Bachelorette visits Noon Lodge

Earlier this summer we got to host a sister weekend for Becca Tilley & her sister Caroline. You may recognize the name from the hit TV show the Bachelor. Becca had a go on two different seasons and she quickly became a fan favorite. It was so much fun having her at Noon Lodge, you can read more about her stay on her new blog that just launched.

Below are a few pictures of these two gorgeous girls and their sister trip.

Featured in Jetsetter Magazine

We've known it for a while but thanks to Jetsetter Magazine for making it official. Noon Lodge was named one of the Best Weekend Trips from LA.

Below is a snippet of our little feature and you can click HERE to see the full article. We feel so honored to be named among places like the Ojai Rancho Inn and Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, some of our favs.

Big Bear
Ringed by the San Bernardino National Forest, about 100 miles northeast of LA, Big Bear is a perfect getaway year-round with more than 300 days of sunshine, two great ski resorts for winter and a freshwater lake with 22 miles of shoreline for summer. You’ll want to bed down at the newly renovated Noon Lodge, a 1950s mountain retreat turned into a rustic boho resort. If it’s summer, take to the lake and swim around the beautiful boulders of Garstin Island, which still has the huts used to house the Chinese workers that built the nearby dam 140 years ago. In the winter, go sledding, snowshoeing and, of course, skiing at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit. Big Bear isn’t a big culinary destination, but few can resist the more than 30 flavors of pancakes/waffles and the all-you-can-eat deal at Madlon’s. At night, crowds gather at Big Bear Lake Brewing Company before hitting up late night karaoke (and craft beer!) at the divey Murray’s Saloon.

Writer & Traveler Jedidiah Jenkins

Last week we got to host writer and traveler Jedidiah Jenkins. He was looking for an escape to the peace and quiet of the mountains to spend a few days working on his first book. If you follow along on his instagram you will see that he is nothing short of poetic, painting pictures with his words. 

"Writing retreat in Big Bear. Boulders and pine trees and dive bars and cold nights by the fire. Hammering out essays on family, nature, belonging, travel." -Jedidiah Jenkins

"Writing retreat in Big Bear. Boulders and pine trees and dive bars and cold nights by the fire. Hammering out essays on family, nature, belonging, travel." -Jedidiah Jenkins

"I want a cottage on a boulder mountain. A bed and a quilt and an old stove with a tea kettle on it. A telescope and a chart of constellations. Books everywhere. The smell of books. Having kind and measured opinions about all that the world is up to. Removed from the world but also in it, caring about it and for it. Being old and thoughtful with a pipe and a few squirrels that trust me. A raven would be even better. And friends stopping in. Nieces and nephews making the trek to the mountain for a night of stories and some whiskey in their Dr. Pepper. I'll pour it and say 'this never happened.'" - Jedidiah Jenkins

"I want a cottage on a boulder mountain. A bed and a quilt and an old stove with a tea kettle on it. A telescope and a chart of constellations. Books everywhere. The smell of books. Having kind and measured opinions about all that the world is up to. Removed from the world but also in it, caring about it and for it. Being old and thoughtful with a pipe and a few squirrels that trust me. A raven would be even better. And friends stopping in. Nieces and nephews making the trek to the mountain for a night of stories and some whiskey in their Dr. Pepper. I'll pour it and say 'this never happened.'" - Jedidiah Jenkins

We can't wait til we can get our hands on his book, sometime in 2016-2017 according to him. 

Oleander + Palm's Big Bear Travel Guide

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Jeran, the talent behind the blog Oleander + Palm, and her darling family. They put together this great little travel guide to Big Bear that we just had to share!

Big Bear Top Ten (according to Oleander + Palm)
1.Definitely stay at the Noon Lodge at Mallard Bay. The detail and thought that has been put into the design and decor of these adorable cabins is absolute perfection. Our cabin was cute and comfy and the kids spent hours in the gorgeous pool. In the evenings we sat by the fire and played corn hole and bocci ball.  (well thanks Jeran!) 
2. Eat any meal at the Teddy Bear Restaurant in the village. We might have eaten pie there more than once. And their chicken pot pie was amazing!!! 
3. Ride a bike! The town has great bike lanes. The Noon Lodge had bikes to borrow, but the ski hills also have rentals and there is some great mountain biking when you take the lifts up.
4. Swim at the China Island Cabins on the lake.  There’s some great granite rocks to jump off of.
5. Hike Castle Rock. It’s a great hike for families. It’s about a one mile hike to the top, but the views are great and there is lots of fun bouldering at the top on the huge granite rocks.

6. Have coffee at the Copper Q. They have an amazing assortment of pastries and more pie. We enjoyed everything we ordered.

7. Visit the North Pole Fudge and Ice Cream Co. in the village for a sweet treat. They have loaded gourmet candy apples, ice cream and lots of candy.

8. One of our favorite activities was the Alpine Sled at Magic Mountain. You ride down the mountain on  a 1/4 mile cement track on sleds. It’s really so much fun. You control your own speed. It’s a really unique experience and so much fun for all of us. We also spent the afternoon on their waterslides as well.  Olivia must have run up those stairs and down those slides 50 times.

9. Take out from Maggio's Pizza is a must. We brought home pizza and salad and enjoyed it on a picnic table outside our cabin.

10. Rent a couple stand up paddle boards. We rented two and took turns for a couple hours paddling around the lake. Even though there are a lot of boats, the water is pretty calm and the kids had a blast.
Thanks so much for visiting Jeran, we hope to see you guys again real soon! xo

A Mountain Elopement

We've been getting quite a few inquiries about hosting weddings here at Noon Lodge and after this gorgeous elopement photoshoot we can really see what the allure and draw to the rustic mountain backdrop is all about.

Just look at how stunning this bride and groom look. Big Bear is looking pretty darn good too.  Big thanks to Kendal Riley Photograpy for shooting these and making Noon Lodge look so good. You can also find our little Lodge featured in the May issue of Desert Magazine.

 

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If you are interested in having a small wedding at Noon Lodge shoot us an email: info@noonlodge.com

 

Wallace & James + crew.

A few weeks ago we had the absolute pleasure of hosting Wallace & James, the mother son duo behind the aptly named blog, Wallace & James. James documents her life as a  wife, mother and photographer living in Los Angeles. In addition to being a kick ass mom she's also an amazing photographer, to get more details on that check out this page
But before you do that read below to see what she had to say about their stay at Noon Lodge...

" Noon Lodge was booked pretty far in advance but we were able to get a room the week of my husband's birthday so we packed up the family, invited a few friends and headed up the hill.
Reminiscent of The Ojai Rancho Inn with the kilim pillows and bright exterior, the Noon Lodge does not disappoint.  Our hosts were super welcoming and even joined us for a beer at the fire.  There was no pretense and everyone we met was authentic and loving.  We felt right at home which can be rare when you are one of the first visitors to a newly popular place.  The design inside the cabin was a nice balance of trendy textiles and nostalgic camping photos.  It was minimal but not basic.  We stayed in Cabin 10 which housed six adults and a baby nicely.  We also loved being near the campfire and the closest cabin to the frozen lake.  There was a nice little hill that we used to go sledding. 
I can imagine how magical this place will be in the summer with the lake access and beautiful pool, my favorite feature on site.  Although frozen for our visit, we are already planning our summer stay so we can swim in the pool with Wallace.  I can see Noon Lodge becoming our bi-annual getaway celebrating both the warm summer nights and the snowy winters."

Well we loved having you guys and we hope to share many more beers  around the firepits in the coming years. See you guys soon!


Big Bear Review by the Millennial Miss

Chelsea Briche, the adorable blogger behind the Millennial Miss recently stayed at Noon Lodge and she did such a great little review about things to do and places to eat in Big Bear.

Head over to her Blog to see the full write up but below are just a few highlights....

Teddy Bear Restaurant - definitely one of our favorite places for some good ole' home cooking. 

Noon Lodge - obviously the best place to stay in town, you clearly have good taste Chelsea. ;)

Boulder Bay - a fun place where families and friends gather for some exploring and sledding.

And after a fresh snow you definitely need to hit up the slopes at Snow Summit. How cute is Chelsea with her boyfriend?!

We loved having you guys, we hope your first trip to Big Bear was a good one and that we'll be seeing much more of you two in the future! xo

Dart DJ's Retreat

Back In December we got to host the boys of Dart DJ. They were looking to escape to the mountains for a little winter retreat and needed a place to stay so we were happy to oblige.

Here's what they had to say about their time up here, "The Dart Retreat was an epic success. The Noon Lodge put us up in some styling digs, the beers were cracked, and after a long day of riding, the snows fell—right on cue."

Sounds like a real good time to us. Thanks for stayin with us fellas.


Saffron and Sage visit Noon Lodge

Right before the craziness of the holidays hit, the girls from Saffron and Sage visited us for a little R&R and of course some great photo ops. They snapped some great shots that they were kind enough to share with us. Check them out below.

And be sure to visit the page of Saffron and Sage a to see all the great things they are doing to encourage living therapeutically and sustainably.

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Thanks for visiting ladies, come back soon!