It’s Oktoberfest Time!

We’re beyond thrilled to see Oktoberfest just around the corner. This year marks the 49th anniversary of this family event, and it’s on track to be the best yet. The fun happens every weekend starting September 7th and running through November 2nd. You can save by purchasing your tickets in advance at this link. And this year when you purchase your September ticket in advance, you’ll get a free ticket to return for closing weekend.

Opening weekend on September 7th will offer free admission to all current and former military, fire fighters, law enforcement, and their immediate families.

This year’s festival will feature four bands directly from Germany. You’ll also enjoy beers ranging from the same ones enjoyed at the Munich Oktoberfest for more than 150 years, to more modern versions. The food will of course range from brats to knockwurst direct from the German butcher.

Big Bear OktoberfestThe Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths) is designed for the entire family with lots of special treats just for the kids. You’ll find arts, crafts, collectibles and trinkets for mom and dad. The kids will love the carnival games, taking a turn on Samson the Mechanical Bull, the bounce house, balloon artist, face painting and airbrushed tattoos.

Sundays are family day with half price adult admission and kids under 12 get in for free. There are contests for the kids every Sunday ranging from boot holding to a costume contest during the final weekend’s Halloween celebration. Every child will take home a prize with special awards going to the 3 best costumes. Start planning now!

You can book your Oktoberfest 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 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Plan Your September Visit to Big Bear

The kids are just about ready to start back to school, and you’re probably telling yourself you could really use a another vacation after all the running around and rescheduling involved. We couldn’t agree more, and we’ll gladly help you plan your September visit to Big Bear.

Oktoberfest in Big BearWe’re beyond excited to see this year’s Oktoberfest arrive on September 7th running weekends through November 2nd. This year marks the 49th anniversary, and it’s on track to be the best one yet. This family event is consistently rated as Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest. Opening weekend will offer free admission to all current and former military, fire fighters, and law enforcement. And this year free admission is extended to their families as well. It’s one of the biggest events on the Big Bear calendar, and one many of our guests return for every year. Enjoying a fun day at Oktoberfest followed by a relaxing stay in one of our luxury Five Star Vacation Rentals is a perfect combination. Buy your tickets in advance and get more details at this link.

The Big Bear Cycling Association continues to have scheduled rides throughout September for all skill levels. We can’t encourage you enough to join in on these. Big Bear has so much natural beauty that flies by from inside a car. The slower pace you’ll enjoy on a cycling adventure is perfect for absorbing more of the amazing wildlife and natural beauty.  Bring your own bike, or rent one after you arrive. Check out the calendar of ride at https://bigbearcycling.com.

Baby Goat Yoga in Big BearBear Valley Farms is quickly becoming one of our favorite attractions in Big Bear. They’re offering activities that are just plain fun. If you’ve never gone horseback riding with the kids, this is a great opportunity to share that experience. And since they are a working farm, they also offer farm tours where you can get up close and feed the various animals. And our favorite new fun activity is goat yoga. Yes, you can experience having these cute critters climbing all over you while you engage in a series of stretches and exercises. But your smile muscles will probably get the biggest workout. Check out all the fun events they offer 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 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Labor Day in Big Bear

We really hate to see the summer come to an end, but we know it’s inevitable. We’ve been watching the back to school ads popping up everywhere, and we’re already reworking our schedules for getting the kids back in school and fitting in the various sports and clubs. But take heart, there’s still time to schedule a great Labor Day in Big Bear.

If you’re planning to arrive on Friday for the long weekend, there’s plenty of great events to kick off your stay. Art on the Corner in the Heart of Big Bear Village on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue. Fine art and craftsmanship will be featured in a variety of mediums. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, listen to the music and browse the wonderful artwork. Proceeds to benefit the Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and the Open Sky Music Foundation. No charge to wander.

On Friday evening, we recommend Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon Honky Tonk Fridays at the Big Bear Convention Center. The doors open at 4pm and the live band gets things rolling at 6pm. You’ll enjoy some great music and dancing.

On Saturday, August 31st, we recommend a visit the 10th Annual “Cool Run in the Mountains” Car Show at the Big Bear Convention Center. All cars are welcome to register and participate, and you can expect to see a wide variety of restored classics, customs, and oddities as well. This is always a huge hit, and many of the owners hang around to answer questions and explain their restorations.

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 holiday 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Plan Your Fall Getaway to Nuevo Vallarta

Summer is rapidly coming to a close, and we know many of us are rushing around preparing for the kids getting back to school. This involves a lot of scheduling and general mayhem, so we’re hoping to interrupt you for a moment to encourage you to plan your fall getaway to Nuevo Vallarta.

Nuevo Vallarta is in the middle of the rainy season right now. Some guests like the smaller crowds and romantic feeling of being on the beach during the storms. But October is usually one of the dryer months, and it’s too early for the holiday crowds. This is why we recommend booking your fall getaway to Nuevo Vallarta now.

Villa la Estancia is our resort right on the beach, and it’s simply breathtaking. You’re moments away from the surf with every luxury amenity available right on the property. You can enjoy feeling pampered in the spa, swimming in the pools or in the ocean just beyond. The on-site restaurants are amazing, and you can also take a quick trip into nearby Puerto Vallarta to stock up on local fresh catch and vegetables to cook your own creations right in the kitchen of your fully-equipped condo.

Golfers also love this destination, because there are world-class courses nearby.  Fishing off the coast can be truly epic with a broad variety of sport fish in the local waters. And Puerto Vallarta is just a short cab ride away with its old-world feeling and amazing fresh seafood restaurants. You’ll also want to browse the many shops and locally-created art to take something back to remember your time here. The Historic Center is a favorite with many guests and features artwork and crafts created by local artisans.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta at sunset - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MexicoThe old city in Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone in the family, and there’s a lively nightlife as well. Between your time on the beach, relaxing in your luxury condo, or exploring the local scene, this will be a trip you’ll want to repeat. And it’s perfect for a romantic getaway for just the two of you or the entire family. There are direct flights out of LAX most days for the 3 hour flight to Puerto Vallarta. You can rent a car at the airport or just grab a cab to the resort.

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.

Put Us On Your Back to School Shopping List

School Bus: Cute Girl Getting On BusThe ads are unavoidable, and it’s unmistakable that the lazy, hazy days of summer are waning.  Back to school season is upon us with all the flyers in the mail, the extra shopping trips, and the annual reworking of our schedules. But there’s still time to plan one last family getaway before the bell rings on that first day back to school.  Put us on your back to school shopping list, and you can end the summer on a great note.

Big Bear is amazing during the late summer. The evenings are usually cool, and the daytime temperatures can be a break from the hotter days more common throughout much of Southern California. Especially popular this time of year is the golfing, hiking, trail biking, and fishing on the lake.

Golf, ball lying on the green next to holeGolfers can also enjoy the 9 hole course at the base of Bear Mountain throughout the summer. This is a delightful course that offers some of the most amazing scenery you’ll find on any southland course.  Have fun brushing up on your game with their 300 yard driving range and areas for chipping, putting, and bunker practice zones.

Hikers will find improved paths for all skill and exertion levels, with clearly marked paths and some wheelchair and stroller accessible. Here’s a good list of trails at this link.

The Big Bear Cycling Association has rides scheduled throughout the rest of summer. They also offer rides for all skill levels and local bike rentals are available.

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 holiday 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

 

More August Fun in Big Bear

August is a really busy month in Big Bear, and it’s a great time to book a getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals. We listed some highlights last week, and here are a few more ways to have August fun in Big Bear.

DCF 1.0Golfers are encouraged to plan a fun day of golf with the Chamber of Commerce. Join them on August 9th from 8:00am to 4:00pm with the Chamber on the Green “Big Hitter Tournament.” On course games will include Shoot-n-Holla, Chug & Spin, the Circle of Gold and more! Trophies will be awarded to winning teams and also to individual winners for Closest to Hole, Best Ball, Hole-in-One, and men and women’s Longest Drives. Visit the Chamber’s website for more details.

The Renaissance Faire continues weekends through August 11th. If you’ve never been to one of these, you’re really missing out. You’ll enjoy knights jousting, minstrels strumming, comedians laughing, and more food than you can eat in a month. We have some more details posted in our previous blog.

BBClassicCarThe 30th Annual Antique Car Club’s Fun Run takes place Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. It’s a great day, and you’ll get to see over 500 cars including roadsters, classics, antiques and hot rods, lining the streets of Big Bear Village. Friday is registration day from 9-5 pm for participants at the Bartlett Parking Lot, Saturday is the day to view the cars on display from 9-4 pm and the Fun Run drive around the Lake takes place at 4pm at the end of day on Saturday, and the awards ceremonies are on Sunday starting at 9:00 am. Visit their website for more details.

The Cave is Big Bear’s premier live music venue, and August is a full month of great bands. The lineup includes One Drop, Yachtly Crew, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Justin Hayward, Cubensis Grateful Dead Tribute, Cinderella’s Tom Kiefer. For show times and tickets, visit The Cave’s website 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 summer 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

August Fun in Big Bear

It’s hard to believe the summer is slipping away. We’re already seeing our first signs of back-to-school sales and having those faint whispers of scheduling logistics after school starts. But we’re not giving up yet. There’s still plenty of time for a great vacation, and here’s some August fun in Big Bear that awaits.

August is a great time to plan your Big Bear visit, and there are a lot of great adventures that await you beyond the doors of your Five Star Vacation Rental. Here are a few.

Group of friends riding horses in the forestThroughout the summer starting in late June and ending the first week of August you can unleash your child’s inner equestrian.  Bear Valley Farms is offering summer horse camps. Horse Day Camp is a fun all-things-horse program designed for beginners or intermediate campers. This program will take campers through classroom, tack rooms, stalls, barns, arenas, pastures and trails. It’s a great way to give the kids a greater appreciation for horses far beyond the typical afternoon horseback ride. Visit their website for info at this link.

On August 3rd we’ll see the 10th annual Tour de Big Bear get under way. This is considered by many to be Southern California’s premiere cycling event. Riders of every skill level are welcome, and you can choose your distance ranging from 10k, 25, 50, 70, 106 and 109 mile courses. And if you’re feeling competitive, the 70, 106 and 109 milers are automatically entered into “King/Queen of the Mountain” with 7 mile climb to the top of Onyx Summit for cash and prizes. There are awards for timed climbs and much more. Check out their website for more details and to register.

JoustingThe Big Bear Valley Renaissance Faire continues the first two weekends of August. This annual event is so much fun, some of our guests book more than one weekend just to return. You’ll enjoy traveling minstrels, amazing food, jousting matches, medieval royalty and more food. Of course all this running around and horseplay can be tiring, so it’s a great time to book your stay in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

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 summer 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

The Renaissance Faire is Here

It’s that time of year again. The annual Renaissance Faire opens its doors on Saturday July, 20th. This is an event many of our guests return for annually, and it’s enough fun to book consecutive weekends to take in all the fun. Here’s a sampling of what you can expect.

There Will Be Jousting

This event is probably the one that comes to mind first when we think about the Renaissance Faire. It’s all in good fun, and nobody gets hurt, but it’s a glimpse into an amazing display of horsemanship, bravery, and chivalry. The knights engage in thrilling hand-to-hand combat in the main arena. Choose your favorite knight and root for them. Winning knights have been known to reward your enthusiasm by wading into the crowd with gifts.

The Food Will be Amazing

By now you’ve probably seen pictures of the turkey legs the size of Cincinnati. We honestly tremble at the thought of ever meeting one of these freakishly large turkeys, but we do love the food they so graciously provide. Past years have included chowders and a variety of period foods to delight you and your family. And don’t forget to grab a glass of ale or mead before the day’s out.

Entertainment Galore

In addition to the jousting, you’ll enjoy performances that will be both on stage and roaming among the crowd. They’ll usually be sporting some amazing medieval outfits and the songs will be seasoned with an extra helping of ribald humor and fun. Even their names are funny: Gallows Humor, Joust Kidding, and Cutthroat Reef. As a special treat this year, Celtic singer songwriter Kris Colt reveals her past incarnation from the time of her ancestors in Scotland Ireland, England, and Wales as the song bird Black Rose. She is a modern bard, with a lyrical singing style who passionately performs songs of both original and ancient origin.

You can see there’s a lot to take in, and it’s a really fun way for the family to spend the day before you retreat to the luxury and comfort of your Five Star Vacation Rental. 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 holiday 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Are You Letting Another Summer Pass You By?

We hope you all had a great July 4th. We sure did. We ate so much we’re thinking of heading to New York next year to compete in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.  The fireworks were amazing, and our dogs have finally started to calm down. We know many people are making a long weekend out of this, and we’re going to mix a bit of work and fun in as well.

Happy family sitting in the carThough we hardly call this work, we would like to work with you and your family to help you put together a great vacation this summer. And we’re not judging, but we want to gently remind you of all those past summers when you were determined not to let time slip away. But you did. This summer we’ve made it easier than ever before.

If you haven’t been to our website lately, you’ll notice our online booking feature is pretty streamlined. You can search for properties based upon where you want to stay, how many are in your party, the number of bedrooms you’d like and the dates you’re looking for. And we pride ourselves on having some of the best photography around, so you can get a great idea of what you’ll be looking at when you arrive.

Couple DiningThere are lots of great reasons to choose a Five Star Vacation Rental over a traditional hotel vacation. Privacy and convenience are two of the big ones. In a hotel, you have lots of common areas shared with strangers, and that can range from inconvenient to “who the heck is yelling in the hallway at 2am???” Each of our properties also has a full kitchen, so you’re in control of how, when, and what you eat. You’ll probably want to enjoy some of the great dining experiences that can be found in restaurants at each of our destinations, but you can stock up to keep snacks, drinks, or full meals prepared right in your vacation rental as well. You decide how you want to spend your vacation. And many people prefer to skip the lines and expense at the restaurant for something fun they can prepare together right in their own kitchen.

And of course you will have the luxury experience you can find with a Five Star Vacation Rental. We have some of the most amazing properties, and whether you want to experience a sandy ocean-front beach in Nuevo Vallarta, a golf vacation in La Quinta, or a mountain getaway to Big Bear, we’ve got options to meet pretty much any group.

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 summer 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

More July Fun in Big Bear

In last week’s blog we detailed all the great fun you can have during your July 4th stay in Big Bear, and this week we’re going to show you have you can have even more July fun in Big Bear. It’s one of the most popular events of the year, and if we still have any cabins available, you’ll be glad you came for it. In this week’s blog we’re going to look at some of the other fun things you can do during your July visit.

Find some unique creations from local artists at Art on the Corner in the Village from July 4th through 7th on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue. Fine Art, craftsmanship, and a variety of different mediums will be found. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, and enjoy the music as you browse the artwork. Proceeds to benefit the Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and the Open Sky Music Foundation.

Let's Eat In Tonight!
Let’s Eat In Tonight!

If you’re staying with us on a Tuesday, and you’d like to try your hand at some culinary creations using locally grown ingredients, you’re going to want to head over to the Big Bear Valley Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center. The Market is open 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday morning, and it’s a great way to start your day with some fresh fruits and other local items.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 8.37.31 PMRock and roll and comedy fans are definitely going to want to check out The Cave’s lineup during July as well. Our favorite is The Jefferson Starship appearing on the evening of July 19th. This iconic band features some of the original members and will recreate the sound known to at least a couple of generations. You’re in for a great laugh with Pauly Shore of “Totally Pauly” fame will be appearing on July 20th, and the month closes out on July 27th with the inimitable style of Ted Nugent as he brings his unique brand of rock and roll that will just about blow the roof off.

There’s still so much more than we can fit in here. Your time in a Five Star Vacation Rental will leave you feeling relaxed and with your batteries recharged. 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 summer 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.