Idyllwild, California

Mile High Paradise


Winter's majestic glow over Idyllwild. Photo by John Drake

Winter’s majestic glow over Idyllwild.
Photo by John Drake

Idyllwild is many things to many people. For some it is the perfect respite from the chaos of day-to-day city living; others love the wonderful artist community and the talented musicians that play at local restaurants and pubs; outdoor enthusiasts love the hiking trails, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Families also come to show their children the place their parents brought them as children; they marvel at how little the community has changed over the years. Visitors also remark about the gracious welcome they receive and the kindness of the locals they meet.

Idyllwild is also well known for what it doesn’t have – there are no signal lights in Idyllwild, no fast food chains, no Starbucks (we do have a coffee house), and no Big Box stores – just lots of Mom & Pop stores and boutiques – like in the “old days.”

You will be surprised at the number of world-class restaurants in Idyllwild serving everything from American to Mexican to Italian and Italian-Fusion cuisine. You will also find many local, renowned musicians playing at some of these establishments in the evening hours. Idyllwild is also home to one of only two residential Art Schools in the US – Idyllwild Arts Academy. The students host – for free – a number of performances annually.

The Fall and Winter months are especially beautiful in our mountain community and there are many Holiday events in and around town, including the lighting of our magnificent Christmas Tree in the heart of town.

Whatever your reason for coming to Idyllwild, we are certain you’ll find even more reasons to come back. And, as always, the folks in Idyllwild welcome you.