Infographic: Big Bear Seasonal Guide for Groups

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Oct

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October Events in San Diego and Big Bear Lake

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Oct

Daily ITH Guest Activities in San Diego and Big Bear Lake:   Mondays:     Day Activities: Beach Day – Sign Up Online, ITH Adventure & Zoo Hostels, San Diego Hiking In The Mountains, ITH Mountain Adventure Lodge, Big Bear Lake   Night Activities: Game Night & Jam Session, ITH Adventure Hostel, San Diego Sunset Volleyball, …

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Big Bear: Hiking the PCT?

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Sep

Stay at the ITH Mountain Adventure Lodge on PCT Mile 266   The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has been enjoying a string of record years for thru hiker permits. The numbers aren’t concrete, but hiking enthusiasts digging into them estimate 1,000 permits in 2013 and 1,400 permits in 2014. Of those 1,000+ permits, 300 are …

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Which ITH Location is Right for Me?

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Sep

You caught us. We have lots of properties. The International Traveler’s House (ITH) Brand is slowly taking over Southern California, from San Diego to Big Bear. Add to that, we plan to keep on expanding.   What can we say? Travelers love the ITH experience.   Are you excited by the ITH experience, but don’t …

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Fall—The Best Season to Visit San Diego

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Sep

Let’s be real here for a moment. San Diego summers steal all the attention. Students, couples, families and empty nesters flock to the beaches to taste the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. Mission Bay hosts never-ending cycles of gatherings along the shore. Surfers take to the Pacific Ocean in waves.   Summer getaways in San Diego …

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Sharing Economy: The New Style of Hosting & Hospitality

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Sep

By now you’ve heard of the “sharing economy” concept sweeping the nation. From AirBnB to Uber to DogVacay, apps shaking up industries through leveraging shared resources top the news cycle regularly. This publicity continues to increase the number of individuals embracing what is positioned as a “new movement.”   We love the trend. In fact, …

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Redefining Hostels in America

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Sep

Odds are that if you tell someone you’re staying at a hostel here in the States, you’ll be met with perplexity and disbelief. We frequently hear the comment, “Hostels are only in Europe.”   Let’s clear this up right now. Hostels are not a new thing in America. In fact, they started appearing here shortly …

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Adventure Built In: Why ITH is the Best Hostel in San Diego

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Aug

Typically we aren’t ones to brag, but our San Diego Adventure Hostel is much more than your typical hostel.   You enter a whole new world when you come through our doors. Instantly you’ll be delighted by the electrifying colors and vibrant atmosphere. Surfing, sailing and exploring are built into your itinerary through our free …

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The ITH Experience: San Diego’s Best Student Housing

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Aug

College life in San Diego is nothing short of amazing! From the constant 70-degree temperatures to the 70 miles of coastline or the allure of the surfer lifestyle, life down here is paradise.   But you already knew that. It’s why you chose to spend a semester in the most iconic SoCal location.   Life …

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Your Key to a Big Bear Labor Day Mountain Getaway

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Aug

That summer heat can be unbearable! Especially as it creeps up to triple digits, nothing is less enjoyable than sitting in your living room sweating.   If you’re tired of sweltering temperatures in the desert, it’s time for a mountain getaway. Escape the heat and experience the mountains! After one dip in the cool lake …

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5 Things You Have to Explain to Normal Folks About a Hostel

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Jul

Hostels have gotten a pretty bad rap with people here in the states. Unfairly we might add.   You hear all sorts of odd (and quite frankly misinformed) comments once you start telling people you are using a hostel on your next adventure:   • “You’re going to be sleeping on the floor!” • “It’s …

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Best Eats in Little Italy

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Jul

If you’re visiting San Diego for the first time, you are in for a surprise.   We know you’ve heard about the stunning weather, the pristine beaches and world famous zoo. You might have even heard about our sports teams.   But the little known secret is that San Diego is a food mecca.   …

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The SoCal Backpacker Trifecta: Vegas, LA & San Diego

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Jun

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Lodging En Route   The frequent wanderlust of travelers meandering through the Western United States draws them to the Trifecta. This iconic trek includes Las Vegas, Los Angeles and yours truly, San Diego.   Does destination order matter?   We don’t discriminate against our trifecta counterparts. Whichever order you ascend …

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Big Bear Mounting Biking Trails for Beginners

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Jun

Big Bear has an abundance of fantastic activities to fill long summer days. One of the mountain’s favorite past times is mountain biking. And with over one hundred miles of trails and forest service roads waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder why. For those novice mountain bike riders, here are 3 perfect beginner trails: …

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Top Water Activities in Big Bear

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May

Summer is just around the corner, and with warmer temperatures comes water sports. At Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge, we are huge fans of everything water related! From splashing, to gliding to enjoying a jaunt around the lake, there are countless ways to experience our pristine lake. Any adrenaline junkies itching to get out and …

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5 Signs You Can’t Handle a Hostel – #3 Will Shock You

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May

Hostels in the US are a rare breed. While this phenomenon is commonplace in Europe, it’s been met with skepticism in the states. To help decide if you can handle a hostel, we put together the top 5 characteristics you need to survive a stay at a hostel.   1) You Want To Meet People …

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12 Reasons to Not Visit San Diego

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Apr

San Diego is often hyped up as paradise. But why would someone want to subject themselves to all that sunshine? Or beaches for that matter. People have it all wrong.   Here are the 12 reasons San Diego is not a good vacation spot: 1) Sunsets are Overrated The sun disappearing over the ocean and lighting …

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Just How Good Are Hostel “Meals?”

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Apr

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3 Big Bear Dining Options for Groups

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Apr

Big Bear is the perfect destination for a ski weekend or mountain getaway. If you’ve packed several cars full of your closest friends to share the experience with, check out these restaurants that are happy to accommodate large groups:   Old Country Inn 41126 Big Bear Blvd. | 909-866-5600   This location isn’t for dainty …

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Spring Break Guide to San Diego

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Mar

You’re about to embark to the “Finest City in America” to enjoy a full week of unadulterated fun. Our hats are off! You’ve set yourself up for a getaway of epic proportions.   Beaches, world-class brews, constant sunshine…what could be better?   To really set this year’s spring break apart, we put together the ultimate …

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Insider’s Guide to San Diego on a Budget

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Feb

For the constant traveler needing to minimize budget and maximize experience, here is our low down on how to San Diego on the skinny: Where to Eat   From fish tacos to Pho, San Diego is a food mecca. And you can more than enjoy your fair share of delish on a tight budget.   …

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Big Bear Valentine’s Day Getaway on a Budget

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Jan

Big Bear is a magical place this time of year, making it the perfect escape for your Valentine’s Day weekend. If you are looking to enjoy an enchanting getaway without breaking the bank, here are budget recommendations.   What to Do:   Many of Big Bear’s activities are year long, with the addition of several …

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Why American Hostels Are the New Accommodation of Choice

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Jan

A popular movement in Europe, hostels are starting to spring up across the US. And travelers are welcoming the movement by booking in force.   So if you haven’t explored an American Hostel, here are 5 reasons why they are becoming the lodging of choice.   1-Affordability     Travelers and students aren’t known for …

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Summer Things You Can Still Do in the Winter in San Diego

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Jan

While we see the highest number of tourists throughout the summer months, the real gem is San Diego in the wintertime. You get to enjoy all the same attractions without the crowds.    Here are a few of our favorite winter attractions:    Beach Days     The water gets cooler in the winter months, …

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Traveler’s Guide to Big Bear’s Ski Resorts

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Dec

If you’ve made a trek to Big Bear to experience the land of winter, you are in luck! They have two premier Southern California Ski Resorts. And with a combined 26 lifts giving you access to over 400 skiable acres hosting 55 runs, you won’t regret it!   Bear Mountain Resort   Known most for …

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