HALLOWEEN in the Lake Arrowhead Village, Fun for the Whole Family 2014

HALLOWEEN in the Lake Arrowhead Village and Blue Jay Village, Friday October 31, 2014!  Costume Contest for Kids and Adults! Trick or Treating form 2:30-5:30!  Dance performances by Lake Arrowhead School of Dance and music from “Bostyx” (All the hits of Boston and Styx) playing on center stage starting at 6:30pm.


Have fun and enjoy the weather.  The temperatures are expected to be in the mid 60’s this Friday for Halloween, but remember to bring a sweater for later in the evening as it does tend to get a little chilly.  See you in the Village!

1940’s Cabin Renovation in Twin Peaks

Here is a little sneak peak of a future listing in Twin Peaks.  This 1949 cabin sits on a Quarter of an acre and is in one of the most quiet parts of Twin Peaks, it is a 2 bed/ 1 bath and is having a full remodel.  I will share more as the project continues!

6th Annual Taste for Literacy ~ Crestline, CA

This Saturday, October 18th is the 6th annual Taste for Literacy in Crestline! This event will take place at the San Moritz Lodge and starts at 5:00pm. 100% of the proceeds will go the Crestline Library for new materials!


Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35.

Here are a list of the food vendors that will be providing the food… This info was found on ROTWNEWS.COM.


The food vendors are: Arturo’s Restaurant (Blue Jay); Bill’s Villager Coffee Shop (Blue Jay); Lake Gregory Recreation Company – California Parks Company (Crestline); Chef Cindy’s (Crestline); Crestline Cafe (Crestline); Crest Forest Seniors (Crestline); Goodwin’s Market & the Oak Trunk (Crestline); Hungry Bear Sandwich Shack  (Sky Forest); Paradise Coffee (Crestline); Pazzo’s Italian & Pizza (Crestline), and Roadhouse Pizza (Crestline).

Other food vendors include: Texifornia Tamale Company (Blue Jay); The Grill At The Antler’s Inn (Twin Peaks); The Stockade (Crestline); Thousand Pines Christian Camp/Conference Center (Crestline); Toni’s Kitchen (Crestline); Tudor House Enterprise (Lake Arrowhead),  and Woody’s Boathouse Restaurant (Lake Arrowhead).

Have fun and enjoy the great food and good company!


Buck Energy is giving away a FIVE DOLLAR Wood Burnign Stove

Buck Energy has donated a Wood Burning Stove to The Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Chambers efforts towards future marketing of Chamber Members.  This awesome Napoleon wood burning stove will keep you warm all winter long and it could be yours for only $5… FIVE BUCKS, this stove alone has a value of $2900!!!  For more info on who Buck Energy is, click the link here: http://buckenergy.com

Read the flyer below to find out more about the opportunity drawing.  If you are in need of a wood burning stove or know someone who is, then contact the Chamber office today and get your tickets!


Here is the link to Napoleon Fireplaces, you can find more info on the model that is being donated on that site.


Here is a picture of the stove that is being donated.  The door is not exact, but you could have this look.


*Installation not included

A Few of My Favorite Fall and Winter Activities

For those of you who do not know, I am on a team with two other fabulous ladies.  Michelle Hutton and Sophie Formby.  Twice a year we put together a list of our favorite mountain activities and distribute a mailer to almost all the local post offices.  We do a Spring/Summer and a Fall/Winter calendar with as many events as we can fit onto a two sided mailer.  I wanted to share with you our Fall/ Winter calendar that we released a few weeks ago.  Please feel free to copy paste or print this calendar and share it wherever you want.  Just click on the picture for a much larger view and then copy and save.

We try to attend as many of the events as we can, so if you see one of us, make sure to say hi!  Even snap a picture with us so we can post it to our FB page.  Which reminds me, you can find us on Facebook at Arrowhead Professional Partners.  Don’t forget to stop by our page and click the like button.

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For more info on any of these events, feel free to contact us via phone or email and we can provide the website or phone number to gather more info on the event.  If you would like on of these flyers mailed to you, please email me you name and address and I will make sure it is in the mail tomorrow.  I can also email you a PDF or JPEG so that you can print one out or save it to your computer.

We hope that these dates help you enjoy your mountain experience!  See you around town!

24th Annual Jensen’s Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time of year where all we see is ORANGE and on Saturday October 25th is the 24th Annual Jensen’s Pumpkin Patch!  Here is a the flyer with all the info.  Enjoy the festivities and remember to tag your pictures with #michellecalkinsrealtor so I can see all the fun you are having in Lake Arrowhead! Happy pumpkin picking!


The Average Sold Home in Crestline is Rising

Here is the Crestline Market Analysis for the YTD (Year to Date):

Crestline MArket


As of October 9, 2014 Crestline has sold 124 properties.  According to our local RIM MLS statistics you can see that the average home has sold for $168,918, the average days on the market were 94.  Last year at this same time there were 145 properties sold and the average price was $145,668, the average days on the market were 75.  Prices are rising, but it seams to be taking longer to sell.

If you are interested in a free market analysis on your home, send me an email at michellecalkins@cbskyridge.com and I will let you know where your house stands in the current market and how much it will sell for.

Happy home buying/selling, see you around the mountain! ~ Michelle

Day Trippin’ in San Bernardino on Highway 18

A couple of weeks ago I had a client ask me where his family could Picnic for the day.  What a great question, of course I know a hand full of spots… But I froze… Wait a minute, I know the answer to this… as I stuttered through my answer, I finally remembered all of the San Bernardino National Forest turn outs on Hwy 18.

Thanks to my client, I introduce to you, the San Bernardino “Day Trippin” and camping blog.  Not only do I need the knowledge, I figured you do as well!  This morning on my drive to work I stopped at all the SB National Forest “Turn outs” that I could from Crestline to Sky Forest to point out all the perfect spots to have a picnic, day hike or even a camping trip.  It is so great to have the forest in our back yard and at 5600′ up, the air is pretty good too! If you are looking for family time, adventure or just a place to clear your thoughts, I recommend one of these locations.

Before I start, here is the website to all of San Bernardino National Forest Recreations (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/sbnf/recreation), including, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, etc.  I am only posting 6 stops on Hwy 18 where you can enjoy nature, but please note that there are hundreds to choose from.

Lets get started

First up is: Baylis Park: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/picnickinginfo/recarea/?recid=26297&actid=70.  It has a killer view of the southland you won’t want to miss!

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Crest Park: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/picnickinginfo/recarea/?recid=26303&actid=70


Arrowhead Ranger Station


Switzer Park: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/picnickinginfo/recarea/?recid=26299&actid=70


Heaps Peak: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=26331&actid=50

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Dogwood Campground: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=26235&actid=29


Don’t forget to get your adventure pass. Here is some info from the website:

Recreation Passes & Permits

Adventure and Interagency Passes

  • These passes cover standard amenity fees at day use sites such as picnic areas and trailheads.  The senior and access passes also provide a 50% discount of expanded amenity fees such as camping.  Please visit our Recreation Passes and Permits page.

Wilderness Permits

  • The San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Gorgonio, and Cucamonga Wilderness Areas require a free wilderness permit for dayhiking and overnight camping.  Please visit our Recreation Passes and Permits page.

Campfire Permits

  • California Campfire Permits are required on public lands in California for use of campfires, camp stoves, lanterns or open flame devices.  Campfire permits are available at the local Ranger Station and are subject to local fire restrictions.  Please visit our Recreation Passes and Permits page.


Where do I buy my permit?  Here are the locations in the Lake Arrowhead area:

Lake Arrowhead

Vendor Name City Address Phone Products
7 – Eleven #26279 Lake Arrowhead 298 Holiday Rd. Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-336-1697 Annual, Daily, Secondary
Arrowhead Welcome Center Lake Arrowhead 26816 Highway 189 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-337-7653 Daily
Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce Lake Arrowhead 28200 Hwy 189, Suite R-215 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-337-3715 Annual, Daily, Secondary
Lake Arrowhead Resort/Sbnfa Lake Arrowhead 27984 Hwy 189 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-336-1511 Daily
Mountaininfo.Com Dba Prudential Real Est Lake Arrowhead 337 State Hwy 173 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-754-97777 Annual, Daily, Secondary, Interagency Annual
Rim Of The World Interpretive Assoc. Lake Arrowhead State Hwy 18 West of Heaps Peak Transfer Station Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-338-4301 Annual, Daily

Please remember to be kind to the forest. Do not litter, do not light a fire unless in a designated area with a permit, make sure to follow the signs and stay on the paths, we don’t want any lost hikers.

Do You Have the Biggest Pine Cone? 8th Annual Pine Cone Festival ~ Lake Arrowhead

Did you know that Lake Arrowhead hosts an annual Pine Cone Festival?!  This year marks the 8th annual Pine Cone Festival and a new location.  This year the festival will be held at the Alpine Camp Conference Center in Blue Jay on October 11, 2014 from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

This festival started after the mountain communities suffered from the 2003 “Old Fire.” There was talk that Lake Arrowhead did not exist anymore and that there was no reason to visit the communities.  Obviously this was not the case.  The mountain was full of life, people and PINE CONES!  Thanks to the owners of Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks, the Pine Cone Festival was born.

This event is FREE and offers lots of activities including: Pine Cone Craft Contest, Biggest Pine Cone Contest, Pine Cone Olympics, and so much more.  There are even 2 Grand Prizes Worth over $1,150 each, Can You Beat the Record?

Here is some info from the Pine Cone Festival website: http://www.pineconefestival.org/

Exciting News! The Pine Cone Festival is moving to the Alpine Camp and Conference Center in Blue Jay. We loved our time at the Twin Peaks Recreational Complex, but due to the growing vendor base and increased visitor attendance, we were searching for a more suitable location.  We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Alpine! As our primary sponsor, Alpine has opened its facilities for the 2014 event.  This will include its Ropes Course and Climbing Wall!  All vendors, entertainment and activities will be more centralized and on one level; less chance of missing some of the wonderful booths, people, information and FUN of the Festival.

For more information please visit the Pine Cone Festival website at http://www.pineconefestival.org/ : All pictures used came from their website.

Good luck and happy Pine Cone hunting!