The Giant Oaks Lodge in neighboring Running Springs offers private mountain rooms and cozy cabins with king or queen beds, in room spas, stone fireplaces, cable TV with HBO, phones, microwave ovens, and refrigerators. During the Memorial Day weekend, a small cabinette for two ran us a reasonable $89/night. Our room was extremely clean and cozy, but not cramped. The staff (along with the resident six cats) could not be friendlier and more accommodating. Running Springs is only a few miles down the road from Lake Arrowhead and nearby Skyforest. Tips on dining: breakfast at the Country Coffee Shop (Running Springs), and dinner at the Cedar Inn.not signed
Dear Gary and Susa,
You're lodge is beautiful, Clean and Comfortable. You're generosity and assistance for our Strike Team is greatly apprreciated. Lodge 107 was so nice, the beds were perfect and the shower was warm and clean.
We will always remember your Hospitality and Generosity.
Mark Momberg - Captain
John Tate - Engine
John R Hurt - Firefighter
Some people are the type to find something wrong with everything, you know? My fiance and I have stayed at the Giant Oaks Lodge for long 4th of July weekend two years running now and we plan on coming back every year!!
First off, for a Mom and Pop owned and operated place, their website runningsprings.com/lodging is very helpful, showing several photos of each room or cabin. We tried a different room each time and our favorite is by far #108 . They are also very friendly people and will give you info on local happenings, just ask. Running Springs is about 2 city blocks long (to be generous), but the residents think it's a lot bigger, which is endearing. Know in advance not to expect to find a great deal to do up there aside from visit Big Bear or Arrowhead, walk the shops, go to meals, picnic, nature walks, relax, swim, etcetera. It's very laid back compared to urban life below. When at Arrowhead, you have to eat at the Thai place near the water. We tried several restaurants during our stay and the Thai place beat them all, hands down. Their Mai Tai's are awesome as well as all of their dishes are fresh and delish! Go for an early dinner on weekends- around 6 is best. It gets crowded later on and service becomes slow. Near the lodge is a cafe for breakfast, just know the eggs and breakfast meats run a bit greasy. Their Belgian waffle with fruit and whipped cream was yummy!
The rooms at Giant Oaks are exceptionally clean and nicely decorated compared to your 3 & 4 Star corporate hotels. The fireplace (for those without a clue) is controlled by the thermostat on the wall. There was lots of recessed lighting (even with dimmers) and a ceiling fan. We stayed in July and you don't need A/C up there. There was a mini-fridge in the room, microwave, and coffee maker. They leave you danishes for breakfast (or snacks), regular and decaf coffee, and even hot chocolate mix.
The private balcony gives you a nice place to enjoy a cup of morning coffee or some evening wine. We found the place quiet even though the main road to Big Bear is not far from your room and we even slept with the patio door open for a nice breeze. We heard no rowdy bikers either. Staff did not bother us and although we spent most of our stay hanging out in the room and swimming in the Indoor Pool and Spa, housekeeping serviced our room several times without us even knowing! We didn't even see any other guests although the place had no vacancy. It's a perfect, quaint, mountain retreat and if you compare pricing to comparable stuff at either of the lakes, you'll see what a bargain it is.
The bathroom has a shower built for two although the water pressure isn't so great when you run both showerheads, but it's still a lot of fun to do. We loved the big, two-person jet tub in the room, just 10 feet from the bed, and within view of the fireplace. Don't forget to bring some bubble bath and some bubbly! We used the tub each night and morning. No wonder why no one was at the spa- you have a private one in your room! This is the kind of place for ROMANTIC couples to visit, not families with kids or friends. If you have someone special you'd like to share a romantic getaway with, this is the place to get away from the norm and back to each other. I can't wait to go back and think we'll even go this winter to experience it in the snow. This place is definitely one of those gems to stay at; it's a great atmosphere at an unbeatable price!
C Minigo Simi Valley
We booked the "Pine Rose" Cabin , great place for romance. Quiet and nice jacuzzi tub with fireplace. Everyone was very nice, in room coffee, microwave, refrigerator. The microwave even had some packaged danishes in it for the morning. VERY CLEAN.
Now and Then Catalina Island
WONDERFUL PLACE TO GO!: I HAVE GIVEN THIS AS A GIFT (WEEKEND) TO MY TWO KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS...AND IT IS THEIR FAVORITE GIFT! THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE CABIN - EVERYONE IS FRIENDLY - SERVICE IN INCREDIBLE! I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE!!!
This was very affordable everything at hand, a home away from home. All you need to bring is yourself, everything was available in small size, but available. My daughters an niece loved it! My husband and I thought the price was reasonable for a family of six, we can actually afford a get away weekend. The snow was great
"Great price, friendly, clean lodging"