Heaps Peak Arboretum ~ Celebrates 30 years, OPEN HOUSE June 28/29, 2014

Do you like to visit National Trails?  Did you know that we have lots to see up here in the San Bernardino National forest?!  Here is one that you should check out… Heaps Peak!

Here is some info from their website:

Come and escape the city and visit our unique mountain oasis of natural beauty! Experience the Heaps Peak Arboretum’s gardens, “animal tracks trail,” mini-gift booth, and inquire about educational programs. Heaps Peak Arboretum, located at 6,000′, is open 365 days a year. Free to the public, although the Forest Service requires a daily $5.00 Adventure Pass. The Forest Service requires that you display an Adventure Pass on your vehicle.  There are numerous vendors that sell it in the mountains for $5 per day. Our Forest Information Booth is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Here is a flyer that I just received… If you are free this Saturday June 28, take the kids, go for a hike and enjoy a little slice of nature!


Visit their website for more info: http://www.heapspeakarboretum.com/

SUMMER CAMP ~ Rim Rec’s summer program starts June 23!

What are your kids doing this summer?  Did you know that Rim of the World Recreation and Park District offers TONS of Summer fun for your kids?!  Not only do they offer Summer Camp but they offer so many other activities, such as Swimming Lessons, Gymnastics, Tennis and much more.  Visit their website for more info : http://www.rim-rec.org/

Summer Day Camp Begins
June 23rd (There is still space left. Sign-up today!)

Here is the schedule I grab from the Rim-rec.org website!



The other day I was heading out of the Lake Arrowhead Resort and I stumbled across this…


At first I thought the resort started renting out this awesome gear, but then I looked a little further.  There is a company called ‘Enjoy the Mountain’ that caters to the mountain communities, renting out Off Road Vehicles!  SWEET!!!

Now I have not used them and I have not heard of anyone who has, but if you are looking for some fun.  If you do use them, let me know how it went, I’d love to hear! The picture below came from their website.


This company caters from Big Bear down to us in Lake Arrowhead.  Here are some words from their site:

Enjoy the Mountain LLC – Making it easy to have fun! 

Our mission is to help you ENJOY THE MOUNTAIN!!! Our customer focus and family oriented approach offers unprecedented hassle free services so that you don’t have to worry about anything… just ENJOY THE MOUNTAIN and we will take care of the rest. Whether you are looking to ride an ATV, Quad, Side by Side, Jeep, Mountain Bike, etc we have it. No matter if you want to drive it yourself or just sit back an enjoy an exciting tour, we have the right safe, convenient and hassle free service for you with our very competitive and fully transparent prices so that you can just ENJOY THE MOUNTAIN! Remember that we pick you up, take you to the trails and we then take you back after your ride.

For more info, visit their website for pricing and rentals.  http://www.enjoythemountain.com


If you ever visited Lake Arrowhead back in the 20’s then you may have stayed at the Willow Woods Park camp ground for only 50 cents per night!  Today in 2014 the Park is offering event planning and has managed to keep the same buildings and charm from way back when.  Willow Woods Park is run by the same two people who have mastered the art of Mountain Artisan Pizza, Lou York and Eddie Hillary from Lou Eddie’s Pizza.


This blurb comes from Willow Woods Park website:

“The Willow Woods area was a campground in the 1923-1927 period, with a fee of 50 cents per night. There were restrooms and a water faucet. There was one 16′ square war surplus tent for rent. In the late twenties, Lou and Grace Williams bought the lot and built three cabins for rent and a home for themselves on the highway. Over the years there have been a succession of owners, each one adding their own touch. It has been called Skyforest Resort, Shanty Town and now Willow Woods.”


Today Willow Woods Park is offering a venue for your special event, wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or just a reason to gather a bunch of friends.  When you choose Willow Woods Park as your venue, all you have to do is bring the dress and the guests.  The rest will be taken care of as part of your package, including, set up an tear down, food, cake, flowers and efficient.

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There is a Bridal Suit and Groom Suit, along with private rooms for smaller more intimate parties.  Two of the cabins can be rented out for a nights stay.




It is heard that Willow Woods Park has some of the oldest trees on their property that still stand strong.  They have survived the fires and the many years of mountain weather.

I highly recommend that next time you are at Lou Eddie’s Pizza you walk behind the building and take a walk around the Willow Woods Park grounds, you will not be disapointed! IMG_3483


For more information on Willow Woods Park and their services, visit their website at: http://willowwoodspark.com/

Click HERE to read about Lou Eddies!

Pictures were provided by yours truly, Michelle Calkins Realtor


Are your weeds getting out of control? Do you have pine needles accumulating on your roof? It is that time of year again that we need to start clearing away all the brush that winter left behind.   Do your part to help prevent forest fires!


In Arrowhead Woods as in other forested areas, fuel load – the vegetation available to feed a wild fire – is always a threat, all  year around.

Houses are prime fuel, and there is not enough fire equipment on the mountain to protect all of the homes from a major wild fire.

Home owners can lessen their risk and improve the chances for their residence to survive a wild fire by creating “defensible space” around it.  In Arrowhead Woods and throughout the mountains, this means tree trimming, brush cutting, clearing roofs, decks and grounds.

The “right roof” is essential.  New construction or re-roofing in Arrowhead Woods requires the most fire resistant class “A” materials, such as clay or concrete tile, fibrous cement shake, metal tile or Fiberglass composition.

Homeowners can reduce wildfire hazard by landscaping with fire resistant plants, thinning, creating distance between vegetation and buildings and pruning overhanging branches and bushy shrubs along access roads to provide passage for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

Each year, county agriculture commission inspectors look for fire hazards.  Typically, they require:

1.  Grass and weeds mowed to four inches in height or less.

2.   Tree trimmings to be removed completely.

3.   Firewood stored out of doors to be stacked neatly.

4.   Heavy brush thinned to eliminate dead branches and leaves.

5.   Pine needles and leaves no more than two inches deep.

6.   Flammable vegetation and pine needles cleared for 30 feet around all structures.  If property slopes more than 15 percent, 100 feet clearance is required.

7.   Vegetation and pine needles cleared for 10 feet from any road.

8.   Removal of flammable refuse, including dead plants.

9.  Removal of tree limbs over buildings or within 10 feet of chimney opening.  A half-inch mesh chimney spark arrestor should be visible from the ground.

10.   No flammable vegetation, leaves or pine needles on roofs.

Conditions, covenants and restrictions on property in Arrowhead Woods call for tree trimming and removal to be approved by the Arrowhead Woods Architectural Committee.  Tree trimming along the lake front must also be approved by the Arrowhead Lake Association.

Tree work done without approval will result in damage assessment against the property owner.

The Committee finds trimming solely to improve a view especially offensive.  It is likely to approve tree trimming for fire hazard abatement; for clearing around a structure or chimney; to correct hazards such as dead wood or weak limbs or forks or corrections prescribed by a tree expert, such as sanitation of infection by fungus, mistletoe or other pest.

Requests for approval a tree pruning, shaping, cutting or altering will result in a site visit by an AWAC inspector.  The owner is sent written notice of the decision.  For detailed information, call AWAC at  909-336-2755.

(Information was provided by lakearrowheadnews.com and the Fire Safe Council)

If you need any phone numbers of local contractors and landscapers, just send me a email and I will provide that information right away!


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)

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,

My First Blog

BLOG… snarf, yuck, ugh, blah, sighhhhhh… Fine I will finally start one!  I suppose this is right up my alley, I mean I am in my 30’s and this is the total “Y” generation thing to do, RIGHT?!  Besides I have a pretty big mouth, and I tend to have what a few friends and I termed a few years back as “Chocolate Feet” (better known as “foot in mouth” syndrome, or in my case, “feet in mouth”).  So let’s get this started!  Warning:  I am not a writer (which is why I have put this off) so these blogs will be no where near perfect and they are sure to have grammar errors and misspellings and that is that.  🙂

Hi, I’m Michelle Calkins, a Realtor, NSCA-Personal Trainer, Photographer and all around hard worker who lives in the California San Bernardino Mountains in a little town called Lake Arrowhead.  In 2013 I experienced one of the best years of my life and it all has to do with my career in Real Estate, I finally found something I love and I can’t stop talking about.  I work for Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty in Blue Jay and I am on the Arrowhead Professional Partners team (find us on FB).  I work with both buyers and sellers from Crestline to Running Springs.  I will be posting listings, realtor tips, and an eclectic array of miscellaneous things that I find fun.  I look forward to working with you or someone you know in the future.

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