Idyllwild, CA is the perfect quick getaway when looking for a little peace and quiet. Labor Day weekend I headed for the mountains to relax and unwind. I’ve always heard of the charming town of Idyllwild, but never ventured up to the San Jacinto mountains; or at least that side of the mountain. Located approximately 2 hours South of Los Angeles headed towards Palm Springs off the 10 freeway, Idyllwild is a windy road up the mountain of an elevation of almost 5,500 feet. I don’t have a fear of heights, but driving up that windy road did a number on me. However, the scenic drive makes it all worthwhile.Tucked away in the midst of the mountain, surrounded by tall pine and cedar trees, lays this quaint little town. For a holiday weekend, the place was buzzing but not uncomfortably crowded. I loved that the shops are locally owned and there are a lot of interesting places to dine. Music was echoing throughout the town as many places had live bands performing. The spirit of Idyllwild was energetic and fun!Feeling hungry? The Lumber Mill Bar & Grill offers a variety of hearty meals. The burgers are to die for and you won’t leave feeling disappointed. After perusing the shops and purchasing a few little trinkets, it was time to head back down the mountain to my city life.I intend on returning to this little hidden treasure spot, but next time to go hiking. There are several different hiking trails to choose from with incredible scenic views.The locals also highly recommend renting a cabin for a weekend stay which sounds like an awesome plan to me. Cabins can run anywhere from $300 – $500 for a two-night stay.
Until next time Idyllwild! I look forward to our next encounter.