The very first building in Rancho Santa Fe, was a guesthouse designed by Lillian Rice, …
… built in the Spanish Revival-style named La Morada, “the house of many rooms” with a cozy lobby, sunlit patios and commanding position on the hill, looking down what was to become the Village center.
Opened in 1923 La Morada, quickly became the social focal point of the village.
The Inn has recently finished a comprehensive $12 million renovation, so I visited to find out for myself how it all came together. There are some subtle changes along with the relocation of the restaurant named “Morada” (after the Inn’s original name) which opened in July this year, adjacent to the terrace area.
I liked the slight change to one of the buildings as you enter the walkway leading to reception –
Being British I couldn’t resist trying the fish and chips and was nicely surprised by the presentation and tastiness.
The chef showcases ingredients grown right on the property and sources from local sustainable farms and farmer’s markets.
This was our view from our dining table on the terrace:
… with the Village center on Paseo Delisias, looking like an extension of the brick pathway leading to the street.
The central “living room” located between the reception area and the restaurant, retains its period features and comfortable furniture.
There is also a brand new 3,000 square foot full service spa “The Spa at The Inn”, providing an opportunity to relax and be pampered.
A little known fact is that Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect responsible for Falling Water in Pennsylvania (among many other iconic structures) was married at the Inn in August of 1928.