We booked the Wisteria cabin for May 18th thru the 20th (Fri- Sunday) for a quick weekend getaway. We arrived late Friday night and there was a welcome note left for us explaining everything about the cabin and the area around us. I liked the personalized touch. The cabin was idyllic and I wish I had another couple days to linger on and enjoy La Joya. It was a "no phones, no laptops" weekend for us but even so, the cabin is outfitted with a router we could tap into if we wanted to get on the internet.
There is a history and charm to this place which is lovingly preserved by the caretaker. This type of familiarity and charm cannot compare to a modern hotel. The owner actually happened to know my boyfriend's father when he stayed with them years before. It was like I stepped back in time and we enjoyed all the charming details the cabin and the surrounding gardens had to offer. From the front porch with Adirondack chairs to the original Gaffers & Sattler Stove in our cabin kitchen, to the cozy family room with a fireplace, books, magazines and throws for those chilly nights.
Saturday afternoon, I lingered on the back porch reading and listening to a water feature beyond the ivy. There is a resident cat that was lazily enjoying the sun on the back patio just below our cottage and looked up at me like I was disturbing his snooze. The birds were chirping and I could hear the ocean.
The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed but found we didn't use it because we enjoyed walking down to Harry's for breakfast and other great eateries in the village. We spent a lot of time at the beach, which was just a short walk away.
We found everything in working order from the "historic" plumbing, to plenty of towels and kitchen items. Remember folks, this is an original cabin with original plumbing and electrical wiring. Staying in a historic cabin you have to go into this with an open mind and not be put off that this is not the same as staying at The Four Seasons. This is an experience in stepping back in time, living as people did back in the 1940's & 50's. I felt like I was in a Doris Day movie. It's kind of fun to think how far we have come with modern conveniences. Everything works just fine but just be mindful that you don't want to flush while someone else is in the shower.
I can't wait to return to Redwood Hollow. Please don't change a thing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Redwood Hollow Cottages is a historic garden oasis 400 feet from a sandy beach in La Jolla Village. We have studios, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom separate cottages. Most have full kitchens, and some have wood burning fireplaces. All cottages have individual Internet connections and their own Wi-Fi reception. We are in a quiet residential location set on 1/2 acre of gardens. The Village with shops and restaurants is four blocks away. We welcome you to our charming hotel alternative in America's Riviera. ... more less
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