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Fall Colors and Free Gas in Big Bear

Don't let high gas prices keep you from seeing turning autumn leaves

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Fall Colors and Free Gas in Big Bear

Diana Wroblewski/California Fall Color

Leaves are showing autumn hues in the Big Bear area, reports the blog California Fall Color.

AUTUMN COLOR IN SOCAL: Don't let Southern California's reputation for sunny year-round weather – or the brutal spike in gas prices – keep you away from some autumn gold, crimson and fiery orange. The Big Bear Resort Association is offering a chance to see some fall colors while saving gas costs for the trip up the mountain.

THE DEAL: Guests who stay two nights at a participating lodge in Big Bear Lake through Nov. 19 will get a $50 Shell gas card. If you stay three nights, you get a $75 card; you can make it $100 for a four-night stay. Details and restrictions are posted at the association's website.

WHY GO NOW: Big Bear is lovely most any time of year, but in fall its higher elevation offers a taste of crisp mountain air and a sense of seasonality that's often lacking closer to sea level. When thoughts turn to pumpkin pie and a crackling fire – though lowland temps remain in the 90s – it's lovely to head up into the San Bernardino National Forest to feel and see fall. Autumn color-spotters for the blog California Fall Color recently said the town of Big Bear is glowing with yellow aspen and red eastern sugar maples.

Related Topics big bear, fall, autumn, gas
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