Arts & Crafts Mountain Retreat~


Every year we return to the same Arts & Crafts style mountain Inn in Julian California, often with family members in tow.


Julian is a charming mountain community about an hours drive from The Holler that provides access to the nearby, often empty mountains that we love to hike in, and explore.


Each year we stay in a different cottage at the Inn, each one uniquely decorated and fun to experience. We have been coming for eleven years so far and have stayed in eleven different cottages. Check out some of the cottages and the design talents of the owners.


All of the cottages have fireplaces, porches, and most have whirlpool tubs, all are most appreciated after long days spent hiking.


One of the owner’s is a retired designer and it certainly shows in the creatively decorated cottages.


Yummy free breakfasts are included and the Inn has free wi-fi and free dvd’s for rental at the main lodge.


We take advantage of special offers when we stay that include such things as discounted room rates, a free bottle of wine per cottage, free picnics, and free dinners. Our most recent stay included all of these freebies. I do love to save my pennies and search for and find discounts when I travel! Planning is part of the fun of traveling.


The owners have acquired wonderful antique art and collectibles over the years and these are on display throughout the Inn. Plein Aire art, Native American baskets and pottery, Arts & Crafts furniture, and antique western wagons are just some of the treasures you will encounter.


There is a stream on the property and wildlife and birds are constant visitors which is another reason I love the place. And no, I am not plugging or getting any free bennies from this post. The owners will have no idea I am posting, or posted this. They are retired after successful careers and seem to run this place as a labor of love, although I am sure they do seek to make a profit as well.


Their philosophy of life out here dovetails quite nicely with my own!
Cheers to you from the always relaxing Orchard Hill Country Inn~

150 thoughts on “Arts & Crafts Mountain Retreat~

  1. It looks like the kind of place Peggy and I would love. The rooms are beautiful decorated. And wine and a whirlpool have a long day’s hike… you are speaking our language. :) –Curt

  2. What a place, it makes me want to redecorate my place when I get back home, I especially love the vibrant red colour scheme and those quilts add the finishing touches, homey and countrified I just love them

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  4. Very inspiring place to stay and gives me some ideas for design when all the major building work is over and done with!

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