Must Racine & Laramie of Old Town in San Diego
A must to visit Racine & Laramie of Old Town in San Diego.
In 1868, Racine & Laramie became San Diego’s first cigar store. They rented this remodeled building in 1867, which was originally built in 1820. In 1872, all was lost in a town fire. Using archeology, research and photographs the building was reconstructed to its original interior and exterior.
I’m not a smoker. But this place is incredible to visit ! The moment you enter the grounds of the area, you feel like you’re in an old western film.
The people who work there looked awesome. They were all costumed to fit the time period of the store, and they were very nice and knowledgeable. The place is warmed by a real wood burning stove from the 1800’s.
Primarily a tobacco store, the shop also offers carved custom pipes, bone-handled pocketknives, belt buckles, steins, lighters and razors. Cigar box collectors should check the room off to the side where dozens of boxes fill the shelves.
The humidor section of the store is where the magic happens! Lots of cigars to choose from, including some rare ones that you won’t see in many places.
If you want a true atmosphere of old town you should come here. Everything looks like it’s from the 1800’s. If you love cigars, you ought it yourself to try Racine & Laramie. You feel like you entered a time machine that brought you to a different time when the customer was the king and not another many making opportunity.