Staycations are Back

We’ve been happy to see so many people eager to get back out again. It was a quiet few months, and we’re excited to be back connecting people with some great relaxation in our Southern California destinations.

Big Bear is nearly booked solid through much of September, but we still have some great properties available, especially if you can plan a weekday getaway. Our Grand 8 Bedroom Estate at Castle Glen has lots of weekday openings, and it’s a great choice. You’ll enjoy 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms spread out over 6700 square feet. There’s room for 16 guests, with a theater room that has two-level seating and a 10 foot viewing screen, a game room, a foosball table, and a 7 person spa. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace and soaring 35 foot ceilings are sure to impress. You can book online and see more photos at this link.

Our newest addition in Big Bear is Cabin 49, the New San Gorgonio Lodge. This has 4 bedrooms with 3.5 baths and room for 12 guests. This is located close to Snow Summit which transforms in the summer months to one of Southern California’s premiere bike parks. It’s also close to The Village and the lake for fishing as well as browsing the shops and restaurants. It’s got quartz countertops, two fireplaces, an outdoor hot tub, and a big beautiful pine sprouting right through the deck. This beautiful property was just completed last year, and you can be among the first to enjoy its luxury.

Check out 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 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Have You Booked Your Ski Getaway Yet?

Have you booked your ski getaway yet? Big Bear has had a great ski season so far, and both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will remain open through March. But time is growing short. Every year we have regular guests who get busy and miss their opportunity to have a ski getaway. Don’t let this happen to you.

We’ve got some great opportunities for you to make sure this year is a great one for your family and friends to have a great getaway. Here are a few great options:

Big Bear Vacation RentalFrom the moment you walk up the steps and are greeted by our pair of whimsical carved bears, you’ll know you’re in for a treat with our Cabin #3, Five Star Snow Summit. This is located at the base of Snow Summit, and you’ll be on the slopes in just a minute or two without having to hunt for parking. There’s room for 9 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. You’ll love the rustic mountain decor, and will enjoy relaxing in the hot tub after a long day on the slopes. It’s also a short way from The Village with its unique shops and restaurants. See more photos and details, and book online at this link.

Big Bear Vacation RentalLocated next door to Cabin #3 is our Cabin #9, 4 Bedroom Summit. This luxury cabin has 4 bedrooms with 2.5 baths with room for 11 guests. The slopes are adjacent to this one as well, so you skip the driving around looking for a parking space and walk right over to start skiing. Enjoy a game of pool or some foosball, and be sure to feel how relaxing the hot tub is after a day on slopes. Combine this with Cabin 3 and you’ll have room for 20 people to enjoy your getaway. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

Big Bear Vacation RentalBut wait, there’s more. We also have a third cabin adjacent to these first two. Do you have a group of 25 or so looking for a fun ski getaway together? Our Cabin #16, Pine Lodge Outdoor Spa is right next to the first two above, and with this one, you’ll also enjoy having the slopes at Snow Summit just moments from your door. You’ll also enjoy the short drive to the Village for its great shops and nightlife. And time spent relaxing in the spa during the chilly evenings under the stars will be a memory you’ll long cherish. Choose just one of these cabins or all of them for your extended family, church group, or office ski party. Click here for more info on this one.

Your next ski getaway can start by viewing all of our Big Bear vacation rental 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Getting Serious About Having Fun

We have the great pleasure of talking to people on a daily basis about their plans to have some fun. And we’re always delighted when we hear back from some of them about the great time they had with us, and how much it meant to them to create the memories and recharge their batteries. It’s really gratifying, and we’re convinced there’s nothing wrong with getting serious about having fun.

Family relaxing on the grassYou’ve probably seen the same studies we have. There’s actually quite a bit of research that shows how much we all benefit from relaxation. It’s a really amazing elixir. Relaxation gives us more energy by increasing the flow of blood  around our body. We feel calmer, have clearer thinking, and relaxation can promote a general positive feeling. It increases our memory and helps our decision making. Our heartbeat slows, our tension is eased, and our blood pressure is lower. If relaxation were a drug, it’s something every doctor would prescribe for us. So, take it from us, your vacation doctor, you should get serious about having fun.

If you need an excuse to schedule some time away, there are a lot to choose from. Anniversaries are always great, and they don’t need to be just for weddings. We’ve seen people plan getaways around the day they first met, their first date, and you can get even more creative from there. Celebrate a promotion, a new baby, national pizza day, or the Annual Kumquat Festival that is surely happening somewhere at sometime convenient for your plan. You get the picture. All you really need is a desire to make it happen and those with whom you want to have it happen. Lather, rinse, repeat.

young woman hiker relaxing in the woodsAnd of course you know we’re going to offer you some of the best places on the planet to enhance your relaxation. Our cabins in Big Bear offer some of the best locations and finest luxury you can find. Beach lovers will want to find their way to our surf side resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. And our golfers and desert lovers will delight in the time they spend in one of our luxury golf course homes in La Quinta.

So when you’re ready to get serious about having fun, you can start by viewing 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  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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

November in Big Bear

We’re rapidly approaching the holiday season, and this is a great time to plan a getaway for November in Big Bear. Snow often starts falling in November, and that means we get booked up fast with skiers and winter sports fans.

Couple clinking glasses with huge amounts of beer in Bavarian pubOktoberfest continues weekends through November 2nd ending with America’s Heroes Weekend offering free admission for past and present military, law enforcement & fire fighters. Oktoberfest is a great event for the entire family. In addition to a robust assortment of international brews, it’s a cultural event that celebrates some of the truly fun elements of German life. You’ll enjoy great music, dancing, contests, and more. And many events are designed with kids in mind including a bounce house, face painting and a fun mechanical horse.

An American veteran salutes the American flag.Celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th at 11am with The American Legion Riders. Everyone is invited to join in at Veterans Park with veterans and families of service personnel – past and present – to participate in a procession and ceremony. The American Legion Riders Chapter 584 and the City of Big Bear Lake will host this special program that honors our Veterans who have served and who are serving in the Armed Forces to protect our nation. For any additional information, please email alrchapter584@gmail.com

The Cave is featuring a month packed with some of the best original and tribute bands around. Bruno Mars fans will want to catch 24K tribute on November 9th. On November 15th, catch Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist, occasional lead vocalist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss.The Who Experience arrives on November 16th. And on May 19, 2019, Laine Hardy performs. He was crowned winner of American Idol season 17 at 18 years old. Since the show, Laine – now 19 – has spent much of his time writing songs and preparing his debut project.

Shopping for Christmas Holidays, woman at market display window choosing Christmas tree decorations, balls and other seasonal art crafted products of modern, vintage and traditional stylesNovember 29 through December 1st enjoy the 35th Annual Big Bear Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. With over 50 arts and crafts vendors, the Mountain Christmas Boutique offers a variety of truly unique, handmade gift items and collectibles. And the kids will enjoy free visits with Santa and holiday arts and crafts.

As you can see, we’ve got a great November in Big Bear ready for your enjoyment. You can book your stay online or 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 getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Have Some Fun in La Quinta

Over the past several years we’ve built up an impressive presence in La Quinta, just a short drive away from Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Our properties are mostly on the world-class golf courses found in the La Quinta area, but there are lots of great attractions in the area off the links as well. If you’re not a golfer, you can still have a great time. Here are a few activities we’ve heard good things about.

Jeep ToursNative Californians will likely be keenly interested in learning more about the San Andreas fault. It’s something that’s jolted many of us awake at night, and it runs directly through Palm Desert adjacent to La Quinta. Desert Adventures is offering a fascinating San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert that takes you along the fault where you’ll learn amazing insights about its geology and history. See an oasis on the fault that’s fed by an underwater spring, and visit a Native American site to learn about early inhabitants of the area. They also offer sunset and stargazing tours after dark. Check out their website for more details and to book your trip: https://red-jeep.com/tours/san-andreas-fault-jeep-tours/

Palm Desert Downhill BikingAnother great way to get up close and personal with the beautiful surroundings in the desert is with the Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure. As the name implies, this is a mostly downhill ride. They supply the bicycles and your tour takes you through a protected wilderness zone running along the San Andreas Fault, to areas inaccessible by traditional tour vehicle. Along the way, you’ll snap photos of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the All-American Canal, and the eastern Coachella Valley. The 20-mile (32-km), paved route is mostly downhill with no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic, making this a fun and scenic adventure suitable for all ages. More info at this link.

Camel ConnectionEveryone in the family will enjoy a visit to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. You can feed a giraffe, meet a camel, and watch some butterflies flutter by. Pay a visit to the petting zoo, or spend some time with one of the zookeepers learning more about the animals and their natural surroundings. You’ll delight in the massive G-Scale model railway, and see how the zoo is helping injured and displaced animals mend in their hospital. The zoo has been a fixture in the Palm Springs area for 50 years, and it’s a great way to spend the day. Visit their site for more details at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our La Quinta properties at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next vacation or getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and Big Bear.

Golf La Quinta

DCF 1.0It’s estimated that 25 million Americans play golf.  It’s one of the most popular sports in America. It combines a lot of things many of us enjoy. Golf courses are literally a walk in the park. The surroundings are often among the most breathtaking in an area. Golf is a game that requires skill, fosters competition among friends, and provides endless hours discussing shots missed, shots made, and shots that got away. And many of Southern California finest courses are found when you golf La Quinta.

We’re proud to have assembled a great group of luxury properties located on several of the best courses. Golf rates the La Quinta collection of courses as among the top 100 best courses in North America. Public tee times are widely available, and most of our locations are right on the fairway.  Here are a couple examples of the kind of luxury you can expect:

PGA104Our PGA 104 has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and room for 12 guests in its rambling 4000 square foot floor plan. It sits behind the private gates to The Grand Legends community, directly on the 16th fairway of the PGA WEST Jack Nicklaus Tournament Golf Course.It features 3 full master suites and a private casita with its own bedroom and bath. After a day on the links, you can relax in your own private pool, or settle into the two-person spa tub in one of the master suites. See more details and book online at this link.

Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 11.37.53 PMPGA 111 is a stunning 3,400 square foot resort home perfect for entertaining on expansive golf course lot overlooking the 10th Tee Box of the Greg Norman Golf Course in the prestigious private community of “Norman Estates”. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Bathrooms. Enjoy a family movie night outdoors in the large covered loggia with plenty of seating and a 75″ TV wall mounted with swivel bracket that allows for viewing from the pool/spa. The covered loggia features “misters”, 2 ceiling fans, and “sun shades” that make it perfect for outdoor living. The backyard features a large saltwater pool with tanning shelf and waterfalls, spa with a cascading water feature, both with great view of the Greg Norman golf course and stunning desert landscaping. You’ll find more details and online booking at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our La Quinta properties at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next vacation or getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and Big Bear.

Are You Letting Another Summer Pass You By?

We hope you all had a great July 4th. We sure did. We ate so much we’re thinking of heading to New York next year to compete in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.  The fireworks were amazing, and our dogs have finally started to calm down. We know many people are making a long weekend out of this, and we’re going to mix a bit of work and fun in as well.

Happy family sitting in the carThough we hardly call this work, we would like to work with you and your family to help you put together a great vacation this summer. And we’re not judging, but we want to gently remind you of all those past summers when you were determined not to let time slip away. But you did. This summer we’ve made it easier than ever before.

If you haven’t been to our website lately, you’ll notice our online booking feature is pretty streamlined. You can search for properties based upon where you want to stay, how many are in your party, the number of bedrooms you’d like and the dates you’re looking for. And we pride ourselves on having some of the best photography around, so you can get a great idea of what you’ll be looking at when you arrive.

Couple DiningThere are lots of great reasons to choose a Five Star Vacation Rental over a traditional hotel vacation. Privacy and convenience are two of the big ones. In a hotel, you have lots of common areas shared with strangers, and that can range from inconvenient to “who the heck is yelling in the hallway at 2am???” Each of our properties also has a full kitchen, so you’re in control of how, when, and what you eat. You’ll probably want to enjoy some of the great dining experiences that can be found in restaurants at each of our destinations, but you can stock up to keep snacks, drinks, or full meals prepared right in your vacation rental as well. You decide how you want to spend your vacation. And many people prefer to skip the lines and expense at the restaurant for something fun they can prepare together right in their own kitchen.

And of course you will have the luxury experience you can find with a Five Star Vacation Rental. We have some of the most amazing properties, and whether you want to experience a sandy ocean-front beach in Nuevo Vallarta, a golf vacation in La Quinta, or a mountain getaway to Big Bear, we’ve got options to meet pretty much any group.

You can book your stay online or 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 summer vacation or getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

What’s Your Perfect Vacation?

We devote a lot of time to helping people create their perfect vacation. We consider ourselves to be among those lucky few who have found work that doesn’t really feel like work at all. It’s great fun and often a privilege to work with people to plan a vacation, family reunion, anniversary or secret birthday celebration with a loved one. And we still get a thrill when we hear later just how great things went. But as with most great adventures, a little planning can go a long way toward creating a great getaway. And this week’s blog is going to help you plan a perfect vacation.

Do you have golfers in the family? If so, we’ve got some great options for you to choose. And we have a few different destinations as well.

GolfVacationOur most popular golf destination is La Quinta in the desert just outside Palm Springs. La Quinta has been called “the golf capital of the world.” There are several world-class courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Classic Course is a past host of the Bob Hope Classic Tournament, and a consistent favorite with our guests. There are few things more relaxing than spending the morning under the deep blue skies with the mountain views beyond followed by relaxing just off the fairway with a cool drink on the patio of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s a perfect recipe to help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with your family. Check out our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingFor many of us city dwellers, the allure of nature is a regular part of our relaxation. We buy machines to recreate the sounds of rushing water, rainfall, and other soothing nature sounds. But as we all know, there’s really nothing like actually immersing yourself in nature to relax and enjoy these things as the naturally occur around you. That’s the sort of relaxation you can enjoy with a getaway to Big Bear. Summer is a great time to enjoy Big Bear’s natural beauty. There are dozens of miles of hiking paths with exertion levels to fit every family member.

Fishing at sunsetBig Bear Lake is fully stocked, so you can expect to catch bass, rainbow trout, and catfish. Some great fishing can be had directly off the shore in many locations. If you’d prefer to get out on the water, Holloway’s Marina is a great resource for boat rentals. Follow the online maps to the best fishing spots. There are few things tastier than treating your group to a meal with your fresh catch of the day.

You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Mother’s Day and Other May Fun in Big Bear

May is a big month in Big Bear, and there are plenty of reasons to visit. In our blog last week we covered some of cycling and night life events happening during May. This week we’re going to take a look at some of the other fun activities you can participate in during your Big Bear visit with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Mother s Day BrunchMother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th this year, and this may be a good year to step up your celebration of mom. Candy and flowers are great, but how about adding a weekend getaway in Big Bear as well? We still have some great cabins and estates available for the weekend, and there’s still time to book a getaway mom will long remember. Treat mom to a great lunch buffet at Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Convention Center. They’ll start serving at 9am and run until 2pm with an omelette bar, and bottomless drinks. There will be live entertainment and free flowers for all the moms. It’s really a great way to show her just how much you care. Search for available properties and book online at this link: http://fivestarbigbear.com

Big Bear’s golfing season also opens on May 17th at Bear Mountain. This 9 hole course features some some spectacular scenery. Our anglers will want to grab their gear and head up for the Ultimate Big Trout Derby at Holloways Marina. This is a two day event on May 18-19. The Friday before the event will feature some great teaching time to explain some of the best techniques for fishing in Big Bear Lake. Get more info at this link: https://bigbearfishingassociation.org/

Classic carsOn May 26th car buffs will want to head over to the Big Bear Snow Play to check out this year’s Antique Car Show and Pinewood Derby. You’ll enjoy a great collection of finely restored and preserved cars from the past. And the pinewood derby competition is a great family event where you can build and race your own creations. Check out more details at http://www.antiquecarclub.org/

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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Ready For Some Sand Between Your Toes?

NuevoVallartaBig Bear is our most popular destination, but we also have over a dozen luxury resort condos in Mexico at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. There is virtually everything you need right on the property to enjoy a fully pampered, luxury getaway. The on-site spa is a relaxing space where your cell phone is turned off and your senses are tuned in as you enjoy candle light, relaxing music, hydrotherapy and massage services. The on-site restaurants offer a range of dining from casual to formal with Kobe steaks, seafood, This destination is a great choice for a number of reasons, and now is a great time to plan your getaway. Are you ready for some sand between your toes?

golfHoleWinter and Spring are ideal times to visit Nuevo Vallarta. The weather is moderate and the rainfall usually starts tapering off in March.  Golfers will love their stay here with courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Von Hagge and more nearby. And with Puerto Vallarta a short cab ride away, no stay at Villa la Estancia is complete without a day or two spent enjoying the local markets and traditional eateries for an exciting day shopping for local crafts, art, and amazing food.

If you’ve got a big event planned for the coming months, Villa la Estancia is a great choice for weddings, anniversaries, church or family reunions since we have over a dozen luxury condos available to keep your party all in the same location as you enjoy your time together.  We can’t think of a better way to get caught up with loved ones than relaxing on the beach, taking a massage together, or gathering to enjoy some fine dining with an amazing view of the surf just beyond. Travel to Nuevo Vallarta is simple from all Southern California airports.

You can view all of our Nuevo Vallarta condos and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday in  Big BearMammoth 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 Nuevo Vallarta or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.