Spring Shopping In San Diego

You know how there are things that you always talk about doing but never actually do?  And then you have guilt that you never do those things?  That’s how I was with The Flower Fields in San Diego.  It was on my San Diego ‘to do’ list since we’ve moved here (ahem 7 years ago) and as of a few weeks ago, I still had yet to go.  I put a really great effort in last June after creating my 101 in 1001 (check out my progress here) but they were already closed for the Season.  Oops.  Fast forward almost a year and I happened to get invited to attend a media event there last week!  How serendipitous! This particular event was to introduce several new stores at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets which happen to conveniently be right next to The Flower Fields.  Several other bloggers and I were taken on the most lovely tour of the flower fields, treated to lunch at  Blaze Pizza(a must try) and then left to shop the afternoon away at the likes of Kate Spade, Nike and BCBG to name a few! Basically, it was the perfect afternoon.  Here is what you need to know when planning a shopping day in Carlsbad:

Stop at The Flower Fields.  Heck, take your entire family there and do portraits.  You will not regret it.  The scenery is insane and the backdrop makes for the most gorgeous pictures.  The Flower Fields are special for so many reasons.  It is a 4th generation family farm which was previously a poinsettia farm.  This field produces 70 MILLION ranunculus flowers annually. It’s the perfect time to go because El Nino has created an early blooming season so the growth and color are spectacular right now.  Typically the season lasts about 10 weeks so you really do need to get on it so as not to have 7 years go by without visiting like I did.  You can purchase fresh flowers there (and delish soft serve btw) and they have the most beautiful little gardens to stroll through.  They also plant 19,000 petunias into a one acre American Flag which is created exactly to scale.  Can you imagine how cool that must look to airplanes flying overhead?! Next, head over to Blaze Pizza for lunch.  Haven’t been?  It’s a build your own artisanal pizza restaurant with every topping you can imagine and it cooks in no time flat…no seriously, they cook your pizza in 180 seconds. The service was incredible and they had ranch and sriracha for my dipping pleasure.  After you’re nice and fueled up with pizza, start your shopping excursion! I found the cutest skirt at Kate Spade and couldn’t help but pop into the new Disney Outlet Store to pick up a little something for Coco! It was the perfect Spring day in San Diego and I can finally check it off my list.  Have a great Wednesday and as always, thank you so much for following along! xo

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