|All in a day's work!|
We had heard the glorious tale of San Diego winters many a time - taking a surf while enjoying the warm sun on the beach in the morning only to be zipping down a snowy mountain by afternoon. As with the elusive green flash, we remained skeptical. After recently receiving a travel package for Big Bear Mountain Resorts, we decided that it was time put this beautiful So-Cal dichotomy to the test. We made sure to visit the beach prior to our nearly 3 hour drive to Big Bear, and sure enough, you can play in the warm sand only hours before throwing a snow ball at your significant other (sorry Ness!). We spent two wonderful nights on Big Bear Lake, skied Snow Summit Mountain, and enjoyed some tasty bites along the way. Check out our experience and make some memories of your own!
|Beautiful Big Bear Lake|
|Once you see this, get ready for the final stretch!|
|The view from our patio|
|Don't be intimidated by Murray's!|
On recommendation we went to Murray's Saloon & Eatery. We ordered two beers from the lovely bartender and whispered over whether we going to commit to dining at this initially off-puttingly seedy establishment. "This is the best food in Big Bear," assured our eavesdropping bartender Jenny, "the cook is a trained chef." Based on Jenny's emphatic assurances and the recommendations of a few trusted friends, our decision was made for us, and so we perused the reasonably priced menu.
checked in on Yelp for a free appetizer of chicken fingers, ordered the highly praised jalapeno and blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp, and anxiously awaited our order while sipping on some Deliriums and watching the crowd build.
When we returned to Lagonita Lodge, we eased our frigid bodies into the steaming lakeside hot tub for a long, pleasurable soak, then called it a night, hoping to carve out first tracks at Snow Summit in the morning.
For lunch, we soaked in the sun at the back patio of mountain top View Haus. I enjoyed a roasted turkey breast sandwich while Ness had the daily special of roasted chicken atop a creamy pasta, served with a side salad and garlic bread. Both were nourishing and satisfying to our ravenous appetites (skiing makes us hungry!), but certainly nothing to write home about. We hear that they step up the culinary output during the weekends.
Himalayan Restaurant) was closed on Wednesdays. Presumably this adorable little village livens up on the weekends, and cannot be judged on this midweek jaunt. We resolved to return to the condo, order some take out and enjoy the fireplace and hot tub once again. Fortunately for us, Yelp led us to Dynasty Szechuan for some authentic and comforting chicken and vegetable Szechuan, and, though take out service was very, very slow, Yelp did not disappoint. We picked it up, popped a bottle of vino, and ate ourselves into a sweet, sweet slumber.