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TOP 5: Experience Rancho Santa Fe

TOP 5: Experience Rancho Santa Fe

Raised in Rancho Santa Fe, this historic community means the world to me. As an agent with a legacy in the Ranch, I use my knowledge of the area to help clients find their dream home, and to give a local’s point of view of some of the best experiences that can only be found in 92067.

If you are just visiting the area, or want to explore the community like a local, check out my top five ways to get to know Rancho Santa Fe:

  1. Morning Coffee or Lunch: Thyme in the Ranch

    There is no better way to start your day than on the patio of Thyme in the Ranch in downtown Rancho Santa Fe. This local flower-filled space offers some of the best coffee and baked goods in town. You may already feel like you’re at home with their friendly service. Don’t miss desserts – especially the cinnamon rolls. Plan your visit mornings Tuesday – Saturday; they close early, at 3pm making it ideal for Saturday brunch or lunch.

  2. Outdoor Activity: The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course.

    Serene, lush, and classic describes this golf course. Originally designed by Max Behr in late 1920’s, the course suits all levels of skill and is considered one of the best private golf courses in Southern California. Don’t let the well-kept small greens fool you, the subtle slopes make this course an enjoyable challenge for most.

  3. Happy Hour: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

    Located on 21 acres of garden landscaped grounds, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is a beautiful oasis with a mix of relaxation and sophisticated fun. Many come to experience the spa and tennis courts, but within Lilian Rice’s original 1923 are the Morada restaurant and The Huntsman Whiskey Bar. A must: Morada’s Happy Hour Monday – Thursday from 3-5:30pm, to enjoy $5 beers, $7 glasses of wine and discounts on appetizers. For the Whiskey Lover: The Huntsman offers whiskey tastings on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Sample whiskeys from around the world, chosen by our own Whiskey Educator Dutch.

  4. For the Car Enthusiast: Rancho Santa Fe Cars and Coffee

    The Rancho Santa Fe Cars and Coffee is held every Saturday from 8-11 a.m., featuring a variety of vintage and new sports and luxury cars. As a car guy, you can find me at this event at the intersection of Paseo Delicias and Avenida De Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe nearly every Saturday. These impressive cars are not to be missed – my personal favorites are the Lamborghinis.

  5. Shopping and Dining: Downtown Rancho Santa Fe

    In the heart of Rancho Santa Fe are quaint streets lined with local shops, restaurants and services – including my own Compass office on Via de Santa Fe. Within the few streets of Paseo Delicias, Avenida De Acacias, La Granada, and El Torodo you’ll find small businesses like Third Bloom, Country Squire Gifts and Linens, the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, Mille Fleurs restaurant and more. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon and stroll the historic downtown.

Have you been to Rancho Santa Fe? What is your top pick? Let me know below in the comments.


Garret Milligan

A lifelong resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Garret was raised in a family deeply integrated in the historic and vibrant community. Garret developed an affinity for the real estate industry at a young age by observing his mother—one of the community’s most successful real estate agents for more than 30 years—and learning the secrets to becoming a personable, yet results-oriented Realtor. He became the youngest partner in an elite luxury real estate legacy in ‘the Ranch’ in 2012 and quickly honed his skills, developed a vast network of industry resources, and built an impressive list of satisfied clients.

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