Rainbow Inn Bed & Breakfast

54420 South Circle Drive , Idyllwild, CA 92549 USA (Show map)


The Rainbow Inn is a five-room upscale B&B located in the picturesque art town of Idyllwild, two hours from LA and San Diego, one hour from Palm Springs, nestled among majestic pine trees and towering granite mountains. The Inn is located on nearly an acre of wooded land adjacent to Strawberry Creek. The Rainbow Inn is an excellent place to relax and unwind, or to have your wedding or other event in our conference facility.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Awesome stay at Rainbow Inn

5 on October 01, 2016

Out host Jon was warm and welcoming. The entire place was quaint and very clean. The home cooked breakfast was great and better than I had expected. This is definitely a place we will visit again.

Great stay

4.6 on September 23, 2016

My wife and I stayed at the Rainbow In B&B in Idyllwild. We were looking to get away a couple days and relax and that is exactly what it was. John was super nice and accommodating, the room was very nice and the breakfast superb. My wife cannot eat gluten and limits sugar and the breakfast fit the bill. The other guests at breakfast both days seemed equally satisfied.

Excellent escape

4.6 on August 28, 2016

John is extremely nice and attentive. The inn is a bastion of calm; it makes you want to spend the day there. If we ever find ourselves near Idyllwild again, we will not hesitate to return to the Rainbow Inn.


5 on August 28, 2016

Everything was perfect from reservation to leaving. John's hospitality is unbeatable and he is literally working all the time to make his guests happy and his inn perfect. The grounds were very lovely, we enjoyed the patio to play games or have a picnic. We stayed in the Swan room and it was wonderful. The little refrigerator even had a tiny freezer that worked great and the A/C even had a remote which was very helpful. Decorations are perfect and John's lovely photography from around the world is amazing. Couldn't ask for anything more to just get away and relax which is exactly what we did. Breakfast is unbeatable and first thing everyone did was take a picture because it was as beautiful as it was delicious. Thanks John for your attention to detail in every aspect.

An Oasis

5 on August 19, 2016

I simply love this place. The rooms are beautiful and the location is superb. John is a wonderful host and an excellent cook. It's a good home base for exploring the Idyllwild area or a place you can kick back and relax in if you feel like doing nothing. The movie collection John provides is impressive.

Couldn't be Better

5 on August 17, 2016

From reservations to checking out everything was perfect as everyone says. We stayed in the Swan Room and it worked out perfect. John is such a hard worker and literally every minute of the day you would see him working, cleaning or cooking to make all of his guests happy. As everyone says he thought of everything even reader glasses we saw on a coffee table. Even the A/C in our room had a remote. Would love to come again. Breakfast was amazing and first thing everyone did was to take a picture of it. It tasted as wonderful as it looked. Thanks for amazing hospitality.

An Amazing Find

5 on August 06, 2016

We only stayed for 1 night at the Rainbow Inn in Idyllwild and it was amazing. We stayed in the Swan Lake room and everything was perfect. The inn, our room, the grounds and breakfast . . . all perfect. I was their with my children, but I have already made reservations to go back in October for a romantic 2 night stay with my husband for his birthday.

Charming B&B with excellent host

5 on August 02, 2016

Needed a place to stay one night before picking up son at Astrocamp. The place was easy to find and close to Astrocamp. The owner contacted me a couple hours before we arrived to let me know he would not be there upon our arrival. He introduced himself and made arrangements for the key. The house was very charming. We had the Music Box room with 2 twin beds. Perfect for me and my daughter, as mentioned the bathroom was directly across hall and private to us. There were many movies, books and games available. Room had air conditioning Breakfast was awesome, I had let him know I was gluten free and vegetarian and he accomodated us. Everything was great would stay again.

Such an enjoyable place to stay. I will be back!

5 on July 19, 2016

John, the host, makes you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. The accommodations were excellent, but the special touches John adds to the stay, along with the beautifully served and delicious breakfasts makes this a place to be remembered.

B&B at its best

4.4 on July 17, 2016

My wife and I stayed here 2 nights and we hated to leave. John is such a great host and he immediately makes you feel like you're at home. I was a quality control manager before I retired and I still can't stop scrutinizing everything. The Rainbow Inn impressed me in every way. It is clean, beautifully decorated, and has the perfect country feel. I couldn't get over John's attention to detail. From a huge selection of DVD's, all sorts of games, books about the surrounding wildlife and history of the town, a wine opener in the room, and even 3 pairs of reading glasses in the main room, just in case you forgot yours. I could go on and on but I didn't even mention what a great breakfast he does. When we stayed it was cream cheese stuffed French toast with very lean bacon one morning, and a beautiful egg soufflé with just a hint of rosemary accompanied by turkey sausage the next (worth the price of admission alone!) The Inn is within walking distance to the town and shops. We will definitely come back when we are in the area.

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Rooms & Rates

Swan Lake Suite

A luxurious king size bed with decadent bedding awaits you. Sleep among original works of the masters such as Rembrandt, Salvador Dali, and Peter Max. Sooth your senses in the two person Jacuzzi tub, or lounge next to the fireplace. Amenities include: King size bed, Jaccuzi Tub Double, pillow-top mattress, In-room bathroom,600 thread count linens, Complimentary Bottled water, TV/DVD player, Extensive DVD library, Fire place, Refrigerator, Coffee pot

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

Sunset Room

Experience gazing into the canopy of hundred year old pines as the fire warms your room and your spirit. Rustic elegance and a beautiful mahogany sleigh bed await you. Amenities include: Queen size bed, Double pillow-top mattress, In-room bathroom,600 thread count linens, Complimentary Bottled water, TV/DVD player, Extensive DVD library, Fire place, Refrigerator, Coffee pot.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Strawberry Creek Room

An exceptionally appointed room with spectacular forest views. Let the soothing sound of nearby Strawberry Creek relax you in the comfort of your luxurious queen size bed, or cozy up to the fireplace. Amenities include: queen size bed, double pillow-top mattress, full size in room bathroom, 600 thread count linens, complimentary bottled water, fire place, refrigerator, coffee pot, cable TV / DVD, extensive DVD library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Bear Den

This cozy room boasts an extremely comfortable queen size bed and rich appointments. Sit in the bay window and read a book, watch a movie, or enjoy the quietude among the majestic pines. Amenities include: queen size bed, double pillow-top mattress, in room bathroom, 600 thread count linens, refrigerator, coffee pot, complimentary bottled water, Cable TV / DVD, DVD library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

Music Box Room

Beautiful rich linens adorn the comfortable king bed or two twin beds. Lay back and relax in this elegantly appointed room basking in the beauty. Amenities include: king or two twin beds, double pillow-top mattress, 600 thread count linens, refrigerator, coffee pot, complimentary bottled water, private bathroom, writing table, two bathrobes, cable TV / DVD, DVD library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

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Location Type

Hiking Trails, Rock Climbing, Nearby Lakes, Year Round Creek, Mountains, Village


Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs) 50 miles

Directions to property:

Take Hwy 74 into the San Jacinto Mountains to Mountain Center. Turn north onto Hwy 243 about 5 miles to Idyllwild.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Located on the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail, Miles of Hiking Trails, Rock Climbing, International Performing Arts School, "One of the 100 Best Art Towns", Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , 600 Thread Count Sheets, Outdoor Stage, Inside/Outside Wedding Facilities, Massage by Appointment, Catering Available

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking permitted on outside patio.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Limited to rooms that hold more then two guests.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some rooms have minimum stays on weekends and holidays.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We reserve the right to take a 50% deposit for holidays and other major events.
  • Cancellations: We require a 24 hour notice for cancellations for typical stays. Holidays we require a 2 week notice of cancellation. Guests may be charged for rooms if cancellations aren't made at the appropriate time.



John Simpson

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About the innkeepers

Interests and hobbies vary and include the arts, gardening, entertaining, hiking, traveling, friends and family.

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Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options