A day trip to Lake Gregory Regional Park, or an overnight stay at one of the nearby lodging accommodations can get you and your children out of the house over spring break. The lake provides a nesting area and feeding ground for ducks that live there year-round, and it is stocked with trout and bass. Bait and fishing licenses are available at Ace Hardware and 7/11 on Lake Drive in Crestline, within walking distance of Lake Gregory. Visitors can enjoy hiking on the paths within the park or making a complete circuit on the jogging path the runs around the entire park, which also hosts a small dog park.
In the summer months, the beach is available for a small fee, about $5 per person, with swimming, water slides and other play areas. Paddle boats are available for rental.
Nearby shops on Lake Drive include Goodwin’s market, restaurants, book stores, antiques and collectibles shops, thrift stores, a Laundromat and the Crestline Post Office. While you’re there, be sure to check out the sale at McCabe’s & Company Booksellers, which is closing forever on March 31, 2014.
Pay a visit to the bowling alley, where you can enjoy pizza or Subway sandwiches, in addition to some fun rolling the balls at the pins or dropping quarters into the arcade games.
Crestline and Lake Gregory are at a much lower elevation than the ski resorts, so altitude is not as much of a problem. Crestline ranges from 4,300 to 4,800 feet, while the ski resorts range from 6,000 to 7,500 feet.
Highway 18, which has two lanes each way, is open and dry, with no chain requirements. It has not snowed in over a month, and the daytime temperatures are in the 60s.
Crestline and Lake Gregory offer all sorts of family-friendly activities. If you plan to stay overnight, reservations are a good idea. Available accommodations include:
The North Shore Inn
24202 Lake Drive, Crestline, CA 92325 email@example.com (909) 338-5230
Sleepy Hollow Cabins
24033 Lake Drive, Crestline, CA 92325 info@ theplacetorelax.com (909) 338-2718
23508 Lake Drive, Crestline, Ca 92325 909-338-4792
Vacation Home Rentals:
Lakeview Property Management
23715 Lake Drive, Crestline, CA 92325 (909) 338-1656
San Moritz Lodge, on the shore of Lake Gregory at 24640 San Moritz Drive, is a stately yet rustic building that can accommodate business meetings, programs, weddings and special events. The community often hosts events in the lodge.
The Lodge is equipped with a full-sized kitchen, a bar and dance floor area and two large event rooms. The Lakeview Room, seating 250 persons, offers a wood-beam 35’ high cathedral ceiling, expansive outdoor views and a flagstone fireplace. The Fireside Room also has a fireplace and holds up to 150 persons.
To learn more about reserving the San Moritz Lodge call (909) 486-0244.
Enjoy your visit to this restful summer resort.