Cardiff State Beach

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and if you’re looking for a nice day trip with mom, try this classic. It’s a loop from the beach through Rancho Santa Fe, about 15 miles, with lots of places to stop and great views through the passenger windows (as well as the windshield). Start at Lomas Santa Fe Drive and I-5, go west to the beach, loop through Rancho Santa Fe, one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world, then back to Cardiff-By-The-Sea.

Need a place for that Mother’s Day dinner? Looking for exclusive elegance, there’s the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe or Mille Fleurs? Beach casual or upscale — Chart House or Las Olas. Upscale bakery with great French sandwiches — Champagne Bakery. Best donuts in the county — VG Donuts. I could go on and on.

Enjoy your drive and Happy Mother’s Day!


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