We arrived in Big Bear on Saturday, Sept 27th. This is "theoretically" still in their "red" season. We had booked a 2 BR unit. We asked for a second floor unit because we had heard that they are a big more quiet. We were in bldg 17 while is about 2 or 3 hundred feet from the pool and right next to the tennis court and horseshoe court.
The unit was clean and fairly spacious. There was a gas fireplace in the unit and a private barbeque on the deck. There was a full compliment of pots, pans, glasses, plates, etc. In addition, there was a starter pack of 6 or 8 different seasons. That was a nice touch. The unit was very comfortable and was almost like home. The bedding and beds were okay but the pillows were flat and lifeless. (Maybe next time we'll bring our own). The place was nice, adequate, and comfortable. But it isn't like a Marriott in terms of fanciness, amenities, landscaping, etc.
We had the master suite with a King bed. It had a bathroom separated by a pocket door. We had another couple with us (this was a 2 BR unit) and they got the two twin beds in the second BR. Their bathroom was bigger than the one in the master suite, but was across the hall from their bedroom. We tried to get a unit with a Queen bed in the 2nd BR but because we went through Interval Intl. we only were allocated the pair of twins. But the housekeeping staff was really nice and they slid the two beds together, but a foam thing over the seam and made up the bed like a King. I thought that was very nice of them.
Internet was available but for a fee - - $5 a day or $16 (IIRC) for the week. The internet required a special cable box so if you bring along 2 laptops, you may also want to bring along a router/switch. The fee supposedly covered up to two different PCs. But when we tried logging on with a second PC, we couldn't immediately get it to work. If you are within a few hundred feet of the pool, you may also be able to get wifi. Initially when I tried logging on, it tried to get me to charge it (again) to a credit card. Later, when I was logged on via cable, I unplugged the cable, energized my built in wifi and "voila" I was still "in". Subsequent wireless logins worked okay. They also had a pair of PCs in the lobby and it didn't seem like they were in high demand. So that is another option. A third option is to go to McDonalds, or Starbucks for free internet.
When we were there, we visited the Oktoberfest (okay but a bit underwhelming), the antique museum (interesting and only $3) on Division (?) street in Big Bear City, The Nottingham Restaurant, The Peppercorn Grill and the Evergreen. I posted separate reviews of those restaurants. I hiked a few times on the bike trail on the NE side of the lake to the Solar Observatory.
There are tons of restaurants in the village and around the lake. If you are going "offseason" like we did, we learned that it was a good idea to call ahead as some restaurants were closed or had off-season days and hours.
The only problem that we had was with the Hot tub by the pool. The water looked clear and hot when we went in, but there was a large quantity (like a pail or two) of sand or gravel on the bottom. We probably shouldn't have stayed. The next day they closed it down for a flushing and repairs and the maintenance guy said that the sand filter had burst. I ended up with a slight rash and my wife ended up with a substantial rash. We reported this to the management and the maintenance people after we came down with the rash. But, what could they do? Perhaps offer us something in compensation like a gift card for dinner, etc. ?? That would have been nice, but we didn't ask and they didn't offer. We did ask for an antibiotic and they gave us a half dozen foil packets of antibiotic. It seems to be doing the trick. Next time, I'll pay more attention to the cleanliness of the spa...... :-(
The only other thing that bothered me - - and it was a problem with other rude guests rather than the Worldmark people. That was that couples with infants didn't read the signs or ignored the signs about diapered kids needing to wear swim diapers. We noticed a number of young couples with infants that had normal Huggies. There were a few with swim diapers. I particularly noticed the problem of normal Huggies in the pool when they pulled a kid out of the water and as the "water" or liquid drained from the Huggies, the dad was saying something like "ewww, gross..." and then they changed the diaper.... When I mentioned this to the front desk, they said that all I needed to do was to pick up the courtesy phone at the pool and that someone from the front desk would immediately and actively address it. That is better than getting personally involved in something that could raise emotions and end spoiling the vacation...
Bicycles are available down the street for rent - - $27 for a half day. Not too bad. But if you are driving and have room, you might want to consider bringing your own.
BTW, if you want to walk to the nearby Stater bros (or Starbucks), it is quite a walk (maybe a mile each way??) if you take the road. But if you go to bldgs 28 and 29, there is a paved fire dept. access road between the buildings that goes directly to Stater brothers. It is only about a 400 walk from the edge of the property.
At this time of year, the place is full on Fri nite, Sat, and Sunday till afternoon. Then it kind of empties out. They are getting a lot of people who are using 2 or 3 days of points and then go home. So, during the week the place is VERY quiet.
All in all it was a relaxing weekend.
the 2nd floor units of bldg 27 and 28 might have a slight view of the lake. But there are lots of p...
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