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Destination guide

Breathe and relax in small-town Idyllwild

You know the old saying: When life hands you lemons, head to Idyllwild. Maybe that’s not quite how it goes, but this lush Californian paradise certainly seems the cure-all for many ails. In the shadows of the mountains, it boasts charming small-town appeal—so small-town, in fact, that you'd be hard pressed to find any traffic, noise, or large crowds. Nature is king here, and that’s perfectly fine for anyone who books an Idyllwild vacation rental. The beauty of the place is in its landscape of breathtaking colors, its magnificent scenery, and its peaceful ambiance.

Things to do

The King, the art, and the charm of Idyllwild

An area so steeped in small-town charm deserves preservation—and that’s precisely the goal of the Idyllwild Area Historical Society. The on-site museum is home to vintage photographs, exhibits tracing the history of the mountain community, and even a tribute to “Kid Galahad,” an Elvis Presley musical shot in town. If you booked an Idyllwild vacation rental solely for its natural beauty, a visit to the Idyllwild Nature Center is essential. Find out why Idyllwild is considered one of the country’s best towns for art, too—there are dozens of galleries showcasing fine art, sculptures, jewelry, and more.

Activities

From craggy rocks to charming shops

In the cozy confines of Idyllwild, the beautiful outdoor setting provides a perfect backdrop for every outdoor activity imaginable. Set up camp in Idyllwild County Park, or hike your way up the majestic mountain trails. The area is also known for its challenging climbing rocks. They aren't for the timid, but they make for some fabulous social media photo opps—just be sure you’re wearing the appropriate gear! For those whose preferred activity is handing over the credit card, Idyllwild has several folksy shops where you can buy everything from homemade soaps to heady candles.

Weather

Sunshine and snowfall in Idyllwild

It’s usually sunny in Idyllwild—a good indication that you’re most definitely in California. Summer is hot and typically dry, with an average high of about 85 degrees. If you wish to avoid the heat and arrive in town to take advantage of the mountains in all their glory, you may want to book your Idyllwild vacation rental in the winter. It dips down to around 30 degrees in January, and the season’s average snowfall measures approximately 25 inches. Rain is sporadic throughout the year.

Natural features

Climb a rock, fish a creek

In the shadows of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is dotted with awe-inspiring, towering pine trees and delicately scented cedars. The area’s craggy rocks, including Tahquitz and Suicide are legendary among climbers. Don’t let the latter’s name scare you away; once you’ve reached your destination you’ll be rewarded with epic views of the sunrise or sunset. Because water seems to be everywhere—even in the quaintest of Cali towns that resemble alpine villages—you’ll find delightful Strawberry Creek in town, where fishing and strolling alongside are both highly encouraged.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Pine Cove

Fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), the closest airport, located 13.9 mi (22.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), which is 25.8 mi (41.6 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Idyllwild?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 228 vacation rentals around Idyllwild. From 122 cabin rentals to 70 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Idyllwild?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Idyllwild. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Idyllwild Park: 3,486 vacation rentals
  • Idyllwild Nature Center: 3,526 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs: 6,307 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs Convention Center: 6,531 vacation rentals
  • Indian Canyons: 5,220 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Idyllwild listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Idyllwild?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 122 Cabins in Idyllwild. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Idyllwild include:

  • Houses: 70 rentals available
  • Cottages: 122 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 122 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Idyllwild?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Idyllwild. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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