Idyllwild, CA, USA

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Idyllwild, CA, USA

Idyllwild vacation rentals

Go Idyllwild in the country

Known as Strawberry Valley, after the wild strawberries that grow there, Idyllwild is a small town in the San Jacinto Mountains. A 2-hour drive from L.A, Idyllwild vacation rentals make a great base to explore the region. Flanked by Tahquitz Peak and Suicide Rock, it's also a big draw for rock climbers. The town is famous for its lively arts scene. It has an arts trail, a dozen or so galleries, and numerous summer events, including the Plein Air arts festival each June. Movie buffs will recognize the scenery, as it's been the setting for many westerns and silent movies.

There's nothing idle about Idyllwild

Tucked away in the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is the perfect base for a spot of hiking. There are several trails suitable for beginners and fair-weather ramblers, including the 3-mile Ramona Trail, which has a 1,500-foot elevation. Happily, day trails in the non-wilderness area don't require a permit, so you could try the Ernie Maxwell scenic trail where budding botanists can spot thimbleberries. If hiking's a bit energetic, why not immerse yourself in the desert town's art scene. Book a Idyllwild vacation rental in the center of town and you'll find about 13 galleries on your doorstep.

Wherefore art thou, Idyllwild?

Home to the acclaimed Idyllwild Arts Academy, this small town's art scene makes a big impression. Book an Idyllwild vacation rental in the summer and it could coincide with arts festivals like the Plein Air arts festival in June, the Native American Arts Festival in June and July, or an Art in the Park event. Or spend an afternoon at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum. Set in an authentically shabby 1930s cabin, check out the publicity posters and photos from the 1961 filming of Elvis Presley's Kid Galahad movie, or take a self-guided tour of the town's movie locations.

There's snow-time like the present in Idyllwild

Idyllwild is a mile above sea level in the San Jacinto Mountains, so to say the weather is unpredictable would be an understatement, you can get all 4 seasons on the same day! In winter, this mountain town sees its fair share of snow on the ground. Spring and summer are the most popular times to book an Idyllwild vacation rental. The days are long and balmy, with July temperatures reaching the mid-80s. For a quieter mountain experience, come in late fall and early winter, when the trees change color and the rain starts to fall.

The hills are alive in Idyllwild

Idyllwild sits on the western slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains, a granite block between the San Jacinto and San Andreas' fault lines. While parts of the mountain range are arid desert, Idyllwild is no stranger to fierce rainfall. Above Idyllwild is the steep Tahquitz Peak, a hotspot for brave rock climbers who flock to the town to conquer the 8,800ft rock formation. Learn more about nature in the mountains at the Idyllwild Nature Center, a mile west of town, which runs nature walks and natural history talks every Saturday in the summer.