Field Notes: Lake Arrowhead, CA

While I've always kept travel field notes for personal reflection, here I go, documenting a bit more of my world on the internet.   

Lake Arrowhead, CA

Sitting above 5,000 feet in elevation an hour and a half outside of the LA area, this private lake is home to quaint hotels and countless stunning mountain homes.  The most enticing reason to escape Phoenix for Lake Arrowhead in the middle of June?  The quick drive takes you from 109° to 77° degrees in just over five hours.  


The otherwise uneventful drive to the LA area gets increasingly interesting as you climb the San Bernardino Mountains with its winding roads and blind turns.  We arrived at night, which meant it was hard to grasp just how high we were climbing and how dramatically the geography around us was changing.  

After a few (read: a lot) of wrong turns down poorly marked roads, we arrived to our mountainous destination: Marriott's Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection.  While we didn't explore the property's spa or restaurant, the views from the Adirondack chairs on the private beach were nothing short of perfect.  Pro tip: we didn't make time to use the kayaks available on-site and wish we did.

Although our stay was hardly more than 36 hours, we made time to walk a six mile trail alongside the deep-blue mountain lake.  Without having to hop in the car, we were able to leisurely stroll along the water and take in the views of the watercraft, private beaches and alpine homes. 

Eat & Drink

With few options for coffee in town, we made our way to The Coffee & Tea Exchange located on the streets of Lake Arrowhead Village, walking distance from the resort.  In desperate need for my morning jolt, I had zero complaints regarding the coffee or the service - win, win.

After our morning cup of joe, we opted to graze through the packed Village a few beers at a time.  Our first stop was The Lakefront Taproom Bar & KitchenThe views from their patio are hard to beat - see photo below.  The Taproom is close to the water, has an extensive beer list and tasty bar food.  What else could you need on a perfectly sunny day?  While our next stop was nothing fancy, the Lake Arrowhead Pizza is home to THE best gluten free pizza I've ever had.  Grab a pitcher of Lagunitas and enjoy a slice on their second story patio.

Until next time, Lake Arrowhead.  


At the time of posting this Field Note, I am employed by Marriott International.  These thoughts are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.