Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn.
The Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn, located in the heart of Big Bear, Calif., is an accessible historic property in southern California.
The facility consists of four buildings: the mansion, two outbuildings, and a carriage house. The mansion's first floor has a reception entrance, living room, and dining room complete with the original native-rock fireplace. A second dining room converted from the exterior verandah brings the outdoors inside. It is a perfect place to enjoy a wonderful gourmet breakfast when the weather does not permit dining on the outside patio. Meals are also a notable experience, as the inn has a new commercial kitchen, the creative workplace of Thomas, partner and executive chef.
Breakfast is included with your stay and is a treat not to be missed. The Bistro at the mansion is also open for Saturday evening dining. All areas on the mansion's first floor are accessible, including the men's and women's restrooms.
A quick trip outside across a 300-foot ramp takes you to the carriage house where the fully accessible Forest View III room is located. It is accented with rustic log furniture, a queen-size bed, fine linens, and upscale amenities. Like all Knickerbocker rooms, it has a television, VCR, and private telephone (complete with voice-mail messaging). All the doorways are 36 inches wide, and the marble-tile bathroom is almost as large as the bedroom. The room also has a tub/shower combination with grab bars and hand-held showerhead (bring your own bench or let the staff know in advance if you need one). The sink is quite accessible, and the toilet has grab bars.
Innkeepers Thomas and Stanley have obviously put a lot of work into making the inn accessible. Major infrastructure of the property had to be changed to become barrier free, while special care has been taken not to destroy the charm and ambiance of the original structures.
Contact: The Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn, 869 Knickerbocker Road, P.O. Box 1907, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. (877) 423-1180 / (909) 8789190 / 878-4248 (fax) / www.knickerbockermansion.com.
Information for this column is provided by Carol Randall, Access-Able Travel Source, Wheat Ridge, Colo. www.access-able .com / firstname.lastname@example.org.