Walking into the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, we were pleasantly surprised with its face lift. The exterior has been painted in the green tones, while inside was a table filled with a variety of cheese, crackers, fruit and chips for guests to enjoy in the beautiful lobby area or sitting by a roaring fire.
Exploring Lake Arrowhead last month, we didn’t see a lot of snow at the elevation of a little over 5,100. We had to drive to Running Springs to see a sprinkling of icy white covering.
The lake was calm, and the boat docks were empty of boats during the winter months, except for the double-deck Lake Arrowhead Queen, a stately 60-seat paddle wheeler. She runs year- round from her Lake Arrowhead Village dock, cruising next to forested pine trees and million- dollar homes on the sparkling blue lake.
Guests onboard learn about the fascinating history of the lake, such as the area was originally called Little Bear Valley until the Arrowhead Lake Company bought the area in 1920 and changed the name to Lake Arrowhead. Many of the homes around the lake were once owned or still are owned by famous movie and television stars.
Over 100 movies and television episodes have been filmed at this location to replicate the setting of Canada, Switzerland or Alaska.
The first film – The Romance Of The Bar O, starring Bronco Billy Anderson, was shot in 1911. Bing Crosby, Ethel Barrymore, and a young Natalie Wood made the movie, Just For You, in Lake Arrowhead in 1952. Bob Hope, Frankie Avalon and Tuesday Weld filmed, I’ll Take Sweden here in 1965.
The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is now a Marriott, Autograph Collection, known for its upper upscale and luxury independent hotels. These properties are located in dynamic and preferred destinations worldwide. Each one is unique with its own distinct perspective.
Autograph is an appropriate designation for the Lake Arrowhead Resort, because the movie star history.
The property is the finest accommodations in the So Cal mountains, featuring 162 guest rooms and 11 luxurious suites with many rooms offering lake views with mountain-lodge touches.
In the lobby area are photos of many of the stars who made movies nearby.
Most of the guest rooms have outdoor balconies or patios with two chairs and a table, ideal for sitting out with a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine at sunset. The queen-furnished rooms have two queen beds and a shower/tub combination, while all king-furnished rooms are designed with a glass-enclosed walk-in shower. All the suites have bathrooms with a large walk-in shower and a separate deep-soaking tub.
There is a full-service spa offers massage, manicures and pedicures, facials and fitness classes. Outside is a large pool and hot tub overlooking the pine trees and lake.
The onsite restaurant Bin 189, offers tree and lake views while guests enjoy a seasonal wine inspired menu.
Today the Lake Arrowhead Village is the area’s main commercial gathering spot for both visitors and locals. There are a variety of boutiques, discount outlet stores, restaurants, and a Stater Bros. supermarket. During the summer, the Village offers free summer concerts on the center stage from May through September each Friday and Saturday night.
Families are attracted to the Family Go-Carts next to the beach, McKenzie water skiing school, and a playground for ages 5-12.
The Village celebrates many special events throughout the year- Easter, the 4th of July, Oktoberfest and Christmas.
It’s an ideal weekend getaway to enjoy the seasons, the fresh mountain air and beautiful lake views.
To reserve a room at The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa – Marriott Autograph Collection, call (909) 336-1511 or log onto http://www.lakearrowheadresort.com.
This article was published in the February 2015 issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.