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Old 08-27-2020, 04:35 PM
 
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If there was one “Main” Street in Ca that tops the rest, which city or town would that be located in? Hard to define quaint because each his/her own. So I’ll ask it this way. If you had a free weekend, where would you go to spend 48 hours? What time of year would you go and for what reason?

Just curious to see what people think.
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Old 08-27-2020, 04:39 PM
 
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Assuming you're eliminating the very large cities (not at all quaint) and are referring to best downtowns in mid-sized communities, I like Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Palo Alto and Walnut Creek.

If we're talking summer months, I'd go with Santa Barbara, as you can walk to the beach.
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Old 08-27-2020, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Among (very) small towns, Julian, in the mountains east of San Diego, could be So Cal's "quaintest."

In Nor Cal, you might find multiple nominees in the Gold Country (along highway 49).
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Old 08-27-2020, 06:06 PM
 
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Honestly, I can think of lots of places like this. Morro Bay, Cayucos, Petaluma, Sonoma, St. Helena, Grass Valley, Nevada City, McCloud, Capitola, Pacific Grove, San Luis Obispo, Carmel...
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Old 08-27-2020, 06:31 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Assuming you're eliminating the very large cities (not at all quaint) and are referring to best downtowns in mid-sized communities, I like Pasadena....
That's the first time I've ever heard of Pasadena having a quaint main street. All I can think of is Lake Avenue and Old Town Pasadena.
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Old 08-27-2020, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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ThAts tough. Gold country in the sierras has a lot of them. Then again so many coastal towns have them too. I don’t know how anyone could pick just one.
St Helena is one I always visit when I come back to California. And I don’t even drink wine.
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Old 08-27-2020, 07:22 PM
 
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That's the first time I've ever heard of Pasadena having a quaint main street. All I can think of is Lake Avenue and Old Town Pasadena.
I'm considering anything not downtown SF, LA, SD, etc. as relatively quaint.
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Old 08-27-2020, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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If there was one “Main” Street in Ca that tops the rest, which city or town would that be located in? Hard to define quaint because each his/her own. So I’ll ask it this way. If you had a free weekend, where would you go to spend 48 hours? What time of year would you go and for what reason?

Just curious to see what people think.
Not that these top other CA towns, but San Juan Capistrano and nearby Laguna Beach are worth an off tourist season visit. If you have any interest in antiques, you'd enjoy the Old Barn Antique Mall in San Juan Capistrano.

I was able to purchase a nice roll top desk, plus other things, there. They have small memorabilia, as well, including old photos, postcards, glassware, etc. It's also great just for browsing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noPjuWwlmRY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLsvhFlpdRc&t=66s
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Old 08-27-2020, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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Dunsmuir

Dunsmuir Avenue on Google Maps

Be sure to do a 360.

It was built out in the 1920s, and went into stasis during the 30s and 40s because of the Depression and War.
In the 1950s more powerful locomotives removed it's economic engine, as a place for attaching a second engine to climb the mountains and it's stayed put since then.
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Old 08-28-2020, 02:19 PM
 
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Saint Helena in the Napa Valley and Solvang down by Santa Barbara
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