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Observer's Inn

3535 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Observer's Inn
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

We had an amazing time visiting the observation deck of the inn. Mike was extremely knolowgable and showed us the sky in a brand new way. All the 10 and 11 year old girls really enjoyed and payed attention even though it was late for them. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone! We even saw the rings of... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Before the Cedar Fire and before my husband and I were married, we stayed at the Observer's Inn in one of their two quaint cottages, and enjoyed the star tour. When we heard that the inn had fallen victim to the fire, we were appalled. Even though the fire did not reach the research grade telescopes that are instrumental to... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

How do you put into words the utter excitement to see the night sky in a way you had never seen before? What words do you use to describe looking at stars whose light began ions ago? Where do you find words to describe stars that look like diamonds scattered on a velvet pillow? Who gets to see a double... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We did not stay at this B & B but attended the sky tour in the observatory on the premises. Wow! It is incredible what you can learn and see from this experience! Mike is passionate about his observatory and it showed in the knowledge he provided us about our solar system. We would definitely recommend it.

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This bed and breakfast is set just outside of the town of Julian, an escape from the San Diego area nestled in the mountains to the east. Julian has a number of attractions on its own. In addition to very comfortable accommodations in a two bedroom guesthouse, the Observer's Inn is unique in that the grounds include an astronomical observatory.... More 

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Regina Sk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We will never look at the sky in the same way again. Michael is extremey knowedgeable and passionate about sharing his knowing. A new concept of time and seeing was born for us both. A highly recommended experience. The sky in Julian is like nothing I have ever seen.

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

This was my second visit and am planning on more. I know nothing about Astronomy but Michael makes the Sky Tours so interesting that I feel like I have had a quality life experience. He not only explains the stars, galaxies, planets etc you are looking at, but also about some interesting historical background of astronomers, instrument development and even... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Wow. Right from San Diego's back yard, we were transported to the freaky surface of the moon! Planning another trip soon.What a meaningful endeavor (and the retractable roof is pretty cool, too.)

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Summary: This is a fabulous B&B, even without the astronomy. And unless you're unlucky and get clouded out, you'll have an unforgettable night sky experience. Some background: I am an experienced amateur astronomer, and stayed with my wife and kids (7 and 10). We booked both rooms, stayed two nights, and took the star tour both nights. First, this is... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

The hosts were absolutely wonderful throughout our stay, and the accommodations were very comfortable and excellently maintained. The homemade breakfast was absolutely delicious, and the location was far from the madding crowd. And then, there was the observing. If you haven't experienced the beauty of the skies before, this is a great opportunity. Mike gives a great tour of the... More 

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