25 Things You Need To Know About San Bernardino Before You Move ThereIs San Berdoo for you? Of course it is.
1. Who Needs The MLB When You Have The 66ers
Source: TripAdvisor via flyboymicIt's not the biggest stadium in the world, but San Manuel lets true blue baseball fans get close to the action, and that's definitely worth the price of admission. Fans will never miss an Inland Empire 66ers game, that's for sure!
2. Some Like It Hot (And Dry) And For Them San Bernardino Is Paradise
Source: Flickr user Mitch BarrieNot everyone is suited for the hot and dry weather deserts offer, but if you love the heat and despise humidity, San Bernardino is pretty much heaven. It has its spots of oasis, too, so you're never getting too much of any one thing at a time. It's about balance, my friend!
3. McDonald's Flipped Its First Patty Here
Source: Flickr user Tamsin SlaterDick and Mac McDonald opened McDonald's Barbecue Restaurant in 1940, right here in San Berdoo. As its name suggests, it had a lot of BBQ food back then (no the McRib doesn’t count). Once the company made the switch to burgers though, fast food was born. Now, the site of the original Mickey D's is an unofficial museum owned by Juan Pollo Restaurants and is right on historic Route 66.
4. You Can Also Thank San Berdoo For Your Doritos Loco Taco Breath
Source: ChaChaOK, so it wasn't called Taco Bell back then, but founder Glen Bell opened a hot dog stand called Bell's Drive-In in 1946. Two years later he opened Taco Tia and sold, you guessed it, tacos. Though Taco Bell as we know it today didn't get started until 1962 in Downey, Glen Bell was a man with a mission, and that mission started right here in San Berdoo!
5. Fishing In The Mountains Is A “Reel” Rite Of Passage
Source: Flickr user Mitch BarrieWhile hiking through the mountains, it's not uncommon for a San Berdoo native to be spotted with a rod and reel. Families take their kids. Fisherman take themselves. If you live here long enough, it's an inevitability—you will go fishing and you will enjoy it.
6. Every San Bernadinian Has Taken A Dip In Deep Creek Hot Springs
Source: Flickr user woods at nightCan you say relaxing? Folks from San Bernardino sure know how to unwind. The Deep Creek Hot Springs offer the perfect opportunity to relax, though you have to work for it with a couple mile hike to get there. Now this is how you get away from it all.
7. Ozzy Blows The Roof Off This City On The Regular
Source: Flickr user BryanSan Bernardino residents are way proud of the fact that Ozzfest is hosted here every year. Yes, Ozzy Osbourne himself gets up on stage along with a lot of other hard rock bands and doesn't bite the head off of a bat. Good times!
8. Hip Hop Meets Higher Learning At The Cypress Hill SmokeOut
Source: Facebook via Omar AlatorreThis festival is dubbed a "music-fusion" experience and is loaded with acts from every musical genre under the sun. It was founded by hip-hop group Cypress Hill and is also the hub of the medical marijuana movement, so if you're into cannabis culture, it's an educational experience.
9. Follow The Glowsticks To The Insomniac Wonderland Festivals
Source: Facebook via Escape from WonderlandAre you sensing a trend here? Festivals of all kinds are celebrated here. The three-part series of Wonderland Festivals—Beyond Wonderland in the spring, Nocturnal Wonderland in the fall, and Escape from Wonderland on Halloween weekend—set the tone for electronic music all year. Because residents can't wait to bust out their glow sticks.
10. Like Most Things In Life Farmer's Markets Are Even Better At Night
Source: Robert Porter via FacebookIf you're used to browsing local produce in the sunshine, San Bernardino will throw you a delightful curveball in the form of Farmers Fair and Market Night at Perris Hill Park. Local vendors set up booths every Monday at 6pm in mid-May through late October. And there's live entertainment, too, making it the perfect summer night excursion.
11. Bo Bo's Pizzeria Is The Need-To-Know Hole In The Wall
Source: Facebook via Robert PorterIt's amazing locals aren't shouting from the rooftops about this place—because it's that good! Bo Bo's Pizzeria is everything a hole in the wall should be: reasonably priced and unbelievably delicious. Everything on the menu is great from the thick or thin crust pizzas, pastas, mega huge salads, calzones, and garlic knots.
12. Court Street Square Is A Downtown Oasis
Source: Main Street, Inc.Right smack dab in the middle of downtown is Court Street Square, the perfect location for having a picnic or holding a private event. Locals go there to get away from it all while still being in the middle of everything. If that's not the best of everything, I don't know what is.
13. The Wigwam Motel Is A Sight To Behold
Source: Flickr user Mike SouzaHistoric Route 66 is a featured attraction in San Bernardino, so naturally those quirky roadside stops are a must-see for locals and visitors, alike. The perfect example? The Wigwam Motel. It's literally over a dozen regular motel rooms designed with standalone teepee exteriors. It's worth the fee for a night's stay just to say you did it.
14. The California Deco-dent Decor Is A Show All On It’s Own
Source: Flickr user Dave ParkerLast Route 66 thing, I swear! But really, you can just lose yourself checking out the roadside stops, including the California Theater. Built in 1928, it's the penultimate in art deco architecture and keeps a bit of the past alive.
15. Hikers Can Go Wild In The San Bernardino National Forest
Source: Flickr user Mitch BarrieNature lovers rejoice! The San Bernardino National Forest is a local hippie paradise, encompassing 660,000 acres of the San Bernardino Mountains, including Mt. San Gorgonio. People love going for day hikes here to take in a bit of the outdoors before returning to the city life.
16. Get a Stellar View From The Black Mountain Fire Lookout
Source: fs.usda.govSpeaking of mountain peaks, the Black Mountain Fire Lookout is a stop you have to take when spending time at the National Forest. It requires a drive up a forest service road to get to but—as the locals know—it's totally worth it once you're at the top.
17. SBR Indoor Karting Is A Weeknight Must
Source: Facebook via SB RacewayTeens flock to San Bernardino Raceway Indoor Karting because, I mean, who doesn't like go-karting? Secondly, it's the perfect venue for many-a-birthday or special event. Endurance Racing is totally fun and happens every Monday night at 8pm.
18. The Real Party In San Bernardino Is Downtown
Source: Flickr user torremountainNight clubs and bars are big in San Bernardino, which means you'll find plenty of people roaming downtown in the evening, looking for some fun. The Pharaoh Hookah Lounge is a big hit with locals, as is the South Side Saloon.
19. You Can Eat All The Sushi And Never Feel Guilty
Source: Foursquare user Robert M.I'm not even kidding. It's the best. Miyagi Sushi is a San Bernardino staple. Locals swear by it, not just because it's freakin' delicious, but also because the staff is friendly and loves to chat up patrons while making your rolls. The Salmon Roll and Lobster Bowl are just to die for.
20. San Bernardinians Are Happy To Be Stranded At The Castaway
Source: Facebook via The Castaway Restaurant San BernardinoThose looking for a taste of the good life head to The Castaway. The steak is delicious and who wouldn't love to sit outside by the fire pit to enjoy a cheesecake dessert and some cocktails?
21. Enjoy A Weird Rendezvous With Waffles And Escargot
Source: Yelp user Dennis T.Who doesn't love breakfast food? San Bernardino locals certainly do. That's why Le Rendezvous Restaurant is the place to go for Sunday brunch. Try the Brie Fondue appetizer or Crepe Suzette. And you can even satisfy your escargot cravings here. Delish!
22. A Lot of Los Angeles Natives Are Flocking Here
Source: Flickr user Renegade98San Bernardino is quickly become an ideal place to live for native Angelinos. Why? Home prices, primarily. Between 2007 and 2011, 42,000 Los Angeles residents moved to San Bernardino, marking the largest migration in the country during that time period. Housing is affordable here, and as home prices skyrocket in L.A., the Berdoo becomes more and more attractive.
23. Native American Culture Continues To Leave Its Mark On San Bernardino...
Source: SanManual-nsn.govThe San Manuel Band of the Serrano Mission Indians call San Bernardino home, which means there are hints of Native American culture sprinkled all throughout the city. Through artwork, cultural events, and entertainment, the San Manuel Band makes a lasting mark here that is distinctly of the city.
24. The Odds Are You’re Gonna Have A Good Time HereThe San Manuel Band owns and operates the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. It's the place to hit the slots, play bingo, or play a hand of poker. Makes for a fun night (or day) out and you might even win moolah, which keeps people coming back for more.
25. San Berdoo Is A Great Place to Live
Source: Flickr user Mitch BarrieBut you know that already, don't you? With its affordable housing, close proximity to nightlife hotspots, and regular music and cultural events, you're seriously missing out if you don't move here, pronto.
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