Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 3: Best Destinations

In our last two blogs, we’ve stopped to take a closer look at the reasons why so many of our guests choose us in the first place and then come back for subsequent vacations at such a high rate. We showed in these blogs how our non-hotel experience and luxury are two big reasons our guests choose to stay with us.  This week we’re taking a look a third reason many guests choose us: We have the best destinations.

BearMountainOur top destination is Big Bear, and it’s easy to see why. It’s been a banner season for skiing with snow levels unlike we’ve seen for quite a while. The slopes are currently still active with a good base and machine groomed. While the snow will melt, the fun in Big Bear will still be there. Every season in Big Bear offers great opportunities to enjoy some time away in your Five Star Vacation Rental. Whether your family enjoys hiking, biking, water sports, or just a relaxing time in a luxury cabin, we have a Big Bear getaway that will keep everyone in your party smiling.

The ski buffs consistently enjoy our offerings in Park City and Mammoth Mountain where we offer condos right on the slopes. These are great options both on and off season with their beautiful surroundings and resort offerings.

golfHoleWhile golfing is featured at most of our destinations, we’re proud of our beautiful La Quinta homes, all of which are right on the fairway.  There’s really nothing quite like the experience of enjoying a day playing golf followed by an evening relaxing in your pool or cabana looking out over the golf course. Each of these luxury homes is an example of fine craftsmanship that will enhance your enjoyment as you relax both on and off the course.

VillaLaEstancia1704_0If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, you can also explore our luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. This time of year is an especially good time to plan a visit since the weather is usually great with highs in the 80’s. Our Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach with a huge spa and great onsite restaurants. There’s also golfing nearby and lots of fun shopping and local cuisine in nearby Puerto Vallarta.

To wrap up our excursion into the distinctive differences you’ll enjoy in your time away with us, you can count on privacy far beyond anything you’ll find at a hotel, luxury that is usually reserved only for the very wealthy, and destinations that will enhance your time away. We’re convinced that for these reasons and many more, Five Star Vacation Rentals is your best choice for a truly memorable vacation. You can book online at www.FiveStarVacationRental.com, or give us a call at 310-780-3411.

 

Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 2: The Luxury

In our blog last week, we started to take a look at the things that will make your time away in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals a greater value than just about any other option. Last week we walked through the way our private vacation rentals offer quite a few advantages over staying at a hotel for your next vacation. This week, we’re going to take a look at one of our most popular distinctions: The luxury.

9748600253If you arrived at our website after a web search for vacation rentals, you’re surely aware there are quite a few options. As our name implies, we decided to take over a segment of the vacation market that would heighten the experience for our guests. It’s not uncommon for people to return from a vacation and rave about the fun they had or the beautiful surroundings of the city. We wanted to make sure that part of the experience was enhanced by the level of luxury guests experience when they stay with us. We accomplished this by only choosing top echelon properties. For many of our guests, this distinction helps their vacation time take on an even greater significance.

Many of our guests get precious little time for vacations, and it’s a challenge to pack as much value into these special little pockets of time they carve out. Just getting away is a huge part of the equation, but a vacation is a bit like a good recipe. If you don’t use the right ingredients, you can get an outcome that just isn’t as good as you were expecting. It’s always fun to anticipate your vacation, and our luxury accommodations help your experience match your expectations. And then some.

0616170875These vacation rentals are chosen for their luxury, and you’ll notice that from the moment you walk through the door. It’s a great way to enhance your time away by enjoying the sort of luxury homes, cabins, and estates that have long been the sort of destinations only enjoyed by the very rich.  Some of our homes have even appeared in movies and TV like this one and this one in Big Bear. And a famous collection of Orange County wives spend some time at our Nuevo Vallarta destination as well. If you like the idea of adding that wonderful touch of luxury to your next getaway, we’re here to help you make that happen.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 1: We’re not a Hotel

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of spending some time in one of our vacation rental properties, we’re pretty sure you’ll start nodding your head in agreement with us here in a moment. For those of you who have yet to experience that pleasure, we’re going to take some time over the next few weeks to feature some of the reasons our guests choose to stay with us.

A Brief History of Human Vacations

Humans have been taking vacations for about as long as we’ve been around. Somewhere long ago a cave dweller told his buddy, “Kreb, you go hunt and gather for me today. I’m going to stay home with the wife and do macrame. I’ll hunt for you next week.” And so it began: The eons-old yearning for a bit of relaxation and quality time with the family.

Region capture 68Over time, we became more sophisticated and learned to make our vacations a real event. We’d travel to exotic locations and stay in tall buildings full of strangers who make noise in the hallway outside our room at 3AM. We called these buildings “hotels,” and for a long time, there were few other options available for travelers.

But one day an enterprising young couple decided to turn the travel industry on its head by offering top-quality luxury cabins, estates, and condos for vacation lodging. Five Star Vacation Rentals was born, and since then hundreds of thousands of fun and luxurious nights have been spent in our properties.   Families discovered the delight of eating their own fresh-cooked meals from a gourmet kitchen instead of stale chips and soda from a vending machine down the hall. One of the primary reasons to choose Five Star Vacation Rentals is that we’re not a hotel.

Region capture 69Hotels are fine for lots of travel, but if you want a truly memorable getaway, you’re going to need to bring home something other than a couple tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Bring home some memories of feeling pampered. Take with you stories of that night you and the kids jumped into your cabin’s hot tub and told scary stories late into the night. Snap a quick picture of the kids as they quietly sleep in front of the gently crackling fireplace of your vacation rental home. Never forget that moment you’re enjoying the sunset view off your deck and you look into your sweetheart’s eyes and tell her it’s been the best 10 or 20 or 50 years of your life Region capture 70since you two were married.  And enjoy creating all these memories without the intrusion of a noisy neighbor, pounding footsteps from the room above you, and having the only people in the hallway be the ones you brought with you.

Most families get precious little vacation time, so we’re dedicated to making sure your time away is special. You’ll enjoy luxury at a level usually extended only to a very few. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

 

Hurry. There’s Snow in Big Bear

SnowBoarderWe see it just about every year. March rolls around, and we start seeing the snowpack in Big Bear fade away. We also start getting calls from people who delayed their ski trips. Sadly, some delay too long, and another year goes by without some quality time racing down the slopes. You can be sure this doesn’t happen to you if you’ll just take a few minutes now to carve out your slice of winter in Big Bear.

We’re already seeing an increase in our snow bookings. And with the arrival of big new storms during the past weeks, we’re sure to see the trend increase. In case you’ve forgotten all the snow fun that awaits, let’s take a moment to review:

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are southern California’s premiere downhill ski destinations. The storms this season have contributed to conditions that many only dream about. A huge base helps keep the runs pristine longer. Temps are dropping below freezing most nights, so the massive snow making machines are supplementing the slopes with fresh powder most nights. It’s a great time to visit.

While we’re often inclined to enjoy winter in Big Bear from the comforting warmth of a hot tub or by the crackling fireplace in one of our luxurious vacation rentals, there are some additional fun things to do in Big Bear.

Big Bear Snow Play offers downhill inner tubing with a delightful twist. They have a “magic carpet” that takes you effortlessly from the bottom of the run back to the top. It’s a great feature. It’s pretty much all play and no work. Enjoy a thrilling ride down one of southern California’s longest downhill inner tube runs, and then relax on the magic carpet ride back up the hill to do it again. Sign us up!

Big Bear Alpine Slide is another favorite. Experience the fun of a luge run down the hill. You’ll navigate one of the twisting banked concrete runs in your sled as you race to the finish. This could be how future Olympians are born.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

Have You Booked Your Big Bear Ski Getaway Yet?

SkierThat muffled sound of delight you hear is the gleeful anticipation of avid skiers reading the Big Bear snow report. New snow has fallen, and there’s a great layer of fresh powder just waiting for your skis to meet it. The weather is cooperating with us well, and the conditions may be at their peak for the season. This is a great time to plan your Big Bear ski getaway.

If you can get time off work, weekdays are your best option. We usually have more properties available for your Five Star Vacation Rental during the week, and the slopes are a bit less crowded as well. But both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are well prepared for your visit regardless of when you can getaway.

If skiing is your passion, we’re here to help you enjoy it even more. There’s really nothing that tops a great day of skiing like relaxing in the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and you’ll have the perfect way to relax and work out any soreness from your time on the slopes.

FriendsOnPorchIt’s also a great opportunity to put together a quick getaway for your extended family, church group, or a group of coworkers. Many of our properties can accommodate a dozen or more guests, so with almost no advance planning, you can all head up the mountain and enjoy a memorable time on the slopes, and some great time together in front of the fireplace or relaxing in the hot tub.

Be sure to check the road conditions in advance, and make plans if chains are required. There are a few ways to get up the mountain, and you can use this link to check road conditions:

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

New Year’s Resolutions

We’re a week into the new year, and we’re already starting to formulate plans to drop, ignore, and deny the more stringent resolutions we made with such earnest devotion this time last week. But we’re not worried about it.  There’s always next year.

There are, however, a handful of resolutions that we will continue to hold close, and we’re recommending that you do likewise.  Here goes:

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceSpend more time enjoying your family. This one is the easiest. Work is important; hobbies are important, but nothing is more important than family. With our simple online booking and calendars, you can decide at a moment’s notice to plan a getaway. Browse our properties, see what dates are available, get pricing, and even pay online. You can gather the family around your laptop after dinner and before Wheel of Fortune is over you can plan out your entire getaway.

Celebrate important moments in your life. This is a really fun one and probably too attractive to qualify for an actual resolution. But we’ll include it anyway. In the year ahead your family will see weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and holidays. We always have some sort of celebration to mark these events, and few things will create a fonder memory than spending your special event in a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental.  And with us you can plan big. We have several properties that are adjacent to each other accommodating up to 26 guests.

Romantic couple relaxing with eyes shut in jacuzziJust plan some down time. There’s no escaping it. Life can be stressful. There are few things that can ease your stress quicker than soaking in the luxury of a Five Star Vacation rental. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and you can literally soak away your stress. Dry off, and get comfy in front of the fireplace for the therapy to continue.  Each of our properties has a full kitchen, so you can stock up on all your comfort foods to round out the experience. Get caught up on your sleep, recharge your batteries, shut off your phone, and enjoy some real relaxation.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

New Years in Big Bear

We know you’re still rushing around getting ready for Christmas, but you may want to take a moment out and think about making this New Year’s celebration one that you’ll remember for a long time.

Big Bear has always been a popular destination for New Year’s revelers. There’s usually a good amount of snow for the skiers and downhill sledding fans. Most of the major attractions in Big Bear are a short drive from many of our cabins, so you can enjoy a nice meal in the Village, and head back to your luxury vacation rental to watch the ball drop on Times Square.  Here are a few more advantages to consider.

Laughing and celebrating the new years eveHave a safe, fun place for your party.

Your Five Star Vacation Rental is the perfect destination for your group or multiple family New Year’s celebration. We have properties big enough to handle most groups. Some of our cabins sleep up to 15 guests. And with your rental, you have the peace of mind knowing that all your guests can enjoy themselves without worrying about going out on the road to get home. They can just wander down the hall and sleep safely and comfortably in your Big Bear vacation rental.

Arrive early or stay late to enjoy more of Big Bear

Laughing and celebrating the new years eveWinter is a magical time in Big Bear, and you can enhance your New Year’s celebration by including some time to enjoy the local scene. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have some of the best skiing around, and there are also plenty of downhill sites to have fun with your sled or inner tube. Just adding a couple extra days for quiet time in front of the fireplace or in the hot tub can greatly increase the enjoyment of your stay us.  Make time for an evening in Big Bear Village to include a great meal at one of the restaurants and a leisurely stroll among the fun shops. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or some quality family time, your time away should be as relaxing as it possibly can be, and this is sure to help.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

 

December in Big Bear

December is always a magical time in Big Bear. We expect to see some snow, but its been cold enough that Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have both been making snow, so the skiers have good machine groomed conditions.  There’s also plenty to keep you busy off the slopes as well.

Fans of live theater will want to get tickets to the final weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” It closes this weekend, so be sure to check if tickets are still available. Call the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at (909) 866-4970.

Christmas in Big Bear Village a real wonderland. Santa and Mrs. Claus can be found here each weekend through December 24th, so bring the kids and their lists down for Santa to review. Village merchants get in the spirit as well with lots of colorful decorations and some great ideas for gifts and unique creations by local artisans.

baldeagleWhile Big Bear’s population tends to swell during the winter, it’s also a favorite cold-weather destination for bald eagles. This creates a unique opportunity for volunteers to join with the Forest Service to conduct the annual Bald Eagle count. Volunteers are needed to help count the majestic birds who arrive in Big Bear each year. The Forest Service will provide a brief orientation and point you to a vantage point to watch for these amazing birds. Get more details at this link: http://mountainsfoundation.org/events/2016/11/21/bald-eagle-celebration

2nd_annual_messiah_flyer_logoWe can think of no better way to get into the true spirit of Christmas than to participate in the 2nd annual Messiah singalong at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center. This is a time to join hands and hearts and rejoice over the real meaning of the season. And sing along with a great orchestra and choir in the process.  It’s certain to be an absolutely heavenly experience.  There are two performances on December 17th at 2pm and 7pm. Seating is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at this link.

While we love spending time each December in Big Bear, we have some other great destinations to choose from as well. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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.

It’s Freezing in Big Bear. You Know What That Means?

We’ve had a real cold snap in Big Bear. It’s been below freezing every night, and the distant whooshing sound you hear is the snow machines working on that base every night. Yes, it’s time to pull out your skis and book your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Middle Aged Couple On Ski Holiday In MountainsBig Bear is a year-round destination, but winter is when the fun gets hip deep. Literally.  And we’re just one short week away from the start of ski season. There’s no better way to work off your Thanksgiving dinner than spending Friday on the slopes. You’ll have to hurry, though. Last we checked, we only had a couple of vacation rental cabins in Big Bear still available for the holiday weekend. You can search for available properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals

If you’re not able to join us over the holiday weekend, this is a great time to nail down your plans and book your ski getaway in Big Bear for another time. Winter is always a busy season for us because of the popularity of the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. And many of our properties are located very close with some close enough that you can walk to the slopes. Can you imagine that? Roll out of bed in your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, have a great breakfast in your cabin’s gourmet kitchen, then grab your skis and walk to the slopes. It just doesn’t get much better than this.

Woman relaxing in the jacuzzi taking a bath
Woman relaxing in the jacuzzi taking a bath

If you’re a bit sore after spending the day on the slopes, you’ll find most of our properties have hot tubs to make for a perfectly relaxing evening afterward. Top that off with some relaxation in front of the fireplace with our friends and family, and you’ll soon see why the toughest part of any Five Star Vacation Rental getaway is that morning you need to pack up and return home. But don’t despair.  The snow will continue to fall, the hot tubs will continue to greet you at the end of the day, and you’re welcome to return as often as you like. The luxury of your Big Bear vacation rental will be ready whenever you want to return.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link. In the mood for a getaway elsewhere? We’ve got some other great destinations too. We also maintain 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 will ensure that you 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.

More November Fun in Big Bear

If you haven’t yet planned your November getaway to Big Bear, now is a great time.  November is beautiful in Big Bear, and it marks the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving in Big Bear will be a wonderful experience for the entire family.  If you hurry, you may still be able to book one of our luxury Big Bear Vacation Rentals and have it be the destination for the entire extended family this year. Many of our properties sleep a dozen guests, so you can get comfy beds for everybody. Search our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.

Thanksgiving weekend offers some great fun. As we mentioned in last week’s blog, Thanksgiving morning you can pay ahead for your afternoon feast with the annual Turkey Trot. This zany run is a combination costume contest and walk/trot/run for the whole family. The winner gets … you guessed it … a free turkey dinner. Details and registration info at this link:  http://bigbearturkeytrot.com/

Want something to do Thanksgiving morning requiring a wee bit less exertion? Gather the family and head down to Pine Knot Marina to take the leisurely 90 minute Big Bear Lake tour on Miss Liberty, the beautiful 64′ paddle wheeler. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you ride this fully-equipped vessel.  It’s a fun and informative adventure that is narrated with interesting local history and an occasional celebrity sighting.  Get more details on their website: http://pineknotmarina.com/activities/lake-tours/

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off the annual Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts created by local artisans. There are over 50 booths, and you’re sure to find the exact right gift for everybody on your gift list including Uncle Henry. And we all know how hard he is to buy for.

region-capture-23Continuing weekends through November are performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” There’s an amazing pool of local talent that puts together this show, and it’s certain to be a fun adventure for your whole family.  Get more details and purchase tickets at this link: http://www.bigbeartheater.org/

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link. In the mood for a holiday elsewhere? We’ve got some other great destinations too. We also maintain 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 will ensure that you 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.