Ranchos & Tacos

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Sign up for this fascinating tour that highlights the Rancho era of early California, with a unique opportunity to travel into Camp Pendleton's interior for a guided tour of the Santa Margarita Ranch House, Bunkhouse Museum and Chapel -- the oldest structures on the base.  The 8,500 square-foot house, built in 1827, is a stunning visual example of early California architecture and over the years has been home to some of California's most famous families, including Pio Pico (who lost it in a horse bet!) and the families of 35 Marine Corps generals.  Historic artifacts and exhibits include early ranch equipment, photographs of President Roosevelt's historic visit, antiques donated by Anthony Quinn during the filming of Guadalcanal Diary, and furnishings of the Ranch period.  A docent-led tour of the Leo Carillo ranch house in Carlsbad will tell the story of Leo Carillo, actor and conservationist, who created this at the height of his acting career for nostalgia's sake!  Containing 18 of the original buidings including the house, barn, stables and work sheds, the Park is a serene place and was recently featured on an episode of Califronia's Gold with Huell Howser.  Includes Mexican-style buffet lunch in Encinitas.  Trip fee includes transportation, admission, tour, lunch, water and driver's tip.  Required: closed-toe walking shoes (some walking on the tour) and bring valid government-issued photo identification on the day of the tour.

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