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Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The lobby fireplace is a great place to relax after a long day of ... relaxing. (Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa)
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)