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Arlene Corte

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish

RUSTIC/PET FRIENDLY SLEEPS 10; Teacher/LEO/Military discounts: Walk to Town

86 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type lodge

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Overview

Wrightwood Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 10: 3 Bedrooms (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.

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.

Sign up for Big Pines Zipline tour! It's an amazing four hour canopy tour adventure through the treetops just two miles away from the cabin (check their website and book ahead). It is one of the most exhilarating activities I have ever done! 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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Arlene Corte (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish

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 Inland Empire

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 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.

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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Reviews

4.9
based on 86 traveler reviews

RUSTIC/PET FRIENDLY SLEEPS 10; Teacher/LEO/Military discounts: Walk to Town
average rating of 4.883721 based on 94 reviews
5

Great Service

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin. Excellent service. Very family friendly. Clean. Well kept. And best of all, warm cookies when you arrive.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know how happy I am to come upon the unexpected, so I am equally happy to extend that to our guests. My property assistants are wonderful about going the extra mile and making cookies for our guests. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at the lodge...and the cookies!
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La Habra ca
5

a peace and quiet stay

  • 5 of 5

We came to the lodge on helen for a peace and quiet 4th of july for our doggie. The drive was nice as it wasn't very far from home and you don't need to go on so many winding roads as you would in arrowhead or big bear. It was very pretty and peaceful there. The cabin has everything you need. Lots of space and it is decorated so cute! Arlene is on top of everything. If you need anything she will provide on the spot. It is walking distance to the little town where there are plenty of restaurants and a jensens market. We got dinner at the market and I got a veggie sandwich for my hubby and i enjoyed their bbq ribs for fourth of july.

The parking was right in front. There is a front patio you can sit out and enjoy the fresh air. Which by the way smells so nice. There is also a back yard with a patio that attaches to downstairs so you can sit out there as well. It is all fenced for children and doggies.

I would highly recommend this get away in the mountains to everyone.

We got exactly what we were looking for, not a firework or shotgun to be heard!! loved it!!

Thank you Arlene for your hospitality and the use of the cabin. Hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For such a short visit it sounds like you made the most of it! The lodge is my pride and joy and it warms my heart when I know how much our guests appreciate it. As my husband says whenever we are up there, "I love to listen to the quiet." We hope you will consider us for future get-aways!
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5

wonderful stay at the lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the lodge. Arlene went beyond and above to accomodate including early arrival. How much Arlene cared for the lodge were evident all over with lots of decoration details inside and out and handmade furnitures. There were evidences of warm hospitality which are welcoming homemade cookies, detailed printouts of things to do in town, and well stocked kitchen supplies. I have never been to a place that had tons of tea, coffee, plasticwares, and kitchen appliances. Overall, enjoyed the stay and would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I can't tell you how much your review means to me. We really make every effort to please and accommodate our guests. We try to go above and beyond and make our guests' visits very memorable. We look forward to hosting your family again; we value guests who respect and care for our cabins. :) Arlene
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5

Wonderful Wrightwood Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The Lodge on Helen was a perfect, quiet and enjoyable vacation for my small family. The lodge had everything we could want. It's walking distance to the town of Wrightwood, so that made for a stroll back after eating at one of the local restaurants. The weekend we came was rather hot but with a few windows open, the cross breeze cooled the whole house off quickly. As a disabled person with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the cabin was great! No steep steps or difficult door knobs. My wife fell in love with the kitchen table, it is huge and rustic. Thank you for letting us stay, we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have no idea how important hearing your words was for me. A very close friend of ours has a daughter in a wheelchair and we specifically had the ramp built so there would be no stairs for them and other guests to navigate. I welcome any and all suggestions you have that would make the lodge even more accommodating. Down the road we plan to have one of the tubs removed and have it replaced with a walk in shower. I am glad you opened the windows for the cross ventilation. Even though it was in the 90's this past weekend, I also thought the lodge was very comfortable inside. The downstairs room in particular is always comfortably cool because it is partially subterranean. I sure hope you will get a chance to visit us again to experience another one of our wonderful seasons.
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4

Good cabin.

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice time at the cabin. It is large and spacious and fully stocked (I mean FULLY) with a great kitchen, plenty of games, and even a few essentials for babies. The cabin is beautiful. The beds comfortable. It's a very spacious space, so you'll have plenty of room for multiple families and little ones.

Some drawbacks:

1. Although decorated as a cabin, it is really just a house, surrounded by neighbors on all sides. We were expecting something a little more remote and private.

2. No bonfire pit, which would have been nice considering the expansive front porch.

3. The $75 cleaning fee felt excessive in the context of a single night's stay. This is especially true considering the welcome packet came armed with a long list of items we had to attend to before checking out (take out the garbage, strip the sheets, do all the dishes). It kind of felt like a money grab and made us wonder what the cleaning fee paid for.

4. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there was a few starts and stops with the customer service. I made a couple phone calls with questions and the person who answered seemed positively annoyed that I didn't read the complete welcome packet before bothering her. We would have appreciated a little more patience. That being said, she upgraded our reservation for free, which was very nice of her and gave us complimentary early and late check out, as well has a stack of fresh-baked cookies to greet our arrival. Also, she had our full deposit refunded within 6 hours of checkout, which has NEVER happened before so we were very, very pleased.

Overall, fantastic fun!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that overall you enjoyed your stay. I would like to respond to your observations. 1. As far as being "surrounded by neighbors," true, there are other cabins on the block, but of the nine cabins on the block, only one has anyone living in it and they are all spaced out very well. It is a very quiet street. As a matter of fact, I timed the time between vehicles on the street, and it was about four cars per hour that passed...and that was on a Saturday! 2. Because of the drought California has been in the past five years, fire pits are forbidden for good reason. The risk of an ember starting a fire in town is just not a risk we are willing to take. 3. The cleaning fee is $75 whether you stay one night or six nights. Regardless of how many guests there are, all toilets, sinks and tubs need to be sanitized, all floors vacuumed and/or steam cleaned, linens washed and beds remade. The refrigerator, countertops and cupboards also get cleaned and sanitized. Suffice it to say it takes a minimum of three hours to get the lodge turned over for the next guest. We pride ourselves in presenting an impeccable cabin for our guests. In the welcome sheet's check-out list I detail all of these items. 4. I apologize if I seemed impatient; I pride myself in customer service; this is the first time anyone has used the word "impatient" describing my service. I really try to spell everything out clearly in my welcome packet, so when you called to ask where the key was and then where the barbeque was, I think I probably chuckled and mentioned that all that information was in the welcome sheet, but was happy to give it to you. If I sounded annoyed when you asked about the barbeque, it was probably because I was thinking someone must have stolen it since it sits right next to the front patio. I was happy to upgrade your group from a cabin 1/2 the size for the same price since I had it available. I am always happy to accommodate free early check-ins and late check-outs whenever possible. My property assistants bake fresh cookies for our guests as a welcome; I'm glad you enjoyed them! Security deposits usually take 24-48 hours for me to refund, but because my property assistant went in right after you left, I was able to take care of it very quickly. I hope I have addressed all of your concerns. I appreciate your candor and am always looking for ways to improve.
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Lancaster,CA
5

Wrightwood Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic stay, I can't wait to go back! The cabin is perfect inside and out. My husband and I enjoyed everything, including the scenery, taking walks, the town is very welcoming also. I loved the fact I could take my small dog and it was completely fenced in, she could run freely. Thank you for a truly relaxing weekend!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad we were able to make this last minute weekend happen for you and your family! I love accommodating furpals and letting them run free to chase down the squirrels, stellar jays, and woodpeckers within the fenced yard. The short walk to our friendly little village is also a plus I am happy you were able to do. We will welcome you back!
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Map

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!

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Rates & Availability

Wrightwood Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2015
Jun 3 2016 - Sep 26 2016
1 night minimum stay
$125
From
$295
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2016 Thanksgiving week
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
1 night minimum stay
$295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2016 Christmas Break
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 7 2017
1 night minimum stay
$425
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$125
From
$295
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning fee $75
Tax Rate 7.0%

Christmas break is $350 per night
All prices are based on parties of six. Additional persons will be $20 extra each per night. So, a party of 10 will be an additional $80 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Wrightwood Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both newly remodeled bathrooms have full sized tubs/showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Just a short three block walk to town or the same distance to beautiful hiking trails!

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