Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our birthdays by going to Big Bear–a place I’d remarkably never been to, despite how close it is to us. It was exactly what we needed, and a great way to escape the triple-degree temps at home. And, I’m already planning the rustic chic decor in our imaginary lake house.
Big Bear was in full fall mode. The local shops had a seasonal contest going on, so we walked by several adorable displays that made us feel like it was autumn (something we don’t get the pleasure of doing every year in Southern California). We meandered through the streets on the way to the lake, stopping to admire the occasional tree with leaves that had actually changed colors. Oh, and the high altitude made us out of breath, so at least we felt like we were getting a good workout in.
We enjoyed a great dinner alfresco and reminisced about our year together as a married couple, and then discovered the couple next to us had gotten engaged that same day. Oktoberfest was happening, but we decided to forgo it and just enjoy the fireplace in the room, along with our delicious pumpkin cookies and wine that we had packed.
The next day we took the windy road down the mountain and stopped by a couple farms to go apple picking. One of them had several different kinds of apple trees (macintosh, fuji, etc.) along with cider, pie a la mode, caramel apples and more. It was such a fun fall date that required no time off work, wasn’t a huge expense, provided us with some beautiful outdoors time and made us super happy. I’ve shared a few pictures from our trip.