Tourists exploring Ramona can enjoy learning about the Old West at attractions like the Guy B. Woodward Museum, or stop by several antique shops for a dose of Ramona’s old-world culture. Nature lovers can visit amazing locations like the Iron Mountain and Mount Woodson for recreational activities, while adults can stop by the family owned Schwaesdall Winery to get a taste of Californian wines.
1.Oasis Camel Dairy
Who would have thought that there would be a camel dairy in the middle of highway 78? Not many people, that’s for sure, and yet the Oasis Camel Dairy sits along the Old Julian Highway, beckoning visitors to come in and see their extraordinary patch of paradise. Guests can book private tours of the Oasis Camel Dairy to meet the camels personally and even enjoy a few camel rides. Those who want to learn more about the dairy can also participate in workshops and camels that will teach you everything there is to know about camel milk and products that come from it. Don’t just learn about the products though, experience them for yourself! The Oasis Camel Dairy sells soaps, lotions, bath bombs and even chocolate!
26757 Old Julian Highway CA-78, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-787-0983
2.Guy B Woodward Museum
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Travel back in time to the 1800s at the Guy B Woodward Museum. This Verlaque house was built in 1886 and is an original home featuring a quaint French Provincial design and antique furnishing. Visitors to the Guy B Woodward Museum can explore not just the home, but also the out buildings surrounding the home. Some of the attractions in the museum grounds include an 1874 cowboy bunk house, a blacksmith shop, a tack shop, a 7-ton steel jail, a post office, millinery shop and even a replica of an authentic one-room schoolhouse. Other items to check out include a honey processing shed, 1800’s style wagons, equipment, as well as local historic biographies, school records and even newspapers.
645 Main Street, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-7644
3.Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard and Winery
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Committed to turning Ramona Valley into a destination for southern California wine, the Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard and Winery leads the region’s industry through innovation and commitment to their craft. All of the wines at Turtle Rock Ridge are crafted from only the best grapes of the crop. The winery sources from vines grown in their own vineyard as well as in a few other local vineyards in Ramona and other California wine regions. Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard and Winery boasts several award-winning wines among their many varieties of red and white wines. They even offer a velvety smooth port style wine called the “Chocolate Turtle” that visitors can sample when they stop by the Turtle Rock Ridge tasting room.
18351 Wood Hills Lane, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-5555
4.Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery
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Located in the heart of the Ramona Valley, the Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery produces hand crafted wines that are balanced and stand the test of time. Apart from producing fantastic bottles of wine, Ramona Ranch is also committed to keeping their operations completely sustainable. Their winery and vineyard are marked by wind-turbines, solar panels, owl boxes and even an insectary so that they can introduce bugs and birds to the area and improve the farm’s biodiversity. Explore the expanse of the ranch’s grounds and stop by the tasting room where you can sample award-winning wines like the best of the class estate tannat, the Double-Gold.
23578 Highway 78 Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-1622
At the core of Milagro Winery’s identity is love. Love for winemaking, love for farming, love for art, and love for the gorgeous and rich terrain of their vineyard in Ramona Valley. In everything that they do, Milagro practices authenticity and integrity as they desire to honor not just the tradition and identity of Ramona’s wine culture but also the Mexican heritage of the winery owners. The winery is led by Hugo D’Acosta, a venerable winemaker from Valle del Guadalupe, and produces exceptional bottles of several kinds of wine. Stop by the tasting room to sample some of their Chardonnay, Super Tuscan, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé among others.
18750 Littlepage Road, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-787-0738
6.Vineyard Grant James
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Founded in 20098 when 3 acres of grape vines were first planted, the Vineyard Grant James now features 7 and a half acres of gorgeous vineyard. This classic California vineyard and winery is known for being the ideal location for growing several kinds of grapes. Among the variety growing at the Vineyard Grant James, some of their prized grapes include the Orange Muscat, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Greco, Refosco and the Nebbiolo. All of the production and bottling takes place at the vineyard and winery, and visitors and welcome to have a peek at what happens behind the scenes. After tours, visitors can make their way to the stone veranda that overlooks their Sangiovese vineyard and enjoy a view of the Ramona Valley to sample their popular wines.
25260 East Old Julian Highway, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-2733
© Chuparosa Vineyards
Sample bottles that are 100% estate grown produced and bottled at the Chuparosa Vineyards. Each bottle reflects that long, warm and dry nature of southern California’s summers as vines produce gorgeous grapes in sandy loam soils. Ultimately, the goal is to let every single grape’s varietal character shine brightly in every bottle of their hearty red wine. Tours of the vineyard are enjoyable and culminate in a trip to their tasting room where varieties such as Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Albarino can be sampled and enjoyed. Some stand out bottles include the 2016 Estate North Block Blend Rose, the 2012 Estate Sangiovese, and the 2014 Estate Malbec.
910 Gem Lane, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-788-0059
8.Pamo Valley Winery
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Founded in 2000, the Pamo Valley Winery is known not just for its amazing bottles of wine, but also for being the only winery in the entire San Diego County to be owned and run by a woman. Under the leadership and guidance of Jennifer Jenkin, the winery has blossomed into one of the finest wine producing vineyards in the area and is characterized by a strong female influence. This influence shines in each bottle of wine that Pamo Valley makes. Varieties they offer include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo. In 2008, Pamo Valley Winery added an additional vineyard in Black Canyon with varieties such as Orange Muscat, Viogner, Cabernet Sauvignon and Primitivo.
603 Main Street, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-271-3090
9.Ramone Grassland Preserve
Explore lush greenery and enjoy an active afternoon at the Ramone Grassland Preserve. The preserve is popular for a 3.1-mile walking trail that loops throughout its area. There are a variety of activity options available to visitors at the preserve such as birding and horseback riding. Other recreational activities also include mountain biking and trail running. The trail loop has a 249-foot elevation gain and is a great trail to visit no matter what your skill level. Dog lovers can also bring their four-legged friends to the Ramona Grasslands Preserve Trail, just be mindful to keep your pooches on a leash and to pick up after them.
Highland Valley Road, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-788-3326
10.Woof 'n Rose Winery
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For lovers of wine, there are few things more enjoyable to do in Ramona then sampling different wines while taking in the beautiful vistas of Ramona Valley. At Woof ‘n Rose Winery, visitors can do just that as the winery sits on the top of a north facing hillside in Ramona. Owned and operated by Stephen and Marilyn Kahle, Woof ‘n Rose Winery produces all of its wines exclusively from grapes grown in the Ramona Valley. In fact, a majority of the grapes used by the winery are grown in their very own vineyard. Make sure to sample the winery’s specialty, the Cabernet Franc, when you visit the Woof ‘n Rose, but don’t miss out on their other fantastic offerings either. Other varieties of wine produced at Woof ‘n Rose include Bordeaux varietals such as Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
17073 Garjan Lane, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-788-4818
11.La Finquita Winery and Vineyard
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La Finquita Winery and Vineyard was undoubtedly born out a true labor of love and passion for wine. Owned and run by the husband and wife duo of Charli and Jess Koehler, La Finquita is nestled within a lovely 8-acre property in Ramona Valley, which features a natural well spring and unparalleled views of San Diego County. Guests to La Finquita can sample a variety of wine offerings from their tasting patio or head down to their wine cave, which is built into the hillside and full of character. The tasting room also features a small boutique shop where guests can purchase unique hand-crafted items to take home and purchase bottles of their favorite wines.
23123 Vista Ramona Road, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-896-4014
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Explore the expansive grounds of a classic Californian vineyard and catch all action and work that goes into a fantastic bottle of wine at the Poppaea Vineyard. Founded in May 2009, the Poppaea Vineyard features 6.4 acres of land with 4 of those acres being used exclusively for Italian-style red grapes. Grapes being grown at Poppaea include two varietals from Barbera, Nebbiolo and Piedmonte, as well as two from Tuscany, Montepulciano and Sangiovese, and one Primativo. Visitors to this boutique winery can take a tour of vineyard to learn about the grape vines and their care, see the preparation area, a laboratory and even a temperature controlled ‘barrel’ room that is capable of producing about 1700 gallons of wine per year. That’s 8,500 bottles of wine in just 364 days! Of course, the highlight of every trip is the visit to the tasting room where passionate winemakers talk you through their different bottles as you sample each one.
25643 East Old Julian Highway, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 858-357-1741
© Kohill Winery
The Kohill Winery is more than just a tourist destination for wine lovers in Ramona Valley. It is an escape – a serene retreat that is just as delicious to the eyes of every visitor as it is to the palate of even the most discerning wine connoisseur. Take a stroll through their expansive vineyard, get to know some of the winery’s resident horses, or watch the experts at work as you learn more about Ramona’s wine industry and culture. It goes without saying that the highlight of a trip to Kohill Winery is an hour or two at their intimate tasting room. Guests will be treated to samples from the winery’s incredible collection of boutique vintages, all of which can be enjoyed at a lovely outdoor patio or within their enchanting wine bar.
17211 Highlander Drive, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-787-1042
14.Wildlife Research Center
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Founded in 1996, the Wildlife Research Center is a non-profit organization that conducts research and provides education about the wildlife and habitat of Ramona Valley as well as the neighboring counties. While the Wildlife Research Center spearheads several efforts, it is best known for successfully saving the Ramona Grasslands. In fact, the center purchased 7,000 acres of grasslands in partnership with the San Diego County and The Nature Conservancy in order to rehabilitate and protect the dwindling raptor population in the area. Other animals being protected by the Wildlife Research Center include the Burrowing Owl, migrant geese, snow geese and ferruginous hawks.
18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-765-1957
Known for its utterly relaxing atmosphere and delicious vintages, the Schawesdall Winery is a great destination for wine lovers passing through the Ramona Valley or San Diego County as a whole. Some stand out offerings from the tasting room include the Ramona Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, a gold medal winner at the Temecula Wine Competition, which is characterized by a lightly oaked and smooth flavor that pairs well with steak. Another is the Carignan 2001, handcrafted in the European Rhone style with earthy wood tones and a chocolate nose, as well as the Schwaesdall Winery Syrah, which has an up front, bitter orange peel on the palate in addition to jammy elderberry.
17677 Rancho de Oro Road, Highway 67, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-7547
16.Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery
© Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery
Nominated as one of the best wineries in San Diego County in 2017, the Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery adheres to a high standard of excellence in every aspect of the wine making process. Hatfield Creek, which was established in 2006, features 3 full acres of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines that are lovingly cared for. At their tasting, every hour is happy hour as knowledgeable wine savants walk you through various samples of their vintages while you enjoy each one along with the view of the vineyard grounds. Guests are welcome to stop by the boutique to take home bottles of their favorite wines and are also encouraged to be part of the Ramona wine industry by adopting a row or vine at the vineyard or even by becoming a charter member of the winery.
1625 Highway 78, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-787-1102
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17.Edwards Vineyard and Cellars
© Edwards Vineyard and Cellars
Ready for a fun experience in the heart of Ramona Valley’s wine country? If yes, the Edwards Vineyard and Cellars is a fantastic option to add to your vacation itinerary. What sets the Edwards’ establishment apart from the rest is their exceptional hospitality and welcoming staff, which is undoubtedly a result of the fact that vineyard remains tightknit family run business. Wine tastings are typically run by Beth Edwards who impresses with her wealth of information about everything wine related. From growing vines to bottling, there’s a lot to learn about wine from the Edwards family. If you’re lucky, you may even get to enjoy an impromptu tour led by one of the owners as well.
26502 CA-78, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-788-6800
18.Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch
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Nestled in the Ramona Valley Appellation, the Cactus Star Vineyard is a boutique winery that is specializes in vinifera grapes. Wines at Cactus Star are generally made from grapes that are grown on the property, although there are instances when grapes are sourced in other vineyards. At the end of the day, however, all fruit is sourced from within the Ramona Valley to preserve the tradition and identity of their spectacular vintages. Some fantastic bottles to try at the recently re-opened tasting room include their Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As the vineyard is located in Scaredy Cat Ranch, you simply mustn’t leave without paying a visit to their star tenant, Ringo, a beautiful black and white horse that calls the ranch home.
17029 Handlebar RD, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-787-0779
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If vineyard hopping is on the agenda for your trip to Ramona, then you absolutely must add the Lenora Winery to the list of places to visit. Visitors at the Lenora Winery can look forward to enjoying dozens of amazing wine varieties, all of which feature their own distinct range of characteristics to satisfy and impress tasters with the most complex of pallets. Guests can browse through the winery’s selection at the boutique then enjoy an afternoon at the tasting patio to sample several of Lenora’s prized vintages. For those who are particularly taken with certain bottles, they’re welcome to take a bottle or two home for themselves. Meanwhile, visitors from within the county are welcome to sign up for the winery’s wine club.
251 Steffy Lane, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-788-1388
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20.Star B Bison Ranch and Hop Farm
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The Star B Bison Ranch is more than just a farm, it’s an incredible retreat for families who are eager to enjoy an agricultural attraction in Ramona Valley. First established in 1979, the ranch and farm features 1,200 acres of land. Here, they conduct extensive research into cattle, horses, farming and exotic animals, but concentrate on the rearing of American Bison. The farm teaches visitors about the history of the American Buffalo and the practices they’ve perfected in terms of rearing these animals. Dedicated to sustainable practices and committed to respecting their animals, owners Ken and Denice also teach their guests about the health benefits of bison meat.
28428 CA-78, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-8155
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21.Mount Woodson Golf Club
Golf lovers ought to prepare themselves for an unparalleled golfing experience when they stop by the Mount Woodson Golf Club. Open to golfers of any skill level, the course is a pleasure for all those who visit as it features of the most dramatic golf course settings in all of San Diego County. The golf course features a stunning background of ancient oaks, sparkling lakes and huge granite boulders. Meanwhile, the course has a classic target-style design that creates shot-making challenges that players won’t easily forget. First-time visitors are welcome to take a tour of the course, a 6,000-yard par 70 facility, which was designed by world renowned designers Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley.
16422 N. Woodson Drive, Ramona, California, Phone: 760-788-3555
San Diego is known for being home to several lovely reservoirs and dams, but the Sutherland Dam is arguably one of the most remarkable ones the county has ever seen. The dam is about 10 miles away from downtown Ramona and has 5.25-mile shoreline. What’s so special about a dam, you might ask. For the Sutherland Dam, the unique and dramatic architecture alone is worth the drive. Another draw is the short hike that takes visitors from a small dirt turnout by the side of the road to the top of the dam. The hike features a long dirt paths and some stairs cases, which will take you to the top of the damn and around some of the dam’s best features.
21568-23210 Sutherland Dam Road, Ramona, California 92065
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23.The Oaks Grill and Par Lounge
© The Oaks Grill and Par Lounge
Family-friendly, welcoming, bright and exuding a light atmosphere, the Oaks Grill and Par Lounge is one restaurant that you’ll definitely want to dine at while exploring Ramona. The restaurant’s interior is characterized light wood interiors as well as accents of stained glass that accentuate and highlight the amazing vistas of the valley. The Oaks’ menu features fresh flavors and Californian cuisine that is unique and delicious to say the least. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service, some must-try items on the restaurant’s menu include the Salmon a la Plancha, the Chicken Marsala, the Shrimp Tacos and the Sausage Rigatoni.
24157 San Vicente Road, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-8290
© Kountry Kitchen
Boasting of classic country style cooking, large portions to share with family and amazing quality ingredients, the Kountry Kitchen certainly lives up to its name. The folks behind this popular family restaurant are dedicated to providing great service and quality food as they aim to be one of the most hospitable eateries in all of Ramona. Kountry Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has great dessert options for their patrons. Some offerings that first time visitors definitely have to sample include the French Dip, the Ortega Dip, and Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches for the lunch menu, and the Pot Roast, BBQ Ribs, Braised Beef Tips and Beef Stroganoff for the dinner menu.
826 Main Street, Ramona, California 92065, Phone: 760-789-3200
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© D’Carlos Restaurant
Founded in 1977 by Lin and Carl Carnevale, D’Carlos has maintained a tradition of spectacular fine dining and impeccable customer service over their 37 years in the business. Their commitment to each patron that walks through their doors is definitely no secret and it’s this dedication that has turned D’Carlos into an institution for local residents and visitors alike. Apart from their separate breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant also features rotating daily specials for guests to sample. D’Carlos also offers a great selection of wine and spirits, while also offering selected craft beers. Crowd pleasers include the Veal Cordon Bleu, the Liver and Onions, the House Made Meatloaf and the Veal Parmesan.
1347 Main Street, Ramona, California, Phone: 760-789-4340
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- Oasis Camel Dairy, Photo: itsallgood/stock.adobe.com
- Guy B Woodward Museum, Photo: Guy B Woodward Museum
- Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard and Winery
- Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery
- Milagro Winery, Photo: dmitrimaruta/stock.adobe.com
- Vineyard Grant James, Photo: Vineyard Grant James
- Chuparosa Vineyards, Photo: Chuparosa Vineyards
- Pamo Valley Winery, Photo: Pamo Valley Winery
- Ramone Grassland Preserve, Photo: sherryvsmith/stock.adobe.com
- Woof 'n Rose Winery, Photo: Woof ‘n Rose Winery
- La Finquita Winery and Vineyard, Photo: La Finquita Winery and Vineyard
- Poppaea Vineyard, Photo: Sherri Camp/stock.adobe.com
- Kohill Winery, Photo: Kohill Winery
- Wildlife Research Center, Photo: Erik Tofft/stock.adobe.com
- Schwaesdall Winery, Photo: Mark/stock.adobe.com
- Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery, Photo: Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery
- Edwards Vineyard and Cellars, Photo: Edwards Vineyard and Cellars
- Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Lenora Winery, Photo: pilipphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Star B Bison Ranch and Hop Farm, Photo: Jeffrey Schwartz/stock.adobe.com
- Mount Woodson Golf Club, Photo: weerasak/stock.adobe.com
- Sutherland Dam, Photo: Nozyer/stock.adobe.com
- The Oaks Grill and Par Lounge, Photo: The Oaks Grill and Par Lounge
- Kountry Kitchen, Photo: Kountry Kitchen
- D'Carlos Restaurant, Photo: D’Carlos Restaurant
- Cover Photo: sherryvsmith/stock.adobe.com