Planning a Last Minute Getaway? We Can Help

Keep Calm Poster with CrownSome of us thrive on the adrenaline of last-minute changes and working out things right before it’s too late. We’re the ones that regularly pulled all nighters in school, and regularly had moments of reckoning where we would seem to run out of time, energy, and inspiration at the most inopportune moments. We’re also the ones that may be seen planning a last minute getaway. Well, relax. Five Star Vacation Rentals is ready to help you get this done.

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re entering into one of our busiest times of year. Lots of our guests enjoy spending the holidays in a larger, more luxurious home with room for all the assembled friends and relatives to comfortably spend the time together.  We are single-handedly working to remove lumpy roll away beds and old leaky air mattresses from as many homes as we possibly can. It’s a big job, and we need your help.

Woman Hiding Under CoversEven if you waited till the last moment to realize, “Hey, we can actually find a luxury vacation rental from Five Star and avoid covering our living room with mattresses and cranky relatives,” our staff is available to help you locate a perfect option. We’ll take your desired dates, size of your group combined wit any specific details and help you create a getaway for everybody that will have them thinking you’ve been planning this for months.

But the best part of your experience with a Five Star Vacation Rentals getaway is the fun and relaxation you’ll enjoy during your stay.  We work hard to make sure every night spent in one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals is one you’ll want to do over and over again. We select only the finest properties to join our family of cabins, estates and condos. We keep our properties well maintained, and have a staff of tradesman on call for any last-minute fixes that may occur.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been helping create amazing getaways and vacations in luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. 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.

 

A Special Thanksgiving in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of year. For many of us it’s a time devoted to gathering as many family and friends together to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.  It’s a perfect time to gather the family and escape to a Five Star Vacation Rental for some very good reasons.

Many of us have childhood memories of being shuffled off to various sofas and spare rooms to make room for visiting relatives. This usually meant long waits for overworked bathrooms and eating in shifts to accommodate the extra guests. The stories are often fond memories, but there are better ways to make lasting memories. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got some great options to keep your extended family and friends feeling pampered while you all enjoy spending time together over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

We’re still about a month out from Thanksgiving, and most of our properties are already booked. But as we write this, there are still several great options that can prove to be a great gathering place for your family over this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.

While people around the country are pulling out their winter clothes, how about treating your family to a long weekend with your own indoor heated pool and spa? It sounds almost decadent, but it’s certain to be a Thanksgiving that everybody in your group will remember with a smile. Our Cabin #12 has 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths and room for 16 guests. The kids will love the bunk beds. The kitchen has big windows that look out to the indoor pool, so you can keep an eye on the kids while you prepare the Thanksgiving feast. Hurry, because this one won’t last. Book online and view more photos and details at this link.

Our Cabin #32 also has room for 16 guests with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has dual master suites, so it’s a great choice for multiple families or to pamper grandma and grandpa during their visit. Its kitchen is perfect for preparing your Thanksgiving feast, and you’ll all enjoy the many luxury touches with the beamed cathedral ceilings and subdued lighting. Built to enhance your relaxation, we’re confident this luxury cabin will be a perfect place for your family to gather on Thanksgiving. Hurry to book this now at this link. If this one is already taken, you can search for others at this link.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re interested in spending Thanksgiving 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.

 

 

Do You Have a Five Star Vacation Rentals Property?

Kevin and Maria Cobb
Kevin and Maria Cobb

When Kevin and Maria Cobb first turned a handful of their personal investment properties into Five Star Vacation Rentals nearly two decades ago, they could hardly have imagined their company would grow to include over 50 luxury properties spread from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, to Park City, Utah.  But with thousands of satisfied guests enjoying tens of thousands of nights each year, the business has become an amazing achievement. And it’s something we hope to keep expanding with more top quality luxury homes, cabins and condos.

There are several key elements to our success. Finding and representing the best quality properties is certainly central, but our marketing and ongoing maintenance are nearly as important. We are specifically interested in adding new properties in our core areas of Big Bear and La Quinta in California. As a part of the Five Star family, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits.

Smart Targeted Marketing

We invest heavily in Google Adwords and PPC services to make sure we keep our properties in front of those looking for a vacation getaway. If you’ve tried to market your property on your own, you may be aware of the tremendous challenge and expense this creates. We combine this with smart Search Engine Optimization and social media interaction to keep guests informed of our options.

Five Star Vacation Rentals Simplified Reservations and Online Interactions

Five Star Vacation Rentals CalendarGetting our properties in front of interested guests is only a portion of our efforts. We’ve also invested in a sophisticated real-time online calendar and booking system that makes our family of properties available for rent 24/7. Guests can book their stay easily online or with one of our custom apps for Apple and Android devices.

We combine our online presence with unmatched telephone support, and you’ll realize some great benefits with your FiveStar Vacation Rental. Our phone agents are trained to provide top notch customer service and find a great fit for each guest. We keep our staff trained in a friendly sales approach that makes guests feel welcome while encouraging them to make that reservation.

Maintaining the Best Properties

We keep your investment in top notch condition, so you can be sure to get the maximum income. Our guests expect their stay to be seamless, and we deliver that. In the rare case where an issue arises during a guest’s stay, we have maintenance staff on call to quickly resolve virtually any issue that may arise.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  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.

 

Planning a Getaway for a Large Group With Five Star Vacation Rentals

If you’ve ever been tasked with planning a getaway for a large group, you’re likely very aware of some of the severe challenges involved. Most groups have specific needs that you need to factor in, and these often make the search more difficult. You’re going to want to locate accommodations that will have your group staying near each other. Reserving several rooms at a hotel may still see your group spread across different floors or buildings. Some in your group may be traveling with kids, and that creates another challenge. And when it comes to meals, the planning escalates trying to arrange for everyone to meet up and plan transportation to nearby restaurants. It can be a real nightmare.

Choosing a luxury property from Five Star Vacation Rentals can resolve many of these issues. We can certainly save you quite a bit of stress, and we may even save you some money over the cost involved in reserving rooms for a large group. Here are a few good examples for your next getaway for a family reunion, church or work group:

Cabin29Our Cabin #29  Chalet Summit is ideally suited for large groups up to 16 with 9 bedrooms and 9.5 baths. 8 of the bedrooms are master suites with their own private baths, so you can see how this will be perfect for multiple families to share. It’s only 2 blocks from Snow Summit, so during ski season this can be an economical way for your ski group to share expenses and enjoy some amazing luxury in the process.

Cabin23If you have an even larger group up to 26, our Cabin #23 is actually three cabins side-by-side with 10 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. This group of cabins offers a great option for larger groups, since you’ll also enjoy 3 kitchens and 3 entirely separate living areas. Family reunions and groups with lots of kids will really enjoy this one. Set the kids up in one of the cabins and just rotate adults in and out to keep an eye on them while the rest of you can enjoy some relaxing time together.

Cabin11aYour large group of up to 28 should also consider another pair of our adjacent cabins we list as Cabin #11 and is actually our adjacent Cabin 15 and Cabin 20. These are both impressive properties, and you’ll be delighted with you stay here. You’ll have a total of 11 bedrooms with 7.5 baths combined. And you’ll also have the added benefit of two entirely separate living areas and kitchens, so it’s easier to split cooking duties or set the kids up in one cabin and let the adults enjoy some quality time together during your stay.

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.  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.

 

On the Water Vacation Rentals in Big Bear

There are lots of great reasons our guests choose to relax in Big Bear with one of our luxury vacation rentals. The setting in Big Bear is one of the most beautiful locations anywhere for a vacation. With its pristine forest, bountiful wildlife, and world-class skiing, there is a nearly endless array of reasons for choosing to vacation here. In this weeks’ blog, we’re going to highlight one of the best reasons: You can relax with a vacation rental right on the water in Big Bear.

There’s something magical about the water. We all seem drawn to it. The biggest population centers in our country almost all within a short drive of large bodies of water or oceans. And in Big Bear, some of our most popular vacation rentals are located right on the water. Our Cabin #5, Lake Front Dream Cabin is a prime example. Imagine waking up on your first morning here and from the warmth and comfort of your bed, just look out through the wall of windows to Big Bear Lake just beyond your balcony. You can enjoy breakfast on the deck with the lake just beyond, and the hot tub is also on the back deck, so you can relax anytime in the warm waters there while enjoying the view of the lake. Book this online at this link where you’ll also find more photos and details.

Gather together your group of up to 12 people and prepare yourselves for a lake side getaway you’ll all enjoy. Our Cabin #23, Stunning Boulder Cove Estate is truly stunning. Nestled among the boulders on the lake shore, this cabin has 4 bedrooms with 5.5 baths and two full master suites. The furnishings are chosen with an eye toward elegant country cabin living with lots of custom woodwork and leather for your comfort. You’ll enjoy your own private beach and panoramic views of  the lake. The home is stunning in winter with the snow accenting the rocks, and during the rest of year, you can enjoy your morning coffee while you stroll down your private beach. It’s a relaxing time you’ll want to repeat over and over again. This link has more photos and videos, and you can book online here 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.

 

 

More Big Bear Vacation Rental Choices

There are so many things about Big Bear that make it an ideal destination, and we’re pleased that our luxury vacation rental properties have become another great reason to visit for our guests. We’re pleased that you can enjoy the natural beauty of the forest, lake, hiking trails, and wildlife from the luxury and comfort of a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate. Here are a couple more good reasons to stay with us in Big Bear.

If you have a large group looking for the perfect choice in Big Bear, our Cabin #4, Grand 8 Bedroom Castle Glen Estate may just be a perfect choice. As its name denotes, this rambling 6700 square foot estate has 8 bedrooms. Combine this with its 7 bathrooms, a theater room, huge spa and soaring 35 foot ceilings, and you’ll wish you never had to leave. There’s  plenty of room for up to 16 guests to relax in this luxury, and there’s a lot to keep you busy with a game room including a pool table and poker table.  You can book this one directly on our website at this link where you’ll also find more photos and details.

You want to experience some real luxury? How about put a private indoor pool on your list.  That’s what you’ll find with our Cabin #12, Beautiful Lakeside Retreat. Of course, as with most of our properties, you will face some hard choices: When you’re not swimming in your private pool, will you play a game of pool, ping pong, or watch an old movie on the 50″ TV? These are the sorts of hard decisions we should face every day, and you will have the fun of choosing when your party of up to 16 guests settles in for your relaxing time in this luxury Big Bear vacation rental.

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 next 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  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Spotlight on Big Bear Vacation Rental Choices

Big Bear is our most popular destination. It has great activities for every season, and it’s in one of the most beautiful locations you can imagine. During the spring, summer, and fall you can enjoy great fishing, boating and watersports on the lake, while the winter sees world-class skiing at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

Each of our properties in Big Bear is selected because they offer a level of comfort and luxury above that which is found in most vacation rentals. We are selective, so our guests can have the confidence that their stay with us in a Five Star Vacation Rental will be one they’ll remember fondly and want to repeat frequently.

We’re going to take some time in our blog to highlight some of the great properties that you can choose from in your next stay in Big Bear.

2066620959Our Cabin #8, Estate by the Lake is one the most luxurious and magnificent properties you’re likely to find in all of Big Bear. It’s signature room is the massive dining room with custom made acorn chandeliers hanging far overhead. It has room for 16 guests and this grand custom dining table has room to fit all of them in a single seating.  It’s massive floor plan stretches out over 7000 square feet with plenty of outside deck space as well. Five of the bedrooms are master suites, and there are two handicap-accessible rooms on the ground floor. You can book this online or get more photos and details at this link.

The usual first reaction to our Cabin #2, Luxurious Castle Glen Estate is simply, “wow!” Its 5200 square foot  floor plan includes 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and plenty of room for 16 people to enjoy its luxury. You’ll delight at the unique shapes and angles built into this custom home and the views out of the panoramic windows will enhance your enjoyment. It’s built to easily accommodate large groups and multiple families, so you can plan a reunion, office retreat, or church getaway confident that you’ll all have plenty of room to relax and spend time together.

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.

More Big Bear Fun For Your August Vacation

August has a lot of great events happening in Big Bear, so this is a great time to plan your next family vacation or getaway.  We covered a few in last week’s blog, and we’re going to pile on even more this week. Seriously, you should just stop what you’re doing and book one of our Big Bear vacation rentals in August. Your family will thank you.

Ongoing events during the month include the The Renaissance Faire starting on August 5th, a packed calendar full of cycling events culminating in the Tour de Big Bear, and the 28th annual Antique Car Club Fun Run on August 11th.

The Miss Liberty paddle wheel tour boat continues to offer dinner cruises on August 4th and 18th. You’ll enjoy a gourmet buffet and enjoy your meal on fine china and linens. There’s a no host bar, and live music provided by the Liberty Ramblers, a traditional New Orleans Jazz band. Seating is reserved, and this is a hugely popular event, so be sure to book in advance.  Visit the Pine Knot Marina website for more details.

scooping chocolate ice cream close up shotOn August 19th you can combine two of life’s great passions: Spending time with exotic animals and eating some amazing ice cream. Yes, it’s time again for the annual Big Bear Alpine Zoo Ice Cream Safari. This event starts at 11am and goes till 2pm or when the ice cream runs out. Five ice cream stations are set up throughout the zoo, so you can enjoy a yummy cool treat as you learn more about the zoo’s residents. There’s a $5.00 extra charge for the safari in addition to the usual zoo admission.  Visit their website for more details.

Kodiak Kids Trail Runs are scheduled for August. These events are a great chance for kids to take part in the different races and compete with other kids their own age. For more details and to RSVP, visit their website.

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 12.02.48 PMThe Big Bear Community Arts Theater Society is presenting “Steel Magnolias” the weekends of 8/25-8/27 and 9/1-9/3. This classic play follows the plot many of us fell in love with as the film with the all star cast including Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacClaine, and others. It’s a funny and frequently challenging story about the bond between a group of women as they navigate the perilous waters of relationships and life in general. For more details or to purchase your tickets in advance, visit their website.

As you can see, August is a month packed with great events to enhance your stay in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.  Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

August in Big Bear

Summer is well under way, and we hope you’ve already made your plans to getaway for a much deserved vacation or weekend in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. August is one of our favorite months, and there’s plenty of fun scheduled to keep the family happy.  Here’s a sample of the fun you can look forward to during your stay with us:

The Renaissance Faire makes its 16th annual appearance starting on August 5th and continuing every weekend for the entire month. If you’ve never been to this event, you’re in for a real treat. Each weekend carries a different theme ranging from pirates to purple, and fairies to steampunk. The food is amazing, and it’s only place we know of where you can get juicy turkey legs the size of your head. You’ll delight with the sights and smells that surround you as costumed participants stroll amid the many vendors and food booths. There will be magic, sword swallowing, jousting and dancing. It’s everything you’d hoped your college experience would be without the exams.  See more event details and purchase tickets in advance at this link: https://www.bbvrsinc.org

Cycling raceAugust is also a big cycling month in Big Bear. The Big Bear Cycling Association has rides scheduled continuously throughout the month. Rides are available for all experience levels and ages. The 8th annual Tour de Big Bear is scheduled for August 5th as part of the Big Bear Cycling Festival starting July 29th. This event offers several different distances, so riders of varying skill can choose the one that best fits their abilities. Choose from the namesake Tour de Big Bear with its 25 mile distance and 1368′ climb to the most difficult being the HC Gran Fondo covering 125 miles and a 12,000′ climb. There are 50, 70, and 107 mile courses to choose from as well. See more detailed descriptions and registration info at this link.  The scenery and cool mountain air are just a couple reasons why this has been voted as Southern California’s Favorite Ride.

classic retro vintage blue carAugust 11th welcomes the 28th Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run in the Village. This three-day event is one of the biggest of its kind, and 500 cars are expected to participate. This is always a hit with car buffs. There is no admission charge to view these beautifully restored and preserved cars. There’s a small fee if you want to display your car, and this helps fund local Big Bear charities. You may want to join the crowd lining the streets when they embark on the “Cruise Around the Lake.”

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy an August getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

Spotlight on La Quinta Vacation Rentals, Part 2

In our blog last week we took you on a tour of some of our amazing vacation rental properties in La Quinta.  We finishing up this week with a closer look at the rest of our getaway opportunities there.

Next up, we’re looking at PGA104. This is a 4000 square foot estate that will have you enjoying the view while you relax in the luxury. It has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with room for 12 guests. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, and there’s a separate casita with its own bedroom and bath. This combination makes this a great choice for larger groups or a family gathering with the added privacy. You’ll enjoy the view of the mountains across the 16th fairway as you relax in the pool and spa. The gourmet kitchen will inspire you to create something amazing for meals with your assembled guests. View more photos and details at this link.

The approach to PGA 105 has the luxurious feel of an mansion tucked away in the Hollywood Hills. Its ornate glass and wrought iron front door yields to a custom travertine flooring that will delight your eyes. The estate stretches over 4400 square feet. Each of its 4 bedrooms is a master suite, so this one will also be a great choice for larger groups or a family get together.  If you’ve never enjoyed the refreshing difference offered by a salt water pool, you’ll be sure to enjoy this estate. The lot is elevated and overlooks fairways number #5 and #6 of the private Weiskopf golf course. Follow this link for more photos and details.

If you’re already having a hard time deciding on which of our amazing La Quinta properties to choose, let’s complicate things by taking a closer look at PGA 106. This estate has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths spread out over a 4300 square foot floor plan with a separate casita. The pool and spa out back overlook the amazing views of golf course and mountains beyond. The outdoor glass fire pit is a great place to relax and roast marshmallows with the kids after you enjoy a meal prepared in the gourmet kitchen. The master suite is breathtaking with its luxurious ensuite and walk-in closet. Whether you’re looking for a fun golf getaway or just some time to relax while surrounded with luxury and great views, this is a good choice.  See more photos and details at this link.

Be sure to check back again next week as we complete our tour of our La Quinta properties. Check out all our La Quinta vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and Big Bear. 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.