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
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Can't get any better....

5 on June 20, 2017

Our second time staying here and as before, John was the perfect host in the perfect setting!

Exceptional Stay at Rainbow Inn

5 on June 12, 2017

My family and I had an exceptional stay at the Rainbow Inn. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The common area had outside balconies with gorgeous redwood trees . A perfect setting for morning coffee or an afternoon nap. The owner of the Inn, John Simpson, was very welcoming and an amazing chef. He prepared a wonderful breakfast with some bubbly champagne. We look forward to staying at the Rainbow Inn during our next visit.

Just what I needed

5 on June 04, 2017

John was wonderfully welcoming and a great cook. He was also helpful with planning and choosing hikes in the area. He gave me just enough attention to let me know he could help me with anything but also gave me the space I required to relax and enjoy myself. I'll definitely be coming back. Thanks, John!

Wonderful Getaway

5 on June 01, 2017

We had a wonderful stay. John is a fantastic host and the location is excellent, highly recommended. We plan to stay here in the future!

Loved It

5 on May 30, 2017

Perfect for the relaxing overnight getaway we needed!! Very nice place. Host is a great guy! Definitely would recommend to anyone heading into that area!

Beautiful place!!

5 on May 17, 2017

Cozy. Comfortable. Good vibe. Great host. Loved Rainbow Inn!!


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.

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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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