24 Hours at the ViewPointe
24 Hours at the ViewPointe
Imagine waking up in the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. While that may sound like a stretch to some of us, for those who call The ViewPointe home, it’s a daily reality. Located in stunning Oceanside, California, residents of this luxury building can enjoy the convenience of city living with all the beauty and opportunity coastal California living has to offer, right at their fingertips. So how does a typical day at this Oceanside building unfold?
On a weekend morning, you’ll arise to the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the beach just a hop, skip, and jump away. Take a peek out one of your many oversized windows or step out onto your private balcony to take a closer look at the conditions on the picturesque Pacific Ocean.
If you’re feeling peckish, there are plenty of food options to choose from, even if your kitchen isn’t yielding much to make. If you’re not in the mood to prepare anything personally, order bagels and coffee from 101 Bagels and Subs, just a few minutes away on North Coast Highway. If a pastry sounds more pleasing, put in an order to SK’s Donuts, a hole-in-the-wall hotspot that offers some of the city’s most delicious breakfast options. If you’re in the mood to create your own meal, you’re also in luck: just steps from your front door, you’ll find the Oceanside Farmers Market, where you can pick up local produce, pastries, and more.
After breakfast, it’s time to add a little culture to your day. Head over to the Oceanside Museum of Art to check out exhibits from artists like Marjorie Nodelman, Robin Bright, Tom Driscoll, and Laddie John Dill. If you want to make the trip a family affair, make sure to check out the youth and family programs at the museum, which include workshops, lecture series, and classes for students of all ages. After your trip to the art museum, take a trip back in time by checking out the exhibitions at the California Surf Museum. Dedicated to the history of surfing culture in Oceanside and beyond, this unique museum is home to exhibits highlighting notable events and accomplishments in the history of surfing, like the 1966 World Surf Championship, the history of surfboards, and even an exhibition on the unlikely surf culture that thrived during the Vietnam War.
When you’ve had your fill of museums for the day, walk over to the nearby Oceanside Pier, where you can enjoy some of the best views of the ocean from your perch over the water. If you’re eager to get some exercise, the pier is the perfect launch point for sailors and rowers alike, or you can just take a leisurely stroll from one end of the pier to the other, people-watching and soaking in the local culture. If your morning excursions have left you hungry, check out Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina in Oceanside Harbor, where you can enjoy fresh lobster and a creative menu of margaritas in this casual beachside eatery.
After lunch, enjoy more of Oceanside’s abundant natural beauty by heading to the Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center, where you can check out the local wildlife, birdwatch, and stretch your legs. This breathtaking nature preserve is also an ideal spot for young children, who will be wowed by the park’s biodiversity. Inside the nature center, you’ll find exciting exhibits about the local wildlife and plant life, as well as taxidermy scenes similar to those you’d find in larger natural history museums. Follow up your trip to the nature center by taking some time out along the banks of the Buena Vista Lagoon, where you can fish, relax, or watch the local waterfowl enjoy their native environment.
Before heading home, head to South Coast Highway for some of Oceanside’s coolest vintage shopping. Boutiques like Captain’s Helm, Vintage Sanctuary, and Boom Boom Brazil sell timeless pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re eager to redecorate, set your sights on Mr. B’s Necessities, a home design shop that offers pieces from local artisans, as well as hosting workshops where you can learn to make your own candles, soap, and more.
With the day nearly behind you, it’s time to make dinner plans. Book yourself a reservation at 333 Pacific Steak & Seafood, where you can enjoy dishes like edamame hummus, spicy tuna poke tacos, kobe beef meatloaf, and a long list of vodka-based cocktails, like the Cool Cantaloupe, a mixture of Absolut, orange juice, cantaloupe monin, and alcohol-infused melon.
When your meal is finished, stroll back home and watch the moon as it rises over the ocean, making the water beneath it glow. Nestle into bed and let the sounds of the waves lull you to sleep — after all, tomorrowis going to be another big day.