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Big Bear Day Trip

January 16, 2019

Hi all! Day trips are such a fun getaway without the price of a hotel or Airbnb! In Southern California, there are so many beautiful places to explore, so I took advantage of a weekend off and did a day trip to Big Bear with some friends! I wanted to share a little recap of my trip to give you some ideas if you are making a trip to snowy Big Bear!


We started our trek at about 9am from our friend’s apartment in Riverside, so it was only about an hour and a half journey up the mountain. We all bundled up with at least two layers and beanies! Before we reached the village, we stopped and parked on the side of the road to play in some snow! It had been quite a while since I had been in any snow, so I was incredibly excited. We had a little snowball fight which gave us some time to stretch before we got back in the car to finish the drive to the village. We got very lucky to find a parking spot in an area where we didn’t have to pay. We started out by walking up and down some of the streets! We were already pretty hungry, so we decided to find a place for lunch!

El Jacalito

Trying to find a restaurant to eat at was a little bit difficult because there wasn’t too many gluten free options. After searching for a while, we found El Jacalito which is a Mexican restaurant. By the time we sat down, we were starving, so the chips and salsa that we were served tasted AMAZING. They have a salsa bar so you are able to choose which kinds you like, which was perfect. I ordered off of their combination menu, and I ordered a plate with a cheese enchilada and a pork tamale. Each combination also comes with rice and beans, so it is extremely filling. Other orders from our group included taquitos and a burrito. It’s safe to say that everyone in our group was STUFFED after our meal!

North Pole Fudge and Ice Cream

The second that we walked past this candy shop, I knew that we had to go in. The incredible smell that hit me when I walked in made me realize that I would not be walking out empty handed. The North Pole Fudge and Ice Cream shop was filled with so many different treats ranging from fudge, chocolate covered desserts (bananas, rice krispies, marshmallows, etc), peppermint bark, ice cream, and so much more! I picked up some peppermint bark, and Grant picked Oreo fudge and M&M bark. I absolutely loved my peppermint bark and tried to make it last a long time because I knew that I wouldn’t be getting more for quite a while. Grant started eating his oreo fudge immediately and didn’t want to stop.

Shopping and Exploring

After we had all of our treats in tow, we went through all of the touristy stores, woodworking shops, glass shops, and silly stores. It was so nice to look at all of the knick knacks and just spend time together!

After we were done shopping, it was time to play in the snow! We drove our car over to a place with a HUGE patch of snow! Of course, we started off with a snowball fight! Then the guys built a snowball while we watched some other people slide down the big hill! Since I am almost never in the snow, it was so much fun to run around and throw the snow around and play!

After we were done playing, we had planned to go tubing, but unfortunately the tubing park was closing for the evening by the time that we got there. We decided to head home and go ice skating instead!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little day trip post and it can help give you some ideas for your own day trip to the snow!

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