The Virtues of Staycationing, Nearcationing, or Just Enjoying Southern California

It seems that in the life of every Southern Californian there comes a time when you look at your spouse and say, “You know, I just realized we haven’t been to Disneyland since your Uncle Harold visited us back in 2007.  I think they’ve got a couple of new attractions.”

Well, actually, they do! And so for this week’s blog, we’re going to encourage all our Southern California friends to dive in and participate in the recently-coined activities of a “staycation” or “nearcation.” As the names imply, some folks are electing to stay closer to home for upcoming vacations, and we’re here to encourage that. We’ve got some of the most luxurious accommodations available near Southern California beaches, so you can plan out an amazing vacation very near home.

Staycations are a great new trend, and with a Five Star Vacation Rental, you can maximize both the fun and value of staying near home for your upcoming getaway. Here are just a few of the advantages:

Resistance is futile. Go see the mouse.

Plan a vacation with your kids and their friends. Many of our kids have friends they will miss over the summer, and would love to have them along on a vacation. Since most of our Southern California beach properties have large sleeping capacities, it can be a great getaway with room for all your kids’ friends in tow. It’ll be a delight to listen to them laughing and giggling late into the night in the luxury of one of our vacation rentals. Get them all out of bed the following morning for a quick drive to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, or just a short walk to the beach. No plane tickets, no airports, no rental cars – just great fun in a luxury vacation rental near the beach.

Feel the Ocean Breeze

You can finally get caught up with friends and relatives. Count up the number of times you’ve told some family member or friend, “Let’s make some time to get together.” Most of us can sadly count up quite a few of those. Well, renting one of our big luxury homes nearby is a great way to make that happen.

Call each of those friends and relatives and tell them to set aside that special night when you’re going to have them over for a barbecue at your vacation rental beach home. Imagine how much more special that night will be as you all enjoy the cool evening breeze and watch the sun set on the ocean from the deck of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’ll make the time all that more special to have them spend the night in one of the guest suites and just pick up in the morning where you left off the night before.  Or have everybody meet at Disneyland.  Enjoy a great day at the park, and then caravan back to your vacation rental home at the beach.  You can all get up the next morning and walk down to the beach to continue the fun.  This is an amazing way to finally make the time to get together with those you care about the most.

Romantic Beach Wedding

Plan the perfect summer wedding, family event, or church retreat. Do you have a wedding coming up with guests coming in from out of town?   Five Star Vacation Rentals can be a perfect solution that everyone will remember as a wonderful time.  Do yourself and your loved ones a favor.  Skip that thought you had that went something like this:  “Well, if we move Johnny out to the couch, and have Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary take his bed, then we’ll get the rollaway out of storage and . . . ”  Don’t do it!  Make this a special time filled with joy, not old lumpy bedding and long lines for your bathroom.

Last November we had a bridal party rent one of our Laguna Beach homes. Jessica was the bride and she wrote us a note to tell us her family’s stay leading up to her wedding was “absolutely amazing.”  Her entire bridal party enjoyed nightly sunsets on the ocean with lots of room to move around.   They had no musty old roll-away beds and no lines for the bathrooms!   Jessica and her family took a joyous occasion and turned it into a wonderful experience for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom.   Read more of her comments and see which of our homes she chose here. So whether you’re planning a wedding on the beach or anywhere in Southern California, one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beach homes is certain to make this an amazing time.

Laguna Beach Arts Festival -- Book Early!

Book now for your stay during the Laguna Beach Sawdust Arts Festival. This year’s festival runs from June 29th through September 2nd, and attracts visitors from all over the world.  We sell out most years during the festival, so be sure to book early.  The festival is a great event for the entire family with over 200 skilled artisans displaying creations from fine portraiture to delicately blown glass.  There’s also great entertainment and a huge variety of great food.

Call us today 310-780-3411 and we’ll be glad to have one of our friendly staff help you plan the ideal Southern California getaway.  We have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel.  Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park City, Palm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

 

 

Plan a Great Family Getaway to Villa la Estancia in Mexico

View from one of our Villas. Don't you wish you were here?

You’re looking at the calendar and trying to decide on a vacation destination for this summer or next winter.  There are so many choices.  How about trying something exotic this year with a resort getaway to the beach at Villa la Estancia in Mexico?  There are lots of good reasons.

Villa la Estancia is consistently one of the highest rated destinations in all of Mexico.  Guests seem to have nothing but rave reviews online:  “We had a king suite and lived like rock stars.” is one of our favorites.  The staff is carefully chosen and trained to be mindful of your every need.  Your stay will be one the entire family never forgets.

Located right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Villa la Estancia is is the picture of beach-side luxury.  We have 16 units to choose from, with a good range of pricing too.  The resort has a a huge spa with a  17,000 sq ft facility which features 14 indoor treatment suites, two exclusive VIP treatment suites with private Jacuzzi and shower, a spa retail shop, a full-service beauty salon and a fitness studio.

Your luxury home away from home. You won't want to leave.

Each of our units is furnished with all the luxury appointments.  If you want to forego the restaurants, you’ll have a full kitchen to cook your own meals. If you have a good day fishing, you may want to bake up a gourmet fish dinner for the family.  The suites all have a great floor plan geared toward accommodating large groups or more than one family.  And since we have so many units available, it’s ideal to book your larger family reunion or church retreat into several of our units.  Take a virtual tour of one unit 1502 here.

Pack your golf clubs and enjoy a round or two while you’re away as well.  There are plenty of other local activities to keep the entire family busy.  Choose from horseback riding, surfing, shopping, historic sites, museums, ATV rentals and boat rentals.  We think you should stay at least 2 weeks to take it all in.  But that’s just us talkin’!

The on-site restaurants are world class, and you can enjoy the full resort experience with the gourmet selections available from  room service.  We’re especially fond of the La Casona restaurant.  It’s the only restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta to feature Kobe and Angus Certified Beef.

Enjoy the Festival from December 1-12th.

Villa la Estancia is a year-round resort, so if you can’t make it this summer, we’re accepting reservations for your winter vacation.  And winter is a very special time to visit.

Each year the nearby historic Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe hosts a 12 day festival starting on the first of December. The festival is a great time to visit with lots of family fun, food vendors and a great fireworks display to culminate the festival.  Be sure to book your stay early as the festival is very popular!

We have a variety of units available, and Villa la Estancia offers our guests a great all inclusive package that lets you take care of meals and gratuities.  There’s more information about the all-inclusive plan here. Call us at 310-780-3411 or visit our Villa la Estancia page here to view all our units.

Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear Guest Testimonials

Five  Star Vacation Rentals was started in a very different way than most vacation rental companies.  That’s one of the reasons we consistently find our guests calling us for return visits.  Before we ever got into the vacation rental business we were guests at vacation rentals. We’ve seen first hand the difference quality management can make in a guest’s overall experience. We’ve combined this with our background in hotel management and guest services to create a level of service that we’re confident cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

We’re continually pleased to see guests become regular visitors to our properties.  Some find a favorite rental they want to keep returning to, and others enjoy the fact that they can choose any of our rentals with the confidence that they will have a great experience regardless of which unit they choose.  Here are just a few of the many testimonials we’ve received:

Cabin #1: "Thrilled"

Softball Team Scores a Great Getaway With Big Bear Cabin #1
“Just a quick note, our softball team (35 and over) were thrilled with the cabin.  It is absolutely beautiful and fit the 10 of us to a tee.  We appreciate the great deal you gave us, and all the women wanted your website for their future stays in Big Bear.  Hope to do business with you again.”
Submitted by DeDe G.  after staying in our Big Bear Cabin #1 Bear Mountain 4 Bedroom.  Click here to see more info on this cabin.

 

Big Bear Cabin #3 is “Nice, Clean, and Cozy”

Cabin #3: "Great Rental"

“Hello Kevin,
We just wanted to send along a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for a wonderful stay at your cabin #3 this last week. We enjoyed our stay very much in this wonderful home at a very nice location. Looking forward to staying with you again soon. May God Bless!”
Submitted by John & Diana C after staying in our Big Bear Cabin #3.
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John D. and his family also stayed in Cabin #3, and sent us this note:

“First off I want to say thank you for the great rental in Big Bear this weekend. We had a great time and enjoyed our stay. We plan to rent from you many more times in the near future. Cabin was very nice, clean and cozy.
Thank you for the great customer service.”   View more info or book Cabin #3 online here.

Cabin #5 "Like Home"

Our Big Bear Cabin #5 Rental Is a Lakefront Dream
“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Cobb,
Had to take the time and thank you.  The cabin was well beyond our expectations.  It was in a perfect location andit was roomy, comfortable and felt like home.  All of us loved it.
We have also now recommended this cabin to two of our friends and more to come.  We think you will get a call in the near future from a friend of my husband asking for this or one of your other cabins.  A relative from San Diego is also planning on using this wonderful find in the near future.  We have a great number of friends who probably will be in contact.  We can’t recommend it enough.  Again, thank you.
The low hassle and professional handling of this matter was more than appreciated.”  Submitted by Patty C.  View more pictures and details about Cabin #5 here.

We encourage you to look over all our Big Bear vacation rental cabins and see the many recommendations provided by previous guests.   It’s important to us that your experience in any of our cabins builds a great memory that will have you returning year after year.

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your vacation getaway now. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

Off-Season Fun At Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain is one of our most popular ski destinations.  Skiers from all over Southern California flock to Mammoth each winter for the great slopes.  But Mammoth is a great destination the entire year round.  There are lots of great places and things to do very close by.

Motocross Racing At Its Finest

Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross
June 21 – July 01
Are you a motocross rider, or enjoy watching the races?  Every summer Mammothhosts the oldest continuously running motocross in the nation.  Top riders from all over the country trek to Mammoth each year to compete.  This 10-day event is a top destination for motocross fans, and always provides an amazing show filled with fast bikes and lots of adrenaline. There are also slots open for non-qualified racers.  Registration begins May 10th. Visit http://www.mammothmotocross.com for more details.

Old Mammoth Parade
4th of July
Enjoy a slice of small town fun with Independence Day in Mammoth.  The town hosts a parade that you can watch with the kids, or sign up to walk along in the parade!  It’s a great time to don your best patriotic outfits, slather on the sun block, and load the kids up on ice cream.  There’s plenty of entertainment for the entire family.  The fun starts at 11:00 am at Old Mammoth Road & Main Street.

Calling All Triathletes — of All Ages!
July 7th

Calling All Triathletes!

The High Sierra Triathlon Club annually hosts what they proudly describe as the “Toughest Race In The Most Beautiful Place.”  With events scheduled for entrants aged 6 and up, this is a great opportunity for the entire family to literally immerse themselves in the amazing beauty of the Mammoth Mountain area.  Visit www.junelaketriathlon.com to register online.   There are plenty of volunteer positions availble for any non-triathletes in the family.  The race helps benefit Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. Slots fill fast, so be sure to book your stay with us and your place in the race!

 

24th Annual Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee
July 11 – July 15
Mix your favorite jazz music with the scenery of the Sierras, and you’ve got a recipy for a great family vacation.  Mammoth hosts this annual Jazz Jubilee in the most picturesque setting you’ve ever seen.  In addition to the great music, you’ll also enjoy amazing food and fun activities for the whole family.  Tickets are on sale now.  Visit http://www.mammothjazz.org for more details.

VillageFest Has Great Ribs and Chili

VillageFest is California’s Highest Rib and Chili Cook-Off
July 27 – July 28
Just mention barbecue ribs, and we all start looking for our car keys.  Name the place, and we’ll be there!  You are not going to want to miss this one.  Whisk the family away to one of our luxury Mammoth condominiums.  Be sure to pack extras shirts, because this is gonna get messy!  Mammoth’s annual rib cookoff is a delight for everyone.  VillageFest has a large variety of amazing food, crafts booths, bands, and local artists.  And did we mention amazing food?  Visit http://www.mammothvillagefest.com for more info on this absolutely yummy event!

Call us today at 310-780-3411 for more info or to book your Mammoth Mountain vacation rental.  View our Mammoth Mountain properties here.

Get a Park City Utah Vacation Rental — But Leave Your Skis At Home!

The mountains outside Salt Lake City are arguably among the most beautiful in the world.  Park City is one of our most popular destinations year round.  Here are just a few of the things coming up in June in Park City:

Park Silly Sunday Market
Sundays 10am – 5pm, June 10th – September 23rd
This one-of-a-kind open-air street market on historic Main Street has a little bit of everything that makes Park City a fun and unique destination.  Mom and dad will love all the amazing antiques, arts and crafts booths, street performers and bands.  The kids will love the bounce houses, clowns, crafts, face painting and amazing treats.

Park City Historic Home Tour
June 15th -16th
This annual event is a hit with locals, and we can understand why.  It starts on Friday night with a group of renowned local chefs mingling with costumed historical characters to provide equal parts of colorful history and unrivaled taste treats.  You’ll head back to your Five Star Vacation Rental that night with a smile on your face and eager anticipation for the next day’s activities.  On Saturday, you’ll be treated to to a tour of some of the local historical homes with their proud owners giving you all the details of their intriguing past.  This will be followed with another reception full of culinary treats.  Bring good walking shoes and a big appetite for a great time.

A Week of Great Music and Family Fun
June 16th – June 24th

Ask any kid. It's just plain fun.

For  one week in June, Park City hosts some of the most talented artists and performers in the country.  The performances start on Saturday, June 16th with Neko Case at the Library Square Amphitheater.  Neko has performed all over the world and was a featured performer at Lollapalooza in 2009.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your stay, and you can buy your tickets online here.

On Thursday, June 21st, grab your platform shoes, tie-dye shirt and floppy hats to join us for an evening with John Fogerty.  John will be performing at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.  You can count on him providing an amazing evening of songs both old and new that will keep you smiling.  Tickets are available online at this link.

Utah Arts Festival. Music, food, art, and kid's stuff

And from June 21st through June 24th enjoy the Utah Arts Festival.  This year there will be an amazing 66 local bands performing.  This annual event hosts street theater and dance performers to delight the entire family.   Music lovers will love the eclectic mix of unique shopping, food, and talent drawn from around the Park City area.  The kids may ignore the music and just dive in to the hands-on arts, crafts, and mini-film festival that’s a part of the festivities.

Be sure to call us at 310-780-3411 for help planning out your next vacation.  We’ll gladly fill you in on local events and be sure to find the best accommodations available from our Five Star Vacation Rental units in Park City.

Planning a vacation somewhere other than Park City?  Be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Big BearPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

How to Create a Once-In-A-Lifetime Big Bear Vacation

Big Bear is one of our most popular destinations, and there are plenty of good reasons for that.  We have some of the finest Big Bear cabin rentals you’ll be able to find, and it’s a short drive from anywhere in Southern California.  Also, Big Bear is a year-round resort with world-class skiing in the winter, and boating, fishing, hiking, and golfing the rest of the year.

Since many of our guests plan ahead for months to make their Big Bear vacation memorable, we’d like to throw in a few events and activities that are easily overlooked by many visitors, but very popular with Big Bear residents.

Let's Eat In Tonight!

Unleash Your Inner Gourmet!
From April through September the Big Bear Convention Center hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market. Each Tuesday from 8:30am til 1:00pm you can choose from a wonderful variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.  And since all of our cabins come equipped with full kitchens and cooking implements, you can plan out some amazing family meals.  The Convention Center is located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.  Click here to view the map or get directions.

Enter Our Trout Tournament
The Big Bear annual trout tournament falls on Saturday and Sunday May 19th – 20th.  There’s a prize pool of $8000 to be split among the fishermen who land the biggest trout.   And new this year is a special tagged prize fish.  If a lucky fisherman lands this fish, he’ll win $10,000. Visit  http://www.maytroutclassic.com more details.

Welcome to All Pirate Families

Arrrrrh!, Be Pirates For a Day
Yes, once a year you can put on your best Jack Sparrow and join a bunch of crazy pirates during Big Bear’s annual Pirate Faire.   It’s a great time for the entire family.  The Faire puts on historical reenactments of battles and events.  Deck out the entire family in pirate garb and have fun watching the kids enter the costume contest.  There’s fun shopping, food, music, and plenty of grog for dad.  This year’s Pirate Faire is on June 2nd.  Click here for more details and ticket prices.

Enjoy Some Jazz on the Lake
Tickets have just gone on sale for the 7th Annual Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival.  If you’re a jazz fan, this is a great event in an unmatched setting.  Each year name artists trek to Big Bear to perform on the lake in our annual Jazz Music Festival.  Bring the entire family to enjoy some amazing music along with great food and refreshments.  The Music Festival runs June 2-3 this year.  For more details and an updated list of performers, visit the JazzTrax website.

Be sure to book your cabin with us as far in advance as you can to ensure availability. Click here to view all of our Big Bear cabins, or just give us a call at 310-780-3400.

Planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear?  Be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City, Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

 

New Chalet Summit Is Our Biggest Multi-Family Cabin

9 Bedrooms, 9.5 Baths, and fun for everyone

We are always on the lookout for unique and distinctive properties, so our interest was immediately piqued when we first took a look at Chalet Summit.

Here at Five Star Vacation Rentals we get lots of calls from people who are putting together family vacations, retreats, or reunions and need a property that can accommodate multiple families. Big Bear is a great destination for group events, and Chalet Summit is a perfect cabin for large groups.  Located just 2 blocks from Snow Summit, it was clearly designed to make large groups very comfortable.  We think this is one of the finest Big Bear cabin rentals you could find.

We love the floor plan of this vacation rental with its 9 bedrooms — 8 of which are master suites so each guest can enjoy the comfort and privacy of their own bathroom.  With a total of 9.5 bathrooms, it’s a perfect home for a family reunion, office getaway or retreat for your church or Sunday school group.  This beautiful Big Bear vacation cabin is just completing renovations, so it will have new hardwood floors and upgraded appliances when we start renting it May 1st.

A pool table, foosball, PacMan . . . Why leave the cabin?

We’ve made sure that your large group won’t run out of fun things to do when just hanging out around the cabin.  When you’re not having a friendly pool tournament running, you can take turns playing a classic Ms. Pacman game, Air Hockey, or Foosball.  After the kids all get to bed, you can relax in front of the gas fireplace, enjoy a classic movie on the big screen TV, or slide into the spa out back.   It’s just a great place to catch up with friends and relatives while you enjoy the great outdoor activities that Big Bear has to offer.  It’s just a few minutes walk to Snow Summit and is also close to the lake, village and shopping areas in Big Bear Lake.

The cabin’s renovations will be completed by May 1st, and we’re taking reservations now.   Chalet Summit is going to be a cabin that is in great demand. Our summer dates are already starting to fill, so be sure to call us right away to secure your reservation. View more photos and details about Chalet Summit here.  Or call us at 310-780-3411 to book online with one of our helpful reservation agents.

 

 

Congratulations to Vanny Chow, The Winner of Our Oktoberfest Cabin Rental Contest!

We’d like to thank everybody who submitted an entry for our Big Bear photo contest. We had some really great entries, and it was very difficult to choose the winner.

Riley Chow, you're a winner!

Our judges selected Vanny’s photo because it seemed to capture the essence of a Five Star Vacation Rentals getaway to Big Bear. It’s clearly fun for the entire family and a memorable event.

The photo features Vanny’s son Riley. He was about 2 years old at the time, and was clearly delighted about something. We reached Vanny by phone, and she gave us some background on the photo:

“It was taken out in front of one of those great knick knack stores in the village. They had a little jelly bean vending machine out in front, and I bought some for Riley. I think it was the first time he ever had jelly beans.” She gave Riley one of the jelly beans right before she snapped the photo. Riley clearly approved of the treat.

And we learned that Vanny feels the same way about Five Star Vacation Rentals. She rented from other companies in the past, but found “some rentals we tried didn’t even provide the basic amenities.”

She has rented from us two years in a row and really likes our service and great selection: “Five Star has so many different properties, and we’ve tried a couple of them. We had our car get stuck in the snow in the driveway once when we were supposed to check out, but they extended our checkout time at no charge and even got us help to get out!”

Weekends from September 15th through October 27th

Vanny mentioned she really appreciates that our cabins are prepared so she can just arrive and relax. The cabins she rented both had all the necessary amenities so she could get settled in right away.

Vanny’s advice for anybody considering a Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear getaway is very straight forward: “Definitely do it. It was a great experience. No need to worry about anything. The cabins are very clean and all have full amenities, so you can enjoy your stay without having to worry about anything.” She adds that she had such a delightful stay “I told everybody about it – all my friends and family. I even put it up on my Facebook page!”

Well, Vanny, we appreciate your kind words, and are glad your stay exemplified the experience we strive to deliver to each of our guests. Congratulations again on your win, and enjoy your upcoming stay in Big Bear for Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is one of the biggest events of the year in Big Bear. There’s fun for the entire family with lots of great bands, shows, and exotic beers to sample. We’re currently accepting reservations for Oktoberfest which runs weekends from September 15th through October 27th. But be sure to book early as we sell out most years. You’re definitely not going to want to miss this!

Call us today at 310-780-3411. Browse our Big Bear cabins on this page.

Plan Ahead For Your Summer Getaway to Big Bear

The kids are just finishing up Spring break, and you glance at the calendar. Summer is just a couple months away! Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer getaway vacation to Big Bear with a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Throughout much of Southern California, the summer months bring stifling hot temperatures and smog alerts. But after a short drive up the mountain to Big Bear, you’ll find more moderate temperatures and smog-free skies. And there are plenty of summer activities to keep the entire family smiling for your getaway whether it’s just a weekend or several weeks.

Relax by the Lake

You’ll notice the kids will start to quiet down as you climb up the road leading to Big Bear. The choruses of “Are we there yet?” will usually be replaced with “oohs” and “ahhs” as they start to see the dramatic change in scenery as towering trees begin to appear and perhaps catching glimpses of local wildlife like deer and colorful birds.

Five Star Vacation Rentals has streamlined your check in process, so before you know it you’ll be unlocking the door to your luxury cabin and listening to the kids run off to claim a bedroom. Many of our cabins have extensive collections of games, so the kids may start a playing Foosball as you unload the car. If you choose one of our cabins with a spa, you may all end up laughing and splashing together as you take deep, full breaths of the amazingly crisp clear air you’ll find in Big Bear.

When you finally crawl into bed that first night, you’ll probably vow to sleep late the following morning to start enjoying your Big Bear vacation. But you should expect that the kids will have other plans, and they may well start tugging at you early to get your day started on one of the many fun activities that Big Bear offers. Here’s just a sample:

Rent a Paddle Board on Big Bear Lake

Action Zip Line Tours can send your entire family flying among the treetops in Big Bear. They offer exhilarating zip line adventures that will have you all squealing with delight as you each do you personal impersonation of Superman flying through the trees. Be sure to visit their website before you leave home to get pricing and reservations: http://www.actionziplinetours.com

In the mood for some water adventure? Head over the the Big Bear Marina and check out their big selection of rental boats. You’ll have a variety to choose from. If you want a quiet day on the lake for the entire family, you can rent one of their larger pontoon boats. If you’re in the mood for a bit more active fun on the lake, take a look at their kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Whatever you choose, you’ll soon see the entire family laughing, splashing, and having more fun together than you’ve had in a long time. Here’s their website for rates and availability: http://www.bigbearmarina.com/boats.html

Take a hike! There are over 50 miles of improved trails in and around the Big Bear area, and summer is a wonderful time to enjoy a family outing among the trees and wildlife. You can make a day of it by packing a picnic lunch. You can start your day at the Big Bear Discovery Center (http://www.nationalforestassociation.org/bigbeardiscoverycenter.php ). They have maps and information available there on the best trails to choose for your family.

Big Bear also has a wonderful 9 hole golf course with a pro shop and great restaurant on premises. You can also make a day of it by booking to play a full 18 holes by arranging to play through twice. It’s one of the most beautiful golf courses in Southern California with fairways surrounded by towering pines and amazing mountain views in the distance. Big Bear’s 7000 foot elevation will turn many duffers into instant pros as their balls soar to new distances in the clean thin air.

Miles and Miles of Hiking Trails

These are just a handful of the fun activities available during your stay in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals. Our helpful staff can also give you more ideas. And if you’re planning a stay of a week or more, please be sure to call us, so we can help find a discounted weekly rental rate.

So don’t delay! Visit our Big Bear Rentals page.  Many of our properties get booked early, so book online or call us at 310-780-3411 to plan your summer vacation in Big Bear.

There’s still time to enter our Big Bear photo/video contest!
We’re offering one lucky winner a free cabin rental for Oktoberfest in Big Bear.  Just visit our Facebook page and submit your original photo or video depicting a stay you’ve had in Big Bear. The winner will get a free cabin rental and free tickets for Oktoberfest.  Visit our Facebook page here, or read more details about the contest on our blog here.

Ocean View Vacation Rental in Beautiful Monarch Beach Just Added

Ocean View From Tampico Great Room

Some of us are old enough to remember that old show from the 80’s and 90’s, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”  And more recently we have MTV’s show, “Cribs.”  It’s natural for us to wonder how the rich and famous live.  Well, imagine how excited we were when we learned that our newest property was recently owned by a certain very tan weatherman on a Los Angeles television station.  When we got our first look at the Tampico home, we found out that he not only has a talent for predicting the weather, but he’s also spot-on when it comes to choosing a luxury getaway.

Tampico is located in the exclusive gated community of Niguel Shores in Monarch Beach.  It has direct ocean views and a breathtaking floor plan.  When you walk in the front door, you’re immediately greeted by the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that face the ocean.  There’s a large wrap around deck with plenty of seating so you and your guests can watch the sunset while you enjoy the cool ocean breezes.  Here’s a virtual tour to give you a taste of what  you’ll be seeing during your stay here: Tampico View Virtual Tour

Private Beach a Short Walk Away

With the dramatic windows in the great room, you’ll never feel very far away from the ocean.  So enjoy the great gourmet kitchen and cook up some steaks on the barbecue.  Relax in the Jacuzzi, or take in a quick game of tennis at the clubhouse.  With 4 bedrooms including two full master suites, there’s plenty of room for up to 12 guests.

Pull on your flip flops and take the short walk down to the members-only area of Salt Creek.  You’ll find great surfing, swimming, and benches where you can sit and listen to the waves crash on the beach as the sun slowly sets at the end of the day.  There’s a slate-lined outside shower when you return to wash off the sand before you go back inside.  On the cool evenings, you can all gather in the great room and light up the custom glass fireplace to create a wonderful relaxing glow.  Enjoy a movie on one of the three flat screen TV’s as well.

The time you spend in Tampico will always be remembered as scenic, relaxing, and something that you’ll vow to do again.  Call us today for details on this rental in Monarch Beach.

Click here to view more info and details about this great Five Star Vacation Rentals property.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411.

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