An unincorporated community within Southern California's San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is a nature lover's paradise. From your rustic retreat, you'll be just a hop, skip, and a jump from fishing and picnic spots in Idyllwild Park, natural history exhibits at the Idyllwild Nature Center, and sweeping mountain and desert views from the aerial tramway in Mount San Jacinto State Park. Meanwhile, the upscale shops, galleries, and dining of Palm Springs are just over an hour away by car. Whatever kind of getaway you're after, you won't have any trouble finding the perfect cabin for your next Idyllwild escape.

Pet-friendly mountain breaks

Although the nearby Pacific Crest Trail may be off-limits to your 4-legged friends, you can still find plenty to do with your pup in Idyllwild. Book vacation home rentals with perks like fenced-in yards for an Idyllwild retreat that's sure to please you and your pooch alike. Once you've settled in, it's time to leash up and head to the dog-friendly Idyllwild Nature Center for a scenic romp alongside Lily Creek, or summit one of the nearby peaks for panoramic views of the surrounding area. Humber Park, located within the nearby San Bernardino National Forest, is another popular spot where dogs are welcome on-leash. Here, you'll find the Devil's Slide Trail, a moderate out-and-back trail that offers plenty of wildlife viewing and forest views. Of course, you and your doggo can always just go for a stroll through the charming streets of the town center, where you'll find locally owned cafes, bakeries, wineries, shops, and more.

Cabins with hot tubs are always a great idea

Few things are more rewarding after a long day of hiking and biking trails than a soothing soak in your own private hot tub. Fortunately, a number of cabins in and around Idyllwild offer decks with open-air hot tubs where you can relax with cooling beverage, read a good book, or simply take in the scenic views at the end of your latest trek. Hot tubs in Idyllwild vacation home rentals range from modest soaking tubs for just 1 or 2 people to luxurious affairs where you and a dozen of your closest friends can turn the revelry up to 11. If you're thinking of making your next mountain escape into a real extravaganza, you may want to look for sprawling Idyllwild cabins with spacious hot tub, as well as ready-to-entertain perks like full kitchens, airy living areas, and game rooms with pool or foosball tables.

Cheap rentals in and around Idyllwild

Looking for a way to experience Idyllwild without breaking the bank? You're in luck—you can find plenty of budget-friendly cabins in a number of nearby locations, most of which offer easy access to the most popular destinations in the area. Read on for a quick rundown on some of the best places to find low-cost locales for your Idyllwild vacation.

Wallet-friendly weekends away in Mountain Center

Just a few miles down the road from Idyllwild, Mountain Center is a great spot to look for low-cost cabins and cottages. Here, you'll find budget-friendly picks with perks like hot tubs, grills, and fire pits, as well as a number of larger rentals perfectly suited to families and groups traveling on a budget. In addition to all the great spots in and around Idyllwild, your Mountain Center cabin will also put you close to the hiking trails and panoramic vistas on Thomas Mountain, as well as fishing, boating, camping, and a water park at Lake Hemet.

Mountain-view vacation homes in Hemet

Less than an hour by car on Highway 74, Hemet's a mid-sized city that often serves as the gateway to the San Jacinto Mountains. Look for cheap cabin rentals in town for easy access to local highlights like the Seven Hills Golf Club, the Western Science Center, and Soboba Casino. If you're traveling as a family, you may want to book a 2- or 3-bedroom cabin in the area with a full kitchen, a living room, and a game room. From your family-friendly Hemet cabin, you'll be just a short drive from the shores of Diamond Valley Lake. One the biggest reservoirs in Southern California, it boasts a marina, fishing spots, and an aquatic center, as well as a popular seasonal wildflower trail.