Mountain Escape in Comfy Cabins
This Groupon is valid for a 2-night stay in select cabins in the Bear Mountain, Castle Glen/Fox Farm, East, and Snow Summit areas; click here to see a complete list of Groupon-valid properties. Features vary by cabin, and each accommodates 4–11 guests. Located at Bear Mountain Ski Resort, the two-bedroom unit 917 has a full kitchen and a charcoal grill. The three-bedroom unit 1457 at Snow Summit features a private deck set amid towering pine trees.
In addition to being near Big Bear Lake's attractions, you'll be able to explore the area with an included one-hour kayak or bike rental. You'll also glide 8,200 feet above the San Bernardino National Forest during a 1-mile ride on the Scenic Sky Chair. Once you reach the summit, you can eat barbecue alfresco or take the lift or hiking trail back down. The lift is available Friday through Sunday; from June 14th through September 14th it operates daily.
Big Bear Lake, California: Outdoorsy Resort Community in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada
Big Bear Lake is situated nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest and the snowy peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. Los Angeles is less than 100 miles to the west, which is probably why Big Bear Valley has served as a backdrop for so many films and TV shows, including The Parent Trap, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonanza.
The lake is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming during the warm months. You’ll find miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the surrounding forest. The 2-mile Castle Rock Trail weaves through groves of pine and cedar trees and past a waterfall before rewarding trekkers with a panoramic view of the water. But Big Bear isn’t entirely rustic—head to the village, located on the south shore, for restaurants, shopping, an arcade, a bowling alley, and a visitors' center.
True to its name, the area once supported a thriving grizzly-bear population. Though that’s no longer the case, you still might see bald eagles, mule deer, coyotes, gray foxes, and even the occasional bobcat or black bear. For a guaranteed glimpse of wildlife, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves, and other animals.