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05
Jun

5 Summer Activities at Big Bear Lake

No snow? No problem. Although it’s popular amongst skiers, there are also plenty of summer activities at Big Bear Lake. Its beautiful scenery, ideal location, and unlimited ways to stay entertained make it the perfect spot to vacation (or staycation) all year round.

 

Here are five activities to kick off your summer stay’s list of things to do:

 

Jetskiing

Turn up the throttle at any of the four locations available to ride a jet ski or WaveRunner. If you have never ridden one before, don’t worry! There is a school that has reputable instructors willing to show you the ropes on jet skis or the other watersport adventures that are offered!

 

Jeep Experience

No need to hike through trails to see the mesmerizing landscapes, drive around in a Jeep. These vehicles are engineered and modified for everything the terrain will throw at you while you explore the trail. From family-friendly to advanced trails, there something for every level. And the best part? You get to drive. No tour guides here.

 

Stroll through the Village

With plenty of places to shop and eat at, the Village is the place to see what’s happening in town. Like their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on their slew of events such as a wine walk, brew festival, and bird watching walks. In addition, if you don’t feel like walking, there is even a trolly that can take you around the Village.

 

Swim in the Lake

Since the ice has melted, enjoy jumping in, splashing around, and relaxing about Big Bear Lake. There are plenty of swim spots including Meadow Park which has lifeguards on site, a floating dock, a snack bar, and public restrooms. If you’d like a swimming spot more suited for photos, Garstin Island has rocks that you can climb and jump off of.

 

Visit the Animals

From artic foxes to actual big bears, Big Bear Alpine Zoo has a variety of animals to observe and learn about. Opening their doors in the 1950s, this zoo has the experience and reputation of not just caring for animals, but also releasing them back into the wild. Above all, after the season is over, the zoo will release almost all of the animals you will see this summer back to their natural habitat.

 

Looking for more summer activities in Big Bear to fill your day? Check out our Activities Page for ideas and contact info!

Book now! Big Bear Cabins

Save 10% on bookings through Spring with promo code SPRING10 (Can not be combined with any other discounts)

 

22
May

Big Bear Escape Room Now Open!

Located right on Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Escape Room provides a unique and exciting problem solving experience for all ages. With 2 adventures to choose from and 1 coming soon, they will keep you coming back for more.

What is an Escape Room?

In each theme, you will be locked inside for a designated amount of time while you and your team try to figure out how to escape or solve a mystery. The rooms contain clues, hidden items, and many surprises.   Each theme room has spared no expense in decorations and special effects to bring the room to life and make it a thrilling experience!

Who might be interested in participating in an Escape Room Challenge?

Short answer, ANYONE! Who doesn’t get a rush from solving a mystery? But here are some ideas:

Corporate Events

Team building activities can be invaluable for generating camaraderie and building productive relationships in the office, but only if they are done right.

Escape rooms can help you organize an unforgettable team building event. In an intense 60 minutes, your team will have to work together to solve puzzles and mysteries!

Birthday Parties

Trying to find something extraordinary for your Birthday celebration? Something that won’t just be remembered but talked about for weeks? Celebrate your Birthday at Big Bear Escape Room!

Big Bear Escape Room offers a new and exciting challenge that will make your party one to remember! You and your guests will team up to be locked in a room with a unique mission to complete. You will have 60 minutes working together to crack the riddles, solve the puzzles, and escape!

Rent the whole location or just a single playroom for your birthday celebration. For more details, please Contact Big Bear Escape Room.

Private Events

There’s simply no better way to create a unique and unforgettable memory than working together to escape a Big Bear Escape Room.

We are happy to arrange your private event to allow time for refreshments, presents, and any other tricks you happen to have up your sleeve.

Daytime events are available Monday – Thursday, between 10am and 7pm, & Thursday – Friday, between 10am and 2pm. To make a reservation, please Contact Big Bear Escape Room.

 

So whether you’ve got an event in mind or are just looking for something fun to do on a whim, give Big Bear Escape Room a try for an unforgettable experience!

Visit www.bigbearescaperoom.com for more info or to book your adventure!

Plan your escape to Big Bear and book your stay with WOW Rentals!

Big Bear Cabins

Book now and save 10% through Spring with promo code SPRING10 (Can not be combined with any other discounts)

 

14
May

Spartan Race Big Bear at Snow Summit Resort

WowRentals would like to inform you about the Spartan Race!!

The Spartan Race Returns to Big Bear Lake on May 18-19, 2019 with a Beast and Sprint Weekend   This is a Spartan United States National Series Event  and a Spartan Mountain Series Event both which  will be broadcast worldwide. New for 2019 is the Spartan Big Bear 10K Trail Run on Sunday May 19th.

Taking place on Snow Summit  Resort the race can access elevations as high as 8,200 ft and take you back down 1,200 ft of vertical drop

Come stay with WowRentals and we will include a 35% off discount.

(Just let us know you are coming for the Spartan Race, vaild through May 19 2019). 

Location: Snow Summit Resort at 880 Summit Blvd

08
May

Spartan Race Returns to Big Bear Lake

Hosted at Snow Summit Resort, Spartan Race returns to Big Bear Lake, CA on May 18-19, 2019 with a Beast and Sprint Weekend. This Spartan is a United States National Series Event and a Spartan Mountain Series event. Both of which will be broadcast worldwide!

Spartan Beast – Registration/More Info

If you’re looking to unleash your inner beast, the Spartan Beast is perfect for you. With 13 miles and 30 obstacles between you and the finish line, the Spartan Beast will test everything you’re made of: your strength, your endurance, your resolve. The unpredictable terrain and Spartan Obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone, and well past those self-imposed obstacles you once considered your limits. Beast mode: on.

Spartan Sprint – Registration/More Info

The Sprint may be our shortest distance race, but it’s still a favorite amongst both new and returning racers. It’s the perfect distance for those looking to start their Spartan journey. The Sprint also allows returning racers a manageable distance to see how far they can push themselves. Delivering 20 obstacles over 3 mi / 5 km, you’ll never run the same race twice. Once you complete the sprint you are 1/3 on your Spartan TRIFECTA: The ultimate Spartan achievement.

 

If the Spartan Race is too intense for you, no worries because Big Bear has plenty of outdoor activities for anyone to get out and enjoy the weather. Visit our Activities pages for ideas and vendor contact info.

Spartan racer or not, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest. WOW Rentals has you covered!

Book now! Big Bear Cabins

Save 10% on bookings through Spring with promo code SPRING10 (Can not be combined with any other discounts)

 

 

24
Apr

Where to Eat in Big Bear Lake

Does it even count as a vacation if you don’t indulge in some good eats? California is more than just vegan options and gluten-free everything, especially around Big Bear Lake. But choosing where to eat in Big Bear Lake, or anywhere for that matter, can be a challenge. Before you leave your vacation behind and go back to reality, experience these must-try spots for each meal.

 

Moonridge Coffee Company – Coffee

Ditch the Starbucks and fully immerse yourself into nature. Well, nature with brewed coffee. Moonridge Coffee Company is a wooden cabin on the outside and a cozy coffee shop on the inside. Serving up lattes to black coffees with sides of treats, this spot is a perfect way to start your day.

 

Teddy Bear Restaurant – Breakfast

Being around since 1944, Teddy Bear Restaurant has rooted itself as a Big Bear Lake staple. Offering breakfast all day, you can enjoy the most important meal of the day any time you wish. They’re also known for their pies, so be sure to sample them all!

 

Grizzly Manor Cafe – Lunch

Getting a side of personality with your meal is free of charge. This spot won Travel Channel’s Showdown Countdown and has been around since 1975. With notes on the wall and portions often bigger than the plates, you will not be bored or leave hungry.

 

The Bone Yard – Drinks

With over 40 beers on draft, a slew of spirits, and a variety of wines, you won’t leave The Bone Yard thirsty. Every adult can enjoy their own beverage while snacking on appetizers, something off the grill or smoker, or anything in between.

 

The Pines Lake Front – Dinner

Watch the sunset while dining at The Pine Lake Front. This restaurant is right on the water and offers a menu just as good as the view. From grilled salmon to New Zealand rack of lamb, you can indulge on dinner. You are on vacation after all.

 

Looking for activities to fill your day? Check out our Activities Page for ideas and contact info!

Book now! Big Bear Cabins

Save 10% on bookings through Spring with promo code SPRING10 (Can not be combined with any other discounts)

10
Apr

Seven ways to jump (or bike, or paddle…) into spring in Big Bear Lake

Book now! Big Bear Cabins

Save 10% on bookings through Spring with promo code SPRING10 (Can not be combined with any other discounts)

The winter is going and the spring sun is in, this means no more snow! The green grass, dirt trails and raging rivers are revealing themselves all around, and Big Bear Lake in Southern California is no exception. Go out before the summer crowd comes in and find the spring activities sprinkled around.

Biking

Bike Shops and Trails

With trails from beginner to adrenaline junky and even a lift to the top, anyone can access the trails. There are three shops around for all your biking rental and fix-it needs. While you’re there, make sure to check for races and other events!

Kayaking and Canoes

Marinas and Kayak Rental

If dirt isn’t your thing, Big Bear has plenty of marinas and ways to explore them. With a kayak or canoe, you can meander your way down a river or across a lake, checking out the aquatic life Big Bear has to offer.

Horseback Riding

Baldwin Lake Stables

Biking and hiking isn’t the only way up and down the mountain (besides the ski lift). See the views of Big Bear Lake with some help from horses right off the ranches, explore the peaceful forest and see the lake stretch out before you from a definitely unique perspective.

Golfing

Bear Mountain Golf Course

Golfing is relaxing and peaceful, but with the San Bernardino mountains rising from behind and the green of the course blending into the forest, the nine holes of golf at Bear Mountain is enough to make you melt into your chair.

Boating, Sailing, Jet Skis

Boating and Watersports

There are marinas all throughout the flowing shoreline of Big Bear Lake, from Pleasure Point Marina with rentals for jet skis and fishing to Captain John’s Marina with the new floating mini-water park Tarzan Boat. Sprinkled along further is the Big Bear Marina for some mountain lake fishing and Pine Knot marina where you can rent pontoon boats!

Alpine Slides at Magic Mountain

Alpine Slides

Are the kids not having as much fun as you and want something different? Just saying “Magic Mountain” and “Alpine Slides” will get them excited. Not only is there a ski lift showing and teasing all you can do around, but 18 holes of mini-golf, go-karts, and two quarter mile cement tracks to sled down. Twisting, curving and a safe little adrenaline spurt for the kids, and you!

Fishing Charters

Charters and Guides

Fishing at Big Bear Lake isn’t just for experts who know where to go and how to catch those big beautiful fish in the vivid blue water all around. Beginners can go to Cantrell Guide Service to go out with a professional on a 24 foot pontoon boat. You can also check out Big Bear Charter Fishing in Holloway’s Marina to have a professional guide too.

Rainy Day Bowling!

Bowling Barn

If fishing or water activities when nature has let go some heavy rain to grace the lake isn’t your cup of tea, you can still have some fun. Right in the community of Big Bear Lake is Bowling Barn, yup — a bowling alley in a barn. It’s big, it’s red, it’s fun, and it’ll be a story to tell the rest of the family when you get home.

 

Book now! Big Bear Cabins

Save 10% on bookings through Spring with promo code SPRING10 (Can not be combined with any other discounts)

27
Mar

3 Sunset Spots to Snuggle up at near Big Bear Lake

California has some of the most beautiful sunsets in America, and Big Bear Lake is no exception. With the sun naturally falling over the west coast, stumbling upon a good sunset spot isn’t difficult. The only way to enhance the view is by bringing along someone that means a lot to you.

 

Sweep your significant other off their feet by taking them to one (or all) of these spots. You’ll be sure to get some smooches or snuggles out of it.

 

On the water

With Big Bear Lake being on, well, a lake, you have to expect to be dazzled by dusk. Arrive a little before the sun begins to fall to find the ideal spot. Bring some picnic supplies, a glass or wine, or just each other.

 

From the ski slope

No matter the season, getting a new perspective can bring new beauty to an everyday occurrence. Cozy up on the gondola, bask in the beauty, and then ski down hand-in-hand. You don’t get to experience the west coast sunset on the slopes often, take advantage!

 

From a hiking trail

A romantic walk through one of the many trails will bring you upon a variety of views. Whether it’s the sun descending into the mountains, disappearing between the trees, or trailing behind your partner, a good trail will not disappoint.

Once the sun sets, cozy up in one of our Big Bear Cabins!

Take advantage of promo code MARCH20 until the end of the month for 20% off bookings!

(Can not be combined with any other discounts)

13
Mar

5 reasons to visit Big Bear Lake this weekend

Weekends are for turning moments into memories. With winter coming to an end, it’s important to go out and enjoy the weather while you can! Even if you’re sick of the snow, you’ll be missing it in the next couple of months. Our Big Bear rentals have everything you need for the perfect weekend getaway:

 

Pooches are welcome

Don’t worry about having to leave your four-legged family member behind, Big Bear Lake is overall dog-friendly. From our pet friendly rentals to breweries and restaurants, your pup gets to experience the weekend alongside you.

 

The unforgettable views

Walking through hiking trails, ascending up a gondola and cozying up by the lake, you cannot avoid the beauty around you. Whether you’re searching for the perfect photo for your feed or plan to just soak in the memories, the views will not disappoint.

 

Adventure activities (for any level)

Big Bear Lake isn’t exclusive to thrill-seeking or tranquil activities. You get to choose! Pick from unique outings like ziplining and snowshoeing or stick to the classics like skiing and snowboarding.

 

Enjoy the snow

No matter what your current outlook on snow is – waiting for it to melt or wanting it to stay winter forever – you’ll be able to appreciate the weather! After having some pleasant moments in the chilly air will make you forget anything frustrating about snow flurries.

 

Relax your way

Unwind with the wildlife. Sip on a micro-brewed beer. Release a dose of adrenaline. Cozy up with hot cocoa. However you destress, Big Bear Lake has you covered. Pick your poison and leave ready to start your week.

 

Whether you take our advice or you choose your own adventure, our Big Bear rentals are the perfect home base for whatever you do. To sweeten the deal, we are offering 20% off (can not be combined with any other discounts) for the rest of March, just use promo code MARCH20!

Book now! Big Bear Cabins

 

 

 

28
Feb

Vacation Rental Homes Made Stress-Free

Vacation rental homes are becoming more and more of a popular option among tourists. The industry is growing at around 7 percent each year. This is especially true in popular destinations like Big Bear Lake, California. This is where WOW Rentals comes into play, whether you’re looking for a place to stay or need someone to manage your business investment.

At WOW Rentals, we want you to skip the hotel and enjoy a truly relaxing vacation experience. We have something for everyone and every situation so you can have a home away from home to make the most of your leisure time.

 

What truly separates us from hotels are the options we can offer.

 

No matter what you’re looking for in a place to stay, our homes offer more than enough space. Especially if you have your own ski equipment or fishing gear.

If you’re traveling as a couple or with your immediate family, we have cozy three-bedroom cabins that offer the utmost in privacy. Depending on your preference, you can be steps away from the lake, ski slopes, a private sledding hill, hiking trails, and so much more. Our properties offer luxurious comforts like fireplaces and jetted tubs, so you can experience state of full relaxation. We also provide spa-quality soaps and other bathroom amenities, along with a full supply of comfortable bedding and lush towels. Everything is fully cleaned prior to your visit.

 

Book with friends and save!

 

Traveling with a large group is where cost savings really come into play. You can rent an estate with up to 10 bedrooms if you prefer! These homes also have a variety of entertainment options. Large TVs, movie theatre rooms, game tables, outdoor hot tubs, and pool tables are all at your disposal. Each property featured on our website has an extensive photo gallery and a list of amenities, so you know exactly what you will be getting before you book. The luxurious experience we provide is unmatched, and depending on the size of your party, it can be achieved for much less than the cost of an average hotel stay.

WOW Rentals also offers the best flexibility in the industry. Many vacation rentals rent on a weekly basis, which may not fit well with your travel plans. At WOW Rentals, you are only required to stay for two nights. This makes WOW Rentals a perfect option if you are just looking for a weekend getaway. Most of our properties are also pet-friendly (please check each individual listing for pet availability and regulations).

Big Bear Lake is chock full of fantastic eating options, but our rentals offer you the flexibility to cook your own meals in full-size and stocked kitchens. This is also a great way to stretch your vacation dollars. Whether you’re on a budget or if you would rather spend that money on recreational activities.

Our rentals can provide whatever experience you’re looking for. If you would like to socialize and “live like a local,” you can choose to visit neighbors, go shop in town, and participate in neighborhood events. Call or use the contact form on our website for suggestions on what to do. If privacy is more your thing, our homes can serve as your sanctuary. Many of the homes are situated on large tracts of land and surrounded by trees to provide the ultimate in seclusion and peace.

We also offer optional travel insurance for your peace of mind, and there are no damage deposits.

 

Are you ready to earn with your own Big Bear vacation rental property?

 

If you’re looking for a business investment opportunity, WOW Rentals is the perfect operator for you. We have a high level of respect for each of the homes we manage. We especially focus on the small details that make the difference for both the traveler and the owner. A location like Big Bear Lake is the perfect place to invest. This is due to the resort-like feel, and the large population centers that are a short drive away. We will insure the safety of your property and keep it clean for your guests. We will take photos to showcase your property, and some listings even have 3D virtual tours. If you’re considering us, we would be happy to walk you through our other properties and show you what we do to give you the peace of mind that your valuable investment will be in good hands.

Our property management team is local and easy to contact, and we are eager to work with you! The goal of the team here at WOW Rentals is to get you, whether you are a traveler or an owner, to say “WOW!” at the service we provide.

Browse our beautiful vacation rental homes in Big Bear!!

31
Dec

Happy New Year!

 

WowRentals would like to inform you that Big Bear Lake is in the Rose Parade tomorrow!

Big Bear will be float No. 59 in the Parade of Roses, showcasing a slice of our paradise to a national audience New Year’s Day. This float was possible with an enormous effort by the community and it’s the perfect way for Big Bear Lake to usher in 2019. The Big Bear Visitors Bureau will have a booth right next to our float following the parade and will be greeting tens of thousands of people as they get an up close view of the float.

On behalf of everyone at WowRentals, we wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year! May 2019 be a year of exciting, endless possibilities! Thanks for being with us!