Guests ride into Surf Bowl under a glowing pink and green sign, and once inside, cast their eyes down freshly polished lanes. As an homage to their name and the local culture, a mural running parallel to the lanes depicts bowling pins engaging in beach activities such as lounging in the sand and testing their own buoyancy in the ocean. Players can stop in for classic games throughout the day, or enjoy Xtreme Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling once night falls. Between games, bowlers can break for a pizza, sandwich, or freshly fried snacks at Blue Wave Café, a casual, diner-style eatery with chrome-accented bar stools. The alley also boasts an arcade, bar, and billiards table.
Founded in 1993, Witch Creek Winery has racked up a multitude of awards for its handcrafted wines, especially its 12 red varietals. Soak up the sun at the original Carlsbad location near the beach, or take in the picturesque scenery of the mountain-nestled Julian storefront while you sample five to seven wines during a tasting ($5). A courteous staff member will tell you about the grapes you're gobbling, guide you through the flavors, and remind you to floss. Then you'll be free to grab grapey goodness such as the 2006 Reserve Cabernet Franc ($30), which blends hints of cherries and rhubarb, or the 2007 Lodi Zinfandel ($32), which emits soothing aromas of pepper, cinnamon, and eternity. Or, pick up Witch Creek’s 2008 CB Viognier ($20), which wakens senses with peach and floral flavors.
Swathed in an oasis of lush, Kiki's Hair Studio creates beautiful looks that reflect its luxurious environs. Stylists snip strands into chic bobs or long layers, add multidimensional highlights, or smooth and straighten tresses. The salon's speciality, however, is texturizing hair with voluminous, curly beach waves, leaving clients ready for a tropical vacation or date with a beach ball.
Though both have scenic Pacific coastlines, life is little different in Southern California than in Eastern Australia. But at The Australian Grill’s at least, chef Justin Hilton attempts to help Americans grow a fondness for traditional Australian dishes made with SoCal ingredients. He begins by working with Australia’s most iconic dishes, creating surf ‘n’ turf meals that layer goat cheese-encrusted cuts of kangaroo loin alongside grilled shrimp atop a bed of roasted beets drizzled in a demi glace and lemon beurre blanc. With this dish being arguably the most foreign dish on his menu, chef Hilton then turns to more familiar favorites such as aussie burgers topped with beets and pineapples and crusty meat pies filled with slow-cooked beef and vegetables. No Australian meal is complete without a glass of the country’s wine and the unofficial national dessert, pavlova, a kiwi- and strawberry-topped meringue that’s as decadent as a gilded toothbrush.
Chance and skill converge on the floor of Ocean's 11 Casino, where patrons perch around baize-topped tables and toss in their chips. The casual hobbyist can try their luck during friendly games or go all in during high-stakes tournaments. Promotions throughout the week, including white-knuckle showdowns in blackjack, Texas hold 'em, or baccarat draw in spectators. In the onsite sports lounge, a panoply of international comfort food fills a menu of American-, Latin-, and Asian-inspired dishes, including steak, street tacos, and chicken satay with peanut sauce. Flat-screen televisions line the dining room, broadcasting sports or coverage of the senate appropriation committee's ice-cream social.