As we are approaching the holiday season and the weather is starting to get cooler, I have a perfect place for a quick tranquil getaway to relax and mentally prepare for the craziness of the holidays. The Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa is a hidden gem in Lake Arrowhead, California between the beautiful backdrops of nature. The resort sits 5,200 ft. high up on the mountain on the pristine Lake Arrowhead. This place is perfect for a romantic weekend or family vacation that everyone can enjoy.
As you enter the lobby of the resort you notice the mix of rustic and modern decor with the crackling fire in the oversized brick fireplace and big leather couches to the light fixtures that look like beautiful glass art pieces. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly staff and we were quickly checked into our rooms. The rooms were cozy and comfy and had the mountain vibe going on. My room had a great balcony overlooking the heated pool and jacuzzi with a breathtaking view of Lake Arrowhead. Everywhere you looked the views of the lake, trees, mountains and the natural beauty of the area were picturesque.
After we settled into our room and unpacked we decided to explore the resort. We took a walk down one of the trails surrounding the resort and through trees and down to the lake. After exploring the grounds we went back to the rooms and got ready for dinner. We made reservations at Bin 189 Restaurant & Bar at the resort. The food and signature drinks were delicious, from the fresh hot bread to the flavorful crispy orange chicken appetizer and my perfectly cooked sizzling steak with an incredible reduction sauce. There was live music playing that added to the ambiance of the night.
The next day we were lucky enough to get a private boat ride on the majestic lake along with learning some of the history of Lake Arrowhead. Being on the lake was such a wonderful treat to experience. Lake Arrowhead is a private man-made lake and the only boats allowed are the ones owned by the people that have residences around the lake with memberships, the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa and a private club. No one else is allowed unless you buy a ticket on the Arrowhead Queen Tour boat. Taking in the scenery on the boat ride was so beautiful and relaxing. It is a must when you visit the resort.
After our boat ride, we decided to go into town and explore the shops in the Lake Arrowhead Village and have dinner. Everywhere you go is a photo opportunity. If you need content with nature, the background of Lake Arrowhead and mountains are a must. We did some shopping and had a great dinner at Jetter’s on the water to watch the sunset and finish off the night.
On our final day, we decide to head to SkyPark at Santa’s Village. They have so many activities for everyone from zip lining, rock climbing, ice skating, games and rides for the little children. They have so many things to do for people of all ages along with entertainment and food. If you are lucky you might be able to take a picture with Santa and convince him you were nice and not naughty so he will bring you the gifts you asked for Christmas.
After returning to the resort we wanted to end our mini vacation at the spa. We booked some amazing signature massages at Spa of the Pines and relaxed in their tranquil quiet rooms while looking out the windows at the lake. The resort also offers daily fitness classes, a fitness & wellness center and many more outdoor activities.
Looking forward to returning in the snow!
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