San Bernardino is the center of a thriving metropolitan area where the San Bernardino Valley has been a destination since the early pioneer times, over one hundred fifty years ago. An intriguing medley of diverse options are choices for visitors who are there for exploration. Wineries, quaint villages, mountain resort areas and the solitude of the desert unfold for diverse interests.
The region encompasses the San Bernardino National Forest, and the mountain resorts and recreational areas around Gregory, Arrowhead, and Big Bear lakes.
San Bernardino has an “old west” history in this mountainous vastness when the gold rush hit the area in the 1860’s In 1926 it became an outpost for missionaries; and yet in more current times in the 1960’s, Route 66 was developed. The steady development of the areas and the draw to the San Bernardino Mountain range has brought continuous growth to the location.
The city is renowned for the gigantic, natural Arrowhead near the mountains. The Indians knew of the medicinal value of the Hot Springs and often gathered there to bathe. The Mormons referred to the mark as the "Ace of Spades".
The Arrow measure 1,360 feet long and 450 feet wide and the arrowhead is visible from as far away as 30 miles on a clear day. It was commonly believed at one time that the Indians had made the arrowhead to mark the location of the hot springs. However, geologists now say that it is a natural phenomenon, a natural uplifting of the soil. The face of the arrowhead consists of light quartz, supporting a growth of short white sage.
Today, the warm waters are available as professional body treatment services, salon treatments and California’s only red clay mud bath. Some of the offerings are available at the Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, Club Mud, Nature’s Day Spa. They offer relaxing subtropical settings with stately palms, flowing bougainvillea and dazzling waters.
The Radisson Hotel San Bernardino Convention Center is a business-oriented Hotel that is situated near City Hall, and is located 25 minutes from Ontario International Airport. The Best Western on Hospitality Lane also is a nearby fine choice.
The first McDonald’s Brothers Hamburger Stand was in San Bernardino, and the original McDonalds is now a museum. A sampling of the diverse restaurants throughout the area include delicious cuisines that can be enjoyed at: The Castaway Restaurant and the Cabazo Delhi Palace-cuisine of India and numerous other exceptional selections as well.
The Ontario Mills is the largest outlet mall in California with over 200 stores, including numerous attractions, theaters, fine dining, and more at the Mall. The Cabazon Outlet has 17 upscale Outlet stores.
In downtown San Bernardino, a charming haven is in the midst of the lively downtown area. Court Street Square is a welcoming place to have lunch and enjoy the surroundings.