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

Fly-fishing.
Fly-fishing.

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.

 

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.