Have You Booked Your Ski Getaway Yet?

Have you booked your ski getaway yet? Big Bear has had a great ski season so far, and both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will remain open through March. But time is growing short. Every year we have regular guests who get busy and miss their opportunity to have a ski getaway. Don’t let this happen to you.

We’ve got some great opportunities for you to make sure this year is a great one for your family and friends to have a great getaway. Here are a few great options:

Big Bear Vacation RentalFrom the moment you walk up the steps and are greeted by our pair of whimsical carved bears, you’ll know you’re in for a treat with our Cabin #3, Five Star Snow Summit. This is located at the base of Snow Summit, and you’ll be on the slopes in just a minute or two without having to hunt for parking. There’s room for 9 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. You’ll love the rustic mountain decor, and will enjoy relaxing in the hot tub after a long day on the slopes. It’s also a short way from The Village with its unique shops and restaurants. See more photos and details, and book online at this link.

Big Bear Vacation RentalLocated next door to Cabin #3 is our Cabin #9, 4 Bedroom Summit. This luxury cabin has 4 bedrooms with 2.5 baths with room for 11 guests. The slopes are adjacent to this one as well, so you skip the driving around looking for a parking space and walk right over to start skiing. Enjoy a game of pool or some foosball, and be sure to feel how relaxing the hot tub is after a day on slopes. Combine this with Cabin 3 and you’ll have room for 20 people to enjoy your getaway. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

Big Bear Vacation RentalBut wait, there’s more. We also have a third cabin adjacent to these first two. Do you have a group of 25 or so looking for a fun ski getaway together? Our Cabin #16, Pine Lodge Outdoor Spa is right next to the first two above, and with this one, you’ll also enjoy having the slopes at Snow Summit just moments from your door. You’ll also enjoy the short drive to the Village for its great shops and nightlife. And time spent relaxing in the spa during the chilly evenings under the stars will be a memory you’ll long cherish. Choose just one of these cabins or all of them for your extended family, church group, or office ski party. Click here for more info on this one.

Your next ski getaway can start by viewing all of our Big Bear vacation rental 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

More March Fun in Big Bear

You might think that with all the great skiing to be found in Big Bear, there wouldn’t be much else going on. You’d be wrong.

There’s more March fun in Big Bear than you can possibly cram in during your stay, but we’re going to help you fill your schedule off the slopes. Here’s another sample of fun things to do during March in Big Bear.

Line Dancing Female Legs in Cowboy Western BootsPull on your dancing boots.Wyatt’s Cafe and Saloon is truly the simple place where the good folks of Big Bear gather. They take the dancing indoors during the colder months. Doors open Fridays at 4 PM with a live band on the stage beginning at 6 PM! Come enjoy the friendly atmosphere with Wyatt’s serving up ranch style food. Wyatt’s is lighting up the night for you to cut up the dance floor with live bands every Friday and Saturday night all year. Wyatt’s is located at the Big Bear Convention Center, and there’s more info here.

PrintOn Saturday March 14th, skiers and snowboarders will assemble at Snow Summit for the annual USARC Ski-A-Thon. This hot FUNdraiser of the winter season is the Skiathon, enabling winter fanatics to have fun on the slopes while working toward the estimable end of supporting the USARC. The funds raised in the annual Skiathon offset the expense of purchasing adaptive ski equipment, training 200 volunteers and professional staff members, and subsidizing the cost of every lesson! A great time supporting a great cause. More details and registration here.

Which Ones PinkThe Cave in Big Bear has a full slate of great bands appearing all month during March. On Saturday March 7th, you’ll enjoy an evening with Cash’d Out, a tribute to Johnny Cash that will have you walking the line straight to your best memories of a man in black. Pink Floyd fans will want to set aside March 21st for Which Ones Pink, one of the best Pink Floyd tribute bands you’ll ever encounter. Finish out March with Guttermouth on March 27th and Catch 40 oz. to Freedom during their appearance on March 28th. You’ll enjoy a professional tribute to Sublime with the greatest hits from now and then. Visit The Cave’s website for more details and ticket information: https://thecavebigbear.com/

As you can see, there’s lots to keep you entertained when you’re not on the slopes in Big Bear during March, and every event will be better when you end your day back at your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  Check out 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

March in Big Bear

In addition to all the great skiing, there are plenty of other great things to do during March in Big Bear. Here are just a few things you’ll enjoy during your stay with us.

Polar Bear PlungeIf it’s March in Big Bear, it’s time to freeze your fanny with the annual Polar Plunge Saturday, March 7 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2020 – the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin’ for a reason to help support Special Olympics. Join the Polar Plunge Registration Party at Santana & Mavericks from 6 – 9 PM and get to know your fellow plungers! 40771 Big Bear Blvd.. More details here.

Boy ScoutsThe 16th Annual Bear Mountain Scout Weekend will take place on March 7-8, 2020. This offer is available to active Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. All scouts participating on Scout Weekend will receive a Bear Mountain Scout Weekend Patch 2020.

Give your Scout the opportunity to test their knowledge and on-hill skills while earning their Snow Sports Merit Badge at Bear Mountain’s annual Scout Weekend. BSA Merit Badge counselors will be on hand to evaluate Scouts and help them work towards Merit Badges. To participate, Scouts must bring their Snow Sports Merit Badge completed workbook and Blue Cards.

watching wildlifeEnjoy the Discovery Center Nature Hikes every Saturday and Sunday in March. Meet the volunteer at the trailhead noted on the schedule. Volunteers can be identified by their green shirts. No registration is required and guided hikes are free. In the event of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Hikers are advised to wear layers in the winter months and good hiking boots. Be sure to bring water and an Adventure Pass to park at any trailheads. Passes may be purchased at the Big Bear Visitors Center. More details at this link.

You can start your next getaway by viewing 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

What Are Your Spring Break Plans?

We’re just a couple months out of the Christmas holidays, and we’re already getting calls from guests looking to place reservations for Spring break. It’s good to plan ahead, and this is a great time to sit down with the family and discuss your Spring break plans. As you probably anticipated, we’ve got some great suggestions.

VLE02If you’re in the mood for something exotic, how about planning a getaway on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta? We have over a dozen luxury condos right on the beach, and the weather is often near perfect. The ocean water temperatures usually hover in the 70s, and our resort at Villa la Estancia has all the amenities you’d expect from luxury condo towers right on the beach. No need to wait to feel the sand in your toes or take a refreshing dip in the surf. And you’ll have a great time exploring the local eateries, shops, and night life in nearby Puerto Vallarta. Or bring your clubs to book some green time on the championship golf courses that are just a few minutes away. Check out our condos and book online at this link.

GolfVacationHow about a golf vacation in La Quinta this spring? We’ve assembled a group of the finest properties adjacent to the championship courses there. And with Palm Springs just a short drive away, you’ll enjoy some of Southern California’s finest restaurants and tourist destinations during your stay. Add a trip up the arial tramway for an afternoon in the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top of the 2.5 mile cable ride. There are few things more relaxing than spending the morning under the deep blue skies with the mountain views beyond followed by relaxing just off the fairway with a cool drink on the patio of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s a perfect recipe to help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with your family. Check out our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

FamilyHiking_StockBut Big Bear is our most popular destination. We’ve assembled a great collection of quality luxury homes and cabins to choose from for your Spring break getaway. And springtime in Big Bear is simply beautiful. You’ll enjoy crisp evenings, and there are miles and miles of well-maintained hiking trails for every level of hiker. For the anglers in your group, the Big Bear fishing season starts in early April and continues throughout the summer. And there’s plenty of great shopping and eating choices in the Village with some great night spots as well. And the golf course at Bear Mountain comes alive in May when the Big Bear driving range opens on May 8th.

We’ve got great choices, and you just need to make yours. And whatever destination you choose, you can be sure we’re working to make sure you time with us is enjoyable and will leave you feeling pampered.

Check out all our La Quinta vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo Vallarta, and Big Bear. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the 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.

Getting Serious About Having Fun

We have the great pleasure of talking to people on a daily basis about their plans to have some fun. And we’re always delighted when we hear back from some of them about the great time they had with us, and how much it meant to them to create the memories and recharge their batteries. It’s really gratifying, and we’re convinced there’s nothing wrong with getting serious about having fun.

Family relaxing on the grassYou’ve probably seen the same studies we have. There’s actually quite a bit of research that shows how much we all benefit from relaxation. It’s a really amazing elixir. Relaxation gives us more energy by increasing the flow of blood  around our body. We feel calmer, have clearer thinking, and relaxation can promote a general positive feeling. It increases our memory and helps our decision making. Our heartbeat slows, our tension is eased, and our blood pressure is lower. If relaxation were a drug, it’s something every doctor would prescribe for us. So, take it from us, your vacation doctor, you should get serious about having fun.

If you need an excuse to schedule some time away, there are a lot to choose from. Anniversaries are always great, and they don’t need to be just for weddings. We’ve seen people plan getaways around the day they first met, their first date, and you can get even more creative from there. Celebrate a promotion, a new baby, national pizza day, or the Annual Kumquat Festival that is surely happening somewhere at sometime convenient for your plan. You get the picture. All you really need is a desire to make it happen and those with whom you want to have it happen. Lather, rinse, repeat.

young woman hiker relaxing in the woodsAnd of course you know we’re going to offer you some of the best places on the planet to enhance your relaxation. Our cabins in Big Bear offer some of the best locations and finest luxury you can find. Beach lovers will want to find their way to our surf side resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. And our golfers and desert lovers will delight in the time they spend in one of our luxury golf course homes in La Quinta.

So when you’re ready to get serious about having fun, you can start by viewing 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  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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Plan Your Next Getaway

With the new year upon us, we’ve extended our online booking calendar out to all of 2020. This is a great opportunity to plan your next getaway early. Most of us only get a limited amount of time away each year, and it’s important to take full advantage of it. With a little bit of early planning, you can make a truly memorable getaway this year.

Choose Big Bear for Scenery and Skiing

If your idea of relaxation involves lots of outdoorsy stuff like hiking, skiing, and enjoying nature, choose Big Bear for the scenery and skiing. Weather permitting, ski season usually stays open until early April. It’s a busy time for us, and it’s wise to book your stay as early as possible. We have lots of great options that will keep you just as happy off the slopes as you are on them. Few things are more relaxing that settling down in front of the fireplace at the end of a long day of skiing. Add in some time in the hot tub and a relaxing meal, and the moment is complete.

But Big Bear is also a great choice for the rest of the year. Spring is spectacular and opens more opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. The Big Bear Zoo is also a great destination for an afternoon learning about the diverse animals found in the Big Bear area. And each of your days spent exploring are capped off with a relaxing day in your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Choose La Quinta for Desert Beauty and Golfing

La Quinta is a great choice with lots of luxury properties available outside Palm Springs in Southern California. Choose La Quinta for desert beauty and golfing. Most of our La Quinta properties are located on the fairways of the world-class golf courses spread throughout the area. Most have their own private pools and spas as well. And La Quinta is has lots of great entertainment opportunities available from model rocketry, community picnics, to kite flying competitions.

Palm Springs TramNearby Palm Springs has great options for find dining, museums, and the tram takes you on a 2-1/2 mile cable journey through rugged canyons and mountainside to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top. It’s a great way to spend the day, and you’ll bring home lots of amazing memories.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear or La Quinta vacation rental. Check out 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Spend Valentine’s Day in Big Bear

Valentine's Day RomanceWe have long advocated for taking your romantic life to a new level. And with Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, this is a perfect time to make this year’s celebration a great one. Sure, grab some chocolates and flowers, but also tell your love to pack a bag. February 14th falls on a Friday this year, so this is a great opportunity to plan a long weekend and spend Valentine’s Day in Big Bear.

Ski season is in full swing, so you can plan the long weekend with time on the slopes while relaxing in the comfort of your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental when you’re not on the slopes. Choose one of our properties with a spa, and the scene is set. Relax in front of the fireplace after dinner and enjoy the contrast of the chilly evening air while you bask in the warmth of your hot tub.

Romantic Valentine's Day in Front of FireAnd this is not a typical hotel getaway. Instead of having a room in a hallway full of doors to other rooms, you’ll have the entire place to yourselves. If there’s a conversation taking place in the hallway, it’s one you’re involved in, not some stranger wandering the hallway looking for their room. And it’s a perfect setup to have a quiet dinner or breakfast in front of the fireplace followed by a relaxing dip in the spa later. Take a walk in the brisk wintery Big Bear night to refresh yourselves.

There are lots of things that make for a memorable, romantic time together, but the most important one is the actual time together. And with your Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear getaway, you can relax and create new memories that you’ll carry with you in the years ahead.

You can start your Valentine’s Day getaway by viewing 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 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Doing?

We hope you had a great holiday season. We sure did. We decided not to make any overly optimistic resolutions this year to avoid the disappointment of failing at them too quickly. So far we’re doing okay. We hope you are too. We know our local gym is doing great with its full parking lot, and we wish all those ambitious people the best. We’ll settle for a few more brisk walks, a few less chocolate sundaes, and a lot more quality time with the family.

Happy family sitting in the carThat last one sure can be elusive, can’t it? No sooner have we put away the holiday decorations than we find ourselves running headlong into new after school activities, playing catch up at work, and generally struggling to make sure we all find the dinner table at about the same time even a few nights.

One thing our family enjoys is the time we set aside for vacations and getaways. Even when we slack a bit on quality family time, our getaways are a time we dedicate to each other and creating fresh memories together. And at Five Star Vacation Rentals, that’s the fun we hope to help families find.

ViewIf you want to try something really exotic, how about planning a family getaway to the white sandy beaches in Nuevo Vallarta? January and February usually have some of the best weather of the year with less rainfall and temperatures  hovering in the 70s and 80s. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach to choose from, and you’ll enjoy the full resort experience. There are world-class restaurants on site. The shops and great local restaurants are a short cab ride away in Puerto Vallarta. How long has it been since you had fresh lobster while watching the surf? Probably too long.

There are flights daily out of LAX to Nuevo Vallarta, and the resort is a quick caba ride away from the airport. Bring your clubs to enjoy some of the great golfing nearby, and plan on some day trips into Puerto Vallarta for the great selection of gifts and artwork by local artisans. And did we mention the lobster?

Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your stay with us. Check out our Nuevo Vallarta beach condos at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411. Check out our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link. 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Sand in Your Toes Time

One of the great things about living in Southern California is the moderate climate. Sure we have our hot summers and occasional cold winter nights, but for the most part we’ve got it pretty good. But our beach times are often limited to the summer months. Surfers can don wetsuits for their fun, but the rest of us usually wait for warmer temperatures. But what if you didn’t have to wait?

Did you know that the average ocean temperature off the coast of Nuevo Vallarta in Mexico is usually in the high 70s this time of year? That’s about 10 degrees warmer than it is in Southern California. And that makes all the difference in the world. There’s no need to wait until summer when you can enjoy a luxury vacation rental right on the beach with Five Star Vacation Rentals in Villa la Estancia.

It’s a getaway you’ll really enjoy. The weather is warmer, there’s often only rain a couple of days during the month. There’s all the fun to be found when you head the short distance over to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy some great shopping and local restaurants. There’s even a chocolate museum. You’ll never want to leave.

The Spa Treatment
The Spa Treatment

You can pamper yourself with the huge 17,000 square foot onsite spa and enjoy fine dining at La Casona, the eclectic fine dining steakhouse at the resort. Or just relax by the pool or at the water’s edge. Get the picture?

All of our luxury suites have full kitchens and most have water views. You can end your day in Puerto Vallarta by cooking up the fresh catch of the day you buy there, or reheating the leftovers from one of the many great local restaurants to choose from.

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 Bear 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 Nuevo Vallarta or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

New Year, New Plans

We’re putting off a few more days before we take down the tree and the Christmas lights. We’re excited to welcome in the New Year, and have great hope for the adventures that await us in the days and months ahead. We love the fresh feeling we get from the New Year, new plans, and the opportunity to make this year even better than last year.

If one of your resolutions was to spend more time with your loved ones, we’ve got some great opportunities on the horizon that you can start planning for now.

Plan a Family Ski Vacation

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowBig Bear’s ski season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to plan a family ski vacation. Whether you have little ones looking for their very first ski experience, or you’re an expert-level skier hoping to get some quality time in on the slopes, Big Bear’s two ski resorts have choices you’ll be happy with. And with your Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day, you can be sure your time will be fun, relaxing, and leave you feeling pampered.

Big Bear offers lots to do off the slopes as well. The Village is packed with lots of great little shops and restaurants. The nearby Big Bear Zoo is a great stop to see local wildlife and some actual bears while in Big Bear.

Plan an Exotic Mexico Vacation

ViewIt’s a bit jarring to move from ski slopes to sandy beaches, but those are two choices we offer. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. This is a great time of year to visit. Their weather is usually mild this time of year with very little rain and temperatures ranging from the 70’s and 80’s. The ocean water temperature also usually stays in the high 70s during our winter, and gets even warmer during the spring.

The Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach and just a short cab ride away from the airport and the shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.  There’s no shortage of activities. You can go deep sea fishing, enjoy a massage and steam spa, taste the local cuisine at the many small shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, or bring your clubs and spend some afternoons on the nearby championship golf courses. It can be a great getaway for one or all of these things.

You can start your next getaway by viewing 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.