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Backcountry hidden pleasures:   Our guide to unique lodging adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry


By Bobbi Zane

March 6, 2018 (Julian) -- Innkeepers Lee and Linda Stanley have a lovely B&B tucked into a heavily wooded four-acre hillside just a mile east of Julian, a historic gold rush town in the mountains of San Diego’s East County.  The Wikiup Bed and Breakfast Inn is a friendly haven, where guests find new friends all over the place.

 Five spacious guestrooms reflect the Old West during the early 1900s. They hold private entries, feather beds, fireplaces, in-room spas, claw foot tubs, and secluded wood-fired outdoor hot tubs, and mini kitchens. There are no televisions in rooms, making this a true getaway relaxation experience.


The one-bedroom rooms range froun around $165 to $215 but may vary seasonally, with a two-night minimum for some.

Linda serves a full breakfast every morning…something like French toast with baked apple. She keeps bowls filled with treats most of the day.

The Stanleys have animals; most interesting are the llamas that can trek with guests through the woods. 

 Along with a good night’s sleep, you can take advantage of a few packages. These include a daylong llama trek, hiking trips to Eagle Mine, a hiking and picnicking outing to Menghini winery, or a gift card for a dinner for two at a local restaurant.

Important information:  

Wikiup Bed and Breakfast Inn

Address: 1645 Whispering Pines Dr. Julian, CA 9203,

Phone: (760) 765-1890

Website: http://www.wikiupbnb.com