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
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...
Well maintained and very quaint cabin! Will definitely return for some snow fun next time!
Such a cute cabin in a quaint little mountain town. My family and our friends had the best time. Great for kids and dogs!
The " Lodge" in Wrightwood ca is a charming warm cottage. We could not have asked for more pleasant and clean accommodations. From the moment we booked to the day we left everything was awesome. Thank you Arlene.
We had a super visit! Arlene took great care of us from the moment we booked. The lodge was even lovelier than the pictures showed. It is clear that the owners take great pride in their property. We had everything we needed throughout our stay. The decor is charming and warm. The quaint play area in the living room with Lincoln Logs, etc... was a big hit for my teenaged boys! Who would have thunk!?! If you stay there, make sure you take the time to do Arlene's Scavenger Hunt. Our family got a big kick out of it! We have driven through Wrightwood many times, but it was fun to see where the locals live. We enjoyed a great dinner at Blue Ridge Inn. Helpful tip: When traveling during a holiday, call ahead to see what businesses are open. We discovered (before our trip) that most of the local shops and restaurants would be closed on Thanksgiving Day. (Rightly so!) We came prepared with our own turkey dinner! The only down side of our trip was that a delightful snowfall came ... just AFTER we left. Boo hoo. We would have loved to witness a White Thanksgiving. All in all, a perfect quiet place to stay. We hope to go back!
this was our second time to rent the Lodge. It had some remodeling done since our last visit about 18 months ago-even nicer now. Every inch of the house and property is well maintained, and decorated lovely. The heater works great, the house was immaculate, and it was even set up with warm fresh baked chocolate chip cookies upon our arrival. all our grown sons had a room or corner for themselves as it is quite roomy. The backyard is pet and child safe, and the fence covered with old ski's is a nice touch. Wrightwood is a great lil community and this lodge is .5 miles from our son's home which is great. thanks for a lovely visit!
Great cabin. Excellent service. Very family friendly. Clean. Well kept. And best of all, warm cookies when you arrive.
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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