The year-round playground of Big Bear has scores of outdoor adventures and family-friendly entertainment, all conveniently located near your luxury rental from Big Bear Vacations. So whether you are visiting for ski season or enjoying the height of summer on the beautiful lake, fun awaits families of all ages.
After the obvious attractions of the nearby ski resorts of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit and their dozens of downhill trails, Big Bear boasts plenty of other outdoor adventures. Big Bear Snowplay showcases the fun sport of snowtubing, basically sledding on top of giant inner tubes. A variety of courses and slopes await kids of all ages, from 3+ years to teens to adults.
In the warmer months, the lake is the main attraction. Explore it on a pirate ship with a themed tour from Big Bear Pirate Ship Tours, rent your own kayak, paddleboat, or powerboat from one of the local marinas, or take a historical 90-minute cruise aboard the paddleboat Miss Liberty.
For those seeking more of a thrill, Action Zipline Tours offers a chance to learn rope climbing during a 3-hour guided tour of the National Forest on foot and by air. You’ll be amazed at the views, even as they whip past you at 30+ mph as you careen through the trees (perfect for kids aged 7+ years, some weight limits apply). The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain offers two different ¼-mile tracks where riders steer their own bobsleds. Kids aged 2-6 ride for free with an adult (under 2 not allowed). The attraction also boasts tubing runs in the winter and waterslides in the summer, 18 holes of mini golf, and go-karts.
To get up close and personal with the wildlife of the area, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, home to a wildlife rehabilitation program since 1959. This small zoo in the heart of town is a hit with kids and features over 140 different species, from red foxes to a family of grizzly bears to mountain lions. They even have resident bald eagles, part of the population that nests here every winter. A fun alternative to hiking is a horseback ride from Baldwin Lake Stables, a terrific way to experience the rugged terrain of the shores of the lake and the San Bernardino Mountains. Tours range from 1-hour trail rides to half-day adventures (kids aged 7+ years).
If you need to get away from the great outdoors – or if the weather doesn’t cooperate – head inside to the Big Bear Funplex featuring small thrill rides for kids 7-13. If you enjoy wearing other people’s shoes – or if you just like to bowl – check out the 16 lanes of fun, no-frills, no-holds-barred bowling at the Bowling Barn (ages 3+) and don’t miss the nightly “Glow Bowl.”
The beautiful scenery and outdoor attractions of Big Bear are not the only reason to visit, but they certainly top our list. No matter what you and your family enjoy, you’ll find the perfect family vacation activities here year-round. Visit our selection of rental cabins today and plan your perfect getaway!
Every weekend in August there is an opportunity to go back in time and saturate ones-self in a historic/fantasy style cultural experience. The Big Bear Renaissance Faire is located on a 4-acre site in historic Fawnskin, California. The site was once the Pederson’s Saw Mill, which operated from 1938-1965.
Each weekend is themed and the titles speak for themselves:
1. August 5th & 6th – Fairy Frolic
2. August 12th & 13th – Pirate Take Over
3. August 19th & 20th – Royal Purple Weekend
4. August 26th & 27th – Steampunk Weekend
My family and I chose to visit on Royal Purple Weekend. We arrived close to the noon hour so we would not miss the Jousters, whom have a few shows per day. As we approached, the sunlight promised a little heat and the trees rustled in the breeze, offering welcome shade. There were many cars and people rushing towards the entrance, even though they had opened a few hours earlier.
Right away a swashbuckling pirate welcomed my 8-year- old son with an accent and a surly smile, even before we entered the gates. He engaged in conversation that built expectancy of what was to come. With his hand, he ushered us towards the castle like gates where a pretty, long-skirted maiden gave us tickets with an alluring smile.
Upon entering, there were three gatekeepers dressed in authentic garb. They also smiled and joked affectionately—like this, too, was their favorite day and activity. My thought was: they clearly enjoy their role here…but then I was quickly distracted by the village atmosphere beyond them.
Brightly decorated vendors sold their wares and sang songs, interacting with the crowd. It was the marketplace of yesteryear! I felt like I was in a Disney movie or old King Arthur or Pirates tale! I was so spellbound that at first did not notice my husband and son’s sparkling eyes and entertained smiles. Shiny swords, elegant necklaces, hand-made clothing and purses, daggers, chalices, king and pirate flags, rings, dragon eggs, and more were at tables and in tents.
We approached a stage where mandolins and drums were being played and onlookers clapped and cheered. They invited us forward and we stood and celebrated the song, clapping to the beat. After the show, our feet led us through a Fairy Maze all decorated in turquoise and purple, under a lace archway, past a tiny fairy village—and here the adventure just began!
Another larger stage rose before us as our path divided. To our left I saw horses and jousters, and to our right a bawdy saloon girl shouted orders to a cook who served delicious smelling apple desserts with ice cream on top. Directly before us, the grand stage had flags waving and floating canvas or linen shade over wooden benches. Large flags and coats of arms toted the colors of different groups or houses. Two parrots and a pirate with a long beard and striped pants did a comedic routine on the stage that gave us all a belly laugh. The parrots were clearly spoiled and intelligent—so much so that we could not tell who truly gave the orders, the pirate or the birds.
Since the apple dessert was irresistible, we ordered one to share and the loud, bawdy servant girl did not disappoint. She cracked funny jokes and played the part with a wide grin and laughing eyes. The big man in the kitchen seemed to smile every time she shouted an order. It echoed into the crowd and caused many onlookers to see what it was about and join us for a snack. We saw some just came to the Ale Vendor for a tall cold beer, while others ordered the delicious looking sausages. What we did not see were any frowns! Everyone was wrapped up in the excitement of the day, drawn as we were to random spots to see what secrets they held.
Our next adventure was a game where we had to choose pirate eggs and see what was inside. My son won several dragon tokens with which he was able to purchase a prize he liked best. He chose a beautiful blue and clear crystal and some Golden Coins he called “good-luck charms.” In this district of the Faire, there were authentic rooms with layered cloths and furs, and game tables or puzzles—even a sunken ship building to explore.
The day led to evening, and after many shows and adventures, a few beers, and the purchase of a lovely necklace, we were winding down. There was just one last thing to see: The Lynx Show, featuring a magician and sword swallower that must not be ignored. Lynx brings humor for the adults and magical tricks to amaze the children. He is a true talent in his field that brings laughter and gasps as he swallows swords of an alarming length. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.
As we retraced our steps back through time, we passed the swords and shields for sale and a fighter pulled my son aside and taught him how to shield a blow and swing a sword. A beautiful horse used in the jousting neighed, and the lady at the stand said they are rescues and all proceeds go to their care. I was moved greatly by this and purchased a sword and shield for my son in light of the very good cause.
As we passed through the gates and entered again our modern world with bustling people, cars, and cell phones, my son said to me, “Best day ever.” It truly was. I invite any visitor to our valley to embark on this Renaissance journey. Listen to the stories, play the games, eat the food, cheer on the knights, laugh at every opportunity, and bring home a souvenir. It will be an experience you and yours remember fondly for years to come!
Fun fact: Big Bear is the Cycling Capital of Southern California. Being new to the area I had no idea this title had been bestowed upon our city. It’s pretty rad. I mean I knew about the community rides every weekend and I see people riding their mountain bikes up and down Snow Summit, but I was naïve to the enormity of it.
This Friday Big Bear Lake will host the Amgen Tour of California. Stage 6 is a time trial and at almost 7,000 feet elevation, it will be a challenge for the racers. They are however, professionals and I’m certain they are ready!
Big Bear Vacations is having an AMGEN special: Stay 2 nights get the 3rd night free, or a 15% discount on a 2 night stay. So call us – we’ll book you an awesome cabin!
There are all kinds of activities happening in Big Bear during this epic race weekend. Here’s the timeline of events:
Thursday, May 18, 2017:
AMGEN Tour of California Expo opens in the Village
Welcome festivities at The Cave – cycling celebrity guest appearances
Amateur Time Trial Qualifying Event – top men and women advance to race course Friday morning
Friday May 19, 2017:
Redlands Bicycle Classic Domestic Pro and Amateur Time Trial
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Time Trial warm up
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Redlands Bicycle Classic – Domestic Pro/Amateur Time Trial
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. – AMGEN Tour of California Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Post Time Trial Reception, Legends of AMGEN Tour of California at Marina Resort
Los Lonely Boys at The Cave
Saturday, May 20, 2017:
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. -AMGEN Tour of California Pasadena Finish Viewing Party at Nottingham’s
Miss Liberty Dessert Cruise
There is also a PubFest located in the Village on Saturday the 20th from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00 for singles and $35.00 for couples and can be purchased online at www.bigbear.com. It’s an awesome deal! 5 oz. tasters in souvenir tasting cups with complimentary appetizers!!!! Participating locations are as follows:
Big Bear Lake Brewing Company
Stillwell’s at The Lodge Holiday Inn
572 Social Kitchen & Lounge
For more information on this awesome event and participating businesses visit: www.bigbear.com or www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
May is the month we officially celebrate our mothers. I personally think we should celebrate them daily, but I appreciate that a day is set aside specifically for them. I am fortunate to have a mother that is awesome. She is my biggest cheerleader, she’s smart,
fun, funny and just awesome to be around. I could tell a million stories about why I admire her so much, but that would take years!
If you are looking for a place to take Mom for her day; Big Bear Lake is an excellent choice.
Big Bear Vacations is having a Mother’s Day Special. Stay two nights – get the third night free!
Treating your mom to a weekend in Big Bear is a great way to show her how much you appreciate her.
There are so many things to see and do in Big Bear and it is beautiful here. The winter has left us with a lot of greenery and the wild flowers are blooming. Go for a hike and see all that beauty for yourself up close and in person!
If you are more into the leisurely pace you can take your mom out for a day on the lake. There are plenty of places in Big Bear that you can rent boats, kayaks or paddleboards.
Maybe do a little fishing.
A great way to wrap up the weekend is by taking your mom out for brunch. There are three different restaurants in Big Bear that will be having Mother’s Day Brunch: Stillwells Restaurant, The Pines Lakefront and Nottinghams Restaurant.
Call us today to book your mother’s day weekend getaway!!!
St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish, the drinking day, the wear green in all its glory day, is almost upon us! This year, March 17 is the magical day of parties and happy and really, the day I call the precursor to spring. And….wait for it…. IT’S ON A FREAKING FRIDAY!!!!
Here’s what’s up at Big Bear Vacations for that weekend:
POT O GOLD – 10 lucky homes include a pot of gold – yep that’s right, you could walk into your cabin and find you actually do have the luck of the Irish!!! How awesome is that? Here’s the details: Stay two nights March 16 – 19 and your home might include a Pot O Gold! So call us!!! 877-417-6504
There is so much going on in Big Bear you won’t want to miss out. So I’m going to give you a list of the hot spots for your celebration pleasure – but please remember to decide on your designated driver before the festivities, or call a taxi, or grab an Uber. St. Patrick’s Day is awesome, but Big Bear Vacations wants you to be safe.
The Cave is a popular music venue in Big Bear and they are going to have a rockin’ party. Three bands are slated to take the stage; Manifest Illusion, Fused by Defiance and the Shamrockers. So go get your jam on.
Murray’s Saloon & Eatery. If you have spent much time in Big Bear and haven’t gone to Murray’s then you are missing out. If you have been to Murray’s then you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about! They have an awesome staff, great drinks and you can sing Karaoke to your heart’s content. You can enjoy corned beef and cabbage throughout the day. Part of why I love Murray’s so much is because they don’t buy into the norm – you will not find green beer here. But I bet Irish Car Bombs will be on the menu.
If you are feeling a bit more mellow and perhaps not in the mood for a wild and crazy party night; The Pines Lakefront is a fine dining restaurant in Big Bear. They will open at noon and continue into the evening. Prepare yourself for Irish ballads, an amazing Irish menu to be paired with Irish Beer and Whiskies. Sounds delightful!
Last on my list is the Convention Center. They are hosting the Luck of the Irish Casino Night. Proceeds benefit Singing Pines School. Also, they are having a $25 Texas Hold-em Buy-In tournament – how fun! The convention center is always family friendly so if you have the kiddos with you, this is a great option.
As always, our vacation planners are ready to assist you in finding the perfect cabin, and possibly your Pot O Gold, for your getaway! Come join us in Big Bear for an awesome holiday!
Big Bear Vacations & the Polar Bear Plunge
There are certain things that tug at your heart strings. Supporting the community and on an even bigger level, supporting all people in need is definitely up there on the “warm fuzzy” list.
Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Big Bear Lake, California
This year marks the 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge and it’s for a really great cause – the Special Olympics. All funds are donated to Special Olympics of Southern California. What better way to spend your Saturday? Donate $50 for a great cause, jump in some icy water and party with your friends! I mean coming to Big Bear Lake is all about the party right? If you want to get super crazy add a costume to that mix – get down with your crazy polar bear self!
On a serious note, Special Olympics heavily relies on volunteers and donations in order to provide opportunities to their athletes to compete in competitions, continued education and athlete health. By participating in this event you can make a difference.
“Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 28,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education and athlete help.” – (www.sosc.org)
If you are unable to plunge into Big Bear Lake, you can still help. Visit www.sosc.org for more information.
“Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” – (www.sosc.org)
Big Bear Vacations staff will be participating in the Plunge – so come join us! We would love to see you there.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Big Bear Lake is the perfect romantic getaway. Snow, Mountains, Lake…. You can choose to stay cozy next to a fire, venture out for a day of skiing or snowboarding, or stroll around the Village to do some shopping!
Lil Pine Cabin – This adorable cabin is perfect for two people that are looking for rest, relaxation and privacy. Cozy up next to the wood burning stove and watch a movie. The dining table is absolutely perfect for a candlelit dinner for two. Surprise your loved one with flowers and wine and enjoy each other’s company away from the city. If you are looking to surprise your significant other, or you are planning this trip together, Lil Cabin is an ideal spot for romance.
Peaceful Pines – One of my favorite cabins on our program. It’s just dang cute. The spa located on the back deck overlooks pine trees and is perfect for sipping champagne while star gazing. It’s also perfect on those chilly mornings with a cup of coffee. Watching the sun come up with your significant other is about as romantic as it gets. The leather sectional couch that surrounds the wood burning fireplace is perfect for snuggling up with a blanket to watch a romantic movie. (Please see Hallmark channel for cheesy, happy romance!) Located in the Moonridge area you will be close to the slopes, but far enough away you can have the privacy you seek for your romantic trip to Big Bear Lake!!
Village Hideaway – For the couple that wants to bring their children and/or fur babies, this home is ideal. A fenced backyard allows your puppies and children to run around and work off some excess energy, while you relax and let the mountains soothe away the stress of every day life. The couches and chairs around the wood burning fireplace create a happy, cozy atmosphere where you can hang out while the family barbecuing expert hones his/her skills on the propane BBQ. Roast smores in the wood burning fireplace and bring back your inner child. Hide treasures around the cabin and create a Valentine’s treasure hunt for your kids!
Big Bear Lake has something for everyone! Don’t miss out on a romantic getaway to the mountains!
View all available homes and cabins here.
Kim went out this morning and took this video for you to see the amount of snow Big Bear Lake has received overnight. Big Bear Vacation swill be busy clearing driveways… But just think about the skiing and snowboarding with all this incredible snow. If you have not made any reservations for this coming week or weekend, give us a call or check the availability of Big Bear Cabins here.
Location, location, location! The Village in Big Bear Lake always has it going on. They even have a schedule of events every week so you can decide what you want to do while vacationing here. Timber Wolf Den is within four blocks of the lake – totally walkable – and a very short drive to the Village. Which means it’s also super close to Snow Summit! Skiing and snow boarding is in full swing and this cabin is in the perfect spot. And after a day on the slopes you can relax in the hot tub!
Log cabin feel with the luxury of modern day amenities! Inside cozy leather couches and lazy boy chairs surround the floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Perfect for hanging out, chatting and reconnecting with family and friends. Open kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and plenty of space for cooking. This is the perfect home for families. The master bedroom has a California King and private bath while the other bedrooms have full beds and bunk beds.
For more information and availability of this Big Bear Rental visit Timber Wolf Den’s details page
Another Snow day in Big Bear. Big received another 4-5 inches last night. Please contact the staff for info on how to prepare if you have any questions!
Drive Safe and enjoy the snow!