Santa Ysabel Travel Guide

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Santa Ysabel Things to Do

  • Murals~

    Located on the Red Hawk Realty-Donn Bree building across from the Santa Ysabel General Store is a wonderful mural. The cowboy reminds of George Straight the country western singer and the Native American reminds me of the elder Goyathlay, who you may remember him as Geronimo. Yet it could be a likeness of a Luiseño and Diegueño Native American. By...

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  • Santa Ysabel General Store 1884

    The little town of Santa Ysabel was established in 1878, when C. R. Wellington established a general store, hotel, and blacksmith. The orginal 1884 structure was just adobe, but was added onto with wood-frame section to cater to the feed and farming supplies. Eventually in 1889 a postoffice was establishing here too.Now the fully restored, the...

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  • Santa Ysabel Asistencia Historical...

    The marker reads: Father Fernando Martin celebrated the first Mass on Sept. 20, 1818 at a site nearby, an outpost of Mission San Diego. By 1822 Santa Ysabel had a chapel, cemetery, granary, many houses, and 450 neophytes. After secularization in the 1830’s, priestly visits were rare. Tradition asserts that services have been held here since 1818,...

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  • Santa Ysabel Asistencia~ Inside Murals

    Not all churches are cookie cutter, although many think so. I find them all unique. I was really surprised by the beauty inside and the huge wall murals that frame the altar. They are very detailed, colorful and beautiful. The walls above the church pews are graced with beautiful stainglass windows. There is even a balcony where the organist is...

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  • Santa Ysabel Asistencia Museum

    To the left of the main entrance into the chapel towards the back is a small museum. Its free, but donations are accepted. Its just one small room, but the walls are covered with historical photo's and so many wonderful artifacts in display cases. There is a sign on the door to make sure you keep it close, since there is rattle snakes in this area.

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  • Santa Ysabel Asistencia ~Church of the...

    Santa Ysabel Asistencia started out with simple beginnings with only a small adobe capilla (chapel) that was constructed by the Luisenos and Dieguenos who were the local Native Americans. Padre Fernando Martin blessed this area in 1818 to serve as a asistencia (sub-mission) to Mission San Diego, one of three mission asistencias San Diego County. By...

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Santa Ysabel Restaurants

  • Lake Henshaw Resort

    The Roundup BBQ Grill is a new name to me. It was called Lake Henshaw Cafe when I was young. It's has a newer look and the prices are higher than they once were, but isn't that the way it is everywhere?They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes have live music. WARNING: The Cafe has burned to the ground, in a raging firestorm on 29...

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  • A place everyone visits

    This is one of the two Julian Pie Companies in the region. It's a great place to stop and get coffee, pie, ice cream, and other desserts. Prices are very reasonable and the people are friendly.This is a place where everyone passing by the area tends to stop. You can eat inside, or go outside and use the picnic tables in a shaded area. I always...

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Santa Ysabel Nightlife

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    Walk Around The Lake or go to the Casino!: The Mission is Closed

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    The Mission is closed at night,sorry.

    However at Lake Henshaw you can take a walk around the lake or sit outside the cabin with your drink of choice and listen to the noises of nature, insects and wind blowing through the trees. See a million stars in the clear skies. Far from the maddening crowd, a place to commune with nature.

    If that isn't what you want, why not take a trip to the Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino! It's open 7 days a week 6:30 am to 2:00 am, except Friday and Saturday it's open 24 hours.

    Dress Code: Casual and comfortable clothes is best, especially if you plan to stay for a while.

    Mission Closed at Night.
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    • Casino and Gambling
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Santa Ysabel Shopping

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    Don's Market: Home made here~

    by Yaqui Written Jul 19, 2015

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    What is unique about this area, is each community has a local general store, but Santa Ysabel has actual market that has a deli and specialty meats. Don's Market is your complete grocery store, offering: Best Meat Department in the County, Freshest Produce Available, Complete Liquor & Wine Department, Money Orders, Super Lotto, and Dry Cleaning Available. Started by owner Don Brown, a 55-year veteran of the grocery business, Don's Market opened its doors in the summer of 1991.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

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Santa Ysabel Tourist Traps

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    Mission Santa Ysabel Cemetery!

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    Mission Santa Ysabel cemetery! OOPS!

    There really are no Tourist Traps here but you should know that Tourists are asked not to enter the Cemetary.

    There are no fee for admission to the Church or the museum, but a donation is always welcomed.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Budget Travel

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Santa Ysabel Off The Beaten Path

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    Life Before & After the Gold Rush Days

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    There is a small historical museum next to the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church,(AKA: Santa Ysabel, an assistencia of Mission San Diego de Alcala.) that shows what lilfe was like in the area before the Gold Rush Days.

    Though it was small and simple, it was very charming and interesting. The photo is a view of the Priest's dining area at the Mission, there were several rooms depicting life for the Missionaries.

    Between the Church and the museum, where the original Mission Bells were hung, now has a statue, "The Angel of the Lost Bells" dedicated to finding the Mission Bells that were stolen sometime in 1926. Only the clappers have been found and are displayed in the museum.

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    • Religious Travel
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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Santa Ysabel Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing on Lake Cuyamaca

    Fishing is allowed on Lake Cuyamaca with a valid permit, $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. A State Fishing License for anyone 16 years and older is about $12.00 for one day of fishing and about $37.00 for an annual license. These are always required for fishing and can be purchased at the Bait and Tackle shop. Update:The price may be changed...

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  • Boating on the Lake

    Lake Cuyamaca is smaller now than when I was younger and went boating with my dad, but it is still big enough to enjoy rowing or riding in a motor boat. This is not a big "tourist" area, but is usually pretty busy on weekends during warmer days.You can also fish from the boats if you have purchased a permit.%c There is a boat ramp if you bring...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Santa Ysabel Favorites

  • Santa Ysabel Asistencia Bells

    The story of the "Mystery of the Lost Bells" is interesing. Two bells, the oldest in Alta California, were purchased in 1846 from Missión Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó (Our Lady of Loreto) in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in exchange for six burro loads of barley and wheat. The bells were inscribed: "N.S. De Loreto 1723" and "San Pedro...

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  • Safety First!

    One of my fondest memories of this area was the beautiful forest surrounding everything, including the road up to Santa Ysabel. However, when anyone has been careless with their campfires or matches or cigarettes, this area can be devastated. In the last five years this has happened on a huge scale twice! In 2003 a fire treatened this area and...

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  • An Active Parish

    Mission Santa Ysabel is still an active parish. I haven't been up this way for Mass in quite a while, but think it's worth a visit while in the area. Every year I'd bring my sons up here to buy their Halloween pumpkins at the Manzanitas Ranch. With the special whiff of fall in the air we'd wander through the various sections of the Manzanitas...

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