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The Experience

Quiet Creek Inn’s cabins, office, owner’s residence and barn sit on seven acres of forest and creek. Native flora include Ponderosa Pines, Jeffrey Pines, aromatic Cedars, Manzanitas, horse grass, wild roses, wild strawberries and a variety of other greenery and flowering plants. Natural wildlife includes squirrels, stellar jays, coyotes, bobcats, cottontail bunnies, mule deer and a variety of birds.

Hiking & Outdoors

You can enjoy feeding the squirrels and birds healthy treats on your deck or along the creek, from a complimentary bag of squirrel nuts, or bring your own unsalted peanuts for the squirrels and bird seed for the birds. Occasionally, you might spot a coyote, fox, or small mountain bobcat passing through. Although there are mountain lions in Idyllwild, they’re rarely seen. Bears may pass through Idyllwild from time to time on their way from San Diego County to the Big Bear area.

Strawberry Creek runs through the property below the deck of your cabin and is for the exclusive use of our guests. There are deck chairs and ample seating along the creek for your enjoyment. Feel free to wander our private path along the creek, which ends at the Boy Scout Camp and is an easy walk downstream. In the spring the creek is usually stocked with trout upstream, so keep an eye out for them. While there is no fishing in the creek, there’s plenty of “watching”: fish watching, bird watching, and the ever-popular squirrel watching.

Onsite & A Short Walk

  • Horseshoes: Try your hand at throwing horseshoes, using some of the original horseshoes from the days Quiet Creek Inn was a horse ranch! Our horseshoe pit is just to the left of the barn with horseshoes hanging on the nearby tree ready for a game.
  • Nap or read in a hammock: Quiet Creek Inn grounds sport two hammocks. Typically installed around Memorial Day and through Labor Day, the first is between Cabin #1 and the creek and the other is between the barn and the horseshoe pit.
  • Enjoy the creek & grounds: Green and Red chairs are placed throughout our grounds and along the creek for you to relax with a cup of coffee, glass of wine and/or a good book. With almost four times as many chairs as guest rooms, there will always be several spots open to choose form.
  • Hike: For onsite enjoyment, hike down the creek to the Boy Scout Camp and back. Several county hiking trails are within blocks of the inn. Each of these trails can connect you with the Nature Center Trails and further on to Deer Springs Trailhead, Suicide Rock or the high country. Borrow one of our Adventure Passes to save on parking at the trailheads that are not walking distance.
  • Bird watching: A wide variety of birds flock in and around the inn; it’s easy to bird watch along the creek, from your deck and in the meadow, spotting everything from Stellar Jays, finches, and nuthatches to hawks.
  • Movies: With Quiet Creek Inn’s enhanced digital HD video entertainment system, you have dozens of premium cable channel options. You can watch HBO, Starz, Showtime, as well as all local and premium cable channels on flat LED HD TVs. In addition, with the push of the “On Demand” button on your remote, you have access to the latest streaming HD TV shows from all the networks and all the cable channels, hundreds of movies, specials, documentaries, and programming that you can pause, fast forward, and rewind with full control. Several thousand hours of programming is at your fingertips and constantly being updated. All of this in-room video entertainment, including on-demand movies and shows, are complimentary and included in your rate.
  • Lounge games, puzzles & books: There are also a variety of games you can play in the guest lounge or take back to your room, including a Chess, Checkers and Backgammon table. Puzzles range from 3D puzzle boxes and games to flat picture puzzles from the simple to the impossible. An ever-rotating book-exchange guest library allows you to drop off that paperback you just finished and pick up a new one.
  • Explore Idyllwild restaurants, galleries, shops and movie theatre: Only a 15-20 minute walk leads you to the heart of Idyllwild village from the inn where you can dine, shop and visit art galleries. One of easiest way to take this hike is through the County Campground (small fee applies). Alternatively, you can drive to the heart of Idyllwild: the two-story brown Center of Town building (AKA “The Fort building”) at the corner of Highway 243 and North Circle.
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