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"“First Class” 5 of 5 stars Review. Just got back from another great long weekend in Big Bear. We have a family reunion up there every summer. We have stayed at the Golden Bear Cottages for the past 11 years. They have every type of cabin to accommodate both our big families as well as our small families. There is a lot do do for the kids, swimming, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, horse shoes, and there is even a playground for small children. Last year my car broke down and I was stuck for two extra days. Lisa who works in the office was able to find me a great mechanic and helped me get my car on the rode again. Golden Bear also made sure I had a place to stay while my car was in the shop, and they gave me a great rate since I was stranded. Can't wait to go up there again next Summer."
Bill R
Arcadia, CA 08-25-2012
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"Thank you Golden Bear cottages for the wonderful mountain getaway. I surprised my kids with one last summer hooraah before the much anticipated 'Back to School' season started. It was such great time to all be together and enjoy all the beautiful surroundings that the golden bear cottages and Big Bear have to offer. We absolutely loved the cozy and quaint feel of the cabins, the 'night at the movies' by the poolside, and the beautiful location. It was so convenient to travel to so many attractions yet we felt like we were right at home. The kids loved it so much they can't wait to go back again next year, or maybe again in the winter. Thank you to everyone... Don, Karen, Lisa and Lenny"
Nancie Filkins
Chino 09-25-2011
03
"I was invited to go to Golden Bear with my best friends family. These fully restored historic cabins are spacious and full of amenities. It snowed the day after we arrived and the area looked like a picture post card. The staff was professional and gracious; they took care of our every need. Thank you (especially Lisa) for one of the best times in my life."
Faye Kenoly
Big Bear Lake 01-20-2012
04
"“We Love Golden Bear,” My husband and I spent our 4th Anniversary at Golden Bear Last Year! I couldn't believe it when I called this year and the lady on the line remembered our name and knew we had previously stayed there. Last week we just spent our 5th Anniversary at Golden Bear and we couldn't be more pleased! We like the really cozy cabins, so we have stayed in 2 of their smallest romantic cabins. And no matter how small, the cabins were perfect! My favorite part of Golden Bear is that it is centrally located to lake and snow. It is safe and the staff is very inviting. I'm sure if I ever encountered a problem, they would be right there! Although we didn't need anything, because everything was provided, everything was perfect. We recommend Golden Bear Cottages to everyone... great for a quick getaway, or a week's vacation. Had a fabulous time and will for sure return. My second favorite part of Golden Bear, is the realistic cabin look and features. It has everything you need and the cabins are decorated with a very country and homey feel, and they are really clean. We brought wine, but forgot the corkscrew....guess what? There was one in our room! We recently learned they have honeymoon cabins and definitely plan to check them out in the near future! Also,The gift store has a many unique treasures! If someone is writing bad reviews on here its probably because they didnt plan to stay in a mountain CABIN. Staying in a private cabin means, necessities are included like in your home. Cabins are not a stay at the Hilton in Orange County. It is a cozy, country stay with all the necessities, relaxation and serenity one expects when staying in the mountains. If you are thinking of making a reservation here, I hope you do it!! YOU WILL GO BACK! We are making it a tradition you should too! Also, cabins start at VERY, VERY AFFORDABLE PRICES! NOTHING IS OVER PRICED!! Great place to stay for couples and families."
Sarah B TripAdvisor Member
Highland 03-06-2012
05
"Thank you Don. I am very happy with the Golden Bear Cottages and for you and your family run operation. Your Big Bear Lake resort property harkens back to a day that has passed for most of the country when families enjoyed being together in the outdoors and we did not have all of the noise and distractions. I hope you continue to prosper and more people, families and groups discover your “treasure in the mountains”. It is the best place to stay in Big Bear Lake! Shannon D. Marks"
Shannon Marks
Orlando, FL 04-01-2012
06
"April 26-28, 2012...days we will always remember up in Big Bear at Golden Bear Cottages... our church ladies where so thrilled and thankful to testify during our church service how uplifting and spiritually fruitful our retreat was...the beautiful, clean, rustic cabins contributed a great deal in our long-awaited activity. Our church group loved it. I personally am thanking you again for accommodating us, cared for my special requests...you, folks, are awesome! I know there will be a third time for me and family and friends to stay at beautiful Golden Bear Cottages. God bless you and everyone at Golden Bear Cottages. \"
Olivia Greene
Softwind, CA 04-29-2012
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"My first visit to your cottages was this week back on 4-30-11. As I love being in Big Bear Lake and staying at my favorite cabin spot, I am returning on our 1 year anniversary. Your hospitality gives me a reason to go back and visit a place I love again. Truly God is here among the trees and mountains at Golden Bear Cottages. And, we love it that your pet friendly cottages have fenced pet yards. This review is from a very satisfied guest. Thanks Sharon"
Sharon Duenas
Walnut, CA 04-30-2012
08
"This place is awesome. Not your typical awesome... but amazingly romantic! Well, I like the wilderness to begin with... so maybe that helps... but it was amazing and I had an amazing time. I cannot begin to rationalize in my mind how great it was. We stayed in the 'Honey Pot' cabin... did I mention these cabins have adorable names? Well, they do...and it's just... so cute! Anyway, this cabin is situated across the street...pretty much away from the other cabins. Anyway, apparently this is the honeymoon cottage...as the guy kept mentioning. hahaha. I am sure I was blushing... Anyway... the cabin was adorable! There was a bedroom, a bathroom, living room (with a fireplace), a little kitchen (complete with a stove and it's fully stocked with plates/silverware/etc. - which I never would have thought!) and the best of all, an indoor jacuzzi. It was also very clean, neat and well organized. The whole place is very rustic... there was a deer head on one side of the living room...and just everything in the place is rustic. It's adorable...I really really loved it. It made my first time being away with my sweetie... really really special. There are two tvs... one in the bedroom... which is necessary since I need to have something in the background to be able to sleep... I swear though... the following morning, that happened before... it's weird... but I remember the guy saying that exact line... ah well. Waking up next to my sweetie...was so adorable. Anyway, I'm digressing...the other is in the living room area. As someone mentioned, there isn't central heating... since these are restored cabins... I believe ours was from the 20s... which you know I was secretly swooning over... but the heat worked fine. They had a heater in the living room and a double sided wall type heater in the kitchen/bedroom. It was definitely warm enough for us in this place. There was this cutest wooded branch swing on the porch...which was adorable and fun to swing on. It didn't snow while we were up here... but there was sill snow on the ground. They also allow you to bring your dog... since some of the cabins are fenced. The best part... the indoor jacuzzi. We spent a good portion of our weekend in that thing... hahaha. I am sure I am part prune now... but it was worth it. I had the best time. It's a beautiful place...and I am still in awe of this place and the weekend we had together here. This is our review"
Sam L
Wooldand Hills, CA 05-02-2012
09
"Spending time at Golden Bear Cottages with great people is the most relaxing time anyone can find within a reasonable drive so close to home here in the Inland Empire. Great food, good friends and the amazing restored historic 'Honey Pot' cottage, a honeymoon cabin suite, we stayed in. We look forward to coming back again with our grandson in the near future so we can have even more fun 'fishin' and renting a boat at Pleasure Point Marina with the discount coupons you gave us. Thanks for spending time with us after closing last night... Ron had a great time last night getting to know you. This was our second relaxing visit to Golden Bear Cottages resort in the last 2 months; these vacation cabin rentals are really a great value. The great Jacuzzi cabin we stayed in on our last visit was cottage #18 Grizzly's Den. Sincerely Tracylyn and Ron. Tracylyn Sharrit on Golden Bear Cottages in beautiful Big Bear Lake, the Sharritz choice for great weekend or weekday vacation... Best hosts in Big Bear. Posted on Facebook"
Tracylyn Sharritt
Redlands, CA 06-19-2012
10
"Our review: Wonderful Family Experience! My wife and I priced several locations in the Big Bear area for a long family weekend. We wanted to take the kids and our little dog to the mountains before they had to go back to school. I immediately like the way the young lady on the phone treated me. She took her time and found the perfect cabin for us. When we arrived the next evening around 10pm she met us with the keys even though the office had been closed for some time. She was as nice in person as on the phone. The cabin was great, two beds in each room, a very serviceable kitchen and best of all a jacuzzi in the cabin that fit us all comfortably. We barbecued on the grill provided us and had an all around great time. If you fish make sure you get the coupon for 20% off the boat. We didn't catch anything but still had a fun time. This is a very friendly family oriented property and is priced right. Our special tip: Tell the folks at the desk what you need and they will tailor the cabin to you. Jon and Stephanie"
Jon, Stephanie S.
Fullerton, CA 07-24-2012
11
"5 of 5 stars. Reviewed July 28, 2012 “Great Corp Retreat - Wonderful Experience” Just what a mountain cabin should be like ! We came up for a long weekend for a corporate retreat and were provided with wonderful story book cabins. It was picturesque on the outside and wonderfully homey on the inside. The cabins were clean and the furnishings made us immediately comfortable. Also, Golden Bear’s staff was completely welcoming and friendly. They treated us all like family and helped us choose great restaurants and the best sites to visit during the trip. They are located in a great spot that is close to the lake and marinas and not too close to down town so you don’t have to worry about the crazy traffic that can build up during peak season, but still close to a lot of great attractions, which made it easy to organize team building activities. The cleaning staff was great and we always came back to a spotless cabin, which made the trip for me all the more enjoyable. Among our whole company group there wasn’t one complaint, and the most have mentioned to me how they can’t wait to bring their families up to Golden Bear on their next personal vacations. I highly recommend this cabin resort to all of our friends and can’t wait to go back next year!"
K. Hill
Newport Beach, CA 07-28-2012
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"Comments and Review from a military family. We just wanted to let you know we really enjoyed our week in cabin 11. It was the perfect fit for our family. Barbara Sue Taylor"
Barbara Sue Taylor, A MILITARY MOM
Oceanside, CA 07-30-2012
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"“LOVED IT. We were NOT disappointed by our return family visit to Golden Bear Cottages”. This quiet rustic cabin resort is what we wanted when we first visited a few years ago. When we traveled to the U.S. this year, we are so happy we returned to stay at Golden Bear! The office staff once again suggested the perfect cabin when we called to reserve this year. When we got there it was once again just like they described: great! This year we vacationed with our own extended family members for the first week of August. The weather was cool during the day,in the 70's and at night in the mid 50's. What a welcome change from the heat where we live in Mexico. Now that we have returned home, we are still thinking about those cool days, great times and experiences again Golden Bear Cottages. We strongly recommend this rustic family Christian resort. It is always a great value for family vacations. Thanks to Lisa and all the great staff. We will visit you again when we return to the U.S. for vacation in the coming years. This was our second wonderful trip to Golden Bear Cottages. God bless you and for all the wonderful service and lodging."
D Salas
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 08-10-2012
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"Group Retreat at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake. Thank you so much for an amazing stay. We appreciate all the extra service, hospitality and friendliness. You were so accommodating to all of us. Thanks also for the late check-outs for group members who had later travel arrangements. Your resort property and variety of cabin sizes was perfect for our group planning retreat. We will see you again."
Jacquelyn Lindeman, California Youth Connection
San Francisco, CA 09-23-2012
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"This place is great! Just got back yesterday from a 4 day trip, and we all had a blast! This was our second time staying at this property, because they are very family friendly. This time we brought our dog, and our cabin had a small enclosed backyard with a high fence. A great mountain retreat experience in our beautiful cozy cabin. The cabins, and the grounds here are clean, and the owners are very nice and accommodating! The only issue we had was having a problem with our DVD/VCR...we called the office and within 5 minutes a nice maintenance man named Domingo was there to check out the problem. He messed with it for maybe 10 minutes then he unplugged it, left for a couple of minutes, and came back with a new VCR. He hooked it up, and we were back in business! The whole issue maybe took 20 minutes to fix, and they were so nice during the repair process! Also, during the summer on Saturday nights they have movie night on a big screen TV at the pool for the kids, and their parents. These are very nice folks, with a great family friendly property where pets are welcome too, I highly recommend giving them a try for your vacation getaway!"
Edith L
Long Beach, CA 10-06-2012
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"Golden Bear Cottages, you have done it again. You've provided a place of peace. Don, Karen, Lisa and Len your kindness does not cease. You all shine God's love so beautifully with the warmth that you show whenever we visit Golden Bear. We feel like we're welcomed home. We truly thank you from our hearts for being a blessing and a friend. The Lord bless you and keep you until we see you again. With love from Steve and Jacey Horvath and the Grandchildren"
Steve and Jacey Horvath
Alta Loma, CA 11-21-2012
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"First of all, let me apologize for not doing this sooner! Seems that when someone gets what they perceive as bad service or just wants to complain, they don't waste any time writing a nasty review. But when you have an absolutely incredible experience, writing a review doesn't seem so urgent, because you are satisfied. Well, I am now taking the time out to RAVE about Golden Bear Cottages. In the past two years, we have stayed at these great cabins three different times. And each time we go, it seems they just keep getting better. We will not stay anywhere else in Big Bear (unless of course, they are booked, which would be very understandable considering how great they are). This is a family owned business, and we have met nearly the whole family and adore them all. But LISA has been the most accommodating, sweet, personable, caring, considerate person I have ever dealt with when staying at a hotel/ cabin, etc. PERIOD. BAR NONE! She has accommodated our needs and beyond. We always are taken care of, whether it's a price break for staying a lengthy period of time, or simply, a late check out or early check in. We have stayed in #27 Fuzzy Bear, #7 Knotty Pine, and #10 Lazy Days. They all rock! The last time I was there, Lisa put us in #10 Lazy Days, and we didn't want to leave. These cabins are clean, fully functional, and include prompt housekeeping. Some cabins are PET-FRIENDLY, and some cabins have HOT-TUBS inside. Seriously consider this your first stop in Big Bear, and relax in one of Golden Bear's incredible cabins. A true vacation every time! Your friend, Jonathan Michael Margolis"
Johnathan Michael Margolis
Loa Angeles, CA 11-26-2012
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"Went to Golden Bear Cottages with a large group of college friends for a weekend, had an absolutely fantastic time. Wonderful staff who really took care of us. Excellent location, nice homey feel in all the cabins. Would absolutely recommend to anyone interested in a weekend in Big Bear. Stayed December 14-16 2012, traveled with a group of over 100 friends."
John E
San Diego, CA 12-19-2012
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"This was our third wonderful stay at Golden Bear Cottages. We always like to stay there for our wedding anniversary. We appreciate the friendliness and cleanliness. Don is a super sweet host and very accommodating as he understood that we wanted to stay in cottage # 27 since our anniversary is on that same day. It's our own silly, romantic thing, but the kind people at Golden Bear understood. We will definitely stay there again. Thank you"
Tutalita T
Burbank, CA 01-02-2013
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"Great time at the Golden Bear Cottages! We had a great time at this family friendly mountain resort. The fireplace is cozy. It was great hearing the kids running through the park having a great time. It is a great family atmosphere. I felt safe and would come here again with kids to go skiing, or a girls trip. I spent this one with my husband and we will for sure come back and visit again. I was very impressed with the friendly greeting and the checking out process. I sat and talked to the owners for a bit and felt like i have known them for years. Cant wait to go back there since there has been a bunch of new snow. We give the Golden Bear Cottages 5 of 5 stars!"
R Landon
Redlands, CA 01-10-2013
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"Loved these cabins sooo much. Watching TV in the spa having mimosas on Sunday morning was just the best!! The weekend was a gift from out daughter, Kerin. Now it will be our favorite mountain getaway. We can't wait to come back on our own. Sincerely, Erin Zaharopoulos"
Erin Zaharopoulos
Highland, CA 02-11-2013
22
"We have been staying at Golden Bear Cottages for over 25 years now. We love it there! We have always had a great cabin no matter which one we stay in (although our favorite is cabin #9 Bear's Den). As we have said before, all the staff is really friendly and always try to accommodate any special requests. The owners, Don and Karen. DiCarlo, and Lisa and Lenny Duran are very nice and treat us like just like family. The cabins are kept very clean and are stocked with a wide assortment of kitchen items and always plenty of linens and towels and daily maid service. The beautiful grounds are kept clean and they have a great play area for kids and adults. Year-round, whether there is snow or not, it's a great time and a great value for all that is included. Your friends, the DeJong Family"
Lisa DeJong
Ontario, CA 03-05-2013
23
"Nowhere else like it! Golden Bear Cottages resort is a family favorite for us to stay for vacation getaways. We've been repeat visitors for the last thirty years! The customer service exceeds any I have ever had - genuine, gracious and a joy to do business with. The constantly updated cabins are homey and comfortable, and supply all the basic amenities. It's our home away from home - we would recommend to anyone and everyone! We all give Golden Bear Cottages the top rating for - Value, Location, Sleeping Quality, Non-hotel Private Cabins, Cleanliness and Guest Service. Our last stay was in November 2013. We traveled with our extended family from California and we all stayed together in one big cabin. We also love your new website HotelBigBear.com. Hotel Big Bear.com is the perfect place for people searching for a mountain vacation in a private cottage or fully stocked cabin rental that have hotel services, but don't want to stay in a hotel. They want a non-hotel."
Leanne P
San Jacinto, CA 12-18-2013
24
"Imagine a beautiful rustic cottage in the woods...that is what we always get, and it is so great to have time to visit with the family who owns this beautiful mountain resort and takes so much pride in it. We stayed this trip in Snuggle Bear, it was so adorable. I always feel like I am in grandma's house--so warm and cozy. My husband caught a glimpse of the raccoon family that lives near the cottage one night and another time we enjoyed the squirrels that were playing out front during the day. These historic cottages are not all new and modern because they were built over 100 years ago, but fancy is not what you want in a mountain cabin. The beds are always comfortable, the interior of each cabin is warm and so cozy, and we have every thing we need. Their staff were very friendly and helpful and more than accommodating this time as well as the first. Golden Bear Cottages is in a very convenient location, only a block from the lake and just about a mile from Big Bear Lake's famous village. The cabins are private, so I did not hear any noise from any other cottages either. We can't wait to travel back again to Big Bear Lake and we will definitely stay at Golden Bear Cottages again. My ratings for this beautiful family run Christian resort are 5 stars for rooms, service, value and cleanliness. It is so... perfect for our family. This was our third vacation trip to Golden Bear Cottages."
Karen E. See
San Diego, CA 11-12-2013
25
"Review comments: You know that we love Big Bear and all that it brings to us and our family. We come 2 times a year to our favorite big cabin at Golden Bear Cottages and we always have a great time. Thanks to Lisa, Lenny and all the wonderful staff at Golden Bear"
Mark Zamudio
Ontario, CA 05-09-2013
26
"My family of six had a blast @BigBear. We stayed at Golden Bear Cottages #7KnottyPine cottage. We went to spend my daughters 3rd birthday. She's the only girl we have so we wanted to try something different away from all the contaminated air down here in Los Angeles. My kids played like monkeys even though I was a little scared when I heard a bear getting close to the trash cans. I had a lot of fun (am 27 years old and I was acting like a 10 year old). We are planning to go back on January and have already made a reservation for a big family cabin. All we can say is thanks to Lisa for answering every single question (in English and Spanish) we were asking. They are very friendly people and I recommend this place for your family too."
Danny Solis
Los Angeles, CA 12-03-2013
27
"We give our favorite family friendly destination in Big Bear Lake a top rating - a 5 star review for the best place to stay. We always love to go back for another great retreat in Big Bear at Golden Bear Cottages. This is just a sample of why we have a family reunion up there every summer. We have stayed at the Golden Bear Cottages for at least the past 12 years. They have every type of big cabin or small cottage to accommodate both our big family as well as our small family's individual needs. There is a lot do do for the kids, family movie night at the pool, swimming, ping pong, basketball, sand lot volleyball, horse shoes, and there is even a great playground for our smaller children. And, they have the best service! A couple of years ago we had car problems and were stuck for two extra days. Lisa, who works in the office, was able to find me a great mechanic and helped me get my car fixed and on the rode again. The staff at Golden Bear also made sure I had a place to stay while my car was in the shop, and they gave me a great rate since we were stranded. This is the best place to stay in Big Bear. We can't wait to go up there again this Summer. See you again soon, Antonio Carlini, a Yelp Member"
Antonio Carlini
Highland, CA 05-27-2013
28
"Love My Family of Five says: Great place to stay!!! We had a wonderful experience!!! The staff was very nice and helpful with giving us advice on things to do in Big Bear!!! If you are looking for a nice clean cabin then I recommend Golden Bear Cottages!!! We will be back again soon. Excellent place for family!!!"
Laura F
East Highlands Ranch, CA 06-02-2013
29
"We chose to stay at Golden Bear Cottages. This was my 2nd visit to Big Bear this year. Before finding Golden Bear Cottages we were at a different place last February and stayed at a cabin, which was extremely expensive, extremely small with a bed that was very uncomfortable. This time we chose to stay at Golden Bear Cottages! The cabin was cute with plenty of space for my family of four. The cabin was very clean & smelled great with a nice big jacuzzi tub in it! Our teenage son slept on the pull out futon sofa bed and said it was one of the most comfortable beds he's ever slept in. The staff (Lisa & Lenny) were very friendly and you can tell they take pride in running their business & keeping customers happy. There is a common area with picnic tables and grass with plenty of playing room for the kids to play. The kids enjoyed the pool & my husband enjoyed the spa. Would highly recommend these cabins to family & friends and we will definitely stay there again. Golden Bear cottages is the best non hotel in Big Bear lake. Thank you Golden Bear Cottages for making our return visit to Big Bear a positive one! We are coming again soon to visit our new friends at Golden Bear!"
Patricia A
Redlands, CA 06-06-2013
30
"From worldly travelers, this is really saying something: 'Golden Bear Cottages is one of my top ten places to go.' I call it our non-hotel"
Mike McCallum
Apple Valley, CA 07-04-2013
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