Posted on 23 Feb, 2017
Aliento may be a secluded enclave above the Santa Clarita Valley, but living here puts you within minutes of a variety of fun, unique activities. Here is a sample, just to get you started!
The Reyes family planted this 16-acre vineyard in April 2004, putting in five popular grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Muscat. Reyes Winery is open for tastings Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with brunch hikes and other special events throughout the year. Come find out why the Santa Clarita Valley recently earned its own wine appellation, Sierra Pelona Valley.
Santa Clarita serves as the setting for many epic Hollywood scenes, as does Paramount Ranch, located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area about an hour southwest of Santa Clarita. You can picnic in a permanent western town built from Paramount Pictures’ old prop storage sheds and hike or bike through scenic chaparral, riparian and valley oak savannah landscapes. Watch for red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron, deer and other wildlife.
You may recognize iconic formations in this park off West Escondido Canyon Road in Aqua Dulce from scores of movies and TV shows. Jagged red sandstone rocks were uplifted at crazy angles back in prehistoric times, creating fun and challenging climbing routes. This high desert park also has hiking and equestrian trails if you prefer to keep your feet (or hooves!) on solid ground.
Walk of Western Stars
Santa Clarita has its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ours is a tribute to actors, directors and film professionals from works showcasing our Western heritage. Stroll down Main Street in Old Town Newhall over bronze stars honoring 91 human stars including Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, John Wayne, Sam Elliott, Graham Greene, Steve McQueen, Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Dern.
Old LA Zoo
Located in Griffith Park about a 35-minute drive from Santa Clarita, this former zoo’s facilities were built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Today, those historic enclosures sport picnic tables, giving your family the chance to channel its inner wild animal. While here, swing by historic Griffith Observatory for telescope viewing, exhibits, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign.
Enjoy this age-old, surprisingly challenging sport right at home at The Terrace. An ancient Roman game brought to the U.S. by Italian immigrants early in the twentieth century, bocce ball is played on long narrow courts with eight colored balls and a smaller, hard ball called a jack. Two people or two teams of up to four each can play. One team throws out the jack, then teams alternate throwing their bocce balls, trying to come as close to the jack as possible. Combine a game with an outdoor barbecue – loser has to cook!
Get a taste of what the Santa Clarita Valley has to offer then come home, take a deep breath and savor your new memories. With all its unexpected fun nearby, we invite you to be among the first to call this breathtaking place your home.
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