In the good old days, taking pictures was a lot of work. You’d have to load the camera with film, swirl the dial on the lens to make sure everything was focused, take a bunch of shots, unload the camera, drive to the developer, drop off the film, and wait ten whole days to discover you had forgotten to take the lens cover off the camera and ALL THE PICTURES WERE RUINED!

Today, we point, click, delete (if they are bad) or upload straight to our Instagram accounts so the entire world can see what we eat, how our kids grew month by month, or how our Big Bear vacation went! And because we love the beauty of our little piece of the world, we’ve created this list of the best Instagram places to see in Big Bear—feel free to upload the pictures taken to your other favorite social media sites as well!

Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve, 42300 Big Bear Boulevard

The powerful cameras on our cell phones make us all look professional photographers, and when you visit this picturesque preserve, your Instagram followers will be envious of your skills. Whether you’re trying to catch a peak of birds flapping their wings over the marsh or the sight of a mama deer and her fawn delicately snacking in grassy fields, your pics taken from here will wow everyone on your friends list!

The Castle Rock Trail, Mile Marker 45.5

This two-mile-long trail is relatively short but also steep, so it’s a hike best made by people in good physical shape. Now that the warnings are out of the way, we can tell you that the Instagram photo opportunities along this trail are endless. As you hike the trail, the pictures you take from any spot are guaranteed to be stellar, but when you reach the top, the views simply beg to be photographically documented; it is one of the most beautiful places to see in Big Bear. If you listen closely enough, you may even hear the collective gasps of disbelief as your photos are uploaded; the scenery is breathtaking!

Snow Summit Ski Resort

It’s our opinion that the best pictures are those taken from high above, and you can’t get much higher than the peak of this fantastic ski resort! Providing predictably dazzling photographs of the landscape no matter what time of year you visit, your Instagram wall will be enhanced by the beauty of the photos taken here and your followers will remain in awe of your photographic skills.

Your Own Big Bear Vacations Rental Home, Close to All These Places to See in Big Bear

From charming and rustic to luxurious and grand, our cabins are located in the most photographic spots in town! Point and click to your heart’s content as you enjoy a glass of your favorite adult beverage on the back deck or pose the family in front of the stone fireplace for an Instagram pic that is guaranteed to win the hearts of all your followers. Reserve your stay today!

There are countless opportunities that you do not want to miss while you are in Big Bear during the winter. Near the top of the list is snowshoeing, sledding, and of course, skiing and/or snowboarding. But with one visit to Big Bear, you will come to find that there are many awesome events and festivals that are sure to provide memories that you will never forget. The following are just three of these Big Bear winter events that you should not miss.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

As the holidays approach, Big Bear is the place you want to be, as you will not find better holiday spirit anywhere. You can find a great example of this at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, where Santa greets everyone and lights the community tree; it will surely leave you speechless. Enjoy snacks and hot drinks while you immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind community. This year, the festivities are taking place on November 24th beginning at 5 pm at the Fire Department at 301 W Big Bear Blvd.

New Year’s Eve at the Summit

One of the most beloved events of the year comes on December 31st at the great elevation of Snow Summit. For the 53rd year in a row, you can enjoy the best show in town beginning at 7 PM when hundreds of skiers and snowboarders ride down the mountain carrying torches, creating a one-of-a-kind spectacle. This is only the beginning though, as the Snow Summit Lodge hosts an awesome Big Bear Winter party afterwards featuring great music, dancing, and of course, hot chocolate.

Big Bear Lake Turkey Trot

As Thanksgiving comes around, it is time to do some turkey trotting in Big Bear. The experience here, is sure to surpass any that you have ever had, mostly because of how breathtakingly gorgeous the run you will be taking is. You have options for taking 3-, 6-, and 9-mile runs, so there is something for everyone. The races begin at 9 am but there is plenty of fun afterwards, as the community gathers for some food, drink, and good music. Find it Thanksgiving Day at Meadow Park at 41220 Park Ave.

Do Not Miss Out on the Perfect Vacation Rental to Enjoy This Year’s Big Bear Winter Events!

With all of these amazing opportunities, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important aspects of your Big Bear vacation: the place that you choose to stay. There are countless amazing options, but finding the right one can be a daunting task. Well, you will not find the task so overwhelming when you seek out the services of Big Bear Vacations, one of the most renowned vacation rental companies in the area. We make it easy to find the perfect place for you, as we offer the best accommodations in Big Bear. Rustic mountain décor, spacious rooms, high-end furniture, bedrooms fit for royalty, and amazing views are commonplace among our endless options. Find the place for you quickly and easily by contacting our vacation specialists today!

Whatever you are looking for in Big Bear, you will find it. This applies to everything from great outdoor recreation to delicious food. This is a particularly potent truth when it comes to great burgers, as you will find numerous places that are serving up classic as well as innovative approaches to this classic. The following are top places to eat in Big Bear for a delicious burger.

Get the Burger

When it comes to burgers, oftentimes the best ones come from places that put all their energy into this one food item. This is the dedication that you will find at Get the Burger. While the burger is pretty much the only thing you will find on the menu, you will find countless examples of this American classic. Take for example “The Director,” made with 2 ¼ lb. patties, two slices of cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and their super-secret sauce. This is a great option but there is so much more to love here including some of the best vegan patties you will find anywhere. Find it at 42151 Big Bear Blvd.

Fire Rock Burgers and Brews

Fire Rock Burgers and Brews is known for juicy beef patties along with some of the most unique combinations of ingredients you will find anywhere. Take for example the “Californication,” a burger complete with said beef patty along with fire roasted green chilies, pepper jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, Roma tomatoes, avocado, and made from scratch chipotle aioli. Top it all off with some of the best beers that Big Bear has to offer, and Fire Rock is a no brainer. See all they have to offer at 618 Pine Knot Ave.

Nottinghams Restaurant

There is something for everyone at Nottinhams Restaurant. This diverse menu definitely crescendos in the burger section. Go with the classic “Notti Burger” with avocado, bacon, cheddar cheese, and your toppings of choice atop a brioche bun, or go with something a bit more adventurous. Whichever burger you choose, you can be sure it is made with the most quality ingredients that the Big Bear area has to offer. Find these amazing burgers at 40797 Big Bear Blvd.

Digest in a Beautiful Vacation Home

With burgers this delicious in town, you are going to want to make sure you have a wonderful place to take naps while you are in town. In homes provided by Big Bear Vacations, you will find so much more than a cozy place to take a nap. While the guest’s comfort is ensured by high-end furniture, cozy beds, fireplaces, and more, you will also find a wonderful place to spend time with friends and family. Enjoy spacious living rooms, decks and balconies with great views, gourmet kitchens, and so much more. You will find a great selection of homes, but you will also find one of the most user-friendly platforms to find the perfect one for you. Browse our selection today and book your Big Bear getaway!

While you can generally count on beautiful weather in Big Bear, California, a few rainy days are inevitable. While this weather may restrict your outdoor opportunities, do not worry because there is still plenty to provide you with an amazing and memorable day. The following are the top 5 rainy day Big Bear activities.

Big Bear Discovery Center

This is the perfect place to visit if you still want to enjoy and appreciate this beautiful area without getting wet. You can do this by checking out countless exhibits that explore the natural phenomena occurring here. Find Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive.

Do Some Shopping

Whether you want to go on a shopping spree or you just want to admire countless amazing crafts, you can find some of the most amazing shopping opportunities in the village in Big Bear. You can find your favorite national stores as well as soon-to-be-favorite local shops.

Visit Some Art Galleries

Just because you are restricted to the indoors does not mean you cannot admire incredible beauty. Find countless amazing galleries throughout the village area that explore every medium. A good place to start is Artisans Etc at 40729 Village Dr, but there are countless more just a short walk away.

Spend a Relaxing Day at the Bookstore

There are few things more blissful than exploring the charm of a local book store with a cup of coffee in your hand. This is especially true within the charming ambiance of Bearly Used Books. Head to 40729 Village Dr and spend the day enjoying the rain with a good book and leave with a souvenir.

Spend Some Time in the House

Spending time in a vacation rental may not sound so exhilarating, but that is only because you have not seen the vacation homes provided by Big Bear Vacations. You will find everything in these homes from the comforts of home to the luxuries of fancy resorts. Spend time playing cards or board games around a spacious dining room. Curl up together on cozy and high-end furniture and enjoy a movie on the flat screen in the living room. Spend some time preparing amazing meals in a gourmet kitchen that provides convenience as well as beauty. And at the end of the day find blissful comfort in cozy beds. To take your Big Bear vacation to the next level, contact us today!

While there are seasons when tourist crowds dwindle in Big Bear, there are no times throughout the year that do not offer endless opportunities for fun and beauty. The fall is a time in which the crowds of summer have dissipated, but great weather and a lively community still afford many great experiences. The following are the top five Big Bear activities for the perfect fall trip.

Check out the Beach

There are some fine beaches along the Big Bear Lake coast that offer perfect spots for fun in the sun during the fall. The weather is still nice, and you can expect much smaller crowds than you would find during the summer at one of these beaches. The East Boat Ramp Beach is a great option on the east side of the lake, as it provides a wide area of fine sand along with amenities like public restrooms and more.

Catch Some Fish

The fall presents some of the last opportunities to throw a line out from the shore and catch some fish before the lake freezes over. With the water temperature becoming colder every day, these are the perfect conditions for catching a whole bunch of trout, which the lake is famous for. Enjoy this within the gorgeous weather of Big Bear’s fall season.

Take in the Fall Colors

Big Bear is the place to go in Southern California if you are looking for the vibrant and classic colors of fall. You will be met by the amazing sights of changing leaves every time you venture outside, but there are a few opportunities that allow you to see this change from an incredible perspective. Take the scenic sky chair to get to Snow Summit where you can see the entire area or take a tour on the Miss Liberty Tour Boat to see these colors all around you.

Big Bear Oktoberfest

Big Bear Oktoberfest is a big deal. So much so that it spans every weekend from September 8th through the end of October at the Big Bear Convention Center. Once you have been to one Big Bear Oktoberfest celebration, all others will likely fall short. Of course, you will be met with all of the delicious German beer and food that you can handle, but there is also great live music, dancing, and other performances.

Go for a Hike

These are the last opportunities to trek this beautiful wilderness before you must break out the snowshoes, so you should take advantage of the great sights and weather with a hike! There are so many amazing hikes throughout the area, meaning there is something for everyone, whether you are looking for a challenging jaunt or a casual stroll.

Find a Beautiful Vacation Rental to Relax After All the Big Bear Activities

The final secret is to take advantage of the amazing real estate in the area by renting a beautiful vacation home. There are no wrong choices when picking between the homes in this area, but there is once choice that stands out from the rest when it comes to the vacation rental company you go through, and that choice is always Big Bear Vacations. We are one of the most renowned firms in the area, and for good reason, as our selection and services are surpassed by no one. Browse endless cabins, condos, homes, cottages, and more or contact us today for more information on our rentals and Big Bear activities!

Traveling with young children can come with its share of obstacles and difficulties. The best way to overcome this and ensure that everyone has an amazing time is to have a good idea of what you will do that everyone will love. The good thing is the area has no shortage of Big Bear kid activities. You will find endless ways you spend fun and quality time with the whole family, whether you have infants or teenagers.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Alpine Zoo is sure to provide hours of fun for the kids, but also the adults in the party. Seeing the animals that inhabit this area of the world is a captivating experience, especially for young people. It is always an amazing experience to see the look on a child’s face when they see a bald eagle, a massive bear, majestic bobcats, and countless more amazing animals. Find this unique experience at 43285 Goldmine Dr.

Hop Aboard the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat

This is an amazing experience for everyone, but it especially valuable for the kids as they can really appreciate the beauty of this place from a new perspective. Enjoy the beautiful sights of the town and peaks from this beautiful boat while you learn about the area. You can enjoy the added plus that you will be on a boat, so you can relax knowing nobody will wander off.

Play Games Together at a Beautiful Vacation Rental

It is amazing how staying in a vacation home as opposed to a hotel can increase the amount of fun and quality time you can spend with the family. This is especially true within the high-quality homes provided by Big Bear Vacations. You can certainly find plenty of privacy throughout these spacious homes, but everyone having a little time to themselves goes a long way in making the time you spend together that much better. Play cards or board games around a crackling fire on cozy furniture in the living room. Cook meals for one another in a beautiful, gourmet kitchen. Enjoy those meals in an elegant yet cozy dining room. And at the end of the night, retire to your bedrooms for some much-needed rest for the next day’s adventures. Find the perfect vacation home for the whole family today!

When it comes to a Big Bear vacation, the longer the better. This is because you could spend an incredible amount of time here and still not see, do, and taste everything. With that being said, you can certainly get a good feel for the place while having an amazing time throughout a simple weekend getaway, but it never hurts to have an idea of how you will get the most out of your time here. The following are a few tips on during your 48 hour Big Bear vacation.

Day One of Your Big Bear Vacation

When you see this beautiful place, you are going to want to jump right into some exploring. But make sure you get a delicious bite to eat beforehand, which you can find at any number of Big Bear classics, like Peppercorn Grill, which offers quality American fare. Now that you are all fueled up, it is time to take advantage of this unparalleled natural beauty! There are many ways to do this, but hiking is always a good place to start. Find a medium difficulty hike and beautiful views in a local favorite in Castle Rock Trail, or just go for a simple stroll along the north shore of the lake on the Alpine Pedal Path Trail. Find a beautiful spot to settle down and break out the picnic for a pleasant lunch. As the light begins to fade from the sky, hop on the scenic sky chair at Snow Summit. This one-mile journey up the mountain culminates with the best views in town—the perfect cherry on top of the first day in Big Bear.

Day Two Adventures

Now that it is day two and you have been acquainted with the area, it is time to hit the lake! There are so many ways that you can get a full day of fun at the lake. For starters, you can simply find a nice section of shoreline and relax on the shore, go for refreshing swims, cast a line out for some relaxing fishing, and more. If you want to take it to the next level, rent a speed boat, sail boat, jet skis, or anything in between from a variety of places like Big Bear Marina on the South Shore. Along with your lake adventures, you can explore the streets of town, finding art galleries, bars, venues, endless restaurants, and much more.

Find the Vacation Home of your Dreams

The first step in ensuring your 48 hour Big Bear vacation is as amazing as possible is booking a vacation rental that you will love. Since it is important to get good rest while in Big Bear in order to ensure you can explore the area to the fullest, it is important to find a vacation rental with quality accommodations from the beds and furnishings to the amenities like fireplaces, gourmet kitchens, balconies, and everything in between. The best way to find yourself in a beautiful and comfortable home is by taking advantage of the services of the professionals at Big Bear Vacations. Not only do we provide the best homes in town, we can offer insight into how to really enjoy a Big Bear vacation. Contact us today to start your Big Bear adventure!

Trips to Big Bear come with beautiful sights and plenty of fresh air. While the cool breezes of this alpine landscape often bring relief from stifling temperatures you can find in the valley of Los Angeles, relentless sunny weather can lead to some hot days in Big Bear. Do not worry though, as there are plenty of ways to keep cool during your time in Big Bear. The following are just a few Big Bear activities that are fun and offer a way to beat the heat of summer.

Get out on the Water

Life is always a little better out on the water, and in this case, it is always cooler as well! There are so many ways to do this. The first is heading to North Shore Landing, where you have many options for renting watercraft. You can go simple and rent paddle boards or kayaks, or you can go all out with jet skis or a speed boat. If you are not looking to rent a watercraft, perhaps you should take advantage of the Miss Liberty Tour Boat. With plenty of shade and cool lake breezes, this experience provides a cool way to learn about Big Bear and see the sights of the town from a totally new perspective.

Check Out the Big Bear Discovery Center

The Big Bear Discovery Center essentially provides a celebration of everything that is amazing about the area. The focus here is largely on the natural wonders of the area. You can explore this through countless exhibits that delve into some of the history and natural phenomena of the area. During the hot months, they even offer fun nighttime activities that are perfect for the whole family. Find it at 40971 North Shore Drive.

Visit the Magic Mountain Recreation Area

There is so much to love about a visit to Magic Mountain. Firstly, its offers a great way to stay cool on toasty summer days with a variety of water slides that everyone in your group is sure to enjoy. But the fun here goes far beyond staying cool, most notably with the famous alpine slide, which provides a fun and safe luge experience on dry land. Check it out at 800 Wildrose Lane.

 

Keep Cool in Your Own Vacation Rental

One of the most important decisions you can make during your stay here is in deciding where you will actually stay. The good news is there are many amazing options that provide a cozy and beautiful place to keep cool while you are here, and finding the perfect option for you is easier than ever thanks to Big Bear Vacations. Our experience and knowledge allow us to offer the most diverse and quality list of vacation homes. Contact us today to book your stay!

On the surface, it is easy to see why people love travelling to Big Bear. A massive lake affords endless recreational opportunities, while endless beauty makes it a place of incredible relaxation. But there are also so many things that are not as obvious, but go just as far in making it a one of a kind place. The following are five things that you probably did not know about Big Bear.

Many People Have Enjoyed the Area Before You

Big Bear has a rich history of human inhabitants that dates back further than you may think. Thousands of years ago, Native Americans lived here, with numbers in Southern California around 30,000. Throughout Spanish colonization of the area, the number had dropped incredibly low by the start of the 20th century. It is clear that people have always been attracted to the one of a kind beauty that this land has to offer.

The Lake Has Not Always Been There

It is hard to imagine this area without this beautiful lake, but before the late 19th century, people did not have to imagine. The lake began to form after 1883 when the first dam was built here. This man-made wonder has made this an amazing place for all the lake fun that we all love as the summer rolls around.

It is One of the Many Birthplaces of the Sport of Skiing

What most people know about Big Bear is that it offers some of the best mountains and weather for skiing throughout all of California, but in the early 20th century, there was virtually no market for it. It was not until a few innovative folks had the idea to use the amazing natural conditions here to compete through skiing that the industry exploded here and throughout the country.

The Town is Frequented by Professional Bike Riders

This is due to the great elevation of the town around 7,000 feet and the incredible biking opportunities throughout the area. Whether you are looking for road bicycling or mountain biking, you can find some of the best trails and roads for doing so.

Big Bear is the Scene of Many 30’s and 40’s Hollywood Films

Films like Gone with the Wind and Old Yeller have created a familiarity with Big Bear for so many people. This is a testament to how beautiful and unique the area looks. One thing is for sure, the movies do not quite do it justice.

Here is Something About Big Bear: The Town is Home to Beautiful Homes

It is home to beautiful vacation homes to be specific. This is yet another reason that Big Bear is such a phenomenal place to visit. Whether you are looking for a quaint lakeside cottage or something fit for a king, you can find it in the wonderful homes provided by Big Bear Cabins. See for yourself by browsing our selection of rental homes today!

As 4th of July comes around, millions of Americans are deciding how they should celebrate the freedoms of this country this year. A small portion of this group will decide to visit Big Bear, California, and they are likely to have the greatest experience of all of them. This is due to all of the fun summer activities and beauty in Big Bear, along with some amazing festivities and fireworks displays that will blow you away this year. The following are some of the best of these shows in Big Bear.

Big Bear 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

You will come across many events that offer a little bit of everything on top of a fireworks show, like games and music. This is not the case here, as the sole purpose of this event is to provide the very best fireworks show in all of Southern California, and they have been succeeding for years. Endless spectacular fireworks will be shot off a barge on the lake just off Pine Knot Landing, beginning sometime between 8:45 and 9:15 on July 4th. The best part of the event is you can view it free of charge from any of the public parks on the shores of the lake! If you want to make it a truly unforgettable experience, try getting out on the lake on a boat for the festivities.

Above the Boom

These Big Bear 4th of July festivities take you up to 8,200 feet in order to enjoy the incredible Fireworks Spectacular. These festivities take place at Snow Summit at 880 Summit Boulevard and features a delicious BBQ dinner, live music, games for the kids, a complimentary glass of champagne, and of course, the best views in town. Begin the festivities with the peaceful mile-long ascent up the Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair, after which you can take advantage of all the fun and delicious festivities the party has to offer.

Top It Off with a Beautiful Place to Stay

After having all of the fun that Big Bear 4th of July has to offer, you will want to have a cozy and beautiful place to go home to and rest up. People often go for the hotels, but these accommodations do not provide nearly the same comfort, privacy, and luxury that you very own vacation home will surely provide. In order to find an amazing vacation rental, there is no service more thorough than that provided by Big Bear Vacations. Our wide variety of homes and cabins makes us the very best vacation rental company in town. Contact us today to book your stay for 4th of July!