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

All items will be delivered to your cabin.

To book this special call: 855-638-3971

Take Mom to Breakfast


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.

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.

Will you be the LUCKY Winner? 

Join us for Saint Patrick’s Day and your home might include a lucky pot of gold.

Our little leprechaun will be visiting 10 homes prior to your arrival and placing pots of gold filled with gold coins and goodies.  One lucky guest will win a FREE two-night stay at Shore Acres Lodge.


10 Lucky homes include a POT OF GOLD

Stay 2 nights over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend (3/16 – 3/18) and your home might include a POT OF GOLD

One lucky guest wins a FREE 2-night stay at Shore Acres Lodge

*All pots include fake gold coins and prizes.

Tried Skiing for the First Time in 20 Years

This week was a momentous week for one of our own Staff members at Big Bear Vacations. Our Front Desk Manager took a chance this week on skiing for the first time since she was a Girl Scout. Here is her story:

Being a Mother with children who works full time it can be a challenge keeping up as your kids grow and develop. My son is 9 and has completed a Beginners Course at Bear Mountain. He has a new passion for Snowboarding! It is very exciting, but also scary! This week he asked when he could go again – and that means someone has to go with! Supermom had to strap in and gather all her bravery. 

First, we went to Getboards and got some gear; Mom got skis. Next, we went to Snow Summit.  We found parking pretty easy and asked one of the many attendants what to do next – he helped us hang our lift tickets on our coats. Then we approached Moms worst fear, the lift. It was the beginner slope but it still felt scary. I told the attendant how I was feeling and she slowed the lift so we could hop on and gave me some advice on how to get off. Off we went! I made it off and slid to a stop, never falling once. 

I can do it!

My boy and I had one of the best days of my life. We went on the lift about a dozen times. We skied and boarded down and I could tell my son was so proud of me. I never got hurt or fell. I just took it slow and tried to remember all I had forgot from 20 years ago when my Girl Scout Troop went skiing. 

Now, I have a new passion I can share with my son. We made some wonderful memories and bonded in a big way. I can tell he really respected me for conquering my fears and getting out there. I am a proud Mom! If I can do it – so can you!

This could be your year to conquer old fears and find new passions in Big Bear. Come stay with us and take a chance! Reinvent yourself and connect with family on a deeper level. Make life changing memories that will last a lifetime~

The Wilds are Closer Than You Think

Big Bear is a land of four seasons and life changing experiences. Many come up the mountain for snow adventure and even our summer concert series Music in the Mountains, however there is so much more! Bear Valley is a photography mecca with opportunities to take high altitude photos of San Gorgonio or Snow Summit, wildlife, people, events, music, lake life, and of course sunsets (we think we have the best!). Come to Big Bear and enjoy the more hidden gems with us at Big Bear Vacations.

One Stop Shop for Fun and Friends

Bear Necessities is our newest addition to Big Bear Vacations check in experience. You will receive $5 Credit to use for a minimum ten dollar purchase at check in. This is a GREAT start to getting all your family souvenirs or even some basics like Firewood. Avoid the lines in the Village or the big stores and get truly unique high quality gifts and Big Bear Gear.

Who is Berry?

Introducing Big Bear Vacations adventurous and fun mascot and friend: Berry. Berry loves Big Bear and is seen about town eating and playing. He has been known to pop in during Birthday Celebrations and at the Tubing Hills. He is unstoppable and well loved by Staff and Guests alike. Join in the fun in Big Bear TODAY!

Big Bear Lake Village is the bustling center of Big Bear when it comes to entertainment, food, and shopping. Rows of stores with specialty shops and yummy smells line the sidewalks. People wander through wearing their favorite scarf and wide smiles; carrying bags full of Big Bear treasures. This Thanksgiving you can leave the cooking to others and watch Santa make his first appearance of the Season.

Restaurants to Dine at this Thanksgiving

Featured Restaurants Open on the Thanksgiving Holiday (November 23rd, 2017):

Evergreen Restaurant: 2pm- 9pm. Traditional Thanksgiving buffet-style, all you can eat.

Nottinghams Restaurant: 1pm- 7:45pm. Serving a Traditional Thanksgiving menu.

Peppercorn Grille: 12pm- 8pm. Serving a traditional Thanksgiving menu. Dinner menu served all day.

Himalayan Restaurant: 11am- 9pm. Regular menu items.

Dynasty: 11:30am- 9:30pm. Serving regular menu.

Royal Thai Cafe: 11:30am- 9:30pm. Serving regular menu.

Santa’s Grand Entrance & Tree Lighting

Nov 24, 2017 | 05:00PM – 10:00PM

Speaking from experience I can tell you this is one of the highlights of the season. I have not missed it 4 years running. The excitement in the air as caroler’s sing and lights twinkle in the trees. Hot Cocoa abounds as well as other flavors for parents, and excitement builds as the countdown begins. Suddenly, a magical moment when the stories high tree lights up, and illuminates the extra large decorations. Little children run about with magic in their hearts cheering, and parents and couple smile and exchanges meaningful looks.


That familiar chant from our childhood Christmas dreams echoes down the road as the jolly big elf makes his grand entrance with his lovely Misses by his side. Cheeks a-rosy and eyes so bright he laughs with his belly with all of his might. A big red fire truck was his sleigh last time he came – I wonder if it will be the same?

Come and Enjoy the Festivities at Santa’s Grand Entrance in the Village. Entertainment starts at @ 5:00 PM and Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in his sleigh at @ 6:00 PM. Additionally, Santa will also be at the Xmas Tree Lot every Weekend from 10-4 pm until December 23rd.

You are never too old to catch the spirit of Christmas ~ and many Moms could use a break this year by dining in the Village. Best part is no one has to wash the dishes! Come make merry with us and celebrate the season with your Big Bear Vacations Family!

Big Bear Equestrian Center

The Big Bear Equestrian Center (formerly known as Sonny’s Stables) is ideally located next to the San Bernardino National Forest.​ Sitting on about twelve acres this stable has 6 pastures it features two riding arenas. This equestrian center is ideal for local residents that wish to board their horse in the mountains as well as short and long term guests wanting to take in the beautiful scenery of the San Bernardino National Forest on horseback. Short and Long Term rental options are offered.

Off the Vine Pumpkins Available

Due to unforeseen colder temperatures this Fall season, they have had to cut the pumpkins from their vines early but do have them available for purchase at the farm during normal Saturday business hours.

History and Owner

Nick Lanza, owner of Big Bear Vacations, also owns the ​Big Bear Equestrian Center & Bear Valley Farms. “Being an owner of both the Farm and Big Bear Vacations, we naturally are combining the experience to create many packages.  We invite our guests to enjoy the farm during their stay and we offer free admission to the Farm if you stay with Big Bear Vacations as a starting promotion.”   Visit “About Us” to read more about the story on how the farm came to be.

Haunted Hayride is open now!


Embark your journey on foot through the Haunted Farm House. Then, hold onto your seats as you creep aboard our hauntingly vintage tractor pulled hay slay. They will slither you through the haunted trails and roads on the farm. Make your way through the dark you will encounter ghouls, goblins and all manner of creatures of the night. Your Dark Adventure ends in a huge, deep dark Haunted Barn where your deepest fears will become reality.

This Weekend the Haunted Hayride Runs every 45 minutes Friday & Saturday Night. Gates open at 6:30pm. Please be there at least 15 minutes before your ride.

Be sure to warm yourself by one of two fire pits, and enjoy  complimentary drinks before embarking on your haunted journey!

Ride times and ticket pricing vary, please refer to Ticketleap for pricing and availability. Purchase tickets well in advance.

The Equestrian Center is a wonderful addition to the Big Bear valley. A perfect place to bring your friends and family to make memories that will last a lifetime.

We love Autumn in Big Bear

Big Bear glows in Autumn. Trees delicately painted with hues of orange, red, and gold line streets. Fireplaces bring romantic light to the living rooms and bedrooms. Cups are full of steaming cocoa and other delights – perhaps brandy, baileys, and coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Scarves are on the necks of our visitors as they window shop, eat, hike, bike, and play. Crisp mornings and bright sunrises bring whispers of snow days and the plethora of Holidays to come – every single one a delight to experience on our mountain.

Above all, October is the month of pumpkin spice, harvest celebration, scarecrows, and Halloween. In the Big Bear Lake Village area merchants have on display Scarecrow creations outside of shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Furthermore, visitors can VOTE for their favorite Scarecrow. There are several categories to choose from. Winners announced Halloween 2017.

Fred and Annie are at it Again

Last year, Big Bear Vacations presented Fred and Annie to the Village for the first time. In fact, We WON Best Traditional Scarecrow!

Consequently, this year Fred and Annie are at it again! We invite you to come check out our fun display – take some pictures – and Vote!

Additionally, Big Bear Vacations is doing an internal CONTEST with Fred and Annie.


Accordingly, Entrants are automatically entered into a Grand Prize drawing to win a FREE 2 Night Stay @ Shore Acres Lodge (non-holiday, based on availability, for up to 6 people). Afterward, Grand Prize Winners announced the week of Oct 29th.

In conclusion, Tis the season to enjoy Fall everything in Big Bear. We are excited for your next visit.