Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
A favorite photo-op spot coveted by locals (and Instagrammers), Heart Rock is a geological anomaly that lies at the end of the half-mile Seeley Creek trail in Crestline, less than 10 miles from the resort. The perfectly heart-shaped pool was carved out of the rock by the Seeley Creek waterfall centuries ago. Now, the fall cascades into a different pool, creating the perfect backdrop for your heart rock photo.
Don’t expect a typical zoo experience at this wildlife sanctuary located in nearby Cedar Glen. In fact, in order to visit, you must make a reservation first. That’s because the sanctuary’s main priority isn’t it’s visitors but the animals themselves – all of which are indigenous to the San Bernardino area, many of whom were either orphaned or injured and wouldn’t have survived without the sanctuary’s intervention. You’ll see all types of fauna from bears and bald eagles to deer and coyote, including Stubby, the tail-less resident raccoon.
The Grill at Antler’s Inn
Sushi at a steakhouse? While this quaint lodge-like restaurant located in nearby Twin Peaks features plenty of classic cuts, from filet mignon to rib eye, what it is best known for is its small sushi bar, open on Wednesdays through Sundays. Try their dragon roll made with crab, cucumber, and strawberries.
Strawberry Fire Tower
To get an impressive view of the San Bernardino Valley without having to spend a full day hiking, head to this tower on the top of Strawberry Peak. Located off Highway 18, a two-mile paved road drops you right at the foot of the tower (an elevation of 6,135 feet). After just three stories of stairs up the 80-foot tower, you’ll be greeted with an amazing vantage of the Inland Empire and its cities, as well as the surrounding mountains of Mount Baldy and Cucamonga Peak.