So let me tell you what happened after Pony Express. There is an old book store that we discovered the first time we went there and which was on my Idyllwild-must-go-to-list. In true Idyllwild fashion, books were arranged by the author’s middle name initial – they thought that would make things more interesting. Say whaat?! Anyways, an hour later I found Agatha Christie and bought a few Poirot’s (I’m obsessed with her work so every old bookstore I go into I look for old editions of Papa Poirot).
By then it was around 3pm so it was time to check in the lovely B&B that we had booked, the Strawberry Creek Inn. Like I said before, I had never stayed in a B&B before and I was super excited to try it! We pull in and……oh, so pretty! So quaint, so warm and welcoming! The B&B is owned and managed by Rodney and Ian who live and work at the Strawberry Creek Inn with their 4 small dogs, 1 to 2 semi-feral cats, bees, chickens, and various other animals and insects they’re known for taking in. This place is a little piece of heaven!
After relaxing a little we decided we were hungry! It was merely 5:30 but we were ready for dinner! And let me tell you, EVERYBODY eats dinner at 5:30 in Idyllwild! We were told to try Gastrognome (or as locally called, the Gnome). Ohh, what a pleasant surprise the Gnome was! Completely unexpected! It doesn’t look like much from the outside but the Gnome is a charming and unpretentious restaurant with delicious food; anything from lobster, steak, lamb, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian. Definitely a good choice for dinner if ever in the area.
We then picked up a bottle of red wine and went back to the Strawberry Inn where we spent the perfect Saturday night: putting together a 300 piece puzzle while sipping good wine and eating dark chocolate. It was just perfect!
Lastly, around 10:30 we retired to our room. And that, kids, concludes our Saturday night in Idyllwild. Will come back with Sunday’s adventures.