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3rd Night FREE, pet friendly, sleeps up to 5. Playhouse, Walk to Town & Hiking

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

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

LEO, Teacher, and Military 10% discount! Summer special with third night free! NON-SMOKING CABIN

Circa 1920's cabin with all the modern conveniences. This is a small, adorable cabin that can sleep up to six guests, but I would not recommend it for six 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

More Details

Arlene Corte
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish, Swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2017

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 Inland Empire

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

Cannot express in words how much we enjoyed your family cabin. It transported me back over 30 years to a much happier and healthier time in my life. I can't wait until our next visit, hopefully in the spring.

We were so happy and content just hanging out in the coziness of the cabin, we didn't venture out into the village or the ski resort until the day we left.

The snow everywhere was beautiful. We found the downtown area quaint, and the views from the North Mt. High Resort road were magnificent during the descent.

I can see myself possibly living in Wrightwood one day if I could find a cabin as cute as yours. If that day comes, I'm hoping you'll help me decorate. :)

Thank you again for sharing your little slice of heaven with us. It was my best birthday ever!
Jan 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Wrightwood in San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
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 2 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Cute mountain themed upstairs bedroom. No door
    Loft - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , If you are taller than 5'1' you'll have to bend over to walk
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , This Swedish themed bedroom has a window to the back & a tv
  • 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. There is also a twin futon chair/bed in this room, 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, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Single futon chair that converts into a single bed in loft bedroom. When not needed for sleeping, use it as a chair to read in. to watch a movie!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 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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3rd Night FREE, pet friendly, sleeps up to 5. Playhouse, Walk to Town & Hiking
average rating of 4.902174 based on 121 reviews

Perfect Cabin, Our 5 and 7 year old absolutely LOVED it!

  • 5 of 5

My review of this cabin is geared toward families with younger children (such as ours), however this cabin really fits well with many of the categories listed. First and foremost, Arlene is a wonderful woman to work with. She answered my calls, took time to address any questions I had, and was very friendly. She is also extremely flexible. It was a pleasure to rent this property from her; she made things easy. Secondly, the cabin has everything you could possibly need, or even think of. I seriously cannot come up with any suggestion to offer as to what this cabin could need. This cabin is laid out practically, and it's a "no-brainer" to find things in this cabin--bowls, silverware, hot pads...they were all right where I would have put them. There was even an area above the heater to dry our wet items, which came in extremely handy! My daughter discovered a book on Arlene's shelf that my son was currently reading (Diary of a Wimpy Kid-we hadn't brought it), and that minor detail was a huge hit for my children, too. We helped ourselves to reading the children another of her books as their bedtime story; that one was a Berenstain Bears book. And, of course, there was the train table, and the playhouse outside, which were two of the primary reasons we had chosen her cabin in the first place. The train table kept both children (one girl and one boy) entertained for a good part of the trip, as did the Mr. Potato Heads that they found in a basket underneath the train table. And, when the children were allowed outside, there was a plethora of toys for them to play with. First there was a pedal car that my son had his eyes on since we had pulled in the driveway. Then there were the bucket/cup shoes with strings, art supplies in the playhouse, rackets and birdies, a dump truck--and those were just the toys that my children chose to play with. My kids were thrilled! The kids slept in the full size bed (futon?) in the attic, and it was comfortable and not very far off the carpeted ground at all (so if you have little ones, even if they fell off the bed it wouldn't be that far of a fall, and the landing would be soft.) As a parent, I seriously cannot rave enough about this cabin. We loved it so much that we are planning to go back again in the very near future!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think I will be smiling all day after this review! Teacher to teacher, you can probably tell what I liked my own kids and grandkids to play with. I love the classic toys and games and the playhouse for the kids. I personally am very sad when I see kids with ipads and stuck in front of a TV when there is so very much more for them to experience. You MUST visit us in the summer. My kids used to sleep out in the playhouse. Being that the yard is fenced in and that you can open the bedroom window and see right out to the playhouse, I always felt very secure with them out there. And the Wrightwood Country Club right up the street, with a lake and amazing amenities, would be a huge hit with you and your family. Wrightwood really is a fantastic place to be. I think I took for granted everything we had when we lived there and raised our kids in that cabin. I taught at the elementary school right down the street and would walk or bike to school every day. One day, one of my students saw me drive to school (when I had lots of boxes to transport) and remarked, "Mrs. Corte, you can drive?!" Yeah, it's that kind of small town! Thanks again for your very generous review. You warmed my heart and reminded me why I love doing this so much!
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Refreshing way to get out of LA

  • 5 of 5

Wife and I had a great time staying here. Place was very quaint and comfortable for the two of us plus the dog. Really enjoyed nearby hiking and also walking to the nearby downtown area.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love hearing that my guests explore the hiking opportunities just minutes from the cabin as well as the walk to town. If you walked at night I am sure you used a flashlight....with no streetlights it is extremely dark at night...better to see the stars! We hope you will all consider coming again; we welcome back our respectful guests.
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High Value Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway for a few days. Easy drive from Orange County, CA. Easy walk to 'downtown' Wrightwood. This is obviously a pet friendly community. Many properties are fenced in for security and for furry friends; while some stores and restaurants are also pet friendly. This cabin is one of those and worked perfectly for our pet. Hiking in May's climate was perfect. Cabin was very clean and well stocked. Pines smell great! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Relaxing Time

  • 4 of 5

We had a brief 3 night staycation (we live in LA) and the cabin was just the peaceful relaxing spot to chill for a family getaway with our two young sons. The cabin's outdoor space was amazing - with a huge fenced in yard, back patio, front deck, and adorable playhouse. The cabin itself was well appointed with everything you need - bring your towels and settle right in! We even read one of the boys' favorite books from the cabin's collection at bedtime. We had an issue upon arrival and Arlene and Heather (the owner and property manager) took care of it right away. That was much appreciated. The location is fantastic. We were lazy and drove into town a few times, but also took a lovely walk to the Grizzly Café which is a 5-10 minute walk away from the cabin. Hiking, restaurants, Jackson Lake, antique stores, and so much else is right at your fingertips. Thanks Arlene. See you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you and your family were able to make some forever memories at our cabin. We so appreciate your patience with the oven issue...we try our best to make things right and I hope the complimentary third night made up for the inconvenience. We look forward to hosting your family again soon!
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Perfect cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! My kids loved all the toys, train table and the play house out back! The house was very well equipped it had everything we needed! It was also close to town which was nice for walking the kids to the local park and shops during the day. We will definitely use Arlene again for our future visits to wrightwood!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. It's not often that we have guests stay for an extended period like you did, but I am so pleased that it worked out well. We hope that next time you are in town to visit family that you will consider us again. :) Arlene
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Amazing abode in charming town

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as two couples with a doggie. It was my birthday weekend and we wanted a decent amount of space for each of the two couples plus some covening areas. We also wanted something charming and close to town. Can you believe we got all of our asks in one place?!? This is a great home away and has such a cozy warmth. The rustic decor is really well thought and I just loved the old antique items through out the home. The owner is great and if you are in a pinch and need help she will call the neighbor to help you. We truly enjoyed our stay and we are already talking about when we will come back again!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy everything worked out well for you all! As long as folks are OK with full sized beds, this cabin is wonderful. We welcome respectful guests like you back again!
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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

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2017 Thanksgiving week
20 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Peak Season
15 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £303.28
Cleaning fee £56.87
Tax Rate 7.0%

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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