I have lived my entire life in Southern California and I sadly have never been to Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear Lake. The funny part about this is that they are only about 45 minutes from my home! This year we decided that we wanted to go on more adventures even if we only traveled to local places because lets be honest, we are on a budget. We decided that we wanted to rent a cabin for three days and go to Lake Arrowhead for the weekend with our best friends.
We decided to go through Airbnb to rent out our cabin, and I highly recommend them for your cabin rentals. We wanted to be close to the Lake Arrowhead Village but stay within our budget. We found the cutest little cottage that situated 4 adults. We decided not to bring our daughter along with us that weekend, so this house worked out perfectly for us. We do plan on coming back with our daughter, so I will be including some child friendly activities and local suggestions below. I will say that the cabin we rented was amazing, but the owner of the cabin was somewhat “special” . The good thing about Airbnb is that they took care of that issue. Needless to say, we enjoyed our time together on our little weekend getaway in beautiful Lake Arrowhead.
We got to Lake Arrowhead on a Thursday afternoon and luckily the weather was amazing, something we have all been looking forward to for weeks since Southern California has not really had a winter, until recently. The first stop we made was to Lou Eddies. They have some amazing pizza and it is such a cute little restaurant. They have a small sitting area inside but they have a huge outside sitting area on the upper level and a nice bar on the middle level. But since the weather was so amazing we were able to sit outside! My husband and I ordered an antipasto salad and the yard sale pizza. It was delicious. Definitely a place you must check out.
On Friday we decided to stay in the cabin for the most part we BBQ’d, we had deep fried night , had the fire pit going outside and played board games, it was such a great time. For your convenience they have a Stater Bros in the village if you want to do grocery shopping, so we were frequent guest to Stater Brothers Markets that weekend.
On Saturday we had breakfast at Hortencia’s Mexican Food. The food was authentic and very delicious. The service was quick and the restaurant was really clean.
We then headed out to the village to explore and do some shopping! I fell in love with the small town it had so much character and such a nice atmosphere. They have a couple of outlets, some of the cutest antique stores. The best part for me was the view of the lake. The lake seems to mostly be private, by that I mean that it’s surrounded by homes and condos. The village is very family friendly and has a cute park named “Lollipop Park”.
After exploring Lake Arrowhead village we decided to make the trip to Big Bear Lake. It was about a 45 minute drive from Lake Arrowhead and the road was extremely windy so if you get motion sickness highly recommend you to take medication before heading that way. The views to get to Big Bear Lake are just beautiful. The town in itself was not my favorite to be completely honest. But they do have a lot more shopping options and the town is a lot bigger than Lake Arrowhead, but Lake Arrowhead was just more my style.
I can say I truly enjoyed my weekend with my best friends and husband. Lake Arrowhead was such a cute town where you can get away and have some quiet time. I loved enjoying bonfires, beautiful sunsets and cute antique shopping. I can’t wait to bring my daughter up during the holidays for Santa Claus Village and for her to explore the quaint little town. Highly recommend you to check it out!