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All About Lake Arrowhead
Rising 6,000 miles above Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead is a refreshing mountain resort town that earns comparisons with the Alps for its breathtaking scenery. With the lake as its centerpiece, the area has long been a favorite place to come in search of fresh mountain air, shimmering lake views, and earthy Californian charm. Catch up on well-deserved rest and relaxation at a rental cabin in Lake Arrowhead, surrounded by striking forest scenery. Spend your days luxuriating by the lake, perusing vintage stores, or sipping Grenache at a local vineyard. Locals have put a lot of love into their town, opening independent shops that sell everything from handcrafted candles to antiques and artisanal snacks. More of a thrill seeker? There’s plenty to get your heart pumping such as zip-lining, rock climbing, and mountain biking.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Arrowhead
Unlike its neighbors in the valley below, Lake Arrowhead experiences a full four seasons. From November through March, the town is usually blanketed under snow, and becomes a popular destination for those who enjoy skiing in the nearby mountains. The town turns into a festive winter wonderland, with ice skating, sledding, and Christmas décor everywhere. In the summer, residents boat on the lake. As a tourist you can try your hand at waterskiing or book a boat tour. Summer is the busiest season, but it’s also the best time to enjoy the lake and outdoor summer concerts. For hiking and mountain biking, the autumn colors add that little bit of extra magic to the scenery, and the cooler temperatures are better for long days outdoors.
Top things to do in Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead boat tour
Many of Los Angeles’ most notable residents have secondary homes here, which are really just as beautiful to see as the lake itself. The boat tour gets you out on the water and will point out all the sights worth seeing, of both the real estate and nature varieties. Note that the lake is private-access only, so this is one of the only ways for visitors to get out on the water.
The neighboring town of Crestline is the go-to destination for antiques and vintage wares. Head to the historic heart of the town for a smattering of independent shops, and continue along Lake Drive and towards Skyforest to make it a veritable antiquing road trip.
Skiing, two ways
The local water ski school will have you gliding on the water’s surface in no time, and it’s one of the few opportunities for visitors to get out on Lake Arrowhead. They’re open from Memorial Day until mid-September, and have excursions for all levels. In the winter, head to the surrounding mountains to ski and snowboard on some of SoCal’s best winter terrain.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Lake Arrowhead?
Lake Arrowhead has a mountain climate with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Average summer temperatures are around 70°F (21°C), while winter temperatures can drop to 32°F (0°C) with frequent snowfall, making it a popular winter getaway.
What are some of the best things to do in Lake Arrowhead?
Visitors to Lake Arrowhead can enjoy a host of activities including hiking, exploring the village, boating on the lake, or taking a scenic drive along Rim of the World Highway. During winter, you can also go snowboarding or skiing.
What is the best time of year to visit Lake Arrowhead?
Summer and fall are the most popular times to visit Lake Arrowhead, with average temperatures around 70°F (21°C). The Lake Arrowhead Summer Concert Series is a well-liked event held during these seasons.
What are the best places to stay in Lake Arrowhead?
Travelers frequently choose to stay in areas such as the Village, Blue Jay, Cedar Glen, and Sky Forest. Each of these neighborhoods provides unique experiences, from the bustling atmosphere of the Village to the tranquil environment of Sky Forest.
What are the best places to visit in Lake Arrowhead?
The Lake Arrowhead Village, with its shops and restaurants, Lollipop Park for family fun, and SkyPark at Santa's Village for outdoor adventures, are some of the frequently suggested places to visit.
What are some hiking trails in Lake Arrowhead?
Lake Arrowhead has a variety of hiking trails to explore. Among them, the Lake Gregory trail, the Heart Rock trail, and the Rim of the World trail are often recommended by nature enthusiasts.
What are some family activities to do in Lake Arrowhead?
Families visiting Lake Arrowhead can enjoy nature walks, boating tours, picnics by the lake, or a day out at Lollipop Park. SkyPark at Santa's Village also offers activities suitable for all ages.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Lake Arrowhead?
Day trips from Lake Arrowhead can include visiting the nearby towns of Big Bear and Running Springs. For nature lovers, the San Bernardino National Forest provides ample opportunities for exploration.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Lake Arrowhead?
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Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Lake Arrowhead?
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