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Fireplace, pet friendly, sleeps up to 5. Playhouse, Walk to Town & Hiking

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms , 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5), Featured in WW's Home Show!

LEO, Teacher, and Military 10% discount! NON-SMOKING CABIN

Circa 1920's cabin with all the modern conveniences. This is a small, adorable cabin that can sleep up to five guests, but I would not recommend it for five adults. Four adults and two kids would work, but remember it is 90 years old and rooms were small back in the day! We are pet friendly (additional $25 per dog cleaning fee). We take a lot of pride in the Cabin on Helen and ask that if you are looking for a quiet, clean, quaint and lovely respite, keep reading. If, however, you are in any way disrespectful and planning on being disruptive to our quiet neighborhood please don't consider us.

One night minimum midweek, but two night (Friday/Saturday) minimum for weekends.

The "master" bedroom has a queen sized bed on the main floor.You can stand up in one of the loft bedrooms if you are less than 6' tall, but the other upstairs bedroom you will have to bend over to get to the bed if you are taller than 5'1" tall.

Only 90 minutes from L.A. with NO windy roads!

This time of year the hiking and is amazing. Walk just 10 minutes from the cabin and you'll be in the national forest. 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 or bear on your hike. Let the dogs run loose and enjoy their freedom on the levee.

Relax by a rock fireplace after a day of playing in the snow or hiking. We provide one bundle of wood per night. Play board games, read or watch a movie. In April, bask in the scent of the lilac bushes surrounding the property and town. On Memorial Day weekend walk around town to the over 100 yard sales! You'll also get your fill of lemonade and cookie stands that abound!

Walk to town and do a little shopping. You'll find restaurants, gift shops, antique stores, market, bakeries, and ski shops. Every Friday evening there is a Farmers' Market in town, too!

Walk to town and 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's one of the most exhilarating activities I've ever done! Be sure you make reservations ahead of time. It's less than a four 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 every season of the year!

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, Jenson's,where you're able to purchase any food you might need. However, if you want a break from cooking there are some wonderful restaurants in town. Cinnamon's Bakery is a perfect way to start the day with something sweet or savory. The Blue Ridge Inn is great if you're 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's 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 has delicious breakfasts as well (they also have 24/7 WIFI service) and often has live music going. The lodge decorated Grizzly Cafe, on Hwy 2, has the best sweet potato fries around and very good sandwiches. Mile High Pizza has a great variety of pizzas and other Italian dishes (and they deliver!) and the most wonderful anti-pasta salad (we get it with their homemade bleu cheese dressing). The Yodeler has outdoor seating and great food/bar as well. I guarantee you, you won't starve in Wrightwood!

There are some wonderful hiking trails that are just a walk away from the cabin. In the notebook of information I have on the kitchen counter you'll find a map that will show you how to get there.

The cabin is on Helen Street. To get there you'll want to get to the 15 North. You'll take it until you reach the 138 (well before Victorville). DON'T miss this exit or you'll have to go many, many miles before there's another exit! The 138 takes you towards Palmdale/Wrightwood heading west (if you go east you'll go to Silverwood Lake). You'll be on the 138 for about eight miles (unless you decide to take Lone Pine Canyon Road...my choice...very few cars and beautiful scenery!) at which point you'll get to the only stop light and that's at Hwy 2. Head west on Hwy 2 and in five miles you'll be in Wrightwood. When you see homes you're very close! T

I will be happy to provide any additional information you might need. Please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone or email (I tend to respond quicker to email during the week, and phone on the weekends). You may find my contact information on the listing.

:) Arlene

Keywords: cabin, mountain home, fenced yard, privacy, decks, playhouse, romantic, rustic, European, pet friendly, play house, hiking, zipline, Holiday Home Tour

More Details

Owner
Arlene Corte
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Arlene Corte

Owner operated: My family has owned a cabin in Wrightwood for almost half a century and it will always be where we consider 'home.' We raised our girls here (they grew up to be an FBI Special Agent and a Registered Nurse), I taught at the local elementary school and was very active in the community. I resigned from my teaching job in Wrightwood when my husband's job took us to the San Diego area, but we are still regular visitors and absolutely love our time in Wrightwood!

Arlene Corte purchased this cabin in 1973

Why Arlene Corte chose Wrightwood

My dad purchased the cabin over 40 years ago. It's where most of my friends first saw snow! My late dad built the amazing play house out back for his grandkids and now his greatgrandkids get to make memories in it!

What makes this cabin unique

The fresh crisp pine air, the thousands of stars, the quiet neighborhood, the roaring fire, and listening to the birds, walking the dog through the neighborhood, hiking in the forest, packing a picnic and eating in the woods, feeding the squirrels, the 'down home' feeling...need I say more? Well, I will! Late Fall and Winter are beautiful, crisp and a perfect time for hiking. My husband loves to take his sportbike out on Highway 2, one of Southern California's premier road rides. My husband and I are avid skiers and love Mountain High East. Our neighbors on Helen are wonderful and it is a quiet street with only a couple of neighbors. It is just a three block or seven minute walk to town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly hard to believe how close Arlene's place is to Los Angeles and how far at the same time. My writer's retreat began unexpectedly early. Twenty minutes after leaving Silver Lake my dogs and I were climbing the Angeles Crest Highway at sunset. Wow. No more traffic. No more anything, hardly, except mountains and trees and views for dozens of miles. A little more than an hour later I pulled into the cabin's fenced-in driveway, let the dogs out of the car and took a deep breath and looked around. It was like I traveled through a worm hole. It was so quiet I almost laughed out loud. My brain sort of forgot the world at night is that quiet and that dark. But it took almost no time for my body to remember. I slept deeply and my mind felt utterly at ease during my too-short retreat. Arlene was the perfect host. Immediately responsive to any questions or needs but also left me and my furbuddies to our devices to settle in and explore the area as if the cabin was my own home-away from home. The place was charming, spotless, extremely well stocked in terms of the kitchen, tons of fire wood for the huge stone fire place. The gated and fenced yard was also a real plus if you have dogs. It felt simultaneously remote and extremely close to town. An eight or ten minute walk from main street in town (actually called Park, but felt like an old time-y main street) where there are ample restaurants, cafes (Cimamon's for breakfast took the cake), and supplies/groceries. A couple great local bars/pubs (shout out to the Yodller). About the same distance and you reach the trail head to a couple different really beautiful mountain hikes. I'll definitely be back. And couldn't recommend more. For the value especially, it's hard to imagine there's a better first choice for Wrighthood/Mt. High.
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Grizzly Cafe
"I love this place. They have indoor and outdoor seating and the best ever sweet potato fries..."
Cinnamons Bakery and Sandwich Shoppe
"Great for amazing morning pastries or biscuits and gravy. Wonderful sandwiches for lunch. Cu..."
Mountain High Resort
"This is where I learned to ski back when it was Holiday Hill. It's only three miles from the..."
Navitat Canopy Adventures
"This is one of the most amazing zip lines ever. Granted, it's the only one I've ever been on..."
Wrightwood Park
"This is just a little park right next door to the school I used to teach at. My husband help..."
Applewood Court
"This is a great place to go have an ice cream or piece of fudge; my grandkids love it! I wor..."
Wrightwood
"Wrightwood is a great and easy to get to town. The tall pines, the friendly folk, the cute s..."
Pacific Crest Trail
"What a fantastic hiking experience. Even if you only walk a mile of the trail, imagine all t..."
Mexico Lindo
"I love their chili rellenos and fried tilapia. The service is friendly and their prices are ..."
Mile High Pizza
"Best pizza and salads in town! For less than $25 you can get a large chicken Alfredo pizza a..."
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Hwy 2
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Mile High Pizza
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Mt. High

A three block walk takes you into our quaint little 'downtown.' A half mile walk through the neighborhood will take you to some wonderful hiking. Here you'll find some premier hiking trails, a small creek and quaint waterfalls. Head up the hill a few blocks and you'll hike through the levee and follow a stream as far as you can go. You'll find beautiful samples of actinilite (a rock unique to Wrightwood), quartz and grey and green schist. Sit on a fallen tree or boulder and enjoy your picnic lunch. There is a new zip-line canopy tour just two miles from the cabin (Big Pines). Meet up in town and catch the Big Pines truck up to the tour.

Amenities

Wrightwood Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 7 minute showers or you'll run out of hot water!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This bathrm is upstairs between the 2 bedrooms
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 1 double , 1 child bed , If you are taller than 5'1' you'll have to bend over to walk
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This Swedish themed bedroom has a window to the backyard
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Sleigh bed in small bdrm. Great for kids, rm 4 pack n play
  • The master bedroom has a queen bed. The upstairs loft bedroom has a full bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) The other upstairs loft bedroom has a twin bed. , Child Beds (1) I have a pack 'n play available. There is also a crib mattress under the full bed upstairs., Baby Cribs (1) I have a pack 'n play available and a crib mattress
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
Notes:
Where to begin? The cabin's fenced in yard is perfect for Bowser or your children to run and play. The custom built playhouse is fully stocked with arts and crafts and has a loft bed to sleep in! The cabin is a short walk to town or to amazing hiking trails. It is all in all, an amazing cabin to stay in!

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Fireplace, pet friendly, sleeps up to 5. Playhouse, Walk to Town & Hiking
average rating of 4.903226 based on 123 reviews
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
5

Perfect getaway!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently booked this for a weekend getaway and it was awesome!!! The house isn’t very big, it’s nice & cozy. It has everything you need to cook, no need to bring anything other than food. It has great a play area for kids. The playhouse is absolutely beautiful. It’s definitely a child friendly home. Arlene was very accommodating and friendly. She answered any questions I had very quickly. She’s super flexible! The neighborhood is nice a quite and the neighbors are super friendly.We absolutely loved staying here, it felt like we were at home!!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad we were able to accommodate your family. We really do our best to be as flexible as possible; it was my pleasure gifting you an extra free night since the cabin was available. I agree that the neighborhood is wonderfully quiet and that Wrightwoodians in general are very friendly. We welcome your lovely little family back!
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5

Refreshing way to get out of LA

  • 5 of 5

Wife and I had a great time staying here. Place was very quaint and comfortable for the two of us plus the dog. Really enjoyed nearby hiking and also walking to the nearby downtown area.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love hearing that my guests explore the hiking opportunities just minutes from the cabin as well as the walk to town. If you walked at night I am sure you used a flashlight....with no streetlights it is extremely dark at night...better to see the stars! We hope you will all consider coming again; we welcome back our respectful guests.
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5

High Value Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway for a few days. Easy drive from Orange County, CA. Easy walk to 'downtown' Wrightwood. This is obviously a pet friendly community. Many properties are fenced in for security and for furry friends; while some stores and restaurants are also pet friendly. This cabin is one of those and worked perfectly for our pet. Hiking in May's climate was perfect. Cabin was very clean and well stocked. Pines smell great! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Fabulous Relaxing Time

  • 4 of 5

We had a brief 3 night staycation (we live in LA) and the cabin was just the peaceful relaxing spot to chill for a family getaway with our two young sons. The cabin's outdoor space was amazing - with a huge fenced in yard, back patio, front deck, and adorable playhouse. The cabin itself was well appointed with everything you need - bring your towels and settle right in! We even read one of the boys' favorite books from the cabin's collection at bedtime. We had an issue upon arrival and Arlene and Heather (the owner and property manager) took care of it right away. That was much appreciated. The location is fantastic. We were lazy and drove into town a few times, but also took a lovely walk to the Grizzly Café which is a 5-10 minute walk away from the cabin. Hiking, restaurants, Jackson Lake, antique stores, and so much else is right at your fingertips. Thanks Arlene. See you again soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you and your family were able to make some forever memories at our cabin. We so appreciate your patience with the oven issue...we try our best to make things right and I hope the complimentary third night made up for the inconvenience. We look forward to hosting your family again soon!
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5

Perfect cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! My kids loved all the toys, train table and the play house out back! The house was very well equipped it had everything we needed! It was also close to town which was nice for walking the kids to the local park and shops during the day. We will definitely use Arlene again for our future visits to wrightwood!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. It's not often that we have guests stay for an extended period like you did, but I am so pleased that it worked out well. We hope that next time you are in town to visit family that you will consider us again. :) Arlene
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Orange County, CA
5

Amazing abode in charming town

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as two couples with a doggie. It was my birthday weekend and we wanted a decent amount of space for each of the two couples plus some covening areas. We also wanted something charming and close to town. Can you believe we got all of our asks in one place?!? This is a great home away and has such a cozy warmth. The rustic decor is really well thought and I just loved the old antique items through out the home. The owner is great and if you are in a pinch and need help she will call the neighbor to help you. We truly enjoyed our stay and we are already talking about when we will come back again!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy everything worked out well for you all! As long as folks are OK with full sized beds, this cabin is wonderful. We welcome respectful guests like you back again!
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

There will be an additional $25 per pet cleaning fee if you bring your fur-pal. 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. Payment may be made via PayPal (preferred method), HomeAway or Check. Two night minimum for weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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