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by By Kaylee Hultgren | May 01, 2009

Rancho Bernardo InnAbout a 20-minute drive north of downtown San Diego sits the 287-room Rancho Bernardo Inn, a tranquil meeting spot in the San Pasqual Mountains.

The 10,140-square-foot Aragon Ballroom, with room for 1,000 people, is the newest of the resort's 26,000 square feet of meeting space. For outdoor events, various patios and courtyards, landscaped with more than 20 fountains, can host receptions or team-building exercises such as bartending competitions and glow-in-the-dark golf.

The inn's spa features a new 2,500-square-foot saline pool and five temperature-controlled outdoor casitas that are adjacent to a fragrant herb-infused garden.