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the Rainbow Inn - Idyllwild, California's "Inn" Place

Top picture: The Rainbow Inn on a cool autumn night; bottom left to right: Swan Room features a king bed, swan fixtures on the oversized spa tub and two huge easy chairs with a stovepipe fireplace heater between them; upstairs kitchen and dining room includes elegant chairs and table settings where a scrumptious breakfast is served.


The Rainbow Inn - Idyllwild, California's "Inn" Place
by Debbie Stock

The Rainbow Inn
54420 South Circle Drive
Idyllwild, California USA
Tel: (951) 659-0111


If you love B&B luxury, you'll have to forgo foo-foo crocheted doilies and clutter when staying at the  Rainbow Inn in Idyllwild. Trading in knick-knacks and dollies for the finer things such as artwork by another DaliSalvador, that is, you'll discover unique sculptures and limited edition art adorning the tasteful walls of a 5 bedroom property that's nestled amongst a forest of cool, tall pines. The Rainbow Inn on Strawberry Creek is the slightly upscale "inn" place to unwind in an environment that does not overwhelm you with "noise."


This "home away from home" offers all the amenities guests want, minus the fuss. For those who avoid  B&B's where you must pass by the owner throughout the day and stop to talk, proprietors Lon and John are always on call to help make your stay memorablebut they leave you alone until you knock on the door of their personal quarters. Maid service, extra linens and towels are available upon request but are not offered unless you ask. It's the kind of place you can enjoy without having to stress about the maid arriving to boot you out of your cozy room.  Privacy is the ultimate luxury in a house that offers decorator rooms with baths, quality beds and linens, serene wooded views and a huge second story living room with spacious outdoor decks.


Before heading outside to sit in a comfy lawn chair where summer sunshine or a light dusting of winter snow greets you, grab yourself a mug of hot cocoa, flavorful tea, decaf or regular coffee. Beverages are available at your beckoning at the Rainbow Inn, where life easy. In a mountain town known for its environmentally-sensitive practices, guests appreciate the no-stress lifestyle..

Some say it's boring, in fact. If you don't like mountain hikes, towering forests, dining, shopping and just relaxing, Idyllwild may not be your best choice. Or maybe it is. Escapees from city life and stressful jobs flock to the mountain resort to unwind and re-group. Rainbow Inn owner/partner Lon left a high stress administrative position in Palm Springs to grab some quality of life on the mountain. He is but one example of the many residents and visitors who eagerly embrace mountain ways.

Hotel accommodations in Idyllwild are primarily private bed and breakfast inns or rustic cabins.  Expect sellout crowds during high seasons and holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. And, while the best deals are available on weekdays when there are normally plenty of rooms, call any time you get the urge to escape L.A., Orange County, San Diego or Palm Desert no more than an hour to two away.

When you investigate the many mountain resort options in Idyllwild, you'll discover the Rainbow Inn is the "inn" place that offers comfort, quality, privacy, affordable prices and close proximity to downtown shops, dining, art galleries and movies.