Education Elevated: Where the Arts and Academia Intersect

Founded in 1946 by Dr. Max and Mrs. Beatrice Krone, the Idyllwild Arts Academy is one of only four independent high schools for the arts in the country. IAA is located in mile high Idyllwild on 205 forested acres in the San Jacinto Mountains and is home, during the school year, to more than 300 students representing over 30 countries.
Photos by Jenny Kirchner

Scott Padgett: A Master Craftsman — Who Knew?

It is pretty amazing how Scott Padgett can get wood to do almost anything he wants it to. It is as though he possesses some mysterious power that forces the wood to bend because he wills it to. The curvilinear deck he built around his mountain home is testament to his woodworking skill — put simply, his work is jaw-dropping.
Harley, 6, helps mom Martha at the restaurant by updating the specials board.
Photo by Jay Pentrack

Pass the Pie!

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day; for me, it is my favorite meal of the day. Living in Idyllwild among the majestic pines and endless blue sky seem to make it even more special whether you’re dining inside warmed by a crackling fireplace or outside in the crisp Fall air, there is a simple peace and happiness that starts your day in the most perfect way.
Air Museum

3rd Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival

The Palm Springs Air Museum will host the 3rd Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, November 22, from noon to 6 p.m. Festival goers can sample beers from dozens of West Coast breweries while checking out the vintage planes at the museum. The event also features live music, DJs, food vendors and refreshments.
The Idyllwild Master Chorale performs an impressive holiday program each December that is well worth catching.
Photo by Jenny Kirchner

A magical season on the Hill

The fresh scent of mountain pine combined with the crisp temperatures of Fall make the mile-high community of Idyllwild an ideal destination for the holidays. Visitors and residents are invited to step back in time into a community rooted in small town traditions and overflowing with artistic talent.
Photo courtesy Morongo Casino

Happy 10th Birthday, Morongo!

To mark the momentous occasion, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa has lined up a full month of special events and programs to thank its guests. The thrilling promotions include exciting concerts from such blockbuster artists as Sublime and Chris Young, commemorative 10th anniversary collector’s chips, new car giveaways, hotel discounts and dining specials.
Photos courtesy Greater Palm Springs Pride

Greater Palm Springs Pride: Still Inspiring Positive Change After 28 Years

The 28th Anniversary of Greater Palms Springs Pride marks another milestone in the organizations long history. For the first time ever, the Festival will be held on Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. After years of planning, the festival will become the largest California Pride celebration (outside of San Francisco) to offer free admission to all attendees.
Photos by Jenny Kirchner

Camp life: Thousand Trails in Idyllwild

Let’s go camping! With over 80 locations in 22 states and British Columbia, Thousand Trails is the largest provider of RV resorts and campgrounds in North America. Avid campers will like the annual camping pass that is available for only $545 (be sure to check out their Labor Day special online) with five camping zones to choose from.