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  • pinitbutton Big Bear’s 48 Hour Fall Lodging Special
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View from a lodging at Big Bear Lake, CA

Nothing says fall like the changing of the leaves, perfect weather, Oktoberfest and the great outdoors. And what better way to experience this magical time of year than by saving money while you do it? But you have to move fast.

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on September 16th, 2013
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Jeff Hoyt gets airborne via flyboard at Big Bear Lake, CA

Above Big Bear Lake Without a Net

To speed across the water, first came surfboarding, then sailboarding, paddleboarding, wakeboarding and kiteboarding. Now there’s a way to speed across and above the water: flyboarding.

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  • pinitbutton Big Bear Claims Highest Altitude Vineyard in Northern Hemisphere
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Big Bear Lake, CA, boasts the highest altitude vineyard in the northern hemisphere

Big Bear, the Southern California mountain destination known for its lake and ski resorts, now offers a new adult attraction: Stone Summit Vineyard. At 6,750 feet above sea level, the winery claims to have the highest altitude commercial vineyard and winery in the northern hemisphere. Planted in May 2012, the vines won’t be mature enough to produce wine for a few years, so Stone Summit has begun sourcing grapes from the Napa Valley and Central Coast regions. The winery’s first release, a Moscato, can be sampled at its new tasting room, The Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort, 41421 Big Bear Blvd. Stone Summit plans to follow the Moscato with releases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Merlot.

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