Rancho Santa Fe is an inland community that rivals the beauty of the coast. Tucked away in the hills only seven miles from the ocean, this plush yet tranquil village is a perfect setting for the more relaxed side of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. (See the Rancho Santa Fe Chapter and Map).
Among the scant 5,000 residents are such celebrities as former professional major league baseball player Rick Aguilera, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Janet Jackson, and even a movie star or two. These are but a few of the many notable people who enjoy privacy and anonymity in this extraordinary community.
Rancho Santa Fe is also a wonderful place to discover a memorable meal and a weekend getaway. It’s home to an enchanting little shopping district where you’ll find several delightful shops and romantic restaurants.
The easiest way to get to Rancho Santa Fe is via Interstate 5. Take the Lomas Santa Fe exit and drive east. Lomas Santa Fe feeds into Linea del Cielo, and you will notice that the road begins to meander, forcing you to slow down. The roads throughout the Ranch (as it is known to locals) were engineered for this very purpose, so take your time and enjoy the scenery and the scent of citrus and eucalyptus groves.
WHERE TO DINE
One of the many enjoyable things to do here is to join the local tradition of lunch or Sunday brunch at any of the fine restaurants at the Ranch.
A highly-acclaimed restaurant is Mille Fleurs, which is at 6009 Paseo Delicias in the heart of the Village (858-756-3085). They feature French California cuisine.
At the corner of San Dieguito Road and Rancho Diegueno Road in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center, is the Ranch’s most popular casual restaurant. It’s Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant (7) at 16085 San Dieguito Rd. (858-759-2222). You’ll just rave about the cuisine! They serve more than 20 tantalizing pastas and sensational pizzas with up to 50 toppings. You can dine in, pick up or they’ll deliver. Plus, they are well-known as one of the top caterers.
Rancho Santa Fe is where many of the rich and famous live. Their attraction to the rural charm and tranquil atmosphere is reasoning enough for you to discover this place as well. A single visit is usually the beginning of a long love affair with charming Rancho Santa Fe.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is Where the Rich & Famous Stay
Rancho Valencia Resort 5921 Valencia Circle Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (800-548-3664). Rates begin at $720 a night.
Definitely plan to discover the impressive Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. This world renowned tennis resort and spa is secluded in the beautiful foothills of Rancho Santa Fe. It has been rated among the top 20 most recommended resorts in the North America in the Reader’s choice poll in Conde Nast Traveler magazine in 2007. Need we say more!
Also impressive is their gourmet restaurant. Spa lovers will be very impressed.
Highly impressive are their intimate Spanish-style casitas with fireplaces and private garden terraces, which offer both privacy and luxury beyond compare.