Wife and I had a chance for a quick mini-vacation and we hadn't been to Big Bear in years. It's a good place to get out of the heat, with more things to do than, say, Idyllwild. When we go anywhere, I like to find a place that is close enough to the center of the action that we can walk around and get the feel for the place instead of having to drive everywhere.
Checking Yelp and other websites, I saw that most of the lodges near the Village were on the main drag. We wanted to be close, but away from the traffic noise. Honey Bear fit those qualifications and not only that, the rate was surprisingly reasonable. That is handy, since we are operating on a tight budget, like so many people these days.
The place is easy to find -- eastbound on Highway 18, don't make the left turn but keep going straight onto Village Boulevard. Watch out for the construction going on there, just go straight and you will see their big sign dead ahead.
OK, so there's no elevator. No room service, spa or 24-hour coffee shop. So who needs that stuff, anyway? The proprietor, Marco, took care of checking us in and even offered to help carry our bags up the stairs to our room. The room itself was kind of spare, but functional, and the combination of the ceiling fan and a 2-foot box fan soon cooled us down. The grounds are pleasant, with a small playground for any kids who you might have with you (we don't).
Marco provided us with a free bundle of firewood for the stove in our room and tips on things to do during our stay. Customer service that just can't be beat, a cozy room at a reasonable rate and a great location -- what could be better than that?
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