Hotel at a Glance: NorthBay at Lake Arrowhead
Guests at NorthBay at Lake Arrowhead have easy access to 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.
- Where you’ll stay: All of the rooms available with this deal feature private balconies with views of the San Bernardino National Forest.
- 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
- Distance from town: 3.5 miles
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: it 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 Arrowhead Lake. The lake is 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 water-skiing 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 glimpse the lavish homes along the lake on the Lake Arrowhead Queen boat tour.