In My Neighborhood


Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

I‘ve decided that 2014 is going to be a year of positive change and discovery. So far, in the realm of change, we had new front doors installed and the exterior of our house painted. We went with a totally different look for both the door and the house – quite bold for us.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I (along with our pup Ann Marie) stopped in San Juan Capistrano at Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. Originally we were on the way to the Dana Point Harbor for our usual walk there. Instead, I suggested that we explore San Juan Capistrano instead.

We are often in San Juan Capistrano since it adjoins Dana Point and San Clemente. We live in San Clemente where the three cities come together. We frequent businesses and restaurants in all three cities, but we rarely have explored San Juan Capistrano. On this particular day, I decide that we would look at the beautiful little town as if we were tourists. It turned out to be a really fun morning.

San Juan Capistrano is the oldest city in California. It was started by a few Spanish priests during the Spanish exploration of the Americas. It’s home to Mission San Juan Capistrano which is known as the “Jewel of the Missions”. It’s also home to the Los Rios District which is the oldest neighborhood in California. Forty homes remain including three original adobe structures. The remaining adobes originally housed the builders of the mission and the mission ranch workers in the late 1700 and early 1800”s.

Los Rios District

Los Rios District

The Los Rios District is on the other side of the railroad tracks from the Capistrano train depot. In addition to the adobes, it is home to several quaint restaurants, the historical society, Zoomars Petting Zoo, some antique shops and other interesting establishments.

Just a couple of blocks away, is the mission which has recently undergone some renovations including a new gift shop that can be entered from the street. Across from the Mission, in the same center asvStarbuck’s, is TSpoons Cooking School that offers classes at a reasonable price.

Tom, Ann Marie and I explored the Los Rios District, checked the schedule for the cooking school and then had a very tasty lunch at the Mission Grill. It is amazing what I found right there in my own back yard that I never took the time to explore. I plan to look into taking a cooking class or several – maybe with a friend or my sister. I will certainly eat lunch at the Mission Grill again and hope to visit The Ramos House for Brunch soon.

Maybe I will see what hidden treasures are to be discovered in Dana Point next! What gems are hidden in your own neighborhood? Go discover them!n

Find Your Om Balance – Terri