The village is quaint and very pretty. It has that Alpine Ski resort feel along with all the great eateries, markets and character. Remember to buy a pass from the tourist/information centre ($5.00) when you arrive as you need this to park anywhere within Big Bear. The altitude can affect people differently-my husband and I had a slight headache until we started to head down. The lake is a lovely spot to go for a walk and there are lots of great hiking trails to do. It was a great day escaping the heat of the high desert.