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Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

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Renovating Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa might have cost $18 million, but the view remains priceless. Getting away from the city doesn’t mean roughing it in this luxury hotel, the area’s largest. It now boasts a new spa and gourmet restaurant, but it’s no snooty enclave — the resort plays to families seeking casual comfort and low-key activities. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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You know you’re not in the city anymore when antlered heads are part of the décor. With the renovation, the resort has shaken off the beige blahs and transformed into a rustic-chic oasis. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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A floor-to-ceiling wine wall sets off the new restaurant, BIN189. Wine is a highlight here, of course — the restaurant’s name comes from the resort’s 4,400-bottle cellar as well as its location on California 189. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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The lobby feels a world away from Los Angeles, rather than only 85 miles. There’s a certain macho air to the resort, what with the framed vintage hunting photos and leather upholstery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be pampered. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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The presidential suite overlooks Lake Arrowhead, as do about half the other rooms and suites. The others, unfortunately, overlook the parking lot. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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The lobby fireplace is a great place to relax after a long day of ... relaxing. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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The new 11,000-square-foot Spa of the Pines includes a whirlpool and steam room, but no dry sauna for women. There’s also a 40-foot pool on the same level where kids can play — many patrons are extended families, whether visitors or locals. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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