One of the best ways to explore Idyllwild is on a cruisy “Electra” bike from Hub Cyclery (note: “Electra” does not mean electric). Owners Mary and Brendan will set you up and give you the beta on some sweet rides. A 3-mile (round-trip) loop around town showcases Idyllwild’s galleries, funky shops, and eateries. Make pit stops to check out the art and grab an ice cream at the old-school Candy Cupboard, where you can make your own sweet masterpiece. Finish the ride passing views of towering Lily Rock. Or put your pedal to the metal on the 6-mile (round-trip) ride to Inspiration Point. The hilly ascent passes through peaceful manzanita-lined residential streets, up to the point, for a ridges-and-peaks view that’ll inspire a pop-a-wheelie. Lion Peak, Little Thomas and Thomas Mountain, Rouse Hill, and Cahuilla Mountain are all part of the ensemble. On clear days, you can see all the way to the Pacific.
Take a breather at local hangout and live music venue Cafe Aroma
(54750 N. Circle Dr.), an eclectic bistro/rotating art gallery. Pair the Shrimp Jalapeno Pesto Fettucine with a Chimay Blue brew. Adventurous!
The Hub Cyclery, 54425 N. Circle Dr., Ste. 9. Bike rentals: $45/full day or $25/half day. Bring a helmet or buy one for $20. Directions for town loop: Take a left out of Oakwood Village on N. Circle Dr. Turn left on Hwy. 243, then left on S. Circle Dr., which connects back to N. Circle Dr. Take a left on N. Circle Dr. and follow to the starting place at Oakwood Village. To Inspiration Point: Take a left out of Oakwood Village on N. Circle Dr. Turn left on Hwy. 243; after 0.2 mile, turn right on Toll Gate Rd. Follow for 0.7-mile and take a left on Meadow Glen Dr.; after 0.3-mile, turn right on Double View Dr. Follow for 1.2 miles to Inspiration Point. Return the way you came. Cafe Aroma has a dog-friendly patio!