Weekend Escape: Fallbrook, California
San Diego County's Fallbrook may be known for its avocado festival but an appealing lack of flash, various colorful nurseries and delightful new restaurants make this a sweet spot to visit at any time.
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Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, a popular wedding venue since 1984, opened to the public this year. You can stroll through gorgeous Mediterranean- and tropical-style gardens, then eat lunch at the newly opened Veranda (reservations are a must) at the back of the Victorian mansion overlooking a heart-shaped lake.