A Premier Big Bear Lake Bed and Breakfast with Fine Dining & Event Facility Located Next to California’s San Bernardino National Forest.


Welcome to Your Big Bear Bed and Breakfast Experience!

A four season destination, the Mansion features 12 guest rooms, all with private baths, premium sheets and linens, and a Bistro breakfast that you’ll talk about for weeks! Located on 2.5 acres adjacent to California’s San Bernardino National Forest, the Mansion consists of 3 buildings with 12 guest rooms. All accommodations at our Big Bear Lake lodging come with private baths, complimentary wifi and breakfast.

Explore Our Big Bear Lake Lodging Options

A visit to the Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro’s elegant Big Bear Lake bed and breakfast brings with it a contentment and relaxation seldom achieved today. It is that pause we all search for between traffic jams, work deadlines, raising the kids and social demands that never relent. An intermittent retreat, that time of refreshing, hidden between layers of life. Please join us and wrap yourself in the warmth and uniqueness of this grand old place, and may your soul be tended and time suspended at the Knickerbocker.

Bed & Breakfast Guest Rooms at Historic Knickerbocker Mansion

The second floor of the Mansion houses our four historical legacy rooms. Just down the hall from any of these rooms at our Big Bear Lake bed & breakfast you will exit onto a veranda that runs the length of the Mansion at the second level, providing tables and chairs for conversations, writing, an afternoon rest, or for watching 4th of July fireworks above the lake. Sitting atop the mansion is the Mansion Suite, with its own private balcony. Our legacy rooms and Mansion Suite are complete with complimentary wifi, Keurig Coffee Makers, Italian bottled water, Southern Pecan Pralines, and botanical bath products.

Carriage House Rooms

Although originally the “barn” that Bill Knick built along with the Mansion, The Carriage House has been renovated extensively over the years to become house charming Big Bear Lake B&B guest rooms. A suite and a handicap room occupy the ground level, while the attic, where the Big Bear Masonic Lodge meetings were held at the turn of the century, now houses our four standard Forest Rooms. All rooms have complimentary wifi and private baths.

Private Guestroom & Entrance at Knickerbocker Mansion

Tucked away on the lower level of the owner’s private home is a cozy guestroom with queen bed, full private bath with tub and shower, complementary wifi, and a separate exterior entrance. Trimmed with rustic log furniture and wood paneling, a welcoming quiet room providing singular privacy, yet with the immediate convenience of the Mansion facility, the village, the lake, forest and Bistro, all at a comfortable price. Accommodates two adults.


Fine Dining at The Bistro

The Bistro is open to the public for dinner Friday and Saturdays from 5:00-9:00 pm, as well as Sundays for brunch from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The menu will please the most discriminating palette and includes some of the best wines Napa Valley has to offer. Advance reservations are required.

A full commercial kitchen is the creative workplace of Chef Robert Velasquez, Knickerbocker Mansion executive chef. Breakfast, always included with your stay, will be remembered long after you have returned home, and should never be missed! Our Big Bear Lake restaurant, known as the “Bistro at the Mansion”, displays the talent of Chef Robert, Friday and Saturday nights by reservation and brunch on Sundays. It is, perhaps, the very best fine dining experience at Big Bear Lake!

SUNDAY NEW ORLEANS STYLE BRUNCH – Open for Sunday Brunch from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Featuring new selections with a Southern flair. Fresh baked butter croissants, blueberry & white chocolate raspberry scones with honey butter, assorted jams, coffee and tea, bottomless mimosas, and bananas foster bread pudding included. Omelettes and Bistro Brunch Specialties range from $16-$32.


Wedding and Event Location

Known as a breathtaking Big Bear Lake wedding venue, the Knickerbocker is also the perfect place for a family reunion, anniversary party, business meetings or special private holiday events. Outdoor events can include up to 80 people and indoor events up to 50 people. Catering is available.

The Knickerbocker Mansion is a secluded mountain location and a perfect location for memorable and romantic Big Bear Lake weddings. The 2.5 acre property offers deluxe amenities to help you create your own special unique event of a lifetime. A perfect place for a family reunion, anniversary party or special private holiday event. Summer outdoor events up to 80 people and indoor winter events up to 50 people. Catering is available and no detail of your special day will be overlooked by our caring staff.

For complete details on Big Bear Lake weddings at Knickerbocker Mansion, just phone us at 800-388-4179. Please ask for Ed or Vickie.

Conferences & Events

Here is the perfect spot for your next corporate retreat, business meeting, or private function.
The “Workshop” is the 2nd floor of a new building on the Knickerbocker property with direct bridge access for the main parking area. It offers large windows with spectacular views of the surrounding forest and occupancy up to 50 people. High-speed Internet access is available and multi-line telephones.

With occupancy of up to 50 people, it is just the right size for an intimate gathering. Rectangular as well as round banquet tables with high quality stacking chairs are on site and available for the asking. A projection system for video presentations is available. This multi-purpose space is secluded, private and yet steps from the main lodge.

869 Knickerbocker Road, Big Bear Lake


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