Mayor Max News From Idyllwild: Fall Edition


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Hello! I am Mayor Max, the five-year-old Golden Retriever Mayor of Idyllwild, and I am assisted by my two cousins, Deputy Mayors Mitzi and Mikey, and my Chiefs of Staff, Phyllis Mueller and Glenn Warren.

We three Golden Retrievers have been the Mayors of Idyllwild since we were born, taking over for our uncle, Mayor Max the First, who passed away of old age during his second year in office. As puppies, we finished our uncle’s second year in office, and in the next election, Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends and the Idyllwild community voted to name me and my deputies Mayors for Life because of the tremendous amount of positive work that we Mayors and our staff do for the community.

We love to be downtown, visiting with people on a daily basis. We also attend all kinds of events to help promote and support the causes of charities and other businesses.

If you would like to visit with we Mayors of Idyllwild at any time, simply call or text Phyllis at (949) 525-0100 or email Max at We will happily schedule a visit with you.

No matter what time of year you visit Idyllwild, there is always so much to see and to do. To mention just a few highlights, we have many world-class restaurants that also have live entertainment every day. Our shops and art galleries are fantastic, and there are so many, you can spend days trying to visit all of them. Plus, for the outdoor enthusiast and nature lover, our beautiful pristine mountain environment offers breathtaking surroundings, wonderful hiking trails, and comfortable lodging and camp grounds.

Three of our most important and fun events of the year are held during the fall season in Idyllwild. Here are the details and how to find more information about each event.

Idyllwild’s 21st Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Art Walk 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wine Walk 2–5 p.m. Please note, per the event website: “We discourage bringing children and pets.”

Start your great art hunt by visiting our galleries, hot spots, and artist booths. You do not need a ticket to visit the art locations, and free maps will be available at Art Alliance of Idyllwild (AAI) Central, located at the Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive.

Continue your Idyllwild experience with wine tasting from 2pm to 5pm. A ticket is required for the tastings, which includes a keepsake wine glass, entertainment by local musicians, and a variety of cheese, crackers, and grapes. Best of all, ticket holders will get the opportunity to sip great wine while mingling with other wine and art enthusiasts. Non-drinking friends may join you in the wine-pouring areas without a ticket.

We want you to enjoy all that Idyllwild has to offer, so we’ll have free shuttles running around the village, starting at 11 a.m. and finishing at 6 p.m.

As of this writing, there will be 20 wineries that will be pouring.

For more information, call (951) 692-6135 or email us direct at Buy tickets ASAP, as we sell out our maximum 1,200 ticket capacity every year! artinidyllwild.

Idyllwild 52nd Annual Harvest Festival

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Idyllwild Always the first two days after Thanksgiving, November 23–24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Festival is a two-day event, held annually on Friday and Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend in the gymnasium at Idyllwild School (26700 CA Hwy. 243). And admission is free!

At the Harvest Festival, you’ll find an amazing assortment of gift items and ideas for the holidays. There will be gift basket raffle drawings and homemade bakery items, as well as delicious Idyllwild food, will be available for purchase. And, you can stock up on your favorite homemade jams or organic lotions, or discover unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

For more information, visit the Idyllwild Rotary at

Idyllwild’s Christmas Tree Lighting Event

Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Saturday, November 24, 2018

This year, the Idyllwild Christmas Tree Lighting Event is being managed by Chris Singer. Plans are being made as of this writing. For more information about this fun and exciting holiday event, call Chris Singer at (951) 961-8403.

We look forward to seeing you in Idyllwild!

Love always,

Mayor Max

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