What's New in Oceanside, California?
Opening Spring 2021 with a prime location overlooking Oceanside’s historic wooden pier and beach are two new upscale resorts—the Mission Pacific Hotel and The Seabird Resort. One of the largest beachfront developments along the San Diego coastline in over a decade, the resorts will add a luxe vibe to Oceanside’s coast. Along with immediate beach access, the adjacent resorts will offer guests a combined 387 guestrooms – most with water-facing views – as well as a variety of dining experiences, ocean view pools, meeting spaces, recreation public gardens and artwork curated by the Oceanside Museum of Art. A highlight of the project is the incorporation of the city’s historic “Top Gun” house, which has been fully restored and will relaunch as a curated outlet.
The Brick Hotel
Spring 2021 will also welcome a new 10-room boutique hotel set in an historic 1888 building and located in the heart of the Oceanside Cultural District near museums, theaters and the popular Thursday-night Sunset market. The hotel owners have been diligently renovating and restoring the three-story hotel, which has officially been named The Brick Hotel in a nod to its original brick façade uncovered during the restoration. The boutique property will include a first-floor restaurant, hotel rooms on the second and third floors and a rooftop bar. A new cocktail lounge adjacent to the hotel also is part of the project.
Enhanced Pier Plaza and Amphitheater
By Summer 2021, visitors will discover a more beautiful and dynamic pier and beach amphitheater experience that includes updated landscaping, new restrooms, restoration of historic buildings, improved beach access and enhanced police, lifeguard and operations facilities.
The dining scene in Oceanside continues to earn accolades and the praise of foodies— most recently with two prestigious designations. In October, Michelin Guide named Oceanside’s Dija Mara, as one of just 20 California restaurants deemed an inspiring new discovery. This Balinese-fusion restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere and a critically acclaimed menu by local chef Jason Ambacher. Blade 1936, which recently opened in a historic Irving Gill-designed building once home to the city’s original Blade Tribune newspaper, also is making a name for itself and Oceanside. The modern Italian restaurant recently became one of only two restaurants in San Diego to receive a prestigious AVPN certification for authentic Pizza Napoletana.
Plein Air Art Festival
Late Summer 2021, the Oceanside Museum of Art will host its in inaugural Plein Air Festival. Designed for artists of any level and experience, the event will showcase the City’s amazing landscapes including the gorgeous coastline, charming cityscape, peaceful lagoons, rolling hills, historic Mission San Luis Rey and more. Festival activities include a Quick Paint Challenge, week-long Paint Out, workshops, artist talks, closing celebration, art sale, and juried exhibition. Plein Air Artwork will remain on display and for purchase at the Oceanside Museum of Art through August and provide collectors of all levels a rare opportunity to view and collect artworks from prominent Plein Air painters.
Blade 1936 Photo by Aleya Zenieris