This past winter we alternated between southern Arizona and southern California, cruising aboard our six-wheeled Class C from one to the other as the mood hit. Full-time RVers are full-time travelers because after sitting in one spot for awhile, we get what we call “hitch itch” — the itch to hitch up our rig and head out.
We have our favorite spots, but to keep things fresh we venture out to places we haven’t yet seen or want to spend more time exploring. One of those places this past March was Fallbrook, California.
Two words can describe this great little town, nestled in the hills between Los Angeles and San Diego: avocados and artists. The “artists” part was what attracted us.
We strolled the main street, popping in and out of galleries and shops, making sure to stop for coffee and a look at the local paper:
This fountain outside a school caught our eye…
…but if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know we’re especially keen to the oddball and unusual sights. The milk can stools gave this Mexican restaurant a quirky flair…
…and this auto repair shop sign was fun…
…but this particular business made our day:
We didn’t go in. I was a little afraid of what we might find in there.
As usual, we asked around in the shops to find out where the locals like to eat, and decided to try the Cafe des Artistes. We took in the World of Watercolor, a juried show at the Fallbrook Art Center, then settled onto stools at the counter in the cafe, located at the rear of the art center:
We’d been trying paninis in various restaurants, and decided to sample theirs. While tasty, I couldn’t quite accept the toast as a true panini… but the tomato basil soup was excellent:
We topped off our meal with a strawberry milkshake, made with old-fashioned, hand-scooped ice cream:
They have a nice pastry selection, and we thought their key lime tart especially good — so good that when we went back a week later and they didn’t have any, we were disappointed.
You can enter the cafe without going through the gallery (which has an admission fee) through this entrance from a side street:
For shopping, gallery-hopping, and a terrific meal, Fallbrook is worth a visit. (Oh, and we’re heard the town’s avocados are popular, too. ;-))