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A Day in Old Town

A Day in Old Town

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Old Town Stat Historic Park, known as the ‘Little Mexico’ of San Diego, is home to countless shops, and delicious bites! Whether you are local to San Diego, or you visiting, be sure to check out Old Town, and all the fun things there are to offer!

Here are my top five favorite things to do in a day in Old Town:

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Toby’s Candle Shop

Toby’s Candle Shop is home to the most amazing fragrances of bath salts, candles, bath fizzies, and so much more! This shop is family-owned, and has been around for over 35 years. All the items in the shop are hand made by the family members locally in San Diego. 

Customers can either make their own candles, like pictured above, or purchase one that is already made fresh in house. My favorite was the yellow mason jar candles (lemongrass), which brighten up my kitchen!

My favorite scents were pink sugar, lavender, lemon grass, and Manchurian dragon, a fruity scent!


Rose’s Tasting Room

Lot’s of cheers’n went on at Rose’s Tasting room. With their selection of local beer and wine, we could have stayed here all day! My favorite was the California Fruit Wine- mango, which is local to Carlsbad.

We also enjoyed Mexican beers in celebration of Cinco De Mayo! The pecan cheese accompanied the tastings perfectly, and I highly recommend it!

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Temecula Olive Oil Company

Being a true Italian and living in Italy in college, I appreciate a good olive oil, but I have never gone olive oil tasting until now! The Temecula Olive Oil Company is serving up a variety of olive oils to be tasted! Some of the flavors were blood orange, traditional Italian, and my favorite- their dipping oil! (pictured below is my friend Ally from Go Seek Explore!)

All the olives are grown and locally produced in Temecula, California. Later in the week, we drove by their ranch, which was filled with rows and rows of olive trees!


American House

The American House is home to gourmet loose leaf teas, fresh coffees, in addition to high-end spices, with pastries accompany the sips!

My favorites were the hangover tea, flur de sel salt, flowering teas, Caribbean spice blend, and blood orange tea.

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Casa De Reyes

No trip to Old Town is complete without eating, especially delicious, authentic Mexican food! Casa de Reyes is serving up fresh drinks, with homemade food.

This blue vibrant drink is just one of their specialty margaritas they are serving up! Their fresh drinks complement their decadent Mexican dishes! Our favorite dishes were the fajitas, Armadillo shrimp, and the tostadas! The best part of our meal were the homemade tortillas.

Photo Inspiration Around Old Town

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Meet The Photographer

Marissa, from Modern Day Mona Photography was the gal behind the lens for this Old Town project! Marissa specializes in natural light photography, outdoor, boho-inspired, portraits, and dreamy-lit photos, which are her favorites! Marissa is now booking spring shoots, in addition to graduation photos! Check out her website here!

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