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Summer

The beautiful lakes and waterways that make up the Big Bear, California region provide the perfect place for anglers to get out and cast a line. Teeming with a variety of trout, Big Bear Lake has long been an oasis for those looking for a place to get away and get into their favorite sport or hobby. The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association has long been renowned as a primary resource when it comes to Southern California’s Alpine lake fishing scene and in 2019, the association is hosting 5 tournaments that will inevitably beckon to anglers from near and far. While the summer tournaments are bound to please, May 18-20th will be dedicated to the much-loved spring fishing festival at Pine Knot Marina.

Festival and Tournament Details

The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association Fishing Festival at Pine Knot Marina is a great way to kick off the spring season and an event that provides tons of family-friendly fun. This three-day celebration of angling provides opportunities for fishing enthusiasts of all ages to get out on the water and test out their skills. Participants are registered according to age with 18 and up being considered an adult participant. Anglers can pick a single species to fish or a combination to increase their chances of reeling in the biggest fish of them all! Weigh-ins occur at the end of each tournament day with prizes being awarded based on length and weight.

Fun Beyond Fishing

Day one of the festival and tournament play host to a vendor show where guests can browse some of the most innovative products on the market. A fishing club booth dedicated to young anglers ensures that those learning to fish have the tools, guidance, and gear necessary to be successful on the water. Family members who are at the festival to support fellow anglers will want to take advantage of discounts on paddlewheel boat tours that travel the lake when competition isn’t happening. With food, drinks and fun everywhere you look, the fishing festival at Pine Knot Marina is sure to please everyone in the family. Pine Knot Marina is conveniently located at 439 Point Knot Avenue for those looking to participate in the event.

Cast a Line and Stay to Enjoy Big Bear

We know anglers love to be out on the water, but when it’s time to come ashore, make sure you’ve booked a beautiful vacation home with Big Bear Vacations. Our team will make sure you have a place to call your own that comes with all the comforts and convenience you deserve. Contact us today to start planning your getaway.

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Summer

Big Bear Lake Fishing Association Fishing Festival at Pine Knot Marina

Big Bear Lake, California is a captivating and scenic destination that provides the best of the great outdoors as well as challenging and thrilling adventures. While adults love Big Bear for its endless activities, kids can have just as amazing of an experience in this southern California destination. Participating in a Kodiak Kids Trail Run is a wonderful way for children to immerse themselves in what it takes to master athletic skills in nature and learn some valuable lessons along the way.

Race Logistics and Registration

Starting May 17th, the fourth annual Kodiak Kids Trail Runs will begin. Follow up races are open to participants on May 31st, August 9th, and August 31st. Races begin at 4 pm and follow either 1.5 or 3-mile loops at Woodland Trail and Snow Ski Summit. Registration is available online or race day in person with a fee of $10 required to run. T-shirts are available to athletes for an additional $10.

Snow Ski Summit is located at 880 Summit Boulevard at Big Bear Lake while racers that are participating in the Woodland Trail runs will meet at 41948 N. Shore Drive in Big Bear.

Outdoor Adventure with a Bigger Purpose

Kids that participate in a Kodiak Kids Trail Run get to experience the process of both setting and reaching goals from start to finish. While Kodiak Kids trail runs were initially designed to keep children active during the summer months, the purpose quickly extended into overall life skills. Today, participants are encouraged to think about what trail running requires, consider how to overcome obstacles when the going gets tough and ultimately find a path to secure self-esteem. Participants run according to gender and age with many first-time runners returning year after year once that initial finish line is crossed. Organizers design trails and running routes to be fun in the hopes of inspiring children to become lifelong lovers of getting out and staying active in the world.

Run and Relax in Big Bear

Once the kids have crossed the finish line, return to a vacation rental home that provides the relaxation you need to take on the rest of your Big Bear adventure. Big Bear Vacations is your ultimate partner in the vacation property search. Our team is here to help you find a place that fits your taste and style. We’ll take care of the details so you can focus on the big race. Contact us today to start planning your next trip to Big Bear!

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Summer

Kodiak Kids Trail Run

Spending time in Big Bear Lake, California is always fun, but when you’re here for Memorial Day weekend and enjoy getting out and pushing your athletic limits, you’ll want to be sure to sign up for the Memorial Day Weekend 5k or 10K option at Meadow Park. This scenic lakeside route is sure to please the eye and push runners to their physical limits as they make their way towards the finish line on May 26th.

Register and Relish the Race

Open to runners of all ages and abilities, the Memorial Day Weekend 5k or 10k race options are a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday while staying active alongside friends and family. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to make the most of this outdoor opportunity. Distance runners will thrive on the 10K route while joggers, walkers, and younger children will enjoy a more personalized pace competing in the 5K.

Meadow Park sprawls over 16-acres of breathtaking land at 41220 Park Avenue in Big Bear Lake and provides all of the lush landscape runners have come to look for in optimal racing. Those who have come to support a runner without participating directly will enjoy the multitude of picnic tables, playgrounds, ball fields and sporting courts available to spend a sunny afternoon outdoors. There’s even a designated area for horseshoe tossing when you’re in the mood for some off the beaten path competition without having to cover miles of ground on foot.

As runners take off, they will be able to enjoy lake views at their side while mountains, hills and towering trees complete the scenery. While registration is available the day of the race, participants are encouraged to register earlier online in order to pick up packets and get ready for the big day alongside their fellow competitors. The lakeside route of this fun-filled race makes it popular with athletes from near and far. Come for the competition and stay to enjoy the beauty of Meadow Park when the race is done.

A Race to Remember

When you’re here to race over Memorial Day weekend, eliminate accommodation stress by letting the professionals at Big Bear Vacations book you into a beautiful and conveniently located vacation home. We’ll make sure your home away from home comes with the amenities you deserve and the luxurious extras you’ll crave after crossing the finish line. Many of our homes are pet-friendly when you’re traveling with canine companions. Contact us today to start planning your next trip to Big Bear Lake.

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Summer

Memorial Day Weekend 5K/10K

Big Bear, California has always been a haven of outdoor activity, scenic views and rugged trails that beckon to the athletically inclined. Between the lush landscapes, dynamic mountain peaks and waterways, it’s not hard to see why Big Bear is an ideal destination for those who love to push physical limits in the great outdoors. When it comes to physical skill, nothing tests athleticism more than a Spartan race and Big Bear is no exception to the competitive rule. Athletes looking to participate in a race that pushes and exceeds all expectations will want to be sure to sign up for the Spartan Race at Big Bear Summit in May of 2019.

Exceptional Racing

May 18th and 19th mark the athletic event of the season. Participants will be asked to get out on a demanding course and prove just what they’re made of. Referred to as the Spartan Beast, this course takes participants over 13-miles and up, around and through nearly 30-obstacles before reaching the finish line. Hilly terrain and challenging designs make this one of the most anticipated athletic activities of the year. Sign up for the men, women or by-age category for a chance to set new records and reach new physical heights. Registration for elite men and women’s categories start at $194.99 with options to register for an afternoon course attempt starting at $154.99.

Spartan Sprint

This two-day event also includes a Spartan sprint which is open to male and female athletes of all abilities. Participants in the sprint will travel over 3-miles and make their way through 20 obstacles on what many consider the ultimate training ground for future Spartan Beast runs. The race begins at 880 Summit Boulevard with Elite racer registration beginning at $154.99 and afternoon runs starting at $109.99.

Kids Races

The future generation of Spartan racers starts with kids and this event hosts plenty of opportunities for young athletes to test their skills. Races span anywhere from .5-miles to 2-miles in distance with options to participate in obstacle specialist trainings once the competition comes to a close. Kids can choose to participate in a single race or combine them for a true Spartan experience!

Race and Stay to Enjoy

A Spartan race is an exciting way to experience Big Bear, but when you’re here, make sure you’re booked into a vacation rental that provides a place where you can rest up in comfort and style. Big Bear Vacations provides guests with a wide variety of property options as well as customized stays. Contact us today to start planning!

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Summer

Spartan Race at Big Bear Summit

North Shore is one of two marinas on Big Bear Lake. This Big Bear marina is a one-stop shop for all your water sport needs. You can take wakeboard and waterski rides and rent kayaks, pontoon boats, fishing equipment, Jet Skis and canoes.

Big Bear Marina Boat Rentals

North Shore offers one-person, two-person and three-person jet ski rentals. If this is your first time riding one or you just need a refresher course, North Shore has you covered. Friendly staff will make sure you feel comfortable with your new ride.

If you’re bringing family and friends, try Big Bear marina boat rentals, like a speed boat! It’s a fun, adventurous, adrenaline-fueled way to enjoy your vacation at Big Bear. Bring a cooler on the boat, pack a lunch and make it a day. Better yet, rent inner tubes to pull behind your boat and your kids will never forget their trip to Big Bear Lake.

Pontoon boats, or party barges, also are a great way to enjoy the day, especially if you have a larger party or have small children. Pontoon boats offer a slower-paced, easy way to enjoy the lake. Anchor and stay awhile while you eat your lunch, drink your beer and let the kids swim and fish.

All Big Bear marina boat rentals are stocked with Coast Guard life preservers for adults as well as an anchor, paddle, horn, lines, fenders, throwable device and fire extinguisher. Ski jackets are available free of charge for children as young as 6 months old to adults.

No trip to Big Bear Lake is a complete without a lake tour aboard the lake’s pirate ship, “Time Bandit,” which is sailed by pirates! North Shore Big Bear marina offers daily tours for all ages. Each captain puts his or her own twist on the tour, so use your imagination and have some fun with it. Adults cost $22, seniors 64 and over cost $20, children 3 and over cost $14, and children less than 2 are free.

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North Shore Landing

Winter

For the past 22-years, skiers from near and far have been flocking to Snow Summit in Big Bear, California for a chance to participate in the annual Victor Alvarez Race. Held in honor of race instructor Victor Alvarez who tragically passed away due to injuries sustained during a ski accident in 1994, this race both commemorates Alvarez’s life while contributing financially to The Big Bear Ski Education Foundation. In 2019, the downhill tradition continues with the 23rd annual race being held on March 2nd at Snow Summit.

Registration and Participation

Athletes interested in participating in the Victor Alvarez Race can register at the Snow Summit Race Team office. Participants 15-years of age and under will pay an entrance fee of $50 while those 16 and up can enter for a fee of $80. Prospective participants that currently possess a season pass for winter 2018/2019 will enjoy $10 off the cost of registration. Early registration is accepted up until February 23 while late registration fees apply for those entering the race between the 23rd and March 2nd. Same day registration is available at Tyndall Haus between 8:30 am and 9:30 am. Participants can enjoy a variety of prizes, t-shirts and lift tickets that come as part of the entrance package.

Race Specifics

The event officially opens at 8:00 am and participants face off on a Modified Dual Giant Slalom. Qualifying races begin promptly at 10:00 am and the intensity kicks up a notch with elimination rounds starting at 1:00 pm. Those who are not racing or onsite to support a racer will want to make time to participate in the silent auction in SoCal marketplace. Opportunities to bid on everything from ski gear, resort lodging, gift baskets, and snowboarding apparel will be well worth the investment with proceeds going towards The Big Bear Ski Education Foundation as well. The Annual Victor Alvarez Race is a wonderful way to get out into the mountains in the name of meaningful fun and enjoy a day spent with the entire family.

A Big Bear Getaway

Big Bear is an incredible destination and when you’re here for the big race, let the team at Big Bear Vacations book you a vacation rental to remember. We’ll make sure you’re settled into a comfortable home away from home that comes with stylish amenities and keeps you close to the slopes. Contact us today to start planning your next winter adventure in Big Bear!

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Winter

Annual Victor Alvarez Race at Snow Summit

Big Bear Lake is a sunny and warm destination when the summer months rolls in, but that doesn’t keep visitors from diving in during the winter months as well. March 2, 2019, Big Bear Lake will welcome guests from near and far in the name of a Polar Plunge that’s held for a great cause. Participants will face the chilly waters in the name of raising funds for the Special Olympics. When the temperatures dip, the Polar Plunge is in full swing at Big Bear Lake.

Plunge and Play

Polar Plunge participants are invited to come to the event dressed in their most amusing costumes as they race towards the lake in the name of meaningful donations. General participation admission is $50.00 however, those that raise upwards of $50.00 jump into the cold waters at no cost. Non-participants are invited to attend for a fee of $10.00. Options to come and watch while supporting a plunger are always available. Online registration for the event is the easiest route towards getting signed up with same-day registration always available, but a pre-registration party is held annually at The Cave on March 1, 2019, from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm for those looking to avoid same-day lines.

Beyond the icy waters, participants will have tons of fun activities to choose from in celebration of their chilly feat in the name of a great cause. Once you’ve jumped, be sure to warm up in one of the many hot tubs on-site before making your way to the BBQ lunch. All day raffles, live musical performances and a rock wall for putting further athletic skills to the test make this a fun-filled day for the entire family! When thirst strikes, soda, beer, and wine are all readily available for participants and guest to purchase throughout the day.

Participate with Style

There are no rules for how participants enter the water, only that they do! Feel free to run, walk, dance or jump in at will with every dollar paid towards this event going towards the Special Olympics. Come with a team of friends or dive independently at the 2019 Polar Plunge at Big Bear Lake.

Stay Awhile

When you’re in town for the Polar Plunge, extend your stay by letting the team at Big Bear Vacations book you a comfortable, cozy and above all, warm vacation rental to enjoy! We’ll help you find a lakeside residence that matches your style and makes for an unforgettable home away from home. Contact us today to begin planning your Polar Plunge getaway.

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Winter

Polar Plunge

Big Bear California beckons to travels looking for a destination with the entertainment, landscape and outdoor activities that make for an incredible getaway. While this location is ideal for planning a trip year-round when March rolls in and St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon, there’s nowhere you’d rather be than Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon at 42900 W. Big Bear Boulevard. Hosting the area’s premier St. Patrick’s Day pre-party, Wyatt’s welcomes locals and visitors alike in the name of all that is Irish.

Celebrate in Irish Style

March 16, 2019, Wyatt’s opens its doors beginning at 5:00 pm for what is bound to be the event of the season. This family-friendly event is perfect when you’re traveling with the entire gang in tow, but just as fun for those solo participants looking to mix and mingle with locals. Guests 14 and under are free while general admission is $5.00. Are you from Big Bear with the ID to prove it? Enjoy $3.00 local admission to all the festivities. All who enter receive a token for the wishing well, so come prepared for some good luck.

Exciting Entertainment

Kids will enjoy a variety of on-site games, arts, and crafts as well as a bouncy house for taking the night to new heights! When the clock hits 7:00 pm, musical entertainment takes to the stage with a spotlight on artists such as Kris Colt and the Black Rose Band. Throughout the night, guests will enjoy several contests that keep the level of Irish competition high with faceoffs in the categories of Best Irish Jig as well as Who Wore It Best: Green Clothing Edition. When all that competition has got you hungry for something rich, dive into Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage then make sure to wash it all down by taking advantage of Irish label beverage specials. Guests are invited to stay and celebrate but those who are ready to hit the hay can utilize the complimentary take-home service that starts at 8:00 pm.

A Sensational St. Patrick’s Getaway

A pre-party evening spent at Wyatt’s is a night before St. Patrick’s well-spent. When the festivities are done, tuck in for the night at comfortable, convenient and luxurious vacation rental booked with Big Bear Vacations. We’ll keep you close to the party while providing the privacy and home away from home levels of comfort you crave. Contact us today to start planning!

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Winter

St. Patrick’s Day Pre Party at Wyatt’s

The Cave, located at 40789 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake, California has long been a hub of musical inspiration for those with a heart that beats for the rhythm of all types. This musical venue regularly hosts an impressive lineup of performers from big-name labels to up and coming stars. On March 2, 2019, fans of Queen will want to make sure they have a ticket in hand for the hottest event of the year. Queen Nation is geared up to perform their tribute performance to the band that changed the scene of music entirely beginning at 6:30 pm.

Tickets and Logistics

Tickets to the event are available online through Ticket Master or at The Cave box office with prices ranging from $15 to $35 plus fees depending on seating and time of purchase. While Stun Grenade gets the night started, the main event is bound to be sensational. When it comes to iconic bands, Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury often lead the way in the minds and hearts of adoring fans across the globe. Comprised of an energetic, charismatic and talented showman, Queen packed stadiums full in the name of music. In the name of this lasting legacy, Queen Nation was formed in 2004.

Queen Nation

This Queen tribute band performs 90-minute sets at musical venues across the nation that cover all of Queen’s most adored musical hits. Formed in the name of keeping the energy, love and musical genius of Queen alive and well on stage, Queen Nation travels the country indulging fans in a continued passion for this infamous band. Music lovers will be enthralled with Queen Nation’s attention to musical detail and find themselves swept away on notes they fell in love with long ago.

The Extras

Once you arrive at The Cave, guests can enjoy the convenience of a full-service bar while enjoying the performance. If you’re interested in booking a table, reservations can be made online prior to March 2nd. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the opening act will take the stage at 7:30 pm. Guests will experience Queen Nation starting at 9:00 pm.

A Big Bear Musical Journey

When you’re in town to enjoy Queen Nation, make sure you’re booked into a vacation rental that keeps you close to the music you love. The team at Big Bear Vacations is here to help you book the ultimate vacation property that provides the comfort you need and the luxury you deserve. Contact us today for more detail on how to get started.

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Queen Nation: Tribute to Queen at The Cave

Year Round

Big Bear Lake, California offers up seemingly endless possibility when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. From mountains with summits stretching into the sky to beautiful forests filled with adventurous trails to be followed, there’s never a shortage of opportunity to get out and get into nature. While you’re here, a trip to Boulder Bay Park is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon immersed in the beauty of your natural surroundings.

Fantastic Park Features

First opening to the public in 2010, Boulder Bay Park is a relatively new highlight for visitors to the area and is located just east of the infamous Big Bear Lake Dam. Well-maintained with pristine trails and green spaces perfect for roaming, Boulder Bay Park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with family. Picnic tables can be found strategically place throughout the park and make for an easy lunch underneath the California sun. When the picnic is complete, feel free to wander down the dock and admire the beautiful waterfront view just waiting to be capture in photos. Those with a passion for casting a line will want to make sure to bring their fishing rod along to Boulder Bay Park as the dock is equally effective as a prime fishing destination.

One of the most iconic features of Boulder Bay park are the several islands that stick up out of the bay in a unique pattern and design. These boulders hosts small trees and plants and make for a fun discovery point for guests who choose to take to the park by kayak or canoe. Designated restrooms onsite make this park an easy place to stop when you’re traveling with the whole gang and your group includes little ones.

Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Boulder Bay Park is home to a large bandstand that’s designed to fit seamlessly into the beautiful surrounding scenery. Those visiting during the summer months will want to check the park’s events calendar as the stage plays host to a summer musical concert series that’s open to the public and made for all to enjoy!

Make the Most of Your Big Bear Lake Adventure

After an afternoon at Boulder Bay Park, make your way back to a home away from home that brings the comfort you crave. The team at Big Bear Vacations is here to help you find the ideal vacation home for your next getaway. Let us take care of the details so you can focus on spending as much time as possible outdoors. Contact us today to get started planning.

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Boulder Bay Park

A trip to Big Bear Lake, California is best enjoyed on an extended schedule. With so much to see, do and explore you could stay well beyond your intended itinerary and still find more to discover. However, it is possible to plan a weekend getaway to this beautiful destination and 3-days can be transformed into unforgettable memories when you hit some of these Big Bear fun places and highlights.

Day 1: Alpine Pedal Path

The rugged landscape and lush foliage that encompass Big Bear Lake make this destination one that beckons to outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. When you’re here for three days, make sure to dedicate one of those days to a biking trip around Alpine Pedal Path. Hugging North Shore Drive, this path provides pristinely maintained paved roadway dedicated to bike and foot traffic. Opportunities to view the lake while making your way through towering trees alongside local wildlife make this the perfect destination for the entire family.

Day 2: Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Fowl Preserve

Once you’ve spent time admiring the water at Big Bear, it’s time to dedicate some time to the wildlife that calls this area home. Big Bear is teeming with incredible creatures and many of them are protected at Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Fowl Preserve. A stroll along the boardwalk offers up unsurpassed views of the natural marsh and the many birds that use this ecosystem for nesting. The preserve covers nearly 45-acres and provides a peaceful place to see nature thrive without the commotion of boats or swimmers nearby.

Day 3: The Cave

End your 3-day Big Bear getaway on a sweet note by booking tickets for a show at The Cave. This movie theater turned performance venue is a family-friendly establishment that features up and coming musicians on a regular basis. Two levels of seating and options to reserve VIP tickets make this destination a musical treat for everyone. Whether you’re into folk, disco or rock, The Cave on Village Drive is an excellent place to top off your Southern California vacation.

Come Back Soon!

The team at Big Bear Vacations is happy to help you book the perfect vacation home for your 3-day stay in Big Bear, but we’re pretty sure one trip here will lead to another and we’ll see you again soon. No matter how many times you visit, we’ll be sure to have you settled in a Big Bear home away from home that makes you feel like family. Contact us today to start planning your Big bear getaway and visit the best Big Bear fun places!

 

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3 Days in Big Bear

If you’re fortunate enough to have a week to spare to simply indulge in all that Big Bear, California has to offer, you’re in great luck! This beautiful piece of Southern California provides visitors from near and far with opportunities to engage with nature, explore rugged landscapes, soak up the sun lakeside and mix and mingle with fellow travelers! Not to mention the delicious dining opportunities that wait around nearly every corner. When you’re here for a week, make the most of your time by adding these highlight destinations to your ideal Big Bear to do list.

Big Bear Discovery Center

While it’s incredible to get out and explore the beautiful landscape that makes up Big Bear, the Big Bear Discovery Center on North Shore Drive is the perfect way to get more in-depth with your experience. This combined visitor center, resource center and nature center first opened in 1998 and welcomes 190,000 visitors every year. Stop by and check out the exhibits featuring the area’s many wildlife, speak with a naturalist about hiking and biking in the area or sign up for one of the many eco-tours the center hosts.

Castle Rock Trail

When it’s time to hit the trails, Castle Rock is the place to start. The trailhead lies east of the dam on Highway 18 and in total, covers over 2.5-miles of ground. This is a popular route that puts you in touch with other outdoor enthusiasts while maintaining a moderate level of hiking difficulty. The path provides views of the lake and surrounding forests and is a wonderful location for spotting wildlife and birds. Photographers are fond of this path for its many natural frames and often beautiful lighting.

Boulder Bay Park

Whether you’re into live music, kayaking or canoeing, Boulder Bay Park is the place for you during a visit to Big Bear. A variety of walking trails make this destination a great place to land with children. Fishing piers provide a wonderful lookout for admiring the many large boulders that surround and find themselves immersed in the lake. Kayakers and canoers will have an easy time making the most of the water with boat ramps readily available. During the summer months, Boulder Bay Park frequently hosts live musical performances on the bandstand so it’s worth keeping an eye on the events calendar!

Big Bear Memories

A week in Big Bear, California is sure to lead to lifetime memories with the amazing options in our Big Bear to do list. As you get ready to explore this beautiful destination, let the team at Big Bear Vacations book you into a rental home that fits your taste and style. Make the trip stress free by focusing on the fun while we take care of the accommodation details. Contact us today to start planning your next adventure!

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7 Days in Big Bear

The Big Bear Mountains are home to some truly spectacular natural views and wonders. Outdoor enthusiasts come from near and far to explore the rugged terrain, incredible wildlife, and spectacular scenery when the summer months arrive. While it’s amazing to explore, this area also serves up a tasty treat in the form of the Big Bear Farmers Market.

A Fresh Take on Big Bear

Every Tuesday, April through the end of September between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm, visitors and locals are invited to come to indulge in the flavors and colors that let you know the Big Bear Farmers Market is in full swing. This farm to table experience is hosted at the corner of Division and Big Bear Boulevard towards the corner of the Big Bear Convention Center. The Big Bear Farmers Market provides the perfect opportunity for California farmers to display and sell their goods much to the delight of those visiting and browsing. All farmers at this farm-fresh market are certified, California-based growers who pride themselves on offering up top-quality products and produce. Whether you’re in the mood for fish, vegetables or food, the Big Bear Farmers Market is a wonderful place to pick up something savory.

Crafts and Beyond

While the highlight of the Big Bear Farmers Market is the fresh food, visitors will have a chance to browse merchandise from a variety of on-site vendors that includes everything from hand-crafted art to Avon products. Candles, carpets and vintage finds are all a part of a day spent wandering and enjoying the atmosphere at The Big Bear Farmers Market.

Locally Loved

This farmers market is loved for its farm-fresh take on an afternoon of shopping, but the experience is also dedicated to supporting local businesses. In the name of promoting local shopping opportunities, many food stands, trucks and sample tables set up for this Tuesday event in the hopes of spreading the word about their business. Feel free to dig in and indulge in some local flavors when you try everything from local coffee to tacos and even lemonade.

A Big Bear Favorite

After a day spent strolling through the Big Bear Farmers Market, make your way back to a home away from home that greets you in stylish comfort. Big Bear Vacations is your number one destination for all things vacation rentals in Big Bear. We’re here to help you book a pristine property that speaks to your specific vacation taste. Contact us today to start planning your next trip.

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Big Bear Farmers Market

The beautiful lakes and waterways that make up the Big Bear, California region provide the perfect place for anglers to get out and cast a line. Teeming with a variety of trout, Big Bear Lake has long been an oasis for those looking for a place to get away and get into their favorite sport or hobby. The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association has long been renowned as a primary resource when it comes to Southern California’s Alpine lake fishing scene and in 2019, the association is hosting 5 tournaments that will inevitably beckon to anglers from near and far. While the summer tournaments are bound to please, May 18-20th will be dedicated to the much-loved spring fishing festival at Pine Knot Marina.

Festival and Tournament Details

The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association Fishing Festival at Pine Knot Marina is a great way to kick off the spring season and an event that provides tons of family-friendly fun. This three-day celebration of angling provides opportunities for fishing enthusiasts of all ages to get out on the water and test out their skills. Participants are registered according to age with 18 and up being considered an adult participant. Anglers can pick a single species to fish or a combination to increase their chances of reeling in the biggest fish of them all! Weigh-ins occur at the end of each tournament day with prizes being awarded based on length and weight.

Fun Beyond Fishing

Day one of the festival and tournament play host to a vendor show where guests can browse some of the most innovative products on the market. A fishing club booth dedicated to young anglers ensures that those learning to fish have the tools, guidance, and gear necessary to be successful on the water. Family members who are at the festival to support fellow anglers will want to take advantage of discounts on paddlewheel boat tours that travel the lake when competition isn’t happening. With food, drinks and fun everywhere you look, the fishing festival at Pine Knot Marina is sure to please everyone in the family. Pine Knot Marina is conveniently located at 439 Point Knot Avenue for those looking to participate in the event.

Cast a Line and Stay to Enjoy Big Bear

We know anglers love to be out on the water, but when it’s time to come ashore, make sure you’ve booked a beautiful vacation home with Big Bear Vacations. Our team will make sure you have a place to call your own that comes with all the comforts and convenience you deserve. Contact us today to start planning your getaway.

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Big Bear Lake Fishing Association Fishing Festival at Pine Knot Marina

Visitors to Big Bear Lake, California come for the sun, lakeside view, beautiful landscape and opportunity to get close to nature. However, movie buffs also find a place to pursue their passion when they head towards Big Bear. Snow Summit is known for its year-round showings that provide a family-friendly atmosphere in one of California’s most beautiful destinations to enjoy an open-air film. An amazing event that’s perfect for getting together with friends or making the most of family time, Movies in the Meadow at Snow Summit is sure to please.

March Movies

The Movies in the Meadow Series will be hosting a showing of Turbo March 2, 2019 starting at 5:30 pm. As with all movie showings in the Movies in the Meadow Series, admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and are encouraged to arrive early as this event tends to be well-attended and seating is first-come first serve. Outside food and drinks are not allowed on the Snow Summit base premises but not to worry, concessions are ready and waiting for purchase at nearby Bighorn Smokehouse.

Big Screen Style

Throughout the year, Movies in the Meadow provides guests with opportunities to view a variety of family-friendly films on the outdoor big screen. Just because it’s an open-air experience doesn’t mean you have to leave the theater luxury behind. Those who attend these film screenings will enjoy the added benefit of twinkling outdoor bistro lights strung across the viewing grounds in combination with several outdoor firepits and surrounding stone enclosures that keep viewers cozy and warm. Kids will enjoy spending time with friends before the film begins and adults will find this series a wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle with other film enthusiasts before spending quality time with those you love most. There’s nothing like an outdoor movie to make memories that last a lifetime when you’re in Big Bear.

A Stay for All Seasons

No matter when you head to Big Bear to catch an outdoor film, be sure to book your vacation rental with the experts at Big Bear Vacations. Our team is here to help you land a property that keeps you cozy and comfortable for your entire stay. When you’re looking for a bit more, let us know. We are well-versed in customizing properties to fit taste and style and have an impressive property portfolio to match any and every request. Contact us today to start planning!

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Movies in the Meadow at Snow Summit

California has a way of bringing beauty to mind. When you envision a trip to this westernmost state, it’s easy to imagine loads of sunshine, pricey vehicles swerving along chic boulevards and endless coastline waiting to be surfed. While swanky Southern California most definitely has its perks, there’s much more to this area waiting to be explored! When you’re looking for a destination that brings big fun, scenic beauty, rugged landscapes, and pristine waterways, look no further than Big Bear Lake, California. While you’ll indulge in the beauty, you won’t break the bank. Get ready to get out and make the most of a Big Bear vacation without having to spend much to have an amazing time.

Big Bear Historical Museum

When you’re searching for a wonderful low, cost way to explore and understand this vibrant and rich area, be sure to add the Big Bear Historical Museum to your itinerary. This is a great afternoon stop for an immersive and engaging experience. Stop by for a chance to gain an understanding of the cowboys, gold mining rush, Serrano Indians, cattle ranching and farming that made up the past which led to present day Big Bear. The San Bernardino Mountains have long been a place where stories unfold, and this museum has perfected the art of preserving the past for the sake of the future.

Pine Knot Trail

Getting out and onto the many trails in Big Bear is a great way to capture the essence of this location while communing with nature. Pine Knot Trail is a top-rated destination for those hiking with friends and family. With a trailhead at Mill Creek Road, Pine Knot Trail covers just over 3-miles of land and provides scenic opportunities to view trees, foliage, wildlife and more! If you circle back to your starting point at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, you’ll find several picnic tables perfect for enjoying lunch in the open-air.

Nottingham’s Restaurant

When you’ve worked up an appetite in the museums and on the trails, head over to Nottinghams Restaurant and Tavern for a well-priced, extra flavorful meal you’re sure to enjoy. Enjoy a rustic ambiance in this wood-façade locale that serves up everything from steak to hamburgers and seafood with Southern California flair. Grab a comfy booth or select an outdoor patio table to enjoy your dinner. This restaurant often hosts live musical performances, making a meal that much sweeter.

Bask in Big Bear

You don’t have to bend your budget to make a trip to Big Bear memorable. When you’re here, let the team at Big Bear Vacations book your ideal rental home that matches your taste, style and pocket book. Contact us today to begin planning!

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Planning a Trip to Big Bear on a Budget

Think barrels overflowing with candy. A candy castle stares down at you, enormous and inviting. Gelato is ribboned into chilled containers inside the glass display case. Welcome to the Village Sweet Shoppe. Eat your fill and feel like a kid again!

The phrase “like a kid in a candy store” truly applies to visitor to this shop. Walk in intending to spend $10, and you most certainly will walk out having spent $20 or more. The Village offers 16 types of taffy, 21 kinds of Sixlets, Jelly Bellys galore, chocolates, cotton candy, Rice Krispies treats, candy apples and more.You’ll take a walk down memory lane with rainbow belts and candy cigarettes.

A Unique Big Bear Candy Store

This place isn’t just about the candy. How about bacon cotton candy? Yep, they sell it. How about a bacon scented mustache? Yep, they sell it. And it makes total sense when you think about it. Who doesn’t love the smell of bacon? Smack it on your upper lip and you can be breathing it in for hours.

Forget the candy necklace. How about a candy bra? Yep, they sell it. Walk in to buy your favorites, and you’ll always come out finding something new.

The unexpected favorite of this Big Bear candy store? Gelato. Visitors rave about it, which is the best after a long, hot day on the lake. The mango sorbetto and creme brûlée gelato are crowd favorites.

The Village Sweet Shoppe also sells a fun selection of toys and gag gifts, which will definitely keep you longer (and laughing) than you expected.

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Village Sweet Shoppe

With the almost never-ending amount of things to do in Big Bear, CA, you’ll never be bored when you vacation here and explore all the activities in Big Bear! And don’t forget to view some of our amazing vacation rentals that we have for you to enjoy!

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