Seasonal Escape in Cozy Cabins
The glossy surface of Big Bear Lake idles 6,750 feet above sea level, high enough up that its waters can be continuously replenished by the melt from the area’s formidable snowfall. That same snowfall blankets the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains, whose 8,000-foot peaks are lined with dozens of skiing trails. By the summer thaw, boats dominate the lake area to angle for trout, catfish, and largemouth bass. Whether in cold or warm months, Big Bear Vacations’ collection of cabins is well-positioned to take advantage of the area’s natural bounty. The 25 cabins available with this Groupon are attached to three separate lodges:
Though the cabin properties included in this deal vary, a few have rustic, countrified furnishings, easy access to area activities, and views of Big Bear Lake. At the Jeffrey Pines Mt. Pinehurst cabin, a stone fireplace is a centerpiece of a living-room area furnished with comfy sofas and recliners, bright wood floors, and exposed wooden rafters. The Lakeview Lodge’s Unit A features indoor jetted spa tubs as well as a kitchenette and a river-rock fireplace.
Lakeview Lodge’s cabins reside within walking distance of Big Bear Lake Village an inviting town center lined with 120 local vendors and Shore Acres Lodge is situated on lakefront property. After a night out in the village, vacationers often spend the following day taking a trip to one of the two area ski resorts, which are replete with downhill slopes and trails. In warmer temperatures, one can spend lazy days lounging by the water or casting fishing lines baited with old ski boots.
Big Bear Lake, California: Secluded Retreat in San Bernardino National Forest
Located just two hours east of Los Angeles, the 800,000-acre San Bernardino National Forest and its batch of snow-capped mountains represent a pleasant and convenient retreat from the urban jungle. Perhaps the best way to see the forest is while motoring along the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, a 110-mile route from Cajon Pass to San Gorgonio Pass defined by its panoramic vistas of canyons, basins, and pink sandstone rock formations. The forest, one of California’s last remaining natural refuges, is equally striking in winter and summer, with each season bringing in its own brand of outdoor excitement; in the cold, visitors can partake in skiing, snowboarding, and snowball-eating contests, and hiking and mountain biking are popular in the summertime.