Sometimes an adventure is better when you can experience it with your best friend! Big Bear is a pet-friendly destination in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. The lush alpine trees and far-reaching forest could be considered a more adventurous dog park. In Big Bear, pet-friendly restaurants and hotels welcome pets to indulge in an outdoor adventure with you.
Alpine Pedal Path
Jump start your morning with a brisk bike ride along Alpine Pedal Path. Following along the edge of Big Bear Lake, the Alpine Pedal Path is a picturesque route in the San Bernardino Mountains. It can be considered a nature walk as it trails through relatively flat areas around the lake. The 3.2-mile paved trail is great for walking, running and biking, so anyone can set the pace of their day with a bit of morning exercise for you and your dog.
Teddy Bear Restaurant
Fuel up for a full day of adventure at Teddy Bear Restaurant. Established in 1944, this Big Bear restaurant makes its mark as a local favorite stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The family-owned business specializes in homestyle cooking where many of the menu items are made using timeless family recipes. Indulge in a freshly baked chicken pot pie and a warm slice of raspberry pie. While maintaining its family roots, the restaurant has expanded several times to include an outdoor deck, perfect for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy a great meal. P.S. It’s a cash-only restaurant, so make sure to have your cash on hand before you order.
San Bernardino National Forest
Chart your own path through the San Bernardino National Forest. The national forest is known to adventurers as a great destination to enjoy the outdoors. It’s more than 670,000 acres of land, and it’s the ideal place to hike, bike, fish, and picnic. Some trails and wilderness areas do require a permit pass to enter, so make sure to check the San Bernardino National Forest website to see which areas require a pass.
A popular trail near Big Bear Lake Village is the Castle Rock Trail. This two-mile hike has a steep incline making it a moderate trail that takes just the right amount of effort to get your blood flowing. The trail has great views of the Big Bear Lake and evergreen trees throughout the mountains.
BLT’s Sandwich Bar and Grill
After working up an appetite, settle in for afternoon lunch at BLT’s Sandwich Bar and Grill. This family-owned restaurant serves up a wide selection of sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads, and burgers. The cozy eatery aims to please everyone from friends, family, and your four-legged diners. They are true dog-lovers at heart. Along with their traditional menu, they also have a separate dog-friendly menu so you and your dog can dine together.
Captain John’s Fawnskin Harbor and Marina
Take a trip to the north side of Big Bear Lake and enjoy a boat tour at Captain John’s Fawnskin Harbor and Marina. This marina offers guided lake tours, boat rentals, paddle boarding, and other lake amenities. The two-hour boat tour takes you around the lake to enjoy the outdoors, learn about Big Bear history, and discover a few secrets of the mountains. The boat tour is a dog-friendly adventure and dogs can be taken on other fun lake activities like canoeing and paddle boarding.
Bone-Side Down Barbeque and Grill
Round out the evening with dinner at Bone-Side Down Barbeque and Grill. Enjoy the smokehouse flavor of delicious meats and savory side dishes at this mountain hotspot. Co-owner and ‘The Pit Manî Ron Arteaga has a passion for grilling and makes it his mission to serve up flavorful plates for all to enjoy. Order your food to-go or opt for an outdoor setting alongside your pet to enjoy a bit of nature with your delicious plate of BBQ!