Hotel at a Glance: NorthBay at Lake Arrowhead
Guests at NorthBay at Lake Arrowhead have beach privileges at the privately owned lake, though they don’t have to leave the property to find outdoor fun. The resort, which lies about a mile west of the lakefront, encompasses tennis courts, furnished patios with barbecue grills, and a scenic hiking trail. One-bedroom suites feature private balconies with views of the San Bernardino National Forest.
- Distance from town: 3.5 miles
- In-suite amenities: gas fireplace and partial or full kitchen
- Go swimming or test your suitcase’s buoyancy in the large indoor pool and hot tub.
- Stay fit: fitness center with free weights, treadmill, elliptical machine, stationary bike, and multiplex weight machine
Lake Arrowhead, California: Private Lake Available to Residents and Resort Guests
The community of Lake Arrowhead centers on its namesake lake, which provides both a picturesque backdrop and myriad recreational activities. The lake is privately owned, but guests at nearby resorts typically get access to its beaches and watersports. Fishing is a big draw in spring, when big bass, kokanee salmon, and trout are plentiful. Once the weather warms up, the lake becomes a hot spot for waterskiing. There’s even a designated course where frequent waterskiing races are held. The village itself sits on the southern shores and boasts plenty of local restaurants and bars and a schedule of free concerts that run Friday and Saturday nights from May through September.
Move away from the lake, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest. It’s often called the “Alps of Southern California,” thanks to dense groves of pine, cedar, and dogwood trees and lofty mountains such as the 6,100-foot Strawberry Peak just outside of town. Drive to the top for 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. You can easily explore the area on foot, too. The 6-mile Deep Creek Hot Springs trail is good for beginners; for more of a challenge, hike a portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which passes Lake Arrowhead on its way from Mexico to Canada.