The short answer is that Idyllwild is an amazing mile-high island in the sky. Some describe it as “Where Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure.” Others have more accurately called it one of the Best 100 Art Towns in the U.S. Either way, it is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
A quaint little town, Idyllwild is just two hours east of L.A. and is popular with artists, entertainers and the Hollywood crowd. Gene Autry movies were filmed in the nearby foothills during the 1940s as was Elvis Presley’s Kid Galahad in the 60’s.
Idyllwild’s lasting commitment to the arts began in 1946 with the founding of ISOMATA to “create a remote, serene location away from the distractions of the city so creative energies could flow unhindered.”
Idyllwild celebrates art, music, and nature with opportunities galore.
One highlight is the Lemon Lily Festival which will be held July 12th and 13th with a variety of activities for all: hikes, lectures, plant sales, pony rides, local artisan crafts, shopping, Pioneer Town, Bluegrass music, a beer garden and more.
According to festival chair George Ray, “The story of the Lemon Lily dates to nearly one-hundred years ago when the Lemon Lily covered the local mountains. They were collected by the hundreds rendering them with the threat of extinction. The Lemon Lily Festival was created to celebrate, educate, and restore the Lemon Lily.” For more information, visit www.lemonlilyfestival.com.