Wanderlust Wednesday: The Mountain House in Idyllwild, California

When you think of California, you think of sandy beaches, hot weather, glamorous people, and maybe some of your favourite TV shows. I love Orange County and the big, beautiful beaches but Idyllwild is different. It’s a place for relaxing, taking long strolls, and seeing stunning scenery.

Located in the mountains above Palm Springs, It’s approximately two-three hours from Los Angeles. Luckily, my boyfriend’s parents have a cosy cabin overlooking a spectacular view, so we’d get to spend some time there when I’d visit.

What I love about Idyllwild:

  • It’s beauty and peacefullness; it’s the perfect place for napping!
  • The friendly locals
  • The unique shops which sell amazing sweets/soaps/keepsakes
  • How close you feel to nature
  • The incredible sunsets

What to do:

  • Go hiking! A popular trail is the hike up to Suicide Rock which is elevated at 2000 ft and is a 6.5 mile round trip. It is worth it for the wonderful view.
  • Wander around the small town and check out the cool, quirky shops, and eat at one of the local, friendly restaurants.
  • Camp out in one of Idyllwild’s parks.
  • Visit one of the nature centres.

Beware of:

  • Mountain lions and bears!
  • The long trails. Just make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear and have plenty of water.

Idyllwild and the mountain house in photos

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‘I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world’
– Mary Anne Radmacher

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