This Weekend in Big Bear 9/15: Shop, Walk, and Wine Taste

Simone Graham – Editor: The Village Business Association (VBA) of Big Bear Lake is hosting its annual Fall Wine Walk on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 p.m. in the downtown Big Bear Lake Village shopping district.

This is another one of those day trip events that is only one hour away, door to door. It has the added advantage of a  virtually traffic-free route through Lucerne Valley and up the back road to Big Bear. For those of us in the High Desert, this event either requires a designated driver or overnight hotel reservations. Pay attention to ticket options; you may want to purchase the “ride” option at next year’s event.

This merchant organized event showcases fine wines from around the world and the Village’s unique businesses. For 2018, the Village Business Association (VBA) is happy to welcome Classic Wines of California, Vines on the Mary Crest and Joseph Filippi Winery and Vineyards as participants in our 2018 Village Fall Wine Walk.

Ticketholders receive a map of participating businesses, a commemorative wine glass, 12 wine tasting tickets and a wristband at check-in. A portion of the proceeds to be donated to Big Bear Valley Education Trust, Christmas in the Village, Fourth of July fireworks and numerous other events for the community.

“The Wine Walk has grown into a premier event that we designed to feature merchants here in the Village, but to also benefit all businesses and organizations in the valley.” said Cheri Wilson, chair of the VBA Wine Walk and owner of Home Warehouse Design Center, a participating store in the event.“

The fall wine walk is a great opportunity to taste a variety of wines you might not ever have a chance to taste. Presale tickets for the Village Fall Wine Walk cost $35 if purchased before September 4th and will be $45 from the 5th on, if any are available. This was a sold-out event in June.

Tickets can be purchased online at, The Visitors Bureau on Bartlett or at The UPS Store on Village Drive. The Wine Walk will begin at 3:30 and end at 7:00 p.m., shortly followed by a raffle prize drawing for event attendees. Wine Walk participants must be at least 21 years old.

The Village Business Association is also offering a VIP ticket for $5.00 additional. Participants will receive free pick up and drop off to and from the wine walk from your location within the Big Bear Valley, expedited VIP check in, double raffle prize tickets and a wine yolk to hold your glass. Free rides home will be offered to all that attend. New this year, we will open for check-in at 11:00 a.m. to encourage guests to check-in early and enjoy all that the Village has to offer.

Check-in is on the corner of Pine Knot Avenue and Village Drive. The VBA is anticipating a sellout event of 1300 participants to enjoy an afternoon of great wines, wonderful hors d’ oeuvres,music, mountain air and lake views.

Participating Businesses – Artisans, Etc., O Koo Ran, The Copper Q, Village Sweet Shoppe, Amangela’s, Del Lago’s Boutique, The Bath Workshop, Murray’s Saloon & Eatery, Home Warehouse Design Center, AV Nightclub, Brown Bear Gift Shop, Whiskey Dave’s, Wild Coyote Gallery, Bear Skins, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s, Camp Crib, Oakside Grill and Bar, The Lodge at Big Bear Lake, a Holiday Inn Resort, Gems of the West, The Club, Bear Mountain Resorts, Turn Key Vacation Rentals and Barrel 33.

Contributing Restaurants – Sonora Cantina, The Captain’s Anchorage, Sister My Sister Bake Shop, Stillwell’s and Gaby’s Latin Flavors.

This year a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Big Bear Valley Education Trust.


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