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East County

San Diego's wild and wonderful backyard

San Diego's East County wilderness is one of the most diverse areas in the county featuring rolling hills, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, deep canyons and desert landscapes plus Indian casino gaming. 

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Get outside and discover your wild side

In sharp contrast to San Diego's beaches to the west, the rolling hills, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes and deep canyons make east county one of the most diverse areas in San Diego County to explore. The area offers hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and camping in the vast and beautiful wilderness. Spend an afternoon hiking Cowles Mountain, mountain biking through Mission Trails Regional Park, strolling along Lake Murray or fishing on El Capitan Reservoir. For flower lovers, don’t miss the spring wildflower bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where a blanket of color covers the desert floor.  

In addition to outdoor adventures, East San Diego County boasts plenty of entertainment. Sizzling Las Vegas-style Native American casinos, luxurious resorts tucked right into the rugged landscape, challenging golf courses built around natural obstacles, historic sites and highways, and annual festivals and rodeos can be enjoyed, all within the expansive landscape of this California wilderness country.

A favorite day trip in East San Diego is to the historic mining town of Julian. Set against the backdrop of the Cuyamaca Mountains and countless apple orchards, this friendly, walk-back-in-time town is as famous for its apple pie as it is for its collection of gold mines (several offer tours geared toward children). Julian has a variety of restaurants, bed & breakfast hideaways, antique stores, art galleries, nearby hiking and nature walks, along with the California Wolf Center for conservation.

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Getting to East County

East County is an expansive region, encompassing more than three quarters of San Diego County. The area can be accessed by heading east on Interstate 8, and California highways 94 and 52, 78 and 76. If you have a few hours, head up to the mountains and into the desert - Julian and Borrego Springs can be accessed from Highways 78 (off Interstate 15) and 79 (off Interstate 8). A bit closer to the city center, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee can be reached via the Orange or Green lines of the San Diego Trolley.

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San Diego Casinos

Try your had with lady luck at one of the many Indian Las Vegas style gaming casinos.

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Explore Julian

This historic mountain hideaway is rich with natural beauty and entertaining adventures, whether you want to take a day trip in search of sublime apple pie or get away for a romantic weekend in the tranquility of the great outdoors.

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Wine Tasting in Ramona

Eight great Ramona Valley wineries that are worth a try.

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Celebrate Dad on a VIP Wine and Food Adventure

Jun 16, 2024

Treat Dad, he deserves it!

This year, for fathers day, we're celebrating every day on our fabulous Chauffeured Vineyard Adventure Tour! 

Dad will love this afternoon of wine tasting in San Diego's gorgeous inland valleys. 

Highlights of this VIP Tour include:

- Approx. 6 hour VIP guided adventure to two stunning and unique local wineries.
- Ample tastings and pours of local wines (beer options available).
- Entertaining commentary on local history, and viticulture.
- Door-to-door transportation (from most San Diego locations).
- Wine tasting appreciation presentation, and guided winery tour.
- Delicious Winery Meal.
- Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours.

Perfect for mothers day; fathers day; birthdays; bachelorettes; etc.

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Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

May 25, 2024

Join us for the Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival featuring live music and entertainment, food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more! This is a free, public event.

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Night Fishing

Jul 11, 2024

Join us for a night of fishing in Lakes 1-4. No state fishing license is required, only a permit from the General Store. Adults $10, Jrs & Seniors $6, Extra pole stamp $4.

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Night Fishing

Jun 28, 2024

Join us for a night of fishing in Lakes 1-4. No state fishing license is required, only a permit from the General Store. Adults $10, Jrs & Seniors $6, Extra pole stamp $4.

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