Arts and Culture Journey to Big Bear

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Big Bear, California is often traveled to in the name of outdoor adventure and fun, but there are ample opportunities for those with a passion for arts and culture to make the most of this city as well! From the Big Bear Historical Museum, and Big Bear art to various boutique shops, Big Bear delivers some real artistic treasures for those who are willing to spend some time indulging in beauty, creativity and fine craft. When you’re determining where to begin, be sure to add these three destinations to your vacation itinerary.

Day 1: Big Bear Historical Museum

Managed by the Big Bear Valley Historical Society, the historical museum is a wonderful place to explore the rich history of this area while browsing artifacts and restored buildings dating back to the 1800s. Costumed employees will walk guests through a timeline that saw Big Bear, California as a small settlement and grow into the thriving destination it is today. Feel free to ask questions, pick up a souvenir and make the most of history in this gem of a historical stop in Big Bear.

Big Bear Valley Historical Museum

800 B Greenway Drive

Big Bear City, California 92314

(909) 585-8100

Day 2: Artisans Etc.

When supporting local artists is at the top of your list, a stop in at Artisans Etc. is a must-do activity. This gallery on Village Drive markets itself as the premier mountain art gallery of the San Bernardino Mountains. A walk inside is an experience in immersing yourself in color and a variety of artistic mediums. The gallery plays host to works from artists that hail from Big Bear Lake and the surrounding communities as well as Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region. Artisans Etc. is an incredible destination for those who are looking to browse the work of up and coming artists. All displayed work is available for purchase, meaning your next work of art to add to your walls at home may be just a step through the front door.

Artisans Etc.

40729 Village Drive #7

Big Bear Lake, California 92315

(909) 878-0088

Day 3: Big Bear Performing Arts Center

Large enough to accommodate 400-guests at a time, The Big Bear Performing Arts Center is the city’s ultimate destination for taking in a performance or attending a local event. Beautiful and spacious, the Big Bear Performing Arts Center is the ideal place to see local dramatic performances as well as big-name Broadway shows or concerts. It is also the sight of city council meetings which are often open to the public when a pressing issue is being discussed and can be an interesting look into local politics for those that are interested.

Big Bear Performing Arts Center

39707 Big Bear Boulevard

Big Bear Lake, California 92315

(909) 866-5831

An Artistic Big Bear Getaway

Whether you’ve come to be inspired or are hoping to find that next artistic treasure, Big Bear is a city that brings a wealth of Big Bear art, beauty and creativity into any vacation. When you’re in town, let the team at Big Bear Vacations take care of your vacation home booking. We’ll be sure to find you a property that fits your taste and style while keeping you close to those destinations you’re excited to discover! Contact us today to start planning your next getaway to Big Bear, or click here to learn more about one of our amazing cabins!

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