On our trip we stayed at the San Diego country estates. Not only is this a timeshare location it is also an inn. I wasn’t impressed with the grounds. They offer pools and activities as well as horse centers etc. what they do not disclose is that there are houses that are apart of the community and you have to drive to get to the pools. The events are things brought on by the community around you. It is quiet because your in the mountains of San Diego, Ramona, to be exact. Don’t think you are close to town though. It is still a 15 minute drive to get to the town of Ramona. They have some grocery stores and a few food places. I wasn’t happy there because it was outside the city but I will tell you all about the things some people may have found great about this place.
The equestrian centers are only for people who already own horses. Something not clearly explained. The pools (3) all require a key to enter and the closest one to us was still a few blocks away down a nice sized hill. The pools from what I saw were always crowded with locals. When they were not crowded they had lessons or fitness activities that were by registration only. I never saw any clear hours for the pools. Sometimes lifeguards were present and others not.
If your looking to stay away from the city, this is the place for you. It is quiet. A 30 minute drive to Julian for the best apple pies ever. You have your own kitchen, living room, bathroom and large bedroom with two closets. The tv’s are equipped with cable. They don’t have delivery service there that I was able to find so unless your doing all your cooking, it’s a drive for food.
The staff doesn’t understand the help. Help: the Mexicans who work for I’m assuming decent wages. Let me explain. When we arrived, I was told our room was ready! Yay! We were a couple hours early (maybe just one but I hadn’t slept in 24 hours so I was tired). I got to the room (a bit of a drive from check in) to find the maid was still straightening the room. It was anything but ready. She was embarrassed and called her boss who then called the front desk who then called her in the room. (Did I mention you get your own private local number?) they mixed up her 6017 or something with 5601. After many apologies by her and me sitting there totally confused as to what to do. The room was straightened and she left.
I love the beach. There is no beach closer than an hour away. I love the city. Again 1 hour away. I have enough quiet at home. It was quiet. Everyday we traveled down the mountain an hour and back up again because the food there was not what I come to San Diego for. If you want quiet, lovely view and friendly staff. I would definitely recommend the country estates in Ramona. If your looking for busy and traffic and fun I would say stay in the city.
Our return flight was where all the excitement happened. Check out my next blog about United the return trip.