Unfortunately, Covid has really made it challenging to get out and about and away from our tech devices.  Check out the activities below to see if any peak your interest and still allow for social distancing.   

Explore new areas - You can follow along with a group like Hidden San Diego for some off the beaten path areas to explore.  You can also check out the many Little Free Libraries around town (there are over 270  in San Diego alone!).  The one pictured above is in Claremont and has been made into a Candyland game. Check out the map to find ones near you.  We hope to have a scavenger hunt of LFLs March 5/6 for National Day of Unplugging, so check back!

Start a Wishing Tree 

Wishing Trees can be set up anywhere at anytime and can serve as a time of support and comfort in trying times. Learn more about the one pictured we set up in my neighborhood for a woman battling cancer, the La Mesa Wishing Tree located at La Mesa Floral Shoppe and the stands placed in the La Mesa Village so passersby can leave a card for a business to show their support in these trying times.

Barrel 1 - "Sherlock Gnomes"


Correcamino's - "Mr. Jingles" 

Espinosa - "Jack"

Old Survey - "Bob"

Principe di Tricase and Highland Valley Christmas Tee Farm - "Winey" and "Piney"

Ramona Ranch 

Schwaesdall - "Patrick Schwaezdy"

Turtle Rock Ridge - "Gnomeo"

You can also spot gnomes at:

La Mesa Wine Works

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Wynola

Are you a winery interested in hosting a gnome?  Click here

Go on a Gnome Hunt - if the wineries are open (Covid restrictions keep changing) and you feel safe dining outdoors,  consider exploring the Gnome Trail of Ramona Wine country.  Wherever you spot a gnome...that is a great place to unplug, relax and re-connect.  There are over 40 wineries in the area with 10 gnomes hiding amongst them.  Many wineries have outdoor dining areas and let you bring your own picnic along.  Some offer hands on socially distant activities from jewelry making to floral design or painting. Best of all, this is one of the best kept secrets of east county and they are less busy so social distancing is easy. Get more info from the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association here.  Check each winery below for their hours, rules and activities they may have going on.

Wineries Participating in the Gnome Trail

 WHEN WE GET BACK TO NORMAL (Post Pandemic) - Hit a comedy night, work your way out of an escape room, charge up your brain at trivia night or refocus your energy doing beachfront yoga.  Here are just a few experiences to explore!

Looking for more ideas for families?

Also check out the Family Connections page for playgroups, nature classes and more!​ ​
Know of other possible additions?  Please let us know! cerickson@unpluggedvillage.com