We invite you to Julian for the Holidays!

We invite you to Julian for the Holidays!

Hello friends,

It seems at this time of the year every conversation is bound to include a remark regarding the rapid passing of time. Yes, the year’s end is at hand and for me, good riddance. (Possibly more on that later). I’ll raise my glass high with an expletive, maybe two, and kiss 2022 adios!

At last year’s New Year’s Eve party, I had mentioned to a very dear guest Arnold, that given the present circumstances, I might claim to see another decade if I somehow cut back on my red wine consumption... but that rock climbing was definitely not in the future for me! Arnold imparted his wisdom regarding the Old Testament and the revelation that the natural life span of man, and I suppose women, at that time was 120 years.
Now, give that some thought. Visually, I didn’t think it evoked an appealing picture.

I realized that Darrell and I had fallen into the abyss of love and age. Now, this is not a discussion for the faint of heart. So, I asked Darrell, “could you find me attractive at ninety-five?” “Probably not” he replied, “but I would nonetheless always love you.” Darrell is good at taking the easy way out of difficult situations. He is very quick with words. I remember thinking this when we first met seventy years ago.

It’s difficult for me to dwell much on another year passing, we have had so many lovely years together. Thirty of them have been at Orchard Hill and shared with many of you. Darrell says that life is not like a box of chocolates but a like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end of the roll, the faster it goes. Now that’s pure Darrell.
See you soon. Thanksgiving has been filled for weeks but Marianne reports that New Year’s Eve has a few spots.

Pat and Darrell




On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 26th, be sure to enjoy the Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the park behind Julian Town Hall. This beloved, fun, and free event goes from
2 – 7pm with music and activities throughout the day culminating in the lighting of the Julian Christmas Tree.

For a complete list of Julian holiday cheer and activities including Santa Claus at Town Hall, The Julian Theater Company’s “A Christmas Carol”, and the 28th Annual Victorian Christmas Teas, click here!

CLICK HERE for a complete list of Julian Holiday Cheer & Activities!




The Bailey House

2307 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036, Friday – Sunday 11am – 5pm. The Bailey House is a charming, welcoming coffee shop on Main Street offering a delicious selection of coffee, hot and cold drinks,
and a variety of sweet treats with a side of ambience. Owned and operated by longtime Julian resident Sherry Horton, Sherry lends her signature style and scrumptious attention to detail to her newest venture. The Bailey House is located adjacent to the Julian favorite Julian Beer Co. and fun fact, built in 1876, The Bailey House is the oldest building in Julian.



Orchard Hill’s 2022 Two-Day New Year’s Celebration!

Friday December 30th - The “Eve” of New Year’s Eve

At the ranch of Orchard Hill owners, Pat and Darrell - 5 PM

Dress warm to watch the sunset.

New Year’s “Eve of the Eve” traditional menu: Chef Doris’ fabulous seafood gumbo, mac & cheese with crispy Panko topping, fall pumpkin cake with caramel sauce, selected local wines (included in package price)

Saturday December 31st New Year’s Eve

Hors d’oeuvres served from 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Dinner at 8 PM, signature cocktail served upon arrival (included in package price)

  •  Extravagant party hats, masks and noise makers, available prior to the festivities.
  • DJ (Sage) provides dancing throughout the evening – all your favorites to hum along

Seafood Buffet

  • Jumbo shrimp extravaganza: marinated and special sauces
  • Oysters served with cold vodka shots

Seafood Buffet

  • Jumbo shrimp extravaganza: marinated and special sauces
  • Oysters served with cold vodka shots

Traditional Buffet

  • Grilled lamb chops
  • Sliced tenderloin
  • Utterly delicious scalloped cheese potatoes
  • Peas and baby carrots

Dessert Buffet

  • Doris’ “Fantasy in Chocolate”
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries • Silky Chocolate tartlets
  • Handmade chocolate truffles
  • Port wine

$600.00 per couple for both parties. Does not include spirits (except for ones mentioned above), tax, 18% staff gratuity, or cost of room for two nights. Due to availability of some products substitutions may be necessary.




We are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to give our staff time with their families. We will reopen Monday, December 26th.




Monday, January 2nd – Sunday, January 8th, 2023.
Stay two nights, first night full price second night 20% off!