Whenever I travel somewhere I try to research of “things to do” in the area. I like to use Google and blogs and of course social media – this is a big part of why I started this blog. My favorite way to research great things to do is by asking a local or asking someone who has been there. Unfortunately this doesn’t always have the results I would prefer. In fact, it has become one of my pet peeves to hear “I don’t know” or “there’s nothing to do here” or “nothing, this place is boring.” I honestly believe no matter where you live you should be able to find interesting and fun things to do. I also believe that where you live is less about a location and more about who you’re around and what you’re doing. I just believe in making the most of wherever you live, no matter if it’s exactly where you wanted or hoped to be.
1. Go to Vasquez Rocks. Hiking, picnics or a desert photo shoot are just some of the ideas for this park. You might find the iconic rocks familiar as they are featured in many commercials and some movies often as an outer space or desert scene. Think Jack in the Box southwest commercials.
2. Go Wine Tasting at Agua Dulce Winery or one of the other wineries hidden in the little mountain town that is home to around 4,000 people.
3. Get ice cream at Sweetwater Farms grocery store. This store saves local residents about 20 miles travel one-way to the nearest chain grocery store.
4. Go to Le Chene restaurant. To be honest, I haven’t been since I was little and couldn’t appreciate it. But it is on my list of places I want to go with my husband when visiting my hometown. It is a very fancy and high class restaurant so it is a perfect romantic setting for a celebration or fancy date night.
5. Taco Tuesdays at Maria Bonita’s or just “Maria’s” as most people refer to it. You can also stop by on Fridays where you might find the locals when the restaurant closes and the bar gets busy.
6. Visit Downtown Agua Dulce for shopping and visiting the quaint shops. Bullwinkles is a great gift shop and and antique store. We also have some of the few remaining “off-brand” grocery and hardware stores left in Los Angeles county that have saved many locals a twenty minute commute for the essentials. We have our own walk of fame featuring famous movie industry folks such as Agua Dulce’s very own trick roper Monty Montana. The Women’s Club is home to many annual events that bring the community together such as fundraisers, fairs and 4-H meetings – shoutout to them for giving me a scholarship and supporting me for my various endeavors!
7. Go horseback riding. I have to admit I don’t have much advice on where to do this because I grew up riding horses. Some of my favorite memories include horses in Agua Dulce and I am sure there would be a place to go on a trail ride somewhere in the Agua Dulce mountains. If you can’t find horses to rent or borrow, (7a.) going hiking might suffice.
8. Attend the Agua Dulce Fair and Parade each year in September. It is a great way to celebrate Fall and enjoy the small town charm complete with a cheesy theme, parade floats made out of truck beds and horseback entries.
9. Get Married. Well maybe this one isn’t the best advice because not everyone’s wedding would have as much meaning in Agua Dulce as ours did. But I had to throw it on the list because our wedding on my parents’ front porch was pretty special and the mountains made for a gorgeous backdrop.
Since Agua Dulce is just under 23 square miles and mostly high desert mountains, I am going to let this list leak into the surrounding areas to especially include Acton. At this point I would like to admit that when it has been a few years since I lived in Agua Dulce and I only lived there growing up and for a little while after college so my list of things to do may be things I know about but I have not done.
10. Go to Vincent Hill Station Restaurant. Friday night live music on the patio in the summer is sure to be an enjoyable evening. The food is great and the cozy and country atmosphere makes my country heart happy.
11. Visit Shambala Preserve to see the wild animal sanctuary. I haven’t been here yet unless I did when I was little and I don’t remember but I am hopeful to visit soon.
12. Shop at Fox Feed for all your equine and animal feed and needs.
13. Browse the Tack Stable for all your fashion, western decor and tack needs. You might even see the Tack Stable crew in our annual Acton Fourth of July Parade which brings us to number 13.
14. Attend the Acton Fourth of July Parade. Bring your water guns and come early because the street is packed with locals and visitors and the parade route turns into quite the water fight.