Established in 1884, Highland Springs Ranch & Inn (formerly known as Highland Springs Resort) was Riverside County’s first historical landmark. The property encompasses 2,400 acres and is comprised of an organic farm, restaurant, inn and camp. Formerly a stagecoach stop, the ranch was frequented by such historical celebrities as Wyatt Earp, Ernest Hemingway and Albert Einstein.
Highland Springs Ranch & Inn is open:
For guests staying at the ranch, they have a security guard 24-hours a day as well as late shift front desk staff.
The Grand Oak Farm to Table restaurant is open:
Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm
123 Farm is their on-site farm. They raise sheep, cows and chickens and also grow various types of heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs, and known for being Southern California’s largest organic lavender farm. It is generally closed to the public except for festivals or special events.
During Lavender Season (June-July), the farm will only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a small admission fee during those months.
The Organic Galleries are a parade of 12 rustic boutiques showcasing products from the farm:
Guests of the ranch and restaurant are welcome to walk the grounds on the day of their visit. Go to the front desk to register for a Visitor’s Pass.
All visitors must register in the lobby and obtain a pass to walk the grounds. On certain days, the grounds may be closed due to school children attending a program on the property. Hiking trails are open to registered hotel guests and patrons of the restaurant only.
No picnicking is allowed on the property. Park your vehicle before walking the grounds. No driving is allowed beyond the parking lot, and absolutely no vehicles are permitted near the 1,000-year-old oak tree. For directions and more information visit HSResort.com or call (951) 845-1151.
Lynne Tucker is a travel writer and photojournalist based in Palm Desert.