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What to Do in Lake Arrowhead: Bird Watching

If you’re a nature lover spending time in Southern California, you’ve likely already discovered the joys of hanging out in Lake Arrowhead, whether you choose to bike, hike or picnic. But a potential hobby which might have escaped your attention is bird watching, aka “birding.” Inexpensive, engaging and easy to learn, this interest is explained by Audubon Society author Nicholas Lund as “the greatest pursuit available to a citizen of the modern world.” While Lund’s opinion may not be universal, his enthusiasm is infectious:

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“(Birdwatching) is basically a lifelong scavenger hunt played across the entire earth. It’s equal parts science and poetry, hoots of triumph and quiet reflection, adventures to far-flung corners of the world and discoveries in your own backyard.”

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So Cal Ski Equipment Deals

skiing Lake ArrowheadMother Nature has doled out massive helpings of hefty winter weather in California this season. In fact, after several extremely dry years, a map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the worst of the Southern California drought is officially behind us. For skiers, this means fresh powder on a solid base and loads of skiing fun! Read More

Romantic Getaway Lake Arrowhead

Honeymoon conceptEach February 14, millions of Southern Californians search for the best spot to celebrate their love. Smart travelers head to the San Bernardino Mountain area of Lake Arrowhead. Located just 80 miles outside of the Greater Los Angeles basin and less than a two-hour drive from Orange County, the area’s scenery, fine dining, recreational activities and lodging opportunities make it the perfect haunt for a romantic getaway that won’t break the bank. Read More

Southern California Snow

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Southern California offers a host of weather-related advantages, including a mild climate that rarely interrupts everyday routines. But when meteorologists predict or report snow in So Cal, it’s natural to long for weather more reflective of the season. The good news is that, if you live in the LA basin or Orange County, winter weather is just a stone’s throw from home. Read More

The Lake Arrowhead Holiday Season

Illustration of  merry christmas and happy new yearThe “big news” in Lake Arrowhead this winter is that Santa’s Village has reopened! First open in 1955, this winter-themed amusement park once boasted rides, bobsleds, a monorail, a petting zoo, and other attractions, but closed in the spring of 1998. In the summer of 2014, the park was sold to new owners who decided to rejuvenate the family favorite, with a soft opening held this week. Read More

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.