Winterland Cottage

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Big Bear Alpine Zoo
 –  open 7 days
Rehabilitation zoo – The Alpine Zoo is dedicated to reducing and rehabilitating wildlife and reintroducing them to the wild if possible –  if not, they have a permanent home in the zoo. If you love animals, this is a must.

Big Bear Lake Tour at Big Bear Marina
90 min pontoon boat ride. This tour is fascinating and you’ll learn about our great history.

Boulder Bay Park
– this spot was made for Instagram.
Beautiful year-round beauty.
Summer – Bring a picnic or take a walk with your pet.

Alpine Pedal Path
– flat path – easy walk or ride 
3.2 miles
Strollers and wheelchairs okay.

Pine Knot Trail
– moderate
6.9 miles 
Adventure Pass required for parking.

Big Bear Snow Play 
I recently discovered Nighttime glow tubing, but this place is a blast if you are not a skier or snowboarder and just want to play in snow.

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain 
What better way to spend a day? Year Round Fun! Go-Karts, Alpine Slide, Roller Coaster and Water Slide! Snow Play in the Winter.
For a relaxing Summer Day – take the Snow Summit Tram and experience amazing views. 
You can also enjoy a BBQ at the top for lunch.
June 10-Oct 9
An absolute must in Big Bear is to visit Tropicali for lunch. 
This place is not overrated and is voted the best Poke in California by Yelp. 
They also offer chicken and beef. 
This is a little hole in the wall perfect for lunch. Closed Tues and Wed.
On a Friday or Sat night   
Visit the Pines Tavern (not to be mistaken by the fine dining restaurant, Pines Lakefront).
Delicious pizza, burgers and ribs. Vegan options too!  In the Summer, sit by the water outside and enjoy the music.  In the Winter, sit inside and enjoy the tunes of Mike Cross on the piano. Kids are okay. They are not permitted in the bar. 
Call ahead with questions.
Our preferred restaurants are:


Peppercorn   (reservations recommended)

Saucy Mamas
in the Village or Maggios (in the Vons shopping center) for Pizza. 

Captains Anchorage  (reservations recommended on weekends) Sit outside in the Summer.

El Jacalito Grill in the village for Mexican or Sonora Cantina on Big Baer Blvd
For more ideas check out our House Manual
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