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Time just seems to move differently in Big Bear. From the beautiful scenery, impressive landscapes, calming vibe with the potential for so much excitement, Big Bear is truly a unique location to visit and explore. No matter which season you visit, you’re sure to have plenty to do to keep you busy exploring this one of a kind location in California. 

Top 3 Reasons You Should Visit Big Bear, California

1.) Time in the Great Outdoors 

Whether you’re hitting the slopes with family for some skiing or snowboarding, taking a helicopter tour to get the ultimate view of the area, or enjoying the many great hiking and bike trails, you’ll get to experience so much beauty, fresh air, and excitement. Looking for something calming to do outdoors? Enjoy meditating or simply taking in the sites at Castle Rock Trail.


2.) The Village Shops

With so many outdoor things to do in Big Bear, shopping is one of the indoor activities that can bring just as much excitement and exploration! The charm of the downtown area is hustling and bustling with people venturing through the many unique shops and finding spots to eat (check out our favorite spots here). We recommend you check out O KOO RAN, Earths Elements, and The Red Barn for one of a kind shopping.  


3.) A Small Town Feel with a Wide Open View

Simply put, Big Bear is a prime location to escape the busyness of everyday life and just escape in nature. You know the vibes you get from watching those cheesy Lifetime movies? You know how a part of you can’t deny how charming and intriguing the idea of adventuring to somewhere peaceful and brand new is, but still has the ability to make you feel right at home? That’s exactly what Big Bear offers its visitors. 

Our Big Bear vacation rentals are the perfect spot to call homebase during your visit. From our luxury cabin homes, cottages, chalet’s, and more, you’re sure to find the Big Bear vacation rental you’ve been looking for here at SoCal Vacations. However, you choose to plan your stay, know that we are here to help accommodate you as best as we can. See you on the trails!

One of the great things about Big Bear is that it caters to visitors that know how to make the most of their vacation rental stay whether they choose to unwind indoors or seek to adventure beyond. Among the benefits of staying in a vacation rental for your Big Bear getaway is the convenience of being able to prepare your own meals, but if you’re looking to explore the tastes of the city in between preparing your own meals, we have you covered. 

Best Restaurants in Big Bear, CA

Whether you prefer to keep it light, are looking for something a bit more hearty, or are open to the possibilities, here are our top three restaurants in Big Bear that we are loving.

Peppercorn Grille

Located in the charming downtown area and nestled nearby many great shops, Peppercorn Grille is a popular go-to restaurant in Big Bear. There is truly something for everyone with their vast menu options, but some of our favorites are:

Make sure you book your reservation as Peppercorn Grille only accepts walk-ins on Saturdays and Sundays during lunch!

Himalayan Restaurant

Say hello to rich and authentic flavors made with only the freshest ingredients. Himalayan Restaurant serves a variety of dishes inspired by Nepal, Tibet, and Northern Indian cuisine. Our go-to dishes are their:

They currently feature patio dining or take-out service during the virus, but hey, enjoying amazing food at your amazing Big Bear vacation rental? Sign us up. 

Fire Rock Burgers & Brews

Their philosophy says it all – “Located in the heart of the Big Bear Lake Village, at Fire Rock Burgers and Brews we strive to serve rockin’ burgers, delicious beer battered fries, and a large selection of rotating craft beers!”. I mean, how good to these sound?

If you’re over 21, we’ll meet you at the bar! Fire Rock Burgers & Brews incredible selection of craft beers will have you finding a new favorite after each sip!

There you have it folks! We hope you get the chance to try out one, if not all, of these amazing Big Bear restaurants. Supporting our local businesses and enjoying their delicious food is the winning pair. For more ideas on great things to do in Big Bear check out our growing list of recommendations