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Southern California Snow

Winter view in a Carpathian mountain forest covered with fresh snow. Ukraine, Europe

Southern California offers a host of weather-related advantages, including a mild climate that rarely interrupts everyday routines. But when meteorologists predict or report snow in So Cal, it’s natural to long for weather more reflective of the season. The good news is that, if you live in the LA basin or Orange County, winter weather is just a stone’s throw from home.

Located just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead is a great place to spend a weekend playing in the snow. Not only is the lake itself breathtakingly beautiful, but Lake Arrowhead Village offers top-shelf shopping, eating, and hiking. So, if you want to plan a fun family trip that doesn’t break the bank, consider these activities that await:

  • Father and daughter with snow tube at ski resortInner-Tubing. Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift is located on Highway 18 in the city of Running Springs, which is just a short drive from Lake Arrowhead. Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., this family-friendly recreational park offers beginning, intermediate and advanced slopes. Admission is $15 per person (children under 36” tall are free with paid adult), plus $5 for parking. Hours are subject to change due to weather and road conditions, and at the discretion of management. For more information about Snowdrift, click here.
  • Young woman riding a bike at the park with her legs in the airSkypark at Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village was originally opened six weeks before Disneyland, on Memorial Day weekend in 1955. A Saturday Evening Post article about a similar park in New Hampshire inspired the idea for the park. Crestline resident, Glen Holland, proposed the idea to investors and broke ground in 1954. Contractors worked closely with local artisans and craftsman to create the fantastical village, which will eventually include a bike park; zip line; hiking; fishing; camping; a climbing tower; an archery range; monorail; Santa’s house, workshop and the North Pole – including the famous post office; a train ride, ice skating pond, live entertainment, a “bouldering” Colorful snow-covered house of Santa Claus and his workshop at the Northroom; a mining company, Playscape and chapel; stores and restaurants. Newly opened Skypark at Santa’s Village is based on the original, but features more attractions and entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities.
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort. One of the largest resorts in the San Bernardino National Forest, Snow Valley offers a fantastic Snow Sports School, Snow Play (including sledding), a wide variety of lifts and terrain over 240 acres plus other services. Other features include night skiing from 3pm to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays as well as during holiday periods. Click here to learn more about this great Lake Arrowhead area resort.

Ski-liftAnytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter when there’s a chance of snow and 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 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.

The Lake Arrowhead Holiday Season

Santa Claus ice skating with three elves

Illustration of  merry christmas and happy new yearThe “big news” in Lake Arrowhead this winter is that Santa’s Village has reopened! First open in 1955, this winter-themed amusement park once boasted rides, bobsleds, a monorail, a petting zoo, and other attractions, but closed in the spring of 1998. In the summer of 2014, the park was sold to new owners who decided to rejuvenate the family favorite, with a soft opening held this week.

Highlights of is now called Skypark at Santa’s Village:

  • The Polar Express Train Ride pulls out of the station each day, taking visitors through a winter wonderland including “Frostbite Tunnel” and the “Silver Bells Ice Skating Pond.”
    Santa Claus ice skating with three elves
  • Let your child’s imagination unfold in the Discovery Playscape, an area plum-full of fun playhouses, obstacles, and musical toys. There’s even a large spider web “nest” they can use to relax and think about Christmas morning fun.
  • Ice skating was once a San Bernardino mountain favorite, with celebrity skaters and amateurs alike enjoying the Ice Castle in Blue Jay, which closed in 2013, following a fire. Skypark at Santa’s Village has resurrected the tradition at Silver Bells Ice Skating Pond Glide. Make this part of your Lake Arrowhead holiday tradition by skating in the fresh alpine air.
  • If you’ll be visiting with younger kids, stop in to see Santa. Skypark at Santa’s Village features an amazing comfy cabin filled with Santa’s personal belongings. Your kids will be thrilled to experience the magic of Santa while sipping hot cocoa.
  • Santa’s Workshop Craft Experience. Every good little girl and boy will have the opportunity to make a holiday craft with Santa’s Elves in his workshop. Or write a letter to Santa and give it to the big guy himself!
  • Christmas Card with Mistletoe design vector illustrationLive Christmas Shows & Storytelling. For songs, laughter and reverie all season, attendees will enjoy The Mistletones, Captain Tale Tale’s Dance Party, and Magic Shows. Watch the storytelling of the 12 Days of Christmas.
  • Christmas Character Experiences will include spontaneous meetings and photo opps with Mrs. Claus, the Elves, Arrow, and Princess Sugar Plum.
  • Younger tots who are still learning to bike ride can enjoy the Strider Balance Bike Trail. Kids simply use their feet to ride instead of pedaling, teaching them balance and coordination. And what better place to learn than at Santa’s winter wonderland?
  • Let the kids run wild on the Magic Tree Bouldering Room, an indoor iceberg-cave climbing experience for all ages and experience levels.
  • Santa’s Village Mining Co. You and your kids can mine for gemstones and arrowheads in Santa’s Sluice Box. You’ll be happy to know that each participant will hit pay dirt every time they mine.
  • Santa’s Dump Truck & Bike Test Track Santa and the Elves need to test the bikes and helmets he will be handing out on Christmas. Help Santa keep the girls and boys safe by testing bikes for him!
    Christmas Elf
  • Making Spirits Bright Tree Lighting Parade Meet the Storybook Characters of Santa’s Village as they stroll to the Village Christmas Tree nightly to Make Spirits Bright!
  • Candy and ice cream shop.

Important details to plan your trip:

  • The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, except on Christmas, which is when Santa will be busy making deliveries.
  • Tickets are $60 each for
  • Location – 28950 CA-18, Skyforest, California 92385
  • Lodging – To find the perfect lodging for your needs, contact us at Arrowhead Property Rental.

Other Area Events:

Santa and reindeers take a selfieSaturdays and Sundays at Lake Arrowhead Village – take a selfie with Santa from noon – 3 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas, with trees decorated by area elementary schools. Free selfies are available, so bring your camera and let your kids experience the joy of telling Santa their Christmas hopes and dreams.

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter when there’s a chance of snow (and Santa), 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 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.

Celebrating the Holidays in Lake Arrowhead

Cabin in Mountains Fall ColorsFor Southern Californians looking for cool temperatures (possibly even snow) and fresh mountain air, Lake Arrowhead offers a wide range of activities this holiday season. 

Upcoming holidays events in Lake Arrowhead:

  • November 25thTree Lighting Ceremony and the Black Friday Shopping. Celebrate on Center Stage from 6 to 9 p.m., when the 50-foot tree will be lit and Santa will make his first Christmas season appearance. Christmas trees will be spectacularly decorated by kids from local elementary schools who worked hard hand-crafting one-of-a-kind ornaments.Beauty fashion woman with nutcracker
  • November 25th – 27thExperience the wonder of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, as Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet puts on an amazing show for the community. A long-running tradition on the hill, this event showcases local talent which belies the small town environment.
  • November 26th and Every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th– Enjoy free selfie day with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. Peruse the shops of Lake Arrowhead Village for the perfect gift, and bring your kids for a fun visit with Santa. Dance to musical performance by the Nutcrackers. Monetary and toy donations will be accepted for local charity, Operation Provider.
  • Santa Claus Christmas ParadeDecember 3rdEnjoy this annual classic – the Blue Jay Parade. In its 37th year, the parade will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and will last for an hour, starting at Arturo’s and wrapping up in the Blue Jay Theater parking lot. Part of Highway 189 will be closed to make a safe path for parade goers. Find parade applications at LakeArrowheadChamber.com.
  • December 7thFill your belly with the amazing food at Taste of Lake Arrowhead, the fun evening event held December 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Lake Arrowhead Village. For a bargain, save $10 by purchasing tickets in advance. Come enjoy fare prepared by more than a dozen merchants who will compete for prizes including Best Entrée, Best Dessert and Best Table Presentation. The event begins with champagne in the lobby of the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. Music will be provided by the Rim Marching Scots. Making of Burgers

Book your stay today, so you can take advantage of these festive holiday events. Any time 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 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.

Lake Arrowhead & the Movies

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Only a short hour and a half drive apart, Tinseltown and Lake Arrowhead are a match made in movie heaven. Lake Arrowhead’s alpine scenery — courtesy of the Bernardino National Forest, — along with its scenic lakefront location and picturesque Old World-style village make it an ideal location for film scouts in search of rustic mountain beauty. For 10 years, the area has also hosted the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, which attracted native celebrities and film buffs across Southern California.

Early Hollywood

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Lake Arrowhead’s natural splendor features prominently in many early films, including the “The Romance of the Bar O” in 1911, “The Courtship of Miles Standish” in 1923, and later, “A Swingin’ Summer,” which starred screen icon Raquel Welch. Another film, “Her Splendid Folly,” which was released in 1933 is noted as the first official film shot to be shot in Lake Arrowhead Village. All told, more than 120 movies include scenes shot in Lake Arrowhead. And that number will likely increase as Hollywood directors and producers opt to film here because of the beauty and close proximity to Hollywood.

Memorable Modern Movies
Old Hollywood Film CountdownEven after the golden Hollywood era of the 1920’s, stars made their way to Lake Arrowhead for work and play. Here are some modern movies filmed in the area:

  • “Next” – This Nicolas Cage “see the future” movie might have a convoluted plot, but it includes some great mountain scenery shot near Lake Arrowhead.
  • “The Parent Trap” – The 1998 remake, starring a young Lindsay Lohan, featured scenes from nearby Crestline and the casting of child extras from Lake Arrowhead and other neighboring communities.
  • “Dr. Dolittle” – Eddie Murphy’s 1998 film had him talking directly to animals — with scenes shot in and around the region.
  • “The American President” starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning, included the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead as a stand-in for Camp David, after Douglas’ President asks his date (Benning) if she’s ever been to Camp David.

Notable Residents and Celebrity Sightings

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With its proximity to Los Angeles and secluded privacy, Lake Arrowhead is an attractive relaxation destination for busy Hollywood actors and musicians. Many celebrities own homes in the area, and some are long-time residents of the mountain community. Here are some of the notable celebrities that have been spotted in and around Lake Arrowhead:

  • Legendary actor Rock Hudson owned a home in Lake Arrowhead, as part of a collection of places throughout Southern California.
  • Hugh Laurie from “House” was spotted at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, filming several episodes of season six of the acclaimed series.
  • Longtime resident Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame recently put his Lake Arrowhead house on the market for the asking price of $3.3 million. The stunning home is more than 4,500 square feet and features a deck overlooking the lakefront.
  • Actor Mark Harmon has and his wife, actress Pam Dawber, have owned a Lake Arrowhead home for many years, first purchasing a cabin built in the 1920’s.
  • Ernie Hudson, star of Ghostbusters and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, calls Lake Arrowhead home.
  • Christopher McDonald, best known for his role in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, calls Lake Arrowhead home. Celebrity fleeing for paparazzi

Red carpet

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 two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to hunker down 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.

Fall in Lake Arrowhead

Oktoberfest and other Fall Fun Activities in Lake Arrowhead

 

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Fall means changing leaves, cooler weather, and of course, beer. Beer? Mugs and pints will be flowing during the upcoming Oktoberfest in Lake Arrowhead. The annual event is inspired by its annual Munich equivalent, which began in 1811. The first Oktoberfest celebrations were for Crown Prince Ludwig who married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Wedding festivities to celebrate the royal couple included drinking, horse races, and a festival.

The current German celebration is the largest Oktoberfest gathering in the world, and lasts 16-18 days, attracting more than six million revelers. Massive tents named Hofbräuhaus, Hippodrom, and seat several thousand people.

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In Lake Arrowhead, the celebration is relegated to weekends. But the enthusiasm is just as contagious. Check out this video to see the excitement surrounding the Lake Arrowhead version? This short video showcases the drinking, eating, and dancing from the 2015 event.

It’s All About the Beer

You can’t throw a true Oktoberfest without offering great beer. At the 2016 Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest, the selection includes a wide variety of crafted beers from Germany, Belgium, and other parts of Europe, with brands including Hoegaarden, Spaten, Goose Island, and Munich-based Franziskaner Weissbier brewery.

Moose raising a toastAttendees purchase a commemorative 16.907 ounce commemorative beer mug and a “first drink” ticket. Tickets cost $20 on Saturday’s and $15 on Sunday’s, and refills are just $8. Dedicated beer aficionados who visit multiple days can bring their mug back for $8 refills. (Just a word of caution. Don’t try to reuse last year’s mug. The 2016 design is unique to this year’s event.)

It’s About the Music

Outdoor beer drinking and great food can only be enhanced by fantastic music. Oktoberfest features entertaining bands that rock German-themed music.


Here’s this year’s lineup

September 17th and October 22nd – the Kalifornia Krauts

September 18th and 25th and October 1st  – Warsaw Poland Bros.

September 24th, and October 9th, 16th, and 23rdBavarian Beergaaden

October 2nd, 8th, and 15thThe Bluebirds


Highlights of 2016 Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest (beyond the beer and music) include:Lager beer and snacks of sausages and sauerkraut

  • Fun games, including stein holding, beer chug, sausage toss, and the chicken dance
  • Authentic German fare including German potatoes, bratwurst, knockwurst, beer brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, coleslaw and more
  • Traditional German-themed music as well as contemporary musical acts
  • Pieter Meister acts as the master of ceremonies of the event. He comes to the mountain straight from the beer factories of Germany

Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest 2016

  • September 17th (noon – 8 p.m.)

  • September 18th (noon – 6 p.m.)

  • September 24th (noon – 8 p.m.)

  • September 25th (noon – 6 p.m.)

  • October 1st (noon – 8 p.m.)

  • October 2nd (noon – 6 p.m.)

  • October 8th (noon – 8 p.m.)

  • October 9th (noon – 6 p.m.)

  • October 15th (noon – 8 p.m.)

  • October 16th (noon – 6 p.m.)

  • October 22nd (noon – 8 p.m.)

  • October 23rd (noon – 6 p.m.)


Dance performed by the rooster and hen

Each amazing day at the 2016 Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest follows a repeated schedule:

  • Noon-12:30 p.m. – German Music
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – German Bands/ Chicken Dance / Traditional Songs
  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – Adult & Kids Musical Chairs
  • 1:55 p.m. -2 p.m. – Dance Music
  • 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – German Bands/ Chicken Dance / Traditional Songs
  • 2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. – Team Sausage Toss
  • 2:55 p.m. -3 p.m. – Dance Music
  • 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – German Bands / Chicken Dance / Traditional Songs
  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. – Men’s & Women’s Stein Holding
  • 3:55 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Dance Music
  • 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – German Bands / Chicken Dance / Traditional Songs
  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. – Men’s & Women’s Beer Chugging
  • 4:55 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Dance Music
  • 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – German Bands / Chicken Dance / Traditional Songs
  • 5:30 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. – Men’s & Women’s Sauerkraut Eating Contest
  • 5:55 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Dance Music (end of event on Sunday’s)
  • 6-6:30 p.m. – German Bands / Chicken Dance / Traditional Songs
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Oktoberfest Games
  • 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Dance Party
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Ceremonial Tucking Kegs In For The Night (end of event Saturday’s)

So where is all of the fun happening? Oktoberfest is happening on Center Stage in Lake Arrowhead Village. Click here for a map. If you’re coming from out of town  and want to rent a place in the area, book through Arrowhead Property Rental. We make the process smooth, and have access to homes and condos of many styles and locations. So we will be able to find the perfect place for your gall mountain getaway.


Other September – October Activities

If you will be visiting Lake Arrowhead in the fall, but don’t want to spend all of your time dancing in beer gardens, consider a host of other great fall activities:

  • September 10thannual Lake Arrowhead Dog Festival features a dock jumping competition for pooches, fun prizes, and various other activities.The Dog Wearing A Yukata
  • September 17th – 42nd Annual Home Tour, an exciting tour of seven stunning area homes.
  • September 24thArrowhead Goes Wild, a fundraising gala event to support Wildhaven Ranch. Meet some animals up close and personal.

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But we shine in fall and winter like no other community in Southern California. 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.

A History of Lake Arrowhead

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Situated at an elevation of more than 5,200 feet is a beautiful alpine wilderness is the resort area of Lake Arrowhead, a striking destination for visitors and residents, alike. The Lake Arrowhead area consists of several communities including Lake Arrowhead, Twin Peaks, Blue Jay, Cedar Glen, Sky Forest, and Rim Forest, all of which have a combined total of more than 12,000 residents.

Let’s explore the history of this vibrant mountain community.

Early History

Groups of Paiute and Serrano Native Americans lived in the area in earlier times. The first white settlers in the Lake Arrowhead fur traders in 1826 who engaged in fighting with the Paiute tribe in Little Bear Valley (the area that became Lake Arrowhead).

During the 1860s, more visitors came to the area, attracted by the potential to log as well as raise cattle. The first road was built in 1852, with additional routes created in subsequent decades. During this time, visitors typically came in summer, when the roads were clear. This was due, in part, to the fact that the vehicles they traveled in at the time did not have fuel injection. So the only way to make sure gas was still getting to the engine was to drive up the 23-mile hill in reverse!Front view of classic car. Old style. Black and white.

Despite the difficulty in reaching the location, the area grew. Eventually, in 1893, the Arrowhead Reservoir Company overcame construction delays and built a reservoir in Little Bear Valley.

20th Century

In 1905, the completed dam was 200 feet tall and more than 1,100 feet wide at the bottom, and slowly began to fill from collected runoff. In the 1910s, further work was done on the dam, including the construction of more than six miles of water-carrying tunnels.

DropThe Arrowhead Lake Company bought Little Bear Valley and the land, and shifted the lake’s purpose from an irrigation source to a recreation destination. With the dam’s completion in early 1922, the company built a central village on the northern lake shore. This village included a restaurant, dance area, movie theater and several hotels. The lake and natural beauty of the area attracted early Hollywood interest, and was showcased in films including the The Romance Of The Bar O in 1911, the The Courtship of Miles Standish in 1923, and in later years, A Swingin’ Summer starring Raquel Welch.

Ownership of the lake and land changed hands again in 1946 when the owners of Santa Anita Race Track in Monrovia (Los Angeles Turf Club) took control. The company improved many lakeside properties and donated land to a variety of scout groups and churches. Fourteen years later, the lake was sold again — this time to the Lake Arrowhead Development Company. This firm built residential tracts and created an 18-hole golf course now operated by the Lake Arrowhead Country Club.Lake Arrowhead Country Club

New owners, led by investor George Coult, bought the village in 1979, and a group did a “burn to learn” initiative that destroyed the original village buildings, but spared the dance pavilion and a few other structures. The new village was then constructed, with a shopping center, restaurants, and the capacity for lake tours with a 60-seat paddle wheel boat.

The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa (originally the Arrowhead Hilton Lodge) opened in 1982, ushering in a new era for the resort community as a prime tourist destination. Modern Lake Arrowhead still retains the wilderness and charms of the past while offering visitors modern conveniences and a plethora of fun activities.

Wooden House Building

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, consider 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 July in Southern California


If you want to get away from the daily grind, but are tired of long road trips with the kids whining, “Are we there yet?,” plan a trip to Lake Arrowhead. Situated on Highway 18 at an altitude of 5,100 feet, it’s the perfect place for Southern Californians to escape the heat as well as the hustle and bustle of the valleys below.

July is the perfect month to spend in the San Bernardino Mountains because temperatures tend to hover at 10 to 20 degrees lower than the flats. Plus, there are lots of great activities planned for vacationers and residents, alike:

Independence Day Celebration – On Sunday, July 3 at 9 p.m., the Arrowhead Lake Association will host a fireworks’ show. Although the event is free to the general public, space tends to fill up quickly. So, this year, event organizers are offering some paid alternatives:

  • View the fireworks from Lake Arrowhead Village – From noon until midnight, you can park at Rim of the World High School and take a shuttle into the Village. Donations are accepted.
  • Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church on Highway 173 will be offering parking for $10, with proceeds benefitting the church youth group. The Rim High Football team will be making shuttle stops at the bottom of the church driveway from noon until 9 p.m. Donations are encouraged.
  • For $20, you can park in Blue Jay and be shuttled to and from the Village from noon until midnight. Park in the lot across the street from McDonald’s. Shuttle service will run from noon until midnight and wait times should prove much shorter than at Rim.
  • $30 will secure you premium fireworks’ viewing, for a family of up to five, from the park or on Lollipop Park Beach.
  • $5 per person will provide general admission to Village Bay Beach, located between Woody’s Dock and the Arrowhead Queen.

Space for all of the above is limited. So reservations are encouraged. Call (909) 337-2553 M-F from 9 until 5.

Gold Rush Days – On Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, Lake Arrowhead Village will be sponsoring the first ever in an event they hope will start an annual tradition. The weekend-long event will feature a Homestyle Chili Cook-Off; live music and entertainment including trick roping, a blacksmith demonstration, model train display, square dancing and comedy; craft brews, vendors with crafts; and gold panning.

  • ICS Chili Cook-Off — Open to individuals, business owners and service organization members, the cook-off is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), and will be held on Saturday. ICS World Championship Homestyle Cook-Off. The ICS cook-off will be judged by volunteers from Operation Provider, and requires participants to register for $30 as ICS members or $50 without ($30 entry + $20 ICS member fee.) Winners will be eligible to compete in the World Championship Homestyle Chili Cook-off. Prizes up to $250 and a trophy will be awarded. Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the ICS Cook-Off.
  • People’s Choice — Also available is the People’s Choice category, which will be judged by the public. The entry fee for this category is $20 and ICS membership is not required. (Winners of this category will not be eligible to participate in the Worldwide Cook-Off. Prizes include up to $100 and a ribbon. Second and third place will also recognized for each category, with additional entries including Best Booth showmanship.

Classic Car Show – Held from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on July 30, Cruizin’ the Village is the 5th Annual Lake Arrowhead Classic Car & Motorcycle Show is presented by the Gavin Stephen’s Foundation. This year’s event will honor founder, Scott Hughes, and will include a 50/50 drawing, prizes, vendors, raffles and live music. To register or for more information about the event, check out the car show website.

Don’t forget to book a great place to stay while you are enjoying July activities in Lake Arrowhead. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 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, 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.

Summer Fun in Lake Arrowhead

722a761f-5513-4973-9d42-57413daecdabWhen temperatures soar and smog is at its peak, it may be difficult to focus on work instead of daydreaming about vacation. But why wait until your “official holiday” for respite? Just a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, congested Orange County, and blazing hot desert communities, Lake Arrowhead is the jewel of the San Bernardino Mountains. So you can head up even if you have just a day or two to make the most of everything the area has to offer:

  • Free Summer Concerts are offered every weekend from May until Labor Day, and showcase virtually every conceivable genre. So check out this summer’s offerings and schedule a trip around your favorite group’s event. Then, plan to arrive early to stake your claim on the grassy knoll hours in advance, or pay to reserve a table to guarantee your spot.Kite boarding. Kitesurf freestyle
  • Water sports at McKenzie Water Ski School. Although Lake Arrowhead is private, don’t let that keep you from enjoying the sand and scenery. One way to do this is by booking a lesson or tour through the local water ski school. Located in Lake Arrowhead Village, adjacent to the Village docks, this family-owned shop offers much more than lessons.
  • Lakearrowhead-Tour-BoatTours on the Arrowhead Queen depart hourly, on the hour, year round and offer vacationers a grand time aboard a majestic vessel. Hearkening back to days of old, the tour is navigated and narrated by a live captain, who shares area history including celebrity sightings and local lore.
  • Movie Theater. After a day in the sun, you might want to relax with a tub of popcorn and an iced cold beverage at Blue Jay Cinema. Although it wouldn’t qualify as a multiplex, the theater features six screens which show the latest attractions.screenwriter and cinema background
  • Hiking Trails. If you love the great outdoors, don’t miss the opportunity to witness nature’s bounty up close and personal. Whether your goal is fitness or fun, the trails in San Bernardino County National Forest are sure to please. Trails vary in length from 1-25 miles and boast everything from desert cactus to dramatic waterfalls, to mountain pines.
  • mountain bikeMountain Biking & Cycling. The only cross country ski area in Southern California with machined groomed trails, Rim Nordic offers daily mountain bike riding on the Rim Nordic Bike park trail system. The trail includes some great single track trails. Other events include mountain bike racing & trail runs.
  • Rock Climbing. Dedicated climbers will want to make the Arrowhead Pinnacles part of their conquered hills. The large area has many routes scattered over rocky terrain which is similar to what is found at Joshua Tree. The approach is said to take about an hour and includes many crack and face routes from which to chooseRock Climbing, Mountain Climbing, Hiking.

Don’t forget to book a great place to stay while you are enjoying summer concerts in Lake Arrowhead. Whether you’re looking to spend a weekend of luxury with 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, 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 Village Summer Concert Series 2016

IMG_0652Calling all music fans and lovers of the great outdoors – the free summer concert series in Lake Arrowhead Village kicks off this weekend, with an AC/DC tribute band called Noise Pollution on Friday, May 13 and Atlantic Crossing, a tribute to Rod Stewart, on Saturday, May 14. Both events will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thousands will head to the hill this summer to enjoy festive open air events held weekends from mid-May through Labor Day weekend. If you are game but would rather not tote your own picnic basket and lawn chairs and fight the crowds, you might want to take advantage of a new online table reservation system, which links directly to ticketing for each available concert. Please note that half tables cost $65, prepaid, and seat 4-5 adults, whereas full tables seat 8-10 for $125. Several events are already sold out – so act quickly to reserve your space. The grassy area and standing room remain free to the public. The venue’s West Gate opens between 10-10:15 a.m., so you can come early to place lawn chairs to stake your claim on the festival-seating lawn.2016 Concert Series.Concert Series Header

ALSO NEW THIS YEAR! Inspired by the popularity of Oktoberfest, the Village has decided to open The Village Beer Garden one hour prior to concert start time, with beer sales ending promptly at 8:30 p.m. What’s more, a dance party will follow every concert. Hang out for until 9 p.m. to enjoy dance tunes and disco lights! Take your time finishing your beverages, drink some water, and hang with your friends!

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All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

MAY

5/13 Noise Pollution, Tribute to AC/DC

5/14  Atlantic Crossing, Tribute to Rod Stewart

5/20 Platinum Rockstars

5/21 The Fenians are back!

5/27 No Duh, Tribute to No Doubt

5/28 Fan Halen

5/29 Police Experience

5/30 THE DUDES w/Vickie Goodglick (afternoon concert 2- 4 p.m. Memorial Day Remembrance)

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JUNE

6/3  Wanted, Tribute to Bon Jovi

6/4  Led Zepagain, Tribute to Led Zeppelin

6/10 Catch a Wave, featuring The Beach Toys, Beach Boys’ Tribute

6/11 Paperback Writer, Tribute to the Beatles

6/17 Nightsnake, Whitesnake Tribute

6/18 The Joshua Tree, Tribute to U2

6/24 Planet Earth, Tribute to Duran Duran

6/25 Queen Nation (SOLD OUT Call 909-337-2533 to be placed on the waiting list.)

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JULY

7/1 Lights Tribute to Journey (SOLD OUT Call 909-337-2533 to be placed on the waiting list.)

7/2 Dead Man’s Party

7/3 Bee Gees Gold (ALA FIREWORKS after the concert!!!)

7/4 Doobies, INC (Afternoon concert 2-4 p.m.)

7/8 WHO Generation

7/9 Garth Guy

7/15 Space Oddity, featuring David Brighton as David Bowie

7/16 Kenny Metcalf as Elton John

7/22 Faux Fighters, Tribute to the Foo Fighters

7/23 SPAZMATICS

7/29 Colour My World, Tribute to Chicago

7/30 Desperado, Tribute to the Eagles (SOLD OUT Call 909-337-2533 to be placed on the waiting list.)

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AUGUST

8/5 Rumours, Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

8/6 Walking Phoenixes, Johnny Cash Tribute

8/12 The One 80’s

8/13 Ultimate Stones, Rolling Stones’ Tribute

8/19 Green Today, Tribute to Green Day

8/20 Which One’s Pink, Pink Floyd Tribute

8/26 Strange Days, Tribute to the Doors

8/27 Venice, Original Band (SOLD OUT Call 909-337-2533 to be placed on the waiting list.)

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September

9/2 Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Tributes

9/3 The Answer

9/4 Neil Diamond Experience, with JASON LOHRKE

9/5 MARK WOOD & THE PARROT HEAD BAND. Jimmy Buffet Tribute (Afternoon concert 2-4 p.m.) Happy Labor Day!

Don’t forget to book a great place to stay while you are enjoying summer concerts in Lake Arrowhead. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 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, 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.

Spring has Sprung in Lake Arrowhead

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Life in the valley can be hectic. Traffic, smog, crowds and construction have replaced the natural beauty of many Southern California locations. But a hidden gem, located just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, awaits. Welcome to Lake Arrowhead.

Lake Arrowhead Village History in a Nutshell

In 1919, a group of nine millionaires purchased Arrowhead Reservoir and Power Company holdings. They renamed Little Bear Lake “Lake Arrowhead” and started construction on the original Lake Arrowhead Village in 1922, opening on June 24, 1922.Forest on granite rocks and canyons in Finland

The area enjoyed many great years as a major tourist attraction for the rich and famous until finally, in April, 1979, the San Bernardino County Fire Department burnt the outdated, unsafe, original structures to the ground, in a “burn to learn” exercise. The only remaining original structure is the building once known as the casino. At the center of town, the edifice now houses several businesses including Papagayos Mexican RestaurantOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lake Arrowhead Village Today

Still the hub of Lake Arrowhead life, the rebuilt Village is home to several major retail outlets including Bass, Jockey, Van Heusen, Coach, Wilson’s Leather, Factory Brand Shoes, and Pendleton as well as national chain stores such as Claire’s Accessories and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. In addition, dozens of specialty stores such as Leroy’s Board Shop, Sondra’s Wild Sophistication, Mr. G’s Toys, and the Studio Boutique offer unique shopping experience.

Nature Calls

With majestic snow-capped mountains, aromatic pine trees, fragrant wild flowers and adorable wild animals in their natural habitat, Lake Arrowhead is the perfect place to head this spring:

  • The San Bernardino National Forest is a federally-managed forest covering more than 800,000 acres. Vegetation includes numerous varieties of trees, such as Ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Sugar pine, Coulter pine, Lodgepole pine, Single-leaf pinyon, and Knobcone pine all thrive here. Other coniferous trees such as White Fir, Bigcone Douglas-fir, Incense Cedar, and Western Juniper also thrive, as do Canyon Live Oak, California Black Oak, and Pacific Dogwood.Single Dogwood Flower against a green background.
  • The first glimpse of nature’s bounty to greet you as you drive up Highway 18 or the 330 on your way to Lake Arrowhead are native flowers. Countless varieties offer a breathtaking view. But arguably the most beautiful are Dogwoods, which bloom along Kuffel Canyon and elsewhere on the mountain each spring. Technically flowering trees, the flowers are a local favorite which herald spring. Daffodils are another annual treat, with some 80,000 bulbs decorating Highway 189 near Twin Peaks.
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  • If you’re an animal lover, you can’t beat Lake Arrowhead. The area is home to squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, mountain lions, deer, bears, and hundreds of birds. And even if you fail to catch a glimpse of them in the wild, you can get your wildlife fix by visiting nearby Wildhaven Ranch, which is a wildlife sanctuary for indigenous and endangered species. The Ranch is open to the public year round on Saturdays for Wings ‘N’ Things and Fridays for Bear Watch starting in the spring and continuing into the fall.  Reservations are required. Please call (909) 337-7389.IMG_1153

Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 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.