Big Bear Lake Offers Visitors Shopping, Dining & Entertainment – So Cal’s Holiday Shopping Getaway Destination!

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Shopping has never been better than today in the shops and galleries at Pine Knot Village, the center of the Big Bear Lake Experience! The Village is a truly unique shopping destination that will inspire and reward with great holiday shopping memories. Where to Stay and Play on your Holiday Getaway? Find everything you’re looking for at explorebigbearlake.com. Connect with all the best Lodging, Activities, Dining and Entertainment  listed here!

Have a great time on your Big Bear Lake visit and we will look forward to seeing you in the Village!

Start planning your next getaway to Big Bear Lake now! Fall is absolutely the best time to visit our mountaintop community.  For a fine

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The Pines Lakefront for Fine Dining

dining treat, make reservations at The Pines Lakefront with it’s great menu, super lake views and newly remodeled dining room, the Pines features a full bar and an extensive wine list with something for everybody’s taste!V__9E50

Need to minimize Holiday Stress? You can make reservations at some pretty great places like Northwoods Resort or Knickerbocker Mansion Inn for a great Big Bear Lake Stay and a terrific dining experience without driving around town and looking for parking.

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Main Street Shopping Experience in the Village. Holiday Shopping in Big Bear Lake!

A truly unique shopping destination with dozens of shops offering Gifts, Decor, Art and Collectibles and lots of dining options make a complete Shopping Experience!

The Village shopping district in Big Bear Lake CA is about 100 miles east of Newport Beach and about one hour from anywhere in the Inland Empire.At nearly 6800 feet in elevation in an alpine forest landscape, the quaint village sits next to Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino Mountains and has dozens of shops to browse and find your every shopping need.

Getting to Big Bear Lake by car is awe-inspiring using any of the three highways that lead in and out of the Big Bear Valley. Always check road conditions with Caltrans of the CHP before traveling in the winter months.Photo by G. Zook zookart.com

If hiking and biking is your thing, add some to your day on the many miles of off-road trails or stay on the dedicated bike routes through the mountain community. Always plenty of free parking in the Village at the  Bartlett Ave Public Parking lot or on Village Dr, at the Indian Village Parking lot behind the former Mandolin Bistro. Bike Trail Maps are available at http://www.goboguides.com/  and Bear Valley Bikes. 

With more than 60 shops and restaurants to browse and enjoy, you can definitely find what your looking for in the Village!

Art  Gifts  Clothing  Dining

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Saucy Mama’s Pizza

Saucy Mama's Nov 2013

Saucy Mama’s is newly remodeled and open for business. For the best pizza in the valley, we’ll see you at Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria, in the Village!

More great dining in the saucy mamas vinyl jacket wallvillage at Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria! Fresh hand tossed crust and fresh ingredients.  Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Sandwiches, specialty dishes. Beer, Wine. Dine in or take out. Lunch specials.

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618 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake, Ca

 909-878-0165

Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria

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Big Bear Lake Village to Undergo 4 Million Dollar Update in 2012

Starting in April, 2012 the Village, Big Bear Lake’s Shopping and Dining District on the South Shore of the lake, will begin a rejuvenation project replacing worn sidewalks, curbs and outdated lighting for streets and sidewalks and replacing and extending landscaping throughout the Village. All the scheduled work is within the Village Improvement District and is funded by Big Bear Lake Improvement Agency (IA) Property Tax Increment Funds received by the City’s Improvement Agency in past years. The work will not require any new bonds, taxes or assessments to property owners anywhere in the city. Just recently the California Supreme Court upheld Governor Jerry Brown’s democratically supported abolishment of all Improvement Agencies and the possibility of any community in California funding this type of improvement through existing property tax assessments via Improvement Agencies.

The 2012 Village Improvement Project implements several of the specific desired improvements developed as part of the Village Specific Plan Update process that started in 2009 and made part of the Capital Improvement Projects Plan for the City of Big Bear Lake in 2011.

The only other major work to the Village occurred in 1990-92 which included the first sidewalks, curbs and gutters in the history of the Village. Since then Improvement Agency Projects in the Village have included drainage, parking lots, and the extension of Improvements to Landscape and Lighting with the annexing of properties into the Village Assessment District (VAD) like the Northwoods Resort and The Club. The VAD assesses properties on Village and Pine Knot a Per Lineal Foot assessment collected each year to pay for a share of the cost of maintenance, utilities and replacement of curbs, gutters, landscaping and lighting within the VAD. No increase in the current assessment is anticipated in regard to the 2012 Village Improvement Projects.

The former Improvement Agency Board was made up of incumbant Big Bear Lake City Council Members, the current City Manager and supported by City Staff from Planning, Building and Safety and the City’s Economic Development Director. The Successor Agency charged with completing ongoing projects/commitments and unwinding the former IA has been formed by law per the new California Legislation.

2012 Village Construction hi-lites include the improvement of the former Knickerbocker Creek County Stormdrain Easement with construction of a mixed use trail for bicycle and pedestrian use from Village Dr. to Big Bear Blvd and adding Village Parking on Knickerbocker with a foot bridge over the drainage canal and a lighted path to Pine Knot Av. Construction features for the trail include various styles of fencing, lighting and landscaping elements. This portion of the construction is the beginning of an extensive trail system that will encourage pedestrian and bicycle use anc connect various neighborhoods in the city to the Lake, Village and Forest.  More on the details of the various phases and segments of the 2012 Construction Project in the City of Big Bear Lake Presentation.

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Boulder Bay Park-Lakeside in Big Bear Lake, boasts lots of amenities

New Boulder Bay Park Hours Just over ten years it took, from conception and a generous private donation of land and money, to complete Boulder Bay Park in the City of Big Bear Lake, CA. 

Recently re-opened in 2010, the public park boasts a limited amount of free parking, restrooms, a covered pavilion, seating and picnic benches, landscaping, fencing and a fishing dock. 

 Early plans for a walk in ramp for launching kayaks was abandoned on complaints from local marinas and lake management  that this new permanent launch ramp would somehow pose a quagga mussel threat that doesn’t already exist along the 17 miles of unrestricted shoreline.  

View from the huge pavilion looking west, Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake, CA 

The park is located on the south shore of Big Bear Lake, adjacent to Boulder Bay Market, about 1 mile west of the Village, Big Bear Lake’s destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Walk from free parking to Boulder Bay Market.

Boulder Bay Park is publicly owned, operated and maintained by the City of Big Bear Lake and welcomes your suggestions and comments on the facilities, use and maintenance of the park.

You can reach the Public Works Department at 909-866-7521 or online at   bblpw@citybigbearlake.com 

 

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Big Bear’s Best – Dining at Big Bear Lake’s Knickerbocker Mansion

One of Big Bear Lake’s best kept secrets for dining is the Knickerbocker Mansion Inn. Open for seating on Friday and Saturday evenings only, the Mansion’s dining room is supported by one of the best staffed kitchens in town.

Give the Knickerbocker a call to make your reservations and you will surely be surprised at the quality service, great food and the extensive wine list Stanley and Thomas have to offer you and your guests. 

Cheers!
869 Knickerbocker Rd
PO Box 1907
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: 909-878-9190
FAX: 909-878-4248
e-mail: knickmail@knickerbockermansion.com
Toll Free 800-388-4179
http://www.knickerbockermansion.com

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Big Bear Lake’s Lagonita Lodge

My new year’s resolution is to post more articles on the “Best of Big Bear Lake” in 2012 than in past years.

I’ll make my start here with Lagonita Lodge. Located between Mallard Bay and Big Bear Lake just a couple of minutes by car from the Village, Big Bear’s Shopping and Dining District.

Lagonita Lodge has been on my list for a couple of years now, mostly because I personally get so many positive comments from our customers on there Lagonita stay and how they repeatedly choose Lagonita Lodge for their annual getaway to the Southern California mountains.

So if you’re looking for a change in Big Bear Lodging, check out the video and visitor comments from sites like TripAdvisor and Hotels.com and give ‘em a try!

 

Lagonita Lodge

183 Lagonita Ln, Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315 United States

866-539-0036

The Lagonita Lodge is managed by the Alderwood Group

 
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