Big Bear for Valentine’s Day

With the holidays but a memory, February finds us itching for a reason to do something special. Take Valentine’s Day as your excuse to visit Big Bear, California! The mountain town is more romantic than some people give it credit-full of excitement, beauty, and relaxation, it’s perfect for a trip for two!

Thrill of the Mountains

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are both in full operations during the month of February, and if you don’t think anything can up your heart-rate like the sight of your special someone, try taking them with you down a ski slope! The chill against your cheeks, the scenery rushing by, and the smile of your partner when you reach the bottom-it’s just the kind of thrill you need to spice up your Valentine’s Day! And if you’re new to the slopes, don’t worry-the ski resorts offer lessons and shops both in town and up the slopes sell equipment. You’ll enjoy the (certainly well-meaning!) laughter of your partner as the two of you practice staying upright and making it down your first slope.

Unbeatable Scenery

The mountains are always romantic, skiing or no-skiing. Standing tall and proud and seeming eternal, they’re even more beautiful up close in a mountain town. As they gleam white with winter snow, the view is even more breath-taking. For the best views, find a winter hiking trail, gear up, and visit your vista. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for taking a trail like Pine Knot Trail up to a stunning view to share!

Delicious Dinner for a Romantic Evening

It’s perhaps the most traditional of Valentine’s traditions-going out to enjoy a meal together. The Pines Lakefront makes an ideal spot for the occasion. A charming restaurant with delicious food and gorgeous views of the lake, this is one of the best spots to share your Valentine’s Dinner. The Peppercorn Grille may not be pegged as romantic, but it’s another excellent option. The décor is pleasant and the food is delicious, and best of all, the staff is among the best around-it’s nice to see your significant other treated like the royalty you see them as! Captain’s Anchorage gets honorable mention-the walk-up soup and salad detract from feelings of “upscale,” but the steak and seafood are top-notch, and the dim, cozy, relatively quiet ambiance makes it perfect for a dinner together.

Big Bear Vacations-the Ideal Vacation, All Ready for You!

Focus more on your partner and less on the logistics-book with Big Bear Vacations and we’ll have everything set up for you, so you can go straight to enjoying each other’s company. Contact us today at 877-417-6504 to set up your Valentine’s escape and book your vacation rental home!

Bear Necessities Surprise Visitor

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.

Why Choose Big Bear Vacations for Property Management

When it comes to rental property management in the Big Bear Lake area, there is no company that is more experienced or ready to maximize your dollar as much as possible as Big Bear Vacations.

A Long History of Proven Excellence

The first reason to consider Big Bear Vacations when deciding who should manage your rental property is our proven track record of success, as there is no company in Big Bear that has done it better for longer. Our history dates back all the way to early 20th century, and we have only continued to grow every year since. We have become a mainstay here in the town of Big Bear, and we believe this can be contributed to two things in particular: our unique business model, and our outstanding customer service.

An Innovative Marketing Campaign that Stands Out from the Rest

The property rental business has really exploded over the past couple of years, so you’re probably asking yourself: How can Big Bear Vacations guarantee I’ll be making money with so much competition? The answer is in our extremely aggressive marketing campaign that we employ for you and all of the properties that we manage. With a strong focus on media marketing on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as an online marketing campaign that focuses on search engine optimization, we can ensure that Big Bear (and your property) will always be near the top of the list whenever anyone looks to rent in the area. We are dedicated to making sure that your property information is out there as much as possible and that you are given the best marketing for your investment.

World Class Customer Service

We can get your property’s name out there all we want, but it doesn’t mean anything if customers aren’t satisfied, right? We understand that a satisfied customer is a customer that will continue to come back time and time again, which means your rental property gets booked more and more! This is why we focus heavily on providing world class customer service both to you and your rental as well as the customers who reserve them. We will do everything we can to ensure that your property is taken care of, including making sure the property is well stocked with items such as linens & towels, toilet paper, hand soap etc. We also provide top-notch service to every customer, including a luxury check-in experience and 24-hour service line so that once they stay with us the first time, they’ll continue to come back again and again.

Give us a call today and see how Big Bear Vacations can make the difference with your property rental today! Contact our New Homes Recruiter Christina Lindsey at (855) 845-6633 for more information or to get started!

Experience Big Bear with Berry

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!

Plan a Winter Visit to Big Bear

Because of the weather that southern California typically experiences, it may be hard at times to really get into the spirit of winter. Let’s be honest: Does it really feel like winter when it’s sunny and 75 degrees outside? Luckily for you, there’s a hidden winter wonderland in southern California waiting to make you and your family’s winter vacation the most memorable to date. Come up and visit Bear Big Lake and experience a winter wonderland like no other in California!

A True Winter Paradise

Unlike the majority of southern California, Big Bear Lake sits at an incredible 6,752 feet in elevation. This means one thing: lots of snow! In the wintertime, Big Bear Lake transforms from a lakeside destination to a winter wonderland, with light and fluffy snow covering the mountainsides and powdering the thousands of trees of the San Bernardino National Forest. This provides visitors with picturesque views that are perfect for getting you in winter mood, and will make it so you can’t resist putting your feet up with a warm cup of cocoa in front of a roaring fire!

So Many Activities to Experience in Big Bear

Some people may think that because Big Bear Lake is a big summer vacation town that this means it slows down in the wintertime, and that’s not true at all! Big Bear Lake is a year-round destination with plenty of winter fun to be had on the mountains. Snow Summit Ski Resort is truly a sight to behold. Whether you’re new to winter sports or an experienced rider, you’ll love shredding down the mountain trails found in Big Bear.

Not interested in skiing or snowboarding, but still want to explore the winter landscape? Why not try your hand at snowshoeing? Snowshoes let you explore the trails found around Big Bear Lake at your own pace; just be sure to dress warmly!

No matter how you choose to spend your winter escape, Big Bear Lake has something for everyone. If you want to start the new year off right, come spend the beginning of 2018 in a true winter wonderland with us!

Big Bear Christmas Events

Big Bear is one of Southern California’s top skiing and snowboarding destinations for the winter season. Whether you are enjoying one of the community’s numerous ski resorts, the shops and restaurants of the Big Bear Lake Village, or exploring the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear offers something for everyone in the winter season. Planning Christmas for the family may seem like a scary task when on vacation, but here in Big Bear, finding the closest Christmas event is just as easy as being at home. Here are our top picks for local Big Bear Christmas events!

Santa Comes to Snow Summit

Every child yearns to visit Santa and relay his or her wishes for Christmas gifts each year. Lucky for you, Santa does not miss out on Big Bear! Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Christmas Tree Lot in the Big Bear Lake Village located just off the corner of Pine Knot Boulevard and Village Drive. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for your child’s wishes on December 23rd and December 24th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Santa will even at the base of Snow Summit on December 23rd for all you skiing enthusiasts!

Santa’s Hayride to the North Pole

Every Friday and Saturday this holiday season will be the host of the Santa’s Hayride just down in Bear Valley Farms. This event will delight everyone in your family with a night of beautiful Christmas sightseeing. Come see the array of thousands of beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Complimentary cocoa will be available to enjoy at the Bear Valley Farms’ theater, which is playing all of the Christmas classics. Letters to Santa and book readings but his helpful elves will delight all of your children. This magical hayride will transport you into the magical kingdom of the North Pole!

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Big Bear Lake Arts and Moonridge School of Dance will be putting on a two-night performance of the Nutcracker. Performances will be held on December 16th at 7:00pm and December 17th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $22 for general admission and can be purchased at, calling the PAC box office at (909) 866-4970, or at the door. This beloved performance is a holiday tradition for the entire family and makes a terrific Christmas gift idea as well. Don’t miss out on this local production of the Nutcracker!

Your Christmas Destination

Take a break from the mountain’s beautiful ski slopes and spend your next Christmas tradition in Big Bear Lake Village. There is Christmas fun that the whole family can enjoy!

Thanksgiving in Big Bear

We all know the importance of a holiday does not necessarily come from where or how you celebrate it, but who you celebrate it with. Getting together with family is what many of us look forward to for Thanksgiving. With that being said, spending the holiday in an amazing place will go a long way in adding some excitement to the typical proceedings. One of the best places to spend a Thanksgiving in the United States is Big Bear, California.

Activities to Celebrate

There is always a reason to celebrate in Big Bear, so there are always activities that bring the community together on the docket. During the Thanksgiving holiday, there is a little something going on for everyone. If you are in Big Sur, then you have to check out the turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day. Go for a casual run, jog, or walk, and then relax with people from this vibrant community to enjoy games, activities, and even a costume contest. The day after Thanksgiving, you can be a part of the town’s preparations for the Christmas season by partaking in the lighting of the tree ceremony. Enjoy carolers, live entertainment, and even a Santa appearance.

Everywhere a Feast

This is a community that does not take a delicious meal lightly, especially during Thanksgiving. When the holiday comes around, you can bet that the many charming eateries will be ready with amazing meals for the community. Find one of the tastiest traditional Thanksgiving buffets you will ever see is in full swing at the Evergreen Restaurant. Or you can pop into Nottingham’s Restaurant any time between 1:00 pm and 7:45 pm to enjoy the incredible flavors that they bring to all your favorites. Maybe you want to go off script this Thanksgiving. Well, you can do that in a big way with amazing Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, and every other type of eatery you can imagine!

Beauty and Recreation for Everyone

There’s no better way to start Thanksgiving Day than going for a hike in the brisk mountain air, and there’s no better place to do it than in Big Bear. There are also some very special activities that always make for a great time on vacation. A classic way to explore the Big Bear canopy is with a zip line excursion, but you can also go horseback riding. Not only are all of these awesome services available on Thanksgiving Day, but you can enjoy them at discount prices.

It does not matter where you eat or how you spend your days, your Big Bear Thanksgiving is sure to be one of the most memorable of your life. Make this beautiful place the newest addition to your Thanksgiving tradition this year!

Top Pizza Spots in Big Bear

Big Bear has become the favorite vacation destination for thousands upon thousands of people. It is a one of a kind place that offers the feeling of a tropical paradise with its clear blue waters, mixed with an alpine escape from the towering mountains. While visitors may not necessarily come for the amazing pizza around the lake, they sure are delightfully surprised when they try some of the best pizza that Big Bear has to offer. Below are just a couple of the spots serving up the best pizza in the area.

Maggio’s Pizza

You can taste the tradition in every bite of Maggio’s pizza. Everything here is prepared according to recipes that have become sacred to this family. It all starts from dough that is made from scratch in the kitchen every single day. Then the homemade sauce is added to create an incredible base for the cheese and toppings. Once the fresh ingredients are added, the pizza is cooked to crispy perfection in a brick deck oven. You can also find amazing sandwiches, pastas, and much more. Find it right off of Big Bear Blvd on the South Shore.

Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria

With one look at the name, you know you are in for something special at Saucy Momma’s. The thing about Saucy Mama’s is there is something for everyone here. Their crust is delightfully thick and light, but you can also opt for their delicious thin crust option. And the best part is the prices are very fair. The food is complimented by a wonderful rock ‘n’ roll ambiance featuring charming décor and great music. A visit to Saucy Mama’s is always a good time! You can find this great spot right in the middle of Big Bear Lake on the South Shore.

No Name Pizza

The amazing pizza here is all about the fresh ingredients. But there is so much more to love about this place than delicious pies. Firstly, the service is always fast and friendly, the ambiance is very pleasing due to the music and décor, and the beer selection is extensive and cold. Come on the weekends for a nice night out with live music.

You will probably plan your next Big Bear vacation for the endless adventures that await around every corner. But the amazing pizza joints throughout the area provide for the perfect places to grab a delicious bite and recharge between those excursions. Check out these pizza joints and many more the next time you are in town!

Thanksgiving in the Village & Santa’s Grand Entrance

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!

Equestrian Center, Pumpkin Patch, Haunted Hay Ride

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.