Big Bear Lake’s historic and scenic downtown Village is an entertaining and enjoyable way to start an adventure any day of the year.  Big Bear Lake’s downtown offers various boutiques, dining experiences, art galleries and plenty of shopping for every price range.  Looking at an overview, the Village encompasses two to three streets packed with major offerings.

I started my day in the early morning; typically the stores open around 10 AM during the summer and spring seasons. Immediately I was struck  – fresh eggs, smoked meats and a bevy of scents from fresh cooked meals attack your senses and kick your gut into hunger mode. There are various restaurant selections – breakfast at the local diners, Italian and Indian food, BBQ at the smokehouses, sandwiches at the corner shops and fresh coffee with homemade pastries at several privately owned locations. I decided upon a cute, historic restaurant on Pine Knot Ave that was busy but not too busy for fine service. After a nice chat with the friendly waitress, I was served a generous portion  of French Toast heaped with syrup and butter. Enjoying my coffee, I stepped out into the streets to explore one of the best shopping destinations in California.

Walking along the quaint Village cobblestone sidewalks, you’ll encounter lush flowerbeds and plants – it’s obvious the City of Big Bear Lake takes pride in their wild life and presentation. The sky is a perfect blue and picture perfect with white clouds as far as the eye can see.  It should be noted that the City is currently renovating the sidewalks and streets of the Village – it looks like an attempt to make an amazing place even better – all businesses and dining establishments remain open and your time walking through the construction is well worth the wonderful items found in downtown.

With the right cabin booked for your day in paradise, you’ll be set for shopping and more in Big Bear Lake!