I love living in Orange County, California. Every day is like being on vacation. The weather is perfect, drinks are cheap, the ocean is only a short drive, or walk, away, and the opportunities for entertainment are bountiful. Sometimes, though, the traffic and trying to find a parking spot can be taxing. With my mother and sister in town, I wanted to show them the natural, peaceful surroundings that southern California has to offer. We packed our bags and headed to Lake Arrowhead Resort for a short, three-day getaway. We arrived to a state of mind; a relaxing calm that rushed over us from the moment we reached the village.
When I checked in, the staff were exceptionally friendly. Two front desk employees greeted me, asked me about the drive, talked to me about the weather, and before I knew it I had room keys in my hand. It was like magic. I don’t even remember them asking me for my name. It was all so casual.
I marveled at the high ceilings and rich furniture. Textures stand out to me. When I walk into a room that has wood mixed with leather and stone, I feel a sense of warmth that reminds me of being at a summer cottage. I imagine designing a similar house of my own.
With the keys in my hand, I followed the directions from the staff to get to my suite. We walked down the hall and arrived at the gigantic double doors. I knew it was going to be stunning. I pushed open the door to endless windows two stories high and similar textures to the lobby. This was my Paradise.
We dropped our bags and ran around like children checking out all of the amazing amenities like two fireplaces, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and lake views from every room.
It was more chilly than in OC, making the fireplace useful. We put our feet up and admired the views. I was exactly where I wanted to be with three of my favorite people in the world.
It’s surprising how a location can completely adjust your state of mind. How could you be stresses here? How could you worry when surrounded by this? We have a full day tomorrow to soak it up. This is my version of a spa.