Hotel at a Glance: Big Bear Vacations
This Groupon is valid for a multi- or 4-night stay in select cabins in the Bear Mountain, Castle Glen/Fox Farm, East, and Snow Summit areas. Option 1 is valid for any cabin on property; click here to see a complete list of Groupon-valid properties for Option 2. Features vary by cabin, and each accommodates between four and eight guests. Located within walking distance of the slopes of Bear Mountain ski resort, the two-bedroom condo unit 1218 has a full kitchen and a deck that overlooks the golf course. The two-bedroom unit 1064 comes with a wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and picture windows that look out to the San Bernardino National Forest.
- $75 grocery gift card: If you choose the gift card package, a $75 Von’s grocery gift card will be provided, perfect for creating a Thanksgiving meal away from home.
- Get out and explore 23 miles of Big Bear Lake shoreline on a hike or bike ride, or enjoy the area’s winter activities, such as skiing and sledding.
- Glide through the trees on a zipline excursion from Action Zipline Tours; the day begins with an off-road excursion in a Jeep.
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, 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.