Borrego Springs Adventure | Borrego Springs, California

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Borrego Springs is a desert town surrounded by the vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Fresh air, stunning desert landscapes, and a number of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golf make Borrego Springs a great spot for a weekend away. On your way to Borrego, be sure to stop in the nearby mountain town of Julian for a rest and some great BBQ and apple pie.

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La Casa del Zorro Resort & Spa

La Casa del Zorro is a stylish desert retreat steps away from the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The elegant rooms feature high ceilings, fireplaces, and balconies, and they offer endless activities for guests to enjoy. Go for a swim in one of the many pools, take a class at the yoga studio, or challenge each other to a game of tennis! Pamper yourself with the Relax. Renew. Revive. package, available Sunday through Thursday from March 1 – 31, 2016. Stay for two nights in a Deluxe Guest Room and you’ll receive a $125 credit for a relaxing treatment at La Casa Del Zorro’s luxurious spa.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflowers

From mid-February to early April, beautiful wildflowers burst into bloom throughout the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 2016 is the Year of the Lily – you can find desert lilies at the north end of DiGiorgio Road, Vista Del Malpais, and Arroyo Salado Primitive Campground. Desert sunflowers and dune primrose are also blooming at Henderson Canyon Road. Visit a few of these spots to see some truly unique and striking flowers!

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Hiking in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest state park and has hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the area. The Borrego Palm Canyon Trail meanders 3.5 miles to shady palm tree oasis. For more of a thrill, choose The Slot, a short hike that takes you through narrow openings in towering rock formations. Our favorite is the Wind Caves Trail, a 1.25 mile exploratory adventure. Climb over and through “caves” in sandstone formations that have been eroded by wind.

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Day Trip to Julian

The quaint town of Julian is less than an hour away from Borrego Springs and makes a great day trip destination. It was founded during the California Gold Rush and has retained its small-town feel. Unwind in the fresh mountain air and take in views of the Cuyamaca mountains. Visit the Julian Pioneer Museum to learn about the town’s history and see what life was like in the 1800s.

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Moms Pies

No trip to Julian is complete without a slice of apple pie. Moms Pies is a Julian institution that has been baking delicious pies for over thirty years. They offer over twenty different varieties, from traditional apple to chocolate pecan. We recommend a slice of the Apple Boysenberry with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Julian Hard Cider

Julian Hard Cider uses Julian’s famous apples to make some of Southern California’s best hard cider. Their Miner’s Saloon,” located in a former apple packing building, features live music and BBQ. Stop by for a cider tasting and try their different flavors, including Apple Pie, Cherry Bomb, and Razzmatazz.

Old-Fashioned Holiday Cheer | Julian, California

The historic town of Julian is known for its quintessential small town charm. During the winter season, light snowfall fills the downtown district with undeniable holiday spirit. Visit the hillside community and experience it for yourself! Step back to a simpler time and appreciate the classic American architecture, local businesses, and genuine hospitality.

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Tucker Peak Lodge

The Tucker Peak Lodge is a scenic and peaceful hideaway nestled among the Pine Hills Mountains. Relax, unwind, and immerse yourself in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. The lodge provides comfortable rooms and expansive views of the surrounding countryside. Simply mention this coupon and receive 10% off each night stay!

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Ride through downtown Julian on a horse-drawn surrey! There’s no better way to feel the holiday spirit than a carriage ride through the snow-covered streets. The Main Street Carriage Company takes you around the charming community and teaches you about the history of the town. Take a brief, 15-minute narrated tour or reserve a one-hour ride. They are also able to accommodate large parties and special events.Tea_644x270

Julian Tea & Cottage Arts

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Julian Tea & Cottage Arts. The 21st annual Victorian Christmas Teas will be served daily throughout the month of December. A special menu will include finger sandwiches, pastries, tea breads, and seasonal desserts. After you enjoy your tea, browse their selection of intricate china and tea sets available for purchase. The hospitable staff are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and making your visit as pleasant as possible!

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Julian Station

Julian Station is a historic collection of buildings housed around an original 1943 apple packing facitlity and cider house. Browse the quaint shops, antiques, tasting rooms, and restaurants. The charming little district is a breath of fresh air from the big city bustle. With exciting lights and decorations and an occasional dusting of gentle white snow, Julian Station is your one stop shop for old-fashioned holiday cheer!

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Julian Grille

Dine at the Julian Grille for classic American fare in a cozy neighborhood cottage. Mr. Robinson, the original owner, built the property for his wife in 1920. Through the years it became an artist’s home, an antique store, a deli, and finally The Julian Grille in 1989. Enjoy intimate dining and a welcoming atmosphere with lunch daily and dinner served from Tuesday to Sunday. Try all of their house favorites, served with rice and seasonal vegetables. We recommend the filet mignon. It’s flame broiled, stuffed with crab meat, and smothered with sautéed mushrooms and bordelaise sauce.

Julian | San Diego, California

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Julian is a quaint mountain getaway, just an hour east of San Diego County. The historic gold mining town is full of culture and old-world charm that will take you back to a simpler time. Escape from the busy city lifestyle and experience a piece of history. Next time you visit Julian, check some of our favorite spots!

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Julian Gold Rush Hotel

This Victorian-style hotel will take you back to the gold rush era. Built in the 1890s, the Julian Gold Rush Hotel is a nationally registered historic landmark recognized as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California! Reserve the Julian California Bed & Breakfast package for a truly unforgettable experience. The package includes a two-course breakfast, afternoon tea, and a gift basket full of specialty Julian treats. Book your stay online today.

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Cedar Creek Falls

Julian is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty you don’t want to miss. Cedar Creek Falls is a stunning 80-foot waterfall that plunges into a large natural pool, commonly known as “Devil’s Punch Bowl”. The scenic six-mile route takes you through the beautiful backcountry hills of eastern San Diego. The trail is a strenuous hike with little shade, and is not advised for those who are not regularly active. If you decide to take on the challenge, wear a hat and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

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Eagle Mining Company

Step back in time and experience an authentic, old-fashioned gold mine! Eagle Mining Company offers exciting and informative tours that take you through a mining operation that dates back to the 1870s. Bring the whole family and explore 1,000 feet of underground tunnels, a museum and rock shop, a gold panning facility, picnic areas, and more!

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Bailey BBQ / Julian Brewing Company

After a day full of adventure, indulge in a hearty meal at Bailey BBQ. This local favorite serves up slow smoked, wood pit barbecue and handcrafted brews from Julian Brewing Company. Located right on the main street, the restaurant has been a staple in Julian since the late 1970s. We recommend the burnt ends brisket sandwich with a side of beer battered onion rings. Be sure to come in on Saturday nights for live music and dancing!

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Julian Cider Mill

The Julian Cider Mill has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. Their artisan products, like the local raw local honey and homemade fudge, continue to draw in residents and visitors alike. The famed Julian apple cider is seasonal with the local harvest and is only available between September and January. However, their delicious berry cider is offered year round. Can’t make it to Julian? Call in to place an order and they’ll ship it anywhere in the continental U.S.!

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Julian Pie Company

No visit to Julian would be complete without a slice of that signature apple pie. The Julian Pie Company began in 1986, and has since expanded to two locations and multiple retailers across San Diego. Times may have changed, but the traditions and flavors remain the same. Have a seat out on the patio and enjoy fresh apple pie a la mode. Be sure to order a few pies to take home with you!