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Big Bear Lake Restaurant dining recommendations for Golden Bear Cottages guests
Posted: 01-Sep-14
Best restaurants in Big Bear Lake, coupons, Cut a deal on a meal by using your AAA card. Recommendations from world famous Golden Bear Cottages resort
Big Bear Lake best restaurants are close to the world famous Golden Bear Cottages historic resort property in Big Bear Lake, California says the Big Bear Lake Marketing Association.  Use this link for reviews for our local family friendly restaurants.
Best Restaurants in Big Bear
Recommended by the staff of Golden Bear Cottages Resort in Big Bear Lake.
Golden Bear Cottages guests: These are some of our best recommendations for your family's dining
. Ask us more about where to eat and what to do at our Big Bear Lake office.

The best family vacation deals in Big Bear Lake California 

Owners Don and Karen DiCarlo, Lisa and Lenny Duran have come up with the best AAA approved Big Bear Lake vacation cabin rental deals
 Big Bear Lake travel, trip planning advice, restaurants and marina boat rental coupons.
You will find our AAA approved cabin & cottage rentals as cheap as local mountain hotels


Here is the shuttle bus schedule for Golden Bear Cottages guests
Shuttle service to the Village, Ski Resorts and restaurants is shown on the Big Bear Lake schedule link above

If you're looking for the ideal meal during your vacation stay in Big Bear, CA, here are best dining establishments to exceed your expectations. Our family has lived here in Big Bear Lake for two decades and these are are tried and true recommendations of where to eat.

1 to 5 star ratings.

La Bamba mexican restaurant -- 5.0 stars
A local secret. La Bamba is run by a small Mexican family. Just off the Village Drive, it is not necessarily easy to find, but the search is worth it. La Bamba makes fresh authentic Mexican food daily. Their prices are very reasonable: from $6.95 for dinner. The cuisine consists of traditional Mexican dishes that includes fresh seafood. Beer and mixed drinks are available. Three time Taste of Big Bear Award winner for the "Fresh Salsa" competition. Conveniently located on Bonanza Trail ( just a mile from famous Golden Bear Cottages Resort) on the north side of the Northwoods Resort parking lot.

Azteca Mexican Restaurant -- 4.5 stars
Our family has tried every almost every dish on the menu. The authentic Mexican recipes are always great. The specialty carne asada enchilladas are fantastic. The albondigas soup had huge meatballs and was wonderful. The other menu items are just as good. The service is great. The hosts Rosa and Arturo feature authentic Baja Style Mexican dishes, plus several very popular signature menu items- including Azteca Shrimp, Enchiladas del Mar, and the world famous Azteca Quesadillas.
40199 Big Bear Blvd,
Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315
(909) 866-2350

Teddy Bear Restaurant
4.0 stars
 583 Pine Knot Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315

Evergreen International Restaurant
4.5 stars
 40771 Lakeview Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315

el Jacalito Mexican Food Restaurant
4.5 stars
 40629 Lakeview Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315

Nottinghams Tavern - 4.0 stars
This restaurant certainly has many tourists ready to enjoy another feast the next time they enjoy a vacation in Big Bear. The setting makes you think of a dining establishment set up for the days of Robin Hood. The many amenities provide customers to enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Actually, pets are welcomed in this restaurant, and there's a bar ready for a person who might want to take a swing of some good, ole ale (beer). The area is so big that banquets can even be held here. This dining venue can definitely put a big smile on your family's faces.

Address: 40797 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: (909) 866-4644

Captain's Anchorage - 4.0 stars
The Captain's Anchorage has provided many customers with some of the best seafood and other scrumptious meals since 1947. Originally owned by movie star Andy Devine. Steaks are also served at this restaurant, and by the way, the restaurant's clam chowder is to die for. Settle down for some steaks, seafood, and any other delicacy the restaurant can put in front of your face. Well, many of our guests have simply enjoyed their dine-ins at this dining establishment.

Address: 42148 Moonridge Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: (909) 866-3997

The Peppercorn Grille - 4.5 stars
The Peppercorn Grille treats diners to a beautiful dining room with several cozy and private booths, as well as tables with views of the Village. The heated patio is ever popular and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine as you watch the passers-by. Our extensive menu offers items sure to please every appetite.

Experience the finest in dining Big Bear has to offer.

553 Pine Knot Ave
Big Bear Lake, California 92315
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Vacation in Big Bear Lake California 

Couples, groups and families return to historic Golden Bear Cottages year after year to celebrate their wedding anniversaries, retreats, family reunions or other special occasions. Guests enjoy the rustic, at home feeling of clean Big Bear Lake cabins and privacy to relax and enjoy their vacations. Golden Bear Cottages is a great weekend getaway spot or week-long vacation destination located on over five acres 7000 up feet among the majestic pines. Golden Bear Cottages is a historic rustic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close to great restaurants. The cottages are always warm and friendly, starting with no hassle check-in with our professional staff and continuing with genuine hospitality during your entire stay. Golden Bear Cottages is truly an historic mountain property, not a five star hotel. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet resort with a heated pool and spa, lots of outdoor activities and a family staff that truly appreciates you and your family or group then this is the place for you! Our AAA approved historic cabins have had families and retreats returning year after year for over three quarters of a century. It's a Big Bear tradition for families and groups, a non-hotel mountain experience you will remember forever.

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Golden Bear Cottages AAA Diamond Rated

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Big Bear Chamber and AAA rating assigned to this resort cabin lodging business is determined by our composite score of such factors as the type of business, length of time in business and superior level of resort cabin compliance.Golden Bear Cottages is a AAA approved resort

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Big Bear Discovery Center matches its name

Michel Nolan, Staff Writer

Posted:   July 2013

The Big Bear Discovery Center is aptly named.

From its site on Big Bear Lake's north shore, the 5,700-square-foot center offers a variety of exciting, entertaining and educational programs to be discovered. Maps and coupons are available at the free information center at Golden Bear Cottages Resort 39367 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92310.

The center, co-managed by the nonprofit San Bernardino National Forest Association and the U.S. Forest Service, offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

Discovery Center programs include free naturalist-led weekend nature walks, interpretive programs, stargazing parties, canoe and kayaking tours, family campfire programs and hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail.

There are also hands-on experiences panning for gold, building a birdfeeder, map and compass skills, and high-flying rockets.

The 2012 Music in the Mountains summer concert series at the Discovery Center's amphitheater offers concerts under the stars.

A concert is set for 6:30 Saturday, featuring The Long Run, Experience the Eagles; with special guest Fortunate Son, Tribute to John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The series continues at 7 p.m. July 7, 21, and Sept. 1.

Admission is $25 adults and $10 teens. You can bring a picnic supper and lawn chairs.

Proceeds benefit restoration programs and youth development.

Happy paddlers - and other wildlife - will enjoy the Grout Bay Canoe and Kayak tours Thursdays through Sundays.

Nature walks are 1 and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. Sunday; and Thursday Night Hikes. Children will enjoy Story Time from 12:30 to 1 p.m. every other Saturday.

There is a Campfire Series at 7 or 8 p.m. (check schedule) covering topics from the Moonridge Animal Park to stargazing; from Native American story telling to "Ranger Talks" and "All About Bats."

Check the Discovery Center calendar for details, times, fees, and map.

You can take a hike in the National Children's Forest near Running Springs or join in Greenhouse restoration activity from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Check the Children's Forest Calendar for more details and get local discount coupons and visitor maps at Golden Bear Cottages Resort 39367 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92310.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. five days per week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Admission is free and the facility is pet-friendly.

The center is at 40971 North Shore Drive, east of Fawnskin.

For more information, call 909-382-2790 or 909-866-2010; or visit

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