Many people spend their days working, only to dream about their next vacation. With tight budgets in the forefront of most people’s minds, sometimes finding an affordable vacation that works for you can be tough! Well, Big Bear Lake has the answer: Hostels.
No, we’re not talking about the scary, 2005 film directed by Eli Roth which features hostels as nightmare hunting grounds. What we are talking about is a family friendly, couple friendly or a single person friendly lodging option complete with knowledgeable hosts, fun grounds and an array of activity ideas.
The experience of a new or familiar destination changes everything and secures new memories for all involved. For many, the more unique the locale or experience, the anticipation for a return visit heightens. Guests choosing to vacation in Big Bear Lake CA will typically find it a charming and unique destination in itself; featuring four gorgeous seasons, a lake, two ski resorts and fall colors along with many outdoor activities for all to find enjoyment year round. Big Bear Lake is also a short drive away from major Southern California destinations, such as Los Angeles and San Diego, making it perfect for anyone looking for a quick getaway.
Having opened its revamped doors in 2014, “The Mountain Adventure Lodge” ITH (International Travelers House) Hostel located in central Big Bear Lake offers a spot to enjoy the mountains with their facilities in an inviting and pleasant atmosphere, all within an affordable nightly rate! Offering shared or private rooms, free meals (breakfast and dinner – plus a sack lunch if you ask) along with free entertaining activities during the evening (poker tournaments and jam sessions) and daytime (they will soon have a spa) catered to their current residents, which hosts James and Bob treat like family. As your hosts and tour guides, they showcase the best of Big Bear Lake: downtown, eateries, bars, zip lines, boating, camping, hiking and more. They have insiders’ tips for everything to make your getaway and trip to Big Bear Lake more than a vacation, it becomes an EXPERIENCE! Guests also staying at the lodge will be centrally close to The Village and Lake if you prefer to spend the day soaking up the rays or finding a local massage parlor. The grounds offer free WiFi, fresh towels, yummy hot tea and even musical instruments to play! Children are welcome at the Big Bear location, as long as they are accompanied by parents.
Inside The Lodge, guests can take advantage of lounging in front of the oversized fireplace and speaking to others about their travels. If you prefer to stroll outside, there are plenty of gardens and local wild life to occupy your interest. The food offered is excellently prepared: blueberry waffles, homemade pizza, grilled sausages, breakfast sandwiches, garden salads and vegetarian options as well as roasted dinners. Care is taken with everything, even The Lodge is cleaned twice a day and the kitchen is well preserved and fresh. Speaking of fresh, many of the produce edibles offered are straight from the on-site garden. Hosts James and Bob also run the San Diego Adventure Hostel and are frequently updating their amenities and service ideas as well as combining the two hostels to create frequent off-the-mountain trips depending on your length of stay and desired adventure.
The Hostel offers lockers, access to a washer and dryer, iPads to use, private parking and even a full kitchen if you would like to cook your own meals (seriously though, check out their awesome meal offerings). You’ll feel secure and at home at the hostel location and each room is issued a private key code when you check-in. There are a total of 5 bathrooms on-site, some being shared (the usual set-up with any hostel) and some are privately connected with rooms. Don’t worry, there is plenty of privacy!
Travelers touring Big Bear Lake will soon learn that this smaller, welcoming city is a gem among tourist destinations – not only in Southern California, but beyond. In cold weather destinations, very rarely can you ski Big Bear’s slopes in the morning and surf the San Diego beaches all in the same day, and when you return to Big Bear Lake after an exciting adventure, you’ll find a breathe of fresh air awaiting you (and probably a cup of hot cocoa).
The ITH isn’t the only hostel in town to enjoy your vacation – also consider The Big Bear Hostel, another low-key and low-cost lodging source. In consists of two larger, renovated cabins. Many guests return yearly with favorable things to say about the hosts (Grayson and staff), the cleanliness and the central location near Big Bear’s Village area. This hostel features price friendly crash pads, private bedrooms and group quarters complete with bunk bed setups. They even have a special “Penthouse” styled room featuring an epic lake view other resorts would make you pay a pretty penny to stay in, but not this hostel! Rates are affordable and you’ll be staying in a fun and spontaneous environment.
The Big Bear Hostel can also house larger groups up to 50! Maybe its time to start planning your family reunion or retreat because this is THE place to enjoy Big Bear Lake year round. Pacific Crest Trail hikers are also frequent and friendly guests, stopping along their travels of the iconic trail via Big Bear Lake’s North Shore. You can also inquire with their staff about staying all season in accordance with their policies if you really want to get away from it all and snowboard or ski or work at the famed slopes of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. The goal of The Big Bear Hostel is to provide a friendly world for folks looking to have fun and chill out among the pines, slopes or lakeside environments Big Bear has to offer.
As stated above, if you’re looking for a lower cost but FUN and convenient lodging, a hostel is the way to go! Besides, you’ll never know who you will meet and what you’ll learn during your stay. I hope to see you there!