Reviewed by: Karen Sue on March 12, 2005 from Creative Arts Club
The Big Bear Lake retreat was for quilting, scrapping, knitting and crafting? I can say the ladies in our group enjoyed the addition of crafting this year. The concensus was: you can sign me up for next year's event... Please contact me for details at 909-887-4422. They do church retreats too. The Golden Bear Cottages group retreat sounds wonderful doesn't it? It truely was all we had hoped for in a mountain retreat.
Review From: Eileen M., Jan 17, 2006
We just came back from a 4 day group retreat at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake, it was excellent! The entire staff from the front office to the housekeepers took care of our every need. Our group was a women's church retreat and we had lots of special needs and requests. But, they were always handled with cooperation and friendliness. The cabins have full amenities, fresh towels, linens and daily maid service included. The ladies had a wonderful time, and voted to return next year. So, we made the reservation before we left. Thanks to everyone. Please click here to see their Christian Message and Group Lodging Retreats
Review from a very happy retreat organizer, Sept. 21, 2008
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Santa's helpers busy now
by Michel Nolan, LA Newsgroup San Bernardino Sun newspaper, Article Launched: 04/25/2008 09:17:58 PM PDTImagine a child with no Christmas presents. Picture that child's face when he or she realizes that Santa Claus did not come.
For Karen DiCarlo, that thought is "the nightmare before Christmas." Good thing Karen, president and head elf at Santa Claus Inc. in San Bernardino, is surrounded by hundreds of dedicated volunteer helpers. "Our wonderful volunteers do their best to make sure that no child in our community feels left out at Christmas," says Karen, herself a lifetime volunteer who's been helping others since her Girl Scout days. "Santa Claus definitely has some of the most dedicated and talented volunteers anywhere. There is absolutely no way to even estimate how many thousands of hours are dedicated to San Bernardino's grand old charity every year," she email@example.com
Ellie Moran, 87 years young, has been working for Santa Claus Inc. since 1976. She has made and donated an estimated 600-700 handmade receiving blankets, 20-30 handmade quilts, innumerable handcrafted stuffed animals and toys, children's pillows and baby rattles. During one month this year, she donated 150 receiving blankets. "I've always worked hard - all my life," Ellie says. "Donating my time is selfish of me. At age 87, you need something to do besides sitting in a chair and watching TV." A former teacher at Lighthouse for the Blind, Ellie taught macram and basket weaving. "I'm very crafty," she says. "It's a gift God gave me. I want to share it. No one's quite sure how long Laura Parsons has been making exquisite dolls' clothes for Santa Claus Inc. - not even Laura. The consensus is it's been "a very long time." She donates hundreds of outfits for purchased dolls every year - playsuits, dresses, nightgowns, all beautifully finished with touches of lace and tiny buttons. Regina Henry has been knitting cardigan sweaters for Santa Claus Inc. for more than a decade. She knits more than 100 every year that incorporate scraps of yarn into wonderful designs. "I thought Susie Seavers (knitting chairman) wanted cardigans, and it makes her happy, so that's why I've kept knitting," Regina says. Norma Savell, who has sewn for the children's clothing department for many years, makes T-shirts, skirts, shorts and pants, using bolt after bolt of double-knit material. She also stops by the warehouse frequently to make repairs on articles of kids' clothing. The list goes on and on. This large host of Santa's Helpers sews, knits, crochets, quilts and mends throughout the year for the one week each December when an ordinary San Bernardino warehouse serves as the North Pole. It is here that the magic happens. The handmade gifts, along with donated books and toys and contributions from the community, jam the warehouse so that invited parents and grandparents can go "Christmas shopping" to make the holidays a little brighter for their children.
Christmas is 242 days away, but already the Helpers are helping. Some, now in their 80s, may take a little longer to thread a needle. "A lot of our volunteers are 70-somethings," Karen says. "Age doesn't seem to slow them down at all. If you're a positive person - like our volunteers - age doesn't matter."
Karen is hoping some enthusiastic younger people will join the old masters because "down the road, we'll need younger people to step in," she says, adding that "knitting and quilting are becoming a younger thing to do."
Enter the Knitting and Quilting Retreat. "The Knitting and Quilting Retreat will be held April at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake," says Karen, who owns the resort with her husband, Don and her children Lisa and Lenny. Complimentary accommodations for retreat guests will be provided by the DiCarlos at Golden Bear Cottages. "We will train people, but they have to RSVP to the Golden Bear Cottages lodge at (909) 866-2010," Karen says. A Welcome Luncheon is set for 1 p.m. Accommodations will be provided for individuals and couples, and baby-sitting will be provided for a nominal fee. "The only costs involved will be for lunch on the first two days. All cabins have kitchens, so attendees can either cook or go out to eat for the other meals," Karen says. "We would like to make this an annual event. This is a wonderful, restful place." Yarn, knitting and crochet needles and quilting materials will be provided by Santa Claus Inc. Van transportation to and from the retreat will be provided from the Santa Claus Inc. warehouse at 824 E. Sixth St., San Bernardino. Says Karen, "This is about the human spirit. The Santa Claus organization literally raises many of its own life-long volunteers from the time they are very young, which makes it very unique - one of the things that makes it so very special." These are the faces of Christmas - all year long.
2009 Retreat was another BIG SUCCESS
by: Karen Sue
The purpose of this annual Big Bear Lake retreat is to bring together knitters and quilters and also teach new people to learn how to knit and quilt, so that Santa Claus, Inc. will have sufficient knitted sweaters and quilts for babies and children in need. These gifts are given out at the Santa Claus, Inc. warehouse during an annual week-long distribution in December. This year's distribution dates are scheduled for December 9 through 15, 2009. Santa Claus, Inc. has been helping to provide needy families with Christmas gifts since 1952. It has served over 393,000 children since it began operation 55 years ago. It is one of San Bernardino County's oldest and well respected charities. Photos of this great events are available upon request and were taken by the ladies attending the retreat event.
A group of over four dozen women of all ages joined us at Golden Bear Cottages for the second annual 2 day event at Golden Bear Cottages April 19 to 21, 2009. Many knew how to knit or quilt, but all enjoyed the fellowship while we expanded our circle of volunteers and produce new items for this great charity. If you want to brush up your skills or learn to knit from professional knitters, and also learn to quilt, please call and sign up for next year's event. Dates are scheduled for the last weekend in April: 25 to 27, 2010. This charity event is only limited to persons willing to knit or quilt for this wonderful charity.
Our first session this year was held on Sunday afternoon April 19 at 1:30 p.m. for a lunceon and welcome party. The knitting and quilting continued throughout the evening. We had another session on Monday morning, stopped for lunch and then continued throughout the day. The big retreat wrapped-up on Tuesday morning... Golden Bear Cottages features help with Church Retreats & Reunions Big Bear Lake, California.
Our choice for the best place to stay for a retreat. Lodging cost for this exciting event was again generously sponsored by Golden Bear Cottages. Child care was available at a nominal cost. Space is limited for the 2010 retreat, so please contact us soon. Your only cost for this charity event will be to pay a small amount (about $25)for lunch on Sunday and Monday and for some basic supplies, so everyone who wants to come and participate will be able to afford to attend this wonderful charity retreat to benefit Santa Claus, Inc. (which is a registered California 501(c)3 non-profit corporation).
Call Karen at 909-887-4422 for more details of the 2010 retreat event, or email her at... firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also sign up at the Santa Claus, Inc. warehouse at 824 East 6th St. in San Bernardino on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The warehouse phone is 909-885-0090( you may leave a message about the retreat if you call after hours). Or, you also may call Golden Bear Cottages toll free at 1-800-461-1023 and ask for Lisa Duran to be put on the list for the Spring 2010 group event and retreat.
Golden Bear Cottages Christian Family resort specializes in Church and Family Group retreats in Big Bear Lake, California. Retreats at Golden Bear Cottages range in size from one family to a large group of over 200 people.
Mountain Retreat A travel journal by Augustina Duran, June 8, 2008
Great location for group retreat.
A review by Kelly, 02/18/10.
I led a church youth retreat to Big Bear last month for a group of 10, and we stayed at Golden Bear. I was a little nervous because I hadn't checked it out ahead of time in person (had just looked at pictures and read reviews), but there was no reason for my nerves... it was exactly the way I had hoped it would be. We stayed in the five-bedroom cabin, and it was great. Lots of space for us to sleep upstairs, relax in the living room area (couches can be moved around for different configurations for games, movie watching, devotion time, etc.), and eating in the large dining room. One of the best parts is the kitchen - stocked with plenty of plates, cups, mugs, cookie sheets, pans, cheese grater, spoons and spatulas, etc. We brought up our own food in a cooler and loved being able to cook for ourselves all weekend - it was cheaper, and a great bonding experience as we made spaghetti, tacos, brownies, hash browns, etc. together. We did have trouble one night with the sink backing up when we were washing dishes, but we just used the bathroom sink instead, and someone promptly came and fixed it so it was no trouble the rest of the weekend. Golden Bear is conveniently located just a few miles away from the ski resorts (although, we were there on a sold out ski day and it took a long time to get there because of traffic... but that would be the case no matter where you stay!) The cabins are charming, had great snow coverage, and were very cozy... exactly what we were hoping for. The staff was very kind and friendly to us... check-in was quick, and when we checked out, someone gave us directions to get back home a faster way down the mountain. Trying to think of anything else... there was a DVD/VHS player in the living room, which we enjoyed using. We never used the brick fireplace, but the cabin was plenty warm with just the heat on. The high school students in our group really enjoyed the place - I think they're used to a little more run down conditions for past retreats, and I heard several times that we had picked a good place and that they liked it. It's also nice because we were all in the same 'house', and no one else was with us, which isn't always the case at a typical retreat facility - you often have to share with other groups, or are split into two different buildings far apart from each other. All in all, a great Christian run retreat. If we choose to do another Winter Camp next year (which at this point, I think we will!), we would definitely return to Golden Bear Cottages.
El Cajon, CA 02-18-2010
|"OUTSTANDING STAY: My husband and I plus 6 of our good friends just stayed at the Goldern 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. 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 07-03-2010
|Review of our retreat: "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). 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. Our families will be booking their cottages for August 2012!!!!"
Camarillo, CA 08-28-2011
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Perlita Cabos - Mexico City, MX 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 retreat event at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear. THANK YOU to Don, Karen, Lisa, Len and all the staff. See you again next year. God bless !!____________________________________________________________________
Dr Marc - Redlands, CA 06-29-2007
My fine experience took place while on retreat at the end of November, 2006: Would I recommend this accommodation to my best friend? Absolutely! My ratings for these cabin rentals are 5 stars for: Value, Rooms, Location, Cleanliness, Check in / front desk, Service, Business service. I recommend this property for: An amazing honeymoon, A romantic getaway, Girlfriend getaway, Older travelers, Pet owners, Families with young children, Families with teenagers, Tourists. I selected this family friendly accommodation because ... Outdoor / Adventure, Skiing / Winter sports / Mountain setting. My visit was for: Quality time with family. Our family had a great getaway and it won't be the last. We had fun in the snow and we booked a Summer vacation while we were at Golden Bear. Thank you to all the staff.
|Susana Santiago - L A, CA 05-04-2007
My husband, 3 yr old and I went to Big Bear last weekend. We had never stayed there before, so I researched cottages online. I kept coming back to the Golden Bear Cottages because they looked nice and the price was right. However, I was a little wary since two reviews on TripAdvisor were pretty bad. I decided to call them and get a feel for the place. One of the owners, Don DiCarlo answered the phone and convinced me to give them a try. I AM SO HAPPY I DID! The cottage was very clean, comfy and relaxing (no bedbugs…I promise). It also had all of the amenities that make a get away easy (very clean bedding, towels, a fully stocked kitchen with plates, utensils, cookware, etc). The owners are also very helpful with giving tips on where to eat and what to do in Big Bear. In addition, they also have other amenities including an extensive video library in the office, and allow you to check out the movie(s) of your choice , a pool, hot tub, basketball court and playground. I recommend this place highly for both families and couples looking for a nice place to stay up in the mountains. On our last day there, upon my request, Don's wife Karen showed me some of the other units for future rentals. All of the units are very nice, clean and inviting. The Golden Bear Cottages are family friendly, but also cater to couples looking for a romantic get away. In fact, my husband and I plan on going there for our next romantic get away and may also book a cabin for Thanksgiving. Our daughter also loved it and talks about it all of the time...while we were there she couldn't get enough of the playground or of the owners…who couldn't have been nicer to her or to us. This TripAdvisor Member: Liked: It was exactly what I was looking for in a cabin in the woods. Please Save this review
|Fawn Elizondo - La Palma, CA 04-04-2007
'Feelin the Love'. Feb 28, 2007. The best place to stay with Family and Friends!!! We have stayed in so many of their cabins over the years and every year it keeps getting better & better...The owners / Staff take pride in every cabin to make sure it suits your individual needs! They are very much attentive to accomodating your needs! Our favorite cabin is number 25 Bearberry Manor ( 5 bedroom). Depending on if you want a small cabin or a big cabin either way each cabin we have stayed in are move in ready!! It's like coming home to all the amenties of home...Just bring your clothing, toiletries and food and everything else is there. Yes...Kitchens supplied with cookware, etc...Family can enjoy watching movies since the cabins are also equipped with either vhs or dvd with tv is in the cabin...Hey did you forget a movie..No worries they have not only movies to rent but games too...A game night with family ' Lot's of fun...Ahhh yes!!! The kids have a great playground to play on. It's your choice...You can stay at Golden Bear Cottages for your vacation and be treated like family, or you can stay somewhere else and be treated like a customer! I prefer the smiles and heart felt treatment we recieve every year we come!!! There is one place for us and that's Golden Bear Cottages where we are Kings and Queens! Oh yes!!! Each cabin is clean and dressed in cute decor with a mountian-like rustic look. It's a warm feeling and we are always pleased with our stay...So come feel the love 'We did'.
The Elizondo Family
|Karen a marine wife - 29 Palms, CA 10-08-2006
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 is so friendly and they keep the cabins very clean and tidy. You will not be disappointed with the superb service and family atmosphere. We really like the clean large family-sized historic cottages. Thank you for the military discount. It's really great that you can find Golden Bear Cottages on the internet on the only spanish language site we could find for hotels in Big Bear at www.BigBearHoteles.com
|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
|Sue Henry - E. Highland, CA 08-28-2006
Review: Our family enjoyed a wonderful family reunion this summer at Golden Bear Cottages in the Southern California mountains. Their staff was extremely helpful throughout the year-long planning process of the reunion. Each individual family was made to feel special by everyone from the owners, to the front office staff, to the maids and maintenance people. We were treated like royalty as a group with every request being taken care of promptly and professionally. The cabins were beautifully clean and so charming! Everyone had such a great time that we are already planning another family reunion for next year at Golden Bear. Our family came from all over the US and this is the only place that we have ever liked so much that we plan to make it an annual Golden Bear Cottages reunion! This TripAdvisor Member: Liked: friendly people and Christian family values and the message we found on their website at//goldenbear.net/news.cfm/mode/details/id/8430
|Shirley Roman and family - Stafford, VA 07-24-2006
I first was a guest at Golden Bear Cottages in July, 2004. I loved the place so with it's very comfortable cabins, beautiful setting amidst the woods, heated pool and hot tub. I always knew I would return there with my family and this year in July 2006 we did! The place was just as warm and friendly as I remembered it, starting with the no hassle check-in with the staff, and continued with the genuine hospitality during our stay. We had a different cottage this time and it was perfect for a family of four. The cottage was clean, well equipped for a comfortable stay. No one else complained about the mattresses, but I personally thought the one on my bed needed to be changed as it was just a little bit flat. Though we didn't use the outdoor grill, I appreciated the fact that one was there, along with the beautiful log patio furniture. My kids enjoyed checking out the board games and movies and everything was well-maintained and in good condition for playing. There's nothing more relaxing than a dip in the heated pool, followed by the hot tub. Golden Bear makes the experience extra fun by providing music and then at night, they play recent movies on the big screen TV above the pool. We didn't want to leave when it was time to go. Even my husband who is a bit hard to impress, really, truly enjoyed himself there and wants to return to Golden Bear again next year for our family vacation. We are the Roman Family from Stafford, Virginia. Sincerely, Shirley Roman
|Douglas Hughes - Las Vegas, NV 07-08-2006
Review of our family vacation in the mountains. Perfect getaway from the summer heat. The amenities at this Christian family resort in the mountains of Southern California were very complete. All of the families from our church had a great time. The family movies at the pool in the evenings were a nice addition from the last time we were there two years ago. But, the service and friendly attitude has never changed. We look forward to returning this winter for another getaway at the Golden Bear.
|Elizabeth See - Sunshine Coast, Australia, 04-21-2006
Imagine a beautiful rustic cottage in the woods...that is what we got, and it was so great. We stayed in Pooh's Corner and it was so adorable. I woke up early the first morning and went out to the kitchen and I felt like I was in grandma's house--so warm and cozy. My husband spied raccoons another night and squirrels were playing out front in the day. It is not all new and modern because it was built over 85 years ago, but that is not what you want in a mountain cabin. The beds were comfortable, the place was warm and so cozy, and we had every thing we needed. The staff were very friendly and helpful and more than accommodating. Very convenient location--although somewhat near the main road, noise wasn't a factor as the bedroom is at the back,(I am especially fussy about noise). The cabins are private, so I did not hear any noise from any other cottages either. We can't wait to travel back again from Australia and we will definitely stay at Golden Bear Cottages again. My ratings for this beautiful family run Christian resort are 5 stars for rooms, service, value and cleanliness. It was so... perfect. Signed, Elizabeth See
|Leanne Barnes - Redlands, CA 01-26-2006
Review of Golden Bear Cottages Christian family resort: We had a wonderful weekend in Koala Bear! My mom, my sisters and myself went up for a weekend away and had a great time! Wonderful people and perfect cozy cabins! It was not our first stay there and will definitely not be our last! Thanks for making us feel so welcome each and every time!
|Bob and Amy Albertson - Oxnard, CA 12-31-2005
My husband is an awesome husband and father...yet an overworked Homicide Detective. We NEEDED some family time together. I scoured the net for a nice place for us. We were warmly welcomed by owners, Mr. & Mrs. DiCarlo. I didn't expect their kind of friendliness, Christian values, and hospitality. Their graciousness and fun (and CLEAN!) resort grounds set the stage to make precious family memories with our two kids and their grandma. This place is geared for families who just want to spend time together! Whether you want to stay in by the cozy fire & have a home-cooked meal, play on the playground, or shoot baskets, this is the best place for a family to stay. It was a haven for our family and we'll surely be back. Mr. and Mrs. DiCarlo, Mr. and Mrs. Duran, Thanks and God bless you.
|The DeJong Family - Ontario, CA 12-05-2005
My family and I have been staying at Golden Bear Cottages for over 20 years. We love it there! We have always had a great cabin no matter which one we stay in. The Christian staff is really friendly and always try to accommodate any special requests. The owners, Mr. DiCarlo, Lisa and Lenny are very nice and treat us like family. They would even let my kids borrow their dog 'Buffy' for the afternoon. The cabins are kept very clean and are stocked with a wide assortment of kitchen items and always plenty of linens and towels. The grounds are kept clean and they have a great play area for kids and adults. Whether there is snow or not, it's a great time and a great value for all that is included.
|Victoria Torres - Anaheim, CA 11-15-2005
Once again we had a fantastic time and very much enjoyed our stay at Golden Bear. Our housekeeper was tops! Thank you everyone, Vicki
|A. McGuire - Pahrump, NV 10-26-2005
The place to find relaxation. We visited the Golden Bear Cottages in the Southern California mountains for the Labor Day holiday weekend. We had the most relaxing, peaceful time we have ever spent at a resort. What a change from Las Vegas or Los Angeles. Our whole family(kids too) were treated to the kind of old fashioned hospitality I didn't know existed anymore. Even the housekeeping staff is friendly! The whole office staff took time to tell us about the things to do around the lake, and there is more than you can imagine! They even created a custom guest services book for each cabin. It tells about the best restaurants, marinas, fishing, sking and lot's of stuff for the kids to do. The Golden Bear Cottages resort also has so much to do right on the property. Our family especially enjoyed the movie nights on the big screen TV at the pool. We will be regulars at this great place, everytime we need to relax.
|Patty Denmark - Apple Valley, CA 10-19-2005
Loved the Cabins! We live just down the hill in Apple Valley and we were delighted to find such a beautiful place to stay in Big Bear that is so close to home. We stayed in cabin #6 'Pooh's Corner'. Since it is one of the pet friendly cabins, we brought our 10 year old poodle, since she has arthritis. We were pleasantly surprised to find a pet yard for her at the back of our cabin. It was immaculate and very cozy. The cabin was decorated just perfectly and mountain-like. When we checked in, the staff was so friendly and professional. We felt they treated us like family, and we ended up staying 2 extra days. The rates were reasonable, so we were able to afford to. We told our military friends and family about Golden Bear. They will stay there too, when going to Big Bear. Thanks again from our very happy military family.
|jorie starr - hemet, CA 10-07-2005
Great cabins. Very clean. Friendly staff. The summer movies by the pool are a nice change, it's a special event for families not to miss. A great Christian resort!
|Jayne and Rich Clodfelter - Fullerton, CA 10-03-2005
Every year we return to Golden Bear Cottages to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We enjoy the rustic, at home, feel of the clean cabins and we always relax and enjoy ourselves. It's a great getaway spot.
|Anthony DiCarlo - East Highlands Ranch, CA 09-07-2005
Thankyou, Golden Bear Cottages for your special attention during recent 85 th birthday celebration. My wife Eileen was so appreciative for the gift basket, and the dinner reservations were superb. We can't wait to come back to see you soon.
|Steve Jones - Sandusky, OH 09-06-2005
Review: The cabins were clean and just as comfortable as the Big Bear Mountain's majestic view. Thanks.
|Thomas Fergus - Las Vegas, NV 08-15-2005
This was our seventh trip to our getaway at Golden Bear Cottages this year. We stayed for a week this time with our whole family. The cabin was spacious, but cozy and well appointed with all the comforts we could ask for. And the owners and staff were accommodating and so friendly as always. We told our boss about Golden Bear Cottages Resort when we got back home. Now, he is bringing his group to our favorite getaway . Stay well, and God bless you all.
|Karen and David Stump - Alpine, CA 07-25-2005
Our summer vacation memories at Golden Bear are all my kids talk about. Our yearly trip to your resort seems to get better with each passing year. We especially enjoyed the family movie nights on the big screen TV at the pool. Thank you for adding that to all of the activities at the Golden Bear. Sincerely, Karen, Dave and family.
|Jewel S. - Long Beach, CA 06-24-2005
This was our first visit to Big Bear Lake. Golden Bear Cottages staff made us feel like we were home. I had no clue where anything was, or how it would be like when I was booking this trip for a group af six and 2 infants. I asked a million questions when I booked our reservation and never once did they give me a hard time. They are so courteous and friendly. When we arrived I found our cabin was exactly what we were told and more! It was fabulous, the whole kirchen was equipped and ready for us to cook. All the rooms were super clean and decorated as if it was your own home. I was so amazed that it didn't look like a hotel or something. The cabin was our private home for the week. The entire property was very well kept. I extremely recommend Golden Bear Cottages resort to anyone. It's great for a quick getaway, or a week's vacation. We had a fabulous time and will return soon.
|Tabetha Chenlee - Riverside, CA 05-04-2005
Wedding in Big Bear Lake. My 'Happily Ever After' began at Golden Bear Cottages Resort last week. What a wonderful wedding we experienced. The big retreat cottage was just perfect for our reception. Your suggestions for wedding planning and catering were great. Thank you also for your help with the minister and salon services. We found Golden Bear Cottages from church retreats we attended in Big Bear Lake, California. It was so great to have salon right on the resort property; so convenient for our wedding. God bless all of you for your help.
|Mitchell and friends U.S. Navy - San Diego, CA 03-15-2005
Very flexible,courteous, friendly ownership! My friends and I are serving in the U.S. Navy stationed in San Diego and we travel to Big bear on weekends in the Winter whenever our schedule allows. Instead of making the 3 hour drive back to San Diego one day, we decided to rent a cabin. Golden Bear just happened to be the first place we stopped, and we have been in love with it since. Once, we were snowed in on the mountain and we couldn't leave, and they gave us a generous military discount on our cottage to ease our burden. Another time we planned to rent cottages for a group of 30 and planning it a month prior wasn't any proplem. Soon after, our military schedule changed and we were unable to meet our reservation date. That wasn't any problem for the Golden Bear group. They understood our predicament, helped us pick a later date, and credited our account for any unused portion. We had made attempts to stay at Golden Bear plenty of other times throughout the season, but soon learned that reservations book up fast. I definately know why, some other places on the mountain were far less accommodating and more expensive too! Thank you, Golden Bear from all of us! Golden Bear Cottages will be a great getaway for family vacations, group travel, ecotourism and even honeymoons.
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