The Julian Gold Rush Hotel

1-Night Stay for Two at The Julian Gold Rush Hotel in Julian, CA

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Hotel at a Glance: The Julian Gold Rush Hotel

As its name suggests, the Julian Gold Rush Hotel harks back to the days of the California Gold Rush. Inside the Queen Anne–style building, you’ll find old-fashioned lace curtains and antique lamps and furniture. Elegant guest rooms boast heirloom quilts, clawfoot bathtubs, and cast-iron fireplaces. Built in 1897, it’s the oldest continually operating hotel in Southern California and even appears on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Famous guests: UK Prime Minister Lloyd George, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Duvall
  • Complimentary two-course breakfast with granola, seasonal fruits, date nut raisin toast, and a homemade hot dish that changes daily
  • Afternoon tea served every day
  • Best spot to sit a spell: The hotel’s breezy front porch is outfitted with wicker furniture and surrounded by colorful flowers.

Julian, California: Historic Gold-Mining Town with Famous Apple Pie

Julian is a pintsize mountain town located 60 miles northeast of San Diego. Thanks to its position at just over 4,200 feet in the Laguna Mountains, the town enjoys four distinct seasons—unlike the rest of Southern California. Julian was the first and only gold-rush town in San Diego County, and as a result, the entire township is a designated historic district. Explore its rich heritage by boarding one of the mining trains.

Though gold mining may have put Julian on the map, the town is most famous for its apple crops, which began springing up here at the end of the 19th century. Less sweet than traditional types, the apples are ideal for baking into pies, brewing into cider, and using to prop open doors. You’ll find sumptuous variations of the hallmark fruit all over town. The area’s unique climate also makes it a prolific grape-growing region; you can enjoy complimentary tastings of pinot grigio and pinot noir at a number of award-winning vineyards.

There’s plenty to do outdoors, as well. A 2.5-mile hike to the top of nearby Volcan Mountain reveals panoramic views of the desert, mountains, and sea. Lake Cuyamaca offers year-round trout fishing, and you can partake in Julian’s stargazing tradition at private astronomical observatories in town.

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What You Get

  • Option 1: $81 for a 1-night stay for two in a second-floor room, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday; not valid for Friday or Saturday stays (up to a $135 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 10/26/14
Travel by: 12/18/14

  • Blackout dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/26–27
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 8% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Breakfast and afternoon tea
  • Board games and library
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 10/26/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/18/14
  • Not valid 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/26-27
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts
  • Limit 5 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Cannot be combined with any other discounts or gift certificates
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 8% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Second-Floor Room * One queen bed * Standard occupancy: 2 * Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.–10 p.m.; contact property directly for later check in
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: San Diego International (SAN; 65 miles)
  • Distance from Escondido: 40 miles

Traveler's Tips

  • Street parking is available.

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