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.

Plan Your Winter Getaway on The Beach

Southern California has some of the best weather found anywhere in the world. But as winter approaches, we do see the temperatures drop enough that the beaches are pretty empty. If you’re missing your beach time, your family may want to think about planning an exotic adventure for the new year where the weather is warmer and you can swim in the ocean. Sound interesting? Check out the luxury getaway we can put together for you in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Region capture 12The weather in Puerto Nuevo is remarkably warm this time of year. Most days the high is in the 80’s and the lows are in the 60’s. And the ocean water can be a cozy range from the high 70’s to low 80’s. It’s great beach conditions, and a great chance to enjoy the feel of sand between your toes while enjoying some amazing luxury in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beachside condos.

We have over a dozen luxury units in Villa la Estancia, and you’ll quickly see why these are so popular. The resort has all the amazing amenities you’d expect and more. There are award-winning onsite restaurants, a full spa, pools, and every unit is just moments from the surf.

GolfVacationThe golfers in your party will want to pack their clubs for the quick flight out of Southern California to enjoy the championship golf courses nearby. And Puerto Vallarta is a quick cab ride away with amazing local cuisine, shops with artwork from local artists, and some great historical sites as well.

But you’ll keep finding yourself drawn back to your luxury suite. Choose one with ocean views, and you can start each day with breakfast on the balcony overlooking the waves that await. In addition to great on-site dining, each of our units has a full kitchen, so you can try your hand at some of the great foods and fish you’ll find available in the Puerto Vallarta marketplace.

It’s exotic, it’s relaxing, and it’s a great way to plan a winter vacation that will have you feeling you’re in the middle of summer. Check out photos and book online at this link. Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect next 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  Big BearMammoth MountainPark City, and La Quinta.

 

Christmas and New Years in Big Bear

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerThanksgiving is less than a week away, but we want to give all our blog followers a head start on their Christmas and New Year’s in Big Bear plans. This is always our busiest season, and we’re often completely booked weeks in advance. More than half our properties are already booked, so this is a great time to make your reservation.

Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. When the weather cooperates, it can be a winter wonderland. And even if there’s no snow, it still has the pristine beauty of the forest, lake, and mountain views. There’s a peacefulness and calm you’ll find on the mountain that is nearly impossible to duplicate in the crowds and streets around Southern California. This Christmas can be a true respite and a time to carve out some relaxing family time without the distractions that surround you at home. And if we get snow, it can also be a great chance to have some fun on the slopes with your extended family.

Man trying to sleep on couchIt’s always great to see the relatives, but the logistics of housing them all can be a challenge. Many of us grew up on homes that either served as the holiday destination for far-flung family members or a convenient nearby stop with an extra bedroom or couch to house the relatives. This year can be very different, and a real treat for everyone. Instead of making arrangements for relatives to sleep in questionable comfort at a variety of different locations, you can choose a luxury vacation rental with enough beds and space for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. Under one roof. It’s a real game changer.

Holiday mornings become an entirely different experience with your Five Star Vacation Rental. Rather than waiting for everyone to arrive from their various destinations, you can all just walk down the hall and meet in the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee while you take everyone’s breakfast orders. The kitchen is outfitted with all you need to create an amazing omelette for everyone’s needs. It’s relaxing, it’s a great time to bond with family, and it can really be a time you wouldn’t have unless you were all under the same roof together.

Family celebrating new yearNew Year’s Eve in a Five Star Vacation Rental is a great experience, and it’s another time we’re usually booked solid. The annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade is a visual delight as over 100 skiers and snowboarders will make their way down the slope with torches illuminating the way. And one of our luxury cabins is a perfect way to assemble a group of family and friends to celebrate the New Year safely. You can all gather around the fireplace and count down to the New Year, and travel no farther than your bedroom down the hall to call it a night. It’s a fun, safe way to celebrate the occasion.

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 spring 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

November Night Life In Big Bear

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to catching up with family and friends visiting from out of town. It can be a perfect time to book your Big Bear getaway, so you can add a more relaxing atmosphere to your time together. We recommend you check out the November night life in Big Bear during your stay.

Our reservations typically spike this time of year as many families start making their holiday plans. We’re often completely booked for the holidays, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead. And as part of those plans, we’re taking a look in this week’s blog at some of the nightlife you can enjoy with your guests while you’re spending time in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins or estates in Big Bear.

In addition to spending the actual holidays with your family, your time in Big Bear can include some great nighttime experiences as well. Here’s a sampling:

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.01.46 PMMusic lovers will enjoy their November nightlife in Big Bear with a visit to The Cave. This has emerged as Big Bear’s premiere live music venue, and they’ve got a full lineup for November. They’re kicking things off on November 2nd with the Monsters of Metal Night. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Maiden USA, Mr Crowley, Big City Nights and Dirty Deeds. The metal fest continues the following night on the 3rd with LA heavy metal standards by Dokken. Head over to The Cave on 9th for the “Big Bear Mini-Fest.” fundraiser for Big Bear High School Art Club in coordination with Bear Valley Go For the Arts! Music will be provided by Low Lake Mountain Fire, Quint & Loneship. Lorrie Morgan is launching her fist solo album in 5 years and will be appearing on the 16th. “Led Zepagain” Tribute to Led Zeppelin appears on the 17th. The
“Cash’d Out” Johnny Cash Tribute lands on the 24th. Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas, and they’ll be wrapping up November’s lineup on the 30th.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.00.14 PMTheater fans will want to plan for performances of “Little Women” and “Wait Until Dark” at the Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets online for these local productions that will be sure to keep you spellbound. For more details check out their website here.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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 holiday 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Plan Your July Getaway in Big Bear

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingSummer is in full swing, and our reservation line is heating up. It happens this time every year as excited families decide this is the year they’re going to plan a vacation that includes some truly luxurious accommodations. And we’re delighted to help create these memorable vacations, anniversaries, honeymoons and more. Our collection of luxury estates and cabins represents some of the finest properties you can find in all of Big Bear.  And your stay with us in these luxury accommodations is sure to create an experience your family will long remember.

Crowd wathcing fireworksJuly is an especially good month to plan your Big Bear getaway. Independence Day is one of our busiest holidays. The fireworks display in Big Bear the biggest Fourth of July fireworks display in Southern California. It’s especially fun, because the fireworks are launched from a barge on Big Bear Lake. The display in the sky is magnified by the reflections of the water. It’s truly an amazing show, and one you need to put on your bucket list.

Enjoy a fun night at the theater with The Big Bear Theater Project’s 80th anniversary presentation of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” You’ll enjoy a nostalgic trip to Grover’s Corners, and enjoy an evening with its colorful residents. The play opens July 6th, and runs through July 14th. For showtimes and information, visit their website. You can purchase tickets online at this link.

JoustingJuly 14th marks the opening of the annual Renaissance Faire in Fawnskin. It runs weekends through August 12th. This is one of our absolute favorite events, and a delightful time for everyone. This year they’re offering themed weekends. Fantasy Weekend is July 21-22, and you can expect to see fairies and all manner of mythical forest creatures. July 28-29 is Pirates Weekend, and you arrrrrrrr sure to have a Jolly Roger of a time. August 4th and 5th is Steampunk Weekend, and every goggle-wearing time-traveling Victorian is sure to enjoy some fun. The fun closes out on August 11th and 12th with Royal Weekend. This celebration of the faire’s royalty will include a sumptuous banquet fit for a queen, and you can join her for some turkey legs that are literally bigger than your head. Visit the faire’s website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Ongoing events during July include many scheduled rides with the Big Bear Cycling Association, and of course you’re invited to enjoy any of the miles of hiking trails that will get you up close with the beauty that Big Bear has to offer.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Plan a Quick Midweek Summer Getaway

Portrait Of Family On Airbed In Swimming PoolMost families like to plan a big summer vacation. The kids are out of school, and you’ve likely already had some conversations about it. But maybe your schedules are still too packed for a vacation lasting a full week or longer. If that’s the case, you can take advantage of our lower weekday rates and plan a quick midweek summer getaway.

Our busiest rental times are usually on the weekends, and many of our properties are priced accordingly. A midweek getaway can offer a greater value for your vacation dollars with the added benefit of lighter crowds at some of the more popular activities Big Bear has to offer. July is an especially busy month with lots of opportunities to enjoy dancing, dining, cycling and singing.

For your dancing fun, head over to Wyatt’s at The Big Bear Convention Center every Wednesday for free line dancing lessons and some foot stompin good fun. A plethora of dining options await you in The Village. Pick any one of the fine restaurants there as you stroll among the shop filled with unique gifts and amazing crafts. You’ll enjoy the smaller crowds during your midweek visit. The cyclists can keep active all month long by joining with the Big Bear Cycling Association for one of their many scheduled rides during July. Check out their website for times and places. And lastly, our favorite venue for top notch bands we just love to sing along with is The Cave. They’ve got a great lineup scheduled for July including a special appearance by Ted Nugent. Visit their website for info on upcoming bands.

And if you’re in the mood for a midweek stay with a real bang, you’ll want to grab one of our last remaining luxury vacation rentals for the 4th of July. In last week’s blog, we took a look at the July 4th holiday. It’s a perfect time to visit Big Bear for Southern California’s largest fireworks display. Choose one of our properties with a barbecue, and you’re all set for a perfect getaway.

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 spring 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Plan a Great July 4th in Big Bear

BigBearFireworksThe 4th of July is always a pretty big deal around here. Many families kick off their summer vacations with this holiday, and those heading to Big Bear for the holiday always enjoy a special treat. The fireworks display is the largest one in all of Southern California. The fireworks are fired from a barge on Big Bear Lake, and visible from many shoreside properties and parks, but are even more spectacular from a boat on the lake. It’s a truly memorable event, and one that many families repeat every year.

The fourth falls in the middle of the week this year, so it’s a great opportunity for many families to plan a vacation to include the weekends before and after. And there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay for the full week. Here’s a sample of the events that week:

July starts with a full slate of cycling events sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association. The events continue all month long with rides scheduled for all age and skill levels. Biking in Big Bear is a wonderful adventure with many rides taking advantaAnd if you arrive without a bike, you’ve got some great options to rent them in Big Bear. Visit www.bigbearcycling.com for more information on upcoming events.

NugentAtTheCaveRock and roll fans have a special treat on July 2 when Ted Nugent appears at The Cave. He’s sold over 40 million albums, performed a staggering 6500 live shows, and is world renown for his guitar shredding. This is a unique opportunity for Southern California fans to enjoy his unique brand of music in The Cave’s intimate setting. Get more details, view all upcoming shows, and purchase tickets at The Cave’s website.

Marathon running race, fun run, people feet on roadHead over to Meadow Park on the morning of fourth for the 1st Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run. Kick off the holiday with a fun run at Meadow Park, a great place on the lake to reserve your spot for the evening fireworks!
It’s a fun event for the entire family. Kids (and strollers!) welcomed with 3 distances – 5K, 10K, 15K. Wear something wacky, and you may win the costume contest as well. Head over to www.runbigbear.com for more details and preregistration.

The Convention Center will be hosting a July 4th Independence Day Fair. You’ll enjoy fun games, old fashion contests, vendor booths, and some great food as well.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillAnd if you don’t feel like cooking up your own feast, head over to the Marian Resort on Big Bear Blvd for the Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth Of July BBQ. This is also a great spot to view the fireworks. They’ll have booths set up with games, live music, and lots of other fun activities. Be sure to pack your lawn chairs and some blankets, so you can enjoy the fireworks in comfort later. Get more info on ticket prices and activities at this link.

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 spring 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.