Neighborhoods: The Backcountry Charms of Silverado

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.


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,


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,


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,


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,

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