You need to head to the San Bernardino Mountains to spend some delightful time in Big Bear Lake City in Southern California. It is cooler than the desert in the summer time, and has plenty of snow in the winter time for playing in the snow. Check out www.bigbearinfo.com for a list of all of the recreational activities, lodging, and annual events in the area.
First, take a scenic drive around the lake, then make a reservation to ride on tour boat like the Pirate Ship to tour the lake just like a pirate with a treasure chest and a bottle of rum, soda, or beer . If you have your own boat, they have several boat docks to slip your boat out to float in the beautiful blue waters of the lake, which also includes a floating bathroom for those that need a "potty break".
All year round there is water and snow activities at Alpine Slide/Water Slide at Magic Mountain. It includes a double water slide and an authentic bobsled ride. Also water tube rides in the snow in the winter time, and an 18 hole miniature golf course, go-carts, and snack house. Check out www.alpineslideat magicmountain.com for a description and pictures of the activities at Magic Mountain.
In the Village is a number of shops with country decor, books, art, and Christmas decorations. You can find plenty of excellent restaurants to dine in, like Paoli's Italian Restaurant with delicious pizzas, Kujo's Cafe with fresh sandwiches and salads, and Denny's & IHOP for a great breakfast. You can visit many antique shops in the area as well as bowl in the local bowling alley and taste beer at the Big Bear Mountain Brewery.
During the summer months they have Friday night concerts, nature nights at the Big Bear Discovery Center, charter fishing, and hiking trails to explore. In the winter there are the ski resorts to enjoy skiing and snowboarding as well as sledding and snow ball fights. Christmas in The Village is fun for the kids as they sit on Santa's lap to ask Santa for gifts, enjoy the Christmas lights glowing on the trees and street lights, and view the Christmas decorations in the windows. Check out rentals for snowboards at www.blauersnowboards.com
For vacations they have plenty of lodging in the area. This lodging includes a variety of lodges, bed and breakfast inns, cabins, chalets, resorts, vacation rentals, condos, and log homes. This includes all different price ranges at each location, with the best prices in the Fall and Spring. Check out BigBear Vacations.com for real estate services and cabin rentals.
Big Bear Lake is a great location to go for a romantic get-a-way, family vacation, or just a day in the mountains away from the city life. We live only 45 minutes away from Big Bear City and drive up to the lake as often as we can throughout the year!