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San Diego: Horsing around at Grand Del Mar resort's new equestrian center

April 18, 2011|By Rosemary McClure | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Riders explore terrain near Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego, which recently added an equestrian center to its roster of activities.
Riders explore terrain near Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego, which recently… ( Grand Del Mar resort )

Horse play has been added to the activities roster at the upscale Grand Del Mar resort in northern San Diego, which recently opened an equestrian center. The 20,000-square-foot facility offers kids’ programs, lessons and trail rides.

Guests can get off the beaten track and ride through the 4,100-acre Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, which borders the resort. The preserve is made up of steep slopes, streams, flat mesas and grassy hillsides.

The equestrian center has eight horses and ponies, stalls, tack and feed rooms and a riding area.

Center activities include pony rides for kids ($25), horseback riding lessons ($125 for 90 minutes), day camp ($100 for three hours), trail rides ($125 for one hour) and picnic and ride packages for adults ($300 per person, two hours).

The Grand Del Mar, with published rates that start at more than $300 per night, opened in 2007. It has tennis courts, pools and an 18-hole golf course. Its signature restaurant, Addison, has received the top rating, Five Diamonds, from AAA.

Info: Grand Del Mar, (888) 314-2030.

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