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Cabin life in Idyllwild

We just wrapped up six weekends straight of traveling and I’m definitely ready for a break! We closed out the travel spree with the perfect weekend stay at a cozy cabin in Idyllwild booked through our friends at Glamping with Pets.

Last time we went camping, we stayed at this adorable house near Joshua Tree, also booked through Glamping Hub. This time, instead of going for the desert, we opted for forest vibes. About 6,000 ft up and after stopping a couple times for views like these…

…we arrived at the most adorable wood cabin!

Situated pretty close to Palm Springs, the sleepy mountain town of Idyllwild is just 100 miles east of LA and sits within the San Jacinto mountains. The road up to winds and curves for a good 20 minutes up the mountain before you reach Idyllwild.

Our cabin was the perfect size for two people and two dogs. Downstairs is equipped with a fully stocked kitchen, and a cozy living room with a TV and entertainment center.

There’s even a cute nook built into the house as a dining area.

A nice porch with ample outdoor seating surrounds the kitchen and living room, both of which have doors that lead outside. The pups were obsessed with being able to look outside and search for critters in the woods!

Upstairs, there is a master bedroom and another smaller bed tucked beneath the sloped roofing on the opposite side. Both rooms have a private balcony outdoors and share a bathroom on the floor below.

I have to give the owners of this cabin two thumbs up for the thought and care they put into the amenities. As weird as it may sound, I like to judge the quality of a stay by the little things, and this place definitely had care put into the tiny details! The bath towels were super soft and plush (so much so that I took down the brand so I could order a few for my house!) and the hairdryer was not cheap and wimpy at all. It’s little things like these that delight you when you stay at a place that goes above and beyond.

In the backyard is a small path down to the “Brookhouse,” a little gazebo made mostly of windows and filled with tons of sunlight. So cute!

The pups were absolutely smitten by the backyard space, essentially just woods to romp through. We used to take Kokoro hiking through woods just like these in the midwest and she was definitely in her element, bounding up and down the steep hills with ease. Cheebs, on the other hand, preferred to lounge about on one of the tree stumps nearby.

Hemet Lake is just about 20 minutes south down the mountain and we stopped by to explore a bit with Kokoro and Cheebs. If straight up camping is your thing, the campsite at Hemet Lake sits right next to the water. We saw tons of people fishing and picnicking when we stopped by.

We’re big fans of grilling whenever we have the chance, so we brought some stuff to make for dinner. The cabin comes with a full-sized gas grill on the patio which we definitely took full advantage of! There isn’t much close by in terms of groceries so I’d recommend stocking up before you head up the mountain.

With the sun setting around us and nothing but the sound of birds chirping in the distance, it was the most peaceful and relaxing way to close out a ton of busy busy weeks for us.

Huge thanks to Glamping with Pets and Kelly from Experience Idyllwild for setting us up with such an amazing stay this past weekend! Check out Glamping Hub’s Best Camping Cabins in the U.S. or list of Fall Getaways to plan your next camping trip this season!

Emily is a Los Angeles based content creator with a passion for photography, videography, and storytelling. Through @emwng, you'll find photos and videos of people, places, delicious food, and of course, her two fluffy sidekicks Kokoro and Chibi.


  • January 21, 2019

    Great Blog! I just came across it today. I have been trying to find good cabin blogs, but there aren’t very many. This was entertaining to read and loved the pics! And of course the dogs are beautiful!

  • August 15, 2019

    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material. Fantastic read

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