Tuesday, November 13, 2007

El Adobe de Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano

It's quaint, it's romantic, and it's haunted... or at least rumor has it that that's the case. El Adobe de Capistrano is located in Southern Orange County and boasts multiple stories of hauntings. The wine cellar area (pictured here) is a converted jail. It is said that guests are often seen turning around suddenly as if tapped by an unseen hand, and the waitstaff experiences unsettling chills and sensations while in that area.

To make things even more interesting, the restaurant even boasts its own headless haunt. Inexplicably, a decapitated monk is seen wandering the streets around the restaurant. While history doesn't point to one incident that could be responsible for the apparition, some posit that military and political troubles in the area, as well as a history of forced religious conversions could be responsible for the wandering souls. 

Legends aside, if you're looking for a sweet date outside of the Vanguard bubble, El Adobe de Capistrano might be a good option. You'd probably want to save it for an anniversary, or a first date if you're really ambitious. After all, charming atmosphere in Orange County rarely comes cheap. Expect to pay a minimum of about $15 for an entree. Headless ghosts come for free.

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