Property at a Glance: Cabins4Less
These vintage cabins are tucked away in the trees surrounding Big Bear Lake. Imbued with rustic charm—you’ll find natural wood furnishings and woodsy artwork inside—some units feature well-stocked kitchenettes or kitchens and outdoor patios with picnic tables and grills. They’re all within a short walk of the water.
- B.Y.O.: sheets, pillowcases, and towels, or rent them for $6 per bed (which will get you two-bed sheets, four pillowcases, two towels, and two face towels).
- Freebies: fishing poles, guided hikes, movies, and WiFi
- Hop on two wheels and explore the surroundings ($2 per bike) or check it out from the water ($5 per kayak).
- When there’s fresh powder you can also rent sled (available seasonally, $5 fee).
Big Bear Lake, California: Outdoorsy Resort Community in the Foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains
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 and shopping.