Each winter, visitors – especially “snowbirds” – flock to San Diego’s East County to explore our desert oasis of Borrego Springs and charming mountain towns like Ramona and Julian, famous for its gold mines and apple pies.
February brings a few fun East County events and activities that are sure to make for a memorable backcountry visit.
Following are 3 that really piqued my interest:
Borrego Springs ARTWALK paints an eye-catching kaleidoscope of color over our desert landscape on Feb. 1st from 5-8 p.m. Start your stroll at the beautiful *NEW* Borrego Art Institute, featuring their “BIG. BOLD. BEAUTIFUL.” exhibition of paintings, sculpture and other artworks. Then head up the street to check out other fantastic exhibits at Matson Gallery, Liesel Paris Arts Studio, Tumbleweed Gallery, The Galleria at The Palms at Indian Head and House of Borrego Springs.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Treat your sweetie to a gourmet, candlelit four-course dinner in the dining room of the Craftsman-style Orchard Hill Country Inn in Julian. As you swoon over the mountaintop views of the town below, your loved one also receives a box of chocolate truffles and a rose. Cost is $45 per person (and worth every dime! ).
Spread your wings and fly to the big annual (FREE) HawkWatch at the Wildlife Research Institute in Ramona, happening each Saturday, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9-11 a.m. Bring your binoculars and cameras to spot magnificent wintering and resident raptors, including Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons and Red-shouldered Hawks, to name a few. While you’re there, say hello to the herd of bison that call this “raptor hotspot” home!
Bio: The official tourism blog of San Diego from the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau. San Diego may be known as a place for endless summers, but this is the time of year when the region shines with possibilities.