Guidebook for Descanso

Marc
Guidebook for Descanso

Food Scene

In these days of fast food, quick service and hurry-and-get-it-done, we can get quite nostalgic for times when life's pace was slower and quieter; when cooking and eating were family activities that served to nourish the heart and relationships as well as the body. Descanso Junction Restaurant strives to recreate this atmosphere for busy families, without having to do the dishes afterward.
Descanso Junction
8306 CA-79
In these days of fast food, quick service and hurry-and-get-it-done, we can get quite nostalgic for times when life's pace was slower and quieter; when cooking and eating were family activities that served to nourish the heart and relationships as well as the body. Descanso Junction Restaurant strives to recreate this atmosphere for busy families, without having to do the dishes afterward.
If you want Mexican food you won't have to go far. Veronica's is quite good and very inexpensive. They have sit down or take out. Open M-Su 7:00am - 8:00pm.
Veronica's Kitchen
24680 Viejas Grade Rd
If you want Mexican food you won't have to go far. Veronica's is quite good and very inexpensive. They have sit down or take out. Open M-Su 7:00am - 8:00pm.
The rustic atmosphere sets off the big, meaty meals found here. Craving venison or buffalo? You can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! A half-pound Buffalo patty and eggs will get you started, or go in the opposite direction and enjoy a veggie-friendly Tree Hugger breakfast consisting of a granola-encrusted piece of French Toast. Lunch offers an array of unusual hamburgers and salads. Things get serious at dinner, with bigger hamburgers and gigantic slabs of meat
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Janet's Montana Cafe
2506 Alpine Boulevard
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The rustic atmosphere sets off the big, meaty meals found here. Craving venison or buffalo? You can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! A half-pound Buffalo patty and eggs will get you started, or go in the opposite direction and enjoy a veggie-friendly Tree Hugger breakfast consisting of a granola-encrusted piece of French Toast. Lunch offers an array of unusual hamburgers and salads. Things get serious at dinner, with bigger hamburgers and gigantic slabs of meat
If you have a need for Sushi, then this is a great place to go!
Ahi Sushi & Grill
1347 Tavern Road
If you have a need for Sushi, then this is a great place to go!
A very romantic and quiet place to enjoy quality Italian food
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Mediterraneo
1347 Tavern Road
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A very romantic and quiet place to enjoy quality Italian food
Wonderful Pizza in Alpine
Adriano's Pizza Grotto
5005 Willows Road
Wonderful Pizza in Alpine

Parks & Nature

This is a great place to go just about 15 minutes from our location in Descanso. Plenty of hiking, picnicking, and even some cool waterfalls to cool off in the Summer. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes.
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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
14592-14674 CA-79
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This is a great place to go just about 15 minutes from our location in Descanso. Plenty of hiking, picnicking, and even some cool waterfalls to cool off in the Summer. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes.
Highly recommended trail in the area
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Stonewall Peak Trailhead
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Highly recommended trail in the area
A wonderful place to picnic
Pine Valley County Park
28810 Old Highway 80
A wonderful place to picnic

Sightseeing

A premier mountain getaway, just 30 minutes from Descanso, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. Take a step back in time to the days of Julian’s beginning rooted in the 1870’s gold rush. Get away from the hectic rush of city life… discover the charms of Julian. See where gold was discovered—shop stores housed in historic buildings dating back to the 1870’s—sleep in a romantic B&B or historic hotel—sample Julian’s famous apple pie —hike and picnic amid oaks and pines—ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy!
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Julian
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A premier mountain getaway, just 30 minutes from Descanso, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. Take a step back in time to the days of Julian’s beginning rooted in the 1870’s gold rush. Get away from the hectic rush of city life… discover the charms of Julian. See where gold was discovered—shop stores housed in historic buildings dating back to the 1870’s—sleep in a romantic B&B or historic hotel—sample Julian’s famous apple pie —hike and picnic amid oaks and pines—ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy!

Drinks & Nightlife

Alpine beer is part of the delicious 'craft' beer scene in San Diego. Famous for their delicious IPA's, Alpine is a great place to go for some good beer and conversation. Just about 10 minutes South from the Ranch off of Highway 8. My favorite is the 'Duet' IPA.
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Alpine Beer Company Tasting Room
2363 Alpine Boulevard
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Alpine beer is part of the delicious 'craft' beer scene in San Diego. Famous for their delicious IPA's, Alpine is a great place to go for some good beer and conversation. Just about 10 minutes South from the Ranch off of Highway 8. My favorite is the 'Duet' IPA.
Must be 18 or older to enter and play in the Casino. Located in the heart of America’s finest city, Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace back in 1983. Now, it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012 with additional enhancements in 2015, Sycuan now features 2,000 exciting reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, poker, bingo and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room – complete with its own separate entrance.
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Sycuan Casino Resort
5469 Casino Way
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Must be 18 or older to enter and play in the Casino. Located in the heart of America’s finest city, Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace back in 1983. Now, it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012 with additional enhancements in 2015, Sycuan now features 2,000 exciting reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, poker, bingo and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room – complete with its own separate entrance.
Just 15 or 20 minutes from the Ranch and surrounded by Native American decor, those eager to experience Las Vegas-style gaming can pursue their interests within a safe and relaxed atmosphere. All the usual games of chance are open 24 hours a day, plus a full bar, live entertainment and fine restaurants. Newly opened is the $30 million factory outlet center, where you can watch nightly water, laser and pyrotechnic displays.
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Viejas Casino & Resort
5000 Willows Road
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Just 15 or 20 minutes from the Ranch and surrounded by Native American decor, those eager to experience Las Vegas-style gaming can pursue their interests within a safe and relaxed atmosphere. All the usual games of chance are open 24 hours a day, plus a full bar, live entertainment and fine restaurants. Newly opened is the $30 million factory outlet center, where you can watch nightly water, laser and pyrotechnic displays.

Shopping

Viejas Outlets features dozens of America’s most popular names in apparel, accessories, footwear, housewares, and so much more! And you’ll enjoy amazing savings of 30% to 70% on your favorite brands! There is also an ice skating rink, fountain, bowling alley, lots of restaurants and food options. A good place to go if you're tired of the casino and want to take a break.
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Viejas Outlet Center
5003 Willows Rd
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Viejas Outlets features dozens of America’s most popular names in apparel, accessories, footwear, housewares, and so much more! And you’ll enjoy amazing savings of 30% to 70% on your favorite brands! There is also an ice skating rink, fountain, bowling alley, lots of restaurants and food options. A good place to go if you're tired of the casino and want to take a break.

Essentials

I love Barons Market. It is kind of like an upscale Trader Joe's. There is a good selection of local wines, beer, baked goods, and a solid selection of food items. Everyone is very friendly and you'll have a good time while shopping there!
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Barons Market Alpine
1347 Tavern Road
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I love Barons Market. It is kind of like an upscale Trader Joe's. There is a good selection of local wines, beer, baked goods, and a solid selection of food items. Everyone is very friendly and you'll have a good time while shopping there!

Horseback Riding and Lessons

This is a highly rated horseback stable where you can book lessons or trail rides. Julian is located about 22 miles from Descanso and will take approximately 37 minutes by car. The phone number for booking your ride is (760) 484-2929 http://www.integritystablesridingandtrainingcenter.com/ integritystables@gmail.com
Integrity Stables
2323 Farmer Road
This is a highly rated horseback stable where you can book lessons or trail rides. Julian is located about 22 miles from Descanso and will take approximately 37 minutes by car. The phone number for booking your ride is (760) 484-2929 http://www.integritystablesridingandtrainingcenter.com/ integritystables@gmail.com
You can book directly online. It is located in Pine Valley, which is only about 10-20 minutes from Descanso. They have great ratings as well. https://sandiegohorsetrailriding.com/
San Diego Horse Trail Riding
You can book directly online. It is located in Pine Valley, which is only about 10-20 minutes from Descanso. They have great ratings as well. https://sandiegohorsetrailriding.com/