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April in Lake Arrowhead – All about Fishing

pier fishingWhether you are a seasoned fisherman (or woman) or are just starting out, the Lake Arrowhead area is the perfect place to set out with a rod, enjoy nature and reel in a great catch. April is the perfect month to focus on bass, which is a pretty penny in upscale restaurants. So, why not plan a vacation on the hill, where you can catch your own?

Lake Arrowhead

The perfect place to catch trout, Kokanee salmon, bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish and carp, Lake Arrowhead is private, which means its use is restricted to homeowners in a tract of land roughly one mile around the perimeter of the lake, known as “Arrowhead Woods.” Qualified homeowners are required to belong to the “Arrowhead Lake Association” in order to access the lake. If you are interested in purchasing property in Arrowhead Woods, give us a call at (909) 337-2403. But even if you’re not in the market to buy Lake Arrowhead property, you will be able to fish as long as you’re with a property owner. But even if you don’t plan to purchase property in Lake Arrowhead, you can vacation in the area, where there are lots of other great fishing options:

fishing 2Deep Creek and Bear Creek

After years of drought, Deep Creek and Bear Creek are up and running. Both streams feature the elusive native Brown Trout. And maps are available at the Discovery Center. If you decide to fish at either of these locations, you will need an Adventure Pass so you can park at the trail-heads nearest the stream.

Brown Trout can be fished using artificial lures (no bait) on barbless hooks. There is a limit of two catches per day of trout 8″ or larger. Anglers are encouraged to “catch and release” in these areas, to keep the waters well-stocked. The Department of Fish & Game studied Electro-Shocking in the stream and found the area to host browns in excess of 18 inches.

If you are an angler who would enjoy a great day of fishing without the often-associated hours-drive on either end, book a vacation place in Lake Arrowhead and spend a day or two at either of these streams!

Lake Gregory
Held annually, a free Youth Fishing Derby in Lake Gregory-adjacent Lake Arrowhead for kids aged 16 and under. What’s more, four times during the year, a big-tagged fish Fishing Derby is held, with a $2,000 top prize! Additional prizes are also awarded. The entry fee is just $10. And, historically, most of the tagged fish are caught during derbies. Snacks and supplies and a bait shop are located inside the park. And, although camping is not allowed at the 150-acre park, you could book a comfortable vacation spot in Lake Arrowhead and head over for the derby.

gone-fishinGeneral Restrictions

Anglers 16 and older must hold a valid fishing license, which can be purchased at local sporting goods, hardware stores and marinas. Reduced-fee licenses are available for the elderly and armed forces veterans, and free licenses are available for the visually, physically, and/or developmentally impaired, as well as for certain classes of American Indians. Generally, the catch limit is five in the lakes and two in the streams. Anglers in the wild streams are encouraged to “catch and release.” Some fishing also restricts the type of equipment you may use. A basic license is required and only one rod is permissible at a time. For more detailed information on hunting and fishing in California, visit the California Department of Fish and Game website, (phone (916) 227-2245, or check out the US Forest Service for more information.

Whether or not you decide to fish, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

Springtime in Lake Arrowhead

spring 2Easter in Lake Arrowhead

The Saturday before Easter, on April 4, bring your kids and/or grandkids for a free Easter-Egg Hunt and Selfies with the Easter Bunny! After you have fun with the kids, bring them with you to shop in the outlet and specialty stores in the village. Then, on Sunday, you could also book brunch at any one of several great high-end restaurants or enjoy something a little less formal on Sunday after attending the Sunrise Service, a later church service at any of the several houses of worship, or at the resort or sleeping in.

Egg Hunts

12:30 p.m. 0-2 years on grass in front of Bass

12:45 p.m. 3-5 years on grass at Center Stage

1 p.m. 6-7 years on grass at Center Stage

1:15 p.m. 8-10 years on peninsula playground by Lollipop Park

Noon – 4 p.m. Take Selfies with the Easter Bunny! Magician! Mr. Whistner the Balloon Man!

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Daffodils in Bloom

Springtime in the Lake Arrowhead communities means daffodils in Twin Peaks! Thousands and thousands of the beautiful little yellow flowers cover the hillside from Running Springs to Lake Gregory. Where did the bulbs come from? It all started in the fall of 1999 when a woman named Julie Greer planted a few bulbs. Since daffodils were her favorite flowers and she was battling breast cancer, she decided she needed a little sunshine in her life. In 2000, she raised enough money to plant 1,000 more bulbs. And though she lost her battle in 2001, her project lived on through her husband, Tom, who has continued her tradition, by planting thousands of additional daffodil bulbs. According to NBC Los Angeles, the total number of bulbs to date is some 80,000. To see the beautiful bulbs, all you need do is drive along Highway 189.

spring 4While the above is far from an exhaustive list, it highlights some of the most popular places to go in springtime in Lake Arrowhead. Any season of year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

Nightlife in Lake Arrowhead  

nightlifeWhile there are lots of things to do in the Lake Arrowhead area during the day, some people wonder whether the area has much of a nightlife. After all; it is a quiet mountain community. Does anyone even leave their homes and cabins after dark? The answer is a definitive “yes” and “no.”

You can always hunker down by a cozy fire while relaxing in Lake Arrowhead after a fun-filled day of hiking, skiing, snow-play or shopping. But if you prefer to rest during the day and head out after the sun goes down, Lake Arrowhead also has some great nightlife options:

  • The Lake Arrowhead Bar offers karaoke, drink specials, and what many say is the best Bloody Mary in town.
  • The Grapevine is located in Lake Arrowhead Village, and features tastings and flights, as well as a lakeside view and a light menu which includes fine meats and cheeses and gourmet appetizer fare.
  • Bin 189 is located in Lake Arrowhead Village and offering a full gourmet menu and impressive bar. Also, entertainment is impressive, with a jazz band on Thursday nights, live pianist every Friday night and blues guitar on Saturday night.
  • Hot Shots is an Internet café located in Blue Jay, which is a great option for people who want to meet over coffee instead of alcohol. Serving espresso drinks as well as a light menu and several varieties of frozen yogurt, Hot Shots is affordably priced and often features live entertainment as well as board games and lots of space for hanging out.
  • The Saddleback Inn is a full-service restaurant and bar located just outside of the Village. Good choice for dinner or just drinks.
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  • The Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille is perfect for avid or casual sports fans, who want to cheer their favorite teams over a drink or great meal. One of their offers includes “Steal the Glass Tuesday,” where the glass is included in the price of each week’s featured brew.
  • Papagayos features a full bar and extensive Mexican menu. Suitable for kids as well as adults, the Lake Arrowhead Village restaurant often has live bands as well as balloon artists on the weekends. Many say this is the possibly the best place on the mountain to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
  • The Antler’s is located just down the road from Lake Arrowhead proper, in Twin Peaks, and is perfect for anyone who wants an award-winning fine dining experience or just a picturesque location to enjoy a few drinks.
  • nightlife 2Possibly the most exciting nightlife offered in Lake Arrowhead is available at the Tudor House, which opened in 2013. Located in famous mobster Bugsy Seigel’s former hideout, the location is a former speakeasy and casino, which now offers concerts, dinner theater, supper and Sunday brunch. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2 p.m.; brunch is at noon.

While the above is far from an exhaustive list, it highlights some of the most popular places to go in Lake Arrowhead or nighttime fun. Day or night, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

Santa’s Village to be renamed SkyPark at Santa’s Village  

SkyPark at Santa’s Village should be open in late summer 2015

santa clausMountain residents and visitors alike fondly recall the days when Santa’s Village, located just off Highway 18 between Running Springs and Sky Forest, was the spot where Santa Claus and cold weather activities made Lake Arrowhead a great wintertime destination in Southern California. According to Bill Johnson, project manager, under the name SkyPark Santa’s Village, the facility will reopen on or around Aug. 1, 2015, ushering in a new, year-round vacation-destination era for the San Bernardino Mountains.

“Our mission statement is to provide the public with an outdoor experience, creating memories of wonder, thrill and camaraderie,” said Johnson, at a Municipal Advisory Council meeting held last month in Lake Arrowhead. “There will be a mix of activities to attract all ages: mountain bike trails, hiking trails, zip lines, and fly fishing, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, sledding and other types of snow play.”

forestA fan of forest playgrounds, Johnson wants the park to encourage kids to get out into the fresh open air. So he plans to build treehouses, swings and teeter totters in the trees as well as climbing walls. Also on tap for SkyPark is a 200-seat restaurant, an ice cream and candy shop, a coffee and tea house, a Christmas shop (which would be open year round), a bakery, a wedding chapel and an activity center that would rent equipment such as bikes, fishing and climbing equipment.

Surrounded by trees which were hammered by a bark beetle infestation, the location is in dire need of restoration. To that end, the Mountain News reports that Johnson has filed permits with Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Existing buildings already feature new roofs. So the only newly proposed building will include restrooms for a campground, to be built across the street and behind a hill, so that it does not impact local residents. Additional improvements to Highway 18 would include wider roads and a protected turn, as well as a potential pedestrian signal, so people will be able to safely cross the highway.

campFor more information about the project, check out the SkyPark at Santa’s Village website, or check back here, as we plan to keep abreast of the ongoing project.

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

What to Do in Lake Arrowhead in 2015

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We’ve all heard the dreaded phrase uttered by kids, “I’m bored!” But, let’s face it. Sometimes, even adults are looking for something fun to do. Next time you hear or consider saying that phrase, remember that there is plenty to do for adults and kids alike in Lake Arrowhead. The following is an exhaustive list of fun, free things to do in Lake Arrowhead Village starting in March, 2015 and continuing until the end of the year.

So post this list by your family calendar. And book a vacation, so you and your family can take advantage of beautiful views, fresh mountain air and plenty of exciting activities. Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

February 16

concertFaith Baptist Schools Traditional High School Band/Choir Concert! Come celebrate President’s Day!

March 2015

03/21 – Kids’ Activity Day!

April​​ 2015

Easter Egg4/04 – Easter Egg Hunt & Free Selfies with the Easter Bunny!

May​​ 2015

5/8   – Farmers Market (2 p.m.-7 p.m.)​

5/15 – Farmers Market (2 p.m.-7 p.m.)​

5/16 – Faith Baptist Schools Traditional Jr. High & Elementary School Choir & Band Concert on Center Stage 1-2 p.m.)

5/22 – Farmers Market (2 p.m.-7 p.m.)

5/29 – Memorial Day Celebration with Local School Bands! (Daytime celebration noon-4 p.m.)

5/30-31 – New Boat Showboat show

Summer Concert Series 

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May 8 – Strangelove (Tribute to Depeche Mode)
May 9 – Garth Guy (Garth Brooks Tribute)

May 15 – Catch a Wave (Beach Boys Tribute)
May 16 – Paperback Writer (Beatles Tribute)

Also: Faith Baptist Schools Traditional Jr. High & Elementary School Choir & Band Concert on Center Stage 1-2p.m.
May 22 – Lights (Tribute to Journey)

May 23 – The Spazmatics

May 24 – Playback (60’s, 70’s, 80’s)

May 25 – Memorial Day Celebration with Local School Bands. (Noon-4 p.m.)

May 29 – Video Star (80’s New Wave & Rock hits!)

May 30 – Rumours (Tribute to Fleetwood Mac)

June 5 – Strange Days (Tribute to the Doors)

June 6 – Joshua Tree (U2 Tribute)

June 12 – Bostyx (All the Hits of Boston & Styx)

June 13 – Dave Matthews Experience

June 19 – Bruce Springsteen Experience

June 20 – Mark Wood & the Parrot Head Band  (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)

June 26 – Wanted (Bon Jovi Tribute)

June 27 – Led Zepagain (Led Zeppelin Tribute)

July 3 – Echo Love Chamber (40 years of hits)

July 4 – Dead Man’s Party (Tribute to Oingo Boingo)

July 10 – Fears For Tears & No Duh [double bill] (Tributes to Tears for Fears and No Doubt)

July 11 – Neil Diamond Experience with Jason Lohrke!

July 17 – Fan Halen   (Tribute to Van Halen)

July 18 – Desperado   (Eagles Tribute)

July 24 – Lyvyn Skynyrd   (Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd)

July 25 – Colour My World   (Chicago Tribute)

July 31 – Lovedrive   (Tribute to the Scorpions)

Aug 1 – Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)

Aug 7 – Platinum Rock Stars (Classic rock hits)

Aug 8 – Which One’s Pink?  (Tribute to Pink Floyd)

Aug 14 – Savor (Tribute to Santana)

Aug 15 – Hollywood Stones (Tribute to the Rolling Stones)

Aug 21 – The PettyBreakers (Tribute to Tom Petty)

Aug 22 – Venice (Original Band)

Aug 28 – Country Nation  (Country Hits)

Aug 29 – Walking Phoenixes (Tribute to Johnny Cash)

Sept 4 – 60 Grit Blues Band

Sept 5 – Tim McGraw & Carrie Underwood (Tributes) [Double bill]

Sept 6 – Superlark (Classic Rock & Roll)

Sept 7 – Labor Day Concert TBD (1-3p.m.)

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The beer garden opens 30 minutes prior to concert start-time. Concerts end at 8:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Nevertheless, space is not guaranteed. So you can purchase guaranteed seating by making Table Reservations in advance. Call (909) 337-2533 M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seating is limited. Click here to see a Seating Chart. Full picnic table (seats 8-10 adults) cost $125 presale, or $150 the week prior to each concert. Visa/MC accepted.

Additional Events in 2015

June 2015

6/05 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

6/12 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

6/13 – Antique & Wooden Boat Show

6/14 – Antique & Wooden Boat Show

6/14 – New Wine All Church Choir

6/19 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

6/20 – Emergency Preparedness Day

6/26 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

July​​ 2015

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7/04 – ALA Fireworks Show on the Lake!

7/03 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)​

7/10 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7p.m.)

7/11 – Lake Arrowhead Beer, Wine & Art Faire

7/24 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

7/25 – Cruisin’ the Village Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

7/31 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

August 2015

8/07 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)​

8/14 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

8/15 – Regional Chili Cook-off

8/21 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

8/28 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)

8/29-30 – Paint the Lake

September​​ 2015

9/04 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)​

9/05 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)​

9/11 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)​

9/12 – Lake Arrowhead Dog Festival with Splash Dogs!

9/18 – Farmers Market (2p-8p)

9/19 – Annual Home Tour & IECC Sprint Triathlon &

BACA Poker Run

9/20 – Kid Fest!

9/25 – Farmers Market (2 p.m. -7 p.m.)​

9/26 – Porsche Timeline

9/26 – Oktoberfest (noon-7 p.m.)

9/27 – Oktoberfest (noon-5 p.m.)

October 2015

10/03 – Oktoberfest (noon-7 p.m.)

10/04 – Oktoberfest (noon-5 p.m.)

10/10 – Oktoberfest (noon-7 p.m.)

10/11 – Oktoberfest (noon-5 p.m.)

10/17 – Oktoberfest (noon-7 p.m.)

10/18 – Oktoberfest (noon-5 p.m.)

10/24 – Oktoberfest (noon-7 p.m.)

10/25 – Oktoberfest (noon-5 p.m.)

10/31 – Halloween!

2:30-5 p.m. Trick or Treating

6:30 Concert – Come in Costume!

November 2015

11/27 – Black Friday & Tree Lighting Ceremony (6 p.m.-9 p.m.)

11/28 – Visit Santa (Noon – 4 p.m.)

11/29 – Visit Santa (Noon – 4 p.m.)

To book a Lake Arrowhead vacation, contact Arrowhead Property Rental

(909) 337-2403

28200 State Highway 189, N-160

PO Box 412

Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

www.ArrowheadRent.com

Come up to Lake Arrowhead to Ski or Play in the Snow

Snow Ski When meteorologists forecast snow in the local mountains, most Southern California folks feel drawn to head toward the powdery white stuff. But where can you go? Of course, if you ski or snowboard, you can head to a ski resort. But what if all you want to do is play in the snow? It is unsafe to park along the side of the highway, set up a barbecue and let your kids play in a turnout.

Several great resorts are located in the San Bernardino Mountains. But none may be as perfect for snow enthusiasts as Snow Valley. The perfect destination for snowboarding, skiing or simply enjoying ski-lifted snow play, Snow Valley Mountain Resort is located near Lake Arrowhead, right off Highway 18, in Running Springs. So schedule some time off work, book a fully-furnished Lake Arrowhead home, mountain cabin, lakefront house, condo, lake view home or spacious home near the lake through Arrowhead Property Rental. Whether you can only spare 24 hours or are able to set aside a week, month or longer, book your winter dream vacation.

Snow treeSnow Valley:

  • Located less than 15 miles from Lake Arrowhead Village
  • Situated at more than 6,000 feet elevation
  • Current average base depth is 12-24
  • The 2014/2015 Season Snowfall totals so far: 18-30 inches
  • Lessons available, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or a pro.
  • Night sessions available. Ski at night select dates throughout the season, usually at significantly reduced lift-ticket prices.
  • Perfect for anyone who could benefit from group lessons, mini-snowmobiles, or a “snow play” sledding area.

But before you head up to ski or play safely on the slopes, you need snow! Thankfully, even when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, Snow Valley has machine-groomed slopes. Before you head up the hill, inquire about road conditions. First, check out Snow Valley Conditions and follow that up with a check on NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

SnowAlso important, there are several ski and board rental outlets and spots where you can purchase or rent gear near Lake Arrowhead and surrounding cities such as Running Springs and Arrowbear. So getting the right equipment is relatively easy.

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter, snow-covered mountains showcase the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

Spend the Holiday Season in Lake Arrowhead

Cottage With SnowfallAlthough our property rental office is located in sunny Southern California, we offer vacation rentals that showcase a picturesque winter wonderland…because our office is situated right in the center of town in Lake Arrowhead Village—in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains. So, whether or not you’ve ever been to Lake Arrowhead, or even if you live in the Arrowhead communities and would just like to quick getaway to a lovely cabin, condo or lakefront home, our staff can help you book an ideal vacation property.

So once you call or click to book, here are some suggestions to help you map out your winter Lake Arrowhead vacation:

The San Bernardino Mountains feature all of the winter recreational activities you would expect in a top-notch resort town: snow skiing, sledding, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow-mobiling, ice skating or fishing. Or are you less athletically inclined? Then you might enjoy shopping at specialty shops or the outlet mall located in Lake Arrowhead Village or taking in a show at the Blue Jay Cinema. Lots of exciting things are on tap for December. So book your vacation and then plan your stay:

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  • Held annually at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, the Taste of Lake Arrowhead 2014 will be held this year on December 3 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 per person. And the menu features delicacies prepared by restaurants and caterers across the mountain.
  • Santa Claus is in the Village weekends from now until Christmas Eve. Click here to see his schedule.
  • Locals’ Day is set for Monday, December 10. If you call Lake Arrowhead home, then you will be eligible for holiday shopping discounts. Or you could buy something for yourself. We won’t tell.
  • Your kids will love Lollipop Park, which is located in Lake Arrowhead Village and is open Thursday through Sunday in the winter, weather permitting. Buy tickets for rides and games.

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  • Snow Drift. If your kids are too young to learn to ski or snowboard or if you don’t want to spend the entire day on the slopes, head on over to the snow-tubing park in nearby Running Springs. If you’re headed up the hill for the weekend or week, here is a helpful safety tip. Don’t park your car by the side of the road for snow play. Even if you have an Adventure Pass, you could be ticketed if your vehicle obstructs traffic. Also, you won’t want your kids to play in a place that could be unsafe. So plan to spend the day at Snow Drift or head on over to Snow Valley if you would rather ski or board.
  • Christmas Parade: The annual Blue Jay Christmas Parade is the shortest one in the country. This year’s parade will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6. Last year’s parade was rescheduled due to a heavy snowstorm. So check the local weather forecast before heading over. To get a good seat and parking place, we recommend getting to the venue before noon on parade day.

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the autumn, when the leaves are putting on a spectacular show, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Lake Arrowhead

TurkeyOn the fourth Thursday in November each year, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. Although the annual event is held to pay homage to the pilgrims’ successful migration to the new world, today’s Thanksgiving dinner menus bear little resemblance to the original 1621 harvest meal prepared by colonists to share with local Indians.

Little-known facts about the Culinary Colonist

  • Turkeys were hard to come by and far smaller than domestic birds commercially sold today.
  • Small birds were often spit-roasted.
  • Larger birds were boiled.
  • Some were boiled first, then roasted to finish them off.
  • It is possible that fowls were stuffed, though with onions and herbs or chestnuts instead of bread.
  • Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and to dye clothes.
  • Bread was made from maize instead of wheat.
  • The remains of the day’s meals were thrown into a pot and boiled to make broth the next day. That broth was thickened with grain to make a pottage. So you could say the colonists invented the American leftover.
  • Seafood was a prominent part of the pilgrim diet…featuring eels and shellfish, like lobster, clams and mussels. A popular way to prepare seafood was to smoke it, for longevity.
  • The Wampanoag Indians taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land to grow crops.
  • The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
  • A modern Thanksgiving dinner typically includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. But, according to com, to create a historically accurate feast, one would offer much slimmer pickings: wildfowl, corn (in grain form for bread or porridge), venison and possibly, popcorn. And that’s about it. National Geographic reports that first meal to have included: deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat.

Thanksgiving 3Thanksgiving 2However you celebrate Thanksgiving, most people agree that the company and setting is far more important than the food. So why not consider gathering up your friends and family this year and heading up the mountain to celebrate in Lake Arrowhead? You can shop at one of the grocery or specialty stores once you arrive and cook an elaborate feast, prepare simple fare, or go out to a 5-star buffet.

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the autumn, when the leaves are putting on a spectacular show, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

Media consistently includes Lake Arrowhead as a Top Fall Vacation Destination

fall leavesMajor metropolitan news outlets have long recognized the Lake Arrowhead area as a top travel destination. And this is never more the case than during the fall. An Orange County Register reporterwrote this about autumn in Southern California:

“Fall doesn’t arrive in a flurry of autumn leaves and chilly temperatures. The seasonal shift is more subtle. It comes in little things, like street-corner pumpkin patches and empty parking spaces at the beach. In the land of perpetual sunshine, you could miss the season altogether if you don’t pay attention. Around here, if you want to find fall, you have to look for it.”

The good news is you need not go far if you’re looking for fall. Just head up the hill on Highway 18 or Hwy 330 and head to the #LakeArrowhead area. Admittedly, #vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is not like flying to the East Coast to see the changing of the leaves.

Nevertheless, our fall foliage is beautiful. Each autumn, nature puts on a brilliant show of color in the San Bernardino Mountains that boasts bright yellows, warm oranges and vibrant reds.

fall leaf aprAccording to the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, this is the scientific reason leaves change colors: “The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor. At the same time other chemical changes may occur, which form additional colors through the development of red anthocyanin pigments.”

Unless you’re a scientist, you might not care about the technical reasons that leaves change colors. But if you appreciate beauty, don’t skip autumn in Lake Arrowhead. Anyone who lives in Southern California and wants to witness the changing of the leaves in New York has to drive cross country or fly from one coast to the other. This type of adventure is great, if you have the luxuries of time and money. But if an affordable fall escape is what you seek, Lake Arrowhead will fill the bill.

falling leavesCBS News has this to say about Lake Arrowhead as a fall vacation-destination:

“Cottonwoods turn to gold in the woods surrounding Lake Arrowhead and its campgrounds. Atop one of the peaks of the San Bernardino National Forest, the clean air and blue sky make you feel far from any city. Autumn is an in-between season for outdoor sports such as water-skiing, speed-boating and snowboarding, so it’s the perfect time to casually enjoy the sights for a weekend getaway.”

The Los Angeles Times writer Steve Caloca points to the California Fall Color Website, which describes Lake Arrowhead in autumn like this: “Enjoy a brightening of fall color around Lake Arrowhead.

fall leafLake Arrowhead was even named by USA Today travel writer Joanne DiBona as one of “10 Best” travel destinations in Southern California, “Lake Arrowhead is decked out for fall…welcoming visitors to its charming shops, restaurants and cafes. Accommodations run the gambit from 5-star resort to vacation home rentals and time shares to rustic bed & breakfast properties.”

To book your vacation in Lake Arrowhead in virtually any type of property, look to the professionals at Arrowhead Property Rental. We will help you turn the time you have into a happy and memorable occasion. For your convenience, we are open seven days a week and are located in Lake Arrowhead Village on the upper level, overlooking the lake. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will guide you and anticipate your needs, whether you are vacationing or relocating to the area. Call today: (800) 244-5138 for special requests and dates or book online.

Fall in Lake Arrowhead Village 2014

fall 2So now that the kids are back in school and colors have started to change in Lake Arrowhead, there are still lots of great things to do in and around Lake Arrowhead this fall. Located in sunny Southern California, Lake Arrowhead is warmer than mountain communities in other states. But we get to enjoy crisp, cool fall days and nights that invite a roaring fire in the family room and a cup of hot cocoa. So book a room, pack up the kids and head up the hill to enjoy the warm weather and festivities in the San Bernardino Mountains.

  • Dog Festival on September 7. Three Dog Bakery (™) and The Lake Arrowhead Village Merchants Association proudly present the 2nd Annual Lake Arrowhead Dog Festival! This event will feature an exciting array of dog sport demonstrations, a police K-9 demonstration, the “Owner-Look-Alike” contest for attendees, vendor booths, and, of course, last year’s big hit, the Splash Dogs (™) dock jumping competition–and more! Date and Time: Sunday, September 7, 10am – 3pm / Splash Dogs (™) Competition 8am registration & practice.
  • Home Tour sponsored by the Lake Arrowhead Areas Chamber of Commerce, and including tours of breathtakingly beautiful Lake Arrowhead homes on September 19 and 20. And if you don’t want to pay $90-$100 to see the inside of some houses, you could spend that money to stay in one of our beautiful rental properties.
  • Porsche Timeline Always a top-notch display of beautifully preserved cars in Lake Arrowhead Village, this event is free to the public.fall colors
  • Oktoberfest Which starts on September 27 and runs every weekend through October 26 from noon until 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays. Join the party at Center Stage, where you can enjoy the Chicken Dance, contests, great food and authentic German entertainment.
  • Halloween on October 31 with Trick or Treating in the Village from 2-5 p.m. and a Bostyx Concert where everyone is encouraged to come in costume.
  • Santa’s Village, is also set to reopen in the fall. But even before the ribbon cutting, your kids can visit with Santa Clause in the Village, from November 29 (Black Friday) until December 24, on Center Stage. The Annual Fireman’s Bonfire is set for December 1 from 5:30-10 p.m. –always a fun community time.

To book your vacation in Lake Arrowhead, let us take a crack at turning it into a happy and memorable time. For your convenience, we are open seven days a week and are located in Lake Arrowhead Village on the upper level, overlooking the lake. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will guide you and anticipate your needs, whether you are vacationing or relocating to the area. Call today: (800) 244-5138 for special requests and dates or book online.

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