California isn’t just beaches, tall palm trees, and surfing culture. There are forests and communities tucked in emerald mountains, too. Take Idyllwild-Pine Cove, for example. Nestled high up in the San Jacinto Mountains, it’s a completely different world from the golden images of California we’re used to. So, what does one do in Idyllwild-Pine Cove? Go out and play! The community is ideally situated near pristine outdoor destinations, like the Mount San Jacinto State Park, the Idyllwild Nature Center, and Suicide Rock, which is a favorite among climbing enthusiasts. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, you can escape to Idyllwild-Pine Cove to take a breather and escape the city. If you’re wondering where to stay in and near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, here are our top recommendations.
When you’re traveling to Idyllwild-Pine Cove, one of the absolute must-dos is to stay in a cabin. The Fireside Inn is the best hotel in the area that offers the cabin experience, elevated to give you the celebrity treatment. Each guest room at the Fireside Inn has air-conditioning, an en-suite bathroom with shower (along with all the essentials), and a flat-screen TV and a Blu-ray DVD player, in case you’re in the mood to watch some movies. Outside, there’s a garden where you can go out for a stroll, hang out, and breathe the fresh mountain air. From here, San Jacinto Mountain is a short drive away.
Retreating up to the mountains with your significant other? Stay in the most romantic cabin in town! This private retreat in the Idyllwild area is away from prying eyes but close enough that restaurants, shops, and entertainment options are all a short walk away. Stay here for two nights to enjoy everything Idyllwild-Pine Cove and this cabin has to offer. There’s an indoor fireplace to keep you and your boo warm when the nights are cold, a comfortable bed perfect for snuggling, and a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare a romantic breakfast-in-bed or a candle-lit dinner for two. The cabin also comes complete with all the essentials like towels and toiletries so you can pack light.
Best loved romantic cabin in town for two personsIdyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviewsthe cabin was warm and had great wifi but there is a 2 hour per day wifi limitit’s cozy and warm and has everything you need for the perfect little getawaythe queen-size bed was perfect for my wife and mechristina’s cabin is perfect for a cozy getaway from city livingkitchen was great we cooked and prepared all our meals while thereit was clean with lots of towelsso clean and cozyit was clean and exactly as describedthe cabin is clean well stocked and very cozythe place is sparkling clean and super cozy
Host:wonderful decor quick response with hosteasy checkin and checkout and a communicative hostfantastic host perfect cabinchristina and her home were awesome she was very informative and easily accessible with questionschristina is a great host too with answers to all your questionsRead more reviewscute cottage close to towngreat location within walking distance of restaurants and shopsthe location is private yet steps away from the charming downtown areathis was the perfect locationeasy access to main streets
If you want a bit more space or you’re traveling with a couple of friends, this one-bedroom apartment ideal for three guests is just right. It’s located in a quiet neighborhood with a car port and a garage, just in case you’re driving up Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Stay as if the apartment is your own. Cook for the rest of the group in the stocked kitchen, amp up the heating when the temperatures drop, or host a movie marathon. The bedroom is equipped with a queen-sized bed, while there’s a pull-out sleeping couch out in the living room that can even accommodate two people. Don’t forget to say hi to the host’s dog when you’re here!
Wettlaufer Nesbitt ApartmentIdyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
Top guest reviewsvery cute apartment with rustic furniture kitchen and decorlovely and incredibly cozy guest with tons of natural light in a beautiful townnice wood stove and space heaters kept us warm and cozyquiet street and private space made us very comfortablethis little apartment cabin was the perfect respite for our familyrental clean and equippedmatthew's place was clean and very quietit's clean comfy and well-supplied and a great valuematthew’s place is warm clean and really quietmatthew’s place was clean spacious and so comfortable
Host:matthew is a great hostmatthew is an excellent hosthost is very nice and communicativehosts were very kind and helpfulmatthew was very friendly and communicativeRead more reviewsgreat location close to everythinggreat location and a great valuegreat location quaint and cozyloved the location and brightness of the apartmentlocated in a residential area but within walking distance of the beautiful little mountain town of idyllwild
Hidden among the green of the pine trees is a beautiful red property fit for a family trip to Idyllwild-Pine Cove. It has one bedroom and three beds, which is just perfect for a group of five people. You can let the group in to a private entry, prepare hot meals at the full kitchenette, and enjoy the outdoor space. While there’s a bedroom upstairs, you can easily transform the living quarters on the first floor into a second bedroom with enough capacity for three people. The biggest highlight of this Airbnb is that it’s only a short walk to Idyllwild Arts Academy, which hosts free concerts, festivals, and other cultural events.
Cozy Family Nest Minutes to Arts AcademyIdyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe wall heaters weren’t needed but ac or fans would’ve been a godsendgreat wifi for our phones and netflix provided on the tvwifi a/c heating mini fridges microwave tv and comfy beds make this stay even betterwe we hot good sleep and had everything necessary to be comfortablethankfully we had some camping chairs so all 4 of us could have dinner and breakfast outsideeverything was very cleanit was very clean and tidygreat spot—clean spacious and cozyserene clean location comfy bedwe had everything we needed in a sparkling clean home
Host:the host was very nicethis home and its owner are lovelyishay was a wonderful hostthe host is lovely and easy to communicatevery kind host went all out to make sure we are satisfiedRead more reviewsgreat location within a wonderful townperfect walking distance to idyllwild artsperfect location near idyllwild arts academybeautiful convenient location with a short drive or walk to the town centeran easy to find location with very comfortable beds
As we mentioned earlier, it’s a must to stay in a cabin if you’re traveling to a mountain destination. And this studio is definitely a top contender when it comes to the best accommodations in the Idyllwild-Pine Cove area. There’s plenty of space for three people–there’s a plush queen-sized bed and a sofa bed in the studio, as well as a patio table that can easily host a party of six. Fire up the grill and cook some burgers and BBQ, enjoy your favorite shows or movies on the flat-screen TV, or get some work done at the dedicated work space if you came up to focus on a special project. From here, you have access to Mount San Jacinto State Park’s intricate network of hiking trails should you need some inspiration.
Lower-level mountain view studio with multiple decksIdyllwild, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe outdoor porches offered beautiful views of sunsets and were very comfortablebut cozy the beds were very comfortableit has great views it's cozy and in walking distance to townthe outdoor space is amazing and the units are smartly decorated clean and cozy comfortable
Host:i already left a kind note for the owners in the traveler's journalluckily a neighbor was kind enough to help us find itRead more reviewsgreat place great location super clean super comfortable
Mountain cabins don’t look the same. Some are more traditional, while others learn towards more contemporary design sensibilities. If you’d like to stay in a mountain cabin with a twist, this chic one-bedroom property is perfect. Only recently renovated, the cabin has a cozy living room where you can get comfy, a relaxing bathroom, and a beautiful kitchenette with hardwood custom cabinets. The town center is a short walking distance from the cabin if you want to stretch your legs and check out what Idyllwild-Pine Cove has to offer, but you can explore the hiking trails nearby as well.
Wheel Room at 11 ChimneysIdyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe sofa in the living room is a loveseat but it was perfect for my husband and ithe inside was done wonderfully and the space is very comfortablethe bed was a full size and was very comfortablebeautiful location and beautiful space everything at emma’s space was beautiful - sparkling clean
Host:emma was a great hostemma is very accommodating and is very quick responding which i really appreciatedgood communication with hostRead more reviewsthe location was perfectthe location is good as welli loved this remote peaceful locationthis place is in a wonderful location and in a beautiful areagreat unique location - quiet & secluded but still close to the center of idy
If you find that the accommodations in Idyllwild-Pine Cove are fully booked, there’s a cool option: stay at Palm Springs instead. Located about an hour’s drive away from the community, this stylish desert city is jam-packed with things to do. You can easily make this one-bedroom suite your base and travel up to San Jacinto Mountains to be surrounded by pines, then go back down to Palm Springs and admire the mountain as you soak in the pool in the central patio. The property is done in the Palm Springs modern-style, with a queen-sized bed, a private entrance, a walk-in shower, and WiFi access.
Your Beautiful Bedroom Suite in Palm SpringsPalm Springs, California, United States
Another great option in Palm Springs is this warm and bright apartment suite for two. It has everything you need–a full-sized and equipped kitchen, a bedroom with a comfortable queen-sized bed, and a well-appointed bathroom in case you want some “me” time. You can relax, read a book, or enjoy long conversations with your companion out in the seating area when the weather is nice. Furthermore, this Airbnb rental is only minutes away from the shopping and dining options in Downtown Palm Springs. To go up to Idyllwild-Pine Cove, take CA-74 for a scenic, hour-long drive up the mountains.
Cozy Warm Sands Guest ApartmentPalm Springs, California, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviewsthe mattress is particularly comfortablethe furniture was in great shape and very comfortablenice little outside garden for coffee and breakfasthis place is tidy and has all the necessary amenities for a comfortable staythe apartment was very clean and included all the necessary essentialsclean and cozythe place was very clean and cozya clean cute and comfortable housevery clean and the bed is exceptionally comfortableamazing stay clean quiet comfortable
Host:robert was a great hosthe was responsive to our questions and communicativehe was helpful and provided great recommendations for local attractionsrobert was a great host very accommodating and warmrobert was a fantastic hostRead more reviewscozy and close to everything great in palm springsthis was a very cute placerobert's place is tastefully decorated in a great location - quiet neighborhood close to downtown and ralph'si enjoyed walking to the starbucks and a short drive to restaurantsa peaceful location that is well located for many of the amenities of palm springs
When in Palm Springs, treat yourself to a luxury escape. You can stay at this studio apartment in Palm Springs Spa and Resort for the best weekend ever. You don’t have to leave the premises if you want. After all, you already have access to the swimming pool, spa, and other amenities inside the resort. The studio apartment itself is decked to the nines like a plush hotel room, with an uber-comfortable bed, a kitchenette, and a living and dining area where you can just chill out. There’s a patio terrace so you can enjoy the views of the golf course and the San Jacinto Mountains beyond.
Palm Canyon Resort, Junior Room #1
Top guest reviewsgreat place to visit with kids as it has a water slide and kid-friendly small and large poolsrooms were clean with a nice patio and kitchenettethe kids pool slide was amazingly fun and the big pool was relaxingthe room was nice maybe a little bit small for three people but okgreat room with a comfy bedcleanliness and neatness was very goodoverall resort was nice with hot tubs clean grounds and poolthe place itself is a bit old but has everything and is kept clean
Host:i sent barbara a couple messages and she was always quick to reply and very helpfulshe was responsive professional and overall easy to work withthe staff was courteous and the room was cleanvery accommodating and loved itcheck-in was easy and friendlyRead more reviewsit was a great stay the location of the room was close to everythinggreat location felt private and was still very close to lots of great restaurantsgreat location surrounded by more expensive resort but this place was comparative and just as good
Grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in one of the houses that sparked the Modernist movement in Palm Springs: Frey’s Kocher-Samsom Home. It may have been built in the 1930s, but it was renovated and restored to its full glory. Since this is a rooftop apartment, you have the best seats in all of Palm Springs to enjoy panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Frey's Kocher-Samson Home
Top guest reviewsfurnishings were comfortable as wellone of our favorite parts of this apartment was the deck outsideloved the apartment and patiothe bed was comfortable and everything in the place was really clean
Host:the staff/hosts are very accommodating and provide excellent servicesuper friendly staffdaniel was very friendly and accommodating as were the owners/employees of the store downstairsour host was very prompt friendly and very helpfulRead more reviewsthe location is perfectgreat location the frey building is part of palm springs architectural historyperfect location in the center of the design districtperfect location historic cool layout and vibegreat location and easy check-in
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