Not too long ago we took Penny with us to the San Elijo Hills community in San Marcos. It's beautiful and has that small town feel! We went to Dexter's Deli and then walked around. There is a large pretty fountain with several tables around it that you could bring a meal to and eat at. There is a play ground and spray-ground for the kiddos nearby. And since we've been there we have heard there is a dog park in the community, so we'll be sure to go back soon!