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.

 

 

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 Weekday Getaway to Big Bear

The snow conditions in Big Bear are amazing this year. Both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are enjoying plentiful snowfall and there’s a great base of machine-groomed to keep the slopes in shape when there’s not fresh snow. As always happens during ski season, we get packed full on the weekends. But as you may know, the snow is also still there during the week, so this is a perfect time to plan you weekday getaway to Big Bear.

Planning your Big Bear ski trip during the week brings a lot of advantages. Here are a few:

Smaller Crowds

Big Bear ValleyWant to have less traffic and shorter wait times on the slopes? Your weekday getaway to Big Bear typically sees much faster repeat runs on the slopes, and fewer overall crowds throughout the city. This means faster service in restaurants, more room to move around in Village shops, and a generally less rushed and crowded experience.

Lower Rates

Many of our properties have lower weekday rates, so you may be able to get the same luxury Five Star Vacation Rental at a lower price during the week. And our weekend availability during ski season is always much more than during the weekends. This can be a real boon for organizing a luxury getaway without paying the full luxury price. Be sure to call us for more details and to get our most up-to-date information on which properties are available.

Less Traffic In and Out

trafficJamSki season is a big deal, and some guests encounter traffic congestion getting to and from Big Bear. Isn’t one of the reasons you’re planning a getaway is to get away from that? Well, you’re weekday getaway will usually see much faster travel times and less time sitting in traffic getting here and home. Wouldn’t you like to smile as you pass the traffic tie ups heading the other direction?

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.

March Events in Big Bear

We’ve got great snow conditions as we write this, but we all know ski season will eventually end. So to our ski enthusiasts, we encourage you to book your getaway without delay. For those of you willing to wait until March (when snow may still be good, but…) here are some of the great activities you can incorporate in your getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Polar Bear PlungeOnce a year Big Bear attracts those brave souls who actually arrive with the intent to immerse themselves into the frigid winter waters of Big Bear Lake. While we’re definitely more inclined to dive into a glass of red wine next to a comfy fireplace during these cold days, this annual activity helps support a great cause. The 8th Annual Big Bear Lake “Polar Plunge” for Special Olympics takes place on Saturday, March 2nd. This is a great cause and a lot of fun. And best of all, you can be a sponsor, and never even get near the water. Check out the ways to participate at their website: http://www.sosc.org/bigbearplunge
That same weekend of March 2-3, give your Scout the opportunity to test their knowledge and on-hill skills while earning a Snow Sports Merit Badge at Bear Mountain’s annual Scout Weekend. BSA Merit Badge counselors will be on hand to evaluate Scouts and help them work towards Merit Badges. To participate, Scouts must bring their Snow Sports Merit Badge workbook and Blue Cards. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are welcome. All scouts participating on Scout Weekend will receive a Bear Mountain Scout Weekend Patch 2019. For more information call 909.866.5766 ext 136 or email bearmountaingroups@bbmr.com.

Supergirl ProOn March 8-10th, you’ll want to attend the Supergirl Snow Pro at Bear Mountain. This is a top-level Boardercross (SBX) and Half-pipe competition with the world’s top female pros and a slew of up-and-coming amateur talent. The event is designed to not only showcase the best female snowboarders on the planet, but also to also serve as a developmental contest to help locate, nurture, mentor and encourage the next generation of aspiring snowboarding pros. Free to watch. For info on participating, visit their website at https://supergirlsnowpro.com

And to make sure your March getaway is the best possible, be sure to book your Five Star Vacation Rental getaway.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin 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 ski 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.

Valentine’s Day in Big Bear

We know we’re a bit biased about this, but we’ve been pretty consistent about encouraging our friends and family the Valentine’s Day can be much better than a simple bouquet of flowers and box of candy.

Beautiful Soft Pink Roses with a Heart Shape Box of Chocolate CandyThere’s certainly nothing wrong with candy and flowers, but they can be a bit lacking in a full expression of exactly how much that special someone actually means to you. And while these may be an important part of your loving celebration, there’s so much more you can do to make sure Valentine’s Day is a memorable event that more fully expresses your feelings. This is where we come in, and how we can revolutionize your celebration.

Big Bear is For Lovers

Feet warming at fireplace with hands holding wineImagine a great day alone with your sweetheart. You started the day with a gourmet breakfast in one of the little cafes in Big Bear Village. You strolled among the great little shops afterward picking up a few little souvenirs to remember the day. You found a great bottle of wine in one of the shops, and you bought it to enjoy later while you relax in the hot tub at your Five Star Vacation Rental. It was a bit cold outside, so you returned to the cabin and started a nice fire going in the fireplace. Later, you cooked her favorite dish in the gourmet kitchen of your Five Star Vacation Rental. You smile that the flowers and candy you bought are sitting on the table nearby, and are glad you choose to much more this year.

Sound like a good plan? We certainly agree. Make this Valentine’s Day one you’ll both recall and want to repeat again next year.

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.

February Events in Big Bear

February is a great month to visit Big Bear. The ski season is in full swing, and there’s lots of other great activities going on as well. Here’s a sample of the things you can enjoy while you’re staying in your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear during February.

Super Bowl weekend is packed with some great events. On February 2nd, Bear Mountain ski resort is hosting Bear Bowl IV. Grab some friends and come compete for a chance to win a season pass, $1,000, and VIP service at the Super Sunday Viewing Party. Bear Bowl is a 3-part team competition measuring speed (relay race), agility (field goal kicking), and accuracy (tire toss contest). The team that scores the most overall points wins. Registration is free/open to the first 10, 4-person teams that sign up in the Bear Mountain base area on Feb. 2. A valid ski pass is needed to compete. More details at this link.

Come on down for live Music at Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Convention Center. Wyatt’s Cafe and Saloon is truly the simple place where the good folks of Big Bear gather. Come on over every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night for line dancing and relaxing with friends.

BaldEagleBig Bear’s annual bald eagle count continues during February. This event is a great chance to get out in the forest and catch a glimpse of these majestic birds. You’ll be volunteering for the Forest Service to count the number of bald eagles wintering in the San Bernardino Mountains. Dress warm, and bring your own binoculars.  Meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center between 8AM and 8:30AM. For more details, call 909-382-2790.

JoshuaRadinThe Cave has some amazing live bands appearing during February. The fun kicks off on February 2nd with an evening devoted to “Beatles versus Stones.” Also this month you can catch Joshua Radin, Yachtly Crew, Orleans, and more. Get more info on tickets and showtimes on their website: https://thecavebigbear.com/

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 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.

Enjoy a Desert Getaway This Winter

The Big Bear ski season is in full swing, and we’re running near capacity most weekends. We’ve still got lots of availability during the week, however, and that’s a great option for people who can arrange their schedules around it. The slopes are definitely less crowded, and many of our properties have lower weekday rates. Check out our Big Bear properties at this link.

But if your family is in the mood for something completely different, we recommend you take a look at our amazing La Quinta vacation rentals in the desert near Palm Springs. The desert is perfectly delightful this time of year, and the golfing is great. Take a look at a couple of our luxury options for your enjoyment:

PGA107Our PGA107 is a great example of the type of quality and luxury we have available. This one always reminds us of a Hollywood mansion from the 1940’s. It has soaring open beam ceilings and arched doorways over custom flooring. The salt water pool and spa are perched overlooking a water feature on the Greg Norman course. It has a private upstairs bedroom with its own private deck for quiet mornings or evenings relaxing in the sun. The floor plan is spread out over 4600 square feet with room for 12 guests in its 5 bedroom 5.5  baths. Add in the chef’s kitchen with granite counters, and you’ll soon see why this one is so popular. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

PGA102The view will keep you captivated at PGA102. Its southern exposure stretches across the Greg Norman course to the stunning Santa Rosa mountains beyond. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. You’ll enjoy cool evenings in relaxing in the pool and spa as you watch the colors of the sunset play across the sky. The private casita makes this one perfect for larger groups or multiple families to share. Check out more photos and book online 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and Big Bear.

It’s Ski Season in Big Bear

We love the snow, and we’re glad to see it finally arrive. If you haven’t already booked your ski getaway, now is the time. Dust off those skis and hurry to place your reservation in one of our luxury cabins before they’re all booked up.

Winter in Big Bear is a wonderful time. In addition to skiing, there are lots of other great activities off the slopes. While we’re often inclined to enjoy winter in Big Bear from the comforting warmth of a hot tub or by the crackling fireplace in one of our luxurious vacation rentals, there are some additional fun things to do in Big Bear.

Big Bear Snow Play offers downhill inner tubing with a delightful twist. They have a “magic carpet” that takes you effortlessly from the bottom of the run back to the top. It’s a great way to enjoy a downhill run without working up a sweat to do it all over again. It’s pretty much all play and no work. Enjoy a thrilling ride down one of southern California’s longest downhill inner tube runs, and then relax on the magic carpet ride back up the hill to do it again. Sign us up!

Snow PlayBig Bear Alpine Slide is another favorite. Experience the fun of a luge run down the hill. You’ll navigate one of the twisting banked concrete runs in your sled as you race to the finish. Treat yourself and your family to an Olympic experience with high banked turns and long straightaways to gain speed. The sleds are individually controlled and run an a combination of teflon pads and wheels. Riders have full control over the speed with fully functioning brakes for the faint of heart.

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.

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year Everyone!The glow from Christmas is still around, and many of us are enjoying our last few days with distant relatives. We’re a few days away from New Year, and it’s a time many of us start to think about how we hope to see the new year unfold. We may make resolutions, and many of them are important. Get in shape, spend more time with family, read more, learn a new language, and so on. It’s also a time we reflect on the past year and how far we’ve come.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingAt Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re constantly trying  to make sure every guest has a vacation experience that’s better than any they’ve had before. We select our properties carefully to find ones that embody a luxurious pampered feeling and give our guests a time they can be transported to a type of experience that many people only dream of. In this past year we’ve had the honor to help families plan weddings, honeymoons, vacations, retirements, and reunions. We’ve seen office outings and church retreats. And in each of these we’ve seen groups of people enjoying the company of their family and friends with the experience enhanced by the luxury of one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals.

We hope you’ll keep us in mind as you embark on your New Year’s plans. Big Bear’s slopes are open now with lots of fresh snow. Make sure this year you dust off those skis early and head on up the mountain. Before you know it, the kids will be starting their spring breaks, and you’ll be looking for something fun for the family to do.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins and estates at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin 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 ski 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.

Big Bear Ski Season Is Open

Big Bear ValleyThere are six words that many of our guest spend months waiting to hear: “Big Bear ski season is open.” And we’re glad to confirm it’s true. We’ve been getting a good supply of fresh snow on top of groomed slopes, and we’re looking at some great conditions. This means it’s a great time to plan your ski getaway to Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Skiing in Big Bear offers something for every skill level, and there’s really no better way to plan your getaway than with a Five Star Vacation Rental as your home base during your stay. Those first couple of days back on the slopes can be a bit strenuous, so be sure to choose one of our properties with a hot tub. It’s a great picture, isn’t it? Spend the day having fun on the slopes, and follow it up with an evening relaxing in the comfort an privacy of your hot tub.

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowAnd the Five Star experience is so much better than other options. Some of our properties are within walking distance to the slopes, and all of them offer a level of comfort and privacy you simply cannot duplicate with most other options. Imagine avoiding crowded lobbies and parking lots. You’ll have your own private parking, and many of our properties have garages to park in at night. And we all know that a full day on the slopes can be both fun and tiring. How much better will you sleep in your own private luxury cabin compared to a room in a crowded hotel with a loud hallway just outside your door? We think you’ll find it an entirely different experience, and one that will make your enjoyment of your ski outing even more special.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin 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 ski 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.