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Big Bear Lodge & Resort

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4201 PHONE: 1-865-429-3278 Map it / View Street Address

Featured Review: Big Bear Lodge & Resort

by Joyce Bennett, Long Beach, CA 
First printed in Nov/Dec 2011

WorldMark Big Bear Resort is a MUST DO. The winding mad to Big Bear Lake from either Los Angeles or Long Beach is approximately two and a half hours. It is a most scenic drive most of the way - any time of year. The lake itself is huge and offers fishing, wildlife, boating, water skiing, a Paddle Wheel Riverboat trip of 90 minutes, guided tour included.

The resort is off the beaten track only by a few blocks but so secluded and quiet. The scenery is lovely with all the green trees and majestic mountain ranges; a variety of well-built units are scattered about (usually 2-4 units each). Yet, you are only 30 seconds from a gas station, one minute from the two very large grocery stores, shopping center and the lake's walking wooden path over the water's edge for approximately one mile.

Driving right (east) out of the resort are restaurants, thrill stores, car fixin's and many homes. To the West is the main town of Big Bear Lake with 101 restaurants, shops of all types, cinema, bowling alley, medical aids, public restrooms, a very helpful Chamber of Commerce (including wooden "nickels" for 10% off in many shops and restaurants.) Bill and I found everyone exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and almost everyone says "good morning" or "hello" or wants to answer questions you have.

Take the Moonridge Road up to the Alpine Zoo, a highlight of the stay for us. Animals here are all from the wild and have been injured, abandoned, or donated. We toured the place for an hour and then took a Feeding Tour for another 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Our fascinating guide gave us the background of each animal and answered all our questions. I must give Wal-Mart a gold star for donating their outdated meats. Local grocers also donate veggies when they can.

This WorldMark Resort is close to everything, but there are more advantages to sticking around a few days enjoying yourself while getting used to the altitude of 6,400 feet. Your spacious unit has a nice big living room with fireplace and flat screen TV plus CD/DVD player, large dining room table with six chairs, a large kitchen table with three chairs, a complete kitchen, washer dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, tons of storage areas, closets, two bathrooms and nice homey decor. Activities available are as follows: tennis, basketball, horse shoes, ping pong, exercise room, three hot tubs and pool access from May through Sept. Wednesday is The $1 Ice Cream Social Hour and Saturday is Pancake Breakfast for $5, which includes sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

If you are an owner, you may use this large center for a wedding, birthday party, etc. at no charge. There are all sorts of activities and outdoor playgrounds for kids; in fact, it was amazing how many children were there - definitely a child friendly place - and teens love the arcade at the rec center. Kids and adults enjoy nearby tubing with the Magic Carpet to carry them back up - no tedious climbing the hill! Late November starts the skiing season with rentals available for all the equipment you need.

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Big Bear Lodge & Resort is also known as:

  • Big Bear Hotel
  • Big Bear Hotel Pigeon Forge
  • Big Bear Resort
  • Big Bear Hotel and Resort Pigeon Forge
  • WorldMark Big Bear Resort
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