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Thursday, May 31, 2012


OUT AND ABOUT—A house sitting gig for friends landed us in Poway for a long weekend and being North Park based, the 20-mile journey up 1-15 was an unexpected getaway.

All of Poway will not be covered here. There’s lots to see and do in this community just beyond the northeast city limits of San Diego.

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What we saw was small town Americana. It seems the larger our cities become the more small town our neighborhoods aspire to be. Poway is an example. And, nothing is more homespun and enjoyable than Old Poway Park’s main stage gazebo during the upcoming Sam Hinton Folk Festival, next Saturday, June 2 from 11 – 5 pm, 14134 Midland Rd. Details:

The festival is free. Bring the tots because the Old Poway Park’s railroad is a vintage version of the San Diego Zoo choo-choo. Kids love it. And, you won’t miss a song because the train circles the stage. (

Nearby is the 1890s Nelson House, run by the Turn of the century residential charm amid a park that is a slice of mom, apple pie and the 4th of July.

Café Lily, a bit of France across from Old Poway Park, is a mom & son coffee and sandwich shop. Bottom line. I’m back there in a heartbeat next time I’m in Poway. Bit off the beaten path, but everyone knows where Old Poway Park is.

[I-15 to Poway Road to north on Midland Road). The pressed turkey and roast beef Panini’s were amazing as were the coffee drinks. Large portions. Nice table on the front patio. Sean and Lily treat you like family here. Café Lily, 14045 Midland Rd.,

We’ll be back, especially if we take in the free Sam Hinton Folk Festival next Saturday.

Images: Our table at Café Lily; Folk singer on same stage where Sam Hinton Folk Festival will take place. Poway Midland RR’s Gondola #3 is adaptable for handicap/wheelchair use. Portions of the bench seats can be quickly removed.

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