Get to Know the Culture and Cuisine of Carlsbad
Every state has its locales that anyone can name no matter where they’re from. California has Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and possibly a few more depending on how familiar someone is with the area. But it’s what lies beyond these major metropolitan areas that’s of real interest. Most people know San Diego is a big city and it’s a great time; not to mention beautiful. But maybe you don’t want to live in the city. Maybe you’d like the option to live somewhere a bit quieter but in driving distance of that downtown life. That’s what makes a city like Carlsbad so attractive. Carlsbad is still part of San Diego County but it’s the quieter sibling to the brash older brother that is San Diego proper. Those looking for homes in Carlsbad should know that it’s referred to as “The Village by the Sea” thanks to its easygoing lifestyle and gorgeous views. But there is much more to Carlsbad besides being a seaside paradise. If you’ve never visited there is plenty to check out.
What makes up the soul of a city or neighborhood? It’s the people. And people give a city it’s unique culture through the sharing of food and entertainment. For example, did you know Carlsbad is considered one of the central locations for the American microbrew beer renaissance? If you didn’t, now you do. There are so many breweries popping up throughout the region. Let’s explore what else makes Carlsbad such a unique destination for both visitors and prospective homeowners alike.
Starting with the breweries that have emerged in the area makes sense since they’ve really helped to shape the city’s identity in recent years. San Diego County has become renowned for its innovative brews including the West Coast IPA which has joined the other IPA variants around the world as a flavorful twist on an old favorite. Carlsbad is no stranger to both national and international awards for beer. You may recognize some of these breweries if you’ve browsed your local liquor store lately. Guadalupe Brewery actually began in Mexico but has recently expanded into Carlsbad to bring its uniquely flavored brews to the States. Karl Strauss Brewing Company might be the most famous due to its longevity. It’s been providing high quality microbrews to San Diego County since 1989; long before the American beer boom of the early 2000s. You can stop in and sample their beers on site alongside such classic pub food like fish n’ chips or burgers. Before visiting the breweries be sure to check if they actually serve on site or not. While many breweries offer tastings at the end of their tours, certain ones like Guadalupe actually don’t serve on site. Instead they offer growlers to go so you can enjoy at home. Plan your trips accordingly.
It would be a huge mistake when talking about Carlsbad to not mention the golfing. The region is considered one of the premier spots for golfing in the United States.Many of the finest resorts in the area are built around golf courses. Throw in the perfect weather and you have yourself the ideal location for a golf trip. Some of the courses include Aviara Golf at the Park Hyatt Resort, The Crossings at Carlsbad, Omni La Costa Resort, and Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club. These courses are considered world class with luxurious amenities including classes with some of the top pros around, resorts and spas on location, clubhouses, and even GPS-enabled golf carts for the ultimate in accurate playing. If you’re a golfer and you’ve never visited Carlsbad, you’re doing yourself a tremendous disservice.
Of course, it’s time to get to the most pressing question of the day: Where can I get a good bite to eat around here? Well, it’s not just the beer that’s tasty. There’s a wide variety of cuisine to choose from. Much of the region’s cuisine is influenced by its proximity to Mexico. This has created an interesting America-by-way-of-Mexico cuisine that takes elements from both traditions and creates something tasty that is enjoyed all year round by both locals and tourists. That’s not to say Carlsbad is a one trick pony, either. There is a restaurant for every taste here. Much like the breweries, Carlsbad is no stranger to awards when it comes to some good eats. Restaurants like 83 Degrees, Bistro 65, and Carlsbad Chocolate Bar offer a gourmet experience and tasty treats you can’t find anywhere else.
Looking to move to Carlsbad yet? If not, swing by for a visit. Spend the week and see why more and more families are calling the city home every year. If you’re looking to relax in luxury, this is the place to be. Whether it’s the beers or the golfing, you’re not going to want to leave.
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