Do Thanksgiving Differently This Year

We really love Thanksgiving with the family. It’s one of the few times of the year we get to spend time with friends and relatives from all over and get caught up. This is a holiday built around a meal, so time in the kitchen is a usual extension. And while many of us enjoy the cooking, you may want to do Thanksgiving differently this year. Big Bear has several great restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving day, and it’s a great opportunity to spend more time with everyone, rather than have your handful of cooks disappear for the hours leading up to the feast.

Peppercorn GrillePeppercorn Grille enjoys some of the best reviews in all of Big Bear, and they’re serving a traditional turkey and trimmings meal on Thanksgiving day. They’re located in The Village at 553 Pine Knot Avenue in Big Bear, and you’ll want to make your reservations as early as possible. Your hosts are Julie and Mike Hastings. Julie is a lifelong Big Bear resident, and opened the restaurant with the goal to provide great food and great service in a great environment. Most diners agree she pulled it off. Reserve online or give them a call at 909-866-5405.

Jaspers SmokehouseIf your group is inclined to enjoy a Thanksgiving journey down a barbecue path, our choice in Big Bear is Jasper’s Smokehouse and Steaks.  They’re offering their full regular menu on Thanksgiving, so you can choose from a great selection of barbecue ribs, chicken, steaks, sandwiches and all the fixins. They’ve got a selection of domestic and imported beers, or just settle in with a frosty glass of southern sweet tea. Be sure to grab a slice of the chocolate bliss cake before you leave. You’ll thank us. Jasper’s is located at 607 Pine Knot Ave. Or give them a call at 898-866-2434.

Spring RollsIn the mood for some Asian food this Thanksgiving? Dynasty has an amazing menu featuring most traditional asian dishes but also Maine lobster and Peking duck. They also have a great wine selection and a full bar. This will be a great option if you have vegetarians in your group, as they have a good selection of entrees for them as well. They’re located at 40989 Big Bear Blvd, or give them a call at 909-866-7887.

Of course, nothing will make your family time more enjoyable than the hours you’ll spend together relaxing in front of the fireplace at your Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin or estate in Big Bear. To plan you holiday getaway, 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Plan Your Holiday Getaway

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerAs we welcome the month of November, our thoughts necessarily turn to the holidays. We’ve been not so subtly reminded of their pending arrival as we go about our usual shopping with their yearly push of holiday merchandise. But now really is the best time to plan your holiday getaway.

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and it’s one of our busiest times. Many families make a yearly trek to one of our Big Bear vacation rentals to assemble their far flung family members in the comfort and luxury we offer. It’s an entirely different holiday experience to have a rambling luxury home or estate with enough room for everyone to have a bedroom or bunks for kids compared to years past with various nearby motels, and mattresses and rollaway beds scattered throughout our homes creating an obstacle course in the process. We love spending time with our families, and the fewer obstacles we encounter, the better.

happy friends celebrating christmas at home feastBig Bear is our most popular destination, and Thanksgiving usually finds snow on the ground making the experience that much better. If you’ve never greeted a Thanksgiving or Christmas morning with a snow-covered view out your windows and a roaring fire in the fireplace, it is truly an experience you should put on your bucket list. With cups of steaming coffee and hot chocolate shared among your family and friends, it’s impossible to stop the great stories of shared childhood experiences, loving memories of those we miss, and excitement about what our shared futures hold. It’s just a better experience. As the season progresses our availability gets scarcer, so it’s wise to make your plans early.

Little boy with his father building snowman in snowy park. Active outdoors leisure with children in winter.All of our properties come with fully-equipped kitchens, so you can encourage the chefs in your group to dive in, and create a great Thanksgiving or Christmas morning buffet. After your meal, bundle up and go for a great walk through the pines as the kids tag along throwing the occasional snowball or pleading with you to build a snowman back at the cabin. It’s a holiday time everyone will fondly remember and want to repeat every year.

Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. To plan you holiday getaway, 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Halloween in Big Bear

Little boy in halloween costume with basket for candies in the pIt’s starting to feel pretty spooky. We’re seeing ghouls and ghosts around every aisle in the market, and bags of candy are magically appearing (and just as magically being torn open and beginning to disappear). But we’re on the job, and we’re here to help you navigate your amazing Halloween in Big Bear.

Halloween is great in Big Bear, and you’ll be glad you made the drive. It’s a fun day, and there’s a lot you can do. Our annual favorite is Halloween in the Village. The 50+ shops of Big Bear Village open their doors to all your little goblins. They’ll collect a great assortment of treats as they wander in the safety of The Village. It’s a perfect family night where you can stroll among all the shops with mom and dad finding their own treats to complete the experience.

Halloween, orange pumpkin with a scary luminous face on a dark background. Thick gray smoke comes out and spreads across the black table. A close-up of a flashlight on the eve of all the saintsBut wait, there’s more! From 4pm to 9pm you can take the short drive over to Fawnskin where you’ll be treated to the Big Bear Moose Lodge’s 2nd Annual Mystery Maze. This positively petrifying event will have you wandering through darkened spaces, mirrors and finally (if you’re lucky) finding freedom from these fantastic frights. There is a small charge, but head over for great fun. The lodge is located at 39247 North Shore Dr.
Fawnskin, California 92333.

Halloween Still Life Colorful Theme: Scary Decorated Dark Room with Table Covered in Spider Webs, Burning Pumpkin, Candlestick, Witch's Hat and Skeleton. In Background Silhouette of Monster Walking ByAnd as if that weren’t enough, Mountain Room Escapes’ Alpine Ski Lodge game gets a creepy make over Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. This is a 4-day only “pop up” escape room located at 1121 W Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, California 92315. A fun and creepy (but not too creepy!) experience perfect to get into the Halloween spirit. The plot for the event supposes that after a snow in, no one has heard from the guests staying at the ski lodge. Is the power out, or is there something more sinister at play? What could go wrong? Find out, if you dare. Visit their website for more details to add to your halloween in Big Bear.

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

November in Big Bear

We’re rapidly approaching the holiday season, and this is a great time to plan a getaway for November in Big Bear. Snow often starts falling in November, and that means we get booked up fast with skiers and winter sports fans.

Couple clinking glasses with huge amounts of beer in Bavarian pubOktoberfest continues weekends through November 2nd ending with America’s Heroes Weekend offering free admission for past and present military, law enforcement & fire fighters. Oktoberfest is a great event for the entire family. In addition to a robust assortment of international brews, it’s a cultural event that celebrates some of the truly fun elements of German life. You’ll enjoy great music, dancing, contests, and more. And many events are designed with kids in mind including a bounce house, face painting and a fun mechanical horse.

An American veteran salutes the American flag.Celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th at 11am with The American Legion Riders. Everyone is invited to join in at Veterans Park with veterans and families of service personnel – past and present – to participate in a procession and ceremony. The American Legion Riders Chapter 584 and the City of Big Bear Lake will host this special program that honors our Veterans who have served and who are serving in the Armed Forces to protect our nation. For any additional information, please email alrchapter584@gmail.com

The Cave is featuring a month packed with some of the best original and tribute bands around. Bruno Mars fans will want to catch 24K tribute on November 9th. On November 15th, catch Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist, occasional lead vocalist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss.The Who Experience arrives on November 16th. And on May 19, 2019, Laine Hardy performs. He was crowned winner of American Idol season 17 at 18 years old. Since the show, Laine – now 19 – has spent much of his time writing songs and preparing his debut project.

Shopping for Christmas Holidays, woman at market display window choosing Christmas tree decorations, balls and other seasonal art crafted products of modern, vintage and traditional stylesNovember 29 through December 1st enjoy the 35th Annual Big Bear Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. With over 50 arts and crafts vendors, the Mountain Christmas Boutique offers a variety of truly unique, handmade gift items and collectibles. And the kids will enjoy free visits with Santa and holiday arts and crafts.

As you can see, we’ve got a great November in Big Bear ready for your enjoyment. 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.

Winter is on the Way

Are you feeling it yet? Winter is on the way, and with it will come our favorite time of year.  Winter brings so many fun things to Big Bear, and we often get booked solid as a result. There’s no time like the present to book your reservation for this great time of year.

Family on Ski LiftThe ski season officially opens this year on November 23rd. Early snow can push this forward, but late snow usually means the slopes will be machine groomed to start. Either way, our skiers will want to make sure they grab one of our great locations for the season. If you’ve ever skied Snow Summit or Bear Mountain, you’ve surely noticed there are cabins lining the slopes and a community of cabins within walking distance. As you can imagine, these are ideal for skiers, and here are a couple we rent:

9280550014Our Cabin #9 is a short walk to the slopes at Snow Summit. It’s on a quiet cul-de-sac with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and room for 11 guests. And when you’re not on the slopes, it’s a perfect retreat with a spa and all the comforts to let you relax and recuperate after a full day on the slopes. The master features a Jacuzzi tub, and there’s a spa for you all to share as well. It has a pool table, foosball, and granite counters in the kitchen.

Cabin 13Located right on the slopes at Bear Mountain is our Cabin #13. This features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and room for 14 guests. That first morning you’ll find the amazing advantage of avoiding the long lines and frenzied parking when you can just strap on your skis and head right out your back door. There’s really nothing quite like it. And this one also caters to your relaxation off the slopes with a pool table, foosball, and spa.

We have plenty more luxury properties to choose from that are a quick walk or drive to the slopes. 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 winter 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.

 

Have Some Fun in La Quinta

Over the past several years we’ve built up an impressive presence in La Quinta, just a short drive away from Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Our properties are mostly on the world-class golf courses found in the La Quinta area, but there are lots of great attractions in the area off the links as well. If you’re not a golfer, you can still have a great time. Here are a few activities we’ve heard good things about.

Jeep ToursNative Californians will likely be keenly interested in learning more about the San Andreas fault. It’s something that’s jolted many of us awake at night, and it runs directly through Palm Desert adjacent to La Quinta. Desert Adventures is offering a fascinating San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert that takes you along the fault where you’ll learn amazing insights about its geology and history. See an oasis on the fault that’s fed by an underwater spring, and visit a Native American site to learn about early inhabitants of the area. They also offer sunset and stargazing tours after dark. Check out their website for more details and to book your trip: https://red-jeep.com/tours/san-andreas-fault-jeep-tours/

Palm Desert Downhill BikingAnother great way to get up close and personal with the beautiful surroundings in the desert is with the Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure. As the name implies, this is a mostly downhill ride. They supply the bicycles and your tour takes you through a protected wilderness zone running along the San Andreas Fault, to areas inaccessible by traditional tour vehicle. Along the way, you’ll snap photos of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the All-American Canal, and the eastern Coachella Valley. The 20-mile (32-km), paved route is mostly downhill with no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic, making this a fun and scenic adventure suitable for all ages. More info at this link.

Camel ConnectionEveryone in the family will enjoy a visit to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. You can feed a giraffe, meet a camel, and watch some butterflies flutter by. Pay a visit to the petting zoo, or spend some time with one of the zookeepers learning more about the animals and their natural surroundings. You’ll delight in the massive G-Scale model railway, and see how the zoo is helping injured and displaced animals mend in their hospital. The zoo has been a fixture in the Palm Springs area for 50 years, and it’s a great way to spend the day. Visit their site for more details at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our La Quinta properties at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next 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 Big Bear.

Golf La Quinta

DCF 1.0It’s estimated that 25 million Americans play golf.  It’s one of the most popular sports in America. It combines a lot of things many of us enjoy. Golf courses are literally a walk in the park. The surroundings are often among the most breathtaking in an area. Golf is a game that requires skill, fosters competition among friends, and provides endless hours discussing shots missed, shots made, and shots that got away. And many of Southern California finest courses are found when you golf La Quinta.

We’re proud to have assembled a great group of luxury properties located on several of the best courses. Golf rates the La Quinta collection of courses as among the top 100 best courses in North America. Public tee times are widely available, and most of our locations are right on the fairway.  Here are a couple examples of the kind of luxury you can expect:

PGA104Our PGA 104 has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and room for 12 guests in its rambling 4000 square foot floor plan. It sits behind the private gates to The Grand Legends community, directly on the 16th fairway of the PGA WEST Jack Nicklaus Tournament Golf Course.It features 3 full master suites and a private casita with its own bedroom and bath. After a day on the links, you can relax in your own private pool, or settle into the two-person spa tub in one of the master suites. See more details and book online at this link.

Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 11.37.53 PMPGA 111 is a stunning 3,400 square foot resort home perfect for entertaining on expansive golf course lot overlooking the 10th Tee Box of the Greg Norman Golf Course in the prestigious private community of “Norman Estates”. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Bathrooms. Enjoy a family movie night outdoors in the large covered loggia with plenty of seating and a 75″ TV wall mounted with swivel bracket that allows for viewing from the pool/spa. The covered loggia features “misters”, 2 ceiling fans, and “sun shades” that make it perfect for outdoor living. The backyard features a large saltwater pool with tanning shelf and waterfalls, spa with a cascading water feature, both with great view of the Greg Norman golf course and stunning desert landscaping. You’ll find more details and online booking at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our La Quinta properties at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next 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 Big Bear.

Why Choose a Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel?

We’ve been in this business so long, sometimes we lose sight of the main reasons people come to us instead staying at a hotel. We’re aware there are many good hotels out there, and many offer great amenities. So what’s the difference, and why choose a vacation rental instead of a hotel? There are quite a few good reasons, and here are our top ones.

Vacation Rentals Offer More Privacy

Empty Hotel corridor with row of doorsA common feature of every hotel is the fact that you’re sharing the space with other people. And sometimes you’re sharing the space with a lot of other people. Even the finest hotels have common hallways, and if you’re unfortunate enough to get a room adjacent to the elevator or stairwell, you can count on a steady flow of traffic past your room at all hours. This is especially bad if you have the misfortune to choose your stay at the same time as a group like the Duluth Yodeler’s Association. They’re a fun group, but a bit less fun when they’re yodeling in the hallway outside your room at 3am.

Vacation Rentals Offer More Convenience

Breakfast in KitchenSometimes a hotel is the best choice if you’re staying in a downtown area, but with the right planning, you can often find a good vacation rental even in those locations. Mornings in most hotel rooms start with formulating a plan for breakfast that typically involves going to a local restaurant. And during busy times, it involves waiting for a table at that restaurant. With your vacation rental, you greet each morning with all the conveniences of home. A quick stop by the market on your way in, and you’ll have a full kitchen stocked with all you need to make your own breakfast. While you’re still in your pajamas, and without waiting for a table.

Vacation Rentals Offer Better Value

Group of friends outside cabinThis is especially true when you plan a big family, work, or church event around your vacation rental. Finding rooms for a dozen people can be very expensive and involves lots of logistics to get everyone in the same place at the same time for meals, meetings, and activities. Many of our properties have room for a dozen guests or more, so even our most expensive properties suddenly become less expensive than a basic motel room when the cost is shared across a large group. And you’ll have the added benefit of spending more time together, which is probably the main reason you planned your event anyway, right?

Big Bear is our most popular destination, and 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.

Calling All Event Planners

Are you an event planner, or in charge of an upcoming event for your family, work group or church? Five Star Vacation Rentals has some great choices to help make your next event a real hit.

Business People In Hotel Lobby, Mix Race Businesspeople Group Guests ArriveIt can be a real problem trying to put together the lodgings for a larger group, and many planners can face challenges keeping their group close together. Because we have a large presence in our markets, we have some great choices that alleviate this problem. With some advance planning, we can accommodate groups of more than 20 guests in side-by-side cabins in Big Bear. We have over a dozen luxury beach-side condos in Nuevo Vallarta in Mexico, and we have 17 upscale properties near Palm Springs in La Quinta, with most of them located overlooking local golf courses.

Pool PartyThe advantages of choosing Five Star Vacation rentals extend beyond the convenience of the sleeping arrangements. It also helps foster a better group experience. Most of our properties have barbecues, and nearly all of our desert properties have private pools as well. Instead trying to find a meeting room or venue, many of our properties are well-equipped to host large dinners and meetings with your group. We’ve seen weddings, reunions, church retreats, and company gatherings hosted in our properties. While there’s room for a big group, there’s still the intimacy of a private home or estate to keep your group feeling pampered.

Business colleagues taking break from work.And that pampered feeling is something we’re convinced you’ll be unable to duplicate in any other type of lodging. Even the finest hotels can’t offer private pools, full chef’s kitchens, and an assortment of pool tables, foosball, fireplaces, and other amenities you can really only find in a luxury cabin or estate. Your group will be awed by the way our properties make them feel, and you’ll be praised for making such a great choice.

Do you have an event coming up and want to see what sort of solutions we can offer? You can  view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link, and give us a call at 310-780-3411. We’ll help you find a solution perfect for your plans.  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.

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.