Labor Day Weekend Activities

Do you recall your last Labor Day weekend? Do you remember your last trip to the mountains? Make this Labor Day memorable, and spend it in Big Bear Lake.

A charming mountain community boasting a serene lake with 20+ miles of shoreline, you’re bound to find an activity – or even a yard sale – to fit your three day weekend. As a community member of this resort town, I’m happy to blog about Big Bear Lake’s finest.

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Beautiful Summer View in Big Bear Lake, CA

Boating is an activity for both young and old(er) and is one of the more prominent water activities here. In a town with 6 full service marinas and 2 public boat launch ramps, you can partake in this sport so long as you have a standard driver’s license. From pontoon boats with ample shade from the sun to speed boats equipped with the best motors, there is little better than fishing from your own boat or traversing a small cove on the blue waters of our lake. You may have heard that the lake level is lower this year but, don’t worry, there is still plenty of lakeside fun to be had! You won’t miss anything if you choose to take a guided boat tour of the gorgeous lake, with a kind guide at-the-ready with historic and interesting Big Bear Lake facts. You can pick from 4 different boats to tour upon for an hour and a half – The Pine Knot Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat, The Big Bear Queen, Holloway’s Time Bandit Pirate Ship and the Captain John’s Cruise Boat. Be sure to bring your camera, sunscreen and a hat before setting foot on the boat for a great experience!

Water sports and Jet Ski rentals also happen to be popular on Big Bear Lake, and are sure to give you a thrill! Start off slow and take a lesson with a pro and you’ll be off and flying on a wakeboard in no time. Kids especially love to try the “snowboarding” of water sports, and wake boarding school is available for all ages throughout the summer season on Big Bear Lake. While enjoying your holiday, you can also rent a Kayak or Canoe for two and sail along the gorgeous shoreline. Picnicking by the shore is a great way to have lunch with an amazing view – I suggest Meadow’s Edge Picnic area on the North Shore – and there are even barbecues for your use. Just keep in mind when parking in the National Forest that a $5 Adventure Pass is required during your trip when parking your vehicle off-road. However, the rest of the town will be available with FREE parking at every location.

Driving around Big Bear Lake during Labor Day weekend, especially in a residential area, you’ll run into an assortment of treasures and odds-n-ends for sale at the locals’ yard sales. Labor Day is considered the most popular day in the USA to go on treasure hunts, and Big Bear Lake’s unique rustic atmosphere is bound to offer a different assortment of items to find.

Looking for something cool to do this Labor Day weekend? Check out the rod riders of Big Bear’s Cool Run in the Mountains car show. Featuring 20 awards, classic and vintage cars, raffles and 50/50 drawings – this event takes place September 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM at 42825 Big Bear Blvd next door to the previously mentioned Big Bear Speedway. Check it out on your own or with the whole gang! You can even invite Fido (so long as/he is leashed).

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Mining for Treasure

Do your kids get bored easily? Even over the holidays? It’s hard to imagine a bored child in Big Bear but, it’s happens and one company in particular strives to take the boredom out of the kid with their “Ancient Sea” Treasure Hunts. You pick the adventure and select a different treasure tank filled with precious treasures: shells, gemstones, sea life… even shark teeth! You then take your chest and use the provided sleuth to “mine” for the treasures. It’s a really popular activity, and one to surely take the boredom out of anyone’s day.

Check out the newest sport craze to hit our small mountain community – Tree rope climbing! Featuring aerial views and a course in climbing with experts, you get the full scope of a tour through the trees with Action Tree rope climbing tours. Their motto is safety first, fun second – so you don’t have to worry about training or specific exercises – they will guide you with the skills and determination of a pro. Each tours lasts 3 hours and costs $101 per person. Climbing trees like a kid has never been easier here in Big Bear Lake!

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Sunset Helicopter Tour

Try something different during your three-day-weekend! Check out the Segway Tours offered by Action Tours. Take a ride on a X2 Segway for an incredible 2 hours through their unique town and forest tours. Learn the history of big Bear from reliable and educated guides, all the while speeding along on your Segway. The tours are even offered year round! As you speed past the tall pines and views of the lake, you’ll remember why the call this holiday a three-day-weekend.

Thanks for reading. We hope you have a fun and amazing Labor Day Weekend in Big Bear Lake, CA!

Your Key to Beat the Heat this Labor Day Weekend

That summer heat can be unbearable! Especially as it creeps up to triple digits, nothing is less enjoyable than sitting in your living room sweating.

If you’re tired of sweltering temperatures in Southern California, it’s time for a mountain getaway to Big Bear Lake. Escape the heat and experience the mountains! After one dip in the cool lake or an early morning hike, memories of afternoons feeling like you’re in a sauna will slip away.

It’s nothing but refreshing up here.

Perfect timing too! Labor Day is just around the corner. This iconic three-day weekend is your perfect excuse to pack up and head to a higher elevation.

On top of that, Big Bear goes all out to celebrate the holiday. So for your upcoming Big Bear excursion, here are some of our favorite recommendations.

Activities

mem-wknd-eblast-580-x-300During the summer, the lake is our favorite place to be! The whole village revolves around the water. It’s probably because the fresh mountain water always stays cool. Especially for those last weeks of summer, the water temperature is absolutely perfect.

We love the water sports up here so much we dedicated an entire article to it!

Boating
Fishing
Canoe/ Kayaking
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Of course there are other great things you can do up here if you’re not keen on the water scene. There’s mountain biking, zip lining, golfing, hiking and more. Check out the full fall lineup of activities her

Labor Day Festivities

While there is always something to do in Big Bear, we put together some special events every Labor Day.

Music in the Mountains

Wrapping up the last weeks of the summer, the Music in the Mountains concert series always delights guests. Currently celebrating their 10th season, this concert series is fun for all ages.

Labor Day weekend will be their season finale.

Jim Curry, A Tribute to the Music of John Denver
Saturday, September 5th
6pm to 9:30pm
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Art on the Corner

Music, art and wine- what more could you want? This new art show features the best fine art and craftsmanship in the area.

Saturday & Sunday, September 5th-6th
10am-6pm
The Xmas Tree Lot at Pine Knot and Village Drive

Fall Festivities Continued…

Labor Day weekend isn’t the only excuse to visit Big Bear. In fact, with the changing leaves and cool crisp mountain air, fall is our favorite season.

The fall Big Bear Village event line up continues well into October!


12th Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails

This is the biggest fall time snowboard event out there! This annual event kicks off the winter season with 40 pros competing for some sweet prizes.

Saturday, September 19th
9am-6pm

Octoberfest

This event serves up everything from classic German food to dancing to stein carrying contests. And how could we forget about the log sawing competition? This event never fails to provide anything short of a stupendous time! In fact, it’s the #1 ranked Oktoberfest in all of Southern California.

Weekends: September 19th- October 31st
Saturdays: Noon–Midnight
Sundays: Noon–5:30pm
Big Bear Lake Convention Center

Lodging

We know you have lots of different options to choose from. From cozy mountain hideaways to rustic cabins, Big Bear offers it all.

At International Travelers House, we go above and beyond to provide more than just “lodging.” Our Mountain Adventure Lodge has all the essentials: comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and a gorgeous fireplace to curl up next to.

Staying at an ITH property goes far beyond the basics.

It’s an experience. From two free, home-cooked meals each day to free adventures, we emphasize the adventure side of your vacation. Did we mention we have a speedboat? We also have game rooms, volleyball courts and more.

No matter what weekend you decide to visit Big Bear, you can guarantee a memorable experience when stay at the Mountain Adventure Lodge.

Unique and Fun Summer Activities

The last month of summer vacation is here! It’s time to set up the BBQs and stick your feet in the lake! Summer in California offers a unique advantage over other states – we have plenty of seasons and varied destinations including Big Bear Lake located in sunny Southern California! With over 22 miles of lakeside shoreline and with temperatures never soaring higher than an average 85 degrees, you can beat the heat in this small mountain town, starting with numerous unique and fun outdoor activities all summer long.

Let’s take a look at some of these unique summer activities Big Bear has to offer:

Action Tree Climbing

Action Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing by Action Tours – Ever wanted to face the treetops and gaze at the land beyond? Then climb a tree! New to the valet this year, Action Tours offers yet another hands-on-friendly-adventure in the Big Bear Lake area. Their motto is safety first, fun second. Tree rope climbing is 3 hour guided tour, and a must for all adventure-seekers looking just to “hang out” this summer in Big Bear.

Wakeboarding – Our marina’s offer training and a certified boat driver in order to get the most fun out of Wakeboarding. You will learn how to stand on the wake board and learn all the tips and tricks of the wake boarding trade in order to have the most fun on the water!

Fly boarding by Action Tours – If you are looking for a trip on the waters of pristine Big Bear Lake, look no further than the Fly boarding adventure for the ultimate lakeside thrill. Be propelled into the air by jets of water streaming from your hands and an experience a new way to fly. Taking notes from the popular series “Iron Man” you can be just like your favorite hero and “Fly” around on the waters. There are trained handlers with every flight, and starts at $135 per person. Action Tours also offers a military discount for all you thrill seekers!

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Big Bear Jeep Experience – Off Roading

Off-Roading Jeeps and Tours – The Big Bear Jeep Experience and Big Bear Off-Road Adventures offer two different off-road tours. For the Big Bear Jeep Experience tours, depending on age and experience, YOU get to drive the Jeep and follow the tour guide. Places such as Holcomb Valley and Skyline are up for exploration! They even offer a kid friendly mining experience. The trails they take you on go from mild to rugged and is considered an ultimate off-roading experience in the valley. The Big Bear Off-Road Adventures is a year round 4 wheel drive tour with group discounts available as well as different tours for all types of participants ranging from small to old. They take you on a Pinzgauer vehicle and can enjoy the sights of Wild Horse Meadow, Lodgepole Pine and many more on this terrific trip.

Helicopter Big Bear – If you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, look no further than 2-3 personal helicopter tour around the valley and back again. They consider themselves Big Bear’s most unique attraction and offer an aerial view like no others. Pricing starts at just $35 per person and seeing the sights from high above will make you come back and explore more from the ground. Take a new tour during each trip to Big Bear Lake, such as Tour Tango or Alpha. With your expert guides, Big Bear Lake has never looked better!

Big Bear Girls’ Getaway Weekend Ideas

To all the ladies who need a weekend to slip away to focus on rejuvenation and good times, Big Bear has exactly what you are looking for. Our cherished mountain home skillfully blends rustic charm with serenity, while whetting your appetite for adventure. Just a short drive from both LA and San Diego, this affordable destination will be just what the doctor ordered for your next girls getaway weekend.

For your weekend celebrating all the fabulous ladies in your life, here’s the insider’s guide to Big Bear.

For that Wild Side

An adrenaline rush isn’t just for the guys. That wild side calling out for good times doesn’t distinguish. So, for the ladies itching for adventure, strap on a helmet and hold on for the top Big Bear conquests.

-Jet Skiing-

Thrill seekers go no farther. Just hop on a jet ski and let ‘er rip! Feel the rush as you whisk around the lake with ease.

-Big Bear Speedway-

Racers start your engines. Then, buckle up because this kart-racing route is more than two miles long, averaging 10-14 laps per heat.

-Zip Lining-

Need for speed has been the theme for Big Bear. Zip lining is no different. Reaching speeds of over 40 mph as you soar through the trees, this adventure isn’t for the faint of heart.

For Rejuvenation

Let the stress ease away as you focus on revitalization. Between the fresh air and stunning scenery, the mountains are just good for the soul. If you are seeking the powers of rejuvenation, these activities will leave you renewed and full of energy. Before you know it, you will be up for anything life feels like throwing your way.

-Kayaking-

Tranquility has a new meaning after silently gliding over the lake. Explore new coves. Take in the wildlife. Go at a different pace. Slowing down in a kayak will help you experience life at a deeper level.

-Horseback Riding-

Saddle up cowgirl; horseback riding on Big Bear’s backwoods trails is awe-inspiring. Especially if you sneak away during the winter, the calmness and stillness in the woods is a new type of serenity.

-Massages & Spas-

You can’t talk girls’ weekend without a spa day. Big Bear has a fantastic lineup of spas and salons for the full pampering experience.

For Hibernation

No matter your adventure level, at some point you and your tribe of ladies will need to crash. But, that doesn’t mean the experience goes to rest. Here are three different lodging options to maximize experience without giving up the amenities of home.

The best part is they all come with FREE home-cooked breakfasts and dinners.

-Glamping-

May we present glamping—the art of luxurious camping while keeping true to your glamorous self. Hey, camping isn’t for everyone. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the same opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. So, grab a sleeping bag, a tent and your sense of adventure for a night outdoors.

This specialty experience is courtesy of International Traveler’s House and is housed at the Camp 49er.

 

-Private Hostel Dorm Room-

If you’re looking for a lively community to call home for the weekend, then International Traveler’s House is your place. With private dorm style rooms, you and your cohorts can each enjoy your own bed but still keep conversations going into the wee hours of the night. Added perk: few things compare to curling up next to an enormous fireplace.

 

If you are looking to set your bachelorette party apart or just want to sneak away with the ladies for a girls getaway weekend, Big Bear is your ultimate getaway destination. For fun, adventure and rejuvenation, we have it all.

Top Lake Activities in Big Bear

Summer is just around the corner, and with warmer temperatures comes lake activities. At Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge, we are huge fans of everything water related! From splashing, to gliding to enjoying a jaunt around the lake, there are countless ways to experience our pristine lake.

Any adrenaline junkies itching to get out and ride the wakes out there? If so, here are your top two Big Bear lake activities:

Waterskiing, Wakeskating & Wakeboarding

Few things compare to the rush of the waves beneath you as you glide over the water. We don’t discriminate between boards or skis, just as long as you’re having a good time.

Boating - Lake Activities Big BearHaven’t heard of wake skating? Well the thrill seeker in you is about to rejoice. This is the next step after conquering wakeboarding. No longer strapped to the board, this wakeboarding adaptation brings a new challenge to the water. Similar to skateboarding, wakeskating boards are covered with grip tape and give you the chance to try out a whole spectrum of new tricks.

Here are four places for rentals:
• North Shore Landing
• Holloway’s Marina
• Designated Wakesports
• Big Bear Marina

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is the ultimate racing experience! Even if you’ve never done it, this sport is easy to learn.

• Big Bear Marina
• North Shore Landing
• Designated Wakesports
• Pine Knot Marina Parasail & Waverunners

We are firm believers that no matter your style, there are countless ways to enjoy Big Bear. So, for the mellow at heart, here are two lake activities to enjoy the tranquility of the lake:

Fishing

Enjoy the thrill of reeling in the big one! This pastime is perfect for heading out solo, with groups or one on one. No matter your style, by boat or from the shore, it’s going to be a memorable affair.

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Rather than speed, choose instead the serenity of gliding across the lake. You’ll have a whole new view of Big Bear by going at a different pace. See if you can find any lily pads or new coves just waiting to be explored.

Conclusion
Summer in Big Bear creates countless opportunities to explore new adventures on the lake! Make your getaway a memorable one by staying at Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge. We are built on the foundation of proving memorable events for our guests. We even take our guests out on various adventures in the summer, including boating!

And the boat is officially up and running for the season!

And there’s nothing better than finishing up a long day playing on the lake with a home-cooked meal. As it turns out, home-cooked meals are our specialty! We serve up two of them daily to guests. All complimentary.

So, if you are looking to make the most of your Big Bear getaway this year, consider Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Activities & Events

Big Bear Lake is a popular resort destination for Southern California and many visit during Memorial Day Weekend to kick-off the summer season!

I thought it would be a great idea to take a look at the various events and activities going on around this small resort community located in the San Bernardino Mountain range at 7,000+ feet this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the 25th of May.

Memorial Day is a national celebration that started on May 30th 1868, as a day representing the memories and lives of fallen veterans throughout history and takes place on the last Monday of May each year. Celebrations and parades are typically held and found among various larger city dwellings, and usually there are ceremonies and fireworks displays in honor of the past.

mem-wknd-eblast-580-x-300I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Big Bear Lake multiple times in the past and always take an outing on holidays due to the small resort community only being around a two hour drive from my Los Angeles home. I pack up the little ones (and the family dog too – Big Bear is very pet friendly!) and we are just a short ride away from seasonal snow, a gorgeous lake and boating, or a hike through the tall pines. Quite a contrast from the city dwellings and wasteland of LA! Memorial Day is a great excuse to get up to Big Bear Lake and experience the wealth of activities and events going on during the holiday. Let’s check them out!

Big Bear Lake event organizers hold the 3rd annual Memorial Day 5K Fun Run in honor of the veterans and to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. The race offers a scenic and challenging race over the various terrain of the valley along the border of the National Forest. It starts around 7 AM and features a lifestyle expo. Take a look at openairbigbear.com or runbigbearlake.com to see how to sign up. Even if you don’t race, it’s always fun to be a spectator!

The Antique Car Club Show and Shine offers fun for the entire family! Located at the Big Bear Snow Play parking area, you can check out rare and vintage automobiles. There isn’t any charge and the location is just outside the city!

The Big Bear Lake History Museum opens for the season on Memorial Weekend. Your kids will love checking out the local artifacts that are on display. Located close to the airport, you can also take a look around Big Bear City and the local restaurants and businesses located there.

Scenic Sky Chair at Snow SummitWith a name like Big Bear Lake I’m sure you’re expecting a lake, right? Well, Big Bear Lake is open and ready for boating, swimming and general lake activities – the lakeside parks are also open to use for BBQs and picnicking. Rent a boat at any one of the fine marinas around town and experience all the views and wonder Big Bear has to offer from the forefront of the water. Perhaps check out the very popular Time Bandit Boat Tour located at Holloway’s Marina – my kids love seeing the crew in authentic pirate costume and watching the coast from the deck of the ship. On May 24th Captain John’s Marina is hosting a summer kick-off party from 12 Noon to 3 PM. There will be a catered Tropical BBQ, Vintage Bohemian Shopping with the Wild Banshees and their Fashion Truck along with live music by One Story for your entertainment.

Take a walk around the Village in downtown and you’ll find plenty of local shops and eateries. You’ll also come across The Cave, a larger event venue which typically offers live music or shows. On Memorial Day weekend, you’ll find Stephen Pearcy at The Cave. He’s the Lead vocalist and song writer for the mega platinum rock band “RATT” performing at The Cave on May 23rd starting at 7 PM until 9 PM.

Hiking trails are a great way to see the beautiful Big Bear Valley, and are relatively FREE! All you need is an Adventure Pass at $5 per car to park in the National Forested areas. Hikes range from kid-friendly and beginner to moderate and expert for all sizes of legs and gaits. Trails are pet friendly, just keep them on a leash. Some of my family’s favorite hikes include the guided nature walk at the Discovery Center and the Woodland Trail just across the way from the Alpine Peddle Path – there is even a bike rental shop called Paddles and Peddles stationed at the start. If you’re looking for a hike with STUNNING views and picturesque landscape, definitely take a hike up Castle Rock Trail – you won’t regret it!

If you are interested in mountain biking, there are plenty of options. Take a ride on the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair and hit the trails on their Bike Park. There are also guided mountain bike tours or rent a bike and create your own adventure.

As you can see, there are tons of events and activities to be found over Memorial Weekend – and at 7,000 feet, you are sure to live it up! If you are interested in saving money on your vacation, visit BigBear.com’s Memorial Weekend Ideas & Deals page.

– So Cal Adventurer

Big Bear Mountain Biking Trails for Beginners

Big Bear has an abundance of fantastic activities to fill long summer days. One of the mountain’s favorite past times is mountain biking. And with over one hundred miles of trails and forest service roads waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder why.

For those novice mountain bike riders, here are 3 perfect beginner trails:Mountain Biking Alpine Pedal Path

1- Alpine Pedal Path

This paved path on the north side of the lake is the perfect place to acclimate to both the elevation and adjust to the mountain bike frame.

The trail starts on the west side of North Shore Elementary School. It is about 2.5 miles long and wraps up just before the intersection of North Shore Drive and North Shore Lane.

2- Alpine Offshoots

If you feel comfortable on the mountain bike, there are several offshoot trails following along the Alpine Pedal Path. They will be adjacent to the pedal path, so bikers can switch back and forth between trails.

3- Snow Summit

Bikers looking to take their skills to the next level have two great options just behind Snow Summit Mountain Resort’s parking lot. While differing in degrees of difficulty, both are forest service roads. There won’t be any overly technical elements on either trail.

The Town Trail heading directly to the West is a more mild and flat road. If bikers follow the road for 3 miles, they will intersect with Kickerbocker Road. From here, you can head directly into town.

Mountain Biking AdventureThe other option is to climb towards the top of Snow Summit Mountain. While this 2.2-mile climb isn’t technical, it will be a healthy workout. The stunning views of the lake will be well worth the climb. Not to mention having an easy descent to look forward to.

Off the Map

As we mentioned, Big Bear has over 100 miles of trails and road. There are countless little trails in the area that don’t always show up on mainstream maps. Stop by Chains Required Bike Shop or Potter’s Mountain Sports & Rentals or Bear Valley Bikes to have the experts help find the trail that is right for you. They also have a wide range of bike rentals. From full suspension, to downhill, to trail bikes; they have something for every style of rider.

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Once you get a taste of mountain biking, you’ll never want to stop! And Big Bear is the perfect place to learn as they have trails suited for every level. One you graduate from beginner, you can test out other Big Bear trails like Castle Rock Trail or Pine Knot Trail.

Make your biking trip the ultimate adventure by choosing the Mountain Adventure Lodge for your getaway accommodations.

We make your adventures even better by serving up complimentary hot breakfasts and dinners. Just think about how amazing it will be to show up to a warm home-cooked dinner after a day out on the trails. Sore after climbing to Snow Summit? Join us for some of our weekly activities. An afternoon yoga session or morning paddle boarding is the prefect cure to ease sore muscles.

More than just a place to crash, at International Traveler’s House Mountain Adventure Lodge, we work to make your entire trip a memorable adventure.

Family Friendly Restaurants in Big Bear

When one thinks dining, they may think of exotic cuisine, varied tastes, the frequented corner restaurant or even fast food… During a vacation, food can be either the highlight or the most stressful aspect. Have kids? Little ones? I am pretty sure you know what I am talking about when I say dining out becomes a family affair.

Finding family friendly restaurant options on your vacation can be a headache – especially with Fido! Pet friendly dining is too little and far between when you are trying to wrestle the kids into eating healthy or even just eating out. Fear not Big Bear Lake visitors – I have the perfect family friendly (along with some pet friendly!) dining options just for you. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner covered during your upcoming or current Big Bear Lake adventure. If you’re heading up for snow or for the sun during Big Bear’s one of four popular seasons, the activities kids can participate in are endless! After all that hiking, sledding or ski lessons the kids and bound to be looking for grub. Here are some personal family friendly places my kids enjoy every season.

The most important meal of the day is breakfast – it has been proven! For any active child or family, a hearty meal is the only way to start the day. We like to head over to Grizzly Manor Cafe when we visit Big Bear – it has the perfect local charm! The “decorated” walls keep the kids entertained and the snappy waitresses keep you on your heels. They are famous for their delicious extra-large pancakes. Warning: You will have to pour your own coffee, so don’t expect to flag down the waitress. The cafe is tiny – get there early especially for a family of 4 or more. Come, hungry – the portions are huge and meant to be reckoned with.

My kids love the different places to eat in Big Bear Lake – lunchtime is their favorite time! Amangela’s Sandwich and Bagel House offers indoor and outdoor seating along with kid-friendly food such as tasty sandwiches and chips. The owners are good people who serve quality ingredients in their food and use organic and fair trade produce as much as possible. Located in the The Village downtown, they are just a few blocks away from the lake and local movie theater for some after lunch entertainment. Another lunch and kid friendly option located near the ski resorts is also Bear Belly Deli – a custom sandwich shop with fresh meats and cheeses – and the selection is huge! Sometimes getting away from the crowds in The Village and ski resorts is a good thing, and this Deli sure fits the bill as both family friendly and delicious.

For an old west experience, check out the Cowboy Express Steakhouse located just a small drive west of The Village. They advertise some of the “best grub on the mountain” and have a sociable atmosphere and as far as I’m concerned, a really good menu selection for everyone in your family! If you have fussy children, they even offer semi-private rooms and fun decor for the entire family to enjoy.

What kid doesn’t like pizza? And games? And laser tag? Noble Roman’s Pizzeria located in Big Bear’s Funplex game and kid zone offers the yummy brand name pizza at a great rate, along with the games and rides, you can get a great package. The lazer tag arena will help you burn off the calories faster than you can imagine, and, couple it with addictive video games and you have a surefire winner for entertaining a kid of any age. Next door to the Funplex is the Bowling Barn which has glow bowling (in evenings) for the kids along with added bumpers if needed as well as regular bowling for the adults to partake in. You can also try the bar food from their mini restaurant and karaoke if the kids have a Nanny along, allowing the adults to make the most of your evening out in Big Bear Lake.

If all else fails and you’re hosting a lot of kids and adults, check out Big Bear’s own personal chef  – with a flair of custom main courses and special desserts, you can’t go wrong! Chef Allan even caters to personal homes with kitchens.

Spring Break Trip Ideas

“Spring break! Spring break! Spring break!” That’s the excited voices of every young child, teen and college student in America. The extended vacation time is fast approaching, and with that comes a lot of trip planning over where you are going to stay, go eat and play during all the free time. Big Bear Lake is echoed as one of So Cal’s favorite spring break destinations because spring up in Big Bear means sunny, blue skies and snow to play in and slopes to shred across.

1609772_10152281878847176_668310728_nMy family and I started planning a month ahead of schedule, as to prepare for the exciting adventure with two college students, a toddler and one teen in tow. Having never visited the Big Bear community, I was unsure where to start on planning our spring break, much less where to eat or stay around this not-far-from LA mountain community. Research came first so, I checked out BigBear.com and learned that both of their popular ski resorts were open: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. I have been obsessed with checking the weather and noted that no matter what, during the winter season I would need to carry chains in my Honda – it’s the law! Looking up the mountain resorts, I knew my college kids were already proficient in their snowboarding abilities, but my toddler needed ski lessons.

I noticed I could call 800-424-4232 (or 800-424-4232) for some local guidance and booking knowledge, but instead I decided to see how far I would get on my own. Starting on BigBear.com, I looked into various lodging types in Big Bear: resorts, lodges, Bed and Breakfast’s, mini cabins and plenty of personal homes to be rented. I noted the various specials and deals and noticed a few package ideas that could work in my favor, and decided to call 800-4-BIGBEAR. Luckily, I spoke with an informative and speedy Big Bear local whom informed me that due to our party size and needs (we wanted to be close to restaurants for the hungry kids) that perhaps best location would be the village area (downtown) which is only a few miles away from both ski resorts. We learned that Big Bear is less than 20 miles in length and almost everything we needed was just around the corner. I couldn’t wait to explore! Another tip I learned was our lodging was close enough to just drop my kids off at the ski resorts for their ski lesson or to snowboard and drive back the short distance to my accommodations or enjoy another activity. Sounded great!

Since we were opting to stay 3 days in Big Bear, we needed a plethora of spring break trip ideas. While speaking with the agent, he mentioned a great “Adventure Package” that would discount my stay and be able to book an activity with the “Action Tours” company. This adventure company specializes in zip lining courses, segway tours and tree rope climbing. During the times the lake in Big Bear is open to the public, they also offer flyboarding tours. I decided to sign myself and my teen up for the afternoon zip line tour on the same day my college kids planned to snowboard along with my toddler, whom my husband would have his hands full with without mom around. I wanted to have fun too! I whipped out my credit card and paid over the phone for my stay and activities. The experience was super friendly and super easy!

After a lot of contemplating, my spring break plan was as follows: Start driving from Los Angeles (a little less than two hours away) with the family in tow for our Big Bear Lake three day adventure. I hoped to hit minimal traffic by starting around 7 or 8 AM to have the kids on the slopes by the half day ticket time and myself and my teen in line and ready for the Action Tour at around noon. The Big Bear agent had told me over the phone to dine in town at one of the many places that served home-style breakfast (hopefully it will include a much needed mimosa). My toddler was signed up in advance for the ski school, and my husband planned to watch her from the deck area of the resort while enjoying the fresh air. After our activities, we could check-in to our accommodations at in the later afternoon. Of course, with it being spring break, we expect this quaint resort town to be busy and populated but, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a relaxing time, especially, when you take note of the various things to do around town. Besides the skiing, zip lining and dining I also had the weekend packed with fun items to do, nobody on this spring break adventure was going to claim they were bored! We had a hike or two we wanted to take, some fish to catch and a concert event (at The Cave) to see during our trip. We knew that we would walk away with a few souvenirs to take back home including a stuffed toy bear at some point and planned ahead to bring cameras, lots of sun block and extra groceries. I was also well aware that the pristine weather could change at any time and planned to take a few extra blankets, socks and, of course, marshmallows to roast.

With a little pre-planning and an eye for adventure, anyone can have the time of their life in Big Bear Lake. I hope my spring break trip ideas help with your research and maybe we will see you there, enjoying the fun and the snow in Southern California!

Big Bear Valentine’s Day Getaway on a Budget

Big Bear is a magical place this time of year, making it the perfect vacation spot for your Valentine’s Day weekend. If you are looking to enjoy an enchanting getaway without breaking the bank, here are budget recommendations.

What to Do:

Many of Big Bear’s activities are year long, with the addition of several winter specialties.

Where to Eat:

Big Bear has a great section of restaurants, but if you are looking to save on extra food costs, consider these options:

• Pack a picnic & hot cocoa.
• Go to a bar and enjoy appetizers with a view of the lake, close to or at the ski resorts or in the Village.
• Rather than go out for dinner, just go out for dessert! Big Bear has a dozen restaurants serving up spectacular desserts. If you are looking for dessert on the go, check out the Gelato shop.

Inside Big Bear CabinWhere to Stay:

Hostels are one of the most affordable options in Big Bear. And at the Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge, they take affordability to the max with free home cooked dinners and breakfasts. With private room options, they offer the perfect budget escape.

If you are wanting a cabin experience, try one of our romantic and unique cabins located in the forest, lakefront, near the Village or close to the ski resorts. Big Bear offers a variety of affordable lodging to suit each visitor’s needs.

DIY Gifts:

For some couples, the experience is the gift. But if you were looking to add an extra touch, consider making your gift. The best part is that all these are easily packable, and you can tuck them away in your suitcase so your significant other won’t find them (well at least most of them).

• Personalized coupon book (special desserts, favorite meals, extra help around the house, pre planned date night- get creative!)
• Handmade card
• Handmade Flowers (as simple as tissue paper and cardstock)
• Decorate your room with paper dollies
• Baked goodies
• Photo montage or album

Celebrate the Weekend After

If your weekends are flexible, book your getaway the weekend after. Skip the crowds and hit up Big Bear over the 21st. You’ll enjoy the same scenery, many times at a discount. For even more savings, check out midweek deals.

Conclusion

More than just a Valentine’s Day getaway, Big Bear is a romantic getaway destination of choice all year. Each season brings its own charms, giving you an excuse to visit all year.