Orchard Hill Country Inn
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Luxury Travelers
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- Orchard Hill Country InnAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2First to Review
Absolutely, hands down the best hotel experience I've ever had. It's a hidden jewel, and even I had never heard about it until a week before my boyfriend and I went for our 2-year anniversary (he found it online). Nestled in the hills surrounding the mountain town of Julian, it is the most relaxing, beautiful, and endearing retreat I could ask for. It is classic mountain lodge style with more than a touch of luxury - and you can choose between the main cabin rooms or a separate cottage. We had a main cabin room and LOVED it. It was cozy, romantic, and when we arrived, chocolates and a personalized card sat on the pillow, welcoming us to our stay. There was a double white iron-cast bed with little plaid pillow accents, a little desk with a clock, notebook, and chair, an armoire with room for clothes and a TV with DVD/VHS player, two wineglasses and a jar of homemade cookies on the table, live plants to brighten up the corners, and an enchanting view of the mountains out our window. Can you say "romantic"?!
There is a small brook on the property, as well as hiking trails that lead to the view summit or an old mine - we did both, and couldn't decide which was more fun. You can eat meals inside or out on the back deck, which has a gorgeous view of the mountain backdrop behind Julian. The inn is set up on a hill above the town, and yet even though it's only a 5-minute walk, it is still somehow secluded enough to feel like it's hours away.
The lobby has a warm decor and a fireplace, which was a very popular spot among the guests in the evenings (we stayed in December). The beauty of Julian is that since it is still San Diego/Southern California, there's a good chance you'll get good weather days even in winter, like we did - but since it's in the mountains, the nights will still be cold (near or below freezing). (Two days after we left, it snowed heavily - which makes Julian almost inaccessible, but Orchard Hill Country Inn even more picturesque.) It was absolutely worth our time and money, and we will definitely go again!Recommended for:
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