My husband and I just got back from our early May stay at the Snow Lake Lodge in Big Bear Lake, California (just below the base of Snow Summit Ski Resort); we stayed in Room # 112.
We found our room an agreeable size for up to four people; our condo was warm, spacious, clean and comfortable. You entered the condo into the foyer… this space separates the two halves of the condo and acts as a buffer; there is plenty of room for coats and boots there. From the foyer you can turn left into the bedroom or right into the living room/kitchen area (the couch folds out into a bed). Each of the two halves of the condo had their own separate bathroom (full sized), flat screen TV, DVD player, fireplace and their own separate heating unit. Our living room looked out over the wooded lot next door, our bedroom overlooked the parking lot (with some trees and a bit of an open space beyond). The kitchen area has a microwave, oven, stove, dishwasher and a normal-sized refrigerator. The kitchen’s pantry and drawers hold a good array of cooking / dining needs and there was a nice sized table with four chairs.
Things I liked about Snow Lake Lodge:
* The friendly, helpful staff… especially Annie at the front desk!
* A computer in the guest lounge by the front desk with free Internet usage.
* The heated pool/hot tub
* 2 nice, modern gas grills for the guest’s use.
* A good array of games and DVDs to check out from the front desk
* This property has a wonderful location within the community! You have your choice of eateries, drug and/or grocery stores all within a 3-minute drive of the lodge.
* Most of the rooms have been recently refurbished and modernized.
* Comfortable bed!!!
Hint*… Phone the front desk at the Snow Lake Lodge before coming up the mountain. Road conditions are sometimes an issue when coming up the mountain to Big Bear. In our case we found out that Highway 330 was closed indefinitely and that we should use the alternate Highway 38… this saved us a lot of confusion!
Staying here in the off-season is wonderful! There was plenty to keep us occupied in the Big Bear Lake community! Suggestions for springtime day trips (for those interested):
* Moonridge Animal Park… we honestly were prepared for a “hokey” little zoo… but we found much more than that! Most of the animals in the park are local animals that were injured too severely to go back into the wild. The volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly… we spent a very pleasant morning there. I had NO idea that Big Bear Lake was a nesting area for the Bald Eagle!
* Hiking… we made picnic lunches and hiked Gray’s Peak, Cougar Crest and the Castle Rock Trails. They were all wonderfully maintained and lent beautiful views! Note* this May there was a significant amount of snow on all three mentioned trails… when we commented on the snow, we were told Big Bear sometimes had snow up until June.
* Big Bear’s Discovery Center on the North Shore is very interesting.
* Big Bear Lake’s Downtown Shopping Area has some cute stores.
* The Gold Fever Trail is a self-guided automobile tour of the Holcomb Valley… its highlight being the Metzger Mine. The trip takes about 3 hours and gets to be a bit of an off-roading experience… it was a nice drive… but we were lucky to be in my husband’s truck and not my car! I am thinking they must grade this road closer to summertime… but I suggest checking with the Discovery Center before attempting this drive.
We enjoyed Snow Lake Lodge and Big Bear Lake, we will definitely return.
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