Hotel at a Glance: Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club
The Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club is tucked into the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains northwest of San Diego. The mission-inspired resort, which features stucco walls and red-tiled roofs, offers a slew of activities, ranging from swimming to guided horseback trail rides through the mountains. Adjacent to the property is The Racquet Club, which includes 16 tennis courts, a fitness center, spa, and pool, as well as outdoor activities courts for volleyball, paddleball, shuffleboard, and basketball.
- Escape the heat with a dip in one of the resort's outdoor pools.
- Play a game such as tennis, volleyball, ping-pong, shuffleboard, racquetball, or basketball.
- In-room amenities: cable TV and full kitchen with refrigerator and coffeemaker
- Pamper yourself at the onsite spa.
Ramona, California: Wine Region in the Cuyamaca Mountains Northwest of San Diego
The town of Ramona lies in what's often called California's "Valley of the Sun," an area known for its temperate summers and mild winters. The climate is ideal for grape-growing, and there are several nearby wineries that do just that. You can taste the finished product at spots such as Salerno Winery and Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery. Head to Ramona's charming downtown to peruse antique shops or grab a bite to eat.
Sunny San Diego is just 35 miles away. A stroll through iconic Balboa Park will take you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. Another worthwhile attraction is the Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.