Guys Getaway Weekend In Big Bear
Posted: 10/08/13 | By Matt McCabe
Looking to plan a guys getaway weekend? Whether you're planning your best friend's bachelor party or just a fun weekend trip, Big Bear is the place to be!
I’ve been through the gamut of experiences here in my beloved mountain home, so I feel I'm one of the best people to help figure out how to accomplish these goals.
Our mountain community is ideally situated for such an activity, given our proximity to numerous camp sites and excellent fishing; Big Bear is a great location to practice the age old tradition of male bonding in the wilderness.
I personally think a great way to start a guys getaway weekend is with the peace and quiet that comes with fishing. When I was a kid, my dad would take me and my little brother fishing. Nobody bothered us and it proved to be an excellent way to form those bonds that can be more challenging to forge in the hustle and bustle of city life. As for the perfect fishing spot? Opinions vary; though I find that I've always had good luck in Metcalf Bay.
Is the slow pace of fishing not up your alley? I'd suggest hitting any of our hiking and biking trails for a more rigorous day, where you can set the pace. I've spent a lot of time on both the John Bull Loop and the Grout Bay Bike Trail. While John Bull is great for more advanced riders, I like Grout Bay because it is full of climbs that let you get a great work out. Having spent a great portion of my life riding these trails, I also suggest the Grand View Loop trail; its great for novices and more advanced riders alike.
If you get out early enough you can tackle both the lake's serene waters and the ups and downs of our numerous bike trails. From there, you should head over to Bear Mountain Golf Course to keep the fun going at a more leisurely pace. I'm a novice at the game, which makes me appreciate our local 9-hole course, it lets me keep up with more advanced players such as my brother-in-law. The calm and serene environment is an awesome way to keep things nice and easy after a morning of fishing.
Though, if you aren't in the mood for nice and easy, you could always get out into the wild for a few hours with a Zipline tour with Action Tours. Typically 3-3 ½ hours, these tours are a good mix of ziplining and sightseeing. The tour also includes a an off-road ride in their Pinzgauer vehicles. This is just one of many ways to enjoy the national forest!
Of course, I do realize that sometimes you want to get out of town with that special person that means the world to you. If they don't like golf or fishing, then I suggest getting up here to enjoy our fall colors from the Scenic Sky Chair at Snow Summit. The view from the top is one of a kind and anyone would be hard pressed to find a better way to quietly enjoy some time together. I think a great way to follow this up is to head down the street a ways to Barrel 33 for a couple of glasses of rich and smooth wines before grabbing a bite to eat.
Now, if anyone reading this has read my recent blog on Oktoberfest, then you already know how much I love this annual celebration of German heritage! The food, the music, the beer... It all makes a great way to end a day hanging out with the guys. There is more to Oktoberfest than just telling jokes with your friends over a tall stein of beer. Why not take a shot at beating your comrades at sawing logs or chugging non-alcoholic beer? These contests are one of the things that our local Oktoberfest is known for; so why not have a crack at it?!
I’ve found all of these options as great ways to spend time with my friends and family alike. What's even better is that you can combine any of these activities together to create all kinds of different days, nights or an entire weekend adventure. All it really takes is a little creativity and adventurous spirit. If you try any of it, I'm sure you’ll be pleased in ways you've never considered!
As always though, I want to hear from you, the reader. I want to know how you've had a great time on a guys getaway weekend or with the special person in your life. Until then, I'll be out having another adventure!
Matt McCabe is the Manager of Big Bear Visitor Center and long time resident of Big Bear Lake.