Plan a Great July 4th in Big Bear

BigBearFireworksThe 4th of July is always a pretty big deal around here. Many families kick off their summer vacations with this holiday, and those heading to Big Bear for the holiday always enjoy a special treat. The fireworks display is the largest one in all of Southern California. The fireworks are fired from a barge on Big Bear Lake, and visible from many shoreside properties and parks, but are even more spectacular from a boat on the lake. It’s a truly memorable event, and one that many families repeat every year.

The fourth falls in the middle of the week this year, so it’s a great opportunity for many families to plan a vacation to include the weekends before and after. And there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay for the full week. Here’s a sample of the events that week:

July starts with a full slate of cycling events sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association. The events continue all month long with rides scheduled for all age and skill levels. Biking in Big Bear is a wonderful adventure with many rides taking advantaAnd if you arrive without a bike, you’ve got some great options to rent them in Big Bear. Visit www.bigbearcycling.com for more information on upcoming events.

NugentAtTheCaveRock and roll fans have a special treat on July 2 when Ted Nugent appears at The Cave. He’s sold over 40 million albums, performed a staggering 6500 live shows, and is world renown for his guitar shredding. This is a unique opportunity for Southern California fans to enjoy his unique brand of music in The Cave’s intimate setting. Get more details, view all upcoming shows, and purchase tickets at The Cave’s website.

Marathon running race, fun run, people feet on roadHead over to Meadow Park on the morning of fourth for the 1st Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run. Kick off the holiday with a fun run at Meadow Park, a great place on the lake to reserve your spot for the evening fireworks!
It’s a fun event for the entire family. Kids (and strollers!) welcomed with 3 distances – 5K, 10K, 15K. Wear something wacky, and you may win the costume contest as well. Head over to www.runbigbear.com for more details and preregistration.

The Convention Center will be hosting a July 4th Independence Day Fair. You’ll enjoy fun games, old fashion contests, vendor booths, and some great food as well.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillAnd if you don’t feel like cooking up your own feast, head over to the Marian Resort on Big Bear Blvd for the Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth Of July BBQ. This is also a great spot to view the fireworks. They’ll have booths set up with games, live music, and lots of other fun activities. Be sure to pack your lawn chairs and some blankets, so you can enjoy the fireworks in comfort later. Get more info on ticket prices and activities at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your spring vacation or getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Give Dad a Great Day With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Father help son to ride bicycle in summer park. Back viewThrough the years he’s been there as your emergency banker, reliable defender, and biggest cheerleader. He’s loved you through thick and thin, and you can probably trace some of your greatest triumphs to his help and support. We’re a couple weeks away from Father’s Day, and you may still be stumped in your pursuit of something special for dad this year. Well, be stumped no more. We’ve got a great idea and some great activities to make sure dad knows just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you over the years.

We still have a handful of luxury vacation rentals available for the Father’s Day weekend, and that’s a perfect starting point for your celebration of dad’s day. Gathering the family together under one roof in Big Bear is an event that many families try to repeat every year. And with some of our larger Big Bear cabins, you can include all the grandads and extended family in your plans.  Pick out some of dad’s favorite movies to watch, and let the kids handle the barbecue duties for a change.  Make sure to choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, so dad can relax after dinner in the soothing warmth of the heated water.

middle-aged man with three sons holding fishing rods smiling (portrait)There’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay when you’re not relaxing in your Five Star Vacation Rental. Check out our collection of great Big Bear June events in our earlier blogs at this link and this one. There’s really something for pretty much every dad. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, cycling, dancing, or a night of live music at one of Big Bear’s popular venues, dad will come away from the experience realizing how much you appreciate him.  And everyone in your group will share the luxury and pampered feelings that come with your time in a Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s the best sort of win-win we can imagine.

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 special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Make This Summer Vacation One To Remember

Every year most families talk about making big plans for their summer vacations. These discussions often start far in advance. Some families get busy over the summer and let the time slip away. They’re often the ones that vow to start planning earlier next year. Other families have a great summer vacation, and want to duplicate the experience the following year. Whether your family falls into one of those camps or somewhere in between, Five Star Vacation Rentals will help you make this summer vacation one to remember.

Happy family sitting in the carSeveral years ago the new term “staycation” entered our lexicon and was used to describe something we’ve been doing for years. Essentially, it’s taking a vacation, but not getting very far from home while doing it. It’s a great idea and one that can help planning and budgeting much simpler. There’s no need for passports, plane tickets, or special transportation. Just pile into the family car and within a few hours your vacation is starting. For our Southern California neighbors, the perfect destination for your staycation is Big Bear.

2girlspaddlingBig Bear is our most popular destination year round. It offers some of the most beautiful pristine forest and mountains you can find anywhere in California. It also has a thriving community with fishing, water sports, great shops, lots of performance venues with live music, and a very active cycling community. Take a look at some of our recent blogs highlighting the fun things you can do here and here.  And our collection of luxury estates, and cabins in Big Bear will keep your feeling pampered during your stay with us. Many of our cabins feature forest and mountain views, hot tubs, and a level of luxury that’s hard to find. View all of our Big Bear properties at this link. You can see photos, amenities and book your stay online.

VLEbeachViewIf you’re in the mood for a more exotic getaway, June can be a great time to visit our beachside resort at Nuevo Vallarta. Summer weather can be very romantic with frequent thunder storms. Many of our off-season guests enjoy the dramatic views out over the ocean as storms roll in and out. There are still many sunny days, but the mix of weather can be very refreshing. And with the beach just a few moments away from your room, it’s easy to catch some quality time laying in the sand on the days the sun is out.  It’s a quick flight out of LAX to Puerto Vallarta, where a quick cab ride gets you to the resort. View our Nuevo Vallarta beach condos at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your summer 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.

Looking For a Fun Getaway?

If you’re looking to put together a fun getaway, we’ve got some great ideas for you. Whether it’s for a quick weekend retreat or a full week of fun and relaxation, we’ve got some options that will make your time away simply amazing. Check out these amazing properties that as we write this are available for your stay during the first week of April.

Cabin3Cabin #3 is our “Five Star Snow Summit.” This full log cabin has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 9 guests. It’s located just a short distance from The Village, with all the shopping and great restaurants there. Your adventure here begins with our pair of whimsical carved bears greeting you on the deck as you first arrive. The experience grows as you enter and are surrounded by the exposed timbers and mountain decor. Choose your relaxation from a game of pool, a warm dip in the bubbling spa, or just relaxing by the river rock fireplace. Your time here will fun and memorable. Book online or get more details at this link.

Cabin23aWant to enjoy some amazing luxury with panoramic views overlooking Big Bear Lake? Our Cabin #23 “Stunning Boulder Cove Estate” is a perfect option. With its 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, there’s room for 12 guests in amazing luxury. Two of the bedrooms are master suites, so it’s a great option for multiple families. Enjoy some time walking along your own private lakeside cove, or assemble on the deck for a family meal overlooking the lake and rock outcroppings. The views are just amazing, and the hardest part of your stay will be when you need to leave this beautiful luxury property. This link has more photos and details. Click through for online booking as well.

Cabin46aIf you’re a fan of fine craftsmanship, you’re going to love your time in our Cabin #46, “High Timber Log Estate.” This is a hand-built Canadian full log home that will take your breath away. The massive timbers are just amazing, and you’ll appreciate the attention to detail. The great room boasts a towering floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and there’s a huge deck out offering tree top views. There’s room for 16 guests in its 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, so you’ll enjoy plenty of privacy for multiple families or larger groups. There’s a fun treehouse out back that’s sure to delight the kids. You can book online or view more photos and details at this link.

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 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Enjoy March in Big Bear

March in Big BearAre you ready to take the plunge and enjoy March in Big Bear? We’re talking about an actual plunge. Big Bear’s annual Polar Plunge is scheduled for March 3rd, and it’s a great time for you to demonstrate your bravery for all to see. Yes, you can have some fun, freeze your, um, fajitas, and support Inland Empire Special Olympics at the same time. For those of you sane enough to actually refuse to enter the frigid waters of Big Bear Lake, there’s plenty of fun stuff and ways to support the cause without ever entering the water. Count us in as part of the latter.  The Plunge takes place at Veteran’s Park, 40870 Big Bear Blvd. Registration starts at 10am.

If you want to avoid the crowds on the morning of the Polar Plunge, The Cave is also hosting a pre-registration party the night before on March 2nd. It will feature live music and a meet-and-greet with local Special Olympics athletes.  The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive, and the fun starts at 6pm.

Snowboarder in halfpipeIf you’re sad that the Winter Olympics are ending, there’s still some great half pipe action to enjoy. On March 4th the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association is hosting their half pipe competition at Bear Mountain. This is the training ground for future Olympians, and a great chance to see some of the most talented half pipe skiers around. The event starts at 10am at Bear Mountain. Registration starts at 8:30am and the event begins at 9:30am. Visit their website at this link for more details.

The Bald Eagle Celebration continues on March 10th with volunteer spotters helping provide the annual count followed by an informative presentation on these majestic birds and their long history in the Big Bear region. Those wanting to participate in the count should arrive at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am. The bald eagle presentation takes place at 10am. Contact the Big Bear Discovery Center for more details.

So, are you ready to take the plunge? 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 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.  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.

 

 

Some Great New Year’s Resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals

Young people enjoying new years eve with fireworksUshering in the first day of a new year is magical. Though part of our brain recognizes it’s really just another day, we endow it with almost magical forces that excite our thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts. That’s always a good thing. There’s no need to be stuck in a rut or resign ourselves to an existence we’d really rather see improve. Look beyond, and see opportunities and new experiences you can embrace in the new year. And that’s one thing we can help with by offering some great New Year’s resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Couple relaxing with glass of wine at fireplaceVacation time is one of those things that often resets with the arrival of the new year.  And vacation time is important. By now we’ve all become familiar with the studies that show vacations actually improve your productivity at work. It turns out that keeping your shoulder to the wheel for too long is bad for both your shoulder and the wheel. You need some time away to relax and recharge your batteries.  Our relationships can be strengthened with some time away together as well. With this in mind, our humble suggestion is that start making plans for your getaway to a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, La Quinta, or Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FirePlanning your next getaway with us is sure to add more fun and relaxation to your time. You can leave behind the search for a hotel, and trade up for the luxury of a condo, cabin or estate designed to make you and your guests feel pampered. It’s a great choice. You’ll have your own kitchen, everybody gets their own private room, and you won’t have to share your hallway with strangers coming and going at all hours. It’s an entirely different experience and one you’ll want to repeat.

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 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.

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.

Holidays in Big Bear With Five Star Vacation Rentals

We’re just a few weeks away from Christmas, and we can feel the excitement starting to build. Lights are going up, Christmas trees are spotted tied to car rooftops and twinkling in windows around town. Even the chillier evenings are welcome as they become part of the season. It’s a perfect time to enhance these wonderful feeling by planning a family getaway to Big Bear in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Whether you’re planning an intimate Christmas for your immediate family or a larger event with relatives arriving from distant locations, Five Star has a property that will provide a great solution. But this is our busy season, so be sure to plan you getaway as quickly as you can. Christmas in Big Bear is magical, and your family will be glad you chose to spend it here.

In addition to your time in our luxury Big Bear vacation rental, there are some great winter activities to keep the entire family busy while you’re with us.

FamilySkiingThe ski slopes are open, and this is the most popular activity in Big Bear. We have many guests that guests returning year after year to enjoy the holidays and skiing in Big Bear. There are few things better than waking up in the luxury surroundings of your Five Star Vacation Rental, spend the day on the slopes, and then retreat back to the comfort of your vacation home. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and you can soothe away any aches or pains from the slopes. It’s a perfect combination.

Load up the kids every Friday and Saturday night through Christmas for an old fashioned hay ride. The fun starts 4pm and the last ride is in by 8pm. Head over to Bear Valley Farms at 1601 E Big Bear Blvd to buy tickets.

Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve, bring the kids to visit Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Christmas Tree Lot in Big Bear Village. You’ll all delight in the fun and sparkling eyes of the jolly old elf. Be sure you stay off the naughty list!

nutcracker-2017The Moonridge School of Dance is presenting The Nutcracker ballet at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center on December 16th and 17th. This holiday favorite is a great way to keep the holiday spirit glowing with your entire family. Tickets are available at the box office, or visit their website for more details: https://bigbearlakearts.org/

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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.