Want to Oktoberfest in the Inland Empire? Here’s where to do it

This weekend — today in particular — seems to be the big weekend for German-style beer drinkin’ and eatin’.

There are events happening from Palm Springs to Pomona.

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Lake Arrowhead Brewfest returns Saturday

Lake Arrowhead BrewfestWhat better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than hanging out in the local mountains and sampling some delicious craft beer?

You can do that very thing this Saturday (August 10) as the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, Blue Jay Business Association and the Mountain Brew Club will be hosting the fourth Lake Arrowhead Brewfest in the parking lot of of the Blue Jay Jensen’s, 27264 Highway 189.

The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m.

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Deals offered for Mt. Baldy’s unique Top of the Notch

Whether you’re a breakfast person or a lunch person, you can take advantage of discounts currently available for Mt. Baldy’s Top of the Notch restaurant.

On a clear day, diners can see Catalina Island from the 7,800 foot elevation restaurant’s patio (although we haven’t been that lucky). A short, easy hike away is a breathtaking view of the High Desert.

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Wrightwood Chili Cook-off happening tomorrow

The Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Chili Cook-off and Salsa Competition will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (October 6) at the Wrightwood Community Center and Park, 1275 State Route 2.

This year, organizers are hosting a jalapeo eating contest and a town scavenger hunt in addition to the traditional chili and salsa contests.

Salsa tasting is $3 per person and begins at 11 a.m. Salsa is judged in four categories: Hot, mild, pico de gallo and fruit.

Chili tasting is $5 per person and begins at noon. Chili categories are: Red, green and anything goes.

Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

The event will also feature vendor booths, a beer garden, a 50/50 cash drawing, face painting and music by DJ Kev Dog.

The cook-off is held in conjunction with West Coast Willys’ ninth annual Wrightwood Willys and Jeep Day that features close to 100 original and restored vehicles from as early as 1936.

For additional information, click here.

Big Bear Fall Wine Walk happening tomorrow

The Fall Wine Walk, sponsored by the Big Bear Lake Village Business Association, will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (September 15) in the Village of Big Bear Lake.

Participants can stroll through village shops while sampling fine wines and enjoying light hors d’uvre.

It appears that $30 advance tickets are still available here. Tickets will be $35 at the door, if available.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Doves of Big Bear Valley and Mountain Strings of Big Bear.

The event will be followed by a raffle prize drawing for event attendees.

Guest check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Christmas tree lot on the corner of Pine Knot Avenue and Village Drive.

For more information, click here.

Big Bear Fall Wine Walk planned

Big Bear Lake Village Business Association Hosts Spring Wine Walk
WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD An Afternoon of Shopping, Walking and Wine
Tasting

The Village Business Association (VBA) of Big Bear Lake hosts its annual Fall Wine
Walk on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the downtown Big
Bear Lake Village shopping district. The merchant organized event will showcase fine
wines from around the world and the Village’s unique businesses, with a portion of the
proceeds to be donated to Doves of Big Bear Valley and Mountain Strings of Big Bear.

A Wine Walk is a creative social event that combines shopping and wine tasting as
attendees walk from merchant to merchant. The VBA Wine Walk is a growing social and
economically stimulating event, which showcases the Village as a shopping destination to
visitors and locals alike.

“The Wine Walk has grown into a fabulous event that we designed to feature merchants
here in the Village, but to also benefit all businesses and organizations in the valley.”
said Cheri Wilson, chair of the VBA Wine Walk and owner of Home Warehouse Design
Center, a participating store in the event. “The fall wine walk, featuring wines from
around the world, is a great opportunity to taste wines you might not have the chance to
taste.” The VBA is anticipating a sell out event of 700 people to enjoy an afternoon of
great wines, wonderful hors d’oeuvres, music and the mountain air and lake views.

The Wine Walk has become a popular event for the VBA and the merchants. With every
event, the list of participating merchants has grown and the event has drawn attendees
from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada. Surpassing all seasonal and other events, the
Wine Walk has become the most successful event produced and hosted by the VBA in
terms of funds raised and donations.
Tickets for the VBA Wine Walk cost $30 if bought in advance and $35 the day of,
if any are available. Tickets can be purchased on line @ bigbearlakevillage.com and in
the Village at Home Warehouse Design Center, Hunter Hall’s, La Dolce Vita, The Shirt
Shanty, The Copper Q, and The UPS Store. The Wine Walk will begin at 3:30 and end
at 7:00 p.m., shortly followed by a raffle prize drawing for event attendees. Guest check-
in will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Christmas tree lot on the corner of Pine Knot Avenue and
Village Drive.

All-you-can-eat breakfast with a view from 7,800 feet only $17

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A current Travel Zoo offering is an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Mt. Baldy’s Top of the Notch restaurant for $17.

The price includes a round-trip chair lift to the 7,800-foot level where the restaurant is.

Normally, the breakfast alone is $17.95, and the round-trip chair lift is another $20.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on weekends, and the vouchers can be redeemed through October 28.

This past weekend, we took advantage of a similar lunch deal and had a great time…more on that later.

For more information, or to get in on this deal, which you have until Thursday (September 13) evening to take advantage of, click here.

Lake Arrowhead Brewfest returns next Saturday

Tickets are available now for the third annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest.

The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 11, in the parking lot of Jensen’s, 27264 Highway 189, Blue Jay.

Beer lovers will be able to partake in unlimited samples of brews from several Southern California breweries and brew clubs, including the Mountain Brew Club, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Inland Empire Brewing Company, Big Bear Mountain Brewery, Dale Bros. Brewery, High Desert Home Brewers Anonymous and Beer, Beer and More Beer.

Tickets, which include admission, beer tastings, and entertainment, are $25 (plus $2.37 service fee) in advance, and will be $30 at the door. In addition, a designated driver ticket is available for $10 (plus $1.54 service fee).

The first 500 ticket purchasers will also receive a souvenir glass.

The Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Brew Club are co-hosting this event, which will feature food from Jensen’s.

Proceeds from the food sales will benefit the Blue Jay Business Association.

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation will be providing live music.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

$29 Mount Baldy lunch deal returns

In a repeat of a deal offered back in May, one of the current Google Offers for Los Angeles is “$29 for $60 toward a ‘Lookout Lunch for Two’ on Mt. Baldy.”

What do you get for your $29?

Two round-trip chair lift tickets to the 7,800-foot-elevation Top of the Notch restaurant (up to $40 value) and $20 to spend on food and drinks while you’re there.

Lunch entres are $13.95 and under, so it may cost you a couple of bucks more for your food and drinks, but it’s still a decent price for one of the more unique dining experiences here in the Inland Empire, I think.

You’ve got until next Thursday (August 2) to purchase, but can redeem any time during daytime operating hours (from 11 a.m. Fridays and from 7 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays) through October 1.

Click here for more information or to purchase.

Lobster and more in Blue Jay this weekend

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Jensen’s Finest Foods is once again flying in live Maine lobster to the San Bernardino Mountains as its Blue Jay location celebrates Lobster Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday (July 27), Saturday (July 28) and Sunday (July 29).

In addition to lobster, diners can also choose Bluepoint oysters, a grilled Portobello mushroom, or Angus steak. Garden salad, wine, beer, water, soda and fresh-baked blueberry peach cobbler will also be available.

Prices range from $8.99 for half a dozen oysters to $39.99 for a pair of 1-pound lobsters.

Dinners come with coleslaw, rice and a dinner roll.

Also, on Saturday, there will be a Wine Walk from 1 to 5 p.m.

Plus, there are free concerts at nearby Lake Arrowhead Village beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Friday’s concert features the Fenians, an Irish/Rock group, and on Saturday, Martha Davis and the Motels will play.

The event will end Sunday when supplies run out.

The Blue Jay Jensen’s is at 27264 Highway 189.

For more information, click here.