Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

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


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
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Lovely little b&b

3.6 on July 18, 2016

Absolutely loved the Knickerbocker mansion, great space and property and the owners are very sweet, room was clean and breakfast was good! Great location, walking distance into town and had a lot of cute seating areas.

Great Hospitality

4.0 on July 11, 2016

Great Southern hospitality...

jk review

5 on June 15, 2016

We had a great stay at the Knickabocker. Ed and Vicki were great hosts, they were both a little anxious that weekend because they were going to be grandparents that Monday if I remember correctly. All the other staff was very personable too, I like the Creole touches in music and food, nice of them to bring their roots to the mountains. Will definitely look to stay here again when I head to BB : )

only one issue

4.6 on June 14, 2016

My wife stayed here in May 2016 and we loved every minute except the fact that the mattress needs to be replaced. We could feel the springs even with a mattress pad. I hope they get new ones before our next visit.

Awesome Place

5 on March 02, 2016

We were greeted by the owner. The room was cozy and clean and we had a fantastic weekend.

Perfection in the Mountains

5 on February 13, 2016

We happened to be the only guests here the night we stayed (Super Bowl Sunday) and and were welcomed warmly and with coffee and scones, delicious! We have a family of four and stayed in two rooms at the end of a hall, which was perfect and we could close off the area so we had privacy (not like we needed it being the only guests!) The room and bathroom amenities are well appointed and classy. The showers are great with the right amount of pressure. The TVs had cable and the wi fi worked great. There's a Keurig in each room. The bathrooms also have a heat lamp so you are not cold when you get out of the shower. There are cute fireplace stove heaters in the room plus central heat. Breakfast and coffee in the morning-5 stars! And you can watch woodpeckers as well while you eat. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Big Bear but the Knick! Also the dinner and brunch on the weekends is FABULOUS! You really must make time for it. Great food and great wine list. The best in town!

Romantic Getaway

5 on February 03, 2016

Had the best time at the Knickerbocker with my girlfriend. The staff there is awesome, everyone is nice and polite and fun. The food at the restaurant is amazing. We had breakfast and dinner there and couldn't have been more happy with how tasty everything was. Their coffee was great too! The rooms are cozy and everything was quite lovely. We had a great romantic getaway for the weekend here. Most definitely want to go back again.

Wonderful weekend away

4.4 on December 28, 2015

Overall it was a great experience and we would recommend it to everybody. For our dinner reservations, the food wasn't as good as we hoped it would be but the feel and the ambiance were amazing. My husband and I enjoyed the property and the fresh snow made for a very romantic weekend. We would definitely come back!

A Real Winter Wonderland!

5 on December 07, 2015

My husband and I went to Big Bear for a couples retreat, and decided to book our accommodations at Knickerbocker Mansion sight unseen. We were SO HAPPY we did! We didn't arrive until almost 10pm, but even so the owner was still waiting for us to check in. He showed us to our suite - an absolutely AMAZING room with a fireplace and sitting area, and a HUGE bathroom with a jacuzzi tub. It was gorgeous! We LOVED the restaurant on-site too. The food was delicious! We enjoyed the included breakfast during our stay, and we had dinner there one night as well. It was simply outstanding! If I'm critiquing I would say that there were two things that weren't our favorite - both related to the bathroom. It has a step up, so you have to be really careful if you get up in the middle of the night - and pretty much any other time. Also there is only one sink/vanity in the bathroom, and in fact, only ONE MIRROR in the entire room. As a bit of advice I would ask that they please put a mirror in the room somewhere. It would also have been nice if there was a desk or vanity area in the room. And the bathroom floor is tile, so just know that it's REALLY cold! Other than that we just can't say enough about out stay. Owners Ed and Vicki Harris were so kind and accommodating - they really make you feel like you're at home. We loved the retreat but we actually spent the weekend wishing that we didn't have to go to it - we just wanted to stay in our amazing room! We had everything we needed; a bottle of wine, an in room coffee maker, a wrap-around porch, a fireplace and a jacuzzi tub...and great food...we couldn't have asked for anything more! Our only real regret was that we couldn't stay longer. But rest assured, we WILL be back!

Loved it!

4.0 on December 01, 2015

Was looking for a nice weekend getaway and found it! We felt like family here. The owners were gracious and friendly and the food is fabulous! A nice walk away from shops and restaurants. We will be back for sure!

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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: 4

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.



Vickie Harris

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian