This was perhaps one of the most special yet rejuvenating trips I have had in quite a long time. Travel can sometimes be stressful even if the goal is to vacation. You either bring too much or not enough, you feel rushed or feel like you should be doing more. Thankfully this was not the cause on our adventure. Our drive was windy but to eat diner food and share warm cocoa leaving us with fully bellies was a comfort in itself. Elevated by the actual autumnal weather as we hit the short drive to the cabin only to warm by the fire and listen to the thunder and watch the sparks of lightning.
This was a truly enchanting trip. We got a cabin from Air Bnb for a really good deal (if you want 40$ off your first trip use my code through this link!) I loved the fireplace and being so close to the trees and making tons of tea in the morning. Having never been to Big Bear, experiencing it in the autumn was a real joy. Driving at night felt as if I were driving through a Christmas town within a snow globe. At daytime we embarked out to explore the city, witnessing the trees hitting their peak of autumnal color – ranging from orange, ochre, and intense reds.
Stop By + Drink at Big Bear Coffee Roasting Company
This roasting co. + cafe is a true gem where you can get your coffee beans roasted on site, however they also sell packaged whole beans in various flavors (I got cookie stix and it’s perhaps my favorite bag of coffee beans I’ve ever bought!) and a quite extensive menu. On a drizzly day I got the Mountain Magic (cinnamon & vanilla syrups) with rice milk. the owners are absolutely amicable and feel free to ask them for a guide on what to do around the area, or discuss coffee beans! Feel free unwind with a coffee of your choice inside their cafe or take a stroll down to the lake for some picturesque scenes.
Visit + Linger By Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake is quite large and accessible from different areas, since we trailed down here from the coffee shop we were treated to some wonderful pelicans grazing by, but not because wading through a marsh of tall fauna. You’re surrounded by so many beautiful cabins, trees, mountains, and catch a few animals scuttling by We were near the Pine Knot Marina and on a sunnier day we may have rented a boat but it was nice to walk by the lake and stretch our legs after being huddled in the cabin by the fireplace.
Shop + Linger The Village
Back to Christmas town, the Village boasts a great deal of shops, eateries, bars, and activities. It all looks very rustic but this place is full of life and so much to see. We visited an art shop, a smoothie shop with great iced tea, and the bowling alley which I highly recommend – you can alway play a game of pool or various arcade games. Around the bowling alley is a good cafe as well, The Tea & Coffee Exchange. Now that I think about it, I guess another (fictional) town this place reminds me of is Stars Hollow!
DO HIKE AT Pine Knot Trail
We were hoping to get a really good hike in on this trip but we were both a recovering from being ill so we decided to go on a moderate hike (note** Park at the Aspen Glen picnic area up Mill Creek Road and get a pass, we didn’t do the as we parked at the bottom across a lodge) this trail is steep and mostly uphill so I appreciated the challenge, the nice part is that it intersects with many other trails so you can wing it if you please. While this can be a pretty long trail it is definitely scenic. So much greenery and views of the cabins (at the beginning), we went pretty late (around 2 or 3 pm) so it was a little empty. I recommend going earlier to catch some locals and ask for tips on navigating.
— I had such an amazing time on this trip and so grateful I had my wonderful man join me, spend a night with pink wine + Netflix + cuddles, sleeping like cats, being able to drive back with a clear mind and lots of wonderful memories and sore legs from all the walking! I would love to return and adventure Big Bear on bike! Here’s to the next adventure!