Idyllwild, CA and Hicksville Pines Bud & Breakfast
June is a big month in the Mekler household. Our wedding anniversary is at the beginning of the month, and then our dating anniversary is at the very end. You may be judging us for continuing to celebrate our dating anniversary after we got married, but I don’t really care. We like celebrating things and you can’t take that away from us. Plus, this year was a big one. As of June 29th, we’ve been together for ten years! So instead of doing a nice dinner, we decided to spend the weekend in Idyllwild. Idyllwild is a little mountain town a couple of hours from Los Angeles (quite close to Palm Springs, actually). There’s not a whole lot going on there, but we’d been dying to check out Hicksville Pines Bud & Breakfast, and there’s plenty of hiking. Plus, the town’s mayor is a golden retriever, so you know it’s a quality place.
Hicksville Pines Bud & Breakfast is a themed motel that we more or less traveled to Idyllwild to visit. They’ve got an assortment of eclectically-themed rooms ranging from a neon black-lit 420 cabin to suites that nod to Disney’s Haunted Mansion and Twin Peaks. We were torn between the Honeymoon Suite and a Dolly Parton-themed room. We ended up going with the Honeymoon Suite because it featured a water bed and a heart shaped jacuzzi tub – and if I’m being honest, I’m suffering moderate guilt over betraying my queen. But if making a pilgrimage to Dollywood wasn’t enough, I don’t know what is.
Here’s the Honeymoon Suite in all its kitschy glory:
FYI: This toilet is a replica of the one Elvis Presley died on?!!? I don’t fully understand why, but damn, it’s pretty.Also, the ceiling is mirrored. So that’s fun.The grounds at Hicksville Pines are also quite nice. They’ve got a mini-arcade, as well as ping pong, ice hockey foosball, table shuffleboard, a massive tipi with a fire pit, and a grilling area. These amenities are all open late, giving lodgers something to do while the town sleeps.
I’m going to be honest here. If you’re visiting Idyllwild from a big city, you’re probably not going to be too impressed by the food. It’s fine, but it’s not really the reason you’re spending time there. I’m not going to bash any of the local restaurants. They’re doing their best, and I’m a little snobby when it comes to food. And as a vegetarian, I have to wonder if their meat dishes are really where it’s at. There was one dish that I really liked, though! It was at a spot called Mile High Cafe, which is a Korean-owned Asian fusion restaurant. We got a couple things there, but the kimchi udon soup was really the star. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend trying it!
We also stopped by the Middle Ridge Winery for a tasting flight, which was a delight. It’s right in the middle of town, so if you’re wandering around on foot, you really can’t miss it. The wines we tried were really great, and the shop doubles as an art gallery and features the work of local artists!
As I said at the beginning of this post, there’s not a whole lot going on in Idyllwild. There’s a teensy little town, which is definitely worth checking out, but it probably won’t take more than an afternoon. If you’re lucky, you may get a chance to meet Mayor Max, who makes daily rounds through the town square! We didn’t, which I’m honestly still recovering from and would rather not talk about. Be sure to check out this absurd statue while you’re in town (I don’t really have anything to say about it – I just like that it exists)!
Apart from all that, there’s hiking. We decided to hike the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail because it was hot af outside and that particular trail seemed like it had a lot of shade. It’s about 5 miles round trip, and is lovely, though not necessarily the most exciting hike. If you plan on hiking, make sure to grab an adventure pass. This is the parking pass you’ll need for a lot of the hikes in the area. It’s $5 for a day pass and you can easily buy them in town (we bought ours at an outdoors store).And that’s it for Idyllwild! Have you been? Am I missing anything? More importantly, did you meet Mayor Max and can you send me pictures????
Oh hey, before you go:
I just need to tell you about a product real quick. This isn’t a sponsored post (though like, if you’re tryina sponsor, reach out) – I’m just really excited about it because it’s legitimately life changing. I got this thing called the Reliefband right before taking this trip. It’s a reusable wristband that prevents motion sickness. I’ve struggled with motion sickness my entire life, and this is the best preventative measure I’ve ever used. Over the counter medications work alright, but they also make me feel drowsy and horrible, so I’ve long been on the hunt for a better solution. Well, I didn’t experience a single negative side effect with the Reliefband. According to the product description, it gently stimulates a nerve on the underside of your wrist using vibrations. I’m clueless as to the science behind it, but it worked like a charm. The roads in and around Idyllwild and super windy. I rode in the passenger seat with and without the Reliefband over the weekend (I wasn’t intentionally trying to test it – I just left it in our cabin at one point), and felt pretty queasy without it. While I was wearing it I felt totally fine. So I wanted to share. I stuck a link in the first Reliefband mention in case anyone’s interested!