Winter season and the wonderful holidays it brings with it is almost upon us!
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With the holidays and merriment arriving so soon, you and your family may already be in discussions over where to spend it, what to do, what to see, and of course, what to eat! I must say… that last part is my favorite part about the holidays: the grub, the sweets and the drinks! Within these discussions with your family, I hope to shed some light on a wonderful place and setting for not only the upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations but beyond: Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. This beautiful location is just a couple hours’ drive from most Los Angeles cities, and relatively close to Las Vegas dwellers as well. Even if you’ve visited in the past, there are plenty of fun adventures and events to keep you coming back for more! Just pick a season! Big Bear has all four!
This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 24th 2016. When celebrating the holiday, new traditions begin all the time, especially concerning the feast! For many people, the holidays are viewed as precious family time, bonding time and plentiful memories to match along with their plentiful belly on this special day! Big Bear Lake is a splendid holiday and memory-making location that will simply take you away from the grind of work and the city life as you embrace nature in this scenic destination you can only find in Southern California. Renting a cozy cabin or lodge will cement this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as one to remember! BigBear.com offers competitive “book direct” pricing for your lodging needs. Big Bear Lake’s surrounding beauty coupled with lovely old fashioned charm of this mountain community will surely tempt you to return again and again.
I’ve spoken about Thanksgiving food above, and if you’re staying in Big Bear Lake during the holiday, it is always best to plan ahead. Big Bear is a resort community that caters to the tourist, traveler and family units. If you are planning on staying at a cabin with a large group or just for two at a cozy lodge, Big Bear Lake has numerous restaurants that will please any palate on the famed “turkey day” by serving traditional dinners for your enjoyment. Check out BigBear.com Thanksgiving Holiday page for featured restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re looking to set back and relax this Thanksgiving hire a personal chef to do all the cooking, serving and cleaning in the comfort of your vacation rental. With one phone call to Chef Allan, all the arrangements from menu planning to food preparation through clean up are handled for you. Chef Allan takes care of every aspect of your special event while you relax and enjoy your own party.
Another tip, if you have food allergies or require a special diet, please call ahead to your chosen restaurant of choice to see if they can accommodate your needs; always plan ahead as much as possible with your party before arrival and keep in mind that popular weekends and holidays may prove busier than you expected at your eatery of choice. Typically, many restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the Big Bear area only serve traditional holiday meals with a limited menu.
…However, there is always Plan B: Cooking in your cabin! All private rentals come fully equipped with a kitchen and modest cooking ware. All you need to do is provide the food! Please keep in mind the supplies in the kitchen will likely not be the same supplies you have in your own home. If you are preparing a turkey, bring a larger pan that works for your cooking should you need it. You can also choose to shop upon arrival for any necessities that the cabin may not come equipped with – Big Bear Lake stores and major suppliers include: Vons, Stater Bros., K-Mart, The Dollar Tree, CVS and Walgreens. You may want to avoid mess all together by providing your guests with paper plates and plastic utensils to avoid a heavy amount of cleaning during the trip. Of course, I suggest shopping ahead of the holiday, as locations either close or close early similar to any other community during this popular family holiday. As always, plan ahead!
Now, you may be thinking that this is your vacation too, and you want to cook and clean as little as possible to better enjoy family time and the wonderful outdoors Big Bear Lake has to offer. If you don’t want to book a restaurant meal and you definitely don’t want to cook from scratch, there is another route to filling your belly without all the cook books or dinner reservations to uphold. Barnstorm Cafe, a popular family dining location in Big Bear City (near the airport), is offering pre-cooked traditional style Thanksgiving meals to take home and make, heat and dine upon! You will have all the holiday food favorites without all the mess! Barnstorm can be reached at (909)-585-9339 and I strongly suggest booking meals in advance should you wish to have carry-out on November 24rd. You may also be interested in the traditional meal carry-outs that grocery provider Vons offers each year. Their website states that for under $40 you will receive: a fully cooked 10-12 pound turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, cornbread stuffing and a pumpkin pie. They also offer other meal options depending on what you’d like to spend or eat, including spiral ham or prime rib. Again, selecting Barnstorm Café or Vons to provide you and your guests with a wonderful dinner to take back to your lodging will bring your family closer together during this wonderful celebration. If you or your guests are meat free, there are plenty of famous holiday dishes to make or buy at our local grocery markets such as a green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and roasted garlic. No matter what you eat, or what you don’t, celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones is what truly matters this year and always.
Don’t forget, you can also visit the Big Bear Visitor’s Center at 630 Bartlett Road (9 AM to 5 PM daily; 11 AM to 5 PM on Thanksgiving) and pick-up a map and get friendly activity and event advice from a local professional. Need advice now? Call 1800-424-4232 to speak with a Big Bear expert!