5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

I had never heard of Carlsbad, but by the end of my trip I was calling all my friends, telling them they had to go…


Witch Creek Winery

As lush and romantic as Napa can be, you won’t miss out in Carlsbad, as its downtown tasting room proved every bit as tempting.

I’m always excited to go to local winery tastings because it’s a great way to meet new people and even get some (hopefully, colorful) advice about the local area. Walking through town, you can’t miss spotting Witch Creek Winery, with a striking rainbow tiger mural by artist Michael Summers on the side of the building.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

The winery’s striking “Catnap” mural

Inside, you’ll find many one-of-kind wines to sip on. Sure, they have Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but have you heard of Nebbiolo and Montepulciano varieties? I’m not a connoisseur, but my untrained palate found their wines to be delicious. The cute black cat on their labels is a good enough reason to take a bottle (or four) home.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

A selection of Witch Creek Winery’s reds

Try these rare reds in the Carlsbad tasting room, and get the lowdown on this 20-year-old winery. It all started in the Witch Creek California hills (that’s where they get their name), but now they get their grapes from several regions in Cali, plus Mexico. How exotic!

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Avatar of Pegah Aarabi

After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

    Reader Discussion: 49 Comments

    1. Avatar of Sofia Lavine

      If this article is true, This may be a safeheaven from these 2 crowded places. Sure LA is big and all, But it is so crowded! Too much people walking around. I hate crowds! maybe this place will be a good vacation spot for me.

    2. Avatar of gabby summers

      gabby summers

      So it’s almost San Diego but not quite, Almost LA but not quite. Sounds good to me 😀 best of both locations without the people.

    3. Avatar of Ashley Thompson

      Even though I was there during the height of Summer, I never felt more welcome there, when I could go down to Carlsbad Village and just walk around. It was a lovely spot to find a place to eat and get a few drinks and look out at the ocean.

    4. Avatar of Hannah S

      Hannah S

      Seriously? I thought I’d been all over Cali… but I’ve never even heard of Carlsbad… now I’ll have to go check it out. Those flower fields are just waiting for me to orchestrate a glam photoshoot there 🙂

    5. Avatar of Delilah Peyton

      Delilah Peyton

      Thanks for sharing your travel experiences of Carlsbad. Great work! Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to see more and more new reviews about places I haven’t been to.

    6. Avatar of Michelle Hewitt

      What a gorgeous place! It would be fantastic if I could visit this summer. I’m gonna try and make time for it. 🙂

    7. Avatar of Diana Hewitt

      Diana Hewitt

      Wow… I’m so tempted to call and book but I already have other plans for next month. 🙁 I guess another time then. Great post btw!

    8. Avatar of Amelia Beckons

      Amelia Beckons

      Thank you for this wonderful article, and great tips about Carlsbad, if I visit -I hope I will – I remember the things you mentioned here! 🙂

    9. Avatar of Ayla Pennington

      Ayla Pennington

      These are all the best reasons to love a town! I can see why you’re so stunned by it. I would be too. I hope I visit one day.

    10. Avatar of Lena Dzeko

      Lena Dzeko

      Fabulous piece! Very well done. As far as I see from your article, I know I’d really enjoy my time there if I visited.

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