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!
What to Do in June in Lake Arrowhead
The heart of Lake Arrowhead is Lake Arrowhead Village. Packed with great shopping, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, Lake Arrowhead offers something for everyone.
Originally located in a hole-in-the-wall on Highway 173 in Blue Jay, Papagayos opened in 1983. Bursting at the seams with mountain folk who couldn’t get enough of their great homemade Mexican food, the eatery moved to the rotunda at the center of Lake Arrowhead Village in 2014. Enjoy a custom-crafted margarita inside while watching the game, or head to the outdoor patio overlooking the lake during the summer.
Okay, so we admit this isn’t exactly haute cuisine. But sometimes, you might want to pack up a picnic and head to the Village to sit next to the lake. Subway is an inexpensive, quick way to do just that.
- The Grill at The Antler’s
With its first location in Twin Peaks, The Antler’s expanded earlier this year, opening a second location just west of Center Stage. The menu features delectable dining delights in an elegant lakefront atmosphere.
- Belgian Waffle Works
The definitive Belgian waffle in the country, it is no coincidence this local eatery owns the domain name, BelgianWaffle.com. You can enjoy this dining spot even if you don’t eat carbs. In addition to creative waffle combos, BWW offers great food finds such as the Ponderosa Salad, Angus Beef and homemade chili.
In case you want to spend time in Lake Arrowhead doing something besides stuffing your face, head to the Village for world-class shopping. Do you prefer one-of-a-kind specialty items, such as the offerings at Heart’s Desire, Sondra’s Wild Sophistication, or Alexandra’s Emporium? Or would you rather go for steals at outlet stores including Coach, Bass, Van Heusen and Wilson’s Leather? If you love organic food, don’t miss the Farmer’s Market, held on Fridays from 2-7 p.m. through August 31.
- Boat Rides
Although Lake Arrowhead is private, you can enjoy it even if you don’t know someone who has a boat. A narrated boat tour of Lake Arrowhead, the Lake Arrowhead Queen is one of the best ways for visitors to get a full 360-degree tour of the lake. Tour guides offer lots of historical information and trivia about celebrity Tickets for the Queen are available at Leroy’s Board Shop on the waterfront in the Village, near the Lake Arrowhead Queen dock. The boat is also available for private party rentals.
- The Tudor House
Not within the confines of Lake Arrowhead Village, this house, which was once owned by Bugsy Siegel, entertained the rich and famous with illegal gambling and alcohol during prohibition. Today, the Tudor House offers great meals and rousing entertainment. It is also open for special events such as brunch, band showcases and dinner theater.
- Lake Gregory– Another spot which is a short distance from Lake Arrowhead Village is the public lake in nearby Crestline, Lake Gregory. Since the lake isn’t private, you can swim with your family with an affordable day pass for the lake which is in the center of San Moritz. Options include the beach, the blow-up waterpark, the waterslides, boat rentals, aqua cycles and fishing.
- Wildhaven Ranch
An animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center for animals indigenous to the San Bernardino Mountains, this wildlife facility sponsors exciting events throughout the year to educate visitors and to raise funds to help protect and care for the animals. Tours are available on weekends.
- Lollipop Park
In the heart of Lake Arrowhead Village Peninsula, this kiddie park offers spectacular views of the lake. Your children will enjoy riding the merry-go-round, crashing bumper cars or taking go-carts for a spin, or playing miniature golf. Lollipop Park is a scenic place to relax with ice cream cone and candy.
- SkyPark at Santa’s Village
After sitting idle for years, this great activity center on Highway 18 between Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead features year-round activities for the whole family. Don’t let the Christmas-themed name fool you. There is plenty to do in the summer at the North Pole-themed outdoor adventure park. With attractions, restaurants and shops in a historic log cabin village, you and your family will enjoy mountain-biking, hiking, fishing, archery, zip-lining and rock-climbing at Frozen Falls.
- Summer Concert Series
Check here details about the 2018 Summer Concert Series, which we covered in detail in our last blog post. It’s the best, most diverse concert series available in Southern California.
About Arrowhead Property Rental
Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the summer, when flowers bloom and the weather is mild, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. And, when the concert series is in full swing, you’ll enjoy great entertainment in a picturesque setting. 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.