|Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM|
When I had first heard about Idyllwild, California, I was anxious to check it out. Despite only getting a day to look around, I had hoped it’d be able to give Jypsi and me a decent chance to get the scope on things. The drive up was absolutely beautiful. Winding through the mountainside surrounded by trees which seem to have come out of nowhere. On the way up, there was a parking lot across a small pretty lake, Lake Fulmor. We decided to check it out. We didn’t have a lot of time, so we just walked for a short time. Although it’s not open for swimming, it’s said to be a nice place for fishing and is stocked with trout. If you’re going up though, I’d take the time to look around or go for a walk.
Driving into Idyllwild, cute buildings were coming through the trees, and before we knew it, we were in a town like something of a fairytale. With a cute “small town” feel to everything and quaint shops and cabins all over, I was smiling from the time I drove in. The plan was to find our cabin for the night, and then we could check out the town a little.
Silver Pines Lodge & Creekside Cabins was where we had the chance to stay and was a true delight, It’s dog friendly, and surprisingly reasonable prices. The location was easy to find, and when I signed in, the owners kind son checked us in with a smile. He told me the easiest way to find our cabin, and told me where would be the easiest to park the car. I thanked him and drove around to park. I grabbed my bag and Jypsi’s bag, and we walked to our cabin. The cabin itself was cute. A nice queen sized bed with a bathroom and kitchen. There was a chair to sit in the main room with the tv and fireplace. The kitchen had a coffee maker, and a little table to eat any food you might have with you. There was a stove, microwave, and a fridge.
The Cabin location itself was beautiful. At certain times during the year the creek down below has water making a nice relaxing place to breath, or watch your dogs play in the water. There is a koi pond in the main courtyard below the back of the lodge. If you’re staying at the cabins, there are complementary movies for you to borrow to give you something else in the peaceful afternoons. If you know how to play the piano, there are even a couple to play on in the lodge as well.
The town was just as beautiful. Putting Jypsi on a leash, we didn’t even take the car. There was so much to do in such a short distance, the car was hardly necessary. There was art on nearly every corner you looked. One of the first stops we made it into was an adorable pet boutique, Mountain Paws. They had handmade dog treats, toys, and beautiful collars in their shop. I met a friendly guy named Richie who told me a little about the town, and ensured me they lived by their title, “Friendliest town for dogs.” Which I was happy to hear. Perfect place indeed. I got a doggie ice cream for Jypsi there, as well as a hand-made dog bone for my other dog, Cuki, at home. While walking down the street, it was indeed the friendliest town for dogs which I’ve been to so far.
I stopped for some ice cream at a shop, and there was a patio to sit at with your dog. One lady with her kids, who loved Jypsi, told me about the multiple hiking trails which were dog accessible. When checking into your cabin, there are maps telling you which are safe for dogs, and how to get there. While continuing walking, Jypsi was an angel as we walked into different art stores and shops which all allowed dogs. There were even dog water dishes outside many of them. The same thing for food places, many had patios allowing dogs, including the Italian place we went to later on. I enjoyed a small steak with sautéed mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Jypsi just passed out from the long days walk. When I had finished up with dinner, I collected the pup, and back up to the lodge we went. We signed into the WIFI and watched some Netflix before heading to bed. With an additional sheet I brought with me to keep dog hair off the bed, Jypsi snored off to sleep.
The next day we had to rush a little. Once our bags were packed, we walked a little to chase squirrels, then because it was so early, hung our key up to check out. We drove down into town and found a cute diner to eat breakfast at before heading back down the mountain. They also had a patio for dogs. The air was chill and crisp and just had a fresh mountain smell to it. If you ever want a peaceful trip away from life, take the time to go to Idyllwild, in Southern California. Your dog will really thank you!
******Huge special thanks to “Silver Pines Lodge & Creekside Cabins” What a joy it was to be at your cabins! From the friendly staff, clean location, koi pond, to all the peaceful places to relax, your location can’t be beat! Can’t wait for our next trip!******