One of the state’s best-kept secrets is situated far above the Southern California clouds. Lake Arrowhead Village is home to many wintertime activities that are perfect for snow sports fans and winter enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Yet, before you make the trek to this region of the San Bernardino Mountains, check out our favorite things to do in Lake Arrowhead during the holiday season.
As the cool air blows in and the leaves turn crisp, we’re reminded that autumn is just around the corner. For many, this means attending various fall festivals with friends and family, such as Oktoberfest. And although, traditionally, the event was only a two-week long celebration held in Munich, #LakeArrowhead takes it a step further each year and allows visitors to experience the event every weekend for seven weeks. So, why jet to Germany when you can celebrate for free in Southern California?Read More
It’s summertime, and that means vacation season is in high gear and vacation rentals are in demand. We previously covered why booking a vacation rental beats booking a hotel. However, did you know that renting directly through a property management firm is preferable to renting through online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO?Read More
Spring has sprung in Lake Arrowhead. And that means it’s time to start making summer vacation plans. Since Lake Arrowhead is a popular summertime getaway, rentals quickly fill up. As you plan your mountain summertime vacation, consider the annual Lake Arrowhead Concert Series. We are writing about the series now because the concerts start in May and continue every weekend through September 4th. And this year’s lineup is impressive! So, now is the time to book you rental property and reserve a table for your favorite band! Bring a lawn chair and pick a spot on the grass for free. Or you may wish to purchase reserved seating. Once you’ve decided which shows you want to enjoy, click here to book a vacation rental so you can make it a memorable event!Read More
As the snow begins to thaw in Lake Arrowhead and the birds start to gather sticks to build nests, thoughts turn to spring. Now is the perfect time to book a springtime vacation. We know it’s difficult to imagine sitting outside on a sunny spring day when snow remains on the ground as well as in the forecast. But that’s exactly the reason you should start planning now. Don’t wait for the ground to thaw and vacation properties to be booked!Read More
February, although the shortest month, is the most romantic month of the year. Valentine’s Day, which dates back to the 14thcentury, is regularly celebrated on February 14thby lovers around the world. Although Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for a romantic getaway, we think you should plan romantic getaways year-round. Read More
Our property rental office is in sunny Southern California. However, we offer full-time and vacation rentals that showcase a picturesque winter wonderland. In fact, our office is situated right in the center of town in Lake Arrowhead Village. And Lake Arrowhead Village sits in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether this year will be your first visit to Lake Arrowhead, or if you live in the Arrowhead communities, here are a few suggestions to help you map out your winter Lake Arrowhead vacation:Read More
Let’s face it. Unless you are enrolled in a study-abroad program or are a wealthy jetsetter, you probably don’t have time or money to fly to Munich each fall to celebrate Oktoberfest. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beer, bratwurst, and associated festivities of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. Just drive up to #LakeArrowhead to celebrate FOR FREE right here in the United States, where you will be able to party without the hassle and cost of a trip to Europe. This year’s events are special because 2021 marks the Village’s 40th annual Oktoberfest celebration!Read More
After surviving the pandemic, which ushered in lockdowns and canceled events throughout most of 2020, the summer of 2021 is a great time to return to life and have some fun. And what a better way to do that than by attending the free concerts in Lake Arrowhead held each weekend this summer? Whether your musical tastes run more toward country, rock and roll or smooth jazz, there is something for everyone on Center Stage from now until September 11. Admittedly, out of necessity, the concert experience will be different than in previous years. Lake Arrowhead administrators made changes to help make the concert experience enjoyable and safe for all who attend. Although tickets are free, advanced reservations are required. Space is limited. So, sign up for your favorite events today. And check back often, since performers may change, and new spots may open between now and the concert date.Read More
Have you ever considered renting out your home? Perhaps you have a second home, which sits vacant most of the year. Have you been too nervous to pursue turning it into a rental property? Or has a recent life change led you to consider turning your previous home into a rental/investment property? Here are a few reasons you may want to make the jump from property owner to landlord: Read More
Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful location for a “destination wedding.” It is just a short drive from the LA Basin and valleys below. Temperate summers set the backdrop for a gorgeous outdoor wedding. If Lake Arrowhead is your ideal wedding destination (and how could it not be?) we present you with a few helpful tips for planning your perfect day: Read More
As we wind our way through Autumn, many people find themselves yearning for sweater weather and crisp changing leaves. But if you live in So Cal, you’re still stuck with warm summer-like days whether you like it or not. Fortunately, Lake Arrowhead is just a quick drive from the valley below. Our beautiful mountain offers a variety of trees, resplendent with orange, gold, green and yellow leaves. Through the crisp air, you can smell fallen pine needles and leaves, all of which combine with chimney smoke wafting from local fireplaces. Together, it’s the definition of a quintessential autumn experience. Read More
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. And fall is just about to give way to winter. If you are looking for a great place to take your family to celebrate the holidays, consider the San Bernardino Mountains. Lake Arrowhead Village, in Southern California is the perfect spot to spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of the city below. Lake Arrowhead is the place where shopping, dining, and exploring the forest combine apart from the stress and traffic of the Los Angeles area in and around Thanksgiving. Read More
Grab your lederhosen and a couple of your best Freunde and head to gorgeous Lake Arrowhead Village for the 38thannual Oktoberfest. Event admission is free. However, if you want to drink beer or wine (and we’re guessing that’s the main reason you would want to attend Oktoberfest) you must purchase a ceramic Oktoberfest mug ($20). This reasonable fee includes your first beer or wine ticket. Refills are just $8. Beer is sold in 16 oz servings, while wine is 6 oz. (Sorry wine lovers – beer drinkers always enjoy larger quantities of their beverage of choice!) Read More
Have you been feeling worn out with your daily commute? Are you easily irritated with those around you? Does life seem like a monotonous grind stretching out before you? If so, you probably desperately need of a vacation. Research shows that Americans take fewer vacation days than any other developed nation in the world. Read More
So, you’ve planned your Lake Arrowhead vacation and you’re excitedly planning for the trip. Make sure you take into account that Lake Arrowhead is located at over 5,100 feet above sea level. While you’re preparing to get away from the stress of the valley below, consider the change in altitude your body will face once you’ve ascended the hill.
Many elite athletes choose to train on the mountain because the higher elevation increases race-day endurance. So, even if you stay fit, your body may need time to adjust. If possible, resist the temptation to plan vigorous activities at the start of your vacation. Give your body a chance to adjust. That fantastic hike, or water skiing, will still be there waiting for you when you’re ready to face the challenge. Read More
As warm days replace the bracing cold of fall, Lake Arrowhead critters emerge from their winter slumber to celebrate spring. Lake Arrowhead houses a wide variety of forest birds and animals.
One commonly-spotted bird in the Lake Arrowhead mountains is the Steller’s Jay. This bright blue bird has a black, crested head. Among the noisiest birds on the mountain, these proud blue and black birds sit on deck railings or adjacent trees.
Regardless of whether the weather decides to cooperate, spring has sprung in Lake Arrowhead. And that means it’s time to start making summer vacation plans. Since Lake Arrowhead is a popular summertime getaway, rentals quickly fill up. As you plan your mountain summertime vacation, consider the annual freeLake Arrowhead Concert Series. Concerts begin on May 11thand continue every weekend through September 7th. Bring a lawn chair and pick a spot on the grass for free. Or, you may wish to purchase reserved seating. Once you’ve decided which shows you want to enjoy, click here to book a vacation rental so you can make it a memorable event! Read More
A trip to Lake Arrowhead includes an exciting car ride, winding your way up Hwy 18 (to Hwy 189) as it twists and turns around sheer drop-offs and under soaring pine trees. Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas at every turn. The gem of Lake Arrowhead is Lake Arrowhead Village, a shopping destination boasting over 50 shops and restaurants. The Village is nestled on the shores of its namesake, Lake Arrowhead. It quaint European-inspired center features idyllic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The Village plays host to numerous events throughout the year, attracting more than three million visitors annually. Read More
Founded in 1891, the idyllic town of Lake Arrowhead takes its name from an arrowhead-shaped rock formation at the base of the mountain. You can still see the namesake as you ascend Highway 18 from San Bernardino. Throughout its history, various people groups have called the mountain home. Some of their landmark structures withstood the ravages of snow and wind and remain active to this day. One of the most iconic of these buildings is The Cliffhanger Restaurant (currently known as Hortencia’s at the Cliffhanger). Read More
Many people don’t realize it snows in Southern California. But snowfall is a regular occurrence in the San Bernardino Mountains. In fact, we’ve already had several snows already this season and look forward to welcoming even more. When sparkling snow covers the pine trees, Lake Arrowhead is particularly picturesque – perfect for a mountain getaway. Book a winter vacation today because, when you arrive, there will be plenty of fun wintertime activities to enjoy:
Can you believe that the holidays are here? For many of us, the season ushers in guilty pleasures – like watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Inevitably, the impossibly gorgeous cast pales in comparison to the idyllic locals. While the main characters stroll through charming little villages, all decked out for Christmas, the romantic in us longs for a similar experience. With our first snowfall of the season in the books, even though we may not be able to promise a “kiss under the mistletoe” like Hallmark, we can offer a picturesque holiday shopping experience.
Known as “the Alps of Southern California,” Lake Arrowhead Village was built in the 20’s with a picturesque Nordic-style feel. Today, the Village is home to over 50 shops and restaurants, ranging from outlets to specialized boutiques, making it the perfect spot for checking off your holiday gift list. So you won’t just find one-of-kind items at specialty shops but can discover deals that rival or beat anything offered in the snow-free valley below.
Here are a few ideas offered by the many shops Lake Arrowhead Village:
If you have a fashionista on your list, you may want to pick up a flowy top from Sondra’s/Tattle Tales, which offers stylishly unique women’s and truly adorable baby clothing. Or, perhaps a preppy sweater and button-down top from the Van Heusen outlet store would suit your more tailored friends and family members? Or think of the person on your list who is always chilly? They will love a cozy wool shirt from Pendleton Woolen Mills. Pop into Jockey to pick up matching Christmas Eve PJ’s for your entire family.
The Coach outlet store always has great sales, allowing you to bring home a gorgeous new bag or wallet. With additional discounts available on many clearance items, the outlet offers more options than you would find online. Maybe you want to extend your Hallmark moment by presenting your loved one with a piece from Alpine Jewelers? For the tweens on your list, Claire’s is a popular choice.
Stop into The Grapevine and scoop up a rare beer or bottle of wine for the connoisseur on your list. By the pound or piece, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a chocoholic’s holiday dream. The tea or coffee fanatic on your list, are sure to appreciate a bag from The Tea and Coffee Exchange, and you’ll want to grab yourself a peppermint hot cocoa to languidly sip as you shop, the sounds of Christmas music floating gently through the air.
Mr. G’s is every bit the charming classic “Hallmark” toy store, with a diverse inventory, sure to please all the little munchkins on your list.
Although we touched on just a few, Lake Arrowhead offers a wide variety of shops, all filled with ideal Christmas presents for nearly everyone on your list. What are you waiting for? Bundle up in your red coat and scarf. Don’t forget the fluffy white vegan fur hat! And shop!
Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends, or you’d prefer to stay in a modest cabin, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, whatever your “Hallmark dream” is, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets. For individuals, couples, families and groups, with stays of days, weeks, or months, we have what you need — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Holiday rentals fill up quickly. Don’t delay. Book today.
With trees displaying a beautiful array of autumn colors and crisp and mild weather ushering azure skies, Lake Arrowhead is an ideal destination for a Southern California fall getaway. Whether you’re planning a quick weekend vacation or a large Thanksgiving family reunion, follow these helpful packing tips to make the most of your trip to the San Bernardino Mountains. Read More
Lake Arrowhead offers a variety of culinary options, whether your preferred libation and sustenance runs to fine dining or food-cart on-the-street. If beer is your jam, this blog post should appeal to you. After all, what’s better way to usher in fall than a good old-fashioned tavern tour? Lake Arrowhead offers several new options designed to quench your yeast-fermented thirst. To find out where to go for all things brewski, read on! Read More
Vacationing in the Lake Arrowhead mountains provides not only a much-needed respite from the heat in the valleys below, but a multitude of other health-related benefits.
“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.”
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
At over 5000’ elevation, Lake Arrowhead is a perfect place for revving up the old metabolism, assuming you can say “no” to the haystacks at Jensen’s Market.
“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” – John Ruskin
Vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable anytime of the year, but as summer dips into fall, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends, or you’d prefer to stay in a modest cabin, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets. For individuals, couples, families and groups, with stays of days, weeks, or months, we have what you need — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.
If you live in Southern California in September, you probably wish the sun would calm down, so you could enjoy the beginning of the season known by the rest of the country as fall. But in the LA Basin, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Orange County and the Riverside area, the thermostat continues to climb. So, with school back in session, September is the perfect time to head up to Lake Arrowhead for a weekend vacation getaway. Plenty of great autumn activities abound, And, believe it or not, you may even need to wear a jacket! Read More
While exploring beautiful locales, relaxing on vacation with friends builds strong relationships. And, with a little forethought and honesty, you can reduce the risk of potential pitfalls – so the only thing you take home are warm memories, great photographs and noteworthy souvenirs. To help plan a great friend-cation in the San Bernardino Mountains, consider these ideas and suggestions. Read More
Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountain range, the Lake Arrowhead area features more than 500 miles of hiking trails for all ability/difficulty levels. With temperatures 20 degrees cooler than the scorching valleys below, summer is the perfect time to explore nature.
Heaps Peak Arboretum Trail (Very Easy)
Featuring 24 points of interest, this trail is an easy, self-guided walk, through native wildflowers and plants. Open 365 days a year, the arboretum is free to the public and easily accessed from Highway 18, about ¾ of a mile east of Skypark Santa’s Village.
This mostly shaded jaunt, located in the neighboring town of Crestline, is a meandering forest walk, over occasional roots and rocks. The trail follows a stream, leading to the main attraction: a heart shaped hole in a boulder, carved there by the ravages of time. Several small pools make for great places to dip your feet. Many are, surrounded by giant boulders and towering pines. The trailhead is located next to Camp Seely, where several scenes for the 1998 version of The Parent Trap movie were filmed.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (Moderate)
Although the entire Pacific Crest Trail stretches 2,600 miles from the Canadian to the Mexican border, portions of the trail weave through the Lake Arrowhead region. You’ll find multiple entry and exit points along this 40-mile portion of the trail. Plan to spend at least a few hours, half-day, or overnight. Aside from experiencing the beauty of nature, you will enjoy the cool on this historic trail.
Pinnacles Peak Hiking Trail (Difficult)
Lake Arrowhead offers a beautiful variety of topography. And this hike is a perfect example, with tall pine trees giving way to giant boulders and chaparral. The Pinnacles trail head is located next to the rifle range on Highway 178. But be forewarned; this hike involves actual rock climbing to reach the top of various peaks. But after climbing, you will be rewarded by stunning 360-degree mountaintop views.
Vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable anytime of the year, but during the summer, when wildflowers bloom and the weather is mild, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends, or you’d prefer to stay in a modest cabin, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets. For individuals, couples, families and groups, with stays of days, weeks, or months, we have what you need — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.
Since the thermometer in the LA Basin is threatening to hover around three digits, you are probably starting to make plans for a quick summer getaway. Escape the heat in the valley below and head up the hill to Lake Arrowhead. Located about 80 miles outside of Los Angeles, nestled in the mountain range that is often referred to as the Swiss Alps of Southern California, Lake Arrowhead is the perfect summer vacation spot. Whether you need to hop on a plane or just drive up the mountain to get here, Lake Arrowhead is well worth the trip! Read More
Summertime and the living is easy. The Lake Arrowhead Village Merchant’s Association works tirelessly each year to book the most talented summer entertainment in the San Gabriel Valley. With musical styles to suit virtually any taste, the weekend concerts kick off on May 18 and continue each weekend through September 8, 2018. To take advantage of the free events, or to purchase modestly-priced reserved seating spaces for any of the
scheduled performances, plan your Lake Arrowhead vacation today. By booking early, you will have the best available vacation rental options, whether you prefer a mountain cabin, family-style home, near-the-lake house, lakefront or lake-view luxury, or a condo or townhome. Read More
“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever.”
~ Elizabeth Lawrence
While you’re on vacation this year, make sure you take time to smell the flowers. While people disagree about the origin of the phrase, and even whether specific types of flowers were referenced, few would argue the meaning – that it’s important to pause to enjoy life. And what better time to do that than while on vacation and what better place to vacation than in and among the beautiful flowers fragrantly blooming in and around Lake Arrowhead? Read More
Spring Has Sprung – Can you believe it?
Would you like to take a break from the drudgery of spring cleaning? In Lake Arrowhead, spring means a whole lot more than tackling baseboards and vacuuming behind appliances. While it may be difficult to believe, and hard to accept for snow-lovers, winter is quickly moving into our collective rearview mirrors. In fact, the first day of spring is March 20, 2018. With flowers in bloom, birds singing, and bees buzzing on the hill, you don’t have to look at a calendar to recognize that spring has sprung in Lake Arrowhead. But check out this calendar of events to take advantage of on your March Arrowhead vacation. Read More
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While most of the country is digging out after the recent bomb cyclone, in Southern California, where Arrowhead Property Rental is located, the weather remains warm and bright. We have yet to face major snowstorms in 2018. But, even as we look ahead to snow play and other winter activities such as tobogganing, downhill skiing and snow-boarding, the first signs of spring have started to arrive on the mountain. Birds are singing and flowers are already starting to bloom. Not only is it a lovely sight to behold; it’s an invitation that it’s never too early to start planning your spring vacation. Read More
Did you know that even if you live in Southern California, exciting snow-filled winter adventure awaits? All you need to do is drive to Lake Arrowhead. Whether you’re an expert snow boarder or an adept downhill skier, or even if you prefer tamer, low-impact winter activities such as inner-tubing, tobogganing and playing in the snow, snow-filled fun is just a short drive away. Read More
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. Read More
Our 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.
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. Read More
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. Read More
“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! Read More
Millions 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:
If 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. Read More
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. Read More
Part 1 of a 2-Part Series
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. Read More