By Arrissia Owen-Turner

Posted May 21, 2009 in Travel

Cost: $$$-$$$$

Why You Must Go: Looking for a quiet retreat with your lovely? The Inn at Fawnskin is on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, away from the tourist traffic and McDonald’s drive-thru full of daytrippers. Fawnskin is a few miles from the rural rat race of the resort town, tucked away in an idyllic hamlet. The inn is a B&B owned by Nancy and Bill Hazewinkel, who will cater to your every pastoral need, from ordering in a massage at the teepee to enjoying cozy cuisine in the community dining room. Book the Garden Suite with a private deck overlooking the lake and grounds. Back inside, there’s a two-person jetted tub, king size bed and a piano in case you’re feeling like tickling the 88s.

Where To Eat: Amangela’s is a little, bohemian-like lunch place with phenomenal sandwiches and outdoor seating. Grab a sangria, order a veggie sandwich on olive bread and sit by the creek to take in your surroundings.

What Else To Check Out: Hiking trails abound with everything from Alpine Pedal Path for a leisurely stroll along to the lake to Cougar Crest Trail for the more adventurous. Stop by the Big Bear Discovery Center a little east on North Shore Drive to sign up for any sort of tour you could want, from off-roading to wildflowers to canoeing. It’s all there waiting for you, and then some.

Inn at Fawnskin, 880 Canyon Road, Fawnskin, (800) 329-6754; www.fawnskininn.com. Rooms from $165-$265.


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