Big Bear’s Gold Fever Off Road Trail

Big Bear’s Gold Fever Trail is an 11-mile dirt road trail only accessible with a high clearance or 4WD car. It takes you through the beautiful Holcomb Valley, which used to be a thriving gold rush area in the mid-1800’s. While not much is left to see on the trail at many of the stops, […]

Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake celebrates Oktoberfest by going all out on a two-month festival that happens every weekend during September and October. Their Oktoberfest is one of the largest in Southern California, and it is a great excuse to get out of Los Angeles and come up into the mountains for a few days. I finally […]

The Pines Restaurant in Big Bear

The Pines Restaurant in Big Bear is one of those spots that is perfect for a nice relaxed meal or a romantic dinner out. The large one-room restaurant is spacious and has beautiful views of the water, especially as the sun is going down. I got a chance to check it out a few weeks […]

The Lodge at Big Bear Lake Hotel Review

Big Bear Lodge is a Holiday Inn property in Big Bear City that has become the premier hotel in Big Bear. The property is designed to look like one of those lodges that you would see in a National Park, complete with wood hewn bed frames and antler chandeliers in the lobby. I got a […]

Big Bear Alpine Zoo: An Animal Rehibilitation Center in Moonridge

During the summer months, Big Bear has a plethora of fabulous things to explore for all ages around the lake and neighboring cities. One of these family friendly spots is Big Bear Alpine Zoo in the small town of Moonridge. The great thing about this zoo is that it is a rehabilitation area for the animals, not […]

Boat Tour of Big Bear Lake with Captain John’s Fawn Harbor Marina

Big Bear Lake is one of the largest lakes in all of Southern California, at about 8 miles across. While you can drive completely around it, the best way to see it is to get out on the water itself. I got a chance to do that recently with Captain John and it was a […]

Grizzly Manor Cafe: Best Breakfast in Big Bear

My mom is a huge fan of breakfast food, so for Mother’s Day this year I took her up to Big Bear to have a meal at Grizzly Manor Cafe and hike Castle Rock. I had heard this is one of the best breakfast spots in the area and when we pulled up we saw […]

Castle Rock Hike: Big Bear’s Best Vantage Point

At a short two miles round trip this beautiful hike takes you from the highway running through Big Bear up to a massive collection of granite stones that provide a fantastic vista of one of Southern California’s best mountain towns. It is short but steep and is a great way to see Big Bear from […]

Mountain Biking at Big Bear Mountain Resorts

Throughout my life I have been a snowboarder, going multiple times every year and being crazy enough to even give myself a concussion trying to pull off jumps. Only recently did it occur to me that I have never even thought about what the resorts did when the snow season was over. Apparently after the […]