Cooks at The Flinn Springs Inn sizzle up hearty pub grub, including cheeseburgers and tacos, as tap masters pour cold draft beers or expertly mix cocktails within a bar and grill replete with exposed-brick walls and leather-topped barstools. Guests can play a game of billiards inside, or make their way to the sprawling outdoor patio to watch live music and college-level math lectures on the stage or hurl horseshoes in the regulation pits. After dancing, singing karaoke, or playing beer pong all night, patrons can return the next morning for pancakes and bloody marys.
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As they grip the microphone and pace before the red curtain, The Comedy Palace's standups execute quips, rants, and anecdotes they've honed on such outlets as Comedy Central and late-night television. Viewers can munch on finger foods, burgers, rib-eye steak, Atlantic salmon and pages from a full menu of cuisine while watching a national headliner's set.
Named one of Sunset magazine's Top 10 Western Gardens, The Water Conservation Garden promotes wise fluid use through educational exhibits and instructive programs. Nearly 5 acres of beautifully themed flower beds, vegetable plots, and native plant patches showcase ways to enhance the landscape and make the most of your yard without slurping the world's aquifers through a sprinkler-sized straw.
The scene behind Main Tap Tavern's bar would be right at home in an art gallery. A unique glass handle tops each of the 24 taps in glowing, swirling colors that span the gnarliest rainbow imaginable. An impressive sight to be sure, but it's what comes out of the tap that keeps patrons lining up at bar stools or grabbing seats on the patio.
The bartenders specialize in craft beer, with a focus on local microbreweries. For a change of pace, they also mix up cocktails and crack open bottles of wine, champagne, and?of course?more beer.
Chances are, whatever drink a customer chooses will pair nicely with something on the tavern's food menu, which features street food such as tacos as well as updated pub favorites. For an example of the chefs' creativity, look no further than the workman peanut butter burger: a handmade angus beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheese, and peanut butter.
Pumpkin Stations turn pumpkin shopping and family-park excursions into a one-stop trip. Each of the five Pumpkin Station locations houses a variety of family-fun activities, from giant slides and mini-trains to sky fighter rides and carousels. Mission Valley, for instance, enables visitors to get their sea legs with an on-site boat ride, while the El Cajon game zones gives them a place to rest in between activities. No matter the location, families, friends, and groups can stroll through a pumpkin patch to seek out a large, plump gourd to take home and carve into a jack-o-lantern.