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:

Big Bear Vacation Services:

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!

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.

Watch a video taken by Kim this New Years day morning, showing you the beautiful fresh snow that arrived last night!

Located in the Bear Mountain area in Big Bear Lake, Peaceful Pines is a two bedrooms, one bath cabin that sleeps four.

I am a huge fan of hot springs.  Been to more than 100 hot springs, some that are easy to get to, some that are miles of hiking, but the best part is the view.  While hot tubs are not natural hot springs, they are the next best thing! Some of our cabins offer the best views while sitting on the deck immersed in a Jacuzzi!  For instance, Peaceful Pines is located in the Moonridge area with views of the forest and if you are lucky you will hear the wolves howling (safely inside the confines of the Zoo of course!). And that’s just the outside!

Then you get to the inside! You know that feeling when you walk into a home and you just think, yep! This is it, this is the awesome ambiance that I was looking for! Peaceful Pines is that cabin; super cozy living room area surrounds a wood burning fireplace and entirely adorable kitchen! Two bedroom one full bath it sleeps up to four.  What could be better than that?

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Cap Off Your Big Bear Experience with a Great Cup of Joe!coffee in big bear
Whether you come to Big Bear for the brisk mountain air and the thrill of skiing in the wintertime or you come for the scenic hiking and pleasant days by Big Bear Lake during the summer, there’s nothing like starting off your day with an amazing cup of coffee in one of the quaint coffee shops in this charming alpine town. Before you hit the slopes or the water, check out our list below of the top local coffee shops to grab a cup of coffee in Big Bear when you want to begin the day on a high note!

Moonridge Coffee
Particularly convenient when you want to stop for coffee before a long day of skiing, snowboarding, and the like, Moonridge Coffee is located right next to Bear Mountain Resort, serving as a wonderful outlet for awesome brews, hearty breakfast options, and the cheapest prices that you can get when you’re that close to the resort.

The Copper Q
For the quintessentially pleasant tourist coffee shop experience in Big Bear, look no further than The Copper Q. They have excellent coffee and tea, in addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as providing cooking demonstrations for their patrons.

Teddy Bear Restaurant
Grab a slice of Big Bear’s best pie while you sip on your coffee, as Teddy Bear Restaurant’s most famous dessert will not disappoint. The restaurant is also well-known for its delicious breakfast and comfort food menu items.

Grizzly Manor Café
While Grizzly Manor Café and the previously mentioned Teddy Bear Restaurant are admittedly not your stereotypical coffee shops, both provide excellent coffee and a bevy of breakfast options. Grizzly Manor Café in particular is renowned for its food, with lines often stretching out the door. If you’re up for waiting, you’re sure to enjoy the old school diner-feel of this traditional restaurant with amazing java.

Big Bear Vacations Can Help You Start Planning Your Alpine Adventure Today!
Contact our dedicated team of reservation specialists to learn more about what there is to see and do in Big Bear all year long when you book your stay today in one of our quaint and cozy cabins for a traditional experience in the mountains of Big Bear, California!  Or view & book all of the available  Big Bear Cabins here.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads…

Santa's Village at Shore Acres in Big Bear Lake

A average December morning begins with the alarm beeping a tune that still sounds annoying no matter which ring tone selected on the phone. It is ok – because most of us were dreaming about the work anyway. Next the coffee maker hisses and the squawk of the news fill the room. Checking email…perhaps dressing kids….pouring cereal….bus stops….commute….traffic….darnit! Clocking in 1 minute late. Thinking about Christmas presents, a performance, gotta put gas in the car, why does the phone keep doing that? Oh. Its ringing.

There is just one thing in your heart at the end of the day. It would be nice to getaway and have a perfect Christmas for once. Is there any way to do that anymore without buying a plane ticket?

And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,  
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,  
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,  
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,  
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash…

Not far away snow is falling on 11 little cabins and twinkling lights of every color dance off the surface of the Lake. The Guests there are with family and friends and the muffled sounds of laughter and a too loud tv interrupt the scene in a gentle way. Wood smoke from a hot fireplace tingle the nostrils and someone is barbecuing nearby. One of the larger cabins have the sounds of little feet pattering here and there and children whispering about Santa.

Cabin at Shore Acres Lodge / Santa's Village

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow  
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,  
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,  
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,  
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

It is time to make a wish come true. A short journey to a mini North Pole is just a phone call away. Santa’s Village Big Bear Lake is waiting for you to come visit. Every cabin filled with Holiday decor inside and out. Santa and Mrs. Claus have been making visits on the weekends, listening to children’s wishes and handing out candy canes and cocoa.

Shore Acres Lodge / Santa's Village

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,  
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!  
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!  
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!  
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”  
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;  
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,  
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.

At the end of the day there is a small part of Holiday magic in each of us. Sometimes we can be so busy we forget the wonder of the Holidays and the true meaning it holds. It is not about the gifts, or the bling. It is about making memories with the ones we love.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof  
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,  
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.  
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,  
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;  
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.

I myself can attest there is a little magic in this place. Not long ago I was a Guest at cabin #109 nestled in front of the boat dock at the edge of the Lake. I had spent the day in the desert where hot palm trees flitted in a dust storm offering very little shade. That evening I forgot all about the desert as I looked at the glass like water reflect the mountains and felt a chill in the air causing goose pimples on my arms. It is hard to believe the relief I felt as I watched my children sneak down towards the water to get a closer look at a blue heron standing there. In the morning I woke just in time to see a mighty sunrise. I carried my son onto the patio wrapped in his blanky; watched his tired eyes get wide as the horizon turned colors and painted designs on the clouds.

Shore Acres Lodge / Santa's Village

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!  
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!  
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow  
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,  
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;  
He had a broad face and a little round belly,  
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

This Christmas, come to Big Bear and be part of the Big Bear Vacations family. We are not in the Vacation Rental business, we are in the business of making memories that last a lifetime. Make Big Bear your home away from home. Bring that big coat at the back of the closet and the kids winter gloves. Plan on an adventure that recharges and rejuvenates you, making you ready for the coming year. Maybe that will mean a stroll through the Village where shops faces are toting elegant or unique wares, a lovely dinner at the restaurants nearby, or perhaps tasting the samplers at both breweries and deciding which one is the best! Your perfect Holiday getaway might happen on the mountain with skis or snow boots on, sliding down one of our tubing hills, or ziplining through the woods. The plethora of options tucked away in Big Bear make designing a perfect Christmas an easy task.

Big Bear Lake

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;  
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,  
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;  
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,  
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,  
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;  
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,  
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,  
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

The other evening I was watching a movie that has become a Christmas tradition: The Polar Express. It is about a young boy who goes on a journey of the heart to the North Pole that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. A small reminder he carries with him is a bell Santa gave him, the ring of the bell can only be heard by those who hold Christmas in their hearts.

When I am lucky enough to visit Santa’s Village, especially after a fresh snow, I can tell you I hear the bell. It is one of those magic places that remind you to Believe.

You are invited to come spend the Holidays with us.

Fall Brings a Big Bear Scarecrow Invasion

Picking a favorite season in Big Bear can be as hard as choosing a favorite flavor of ice cream, however Autumn is very hard to beat. Right now Fall colors are bright and the Village is full of fun little stops to make your day.

A highlight of this time of year is always Scarecrow Fest.

The Big Bear Lake Village Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Village Business Association, is a friendly free-of-charge competition between merchants, non-profit groups and other community-based service clubs and organizations. All participants display their version of a Scarecrow in the Village for passers by to enjoy – and vote for their favorite!

The winners will be selected by ballots cast by visitors and residents.
The scarecrows must fit into one of six categories:

1) Best Reflection of Big Bear,
2) Most Traditional,
3) Spookiest,
4) Best Use of Recycled Materials,
5) Most Reflective of Business or Organization
6) Most Humorous.

Of course Halloween is the main event and when the Winners are announced. It is a weekend to remember with a plethora of entertainment options to choose from including:

Oktoberfest German Spooktacular Halloween Contest

Oct. 29th is a German Spooktacular! The final day of Oktoberfest features both an adult and children’s costume contest. The contest begins at 3:00 p.m. and every child wins a participants’ prize, as well prizes for the top three best costumes. Admission is FREE on Saturday, Oct. 29th for all children in costume.

Trick or Treat in the Village in Big Bear Lake!

Date: Monday, October 31, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location: The Village in Big Bear Lake

Bring your kids to the safest place to Trick-or-Treat this Halloween! With 50+ places to stop for candy you are sure to fulfill your sweet tooth. Take a walk through the village seeing all the horrors that it has to offer! Don’t forget your costume or you’ll miss out on the trick or treating!

Big Bear Vacations Scarecrow – Meet Fred and Annie

This year the Big Bear Vacations team took making a Scarecrow display for Fall Fest to a whole other level. Our category is “Traditional” and the display is located outside of Action Tours in the Village, to the right of Whiskey Dave’s. All our signs are hand painted, the scarecrows were carefully made from scratch after researching what it means to be a traditional scarecrow, and it is interactive (psst, that means you can win a prize too!).

Big Bear Vacations is synonymous with Making Memories. Everyone is encouraged to make some memories with your family and friends while posing for heirloom photos with Fred and Annie. Make it a Autumn you will never forget with us in Big Bear.

Enter Our Photo Contest by posting your photo with Fred and Annie on Instagram and Facebook with #makingmemories.

So, why is Fall one of our favorite seasons? Because Fred and Annie are here, there are prizes to be won, fun to be had, and memories to make in Big Bear!

By Destiny Carlton