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Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

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

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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.



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

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Great get away

4.4 on May 19, 2015

Perfectly located. Only a few blocks away from numerous restaurants and shops. A few blocks further and you can walk to the lake. The mansion gives you a feeling of comfort and peace and combine that with the smell of all the pine trees. We just loved it. We were there for only two days during the week. Our breakfast both days was first class, prepared by Chef Robert. They serve dinners only on weekends, so our next trip back will be on a weekend.

charming B&B

5 on May 01, 2015

Warm scones were delicious. Nice snacks and beverages left out throughout the day. Common area was very relaxing and charming. Beautiful and walking distance to The Village and lake.

A little disorganized but a beautiful place to stay

3.8 on February 19, 2015

Everything was wonderful but the service seemed a little disorganized. We had dinner at the Mansion and we called for a reservation a week in advance. When we got there, everyone was waiting and we were the last ones to get our table. We were there before a number of other guests and assumed it was because we had a later reservation but when they asked us for our time, we weren't even on the list. Two other guests left out of frustration that others were being accommodated before them. However, they were able to sit us within a few minutes after the initial 20min wait and the food was fantastic. So, if you are able work around the slow and disorganized fashion, I think you will be pleased with the food.

Knickerbocker Mansion is the Premier B&B in Big Bear Lake

5 on January 24, 2015

In January, 2015, we spent 7 nights at the Knickerbocker Mansion in the Mansion Suite. It was a full 700 sq. ft. of open planned living. The room had a king sized bed, twin bed, sitting area, outdoor patio, and 180 degree views. The luxurious, heated bathroom had a full sized spa and separate shower. The room never felt too cold, thanks to the wood burning stove and additional electic heater. It also had a private entrance. The property was impeccably clean and orderly, and the staff was top notch. The restaurant was the best in Big Bear Lake and surrounding areas. There was ample parking for the guests. The new proprietors, Ed and Vickie were hands-on throughout our stay. They welcomed us at breakfast and in the evenings and were always available. They truly are the ideal hosts. After the first couple of days, they became friends. Big Bear Lake has been our winter vacation spot for over 20 years, and we've stayed in self-contained lodges and Bed & Breakfasts. The Knickerbocker Mansion eclipsed the other properties in every way. One of the reasons we chose the Mansion was due to its proximity to town. It was only 3 short blocks to the town center. During the evenings, we would walk to town for dinner and drinks, and always felt safe. The streets were well lit and cleared of snow. The menu for breakfast is fixed, but they accomodate dietary restrictions if they know in advance. Every day that we ate breakfast, we had a large serving of fruit served with gourmet finesse, an egg dish and meat. I was full until at least 2pm every day! If you are averse to spice, just let the chef know in advance, since he serves with a New Orleans flair. We plan on making the Knickerbocker mansion our home away from home for years to come.

Great Big Bear Getaway

5 on January 21, 2015

We loved our stay! The owners know how to offer true Southern hospitality. All the staff is great and goes above and beyond. Great place to stay with interesting history. There was aways delicious hot coffee and pastries set out by the stairs for the guests. A great dinner and breakfast experience. I probably gained 5 lbs but it was well worth it! Yum! Would highly recommend this place as into opinion it's a cut above other places in Big Bear.

Knickerbocker - Great place to stay and enjoy Big Bear

5 on January 09, 2015

I want to thank the staff and owners of the Knickerbocker. Your hospitaility has made me a long time patron. The Bistro continues to produce great food and your staff is spectacular. Keep up the great work.


5 on December 28, 2014

I had the best experience. What a great way to spend Christmas. Could not love this B&B anymore.

Peaceful retreat

3.8 on December 08, 2014

Finally, a long overdue review! We stayed at the Knickerbocker in mid September of this year. We found our room comfortable, and very charming. We stayed in the carriage house suite which afforded us a fireplace and our own private deck. We had trouble getting the fireplace lit, but when we called the desk someone came right away to help out. No big deal, the pilot wasn't lit. Since we were in Big Bear to visit friends we did not get to spend as much time at at our room as we would have liked. I could easily return and spend part of a day just sitting on the deck and relaxing, reading and breathing the mountain air. We will definitely return. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a relaxing retreat walking distance from shops and restaurants

Best big secret on the mountain!

5 on November 28, 2014

Magical mountainside retreat from the trail to the front door. Be ready for a slap of southern flavor and hospitality. It a must see property close to the village, high end bistro and experience.

Excellent place to stay and have fabulous food

3.6 on November 12, 2014

I stayed here for couple of days and the experience was excellent. I checked-in late evening and the staff supported very well in late evening for food and accommodation; above expectation. And the morning breakfast food was superb; very delicious and very well served. The staffs were very friendly, my 6 yrs old daughter still remembers them. I recommend this as best place in Big Bear for Bed and Break accomodation

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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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Location Type



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

Directions to property:

See the map on our web site with downloadable pdf instructions at .knickerbockermansion/directions/html

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, 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, Wired internet

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
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights weekends, 3 nights some holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • 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.



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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


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

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