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Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Jul 6, 2023, 1:45 AM | Updated: 3:52 pm

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This article about last-minute summer vacation planning is sponsored by the Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau


Summer is coming to a close. Time to start thinking about back-to-school…but what about those final summer getaways for the family? Check out these cost-friendly and convenient goodbyes to summer 2023 vacations before the window closes.

Where to stay for your Bear Lake vacation

Bear Lake offers a diverse range of lodging options, catering to all types of travelers. For nature enthusiasts seeking a back-to-basics experience, numerous camping grounds dot the picturesque shores of the lake. These campsites provide a serene atmosphere, perfect for pitching tents or parking your RV, with amenities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and access to hiking trails. 

If you prefer a cozy retreat amidst nature, cabins nestled in the surrounding mountains provide a rustic yet comfortable experience, offering breathtaking views and opportunities for outdoor activities. For those seeking luxury and convenience, a selection of hotels and resorts dot the shoreline, offering well-appointed rooms, on-site restaurants, swimming pools, and lakefront access. 

Additionally, for visitors looking for unique and alternative options, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, and lodges offer personalized experiences and local charm. With such a wide array of accommodations available, Bear Lake ensures that every traveler finds the perfect place to stay while enjoying the beauty of this idyllic destination.

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What to do during your summer getaway

Bear Lake offers a plethora of activities that cater to a variety of interests. The crystal-clear waters of the lake beckon visitors to indulge in thrilling water sports such as boating, jet skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The expansive shoreline is perfect for sunbathing, picnicking, or building sandcastles on the sandy beaches. 

For fishing enthusiasts, Bear Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, with large trout and whitefish populations. Beyond the lake, nature lovers can explore the surrounding area by hiking the numerous scenic trails, where they can immerse themselves in the stunning beauty of the Bear Lake Valley and its diverse flora and fauna. 

Adventure seekers can go mountain biking, horseback riding, or ATV riding on the nearby trails, offering a thrilling and adrenaline-pumping experience. Additionally, visitors can discover the rich history and heritage of the area by visiting local museums, attending cultural events, or exploring charming nearby towns. Bear Lake truly offers something for everyone, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

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Games to play with the whole family

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Bear Lake offers a wide array of games and activities that will keep everyone entertained. One classic game that always brings joy is beach volleyball or badminton. Set up a net on the sandy shore and compete with the whole family. Frisbee is another popular option, allowing you to toss the disc back and forth while enjoying the refreshing lake breeze. 

For those who enjoy friendly rivalry, try a game of horseshoes or cornhole for hours of fun. Take turns trying to land the horseshoes on the stake or toss beanbags into the target holes. 

If you prefer a more relaxed pace, bring a deck of cards or a board game to play under the shade of a tree. And there are always traditional beach activities like building sandcastles and collecting seashells. 

Easy recipes that will please everyone

You can prepare plenty of delicious and easy recipes right at the lake. A popular option is the classic campfire favorite: s’mores. Gather around the campfire and roast marshmallows to golden perfection, then sandwich them between graham crackers and chocolate for a sweet and gooey treat. 

Another simple yet tasty option is foil packet meals. Prepare your own ingredients, such as chicken, vegetables, and seasonings, then wrap them in foil and place them on the grill or over the campfire. Let them cook to perfection, creating a flavorful and convenient meal with minimal cleanup. 

Create your own fruit skewers for a refreshing snack by threading colorful fruits like strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon onto skewers. Lastly, don’t forget the classic picnic fare like sandwiches, salads, and wraps, which can be easily prepared in advance and enjoyed while lounging by the lake. 

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