We spent a few days up in the mountains in Idyllwild, California last week. Two nights away for our anniversary. If we can’t live in the forest for now, at least we can get to a nice mountain town with trails above 6,000 ft in a 2 hour drive.
Idyllwild Inn has 8 themed rooms (we stayed in the room named “Camp”), as well as full on cabins for rent. It’s located right in the middle of town and PCT Hiker friendly.
Right outside the Inn was the town’s monument. Truly impressive piece of work. It’s a very small but artsy kind of place, with at least 5 decent places to eat, one theater that only shows one movie, and a slight obsession with grey squirrels. They is entire store dedicated to squirrels and squirrel stuff. We didn’t go in.
Our first order of business was an afternoon snack and libations. Idyll Awhile has wine and beer tastings, and a yummy cheese and meat platter. They were right behind our room at the Inn. Perfecto!
We had brought our mountain bikes…
This is how that went….
It was 2.5 miles on the map from Idyllwild Inn up to Humber Park. They keyword here is “up.” Like 1,000 feet up. J tried a tow-line, as shown above, to see if he could power me up the hill… but for the last half a mile or so, the incline was so steep we both had to stop and walk our bikes up. It took forever just to get there to start the hike.
On the hike, I kept thinking about how I’m supposed to go back to Idyllwild in July for Keira Henninger’s Women’s Trail Running Camp. Is she gonna make us RUN these trails?! So basically I have less than 3 months to get in shape for that.
A few of my snacks of choice. Omnibars are super strong flavored (turmeric!), but they’ve got better stuff in them than just plain ‘ol jerky. The new savory flavors of Kind snacks have been fun to try. Honey Smoked BBQ is really, really good. Of course we hydrated with Nuun all day.
A little rest before RUNNING down the trail and then RACING CARS on the bikes back to Idyllwild. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever gone over 25 miles an hour on a bike. It was really fun and really unsettling at the same time.
Right across the street from the Inn is the Restaurant Gastrognome. Surely this is Idyllwild’s fanciest little restaurant. They don’t have much of a wine selection (but then there is Idyll Awhile for that), but the food we ordered was very good. They put their own spin on things. For example, my petite filet came with fried potato crisps stacked on top of and underneath it.
- Have you been to Idyllwild? Have favorite places/trails there?
- What is your ideal getaway or vacation spot?