Friday, July 31, 2015

Big Bear Lake, California

Lodging Review: For spring 2015, I went on two vacations to Big Bear Lake, California and stayed in my own little cabin each time. The best way to stay in Big Bear is definitely to get a vacation rental cabin. The cabin we selected was located in the Meadow Park neighborhood and is within walking distance to the lake and restaurants, including the Grizzly Manor Cafe located at 41268 Big Bear Boulevard.  While not dog friendly, the Grizzly Manor Cafe is a Big Bear "must" for a truly "big" breakfast. Just make sure your people bring you back some bacon. For casual counter service dining with a dog friendly patio, check out Get the Burger which is located a short drive away on 42151 Big Bear Boulevard. 

Nestled in the tall trees, our cabin was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit furnished with bear and ski motif throughout (one bedroom had a queen size bed and the other furnished with a twin over full size bunk bed). The cabin had a wood burning fireplace and stacked washer/dryer. While rustic in style, the cabin had 3 flat screen TVs and wifi access. The cabin is dog friendly with owner approval. For this trip, I brought my travel dog bed with me to make sure I was a "good" guest and we made sure everything was clean upon departure. The cabin and its location are both excellent. Being an urban city dog, it was fun to stay in a wood cabin and enjoy the adventure of mountain life and the fresh mountain air. We rented our cabin through VRBO; it can be found directly at this link for more information and rental details. 

The cabin also had a great backyard that was fully enclosed with a wood privacy fence for me to safely play in. The backyard was even full of huge pine cones for me to collect. Wow! The backyard also included a nice table for dining with an umbrella, a grill, spa, ping pong table, and a tent. 

While known for its winter ski areas, spring, summer, and fall are great times to visit Big Bear Lake - because when you are 7,000 feet closer to the sun, the stress just melts off. I give this vacation a high-paw! Be sure to follow me on my many adventures around California and the rest of the country. 
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