Property at a Glance: Arrowhead Retreats
This collection of luxury lodges and cabins is tucked amid pine groves surrounding Lake Arrowhead. While here, you can hike or explore nature in the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest. These woodsy lodgings are great for families or large groups, as many of them can accommodate up to 10 guests.
- Amenities vary by cabin but may include a wood-burning fireplace, full kitchen, deck, or pool table.
- Convenient location: Restaurants, grocery stores, and shops can be found at Lake Arrowhead Village.
- Enjoy the plethora of outdoor activities in the area, including hiking, mountain biking, and watersports at the Lake Arrowhead.
- Big Bear Lake is just 25 miles away. Take the Castle Rock Trail for a hike that ends with a panoramic view of the water.
Lake Arrowhead, California: Exclusive Resort Town with Private Boating Lake, Shopping, and Skiing
It’s little wonder why so many city dwellers from San Diego and Los Angeles make the 2.5-hour drive to Lake Arrowhead. The town has a secluded natural setting in the San Bernardino National Forest in the San Bernardino Mountains, which have been called the “The Alps of Southern California.” In the winter, it’s great for skiing at resorts such as Snow Valley, and there are many boutique vineyards in the area open for tastings. In warmer weather, you can hit up its hiking trails. 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.
The community’s inarguable centerpiece, however, is the lake. It’s privately owned, lending it an air of exclusivity, 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 water-skiing—there’s even a designated course that frequently hosts races. On the southern shores, you’ll find clothing boutiques, waterfront restaurants, and a free summer concert series at Lake Arrowhead Village. You can learn more about the village and see the lavish homes along the lake on the Lake Arrowhead Queen boat tour.