Hearts of Carlsbad Village Treasure Hunt

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Blown Glass Heart Treasure Hunt in Carlsbad


The 3rd Annual Hearts of Carlsbad Village blown glass treasure hunt in Carlsbad Village is in February. What a great opportunity to spend time in Carlsbad Village outdoors exploring!


The Carlsbad Village Association and Barrio Glassworks are sponsoring this fun event on February 11th and 12th. The treasure hunt opens at 10 am on Saturday and ends at 4 pm on Sunday.



February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is 2 days after the event. What’s could be more appropriate than a heart-themed treasure hunt?


Here’s how the treasure hunt works. 200 colorful hand-blown glass hearts created at Barrio Glassworks will be “hidden” in popular locations in the Village over the 2-day period. Last year there were 50 hearts in the hunt.


Each engraved glass heart is numbered and dated, and a collectible – and it’s finders keepers!  But please only 1 heart per person.


Hearts will be visible in iconic historic places, near downtown murals, at places one might sit and relax, near local hotels and similar settings. You won’t find them near or on the railroad tracks or rail trails, or at Barrio Glassworks or on the beach.


After you discover one be sure to register your find on the special website hosted by CVA to be entered into a prize drawing. The prize drawing is a free glass blowing experience at Barrio Glassworks. A label attached to each heart will have the registration details.


Many thanks to the Carlsbad Village Association and to Barrio Glassworks for hosting this creative treasure hunt event in Carlsbad Village during this special month.


Barrio Glassworks is on Instagram (@BarrioGlassworks).


Don’t forget the Heart of the Village Blood Drive being hosted at the Barrio Glassworks on Saturday February 11 from 10 until 3. Be sure to register in advance for your donation appointment.

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Comments (15)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff even though I am not good at treasure hunts they are fun.

Jan 20, 2023 03:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Can't say I am any good at them either George Souto  

I hope to participate but we may be out of town then.


Jan 20, 2023 05:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- what a fun activity!!! It's a great way to see more of the area, and who wouldn't want to go on a treasure hunt for the hearts!

Jan 20, 2023 05:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It was a great success last year and I expect it will be this year Kathy Streib . It's a great way to explore the Village and have some fun...and get a hand-blown glass creation, too!


Jan 20, 2023 05:34 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff how fun it reminds me when I was a child and my parents used to hide the Easter Eggs.... Endre

Jan 20, 2023 10:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Now that's a fond memory, Endre Barath, Jr. 


Jan 21, 2023 09:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This sounds like a fun event - and gives me an idea for our Exchange Club!

Jan 21, 2023 05:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Let us know what you end up doing Kat Palmiotti 


Jan 21, 2023 09:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... you've written about this event in the past... and I love the whole idea behind it. If I were local, I'd certainly participate. You already know about how much I love glasswork.

Jan 21, 2023 05:10 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Nina Hollander, Broker Yes, I know!! Should be a fun event, once again.


Jan 21, 2023 09:37 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a very fun event and one that I would certainly want to participate in if I were there.  If I found a blue one like you have pictured, I would give it to my Mom and I am certain that she would absolutely adore it.

Jan 21, 2023 06:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It would make a great gift Brian England !


Jan 21, 2023 10:14 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Very interesting. We were in Carlsbad in late 2021 for about 5 days .  We loved it  

Jan 21, 2023 06:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'm glad you enjoyed it Michael J. Perry It's a pretty nice beach community.


Jan 21, 2023 10:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - having a glass blown heart would get me excited! What a creative idea and good idea for a gift!

FYI... I read a comment by Ray wishing your wife a speeding recovery. I pray everyone on your home front is well, healing, strong and healthy. 

Jan 21, 2023 04:04 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It IS a pretty creative idea, isn't it Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

I hope to participate and perhaps I'll find a heart!

Thanks for the kind words.


Jan 21, 2023 04:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, what a FUN event, Jeff! I hope you are able to snag one of the collectibles during the treasure hunt. It has to be a hugely popular event for them to go from 50 to 200 hidden hearts!

Jan 22, 2023 08:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I haven't been yet but have it on my calendar for 2023. It's a fair amount of work for the glassblowers to produce 200 glass hearts I would think. And a good way to get the community involved and spread the word about Barrio Glassworks!


Jan 24, 2023 03:43 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

That's very cool - and fun for both children and adults!

Jan 24, 2023 02:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Margaret Goss 

It IS a great idea and clearly has been successful since it is growing again this year. I would think kids would really enjoy this!



Jan 24, 2023 03:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I loved this heart hunt for Valentines Weekend from the first time you wrote about it Jeff!  And now to learn MORE about this fun community event makes me want to buzz over and get to hunting hearts!!  Great post for helping get community information out to the public  - and to show other agents 'just how to'  create community posts!

Jan 24, 2023 03:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you so much for the kind words Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker!

Clearly it's successful since this is their 3rd year, and it's a terrific way to encourage people to explore our downtown area but also get introduced to Barrio Glassworks if they don't know about it.


Jan 24, 2023 03:47 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Sounds like a really cool event. I was so close to where you are during Christmas. Made it to Newport Beach to see our son.

Jan 24, 2023 08:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Dr. Paula McDonald 

Too bad you weren't closer - I would have loved to have seen you! Hope you had a great visit in Newport Beach with your son - it's a beautiful area!


Jan 24, 2023 10:41 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - What a fun way to enjoy this experience and bring attention to the Blood drive.  Carlsbad always has great events to bring the community together. 

Jan 25, 2023 07:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  The Carlsbad Village Association does a lot to bring the community and businesses together throughout the year. It seems like there is more and more to do all the time.


Jan 25, 2023 04:30 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS So important to make the public aware of local events and you do this so beautifully 

Jan 25, 2023 02:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Hannah Williams 

I enjoy learning about all the local events and sharing that information. And attending when I can!


Jan 25, 2023 04:31 PM
Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor - San Pedro, CA
Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate!

Hi Jeff,


Beautiful!  It looks and sounds like a lot of fun.  Maybe I should venture there and check it out!  Thank you for your post!


Jan 26, 2023 11:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate 

It would give you plenty of time to explore our seaside Village AND hunt down a heart!


Jan 26, 2023 01:52 PM