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Explore Getaway Big Bear

Your Getaway is about finding time to disconnect in order to reconnect – whether with family, friends, or nature. After or en route from Los Angeles to a restful break at one of our cabins, there’s plenty to explore in the Big Bear Lake area, whatever may pique your interest.

Here’s our Outpost guide to nearby attractions and things to do along the way:

Getting There

Nestled in the woods of Running Springs, your secluded escape is easily accessible from Los Angeles. Driving is the quickest way to travel to your Getaway—parking is easy, just pull up right beside your tiny cabin. If you don’t have any wheels, you can take a Greyhound bus to San Bernardino Depot, then hop in an Uber or Lyft for the remainder of the journey. In the winter, you may see snowfall at Getaway Big Bear; be sure to check local weather conditions and plan your safe journey to the Outpost accordingly.

Walks in the Mountains near Getaway Big Bear

Lake Gregory Trail
Distance: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed on-leash
This shady loop around Lake Gregory is a favorite fishing spot and features gorgeous wild flowers and lovely scenery. There’s a small park and drinking fountain bowl for dogs.

Heaps Peak Arboretum 
Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed on-leash
An easy walk for everyone, grab a map from the kiosk before starting the trail to read up on the types of local trees and wildlife that surround the area.

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Keller Peak
Distance: 12.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash + horse-friendly
Along the way to Keller Peak are a children’s garden and a Ranger Fire outlook at the peak for stunning views. For a shorter hike, you can drive part of the way and walk to the summit.

Arrowhead Pinacles Trail
Distance: 4.6 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Dogs allowed on-leash
Arrowhead Pinacles Trail is a steep, difficult trail that will keep you puffing. Enjoy the boulders and panoramic views throughout, especially the 360-degree lookout from the top. There’s not much shade, so get hiking later in the afternoon or in the early morning to avoid the heat.

Sustenance and Snacks near Getaway Big Bear

Jensen’s Food, 31987 Hilltop Blvd, Running Springs, CA 92382
~ 5 min from Outpost
A friendly local market near the Outpost where you can stock up on fresh veggies, baked goods (try the donuts), sandwiches, and drinks. Visit on the weekend for a BBQ.

LuluBelle’s Coffee House and Bakery, 31621 Pleasant Drive, Running Springs CA 92382
~ 5 min from Outpost
LuluBelle’s Coffee House and Bakery is a café and bakery using local organic foods with some of the best pastries in Running Springs. If you’re heading to Getaway to celebrate a special occasion, this is a great place to stop to grab some treats to bring into nature with you. 

Stater Bros. Market, 28100 CA-189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
~ 15 min from Outpost
Stater Bros. Market is a full supermarket along Lake Arrowhead with everything you’ll need for your stay.

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On the Local Menu

Hortencia’s at the Cliffhanger, 25187 CA-18, Crestline, CA 92325
~ 15 min from Outpost
Munch on Hortencia’s Mexican cuisine and ogle at the panoramic view of the San Bernadino Valley. Stay for the sunset or visit on a weekend for live music.

Belgian Waffle Works
~ 15 min from Outpost
Family owned and operated along the docks of Lake Arrowhead, this waffle house is open for breakfast and lunch, serving huge portions and unique waffle combinations, such as Mud-Pie, S’more, and Peanutty.

Lou Eddies Pizza
~ 10 min from Outpost
Lou Eddies offers gourmet pizzas or create-your-owns inside a 100+ year-old building. The beer served at its quaint bar is home-brewed, and seating spills onto outside patios where you can eat a pie and enjoy live music.

Old Country Coffee Shop and Diner
~ 5 min from Outpost
Breakfast at this cute little diner is split between American and Mexican plates, and both options are delicious. The quick, friendly service and cozy interior have made this eatery a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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Getaway Partners: Going OFFLINE with MATE the Label

At Getaway, we believe in disconnecting from our busy lives and reconnecting with what’s important to us. We’re happy to partner with Los Angeles-based sustainable fashion brand, MATE the label, to promote our passions for getting offline together.

We caught up with MATE founder Kayti O’Connell Carr to talk about the company, what it stands for, and the Offline t-shirt we’ve grown to love so much.

When and how did MATE the Label start?

I founded MATE The Label in 2013. MATE was born out of my love for vintage clothing, visual storytelling, and a need to create something for myself. I started the company by selling vintage t-shirts with no intention of creating my own line, however, it was a natural progression. MATE has been committed to offering locally-made, vintage-inspired tees, and other broken-in basics since its beginnings, but in 2018 it evolved into an environmentally friendly label.

What is the mission of MATE the Label’s distinct point of view?

MATE’s Dress Clean initiative is what truly guides the brand’s ethos and vision. We have always been domestically developed and produced; within a 5-mile range of our HQ. Transparency, ethical manufacturing, and environmental impact have always been important to me; but there is also another component that I think is missing from fashion’s ‘sustainability’ consciousness. That is, fashion’s impact on the individual in regards to health. The consumer understands the importance of organic foods, clean beauty products, but what about the clothing that you wear everyday? We have committed to using natural GOTS certified organic fabrics and have removed all synthetics from the line. We are also using low-impact dyes. Things like pesticides, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens are rampant in the industry and I hope to offer the cleanest product possible to our customers. We like to think of our product as skincare for your closet.

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How do you disconnect?

I disconnect by meditating at home every morning or attending guided meditations at the DEN Meditation studio in Los Angeles.

Tell us about the Offline tees.

Going “offline” is so important, I put it on a t-shirt as a reminder. I think it can be very challenging to unplug and truly disconnect. I find myself having a difficult time, even when I am on vacation to not be tempted to answer emails and continually think about work. The tees are made in our best-selling Alex Crew shape – which is flattering on all body types. What I love the most about this tee is it can be worn over and over again and is made out of 100% GOTS certified Organic Cotton.

Where’s your favorite place to get away?

One of my favorite places to escape to is Big Sur, California. There’s something almost mythical about its rugged and mountainous terrain. I love the seaside cliffs, misty coastlines, winding turns, and redwood forests. It has extremely limited cell phone reception which makes it the perfect place to just get away from it all.

If you want to know more about MATE the Label, you can follow them @mate_the_label or visit their website.

This week we’re launching a promotion where the first 200 people to use code MATETHELABEL when booking a Getaway will receive a promo code for a free MATE the Label Offline tee and $10 off of a Getaway booking. Terms and Conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions:

Offer cannot be retroactively applied and can be used towards any future booking, as long as you book before March 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. You will be emailed within 48 hours of booking with your code for a free OFFLINE tee. Quantity and sizing for OFFLINE tee is limited. T-shirts will be fulfilled by MATE the Label and are dependent on inventory availability. All questions regarding order fulfillment can be directed to [email protected]