One of my favorite parts about living in Los Angeles is the ability to just go away for a last-minute trip where you feel like you're worlds away. I feel like I've done pretty much all the quintessential LA getaways - Santa Barbara, San Diego, Julian, Oak Glen, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Ojai, Palm Springs, Temecula, Borrego Springs, Solvang - the one place I've been hearing about for years but never visited was Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead.
We drove up on Saturday morning to Big Bear. The town is full of interesting shops that are rather niche for your typical tourist spot. I wound up buying a fitted LA Dodgers hat - even more fitting that I wound up watching the documentary Long Shot on Netflix that night (if you haven't seen it, it's really incredible. Especially if you're a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan like me and Abe).
Food-wise we just brought our own meals/snacks and went to the grocery store - with my gluten allergy it was just easier.
Our hotel (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa) check-in wasn't until 4pm so we stopped by SkyPark at Santa's Village - a newly reopened theme park totally devoted to Christmas! Longtime readers know I'm a freak about the holidays (because I was born on Xmas Eve). It's never too early for me to start celebrating. You can watch more in the video at the bottom of this post.
The hotel is a bit overpriced for what it is, but most of the other places I looked at required two nights. Next time I'd like to get a house with friends and stay a little longer. We woke up early in the morning and headed to the Heart Rock Trail for a morning hike.
Take your GPS to 250 N Highway 138 Crestline, CA - when you see the "Camp Seely" sign, drive up the one-way dirt road to a small parking area. Follow the trail past the pool and make your way (about 20 minutes) to the rock with the heart in it! For the most part this was an easy hike, though I did need to find a large stick to help get me up the steep parts near the end.