Thanksgiving in Big Bear

thansgivingDinnerWe love this time of year. It’s our busy season, but it’s also a time we get to share in some of the best family connections. We help families arrange things so that brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, friends, and grand parents can enjoy each other’s company rather than scramble to find spare beds, mothballed travel trailers, and not-so-nearby hotel rooms. We transport families from the logistics business to the “tell me what you’ve been up to since I saw you last” business. It’s a truly fun and rewarding thing to be a part of, and Thanksgiving in Big Bear is one of our favorites.

There are lots of great things you’ll enjoy about your Thanksgiving in Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Most of our luxury cabins and estates are equipped with great kitchens, and many will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. Bring your fixins and your family’s best chef, and you’ll make this Thanksgiving one that everyone will remember.

Thanksgiving in Big BearThere’s a special thrill that many families experience when they make an effort to get everyone together under the same roof for special occasions like Thanksgiving in Big Bear. We have many properties that can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. Thanksgiving morning will be something truly special when you have friends and family together enjoying the Macy’s parade, delighting in the smell of the turkey roasting, and getting caught up.

And after your feast, Big Bear is one of the most picturesque spots you’ll likely ever find to enjoy a leisurely walk to help make some room for pumpkin or pecan pie a bit later. Choose one of our cabins within walking distance to The Village, and later in the weekend you can gather some in your group to get a jump on your Christmas shopping by browsing through the shops there. There are dozens of great shops in Big Bear Village, and you’re sure to find great ideas for just about everyone on your list.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.



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.



More November Fun in Big Bear

If you haven’t yet planned your November getaway to Big Bear, now is a great time.  November is beautiful in Big Bear, and it marks the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving in Big Bear will be a wonderful experience for the entire family.  If you hurry, you may still be able to book one of our luxury Big Bear Vacation Rentals and have it be the destination for the entire extended family this year. Many of our properties sleep a dozen guests, so you can get comfy beds for everybody. Search our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.

Thanksgiving weekend offers some great fun. As we mentioned in last week’s blog, Thanksgiving morning you can pay ahead for your afternoon feast with the annual Turkey Trot. This zany run is a combination costume contest and walk/trot/run for the whole family. The winner gets … you guessed it … a free turkey dinner. Details and registration info at this link:

Want something to do Thanksgiving morning requiring a wee bit less exertion? Gather the family and head down to Pine Knot Marina to take the leisurely 90 minute Big Bear Lake tour on Miss Liberty, the beautiful 64′ paddle wheeler. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you ride this fully-equipped vessel.  It’s a fun and informative adventure that is narrated with interesting local history and an occasional celebrity sighting.  Get more details on their website:

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off the annual Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts created by local artisans. There are over 50 booths, and you’re sure to find the exact right gift for everybody on your gift list including Uncle Henry. And we all know how hard he is to buy for.

region-capture-23Continuing weekends through November are performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” There’s an amazing pool of local talent that puts together this show, and it’s certain to be a fun adventure for your whole family.  Get more details and purchase tickets at this link:

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link. In the mood for a holiday elsewhere? We’ve got some other great destinations too. We also maintain 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 will ensure that you 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.


November Events in Big Bear

November is a fun month in Big Bear, and there are plenty of reasons to plan a getaway for the family.  Here are just a few highlights.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens on November 18th and has performances weekends through December 2. This is the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber musical that has become one of the most popular plays in the history of theater. It’s a fun event for the entire family during your stay with us in Big Bear.  Purchase your tickets in advance or get more details at this link:

Thanksgiving is an amazing family experience when you spend it in a luxury vacation rental in Big Bear. We still have a good selection of luxury vacation rentals available for the long Thanksgiving weekend, but we usually sell out, so book yours while you can.

thanksgivingturkeyYou have a few great options for enjoying your family meal on Thanksgiving.  Several local markets offer a full turkey or ham dinner with all the fixins if you just want to relax and enjoy your time away. If you’re bringing the family gourmet along for your stay, all of our cabins have full kitchens, so you can cook right at your vacation home to combine those yummy aromas with your family and friends. There are also some restaurants that stay open each year offering both traditional turkey fare and a good selection of other cuisines.  Whichever one you choose, you’ll have the backdrop of your Five Star Vacation Rental to enjoy the meal with your loved ones as you relax and watch some parades and football.

If you want to work off some of those calories in advance, the 4th annual Big Bear Turkey Trot takes off at 9AM Thanksgiving morning. It’s a crazy event where you can run from 3-9 miles, dress like a turkey, and work up a real appetite for your feast a bit later on. There is a registration fee for this, and you can get more info on their website: .

Be sure to check back next week, when we’ll cover more fun things to do in Big Bear during November.  You can view all of our Big Bear properties and book online at this link:

We also have some other great opportunities for relaxation at our other destinations as well. We also maintain 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 will ensure that you 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.


Holiday Shout Out to All You Early Birds

Snowman headstandOctober is here, and our thoughts turn to whatever it is October reminds us of. Halloween? Fall Colors? Furnace repair? Well, it could be any or all of these.  But for our early birds, October usually represents the start of the holiday season. There’s one in every family. Halloween arrives, and they’re the ones who pretty much have finished all their holiday plans, including much of their shopping. We grumble under our breaths at their organization, and we secretly wish we were more like them.

Well, this year, you can join their ranks in a most important way. Make this holiday season one your extended family can truly enjoy by planning a big family getaway to Big Bear. We have a great selection of properties designed to comfortably accommodate large groups, and several of our cabins are located adjacent to one another for groups up to 26.

Feet warming near the fireplaceCan you imagine waking up to Christmas in Big Bear with your extended family all assembling in front of a crackling fire to enjoy the day? Forget the hassle of fold-away beds and sleeping bags covering the living room floor. This year you can all sleep comfortably in a bed with the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental. Many of our cabins have gourmet kitchens, so you can cook and bake to your heart’s content for a magical holiday feast. It’s something they’ll all remember. And if you start this early, you can make travel arrangements so that even the most far flung family members can join the celebration.

Thanksgiving in Big Bear is always a great choice, and if you plan your getaway for Christmas in Big Bear, the skiers in the family may get a special treat as there is frequently good snow available then to enjoy some fun on the slopes. Maybe this will be the year you introduce the kids to the fun of building their first snowman as well.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerBut the backdrop of your stay will be your Five Star Vacation Rental. This will serve as the place for your carefree and enjoyable family time. You’ll notice the luxury and appreciate the comfort, but mostly we hope you’ll just get some great times with friends and family to create memories you’ll long cherish.

The holidays are always a busy time for us, and we’re already starting to book some of our Big Bear cabins for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You can view all of our Big Bear cabins and book online at this link.

You can also have a great family holiday 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 will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your holiday in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.


Treat Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Though it may be hard to think of a present good enough for your dad, booking a vacation isn’t too shabby. As the date approaches, you can ditch the card and make some real memories in Big Bear.

Big Bear has all the makings of a fantastic bonding experience. If you want to show dad you care by investing in quality time, there’s no better place. No matter what interests he may have, there’s sure to be an outlet for it. Some of the local highlights include the unparalleled fishing opportunities, the collection of museums and music venues, and the world-class dining scene. Make any of these features part of your Father’s Day, and you can bet Dad will feel the appreciation.

Rest assured that the vacation will be equally enjoyable for all other family members, too. There’s something for everybody in Big Bear. While dad takes in the majestic scenery, your kids might marvel at museum exhibits. Enticement springs around every corner, but perhaps the most sought after offering Big Bear boasts is the opportunity to relax. If your life is like most people’s, you rarely get a chance to do this.

In Big Bear, you can. Treat yourself and your Father’s Day party to the exquisite gift of a retreat. Nothing provides a better environment for this than a luxury vacation rental. If you want to skip the noise and cramped quarters of a hotel, you can experience a new level of comfort embodied in lush accommodations, gourmet kitchens and expertly manicured units. We understand how rarely most people can get away, so when you do, it has to be special. When you stay in one of our vacation rentals, it will be.

Dad deserves the best, and this year, you can give it to him. Don’t wait to reserve your rental and plan an unforgettable trip filled with activities, quality time and the luxury of relaxation. This is the year to have a great time and show him how much you love him. Who needs sentimental cards, after all, when you’re living the real thing?

Big Bear one of the top destinations for summer vacations, but if you’re looking for a more exotic vacation, we also maintain 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 will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Summer Fun in Big Bear


The arrival of summer is welcome as southern California welcomes warmer weather and kids rejoice at a break from school. If the anticipation has distracted you from actually making plans, you aren’t alone, and it isn’t too late to pull off a great vacation. Summer in Big Bear is kind of a big deal, and you can join in the fun. With an abundance of attractions found in the area’s natural beauty, it’s the obvious choice for a getaway, and renting a luxury vacation home can be the cherry on top of everything. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly activities or solo sports, Big Bear is at its best in the summertime.

moored boat in marinaOne of the most popular activities to partake in is fishing. You can embark on this adventure alone or with the whole family, and if you want to enlist help from a professional, you can join a group led by a fishing guide. You’re likely to find species such as trout, bass, catfish and crappies in the lake’s populous waters. Big Bear has a well-earned reputation as a fisherman’s paradise, and visitors can even rent their own fishing boat from one of the lake’s several marinas.

Speaking of boats, if fishing isn’t your scene, you can simply traverse the waters. Fishing isn’t the only use for the lake. Spending a day on a boat is a great chance to relax, unwind, and take in the sunshine. In addition to fishing vessels, a variety of marinas offer pontoon boats and kayaks to explore the lake with. With average temperatures that rarely surpass the 80s, the blue lake and inviting breeze can provide an unbelievable respite.

Hiking and biking provide additional activities to enjoy in Big Bear’s great outdoors, and museums and shops provide indoor attractions, too. Retire to a luxury vacation rental, and you’ve got all the makings of a great trip. Top-of-the-line amenities, a stunning floor plan and a gourmet kitchen make a rental home the right choice.

Should you choose to accept the mission of making Summer 2016 unforgettable, we can help. Big Bear is our most popular destination, but you can also enjoy some quality time in our other great luxury vacation rentals:  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 310-780-3411.

Plan Ahead For the Holidays

Enjoying time with family.We know it’s a bit early, but the holidays are just around the corner.  This is a perfect time to start planning a getaway that will be one the family memory book.  And since we typically get much busier as the holidays approach, now is a great time to pick a date, pick a destination, and begins making some plans for fun.

If your Christmas is like ours, it’s always busier than we would like and we never get to spend quite as much time as we’d hope for with family and friends.  Why not make this year different?  A holiday away in Big Bear can be an amazing event.  One of the great things about planning your vacation rental with Five Star is we have some wonderful estates available.  These properties have more than enough room for multiple families to share.  Think of the possibilities:  You can plan for a wonderful family reunion or get together a bunch of friends from the neighborhood or school.  However you choose to fill your Five Star Big Bear vacation rental, you’ll be assured you’re getting a high quality luxurious getaway.

thansgivingDinnerWe’re already about half booked up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  New Year’s Eve is going fast as well.  This is an opportunity for you to create a wonderful time for your extended family as well.  The Big Bear ski season is usually in full swing by Christmas, and sometimes even by Thanksgiving.  And if  you’re already making travel plans for the holidays, the time spent in a Five Star Vacation Rental is vastly superior to anything you’ll encounter at even the finest hotel. Instead of being scattered across several rooms with strangers around every corner, you can enjoy an entire luxury cabin or estate.  The kids get their own rooms, and so do the parents.  If Uncle Harry snores can have his own room at the end of the hall; nobody needs to lay awake in misery.  It’s a perfect solution, and you’ll all awake refreshed ready to share breakfast in your own kitchen surrounded only by the people you invited.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Aunt Clarissa Called. She’s Coming For Thanksgiving.

We all love Aunt Clarissa.  And we’re pretty sure every family has their own Aunt Clarissa.  We really do love her.  She has an opinion about everything, and advice for almost anything.  She makes it a point to spend every holiday at our house, and we’re pleased to have her.  But she has a bad back, so she can’t be expected to sleep on the sofa.  Or the hideaway bed.  Or in a nearby hotel.  For the last couple of years we’ve abandoned our bedroom, so she can get the best bed in the house.  Somehow each year, it seems we end up sleeping on the sofa in our own home.  But we really love Aunt Clarissa.

This year we’re doing things differently and so should you.   Stop subjecting your family to the annual tradition of inviting all the relatives over for the holidays while you scramble for sleeping space on the various sofas, rollaways, or air mattresses on the floor.  In addition to making your home look like some new challenge on American Ninja Warrior, you end up with a week’s worth of work after everyone leaves just to get back to normal.  Be honest.  Don’t you sometimes dread the holidays when you know there’s going be so much extra work and lost sleep as a result of just wanting to spend time with your extended family?  Well, this is the year to put a stop to it.  This is the year you can finally start truly enjoying the holidays and relax with family and friends.

Call Five Star Vacation Rentals and let our specialists help you locate a luxury vacation rental cabin or estate in Big Bear.  We have a collection of the finest quality Big Bear cabins you can possibly find.  Our cabins range in size perfect for groups from a small family to a big multi-family reunion.  Aunt Clarissa can have her very own room without relegating you to the sofa.  We’ll help you choose the one that’s just right for your plans.  But don’t delay.  We usually get completely booked for the holidays.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you with your plans.  You can also browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches or  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you put a lot of time and effort into planning your getaway, and we’re confident that your stay with us will be a great memory for everyone in your party.

Meet the Newest Members of the Five Star Vacation Rentals Family

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Temperatures are starting to dip in Big Bear and we’re expecting the season’s first snow anytime. We’re almost booked solid for Thanksgiving, and we just added two new properties.

Sinatra’s Villa is a beautiful log cabin just a 5 minute walk to Snow Summit and quick drive into the Village. You’ll love the soaring ceiling in the great room, and the large deck has amazing forest views. It has 3 bedrooms with a loft, so there’s plenty of room for your party of up to 8 people.  We’ve packed this cabin with great diversions including a pool table, foosball table, Playstation, and a TV in every room.  We’re sure this one will quickly become a favorite, so be sure to book your stay right away.

Our second new addition is Pine Nest Chalet. This is a new purchase, and has all new furniture and appliances. And it’s a perfect choice for all our football fans. We’re including the NFL package, so you can get in some great time away in Big Bear and catch some great football games at the same time. Just add some beer and pizza, and this may well be the most relaxing vacation retreat you’ve ever had. After the game is over, you’ll have fun shooting some pool with the family, or dive into a lively game of darts.   You’ll also enjoy the beauty of the forest with the while you relax in the hot tub and take in the tree top views.

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 including 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 your view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.