East County Magazine

November 2015 Articles

Warner Springs Ranch forms Conservancy to Preserve and Sustain over 1,000 acres of Historic Land

November  16, 2015 (Warner Springs)--Warner Springs Ranch Resort has formed the  nonprofit Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural Conservancy to  protect and manage the property’s numerous historic, cultural and  natural assets.

The Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural  Conservancy, led by a five-member board of directors, provides  stewardship of land and cultural resources, conserve native species and  their habitat, and promote and facilitate public use of the property. It  also manages endowment funds and carries on any other charitable and  educational activities on the property.

“Our goal is to maintain a  sustainable and conscientious property that locals and visitors can  enjoy for years to come,” said Fred Grand, president of Pacific  Hospitality Group, Inc.,  which acquired the  property in 2013. “We believe in ‘designing with nature’ whenever  possible and hope to restore some of the property’s natural habitats and  re-establish its historic agricultural uses.”

Warner Springs  Ranch Resort – an iconic San Diego County destination long known for its  therapeutic natural hot springs – is currently undergoing a  multi-million dollar renovation and redevelopment of facilities. Today,  the Warner Springs Ranch Golf Club was the first part of the resort to  re-open.

The property, which was founded as a working ranch in  the mid-1800s and opened as a resort in the 1920s, includes a  27,000-square-foot main lodge, 250 casita units, a 144-acre golf course  and clubhouse, tennis courts, equestrian facilities, restaurants, a spa,  campgrounds, three swimming pools, a private airport and meeting  facilities. Beyond the resort, the property also includes a 240-acre  public trust Cultural Preserve.

Pacific Hospitality Group has  been developing and managing hotel and resort properties locally and in  Palm Springs for over 20 years including the Hacienda Hotel in Old Town  San Diego, as well as golf resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico, Scottsdale  Arizona and other areas. The company is also partnering with San Diego  to restore Victorian homes in Old Town’s Heritage Park.