With original travel plans canceled, we are hitting the road this Summer. And we are very fortunate to be living in SoCal, where you can conveniently hit the beach, desert and mountains – ALL IN ONE DAY. We recently went on a Lake Arrowhead getaway for 3 days and it was exactly what this family of 4 needed.
Have you ever been? It’s located in the San Bernardino National Forrest and it took us less than 2 hours to get there. Lake Arrowhead is beautiful and serene…with lots of fresh mountain air to breathe. FYI the lake is private, so you can’t just drive up and play in the water. You need to stay on a property that has access…that’s why we booked a stay at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, which has the only beach access in the area!
Lake Arrowhead Getaway During Covid-19
Travel is a lot different during a global pandemic. So please use caution (wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands) and plan accordingly to your family’s needs. And don’t forget to research on the places you plan on visiting by reading recent reviews on how they’re operating during this unprecedented time. Also check their social media pages for updates before going.
There weren’t a lot of travelers when we went in late June, which worked out for us. Restaurants at Lake Arrowhead Village were open for outdoor dining, take-out, and a few were actually open for indoor dining with plastic shield dividers in place. Three days in Lake Arrowhead was enough for us to getaway from the city.
Here’s what we did:
Three Days in Lake Arrowhead
We hit the road early to check out Sky Park at Santa’s Village. It’s open with limited capacity, so we booked our tickets online in advanced. We’ve never been there before and OMG it was so much fun! Sky Park is a Bike Park and so much more. Caiden and Danny rented mountain bikes to hit the trails (there’s different paths depending on your skill level). But if don’t want to ride bikes, there’s still plenty of attractions to experience like rock climbing, roller skating, archery, etc!
We stayed till closing time and we were exhausted once we checked-in to our hotel.
We started the day with a family breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant with a view of Lake Arrowhead. The day filled outing was just me and kids while Danny worked remotely from the hotel.
We started with walk to Lake Arrowhead Village for some fresh air and outdoor play – there’s a nice grass area where we watched boats go by. And we picked up lunch from The Lakefront Tap Room to eat back at the hotel’s beachside for a picnic.
After lunch we drove to Heaps Peak Arboretum – a family friendly nature walk/hike that’s about a one-mile loop. There was plenty of shaded areas which was perfect on a sunny day. Parking is $5.
After our hike we headed back to Lake Arrowhead Village for some ICE CREAM at Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe. FYI: no mask, no service.
We ended the day at the pool and take-out dinner from Papagayos Mexican Restaurant.
Since this was our last day we spent the morning at the pool and beach area before heading home. We didn’t have our room anymore but the hotel had a very clean and spacious bathroom for the kids to change.
And we just had to have one last lunch on the beach!