Big Bear is a great place for family vacations. It’s just a short drive from almost any southern California major city and there are tons of activities for everyone to enjoy. A Big Bear Lake cabin rental offers the conveniences of home, while offering four seasons and a beautiful place for kids to discover exciting things. Here is the Big Bear vacation guide for parents.
Depending on which season you are coming up to the mountains to stay in a Big Bear cabin rental, you will want to make sure you pack a few essential things for the most enjoyable trip. It’s always a good idea to pack extra blankets or a favorite pillow to make bedtime easier and the surroundings more familiar, especially for smaller children. A few cabin rentals in Big Bear Lake come with a pack-n-play, but it’s best to bring your own from home. Be sure to pack lots of clothing options to accommodate for changes in temperatures from day to night, and to change clothes for the different activities you plan on doing. Almost all cabin rentals in Big Bear come with a TV and cable access, but bringing a favorite movie or game along can make down time more fun. Be sure to bring along any special eating utensils, sippy cups or kitchen gadgets if needed, as cabin rentals come with basic items geared more for adults. Big Bear Lake does have the convenience of K-Mart and two large grocery chains to pick up any essentials for your trip. It’s also a good idea to make a list of any extra items you bring along for easy packing after your stay.
Once You Arrive
Your Big Bear Lake vacation rental has a lock-box so you can drive straight to your cabin and get your vacation started. We recommend checking out the cabin first before unpacking the car. This way the family can stretch their legs, use the restroom, decide on sleeping arrangements, and get familiar with their new, temporary home. Once everyone has chosen their bedroom, take some time to unpack. Be sure children are familiar with the rules surrounding the hot tub, game tables and fireplace. We want everyone to have a safe, fun stay at the cabin.
Plan Your Activities
There are so many fun things to do it can be hard to decide what to do first when coming up to a Big Bear cabin rental. There are plenty of free activities like hiking, learning about nature at the Discovery Center or just hanging out by the lake. For a small entry fee, you can get up close to wild animals at the Alpine Zoo. There are several marinas to rent a boat for relaxing out on the water, or pick up a fishing license and catch dinner. The Alpine Pedal Path is a paved path and is a fabulous option for strolling along the lake or bike riding. If you really want to get adventurous, take to the skies in a helicopter tour, zip-line through the forest or try para-sailing behind a speed boat. Make sure you allow time for naps, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and pack some snacks. Most importantly, have fun and don’t forget your camera so you can capture all the memories.
Before You Return Home
Now that the whole family is worn out from all the fun, it’s time to leave your Big Bear Lake cabin rental. Get out your handy packing list and begin gathering all the extra items you brought from home. Be sure to check the beds for blankets and toys, any drawers that might have been used, closets and corners for small items. Check the DVD players for movies you brought along and all the outlets for phone chargers. Once your bags are in the car, have everyone do a final sweep through the house to make sure your belongings are packed, the dishes are clean or running through the dishwasher and trash bags are being taken to the dump sites. Give yourself plenty of time for packing by starting early and consider eating at one of the many restaurants in town instead of trying to cook a last meal at you vacation rental.
A vacation rental in Big Bear Lake is a great option for a family vacation. With over 330 days of sunshine, lots of activities to enjoy and plenty of room for the whole family to spread out, you will want to come back for another getaway. Book your Big Bear cabin rental by calling (909) 752-0234 and let our vacation experts help you find the perfect cabin. Let us know if you are looking for a lakefront cabin rental, luxury cabin or pet friendly cabin rental.