Plan Your Holiday Getaway

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

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

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

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

Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. To plan you holiday getaway, view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

November in Big Bear

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

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

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

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

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

As you can see, we’ve got a great November in Big Bear ready for your enjoyment. You can book your stay online or view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Winter is on the Way

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

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

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

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

We have plenty more luxury properties to choose from that are a quick walk or drive to the slopes. You can book your stay online or view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your winter vacation or getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Why Choose a Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel?

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

Vacation Rentals Offer More Privacy

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

Vacation Rentals Offer More Convenience

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

Vacation Rentals Offer Better Value

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

Big Bear is our most popular destination, and you can book your stay online or view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Calling All Event Planners

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

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

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

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

Do you have an event coming up and want to see what sort of solutions we can offer? You can  view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link, and give us a call at 310-780-3411. We’ll help you find a solution perfect for your plans.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

It’s Oktoberfest Time!

We’re beyond thrilled to see Oktoberfest just around the corner. This year marks the 49th anniversary of this family event, and it’s on track to be the best yet. The fun happens every weekend starting September 7th and running through November 2nd. You can save by purchasing your tickets in advance at this link. And this year when you purchase your September ticket in advance, you’ll get a free ticket to return for closing weekend.

Opening weekend on September 7th will offer free admission to all current and former military, fire fighters, law enforcement, and their immediate families.

This year’s festival will feature four bands directly from Germany. You’ll also enjoy beers ranging from the same ones enjoyed at the Munich Oktoberfest for more than 150 years, to more modern versions. The food will of course range from brats to knockwurst direct from the German butcher.

Big Bear OktoberfestThe Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths) is designed for the entire family with lots of special treats just for the kids. You’ll find arts, crafts, collectibles and trinkets for mom and dad. The kids will love the carnival games, taking a turn on Samson the Mechanical Bull, the bounce house, balloon artist, face painting and airbrushed tattoos.

Sundays are family day with half price adult admission and kids under 12 get in for free. There are contests for the kids every Sunday ranging from boot holding to a costume contest during the final weekend’s Halloween celebration. Every child will take home a prize with special awards going to the 3 best costumes. Start planning now!

You can book your Oktoberfest stay online or view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Labor Day in Big Bear

We really hate to see the summer come to an end, but we know it’s inevitable. We’ve been watching the back to school ads popping up everywhere, and we’re already reworking our schedules for getting the kids back in school and fitting in the various sports and clubs. But take heart, there’s still time to schedule a great Labor Day in Big Bear.

If you’re planning to arrive on Friday for the long weekend, there’s plenty of great events to kick off your stay. Art on the Corner in the Heart of Big Bear Village on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue. Fine art and craftsmanship will be featured in a variety of mediums. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, listen to the music and browse the wonderful artwork. Proceeds to benefit the Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and the Open Sky Music Foundation. No charge to wander.

On Friday evening, we recommend Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon Honky Tonk Fridays at the Big Bear Convention Center. The doors open at 4pm and the live band gets things rolling at 6pm. You’ll enjoy some great music and dancing.

On Saturday, August 31st, we recommend a visit the 10th Annual “Cool Run in the Mountains” Car Show at the Big Bear Convention Center. All cars are welcome to register and participate, and you can expect to see a wide variety of restored classics, customs, and oddities as well. This is always a huge hit, and many of the owners hang around to answer questions and explain their restorations.

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.

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.