Every Christmas, my husband and I travel to Southern California to be with family. This year we vowed to spend a couple of days away on our own, but wanted something different than the beach. I'd heard that Idyllwild was beautiful, but assumed (in total ignorance) that we'd have to stay in a rustic, mildewy cabin, which neither of us was up for. I'm glad I did some research--it turns out that there are plenty of accommodation options in Idyllwild, but the newly opened Grand Idyllwild Lodge was the perfect choice for us.
It's a beautiful property. Lots of light, glass, wood, stone and water. If it hadn't been so gorgeous out, we would have happily stayed in our room (and the charming common areas) the entire time. Besides pulling off a great design/build (and being smart and lovely people in general), the owners, Brad and Jacki, have created an easy, welcoming and casually luxurious atmosphere in a setting of great natural beauty.
Our room was ultra clean, the bed vast and comfortable, the bed and bath linens high quality, and the Wi-Fi fast and consistent. Our hot breakfast was superb and the happy hours (wine and appetizers by the fire) were just the right prelude to our excellent dinners at Cafe Aroma (which is literally a two-minute walk from the Lodge [and on one night featured the prodigiously talented jazz trio of Barnaby Finch, Marshall Hawkins, and Paul Carman--practically in our laps and utterly compelling]). We're already looking forward to our next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Idyllwild Lodge is an unforgettable boutique luxury lodge nestled among the trees on over two acres of land. Located at the "top of the town," this breathtaking lodge features panoramic views of the pristine, idyllic San Jacinto Mountains, including a majestic backdrop of the monoliths Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak. ... more less