Monday, April 29, 2013

Gold Rush Mining Adventures Rocks Big Bear!

We are almost ready to debut the newest family activity introduced to Big Bear. We're sure our Gold Rush Mining Adventures will soon become a family favorite. We at Gold Rush have a passion for rocks, minerals, geodes, and fossils.

With a fun loving spirit we are excited to be bringing the opportunity for all tourists and visitors to Big Bear a way to connect with history and re-live the excitement of what it must have been like and experience your own "Eureka" moment.

Stop by our "Assay" office where we are breaking REAL geodes and mining for minerals, gemstones, and fossils.

In the meantime......

Here is a short video we came across that we thought our readers may find fun to try. If you are a rock hound or geode lover you will really appreciate this unique way to enjoy the sweet life.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mining Adventures Are Up and Running

  EXTRA .... EXTRA ..... READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!  Visit our "Mining Adventures" link on the website by clicking on these 2 links:
to learn all about our current "new" attraction, complete with a sluice box and a water wheel!
  This is just another facet of something that our our company offers, which allows you to experience something different on your next trip to Big Bear Lake!  So come on up above the clouds and gloom to the blue skies and clear air and gain a new experience - something your family will remember as a treasured memory of a great getaway to our beautiful mountains!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Diamonds are a girls Best Friend!

That's right, diamonds in any size or color have always been a girls best friend. 
We are proud to debut one of our newest homes with Diamond Elite Status on our program.

 Black Diamond Lodge and Double Diamond Bunkhouse 

  • In a class all its own.
  • Distinctively Different  
  • An ultimate luxury accommodation
  • Ski In/ Ski Out - Bear Mountain Ski Resort
  • Sure to please any guests who chooses to stay here.
  • 4 Bedrooms/ 6 Baths, Hot Tub and separate Game Room & Bunkhouse 

Summit Retreat .... Another "Treat' of a Big Bear Cabin!

  Our Summit Retreat cabin  Summit Retreat - 1 just a stone's throw away from Snow Summit Ski Resort, is a great upscale cabin just perfect for your group of 10!  This 4 bedroom, 2 bath, one story cabin with garage access, has a nice fenced back yard, to boot!  This awesome back yard  space has a great barbeque island that contains  a built in propane barbeque, lots of counter space and a bar type fridge to keep your potato salad or beverages cold while you are out enjoying the "great outdoors" grilling your favorite BBQ meal! There are bar stools included for additional seating around the "island" as well as outdoor dining furniture to accommodate your guests. Summit Retreat - 16 The rock lined stream bed running through the yard, adds a special ambiance to your outdoor entertainment!  There is even a little play house built for the kids to enjoy!
  A very spacious and expansive floor plan is the "treat" factor here!  The living room is host to an awesome rock fireplace, comfy seating and a 40" HD TV - with a DVD player and the owners have graciously provided Netflix for your movie viewing pleasure! Off the living room is the well equipped and modern kitchen, the dining area, full size washer dryer area and the game room complete with a pool table and another large screen TV!   Down the hall to the left of the entryway are the bedrooms.  2 have king beds (1 has it's own private bathroom), another has a queen bed and the "kids" room comes equipped with 2 bunk beds and a 32" TV!
  Centrally located, Summit Retreat is just a short drive in any direction to the shopping areas, the ski resorts, the lake  .... you name it!  Just hop in the car and you're there!  Summit Retreat is THE place to be for your family, extended family or group when you're in Big Bear!  Come join the fun!  Here's the link so you can see for yourself:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Strike Gold .... Yosemite Gold!!

  Yes, you've just struck it rich ... when you stay at our "Yosemite Gold" cabin in the upper Moonridge area of Big Bear!  Closest to Bear Mountain ski resort, but also close to Snow Summit Ski Resort and other local attractions here in Big Bear Valley, Yosemite Gold is the cabin for you!!  Yosemite Gold - 1
  3 bedroom 2 bath, sleeps 7, Yosemite Gold has a 2 story open floor plan with lots of windows to let views of nature into your Big Bear cabin experience!  Not to interfere with the awesome views of nature, there is a floor to ceiling rock fireplace gracing the living room, just begging you to settle down in front of it and enjoy a crackling fire while you are also enjoying watching your favorite TV program, DVD or VHS movie on the 62" TV!  The well equipped full kitchen takes advantage of the open floor plan on this level to include the cook in goings on in the living room. And with 2 dining tables, there's plenty of room for dining as well as maybe playing a board game or game of cards with the family!  There is also a bedroom with a king and a twin bed on this level plus a bathroom for guests convenience. 
  The lower level is home to the 2 remaining bedrooms and bathroom plus a lower level deck featuring a BBQ and deck furnishings for enjoyment of an evenings' grilling and outside under the stars entertaining!  Internet access included, also!
  The awesome views from Yosemite Gold include not only views of the majestic pine trees and surrounding mountains, but a view of Bear Mountain ski resort, chairs 4 & 8 and the Geronimo Run!  So pack up the family and do some prospecting for a golden adventure .... Yosemite Gold

Monday, April 15, 2013

Get More Than You Bargained For at Eagle's Haven!

  Our Eagle's Haven cabin  Eagles Haven - 1  centrally located in our beautiful valley offers many extras that you might not even realize!  Convenient to many of our local attractions as well as close to our sparkling jewel of a lake, this cabin offers all the comforts of home and more!
  3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps 8 with a fully equipped kitchen, beautiful rock fireplace,  flat screen TV, 2 master suites, seasonal snow play hill, BBQ on the deck and pet friendly!  The cabin is 2 levels on a down-sloping lot.  You enter on the main level which consists of  the main living area, well equipped full kitchen, a bath and a guest bedroom.  Out on the upper deck is the BBQ and great views of the lake and pine trees.  Going down to the lover level you will find the main master suite, a kid's room with bunks and the half bath.  On the lower level there is also access to a cement patio and the rear yard with the seasonal sledding hill.
  Eagle's Haven is located in an area that we locals refer to as "Eagle Point".  There is a reason for the name, as during the winter this is a local hang out area for our National bird,  the American Bald eagle!  High tree tops and the proximity to the lake make it an ideal location for the majestic birds to sit and watch for their next meal of fish from the lake.  The lake is closed to boating activities from November till April to give the great birds access to the lake without being disturbed by noises and lake activities. So, if you are a guest in this cabin during the winter, there is a good chance to observe these birds relatively up close! 
  Another plus Eagle's Haven offers is the closeness to the lake and our parks and recreation area, Meadow Park!  Meadow Park offers kids play areas, tennis courts, basketball courts, our summer seasonal "swim beach", baseball fields - and just newly added - a dog park!  The cabin, being a "pet friendly" cabin, is just a short stretch of the legs' walk to Meadow Park which offers a place for your four legged friend to run and play and get some exercise - as well as a place for the kids to expend some of their never ending energy!  Game of tennis, anyone??
  So winter or summer Eagle's Haven offers more than the eye can see!  Experience the fun that can be had in any season in this Big Bear cabin!

Sunday, April 14, 2013


  Just a little note to wish our "Head Prospector" Lynette Vartanian - a very very     
                                                        HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!                                                     

 Birthdays are filled with yesterday's memories, today's joys, and tomorrow's dreams!
       May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer! 
  A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun                                                                                     ...... enjoy the trip!
                                           May your day be as special as you are!

   What do you call the people who work for you?
Very lucky, indeed!!

So, in conclusion, Lynette, may you be blessed with many more beautiful golden birthdays!
Warmest wishes and lots of love from



Saturday, April 13, 2013

Big Bear has a new ice skating rink!

  Being in a high altitude mountain community with many winter attractions, you'd think that Big Bear would have an ice skating rink, wouldn't you?  Well we really haven't had a "major" rink since the late 70's!  Over the years we've had a few mini or temporary ones, the last one being constructed out of not "real" ice but some sort of plastic material that resembled ice.  You could skate on it and all, but it wasn't real ice.
  It's a smaller rink, about 1300 square feet, but it IS ice and will be open 7 days a week for lessons or just recreational skating.  There's even some talk about a modified ice hockey  league in the future!
  Opening Saturday April 13th we now have an indoor rink in our "Big Bear Funplex"   located at 40679 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake CA  92315.  Here is the link for more information on Big Bear's newest fun thing to do:
  Just another idea of "things to do in Big Bear"!

Friday, April 12, 2013

What a Treat! Edgemoor Retreat!

  Our Edgemoor Retreat Edgemoor Retreat - 1 cabin is a great cabin for your church group, Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, Indian Guide or Indian Princess tribe - or just your own tribe, troop, family or a group of friends to have a great Big Bear experience in!  Located in the west end of our valley, this cabin is just a short drive into town, to the ski resorts, to the lake, the marinas or any of our many valley attractions.   The reason this particular 3 bedroom - 2 bath, 14 person capacity cabin is great for a group is its bed set-up.  One of the bedrooms is "dormitory" style with 4 double size beds - just perfect for a bunch of kids!
  As you prepare to enter the cabin, you will find that you enter through a "mud room" or enclosed porch which spans the entire width of the house.  This is a great place to leave your skis, boots, snowboards, jackets, bicycles, water skis, fishing gear etc. that is safe and convenient, yet not cluttering up the interior of the cabin.
  The lower floor is home to the living room - complete with a 60" wide screen TV and cozy fireplace, well equipped and large kitchen, dining area, game area with a "Foosball" table, a full bath room with access to a washer and dryer, and 1 of the bedrooms.  Upstairs is the dormitory style bedroom, which also has a larger sized TV with DVD player; the master bedroom and the second bathroom.
  An added feature to this cabin is the hot tub located outside at the rear of the cabin on the expansive deck that also contains a picnic table and barbeque so you can bring your party outside and enjoy a starlit Big Bear sky at night or a relaxing afternoon with the group!  There is a large rear yard for outdoor games in the summer or a good old snowball fight in the winter.  The cabin also had internet access for anyone who needs the internet during your stay.  Here is the direct link to the cabin where you can see more pictures and information and even book it online for your convenience:
  This cabin is also close to one of our local picnic areas - Aspen Glen Picnic Area which has picnic facilities and is an access point to one of our local trails, the Pine Knot trail.  You do need an "Adventure Pass" to park at this picnic area and those are available at many locations throughout Big Bear.
  So gather up the group, troop or tribe and come on up and find out just what a treat Edgemoor Retreat can be!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Just a short walk .....

  Did you know that just a short walk from 3 of our gorgeous cabins (Gold Rush Cabin, Elk's Lodge and Chipmunk lodge) and a slightly longer walk from another (Boulder Bay Condo) is one of our local marinas?  This would be Big Bear's Pleasure Point Marina, located in the Boulder Bay area of our beautiful valley.  Gold Rush Resort Rentals has a dock slip there that our guests can rent along with their cabin rental - and this would be for any of the cabins on our rental program - during the time of year that the lake is open (From April till November). 
  Here is the link to Pleasure Point's website:
  So check it out and consider adding some extra fun to your stay!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mockingbird Nest

  If you have a large group, say, maybe 14 people that you are trying to find a nice homey nesting spot, well look no further than our Mockingbird Nest cabin!  Mockingbird Nest - 1          Conveniently located within just a mile or 2 in either direction to the lake, the ski resorts and shopping, this is the cabin for you!
  5 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a pool table and a hot tub are just a few of the amenities this cabin offers!  It gives a great feeling of spaciousness and the homey charm of a New England style home.  As you enter the cabin, you are greeted with hardwood floors throughout.  The living room is dominated by the fireplace which is surrounded by comfy couches, just waiting for you to settle down in them to enjoy a crackling fire.  This room is also home to a 32" HD TV that offers HBO and Cinemax for your movie viewing pleasure, an internet connection, a CD player, Ipod docking station and various games to entertain the group!
  The 8 person dining table is part of the living room and the large well equipped kitchen is just beyond with an additional seating area for more diners at the large counter area.  The kitchen being open to the living and dining rooms gives the cook a feeling of being in on activities going on in front of the fire.
  Just outside the kitchen through the french doors, is the deck area with a barbeque and the hot tub.  The rear yard is completely fenced and to the side is a cemented area with a basketball hoop to further entertain the group outdoors.
  Inside, the sleeping arragnments are just as comfy and roomy as the main living areas.  The main level hosts 2 of the 5 bedrooms, plus a full bath.  One bedroom has a queen bed, the other has a full size bed.
  Going on up the stairs you will find the remaining 3 bedrooms (one with a king size bed, the second with a pyramid bunk - double on the bottom/twin on the top -  and an extra twin trundle, the third with a twin/twin trundle bed) plus another full bath ..... and  hold on to your hats ... a game room with a pool table, shuffle board game and an air hockey table.  This super game room also has a futon couch for an extra sleeping area!
All of the bedrooms come with TV's, some have DVD players, also.
  So you see, this cabin is the perfect cabin for a large group .... plenty of space .... plenty of entertainment inside and out plus a comfy homey environment for your stay here in beautiful Big Bear Lake !!  Here is the link that will take you directly to it's page on our website: