The beginning of summer brings so many joyful things – longer days, warm nights, and for a fleeting window of time – blooming fields of lavender! The Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Keys Creek, California, just a few miles from Escondido, is open to the public every year during the months of May and June for tours, special events, and general wandering about.
The first thing you notice when you arrive (other than the surprise of the final two miles to the farm being a dirt road), is the intensely sweet smell of lavender that is nothing like the usual smell of lavender products you find everywhere. It is such a popular scent, yet I find that few products capture the actual smell of fresh lavender. It smells sweet like honey, and it’s hard to not dive into a bush face-first, except for those bees, oh, and that it’s not allowed.
Speaking of which, I was rather disappointed to discover that I couldn’t even walk through between the rows of lavender to get THAT PICTURE – you know the one I mean, of me traipsing through rows of purple with arms out and face upturned to the sky. Sadly, the farm kindly asks visitors to stay on marked paths surrounding the fields.
Despite the restrictions, you can get very close to the lavender and breathe in its honey-like, herbal scent and take in the surrounding views. Unlike many lavender fields, the Keys Creek Lavender Farm is set in a hilly area, so you can walk to the top of the small hill and see some stunning views.
If you are in the San Diego or Orange County area, it is worth a visit, especially on days when they may have a special event going on such as afternoon tea or an evening concert. While you’re there, pop into the gift shop full of lavender goods, including bunches of dried lavender. Depending on when in the season you visit, different varieties of lavender will be peaking, but no matter when you go, you can be sure of a sea of purple!