Keeping up With the New Innkeeper

By Richard Mineards   |   December 3, 2020
Ian Williams takes charge at the San Ysidro Ranch

Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner didn’t have to look very far for a new manager at his 500-acre, 41-cottage, five-star hostelry, the San Ysidro Ranch.

Ian Williams, who replaced bonnie Scottish lass Maxine Rutledge as overseer of the historic property where the late President John Kennedy and wife, Jackie, spent their honeymoon, and actor Laurence Olivier tied the knot with Vivien Leigh, formerly worked at Ty’s Four Seasons Biltmore in a number of capacities, including guest services manager, director of housekeeping, and spa manager.

Ian, who is of Hawaiian-Chinese heritage, was also director of housekeeping at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, and manager of the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, before moving to Dallas, Texas, in 2014 as an executive at the Four Seasons resort and Club Dallas.

“It’s so nice to be back here in such a beautiful historic spot,” he told me over breakfast at the Stonehouse, the rustic resort’s gourmet eatery. “To wake up to this every morning is truly being in paradise.”

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