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Spacious Lodge sleeps up to 10, walk to town and hiking from lodge

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge


About the property

Sleeps up to 10: 3 Bedrms (1 king, 2 queens, 3 twins), 2 Full Baths

We’re excited to have you visit the Lodge on Helen. We take a lot of pride in the Lodge and are honored to have had the lodge in Wrightwood's annual Holiday Home Tour. We ask that if you are looking for a quiet, clean, non-smoking and lovely respite, keep reading. If, however, you are in any way disrespectful, please do not consider us (really, I'm serious...I respect our home and neighbors). One night minimum midweek, but two night (Friday/Saturday or Sat/Sun) minimum for weekends. We are pet friendly ($25 per dog). Price is based on groups of six. Each additional guest above the 6th would be $25 per night.

The Lodge is only a three block walk to the center of town and only a couple of blocks from some wonderful hiking. It is on a very quiet block with no neighbors.

This two level property is completely fenced in to keep your well trained and loved traveling companions (kids or dogs) safe. Amenities: I am putting a lot of effort into purchasing USA built furniture for the whole cabin. At this point I'm at about 90%! We have a fully stocked kitchen. The living room has two seating areas. There is also a faux fireplace and a flat screen tv (no cable or satellite) with DVD player. There is also a "kid space" with Lincoln Logs, Thomas the Train, and other toys. The master bedroom has a beautiful log king sized bed set as well as a Pack & Play in the closet. There’s a full bath off the master bedroom. There is another full newly remodeled bathroom between the secondary bedroom (queen bed) and living room. The huge downstairs room has a queen (Aspen Lodgepole) and three log twin beds (two hand built from Edilwild one from Big Bear), and a full lodgepole sofa and lodgepole bar stools and table. Get some fresh air on the front porch while relaxing on the rocking chairs or Wrightwood made log furniture. Relax on the ski chair swing in the front yard. The property is surrounded by a chain link fence with plenty of room for the kids and dogs to run and tables and chairs for outdoor dining as well as charcoal barbeques. The back yard has a shaded deck with a custom built ski fence (I was the brains, my husband was the brawn!).

This time of year the hiking is amazing; just walk up Walnut, turn right on Linnet and just keep walking. Or, when you get to the Methodist Camp, walk through the camp, hugging the mountain, until you get to the levee and then follow the quiet of the frozen stream. You'll find a variety of beautiful pine cones and collect some rare actinolite, a mineral only found in a few places on earth! You might see a deer on your hike. Let the dogs run loose and enjoy their freedom on the levee. I have a great friend up the street who will be happy to lead you on a hike or snowshoeing and tell you all about what you are seeing.

Play board games, read (I have dozens of books at the lodge. If you start one, take it home with you!) or bird watch. On Memorial Day weekend walk around town to the over 100 yard sales! The third weekend of August is the popular antique auto show. You'll also get your fill of lemonade and cookie stands that abound in the summer!

We have a Weber charcoal barbeque for you to use. Bring your coals, meat or tofu burgers and grill up a storm! There is also the amazing Wrightwood built log furniture outside on which you can enjoy your outdoor meals.

Walk to town (a 3 block 7 minute walk) and do a little shopping. You'll find restaurants, gift shops, antique stores, market, bakeries, and ski shops.

It is a three mile drive to Mountain High Ski Resort. A few more miles and you'll be at Grassy Hollow visitor center. The Pacific Crest Trail will host thousands of hikers walking from Mexico all the way to Canada!

Mountain High is a quick drive up the highway for skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter. Mountain biking (my husband loves the challenging trails) and hiking in that area is a real treat in the Spring and Summer. Motorcyclists love Hwy 2. My husband swears it's some of the premier riding in the nation. Wrightwood really is an amazing, relaxing vacation spot!

The kitchen is fully stocked and is ready for some of your fabulous cooking! There is a market in town, Jensons (it’s pricey, but well stocked) where you are able to purchase any food you might need. However, if you want a break from cooking there are some wonderful restaurants in town. Many of them are dog friendly (DF). Start your day at Cinnamon's Bakery and Sandwich shop...cannot be beat! The Blue Ridge Inn is the nicest if you are looking for prime rib or fresh seafood. Most of their entrees are around $25 with salad and fresh bread (if you go there, please tell them Arlene sent you; I used to waitress there!). Their pumpkin bread is amazing! There is also a Mexican Restaurant, Mexico Lindo (prices around $7-12 each) that has excellent food. For breakfast, the Evergreen cafe has fabulous pancakes and the Village Grind (DF) has delicious breakfasts as well (they also have 24/7 WIFI service) and often has live music going. The Grizzly Cafe, on Hwy 2, has the best sweet potato fries around and very good sandwiches. You will love the lodge motif! Mile High Pizza (DF) has a great variety of pizzas and other Italian dishes (and they deliver!). Ask them about their $3.00 off a large counter coupon. The Yodeler is a bar/restaurant that is also DF, dog friendly. I guarantee you, you will not starve in Wrightwood!

I will be happy to provide any additional information you might need. Please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone 760.792.8267

Keywords: Large cabin, two-level, hiking , large patio, fenced in yard, level parking, pet friendly, Holiday Home Tour, non-smoking

More Details

Arlene Corte
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Arlene Corte

We purchased the lodge with the intent to live in it. Until we can do that we would like to open it up for others to enjoy! My goal is to have you feel like it's your cabin away from home. I will try to accommodate you to the best of my ability; I take a lot of pride in great customer service.

Arlene Corte purchased this lodge in 2014

Why Arlene Corte chose Wrightwood

We raised our girls (who grew up to be an FBI Special Agent and a Registered nurse) in Wrightwood and I taught at the local elementary school for years. Wrightwood has a very special place in our hearts. I love the location as it's just a short walk to town and fabulous hiking trails as well as on a quiet street.

What makes this lodge unique

We love the lodge for many reasons. I really like that the main floor has everything on it (easy on the knees!). The dormer room is downstairs (we have a baby gate at the top of the stairs) and is a perfect place for the kids or a second family to stay. A deck and amazing ski fence is just outside the dormer. Both bathrooms are remodeled and fantastic! A local craftsman built all the beautiful outdoor log furniture. Most of the furniture is made in the USA and I take a lot of pride in that. The lodge is right across the street from another two cabins I manage (The Nordic #393373 and the Rustic Retreat) so when large groups come up for weddings they can rent all three cabins for convenience. All in all, this is an amazing lodge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks again. It is so great to find an owner who is pet friendly and

has a quiet place in the mountains. Ann and Nora also loved the

location of the cabin and the quiet atmosphere. We sat out on the

porch and just rocked and listened to the trees talking...
Jul 2013
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Wrightwood Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • NO SMOKING: $200 will be deducted from sec. dep. if any butts or oil are found on property or any other smell of smoke (tobacco or pot) are detected
  • SUPERVISE CHILDREN: We have printing tools to stamp your name/msg on coffee table. Please put out of reach of unsupervised kids.
  • RESPECT THE LODGE & NEIGHBORS: This is not a "party" cabin. Our neighbors are not on vacation. We welcome respectful families and groups
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both newly remodeled bathrooms have full sized tubs/showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , I supply Pack and Play, high chair and Bumbo
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Spacious room with master bathroom
  • 1 king in master, Queen size bed in 2nd bedroom on main floor. Downstairs dormer has 1 Queen Bed & 3 log twin beds plus a full sized futon sofa . Additionally there are two fold out single mattresses that can be layed on the floor. (1) Pack 'n Play set can be moved anywhere (kept in master closet)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
Just a short three block walk to town or the same distance to beautiful hiking trails!


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Spacious Lodge sleeps up to 10, walk to town and hiking from lodge
average rating of 4.895238 based on 113 reviews

Lodge on Helen is awesome!

  • 5 of 5

We just left the Lodge earlier today, and already want to go back! The ambiance is cozy, quaint, serene & beautiful. Arlene (owner) is great to work with, and is always very nice & accommodating! We spent Mother's Day at the Lodge, and went to the Mexico Lindo Restaurant for the Champagne Brunch - excellent Mexican buffet (which also included BBQ ribs & desserts). Grizzly Café was very cozy & quaint - good food too! My son loved cooking in the gourmet kitchen. We had planned on a larger group, but it ended up just my son, myself & our Mini Schnauzer, Piper. Piper absolutely loved the fenced-in yard - so much freedom & lots to explore! The downstairs Dormer can accommodate several people, and a door leads to the back deck/yard.There are so many unique touches to the Lodge. A covered plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies greets all visitors. You can also carve/stamp your initials in the large coffee table (carving/stamping tools provided). The Imagination area for children is outstanding - includes a large telescope, wooden rocking horse, wooden moose, crayons, and lots more to keep your children entertained! I would highly recommend the Lodge on Helen to anyone looking for a unique & beautiful mountain experience. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. We really love our preferred guests and are happy to offer great deals to them. You ate at two of my favorite restaurants in town. Next time you will also have to try out Mile High Pizza; they do not disappoint! I hope you had a chance to look through the huge telescope and check out the moon. One of our regular guests who lives in the city gifted us with his telescope. In the city he has little use for it and wanted our guests and his family to be able to use it in our perfect star gazing environment. I'm so glad your son enjoyed cooking in the newly remodeled kitchen; I had it remodeled just last year and love the granite counters and natural stone backsplash. Thanks again for your visit; we look forward to accommodating you again!
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Love the lodge

  • 5 of 5

We love staying in the lodge it's so nice and cozy. We had a really good time even though there was no snow the kids had fun talking walks and playing with all the game that the lodge have. We definitely will stay again in this lodge.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. You just missed the snowstorm that came a couple of days after you checked out! We are so fortunate that even if there isn't any snow, there is beautiful hiking, zip-lining and the wonderful little village just a few blocks away. We hope you will visit us during other seasons as well as they are all wonderful!
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Cozy Lodge

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had a great time at the lodge. It has all the comforts you need and it’s very cozy. It was a great home away from home to explore the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that your family had a great time at the lodge. We really take special pride in creating vacation spots that will have a special place in the hearts of our guests. We welcome you and your family back!
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Great for families, small groups - Love the Lodge on Helen

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat customers. Love coming here every year. Notable interior and exterior upgrades to a place that was already pleasant the first year we stayed here. Very kind owner who goes above and beyond to ensure you stay is pleasant while even providing a list of things to do in the area, contact info, etc. Wrightwood weather is gernally cooler in the summer than areas just 30 miles away. It went from 103 degrees in Rancho Cucamonga to the 70ish degrees up in Wrightwood just on the drive up. Hit the Yodler, Mexico Lindo, Zip Lines and Disc Golf. Great place to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to have our guests want to return, so having you and your friends for the fourth year in a row means a lot to us! By next year you will likely see yet more changes as we are constantly looking for ways to make the lodge even more wonderful than it already is. I've got to say, for having nine men stay at the lodge for four days, I was very pleasantly surprised at how impeccable you left the lodge; we look forward to hosting you and your friends again next year. :) Arlene
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The Perfect Experience!

  • 5 of 5

This property was easy to locate and beautiful. It was cozy, quite, private and very well kept. We went hiking in the morning and the host was very accommodating, allowing us an check-in early and a late check-out as well. She was very sweet and gave us ideas as to places to explore in the area.

The kitchen is very spacious and the living room is equipped with games and a T.V. The downstairs is a bunker style with plenty of beds which is ideal for large groups or families. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone who is looking for a nice gateway and to hang out with a group of friends to explore the area. I really don't have nothing negative to say about this property of or the host.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice meeting you and your looked like you all had a great time. We hope you will visit us again!
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  • 5 of 5

This is an outstanding property. It's in a very quiet, well-kept neighborhood, a short drive to town. Excellent hiking and recreational activities abound. The house itself is very nicely done in a rustic style that fits the venue. Downstairs is a kind of "bunkhouse" which would be perfect for lots of kids. The yard is small but securely fenced and in good condition with a very nicely appointed front porch. The one thing you'll need to bring is a mobile hotspot because the property does not feature any kind of internet or cable hookup. The tv./dvd setup is antiquated but adequate for watching movies. My only minor "pet peeve" is the lengthy checklist required for checking out. I happily paid the 95 dollar cleaning fee which is supposed to pay for 3 hours of cleaning. Assuming the person doing the cleanup holds a Phd. in housekeeping (at 30+ dollars per hour) this seems acceptable but to have guests complete a very detailed list of tasks before leaving is a bit tedious and annoying. But let me emphasize that this is an exceptionally nice property in an excellent location, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the lodge so much...we have taken a lot of time to make it comfortable for our guests. It might sound silly, but the reason for the check-out list is because of what we have experienced in the past. So many things that seem so obvious to most, are not to others. We timed it and it takes about 15 minutes to complete the check-out list. However, before the check-out list, we would be searching for remotes, finding left behind jackets behind doors, and having to contact guests to track down the keys. We have walked into the lodge the day after guests have checked out to find the heat set on 70 and portable heaters running as well as doors unlocked. Again, so many things that are obvious to most are not to all. I apologize for any inconvenience, but we have found that the check-out list has been very helpful. We hope you will consider visiting us again!
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Ontario Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Inn
Nearest Train
32 Miles
San Bernardino
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 2
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Mile High Pizza
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Mt. High
Car: not necessary

You are only a three block walk to town (Farmers' Market every Friday evening) and four mile drive to Mountain High. Big Pines Ziplining has also opened up with their office in the village and is an amazing experience!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $95
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 7.0%

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but we ask that they are kept off the furniture. I know we liked our dog to sit next to us on the sofa, but we always lay her blanket down first. Please bring your own dog blanket along. There is a $25 per dog charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.