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.

Santa’s Village Big Bear Lake

‘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.

Comedy Comes To Big Bear

This weekend Big Bear Lake is having its first ever comedy festival. It’s kind of a big deal. Two nights, lots of comedians at three different venues that are all within walking distance of each other. I’m not really a stand up comedy kind of girl. I have an odd sense of humor that doesn’t seem to align with what comedians think is funny. And I feel guilty if I don’t laugh. I mean this is how they make their living and I’m just sitting there like please don’t look at me because you are going to be disappointed in my lack of enthusiasm!

That being said it’s going to be a really fun event for people that like stand up comedy – don’t let my weirdness dissuade you from attending!! I will probably give it a shot myself! I’ll just sit in the back where they can’t see me!!

The summer really did seem to go by in the blink of an eye. This weekend we fall back to standard time, it gets dark too early, but it’s light earlier in the morning. I have a love/hate relationship with the time change; I’m all about getting as much sun as I can in one day, but the smell of pumpkin spice everywhere is lovely and generally only happens around this time.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s actually the only one I really care about. No worrying about buying gifts, decorating trees, hanging lights, just family and friends getting together to be thankful for each other. As you well know by now I’m originally an Idahoan turned Californian – but the tradition of our family lives on and I’m excited to go see my mom and do the same things we do every year.

At Big Bear Vacations we have a really fabulous Thanksgiving special for those of you that want to experience the holiday in Big Bear. Stay three nights and get the fourth night free! We are already starting to fill up so don’t procrastinate!

Very soon it will be snowing and ski and snowboard season will be upon us! And then Christmas and the New Year will be right around the corner. Stay tuned for my next blog where I will discuss surviving the cold winter season!!!

Make Memories in Big Bear Lake

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!).

Hand Painted Signs

Annie’s Face – Before and After

Meet Fred and Annie

Interactive means “Take Photo Here”

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

My First Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest!

First, a bit of personal history. My name is Ali and I’m from Idaho. I lived there my entire life until I moved to Big Bear in June. I’ve been asked countless times, “why on earth would you move from Idaho to California?” The reasons were simple: 1) I hated living in Idaho; 2) I wanted to be closer to two of my sisters that live in SoCal; and 3) I was thirsty for a new adventure.

I immediately began my quest for employment. Luckily for me, it didn’t take long and I now have a great job working at the front desk at Big Bear Vacations. In addition to my coworkers being welcoming and supportive, they are also very involved ibkgcaguzgxslxxexbguabhpacxsher0dsa4tsx4tean the community. It’s refreshing and well, quite frankly, impressive.

Even before I moved here, I kept hearing tales about Oktoberfest. I mean we are talking about a HUGE yearly event in Big Bear. And it lasts for eight weekends (mid-September until the last weekend of October). I knew what I had to do – find a way to be involved in this epic event that is labeled by locals as the biggest Oktoberfest in southern California. I have been a bartender for a very long time, so it seemed clear to me that I should sling drinks at Oktoberfest. I applied, I interviewed and I got the gig!

Don’t worry – I’m getting to the good stuff. St. Pauli outfits and traditional Dirndls, Lederhosen, German beer, bratwursts and. OY! OY! OY! Let’s not forget the chicken dance either. It has been a long time since I’ve seen that many happy people in one place. I’m serious; people are joyfully dancing like chickens. And not just one time – every time that song is played people are dancing – there are even people dancing in their seats! I was astounded and could not contain my giggles. Did you know wearing a chicken hat is common place? Neither did I, but trust me it is the hat of choice when attending Oktoberfest.

I have worked in just about every type of bar you can imagine. From beer and wine to full liquor bars, but this is by far the most fun I’ve had bartending. It’s also the first time I’ve worn a traditional Dirndl (dress). It’s a treat to dress up and participate in an event like this. It’s about pride, tradition and family. It is also all about crowd participation! Don’t be surprised if you are pulled out of your seat to dance, laugh and enter many of the competitions held throughout the day.

Take it from the new girl in Big Bear, this is an event you want to attend! Get in the spirit of things and dress up! Wear the chicken hat and the Lederhosen, or a Dirndl and Pinafore! And stop by to say hi to me while I pour you a yummy German beer. Stay tuned for more stories of the shenanigans I will be participating in during Oktoberfest 2016! Cheers!

Big Bear Gran Fondo

The Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo joins the ranks of premier Southern California endurance mountain bike events with rides for all levels. Riders will be able to challenge their gran fondopersonal abilities with distances of 100/70/50/30/20k. The 20k allows intermediate riders to take the Snow Summit Sky Chair to the ridgeline to begin their ride, while other rides begin in the Village and may include 3,500 to as much as 10,000 feet of climbing.

The Big Bear Grizzly 100 is a National Ultra Endurance Race series event. Professional mountain bike racers will be visiting Big Bear from all over the United States and other countries tocompete for points and prizes in this national series.

When: July 30, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Contact Info: Phone 909 878 3456 | Website http://bbvrace.com/

View our Gran Fondo lodging special!