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R A M O N A

L I F E S T Y L E S

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Wine tasting Charm - Pamo Valley Winery

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Ramona’s Appellation - The Viticultural Area

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Map – Ramona Wine Country

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Getting There – Lap of Luxury or Horseback?

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My 3-Day Ramona Getaway – So Much Fun, So Little Time

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Wine Tasting Tips

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Guide – Dining & Lodging

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If Main Street Could Talk – A Historic Walk

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Town Hall – From 1894 into the Future

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Living History – The Guy B. Woodward Museum

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Antiques

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Hidden Gems – “You Found it Where?”

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Oktoberfest

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From Farm To Table – Delicious & Healthy!

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Map – Town & Businesses

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Golf – Challenging Appeal

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Hawk Watch

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Cowboy Day in Ramona – Living History

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San Vicente Resort

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Parks & Trails – Adventures Abound

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Ramona’s Music & Events

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Rodeo – Buckin’ Fun!

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Horsing Around

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Horseshoe Tournament – A Lucky Pitch?

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Ramona Airport – Vintage Helicopters & More

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Ramona Country Fair

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Junior Fair & Livestock Auction

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Garden Tour

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Capturing Ramona’s Beauty – Local Artists Inspire

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Murals Have Heart

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Ramona: Gateway To The Backcountry

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Calendar

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Business Directory

Publisher -Phyllis Pfeiffer General Manager -Robert Laverty Editor - Maureen Robertson Writers - Karen Brainard, Regina Elling, Jessica King, Judy Nachazel, Maureen Robertson Photography - Janice Baldridge, Karen Brainard, Karen Carlson, Regina Elling, Judy Nachazel, Maureen Robertson, Lynn Sampson, Nancy Stegon Page Design/Graphics - Nancy Stegon • Chelle Cobb • Danielle Lasauskas Sales Representatives - Robert Laverty • Lynn Sampson • Stephanie Solis

Dear Friends, Once again I have the honor of saying hello to you and inviting you to our beautiful town of Ramona. Have you seen our historical new murals gracing the business walls of Ramona? Have you visited the more than 20 new wine tasting rooms in Ramona now? Have you seen the improvements in our town centerpiece, Ramona Town Hall? Have you strolled our historic downtown and bought an antique or two? Have you played golf, tennis, ridden a horse? And what about all the local festivals filled with great music, crafts, and food? So, what are you waiting for? Come visit our town if you don’t live here, and if you do — get out and explore! Ramona’s relaxed pace is sure to help you unwind, and you’ll be thankful for the fresh air, clear vistas, and all the natural beauty of nature and animals that abound. It’s no wonder Ramona has long been called Valley of the Sun. Our semi-desert valleys, chaparral-covered hills, and boulder-covered mountains are rare beauties for which to be thankful. Honorary Mayor Sharon Davis

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“One of my favorite things to do is to bring in barrel samples and ‘pre-release’ bottles for customers to try. It’s a special treat to them and we get their feedback on how the wine is coming along.” — Jennifer Jenkin 4 Ramona Lifestyles 2013-2014


Charm

Wine Tasting

in the heart of Ramona By Karen Brainard

The pleasure of sipping good wines and enjoying friendly conversation in a cozy setting is why Pamo Valley Winery’s tasting room has become a central hub for Ramona and the first stop for many embarking on a wine tasting journey. “Pamo Valley Winery will charm you from the moment you walk in the door,” a visitor from Honolulu posted on Yelp.com about the tasting room at 603 Main St. in Old Town Ramona. “I stop by because it’s the place to come to,” said Ted Snoddy of nearby Julian, as he visited with locals on a Friday evening. “It’s not just wine tasting, it’s the social setting. Jenn is the ultimate of social hosts.” “Jenn” is Jennifer Jenkin, owner of Pamo Valley Winery and often the one behind the counter, pouring the wine and visiting with customers. “We like to make everyone comfortable,” Jenkin said. A bar made from wine barrels, wine barrel furniture, white lights illuminating beneath a glass countertop, and a blackboard with colorful chalk listing available wines all contribute to the tasting room’s appeal. The warmth of the shop is enhanced by burnt orange walls, rustic woods, soft lighting, and Jenkin’s affable nature. She likes to let customers know that her tasting room is “dog friendly.” Pamo Valley’s tasting room has not only attracted Californians, but also visitors from other states and countries. Jenkin’s guest book has been signed by visitors from Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Las Vegas, Canada, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to name a few locations.

Bill Robinson Photography

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“There’s something about working amongst the vines, there’s a sense of peace and tranquility you can’t find anywhere else.” — Jennifer Jenkin

“It’s neat to go back and see where people are coming from,” commented Jenkin. Achieving a five-star rating on Yelp.com was just one of several accomplishments for Pamo Valley Winery in 2012. Pamo Valley was voted Best Wine in the Ramona Sentinel’s Best of Ramona readers’ poll, Favorite Wine Tasting Spot by Ramona Patch.com, and was awarded the 2012 Ramona Business of the Year by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. While Jenkin’s winery and vineyard are on the east side of Ramona down Black Canyon Road, her tasting room is centrally located in Ramona’s Old Town, and is the only downtown tasting room among more than 20 wineries in the Ramona Valley. The accommodating hostess is happy to direct her customers to other wine tasting rooms. “The wine industry is one where business owners support each other,” said Jenkin. “Other winemakers in Ramona and all over are so generous in sharing their wine knowledge,” she added. “It’s not an industry where we are competitors. The more of us there are, the better we’ll be.”

Planting a Seed

A native Californian with a background in accounting and purchasing, Jenkin left the Bay area in 1996 to work on a government e-commerce project in Melbourne, Australia. She moved to Ramona in 2003 to be near family and became involved in the community’s burgeoning wine industry by working in vineyards. “Planting grapes and harvesting — it just kind of grew on me,” she said. “That’s when my passion started — it was in the vineyard.” “There’s something about working amongst the vines, there’s a sense of peace and tranquility you can’t find anywhere else,” she shared. “It’s where I do my best thinking, like being in an office with no distractions.” With the help of “San Diego County wine guru” Lum Eisenman, Jenkin began to learn the trade. “He’s been very instrumental in helping amateurs coming on board to make wine,” Jenkin said. She gained her winemaking knowledge by surrounding herself with

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others in the industry, physically doing the work, researching, and taking classes. She also got involved in the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) in which she has been a member since its inception in 2006, and is currently the website administrator. Jenkin suggests visiting www. ramonavalleyvineyards.org or www.ramonavalleywineregion.com for more information on Ramona wineries. Pamo Valley Winery became licensed and bonded in 2004, the same year Jenkin took her wine label’s signature photo of an orange and purple sunset dropping over the valley and creating a near-silhouette of a wine glass perched on a fence post. Pamo Valley’s first vineyard was planted with 500 vines of syrah grapes. The business relocated and expanded with the planting of other varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, Orange Muscat, Viognier, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Tempranillo. “It takes three to four years to get a commercially harvestable crop, from when it’s planted to when it’s ready to harvest to make wine,” Jenkin said. “The vines need time to grow and mature in order to make a quality product.” Jenkin opened Pamo Valley’s tasting room in June 2011, two years after the San Diego County boutique winery ordinance was adopted. Prior to opening her store, all sales were on a wholesale basis to grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, and through her website, events and wine club.

Growing a Business

Today, Pamo Valley has three to four acres of Estate grapes. When more grapes are needed, the winery purchases grapes from small vineyards in Ramona first, and then from other parts of San Diego County. To carry the Ramona Valley American Viticultural Appellation (AVA) on the wine bottle’s label, 85 percent of the grapes have to come from the area. In 2012, Jenkin doubled her wine production and plans to continue doubling production until 2015. Pamo Valley Winery is one of few woman-owned and operated wineries in San Diego County, but Jenkin likes to refer to it as a family business as everyone in her family plays an important role. Her grandmother, Ellie


Whitcomb, who passed away in 2012, grew grapes, as do her mother and stepfather. Her brother in New York helps with marketing, her father in Los Angeles assists with the business end, and her fiancé, Jason (wedding bells were scheduled for May), pitches in with winery tasks and running the shop. “They always help with harvest and with the crushing, pressing and winery activities,” Jenkin said. “I seriously could not do all of this myself. I appreciate them always.” Harvest — grape-picking time — is between the end of August and mid-October. Jenkin goes out in her vineyard and tests the sugars and acid levels of the grapes to determine the pick dates. “And you have to gather your crew for picking. Usually volunteers come out for either the experience or the fun in having an opportunity in taking part in the Ramona wine industry. “Your two, three months of harvest is probably your busiest time of the year for any winemaker,” she added. That doesn’t mean vintners are idle the other months of the year. “There’s a lot of different phases of the wine business,” she acknowledged. From January through March, Jenkin and her crew are pruning in the vineyard. In April, the buds start breaking and the leaves begin to pop open for new growth. There’s more vineyard maintenance between April through June, after which time the veraison begins, the onset of ripening whereby the grapes begin to change color, she said. After harvest, she stays busy in October and November, completing fermentation and wine tasks. December, she said, is the quietest month of the year for a vintner, and a time she focuses on marketing her product and planning for tasting room events.

Serving the Customers

In addition to selling wine at her tasting room, Jenkin sells winethemed novelties. Tools of the trade are also available: aerators, electric corkscrews, bottle stoppers, and wine glasses. Furniture produced locally from wine barrels by Jerry and Michelle VanDeWeghe are on display throughout the store and can be purchased or ordered.

The tasting room has a main bar, lounge bar area with sofas, a new bistro table tasting room, and an outdoor patio. “It’s a great place to host a private party,” Jenkin noted. “We’ve had Christmas, retirement, birthday, and planning parties here. We also host several themed events, including our popular wine and cigar pairings with local Stallion Cigar Club.” Pamo Valley offers a free wine club membership that gives discounts on wine tasting, by the glass, bottles, and shop merchandise, and invitations to special club events; members commit to purchasing two bottles hand-selected by Jenkin every three months. The chalkboard listing of available wines in the tasting room changes frequently, Jenkin said, “because we make small batches — as we run out, we bring in something new that’s ready.” “One of my favorite things to do is to bring in barrel samples and ‘prerelease’ bottles for customers to try. It’s a special treat to them and we get their feedback on how the wine is coming along,” said Jenkin. Her wines have included Tempranillo, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel, and various blends. Among releases this year will be a 2011 Sangiovese, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Chardonnay, and a Viognier/Orange Muscat blend. Jenkin is proud to add her first port to her 2012 production, which won’t be available until after 2015. Highlighting the quality of her wines and the growth of wineries in the Ramona Valley is a wall of recognition in Jenkin’s tasting room. A plaque lists many of the awards her wines have garnered. The tasting room is open Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. During winter months, it closes two hours earlier on each of those days. Jenkin encourages visitors to bring a picnic lunch or snack and pair it with a glass of wine on her patio. “When you get to sit and chat with the proprietor, it is such a rare treat,” a visitor from Palm Desert wrote on Yelp.com. “We will be back many times in the future and if you’re looking for just a great way to spend an afternoon, relax and share time with good people, this is the place to be.” More information is at www.pamovalleywinery.com.

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Wineries

Viticultural Area

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s vineyards continue to dot the landscape of the Ramona Valley, more and more boutique wineries are opening in this designated viticultural area with many offering tasting rooms or tasting patios for public sampling. Winemaking is an emerging industry in Ramona, although the region was home to quality grape-growing before Prohibition. In 2006, the federal government approved the Ramona Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), based on the valley’s unique microclimate, terroir, and history for grape production. The Ramona Valley AVA covers 139 square miles of primarily rural lands surrounding the unincorporated town of Ramona and is home to more than 80 commercial vineyards and at least 20 bonded wineries. For vintners to use the Ramona Valley AVA or “appellation” designation on their wine bottle labels, their wine

must be made from at least 85 percent of Ramona Valley grown grapes. As the Ramona wineries began producing commercial wines and garnering awards from local, national and international competitions, vintners sought a way to allow the public to sample their products. In 2010, to the delight of winery owners, the county approved a tiered winery ordinance that would allow boutique wineries to open tasting rooms. Visiting the tasting rooms around Ramona is an adventure that can lead you down winding backcountry roads with views of vineyards and mountainous backdrops, and to one-on-one conversations with the vintners themselves who are often pouring the wine. For a listing of Ramona Valley tasting rooms, see pages 10 and 11. —Karen Brainard

Open Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 5 pm

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eaturing the Peruvian Paso Horse on our wine label, and wines named after the ranch horses, our family motto is “Drink Fine Wine...Ride Fine Horses”. Meet the winemaker, and enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience of San Diego wines, take a walk on the pathways through the vineyards and gardens, and try some of our specialty ports, brandy, olive oils and red wine vinegars. Available for parties and special events.

Hacienda de las Rosas Winery

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Hacienda de las Rosas Noon to 5p.m. Sat. & Sun. 18011 Bluegrass Road sdwinery.com

Edwards Vineyard & Cellars 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 26502 Highway 78 • 760-788-6800 edwardsvineyardandcellars.com

Eagles Nest Winery Noon to dusk 7 days a week 18261 Chablis Road • 760-505-8229 eaglesnestwinery.com

Chuparosa Vineyards 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 910 Gem Lane • 760-788-0059 chuparosavineyards.com

Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch Noon to 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. by appointment 17029 Handlebar Road (off Highland Valley Road) 760-787-0779 cactusstarvineyard.com

These are the spring/summer hours. Check the wineries’ websites or call for winter hours. Most close an hour earlier.

Mahogany Mountain Winery 1 to 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 14905 Mussey Grade Road 760-788-7048 mahoganymountain.com

Lenora Winery 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 251 Steffy Lane • 760-788-1388 lenorawinery.com

La Finquita By appointment 23123 Vista Ramona Road 800-411-3732 Lafinquitawinery.com

Kohill Winery 11 to 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 17211 Highlander Drive 760-787-1042 • kohill.com

Highland Hills 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 18545 Rangeland Road • 760-239-6515 highlandhillswinery.com

Hellanback Ranch Vineyard Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 17287 Oak Hollow Road 760-787-9586 hellanbackranch.com

Salerno Winery 11 a.m. to dusk Wed.-Sun. 17948 State Route 67 760-788-7160 salernowinery.com

Ramona Ranch Noon to sunset Saturdays Call to confirm 23578 Highway 78 • 760-789-1622 ramonaranch.net

Cordiano Winery 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun. 15732 Highland Valley Road 760-480-6673 cordianowinery.com

Altipiano Vineyard Noon to 6 p.m. Fri. - Sun. 20365 Camino Del Aguila 619-857-7242 altipianovineyard.com

Nearby

Woof ‘n Rose Winery & Vineyard By appointment, available most days 17073 Garjan Lane 760-788-4818 • woofnrose.com

Turtle Rock Ridge 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. - Sun. By appointment Mon. - Thurs. 18351 Woods Hill Lane 760-789-5555 turtlerockridge.com

Pamo Valley Winery 2 to 8 p.m. Mon. & Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 603 Main St. • 760-271-3090 pamovalleywinery.com Pyramid Vineyard Noon to 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 130 Magnolia Avenue 760-789-4682 pyramidvineyard.com

Schwaesdall Winery 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 17677 Rancho De Oro Road (at State Route 67) 760-789-7542 schwaesdallwinery.com

Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. - Sun. Additional hours by appointment 18750 Littlepage Road 760-787-0738 www.milagrofarmvineyards.com

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Wineries

Leave the driving to Transit Van Shuttle...... If wine tasting sounds good but driving doesn’t, no problem. Call Transit Van Shuttle. “We drive, and we want people to have a good time and a safe time,” says Cheryl D. Wright, who with husband Maurice Trammel operates the van service. “Transportation on Demand. Travel in safety and comfort.” That’s their motto, and they pick you up anywhere. If you’re in downtown San Diego, in Anaheim, or on a cruise ship, just call or email to book a Ramona wine tasting tour, and they’ll take it from there. Ramona tours are pleasant for many reasons, says Trammel. “The wine’s good, very good,” tasting fees are less than those in other wine communities, and access isn’t bumper-to-bumper the way it is leaving places like Temecula. “From San Diego, you can be enjoying wine in a half hour rather than traveling,” he adds. Transit Van offers boxed lunches, or customers can bring their own if they wish. “We’re available any time any day of the week the wineries are open,” says Trammel, adding they also provide transportation to the casinos, cruise terminals, airport, “to any and all destinations in Southern California.” They stay about an hour at each winery. If customers want to have a meal in a restaurant, they’ll take them there. They recommend going to three wineries in one tour, “so you can enjoy it.” If you’re in Ramona for a day, Transit Van will customize your trip, “whatever transportation request you have.” Transit Van offers “a time people can really relax,” says Trammel, adding, “it’s more comfortable than a limousine.” They can configure the seats of the multi-passenger van and tailor it to the size of the group. There’s plenty of storage room if you decide to buy wine, gifts, or stop in the antique stores. For more, visit www.transitvanshuttle.com, call 760-7897252, or email transitvanshuttle103@gmail.com.

...or ride the trails Equestrians can take an adventure on horseback and ride the Ramona trails to wine tasting patios. Wineries and horses seem a natural mix in a town like Ramona. Horses and riders are welcome at the wineries. Big Schott Ranch offers “gourmet saddlebags” with everything from gourmet snacks to complete picnic lunches. Big Schott wranglers are experienced, and so are the horses, so you can either bring your own horse or ride one of theirs. For more, call 760-670-8050 or email AOH@BigSchottRanch.com. —Maureen Robertson 12 Ramona Lifestyles 2013-2014


Wineries

“Transit Van Shuttle provides a much needed transportation service for Ramona.”

-Kim H., Mahogany Mountain Winery

Our wine tours offer exceptional value and quality.

“Transit Van Shuttle provides our guests with nothing but excellent services.” -Alice H., Riviera Oaks Resort

“I would like to give two thumbs up to Transit Van Shuttle service!!.” -Debra K., Santa Ysabel Casino

“Our customers taste for adventure starts with style and grace from professional, courteous service provided by Transit Van Shuttle.” -Julie G., Eagles Nest Winery

“I trust my headliners to travel with Transit Van Shuttle.” -Orrin D., Ramona Mainstage

“For our transportation request, Transit Van Shuttle always delivers.” -Ramona Valley Inn

“Transit Van Shuttle is awesome! Always on time, with cordial and friendly drivers.” -Geraldo C., Cordiano Winery

“For a wine tour to remember, call Transit Van Shuttle!” -Jennifer J., Pamo Valley Winery

• We assist with arranging and selecting wineries. • Gourmet lunch available upon request (additional fee) • Our trained, courteous, and professional drivers will make your wine tour an experience to remember! • Transit Van Shuttle provides transportation to airports, casinos, cruise terminals, weddings & special events Pick Up Service runs from 11 a.m. til dusk Pick up available at your home Style, Luxury, Sophistication with Transit Van Shuttle Wine Tours

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-Peter C., Altipiano Vineyard & Winery 2013-2014 Ramona Lifestyles 13


Ramona looks like a great place for a relaxing weekend escape. There’s golf, wineries, antique shops, horseback riding, hiking, a variety of restaurants, and events throughout the year. Check the local lodging and make a reservation or look into camping.

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alerno Winery is a small family boutique owned and operated former opera singer Herman Salerno and his wife Rose. With over 23 years experience in making wine and a dream to establish a world class winery, we use traditional handcrafted methods to sculpt our wines. Salerno Winery’s first wine earned an International Medal in 2005! To date we have been awarded over 63 local, national, and international awards. We take wine seriously. But we have great time doing it. Visit on a Sunday afternoon and you are likely to enjoy live music in the beautiful outdoors as Herman bakes “the best pizza in san Diego” in his outdoor brick oven.

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Agriculture Wine Tips

Wine Tasting

Tips

The atmosphere at wine tasting rooms in the Ramona Valley is laid-back, so if you’re unsure about the etiquette or proper techniques to sample the wine, ask the person pouring the wine, who is usually the vintner, or follow these tips.

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If you are sampling whites and reds, start with the whites first. Look at the color of the wine by tilting the glass. Swirl the wine around, holding the glass by the stem. This aerates the wine and releases its aromas. Sniff the wine by tilting and holding the glass up to your nose. Try to discern the different aromas. Sip the wine and roll it around different parts of your tongue to register different tastes.

If you don’t like your wine or can’t finish it before the next sample, it is perfectly fine to pour it into the dump bucket. Sipping water or eating a cracker between tastings can cleanse the palate. The glasses do not need to be rinsed with water between tastings as that can change the taste of the wine.

Enjoy!

—Karen

Brainard


• Established in 1996 Visit Ramona’s Oldest Winery! • Tasting Room Hours: Sat. & Sun 11-6 (dusk in winter) • Award-Winning Wines, California Cheeses, Jams, Jellies, Olives and More • Live Music on Summer Sunday Afternoons!* • Events: Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Company Functions • Baja Wine Tours, Backcountry Tours and More!* * Visit www.schwaesdallwinery.com for details.

You can find our wines at: Albertsons in Ramona Daniels Markets in Bonsall & Ramona

17677 Rancho De Oro Rd. (at Hwy. 67) Ramona, California 92065 Winery Phone: (760) 789-7547 Tasting Room: (760) 789-7542

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Dining & Lodging

Dining Amici Pizza-Pasta-Subs 1429 Main St. 760-788-4800 Boll Weevil 2548 Main St. 760-788-1392 www.bollweevilrestaurants.com Big Apple Bagels 1925 Main St., Ste. 1 760-788-1800 bigapplebagels.com Cheers of Ramona 2475 Main St., 760-789-0270

El Michoacan Mexican Food Restaurant 780 Main St., Ste. H 760-789-9071 Kountry Kitchen 826 Main St. 760-789-3200 www.ramonakountrykitchen.com La Cocina 681 Main St. 760-789-8332 www.ramonaonline.net/la_cocina Mamma Rosa’s Italian Restaurant 1130 D St. 760-789-6147

D’Carlos 1347 Main St. 760-789-4340 www.dcarlosramona.com

Mariscos Mar de Cortez Mexican, Seafood 109 10th St. (between A & Pine streets) 760-789-7500

Da Tuna Shack 1140 Main St., Ste. 107 760-788-8862 www.datunashack.com

Mi Ranchito 1028 Main St. 760-789-0368

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Nuevo Grill & Cantina 1413 Main St. 760-789-2801 The Oaks Grille (at the San Vicente Golf Resort) 24157 San Vicente Rd. 760-789-8290 xt. 2211 www.sdcea.net/Dining/The-OaksGrille.aspx Ramona Cafe & Bake Shop 628 Main Street 760-789-8656 Ramona Lisa’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs 23670 San Vicente Rd. 760-789-8200 www.ramonalisapizza.com Ramona Valley Grill 344 Main St. 760-789-3240 www.ramonavalleysteaks.com

Lodging Eagles Nest Winery 18261 Chablis Road 760-505-8229 eaglesnestwinery.com

The Lodge at San Vicente Resort 24157 San Vicente Road 800-776-1289 www.sdcea.net/Lodging.aspx Ramona Valley Inn 416 Main St. 760-789-6433 www.ramonavalleyinn.com Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club 25382 Pappas Road 760-788-7711 www.rivieraoaks.net San Diego Country Estates Timeshare 25385 Pappas Road 760-789-3826 www.sdthegoodlife.com

Camping Dos Picos County Park 17953 Dos Picos Park Road 877-565-3600 • 858-565-3600 www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/ Camping/dos_picos.html


Historic Walk

Historic Walk Down Main Street If Ramona’s old buildings could talk, they’d tell some mighty tales, and the best place to find them is on Main Street. A stroll down Main Street is akin to walking through a history book. Placards at the front of the Guy B. Woodward Museum at 645 Main St. and Town Hall at 729 Main St. document their place in the town’s history, but other older buildings don’t share their histories with passersby. It’s for us to learn. The Turkey Inn at 716 Main St., for example, started as an ice cream parlor in 1911 — hard to imagine if you stop in the local bar today. Ironically, Kirk’s Bike Shop a block away at 619 Main St. opened as a saloon. Rather than a place to spend time sipping a brew, it’s now one of the healthiest places in town, as serious cyclists as well as newbies stop in to plan rides

or check the latest bikes and gear. The first street lamp in town was in front of the Turkey Inn. Oldtimers say they watched movies on the side wall some Saturday nights. The Verlaque Store, Ramona’s first general store and first post office, today is home to Catt Farm & Ranch Supply at 629 Main St. Built in 1883, the building has a false front. As the story goes, when Bernard Etcheverry sold the two-acre lot to Amos Verlaque in 1883, he suggested that Verlaque build a store, because the dirt road was along the stage route to Julian. Verlaque did just that and the same year applied for a postal franchise for the town of Nuevo, later renamed Ramona. The tall building at 701 Main opened on Dec. 12, 1925, as the State Bank of California. Bella Mia Salon, Spa & Boutique at 745 Main St. opened as the home of Hattie and Henry Miles in 1925. Next door was their Miles Department Store at 733 Main St. A historic stroll down Main Street wouldn’t be complete without a stop in the Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery at 845 Main St. Built in 1914 for rancher Capt. Francis Green, the two-story Green Hotel began as a rooming house. The hotel went through several owners until Loretta and Silvio Alfonsi bought it in 1976. In 1988, Loretta Alfonsi, an artist, worked with other artists to start a cooperative. More about these and other Ramona buildings can be found in “Ramona’s Historic Inventory” in the museum at 645 Main St. —Maureen Robertson

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Ramona Town Hall improving with age

You never know what you’ll find in the 119-year-old Ramona Town Hall, a Main Street staple that’s coming off one of its busiest years in recent history. One day it’s a Zumba class, another it’s a bustling craft fair, another a festive party or a public meeting. The two-story adobe building at 729 Main was gifted to Ramona — then called Nuevo — in 1894 by Augustus and Martha Barnett. As the story goes, Augustus thought it improper for dances to carry on all night at the schoolhouse. He said the growing town needed a place to serve that purpose as well as provide a library. Over the years, the hall has adapted to serve the community’s needs, hosting Ramona’s first library, first movie theater, first high school, first bank, dance hall, justice court, and serving as the birthplace of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, among other service groups. Today, a number of groups ranging from a bridge club to a Zumba class rent the hall, and it’s the location of one of the most festive holiday parties of the Christmas season. The rent money, along with

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private donations, fundraisers and grant money, is helping to fund restoration efforts. Volunteer trustees are hard at work picking up the pieces of a 1995 arson fire that heavily damaged the hall. President W.T. “Woody” Kirkman, a fifth generation Ramonan, is the third member of his family to serve on the hall’s board of trustees. “We’re zeroing in on getting the entire front completed,” said Kirkman, referring to the hall’s east and west wing meeting rooms. The rest of the hall consists of a large main room. The west wing was closed until last year, when its opening kicked off a series of events, making 2012 a busy year for the hall. In addition to the west wing opening, the hall received a gift from the estate of longtime resident Mary Kay Pinkard, who was born in Ramona in 1918. The gift consisted of garments made of turkey feathers in the late 1930s to promote Ramona as the turkey capital of the world. Town Hall ended 2012 with a bang, hosting a period-inspired holiday party that was so wildly successful that it’s expected to become an annual tradition. Guests packed into the west wing in their best renditions of 1894 dress and enjoyed an old-time Christmas dinner. “Little by little we’re starting to get more things come in that need space,” said Kirkman. “We’ve actually had a few inquiries for using either of the two halls for wedding receptions, which is kind of neat. Of course when we get the main hall done, that’ll be a nice venue for that.” —Jessica King


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A Must-see Historic Treasure One thing’s for sure at the Guy B. Woodward Museum. It’s ever-changing. New this year is a press-to-listen audio docent system that allows visitors to go through a tour of the Verlaque House, Barnett Barn, and museum grounds at their own pace. “They can stop at things they’re interested in,” and stay as long as they wish rather than have to follow a group tour led by a volunteer docent, said Judy Nachazel, president of the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum. The museum at 645 Main St. is a must-see for anyone visiting Ramona. Walking into the Verlaque House, centerpiece of the museum, is like living history. Furnishings in each room reflect the pioneer West. In addition to the living room, kitchen, and bedroom, one room is set up as a doctor’s office and another is a library of resource books, many donated in memory of someone. Prominent San Diegan Theophile Verlaque

built the 18-inch-thick adobe home for his family to enjoy on weekends. Downstairs is a gift shop and specialty displays such as the Casey Tibbs exhibit that showcases the life of the late rodeo cowboy legend, who lived in Ramona. New in the basement is a section devoted to military history covering World War I and World War II. The museum complex sits on two lots and also houses an 1870s blacksmith shop, an 1880s iron jail, a cowboy bunkhouse, a post office, a tack house, and a honey processing house. A replica of an 1880s one-room schoolhouse, complete with antique furnishings, looks like the real thing, and there’s an array of old farm tools and machinery and gold-mining tools. A lending library of 500 books on women’s history of the Old West is another unique feature, and there are buggies, an antique fire truck, and a millinery shop. From the outside, the museum has an inviting presence with a me-

morial rose garden, fruit trees, and rustic well. Research material in the archives is vast and available for the public to see by appointment. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., and by appointment, the museum is a great place to spend an afternoon. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger. More information is available at 760-789-7644. —Maureen

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Antique Shopping

Vintage Treasures, Collectibles From Times Past In the mood for a treasure hunt? Head to Old Town Ramona for a stroll through the antique shops. One could spend an afternoon in the 700 block of Main Street, where visitors will find two of the town’s five antique businesses: Squash Blossom Trading Co. and The Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair. Owners of both agree that, while their customer base still includes serious antique shoppers, many are drawn to the nostalgia of finding a piece that reminds them of a summer visit to Grandma’s or something that stirs a childhood memory. “Antique is an umbrella for so many things,” said Victoria Townsend, owner of Squash Blossom Trading Co. at 746 Main St. “It’s not definitive to any one period any more. It’s whatever you want it to be to be collectible.” Her neighbor, Sandee Salvatore in The Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair at 734 Main St., agrees. “People come in to see something that reminds them of the past,” she said. We’ve become a throwaway society, Salva-

tore said, and people recapture some of their past and perhaps a more innocent time in these shops. As a result, both businesswomen notice a shift from antiques to collectibles. You’ll find lots of textiles in Squash Blossom. “I love textiles and jewelry,” Townsend said as she led a visitor through her shop.“We love Native American jewelry.” Fine art, pottery, sturdy rustic furniture, fine china, unique home decor pieces, baskets, vintage clocks, and much more can be discovered in her shop. Townsend also handles estate liquidation, so “new” and one-of-a-kind items arrive frequently. When you spot the inviting bright yellow building nearby, you know you’re at The Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair. Salvatore aptly calls it “50 shops under one roof.” The diversity is impressive. “I can’t imagine not finding something that interests you,” Salvatore said, adding that everything from old wagon wheels to fine glass and from art to collectible treasures from times past are under the mall’s roof. Not to be missed is her Original Old Town Ramona Candy Company with barrels of taffy, Jelly Bellies, Cow Tales, Jawbreakers, horehounds, licorice, and all the other candy you remember from decades ago. You’ll even find sugar-free versions. A few blocks to the east is The Old Barn Door Antiques in The Business Barn at 369 Main St. In the other direction are Charlotte’s in the Country at 964 Main and Country Town Antiques at 939 Main. on —Maureen

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Unique Shops

“This is the funky little shop you expect to find in La Jolla and the Gaslamp Quarter.” Ramona’s more than wine, art, music, and horses. Just ask Stacy Bart at Unicorn Books and Gifts. From her perspective, Ramona’s Old Town is “that hidden gem of a place — and we’re that funky little shop you never forget.” Open seven days a week, Unicorn at 738 Main St. is nestled between two antique shops. While it’s the only bookstore in town, it’s more than a place to find new and used books. Gifts, candles, jewelry, stones, psychic readings, card readings, works by local artists, and classes and special events are among other features. And she and her business partner, Julia Dammeir, are adding open mike nights and gallery nights. “We’re unique,” said Bart, describing some of what’s in the shop as whimsical and metaphysical. “This is the funky little shop you expect to find in La Jolla and the Gaslamp Quarter. You never know what you’ll find.”

That can be said of other shops in town such as Affordable Treasures at 677 Main St., Bonnie’s Nook at 621 Main St., and Treasures Christian Store at 649-A Main Street. Further up the street, there’s Jewelry World & Loan at 1338 Main. Don’t let the name fool you. In addition to jewelry, you’ll find musical instruments, electronics, tools, and so much more. Jewelry World also buys gold and is a precious metal dealer. No matter what part of town you’re in, keep your eyes out —Maureen

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Oktober Harvest Fest

Oktober Harvest Fest A 12-hour Celebration Brats, sauerkraut, beer, Frauleins, and lots of oompah-pah are on the agenda for Oktober Harvest Fest. Presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce, the celebration will be at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. “Oktoberfest means celebration of the harvest, so come celebrate with us,” says Charlotte Jensen, who chairs the event. The day will feature brats and sauerkraut prepared by Ramona’s VFW, a beer garden with three beer stations, beer tasting for those who just want to sample, and wine tasting showcasing local wineries. Also on tap will be an Oompah-pah Music Center,

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a dance floor for those who want to kick up their heels, a Children’s Patch, assorted food vendors, soft drinks, and costumed Frauleins presenting pastries. Youngsters are encouraged to don their Halloween costumes for the costume contest. They’re also encouraged to enter the coloring contest. Other highlights for the younger set are face painting and a variety of activities. General admission is $10, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free, and military discounts are offered. Parking is free. “Save the day,” said Jensen. “You won’t be sorry.” —Maureen Robertson

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Farm to Table Locally-grown Goodness

That’s the mantra in town as the number of organic farms and fruit and vegetable stands grows. The variety of locally-grown goods is endless, changing with the season. One of the nice things about stopping at the farm stands and organic farms is they’re family run. You’ll find the owners and family members friendly and willing to spend time talking about their fresh and flavorful produce and how and where it’s grown. If you have the time, they’ll share all sorts of tips, including preparation and cooking ideas and recipes. Ramona also boasts a certified farmers market, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot at 1855 Main St.

In addition to fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, visitors to the market will find rows of jams, jellies, baked goods, honey, artisans with everything from jewelry to home and outdoor decor, and even a booth with birds and worm castings. Throughout the year, musicians entertain shoppers, and seasonal specialty events are held to coincide with holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. Among advantages of shopping at the organic farms and farmers market is the time between harvest and purchase. Less time between when the fruits and vegetables are picked and when they are enjoyed means more nutrient-rich food. Also, growers enjoy introducing customers to something new, whether about a particular

salad green or a rare berry. And the flavor! There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a locally-grown peach, knowing that juicy strawberry’s just been picked, or eating a tomato that tastes like a tomato. To complement Ramona’s organic farms, Kitchen Barn at 780 Main St., Ste. G, opens its showroom for cooking demonstrations featuring locally-grown produce. Check www.kitchenbarn.net to time your visit with one of the classes. They’re another opportunity to visit with Ramona’s farmers. —Maureen

Robertson

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We are a family farm that grows with the seasons. All of our fruit is tree ripened and grown naturally, for some of the best flavors you have ever tasted We also grow a nice selection of Heirloom Vegetables, Salad Greens and Herbs. Stop by and visit our Farm Stand At 401 Pile St in Ramona You can also follow us on Facebook At Grebar Farms or call us(1-760-789-4261) and we will tell you what is in season and ready in the store

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Through the years with Coldwell Banker Country Realty... by Katie McNorton

2130 Main St. Ramona, CA 92065

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Real Estate sales in Ramona can be a wild ride. I entered the business in 1980, when Ramona still had only one stop light, there were only two elementary schools and no super markets.San Diego Country Estates was just being built, but still had a lot of vacant land for people to build their own custom home. The Mt. Woodson community had not been thought of, and there was no Holly Oaks, no Rancho San Vicente (Ryland Homes) and no Black Canyon Estates. At that time you could buy a home for under $100,000, and a 1/2 acre lot for $15,000. When we sold a home for over $300,000 in the 80’s it was an amazing feat, and we worried about how the future generation would be able to afford a home. Then homes went to over $500,000 and up, up, up. We all know what happened after that...it went up, up, up and then it fell! Well folks, we are coming back. Slowly, but surely. We are all (in the industry) very cautious, but it is definitely getting better for sellers, agents and everyone concerned ie. contractors, inspectors, appraisers etc., etc. For the buyers it is a little tough right now. There are not enough homes to sell to our lower end buyers (under $300,000), Loans are available, but not easy to obtain; so our job as agents is very important in guiding and advising these individuals. In the 70’s and 80’s people were coming up to Ramona from all over the county, to see what kind of home their money would buy in the country. Through the years this has created a wonderfully diverse community; the population increased dramatically, the road to the shopping centers down the hill became shorter, and then came Alpha Beta! We had arrived!

Gayle Wright giving information to prospective homebuyer

Sharon Quisenberry working into the night for her clients

Over the years I have worked with a lot of fine real estate agents, your neighbor, your friend, or perhaps a relative. Real Estate Agents come and go, but for the most part, Ramona has always had a cohesive group of men and women interested in serving our community’s housing needs and making a living while doing so. It is difficult, tedious work at times, but the reward of serving our friends and neighbors make it very worth while.

One of the Ramona Real Estate Brokers I remember from the early days is Jo (Joline) Fox. She had been in the business a while, and was a leader in our industry. I did not realize or understand all that she did or had done before; but I knew that she was instrumental and very active in creating and maintaining the Ramona Real Estate Association. In those days we had “little books” of all the Ramona properties that each of us agents kept, to know what was available to sell......Those had to have been created and provided to us by Jo and her association. (what did I know, I was a newby) There was constant up-dating and changing to those dang little books; but what would we have done without them? Get a computer??? Jo helped bring us into the era of computerized real estate before her retirement in 2000. I fondly think of Jo Fox when I think of the history of our little office here in Ramona. Jo and her husband, Russ Fox started Silver Fox Realty back in 1976. They moved their office to our present location at 2130 Main Street, Ramona; and later became Silver Fox ERA Realty, then Coldwell Banker Silver Fox Realty. Our office in the ranch house with the white picket fence is still standing and producing real estate transactions for thousands of people thanks to the solid foundation built by Jo Fox.

Jessica Duran volunteers at Mt.Woodson Elem. School

Susan Michalek loving every minute of her first home sale!

Coldwell Banker Country Realty has a wonderful group of agents continuing to serve the real estate needs of Ramona. They range in time and experience from Sharon Quisenberry, with over 30 years right here in the same office for all these years; Gayle Wright and Veronica Clark who has been here since the early days with Jo. Then came Susan Royal, Susan Michalek, Karen Dye, Jessica Mendez, Cathy Youngquist, Judy Raines, Kim Tarbell, Jessica Duran and our newest agent, Trudy Brodbeck, who just came to us from Hawaii with over 20 years of experience in owning and operating an appraisal firm. Each of these professionals work hard, and often long hours bringing new residents to Ramona and serving our existing friends and neighbors. Our goal is to serve to the very best of our ability the housing needs of our community. Watching this community come from a small sleepy village to a bustling country town has been quite an experience. Now we work to keep the friendly, rural atmosphere we all moved here for.

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Local Business Locations Adobe Animal Hospital .........................................M-24 Albertsons.............................................................J-29 All American KTM .................................................J-31 Farmers Insurance, Amber Ramirez.....................J-31 Amici Pizza, Pasta & Subs ...................................J-29 bellamia Salon, Spa & Boutique ...........................I-31 Cactus Star Vineyard............................................O-17 Cheers of Ramona ...............................................M-25 Coldwell Banker Country Realty ...........................K-27 Country Tire & Auto ..............................................L-26 Dave’s Auto ..........................................................S-29 Edwards Winery ...................................................D-46 Economizers .........................................................I-30 Fitness Xpress ......................................................K-29 Grebar Farms .......................................................D-34 Hacienda de las Rosas.........................................L-13 Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, DDS.....................................K-29 Jewelry World .......................................................J-30 Kamps Propane ....................................................I-29 Kirk’s Bike Shop ...................................................I-32 Kitchen Barn .........................................................I-31

Kritter Kamp.......................................................... Mahogany Mountain Vineyard ..............................U-19 Mamma Rosa .......................................................J-30 Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery ........................H-49 Nutshell Promotions .............................................L-44 Pamo Valley Winery .............................................I-31 Pro-Flame Ramona ..............................................G-28 RAE Automotive ...................................................J-31 Ramona Beauty Supply ........................................I-31 Ramona Cafe .......................................................I-31 Ramona Dental Group..........................................I-31 Ramona Fitness Center........................................I-32 Ramona Motorworks ............................................L-26 Ramona Music Center ..........................................J-30 Ramona Perfomance Motorcycle .........................J-30 Ramona Ranch Winery, LLC ................................H-39 Ramona Senior Manor .........................................K-30 Ransom Brothers..................................................J-29 Ramona Julian Academy of Dance ......................K-29 Salerno Winery .....................................................P-19 San Diego Country Estates Time Share ...............K-46

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Agriculture Golf

Around Ramona

San Diego is known as a year-round golf paradise, and around Ramona golfers can find three scenic 18-hole public courses that all offer challenges. San Vicente Golf Resort is set in a picturesque valley with views of the Cleveland National Forest and towering mountains. The par 72 golf course is considered one of the most scenic in the county. Mature California oaks, pines, and maple trees accentuate the Ted-Robinson-designed course. A signature hole is the par 3 No. 12, known as “Watery Grave,” that averages 133 yards over water onto the green. Mt. Woodson Golf Club holds the distinction of being the golf course with the highest elevation in the San Diego area. The elevation of the 17th tee box is just over 2,000 feet. Although each hole has a unique name and offers

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different challenges, the course is most known for its 480-foot rickety wooden bridge called “Woody,” that banks around boulders and travels over a canyon to connect Hole No. 2 to Hole No. 3. Carts are a must. Barona Creek at Barona Resort and Casino offers five tees to accommodate golfers of all skills and levels. The course blends in with the landscape of rolling foothills and includes gently flowing creeks, over 100 bunkers, and strategically placed natural obstacles. It is ranked as one of California’s top courses. • San Vicente Golf Resort: 24157 San Vicente Road, 760-789-3477, sdcea.net/golf. aspx. •Mt. Woodson Golf Club: 16422 N. Woodson Drive, 760-788-3555, mtwoodsongc.com. •Barona Creek: 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside, about 20 minutes from Ramona, 619-387-7018, barona.com/golf. —Karen Brainard


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Hawk Watch

 At the beginning of each year, hundreds of people flock to Hawk Watch to see the falcons, eagles and other raptors wintering or living in the Ramona Grasslands. Wildlife Research Institute (WRI) conducts the free Hawk Watch program at its headquarters, 18030 Highland Valley Road, each Saturday in January and February. The event offers up-close views of such raptors as the red-shouldered hawk, ferruginous hawk, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, American kestrel, and barn owl, and fascinating facts

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about the feathered friends by WRI Executive Director David Bittner. Creating additional excitement at Hawk Watch 2013 was the news that bald eagles were nesting in the grasslands for the first time in known history. Visitors could look through sighting scopes set up around the WRI property to try to view the nesting eagles, as well as other raptors in the 3,500-acre preserve. At Hawk Watch 2014, there may be additional bald eagles as aerial surveys taken just before going to press in late March confirmed that the female bald eagle was incubating eggs. Hours for Hawk Watch 2014 will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. To get to Hawk Watch, take State Route 67 to Highland Valley Road. Turn north on Highland Valley Road and travel for two miles. Look for the Wildlife Research Institute sign on the right. Visitors may bring binoculars and chairs and are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. For more information, go to www. wildlife-research.org or call 760789-3992. —Karen Brainard

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Cowboy Day

Celebrating National Day of the American Cowboy

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owboy re-enactments, western music, vendors, demonstrations, art, food, and prizes are part of the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration held the fourth Saturday in July each year. Ramona’s 2013 celebration, organized by Doug “Ranger Doug” Oliver of Ranger Doug’s Shootists’ Emporium, will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 State Route 78 near the 78/Magnolia Avenue intersection. People come from throughout the region to exchange stories about the cowboy lifestyle, past and present. Admission is free. Everyone’s welcome to tour the grounds, learn about the cowboy culture, and enjoy the variety presented each year. For the first time, Ranger Doug is partnering with Ramona Pioneer Historical Society to stage the event. The celebration has grown since he started it seven years ago in the parking lot outside his Main Street shop. Before long he needed the larger venue Mountain Valley Ranch offers. Each year he holds an opportunity drawing for an EMF 45 revolver and donates the proceeds to organizations that support his goal to preserve, protect, and promote the cowboy and Western heritage. Last year $1,500 went to the Ramona historical society, which operates the Guy B. Woodward Museum at 645 Main St., and $500 to the Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation. —Maureen Robertson


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cenes of wranglers leading riders on horseback are a common sight in San Diego Country Estates, a resort community a few miles south of Ramona’s Town Center. Part of Ramona, the residential resort community, commonly called the Estates, houses great getaway opportunities for visitors. Equestrian centers, a championship golf course, hiking and riding trails, a restaurant and lounge with picturesque views of the foothills, weekend and holiday entertainment, Triple Diamond AAA hotel rooms, timeshares, and a spa provide visitors and guests a relaxing or an exciting way to spend a day, weekend, or complete vacation. Janice Baldridge, marketing coordinator of San Vicente Resort in the Estates, points to the base of Stone Mountain across San Vicente Road from the resort as a beautiful area to hike, walk, bike, or horseback ride. She calls the 3.3-mile scenic trail the region’s best-kept secret. “It can be rigorous or you can stroll it. It’s a great place to walk your dog, go for a horseback ride or bicycle.” Wrangler-led tours can be booked at Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club at

25382 Pappas Road or 760-788-7711. Plan on about 90 minutes. You’ll receive safety instructions before the ride. The resort at 24517 San Vicente Road includes the golf course, 28-room lodge, Oaks Grille restaurant, Par Lounge, and banquet room. All are open to the public. Guests staying at the lodge also have access to the junior Olympic-size swimming pool. “For an additional $15, you can bring your horse with you,” Baldridge tells equestrian visitors. “If you want to unwind and ride your horse, I don’t think it gets any better!” The resort has two equestrian centers, the International Equestrian Center at 16911 Gunn Stage Road and the Casey Tibbs Western Center at 15110 Avenel Lane. Trailer entrance to the western center is around the corner at 25240 Pappas Road. “Come and watch one of the horse shows,” says Baldridge, noting that the schedule of dressage and gymkhana shows is on the resort’s website. “It’s free to see the shows. Leave your cellphones and laptops at home and enjoy a small rodeo. There’s fun shows throughout the year.” For more about recreation and activities at the resort, see www.sanvicenteresort.com. —Maureen Robertson

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Parks & Trails

Parks & Trails Known as the Valley of the Sun, Ramona is surrounded by foothills and mountains with trails throughout that oer beautiful views, tranquility, and wildlife. From peaceful hikes on flat to rolling terrain with boulder outcroppings to challenging mountainous climbs leading to spectacular vistas, hikers are —Karen Brainard sure to find a trail they will treasure.

Barnett Ranch Open Space Preserve 1500 Deviney Lane/San Vicente Road Directions: From Highway 67 heading east, make a right on San Vicente/10th Street. Right on Deviney Lane into staging area. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset Features: 728 acres, 4 miles of multi-use trails, include Oak Loop Trail, Rattlesnake Trail, Valley View Trail and Overlook Trail, staging area, picnic tables, viewpoints. Dos Picos County Park 17953 Dos Picos Park Road Directions: From Highway 67, exit at sign for Mussey Grade Road. Continue 1.1 miles on Mussey Grade Road, turn right on Dos Picos Park Road to park entrance. Hours: Day use, 9:30 a.m. to sunset; Camping, 24 hours/day. Features: Picnic tables, enclosed pavilion, horseshoe pits, soccer field, playground, nature trail, catch & release fishing, handicap-accessible cabins, campground, restrooms and showers. For camping reservations call 877-565-3600. Holly Oaks County Park Directions: From Highway 67, go southeast on Dye Road one mile to Southern Oak Road. Turn right onto Southern Oak and right into staging area. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset Features: 2-acre staging area with public equestrian arena and round pen. Short loop trail through the 25-acre park and access to the nearby Luelf Pond Preserve. Luelf Pond Open Space Preserve 3000 Duck Pond Lane Directions: From Highway 67, turn south on Dye Road, travel 1 mile, turn

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Parks & Trails right on Southern Oak Road, go 1 mile and turn right onto Willow Oak Drive, which becomes Duck Pond Lane. Hours: Dawn to dusk Features: 2 miles of trails in 88-acre preserve, pond, viewpoint. Mt. Gower Preserve 17090 Gunn Stage Road Directions: From Highway 67, take 10th Street/ San Vicente Road, south 6 miles into San Diego Country Estates. Turn left on Gunn Stage Road and travel 1.8 miles to the entrance. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset. Closed August due to extreme heat. Features: 4.8 miles of multi-use trails, elevation 1,625 feet to 2,650 feet, staging area, restrooms, viewpoints, primitive campground for groups. Mt. Woodson Trail (Ramona to Poway Lake) Directions: From Highway 67, go north on Archie Moore Road 1 mile to a fork. Go left at the fork onto one-way street to small staging on right. From staging area hike back toward Highway 67 to trailhead at Mt. Woodson Country Club. Hours: Sunrise to sunset Features: 11 miles of trails, elevation 1,000 feet to 2,400 feet, steep trail to beautiful views — difficult for beginners, portable restrooms. Ramona Grasslands Preserve Directions: From Highway 67, turn north on Archie Moore Road, then right on Highland Valley Road, staging area on left. Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., spring and summer 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., fall and winter Features: 4 mile multi-use trail loop with pond on western portion of 3,500-acre preserve, staging area to accommodate cars and horse trailers, shaded picnic tables, portable restroom.

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Music

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hether it’s classical or jazz, bluegrass or hard rock, you’ll find it in Ramona. A town with a growing music reputation, Ramona’s planning nine days and nights of music starting with the Music Fest on April 27 and ending with two-day Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest May 4 and 5. Watch ramonabluegrassfest.com for the musicians who will be filling time slots for “Ramona Music Days & Nights” between the two festivals. The plan is to have them playing in front of businesses and on stage in various establishments in town. Jon Hasz and his Ramona Music Center at 1045 Main St. provides budding musicians as well as professionals a place to gather and to learn or hone their talents. To see what’s happening there, visit ramonamusiccenter.com. Ramona Mainstage at 626 Main St. hosts musicians, many with national names. See ramonamainstage.com for a schedule. Cheers of Ramona at 2475 Main St. and Molly Malone’s Sport Tavern at 1270 Main St. also provide musicians a stage. In the San Diego Country Estates section of Ramona, San Vicente

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Resort’s Par Lounge at 24157 San Vicente Road is another venue for bands. In addition, Ramona is home to a concert association that is nearing its 30th year. It hosts four to five concerts a year, with season and individual tickets available. For this year’s lineup, see ramonaconcerts.com. —Maureen Robertson

Ramona Music Festival Sara Petite and a variety of exceptional music artists will rock Dos Picos County Park during the sixth annual Ramona Music Fest from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The event will feature headlining acts, well-established performers, and exciting local talent. Among those appearing on two stages are the Combos, HarryJoe Reynolds, the Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, the Ramona High School Royal Blues Jazz Band, and Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio. Musical styles will include ska, rock, Americana, rockabilly, blues, jazz and bluegrass. Beer-and-wine gardens will be open near the stages, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Music The park’s stages, surrounded by picturesque oak trees and overlooking a scenic pond, are the perfect setting for enjoying great music while socializing with friends. Kids games, live auctions, drawings, and prizes add to the fun. Two featured prizes will be awarded — an Apple iPad and an Apple iPod Touch. Tickets are $25, available at the event. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. “Come on out for a good time, nice weather and beautiful music!” invites Music Fest Chairman Craig Jung. The park is at 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, off Mussey Grade Road. General adult admission tickets are $20 if purchased by April 19, and $25 at the gate, where credit card payments will be accepted. Tickets for ages 11 to 17 are $10, and children 10 and under enter free. Ramona’s active military personnel and their families may also attend free with ID. For advance tickets, go to www.RamonaMusicFest.org.

Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest organizers promise a “humdinger of a two-day show.” The fourth annual festival brings musicians, music workshops, nonstop jam sessions, and Old West and cowboy encampments to Ramona Outdoor Community Center off Aqua Lane on May 4 and 5. Hot Club of Cow Town will swing in from Austin, Texas, for Saturday night, and Head for the Hills is coming from Colorado on

Sunday. Among other groups in the 2013 lineup are Gone Tomorrow, Lonesome Otis, Lacemakers, Prairie Sky, Shirthouse Band, Judy Taylor, Taildraggers, Next Generation, Cowboy Jack, Orchard Thieves, and Chris Stewart and Janet Beazley and their Harmony Workshops. While the musicians entertain, the Mountain Men, Civil War-era folks, and cowboys will be among those filling the Encampment area. Visitors are welcome to visit the camps, talk to the campers, and learn about life in the 1800s. Band members and other musicians plan music workshops both days, and all ages — children included — are welcome to bring their instruments and play along with the pros. Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmony — you name it, you’ll find a bluegrass workshop for it. Scattered throughout the grounds each year are impromptu jam sessions. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday and ends at 7 p.m. Sunday. Hot Club of Cow Town closes Saturday with Django Reinheart-style Texas swing. Head for the Hills will take the stage Sunday afternoon. The other groups bring a range of bluegrass styles from Appalachian to Celtic. The trees, creek, and park setting make this a grand Ramonastyle weekend for campers and day visitors. Vendors offer wares and food. Organized by Ramona musicians and businesspeople, the festival grows each year. One of co-founder Rob Lewallen’s goals is to turn this into the biggest bluegrass festival in San Diego County. Ticket information and other details are at ramonabluegrassfest. com. —Maureen Robertson

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Rodeo

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Rodeo Parade a Main Street Parade, Kid’s Day, Cowboy Church, dances, rodeo royalty, and vendors and food galore. In anticipation of sold-out crowds for the blockbuster event, Ramona Rodeo Director Joani Georgeson recommends ordering tickets early. General seating is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 and older for the Friday and Sunday shows and $15 for Saturday. Preferred seating is $15 for Friday and Sunday and $20 for Saturday. Order advance tickets at ramonarodeo.net. Adding to the weekend is the Main Street Parade on Rodeo Saturday morning. “Home Sweet Home” is this year’s theme. Going from one end of Main Street to the other, past parades have attracted up to 5,000 people lining both sides of the street to watch as everyone from big-rigs to preschoolers head down Main toward the rodeo grounds. For parade details, see ramonarodeo.net. —Maureen

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Agriculture Horsing Around

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he unique combination of trails, public arenas, and likeminded equestrian enthusiasts makes Ramona a great place to saddle up and horse around! Whether your interest is in riding, driving, showing, or even just hanging out with your equine pals, you’ll find many opportunities. If you decide to bring your horse to town, you’ll find plenty of hitching posts to secure it while you visit a shop, relax in a park, order a latte, or go wine tasting. The following are just a few of the many equestrian organizations and facilities in Ramona that cater to the equine crowd. In addition to these, there are a number of private arenas, training facilities, and trainers here. Casey Tibbs Western Center has a large show arena, trail course, turnouts, hot walker, barn wash racks, and easy access to many horse trails that wind through the area. Corrals and barns are available for boarding and horse trailer parking. The grounds can be leased for shows, clinics, and other events — and if you just want to come and watch, admission is free. Named for the late world-champion cowboy Casey Tibbs, who was a Ramona resident, the center is on Pappas Road in San Diego Country Estates. For information about shows and other opportunities for visitors, call 760-789-3407 or visit www.sdcea.net/Equestrian.aspx.

ing, and other equestrian opportunities. Public admission is free to events. Call 858-610-1693 or visit www.copper-meadows.com for more.

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Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals living with disabilities. It welcomes all people with physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities to experience the benefits of therapeutic riding. In addition to providing services to handicapped children, Operation Saddle Up provides equine-assisted services to wounded service members. It’s at 25201 Creek Hollow Drive. Visit www.cornerstonetrc.org for more. Creek Hollow Ranch at 25279 Creek Hollow Drive offers riding, boarding, training, clinics, and events. Contact 760-789-4875 or www.creekhollowranch.com for more. Horse Rescue and Adoption. Ramona’s love affair with horses includes caring for those who need help. Many nonprofit organizations and private individuals rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out horses, donkeys, and equines of all kinds. Google “horse rescues in Ramona.”


Agriculture www.emergencyanimalrescue.org or call 760-789-5775. Information about San Diego Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Reserve (ARR) is at www.sdhumane.org. Mountain Valley Ranch offers an array of equestrian opportunities in addition to special events such as its annual Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Tree sales, and Barn Dance. Call 760-788-8703 or visit 842 Highway 78 or www.mountainvalleyranch.com. Rainbow Riders Drill Team, an award-winning group, performs at rodeos, horse shows, and other venues. Visit www.rainbowridersdrillteam.com to see if they’re in a show nearby. Ramona Arabian Horse Association, a sanctioned club of the Arabian Horse Association, sponsors community fun horse shows, Class A Arabian horse shows, and competitive trail rides. Call 760789-1977 or 760-789-0007, or email rminsko@gmail.com. Ramona Trails Association, a nonprofit organization, works to preserve existing trails and establish new ones for equestrians, hikers and bikers. Members host meetings, work parties, and activities such as trail rides and campouts throughout the year. Visitors are welcome to join them. See www.ramonatrails.org for information. Ramona Vicente Pony Club holds mounted lessons twice a month and organizes clinics open to all interested riders. See www.

Horsing Around ramonavicente.ponyclub.org. Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club, located in the San Diego Country Estates, offers public horseback riding. Rides last an hour and a half, with a half-hour group lesson prior to the ride. Call 760788-7711 for reservations. San Diego Country Estates International Equestrian Center at 16911 Gunn Stage Road offers boarding, conditioning horse track, arenas, work areas, and trail rides. It also hosts equestrian events and groups. Call 760-789-3704, email equestrian@sdcea.net, or visit www.sdcea.net/Equestrian.aspx for more. San Diego Hippotherapy at 1573 Wilson Road provides equineassisted therapy for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. See www.sandiegohippotherapy.com for more. Santana Riders promotes fine horsemanship and sportsmanship, and hosts Open and Gymkhana horse shows throughout the year. Visit www.ramonasantanariders.com for dates. San Vicente Saddle Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting interest in the equestrian community and lifestyle in the Ramona Valley. See www.sanvicentesaddleclub.com or call Kat McClanahan at 619-249-2741 for information about public events —Regina Elling it sponsors

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Horseshoe Tournament

Pitcher’s Blind Draw Tourney Ramona Chamber of Commerce invites visitors to join the community for a day of pitching horseshoes in the Fred Grand Arena on Saturday, June 22. The Valley of the Sun Pitcher’s Duel Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fred Grand Arena at Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane. The horseshoe pits and flags will be set up for action. As a blind draw, you won’t know who your teammate will be until you arrive. It could be a member of the Balboa Park Horseshoe Club or someone from Alpine or San Marcos. “It’s always a fun day,” said Bob Murray, chamber president and event chair. One side of the arena will be set aside for children to play and families to picnic. Food such as brats and burgers will be available, and there will be soft drinks and a beer garden. A shorter competition line will be set up for the handicapped and for women who need it, said Murray, stressing that everyone’s encouraged to participate. For more information, contact the chamber at 760-789-1311 or see the chamber’s website at ramonachamber.com.

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The public airport at 2926 Montecito Road is about two miles west of the business district. Occasionally an overlooked attraction, the airport is one of the most active places to visit. If all you want to do is watch takeoffs and landings, bring a sack lunch or snack and sit on the grass or at one of the picnic tables in the Viewing Area any day of the week. If taking a flight over Ramona is more to your liking, stop at Pacific Executive Aviation or Chuck Hall Aviation and they’ll steer you in the right direction. Both have lounges where you’re welcome to hang out and talk to the pilots who are always coming, going, or visiting over coffee. Those interested in learning to pilot a plane will find what they’re looking for at one of the flight schools at the airport. On the third Sunday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m., visitors will find the Antique Aircraft Display. The pilots are friendly and enjoy pointing out highlights of their vintage planes. The airport also houses Classic Rotors, The Rare & Vintage Rotorcraft Museum, home to 45 rotorcraft. The museum restores rare and

vintage helicopters and maintains them in flying condition. It is one of only three rotorcraft museums in the world. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum hours vary on other days, but you can arrange a special tour by calling 760-650-9257. The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom 2013 Tour will be at the airport with its B-17, B-24, and Mustang aircraft May 6-8. Tour the authentically restored aircraft or take a flight. The choice is yours. Details are at www. collingsfoundation.org. Home to a joint firefighting air attack base for Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service, Ramona Airport is a regional asset, particularly during fire season. Jaye Matthews at Pacific Executive Aviation recommends a visit to the air attack base, an exciting place to watch the large planes being loaded with retardant and heading to a wildfire. Those visiting in the morning hours likely will spot firefighters exercising so they stay in shape for their tasks. Tours of the air traffic control tower can be arranged by contacting the airport manager at 760788-3366. Each September San Diego County, which owns the airport, stages an open house. Watch the Sentinel website, ramonasentinel.com, or call the airport manager for specifics about the upcoming event. —Maureen Robertson

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Country Fair

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t’s said that a prerequisite of a country town is to hold a country fair, and Ramona Chamber of Commerce assumes that duty proudly. Each year it’s an all-out effort to bring carnival rides, fair food, vendor booths, crafts, friendly competition, live entertainment, beer, wine, and the Ramona Idol Contest to the Ramona Outdoor Community Center at 421 Aqua Lane. Regulars call it “The Best Four Days of Summer.” The 43rd Annual Ramona Country Fair will be July 25 through 28. Admission is free. Whether a mountain of fried chips or funnel cake is your craving, you’ll find it at the fair. Visitors new to the annual tradition vow to return. A family event, there’s something for everyone from preschoolers to great-grandparents. Look for more games and contests at this year’s fair, including a return of the frozen T-shirt contest, said chamber president Bob Murray. In addition to the country fair, the chamber each year stages the Christmas Tree Lighting in Collier Park, Halloween trick or treating along Main Street, two-day open studios artists tour, horseshoe tournament, and Oktober Harvest event. Stay current with country fair and other chamber happenings at ramonachamber.com. —Maureen Robertson

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miles and tears. You’ll see both at the Ramona Junior Fair and Livestock Auction. The smiles will dominate as young 4-H’ers bring their animals to the junior fair. Pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, poultry, horses, and dogs all have their place at the fair, some for a day, some for close to a week. Ramona’s 42nd annual junior fair starts with Dog Show check-in and Home Economics move-in on July 27 and ends with the Awards Ceremony on Aug. 4. The highlight for most of the participants is the livestock auction on Aug. 3. The tears come for some when they say goodbye to the animals they’ve nurtured for months. But that’s part of the training for the 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and Grange participants from throughout San Diego County and part of Riverside County. The junior fair is held at Ramona Junior Fairgrounds at 431 Aqua Lane. The first two days of the junior fair coincide with Ramona Country Fair next door. For more, see ramonajuniorfair.com. —Maureen Robertson

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“Blooms, Boulders, and Birds” brings together two annual events in one setting: the Ramona Garden Club’s annual garden tour and a huge plant sale. Six very different gardens are on tour this year, showcasing the creativity of Ramona garden owners. As an added visual delight, half of the homes will feature Ramona artists painting in the gardens. The giant plant sale, the other half of the event, features many varieties of tomatoes, chilies, squash, and other vegetables. Plant lovers will be able to select from a variety of reasonably priced plants. The Garden Shed will offer shoppers a wide choice of goods handmade by Ramona Garden Club members and also gently used garden items.

A number of vendors will sell their garden-related wares. A chance to win one of two large containers of garden goodies is also available, via the club’s opportunity drawing. The plant sale will be held at Ramona Library, 1275 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden tour is selfguided, with all information provided upon ticket purchase. Tickets will be available at the plant sale on Tour Day, April 27. Tickets are not necessary to shop the plant sale. Proceeds from the tour and sale benefit the Ramona Garden Club Scholarship Fund and other community projects. For more information, contact Jane Vidal at 760789-1910 or visit: RamonaGardenClub.com. —Regina Elling


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Artists Open Their Studio Doors For Two-Day Tour

Driving into the green hills of spring teeming with wildflowers sets the mood for beginning the 10th annual Ramona Open Studios Tour. The twoday event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Sponsored by Ramona Chamber of Commerce, the tour features 19 artists in 13 private studios located throughout Ramona, including four in San Diego Country Estates. Visitors move at their own pace, seeing old favorites, making new discoveries, and having the opportunity to purchase artwork for their collections. A unique alchemy results when 19 award-winning artists and craftsmen open their studios to the public. Visual artists work mostly in isolation, not often connecting with the people who appreciate and purchase their work. Would you like to learn more about the artists’ inspirations, their medium, and how they work? There is something for everyone, from the practical to the philosophical, from the whimsical to the serious. Once a year the art-

ists extend a personal invite to Open Studio visitors, creating an intimate atmosphere to nurture a connection between the artists, their personal experiences, and their artwork. The tour is always the second weekend in April. Artists featured on the upcoming tour include: Molly Jaeger-Begent and Dave and Bradley Begent, Jim Berger, Lyn Feudner, Marina Jenkins, Linda Kelly, Dave Lambert, Carol Levin, Jolinda Marshall, Jerry and Jody Meloche, Hal and Pat Snyder, Lori Sutherland, Kathi and Dave Vargo, Nancy Wiley, and Regina Wilson. For examples of the artists’ work or to learn more about the tour, visit www. ramonaart.com. Tickets are $10 per person including a full-color brochure with map and can be ordered by phone from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce at 760789-1311 or in person at the chamber office at 960 Main St. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the artists’ studios on the days of the event. Look for the bright yellow “Open Studio” signs. —Judy Nachazel

Year-Round Art Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery at 845 Main St., open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcases area artists and their works, holding monthly art receptions and an annual juried show in the fall. For more, call 760-789-3682 or visit olderamonahotelgallery.com. Ramona Art Guild holds monthly demonstrations and workshops. For more, visit ramonaartguild.org.

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Agriculture Murals

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or some, a blank wall is a canvas. That’s how it is with the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, and the fruits of the group’s effort are visible in Ramona’s Town Center. Driving down Ramona’s commercial district, look up when you reach the Town & Country Real Estate & Home Loans building at 10th and Main. The town’s first mural is on the building’s tower. It’s of the late Casey Tibbs, worldrenown rodeo cowboy champion who lived in Ramona. His shirt is purple, his favorite color. Both sections of the mural show him as a young man, one with a saddle slung over his right shoulder and one riding a bucking bronc. At Fourth and Main, don’t miss the mural on the Business Barn wall. It celebrates the varied aspects of Ramona’s equine lifestyle. Jeanne and John Whalen, the artists who painted the Charles Lindbergh mural at San Diego Airport, did the Casey Tibbs artwork. San Diego artist Linda Churchill created the equine

mural. Murals soon will be on the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet wall at Eighth and Main and on Ramona Music Center, 1045 Main St. Watch for other murals as they fill business walls throughout town. Ramona H.E.A.R.T.’s mission is to celebrate the town’s rich cultural heritage through exceptional outdoor murals and at the same time to encourage economic vitality and promote community pride. In addition to reflecting Ramona’s location in the center of San Diego County, the group’s name represents facets of Ramona: H for Historic and Hiking E for Equine A for Arts, Antiques & Agricul ture R for rural vistas and drives T for tasting of fine wines

Keep up with Ramona H.E.A.R.T.’s progress at ramonamurals.com. —Maureen

Robertson

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esides being known as the Valley of the Sun, Ramona is also considered the Gateway to the Backcountry. From downtown Ramona, head east on Main Street, which is also State Route 78. The curvy scenic route leads toward the Cuyamaca Mountains and eventually merges with Old Julian Highway At the junction of Routes 78 and 79, you’ll find the small community of Santa Ysabel. Stop in at the historic Santa Ysabel Store and Backcountry Visitor Center. The iconic landmark, dating back to 1884, sells specialty items and provides maps, guidebooks, and other items for those embarking on a tour of the backcountry. Also at the junction is Dudley’s Famous Bakery, a landmark since 1963. Santa Ysabel Casino can be reached by turning north on Route 79. Stay on Route 78 and the elevation quickly increases as you head into the mountains. On the way to the historic mining town of Julian, you’ll pass apple orchards and drive through the quaint com-

Gateway to the

Backcountry munity of Wynola with antique and unique shops, restaurants, and beer, wine and hard cider tasting. Apple pie is synonymous with Julian, which sits at an elevation of 4,235 feet. After strolling through the many shops — some in structures dating back to the 1800s — treat yourself to a delicious slice of apple pie at one of the many restaurants or bake shops in town. In addition to eating and shopping, there are plenty of historic sites and trails to visit around the Julian area. Anyone interested in fishing can see what’s biting at at Lake Sutherland on weekends. To reach the lake, take Route 78 east to Sutherland Dam Road, halfway between Ramona and Santa Ysabel, and turn north to the reservoir. Private boats are allowed but there are no boat rentals. For hours and other information, see www.sandiego. gov/water/pdf/06schedule. pdf or call 619-465-3474. —Karen

Brainard

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Calendar

Year Round Fun Ramona offers year-round events and activities. Here’s a sampling of what’s planned. For updated listings, see ramonasentinelcom.

April 2013

4-7: Stitches in Time quilt show, 1 to 4 p.m., Guy B. Woodward Museum, 645 Main St. More: 760789-7644 12-14: Spring Craft Fair, Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. More: 760-788-8860 13: 19th Annual Walk for Life, 8 a.m., Collier Park. More: 760-789-7059 13-14: 10th Annual Open Artist Studios Tour. More: 760-789-1311 20-21: 2013 Relay for Life Ramona, Wilson Stadium 27: Garden Tour and Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Self-guided garden tour. More: ramonagardenclub. com 27: Ramona Music Fest, noon to 5 p.m., Dos Picos County Park. More: www.RamonaMusicFest.org

May 2013

4: Authors’ Day at the Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ramona Library. More: friendsoframonalibrary.org.

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4-5: Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest, Ramona Outdoor Community Center. More: www.ramonabluegrassfest.com 6-8: Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour, Ramona Airport. More: www.collingsfoundation. org 11: San Vicente Valley Club Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More: sanvicentevalley club.org 12: 2013 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling stage race will come through downtown Ramona.

June 2013

8: BowWowPowWow, Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane, 10 a.m. More: kiwanisramonaca.org 22: Horseshoe Tournament, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane. More: ramonachamber.com

July 2013

4: July 4 Parade, 10 a.m., Pappas Road. More: www.sdcea.net 4: July 4 Family Picnic & Fireworks, 1521 Hanson Lane, 5 p.m. More: ramonarotary.org 27: National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration, noon to 5 p.m., Mountain Valley

Ranch, 842 State Route 78. More: 760-789-4867

October 2013

12: Ramona Oktoberfest, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. More: 760-445-8571 Mid-month: Backcountry Quilt Show. More: backcountryquilters.com 31: Merchants Safe Trick or Treat, 3 to 6 p.m., Main Street business district. More: ramona chamber.com

November 2013

Craft Fair, Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. More: 760-788-8860 28: Turkey Trot Trail Run. More: 760-789-4146

December 2013

7: Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Collier Park. More: ramonachamber.com 14: 1894 Christmas Dinner, 6 p.m., Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. More: ramonatownhall. com

January & February 2014

Saturdays: Hawk Watch, 10 a.m., 18030 Highland Valley Road. More: wildlife-research.org


Business Directory Accounting and Bookkeeping Services Cindy Price, E.A. ............................ 760-788-6944 Diversified Accounting .................. 760-789-8870 H&R Block – Elizabeth Flehr .......... 760-789-3510 Juanita’s Bookkeeping & Tax Svc. . 760-789-1334 LA Consulting Company ................ 619-994-9542 Poortinga Accountancy ................. 760-789-0280 Air Conditioning & Heating Action Air Conditioning & Heating 760-787-0875 Corrigan’s Heating & Air Cond. .... 760-788-7033 GK Heating & Air Conditioning ...... 760-789-3441 MHS Heating & Air Conditioning ... 760-744-9450 Superior AC & Heating .................. 760-789-6784 Airport Ramona Airport ............................ 760-788-3366 Animal Services A Country Clip ............................... 760-788-3722 Animal Artistry .............................. 760-789-7436 County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. ......................................... 619-767-2675

Emergency Animal Rescue ............ 760-789-5775 High on Kennels ............................ 760-782-0728 Highland Valley Veterinary Hosp. . 760-788-6250

Danny’s Truck & Auto ................... 760-789-6177 Dave’s Auto Truck & RV Service....... 760-788-1770

Eiler Tire & Brake .......................... 760-788-7560 Fix Auto ......................................... 760-789-9777 Main Street Auto Care .................. 760-788-8686 RAE ................................................. 760-788-1505

Ramona Body Shop ....................... 760-789-0080

Carpet & Flooring

Ramona Motor Works ..................... 760-789-3094

The Blinds Spot & Regal Floors ........ 760-787-1406 The Carpet Lady .............................. 760-789-6929

Ramona Transmissions ................. 760-788-0200 Ron’s Tire & Brake Inc. .................. 760-789-3600 Superior Automotive .................... 760-789-2800 Traction Tire ................................... 760-789-8877

Automotive - Detailing Jerry’s B Street Express Car Wash . 760-789-9993 K2 Auto Detailing .......................... 760-420-4944 Ramona Classic Car Wash ............. 760-788-1343 Banks Bank of America ............................ 760-788-8218 Bank of Southern California .......... 760-788-8788 Chase Bank.................................... 760-789-0223 Union Bank ................................... 760-788-6742 Wells Fargo Bank .......................... 760-789-7934 Bars & Night Spots

Kritter Kamp ................................... 760-788-6799

Cheers of Ramona ........................... 760-789-0270

La Dolce Vita Alpacas .................... 760-788-1959 Laund-Yer-Mutt .......................... 760-788-WASH

D’Carlos ........................................ 760-789-4340 Molly Malone’s ............................ 760-789-9050 Nuevo Grill .................................... 760-789-2801 Par Lounge ........................ 760-789-8290, x2219 Turkey Inn .................................... 760-789-0471

Animal Boarding Facilities Kritter Kamp ................................... 760-788-6799 Adobe Animal Hospital ................... 760-789-7090

Animal Artistry .............................. 760-789-7436 Antiques Michael E. Clack ............................ 760-788-3620 Original Old Town Antique Fair ....... 760-789-0574 Squash Blossom Trading Co. ............ 760-788-2353

Appliance Repair Mr. Ron’s Appliance Repair........... 760-788-8481 Apartments Canyon Crest & Starlight Grove .... 760-789-2542 Ramona Village & Sun Valley ........ 760-789-9660 Silverado ....................................... 760-789-5786 Valle Del Sol .................................. 760-788-0826 Arts Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery .......... 760-789-3682 Ramona Concert Association ........ 760-789-7474 Auction Services Joe Bradley Auctioneers ............... 619-297-7653 TNT Auction .................................. 801-519-0123

Beauty Shops Artistry in Hair............................... 760-789-1231 B Street Salon ............................... 760-788-4916 bellamia Salon Spa Boutique ........... 760-788-3275

Chic Boutique ................................ 760-788-2800 China Blue Salon .......................... 760-788-8701 Dreamy Nails & Spa ...................... 760-789-7448 Dynamic Hair ................................ 760-789-4247 Geoffrey’s ..................................... 760-788-3711 Master Hair & Nails ....................... 760-789-4980 Moxie Salon .................................. 619-855-0881 Ramona Beauty Supply & Salon....... 760-789-4413

Salon Blondies ............................... 760-789-9989 Shearendipity ................................ 760-484-6600 Venus Nails & Spa ........................... 760-787-5909

Blinds The Blinds Spot & Regal Floors ........ 760-787-1406

Building & Home, also see Contractors Accurate Underground & Grading . 760-789-8792 EPS Lumber, Economizers ............. 760-789-4950 Hurricane & Poway Fence Co. ....... 760-789-4142 Ransom Brothers True Value ........... 760-789-0240

Automotive A&A Muffler .................................. 858-486-0415

Carpet Cleaning Big D Services, Inc. ........................ 760-789-0587 One Call Carpet & Uph. Cleaning .. 760-504-6608 Vaca’s Carpet ................................ 760-789-3231 We Care Carpet & Uph. Cleaning .. 760-788-1862

Child Care Services Boys & Girls Club........................... 760-788-7564 Busy Bee Preschool ....................... 760-789-0941 Chiropractors Pietrek Spinal Care ........................ 858-676-1218 Richard Turpin, D.C. ..................... 760-789-9488 Christmas Trees Pine Tree Acres ............................. 760-788-5524 Churches Berean Bible Church ..................... 760-789-4781 Church of Christ ............................ 760-789-7103 Congregation Etz Chaim ................ 760-789-2781 First Christian Church .................... 760-789-2371 First Congregational Church ......... 760-789-3348 Grace Community Church ............. 760-789-0562 Hope Christian Fellowship of Ramona ................ …………………………………………………….760-789-7775 Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish . 760-789-0583 Light of the Lamb .......................... 760-788-7796 Mountain View Community ......... 760-789-0866 New Life Assembly of God ............ 619-647-5120 Ramona Lutheran ......................... 760-789-1367 Ramona Seventh Day Adventist .... 760-789-3478 Ramona United Methodist ........... 760-789-7106 Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church ........ 760-788-7456 St. Mary’s In-The-Valley Episcopal 760-789-0890 Ramona Southern Baptist Church . 760-789-2732 Cigar Lounge Stallion Cigar Club ......................... 760-822-3666 Computer Services Bob’s Computer Service ................ 760-594-0922 Contractors B. Brian Builders............................ 858-679-9167 Flash Electric ................................. 760-789-2988 Lou’s Cabinets ............................... 760-789-4412 Mark Owens General Contractor .. 760-789-5265 R.J. Kuchta Construction ............... 760-789-5209 Sass Electric .................................. 619-804-2909 Superior AC & Heating .................. 760-789-6784 Businesses listed in bold have advertisements in this publication

Watt’s New Solar Systems ............ 760-782-9200

Country Tire & Auto ........................ 760-789-4141

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Business Directory Dance Pat Leming Ballroom Workshops 760-789-8532 Ramona Dance Centre ................ 760-789-8532 Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance .... 760-789-1711

Dentist Dr. Brandon Jergensen, DDS ....... 760-789-6200 Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, DDS................ 760-787-0962

Dr. James L. Hill, DDS Inc. ............ 760-789-2330 Dr. Liske, DDS Gen. Dentistry ...... 760-789-9500 Dr. Mark Chintala, DDS ............. 760-789-2882

Education Services College Planning Source .............. 858-676-0700 Lacaze Learning Center ............... 760-519-7517 Ramona Lutheran School ............ 760-789-4804 Elder Care Casa De Las Campanas ................ 858-451-9152 Grace Care Management ............ 760-789-9177 Ramona Adult Day Health Care .. 760-789-1553 Ramona Senior Manor .................. 760-440-9844

Ramona Family Dentistry ............ 760-789-0170

Entertainment Ramona Mainstage ..................... 760-789-7008

Dermatology Ramona Dermatology ................. 760-789-6434

Adventures on Horseback ............. 760-670-8050

Ramona Dental Group................... 760-789-8537

Equine

Florists Luis Vasquez Floral Designs ........ 760-787-9300 Ramona Florist & Gifts ................ 760-789-1852 Sun Valley Florist .......................... 760-789-3054

Furniture Dovetail Furnishings - Custom .... 619-977-4105 Gas Station Arco ............................................ 760-789-3830 Golf Mount Woodson ......................... 760-788-3555 San Vicente Golf Resort ............ 760-789-8290 San Vicente Golf Resort Shop ..... 760-789-3477

Matthews Equine Service, Inc. .... 760-789-1123

Grocery Stores

Dining & Beverages 3rd Street Grill @ Daniel’s West .. 760-789-3354 Amerient Restaurant .................. 760-789-6855

Vineyard Trail Rides ...................... 951-595-3503

Albertsons .................................... 760-789-0023

Escrow Service

Ramona Family Naturals ............. 760-787-5987 Stater Brothers ........................... 760-789-9915

Amici Pizza, Pasta & Subs .............. 760-788-4800

Oakwood Escrow .......................... 858-217-5264

Big Apple Bagels .......................... 760-788-1800 Boll Weevil of Ramona ................ 760-788-1392

Event Services

Cheers of Ramona ......................... 760-789-0270

Aaron Griffin ................................. 760-271-9684

Cold Stone Creamery .................. 760-788-4335 Da Tuna Shack............................. 760-788-8862 D’Carlos....................................... 760-789-4340 Denny’s ....................................... 760-788-8878 Dinner Studio .............................. 858-277-1977 Jeremy’s on the Hill..................... 760-765-1587 Kountry Kitchen .......................... 760-789-3200 La Cocina ..................................... 760-789-8332 Los Amigos ............................... 760-789-5086 Little Caesar’s Pizza ..................... 760-788-7701

Cantrall Wedding Officiant Serv. 619-699-9290 Consider It Done ......................... 619-507-8811 Seidl’s Party Rentals .................... 760-787-9455

Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant ... 760-789-6147

Mi Casa Reveles .......................... 760-789-9823 Mi Ranchito Taco Shop ............... 760-789-0368 Molly Malone’s ........................... 760-789-9050 Nuevo Grill .................................. 760-789-2801 The Oaks Grille ................ 760-789-8290, x2211 Packards ..................................... 760-789-4262 Par Lounge ...................... 760-789-8290, x2219 Poway Sushi Lounge ................... 858-748-0070 Quizno’s ...................................... 760-787-9892

Something Delicious...................... 619-884-0730

Farmers Market / Farm Stands Farmer Steve Inc. ........................ 760-751-0805 Grebar Farms ................................ 760-789-4261

Ramona Certified Farmers Mkt. .. 760-522-0169 Feed Stores Catt Farm & Ranch Supply .......... 760-789-2280 Diamond D Feed & Supply .......... 760-789-1240 Elston Hay & Grain ...................... 760-789-5020 E&R Quality ................................ 760-789-1741 Kahoots Feed & Pet Supply ......... 760-788-7785 Fencing Hurricane & Poway Fence Company, Inc ......... …………………………………………………760-789-4142 Ramona Fence, Inc. .................... 760-788-1538 Financial LPL Financial - Yvonne Catton ..... 760-870-4222 SBF Payroll Services ...................... 760-703-2735

Disposal/Recycling County of San Diego Recycling .....877-r-1-earth Daily Disposal .............................. 619-702-3300 Ramona Disposal Service ............ 760-789-0516 Richardson Recycling .................. 760-789-9041

Health Clubs Crossfit Brand X .......................... 760-788-8091 Fitness Xpress for Women ............. 760-870-4580

Eye Care Dr. Susan Homesley .................... 760-789-0950 Ramona Eye Care ........................ 760-788-3622

Ramona Cafe ................................ 760-789-8656

Ramona Lisa’s Pizza & Subs ....... 760-789-8200 Ramona Valley Grill .................... 760-789-3240 Romano’s Italian ......................... 760-765-1003 Santa Ysabel Casino .................... 760-787-0909 Starbucks .................................... 760-789-0053 Starbucks (Albertsons) ................ 760-789-0023 Yogurt Barn ................................. 760-787-1500

Hardware Stores Ace Hardware ............................. 760-440-3380 E.P.S. Hardware .......................... 760-789-4950 Ransom Bros. Hardware ............. 760-789-7898

Fireplace / Woodstoves / Chimney Sweep Pott Belly Shop ............................ 760-789-4567

High Definition Fitness ................ 858-869-9770 Ramona Fitness Center ................. 760-789-3500

Health Services Arch Health Partners................... 760-789-5160 Dr. Fredric Arsham ...................... 760-789-2629 Ramona Oaks Family Medicine, Dr. James Ricketts..................... 760-789-8812 Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic ... 760-789-7059 Home Improvement Aging in Place Remodeling .......... 858-776-8700 Carrera Design ............................ 760-788-4759 Kitchen Barn, The ......................... 760-788-6900

Luxury Ranch Interior Design ...... 760-789-9328 Millwork Company, The ................ 760-788-1533 Ramona Interiors ......................... 760-789-6025

Tom Fite Const. & Patio Co. ........ 619-405-9390 Insurance Elite Contractors Insurance ......... 877-331-9149 Farmers Ins. Amber Ramirez ......... 760-789-0010

Farmers Ins. Luis Carbajal ........... 760-787-1100 Maguire Health Insurance Svc ... 760-788-4776 United Hlth Care/Sec. Horizons…619-647-5923 Wateridge Insurance Services ..... 760-788-9558 Jewelry Artistry in Gold ............................ 858-486-4373 Jewelry World and Loan ................ 760-789-2048

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Business Directory Landscape Services/Plant Nurseries Calvillo’s Landscape Service ........ 760-788-6913 Edible Eden, orchard specialist ... 858-748-3316 RTC Nursery ................................ 760-789-5910 Legal Services Evan A. Drexl, Esq. ...................... 760-789-1485 Law Office Krysak & Associates... 760-789-9314 Toothacre & Ames LLP ................ 760-440-9998 Library Ramona Community Library ....... 760-788-5270

Orthodontist Dr. C. M. Hulsey, III DDS, MS ....... 760-789-3340 Ramona Orthodontics ................. 760-789-0247 Paintball Park Velocity ........................................ 619-871-8504

Pest Control Air Superiority ............................. 760-445-2023 Photography Piedra Photos .............................. 760-522-8388

Lumber E.P.S. Lumber ................................ 760-789-4950 Ransom Bros. Lumber & Supply..... 760-789-0240

Plumbing Jim Haworth Plumbing Service ... 760-789-5119 Ramona’s Plumber ...................... 760-788-2889

Martial Arts Ramona Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ........... 760-787-5855 Ramona Martial Arts ................... 760-315-2274 Ramona Mixed Martial Arts ........ 858-204-6765

Pool Service Webb Pool & Spa ....................... 760-789-7704

Massage

Postal Services Ransom Brothers Postal Annex ... 760-789-7849 United States Postal Service ....... 800-275-8777

BeeBee’s Massage Therapy ........... 760-445-5322

UPS Store, The .............................. 760-789-1141

Mediation Mediation Matters ..................... 619-820-8973 Mobile Home Parks Oak Tree Ranch Inc. .................... 760-789-1382 Mortgage Bankers/Brokers San Vicente Mortgage................. 760-787-1700 Town & Country Home Loans & Real Estate ..... …………………………………………………760-789-9995 WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital LLC – Shelly Heimer ............................. 760-870-7730

– Theresa Tynan .......................... 760-787-0111 – Michela Griffin ......................... 858-354-0669 Mortuary & Cemetery

Professional Services Nutshell Promotions .......................................... ........................... kat@nutshellpromotions.com

Debbie Espinoza ................ 619-913-7783

Kamps Propane ............................. 619-390-6304

TL & Associates ........................... 760-440-9064 Cheryl Hotchkiss ................. 858-735-5542 Town & Country Realty Inc. ........ 760-803-2001 Deborah Hoss ..................... 760-822-2110 Joan Gansert ....................... 760-518-2081

Propane Delivery Service ............ 760-721-8600 Pro-Flame of Ramona.................... 760-788-6262

Ramona Energy, Inc. .................. 800-789-0410 Shuster Oil, Inc. ........................... 760-745-0591 Valero ......................................... 760-789-2411

Publications Orange Book Ramona Directory . 760-789-4243 Ramona Lifestyles ....................... 760-789-1350 Ramona Sentinel Newspaper ...... 760-789-1350

Motorcycles

Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine ....................................... Dave@RVWRmag.com

San Vicente Valley News ............. 760-310-5107 Pump & Water Storage Ransom Pump & Supply, Inc. ...... 760-789-5955

Afterhours Studio.......................760-789-3154

Music Outreach ........ mosdirector@gmail.com Ramona Music Center................760-789-3154

Notary Cantrall Mobile Notary ............... 619-699-9290 Joan Gansert ............................... 760-518-2081

Nancy Lund........................... 760-207-4842

Windermere Signature Properties – Becky Costello .

……………………………………………………760-420-2325

Property Management Easy Living Property Mgmt. ........ 619-490-9577

Service ........................................ 760-789-1678 Nuevo Memory Gardens/Ramona Cemetery District ........................................ 760-789-0136

Music

Stage Presence Homes .................. 619-247-2756 Carol Fowler ......................... 760-522-1777

Propane, Gas & Oil Amerigas ..................................... 760-789-3100

Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary & Cremation

All American KTM ......................... 760-788-7733 Ramona Performance Cycles ......... 760-788-2453

Judy Raines ......................... 760-604-1946 Karen Dye ........................... 760-787-3179 Melinda Zeller..................... 619-708-9812 Sharon Quisenberry ............ 760-787-3177 Susan Michalek ................... 760-445-1270 Susan Royal ........................ 760-522-2936 Theresa Rose ...................... 760-788-7665 Veronica Clark .................... 760-803-3582 Eileen Castberg RE Brokerage ..... 760-440-0884 The Funderburk Company Myrna MacMurray ............. 760-390-0062 MJN Real Estate Nicholas Deseno ................. 760-803-4840 Prudential Bob Weaver ........................ 760-703-5158 Melinda Farkas Real Estate Co. ... 800-360-3714 Ramona Real Estate Association ........ RREA.org Ramona Real Estate Brokerage Janet Worsham................... 760-789-8486 Paul & Bryn Tarr ................. 760-789-4000 Re/Max Direct ............................. 760-788-1000 Jan Ryan.............................. 760-420-9780 Regina Flores ...................... 760-788-0721 The Roy Team ............................ 760-787-4292 San Vicente Realty ..................... 760-789-8678 Clendenen Group ............... 760-787-3210 Doreen Smith...................... 760-803-4708

Real Estate Apple Tree Realty ........................ 760-765-1111 Century 21 Award Martha Luce ....................... 760-532-7196 Sally Westbrook .................. 760-525-4888 Century 21 San Vicente Kathy Smail ......................... 760-787-4296 Coldwell Banker Country Realty .... 760-789-2110

Resort Riviera Oaks Resort ..................... 760-788-7711 San Diego Country Estates “The Good Life”........ ..................................................... 760-789-3826 San Vicente Inn ............................. 760-789-8290

Santa Ysabel Casino .................... 760-787-0909 Retail Big 5 Sporting Goods ................... 760-787-0726 Crazy 9 Patch Quilt Shop ............. 760-789-4050 Dynamic Discounts...................... 760-788-6459 Elam’s Hallmark .......................... 760-788-9107 Fashionably Late ......................... 760-787-0797 Goodwill ...................................... 760-440-9440 Herbal Life – Amy Arena ............. 760-789-1529 Kimi’s Fashions............................ 760-789-1099 Kirk’s Bike Shop Inc. ...................... 760-789-4111

Mexi-Crafts Co. ........................... 619-478-1060 Ramona Food & Clothes Closet... 760-789-4458 Ranger Doug ............................... 760-789-4867 2013-2014 Ramona Lifestyles 53


Business Directory Retail, continued Sears of Ramona ......................... 760-788-8080 Seidl’s Party Supplies ................. 760-787-9455 Treasures Christian Store ............ 760-788-0254

Screen Printing / Embroidery Marketing Worx .......................... 760-788-0535

High Valley Veterinary Hospital .... 760-788-6250 Ramona Animal Hospital............... 760-788-0960

Shuttle Services

Unicorn Books and Gifts ................ 760-788-3700

Transit Van Shuttle ....................... 760-789-7852

Waste Management Daily Disposal Services, Inc. .......... 619-702-3300 Ramona Disposal .......................... 760-789-0516

Victoria Supply Company ............ 760-789-5656 WT Kirkman Lanterns.................. 760-789-2126

Spa Services Ambience Day Spa ...................... 619-328-4772

RV All About Fun – Rental/Sales ...... 760-789-8988 All About Fun – RV Service .......... 760-789-0407

bellamia Salon Spa Boutique ......... 760-788-3275

Septic Green Clean ................................619-663-BLUE Sludgebusters ............................. 760-789-7054

Tanning Ramona Tan ................................ 760-788-9990

Schools Barnett Elementary School ......... 760-787-3500 Hanson Elementary..................... 760-787-2100 James Dukes Elementary ............ 760-788-5060 Montecito High School ............... 760-787-4300 Mount Woodson Elementary ..... 760-788-5120 Mountain Valley Academy .......... 760-787-3600 Olive Peirce Middle School ......... 760-787-2400 Palomar College .......................... 760-744-1150 Ramona Community School ........ 760-787-3600 Ramona Elementary ................... 760-787-4400 Ramona High School ................... 760-787-4000 Ramona Lutheran School ............ 760-789-4804 RUSD District Offices ................... 760-787-2000

Pacifica Spa Studio ...................... 760-505-6597 Riviera Wellness Spa ................... 760-788-3738

Water Hague Quality Water .................... 760-789-5010 Ramona Municipal Water District. 760-789-1330 Window Cleaning Krystal Klean ................................. 760-315-3467 Wineries

Thrift Shops Goodwill ...................................... 760-440-9440 Ramona Food & Clothes Closet... 760-789-4458 Transportation Transit Van Shuttle ....................... 760-789-7252

Adventures on Horseback ............... 760-670-8050 Cactus Star Vineyard ...................... 760-787-0779 Edwards Vineyard & Cellars ............ 760-788-6800 Hacienda de Las Rosas .................... 619-840-5557 Mahogany Mountain Vineyard ........ 760-788-7048 Milagro Farm Vineyard & Winery .... 760-787-0738 Pamo Valley Vineyards & Winery .... 760-271-3090

Utilities

Pyramid Vineyard & Winery ......... 760-789-5358

Ramona Municipal Water District ... 760-789-1330

Ramona Ranch Winery ................... 760-789-1622 Salerno Winery ............................... 760-788-7160 Schwaesdall Winery ........................ 760-789-7547 Transit Van Shuttle ......................... 760-789-7252 Turtle Rock Ridge ............................ 760-789-5555 Vineyard Trail Rides ........................ 951-595-3503 Woof’n Rose Winery ....................... 760-788-4818

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ....... 800-411-7343 Veterinary Services Adobe Animal Hospital ................. 760-789-7090

Cedar Creek Equine Vet .............. 760-484-4426 Giddy-Up, Miska Carlberg DVM .. 760-504-6713

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56 Ramona Lifestyles 2013-2014

2013.Ramona Lifestyles  

Annual publication for the Ramona area tourist attractions including wineries, dining, lodging, anitiques and more.

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