Things to Do in San Diego: Show Notes for Fallbrook

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Our Podcast Guest

Jamie Purinton – has lived in Fallbrook for the past 10 years and is the owner of a Hike It Off Clothing and Hike It Off Magazine

Vibe of Fallbrook

Fallbrook is a small, close-knit community and is lovingly called “The Friendly Village” by locals because it is that, a friendly community of farmers, artists, eccentrics, and business owners that all get along and even like each other. 

Fallbrook is called the avocado capital of the world because of all the avocado farms they have here. 

If you are looking for a place to come and unwind, slow down, and take time for yourself, Fallbrook is a perfect spot to get away from the hustle of city life.

Good place to come and stay if you are wine tasting. 

Where is Fallbrook?

Fallbrook is in the far north part of San Diego County. It is South of Temecula and near the east side of Oceanside. Bonsal is just to the south.

Transportation in Fallbrook

You will not find a lot of public transportation in Fallbrook as it is pretty rural. Best way to get to Fallbrook is to drive. Although it has a lot of history involving trains, it no longer has a running train. 

To Get to Fallbrook go up the 15 Freeway and take Mission Road exit.

There is no traffic in Fallbrook unless a flock of wild peacocks is crossing the road. It is a very walkable city. It is 45 min without traffic to Downtown San Diego.

Where to Stay in Fallbrook

Jamie recommends looking into She says that there are many cute ones and some are on avocado farms or ranches.

What Kind of Festivals are in Fallbrook?

Avocado Festival is in April every year. 110k people, vendors, beer garden, live music, avocado contests etc. At the festival you can buy avocado shakes, fried avocados, guacamole, and things made with avocados like bowls. 

Avocado Festival in Fallbrook

Wine & A Bite Art Walk  – local businesses pair up with restaurants and wineries. Walk from business to business and have a bite and some wine. 

Papas & Brew Walk – this festival is a new one and instead of wine and food it is beer and various kinds of potatoes.

Museums in Fallbrook

Gem & Mineral Society – Great place for kids and anyone who loves gems and minerals. Glow in the dark room in back (yes, some rocks glow in the dark). Gem show a few times a year. 

Fallbrook Historical Society– perfect for train buffs as a large part of Fallbrook’s history has to do with the railroad stop that was built here in 1882 that came from San Diego up the coast, stopped in Fallbrook, and then continued up the Santa Margarita river to Temecula and beyond. Floods washed it out in 1916 and it was moved to higher ground when it was finally abandoned completely in 1981. 

One of the warehouses used for the train station still remains as is the Fallbrook School of Arts. 

Caboose downtown is part of the future Railroad Heritage Park that is in the works. You can see the caboose and take pictures in front of it. 

Coffee /Tea places

Brooktown Coffee has new ownership and is now called Coffee, Corks and Cuisine on 139 S Main Ave  – Cozy inside.

Fallbrook Coffee Co on Mission/Fallbrook St – little cottage. Cute coffee house. 

Favorite Fallbrook Restaurants 

Smalltown – family owned. Focuses on local produce. Mushroom tacos are amazing. Serve local wines and beers. 

Dinner at SmallTown

127 West is also a family owned restaurant. They have vegan options. Nice bar area and bartenders are super friendly. 

Favorite Breweries Tap Room

Prohibition Brewing is a tap room on Main Street. They have their main brewery in Vista.

Firehouse Que & Brew offers many local beers on tap. Tap takeover every other Friday. In the original firehouse. Lots of historical fire memorabilia. 

Favorite Wineries 

Favorite Bars

Red Eye Saloon – Good old dive bar! – Closes at 2pm. They only take cash. Lots of locals and marines that hang out there. 


Fallbrook has a lot of beautiful trails that range from easy to pretty difficult.

Santa Margarita River Trail 37385 De Luz Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028 is gorgeous oak covered trail next to a year-round river (one of the last free flowing rivers in SoCal), and many preserves. Flows year around. Hiking through 300 year oak canopies, deer, beavers, endangered fish, blue herons, hawks, birds, coyotes, bob cats and mountain lions. It is dog friendly. In the summer with the trees it is cooler. 

To get to the trailhead take DeLuz Road and head north. Stay to the right at the Y. It is 2 miles out of town. 

If you are looking for some preserves that are equally beautiful but great for kids because they are short mile loops, check out the information on website. Two easy ones are Heller’s Bend and Los Jilgueros trails.

Monserate Mountain Trail is a steep climb and great for a workout and training


There are lots of small places to shop downtown. You’ll find antique shops, boutiques and galleries. There are a lot of artists who live in Fallbrook and several have opened shops downtown. The community is centered around artists. 

Finch Frolic Gardens

A permaculture food forest, Finch Frolic Garden tours show you how to grow fruit, vegetables, natives, herbs, bamboo, nuts, heirloom roses and ornamentals as you stroll under a canopy of sycamore and oak.Water-catchment, planting tips, chemical-free gardening, sheet-mulching and much more is taught in a gorgeous garden. Tours available Mar.- Nov.