Neighborhoods: The Backcountry Charms of Silverado

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Rancho Las Lomas

Photographs by Melissa Valladares

The community of Silverado and sites along Santiago Canyon Road are not far from central Orange County, but with a rustic, rural vibe, the area feels like a different world. Whether you’re hiking in the canyon or heading for the Silverado Country Fair (Oct. 10 to 11), take time to savor these nearby spots.


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Rancho Las Lomas

This family-owned compound puts on events open to anyone with a reservation—including beer tastings at the new on-site brewery, Towne Park Brew Co., and tours of the private zoo. 19191 Lawrence Canyon Road, 949-888-3080, rancholaslomas.com

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Cowboy Canyon Winery

This tasting room is family friendly; parents can sip chardonnay and Meritage then take their kids to visit the stables or to picnic under oak trees. 16162 Jackson Ranch Road, 714-202-0212, cowboycanyonwinery.com

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Plantenders Nursery

A favorite of landscapers, this collection of drought-tolerant plants opens its doors to the public each weekend. Don’t miss the extensive array of fruit trees. 15882 Santiago Canyon Road, 949-589-3000, plantenders.com

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Silverado Cafe

Every small town needs a diner like this one, with omelets, pancakes, and burgers ($3.75 to $8.50). It’s the perfect place to fuel up before or after a hike. Cash only. 28272 Silverado Canyon Road, 714-649-2622, silveradocafe.handpickedtomatoes.com

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