The Insiders Guide
Hello, my name is Rich Goodwin and the picture above is of my wife Marina and I and our four children making funny faces during our wedding in Lake Arrowhead. Yes, Marina took on a single father raising four kids and yes, she does deserve an award for that! I am a lucky man and a local realtor with Sotheby's and Marina was a wedding planner for year's at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa and now works in the financial sector here in town. We also put on the annual Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest (Prost!) and we produce the Lake Arrowhead Guide. What this means is that if you are looking to buy or sell a house, get area info, do some banking, or if you are just looking to have a good time, then we've got you covered. But, enough about us and let's get down to it.
Lake Arrowhead sits at just 5,100' in the San Bernardino Mountains and is just a 25 minute drive up highway 18 from the bottom of the mountain and is also accessible by highways 330 and 138 in just about the same amount of time. Lake Arrowhead experiences ideal temperatures in the summer from May-October averaging temps anywhere from 70 degrees to 80 degrees (sometimes cooler and sometimes hotter), but on average you can bet that we are 15-20 degrees cooler than the bottom of the mountain year round. Lake Arrowhead generally experiences mild winters with snowfall of an inch or less several times per year (usually December through April). There are times when we get hit with heavier snow, but that is rare these days.
Lake Arrowhead is the "Beverly Hills" of the mountain communities with the rich and famous owning home after home here on our waterfront or around our golf course. They are mixed in with the non-rich & famous who own homes here as well. Homes here can range from $150,000 to several million. It all depends on what you want.
Lake Arrowhead features a nice size lake that is 2 miles long and 1.5 miles wide with 14 miles of shoreline. The lake features great bays and beach clubs offering no wake zones for water activities that include swimming, kayaking & paddle boarding. The lake also features a waterfront yacht club, hiking trails, fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding and more.
Outside of the lake, Lake Arrowhead also features an award winning 18-hole golf course and country club with restaurant, pool, tennis courts & their own events. The epicenter of Lake Arrowhead is the waterfront Four Diamond Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa and the waterfront Lake Arrowhead Village that are located next to one another. The Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa is a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel and has all of the typical amenities that go along with such a property. The Lake Arrowhead Village features more than 200 shops and restaurants and is where most of the town events take place including our Lake Arrowhead Summer Concert Series every Friday & Saturday night and select holiday dates from May-September, Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest from September-October, 4th of July fireworks spectacular (best fireworks show ever!) and many other events throughout the year.
Most people do not understand that Lake Arrowhead also includes the towns of Blue Jay, Skyforest, Cedar Glen, Twin Peaks and Agua Fria, but close neighbors are the towns of Crestline and Running Springs which are all within 15 minutes or less by side roads or highway 18 and together these are what we refer to as the Rim or Mountain Communities.
In Skyforest, you will find the award winning Lou Eddies Pizza who were voted by Yahoo as 1 of the top 10 pizza restaurants in America several years in a row. You will also find little boutique shops and antique stores. The town of Cedar Glen features antique stores, furniture stores and a few restaurants as do the towns of Agua Fria and Twin Peaks. The town of Crestline is the largest of all of the towns outside Lake Arrowhead. This area has several stores and restaurants and Lake Gregory which has a public lake with waterslide, on water inflatable fun zone, beach, restaurants, kayaks, fishing and more.
The most exciting new thing in our mountain communities is in Running Springs and is the revamped Skypark at Santa's Village. Skypark features mountain bike courses, kids rides and games, roller skating rink in the summer and ice rink in the winter, zipline, rock climbing, shops and restaurants and just a ton more things seem to be added each year. Running Springs also features winter activities such as snow skiing and snowboarding at Snow Valley Ski Resort.
Now for the big question. Why haven't you ever heard of Lake Arrowhead before? Why didn't you know that there is such a pristine mountain community with all of this going on and one where you don't have to sit in traffic for hours to get to? If you have been here before, then why didn't you know all of these things existed? There are some really good reasons for that.
For starters, we are not a City, but rather an unincorporated part of San Bernardino County. This means that we do not have a City Marketing Department, PR arm, City Hall, politicians or funding to promote the area. Why is that?
Plain and simple, the residents of Lake Arrowhead decided long ago that they did not want all of the things that come along with being a City, including all of the above, but also the inevitable, fast food joints, chain restaurants, chain stores, stop lights, or overbuilding. They wanted Lake Arrowhead to remain quaint and private with the key word being private. It was so private, that until now there wasn't even a website where you could find this information.
The word private is all you need to know about Lake Arrowhead as the lake, golf course / country club, yacht club, beach clubs, and waterfront hiking trails are exclusive to the homeowners of Lake Arrowhead who either live here, have a vacation home here or own a land parcel within a certain boundary (a large one) around the lake called, Arrowhead Woods. This is not a gated community or anything like that, but the reality is that unless you have a home within this boundary you cannot access these things.
Membership has it's privileges and nothing could be more true about that statement than owning a home within Arrowhead Woods. It is heaven on earth to be a homeowner here and there is nothing like going out on your boat on a Tuesday afternoon and being one of the only people on the lake, boating to the docks at the Village and having dinner or taking in a concert, being out on your boat during our 4th of July Celebration with fireworks bursting overhead, playing a round of golf without the next group breathing down your neck in a true nature setting, or having a BBQ or relaxing with family and friends on one of our beaches or on your private dock. It is safe to say that everyone who owns a home here feels very lucky.
If you are visiting Lake Arrowhead, then what does that mean for you? There are still tons of things to see and do and there are actually at least a few ways to get on a beach, the lake or the golf course. In order to get on the lake (lakeside hiking trail, swimming, guided kayak or boat tours), you can stay at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa which has their own beach and those amenities afforded to them, you can take a tour of the lake aboard the Arrowhead Queen or you can rent an AirBnB within Arrowhead Woods that offer those amenities. Homeowners are not supposed to offer those amenities to those who rent, however sometimes you find those homeowners who are willing to do that. The other way is that as long as you have friends who are homeowners within Arrowhead Woods, they can bring you with them to any one of the exclusive areas mentioned above. Everything else is open to the public.
That being said, feel free to take a look around the website to see for yourself all that there is to see and do in Lake Arrowhead. We do not offer pamphlets or guides that we send out and we do not take phone calls or emails as we are not affiliated with a tourism association. We are just a family that realized there was not a whole lot of information out there about Lake Arrowhead and we hope that others will come up and experience the area and fall in love with it like we have.
The Goodwin Family