Insider Guide: Carlsbad, California
Carlsbad Strawberry Company’s Robyn Ukegawa shares her tips for exploring the California city known for its beaches and brunch.
Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop.
Meet the insider: Robyn Ukegawa, manager of Carlsbad Strawberry Company
A fourth-generation Carlsbad resident, Robyn Ukegawa has been involved in her family business, the Carlsbad Strawberry Company, for years. You can go into the strawberry field and pick your own fruit, or wander through the corn maze for cute photo ops. Ukegawa also has other tips for exploring the city known for its beaches and breakfast spots.
WHERE TO EAT:
“Carlsbad is well known for the brunch places,” Ukegawa notes. Her favorite is Cafe Topes. “They specialize in Cardiff Crack (marinated tri-tip), and they also make really great cinnamon rolls.” For your morning coffee, head to Steady State for quality roasted beans.
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WHERE TO STAY:
The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is in a prime location. Less than a mile from Legoland, the hotel is also close to Ukegawa’s strawberry farm, the beach, and other tourist attractions. For a five-star luxury resort, go to Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa. “It has a fancy golf course and nice amenities like a pool and spa,” Ukegawa says. “I go for the high tea where they serve quality teas and little appetizers.”