In the heart of California's San Bernardino Country, the town of Sugarloaf offers an unforgettable wilderness escape. There are plenty of fun activities here for visitors with a wide variety of interests, but the most popular attraction in the Sugarloaf area is beautiful Big Bear Lake, nestled at the foot of the California mountains. Come here during all four seasons of the year to experience the best of the outdoors. In the summer, find a lakeside vacation rental on the shores of Big Bear and go waterskiing, fishing, or kayaking. In the wintertime, wake up in your snowy villa and head into the mountains with skis to glide down the powdery slopes. During the spring, the mountains bloom with wildflowers and in the fall the changing leaves offer a spectacular fireworks display. The best way to experience the beauty of Sugarloaf is with a stay in a luxury condo. Watch the sun rise over the lake from your own condo balcony and then explore the shopping and art galleries of downtown Sugarloaf before heading into the wilderness.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in the area:
-Join the annual fun: Come to the area in July to experience PaddleFest, a day of boat races, boat clinics, and vendor expos on the northern shores of Big Bear Lake.
-Experience Sugarloaf skiing: All winter long, Sugarloaf is a fantastic destination for both cross country and downhill skiing. There are also plenty of great areas for snow tubing and snowboarding.
-Hike the trails: Lace up your hiking boots or take a mountain bike into the hills around Big Bear Lake, including Sugarloaf Ridge. While you are there, enjoy a picnic lunch on a breathtaking scenic overlook.
-Go bird watching or wildlife spotting: Sugarloaf is home to dozens of species of rare birds and elusive native wildlife like eagles, ospreys, otters, and black bears.
-See a show: See an evening performance at Village Theaters, a popular entertainment venue in downtown Sugarloaf, close to the shopping areas and nightlife.
-Rent a boat: In the summer time, there's no better way to spend the afternoon than drifting in a boat and casting your fishing line on Big Bear Lake.
Spend the day hiking, horseback riding, boating, playing golf, or relaxing in a spa. Retreat back to your cabin on the shores of the lake or high in the mountains. You'll have no trouble finding a vacation rental with all the room you need to store your outdoor gear and all the luxury amenities you need to host dinner for your family and friends. While you're planning your vacation to Sugarloaf, consider extending your trip to include visits to Lake Arrowhead or Healdsburg.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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