With the pandemic and lockdown, we couldn’t go out as much. However, we decided to spend a weekend in a cabin at Big Bear for a change of scenery. A mini weekend getaway was what we needed. Even though we could have done outdoor activities, we wanted to be on the safe side and mainly have a break from our usual weekend routines. It’s also great to see snow again, especially since it doesn’t snow in Los Angeles.
The drive to Big Bear wasn’t bad at all – we started the drive towards Big Bear on Friday afternoon and came back Sunday morning. We took Nancy’s Lexus RC, and it was a fun ride even though it involved a lot of braking along the sharp curves. Big Bear is a great place to visit year-round, with endless activities to partake.
Traveling during a pandemic isn’t the easiest, especially with staying at a rental. It is important to be cautious with how you handle things in the beginning. We found comfort by spraying aerosol disinfectant and wiping down all surfaces with disinfectant wipes. Our goal was to have a relaxing getaway, which was still achieved by hanging out in the cabin and staying away from strangers.
You don’t always have to eat out when you’re traveling. Due to the current conditions, we thought it was best to make some home-cooked meals. Thankfully, our cabin was furnished enough to allow us to heat up our meals. We kept our meals simple, thanks to Trader Joe’s! We cooked up some dumplings, orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp, and some vegetables for dinner. For breakfast, we had a simple but delicious smoked salmon bagel with brie cheese and micro-greens.
Our lunch on Saturday consisted of a charcuterie board. Charcuterie boards don’t need to be expensive. The key is to assemble a diverse mixture, so your palette isn’t overpowered by a certain taste. You’d want a good mix of meats, cheese, snacks, fruit, crackers, jam, etc. We kept ours simple – we wanted to limit the number of leftovers we had. We loaded our trip up with different varieties of Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernet Sauvignons. You can’t go wrong with wine from Marlborough.
There are lots of options when it comes to indoor activities during a trip. We watched the NFL playoffs (go Rams!), continued binging Kim’s Convenience (highly recommended), and played some card games. Sometimes, you don’t have to do the most to make the most out of your time. Big Bear is such an accessible place that there isn’t pressure to explore the town compared to more remote cities.
Did you have any getaways during the pandemic? If so, where did you go, and how did you stay safe? Let us know!