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The Coziest & Coolest Things to Do in Big Bear for Fall

If you’re seeking an escape from the city for a few days, hop in your car for a quick 2 hour drive up to Big Bear Lake. Tucked away in the mountains and surrounded by the most beautiful views, this small town is a wonderful place for a serene nature fix. Pack your hiking shoes (or snow boots…) to explore the beautiful, outdoor adventures and sights Big Bear has to offer year-round. Or, if you’re looking for a relaxing reset weekend, bring a couple of good books to cozy up by the fireplace with then enjoy your time exploring the cute and charming town of Big Bear Lake. We just got back from a cozy mid week getaway from this scenic town and found so many places to paise for a second or two. Keep scrolling to read our top picks for the things to do in Big Bear.

Where to Stay

Discover the perfect retreat at The Marina Riviera Hotel, an inviting lakefront sanctuary nestled right in the heart of town. The hotel is walking distance from the local shops, cafes and restaurants, and scenic walking trails. With lakefront views from your balcony and a cozy fireplace in your room, this is truly a spot for a reset. And it gets even better! The hotel proudly extends its warm hospitality to your furry companions. Yes, you read it right. The Marina Riviera Hotel is a pet-friendly establishment, and offers a warm welcome not just to you but also to your four-legged friends, making your getaway  inclusive to the entire family. The hotel also takes sustainability to heart and is committed to treading lightly on the environment. In a visionary step towards reducing their carbon footprint, the hotel is working on establishing an edible garden, which will not only enhance their culinary offerings but also promote farm-to-table dining and allow guests to savor the freshest, locally sourced ingredients in every delectable dish.

Writer & social media director Lindey Sage’s family dog cuddles up at The Marina Riviera Hotel


Cabin views of Big Bear Lake. Image Source:

Cafes & Breakfast Spots

There are so many cute cafes and breakfast spots in Big Bear, but we’ve  narrowed down a list of our favorites. First, there is The Copper Q, a cozy coffee shop and bakery in Big Bear Village. They serve freshly baked pastries and have a full menu of specialty coffee and tea drinks. This spot even offers cooking classes if you’re looking for a fun immersive activity during your stay. Then we have the Grizzly Manor Cafe – a must visit breakfast place. The super charming and homey diner style restaurant has delicious comforting breakfasts. This is a Big Bear favorite and might get busy during ski season, but if you’re willing to wait and looking for a small town vibe with a super friendly staff, this is your place.

The calm fall vibes in Big Bear Lake Village

When to Visit

Big Bear is beautiful year round and each season has its perks. It’s most known for their ski slopes and winter activities so if you’re looking for a snowy weekend getaway this is the place to go. However, don’t be quick to dismiss the other seasons. Visiting during the fall unveils an entirely different kind of magic. This is when the town takes on a serene, tranquil ambiance within a quieter few months. We may be biased, but after our visit and experiencing the fall colors, changing leaves, and hiking the stunning nature trails…fall is a special season to do a lot of exploring in Big Bear. During the spring and summer seasons, Big Bear has warmer climates that allows you to be more outside. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the area in more comfortable attire and appreciate the lush greenery. So while the winter may steal the spotlight with its snow, Big Bear remains equally, if not more, enticing during the other months of the year.

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