If you’ve never really explored San Diego County beyond the city limits of San Diego proper, you’re missing out on some great places to visit and fun things to experience. Travel about forty-five minutes away from downtown San Diego and you’ll find yourself amongst the “homes on the range” of Ramona. Life is a bit more laid back in this part of the county. If the buffalo, deer, and turkeys roaming around don’t tell you that you’re not in the city anymore, the beautiful ranches will. Why are Ramona ranches becoming such a valued piece of real estate? Because more families are coming to see the area and experiencing for themselves how much there is to enjoy. Between the clear skies, breathtaking views, and nearly endless trails for both hikers and horse riding enthusiasts, there is never a dull moment. If you’ve never visited Ramona, you’re missing out. Let’s explore just some of what there is to do. You’ll find that there’s something for everyone.
Celebrate Cowboy Day
Ramona prides itself on being a Western town and that includes all the history such an identity brings. In order to celebrate these traditions, Ramona holds an annual National Day of the American Cowboy. Ranger Doug Oliver is the host and the event includes cowboy music, attire, reenactments, prizes, and tasty food.
Cedar Creek Falls
For the nature lovers and hikers among you, this is a can’t miss spot. Cedar Creek Falls has become something of a local tourist attraction, attracting hikers from far and wide. This increase in popularity has created a need for a permit system. While you’ll need a permit to hike in Cedar Creek Falls, they’re easy to get. Just make sure to reserve your permit online ahead of time because only seventy-five permits are issued per day. Six dollars covers permits for up to five hikers though, so you won’t break the bank exploring the beautiful falls. Be sure to do your homework because depending on the time of year, you may not see the falls in all of their glory and the trail can get notably more difficult due to sun exposure.
San Diego County Estates for Equestrians
Horseback riding is a huge part of the Ramona lifestyle. Trail riding is enjoyed by people of all ages. San Diego County Estates has 38 miles of trail for you to enjoy. The area has been specifically designed by Ray Watt to be open space for horseback riding and it will never be developed. There are corrals onsite so you can rest and hydrate your horses while you enjoy lunch. No matter your skillset (or if you even own a horse) there is something fun available to you here.
Ramona American Graffiti Cruise
Are you into vintage vehicles? Do you stop and stare when you see a classic American muscle car? Then the Ramona American Graffiti Cruise is the event to check out. It runs every Thursday from April to September down Main Street. Cars and motorcycles dating back to the 1950s make their way down the street every week much to the delight of nostalgia lovers. If you’ve never seen these vintage vehicles in person, you get a chance every week.
Taste of Ramona
Food lovers, prepare your appetites. The Taste of Ramona is a relatively new event that allows participants to taste the delicious local fare of Ramona’s restaurants. There is a huge variety of food available and it’s sure to satisfy any appetite. It’s a one-day event, so make sure to get your tickets ahead of time. This year it takes place on September 24th. This event is sponsored by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce.
Here is a great event for the kids. Children and teens are eligible to bring their animals for a series of competitions in the hopes of winning a blue ribbon. The animals that qualify for the show include pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, and cows. If you’re looking for a wholesome time with the family, the Junior Fair is some good fun.
Last, but certainly not least, there are many wineries to visit in Ramona. In fact, it’s hard to tell what makes up more of the culture; the equestrian lifestyle or the wine. The Valley of the Sun has become famous for the quality of its grapes. There are literally dozens of wineries to visit. It could take up your entire trip to Ramona. Be sure to have room in the car when you visit because you’re probably going to be taking quite a few bottles home with you.
There is so much to do in Ramona that it’s no wonder more and more people are looking to call the area home. If you haven’t explored San Diego County to the fullest extent, you’re missing out. Plan a trip to Ramona and see what good living is all about.