Plan Your August Big Bear Getaway

Big Bear’s event calendar is full of great things to keep your entire family occupied and smiling during August. And all of these events will be even more enjoyable when you retreat to the comfort of your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental at the end of each full day’s activities. Here is a sampling of the activities you can enjoy during your August stay in Big Bear.

Big Bear Cycling FestivalAugust opens with the continuation of Big Bear Cycling Festival. The festival opens on July 28th and continues through August 5th. This is the only week-long cycling festival in the United States, and it’s an experience that offers events geared for all ages and skill levels. The 8th annual Tour de Big Bear is part of the activities and it takes place on Saturday, August 4th. This has been voted as “Southern California’s Favorite Ride.” This 25 mile ride circles the beauty of Big Bear Lake, and keeps you immersed in the San Bernardino National Forest with a total climb of about 1300 feet that include views of the San Gorgonio mountains.  Experienced riders may want to choose “The Climb” and embark on this challenging 107 mile route with its 9000 foot climb. Other events during the week cater to more casual riders and there’s rides planned just for the kids as well. Check out all the events and register online at www.BigBearCyclingFestival.com.

Telescope watching the wilky wayStar gazers will want to take advantage of Big Bear’s unique night sky at First Friday Under the Stars at Bear Valley Farms on the evening of August 3rd. This is a great opportunity to experience the night sky in a way most city-dwellers never enjoy. Local astronomers will talk about the stars and share their telescopes with attendees. Pack some blankets and chairs, and get ready for a fun and informative evening under the amazing night sky in Big Bear.

Screen Shot 2018-07-03 at 11.48.53 AMSnow Summit is offering outdoor Movies in the Meadow this summer with family-friendly movies offered for free. You can enjoy screening of “WALL-E” on Saturday August 4th and “A Wrinkle In Time” on Saturday August 11th. Load up the kids and bring some blankets and folding chairs for a relaxing evening on the meadow at the base of Snow Summit. These screenings are a popular event in Big Bear, so you’ll want to plan to arrive early to stake out a good spot. Visit their website for more information on the movies and schedule.

And the Renaissance Faire continues weekends through August 12th. Get dressed up, or just come as you are. Themed weekends this year include Fantasy Weekend July 21-22. July 28-29 is Pirates Weekend, and  August 4th and 5th is Steampunk Weekend. The fun closes out on August 11th and 12th with Royal Weekend. This annual event is one of the best Big Bear offers, and one that many of our guests keep coming back for every year. Visit the faire’s website for more details and to purchase tickets.

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 special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

More Fun For Your July Big Bear Getaway

In our blog last week, we looked at some of the fun things you can plan for your July getaway to Big Bear. July is packed with fun stuff, so we’re taking a look at some more of the fun things you can include during your stay.

JoustingOur favorite event is the annual Renaissance Faire running weekends starting July 14th through August 12th. If you’ve never been, it’s a great time with amazing food and many interesting characters. Be sure to watch for the themed weekends, and feel free to join in the fun with your own costumes. This year you’ll have the chance to enjoy fairies, pirates, royalty, and more. And the food is simply amazing. You’ll be able to select from a variety of period foods. Just follow the amazing aromas to see which one you’ll take in.

Cycling raceBig Bear boasts one of the most beautiful venues for cyclists in all of California. The Big Bear Cycling Association is hosting cycling events all month long culminating in the Big Bear Cycling Festival from July 28 through August 5th. This is the only week-long cycle festival in the United States. Events are scheduled in the dirt and the road with offerings geared toward all skill levels. You’ll find altitude acclimation rides, kids events, and a cycling expo displaying the best in cycling gear and technology. There are a number of events scheduled including Crafts N Cranks, which combines your passion for mountain biking, and craft brews with a fun run at Snow Summit, the mountain biking Mecca of Southern California. Visit http://bigbearcyclingfestival.com for more info.

watching wildlifeYour family can learn more about ecotourism in Big Bear during Big Bear Valley Outdoor Adventure Days on July 29th and 30th. This event takes place at the Big Bear Discovery Center and features nature, history, discovery and more. Visitors will be able to visit a Big Bear wetland area, explore Big Bear Lake on paddle boats, and learn more about Big Bear’s rich Native American history. Nature walks and bird watching tours will also be offered. It’s a great way to enjoy Big Bear and learn about how we can preserve its beauty for future generations.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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.

Plan Your July Getaway in Big Bear

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingSummer is in full swing, and our reservation line is heating up. It happens this time every year as excited families decide this is the year they’re going to plan a vacation that includes some truly luxurious accommodations. And we’re delighted to help create these memorable vacations, anniversaries, honeymoons and more. Our collection of luxury estates and cabins represents some of the finest properties you can find in all of Big Bear.  And your stay with us in these luxury accommodations is sure to create an experience your family will long remember.

Crowd wathcing fireworksJuly is an especially good month to plan your Big Bear getaway. Independence Day is one of our busiest holidays. The fireworks display in Big Bear the biggest Fourth of July fireworks display in Southern California. It’s especially fun, because the fireworks are launched from a barge on Big Bear Lake. The display in the sky is magnified by the reflections of the water. It’s truly an amazing show, and one you need to put on your bucket list.

Enjoy a fun night at the theater with The Big Bear Theater Project’s 80th anniversary presentation of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” You’ll enjoy a nostalgic trip to Grover’s Corners, and enjoy an evening with its colorful residents. The play opens July 6th, and runs through July 14th. For showtimes and information, visit their website. You can purchase tickets online at this link.

JoustingJuly 14th marks the opening of the annual Renaissance Faire in Fawnskin. It runs weekends through August 12th. This is one of our absolute favorite events, and a delightful time for everyone. This year they’re offering themed weekends. Fantasy Weekend is July 21-22, and you can expect to see fairies and all manner of mythical forest creatures. July 28-29 is Pirates Weekend, and you arrrrrrrr sure to have a Jolly Roger of a time. August 4th and 5th is Steampunk Weekend, and every goggle-wearing time-traveling Victorian is sure to enjoy some fun. The fun closes out on August 11th and 12th with Royal Weekend. This celebration of the faire’s royalty will include a sumptuous banquet fit for a queen, and you can join her for some turkey legs that are literally bigger than your head. Visit the faire’s website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Ongoing events during July include many scheduled rides with the Big Bear Cycling Association, and of course you’re invited to enjoy any of the miles of hiking trails that will get you up close with the beauty that Big Bear has to offer.

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.

Plan a Great July 4th in Big Bear

BigBearFireworksThe 4th of July is always a pretty big deal around here. Many families kick off their summer vacations with this holiday, and those heading to Big Bear for the holiday always enjoy a special treat. The fireworks display is the largest one in all of Southern California. The fireworks are fired from a barge on Big Bear Lake, and visible from many shoreside properties and parks, but are even more spectacular from a boat on the lake. It’s a truly memorable event, and one that many families repeat every year.

The fourth falls in the middle of the week this year, so it’s a great opportunity for many families to plan a vacation to include the weekends before and after. And there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay for the full week. Here’s a sample of the events that week:

July starts with a full slate of cycling events sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association. The events continue all month long with rides scheduled for all age and skill levels. Biking in Big Bear is a wonderful adventure with many rides taking advantaAnd if you arrive without a bike, you’ve got some great options to rent them in Big Bear. Visit www.bigbearcycling.com for more information on upcoming events.

NugentAtTheCaveRock and roll fans have a special treat on July 2 when Ted Nugent appears at The Cave. He’s sold over 40 million albums, performed a staggering 6500 live shows, and is world renown for his guitar shredding. This is a unique opportunity for Southern California fans to enjoy his unique brand of music in The Cave’s intimate setting. Get more details, view all upcoming shows, and purchase tickets at The Cave’s website.

Marathon running race, fun run, people feet on roadHead over to Meadow Park on the morning of fourth for the 1st Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run. Kick off the holiday with a fun run at Meadow Park, a great place on the lake to reserve your spot for the evening fireworks!
It’s a fun event for the entire family. Kids (and strollers!) welcomed with 3 distances – 5K, 10K, 15K. Wear something wacky, and you may win the costume contest as well. Head over to www.runbigbear.com for more details and preregistration.

The Convention Center will be hosting a July 4th Independence Day Fair. You’ll enjoy fun games, old fashion contests, vendor booths, and some great food as well.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillAnd if you don’t feel like cooking up your own feast, head over to the Marian Resort on Big Bear Blvd for the Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth Of July BBQ. This is also a great spot to view the fireworks. They’ll have booths set up with games, live music, and lots of other fun activities. Be sure to pack your lawn chairs and some blankets, so you can enjoy the fireworks in comfort later. Get more info on ticket prices and activities 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 spring 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.

 

Give Dad a Great Day With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Father help son to ride bicycle in summer park. Back viewThrough the years he’s been there as your emergency banker, reliable defender, and biggest cheerleader. He’s loved you through thick and thin, and you can probably trace some of your greatest triumphs to his help and support. We’re a couple weeks away from Father’s Day, and you may still be stumped in your pursuit of something special for dad this year. Well, be stumped no more. We’ve got a great idea and some great activities to make sure dad knows just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you over the years.

We still have a handful of luxury vacation rentals available for the Father’s Day weekend, and that’s a perfect starting point for your celebration of dad’s day. Gathering the family together under one roof in Big Bear is an event that many families try to repeat every year. And with some of our larger Big Bear cabins, you can include all the grandads and extended family in your plans.  Pick out some of dad’s favorite movies to watch, and let the kids handle the barbecue duties for a change.  Make sure to choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, so dad can relax after dinner in the soothing warmth of the heated water.

middle-aged man with three sons holding fishing rods smiling (portrait)There’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay when you’re not relaxing in your Five Star Vacation Rental. Check out our collection of great Big Bear June events in our earlier blogs at this link and this one. There’s really something for pretty much every dad. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, cycling, dancing, or a night of live music at one of Big Bear’s popular venues, dad will come away from the experience realizing how much you appreciate him.  And everyone in your group will share the luxury and pampered feelings that come with your time in a Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s the best sort of win-win we can imagine.

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 special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Things to do in June in Big Bear

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Oh sure, the kids are getting restless, and we’re starting feel that annual push toward the family vacation. But maybe this year can be different. With a little help from Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can ease into a summer vacation almost effortlessly. June is a great month to plan your stay, and there’s a lot happening in Big Bear in June.

Biking is Big in June

Biking takes off in June with lots of planned events throughout the month. The Big Bear Cycling Association offers rides from a Monday morning java run through road training, and community fun rides. Many rides cater to all skill levels, and it’s one of the best ways to enjoy Big Bear. The June days are typically mild, and it’s sheer delight to be free of the confines of a car as you pedal your way around the beautiful surroundings Big Bear offers. Visit their website for more information and the calendar of rides scheduled: www.BigBearCycling.com.

BB Fishing Derby-C4-01Have Some Fun Fishing

Big Bear Lake is a great fishing destination and June has some fishing events planned you’re definitely going to want to attend.

June 9th and 10th will see the arrival of the annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby. This combines two of our favorite pursuits: Fishing and Cash! Big Bear Lake will be stocked with 5 tagged fish that will bring $10,000 or more to the lucky anglers who land them. It’s a great time to load up the kids and go fishing for funds. The entry fee is $30 for kids and $80 for 16 and over. The fee covers fishing for both days of the derby. You can register online at this link.

Stick around the following weekend June 16th and 17th, and you can participate in the annual Carp Roundup. This event is for anglers and bow fishers. There are thousands of dollars in prizes with top teams vying for team prizes of $1000. It’s a fun event. You’ll need to register and pay your fee in advance. You can download the entry form 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 spring 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.

 

 

More Big Bear Fun For Your August Vacation

August has a lot of great events happening in Big Bear, so this is a great time to plan your next family vacation or getaway.  We covered a few in last week’s blog, and we’re going to pile on even more this week. Seriously, you should just stop what you’re doing and book one of our Big Bear vacation rentals in August. Your family will thank you.

Ongoing events during the month include the The Renaissance Faire starting on August 5th, a packed calendar full of cycling events culminating in the Tour de Big Bear, and the 28th annual Antique Car Club Fun Run on August 11th.

The Miss Liberty paddle wheel tour boat continues to offer dinner cruises on August 4th and 18th. You’ll enjoy a gourmet buffet and enjoy your meal on fine china and linens. There’s a no host bar, and live music provided by the Liberty Ramblers, a traditional New Orleans Jazz band. Seating is reserved, and this is a hugely popular event, so be sure to book in advance.  Visit the Pine Knot Marina website for more details.

scooping chocolate ice cream close up shotOn August 19th you can combine two of life’s great passions: Spending time with exotic animals and eating some amazing ice cream. Yes, it’s time again for the annual Big Bear Alpine Zoo Ice Cream Safari. This event starts at 11am and goes till 2pm or when the ice cream runs out. Five ice cream stations are set up throughout the zoo, so you can enjoy a yummy cool treat as you learn more about the zoo’s residents. There’s a $5.00 extra charge for the safari in addition to the usual zoo admission.  Visit their website for more details.

Kodiak Kids Trail Runs are scheduled for August. These events are a great chance for kids to take part in the different races and compete with other kids their own age. For more details and to RSVP, visit their website.

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 12.02.48 PMThe Big Bear Community Arts Theater Society is presenting “Steel Magnolias” the weekends of 8/25-8/27 and 9/1-9/3. This classic play follows the plot many of us fell in love with as the film with the all star cast including Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacClaine, and others. It’s a funny and frequently challenging story about the bond between a group of women as they navigate the perilous waters of relationships and life in general. For more details or to purchase your tickets in advance, visit their website.

As you can see, August is a month packed with great events to enhance your stay in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.  Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

August in Big Bear

Summer is well under way, and we hope you’ve already made your plans to getaway for a much deserved vacation or weekend in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. August is one of our favorite months, and there’s plenty of fun scheduled to keep the family happy.  Here’s a sample of the fun you can look forward to during your stay with us:

The Renaissance Faire makes its 16th annual appearance starting on August 5th and continuing every weekend for the entire month. If you’ve never been to this event, you’re in for a real treat. Each weekend carries a different theme ranging from pirates to purple, and fairies to steampunk. The food is amazing, and it’s only place we know of where you can get juicy turkey legs the size of your head. You’ll delight with the sights and smells that surround you as costumed participants stroll amid the many vendors and food booths. There will be magic, sword swallowing, jousting and dancing. It’s everything you’d hoped your college experience would be without the exams.  See more event details and purchase tickets in advance at this link: https://www.bbvrsinc.org

Cycling raceAugust is also a big cycling month in Big Bear. The Big Bear Cycling Association has rides scheduled continuously throughout the month. Rides are available for all experience levels and ages. The 8th annual Tour de Big Bear is scheduled for August 5th as part of the Big Bear Cycling Festival starting July 29th. This event offers several different distances, so riders of varying skill can choose the one that best fits their abilities. Choose from the namesake Tour de Big Bear with its 25 mile distance and 1368′ climb to the most difficult being the HC Gran Fondo covering 125 miles and a 12,000′ climb. There are 50, 70, and 107 mile courses to choose from as well. See more detailed descriptions and registration info at this link.  The scenery and cool mountain air are just a couple reasons why this has been voted as Southern California’s Favorite Ride.

classic retro vintage blue carAugust 11th welcomes the 28th Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run in the Village. This three-day event is one of the biggest of its kind, and 500 cars are expected to participate. This is always a hit with car buffs. There is no admission charge to view these beautifully restored and preserved cars. There’s a small fee if you want to display your car, and this helps fund local Big Bear charities. You may want to join the crowd lining the streets when they embark on the “Cruise Around the Lake.”

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy an August getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

What Kind of Big Bear Vacation Would You Like?

Spring is a great time in Big Bear, and this is a perfect time to drop everything and take that long-delayed family vacation you’ve been meaning to schedule. The mountain air feels especially crisp most mornings, and each day presents new opportunities for getting some relaxing time with your family or friends in a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental.

Cycling takes off during spring in Big Bear. The Big Bear Cycling Association keeps an active schedule going, and there is something on the calendar most days. Rides are available from beginner to experienced, and all of them will have you riding through the beauty of Big Bear surrounded by the trees and lake on many of the rides. Of course you can also take out on your own. Big Bear has several bike paths you can follow on this map. If you’d like to join with other cyclists for one of the planned outings by the Big Bear Cycling Association, you can view their calendar of rides at this link.

Avid hikers can also find some great trails in and around the Big Bear area. Several of our vacation rentals are located near great hiking, and you can also use this map to locate more. Hiking Big Bear during the spring is especially beautiful as the local greenery flourishes and the wildlife activity increases.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceOf course there’s always the option to just do nothing. Our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals and estates are designed to cater to this need best. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Bear, but also be sure to just plan some down time to recharge your batteries and get some relaxing time with the family.  Start the day with a great breakfast cooked in your own kitchen. Pick one of our cabins with some great games, and you can enjoy a friendly game of pool or foosball. Later on you can all adjourn to the hot tub and soak for a while before dinner.  Finish the evening in front of the fire while sharing funny stories. We hope you get the picture, and we’re here to help you put your family in that photo.

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy a getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

May in Big Bear Vacation Rentals

May is just over the horizon, and this is a great time to start planning a family getaway to Big Bear. In many areas school is near recess, and the entire family could use a nice relaxing getaway to celebrate. Here are a few upcoming May events that might help motivate you.

Region capture 36Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you in Big Bear and support a great cause on May 6th. The annual Walk MS is a fundraiser to support research working to end Multiple Sclerosis.  You can register online now to start building a support team at this link.  The walk starts and ends at the head of the Alpine Pedal Path next to North Shore Elementary School.  Registration opens at 8:30am.

Region capture 37If you’re a budding gourmet, the Tuesday Farmer’s Market is one stop you’ll want to include during your visit. Our Five Star Vacation Rental homes all have full kitchens, and most are equipped to meet the needs of even the most experienced chefs. Gather some locally-grown ingredients at the Farmer’s Market, and you’re well on your way to a great meal cooked in the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen.  The Farmer’s Market runs every Tuesday until September from 8:30am to 1pm at the Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

watching wildlifeBirdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will want to plan their visit around the International Bird Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center on May 13th. This free event features an informative talk about local birds and those just passing through. There’s a nature walk crafts, and kids get to build their own birdhouse.  The event runs from 10am to 2pm.  Visit their website for more details.

Region capture 34May also sees the arrival of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California Individual Time Trial. The weekend is packed with lots of great events, and your enjoyment of this event can only be enhanced by taking it all in from the home base of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.  Plan your arrival for Thursday, May 18th and you’ll enjoy some great pre events and meet other cyclists and some of the celebrity guest cyclists.

May typically has great weather in Big Bear, and is a great time for relaxing hiking or biking. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, 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.