Vintage Sol

May Playdates


May 5 Cinco De Mayo  
May 10 7pm -10pm Ray at Night Art festival. North Park's monthly art fair Saturday  free
May 11 Mother's Day 
May 17 10 am -6pm North Park's Festival of the Arts. A yearly event. Blocks of juried art, crafts, food, and entertainment. Free except for the beer garden
May 31 10 am--4pm Flea by the Sea. Hunt and gather at this Ocean Beach Antique's sale. If you love shabby chic and French flea market/ Paris apartment vibe visit Vignettes. Lose yourself at the Antique Center. When you are done head towards the beach and get in line at Hodad's famous for their burgers and featured in Food Network. The Black Bead store is also a favorite dive. After rummaging through the vintage wares wash your dusty hands in the surf. Everything is a straight walk to the beach. 

The Good Earth

While the rest of the country is in sweater weather San Diego is at 75* Skipping Spring into Summer! This weekend is the perfect day to play in at the park.

Celebrate Earth Day in Balboa Park Sunday April 27 th 10-5. The largest Earth Day Fair celebration. There is entertainment,  parade, educational demonstrations and food. Great kid zone and pet adoptions. We participated as vendors for a few years for Nature's Elements Landscaping design. It was always one of our favorite trade shows.  

Welcome Summer


If you are feeling frisky and laying on the beach puts you to sleep there are lots of
activities you can do in San Diego. You can do a 3 hour surf lesson in Ocean Beach or Mission Beach. Or DIY and rent a board. Mission Bay has rentals on rents out different jet skis, jet pack, boogie boards, kayak and everything you need for an active water play.

Alien Sightings

July 18-21
Happy Halloween? Comic con where  aliens, super heroes and celebrities are all in the same building. If you want to people watch or get inspiration for your next costume party downtown in the place to be. 

Sun, Surf and horse power

Del Mar Racetrack July 17-Sept 4

Surf meets turf. Beat the heat at the beach or place a bet on the ponies at Del Mar Fair Racetrack. Tickets $5 and up. Once your pockets are empty you can take a hike at Torrey Pines or bake at the beach. 

Happy Gay day

Gay Pride Festival and Parade  July 13 & 14

No to Ha8. Glad that gays can get married in California. They should have the right to be experience the same happily-ever-after or Not as the rest of us. Everyone deserves the right to Love and live a peaceful life.

Ready for take off

Nesting hummingbird babies in the courtyard of our B&B

Ready for take off! Hummingbird  baby mascots full feathered and nearly time to fly the nest. A little bigger than a quarter. No room for mama. I imagine they will be leaving us soon. The bright green feathers on their wings makes me think they are boys. So they wont be nesting here again. But it was pure joy hosting them.

Farm to Table

fried eggs over chilaquilles              spicy eggs benedict             baked chipotle eggs and tamales

Vintage Sol
Bed and Breakfast

Farm to table
Living in California we have an abundance of vegetables and fruit that grows year around.  We love the farm to table movement that challenges us to use seasonal ingredients.  Not only does this concept reduces our eco-foot print it makes for fresher quality food and supports local businesses.   

We grow most of the organic herbs and seasonal vegetables that make it onto our breakfast plates. There is a Farmers Market every Thursday a few blocks from our bed and breakfast. It supplies us with our organic free range eggs when available . When in season we offer our custom blend organic hot sauce salsa. The ingredients are harvested from our organic garden. Our sauce is limited to the growing season of our hot chilies. So everything picked fresh and made in small batches.

Our breakfast is served alfresco in the colorful courtyard.  Being that the architecture and decor of our home is Spanish/Mexican; most of our breakfasts have a strong Mexican influence handed down from Abuela. The complexities of Mexican cuisine and spicy heat make for a flavorful breakfast.

May Playdate

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dish Crawl North Park $45
A gastronomic adventure to four secret North Park eateries to taste the neighborhood's local food specialties. Ticket holders will be notified of the meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event. Vegetarian options are available, but organizers may not be able to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Event held rain or shine. RSVP contact: Drinks not included in ticket price.

Wednesday, May 8, 12:40 p.m.The San Diego Padres Miami Marlins@ Petco Park $10-85

May 18 Saturday  11:00 AM
   North Park festival of the Arts FREE  ( beer block $25)

This festival presents six stages of on-going music and performance entertainment. You'll love it! There'll be plenty of fine art and handmade crafts. International and local foods are offered as well as a beer garden and a Craft Beer Block. North Park Main Street

Hot Hot Hot

Our exclusive Vintage Sol Medium salsa.  Ingredients grown in our organic garden

Chile Head

So hot it makes your hair stand on end! Our vintage Sol exclusive line of hot sauces

Sweet Tweet

Hummingbirds hatched during last nights storm. The nest is in the hanging lantern in the courtyard.  Magical. This is the 2nd unique place hummingbirds have made a home. The last nest was discovered on a chandelier. They are so tiny! The nest is only about 1 inch. 

April Playdate

April 5:
  Play ball! Head to Petco Park for Padres Opening Day and watch our hometown heroes beat the Dodgers $16 and up
April 8:  Chocolate first made its way to America via seafaring vessels. Celebrate those tall ships and their sweet bounty at A Chocolate Affair at the San Diego Maritime Museum. $7 and up.

April 13:  San Diego Symphony’s turn to pay Tribute to Ray Charles in this two-day Winter Pops performance. $20 and up.

April 17:  From the Brigantine to The Pearl, taste your way across the peninsula at the Taste of Shelter Island. $20.

April 19: The path to enlightenment becomes a little clearer when His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama shares his wisdom at SDSU. $10 and up.

April 20:  Royal India celebrates Punjab New Year in traditional fashion—with a three-course feast, festive décor, live music, and dancing—at its Bollywood Bash. $59.99.

April 21: The Encinitas Garden Festival tours tree-lined streets and lush lots along the North County coast. $21 and up.

Nosh your way through Taste of Hillcrest. $30 and up.

The free Chicano Park Day festival celebrates folklore and low riders in Barrio Logan.

The Westin Gaslamp transforms into a seductive speakeasy at Wine and Dine: Prohibition. $150.

April 22:
Adams Avenue shows its roots as a music Mecca at its two-day Unplugged folk festival. Free.

Mother Earth shows her worth at EarthFair, the world’s largest environmental fair, in Balboa Park. Free.

April 25: The Cirque is in town! Cirque du Soleil returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds with TOTEM, tracing the evolutionary progress of species through—what else—awe-inspiring acrobatics. $40 and up.

April 28:Art and art lovers fill the streets of Little Italy at the two-day ArtWalk. Free.


North Park shops and eateries

Casa de Luz vegetarian & Vegan

North  Park Bites
il Postino 3951 30th 619 325-0809
*Urban Solace 3823 30th 619 295-6565
*The Linkery 3794 30th 619 255-8778
*North Park Sushi & Grill 3021 University 619 297-0924
El Camal 3946 Illinois 619 294-8292 live music Fri & Sat
Alexanders 3391 30th 619 281-2539
The Smoking Goat 3408 30th 619 995-5295
West Coast Tavern 2895 Universtiy 619 295-1688
*Ranchos Cocina 3910 30th 619 574-1288
*Urbn Coal Fire Pizza Bar 3085 University 619 255-7300
Casa de Luz 2920 University 619 550-1857
The Mission 2891 University 619 220-8992
*Spread 2871 University 619 543-0406
*Wongs 3029 University 619 291-7500
Lefty's Chicago Pizzaeria 3448 30th 619 295-1720
Janyne's Gastropub 4677 30th 619 563-1011
Alchemy 1503 30th 619 255-0616
The Vagabond 2310 30th 619 255-1035
Sea Rocket Bistro 3382 30th 619 255-7049
The Ritual Tavern 4095 30th 619 283-1618
Station Tavern and Burgers 2204 Fern st 619 255-0657
Cafe Madeleine 2248 30th 619 554-1734

Mosaic Wine Bar 3422 30th 619 906-4747
*Splash Wine Lounge 3043 30th 619 296-0714
*True North 3815 30th 619 291-3815
* Bar Pink 3829 30th 619 564-7194
Home Brews and Gardens 3176 Thorn 619 630-2793

Coffee Houses
*Caffe Carpe Diem 3139 University 619 285-9708
*Claire de Lune 2906 University 619 688-9845
*Caffe Calabria 3933 30th 619 291-1759
Cafe Madaline

Shop North Park
*Mimi & Red Boutique 3032 University 619 298-7933
*Vintage Religion 3821 32nd 619 280-8408
*Pigment 3827 30th 619 501-6318
*Home 3013 University 619 291-6800
Frock You Vintage Clothing 4121 Park 619 220-6030
Hunt and Gather 2871 University Ave 619
*visit shops and galleries on Ray St.

Shop South Park
Junc Boutique & Gallery 2205 Fern 619 283-2611
Make Good 2270 Fern 619 563-4600
The Grove 3010 Juniper 619 284-7684
Clairity Soaps & Candles 3022 Juniper 619 640-5903
Progress 2225 30th 619 280-5501
Mythology 3265 30th 619 523-1132
So Childish 1947 30th 619 238-0800

*15 walk from Vintage Sol Bed & Breakfast or 2 minute drive
We strongly support small neighborhood restaurants and shops. Not only does this list showcase some of the best in North Park but also in San Diego. Many source from local farms,local vendors and highlight local artists. Enjoy!

March Play date

Carlsbad Fields

Anza Borrego Wildflowers
- Take a day trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park to see the spring wildflowers, the bloom is lovely in late March and earl April. Hike the Palm Canyon Trail too. One of the best San Diego events. March is usually a great time to go. For more information see Anza Borrego State Park.

Ghost Tours at the Whaley House - March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 2013. Enjoy a Friday night ghost tour in San Diego. Advance reservations required. Ghost Tours

Spring Home Garden Show - March 1 - 3 2013 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Expert gardening tips from the home and garden specialists. For more information see Spring Home Garden Show.

Ocean Beach Kite Festival - Saturday March 2 2013. Join in the fun at the annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival. Crafts fair and make your own kite to take to the beach for kite flying (free for kids). Great kids activity. 9 AM to 4 PM, on Santa Monica Avenue between Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Ebers St.

Winter Concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing - Sunday afternoon live concerts
 Winter Concerts
03/03/13 Nadro John
03/10/13 Crown Island Jazz Band
03/17/13 Blue Frog Band
03/24/13 Dixie Jazz Katz
03/31/13 Coronado Big Band

Jeep Wine Tour - Enjoy a jeep wine tour of Temecula Valley. You guide will take you to 3-4 wineries, provide gourmet lunch or appetizers, and show you the off-road sites and panoramic views of Temecula Valley. A romantic San Diego adventure. Tours are daily from either 10 AM – 2:30 PM or 2:30 – 6:30 PM. Call (877) 891-8687 for reservations.
Explore San Diego Tidepools - March 7 - 11 2013 at various times at low minus tides. This is the last month to visit the San Diego tide pools until fall San Diego Tide Pools.

Whale Watching in San Diego - California Gray Whales undergo their annual migration from Alaska through San Diego and onto Baja California. During December - April, whale watching is at its best, as the whales migrate close to shore and can be seen from land or see. For more information see San Diego Whale Watching.

Balboa Park Free Museum Tuesday for Residents and Military - Some Balboa Park museums are free on 1st - 4th Tuesdays of each month to locals (San Diego Cal. City & county residents), and active military and their families. The free admission is on a rotating basis. Check out the Free Tuesday Balboa Park museum schedule.

Hike Anza Borrego Palm Canyon Trail - This spring is a great time for an early morning hike on the popular Palm Canyon Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Go early before it gets too hot!

ShamROCK St. Patrick's Day Party - Sunday March 17 2013 in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. This huge party to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is for ages 21+ only. Live music, clubs, bars, special Irish food and drinks. Tickets on sale. Shamrock St. Patrick's Day Party

Urban Trees Sculptures – For a fun free San Diego activity, enjoy a stroll along the north Embarcadero and admire the 30 trees in the Urban Trees sculpture exhibit. Walk along the harbor and see all the historic ships, and go down to Seaport Village and visit the unique shops. For the young kids, reward them with an ice cream cone and a ride on the merry-go-round. San Diego Waterfront

La Jolla Coast Walk - Sight see along the beautiful La Jolla coast with this easy walk. Bring your camera. See Children's Pool, La Jolla Seals, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, and the La Jolla Sea Caves. One of the best free San Diego outdoor activities. La Jolla Coast Walk

Weekend Kayak Tour - Enjoy a beautiful weekend kayaking tour in La Jolla. Guided kayak tour through the beautiful la Jolla Ecological Reserve. La Jolla Kayaking

Annual Ugly Dog Contest - Sunday March 10 2013. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Face-painting, balloons, kids activities, and lots of really ugly dogs at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a great place for San Diego events. For more information see Ugly Dog Contest.

America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods

All About North Park
Forbes named North Park one of 
America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods

According to Forbes staff reporter Morgan Brennan, “The San Francisco-based startup helped us dig through data on more than 250 neighborhoods in the biggest U.S. cities. We assessed each area’s walkability according to; the number of neighborhood coffee shops per capita (with some help from NPD Group’s report); the assortment of local food trucks (and their ranking according to Zagat’s); the number and frequency of farmers markets; the selection of locally owned bars and restaurants; and the percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations.”

In San Diego, East Village, Little Italy, South Park and Encinitas are also considered hipster hubs, each district offering its fair share of craft cocktail dens, dive bars, art galleries, alternative boutiques and progressive, sustainable restaurants. But most locals would agree, North Park is the ultimate hipster neighborhood. Just a few 30th & University-area top spots we couldn’t live without include Bar Pink, Spread, Disconnected Salon, Sea Rocket Bistro, Mimi & Red, Lafayette Hotel, West Coast Tavern and newcomer Seven Grand.

Here is why Brennan added our town to her list: “Culturally diverse North Park is home to Craftsman cottages, cafes and diners, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmers Market. The North Park Theater and the Ray Street Arts District are also bastions of creativity in the area.”

Running with Fishes

Grunion Runs
March thru August   10:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Grunion are small silvery fish about 5-inches long that spawn in the spring and summer months. They surf the waves to come ashore and lay eggs in the wet sand.They return to the ocean with the next wave. The fish are to be caught only by hand. A fishing license is required for persons age 16 and older.
OPEN SEASON: March / June / July / August CLOSED SEASON - Observation Only: April & May   

If you have never experienced a Grunion Run, grab a thermos, blanket and bucket. It is a coin toss to find them. Sometimes they hit  select  beaches, other nights you are left alone with the moonlight--Well you and the other adventurous, curious masses. The anticipation of seeing the elusive silver wave is just as fun as actual event.  They are like twinkling stars in the foam. First you see a few sparkles and then within minutes the sand is blanketed in dancing fishes. That is when the people rush the waters to scoop up the slippery prize. We like the catch and release method. But some keep the fish and make a tasty fish stock,fried or grill. They are not very substantial  and I find them rather bony and not worth the work of finding those pesky needles. It is  unique to Southern California. And just another excuse to cuddle and be at the beach at midnight.



Play date

Ray at Night in North Park.  2nd Saturday of the month. Longest running free Artwalk in San Diego.
Farmers Market in North Park Thursdays 3-6
Whale watching till April 28
Wildflowers in Anza Borrego desert till April 30
Carlsbad Flower fields till June 13
Grunion running

Chick magnet

My fancy feathered friend. This is one I would add to my fantasy flock! Of course  to the visiting raccoons it would be a Happy Meal. My running list of breeds includes the *Polish, *Silkie, Sizzle, Sultan,*Easter Egger, Golden Spangled Hamburg, *Sliver laced Wyadontte,*Black Copper Murans, *Silver Seabright Bantham,  Black Frizzle Chocin Batham, Buff Braham Batham,  *Mille Fleur d’Uccles. This exceeds my limit of 4. Most are ornamental and not good egg layers. Not very practical. That fantasy chicken coop is getting bigger and bigger! is Martha Stewart's source for chicks. Its a good thing :)

Urban coop



I am currently obsessed with the Urban farming farm to table movement. I already have a thriving herb and vegetable garden. We have been thinking chickens for a while. Some of our neighbors have taken the plunge.
But I am a city girl and I have to wonder if the romance of harvesting fresh blue/green organic eggs will quickly fade. Once  maintenance and ick factor  come into play. I am not fond of mice or flies or poo.

I have no illusions how messy birds can be. My small flock of finches required daily cleaning. But the whole flock probably is only a few ounces. I am thinking of 4 chickens max.  They would  between 4-7lbs each. That is a lot of fertilizer!  In the San Diego city limits you can have up to 23 hens! Even if I had the space in my postage size yard that too ambitious for me. I just want a little chicken run in my side garden. Not a whole farm yard.

As much as I love rustic and vintage I don't envision an ordinary coop--Of course my husband would beg to differ. As talented of a builder he is; I don't know how much time he wants to put into a wild hair/ whim/passing fad.  

This outrageously dreamy coop by Fancy Farm I covet. Shabby chic,white walls, perfect clean hens. It is just missing wallpaper and I am sure it smells like lavender-- at least in my fantasy. Reality is another matter as Fancy Farm Girl points out in her blog. Sigh.
I guess if I get tired of chickens I can expand my aviary . . . Cause really all the chickens I have fallen in love with are fancy and cute but not really hard workers, just like some of the girls I have known!  If a little urban farming interest you check out