Plan Your June Big Bear Getaway

We’re just a couple weeks away from June, and it’s a great time to plan a Big Bear getaway. In our blog a couple weeks ago we noted some great events upcoming in June for cyclists and anglers. This week we’re going to take a look at some of the other great events you can enjoy during your June getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Fans of live music will find plenty to keep them happy during June. Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Convention Center hosts line dancing with live music every Friday and Saturday night all month long. You’ll have a great time kicking up your heels at this popular venue.

The Cave is featuring some of the hottest indie and tribute bands all month long. The fun starts on June 1st with Buck Cherry the Anaheim rock band. Eagles tribute band, “Desperado” appears the following night. June 9th will feature a performance by “Uptown Funk,” the Bruno Mars tribute band. Al Jardine of the Beach Boys will be appearing on June 15th. Puddle Of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri, and they’ll be taking the stage at The Cave on June 16th. Mark the date for June 23rd when “Aeromyth” the Aerosmith Tribute band will land at The Cave. On June 30th “Queen Nation” will rock the house with 90 minutes of non stop Queen hits. Whatever your flavor, The Cave has music to move you in June.

wine tasting
wine tasting

Wine lovers will want to be sure to book their stay with us over June 9th for the Annual Village Summer Wine Walk. This event has sold out in past years, so you’ll want to get your tickets early. With the price of admission you’ll get a commemorative wine glass, a map to the 28 participating locations, and tickets for 12 different tastings. This annual event is a great choice for anyone who appreciates fine wine or wants to learn more about wine. Purchase your tickets online at this link.

Of course the best part of any stay in Big Bear is your luxury vacation rental by Five Star Vacation Rentals. You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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.

Special Occasions Made More Special With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Family celebrating mother's day with bunch of flowersWe’re a couple days away from Mother’s Day, and we’re seeing the usual traffic of families taking some time away to pamper mom on her special day. Mom deserves the special attention all the time, and Mother’s Day is just one of the many special occasions we all look forward to each year. Of course the great thing about planning a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental is that everybody in your party will benefit from the gift. Here are just a few ideas to spark some ideas for your next event.

Big Bear is romantic any time of the year, and it’s a particularly romantic destination for newlyweds. There are several spots perfect for your actual ceremony and any of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins or estates is a great choice for your honeymoon.

If you’re looking to celebrate your anniversary, imagine watching a sunset from the deck of your luxury cabin while relaxing in the warm water of your private hot tub. Feel the cool crisp breeze and watch the trees gently swaying as you relax and celebrate your anniversary with the one you love. It’s an anniversary you’ll long remember, and want to repeat.

Large Hispanic family toasting at party outdoorsFamily reunions are amazing when you get Five Star Vacation Rentals involved in your planning. Imagine the fun when your extended family can rent two or three cabins side-by-side with room for up to 28 people.  This brings an entirely different quality to your family time during the reunion. Imagine the cooks in your party assembling in one of the cabins and creating a feast for all in attendance. After dinner you can enjoy some great family time, or designate one of the cabins for the kids while the adults enjoy some time catching up in another. And all will enjoy the amazing luxury provided by your Five Star Vacation Rental.

We’re sure you can see the possibilities. Birthdays, work and church retreats, graduation celebrations, and many more are made even more special when celebrated in the pampering that surrounds you in one of our Big Bear cabins or estates.

You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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.

 

Why a Five Star Vacation Rental Is Better Than a Hotel

Every once in a while we like to take a moment to recap some of the differences you’ll enjoy with you book your next vacation or getaway and why a Five Star Vacation Rental is better than a hotel.

Hotels can be be fun, but they really can’t compete with the value you’ll get with a Five Star Vacation Rentals luxury cabin, estate, or condo. Here are just a handful of differences:

The finest hotels often bill themselves as offering all the comforts of home. We claim that specific advantage in a far more literally way. With us, you’re actually getting an entire home, estate, cabin, or condo during your stay. That means you’ll have your own kitchen, living room, bedrooms, personal hot tub, and everything else that comes with staying in an actual home. But the advantages go far beyond that as well.

Bed woman noise - funnyEven the finest hotels have walls you’re sharing with neighbors. And don’t even get us started on hotel hallways. Why is it everytime we travel and stay at a hotel, we end up on the floor filled with those in need of Loud Talkers Anonymous?  We understand that many people are out having fun during their hotel stays, and it’s common to return to the hotel excited and chatting loudly about the day. We don’t understand why they do it at 3am.  And though we never recall specifically requesting it, we alway seem to get the room immediately adjacent to the elevator, ice machine or vending machines. Once in a while we actually score the Trifecta and get a room adjacent to all three. We don’t care what Millennials say. Sleep is NOT overrated.

But beyond the shared walls and hallways, hotels lack many of the conveniences that can make a big difference during your stay. “Where did we park the car?” is a question no Five Star guest ever asked. It’s in the driveway, or the garage, not hidden among hundreds of other cars in the hotel parking lot. You’ll remember this advantage when you forget your glasses in the car.

Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraBut the things that make a real difference are the luxury, the privacy, and the freedom you’ll enjoy with a Five Star Vacation Rental. Want a glass of ice water and a snack in the middle of the night? Just pull on your slippers and pad your way over to the kitchen. And many of our cabins will have you enjoying your own personal fireplace, hot tub, and a deck with a great view. You just can’t match it with any other option.

You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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.

 

Things to do in June in Big Bear

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Oh sure, the kids are getting restless, and we’re starting feel that annual push toward the family vacation. But maybe this year can be different. With a little help from Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can ease into a summer vacation almost effortlessly. June is a great month to plan your stay, and there’s a lot happening in Big Bear in June.

Biking is Big in June

Biking takes off in June with lots of planned events throughout the month. The Big Bear Cycling Association offers rides from a Monday morning java run through road training, and community fun rides. Many rides cater to all skill levels, and it’s one of the best ways to enjoy Big Bear. The June days are typically mild, and it’s sheer delight to be free of the confines of a car as you pedal your way around the beautiful surroundings Big Bear offers. Visit their website for more information and the calendar of rides scheduled: www.BigBearCycling.com.

BB Fishing Derby-C4-01Have Some Fun Fishing

Big Bear Lake is a great fishing destination and June has some fishing events planned you’re definitely going to want to attend.

June 9th and 10th will see the arrival of the annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby. This combines two of our favorite pursuits: Fishing and Cash! Big Bear Lake will be stocked with 5 tagged fish that will bring $10,000 or more to the lucky anglers who land them. It’s a great time to load up the kids and go fishing for funds. The entry fee is $30 for kids and $80 for 16 and over. The fee covers fishing for both days of the derby. You can register online at this link.

Stick around the following weekend June 16th and 17th, and you can participate in the annual Carp Roundup. This event is for anglers and bow fishers. There are thousands of dollars in prizes with top teams vying for team prizes of $1000. It’s a fun event. You’ll need to register and pay your fee in advance. You can download the entry form at this link.

You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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.

 

 

Summer Vacation Made Easy

We can tell it’s getting closer to summer, because the kids are starting the yearly ritual of dreading finals while delighting in the pending end of the school year. There are new arrivals weekly at the Home Depot nursery, and our garden is looking a bit greener as a result. These seasonal signs are the annual reminder that a great summer vacation takes some planning. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals you can easily create a luxury getaway to some amazingly fun and relaxing destinations.

Big Bear is our most popular destination year round. During the summer, it becomes a great respite from the heat and harried lifestyle in Southern California.

HikersWhile we always have a hard time leaving the luxury and pampered feeling we get inside our Five Star Vacation Rental, there’s always something fun to do when we venture out.  There are miles and miles of hiking paths in the Big Bear area, and Big Bear Lake offers great fishing, boating and other water sports.

Starting in the middle of May, Big Bear’s seasonal golf course opens up with 9 holes of golfing fun nestled amid some spectacular scenery with the San Bernardino mountains in the background.

Handsome singer with rock and roll band performing music on stageBig Bear’s nightlife also keeps our guests entertained. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Big Bear Convention Center boasts Big Bear’s biggest dance floor, and every Wednesday night hosts a good old fashioned line dance to make good use of it. They even offer free lessons, so dancers of all skill levels can have some fun without too much worry about stepping on too many toes.

The Cave in Big Bear offers great live music with some big name performers and some what will soon be. If your idea of a fun evening is listening to live music, The Cave in Big Bear is a great destination. Nearby, The Village offers a wonderfully eclectic blend of small shops and restaurants. It makes for a perfect afternoon or evening stroll to see some of the great crafts and mementoes that would make a great souvenir of your getaway to Big Bear.  You’ll long remember and want to soon repeat your relaxing summer getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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.

 

 

 

Things to do in Big Bear in May

As you may expect, we’re convinced that anytime is a great time to visit Big Bear. But there are a lot of great things to do in Big Bear in May that will make your visit even better. Here are just a few:

Enjoy Some Song and Dance

Screen Shot 2018-04-20 at 10.16.23 AMThere’s no need to think you’re alone when you’re enjoying the music of 80’s pop queen Tiffany. She sold 15 million albums and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. She’ll be appearing at The Cave on May 11th, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite tunes. She puts on a great show. The Cave offers an intimate experience, so you can enjoy a great evening with this iconic pop star. You can purchase your tickets in advance at this link.

The Cave has a full slate of great performances set for May. Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will enjoy the tribute band Simple Man on May 5th. Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s and came to known as “King of the Surf Guitar.” He’ll be at The Cave on May 12th. Dave Mason was a founding member of the group, “Traffic,” and he’ll be appearing at The Cave on May 19th. Check out their busy month of great performers on their website: http://thecavebigbear.com

Country festivalAll month long you can kick up your heels with some great music and line dancing at Wyatt’s at The Big Bear Convention Center. Every Wednesday Wyatt’s rolls out Big Bear’s biggest dance floor for some good old fashion, heel kickin’ fun. They open the doors at 4pm, and offer lessons for every skill level. So bring your two left feet, your complete lack of rhythm, and a willingness to stumble around with a fun crowd.  Head back to Wyatt’s on Friday and Saturday nights for live music. Visit their website for the full slate of performers.

Grab Your Clubs and Hit The Links

May 18th is opening day at the Bear Mountain Golf Course in Big Bear. This 9 hole course is a perfect place to get in some time on greens with the backdrop of the San Bernardino mountains beyond. With so many things to do in Big Bear, you’ll find this 9 hole course is a great choice that leaves plenty of time for other activities. There’s a driving range, a pro shop, and certified PGA lessons are available as well.

You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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.

 

Take a Hike!

Spring is a great time around here. While we’re always a bit sad to put away our snow gear, spring brings with it a host of new opportunities and adventures to embark upon. And for those of us who love the outdoors, it’s a perfect time to pack our bags and take a hike.

Do You Prefer Grass or Sand Between Your Toes When You Take a Hike?

footstepsOur beautiful resort at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is a perfect springtime destination. This time of year sees some of the best weather with the high most days getting into the low 80’s and overnight temperatures in the 60’s. Our beach lovers can’t get enough of the miles of pristine sand when its coupled with the luxury of one of our beach-front condos. Each condo is equipped with a full kitchen, and there is gourmet dining on site as well. Puerto Vallarta is a short cab ride away with its great shopping and rich local cuisine.

If your version of hiking includes chasing a golf ball down the fairway, you’re going to love spending time at Villa la Estancia. The Flamingo Golf course is just a few minutes away and offers championship level golfing. This full service golf course has club rentals, carts, lessons, a driving range, and a beautiful natural backdrop to enjoy on your outing. A day on the links, followed by an evening walk along the shore can only be made better with a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental to return to at the end of the day.

Hike the Forest in Big Bear

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideBig Bear is by far our most popular destination year round, and spring is a perfect time to plan your visit. The forest comes alive with wild flowers and the sights and sounds of birds and deer during the spring. Big Bear has dozens of miles of trails, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake from many of them. And with Big Bear, you can enjoy a range of great experiences on every hike. Take in the forest, dip your toe in the cool lake water, and enjoy a great meal in The Village all on the same outing.

Of course the best part of any Big Bear hike is when you return to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental afterward. You’ll enjoy an unrivaled level of comfort and craftsmanship. Spring nights are great for barbecuing and relaxing later in front of the fireplace. It’s a perfect solution to a busy life, and a great way to reconnect with family and recharge your batteries.

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.

Summer Golf Vacation Choices

We always get an increased number of calls this time of year as families start looking forward to the end of the school year and make their summer plans. It’s an exciting time, and an especially good time to get the entire family involved. Find out what special quests you’d like to explore for this year’s vacation. Golfing is a consistent favorite with many families, and we have some of the best golfing destinations.

Our La Quinta properties are nestled amid some of the best golf courses in the country. Most of our properties there are right on the fairways as well.  You’ll not only have a chance to enjoy some great golfing during the day, you can also relax in the evenings with some great views over the courses. La Quinta’s proximity to Palm Springs makes this a great destination for the non-golfers as well. The shopping and night life in Palm Springs is great, and for a bigger adventure, plan a day trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy lunch and an amazing view in the cool air at the top.

Big Bear’s own 9 hole golf course opens in May, and offers one of the most beautiful settings you can find. Nestled among the slopes of Bear Mountain, this course is a real delight and another great activity to take in while staying in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.

Flamingo GolfThose seeking an even more exotic golf getaway will want to consider our luxury condos on the beach in Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. The Flamingos Golf is and 18 hole championship course just 5 minutes away from Villa la Estancia. There’s a putting green, driving range, pro shop, lessons, and club rentals as well. It can make for a perfect getaway with your days split between the sands and beach of your luxury condo, and some of the finest golfing available. Choose one of our ocean view condos, and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset over the ocean after a great day golfing. Our condos all have full kitchens, so you can cook your own meal or dine at one of the on-site restaurants.

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.

 

Meet Our Newest Luxury Vacation Rentals in La Quinta

We’re always excited when we add new properties to our family amazing destinations, and this week we’d like you to meet our newest luxury vacation rentals in La Quinta.  The timing on these additions is great, as we’re just a few weeks away from the Stagecoach Festival, and each of these are just minutes away.

La Quinta is a wonderful place to visit year round. Nearby Palm Springs is well known for having some of the best shopping and entertainment in all of Southern California. And golf enthusiasts will be overwhelmed with the options. There’s really something for everyone at this destination, and we’ve got some of the best options for your comfort during your visit.  Take a look at these newest additions to our La Quinta properties:

05F120FD-155D-0010-073F3BB60BBC1E23-27Check out our PGA111.  Your group of up to 10 guests will marvel at the luxury in the 3400 square feet that surrounds you. There are 4 bedrooms with 3.5 baths, and 3 of the bedrooms are master suites with their own baths. This is a great choice for multiple families to share.  The backyard sits right on the Greg Norman golf course with amazing views. Enjoy your own private salt water pool and spa as you take in the aroma of steaks or burgers cooking up on the outdoor barbecue. Follow this link to see what real relaxation looks like.

F200CC7E-155D-0010-07847E09912B888D-IMG_0507PGA112 has room for 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. This magnificent property overlooks the 11th hold of the Jack Nicklaus Private Course. The views are amazing, and the luxury extends throughout the entire property. You’ll want to chill your wine in the wine cooler when you arrive, and later you can enjoy a soothing glass of it as you relax by the pool or work together in the gourmet kitchen to cook up something delightful for your entire party. Let the kids enjoy a night out in the detached casita, so the adults can have a quiet evening alone. Check out more photos and details at this link.

 

7CFF0A38-155D-0010-07E54682293CA5FB-1607Our PGA113 is a beautiful home with a private backyard. There’s room for 8 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. The gourmet kitchen is a delight with its double ovens and granite counters. If you’ve never experience the refreshing feel of a salt water pool and spa, you’re in for a treat.  The sounds of the cascading water feature will enhance your backyard relaxation as you gather around the barbecue.  The master suite has its own fireplace and retreat. Every guest can enjoy unrivaled privacy with this home’s two large private casitas.  Book online or view more photos and details at this link.

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.

Looking For a Fun Getaway?

If you’re looking to put together a fun getaway, we’ve got some great ideas for you. Whether it’s for a quick weekend retreat or a full week of fun and relaxation, we’ve got some options that will make your time away simply amazing. Check out these amazing properties that as we write this are available for your stay during the first week of April.

Cabin3Cabin #3 is our “Five Star Snow Summit.” This full log cabin has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 9 guests. It’s located just a short distance from The Village, with all the shopping and great restaurants there. Your adventure here begins with our pair of whimsical carved bears greeting you on the deck as you first arrive. The experience grows as you enter and are surrounded by the exposed timbers and mountain decor. Choose your relaxation from a game of pool, a warm dip in the bubbling spa, or just relaxing by the river rock fireplace. Your time here will fun and memorable. Book online or get more details at this link.

Cabin23aWant to enjoy some amazing luxury with panoramic views overlooking Big Bear Lake? Our Cabin #23 “Stunning Boulder Cove Estate” is a perfect option. With its 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, there’s room for 12 guests in amazing luxury. Two of the bedrooms are master suites, so it’s a great option for multiple families. Enjoy some time walking along your own private lakeside cove, or assemble on the deck for a family meal overlooking the lake and rock outcroppings. The views are just amazing, and the hardest part of your stay will be when you need to leave this beautiful luxury property. This link has more photos and details. Click through for online booking as well.

Cabin46aIf you’re a fan of fine craftsmanship, you’re going to love your time in our Cabin #46, “High Timber Log Estate.” This is a hand-built Canadian full log home that will take your breath away. The massive timbers are just amazing, and you’ll appreciate the attention to detail. The great room boasts a towering floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and there’s a huge deck out offering tree top views. There’s room for 16 guests in its 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, so you’ll enjoy plenty of privacy for multiple families or larger groups. There’s a fun treehouse out back that’s sure to delight the kids. You can book online or view more photos and details at this link.

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 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.