Retreat to the mountains and enjoy a peaceful, scenic vacation in Big Bear Lake. As one of the top holiday destinations in a state full of natural beauty, the lake and its gorgeous valley provide an ideal setting for indulging in outdoor activities. Take the time to go skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or fishing and boating in the summer. Whether you are planning a fun family vacation, quick weekend escape with friends or romantic rendezvous, Big Bear Lake is a relaxing destination to slow down and savor life.
Skiing and snowboarding for every level are a short drive away at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. In the summer, enjoy trout and bass fishing or explore scenic trails around the lake. Ready to take a plunge? Leap off the granite boulders by China Island but don't forget to look first.
The Village at Big Bear Lake offers a unique mix of shopping and restaurants. Love to bowl? Don't miss the red-roofed Bowling Barn. Love to ride your bike? Take it along a scenic Grout Bay Trail offering a roller-coaster ride through some of the most spectacular scenery in Southern California.
Big Bear Travel Tips
Packing tip - Though close to Los Angeles, the temps here are quite a bit cooler, so bring a fleece even in the summertime.
Best Attraction - Live your childhood dream of being on a pirate ship aboard Time Bandit, a 1/3-sclae replica of a Spanish galleon, with a glass of rum in hand.
Best Time to Visit - Don't miss the Trout Derby in June as well as Oktoberfest
Cowboy Express Steakhouse This steakhouse and saloon offers an Old West dining experience with perfectly cooked steaks, tender pork ribs, barbecue chicken and seafood dishes. The sourdough dinner rolls are a must have. Find fun happy hour specials Monday through Thursday 4-7PM.
Himalayan Restaurant The only place serving Indian and Nepalese food in the Big Bear area, this restaurant serves Himalayan specialties made with healthy ingredients, fresh herbs and regional spices. The restaurant is great for vegetarians and offers a selection of fun non-alcoholic beverages. Dine in, order takeout or choose delivery.
Madlon's A family owned and operated restaurant serving French cuisine, this tiny establishment is a romantic spot for fine dining. Enjoy a peaceful ambience and savor fresh continental dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Allow some extra time for meals as this place is very popular among the locals.
Peppercorn Grille Located in Big Bear Village, this elegant restaurant offers Old World charm with cozy booths, a beautiful dining room and intimate atmosphere. Savor signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and fine cuisine including Italian cuisine, steaks and seafood.
Sweet Basil Bistro One of Big Bear's newest dining options, this quaint bistro provides fresh Italian country cuisine in an intimate setting. Choose between fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, house-made pasta sauces and exciting dinner specials. Locals recommend the BLT Pizza and the Three cheese Panini.
Teddy Bear Restaurant Enjoy home-style food, family dining and hot pies made from scratch at this Big Bear mainstay, which has been delighting diners since 1944 with original recipes for chili, soups and machaca and old-fashioned shakes for dessert. They serve a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert selections throughout the day.
Big Bear Lake Village A beautiful shopping, dining and entertainment district located on Big Bear Lake, this charming neighborhood is home to over 120 local vendors. Shop at eclectic boutiques, fun souvenir stores, home décor centers and much more in this enchanting retail destination.
Interlaken Shopping Center The biggest retail complex in the area, this shopping center is located on the main thoroughfare in the downtown area and features over twelve acres of stores including a Von's supermarket and Dollar Tree. Pick up groceries, souvenirs or other treasures
Lakeview Shopping Center Located on the southern side of Big Bear Lake, this small mall and shopping center is home to a variety of retailers. Shop for fashion goods and accessories, gift items, regional souvenirs and more.
May: Annual Trout Fishing Classic for both novices and pros.
June: Big Bear Pirate Faire. Big Bear Lake transforms into a 17th Century buccaneer village with a treasure hunt, a ship to shore live action battle, four stages of lively entertainment, vittles hot off the grill, and a pirate swag shopping village. 5 mi
July: Jazz Festival 5 mi, Big Bear Chili Cook Off. Loads of vendors, live music, a food court with over a dozen eateries, and most importantly Free Admission, there will be something for everyone!!!
August: Antique Car Show is held every summer in the Village of Big Bear Lake. The Antique Car Club Fun Run is always scheduled for the second Saturday in August. For more information please call, 909-866-3938 2mi, Renaissance Fair. Set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, our faire is an authentic re-creation of an English Summer Faire. Visit an exciting, vibrant village Faire where you can experience a joust, strolling entertainers, stage performances, beautiful handcrafts, delicious food and drink, children's area and the spirit of the days of William Shakespeare and the Renaissance! 5 mi
September: Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. 3 mi