Are you looking to rent a VaycayHero cabin or condo for a mountain vacation—an ideal place to relax in beautiful surroundings with plenty of activities? Whether you’re looking for a getaway with your friends, a romantic escape for you and your beloved, or a fun-filled place to enjoy with your entire family, you need look no further than Big Bear, the perfect California vacation destination.
Let’s start off with some facts about Big Bear. Big Bear, CA is located about 25 miles northeast of the city of San Bernardino in California. The area was inhabited by the indigenous Serrano Indians for over two thousand years before it was discovered by Benjamin Wilson and party. Once populated by only the natives and the eponymous bears, the valley grew swiftly in terms of population during the California Gold Rush.
The history of Big Bear, CA as a vacation destination began in 1921, when Emile Jesserun bought 40 acres of land around the natural hot spring in Big Bear Valley, and built the first major resort in the area—the Pan Hot Springs Hotel. Other resorts soon followed, and the valley started attracting Hollywood celebrities such as Cecil B. DeMille, Shirley Temple, and Ginger Rogers. Today Big Bear is an exciting and friendly travel destination all four seasons of the year. There’s something for everyone vacationing here—and we have the perfect vacation rental option for you. But before we talk about our fantastic rental choices, let’s first check out some of the things you can see and do in Big Bear if you plan to vacation there.
Spring is a great time to visit Big Bear—you can bike along miles of sylvan mountain trails, and feel the gentle mountain breezes reinvigorate your jaded senses. All you need to worry about is a good set of sturdy shoes, a bottle of water, and plenty of sunblock—Big Bear’s thousands of acres of wilderness will take care of the rest. If you are lucky, you can see mule deer, grey squirrels, chipmunks, cottontails, and foxes on any of the several scenic trails. The San Bernardino National Forest has its fair share of peaks to conquer—and the panoramic views of the Mojave Desert, Baldwin Lake, or Mount San Gorgonio from the summits are outstanding.
Why not get closer to nature by camping in the great outdoors? Roasting hot dogs on a stick, toasting marshmallows over the open campfire, kicking back with a chilled beer—sounds heavenly, right? Just a stone’s throw away from Great Bear Lake, Serrano campground is a great option if you want to walk along the shoreline, fish for trout, launch a canoe, or just lounge around on the beach. You could also camp out in Pine Knot campground, which is surrounded by towering pine trees and white firs. You can head out to Holcomb Valley if you want to be further away from it all. If you prefer to camp in more style, you could just rent an RV right on the shoreline. Big Bear is a paradise for both mountain- and road-cycling because of its ascents and peak-to-peak rides. If you are fit enough, try the ascension up to Onyx Summit—or if you prefer a slightly less strenuous ride, try the 40-mile loop around Big Bear and Baldwin lakes. The picturesqueness of this loop is comparable to more famous ranges such as the French Alps, Italian Dolomites, and Canadian Rockies.
Once you have had your fill of the charms of Big Bear’s spring, it’s time to chill out and soak up the area’s endless summer fun. The seven-mile lake offers you a myriad of aquatic sports. Do you want to speed up things with high-powered motor boats? Or do you prefer to get a rush on the water’s surface with jet skis? If your taste runs to the more relaxed, you can enjoy Hobie Cats, windsurfing, or sailboarding. Explore Big Bear Lake on a kayak to explore the inlets and hidden coves that bigger boats cannot reach. If you want a boat large enough for your whole family, rent a pontoon boat from one of Big Bear’s six marinas, and go cruise the lake and enjoy some fishing too. The lake is teeming with rainbow trout—go reel in a big one with your kids. Thrill-seekers can fly a parasail high into the sky above the water or try out the latest water craze called flyboarding.
Big Bear’s fall season is ideal for those who want to experience the splendor of autumn hues—every year, the valley is transformed into a kaleidoscope of gold, crimson, amber, and yellow. The Aspen Grove in the San Bernardino National Forest is certainly one of the best places to see fall colors in all of Southern California. The Aspen Grove Trail leads to Fish Creek Trail, where you can continue to enjoy a hike into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. There are thousands of evergreen trees on these trails, and the spectacular autumn hues of aspens, cottonwoods, and oaks are all around—grab your camera and capture the brilliance of the fall colors! No matter what your riding skills are, there is no better way to check out the glorious colors of the beautiful mountains than on horseback. Why not ride to the top of the scenic summit to witness Big Bear’s legendary sunsets? This season is also great to take an off-road jeep tour drive through the spectacular backcountry.
Come the chill of winter, and the entire family can share in the fun with toboggan runs and inner tubing in the snow. Become a kid again with your children—enjoy building a snowman right in front of your cabin. The trails and terrain parks at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are a mecca for skiers and snowboarders. Discover white serenity in the mountains of Big Bear as you glide through the pines on cross-country ski trails or strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the backwoods. You can also soar high above the mountains in the comforts of a helicopter. If you are a romantic couple, a sunset flight is just the thing for you.
If you ever tire of the magnificent outdoors, you can go down to Big Bear Village and check out the beautiful art galleries, craft stores, clothing stores, fine dining restaurants, candy shops, ice-cream parlors, and pubs. Rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul with a spa treatment—a Swedish massage, a deep tissue treatment, or an aromatherapy body wrap.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Big Bear, CA—you just have to be ready for adventure and fun. What more could you possibly want from a vacation destination? Check out all our wonderful vacation rentals in Big Bear, CA here and book one today!