The Inn is centrally located in Borrego Springs, an unincorporated San Diego County village completely surrounded by the vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, more than 670,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Borrego Springs has also earned the distinction of being recognized by the International Dark Sky Association as California's only certified Dark-Sky Community.
Our fifteen Southwest-styled rooms face a beautifully-landscaped courtyard and native desert garden, complete with an aviary that's home to a lively brood of beautiful Australian Zebra Finches. Guests can observe native flora and fauna from the comfort of garden-view chairs or enjoy a private retreat in enclosed back patios. We offer king and queen rooms, most with convenient kitchenettes, and some with romantic gas fireplaces. All are tastefully decorated with authentic cultural artifacts.
A stay at the Inn gives guests a unique blend of desert wilderness and pleasing creature comforts. The amazing Park is just outside our doors, with plenty of room to stretch out and soak up the fresh air, desert landscape, and dark skies. Just to the east, and within walking distance, is Borrego Springs' small, pedestrian-friendly downtown, where you'll find one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, and galleries. So a perfect day might include a morning hike on trails where you won't encounter another soul, enjoying a tasty lunch in a friendly local eatery, lounging leisurely by the pool all afternoon, and meeting local artists at First Friday Art Walks.
Your hosts, Gwenn Marie and Rich Caldwell, are former frequent guests of the Inn starting when it first opened in early 1998. They have been full-time Borregans since 2003 and have owned the Inn since April 2006.
Proud to Support Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
The Inn is a sponsor for the Anza-Borrego Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission to acquire land for conservation in and around the Park, educate the public on its resources, and support research relevant to our region.
We are ardent fans of the Park and have logged many happy hours and miles exploring the geography, geology, flora, and fauna. Indeed, it was the Park that first captured our souls and spirits. In fact, we got married at Fonts Point, so the Park is a big part of our lives. Our experiences here eventually led us to our passion – operating desert-inspired lodging to host and introduce others to the magic and mystery here. It’s a fitting partnership, and one we are delighted to be part of.
The Nature Principle
Throughout these pages, you'll notice quotes from The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv. The best-selling author of Last Child in the Woods and a recipient of the Audobon Medal, Louv makes a convincing case that grown-ups need regular doses of pure nature, just as much as children do. In The Nature Principle, Louv offers dozens of stories and examples of the immediate benefits of simply spending time in nature, a few of them referencing the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
The book surely resonates with us. We are extremely fortunate to experience daily life in a place with so much wilderness right around us. Our guests consistently relate that the "peace and quiet" they find at the Inn is an increasingly rare and valuable experience. It's good to see that need being more clearly recognized. Thank you, Mr. Louv. For more about his work and philosophy, visit www.richardlouv.com.