Escape Los Angeles: 24 Hours in Lake Arrowhead

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Trevor Morrow is a travel writer and blogger based in Los Angeles, California. With a specialty in adventure and luxury travel, Trevor’s travel insights are regularly published across the web and on his travel blog, Trevor Morrow Travel. When he’s not globetrotting, Trevor can be found exploring Southern California.

Last week I was craving a change of scenery. Specifically, someplace quieter and colder where it might actually feel like fall — a season that evades Los Angeles.

For inspiration, I pulled up Google Maps and clicked around Southern California, looking for places within driving distance that would satisfy my criteria. Within a few minutes, I’d zoomed in on San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County’s neighbor to the east. Home to the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree and pine tree-laden mountain forests, it’s full of adventure and far-away-feeling places that aren’t actually too far.

I decided the county’s rugged San Bernardino Mountains, specifically the area surrounding Lake Arrowhead, would be the perfect choice.

But a perfect mountain escape first and foremost requires a perfect cabin to stay in. Luckily, I’d heard of a place called Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins, a collection of storybook-worthy cabins nestled at 5,800 feet elevation in the tiny town of Twin Peaks (just 10 minutes up the mountain from Lake Arrowhead). So, I booked cabin #9 (a.k.a. The Eagle’s Nest) and informed my girlfriend that we’d be going on an adventure!

Trevor Morrow - Arrowhead Pine Rose CabinsOur cabin at Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins

Since we’d be gone for just 24 hours, I packed light, bringing only one pair of shoes — my Rockport Boat Builders D-Ring Plaintoe Boots. Comfortable, sturdy and stylish, these boots can go from light hikes in the woods, to providing sure footing while carrying firewood, to walking around town, to a mountain dinner. On top of all that, I just felt good wearing them.

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When we arrived in the early evening, after a two-hour drive from LA, the temperature had dropped to a refreshing 45 degrees, and the air was sweet with the smell of smoke from nearby chimneys. A more ideal welcome to the mountains couldn’t have been possible.

That night, I picked up a bundle of wood from Pine Rose’s lobby and built a fire in our fireplace. Nothing could beat the cozy ambiance of our cabin, so we stayed in and whipped up some soup and grilled cheese in our compact full kitchen.

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The next morning, we woke up late (thanks to the comfortable king bed we didn’t want to leave) and hungry.

When it comes to places to grab breakfast in these parts, there aren’t many options — but there doesn’t need to be when there’s Hungry Bear Deli.

Hungry Bear Deli

A ten-minute drive along roller coaster roads from our cabin, Hungry Bear Deli in the mini-town of Skyforest is the place to grab a breakfast sandwich. Follow my lead and order the bacon, egg and cheese on a toasted everything bagel, along with a Volcano, a cappuccino so sweet and creamy it’s almost like a hot milkshake.

Back outside, the late morning air smelled of pine trees and changing leaves, and it looked and felt like fall. I breathed it all in and smiled, happy to have found exactly what I was looking for.

Rockport Boat Builders D-Ring Boot
From Skyforest we drove 10 minutes down a winding road to Lake Arrowhead Village, a bustling Bavarian-styled collection of shops and restaurants set along the lake. It’s worth a visit, but if you arrive full (if hungry try Belgian Waffle Works or The Lakefront Tap Room), aren’t in the mood to shop or don’t have kids (there’s a playground and an old merry-go-round) you won’t need to visit for longer than an hour.

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Post stroll, we drove back up the mountain to Skyforest to peruse the two antique shops, At The Cabin (located next door to Hungry Bear) and Bella’s Antiques (located across the street from Hungry Bear). Surprisingly, both were packed with incredible, one-of-a-kind finds. And although we wanted to spend hundreds of dollars, we showed restraint, leaving with only a framed Outdoorsman magazine cover from 1946, bought for me by my girlfriend as a thank you for the getaway.

By now we were hungry again, so we walked across the street to Lou Eddie’s, a pizza place and microbrewery recommended by every local I spoke with. The ambiance was warm and inviting, the staff was incredibly friendly and most importantly, the pizza was delicious (and not delicious for a little restaurant up in the mountains, delicious for anywhere). As an added bonus, our bus boy said he really liked my boots and asked me who made them!

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Nearing the end of our trip, we made one final stop — the Strawberry Peak fire lookout. Manned by United States Forest Service volunteers, the fire lookout tower is used to spot forest fires in the surrounding mountains and the volunteers are more than happy to welcome visitors inside and tell them all about their job, the history of the tower and the sights seen from it. Personally, I know few better ways to end a trip than by taking in a breathtaking view.

Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout

After an on-the-go day, we swung by our cabin to gather our belongings and hit the road back to Los Angeles.

As we descended thousands of feet, from high up the mountain to back down into the hustle, bustle and palm trees that Southern California is known for, we knew it wouldn’t be long before we’d be heading back up that mountain, ready to do it all over again.

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A Day in the Life: Flat Out from Dusk to Dawn

Bridget Hunt is a mom and lifestyle blogger from the North Shore of Boston, MA where she loves life for most of the year. She’s got six kids (it’s a crazy story!), and when they’re not keeping her busy, you can find her snapping pictures, taking walks to local coffee shops or the library, or scanning the pages of Airbnb dreaming up the next family vacation.

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The days are long but the years are short. It’s the anthem of mothers everywhere, isn’t it? Those long days that start at dawn, fueled by caffeine to meet the requests of your little ones, followed by rifling through recipe books for a dinner plan, interrupted by a dirty diaper or two, all humming along to the tune of Daniel Tiger. On and on and on it goes, like groundhog day, and then suddenly your baby is off to high school.

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Are you crying yet? No? Just me? All of that aside, it takes a lot of energy and more than a cup of coffee in the morning. It takes a village! And… a comfortable pair of shoes. (You knew where I was going with this, didn’t you?) I love shoes that check the form and function boxes. These flats have serious cushioning material–almost what you’d find in a sneaker–making them totally suitable for running wherever your day takes you (running after energetic kids if you’re like me).

Add your favorite boyfriend jeans (I rotate between this pair and my black skinny jeans–over and over again!) and the perfect chambray shirt. Break up that denim on denim with some florals or a cozy cardigan and scarf, and call it a day.

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These Total Motion Adelyn Ballet Flats are comfortable enough for Cider Hill, our favorite New England farm (think apple cider donuts dusted with cinnamon and sugar and all the pick-your-own apples you could ever want!), and cute enough for date night at your favorite restaurant. They’re comfortable enough to head to Boston to stroll down Charles Street and grab yourself a little something at Follain, known for its healthy beauty products. They’re also cute enough for girls night at Neptune Oyster, one of Boston’s famed North End restaurants.

My day in them? School drop off, a farm visit for some of our favorite milk and a visit to the goats, returning books to the library and taking more out (dinosaurs! Paw Patrol! And the story of how all the Marvel superheroes got their start! #Lifewithboys), lunch, playground, school pickup, groceries, and home for dinner. Phew. On to the next day in this year that’s flying by.

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Best Walking Shoes for Vacation

When you picture yourself on vacation, you might imagine kicking back on beach chair, drink in hand, and soaking up the sun without a care in the world. As relaxing as that sounds, many vacations also include plenty of adventure and exploration, which often includes walking, and lots of it.

When packing up your vacation essentials, you’ve probably got a trusty pair of flip flops or sandals packed up and ready to go. It’s also important to pack at least one durable, high-quality, comfortable pair of walking shoes to keep you going during a long day of sightseeing and adventure.

Below we’ve assembled a list of some of our best-selling, highest-rated, and most comfortable walking shoes to get you from point A to point B (and C, and D, and so on) without a hitch.

Men’s Colle Tie Sneaker

Available in six different colors and styles, our Men’s Colle Tie sneaker is prepared to take you wherever you want to go. Whether you’re athletically inclined and always on the move, or simply looking for a sturdy, long-lasting walking shoe, the Colle Tie is a smart, reliable option.

These shoes’ casual style is perfect for the boardwalk and discovering local gems, but can also be dressed up for semiformal occasions, perfect for a day of walking as well as sunset happy hour at your hotel. The adjustable lace closures are designed to give you control over your fit, and OrthoLite® footbeds and truTECH® shock absorption provide cushioning and protection with every step.

Men’s City Edge Slip-On

If you’re looking for something that’s slightly formal yet still comfortable enough to support you during long, activity-filled days, the Men’s City Edge Slip-On is one of the most comfortable walking shoes around. Available in both brown and breen nubuck styles, these shoes are casual enough for checking off local points of interest yet sophisticated enough for a fancy beachside cocktail party.

Advanced truTECH® technology embedded into the latex footbed provides top-notch cushioning to keep you comfortable all day long, while premium textile lining offers the breathability necessary for hot summer days.

Men’s Darwyn Fisherman Slingback Sandal

If you’re inclined to wear sandals on vacation, the Darwyn Fisherman Slingback Sandal is a perfect option to keep you up and going during your much needed and much deserved time away.

Constructed from high-quality brown leather, this durable, breathable sandal has a wide base and latex footbed to provide you with the best in comfort, cushioning, and stability. Moisture-wicking technology keeps your feet dry during your activities under the sun.

Perfect for a stroll along the beach or trekking to local hotspots, this slingback sandal has everything you need to ensure your vacation is full of both relaxation and exploration.

Men’s Let’s Walk Bungee Sneaker

If your trip includes walking long distances, our Men’s Let’s Walk Bungee Sneaker is the perfect combination of athletic shoe and casual footwear. Available in white leather, black leather, and blue nubuck, these bungee sneakers can be paired with almost everything you’ve packed for your trip away.

This comfortable men’s walking shoe is also available in medium and wide widths and comes with an adjustable bungee closure to ensure a proper and personalized fit. Superior cushioning and shock absorption give you extra pep in your step as you navigate your way through paradise, and a strong rubber outsole goes the extra mile by ensuring long-wear durability and a long shelf life so you can pack a pair summer after summer.

This style is also available in a mesh variety.

Men’s Get Your Kicks Mudguard Blucher

Whether you’re making several pit stops along Route 66 or making long treks through the forest, the Get Your Kicks Mudguard Blucher has what you need to support your sense of adventure. This comfortable walking shoe is available in navy, black, castle rock, dark brown, and tan styles and has a cozy, glove-like fit.

A moisture-wicking mesh lining goes the extra mile to increase breathability and lightweight yet solid construction provides the best in both forefoot flexibility and support. In addition, our deluxe memory foam cushioning contours and conforms to shape of your foot to ensure an even better fit.

The Mudguard Blucher is made with easy to clean materials to extend its shelf life, and is ready to take you on any adventure, all year long.

Men’s Let’s Walk Cupsole Lace-to-Toe Sneaker

Function meets fashion in an extremely attractive package with the Men’s Let’s Walk Cupsole Lace-to-Toe Sneaker. This fun, stylish sneaker comes in black, blue, or tan and features Integrated Motion Technology to provide you with the best in shock absorption and energy rebound and is available in different widths that guarantee a more personalized fit.

Whether you’re simply lounging around or heading into town, this comfortable men’s walking shoe takes athleisure to an entirely new level with its premium leather construction, providing lightweight durability – and its plush cushioning to keep you going on busy, activity-filled days.

Wherever You’re Headed, We’ve Got You Covered

Whether you’re heading to a beachside resort, a camping retreat in the woods, or navigating hidden trails, Rockport is proud to provide you with plenty of options to help you make the most out of your well-deserved vacation.

From sneakers such as the Men’s truFLEX Hybrid Tie Leather Shoe to styles bordering the line between athletic and formal, like the Men’s DresSports 2 Fast Sport Oxford, you’re sure to find what you need in the styles you want.

With nearly 50 styles to choose from, finding the perfect pair of men’s comfortable walking shoes is easier than ever (but with our impressive collection, we won’t blame you if you have trouble choosing).

Your next adventure is waiting! Where are you off to next?