Plan Your Perfect Spring Vacation

We know the nights are still bit chilly, but it’s a great time to start looking forward to the arrival of Spring. If you start early enough, you can plan your perfect spring vacation, and we’d love to help.

 Spring in Big Bear is just amazing. The pristine beauty of the surrounding forest is at its peak during springtime, and this makes your stay even more relaxing than usual. Few things are as rewarding as waking up in the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental and looking out your windows on the beauty of the forest around you. Squirrels, deer, and lots of other wildlife are easily spotted during your wandering around Big Bear.

Indulge us for a moment and imagine returning to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental after a full day of hiking, skipping rocks on the lake, and shopping for some great souvenirs in The Village. You walk in the door as the sun is slowly setting in the distance. Walk out on your back deck, and you may catch a squirrel or two scampering up the side of a tree, and hear the call of a few different birds overhead. Near twilight, you may see a family of deer wander nearby, and the sound of the breeze gently weaves through the trees nearby.  You make a mental note to see if there’s anyway you could possibly make a daily commute from here to your job in the city.

Big Bear Lake bouldersWe’ll tell you that the commute is too long for most of us, but a weekend or full week’s vacation here can recharge your batteries in ways you never imagined. Just setting aside a time to enjoy the muted sounds of the forest and the fresh feeling of the cool night air will do wonders for your outlook. It’s a great time to pack up the kids and spend some family time over Spring Break.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Spring vacation is pretty busy for us, and there’s no better time to book your getaway than now.  View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Plan Your March Vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

There’s a lot to like about living in Southern California. Though we seldom get the kind of temperature extremes seen in many other areas of the country, it does get a bit chilly in the months leading up to Spring.  This can be a bit frustrating for those of us who love spending time on the beach. It can take a bit of the enjoyment out of the experience when the weather turns cold. But we’ve got a great solution, so you can have your beach and warm weather too.  Plan your March vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and you’ll see why it’s one of the most desirable times to visit.

Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 3.49.10 PMOur resort at Villa la Estancia sits right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico and March weather here is a beach-goer’s delight. The average temperature is in the 70’s with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s. And the water temperature is positively delightful. March typically sees the ocean temperature hovering around 75° making for some of the most enjoyable ocean swimming you’ll find. By comparison, the beach ocean temperatures off the coast of Southern California seldom reach 70° and hover in the 50’s during March. A quick plane trip, and you can feel the sand beneath your feet and take a refreshing swim without getting a bad case of the shivers in the process.

VLE00Though you may be tempted to spend most of your time laying on the beach or swimming, our Villa la Estancia resort and nearby Puerto Vallarta offer so many things to do, you’ll have some serious conflicts to resolve. Villa la Estancia boasts a world-class spa on site that will pamper you beyond belief. They have a lengthy menu of spa services that will target whatever stresses you, and provide an amazing level of relaxation.

Puerto Vallarta is a quick cab ride away, and offers a colorful and vibrant experience with a uniquely local flavor. There are great shopping destinations for a variety of options to pick up souvenirs, locally-sourced arts and crafts, and some of the most amazing seafood and ethnic cuisine.

Kevin and Maria Cobb were guests at Villa la Estancia before they decided to invest in the luxury condos on the beach there. They have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling for all our guests. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Great Vacations Require Work

Vacation Date Travel Day Trip Circled Calendar 3d IllustrationIf you’re somebody who still feels great vacations require work, we’ve got some good news. Those days are gone.

For most families, vacation time is a precious commodity. We never seem to get enough of it, and vacations never last as long as we’d like. This is why so many families devote considerable time to planning out their vacation time.  We applaud this approach, and a big part of our job is helping families make these plans, so their time away is maximized. While nobody can plan for every possible glitch, we can help steer you toward an experience that can easily beat pretty much anything you’d find at even the finest hotels.

hotel hallwayPart of the advantage of our vacation rentals over a hotel experience is how much of the vacation experience you can wrap into this single choice. With a hotel, you’re still faced with finding restaurants to keep your group fed. And if you’re traveling with a large family or group of friends, you’ll need to get several rooms. This can create a real challenge to keep everyone close by, and you won’t want the kids wandering through hotel hallways to go from room to room.

With your Five Star Vacation Rental, you’ll have an entirely different experience from start to finish. The first thing you’ll notice is you don’t need to send one person in search of a parking place while the other checks in and hoists the Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraluggage up to the room. Your Big Bear vacation rental is like coming home, but to a really nice luxury version of home. Park in the driveway and everybody goes in together.  If your rental has a hot tub, it is truly your hot tub.  Nobody but those you have with you will be sharing it. If your kids want to run down the hall to one of the other rooms, it’s a hallway in your home, and you won’t run into any strangers there. Want a midnight snack? No need to go in search of a vending machine. Your fully-equipped kitchen is just down the hall, and you can stock the refrigerator and cupboard with whatever snacks or goodies you want. Go grab a granola bar, and forget searching for dollar bills or quarters.

And as easy as it is to plan a getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental, the time you spend with us is even easier. You’ll enjoy a level of luxury, privacy, and convenience that just can’t be found with a hotel.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

February in Big Bear

Big Bear is always a fun destination. The natural beauty here is a major attraction for many city dwellers. Big Bear is most often what comes to mind when people talk about the advantages of Southern California living. The cities can be a hot mess of traffic jams, long waits at the store, long hours at work, and a general feeling of too much to do and too little time to do it. But within a couple hours of most Southern California areas, you can arrive in Big Bear with the crystal waters of the lake, the cool breezes through the trees, and a much more relaxing pace. It’s a perfect retreat from your everyday pressures, and coming up in February, there are a number of things to enhance your stay with us here.

BaldEagle2On February 10th bird lovers will have a unique opportunity to help count one of Big Bear’s most celebrated winter guests, the bald eagle. The Big Bear Discovery Center teams up with the US Forest Service to conduct the Bald Eagle count each year. Volunteers should dress warmly and provide their own binoculars. Meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am for training, and the count goes from 9am to 10am. If you miss this count, the final count day will be on March 10th. Visit the Discovery Center website for more details.

The Cave is considered by many to be Big Bear’s premier live music venue, and February does not disappoint. If you love tribute bands, you’re going to have some great choices. On February 2nd enjoy the Kiss tribute band, Kissed Alive. Paint your face, and pull on your platform shoes for a night that’s sure to rock your world. On February 3rd, you’ll be treated with Motley 2, the Motley Crue tribute band. And on February 17th, put on your rose colored glasses and join Kenny Metcalf as he presents Elton John for your enjoyment. Other performers during February include Fishbone on the 10th, Fatal 80’s with Gretchen Bonaduce on the 16th, and Dokken on the 24th. Visit The Cave’s website for ticket and schedule information.

Couple in loveMake your Valentine’s Day stay in Big Bear even more romantic with a night out  at the 5th annual Sweetheart Ball. The Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Foundation hosts this fun annual event with proceeds going to charity. This year’s theme is “Give Where You Live.” Be sure to reserve in advance. Call Dawn Hartmeister at (800) 926-0409 or dawnehartmeister@gmail.com. The Sweetheart Ball will be held at the The Lodge Ballroom on Wednesday evening, February 14th, starting with cocktails at 5PM and Dinner at 6PM.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway With Five Star Vacation Rentals

WomanHoldingHeartWe’re less than a month out from Valentine’s day, and this is a great time to make your plans. Why not make this year special by planning a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate? It can make a huge difference, and will likely be a getaway you’ll long remember.

There’s nothing wrong with tradition, and most of us are reliable when it comes to making sure our loved ones get a nice card, a romantic dinner and maybe some candy and flowers. But you can make it so much more. How about planning a getaway that includes waking up to a panoramic forest view with Big Bear Lake in the background? With our Big Bear cabins you can start the day with a fresh breakfast prepared in your cabin’s gourmet kitchen. Relax a while, and then take a stroll on one of Big Bear’s scenic hiking trails. Later you can visit The Village and enjoy browsing the dozens of unique shops with memorable items and gifts crated by local artists. Spend romantic evenings relaxing in front of the fireplace. Choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, and you can enjoy the brisk evening nights while relaxing alone together.

NuevoVallartaOr choose one of our beachside Nuevo Vallarta condos in Mexico for a truly exotic getaway. Take a quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta and you’ll soon be shopping for great local souvenirs or enjoying some great seafood at a little cafe. As the sun gets lower in the sky, you can enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean from the balcony of your suite. Plan a fun evening out and head to one of the local destinations for some live music and dancing. Cap the evening off with a brief stroll down the beach as you listen to the waves crashing nearby. This is romance taken to a new level.

We still have plenty of openings for Valentine’s week, and we’ll be happy to help you book your stay. Just give us a call at 310-780-3411.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Plan Your Special Event With Five Star Vacation Rentals

calendarPlan your special event with Five Star Vacation Rentals, and we’ll help make your special days even more memorable. Each year our families have a collection of important dates on our calendars. Some events like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas are common for pretty much all of us and fall on the same day for all of us. But other special days like birthdays, a military homecoming, anniversaries, job promotions, retirement parties and many more fall on different days for different families. But all of these deserve special attention and a real effort to enhance the quality of the day.  That’s where we come in.

Family PartyThere can be both a great advantage and a lot of fun to planning out these family events well in advance. The advantage of early planning is you’ll usually have a better selection of great properties to choose from. And the fun can be almost endless. Once you secure your Five Star Vacation Rental, you can start making your plans for the rest of your event. Who will you invite? What fun activities nearby can you plan for your group’s stay? If it’s a surprise, how will you spring it on them? This part of the planning can last for weeks and create some imaginative and very touching scenarios to enhance your celebration.

And whatever planning goes into the making of your event, we’ll be working to make sure your stay with us only makes it better. We have a great collection of luxury vacation rentals to choose from, so whether you’re looking for a retreat to the forests of Big Bear, the sandy beaches of Nuevo Vallarta, or the breathtaking golf course and mountain views of La Quinta, we have a destination that will add a luxurious feeling to your time away.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Some Great New Year’s Resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals

Young people enjoying new years eve with fireworksUshering in the first day of a new year is magical. Though part of our brain recognizes it’s really just another day, we endow it with almost magical forces that excite our thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts. That’s always a good thing. There’s no need to be stuck in a rut or resign ourselves to an existence we’d really rather see improve. Look beyond, and see opportunities and new experiences you can embrace in the new year. And that’s one thing we can help with by offering some great New Year’s resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Couple relaxing with glass of wine at fireplaceVacation time is one of those things that often resets with the arrival of the new year.  And vacation time is important. By now we’ve all become familiar with the studies that show vacations actually improve your productivity at work. It turns out that keeping your shoulder to the wheel for too long is bad for both your shoulder and the wheel. You need some time away to relax and recharge your batteries.  Our relationships can be strengthened with some time away together as well. With this in mind, our humble suggestion is that start making plans for your getaway to a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, La Quinta, or Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FirePlanning your next getaway with us is sure to add more fun and relaxation to your time. You can leave behind the search for a hotel, and trade up for the luxury of a condo, cabin or estate designed to make you and your guests feel pampered. It’s a great choice. You’ll have your own kitchen, everybody gets their own private room, and you won’t have to share your hallway with strangers coming and going at all hours. It’s an entirely different experience and one you’ll want to repeat.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

Happy New Year 2018 word abstract in wood typeHappy New Year from Five Star Vacation Rentals. Welcoming in a New Year is always exciting. We’ve grown accustomed to this change as a representing much more than a new day. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, and one that we greet with resolutions, renewed hope, and excitement about the opportunities that we expect to see.

No set of New Year’s resolutions would be complete without including a plan for your upcoming vacation time. Whether it’s planning a romantic weekend for your anniversary or a longer getaway for a family vacation, we encourage you to use our online booking to find a great choice for your Big Bear relaxation.

AlpineSlideWinter in Big Bear offers some great activities. While we haven’t seen a lot of snow yet this year, it’s been plenty cold, so the ski resorts are making snow nightly, and there’s a good base built up. Snowboarders will have a great time. Nearby you can also enjoy the Big Bear Alpine Slide with downhill runs in individual sleds. It’s a great time.

But we’re convinced the best time you’ll have during your stay in Big Bear is in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, estate, or condo. Winter in Big Bear is amazing, and many of our cabins have great lake and mountain views. Choose one with a hot tub, and you have have the enjoyment of relaxing in the chilly Big Bear evenings while you soak in your own personal hot tub on the deck. It’s an amazing feeling.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Merry Christmas From All of Us at Five Star Vacation Rentals

Merry ChristmasWe’re just a few days out from Christmas, and we hope each of you are putting the finishing touches on your plans. It’s a great time to relax and enjoy some time with family and celebrate the many blessings we all enjoy.

We’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to each of you who joined us this year and allowed us to be a part of your vacations, family time, weddings and honeymoons, and much more. We truly enjoy becoming a part of all the important moments you shared with us.

We’re looking forward to the year ahead, and are excited for the new opportunities to help you create more great getaways.

Last Minute Christmas Plans in a Five Star Big Bear Vacation Rental

We understand last minute changes and scrambling to accommodate more guests. This time of year we get those calls every day. It’s usually exciting, though. The joy of this season is always magnified by having more friends and family around us. Last minute calls with an excited voice declaring, “Hey! I got some time off work, so I’ll be there for Christmas!” are the best kind to get. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we can help you gather all these important people together under one roof without resorting to spreading old mattresses around the living room or setting up a tent in the backyard.

As we write this on Friday morning, December 15th, we still have a handful of luxury Big Bear vacation rentals available with Christmas as part of your stay. Some will require minimum stays that will include days before or after Christmas, so call us at 310-780-3411 or check the individual calendars of each of these. Just click on the photo to view more details and book online:

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Kevin and Maria Cobb have been your hosts at Five Star Vacation Rentals for nearly two decades. Our personal dedication to creating a luxury experience for all our guests is something that keeps them returning year after year.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.