When Southern California residents talk about the ski slopes being just a few hours’ drive from downtown Los Angeles, they’re usually referring to the charming town of Big Bear Lake located high in the San Bernardino Mountains. Nestled among the pines, our Big Bear vacation rentals are ideal for that mountaintop escape from the daily grind.
Where is Big Bear, CA?
At 6,700 feet above sea level, the idyllic mountain resort town of Big Bear lies at the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest less than 100 miles east of Hollywood. Ringed by several peaks including Butler, Gold Mountain, and Sugarloaf, this quiet lake escape offers four seasons of fun and excitement for all ages. The drive from L.A. takes you along a scenic route with breathtaking views as you wind your way along CA-18.
Things to Do in Big Bear, CA
Big Bear offers no end of things to do for those staying in our vacation rentals, regardless of the time of year. While many make the trip up to ski Bear Mountain (just three miles away) and Snow Summit (eight miles), there are plenty of other winter activities to do including snowboarding, sledding, tubing, and snowshoeing.
When things warm up a bit, take a boat out and drop your line into Big Bear Lake, or take a guided paddlewheel tour across the water. Hike or bike the many trails that crisscross the mountains, or soar above the treetops on a zipline. And while you’re out exploring, keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of one of our many resident bald eagles.
Newly updated Big Bear Village (now sporting outdoor amenities like heated sidewalks, firepits, seating walls, and modern lighting) offers a variety of alpine-styled shops and boutiques, as well as several dining and entertainment options. Or get pampered at one of the local spas.
Every Tuesday, starting in the spring, shop for local produce at the Big Bear Farmers' Market and take it back to your rental to prepare healthy meals in your very own kitchen. In the fall, don’t miss the fun of Oktoberfest, an annual event in Big Bear since 1971!
You’re sure to enjoy all that Big Bear has to offer from the comfort of one of our cozy, mountaintop cottages or luxury lodges, regardless of whether the snow is falling on the slopes or the fish are biting out in the lake.