Nestled in the dramatic boulder foothills of San Diego, Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club provides an ideal backdrop for a bit of R&R. Create your ideal retreat in this serene setting with activities that range from rigorous hikes to watching colorful sunsets while lounging poolside.
Whether you’re looking for a quick staycation or a family road trip, Diamond Resorts in Ramona, California is the perfect distance to get away for a while – and keep the comforts of home with a full kitchen and plenty of space for the whole family.
Hike to the Falls
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the San Vicente Valley and Cleveland National Forest. Cedar Creek Trail leads to one of the area’s most stunning waterfalls — check it out just after a rainstorm for maximum beauty.
Be aware that the 6-mile out-and-back trail requires top physical fitness. The gentle 3-mile descent to the falls rolls out views of the river valley below, but the return trip is an uphill 600-foot climb on the exposed rock face that can heat up to scorching temperatures by mid-afternoon in the summer. Plan six hours round trip and start before sunrise to beat the heat.
Bike the Foothills
If you like to mountain bike, discover miles of singletrack to pedal nearby.
The family-friendly West Side Trail takes you on a level, half-mile ride beneath shady oak trees along the base of Stone Mountain. Sandy creek crossings and a 30-foot elevation change are the only challenges on this relaxing route.
Or, you can opt to ride the entire Stone Mountain Loop Trail. Intersect with the North Side Trail and climb 108 feet up a wide trail cut into the stone. Join the Schwartz Canyon Trail at the top of the ridge, where a challenging, rutted descent rewards you with a creekside ride through shady trees. Finish up with a fast ride along the South Side Trail, where dips, hills and sandy stretches ramp up the fun factor and will leave you laughing.
Dive Right In
Hit the courts — and then the pool — at Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club. Serve up a fun workout with a challenging tennis match at one of the resort’s 15 courts, or spend a lazy day soaking up the sunshine at the resort’s two pools, where you can drink in the foothill views.
Get your blood pumping at the pool with a full-hour water aerobics class, and afterward, fire up the barbecue for a picnic and stick around for sunsets that make the surrounding landscape glow in shades of mauve, lavender and orange. On weekends, roast marshmallows on the deck and enjoy delicious s’mores with the whole family.
Climb the Highest Mountain
Get a panoramic view from the top of Mt. Gower, just east of the resort. Start before first light in the summer on this 4-hour trek that covers 8.2 miles. The 1,700-foot climb to the top takes you through miles of chaparral before reaching the granite boulders at the summit.
Trails along the way lead to nearby viewpoints, where you can catch an eyeful of Ramona, tucked into the Southern California countryside. The first viewpoint is a good turnaround for those who aren’t up to scrambling across the granite slabs to gain the summit. Bring plenty of food and water on this wilderness trek and enjoy a picnic along with the view.
Picnic with the Birds
Pack a picnic lunch and discover the area’s diverse ecosystem at Barnett Ranch County Preserve. Explore Live Oak Riparian Forest, oak woodlands, freshwater seeps, wildflower fields, scrublands, chaparral and more.
Bring your field glasses: The park is home to myriad birds and other wildlife, including sensitive species such as the Southern California rufous-crowned sparrow, white-tailed kite, loggerhead shrike and orange-throated whiptail lizard.
Take a break at picnic areas and viewpoints along the park’s multi-use trails. The park also has restrooms, making it an ideal spot for a family outing.
Play in the Park
Let the kids burn up some energy at Ramona Oaks Park, adjacent to the east end of Diamond’s Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club. Let them romp on colorful playground equipment or challenge them to a game of basketball. Shady ramadas are perfect for picnics and afternoon board games.
Take a stroll along the Ramona Oaks Shade Trail and watch for wildlife such as deer, ravens, coyotes and scrub jays. The path winds beneath scrub oaks along a creek bed and connects with trails leading to the Mt. Gower Open Space area.
This sunny California retreat provides fun for all ages and activities to keep everyone in the vacation mindset. Whether you’re taking an adventurous mountain hike or catching some rays by the pool, Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club is the perfect home base for your warm-weather retreat.
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