Linda: Hey this is Linda and Charles with Fun Loving Couples, a committed community of couples that like to travel, eat well, work out, and have fun. And today we have the honor and privilege of having our great members for two years.
Charles: Two years, over two years.
Linda: Yeah, over two years. Bill and Kaelan Sutherland from Lake Arrowhead, California on with us today. And I will say we’ve known Bill and Kaelan for many, many years, and last year we had the privilege of coming to visit them in their beautiful home in Lake Arrowhead, but we’ll get into that in a little bit-
Charles: Which by the way, if you are watching and listening, there’s a link somewhere down here for our blog and our Uber driver or someone named … If you wanna laugh, go read that article; it was hilarious. Anyway, anyway.
Linda: Thank you so much for taking the time, I know you guys are busy, I know you run your own business and you have beautiful scenery behind you, so thank you for jumping on with us today.
Kaelan S. : You’re welcome.
Bill S. : Thank you.
Charles: So hey, we’re gonna dive right in. A couple of rapid fire questions before we get into some other meat and potatoes but … Look, let’s go at it. How long have you guys been together?
Bill S. : For 19 years, married 15.
Linda: Awesome, congratulations. And you have an anniversary coming up soon I think?
Bill S.: We do.
Kaelan S.: October 3rd.
Linda: Nice, and you’re going to go …
Kaelan S.: Oh my gosh. The Rhine River, on a cruise.
Bill S.: Europe.
Charles: Woop-woop, big cruise!
Linda: I know, we can’t wait to hear all about it. So-
Charles: Is it a river cruise?
Kaelan S.: Yes, Rhine River.
Bill S.: Yes. So excited.
Charles: We’re gonna need to have a follow-up because that’s something we’ve been thinking of doing so you guys will be our guinea pigs and you can tell everybody else how wonderful it was.
Kaelan S.: Awesome. Well it’s all thanks to another FLC’er, Heath Holly.
Linda: Yes. Yeah, he’s-
Charles: Oh, shout out and big ups to Heath Holly.
Kaelan S.: Yeah he did a great job for us. So we’re super excited. Never been, I’m really excited, so …
Charles: So cool. But, you guys do travel, right? I mean you get out and you’re not those sofa, whatever you call em, sofa potatoes or whatever, I don’t know.
Kaelan S.: Sofa Surfer. We like to do sofa surfing. We’re big binge-watchers but we definitely like to travel. We’re out and about all the time and our friends are always telling us how much we are always gone and doing stuff.
Charles: And that is the FLC lifestyle, my friends. Thank you very much. Okay, rapid fire question. What’s your favorite travel destination?
Bill S.: Oh boy, I would say …
Bill S.: Tahiti and Hawaii.
Charles: Nice, those aren’t bad. I mean you picked some-
Kaelan S.: Hawaii, our most common destination.
Linda: Yeah you guys go to Kauai all the time, don’t you? Or pretty often?
Kaelan S.: And Kona, yeah.
Charles: Okay next question. Favorite restaurant?
Kaelan S.: Mine is World Famous.
Charles: World Famous? Down in OB?
Kaelan S.: Yep, PB.
Charles: PB, somewhere. One of those B’s somewhere.
Kaelan S.: Yup.
Kaelan S.: You were supposed to be thinking about-
Bill S.: I know I was.
Charles: We’ll come back to you, Bill.
Bill S.: Oh man. I’d probably say that’s my favorite too.
Charles: Right on. So now kind of a trick question. I think I might know the answer to this, but probably not, but I’m just going to say that I think I do but what do you guys do for fun?
Kaelan S.: Pool.
Bill S.: Yeah, definitely. We play pool twice a week.
Charles: Oh you shoot pool. As long as we’ve know you I didn’t know this about you. You shoot pool?
Bill S.: Yep.
Charles: Its a good thing we find out now because they might’ve tried to take money from us.
Kaelan S.: We have trophies and everything.
Charles: Really? Holy moly.
Kaelan S.: Yeah. We’ve been shooting pool for about seven years.
Linda: Awesome. That’s a cool thing to do together.
Bill S.: Yeah. It gets us out at least twice a week, down the mountain. It gets us out of the house and it’s fun.
Kaelan S.: It’s nice. It is fun.
Charles: You’re really dealing with some sharks when they travel to go play pool. You probably have your own sticks.
Charles: You have your own sticks?
Kaelan S.: Oh yeah.
Charles: See that’s dangerous right there. Now we know. Never play against them for money.
Kaelan S.: I wouldn’t go that far, but its fun.
Linda: That’s cool.
Kaelan S.: And then we also like to take our RZR out. Out to the desert, out to the mountains. And I know that’s what you’re going for.
Charles: That’s where I was going. Exactly. That’s where I was going.
Linda: We didn’t get to ride the razor but next time we definitely will. And we just have to make sure we don’t have too much to drink the night before so we can ride the next day. I’m speaking for myself.
Kaelan S.: That’s for sure. It’s a lot of fun.
Bill S.: It is.
Charles: Alright so hey look. You guys live in Lake Arrowhead, California. How long have you been up there?
Bill S.: Something like three-
Kaelan S.: October it will be three years.
Bill S.: Three years.
Charles: Three years. Outstanding. So you almost get the best of all worlds because you’ve got elevation, you’ve got a beautiful scenery, you’ve got this great lake. You get warm summers and still snow winters so not that I’m jealous because I don’t like snow at all, but I’m envious of your position.
Charles: So now that you’ve been up here for three years and we’ve come up to see things- look folks its absolutely amazing. Bill and Kaelan are our quasi-ambassadors for FLC, that area. Tell us, why should people come up the mountain? Why should they come to Lake Arrowhead?
Kaelan S.: Its heaven. It’s literally heaven. So there’s the rim and a lot of times we’re above the clouds. You can go out on the rim and it’s overcast in the valley down in San Bernardino and that whole area down below in Riverside and even over to- And you can see all the way to the ocean up on the rim and you’re literally on top of the clouds. It’s amazing and you can see sometimes they’ll (clouds) be shooting up over the road. We’re in heaven.
Bill S.: I mean, look at this view here it’s just, 25 minutes just up the mountain and your right in the wilderness. It’s just beautiful.
Linda: And your view is beautiful. We’ve been there. We can attest to that.
Charles: All three levels.
Kaelan S.: All three levels, yeah. Thank you.
Charles: So if we come up what are we supposed to go and do? What are we supposed to see? Where do we go and hang out? Where do we go and find some fun?
Kaelan S.: So in the summer it is- they have the summer concert series which are tribute bands and local bands from all the place that they come up and they play every Friday and Saturday night from right before Memorial Day to right after Labor Day.
Kaelan S.: That’s our favorite thing that we love to do and then-
Bill S.: October fest in October. It’s all the way through from the end of September all the way through October. They offer the German bands and play the little-
Kaelan S.: Drinking games.
Bill S.: Drinking games.
Charles: Now you’re talking.
Linda: Your beer steins.
Kaelan S.: And your beer steins, that’s right. It’s awesome.
Bill S.: There’s SkyPark which is mountain biking and a lot of hiking up there-
Kaelan S.: SkyPark at Santa’s Village. They just reopened Santa’s village about, I guess this is their second year. They’re in their second year right now. And they’re finally finding success and it’s beautiful up there and they have concerts on Friday nights in the summer as well and it’s a fantastic place to go mountain biking and hiking.
Bill S.: And of course riding-
Kaelan S.: Jeeping, Razor riding, all kinds of stuff to do up here in the natural zones.
Linda: Yeah it sounds like because you’re in the middle of nature, in the middle of the forest, that there is a lot of stuff to do outside and I can just imagine the hiking and probably little streams and things like that.
Bill S.: Oh yeah.
Kaelan S.: Oh yeah. For sure. And then of course you can walk around the lake. The lake is private so you have to have a pass. But if you come and stay with us in our Airbnb, it includes the beach passes in order to be able to go to the beach and access the lake and all the walking paths that surround the lake.
Charles: So I’m going to talk about your Airbnb in just a second. But folks listen, if you’re like me, maybe you’re a little apprehensive when you hear cover band and that type of thing because you never know what you’re going to get. It could be just chaos right? But Linda and I had the privilege to go up and check out. Bill and Kaelan’s amazing place, which we’re going to talk about in a minute, but when we went to hear the music … I think it was a Dave Matthews cover band … I’m telling you that if I wasn’t looking at them I would have thought it was the band because they looked like them and they sounded identical and the cool things was it was laid back, there were a ton of folks but there was no drama, no nonsense, nothing that made us feel uncomfortable or concerned about safety.
Charles: So look, if you like good music and just hanging out and having a good, relaxed time, you gotta put Arrowhead Concert Series on your bucket list. And since you’re going up there you might talk to Bill and Kaelan about their Airbnb which they’re going to elaborate on right now of course.
Charles: So tell us, what is the deal?
Kaelan S.: When we bought the house, the whole bottom floor, the third level of the- it’s hard to say, the main entrance is the top and then it goes down the mountain from there. So the bottom floor is- The gentleman we bought the house from had already completely redone the entire thing into a personal suite. So you have the bedroom and an ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and an open shower, and the living room and a fully stocked kitchen and an entire personal deck. It’s a private entrance you don’t even have to bug us. We don’t have to bug you and you can find it on Airbnb.
Charles: Again, the link will be down here somewhere. So let’s see, you’re in heaven because we all know that “above the clouds” means that’s where heaven is at. Great lake that you have beach access rights to, which is amazing. Amazing music in a nice, relaxed, chill setting. What am I missing?
Linda: There’s restaurants too.
Bill S.: Oh yeah.
Kaelan S.: Lots of restaurants.
Linda: Lake Arrowhead Village? Is that what its called?
Kaelan S.: Yeah in the village. That’s also where they have the concerts, Lake arrowhead Village, and there are some fantastic restaurants there. My personal favorite is the Lakefront Tap House and The Kitchen, I think is what they call it. Its got an incredible view of the lake from anywhere you sit in the restaurant
Bill S.: And my favorite right across from that is called The Grill by Antlers, or Antlers moved into The Grill.
Kaelan S.: Right. Its called The Grill at Lake Arrowhead Village and it used to be called The Grill at Antlers Inn which is actually in Twin Peaks. So he moved his original restaurant into the village and their food is just phenomenal. There’s also The Grapevine which is incredible. Their food- that place just got bought by new owners and they’ve just done tremendous things with that place. So that’s a really lovely place and they have a little deck that overlooks the lake as well. And Papagayos is always fun to get incredible Margaritas and street tacos right before the concerts.
Charles: I think we had a couple of those, right?
Kaelan S.: Yes we did.
Bill S.: Yes we did.
Charles: So again folks. You’ve got you’re top of the mountain great backdrop, a beautiful lake, two of the best hosts that we know, Bill and Kaelan … With a private third floor all to yourself. I mean you can’t go wrong.
Linda: Yeah when we stayed there it was awesome. It was private. It was quiet. We had our own space. You stocked the refrigerator. That was cool. We were like “oh, okay.”
Kaelan S.: It’s still stocked.
Charles: Oh so that means we didn’t do enough work. We need to come back up.
Kaelan S.: Yeah.
Linda: It was like we were staying at a hotel. I mean the bath towels or the bath sheets that are in there. The bedding- everything. I mean you felt like you were at your own little private hotel, so it was really cool.
Charles: And if you’re just lucky enough, you might even get an Uber ride from Mark. No, I’m just joking.
Kaelan S.: If you’re lucky.
Bill S.: That was an experience.
Kaelan S.: That was an experience to remember.
Charles: Memories will always be connected via Mark. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shared that story.
Bill S.: That’s so funny.
Charles: So look. What else do people need to know? We’ve got over 500 people in the group and over 5,000 on the page. What do they need to know to make a decision to come up to Lake Arrowhead and possibly reach out to you for your Airbnb hospitality?
Kaelan S.: Well you click on the link and it’ll take you there and you put in dates that you have and hopefully it’ll be available, and if its not you can just click on the link and then pick dates that are available if they work for you too. So there’s two different ways to do it, we actually have availability for Labor Day weekend.
Kaelan S.: Believe it or not, but because we’re so new at officially making it an Airbnb, having all of our friends- what’s the word, I just lost the word.
Charles: It happens. Reserve!
Kaelan S.: Helping us perfect it.
Charles: Oh got it.
Kaelan S.: We were able to- that’s when we decided to, okay let’s make this a real thing. So I mean- I don’t know. Lake Arrowhead Village to find out the dates of the concerts- LakeArrowheadvillage.com I believe, and you can just google Lake Arrowhead summer concert series and make sure that you have the proper year in there cause the concerts change all the time. So some of the ones we have coming up, actually a Metallica cover band or tribute band and Pink Floyd is incredible. That is-
Bill S.: My favorite.
Kaelan S.: Absolutely. Those happen to be our two favorite bands but walking in to the Pink Floyd tribute band cover, Which One’s Pink is what they’re called, and it is- it gave me goosebumps. I felt like I was walking in to an actual Pink Floyd concert. It’s so incredible, and so that’s coming up in a couple of weeks. Led Zep again is coming and they’re fantastic. Neil Young is coming up at the very end of summer. Common Sense, which is a local band out of Carlsbad I think- The San Diego area, they’re a reggae band that’s local. And Dubious Distinction which is also a local Lake Arrowhead band and they actually play on Labor Day day, so that’s going to be a lot of fun too. So there’s a lot really great concerts that are coming up.
Charles: I’m going to have to go ahead and log in and reserve my spot.
Kaelan S.: Look up all this information. You’re welcome to contact us and you can always log in or google stuff and it’ll come up on the internet.
Linda: Very cool. Awesome. That’s exciting for you guys. Very happy that you’re renting out that space because it’s beautiful, so make sure you reserve right now or reserve next summer while you can.
Charles: And I’m telling you, you’ve got Bill and Kaelan, they are consummate hosts. When we were they we felt nothing but comfortable, taken care of, well attended to. You guys did a great job. Thank you very much for your hospitality.
Kaelan S.: Awesome, thank you guys.
Bill S.: Thank you.
Kaelan S.: Thank you guys. We appreciate your visit. And we hope to see you again soon and remember you’re grandfathered in.
Charles: Outstanding. And we’re going to get together when you guys get back from the river cruise.
Bill S.: For sure.
Kaelan S.: That’ll be great.
Linda: That sounds good.
Linda: Thank you so much for your time today. I know you’re busy getting your Airbnb ready for this week. I know that you have a lot of people coming into town, so congratulations on that and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us and let everyone know what’s happening up in Lake Arrowhead.
Kaelan S.: Thank you.
Bill S.: Thank you.
Kaelan S.: Thank you. We’ll see you guys soon.
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