The Man and I decided to take a little road trip this past weekend. Things have been so busy and we were both looking forward to a getaway. A long drive in the country was the perfect escape.
One of the unexpected pleasures of road tripping is finding hidden gems along the way. Those places you don't intend to come across but are so glad you did.
The Santa Ysabel General Store is just such a place.
The adobe and wood frame commercial building was built in 1884. It had been a grocery, dry goods and feed store, a post office, and barber shop among several others. It was a vital business during the gold rush days of rural San Diego county. It was recently purchased by the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) and has been restored to it's former glory.
They have stocked the shelves with the most wonderful items. From pantry staples and local honey to delicious teas and gourmet salts...their selection is top notch. I could tell they had a keen eye for quality products and fantastic packaging.
The wood stove in the center of the store was so charming. And I loved their piles of wood, evergreens and kindling ready to keep the fires burning.
The store is operated by the non-profit SOHO and the income received goes to the upkeep and preservation of the building and other projects. Adjoining the shop is the Backcountry Visitor Center which provides free guides and trail maps to local rivers, deserts and mountains.
If you're ever in the area, I hope you'll stop by for a visit. And if you can show your support by liking their Facebook page, I know they would be grateful.
I just love when people decide to take action to preserve the history and soul of their community.
Santa Ysabel General Store
30275 Highway 78
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Open: Friday to Sunday 11-5