The Tennille Life team had our company retreat in Encinitas last weekend and can I just say, it was AMAZING! Equally amazing though, was fitting luggage for 4 ladies in my car LOL. My car was loaded to the MAX! Sharing some of my travel essentials below!
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In case you’ve never been to Encinitas, it’s a beautiful beach town near San Diego. It’s perfectly laid back and chill with all the best places to eat.
Things to Do and Places to Eat In or Near Encinitas:
+ Atelier Manna cafe was our first stop for brunch when we arrived in Encinitas. The service was amazing and our server was super attentive. He even offered to take a photo of our group which we thought was so sweet. The restaurant is very popular and rightfully so. Every dish and ingredient was so thoughtful and delicious. The Turkish eggs and manna porridge are both a must try! They don’t take reservations, but be sure to add yourself to the waitlist before arriving to avoid a long wait.
+ Meditation Gardens is a beautiful spot to pop into when you’re in the area. The garden has a variety of lush plants and flowers, a koi pond, several meditation areas, and a stunning ocean view. It’s nested right off of Pacific Coast Highway where there’s plenty of local shopping and restaurants.
+ Candles on Tap was the perfect team building activity for our retreat. Each of us were able to create our own custom scented candle with over 100 scents to choose from. You even get to select the vessel. I love that we each were able to bring home a little gift to remember our stay in Encinitas.
+ Campfire restaurant is BOMB!! Carol and I dined here earlier this year and we just knew that we had to come back with the girls. Once again, it did not disappoint! Even my picky little eater Xia could not stop talking about how much she loved the food. As the name suggests, many of their dishes are cooked over a wood fire. Every dish is created with the most amazing flavors and textures. It’s hard to go wrong with what you order, but whatever you do, do not leave without trying the broccoli, carrots and s’mores! This is another super popular spot, so make sure to make a reservation in advance.
+ Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve has 6 trails to choose from – Rayzor Point Trail, Guy Fleming Trail, Broken Hill Trail, Beach Trail, High Point Trail, and Parry Grove. We enjoyed a morning walk on the Guy Fleming Trail, which was a relatively easy hike. The path is a 2/3 mile loop and you’ll find yourself among torrey pine trees and a variety of cacti and wild flowers. We also had a few lookout points of the ocean. Overall, you can’t beat the scenery and lovely ocean breeze.
+ Waverly restaurant is an all-day cafe located in Cardiff by the Sea. This place was poppin’ for Saturday brunch. The ambience has a beachy but make it chic vibe. You can tell it’s a local favorite (highly recommend booking a reservation). Of course we had to try the Turkish eggs here, which were exceptional (but not quite as great as Atelier Manna if we’re comparing). I had the Breakfast Rice Bowl (with avocado, eggs, kale, yams, broccolini, and curry aioli) and that was delicious and hearty. The perfect dish to get in my greens and satiate my appetite after our morning hike. They also have a lovely seafood menu and Carol really enjoyed the trout ceviche.
+ Pacific Coast Grill was another repeat spot for Carol and I. We figured the girls couldn’t leave Encinitas without some yummy seafood and Pacific Coast Grill did not disappoint. We enjoyed everything we ordered including the sunshine roll, miso glazed sea bass and beet salad, but the show stopper for us all was the Pacific Paella with lobster tail, clams, mahi, shrimp, and scallops. Delish!!
+ Pannikin Coffee & Tea shop is an absolute treasure. Like if I lived in the area, I would be here everyday. Their lattes were perfect and they have all the amazing breakfast/lunch menu options you could hope for. Everything from pastries and smoothie bowls to tuna salad and Indian chicken curry. Of course, we couldn’t skip the pie selection and indulged in the most perfect piece of pumpkin pie. The pie crust on this baby was top tier! Chefs kiss!
+ Pickleball at Bobby Riggs was a blast! I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been wanting to join a pickleball club for a while now so getting a chance to go out and play with the TTL Team was so much fun!
+ Gelati & Picatti Diner was the trifecta of restaurants. By that I mean, it’s three somewhat separate spots – a pizza shop + diner + homemade gelato shop – all in one! Of course, we had a little bit of it all. We loved that the pizza was sold by the slice so we could try a variety of flavors – all of which were amazing!
+ Encinitas Fish Shop was the perfect dinner before our drive home. I love fish and chips and these were phenomenal! We also had ceviche, and a swordfish plate. All of the seafood was super fresh and delish!
If you didn’t notice, we definitely ate our way through Encinitas. And you know what babes, we didn’t have a single bad meal. Encinitas was a beautiful weekend with good food and even better company. I feel so lucky that I got to spend TTL Retreat weekend with my BFF Carol and daughters May and Xia. I love having a business where I get to work with the people I love most.