I love that Babymoons are becoming more and more popular with expecting parents. It’s a great celebratory time for couples to escape the daily grind, reconnect with each other and recharge the ol’ batteries before the little bundle of joy is born! Mike and I were originally planning on a Big Bear escape, but when we received an amazing deal for a Lake Arrowhead resort via TravelZoo, we decided to try something new!
A quick 2 hour trip from San Diego, Lake Arrowhead was easy to get to and provided a nice scenic drive. We even got to experience this gem of a sunset on the way up!
San Bernadino Sunset
LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT
We arrived at Lake Arrowhead Resort at about 7PM. Although you felt like you were entering a large mountain cabin, there was nothing shabby nor cheesy about the decor. The lobby was warm and inviting and had a very cool cabin-chic thing going on. Even though it was 75 degrees outside, the wood fireplace was burning to create ambience but not to create heat (my prego-self appreciated the no-heat part.)
Lobby, Lake Arrowhead Resort
Fireplace, Lake Arrowhead Resort
After a quick check-in, we dropped our bags in the room and headed to dinner at the resort’s one and only restaurant, Bin189. If you’re going to have only one restaurant in a resort, I’d hope that you’d have something like Bin189.
Right away you realize you’re at a wine place because of the big wine wall that welcomes you as you enter the restaurant. (See this past post to find out how I feel about wine.) The large wine wall surrounded a long, private dining table, perfect for hosting a small party.
Wine Wall at Bin189
As a chandelier (fan, worshiper, obsessor), I greatly appreciated the antler chandeliers hanging above the bar area. Again, the perfect amount of “cabin” meets the perfect amount of “chic”.
Antler Chandeliers, Bin189
Although it was pretty much pitch black outside at this point, we were seated at a corner window table overlooking the lake, and I appreciated the gesture. The tables were nicely dressed with white linen, the crowd was friendly (I even received a “congratulations” on my apparent baby bump from the table directly next to us) and family-oriented and the service was prompt. Mike ordered a New York Steak and mashed potatoes and I ordered the Filet Mignon with fingerling potatoes (what can we say, we’re steak and potato kind of people), and both were cooked to perfection. All in all a very good first impression of the resort, the restaurant and our promising weekend ahead.
Dinner at Bin189
The next morning we eagerly opened up our blinds to check out our room’s view (King, Lakeside) in the daylight and were pleasantly surprised with this beaut:
Room with a View, Lake Arrowhead Resort
Breakfast at Bin189 was included in our fabulous TravelZoo booking, so we headed down to the restaurant once again. This time we could see the beautiful lake view in clear daylight and opted to sit out on the big wood deck. Breakfast was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed my Herb Egg White Omelet and OJ (baby Helms loves her OJ!)
A DAY ON THE LAKE
Next up was a hike around the lake, where I truly fell in love with this little mountain town. In order to do this place justice, I’ll leave my attempt at describing the scenery at bay and let you see for your self through some photos:
Pines at Lake Arrowhead
Private Docks at Lake Arrowhead
Hiking around the Lake
Beach at Lake Arrowhead
Mike and I immediately concluded that we needed to (a.) buy a lakeside cabin here and (b.) buy a ski boat to enjoy the lake (which is reserved for residents’ boating pleasure only). The money saving begins!
After the hike we soaked in the mountain sun at the pool…
Pool, Lake Arrowhead Resort
Poolside, Lake Arrowhead Resort
…and the resort’s private beach…
Private Beach, Lake Arrowhead Resort
SPA OF THE PINES
Have I mentioned that I love TravelZoo? A $50 spa voucher was also included in our package, so I decided to book a Mother-to-be Massage (pregos deserve massages too!) and an Express Facial at the resort’s spa – Spa of the Pines.
The Spa of the Pines
The spa was first-class and exuded relaxation from the moment you stepped into the locker room, complete with sauna, steam and jacuzzis. Although I couldn’t partake in these “hot” extra curricular activities, I made a mental note for my next visit.
Pamela, my masseuse, was wonderful and very knowledgable about maternal massage, explaining that it was not only beneficial for mothers-to-be, but also for the babies because it distributes good nutrients throughout the body to your little one.
The Express Facial was also very good and informative as, Holly, the esthetician, explained each product (natural only for this mama!) in detail before she applied it to my face.
I left feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated (my three favorite “R” words).
After a very busy day, Mike and I caught the beautiful sunset as it slipped behind the pines…
Sunset on the Lake
Sunset on the Lake
…and then decided to order a pizza delivered to our room and eat it out on our balcony overlooking the lake (pizza + lake views = pregnancy bliss!)
Pizza and Lake Views
Continuing our streak of indulgence on this babymoon, we ordered room service for dessert: Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and a Trio of Sorbet. Please and thank you!
Hello, room service? We’d like some dessert…
EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING
Our final morning was spent walking around Lake Arrowhead’s Lakeside Village and eating breakfast at the locally renowned Belgian Waffle Works. I ordered the small breakfast with scrambled eggs, a fruit cup (trying to be healthy) and a belgian waffle with maple syrup (woopsies – when in Rome!)
Happiness at Belgian Waffle Works
It was hard to leave this charming mountain village that served as the perfect Babymoon destination, but Mike and I both agreed that we’d be back very soon! Maybe even before Baby Helms arrives (who says you can only have one Babymoon?)
Farewell, Lake Arrowhead