May in Big Bear Vacation Rentals

May is just over the horizon, and this is a great time to start planning a family getaway to Big Bear. In many areas school is near recess, and the entire family could use a nice relaxing getaway to celebrate. Here are a few upcoming May events that might help motivate you.

Region capture 36Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you in Big Bear and support a great cause on May 6th. The annual Walk MS is a fundraiser to support research working to end Multiple Sclerosis.  You can register online now to start building a support team at this link.  The walk starts and ends at the head of the Alpine Pedal Path next to North Shore Elementary School.  Registration opens at 8:30am.

Region capture 37If you’re a budding gourmet, the Tuesday Farmer’s Market is one stop you’ll want to include during your visit. Our Five Star Vacation Rental homes all have full kitchens, and most are equipped to meet the needs of even the most experienced chefs. Gather some locally-grown ingredients at the Farmer’s Market, and you’re well on your way to a great meal cooked in the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen.  The Farmer’s Market runs every Tuesday until September from 8:30am to 1pm at the Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

watching wildlifeBirdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will want to plan their visit around the International Bird Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center on May 13th. This free event features an informative talk about local birds and those just passing through. There’s a nature walk crafts, and kids get to build their own birdhouse.  The event runs from 10am to 2pm.  Visit their website for more details.

Region capture 34May also sees the arrival of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California Individual Time Trial. The weekend is packed with lots of great events, and your enjoyment of this event can only be enhanced by taking it all in from the home base of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.  Plan your arrival for Thursday, May 18th and you’ll enjoy some great pre events and meet other cyclists and some of the celebrity guest cyclists.

May typically has great weather in Big Bear, and is a great time for relaxing hiking or biking. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Celebrate Your Summer Events With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Despite our wish to prolong the season, we’re moving quickly through spring. We’re seeing some new flowers and trees growing and some of us are reacting to more pollen in the air as well.   It’s a great time of year, and one that moves us forward toward the events of summer. And this is one time of year when many big events take place in our lives.

Region capture 26If you’ve got a significant graduation on the horizon, a great way to mark the occasion is with a family getaway to one of our Big Bear vacation rentals. What better way to celebrate the hard work and accomplishment of your graduate than with a relaxing time in the serenity of a Big Bear cabin or estate? Let them sleep late, and greet them with a breakfast of their favorite fixins prepared fresh in your gourmet kitchen.  Pick one of our properties with a hot tub, and add that into the mix for relaxation. Enjoy some leisurely shopping in The Village, and plan on a nice meal at one of the great restaurants there.  Make it a weekend or an entire week, and your graduate will appreciate the relaxation and quiet solitude you can find here.

Region capture 27If you’re planning a traditional June wedding, Big Bear is a great place for your ceremony and your honeymoon. There are a number of great locations to have your wedding, and we have the perfect solution for gathering your entire wedding party for the occasion. We have adjacent properties that can host up to 28 people. That’s room enough for all the in laws, maids of honor and best men, and a handful of grandparents as well. And there are few better places to enjoy your honeymoon after the big event. Spend some relaxing time hiking in the surrounding hillsides, dining and shopping in The Village, and enjoying the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental.

And June weddings also launch June anniversaries. You can make this year the one you plan something truly special to celebrate your marriage. And while it’s common to celebrate the big numbers like 10, 20, 30 years or more, there’s no reason that your 2nd, 4th, 7th or 9th should be excluded from a great time in a luxurious Big Bear vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

Make This Summer Different With a Vacation Rental in Big Bear

Summer vacation, young girl ready for travelWe know we are just a few weeks into spring, but our thought this time of year inescapably start leaping forward to summer. It’s only natural. Summer is a great time for most families. The kids are out of school, and you can finally work to clear your schedules to get some quality time together as a family. But if you’re like a lot of families, these opportunities slip away year after year in the usual rush of events around your house. You can make this year different by just making plans early, alerting the whole family, and start everyone moving in a trajectory that culminates in your long-awaited summer vacation.

FishingGirlBig Bear is a great destination for your summer fun. The lake offers multiple opportunities to pursue swimming, boating, and fishing. There are few things more satisfying during your Big Bear vacation than to gather at dinner time in your luxury Five Star vacation rental and enjoy a meal of the fish you just caught a few hours earlier. Add a bit of wine, some locally-grown produce, and one of the signature desserts you’ll find at Gadley’s Bakery to add a yummy finish to the meal.

But if you’re serious about making this happen, it’s important to carve out the time pretty quickly. Task the kids with researching all the fun events taking place during your stay, and soon you’ll have the entire family counting the days until you pack  up and head out for your Big Bear adventure.

fishermanThe summer months in Big Bear also offer a number of great opportunities for cyclists, runners, and hikers. The Big Bear Cycling Association is one of the most active anywhere in California. Bring your own bikes or rent some when you arrive, and you can get involved in one of the many different rides scheduled. Visit their website at this link. 

The Big Bear Discovery Center is a great resource for visitors, and a quick stop there can uncover last-minute events or other fun offerings you may not find before you arrive. Visit their website, and plan a visit when you get in town.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Imagine Kicking Up Your Feet In These Big Bear Vacation Rentals

Spring is here, and with it our thoughts turn to springish things like stopping and smelling roses, taking a walk in a beautiful forest, and finding some time to do these things.

Well, we can’t offer too much help with locating the time for some fun, but we certainly can offer some great motivation for you to do so. With this week’s blog, we’re going to take a look at a few of our stellar properties just waiting to host your next getaway and provide you with a fond memory of a truly luxurious, relaxing time away.

3923190729We’ll start with our Cabin #23, Monterey Lodge. This luxury cabin is located in the Moonridge area of Big Bear. It’s got 2200 square feet filled with custom furnishings and amazing design elements. There’s plenty of room for your party of up to 10 guests to enjoy this vacation rental. Take advantage of the nearby hiking, and you’ll be happy to end the day in one of the jetted bathtubs in each of the bathrooms. View more photos and book online at this link:  http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-23-monterey-lodge/1990-95385

Next up we’ll take a closer look at our E332B188-155D-0010-070BC481AB280239-beer loop2Cabin #27, Bear Loop in Big Bear. You’ll have a wonderful time with your family as you settle into the 4 bedrooms and 4 baths offered by this luxury big bear vacation rental. With room for up to 16 guests, this one is ideal for larger families or multiple families to share.  The sweeping lake views from the wall of windows in its great room are simply breathtaking. Get all the details, more photos, and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-27-bear-loop-in-big-bear/1990-107861

1982530703Our Cabin #31 offers panoramic lake views that will keep you enchanted for hours just absorbing the beauty of one of Big Bear’s most enchanting features.  Our Stunning Boulder Cove Estate features 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with room for 12 guests.  With 2 master suites, this one also provides a great opportunity for a larger group or two families to share. The gourmet kitchen with granite counters is sure to please the chef in your party and offer a great opportunity to enjoy some wonderful fresh-cooked meals.  Take a look at more photos and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-31-stunning-boulder-cove-estate/1990-95409

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy a getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

April in Big Bear

We’ve had some amazing weather this year, and the avid skiers are loving it. The Big Bear ski resorts are still boasting a good base and machine-groomed slopes, so procrastinators still have a bit of time to enjoy the thrill of some downhill runs. We’re not sure how much longer these conditions will last, so we encourage you to book your stay quickly.  If you’re thinking of joining us in April, we’ve got some great options for you to explore.  And there’s a lot of great fun to have while in you’re in Big Bear.

Bear Mountain is kicking off spring fun with Bear Break at Bear Mountain starting on March 25th and continuing through April 1st. This annual event celebrates the closing days of snow activities and is a great choice for spring break. You’ll enjoy tube racing, dual pond skim, giant beer pong, and much more. There will be live entertainment and plenty of laughs to go around.

The opening of spring also marks the return of the weekly Tuesday Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center. This is a real hit with many of our guests. When you rent one of our Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabins, you typically get a full gourmet kitchen as one of the benefits. What better way to explore your culinary potential than to grab some locally grown fruits, vegetables, and spices to create a delightful meal for everyone in your party to enjoy?

Night life is always fun in Big Bear, and April will not disappoint you. The Cave continues to be one of our most popular night spots, and will have a lineup of truly eclectic groups appearing throughout April. Visit their website for dates and times: http://thecavebigbear.com/

Jazz fans are invited on April 11th to assemble for a Jazz Supper at The Pines Lakefront presented by the Big Bear Center for Spiritual Enrichment.  You’ll enjoy a wonderful pasta buffet dinner followed by the jazz vocals of Nancy Celeste Walker. For more info, call 909-866-3200 or visit The Pines website at http://www.thepineslakefront.com/

Spring is a great time to visit Big Bear, and we’re convinced you won’t find any way to better enjoy your time here than in one of our luxury vacation rentals. We have luxury cabins and estates to choose from, and it’s a great way to maximize you time away. You can review all our Big Bear rentals and book online at this link: www.fivestarbigbear.com . We also have a great selection of luxury vacation rentals available in our other destinations including:  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 3: Best Destinations

In our last two blogs, we’ve stopped to take a closer look at the reasons why so many of our guests choose us in the first place and then come back for subsequent vacations at such a high rate. We showed in these blogs how our non-hotel experience and luxury are two big reasons our guests choose to stay with us.  This week we’re taking a look a third reason many guests choose us: We have the best destinations.

BearMountainOur top destination is Big Bear, and it’s easy to see why. It’s been a banner season for skiing with snow levels unlike we’ve seen for quite a while. The slopes are currently still active with a good base and machine groomed. While the snow will melt, the fun in Big Bear will still be there. Every season in Big Bear offers great opportunities to enjoy some time away in your Five Star Vacation Rental. Whether your family enjoys hiking, biking, water sports, or just a relaxing time in a luxury cabin, we have a Big Bear getaway that will keep everyone in your party smiling.

The ski buffs consistently enjoy our offerings in Park City and Mammoth Mountain where we offer condos right on the slopes. These are great options both on and off season with their beautiful surroundings and resort offerings.

golfHoleWhile golfing is featured at most of our destinations, we’re proud of our beautiful La Quinta homes, all of which are right on the fairway.  There’s really nothing quite like the experience of enjoying a day playing golf followed by an evening relaxing in your pool or cabana looking out over the golf course. Each of these luxury homes is an example of fine craftsmanship that will enhance your enjoyment as you relax both on and off the course.

VillaLaEstancia1704_0If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, you can also explore our luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. This time of year is an especially good time to plan a visit since the weather is usually great with highs in the 80’s. Our Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach with a huge spa and great onsite restaurants. There’s also golfing nearby and lots of fun shopping and local cuisine in nearby Puerto Vallarta.

To wrap up our excursion into the distinctive differences you’ll enjoy in your time away with us, you can count on privacy far beyond anything you’ll find at a hotel, luxury that is usually reserved only for the very wealthy, and destinations that will enhance your time away. We’re convinced that for these reasons and many more, Five Star Vacation Rentals is your best choice for a truly memorable vacation. You can book online at www.FiveStarVacationRental.com, or give us a call at 310-780-3411.

 

Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 2: The Luxury

In our blog last week, we started to take a look at the things that will make your time away in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals a greater value than just about any other option. Last week we walked through the way our private vacation rentals offer quite a few advantages over staying at a hotel for your next vacation. This week, we’re going to take a look at one of our most popular distinctions: The luxury.

9748600253If you arrived at our website after a web search for vacation rentals, you’re surely aware there are quite a few options. As our name implies, we decided to take over a segment of the vacation market that would heighten the experience for our guests. It’s not uncommon for people to return from a vacation and rave about the fun they had or the beautiful surroundings of the city. We wanted to make sure that part of the experience was enhanced by the level of luxury guests experience when they stay with us. We accomplished this by only choosing top echelon properties. For many of our guests, this distinction helps their vacation time take on an even greater significance.

Many of our guests get precious little time for vacations, and it’s a challenge to pack as much value into these special little pockets of time they carve out. Just getting away is a huge part of the equation, but a vacation is a bit like a good recipe. If you don’t use the right ingredients, you can get an outcome that just isn’t as good as you were expecting. It’s always fun to anticipate your vacation, and our luxury accommodations help your experience match your expectations. And then some.

0616170875These vacation rentals are chosen for their luxury, and you’ll notice that from the moment you walk through the door. It’s a great way to enhance your time away by enjoying the sort of luxury homes, cabins, and estates that have long been the sort of destinations only enjoyed by the very rich.  Some of our homes have even appeared in movies and TV like this one and this one in Big Bear. And a famous collection of Orange County wives spend some time at our Nuevo Vallarta destination as well. If you like the idea of adding that wonderful touch of luxury to your next getaway, we’re here to help you make that happen.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 1: We’re not a Hotel

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of spending some time in one of our vacation rental properties, we’re pretty sure you’ll start nodding your head in agreement with us here in a moment. For those of you who have yet to experience that pleasure, we’re going to take some time over the next few weeks to feature some of the reasons our guests choose to stay with us.

A Brief History of Human Vacations

Humans have been taking vacations for about as long as we’ve been around. Somewhere long ago a cave dweller told his buddy, “Kreb, you go hunt and gather for me today. I’m going to stay home with the wife and do macrame. I’ll hunt for you next week.” And so it began: The eons-old yearning for a bit of relaxation and quality time with the family.

Region capture 68Over time, we became more sophisticated and learned to make our vacations a real event. We’d travel to exotic locations and stay in tall buildings full of strangers who make noise in the hallway outside our room at 3AM. We called these buildings “hotels,” and for a long time, there were few other options available for travelers.

But one day an enterprising young couple decided to turn the travel industry on its head by offering top-quality luxury cabins, estates, and condos for vacation lodging. Five Star Vacation Rentals was born, and since then hundreds of thousands of fun and luxurious nights have been spent in our properties.   Families discovered the delight of eating their own fresh-cooked meals from a gourmet kitchen instead of stale chips and soda from a vending machine down the hall. One of the primary reasons to choose Five Star Vacation Rentals is that we’re not a hotel.

Region capture 69Hotels are fine for lots of travel, but if you want a truly memorable getaway, you’re going to need to bring home something other than a couple tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Bring home some memories of feeling pampered. Take with you stories of that night you and the kids jumped into your cabin’s hot tub and told scary stories late into the night. Snap a quick picture of the kids as they quietly sleep in front of the gently crackling fireplace of your vacation rental home. Never forget that moment you’re enjoying the sunset view off your deck and you look into your sweetheart’s eyes and tell her it’s been the best 10 or 20 or 50 years of your life Region capture 70since you two were married.  And enjoy creating all these memories without the intrusion of a noisy neighbor, pounding footsteps from the room above you, and having the only people in the hallway be the ones you brought with you.

Most families get precious little vacation time, so we’re dedicated to making sure your time away is special. You’ll enjoy luxury at a level usually extended only to a very few. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

Rain Got You Down? Enjoy a Beach Getaway South of the Border

The weather in Southern California has been amazingly bleak for quite a while now. Record-setting rainfall, floods and gloom are settling in and threatening to be the new normal. Some of us are telling our friends and neighbors things like, “If I wanted a waterlogged life, I would have moved to Seattle.”  While we’re enjoying the extra snow these storms are bringing our mountain destinations, some families are missing the simple joys of Southern California life like a visit to the beach and sunny walk in the sand. Well, we’ve got great news for you.

Region capture 61South of the border at our Villa la Estancia getaway we’re enjoying summer-like conditions. It may rain occasionally, but mostly you’re looking at highs in the 70’s and 80’s, sunny or partly cloudy skies, and great beach conditions. It’s a perfect time to plan a quick getaway. And with Spring Break right around the corner, you can grab the entire family for a quick week on the sand.

Region capture 60Our resort condos in Villa la Estancia are the stuff dreams and relaxation are made of. You’ll be just footsteps away from the beach with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a luxury resort. The two on-site restaurants are amazing with menus that include fresh seafood and Kobe beef options. The huge onsite spa is another great way to be pampered in the process.  Relax with drinks at the swim-up bar as you enjoy the pool. Lay in the sand and soak up the sun as you listen to the waves splashing on the beach just a few feet away. And remember your friends back stuck in the traffic and gloomy weather back in Southern California.

Region capture 59You have a good choice of flights out of Southern California with direct service into Puerto Vallarta. A quick cab ride from the airport, and you’ll soon be kicking off your shoes and enjoying the view from your room or the sand between your toes.

Each of our condos has a fully equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy anything from reheating your great leftovers from the restaurant downstairs to cooking up the fish you caught while out on an excursion earlier. There’s great golfing nearby as well, so be sure to pack your clubs.

You can view all of our Nuevo Vallarta condos and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday in  Big BearMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your holiday in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

March Fun in Big Bear

If you’re looking for some last minute fun in Big Bear, check out our blog from last week. February is chock full of great things. This week, we’re going to cover some of the events you’ll want to plan for with your March visit.

Spring Break is the biggest event every March. We often get booked up weeks in advance, so now is the perfect time for your reserve your getaway. We can’t promise there will still be snow, but we can promise there will always be lots of fun things to do while you’re staying in your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Region capture 56Want to freeze your patootie and make some money for a great cause too? Join in for the 6th annual Big Bear Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics.  The Cave is sponsoring a pre-registration party on Saturday night March 3rd from 6 – 10pm with free admission for everyone registered for the plunge. You’ll assemble at 10am, Saturday, March 4 at Pine Knot harbor for the actual plunge itself.  For more information, to register or make a donation, visit the Plunge website at this link.  As they like to say, you’ll be “Freezin for a reason!”

If you’re not in the mood for a freezing dip, you can join another great cause on March 4th with the United States Adaptive Recreation Center’s annual skiathon to support the purchase of adaptive ski equipment and train volunteers and staff to offer adaptive ski lessons. Participants will get a full-day Bear Mountain ticket with lift-line cutting privileges and a host of other goodies. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a great day on the slopes and support a worthy cause in the process.  For more details and to register online, visit their website: http://usarc.org/skiathon

Region capture 55On March 5th you can watch or participate in USASA’s Half Pipe #1 and #2 at Bear Mountain.  Half Pipe is one of the most exhilarating sports we see on the mountain, and this is a great opportunity to see some of the best or enter to become one of them. Contact Bear Mountain for more details and tickets: http://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/winter

We encourage all the skiers to be sure to book their getaway quickly. The snow always seems to disappear each year with a good number of you  having missed the chance to indulge. Our weekday vacancies often give you good selection and smaller crowds on the slopes, so if you can get away during the week, that’s a great option.  Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.