We have a wonderful new cabin for our guests to enjoy! This cabin has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cozy living room, nice kitchen and dining area. It has decks all around for enjoying the beautiful views of the forest.
March 11th, 2016 by Woodland Park Manor
September 24th, 2015 by Woodland Park Manor
October will bring two special weekends in Idyllwild!
Saturday, October 10 is our annual Art and Wine Walk, sponsored by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. Walk through beautiful Idyllwild enjoying our galleries and artist booths tucked among the pines. Taste the wines and meet the owners of 19 of Southern California’s favorite wineries. Entertainment will be offered by local Idyllwild musicians. All the funds raised will go to Art Education. Full details are available at artinidyllwild.org Join us….it is always a beautiful day!
At the end of the month, Halloween will bring great excitement! Every year, Idyllwild offers a wonderful, small town Halloween celebration! A costume parade starts the fun at the top of the village! All the children….and many costumed adults as well….trick or treat their way down the street . All our wonderful shops and restaurants open their doors to our trick or treaters. In the middle of the village, have fun at an old fashioned carnival, with game booths and a cake walk, benefitting our local youth. Our Haunted Ghost Town is not to be missed….an elaborate experience of sight, sound and smell with live actors, animatronics and amazing special effects! This year, they will also be offering a Haunted Hayride…a ride through the moonlight, in search of Illusive Forest Beasts! For more info go to idyllwildghosttown.com
Come up and join the fun!
August 31st, 2015 by Woodland Park Manor
We are about halfway through our wedding season and have enjoyed every celebration!
We are always excited as each wedding group arrives and we see how this bride and groom have chosen to arrange their ceremony and reception. The choices are always unique! This year we have had ceremonies around our pool and several in our park area…but each one facing a different direction! We have had formal seating, informal buffets and food trucks. Pretty lights hung in the trees, our gazebo set up with gifts and cakes, two groups have set up a photo booth in our custom phone booth!
Of course, we are an outdoor venue and we always hope for perfect weather….and we usually have beautiful, sunny celebrations! However, last month, we had our very first rainy wedding! This bride and groom wisely watched the forecast ahead of time and arranged for a beautiful tent with lots of windows. Their wonderful ceremony was accentuated by a beautiful, thunderous rainstorm….and they loved every minute!
Last weekend, we watched as the wedding party coaxed the adorable flower girl down the aisle-she just wouldn’t move because she was watching our wild bunnies playing under the tree nearby! We have had deer, squirrels, always birds and even a very young raccoon visit our celebrations. Outdoor weddings are always beautiful and often a little surprising!
May 19th, 2015 by Woodland Park Manor
Well, Mother Nature has kept us guessing through the month of May! We started the month on the heals of a wonderful rain! The rain was followed by a week of warm, sunny Spring weather. The flowers were blooming, birds building nests….and then, SNOW! Idyllwild has a long history of a “Mother’s Day Snow”…… a light snowfall within a week of Mother’s Day. However, this was 5″ of snow and followed by 3” more a week later! All this beautiful snow set us back in our preparations to open our pool for the season on Memorial Day weekend! For the past few days, we have been putting in long hours at the pool, squeezing 2-3 weeks of work into one week, only to see this morning’s forecast for the weekend. More rain Thursday-Friday and daytime temps over the weekend in the low 50’s! Perfect hiking weather but not ideal for swimming! Either way, we are back on schedule and our pool will be beautiful, sparkling, warm and ready for summer when Mother Nature makes up her mind!!
May 27th, 2014 by Woodland Park Manor
After three (yes three!!), light snowfalls in early May, it seems summer is finally here! We have had wonderful days in the 70’s and nights in the 50’s. Perfect for hiking and enjoying our pretty, wooded park. Everything is green and blossoming….Columbine is blooming beautifully down by the creek.
Our swimming pool is open for the season, heated and ready for our guests. We have native strawberries and vibrant flowers growing in the planters by the pool. It is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon under the Pines.
This is the season for group reservations!! We have two wonderful family groups with us each Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to the Davies and Rucker families for gathering here year after year. We are thrilled to be expecting many groups this summer. We have a wedding in mid-June and a family reunion the weekend following. We have weddings and reunions scheduled each month through October. What a joy to share in these special events with our treasured guests!
We hope to do some hiking ourselves this season. One of my favorite trails is Deer Springs Trail. It is nicely shaded, crosses several small springs and ends with a tremendous view of Tahquitz Peak! I hope to enjoy lunch at the top of this trail at least a couple times this summer!
April 3rd, 2014 by Woodland Park Manor
We have an amazing new Vacation Rental……Tahquitz Sunset! This Cabin is sure to be a guest favorite! With cathedral windows offering a breathtaking view of Tahquitz Rock and the Mount San Jacinto wilderness, Tahquitz Sunset is the perfect place to enjoy Idyllwild. The beautiful view and a hot tub on the edge of the forest, make this a perfect mountain getaway!
This Cabin sits high in Fern Valley, about 2 miles from the village center. It is just a couple blocks from Humber Park, where miles of trails begin. You can enjoy a simple hike on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic trail or something more challenging, hiking the Devil’s Slide trail up to Saddle Junction or beyond! The “Climber’s Trail”, up to Tahquitz Rock, is a short walk from the Cabin.
Four decks offer views in every direction. The main deck, accessed through the living room and the downstairs bedroom, is near the hot tub and looks into the forest. One more downstairs deck adds an outdoor eating area right off the kitchen. Upstairs, we have another small deck near a cozy sitting area with a stunning view through the cathedral windows. The fourth deck is off the master bedroom upstairs.
We have spent the last few weeks working to get everything prepared for you….Tahquitz Sunset will be available for reservations on May 1st!
Look on this site under Lodging for “Vacation Rentals” and you will find more photos and complete details on Tahquitz Sunset. Give us a call or email us to be one of the first guests to enjoy this wonderful Cabin!
February 20th, 2014 by Woodland Park Manor
February marks our 35th Anniversary here at Woodland Park Manor. We arrived in 1979 as newlyweds….not knowing what life would bring as Innkeepers in Idyllwild. After all these years, it is clear, life here has brought nothing but blessings!
We have lived in these beautiful mountains, loving each of the four seasons more than the last!
Idyllwild was the perfect place for our four children to live, grow and learn . And now, we are especially fortunate to have our oldest son, Matt, managing Woodland Park Manor with us.
We have many guests who stay with us year after year… many who come Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall! So many guests who have become friends…..
We are honored by families whose holiday traditions include time in their favorite Cottage and others who make annual birthday or anniversary visits.
We have a group of guests who visit each Fall, reserving all our Cottages. Back in 1979, they were a group of couples with young children. Now, those children have children of their own and we enjoy having three generations with us each year!
We also have the pleasure, each and every day, of meeting new people, from near and far! We have guests from as close as Hemet, San Diego and L.A. as well as from Russia, Sweden, Ireland and Australia!
Our business has changed and grown since 1979. We offer Vacation Rental Cabins all around Idyllwild as well as our Cottages here at Woodland Park. This doubles what we have to offer our guests! In another addition, we now host many weddings, family reunions and other group events. And, technology has taken over –in 1979 we never envisioned having a computer, a website, taking reservations by email and writing for a BLOG!!
We have been richly blessed by our life here and we have YOU, our valued guests to thank.
To all our guests, new and old, we offer you our deepest gratitude for the opportunities you have given us to serve you.
We look forward to serving you for many years to come!
November 14th, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
We just returned from a wonderful lunch at one of our favorite Idyllwild restaurants–La Casita!
La Casita has been a tradition with our family and friends for years. Robert and his staff serve fresh, delicious Mexican food and make us feel at home every time we visit. Today I had their specialty…a Chile Relleno! Colin had his usual…cheese enchiladas. We also enjoy their Taco Salads and Taquito Bits.
We join friends at La Casita every Monday evening for Taco Night. It seems half of Idyllwild eats at La Casita on Mondays! We can always count on running into old friends and enjoying a chat.
Our weather has been perfect. Fall is in full swing. The trees are full of color and the nights are crisp and cool. We have had two light snowfalls already and are looking forward to another beautiful Idyllwild winter.
Come for a Fall visit….and enjoy a meal at La Casita!
October 15th, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
For now, we are enjoying sunny and cool days. The leaves are turning beautiful reds, golds and yellows. It is a great time of the year to hike, bike ride or spend time at one of our lakes. The scenery is amazing!
We spent some time on the Ernie Maxwell trail last week. The weather was perfect, the Fall colors were breathtaking. We saw more birds than ever before, many squirrels, bunnies and even an elusive bobcat. It was an easy afternoon hike…..5 miles round trip. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
This Fall the deer have been coming by our park area here at Woodland Park Manor. Early in the morning we look out and often see a family of deer munching in our park. We love it!
Come enjoy Fall in Idyllwild!
September 10th, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
Our Idyllwild Art Alliance is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity this Sunday. The are gifting our community with a herd of 22 deer sculptures….each uniquely painted by a local artist. Each deer will reflect a different aspect of Idyllwild, from local history to natural beauty to hiking our beautiful trails!
The herd will gather one time only–this Sunday, Sept 15–at Forest Lumber from 11:00-1:00pm. After the gathering, each deer will be placed in a special location around our village.
And, remember, Saturday, Sept 14, is our annual Home Tour! This is a wonderful opportunity to tour some of the most amazing homes in Idyllwild. This year’s homes range from historical to contemporary. Sponsored by the Idyllwild Historical Society, this annual tour is always a guest favorite!
Join us for beautiful weather and unique fun this weekend!
August 26th, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
Summer is coming to a close….but we have much to offer before it is over!
Labor Day weekend is coming up and it will be wonderful!
The forecast is for pleasant, sunny days and cool evenings. Most of our wilderness area is open and guests are enjoying time on the trails. Our Pool in the Pines will be open for a few more weeks….until Fall weather arrives!
Labor Day in Idyllwild brings ART! Idyllwild was named on of the 100 Best Art Towns in America! The Art Alliance of Idyllwild sponsors our Art and Treasures weekend. Watch artists create, consider pieces for purchase, hear live music, hunt for treasures in the village. For more information, go to www.artinidyllwild.com
Labor Day weekend also offers many yard sales for another kind of “treasure hunting”.
Mile High Café, Café Aroma and the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe are among the restaurants offering live music.
If you can’t make it up for Labor Day, consider another weekend in September. The Idyllwild Historical Society is offering their very popular, annual Home Tour on Sept 14. This year’s tour includes 5 homes ranging from 1920’s historical cabins to a contemporary masterpiece by well known architect Dennis McGuire. This tour is always a guest favorite. And a favorite of ours too….Colin and I will be there!
Come and enjoy!
August 11th, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
Our annual Jazz Festival is coming up this weekend!
Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines offers an amazing weekend of great music, a Dine in the Pines Food Court and unique work from over 50 artisans available for sale.
This year, we are thrilled to have our own Casey Abrams performing on Sunday. Casey grew up in Idyllwild and has gone on to fame and fortune—starting with his much loved time as a finalist on American Idol.
The Jazz Fest will showcase more than 2 dozen music groups performing in 3 different venues. Move between the French Quarter, Stephens Recital Hall and the beautiful Holmes Amphitheater to hear Straight Ahead Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Blues.
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and sit beneath the Pines and Cedars to enjoy great entertainment in the gorgeous natural setting of the main stage in Holmes Amphitheater.
This event is a fundraiser for Arts Education at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. Help support Arts Education and enjoy a one of a kind weekend in Idyllwild!
For the full line up, tickets process etc, please go to www.idyllwildjazz.com
We have just a couple openings left so give us a call…..we would love to have you join us for this special weekend!
July 22nd, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
After a challenging week, including 5 days of evacuation due to the Mountain Wildfire, we are back!
We drove home yesterday through wonderful, wonderful rain. And, it just started raining again! Most amazingly, there is no ash, no soot, no debris!
Idyllwild is as beautiful as ever.
We are so very thankful!
May 9th, 2013 by Woodland Park Manor
Creek Cottage, Fernwood, Point of Rocks, Ridge Dome, Stonewood, Feather Ridge and Norwood Pines.
For our guests with pets…..
- For your pet’s safety and the safety of our native wildlife, ALWAYS keep your pet on a leash!
- Please do not leave your pet alone in your cottage or cabin unless they are crated.
- Please keep pets off the beds and furniture.
- Pets are not allowed in the pool area. Sorry!
- We charge a $15.00 pet fee in our Cottages