Hello Easter, Summer’s on the Way

Easter vacation is already here, and lots of folks are getting their first glimpse of summer on the horizon.  It’s amazing that the year is slipping away so quickly.  This is a great time to start planning your summer getaway to one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Here’s just a sampling of our luxury getaways:

Mighty Bear Manor in Big Bear is a consistent favorite with our guests.  The first thing you’ll notice is the huge carved bear that greets you as you walk up the driveway.  Towering 16 feet tall, this huge creature offers a preview of the grand size you’ll enjoy during your stay.  This cabin has the look and feel of a mountain chalet with amazing attention paid to the best furnishings to make sure you can relax in great luxury.  As you relax, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the slopes and the lake.  The cabin has 7 bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room for your extended family or group up to 16 people.  You’ll be shooting pool, playing ping pong or just relaxing in front of one of the fireplaces.  It’ll be a great time for your entire family.

Sky High Estate is another great cabin in Big Bear.  With 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, there’s plenty of room to spread out for your entire family.  Two of the bedrooms are masters and one has its own fireplace.  Though you’ll enjoy feeling like you’re living in the trees far away from civilization, the cabin as just a few minutes walk from the restaurants and shops in the Village.  You can enjoy hiking right out the backyard, or stay in and play a friendly game of pool.  The views are just amazing throughout the cabin, so you’ll be torn with relaxing and enjoying the view or grabbing your hiking boots to trek out into the trees.  It’s a great dilemma that will have you feeling relaxed whichever you may choose.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll highlight more of our vacation rental cabins, estates and condos.  We’ve got lots of opportunities for you and your family to have a truly amazing vacation this summer.  Take a look at all our Big Bear cabins at this link.  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 Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you make the reservation for your next getaway.

New Studies Shows The Key To Happiness Is In a Five Star Vacation Rental

Well, we may be stretching things a bit, but follow along with us.  You’ll see there’s good reason to believe that true happiness can be found in one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental cabins, estates, and condos.

Researchers at Cornell University and San Francisco State University recently completed studies in which individuals were surveyed about recent purchases and experiences.  The object of the studies was to find the source for the greatest happiness among the study participants.  Would they be most happy by acquiring some new material object, or through some shared experience?   As surprising as it may seem, both studies found that we tend to be happier when we have a shared experience than when we buy something new.  The studies found that the joy of a new material purchase fades fairly quickly and is nearly gone with in a matter of weeks.  On the other hand, the memories of an experience shared with others is far more likely to linger and provide lasting joy for a very long time.  There are a number of reasons for this.

We tend to be more open about sharing details about an experience than we are sharing our feelings about a new purchase.  Many of us feel self-conscious about buying something bigger or better than our friends may have, but experiences are usually more about the emotions and activities involved.  And those are much easier and less threatening for many of us to share.

And this is where we step in and provide a height of joy you’ll be smiling about for years to come.  At Five Star Vacation Rentals we have collected some of the finest memory-producing properties to be found anywhere on Earth.  Maybe other planets too.  Our properties are designed to engulf you in a sense of luxury and relaxation unlike anything you have ever known.  We’ve chosen properties located in some of the most beautiful locations to augment the beauty of our luxury estates and cabins.

To view our Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  We can also help you plan your holiday in one our other destinations as well. Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Top 100 Reasons to Book Your Big Bear Getaway Today

Well, forgive us our short attention span, but we’re going to skip immediately to reason number 98.  The previous 97 were all perfectly sound reasons as well, but . . . do you really need 100 reasons?  And let’s be honest, how many of you would keep reading much beyond the first five or six?

Reason 98:  Valentine’s Day + Skiing

Valentine’s Day is a very popular holiday with our guests.  It’s easy to understand.  If you book the right cabin, you’ll end up with a romantic fireplace, a great forest view, perhaps even a hot tub.  Give your mind a few moments to ponder the possibilities of these ingredients . . .  It’s going to be a weekend you’ll both remember with a sigh and a smile.  Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are both open with great skiing, so you can add this to your great romantic getaway.  It will be one you’re going to want to repeat again next year.  If you book far enough in advance, you can even get the same cabin and start an annual tradition.  A very warm and wonderful tradition.  When you add a few chocolates, some candles, and a nice meal to the equation, we’re pretty sure you’re going to have the romantic time of your life.  And this may be a great opportunity to stretch out your getaway.  Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and the following Monday is the President’s Day holiday. But that pushes us into the next reason.

Reason 99:  President’s Day + Skiing

This year President’s Day falls on Monday, February 17th.  School will be out, and it’s a great chance to get away for some last-minute skiing and downtime with the family.  As we noted in our previous reason, Friday the 14th should be reserved as a romantic evening for you and your sweetheart.  But many of us enjoy our family time, and don’t want to miss an opportunity to get some quality time together.  President’s day weekend is a great opportunity to have some quality family time combined with some great skiing.  Be advised that most of our cabins are already booked for that weekend.  But as we write this, we still have about a dozen cabins available for a Friday night (February 14th) arrival with a Monday morning departure.  It’s a perfect long weekend you can devote to a romantic evening on Friday, followed by family fun for the rest.

Reason 100:  You Need to Give Your Productivity a Boost

It seems counterintuitive, but studies have shown that people who work constantly with very little time devoted to rest actually end up being less productive than their counterparts who take days off and schedule downtime.  But when you think about a bit, it really makes sense.  Even our cars come with a maintenance schedule designed to pull them off the road for brief periods of time to get refreshed and lubricated.  Don’t you really need to be refreshed and lubricated too?  There’s really no better place to get your human oil changed than in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  We’ve been hearing that groan you let out each morning as you pry yourself out of bed, and it’s time you get that noise looked at.  A good weekend away in one of our luxurious cabins is sure to cure you, and put a new spring in your step.  You’ll be good for another 20,000 miles or so.

Feel free to invent your own reasons.  Virtually any good or bad  reason will do.  And whatever reason you choose, you can be assured that we’ll be here ready to welcome you into one of our cozy and luxurious Big Bear Vacation Rentals.  To view our Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  We can also help you plan your holiday in one our other destinations as well. Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury vacation rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let your view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

 

What Do You Have Planned For Valentine’s Day?

We’re still about a month out from Valentine’s Day, so there’s a little bit of time left for you to plan an amazing event for your loved one.  Candy is nice, flowers are fun, a nice dinner is a given, but isn’t it time to show them a real expression of your love?  You should be nodding your head with us right about now.  It’s time to go beyond the usual expectations and plan a Valentine’s Day that will be something you both smile about with fond memories for many years to come.

Big Bear is a perfect place to rekindle the romance in your relationship.  The weather in February is still quite chilly, so you can plan a wonderful romantic evening in front of the fireplace in your luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental cabin.  Choose one of our cabins with a hot tub or Jacuzzi, and you’ll have another wonderful place to relax and enjoy each other’s company as you revel in the romance of the moment.

We recommend you start the evening either at one of Big Bear’s fine restaurants or with a cozy dinner you prepare in the kitchen of your cabin.  Be sure to linger a while over a glass of wine and a great little dessert before you head over to the fireplace or hot tub.  Once there, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the quiet stillness of a Big Bear evening.  You may want to take a stroll through the Village before you head back to the cabin.  Breathe the crisp evening air, and you’ll both delight in the relaxing atmosphere.

While Big Bear is our most popular destination, be sure to check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let you view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick With

Oh sure, we all agree we need to drop that extra weight.  But let’s not waste a perfectly good New Year’s resolution on something as boring as that.  Let’s give wings to our resolutions, so we can embrace them, cherish them, and allow our inner child to jump up and down about them.  Here’s one everybody can get behind: “I’m going to rent a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin in Big Bear and go skiing!”  Now you’re talking our language.

When you get back from the slopes . . .

We’re right in the thick of ski season, and we suggest you don’t delay getting your reservations. Our bookings in Big Bear always run near capacity during the ski season, and every year we have some folks who miss the season entirely because they delay getting their cabin booked with us.  Don’t be that guy.  Resolve today that you’ll allow nothing to stop you from enjoying some of Southern California’s finest skiing followed by relaxing in one of Southern California’s finest cabins.  It’s a combination that is unbeatable and leads to many return trips.  You’ll quickly learn why.  There’s really nothing that compares with soothing some of your tired muscles after a long day on the slopes by soaking in one of our hot tubs.  And when you finally dry off and wander back into the cabin, you’ll be amazed at the great luxury that surrounds you.  You and your guests will enjoy the finest quality lodging available in Big Bear, and then wake refreshed the following morning to do it all again.  It’s a wonderful way to recharge your batteries.  Want to save some money both on your skiing and our cabin? Book your stay during the week.  The slopes are less crowded, and the weekday rates are lower both on our cabins and on the slopes.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you plan a great getaway.

And as if wonderful skiing weren’t enough, Big Bear also has a wide variety of snow play activities to keep you busy off the slopes as well.  Kids and adults alike love the thrill of the downhill runs at Big Bear Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play.  Big Bear Alpine Slide has downhill runs on sleds in tracks that will have you feeling like an Olympic luge champion.  And you can also have some good old bouncing fun on the inner tube slide hills at both locations.  Big Bear Snow Play has a great “Magic Carpet” that whisks you back to the top of the slope after each run in a Plexiglass-enclosed moving sidewalk to protect you from the elements.  Both spots are open for the entire snow season, and offer a great alternative for families with little ones who may not be ready for the slopes, or just in search of a very fun time.  Visit their websites for more info on hours and tickets:  http://alpineslidebigbear.com and http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com

And there’s always fine dining and great shopping available in the Village.  An afternoon stroll through the shops there always includes some delightful gift ideas and usually something that will easily find it’s way into your decor back home.  It’s a great way to spend some time away from the slopes and just relax with the family.

But whatever is involved in your idea of a perfect getaway, we’ve got you covered.  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 Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you make the reservation for your next getaway.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let you view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

Just In Time For the Holidays and Ski Season: Our Newest Five Star Vacation Rental Cabin In Big Bear

We’ve added a new luxury cabin in the exclusive Castle Glen Estates Area. As with all our new arrivals, we’re excited and can’t wait to show this beauty around to all our friends and relatives.  We’re calling this newest addition to our family, Bald Eagle Lodge, and she “weighs in” with 3300 square feet of absolute luxury.  We rushed our photographer over to get some great photos, so be sure to check them out for yourself at this link.

But to tell you a bit more about this stunner:  It’s a newer log home and had 4 bedrooms with 2.5 baths.  The view out the front deck stretches out to the lake, and from the back it’s beautiful forest and mountain sights.  We kept running from one side of the house to the other to try and decide which view we liked best.  We finally collapsed in one of the top grain leather chairs and decided we liked both views the same.  They’re just wonderful.  But as we felt the warmth of the fine leather chair envelope us, we started to forget the view and drink in the luxury of the cabin and its furnishings.

The leather furniture is just amazing.  It’s some of the finest furniture we’ve seen, and provides a level of comfort you’d expect from furnishings of this caliber.  You sit down, and you don’t want to get up.  Every time something pops into your head that requires you to get up, it will tend to slip away as the chair just cradles you against the warmth of the leather.  Start a fire in the fireplace, and you may refuse to move for hours.  But isn’t that why you rented from us? We’re here to make sure you receive the pampering and top drawer experience you’ve long desired.

As we write this blog, we still have a 4 day block available for Christmas with this property.  It likely won’t last long, but if you call quick enough, your family could be opening presents on Christmas morning in front of a crackling fire at this amazing place.  And you can certainly get one of the kids to pass out the presents as you just sit and relax in your leather chair with a great big smile on your face.  You’re going to want to do this again every Christmas.  And if this one’s already taken when you call us, don’t despair.  We still have a handful of Christmas reservations open, and we’ll do our best to get you a place that your family will long remember.

Look at our other Big Bear luxury vacation rental cabins at this link, or call us at a 310-780-3411.  We’ll be happy to help you put together the ideal getaway. We have luxury vacation rentals in Big Bear,  Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of which one of our destinations you choose, you can reserve your stay with us confident that we’re committed to helping your family enjoy a relaxing and luxurious getaway.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let you view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

Grab Your Skis — Bear Mountain Is Open!

Well, it’s official.  The Big Bear ski season has commenced.  We started seeing some snow in the last couple of weeks, and Bear Mountain opened just in time for Thanksgiving.  This marks the beginning of our busiest time of year, so be sure to book your Big Bear vacation rental cabin early.

As we write this, Bear Mountain is the only ski resort open in all of Southern California.  And we just happen to have a few dozen of Southern California’s finest vacation rental cabins, condos and estates.  Booking your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin is a perfect way to maximize the great experience you’ll have with your Big Bear ski getaway.  Our return guests can tell you about the amazing experience of having a fun day on the slopes followed by a relaxing evening in one of our luxury cabins.  It’s especially delightful to relax in the comfort of a hot tub to soothe some of the inevitable bumps and minor aches you may feel after getting back on the slopes for the first time this season.  Most of our cabins have hot tubs, so be sure to ask one of our customer service agents to find the exact right cabin for your getaway.  For the best value, be sure to buy your lift tickets online before you arrive.  They’re offered at a discount at this link.

And there’s plenty to do off the slopes as well.  The kids will surely love a down hill run at the Alpine Slide.  It’s Southern California’s only true bobsled experience, and it’s an annual tradition for many families. They’ve also got one of Southern California’s best tubing hills, for a bouncing great time.  Visit their website for prices and hours:   http://www.alpineslidebigbear.com/AlpineSlide.html .

And for mom and dad, there are plenty of great shops and tasty restaurants in Big Bear Village.  So if you can pry yourself away from the slopes for a while, you can have a great afternoon of relaxing shopping followed by some of the finest dining experiences available anywhere in California.  And of course, you’ll have the delightful anticipation each day that you’ll end up back at your Five Star Vacation Rental luxury Big Bear cabin.

You can view all our Big Bear cabins at this link, or call us at a 310-780-3411.  We’ll be happy to help you put together the ideal getaway. We’ve got luxury vacation rentals in Big Bear,  Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of which one of our luxury getaway locations you choose, you can be assured that we’re working to make sure your vacation will be one you’ll want to repeat again every year.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let you view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

 

 

We’ve Got Snow!

It’s one of those phrases that so many of us just love to hear over and over.  Like when your spouse looks lovingly in your eyes, and says, “I love you,”  or when your kid rushes in the door with a beaming face declaring, “I got all A’s!” And add to that list when Five Star Vacation Rentals taps you gently on the shoulder and whispers excitedly, “We’ve got snow!”

It’s our absolute most favorite time of the year.  We feel like a perennial groundhog, looking anxiously to the sky and learning more about weather patterns than a CalTech grad.  Big Bear is an extraordinarily delightful destination any time of the year, but especially so when snow arrives.  This means its time for you to take action while there’s still time.

Now you’ll need to time your visit to meet your specific desires.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are getting snow, but neither has announced the exact date they’ll open for skiers.  But don’t let that slow you down. There are plenty of fun hills and snow play around town, but we’re still waiting for the slopes to open up.  It’s a great time to grab the kids and some snow disks for a great weekend getaway.  And you can still prepare for the season by purchasing your season passes for the slopes at this link.

Winter is our busiest season, so it’s important to plan ahead.  We may still have one or two cabins available for Thanksgiving.  As soon as the slopes open up, we’re typically deluged with reservations.  Don’t delay making your reservation to make sure you get that much needed time away in Big Bear!

Just can’t wait any longer?  Some lifts are already open in Park City and Mammoth.  You can book your stay online, or call us at 310-780-3411.  We’ll help you pick out the perfect luxury rental for your family or group.  And remember, it’s a perfect time to plan your Christmas getaway as well.  Book early, so you can have a wider selection of luxury vacation rental cabins in Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Not in the mood for a cold weather getaway?  We’ve got you covered!  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches,  and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Bring Your Family To Big Bear For Thanksgiving

The holiday season is upon us, and you may already be feeling some of the usual pressures.  Where will you find room for the new relatives?  How many different tables will you need to set up this year?  Will you need to limit your number of guests?

If your home is the usual holiday destination, it can be daunting to accommodate them all each year as your family grows with new kids and spouses.  Well, we’ve got a perfect solution.  Rent one of our Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabins in Big Bear!  It’s a great option for big families, and provides the entire family with a memorable treat.  But as you can imagine, we are usually booked solid for that weekend. Be sure to call us right away to grab one of our luxury vacation rentals.

You’ll have a few tasty options for your Thanksgiving getaway.  Stillwells Restaurant inside the Northwoods Resort is a popular destination for many folks.  Just imagine having a great Thanksgiving meal (or their usual scrumptious buffet) and have absolutely zero dishes to do when you’re done.  Stillwells requires reservations, so be sure to call well in advance (909) 866-3121 ext. 7885 to be sure you get space set aside for your group. You’ll enjoy great food, relaxing time with your family, and the freedom to walk away from a huge pile of dirty dishes. It’s almost too good to imagine.

Another great option is to serve your family and guests a pre-cooked meal at your vacation rental cabin.  Both Staters Brothers and Vons in Big Bear are offering full Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings.  You can choose from Turkey, Ham, or Prime Rib.  For larger groups, mix and match to provide a greater variety for your family.  You’ll also need to order these in advance.  You can reach Stater Brothers at (909) 866-5211, and Vons at (909) 866-8459. Be sure to buy some nice disposable plates and cups, so your Thanksgiving clean up will be mostly with a trash bag instead of a dish rag!

And for our dyed-in-the-wool gourmets, rest assured that virtually all of our luxury vacation rental cabins and estates have kitchens equal to the task for your Thanksgiving preparations. Many of our units have double ovens and gas ranges. Be sure to check out the specifics with us. Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find the best cabin for your getaway.

We often have snow on the ground during Thanksgiving, so be sure to plan ahead and pack your skis.  This could be a weekend you’ll remember for a long time as a great time with family, some great food, and amazing skiing.  The only unpleasant part of the entire experience is when you have to pack up and return to the real world.

Looking for a Thanksgiving getaway elsewhere? We’ve got you covered. We can also help you book your Thanksgiving getaway to one of our other destinations in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We’re committed to making sure your holiday will be a great memory for your entire family.  Call us at 310-780-3411 for more details or to book with us on the phone.

Hollywood Comes to Five Star Vacation Rentals. Again.

We’re starting to feel like a stage mom.

We’ve got these amazing kids (read “vacation rental cabins, estates, and condos”) that have such overwhelming appeal, it’s only natural that folks are drawn to their luxury and custom features.  And with increasing frequency, people are putting our kids in TV shows and movies.  In recent months our properties have appeared on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” ABC’s “The Lookout,” and the indie film, “A Separate Life.” We’re mighty proud about that.

Our most recent brush with fame is with Cabin 10, The Grand Lakefront in Big Bear.  The cabin was featured on WETV’s Kendra On Top episodes, “The Big Bare” and “Cabin Fever.”   Kendra and her husband Hank celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary with a weekend stay in this cabin.  And we’d be hard pressed to choose a better destination.

If you watched the show, you saw the squeals of delight as the young starlet arrived.  “Look how beautiful this is!” was her first reaction, and she threw in a “this is awesome!” as well.  But this is nothing new to us.  That’s how we reacted when we first saw this amazing log estate on the lake.  And our guests have pretty much the same reaction each time they arrive as well.  It’s a remarkable property.

This home is constructed of full round lodgepole pine logs from Montana. And to ensure the absolute best quality, the builder actually assembled the entire cabin on site in Montana to check that each joint and log fit exactly to their rigorous demands. Once they were satisfied with it, they disassembled it log by log and loaded it on trucks bound for an exclusive lot in Big Bear right on the lake. As you can imagine, this is a very expensive way to build a cabin. But after you spend a few minutes wandering around inside, you’ll quickly begin to see the level of luxury and craftsmanship that can only be achieved by this extreme attention to detail.

This cabin truly represents the absolute best that Big Bear has to offer.  You’ll enjoy all the water sports with the included dock, and the lake views from the deck are just amazing.  The gourmet kitchen will delight even the most demanding of chefs, and you’ll be surrounded by the constant reminders that this luxury home is the product of many hours work at the hands of many talented craftsmen.  If you’re looking for someplace to enjoy the full star treatment, Cabin 10 is a great choice. View more photos and get booking information at this link.

Be sure to look at all our luxury rentals in Big Bear.  We can also help you book your getaway to one of our other destinations in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We’re committed to making sure your vacation will be a great memory for your entire family.  We’ll do our best to have you feeling like Hollywood royalty.  Call us at 310-780-3411 for more details or to book with us on the phone.