Located in the Inland region east of Los Angeles county in the mountains above the city of San Bernardino is Lake Arrowhead, a getaway above the clouds. We found a home away from home at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.
Like many of you, last year was hard to plan any type of vacation getaway. Our family did manage a short trip to San Diego specifically Coronado Island right after 4th of July weekend. That hotel experience was different. Not bad, but very different. Fast forward to May 2021, when our state was starting to ease restrictions, we decided to venture outside of our house for a new experience.
This year for my wife’s birthday she picked Lake Arrowhead to spend a few days. The hotel she selected was the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Immediately I said great, I know someone who works there, my longtime friend and Hispanic Lifestyle supporter Julie Verduzco. Beside catching up on old times, we talked about the hotel industry, how the resort was adapting to the new normal and getting ready to open for the summer season. What I didn’t know was that the resort had been open for awhile following COVID-19 guidelines and had limited their hotel capacity.
The Hotel Experience
Checking in we were greeted by a staff that was very happy to see us, everyone was wearing masks and their were plenty of signs around the common areas asking their guests to comply with health and safety requirements. The restaurant was open, more about that experience later. The pool, jacuzzi and lounge areas where all accessible to the guests.
We had a great room with a majestic view and we have the pictures to prove it. Yes, it is nice to know people, thank you Julie, Brad and the entire resort staff.
The Food Experience
More surprises. Another longtime friend who had been featured in a past episode of Hispanic Lifestyle was Executive Chef Luis. He started working at the resort about six months ago and was working with the staff on menu changes. We had some amazing foods prepared for us both for breakfast and dinner. Yes, we have photos to prove our bold statement, including a quick video of Chef Heath Miller preparing a very special breakfast meal for us.
There was a wedding and reception happening when we arrived. Another was scheduled to take place on the day we were leaving. The resort felt alive and festive, just what our family needed. It was great to be back among people who were probably feeling the same way, stuck in a routine and missing the vacation experience.
Lake Arrowhead Village
Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is located right next door to Lake Arrowhead Village which has shops and food. I was very happy and relived to see people walking around with masks still taking precautions. Some of the stores had closed and others still feeling the effects of COVID-19 economic impact. I am sure this place will adjust, pivot and be thriving once again. When you have views like this, people just want to visit the village for the serenity and shopping.
I met a few people at the pool who said they had just stayed at the resort couple of weeks earlier. They had enjoyed the experience so much this had become their getaway from Los Angeles area/SoCal. Our family is looking forward to traveling and experiencing new adventures. Stay tuned we will post a separate article on our experience at SkyPark at Santa’s Village. Follow the hash tag #TheWayWeTravel
a getaway above the clouds
As a scenic mountain resort in the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Arrowhead’s economy is almost completely supported by tourism, both by casual vacationers and part-time residents. The primary tourism industries include real estate, lodging, dining, recreation, and retail sales.
While Lake Arrowhead has no official town center, the Lake Arrowhead Village serves as the main commercial area for both locals and tourists and includes a number of factory outlets, boutiques, restaurants, two banks, post office and a supermarket.
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