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Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

869 Knickerbocker Road PO Box 1907, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 USA (Show map)
390 Reviews
$125 - $240
per night

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The historic Big Bear landmark Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn was originally built by the 1st damkeeper of the Big Bear Lake Dam in 1920. This magnificently restored unique log private home and carriage house is now a well known B & B with rustic elegance, a quite atmosphere and personal attention from the innkeepers. Two historic buildings with guest rooms sitting on 2.5 private heavily treed acres backing to the national forest, yet walking distance to the Village of Big Bear Lake. Complete conference facility and full restaurant(open on weekends). The moment you arrive you will realize the Knickerbocker is a very special place.

Rooms & Rates

Benjamin Wilson Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

John Eastwood Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Cypress Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Carriage House Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Elias Baldwin Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Bill Holcomb Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Mansion Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Evergreen Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Juniper Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Willow Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blacksmith Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Serrano Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Dining4.4

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Perfect all the way

5 on September 03, 2014

a true mountain B & B..

Our August 2014 Big Bear Adventure

5 on August 28, 2014

A great hotel in a great location. We commented to the owner that it's like a small version of The Awahnee that we stayed in whilst in Yosemite. We stayed in The Carriage House Suite.. Great shower, great turbo bath and lovely balcony. We'll be going back !!!


4.4 on August 23, 2014

Stayed Sunday and Monday night very quiet inn keepers are great, food and location wonderful. Rooms in the carriage house were small, but cute. Would stay again.

Anniversary Celebration

5 on August 20, 2014

We had an outstanding experience at the Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro.

Two Thumbs UP to the New Owners

5 on August 13, 2014

This is our second time staying in the Knickerbocker and we will be back. The Small Community of Big Bear (actually they call it "City") is a wonderful place to visit. There is plenty to do including outdoor sports, shopping, dining, and Knickerbockering. Yes, Knickerbockering did come up as a misspelled word but stay there once and you also will want to Knickerbocker again. We most certainly will Knickerbocker again. We stayed at the Knickerbocker mansion on a Tuesday and Wednesday night mini-vacation so we left on Thursday morning. Quite frankly we were the only guests at the Knick during our stay. That really did not matter. Our hosts (aka the new owners) Ed and Vickie Harris treated us like royalty. We had two breakfasts during our stay and the food was equally outstanding. To Ed and Vickie Harris -- thank you, thank you, thank you for a great time! We will be back...

Awesome B&B Getaway!!

4.8 on August 11, 2014

The Knickerbocker Mansion is the perfect destination for a quiet, cozy little getaway for two. My fiancé and I stayed in the "Mansion Suite" and we absolutely loved the room. Also, don't miss dining at the Bistro that is on site....the food is wonderful.

Very lovely stay!

4.6 on August 11, 2014

Nestled in the mountainside, walkng distance to the town. The innkeepers were very friendly and hospitable. Breakfasts were excellent.and dinner too. Would love to stay again!

Another good stay.

4.0 on August 08, 2014

This is our second stay-our first with the new owners. The Mansion is a great place to get away for a couple of days. Walking distance to downtown. Great breakfast each morning. We would recommend it to anyone wanting to get away for a couple of days.

Great stay

5 on August 08, 2014

Great place tucked in the mountains and a great little town!

A stay at a piece of Big Bear History

4.2 on August 07, 2014

New owners are enthusiastic and gracious hosts. The Mansion was built in the 1920's in log cabin style. The mansion is warm and inviting with a large open living room. There are very nice upstairs rooms and an adjacent Carriage House with rooms. The lower cost rooms are very small with only a bed, no table or chair. Cozy never the less if your going to enjoy the outdoors most of the time anyway. The big delight for us are the wonderful meals prepared by the on-site chef. The new owners are from New Orleans and have changed the menu to reflect that. A favorite annual stay for us.

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Location Type



Ontario, CA (ONT-Ontario Intl.) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Take the 10 West exiting on the 30/330 to Running Springs and Big Bear lake.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Lake, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Gourmet Restaurant Friday/ & Saturdays

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3PM-9 PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights weekends, 3 nights some holidays
  • Cancellations: Room rates may vary on season and day of week. All rooms have full private bath with tubs and showers. All rooms have TV/VCR and private telephone with voicemail. All rates are per night and based on one or two-person occupancy. Due to fire regulations, we have no rooms that can accommodate more two persons, including children of any age. Rates include a gourmet breakfast each morning and refreshments in the afternoon. Specialty coffees, teas and a selection of cold beverages, and home-made treats are available throughout the day. Rates do not include local taxes, fees and energy surcharge. Minimum Stay: Two (2) nights on weekends, three (3) nights on most major Holiday Weekends. One (1) night stay allowed mid-week Sunday through Thursday (Holiday periods excluded). Deposits: To confirm your reservation, an amount equal to one night's room rate, or 50% of the entire stay's rate is due at time of confirmation. If using personal check, deposit is due within 7 days of confirmation. We accept all major credit cards. Cancellations/Refunds: Should your plans change, be sure to call us within the following guidelines to ensure a refund of your deposit: 7 days prior to arrival date - full refund of deposit. 14 days prior to arrival date - (for standard Holiday time periods) Full refund of deposit. A 30-day cancelation applies to holidays starting mid November through January 1st.



Vickie Harris

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  • Time Served: 9AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Details Diamond Collection

869 Knickerbocker Road , PO Box 1907, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 USA (Show map)

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