Gold Mountain Manor
Seven guest rooms adorned with antiques, hand-crafted log furniture and fireplaces.
Built by a wealthy Los Angeles movie investor, this 1920s-era log mansion is now a cozy mountain lodge. Each of the seven rooms has a queen-size bed and a fireplace (six out of the seven are wood-burning), as well as amenities such as cozy robes, towel warmers and soothing homemade milk baths. The common areas are equally inviting, beginning in the great room, which offers billiards, a TV and DVD/VCR with surround sound, an extensive video library, board games, well-stocked bookshelves and comfy furniture. The dining room features an antique wood, iron and polished-brass stove and a hand-painted table; it is in this elegant setting that daily gourmet candlelit breakfasts are served. During warmer months, breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, wine and freshly baked cookies are offered on the manor’s wraparound veranda. The complimentary guest kitchen is stocked with hot beverages, seasonal chocolates and microwave popcorn. The innkeepers double as concierges and are happy to arrange anything from champagne and in-room massages to restaurant reservations and birthday cakes. Since Gold Mountain Manor is just a block from the national forest and a mile and a half from Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains, outdoor activities abound. Hiking, mountain biking, zip lining and fishing lure guests in the summer. In the winter, acres of ponderosa pine-studded land welcome sledders and snowshoe enthusiasts. The manor offers a unique “Old-Fashioned Christmas” experience, with a Christmas tree; a Christmas Eve dinner of fresh crab, tri-tip and homemade vegetarian lasagna; a stocking full of “culinary delights” to enjoy on Christmas morning; and a Christmas Day brunch.