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Circa 1920's cabin with all the modern conveniences. This is a small, adorable cabin that can sleep up to six guests, but I would not recommend it for six 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 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 full 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.
Keywords: cabin, mountain home, fenced yard, privacy, decks, playhouse, romantic, rustic, European, pet friendly, play house, hiking, zipline, Holiday Home Tour
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
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!
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.
Cannot express in words how much we enjoyed your family cabin. It transported me back over 30 years to a much happier and healthier time in my life. I can't wait until our next visit, hopefully in the spring.
We were so happy and content just hanging out in the coziness of the cabin, we didn't venture out into the village or the ski resort until the day we left.
The snow everywhere was beautiful. We found the downtown area quaint, and the views from the North Mt. High Resort road were magnificent during the descent.
I can see myself possibly living in Wrightwood one day if I could find a cabin as cute as yours. If that day comes, I'm hoping you'll help me decorate. :)
Thank you again for sharing your little slice of heaven with us. It was my best birthday ever!
My review of this cabin is geared toward families with younger children (such as ours), however this cabin really fits well with many of the categories listed. First and foremost, Arlene is a wonderful woman to work with. She answered my calls, took time to address any questions I had, and was very friendly. She is also extremely flexible. It was a pleasure to rent this property from her; she made things easy. Secondly, the cabin has everything you could possibly need, or even think of. I seriously cannot come up with any suggestion to offer as to what this cabin could need. This cabin is laid out practically, and it's a "no-brainer" to find things in this cabin--bowls, silverware, hot pads...they were all right where I would have put them. There was even an area above the heater to dry our wet items, which came in extremely handy! My daughter discovered a book on Arlene's shelf that my son was currently reading (Diary of a Wimpy Kid-we hadn't brought it), and that minor detail was a huge hit for my children, too. We helped ourselves to reading the children another of her books as their bedtime story; that one was a Berenstain Bears book. And, of course, there was the train table, and the playhouse outside, which were two of the primary reasons we had chosen her cabin in the first place. The train table kept both children (one girl and one boy) entertained for a good part of the trip, as did the Mr. Potato Heads that they found in a basket underneath the train table. And, when the children were allowed outside, there was a plethora of toys for them to play with. First there was a pedal car that my son had his eyes on since we had pulled in the driveway. Then there were the bucket/cup shoes with strings, art supplies in the playhouse, rackets and birdies, a dump truck--and those were just the toys that my children chose to play with. My kids were thrilled! The kids slept in the full size bed (futon?) in the attic, and it was comfortable and not very far off the carpeted ground at all (so if you have little ones, even if they fell off the bed it wouldn't be that far of a fall, and the landing would be soft.) As a parent, I seriously cannot rave enough about this cabin. We loved it so much that we are planning to go back again in the very near future!
We really enjoyed our weekend in the cabin. It was myself, husband, two girls (5 and 7) and my father in law. Plenty of room for all of us. There is an adorable playhouse in the backyard the girls enjoyed one day, they wanted more time but we wanted them to also enjoy the snow! The double bedroom upstairs is full of all kinds of kids toys which the girls loved, the ceiling is very short though and really only good as a kids room. The other upstairs bedroom had a twin bed which my father in law used, he said it was comfortable and it it also had a nice chair for him to use to get some reading done. We stayed in the double bedroom downstairs, it was comfortable, but I wish that we had brought our own pillows. One of the two pillows was very flat and my husband got it the first night and had trouble sleeping. The second night we discovered a second pillow in a chest upstairs and I used both the pillows and it was better. Just consider if you want it bring your own.
Kitchen was fully stocked, we cooked in every meal and I really didn't find myself lacking anything. Arlene even provided popcorn which was fun and we made it for the kids one night. I had never made it on the stove before but it was actually pretty easy.
Only cons were you have to bring your own towels and no wifi in the cabin. There is a Satellite for the tv for the evenings and a nice selection of DVD's are provided. We had a few movies we wanted to see and redboxed on our way up the cabin.
Overall I would highly recommend this cabin, you won't be disappointed
Living only 90 miles away and our kids wanting to play in the snow, we found this place on VRBO at the last minute and had our best experience visiting Wrightwood ever. Arlene was great to work with (you read this a lot from other reviews, but her care for our stay was beyond what we expected). There was more than 1 foot of snow when we visited, so we didn't have to go anywhere else (our kids are not into skiing/boarding yet). The kids (9&4) and our dog played with the snow in the front and back yards and when their hands got too cold, they came inside to get warmed up and then so on and on. They kept doing that all day and we got to build our first ever snowman as a family. Arlene grew up at this place and the area, so she also had a wealth of knowledge about Wrightwood. The place had more than ample space for a family of four (plus a dog).
My husband and I decided on a last-minute trip to the local mountains and were so lucky to find this adorable little home to stay in. Our boys (ages 1, 3, and 5) had a blast and were well entertained for our entire stay. The yard is completed enclosed so it was easy to watch them play in the snow. The yard has a darling little playhouse as well as a ski lift swing as well. Inside, the upstairs loft is complete with a train table and toys galore. Our boys played for hours and didn't want to go to bed! Arlene is a wonderful host and she was so responsive to all of our questions. This home has everything that you need for a fun mountain getaway - we can't wait to come back! Thank you Arlene!
We had a great last minute trip to celebrate our daughters gotcha day. All we had do is pack up and head up the mountain. Everything was ready for us at the cabin. We highly recommend for a family visit and we can't wait to visit again.
We had an enchanting stay in this clean, cozy chalet. Arlene was wonderful and took care of our every need. We walked the 3 blocks to town each night to enjoy the lively summer evening happenings. Food was great at Mountain High pizza and the Mexican place where we sat on a balcony enjoying the summer evening. Our friend who visited for an evening had a 6 year old son who enjoyed playing with all the marvelous toys upstairs. We love to read and hike and found the chalet a peaceful comfortable place to relax with several places to hike nearby. My husband is from Norway and felt like he had come home as the cabin has many treasures from Sweden. We hope to return someday. Thank You Arlene for a wonderful stay!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
Ski season weekends are all two night minimum stays and are all $225 per night
Spring break mid-week is $150 per night
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.