Hotel at a Glance: Pine Knot Guest Ranch
The Pine Knot Guest Ranch is the top-rated place to stay in Big Bear Lake on TripAdvisor, and it’s pretty clear why. This secluded ranch, located near ample fishing, hiking, and boating opportunities, features quaint cabins and vacation homes set on 2 private acres. Cabins are kid- and pet-friendly and are within walking distance of the village.
- Cabin amenities: hot tub, private porch, and wood-burning fireplace
- Bring your family: The Cedar Creek can accommodate up to six guests and features a fully equipped kitchen and outdoor grill.
- Petting barn with llamas
- Walk to the lake or the village, where you’ll find grocery stores and restaurants.
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.