The past two winters have been a total bust when it comes to weather. There has been very little rain which means nearly no snow. While I usually praise the warm winter weather in Los Angeles, it's nice to have a variation. This year, with the help of El Nino, we have seen way more water and our family enjoyed our first snowy holiday at our new favorite getaway, The Noon Lodge in Big Bear Lake.
There are few things that I enjoy more than the mountains and drinking next to a fire so when my friend Jae told me about his new venture in Big Bear, it was on the top of my list for a weekend getaway. 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 Dalton and Lex 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.