High in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear, California is a serene getaway from the frenetic activity of Southern California, only a couple short hours away. Both the quiet village of Big Bear Lake and the slightly “bigger” Big Bear City have wonderful family-friendly lodging options including camping, hotels and vacation rentals. Whether you come in the winter for skiing and tubing or visit during the summer to enjoy hiking and water sports, Big Bear has great activities throughout the year.
The beauty of a family ranch vacation is the long list of amenities and services provided in a single place; moms and dads don’t have to worry about the details and logistics of day-to-day meals and activities. Moreover, there is a huge range of ranch options to choose from day to day.
As a travel agent who takes great pride in knowing a lot about where to go and what to see, admittedly I do forget about some of the best places simply because they have been around a long time. But, just this week I got very excited when I became re-introduced to a resort that has been around since 1946 and definitely should not be forgotten!
While the majority of “On Dad’s Watch” stories are about our wacky twosome, I’ve sometimes written about another wacky pair, my very own parents. They’re a couple of old folk who don’t quite know it yet. Today they left on a cruise, where I suspect they’ll surf … maybe not, but the attitude is there.
Each year around this time they make their way out west to escape the unbearable northeast global warming. Annually, I try coaxing them to come earlier and this year, by leveraging an exciting medical emergency, I succeeded! Aren’t I clever.