More July Fun in Big Bear

July is a big month for fun activities in Big Bear. We covered a few events in last week’s blog, and here are some more to keep you busy during your stay in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Ted Nugent fans will want to make an early reservation for his appearance at The Cave in Big Bear on July 3rd. His unique style of shredding has won him fans all over the world, but for just this one night, he’ll be playing for the local crowd in Big Bear. Tickets and information at this link: http://thecavebigbear.com/Shows-Tickets/ted-nugent/

There’s lots to do before the fireworks on July 4th as well. Come out for the Farmers Market & Old Fashioned Country Fair at the Convention Center. There will be contests and games for all ages, a variety of vendors and live music. Get directions to the Convention Center here.

Cropped Biker in ForestCyclists will love all of the organized rides coming up in July. Through the summer, the Big Bear Cycling Association has events planned for most days and weekends. The rides are free and cater to different skill levels. Get more details on their website at http://bigbearcycling.com/calendar/ 

On July 14th and 21st The Miss Liberty paddlewheel boat is offering a wonderful evening out on the lake with fine dining and live jazz featuring Mike Cross and the Real Jazz Trio. They’re offering a gourmet buffet, homemade dessert, and a no-host bar. This sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy a fun evening on the lake with some great music, great food, and the enchantment of the Miss Liberty paddlewheeler as your host. Call 909-866-5400 or 909-866-6129 for reservations and more details.

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.

Make This Father’s Day Extraordinary

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and this presents an opportunity to show dad exactly how much you appreciate all he’s done for you. Make sure he knows you remember all those awkward calls you made in your youth when you were a bit short of rent money, needed help buying your books for school, or found yourself stranded with a broken down car in need of a quick rescue. For all these reasons and a thousand more, you can make this year the one he remembers for a lifetime.

Five Star Vacation Rentals has a number of great choices that can meet and exceed whatever activities dad likes best. If he’s a golfer, we have some great luxury villas right on the fairway in La Quinta. We just added a few truly spectacular properties that will have dad’s eyes getting wide as he smiles looking out over the beautiful green expanse just waiting for him and his clubs. Check out all of our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

Is dad more of a laidback-relax-on-the-beach kind of guy? How about setting him up with a relaxing stay at our Villa la Estancia resort in Nuevo Vallarta?   This high rise vacation spot is right on the beach and offers a complete resort experience with a swim-up bar and just a momentary walk to the adjacent beach. There’s golfing nearby as well as lots of great shopping and local cuisine in Puerto Vallarta. If dad wants to try his hand at some serious fishing, there’s marlin and tuna charters leaving regularly out of the Puerto Vallarta marina. Check out more photos and details at this link.

Of course, Big Bear is our most popular destination, and there’s always something for dad to enjoy here. Big Bear Lake has some great fishing and water sports. Rent a boat for the afternoon, and do some fishing or just drift around enjoying the sound of the water gently lapping at the boat while you all enjoy a picnic on the water or quietly relax with a good book in the cool breeze over the lake. Later, you can treat dad to some steaks prepared just the way he likes them in the gourmet kitchen of your Five Star Vacation Rental. The entire family will enjoy the benefits of celebrating dad, but make sure you go all out to give him the special time he deserves. This link has our Big Bear vacation rentals.

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time to make a special getaway just for Dad.  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.

More Big Bear Fun in May

May is a great time to visit Big Bear. In our last blog we detailed some great reasons to plan your Five Star Vacation Rental getaway for May. But May is a big month for things to do in Big Bear, so we’re exploring a few more events this week.

Anglers will rejoice at the opportunities that await them in Big Bear during May. In addition to the usual great fishing on the lake, the lake will be specially stocked for the Hall Family May Trout Classic on May 20th and 21st.  There are $8000 in prizes slated to be awarded and Bass Pro Shops is donating a new kayak as well. The entry fee is $75, and kids 16 and under can fish for free. Proceeds will go to keep trophy-sized fish stocked in Big Bear Lake. It’s a great chance to enjoy a couple of good fishing days, catch some big fish, and maybe win some prizes too.  You can download the entry form at this link.

On May 20th Big Bear is kicking off its first annual PubFest. This is a great way to sample the wide range of beverages and foods available in The Village. You’ll get a 5 oz. souvenir tasting glass to sample some diverse drinks and craft beers along the way, and many locations will be offering complimentary appetizers as well.  It’s almost a movable feast. You can get more info and register online here.

Region capture 41The Western Mountain Steam Festival lands with its unique blend of great food, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, artwork, and Steampunk items on May 28th and 29th at Pederson’s Mill in Fawnskin. Organizers are expecting to see a diverse crowd of cowboys, time travelers, pirates, entertainers and more. If you’ve ever wanted to delve deeper into the creative world of Steampunk, this is your chance to dive into this amazing alternate history launched from the bygone days of steam power.

Region capture 42May also sees some of our favorite cover bands arriving. “Queen Nation’s” version of Queen will be at The Cave on May 13th at 6:30pm. “Wild Child” will have you singing your heart out to all your old favorite Door’s hits when they land at The Cave on May 6th. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit The Cave’s website: http://thecavebigbear.com/

View 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.

May in Big Bear Vacation Rentals

May is just over the horizon, and this is a great time to start planning a family getaway to Big Bear. In many areas school is near recess, and the entire family could use a nice relaxing getaway to celebrate. Here are a few upcoming May events that might help motivate you.

Region capture 36Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you in Big Bear and support a great cause on May 6th. The annual Walk MS is a fundraiser to support research working to end Multiple Sclerosis.  You can register online now to start building a support team at this link.  The walk starts and ends at the head of the Alpine Pedal Path next to North Shore Elementary School.  Registration opens at 8:30am.

Region capture 37If you’re a budding gourmet, the Tuesday Farmer’s Market is one stop you’ll want to include during your visit. Our Five Star Vacation Rental homes all have full kitchens, and most are equipped to meet the needs of even the most experienced chefs. Gather some locally-grown ingredients at the Farmer’s Market, and you’re well on your way to a great meal cooked in the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen.  The Farmer’s Market runs every Tuesday until September from 8:30am to 1pm at the Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

watching wildlifeBirdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will want to plan their visit around the International Bird Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center on May 13th. This free event features an informative talk about local birds and those just passing through. There’s a nature walk crafts, and kids get to build their own birdhouse.  The event runs from 10am to 2pm.  Visit their website for more details.

Region capture 34May also sees the arrival of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California Individual Time Trial. The weekend is packed with lots of great events, and your enjoyment of this event can only be enhanced by taking it all in from the home base of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.  Plan your arrival for Thursday, May 18th and you’ll enjoy some great pre events and meet other cyclists and some of the celebrity guest cyclists.

May typically has great weather in Big Bear, and is a great time for relaxing hiking or biking. 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.

Imagine Kicking Up Your Feet In These Big Bear Vacation Rentals

Spring is here, and with it our thoughts turn to springish things like stopping and smelling roses, taking a walk in a beautiful forest, and finding some time to do these things.

Well, we can’t offer too much help with locating the time for some fun, but we certainly can offer some great motivation for you to do so. With this week’s blog, we’re going to take a look at a few of our stellar properties just waiting to host your next getaway and provide you with a fond memory of a truly luxurious, relaxing time away.

3923190729We’ll start with our Cabin #23, Monterey Lodge. This luxury cabin is located in the Moonridge area of Big Bear. It’s got 2200 square feet filled with custom furnishings and amazing design elements. There’s plenty of room for your party of up to 10 guests to enjoy this vacation rental. Take advantage of the nearby hiking, and you’ll be happy to end the day in one of the jetted bathtubs in each of the bathrooms. View more photos and book online at this link:  http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-23-monterey-lodge/1990-95385

Next up we’ll take a closer look at our E332B188-155D-0010-070BC481AB280239-beer loop2Cabin #27, Bear Loop in Big Bear. You’ll have a wonderful time with your family as you settle into the 4 bedrooms and 4 baths offered by this luxury big bear vacation rental. With room for up to 16 guests, this one is ideal for larger families or multiple families to share.  The sweeping lake views from the wall of windows in its great room are simply breathtaking. Get all the details, more photos, and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-27-bear-loop-in-big-bear/1990-107861

1982530703Our Cabin #31 offers panoramic lake views that will keep you enchanted for hours just absorbing the beauty of one of Big Bear’s most enchanting features.  Our Stunning Boulder Cove Estate features 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with room for 12 guests.  With 2 master suites, this one also provides a great opportunity for a larger group or two families to share. The gourmet kitchen with granite counters is sure to please the chef in your party and offer a great opportunity to enjoy some wonderful fresh-cooked meals.  Take a look at more photos and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-31-stunning-boulder-cove-estate/1990-95409

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy a 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

A Brief History of Human Vacations

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

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

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

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

Most families get precious little vacation time, so we’re dedicated to making sure your time away is special. You’ll enjoy luxury at a level usually extended only to a very few. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

Celebrate Your Events With Us

We’re right in the middle of ski season, and our Big Bear cabins are filled with lots of avid downhill fans. It’s a great time. The Big Bear area is beautiful in all seasons, but especially so in winter. But sooner than we’d like, the snow will melt, and we’ll see folks planning getaways for different reasons.

Each year we all have special moments we set aside for extra attention. Some are common with most of us like a birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon. But there are lots of other occasions that are great to mark with a special getaway.

Happy large family with children in autumn parkFamily reunions are great and can be even better if you can get the entire group together without having to resort to the impersonal experience of a hotel. We have several properties located adjacent to each other creating a comfy getaway for up to 28 guests. There’s just no comparison to the safety and relaxation you can enjoy having your family stay in a private luxury cabin. There are no strangers walking down the hallways, and no concerns about parking or finding a common meeting place. Pick the best chef among your group, and put them to work in the gourmet kitchen you’ll find in most of our cabins.  You can entirely skip the restaurant experience where you coordinate rides, times, and meeting places.  Just pull on your slippers and shuffle out to the kitchen to greet the rest of your family.

Vintage portrait of a young hipster couple posing  in wedding suite and dress at sunset in the forestBig Bear is also a great choice for your wedding. There are a number of beautiful venues in Big Bear for your nuptials. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can invite your entire bridal party to be there for all the fun and last-minute scurrying leading up to the big day. The time can be that much more special when you’re enjoying creating a new family while relaxing with your extended family in the luxury of one or more of our Big Bear vacation rentals.

There are so many other life events that can be made even more special with a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. Celebrate adopting your new child, landing that big job, getting your book published, the day you met your sweetheart, or your retirement. We’re here to help you find the perfect destination to match your occasion and the number of guests you’ll have.

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah From All of Us at Five Star Vacation Rentals

christmaswrappingWe sincerely hope you and your family are finding time to enjoy the holidays. We know it can be a rushed time of year, but trust you’re going to get some relaxing time with those you love.

This time of year is always busy for us. Christmas and New Year’s are big dates for planning a getaway, and with snow on the ground, our avid skiers are lining up to get some time on the slopes.  We do still have a couple of properties available for the holidays, so if you hurry, you may be able to plan an amazing last-minute getaway for Christmas or New Year’s.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerRegardless of where you spend it, we sincerely hope you and your family have a great holiday. We’ll be gathering with our loved ones, and getting caught up on the best memories of the past year. We have much to be thankful for, and our wonderful guests are among them.  We truly thank you for allowing us to be a part of your weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and birthdays. We share your excitement for these big life events, and get a special thrill working with you to make them even more memorable. We’re eager to see what events we’ll be a part of with you in the year ahead.

Though we typically get completely booked for Christmas and New Years, you can still 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.

Point Those Skis Downhill, but Which Hill?

Ski season is upon us, an we’re getting calls from increasing numbers of downhill fans. It’s a fun time of the year, and we hope this is a long season. One of the great things about this time of year is the many choices you have to pursue your ski passion. We’re pleased to have some of the most luxurious destinations to make your time off the slopes almost as fun as your time on them. Here are a few great options we have.

skiingBig Bear is our most popular ski destination.  The great thing about skiing in Big Bear is how convenient it is to get to the slopes. Many of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins are within walking distance of the slopes, and all the rest are a short drive away.  Choose one of our luxury Big Bear cabins, and you’ll have a struggle each day to leave the luxury of your cabin for the thrill of the slopes. Book a couple extra days, so you can get a full measure of enjoyment from both. View our Big Bear cabins and book online at this link.

If you’re a Mammoth Mountain fan, we’ve got a couple of great options. We have two adjacent condos at Juniper Springs Lodge that provide a great home base for some serious skiing. This is a true ski-in/ski-out destination, and the ski lift is right outside your door.

Park City consistently rates as one of the top 10 ski resorts in North America, and we’ve got a great way for you to enjoy your stay there even more. We have a slope side condo located at the base of Park City Mountain next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts. Located in the Snow Flower resort, this has some great amenities to enjoy off the slopes as well. One of the most popular is the heated pool kept at a toasty warmth year round.

Whichever one of our destinations you choose, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, condo, or estate is going to be a luxuriously relaxing part of your next ski getaway.

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.