Summer Events!

Hello, friends!

Idyllwild is not only a beautiful mountain paradise, our people are among the most generous you will ever meet! Fundraisers and benefit events are part of our life in this special community. And the coming weeks bring three wonderful examples of our community’s generosity!

On Saturday, Aug 10, come enjoy a concert in our brand new Butterfield Stage amphitheater. From 2-7:00 pm, “Celebrate Motown” will bring you music by Yve Evans, Greg Jones Band, the LP’s and Gayle and Company. The concert will be benefitting Idyllwild’s Art Heals. This is a group that works to make art therapy available to those with traumatic brain injury. See artheals.com for more info!

Our second annual Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival will take place Aug 16-18. This festival was created in 2018, by local residents, in response to the Cranston Fire. While Idyllwild escaped unharmed, we did have families who lost homes and many more were challenged with the costs of evacuation, lost income and slower than usual business as the community recovered from this near disaster! This amazing event, taking place all through the village, features 100 bands ( local and national), shops, vendors, restaurants and a great auction! The money raised will continue to go toward disaster relief in our community….those impacted by last year’s fire and this year’s flood and road closures.

On Saturday, Aug 24th, we will have our Idyllwild 5K and 10K Run and Fitness Walk. Through it’s almost  4 decades, the Idyllwild Race Committee has donated more than $70,000 to our Idyllwild School’s physical education program. Race through our beautiful community, and afterward, enjoy a pancake breakfast and awards.  Bring the kids for a 1/2 mile Kid’s Run too! For both the serious competitor or the casual walker, it’s a wonderful event. See idyllwildrace.com for full details.

We hope to see you for one, two, or maybe all three of these great events! We still have a few cabins and cottages open each of these weekends. Join us for some meaningful, and enjoyable, time in our very special mountain community!

 

 

Woodland Park Manor in the media

Hello, friends!

Many of our guests travel with their pets, so we thought we should share this with you!
A couple years ago, this beautiful article was published and it re-surfaced on Facebook recently.
Lots of good information for our guests and their four legged friends.

Click Here to read the full article!

Summer is in full swing with guests enjoying our pool, hiking, spending time in the village or just relaxing in the woods.

Idyllwild is always busy with summer events but one of our favorite’s is our Summer Concerts!

Every Thursday evening a free concert is offered to the community and guests.
A variety of musicians offer their talents for all to enjoy.
It’s extra special this year because it is taking place in our brand new outdoor amphitheater on the grounds of our future Community Center.
Bring some folding chairs, maybe some snacks or a picnic dinner and join us!

And, friends, please help spread the word that, while we do have some road closures, we have open roads as well.Too many people have read inaccurate reports that we are totally isolated with all our roads closed.

Idyllwild businesses are open and welcoming visitors every day!
Just double check your driving directions to see if you need to use a detour.
Give us a call if you would like help finding your best route.

Hope to see you soon for some Idyllwild summer fun!

Summer!

Hello, friends!

Summer is finally here!

We had three snowfalls at the end of May and we didn’t think summer would ever arrive! Then, suddenly the trees are all leafed, the ladybugs are back and summer is here! We kind of skipped Spring all together! We are enjoying beautiful warm days of hiking, swimming and spending time in the village.

We have a few new shops and restaurants to discover too! Idy Sushi Rolls opened just this week and offers Udon, Teriyaki and Ramen as well as sushi. Mamma Mia Crepes and Desserts is also new. They offer both sweet and savory crepes that are as beautiful as they are delicious! Upstairs in the Fort. The classic Gastrognome has a new menu, a new chef and is, as always, one of our guest favorites. And, we can’t miss mentioning La Casita, Colin’s favorite by far! You will find delicious, affordable Mexican food…and our daughter, Lindsey, serving you!

Our road situation is very slowly improving. We are so thankful to have open highways and guests enjoying the beautiful drives. The route from Palm Desert is truly spectacular! It is a designated California Scenic Highway…..the Palms to Pines Highway which takes you from the lower Sonoran desert through several ecosystems all the way up to our high country conifer forest.

Since our February rain storm ( we got 9.5″ of rain in 24 hours!!), we have had parts of Hwys 74 and 243 closed. The good news is, the other side of both highways is open so it is easy to get here…it just involves a detour and a little extra time for our LA and Orange County guests. Most of our San Diego and Desert guests can travel to Idyllwild by their usual route.  Double check your driving directions or give us a call before driving up. We will be happy to help!

Come visit soon….we have discounts for midweek stays and longer stays! Give us a call!

Springtime and Our New Cabin- Hamlet’s Nest!

Hello, friends!

After a long, challenging winter with beautiful snowstorms and one unprecedented day with 9.5″ of rain ( yes, 9.5″ in 24 hours!), Spring is finally here! We have had many beautiful sunny days and today we have nice Spring showers with more sunshine expected tomorrow. Our apple trees are blooming and we preparing pool for opening next month. I love this time of year!

We have exciting news- we will be offering a new cabin very soon and it is truly special!

Hamlet’s Nest is a 6 bedroom, 4 bath cabin with a swimming pool, hot tub, game room and a spectacular view ! Large picture windows in the upstairs living room showcase the view. The Game Room has a pool table, a pin ball machine and a classic, table arcade game with PacMan! The backyard has a great play structure for the kids!

This very special cabin will be available soon….we plan on taking reservations starting in May!

Come and enjoy!

 

Wow!! What a week!

Hello, friends

I will give you the end of the story first….Idyllwild and Woodland Park Manor are untouched by fire and as beautiful as ever!

Now, from the beginning!

As many of you know, the Cranston Fire started July 25 near Idyllwild. We closely watched the fire’s progress, started packing a few things and within a few short hours we received the order to evacuate. We left with our important papers, guest info and, of course, our family pictures! Our hats are off to law enforcement and all who organized the evacuation….it was quick and smooth. Before we knew it, we were in Banning saying “What now?”. We spent a couple days with our daughter and then a couple with our son, having lots of fun with our grandkids, with one eye on the latest fire reports at all times!

Yesterday morning, we received the news we were waiting to hear…the evacuation was lifted and it was safe to return home! WE CANNOT EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE WE FEEL FOR ALL THOSE WHO WORKED SO HARD AND RISKED SO MUCH TO KEEP OUR HOMES AND PRECIOUS MOUNTAIN VILLAGE SAFE!

Sadly, a few homes on the outskirts of town were lost. Our wonderful community is barely back home and already planning fundraisers to help these families as they move forward.

I cannot tell you how much we appreciate all the texts, call, emails and posts we have received from our Woodland Park Manor friends. So many expressing concern, recalling fond memories from past visits and generously offering help.

YES!!!  IDYLLWILD NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Please spread the word that Idyllwild survived and is beautiful as ever! Let everyone know that if they would like to help, COME VISIT! All Idyllwild businesses, mostly small and family owned, will be hurt. Not only from a week’s lost income during our busiest season but also from many cancellations and lack of visitors in the coming weeks and months. It’s completely understandable…the public is left with images of fire over our mountain. Their concern leads them to change plans or just not consider Idyllwild for their next getaway. All the while, our village, lodging, restaurants and shops are unchanged, ready and waiting to serve our guests!

Please come visit!  For just a day, or even better, a few days! Eat in a restaurant, buy a little something in a shop, rent one of our Cottages/Cabins or camp!

We need you and all of Idyllwild will be thankful!

We hope to see you soon!

We love Fall!

Hello, guests!

Fall has arrived with beautiful color! The weather is perfect…..brisk mornings and evenings, days that are perfect for a hike or just relaxing on your deck. We have had a few days cool enough to enjoy a fire in the evenings….we all love this time of year.

A wonderful guest spent some time in our Cottage in the Woods this week and “zentangled” this pumpkin while she was here. Then, she generously gave us her work of art! It’s beautiful…we will have it on display in our office all season! I might even give this art form a try…..I feel inspired!

Fall is also our project time.  This year we are building a new entrance area outside our office…adding a walkway and new deck. We are designing a more welcoming, easier to use entrance and Matt is working hard to get it built!

Colin and I just took a little time and went out to lunch at Mile High Café. Always such a pleasure! The food is delicious and a bit above expectations each and every time. They are serving a holiday meal on Thanksgiving that includes turkey, duck, prime rib, sea bass, all the sides and desserts too! One of our guests enjoyed Mile High Café last Thanksgiving and told us it was the best restaurant meal they had ever had!  We suggest visiting this wonderful restaurant next time you are here in Idyllwild.

Come visit us….we have a few weekend openings before Thanksgiving and one last minute Cottage available for the Thanksgiving weekend. And, as always, we have midweek openings for a nice quiet visit at a discounted rate!

Hope to see you soon…..Happy Fall!

It’s been awhile!

Hello, guests! It’s been too long since we have written to all of you! All is well here at Woodland Park Manor. We are in the middle of our beautiful summer season. We have had a few days of exciting thundershowers but mostly warm sunny days and cool nights! Our guests are spending lots of time by our pool in the pines, hiking and just relaxing in our cool green forest.

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The village area is thriving!  New restaurants, galleries and shops have opened. Idyllwild Bake and Brew offers delicious pastries, coffee, sandwiches and a “Back Room” brewery with dinner.. and live entertainment. Ferro’s, Idyology, Fratellos and the new Idyllwild Brew Pub are all popular spots.

Idyllwild is a busy community! This weekend, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild is offering their annual Eye of the Artist event. The gardens at the Idyllwild Historical Society will host working artists, refreshments, music and a judged art show with a “Landscapes of the Mind” theme. Admission is free!

As I write, it is 79 degrees and sunny, with a little breeze. We will break away a little later and walk by the creek…just a block from us. Then, we will have dinner on our deck…..embracing summer to the fullest.  We make sure to stop and enjoy Idyllwild ourselves once in awhile!

Give us a call…we have openings during the week and a few on weekends too. Hope to see you all soon!

Hill Top Cabin coming soon!

We have a wonderful new cabin for our guests to enjoy! This cabin has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cozy living room, nice kitchen and dining area. It has decks all around for enjoying the beautiful views of the forest.

For now, enjoy this picture of our unique IMG_3534new cabin, taken following our latest snow. We will be adding all the details and many more pictures soon!

Special Events!

October will bring two special weekends in Idyllwild!

Saturday, October 10 is our annual Art and Wine Walk, sponsored by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. Walk through beautiful Idyllwild enjoying our galleries and artist booths tucked among the pines. Taste the wines and meet the owners of 19 of Southern California’s favorite wineries. Entertainment will be offered by local Idyllwild musicians. All the funds raised will go to Art Education. Full details are available at artinidyllwild.org Join us….it is always a beautiful day!

At the end of the month, Halloween will bring great excitement!  Every year, Idyllwild offers a wonderful, small town Halloween celebration! A costume parade starts the fun at the top of the village!  All the children….and many costumed adults as well….trick or treat their way down the street . All our wonderful shops and restaurants open their doors to our trick or treaters. In the middle of the village, have fun at an old fashioned carnival, with game booths and a cake walk, benefitting our local youth.  Our Haunted Ghost Town is not to be missed….an elaborate experience of sight, sound and smell with live actors, animatronics and amazing special effects! This year, they will also be offering a Haunted Hayride…a ride through the moonlight, in search of Illusive Forest Beasts! For more info go to idyllwildghosttown.com

Come up and join the fun!

 

Our Woodland Weddings!

We are about halfway through our wedding season and have enjoyed every celebration!

We are always excited as each wedding group arrives and we see how this bride and groom have chosen to arrange their ceremony and reception. The choices are always unique! This year we have had ceremonies around our pool and several in our park area…but each one facing a different direction! We have had formal seating, informal buffets and food trucks. Pretty lights hung in the trees, our gazebo set up with gifts and cakes, two groups have set up a photo booth in our custom phone booth!

Of course, we are an outdoor venue and we always hope for perfect weather….and we usually have beautiful, sunny celebrations! However, last month, we had our very first rainy wedding! This bride and groom wisely watched the forecast ahead of time and arranged for a beautiful tent with lots of windows. Their wonderful ceremony was accentuated by a beautiful, thunderous rainstorm….and they loved every minute!

Last weekend, we watched as the wedding party coaxed the adorable flower girl down the aisle-she just wouldn’t move because she was watching our wild bunnies playing under the tree nearby! We have had deer, squirrels, always birds and even a very young raccoon visit our celebrations. Outdoor weddings are always beautiful and often a little surprising!

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Mother Nature!!

Well, Mother Nature has kept us guessing through the month of May! We started the month on the heals of a wonderful rain! The rain was followed by a week of warm, sunny Spring weather. The flowers were blooming, birds building nests….and then, SNOW! Idyllwild has a long history of a “Mother’s Day Snow”…… a light snowfall within a week of Mother’s Day. However, this was 5″ of snow and followed by 3” more a week later!  All this beautiful snow set us back in our preparations to open our pool for the season on Memorial Day weekend! For the past few days, we have been putting in long hours at the pool, squeezing 2-3 weeks of work into one week, only to see this morning’s forecast for the weekend. More rain Thursday-Friday and daytime temps over the weekend  in the low 50’s! Perfect hiking weather but not ideal for swimming!  Either way, we are back on schedule and our pool will be beautiful, sparkling, warm and ready for summer when Mother Nature makes up her mind!!
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Summer!

After three (yes three!!), light snowfalls in early May, it seems summer is finally here! We have had wonderful days in the 70’s and nights in the 50’s. Perfect for hiking and enjoying our pretty, wooded park. Everything is green and blossoming….Columbine is blooming beautifully down by the creek.

Our swimming pool is open for the season, heated and ready for our guests. We have native strawberries and vibrant flowers growing in the planters by the pool. It is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon under the Pines.

This is the season for group reservations!! We have two wonderful family groups with us each Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to the Davies and Rucker families for gathering here year after year.  We are thrilled to be expecting many groups this summer.  We have a wedding in mid-June and a family reunion the weekend following. We have weddings and reunions scheduled each month through October. What a joy to share in these special events with our treasured guests!

We hope to do some hiking ourselves this season. One of my favorite trails is Deer Springs Trail. It is nicely shaded, crosses several small springs and ends with a tremendous view of Tahquitz Peak! I hope to enjoy lunch at the top of this trail at least a couple times this summer!

Summer in Idyllwild is cool and sweet with the fragrance of pines and cedars….come enjoy it with us!IMG_2991 IMG_2988

 

 

 

 

 

Tahquitz Sunset

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We have an amazing new Vacation Rental……Tahquitz Sunset! This Cabin is sure to be a guest favorite! With cathedral windows offering a breathtaking view of Tahquitz Rock and the Mount San Jacinto wilderness, Tahquitz Sunset is the perfect place to enjoy Idyllwild. The beautiful view and a hot tub on the edge of the forest, make this a perfect mountain getaway!

This Cabin sits high in Fern Valley, about 2 miles from the village center. It is just a couple blocks from Humber Park, where miles of trails begin. You can enjoy a simple hike on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic trail or something more challenging, hiking the Devil’s Slide trail up to Saddle Junction or beyond!  The “Climber’s Trail”, up to Tahquitz Rock, is a short walk from the Cabin.

Four decks offer views in every direction. The main deck, accessed through the living room and the downstairs bedroom, is near the hot tub and looks into the forest. One more downstairs deck adds an outdoor eating area right off the kitchen. Upstairs, we have another small deck near a cozy sitting area with a stunning view through the cathedral windows. The fourth deck is off the master bedroom upstairs.

We have spent the last few weeks working to get everything prepared for you….Tahquitz Sunset will be available for reservations on May 1st!

Look on this site under Lodging for “Vacation Rentals” and you will find more photos and complete details on Tahquitz Sunset. Give us a call or email us to be one of the first guests to enjoy this wonderful Cabin!

Thank you for Thirty Five Years!!!

February marks our 35th Anniversary here at Woodland Park Manor. We arrived in 1979 as newlyweds….not knowing what life would bring as Innkeepers in Idyllwild. After all these years, it is clear, life here has brought nothing but blessings!

We have lived in these beautiful mountains, loving each of the four seasons more than the last!

Idyllwild was the perfect place for our four children to live, grow and learn . And now, we are especially fortunate to have our oldest son, Matt, managing Woodland Park Manor with us.

We have many guests who stay with us year after year… many who come Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall!  So many guests who have become friends…..

We are honored by families whose holiday traditions include time in their favorite Cottage and others who make annual birthday or anniversary visits.

We have a group of guests who visit each Fall, reserving all our Cottages. Back in 1979, they were a group of couples with young children. Now, those children have children of their own and we enjoy having three generations with us each year!

We also have the pleasure, each and every day, of meeting new people, from near and far! We have guests from as close as Hemet, San Diego and L.A. as well as from Russia, Sweden, Ireland and Australia!

Our business has changed and grown since 1979. We offer Vacation Rental Cabins all around Idyllwild as well as our Cottages here at Woodland Park. This doubles what we have to offer our guests!  In another addition, we now host many weddings, family reunions and other group events.  And, technology has taken over –in 1979 we never envisioned having a computer, a website, taking reservations by email and writing for a BLOG!!

We have been richly blessed by our life here and we have YOU, our valued guests to thank.

To all our guests, new and old, we offer you our deepest gratitude for the opportunities you have given us to serve you.

We look forward to serving you for many years to come!

La Casita….delicious!

We just returned from a wonderful lunch at one of our favorite Idyllwild restaurants–La Casita!

La Casita has been a tradition with our family and friends for years. Robert and his staff serve fresh, delicious Mexican food and make us feel at home every time we visit. Today I had their specialty…a Chile Relleno! Colin had his usual…cheese enchiladas. We also enjoy their Taco Salads and Taquito Bits.

We join friends at La Casita every Monday evening for Taco Night. It seems half of Idyllwild eats at La Casita on Mondays! We can always count on running into old friends and enjoying a chat.

Our weather has been perfect. Fall is in full swing. The trees are full of color and the nights are crisp and cool. We have had two light snowfalls already and are looking forward to another beautiful Idyllwild winter.

Come for a Fall visit….and enjoy a meal at La Casita!

Snow!

053We have had our first snow! This is the earliest snow we recall in our 34 years at Woodland Park Manor. It was just a couple inches and it melted quickly but it was a promise of more to come!

For now, we are enjoying sunny and cool days. The leaves are turning beautiful reds, golds and yellows. It is a great time of the year to hike, bike ride or spend time at one of our lakes. The scenery is amazing!

We spent some time on the Ernie Maxwell trail last week. The weather was perfect, the Fall colors were breathtaking. We saw more birds than ever before, many squirrels, bunnies and even an elusive bobcat. It was an easy afternoon hike…..5 miles round trip. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

This Fall the deer have been coming by our park area here at Woodland Park Manor. Early in the morning we look out and often see a family of deer munching in our park. We love it!

Come enjoy Fall in Idyllwild!

Beautiful weather and two Special Events!!

deerWe have had a week of wonderful thundershowers!! Plenty of rain and fresh, cool temperatures! The forecast calls for sunny clear days this weekend. Come enjoy time in our mountains!

Our Idyllwild Art Alliance is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity this Sunday. The are gifting our community with a herd of 22 deer sculptures….each uniquely painted by a local artist. Each deer will reflect a different aspect of Idyllwild, from local history to natural beauty to hiking our beautiful trails!

The herd will gather one time only–this Sunday, Sept 15–at Forest Lumber from 11:00-1:00pm. After the gathering, each deer will be placed in a special location around our village.

And, remember, Saturday, Sept 14, is our annual Home Tour!  This is a wonderful opportunity to tour some of the most amazing homes in Idyllwild. This year’s homes range from historical to contemporary. Sponsored by the Idyllwild Historical Society, this annual tour is always a guest favorite!

Join us for beautiful weather and unique fun this weekend!

Summer’s End in Idyllwild!!

Summer is coming to a close….but we have much to offer before it is over!

Labor Day weekend is coming up and it will be wonderful!

The forecast is for pleasant, sunny days and cool evenings. Most of our wilderness area is open and guests are enjoying time on the trails. Our Pool in the Pines will be open for a few more weeks….until Fall weather arrives!

Labor Day in Idyllwild brings ART!  Idyllwild was named on of the 100 Best Art Towns in America!  The Art Alliance of Idyllwild sponsors our Art and Treasures weekend. Watch artists create, consider pieces for purchase, hear live music, hunt for treasures in the village. For more information, go to www.artinidyllwild.com

Labor Day weekend also offers many yard sales for another kind of “treasure hunting”.

Mile High Café, Café Aroma and the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe are among the restaurants offering live music.

If you can’t make it up for Labor Day, consider another weekend in September. The Idyllwild Historical Society is offering their very popular, annual Home Tour on Sept 14. This year’s tour includes 5 homes ranging from 1920’s historical cabins to a contemporary masterpiece by well known architect Dennis McGuire. This tour is always a guest favorite. And a favorite of ours too….Colin and I will be there!

Come and enjoy!

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines

Our annual Jazz Festival is coming up this weekend!

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines offers an amazing weekend of great music, a Dine in the Pines Food Court and unique work from over 50 artisans available for sale.

This year, we are thrilled to have our own Casey Abrams performing on Sunday. Casey grew up in Idyllwild and has gone on to fame and fortune—starting with his much loved time as a finalist on American Idol.

The Jazz Fest will showcase more than 2 dozen music groups performing in 3 different venues.  Move between the French Quarter, Stephens Recital Hall and the beautiful Holmes Amphitheater to hear Straight Ahead Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Blues.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and sit beneath the Pines and Cedars to enjoy great entertainment in the gorgeous natural setting of the main stage in Holmes Amphitheater.

This event is a fundraiser for Arts Education at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. Help support Arts Education and enjoy a one of a kind weekend in Idyllwild!

For the full line up, tickets process etc, please go to www.idyllwildjazz.com

We have just a couple openings left so give us a call…..we would love to have you join us for this special weekend!

 

 

 

We are home, sweet home!

After a challenging week, including 5 days of evacuation due to the Mountain Wildfire, we are back!

We drove home yesterday through wonderful, wonderful rain. And, it just started raining again! Most amazingly, there is no ash, no soot, no debris!

Idyllwild is as beautiful as ever.

We are so very thankful!

Idyllwild Pet Friendly Vacation Rental

We welcome pets in all our Cottages and in the following Vacation Rental Cabins:

Creek Cottage, Fernwood, Point of Rocks, Ridge Dome, Stonewood, Feather Ridge and Norwood Pines.

For our guests with pets…..

  • For your pet’s safety and the safety of our native wildlife, ALWAYS keep your pet on a leash!
  • Please do not leave your pet alone in your cottage or cabin unless they are crated.
  • Please keep pets off the beds and furniture.
  • Pets are not allowed in the pool area. Sorry!
  • We charge a $15.00 pet fee in our Cottages
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