We do occassionly travel without the fur kids and this trip was one of them. Had a week of time share we had banked and needed to use before Feb 2013 so we chose to return to the Escondido area and stay at the Welk Resort. We had been here 2 years ago and enjoyed the peace and quiet. We flew into San Diego and drove up about 35 miles north. This resort was founded by Lawrence Welk (of music fame) in the early 70s and is a huge place with golf course, restaurant, theater, spa and many condos of all sizes. We chose to stay in their Mountain Villas this time and had a good view over the whole area from our balcony. Some of our family from Los Angeles came down and spent 3 days with us visiting and sightseeing. We all arrived on Sunday and then we spent Monday driving up into the mountains to visit Julian, CA. This is a small (pop. 1502) historic town used for mining in the late 1800s and still has some neat vibes. Some of the original settlers discovered the area was good for farming as well so on the way up we passed some huge orchards and nurseries scattered with vineyards. It had snowed a little the night before so there was a dusting on the trees above us. We stopped in at Mom’s Pies for a piece of her famous apple pie and coffee before going on into Julian. Once there we found out it was cold!!! We were about 4,226 ft elevation and had a slight breeze. We spent most our time looking for a warm place instead of staying outside much.
They had a great hardware store selling antiques as well as new items and Pendleton blankets and clothing. It was very clean and well organized which always shows pride of ownership.
This area was affected by some of the wildfires a few years ago which nearly made it into town. But is a mixed use area now with houses, sheds, trailers and a few small farms. Drove back into the resort by dinner and had a good visit before bedtime. Next day we spent with the family before they returned to LA. Then we enjoyed the rest of the week resting and reading and had an occasional cocktail like big people do when they don’t have fur kids. Went to the spa for a massage the day before we headed back to Texas. Ahhh!