See a Carlsbad Treasure: Ocean House
Pretty buildings as seat of town history!
The Ocean house represents much of Carlsbad's history. Originally named Twins Inn and secondly, Neimans, the colorful and charming building is seated in the town roots. Town founder, John A. Frazier dug a water well around here and noticed that the water levels were coparable to one found in Karlsbad, Bohemia (Germany). So, hence the town's name!
For a true Carlsbad experience, come to Ocean House for accomodations, dining, attending special events/parties or just stand by the German man and water dome, then have your picture taken.
As are all Carlsbad Village landmarks, Ocean House is a short walking distance to the train.
300 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours of Operation
Mon - Wed 11:00am-12:00am
Thu - Sat 11:00am- 2:00am
Sun 9:30am- 2:00am
Tel: (760) 729-4131
Do they like German sheppards? I saw a few (3 if I remember) German sheppards dogs driving through Carlsbad. Coincidence?
Probably, but... who knows?
And it seems that they feed their dogs well hmm... sometimes over-well I could say.
Surfing is a popular pastime for the young and old throughout San Diego County especially on famous Swami's Beach in Encinitas, a few miles south of Carlsbad.
Famous from the Beach Boy’s hit song Surfin’ USA,' in Encinitas is one of San Diego’s prime surf spots. In January 2002, Encinitas was named “One of the Top 10 Surf Towns in the United States “ by Surfer Magazine.
Along with “huarachi sandals and bushy , bushy blonde hairdos..., 'Swami”'s Beach offers big and challenging waves for experienced surfers.
From Vicki (expresso):
The beach below the cliff is called "Swami's" and is the best surfing beach in San Diego County, has an nice reff and off-shore southern-facing break. High cliff, access from 101, populated by experienced surfers, a "locals" beach.
Encinitas Chamber of Commerce,
138 Encinitas Blvd.,
Encinitas, CA 92024
Call: +1 (760) 753-6041 or +1 (800) 953-6041
City of Encinitas,
505 S. Vulcan Ave.,
Encinitas, CA 92024-3633,
Call: +1 (760) 633-2600
Page on Swami's Beach:
"Victims" of the automobile technology
In 1918 Baron Long closed his famous Ship Café on the canal in Venice, California. His specialty chef, Eddie Kentner, drove south seeking a likely place to relocate. Attracted to the Twin Inns, he acquired the business on November 5, 1919.
Travel between Los Angeles and San Diego by automobile was arduous in the 1920s. The Twin Inns soon became a favorite stopping place for travelers, enhanced, perhaps, by Mr. Kentner's willingness to prepare meals at all hours of the night for "victims" of the automobile technology of the '20s. Prohibition drove many fun-seekers south, attracted to Baron Long's newest venture, which he built south of the border, the Caliente Race Track and Gambling Spa in Tijuana.
The following are picks of my...
The following are picks of my favorite Carlsbad restaurants. For a complete list of restaurants, pick up the Dining Guide from the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 1246, Carlsbad, CA 92018 or call 1-760-434-6093
Spirito's----Italian restaurant in Carlsbad Village Faire that has great pizza, salads, and classic Italian entrees.
Don's Country Kitchen---classic coffee shop/greasy spoon breakfasts, downtown.
Vinaka Coffee House--also in Carlsbad Village Faire. They have the usual coffees/teas/desserts, and good ice cream, too. Families are more comfortable there than other coffee houses in town.
The Farmer's Market on Wednesday afternoons from 2-5 pm.
---NORTH (PLAZA CAMINO REAL MALL)---
Olive Garden (Italian), 1884 Marron Rd., 434-1016
Souplantation (salads, pastas, and soups), 1860 Marron Rd., 434-9100
Tony Romas (steak and ribs), 1814 Marron Rd., 720-0700
---CARLSBAD VILLAGE (DOWNTOWN)---
Armenian Cafe, 3126 Carlsbad Blvd., 720-2233 Traditional european restaruant, outdoor dining near beach.
Fidel's Norte, 3003 Carlsbad Blvd., 729-0903. Mexican.
Fish House Veracruz, 417 Carlsbad Village Dr., 434-6777 Lots of fresh fish.
Claim Jumper, 5958 Ave. Encinas 431-1085. Hearty American food, ample portions (take some home).
In-N-Out, 5950 Ave. Encinas. Good hamburgers in a retro setting.
Karl Strauss Carlsbad, 5801 Armada Dr., 431-2739. A microbrewery with hearty, excellent food.
Marie Calendars, 5980 Ave. Encinas, 438-3929. American.
Pea Soup Andersen's, Holiday Inn, 890 Palomar Airport Rd., 931-1400. Soups and breads.
Palomar Runway Cafe (American--right on the runway and sometimes crowded), 2162 Palomar Airport Rd., 431-9150
Tip Top Meats, 6118 Paseo Del Norte, 438-2620. Landmark German market and restaurant. Very European feel, but not for vegetarians!