My husband and I decided to take our kids to the snow for Christmas. We have a four month old and a 3 year old and the younger one does not like being in his car seat so we decided to go to the mountains nearest us that had snow.
I looked online for the hotel room and when I saw the pictures for the Honey Bear Lodge room with the jacuzzi I was sold. The room was on the expensive side and being a holiday it had a two night minimum, but it included a wood stove, jacuzzi, kitchenette, refrigerator, second room with a twin and a double bed and TVs in both rooms.
When we arrived on Christmas Eve around 6pm, the lady at the front desk was very helpful. Even though the rooms were heated she gave us a small space heater in case we decided we were too cold. We checked into our room very quickly and decided to go exploring. The lodge has a little jungle gym on site for your young children and my 3 year old quickly ran over there. Then she discovered snow for the first time since the grounds were completely covered in them. The location is awesome as you are a very short walk away from the center of the village where the two main drags meet. Restaurants and shops abound.
The next day we were able to walk down to the lake where the water had hardened into ice at the edges. As we walked back up, we stopped at a small liquor store at the edge of the village. Make sure you go there if you forgot to bring something for your trip as this place has the best prices in California. I was expecting to pay tourist prices and the prices there for random items such as lotion, candy, drinks, etc. were less than I pay at the local grocery store in San Diego.
The best part of our trip though was the open field next to the lodge where everyone was sledding (for free!). We had asked at the front desk where to go sledding and she had let us know that we could pay $50 per person at one of the sledding resorts or that we could buy a sled in town for $20 and use the field next door. We opted for the latter and had a blast.
We actually cooked most of our meals in the kitchenette in our room so I can't say how the restaurants in town were. The one major drawback to the lodge is that you have to wash your own dishes and clean up after yourself. Doesn't make you feel like you're on vacation does it?
Oh yes, before I forget, the jacuzzi tub. After being outside in the cold all day, it was a welcome treat. My husband, me, and my daughter could all fit in at the same time if we wanted to, but one of us adults was holding the baby so it was only two at a time in there. The water came out hot and fast. Yay!
The rooms are a little rundown but very clean and I can't say the beds are super comfortable, but they're definitely acceptable. Overall though, the location and the amenities would make me decide to stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
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- Honey Bear Lodge & Cabins Hotel Big Bear Lake