Romance is in the air and in bloom this winter season here in Big Bear Lake. Located just a couple hours’ drive from most major Southern California cities (Los Angeles, San Diego), Big Bear’s snow covered mountains provide the perfect setting to spark that romantic flame over the Valentines’ holiday weekend.
Big Bear Lake isn’t just for lovers – with an abundance of outdoor and recreational activities to spare – anyone and everyone can get into the spirit of finding themselves among Mother Nature all weekend long! As an avid outdoor-adventure-seeker I have always had a blast visiting Big Bear’s mountain community – and if you’re looking for romance, look no further than this great vacation destination spot at 7,000 feet!
It’s time to take your loved one up to Big Bear Lake for a romantic viewpoint unlike the rest! Offering cascading mountain and lake views and hikes, epic tours that cross mountain ranges and an array of unique lodging and activities to treat yourself and your loved one – you’ll find yourself having a truly special and unique Valentine’s Day.
I started scouring the internet like any dutiful human being on a mission to plan a romantic getaway for two. I needed to find lodging and a few daytime activities for my partner and I. We both like to teeter on the adventurous side of things, so a quick glance at BigBear.com proved useful. Everything from helicopter rides, hiking, skiing and tumbling down some snow via tubes seemed like the bit of fun we would both enjoy all weekend long. When it came to lodging, it suddenly became a little confusing. Where did we want to stay? We were not interested in a rowdy setting for our weekend of romance nor did we think a large private home would be just right either. So, I dialed the useful phone line promoted on the website: 1-800-424-4232 and sat on hold for a very short time. A friendly voice soon greeted me and she explained to me that it was smart to book ahead of the rush. After a few minutes of learning about my needs, she found various lodging options available in the Big Bear area. In all of less than ten minutes, she had me booked in a romantic bed and breakfast inn close to the ski resorts. All I had to do was review a few photos and it didn’t even break the bank! The helpful agent also reminded me that Big Bear was a small town community, so anywhere you stay was going to be close to almost anywhere in the vicinity I would need (gas, shopping, dining). After writing down several local ideas from her about romantic places to eat as well as various activities, I started my hunt online once again to plan my dream Valentine’s Day weekend in Big Bear Lake for a little winter romance.
The events seemed easy enough to tackle first: live music at several bars around downtown plus events held at the local (The) Cave event center, including a live stage action play of “Point Break”. One event in particular caught my eye immediately: The Sweetheart’s Ball held at The Lodge on Big Bear Lake on February 14th from 5PM to 10 PM. Offering live music, a dance hall, drinks including wine and snacks it seemed like the perfect excuse to put on a nice outfit and get gussied up for the occasion. It’s even for a good cause! Proceeds from the live and silent auctions being held that night benefit Bear Valley Community Hospital’s planned renovation of patient rooms.
Another fun-filled local activity I wanted to attempt (that you can’t find in Los Angeles) is snow tubing! A multitude of groomed lanes at either The Alpine Slide or Bear City Snow play outfits are geared toward showing you a blast of a good time as you and your partner pile into the provided hefty snow tube and spiral your way down the hillside. You can go all day long doing this adventure! The provided magic carpet or lift chair will do most of the footwork for you, so all you have to do is sit down and participate in the whirlwind of fun! The locations of this activity are at 800 Wildrose Lane (Alpine Slide) or at 42825 Big Bear Blvd. (Big Bear Snow Play). Don’t worry, both lodges offer snacks and warm drink so you can still hold your partner’s hand even if the weather is colder.
Some essentials I always take with me to the mountains during winter season: gloves, sunscreen, chapstick and a good beanie or hat. You never know when the weather will change, so bring lots of water and plenty of cash in case any local gas stations or diners experience power outages. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” holiday, so be sure to arrive in Big Bear Lake prepared!
My partner doesn’t like heights, but I insisted we try something new this holiday instead of the typical bar or shopping crawl we have done year after year. After taking a peek at Action Adventures Tours online, I gave them a quick phone call and set up a Valentine’s date we’d NEVER forget: Zip lining! Offering a course through the National Forest, this three hour tour propels you over various stages of trees and debris to make it to your exit spot. Don’t worry, they fully train you before you even start swinging! We took an early afternoon spot so we could return just after check-in time to our suite, which I knew in advance offered a (hint perfect for romance hint) spa-style jetted tub.
After lounging about the room, we decided a full leisurely style dinner was in order after our adventure in the snow, ice and trees. We picked Evergreen from the Big Bear Visitor Guide (you can even order one ahead of your trip!) and when we arrived, discovered a view of the lake and all the trimmings one would expect from a full scale restaurant on a holiday. Our lovely host sat us across from a window with a bay view and offered us the wine list. We both decided on a fish dish with a fancy chocolate cake for dessert and enjoyed it very much!
After dinner, we strolled along the downtown streets – we even had warm coffee from one of the various vendors on display. We held hands and made it back to our accommodations as we enjoyed the peaceful winter evening. After such a long and eventful day, I wondered how we could possibly top it tomorrow but, Big Bear Lake will always surprise you.