Property at a Glance: Golden Bear Cottages
Golden Bear Cottages’ 28 rustic cabins are nestled amid 200-year-old pines, whose broad branches provide ample shade cover and fill the air with a refreshing, woodsy scent. The five-acre property is close to Big Bear Lake; guests only have to walk about a block—at most—to reach its shores for fishing or sunbathing. After days spent outdoors, visitors can retire to their cabins; no two are exactly alike, but many feature rustic stone chimneys.Whip up your favorite homemade meal on your cabin’s private barbecue grill, and dig into your meal on your patio. Show off vacation photos when you connect to the free WiFi network. Make a splash in the heated outdoor pool. Whee! Kids can zoom down slides and scale monkey bars at the onsite playground. Big Bear Lake, California: Outdoorsy Resort Community in the Top of the San Bernardino Mountains
Big Bear Lake is situated nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest and the snowy peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. Los Angeles is less than 100 miles to the west, which is probably why Big Bear Valley has served as a backdrop for so many films and TV shows, including The Parent Trap, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonanza.
The lake is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming during the warm months. You’ll find miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the surrounding forest. The 2-mile Castle Rock Trail weaves through groves of pine and cedar trees and past a waterfall before rewarding trekkers with a panoramic view of the water. But Big Bear isn’t entirely rustic—head to the village, located on the south shore, for restaurants, shopping, an arcade, a bowling alley, and a visitors’ center.
True to its name, the area once supported a thriving grizzly-bear population. Though that’s no longer the case, you still might see bald eagles, mule deer, coyotes, gray foxes, and even the occasional bobcat or black bear. For a guaranteed glimpse of wildlife, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves, and other animals.
Must book by 11/10/17 or promotional value expires. Valid for travel 6/8/17–9/3/17 or 11/22/17–12/20/17, or 9/4/17–11/21/17, depending on option purchased. Not valid 6/30/17–7/3/17, 9/1/17–9/3/17, and 11/22/17–11/25/17. Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 5 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability; contact Golden Bear Cottages at (909) 866-2010 for specific availability. All cancellations subject to $50 fee per night; 61-day cancellation notice required or fee up to voucher price applies. Must be 21+ to check in. Credit card required at booking and check-in. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Resort cleaning fee of $15 for studio cottages and $25 for family cottages per stay not included. 12.5 % tax not included.