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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:

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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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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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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

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  • 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.