Free Gas – Big Bear’s Remedy for Spring Fever

Big Bear Lake Is Close, Yet Far Enough Away for a Springtime Getaway

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ — Attention travelers! Petroleum prices are soaring and not going down anytime soon, but don’t panic! Big Bear Lake is offering a free $25 gas card for visitors who stay the night at one of Big Bear’s participating lodges.

“We are less than a tank away from Los Angeles, San Diego or Las Vegas,” said Big Bear Lake Resort Association Executive Director Jamie Wolcott. “It’s comforting for travelers to know they will be reimbursed $25 of free gas when they stay at one of our fine lodges.”

Now that spring fever is here, a two or three hour drive into the great outdoors is a satisfying escape from winter blues. The scenery along Big Bear’s mountain highways is worth the drive in itself. Fresh air, blue skies, green pines, blooming wildflowers and mellow temperatures combine to deliver a great drive with a gas card reward at the end.

Favorite springtime activities in Big Bear include fishing, hiking, off-roading, horseback riding, mountain biking, and golf. Skiers and snowboarders will continue to ski and ride the slopes at Big Bear Mountain Resorts well into April, thanks to the significant amount of snow the resorts accumulated this year.

Springtime events include Farmers Market (Every Tuesday), the Bear Mountain Brew Festival (April 9), Big Bear Discovery Center’s Flower Foray tours (Saturdays, April 30 – June 11), Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (May 1), and May Trout Classic (May 14 & 15). Daily, there are tours at Moonridge Animal Park, which houses animals native to the San Bernardino Mountains.

All of these springtime activities and special events are just a “Tank of Gas Away” in Big Bear Lake. The free tank of gas offer is available to visitors booking a minimum one night’s stay at a participating lodge during the period of April 3 through June 18, 2005 (non-holiday). Lodging packages start as low as $65 per night. A $25 Arco Gas Card, redeemable at participating Arco gas stations, will be given to the guest at check-in. Limit, one gas card per reservation. This offer may not be used in combination with any other Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) offer or promotion.

Springtime is typically an off-peak period when Big Bear lodges discount room rates. Also, BBLRA offers lodging packages with recreational activities, including mountain bike rentals, horseback riding, massage therapy, golf and Snow Summit’s Sky Chair. Smart travelers plan Big Bear trips now.

To get details on the “Free Tank of Gas” special, or to book reservations, log onto or call 1.800.4.BIG.BEAR (1.800.424.4232).

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