Who doesn't love an incandescent purple field of lavender? The aroma of a harmonious relaxation that couldn't be interrupted by a temper tantrum if they tried. Its immediately calming walking up to the lavender fields, as you can't resist inhaling deeply at every chance just to catch the full fragrance of the lavandula angstifolia. Fields of purple kept my camera clicking, and my daughter gaze to a stand-still. We walked through the chateau-style doors and followed on the quaint path through the variety of lavender, making a few stops to watch the distillery process, and photo-shoot on the perfectly placed purple chairs. Its hard to believe an industrious city is just 30 minutes away with this country's finest Key's Creek Lavender Fields.
WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED
Keys Creek Lavender Farm
12460 Keys Creek Road
Valley Center, CA. 92082
(about an hour north of San Diego)
May-June, Wednesday - Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm.
WHAT DOES IT COST
Free, but they request a $5 donation.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOURE THERE?
Photo-op, photo-op, photo-op. Its gorgeous there. Field of purple. Purple prop chairs. Rustic surroundings and french doors. Pause and take it in - aside from its beauty, lavender is so relaxing for the mind and soul - be at natures peace! You can awe at the fields, schedule a massage on certain spa days or even attend a high-tea with you and your little one ($35 adults/ $17.50 children).
SHOP TIL YOU DROP
The Key's Creek Lavender store has just about everything-lavender you can think of. From lavender pet shampoo to lavender honey, you're bound to walk away with that perfect lavender gift for a friend or yourself (I picked up 2nd bottle of lavender baby bath wash $16 - my daughter LOVES).
Because we know you will at some point or another, drive just down the street and look for the little hidden gem, The Yellow Deli. This old Sears catalog home serves up a bohemian style menu - simple and delicious. Servings are perfect for one and your little one, but if you have a big eater on your hand you might want to order your child their own. Try their yellow submarine ($7.95), hibiscus cooler ($2), or their cranberry cashew salad ($5.75).
Staff is friendly and kind, and from a simpler ideology and kids ran openly in the green grass playing swords with sticks - immediately takes you to an effortlessly peaceful and freeing place-of-mind that you can't help but love.