Big Bear Lake California

Big Bear LakeThe Club at Big Bear Village, a Bluegreen Resorts vacation property, puts sports and outdoor fun front and center for all seasons. Snug in the mountains of Big Bear Lake in Southern California, the resort offers easy access to snow skiing, water skiing, kayak trips, wakeboarding, horseback riding, and ziplining. You and your family can even leave the slopes and the waves for a day to make a quick trip to Hollywood to view movie star homes or the Walk of Fame along Hollywood and Vine. Much of Big Bear Lake’s charm is in discovering just how many different kinds of experiences you can pack into a single stay.

See all the colors of fall as you hike through Big Bear Lake’s amber and crimson-leaved woods in October and November in the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest. You’ll stroll amid oaks, maples, and aspens set off against an evergreen backdrop. Go mountain biking or bass and trout fishing, relax on a pontoon boat, or enjoy the small community’s celebrated month-long high-altitude Oktoberfest.

The forest in winter is filled with opportunities to glimpse a deer or a fox or two. Feel the rush of crisp alpine air when you glide over Big Bear’s powder trails for skiing and snowboarding. As spring thaws bring out the beauty of wildflowers and birdsong, pack a picnic basket or take a backcountry jeep tour to visit historic gold-mining sites. Now a quiet town where you can lounge in a cozy coffee shop, Big Bear Lake got its name in the 1840s, when the first non-Native American pioneers roped and brought back nearly a dozen grizzly bears to their encampment. When a bear tracker in the 1860s discovered gold, would-be prospectors flocked to the area. Today, the Big Bear Discovery Center offers summertime gold rush-themed tours that prove learning a little history can be fun.

Summer brings out the pure blues of a mountain lake, an animal trail adventure, and a wide variety of water sports along more than 20 miles of shoreline. And don’t forget the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, a rehabilitation facility where you can visit arctic foxes, badgers, kestrels, bald eagles, black bears, and bobcats. More than 85 species of animals and birds call the zoo home, and you’ll be glad you called Bluegreen Resorts’ Big Bear Lake property your home for a week or two.