Big Bear Offers Unique Adventures this Fall

The glorious colors of fall have started to accumulate all around in Big Bear Lake! Soft orange hues, magnificent yellows and contrasting reds are showcased among these mountainous lands as far as the eye can see.

The Big Bear Lake Valley is home to the four glorious seasons of the year – spring, winter, summer  and, of course, Fall. If you live in the inner city, you can sometimes forget the sheer beauty of Mother Nature during her finest time. City life is different than Mountain life – instead of the surrounding sky scrapers, the mountains have tall pines right in your backyard. You may be wondering what could possibly be exciting or adventurous during the fall season here at Big Bear Lake but, on your next weekend or longer get-a-way during the fall, keep in mind the unique activities and events Big Bear has to offer during such a gorgeous time of year:

Mountain Biking Alpine Pedal PathBiking! If you’re coming up to Big Bear and you’re a novice or even a speedster mountain biker, you will be able to experience a ride at 7,000 feet weekends only at Snow Summit. Titled “Snow Summit Summer” the trails typically used for skiers and snowboarders by the thousands in winter is transformed into a bike-riding haven for biker enthusiasts. I love riding the sky chair to the top of the mountainside and taking in the sweeping views. Open on weekends now for the rest of the fall season, you can get a pass and bike around and off the trails for hours. If you’re hungry, stop and grab a kabob or salad at “The View Haus” Restaurant at the top of the mountain high above views of Big Bear Valley – you’ll be certain to see the glorious colors of Big Bear Lake all around you.

Off-Roading! The ultimate off-roading adventure is waiting for you at Big Bear Lake. Of course, you can bring your own vehicle and discover the back roads via information from the local Big Bear Lake Discovery Center or you can choose to participate in a tour given by local experts and guides of the area. From Jeeps you can drive off-road yourself to tours off the back roads on an all-terrain Pinzgauer by the pros. Experience the Big Bear Lake forest like never before on these tours designated for all levels and all experiences. The off-road tours are popular all year round.

Action Zip Line Tours

Action Zip Line Tours

Zip lines! The zip lines available in Big Bear are unlike most in Southern California – situated high above the pines on private property you switch between various levels of platforms with gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. Action Tours presents zip lines like you’ve never seen and fall colors like you’ve never dreamed!

Tree Rope climbing! Also by Action Tours, you can climb your way to the top! The colors of the Big Bear area have never been prettier than situated at the top of a tall pine tree. This three hour hands-on tree climbing adventure tour gives you the most unique view at 7,000 feet and beyond. Don’t forget, some of our trees are unique to our Valley, so this experience will be unique to any other. You’ll be guided by professionals on how to shimmy up a tree and how to hold on tight, so what are you waiting for? Go climb a (pine) tree!

Oktoberfest! During the dates of September 10th to October 29th on weekends, you can check out one of Southern California’s favorite festivals – the Oktoberfest! A favorite event of every age, it offers more than just high-energy German music, beer and food – it also offers, contests (such as stein-carrying and yodeling), games, dancing and unique local vendors and crafts. Held every year at the Big Bear Valley Convention Center, you can even get a FREE ride home if you’ve had a little too much fun. I’ve personally experienced the Oktoberfest every year and it just keeps getting better and better! On Saturdays the festival runs from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight so be sure to buy tickets ahead of time to avoid longer lines. If you decide to visit the Oktoberfest on Sunday, you’ll find a more family friendly experience since the doors close at 5:30 PM. Be sure to take a spin on the giant dance floor! Please remember to drink responsibly and take advantage of the free shuttles both to and from the venue.

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Fall Fishing in Big Bear Lake

If you want to get out of bed and into the great outdoors, perhaps you should grab a rod and bait and reel in some adventure! Big Bear Lake covers 22 miles of shoreline which means there are a lot of different areas to fish from! What better way to see the beauty of the Big Bear Valley than by standing at the edge of the water, serene and peaceful, with beauty all around? Even if you don’t have your own gear, you can rent your rod and reel from various local shops around Big Bear itself. If you are over 16 years of age, please be sure to purchase a California Fishing permit from a marina or sporting goods store to make sure you abide by county laws. Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank at around $13 per person for the daily license. There are several recommended areas to fish from around these parts – take a look at the North Shore area, Stanfield Cutoff and Boulder Bay.

Revised from original blog posted on 9/28/15. See original post…

Fall for Big Bear’s October Events

As the rays of summer turn gold and yellow, it is a sure sign that the sweltering heat is over and the lovely, much cooler days of fall season begin! Big Bear Lake is one of the best destinations for visitors or Southern California residents, with temperatures typically 25 degrees less than the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. When visiting Big Bear Lake one can typically expect the following: mountain charm and rustic décor, homestyle cooking at local restaurants and bars as well as plenty of unique activities and events that are located only in the Big Bear Lake area. Visiting Big Bear and the mountains during fall season offers great photo opportunities as the colors change and the leaves start to fall, creating a beautiful drive or walk around the namesake of Big Bear, the lake! Just be sure to bundle up and dress appropriately for cooler weather; in the mountains it can be sunny for ten minutes and cold the rest of the day, so wear layers to fight off a chill.

If you visit the Big Bear Village area, you can grab some hot cocoa or soup at Teddy Bear Square, or some salsa and chips at El Jacalito. Live music can often be found at The Cave, Chad’s and Whiskey Dave’s. The shopping is great in this area, with everything from winter attire to mugs and scented candles. The Village also offers various forms of entertainment, such as a movie theater, bowling alley, fun plex and more. You won’t get bored in Big Bear, and if you do, go ask for advice in planning your next adventure at the local Visitor’s Center where they offer brochures and a helpful guest services! The Visitors center is open daily and located at 630 Bartlett Road in Big Bear Lake.

Why stay a day when you could stay for two? A fall weekend get-a-way is a lot more affordable for a weekend trip than you might be thinking, with bigbear.com offer exceptional lodging links that include private homes, resorts, bed and breakfasts and ranging from modest to luxury accommodations. Call ahead and see if they offer any sales or discounts for early bird reservations.

Events during the fall season range from the always popular Oktoberfest to Trout Fests, offering a little something for everyone! Let’s take a look at the events happening in October and perhaps one or two will grab your attention and secure you a visit to Big Bear Lake:

Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon / 10 K / 5K
On 10/1/2016 at 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM
This popular race at the start of October will expose you to the glorious fall colors located on North Shore Drive with race options containing a half marathon, 10K and 5K races. Starts and Finishes on 140 Business Center Drive Big Bear Lake, which also the registration area. Call 909-633-6729 for complete details.

The Big Bear Lake Troutfest
On 10/1/2016 at 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Since 2004, the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest has proven to be a popular outing for all members of your family. Come on up and enjoy a weekend among fellow anglers as you fish for fun and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Please call 949-366-0030 for registration details.

The 46th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Every Weekend in October; Saturdays 12 Noon to Midnight; Sundays 12 Noon to 5:30 PM
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for eight weekends, September 10th through October 29th at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. Rated California’s #1 Oktoberfest, expect to see live (German) music, perform the chicken dance and sip on ice cold brews. Don’t forget to try the sauerkraut! Visiting the fest with kids is great on Sundays, offering children and their parents a chance to enjoy a fun and safe environment that closes just in time for dinner! Visit www.bigbearevents.com for more info on this very popular event.

37th Annual Soroptimist’s Hearth & Home Tour
On 10/1/2016 at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
This wonderful tour allows you to see the beauty and charm of some of the best homes located in our small city. Typically decorated for fall with holiday flair, you’ll stroll through four amazing, gorgeous cabins. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Big Bear Visitors Center, Interiors, Haus and Home, Little Green House, Fox Farm Antiques or buy online at www.sibbv.clubexpress.com to secure your place for the 37th home tour.

Alpine Zoo Flashlight Safari
On every Friday and Saturday at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (in October only; regular admission prices apply)
The Big Bear Alpine Zoo will be hosting a Flashlight Safaris every Friday and Saturday for the month of October excluding Halloween and the first Friday and Saturday in November. Exploring the zoo after dark is a treat! Come see how the mountain lions, wolves, grizzly bears, owls and many other animals react to the night life! The Alpine Zoo asks that you bring your flashlight and wear warm clothes.

DOVES “Starry Starry Night” at the Community Church on the Lake
On October 22nd at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Enjoy the show! Held and sponsored by DOVES, the community will rise together in support of ending domestic violence and cruelty through fundraising. Expect to have dinner, dancing and live music along with the silent auction. Held at the Community Church by the lake at 40946 Big Bear Blvd; call 909-866-1546 for complete details or check out www.doves4help.org for auction and ticket sales.

Halloween in The Village
On 10/31/2016 at 4:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Boo! Get the kids ready and dressed up to discover the ultimate trick-or-treat experience! In order to provide a safe environment for the little ones, the main Village streets close to provide easy walking (or running) for all involved. Local businesses’ come to life at night and hand out candy and other treats. Parking is available at 630 Bartlett Road as well as public restrooms. Have fun and enjoy this spooky holiday!

As you can see, October has plenty of events and adventures for friends, couples and parents! Plan ahead and enjoy the beautiful scenery Big Bear Lake has to offer this fall season.

Time for a Road Trip this Autumn Season

Cooler weather has settled in and warmer weather is on the way out, indicating fall is on its way to Big Bear Lake. Now is a great time to take a road trip to see what Big Bear offers this time of year. Big Bear is a true four season alpine resort and calls us in year round with the tree tops soaring high into the clouds, the bountiful fresh lake and the crisp, clean air that are all inviting to the senses.

Mountain Biking Alpine Pedal PathPerhaps you want to make this trip more than just a drive or as a casual passerby to the scenic route. It doesn’t matter if you’re from San Diego or Las Vegas, taking a weekend get-a-way and turning it into the ultimate road trip, makes it an experience to remember!

From experience, a road trip can start off several ways. It can be planned and well mapped out with lengthy travel itineraries or, it can be an impromptu journey, far from home to your destination of choice, with little planning and just enjoying everything along the way. A road trip to Big Bear can be satisfying, and depending on the time of season, taking in a little of the unknown. In summertime and the fall, cruising over to the mountainscape of Big Bear Lake typically means lots of selfie and photo breaks, roadside cafes, amazing views and a fully loaded itinerary with the usual must haves: an activity for the whole group, a history lesson, a unique dining experience and a relaxation motivator, nature and some decent lodging for the weekend of your road trip. Getting there may take sometime, but arriving is where all the fun’s at!

Planning ahead vs. the Unknown
You are likely to have friends or family that run the gamut of different personalities. Sometimes, it can be hard to please everyone and to be on the same page. Even just getting to your destination of choice can bring on a migraine. It’s best to take a list and check it twice, just to be sure some essentials are on board (or at least in the trunk) such as music, sunblock, proper clothing, gum and lots of snacks. Knowing when and where you’ll need lodging is also apart of the unknown or planning ahead category. Since you’re heading to Big Bear Lake, the site bigbear.com makes it a snap to locate lodging at home or on-the-go. Make sure to discuss with friends or family beforehand what matters to them most in their accommodations. Big Bear offers PLENTY of choices from B&Bs to private homes rentals, hostels, condos, resort cabins, hotels and motels. If your group can get on board and pick a place, you’ll start out a step ahead of the game!

Food!
Depending on where you are traveling from, you will find yourself stopping at the convenience store for snacks, food truck or travel-friendly diner. Since Big Bear is a short drive away, I recommend to wait until you arrive and enjoy one of Big Bear Lake’s restaurants. They go above and beyond casual food fare and serve everything from gluten free to sushi to T-bone steaks. We like to think there is a little something for everyone, and you’ll get it at 7,000 feet!

History, Interrupted
A relaxing summer and fall road trip to the mountains with your kids or with your best girlfriends means you can choose to learn a lot or a little! Big Bear Alpine Zoo is perfect for both kids and adults, where everyone can take in the sight of a Grizzly Bear or a cute, harmless owl. Admission supports and benefits animals whom have been danger or wounded in the wild, and everyone loves a good cause! If you’re an educational sponge, soak up some nature knowledge at the Big Bear Discovery Center, where you can learn all about this majestic valley. Even if you have young kids in your party, they will have fun outside in the Adventure Zone built just for them to crawl, climb and jump around in.

Take a hike or Take a tour
You may be itching to stretch those legs after the couple of hours spent in the car but someone in your group keeps complaining that they want to see more than just the flora and fauna side of things. Well, maybe you can agree to disagree? While some of your friends take a hike – Woodland Trail, Cougar Crest, Pine Knot – just to name a few, the others in your group may want to soar above it all with a outdoor tour from Helicopter Big Bear or take a rough and tumble four-wheel-drive experience with a Jeep Tour. Big Bear Lake is famous for its lake with 22 miles of shoreline, so why ride a jet ski, paddle activity or take a chance at fishing? Even if your idea of a vacation is to sit back, you can do that too, just by visiting the downtown Village and have a spa day finished off with a beer or mimosas at one of the many rustic, welcoming breweries, bars or pubs.

If your destination is Big Bear this summer and fall, then there are loads of different ways to see and experience the Great Outdoors. Driving around, flying around, walking around, swimming around and biking around are just some of the many ways to connect with nature and your friends and family on a road trip to one of the best destinations in Southern California. There are various events and competitions every weekend, including concerts and fall festivals. I hear the Oktoberfest is soon to arrive! If there ever was a time for a road to Big Bear Lake, it should be now!

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.

Kids Adventure Games this Weekend

Summer fun in Big Bear Lake isn’t just for adults! While a variety of activities cater to children and tots of all ages, none have been so accommodating as a new series set for younger children and pre-teens at Bear Lake’s tourist favorite, Bear Mountain – called “The Inaugural Big Bear Kids Adventure Games“. During the winter season, when the snow and holidays are upon us, Bear Mountain (and the sister resort, Snow Summit) caters as the ultimate Southern California ski resort for people from Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and beyond looking for fun in the snow.

Kids Adventure Games event at Bear Mountain

Kids Adventure Games at Bear Mountain

The Inaugural Big Bear Kids Adventure Games runs this weekend, September 3rd and 4th, open for kids’ ages 6 through 14 to compete here in Big Bear Lake. The basics and main idea of these games is for children and pre-teens to learn the value of team work and to build positive relationships with others, as well as work toward a common goal. Your child can experience this thrill seeking experience built just for them, and safely! Your children can expect kid sized mountain biking, hiking, zip-lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slip-n-Slide, river tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more. This is a one of a kind experience that’s perfect for an active or athletic child who wants to do something beyond karate lessons or a stint on their local baseball or soccer teams. While promoting the great outdoors and experiencing a new type of exploration and athletic freedom, kids will grow and learn skills to better their confidence and their broader life skills in any direction they choose. If your kids developed a love for the Olympic Games this past month, this is an event they can’t miss! Plus, it is the perfect excuse to plan a weekend trip to a gorgeous, fun filled destination just a short drive from most Los Angeles and Bay areas.

They’ll also have time to practice before the big weekend! The Kids Adventure Games instructors will offer an optional activity for all participants, starting Saturday afternoon, on September 3rd from 1-5 PM. The clinic will be taught by local experts and last approximately 4 hours. The handy clinic is a wealth of information, including mountain biking techniques, climbing and rope skills, teamwork goals and adventure racing 101! Email info@kidsadventuregames.com or call Denise at (415) 827-0560 for information regarding the clinic for the Adventure Games.

Everyone loves awards! All participating/registered kids will be given a certificate of completion upon finishing the race awards ceremony. Awards will be given to top teams in each age category, special awards for sportsmanship as well as spirit and environmental consciousness. The party will conclude with a prize raffle for all participants. Time may be subject to change; awards ceremony will begin within 20 minutes of the last team completing the race.

Here is a list of the scheduled events:
Saturday, September 3
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Skills Clinic Check In
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Adventure Racers Check In
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Optional Skills Clinic

Sunday, September 4
8:00am – Wave #1 Racers Arrive – place equipment in transition area and fit harness
8:30am – Safety Talk and Race Instructions
9:00am – Wave #1 Racers Start – two minute intervals between each 2 teams
9:30am – Wave #2 Racers Arrive – place equipment in transition area and fit harness
10:00am – Safety Talk and Race Instructions
10:30am – Wave #2 Racers Start – two minute intervals between each 2 teams
11:00am – Wave #3 Racers Arrive – place equipment in transition area and fit harness
11:30am – Safety Talk and Race Instructions
12:00pm – Wave #3 Racers Start – two minute intervals between each 2 teams
2:30pm – After Party and Awards Ceremony
The Inaugural Big Bear Kids Adventure Games runs the weekend of September 3rd and 4th, with more information available at http://www.bigbearmountainresorts.com/events/kid-adventure-games and the main website, https://kidsadventuregames.redpodium.com/big-bear-kag-2016. Come on up! Big Bear Lake is the place to play!

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!

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.