Visit James and Anne Hubbell’s acclaimed home and art studios near Julian, CA.

Walk winding paths and gardens in wonder as you explore the famous Hubbell family home and studios. Experience the world-renowned “Boys’ House” where sunlight pours through stained glass and rivers of mosaic wind throughout. An engaging art and nature experience, our intimate docent-led tour covers the art and architecture of founder and artist James Hubbell amidst the surrounding unspoiled natural beauty of the Santa Ysabel landscape. Be inspired as nature and art truly dance together as one.

Small-group docent-led tours

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
Friday May 10th and running through June 17th, 2024.

Located on 10 acres of oak woodlands near Julian, California, the Ilan-Lael compound encompasses living quarters, studio and gallery spaces, gardens and a public building for the Ilan-Lael Foundation. Tours are a approximately 90 minutess and limited to small groups to enhance your experience. Enjoy the on-site gallery and gift shop offering Hubbell art, books, hand-crafted artisan items, and more. Ilan-Lael is located just over an hour from San Diego and about 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles. Driving and parking directions will be emailed upon receipt of the tour purchase. Tours are available again in the SPRING 2024 from May through June.


Admission fees go entirely to support Ilan-Lael Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to preserving the Hubbell property and its legacy of bringing art and nature to the community. We hope to see you there! Reservations are required.

Driving and parking directions will be emailed upon receipt of the tour purchase.

Can’t make a scheduled tour date? Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Please call our office for available dates and special group pricing, at 760-765-3427 or email us at

Fall 2024 Open House Tour Dates

  • 10AM & 1PM – Friday October 4th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Saturday October 5th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Monday October 7th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Friday October 11th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Saturday October 12th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Monday October 14th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Friday October 18th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Saturday October 19th
  • 10AM & 1PM – Monday October 21st


$90/ person (minimum of 2 passengers per car, maximum 5)

Admission includes:

  • 10% off gift shop purchases (except original artworks and workshops)
  • One year of unlimited streaming access to the Hubbell Online Channel.

Joining us for a tour?

To ensure a pleasant experience, here’s what to expect…

  • The terrain on the grounds is uneven with inclines.  Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
  • Bring your camera, photography is allowed, and you will want to take pictures!
  • Sorry, 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, or use a walker, cane, or wheelchair.
  • There is NO SMOKING anywhere on the property.
  • Water and light refreshments are available. For lunch, please visit on of the fine eateries in nearby Wynola or 5 miles down the road in Julian.
  • Driving and parking directions will be emailed upon receipt of the tour purchase.

Shopping, dining and more!

We encourage you to visit the many unique shops in the area. Please see a full listing of our Community Business Partners Directory, who we thank for their generous support of Ilan-Lael.

VISITING JULIAN:  Historic Julian is a mere five miles further east on Highway 78.

Want to buy Hubbell art?

Some artwork is available for sale at the Ilan-Lael property and new work is also available online at our Hubbell Gallery.  Please inquire if you see something of interest.  James is also represented by the Santa Ysabel Gallery.  Please stop by and ask to see more of James’ work including paintings, pen and ink, sculpture, and stained glass.

Santa Ysabel Art Gallery (the white cottage at the NE corner of the intersection of Highways 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel).
30352 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070