Big Bear, California is the premier vacation destination in Southern California for anyone who loves adventure, the outdoors, and a little relaxation. With endless activities to enjoy, a quaint village full of restaurants and shops to explore, and alpine views to admire, Big Bear is the perfect place to visit.

Plus, whether you live in Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego, this mountain paradise lies just a few hours away from home. It’s really no wonder Lead2Goals’ founder, Scott DeLong, chose to hold our corporate and nonprofit retreats in Big Bear!

5 reasons to visit Big Bear, California1. There are endless activities to enjoy during the winter

There are two mountain resorts in Big Bear: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Depending on current weather conditions, you can enjoy snowboarding and skiing from late-November through early-April!

Other winter activities available in Big Bear include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, tubing, and even bobsledding!

Big Bear, California

2. And the same goes for the summer

During the warmer months, the amount of fun Big Bear has to offer might seem overwhelming at first! Activities like horseback riding, hiking, zip lining, and even helicopter tours are family favorites.

And did we mention that Big Bear features a gorgeous alpine lake which stretches for over six square miles? During the summer. water sports such as waterskiing and wake boarding, fishing, jet-skiing, and sailing are also available to you!

5 Reasons to Visit Big Bear, California3. You’ll love the restaurants and shops in Big Bear Village

Whether you’re looking for gourmet, ethnic, or homestyle food, you can find it in Big Bear. From Himalayan food and Thai cuisine, to traditional barbecue joints and steakhouses, you can find all kinds of delicious food in Big Bear. Some of the top-rated restaurants in the area include Bone-Side Down Barbecue & Grill, Broadway Cafe, and Masala Craft.

When it comes to shopping, of course awesome ski shops are abundant in Big Bear. If you need to pick up some snow clothes, snowboard bindings, or ski wax, you can easily find it in Big Bear. However, there’s so much more to discover, when it comes to shopping in the Village.

Boutique shops in Big Bear offer fine art, handcrafted furnishings, special souvenirs, and even handmade jewelry. It’s very common to find an unusual item in Big Bear that you’ll treasure forever!

5 Reasons to Visit Big Bear, California4. Big Bear is absolutely stunning

No matter where you are in Big Bear, you’re always surrounded by stunning natural scenery. This is probably our favorite reason to visit Big Bear.

In no other place in Southern California can you experience such natural beauty. When sunshine, soaring mountains blanketed in snow, thousands of pine trees, and glistening Big Bear Lake fill your every view, you’ll know you chose the right vacation destination!

5 Reasons to Visit Big Bear, California5. When it comes to accommodation options, there’s something for everyone.

From log cabins and campsites, to bed and breakfasts and resort lodges, accommodation options in Big Bear are varied and special. In addition to booking a room, you also have the option to rent an entire condo or home. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for in Big Bear, there is something for you.

By far, our favorite place to stay in Big Bear is our beautiful retreat center, which is pictured above!



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