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January 15, 2015 | by Dan McKernan

Big Bear Lake serves the ideal setting for a romantic winter getaway with two premier ski resorts, fine dining, certified massage specialists, comfy accommodations and a variety of specials designed just for couples. Big Bear Lake temperatures might be in the 30s on this special occasion, but it sizzles with red-hot passion!  

“Big Bear has all the amenities to make Valentine’s Day special, whether it’s on the slopes, at a day spa, a candlelit dinner overlooking the lake or a quiet evening together in front of an open fire,” said Big Bear Visitors Bureau Operations Director Rebecca Hrabia. “To top it off, there are quite a few romantic specials available to enhance the experience.”  

Knickerbocker Mansion B & B offers the ideal spot for a Valentine’s Day retreat in a quiet mountain setting right on the cusp of the National Forest.  Couples who book an overnight stay during Valentine’s Day Weekend at a Knickerbocker Mansion B & B suite receive a complimentary bottle of champagne.  

Altitudes Massage offers couples an opportunity to spoil themselves on Valentine’s Day with a comforting massage experience with “His and Hers Couples Getaway Massage.” The special that is valid on Valentine’s Day only includes two 90-minute same-room couples massage, soothing head and foot reflexology, customized aromatherapy and hot stones. In addition to a relaxing, sensuous massage, couples will receive sparkling champagne, chocolate and a long-stem red rose. The cost for “His and Hers Couples Getaway Massage” is $350.  

Couples who opt to go skiing or snowboarding for the Valentine’s Day holiday might consider Goldsmith’s Boardshop for “Couples Rentals.”  Rent one rental set, and get the second rental set free of equal or lesser value.  Also, 20 percent off jacket and pant rentals.  “Couples Rentals” are valid February 9-15, 2015.

Couples that love an adventure and have dreamed about going on the Amazing Race together should try the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Couples solve clues and complete challenges together on a smart phone guided scavenger hunt through the streets of the Village.  To sign up go to Use promo code LUVBB to receive 20 percent off on Valentine’s Day.   When evening arrives, couples have many great choices for a delightful dining experience. Some of Big Bear’s fine dining restaurants offering Valentine’s Day specials for sweethearts include Bistro at the Mansion, Evergreen International, Madlon’s Restaurant and The Pines Lakefront. Bistro at the Mansion inside the historical Knickerbocker Mansion B & B is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu with entrees that include Creole Gumbo, Ahi Tuna, New Zealand Lamb and Osso Bucco. A complimentary glass of champagne is included with the meal. Evergreen International is serving a four-course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. The menu includes a choice of appetizer, soup or salad, main course and desert for only $65 per person. Madlon’s Restaurant is adding special touches for love birds with its blend of French fusion cuisine. The special menu prepared by two Le Cordon Bleu chefs is certain to impress. The Pines Lakefront  is preparing a special menu that includes Black Angus beef, Midwestrn pork, poultry, fish, seafood and an assortment of game such as venison, wild boar and elk. The Pines Lakefront also adds a romantic ambiance with a commanding view of the lake and surrounding mountain vistas. Other restaurants in Big Bear that offer an intimate dining experience include Peppercorn Grille, Nottinghams Restaurant and Sweet Basil Bistro.  

Couples who wish to extend their romantic weekend in Big Bear should consider searching for a place to call their own!  A cozy cabin in the woods could become a romantic hideaway all year round.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Big Bear Real Estate Team is now offering a free vacation valued up to $500 for couples who stay overnight in search of a vacation home. The amount of the stay (up to $500) is credited back when escrow closes within 60 days. It's a great way to get a feel for the area, spend some one-on-one time together in the great outdoors, and search for the ideal romantic getaway cabin.  

A memorable Valentine’s getaway to Big Bear is an easy two-hour drive from most Southland cities. For more information about Big Bear’s Valentine’s Day specials or to book reservations, log on to or call 1-800-424-4232. This year Valentine’s Day occurs on a Saturday during President’s Day Weekend, which means guests should book now for the best choice of amenities. 

 *Note: During the winter months, motorists are advised to carry tire chains in their vehicles at all times.

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January 15, 2015

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