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12 Best Airbnb Rentals in Big Bear Lake, California

by Brittany Varano

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Big Bear Lake is a secluded, picturesque city located high up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The town gets its name from the seven-mile-long lake it sits upon. All around the city, visitors can find hundreds of hiking and biking trails, about twenty-two miles of lake shoreline for water fun, and over a thousand acres of prime ski slopes.

This charming outdoor village conveniently lies about two hours from Los Angeles and an hour and forty-five minutes from Palm Springs, so you can easily escape the big city and spend the weekend immersed in the mountains and San Bernardino National Forest — also check out our guide to the best hikes near Big Bear Lake.

By popular demand, there are countless beautiful Airbnbs in Big Bear Lake, California, each unique and a stunner in their own right.

Whether you’re looking for a bohemian styled Instagram dream or an impressive luxury homestay, there is no shortage of Big Bear Lake Airbnbs to choose from.

1. Whiskey Ridge Chalet

whiskey ridge chalet

Why you should stay: A bohemian and aesthetically pleasing unique vacation rental nestled amongst the trees.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

Known as Whiskey Ridge Chalet on Instagram, this lux boho A-frame cabin is a 1970s-inspired vacation rental. As soon as you step inside, you can feel the charming bohemian aesthetic in the dark tones and plush fabrics the hosts have worked hard to curate.

The cabin features a lovely wood burning stove, soaking tub, and impressive deck and skylight that let in natural light and sweeping wooded views.

Its location is in a highly sought-after neighborhood of Big Bear Lake and is just a four-minute drive to the area’s best skiing (ten minutes from the village). The cabin comfortably sleeps up to four guests and features a sleeping loft with a queen bed and two twins, as well as a master bedroom with a queen bed.

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2. Big Bear Treehouse

big bear treehouse

Why you should stay: Mid-century modern and unique Airbnb that fulfills any treehouse childhood dream.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No

The Big Bear Treehouse oozes mid-century modern style from the unique architectural structure of the home to the retro furniture that fills the interior.

The front facade is made up of six large window panels that make the space feel even more open and inviting than it already is. The property is secluded and surrounded by the trees of the national forest. A short walk from the cabin will take you to two stunning hiking trails, with countless others also easily accessible from the backdoor.

The Treehouse can host up to five guests in its two bedrooms and a pull-out sofa and has a cabin-style kitchen for home cooking. The bathroom has been equipped with a relaxing 8” rainshower that elevates the vibe. To top it all off, there is a wood-burning stove in the home for those chilly winter nights.

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3. Nordik Eskape

Nordik Eskape

Why you should stay: Bright and inviting Scandinavian style cottage with easy access to the ski slopes and hiking trails in the city.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No

Nordik Eskape truly embodies the minimalistic and cozy trend of Scandinavian design and artistry. Bright and airy tones of white and gray are found throughout this Scandinavian Hideaway while the massive and plentiful windows flood the home with comforting sunshine.

Every design detail has been meticulously taken care of, ensuring that your party of four will have an enjoyable stay.

Conveniently located in the middle of Big Bear Lake, all of the best attractions are just a hop, skip and a jump away. You can hit the slopes at Bear Mountain Resort as quickly as it takes to drive four miles, and the local favorite community market is only two blocks away. Hiking trails also await you at the classic Nordik Eskape.

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4. Winter Getaway Cabin

big bear cabin rental

Why you should stay: A rustic cabin getaway that doesn’t sacrifice the finer things in life.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

We love that the Winter Getaway Cabin not only has top of the line luxury and elegant amenities, but also exudes the rustic cabin atmosphere that you want in an outdoor adventure vacation.

There’s no need to sacrifice comfort and indulgence while enjoying nature here. The home has one bedroom with a queen bed, a sleeping loft with a queen bed as well as a sleeper sofa so you and five guests can sleep peacefully during your stay.

Outside, a hot tub and BBQ grill have been conveniently placed on the sprawling wraparound deck that includes ample seating and a table for summertime picnics. The home sits atop Moonride Mountain high on steep terrain, guaranteeing quiet seclusion.

5. Treehaus Chalet

Treehaus Chalet

Why you should stay: Panoramic mountain and forest views in a dog-friendly, mid-century chalet.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Yes

When you stay at the Treehaus Chalet, you truly feel like you’re sleeping out in nature. This recently renovated cabin boasts some seriously impressive views that overlook not only the surrounding National Forest but the mountain slopes as well. At night, crystal clear skies and optimal stargazing will entrance you.

The interior takes inspiration from Switzerland with its large open floor plan, vaulted beam ceilings, and a fully functioning wood-burning fireplace for warm relaxation in the winter. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a pull-out sleeper sofa that can accommodate up to five guests and a well-behaved pupper for a small additional fee.

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6. A-Frame Cabin

big bear a frame airbnb

Why you should stay: Quaint A-frame cabin close to the lake for fishing enthusiasts and summer days in the sun.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

You’ll undoubtedly want to keep in mind this A-Frame Cabin while planning your Big Bear Lake getaway. It’s a quaint and cute cabin rental that’s tucked away into a very quiet and kid-friendly neighborhood where little traffic and crowds come to gather.

This Airbnb allows up to six guests staying at a time and offers two bedrooms, three beds, and one bathroom. The kitchen is fully outfitted, the bathroom has a luxury heated floor and rain shower, and the patio has a grill for outdoor festivities. Stay entertained with the smart TVs in the living room and bedroom.

7. Wine Down Cabin

wine down cabin

Why you should stay: Wind down with loved ones in this pet-friendly, homey cabin with fenced in yard and bubbling hot tub.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: Yes

The Wine Down Cabin is begging to host you and your family’s exciting Big Bear Lake vacation. Not only is it pet-friendly with a sizable private yard, but it also sits on a secluded cul-du-sac away from heavy traffic and crowds so your family can play outside and stay safe. Next door is an empty lot for even more family playtime and sledding in the winter.

After your long day hitting the slopes, playing outside, exploring the local hiking trails or spending the day on the lake, come home and relax in the four-person hot tub out back or light up the indoor fireplace.

There’s also a grill provided on the deck for a classic family BBQ and picnic. You can’t go wrong with this two-bedroom, one-bath home away from home.

8. Bear Lake Hideaway

big bear Hideaway Cabin

Why you should stay: A rustic Big Bear Lake hideaway minutes away from the lake with an outdoor hot tub.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Bear Lake Hideaway was made for visitors seeking an ultimate vacation on the lake. With Big Bear Lake just a short six-minute walk away from the property, you can swim, fish, kayak, and more to your heart’s content. The Hideaway is also very close to Meadow Park, Ski Beach, and the Village for an endless supply of family fun.

You’ll find quaint and rustic charm in this Big Bear Lake cabin rental, as well as a cozy fireplace, convenient amenities in the kitchen, and hot tub. The home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and three beds to fully host your four-person party.

9. Cozy Snow Summit Cabin

Cozy Snow Summit Cabin

Why you should stay: A stunning cabin that’s situated only feet away from the ski slopes of Snow Summit.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No

If skiing or snowboarding is the number one priority on your to-do list in Big Bear Lake, the  Cozy Snow Summit Cabin may be your best option.

This townhouse condo sits right at the base of the Snow Summit ski slopes making, it all too easy to roll out of bed and head up to the mountain. In the summer, enjoy quick access to numerous biking and hiking trails as well as the shared pool maintained by the condominium complex.

The hosts have lovingly decorated the interior with your comfort and stay in mind, and everything is sparkling clean and immaculate. Up to six guests can comfortably stay and enjoy the space. This Airbnb offers guests a beautiful, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor seating with BBQ grill.

10. Unique Modern A-Frame

big bear lake aframe airbnb

Why you should stay: Photogenic A-frame home with an interior as unique as its exterior.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No

We are suckers for vacation rentals that are one-of-a-kind, and this Unique Modern A-Frame definitely fits the bill.

The entire home has an A-frame build with unique sharp ceiling edges everywhere you look, and the kitchen and living room are fully equipped for maximum relaxation and convenience. Climb the elegant spiral staircase, which leads to a cute lofted sleeping space and a king bed.

Three guests in total can enjoy the comfort of this A-frame, and it has all the makings for a romantic Big Bear Lake adventure for two that won’t break the bank. Everything you could need during your stay is within walking distance, including a convenience store, local restaurants, and the top Big Bear Lake attractions.

11. Honey Bear Cabin

honey bear cabin

Why you should stay: An elevated cabin escape with modern touches and beautiful amenities.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No

One peek at the Honey Bear Cabin’s Instagram feed, and you instantly feel warm and cozy. The property is tucked into the mountains and surrounded by a plot of pines for privacy and seclusion.

Enjoy the indoor fireplace and a cup of tea or coffee to warm your soul after an exciting day on the slopes. In the summer, ignite the outdoor fire pit and sit under the twinkling string lights and brilliant stars.

There are two bedrooms available for four as well as a sleeper sofa for an additional two if your party has six guests. There is plenty of parking to accommodate up to three cars, and an entire 10,000 square feet of yard with hiking trails only steps away.

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12. The Owl’s Nest

Rustic A-Frame Cabin

Why you should stay: A rustic A-frame cabin within close proximity to the local golf course, ski slopes, and more.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Yes

The Owl’s Nest is a cute little 700 square foot A-frame cabin minutes from Bear Mountain in the Upper Moonridge neighborhood of Big Bear Lake.

The cabin has an abundance of windows letting in impressive outdoor views and natural sunlight. The hosts have provided luxury amenities such as an outdoor hot tub and wood-burning fireplace.

The cabin’s layout is unique because it has a bedroom on the ground level and a sleeping loft accessible by a wooden ladder in the living room. Guests enjoy whipping up home-cooked meals in the fully-equipped kitchen as well as relaxing in the spacious living room with flatscreen TV.

Things to Do in Big Bear Lake, California

Now that your accommodation has been squared away, it’s time to plan your trip to Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Lake’s natural location makes it a true outdoor haven. Visitors enjoy everything from snow sports, hiking and biking adventures, days on the lake, and more.

Here’s a rundown of the top ten best things to do and places to visit in Big Bear Lake.

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