Orange County Register writer Ellen Bell wrote a story this season citing the fact that, in Southern California, “fall doesn’t arrive in a flurry of autumn leaves and chilly temperatures. The seasonal shift is more subtle. It comes in little things, like street-corner pumpkin patches and empty parking spaces at the beach. In the land of perpetual sunshine, you could miss the season altogether if you don’t pay attention. Around here, if you want to find fall, you have to look for it.”
If it is fall you’re looking for, then you needn’t go far. Just make your way up the hill via Highway 18 or the 330 and head to Lake Arrowhead Village. Park in one of the free, easily accessible parking lots and head on over to Belgian Waffle Works, where you’ll be able to dine dockside and enjoy an unobstructed view of the glossy, reflective lake. After you enjoy a delicious homemade bowl of hot soup, a gourmet sandwich or one of our delectable specialty waffles, you can stroll around the Village and take it all in.
Admittedly, Lake Arrowhead is not the East Coast. But our fall foliage is breathtakingly beautiful, nonetheless. Every autumn, nature puts on a brilliant show of color here that features bright yellows to vibrant reds. The leaves literally transform, showing their rich and vibrant hues. The folks at The Foliage Network tell us that “from the Northeast United States, to the Southeast and Midwest United States, the foliage season begins in early September in the northern regions and ends in southern locations in November. Every year, travelers flock to these areas to take in the fall foliage, to catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor.
If you take a trip to Lake Arrowhead this fall, you won’t be disappointed. Every autumn we revel in the beauty of fall colors that blanket walkways and crunch underfoot. Scientifically speaking, the mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter.
According to the Weather Channel, during the spring and summer, the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch. If you’re not a scientist, you might not care about the reasons for the changing leaves. But if you appreciate beauty, you shouldn’t skip autumn in Lake Arrowhead.
Once you’ve walked around the Village for a bit, head on back to Belgian Waffle Works for a hot toddy or a cup of delicious hot chocolate. We’ve also got lots of tasty desserts to choose from. So head up this weekend and enjoy the bounty provided by nature and Belgian Waffle Works.
Belgian Waffle Works is a full-service family restaurant featuring 17 original specialty Belgian-style waffles, homemade soups, fresh market salads, gourmet sandwiches, juicy burgers, homemade breads, Espresso, Cappuccino, premium desserts, wine, beer, specialty drinks and more. Belgian Waffle Works’ waffles are made from an exclusive mix, which is available for sale onsite and online. Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll be glad you did!