I basically went to Big Bear Lake in California because one of my short films got selected to screen there. I decided it would be a great opportunity to head there and enjoy the area at the same time as doing some networking. If every you travel to the States and think some of the locals may be too busy to pay attention to you, then head to Big Bear Lake, because they’ll love you and talk to you in the nicest possible way.
I flew out from New York, to LA, then hired a car to drive to Big Bear. A pretty cruisy drive with GPS. Once you hit the mountains, you are basically going 7,000 feet up so the altitude is pretty full on. A great drive through the mountains and windy roads. Some photos below of getting there on the plane and through the woods.
Leaving New York for big Bear
Going to catch the A train to Howard Beach to JFK airport
View of Virgin America Plane with american flag wing
The winding roads
Big Bear Lake has a man made lake that looks gorgeous, especially at sunrise and sunset. It used to have many bears around the area but they don’t come close anymore. They are in the mountain areas. The town has bears everywhere that are mostly carved out of wood and they are actually quite cute. We took some funny photos with the bears.
Inside the cafe
We stayed in a local cabin studio which was basically located on a local street with the locals so I actually felt like I lived there with my car in the driveway. The place was called California Dreaming and we booked it through Big Bear Vacations. To get an idea. Its around $500 for three nights so its reasonable if you have a couple of you going. Its located at 589 Lakewood Lane, Big Bear. When you arrive though, you need to go pick up your keys from their office which is at 41693 big bear boulevarde and the ladies in the office are really lovely and will give you brochures of whats happening around the town.
My little studio cabin
The house across the road
Teddy Bear Café
We had a fabulous breakfast at the Teddy Bear Café on Pine Knots Ave. Absolutely yum. Eggs, sunny side up, with sausage, and hash browns which are made with shredded potatoes and onions. Was not oily at all and cooked perfectly. They come around and keep filling your coffee up. Very country style and just a nice way to start the day. The lady on one of the days was so busy with all the extra tourists in town, that one of the local customers got up and helped her poor the coffees. Just lovely and sweet town. Totally recommend brekky here.
the street lamp outside
The Cafe sign and theatre across the road
Inside the cafe
If you drive through the town and find the bridge on your left, you will be able to witness pretty amazing sunsets as shown below.
Sunrise in summer is around 615-640am. It is worth waking up for it because as you drive into the beginning of the town ship, just after the bends, you will find this stunning still lake area with two big rock formations. The houses along the lake have superb views and as the sun comes up, it lights up the mountains beautifully.
checking out things in front of peoples houses
Look like gingerbread houses
Another spot of the lake for sunrise
They have quite a few stores in the area as well as a whole heap of Antique Stores which I have written another blog about so stay tuned as plenty of photos from this.
I recommend people visit Big Bear Lake. It’s a great getaway, very relaxing and very small townish. It has the friendliest people in the whole of the USA living there. There are a lot of elderly people that live there, and they are all so friendly. I would love to go down there for winter when it’s the ski season as the snow down there and the Village would be gorgeous. Actually if you go have lunch at the local cafes, you may even get entertained by the local bands in their matching outfits.