12/11/16 - 12/18/16
We've planned two sensational days for you and your family to discover San Diego's East County. Simply head east from town, then come back around.
Start your day by taking the 94 freeway east to Barrett Junction. You can grab breakfast at the Barrett Junction Cafe before continuing on to Campo - home of the Gaskill Brother's Stone Store Museum, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and Motor Transport Museum.
Keep going east to the Wisteria Candy Cottage, where you can enjoy delicious, homemade peanut butter and old-fashioned pulled taffy. After you've satisfied your sweet-tooth, start heading back on the 8 freeway to Viejas Casino and Outlet Center - where great shopping, dining and (hopefully) some luck await you.
If you've still got the energy, reward yourself with a flass of wine and some tapas at Gio Bistro, right in the heart of La Mesa Village.
Take the 8 freeway east to the 79, turn left and head through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. First, get your heart rate going with a quick, one hour hike at Stone Wall Peak Trail, then continue north to Julian, a historic gold-mining town known for its apple pie and mom-and-pop restaurants.
Take a 90-minute Gold Mine Tour, or check out Menghini Winery where you can do a quick tasting before heading on to Borrego Springs' Palm Canyon. Here, you'll work off lunch exploring natural streams and waterfalls as you work your way toward Fonts Point - make sure to keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep.
Finally, if you're tired, stop and stay at Barona Resort & Casino - let their spa pamper you, or play a round of golf.