March in Big Bear

In addition to all the great skiing, there are plenty of other great things to do during March in Big Bear. Here are just a few things you’ll enjoy during your stay with us.

Polar Bear PlungeIf it’s March in Big Bear, it’s time to freeze your fanny with the annual Polar Plunge Saturday, March 7 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2020 – the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin’ for a reason to help support Special Olympics. Join the Polar Plunge Registration Party at Santana & Mavericks from 6 – 9 PM and get to know your fellow plungers! 40771 Big Bear Blvd.. More details here.

Boy ScoutsThe 16th Annual Bear Mountain Scout Weekend will take place on March 7-8, 2020. This offer is available to active Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. All scouts participating on Scout Weekend will receive a Bear Mountain Scout Weekend Patch 2020.

Give your Scout the opportunity to test their knowledge and on-hill skills while earning their 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 completed workbook and Blue Cards.

watching wildlifeEnjoy the Discovery Center Nature Hikes every Saturday and Sunday in March. Meet the volunteer at the trailhead noted on the schedule. Volunteers can be identified by their green shirts. No registration is required and guided hikes are free. In the event of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Hikers are advised to wear layers in the winter months and good hiking boots. Be sure to bring water and an Adventure Pass to park at any trailheads. Passes may be purchased at the Big Bear Visitors Center. More details at this link.

You can start your next getaway by viewing 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.

What Are Your Spring Break Plans?

We’re just a couple months out of the Christmas holidays, and we’re already getting calls from guests looking to place reservations for Spring break. It’s good to plan ahead, and this is a great time to sit down with the family and discuss your Spring break plans. As you probably anticipated, we’ve got some great suggestions.

VLE02If you’re in the mood for something exotic, how about planning a getaway on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta? We have over a dozen luxury condos right on the beach, and the weather is often near perfect. The ocean water temperatures usually hover in the 70s, and our resort at Villa la Estancia has all the amenities you’d expect from luxury condo towers right on the beach. No need to wait to feel the sand in your toes or take a refreshing dip in the surf. And you’ll have a great time exploring the local eateries, shops, and night life in nearby Puerto Vallarta. Or bring your clubs to book some green time on the championship golf courses that are just a few minutes away. Check out our condos and book online at this link.

GolfVacationHow about a golf vacation in La Quinta this spring? We’ve assembled a group of the finest properties adjacent to the championship courses there. And with Palm Springs just a short drive away, you’ll enjoy some of Southern California’s finest restaurants and tourist destinations during your stay. Add a trip up the arial tramway for an afternoon in the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top of the 2.5 mile cable ride. There are few things more relaxing than spending the morning under the deep blue skies with the mountain views beyond followed by relaxing just off the fairway with a cool drink on the patio of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s a perfect recipe to help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with your family. Check out our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

FamilyHiking_StockBut Big Bear is our most popular destination. We’ve assembled a great collection of quality luxury homes and cabins to choose from for your Spring break getaway. And springtime in Big Bear is simply beautiful. You’ll enjoy crisp evenings, and there are miles and miles of well-maintained hiking trails for every level of hiker. For the anglers in your group, the Big Bear fishing season starts in early April and continues throughout the summer. And there’s plenty of great shopping and eating choices in the Village with some great night spots as well. And the golf course at Bear Mountain comes alive in May when the Big Bear driving range opens on May 8th.

We’ve got great choices, and you just need to make yours. And whatever destination you choose, you can be sure we’re working to make sure you time with us is enjoyable and will leave you feeling pampered.

Check out all our La Quinta vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo Vallarta, and Big Bear. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the 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.

Getting Serious About Having Fun

We have the great pleasure of talking to people on a daily basis about their plans to have some fun. And we’re always delighted when we hear back from some of them about the great time they had with us, and how much it meant to them to create the memories and recharge their batteries. It’s really gratifying, and we’re convinced there’s nothing wrong with getting serious about having fun.

Family relaxing on the grassYou’ve probably seen the same studies we have. There’s actually quite a bit of research that shows how much we all benefit from relaxation. It’s a really amazing elixir. Relaxation gives us more energy by increasing the flow of blood  around our body. We feel calmer, have clearer thinking, and relaxation can promote a general positive feeling. It increases our memory and helps our decision making. Our heartbeat slows, our tension is eased, and our blood pressure is lower. If relaxation were a drug, it’s something every doctor would prescribe for us. So, take it from us, your vacation doctor, you should get serious about having fun.

If you need an excuse to schedule some time away, there are a lot to choose from. Anniversaries are always great, and they don’t need to be just for weddings. We’ve seen people plan getaways around the day they first met, their first date, and you can get even more creative from there. Celebrate a promotion, a new baby, national pizza day, or the Annual Kumquat Festival that is surely happening somewhere at sometime convenient for your plan. You get the picture. All you really need is a desire to make it happen and those with whom you want to have it happen. Lather, rinse, repeat.

young woman hiker relaxing in the woodsAnd of course you know we’re going to offer you some of the best places on the planet to enhance your relaxation. Our cabins in Big Bear offer some of the best locations and finest luxury you can find. Beach lovers will want to find their way to our surf side resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. And our golfers and desert lovers will delight in the time they spend in one of our luxury golf course homes in La Quinta.

So when you’re ready to get serious about having fun, you can start by viewing 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  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.

 

Plan Your Next Getaway

With the new year upon us, we’ve extended our online booking calendar out to all of 2020. This is a great opportunity to plan your next getaway early. Most of us only get a limited amount of time away each year, and it’s important to take full advantage of it. With a little bit of early planning, you can make a truly memorable getaway this year.

Choose Big Bear for Scenery and Skiing

If your idea of relaxation involves lots of outdoorsy stuff like hiking, skiing, and enjoying nature, choose Big Bear for the scenery and skiing. Weather permitting, ski season usually stays open until early April. It’s a busy time for us, and it’s wise to book your stay as early as possible. We have lots of great options that will keep you just as happy off the slopes as you are on them. Few things are more relaxing that settling down in front of the fireplace at the end of a long day of skiing. Add in some time in the hot tub and a relaxing meal, and the moment is complete.

But Big Bear is also a great choice for the rest of the year. Spring is spectacular and opens more opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. The Big Bear Zoo is also a great destination for an afternoon learning about the diverse animals found in the Big Bear area. And each of your days spent exploring are capped off with a relaxing day in your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Choose La Quinta for Desert Beauty and Golfing

La Quinta is a great choice with lots of luxury properties available outside Palm Springs in Southern California. Choose La Quinta for desert beauty and golfing. Most of our La Quinta properties are located on the fairways of the world-class golf courses spread throughout the area. Most have their own private pools and spas as well. And La Quinta is has lots of great entertainment opportunities available from model rocketry, community picnics, to kite flying competitions.

Palm Springs TramNearby Palm Springs has great options for find dining, museums, and the tram takes you on a 2-1/2 mile cable journey through rugged canyons and mountainside to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top. It’s a great way to spend the day, and you’ll bring home lots of amazing memories.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear or La Quinta vacation rental. Check out 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.

Spend Valentine’s Day in Big Bear

Valentine's Day RomanceWe have long advocated for taking your romantic life to a new level. And with Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, this is a perfect time to make this year’s celebration a great one. Sure, grab some chocolates and flowers, but also tell your love to pack a bag. February 14th falls on a Friday this year, so this is a great opportunity to plan a long weekend and spend Valentine’s Day in Big Bear.

Ski season is in full swing, so you can plan the long weekend with time on the slopes while relaxing in the comfort of your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental when you’re not on the slopes. Choose one of our properties with a spa, and the scene is set. Relax in front of the fireplace after dinner and enjoy the contrast of the chilly evening air while you bask in the warmth of your hot tub.

Romantic Valentine's Day in Front of FireAnd this is not a typical hotel getaway. Instead of having a room in a hallway full of doors to other rooms, you’ll have the entire place to yourselves. If there’s a conversation taking place in the hallway, it’s one you’re involved in, not some stranger wandering the hallway looking for their room. And it’s a perfect setup to have a quiet dinner or breakfast in front of the fireplace followed by a relaxing dip in the spa later. Take a walk in the brisk wintery Big Bear night to refresh yourselves.

There are lots of things that make for a memorable, romantic time together, but the most important one is the actual time together. And with your Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear getaway, you can relax and create new memories that you’ll carry with you in the years ahead.

You can start your Valentine’s Day getaway by viewing 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 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.

New Year, New Plans

We’re putting off a few more days before we take down the tree and the Christmas lights. We’re excited to welcome in the New Year, and have great hope for the adventures that await us in the days and months ahead. We love the fresh feeling we get from the New Year, new plans, and the opportunity to make this year even better than last year.

If one of your resolutions was to spend more time with your loved ones, we’ve got some great opportunities on the horizon that you can start planning for now.

Plan a Family Ski Vacation

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowBig Bear’s ski season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to plan a family ski vacation. Whether you have little ones looking for their very first ski experience, or you’re an expert-level skier hoping to get some quality time in on the slopes, Big Bear’s two ski resorts have choices you’ll be happy with. And with your Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day, you can be sure your time will be fun, relaxing, and leave you feeling pampered.

Big Bear offers lots to do off the slopes as well. The Village is packed with lots of great little shops and restaurants. The nearby Big Bear Zoo is a great stop to see local wildlife and some actual bears while in Big Bear.

Plan an Exotic Mexico Vacation

ViewIt’s a bit jarring to move from ski slopes to sandy beaches, but those are two choices we offer. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. This is a great time of year to visit. Their weather is usually mild this time of year with very little rain and temperatures ranging from the 70’s and 80’s. The ocean water temperature also usually stays in the high 70s during our winter, and gets even warmer during the spring.

The Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach and just a short cab ride away from the airport and the shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.  There’s no shortage of activities. You can go deep sea fishing, enjoy a massage and steam spa, taste the local cuisine at the many small shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, or bring your clubs and spend some afternoons on the nearby championship golf courses. It can be a great getaway for one or all of these things.

You can start your next getaway by viewing 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.

 

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

HappyNewYearWe’re a few days out from New Years, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our guests for another great year. We have much to be grateful for, and we’re glad to have been able to participate in many great life events with our guests over the past year.

We’ve seen weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, office ski parties, graduation celebrations and more relaxing family vacations than we can count. We’re honored to be a part of these significant moments with our guests, and we’re excited to see what the new year will bring as well.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceIf one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend more quality time with your family, we’re here to help. Most families get precious few days away together, and it’s important to maximize the time. Hotels are common choice, but there’s much more relaxation and quality time to be found in a Five Star Vacation Rental. Unlike hotels where your door opens out to a hallway travelled by strangers at all hours of the night, your vacation rental is your dedicated space. The only people wandering around will be the people you brought with you.

Additionally, your Five Star Vacation Rental is perfect for families to relax together. The adults can settle in by the fire and talk late into the night without concern about the kids. They’re just down the hall safe in their own rooms. And sleepy mornings are so much better when you don’t need to muster the troops, get dressed, and go in search of a restaurant for breakfast. Just head over to your fridge, and begin your day at your pace with your own food as early or as late as each of your wants.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear vacation rental. Start by viewing 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.

Procrastinators Don’t Ski Enough

We’re already hearing people talk about their New Year’s resolutions, and we’d really rather just put that off a bit longer. We’re excited about Christmas, but we think it’s perfectly fine to wait to make any serious resolutions. But one thing we’re not delaying is our ski plans, because procrastinators don’t ski enough. So if you’re looking for another hint, now is the best time to book your ski getaway.

Ski GetawayThe ski conditions are looking pretty good, and our bookings are increasing (with our non-procrastinating guests). If you’ve never booked a ski outing with us, it can be a great experience. We have a good selection of luxury properties to choose from. Many are a short drive to the slope and several are just a few minutes’ walk away. We have a couple that are ski in/ski out as well. Your ski getaway is enhanced  in amazing ways when you can skip the part where you load up the car, drive to the slopes, and then search for a parking space.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FireAnd having a Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day only enhances your enjoyment. Pick a property with a spa, and you can relax in the soothing hot water to ease away any aches or pains from your day on the slopes. Follow this up with a great meal you can prepare in your kitchen. And finish the night relaxing by the fire and planning your return to the slopes in the morning. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, or gathering a group of friends for a ski getaway, Five Star Vacation Rentals is a perfect choice. But remember to book early, because procrastinators don’t ski enough.

Your next ski getaway can start by viewing 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.

 

Holidays in Big Bear

There’s a reason why Big Bear is our most popular destination. It’s simply one of the most beautiful places you can imagine, and this beauty is enhanced during winter when it takes on a magical feel. We love the sounds of kids giggling as they build their first snowman, have their first snowball fight, and learn the joy of warming frozen toes in front of a fireplace. It’s a family experience where you can turn off your phones and enjoy some truly amazing family time by celebrating the holidays in Big Bear.

Holidays in Big BearChristmas in Big Bear is a great option both for a small family or a larger get together with extended family and friends coming together to celebrate. And we have options for groups of all sizes. For many Southern California families, Christmas in Big Bear can be the perfect opportunity to experience the special day with snow-covered hills and glistening trees surrounding you. There are few things more satisfying than Christmas morning with a fire going in the fireplace while the snow-covered trees fill the view out the windows.

Happy New Year 2020New Year’s brings another way to celebrate the holidays in Big Bear as we ring in 2020. Bundle up and gather the family for the 55th annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade. Watch over 100 skiers and snowboarders light up the night as they make their way down the face of the mountain in the dark with torches to create a spellbinding spectacle of light. The parade runs down the slope at Snow Summit and starts at 8pm.

Wyatt’s Family New Years Eve Party is happening at Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon and offers Big Bear’s only true family New Year’s Eve celebration featuring children’s activities, live music, and dancing. Doors open at 5 PM at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. This year’s festivities feature the legendary Doo Wah Riders. Having appeared in concert with the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and Dolly Parton, the Doo Wah Riders are country with a unique, original sound. It is high energy country with a Cajun twist. The Doo Wah Riders take the stage at 8:00 PM.

You can end this year better than ever by spending your holidays in Big Bear. Start by viewing 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.

We’ve Got Snow, You’ve Got Skis, Let’s Talk

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to dig out your skis. We last spotted them hanging behind your tent and precariously close that old can of paint in the garage. This is the one time it’s truly fun to dig through the garage, because those slopes won’t ski themselves.

With the opening of ski season comes some of the best times in Big Bear. The holidays are magical in the forest, and there’s plenty of fun things to do off the slopes as well. Some of our properties have their own private sledding slopes where you can walk out back with the kids and start your snow adventures right away.

BigBearNightSnowTubingIf you’d like to have a great time with the family snow tubing, Big Bear Snow Play is a great choice. They’re open daily from 10am to 4pm with night time glow tubing on weekends from 5pm to 9pm. We especially like Big Bear Snow Play because their “magic carpet” transports you back to the top of hill after your run to enjoy another wild ride down the hill. And the glow tubing after dark makes it even more fun.

Big Bear Alpine ZooA winter visit to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo can be another great excursion for the family. The animals often exhibit different behaviors during snowy times, and the keepers still schedule informative presentation in the amphitheater every day with one of the zoo’s animals. The zoo is a great opportunity to get up close with some of the wildlife that roams the forest and hill surrounding Big Bear.  Visit their website for more info at this link.

Big Bear Bowling Barn
Big Bear Bowling Barn

Do you have fond memories of family bowling nights? We sure do, and it’s another great activity you can plan during your Big Bear stay. The Bowling Barn has 16 lanes with computerized scoring. There’s also an arcade for the kids and the Alley Oops Sports Bar with darts, pool tables, and HD tv’s to watch sporting events. And it’s all fun and games until somebody keeps throwing gutter balls. Check out their website at this link.

You can start your next getaway by viewing 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.