Thanksgiving is fast approaching. And fall is just about to give way to winter. If you are looking for a great place to take your family to celebrate the holidays, consider the San Bernardino Mountains. Lake Arrowhead Village, in Southern California is the perfect spot to spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of the city below. Lake Arrowhead is the place where shopping, dining, and exploring the forest combine apart from the stress and traffic of the Los Angeles area in and around Thanksgiving.
The Hill, as locals call it, offers four distinct seasons, which is unusual for a So Cal city. Visitors never know exactly what to expect weather-wise, since the mountain enjoys fall, winter, spring and summer…like places in other parts of the country. Area visitors enjoy the red, orange and yellow hues of falling leaves as well as the crisp clean scent of pine trees and wood-burning stoves, wafting through the mountain air.
Lake Arrowhead is set a mile high in the San Bernardino National Forest, close to major towns and cities in the valley below, Lake Arrowhead Village feels like it’s in a world away. Shop and restaurant owners anticipate and prepare for the winter holidays season so there is much to do when you vacation on the hill.
This is the time of the year where you can make use of winter clothes and gloves. The thermometer is starting to drop. So, if you live in Southern California and own coats you never get to wear, toss them into the car and head up to enjoy fog, mist, rain and maybe even snow.
Dine in or Out
Several fine dining options offer alternatives to cooking, if you would prefer watching football or sitting on the balcony on Turkey Day. Check out the holiday menus at Stone Creek Bistro, The Grill at the Antler’s, and BIN 189. If you’re an Iron Chef who prefers cooking in a gourmet kitchen, you can shop before you head up at Jensen’s or Stater Bros. Both are taking orders now for holiday turkeys.
Explore the Mountain
Before or after a great meal, take advantage of the region’s hiking trails. Get information about hiking difficult from The Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce. This is the opportunity for anyone who loves adventure to wrap up, grab sneakers and start walking. Don’t forget to layer your clothes. Pack a warm scarf, hat, gloves, sweater and boots. But don’t forget sunblock – which is helpful on the hill all year round.
Explore Lake Arrowhead Village
The village offers a wide variety of more than 50 specialty and outlet shops. So, plan a weekend getaway to start your holiday shopping. You will be able to shop, savor a delicious meal and (if you’re interested) drink a few adult beverages. (Just don’t drive down the hill if you over-indulge. It may be best to book a vacation property to enjoy while you sober up.
Fun Activities at Skypark
Skypark at Santa’s Village offers many activities all year round. But their offerings peak during the holidays, when Santa and Mrs. Claus shop up to interact with guests. If you’re the adventurous type, you can rent a mountain bike, rock climb or zipline. There are also lots of autumn activities planned over the weekends.
Cruise the Lake
The Arrowhead Queen can take you on a cruise of the lake. From the deck, you can enjoy the beautiful autumn views you don’t get from the land. Tour guides relate the fascinating history of the region and fill you in on celebrity stories.
Where to Stay
Arrowhead Property Rental has vacation rentals to suit everyone’s taste; ranging from the grand to the cozy. Just a short drive from the valley below, these rentals offer all the comforts of home like snuggling in front of a warm fire as well as easy access to mountain adventures. Arrowhead Property Rental offers a variety of vacation rentals, perfect for your event, and all without the hassles or expenses associated with standard hotel rooms. At Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets. For individuals, couples, families and groups, with stays of days, weeks, or months, we have what you need — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Summertime rentals fill up quickly. Don’t delay. Book today.