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.

  2. Dear Shane Stewart, having stayed there in the past and also former residents of Idyllwild we would be very interested in one of your resume talk when completed. If you can please notify me by e-mail at sherr

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