An escape to the farm can be a great way to relax, and get rid of some big city stress. Green pastures, clean cool air, and herds of….camels?
Oasis Camel Dairy Farm is one of Southern California’s most unique attractions. Located in Ramona, It bills itself as “an oasis from the ordinary”’, and that’s the truth. It’s also a fun family day trip from San Diego or the Los Angeles area
The Oasis Farm is the product of years of Gil and Nancy’s hard work. In addition to helping to run the farm, Gil is a professional Camel Trainer who teaches the uninitiated how to properly handle, train, and understand these curious creatures. There are no regular “opening” hours, but the farm organizes tours and rides for groups that book in advance.
Public tours are also scheduled, once a month on weekends. Guests usually begin arriving around 1:00, and then a camel show begins at 1:30. Following the show, visitors take a stroll down to the pastures to get up close to the camels and snap some souvenir photographs.
A variety of unique products is on sale at the farm. Chocolates are a reliable souvenir for friends and family back home. But an Arabian Spices Camel Milk Chocolate Bar is far more interesting than a box of Russell Stovers Infused with an exotic mix of
Middle Eastern flavors, it’s one of several imported specialty items available in the gift shop. Powdered milk that comes from the camels on the farm is also available.
Camel milk handmade soaps, lotions, and even lip balm can be purchased. Their soaps are one of their best-selling products. Made with all natural ingredients, they come in some unique scents. Try Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, or Rosemary and Mint. The camel’s milk has moisturizing properties that soothe dry and cracked skin and lips. All proceeds from the store go towards the upkeep of the farm, and the creatures who call it home.
If you are thirsting for something stronger than camel’s milk, not to worry. There are plenty of fine vineyards and wineries in the neighborhood. Gil and Nancy suggest a stop at the Edwards Vineyards and Cellars to sample a glass of their spectacular Petite Sirah. The Milagro Winery is another spot worthy of a stop.
Farm-to-table fine dining can be found at Jeremy’s on the Hill, a local hot spot. For a more eclectic, ethnic eating experience, head to El Michoacan. More funky than fancy, you’ll find plenty of authentic, homemade Mexican dishes on the menu. Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed. Pumpkin and apple pie from the Julian Pie Company is Nancy’s
Admission to the Oasis Farm is free after 3:00 on public tour days or the annual Pomegranate Day at the Oasis Camel Dairy
Private tours can be arranged for groups up to 300. For information on upcoming events, festivals public and private tours. Visit http://www.cameldairy.com
Address: 26757 Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA 92065. Phone (760) 787-0983