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.
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attraction for the rich and famous until finally, in April, 1979, the San Bernardino County Fire Department burnt the outdated, unsafe, original structures to the ground, in a “burn to learn” exercise.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 Restaurant.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.