Wanted to list some of the exceptional places in Lake Arrowhead Village that should be mentioned but don't warrant an entire section for each one.
Let's start with the shopping sites not to be missed. For those who love Thomas Kinkade art, you'll be in seventh heaven at his art gallery located in the center of the village at E-100 dockside. There's a Lake Arrowhead Children's Museum for the younger group. Bass shoe outlet store, and My Favorite Things for all those collectibles.
No trip to the village is complete without a stop at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Suite C-200. They not only make the best chocolate varieites to sample, but some very interesting unusual items that can be used for entertaining. The Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe needs no explanation.
For a special treat there's the historic Antler's Inn with it's log lodge design of high open beams and massive fireplace. The Raven's Nest is fine dining at it's best with artistically sculptured plate presentation. It boosts a 5 star chef and a local favorite. It is located in the historic and pricey Saddleback Inn high on the hill over looking the lake and village. The Belgian Waffle Works with it's patio dining overlooking the lake is a favorite breakfast and lunch spot. Chateau Gourmet Restaurant at 536 S. Dart Canyon Road in Crestline (about a 10-15 minute drive - 909/338-0212) offers wonderful food for a special occasion or just because.
Once you've finished your rounds within the village, a short drive takes you to Astronomy Village at 2001 Observatory Way, just west of the high school on State Highway 18. Stargazing in the clear mountain night sky is awesome.
There are a lot of activities taking place on the mountain throughout the summer months. July 11 through August 15 finds the Jazz Festival taking up residence in what once was the Santa's Village on Highway 18 in Arrowhead area. A Film Festival runs during the summer as well as a Wine Festival June 22-23.
Winter months finds snow activites at Snow Valley Ski Resort five miles east of Running Springs on Highway 18, about 18 miles from Arrowhead.
Farther afield, 27 miles via the Rim of the World Highway is Big Bear City. It is a much larger town than the Village at Lake Arrowhead and more casual and everyday styled. It carries an alpine village motif with carved wooden bear statues everywhere. Ski runs, boating and charter fishing can be had at Bear Lake. North of Big Bear is an observatory. There are ample places to eat and stay in and around Big Bear. Try some of the Bear jams and apple butter while there and to take home.
When you drive up the mountain into the San Bernardino National Forest you little suspect that there is all this activity and refreshingly different things to do than in the rest of Southern California. It's like a world unto itself.