Escondido hikers award themselves with the ‘adventures’ of C2C Trail Challenge

After you’ve completed all five hikes of this year’s Coast to Crest Trail Challenge, you get all sorts of goodies and cool swag:  “a special certificate, sticker, decal, REI coupon, and a beautiful new patch,” according to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, organizers of the challenge. But the big payoff, the real award, the conservancy says, is the “great […]

Bell Gardens and the Bell behind the taco

The sign on Cole Grade Road is freshly-painted, the grounds are well maintained, and pumpkins are ready to harvest.  But it’s been 17 years since the gates were shut on Bell Gardens, Valley Center’s onetime public attraction that attracted thousands of visitors each year, many of whom met the man behind the bell and the taco bearing his name:  Glen […]

Escondido residents can now go to court – for fitness

Recently unveiled at Mountain View Park is a gleaming new “Fitness Court” – an installation developed by the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) in partnership with the city — and the first of several planned for Escondido. Featuring a circuit training system, the Fitness Court is an outdoor gym providing a full-body workout for people of all abilities, NFC says. Trent […]

Small Business Saturday Nov. 28

  Escondido’s Downtown Businesses are coming together again on Small Business Saturday to bring you another holiday shopping experience.  A spokesman for the Downtown Business Association (DBA) told The Times-Advocate, “Our goal is to give shoppers options that make them feel comfortable.  We are creating an on-line gift guide to highlight specific gift opportunities from each of our participating merchants […]