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Situated just north of Claremont University, California Botanic Garden is a conservatory dedicated to native Californian plants. This 86-acre (35-hectare) green oasis is home to more than 6,000 varieties of native species, some of which include exotic seasonal ones like the Manzanita, Dutchman’s Pipe, Catalina Crossosoma and many more. A stroll through this beautiful garden allows visitors to see squirrels, red-tailed hawks, butterflies and other avian life. The garden is open throughout the year, however, the best time to visit is in the spring of course, when the plants are in full bloom.
This small winery with its original location in Los Angeles has been a pioneer in the history of Southern California wine production. After leaving his native Lombardy in 1910, the Riboli family patriarch, Stefano, arrived in New York only to travel across the U.S. to sunny L.A. The business started out in 1917, when Stefano and his family began raising grapes and subsequently selling wine. The winery survived prohibition by selling 'altar' wine in the Catholic diocese, then the Great Depression and World War II until finally moving the vineyards into Northern California in the 60's. Since then, the Riboli family opened two other shops (this one in Ontario and another in Paso Robles), and some of the brands the family produces include San Simeon, Stella Rosa, Maddalena, and Mariella among many others.
For a relaxing day in Mira Loma, head to Galleano Winery where you can tour the decade-old winery and enjoy a wine tasting. The family-run has been in the family for about five generations and is made popular for churning out those delectable old wines like the Old Vine Zinfandel. The breezy tasting room is an idyllic spot to devour those delicious ales offered in a rustic setting. Its windy outdoor space is also a great place to unwind or stop in for a weekend picnic. Among the several awards won by Galleano, the gold award at the 2007 Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition is truly a feather in its cap.