Exterior of Coomber Craft Wine in Oceanside California

Oceanside California is Wine Destination for Romantics

Why your next getaway should be in Oceanside California

Looking for a romantic getaway to the wine country? Have you considered Oceanside California? A beach-y community in northern San Diego County, Oceanside is more than just surf and sand. The town is home to several wineries producing wines from nearby vineyards.

Wine activities beyond the tasting room

What we like about this wine country is that there is wine-related fun to be had beyond the local tasting rooms.

For starters, there’s also the Oceanside Adventures Harbor Wine Cruise. Offered the first Saturday of each month, it’s a  romantic sunset ride with wine. In fact, the 90 minute catamaran cruise includes appetizers and a selection of three wines from Oceanside’s Beach House Winery. What better way to get acquainted with the local wines than while exploring the local coves with the one you love?

Or, for those with an even more adventurous spirit, there’s a new offering from Waverider Helicopter Tours. This adventure takes guests on a 20-minute flight to Temecula’s Thorton Winery for lunch and wine tasting.

Of course, Oceanside California also offers its share of conventional wine experiences. And as of this summer, three tasting rooms in the heart of Oceanside welcome visitors. One of the newest wineries, Coomber Craft Wines, opened just months ago. And this is not just a tasting room. This is a true, working urban winery. And it’s right in the heart of this beach community.

But just down the street from Coomber Craft is what’s probably Oceanside’s best known winery, Orfila Vineyards and Winery. Their tasting room features over 20 varietals. And the winery also offers small plate appetizers to pair with your tasting.

Last but not least, there’s Holme Estate Cellars. This family-run winery also boasts an Oceanside tasting room. Check the Holme Estate website for their live music and other special events.

Of course, if these aren’t enough wineries to whet your wine tasting appetite, there are plenty of opportunities for tasting in nearby Escondido. (About a half hour drive from Oceanside, Escondido is considered the heart of northern San Diego County’s wine country.)

Where to stay in Oceanside

But the choices for romantic places to stay in Oceanside are almost endless. In fact, you may never want to leave! Visit Oceanside has great suggestions for places to stay. The list includes hotels, vacation rentals and even camping options. The only trouble you’ll have is choosing. But no matter what you decide, your romantic wine country escape to Oceanside California is sure to be a trip to remember.

Need a wine country getaway but don’t have the time to leave town? Here’s how to host a Sonoma wine salon at home.

And if you’re looking to do a classic Napa getaway, we have suggestions for that, too. Don’t miss The Francis House in Calistoga.


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