Santa’s Village at Sky Park wanted an admission of $50 for seniors, so we headed instead to Lake Arrowhead on a quiet Tuesday before Christmas.
The little peninsula village was just waking up, the parking lot was empty but the denizens of the alpine resort welcomed us to their visitor center and to the model train display, all of which were free of charge. An inexpensive ($l5.50) narrated boat ride around the Lake took another hour. From the interior of a cozy mini-paddle wheel replica, we enjoyed splendid views of mansions, the history of the lake community and even the names of celebrities (like Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys) who have been homeowners.
The best part was lunch at Hortencia’s at the Cliffhanger. Famished by the brisk mountain air, the food disappeared before we remembered to take pictures.