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Big Bear CA – A Mountain Adventure

The Big Bear Valley is one of only a few populated areas in the country situated in the middle of a national forest. The San Bernardino National Forest not only provides a beautiful alpine environment full of wildlife, it’s also a base camp for endless mountain adventures. Whether you hike, mountain bike, camp, rock climb, or just love off-road driving, the adventure begins here. The best source of adventure information is the Big Bear Lake Discovery Center, located on the north shore of the lake. This beautiful … [Read more...]

The Big Bear Cowboy

  The history of the cowboys in the Big Bear area is intertwined with cattle ranching in the valley. There were several large cattle ranches including the I.S. Ranch in west Big Bear Lake, the Shay Ranch at Shay Meadows, and the Hitchcock Ranch in Holcomb Valley. The grazing began in the San Bernardino Mountains around 1857 with both cattle and sheep. Gus Knight from Knight’s Camp, Jim Erwin from Erwin Lake and Will Talmadge, who owned lakefront property, were among the valley’s first ranchers. Cattle were … [Read more...]

Exploring Big Bear

There’s a side to Big Bear that most people never get to see. It’s the amazing back country that surrounds our mountain valley. Some of the most beautiful places in Big Bear are just a few miles off the beaten path. Here are a few tips for first time back country explorers. Most of the fire roads that lead into the San Bernardino National Forest are easily traveled by standard two wheel drive vehicles. Be sure to pack a couple of blankets, plenty of water, and some food, just in case you break down or get lost. … [Read more...]

Big Bear Celebrity Sightings

I’ve never been a “star-chaser” and I don’t subscribe to any tabloids. But the other night I was dining with friends at the local Big Bear restaurant that used to be owned by character actor Andy Divine and the conversation turned to celebrity sightings. Specifically, Big Bear celebrity sightings. My first celebrity sighting occurred just after I had just moved to Big Bear in the early ‘90’s. I was skiing by myself at Snow Summit and was waved up from the singles line to join a half full chair of other skiers. … [Read more...]

7 Things That May Blow Up Your Big Bear Real Estate Deal

Few things are more frustrating in life than a real estate deal gone bad.  Here are some of the most important things I've learned that Big Bear real estate buyers and sellers can focus on in order to ensure a successful real estate transaction. Communication - Or maybe I should say, "the lack thereof."  A real estate transaction has a lot of moving parts : buyers, sellers, buyer's agent, seller's agent, escrow co, title co, lender, appraiser, home inspector, termite inspector and … [Read more...]