Checking In & Checking Out
Official Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. or later. Sometimes we can have your room ready before that so please check with us ahead of time if you would like an early check-in. If it is possible, we will be happy to accommodate you. Official Check-out time is 11:00a.m. Again, if you would like a later check out and there is no one checking in behind you, we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please check with us when you arrive. If you plan on arriving after 9:00p.m. don’t worry! Just let us know and we will be happy to leave your key & map showing where your room is, in an envelope on the front bulletin board next to the office door.
None of our rooms or cabins have air conditioning. Many rooms have ceiling fans, and we have fans in all rooms and extra fans are available at the office. In the summer time, it can be warm during the middle of the day, but it cools off beautifully in the evenings and mornings. If you think you cannot live without air conditioning, it would be best if you booked somewhere else. Our sister facility, Creekstone Inn does have air conditioning in the upstairs rooms only if you only have 2 people and no pets.
We welcome your pets here at Silver Pines, but we do ask that you abide by a few simple rules. If you don’t think you can abide by the following rules, it probably would be best if you left your pet at home. Please, Please, Please, do not leave your dog in the room alone! We ask that you not allow your pet to sleep on the beds or furniture. I take great pride in decorating all my rooms and cabins, and many of the bedspreads are handmade. For the comfort of other guests, please keep your dog leashed when outside your cabin on Silver Pines property. If your dog poops in an obvious area, please pick it up. If it’s rainy, snowy, or your dogs been in the creek, please ask us for some “dog-towels.” We do have a $10 charge for your pet’s stay.
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms & cabins.
All rooms and cabins are fully equipped with bedding, towels, extra blankets & pillows. Every room & cabin also has a small frig, microwave, & coffee maker with complementary coffee, hot teas, sugar, sweetener, & powered creamer. Every room is heated, regardless of whether or not it has a fireplace. If the room or cabin is listed as having a “Full Kitchen” that means dishes, silverware, pots & pans, paper towels & dishwashing supplies are included. If there is something special that you need, you can always borrow it from the main kitchen in the lodge. Just ask. Color Cable TV is standard in every room. Rooms at the Village do NOT have DVD players.
During the Fall, Winter, & Spring; we provide your first Duraflame Log FREE of Charge. It will be in your fireplace when you arrive. After that, we sell the Duraflame Logs in the office for $3 each. We also sell real wood in the lodge office & we also allow our guests to bring their own wood from home or purchase it in town.
There are no telephones in the rooms. If you need to leave an emergency number, you can leave the Lodge phone # (951)-659-4335. Someone should be available to get messages to you between 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. If there is an EMERGENCY there is an after-hours number on the voice mail message. Be sure it is an emergency because we will have to come from our home to give you the message.
There is a gas BBQ available for all guests on the back deck of the Lodge & also at the Village. Please bring your BBQ stuff to the BBQ. You can get all kinds of meats at the local Grocery Store. Charcoal fires are illegal without a permit.
No Need for Bottled Water!
The water that comes out of the faucet is Spring Water directly from our Mountain. It is delicious! Don’t be afraid to drink up! Bottled water isn’t anywhere near the quality of our mountain water & it adds extra plastic to our environment.
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. Tommy’s Kitchen is excellent, & Cafe Aroma has a small but nice menu but only on weekends. There’s also JoAnn’s & Mile High Cafe down on Hwy. 243. Lunch: Again I would recommend The Red Kettle, La Casita, Tommy’s Kitchen, Cafe Aroma or JoAnn’s. The Gastrognome is now open for lunch. Dinner: My favorite is the Gastrognome. They have the most beautiful ambiance by far, & great Cream Brule. They are open 7 days & take reservations for dinner but it’s rarely necessary. Cafe Aroma is very intimate and trendy and you can often hear live music. They are closed on Tuesdays. A menu from each of the restaurants is available in the Lodge Room. Ferro Italian Restaurant is just down the street from Silver Pines. Other restaurants in town include: the Lumbermill Bar & Grill, The New Arriba’s Family Mexican Restaurant, CJ’s Fast Fresh Food, and the Idyllwild Pizza Company,
Almost every gift store in Idyllwild is open from 10 am until 5 pm. A few of my favorites are Wooley’s, a few doors down from the theater. Prairie Dove has some beautiful women’s clothing & Everett’s Minerals has beautiful jewelry. Up at the top of North Circle across from our sister Inn, Creekstone, you’ll find Fern Valley Emporium which is full of antiques. Things change in Idyllwild often, so if you don’t see your favorite store, don’t despair, they may have just moved.
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 hiking 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.
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 ride on, but if you want to find good single track, talk to the folks at The Hub Cyclery. They will point you in a direction appropriate for your skill level. You can now RENT Mountain bikes at The Hub Cyclery, (951) 659-4070 (www.hubcyclery.com). It’s just around the corner from Silver Pines on North Circle.
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 available at the lake itself. Licenses are available at Village Hardware in the center of town. Children under 16 do not need a fishing license.
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 Anza 30 minutes away. Reservations can be made by calling 951-541-1221.
Located 1/2 mile north of Idyllwild off Hwy. 243. The Nature Center is open from 9 – 4:30 Tuesday – 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. There are several other trails out of the Nature Center from easy to moderate difficulty and up to 5 miles in length. Entrance is $2 for adults, $1 for children & $1 for Dogs.
Indian Pictographs & Bedrock Mortars
An ancient site located 1 mile from the lodge, has Indian Pictographs and bedrock mortars from the Cahuilla Indians who inhabited these mountains for hundreds of years. Ask for directions at the office.
Team-building Adventures and Challenge Course
Experience fun field games, a low ropes course or a high ropes Challenge Course 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also check out the website at www.boojum.org!