In March 2021, a tight-knit friend family purchased the Quail Cove Lodge from its longtime owners and transformed it into The Outpost, a unique mountain lodging experience and event space on Big Bear Lake's exquisite North Shore.
Our story starts with a bike ride around Big Bear Lake in October 2020. That's when one of our owners noticed the Quail Cove Lodge, a historic property located at the gateway to adventure on the lake's North Shore, was for sale by owner. He immediately had a vision. That vision became The Outpost, a place to gather, a hub for the community and a destination for adventure seekers, nature lovers and creatives.
The Outpost's five owners -- Jolene, Billy, Alyssa, Becky and Tim -- hail from the east coast.
Jolene Van Vugt is a former motocross racer and X Games competitor and the first woman to backflip a full-sized dirtbike. She currently works as a Hollywood stuntwoman. Her brother, Billy Van Vugt, is a former motocross racer and freestyle motocross athlete who also works in the stunt and action sports world. They are originally from London, Ontario, Canada. Billy's wife, Alyssa Roenigk, is a senior features and investigative writer and podcast host for ESPN who was born in Pittsburgh, graduated from the University of Florida and spent a decade in NYC before moving west. Tim and Becky Clark are restaurant owners from Vermont and Rhode Island with businesses in West Dover and Wilmington, VT, and Block Island, RI. They are staples of the international ski and snowboard community.
The five of us have a collective passion for the outdoors, action sports, travel, music, adventure, art and community, and we are pouring all that we love about staying in small, local hotels and lodges into creating a home away from home for all of our guests.