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REVIEWS OF GOLDEN BEAR COTTAGES RESORT in BIG BEAR LAKE, CA

2012 and 2013 Guest Reviews:


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"Stayed at the Golden Bear cottages resort this past weekend 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 review on Trip Advisor and Yelp"
M Kenebahl
MDR, CA 08-08-2013
02
"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
03
"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
04
"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. 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
05
"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
06
"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
07
"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. See everyone 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
08
"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
09
"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
10
""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
11
""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
12
"My family of six had a blast @ bigbear we stayed at Golden Bear Cottages @knotty pine cottage. We went to spend my daughters 3rd birthday. She's the only girl we have so we wanted to try something different away from all the contaminated air down here in Los Angeles. My kids played like monkeys even though I was a little scared when I heard a bear getting close to the trash cans. I had a lot of fun (am 27 years old and I was acting like a 10 year old). We are planning to go back on January hope we can make it. All we can say is thanks to Lisa for answering every single question (in English and Spanish) we were asking. They are very friendly people and I recommend this place for your family too."
Danny Solis
Los Angeles, CA 12-03-2013
13
"Nowhere else like it! Golden Bear Cottages resort is a family favorite for us to stay at. 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 basics amenities. It's a home away from home - we would recommend to anyone and everyone! We all give Golden Bear Cottages the top rating for - Value, Location, Sleep Quality, Cabins, Cleanliness and Service. Our last stay was in November 2013. We traveled with our extended family from California and stayed in one big cabin."
Leanne P
San Jacinto, CA 12-18-2013
 "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.

                                                                             J.C. & Pamela
                                                             San Diego, CA 02-01-2014



Family Friendly Vacation Retreat
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"Our family enjoyed Memorial Day holiday at Golden Bear Cottages again this year. A perfect way to start the Summer with the family. The cabins are conveniently located on Big Bear Blvd across from the Pleasure Point Marina where you can rent a boat for the day and just 1 mile from the quaint downtown where all the cute shops, restaurants and movie theaters are, we wouldn't stay anywhere else. I've stayed in a quaint cabin with my hubby that had a cozy wood burning fireplace, we have stayed in a spacious big two story private cabin with our family and I've gone with a very large group for a church retreat. They have cabins for every size of group. Their largest cabin was huge....seven bedrooms, several bathrooms, 3 floors, and a huge kitchen. The outdoor grounds are beautiful and I love that they have a heated pool and playground for my kids. It's nice to have a place to get away that's affordable and the owners and staff provide all the friendship your heart desires. We joined their Golden Bear Cottages Mountain Vacation Club because of the great values offered and now we can go on vacation even more. We appreciate Golden Bear Cottages and also posted a review on Yelp."
Niza D
East Highlands Ranch, CA 05-30-2013


Great Getaway at a friendly place

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"I stayed at the Golden Bear Cottages over President's weekend. My decision to drive up to Big Bear from Los Angeles was very last minute so I assumed I wouldn't have any luck at finding a place to stay especially since I was traveling with my dog. I reached out to Golden Bear on Wednesday hoping for a Saturday check in. Lisa was nice and made it clear that they were very pet friendly. To my surprise she had 1 cabin available because of a cancellation. I assumed the price would be jacked up but again to my surprise she quoted me a very reasonable price. I've never stayed in Big Bear or a mountain/ski area so I'm not sure what an average price is but I found less than $150 per night reasonable. The only thing was that I wanted to stay 2 nights and the required holiday minimum was 3 nights. So I had to drive up Friday, which for the price and how accommodating she was I really didn't mind. I had cabin #15. It was a simple historic cabin with a queen sized bed, a 2 seat dinette set, small fridge, microwave, and a small storage area with dishes, pots, and a hot plate to cook on. The bathroom also has a large jacuzzi. Outside I had a BBQ grill that I didn't use. The cabin was comfortable although I found it got a little hot at night. The simple solution to that was to turn down the heat or crack open a window. There were plenty of open areas to walk the dog on their large resort property in the woods. Some of the cabins have small fenced in yards which are obviously great if you have a pet. Oh and free wifi - that's always a big thing for me. When I checked in I spoke to Lisa for some time. She was friendly. They seem to thoroughly enjoy running their cabins and getting to know their guests. I asked probably some of the silliest questions and she answered all of them not seeming to mind. I explained it was my first time to a mountain/ski area so I was a complete newbie. She totally helped me out. The next day the gentleman in the office was equally friendly. Part of a friendly family owned business. Check in was simple: my credit card was charged 50% before I checked in which Lisa explained over the phone. The remainder was charged when I got there. Check out was even easier: I left before the office opened on Monday morning so I just had to drop the key in a box. But I decided to just watch Netflix on my ipad instead. The room was a little smaller than what I was looking (it was their small studio cabin) for but considering how last minute I was I really cannot hold that against them. I could tell by walking around the cabins that there were plenty of different sizes to choose from if you aren't a procrastinator like me. The resort is within walking distance to the lake which has a cute area with picnic tables to sit and take in the scenery, and a small market and restaurant. It's less than a 5 minute drive to snow activities and I guess what you'd call the town center which has tons of stores and restaurants. It was a great stay. Thanks"
N J
Los Angeles, CA 02-22-2013



My Facebook Review: A True Vacation Every Time

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"First of all, let me apologize for not doing this sooner! It seems that when someone gets bad service or wants to complain, they don't waste any time writing a nasty review. But when you have an absolutely incredible experience, writing a review doesn't seem so urgent. Well, I am now taking the time out to RAVE about Golden Bear Cottages. In the past two years, we have stayed at these cabins three times. And each time we go, it seems they just keep getting better. We will not stay anywhere else in Big Bear (unless of course, they are booked, which would be very understandable considering how great they are). This is a family owned business, and we have met nearly the whole family and adore them all. But LISA has been the most accommodating, sweet, personable, caring, considerate person I have ever dealt with when staying at a hotel/ cabin, etc. PERIOD. BAR NONE! She has accommodated our needs and beyond. We always are taken care of, whether it's a price break for staying a lengthy period of time, or simply, a late check out or early check in. We have stayed in #27 Fuzzy Bear, #7 Knotty Pine, and #10 Lazy Days. They all rock! The last time I was there, Lisa put us in #10 Lazy Days, and we didn't want to leave. These cabins are clean, fully functional, and include prompt housekeeping. Some cabins are PET-FRIENDLY, and some cabins have HOT-TUBS inside. Seriously consider this your first stop in Big Bear, and relax in one of Golden Bear's incredible cabins. A true vacation every time! Your friend, Jonathan Michael Margolis"
Johnathan Michael Margolis
Loa Angeles, CA 11-26-2012


Yelp comments from a very satisfied guest: Best place to stay in Big Bear Lake
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"I wanted you folks to know what a wonderful time our family had over Labor Day Weekend at the Golden Bear. You can read my comments on Yelp if you like or I've listed them below for you too. Know that we will be back. POSTED ON YELP: My satisfaction began on the phone with Lisa and her ability to get us just the right place we needed. When I made the reservation, there were four of us going . . . two days later, there were eight who would be in attendance for Labor Day Weekend. She changed cabins for us, even granting some leeway with a four footed guest as well. What we saw on arrival was perfect . . . perfect cabin, perfect amenities, we were all pleased. I guess one of the things I loved most was a table for eight in the kitchen. My, the wonderful times we had around that table in those three days. So cool. We cooked out over a charcoal grill and loved it. The kitchen was filled with just about everything we needed. They even provided the morning coffee. Gorgeous was especially impressed with the linens and towels, high quality. The toaster died Saturday morning. We had a new one, upon request, within fifteen minutes. Great service and given with a smile. Maid service every day was a nice surprise, but we chose to do most of our own stuff, simply getting new towels, etc. mostly. There's plenty to do here. Heated pool, children's play area and many other sporty things we ignored but were available. The lay out makes for a homey atmosphere. We talked with at least four or five other couples during the three days, as they sat on their front porches. Truly a warm, family place. Just know you're in the mountains here . . . and go with that spirit. You'll have a great time and we'll be back, maybe when it's just the two of us. We believe Golden Bear Cottages is the best place to stay in Big Bear and we've already picked out the cabin we want. Of course, two grand daughters have picked out the "Bear Hug" cabin for when they get to come back".

Norm Kidd
Highland, CA
September 10, 2012
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MORE 2010, 2011 and 2012 BIG BEAR LAKE LODGING REVIEWS:

"Our family of eight was looking foward to a weekend in the snow for my grandson's birthday in January. That week Big Bear received a record 50 year snowfall and and most roads were temporarily closed to non-residents. We were able to reschedule our weekend and enjoyed every minute. This was our first time renting in Big Bear and our stay here at Golden Bear Cottages was perfect. Thank you to Lisa for making our family weekend happen. We look forward to visiting again and were happy to write this review about these fine Big Bear family vacation rentals."
Linda Ahumada
Lakewood 02-19-2010
02
"Went up for a romantic Valentines weekend last month and LOVED the cabin we stayed in. The hospitality was excellent and the location was easily accesible to the village and the mountain. We told our friends and family about Golden Bear Cottages...very affordable vacation accommodations in Big Bear. Thanks for the Exellent Mini Vacation... Excellent review rating from our family..."
Steven Mendoza
San Pedro 03-15-2010
03
"To our valued friends at Golden Bear Cottages... our review from Kentucky guests who come every year. If you are looking for a family friendly vacation spot that is peaceful and quiet resort with a heated pool and spa, lots of outdoor activities and a family of staff that truly appreciates you, your pet and your family or group of any size, then this is the place for your family or group! We feel that these are the Best cabins in Big Bear Lake, California for families traveling with pets. Golden Bear Cottages AAA approved resort is the place to take your family and pet. We just reserved the newly remodeled 4 bedroom Cottage #13 for our 2014 return visit. We are excited to stay in this cabin and are up to the challenge of using all 4 of those fireplaces. We appreciate it and thanks for the hospitality."
Norman Rist
Ashland, KY 04-15-2012
04
"Top rating after a week in this rustic mountain haven: The Big Bear vacation for our family was the perfect getaway and Golden Bear Cottages was the perfect place. A quiet rustic cabin is what we wanted. The staff suggested one when we called to reserve. When we got there it was just like they described; it was great! After spending a week vacationing with other Christian families, our family was not ready to go home. Now that we are home, we are still thinking about those great times at Golden Bear Cottages in the cool San Bernardino mountains. We recommend this rustic family resort. It is a great value. Thanks to all the great staff. We are going back soon!"
Domingo Salas
San Jose de Cabo, Mexico 08-14-2010
05
"Joined Fisherman's Club this time and got 2 free days with our five day weekday vacation at Golden Bear Cottages. Our two story resort cabin had plenty of room for our whole family. We used the BBQ and fully stocked kitchen daily. The Golden Bear Cottages Fisherman's Club membership gave us many great offers. Joining the Fisherman's Club was free. We got a FREE day with each paid weekday of lodging at Golden Bear Cottages. We got daily coupons good for 50% off the first hour and 25% off each additional hour for our pontoon fishing boat rental at Pleasure Point Marina (which was just a block from our cabin). We also got 4 restaurant coupons that gave our family 50% off our second meal at some really great eating places in Big Bear Lake that were close to the lodge. Our experience was extremely good and all the people at Golden Bear Cottages treated us like friends, not just customers! We originally found Golden Bear Cottages while on a family reunion last year and had a great time, which is why we booked our family vacation here. The weather was cool. We loved it and will return for another family fishing and boating vacation on the mountain at Golden Bear."
Erik Watson
San Marcos 08-20-2010
06
""We will definitely be back!" to Golden Bear Cottages Resort. We had rented a little economy cottage online not knowing it was close to the road and that the street noise might keep us from getting a good night's sleep. The next morning we told Don (one of the owners) what the problem was and he was so understanding, upgrading us to a much larger luxury cottage far from the road at no additional cost! He bent over backwards to accomodate us, even allowing us to check out late the following day. We will definitely come back as well as recommend the Golden Bear Cottages to our family and friends for their vacations. I rate this mountain resort at the very top for families traveling with young children. This reviewer gives the service at Golden Bear Cottages the very best rating! Yes, we were very impressed!"
Rick G
Woodland Hills 08-25-2011
07
"My satisfaction began on the phone with Lisa and her ability to get us just the right place we needed. When I made the reservation, there were four of us going . . . two days later, there were eight who would be in attendance for Labor Day Weekend. She changed cabins for us, even granting some leeway with a four footed guest as well. What we saw on arrival was perfect . . . perfect cabin, perfect amenities, we were all pleased. I guess one of the things I loved most was a table for eight in the kitchen. My, the wonderful times we had around that table in those three days. So cool. We cooked out over a charcoal grill and loved it. The kitchen was filled with just about everything we needed. They even provided the morning coffee. Gorgeous was especially impressed with the linens and towels, high quality. The toaster died Saturday morning. We had a new one, upon request, within fifteen minutes. Great service and given with a smile. Maid service every day at Golden Bear Cottages was a nice surprise, but we chose to do most of our own stuff, simply getting new towels, etc. mostly. There's plenty to do here. Heated pool, childrens play area and many other sporty things we ignored but were available. The lay out makes for a homey atmosphere. We talked with at least four or five other couples during the three days, as they sat on their front porches. Truely a warm, family place. Just know you're in the mountains here . . . and go with that spirit. You'll have a great time and we'll be back, maybe when it's just the two of us. We've already picked out the Golden Bear cabin we want. Of course, two grand daughters have picked out the 'Bear Hug' cabin for when they get to come back. Norm W... a Yelp member since 2009"
N. Kidd
Highland 09-10-2012
08
"My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and I loved it! We stayed in 'Grizzley's Den' cabin and it was perfect, very cute and warm with both a heater and wood burning fireplace. When we walked outside in the morning there were icicles hanging from the roof and it looked like a winter wonderland. The couple (Lisa and Lenny) who run Golden Bear Cottages were VERY nice and helpful and their store had a lot of little souvenirs and a wall to rent movies from. The only thing we had trouble with was parking our fairly large dodge ram in the shoveled out parking space, but it was definitely worth it. We are coming back again for my next birthday! It is the top place to stay in Big Bear lake!"
Ariel Nelson
LA 09-30-2010
09
"We love This Place" We make Golden Bear our romantic mountain getaway. Just as a Couple! Golden Bear Cottage is a beautiful place to unwind when you really need some R&R!! My husband and I have spent our 1st, 5th and eight anniversary at The Golden Bear Cottages. The HoneyPot Cabin is our Favorite! This is the best place. The owners are so nice and helpful."
C Shibley
Diamond Bar 09-04-2010
10
"Perfect family reunion at Golden Bear...‎‎ We stayed with a large group that booked almost the entire resort property for a family reunion. This vacation resort at Golden Bear Cottages were beautiful rustic cabins in the cool mountains at 7000 foot elevation. The prices were very fair and reasonable. The cabins and grounds were very clean and well kept. The office staff went out of their way to be friendly and accommodate all of our needs. The maids and landscaping staff were always trying to do something special to make our week-long stay very comfortable. All of our group left satisfied. Thanks to Don, Karen, Lisa, Len and all the staff at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear. See you again. God bless!"
A S Karenton and extended family
Santa Ana 10-21-2010
11
"Comments and review: We have always loved it at Golden Bear. We have stayed at Golden Bear Cottages for numerous getaways and vacations. Our favorite cabin is number 7 Knotty Pine. It has been like our home away from home."
Leonard Deaton
Palmdale 12-30-2012
12
"Wonderful Time!!! Great family owned business and this reflects in the way they treat you, the quick responses they respond with and the overall feel of comfort and support in their cabins. Great time, arrived Saturday afternoon to a valley of green, reds and beautiful oranges, to awaken early morn to hard rain to full awaken later to a valley completely full of pure, white snow. Simply incredible!! My partner and I played in a nearby park, with the sun shining and other people and families just taking gorgeous pictures and looking around in amazement. The owners and staff were very helpful, made nice acquaintance for a minute with our neighbors, then just enjoyed an immensely romantic time away from L.A. and the kids :-)... Thank you!!"
Ashlee Ellis
Brentwood 11-29-2010
13
"Each year, since 1995, our family has been patronizing Golden Bear Resort. We have rented several different cabins over the past 15 years and for stays of 2 to 7 nights. Sometimes once a year, sometimes 2 or 3 times a year. We have become friends with Don and Karen DiCarlo, and their daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Lenny Duran. Truly nice folks. Some suggestions: if you will be there between the months of October and March or April, take tire chains; If you plan to use the pool or spa, take a few bath towels from home; take a portable radio with fresh batteries; include a clamp-on light cuz kitchen lighting may be a bit dim; pack a couple candles for the dinner table; if you cook, take a sharp paring knife, chef's knife, and a cheese grater; maintain a sense of adventure. And, if you take your pet, please clean up after it. Regarding the tire chains: please understand that it snows in Big Bear. Duh. Last winter, one storm dumped about 5 feet, leaving roads and driveways blocked. You can imagine the complaints from those who choose to be clueless about being prepared for what is normal in SoCal's mountains in the winter. Even with chains, very few vehicles, even 4WD, can manage 4 or 5-ft deep snow, especially, if it is dense. Powder snow is easy, though. If you have tall and narrow snow tires and a heavy old pickup or suburban, you should be OK in really deep snow, but if you have wide tires, or low-profile rubber on your sportcute, be sure you have snowshoes or cross-country skis. We always take supplies in case we are stranded by a road closure or need to deal with an electric power failure. Big Bear experienced a major earthquake in the early 90's. It will happen again. It also is in a wildfire area. So-unless you choose to be a victim, be prepared. This said, Golden Bear keeps emergency supplies on hand for guests for those times when Momma Nature reminds us who is the boss. For you ham radio licensees, two good repeaters are KI6BB, 147.330, negative, PL 131.4, and Keller Pk 146.385, positive, PL 146.2. You can always raise someone on Keller. Golden Bear is not a 5-star hotel. It's better, but it is not perfect, meaning that the doors on the older (some date from before 1910) cabins may be a tad drafty. Some cabins have sinks with the cold/hot faucets reversed. Who cares? The hot water is hot. If you want a sterile place, stay in town at one of the big places or at one of the resorts where the cabins are cookie-cutter, but if you want an enjoyable stay in a traditional and rustic mountain cabin, choose Golden Bear! We do and will continue to use it for family stays and anniversary stays. Stays at Golden Bear have become one of our family traditions. One last thing. Breakfast at Grizzly Manor, across from Big Bear Middle School, is de rigeur at least once during a stay. Unless you arrive at dawn, expect to wait outside. Rain or shine, hot or freezing, there WILL be a line. Sign in, pour yourself a coffee, and wait outside with locals and fellow visitors. The Griz is tiny, but the portions will satisfy a hungry teenage boy, and you'll still have leftovers for lunch and supper. Steve and Michele and family, Banning, California."
Steve Higbee
Banning 12-03-2010
14
"Golden Bear Cottages---Reviewed. We have been coming here since I was a kid! The cabins are so clean and cozy, the owners and staff have always been great and accommodating, and it's in a quieter area near the lake. The pool is great during the summer, and it's a perfect hideaway when it snows because you get to stay in a real mountain cabin with a fireplace. It's one of those places where we really feel right at home. The prices on the cabin rentals and gift shop are always fair too."
Dana T
Redlands 01-31-2011
15
"My daugher and I had a great time at your cabin and we will for sure come back. We loved the friendly staff! If you want to go to the best place to stay, Golden Bear is it! My daughter Madison wants to bring her grandma the end of April!"
Kimberly Kuhn
Los Alamitos 02-11-2011
16
"We love staying at your lodge, we alway's stay there it feel's like home when were able to visit. My Daughter and I will visit again soon in March. I have been sick and unable to visit since last year. Finally my doctors gave me an ok, so we booked our vacation. Money has just been tight due to my disability, so thank you for the kindness and the discount. See you soon at Golden Bear Cottages!"
Susan Zekas
Fontana 02-21-2011
17
"We went in the Winter & it was the most Unforgettable Experience of our lifetime! We felt like we were in a 'Storybook Fairytale' the cabins are a dream and transported us back in time. There is so much to do on the property our girls 6 & 13 did not want to come back home and the hospitality from the owners was Amazing we were treated like Family!! I do not have enough words to describe our wonderful vacation experience!! We can not wait to go back in the Summer!!! The Colón family from Los Angeles"
The Colon family
Los Angeles, CA 12-14-2012
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"We took a group of 8 friends up to Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear to celebrate a Birthday and we had a GREAT TIME! We stayed in Cabin #25 which was spacious, clean and very comfortable. The cabin was located less than a block from Pleasure Point Marina which made it very convenient to go out trout fishing (which was great by the way). Don at Golden Bear even gave us a coupon for a discount on a boat rental and a good fishing report. In our opinion, Golden Bear Cottages is one of the best places for cabin rentals in Big Bear, CA and we are looking forward to coming back as soon as possible. We will try to plan for a Christmas holiday season trip."
Mike C
Moreno Valley 04-29-2011
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"We rented out one of the large cabins for a young adult retreat from our church. Booking was really easy, and Lisa was really helpful. The cabin was comfortable and had everything we needed for our weekend. None of the usual pitfalls of group cabins: low water pressure or unpredictable temperature fluctuations. Those things were a big deal for our group and Golden Bear Cottages resort cabins had everything covered. Our group had a great time sitting around the tables in the kitchen playing games and talking. They had nice appliances for all the food prep we did, and plenty of kitchenware. It's close to Big Bear Village and the Alpine Slide, so our group had the flexibility of making up our schedule as we felt like it. We even decided to visit the on-site jacuzzi, and the managers went out of their way to make sure we could access it even though the operating hours had ended. I'd recommend this place to other church groups for their retreats. It's not uber-modern so if you like flat screen TVs, this comfortable historic place probably isn't for you. It was perfect for our church group's needs, and we enjoyed our weekend there!"
Paul H
Valencia 04-08-2011
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"Golden Bear Cottages resort is a great place to stay! A top AAA historic resort property. I give the Golden Bear my best rating"
Nancy Salinas
San Gabriel 06-03-2011
21
"Both the cabins and the grounds were very will kept up. Came back for our second time. We stayed for seven days for our vacation. It was very peaceful and relaxing. All I would like to suggest is the cabin we were in could use a little shelf in the kitchen to put extra food on, but that's just me. Everyone should go there and enjoy themselves. There's a nice heated pool and a very nice play area for the kids with lots of tall shade trees to keep you cool. I'm very sure we will be coming back. P.S The Maid Service was very will trained and very sweet the same with the grounds keeper. Bruce & Fay"
Bruce & Fay Malone
Riverside 07-23-2011
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"This was a great facility for our group of girls for a week-long Cheer Camp. Lisa was just amazing !!! Stayed August 2011, traveled on school business for a retreat with a group of about 75. Great Value for a mountain group resort. Top Quality and Cleanliness. Superior Service! Group Booking Tip: talk to Lisa"
Tony R
Claremont 08-17-2011
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"For the past 10 years my family has been visiting Big Bear Lake during the summer time, and we always stay at the Golden Bear. The cabins are the perfect sizes for all families and everything is close together so everyone can visit each other. They have a great pool and a fun recreation place where people can play basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and ping pong. It's a great family place and we wouldn't stay any else in Big Bear! This year we stayed August 11-16 and traveled with our extended family of four generations. We will happily return again"
Gretchen Skruggs
Encinitas 08-20-2011
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"My review of Golden Bear. Can't wait to go back to your Cabins. I felt relaxed and at home, Very clean, roomy and comfortable. Very friendly staff. I have recommended Golden Bear Cottages resort to all my friends. It's great for a quick relaxing getaway, or a week-long vacation. We had a fabulous time!!!"
Tina Garcia
San Bernardino 08-23-2011
25
"My comments: Lisa was the greatest!! So nice and accommodating to our needs. So nice to get great service. Unfortunately we were unable to get there as we planned this week due to an unexpected trip for my husband. We were hoping to get there the next week and because of the accommodating staff, we did. We have stayed there before and the owners/managers Lisa, Lenny, Don and Karen and property staff are always great. There are not a lot of cabins in Big Bear that compare!! A+ review rating"
Sandra McNabb
Orange 08-24-2011
26
"We love Golden Bear Cottages!! by KSD63, a Citysearch member. Our entire family just left beautiful Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake, California. They hosted our family reunion for the first time. Even though we usually change locations every year, the whole family group decided to come back to Golden Bear again next year (and some of our family members who live closer are planning to come back this winter fot Thanksgiving holiday). Golden Bear has the perfect facilities to host a large family reunion of our size, which was about 200. It is the best place to stay. The owners and their entire staff were absolutely phenomenal! They catered to all of our needs and bent over backwards to make sure we had a great time. All of the cabins were clean and well stocked and the maids made sure that we always had cleaned towels and that our cabins were well kept. Even though we were all more than content to spend most of our time on the beautiful grounds and in our quaint, rustic cottages at Golden Bear we planned one special outing in Big Bear each day for those who wanted to participate. We were amazed at the number of things there are to do in Big Bear! In the 15 years that we have been having our big reunion we have never enjoyed a more serene and beautiful location with so many activities available to family members of all ages(and it is so close to home). I am a photographer and I enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful wildflowers and even got shots of a mama and baby bear who were out at 6:00 a.m. Several of our famiy members enjoyed a Civic Light Opera performance at the Performing Arts Center. Others went on the scenic skychair and caught the most beautiful views of the entire valley below. Some of our younger family members did a lot of hiking and found that there were trails for all levels of hikers. Biking and quad riding went over really well with some of our more hearty famlly members. Many of our elders enjoyed the sunset cruise around the lake. I don't think any of us realized how many multi-million dollar mansions were around the perimeter of the lake! It was breathtaking. There was also lots to do for the chidren. Their favorite places were the zoo, the Discovery Center, and of course, going in a boat on the lake. All in all this was the very best reunion we have ever enjoyed - and we owe it to Golden Bear Cottages. This is my review of our retreat. Our families will be booking their cottages for August 2012!!!!"
Katrina Sandeillo
Camarillo 08-28-2011
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"Golden Bear Cottages resort is clean, fresh, everything in working order, and friendly staff." Stayed for a week in August 2011, traveled with all my family. Also reviewed on TripAdvisor September 2, 2011. NEW COMMENTS. We've been there with our family a few different times and always go back. I think it's the best place and its a great place to stay for family and kids."
Mrs. Mendellos
Los Angeles 09-03-2011
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"Review comments: I love your facilities and return there every year. Our family really looks forward to spending our vacation at Golden Bear Cottages. We weren't able to come last year. Hope to see you again this year for our regular vacation"
Sandra Stewart
11-10-2011
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""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 11-19-2011
30
"Thank you Golden Bear cottages for the wonderful mountain getaway. I surprised my kids with one last summer hooraah before the much anticipated 'Back to School' season started. It was such great time to all be together and enjoy all the beautiful surroundings that the golden bear cottages and Big Bear have to offer. We absolutely loved the cozy and quaint feel of the cabins, the 'night at the movies' by the poolside, and the beautiful location. It was so convenient to travel to so many attractions yet we felt like we were right at home. The kids loved it so much they can't wait to go back again next year, or maybe again in the winter. Thank you to everyone... Don, Karen, Lisa and Lenny"
Nancie Filkins
Chino 09-25-2011




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"OUTSTANDING STAY: My husband and I plus 6 of our good friends just stayed at the big Golden Bear cabin #25. Every year we travel to Big Bear Lake for the Big Bear Bash which is run by Corvettes West. We have stayed at the Golden Bear for a number of years and we have NEVER been disappointed. The owners go out of there way to make our stay enjoyable with lots of amenities, fresh towels, linens and daily maid service. The cabin was clean and was ready two hours before check in time. We are all looking forward to staying at the Goldern Bear next year: same cabin already booked. Review by:Wedie from Ventura, 20 review contributions the Internet. Stayed June 25-28, 2010. TripAdvisor Member since August 22, 2006"
Wedie D and friends
Ventura, CA 08-23-2011
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We will happily return again




"For the past 10 years my family has been visiting Big Bear Lake during the summer time, and we always stay at the Golden Bear. The cabins are the perfect sizes for all families and everything is close together so everyone can visit each other. They have a great pool and a fun recreation place where people can play basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and ping pong. It's a great family place and we wouldn't stay any else in Big Bear! This year we stayed August 11-16 and traveled with our extended family of four generations. We will happily return again"
Gretchen Skruggs
Encinitas, CA 08-20-2011
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Hats off to Golden Bear Cottages



"We returned for another wonderful time over the long 4th of July weekend to Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear, CA. The cabins are clean and decorated in quaint, country style charm. They all have a fireplace (which we used on the cool nights), a fully stocked kitchen, and a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. We again found plenty to do, including the teenagers. We relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the playground with volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, and tether ball. We watched movies on the DVD/VCR in our room at night, as well as by the pool on Saturday night. The office has a nice gift shop, and a large library of movies for rent, and games for the kids. We also enjoyed the local news and wi-fi in the room, which highlighted local attractions and special events in the area. We watched the fireworks show over the lake, and visited the local zoo again and the Discovery Center for the first time. Both were impressive! The service was excellent, including management, maintenance, and housekeeping. Our room was stocked daily with whatever was needed, and maintenance saved the day by supplying us with an extension cord to make our traditional homemade ice cream on 4th of July. Hats off to Golden Bear Cottages for providing such a charming, relaxing escape in the gorgeous mountain atmosphere. We'll be back for the winter!"
Laurie Olivieri
Alta Loma, CA 07-08-2011
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Outstanding big group stay at Golden Bear




"This was a great facility for our girls for a week-long Cheer Camp. Lisa was just amazing !!! Our group stayed in 2011. We traveled on school business for a retreat with a group of about 75. Great Value for a group resort. Top Quality and Cleanliness. Superior Service! Group Booking Tip: talk to Lisa"
Tony R
Claremont, CA 06-19-2011
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2010 BIG BEAR LAKE LODGING REVIEWS:

Top cabin accommodations



 


Review: "This past weekend was our first visit to Golden Bear Cottages. It was perfect for our family of 5.. We were upgraded to a large comfortable cabin without even asking... The 'Shaggy Bear' cabin was beautiful, clean and well stocked with clean towels and kitchen utensils. The owner is very sweet and gracious.. We can not wait to return... My boys (15, 13 and 5) are already asking when can go back and we just came back home yesterday! Looking forward to our next trip to Big Bear and the Golden Bear Cottages. We give a top accommodations review to Golden Bear Cottages and all of their Big Bear cabins for rent ."
TJ Azulay
Chatsworth, CA 04-11-2010
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2010 BIG BEAR LAKE LODGING REVIEWS: Great weekend in our mountain cabin


 

"Dear owners of Golden Bear Cottages resort, I just wanted to thank you again for this great week-end we spent in your adorable cabin the 'Honey Pot'. All of us just loved it ! Since it was a pet friendly cabin with a fenced yard, our dog enjoyed it too. My husband had a great surprise for his birthday and he just wants to come back again and again so you should see us some times during the year ! I also forgot to tell you when we left that we actually left a brand new vanilla ice cream in the freezer if anyone wanted to take it (I hate wasting food) I hope your maid found it and took it. Thank you again for your kindness and your effectiveness(a French thing) ! I hope we see you soon ! Best regards, Axelle & Nick"
Axelle Marcueyz
Los Angeles, CA 02-06-2010
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Golden Bear Cottages is a More Affordable Option and it is AAA approved



"We have always done private rentals in Big Bear before, but we found Golden Bear to be a more affordable option for the Christmas period so went with it, and now believe we will return to Golden bear rather than do private rentals in the future. Our cabin was a studio with a bath jacuzzi, Cabin #18, Grizzleys Den. The kitchen had a cooker, microwave and fridge freezer and we successfully cooked our Christmas dinner and did self catering for the 5 nights we were up there. The kitchen area also had a dining table and chairs and conveniently opened out to seat 4. The bed was a little soft, but completely fine and the cabin was nice a cozy. When we arrived it was 17 fahrenheit, but the wall heater was so effective we were soon toasty at over 70 degrees. On our last night there our friends came up to join us as the cabin had a sofa bed; it was great for the time that we were there very economical. The jacuzzi bath is a nice touch too, and great for the evenings when you've been on the slopes. It was great to be in such a great family environment for Christmas. Lots of snow and It had the right balance of privacy and community. We also had great fun on the grounds of Golden Bear. There is a play area which is great in the snow, but I can also see how good Golden Bear would be in the summer with its pool and hot tub at the Big Bear cabins for rent . The owners and housekeeping staff were helpful and lovely. When we asked for extra blankets for our friends it was no trouble, and we felt very welcomed. The internet was a great advantage too as it meant we could video chat with our families back home on Christmas day. It was reliable and effective. The best place to stay: Golden Bear Cottages resort is rustic, charming, and welcoming."
Rebecca Porter
Los Angeles, CA 01-03-2010
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"We went down for Thanksgiving Weekend and had the experience of my life like never before. I really didn't expect to see SNOW but I DID!!! It was the most Beautiful site ever...Came in when none was to be seen and woke up the next morning jumping for Joy to see God's Wonders...Loved my cottage and the friendliest service ever Thank You Lisa you were great!! (got best deal in town) and Don Thanks for getting me on the right road...Had an Awesome weekend....God Bless p.s. Definately coming back soon =)"
Sara Garcia
Los Angeles, CA 12-03-2009
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If you don't have a fabulous time here, you're with the wrong people/person!

"If you don't have a fabulous time here you're with the wrong person\people.' A review of Golden Bear Cottages Resort. Nov 26, 2009. The establishment and the friendly owners make every effort to provide a great stay. These cabins have full amenities, fresh towels, linens and daily maid service including a fully stocked kitchen with frig, stove/oven, microwave, toaster and all utensils. The cabins are clean and have great individual mountain decor. For your comfort a thermostat controlled heater and fireplace are included along with TV, VHS and DVD player with rentals, a gift shop and firewood available at the office. The remodeled bathroom in our cabins included oversized tub with jacuzzi jets. We found all of this in the studio unit we rented for one night. Then we came back again a month later and rented another cabin... Everything was just as good the second time!"
The Artel family
Ontario, CA 11-26-2009
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A satisfied returning guest review from Redondo Beach, CA
September 6, 2009
Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5




 

"Big Bear Christian retreat with lake cabins for rent. Thoroughly enjoyed our return visit to the Golden Bear. Same clean big cottage. Same great family owners and staff. Same cabin which is only a block from the lake. It's nice to have a comfortable relaxing place to go for a short vacation. After our second trip, we are sold. The Golden Bear is a perfect place for our family to have a getaway from the city life in any season!"
Lee Estes Jr.
Redondo Beach, CA
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Loved this Place
travegmommy from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
April, 2009

Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5



 
"Loved this Place!' a review from: travegmommy Rancho Cucamonga, CA April, 2009 We live in the IE and suprisingly had never been to Big Bear. The family and I took a drive up one Sat. am and loved it! We happened to go off some reviews and I had my husband find this place. It was so cute and the owners were so sweet and helpful! We ended up spending the night up there in the Bear Hug cabin and now I'm getting ready to book a longer vacation for the spring ! I dont understand why they got such a bad review previously on the Internet? That's what prompted me to write this. This place was awesome! I guess some people are just strange!"
R.C. Mommy
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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2008 BIG BEAR LAKE LODGING REVIEWS:

Great Times at Golden Bear Cottages
Derrick Vasquez from Colton, California
Sept 11, 2008
Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5





 
"Great Times at the Golden Bear Cottages' Review of Golden Bear Cottages Resort by the Vasquez family. I had wanted to take my mom and dad to Golden Bear Cottages, located in beautiful Big Bear Lake, for a long time. I had heard very positive things about this resort for a long time. Since so many of my family members wanted to go along as well, we decided to rent the biggest cottage at the resort. That way we could have family coming and going all week and would have room for everybody. We live in nearby Southern California cities so this getaway is perfect for us. It is just an hour from home, yet it is exactly like being in an entirely different world! The weather was perfect, in the low to mid seventies, while the weather at home was in the high nineties. The evenings were clear and crisp - the first time we had worn light jackets in months! Our cabin was perfect for our family. We had plenty of room in the huge kitchen for everybody who wanted to cook in our family 'chicken cook off' to join in! There was a huge dining room that seats 22 plus a great game room with poker tables, a pool table, and a foosball table. Our three level cottage was comfortable for all who either came to visit or for everyone who stayed for the week. Many of our family members spent much of the week at the beautiful Golden Bear pool and outdoor spa. The setting in the centuries old pine trees is breathtaking! The kids played ping-pong, basketball, volleyball, and other sports at the resort. There was even a great playground for the small kids. Golden Bear has a gift shop, movie rentals, a huge selection of board games, card games, and karaoke plus a library of new hardback books for those who may forget to bring something to read. We had never seen so many great amenities at a vacation destination. Our entire experience at Golden Bear Cottages was just wonderful! Golden Bear Cottages' makes this the best place to stay for vacation. We will definitely make this an annual event for our family, one that we will all look forward to. The staff bent over backwards to make sure all of our needs were met. The housekeeping staff and the front office staff made us feel at home, providing great service with smiles and even hugs! I highly recommend Golden Bear Cottages to anyone who wants a wonderful get-a-way for their family and friends. We'll be back! Signed, 'luvtotravelDV'

Derrick Vasquez
Colton, CA

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2006 and 2007 BIG BEAR LAKE LODGING REVIEWS:
Tony Price from La Jolla, California

Nov 9, 2007
Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5

 If you are looking for the perfect getaway look no further than Golden Bear Cottages located at Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Golden Bear offers a variety of Big Bear cabins for rent to suit your needs from the weary couple needing respite or for the family who plays together you are sure to find the one right for you. These charming pet friendly cottages are decorated to capture the essence of the mountain area. The serene alpine setting welcomes you to take a break from the everyday city life while the owners welcome you as friends not as customers. The weekend spent in this beautiful area recharged our tired souls. We are pleased to be a returning guest. Thank-you!


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Alice Harrison from Davis, California


Sep 19, 2007

Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5

 


I contacted Golden Bear Cottages in behalf of my husband and his strike team who were fighting the Butler 2 fire. His team, consisting of 22 firefighters with 5 engines was in need of a good nights sleep after sleeping in parking lots for three nights. The folks ar Golden Bear Cottages could not have been more helpful. They set aside enough cottages to meet the firefighter's needs and in addition offered them rates that were affordable. Great service! Thanks.

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Herbert Russell
from LA, California


Mar 26, 2007

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5  

Friends meet at Golden Bear Cottages every year. This year our large group had 11 cabins. We BBQ and party while catching up on the past year in each of our lives. This resort has the right size cabin for each size family. Every year the group grows because the members have such a good time. The cottages are always clean and the staff sees to our every need. THANKS AGAIN!!!

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Eileen Wright from Highland, California Jan. 20, 2007

Overall Rating: 4.9 out of 5  


My family stayed at the Golden Bear Cottages this past weekend in one of their beautiful jacuzzi cottages. We absolutely had the best time we have ever had on a weekend get-away! The entire staff was courteous and very caring. The cottage was very tastefully decorated, clean, and so very comfortable. We were so warm and cozy after our snow play on Golden Bear's property as we sat by the roaring fire. An added benefit was the fantastic 3 person jacuzzi in the cottage. What a way to relax! Each of my children got a Golden Bear souvenir in the gift shop. We have already booked for next month, hoping to get in as many times as possible during the snow season at Golden Bear.

ruth henry family group from san bernardino, california Jan. 2, 2007

Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5  


The most wonderful place we have ever visited! The service was superb and the cottages were absolutely perfect. Each and every cottage is a blend of comfort and mountain decor. My family and a group of our friends stayed in several of the cottages, including the ultra-luxurious Golden Bear Manor and the beautiful Bearberry Manor during the Christmas holidays. We were treated like Kings and Queens by the front office staff and the very courteous maintenance and housekeeping staffs. All of our requests were taken care of promptly and with a smile. Golden Bear Cottages are AAA approved and offers every imaginable amenity for families and groups. We are already planning a reunion for our family next summer at Golden Bear, and plan to make it a yearly event. We even booked our 2007 Christmas reservations.

2006 BIG BEAR LAKE LODGING REVIEWS:

Steve G.
from Shay Meadows, California

Sept. 16, 2006

Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5  
Golden Bear Cottages resort is the only mountain retreat we have ever liked well enough to return to, and we do return a couple of times every year. The owners always treat us and our pets special. The grounds are always being improved, and the historic cabins are tastefully furnished. The pet friendly cabins even have fenced yards. The houskeeping staff (our favorites are Lynn and Alison) is so friendly and they keep the cabins very clean and tidy. Golden Bear Cottages is the very best place to stay in Big Bear Lake. You will not be disappointed with the superb service and family atmosphere.

Laurie Lynn from Lynwood, CA Feb. 2, 2006

Overall Rating: 4.9 out of 5  
I returned last week to Golden bear Cottages for the first time since I was a child. I had so many wonderful memories of going to the cabins with my family. This time I went with my husband and baby. It was just a wonderful as I had remembered. The cabin was clean and so beautifully decorated. The staff was helpful and friendly too. Now we can start a new tradition with my own family at Golden Bear. Thank you

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  Big Bear Lake y Golden Bear Cottages es el unico centro turi­stico de alta montana en el Sur de California que esta de temporada durante todo el ano. Big Bear Lake esta ubicado en el San Bernardino National Forest, conocido por ser el mayor bosque urbano en el pai­s. Con una altitud de 7000 pies y gozando de mas de 300 di­as soleados al ano, el esplendido clima, la belleza escenica y la amplia gama de actividades recreativas hacen de Big Bear el lugar ideal para disfrutar de unas perfectas mini vacaciones familiares, actividades al aire libre y salidas romanticas con su pareja. 
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Traveler Reviews of the big 5 acre Golden Bear Cottages Resort Big Bear Lake

'We love This Place'

Rating: 5 out of 5.
 
My husband and I have spent our 1st, 5th and eight anniversary at The Golden Bear Cottages. The HoneyPot Cabin is our Favorite! The owners are so nice and helpful.
 

'We will definitely be back!'

Rating: 5 out of 5.
 
I have to admit, at first we were a little disappointed. We had rented an economy cottage not knowing it was close to the road and the street noise kept us from getting a good night's sleep. We told Don what the problem was and he was so understanding... Read the rest
 

'Week in a rustic mountain haven'

Rating: 5 out of 5.
 
Big Bear vacation for our family was the perfect getaway and Golden Bear Cottages was the perfect place. A quiet rustic cabin is what we wanted. The staff suggested one when we called to reserve... Read the rest

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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Safe and clean cabins- A Travelocity Member- May 19, 2008
Took our family with 3 kids to Golden Bear Cottages. They had a safe place to play and a great pool/spa. We watched family movies at the pool on Saturday night. Quiet and restful. Very good staff. ...
17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.
 

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0
 fabulous getaway -A TripAdvisor Member  - May 3, 2008
we stayed at the gbc (Golden Bear Cottages)for our family reunion which we do every 5 years. This is the first time that the family group members have met in southern california and we absolutly fell in love with the people and the clean cabin atmosphere ...
18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 We spent our family vacation at Golden... -haroldswife  - Apr 30, 2008
Bear Cottages. It is the perfect mountain getaway from all the hussle and bussle of LA. We chose Golden Bear Cottages because of the following: family friendly, real historic cabins, cleanliness, ...
11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
 
 
 
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ALTA LOMA,CA Jul 7, 2008
 
We returned for another wonderful time over 4th of July weekend to Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear, CA. The cabin was clean and decorated in quaint, country style charm. It had a fireplace, a fully stocked kitchen, and a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.

We found plenty to do, including the teenagers. We relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the playground with volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, and tether ball. We watched movies on the VCR in our room at night, as well as by the pool on Saturday night. The office has a nice gift shop, and a large library of movies for rent, and games for the kids. We also enjoyed the local news in the room, which highlighted local attractions and special events in the area. We watched the fireworks show over the lake, and visited the local zoo for the first time. Both were impressive!

The service was excellent, including management, maintenance, and housekeeping. Our room was stocked daily with whatever was needed, and maintenance saved the day by supplying us with an extension cord to make our traditional homemade ice cream on 4th of July. Hats off to Golden Bear Cottages for providing such a charming, relaxing escape in the gorgeous mountain atmosphere. We'll be back!


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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 we absolutly loved this place-
A TripAdvisor Member  - Apr 14, 2008
My family and I stayed at Golden Bear for a ski trip in March. We were greeted with such warmth and kindness. The front office staff was super nice and extremely helpful. ...

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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Great place to get away -A TripAdvisor Member  - Apr 4, 2008
Hello, If your looking to get away for the weekend and enjoy the fresh crisp air of Big Bear than you should stay at Golden Bear Cottages. They have all sizes of cottages/cabins to ...
12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
 
Hotel: GOLDEN BEAR COTTAGES RESORT -Hotelguide.com  - Mar 25, 2008
Golden Bear Cottages Resort is the only true historic property in Big Bear Lake to qualify as Diamond rated AAA rated resoirt. Only one block from the lake. Christian family resort...
22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.
 
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Great Group Getaway-Adam L.  - Feb 23, 2008
I have been taking groups of 15-20 people from our church up to Big Bear for the past 3 years and we have stayed at Golden Bear Cottages Resort every year. Their cabins are great and there are so clean and comfortable...
35 out of 37 people found this review helpful.
 

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  NOVEMBER 12, 2006...
Northwoods was truly one of the most pleasant and cleanest resorts we have had the pleasure to stay in. Everyone was very friendly & accommodating. We had personal contact with a few of your staff (Bruce, Frannie, Diane, Raumey and Sam) which were very professional and made our stay very enjoyable. We look forward to revisiting again!
Louise & Mike Moore-Glendora, CA


 
Diane S
. from Carlsbad, California--Dec. 25, 2006


  We've stayed Northwoods Resort several times and the refrigerators are a terrific addition.You always need a water, soda or wine cold during your visit. Always enjoy the mountain decor.

 
Amy B.
from San Diego, California--Jan. 8, 2007


  Northwoods Resort is a Jewel in the Woods.Thank you for a great stay.

 
Richard S.
from Laguna Niguel, California--Jan. 4, 2007


  Bellman on 1/4/2007 was very helpful along with housekeeping.Room was decorated nicely.Liked the coffeemaker.Very friendly staff at Northwoods Resort.

 
John S.
from Redondo Beach, California--Jan. 15, 2007


  Expansion of Wireless Internet Service in all the guest rooms is a huge convenience! Thank you.

 
Mike L.
from Newbury Park, California--Nov. 25, 2007


  All A's and particularly the Front Office is the Best at Northwoods Resort!

 

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  Big Bear Lake: Northwoods Resort: "A great family hotel"

  Dec 31, 2006 tlc2 , thousand oaks Ca

  After much research we decided to stay at the Northwoods resort for our after christmas ski trip with our blended family, 4 adults, 2 teens and one 4 year old. We had a large suite with an attached bedroom and additional room. The accomidations were great and the location perfect, starbucks only a 4 minute walk. We hardly got in our cars at all. The staff was very nice. I would return to the hotel anytime.

 
Expedia Positive Review Northwoods Resort:


  A travelerfrom Phoenix, AZ recommends this hotelPosted: 27-Jan-07

Excellent Service

We traveled to Big Bear for a weekend of skiing and enjoyed our stay at Northwoods Resort. Great location for skiing; only a couple of miles from Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts. The room was clean and comfortable; and the fireplace was an added bonus after a long day of skiing. The staff was very professional and helpful. We would definitely stay here again!

 
 

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" Had a nice stay at the Northwoods "- A TripAdvisor Member
"While exploring Big Bear, we stopped in to ask what the rate would be for the night. He gave us a great... "
tripadvisor.com - 06-13-2004 - positive - traveler comment

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Great location, fair rates and... "- A Travelocity user
"Northwoods Resort: Great location, fair rates and kid friendly! Had a blast...plan to return again! ..."
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Beautiful Lodge "- A TripAdvisor Member
"Every room has a rustic design that will captivate you. The suites are fantastic at Northwoods Resort Hotel! The room service is... "
tripadvisor.com - 11-12-2003 - positive - traveler comment

Traveler rating Northwoods Resort: 5.0 of 5 stars
 
Big Bear Lake: Northwoods Resort: ""Wonderful Stay"
bearfunGardena_CA , Gardena, CA Aug 1, 2007
 

My experience with this property took place in:
 
July, 2007
 
Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend? absolutely!
 
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5.0 of 5 stars Service
 
I recommend this hotel
We stayed at the Northwoods Resort from July 25 to July 29, 2007. We were there for our family reunion. The majority of the family did not arrive until 7/27 but in the mean time we REALLY enjoyed the hotel! The hotel staff was so wonderful!. Once the rest of the family did arrive, everyone (all 118 family members) had nothing but great things to say about this place. Even with all of the family we had staying there, at night it was very quiet. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay in a beautiful place in the mountains! The Stillwells restaurant is very good too!



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Big Bear Lake's leading cottage rental company with resort, lake, group services, heated pool, barbeque area and more. Enjoy and preserve the beauty of California's pine forest while staying in a private cabin or cottage. A cabin size for any group from 2 to 23. The entire five acre resort property accommodates up to 204 people.

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  1. Wedding in Big Bear Lake. My 'Happily Ever After' began at Golden Bear Cottages Resort. What a wonderful wedding we experienced (tabby, 06/2/2008)
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  2. My fine experience took place while on retreat at the end of November, 2006. Would I recommend this hotel to my best friends (drmarc, 04/5/2008)
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  3. We booked the some of the large cabins at the Golden Bear Cottages for a group of students and faculty from our Christian school. We had a very good experience! (sci, 04/4/2007)
  4. This is the best place to stay with family and friends! Golden Bear Cottages resort is the only mountain retreat we have ever liked well enough to return to, and we do return a couple of times a year (pbs, 09/16/2006)
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  5. What a blessing it was to find this place in Big Bear Lake! With our hectic schedule in the city, we needed a place to relax and spend quality time together. Golden Bear is the place! It is close to home (only about an hour), but it is like a different world. The people at the resort are so friendly. They even ask if they can do special things for you. They treated our 3 children like they were their own, and treated us like family. That's refreshing! We plan to go back in the winter too, so our kids can enjoy the snow. (ksddad1, 2005-10-14)
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  6. If you want to take your family or friends to a great resort, go to Golden Bear Cottages. Everyone is friendly! We stayed a week and didn't want to go home. Can't wait to go back! (ldurangbc, 2005-08-07)
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  7. We recently had a family reunion at Golden Bear Cottages. We have a home in Big Bear, but wanted a nice place to stay for all of our family. We picked the perfect spot. Golden Bear is clean, friendly and has everything. We loved the family movie nights at the pool. And I had the best massage in the salon. Thankyou to the owners Don, Karen, Michael and Lisa (llenuranst, 2005-07-24)
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  8. We have been going to Big Bear since I was a little kid. My family always stayed at Golden Bear Cottages. Now that we have our own family we stay there too. Over the years, this property has turned into a full resort. The DiCarlo's and Duran's, who own Golden Bear Cottages just keeping adding great things to do at the resort. Along with all the outdoor activities, they now have "Family Movie Nights" at the pool and spa. You can also book a massage in the salon at unbelievably low prices. We tell our friends that we vacation at Golden Bear Cottages, and many of their families do too. Thankyou, Golden Bear Cottages (ahalloway10, 2005-07-11)
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  9. We were reccommended to Golden Bear cottages resort by a friend. They told us it was the best place to go and relax in the mountains. They were right! The owners are great, and this mountain resort is perfect. Our family will be back very soon. (ksddad, 2005-07-05)
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" Very flexible, courteous, friendly ownership" - A TripAdvisor Member review
"My friends and I are serving in the US Navy stationed in San Diego, California and we travel to Big Bear, Golden Bear Cottages will be a great getaway for family vacations, group travel, ecotourism and even honeymoons... "
tripadvisor.com - 05-15-2005 - positive - traveler comment

" Great Get Away From The Las Vegas Heat"
 - A TripAdvisor Member
"My wife and I come to Big Bear Lake each year in June for a Corvette Ralley. We have been staying at... "
tripadvisor.com - 06-26-2005 - positive - traveler comment

" Loved Our cozy cabin at Golden Bear"
 - A TripAdvisor Member
"We stayed at golden bear cottages in march 2005 with 60 other of our family members. We do live here... "
tripadvisor.com - 04-28-2005 - positive - traveler comment

" A Clean, Friendly Christian Resort"
 - Eileen M, an Open List user review
"We love to go to Big Bear, just to see how beautiful the mountains are. Now, we have found a special place to stay. The people at Golden Bear Cottages are the kind of friendly folks you hope to find at a lodging establishment. They..."
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" A Place to Return to for Families"
 - A TripAdvisor Member
"If you want a place where you can take your kids and grandchildren: this is the place to go, and they give AAA member discounts. The cleanest... "
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" Clean cabins, friendly service"
 - Nunzio, an Open List user
"I didnt know what to expect when I rented a cabin in Big Bear. But, I was very happily surprised. Golden Bear Cottages, a AAA approved resort, have a professional office staff and the cabin was clean and well appointed. The housekeeping staff went out of their way to..."
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" Our Favorite Mountain Resort"
 - A SkiTown Member review
"If you want a place to relax and unwind, this is it! We have been going to Golden Bear Cottages for the... "
skitown.com - 04-29-2005 - positive - traveler comment

" Christian family resort"
 - Frank, an Open List user
"We had a wonderful stay at Golden Bear Cottages resort. We found the beds to be new and comfortable. Our group was large, so we had lots of requests. But, the office and staff were able to satisfy all of our needs. The kitchens had..."
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" Great Mountain Get Away"
 - A TripAdvisor Member
"Golden Bear Cottages at Big Bear Lake has become our home away from home for the past few years. Not... "
tripadvisor.com - 04-29-2005 - positive - traveler comment

" Loved the Golden Bear"
 - A SkiTown Member
"We have just returned from a weekend at the Golden Bear. The cabins are magnificent and we have never... "
skitown.com - 04-28-2005 - positive - traveler comment

" Extra Helpful"
 - Lisa Lu, an Open List user
"When we got to Golden Bear Cottages yesterday, we thought we had made a reservation, but we not. They still found a nice cottage for us and our family. They even went out of their way to find a realtor for us so we could..."
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Traveler review rating: 5.0 of 5 stars
 
Big Bear Lake: Golden Bear Cottages Resort: "Great Weekend Getaway in a pet friendly cabin"
Travelfan88 ,Chino Hills, CA Jul 23, 2007
 

My experience with this property took place in:
 
July, 2007
 
Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend? absolutely!
 
My ratings for this hotel are:
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5.0 of 5 stars Rooms
 
5.0 of 5 stars Location
 
5.0 of 5 stars Cleanliness
 
5.0 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
 
5.0 of 5 stars Service
 
I recommend this hotel
We just returned from a great little getaway weekend at the Golden Bear Cottages. This was our third time staying at this great mountain family resort. The rooms are all furnished and decorated to give the guest a nice, warm, cozy feeling. The staff was very friendly and allowed us to check in before the posted check in time. We have stayed previously in the Winter, but the Summer weather allowed us to take advantage of the redwood patio table and umbrella that was just outside of our cabin. The cabins are in a convenient location: close to town, restaurants, and recreational activities. Each cabin has a barbeque with briquettes available from the management. The pet friendly cabins have fenced yards for your pet. Activities available on the property consisted of horseshoes, basketball, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and a jacuzzi. The rooms are equiped with a VCR. If you did not bring any tapes with you, there is a large library of movies available for rent in the office. I would highly recommend this resort, and have done so.

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by cabosperlita
09/21/2007
 
We stayed with a large group that booked the entire resort property(28 cabins). We came mostly from Arizona. The resort cabins at Golden Bear Cottages were beautiful. Rustic cabins in the cool mountains at 7000 feet elevation. The cabins and grounds were very clean and well kept. The maids and landscaping staff were always trying to do something special. The office staff went out of their way to be friendly and accommodate all of our needs. This was a welcome surprise, as our group has some pretty picky people. But lhey all left happy... wanting to know how to sign up for next year's event at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear. THANK YOU to Don, Karen, Lisa, Len and all the staff. See you again next year, and God bless you too!!!



Big Bear Lake's best resort and spa
By ahalloway10 from San Bernardino, CA
07/11/05
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A wonderful mountain get away. We really enjoyed the 'family movie nights' on the big screen TV at the pool. My family travels to Golden Bear Cottages once or twice a year and we love it! The Owners are always improving the resort....I was amazed to see that they are now offering massages in their own private salon! Incredible! Golden Bear is definitely the best overall vacation spot I've ever stayed at! We can't wait to go back!




 
33 of 34 Yahoo! Users found the following reviews helpful:

Clean and Cozy cabins

By A Yahoo! User from San Diego, CA
11/19/05
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November 2005
 
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We really enjoyed our 3 day mini vacation at Golden Bear Cottages. The beds were new, the cabins were clean and the amenities were fabulous. We had a kitchen stocked with everything. The beautiful rock fireplace was perfect and the decorating was just what we had hoped for in a rustic mountain cabin. We even had hand-made flower arrangements and a wreath for the holiday. This is the kind of resort you want to return to with your family time and time again. Thank you!



 
11 of 11 Yahoo! Users found the following reviews helpful:

Best mountain cabins in Big Bear lake

By A Yahoo! User from Redlands, CA
06/29/05
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June 2005
 
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A historic mountain resort that's clean! Six acres of beautifully decorated cabins in a relaxing forest setting. Each cabin has it's own space, private parking and patio areas. We enjoy the private BBQ and especially the 'Family Movie nights" on that big sreen TV at the pool. We have been going to this fine resort for six years, and we will be back again. Thankyou Golden Bear Cottages!



 
24 of 25 Yahoo! Users found the following reviews helpful:

Outstanding resort cabins

By A Yahoo! User from Orange, CA
11/02/06
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September 2006
 
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Laurence Hamlin - Orange, CA 09-17-2006

Just spent four nights! Outstanding! Great cabin, the grounds were beautiful, clean air, starlight nights, what more could you ask for! Bottom line: we will return




 
11 of 12 Yahoo! User found the following reviews helpful:

LONG WEEKEND TO JUST RELAX

By karenanddon10
04/02/07
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April 2007
 
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Families, Singles, Students, Business groups, Beds, Pool, Spa, Internet Connection, Romance
 
If you live a hectic life like we do, you are desperate for a place to get away. The only problem is that it has to be close enough not to wear you out trying to get there. Well, Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake solves our need. We have returned many times over the past 10 years, and each time the owners have made it a little nicer. It always has that historic cabin look, but this resort is clean and the same people are always there to greet you. The owners always remember our names and make us feel ready to relax. We just got back yesterday, and I am ready to go back already. I can hardly wait for our weeklong summer vacation there. Thank you to all.

 

22 of 23 Yahoo! Users found the following reviews helpful:

great place to get away from the kids

By A Yahoo! User from fontana ca.
09/21/05
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September 2004
 
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We spend every anniversary here at Northwood's Resort Hotel, this is our 20th,the restaurant is superb and at a great price,and walking distance to down town,lots to do on foot.




 
4 of 4 Yahoo! User found the following review helpful:

Great rustic Resort

By An Orbitz reviewer
06/28/06
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The Northwoods Resort in Big Bear Lake was a great place to stay. The room was very large and had a nice seating area. This area opened onto a patio which had a table where you could sit outside. It was close to the pool and had a beautiful pond nearby. The room was very clean. There also was a great lobby to the resort with a comfortable area to sit by the fireplace. I loved being so close to the town that we could walk to all the shops.



 
 
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Great amenities for the price

By chaaz0 from shelby townshipl, MI
03/04/06
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February 2006
 
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We loved our two night stay in room 449 (a suite).

The Northwoods Resort hotel has a true rustic feel without comprimising in cleanliness, service or comfort. We had a fireplace in our room, jaccuzi tub, kitchenette, King bed, beautiful views - all for about $250 a night. Compared to most of the other hotel offerings around Big Bear, this is a cut above.




 
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I like the place: Northwoods Resort

By mackirby from North Orange County
03/01/06
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February 2005
 
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Convenient, easy to walk, fun. I just like the place what can I say. Want to go back to Big Bear Lake and the Northwoods Resort hotel soon, but soooo many places to go. We stayed on the top floor. Fun, quaint.


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and more. Enjoy and preserve the beauty of California's pine forest while staying in a private cabin or cottage at Golden Bear Cottages world famous historic family resort. A cabin size for any group from 2 to 23. This historic five acre resort property is AAA approved
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Cleanliness 4.9
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Suzanne Cleveland from San Diego, CA , 2008

Overall Rating: 5.0   
"We just returned from our 4 day stay at Golden Bear Cottages. We had a great time. The staff is extremely accommodating and very friendly. The cabin we stayed in was the perfect size and had almost everything you could think of stocked in the kitchen....from pots, pans, spatulas, baking pans, coffee pot, flatware, dishware, I can go on and on! We would definitely stay at Golden Bear Cottages in the future. Thanks! Suzanne Cleveland San Diego, CA"

Alice Harrison from Davis, California  

Overall Rating: 5.0   
I contacted Golden Bear Cottages in behalf of my husband and his strike team who were fighting the Butler 2 fire. His team, consisting of 22 firefighters with 5 engines was in need of a good nights sleep after sleeping in parking lots for three nights. The folks ar Golden Bear Cottages could not have been more helpful. They set aside enough cottages to meet the firefighter's needs and in addition offered them rates that were affordable. Great service! Thanks.

Herbert Russell from LA, California 07

Overall Rating: 4.6   
Friends meet at Golden Bear Cottages every year. This year we had 11 cabins. We BBQ and party while catching up on the past year in each of our lives. This resort has the right size cabin for each size family. Every year the group grows because the members have such a good time. The cottages are always clean and the staff sees to our every need. THANKS AGAIN!!!

Eileen Wright from Highland, California  

Overall Rating: 5.0   
My family stayed at the Golden Bear Cottages this past weekend in one of their beautiful jacuzzi cottages. We absolutely had the best time we have ever had on a weekend get-away! The entire staff was courteous and very caring. The cottage was very tastefully decorated, clean, and so very comfortable. We were so warm and cozy after our snow play on Golden Bear's property as we sat by the roaring fire. An added benefit was the fantastic 3 person jacuzzi in the cottage. What a way to relax! Each of my children got a Golden Bear souvenir in the gift shop. We have already booked for next month, hoping to get in as many times as possible during the snow season at Golden Bear.

Ruth Henry from San Bernardino, California 007

Overall Rating: 5.0   
The most wonderful place we have ever visited! The service was superb and the cottages were absolutely perfect. Each and every cottage is a blend of comfort and mountain decor. My family and some of our friends stayed in several of the cottages, including the ultra-luxurious Golden Bear Manor and the beautiful Bearberry Manor during the Christmas holidays. We were treated like Kings and Queens by the front office staff and the very courteous maintenance and housekeeping staffs. All of our requests were taken care of promptly and with a smile. Golden Bear offers every imaginable amenity for families and groups. We are already planning a reunion for our family next summer at Golden Bear, and plan to make it a yearly event. We even booked our 2007 Christmas reservations before we left!

Steve G. from Shay Meadows, California 2006

Overall Rating: 5.0   
Golden Bear Cottages resort is the only mountain retreat we have ever liked well enough to return to, and we do return a couple of times every year. The owners always treat us special. The grounds are always being improved, and the historic cabins are tastefully furnished. The houskeeping staff (our favorites are Lynn and Alison) is so friendly and they keep the cabins very clean and tidy. You will not be disappointed with the superb service and family atmosphere.

Laurie Lynn from Lynwood, CA 06

Overall Rating: 5.0   
I returned last week to Golden bear Cottages for the first time since I was a child. I had so many wonderful memories of going to the cabins with my family. This time I went with my husband and baby. It was just a wonderful as I had remembered. The cabin was clean and so beautifully decorated. The staff was helpful and friendly too. Now we can start a new tradition with my own family at Golden Bear. Thank you

K S from Yucca Valley, CA 005

Overall Rating: 5.0   
We just came back from a fabulous retreat to the San Bernardino National Forest and to Golden Bear Cottages. Our whole family really needed some R & R and we got it at Golden Bear. The staff was so helpful. My husband is in the military here, and the owners of Golden Bear treated him with the kind of respect he really appreciated. Many of our friends now know about this special place we love.


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