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Huttopia Paradise Springs Unveils the Chaplin Cabin

The family-owned French eco-tourism brand known for its popular “prêt-à-camper” resorts debuts refurbished two-guest cabin, originally constructed by old Hollywood stars, at Paradise Springs in Southern California

Huttopia, a popular family-friendly sustainable “prêt-à-camper” or ready-to-camp hospitality brand announces today the opening of Huttopia Paradise Springs’ Chaplin Cabin – a restored cabin originally constructed by silent movie villain Noah Beery Sr. in 1932 – to honor the location’s Old Hollywood roots.

Elevated in Angeles National Forest’s San Gabriel Mountains, just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Huttopia Paradise Springs was a former resort hideaway for Hollywood stars and elites in the 1920s and ‘30s established by Noah Beery Sr., and frequented by the likes of Joseph Kennedy, William Randolph Hearst, Gloria Swanson, Johnny Weissmuller, and the Chaplin Cabin’s namesake, Charlie Chaplin, who occupied the retreat for many summers.  

The newly restored and furnished river-rock-walled cabin, ideal for couples, features one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room with a fireplace, and a kitchen. The private outdoor deck boasts a private jacuzzi overlooking a creek and historic trout ponds, home to thousands of rainbow trout that Beery once sold to Hollywood Restaurants in the early 1900s as part of his Paradise Springs Trout Club. The cabin is ideally positioned a short walk from the main lodge and the same swimming pool where Johnny Weissmuller, the original Tarzan, trained for the Olympics.

The interior design maintains its old-cabin charm, paired with Huttopia’s quintessential design, melding vintage and modern décor for a cozy touch. The winding stairs within the cabin were originally constructed by Charlie Chaplin himself, and still remain today. Upon arrival, guests of the historic cabin will receive a book – specially published by Huttopia and written by Justin Chapman, a Pasadena-based journalist who spent many years researching the history of Paradise Springs – detailing the site’s storied past. 

“This property is filled with so much history, we are thrilled to be able to revive this cabin as a way for guests to experience it even more closely,” said Huttopia co-founder Celine Bossanne. “The Chaplin Cabin is a great opportunity for couples to retreat to nature, while also getting a taste of the past at this old Hollywood haunt.”

Huttopia Paradise Springs is the perfect escape for urban-dwelling wilderness lovers seeking an immersive natural experience with family and friends. Set on 135 acres of scenic forest, the outdoor retreat opened with an exclusive collection of 19 wood & canvas tents of Huttopia’s own unique design in 2021 and expanded with 56 additional fully solar-powered tents in 2022. As with all Huttopia locations, the site provides the comfort of beds and the option of private bathrooms, showers, and camp kitchens, all while remaining grounded in the natural surroundings. The prohibition-era hideaway was an escape for LA locals to head into the starlit desert and indulge in homemade spirits. As a nod to this heritage, Huttopia Paradise Springs remains a “BYOB” destination for travelers. 

On-site activities abound with the likes of hiking, campfires, a swimming pool, and new central restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nearby activities are abundant, with varied mountain and valley exploration opportunities of all skill levels just steps from the camp, including the famed Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area of rock formations, Holcomb Canyon, Mount Baden-Powell, Mount Lewis and Mount Williamson.