Located on a large parcel of land, upon which sits several luxurious cottages and a large lodge style main structure, is where this B&B can be found. The main lodge also has hotel-style rooms and the dining room with enclosed sunroom seating for dinner and those wonderful breakfasts. The main dining room has a lovely ceiling mural and the walls are painted in a mural motif also. Most attractive. The seating area in the lodge is anchored by a huge stand-up-in-it fireplace, comfy sofa seating, and many Mission-style furniture pieces. Very Craftsman-period inspired.
Fairly pricey multi-course dinner meals (we figured about $100+ for two, including wine with the meal) and, based upon prior Trip Advisor reviews, decided to pass on dinner there, ending up in the downtown area of small, quaint Julian to explore dining options. A less formal dinner suited us fine, although those dining at the Orchard Hill enjoyed that too.
Views here were of a huge tree covered hill and a small red-brick church with a white spire; reminds us of the east coast and New England. While we were there in January, there was some snow on the ground (and is was VERY cold!!), making the comparison to the east coast all the more complete.
Thick, warm, cocoon-like bedding is needed during these very cold nights and we found that here. Heating consists of a wall-style heater which brings to mind Niagara Falls or Hoover Dam hydro-sound effects. The heater is right next to the bed. We cranked the heater up during the day and turned it off at night. The gas log fireplace was very welcome, too.
There is a 4 pm to 5:50 pm cheese and beverages gathering hosted by the B&B. The hard cheese is particularly good, as are those triangle shaped seasoned crackers made by their local chef (we were told), but there are also grapes, raw veggies and dips, etc. Wine offerings are good (one red and one white) and the Inn provides a two glass maximum per person.
We had a lovely breakfast yesterday: a few small crepe-like pancakes (about 4 inches in diameter), lightly flavored with a sweet syrup and sliced strawberries, kiwi, and a bunch of grapes. Hard boiled eggs, scones, yogurt, breads and jams, and cereal rounded out the other offerings.
Sunday morning breakfast was a buffet with gorgeous huge strawberries and excellent watermelon, an egg/red pepper/scallion/cheese option, sausages, potatoes composing the main entree. Again, those homemade scones which were flakey and so light, rounded out the menu for us. Champagne mimosas were an option for those (we presume) planned to stay the night! As we were driving, we took a pass on that option.
Seating is almost entirely at tables for 2 which is a welcome break from the big dining room style breakfasts found at many other B&B's. The enclosed deck was sunny, warm, and offered great views of this charming town which you can see from this hilltop setting.
During the Summer and Spring, this must be a magical place (hopefully the heater won't have to run) when the trees, shrubs, and iris bulbs put on their display; visitors can sit outside on the large patios and walk around the beautiful grounds.
Julian's main street is only a half-block away and the shops offer so many fun items and antiques so that even the male members of any traveling party would be entertained. Read the historical signs on the old buildings to get a sense of history here. There's also a mine ride but we just couldn't bring ourselves to venture down to an even colder environment than we experienced above ground this visit.
We came here on a Groupon offer and look forward to returning in the future. In our opinion, there is no other B&B in Julian that even approaches this choice property. It is well maintained and our room, "Jonathan", was pitch-perfect as an East Coast nautical themed room. Our room in cottage #1 consisted of two rooms, a small frig, bar sink, and the frig came with 6 creamers and one can of Coke (just in case you were wondering). In-room small coffee maker brews Seattle's Best coffee (provided).
Now we head home, Julian apple pies in the car, as well as so many treasures we located in Julian. Kind thoughts and memories of this gem of a B&B are stored in our minds!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Orchard Hill Country Inn is a AAA Four Diamond inn located in historic Julian, California. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Orchard Hill Country Hotel Julian
- Country Inn Julian
- Julian Country Inn