Still Summering in Big Bear

Much can be said about one of Southern California’s favorite vacation destinations: Big Bear Lake. With four seasons of fun, events and plenty of activities to enjoy, you will always have the time of your life! Before summer takes a bow to fall, there are still plenty of events in Big Bear Lake to enjoy in August and Labor Day Weekend:

RenFaire

Renaissance Faire in Big Bear CA

15th Annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire
August 20th to 21st, 2016 is the final weekend of the 15th Annual Renaissance Faire. Knights, wenches, pirates and bags of loot all come together on the north shore of Big Bear Lake located at 39115 Rim of the World Drive in the outskirts of Fawnskin, a small city, hidden beside the mountainous hills at Pedersen Sawmill. The main event – one might dare say – is the jousting; where riders emblazoned with armor and crests shining in the light, duel for the Queen’s hand and title of Warrior. Besides the combat, there is merriment! There are five stages of entertainment including three general stages, a children’s stage, and a NC-17 stage. Stationed in the area, will be a deluxe food and beverage court that serves everything from plump turkey legs to scrumptious chowder served in a bread bowl. The Bear Bones & Dragon Ale Stand serves Dragon’s Blood (red wine) and Unicorn’s Breath (white wine). Also on hand is a full array of ales and meads including Dragon’s Breath, a popular blend of wheat beer and pomegranate mead. Guests should also expect to see full-costumed vendors and crafters hawking everything from feathered hats to leather goods, medieval swords and fine crafted jewelry. If you visit and like what you see, please be sure to take a photo and tag @visitbigbear on Instagram so all other travelers can enjoy your findings!

Music in the Mountains Session #5: The Eagles Tribute
Music in the Mountains concert #5 with “The Long Run” Eagles Tribute at the Discovery Center will take place on Saturday August 20th. Be prepared, this popular musical event honoring legends “The Eagles” does not disappoint and will likely sell out, Shows plays on September 3rd as well from legendary tribute bands. Call (909)-382-2790 for ticket info and prices or visit their Website at: www.mountainsfoundation.org/music-in-the-mountains.for up-to-date concert news.
Big Bear Lake loves holidays, and Labor Day is no exception! But, perhaps, many of us fail to remember why Labor Day is an official United States Holiday or what it stands for, other than knowing with a satisfied smirk that you have an upcoming 3-day weekend with the family and the BBQ out back will be working extra hard all weekend long!

33rd Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show at Pine Knot Landing
From 9 AM to 3 PM on August 20th you will be able to gaze in transfixed delight at the gorgeous offering at the Antique Wooden Boat Show, a local and tourist favorite! The show itself features classic wooden boats, Chris-Craft models and other antique vessels not normally viewed to the public. There is expected to be between 25 or 30 boats to start arriving on Thursday August 18th. A Big Bear Lake Poker Run is scheduled for Friday August 20th for participants in the show. Boats will be on display at the Pine Knot Landing Docks from 9 AM until 4 PM on Saturday. Admission is free, and most of the boat skippers will be there to talk about the history of their boats and answer any questions you have.

The 18th Annual “Art on the Lake” Exhibit in the Village
On August 20th The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley presents the 18th Annual Fine Arts Festival: “Art on the Lake” which kicks off Friday evening with an opening night reception set to take place from 7 PM to 9 PM. Saturday viewing hours are 10 PM to 7 PM and Sunday hours will be 10 PM to 4 PM. Admission is FREE.  Expect to find 40+ artists from around the region exhibiting their work for sale as well as Live music, beer, wine and food along with craft vendors. The event will be held at 630 Bartlett Road near the Visitor’s Center and information.

Dino-Mite Dinosaurs and Fossil Fest at Gold Rush Mining Adventures
On August 20th you and the tykes (and teens) can learn all about the dinosaurs and their past stomping grounds! Enter and enjoy the themed mining adventures and explore the lost world of our prehistoric past by discovering fossils. Paleontologists will be on hand to show real fossils as well as help start you off by getting you your very own Dinosaur Hunting License! A life sized T-Rex footprint will be on site to show you how your footprint compares to the size of one of Jurassic World’s most famous members! This fun-filled-summer-experience is located at 40016 Big Bear Blvd before you hit the downtown Village.

The Mermaids Sea of Treasures at Gold Rush Mining Adventures
Daily, from August 15th to September 4th you can learn all about these mysterious aquatic creatures!  A mermaid princess will be on hand to celebrate one of their newest treasure adventures as well as escort you to their mermaids gathering place. Lots of sea items to explore! Finding Dory and her friends won’t be difficult, just keep swimming. Nothing fishy about it – the loot is real! The location is at Gold Rush Mining Adventures at 40016 Big Bear Blvd in Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Please call 909-866-5678 for full details and times of this kid-friendly event.

Aaron’s Big Bear Bass Tournament: Championship Edition
Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournament(s), Big Bear Charter Fishing and Big Bear Cool Cabins are hosting 5 bass fishing tournaments on Big Bear Lake this year. Championship Series events are on August 30th (along with previous dates this year) with a Two Day Tournament of Champions September 17th and 18th coming up shortly. Get your rod and reel out of the closet; it’s time to learn a thing or two about catching Bass from the pros!

In short, this is the standard definition: A national holiday in the United States and Canada in honor of working people. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September.
So, we are basically honoring our hard working mothers, fathers and family If you have ever held down a job, then the holiday celebrates you, too! Big Bear Lake is the perfect playground for your 3-day vacation destination on this popular holiday, Besides activities that revolve around the water or on the mainland, such as shopping or climbing trees, there are also several events that requires your (very possible) attention:

Kids Adventure Games

Kids Adventure Games for Family Fun

The Inaugural Big Bear Kids’ Adventure Games at Bear Mountain
The Inaugural Big Bear Kids Adventure Games at Bear Mountain starts up September 3rd through 4th featuring a kid sized adventure race where teams of two navigate a terrain inspired obstacle course. This event allows kids ages 6 through 14 an opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing, while learning teamwork skills and honing confidence in a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience just for them. Kids can expect mountain biking, hiking, zip lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slip-n-Slide, river tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more. A fun and healthy experience for the whole family!  For more information visit BearMountain.com/KAG  and sign up and secure your spot or register online at: kidsadventuregames.redpodium.com/bigbear-kag-2016  Your kid will certainly remember this Labor Day holiday! The Olympics are over – time for the kids to shine!

Art on the Corner
September 3rd/4th/5th from 10 PM to 6 PM enjoy a NEW art show hosted by The Village in the heart of it all on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue in beautiful downtown Big Bear Lake. Fine Art and Craftsmanship will be featured in a variety of timeless mediums.  Enjoy a glass of wine, enjoy the music and browse the wonderful artwork. The viewings are FREE to attend at any age!

Lyvyn Skynyrd at The Cave!
Lyvyn Skynyrd is the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Based out of Southern California, and on September 4th from 6:30 PM to 11 PM you can enjoy these consummate musicians and soulful rockers bring home the energy! The Cave is a intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you varied performers all year long. Doors open at 6:30 PM… Visit www.thecavebigbear.com for the cost of tickets are other show times at this incredible event and music center.

“Summer lovin’, had me a blast. Summer loving’, happened so fast…” While those song and dance numbers from Grease long linger in our dreams, so do the days of summer, which those lyrics hold true – summer goes by fast even though we had a blast but, here in Big Bear, we aren’t letting go so soon!

Can You Escape? Test Your skills.

You’ll want to ESCAPE from your city as soon as you hear about the all NEW “Mountain Room Escape” attraction located in Big Bear Lake, California! Nestled high at 7,000 feet you’ll be surrounded among tall pines and a glistening lake both cozy and seduced by a city with sun and fun on the mind! It’s rare to find a summertime activity open for all four seasons – but the Mountain Room Escape – happens to be one of them!

Now, you may not have heard of a “Room Escape” before today, but they are currently popular in larger cities, for groups and parties as well as casual friends and couples who want to do a very different and unique activity. Time passes quickly during this activity but it’s money well spent on a new adventure! Let’s talk for a little bit about how this adventure actually works:

The “Room Escape” is a theatrically dressed room or multiple connected rooms designed throughout with puzzles and unique games to solve in order for you and your group to exit the room. There is no sense of danger in the actual room, as one can always break free if needed for a bathroom break. Of course, actual damage to the room is not allowed. However, you are encouraged to pick-up, move items, open them – all in your quest to compete with a timer and exit the room as swiftly as you can. It’s all about working together and being a team. With just an hour (thankfully, the most time allotted in the industry) on the timer to escape the room’s puzzles, you will have a lot of fun trying to get the pieces to function and work together – just like with a team! Everyone should have a duty – you search for clues, the kids can put them together, your wife or husband can try scouring the shelves for useful items and everyone can partake in solving the riddles. Without giving too much away, this activity is a real delight! Adults and kids both love the teamwork that evolves from try to escape a room together! Each time you “Escape” there is even a little story involved. When I tested it out, our story was how we were trapped under snowfall in a little house and needed to escape it. Of course, there wasn’t any actual snow falling in June, but that’s why you must use your imagination! Don’t worry, they put on a good show complete with sound effects!

Their statistics show that they have a 73% escape rate with a 33% of guests not escaping the rooms. You go into the themed room for an hour, with every minute being a point. If you get stumped about the room or what to do next, a helpful voice can be summoned to assist you. Just keep in mind, it lowers your points! However, it seems better to have lower points and actually escape the room than stay stuck inside. After all, the idea of the game is to ESCAPE not STAY! In order to receive a clue on what to do next in the room, all of your party members have to gather in the middle of the room, hands in air, and ask for a clue in agreement as a team. Of course, you lose five points taking the clue. But, it’s definitely worth it to escape the room as fast as you can. If you can finish and exit the room fast with time left on the clock, the kind owners will allow your group to explore the bonus room for bonus points by completely puzzles and using devices as long as you finish within twenty minutes.

Here are some tips and pointers we found helpful during our Mountain Room Escape visit:

Eight (8) guests are allowed in the room.
Items may be used in time and not necessarily right when you locate them.
Any and all items that look usable or interesting are set in a pile in the middle of the room to locate easier and faster later.
Keep in mind that everything on the walls stays on. No vandalism allowed.
Don’t duplicate. Every puzzle has a solution. It won’t help to guess random words or shapes.
UV lights are common…
Communicate! Multiple minds bring good times!
They offer a generous amount of free snacks and water for the whole team! Stay hydrated and you’ll think better during your escape.
You can also purchase an annual pass!
The Escape Room can also accommodate specific needs – everything from Birthday parties to corporate events. So far, the fastest team to escape the room was a group from New York City whom escaped in the first twenty minutes. Beat that! Later this year, Mountain Room Escape plans to offer themed Escape rooms depending on holidays. If you really love the Room Escape and need to come back, please allow at least a four hour notice so Matt (the owner) can re-arrange the room to treat you with a totally different experience if you have already visited that day. It’s totally worth the escape – err – wait!

Mountain Room Escape is a fun, unique experience! With changing scenarios and a great ambience, the owners of The Room Escape have made a dedicated space for both the young and old(er) to greatly enjoy some wholesome fun. Younger kids participating will also have the benefit of learning longer comprehension skills and attention spans through playing and can help kids get a better education.

Want to save money? If you visit the Big Bear Lake local Visitor’s Center, you can pick-up a brochure for $5 off Mountain Room Escape. If three people in your group check into Facebook before you begin your Escape, you get three (3) free clues. It’s definitely worth it as the bonus items are: something to write with, a free clue and a bonus point key.

The Room Escape is definitely one of the coolest, more innovative events Big Bear has seen in along time – go check it out today or all year long!

Mountain Room Escape is located at 1121 West Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear City, CA, 92314. You can call to book your appointment at: (877) 584-6427 to speak to their office front desk. You can visit their website at http://mountainroomescapes.com/ for more tour information and pricing.

Outdoor Adventure and Events for All

Big Bear Lake truly offers an outdoor playground for all ages, all the time! Whether you are visiting for the first time or for the fourth time – the Big Bear Valley has something special for everyone whom wishes to visit the great outdoors. There are various amounts of outdoor areas to start your adventure, including picnic and park zones, lakeside exploration, hiking paths and outdoor thrills. Bubbling with charm and quaint tastes, you can explore the town and surrounding forest at your leisure. Big Bear Lake is also a convenient outdoor destination! Located only a couple hours from Los Angeles traffic or the San Diego sun, you’ll soon learn it is cooler at 7,000 feet.

Hiking Pacfiic Crest Trail for Outdoor AdventureIf you are just starting your outdoor adventure in Big Bear Lake, have no fear if you need assistance! Located around the valley are locations specifically designed to help you map out a game plan of exciting tours and areas to explore – you can speak to an on-site Big Bear specialist at two separate organizations. First of all, I recommend stopping at the Big Bear Visitors Center at 630 Bartlett Road in The Village. My family and I always make the local Visitor’s Center our very first stop when we travel to new places. The knowledgeable staff will inform you of local events and offer you brochures on some of Big Bear’s most popular outdoor activities. Don’t forget to sign their guestbook. Even if you don’t want to stop in, be sure to score a handy Big Bear Visitor’s Guide in the rack outside. Filled with local information and events, along with a color map, you will find yourself referring to it more than once during your stay.

The next location is located across the lake on the North Shore at The Discovery Center. Having been established decades ago to help preserve the forest, you’ll find a wealth of information from a trained staff of volunteers. You can pick up off-road maps and buy permits here, including a campfire one. Since you are likely visiting Big Bear Lake to experience the outdoors, this is the perfect place to get started. The Discovery Center is also FUN – the kids will especially enjoy the outside exploration center! If needed, both of these locations also have an Adventure Pass for sale.

You may be asking yourself – what is an “Adventure Pass”? The Adventure Pass is issued by the United States Forest Service that permits bearers in designated areas to park their cars for the purpose of recreation. Offered by the day or annually, you will find this pass very useful to park for many of the hiking and bike trails. Remember, the rest of the parking locations in Big Bear Lake are FREE.
The hiking and biking trails you can check out in Big Bear Lake are some of the best in the stat, even the famous “Pacific Crest Trail” as seen in the movie Wild picks up from here. If you are looking for an easy scenic stroll, I recommend “The Alpine Pedal Path”. It is the perfect walk and you can even bring bikes and strollers! After you find the perfect trail, be sure to grab an Adventure Pass and some sunscreen, and be ready to be wowed by the majestic beauty the mountains showcase for you.

Riding bikes on Alpine Pedal Path

Zip lining is a fantastic outdoor adventure you can enjoy in the National forest with an expert guide! Spend a few minutes training and practicing at the starting point – tours can be up to three hours long! Adventure seekers will hang from the trees and glide from platform to platform as they zip along. Prices for the tour start at $120 per per person. Tours fill up quickly, so be sure to call Action Tours at 909-866-0390 or call a Big Bear Lake reservation agent at 1800-424-4232 today.

While you can venture off and explore, sometimes it’s even more fun to check out the events held around town! Big Bear’s outdoor sporting events can cover all seasons, with winter and summer being the most popular vacation destination time periods.

With the upcoming summer and spring weather, let’s take a peek at the upcoming outdoor events in Big Bear Lake:


Big Bear Triathlon - Outdoor EventJune 18th – Big Bear Triathlon at Marina Resort Challenge your running skills at 7,000 feet! Olympic Triathlon to start at 8:00 AM and Sprint Triathlon at 8:30 AM. Registration pickup and athlete check-in will begin on Friday June 17th at 4 PM.

July 9th – Big Bear Lake Paddlefest at Meadow Park
The 9th annual Big Bear PaddleFest is held on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake, offering lovely views of the area. The race will include: 5K Recreational Race, 10K Elite Race, 20K Around the Lake Challenge, Sprints and Relay Races. There will be music, sports and a boating expo at this popular event!

July 30th – Big Bear Gran Fondo / Grizzly 100 Races

This is a endurance mountain bike event with rides for all levels of participation. Riders challenge their biking abilities with distances of 20K, 30K, 70K and the big 100K race. All runs stop and start in The Village in gorgeous downtown Big Bear Lake. The 100 K is a National Ultra Endurance event. Professional mountain bike riders from all over the world will compete for points and prizes in this national series. Contact (909) 866-8000 for specific details.

Tour De Big Bear Cycling RaceAugust 6th – Tour De Big Bear Cycling Tour
Riders of all levels ditch the summer heat in favor of the mountain weather around Big Bear and Baldwin Lake for this race. Each Tour distance includes portions of the 2010 and 2012 AMGEN Tour of California and typically draws many fans to the area. For more information, including registration and course maps, please visit website at www.tourdebigbear.com

September 16th-17th – Kodiak 100 Ultra Trail Run / 50K+50 Mile Race in Village and Forest Trails
If you want a truly gorgeous Big Bear experience, look no further than these races – all of Big Bear will be on display! Held in September, the weather typically yields summer tempertures – perfect race weather! The 100K race starts on Friday at 12 Noon, the Front 50K at 12:01 PM. Saturday at 6 AM will be the 50 Mile Race start and 8 AM that same morning will be the Back 50K. Stay informed by checking out www.kodiak100ultramarathon.com

October 1st – Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon and 5K and 10K Runs
The 3rd Annual Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon 5K and 10K are held on Friday and Saturday. Additional race details can be found at www.bigbearnorthshorehalfmarathon.com along with registration links. This is mainly a flat course, starting at Business Center Dr. in the central area. The runners will head east over Stanfield Cut-off as well as the scenic highway, National Forest, the town of Fawnskin, the bald eagle sanctuary and ending with reverse race coursing.

November 24 – Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
The 4th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot consists of 3 mile, 6 mile, and 9 mile Road Runs on Thanksgiving Day with Start/Finish line located at Meadow Park.  This is a FUN event for the whole family. The run course is a relatively flat 3 mile loop through the neighborhood of Eagle Point, with 6 mile runners completing 2 laps and 9 mile runners completing 3, making it easy for all abilities to participate.

Enjoy your year of adventure and visit Big Bear Lake to get out and active in the great outdoors!

Fishin’ For $50K Trout Tournament is Back & Better Than Ever!

Tis’ the season. The fishing season in Big Bear Lake CA.

Big Bear Lake has one of the best lakes for water sports, fishing and more in all of Southern California! If you haven’t been up to Big Bear Lake this season, now would be the perfect time to visit because on June 11th-12th 2016 the popular “Fishin’ for 50K” trout tournament is back with more ways to win cash prizes!

String of Trout Fish Big Bear Lake CAThere’s been plenty of cash and prizes on the line before, but none as varied as this year. All your family and friends will want to participate! Let’s break it down… there are 5 tagged trout each worth $10,000 grand each – giving you a possible opportunity at collecting a whooping grand total of $50,000 for a cool and sunny weekend in Big Bear Lake. Also in the mix is 25 Consolation Prize tagged trout worth up to $200 each along with 50 Consolation Prize tagged trout worth $50 each. This is definitely the biggest money grab for the derby yet!

If you’ve never participated in the Fishin’ for $50K, you’ll want to register first – online or over the phone. You and your party will have to sign paperwork as well as attend the sign-up day(s) before the derby itself begins. There is a way to save money for this trip! Book a one or two night stay the weekend of June 10th to the 12th at any Big Bear lodging accommodation and automatically get a 50% discount per entry. That’s a huge savings! If you have your own place already secured and just want a boat rental, take advantage of the savings and rent a pontoon boat at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake on June 11th to 12th and receive a 50% discount per entry. Regular registrations for persons over 16 years is $70 per person. The under 15 age cost to enter the derby is $30 per child. Remember, even if some of the party does not want to register, if they catch a tagged fish, they are out of luck on receiving any prizes – just to be safe, make sure everyone registers for this exciting weekend event!

If Dad wants to fish all weekend, keep in mind Big Bear Lake is so much more than just its namesake – there are plenty of other activities and events to enjoy for the entire group! Check out the zip lines, bowling alley, downtown with shops and restaurants as well as hiking and various outdoor tours in the area. Kids will have a blast on the local go-karts at the Alpine Slide or take a look at the kid-friendly events at The Discovery Center or Funplex all weekend long.

WON-ad-FF$50K-2But, if you’re here just for the 50K, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Some of the major rules to consider are as follows:

All payments for pre-registered participants must be received by Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 5 pm. The Big Bear Visitors Bureau will process pre-registrants entry forms and send confirmation, which will include an official registration and release form. All pre-registered participants must fill out the form and fax, mail or deliver the completed form to be received by Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by 5 pm. All pre-registered participants must check-in on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 12 Noon to 10 pm or Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 5 am to 9 am at the Big Bear Visitors Center, 630 Bartlett Rd. All adult participants must show valid ID at check-in. All participants will be given a numbered wristband, which must remain attached to the participant until the event is over. All registered participants must be present to attach wristband on site. Registration is on a first come first served basis. On the final derby day, an awards ceremony will take place and the winners will be announced.

We recommend you sign-up early, only 750 anglers can enter the fishing tournament. Previous years have sold out fast! Call 800-424-4232 or visit BigBear.com to enter today and for complete list of rules and restrictions. Remember, when visiting Big Bear Lake at 7,000 feet: LIVE IT. UP.

Spring Fishing in Big Bear

Spring fishing is underway in Big Bear Lake!

Big Bear Lake’s water temps have warmed up to 60-61 degrees on the surface near the East end and 58 degrees near the Big Bear Dam. There are plenty of large trout to catch in the Lake with a 5.5lb rainbow trout caught with a nightcrawler about 7′ down, reported in the East end of the Lake in the Pine Knot area.  Listen to the entire local Big Bear Lake fishing report below brought to you by legendary fishing guide John Cantrell to find out where the hot spots are to catch trout and which bait to use.

The next fishing tournament is Fishin’ for $50K+ on June 11-12, 2016 where there are even more chances to win one of the many cash prizes! Some of the highlights include: 5 tagged trout worth $10,000 each, 25 Consolation Prize tagged trout worth UP TO $200 each and 50 Consolation Prize tagged trout worth $50 each! Register today for your chance to win!

Explore the Great Outdoors for Mother’s Day Weekend

My Mother loves to be outdoors and the fresh air in Big Bear is unreal! There isn’t pollution anywhere in sight, clear blue skies and views as lovely as any. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 8, 2016, I wanted to write about a VERY special trip I took my own Mother on a few years ago for Mother’s Day weekend. Even if your Mother is into the finer things in life, likes to relax or is into exploring the outdoors, you’ll find a little something for everyone in this town.

As parents, we raise our children with the hope that they will remember the lessons we have taught them and hope they never forget our love for them and they for us. Many mothers are showered with presents or wine, handmade cards and fancy dinners. If you have never visited the small, alpine town of Big Bear Lake in Southern California, then this holiday may be your best chance! I knew I wanted to stay the weekend with my Mom and treat her to a few nice meals and activities. We live “off-the-mountain” as the locals say, in Riverside. Big Bear Lake is a short drive compared to most popular destinations. About two hours from Los Angeles or San Diego, you’ll soon be in the good company of fresh pine trees, a gorgeous lake and a friendly mountain community with plenty of charm. You’ll want to return for every special occasion!

Get Outdoors this Mother's Day

Get Outdoors this Mother’s Day

We made a point when we arrived in town to stop at the local Visitor’s Center in the Big Bear Village, located on 630 Bartlett Road. The very nice visitor specialists gave us a local map and guide, along with a few restaurant choices as well. We then checked into our hotel down the street, and my Mom was in love with the rustic charm of the place. Being vegetarian, we opted for dinner at The Himalayan restaurant, which was within walking distance. My Mom remarked that the town was so quaint and cute – definitely far from the “LA Vibe” that many like to take a break from now and then. We enjoyed our dinner and the service, taking a walk down to the lake and bundling up. When we got back to our room, we definitely used the fireplace after some initial help from front desk. We stayed warm and toasty, falling asleep among the stars above us in a vacation spot like no other.

That next morning, we checked out the continential breakfast and decided we wanted to see some good views and spend the day hiking. Mom loved “The Woodland Trail” which is a hike across the lake, about ten minutes from downtown without traffic. We applied extra sunblock that morning, and after tackling the loop, we walked up to The Discovery Center which is also where the Cougar Crest trail starts. Infamously, it leads up to The Pacific Crest Trail that was featured in many books, and most recently the movie, “Wild”. My mom loved the book and enjoyed pretending she was taking the trail for the long haul. Some other hikers and locals told us to check out “Castle Rock Trail” back toward and past downtown. Apparently, you could see a view that was unmatched. We stopped at local-favorite “Amangela’s” and bought a couple sandwiches and drinks for the top of the hike. We found the turnout and parked with little difficulty for this trail. Over an hour later, we proudly reached the top destination. Wow! You could see the local ski resorts, the giant lake, the mountains… everything! It was the best view in town (or so I thought)! We nibbled our sandwiches and toasted each other on our success. This was turning out to be a weekend not just to celebrate Mom, but one of new experiences for me as well. Before we settled into the evening, I had secretly booked Mom into a private spa package! We walked to the “Village Spa” and she was appropriately pampered by the staff for over an hour while I visited the little shops in The Village, also finding the perfect necklace for her OTHER Mother’s Day gift. In my family, you give your Mom gifts AND you do your best to take them someplace nice. As her only daughter, I get that honor every year! After her massage she was nicely relaxed as we strolled up to The Cave Events Center where they have the best in cover bands, comedy and even magic shows. We decided to go back to the room thst night, but keep in mind that this upcoming 2016 Mother’s Day Weekend will offer the “Hollywood U2” tribute Saturday night that will get Mom ready to party and celebrate HER big day! I’m sure any Mom loves to recall her pre-kids, full of energy concert days! She adored the necklace, by the way.

Sunset Helicopter Tour

Sunset Helicopter Tour

The next morning, I had arranged the main event: a helicopter tour over Big Bear Lake! At around 9 AM I got Mom into the car and we took the short drive into Big Bear City, the more industrial part of town, with a hometown feel in the air and a car repair shop on almost every corner along with a couple of thrift stores we stopped at later in the day. I pulled into the Big Bear City Airport (for private use only, commercial flights are not supplied) and was directed to the office of Captain Roy and company. All very chatty and kind, we learned that they are the only secure company doing the tours in the area. After a short safety video and instructions, we loaded into the small helicopter. My Mom needed reassurance, and Captain Roy gently talked her fear of flying right out of her! The views we got to see were beyond spectacular – the world was still waking up all below us, and we could see as far as our eyes would carry us. After landing, the staff wished us a very happy Mother’s Day and my Mom was exhilarated! Of course, there are more than one ways to give Mom an adrenaline rush in Big Bear Lake: go on zip lining adventures, or she can sharpen her car-pool-skills with a whirl around the go-Karts or taking a tour in an off-road Jeep. You can even climb trees in Big Bear Lake! If your goal is to get away from the screaming children or just to get a moment to yourself, perhaps take a look at any of the fine dining locales, such as Evergreen or The Pines, both of which offer bars and excellent views. Local favorites such as “The Discovery Center” offer wildflower tours as well as water tours with Canoes or Kayaks to bring her back to nature.

You’re Mom. You’re special. Take some time for yourself and take a break from cleaning up those messy lunches and forget for a few minutes all the traffic to reach the big game. It’s your day. It’s time to have your day be in Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear’s Top Fishing Tournaments 2016

Big Bear Lake offers you a fishing adventure unlike any other! Big Bear’s lake basin is situated at the top of a 7,000′ valley and surrounded by tall, epic pines and beautiful mountains. From April to early October, you can experience our prime fishing season and annual fishing tournaments.

summer-packages-blogWith the popularity of the sport soaring higher than ever, there are more and more events added annually to the schedule of fun fishing events in the Big Bear Lake Valley. There are numerous prizes to be had for different ages, cache of caught fish and even more! The adventures are endless! Here is a list of the currently headlining fishing tournaments in Big Bear Lake for the 2016 fishing season:

May
The May Trout Classic Presented by The Hall Family
Located at Big Bear Marina, this infamous tournament will be offered for various ages and weights of fish running on May 14th and 15th. Visit their website for more information!

June
The Fishin’ for 50K Tournament – 5 TAGGED TROUT WORTH $10,000 EACH – WIN UP TO $50,000 PLUS MORE WAYS TO WIN THAN EVER BEFORE!
One of the more popular events to ever hit Big Bear Lake, the 50K took a break last year but is back again this year on June 11-12 and better than ever! As advertised in the title, you could be the lucky fisher man (or fisherwoman) to take home of tagged fish worth $50,000 bucks. Other prizes for various tagged fish and level of competition will be awarded for the different participant levels. Limited amount of entries so register today on bigbear.com.

Aaron’s Annual Big Bear Bass Tournament
Don’t miss the only bass fishing tournament series in Big Bear on June 11, July 23, August 30, 2016 with a Two-Day Tournament of Champions September 17-18, 2016. Visit website to register.

13th Annual Carp Round-up

On June 18th, the annual Carp Round-up is back so grab a partner! Two-person teams participate to catch as many carp as possible with either a pole or a bow to win cash. Prizes awarded in multiple categories including: 1st-3rd place shoreline team, 1st-3rd place boating team, biggest and smallest fish and more. Visit website to register.

October
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Closing out the season, Western Outdoor News presents the Big Bear Lake October TroutfesT on October 1-2 and offers various prizes. This fishing tournament is a true treat for fishing enthusiasts out there. Visit website for more info and to register.

Big Bear Lake isn’t just a camping and fishing haven in the San Bernardino Mountains, it is also home to a small community of people, activities, forest life and extensive outdoor events and adventures. Due to having over 320+ days of sunshine a year, guests and outdoor enthusiasts alike flock to this small mountain destination to experience the fun of all four seasons! Fishing can actually occur year round depending on a fisherman’s equipment, but if you plan to visit during the peak season, you’ll find the lake as cool as ever. One can fish during the winter season, but lake access is prohibited unless you have special ace equipment – but you can still ice-fish – from the ample shoreline. Of course, with spring and summer just around the corner this April, let’s take a look at some of the best areas to fish at and the most popular events for any fisherman visiting Big Bear Lake, California.

DSC_1914If you are bringing kids or the whole family up for a day of fishing, you may want to consider using a Charter Fishing Service. These hands-on tours come pre-packaged with a guide, boat and equipment along with the knowledge on where the fishing are biting! The only item you’ll need additionally is a fishing license should you be over 16 years of age. Kids fish for free! The per person price varies with each charter service, but the use of the boat and the experience of a Big Bear expert guide really makes this experience special. You could always rent your own boat and try fishing off the sidelines, but it always sems to take a lot of time (daylight) to get to a spot the whole family can agree on as well as strining all the poles up and having them ready to cast. The benefit of a guided service is definitely their assistance and time! It can be difficult for anyone to catch a fish or two on the first try, but any of the Big Bear Charter’s will definitely do their best to guarantee someone will catch a bite on their watch! The Big Bear Charter Services can be found with this list on BigBear.com.

If you are looking for an affordable vacation, and are looking for a leisurely day of fishing, you can still experience the best Big Bear Lake has to offer! For a small cost, you can rent all the fishing equipment you’ll need such as rods, lines, bait and you can purchase a daily fishing license for the over 16 guests you may have in your party. You can do all this and more at any of the local marinas, plus, you can even find fishing licenses at local sporting goods store or ‘Kmart’ as well as fishing equipment for purchase instead of renting.

Location, location, location. Most seasoned fishermen will relay that the quieter the area is the better of areas when it comes to casting and trying to nab a big ‘ole fish. Big Bear Lake is peppered with great areas to shoreline fish without a costly boat rental. If you have kids, the popular but less quiet of options would be from “The Stanfield Cutoff” bridge toward the East end of town just before you drive into Big Bear City. At the bridge, you’ll find it’s parted by two large bodies of water perfect to fish in. You’ll be required to park off the side of the road, so be sure to purchase an Adventure Pass for your vehicle (more on the passes below). Also be aware, if you have children fishing and/or wish to help anyone with the pole or reel – without a proper license – Lake Patrol can choose to fine you $200 or more for the discretion if they spot you. Please be safe and knowledgeable about the lake when you use it for fishing or other forms of entertainment in the area.

Upcoming Events to Get You Active in the Great Outdoors

Big Bear Lake in the gorgeous mountains of Southern California truly offers an outdoor playground for all ages, year-round and many outdoor events during the spring and summer seasons.

There are various amounts of outside areas, including picnic and park zones, lakeside exploration, hiking paths and outdoor thrills. With summer just beginning to start, you’ll see that Big Bear is a great place for a day or weekend trip away from the city-life grind. Bubbling with charm and quaint tastes, you can explore the town and surrounding forest at your leisure. Big Bear Lake is also a convenient outdoor destination! Located only a couple hours from Los Angeles traffic or San Diego, you’ll soon learn the weather is cooler and the sky is clearer at 7,000 feet.

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If you are just starting your outdoor adventure in Big Bear Lake, have no fear if you need assistance! Located around the valley are locations specifically designed to help you map out a game plan of exciting tours and areas to explore – we recommend the following locations to speak to a local Big Bear specialist.

First, I recommend stopping at the Big Bear Visitors Center at 630 Bartlett Road in The Village. My family and I always visit the local Visitors Center when we travel to new places. This particular visitors center is one of the best I have encountered! The staff are charming and helpful – they will inform you of local events and offer you brochures on some of Big Bear’s most popular outdoor adventures. Don’t forget to sign their guestbook! Even if you don’t want to stop in, be sure to score a handy Big Bear Visitor’s Guide in the rack outside. Filled with local information and events, along with a color map, you will find yourself referring to it more than once during your stay.

The second option is located across the lake on the North Shore, you will be able to visit the Discovery Center. Having been established decades ago, to help preserve the forest, you’ll find a wealth of information here from a trained staff of volunteers. You can pick up off-road maps and buy permits here, including a campfire one. Since you are likely visiting Big Bear Lake to experience the outdoors, this is the perfect place to get started. The Discovery Center is also FUN – the kids will especially enjoy the outside exploration center! If needed, both of these locations also sell Adventure Passes.

You may be asking yourself – what is an “Adventure Pass”? Designed for the mountains and National Forest, these little red cards allow you to park your vehicle on specific land in the Big Bear Lake roads and valley. Offered by the day ($5/day) or annually ($30/annual), you will find this pass very useful to park for many of the hiking and bike trails. Remember, the rest of the parking locations in Big Bear Lake are FREE!

The hiking and biking trails you can check out in Big Bear Lake are some of the best in the state! Even the famous “Pacific Crest Trail” picks up from here. After you find the perfect trail on page 35 of the Visitor Guide, be sure to grab an Adventure Pass and some sunscreen, and be ready to be wowed by the majestic beauty the mountains showcase for you. You can also experience the lake! The trail “The Alpine Pedal Path” is the perfect walk – you can even bring bikes and strollers!

Ziplining is a fantastic outdoor adventure you can enjoy in the National forest with an expert guide! Spend a few minutes training and practicing at the starting point – tours can be up to three hours long! Adventure seekers will hang from the trees and glide from platform to platform as they zip along. Prices for the tour start at $120 per per person. Tours fill up quickly, so be sure to call Action Tours at 909-866-0390 or call a Big Bear Lake reservation agent at 1800-424-4232 (1800-4-BIGBEAR) today.

While you can venture off and explore, sometimes it’s even more fun to check out the events held around town! Sporting events can cover all seasons -winter and summer are the most popular vacation destination time periods. It doesn’t matter if you’re age or if you are visiting for the first or fourth time – the Big Bear Valley has something special for everyone whom wishes to partake in one of our many biking, cycling and paddling events for beginners and advance to get out there and have fun while experiencing the great outdoors!

With the upcoming summer and spring weather, let’s take a peek at all the outdoor events coming to Big Bear Lake:

June 12th – Holcomb Valley Trail Run

The Holcomb Valley continues to be a favorite spot among camping and adventure enthusists! Starting at the water of Big Bear Lake, this Trail Run brings runners views of scenic areas in Big Bear as they make their journey to the finish line. Races are 33 miles, 15 miles and 7 miles long and completely outdoors. This race tends to end up sold out – so sign up soon – please call (909) 633-6729 for more details.

June 18th – Big Bear Triathlon at Marina Resort
Challenge your running skills at 7,000 feet! Olympic Triathlon to start at 8:00 AM and Sprint Triathlon at 8:30 AM. Registration pickup and athlete check-in will begin on Friday June 17th at 4 PM.

July 9th – Big Bear Lake Paddlefest at Meadow Park
The 9th annual Big Bear PaddleFest is held on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake, offering lovely views of the area. The race will include: 5K Recreational Race, 10K Elite Race, 20K Around the Lake Challenge, Sprints and Relay Races. There will be music, sports and a boating expo at this popular event!

Big Bear Gran Fondo

Big Bear Gran Fondo

July 30th – Big Bear Gran Fondo / Grizzly 100 Races
This is a endurance mountain bike event with rides for all levels of participation. Riders challenge their biking abilities with distances of 20K, 30K, 70K and the big 100K race. All runs stop and start in The Village in gorgeous downtown Big Bear Lake. The 100 K is a National Ultra Endurance event. Professional mountain bike riders from all over the world will compete for points and prizes in this national series. Contact (909) 866-8000 for specific details.

August 6th – Tour De Big Bear Cycling Tour
Riders of all levels ditch the summer heat in favor of the mountain weather around Big Bear and Baldwin Lake for this race. Each Tour distance includes portions of the 2010 and 2012 AMGEN Tour of California and typically draws many fans to the area. For more information, including registration and course maps, please visit website at www.tourdebigbear.com

September 16th-17th – Kodiak 100 Ultra Trail Run / 50K+50 Mile Race in Village and Forest Trails
If you want a truly gorgeous Big Bear experience, look no further than these races – all of Big Bear will be on display! Held in September, the weather typically yields summer tempertures – perfect race weather! The 100K race starts on Friday at 12 Noon, the Front 50K at 12:01 PM. Saturday at 6 AM will be the 50 Mile Race start and 8 AM that same morning will be the Back 50K. Stay informed by checking out www.kodiak100ultramarathon.com

Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon 5K and 10K

Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon 5K and 10K

October 1st – Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon and 5K and 10K Runs
The 3rd Annual Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon 5K and 10K are held on Friday and Saturday. Additional race details can be found at www.bigbearnorthshorehalfmarathon.com along with registration links. This is mainly a flat course, starting at Business Center Dr. in the central area. The runners will head east over Stanfield Cut-off as well as the scenic highway, National Forest, the town of Fawnskin, the bald eagle sanctuary and ending with reverse race coursing.

Enjoy your year of adventure and visit Big Bear Lake for your next outdoor adventure!

Spring is Around the Corner

Growing up in Los Angeles, I never appreciated the change from one season to another especially springtime.  Sure, at school there was Spring Break and there seemed to be an overabundance of lighter food and daylight started to last longer but, it wasn’t until I took a visit to Big Bear Lake, did I actually feel what spring was.

In this region of mountains and lakes, life sprouted up from all around the area -flowers, pine tree needles, grass and wonderful gems in nature I did not yet have a name for. This was spring, a world of new beginnings! During spring, Big Bear Lake is an inspiring place to be around and enveloped by. There are endless places to visit, hike around or swim to. My spring adventures have continued decades later, and as spring rises in Big Bear Lake, I continue to be surprised and amazed at the wondrous beauty all around.

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Snowboarding lessons at Snow Summit Resort for kids.

You don’t notice spring in the city like you do in the mountains or countryside, where new life is blooming all around you among wide, open skies and not stifled by the city limits. When it comes to activities and choices, Big Bear Lake is high on my list of entertainment value, a place where I can take my kids or my parents to enjoy the events and fun or just to relax and take in the scenic byways. The advantage of spending springtime in Big Bear Lake also means snow but in warmer Southern California weather than typical ski resort areas. Where else can you experience both major seasons in one beautiful place? In most temperate zone locations, spring months are March, April and May. Typically in Big Bear Lake, snow in one form or another exists until the end of April when the two major ski resorts – Bear Mountain and Snow Summit – tend to close their doors and prepare the grounds for their summer hiking and bike park. But fear not, there are plenty of fun activities to do and be seen in Big Bear Lake this spring!

I’ve spoken about Big Bear’s hiking trails before but, let’s explore them a little more! If you’re looking for a view to end all views than look no further than “Castle Rock” – situated at the top of boulders and tall pines, you can see EVERYTHING this gorgeous mountain-top city has to offer, including the lake the small town is named after. You can get directions and a map to these hikes from the local Visitor Center at 630 Bartlett Road in the Village area.

Biking on the Alpine Pedal Path

Biking on the Alpine Pedal Path

If you’re looking for a trail with a little less exertion, you will want to look at taking a walk along “The Alpine Peddle Path” or “The Woodland Trail” which will bring you up close to nature but not so out-of-breath. You can even bring a stroller or wheelchair along the paved Alpine Path so everyone of any age can enjoy the surrounding beauty. Here’s a tip: Try going at sunset and bring your camera! The colors that play off the water are gorgeous all year round.

Another exciting way to see and enjoy Big Bear during Spring is by taking a helicopter tour. Located at the Big Bear City airport, “Helicopter Big Bear” is the #1 aerial touring agency in town. You can choose a trip starting at 15 minutes or more – and if you have a fear of heights – it’s worth having your heart jump into your mouth for this spectacular view! You’ll experience the excitement of a life time from prices starting only at $35 per person. Your family and friends will definitely be able to witness the way Spring sprouts up among the Valley from views you can only find at this very unique and liberating Big Bear Lake attraction.

Something the kids will love and enjoy beyond springtime, is the “Gold Rush Mining Adventures” located in the heart of Big Bear Lake. This enjoyable little adventure for young and old-er is likely to be the new favorite spot in town and on your next itinerary. You’ll have the chance to mine for gold, gems, rare fossils and geodes during your mining adventure with an expert guide – and you even get to keep your treasures! The shop even includes a wooden water-wheel and sluice. Some minerals are large enough to have cut and primed into your very own jewelry!

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Kids mining for treasure in Big Bear.

If you want to see nature bloom and springtime pop with new colors, look no further than taking a tour on a zip line! Action Tours are located in the heart of Big Bear Lake and offer various tours depending on the time of season. In spring, their zip line tours prove to be the most popular and more scenic adventures around. Participation on a tour requires general training and spending 2-3 hours suspended on a zip line among the trees and pines in the San Bernardino forested areas. The tree colors and flowers in nature will never look better up close and personal during a zip tour as you suspend high in the air and bounce from track to track. As you make your journey, your helpful guide will teach you the history of nature as you explore the beauty that Big Bear has sprung during this up close and personal tour.

The Discovery Center is a forest institution that upholds the wildlife and nature statistics from years past and for years going forward. The Big Bear Discovery Center offers a hands-on approach to teaching future generations the importance of preserving and respecting the beauty of Big Bear Lake’s forests and the nature worldwide in an effort to keep the earth healthy and plentiful for generations new and old. That being said, the Big Bear Discovery Center offers a children’s play and learning park, free nature walks, guided outdoor tours and a in-door mini museum for anyone whom passes through the doors. They take donations that will help support Big Bear’s Spring and other seasons, along with helpful guides to help map out your forest adventures.

Those beautiful shores of Big Bear Lake will be calling to you! Before the summertime hits and the popularity of fishing blooms, take advantage now by grabbing or renting some gear and start fishing! Spectacular views are not your only treat – without a larger amount of fisherman occupying the shoreline means there’s a better chance that you could catch a bass or trout. If you don’t care to fish there’s still the popular snow sports available! Not only does the Springtime weather give you a boost from the city heat, but at cooler temperatures, you can also enjoy skiing and wearing minimal gear to stay warm – I’ve even spotted a tourist our two snowboarding in a t-shirt before! Spring weather is just so great – and if you are up visiting for a day of hiking – keep your eyes peeled for the blooming wildflowers and animal life throughout your forest adventure.

Big Bear Lake is one of my favorite places to visit – during springtime or otherwise – and I hope it’s yours too!

Fresh Snow on the Ground and Romance is in the Air

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!

Big Bear snowshoeing and hiking trails

Big Bear hiking trails

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.

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Big Bear snow tubing

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.

Get cozy by the fire in your lodge.

Get cozy by the fire in your lodge.

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.