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The Grand Idyllwild Lodge Bed and Breakfast
54820 Pinecrest Avenue | Idyllwild, CA. 92549
951-659-2383
The Idyllwild Nature Center offers many exhibits and education programs

Area Activities
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California Adventures

Nestled high in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, located near Pine Cove, Mile High Idyllwild is a nature lover’s paradise resplendent with Pine, Fir, Oak and Manzanita trees and brilliantly colored flowers growing in the wild. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails suitable for any activity level, from a leisurely stroll to a strenuous, challenging climb. Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy some of the best trails in Southern California.

Idyllwild Art
At its heart, Idyllwild is an artist community and is home to more galleries per square milethan many larger cities. Idyllwild is also home to one of the finest residential arts high schools in the country, Idyllwild Arts Foundation. The school offers instruction in music, theater, dance, visual art, creative writing, moving pictures, interarts, and fashion design. Visitors are invited to attend a variety of theater, art and musical performances hosted at the school. Further evidence of Idyllwild’s reverence for art is the recently completed installation of a public art project called Deer Sightings, featuring 22 full-sized recyclable aluminum deer, all painted by local artists. The deer are installed at 12 locations in Idyllwild and Pine Cove and represent a variety of themes. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild commissioned the project and hosts many events year-round, including the popular Art Walk & Wine Tasting held each October.

Idyllwild Shopping and Restaurants
For a small town, Idyllwild has a PHENOMENAL number of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Our newest, Ferro Restaurant, offers gourmet Italian/American cuisine set in a beautiful building and outdoor area. All pasta and pizza is made from scratch. A stone and copper 700 degree pizza oven in the back patio area creates perfect pizza in 3 minutes. Ferro has live music many nights. Café Aroma, located less than a block from the Inn, offers exceptional breakfast, lunch and dinner set in an artsy, trendy vibe. Aroma usually has live music and features local art and photography and has been featured in the LA times and Sunset magazine. Gastrognome, located in the heart of the Idyllwild Village, features delicious steak, seafood,poultry, and salads in a cozy, cabin like setting. Idyology has unique and delicious burgers, salads and mixed drinks in a fun Victorian meets rustic hipster vibe. Idyllawhile Wine Bistro is a local wine bar that features an impressive selection of wine and beer, as well as appetizers and light dinner items. La Bella Montagna features authentic Italian dishes and salads. Idyllwild Pizza Company offers some of the best pizza in Idyllwild as well as sandwiches, salads and draft beer. La Casita has THE BEST mexican food around with owner Roberto's family recipes. All restaurants are located a short drive, or walk, from the Grand Idyllwild Lodge.

Idyllwild Nature Center
The Idyllwild Nature Center offers many exhibits and education programs throughout the year. Located just minutes from the Inn (1 mile northwest of Idyllwild), the Center offers field study trips, environmental education programs and guided tours by appointment. Programs focus on mountain ecology, habitats, flora and fauna, Cahuilla Native culture and the history of the San Jacinto Mountains.
If you’re looking for a convenient, reasonably easy hike, the Nature Center is perfect. The trails behind the Nature Center are short, relatively easy and have great views.

Idyllwild 2nd Saturday Art Fairs
More than 35 artists and musicians invite you to join us at the ICC property under the trees for the six monthly events.
Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, May - October, 10am - 5pm, this event includes ceramics, paintings, photography, jewelry, glass art, fibers, woodworks, and other types of original artwork for sale. In addition, local musicians provide a lyrical background to our event.
Our primary goal is to introduce you to our beautiful mountain community, whether you purchase art at the fair, shop downtown, or eat at our amazing restaurants.

Lake Hemet Birding and Fishing
Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy, Lake Hemet located a short 15 minute drive from Idyllwild. The lake is stocked with trout, bass, bluegill, and catfish; and a variety of boats are available to rent. Lake Hemet offers a breathtaking view of the San Jacinto Mountains and you’ll be in awestruck by the eagles and hawks that often soar overhead. Day use permits are available.

Bird Watching and fishing at Lake Fulmor

Lake Fulmor is located 10 miles north of Idyllwild. Stroll the trail around the two acre lake and enjoy local wildlife and birds. Visitors can also enjoy fishing in the lake which is stocked with Rainbow Trout by the Department of Fish and Game during the spring and summer months. Bring along a picnic lunch and settle in at one of the picnic areas complete with grills for your convenience. The idyllic setting makes for a wonderful afternoon communing with nature.



Relax, explore, read that novel you’ve been meaning to, or just enjoy the scent of pine, the crystal blue sky and the wildlife surrounding you. Whatever your pleasure, Idyllwild is the perfect setting for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation.


 

Idyllwild Art and Entertainment Calender

Listed below are some calendar-worthy events hosted in Idyllwild annually.

January
Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema

May
Idyllwild Earth Fair

May – October
Second Saturday Art Fair

July
Lemon Lily Festival

July -  August
Idyllwild Summer Concert Series

August
Jazz in the Pines – 21st Year

October
Art Walk and Wine Tasting

Halloween Parade and Great Pumpkin Carnival

November
Holiday Events – Tree Lighting

 

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