Known as a winter sports mecca, Big Bear is truly a year-round destination with a whole new world to explore after the snow melts. Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, this small Southern California mountain town offers a variety of outdoor activities — from hiking the surrounding mountains to getting out on Big Bear Lake. Downtown, The Village serves as the dining, shopping, and entertainment district. Held at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, the community’s Oktoberfest celebration lasts longer than a month!
Whether you’re looking for a rustic cabin near the ski resorts or a lodge near a fish-filled lake, we’ve found the best Big Bear vacation rentals on
Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac in the upscale family neighborhood of Winter Park, this stunning mountain home is in the heart of Big Bear Lake. With four bedrooms and three baths, it has plenty of room for up to 10 guests. Features include vaulted wood ceilings, cathedral windows, and a lovely wood-burning stone fireplace. Parking is provided in the driveway, but not in the garage as it is a game room, complete with a pool table, electronic basketball game, and more. The outside is just as nice, with spacious decks, a fire table, and a hot tub.
Great sledding areas can be found nearby. Its an easy walk to the ski shuttle for Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, both of which are within a couple of miles of this vacation rental, as are the lake and The Village.
If you think this view is nice, you should see the inside! Nestled in one of Big Bear’s most desirable locations, The Boulder Bay, this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath vacation home has a gorgeous interior. Enjoy views of the lake, forest, and Boulder Bay from the living room or hot tub on the deck.
Located on a private cul-de-sac in Summit Estates, this cozy three-bedroom, two-bath cabin sleeps eight. Highlights include a wood-burning brick fireplace and a two-story game garage with ping pong, a dartboard, a pool table, foosball, and an entertainment area. The deck offers a gas grill, outdoor dining, and a six-person hot tub. Do note that this vacation home does not have air-conditioning. Walk to Snow Summit and picturesque hiking trails, or take a bike ride to Big Bear Lake.
This spacious four-bedroom, three-bath two-story chalet makes for a wonderful mountain retreat for a group of up to 10. Toast your toes by the wood-burning fireplace and play pool, foosball, and shuffleboard.
Snow Summit Resort is within walking distance. Stroll down to Meadow Park for lake access. The Village shops and ski resorts are less than a couple of miles away.
Located in the Castle Glen Estates neighborhood, this spacious 3,500 square-foot lodge-like log cabin sleeps up to 16 in its four bedrooms, including one bunk room. There’s also a game room, which features a pool table, foosball, and pinball machine. It has a lot to offer as far as outdoor living goes as well, including a porch swing, an outdoor seating area, and a seven-person jacuzzi. Outside the kitchen, the upper deck has a grill and plenty of seating for outdoor dining.
Situated on Metcalf Bay’s Gilner Point, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house sleeps up to seven guests. Perfect for a family retreat, the fenced-in property features a playroom with a ping pong table. Dine out on the deck in warmer months, or cozy up by the firepit in cooler ones. Both the lake and The Village are conveniently located nearby.
Just half a mile from Bear Mountain Resort, this three-bedroom, two-bath cabin can accommodate up to six guests. Upstairs, the main bedroom offers tree-top views and balcony access. Downstairs, relax by the fire in winter months, or enjoy some fresh air on the porch. Grocery stores and restaurants are just a short drive away.
Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, this cute little cabin in the wood is just one minute from Bear Mountain. When it’s cold, warm up by the wood-burning fireplace. When it’s warm, sit out on the porch swing. A 4×4 vehicle is required to traverse the steep driveway of this hillside cottage.
Big Bear Convention Center, Big Bear Alpine Zoo, downtown, and lake access at Meadow Park are all less than four miles away.
This three-bedroom, three-bath cabin is so close to the ski slopes at Bear Mountain, you can walk (or ski) to them! Located on a quiet culdesac, its high altitude provides beautiful views of the valley, forest, and mountain, as well as peekaboo views of Big Bear Lake in the distance. After a day on the slopes, play billiards, air hockey, and foosball, or warm up next to the wood-burning fireplace. When snow permits, the backyard has great sledding!
What this two-bedroom, one-bath cabin lacks in interior design, it makes up for with stunning views from almost every room. Enjoy unobstructed views of Bear Mountain Ski Resort from the living room, dining room, and kitchen — not to mention the deck. Enjoy the view from the hammock swings, sunbathe in the lounge chairs, or dine under the stars on this double-decker deck.
Located in quiet Pinewood Estates, this three-bedroom, two-bath vacation home sleeps eight. This family-friendly cabin features a bunk room, toys, a Pack ‘n Play, and a cot with a sleeping bag for little ones, plus shuffleboard and arcade games for kids of all ages. When there’s snow, go sledding on the private hill on the side of the cabin, then warm up by the fire pit on the deck or a fireplace in the living room. The Village, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts, Big Bear Snow Play, hiking trails, and the Oktoberfest grounds are all just a short drive away.
Going to Big Bear with a big group? This spacious 4,200 square foot chalet can accommodate 14 guests in its six bedrooms and four baths. Those who come in colder months will appreciate its heated floors and four fireplaces. This dog-friendly lake lodge has driveway parking for five vehicles. Located on Metcalf Bay’s Gilner Point, this lake lodge is just a short drive from ski slopes, The Village, and hiking trails. Rent a pontoon or fishing boat from Holloway’s Marina down the street.
With three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, up to six can sleep in this rustic mountain cabin home. In colder months, start a fire in the wood-burning fireplace. Boulder Bay, hiking trails, and the lake are all just a short walk away.