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The Rockin’ Rock Inn – An Oasis Just An Hour (or so) Away


Some people at Sunday’s birthday party – who have lived in Los Angeles all their lives – had never been to the Rock Inn, let alone Lake Hughes. So I feel better that it’s only taken me about ten years to find it.

Lake Hughes is on the northern edge of the Angeles National Forest, about midway between the 5 and the 14. The air is clear and – for you transplants from the Midwest and Northeast -- the leaves are turning.

There’s a lot of indoor and outdoor space, a full bar and full menu (Wednesday’s food special is all you can eat spaghetti, served by the Lakes Town Council, and dancing and live music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The address is 17539 Elizabeth Lake Rd Lake Hughes, CA 93532

Many of the customers are bikers – it’s a beautiful drive/ride – but it’s a pretty mixed crowd. Sunday it included a bunch of workers from The Painted Turtle, one of the Adler+Newman camps for seriously ill children, celebrating after a long week. The handsome young man who came over to our table to say hello explained that people are always saying “no” to these kids, and when they come to the camp, they get to hear “yes.”

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(Photo: courtesy Suzette Cincuenta.)

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