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11 Beautiful Airbnbs in Idyllwild, California

by Jen Peng

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Tucked in the San Jacinto Mountains and surrounded by forest, the charming town of Idyllwild is a popular mountain getaway in Southern California.

Conveniently located just two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego and an hour away from Palm Springs, Idyllwild is an easy getaway for city residents who need to breathe fresh air for a weekend.

Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities thanks to the town’s vast trail network. Rock climbers also flock here to climb at nearby Tahquitz Peak and Suicide Rock. Idyllwild is also known for a vibrant arts scene, and offers numerous galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants, and other amenities for visitors. It’s equal parts elegant, active, and inviting.

Given its popularity as a tourist destination, a wide variety of excellent Airbnb rental properties abound. From rustic cabins nestled in the trees to luxury lodges perched on hilltops, here are the 11 best airbnbs in Idyllwild.

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1. Idyllhaus

Idyllhaus - Mid-century A-frame chalet
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Why you should stay: Beautiful Mid-century A-frame with designer furnishings and spectacular views.

  •     Sleeps: 4
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $290/night

Unplug and unwind in luxurious comfort at Idyllhaus, a charming and beautifully restored A-frame.  Enjoy spectacular mountain and forest views from the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows or warm up in front of the massive fireplace as you listen to classic tunes from the turntable. A wrap-around porch is the perfect spot to appreciate the natural surroundings teeming with wildlife.

Comfortable beds and lux bedding ensure a good night’s sleep, while heated floors and a roomy soaking tub ensure you can have a decadent bathing experience. The fully stocked and brand new kitchen is a delight to cook in, especially if you’re a coffee snob as it has not one but three different options for making various morning drinks.

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Related read: 7 Awesome Weekend Road Trips from San Francisco, California

2. Los Coyotes

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Why you should stay: Scandinavian-style cabin with spacious deck, fenced-in yard, and easy trail access.

  •     Sleeps: 4
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $348/night

Backing to National Forest land, Los Coyotes is the perfect secluded nature getaway for a couple, small family, or group. Numerous hiking and biking trails are just steps from the cabin, while the town of Idyllwild is just a short drive away.

Inside, the space is filled with light and thoughtful furnishings. But the highlight is the spacious back deck, complete with grill, dining table, Adirondack chairs, a cone stove, and sweeping views. And good news, dog-lovers: it’s one of the best pet-friendly airbnbs in Idyllwild, too.

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Follow ’em: @loscoyotescabin

3. Lazy Arrow Lodge

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Why you should stay: Updated mountain cabin with Tahquitz Peak views and easy access to Humber Park.

  •     Sleeps: 4
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $264/night

In Fern Valley, the Lazy Arrow Lodge is an ideal base for outdoor adventures. The cabin is rustic yet stylish, with knotty pine interiors and mid-century modern touches. Spacious leather couches invite you to lounge, while a wood-fire burning fireplace adds ambience and warmth, and plenty of windows let in light.

There’s no cable TV, but you do get solid Wi-Fi and will have the many trails in Humber Park just a 10-minute walk down the road. Thanks to a fenced in yard and fairly reasonable $30 pet fee, this is another great pet-friendly Idyllwild airbnb —though parents with human kids will likely appreciate the fenced in yard, too.

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4. The Boulder Lodge

The Boulder Lodge in Idyllwild
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Why you should stay: Unique home very literally built around a boulder.

  •     Sleeps: 6
  •     Minimum stay: 3 nights
  •     Rates from: $359/night

The Boulder Lodge is a unique and spacious mountain home perfect for families with kids. The entire home is lovely, but the true pièce de résistance is the massive boulder around which the living room is built. It serves as the backdrop for the fireplace and is a feature you definitely won’t find in most airbnbs in Idyllwild.

Three bedrooms and a loft offer plenty of space while two decks are perfect for outdoor dining, lounging, and enjoying the stunning views of Suicide Rock and Tahquitz Peak. Kids will enjoy the teepee and hammock in the backyard, while adults will likely be more drawn to the six-person hot tub. Town is about a 10-minute walk away, as are a few hiking trails.

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5. Haven Idyllwild

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Why you should stay: Luxurious mountain cabin with multiple decks and a cedar hot tub

  •     Sleeps: 6
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $575/night

Overlooking a creek, this modern cabin with Swiss chalet aesthetics is one of the more expensive airbnbs Idyllwild, but that doesn’t seem to stop people – it had a perfect five-star rating. That’s probably because  Haven Idyllwild delights with its stylish looks, high-end furnishings, and thoughtful amenities, from electric car chargers and a high-end sound system to a foosball table, a large collection of games and books, and a vintage telescope.

Multiple decks, including one with a cedar soaking tub, make it easy to spend time outside. Other luxurious design elements to justify the price tag include vaulted ceilings, multiple fireplaces, tasteful artwork, custom lighting, and a roomy chef’s kitchen.

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6. Whiskey Creek Cabin

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Why you should stay: Cute and pet-friendly airbnb surrounded by fruit trees.

  •     Sleeps: 4
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $292/night

Whiskey Creek Cabin offers the feeling of being far away into the woods while still being close to town. The property features plenty of towering pines, fruit trees, and vintage design elements that are cozy as can be. And forget about pet fees, the owners love dogs. So if you’re looking for a dog-friendly airbnb in Idyllwild, you’re all set — just be sure to let the owners know you’re brining a pup. They’ll enjoy the yard while their humans lounge outdoors across multiple decks.

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Follow ’em: @WhiskeyCreekCabin

7. Be Well Yurt

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Why you should stay: A glamping yurt complete with a stargazing window.

  •     Sleeps: 2
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $165/night

Airy and filled with light, Be Well Yurt features everything you need for a restful and recharging stay, including eco-friendly furniture and linens. A cool feature you’ll find in this yurt is a dome strategically placed over the bed so you can stargaze while cozied up inside.

The yurt also includes a small kitchenette outfitted with a mini fridge and freezer, microwave, hot plate, kettle, and a French press, plus a private bathroom so you don’t have to share a common bathhouse. While this yurt is best for a couple, there’s a second Idyllwild airbnb on property: a treehouse with similar aesthetics that sleeps another four guests. Just message the owner if you’re interested in booking both on behalf of a bigger group.

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8. The Owl Pine

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Why you should stay: Cozy cabin with a hot tub and access to Strawberry Creek.

  •     Sleeps: 2
  •     Minimum stay: 3 nights
  •     Rates from: $262/night

The Owl Pine cabin is set on two wooded and undeveloped acres. Rock paths meander past boulders and an abundance of trees, plants, and flowers to a creek. If you get a little cold at night, you can soak in the hot tub or warm up in front of two fireplaces. An eclectic collection of art and vintage details round out this charming cabin, fully furnished for a comfortable stay.

The hosts live on site and can assist with any request, including children’s essentials. The amenities of town are just a short walk away, while an included Adventure Pass for local trailheads and a membership to the Nature Center encourage you to explore. The only downside is the slightly small (but adorable) kitchen – though since you’ll only be cooking for two people, it’s still plenty big enough.

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Follow ’em: @TheOwlPine

9. Sunset Acres

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Why you should stay: Lux Santa Fe-style home with sweeping views and private trails.

  •     Sleeps: 3
  •     Minimum stay: 4 nights
  •     Rates from: $320/night

Perched on a hill, you’ll feel like the king or queen of your own secluded, mountaintop domain with a stay in this Idyllwild airbnb. This custom home makes the most of the natural landscape and takes its inspiration from Santa Fe. With four stories, six decks, and a standalone studio, you’ll be spoiled for spectacular mountain, sunset, and stargazing views, and even a sliver of the ocean on a clear day.

Two bedrooms and a loft offer plenty of space for a couple or a small family. With five acres to call your own, private hiking trails, and plentiful wildlife, you may never want to leave Sunset Acres — though downtown Idyllwild is just a mile away if and when you do.

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10. Cozy Lakeview Lodge

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Why you should stay: Hidden mountain hideaway in the trees with stunning mountain views.

  •     Sleeps: 4
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $226/night

Though just two miles from town, you’ll feel worlds away at the Cozy Lakeview Lodge, a charming and rustic cabin tucked away in the trees. Two bedrooms and three beds make it the perfect and cozy getaway for a couple or a small family of four.

A large deck features a grill, picnic table, patio table set, and twinkling lights for ambience when the sun sets, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. Although there’s not actually a lake view, the private hideaway vibes and stunning mountain and tree views make up for it.

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11. Elements Cabin

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Why you should stay: Historical bungalow walking distance to town.

  •     Sleeps: 2
  •     Minimum stay: 2 nights
  •     Rates from: $327/night

The Elements Cabin wows with rustic elegance and designer touches. Featured in Country Home Magazine, this light-filled former art studio from the 1930s was thoughtfully redesigned and updated with modern conveniences and luxurious amenities.

The cabin features an open truss ceiling and the original river-rock fireplace, thought the kitchen is updated and modern. Vintage wooden accents and artistically curated original artwork round out this peaceful Idyllwild airbnb rental, perfect for a couple’s getaway.

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