For an adventure in North County, away from the conference, spend some time exploring the shops and restaurants in the Cedros Design District.
Take the Coaster (train) from the Santa Fe Depot (downtown) to Solana Beach. It’s a 35 min ride. Exit the station and you’re 2 blocks north of the shopping district. Or, exit the station and you’re 3 blocks east of the beach.
More on Shopping – These neighborhoods are also great shopping destinations closer to downtown: