Big Bear: The top 3 activities on my "List" to do!
Now that the rain has subsided in LA (at least for now) and the nights are longer and flooded with sunlight, I highly recommend you take a friend or loved one to Big Bear for a lovely weekend getaway. Just about a two hour drive outside of LA (3-4 hours if you hit gridlock traffic), this peaceful and rustic town sits right along Big Bear Lake in the mountains near San Bernadino. I was whisked away this weekend as nature was calling and I wanted a little trip. As you drive up the mountain, the temperture slowly drops from a warm 80 degree Los Angeles to a chilly 50 degrees and you feel like you’re a world away. One of the reasons, in my opinion, why California is the prettiest state in the country is because you can be at both the beach and the mountains in the very same day. As you start to rise up to the 7,000 foot elevation mark, the air becomes more crisp and the smell of pine permeates your nose. It is breathtaking and this past weekend, it was sunny and there was still snow everywhere. Postcard heaven. I loved it so much I decided to extend my stay until Monday as it was definitely hard for me to leave. The starry nights when the moon made it’s glorious appearance was one that will remain with me for a long time. Ok. Ok. Enough cheesiness. Let’s be real. There are a few activities that are a “MUST” when visiting Big Bear. Here are a few of my favorites below:
Top 3 Favorite “Lists” to do in Big Bear!
THE ALPINE SLIDE AT MAGIC MOUNTAIN- California’s only bobsled-experience, it is an absolute blast! As you enter the park, you first have to sign a waiver that allows you to purchase tickets down the slide. As an adult, you can ride down with your child but you can’t go with other people. You have to ride down as a single rider. However, that’s not to say you can’t race your friends down as there are two lanes next to each other (I raced my sister who sadly beat me lol) but it was so much fun! To get to the top, you take a ski-left and slide down and the views of the lake from the top are fantastic! Definitely a must! You can download, print, and bring a release form to skip the line. You can download it HERE!
2. STAY AT A LOG CABIN- Big Bear is home to many hotels, AirBnb’s and VRBO’s which are all great but if you can, stay at a log cabin! First off, they have the cutest cabins off the side of the ride that literally feel like you are straight out of a nature film. They are cozy, cute, and most are equipped with a working fireplace. My favorite log cabins to choose from include the following:
A. Cabins 4 Less- affordable, rustic, and oh so cute, these cabins are right near the downtown Village area and they are lovely. Surrounded by pine trees and picnic tables, they are a great way to experience Big Bear. Check them out!
B. Big Bear Cool Cabins- a top rental company in the Big Bear area with a wide variety of cute cabins to choose from that are also affordable.
C. Lakewood Cabins- owned and operated since 2006, Lakewood Cabins has both one bedrooms and studio size cabins. There are nine total cabins on the property.
WonderFact: It is much cheaper to stay in Big Bear on Sunday nights or during the week, especially during peak ski season. If you have the opportunity, the price is cut in half when you don’t stay on Friday or Saturday nights.
3. NATURE HIKES- If you love the Great Outdoors just as much as I do, then you should head up to Big Bear, even for the day, to check out some amazing hikes. I have attached a link to check out their various nature trails in/ around The San Bernadino Forest. You can also frolic among the beautiful nature walks and paths that surround the lake. At this time of year, in between the snowy ski season and spring, unless you are equipped with the proper snow boots, there are only a few trails available where your feet can stay dry. I found this beautiful meadow near an alpine trail that we took photos at and I loved this dress so much, I had to dance around in it.