Explore Borrego Springs, Julian, Poway, Ramona, Valley Center and other nearby cities.
San Diego county is fast becoming one of the finest grape-growing areas in the Western United States. The county boasts a variety of vineyards, from larger wineries that feature guided tours, tasting rooms, and full gift shops, to smaller family-run vineyards where visitors can relax in a more casual atmosphere while tasting a full-bodied cabernet, a crisp pinot, or a robust syrah.
A land for all seasons, Borrego Springs is a year-round destination that offers a unique experience each and every time you come: expansive desert vistas framed by stark, ancient cliffs; miles of emptiness that are, in fact, teeming with wildlife; endlessly dramatic desert skies that can be sweeping across the landscape one minute and hovering in absolute stillness the next; a peace and quiet that cannot be understood without experiencing it and, at night, a darkness that defies description. These are experiences Borrego visitors discover and these are the reasons people come back again and again.
Like most California towns, Valley Center and its surrounding hamlets of Pauma Valley, Pala and Palomar Mountain are steeped in Native American history. The Luiseño cultivated these lands before the arrival of the Franciscan padres who came to the area in search of sites upon which to establish missions. The simple but beautiful Mission San Antonio de Pala, located in the village of Pala, is an example of one such mission. Settlers arrived first in the Valley Center area to participate in the Rancho Guejito Spanish land grant and, after the Mexican-American War, came in even greater numbers as a result of the Homestead Act of 1862?s promise of free land.
Originally known as Nuevo, the current town of Ramona was founded in 1886 by Milton Santee who created the Santa Maria Land & Water Company and, as a part of that effort, acquired the 3,200 acres that would become the town site. Two years later, Theophole Verlaque, a French immigrant winemaker, arrived in the valley and decided to settle. He built the first residence in Nuevo and his home, located on Main Street, serves as Ramona?s historical museum.
Poway offers a wide range of activities and experiences. Committed to the preservation of natural open spaces, Poway is home to over 4,700 acres of open space, 55 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails, 25 parks and, of course, Lake Poway. In addition, the City of Poway provides a wide range of annual family-oriented events like the Old Fashioned 4th of July, Train Song Festival, Christmas in the Park, and the Youth Fishing Derby. Here are a few of the great recreational amenities in Poway:
While Julian?s gold rush days were short-lived, many who had come for the gold stayed on because they had fallen in love with the natural beauty of their little mountain hamlet. Unique among Southern California locales, Julian experiences true seasons and its cold winter climate was and is ideal for the growing of such crops as apples. So, in short order, apples became Julian?s new gold and Julian became as famous for its baking as it had been for its mining. Today, virtually all of the apples grown in Julian are quickly transformed into its famous pies. In fact, during the town?s annual two month long Apple Days celebration (September through October) Julian?s bakers must bake an astounding 10,000 apple pies a week to keep up with the demands of the town?s residents and visitors! But Julian doesn?t limit itself to just its apples? Julian celebrates its unique and colourful history all year round.
If anyone has ever suggested that you stick needles in your body in the name of health, it is likely that you showed some skepticism. Besides the uncomfortable thought of undergoing what looks like an ancient torture method, it is difficult to understand logically how such a procedure could even be effective. You also may have heard that most doctors and medical scientists believe that acupuncture is a hoax propagated by "alternative" quacks who don't know how to use science. What you may not know is that there actually is some scientific evidence of beneficial effects from acupuncture. Several studies that have attempted to test the validity of acupuncture have found it to be more effective than a placebo at reducing chronic pain, nausea, and inflammation. Despite these findings, doctors often write acupuncture off as a hoax because it is based on a belief in an unmeasurable energy called "chi" that flows through seemingly arbitrary body locations called "meridians." However, some medical scientists have hypothesized that the effectiveness of acupuncture can be explained with non-mystical, well-established scientific principles.
Surrounded and protected by the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs is a refreshing respite from increasinglybusy & congested Southern California. Our nearest traffic light is almost 50 miles away, and we enjoy a slower pace ? and alot more peace and quiet. Most visitors and residents find that deeply refreshing.
Escondido's wineries offer diverse tasting adventures. Escondido is home to a number of craft breweries
Mehel-om-pom-pavo was the first known name of what we now call Escondido. Settled initially some four thousand years ago by the Luseño and later by the Kumeyaay, the tribes? campsites and villages were scattered along the San Dieguito River running through the area.