Photo By Michael Gerdes

Ilan-Lael Tours

Thank you for your interest in touring Ilan-Lael, the home and art studios of James and Anne Hubbell.  The property, known as Ilan-Lael, is a historically designated site. 

Tours are available by appointment only, and on a limited basis.  Please read about availability below.

To ensure a pleasant experience, please read through tour information and guidelines below:

PUBLIC TOURS: There are two tours each year that are open to the public: Father’s Day Open House and Fall Open House.  While Fall Open House is docent-led and Father’s Day Open House is not, the grounds, garden, Hubbell living space, and all other buildings will be available for you to view. Admissions go on sale approximately three months in advance and can be purchased on our website. Purchasers to Open House tours will not receive a physical ticket.  Admission is based on will call.

PRIVATE TOURS: We offer private docent-led group tours by appointment only from March through November. Each tour lasts from 45 minutes to 1 hour.  An additional 30 minutes is allowed for free exploration of the site. The buildings that are not shown during private tours are the Hubbell’s living areas: living room, kitchen, bedroom.  Please contact us at 760-765-3427 to learn more.

PARKING DURING OPEN HOUSES: Please park your car and catch the shuttle at the large sign in the front parking lot of the Julian Station: 4470 Highway 78.

PARKING DURING PRIVATE TOURS: Smaller groups (less than 12 persons) may park at Ilan-Lael and James Hubbell Studios: 930 Orchard Lane.  We encourage visitors to carpool when possible since parking spots are limited.  If, however, your group is larger, we will make arrangements to pick you up from the Julian Station and shuttle you to our art center and studios.


  • Photography is allowed.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • There is a rest room on the property.
  • There is limited seating available on the property.
  • This tour is not recommended for those who have difficulty walking.  The buildings do not have ramps or handicap access.  Paths are not paved and some buildings are accessible only by steps or stairs.   Visitors must be able to enter and exit our shuttle vans in order to reach the property.
  • Terrain is uneven with inclines.  Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
  • No smoking anywhere on the property.
  • Please respect your surroundings.  Do not pick flowers, fruits, or plants on the property.  Stay within the maintained grounds, as there are poison oak plants and wild animals, including rattlesnakes, in the area.

SHOPPING and FOOD:  We encourage you to visit the many unique shops at Julian Station.  There are also have three eateries in Wynola:

Wynola Pizza                        Jeremy’s on the Hill                     Mr. Manitas
4355 Highway 78                  4354 Highway 78                          4470 Highway 78
(in the Julian Station)

All are open most days for lunch and dinner.

VISITING JULIAN:  Historic Julian is a mere five miles further east on Highway 78.  There are restaurants, shops, art galleries, and activities most days with special events on the weekends.  Visit to learn more.

WHERE TO BUY JAMES HUBBELL ART:  Some artwork is available for sale at the Ilan-Lael property.  Please inquire if you see something of interest.  James is also represented by the Santa Ysabel Gallery.  Please stop by to see more of James’ work including paintings, pen and ink, sculpture, and stained glass.

Santa Ysabel Gallery
30352 Hwy 78
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

(the white cottage at the NE corner of the intersection of Highways 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel).

FOR MORE INFORMATION about James Hubbell and the Ilan-Lael Foundation please browse our website: