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Planning a Trip to Big Bear on a Budget

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Planning a Trip to Big Bear on a Budget

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.

Attend a Festival or Celebration

Make sure you check the calendar often as the area tends to put on a variety of different festivals and events, all of which are perfect ways to enjoy some entertainment on a budget. For instance, if you come during the fall make sure to check out the cities Octoberfest which is one of the highest ranked, and for good reason! You’ll enjoy four different German bands performing live for your enjoyment, while also offering a variety of beers and bites to eat from local brewers and eateries. As well, you’ll find a variety of contents being put on during the festivities which even if you don’t partake, are more than entertaining to watch. So, make sure to keep your eyes on the calendar to ensure you can enjoy big bear with the locals, and do so for a next to nothing.

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.

Castle Rock Trail

Stretching an easy 2.7-miles, the Castle Rock Trail is the perfect activity if you’re looking for a cheap adventure. Thanks to its small size it stands as the perfect thing for those looking for a pretty hike, but not looking for a full-on challenge. As you walk its path, you’ll find yourself gazing at a dazzling forest setting with large trees towering above you like natural guardians, and at certain points one will have breathtaking views of the pristine lake in the distance. Keep in mind though, while the trail is short it is a bit steep, but this is what gives it the truly magnificent views that have made it so popular.

Enjoy Some Classic Snow Play

If one finds themselves visiting during the cold winter months, then make sure you enjoy the nostalgia of old-fashioned snow play. You’ll find various areas that are perfect for one to either sled down a hill, spend an afternoon creating a snowman to show to the world, or any other manner of classic winter fun. For instance, once can head on over to Aspen Glen Picnic Area and enjoy a winter picnic as you play upon the powdery snow. There is also Grays Peak and Cougar Crest Trails for those looking for a bit of variety for their winter fun. The best part is that one can have an entire afternoon of cold fun and are able to do without spending almost a dime.

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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