14 Awesome Reasons To Head To Big Bear THIS Weekend

Technically, we should never complain about our warm L.A. weather (we're looking at you, polar vortex), but we are allowed to crave a bit of a winter, right? If you're ready to trade the beach for ski slopes, log cabins, and fresh mountain air, Big Bear is the place.
Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear is only about a two-hour drive east of L.A., making it perfect for a day trip or easy weekend getaway. To help you make the most of your vacation, we've rounded up 14 can't-miss restos, shops, and activities. From a skier and snowboarder's paradise to a tranquil lakeside retreat, check out all the spots that made our list. Time to grab that furry vest!
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Photo: Courtesy of Big Bear Mountain Resorts.
Snow Summit
Skiers and snowboarders: Hit the slopes at Snow Summit, which is perfect for newbies and experts alike. From lessons and rentals to night sessions and après-ski drinks and grub, the 620-acre resort has it all. The best part? Snow Summit's top-of-the-line snowmaking process means the runs are coated with fresh powder even when the weather isn't cooperating. Oh, and gorgeous views of Big Bear Lake sure don't hurt, either.
Snow Summit, 880 Summit Boulevard (near Thrush Drive); 909-866-5766.
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Photo: Courtesy of Big Bear Mountain Resorts.
Bear Mountain
With tons of half-pipes, rails, boxes, stairs, and more, Snow Summit's neighbor Bear Mountain is perfect for those looking for more than just a leisurely slalom down the mountain. Geared towards snowboarders in particular, the resort is jam-packed with fun features.
Bear Mountain, 43101 Goldmine Drive (near Club View Drive); 909-866-5841.

Careening down mountains isn't quite your thing? Ditch the skis and snowboards and try snowshoeing instead. It offers all the same cardio workouts, but you'll get away from the crowds and move at an easier pace. We recommend learning how to snowshoe via the Big Bear Discovery Center's guided treks through the San Bernardino National Forest — the breathtaking scenery alone makes it worth it.
Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Drive (near Highway 38); 909-382-2790.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sleepy Forest Resort.
Sleepy Forest Resort
You'll need a place to unwind after a long day on the slopes, and Sleepy Forest Resort fits the bill perfectly. Choose from 21 adorable cottages — most furnished with jetted tubs and fireplaces. Plus, the resort is a short walk to Big Bear Village and the lake, and only a mile away from Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, making it ideally situated for exploring the area.
Sleepy Forest, 400 South Eureka Drive (near Park Avenue); 909-866-7444.

Marina Resort
Another lodging option is the Marina Resort, which sits directly on Big Bear Lake. Along with stellar views, enjoy perks like private balconies, free WiFi, and the resort's lakeside jacuzzi.
Marina Resort, 40770 Big Bear Boulevard (near Bartlett Road); 800-600-6000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Peppercorn Grille.
Peppercorn Grille
Located in the heart of Big Bear Village, this popular restaurant has a huge menu — including pasta, pizza, and seafood — so it's great for the whole family. Post-meal, take a stroll along Pine Knot Avenue and explore the rest of the quaint village.
Peppercorn Grille, 553 Pine Knot Avenue (at Stone Road); 909-866-5405.

Sugar Pine Bake Shop
Be sure to save room for dessert: Sugar Pine Bake Shop has out-of-this-world cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pastries, and more. Don't miss the shop's fudge brownies, which are stuffed with peanut-butter buttercream and drizzled with chocolate ganache and salted peanuts.
Sugar Pine Bake Shop, 40191 Big Bear Boulevard (near Lakewood Lane); 909-866-2300.
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Photo: Shauna Crane.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Who could resist a face like that? See Bayou, the arctic timber wolf pictured above, and over 85 other species — like grizzly bears, foxes, and mountain lions — at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. The zoo rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals, ultimately releasing them back into their native environment. Supporting a worthy cause and seeing amazing animals at the same time? We're sold.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo, 43285 Goldmine Drive (near Club View Drive); 909-584-1299.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Inn at Fawnskin.
The Inn at Fawnskin
If you aren't going to Big Bear to ski, consider staying in the town of Fawnskin, which is further away from the slopes and on the quieter side of the lake. With its ultra-comfortable, cozy rooms — some boasting lake views — The Inn at Fawnskin is our pick for quality R&R.
The Inn at Fawnskin, 880 Canyon Road (near North Shore Drive); 888-329-6754.

North Shore Cafe
Also in Fawnskin is the ever-popular North Shore Cafe, which is a prime spot for delicious breakfasts and lunches. When a restaurant's been around for 20 years, you know it's good.
North Shore Cafe, 39226 North Shore Drive (near Cherokee Street); 909-866-5879.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Copper Q.
The Copper Q
Foodies will want to hightail it to The Copper Q. In addition to its top-notch selection of kitchen wares, the store has a delicious pastry and espresso bar and regularly offers cooking classes and demos.
The Copper Q, 645 Pine Knot Avenue (near Village Drive); 909-878-4777.

Le Dolce Vita Tasting Room
Skiing all day definitely earns you a glass of vino! A relative newcomer to Big Bear, Le Dolce Vita Tasting Room opened less than three years ago by a husband-and-wife team. With live music and a vast selection of both award-wining and lesser-known wines, as well as micro-brewed beers, it's certainly worth a visit.
Le Dolce Vita Tasting Room, 40645 Village Drive (near Paine Road); 909-866-1538.
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Photo: Courtesy of O Koo Ran.
O Koo Ran
Okay, Big Bear might not be as stylish as ski towns like Aspen and Park City, but that doesn't mean you can't find fashionable merch. Our favorite boutique is O Koo Ran, which stocks brands like AG, Free People, Johnny Was, and more. What's a vacation without a little retail therapy, right?
O Koo Ran, 40780 Village Drive (near Pine Knot Avenue); 909-866-6652.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nottinghams.
Nottinghams Tavern
Whether it's time for happy hour or a weekend breakfast, you can't go wrong with Nottinghams. The Robin Hood-themed Friar Tuck Tavern upstairs often has live music and dancing, while the dining room below is great for the whole family.
Nottinghams Tavern, 40797 Big Bear Boulevard (at Badger Lane); 909-866-4644.

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