Gear-up for a four-day weekend of all things MINI! Join us, the SoCal MINI Maniacs, as we host the 3rd biennial Southwest MINI Fest in beautiful San Diego, CA. Meet an mingle with fellow MINI enthusiasts, travel San Diego’s scenic back roads and twisties, visit bucolic wineries, compete in a MINI car show, explore Old Town San Diego… we have a lot for you to do at SWMF San Diego!
Attendees at this year’s Southwest MINI Fest, set for May 10-13, will be treated to some of the the
best twisties and scenic views Southern California has to offer.
For more details and registration CLICK HERE!
RUN ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS
Crowne Plaza to Mt. Helix (Thursday afternoon)
This route is a short run to the top of Mt. Helix, which affords a beautiful view of southwestern
San Diego County. Vistas include mountains to the north and east, downtown San Diego and
its bays to the west, and a glimpse of Mexico to the south. The run starts at the hotel, continues
east along Friars’s road where you may wish to take note of various stores and eateries, then
up a winding road to the top of Mt. Helix. Driving time is about 40 minutes, and return driving
time is abut 20 minutes.
Crowne Plaza to Deer Park (Friday)
This route is a scenic and twisty route to Deer Park Winery. The first leg scoots you up the I-5
freeway to Oceanside, then inland through Fallbrook, and then the outstanding De Luz twisties
begin. Enjoy the scenery, dips and curves, but please drive carefully. You will exit the twisties
near Temecula, then enter I-15 south for a short drive to Deer Park Winery for the car show.
The route sheet also includes directions from Deer Park back to the Crowne Plaza for those not
interested in a (different) twisty return. Driving time is just over 2 hours, and return driving time
is about 35 minutes.
Crowne Plaza to Deer Park – Direct (Friday)
This route is the quickest drive to Deer Park Winery, for those who are not interested in the De
Luz twisties. It takes I-15 north from the Crowne Plaza directly to Deer Park Winery. This route
sheet also includes directions from Deer Park back the the Crowne Plaza for those not
interested in a twisty return through the very exhilarating Couser canyon. Driving time is about
45 minutes, and return driving time is about 35 minutes.
Deer Park to Crowne Plaza via Couser (Friday)
This route is a fun, scenic, and very twisty drive from Deer Park Winery. Couser canyon offers
what is arguably the best twisties that San Diego County has to offer. You will head north out of
Deer Park Winery and very quickly reach the twisty and scenic Lilac Road, then reach Couser
Canyon Road where the fun intensifies. Please drive very carefully, especially watching for
oncoming traffic drifting into your lane, including bicycles and motorcycles. The route eventually
takes you back to I-15, where you head back to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Driving time is just
about 1 hour.
Crowne Plaza to Bella Vista Caffé (Sunday)
This farewell scenic tour takes you from the Crowne Plaza Hotel through Mission Bay and up to
the top of Mt. Soledad where you will be treated to a spectacular 360º panorama of San Diego,
the bays and ocean, and mountains to the east. The route will continue to Bella Vista Caffé
located in the Torrey Pines area. Bella Vista overlooks the Torrey Pines glider port. If there is
sufficient wind, you will be treated to views of hang gliders and parasailers aloft. Bella Vista
offers an expansive menu from just coffee to a full brunch. Farewell.