Before the arrival of Benjamin David Wilson, Big Bear City and area had over 1000 years of Native Serrano history. It was called Yuhaviat, meaning Pine Place. Discovering that numerous grizzly bears had staked their claim here, Wilson called the natural lake Big Bear – which today is called Baldwin Lake, located east of what is known today as Big Bear Lake, a man-made reservoir. Big Bear City, with a population of about 12,000, is nestled on the eastern shores of Big Bear Lake. The surrounding San Bernardino National Forest is a recreational haven for hiking, backpacking, off-highway vehicles, biking, fishing, cross-county and alpine skiing.

Pack your bags and choose which of the four seasons will mark your upcoming vacation. Head to Big Bear City located 27 miles away from San Bernardino in southern part of California. Every month of the year, Big Bear Lake hosts events: Bald Eagle celebrations in January and February along with snowshoe tours, polar plunge for the daring in March, shopping at the Farmer’s Market – which opens in April – or taking advantage of the start of the fishing season which includes the May Trout Classic. The leisurely paced Summer Wine WalkBig Bear Triathlon, calls for your participation in the month of June. Music fills the air when the Music in the Mountains Concert Series is performed during the months of June until September. The July 4th Rotary Fireworks Spectacular BBQ wraps up the evening with explosive delight lighting up the night-time sky. October Fest, with its origins in Germany, is celebrated here with music and beer. All those with a sense of humor will enjoy the Big Bear Lake Comedy festival held during the month of November. This is also the month when the Santa Grand Entrance ushers in the upcoming Christmas festivities and strands of lights sparkle at the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Bring in the New Year with the Torchlight Parade and attend one of the New Year’s Eve parties.

Choose a privately-owned holiday home accommodation as your comfortable lodging in California. Read the reviews and explore the options for accommodations hosted by Owner Direct Vacation Rentals as a preferred alternative to staying in a hotel on your upcoming holidays. There are cabins and cottage vacation rentals, condo rental accommodations in a resort, or condo rentals in the center of town, private apartments, or lake-side holiday homes. View the photos and see for yourself what type of accommodation is being offered. There are vacation rentals to accommodate a large gathering, or the just-perfect vacation rental when travelling solo or with a friend.

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