An Afternoon in Idyllwild

An Afternoon in Idyllwild

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I’ve been meaning to visit Idyllwild for years and finally did it! This is a charming small town in the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California – between Palm Springs and Hemet. It’s an easy drive from Orange County, but feels like another world. They actually get to experience all four seasons in Idyllwild.

This was a day visit for me, but there are motels, cabins and camping in the area. An afternoon visit was nice, but an extended stay to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors would be great.

An Afternoon in Idyllwild

This is an unincorporated area, so there wasn’t a mayor until some locals had a clever idea for a fundraiser. Mayor Max was elected from a group of four legged candidates. Each vote required a $1 donation to a local non-profit animal rescue group. The original Max has passed away, but Max II carries out his mayoral duties with the help of 2 deputies.

This is a creative community with galleries, shops and restaurants. Around town you’ll see 22 decoratively painted deer sculptures designed by local artists. I also stopped by the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum to see artifacts and learn more about the town.

An Afternoon in Idyllwild

When I was in Idyllwild, I window shopped at unique stores, had a delicious lunch at the Gastrognome Restaurant and drank fair trade cold brewed coffee at Higher Grounds. The town is beautiful, residents are friendly and the air is clean!

An Afternoon in Idyllwild

An Afternoon in Idyllwild

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21 comments for “An Afternoon in Idyllwild

  1. Cindy McElwee
    October 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    A dream ~ definitely a dream that can come true ~ such a wonderful place ~ my 8th Anaversary coming up ~ who knows ♡

  2. Sheila Ritter
    October 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    What a quaint little town. I love that they elected Mayor Max and that they donated the money to a local non profit. Sounds like a really tight knit caring community.

  3. Mia
    November 1, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Looks like a fun place to visit and to check out local artists. Deer sculptures are darling.

  4. June S.
    November 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    (An Afternoon in Idyllwild) I would like to check this place out with my husband the next time we are in that area for a vacation. I want to stay at that camp ground for sure, it sounds great!

  5. Ann Hengst
    November 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

    This would be a fun day to spend just wandering around here looking at all the wonderful things.

  6. deb
    November 3, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I can’t wait to go back. Such a charming place to visit. I can definitely see spending a week in the mountains just soaking up the atmosphere. Mayor Max is fantastic!

  7. Tara Kosing
    November 3, 2016 at 5:44 am

    This places look so cute .. would love to check this out.

  8. mrsshukra
    November 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Exciting place!

  9. Nancy
    November 9, 2016 at 7:13 am

    This looks like a fun place to visit.

  10. jennifer h
    November 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Love those unique stores!

  11. Barbara Brooks
    November 14, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Sounds beautiful, day trip for us is to Amish country in Holmes or Butler. Or Richland counties ib Ohio.

  12. vickie couturier
    November 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    that certainly looks like a interesting place to stop at for sure

  13. Joan Elliott
    December 5, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Amazing place! So much to do here!!!

  14. Mary Mac
    December 11, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Would be a great getaway with the grand kids.

  15. Sheila Russell
    January 8, 2017 at 7:09 am

    What a great little spot – a great contrast to Hemet

  16. Calvin F.
    January 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Those sculptures look neat!

  17. Joannie
    February 10, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Looks like it would be fun to take the family and spend the day here! Lots to do!!

  18. Jeffrey
    February 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Looks like a nice place to visit.

  19. Jeffrey
    April 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Idyllwind looks like a nice place to stop and visit.

  20. Charlene Underhill
    April 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Nice place

  21. April 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This is a pretty cool place

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