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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.

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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.

March in Lake Arrowhead

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Photo by Rolf Garthoffner

There are lots of compelling reasons to visit Lake Arrowhead in March:

  • New-fallen snow
  • Daffodils, dogwoods and fragrant trees are in bloom.
  • Baby animals are exploring their environments. So you could might see anything from a bear cub to a baby raccoon.Potrait of a common raccoon
  • The weather is cool but not too cold — perfect for picturesque walks and nature hikes.

So, whether you are making plans to spend a week on the hill during spring break, or only have time for a day trip or weekend getaway, there will be plenty of things to pique your interest:

Mountain-wide Photo Contest – March 15, 2016 to May 30

If you will be hanging out in the Lake Arrowhead area anytime between March 15 and May 30, you are eligible to participate in the second annual Mountain-wide Photographic Competition, co-sponsored by The Mountain Arts Photographic Society (MAPS) and The Mountain Arts Network (MAN). The theme for this year’s competition is “Mountain Spirit.” Entrants are invited to submit images of subjects that form the spirit or life of the San Gabriel Mountains. Entrants will be required to submit an entry form and check or money order for the entry fee. Entrants will be able to submit up to five (5) digital images on the theme for the “per person” fee, of $10, ($5.00 for MAPS or MAN members). If you have questions or want to request a set of forms, email MAPSPhotoContest@gmail.com. For more information, see the Mountain Arts’ Network website.

Photo by Rolf Garthoffner

Photo by Rolf Garthoffner

St. Patrick’s Day

What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has emerged as an international festival featuring parades, dancing, special food and drinks and a whole lot of green.

Mini History of St. Paddy’s

Happy St Patrick`s Day

  • Patrick was born in Britain during the 4th century.
  • As a teen, he was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish raiders.
  • He escaped after six years and became a priest in Britain.
  • Later, he chose to return to Ireland as a missionary, in order to help spread the teachings of Christianity to pagans.
  • According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of the Trinity to the Irish.
  • In spite of continuous opposition from pagan leaders, he continued to evangelize for 30 years while baptizing newly converted Christians and establishing monasteries, churches, and schools.
  • He died on March 17th and was canonized by the local church.
  • The first time St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated was in Boston in 1737, where a large population of Irish immigrants resided.

In Lake Arrowhead in March, everyone is Irish. Here are just a few of the fun things in the area to mark the occasion:

Belgian Waffle Works

Homemade Corned Beef and CabbageBWW often offers Irish fare and beer tastings to mark the auspicious occasion of St. Patrick’s Day. Call to ask for this year’s offerings (909) 335-5999.

Bill’s Villager

Corned beef and cabbage also make an appearance on this diner menu. So head over for a budget-friendly, festive meal throughout March.

Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille

Enjoy a limited time special dessert option — Irish Cream Cheesecake. Also, with an Irish proprietor, the Grille makes it a point to offer plenty of specialty beers and cuisine like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, to mark the occasion throughout the month of March.

Sumi-e & Chinese Brush Painting ClassOriental style painting. Monkey on plum blossom tree. Translation of Stamp: Monkey. Translation of Calligraphy: Golden monkey send blessing.

Offered through the Mountain Arts Network on Saturday, March 19, 2016, is another
affordable, entertaining option for the artistically inclined. These classes are open to children as well as adults, and feature instruction by Alma Boruk, an artist whose work infuses Asian painting techniques.

10 – 11:30 a.m. – Kids – $15 materials included
1 – 3 p.m. – Adults – $20 materials included

Easter

art Easter background with fresh spring flowersSince Easter is early this year…on Sunday, march 27 instead of in April, where it often falls, start making plans now to bring your kids to Lake Arrowhead Village to enjoy the free Easter Egg Hunt and Free Selfies with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 26.

All Egg Hunts will be held on the Center Stage grass

12:30 p.m. 0-2 years

12:45 p.m. 3-5 years

1 p.m. 6-7 years

1:15 p.m. 8-10 years

Noon – 4 p.m. Selfies with the Easter Bunny! Magic by the Great Bosch! Balloons with Mr. Twister, the Balloon Man!

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.

Plan a Romantic Getaway to Lake Arrowhead

Arrowhead Property ValentineEach February, couples try to come up with the perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day. But chocolates, flowers and champagne are so cliché. Wouldn’t you rather wow your loved one with something that will blow his or her socks off? To do that, you’re going to have to look outside of the chocolate box.

We have an idea that will convince your beloved that your “I love you” is truly sincere: book a romantic weekend getaway to Lake Arrowhead. You might be surprised at the variety of options available through Arrowhead Property Rental — with options ranging from cozy cabins to well-appointed condos to luxurious lakefront homes. No matter your budget, you should be able to find something you and your loved one will adore. Click here to enter the features you would love to enjoy in your Lake Arrowhead vacation rental. And while you’re enjoying your mountain stay, take advantage of these five great “couple-friendly” mountain amenities:Arrowhead Property Snowboard

  1. Ski or snowboard at Snow Valley. Beginners can sign up for group or private lessons and experts can tackle black diamond runs at one of Southern California’s premiere ski resorts.

  2. Shop in Lake Arrowhead Village. Whether your beloved prefers bargain-hunting at national chain outlet stores like Jockey, Bass, Pendleton or Coach or treasure hunting at specialty shops like Sondra’s Wild Sophistication, Leroy’s Board Shop or Alexandra’s Emporium, you will love your Lake Arrowhead shopping experience.

  3. Dine. From the privacy of your vacation property, prepare a romantic, candlelit dinner for two. While dozens of great Lake Arrowhead area restaurants beckon, there is nothing quite as romantic as a cozy handmade meal. Shop at Stater Bros or Jensen’s, or bring your own groceries up to prepare a meal in a well-appointed, private kitchen. Don’t forget the candles!

  4. Picnic. Pack a blanket and fill a basket with cold cuts, fresh fruit and chopped veggies, as well as a bottle of wine. Head up to one of the many scenic views in the Lake Arrowhead area. If you are a serious hiker, you’ll want to check out the trail maps, and make a day out of a walk. Even if you don’t want to work up a sweat, there are lots of beautiful picnic sites in the San Bernardino Mountains. Click here for information about purchasing an Adventure Pass, which will enable you to park and walk to a scenic mountain location.

  5. See a show. If you prefer live theater, then reserve a spot at the Tudor House. They offer dinner as well as live dramatic and musical presentations. If you are more of a movie-loving couple, head to the Blue Jay Cinema.

Typical wooden alpine lodgeWhether 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.

Traveling in 2016 – 5 Tips to Help You Save Cash

Happy new year 2016 celebration message handwritten on the sunny fresh snow. Lovely Happy new Year Holiday greeting card.Visiting Southern California in 2016? Or do you live in the area and want to take a vacation that’s close to home? The following five tips will help you get the most recreational and financial bang for your vacation buck!

  1. Visit several SoCal areas at once.

If you haven’t been to the San Bernardino Mountains, plan to spend the bulk of your trip in the Lake Arrowhead area. In a tranquil, picturesque spot dubbed the “Swiss Alps of Southern California,” you will find shops, outdoor adventure and restaurants you won’t want to miss. For more about this, check out our recent blog posts about what to do in Southern California/Lake Arrowhead. Also, while you’re in the area, don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to other SoCal favorites. You can “go Hollywood” for the day and hit all of the tourist spots in LA such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mann’s Chinese Theater or Universal Studios. Or head south to Temecula for vineyard tours or an Indian casino. Southern California is an amazing place to visit in 2016.

  1. Use technology to your advantage.

woman and tablet computer in hand sliding on touching screen use for people and lifestyle in digital technologyIf you are flying into LAX or Orange County before heading to Lake Arrowhead, remember to book flights well in advance for the best deals. Most sites now have “fare calendars” which show the best prices for any given month. If possible, try to travel on Mondays which are often less in demand than other days of the week. Use review websites and apps to scout great locations, rental cars and restaurants.  Did you know, for example, that you could upgrade to much nicer, safer, roomier rental cars for a just a few bucks? So save money where you can, but be willing to spend a little more for the sake of a relaxing trip. Even if your group is small, you will want to have room in the trunk for the shopping you’ll do in Lake Arrowhead Village.

  1. Consider traveling during the off-season.

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It’s difficult to avoid the crowds these days no matter when you travel. However, Lake Arrowhead has distinct tourist seasons. So you may be able to book a house or cabin at a discount if you book through Arrowhead Property Rental. Taking a vacation during the off season is a great way to save money and also, enjoy a more restful vacation. So, if work and school permit, consider heading up the hill in early fall or winter. Snowfall has left a lovely blanket of snow on the mountain. Instead of driving up and picnicking on a turnout, dedicate a weekend to snow play.  If you ski, Snow Valley will provide everything you need for a day on the slopes. And if you prefer cross-country skiing, head to Rim Nordic. If you would prefer even more casual snow-play, check out Snowdrift Tubing Park.

  1. Book a vacation home in Lake Arrowhead.

Nature. Winter landscape. Vector illustration in flat design style.Use Arrowhead Property Rental (book at ArrowheadRent.com) to find the perfect vacation home to fit your group and spending plan. Renting a fully-furnished home is a great way to bring together your entire family in one place. You can consider a vacation home your own little “hotel” without worrying about loud neighbors, overpriced room service, or 7 am housekeeping interruptions. And if you find a home that you love, you can make it part of an annual tradition.

  1. Make your own meals (and memories)

Fotolia_63404588_XSFully equipped vacation homes provide you with several ways to save money. Consider the costs of dining out every day. If you have a group of six adults on a four-day trip, that adds up to 72 total meals, if everyone in the group eats three times a day. That could easily be $1,000 to $2,000 for food. By eating meals in a well-appointed vacation home, the group has more money to spend on fun nature-focused excursions or shopping trips. Meals and snacks can also be enjoyed on your own schedule. Also, you can indulge late-night ice cream cravings or open a bottle of wine after the kids go to bed.

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.

Celebrate the Holidays in Lake Arrowhead

Feet in woollen socks by the Christmas fireplace. Woman relaxes by warm fire with a cup of hot drink and warming up her feet in woollen socks. Close up on feet. Winter and Christmas holidays concept.Looking for a new place to celebrate the holidays? Tired of spending time in the warm environs of San Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles? Consider celebrating in Lake Arrowhead. Visit Arrowhead Property Rental to find the perfect rental home for your group, whether it’s just you and a friend or a family gathering of up to 10. Enjoy the cool nights and days up in the mountains while having the convenience of your very own rental home.

The holiday season in Lake Arrowhead is a great time to visit for just the day or an entire week. The air is crisp. Holiday decorations are up. And there is an abundance of festive holiday-themed events for you to enjoy, whether you prefer the great outdoors or the cozy, warmer great indoors.

Here are some of our favorites:

christmas still lifeCelebrate with Santa

Santa helped light the tree in Lake Arrowhead Village on November 27th.  And he will be visiting it regularly throughout the entire month of December. Click here for his schedule, which runs all the way from now until Christmas Eve. If you come up to Lake Arrowhead, you and your kids will have lots of opportunities to visit with him before the big day!

Enjoy a Bonfire

The annual firefighter’s bonfire will be held December 7th from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Village. This fun event brings together locals and tourists. Enjoy Christmas music, FREE hot cocoa and warm hot dogs, all of which is provided by the dedicated firefighters of Fire Station 91.

Pop on Your Skis or Snowshoes

Old SnowshoesNow that we have a beautiful blanket of snow, it’s time to secure a rental home and do some local skiing or snowboarding. Head to Snow Valley, located in nearby Running Springs, for some serious winter fun. Recent storms have left a lovely blanket of snow on the hill. But even when Mother Nature fails to provide powder, snowmaking ensures a great snow play experience. Check slope conditions before your trip on the Snow Valley website. You can save time by buying lift tickets in advance and opting for two-day tickets to make sure you get the most out of the journey.

Snowshoeing is another popular local activity—one that is not only fun but also burns an amazing number of calories, which is just the thing needed after a big holiday meal. Rim Nordic Ski Area is located five miles from Running Springs and features both snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails.

To enjoy some family snow time without using up an entire day, visit Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park. This fun destination is Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park and offers inner tube riding down beginner, intermediate, and advanced snow-covered trails. The price to enjoy tubing is $15 per person, per hour — making it an ideal quick trip from your warm rental home.

Dive into Holidays Shopping

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Lake Arrowhead is a great destination for holiday shoppers, offering a range of apparel, gifts, and specialty and outlet stores that offer something for everyone. Some of the city’s most popular outlet stores include Bass, Van Heusen, Coach, Jockey and Pendleton…to name a few.

Enjoy a Special Rental Home

Peruse our selection of rental homes to find the perfect winter escape. Most of our properties feature fireplaces, which provide an ideal cozy spot for sipping hot chocolate after a day of skiing or shopping. Some of our homes even have outdoor fireplaces, so you can enjoy winter’s chill getting too cold. Whether you choose a mountain home, a lakefront cottage, or a condo, Arrowhead Property Rental has you covered.

The holiday season in Lake Arrowhead is a magical time, with all of the decorations and the chances for fluffy white snow. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night 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.