SUMMER AT STONE HILL COTTAGE

Remember being a child when summers seemed endless and carefree? I vividly recall the euphoric feeling when that final school bell rang, signaling that school was out for summer.  It was the signal that meant my days would be spent across the street with my best friend Donna, who had the neighborhood swimming pool where we would while away the afternoons perfecting our diving techniques and playing marco polo. Donna’s mom always had a delicious homemade white coconut cake with fluffy white icing sitting under a glass domed cake stand on the kitchen counter. I knew that eventually we would make our way inside for a big slice of that deliciousness.

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My other BFF Lorie had a house in Palm Springs. Homes in her desert neighborhood were situated in a big circle with a lawn interior and a communal swimming pool for a centerpiece. Despite temperatures that hovered around 105º in summer, Lorie and I would spend every waking moment perfecting our tans in between dips in the swimming pool. Every afternoon the adults in the neighborhood would convene poolside for the daily ritual of a potluck happy hour which included virgin frozen concoctions for the kids. Made with limeade and whatever else we felt like throwing in, coconut syrup, pineapple, strawberries, watermelon, anything to approximate the more adult versions being consumed nearby by those over 21.

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Then there was my friend Marsha, whose parents had a charming old lakefront cabin here in Lake Arrowhead. Beautiful memories of winters spent sledding and endless snowball fights are etched in my mind for eternity.

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But it was the summers on the lake, where the air smelled of pine needles and every evening included roasted marshmallows by the fire that I loved most about summer.

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I can still remember how the splash of icy fresh lake water felt on my youthful skin after Marsha and I had sunned ourselves in the ever present battle to see who could achieve the deepest tan.  It is these memories that inspired me to make my home here in this mountain paradise of southern California. I’ve been able to recapture that carefree style of living that only a lifestyle free from the hustle and bustle of the big city affords.

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You too can recapture those carefree sensations of childhood by spending a few days of your summer at Stone Hill Cottage, the beautiful old log cabin I own in nearby Big Bear Lake.

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My charming vacation rental is where you can have an authentic, carefree vacation without roughing it, and prove that it is still possible to have the summer of your youth that will likely be even better than you remember it.

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Stone Hill Cottage’s rustic-chic decor…

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coupled with sophisticated twists…

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and modern comforts…

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offers you the ability to enjoy a classic summertime getaway at affordable summertime rates.

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Kids Love Bunking Down in the 3, Four Poster Beds All in a Row

Summer by the lake awaits you just 2 hours from Los Angeles.

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When you’re not enjoying all of the creature comforts and simple pleasures of the cottage…

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you can celebrate the great outdoors, doing as much or as little as you like.

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Kayak or canoe on the tranquil water of Big Bear Lake, or just sit on the dock and dangle your toes in the water at nearby Captain Jack’s Landing.

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Ride your bike on the lakeshore pathway, climb a tree, go fishing…

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waterskiing, wakeboarding or jet skiing.

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Rent a boat or launch your own, then explore the beauty of Big Bear from the water.

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Or cruise the lake on the Pirate Ship or Big Bear Queen.

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Take a swim or if you’re brave enough, dive off the rocks into the crystal clear waters.

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And if that’s not enough activity for one weekend there is always tennis or basketball to be played at nearby Miller Park, just 2 blocks from Stone Hill Cottage.

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The numerous mountain trails just beg to be hiked, with the National Forest just behind our property.  Then watch the sunset over the lake…

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observe bald eagles soaring by day and stargaze at night, but boredom is not an option.

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Nestled in the old pine trees with birds chirping and squirrels scampering on the giant boulders, my stylish vacation rental, Stone Hill Cottage, may just become the place your family comes to year after year, making family traditions and memories that will last a lifetime. Click here for rental information. And, to get $10.00 off your VRBO rental sign up here for Ebates.

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So there you have it: SUMMER AT STONE HILL COTTAGE

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Comments

  • What a lovely cottage. I’m sure there have been some lovely memories made there.
    Happy summer!
    Karen

  • I have always admired your cabin! It looks like so much love was poured into every detail of its design. It is the perfect kind of place for a city mouse like me to escape without “roughing it”. I do hope to visit some day…it would be a perfect place for me to slow down.

  • Juliet Russell

    Stone Hill Cottage is so beautifully done! Oh how I’d love to return to the carefree days of my youthful summers. I’ve never visited Lake Arrowhead, but it’s not in the cards this year . . . maybe next! Will you have that gorgeous coconut cake sitting under the dome when we arrive?! 🙂

  • You come visit next year and I promise you, a beautiful coconut cake will await your arrival!

  • Stone Hill Cottage is such a feel good place. You will feel the weight of the world roll of your shoulders as soon as you reach our mountain retreat. Do come someday soon.

  • Happy summer to you too! And yes, Stone Hill Cottage is a memory-making place for sure.

  • Donna Quinlan

    Thank you for mentioning me Celia! Didn’t we have some wonderful childhood memories? I also remember joining in on trips with your family to the mountains where we hiked around and made a little swimming hole to cool off in, and to many beach trips as well as shopping on Main Street in Alhambra.
    I love your Stone Hill Cottage! I am amazed at all of the
    amazing things you do with perfection! ❤️