Eating Out: Most of the restaurants in town are either breakfast & lunch, or lunch & dinner.  Here are my favorites: Breakfast: The Red Kettle serves home style food with BIG portions. Idyllwild Cafe, down by the elementary school is also very good. Oma's has great pastries if you want something light or a snack to bring home. Lunch: Again I would recommend The Red Kettle or Idyllwild Cafe. Hidden Village, the Chinese restaurant has great food & good mid-week lunch specials. Dinner: My favorites are The Gastrognome, Creek House & Cafe Aroma. The Gastrognome has the most beautiful ambiance by far, & great Cream Brule. They are open 7 days & take reservations for dinner. If you're here Thurs. - Sun. try The Creek House.  Same owners as Gastrognome, same good food & service and they have a Salad Bar. Cafe Aroma is very intimate and the HOT SPOT for locals. They have live music all weekenights, and most weekend nights in the summer. Hidden Village is good for dinner also. A menu from each of the restaurants is available in the Lobby.

Shopping: Almost every gift store in Idyllwild is open from 10 am until 5 pm. A few of my favorites are Idyllwild Trading Co., a few doors down from the theater & Pony Express, directly across from the theater.  Spruce Moose in the Village Lane is open every day and has lots of "fun stuff". Baker Wood Works has beautiful local art. They're in Oakwood Galleries 1/2 block past Cedar Street.

Hiking: There are hundreds of official hiking trails both in the State wilderness and the Federal wilderness. The only difference is that in state wilderness, you cannot take dogs. All official wilderness hiking trails require that you sign in at the Ranger Station in town, mainly as a precaution so if you turn up missing, they know where to start looking for you. The only trail that you don't need a permit for is the Erny Maxwell "Scenic Trail out of Humber Park. An adventure pass is required to park at all trail heads. We have several of these passes that we loan out for the day or you can purchase one yourself at the Ranger station for $5. Please return our pass when you finish your hike. If you are unsure about the different hiking trails and would like us to help you choose one that's right for you, we'd be happy to help. Stop by the office and talk to us. Don't underestimate the Mountain; many have done so and been hurt. Dress appropriately, stay on marked trails, take plenty of water, and if you can't see the trail due to snow, turn back.

Mountain Biking: There are many trails where mountain bikes are allowed, unfortunately they are difficult to find without a local who knows them. The ranger station has a map of fire roads that you can rid on, but if you want to find good single track, talk to Bud at the Bike Route. He will point you in a direction appropriate for your skill level. There is a group ride every Saturday morning that leaves from the "Bike Route" bike store on lower pine crest avenue. Times vary so call ahead for info. 659-2038. These rides are a mixture of novice and serious riders. We also have a group of riders called the Idyllwild Cycling Team. Check out their website for inspiration. Sorry but mountain bikes are not available for rent on the hill.

Fishing: Strawberry Creek is stocked in the spring. Lake Hemet is appx. 15 minutes away in Garner Valley. Rental boats are available, as well as fishing supplies, and licenses. Lake Fulmore is appx. 20 minutes away on Hwy. 243 toward banning. Fishing is done from the shore, and no supplies are avail at the lake itself. Licenses are available at Village Hardware in the center of town. Children under 16 do not need a fishing license.

Horseback Riding: Little Yellow Rose Ranch has very nice horses for 1 or 2 hour guided trail rides for 6 year olds and older. Beginning Memorial Day week-end thru Labor Day week-end, they operate out of McCall Park on Hwy. 74 about 10 minutes away. Reservations can be made by calling 659-0383.

Rock Climbing: Professional teachers and guides can be hired from the "Nomad Ventures" shop on North Circle Drive.

Nature Center: Located 1/2 mile north of Idyllwild off Hwy. 243. The Nature Center is open from 10 - 5 Friday - Sunday. A slide show of Idyllwild's history and many displays on the logging industry, ancient Cahuilla Indians, & local wildlife are in the center. A self-guided 1/2 mile nature hike with ancient Indian bedrock mortars is very interesting, & guided nature walks are held Saturday & Sunday. Entrance is $2 for adults & $1 for children. The center is well worth it.

Indian Pictographs & Bedrock Mortars: An ancient site located 1/4 mile from the Inn, has Indian Pictographs and bedrock mortars from the Cahuilla Indians who inhabited these mountains for hundreds of years. Ask for directions at the front desk.

Picnic at a Waterfall: At Fuller Mill Creek, there are very pretty pools and picnic tables. The unknown section is found on the opposite side of Highway 243 about a 1/4 hike up the creek; a very pretty little waterfall. To find it, go north on Hwy. 243 toward banning, 7 miles. Park in the Fuller Mill Creek parking area, and walk across the street from the parking area and up the creek. In the summer time when Strawberry Creek is dry, chances are this waterfall will be dry also, so don't be disappointed in June, July, & August.

Team-building Adventures and Challenge Course: Experience fun field games, a low ropes course or a high ropes Challenge Course adventure for your small or large group at the Boojum Institute’s course here in Idyllwild.  The Boojum Institute offers recreational games, ropes courses and group development activities in Idyllwild (and other locations).  Email or contact Elena Mafla at 951-659-4102, ext 22.

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