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Nestled among the breathtaking beauty of the Cleveland National Forest, a hidden gem awaits those seeking an unforgettable mountain retreat. Let us introduce you to The Outpost by Valley Farm, a captivating haven that effortlessly blends rustic charm with culinary excellence. Prepare to embark on a journey that will invigorate your senses and transport you to a realm of serenity and escape.

Originally established in 1926 as the Blue Jay Lodge, this historic retreat encompasses 3.4 acres of majestic U.S. Forest Service permitted property. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be enchanted by the tranquil ambiance and natural splendor that surrounds you. As you step foot onto the property, you’ll feel a wave of nostalgia wash over you, as if time itself has stood still to preserve the magic of this place.

In June of 2022, the Outpost by Valley Farm emerged, blossoming into San Diego’s most beloved mountain sanctuary. This extraordinary complex seamlessly blends a remarkable restaurant and full bar with four charming cabins, creating an unparalleled culinary and mountain hospitality experience. Every detail has been carefully curated to offer you a delightful retreat where the flavors of the region harmonize with the beauty of nature.

Valley Farm, a cherished establishment founded in 1956, has its roots deeply embedded in the heart of Spring Valley. Guided by the visionary Derek Marso, the third-generation leader of Valley Farm, this remarkable venture takes the spirit of culinary excellence to new heights. Derek’s passion for extraordinary cuisine is evident in every aspect of the Outpost experience, from specialty products sourced locally to the finest meats.

Picture yourself savoring USDA Prime and Choice Beef from Omaha, Nebraska, and relishing the delectable creations of Valley Farm’s very own BBQ. Derek’s dedication to the art of barbecuing has earned him accolades, with Valley Farm BBQ being crowned “San Diego’s Best BBQ” by iHeart Radio in September 2018. This is a place where food transcends the ordinary, igniting a symphony of flavors that dance upon your palate.

Beyond the culinary delights, Derek is an adventurer at heart, an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and nature enthusiast. His love for the wilderness permeates every aspect of the Outpost experience. He has woven his passion into the fabric of this retreat, ensuring that visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature.

As you enter the Outpost, you’ll be greeted by the warm embrace of community and a sense of belonging. This is a place where both locals and visitors come together, sharing stories and forging connections. Bring your loved ones and embark on a day of mountain exploration, punctuated by mouthwatering food, refreshing craft beers, and the vibrant melodies of live music, which serenade you every Friday at 5pm. And fear not, for your furry friends are welcome too, with a dog-friendly patio where they can bask in the mountain air.

Located at 10600 Sunrise Hwy, Mt Laguna, CA 91948, the Outpost by Valley Farm beckons you to experience the harmony between the magnificence of nature and the pleasures of the palate. Come and indulge your senses, for within these walls, a world of extraordinary flavors and unforgettable memories awaits. Embrace the serenity of the mountains, escape the demands of everyday life, and let the Outpost transport you to a realm where delectable food and boundless adventure intertwine in perfect harmony.

Valley Farm Outpost in Mt. Laguna, CA