For Vickie and I, as the new owners of the Knickerbocker, it is our sincere hope that your extended visit to the Mansion leaves you with as deep a contentment as we found upon our first visit. It was that moment when time is briefly suspended and life is shouting at you to STOP! And so we did, and to our surprise we were caught up in the glory of this age old building. Its history is so obvious you find yourself day-dreaming of all the famed characters on the stage during that period, who must have dropped in or sat down to dinner with the Knickerbockers to discuss the new dam, a recent gold find, or just to smoke a pipe and talk politics. A rustic mansion from a rustic era. The look, the smell, the ambiance cannot be denied.
Since the early construction of the Knickerbocker Mansion in 1917 by “Bill Knick“, as he was called, it was first converted to a Bed and Breakfast in the mid ’80’s from the original private residence. In 1998, the property was stripped of every piece of furniture and fixtures and starting over, it was lovingly restored and remodeled taking special care to retain the historical nature and essence of the facility. Many changes resulted from this work, including private baths, a new front entrance and porch, a full commercial kitchen, laundry, private offices, a separate conference and meeting facility, maintenance garage and a private innkeeper’s home.
To our good fortune, Executive Chef, Robert Velasquez has added a style and flair to the Bistro that makes it the premier fine dining facility in Big Bear Lake. A most fine and learned man in the art and preparation of good foods. Be sure to introduce yourself when at the Bistro…..he enjoys meeting all our guests….. and you will like him, for sure!
May your soul be tended and time suspended while at the Knickerbocker Mansion.
Ed and Vickie Harris
New Owners, 2014