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Lake Elsinore - Class A Baseball and Outlet Stores

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An August 2003 trip to Lake Elsinore by thecopes

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Quote: In the midst of our journey around southern California, we stopped for a night in Lake Elsinore to watch some minor league baseball and to check out the infamous outlet stores.

Lake Elsinore - Class A Baseball and Outlet Stores

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Lake Elsinore is one of those places you stop at on the way to someplace else; which is exactly what we did. We left Big Bear Lake on a Friday but couldn't check into our condo in Escondido until Saturday. So we overnighted in Lake Elsinore, watched some minor league baseball, and did a little shopping. I'd say the highlight of this stop was anyplace with air-conditioning, because it was hot. It was a dry heat. . . like a pizza oven! The outlet stores and the Lake Elsinore Storm game were great (see separate entries), and we all practiced our Spanish at the local Wal-Mart. If you really want to capture the local flavor of a small town, hang out at the Wal-Mart. Highlight for the h...Read More

Lake View Inn

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Hotel | "Lakeview Inn"

Lake View Inn Photo, Lake Elsinore, California
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There are no chain hotels in Lake Elsinore. Your choices are the Lakeview Inn, a couple other small motels, or the casino. The Lakeview Inn was the only one mentioned in a guidebook I read about visiting minor league ballparks, so we went with it. It was your typical small town, two-story motel on a somewhat busy street, but it did have a fairly close-up view of the ballpark and a more distant view of Lake Elsinore. I was a little wary when the clerk handed me the TV remote along with my key. It's interesting that you could walk off with the key and just drop it in a mailbox, but I got the distinct impression that if you didn't bring back the TV remote when you checked out, they'd assemble a posse ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 8, 2003

Lake View Inn
31808 Casino Dr
Lake Elsinore, California 92530
(951) 674-9694

Storm Baseball

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Attraction

Storm Baseball Photo, Lake Elsinore, California
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Minor league baseball is great entertainment and a thrifty alternative, compared to attending a major league game. The Lake Elsinore Storm play in the Class A California League and are a farm team for the San Diego Padres. The Lake Elsinore Diamond ballpark is another of these new minor league parks that are sprouting up--they seat around 6000, have a pleasing architectual design, and enough diversions to entertain all ages. It's very similar to the ballpark in San Bernardino (home of the Inland Empire 66'ers, also in the California League) that we checked out last year. For $8 we got great seats, three rows behind the home team dugout on the third base side. Other seats range from $5 - $7, and the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2003

Storm Baseball
500 Diamond Drive
Lake Elsinore, California 92530
(951) 245-HITS

Lake Elsinore Outlet Stores

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Literally out in the middle of nowhere are the Lake Elsinore Outlet Stores. They are located off I-15 at the Nichols Rd exit, north of the town of Lake Elsinore. Aside from the AM/PM Mini-Market right at the exit, there ain't nothing else around. And it's hot. Real hot. Desert hot. HOT. The 100 or so stores are mostly clothing such as Old Navy, Gap, Bass, etc. but also include a few electronics outlets like Sony and Kenwood, toy stores, bookstores, and some junk stores as well. Prices varied from really good in the clothing stores to about the same as retail in the electronics stores. This is not a mall. While all the stores are air-conditioned, you have to go back outside to go from one t...Read More