May 12, 2009

It's that time of year

We're headed into what we believe is the sweetest time in the desert - late spring and early summer. Yes, it's definitely getting warmer. It's a dry, gentle warmth that starts with cool mornings, and pool lounging and porch reading become the favored activities.

It feels great to be back in shorts and flip-flops. After a long sunset, the desert quickly cools. A perfect time for being outside, stargazing.

Come on out and join us.

Borrego Modern III - April 25th
Mid-Century Home Tour


    A Perfect Day for Discovering Gems

Our friends at Save our Heritage Organization did an outstanding job promoting awareness about Borrego Springs' mid-century architectural history and development. Six homes, including the beautifully-restored Desert Club, showcased desert modernism as it evolved in Borrego Springs.

The weekend began with a "house-tini" reception on Friday night at Elizabeth Rodriguez' amazing mid-century gallery, The House of Borrego Springs. A show there displayed beautiful photographs, plans, and drawings of the featured homes. On Saturday, more than 250 ticket holders headed out for a beautiful day of visiting classic homes designed by some of California's leading mid-century architects.

The event was capped by a luscious buffet & cocktail reception at the Desert Club (built 1949), where sweeping walls of glass reveal inspiring mountain and valley views. There were more than 125 celebrants, plentiful food and libations, and a great sound track!

SOHO collaborated with our Chamber of Commerce on this event, and the two non-profits will split the proceeds. Thanks, SOHO, for your interest in our community, the expertise and care you bring to your endeavors, and your appreciation of what makes for a GREAT party!


Congratulations, Mark Jorgensen!


    Popular Long-Term Park Supt. Retires

After a distinguished, award-winning, 35-year career at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®, Superintendent Mark Jorgensen is hanging up his radios and getting out of the emergency search-and-rescue business. Over the years, Mark developed impressive expertise, from chief naturalist to park superintendent. He is a legendary leader who leaves a vital legacy of progress and growth for the park he so loves.

Nearly 300 fans celebrated Mark's retirement (and also that of long-time colleague Ranger Bob Therriault) at a huge party at the Park Visitor Center. In fact, it was such a big occasion, that "The Governator" himself came by to present Mark with a prestigious award!

Mark is a great contributor to the community, having served two years as our Honorary Mayor, actively participating in preparing our new Community Plan, and by serving on the board of the Borrego Village Association. We wish Mark and his family all the best as they embark on whatever comes next. We have a hunch it will involve a lot of hiking!

Join us in welcoming incoming Superintendent Kathy Dice. She, too, is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for the Park, longtime ranger and supervising ranger, and an excellent leader.

Best wishes to you, Kathy - stop by for morning coffee!


Welcome, Steve and Jodie Forrest


    Astrology Duo Moves to Borrego Springs

Respected astrological consultants, writers, and husband-and-wife, Steve and Jodie Forrest ( have recently moved from Chapel Hill, NC to Borrego Springs, where they've built a straw-bale house and are full-time residents (yes, even in the summer).

The Forrest approach to astrology assumes we're able to work with astrological forces, not simply be pushed around by them. They believe that astrology can help us live more aligned with our higher purpose and make wiser choices in our lives. In addition to their work with individual clients, both Steve and Jodie are popular writers and accomplished musicians.

We welcome Steve and Jodie to Borrego Springs! They bring a fresh perspective to life in the Valley, and we look forward to welcoming their many friends from around the world, too.


Upcoming Events


    Good News - Not Much!

There are a few activities going on, and things are quieting down for the summer ahead. See the online Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute calendar at And check in with ABDNHA at for their summer schedule.

Other than that, how about a good book? Or a nap? Or a dip in the pool? Or a margarita at Carmelita's?


Special Offers & Packages


    Oh, No – Not May Gray!

Escape May Gray
We remember living on the Pacific coast and sometimes never getting out of our sweats on foggy spring and summer days. The inevitable chill and fog is downright cold and gray. And who wants to be outside on damp foggy nights, with nary a star to inspire? How about warmth, sun and the Milky Way instead? Plan your escape now – with a great deal!

Come soak up the desert warmth by the pool. Jump-start your summer under sunny skies and balmy starry nights!

Check out our lodging page for a variety of accommodations in California's Secret Desert - Borrego Springs.

Gwenn Marie, president
Chamber of Commerce