Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Fallbrook Downtown
1608 South Mission Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Phone: (760) 723-1127
Fax: (760) 723-2917
Arts & Museums
Set apart from the hustle and bustle of San Diego's downtown life, many of the same buildings that stood more than a century ago still stand. The Fallbrook Historical Society's Museum is a large, one-room museum. In the middle of the room, a large model of Fallbrook more than a century ago displays the original train tracks that went through the town. Along the walls of the room, the museum is sectioned off by display cases that allow guests to take themselves on a self-guided tour from the early days of Fallbrook to just a few years ago. For those who think the Fallbrook Historical Society Museum only displays information about Fallbrook, the museum includes information on Bonsall, Duluce, and Rainbow. Call ahead for hours.
The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society is dedicated to mineralogy, paleontology, and similar earth sciences. Visitors can peruse their museum or participate in one of their many events. The Gem and Mineral Society holds various events throughout the year, including beading, grab bag-making, and work parties that include potluck lunches. They also participate in various local events, such as the San Diego County Fair. For those interested in using the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society’s meeting room for their own conferences, they rent it out by the hour. And for those interested in learning more about mineralogy or any of the related fields of science, they can visit the Society’s virtual store on their website. - Erick Pettersen
Located in the quaint town of Fallbrook, this art venue celebrates works by local talent. The exciting community art gallery features the ongoing work of more than 20 local members and invited guests. The artists work in various disciplines to produce paintings in all media and sculpture. The shop also displays local hand-thrown pottery, basketry, fiber art and jewelry. Feature exhibitions for individual artists and craft creators are mounted bi-monthly.
The Blue Heron Gallery hosts works by several artists and seeks to bring in a wide variety of works for people to enjoy. Those works range from paintings to photography, silver to pottery, and various other types of art. The Blue Heron Gallery will gladly open for those unable to make it to their showroom during their regular hours, Though they have regular business hours and do not require reservations, they host eight to ten shows a year, so they recommend reservations. The Blue Heron Gallery also buys art from artists and collectors they do not normally work with. - Erick Pettersen
More than an art gallery, the Hidden Forest Art Gallery is home to exotic creatures from around the world. Featuring some of the leading wildlife paintings in the world, the artwork at the Hidden Forest Art Gallery captures the beauty of nature. For those who might enjoy a more realistic view, this art gallery also features sculptures of various animals. For those who would like to take the beauty of The Hidden Forest Art Gallery home with them, each piece is available for purchase. And for anyone unable to visit this gallery, the artist brings his artwork to shows all over the world. - Erick Pettersen
In 1851, Ysidora Bandini and Cave Johnson Couts received this piece of land upon their marriage. Couts built an adobe on the land in 1853, which remained as a family residence for over a century. The land and the adobe have since been acquired by San Diego County, and now serve as a popular tourist site. This site includes a bakery, blacksmith's shop, carriage court and private chapel. Tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Call ahead for schedule.
Turn-of-the-century farm equipment is on display here at Southern California's only "early farm life" museum. Giant threshers, combines and steam-driven balers fill Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum and represent the farming techniques that turned the Northern San Diego County area into one of the nation's leading agricultural giants. Threshing Bees and Antique Engine Shows are held on the third and fourth weekends of June and October.
The City of Oceanside assembled this collection of historic old buildings to celebrate the 1976 United States Bicentennial. Some of the structures filling this green, placid park are an old blacksmith's shop and livery stable, an early doctor's office, an antique jail, a one-room schoolhouse and two early newspaper buildings. Free tours are offered on Sundays or by appointment. Docents are on duty at the park Sundays from 1pm-4pm. There is a small souvenir stand and the docents will sell you ice cream. Only cash is accepted.
This beautiful mission is part of the chain of California missions built by the Spaniards under the direction of Father Fermin Lasuen. Built in 1798 to help convert and educate the local Native Americans, this well-preserved structure depicts life in the early 18th Century through artifacts, preserved rooms and a collection of religious art. The museum houses the most extensive collection of old Spanish vestments in the United States. You will also find a picnic area and gift shop. Self-guided tours are available.
About an hour from the city's bright lights, you will find a free, self-guided tour of Palomar Observatory, one of the country's finest. With its 200-inch Hale telescope, this site has been credited with some of the most fascinating astronomical discoveries of last century. A small museum holds photos and videos of these discoveries. Picnic area, hiking trails and great panoramic views of the county are all worth the visit though the winding mountain roads may be a challenge. Special programs are offered during astronomic events, so call for schedules.
This family-owned gallery is a tribute to the bygone eras of American society, featuring distinct collections of classic automobiles and San Diego wines. Vintage vehicles such as Cadillac, Buick and Ford are featured in the main showroom. Meanwhile, the Barbie Bridal room features a fascinating collection of America's favorite doll. Inside the barrel-aging room, oak barrels house the wines until they are perfect. Check out the bountiful vineyards, where grapes are harvested yearly during August and September.
In the lobby of the Lawrence Welk Theatre, a large selection of memorabilia from Welk's personal collection gives guests a reason to stay and reminisce. Throughout guests' self-guided tours, they will also hear the sounds of Welk and his orchestra performing. The collection tells the story of how Welk—also called Mr. Wunnerful—and his band went from the small time to the big time. Among other paraphernalia, such as pictures, newspaper clippings, and plaques, a cardboard cutout of Welk orchestrating his band stands in front of a television camera. The pride of the collection is the world's largest champagne glass, which Welk received on his 25th anniversary. Call ahead for hours.