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Borregan Takes Day Trip to Warner Springs


Last updated 5/22/2015 at 3:16pm

Warner Springs

What to Know:

Highway 79 through Julian or - it passes right through Warner Springs. One big intersection says it all. This old highway is the original Stage Coach Route used from 1858 - 1861. This vital historic route connected San Francisco to St. Louis and Memphis. This crucial link to the east and west was utilized by the San Diego Mail and Butterfield Overland Express.

What to eat:

CountyLine BBQ & Cafe - Unique dining experience located in an old stage coach station. Casual Chic. Beer and wine bar. Signature bratwurst made from local game.Organic greens and locally sourced ingredients. Pet-friendly. An unexpected oasis. 23446 Hwy. 79. Call 951-767-3040.

What to drink:

Emerald Creek Winery 38642 Hwy. 79.

This winery has an abundant supply of pristine water from their underground aquifer. This chlorine-free, low-salinity water is a major contributor to the production of premium wines. Their old world hands-on harvesting techniques and aging process result in quality wines and an inspired experience. Wine tasting room. Special events and workshops. Drink like a sommelier.

Add a Little Ranch to your Trip – The Warner-Carillo Ranch, built in 1857 offers a special glimpse into the lives of western pioneers, cowboys, indians and cattle ranching. This adobe ranch's multi-layered history includes cross- country stage coach service and an army established calvary outpost. As an army outpost, it was used to intercept secessionists from joining the Confederate armies of the south. Locally, it served as the only point of protection from Indians and bandits from southern California to Yuma. The federal eviction notice was presented to the Cupeño Indians here. From this location to The Mission of St. Francis, is known as the beginning of the Trail of Tears.

The rear wall of the ranch (above) has been made famous by artist Marjorie Reed in many of her stage coach paintings. As well as a stage coach stop, the ranch served as a trading post and postal office. LEFT: Cowboy drawing in bunk room of a missed sweetheart.

Contact: Warner-Carillo Ranch House, 29181 San Felipe Road, Warner Springs. Open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call for details 619-297-9327. As you wind your way back to Borrego, be sure to stop at Finn's Nursery. 34964 Hwy. 79. Check out their quality assortment of plants, trees and cacti. Large and small potted perrennials at superb prices. Verdant walkways lull you into a fragrant stroll . Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 760-782-0390. Final Stop: Stage Coach Inn, 43851 Hwy. 79. Voted Best Bloody Mary on 79. Sweet potato fries and a Bloody Mary, a distinct refreshment.

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