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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lodging
“We are less then a mile aware from Bear Mountain. This is a great resort to ski or snowboard for all ages. [0.9 miles from the cabin]”
  • 132 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great place to take kids and adults to enjoy a beautiful day at the Big Bear Zoo!”
  • 120 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Nice atmosphere, upscale, good food. Best to make reservations for weekend nights ahead of time. During busy seasons, they can book up a week or so in advance. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“This is a great place to bring the whole family. On the other side of the lake in Fawnskin. They have an indoor area that has interactive learning areas, typically on Saturday mornings they have free crafts for kids (check availability on website). [3.8 miles from the cabin]”
  • 101 locals recommend
Ski Area
“This is a great place to ski or snowboard. They have all kinds of classes to get you started or to tune you up. Plenty of places to eat here as well. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Great family activity for both adults and even those younger in years...hit the alpine slides in the winter months. ”
  • 94 locals recommend
Diner
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“Pancakes!! A great place for breakfast. It's tiny and fills up fast so go early. Best for small groups.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“A family friendly pizza joint with good grub. The pizza has lots of cheese (yummy!), they have a kids' menu, and great portions all-around. There is a big brick oven at the entrance and record album covers adorn the walls inside. It gets VERY packed during busy times, and they don't take reservations, so go early or be prepared to put your name in and walk around the town for a bit.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“It may sound kitschy, bit you really can’t miss the gigantic red barn bowling alley. Have a few brews, throw those bowling shoes on and let your professional inner bowler shine! [3.0 miles from the cabin]”
  • 57 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Big Bear’s premier venue for bands or entertainment. They offer top talent all year round. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Big Bear Snow Play and Speedway is great for year round fun. During the Winter, there is often night Glow Tubing (Friday night, Saturday night and holidays). Call ahead to confirm. During the summer, there are go-karts and a rope maze.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“We really enjoy this place in the evening. You can cozy up next to the fire pit or lounge on the outdoor sofas while dining and listening to a nightly live band. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you foresee a little liquid courage mixed with belting out your favorite jams is in your future, head on out to Karaoke at Murray’s Saloon. Don’t forget to video your friends for some giggles the next morning, but you didn’t hear that from me. [3.1 miles from the cabin]”
  • 62 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Big Bear. Off the beaten path—on Big Bear Blvd on the way towards Big Bear City— it has really good grub! A local favorite!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Trail
“This trail can be a little tricky to find, its off the main road and the parking is typically across the street (be very careful crossing). But once you make it in, this is a trail to remember. It is relatively short, but it is steep. It winds you up the mountain and through some epic rock formations. Eventually at the top you will have the most picturesque views of the lake. [6.0 miles from the cabin]”
  • 64 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Serving delicious pizza, pasta, meatball sandwiches, salads and more! and also has delivery service. Plenty of gluten free pizzas and pastas as well. ”
  • 46 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Nice atmosphere, upscale, good food. Best to make reservations for weekend nights ahead of time. During busy seasons, they can book up a week or so in advance. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Diner
“Pancakes!! A great place for breakfast. It's tiny and fills up fast so go early. Best for small groups.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“A family friendly pizza joint with good grub. The pizza has lots of cheese (yummy!), they have a kids' menu, and great portions all-around. There is a big brick oven at the entrance and record album covers adorn the walls inside. It gets VERY packed during busy times, and they don't take reservations, so go early or be prepared to put your name in and walk around the town for a bit.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We really enjoy this place in the evening. You can cozy up next to the fire pit or lounge on the outdoor sofas while dining and listening to a nightly live band. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Bar
“If you foresee a little liquid courage mixed with belting out your favorite jams is in your future, head on out to Karaoke at Murray’s Saloon. Don’t forget to video your friends for some giggles the next morning, but you didn’t hear that from me. [3.1 miles from the cabin]”
  • 62 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Big Bear. Off the beaten path—on Big Bear Blvd on the way towards Big Bear City— it has really good grub! A local favorite!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Serving delicious pizza, pasta, meatball sandwiches, salads and more! and also has delivery service. Plenty of gluten free pizzas and pastas as well. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“We went with 8 people and we all loved our food. Great service and cozy seating. Great specials on food and margaritas! ”
  • 34 locals recommend

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