After 52 years of operation, Knotty Pine Cabins on Pine Crest Avenue closed its doors on July 16. It ends a long run of serving mountain visitors that began in 1964 when Doug and Bonnie Reed, Doug’s mother Elizabeth Wood, daughter Callie and son Ed became a family of innkeepers.

Over the years, management changed within the family. Ed and wife Sandy took over in 1988.

A liquidation sale of cabin furnishings began on Sunday, July 17, and ran until Saturday, July 23, when the last of the Knotty Pine history came to a close.

The cabins will be rehabilitated and turned into monthly rentals by new owner Shane Stewart, filling a much-needed segment of affordable, full-time rentals in Idyllwild.

Sandy Reed said she and husband Ed would stay in the main house. “At least we didn’t have to move,” said Sandy. “As a family, we’re glad to have been here such a long time operating our business.” She and Ed bought a travel trailer they’re now planning to use. “We’ll be first going somewhere cooler if it stays as hot as it’s been,” she laughed.


  1. I am so sad to hear about the closure. My husband & I stayed there for our honeymoon on October 4th 1986 and went back many times. We were sad to see our little cabin turned into a storage place as we always thought we’d have it forever and now you’re closed. It will forever be a sweet, sweet memory.