Carlsbad Village is home to romantic restaurants and fascinating little shops. One great discovery is Carlsbad’s most photographed historic site, which is now home to the Ocean House Restaurant (7). Ocean House was originally one of two Victorian homes. This building was constructed in 1887, which was a year before the construction of the famous Hotel del Coronado in Coronado by two of Carlsbad’s founding fathers. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch ($22.95) is extremely popular.
At the opposite end of the block to the north is Witch Creek Winery (8) at 2906 Carlsbad Blvd. (760-720-7499). Come in and taste their delicious handcrafted wines, including their award-winning red wines. Tastings are ($5) and you can keep the complimentary logo glass. The tasting room is also home to special events such as intimate concerts, dinners and mixers. They’re open Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. with extended summer hours. See San Diego Wineries chapter.
While in the Village, don’t miss the Carlsbad Village Farmer’s Market (3) held at 2930 Roosevelt St. between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive. Local vendors gather to sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to flowers, specialty foods and crafts. It takes place Wed., 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and Sat., 1 p.m.–5 p.m. rain or shine. Plus, it’s California Certified, which means only the freshest produce from local farmers is offered.