Pines and Roses Are Not All You Will Find at This Diamond in the Rough

Pack your bags right now, because after you read this blog you will want to book your stay at the fabulous Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins.  If you are looking for the perfect mountain escape yet close to the city (or hundreds of miles away depending on where you’re coming from) for 1, 2, 3 or the whole family… then this is the place for you.

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Located at 25994 Hwy 189 in Twin Peaks, CA 92391.  Only one hour and 30 minutes from most major Southern California cities.

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I seriously cannot get enough of Pine Rose after my private tour with Marketing Director Jamie Ferguson.  I’m literally drooling still from all that they have to offer.  I snuck back in (not really) on a Monday night to snap a ton of photos during sunset.  WOW, I should have brought a picnic and stayed because I fell even more in love.

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Take a look at all some of the details they have throughout the grounds…

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They still use “REAL” keys!

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Below is the lobby, you can buy all sort of souvenirs, snacks and bundles of wood here.  Also check out the life size checkerboard and kid play area!

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Now for a little more details…

I have been to a few weddings at this venue, and like any other Arrowhead local I jump in my car and head home after the party.  What I did not know is how incredibly wonderful the entire grounds were.  I should have booked a cabin here years ago.

As I took the tour and walked the grounds I was in such awe of all that Pine Rose has to offer.  There are 20 cabins that sit on 6 acres, 2 of which are off site.  You can book everything from a studio for as low as $79 up to a lodge that sleep 20 for $599.  There is something for everyone, including large parties or Romantic getaways.

Lets take it back a bit… Arrowhead Pine Rose cabins began in the early 1900’s and is located in Twin Peaks California, back then it was known as “Strawberry Flats.”  In 1948 Fred and Helen Dowd negotiated a deal with the Forest Service and bought the “Arrowhead Resort. ”  In the 1960’s they expanded the land and for many years hosted guest from all over the world until 1993 when the now owners David and Tricia Dufour bought the property.  To read more about the history of “Arrowhead Road Resort” click HERE.

Today, present time, we are 22 years later in 2015 and David and Tricia have poured their heart and soul into making Pine Rose what it is today.  The grounds are constantly being updated and improved, and more and more guest book and stay here everyday.

  Here are some great tips and facts bout Pine Rose:  They are pet friendly, so don’t forget to bring your fur-babies. Eighteen of the cabins have fireplaces, each cabin has WiFI, smart TV’s and there is even over 500 movies to choose from.  Don’t forget your bathing suit because there is a pool and jet spa privately placed behind the front desk lodge.  The pool was constructed in the 1980’s and features an arrowhead shaped jacuzzi… (I’m dying with awesomeness overload, check out the pictures below). There is even a Fire Pit and BBQ area!

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  The burning question is… What do the cabins look like?  My answer, exactly how you would expect a mountain cabin to look like… rustic, authentic and cabiny!  And yes, they all come with a kitchen.

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Now lets talk weddings!  Thats right, they do weddings too.  Pine Rose started doing weddings in 2007 after they spruced up a portion of the grounds and added a Koi pond for their daughters wedding.  Little did they know that they created the perfect mountain wedding destination.  They are now booking out to 2017 and already have 40 weddings booked for 2016.  If you have thought about having your wedding in the mountain, this is the perfect place; you had better get on the phone and talk to one of their wedding planners today. First finish reading this blog of course ;-).

Below you will see the smaller wedding site, I could not get pictures of the large site because it was booked.  You can find pictures on their website.  BUT that KOI POND… You really must see it in person to appreciate how incredibly beautiful it is.

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Here are a few other fun pics I snapped. This is Jamie and Cindy, you can find one of them helping you out on your visit, and then there is Jamie and I taking advantage of the “Photo Op” out front of the front desk/lodge.  Of course I could not resist!

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Jamie, you are a sport!  Thank you so much for the tour and for all that you do for Pine Rose.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you, I know we will have many other fun mountain adventures!

You can find our more about Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins, including Reservations, Weddings and more on their website at http://www.pinerose.com.

Don’t forget to follow Pine Rose on their social media sites:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pinerosecabins?fref=ts
Weddings: http://www.facebook.com/weddingsatpinerose

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/PineRoseResort

Instagram: @1pinerose and @weddingatpinerose

Twitter: @Pinerosecabins and @pinerosewedding

As always, it is a pleasure sharing the mountain with you.  I hope that you can come and enjoy Lake Arrowhead as much as I do.  If you happen to book a stay with Pine Rose after reading this blog, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @michellecalkinsrealtor or #MichelleCalkinsRealtor so that I can see how much fun you are having.

Pictures were taken by yours truly, Michelle Calkins.  See you around town!

LET YOUR VACATION HOME WORK FOR YOU

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 VRBO.com?

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 vrbo.com.

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! 🙂

MY TIPS TO A GREAT RENTAL LISTING:

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:

http://www.vrbo.com/514845 $110-$50 per night, This cabin is a 1 bedroom.
http://www.vrbo.com/341887 $650-$843 per night.
http://www.vrbo.com/503582 $195-$315 per night.                                      http://www.vrbo.com/387116#  $425-$575 per night.

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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!