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Got 48 hours to spare? Hit up Big Bear! (Summer Edition)

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

Here in Southern California, the beaches get most of the press, but there’s a lot of rest and recreation to be had in our mountain towns too! Not far from the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles sits Big Bear, an all-year-round destination that offers something for everyone regardless of the season. Whether you’re a California resident or just visiting, you don’t want to miss this scenic trip to the mountains.


The mountains are calling! They’re always calling.

BUT FIRST...

WOULD YOU LIKE FRIES WITH THAT? - THE ORIGINAL MCDONALDS MUSEUM

Before you commit to the windy trail to Big Bear, make a detour to the site of the original McDonalds. The building where it all went down is long gone but in its place stands a museum overflowing with memorabilia.



There is a lot to digest in this small building so give yourself some time to consume it all. The nostalgia will hit you like 4,167 Big Macs. (a ton of bricks)



It’s also home to the world's most detailed mural.



FIND ME:

1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405

FREE: NO COVER

 

ENJOY THE RIDE

The drive up the mountain is gorge! Take advantage of the many pullouts to fully take in the scenery.






Alright, we've made it! Now what?

 

EAT

I EAT (at) TEDDY BEARS FOR BREAKFAST - THE TEDDY BEAR RESTAURANT

The Teddy Bear Restaurant has been specializing in homestyle cooking since 1944 so you know it's a legit staple up here for locals and tourists alike. Plus, their slogan is cute as hell. I definitely recommend starting your day with a nice breakfast and then returning later for a slice of homemade pie!



583 Pine Knot Ave, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


TROPICALI

The Tropicali is a not-so-secret Hawaiin gem in the mountains of Big Bear and IT. IS. AWESOME! I have nothing but great things to say about this place - the ambiance, the food, and the service are all spectacular. Make this a must-do when you're visiting.



Seriously, this place rocks - I can't wait to return.



40616 Village Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


 

DRINK

BIG BEAR LAKE BREWING COMPANY

Try a flight of their own brewed craft beers or take a growler for later! They serve food here too. Cheers!



40827 Stone Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN BREWERY

A nice, cozy spot for craft beers and burgers.



40260 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


THE PINES TAVERN ON THE LAKE

What's better than having a cold one with a view?

330 Alden Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


 

SLEEP

RENT A CABIN!

I'm definitely a hotel/motel kind of girl but when it comes to the woods you want the full experience and renting a cabin is the way to go up here.



It definitely feels like an escape out here - treat it as such.



We splurged on a hot tub because mountain hot tubbin' is pretty hard to beat. Couldn't wait to jump in!



 

ACTIVITIES

TAKE A HIKE!

If you follow me you know I don't hike (knee probs) but there are lots of pretty views on this mountain with lots of trails to explore.


We hit one of the "easier" trails but this hike does have some uneven paths in spots, so if your knees are crap like mine, proceed with caution. Overall, it was a beautiful walk rewarded with some views of the lake.


Bear Lake Woodland Trail


Boulder Bay Park

Boulder Bay Park is a nice spot to sit and sip a cup of coffee. Plus, if you're into welcome signs this is where you can get your snaps with Louie the Bear. Canoeing and kayaking the lake are also encouraged.


FIND ME:

39080 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


GET TOURISTY

Have yet to see a bear? Do some souvenir shopping downtown and you’ll run into a few.


FIND ME:

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


RIDE A COASTER - MINE SHAFT

Enjoy the views of Big Bear from a cart on a metal track. (Don't worry, it's safe) The mine shaft is California's first and only mountain coaster! The ride is over a mile long and takes approximately 8 minutes to complete, depending on speed. Speaking of speed, each cart is equipped with handbrakes so you have full control of the pace of your ride.


It's a unique experience that you should definitely try once.


FIND ME:

800 Wildrose Lane Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

SINGLE RIDE = $20


 

A long weekend in Big Bear, CA is more than enough time to hit that reset button but as you sit in that SOCAL traffic at the bottom of the mountain you'll be finding yourself planning a way to already make it back.

















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