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Exploring the Red Tail Ranch: Unique Getaway in San Diego

Welcome to the picturesque escape that is Red Tail Ranch in San Diego, California! Nestled in the heart of breathtaking landscapes in the hills of Ramona, this Airbnb promises an unforgettable experience that combines rustic charm with modern comfort and a unique animal experience.


The Cozy Cabin Retreat:

When you first arrive at Red Tail Ranch, you'll be welcomed with a view of the sprawling log cabin that will be your home away from home and free roaming animals (more on the animals later). First, let's talk about the beautifully appointed cabin that seamlessly blends cozy vibes with contemporary amenities.

Photo of Red Tail Ranch San Diego

The cabin boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms, ensuring ample space and privacy for you and your fellow travelers. The upstairs area is a haven for both relaxation and productivity. You'll find a pool table for some friendly competition and a well-appointed desk, making it an ideal spot to catch up on work or simply take in the serene surroundings.


One of the cabin's standout features is the outside veranda that wraps around most of the cabin. Here, you can start your day with morning scenic views as you savor a cup of coffee or unwind in the evening with a drink in hand, watching the sun dip below the horizon with views of Alpacas, mini Highland Cows and more!


The cabin is equipped with an outside BBQ area, perfect for grilling up your favorite meals and dining al fresco with friends and family.


The cabin at Red Tail Ranch truly combines the comforts of home with the serenity of nature, providing you with an ideal retreat to create cherished moments with loved ones or to simply escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


An Immersive Animal Experience:

Red Tail Ranch is not just a place to stay; it's a passion project devoted to the development and understanding of exotic livestock. The ranch sits on an expansive 15 terraced acres, where enclosures house different animals in every direction. As you explore, you'll have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with free-roaming donkeys and alpacas. There is such a sense of joy of connecting with these gentle creatures, feeling their curiosity and affection firsthand. The ranch offers an unforgettable chance to forge a bond with nature's wonders.


Photo of mon and baby mini-highland cows

Meeting the Ranch Residents with the Owner, Chancellor:

But the animal encounters don't stop there. Wander the ranch's trails and you'll encounter emus, goats, and mini Highland cows. Imagine observing the elegant emus as they gracefully roam their habitat, or interacting with the playful goats that are always up for a bit of fun. And let's not forget the mini Highland cows—these adorable, pint-sized versions of their larger counterparts will surely steal your heart. Honestly, what drew me to stay here was the mini highland cows (I am a bit obsessed) but I have to say, the donkeys stole the show! I had so much fun with them - they followed us everywhere and were sweet natured. I am officially obsessed with donkeys now too!


One of the most unique aspects of your stay at Red Tail Ranch is the opportunity to personally connect with the ranch's animal residents, and it gets even better when you meet Chancellor, the owner of the ranch. Chancellor has a deep passion for exotic livestock and is eager to share his knowledge and experiences with guests.


During your stay, Chancellor is known to take guests on captivating tours of the ranch, introducing you to the diverse animal family that calls Red Tail Ranch home. As you wander through the enclosures, you'll have the chance to feed and interact with the friendly emus, goats, and lambs. Chancellor's enthusiasm is infectious, and he loves sharing interesting tidbits about each animal, from their unique behaviors to their favorite treats.


Photo  of Red Tail Ranch owner and goat

These tours are not just a chance to observe the animals; they're an educational and heartwarming experience. Chancellor's love for the ranch and its inhabitants shines through as he imparts his knowledge, creating a deeper connection between you and the animals you encounter.


Chancellor's commitment to the development and understanding of exotic livestock is not only a personal passion but also a gift he shares with his guests. It adds an extra layer of charm to your stay at Red Tail Ranch, making it an enriching and unforgettable experience.


Host Unforgettable Events at Red Tail Ranch:

Beyond being a tranquil retreat, Red Tail Ranch also serves as an ideal venue for hosting a variety of special events. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, gathering for a family holiday, or even planning a picturesque wedding, this ranch provides a unique and memorable setting.


Imagine celebrating your birthday surrounded by the rustic charm of the cabin and the serene beauty of the ranch. Gather your friends and family for a day filled with joy, laughter, and the opportunity to connect with the ranch's friendly animal residents.


For family holidays, there's no better place to create lasting memories than Red Tail Ranch. Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other special occasion, the cabin's spacious interiors and the ranch's natural beauty offer the perfect backdrop for family gatherings and festive celebrations.


And for couples looking to tie the knot in a truly enchanting setting, Red Tail Ranch is a dream come true. Exchange your vows amidst the picturesque landscapes, with the cabin and its veranda providing an intimate and charming backdrop for your special day. They even have a vintage farm truck available for weddings and events. Also, stay tuned for the farm’s “Camping Under The Stars” opportunities coming soon!


With its rustic allure, abundant nature, and versatile amenities, Red Tail Ranch invites you to host events that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whether it's a birthday bash, a family holiday, or a wedding celebration, this ranch is more than just a destination; it's the canvas upon which you can paint the most precious moments of your life.


Venturing into Nearby Towns:

While Red Tail Ranch offers an idyllic retreat, you'll also find plenty of opportunities to explore the nearby towns. Ramona itself is a charming town with a laid-back atmosphere, offering a selection of local shops, cafes, and restaurants. Wine enthusiasts will delight in the fact that the ranch is conveniently located near several esteemed wineries, making it a great starting point for a wine-tasting adventure.

photo of Miner's Diner

If you're craving a change of scenery, a short drive will take you to Julian, a historic gold mining town known for its delectable apple pies and charming architecture. Julian offers a delightful blend of small-town charm and mountain beauty, making it an ideal day trip destination.


I recommend stopping for lunch on Miner's Diner in Julian right on Main Street. This diner operated within the historic Levi & Co. Building - The first brick building erected in Julian in 1885. Enjoy something from the 1928 old-fashioned soda machine and taste history! I tried the fried pickles and they did not disappoint.


Before heading back to the Red Tail Ranch, pick-up a famous apple pie from the Julian Pie Company to enjoy back at the cabin.


There is also the Oasis Camel Dairy that is close to the Red Tail Ranch - look for a new post blog post on this soon.


Wrapping It Up:

Red Tail Ranch in Ramona, California, is more than just a place to stay; it's an experience that combines the tranquility of nature with the comforts of home. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, a family retreat, or a solo adventure, this Airbnb destination offers the perfect balance of relaxation and exploration. From the cozy cabin to the immersive animal encounters and the nearby towns waiting to be discovered, Red Tail Ranch promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Southern California's natural beauty.

Book your stay at the Red Tail Ranch on AirBnb here.

Whether you're petting a donkey, having a conversation with an alpaca, or simply enjoying the peaceful presence of the animals around you, Red Tail Ranch offers a genuine connection with nature and its furry and feathered friends. I hope you are able to enjoy the unique getaway in San Diego!


Here’s to wagging tails and unique ranch stays,


Dorothy

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