Destination guide

Explore Lake Arrowhead from vacation home rentals

Surrounded by the majestic pine and cedar trees of San Bernardino National Forest, stunning Lake Arrowhead makes you feel like you've escaped to the Alps. In fact, the area is often called the Alps of Southern California, and it has the exclusive feel of an upscale resort. Much of the land is privately owned, and you need to get permission from local business and property owners to head out on the lake itself. That's one reason a Lake Arrowhead vacation rental is a great idea. The other reasons? Gorgeous weather, breathtaking scenery, and fun for all ages.

Things to do

Places to visit near Lake Arrowhead vacation rentals

The beaches, water, and lush green forest of Lake Arrowhead are what attract people to the area like world-weary moths to a particularly fun-looking flame, but there are a few sights nearby that make a trip to the lake even more rewarding. The Mountain History Museum is lovingly maintained by the local historical society. It features Native American artifacts and exhibits honoring the firefighters who've protected the forest for decades. If something more carefree is more your speed, take your little ones to Lollipop Park. Kids can ride the carousel or take a mini-train on a tour of the lakeshore.

Activities

Things to do near Lake Arrowhead vacation homes

You can try to list Lake Arrowhead's most popular outdoor activities: hiking, backpacking, camping, bicycling, water skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fishing, horseback riding . . . but you might grow old before you're finished. Lake Arrowhead Village is the central spot for shopping, strolling, and dining out. It's also where vacationers and year-round residents enjoy free concerts all summer long. The Lake Arrowhead Queen is a must-do. This relaxing boat tour takes you all around the lake, with insights on local flora, fauna, and celebrity residences provided by your knowledgeable captain.

Weather

Climate at your Lake Arrowhead summer rental

Lake Arrowhead is unique in Southern California. Its Mediterranean climate translates to dry, warm, sunny summers, with highs in the 70s and 80s—just perfect for hiking, boating, and camping. It's the most popular time to book a Lake Arrowhead vacation rental, so get your reservation in early. Winters are crisp and cold, with highs in the 40s and less snow than in the nearby ski resorts of Big Bear and Snow Valley. Spring and fall are delightfully cool. You can score a bargain and still enjoy the outdoors.

Natural features

This arrow will point you straight to Mother Nature

Are you craving a walk on the wild side? Well, thank your forebears, because the wild lands surrounding your Lake Arrowhead vacation rental were designated a National Forest more than a hundred years ago. Local hikers and climbers are partial to The Pinnacles, a group of granite peaks northwest of the lake and chock-full of hiking trails and rock climbing opportunities. If your kids are scared of heights (or if you are) take them to Wildhaven Ranch instead. It's a haven for endangered and indigenous species.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lake Arrowhead

The nearest airport is in San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), located 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), which is 27 mi (43.5 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Lake Arrowhead vacation homes

Lake Arrowhead boasts unique and fun attractions for kids of all ages. Vacation homes are available near places like SkyPark at Santa’s Village, an outdoor adventure park with mountain bike trails and winter-themed amusements, and Glen Helen Regional Park, a vast parkland with 2 lakes, a water park, picnic areas, and a concert venue. Kids will also like the Oak Glen Preserve, a protected area with a botanical garden and Children’s Outdoor Discovery Center with nature exhibits.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Lake Arrowhead

The idyllic locations in Lake Arrowhead make it perfect for a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Indian Canyon, a canyon at the Cahuilla Indian reservation with a waterfall, trails, visitor center, and viewing deck, and Wildwood Canyon State Park, a vast park with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that wind through ranch lands. You'll also like Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a scenic ride on tram cars through Chino Canyon with dining, a museum, and hiking trails.

Where to stay around Lake Arrowhead?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 586 vacation rentals near Lake Arrowhead. From 208 Cabins to 327 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Arrowhead for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lake Arrowhead?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Arrowhead:

  • Arrowhead Villas: 197 vacation rentals
  • Village Bay: 334 vacation rentals
  • Crest Estates: 123 vacation rentals
  • Meadow Bay: 156 vacation rentals
  • Upper Moonridge: 1,255 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lake Arrowhead?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lake Arrowhead. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Arrowhead Village: 495 vacation rentals
  • Lake Arrowhead Repertory Theatre Company: 2,543 vacation rentals
  • Church of the Woods: 2,727 vacation rentals
  • SkyPark at Santa's Village: 2,854 vacation rentals
  • McKenzie Water Ski School: 2,566 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Arrowhead listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Lake Arrowhead?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 208 Cabins in Lake Arrowhead. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake Arrowhead include:

  • Houses: 327 rentals available
  • Cottages: 208 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 208 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake Arrowhead?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 14 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake Arrowhead. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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