bears den at pine knot guest ranch / big bear lake, ca


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Responses

  1. Faye says:

    I think it’s called…being a CONTROL FREAK πŸ™‚ I personally think there’s nothin’ wrong with that-

    The lodging looks so cute. And you got snow!! I’m so jealous. How cold did it get at night? And the jacuzzi must have felt soooo amazing in the cold weather.

    I always get nervous renting an actual house b/c I feel like they ask you to clean up everything – so the last day we usually spend a few hours doing house keeping. So that’s probably the only drawback for me.

    (PS – love the Monopoly organization….)

    • mary says:

      Hahah, okay, I’m a little bit of a control freak. But only with certain things! πŸ™‚ It got to be in the 20s overnight. I think it was like 28 when we went into the jacuzzi. I was wearing a tank top, yoga pants and flip flops… you better believe it was cold! The jacuzzi was really nice and warm, though it was sort of hailing/snowing on us the whole time.

      There was a $35 cleaning charge so we didn’t feel the need to really clean up. They mentioned they will charge you if you a) leave trash and b) don’t wash the dishes, so that was about all we did.

  2. I can totally relate to being the travel “planner” (aka ANAL CONTROL FREAK, haha). I like knowing ahead of time where we’re going, what places there are to eat around there and all that stuff. You know how it is. I do not work well just doing things on the fly.

    The house you stayed in looks so nice! Asides from the broken furniture (luckily you didn’t get hurt), it seemed like a good deal.

    Haha, the hot tub reminds me of the movie “HOT TUB TIME MACHINE”!!!!! John Cusack (my college movie star crush) should be in more comedies!

    • mary says:

      I don’t mind doing a few things on the fly, but I like making plans and knowing the area so we don’t all sit around and go “uhhhh, what should we do now?” Better to have a plan than to sit around figuring out what to do if you ask me!

      The house was a sweet deal, it kind of makes me want to stay at more vacation home rentals because it was so nice to have the extra room and the feeling of extra privacy.

      I haven’t seen Hot Tub Time Machine, despite my great love of John Cusack!! He has so many great movies, it’s hard to just pick one, but Say Anything or Grosse Point Blank would be among the top 5… haha!

      • Don’t forget his unforgettable performance as Bryce in “16 Candles”!

        My all time fave JC movie is “Say Anything”. OMG, that scene where he holds up the boombox in front of his girlfriend’s house…….!!!!!

        Yes, I agree about making plans. Plan A, B, and C—food places, things to do and roadside oddities (if there are any), weird museums, etc…

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