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.

Make Your July 4th a Blast in Big Bear

You’ve got lots of choices for your July 4th celebration, and Big Bear may well be the best one. Every year Big Bear rolls out the biggest fireworks display in all of Southern California. Many families make this an annual event, and you may do likewise after your first visit.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 1.52.34 PMThere are a lot of reasons why Big Bear’s Independence Day is so spectacular. The fireworks are certainly one of the main reasons. The beauty of the fireworks is more amazing because they’re fired from a barge on the lake, and the reflection off the water unlike anything you’ve probably seen before. The show can be seen from pretty much anywhere along the shore, from boats on the lake, and many of our properties are perfect for viewing from their decks.

Woman asian Marathon running race, Run up the mountain road.Of course every 4th of July must include some great barbecue, family events, and other activities. You can start your day with the second annual 4th of July Fun Run at Meadow Park. This is a truly fun run with prizes being awarded for the best costumes. Choose the distance that suits you best from 5K, 10K, and 15K, with strollers and walkers welcome on the course.

After the run, you can take in the festivities at the 25th Annual Independence Day Fair at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. There will be booths with local artisans, live music, and specialty foods and gifts. The kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, crafts and lots of treats. Admission is free, and it’s a great way to enjoy some fun shopping and entertainment before the fireworks start later. Open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillWhen you’re ready to settle in for some great barbecue and a good spot to watch the fireworks, plan to head over to the Rotary Club’s annual barbecue. Tickets include a range of tasty options from hot dogs and hamburgers to barbecued chicken and baby back ribs. And the ticket price also lets you stay to enjoy the fireworks from one of the best settings anywhere along the lake. You’ll want to bring your own chairs and dress warmly, because it may get chilly.

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.

 

What’s Your Perfect Vacation?

We devote a lot of time to helping people create their perfect vacation. We consider ourselves to be among those lucky few who have found work that doesn’t really feel like work at all. It’s great fun and often a privilege to work with people to plan a vacation, family reunion, anniversary or secret birthday celebration with a loved one. And we still get a thrill when we hear later just how great things went. But as with most great adventures, a little planning can go a long way toward creating a great getaway. And this week’s blog is going to help you plan a perfect vacation.

Do you have golfers in the family? If so, we’ve got some great options for you to choose. And we have a few different destinations as well.

GolfVacationOur most popular golf destination is La Quinta in the desert just outside Palm Springs. La Quinta has been called “the golf capital of the world.” There are several world-class courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Classic Course is a past host of the Bob Hope Classic Tournament, and a consistent favorite with our guests. 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.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingFor many of us city dwellers, the allure of nature is a regular part of our relaxation. We buy machines to recreate the sounds of rushing water, rainfall, and other soothing nature sounds. But as we all know, there’s really nothing like actually immersing yourself in nature to relax and enjoy these things as the naturally occur around you. That’s the sort of relaxation you can enjoy with a getaway to Big Bear. Summer is a great time to enjoy Big Bear’s natural beauty. There are dozens of miles of hiking paths with exertion levels to fit every family member.

Fishing at sunsetBig Bear Lake is fully stocked, so you can expect to catch bass, rainbow trout, and catfish. Some great fishing can be had directly off the shore in many locations. If you’d prefer to get out on the water, Holloway’s Marina is a great resource for boat rentals. Follow the online maps to the best fishing spots. There are few things tastier than treating your group to a meal with your fresh catch of the day.

You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

July in Big Bear

Big Bear FireworksJuly in Big Bear is full of options for family fun, and the 4th is certainly the most popular event of the month. We suggest you book early for the dates surrounding the 4th, because we sell out every year.  If you’ve never seen the fireworks over Big Bear Lake, you should put it on your bucket list. Big Bear prides itself on putting on the biggest fireworks display in all of Southern California. There are plenty of great spaces around the lake and boats you can rent to view the spectacle on the lake. There are also a bunch of other events during the day from a fun run in the morning, a festival with booths full of great gifts and creations from local artists, and plenty of amazing food. But don’t delay!

Our road warriors will have plenty of opportunities for group bike rides throughout July. Meet every Monday morning at the The Copper Q for the weekly Java Morning Road Ride with the Big Bear Cycling Association. The ride is free, and starts at 8:30am. July offers a new ride almost everyday, and various difficulty levels are offered as well. Visit their website for more details.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 6.29.35 PMJuly 5th and 6th Bear Mountain golf course is offering a unique experience for the golfers. It’s a night time glow in the dark extravaganza with glowing golf balls, and the entire course laid out with a special lighting. You can be the first one among your golfing buddies to declare you love the sport so much, you even play it at night. Tickets for the event are $59 and include the green fee, cart rental, light refreshments, and a glow-in-the-dark ball. Check out their website for more details and to RSVP.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 6.37.38 PMIf you’ve never done goat yoga, your life is incomplete. Bear Valley Farms is offering goat yoga on their 30 acre spread, and it’s a rare chance to relax and feel the soothing hooves of some baby and adult goats walk all over you. Leave your kids with the in-laws, and head over to spend some time with these kids. It’s hard to imagine you won’t come away from the experience with some great stories and some pretty relaxing yoga as well. Who knew allowing farm animals to climb all over you could be so relaxing? Visit their website for more info.

This is just a taste of the great events that await you during your July visit with Five Star Vacation Rentals 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.

Spotlight on Nuevo Vallarta

If your family is planning a summer vacation, we’d like to suggest a fun and exotic option. We have over a dozen luxury condos in Villa la Estancia right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, and it’s a great chance to enjoy a seaside vacation in an exotic location without having to travel half way around the world.

NuevoVallartaNuevo Vallarta is near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and is about a three hour flight out of LAX. It sits on a pristine white sand beach and offers a wide range of luxury services right on the property. At Villa la Estancia you can enjoy the full spa experience with their onsite spa. You have fine dining available in the two onsite restaurants as well. And each unit has a full kitchen, so you can partake of some of the local fresh fish and vegetables, and create your own meals for your party.

Just a short cab ride away is Puerto Vallarta with its rich history and great shopping. You can find a great selection of restaurants ranging from small family owners to large luxury dining. The choices are amazing, and we always find the best lobster there. The Puerto Vallarta night life is vibrant, and you’ll find some of the planet’s best margaritas at The Bar LaPlaya. It’s a great destination after a day of shopping, seafood, and a great sunset.

Screen Shot 2019-07-02 at 2.06.47 AMYou’ll also find some great fishing options with charter boats offering day excursions. Puerto Vallarta Fishing is a good option, and runs its charters year round. Imagine the fun you’ll have after a day snagging a mahi mahi, red snapper, or even a marlin. Since your Five Star Vacation Rental has a full kitchen, you could end up treating your guests to some of the freshest fish they’ve ever had.

Golfers are in for a treat in Nuevo Vallarta as well. The Flamingos Golf is an 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 on the beach by your luxury condo, and some of the finest golfing available.

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.