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Fireplace, pet friendly, sleeps up to 5. Playhouse, Walk to Town & Hiking

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms , 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5), Featured in WW's Home Show!

LEO, Teacher, and Military 10% discount! NON-SMOKING CABIN

Circa 1920's cabin with all the modern conveniences. This is a small, adorable cabin that can sleep up to five guests, but I would not recommend it for five adults. Four adults and two kids would work, but remember it is 90 years old and rooms were small back in the day! We are pet friendly (additional $25 per dog cleaning fee). We take a lot of pride in the Cabin on Helen and ask that if you are looking for a quiet, clean, quaint and lovely respite, keep reading. If, however, you are in any way disrespectful and planning on being disruptive to our quiet neighborhood please don't consider us.

One night minimum midweek, but two night (Friday/Saturday) minimum for weekends.

The "master" bedroom has a queen sized bed on the main floor.You can stand up in one of the loft bedrooms if you are less than 6' tall, but the other upstairs bedroom you will have to bend over to get to the bed if you are taller than 5'1" tall.

Only 90 minutes from L.A. with NO windy roads!

This time of year the hiking and is amazing. Walk just 10 minutes from the cabin and you'll be in the national forest. You'll find a variety of beautiful pine cones and collect some rare actinolite, a mineral only found in a few places on earth! You might see a deer or bear on your hike. Let the dogs run loose and enjoy their freedom on the levee.

Relax by a rock fireplace after a day of playing in the snow or hiking. We provide one bundle of wood per night. Play board games, read or watch a movie. In April, bask in the scent of the lilac bushes surrounding the property and town. On Memorial Day weekend walk around town to the over 100 yard sales! You'll also get your fill of lemonade and cookie stands that abound!

Walk to town and do a little shopping. You'll find restaurants, gift shops, antique stores, market, bakeries, and ski shops. Every Friday evening there is a Farmers' Market in town, too!

Walk to town and sign up for Big Pines Zipline tour; it's an amazing four hour canopy tour adventure through the treetops just two miles away from the cabin (check their website and book ahead). It's one of the most exhilarating activities I've ever done! Be sure you make reservations ahead of time. It's less than a four mile drive to Mountain High Ski Resort. A few more miles and you'll be at Grassy Hollow visitor center. The Pacific Crest Trail will host thousands of hikers walking from Mexico all the way to Canada!

Mountain High is a quick drive up the highway for skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter. Mountain biking (my husband loves the challenging trails) and hiking in that area is a real treat every season of the year!

Motorcyclists love Hwy 2. My husband swears it's some of the premier riding in the nation. Wrightwood really is an amazing, relaxing vacation spot!

The kitchen is fully stocked and is ready for some of your fabulous cooking! There is a market in town, Jenson's,where you're able to purchase any food you might need. However, if you want a break from cooking there are some wonderful restaurants in town. Cinnamon's Bakery is a perfect way to start the day with something sweet or savory. The Blue Ridge Inn is great if you're looking for prime rib or fresh seafood. Most of their entrees are around $25 with salad and fresh bread (if you go there, please tell them Arlene sent you; I used to waitress there!). Their pumpkin bread is amazing! There's also a Mexican Restaurant, Mexico Lindo (prices around $7-12 each) that has excellent food. For breakfast, the Evergreen cafe has fabulous pancakes and the Village Grind has delicious breakfasts as well (they also have 24/7 WIFI service) and often has live music going. The lodge decorated Grizzly Cafe, on Hwy 2, has the best sweet potato fries around and very good sandwiches. Mile High Pizza has a great variety of pizzas and other Italian dishes (and they deliver!) and the most wonderful anti-pasta salad (we get it with their homemade bleu cheese dressing). The Yodeler has outdoor seating and great food/bar as well. I guarantee you, you won't starve in Wrightwood!

There are some wonderful hiking trails that are just a walk away from the cabin. In the notebook of information I have on the kitchen counter you'll find a map that will show you how to get there.

The cabin is on Helen Street. To get there you'll want to get to the 15 North. You'll take it until you reach the 138 (well before Victorville). DON'T miss this exit or you'll have to go many, many miles before there's another exit! The 138 takes you towards Palmdale/Wrightwood heading west (if you go east you'll go to Silverwood Lake). You'll be on the 138 for about eight miles (unless you decide to take Lone Pine Canyon Road...my choice...very few cars and beautiful scenery!) at which point you'll get to the only stop light and that's at Hwy 2. Head west on Hwy 2 and in five miles you'll be in Wrightwood. When you see homes you're very close! T

I will be happy to provide any additional information you might need. Please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone or email (I tend to respond quicker to email during the week, and phone on the weekends). You may find my contact information on the listing.

:) Arlene

Keywords: cabin, mountain home, fenced yard, privacy, decks, playhouse, romantic, rustic, European, pet friendly, play house, hiking, zipline, Holiday Home Tour

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Arlene Corte
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish, Swedish
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Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Arlene Corte

Owner operated: My family has owned a cabin in Wrightwood for almost half a century and it will always be where we consider 'home.' We raised our girls here (they grew up to be an FBI Special Agent and a Registered Nurse), I taught at the local elementary school and was very active in the community. I resigned from my teaching job in Wrightwood when my husband's job took us to the San Diego area, but we are still regular visitors and absolutely love our time in Wrightwood!

Arlene Corte purchased this cabin in 1973

Why Arlene Corte chose Wrightwood

My dad purchased the cabin over 40 years ago. It's where most of my friends first saw snow! My late dad built the amazing play house out back for his grandkids and now his greatgrandkids get to make memories in it!

What makes this cabin unique

The fresh crisp pine air, the thousands of stars, the quiet neighborhood, the roaring fire, and listening to the birds, walking the dog through the neighborhood, hiking in the forest, packing a picnic and eating in the woods, feeding the squirrels, the 'down home' feeling...need I say more? Well, I will! Late Fall and Winter are beautiful, crisp and a perfect time for hiking. My husband loves to take his sportbike out on Highway 2, one of Southern California's premier road rides. My husband and I are avid skiers and love Mountain High East. Our neighbors on Helen are wonderful and it is a quiet street with only a couple of neighbors. It is just a three block or seven minute walk to town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly hard to believe how close Arlene's place is to Los Angeles and how far at the same time. My writer's retreat began unexpectedly early. Twenty minutes after leaving Silver Lake my dogs and I were climbing the Angeles Crest Highway at sunset. Wow. No more traffic. No more anything, hardly, except mountains and trees and views for dozens of miles. A little more than an hour later I pulled into the cabin's fenced-in driveway, let the dogs out of the car and took a deep breath and looked around. It was like I traveled through a worm hole. It was so quiet I almost laughed out loud. My brain sort of forgot the world at night is that quiet and that dark. But it took almost no time for my body to remember. I slept deeply and my mind felt utterly at ease during my too-short retreat. Arlene was the perfect host. Immediately responsive to any questions or needs but also left me and my furbuddies to our devices to settle in and explore the area as if the cabin was my own home-away from home. The place was charming, spotless, extremely well stocked in terms of the kitchen, tons of fire wood for the huge stone fire place. The gated and fenced yard was also a real plus if you have dogs. It felt simultaneously remote and extremely close to town. An eight or ten minute walk from main street in town (actually called Park, but felt like an old time-y main street) where there are ample restaurants, cafes (Cimamon's for breakfast took the cake), and supplies/groceries. A couple great local bars/pubs (shout out to the Yodller). About the same distance and you reach the trail head to a couple different really beautiful mountain hikes. I'll definitely be back. And couldn't recommend more. For the value especially, it's hard to imagine there's a better first choice for Wrighthood/Mt. High.
Nov 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Wrightwood in San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 7 minute showers or you'll run out of hot water!
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , This bathrm is upstairs between the 2 bedrooms
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , This Swedish themed bedroom has a window to the backyard
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Sleigh bed in small bdrm. Great for kids, rm 4 pack n play
    Loft - 1 Double Bed , If you are taller than 5'1' you'll have to bend over to walk
  • The master bedroom has a queen bed. The upstairs loft bedroom has a full bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) The other upstairs loft bedroom has a twin bed. , Child Beds (1) I have a pack 'n play available. There is also a crib mattress under the full bed upstairs., Baby Cribs (1) I have a pack 'n play available and a crib mattress
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
Where to begin? The cabin's fenced in yard is perfect for Bowser or your children to run and play. The custom built playhouse is fully stocked with arts and crafts and has a loft bed to sleep in! The cabin is a short walk to town or to amazing hiking trails. It is all in all, an amazing cabin to stay in!


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Fireplace, pet friendly, sleeps up to 5. Playhouse, Walk to Town & Hiking
average rating of 4.91 based on 130 reviews

Perfect getaway!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently booked this for a weekend getaway and it was awesome!!! The house isn’t very big, it’s nice & cozy. It has everything you need to cook, no need to bring anything other than food. It has great a play area for kids. The playhouse is absolutely beautiful. It’s definitely a child friendly home. Arlene was very accommodating and friendly. She answered any questions I had very quickly. She’s super flexible! The neighborhood is nice a quite and the neighbors are super friendly.We absolutely loved staying here, it felt like we were at home!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad we were able to accommodate your family. We really do our best to be as flexible as possible; it was my pleasure gifting you an extra free night since the cabin was available. I agree that the neighborhood is wonderfully quiet and that Wrightwoodians in general are very friendly. We welcome your lovely little family back!
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Perfect little cabin in Wrightwood

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this cabin. My sister is hiking the PCT and Wrightwood was a perfect stop. Arlene, the property manager, was so helpful and friendly...and made everything so easy. The cabin is very charming and we had such a great night enjoying it and the town. I highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sooo Family Friendly!

  • 5 of 5

Our party included 2 adults, our 4.5 yo son, and our 9 yo mini poodle. We loved this cabin. Our son on the other hand, was in complete heaven. :) This cabin has the feel of family retreat. There are books and games and toys, giving you all sorts of opportunities to connect with each other and build those awesome family vacation memories. The yard is fenced in, perfect for our little pup to sniff around. The "play house" in the back, is almost like it's own kids' studio. There is so much love and care in this place--we would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that the cabin worked well for your family! When my dad built the custom playhouse for his grandkids, he would have had no idea how many kids would be spending time creating memories in it. It warms my heart when I know children are playing back there and if Dad were still alive, his loud Argentine laugh or approval would resonate through the yard! We welcome you back any time!
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Adorable, cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this cabin. It is absolutely perfect for a family or any fun get-a-way. Arlene is extremely accommodating and makes sure everything is perfect for your stay. I can’t recommend this place enough.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much; we take a lot of pride in the Nordic Cabin and love accommodating our guests so they will have wonderful memories of their stay in Wrightwood.
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Very quaint and cozy. Quiet and serene environment! Clean crisp air was a very welcome change!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay and look forward to visiting not only Wrightwood but this great cabin!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your visit to the Nordic Cabin. I am sorry that Mother Nature has been spending all her time elsewhere and did not respond accordingly for my request for snow, but she does always deliver clean and crisp air. And those stars at night...I hope you had a chance to star gaze! We welcome you and your family back. ;) Arlene
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Perfect family get away from the city!

  • 5 of 5

The kids loved playing with all of the toys and the play house! The house was fully stocked with everything we needed or forgot to bring. We felt at home and very welcome to enjoy our vacation. We can’t wait to book our next trip!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad the kids got to enjoy the playhouse. My late father lovingly built that custom playhouse for our children and now their children love playing in it. If those walls could talk! We welcome you and your family back again so you can make more memories!
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Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Hwy 2
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Mile High Pizza
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Mt. High

A three block walk takes you into our quaint little 'downtown.' A half mile walk through the neighborhood will take you to some wonderful hiking. Here you'll find some premier hiking trails, a small creek and quaint waterfalls. Head up the hill a few blocks and you'll hike through the levee and follow a stream as far as you can go. You'll find beautiful samples of actinilite (a rock unique to Wrightwood), quartz and grey and green schist. Sit on a fallen tree or boulder and enjoy your picnic lunch. There is a new zip-line canopy tour just two miles from the cabin (Big Pines). Meet up in town and catch the Big Pines truck up to the tour.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Wrightwood, California

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Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £297.8
Cleaning fee £55.84

There will be an additional $25 per pet cleaning fee if you bring your fur-pal. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but we ask that they are kept off the furniture. I know we liked our dog to sit next to us on the sofa, but we always lay her blanket down first. Please bring your own dog blanket along. Payment may be made via PayPal (preferred method), HomeAway or Check. Two night minimum for weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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