Our cabin was a free-standing house with full kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. I loved the antique touches. Built probably in the 1940s, it has that solid feel of a real home, with built-in niches, that were thoughtfully stocked with books and playing cards. The back porch had a table and chairs. To enjoy nature, all you had to do was go outside.
We saw quail, blue jaws, woodpeckers, squirrels and huge June bugs. (The June bugs stayed outside.) Just across the street was a little road that led to a nice creek. A little bit up the road was hiking trails. Very relaxing and serene.
I enjoyed talking to the owner, who only took over in February. He has plans to redecorate, which is probably a good thing. I didn't mind the 1970s antique country decor. It was very comfortable and homey. He was also explaining how some of the plants and shrubs are heirloom, including the lilac bushes planted year and years ago by someone who knows gardens.
I look forward to going back and seeing the changes. The owner and the staff were very friendly, and I'm sure the Fern Valley Inn is a good thing that will keep on getting better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the beautiful mountains above Palm Springs, we offer 10 cabins/rooms for a quiet get-away from the busy city life. Come to Idyllwild to Idle a while in our mountain retreat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fern Valley Hotel Idyllwild