Poway: The City in the Country
Get away from the bustle of San Diego for a day and head to Poway, “The City in the Country.” Residing in Northeast San Diego County near Escondido and Rancho Bernardo, Poway is the perfect place to unwind and see a more rural side to San Diego. With 40 square miles of land and that beautiful San Diego weather, Poway has plenty of awesome outdoor attractions in addition to noteworthy landmarks and great restaurants.
Poway was originally inhabited by the Diegueno and Luiseno Indians, who named the area “Paguay,” meaning “the meeting of little valleys” because of the region’s topography. In 1859, Philip Crosthwaite built an adobe house in the area and is believed to be Poway’s first settler. Following his arrival, many people ventured over to the area and soon a post office was built—the only one between San Diego and Rancho Bernardo. At the time, Poway was a major agricultural hub, with orchards, vineyards, and mills. Aside from farming though, not many people lived in the area a dam was built, providing a stable water source for residents.
In December of 1980, Poway was incorporated as a city and began developing parks, businesses, more homes, and attractions. Since its incorporation, Poway has faced some hardships, the most noteworthy being two San Diego wildfires in 2003 and 2007. Many residents lost their homes in these fires, but the community’s amazing response allowed them to bounce back very quickly from the damage.
Although Poway is said to be in Northeast San Diego, it actually lies in the center of the County.
The band Blink-182 started out as a small pop punk band in Poway. Today, they have sold over 27 million albums worldwide.
Several NFL players come from Poway. Three of our own San Diego Chargers—Luis Castillo, Antonio Gates, and Shaun Phillip—are from Poway.
Things To Do
Poway’s outdoorsy nature has facilitated the construction of many public parks. The Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a hiker’s destination with plenty of trails and a multitude of local flora and fauna to admire. A great place to play sports is Community Park, which has a swim center, tennis courts, skate park, meeting areas, and more. You’re welcome to bring your dog here, or check out the Poway Dog Park, with 1.75 fenced-in acres for you and your pooch to enjoy an afternoon together.
If you feel like cooling off, Lake Poway is definitely worth visiting. Here, you can rent out a boat and go fishing, have a picnic by the water, play pick-up softball or soccer on the grass, or just walk around and take in the scenery. Lake Poway hosts a variety of fun community events, so make sure to check out their event calendar before you go.
Old Poway Park is a fun way to learn about the history of Poway and California. At Old Poway Park, visitors are invited to browse museums and historical houses with old artifacts. Other attractions include a farmers market on Wednesdays, a craft market some Saturdays, and blacksmith demonstration the first and third Saturday of each month.
The Poway Center for the Performing Arts is always showing something fun. From ballets to musicals to plays, you’ll be sure to find a show that will entertain you, and at an affordable price! If sitting still isn’t your thing, experience culture through a tour of the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center, rich with Native American history.
As a community, Poway offers many exciting family events, including movies in the park, supervised skate and bike sessions, parades, and music festivals. Browse their full event calendar here to see upcoming events in the area.
For a fun dining experience, visit one of Poway’s many restaurants; you’ll find everything from taco shops to upscale cuisine. Here’s a list of some local’s favorites: