Nestled among the towering pines, breathtaking lake and charming Village of Big Bear Lake, California, is the historic Knickerbocker Mansion. On the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest this Big Bear Lake lodge and carriage house were once an eighty-five acre private estate that was converted to a one-of-a-kind, bed and breakfast in the mid 1980’s. A four season resort perched on 2 1/2 acres now, the Mansion and Carriage House are two of the oldest and most historic structures in the region.
The Inn is known for its unique vertical log construction, serene location, and easy going hospitality. Within the Knickerbocker are the two original fireplaces and the split, half-log steps of the staircase, fashioned by Bill Knickerbocker himself, almost 100 years ago.
The interior of the Knickerbocker Mansion is warm, cozy and historic. While the feeling is much more elegant than when the Knickerbocker family made it their home, our Big Bear Lake lodge still has the original rustic charm and ambiance of days gone by.
Through the front door and reception entrance lies the original living room, native rock fireplace and split log stairway. The ceiling and much of the walls are covered with wide wood paneling chosen by Bill Knickerbocker. A small, original dining room lies between the living room and kitchen and offers a secluded nook, with its own fireplace. The main dining room was converted from part of the first floor original exterior veranda and runs the length of the Mansion. It is a perfect place to lose yourself in a wonderful gourmet breakfast with views and to enjoy the antics of the Knickerbocker family of woodpeckers that reside in an old tree just outside the glass.
The restaurant of our Big Bear Lake lodge, known as the “Bistro at the Mansion”, displays the talent of Chef Robert Friday and Saturday nights by reservation and brunch on Sundays. It is, perhaps, the very best fine dining experience at Big Bear Lake! Bed and breakfast guests have the added treat of daily gourmet breakfasts.