Mother’s Day in Big Bear

Unsung Hero

When we are very small we are cared for and protected. As we grow the food is on the table and the home decorated special for Birthdays and Holidays. Photos are taken at school functions and hung on the refrigerator. Tears as first after first is recorded and shared – first steps, first Christmas, first dance, first car, first day of college. Remember your Mother this weekend and take her for a wonderful mountain adventure.

A Peaceful Getaway on Mother’s Day 

Allow mom to rest, relax, explore, shop, and enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful lake.

~ Add Flowers $45.00
~ Add Flowers and Chocolate $60.00

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Take Mom to Breakfast

Nottingham’s 

Old Country Inn

Teddy Bear Restaurant

Saturday at Bear Valley Farms

Bring Mom for fun at the farm. Take her on a hay ride through the forest and set her on a horse! Pet the baby goats and enjoy a moment back in time when things were simpler and family spent more quality time together.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Big Bear Vacations.

Best Breakfast Restaurants in Big Bear

If you’re looking to get out and explore the natural beauty of the Big Bear area, you have to make sure to prepare with appropriate clothing, snug hiking boots, a camelback full of water, and most important of all, a hearty breakfast! In the Big Bear area there are a number of delicious local restaurants serving up tasty eats for breakfast each and every day. Here are the top three breakfast restaurants to check out the next time you’re in Big Bear.

Teddy Bear Restaurant

When you think of teddy bears, a few things probably come to mind: warmth, a feeling of being safe and at home, caring. These things all pretty much sum up the Teddy Bear Restaurant, too! From the moment you walk through the door you’ll immediately welcomed and right at home, and the homestyle cooking that the artisans in the kitchen produce fits right in line with the atmosphere. The menu features a number of traditional meals that are homemade and will bring you back to a simpler time with every bite! Enjoy one of their three-egg omelets, waffles and pancakes, eggs cooked exactly how you want them, and so much more!

Mountain Munchies

If you’ve made the trip up to the Big Bear area, chances are you’re looking to get out and explore the great outdoors just like the old-school mountaineers used to, so why not start your day with an old-school mountaineer’s breakfast! Mountain Munchies serves up some of the biggest and heartiest breakfast portions in all of Big Bear that will help get your blood pumping and ready to take on any challenge the day can throw at you. Enjoy a delicious steak and eggs with hash browns, or a big “Red White and Blue” waffle topped with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. The choice is yours, but no matter what you choose, you are guaranteed to leave with a fully belly!

Grind and Grill Café

But if you’re truly looking for the biggest, baddest, heartiest, and gravy-est breakfast in all of Big Bear, the title has to go to the Grind & Grill Café! In addition to the traditional sampling of delicious breakfast foods available each and every day, the Grind & Grill Café is the home of the locally famous Avalanche! Featuring two biscuits, two eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages, and hash browns, all of this deliciousness gets smothered in an avalanche of their phenomenal gravy (there is also a “sissy” version that’s half the size)! There are few better ways to start the day by than by tackling the avalanche at Grind and Grill Café.

While it’s just as important to start the day on a high note with a delicious breakfast, it’s also equally important to end the day well with relaxation and a good night’s sleep. The best place to do that? Big Bear Cabins, of course! Big Bear Cabins has a number of incredible rental properties available throughout the Big Bear area that will give you the feeling of being right at home and help you to get the rest and relaxation you need to recharge and get back out there tomorrow! So what are you waiting for? Check out all of the incredible rentals we have available today!

How to Spend Memorial Day in Big Bear

As Memorial Day approaches, so too does summertime. Memorial Day is a momentous day that marks the coming of our favorite season, but it is also an important time to express gratitude for the freedoms that we enjoy and the brave men and women who have fought for those freedoms. Big Bear is the perfect place to celebrate because it offers countless opportunities to remember and to celebrate. Below you will find just a few of the great opportunities you have for this upcoming holiday.

Grill & Chill

This sounds more like a philosophy than an event, but it is both when Memorial Day Weekend comes around in Big Bear, and it is the best way to celebrate the holiday. The focal point of the event is the Kansas City Barbecue State Championship Competition. A $10,000 prize really heats this up, but it does not really matter who wins for you, because you will have access to various sized sampler platter from each and every contestant. To go with this amazing food, guests can enjoy craft beers in the beer garden, a kids’ play area, cooking demonstrations, and amazing live music. This awesome event is happening on Saturday, May 26th and May 27th and there truly is something for everyone at this classic.

Many Other Great Events

For those that are looking to do something to honor those who have fought for us, there is an incredible Memorial Day service bring put on by the Veterans Organization at Gold Mountain Cemetery at 11 am on May 28th. After you pay your respects, you can head down to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center to celebrate the annual the Spring Air Arts and Crafts Fair. This is a three-day celebration from Saturday through Monday showcasing the best in creativity that the area has to offer.

Enjoy the Summer in Big Bear

You do not have to go to some special event in Big Bear to celebrate Memorial Day properly and have a great time doing so. This is because the area provides all that you need for an incredible holiday. Memorial Day is the perfect time to spend a day at the lake, whether you are relaxing and cooking some food on a beautiful piece of coastline or you bring lunch on the boat you can rent. Nothing says Memorial Day and summer quite like spending a day relaxing at the lake, and in Big Bear, you will be relaxing on one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

When you get the people you care about together for Memorial Day, it is bound to be a valuable time, but when you celebrate in Big Bear, it will quickly become an unforgettable time. Travel here and experience the holiday as never before.

Contact us today to learn more about Memorial Day in Big Bear; or, click here to view our beautiful selection of vacation rentals that will be sure to make your Memorial Day vacation one for the books.

5 Activities to Help You Stay Fit During Your Big Bear Vacation

Many people feel a certain disdain for exercise, but those feelings are bound to disappear when you travel to Big Bear, as it is one of the most fun places to exercise in the world. Here, you do not have to do intense weight training programs or intimidating classes; you can get a great work out and have some fun while doing it! This is because there are some great recreational opportunities and beautiful settings for everyone to enjoy.

Swim in the Lake

It is impossible to miss the area’s best resource for fun and exercise: Big Bear Lake. Dominating the landscape, you can go practically anywhere in Big Bear and still have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in these cool blue waters. Switch off between relaxing on the shores and frolicking around in the water and you will naturally find a great workout.

Hiking

When you travel to Big Bear, you simply need to go on some of the many hikes in the area. You can find trails of all difficulties which all promise amazing views. The Alpine Pedal Path is an easy 2.5-mile hike on the north side of the lake. The Castle Rock Trail is on the south side of the lake, providing some of the best views of the lake throughout a moderate 2.4-mile hike.

Skiing and Snowboarding

When it comes to winter in Big Bear, you can enjoy some of the best opportunities for skiing and snowboarding that you will find throughout the entire country. In a trip to either Bear Mountain or Snow Summit, you will find opportunities for very challenging runs, wide open slopes perfect for cruising, casual bunny hills, and great terrain parks. You will never have had so much fun exercising.

Mountain Biking

As the area is famous for skiing and snowboarding, it is equally famous for some of the best mountain biking trails in the summertime. You can find amazing trails around the lake, but the most unique opportunity comes from taking the ski gondola to top of the mountain and taking advantage of some of the best downhill mountain biking in the country.

Yoga

Yoga is one of the best things you can do on vacation. This is due to the exercise and stretching that it provides of course, but also for how it can calm the mind and promote wellbeing. The moments after a yoga class are sure to be some of the most peaceful that you experience during your entire trip. You can do this on your own or go to one of many studios, like Big Bear Yoga.

In Big Bear, fun and exercise are not mutually exclusive, as many of the opportunities you have for fun in town involve some physical exertion. It is one of the best places in the world for a vacation that is fun, beautiful, and treats your body well. Reserve your stay in one of our beautiful vacation rentals and start planning your trip today!

Rejuvenate your soul with Yoga in Big Bear

Many of us do yoga for a sense of retreat from the craziness of our daily schedules. Some go as far as trying to attain zen, while others are content with securing a free, uninterrupted hour for themselves. And while doing yoga in the confines of a studio is often enough to help you meet your objectives, nothing beats the feeling of doing yoga in nature – particularly a hiking trail and there are many beautiful trails in Big Bear to take you outside and into nature.

A Big Bear local and certified yoga instructor, Stefanie Ruland shares her experience with outdoor Yoga in Big Bear Lake. She hikes her way to the top of castle rock trail early in the morning with her yoga mat, and favorite hiking companion her furry friend Lulu. Castle rock trail is a fairly short 2.4 miles round trip journey with stunning views. The first mile or so is a little steep but levels off when you reach granite rock at the peak. She is doing yoga where the ground isn’t completely flat, and holding poses where one can enjoy the silence and then, later, try to fight distraction from barking dogs and screaming children. More interestingly, though, Stefanie provides a glimpse into what it’s like to do yoga in a place where you are disconnected enough from an increasingly connected virtual society, while still being close enough to learn to overcome the challenges of deliberately plugging out.

Here are some reasons for you to try outdoor Yoga:

Explore New Places
As creatures of habit and comfort, we gravitate toward our favorite spots in the park and miss out on other great areas the park has to offer. Outdoor Yoga encourages you to seek out less populated, if not oft-deserted, areas to execute your poses. Be careful not to get lost, though. And if possible, go on outdoor Yoga trips with a group of people. This is safer and guaranteed more fun. Which leads us to our next point…

Meet New People
Outdoor Yoga really is a great way to meet and mingle with new people. There isn’t a better way to connect with other people than through a shared love for yoga, and in a rather unconventional setting, at that. If you don’t have that option though, why not take the lead and gather around a group of your yogi friends for a new experience up in the mountains?

Learn to Focus
When hiking in the mountains, there will be quiet areas and noisy ones–those with barking dogs, chattering moms, and squealing, screaming, and wailing kids. Yet therein lies the beauty of such a challenge: in an environment that isn’t conducive to focus, you are forced to learn other ways to do so.

Break Free
Outdoor Yoga teaches you what it truly means to break free and disconnect from the familiarity of a routine. More importantly, it teaches you what it truly means to be balanced in a world with distractions that never permanently go away.

Upcoming Food Festivals in Big Bear

Big Bear is home to endless opportunities. The first thing that comes to the minds of many visitors is the unparalleled opportunity for recreation that you have while here. This is true, but perhaps the greatest opportunity comes with the incredible food that you can find throughout this beautiful town. The community is not very big, but they sure make a lot of amazing food! This is on full display through some of the community’s wonderful food festivals coming up.

Big Bear Grill and Chill

This is one of the most interesting events in Big Bear as it brings a bit of friendly competition together with a day spent relaxing. The Kansas City Barbecue Society is throwing this event for the first time on May 25th and May 26th. Competition entries are open to everyone, so if you think the world needs to taste one of you family’s recipes, get your team together and reserve yourself a spot in the competition. If you are not so much a cook as much as an eater, then you can forgo the competition and just explore the festival. Obviously, there will be plenty of amazing foods, but there will also be music, drinks, and activities to compliment it. The festivities are happening at 630 Bartlett Road.

4th of July Barbecue

When this amazing holiday comes together with great food, there is really something to celebrate. You will find a very food-centric celebration of the 4th of July in Big Bear at the Marina Resort. Reserved seats and amazing meals are served as you enjoy live entertainment along with games and activities for the kids. Once you have eaten your fill and had some fun, the fireworks cap off the evening starting at 8:45 pm.

The Chili Cook Off

This festival brings comfort food at its finest, with the main event revolving around a variety of the best chili recipes in the area. There will be over 40 cooks vying for the title of best chili in Big Bear, and you can taste all of the chili you want! But there is also plenty of other awesome foods, drinks, live entertainment, and a play area for the kids. Bring an appetite and have an amazing time at this year’s chili cook off. The festivities will take place at the Bartlett Activities Area in mid-July, although the 2018 dates have yet to be set, so check back at www.bigbear.com.

These are some of the more interesting culinary events coming up, but there are so many more that you are bound to love. Check the city’s schedule of events to find just one more reason to visit Big Bear!

Dog Friendly Activities in Big Bear

The year-round outdoor playground of Big Bear Lake is easily accessible from the crowded coasts of Southern California, so not bring the entire “family” and have Fido ride shotgun on your next visit? Boasting hundreds of miles of dog-friendly hiking trails, tranquil shorelines, and refreshing alpine likes, you and your dog will have an incredible adventure exploring Big Bear together.

Alpine Pedal Path

This 3.5-mile (one-way) paved path winds through the woods along the shores of Big Bear Lake and offers many side trails to explore. Perfect for walkers, joggers, and bikers alike, this easy stroll through the woods is a great walk for dogs. You and your fur babies will love the fresh air, the incredible scenery, and exploring the various side trails which drop down to the lake, offering your pup the chance to frolic in the water and enjoy the great outdoors. All of the beaches on Big Bear Lake and off Highway 38 welcome dogs as well.

One popular beach is the Boathouse Dog Beach, though the restaurant that operated next to the beach is temporarily closed. Still, your pup will enjoy frolicking in the water and exploring the rocks and grassy areas (even if he can no longer order a beer).

Hiking

If you, the family, and the family dog are looking for something closer to a hike (but still relatively easy), the self-guided nature walk on the Woodland Trail is a surefire hit. Looping through the woods near the Stanfield Cutoff (an excellent wildlife viewing area), this dirt trail is well maintained and dog-friendly (leash required). Along the way it features signs with points of interest. Grab a pamphlet at the trailhead and learn about the area’s ecosystems, plants, and animal life teeming all around you. There is also plenty of parking at the well-marked trailhead on Highway 38.

Other hikes where dogs are welcome (check to see if a leash is required) include the Castle Rock Trail (1.6 miles, one-way), the San Gorgonio Trail (a difficult 16 miles), the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail (moderate, 7 miles), and the Little Bear Creek Trail (easy, 3.8 miles).

Dog Parks

In addition to a wealth of dog-friendly hiking trails, the Big Bear area offers numerous dog parks if your pup needs to stretch his or her legs or meet some new friends. Some of the best include the Cedar Glen Dog Park at Lake Arrowhead, the Redlands Dog Park, and the Hound Town Dog Park in Moreno Valley.

With so many wonderful hiking trails, walking paths, and dog parks, Big Bear Lake is a haven for every member of your family, regardless of how many legs they have. So if you are planning a trip to this playground in the San Bernardino Mountains, don’t hesitate to bring your best friend with you!

Big Bear Biking Trails

Nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear is well known as a haven for skiers and snowboarders. But as the weather warms, these high hills and mountain peaks welcome another group of outdoor enthusiasts: cyclists. While the adrenaline-pumping trail rides, switchback loops, and steep mountain descents of the backcountry immediately spring to mind (and rightfully so), there is a growing road biking community in Big Bear thanks to many incredible road routes, summit climbs, and scenic loops.

Put the Pedal to the Path

If you are new to Big Bear or to cycling, or if you simply want to take the entire family for a scenic bike tour, the Alpine Pedal Path is the perfect beginner’s route. Beginning at Stanfield Cutoff on the east side of Big Bear Lake, this 3.5-mile paved trail follows the lake’s shoreline and offers easy pedaling with no cars and spectacular views of the lake and the overlying mountains. For those with more endurance, the road route around the entire lake clocks in at about an hour (15 miles on regular roads) at a casual pace.

Of course, that doesn’t take into account the urge to stop at the numerous scenic lookouts and panoramic vistas to drink in the scenery and indulge yourself with a photo or selfie. The truly grandiose cyclists can make it a 2-for-1 by tacking on the trek to nearby Baldwin Lake, a 40-mile loop that brings you back to Big Bear City when all is said and done. Along the way you will wind through the beautiful forests and enjoy the lakeside scenery of not one but two idyllic mountain lakes.

Extreme Offroad

Big Bear made a name for itself in the biking world thanks to its intense downhill alpine trails and breathtaking scenery, regarded as some of the best terrain in the world. With more than 100 miles of well-maintained single track trails and Forest Service roads, the backcountry here is perfect for exploring on solo adventures or with like-minded adventure junkies. The trails offer a beautiful mix of cross country stretches through stunning mountain forests as well as challenging uphill climbs and pulse-pounding switchback descents.

Some of the most popular trails are the Skyline Ridge with its incredible views of San Gorgonio Mountain and Big Bear Lake, the Pine Knot Trail with its breathtaking cannonball runs through the forests, and the Skyline Trail, a newly constructed route along the spine of the mountains featuring single track thrills as it serpentines toward the valley below.

A Ride with a View

If you want the rush of downhill skiing on your bike, head to the Snow Summit Bike Park. Riders enjoy an awe-inspiring ride on the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair before tackling the downhill network of banks, bridges, and barriers on some of the most thrilling runs in the country. With trails for beginners and intermediate riders, the Park has something for everyone, regardless of skill level.

With so many incredible trails and road routes, it is impossible to list them all here. So whether you prefer the challenge of some of the most difficult street climbs in the world (check out “Breathless Agony,” a 9-mile ascent to the 8,443′ summit of Onyx Peak), the thrill of downhill mountain biking, or a relaxing loop around the lake, rest assured there is a ride here for you. Big Bear has some of the best cycling in the country, and it’s all waiting for you just outside the door of your Big Bear cabin rental.

A Big Bear Vacations Staff Member is a Published Author

We Have a Diverse Team

When it comes to talent, we at Big Bear Vacations like to think we have it all. From our hard working property managers, housekeepers, front desk, and executive staff to our lake clean up and trail we adopted; our staff celebrate a positive culture in the work place and give back to our community.

We Have Another Reason to Celebrate

Recently, one of our Staff became a published author. Destiny Fay Carlton, our Front Desk Manager, has released in paperback and Kindle her first published work: The Sojourners Folklore: Short Stories, Prose, and Lore of an American Female Survivor

In conclusion, The book is a celebration of healing as it brings the reader through the delicate pathways of life. It is a celebration of women and being a survivor. That said, we invite you to see for yourself. The book will mean different things to each reader, touching the heart and leaving the reader with hope.

Views in Big Bear, CA

As you watch the sunrise over the glittering waters of Big Bear Lake, the towering mountains wrapped around it like a protective blanket, it can be hard to believe that you are only 2 hours from one of the largest cities in the world. We think that is why so many people love it up here: You can quickly escape the everyday trials of city life and get lost in the natural beauty of these mountains and forests with ease. Of course, if you ask a local where the best place to witness all that scenic beauty is, you’re bound to get several different opinions. These are just a few of our favorites.

A View For a King

The Castle Rock Trail gets our vote for the most breathtaking views of Big Bear Like, though certainly not the easiest. This 1.3-mile trail quickly leaves the road behind and climbs through the San Bernardino Forest of oaks and pines over natural granite “stairs.” After the initial ascent, the trail levels out some as it winds through boulders and pine trees and hikers are rewarded with a glimpse of the iconic rock through the trees. Once you reach the craggy lookout high above the lake you can soak in the view, indulge yourself and your friends with selfies, and climb the boulders to the top of the rock itself. All in all, an excellent short hike – though the steepness of the initial section means it isn’t for everyone.

A Pass to Adventure

Several top scenic spots are accessible with the $5 Adventure Pass, available from the U.S. Forest Service. These include the 3.5-mile paved Alpine Pedal Path and the Pine Knot Trail. The former is an easy stroll around the lake and is lined with trees and wildflowers, perfect for old and young alike. The latter is a longer hike that offers more natural and wild views of the surrounding mountains and forests. In between is Boulder Bay Park which most locals will tell you is the best view of the town and the lake. Here you can get lost in the quiet splendor of nature, drinking in the scenic views of the lake, the rock formations, and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. This park is free and features picnic areas and bathroom facilities. It is quite popular as a snowy playground for kids in the wintertime.

When you stay with us at Big Bear Vacations, you will find the enticing natural beauty of the area is never far away. So whether you stroll the boardwalk of Stanfield Marsh and Wildlife Preserve in springtime to drink in the wildflowers and watch the birds, or you prefer to revel in the winter wonderland of these high mountains from the scenic ridges along Cougar Crest Trail, we have the perfect accommodations waiting for you. Best part: the views are free!