OOMPAH-ING, THEN ZZZ-ING: The fact is, if you live in Los Angeles, San Diego, Temecula, and definitely Riverside, you can do Lake Arrowhead in a day. There and back. It's a bit of a drive, but if you like driving, and a long day out, fine, and a lot of SoCalers have the stamina. But with the 2010 Oktoberfest in the Alpine village now open, staying over is also a good bet. But who would be offering any deals or specials during this oh-so-popular time of year in the mountains?
HERE'S WHO: Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa has a "Great Rate" special on that will include a few days in October; a $50 resort credit is involved. Love a good resort credit. Also, they're doing a Brewfest Package on Saturday, Oct. 16. Get details now.
ROSE GABLES SPECIAL: We also like the "Stay & Play" deal at this Arrowhead bed-and-breakfastery. It's $310, dinner and massages are involved, but here's the rose in that buttonhole -- a boat trip out onto Lake Arrowhead itself.