If you feel like a drive, at least part of which takes you away from freeways and out across the countryside, make a visit to Hemet and the Hemet Museum, run by the Hemet Historical Society. The museum is located in the freight area of the city’s historic Santa Fe Depot. The museum is small, but it is chock full (in a good way) of all kinds of things related to the history of Hemet, with a special emphasis on the railroad.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the case full of dinnerware used on the Santa Fe trains back in the day. The service with California poppies was especially pretty.
There were displays related to the area’s first inhabitants, including grinding stones and baskets.
Feeling like someone may be calling you aboard the train?
Imagine getting on the train in this beautiful dress….
An old barber’s chair, among other things.
In the other part of the historic train depot (the passenger side, I presume) is a coffee and sandwich shop. My friend and I stopped in for lunch. I was pleased to see that the limited sandwich selection was nonetheless interesting and included combinations I had never see before. For $ 5.95 I had the “London” which consisted of ham, Muenster cheese, onion jam, lettuce and tomato on wheat bread. The onion jam, which was sweet with a hint of vinegar, really put the sandwich over the top for me and I really enjoyed it. and For an additional $2.00 you can add a drink and bag of chips to your meal. They also have paninis and bagelwiches on the menu, vegetarian selections, and a child’s menu for those 12 and under. Next time I think I might try one of their nine types of wafflewiches. These are served on waffles and included everything from breakfast types, lunch types and even some that would be delicious for dessert. Espresso waffle anyone? I know a couple of daughters who would try that with me!
The museum and Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro are located at 100 West Florida Ave, Hemet CA 92543
Current hours of operation at 11-3, Tuesday through Sunday. CLOSED THE MONTH OF AUGUST!