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Spend Thanksgiving in Lake Arrowhead

Thanksgiving in Lake Arrowhead
Gathering with the ones you love in front of a beautifully appointed table filled with delicious food makes a beautiful Thanksgiving picture. But imagine how much lovelier the scene would be if the weather matched the season? Last November, So Cal temperatures were so high, they broke records. Although we don’t yet know where the thermometer will land on turkey day this year, you can rest assured that the Lake Arrowhead area will be a good 10-20 degrees cooler than the valley below – brimming with the sights and smells of autumn. There’s still time to book a Thanksgiving holiday in Lake Arrowhead through Arrowhead Property Rental.   Thanksgiving Dinner Lake Arrowhead

Make Your Plans

This year, Thanksgiving is November 23. So, take a few days off and make it a long weekend. There are lots of great holiday happenings on the hill!

  • Hiking & Biking Trails – After a calorie-laden meal, you’ll likely want to exercise a bit. To find out about the great trails, check out the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce Website. As noted on the site, to hike most trail heads, you’ll need an Adventure Pass.

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  • Black Friday Sales – Outlet and specialty stores in Lake Arrowhead Village boast sales that compete with anything in the valley below. No matter who is on your gift list, you’ll be able to find great deals at Coach, Van Heusen, Bass, Leroy’s Board Shop, Arrowhead Sporting Goods, Pendleton, Sondra’s Boutique, Alexandra’s, Hearts’ Desire, and more!Black Friday Lake Arrowhead

 

  • Take your kids to visit Santa. Kicking off with the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, November 24 from 6-9 p.m., Santa will be available that Saturday, 11/25 from noon until 3 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon until 3. For more details about Santa’s schedule this holiday season in Lake Arrowhead Village, click here.
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  • If you prefer, you can visit the Jolly Old Elf while he is at Skypark at Santa’s Village. With attractions, restaurants and shops in a historic log cabin village, this is where Santa lives year-round! You can also experience the wonder of nature as you bike, hike, fish, zip-line, climb in the North Woods. During the holiday season, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland of fun for the whole family!Lake Arrowhead meal
  • Dining galore. Even if you feel like you’ll never eat another meal after pulling away from the Thanksgiving table, hunger will once again call. And Lake Arrowhead has plenty of places to answer. Whether you crave savory or sweet, you will find great spots to eat: Papagayo’s, Woody’s Boat House, Belgian Waffle Works, Subway, McDonald’s, BIN 189, in the Village, alone! Head just a few minutes in virtually any direction, and numerous other great dining options await.

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Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the fall, when leaves are falling, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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.

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What to do in Southern California in October

 

get well soonOur thoughts and prayers go out to Lake Arrowhead resident and owner of Diane’s Grill at the Saddleback Inn, Diane Hill, who was seriously injured during the recent Las Vegas shooting.

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Did you know there is a place in Southern California where fall leaves change color, a cool breeze ushers in October and picturesque forests, mountains and meadows call your name?  Located just about an hour or two outside the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles,

Lake Arrowhead offers chilly outdoor temperatures and provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate autumn. California live oak and black oak tree shed yellow, orange and red leaves, hearkening to resort locales much further east than the San Bernardino Mountains. This fall, instead of planning a long trip to the east coast, plan to celebrate the season by heading to the Lake Arrowhead area, where there is much fall- to-do-in October:

  • Symbol of Oktoberfest - German traditional suit and hatOktoberfestRead more about this celebration in last month’s blog post. This annual event runs weekends through October 29.
  • Jensen’s 27th Annual Pumpkin Patch – Held this year on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in a roped-off section of the grocery store’s parking lot in downtown Blue Jay, (adjacent to Lake Arrowhead), this fundraiser-festival is perfect for kids who enjoy playing games, making crafts and dressing up. kid at pumpkin patch
  • Air Painting Workshop – October 9 through November 13, 2017 – every Monday for six weeks from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All levels welcome. Experience the joy of painting, while learning the principles and fundamentals of fine art. Award winning artist and instructor Brenda Lee Gibson has a passion to paint and share all the knowledge and skills she has acquired and continues to learn. To sign up, contact the Mountain Arts Network.
  • Santa’s Village at SkyPark:
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    • Fall Colors – Skate Night – at SkyPark at Santa’s Village at 28950 California 18 in Skyforest on Saturday, October 14 from 5:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.
    • Pumpkins in the Pines Harvest Festival – Fun-filled days with fall activities and treats October 21, 22, 28 & 29, Fridays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Events include pumpkin patch; seasonal attractions; live music, ciders, steins and vines; Harvest games; apple orchard tours; crafts; photo ops.
    • Spook & Skate on October 29 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is $15.
  • Halloween Trick or Treating! – If you’re weary of taking your kids door-to-door to collect candy and treats, head to Lake Arrowhead Village on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Located at 28200 CA-189 in Lake Arrowhead, the annual event will include Trick or Treating, Thriller and other free performances by the Lake Arrowhead School of Dance at Center Stage. And don’t miss the costume contests for pets and kids.Halloween Dog Trick or Treating

About Arrowhead Property Rental

House for rent color iconAnytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the fall, when leaves are falling, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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 September

Welcome to September vector background.In most Southern California cities, temperatures remain in the 80’s, 90’s and 100’s. So, it’s hard for most people to wrap their heads around the concept that fall has begun. Not so in Lake Arrowhead – where residents and visitors enjoy autumn leaves, cool temps and lots of fun fall activities.

There’s lots to do in Lake Arrowhead in September

43rd Annual Home Tour Friday, Sept. 15 and 16Home Tour Lake Arrowhead

The 2017’s Home Tour theme is ‘See How We Live.’ The Home Tour chairperson says, “Each (home on the tour) is uniquely different. More than the ordinary walk-through, you’ll see up-close unique architecture, interior design, art, masonry, landscaping and spectacular views that reveal the natural beauty of Lake Arrowhead living.”

Aerial view of a Cookie Cutter NeighborhoodHomes on the mountain were not cookie cutter, master-planned communities. Instead, Lake Arrowhead evolved organically from its seeds as a logging community in the late 1800s. Eventually, quaint cabins nestled in the mountains lured people from city life, offering the perfect for Hollywood elite who were looking for a peaceful getaway. Vip Ticket Template Vector. Empty Golden Tickets And Coupons Blank. Isolated Illustration.

The Home Tour will open a picturesque window into the history, craftsmanship and artistic interpretations of one-of-a-kind homes. To add to the excitement of this year’s weekend event, VIP attendees will be able to attend a special reception at the historic Tudor House on Saturday, Sept. 16 between noon and 5 p.m.

Wine in a Home Tour souvenir glass and appetizers will be served at the 1930’s establishment, which is infamous because of its glamorous association with notorious mobsters. For more details and pricing, check out the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce website.

Arrowhead Goes Wild

Female deer looking at cameraEnter the world of ‘wild things’ at Wildhaven Ranch Animal Sanctuary! Take a breath of fresh air, and walk through this quaint mountain sanctuary, and meet Animal Beings that reflect the beauty of the forest. Follow the footprints through the Ranch of bobcat, deer, raccoon, coyote, eagles and bear, and meet our Animal Ambassadors. For information about this year’s gala, contact Wildhaven Ranch.

Oktoberfest

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A combination of German tradition and good old American silliness is the Pieter Meister, who emcees Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest. The energetic, entertaining Meister was trained in the beer factories of Germany and raised on the streets of California. Whether you want to try your hand at the beer-holding contest, or participate in the Chicken Dance, compete in the beer chug or sausage contest, or just sit back and enjoy fine European entertainment while you drink beer and enjoy fine German food, make sure you include Lake Arrowhead’s Oktoberfest in your September (and October) weekend plans!

Blue Jay Quilt Walk

September 30

Close up of woman's hand sewing patchworkSponsored by Willow Woods Quilt Guild & Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, the 9th annual Blue Jay Quilt Show will be held in a Quilter’s Garden from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 30. Enjoy opportunity drawings, entertainment by Mountain Fife & Drums, a featured quilter, library book sale, and beautiful quilts, which will be displayed throughout Blue Jay Village, which is adjacent to Lake Arrowhead. For more about the Quilt Walk, contact the Lake Arrowhead Area Chamber of Commerce.


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Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the fall, when leaves are falling, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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.

Lake Arrowhead in August

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Summer
“Hair gets lighter, skin gets darker
Water gets warmer, drinks get colder
Music gets louder, life gets better.”

Since August is the Sunday of Summer, season 2017 is nearly in the books. We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer so far. But don’t stow those swimsuits and waterskies just yet. Make plans for one final hurrah – with a vacation to Lake Arrowhead!Lake Arrowhead Summer Vacation

Whether you live in Orange County, the LA Basin, the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire or outside of California, August is a great time to book a San Bernardino Mountain holiday. Temperatures in Lake Arrowhead are mild, the summer concert series is still going strong, shopping opportunities abound, events beckon, and vacation spots remain available.


August Lake Arrowhead Temps

heat waveIn August, while the rest of Southern California swelters in three-digit heat, Lake Arrowhead is sunny and warm but often offers a refreshing breeze. The average maximum temperature is just 63 degrees, with a max of 84.


Lake Arrowhead Concert Series in August

People at music festivalFree al fresco concerts on Center Stage call. Seating is first-come, first-served, or, if you prefer, buy a table for your family and friends. Suggestion: if you opt to play it by ear, arrive early because seating on the lawn quickly fills up.

Friday, August 4, 2017 The Neil Deal (Tribute to Neil Young and CSN)

Saturday, August 5 Colour My World (Chicago Tribute)

Strange Days

Strange Days (Doors Tribute) on Aug. 11

Friday, August 11 Strange Days (Doors Tribute)

Saturday, August 12 Ultimate Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute)

Friday, August 18 Spazmatics (80’s Mayhem)

Saturday, August 19 Which One’s Pink? (Pink Floyd tribute)

Friday, August 25 AbbaFab (Abba Tribute)

Saturday, August 26 Joshua Tree (U2 Tribute)

U2 Tribute in Lake Arrowhead

U2 Tribute Joshua Tree to perform in Lake Arrowhead on Aug. 26


Lake Arrowhead Village ShoppingAugust Shopping in Lake Arrowhead Village

Whether you’re a bargain hunter or prefer to shop for one-of-a-kind treasures, Lake Arrowhead Village is the perfect shopper’s destination. With 50 waterfront shops, restaurants and galleries, you’re sure to find what you need, whether you are in the market for designer clothing, boutique jewelry, factory outlet shoes, active-wear, children’s apparel, or art and decor. If you are looking to shop, then you have come to the right place! And if you are looking for fresh produce and handmade crafts, plan to check out the Farmer’s Market, which takes place Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m. (through Sept. 1st.)


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The eighth annual Brewfest will be held in Blue Jay (which is adjacent to Lake Arrowhead) on August 12 from noon until 5 p.m.  The event will feature a special brewing guest, Actor Andy Divoff, who has appeared in films such as Another 48 Hours, The Hunt for Red October and Air Force One, as well as the role he is famous for, as ‘Djinn’ in Wishmaster and Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies.
For Brewfest, Divoff has agreed to sample his Brewfest exclusive beer, for a small donation. Profits will be donated to the Mountain Film & Theatre Arts Committee (MFTAC) Scholarship Fund.


Great Lake Arrowhead Rental Properties

MountainNo matter the size of your party or your preference for location, the staff at Arrowhead Property Rental can help you book everything from a comfortable cabin to an elegant lakefront home, depending on your budget, availability.Nature. Outdoor. Summer landscape. Vector illustration in flat design style.


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To enjoy August in Lake Arrowhead, book a room or an entire house or cabin through Arrowhead Property Rental. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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. And if you own property, let us help you manage it. Don’t delay. Call today.

How to Beat Southern California Heat

Southern California Heat WaveMillions of people choose to live in sunny So Cal because of idyllic weather. But, let’s face it; in the middle of summer, in and around LA, the heat can be downright oppressive. Consider these recent headlines:

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So, what’s the solution? How about a trip to a Southern California location that boasts perfect summer temperatures and fresh clean, clear air? About an hour’s drive from the heat and congestion of Los Angeles is what many call the jewel of San Bernardino Mountains: Lake Arrowhead.

Lake Arrowhead History

Early Native Americans (Serrano Indians) are said to have been the first to enjoy the region’s cool summers. Later, lumber men and cattle ranchers made their mark on the mountains. Today, Lake Arrowhead is one of the most populated ranges west of the Mississippi River. Lake Arrowhead emerged as a vacation destination in the early 1800’s.

179 Cedar Circle -2515-HDRIn 1891, three businessmen from Ohio built a lake in Little Bear Valley, planning to supply water to the San Bernardino Valley. After buying the land, they obtained water rights and formed the Arrowhead Reservoir Company. In 1893, they began building a dam. But legal problems plagued the project. So, they eventually abandoned the plans. In 1920, a Los Angeles group, the Arrowhead Lake Company, bought the lake and the land surrounding it, and changed its name to Arrowhead Lake. Many Hollywood stars stayed at the hotels during that era, and some purchased homes in the resort. The studios frequently used area locations for making films. In fact, scouts still select Lake Arrowhead locales for movies today. No doubt, the choice is motivated in part by climate.

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The Lake Arrowhead area is made up of six communities including Lake Arrowhead, Twin Peaks, Blue Jay, Cedar Glen, Sky Forest, and Rim Forest. Other nearby mountain towns are considered part of the community. These include Running Springs, Crestline and Lake Gregory. Tourism is the primary economic generator for the area, contributing several million dollars per year and providing residents with 600 full-time and 700 part-time jobs. Lake Arrowhead is host to over four million visitors a year. There are 400 guestrooms in hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, vacation cabin rentals, condos, and rustic cabin lodges and resorts.

Book Now

book online now vintage turquoise seal isolated on whiteTo beat the heat this summer, book a room or an entire house or cabin through Arrowhead Property Rental. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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. And if you own property, let us help you manage it. Don’t delay. Call today.

Lake Arrowhead Summer Concert Series 2017

Sound and lighting desk at an outdoor festival concertIf you live in or around the Lake Arrowhead area and like music, you are probably already a diehard fan of the free concert series offered in Lake Arrowhead Village each summer. For 2017, you can rest assured the best things about the concerts remain unchanged.

 


This is what has changed:

  • The Village will not provide overhead coverage, with a tent this year. Instead, they encourage you to enjoy the open air at night and recommend using hats, sunglasses and sunscreen for daytime events.Summer sunglasses with tropical palm tree reflections.
  • The cement steps will no longer be available for free seating. Instead, free lawn chair seating on the grass and standing room will be open on the dance floor. Cement Step seating is available by reservation for $30/per couple.
  • New round tabletops seat four. Or you can reserve two seats for $30/per couple.
  • beer bottle drink splash design backgroundThe footprint for the concert venue area has been expanded, so the beer line will wrap around the East side of the planter. This is to provide everyone with more elbow room.
  • Avoid the long lines by ordering table beer/wine service.
  • For information about seating and reservations, click here.

2017 Lake Arrowhead Free Summer Concert Series Schedule Concerts held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Beer gardens open at 5:30 p.m.

June Events

Fri 6/9  Mirage (Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac tribute)

Sat 6/10 Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo tribute)

Fri 6/16 Who Generation (The Who tribute)Couple dancing rock'n'roll

Sat 6/17  Led Zepagain

Fri 6/23   Platinum Rockstars

Sat 6/24 Pettybreakers (Tom Petty tribute)

Fri 6/30  Catch a Wave (Beach Boys tribute)

July Concerts

Sat 7/1 Paperback Writer (Beatles tribute)

80er MusikSun 7/2 80’s Daze (80’s music tribute)

Mon 7/3 Women Who Rock featuring the music of Heart & Pat Benetar (Heart to Heart & Crimes of Passion) Followed by ALA FIREWORKS at 9pm

Tues 7/4 Echo Love Chamber (40 years of hits) Afternoon concert 2-4pm

Fri 7/7 Common Sense (Reggae)

Sat 7/8 Dave Matthews Experience

Fri 7/14 Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars tribute)

Sat 7/15 Lights (Journey tribute)

Fri 7/21 Wanted (Bon Jovi tribute)

Sat 7/22 Desperado (Eagles tribute)People dancing in the city park at the concert.

Fri 7/28 Police Experience

Sat 7/29 Queen Nation

August Outdoor Concerts

Fri 8/4 The Neil Deal (tribute to Neil Young and CSN)

Sat 8/5 Colour My World (Chicago tribute)

Fri 8/11 Strange Days (Doors tribute)

Sat 8/12 Ultimate Stones (Rolling Stones tribute)

Fri 8/18 Spazmatics (80’s mayhem!)

Sat 8/19 Which Ones Pink (Pink Floyd tribute)

Fri 8/25 Abbafab (Abba tribute)

Sat 8/26 Joshua Tree (U2 tribute)

man applause Bravo concept of successSeptember Concerts

Fri 9/1 4NR (Formerly Double Vision – Foreigner tribute)

Sat 9/2 Fan Halen (Van Halen tribute)

Sun 9/3 Cubensis (Grateful Dead tribute)

Mon 9/4 Turn the Page (Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band tribute) (Afternoon concert 2-4 p.m. – Labor Day)

Stay and See Concerts

When you make plan to attend the concerts, book a room through Arrowhead Property Rental to make it an event. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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. And if you own property, let us help you manage it. Don’t delay. Call today.

Lake Arrowhead Vacation Property Management

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Part 2 of a 2-Part Series

Three homeowner questions:

Do you own property in the Lake Arrowhead area that you would like to rent out this summer?

Do you wonder about appropriate rates to charge and how to get the word out?

Do you need help setting up boundaries for rental guests?

If you answered, “yes” to any of the above, here is a little advice about letting your Lake Arrowhead vacation property. Hire one of the best property management companies on the hill – Arrowhead Property Rental (APR). In part one of this short vacation rental series, we covered the reasons vacationers should rent properties through a professional property management company. In this post, part two of our series, we will address the reasons local property owners should take advantage of our skills and experience before renting their home unassisted, or through an internet app.

Service Fees


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Some homeowners with property in resort communities such as Lake Arrowhead mistakenly believe they can save money by directly renting their own cabin, townhome or house. Although, on the surface, this seems true, it is inaccurate. Property managers such as Arrowhead Rental Property charge modest fees for handling a host of rental headaches before they turn into property rental migraines.

For instance, if you live out of the area where your property is located, unassisted, you will not necessarily be on scene when a water pipe breaks inside the house or if air conditioning stops working in the sweltering summer. In such cases, irate tenants will call to alert you about the condition of your home, which could include severe water damage or melted candles, sauna-like heat or worse. Without a professional property management team working on your behalf, such a case would require you to travel to the dwelling and make necessary repairs while necessitating the refund of collected funds and possibly having to pay out-of-pocket for alternate housing for your displaced guest.

Peace of Mind


Peace of Mind sign with winter landscape on backgroundAccidents happen. In one Lake Arrowhead condo, for example, a major summer thunderstorm produced a lightning bolt that hit the power line connected to several units. Not only did every security alarm go off, but several of the units had to replace major appliances, whose electrical systems had gone off. Based in Lake Arrowhead Village, Arrowhead Property Management was immediately aware of the weather and proactively checked the situation, calling first responders and sending repairmen to the scene. Hiring a professional will give you assurance that, even in your absence, your home is monitored and problems are quickly addressed.

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When prospective tenants try to book your property for a certain date while using an app or online service and find the home unavailable, they will be directed elsewhere. The Arrowhead Property Management team works directly with prospects, to check with them about flexible travel dates. In many cases, a slight adjustment to their calendar will keep them in your home, oftentimes year after year, instead of booking elsewhere.

Lake ArrowheadWhether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 10 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. And if you own property, let us help you manage it. Don’t delay. Call today.

Rent Vacation Property in Lake Arrowhead

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Two summer travel questions:

Do you plan to spend any time in the San Bernardino Mountains this summer?

 Are you going on vacation to the Lake Arrowhead area this year?

Do you plan to rent out your Lake Arrowhead vacation property this summer?  

If you answered, “yes” to any of the above queries, here is a little advice: whether you plan to spend the day in Lake Arrowhead Village, stay in a short-term rental, or list your Lake Arrowhead vacation property, we suggest you use one of the best property management companies on the hill – Arrowhead Property Rental (APR). In this two-part series, we will cover the reasons you should go through Arrowhead Property Rental – whether you are a mountain vacationer or local property owner. This week, we will concentrate on the reasons it’s wise to rent vacation properties through APR. Check back later this month, when we will address the reasons it’s wise to entrust your vacation property to us.Property Management concept image with business icons and copyspace.

Wise Vacation Renting

It may be tempting to download an app to book your Lake Arrowhead travel. But there are a few caveats to renting vacation property through services like Air BnB, Homeaway or VRBO:

Service Fees –

trap with fees inscription, 3D renderingWhen you rent vacation property through a professional property management company, the homeowner typically pays any associated fees for management of his or her property. This is important for travelers, who are saddled with as much as a ten percent surcharge for using an app instead of a property management team. Even the applications that initially offered coupons and first-time booking incentives, most of those have dropped off, leaving you holding the bag! Wouldn’t you rather spend that money in one of the Arrowhead Village outlet stores or restaurants? According to a blogger on FrugalTravelGuy.com the VRBO and HomeAway websites explain their justification for the new service fee, none of which goes directly to the property owner. AirBnB charges a fee to guests as well as hosts.

Peace of Mind –Benefits of using Property Management Company Arrowhead

If you book a vacation property directly from the owner, you lose a valuable buffer between yourself and the owner. In many cases, this is a drag, since an impartial party won’t be involved to settle disputes. Who wants to spend their vacation arguing about key availability or properties that look better in the picture than they do in real life? Going through a property management company will protect you from surprises. And if something goes wrong while you are staying in the home, cabin or condo, the owner may not be immediately available to turn off alarms or arrange for emergency repairs.

Availability –

Signboard with text Vacancy near hotelIf you book directly through a property owner, if your desired date is unavailable, you are out of luck. However, if you book through a property management firm, which manages dozens of properties, the staff can help you find a suitable substitute so you can vacation at your convenience. You can always call the friendly property managers at APR to ask about different vacation options, since we manage properties of many different styles, sizes, locations, and price points.

Check back later this month to read part two of this post, when we will cover the benefits for home owners to list vacation rentals through a professional property management company. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights 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: Bird Watching

If you’re a nature lover spending time in Southern California, you’ve likely already discovered the joys of hanging out in Lake Arrowhead, whether you choose to bike, hike or picnic. But a potential hobby which might have escaped your attention is bird watching, aka “birding.” Inexpensive, engaging and easy to learn, this interest is explained by Audubon Society author Nicholas Lund as “the greatest pursuit available to a citizen of the modern world.” While Lund’s opinion may not be universal, his enthusiasm is infectious:

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“(Birdwatching) is basically a lifelong scavenger hunt played across the entire earth. It’s equal parts science and poetry, hoots of triumph and quiet reflection, adventures to far-flung corners of the world and discoveries in your own backyard.”

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To start birding, all you’ll need are binoculars and a field guide or Smartphone app to help identify the birds, and a notebook to record your finds. If you would prefer bird-watching from the comfort of your own Lake Arrowhead home or Arrowhead rental property, you may want to invest in a bird feeder and a bird bath to bring the beaked wonders directly to you. If you prefer to travel the mountain in search of the winged creatures, here are a few bird-watching hotspots you won’t want to miss this spring:

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  • Arrowhead Village – 18 species have been identified in the immediate surrounding area.
  • Green Valley Lake—Located off Highway 330 just outside of Running Springs, this community is home to dozens of birds all year long.
  • Heaps Peak Arboretum – with an Adventure Pass, you can spend the day at this easily accessible, freeway adjacent day use area. Located at 6,000′, Heaps Peak is open 365 days a year and is free to the public. The unique arboretum and botanical gardens greet visitors with a diversity of native plants. Open all year.

Birds and butterfliesBirds you’ might see in the Lake Arrowhead Area

Dark-eyed Junco

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Mountain Chickadee

Northern Flicker

Pigeon

Pygmy Nuthatch

Red Tail Hawk

Robin

Starling

Western Bluebird

Woodpecker 

Great Spotted WoodpeckerWhether you’re a bird lover or not, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter, especially in the snow, you can’t improve on the beauty and fun afforded by the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights 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.

 

So Cal Ski Equipment Deals

skiing Lake ArrowheadMother Nature has doled out massive helpings of hefty winter weather in California this season. In fact, after several extremely dry years, a map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the worst of the Southern California drought is officially behind us. For skiers, this means fresh powder on a solid base and loads of skiing fun!winter vacation Lake Arrowhead

California natives who have previously rejected the idea of investing in expensive equipment for short seasons may find 2017 the perfect year to take the plunge. Of course, you could always order equipment online. But wouldn’t you rather try on your boots and skis to make sure they are a perfect fit? Since some of the best skiing in So Cal is at Snow Valley in the Lake Arrowhead area, we have put together a list of places you can go in the Lake Arrowhead area to get some kicking deals:snowboarding Lake Arrowhead area

  • Arrowhead Sporting Goods (Located just down the walkway from Leroy’s in Lake Arrowhead Village, this impressive store is a great place for sunglasses, jackets, hats, gloves, boots and more.
  • Leroy’s Ski & Snowboard Shops (Features two Locations in Redlands, one in Running Springs, one in Lake Arrowhead, and another in Big Bear) – Also known as SoCal’s Elite Action Sports Boutique, Leroy’s was founded in 1949. With the latest in snow gear, Leroy’s outfits everyone from snow bunnies to pros.
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  • Blauers Ski & Board Rentals in Running Springs offers free shipping on U.S. orders over $60. Specializing in name brand equipment, Blauers offers everything from apparel to accessories (snow socks, beanies, face masks, watches, belts, backpacks, bags, wallets, keychains, goggles, glasses, boards, skis, boots, bindings, poles and electronics for skiers of every level.) Additional services include ski rentals and demos, snowboard rentals and demos, clothing rentals and equipment tune ups and repairs.
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  • Big 5, with locations across Southern California. Just down the hill, check out the one in Highland, at the foot of the mountain, just off Highway 330. With so many stores, Big 5 is a great place for great deals on ski and snowboard wear and equipment like skis and boards. So, try to buy local. But if you can’t find what you need in Lake Arrowhead Village, head to Big 5 for deals.
  • REI – another place to shop if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for at local stores. The closest location to Lake Arrowhead is the store in Rancho Cucamonga, which makes it convenient to hit on your way to the slopes.

Ski Equipment Lake Arrowhead areaAnytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter, especially in the snow, you can’t improve on the beauty and fun afforded by the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights 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.