Yesterday was the first day of fall.  However, it still feels like summer in Ramona.  I like to hope that maybe we will get some cooler fall weather and that when I order my pumpkin spice latte I won’t have to turn on the air conditioning in my car. J  But seriously though, fall is the turning point.  Kids are all back in school, holidays are coming and then we will be headed for a new year.

While I LOVE the holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas I am definitely an in the moment girl, and in this moment we are at the beginning of a Ramona weekend.  I am hoping that you have found our weekend updates to be something just a little different, a little more personal, and a fun read.  With that, here is what Ramona has in store for you this weekend.

Thursday September 24th

Meet the Wine Maker at D’Carlos- This week D’Carlos is featuring one of my favorite winemakers.  Laurie Wagner and Ian Vaux of Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery will be on hand at D’Carlos tonight from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, featuring two of their amazing wines; Hello Sexy and their Chardonnay. Stop by and say hi and enjoy a nice sexy glass of wine with your dinner.


Ramona American Graffiti Cruise Night

Officially there are two cruise nights left in our cruising season, tonight and next Thursday.  I have to say that I will miss the feeling that I get when I drive through town on Thursday nights, but I know that one thing is for sure, we now have something awesome to look forward to in the spring!   Since it is getting darker a little earlier cars will most likely be leaving Ron’s around 6:30 tonight.


If you didn’t see the announcement for the winners of the coloring contest here they are again:

Ages 5 and under – Abigail Reicher

6 to 9’s – Marissa Sulser

10 to 13’s – John Reichner

Look how good their artwork is!  Ramona has some great budding artists!

Tonight’s specials


Pamo Valley Winery Tasting Room


Tonight at the winery you can enjoy a $5 plate of street tacos from Pepe’s Produce along with Pamo Valley’s own signature cruise night sangria for $5.  Also as a special treat Jerry and Kristy Keller whose woody is now famous as our coloring contest car will be cruising Ramona and then parking over at the winery so that all the kids who colored their car can come by and say hi and take a picture in front of the car if they want!  Thank you Jerry and Kristy that is really a special thing to do!  And thank you Jennifer for offering up your parking lot for fun stuff like this all cruise season.

Packards Coffee Shop

Packards is all about the comfort food.  Tonight’s cruise night special will not disappoint their loyal fans.  Grilled chicken breast, mashed potatoes, fresh garlic butter green beans for $10.95, Bacon Mac n’ Cheese for $2.95, Hot Dogs for $1.25, and Homemade Strawberry Short Cake for dessert for $3.50

While you are at Packards or if you are just one of those who likes to walk up and down Main Street to see what all the specials are and try a little of everything be sure that you stop by The Ramona Skatepark Booth set up in front of Packards tonight.  Tracy will be out supporting the Skatepark selling Root Beer Floats for $1 and selling limited edition Ramona Skatepark Cruise Night t’s.    They will also have a Powell Peralta mini board available tonight.  Stop by say hi and drop and extra dollar or to into their money jar and help the Skatepark Champions get this Skatepark built for our kids.

Ramona Family Naturals

Ramona Family Naturals special tonight is a smoked kielbasa on Rudy’s Hot Dog Buns with Roasted Garlic Aioli and Roasted Peppers and Onions with a side of Chips for $7.  (I am writing this post and it is almost lunchtime…I’m waiting for my lunch to be delivered and honestly, my mouth started watering as I typed their special J it sounds so good!)  They will be serving their special from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight.  I also just want to say that their soup of the day is Mexican Chicken Tortilla and I am a fan!  Try some, you will be a fan too!


Friday September 25th

Friday Night Lights!!!!!

The Bulldogs will be playing in the Dawg Pound this Friday night against the Sweetwater Red Devils.  This will be the Red Devils will be making their Ramona debut this Friday night.  Our RHS Bulldogs have won their last two games out on the road.  Let’s show those Running Red Devils what Ramona Pride is all about!! Go Bulldogs!

Pamo Valley Winery Tasting Room

The winery is open on Friday with a complimentary cheese tasting from 4:30 to 6:00 pm from Cheeses from the Cave.  Have you tried it yet?  Oh my gosh, paired with some Pamo Valley wine.  You cannot go wrong.  Head over and have a glass or two!

Wine and Dine at Lenora Winery

If you are looking for something a little different to do for dinner then why not head over to Lenora Winery for a cozy dining experience at a beautiful local vineyard. For dinner they will be serving Antipasto Salad with Italian Dressing. Lasagna, your choice of two different Lasagnas, Meat and Vegetarian, dependent upon availability. Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheeses. Vegetarian made with Zucchini, Broccoli & Carrots and Garlic Cheese Bread.

With this yummy dinner you also get your choice of wine.  Your choices for you glass of wine are a glass of Lenora Winery 2011 Chardonnay or Lenora WineryDos Rojos Superiores (Highly Recommended) or Metz Winery Red Dog 910 Wine, your choice. All three are medal winning wines. 


Saturday September 26th

This is a day I am really excited about!

We start our day off with the Ramona Certified Farmers Market at the Kmart parking lot from 9am to 1pm.  As always this is a great way to support our local merchants who show up every Saturday to bring you their awesome wares.

Did you know that every Saturday and Sunday at Salerno Winery from 2 pm to 5 pm Jorge D’Soria sings opera on the tasting patio?  Wow how cool is that!

A Taste of Ramona and September Nights are going to be two GREAT events that I am really hoping that our AMAZING Chamber of Commerce puts on every year.

Taste of Ramona
Sounds yummy!  From 1:00 5:00pm the Chamber is hosting this amazing event that allows you to purchase a ticket for $25 and visit many of our great local food and beverage establishments.  How fun is that?!  You get to go around town and sample the best that these businesses have to offer.  After you are finished filling up on all of the good eats, your ticket provides you with free admission into September Nights.

There are so many of our great businesses participating in Taste of Ramona to make this a unique and fun experience for everyone.  I just want to give you a peek at what Packards will be doing… Here is what Nora told me about Saturday, “We are going all out on Saturday with a Eiffel Tower, artist on our sidewalk, a French hostess, and crepes plus special drinks too. We will be Cafe Packards from 1-5.” I would like to add how excited she sounded about this!!  I LOVE this!

September Nights
This event sounds so fun!  Starting at 5:00pm and running until about 10:00pm you can head over to the Old Post Office on 6th street and dance the night away.  This event is a celebration of Ramona and will feature two live bands.  There will also be food and craft vendors, a classic car show, and you will have the opportunity to get some adult beverages from our local brewers and vineyards.  This is going to be an awesome block party like Ramona has not seen before.  Tickets for this event are only $5, (if you have a Taste of Ramona tickets you get in for free).  
How can you say no to either of these great events?  


5th Annual Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center Chili Cook Off

If Chili is your thing then head over to the Ramona Community Center anytime from 5 pm to 10 pm to try some great homemade chili!  Get dinner for $10!  Kids under 11 are free and so are active duty military.  Now that is awesome!!!


Sunday September 27th

I love Sunday!  I don’t love that Sunday means the end of the weekend but Sundays just make me happy!  This Sunday sounds like a great day to head over to Packards for some crepes or to the Ramona Café for some biscuits and gravy or one of Sonia Steiners famous sweet rolls.

If you get a chance please visit the Classic Car show at the Albertson’s parking lot from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Take the family over to see all the great cars that come out every Sunday night!

Sunday night is also the Harvest Mood and Lunar Eclipse.  Grad you telescopes and find a clear and dark spot and gaze away at this awesome event that won’t happen again for several years.



Wow!!! What a great and fun packed weekend ahead!  I am so excited!  As I wrap it up for the week I want to give a shout out to Sun Valley Florist.  We wrote a featured business write up on Sun Valley Florist which you can read here.  Did you know that Sun Valley Florist is now our only florist that is working out of Ramona that has a store that you can go into.  Do me a favor if for any reason you need or want to send some flowers this weekend please stop in and see Frankie and support Sun Valley Florist.  Frankie is a sweetheart and goes out of her way for her customers!  Thanks!!!


You know that I love to end the weekend update with some Ramona trivia, so here is your trivia question for the week. (Prize will be a $10 gift certificate to Packards Coffee Shop -  EMAIL your answers to, be the first person to answer the trivia question correctly and you win!)


Can you name the restaurant that used to sit (in the early 80's) where 212 Degrees Fitness is today? 

This one is a hard one!  Good luck!


Lastly, I want to let you know that Stage Presence Homes has some amazing homes listed for sale right now.  I would absolutely love to show one of them to you if you are interested in buying a new home.  Please be sure that you also "Like" our Facebook page here is where we post all of our brand new listings, open houses, and other great links to our website and blog.  If you are reading this post you have arrived at our website (yay).  Did you know that you can request more information for any of my listings here as well as schedule a showing?  Check out our website in it entirety, even if you aren't looking today maybe you know someone that is.  I LOVE referrals!

I truly hope that you have an amazing weekend! Support your neighbors and #shoplocal!

~Deb Espinoza