Taking time to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving at home can be a delight. However, travelers who are excited to start a new tradition this year alongside family and friends will want to set their sights on a stay in Big Bear, California over the holidays! Creating an amazing Thanksgiving itinerary here is a breeze thanks to the fact that many attractions and businesses are open and ready to be enjoyed in Big Bear during Thanksgiving. The following are a few places to be sure to add to your list in 2023.
Savor the Moment in Thanksgiving Style
No matter when you make your way to Big Bear, your tastebuds are bound to be in for a treat. This inviting and exciting vacation destination is packed with amazing eateries to enjoy during a visit and when you’re here over Thanksgiving, you’ll have the added benefit of Thanksgiving menu options to pick and choose from.
Begin your holiday culinary adventures at the Peppercorn Grille located at 553 Pine Knot Avenue. This locale typically stays open on Thanksgiving and offers guests a casual and welcoming place to settle in and enjoy an all-American dish paired with beer, wine, or a handcrafted cocktail. Swing by between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm daily with extended hour options on Fridays and Saturdays until 10:00 pm.
Previous Thanksgiving menu selections at Peppercorn Grille have included seared ahi tuna, vegetable-stuffed cannelloni, sauteed shrimp, beef stroganoff, or pesto and artichoke pizza. While the surf and turf is sure to please, it’s hard to go wrong with the filet mignon. No matter what you order up, be sure not to leave without enjoying something sweet! The dessert menu here showcases selections like root beer floats, homemade apple-raisin bread pudding, and cheesecake too.
While many Thanksgiving visitors to Big Bear will be excited to settle in at restaurants, others prefer to grab a Thanksgiving meal to go. When that sounds like you, head over to The Barnstorm Restaurant at 501 W. Valley Boulevard to pick up a holiday meal you’ve ordered in advance to enjoy in the comfort of your vacation rental. The Thanksgiving to-go menu often includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with options to customize orders to feed up to six people.
Spend Time in the Great Outdoors
Any time of year you find yourself in Big Bear you’ll be immersed in options for outdoor fun and recreation. Thanksgiving is no exception to the rule! When you’re here for the holidays and looking for even more to be grateful for, be sure to spend some time on the Alpine Slide or make the most of an afternoon at the Big Bear Snow Play area. If you’re hoping to enjoy some time sightseeing during your Thanksgiving away, partner with the team at Big Bear Off-Road Experience for some truly adrenaline-pumping fun. Helicopter Big Bear is also operating over the holidays for those who are looking to take a ride high in the sky and get a bird’s eye perspective of the November terrain.
Run in Good Company
Friendly competition is always available over the holidays and when you find yourself in Big Bear over Thanksgiving, it means you’re just in time to take part in the annual Big Bear Turkey Trot! This highly anticipated and well-attended event is one that visitors and locals alike enjoy year after year. The Big Bear Turkey Trot is a chance to hit the road with family and friends and burn off calories before a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Participants can walk or run a 3, 6, or 9-mile route that begins from Meadow Park on Thanksgiving Day. This fun and festive event is also run for a good cause. Proceeds from the Big Bear Turkey Trot go toward supporting local food pantries throughout the area.
Shop Your Way to Thanksgiving Fun
There’s no better time than Thanksgiving in Big Bear to get started on that ever-growing holiday shopping list. Make your way to the Mountain Christmas Boutique from November 24th through the 26th to browse goods by more than 40 vendors set up across the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. There’s also a Santa meet and greet for little ones and arts and crafts to enjoy for the duration of the event. If it’s wintertime apparel and gear you’re looking to purchase for holiday gifts, Goldsmith’s Sports at 42071 Big Bear Boulevard is a one-stop shop for everything you might need. Here you can find snowboards, skis, waterproof jackets, and ski pants as well as poles to name a few of the many options available.
Book Your Stay in Big Bear during Thanksgiving
Elevate your Thanksgiving getaway experience in luxury, comfort, and style when you book your vacation rental through Big Bear Cabins. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting and customized property options available. We look forward to seeing you in Big Bear this November!