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: a Basset leather sofa and chair as well as two vintage North Carolina built sofas with lodge style upholstery. There is also a faux fireplace (Canada)and a flat screen tv (no cable or satellite) with DVD player. The master bedroom has a beautiful log king sized bed (Big Bear) 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
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
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.
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 and is a perfect place for the kids or a second family to stay. A new deck and amazing ski fence is just outside the dormer. Both bathrooms are newly 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 cabin I manage (393373) so when large groups come up for weddings they can rent both cabins for convenience. All in all, this is an amazing lodge.
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...
The house is very clean and has everything you need to make you feel at home. It has tons of Legos, Lincoln logs, rocking horse and other toys to keep your little ones preoccupied for a while. There is also a whole closet with board games and DVDs. The owner goes above and beyond making sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. She emailed detailed instructions and has a binder for fun things to do in this cute little town.
My husband, best friend and our kids stayed recently at the lodge on Helen. This was our second trip to this cabin and was fantastic, as usual. We arrived at the cabin after night skiing. There were awesome home-made cookies waiting for us. In the morning it was snowing so much that our kids couldn't wait to get outside. Our kids were promptly invited to go sledding at the best spot in the area by the owners Arlene and Curt who were in the process of renovating another cabin across the street. Arlene and beautiful dog Josie personally showed us a fantastic secret sledding spot a couple of blocks away. The kids loved sledding and having snowball fights while it snowed and snowed. It just happened to be the most snow that Wrightwood has seen in years on this particular weekend. Later in the day it started raining so we huddled up in the cozy cabin and ordered some great pizza's from "Mile High Pizza" nearby. Highly recommended. We ended up watching movies and playing games from the large selection in the closet. The cabin is extremely comfy and feels like home in the mountains. The owners were quick to answer any and all questions to assist us with our stay. Arlene's husband Curt even helped plow the street so we could get out on departure day due the 15-20 inches of snow that occurred overnight. We highly recommend this cabin and we will definitely be back.
My family and I had the greatest time at the lodge. From the moment we walked In , the lodge felt cozy and like home. My grandkids had the best time sleighing next door and making the snowman, the only downfall was we couldn't stay longer . We will defiantly be back soon. Thank you Arlene for an amazing stay .
I hate to let the cat out of the bag for this gem because I don't want to share!
First off, the owner is just lovely. There were freshly baked chocolate chip cookies waiting for us and the fireplace was on and toasty. Arlene was attentive without being intrusive and was professional, yet warm.
The cabin itself is adorable with tons of charm and thoughtful decor. It was super clean and fully stocked with everything you could possibly need. There's no wifi or cable but there are plenty of movies and games. It was perfect for a family recharge. It was waaay larger than I expected and there was more than enough room for my family of three, plus two dogs. It's a super short walk into town and a short drive to the mountain. Great location.
I whole heartedly recommend The Lodge, and will definitely return in the future.
Thanks again, Arlene.
Nice stay. Very cute cabin with lots of space. Clean with most needed items on hand. Arlene is very accomodating and friendly.
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!
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2017 Holiday season
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 7 2018
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
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.