Plan a Trip To The Desert

Is your family looking for a relaxing getaway that can check off the boxes for your favorite activities while returning every evening to a luxury home? We encourage you to check out our great selection of luxury estates in La Quinta. These estates are mostly located right on the fairways of world-class golf courses. And nearby Palm Springs offers access to a full range of shopping and entertainment venues. Here’s a sampling of the activities you can enjoy during your visit:

Old Town La QuintaOld Town La Quinta is a popular destination with its great selection of shops, restaurants, bars and specialty vendors. They also host seasonal events like art shows, a farmer’s market, holiday brunches, and outdoor concerts. These popular locales are something most want to include in their La Quinta visit. Visit their website at this link for more info.

If you family delights in learning more about the history behind the places you visit, the La Quinta Museum is a popular choice. You’ll find the rich history of the area including a diorama of a Cahuilla Indian village and another depicting native animals. There’s a constant rotation of themes of local interest including a Route 66 exhibit opening in mid June. You can check out their hours and current exhibits at this link.

Palm Springs TramwayA short drive away is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is a great day trip for the entire family. The ride up the tram offers amazing views of the rugged terrain of the local mountains. And the cool crisp air at the top of the tram offers an amazing contrast to the typically much hotter feeling in the desert below. Once you reach the top, there are guided nature walks and the Peaks restaurant offers fine dining and unbelievable views of the desert below.

Be sure to check out all our properties in La Quinta.  You can book online or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find the right property to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Big BearNuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, and Southern California Beaches.

A Summer to Remember Starts Here

You’re just coming off of spring break, and you may not be thinking too much about the summer, but we’ve always been in favor of early planning. And planning a summer to remember starts here. We have luxury, adventure, and just plain fun waiting just inside the door of our amazing Five Star Vacation Rentals. Here are a few ideas to spark your early summer plans:

Memorial Day in Big Bear

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillVeterans Park in Big Bear will host the annual Memorial Day event. It’s a great time to meet with or join fellow veterans and celebrate the great sacrifice made by some, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do. It’s a great barbecue to celebrate the brave men and women who have served to protect our freedoms.

Plan for Father’s Day June 16th

We’ve had a great ski season this year, but as that winds down it’s a great time to start planning your summer getaway.  And there are some events coming up that that you can make even more special by spending them in Big Bear. This may be a great time to show dad just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you over the years. Father’s Day falls on Sunday June 16th this year, and few things will make dad feel more appreciated than whisking him away for a fun and relaxing weekend in Big Bear.

July 4th in Big Bear

Big Bear FireworksThe Independence Day spectacle in Big Bear is considered the be the largest fireworks display in all of Southern California. The fireworks are launched over Big Bear Lake, and can be seen from venues all around the lake. There will be lots of barbecue, fishing, hiking, and general relaxation going on. We’re usually booked up for this holiday. And since it falls on a weekend this year, it’s wise to plan ahead and book your stay early.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Mother’s Day and Other May Fun in Big Bear

May is a big month in Big Bear, and there are plenty of reasons to visit. In our blog last week we covered some of cycling and night life events happening during May. This week we’re going to take a look at some of the other fun activities you can participate in during your Big Bear visit with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Mother s Day BrunchMother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th this year, and this may be a good year to step up your celebration of mom. Candy and flowers are great, but how about adding a weekend getaway in Big Bear as well? We still have some great cabins and estates available for the weekend, and there’s still time to book a getaway mom will long remember. Treat mom to a great lunch buffet at Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Convention Center. They’ll start serving at 9am and run until 2pm with an omelette bar, and bottomless drinks. There will be live entertainment and free flowers for all the moms. It’s really a great way to show her just how much you care. Search for available properties and book online at this link: http://fivestarbigbear.com

Big Bear’s golfing season also opens on May 17th at Bear Mountain. This 9 hole course features some some spectacular scenery. Our anglers will want to grab their gear and head up for the Ultimate Big Trout Derby at Holloways Marina. This is a two day event on May 18-19. The Friday before the event will feature some great teaching time to explain some of the best techniques for fishing in Big Bear Lake. Get more info at this link: https://bigbearfishingassociation.org/

Classic carsOn May 26th car buffs will want to head over to the Big Bear Snow Play to check out this year’s Antique Car Show and Pinewood Derby. You’ll enjoy a great collection of finely restored and preserved cars from the past. And the pinewood derby competition is a great family event where you can build and race your own creations. Check out more details at http://www.antiquecarclub.org/

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

May Events in Big Bear

There are enough May events in Big Bear to keep you busy all month long. It’s a perfect time to plan your Five Star Vacation Rental getaway and here are just a few of the fun things you can enjoy during your stay.

Cropped Biker in ForestSpring relaunches Big Bear’s cycling season, and there are a bunch of events planned all month long. The events start May 1st. with a twilight ride starting from Maggio’s Pizza at 5:30pm. Many consider Big Bear to the cycling capital of Southern California, and the Big Bear Cycling Association is one of the most active cycling groups anywhere in the country. Owing to Big Bear’s natural beauty and varied terrain the association offers a broad spectrum of rides for all skill levels and some planned specifically as family events. Visit their website for more details on upcoming rides: https://bigbearcycling.com

ruby slippersBig Bear’s night life is jam packed throughout May with some really great choices sure to delight everyone in the family. For a fun night of comedic relief, and family-friendly slapstick, head over to the Big Bear Performing Arts Center for the Big Bear High School Performing Arts Department’s presentation of a Panto version of “The Wizard of Oddz.” Inspired by the comedic style started in England, this loosely follows Dorothy and her friends trying to get back to Kansas with some very funny changes and audience participation along the way. You’ll want to order tickets in advance for the performances. Runs May 2-3-4 at 7pm and May 4-5 at 2pm.

Music lovers will have their choice of great events in May as well. The Cave continues with its lineup of great bands. May kicks off on Friday the 3rd with a performance by X, one of the most influential punk bands from the past 40 years. The following night will see Anuhea, the Hawaiian songstress bring her unique sound to The Cave. And here’s a list of other acts appearing throughout the month.
5/11: T.S.O.L.
5/18: Led Zepagain, a tribute band to Led Zeppelin
5/25: Desperado: An Eagles Tribute Band
Visit https://thecavebigbear.com for more details and to buy tickets in advance.

Each of these events will be enhanced when you finish the day by retreating to the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. 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  getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Enjoy Spring in Big Bear

Ski season has wound down, and now we’re booking groups looking to enjoy spring in Big Bear.  It’s a perfect time to book your getaway with some great hiking, fishing, and outdoor time in mind.

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideHiking in Big Bear is a passion for many of our guests, and it’s easy to see why. There are hiking paths ranging from wheelchair and stroller accessible paved ones to expert-level paths up to 15 miles long calling for navigation skills and significant exertion. The paths navigate a variety of the terrain and views found throughout the Big Bear area. Hiking in the spring is especially rewarding and will usually bring some close up interactions with some of the local wildlife as well.

middle-aged man with three sons holding fishing rods smiling (portrait)Fishing in Big Bear Lake starts up again this month as well. And whether you’re looking for a lazy afternoon relaxing on the banks of the lake or a serious angler intent on bringing home something fresh for dinner, Big Bear Lake fishing is a perfect fit. Rainbow trout, bass, and catfish can find their way to the end of your hook on a typical day. And with the gourmet kitchens you’ll find in most Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear, they can end up deliciously prepared for everyone in your group. As any fisherman will tell you, there’s really nothing quite as tasty as a fresh caught and prepared fish dinner. Add some sides from the local market, and you’ll be serving up smiles all around.

You can do your own  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 spring getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Don’t Miss Ski Season in Big Bear

Spring is in the air, and that means we’re in for some great changes. But it also means we’re heading into the last weeks of ski season in Big Bear, so now’s the time to make sure you don’t miss ski season in Big Bear.

We’ve had a great season so far, and there’s still plenty of snow remaining. Due to heavier than usual snowfall, the slopes are remaining open this year through Easter. This will give you more time to enjoy some downhill fun. And we have some great choices for where to stay while you’re in Big Bear enjoying the snow. Check out these great vacation rentals:

8238470737Our Cabin #9, 4 bBedroom Summit has room for 11 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It’s in a perfect location just 200 yards from the Snow Summit slope, so you’ll be able to maximize your time by just rolling out of bed and hitting the slopes within minutes. When you’re not on the slopes, you’ll be relaxing on a quiet cul-de-sac with a pool table, foosball table, backyard barbecue and a hot tub. And if you’re looking for away to have your large group getaway, we also rent the two adjacent cabins for room enough for 26 guests. Call us for details.

4765600595Cabin #16 sits adjacent to Cabin #9 and can be rented separately or together for larger groups. This one is also just a couple minute walk from Snow Summit and a quick drive to The Village. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 8 guests. It boasts a beautiful rock fireplace, a pool table, and a sunken 6 person hot tub.  And the wood decor throughout will enhance the rustic luxury you’ll find around you here.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Plan Your Special Easter in Big Bear

Easter Sunday falls on April 21st this year, and it’s a great time to plan a family getaway to Big Bear. We still have some of our most popular cabins and estates available for that weekend, but it’s usually a very busy time for us. Here are a few things you can look forward to during your stay.

Screen Shot 2019-03-31 at 2.51.49 PMOn Saturday the 20th, Bear Mountain is hosting a free Easter party. The fun will include an Easter egg hunt, live music, a bounce house, games, photos with the Easter Bunny, and face painting. The fun starts at 4:00pm and the fun continues at sundown with a free Movies in the Meadow screening of Hop.  This PG-rated mix of live action and computer animation tells the story of a young bunny more intent on becoming the drummer in a band than actually becoming the Easter Bunny. It’s a great way to wrap up the fun of the day. Get all the details at the Bear Mountain website.

easterMost local churches will be holding special Easter Sunday morning services, so this can be a great time to refresh both your mind and spirit by starting the day out at with your family at church. Here are some links to some local churches to get more info on their events:
Calvary Chapel Big Bear
Community Church Big Bear
St Joseph’s Catholic Church
Big Bear Presbyterian Church
Shepherd In The Pines Lutheran Church
For a more complete list of area churches, use this link.

After church, our favorite destination is Sunday brunch at Stillwells. This feast is an annual event for many families, and you’ll quickly see why. The menu includes prime rib, ham, crab cakes, an omelette, waffle and pasta bar, desserts and salad, and endless champagne and mimosas for the adults in your party.  The meal is served from noon to 3pm and kids under 3 eat free with a paid adult. Due to its popularity, reservations are required and seating is limited. For more info visit Stillwells website at this link, or give them a call at (909) 866-3121.

Big Bear has many other fine dining options to choose from as well. We’ve also heard good reviews about the Peppercorn Grill, the Teddy Bear Restaurant, and The Pines Lakefront.

You can easily book your Easter getaway 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Ready For Some Sand Between Your Toes?

NuevoVallartaBig Bear is our most popular destination, but we also have over a dozen luxury resort condos in Mexico at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. There is virtually everything you need right on the property to enjoy a fully pampered, luxury getaway. The on-site spa is a relaxing space where your cell phone is turned off and your senses are tuned in as you enjoy candle light, relaxing music, hydrotherapy and massage services. The on-site restaurants offer a range of dining from casual to formal with Kobe steaks, seafood, This destination is a great choice for a number of reasons, and now is a great time to plan your getaway. Are you ready for some sand between your toes?

golfHoleWinter and Spring are ideal times to visit Nuevo Vallarta. The weather is moderate and the rainfall usually starts tapering off in March.  Golfers will love their stay here with courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Von Hagge and more nearby. And with Puerto Vallarta a short cab ride away, no stay at Villa la Estancia is complete without a day or two spent enjoying the local markets and traditional eateries for an exciting day shopping for local crafts, art, and amazing food.

If you’ve got a big event planned for the coming months, Villa la Estancia is a great choice for weddings, anniversaries, church or family reunions since we have over a dozen luxury condos available to keep your party all in the same location as you enjoy your time together.  We can’t think of a better way to get caught up with loved ones than relaxing on the beach, taking a massage together, or gathering to enjoy some fine dining with an amazing view of the surf just beyond. Travel to Nuevo Vallarta is simple from all Southern California airports.

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 BearMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, 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.

April Events in Big Bear

April is a big month in Big Bear, and there’s a lot to keep you busy when you’re not relaxing in the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental. Here are some of the fun things you can look forward to during your April stay in Big Bear.

Screen Shot 2019-03-30 at 3.41.01 PMThe Cave is hosting some great bands all during April, and you may want to plan your trip around them. Moonshine Bandits will be appearing on April 5th with their unique brand of crossover genre-bending musical mayhem that appeals to the eclectic, color-outside-the-lines crowd. And you may want to stick around for the following night with Los Lobos will take the stage with their hard driving brand of music. April 12th will see Parmalee with their American Country style take the stage. And April 13  one of the best Journey cover bands ever, DSB will be performing. April 20th you’ll be treated to The Untouchables, who describe themselves as an early West Coast ska band which mixed R&B covers with reggae rhythms. O-Town with Ryan Cabrera will arrive April 27th. O-Town’s story began in 1999, when ABC TV produced the very first musical reality show in major network history. “Making the Band.” Check out their website for more details: https://thecavebigbear.com

Screen Shot 2019-03-30 at 3.34.41 PMBe sure to mark your calendars for the weekend of April 20th for the Ultimate Big Trout Derby at The Pines Lakefront. This is the first and biggest trout tournament of the year. The fun starts on Friday the 19th with signups and the Youth Fishing Club will be on hand to teach some of the variety of fishing techniques that may lead to winning this event. There will be weigh ins both Saturday and Sunday and prizes awarded for the biggest fish caught by qualifying youth and adults. Get more details online at https://bigbearfishingassociation.org/

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Plan Your Spring Getaway

We know we’re still a ways away from Spring, but part of creating the perfect getaway often includes some wise advance planning. And we’ve got some great choices for your Spring getaway. Check out these properties:

F8675FFB-155D-0010-07A88063B26A15C6-4Z6A1807PGA101 is a 4000 square foot La Quinta mansion with room for 10 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Its private pool and spa with nearby fire pit certainly enhance your relaxation as do the stunning views of the mountains and adjacent golf course. It’s wide folding doors allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery and golf course views while relaxing inside. But you’re going to want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the view from the private pool and spa. View more details and book online at this link.

96A72E51-155D-0010-07C9858C8DBE5262-61PGA108 sits overlooking the 17th hole of the Nicklaus Private Course with views of the Santa Rosa Mountains beyond. You’ll find yourself enjoying the privacy and relaxing in the pool with its custom rock work and swaying palms overhead. There’s plenty of room for 8 guests to stretch out in its 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, and you’ll want to plan some great dinners to take advantage of the chef’s kitchen. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

Big Bear is a great destination year round. We have many luxury vacation rentals to choose from, and we can accommodate groups from a couple looking for a romantic getaway to over 25 for large company or church functions, or a family reunion. Here’s just one example:

9376750698Our Luxurious Castle Glen Estate is 5200 square feet of luxury with room for up to 16 guests to immerse themselves in one of the best examples of a custom estate you can find in the Big Bear area. With its soaring ceilings and custom finishes throughout, you’ll spend your first moments just soaking in the rich craftsmanship that surrounds you here. There’s room for 16 guests in its 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.The living room has plenty of seating along with huge floor to ceiling windows looking directly at Bear Mountain ski resort. The property features 2 huge master suites with Cal king beds and deck access. Incredible Lake and Mountain views are captured from the the master suites and adjoining bathrooms. Each master suite also has a fireplace. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

We have dozens of other examples in La Quinta and Big Bear to choose from, and you can be assured that we pride ourselves on creating a great experience for each of our guests. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins at this link, and our La Quinta estates here. Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find the right property to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, and Southern California Beaches.