Big Bear Lake is a popular weekend getaway for Los Angelenos—it’s located just 100 miles east of the city in the San Bernardino Mountains. Though Big Bear Lake boomed in the 1840s thanks to a minor gold rush, it wasn’t until the late 1940s that it earned more lasting acclaim as one of the premier ski destinations in California. Today, vacationers frequent the area to ski Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in the winter and go hiking and swimming in the summertime. Northwoods Resort Big Bear offers guests lodge-style accommodations just a quick walk from the shoreline.
Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, which—stays open year-round—or relax in the hot tub.
Hot breakfast: This deal includes a $20 credit toward offerings such as build-your-own omelets and Belgian waffles.
In-room amenities: tea and coffee, flat-panel TV, and complimentary WiFi
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.
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What You Get
1-night stay with $20 breakfast credit
Option 1: $69 for a stay for two in a standard/courtside king room; valid for Sun–Thurs check-in, not valid for Fri–Sat night stays (up to a $119 value)
Option 2: $99 for a stay for two in a standard/courtside king room; valid for Fri–Sat check-in, not valid for Sun–Thurs night stays (up to a $139 value)
Option 3: $79 for a stay for four in a standard/courtside double queen room; valid for Sun–Thurs check-in, not valid for Fri–Sat night stays (up to a $139 value)
Option 4: $109 for a stay for four in a standard/courtside double queen room; valid for Fri–Sat check-in, not valid for Sun–Thurs night stays (up to a $159 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 5/9/14
Travel by: 5/21/14
Cancellation policy & fees: 24-hour cancellation notice required for Sun–Thurs check-in and 72-hour notice required for Fri–Sat check-in or fee up to the Groupon price applies