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 (See our recent camping blog for more info on great 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 when one gets caught in the hustle and bustle of city life. This is why fishing is a great way to start the weekend; a person can notice the tranquility of being on the shore with nothing but a buddy and an ice chest of cold drinks almost at once. As for that perfect fishing spot? Well, opinions vary; though I find that I've always had good luck in Metcalf Bay.
The slow pace of fishing not up your alley? Then 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 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 would warn anyone not up for the challenge of John Bull or even the intermediate ride, you can get just as good of a workout on the Grout Bay trail and 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 either, our lake's serene waters or 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 calm 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 out by Onyx Summit. These tours will typically last would 3-3 ½ hours and are going to include a good mix of off-roading in a Pinzgauer vehicle, hiking and zip-lining. The tour also includes a marvelous view of Johnson Valley from a suspension bridge. This is just one of many ways to enjoy the national forest!
Of course, I do realize that sometimes you don't want to get out of town with the guys but 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. The view is one of a kind and a person would be hard pressed to find a better way to quietly enjoy some time with their significant other. I've taken the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair several times, and I think this is a great way to follow it up is to head down the street a ways to the Wolf Creek Wine Room for a couple of glasses of rich and smooth spirits 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?!
Wolf Creek's Wine Room is a great way to simply sit and enjoy each other's company. They usually have great live music and even offer an excellent menu of dinners to choose from. If you're looking for a second dining option in case they don't have room at Wolf Creek, then head to The Village and try the outstanding food of Peppercorn Grille. I do recommend calling ahead and securing reservations, it is worth it! Peppercorn Grille has a diverse menu of Italian food, high end Americana and surf & turf entrees. Their patio seating is still quite comfortable if you want to dine alfresco, even during the cooler fall nights.
From here, I usually like to walk off one of their awesome steak dinners during a quiet evening in The Village. But if you want to keep things really atmospheric, just leave the village and go directly to the Alpine Pedal Path. It's a level, paved trail that runs along the lake which makes for spectacular sunset walks on the waterfront.
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.