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 Dining4.8


4.8 on April 27, 2017

This place is in town, creek and new brewery. John is amazing cook, photographer (his photos line walls) and host. Our stay was amazing. Have already recommended his place twice.

A great place to stay in the mountains

5 on April 22, 2017

This was a very nice bed and breakfast. It is located in a quiet community and is in walking distance of downtown. The host is very pleasant and showed us around the whole house. The room and bed was comfortable and the breakfast was very good. I would recommend this place to everyone seeking a nice quiet place to stay in the mountains.

Another Outstanding Visit

5 on April 21, 2017

My husband and I have been to the Rainbow Inn several times and have found it delightful. The rooms are decorated so well and are extremely clean. Every amenity is provided for. There are spaces throughout the property to relax and there is never a problem finding a group to converse with over a glass of wine or a secluded spot for a respite. The innkeeper, John, is amazing. He is so kind and thoughtful...my husband and I had to leave early one morning and John thoughtfully provided a simple breakfast for us as we were unable to stay. Breakfast is provided and wow, is it a breakfast! Fresh Eggs Benedict one morning, Fluffy Egg Souffle the next...outstanding. I guess it's obvious we love this place. Try it, you won't be disappointed. Perhaps we will see you there because we are definitely going back! Elizabeth Lockhart

A great get away

5 on April 14, 2017

When we arrived we were greeted by the owner John. He showed us around and explained everything about the inn. The room was amazing!! It's the perfect place to unwind. In the morning John made an outstanding breakfast that kept us going throughout the day. John is the consummate host indeed. We will definitely be back real soon. Thanks so much John for a great time.

Wonderful B&B

5 on April 13, 2017

THis B&B exceeds our expectations in all areas especially the manager and owner who is also an excellent cook serving gourmet breakfast to the guest in a charming setting As far as we are concerned there is no one out there who can compete in the service cleanliness of rooms and the fantastic outdoor area that comes with it

A nice quiet place to stay in the mountains

5 on April 11, 2017

This bed and breakfast was a good place to stay in the mountains. The host was very cordial and showed us the whole place. The room was good sized and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom for our room was across the hall, which was inconvenient but not bad. Breakfast was very good and plentifuil. The inn is close to downtown and very convenient for walking to dinner. The location was beautiful

The best bedandBreakfast

5 on January 18, 2017

We loved the rainbow Inn, everything have exceeded ours expectations. John and Lon are the excellent hosts. The breakfast is so delicious. For sure We will back soon, and we recommend for everyone.

Magical stay

5 on January 08, 2017

Wonderful stay over the holidays. Breakfast was amazing and the snow was an added bonus.

Gem in the mountains

5 on January 05, 2017

My family and I stayed for one night. The home is immaculate and so comfortable. Breakfast was amazing and we had a wonderful group of people. The boys built a snowman by the river. John was a gracious host and definitely will return. There is ample parking, town is within walking distance, tons of movies to choose from and the lovely creek at the back of the property.

Rainbolw Inn Holiday Get-Away

4.0 on January 04, 2017

Perfect spot for a relaxing visit in a cozy and intimate setting. +The breakfasts were wonderful and John went out of his way to make us feel comfortable. The sitting room with fireplace is perfect for reading and chatting with other guests. I enjoyed the view from my comfortable room. I would have liked a little better reading light.

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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

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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.
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John Simpson

Languages spoken


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



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