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Pet Friendly Vacations In California

Posted: 09/03/17 | By Daniel

After all pets, especially dogs, need vacations too; and Big Bear Lake, California offers many pet friendly vacation options!

Big Bear has pet-friendly vacations during all four seasons for you and your four-legged friends.

Dogs need vacations too and Big Bear Lake offers a variety of pet friendly lodging and dining options!

In The Village of Big Bear there are pet-friendly dining patios, some with their own doggie menus. Nottinghams, Amangelas Sandwich & Bagel House, Peppercorn Grille, Oakside Restaurant, Royal Thai Café, Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, The Black Kat, and Evergreen Restaurant all offer pet-friendly patios, weather permitting.

What makes a canine companion happier than a long walk in the woods? All trails in Big Bear Valley allow dogs to come along for a trek into the forest. Be sure to hold onto the leash though, because most dogs are known to give chase when they see the grey squirrels and chipmunks scampering along the trails. Town Trail, Woodland Interpretive Trail and the Alpine Pedal Path are three dog-walking favorites.

Fairly level and all with beautiful views. If your pooch likes a little more of a challenge, check out Pine Knot Trail or Castle Rock Trail. Both are gorgeous pet-friendly trails with pines, oaks, seasonal creeks and views of the lake.

The marinas in Big Bear allow dogs to ride along on pontoon boat and fishing boat rentals, and there are open beaches along the shoreline where you can throw a tennis ball or Frisbee into the lake and watch your buddy splash into the water as they chase after it.



Bark Park is a special section of Meadow Park built specifically for your four-legged friends to socialize with other fur babies. Pack a picnic, enjoy the park and let your dog run free with no lead. One section is for small dogs and another is for larger dogs with a variety of play activities in a protected area where they can run free and make new friends.

Big Bear Lake welcomes pets of all shapes and sizes! If you are planning a mountain lake escape, there is no need to leave your four-legged family members behind.

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