Things To Do In San Diego Country Estates


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  • Orfila Vineyards & Winery
    Like his father, the former governor of the Argentinian state of Mendoza, Alejandro Orfila chose a life of diplomacy. From 1946 until the early 80s, his various public service roles included Argentine Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States and Argentine Ambassador to Japan. But like his grandfather, a winemaker whose 1905-established winery stands to this day, Alejandro harbored a lifelong love of viticulture. In 1994, Alejandro finally pursued that passion by founding Orfila Vineyards & Winery, a 70-acre hillside estate nestled within a 10,000-acre agricultural preserve in the San Pasqual Valley. These days, winemaker Justin Mund oversees production on the estate, where grapes grow only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Using both the estate's grapes and others from the California coast, Justin crafts wines that have earned more than 1,300 medals in national and international competitions since the winery's founding. Guests can sample said wines in a tasting room overlooking the estate, as well as a second located at the Wynola Farms Marketplace in Julian. Besides tastings, Orfila hosts events ranging from live concerts to the annual Grape Stomp festival, where folks gather to watch traditional wine-making and grapes gather to hold their annual Shirley Jackson-esque lottery.
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    4470 Highway 78
    Julian, CA US
  • Pizza Express
    Pizza Express' cheesy goodness cannot be beat — this mellow establishment in Santa Ysabel's Palomar-Julian has perfected the art of pizza. Pizza Express is a prime choice for those with special dietary needs, and the menu features low-fat, gluten-free and vegan options. Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Pizza Express' drink list. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Pizza Express won't cost you a sitter. Gather up your group of friends and head to Pizza Express, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Pizza Express. Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the pizzeria's reservations. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Pizza Express, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Pizza Express for catering. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Pizza Express' cooking from the comfort of their own home. Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Pizza Express. Pizza Express provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. Chow down for less at Pizza Express, where a meal almost always costs under $15. Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Pizza Express — they're open for all three meals.
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    4355 Highway 78
    Santa Ysabel, CA US
  • Rd's Log Cabin
    Check out Warner Springs' Rd's Log Cabin. Calories take a backseat at Rd's Log Cabin, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. The patio tables outside of Rd's Log Cabin are the perfect spot for a summer meal. At Rd's Log Cabin, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties. The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table. Casual clothing is the name of the game at Rd's Log Cabin, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles. Drivers can access the parking lot next door. You can take it easy on your wallet at Rd's Log Cabin — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
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    26650 San Felipe Rd
    Warner Springs, CA US
  • Orfila Tasting Room
    Orfila Vineyards and Winery sits on a picturesque hill 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. That means ocean breezes and morning fog, ideal conditions for growing wine grapes. Since 1994, the team has been harvesting fruit for an array of Rhone-style wines that has racked up more than 1,000 wine-competition medals and at least 3 deep nods of approval. Current vintages run the gamut from merlots to grapefruit-pink roses to summery whites. Visitors can sample the wines at the winery's onsite tasting room?just outside San Diego, en route to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park?or stop by the second tasting room in the historic small town of Julian.
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    2000 Main Street
    Julian, CA US
  • Borrego Jeep Photo Tours
    The wide wheelbase of Jeep Rubicons kicks up age-old dust as they trundle across the dry open vistas of the desert. Inside, Borrego Jeep Photo Tours' guides describe local flora and fauna as they reveal the arid land's most spectacular natural formations such as Coyote Canyon or Split Mountain. They provide passengers with complimentary bottles of cold water and snacks on tours that last anywhere from two to six hours. Professional photographer Aaron Dennis accompanies every tour on their journey, providing guests with in-the-field photographic instruction as they capture their own images as keepsakes.
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    Christmas Circle
    Borrego Springs, CA US
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    What makes it great: 600,000 acres of preserved desert habitat; colorful wildflowers during the springtime; 12 wilderness areas and 500 miles of dirt roads to explore; home to wildlife such as roadrunners, kit foxes, and bighorn sheep
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    200 Palm Canyon Drive
    Borrego Springs, CA US

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