Day Trip to Lake Arrowhead
Day trips are one of my favorite things. You get the sense of vacation and exploration without the added cost of a hotel room or two-night Airbnb minimum.
A short 90 miles or hour and a half drive, without traffic, takes you east of Los Angeles to the forested town of Lake Arrowhead. Full of A-Frames, diner food, thrift stores, and fresh air, Lake Arrowhead is the perfect destination when seeking an escape.
Where to Shop in Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead is home to some amazing antique and thrift stores. Below are the best shops in Lake Arrowhead.
Road Trip - Road Trip is the hip sister store to my favorite shop in Ojai, Summer Camp. Filled with unique finds, Road Trip is home to Joshua Tree coffee beans (aka my favorite coffee beans - get the light roast), ceramics, candles, old postcards, succulents, wall hangings, vintage clothes, and so much more. It is also the sole inspiration for this spontaneous trip. We left with a succulent magnet, a ceramic spoon rest, vintage placemat, eucalyptus soak, and a vintage Lake Arrowhead postcard.
Cedar Station Antiques & Interiors - This gas station turned antique shop houses rugs, furniture, glassware, jewelry, basically everything your thrift-store-loving heart could want. I left with a vintage Penthouse (I was feeling the cover) and my friend left with a rug. Added bonus, within a block of this spot are more thrift/antique shops.
Hearth & Sage General Store - Expertly decorated, this shop is home to a medley of unique foods and home items. Plus, when we went they were hosting a wine tasting event!
Encompass - Right next door to Hearth & Sage is Encompass, an antique shop filled with rare finds and crystals.
Where to Eat in Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead isn’t exactly home to fine dining. Most the spots I researched were bar fare or Italian akin to Olive Garden. But here are my recs for a hungry gal in Lake Arrowhead:
The Lakefront Taproom Bar and Kitchen - If you’re looking for rosé in a can, a view of the lake, and mini corn dogs, look no further. This place has bang-up bar food. We shared buffalo cauliflower, the aforementioned mini corn dogs, a Caesar salad, and a BLT and it was all tasty as hell.
Stone Creek Bistro - This I have bookmarked as fancier fare / date night. Come here for duck breast, prime rib, or a tomato bisque.
Belgian Waffle Works - This is Lake Arrowheads IT breakfast spot and it’s right on the lake.
LouEddie’s Pizza - If you’re craving pizza, this is the spot to hit up.
The Grapevine - Sandwiches, cheese platters, and wine. What more could you want?
Cedar Glen Malt Shop - Diner style burgers, fries, and shakes complete with Marilyn Monroe and Elvis decor.
Where to Sleep in Lake Arrowhead
If you know me, you know that one of my favorite things to do is hunt down cute AF Airbnb’s and Lake Arrowhead is the home to so many! The below are my top picks for making Lake Arrowhead a weekend getaway.
Road Trip A-Frame - Owned by the shop owner of Road Trip, this cabin is so cute it hurts! Plus is has two bedrooms making it perfect for a girls trip or couples retreat.
Mid Century Modern A-Frame - Look at the fireplace! The view! Book this place and bust out the board games.
Arrowhead Lodge - Great for larger parties, this place meets my cute A-Frame requirements.
Also worth mentioning that Lake Arrowhead is… a lake! So there are a ton of boating things to do. But since that’s not my area of expertise, I’ll just let your imagination run wild.