Sky High Romance -
Lakeview Lodge, Lake Arrowhead have a long history with each other
By Jennifer M. Dobbs
It’s the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary, propose to a future spouse, and it’s one of Southern California’s Best Places to Kiss, according to at least one guide book.
Anyone looking for romance, privacy, fresh air, and a room with a view may want to visit the Lakeview Lodge in Lake Arrowhead.
Standing tall along Highway 189 across from the Lake Arrowhead Village, the lodge is one of the area’s original residents. Before there was a village, it was built in the early 1920s and run by a grandmother and her grandson as a bed and breakfast.
The lodge was later converted to a rental and was used as office space for many businesses including the area’s local newspaper. In the 1980s, it was purchased by Kurt Campbell and restored to its 1920s vintage.
Current owners and sisters Megan McElrath and Linda Fischer bought the lodge in 1991, worked on restoring the house to traditional Victorian style.
The atmosphere begins at the wrought-iron gate. Vine-covered stone walls and light posts from the period surround the lodge. Native foliage fills the garden, and music fills the air outside the traditional front porch.
The foyer greets guests with a fire in the stone fireplace, furniture upholstered richly in velvet rose, and the smell of the sisters’ “sinful cinnamon rolls.”
The check-in desk, where the sisters still take reservations by hand and not computer, is adorned in the original molding. Nine rooms with private bathrooms each offer their own theme for the romantic.
Art such as Thomas Lawrence’s “Pinky” and Thomas Gainsborough’s “Blue Boy” are the basis of the decorating theme for each room. Victorian-style fireplaces, armoires and antiques fill each room. Antique furniture include a 212-year-old headboard. Large pillow-filled beds and cozy couches and chairs are “perfect places to cozy up and watch a good black-and-white movie,” the sisters say.
“Sleepy Hollow” is privately tucked away with a canopied bed for the late sleeper. “Love Letter” has a view of the lake and stationery for those who are inspired by the atmosphere to pen their true feelings.
All of the rooms have tall ceilings with mahogany wood beams and paneling, and textured wallpaper. Marble-top dressers, chandelier lighting, antique radios and porcelain washbasins help set the tone in rooms which were meant for romantic escapes.
Over the years, the lodge has appealed to locals, tourists and the famous. Some celebrity visitors have included Rod Stewart, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
Mountain scenery and a glittering lake give new meaning to the phrase, “ A room with a view.”