Some people love big cities. The hustle and bustle and the seemingly endless activities draw crowds of people eager to experience these monoliths of culture. Los Angeles is one such city. With its glamorous history and decadent ambience, it’s no wonder that Los Angeles is high on the lists of many travelers.
But what if you’re looking for something different? Perhaps something that celebrates the natural beauty of California instead of the sometimes over-the-top feel of Los Angeles?
If you find yourself with a car and the two hours it takes to drive there, Lake Arrowhead is like a haven of serenity just outside one of the biggest cities in the world. Located in the stunning San Bernardino National Forest, and tucked against the shores of the beautiful alpine lake of the same name, Lake Arrowhead brings together delightful scenery, numerous hotels and restaurants, and abundant peace and quiet.
Nature lovers will be thrilled at the many hiking trails in and around the National Forest. Many hotels, such as the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa actively encourage their guests to explore the surroundings with guided hikes on Saturdays, each hosted by a member of the San Bernardino National Forest Service Association. This is a fantastic way to learn more about the plants and animals that call this ecosystem home.
During the summer months Lake Arrowhead Village bustles with activity. Learn to water ski, take a leisurely cruise around the lake on the Lake Arrowhead Queen boat tour, or attend one of the numerous free concerts held at Center Stage. If you’re visiting with a group, table reservations can be made for the concerts so you’ll truly be center stage.
Shoppers will will feel right at home amongst the many outlet stores that has made Lake Arrowhead a premier destination for fashionistas. From clothing and shoes, to art and children’s items, Lake Arrowhead has it all. Be sure to keep an eye on their coupon website to save even more.
If you’re more foodie than fashionista Lake Arrowhead has it all. Try Bin 189 for an innovative new American take on breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or try a craft beer and an innovative pub style menu at Pj’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. If you’re craving pizza, Thai cuisine, or even sushi, Lake Arrowhead satisfies all those urges, and then some.
In the winter months Lake Arrowhead becomes a sports lover’s dream. Four ski resorts grace the area; Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and Snow Valley are all open to skiers and snowboarders. Rim Nordic caters exclusively to snowshoers and cross country skiers, and also offers an ice skating pond.
Some people thrive in a city. Some people prefer the great outdoors. The best part of Southern California is that both are easily accessible. However, when you land at LAX you might find yourself skipping the taxi bound for Hollywood and move toward the rental car counter instead.
Lake Arrowhead, here we come!