Staying on the Knickerbocker Mansion in Large Bear

Whereas we regularly discuss in regards to the laidback seashores and funky city getaways of Southern California, this area is extra numerous than you may suppose!

Tucked away simply between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, you discover the rugged mountain treats and famend ski resorts of Large Bear Lake. A simple morning drive from LA or San Diego, this place is the proper weekend escape.

Like so many people, I’ve been having fun with the good open air greater than ever nowadays and jumped on the likelihood to take a look at the Knickerbocker Mansion in Big Bear.

This rustic mountain lodge was made for all the things from weddings to household retreats to girlfriend getaways.

It’s a first-rate place to flee with the entire crew and disconnect from city life for only a whereas. Trying to breathe in that contemporary mountain air whereas getting in some high quality time together with your nearest and dearest?

Right here’s what it is best to find out about staying on the Knickerbocker Mansion in Large Bear!

About  the Property

Nestled in a quiet 2.5-acre house within the coronary heart of Large Bear Lake, the Knickerbocker Mansion has a complete of 4 buildings on the property.

There are three essential lodgings: The Mansion, The Residence, and The Carriage Home. There’s additionally a fourth constructing that’s a devoted Sport and Recreation Room.

The spacious property can accommodate as much as 33 folks comfortably. Slightly than splitting up the house, you’ll at all times get entry to all three homes and have a totally personal space.

To make sure that each visitor actually experiences the tranquil get-away-from-it-all great thing about the mansion, the property is at all times rented out in its entirety.

Historical past of the Knickerbocker Mansion

Curious in regards to the historical past of the Knickerbocker Mansion?

Within the early 1900s, William (Invoice) Knickerbocker made his solution to the West from Pennsylvania. He settled in Pine Knot—the realm now often called Large Bear Lake—and landed a job as the primary dam keeper.

In 1920, he, alongside along with his spouse and 5 youngsters, constructed a log mansion. Utilizing tons of the obtainable pine and cedar within the space, Invoice felled the timber for the house himself.

Within the Eighties, the Mansion and Carriage Home had been transformed into an Inn. Sadly, they quickly fell into disrepair. In 1998, the property was restored and ran as a Mattress & Breakfast till 2017.

It’s turn out to be a personal residence as soon as once more and was closely renovated in 2017 and fitted with trendy facilities.

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The Lodgings

Right here’s the breakdown of the completely different sleeping preparations: 

The Mansion: 5 Grasp bedrooms, 6 Grasp bogs, massive lounge, a eating room that seats as much as 43, playroom for the children, a big kitchen with double ovens, and a “Man Cave” within the basement with a bar.

The Mansion is the principle home and the principle flooring is the very best communal dwelling house; no matter which home you’re sleeping in, more often than not you’ll doubtless hand around in the Mansion.

The Residence: 3 Grasp bedrooms, 3 Grasp bogs, massive lounge, massive kitchen, eating space, laundry, personal deck, and a patio with a jacuzzi.

The Carriage Home: 6 Grasp bedrooms with a personal entrance — not accessible by every other room; every room has a Grasp Lavatory, too.

The Sport Room/Recreation Constructing: Giant bar, pool desk, ping pong desk, movie show, and small fitness center.

The Yard: The property is 2 1/2 acres and has a big courtyard with seating for as much as 25 folks together with a wide range of garden video games and an out of doors hearth pit. For the little ones, there’s a playhouse and a stainless-steel slide, and there’s entry to a close-by climbing path.

The Gameroom

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The factor I completely adore about this property is that it actually does comfortably accommodate a big group.

You aren’t going to be asking grown-ups to climb up ladders and sleep within the high bunk. It’s all king-size and queen-size beds!

There are two separate kitchens so that you’re not bumping elbows once you wish to prepare dinner. The 2 full-sized kitchens are totally geared up with stoves, ovens, fridges, and all the fundamentals that you can have at house.

Outdoors of the properties, you’ll find two massive parking tons that may accommodate as much as 30 automobiles. In the meantime, the beautiful backyard house has all the things for teenagers, canines, and anyone else you may wish to convey alongside.

There’s a hearth pit within the yard, so everybody can collect round for cocktails and tales. Oh, and there are even sleds for snowy days!

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Planning for Family Trips

It isn’t easy to find a property that can house the entire family, along with their kids, partners, and other plus-ones. What makes the Knickerbocker Mansion truly stand out is the impressive array of little touches they’ve added to make it comfortable for everybody.

Send the kids out to run around in the playground (and be sure to try out the huge slide for kids of all ages!). Spend your evening telling stories and roasting marshmallows around the fire pits.

When it’s time to go inside, you’ll have an expansive dining room, playroom, and an entertainment center that will keep you entertained for days.

And, just as importantly, when you need to get some solo downtime, there is plenty of room to spread out.

Rather than being jammed together with 24/7 never-a-quiet-moment bonding, you can enjoy your own private area after a long day.

Bringing the fur-babies? This pet-friendly property is entirely fenced with a dog run underneath so your pup will be living it up in style on the trip.

In fact, I would highly recommend bringing your dog along with you. There is a hiking area right behind the property that is perfect for long walks.

Planning for Wedding Weekends

This place is popular for wedding weekends. Not only can you entertain 75 people on the property, but you can have 33 of them spend the night. It’s a perfect retreat for the wedding party along with close friends and family.

Why just spend one day celebrating when you can create an unforgettable weekend (and have that downtime to recuperate and really relish the experience)?

COVID Planning Note: This is especially great for COVID-era weddings because you can socially-distance while staying under the same roof. If you are thinking about having a small wedding with just your nearest and dearest, this is a dream locale.

The town is just about two blocks from the mansion!

Exploring Big Bear

It’s a five-minute walk to town—which is a dream! Plus, there’s access to a hiking trail from the property.

And it’s about a five-minute drive to the lake and around 10 minutes to the ski slopes, so it’s truly in an ideal location.

This four-season destination is known for its ski resorts (with good learner slopes if you just are just getting started), gorgeous hiking paths, and, of course, the sparkling Big Bear Lake.

While you can easily have a perfect trip without ever leaving the property, there is plenty to do in the area.

Want to book your stay at the Knickerbocker Mansion in Big Bear? Take a look at their web site for more information!


Extra Data

Resort: Knickerbocker Mansion

Location: Large Bear Lake, California

Lodging: Rustic Mountain Retreat, Nice for Large Teams

Worth Vary: $$$$


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