Enjoy a Desert Getaway This Winter

The Big Bear ski season is in full swing, and we’re running near capacity most weekends. We’ve still got lots of availability during the week, however, and that’s a great option for people who can arrange their schedules around it. The slopes are definitely less crowded, and many of our properties have lower weekday rates. Check out our Big Bear properties at this link.

But if your family is in the mood for something completely different, we recommend you take a look at our amazing La Quinta vacation rentals in the desert near Palm Springs. The desert is perfectly delightful this time of year, and the golfing is great. Take a look at a couple of our luxury options for your enjoyment:

PGA107Our PGA107 is a great example of the type of quality and luxury we have available. This one always reminds us of a Hollywood mansion from the 1940’s. It has soaring open beam ceilings and arched doorways over custom flooring. The salt water pool and spa are perched overlooking a water feature on the Greg Norman course. It has a private upstairs bedroom with its own private deck for quiet mornings or evenings relaxing in the sun. The floor plan is spread out over 4600 square feet with room for 12 guests in its 5 bedroom 5.5  baths. Add in the chef’s kitchen with granite counters, and you’ll soon see why this one is so popular. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

PGA102The view will keep you captivated at PGA102. Its southern exposure stretches across the Greg Norman course to the stunning Santa Rosa mountains beyond. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. You’ll enjoy cool evenings in relaxing in the pool and spa as you watch the colors of the sunset play across the sky. The private casita makes this one perfect for larger groups or multiple families to share. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

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

It’s Ski Season in Big Bear

We love the snow, and we’re glad to see it finally arrive. If you haven’t already booked your ski getaway, now is the time. Dust off those skis and hurry to place your reservation in one of our luxury cabins before they’re all booked up.

Winter in Big Bear is a wonderful time. In addition to skiing, there are lots of other great activities off the slopes. 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 way to enjoy a downhill run without working up a sweat to do it all over again. 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!

Snow PlayBig 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. Treat yourself and your family to an Olympic experience with high banked turns and long straightaways to gain speed. The sleds are individually controlled and run an a combination of teflon pads and wheels. Riders have full control over the speed with fully functioning brakes for the faint of heart.

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.

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year Everyone!The glow from Christmas is still around, and many of us are enjoying our last few days with distant relatives. We’re a few days away from New Year, and it’s a time many of us start to think about how we hope to see the new year unfold. We may make resolutions, and many of them are important. Get in shape, spend more time with family, read more, learn a new language, and so on. It’s also a time we reflect on the past year and how far we’ve come.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingAt Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re constantly trying  to make sure every guest has a vacation experience that’s better than any they’ve had before. We select our properties carefully to find ones that embody a luxurious pampered feeling and give our guests a time they can be transported to a type of experience that many people only dream of. In this past year we’ve had the honor to help families plan weddings, honeymoons, vacations, retirements, and reunions. We’ve seen office outings and church retreats. And in each of these we’ve seen groups of people enjoying the company of their family and friends with the experience enhanced by the luxury of one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals.

We hope you’ll keep us in mind as you embark on your New Year’s plans. Big Bear’s slopes are open now with lots of fresh snow. Make sure this year you dust off those skis early and head on up the mountain. Before you know it, the kids will be starting their spring breaks, and you’ll be looking for something fun for the family to do.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins and estates at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan your perfect ski 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.

Big Bear Ski Season Is Open

Big Bear ValleyThere are six words that many of our guest spend months waiting to hear: “Big Bear ski season is open.” And we’re glad to confirm it’s true. We’ve been getting a good supply of fresh snow on top of groomed slopes, and we’re looking at some great conditions. This means it’s a great time to plan your ski getaway to Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Skiing in Big Bear offers something for every skill level, and there’s really no better way to plan your getaway than with a Five Star Vacation Rental as your home base during your stay. Those first couple of days back on the slopes can be a bit strenuous, so be sure to choose one of our properties with a hot tub. It’s a great picture, isn’t it? Spend the day having fun on the slopes, and follow it up with an evening relaxing in the comfort an privacy of your hot tub.

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowAnd the Five Star experience is so much better than other options. Some of our properties are within walking distance to the slopes, and all of them offer a level of comfort and privacy you simply cannot duplicate with most other options. Imagine avoiding crowded lobbies and parking lots. You’ll have your own private parking, and many of our properties have garages to park in at night. And we all know that a full day on the slopes can be both fun and tiring. How much better will you sleep in your own private luxury cabin compared to a room in a crowded hotel with a loud hallway just outside your door? We think you’ll find it an entirely different experience, and one that will make your enjoyment of your ski outing even more special.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan your perfect ski 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 Choices For Your Christmas in Big Bear

With Thanksgiving behind us, many families are starting to make plans for their family get together for Christmas. We’re usually booked solid, so we wanted to give our blog readers a heads up on some of the properties that are still available for your Christmas in Big Bear. Here are a few of the choices you have as of this moment. This selection will be changing as more bookings come in.

Cabin 6 Talmadge LodgeCabin #6, Talmadge Lodge is a great choice. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and room for 16 guests. This is a 3 story estate with views of the lake and mountains. It’s a short walk to both the lake and village making it a great choice for your family’s Christmas gathering. Spend evenings relaxing in the spa, playing pool, or having a family foosball tournament. It boasts a true chef’s kitchen with double ovens and granite counters. Book online at this link.

Cabin 10 Bald EagleCabin #10, Bald Eagle Lodge is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin spread out over 3300 square feet with room for 14 guests. You’ll enjoy the lake views, and will find lots of great family fun with the pool table and spa. It’s in a great location where you can walk to the lake or enjoy a short drive to either of Big Bear’s ski slopes, and a snow play area is just a mile away. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

Cabin 16 Beautiful Lakeside RetreatCabin #12, Beautiful Lakeside Retreat is a great choice for families that want to stay active during their stay. With its year-round indoor swimming pool, this can be an amazing time for your family. Imagine a chilly December morning starting the day with a brisk swim in your pool, and follow up with some time on the slopes. Where else can you do that? There’s room for 16 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Check out more info at and book online at this link.

You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.

 

 

Christmas and New Years in Big Bear

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerThanksgiving is less than a week away, but we want to give all our blog followers a head start on their Christmas and New Year’s in Big Bear plans. This is always our busiest season, and we’re often completely booked weeks in advance. More than half our properties are already booked, so this is a great time to make your reservation.

Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. When the weather cooperates, it can be a winter wonderland. And even if there’s no snow, it still has the pristine beauty of the forest, lake, and mountain views. There’s a peacefulness and calm you’ll find on the mountain that is nearly impossible to duplicate in the crowds and streets around Southern California. This Christmas can be a true respite and a time to carve out some relaxing family time without the distractions that surround you at home. And if we get snow, it can also be a great chance to have some fun on the slopes with your extended family.

Man trying to sleep on couchIt’s always great to see the relatives, but the logistics of housing them all can be a challenge. Many of us grew up on homes that either served as the holiday destination for far-flung family members or a convenient nearby stop with an extra bedroom or couch to house the relatives. This year can be very different, and a real treat for everyone. Instead of making arrangements for relatives to sleep in questionable comfort at a variety of different locations, you can choose a luxury vacation rental with enough beds and space for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. Under one roof. It’s a real game changer.

Holiday mornings become an entirely different experience with your Five Star Vacation Rental. Rather than waiting for everyone to arrive from their various destinations, you can all just walk down the hall and meet in the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee while you take everyone’s breakfast orders. The kitchen is outfitted with all you need to create an amazing omelette for everyone’s needs. It’s relaxing, it’s a great time to bond with family, and it can really be a time you wouldn’t have unless you were all under the same roof together.

Family celebrating new yearNew Year’s Eve in a Five Star Vacation Rental is a great experience, and it’s another time we’re usually booked solid. The annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade is a visual delight as over 100 skiers and snowboarders will make their way down the slope with torches illuminating the way. And one of our luxury cabins is a perfect way to assemble a group of family and friends to celebrate the New Year safely. You can all gather around the fireplace and count down to the New Year, and travel no farther than your bedroom down the hall to call it a night. It’s a fun, safe way to celebrate the occasion.

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.

November Night Life In Big Bear

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to catching up with family and friends visiting from out of town. It can be a perfect time to book your Big Bear getaway, so you can add a more relaxing atmosphere to your time together. We recommend you check out the November night life in Big Bear during your stay.

Our reservations typically spike this time of year as many families start making their holiday plans. We’re often completely booked for the holidays, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead. And as part of those plans, we’re taking a look in this week’s blog at some of the nightlife you can enjoy with your guests while you’re spending time in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins or estates in Big Bear.

In addition to spending the actual holidays with your family, your time in Big Bear can include some great nighttime experiences as well. Here’s a sampling:

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.01.46 PMMusic lovers will enjoy their November nightlife in Big Bear with a visit to The Cave. This has emerged as Big Bear’s premiere live music venue, and they’ve got a full lineup for November. They’re kicking things off on November 2nd with the Monsters of Metal Night. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Maiden USA, Mr Crowley, Big City Nights and Dirty Deeds. The metal fest continues the following night on the 3rd with LA heavy metal standards by Dokken. Head over to The Cave on 9th for the “Big Bear Mini-Fest.” fundraiser for Big Bear High School Art Club in coordination with Bear Valley Go For the Arts! Music will be provided by Low Lake Mountain Fire, Quint & Loneship. Lorrie Morgan is launching her fist solo album in 5 years and will be appearing on the 16th. “Led Zepagain” Tribute to Led Zeppelin appears on the 17th. The
“Cash’d Out” Johnny Cash Tribute lands on the 24th. Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas, and they’ll be wrapping up November’s lineup on the 30th.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.00.14 PMTheater fans will want to plan for performances of “Little Women” and “Wait Until Dark” at the Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets online for these local productions that will be sure to keep you spellbound. For more details check out their website here.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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 holiday vacation or getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Plan Your Holiday Getaway Early

We know it’s still early, but our holiday bookings tend to fill up pretty fast. So this is your early reminder that the holidays are on the way, and there’s no time like the present to make your plans.

Thanksgiving in Big BearThe holidays are our favorite time of year. Families gather with loved ones often coming in from distant places to celebrate together. And we consider it a privilege to help many families find a great solution to keep all their loved ones together in a luxury vacation rental. Big Bear is a favorite destination for many family holidays, and we have properties there that can accommodate groups of 20 or more with adjacent cabins. And when the weather cooperates, it can be an amazingly beautiful time as well with snow on the ground.

Most of our properties boast full chef’s kitchens, so you can get your family’s best cooks to work on creating a feast everyone will enjoy. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are some great options for dining out for your family feast.

Nottinghams is a Big Bear staple. They have been serving Big Bear residents and visitors for decades. They offer Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts that are sure to keep everyone in your party glowing and satisfied. Reservations are a must. Visit their website for more details. You can book your reservation up to 30 days in advance.

The Peppercorn Grille is another Big Bear favorite. It has a menu ranging from sea food to pizza, sandwiches, and pasta. They’re open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve this year. You’ll need reservations. Visit their website at this link.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerWhichever option you choose, your family will enjoy the benefits of staying together rather than having different family members spread out across several different locations or hotels. It can be a real delight to have everyone share a relaxing breakfast together without first having to make arrangements for transportation. The holidays really should be a time spent enjoying your family rather than working out the logistics of collecting them all in one place. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you’ll have that part of your holiday taken care of.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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.

Plan Your August Big Bear Getaway

Big Bear’s event calendar is full of great things to keep your entire family occupied and smiling during August. And all of these events will be even more enjoyable when you retreat to the comfort of your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental at the end of each full day’s activities. Here is a sampling of the activities you can enjoy during your August stay in Big Bear.

Big Bear Cycling FestivalAugust opens with the continuation of Big Bear Cycling Festival. The festival opens on July 28th and continues through August 5th. This is the only week-long cycling festival in the United States, and it’s an experience that offers events geared for all ages and skill levels. The 8th annual Tour de Big Bear is part of the activities and it takes place on Saturday, August 4th. This has been voted as “Southern California’s Favorite Ride.” This 25 mile ride circles the beauty of Big Bear Lake, and keeps you immersed in the San Bernardino National Forest with a total climb of about 1300 feet that include views of the San Gorgonio mountains.  Experienced riders may want to choose “The Climb” and embark on this challenging 107 mile route with its 9000 foot climb. Other events during the week cater to more casual riders and there’s rides planned just for the kids as well. Check out all the events and register online at www.BigBearCyclingFestival.com.

Telescope watching the wilky wayStar gazers will want to take advantage of Big Bear’s unique night sky at First Friday Under the Stars at Bear Valley Farms on the evening of August 3rd. This is a great opportunity to experience the night sky in a way most city-dwellers never enjoy. Local astronomers will talk about the stars and share their telescopes with attendees. Pack some blankets and chairs, and get ready for a fun and informative evening under the amazing night sky in Big Bear.

Screen Shot 2018-07-03 at 11.48.53 AMSnow Summit is offering outdoor Movies in the Meadow this summer with family-friendly movies offered for free. You can enjoy screening of “WALL-E” on Saturday August 4th and “A Wrinkle In Time” on Saturday August 11th. Load up the kids and bring some blankets and folding chairs for a relaxing evening on the meadow at the base of Snow Summit. These screenings are a popular event in Big Bear, so you’ll want to plan to arrive early to stake out a good spot. Visit their website for more information on the movies and schedule.

And the Renaissance Faire continues weekends through August 12th. Get dressed up, or just come as you are. Themed weekends this year include Fantasy Weekend July 21-22. July 28-29 is Pirates Weekend, and  August 4th and 5th is Steampunk Weekend. The fun closes out on August 11th and 12th with Royal Weekend. This annual event is one of the best Big Bear offers, and one that many of our guests keep coming back for every year. Visit the faire’s website for more details and to purchase tickets.

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.

 

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.