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"Posted on Facebook: Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful time I had up in Big Bear this last weekend. Staying at your Bear Hug cottage was a delight and all the owners were very friendly and helpful!"
Stephen Williams
Indio, CA 08-03-2013
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"Posted on TripAdvisor: Our group had a great time at Golden Bear Cottages. We took up many different cabins throughout the resort. The grounds were clean and inviting. Plenty of space for all of us to hang outside together, kids to play, grills, pool/spa, and just enjoy ourselves. My cabin was a lot more roomy than most places I get to stay. It's a rustic feel and not the hilton, but I didn't expect that at all. The technology is a little out of date, but I never needed it so didn't care. Very friendly staff that was inviting and helpful throughout the stay. The area is just beautiful and the climate was great. I would definitely go back some day and do it again."
Rich Heffernan
St. Louis, MO 08-08-2013
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"Stayed at the Golden Bear cottages resort this past week for a group get together. Cabins were clean and comfortable. The thing that really made the cabins and trip enjoyable were the friendly staff. They were exceptionally courteous and friendly and really went the extra mile to make us feel welcome and valued as customers and patrons. All the basic amenities worked just fine - water got hot quickly, beds were comfortable and clean, Wi-Fi was free, etc... They were also great helping us find local places to eat and figuring out activities to do. They even helped make adjustments so we could stay a day longer in our cabin than originally expected. We are also posting our top notch review on TripAdvisor and Yelp"
M Kenebahl
MDR, CA 08-08-2013
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"I made my first trip to California and tried this place at the recommendation of a friend. It was a great experience, the staff was helpful and friendly. They recommended GOOD places to eat and even offered coupons. This review will also be posted on TripAdvisor for other family's and groups to find out about this great Big Bear Lake resort. I believe that Golden Bear Cottages is truly the best place for mountain lodging accommodations and service."
J Cohen
Tom's River, NJ 08-08-2013
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"I didn't know what to expect as I was part of a group retreat booking and had ever been here before. My initial impression was that it was an absolutely beautiful setting. Just rustic enough to feel relaxed, and professionally staffed enough for me to feel well taken care of. Kinda like a personal cabin where someone else cleans and provides fresh towels and everything. I stayed in August 2013, and traveled on business. I give Golden Bear Cottages resort a top rating."
Rob P
Edmonton, Canada 08-10-2013
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"This is a historic rustic Cottages/Cabins Resort. Its not your traditional chain lodging with the fancy star ratings and valet parking. It's family owned, managed, and operated. Can't ask for more of an ownership stake from the people who owns it. Very comfortable, in walking distances from the local mountain convenience store, marina, park, and mom/pop shopping. Best non hotel place to stay in Big Bear Lake. The owners are very knowledgeable of the Big Bear area. They work with local businesses for discounts for their guests. I believe, its a 20% discount at the Marina for rentals, and even more at the wake board park. We'll be back for our next years family reunion. Guest Tip: Ask for business coupons in the area that Golden Bear Cottages have partnered with for other great guest discounts."
Z Orr
Las Vegas, NV 08-08-2013
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"Best resort in Big Bear! We give Golden Bear Cottages 5 of 5 stars. Reviewed on TripAdvisor as well. Perfect. A great getaway. Cabins are clean and comfortable, friendly staff, and more! This resort has plenty to offer. Pet friendly cabins, pools, WI - FI, cabin spas! There are also so many cabins to choose from. All different sizes! I enjoyed my stay so much. I HIGHLY recommend you try it out! I can't even name all the good things in one review."
Trevor Halloway
Las Vegas, NV 08-17-2013
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"I love the Golden Bear sooo much because of the family that runs it. I'm going to Big Bear today just to hang out. We don't have time to stay the night this time, but would never drive through without stopping to see Don and Karen Di Carlo. Love them like family. Staying at the Golden Bear Cottages, makes you a part of their family. Here I come guys, see you later on."
Tracylyn Sharrit
San Bernardino, CA 09-07-2013
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"We have reserved our cabin again - for Thanksgiving. If you want to know why, just look at the review we posted on TripAdvisor after our last stay at beautiful Golden Bear Cottages resort. We have been wanting to get back there for 2 years, and we finally got it in our budget to do so. Can't wait to cook our Thanksgiving feast in our beautiful rustic cabin in the mountains. I have attached our previous review that I saved because we were so happy with our experience at Golden Bear Cottages. See everyone at Golden Bear soon! ... “Very Impressed” Reviewed November 19, 2011. Our family found this resort cozy and the family staff helpful. Very happy with the cottage we had, it was cozy, very clean and good kitchen equipment. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We will certainly stay there the next time we go back to Big Bear. We stayed in November 2011, and traveled with our family. Golden Bear is a good value. The location and sleep quality is very good. This is the best place to stay with a family in Big Bear'."
Penny W
Burbank, CA 09-24-2013
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"POSTED on SkiTown.com. 'Thanksgivings we remember! We spent 4 days at Golden Bear Cottages both of these past 3 years for the Thanksgiving holiday. The first time we went to Big Bear lake we were looking for a clean family vacation retreat, and we really found a good one here. We truly enjoyed the hospitality at Golden Bear Cottages. Our 3 children were constantly in and out of the office to borrow sports equipment and ask questions about when the lifts open and so many other things, and the great people there make them feel comfortable each time. Their request was that we return to Golden Bear every year for the holidays. We have already booked a three bedroom cottage for our extended family for this Thanksgiving. It will make our fourth straight year at Golden Bear and we can't wait to get there again. Our family review rating: This is the best place to stay in Big Bear Lake. See you soon!'"
Maury Orlando
Phoenix, AZ 10-20-2013
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"The cabin was clean and just as comfortable as we had hoped. I love this place! First time coming here and I had the best experience. The girl at the front was very helpful and sweet. The cabin was huge! I was shocked to walk in to a 2 story cabin with 7 beds. It was so cozy! Everything I needed for cooking was provided. They even had a bbq in my backyard. I'll definitely be back :) We also posted our review on Yahoo and Yelp"
Jessica Qattawi
Riverside, CA 10-28-2013
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"“Nice stay in Big Bear” We rate Golden Bear 5 of 5 stars! Just like the last reviewer I saw on TripAdvisor, I too won a weekend trip to Big Bear for 4. 2 night stay at Golden Bear Cottages & tickets to the Oktoberfest. When we arrived they had a 2 person cabin reserved for us b/c the trip was suppose to be for 2 pp but the radio station told me 4pp so I went up with my husband & 2 children. It was a little awkward at first. Lisa at the front desk called her Dad about the mix up & after she hung up with him she went ahead & upgraded us to a bigger cabin at no extra charge. The cabin was nice. Just what I expected for a cabin in the mountains. It was warm, comfortable & very cozy. All the rooms in the cabin are decent size. The 2 recliners in the living room were pretty comfy! Me & my husband actually fell asleep in them on our 2nd night. There were 4 beds upstairs, 2 full or queen & 2 twin size. They were comfortable & the bedding was very warm! There is also free wi-fi. There was an outside area near our cabin where my kids loved to run around, take pictures of the large trees & collect pine cones. After pulling into the resort for the first time, I noticed that I had actually stayed there about 10 yrs ago with 4 other families in one of their larger cabins which is 5 bedrooms. The owner Don gave me a tour of the newly upgraded cabin before we left on Sunday. It's awesome! Very nice & roomy! All the appliances looked to be newly upgraded & the bathrooms were big with jacuzzi baths. I am planning our next trip there with a few other families to go back when it is snowing in Big Bear Lake."
Leslie M
Eastvale, CA 10-23-2013
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"“Sweet Get Away” Review also posted on TripAdvisor. We just had a sweet getaway at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear. We have stayed here about 3 times now. Right off, Lisa upgraded our room, and what a neat cabin it was, with kitchen and jacuzzi. Cute, clean, cozy....we had a real relaxing time. The staff is super friendly, consistent, and treats you like family, with emails about specials and recreation ideas in Big Bear Lake too. An email prompted us to go this fall, and we had the best 'moderate' hike up Castle Rock Trail. We bought a beautiful sweater in their gift shop. Also had a crisp walk behind the property on quiet, secluded streets, just gorgeous. They are easy to find on the main boulevard, yet we feel like we are secluded in the pines. Golden Bear Cottages is AAA approved and have charming cabins of all sizes. We stayed this time in October 2013. We traveled as a couple."
Jackie S
Yorba Linda, CA 11-04-2013
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"Review of a Family Friendly Resort. We also posted this review on TripAdvisor so our friends could find out about this great family owned and operated lodge in Big Bear Lake. We spent our New Years holiday vacation week at Golden Bear Cottages. The cabin was comfy, clean and had all the essentials we needed to feel like home. Don & Lisa are so sweet and make sure all is taken care of for you. We look forward to coming back again next year! Our family gives Golden Bear Cottages our best whole-hearted recommendation!"
Angela E
West Covina, CA 01-03-2014
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"Golden Bear Cottages is a nice large size property with lots of big pine trees. Lots of cottages and cabins and with areas to gather and picnic etc. They are family operated and have been in business for years. Our family and friends have been going to Golden Bear Cottages since 1997. Golden Bear's located near the beautiful west end of the lake yet close enough to the village, lake and slopes. The cabins/cottages/rooms are great for anyone- individuals, couples, families or friends. With lots of space and different lodging options available they will also accommodate groups and reunions etc. The cabins are clean and have the necessary amenities for a mountain stay. You can pick from a variety of cabin sizes and prices. Golden Bear is convenient and access is quick and easy to find after driving up the mountain. We refer family or friends and visitors here as well and we all enjoy our experience. Lisa usually answers our phone calls or she's at the desk and she is always super helpful with any arrangements we have made for ourselves or others! Thank you Golden Bear for reliable & consistent lodging & the greatest service in Big Bear Lake. Mickey Marzell., is also a Yelp Reviewer"
Mickey Marzell
Whittier, CA 01-27-2014
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"Lisa, Thank you so very much for the wonderful times in your beautiful and comfortable cabins. Lisa, I am so happy that I finally got to meet you this time. You are such a darling person; so helpful and joyful too! We had the best time on our latest visit to Golden Bear Cottages, and we love your cabins. God bless you, your dad and all your family. We will return again soon for more good times with you guys at Golden Bear Cottages resort! Love, Virginia and Gary"
Virginia Vadeboncoeur
Orange County, CA 01-19-2014
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"GETAWAY SPOT!'' My girlfriend and I drove to Big Bear to spend a getaway at the Golden Bear Cottages! This was our second stay at the cottages and of course, DON always tends to make us feel like family. He really listens to your wants in a cabin and offers you the best cabin to suit your needs. The cabins are cozy and equipped with all the essentials for cooking (or town is just a mile away for your eating pleasure). If you have plans to visit Big Bear, be sure to check out Golden Bear Cottages. We won't stay anywhere else when we plan a vacation or just an overnight getaway to Big Bear Lake! We also posted our top review on TripAdvisor for everyone else to see how nice Golden Bear Cottages is go for a vacation or getaway. Pamela/JC"
J.C. & Pamela
San Diego, CA 02-01-2014
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"The SNOW went from good yesterday at Golden Bear Cottages to excellent today. We just love Golden Bear Cottages warm family feel and family run cottages. Our family enjoys being together in the outdoors and we do not have all of the noise and distractions of being in a hotel. We have made it a tradition to come up every year to your family friendly resort on our birthdays. What a great place to come for the snow!!"
Kelly Loftin
El Cajon, CA 02-07-2014
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"review: our 3rd time @ goldenbear cottages and we love it. We didn't make it in time to see the snow fall, but we made it on time to play with the snow on the grounds at Golden Bear. Our family is hoping to go back soon. Thank u. Your place is so peaceful. Maria, Danny and family"
Danny & Maria Solis
Los Angeles, CA 02-12-2014
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"“WONDERFUL GETAWAY” Top Destination in Big Bear Lake. Reviewed 3 days ago NEW. THIS place was very good for kids and/or IF YOU AND YOUR HUNNY WANT TO GET AWAY FOR A FEW DAYS OR MORE. The hot tub inside for two WAS AMAZING AND REALLY FITS TWO PEOPLE!! If you have children, then you must go here, because it is not just a hotel. They have basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, shuffleboard and more. Don't forget if you love to BBQ then it even gets better. They have private BBQS in front of your cabin. The staff is so nice. Tip: all cabins are on the main grounds and have activities mentioned above, and are perfect if you have children. We stayed in February 2014, and traveled with our large family. We also posted our review of this great family place for others to see on TripAdvisor"
Krystal T
San Jose, CA 03-06-2014
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"Hello! Your place has been recommended by a co-worker friend who stayed there with her family and loved the private cabins! Hoping to stay at Golden Bear Cottages for vacation! Best Regards, God bless!"
Georgianne McCaskill
Rialto, CA 04-01-2014
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"'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"
Leanne P
San Jacinto, CA 04-16-2014
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"We took a much needed vacation with my family of 4 in Big Bear and found this lovely set of independent cottages that were great for the price that we paid. Our historic restored cabin had a Jacuzzi, two bedrooms and one bathroom. The cleanliness, amenities, closeness to the lake and shops, and quietness was perfect and the staff very responsive to our needs. We would go back there on our next vacation! Hogo F. , a TripAdvisor member"
Hugo F
Orange, CA 05-03-2014
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"“4th of July 2014 Holiday Vacation” Top Review: 5 of 5 stars! We booked Cabin #21 for 4 days during the 4th of July holiday and we had a great stay at Golden Bear Cottages. Lisa checked us in a little early since we arrived early afternoon. She is always so welcoming and so pleasant to our family. Our cabin was nice and clean and ready for our stay. The dining area kitchen was nice and roomy with lots or space to move around and cook.This is a great feature since our family spent all the time in the cabin in the dining area. All our needs and requests were taken care of very quickly when we needed more towels. Our cabin also had a newly installed custom pull out king size bed/sofa for an extra bed downstairs which I thought was a great feature for anyone who couldn't climb the stairs to the 2 bedrooms. The bed was very comfy and easy to pull out at night and easy to push back into a couch during the day. The pool was just the right temperature and area was very clean and maintained. We enjoyed browsing the cute gift shop in the office and we were able to check out games for the family to play. The owner even gave us a nice tip for viewing the firework show in an easy and clear spot for viewing. We had a very good return experience and enjoyed our stay very much. Our family gives these top ratings to Golden Bear Cottages: Big Bear Lake's beautiful non hotel. 4 of 5 stars for Value. 5 of 5 stars for Location. 4 of 5 stars for Sleep Quality. 5 of 5 stars for Cabin desing and Amenities. 5 of 5 stars for Cleanliness. 5 of 5 stars for Guest Service. Thank you. Alice and Troy"
Alice Ballantine
Los Angeles, CA 07-07-2014
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"“The perfect get away!” 5 of 5 stars - Reviewed. My family and I recently stayed there for the four day busy holiday weekend this Fourth of July and it was perfect. We had such a nice quiet time and so relaxing we didn't want to go back home Sunday. It was so nice being on the outskirts of Big Bear in this beautiful non-hotel away from the huge crowds yet not to far away from where we needed to go. All of the staff was informative and helpful and helped us navigate our way to a good spot for the fireworks or where to do fun activities and eat. This is hands down my favorite place to stay in Big Bear Lake. I also posted this great review of our stay on TripAdvisor. Cabin Tip: Look at all the selections and pictures and call if your looking for something specific for your family or group. Stayed in July 2014 and traveled with family. Rating for Golden Bear Cottages: Location - 5 of 5 stars. Cabins - 5 of 5 stars. Guest Service - 5 of 5 stars."
Shea B
Brea, CA 07-10-2014
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"Our Best Review. “4th of July Spectacular!!” My girlfriend Alice has been raving about this place for years, so we took them up on an offer to spend 4th of July holiday period here and couldn't be happier. The place was spacious, clean and had everything this giant group needed for a 4 day weekend. I like to cook, and the cabins were complete with all you need to feed a crowd (including our own BBQ), plus plenty of room for us all to sit at the table and eat together or play games. They have a cute little gift shop and and area where you can check out every kind of game imaginable. We had just as much fun staying in, playing games as we did going out into the town. It was 4th of July weekend and the location of Golden Bear Cottages is just across the road from a marina, so we didn't even have to hassle with the crowds. We just crossed the road and set up chairs to watch the fabulous fireworks. Thank you Lisa, one of the owners, for that great tip! When we weren't playing games or watching fire works, we were playing in the pool and the jacuzzi. Both were warm and clean and well taken care of. They even have separate towels to use when you're at the pool. We were on the outskirts of Big Bear, which made it nice to travel around in less traffic, because of the holiday, but close enough that a 5 minute drive (probably a lot less without traffic) was all it took to head over to the village and walk around to all the fun shops. Don, one of the owners, is the nicest guy you could meet. We had a great conversation with him and he even took the time to let us look at a couple other cabins so we could decide now, which one we'd like to reserve for next year. Oh ya! There will be a next year and hopefully a couple mini stays in between this Fall and Winter! Golden Bear Cottages is the best place to vacation in Big Bear Lake."
Barbara Allcock
Santa Barbara, CA 07-13-2014
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"THE BEST PLACE WE HAVE EVER STAYED IN BIG BEAR ,CA we would like to thank Lisa & Len for everything they did for us. My husband is sick with cancer and they made our stay there the best ! They upgraded our cabin with no questions asked they also went out of there way to make sure we had everything we needed. When it came time to checkout there was no rush like at other places. We booked another stay for the long Labor Day weekdend holiday before we checked out. If you are looking for a real nice place to stay with real people who care then Golden Bear Cottages is it !!!"
MR. Carmen Lipari
Lancaster, CA 07-21-2014
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"One of my new favorite spots in Big Bear! I visited Big Bear over twenty years ago, and still remember coming here. Upon arrival, I made a U-turn and found not only Golden Bear Cottages, but it was nicer than what I remembered, Don, the owner greeted me with a smile! We did not have a reservation, but one cottage opened up once we arrived, making it a win-win situation! The service that Don gave my kiddos and I was superb! We felt comfortable in our spacious Cottage, complete with four beds, a full sized kitchen, and a comfy living room! The kids didn't even want to leave! I would recommend stocking up on groceries before you come, and be ready to BBQ! This place is great for kids, as the pool and Jacuzzi were hopping with them! We enjoyed the Ping Pong Table, Playground, and just walking the grounds. While we were there, I even booked my next stay! Be sure to check out the Golden Bear Cottages! You will not be disappointed!"
Diahann D
Carlsbad, CA 07-29-2014
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