AMGEN Tour of California

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
The Cave
Chad’s Place
Nottinghams Tavern
Stillwell’s at The Lodge Holiday Inn
Murray’s Saloon
572 Social Kitchen & Lounge

For more information on this awesome event and participating businesses visit: www.bigbear.com or www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Mother’s Day

“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

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!

Polar Bear Plunge

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.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!!!

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.

More Snow!!!

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.

Featured Home: Timber Wolf Den

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

Extreme Winter Weather!

Extreme Mountain Snowfall Is Expected in Big Bear

We have had a series of snow storms in Big Bear and it has been awesome for the slopes!  It’s also awesome because we need the lake to fill up for summer activities!

We have a winter storm that is projecting up to four feet of snow over the course of several days and is expected to be the biggest storm we’ve had since 2010!  All of us that work in the call center at Big Bear Vacations are locals! And we have some tips to share with you.

Driving in Inclement Weather:

  • Check Caltrans website before driving up the mountain to find out about road
    conditions:
    http://www.dot.ca.gov/
  • Always carry snow chains, extra water, blankets and a change of clothes in your vehicle.  If you have to put chains on you will get wet and cold. I use a yoga mat to kneel on – it helps keep me dry. I also carry towels in my car to wipe off the dirt and grime that is inevitable while putting chains on.  
  • Wear treaded snow shoes/boots.
  • Make sure your chains fit your tires before you head up the mountain
    (I recommend practicing putting them on before you head up the hill) – finding out you have the wrong size can put a severe damper on your travel plans.
  • DO NOT DRIVE OVER 30 MPH WITH CHAINS ON – you will ruin your tires and can damage your car as well.
  • Drive slow and steady – it is not a race and we want you to arrive on the mountain safely.
  • Carry a window scraper in your car.
  • I personally carry a backpack that has survival gear in it. Stuff like matches, Swiss army knife, bottled water, spare set of gloves, chap stick, snacks, flashlight, beanie, spare coat and extra cash.

Big Bear Vacation Services:

  • It is necessary to be prepared to drive in the snow and put chains on your car if needed. We recommend pulling into a parking lot to put your chains on so that you are safe and not standing in oncoming traffic. 
  • Unfortunately, the staff at Big Bear Vacations is not allowed to assist in putting snow chains on your car.
    Chain installers: Sean Rabago 909-255-2834
    Steve Thompson 909-222-0265.

  • In the event your car becomes stuck you can call a towing company:
    Big Bear Towing: 909-585-2600
    Club Towing 909-866-5474.
  • A shovel will be provided at the cabin you have rented so you can shovel side walks, stairs, drive ways, etc. – while we understand it can be a bit tedious to shovel while on vacation it is part of the Big Bear Snow Experience!!
  • Snow can be slushy during the day when the temperatures increase and the sun starts working its magic, but once the sun goes down that will quickly turn to ice. Kitty litter is an inexpensive way to add slip protection. Big Bear Vacations will bring you cinders for the ice – just be aware that during storms you could be waiting a long time.

  • Last week we had power outage that lasted about 12 hours. Because of that I was unable to use a credit or debit card and was happy about the extra cash I carry in my car survival kit!

This blog was a bit technical!  As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. And remember – slow and steady will get you safely up the mountain!

Where to eat in Big Bear

Restaurants near Big Bear Mountain Resorts
You’ll certainly work up quite the appetite after a long day of skiing or snowboarding in Big Bear. Some of the best shredding in Southern California calls for some of the best food. We believe choosing any of these restaurants after a successful day on the slopes will please your stomach.

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company is quickly becoming one of the favorite spots in
Big Bear. The gastro pub offers a large selection of beer that is brewed onsite, and a full menu of delicious pub food. The stuffed Avocado Bombs have quickly gained notoriety for their combination of unique presentation and great flavor.

Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria
There’s an old-school ambiance with the fun and flair of a newer pizza joint at Saucy Mama’s. The pizza here is from a recipe that has been passed down from great grandma, the original Saucy Mama. Sauces and dough are made from scratch daily, so your pizza is always going to taste fresh. Saucy Mama’s is also the only hand-tossed pizza in Big Bear – this is the spot for pie lovers.

In addition to delicious pizza, there’s also beer and wine served at Saucy Mama’s. They want you to unwind after a long day on the slopes. What better way to do so than to dive into a pizza on the patio with a glass of craft beer on the side?

572 Social Kitchen & Lounge
The name of this place nearly tells it all. Aptly titled for its address and what’s inside, the 572 Social Kitchen & Lounge is another ideal spot for a meal during your bachelorette party. The restaurant focuses on modern dishes, but also features some American classics that will make your mouth water. The Cali Burger is loaded with applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, onion, lettuce, tomato and Tillamook cheddar cheese. Accompany the burger with a cocktail of your choice for the full 572 experience. The outdoor patio is perfect for a summer lunch in the Village.