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History, Luxury, and Big Fun in Big Bear Lake!

Originally built in 1920 by Big Bear Lake’s first dam keeper, William Knickerbocker, the rustic yet elegant Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn is a piece of Southern California history you just have to experience for yourself! The Inn, situated in the heart of San Bernardino National Forest and only four blocks from Big Bear Lake, is the perfect place for hiking, biking, boating, fishing, off-roading, and everything in between! But, recreation is just the beginning. Enjoy a daily two-course gourmet breakfast or the delights of the delicious weekend-only Bistro at the Mansion, not to mention cozy guestroom accommodations and suites with spa tubs and fireplaces. Make a little history of your own at the Knickerbocker, today!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 12 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Big Bear
  • Nearby Water Big Bear Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


Built from halved logs from trees that William Knickerbocker felled himself in 1920, this historic former mansion stands as a testament to the skill and strength of Big Bear Lake's most famous dam keeper, miner, and legend. In fact, Knickerbocker - fondly known as "Bill Knick" - was so legendary that some called him Big Bear Lake's very own Paul Bunyan!


From Land Rover off-roading and golfing to boating on Big Bear Lake and snowboarding Snow Summit, a stay at the Knickerbocker makes for the perfect outdoor holiday!


Nearby Big Bear Lake, a reservoir in the San Bernardino Mountains, is the perfect spot for trout or bass fishing, boating, water skiing, and much more!


Looking for a little luxury? You'll be sitting on top of the world in the beautiful Penthouse Suite, located on top of the mansion! Enjoy a luxurious pine four-poster bed, a Vermont Casting wood-burning stove, a soothing spa tub, and an expansive deck with panoramic views!


The Knickerbocker's remote yet convenient location makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway! You'll fall in love all over again after a night in the Carriage House Suite, featuring a king size bed in a "sleeping nook," a beautiful river-rock fireplace, a marble bath, and a private wrap-around deck with panoramic lake views!

Additional Information

  • Beach
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife & Nature
Room Amenities
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Refrigerator
  • Whirlpool
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Catering
  • Meeting Room(s)
Languages Spoken
  • English

Nearest Airports

  • Banning Municipal Airport (BNG) / 21.9 miles
  • Apple Valley Airport (APV) / 28.2 miles
  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) / 36.4 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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