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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 - 3 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 60 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 all of 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 then 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 fall nightly rate for this amazing cabin is only $155. We don’t ask for a ridiculously-high damage deposit either. Can you believe $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 have to 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 have to 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 the sound of a passing car.

We know you’ll enjoy the warmth and calm serenity of the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. So 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

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 Big Bear

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.


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.


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 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 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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Great cabin, excellent views!

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin! Roomy, clean, and very nice..

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We were very satisfied, it was very clean and high in the mountains, the view was breath taking. We would diffidently do this again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views, great cabin, great location

  • 4 of 5

We loved that the cabin was on the North Shore with an incredible view of the forest from everywhere in the cabin. The cabin was well equipped and comfortable. When we arrived the cleaning lady was rushed, so the floors especially , were not as clean as we would have preferred. David met us there and was available if anything went wrong. It was a perfect cabin for the seven of us and our dog. We liked the wood ceilings, walls and railings giving the cabin a rustic ambiance. We took morning walks and found a trail just feet from the cabin. Another plus was that everything we wanted to do was so close. Just down the main road was a beach where the girls stayed while the guys went on down a mile further and rented paddle boards and a kayak. They boarded to where we were, hung out and then went back. The beach had picnic tables under trees with sandy beach below. Even enjoyed the ducks on the lake. There is a marvelous paved trail along the lake to hike or ride. If we had more time, we would have rented bikes for the day and done that trail. Also, down that same main road is the Discovery Center which we enjoyed thoroughly. We also went to the Big Bear Moonridge Zoo, a rescue facility, not far away. A great small zoo, very informative and enjoyable for all. We were there 3 days and because of the comfortable cabin and its location we were able to do a lot, but also relaxed enjoying the forested area where the cabin is located. Would recommend for a small family.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family to stay!

  • 4 of 5

The property is great for the price. It has cozy touches that make you feel at home. The location is beautiful and peaceful. Our family had a wonderful stay. David the property owner is accommodating and easy to work with. I am confident to recommend this property to others, we will definitely keep this place in mind for future visits.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Amazing Location, Great views

  • 5 of 5

I was here with some friends for a weekend getaway to hike and take astrophotography. The cabin was clean, in a beautiful location, and offered great amenities such as a full kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and could have easily fit 8 people, not to mention a huge back porch that offered gorgeous views. Cannot wait until we come back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place with spectacular view!

  • 4 of 5

We spent three very comfortable days and nights here in early May with another couple. The view off the back deck was certainly as advertised - spectacular! It is several miles from the lake area, however very accessible to Big Bear proper. Small downtown area is very nice for shopping. Furnishings were good and beds very comfortable. Kitchen area reasonably stocked with cooking necessities and utensils. There is a nice little collection of CD,s in the cottage available to renters. You will be expected to drop the trash off at a location downtown when you leave. Really not a problem. Directions provided by owner. TV and heating system controls were a little bit of an adventure the first night, however not a problem after that. There is a hiking trail to Bertha's Peak at the end of the street. About 1,000 foot elevation hike to the top. We did not hike it, but looks like a good challenge for experienced hikers. Communication with the owner was excellent.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $100
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.