Summer Vacation Made Easy

We can tell it’s getting closer to summer, because the kids are starting the yearly ritual of dreading finals while delighting in the pending end of the school year. There are new arrivals weekly at the Home Depot nursery, and our garden is looking a bit greener as a result. These seasonal signs are the annual reminder that a great summer vacation takes some planning. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals you can easily create a luxury getaway to some amazingly fun and relaxing destinations.

Big Bear is our most popular destination year round. During the summer, it becomes a great respite from the heat and harried lifestyle in Southern California.

HikersWhile we always have a hard time leaving the luxury and pampered feeling we get inside our Five Star Vacation Rental, there’s always something fun to do when we venture out.  There are miles and miles of hiking paths in the Big Bear area, and Big Bear Lake offers great fishing, boating and other water sports.

Starting in the middle of May, Big Bear’s seasonal golf course opens up with 9 holes of golfing fun nestled amid some spectacular scenery with the San Bernardino mountains in the background.

Handsome singer with rock and roll band performing music on stageBig Bear’s nightlife also keeps our guests entertained. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Big Bear Convention Center boasts Big Bear’s biggest dance floor, and every Wednesday night hosts a good old fashioned line dance to make good use of it. They even offer free lessons, so dancers of all skill levels can have some fun without too much worry about stepping on too many toes.

The Cave in Big Bear offers great live music with some big name performers and some what will soon be. If your idea of a fun evening is listening to live music, The Cave in Big Bear is a great destination. Nearby, The Village offers a wonderfully eclectic blend of small shops and restaurants. It makes for a perfect afternoon or evening stroll to see some of the great crafts and mementoes that would make a great souvenir of your getaway to Big Bear.  You’ll long remember and want to soon repeat your relaxing summer getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

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.

 

 

 

Things to do in Big Bear in May

As you may expect, we’re convinced that anytime is a great time to visit Big Bear. But there are a lot of great things to do in Big Bear in May that will make your visit even better. Here are just a few:

Enjoy Some Song and Dance

Screen Shot 2018-04-20 at 10.16.23 AMThere’s no need to think you’re alone when you’re enjoying the music of 80’s pop queen Tiffany. She sold 15 million albums and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. She’ll be appearing at The Cave on May 11th, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite tunes. She puts on a great show. The Cave offers an intimate experience, so you can enjoy a great evening with this iconic pop star. You can purchase your tickets in advance at this link.

The Cave has a full slate of great performances set for May. Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will enjoy the tribute band Simple Man on May 5th. Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s and came to known as “King of the Surf Guitar.” He’ll be at The Cave on May 12th. Dave Mason was a founding member of the group, “Traffic,” and he’ll be appearing at The Cave on May 19th. Check out their busy month of great performers on their website: http://thecavebigbear.com

Country festivalAll month long you can kick up your heels with some great music and line dancing at Wyatt’s at The Big Bear Convention Center. Every Wednesday Wyatt’s rolls out Big Bear’s biggest dance floor for some good old fashion, heel kickin’ fun. They open the doors at 4pm, and offer lessons for every skill level. So bring your two left feet, your complete lack of rhythm, and a willingness to stumble around with a fun crowd.  Head back to Wyatt’s on Friday and Saturday nights for live music. Visit their website for the full slate of performers.

Grab Your Clubs and Hit The Links

May 18th is opening day at the Bear Mountain Golf Course in Big Bear. This 9 hole course is a perfect place to get in some time on greens with the backdrop of the San Bernardino mountains beyond. With so many things to do in Big Bear, you’ll find this 9 hole course is a great choice that leaves plenty of time for other activities. There’s a driving range, a pro shop, and certified PGA lessons are available as well.

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.

 

Take a Hike!

Spring is a great time around here. While we’re always a bit sad to put away our snow gear, spring brings with it a host of new opportunities and adventures to embark upon. And for those of us who love the outdoors, it’s a perfect time to pack our bags and take a hike.

Do You Prefer Grass or Sand Between Your Toes When You Take a Hike?

footstepsOur beautiful resort at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is a perfect springtime destination. This time of year sees some of the best weather with the high most days getting into the low 80’s and overnight temperatures in the 60’s. Our beach lovers can’t get enough of the miles of pristine sand when its coupled with the luxury of one of our beach-front condos. Each condo is equipped with a full kitchen, and there is gourmet dining on site as well. Puerto Vallarta is a short cab ride away with its great shopping and rich local cuisine.

If your version of hiking includes chasing a golf ball down the fairway, you’re going to love spending time at Villa la Estancia. The Flamingo Golf course is just a few minutes away and offers championship level golfing. This full service golf course has club rentals, carts, lessons, a driving range, and a beautiful natural backdrop to enjoy on your outing. A day on the links, followed by an evening walk along the shore can only be made better with a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental to return to at the end of the day.

Hike the Forest in Big Bear

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideBig Bear is by far our most popular destination year round, and spring is a perfect time to plan your visit. The forest comes alive with wild flowers and the sights and sounds of birds and deer during the spring. Big Bear has dozens of miles of trails, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake from many of them. And with Big Bear, you can enjoy a range of great experiences on every hike. Take in the forest, dip your toe in the cool lake water, and enjoy a great meal in The Village all on the same outing.

Of course the best part of any Big Bear hike is when you return to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental afterward. You’ll enjoy an unrivaled level of comfort and craftsmanship. Spring nights are great for barbecuing and relaxing later in front of the fireplace. It’s a perfect solution to a busy life, and a great way to reconnect with family and recharge your batteries.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Summer Golf Vacation Choices

We always get an increased number of calls this time of year as families start looking forward to the end of the school year and make their summer plans. It’s an exciting time, and an especially good time to get the entire family involved. Find out what special quests you’d like to explore for this year’s vacation. Golfing is a consistent favorite with many families, and we have some of the best golfing destinations.

Our La Quinta properties are nestled amid some of the best golf courses in the country. Most of our properties there are right on the fairways as well.  You’ll not only have a chance to enjoy some great golfing during the day, you can also relax in the evenings with some great views over the courses. La Quinta’s proximity to Palm Springs makes this a great destination for the non-golfers as well. The shopping and night life in Palm Springs is great, and for a bigger adventure, plan a day trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy lunch and an amazing view in the cool air at the top.

Big Bear’s own 9 hole golf course opens in May, and offers one of the most beautiful settings you can find. Nestled among the slopes of Bear Mountain, this course is a real delight and another great activity to take in while staying in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.

Flamingo GolfThose seeking an even more exotic golf getaway will want to consider our luxury condos on the beach in Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. The Flamingos Golf is and 18 hole championship course just 5 minutes away from Villa la Estancia. There’s a putting green, driving range, pro shop, lessons, and club rentals as well. It can make for a perfect getaway with your days split between the sands and beach of your luxury condo, and some of the finest golfing available. Choose one of our ocean view condos, and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset over the ocean after a great day golfing. Our condos all have full kitchens, so you can cook your own meal or dine at one of the on-site restaurants.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Meet Our Newest Luxury Vacation Rentals in La Quinta

We’re always excited when we add new properties to our family amazing destinations, and this week we’d like you to meet our newest luxury vacation rentals in La Quinta.  The timing on these additions is great, as we’re just a few weeks away from the Stagecoach Festival, and each of these are just minutes away.

La Quinta is a wonderful place to visit year round. Nearby Palm Springs is well known for having some of the best shopping and entertainment in all of Southern California. And golf enthusiasts will be overwhelmed with the options. There’s really something for everyone at this destination, and we’ve got some of the best options for your comfort during your visit.  Take a look at these newest additions to our La Quinta properties:

05F120FD-155D-0010-073F3BB60BBC1E23-27Check out our PGA111.  Your group of up to 10 guests will marvel at the luxury in the 3400 square feet that surrounds you. There are 4 bedrooms with 3.5 baths, and 3 of the bedrooms are master suites with their own baths. This is a great choice for multiple families to share.  The backyard sits right on the Greg Norman golf course with amazing views. Enjoy your own private salt water pool and spa as you take in the aroma of steaks or burgers cooking up on the outdoor barbecue. Follow this link to see what real relaxation looks like.

F200CC7E-155D-0010-07847E09912B888D-IMG_0507PGA112 has room for 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. This magnificent property overlooks the 11th hold of the Jack Nicklaus Private Course. The views are amazing, and the luxury extends throughout the entire property. You’ll want to chill your wine in the wine cooler when you arrive, and later you can enjoy a soothing glass of it as you relax by the pool or work together in the gourmet kitchen to cook up something delightful for your entire party. Let the kids enjoy a night out in the detached casita, so the adults can have a quiet evening alone. Check out more photos and details at this link.

 

7CFF0A38-155D-0010-07E54682293CA5FB-1607Our PGA113 is a beautiful home with a private backyard. There’s room for 8 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. The gourmet kitchen is a delight with its double ovens and granite counters. If you’ve never experience the refreshing feel of a salt water pool and spa, you’re in for a treat.  The sounds of the cascading water feature will enhance your backyard relaxation as you gather around the barbecue.  The master suite has its own fireplace and retreat. Every guest can enjoy unrivaled privacy with this home’s two large private casitas.  Book online or view more photos and details at this link.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Getting a Tax Refund? We’ve Got a Great Idea How To Use It

Are you getting a tax refund this year? We’ve got a great idea how to use it. What better way to celebrate your hard work than taking a well-deserved getaway with your friends or family? And what better place than in a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin in Big Bear?

Peaceful and warm image of a open book by fireplace.March and April are perfect months for heading to Big Bear. The ski season is winding down, but there’s still plenty of great things to fill your time. Or you can turn off your cell phone, grab a couple of books you’ve been neglecting for a while, and enjoy some of the most relaxing quiet time you’re likely to find. Just prop yourself up where you can soak in the warmth of the fireplace, stop occasionally for a good meal, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s a recipe for recharging your batteries and getting a fresh perspective on life.

Country Women Line DanceIf you want to supplement your stay with some great fun, we recommend you head over to the Big Bear Convention Center for some good old fashioned line dancing. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Convention Center offers a full slate of line dancing opportunities.  Wednesdays you’ll enjoy live music with free line dancing classes, and then on Fridays and Saturdays you can put into practice your new steps with their line dance extravaganzas. The music is great, and it’s the one place where you’re likely to step on somebody’s toes and laugh about it. Visit their website for more details. Cowboy boots and hats are optional, but will certainly add to experience.

If you want to make part of your relaxation spending some time in the kitchen, you’re going to love spending some time at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market at the Convention Center. The Farmer’s Market’s season opens the first Tuesday in April, and is a great resource for locally-grown fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating a culinary masterpiece for your family knowing the ingredients were purchased fresh and local. The market is open from 8:00am to 1:30pm each Tuesday starting on April 3rd.

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.

 

 

 

Plan Your Perfect Spring Vacation

We know the nights are still bit chilly, but it’s a great time to start looking forward to the arrival of Spring. If you start early enough, you can plan your perfect spring vacation, and we’d love to help.

 Spring in Big Bear is just amazing. The pristine beauty of the surrounding forest is at its peak during springtime, and this makes your stay even more relaxing than usual. Few things are as rewarding as waking up in the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental and looking out your windows on the beauty of the forest around you. Squirrels, deer, and lots of other wildlife are easily spotted during your wandering around Big Bear.

Indulge us for a moment and imagine returning to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental after a full day of hiking, skipping rocks on the lake, and shopping for some great souvenirs in The Village. You walk in the door as the sun is slowly setting in the distance. Walk out on your back deck, and you may catch a squirrel or two scampering up the side of a tree, and hear the call of a few different birds overhead. Near twilight, you may see a family of deer wander nearby, and the sound of the breeze gently weaves through the trees nearby.  You make a mental note to see if there’s anyway you could possibly make a daily commute from here to your job in the city.

Big Bear Lake bouldersWe’ll tell you that the commute is too long for most of us, but a weekend or full week’s vacation here can recharge your batteries in ways you never imagined. Just setting aside a time to enjoy the muted sounds of the forest and the fresh feeling of the cool night air will do wonders for your outlook. It’s a great time to pack up the kids and spend some family time over Spring Break.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Spring vacation is pretty busy for us, and there’s no better time to book your getaway than now.  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 in Big Bear

Big Bear is always a fun destination. The natural beauty here is a major attraction for many city dwellers. Big Bear is most often what comes to mind when people talk about the advantages of Southern California living. The cities can be a hot mess of traffic jams, long waits at the store, long hours at work, and a general feeling of too much to do and too little time to do it. But within a couple hours of most Southern California areas, you can arrive in Big Bear with the crystal waters of the lake, the cool breezes through the trees, and a much more relaxing pace. It’s a perfect retreat from your everyday pressures, and coming up in February, there are a number of things to enhance your stay with us here.

BaldEagle2On February 10th bird lovers will have a unique opportunity to help count one of Big Bear’s most celebrated winter guests, the bald eagle. The Big Bear Discovery Center teams up with the US Forest Service to conduct the Bald Eagle count each year. Volunteers should dress warmly and provide their own binoculars. Meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am for training, and the count goes from 9am to 10am. If you miss this count, the final count day will be on March 10th. Visit the Discovery Center website for more details.

The Cave is considered by many to be Big Bear’s premier live music venue, and February does not disappoint. If you love tribute bands, you’re going to have some great choices. On February 2nd enjoy the Kiss tribute band, Kissed Alive. Paint your face, and pull on your platform shoes for a night that’s sure to rock your world. On February 3rd, you’ll be treated with Motley 2, the Motley Crue tribute band. And on February 17th, put on your rose colored glasses and join Kenny Metcalf as he presents Elton John for your enjoyment. Other performers during February include Fishbone on the 10th, Fatal 80’s with Gretchen Bonaduce on the 16th, and Dokken on the 24th. Visit The Cave’s website for ticket and schedule information.

Couple in loveMake your Valentine’s Day stay in Big Bear even more romantic with a night out  at the 5th annual Sweetheart Ball. The Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Foundation hosts this fun annual event with proceeds going to charity. This year’s theme is “Give Where You Live.” Be sure to reserve in advance. Call Dawn Hartmeister at (800) 926-0409 or dawnehartmeister@gmail.com. The Sweetheart Ball will be held at the The Lodge Ballroom on Wednesday evening, February 14th, starting with cocktails at 5PM and Dinner at 6PM.

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 the Perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway With Five Star Vacation Rentals

WomanHoldingHeartWe’re less than a month out from Valentine’s day, and this is a great time to make your plans. Why not make this year special by planning a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate? It can make a huge difference, and will likely be a getaway you’ll long remember.

There’s nothing wrong with tradition, and most of us are reliable when it comes to making sure our loved ones get a nice card, a romantic dinner and maybe some candy and flowers. But you can make it so much more. How about planning a getaway that includes waking up to a panoramic forest view with Big Bear Lake in the background? With our Big Bear cabins you can start the day with a fresh breakfast prepared in your cabin’s gourmet kitchen. Relax a while, and then take a stroll on one of Big Bear’s scenic hiking trails. Later you can visit The Village and enjoy browsing the dozens of unique shops with memorable items and gifts crated by local artists. Spend romantic evenings relaxing in front of the fireplace. Choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, and you can enjoy the brisk evening nights while relaxing alone together.

NuevoVallartaOr choose one of our beachside Nuevo Vallarta condos in Mexico for a truly exotic getaway. Take a quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta and you’ll soon be shopping for great local souvenirs or enjoying some great seafood at a little cafe. As the sun gets lower in the sky, you can enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean from the balcony of your suite. Plan a fun evening out and head to one of the local destinations for some live music and dancing. Cap the evening off with a brief stroll down the beach as you listen to the waves crashing nearby. This is romance taken to a new level.

We still have plenty of openings for Valentine’s week, and we’ll be happy to help you book your stay. Just give us a call at 310-780-3411.

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 Event With Five Star Vacation Rentals

calendarPlan your special event with Five Star Vacation Rentals, and we’ll help make your special days even more memorable. Each year our families have a collection of important dates on our calendars. Some events like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas are common for pretty much all of us and fall on the same day for all of us. But other special days like birthdays, a military homecoming, anniversaries, job promotions, retirement parties and many more fall on different days for different families. But all of these deserve special attention and a real effort to enhance the quality of the day.  That’s where we come in.

Family PartyThere can be both a great advantage and a lot of fun to planning out these family events well in advance. The advantage of early planning is you’ll usually have a better selection of great properties to choose from. And the fun can be almost endless. Once you secure your Five Star Vacation Rental, you can start making your plans for the rest of your event. Who will you invite? What fun activities nearby can you plan for your group’s stay? If it’s a surprise, how will you spring it on them? This part of the planning can last for weeks and create some imaginative and very touching scenarios to enhance your celebration.

And whatever planning goes into the making of your event, we’ll be working to make sure your stay with us only makes it better. We have a great collection of luxury vacation rentals to choose from, so whether you’re looking for a retreat to the forests of Big Bear, the sandy beaches of Nuevo Vallarta, or the breathtaking golf course and mountain views of La Quinta, we have a destination that will add a luxurious feeling to your time away.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.