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.

 

November Events in Big Bear

November is a fun month in Big Bear, and there are plenty of reasons to plan a getaway for the family.  Here are just a few highlights.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens on November 18th and has performances weekends through December 2. This is the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber musical that has become one of the most popular plays in the history of theater. It’s a fun event for the entire family during your stay with us in Big Bear.  Purchase your tickets in advance or get more details at this link: http://www.bigbeartheater.org

Thanksgiving is an amazing family experience when you spend it in a luxury vacation rental in Big Bear. We still have a good selection of luxury vacation rentals available for the long Thanksgiving weekend, but we usually sell out, so book yours while you can.

thanksgivingturkeyYou have a few great options for enjoying your family meal on Thanksgiving.  Several local markets offer a full turkey or ham dinner with all the fixins if you just want to relax and enjoy your time away. If you’re bringing the family gourmet along for your stay, all of our cabins have full kitchens, so you can cook right at your vacation home to combine those yummy aromas with your family and friends. There are also some restaurants that stay open each year offering both traditional turkey fare and a good selection of other cuisines.  Whichever one you choose, you’ll have the backdrop of your Five Star Vacation Rental to enjoy the meal with your loved ones as you relax and watch some parades and football.

If you want to work off some of those calories in advance, the 4th annual Big Bear Turkey Trot takes off at 9AM Thanksgiving morning. It’s a crazy event where you can run from 3-9 miles, dress like a turkey, and work up a real appetite for your feast a bit later on. There is a registration fee for this, and you can get more info on their website: http://bigbearturkeytrot.com/ .

Be sure to check back next week, when we’ll cover more fun things to do in Big Bear during November.  You can view all of our Big Bear properties and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals

We also have some other great opportunities for relaxation at our other destinations as well. 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.

 

Thanksgiving in Big Bear

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Are you having the family over for Thanksgiving?  It’s a holiday tradition for many families to have a big dinner hosted for the extended family and friends for Thanksgiving. It can also be a time when relatives from the far flung corners of the country gather to enjoy one another’s company, get caught up on things, and enjoy a time to be thankful over a great meal.

One challenge that faces many families at these events is finding enough space for all the visiting relatives.  It can be logistical nightmare, and too often ends with a couple of uncles and cousins stretching out on hideaway beds or taking over the living room sofas for extra sleeping space.  Maybe you’re thinking of turning one of the kid’s rooms into something resembling the barracks at an army base with a couple rows of bunk beds crammed into the space.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerAnd while the challenge of finding sleeping accommodations for a large group can be difficult, that’s just the beginning. When morning arrives, you can never have enough bathrooms.  It’s one thing to lay out some extra mattresses for sleeping, but how do you add a couple more bathrooms to meet the needs of your guests?

And for those of you who choose to put the relatives up at local hotels or motels, your trouble just gets shifted from finding enough beds to finding enough cars to collect them all and get them together for the family events.

Well, you don’t have to worry about it. At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got all the beds and bathrooms your family needs. Imagine making this the year where you don’t tear apart the entire house to make room for the guests, but instead choose of of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals for Thanksgiving with the family.  Now you can choose how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, and you’ll all enjoy the amazing luxury that’s found in each of our Big Bear vacation rentals.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceImagine waking up Thanksgiving morning with everybody well rested, and nobody sleeping on the floor. You can choose the best cook in your group and prepare the turkey while the rest gather around the TV to watch parades and football. It can be a time of family togetherness and relaxation for everybody, and a logistical nightmare for nobody. Doesn’t that sound better?

You can view all of our Big Bear luxury vacation rentals at this link.  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 Thanksgiving in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Oktoberfest in Big Bear

October is just around the corner, and with that the holiday season will be in full swing. You don’t have to be a Halloween enthusiast to fully appreciate everything this month has to offer. The onset of fall, the arrival of pumpkin spice, and the cooler weather are all reasons to celebrate and take a break from your usual routine.

What’s the best way to do so? A vacation, of course! You need not venture abroad or across the country to find relaxation, luxury, and quality time with your family.  A world-class vacation spot with accommodations that are just as nice can be found in nearby Big Bear.

There’s plenty to get excited about this October in Big Bear. Fishing enthusiasts can get in on trout season and enter the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest. It’ll be held on the first of the month, starting at a bright and early 6:30 AM. Attendees will gather at Big Bear Marina at 500 Paine Rd. for the fishing and festivities.

Another tradition, the 46th Annual Oktoberfest, will grace the streets of Big Bear. Adults can enjoy craft beers while kiddos can take part in activities and games. The whole family is sure to have a blast. It, too, will be held at the beginning of the month on the 1st and 2nd at the Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

October is the perfect time for a quick getaway before the hustle and bustle of the holidays really begins. Whether you’re considering a solo trip or a family vacation, nothing will make it unforgettable like booking luxurious lodgings. Five Star Vacation Rental maintains a number of accommodations in Big Bear, including vacation homes that are complete with a gourmet kitchen, dining room, HDTV with cable, and many other luxury features like pool tables and spas. Check out all our luxury Big Bear cabins and estates at this link.

There are plenty of other places to enjoy the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental in October, 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.

Quality Family Time in Big Bear Before the Holidays

Chances are you’re not giving much thought to the holidays yet. That’s probably for the best. Fall is just around the corner, and the weather is still as warm as ever.

But this is a perfect time to give the family something fun to look forward to this winter. If you fast forward a few months, you’ll be in the middle of holiday shopping, finals at school, and all the pressures that come with those things. The kids will get a break for winter, but the unfortunate truth is that these breaks are rarely much of a break at all. While your kids may enjoy some time off from school, you’re likely to get stuck playing catch up. You can avoid this fate by planning a trip and deliberately scheduling time for family relaxation. What better time to do so than this winter?

Most of southern California won’t get snow and cold weather, but you can travel  to a nearby locale like Big Bear to enter the winter wonderland vacation dreams are made of. This season, you’ll find traditional activities like skiing and snowboarding, but you’ll also find totally unique features such as snowshoe expedition and winter zipline trips.

If theater and events spark your interest, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Big Bear Valley Community Arts Theater Society has a schedule of family-friendly productions they will put on throughout the season. They will be presenting A Christmas Carol in November. Located at 1117 W Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City, CA 92314, you can call 909-585-4757 for more information on tickets and dates.

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo will be getting in on the holiday fun, too, by hosting the Santa Claws event. The whole family can see the exhibit on December 6th, 13th or 20th and get a glimpse of all the other animals in the zoo, too. It is located at 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, and you can call 909-584-1299 for more information.

Why plan a vacation in the middle of the holiday season, though? You’re probably making arrangements for plenty of family time in the coming months, but as you know, planing can often dominate your time and leave less of it for your loved ones. If you feel yourself getting pulled into the tornado of holiday hustle and bustle, that’s a sign it’s the perfect time to get away and focus on what really matters.

Big Bear isn’t the only spot to spend your winter break.  You can also have some fun 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 vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.