After punishing storms, San Bernardino Mountain towns like Big Bear are rebounding with locally owned offerings for mountain seekers.

Noble and Proper Cabin
Thomas J. Story

The mountains are calling, and now is absolutely the time to go. The towns in the San Bernardino Mountains—including Big Bear, Arrowhead, and the surrounding areas—have always been iconic mountain escapes, especially for Angelenos looking to retreat from the rat race. But this winter, it’s even more apropos to retreat to the region, as hospitality pros are rebounding from a punishing storm season in 2022. From boutique hotels and bespoke homegoods to grocers with local sundries and a bottle shop, here are some of the spots to visit on your winter trip.