This weekend playing on the Center Stage in the Lake Arrowhead Village is:

Friday 5/23: WILD CHILD; Doors Tribute

Saturday 5/24: SAVOR; Tribute to Santana


Monday: 5/26: 60 GRIT BLIES BAND (1-3PM)


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Does ARROWHEAD Water really come from Lake Arrowhead?

On occasion when I tell people I live in Arrowhead, the question arises… “Is that where Arrowhead Water comes from?”

Have you heard of Arrowhead Water?  Have you ever drank Arrowhead Water?  The big question is, where does Arrowhead Water come from?



The following info was found on Wikipedia:

Arrowhead Water, also known as Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, is a brand of drinking water that is sold in the western United States, particularly in Arizona, the Northwest, and in California, where it is sometimes produced.


Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water takes its name from a natural rock formation in the San Bernardino Mountains shaped like a giant arrowhead. The arrowhead is naturally barren; it is not manicured in any way. Native American legend says the formation was burned in the mountain by the fall of an arrow from Heaven, showing the way to the healing hot springs. Adjacent streams and springs are the original source and namesake of Arrowhead water.

The first documented reference to Arrowhead springs (Agua Caliente) was in records of priests stationed at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, around 1820. David Noble Smith was the founder of the first sanitarium facilities at Arrowhead Springs in 1863, which were used to treat patients with tuberculosis and numerous other ailments. By the 1880s, the Arrowhead waters were famous for their supposed curing powers. By the early 20th century, the hot springs were a popular resort for tourism and vacationing.


History of the Arrowhead Water Brand

In 1909, The Arrowhead Springs Company was formed and the company’s water products were marketed in Southern California. The water was transported from Arrowhead Springs, north of San Bernardino, California, to Los Angeles in glass-lined railroad tank cars. In 1917, the bottling operations moved to a new plant in Los Angeles. In 1929, the Arrowhead Springs Company merged with the company that marketed Puritas water, and began co-marketing the Puritas products with Arrowhead water. Puritas water products were first introduced in Los Angeles in 1894.

The Arrowhead and Puritas brands were bottled in the same plants and co-marketed until the 1970s. Arrowhead Springs marketed the brands in separate containers that sometimes carried the Arrowhead or Puritas names alone, but containers were often labeled “Arrowhead and Puritas.” The Arrowhead Beverage Company was the bottler for many different brands of water and soft drinks including seltzer, fruit-flavored soda, and ginger ale.

In 1932, another important development for the company happened in the Los Angeles area, as it was named the official water refreshment of that year’s Olympic Games, held at the City of the Stars.

Arrowhead water returned to the Olympic Games again in 1984, when the games were again held in Los Angeles.

Water sources

As of 2008, according to the their bottle label, sources of water used are:

A local water source since 2010 is located in Ruby Mountain Springs, Chaffee County, Colorado.

Other labels found in Washington list a source of the water as Hope Springs, Hope, British Columbia.

  • Livermore, CA Municipal Water Supply (Label on the orange cap on the 5 gallon Eco-Sense bottles used in dispensers)


I just read this article in California Real Estate magazine May 2014 and felt it necessary to share with you all.  This is very valuable info and will affect most of us soon.



Prepare for New Retrofitting Law

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, property owners who obtain permits to remod- el a property that was built prior to 1994 are required to retrofit with toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, showerheads with flow rates of no more than 2.5

gallons per minute, and other interior fixtures that use less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.

This applies to all single-family property permits, as well as multifamily and commercial property permits where 10 percent or more of the square footage is included in the remodel.

By Jan. 1, 2017, all residential properties in Cali- fornia that were built prior to 1994 will need to be in compliance with water fixtures as outlined above, which will bring them up to the same standards as homes built since 1994. 


This article was copied form the May 2014 issue of the CAR Magazine.

PICK OF THE DAY, 27653 Alpen, Lake Arrowhead, CA $599,000

My pick of the day!  Here is one heck of a lake view, and to top it off it has a sports court!  IT IS ONLY LISTED FOR $599,000!

WOW …this house has it all. Sensational, unobstructed panoramic lake views. This is an extraordinary one of a kind property with your  own SPORTS COURT! Immaculately maintained property, new roof, treks decking, retaining wall below  sports court, dual pane windows, new paint & recently resurfaced driveway. Home consists of 4 beds, plus office (5thbed.) family room, game room & laundry room. Fenced play area with artificial grass. Level entry with plenty of parking. Virtual tours says it all.

If you would like to see this house, call me today for a showing, 951-317-5019.  Here is a link to more images!




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This weekend playing on the Center Stage in the Lake Arrowhead Village is:

Friday 5/16: JAY BLUES BAND

Saturday 5/17: LED ZEPAGAINA Led Zeppelin cover tribute band


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12 Signs You are a “FLATLANDER”


FLATLANDER: {Flat-Land-er}: Noun: A Person who is from the Flat Lands, I.E. The Inland Empire, Orange County, Palm Springs, basically anyone who does not live on or in the mountains.
A term used in the mountains to describe people from lower elevations. EX: Driver: This guy is driving so slow; he must be a flatlander.

Have you ever been called a flatlander?  Are you wondering if you are a flatlander?

Here are 12 reasons us mountain folk can pick you out of a needle in a hay stack!

12: You ask us if we have indoor plumbing
11: You call our houses cabins, or say, “we are up at the cabin for the weekend.”
10: You drive 25 MPH on the roads
9: When we ask you where you’re from you say, Orange County and then ask if we know where that is.
8: It’s 60 degreed outside: You = Down Jacket and Uggs, Locals = shorts and flip flops.
7: You put your flashers on when it is foggy (dead giveaway you are not from up here).
6: You are shocked that we look normal.
5: You call it a mountain, we call it a hill
4: You slam on your brakes for squirrels almost causing an accident.
3: You blame everything on the altitude.
2: You get drunk quicker.
1: You think the entire mountain range is Big Bear.

Please note this is all in good fun!  I myself was an original Flatlander, I grew up in Corona, so trust me I know all about learning the mountain life!  We love you all and we want you to come up more.  Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful place and if it’s been a while since we have seen your faces, GET BACK UP HERE!!! Or come check us out, we have so much to offer in our small little mountain town! 

Hope to see you soon,


Do you own a home in a resort community?  Do you find your self using the house less and less each year?  If you are not at the point where you want to sell it, then why not try renting it!  Of course if you want to sell it, please call me and I can give you a free market analysis on your home! 😉 But in the meantime, why not try making money by renting your vacation home!

Have you ever heard of

I am specifically highlighting VRBO today because it is one of my personal favorite rental web-sites.  I have personally used VRBO in the USA and even throughout Europe.   It is such a great way to dive into the city and live like a local for a couple days.  You can bring the whole family, cook your own meals and in some areas, like Lake Arrowhead, you can even use the lake! Of course in Lake Arrowhead we do have stick rules to follow, so make sure you include a guidline in your rental agreement and be very clear as to where they should and should not go.

In Lake Arrowhead alone, there are 188 current rental listings on the VRBO site.  These listings range from Cottages to Lake Fronts and from 2 people to as many as you can fit!  Some of the rentals have kayaks to use and others have Jacuzzi’s!  Some have views and others have pure privacy and serenity!  Cabins start at $110 a night and go up from there depending on where your house is located, and how many people it sleeps.

For more info on VRBO, just visit their website at

There are also a couple local rental companies that offer vacation rentals and long term rental services.  I just really like VRBO and wanted to share a little bit about them! 🙂


Get professional pictures done to help enhance your cabins beauty.  I know first hand that pictures are the gateway to drawing people in, you have to make them fall in love with the house before they arrive! Leave out any pictures with people in them.  It is an unnecessary picture that may make the renter look at the next listing.

Keep your house neutral.  Treat it like a Hotel.  The furnishings and décor should be non-personal.  You want your future renters to feel like they are at home, not your home.

Keep one locked closet with any personal items that you do not want to share with the world.

Highlight any nearby parks, or trails.  If you are catering to families with kids, try adding a picture of the local playground or swimming area!

Try investing in a Jacuzzi, it is always a selling point for mountain rentals!

Provide Wi-Fi for your guests.

Last but not least… Don’t forget to use the house yourself! 

Here are a few examples of some fantastic rentals from the VRBO website: $110-$50 per night, This cabin is a 1 bedroom. $650-$843 per night. $195-$315 per night.                              $425-$575 per night.


Remember we are only an hour and half away form LA, when people escape to the pines they really get a sense of relief from all the hustle and bustle! 

What is that Blue Tower in the Middle of Lake Arrowhead?

Have you ever wondered what that Blue Tower is in the middle of Lake Arrowhead?

Here is a little history on “The Tower.”  A recent article was published in the Lake Arrowhead Update Spring 2014, provided by the Mountain News, here is what it said.

The blue tower that stands in the middle of Lake Arrowhead was built in 1908 by Los Angeles-based contractor Arthur S. Bent. The initial purpose of the tower was to release water for irrigation of crops in the San Bernardino Valley.
The tower, which stands 43 feet above the water when the lake is full, is located approximately 500 feet off Eagle Point in 145 feet of water, according to the original contour map of the lake bottom in that area.
The reinforced concrete structure was completed and dedicated on July 5, 1908.
One hundred years later, the Arrowhead Lake Association and the Rim of the World Historical Society held a birthday celebration for the tower, complete with cake for boaters who passed by the tower on the lake.
In her book, Saga of the San Bernardinos, the late historian Pauliena LaFuze wrote, “The Outlet Tower, at the portal of Tunnel #1 in Little Bear, was presented to the Arrowhead Reservoir and Power Company by Contractor Bent on July 5th [1908] complete even to pre-cast brackets for an outside, outward facing ladder to the control room on top.
“It was a giant poured-concrete cylinder with screened inlets at 20-foot intervals in a circular pattern, set on a 31-foot square six-foot-thick slab, resting on bedrock. The tower was 17 feet across the walls of two foot thickness, tapering at the 109-foot level to a 13-foot diameter and 15 inches of thickness.
“It stood 195 feet above the lake bed, 178 feet above the tunnel level. The reservoir could now be allowed to fill.”
At the time, the tower was the tallest concrete water tower in the world.
In one of his “Mountain Mileposts” columns, historian Russ Keller quoted from a 1910 issue of Technical World magazine: “At the lower extremity of this 880-acre basin there has been built, at a cost of $40,000, a huge outlet water tower which is unique in engineering records, to say the least. The tower is built entirely of concrete, 195 feet in height; walls two feet thick up to the 125-foot mark where they taper to 15 inches, with an outside diameter of 13 feet throughout, and the walls reinforced with three-fourths inch twisted bars.
“The construction work was in progress all of last winter, the concrete being kept from freezing as it was put in by a fire that was continually kept going inside the tower. A coffer dam held the water back until the work was of sufficient height.”
The article goes on to say that the tower was “completed after six months of hard work” and that by the time the project is completed “millions of dollars will have been expended.”
Construction engineers were F. E. Trask and F. C. Finkle. Colton Portland Cement was used exclusively. The tower was considered one of the finest pieces of concrete work in the country.
The tower has been designated Cultural Landmark #8 by the Rim of the World Historical Society. A dedication plaque is located at the Lake Arrowhead marina, where visitors can take a closer look at the tower through a telescope that has been placed there.

Sources: What Is It, Ralph Wagner; Saga of the San Bernardinos, Pauliena LaFuze; “Mountain Mileposts,” Russ Keller

These two picture were taken by yours truly, Michelle Calkins:


Arial Pic provided by Olympus Air:


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This weekend playing on the Center Stage in the Lake Arrowhead Village is:

Friday 5/9: Aerotrain – The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute

Saturday 5/10: Country Nation


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