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Category: Life in Idyllwild

Chief’s Corner: About fall …

I wrote a similar column about this time last year but the message is still very important to your individual safety, your home and the community in general. After 39 years in the fire suppression business, I still can’t predict fire season exactly and I’ve never met anyone who can. However there are a few […]

Welcome to Idyllwild!

Welcome to Idyllwild!

Sometimes being off the radar has its advantages, as is evident in the quaint mountain town of Idyllwild. Here the scene evokes tranquility, the arts and natural beauty. The noise and stress of life have yet to intrude, even the pace of dining slows because there’s not a fast food restaurant to be found. There’s […]

This little town has a whole lot to offer

This little town has a whole lot to offer

Here you’ll find inns, cabins and B&Bs with fireplaces that set the romantic mood or others with family accommodations for the kids and even for your pet. Great dining does not stop here — choose from a handmade pizza or hamburger and beer, or go for a elegant wine and steak or pasta dinner by candlelight.

Stop and smell the California Brickelbush

Stop and smell the California Brickelbush

California Brickelbush (Brickellia californica) is a native shrub and may be one of the best and sweetest smelling plants. From a great distance, you will be drawn by the irresistible, powerful perfume. The wonderful fragrance lasts for almost two weeks and it’s one of those mysterious plant scents that can be smelled only at a distance.

Bobcat wanders through

Bobcat wanders through

This bobcat walked past the window of a Mountain Center home. “Made my day,” said Bethany Pulliam.

In all her splendor

In all her splendor

As the adage states, at the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold, which we call the “Hill.”

Idyllwild Garden: Lavender cotton

Idyllwild Garden: Lavender cotton

Or gray santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)is a fine-textured, bushy and mound-forming shrub …

Summer holly unique to southwest

Summer holly unique to southwest

Comarostaphylis diversifolia is a species of shrub in the heath family known by the common name “Summer holly.” Native to Southern California and Northern Baja California’s coastal chaparral habitat, it grows slowly to 12 inches tall and 8 feet wide or slightly larger.

Rainbow over Mountain Center

Rainbow over Mountain Center

Driving home to Idyllwild on Monday evening, Sept. 5, Kristin Goffman saw this beautiful rainbow near Mountain Center.

California quail stops in

California quail stops in

This male California quail, sporting a double topknot, was seen visiting Mountain Center.

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