Destination guide

Breathe and relax in small-town Idyllwild

You know the old saying: When life hands you lemons, head to Idyllwild. Maybe that’s not quite how it goes, but this lush Californian paradise certainly seems the cure-all for many ails. In the shadows of the mountains, it boasts charming small-town appeal—so small-town, in fact, that you'd be hard pressed to find any traffic, noise, or large crowds. Nature is king here, and that’s perfectly fine for anyone who books an Idyllwild vacation rental. The beauty of the place is in its landscape of breathtaking colors, its magnificent scenery, and its peaceful ambiance.

Things to do

The King, the art, and the charm of Idyllwild

An area so steeped in small-town charm deserves preservation—and that’s precisely the goal of the Idyllwild Area Historical Society. The on-site museum is home to vintage photographs, exhibits tracing the history of the mountain community, and even a tribute to “Kid Galahad,” an Elvis Presley musical shot in town. If you booked an Idyllwild vacation rental solely for its natural beauty, a visit to the Idyllwild Nature Center is essential. Find out why Idyllwild is considered one of the country’s best towns for art, too—there are dozens of galleries showcasing fine art, sculptures, jewelry, and more.

Activities

From craggy rocks to charming shops

In the cozy confines of Idyllwild, the beautiful outdoor setting provides a perfect backdrop for every outdoor activity imaginable. Set up camp in Idyllwild County Park, or hike your way up the majestic mountain trails. The area is also known for its challenging climbing rocks. They aren't for the timid, but they make for some fabulous social media photo opps—just be sure you’re wearing the appropriate gear! For those whose preferred activity is handing over the credit card, Idyllwild has several folksy shops where you can buy everything from homemade soaps to heady candles.

Weather

Sunshine and snowfall in Idyllwild

It’s usually sunny in Idyllwild—a good indication that you’re most definitely in California. Summer is hot and typically dry, with an average high of about 85 degrees. If you wish to avoid the heat and arrive in town to take advantage of the mountains in all their glory, you may want to book your Idyllwild vacation rental in the winter. It dips down to around 30 degrees in January, and the season’s average snowfall measures approximately 25 inches. Rain is sporadic throughout the year.

Natural features

Climb a rock, fish a creek

In the shadows of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is dotted with awe-inspiring, towering pine trees and delicately scented cedars. The area’s craggy rocks, including Tahquitz and Suicide are legendary among climbers. Don’t let the latter’s name scare you away; once you’ve reached your destination you’ll be rewarded with epic views of the sunrise or sunset. Because water seems to be everywhere—even in the quaintest of Cali towns that resemble alpine villages—you’ll find delightful Strawberry Creek in town, where fishing and strolling alongside are both highly encouraged.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Idyllwild

The nearest airport is in Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), located 15.7 mi (25.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), which is 24.9 mi (40.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Idyllwild?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 211 vacation rentals near Idyllwild. From 107 Cabins to 74 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Idyllwild for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Idyllwild?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Idyllwild:

  • Pine Cove: 98 vacation rentals
  • Racquet Club Estates: 569 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Palm Springs: 612 vacation rentals
  • Twin Palms: 718 vacation rentals
  • Vista Las Palmas: 749 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Idyllwild?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Idyllwild. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Idyllwild Nature Center: 3,644 vacation rentals
  • Thunderbird Country Club: 7,752 vacation rentals
  • World's Biggest Dinosaurs-Cabazon Dinosaurs: 2,842 vacation rentals
  • Pechanga Resort & Casino: 516 vacation rentals
  • Mission Lakes Country Club: 4,547 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Idyllwild listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Idyllwild?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 107 Cabins in Idyllwild. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Idyllwild include:

  • Houses: 74 rentals available
  • Cottages: 107 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 107 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Idyllwild?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2 vacation rentals with pool available in Idyllwild. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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