Ever need to get out of your zip code and enjoy some fresh mountain air? That’s exactly what Adam and I needed after taking a hiatus from traveling for a while. We wanted to spend some time with our good friends in the outdoors, but we wanted more of a glamping experience rather than camping. I saw this adorable a-frame cabin on Instagram and knew this would be the perfect place for us! Turns out our friend had seen a photo of this exact cabin in a magazine a while back and had always wanted to go. It was meant to be! We booked our stay in early December for the weekend of February 22-24. *Be aware that this cabin is quite popular so you need to book it in advance.
This quaint cabin is tucked away near the town center of Idyllwild, located in the San Jacinto mountains right up from Palm Springs. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive from San Diego (not bad at all!) and easy to find off the main road.
The cabin itself is 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms and quite comfortably sleeps 4 people, but can accommodate 6 ($25 extra per person over 4 people) according to the website. Both bedrooms are located upstairs, one with a king-sized bed and the other with a queen. A simple bathroom is located in between. In order to get upstairs, you have to go up a narrow spiral staircase, so remember that when you are packing!
The downstairs area is spacious and had very comfy couches where we spent most of our time playing board games and enjoying the beautiful view outside. The cabin boast well-working wifi and a TV (we didn’t use it all all), as well as some books and games to play.
Adam kept the fire going pretty much the whole time we were there, which really helped to heat up the cabin. There is a wood fireplace and for $15/night you can use wood from the cabin’s woodpile vs buying a bundle or two in town each day. It ended up being too chilly at night for us to sit outside and make s’mores, so instead we roasted marshmallows inside and the fireplace was perfect for that.
We brought our own food to cook at the cabin and were pleasantly surprised with how many kitchen supplies and utensils they had there (coffee grinder, coffee maker, silverware, knives, pots and pans). You will have most everything you need there if you bring your own food to cook. It was so nice to have a well-equipped kitchen to prepare our own meals. We enjoyed vegan enchiladas and vegan chili for our dinners…mmm.
I think the best thing about this cabin is that it’s DOG FRIENDLY! You can bring up to 2 dogs for an additional $15/night. No breed or weight restrictions either, hell yea! Barley loved lounging by the window and running up and down the spiral staircase. It was also nice to let the dogs out right outside the front cabin door for potty breaks.
A close second best thing was the hot tub! Both mornings we were there, we made our coffee and took it to the jacuzzi to sip on. It was the perfect way to enjoy the crisp morning air, but also stay warm! *The jacuzzi is set at 85 degrees when you first arrive, so just make sure to turn up the heat before you decide to get in. There are a washer and dryer at the cabin if you need to dry your towels when you are done in the jacuzzi, or if you need to do any other laundry while you are there.
I think that pretty much sums up the ah-mazingness of this cabin. 🙂 As you can see from the photos, this is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the relaxed mountain atmosphere. We absolutely loved our stay and will definitely be back!
WHAT TO DO IN IDYLLWILD
We mostly hung around the cabin during our time in Idyllwild because it was so relaxing, but when we weren’t there, we went on a few hikes and ventured into town.
The day we headed to Idyllwild it was raining on the way there. Just as we arrived to the Tahquitz Peak Trailhead, it started snowing! Our surroundings turned into a winter wonderland and it made for the best hike. We ended up on the wrong trail, but still hiked a good 4 miles before seeking out bread and vegan cheese.
Our second day there, we had a lazy morning and headed out to find a hike around 1 pm. We decided to do a short and sweet walk around Lake Fulmor. The trail is just over a mile roundtrip and is good for dogs, kids, and anyone really! We also did a short hike near the Idyllwild Nature Center. So many trails to choose from in Idyllwild!
After we checked out of the cabin on our last day of vacay, we walked around Idyllwild’s town center and shopping area. FYI many of the shops are closed Monday-Wednesday as most out-of-towners come on the weekends, and we were there on a Monday so many shops were closed.
One shop that was open was Idyllwild Ice Cream and Jerky. We decided to go in because it had a sign saying “dairy free ice cream” and who can pass up checking that out?! We went in and the shop owner could not have been nicer! He saw we had 3 dogs and immediately brought out 3 bowls of vanilla ice cream with a bone on top for them…free of charge! You could tell he loves what he does and actually had 8 flavors of dairy-free ice cream to offer (and it wasn’t sorbet!). He makes them all himself and will let you have as many samples as it takes to find the one you want. It was the best vegan ice cream I’ve had and would definitely recommend trying it out if you go!
Our last stop on our way out of town was at Living Free Animal Sanctuary, which is right outside of town. This amazing rescue facility is 154 acres and is home to 50 dogs, over 100 cats, a few horses and some birds. These animals are rescued from local shelters where they were to be euthanized and Living Free helps get them adopted, and if not, they can stay there and live out their lives. Visitors are welcome to come for a tour from 11-4 every day except Wednesday. We were amazed at the care and space all the animals get. This is a really cool place to stop on your way in and out of town!
Well, that about sums up our weekend getaway in beautiful Idyllwild! Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments 🙂
HAPPY TRAVELS ❤