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Enjoy the Solitude of Big Bear's Whispering Forest in this Special Cabin

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

You won't find another three-bedroom, two-bath cabin in a perfect location and amazing view at such a low rate in all of Big Bear! This spacious lodge-type property can sleep nine individuals comfortably. Just scan some 70 reviews of the cabin, and read how impressed our previous guests have been with their accommodations. Though located in a pristine section of Big Bear known as the Whispering Forest, far from bustling crowds, it is within a short drive to this mountain community's main attractions.

As you drive your vehicle up the gentle curves of Eagle Mountain Road, a 45-degree turn takes you to Green Mountain Drive. The view from this ridge road has been described as jaw-dropping by more than one guest. Near the end of the road you will find the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. The trails of the National Forest are within walking distance. But since you won’t find mention of this in any guide book, you can spend a full day discovering the area without ever running into another human being. Yet if you want to walk the quaint streets of Big Bear Village filled with dozens of eateries and charming shops, it’s only a 15-minute drive away.

The winter nightly rate for this amazing cabin is only $195. We don’t ask for a ridiculously-high damage deposit either. Can you believe just $100? It is totally refundable following your departure. The only thing high about the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway is its location. Big Bear may be 7,000 feet above sea level, but in the Whispering Forest, the hideaway is another 1,000 feet closer to heaven -- hence its name.

But we mortals still must eat and sleep; here is the perfect cabin where you can do both in style. Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway provides the rustic atmosphere guests seek in a mountain home, but also offers the conveniences one expects while on vacation. The kitchen contains a large refrigerator with ice maker, a microwave and a dish washer. Tucked behind shuttered doors in the hallway closet is a washer and dryer. The thermostatically-controlled central heating system keeps the cabin toasty warm, no matter how chilly the evenings become. It adds more heat to a roaring fire in the wood-burning, natural-rock fireplace in the great room. If you must stay connected with the outside world, wifi is included, of course.

In addition to its custom stone fireplace, the great room contains a large-screen television, DVD player and a massive varnished log slab breakfast bar that lets the chef enjoy the inspiring view while preparing a meal. That spectacular 180-degree view of both the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit peaks can be seen from the great room and master bedroom, while the two bedrooms on the lower level offer forest views. The entire south wall of the main floor is composed of sliding glass doors, which lead to the back deck that runs the full length of the cabin -- the perfect spot to watch birds soar through the trees during the day, and the stars at night.

Adjacent to the great room is the vaulted master suite containing a queen oak sleigh bed; a large, mirrored walk-in cedar closet; and a second flat-screen television and DVD player. Downstairs the other two bedrooms are separated by the second bath. One bedroom contains a queen iron bed and the other holds a set of full bunk beds that can accommodate two adult couples or four giggling youngsters.

There’s a fenced back yard if you want your pups to get some outdoor exercise, and a barbecue on the back deck. There is no additional pet deposit. Because the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway is tucked away on a dead-end road, it's rare that you will even hear a passing car.

We know you’ll enjoy the warmth and calm serenity of the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. You can request a reservation today through VRBO. Or call us at 888-424-5211 to lock in your dates on the calendar. What a place to escape, leave your worldly cares behind and unwind. Now, that's what we call ... 'heavenly!'

Keywords: Bargain rates, 5-star cabin, near National Forest

More Details

David Gurzenski
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About David Gurzenski

I once worked full-time in Orange County as an instructor at a private school where I helped students through courses such as property management and real estate, helping them prepare for the California Real Estate License Exam. One student, very grateful after passing the state test, invited me to the town of Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains. I fell in love with the quiet peacefulness of the community, and vowed to move there following retirement. But once here, my background in real estate made me forget retiring; instead I began to invest in vacation rental cabins, renovating them to appeal to visitors from throughout Southern California.

David Gurzenski purchased this cabin in 2008

Why David Gurzenski chose Whispering Forest

We call our cabin the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. Guests understand when they drive up a gently winding road to the structure's location high above the town of Big Bear. Even though I saw the property required renovations, the view took my breath away as soon as we were inside. The cabin is also located in a wonderful section of Big Bear known as Whispering Forest. It sits on the edge of the National Forest, where guests can take hikes in summer and sled in the winter. While away from the bustle of Big Bear, it is just a 10-to-15-minute drive to all of Big Bear’s main attractions. My two grandsons (pictured here) are drawn from the east coast to Big Bear with my daughter, where they can ski and snowboard in winter, or enjoy beautiful Big Bear Lake in summer.

What makes this cabin unique

Many of the unique benefits of this marvelous cabin are mentioned above. Yet also impressive is the large great room, composed of the living area, kitchen and dining room table. The outstanding view can also be enjoyed from the all these sections of the great room, as well as the master suite on the main level of the cabin. On the lower level, there are two nice-sized rooms, as well as a full bath that separate them. The cabin has been enjoyed by large families and groups as evidenced by the numerous glowing reviews that make the property a five-star favorite for many returning guests. The back deck, which extends across the entire width of the cabin, is an ideal location for BBQs, tranquility, enjoying the beauty of the forest and breath-taking views of the southern mountain range containing Big Bear’s two ski resorts.


Whispering Forest Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (1) The queen bed in the master suite is a rustic oak sleigh bed, while the queen bed in a downstairs bedroom is a rustic, wrought iron country bed., Bunk Beds (1) Not your typical bunk bed, this one contains two full-size beds that can sleep a total of four individuals.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Vaulted T&G wood ceilings supported by massive support beams in the great room and master bedroom; real wood blinds and custom drapes; most kitchen appliances, as well as the washer/dryer, are brand new; oil paintings, prints and historial photographs of early Big Bear add to the ambiance of all rooms; rustic light fixtures and many antique wood furnishings make this an unmistakeable mountain retreat.


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Enjoy the Solitude of Big Bear's Whispering Forest in this Special Cabin
average rating of 4.785714 based on 84 reviews

we love it!

  • 4 of 5

we had a great time! The cabin was very nice and has the best view of the mountains.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Rustic Cabin Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I spent four days at this wonderful rustic cabin getaway. I found it to be very close to what the VRBO description provides. Our stay was right before Christmas, and unfortunately there was not too much snow on the ground outside of the Mountain and the man made snow at the tubing parks. Obviously this was outside of the Cabin's control. The cabin did provide ample room for my family (9 people total, 7 adults 2 children) to enjoy.


Ample room - 2 master bedrooms, bunk bed room, and comfortable sofa for sleeping.

Satellite Television (Not that you want to watch tv while on vacation)

Fireplace (bring/purchase your own wood) this was nice because it was rather cold during our stay and the fireplace quickly warmed up the whole unit

Neighborhood - you are about 10-15 minutes away from the main shopping/tourist area. These was a nice hiking trail at the end of the street that we went on a hike.

Porch - porch see in pictures was great. You have nice views of the mountains and surrounding area.

Not Pro's

Upon arriving, it was my understanding that I was supposed to meet up with owner to gain entry and review property. I had called him and his phone was not accepting calls, I called back up number and there was no answer. After about 15 minutes, I read over email again and found code for key box and let myself in. I then receive multiple calls/voicemails from owner inquiring about the cabin. Owner came the next morning to check in, all was well. But felt there was some miscommunication regarding gaining entry into cabin. For that I claim some responsibility, but just be clear prior to arrival as to what owner is expecting for you to access cabin.

Kitchen amenities - I am not an avid VRBO'er, but moving forward I will pack as if I am going camping. The kitchen was missing some essentials, such as a can opener, dish soap, and tin foil. I understand these may not be standard, but just a good thing to keep in mind prior to going.

Furnishings - some of the furnishings were in rough shape. Upon sitting in Porch chairs they felt as if they were going to tumble right out from under you. Bunk bed ladder is an injury waiting to happen. On not one but two occasions ladder slid out from the party climbing it. We ended up jump putting it aside as didn't want to risk any further injury.

We had a wonderful stay, were very happy with the overall experience of the cabin, and will most likely look to book this cabin again.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Area

  • 5 of 5

The view from the Cabin was absolutely amazing. It was in a nice neighborhood away from the busy city life. However it was within 10 minutes of the local grocery stores or restaurants. I loved the cabin and would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Had an awesome time with my family at the cabin. Beautiful views, trails near by, cabin was perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great get away weekend

  • 5 of 5

The reservation was easy and getting directions n followup from David. The cabin was need n clean.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great time !

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the cabin very much , would come again!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Car: necessary

The cabin is located about a two-minute walk from the end of the road, which culminates in the San Bernardino National Forest. A sign coming up Eagle Mountain Drive to the cabin states 'No through access,' so those in search of scenic views of the lake or hiking trails turn around and never reach our cabin. As a result, this is one of the most quiet, peaceful sections of Big Bear's Whispering Forest that lives up to its name. You will be rewarded with plenty of lake AND mountain views after another three-minute walk into the forest. It's a slow, easy incline to higher elevations that makes an easy hike for beginners. The more adventurous and experienced hikers can continue to find large boulder outcroppings that are perfect for gazing at the endless view. Since you won't find mention of this section of the forest in any of the guide books, it is extremely doubtful that you will encounter any other human being during your experience with nature.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 8.0%

Please contact the owner through this site, or call our toll-free 888-424-5211 number to obtain our holiday rates, seasonal rates, or any discounts available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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