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California Dreaming

Day 2

In the morning, non-surfers can test their balance with the latest watersports craze: stand up paddleboarding. A 90-minute private lesson with the instructors at Stand Up Paddle Company (1099 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach; 949/715-4530; supcompany.com) includes a wet suit, board, paddle, and unparalleled views of the coast and nearby Catalina Island. Afterward, refuel at Laguna’s beloved Orange Inn Café (703 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach; 949/494-6085; lunch for two $20), where orange-infused California date shakes and banana-blueberry muffins are served beneath rafters lined with vintage surfboards. Then it’s back on the road, driving south past the breaks at San Onofre State Beach and the marine base at Camp Pendleton. Stop in Encinitas at the roadside Pannikin Coffee & Tea (510 N. Hwy. 101; 760/436-5824; coffee for two $3.50), housed in a repurposed 1888 train station. For a jolt of energy, order a cup of Sumatra (roasted on site) and a slice of fresh-baked rhubarb pie before heading to the design district’s shop-lined Cedros Avenue. Vintage beach-city signs from airy SoLo (309 S.Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; 858/794-9016) make fine souvenirs, as do the ikat pillows at Cokas Diko (412 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; 858/481-4341). Check in to one of the 120 spacious rooms at L’Auberge Del Mar (1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; 800/245-9757; laubergedelmar.com; doubles from $295), just south of the city, but ask the valet to leave your car out front for the 10-minute detour to Del Mar’s Market Restaurant & Bar (3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar; 858/523-0007; dinner for two $90). The farm-to-table dishes—grapefruit-and-avocado salad; Cabernet-braised short ribs—are worth the drive.

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