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Dining Guide ˚ 6-10 Some Fun Local Winter & Spring Activities ˚ 11, 22-23 Lodging Guide ˚ 12-19 Art Alliance of Idyllwild Galleries & Events ˚ 20-21 Events Calendar ˚ 24 Hiking Guide ˚ 32 Fishing Guide

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Mountain Biking Guide ˚ 34-35 Church Services ˚ 36 How Idyllwild Got Its Name ˚ 38 History of Idyllwild ˚ 38 Driving Map of the Hill ˚ 40

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Welcome to Idyllwild!

ometimes being off the radar has and Suicide rocks. its advantages, as is evident in the The Idyllwild Guide is your directory quaint mountain town of Idyllwild. to having fun on “the Hill.” The guide Here the scene evokes tranquility, the arts is more than your typical directory for and natural beauty. The noise and stress the casual tourist. Residents and part of life have yet to intrude, even the pace timers and our frequent guests will find of dining slows because there’s not a fast it to be a valuable resource. Our calendar food restaurant to be found. There’s an of events starts on page 24. Be sure to eclectic array of restaurants that serve a watch for updates in the weekly Town variety of cuisine. The arts abound with Crier newspaper, available at newsstands Grace Reed art galleries that feature the work of fine throughout the mountain communities, Publisher artists and artisans and live performances by subscription and online at www. Idyllwild Guide by the talented students at the Idyllwild idyllwildtowncrier.com. & Town Crier Arts Academy and concerts and While there is so much to see and do performances by local musicians and acting troupes. in Idyllwild, the temptation to just sit back and relax Specialty shops, antique stores and cafes make it a is always present. After all, few places make it so easy joy to meander casually around town. Adventurous to renew the soul and reawaken the spirit. types will find plenty of hiking trails for every skill If you’re visiting Idyllwild for the first time, we level. And climbers are in their element on Tahquitz hope you come back again very soon.

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elcome to the hometown atmosphere Idyllwild offers. Here you'll find inns, cabins and B&Bs with fireplaces that set the romantic mood or others with family accommodations for the kids and even for your pet. Great dining does not stop here — choose from a handmade pizza or hamburger and beer, or go for a elegant wine and steak or pasta dinner by candlelight. Here you can satisfy that shopping bug in shops that have unique knickknacks, clothing, and fine works of art, Idyllwild momentos and so much more for the family. Maybe you'll even treat yourself. Idyllwild offers a chance to relax

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from the pressures of life. You can get a massage or just kick back and watch the world revolve around you. Walking and hiking are favorite pastimes here, as well as strolling to the restaurants and shops. Get cozy in a cabin far from the traffic-infested concrete jungle. You have miles and miles of hiking trails to pick from, from short to long, difficult to easy. Our parks have real trees that display Mother Nature's beauty. Here one can enjoy the fall colors, pristine snow in the winter, blossoming flowers in the spring and warm days in the summer. I hope you enjoy your visit and come back when you can. We’ll be here.

On the cover Idyllwild photographer Don Raridon captured this photo in November 2010 at Alpen Woods in Fern Valley looking west along the ridge below Suicide Rock.

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Jukeboxes, Pinball Machines, Records, Old Radios Vintage Audio Equipment Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture Estate Jewelry Hand Made Quilts Lamps, Lights and Lanterns Bring your lunch and enjoy our Kitchen Collectibles decks and terraces Pinecone Cabin Decor overlooking Strawberry Creek Vintage Cabin Collectibles

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Cowboy & Indian Collectibles Irresistible Forest Animals Mystical Gnomes & Enchanting Fairies Amusing Signs • Pirate & Decorative Flags (951) 741-9780

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DINING Nature’s Wisdom • 54235 Ridgeview Dr. • 951.659.4300 • natureswisdom.org “Delicious food that you feel good about eating,” is how one diner described the fare offered at Nature’s Wisdom, located in downtown Idyllwild. The restaurant offers homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and fresh juices made from organic ingredients. Many vegetarian options are offered. For dessert, be sure to try the homemade European strudels. Dog companions are welcome on the outdoor deck. Nature’s Wisdom also sells supplements and offers education in nutrition and health.

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Idyllwild Pizza Company • 54391 Village Center Dr. (Strawberry Creek Square) • 951.659.5900 Serving lunch and dinner, Idyllwild Pizza Company provides a fun and casual atmosphere for dining with family and friends. Featuring many different types of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and 31 different beers, the restaurant also has a game arcade and sports TV. A great place to hang out, eat and have fun!

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Café Aroma • 54750 North Circle Dr. • 951.659.5212 • cafearoma.org Café Aroma is known as Idyllwild’s “funnest and funkiest fine dining establishment,” and prides itself on providing a relaxed and arty social club environment. Works by talented local artists are featured as a rotating exhibit. Diners are regularly treated to live musical performances. And the food … working in tandem with some of California’s best rising culinary stars, manager Frank Ferro blends his Italian grandmother’s time-tested classic recipes with unique new ingredients. Ask about the Casey Abrams Gnocchi.

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Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar • 25070 Village Center Dr. • 951.659.0295 Located in the heart of downtown Idyllwild, Jo’An’s serves home-style American food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. A fun and casual atmosphere, be sure to see the model train running! Live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights. On summer weekends, you can choose to dine in the outdoor Barbecue Beer Garden, where BBQ ribs, chicken brats and foot-long hot dogs are served and live music is performed all afternoon. Canine friends welcome in the garden.

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Restaurant Gastrognome • 54381 Ridgeview Dr. • 951.659.5055 • gastrognome.com An Idyllwild institution since 1973, Restaurant Gastrognome — affectionately called the “’Gnome” — offers fine dining and exceptional service in a mellow atmosphere. Open at 10 a.m. daily, the extensive menu includes fresh fish, unique pasta dishes, steak, lamb (“the best I’ve ever had!” one diner wrote), homemade bread and desserts. Located in downtown Idyllwild, you can enjoy the mountain view from the deck. In winter, the fireplace enhances the ’Gnome’s tasteful and cozy ambiance.

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Oma’s European Bakery & Restaurant • 54241 Ridgeview Dr. • 951.719.0206 Serving breakfast and lunch all day long and featuring homemade soups, chili, breads, baked goods and specialty cakes and pies upon request. Featuring healthy doses of delectable organic teas and coffees. Canine friends are welcome on the outdoor patio, where local musicians perform mellow music on the weekends. Inside the restaurant is an art gallery featuring the work of local artists and a shop offering unique gifts, teas and tea accessories.

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Mexican Restaurant • Dine in the Pines

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Outdoor Seating

Dogs OK Outdoors

OPEN 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

54650 N. Circle Dr., Idyllwild 659-6038 Takeout

Catering Offered

Banquet Facilities

Beer & Wine

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~ Dining by the Creek ~

Steaks • Seafood • Pasta • Salad Bar Wednesday-Sunday Open for Lunch at 11 a.m. Live Entertainment Weekend Afternoons & Evenings

Great Food • Great Drinks • Great Music • Great Times! Early Bird Dinner Specials 3:30-5:30 pm

54905 N. Circle Dr. 951-659-0686 www.thecreekhouse.com

Mile High Cafe Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Hamburgers • Sandwiches • Korean • Sushi

Oma’s European Bakery & Restaurant

951.659.2008

54250 N. Circle Dr. P.O. Box 794 Idyllwild, CA 92459 www.candycupboard.com 951-659-5502 Patty McKee | patty@greencafe.com

• Breakfast / Lunch All Day • Beer & Wine • Organic Teas & Coffees

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54241 Ridge View Dr. • (951) 719-0206

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HOURS: Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-3 pm Friday & Saturday 7:30 am-9 pm Sunday 7:30 am-7:30 pm 26600 Hwy. 243 (next to Idyllwild School)


DINING The Creek House • 54905 North Circle Dr. (Fern Valley) • 951.659.0686 • creekhouseidyllwild.com Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, The Creek House is Idyllwild’s classic creekside restaurant, offering fine dining and great ambiance. The new chef’s extensive menu includes steaks, seafood, pasta and more. A happy hour lounge menu is available. Dine inside near the fireplace or outdoors on the deck overlooking Strawberry Creek. Live music by local musicians is featured on Friday and Saturday nights, and weekend afternoons. One of Idyllwild’s premier locations to hold a private party or wedding.

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Paradise Valley Cafe • 61721 Highway 74 (Anza/Garner Valley) • 951.659.3663 “A great lil’ cafe to stop at on the way through the mountains,” one person said about Paradise Valley Cafe, located at the junction of highways 74 and 371. “Down home, local-owned, unexpected and fun,” said another. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, visitors rave about the friendly service and tasty food. Burger lovers, be sure to try the 1/2-pound angus beef burgers. The cafe is a popular stop for motorcyclists. Live music is often featured.

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Arriba Mexican Restaurant • 25980 Highway 243 • 951.659.4960 “We love the food here and we eat a lot of Mexican,” and “We always have a special time when we come here,” are just two of the rave reviews of Arriba. Loved by diners for its authentic Mexican dishes and friendly service, Arriba is also known for its delicious omelets that are served all day. Live jazz or rock musicians perform on the deck on warm Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Higher Grounds Coffee House • 54245 North Circle Dr. • 951.659.1379 • highergroundscoffee.com Located in the Village Centre shopping plaza in downtown Idyllwild, Higher Grounds is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or other beverage. With comfy seating areas, shelves of books and games, and WiFi access, visitors feel welcome to sit and sip. All coffee beverages are brewed with organic, fair trade coffee. Higher Grounds recently introduced Idyllwild Coffee Roasters, offering fresh roasted coffee beans and blends for purchase.

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Mile High Cafe • 26600 Highway 243 • 951.659.2008 “A great little surprise in the mountains!” raved a visitor after dining at Mile High Cafe with his family. There is something for everyone at this unique restaurant with a menu that ranges from American breakfast, burgers and steaks to Asian cuisine, including sushi, Korean barbecue and Japanese bento boxes. For extra local flavor, diners may be treated to hearing the sushi chef play lovely classical music on the piano when she has an extra moment.

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La Casita • 54650 North Circle Dr. • 951.659.6038 • idyllwild-lacasita.com Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, La Casita features great Mexican dishes, including vegetarian, and also offers American fare. Known for its home-style cooking, generous portions, good value and fast and friendly service, La Casita provides a satisfying dining experience from the first dip of a warm tortilla chip in mouth-watering homemade salsa to the last bite of dessert. The outdoor deck is a relaxing spot to enjoy your meal on a warm day.

DINING

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Toys • Games • Handmade Gifts Yarn • Art Supplies Reservations

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Come and see what’s growing out of Higher Grounds!

Breakfast Special 2 for the price of 1! (M-F 7-10 am)

Lunch Special (M-F) Dinner Specials Buy 1 dinner, get 2nd half off! Champagne Sunday Brunch Full Bar Open 7 Days Happy Hour 1/2 price (M-F 2-5 pm)

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Jo’An’s Jo’An Lackey is Back COME SEE THE TRAIN RUNNING!

inviting all friends & customers to come check us out!

Happy Hour Specials Monday – Friday, 3 –6 pm

Daily Specials Breakfast ~ Lunch ~ Dinner Tuesday: Tacos Chicken & Ground Beef Taco - $1 Margaritas - $4

Friday & Saturday: Prime Rib Rock Climbers’ Special: 14oz. -$19.95 Hikers’ Special: 12oz. - $17.95

Mary Carroll on Keyboard Fridays Karaoke Every Saturday Night 7-11 pm Full Bar Sports always playing on our TVs BBQ Beer Garden

Open Saturday & Sunday with Live Music (as weather permits) 25070 Village Center Dr. (Across from the “Fort”)

659-0295

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Top-Quality Supplements, Herbs, Healing Foods & Gifts BISTRO, ORGANIC JUICES & SMOOTHIES

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DINING Hidden Village Chinese Restaurant • 25840 Cedar St. • 951.659.2712 Hidden Village, Idyllwild’s only Chinese restaurant, has been called a “hidden gem” with “the best Chinese I’ve ever had.” Tucked on a side street within easy walking distance from downtown Idyllwild, Hidden Village offers an extensive Mandarin and Szechwan menu, with specialties that diners come back for time and time again. The dining room is charming, with traditional Chinese décor. Or, dine on the patio under the tall pines. The service is attentive and gracious.

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Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro • 54254 North Circle Dr. #C8 • 951.659.WINE(9463) Locals call the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro “The Cheers of Idyllwild.” When you drop in, everyone will know your name by the time you leave. Open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday, the bistro, which specializes in wine tastings and imported beers, also serves up delicious panini, Cuban sandwiches, soups and meat/cheese/fruit platters. Located in the Village Centre Plaza in downtown Idyllwild, the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro is a great place to relax and make new friends.

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Bone Daddy’z • 54225 North Circle Dr. • 951.659.2600 Located downstairs in The Fort in downtown Idyllwild, Bone Daddy’z is a New Orleans style pub and grill — complete with voodoo-style décor — serving Cajun and creole cuisine, including po’ boy sandwiches and jambalaya. Open for late night dining and entertainment, Bone Daddy’z is a popular nightlife hotspot and features karaoke and live music on the weekends.

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Other Local Restaurants

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Goodtimes Pub & Grill • 26245 Highway 243

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The Lumber Mill Bar & Grill • 25985 Highway 243

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Honey Bunns & Joe • 54385 North Circle Dr. #154 Idyllwild Shell Cafe • Highway 243 & Ridgeview Dr. Mountain Harvest Market • 54423 Village Center Dr. #3 (Strawberry Creek Square) Mountain Top Liquor • 26015 Highway 243 Village Market • 26000 Highway 243

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THE AMERICAN LEGION Post 800 54360 Marion View Dr.

659-3517

An Organization of Fellowship and Service for Veterans & Their Families

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Club Room Hours: 11am-9pm daily

★ Open to the public for meals and special events ★ (Alcoholic Beverages Sold to Members & Their Guests Only)

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Catering Offered

Banquet Facilities

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Wedding Receptions

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Savor the flavor of our music scene at a local restaurant …

Things to do in Idyllwild 4 Learn about the area’s history & natural resources > 4 Savor the flavor of the local music scene > 4 Be crafty.Paint something to take home (pg. 22) 4 Browse antiques & collectibles (pg. 22) 4 Idyll Awhile, make friends & wine a bit (pg. 22) 4 Enjoy an old-fashioned treat (pg. 22) 4 Take a tour of a unique animal sanctuary (pg. 23) 4 Go play in a winter wonderland (pg. 23)

A mountaineering exhibit at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Muesum. Barry Zander

Learn about Idyllwild history and natural resources … Both the Idyllwild Area Historical Society (IAHS) Museum and the Idyllwild Nature Center offer the opportunity to learn about the area’s history, from our Native American ancestors to gold miners, loggers, mountain climbers and more, and about the native habitat that houses an abundance of plant and animal life unique to the mountain environment. The IAHS Museum, housed in a rustic cabin, exhibits many historical local artifacts. See implements from pioneer lumber barons, pieces of now highly collectible Pinecraft furniture that were hand built by C. Selden Belden in his local factory, early Idyllwild cabin kitchenware and tools, and more. Be sure to visit the gift shop, too. Visitors to the Idyllwild Nature Center can explore the museum where exhibits of local wildlife look so alive they will captivate and thrill young and old.Take a hike on trails once traveled by Cahuilla Indians as they gathered acorns for winter food and you will see morteros, smooth holes in rocks that were created by native women as they ground the nuts. See ads on pages 22 and 38 for information.

Many of Idyllwild’s dining establishments regularly feature live musical entertainment by talented local musicians, and none charge a cover charge. Café Aroma, a unique bistro that houses an art gallery, features jazz nights every week, as well as other music genres. The Creek House, a premier dinner house, showcases a variety of musicians during weekend dinner seatings and in the afternoon outside on the creekside deck during warm weather. Arriba Mexican Restaurant, known for its authentic Mexican dishes and friendly service, features local musicians throughout the weekend. Jo’An’s Restaurant and Bar has musical entertainment on the weekends, including in the beer garden during warm weather, and also hosts karaoke on Saturday night. The list goes on. So, double your dining pleasure by eating out at a restaurant when a local musician or band is performing. Check the Calendar of Events that starts on page 24 for listings, as well as the Arts and Entertainment calendar in the weekly Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper or www.idyllwildtowncrier.com.

Jerome Robinson, one of the original Platters, performs regularly in the Beer Garden at Jo’An’s. Cid Castillo

See Things to Do, page 22

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LODGING Idyllwild Vacation Cabins • idyllwildvacationcabins.com • 951.659.5444 • 54380 North Circle Drive Idyllwild Vacation Cabins offers a variety of cottages and cabins, from simple to very exclusive, located throughout Idyllwild. There are cabins on the creek, secluded cabins, cozy cabins, pet-friendly cabins with fenced yards, cabins with a spa or pool, and more. All are immaculately kept by professional and friendly staff. Kitchen and bath needs, including linens and towels, are supplied. Driveways and decks are kept shoveled in the winter.

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Fern Valley Inn • fernvalleyinn.com • 1.877.659.0466 • 25240 Fern Valley Road Forget about the hurried pace of the city with an escape to the Fern Valley Inn. Off the beaten path, but just a 15-minute walk to town, this country-style inn offers a charming selection of private cottages and cabins that are furnished with antiques and homespun touches. Each has a queen-size bed, wood-burning stove or fireplace, fridge, cable TV, WiFi, private bath, and some have full kitchens. The well-maintained grounds invite you to meander on pathways through the garden and gazebo.

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Fireside Inn • thefiresideinn.com • 951.659.2966 • 54540 North Circle Drive The Fireside Inn offers cottages and cabins that accommodate from 2 to 10 people at two different locations — one in downtown and the other in the woods. Most have fireplace, kitchens and spa tubs, and all have cable TV and WiFi. The innkeepers take pride in providing comfortable and clean rooms and friendly service. Dogs are welcome.

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Bluebird Cottage Inn • bluebirdcottageinn.com • 951.659.2696 • 26620 Saddle Drive Bluebird Cottage Inn offers 17 cabins, from cozy, economical studios to a generous 2-bedroom cabin. Some have a fireplace, kitchen and even a 2-person Jacuzzi tub. All have cable TV and WiFi. Bluebird is within easy walking distance to town on more than 2-1/2 acres of land near hiking trails. Dog-friendly. Whether you’re looking for a place to lay down your head for a night or a romantic and luxurious getaway, the Bluebird Cottage Inn has it all.

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Experience Idyllwild in a Luxurious Log Cabin!

Manzanita Cabins Woodburning Fireplaces & Kitchens • Air Conditioning “A few minutes walk to the village” Free WiFi Country cabins with private decks www.manzanitacabins.com 54100 Pine Crest Ave., P.O. Box 434 Reservations (951) 659-3151

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NEW SPIRIT VACATION HOMES 7 Unique homes with amazing views and more ... 24-hour staff. Walk to town, yet secluded. Mid-week discounts. Pets welcome.

(951) 659-3100 or (909) 910-5005 newspiritvacationhomes.com Possible Min. Night Stay

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LODGING Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast • strawberrycreekinn.com • 1.800.262.8969

Known for gracious hospitality and charming, homelike ambiance, the Strawberry Creek Inn B&B 26370 Highway 243 offers rooms and cabins with wood-burning fireplace, cable TV, spa tub and WiFi. The inns’ grounds, an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat, offer a perfect place to walk along the creek or in the gardens. A gourmet organic breakfast is served daily. With many little luxuries, this is truly a place to “idyll in the wild,” while still close to town.

$$ B Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse • strawberrycreekinn.com/bunkhouse.htm • 1.888.400.0071

On a hillside, 1/2-mile from the village, Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse offers choices from rooms 25525 Highway 243 with knotty pine interiors to private cabins. All have kitchen facilities, cable TV, WiFi, balcony and stunning, panoramic views. “Pure rooms” are available for allergy sufferers. Breakfast delivered to your door, including fresh-baked scones and homemade jam or lemon curd (or enjoy a hearty homemade breakfast at the Bunkhouse’s sister inn, the Strawberry Creek Inn). Steps to County Park hiking trail. Dogs allowed in some rooms. $

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Alhatti Private Christian Resort & Retreat Center • alhattichristianretreat.com Imagine a luxurious resort with every amenity, including a golf 951.659.2066 • 23551 Highway 243, Pine Cove

course set on 120 acres of rolling mountaintop that is sculptured with giant old oak trees and graceful tall pines. The night sky is so clear and close, you can pick out constellations from the sky’s thousands of visible stars. Alhatti is the premiere place to host your next retreat, with private cottages and a conference center for group gatherings. Alhatti also hosts weddings and family reunions.

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Woodland Park Manor • woodlandparkmanor.com • 1.877.659.2657 • 55350 South Circle Drive Woodland Park Manor offers a variety of guest lodgings — from simple cottages to exclusive mountain cabins with premiere amenities — all in beautiful wooded settings. The manor, situated on 5 acres, has a beautiful swimming pool. From romantic getaways to family vacations, the staff will help you find your perfect place and take pride in providing immaculate rooms and warm, friendly service. Woodland Park Manor has been a popular Idyllwild lodging destination since 1954.

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Intimate Guest Rooms and Suites King Bed • Fireplace Whirlpool Tub Available www.milehighcountryinn.com (951) 659-2931

54605 N. Circle Dr. Centrally located in the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District

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The Lodge at Pine Cove

Bed and Breakfast

Five comfortable guest rooms

Hearty familystyle breakfast

24900 Marion Ridge Drive (866) 563-4372 http://www.thelodgeatpinecove.com Possible Min. Night Stay

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Hot Tub

Banquet Facilities

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$=-$100 Dogs & $$=$101-200 Cats OK $$$=$201+


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Idyllwild Vacation Cabins Premium Vacation Cabins Located Throughout Idyllwild

Clean, Cozy Cabins, Spectacular Views, Outdoor Hot Tubs, Pet-Friendly Cabins and Fenced Yards. Cabins on the Creek, Secluded Cabins, Linens & Towels Supplied at No Extra Charge

For Your Guest • 24-hour customer service • Professional, friendly staff • All paper products, soft soap & kitchen needs supplied • Towels & sheets provided at no charge • We shovel driveways and decks

Alkire on the Creek The Bear’s Den

Lighthouse Cabin

Bella Luna Views & Hot Tub

• Taking great care of the homes • Great website with online booking • Maintenance taken care of • Homes winterized • Payments and statements every 15th 951.659.5444 (office) 951.663.0527 (after hours) vacationcabins@live.com

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Working Hard for Our Cabin Owners


LODGING Quiet Creek Inn & Vacation Rentals • quietcreekinn.com • 951.659.6110 • 26345 Delano Drive Recommended by Sunset Magazine, Quiet Creek Inn offers deluxe studios and suites with all the comforts of home. Only one mile from the village, Quiet Creek Inn is a peaceful oasis, situated on more than 6 aces through which Strawberry Creek flows. The inn is also home to Quiet Creek Living Room Gallery & Gifts, which features awardwinning landscape and plein air painters, ceramics and photography. The inn also has beautiful vacation rentals throughout Idyllwild. $$

Idyllwild Inn • idyllwildinn.com • 1.888.659.2552 • 54300 Village Center Drive Located right in the heart of the village within walking distance to restaurants, shops and galleries, the historic Idyllwild Inn offers cabins from studios to three bedrooms that have kitchens, fireplaces, cable TV and WiFi. Theme rooms are available. Family-friendly, there is a playground for the kids. Dogs are welcome. Family-owned, the Idyllwild Inn staff carry on the friendly tradition established when the first visitors arrived in Idyllwild on horse and buggy.

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Elite Mountain Homes • idyllwild-elitemountainhomes.com • 310.398.6058 Elite Mountain Homes offers two vacation rentals that have been called “The prettiest rentals in Idyllwild”: The Creekside, a beautiful French chateau-style home in Fern Valley, and Cabin in the Pines, a large ranch-style mountain home near town. The Creekside features a beautiful spiral oak staircase that leads to an exquisite master suite and opulent bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and heated floor. All the Creekside’s bedrooms have fireplaces. The Cabin in the Pines, great for the family, has a pool and outdoor barbecue. It also has a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

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Heritage House • idyllwildheritagehouse.com • 951.659.5150 • 25880 Cedar Street Formerly the Cedar Street Inn, the Heritage House is on a quiet side street within walking distance of downtown Idyllwild. Historically one of Idyllwild’s most popular inns, it has been completely refurbished so that vintage old-world sophistication and personal comforts abound in each gracefully decorated theme suite with fireplace and private entrance. The Heritage House can accommodate weddings and special events. Lovely vacation rental cabins that sleep 2 to 8 people are also available.

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Individually Decorated Rooms & Cabins 25240 Fern Valley Road (951) 659-8100 l 1-877-659-0466 www.fernvalleyinn.com No Smoking l No Pets Possible Min. Night Stay

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Banquet Facilities

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Conference Facilities

Dogs OK

$=-$100 Dogs & $$=$101-200 Cats OK $$$=$201+


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Elite Mountian Homes Elegance in the Mountains

Fern Valley Chateau • Romantic Overlooks Strawberry Creek Spacious • Secluded • Gated Sleeps 14 • 3 River Rock Fireplaces (310) 398-6058 www.idyllwild-elitemountainhomes.com e-mail: elitemtnhomes@verizon.net

Formally “The Cedar Street Inn,” established 1988. Newly refurbished deluxe suites with fireplaces & private entrances. Original innkeepers Patty & Gary Tompkins are back in charge. Can accommodate conferences/weddings/special events. Vacation rental cabins available that sleep 2 to 8 people. Online reservations.

25880 Cedar Street Idyllwild, CA 92549

(951) 659-5150

www.idyllwildheritagehouse.com

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Cabin in the Pines Just a few blocks from town. Walk to “everywhere.” Wheelchair access, all-level terrain. Sleeps 10+ • Pool • Spa BBQ • 2 Fireplaces All Amenities

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LODGING Tim Faulkner Innkeeper

25055 Marion Ridge Dr. Pine Cove, CA P.O. Box 1747 Idyllwild, CA 92549 www.1cabin4u.com

951.659-2787 innkeeper@1cabin4u.com

Knotty Pine Cabins

PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE MOUNTAIN CHARM ON 3 ACRES OF PINE SHADED LAND

KITCHENS • FIREPLACES Reservations (951) 659-2933

www.knottypinecabinsidyllwild.com

54340 Pine Crest Avenue P.O. Box 477, Idyllwild, CA 92549

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LODGING Peaceful Mountain Inn • idyllwildvacationcabins.com/peacefulmain.htm • 951.659.5444

Peaceful Mountain Inn is located on a ridge above Scenic Highway 243 about 2.5 miles above 23481 Highway 243 Idyllwild. Situated on several wooded acres of park-like grounds, the lodge and cabins can be rented individually or for a group event of up to 38 people. There is an outdoor barbecue and inside game room that are great for family reunions or group retreats. Because of its fabulous location and size, the inn is perfect for a modest wedding. Dogs are welcome.

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New Spirit Vacation Rentals • newspiritvacationrentals.com • 951.659.3100 Experience Idyllwild in a luxurious Finnish log cabin. New Spirit Vacation Homes offers a variety of rental cabins, from 2-4 bedrooms with views from the forest to the ocean, or the many unique features of The Dome. Cabins have a fullyequipped kitchen, fireplace, cable TV, jacuzzi tubs, WiFi and include linens. New Spirit’s vacation Homes provide the perfect getaway for individuals, families and groups. The personable staff provides 24-hour service. Pets are welcome.

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Knotty Pines Cabins • knottypinecabinsidyllwild.com • 951.659.2933 • 54340 Pine Crest Avenue Knotty Pines Cabins, just a short walk to town, offers eight cabins and duplex cabins tucked in the pine trees, manzanitas and native lilac bushes. Taking pride in providing lodging that has mountain ambiance, the innkeepers describe their cabins as “rustic luxury,” with amenities such as fireplaces, cable TV and WiFi. The deck is a perfect spot to sit back and watch the squirrels and blue jays play. Family pets are welcome in some cabins.

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Edelweiss Lodge • 1cabin4u.com/3.html • 951.659.2787 • 52835 Sugar Pine Drive, Pine Cove Located at 6,200-foot altitude in Pine Cove, just 3 miles from the village of Idyllwild, Edelweiss Lodge offers individual log cabins nestled on 3 acres of heavily wooded property. Each has an equipped kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. Each is unique, but all capture the ambiance of pioneer days in an area rich with history. The innkeeper will loan you mountain bikes or fishing rods and tackle. He’ll also point out the old stagecoach stop across the road and tell you great stories.

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The Lodge at Pine Cove • thelodgeatpinecove.com • 1.866.563.4372 • 24900 Marion Ridge Drive, Pine Cove The Lodge at Pine Cove is a 4-room bed and breakfast nestled at 6,200 feet, just 3 miles north of Idyllwild. The centuryold lodge, with parquet wood floor, fieldstone fireplace and vaulted ceiling, offers spectacular views of Tahquitz Rock and the San Jacinto Mountains. The innkeepers delight visitors with comfortable accommodations, many amenities and a hearty homemade mountain breakfast that could include Belgian waffles, double cinnamon French toast, made-fromscratch muffins or a hearty quiche.

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Mile High Country Inn • milehighcountryinn.com • 951.659.2931 • 54605 North Circle Drive Conveniently located in midtown Idyllwild and only a few minutes walking distance from both the downtown and uptown districts, Mile High Country Inn combines the rustic ambiance of rural mountain living with all the comforts of home. Guest rooms and suites offer a fireplace, king bed with down comforter, cable television, DVD player, microwave, mini-fridge, hair dryer, whirlpool tub, massage showerhead, and complimentary in-room coffee.

Manzanita Cabins • manzanitacabins.com • 951.659.3151 • 54100 Pine Crest Avenue Tucked away on a quiet road, but within easy walking distance to Idyllwild’s restaurants, shops and galleries, Manzanita Cabins offers quaint individual cabins complete with wood-burning fireplace, cable TV, WiFi and private deck. Some have a kitchen, air conditioning and a Jacuzzi tub. Just around the corner from the County Park, it’s also the perfect place to relax after a day spent hiking one of the area’s many trails.

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Fern Village Chalets & Motel • fernvillage.com • 951.659.2869 • 54821 North Circle Drive Fern Village Chalets and Motel is nestled in an ideal location and idyllic setting in the Fern Valley Corners “Uptown” area of Idyllwild. Street frontage is along North Circle, lined with fine shops, galleries and restaurants. The back of the property is heavily wooded with tall stands of pine and cedar and Strawberry Creek flowing through. Four A-frame chalets with kitchenettes and five traditional motel rooms are available. All have cable TV and are dog-friendly. a

$ Possible Min. Night Stay

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Cable TV

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Banquet Facilities

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Our Mission

“The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is Dedicated to Seeing Idyllwild Become a Nationally Recognized Fine Arts Center for Education, Creativity and Exhibition.” The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is a nonprofit organization formed to enhance and expand Idyllwild’s growing reputation as an art community, provide opportunities for member artists and artisans to display their work, raise the level of community commitment in support of the visual arts in Idyllwild, and support the achievement of artistic excellence. To learn about membership in the organization and its corresponding benefits, please visit www. artinidyllwild.com.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 8, 2011 The 14th Annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting

Stroll the streets of Idyllwild with your keepsake wine glass to the ambiance of live music and special exhibits in member galleries. Proceeds are committed to art education.

March 10, 2012 Eye of the Artist Art Show & Fundraiser

A showcase of member artists’ works created around an annual theme. Guests get the thrill of a chance to win an original piece of art for the small price of an entry ticket. A portion of the proceeds are committed to art education.

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to meet and mingle. The mood is relaxed and unhurried — it’s a place where patrons are encouraged to stay a bit and nibble on delicious meat, cheese and fruit platters, hearty sandwiches or panini while sipping fine wine or imported beer. Idyll Awhile is open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends or take someone special out on a date. Going solo? Not to worry, you’ll soon make new friends.

THINGS TO DO from page 11

Be crafty and paint something to take home ...

Painting your own pottery is fun to do anytime, but is an especially good activity when cabin fever strikes and the family is looking for something to do. At Earth N Fire, a fully equipped paint-your-own pottery studio, everyone can have fun while they express their creativity. The shop has an extensive supply of unpainted ceramic items to choose from, starting at about $5, and supplies everything the artist needs to create a work of art. It also carries a good supply of artist supplies for sale and beautiful coloring books suitable for older children and adults. A great activity for the entire family, teens especially like to spend time creating pieces that express their individuality. Parents can feel good about sending them off to do something Earth N Fire Halie Johnson that engages their mind and soul. Or, they can join in and create something that could become a family heirloom and, most certainly, a treasured shared memory of an Idyllwild experience.

Browse unique shops for antiques and collectibles ...

A visit to Idyllwild wouldn’t be complete without browsing through its quaint shops, many of which offer items unique to our mountain community. To make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, and perhaps to get a real bargain in the process, be sure to visit those that sell antiques and collectibles. Fern Valley Emporium holds a treasure trove, including jukeboxes, pinball machines, antique furniture, kitchen

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Enjoy an old-fashioned treat … Remember going to the penny candy Emporium proprietor Don Ziegler spreads out store with its dazzling a vintage quilt for a buyer’s inspection. Barry Zander display of sweet treats displayed in glass jars collectibles, estate jewelry, and more. In addition to flowers, on the shelves and Florist in the Forest and Gallery features handmade the delicious delight creations by local artists, antiques and other collectibles, as of deciding which to well as new gift items. The Funky Bazaar, which bills itself choose? How about as “Not just another shoppe … it’s a happening,” carries Soda Pop & Sweet Shop Barry Zander those old-time soft local artwork, handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles and drinks that came in curiosities. Next door is Bubba’s Books, which quite possibly cold 8-ounce bottles dripping with condensation? sells the cheapest used books to be found. The Record You can recreate that experience or, if you’re too young Collector encompasses several cabins that house thousands to remember the days before plastic containers, feel it for of vinyl record albums from every music genre — don’t miss the first time at one of Idyllwild’s shops that carry a variety the bargain cabin where every album is just $1. of soda pops, candies and other edibles, including those that are rarely found in present-day stores. The Idyllwild Soda Pop & Sweet Shop offers over 150 vintage-syle soda pops and nostalgic candy and also carries a wide assortment of old-time toys and candies. Grandpa’s Remember the show House of Jerky carries a “Cheers,” where “everybody variety of jerky that any knows your name”? The Idyll cowboy would have loved Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro to have eaten while riding has earned the reputation the trail, as well as other of being “The Cheers of handmade goodies. The Candy Idyllwild” because of its Cupboard has jars and jars friendly atmosphere where of candies, including those patrons greet everyone who you’ll remember buying as a comes through the door. youngster. Its cozy setup, with a uFine wine and pleasant company flow at the Idyll Awhile See Things To Do, next page shaped bar, encourages people Wine Shoppe & Bistro. Barry Zander

Idyll Awhile, make friends and wine a bit ...

IDYLLWILD NATURE CENTER Explore over 200 acres of natural beauty with 3-1/2 miles of hiking trails

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County Park • Day-Use Fee Exciting Children’s Activities & Crafts Discover Idyllwild’s natural history and native culture with a hike through a yellow pine forest Interpretive programs and guided nature walks School field trips • Dog friendly (on leash) Unique sites for memorials and special occasions Variety of volunteer opportunities Free admission with Friends membership Visit our museum & browse our nature store 25225 Hwy 243 • 1/2 mile north of Idyllwild Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (951) 659-3850 • www.idyllwildnaturecenter.net


THINGS TO DO from previous page

Take a tour of a unique animal sanctuary …

Living Free Animal Sanctuary, located in Mountain Center just below Idyllwild, houses rescued dogs and cats once facing imminent shelter euthanasia. Living Free is a donor-supported nonprofit, no-kill sanctuary that rehabilitates and finds homes for these animals. Housed on many acres, animals are never caged and are provided with spacious yards and playrooms equipped with beds and toys.They get veterinarian care, daily exercise and special training to help them learn about how to behave in a home environment and with a variety of people. The public is welcome to tour the facilities and grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but Wednesday.Tours are free. Not to be missed Living Free’s “It’s All About the LuLu Animals,” on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, with fun activities the Photo courtesy of Living Free entire family will enjoy, including horse-drawn hay rides, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, vendor booths, live entertainment and a silent auction and opportunity drawings with fabulous prizes. Call (951) 659-4687 for more information.

Go play in a winter wonderland ...

Idyllwild experiences four distinct seasons, and wintertime brings it’s own special enjoyments.The only thing better than watching the snow fall through the window of a warm, cozy room is bundling up and going outdoors to experience the sheer thrill of playing or walking in the snow.You’ll be awed by the beauty of the mountain and the forest’s trees covered in snowy splendor. Sleds and snow saucers are usually stocked by several stores, including Fairway Market and local hardware stores.Winter apparel, including boots, coats, hats, scarves and gloves can be found at Wooley’s and Mountain Footwear and Sock Shoppe, as well as others. Good, safe places for snow play include the Idyllwild Community Center site on Ridgeview Drive (an ice skating rink is planned there this winter), at the Idyllwild Park off Riverside County Playground Road, in Humber Park above Fern Valley (if the roads are passable) and at the Idyllwild Nature Center. A word of caution: Please do not sled or play off the highway. It is very dangerous for you and for drivers who are navigating the winter roadway. Also, although it is tempting to sled in the driveway of what appears to be a vacated property, it is Playing in the snow is a great family activity. File photo illegal and you could be cited for trespassing.

EVERITT’S MINERALS & GALLERY

Artspresso Gallery Divine Scents 54380 N. Circle Dr. Idyllwild, CA 92549 951-659-6162

everittsminerals.com

~ Mineral Specimens ~ Fossils ~ Antique Japanese Woodblock Prints ~ Local Artists P.O. Box 3740 • 54245 No. Circle Dr. Idyllwild, CA 92549 • Tel: 951-659-7075 AAI Member Gallery

68713 Perez Road B -16 Cathedral City, CA 92234 760-408-8407 divinescents@hotmail.com glhighart@yahoo.com

NORTH CIRCLE DR.

Fine Handcrafted Jewelry Designed and Fabricated by Larry Everitt and Janet Everitt, Owner/Artists

Gerry High Art Gallery

The Village Centre

• Wine • Beer • Food • Gifts

VILLAGE CENTER DR.

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DON’T MISS THESE TREE LIGHTING

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EVENTS OCTOBER Creative Writing Guest Reading: David Shook, 7th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts.

FILM FESTIVAL

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Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 7th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Isis Theatre Company presents: “Unwrap Your Candy” (for mature audience), 7th, 8th & 9th, 7:30pm, Caine Learning Center. Weekend Writing Retreat: WriteWays to Happiness, 7th-9th, 7:30pm Fri. to 12:30pm Sun., Spirit Mountain Retreat.

EYE OF THE ARTIST

3/10 p.30

14th-annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting, 8th, 2-5pm, member galleries throughout Idyllwild.

Day of Mindfulness: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, 10th, 9:30am-3pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. Demonstration of silk painting by Antoninette Hanson, 11th, 1:30pm, Desert Art Center.

Acorn Day, 15th, 10am-4pm, Idyllwild Nature Center. Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra Concert, 15th, 4pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 15th, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location. Live music by Hotflash (female folk trio), 15th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town, 15th, dusk-10pm, Idyllwild Community Center site. Musical Theatre Cabaret, 16th, noon, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 13th, noon, Café Aroma.

Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra Concert, 16th, 2pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts.

Mile High Radio Club, 13th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station.

Theatre Lab Work, 19th & 20th, 7:30pm, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Visual Art Family Weekend Exhibition Opening Reception, 14th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center (show runs through Oct. 28).

Faculty Recital, Douglas Ashcraft, piano, 21st, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Live music by Faultline (folk & blues), 14th, 6-9pm,The Creek House.

Annual Hamilton Museum Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, 22nd, 10am, Hamilton Museum, Anza.

Creative Writing Reading, 14th, 8 p.m. Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) Pumpkin Fest, 22nd, 10am, ARF.

Live music by Skelton Crew, 8th, 69pm, The Creek House.

Soul Play: SoulCollage, The Journey Within, 15th, 9:30am-4pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town, 8th, dusk-10pm, Idyllwild Community Center site.

“It’s All About the Animals,” 15th, 10am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Mountain Center.

Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 22nd, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 8th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

EVENTS

See Events, page 26

Buckhorn Camp A Ministry of Community of Christ

Come … Relax– 120 acres of pine trees, manzanitas, breathtaking views, streams, deer, birds and, of course, squirrels.

Rest – dormitory style lodges, A-frame cabins, hotel style rooms, summer tents and RV sites.

Renew – inspiration point, outdoor labyrinth and chapel in the pines, and the Peace Center with state-of-the-art audio/visual system.

Refill – nutritious tasty meals, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free available.

Recreation – human foosball, hiking, Frisbee golf,

ping pong, horseshoes, full gym for volleyball, basketball and more!

Church, Spiritual, Recovery, School, Reunion or ... YOUR group, WE have a place for you! 40 to 300+ year round

24641 Highway 243 • Idyllwild CA • www.buckhorncamp.org • (951) 659-2995 Buckhorn Camp is committed to providing an inspirational environment for a diverse community of faiths to share in joy, hope, love and peace. 24 The Idyllwild Guide, Summer/Fall 2011


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EVENTS

From page 24

Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town, 22nd, dusk-10pm, Idyllwild Community Center site. Movie Night: “The Sea Inside” with Javier Bardem, 24th, 6:30pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. Music in the Meadow, 24th, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Live music by Hojo & the Halfnotes (blues), 28th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town, 28th, dusk-10pm, Idyllwild Community Center site. Guest Chamber Music: Vientos Trio, 28th, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Sacred Retreat Time: “Behold, congenial Autumn comes the Sabbath of the Year,” 28th-30th, 7:30pm Fri.-12:30pm Sun., Spirit Mountain Retreat. Live music by Sandii Castleberry & Friends, 29th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town, 29th, dusk-10pm, Idyllwild Community Center site.

EVENTS

Kid’s Halloween Party (public welcome), 31st, 2-4pm, American Legion Post 800. Great Pumpkin Parade & Carnival, 31st, 4:15pm, parade; 5-8pm carnival, downtown Idyllwild.

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Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town, 31st, dusk-10pm, Idyllwild Community Center site. Halloween Party & Costume Contest, 31st, 9pm-1am, Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar.

NOVEMBER Idyllwild Garden Club, “Decorating Your Home with House Plants,” 1st, noon, Community Presbyterian Church. Women’s 2011 Fall Retreat, 4th-6th, Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference Center. Visual Art Guest Artist Opening Reception, Kim Abeles, 4th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through Dec. 2). Live music by Sandii Castleberry & Friends, 4th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Theatre Performance: Arisophanes’ “The Birds,” 4th & 5th, 7:30pm; 6th, 2pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. Raw Foods Potluck, 5th, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information.

Costumed children anxiously wait their turn at a game during at the Great Pumpkin Parade & Carnival. The annual event is the community’s effort to create a safe and fun holiday. Proceeds benefit Idyllwild School PTA. FILE PHOTO Veteran’s Day Ceremony & Luncheon (public welcome), 11th, 11am, American Legion Post 800. Live music by Faultline (folk music), 11th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 5th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Creative Writing Reading: Lehua Taitano, 11th, 7:30pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts.

Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 5th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

Guest Chamber Music: Conundrum, 11th, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Mile High Radio Club, 10th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station.

Taco Night (public welcome), 12th,

5-7pm, American Legion Post 800. Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 12th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 12th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Day of Mindfulness: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, 14th, 9:30am-3pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. Fall Chamber Music Concert, 15th, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

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Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 17th, noon, Café Aroma. Live music by Skeleton Crew, 18th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

Raw Foods Potluck, 3rd, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information. Live music by Sandii Castleberry & Friends, 3rd, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

Friends of the Idyllwild Library Holiday Program: “A Christmas Carol,” by Duffy Hudson, 7th, 5pm reception; 5:30pm performance, Rainbow Inn.

tion Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through Jan. 13). Live music by Skeleton Crew, 9th, 69pm, The Creek House. Pet Pics with Santa, 10th, 10am, ARF. Retreat Day: Our Experience of Prayer, 10th, 10am-4pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 19th, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location.

Taco Night (public welcome), 10th & 11th, 5-7pm, American Legion Post 800.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry & Friends, 19th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 10th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Free Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, 24th, 3pm, American Legion Post 800.

Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 10th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

High School Leadership Retreat, 25th-27th, Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference Center.

Vigil for Peace — Opening the Heart, 11th, 3-5pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Idyllwild Rotary Club’s Harvest Festival of Arts & Crafts, 25th & 26th, 9am-5pm, Town Hall.

Day of Mindfulness: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, 12th, 9:30am-3pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Idyllwild Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with caroling & activities, 26th, 4:30pm, center of town. Movie Night: “Sukhavati, A Mythic Journey” with Joseph Campbell, 28th, 6:30pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

DECEMBER Artist Reception, 2nd, 6-8pm, Desert Art Center. Live music by Hojo & the Halfnotes, 2nd, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

The Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra is one of the nation’s top youth ensembles. FILE PHOTO

Fall Jazz Concert, 13th, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra Concert, Liang Wang, oboe, 3rd, 7:30pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts.

Creative Writing/Theatre Lab Work, 7th & 8th, 7:30pm, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra Concert, 4th, 2pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 8th, noon, Café Aroma.

Senior’s Holiday Luncheon w/Santa (public welcome), 17th, noon-2pm, American Legion Post 800.

Idyllwild Garden Club, “Holiday in the Pines” (for members & their guests), 6th, noon, Community Presbyterian Church.

Visual Art Sale, 9th, noon-pm, Ataloa Studio, Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 17th, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location.

Visual Art Junior Show Opening Reception, 9th, 6pm, Parks Exhibi-

Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 16th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

See Events, page 29

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Fall Dance Concert, 16th, 17th, 18th, 7:30pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts.


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Live music by Sandii Castleberry & Friends, 17th, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Idyllwild Master Chorale presents: “Seven Joys of Christmas: Messiah Highlghts & Songs of the Holiday Season,” 17th, 7:30pm: 18th, 1:30pm, Idyllwild School Auditorium. Children’s Holiday Party with Santa (public welcome), 18th, 1-3pm, American Legion Post 800. Winter Solstice Celebration with music by Local Color, 18th, 4-5pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

JANUARY New Year’s Day Football Celebration, 1st, American Legion Post 800.

Visual Art Theme Show Opening Reception, 20th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through Feb. 2).

Visual Art Alumni Show Opening Reception, 10th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through March 3).

Raw Foods Potluck, 7th, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information.

Theatre Production II, 20th & 21st, 7:30pm; 22nd, 2pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts.

Taco Night (public welcome), 11th, 5-7pm, American Legion Post 800.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 7th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Woman’s Retreat: The Search for the Feminine Face of God, 21st-22nd, 10:30am Sat.-12:30pm Sun., Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Day of Mindfulness: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, 9th, 9:30am-3pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. Artist Demonstration by Mandy Main, 10th, 1:30pm, Desert Art Center.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 21st, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Demonstration by Kathy Dunham, watercolorist, 14th, 1:30pm, Desert Art Center.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 28th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance (public welcome), 14th, time TBA, American Legion Post 800. Valentine’s Day Party, 14th, time TBA, Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar.

Mile High Radio Club, 12th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station.

Candlelight Christmas Service with Live Music, 24th, 6:30pm, Spiritual Living Center, Church of Religious Science.

Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, 12th-15th, all day. The Rustic Theatre and other venues.

FEBRUARY

College Leadership Retreat, 29th-Jan. 1, Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference Center.

Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 12th, noon, Café Aroma.

Raw Foods Potluck, 4th, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information.

Live music by Faultline, 30th, 6-9pm, The Creek House.

3rd-annual Student Art Show, 14th22nd, 10am-4pm, Desert Art Center Small Gallery.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 4th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

New Year’s Eve Celebration (public welcome), 7-9pm dinner; 9pm-1am entertainment, American Legion Post 800. New Year’s Eve Celebration with live music, 9pm-close, Jo’An’s Restaurant.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 14th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Taco Night (public welcome), 14th, 5-7pm, American Legion Post 800. Creative Writing Guest Reading: Daniel Rabuzzi, 17th, 7:30pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts.

Day of Mindfulness: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, 13th, 9:30am-3pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 21st, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location.

Live music by Don Reed & Friends, 23rd, 6-9pm,The Creek House.

Peace Prayer Vigil, 31st, 4am, Spiritual Living Center, Church of Religious Science.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 11th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

Idyllwild Arts Academy Concert, 4th, 7:30pm; 5th, 2pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. Super Bowl viewing, 5th, time TBA, American Legion 8 Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 9th, noon, Café Aroma. Mile High Radio Club, 9th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station.

Pianofest, 16th, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 18th, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location. Jazz Concert, 23rd, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 25th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Theatre Lab Work, 29th, 7:30pm, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts. See Events, page 30

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MARCH Theatre Lab Work, 1st, 7:30pm, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Artist Reception, 2nd, 6-8pm, Desert Art Center. Couple’s Evening, “Building Relationships,” 2nd, 7-9pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. “Journey to Love: Exploring Relationships & Creating Safe Boundaries,” 3rd, 9:30am-4pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. Raw Foods Potluck, 3rd, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information. Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 3rd, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Musical Theatre Recital, 6th, 7:30pm, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 8th, noon, Café Aroma. Mile High Radio Club, 8th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station. Visual Art smARTS Bi-annual Show Opening Reception, 9th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Ar ts (show runs through March 16).

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Eye of the Artist Art Show, 10th, TBA, Art Alliance of Idyllwild member galleries. Taco Night (public welcome), 10th, 5-7pm, American Legion Post 800.

Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 10th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Idyllwild Garden Club, “Soup-er” kickoff meeting with raffle & speaker, 13th, noon, Community Presbyterian Church. Artist Demonstration, 13th, 1:30pm, Desert Art Center. Spring Dance Concert, 14th, 15th & 1 7:30pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. St. Patrick’s Day Party, 17th, time TBA, Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance (public welcome), 17th, time TBA, American Legion Post 800. Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 17th, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location. Spring Equinox Celebration with music by Local Color, 18th, 4-5pm, Spirit Mountain Retreat. Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 24th, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Live music by Sandii Castleberry, 31st, 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Idyllwild Master Chorale Spring Concert: Jazz Fusion III, 31st, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts.

APRIL Idyllwild Garden Club, “Lemon Lily Propagation,” 3rd, noon, Community Presbyterian Church. Visual Art Senior Show I Opening Reception, 6th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through April 13).

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Raw Foods Potluck, 7th, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information. Easter Sunrise Service, 8th, 6:30am, Inspiration Point. Easter Service with special music, 8th, 10am, Spiritual Living Center, Church of Religious Science. Childen’s Easter Party (public welcome), 8th, 1-3pm, American Legion Post 800. Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 12th, noon, Café Aroma. Mile High Radio Club, 12th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station. Taco Night (public welcome), 14th, 57pm, American Legion Post 800. Annual Soroptimist Basket Festival, 19th, 5pm, Idyllwild Pines Camp. Visual Art Senior Show II Opening Reception, 20th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through April 27). Theatre Production III, 20th & 21st, 7:30pm; 22nd, 2pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 21st, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location. Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra New Music Concert, 28th, 7:30pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts.

MAY Idyllwild Garden Club General Meeting with raffle & speaker, 1st, noon,

Idyllwild Community Presbyterian Church. Theatre One-Person Shows, 2nd & 3rd, 7:30pm, Rush Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Visual Art Senior Show III Opening Reception, 4th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts (show runs through May 11). Artist Reception, 4th, 6-8pm, Desert Art Center. Raw Foods Potluck, 5th, 5:30pm, email u.v.been.trined@gmail.com for information. Student Choreography, 9th, 10th & 11th, 7:30pm, Fisher Dance Studio, Idyllwild Arts. Mile High Radio Club, 10th, 6:30pm, Idyllwild Fire Station. Taco Night (public welcome), 12th, 57pm, American Legion Post 800. Visual Art Final Show Opening Reception, 18th, 6pm, Parks Exhibition Center (show runs through May 30). Theatre Production IV, 18th & 19th, 7:30pm; 20th, 2 pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. Annual Lilac Walk and Tea, 19th, 10am-3pm, Alpenglow Gardens. Idyllwild Francophonie (for fluent French speakers), 19th, noon, Café Aroma. Idyllwild Earth Fair, 19th, noon-5pm, Town Hall. Idyllwild Gay Potluck, 19th, 6pm, email scottandgregg@verizon.net for location. Spring Jazz Concert, 22nd, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Creative Writing Senior Readings,

23rd & 24th, 7:30pm, Stephens Recital Hall, Idyllwild Arts. Moving Pictures Screening, 25th & 26th, 7:30pm, IAF Theatre, Idyllwild Arts. Memorial Day Yard Sales, 25th-28th, Hill communities. See Town Crier for listings and map. ARF Memorial Day Yard Sale, 26th & 27th, 9am, ARF. Annual Memorial Day Book Sale, 26th & 27th, 10am—4pm, Idyllwild Library. Annual Wildflower Show & Art Exhibit, 26th, 27th & 28th, 9am-4:30pm, Idyllwild Nature Center. Annual Rotary Club Apfel Pfannkuchen Pancake Breakfast, 27th, time TBA,Town Hall. Memorial Day Ceremony, 28th, 11am, American Legion Post 800.

WEEKLY MONDAY Children’s Story Time, 10:30am, Idyllwild Library Public Tours, 11am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary. TUESDAY Public Tours, 11am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary. Jazz Night: Paul Carman, Marshall Hawkins & Barnaby Finch, 6-9pm, Café Aroma. WEDNESDAY AWANA for ages 3 to fifth-graders, 5:45pm-8pm, Idyllwild Bible Church. THURSDAY Bridge, 12:30-4pm, Creekstone Inn.

Public Tours, 11am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary. FRIDAY Public Tours, 11am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary. Live music by Willy B., 5:30-8:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Mary Carroll on Keyboard, 5:30— 8:30pm, Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar. Live music in the Lounge, 6-9pm, The Creek House. Live music by Change Required, 69pm, Lumber Mill. SATURDAY David Jerome, 9am-noon, Café Aroma. Public Tours, 11am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary. Live Music in the Lounge, 11:30am2pm & 6-9pm,The Creek House. Live music by Skeleton Crew, noon3pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Live music Sandii Castleberry, 5:308:30pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Live music by Change Required, 69pm, Lumber Mill. Karoke, 7pm-11pm, Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar. SUNDAY Live music by Ernie Alé, 9am-noon, Café Aroma. Live music by David Jerome, 11am2pm, Arriba Mexican Restaurant. Public Tours, 11am-4pm, Living Free Animal Sanctuary. Live music in the Lounge, 11:30am2pm,The Creek House.

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Annual Idyllwild Easter Egg Hunt, 7th, time & location TBA.


HIKING

Day Hikes *

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail • One-way distance = 38 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 4,000 • Highway 74, 1 mile east of Highway 371 to Fuller Ridge Trail at Black Mountain Road

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Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail • One-way distance = 2.6 miles Humber Park to Tahquitz View Drive

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Fuller Ridge Trail • One-way distance = 7.5 miles; Elevation gain

in feet = 3,000 • Black Mountain Road off Highway 243 to San Jacinto Peak

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Seven Pines Trail • One-way distance = 4 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 2,600 • Dark Canyon Road off Highway 243 to Deer Springs

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Marion Mountain Trail • One-way distance = 5.9 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 4,400 • Fern Basin Road off Highway 243 to San Jacinto Peak

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Devil’s Slide Trail • One-way distance = 2.5 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 1,700 • Humber Park to Saddle Junction

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Deer Springs Trail • One-way distance = 3.3 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 1,700 • Highway 243, 1 mile north of Idyllwild to Suicide Rock

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway • One-way distance = 1.7 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 700 • Tramway

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Adventure Pass An Adventure Pass may be required in order to park vehicles on some Forest Service lands. A day pass costs $5, a yearly costs $30 and a second-vehicle pass costs $5. Holders of an Interagency Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass or Interagency Access Pass, do not need an Adventure Pass. Businesses that sell the Adventure Pass in or near the San Jacinto Ranger District are: Idyllwild Chevron, Idyllwild Ranger Station, Idyllwild Shell, Lake Hemet Market and the Market Place at Pine Cove. For more information on areas that require a pass, or on other vendors in your area, call the U.S. Forest Service at (909) 3822922.


FISHING Lake Hemet, the largest lake in the San Jacinto Mountains, is a fisherman’s paradise, stocked throughout most of the year with rainbow trout by the State Department of Fish and Game. Natural channel catfish, big-mouth bass and bluegill also provide good sport fishing. Located at an elevation of 4,340 feet, the lake is 1-1/2 miles long, 1/2 mile wide and 135 feet deep when full. The lake is about 4 miles east of Mountain Center on Highway 74 in Garner Valley. It is owned and operated by the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District. Two public recreation areas are on the lake’s shores. The U.S. Forest Service maintains a picnic area for day use only along the north shore. The entrance is west of Lake Hemet Market, on Highway 74.You to park in the Forest Service do need an Adventure or Recreation Pass area. See the section, “Adventure Pass,” on page 32 in this magazine for more information. The water district also owns and operates the Lake Hemet Campground. It has been open to the public on a fee basis for more than 30 years along the north shore, toward the eastern end of the lake. The campground also encourages family recreation, with a water playground, camping, picnic areas, boating and kayaking along with fishing. No swimming or water skiing is allowed because they conflict with fishing. Lake Hemet offers scenic mountain views and quiet lakeside moments to many visitors to the Hill area. Contact the campground personnel at (951) 659-2680 for information.

LAKE FULMOR

About 10 miles north of Idyllwild on Highway 243, Lake Fulmor is stocked with trout by the Department of Fish and Game from spring through summer. The 2-acre serene lake on Forest Service property offers good trout fishing during spring, summer and fall months. Occasionally, the lake freezes over in winter. Lake Fulmor is on National Forest land. The lake provides day use activities for the public. Fishing and picnic areas with grills, an encompassing trail that crosses a bridge, and beautiful surroundings make this an enjoyable spot for locals and tourists. A parking area is across the highway from the lake so use caution when crossing to and from the lake.You do need an Adventure or Recreation Pass to park.

THE QUAKE IS COMING. WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW? 4 Locate the Disaster Aid Station (DAS) closest to your home, inn or vacation rental, on the display board at the Post Office & in the Idyllwild Phone Book. 4 Have a family response plan for major disasters 4 Have your “Go Box” ready. 4 Join or support Mountain Disaster Preparedness, your volunteer responders on the Hill.

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STRAWBERRY CREEK

Strawberry Creek is the only stream where fishing is allowed in the San Jacinto Mountains. California Department of Fish and Game no longer stocks fish in Fuller Mill, North Fork and Dark Canyon creeks because the streams are suitable habitat for a protected species, the mountain yellow-legged frog. The fish-planting program is financed through fishing licenses and stamp sales. Licenses are required for anglers age 16 and over and there is a daily bag limit of five trout during the year-round season. One-year licenses are available to California residents for $43.46 at Village Hardware and Lake Hemet Market. Cost to nonresidents is $116.90. Residents and nonresidents can purchase a one-day license for $14.04 or a twoconsecutive-day license for $21.86 at those locations. Visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/ for 2011 license rates and free fishing days throughout California. Equipment and bait can be purchased at Lake Hemet Market, Village Hardware and Village Market. Fairway Market and Forest Lumber also stock some supplies. Adventure or Recreation Pass required to park if not camping.

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MTN. BIKING With approximately 200 miles of dirt roads and more than 40 miles of trails open to bicyclists, the San Jacinto Mountains around Idyllwild offer a number of experiences for mountain bikers of all levels. For that reason, the local mountain trails have become extremely popular among riders looking for challenging routes and breathtaking scenery. Local trails provide mountain bikers with a diverse selection of roads from which to choose. The Forest Service has mountain biking regulations in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains to ensure the safety of riders and the protection of natural resources. Bicycles may be ridden on established roads and A mountain biker wiggles through a tight spot. trails within Courtesy: Brendan Collier the mountains; however, bikes are not allowed within the San Jacinto or Santa Rosa wilderness areas or along the Pacific Crest Trail. If parking a vehicle on Forest Service land in the areas

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of Thomas Mountain and Black Mountain, Lake Hemet and Humber Park, visitors must display an Adventure or Recreation Pass in their vehicle. Call the Idyllwild Ranger Station at (909) 382-2922 for more details. The pass is available in two forms: a daily pass for $5 and a $30 annual pass good for one year from the month of purchase. Passes are available at the Forest Service office and several vendors around town (see page 32 for listing). The Forest Service also offers these safety tips for mountain bikers: Keep your eyes and ears open for equestrians and hikers on trails and vehicles on roads; helmets are highly recommended; control your speed; avoid riding after dark; and, carry a map (available at the Forest Service).

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• Coyote Run: Beginning at the north end of Hurkey Creek County Park and ending at the waterfalls on Hurkey Creek, this easy and scenic ride is about two miles on a dirt road closed to vehicles. Parking is available at the day-use area within the Hurkey Creek Campground or outside the park. • Fobes Ranch Road and Spurs: This trail is located three miles south of Lake Hemet on Highway 74 in Garner Valley. The roads are easy to moderate and offer more than two miles of mountain bike riding. • May Valley Trail System: These challenging trails are located between Hurkey Creek A mountain biker on Thomas County Park and Idyllwild. Mountain. Courtesy: Brendan Collier This unique trail system offers technical singletrack and fantastic views of Garner Valley, Thomas Mountain and Hemet below. Access these trails from May Valley road. • The Hub Trail System: This winding trail system incorporates great views of Alvin Meadow and the Grotto. Trails climb from behind Idyllwild Arts up toward Pine Cove. Moderate to challenging. • Thomas Mountain and Ramona Trail: This challenging 17-mile

loop is considered one of the best rides in the area. It begins one mile south of Lake Hemet on Highway 74, six miles east of the junction with Highway 371. The dirt road ascends from an elevation of 4,500 feet to more than 8,700 feet in 13 miles to Thomas Mountain Peak, offering far-reaching views of Anza and San Diego below. • 24-hour Loop: Starting and ending at Hurkey Creek County Park, this challenging ride starts with a tough climb up to Keen Summit, traverses through Johnson Meadow and features a fast and flowy descent through chaparral to complete the 11-mile loop. • Other Trails: Pinyon Loop, South Ridge Trail and Webster Trail. Brendan Collier updated this report.

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Church Services Chapel in the Pines Christian Fellowship Interdenominational; on Highway 243 at former Morning Sky School in Mountain Center. Pastor Wally Boer, 659-0097 or 659-2038. Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Weekly Studies. Christian Science Church 25970 Cedar Street at River Drive, 659-2511. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Service, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Meeting, 7 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 53830 Tollgate Road, 659-5119. Community Presbyterian Church 54400 N. Circle Dr., Rev. Richard Olson, 659-2935. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Men’s Breakfast, Wednesday, 6:15 a.m. Idyllwild Bible Church 25860 Hwy. 243, Pastor Tim Westcott, 659-4775. Sunday Worship & Nursery Care, 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship, Nursery Care & Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Mid-week Bible Studies & Youth Groups. Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 54560 Pine Crest Ave., 659-4368. Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church 54525 North Circle Dr., Father Charles E. Miller. Mass: Tues.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.; Sat. 4 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church 25525 Tahquitz Dr., Fern Valley, Rev. Gordon Sheible 659-4471. Sunday Service & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Shiloh Christian Ministries 54968 Upper Pine Crest Ave., Pastor Kristeen Bandelin, 6592416. Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Spiritual Living Center - Idyllwild Religious Science 26120 Ridgeview Dr. (The Courtyard Building), Dr. Rev. Betty Jandl, 659-3464. Sunday Service, 10 a.m.; Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Teen Group, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Yokoji Zen Mountain Center 58900 Apple Canyon Rd., Mountain Center, 659-5272 or 659-3275. Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi. Sunday Program, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., silent meditation, Buddhist service, lecture & lunch.

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How Idyllwild Got its Name By John Robinson

Legends often become so ingrained in the public mind that they become accepted as truth. Such is the case with the often repeated story that Laura Rutledge named Idyllwild. Real credit for Idyllwild’s origin should go to Michigan-born George B. Hannahs and his wife, Sarah, who arrived in Strawberry Valley in 1889 and promptly built a sawmill on upper Dutch Flat. In the summer of 1890, they opened a tent resort on a forested bench just west of Strawberry Creek and called it Camp Idylwilde. The camp was located about where the Idyllwild Tree Monument stands in the center of town today. Besides managing his sawmill on Dutch Flat and Camp Idylwilde, George Hannahs, ever the entrepreneur, opened a general store in lower Strawberry Valley, about where today’s Tollgate Road crosses Strawberry Creek to Idyllwild Arts. On March 3, 1893, a post office was established at the Hannahs’ store and George Hannahs was appointed as the first postmaster. The couple named the store and post office Rayneta, in honor of their young son Raymond. Contrary to legend, George and Sarah had no daughter named Henrietta. In 1900, Dr. Walter Lindley, a Los Angeles physician, and a number of other doctors incorporated the California Health Resort Company and announced plans to build a sanatorium in Strawberry Valley. The Riverside Press (May 26, 1900) reported, “The plan is to put the sanatorium on the upper end of the valley, at what is now

Idylwilde,” which clearly indicates that the name Idylwilde was then in use for that portion of the valley. The large two-story structure was named the Idyllwild Sanatorium, undoubtedly because it was located on the site of the Hannahs’ old Camp Idylwilde. It opened for patients in June 1901 with Ralph Lowe as manager and Charles Rutledge as bookkeeper and secretary. Mr. Rutledge brought his wife, Laura, and their daughter to Strawberry Valley for the summer season. The Hemet News of June 28, 1901 reported, “the name of Rayneta post office will be changed to Idyllwild” and that the new post office would be located in the sanatorium. The Idyllwild Post Office was opened for business on Sept. 26, 1901. There is no mention in any of the contemporary newspapers of just who suggested the name change from Rayneta to Idyllwild, nor why Idylwilde was changed to Idyllwild. It is entirely possible that the new post office name was Laura Rutledge’s idea, so the Rutledge story cannot be totally discounted. Thirty-six years later, in The Hemet News of May 14, 1937, the story of Laura Rutledge naming Idyllwild first appears as a part of her obituary. Since then it has been repeated time and again. The facts are this: George and Sarah Hannahs opened Camp Idylwilde in the summer of 1890 and deserve credit for originating the name. Laura Rutledge may or may not have suggested the post office name be changed from Rayneta to Idyllwild in 1901. We’ll probably never know for certain. John Robinson is the co-author of the book “The San Jacintos.”

Learn more about the history of the Idyllwild area The Museum of the award-winning Idyllwild Area Historical Society is located in a charming cabin at 54470 North Circle Drive, and the quaintness of the surroundings encourage you to step right in. In 1922, C. L. Emerson, the primary developer of Idyllwild as a village, sold the property to Della Ferguson. The cabin and garage were built in 1930, and are typical of the Craftsman architectural style of many early bungalows in Southern California. For most of its life the cabin housed one family. In a period lasting almost 60 years, three generations of the Butts family spent their summers exploring the many hiking trails, horseback riding in the forest, and wading in the cool waters of Strawberry Creek. The Historical Society acquired the property in 2002 and

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spent a year restoring the cabin and remodeling the garage. Today, the museum exhibits many historical artifacts that reflect the richness and diversity of this region. Currently featured is the history of climbing on world-famous Tahquitz (Lily) Rock. Early Idyllwild kitchenware, implements from pioneer lumber barons, samples of furniture from a local factory, and numerous photos and documents are displayed to tell the story of the Idyllwild area and the interesting characters who made it possible. You are invited to visit the museum and learn the fascinating history of the surrounding mountain communities. Docents and volunteers are on hand to answer your questions. Admission is free and donations are always welcome. Write to the Museum at info@idyllwildhistory.org or P.O. Box 3320, Idyllwild, CA, 92549. Phone 951-659-2717. Or visit idyllwildhistory.org.

Museum hours: Mid-June through Labor Day: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. September through midJune: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is also open daily between Christmas and New Year’s Day and on major Monday holidays.


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