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Our guide to unique lodging adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Bobbi Zane, East County Magazine

San Diego’s backcountry is home to mountains with hiking trails, miles and miles of pine and oak forests, wine regions, deserts, and rural areas --- known as the playground for San Diegans who want a close-to-home getaway. 

It’s beautiful country mostly untouched by urban development. You can walk throughforests, ride bikes on country lanes, horseback ride, pick apples in the fall, sample local wine, and dine in the great outdoors most of the year.

It’s less than an hour’s drive from downtown to the mountains, where you can discover the hidden pleasures by checking into one of many bed and breakfast inns in Julian, or savor luxury at Native American resort casinos, visit historic lodging establishments, or get pampered at one of the golf/tennis hotels in Borrego Springs.

Your lodging options in our inland region also include campgrounds, cabins, tipis and more.

For the next few weeks East County Magazine will report on the Hidden Pleasures you can find close to home in the backcountry.  We have visited them all.  Read our entries so far (below), and check back for new additions soon!

What’s Up At Wikkup?  (Wikiup Bed and Breakfast, Julian)

Comfortable Cabins at Santee Lakes (Santee Lakes, Santee)

Viejas Celebrates Grand Opening of The Willows Hotel and Spa (The Willows, Alpine)

Lake Jennings Tipi Camping Provides Fun Getaway (Lake Jennings, Lakeside)

Stars Lined Up For Perfect Mountaintop Camping (Burnt Rancheria, Mount Laguna)