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The Village of Ranch Santa Fe is a romantic past and dedicated present-day community. The first residents laid the values of the community and, in 1928, the Rancho Santa Fe Association formed the Protective Covenant to watch over the development of the land and safeguard its resources and beauty. A great respect for the past culture and natural surroundings remains apparent today, as the unspoiled California countryside is characterized by lush foliage, towering eucalyptus groves, winding roads with romantic Spanish names and a quaint village populated by charming historical buildings. A dark sky policy at night allows for uninterrupted stargazing. Most will agree, there is magic in this little hamlet between the mountains and sea. A stay at The Inn affords visitors entry into this tranquil world.
America’s Sweetheart Mary Pickford and Hollywood hero Douglas Fairbanks Jr, arrived as the area’s first glamorous couple when they purchased a 3,000-acre property in 1926. Named for Fairbank’s successful movie, Rancho Zorro was planted with 1000s of Valencia orange trees and served as their countryside retreat. Their presence influenced many others to buy land and build homes, adding to the village’s distinctive character.
Affable crooner Bing Crosby was another stellar resident, who bought and remodeled one of the original Osuna family adobes as a hideaway from the fast pace of Hollywood. Crosby and his wife fell in love with the charming countryside as a safe place to raise their children. While living here, Crosby founded the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with Fairbanks Jr. and several other movie stars. Besides horses, golf was Crosby’s other passion and the singing legend could be found playing almost daily at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. His famous Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament (which he called “the clambake”) paired jockeys and thoroughbred owners with Hollywood stars and pro golfers at the end of race season. This golfing event drew huge crowds and luminaries over the years as everyone loved Crosby’s personal “clambake” hospitality.
Other notable Ranch Santa Fe denizens have included Norma Talmadge, Howard Hughes, Ann Blyth, Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Janet Jackson, Phil Mickelson, Shaun White and Bill Gates.
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Located just four miles inland from the blue waters of the Pacific, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe overlooks 23 pristine acres of rolling hills, bridle trails and winding pathways that inspire all guests – from nature lovers to golf enthusiasts. Whether sun bathing under the California sunshine at The Inn’s sparkling swimming pool or taking advantage of the many equestrian trails that meander through the hills of this charming Spanish resort, guests may take advantage of all there is to do at and around The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.Learn More
70 miles of breathtaking coastline borders San Diego so the choices for activities are endless! Visit one of America’s finest beaches on Coronado Island, take a surf lesson at La Jolla Shores, kayak with sea lions in La Jolla Cove, explore the scenic trail of Olivenhain on horseback, watch the sunrise and sunset with Panorama hot air balloon tours, or enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline and deep ravines while playing a classic championship golf course.Learn More
Visit the iconic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club or take a local historic architecture tour through the eucalyptus groves behind The Inn. Guests of the Inn are just 30 minutes from cultural events, museums and a bustling nightlife.Learn More
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is just a short distance to many of the attractions and activities that have made Southern California one of the most famous, sought out destinations in the world. The Inn’s concierge staff will happily provide assistance and information to guests when planning their visit to Southern California and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.Learn More