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Secretly tucked away behind a pond at Kit Carson Park lies Niki De Saint Phalle’s colorful sacred creatures. The entrance to the sculpture garden leads you past a snake wall, through a black-and-white maze of tile and mirrors, and into the central garden, where Queen Califia stands high atop an eagle throne, surrounded by eight large protective totems. Sit beneath the eagle by the giant egg, and look up at the starry dome of heaven.

Settle in for the night at the Old Escondido B & B, located nearby at 602 Grape Street. Innkeepers Bill and Peggy will make you feel at home. Bill, a seasoned world traveler and excellent photographer, will show you photos from his latest travels to Bhutan and the breathtaking “Tiger’s Nest” temple. The bedroom with queen-size bed, antiques and high ceilings is only $80 a night. Relax in the private den with cable TV or slip outside your door and kick back on the porch swing, sipping lemonade. Call 760-743-2610 for a memorable Escondido getaway.

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