Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast

26370 Highway 243 P.O. Box 1818, Idyllwild, California 92549
Innkeeper(s): Rodney Williams
 
  • Introduction

    A tranquil retreat that will rejuvenate your spirit and relax your body, the Strawberry Creek Inn offers peaceful luxuries and simple pleasures. Just two hours or less from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and San Diego, the San Jacinto Mountains will envelope you in the rustic beauty of Idyllwild, California.


    Walk along Strawberry Creek
    Savor a homemade breakfast of fresh, organic ingredients
    Read in the library
    Bask in the summer sun
    Snuggle in front of a roaring fire in winter

    Plenty of Places to Idyll in the Wild

    Come visit and rediscover life's quiet joys.



    Every stay at the Strawberry Creek Inn includes:
    Our sought-after full gourmet breakfast, made with local and/or organic ingredients (optional add-on for The Cottage at Strawberry Creek)
    Light snacks and beverages (coffee, tea, filtered mountain water, hot chocolate, hot apple cider)
    Evening appetizers (Fridays/Saturdays)
    Plush double-layer robes for comfort during your stay
    AVEDA bath amenities
    A non-toxic environment, cleaned with only environmentally friendly products
    Access to rustic outdoor spaces including hammocks, a gazebo overlooking Strawberry Creek, and a sunny courtyard deck.
    Time spent in our charming common area featuring an eclectic selection of books, board games, puzzles, and movies; plus a fireplace, piano, eclectic art & artifacts, and soothing background music
    Walks along Strawberry Creek into town (1/4-mile)
    Visits with our friendly laying hens (and organic chicken feed to help you make friends)
    Java Fire Logs in our fireplace rooms during winter months
    Concierge service by local residents who will make sure your visit is an experience you'll remember fondly



    And, of course . . .

    • Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
    • DirecTV with premium channels (including HBO/Showtime)
    • Daily housekeeping service
    • Free Parking


    Breakfast at the Inn


    Breakfast at Strawberry Creek Inn--automatically included in your room rate (optional for The Cottage at Strawberry Creek)--is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Awaken to the aroma of our own special roast of fresh-ground, organic, fair-trade-certified coffee brewing and sunlight streaming through the dining room's wrap-around windows. Pour yourself a steaming cup of organic tea and watch the mist rise through the trees. Then sit and savor a gourmet dish beautifully prepared and presented while soft music plays in the background. Made with fresh organic ingredients and local produce — including eggs laid this morning by our free-range, organic-fed hens — breakfast may include a puffed pancake with fresh fruit and toasted almonds, home-made muffins, a corn strata casserole served family-style, or one of our other mouthwatering recipes.



    Over the years we have become known for not only taking your dietary requests and requirements seriously, but for going the extra mile to wow you with a breakfast made specifically to meet your needs.  Vegetarian? Vegan? Allergies/Sensitvities? Diabetic? Gluten/Dairy-Free? Raw Vegan? We welcome--and enjoy--the challenge.

    Leaving early for a morning hike or to get back to the grind? Ask for one of our organic to-go breakfast bags when you make your reservation.


     

    Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast - Idyllwild, California

    About the Innkeepers


    Rodney Williams was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and lived there until age 21, when he left to begin his career after graduating from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics/Economics. He spent the next 14 years working in the health care actuarial field, with organizations that included the largest health insurer in the country and the third largest employee benefits consulting firm. After a 6-month course of study at the Los Angeles Culinary Institute in1997—a venture he took on at night solely as a means of exploring his creative side—Rodney decided that while he was very good at crunching numbers, his true passions were decidedly more right-brain in nature. Fast-forward roughly six years, when Rodney (& Ian) finally fulfilled their dream of owning a Bed & Breakfast in a small town surrounded by nature. When he's not taking care of the food, marketing, book-keeping, decorating, and other duties at the Strawberry Creek Inn, Rodney also enjoys a variety of hobbies, including genealogy, geocaching, writing (including a recently published cookbook—Memorable Mornings from the Strawberry Creek Inn), and all things culinary


    Ian Scott was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and moved to the United States at the age of six (he has dual citizenship). After growing up in New York state and the Washington, DC area he decided to move to Los Angeles after completing his nursing degree. He enjoyed years of patient care as apediatric RN, but found himself less and less able to distance himself from the reality of the often very ill kids for whom he cared (chemotherapy was one of his areas of expertise). Just about the time when he was looking for his next step in life, he met Rodney and was introduced to the dream they both ultimately fulfilled in 2004 as owners of the Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild. Ian still works part time as a phone-based pediatric advice nurse, and aside from his hosting and maintenance duties at the Inn he also enjoys science fiction, animal/insect husbandry, sports, art, and music.

    Rodney and Ian live and work at the Strawberry Creek Inn, and also own and manage the StrawberryCreek Bunkhouse, in Idyllwild, California, with their 4 small dogs, 1 to 2 semi-feral cats, bees,chickens, and various other animals and insects Ian is known for taking in. Together they enjoy travel, hiking, farming, and discussing their varied interests with guests over gourmet breakfasts.

    Proud member of the Green Hotels Association

  • Weddings

    Plan your dream wedding in the pines. Host your small mid-week (Sunday through Thursday) ceremony (up to 10 people including wedding party) in our cozy gathering room or on our expansive grounds overlooking the Creek for no additional charge if you reserve at least four room-nights. Ask your innkeepers to recommend local ministers and wedding planners who will assist you in making your special day memorable.

    For weddings up to 30 people (including wedding party), email us to request a wedding information sheet and sample wedding contract. Rental of the entire inn is required (excluding The Cottage) for weddings of this size.

    For larger weddings of up to 100 guests, Strawberry Creek Inn recommends The Creek House (951-659-0686). A great redwood deck offers a place for guests to gather, enjoy music, dance, and toast the newlyweds. Catering is available on the premises, along with a professional wait and cook staff associated with Idyllwild's acclaimed Restaurant Gastrognome. Menu selections range from casual finger-foods to plated banquet service. A full bar with bartender adds a special touch to the festivities. Other great options for larger weddings are The Quiet Creek Inn and The Rainbow Inn.

  • Area Information

    Named one of the 18 Great Towns of Southern California, Idyllwild offers a unique combination of rural mountain atmosphere, small town charm, and engaging activities. Challenge yourself on one of the many hiking trails, or simply stroll into town to shop for antiques. Whether you like to be on the go or take it slow, Idyllwild has an activity for you. Click on one of the pictures below for more information on area activities, or for information on upcoming events check out the Idyllwild Community Master Calendar.


    Outdoor Adventures


    Adventure Tours


    Enjoy the unspoiled treasures of the Inland region from the comfort of an air-conditioned off-road vehicle, or try something more adventurous like hiking in Joshua Tree, hang-gliding over the desert, or zip-lining through the mountain forest. Elite Land Tours based in Palm Springs and recently voted one of the Top 10 attractions in the US--offers a stunning variety of tours led by experts in the local flora, fauna, and history. Be sure to ask about the upcoming return of the 'Pines to Palms' tour, featuring exclusive access to the most rarely seen areas of the San Jacinto mountains and desert below.



    Fishing


    Fishermen will be in heaven trolling on peaceful Lake Hemet, or rowing into pristine waters on Lake Fulmor. Both located less than 15 minutes from the inn, these lakes offer a bevy of reeling opportunities for anglers. The Department of Fish and Game stocks rainbow trout from spring through late fall in Lake Fulmor and year-round at Lake Hemet. Largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill also populate both lakes. Check out the Fishing Network website for details.



    Hiking


    Get back to nature and discover the amazing vistas, crystal clear streams and waterfalls, and spectacular pine forests of the Idyllwild area and the San Jacinto mountains. Over 275 miles of hiking trails criss-cross the mountains and remote back roads. Hikes range from short walks to challenging treks — like the 7.5-mile ascent to San Jacinto Peak(also reachable by the Palm Springs Tramway). Ask the innkeepers for a map of area hiking trails or check out the hiking page on the Chamber of Commerce website.


    Horseback Riding


    Experience cool mountain breezes, majestic mountain vistas, and wildflower-filled meadows — all from the back of a trusty mount. The Little Yellow Rose Ranch (951-541-1221) offers guided trail rides, pack trips, riding lessons, and more.


    Geocaching


    Whether you've been enjoying this exciting combination of hiking and treasure-hunting for years, or you've been wondering what it's all about, we've got the perfect launching point for your next geocaching vacation. With 40-plus caches (and growing!) just within a 5-mile radius of the center of town — including a unique cache so close to the Bunkhouse that you'll barely have to roll out of bed — Idyllwild has attracted geocachers from around the world thanks to its unparalleled natural beauty and plethora of hiking trails. It's a great way to explore the untouched beauty of the San Jacinto mountains, with the added benefits of joining an active community of geocachers, achieving a series of goals, benefitting from the trail recommendations of other hikers, and giving back to the Earth and its inhabitants ('cache in, trash out' and 'take something, leave something or equal or greater value' are basic tenets of the geocaching community). Geocaching is also a great activity to enjoy with your sweetheart or love interest, your friends, the kids, or the family dog. Visit Geocaching.com for more information on this fascinating sport and the variety of geocaches Idyllwild has to offer. If you recovered one of our special geocoins in a cache outside of the San Jacinto mountain range and want to redeem it, please call or email us for details.


    Kayaking/Boating


    What better way is there to spend an afternoon in the mountains than floating on a lazy lake with the sun warming your skin and a paddle in your hands? Whether on 420-acreLake Hemet surrounded by sweeping vistas or more intimate Lake Fulmor, you're within 15 minutes of 'home base'. Lake Hemet also offers boat rentals and a multitude of other recreational activities, including short hikes through the native vegetation surrounding the lake.


    Mountain Biking


    With 200 miles of dirt roads and 40 miles of trails, Idyllwild is a mountain biker's mecca. The challenging 17-mile Ramona Trail loop on Thomas Mountain is considered one of the best rides in the area. Easy and scenic, two-mile Coyote Run offers a different pace for day pedalers. Call The Bike Route (951-659-2023) for information on weekly group rides and rentals, check out Ballistic Wonder for mountain biking tours, or check out the mountain biking page on the Chamber of Commerce website for more details.


    Rock Climbing


    Rich in rock-climbing lore, the Idyllwild area offers two of the best known granite cliff faces in southern California: Tahquitz Rock and Suicide Rock. Tahquitz Rock has long climbing routes, is shaded most of the day, and offers good crack climbing. Suicide Rock has more climbing routes on its face and is in the sun most of the day. Check out the rock climbing page on the Chamber of Commerce website for more details, and for information on rock-climbing guides and classes try Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School.


    Wildlife Watching


    The San Bernardino National Forest's diverse habitat and climate support more than 2,000 native plants, 75 mammals, 55 reptiles, 13 amphibians, and almost 300 birds. Deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail, and toads are frequent callers, and an occasional coyote sighting is not uncommon. A terrific place for bird watching, many species fly, hover, and perch all over town and on our grounds. Feathered visitors include Steller's Jays, California Quail, Purple Finches, Western Tanagers, Mountain Bluebirds, several species of Hummingbirds, Acorn Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadees, and Northern Harriers.



    Winter Sports


    Although winters in Idyllwild are generally mild, many times during the season the area becomes a snowy playground perfect for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just frolicking in the snow. And what better excuse to enjoy the warmth of a wood-burning fireplace, a cup of hot cider, and your sweetheart's embrace?



    Leisurely Pursuits



    Gambling


    Try your luck at the slots or at the gaming tables in one of the local casinos. Intimate Cahuilla Creek (951-763-1200) is just minutes away in Anza. Down the hill in San Jacinto isSoboba (951-665-1000) featuring 2,000 slot machines, over 20 table games, three restaurants, a 12,000 seat entertainment pavilion and one huge sports lounge. A bit further afield are two larger resort casinos — Morongo (800-252-4499), 45 minutes away in Cabazon, and Pechanga(951-693-1819), an hour away in Temecula.


    Mountain Drives


    Wind your way along Scenic Highway 243 and enjoy the breathtaking views, or drive through Idyllwild neighborhoods to see charming mountain homes, from small log cabins to large hillside estates. Surrounded by National Forest land, Idyllwild is smack dab in the middle of some of the loveliest countryside to drive through in southern California.


    Shopping


    From cabin comforts to snuggly boots and hats, from faux-finished décor items to Asian imports --all can be found in the unique village shops of Idyllwild. Take home antiques and decorative accessories, or locally produced honey, jams and jellies, candles or candy. For an even greater variety, take a 45-minute drive to the 100-plus stores of the Desert Hills Factory Outlets. Click here for a store listing.


    Visit Palm Springs


    Known for its many golf courses, Palm Springs is a nice day trip from Idyllwild, offering a number of interesting sights and sounds. Ascend 8,000 feet to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto in the world's largest rotating tramcars on the Palm Springs Tramway. See one of the world's largest collections of flying WWII airplanes at the Palm Springs Air Museum, or attend a three-hour, razzle-dazzle, song and dance vaudeville-style extravaganza at the Palm Springs Follies. Check out the Palm Springs website for more detailed information.


    Wine Tasting


    Located an hour away from the Inn, Temecula is California's only prominent American Viticultural Area south of Los Angeles. Just four short miles off of I-15, the beautiful Temecula Valley wine region is surrounded by gently rolling hills and dramatic mountain ranges. The region's tasting rooms and gift shops are open to visitors year-round, and most wineries offer tours. Read more about Temecula wines and wineries on theTemecula Winegrowers Association website. Be sure not to miss charming Old Town Temecula during your visit.