Valentine’s Day means a lot of different things to different people. To some, it’s a day to lavish their love in gifts and romance. And for others, it’s a day to consider and recognize the loved ones in their life. Whether you consider yourself a Valentine’s Day romantic or a pragmatist, I think we can all agree that it’s never a bad idea to celebrate love! And what better way to celebrate love than spending quality time with your loved one on a romantic getaway

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Couples can satisfy their wanderlust in Big Bear, a mountain town nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains that evokes the feeling of being in a Swiss Alps ski village.

A roughly two-hour drive from Los Angeles and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from San Diego, Big Bear is just a road trip away. You won’t find a more perfect place to explore, connect, and recharge with your better half this Valentine’s Day! Below, we’ll share planning tips and some of the top things to see, do, and experience on your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway in Big Bear.


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  1. Hiking
    Big Bear is famous for its network of winding trails that lead to stunning vistas looking out over Big Bear Lake and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains. And at this time of year, snow makes Big Bear’s wilderness even more magical. So grab your loved one, your hiking boots, and your coziest winter coat, and prepare to have your breath taken away on Big Bear’s hiking trails!
  2. Couple’s Photos
    Big Bear’s natural beauty is the ultimate backdrop for leveling up your couple’s photos. Hit one of Big Bear’s many trails or overlooks for a fail proof setting for romantic photos. Local photographers, or even your camera self-timer can help you snap the perfect shot of you and your love!
  3. Zip Lining
    Science has proven that sharing adrenaline-inducing experiences with your significant other increases attraction! Start a spark while experiencing the beauty of Big Bear on a zipline tour! Feel the sun on your face and wind in your hair as you take in the views of Johnson Valley and Mt. San Gorgonio on a nine zipline course.
  4. Plan a Romantic Picnic
    Cozy up with your loved one and enjoy a romantic picnic on the shores of Big Bear Lake or at one of many picnic areas! Bear Cupboards Market, located in The Village, offers all kinds of snack and libation essentials to make your romantic picnic a success.
  5. Skiing or Snowboarding
    Enjoy some wintery fun this Valentine’s Day at Big Bear’s ski resorts: Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Between the two resorts, you’ll find slopes ranging from a bunny hill to a double black diamond, so both are perfect for couples with varying levels of experience.
  6. Warm Up at Sessions Retreat & Hotel
    Melt your stress away during your stay with Sessions Retreat & Hotel in our infrared and steam sauna, or cozy up with your love in front of the fireplace in any of our chalet suites for a snug night in!
  7. Enjoy a Couple’s Massage

Experience ultimate relaxation with a massage at one of Big Bear’s many massage parlors. Whether you sink into bliss with a Swedish massage, warm up with hot stones, or work out knots with a deep tissue massage, you and your partner will walk out of your session feeling brand new.


Big Bear’s restaurant scene is packed with local gems that specialize in all types of cuisines and atmospheres. No matter what you’re craving, Big Bear can deliver!

Great date restaurants in Big Bear are plentiful. For cozy, intimate atmospheres and rich food, visit Captain’s Anchorage, a Big Bear tradition serving steaks and other fine dining options in a lodge setting, or Sweet Basil Bistro for Italian comfort food. For lighter fare, visit Stella Luna for a farm-to-table meal in a bright and airy atmosphere.

In Big Bear, it’s all about the view. For a romantic dinner with a view, check out The Pines Lakefront. This longtime crowd pleaser offers fine dining and wine with a side of sweeping views of the lake. After a romantic dinner, enjoy a wine tasting at Barrel 33, or grab a pint at Big Bear Lake Brewing Company. And if you want to keep the night going, check out 572 Social Kitchen and Lounge for drinks and live music on weekends.

When you’ve had a long day on the trail or slopes and you’re REALLY hungry, check out Fire Rock for their famed burgers and beer. Big Bear’s unique cuisine highlights include Himalayan Restaurant, a family owned spot serving up traditional Nepalese food, or Café Crêpe for authentic espresso and crepes.Big Bear offers dining options for all, and vegetarians and vegans can find tasty options at Santana Mavericks Bar and Grill, Stella Luna, Himalayan Restaurant, and Masala Craft Indian Cuisine.


Peruse Big Bear’s robust shopping scene for a unique gift for your Valentine (or treat yourself). Big Bear offers a variety of charming boutiques, specialty shops, outdoor/sporting good stores, galleries and beyond. Shops are scattered around town, but you can enjoy over 120 options for shopping, dining and nightlife with a “main street” feel at The Village, a shopping center at the heart of Big Bear. 


Ready to plan your romantic getaway in Big Bear? Book your stay with Sessions Retreat & Hotel for an authentic cozy cabin experience. Our welcoming studio suite chalets feature a private bathroom, queen bed, full kitchen, television, fireplace, and dining table perfect for couples on a weekend escape. And after a long day of seeing the sights, unwind with your better half in our infrared & steam sauna. Visit us here to learn more about our accommodations perfect for couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway.