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“Peaceful, Private and Very Well Done”

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The Grand Idyllwild Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Idyllwild B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
1 review
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“Peaceful, Private and Very Well Done”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Suite Harmony has a private deck with two lounge chairs and an excellent view. Brad and Jacki are p...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

When my boyfriend and I saw the photos of the Grand Idyllwild Lodge online and booked our stay, we were very excited. But as soon as we arrived and made our way to the front door, we knew even those expectations were going to be surpassed and we were going to blown away….the photos just cannot do this place justice. The views from the property itself are just breathtaking as you walk around the outside listening to the running stream. And once you walk in, the warmth and beauty of the details on the inside complement the stunning views seen from all the huge picture windows…..we were speechless……a built in fountain in the entry hall wall, skylight, stained glass, intricate moldings, warm inviting furniture and decor and artwork that you know was chosen with care because it all just melds perfectly. There's a quaint library upstairs with a window seat and an eclectic selection of books. We would sit there each morning after breakfast with our coffee and tea.

Brad and Jacki, the hosts and creators of this dream house, are equally spectacular. You feel the love they have for this place and the pleasure they receive in making your stay as wonderful as possible. They are wealth of information regarding places to go and eat, and they took absolutely excellent care of us. But most importantly, they are fun and lovely people to get to know over drinks and yummy snacks during their nightly cocktail hour in the bar or by the cozy fireplace while someone may be playing the piano.

Our room was magnificent too. We stayed in Suite Bliss, which has 5 huge windows lining the wall as you walk in…..as you lie in the big, comfy bed with luxurious linens, you feel as if your bed is in the middle of the forest…so beautiful and so romantic as you also have a view of the fireplace. And the bathroom…luxurious towels, beautiful stone and marble with huge shower with seat, dual heads (one a rain shower)….lots of fun in there :) We got to see many of the other suites as well….. each was unique and beautiful in its own way.

My only complaint…..is that we only stayed for two nights and we wanted more!!!! But we fixed that…we've already booked our next stay (this time for three nights :) We are so looking forward to going back!!!!

P.S. Brad and Jacki organized a couples massage for us in our room….highly recommend it!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

My family and I just returned from our first visit to this wonderful new lodge. Brad and Jacki are as wonderful as any hosts could be. In addition to their hospitality and delicious food and drink, the most noteworthy aspect of the lodge is the lodge itself. Brad is a contractor, and they have spent years building the lodge on their own. Not a single detail was missed. The common areas are warm and comfortable, and the bedrooms are appointed with unique, beautiful furniture. Everything is of the highest quality, including the artwork that adorns the walls everywhere you look. This hidden gem will not stay hidden for long. Word is spreading that this is the go to place if you are in the Idyllwild area. We cannot recommend this highly enough.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Poway, California
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to Idyllwild for over 30 years. It is one of our favorite places to visit. We are thrilled about the opening of The Grand Idyllwild Lodge. Perched on a hillside among the pine trees, the Lodge's Craftsman style fits beautifully into the Idyllwild landscape. The rooms are luxurious, the library and sitting areas are warm and inviting, the views are spectacular from every window, the breakfasts are delicious, and the complementary wine receptions held each evening are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow guests. The owners, Jacki ad Brad are absolutely delightful. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have already booked 5 more weekends in 2014.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Coronado, California
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

My husband took me to the Grand Idyllwild Lodge as a surprise for my birthday the weekend of 12/21 and what a great surprise! The Lodge is five stars the owners Brad and Jackie built the lodge and missed no details. They gave us excellent suggestions on things to do and places to eat and are so welcoming. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and the beds are extremely comfortable. The gourmet breakfast will fill you for the day. The entrance of the property immediately tells you that you are about to enter paradise in the mountains. There are three deer that seem to have taken residence on the property and you will want to also once you enter the Grand Idyllwild Lodge.

Room Tip: All suites are beautiful you can't go wrong with any room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

My husband and I just returned from the Grand Idyllwild Lodge and we had a fantastic time. Brad and Jacki are incredibly hospitable and the lodge is exquisite. The Suite Romance, or honeymoon suite, is over 500 sq. ft. and is beautifully furnished. The beds are so comfortable and the linens are very luxurious. We enjoyed all of the common areas, but especially we enjoyed the wood burning fireplace during the evening wine reception. The attention to detail with regards to the construction and decorating of this property is exceptional. We had such a restful and relaxing time at the GIL. It was a 2 1/4 hour drive from Los Angeles but was a world away from the hustle and bustle of LA. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Redlands, California
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

My spouse and I stayed here two nights between Christmas and New Year's for our annual anniversary getaway. We have four kids at home, so our priority during these trips is always comfort and relaxation. The Grand Idyllwild Lodge delivered spectacularly on both fronts. The property is beautiful, with a gently flowing stream, wooded land all around, and a fantastic view of Tahquitz Rock.

We stayed in the Suite Memory room, and it was just right with a comfy king bed, electric fireplace, and a fun, funky bathroom. My husband is 6'4, and really appreciated the overhead shower head in the bathroom. The room was the perfect space to sleep in, have a slow morning and snuggle in the bed at night for a movie.

There was a full breakfast each morning which was filling and tasty. But our favorite part of the stay was the nightly wine and appetizer hour. Before dinner each evening, we spent a leisurely 45 minutes or so sipping wine and snacking on treats laid out in the breakfast area, and enjoying the large fireplace in the main room on one of the big leather couches.

Owners Brad and Jackie are gracious and enthusiastic, glad to accommodate requests, helpful with dining and activity recommendations, and all around lovely hosts. We will definitely be back the next time we make a trip to Idyllwild.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Grand Idyllwild Lodge
Address: 54820 Pine Crest Road, PO Box 4216, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Location: United States > California > Idyllwild
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Idyllwild
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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