Cowboy up!!! Julian Ranch Retreat and Mountain Escape(16 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Private 2+ Bdrm cottage--working ranch near historic gold-mining town of Julian
Guests will enjoy residing on this spectacular 40-acre private ranch, located within a gated neighborhood of thirteen large estates and ranches. Enjoy stately oak trees, clean mountain air, crisp clear nights, hikes around the property and spectacular sunsets. You may see wildlife--deer, foxes, bobcats and turkey wandering around the property -- hawks soaring above. Beautiful sunrises begin each day. Find a special spot to enjoy the dramatic sunset. Later, dark night-skies bring blankets of stars out, showcasing constellations and shooting stars.
On property, hike around the private 40-acre oak-covered ranch, pay a visit to the owner's barn next door to meet local barn residents...paint horses Sky and Tardy, and their sidekick Jack, the pony. Off-property, enjoy all the nearby region has to offer including hiking, winetasting, fine dining and shopping in the historic town of Julian.
Historic Julian was founded in 1870. After the American Civil War, in 1869, A.E. 'Fred' Coleman, a former slave, was crossing over what is now known as Coleman Creek, just west of Julian. Seeing a glint of gold in the stream bed, he climbed down from his horse to investigate. Having had previous experience in the gold fields, he retrieved his frying pan and began panning the sands of the creek. He established the Coleman Mining District and was its recorder and also began the mining camp called Emily City later renamed Coleman City. Learning of the find, others rushed to the district and tried to trace the gold to its source. On February 22, 1870, the first 'lode', or hard rock, mining claim was filed in the Julian area. Since February 22 was President George Washington's birthday, the mine was named the Washington mine. Soon hundreds of anxious men and families were rushing to Julian to stake their claims. Julian experienced a gold rush and became a tent city overnight. In April 1870, the area's first saw mill was set up and Julian began to take on a more permanent structure. Attempts to build rival mining towns at Coleman City, Branson City and Eastwood were defeated. Owners of the Cuyamaca rancho Land Grant claimed (the Cuyamaca Land Float) Julian and its mines were within the Rancho boundaries. In 1873, the courts ruled that the Rancho did not include Julian and the mines. While the miners were trying to wrestle the gold from deep within the earth, James Madison brought a wagon load of young apple trees up into the mountains. The fruit trees flourished in the clear, fresh air. Apples are still a big product in Julian, many of which are used for making the world-famous Julian apple pie.
Check local websites for festivals and events. Some of the local attractions:
Gold Mine Tours
Eagle and High Peak Mine
End of C St, Julian, CA 92036
Smith Ranch - Julian Train & Gold Mine
Witch Creek Winery
2000 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Blue Door Winery
Tasting room in the heart of Julian.
2608 B Street, Julian, CA 92036
J. Jenkins Winery
A family owned winery located in a picturesque valley overlooking Volcan Mountain.
1255 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
Julian Hard Cider
Our 1670 Colonial American recipe is handcrafted and made from one ingredient...the worlds finest, freshest, hand-picked apples.
4468 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
Drive down a two-lane country road leading you to the local winery where you can bring a lunch and sample a variety of locally produced wines.
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
Nickel Beer Company
We have 12 draft taps of house beer and serve tasters, pints, pitchers and sell beer to go in 32 oz and 64 oz growlers. Our large outdoor beer garden is dog friendly.
Our tasting room is located just 1/2 mile east of Julian.
1485 Hollow Glen Road, Julian, CA 92036
Kenner Ranch Riding, Discovery and Development Center
17550 Harrison Park Road, Julian, CA 92306
William Heise County Park
4945 Heise Park Road, Julian, CA 92036
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Farmer Road outside of Julian, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 1065
Cedar Creek Falls (permit req'd)
Palomar Ranger District Office
1634 Black Canyon Road
Ramona, CA 92065
California Wolf Center
Behind the KQ Campground on Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Fishing and Boating
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Julian Tea & Cottage Arts - Tea is served daily in a charming turn-of-the-century home. Afternoon Tea consists of finger sandwiches, scone with whipped cream, homemade jam and dessert.
2124 Third Street
Apple Alley Bakery - Serving a variety of homemade apple pies, pastries and cookies. Lunch menu includes potpies, calzone, soup, sandwiches and salad.
2122 Main Street
Julian Pie Company - Locally owned family business specializing in apple pies and cider donuts. Some 17,000 trees provide apples for pies at our Julian and Santa Ysabel locations.
(760) 765-2449 or (760) 765-2400
2225 Main Street, Julian or 21976 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel
Mom’s Pies - Through the front window, watch Mom’s bakers lovingly prepare pies and baked goods for you. Steaming soups and sandwiches served on freshly baked whole-wheat buns.
2119 Main Street
Banner Queen Gallery - Artwork by Robert Freeman and Julian artists. Open Fridays through Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
36766 Highway 78, P.O. Box 575, Julian, CA 92036
Falcon Gallery - Limited edition prints books, jewelry, home accents and gifts. Our children’s room features educational supplies and books.
2015 A Main Street
Santa Ysabel Art Gallery - Exhibiting regional contemporary and traditional artists in all media with emphasis on California style plein air painting and local artist James Hubbell. Located in historic and picturesque Hillyer house.
30352 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel
The Skagen Ranch Studio - Housed in a historic barn, the Skagen Ranch Studio offers fine art from Africa, India, Romania and other countries around the world. Please call for directions.
P.O. Box 1557 Julian, CA 92036
R & B Bicycle Club - Bicycle events in the beautiful San Diego County back country. Both road and mountain bike events. Presently we offer four events per year.
Electric Bicycle Tours are now available Click Here for more information.
Lake Cuyamaca - Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. until sunset. Fishing permits - $6 for adults - $3.50 for kids (8 through 15) You will need a California State Fishing License if you are 16 years of age or older. Motorboat rentals - $40 all day - $30 after 1 p.m. Rowboats - $15 all day - $12 after 1 p.m.
(760) 765-0515 (877) 581-9904
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Oasis Camel Dairy - PRODUCTS: Hand-crafted camel milk soap, lotions and camel milk chocolate.
VISIT: Tours, camel rides and events. Located between Ramona and Julian on Highway 78.
26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona, CA 92065
Main Street Carriage Company - Historic 15 minute narrated tour of downtown Julian on a horse-drawn surrey. Corner of Main and Washington. (760) 504-2360
Desert & Town Tours
California Overland, LLC - Adventure calls! Explore the Anza-Borrego desert on 2 and 4 hour tours, overnight camping trips or full 30+ hour excursions aboard ex-military troop carriers. Private jeep tours also.
(866) 639-7567, (760) 767-1232
1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
David Lewis Historic Tours of Julian - Guided tours, Julian history, Julian Cemetery History, Black History, and custom tours.
P.O. Box 32, Julian, CA 92036
Enthrall, Inc. - Provides Julian 1870s Gold Rush Tours and field trips, town site guided tour, Eagle Mine tour & lunch.
Thomas Norman Stephan
I will provide the public with prospecting opportunities, by taking groups, families and school children looking for gold , dressed as period prospector.
Julian Historical Society
2133 Fourth Street, Julian, CA
Julian Cider Mill
2103 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
The Bird Watcher
2775 B Street, Julian, CA
The Candy Basket
2116 Main Street, Suite 2B, Julian, CA 92036
Country Village Yarn West / Kat’s Yarn & Craft Cottage
2112 Fourth Street, Julian, CA 92036
Pistols & Petticoats
2116 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
Julian Market and Deli
2202 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
30250 Highway 78,Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Member since: 2011
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- The bathroom has a tub/shower combo, sink and toilet.
- Great hiking on and near property
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Cleaning Fee $55
Guests must acknowledge and accept the risks of being on a working ranch property, including the hazards of rough terrain, gravel roads, farm equipment, farm animals, wildlife, and rattlesnakes, for example. NO PETS under any circumstances due to horses. Owner employs a full-time ranch manager who lives on part of the ranch. Owner has a part-time residence on the property and may or may not be on the property. This is a working ranch. Ranch chores are preformed by Owner, Ranch Manager and other contractors from time-to-time. This includes barn chores, horse maintenance and exercising, and occasionally tractors, chainsaws, weed whackers, farm vehicles and power tools. Horse riding is not included.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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City close-country quiet location. Take a hike, visit an old gold mine, stroll the streets of Julian, shop for antiques and go wine tasting...then retreat to the country quiet of Lonestar Ranch. This property offers all the serenity of the country, yet only 2-miles from downtown Julian.
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: The owners were raised in Nebraska and Texas and dreamed of bringing a little bit of the South and Midwest to California. The land was purchased in 2001 and the 5 buildings on the property were built in 2004/5. The end result was the creation of a spectacular mountain retreat to enjoy with friends and family, a place where their kids could unplug, build forts and make mud pies. The owners primary residence is in Coronado and they spend part-time on the ranch. The owner's daughter rides horses competitively throughout the nation, and the entire family enjoys the opportunity to get away, spend time with their horses and decompress away from their normal daily routines.
Why the Owner Chose Julian, CA, USA:
The owners searched for a year to find the perfect land, and spent 5-years planning and building the ranch. Building sites were selected after camping and experiencing the site. The gated community offers additional seclusion, yet is within minutes of fine dining, shopping and wineries are nearby.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Escape the hectic freeways and step back in time. Hike at sunset with wild turkeys, grazing deer and golden sunlight streaming through the oak trees. Enjoy 40-acres of peace and quiet, yet be close enough to go out to dinner 5-minutes away.
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Sunrise over the pasture
Dining area (6)
Cottage at Lonestar Ranch
Oaks at Lonestar ranch
Living room with sofa-bed
Sunset with fog rolling in
Sunset at the Cottage on Lonestar Ranch
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017
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