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.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

Happy New Year 2018 word abstract in wood typeHappy New Year from Five Star Vacation Rentals. Welcoming in a New Year is always exciting. We’ve grown accustomed to this change as a representing much more than a new day. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, and one that we greet with resolutions, renewed hope, and excitement about the opportunities that we expect to see.

No set of New Year’s resolutions would be complete without including a plan for your upcoming vacation time. Whether it’s planning a romantic weekend for your anniversary or a longer getaway for a family vacation, we encourage you to use our online booking to find a great choice for your Big Bear relaxation.

AlpineSlideWinter in Big Bear offers some great activities. While we haven’t seen a lot of snow yet this year, it’s been plenty cold, so the ski resorts are making snow nightly, and there’s a good base built up. Snowboarders will have a great time. Nearby you can also enjoy the Big Bear Alpine Slide with downhill runs in individual sleds. It’s a great time.

But we’re convinced the best time you’ll have during your stay in Big Bear is in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, estate, or condo. Winter in Big Bear is amazing, and many of our cabins have great lake and mountain views. Choose one with a hot tub, and you have have the enjoyment of relaxing in the chilly Big Bear evenings while you soak in your own personal hot tub on the deck. It’s an amazing feeling.

Maria and Kevin 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 Big Bear. 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.

Last Minute Christmas Plans in a Five Star Big Bear Vacation Rental

We understand last minute changes and scrambling to accommodate more guests. This time of year we get those calls every day. It’s usually exciting, though. The joy of this season is always magnified by having more friends and family around us. Last minute calls with an excited voice declaring, “Hey! I got some time off work, so I’ll be there for Christmas!” are the best kind to get. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we can help you gather all these important people together under one roof without resorting to spreading old mattresses around the living room or setting up a tent in the backyard.

As we write this on Friday morning, December 15th, we still have a handful of luxury Big Bear vacation rentals available with Christmas as part of your stay. Some will require minimum stays that will include days before or after Christmas, so call us at 310-780-3411 or check the individual calendars of each of these. Just click on the photo to view more details and book online:

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Kevin and Maria Cobb have been your hosts at Five Star Vacation Rentals for nearly two decades. Our personal dedication to creating a luxury experience for all our guests is something that keeps them returning year after 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.

A Special Thanksgiving in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of year. For many of us it’s a time devoted to gathering as many family and friends together to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.  It’s a perfect time to gather the family and escape to a Five Star Vacation Rental for some very good reasons.

Many of us have childhood memories of being shuffled off to various sofas and spare rooms to make room for visiting relatives. This usually meant long waits for overworked bathrooms and eating in shifts to accommodate the extra guests. The stories are often fond memories, but there are better ways to make lasting memories. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got some great options to keep your extended family and friends feeling pampered while you all enjoy spending time together over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

We’re still about a month out from Thanksgiving, and most of our properties are already booked. But as we write this, there are still several great options that can prove to be a great gathering place for your family over this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.

While people around the country are pulling out their winter clothes, how about treating your family to a long weekend with your own indoor heated pool and spa? It sounds almost decadent, but it’s certain to be a Thanksgiving that everybody in your group will remember with a smile. Our Cabin #12 has 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths and room for 16 guests. The kids will love the bunk beds. The kitchen has big windows that look out to the indoor pool, so you can keep an eye on the kids while you prepare the Thanksgiving feast. Hurry, because this one won’t last. Book online and view more photos and details at this link.

Our Cabin #32 also has room for 16 guests with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has dual master suites, so it’s a great choice for multiple families or to pamper grandma and grandpa during their visit. Its kitchen is perfect for preparing your Thanksgiving feast, and you’ll all enjoy the many luxury touches with the beamed cathedral ceilings and subdued lighting. Built to enhance your relaxation, we’re confident this luxury cabin will be a perfect place for your family to gather on Thanksgiving. Hurry to book this now at this link. If this one is already taken, you can search for others at this link.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re interested in spending Thanksgiving 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.

 

 

Thinking About a Ski Getaway to Big Bear?

ski lifts at big bear lakeAre you thinking about a ski getaway to Big Bear this year? Planning ahead has its benefits. It’s our busiest time of the year, and our online booking is a great tool to let you see the wide selection of cabins we have available for the specific days you have in mind.  Once the first snow arrives, our calendar starts to fill immediately. So there’s no time like the present when our selection and availability is the best it will be.

A Ski Getaway To Big Bear for Non-Skiers?

ski getaway to Big BearAnd even if you’re not a skier, winter in Big Bear has a lot to offer. The holidays are amazing as the entire town takes on the look and feel of a comfy hideaway with beautiful lights and holiday decorations. The Village is a great shopping and dining destination any time of year, and during the winter it pull out the stops. You’ll enjoy unique gifts and unparalleled dining when you stroll among the shops there. Enjoying an afternoon or evening out in The Village is a great addition to your stay with us in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Off the slopes, many of our properties are designed to make your winter say a fun adventure. Ask one of our booking agents to help you locate a property near snow features, and we’ll be happy to accommodate.

Maria and Kevin 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 ski getaway to Big Bear. 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.

 

Plan an Intimate Getaway

In our blog last week, we took a look at some of the great options you have for your large group to enjoy a luxury getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. This week we’re going to head in the opposite direction an offer some great options for your next intimate getaway to help you set a romantic mood, or just spend some quality time relaxing together.

Cabin5viewIf your idea of relaxation includes sitting on the deck off the master suite and enjoying an unobstructed view of the lake spread out before you, our Cabin 5 will be a great choice. This cabin is built with special attention paid to luxury furnishings and windows looking out on the panoramic lake views. It has an oversize spa for relaxing, and the gourmet kitchen will surely inspire your culinary talents to cook up something wonderful during your stay. A stunner during any season, this one is sure to give you a relaxing time and a true sense of being pampered.

Cabin23view2Keeping with our lake-view motif, we also recommend our Cabin 23, Boulder Cove Estate. Nestled amidst the dramatic rock outcroppings of Boulder Cove, the views from this property are unequalled anywhere in Big Bear. Truly panoramic views of the lake are found throughout the property. You’ll delight in the leather furnishings and attention to detail found throughout the decor. Choose the relaxation you want from enjoying a movie with theater sound on the flat screen, relaxing in the hot tub, or just spending a quiet evening together in front of the fireplace. You’ll delight in the time you spend here.

VillaLaEstanciaIf you’re in the mood for a truly exotic getaway, we recommend you consider booking your romantic retreat to Villa la Estancia, our resort on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. You’ll be just footsteps away from the surf, and enjoy a truly resort experience. The on-site restaurants offer the best fine steaks and seafood. Choose one of our sea-side rooms, so you can wake up each morning to the sea breeze and end each day with a sunset. There are championship golf courses nearby, and wonderful shopping and local cuisine in nearby Puerto Vallarta.

Maria and Kevin 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 whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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.