peñasquitos Canyon
  • Trail/PQ Waterfall
  • Miramar Lake
  • Poway Lake

4. Farmers Market

Doesn’t it always taste better when you add something fresh?

cover3Not only does 92130’s Pacific Highlands Certified Farmers Market bring delight in food, it also brings patrons entertainment, music, and a variety of activities. The certified title ensures that the produce is grown locally, sold by the grower, and meets all State quality standards. Whether you are visiting on any given Thursday afternoon to grab some fresh produce, learn a cooking technique, enjoy the cuisine from a food truck, or listen to some tunes, you are in for a treat.

Pacific Highlands Certified Farmers Market
Thursdays: 2:30 – 7 p.m.
Canyon Crest Academy

5. Outdoor Dining

Would you prefer to sit inside or out?


The European craze of outdoor dining has been welcomed with open arms. With the exceptional year-round weather that San Diego boasts, it’s no wonder outdoor restaurants have become so popular. Sitting with friends or family and watching the world go by is a delight to most folks. The following local venues allow you to take a moment to relax and unwind in a casual, delightful outdoor atmosphere – not to mention the delicious cuisine and tasty beverages they serve up.

  • Agave Del Mar
  • Amaya
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  • Searsucker Del Mar
  • Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
  • Urban Plates

6. Bernardo Winery

Where can you find old world charm?


Nearby Bernardo Winery, family-owned for three generations and 125 years old, is a full-time winemaking facility with an inviting and pleasant tasting room that is open to the public on a daily basis.

Ross Rizzo, Jr. is keeping his father and grandfather’s legacies alive by adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company’s repertoire, while paying tribute to the old ways. The winery is home to more than 12 village shops, artisan galleries and workspaces, a coffee shop, full service salon, and an award-winning cafe, all tucked into the architecture of the original century old winery buildings. Visitors will also delight in events hosted on the property – whether it be grape stompings, special occasions, art walks, the farmers market, or just an afternoon to unwind and relax in a quaint atmosphere, it will certainly add charm to your day.

7. Friday Night Lights

Do you have hometown spirit?


photo by Anna Scipione

Perhaps it’s all the cheering, the band’s triumphant music, or running into friends and neighbors, but one thing is for sure: there’s something about attending a high school football game that really makes you feel like you’re part of a community. If you’re looking to get in on the action and support a local team then, come fall, be sure to bundle up and head out to the stadium.

8. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar

How do you want to relax and unwind?


With the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve as the scenic backdrop, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers a variety of relaxing opportunities for all of its visitors – whether you’re spending the night or just an afternoon. The resort’s spa is a small piece of paradise hidden in the 92130 community, but if you’re looking to unwind outdoors, perhaps a trip to the golf course is in order.

9. Carmel Valley and Ocean Air Recreation Centers

Where can you combine fun and fitness?


photo by Brandon Stachnik

Whether you’re looking to shoot some hoops, go for a swim, or hit up the half-pipe, the Carmel Valley and Ocean Air Recreation Centers have something for everybody. Open Monday through Friday, both centers offer a variety of programs and classes for local residents, as well as open-play courts and parks. Both centers also host seasonal events for all ages. Learn more at

10. Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds

And they’re off!


photo provided by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

If you’re looking to add a little excitement into your day, then a trip to the Del Mar Racetrack just might do the trick. Located just five miles from the heart of Carmel Valley, the racetrack offers fun for the whole family throughout the year. Whether you’re interested in stopping by during the racing season or spending a summer day at the San Diego County Fair, you’re sure to have a blast without spending much on gas!