hiking idyllwild

Immersed in Fall Colors: Hiking Idyllwild

Ascend Mount San Jacinto on Deer Springs Trail and enjoy one of the state park’s most popular paths.

Julie Pendray Hiking

It’s easy to feel small trekking along Deer Springs Trail toward Suicide Rock. Hiking Idyllwild among towering ponderosa and coulter pines, you ascend to a rock plateau at 7,500 feet with a panoramic view of the town, Tahquitz Peak, and Lily Rock, where international rock-climbing ratings originated. Here, legend tells us, a young Native American princess and her lover leapt

Evan Christopher at Jazz in the Pines

Cool Jazz

Idylllwild Arts Foundation hosts its 24th annual Jazz in the Pines featuring continuous music on three stages.

Site Staff Arts & Entertainment

The 24th Annual Idyllwild Arts Jazz in the Pines outdoor music festival will be held Aug. 11-13 in the cool airs of the Idyllwild Arts Academy in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs. The festival starts Aug. 11 with a VIP Patrons Dinner and continues throughout the weekend. This year’s event will offer something for every jazz, blues, and

jazz in the pines

Jazz Up Your Festival Experience

Top spots to eat and explore in Idyllwild as you groove through the Jazz in the Pines weekend.

Julie Pendray Attractions

Idyllwild summers are a cool blend of music, art, dining, dancing, and relaxation in the great outdoors, and Jazz in the Pines fans have plenty of adventure options outside the confines of the festival grounds. The 24th annual jazz event returns Aug. 12–13 with a fusion of young rising talent and much-loved regulars filling the lineup, featuring 27 bands from

Idyllwild California Real Estate

Cabin Fever

When it gets too hot for comfort, these mountain men head for the hills.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

An Idyllwild cabin is nothing like a boat. A boat is a lot of work and expense for a rarely used toy. It’s best to know a friend who has a boat — one who sends free-flowing invitations to his fancy schmancy sailing parties. A cabin promises minimal work and strong value for a nearby retreat you can use year-round.

Ocean view from balcony of Architectural Catalina Suite

The Great Escapes

The summer heat is a great excuse to indulge in a little getaway and explore our neighboring towns.

Lizbeth Scordo Day Trips

If you live in the Coachella Valley you’re surely used to others’ shock, awe, and amazement when they learn you brave the scorching summers here and live to tell. For those of us who stick it out — dependent on patio misters, fabulously frigid air conditioning, and plenty of evening cocktails — the reward is a quieter community where we

Joshua Tree

Get Elevated

Of the many things that often sharply defines a valley are the mountains that surround it. And we have some of the best. Get ready to ascend.

Site Staff Day Trips

Easy switchbacks on a two-lane highway lead to Idyllwild, a mile-high community that’s big on rustic. Nestled in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is close to the desert but feels like it’s a world away. The pine trees grow tall and lanky. The air is snappy. It’s cozy. Stroll through local shops to pick up gifts for

Automobile on the BMW Performance Driving School track

Out and About

For three days you have experienced your hotel, the music festival, and the commute in between. Go beyond the valley for something just a little bit different.

Site Staff Day Trips

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a race car driver, start your engines here. Courses at the BMW Performance Driving School tell you how to skid, drift, change lanes, brake, and slalom, all performed at excessive speeds. Teachers provide real-time instruction over walkie-talkies while you drive. Put your newfound knowledge to the test in a drag race around the private

silver pines lodge

Silver Pines is Historical “Gold”

Home of Idyllwild’s original movie theater, the inn dates back 93 years.

Julie Pendray Hotels & Resorts

Huell Howser, the late TV host of California Gold, has vacationed there. Scenes from Peter Fonda’s Wild Angels were filmed there in the 1960s. Silver Pines Lodge in Idyllwild oozes history. What began as a mountain furniture store for settlers eventually became a square dance destination, a tavern, a soda fountain shop, the town’s first movie theater, a lodge for

Rock Climber at Joshua Tree National Park

Scaling Joshua Tree

Idyllwild instructor “afraid of heights” finds calling in Joshua Tree National Park.

Julie Pendray Hiking

Jim Dover says he was always afraid of heights. “I remember being in the elevator in the Eiffel Tower and being terrified.” Yet the Idyllwild outdoorsman is among thousands who visit Joshua Tree National Park each year to test themselves against massive quartz monzonite boulders. Scaling the boulders, one step at a time, is therapeutic in more than one way.