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3rd night free! RUSTIC/PET FRIENDLY SLEEPS up to 10; Walk to Town

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

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

Spring special...3rd night is free!

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. 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:
April 26, 2017

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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Wrightwood Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(100 traveler reviews)

3rd night free! RUSTIC/PET FRIENDLY SLEEPS up to 10; Walk to Town
average rating of 4.89 based on 108 reviews


  • 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: Apr 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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San Diego

Clean, Quiet, Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely weekend at the adorable cabin. Having the ramp was great to allow mom to scoot around. The dogs had a blast keeping an eye out for squirrels.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice meeting you and your family and furpals! I'm glad the ramp worked well for your mom's scooter. There are very few cabins that are handicap accessible, so it is important to me to know what works well and what doesn't. We hope you will all be back...the lilacs are just starting to open up!
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Great kid friendly Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be back! Clean, comfortable and well organized rental. Our kids ages 2-8 enjoyed the dormer room and comfy kids nook. The property has a fence that wraps around, so the kids could run freely from back to front yard. just a few miles away from sledding and ski lifts.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My grandkids were my inspiration for the "kids' nook." I love the idea of being able to sit with other adults in the living room or dining area and still have the kids where we can see them engaging with the Lincoln Logs, Thomas the Train set, Tinker Toys or myriad of other toys and games I supply. I also know how quickly little ones move, so we also love the fence around the property! We welcome lovely families like yours back to the lodge.
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Amazing for kids

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you made use of all the goodies we supply for the lil's! The teacher and grandma in me loves to see kids use their imaginations and work on their tactile skills. I hope you were also able to visit town and go on the scavenger hunt I put together. We hope you will consider visiting Wrightwood other times of the year when it's a whole different experience!
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Snow, Snow and More Snow

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One happy camper

  • 5 of 5

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 .

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope you will be able to visit again and build some more snowmen! Thanks again for your visit.
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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

Wrightwood Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Spring
Apr 4 2017 - May 18 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
2017 Thanksgiving week
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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

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

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