Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah From All of Us at Five Star Vacation Rentals

christmaswrappingWe sincerely hope you and your family are finding time to enjoy the holidays. We know it can be a rushed time of year, but trust you’re going to get some relaxing time with those you love.

This time of year is always busy for us. Christmas and New Year’s are big dates for planning a getaway, and with snow on the ground, our avid skiers are lining up to get some time on the slopes.  We do still have a couple of properties available for the holidays, so if you hurry, you may be able to plan an amazing last-minute getaway for Christmas or New Year’s.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerRegardless of where you spend it, we sincerely hope you and your family have a great holiday. We’ll be gathering with our loved ones, and getting caught up on the best memories of the past year. We have much to be thankful for, and our wonderful guests are among them.  We truly thank you for allowing us to be a part of your weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and birthdays. We share your excitement for these big life events, and get a special thrill working with you to make them even more memorable. We’re eager to see what events we’ll be a part of with you in the year ahead.

Though we typically get completely booked for Christmas and New Years, you can still check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Point Those Skis Downhill, but Which Hill?

Ski season is upon us, an we’re getting calls from increasing numbers of downhill fans. It’s a fun time of the year, and we hope this is a long season. One of the great things about this time of year is the many choices you have to pursue your ski passion. We’re pleased to have some of the most luxurious destinations to make your time off the slopes almost as fun as your time on them. Here are a few great options we have.

skiingBig Bear is our most popular ski destination.  The great thing about skiing in Big Bear is how convenient it is to get to the slopes. Many of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins are within walking distance of the slopes, and all the rest are a short drive away.  Choose one of our luxury Big Bear cabins, and you’ll have a struggle each day to leave the luxury of your cabin for the thrill of the slopes. Book a couple extra days, so you can get a full measure of enjoyment from both. View our Big Bear cabins and book online at this link.

If you’re a Mammoth Mountain fan, we’ve got a couple of great options. We have two adjacent condos at Juniper Springs Lodge that provide a great home base for some serious skiing. This is a true ski-in/ski-out destination, and the ski lift is right outside your door.

Park City consistently rates as one of the top 10 ski resorts in North America, and we’ve got a great way for you to enjoy your stay there even more. We have a slope side condo located at the base of Park City Mountain next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts. Located in the Snow Flower resort, this has some great amenities to enjoy off the slopes as well. One of the most popular is the heated pool kept at a toasty warmth year round.

Whichever one of our destinations you choose, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, condo, or estate is going to be a luxuriously relaxing part of your next ski getaway.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

New Years in Big Bear

We know you’re still rushing around getting ready for Christmas, but you may want to take a moment out and think about making this New Year’s celebration one that you’ll remember for a long time.

Big Bear has always been a popular destination for New Year’s revelers. There’s usually a good amount of snow for the skiers and downhill sledding fans. Most of the major attractions in Big Bear are a short drive from many of our cabins, so you can enjoy a nice meal in the Village, and head back to your luxury vacation rental to watch the ball drop on Times Square.  Here are a few more advantages to consider.

Laughing and celebrating the new years eveHave a safe, fun place for your party.

Your Five Star Vacation Rental is the perfect destination for your group or multiple family New Year’s celebration. We have properties big enough to handle most groups. Some of our cabins sleep up to 15 guests. And with your rental, you have the peace of mind knowing that all your guests can enjoy themselves without worrying about going out on the road to get home. They can just wander down the hall and sleep safely and comfortably in your Big Bear vacation rental.

Arrive early or stay late to enjoy more of Big Bear

Laughing and celebrating the new years eveWinter is a magical time in Big Bear, and you can enhance your New Year’s celebration by including some time to enjoy the local scene. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have some of the best skiing around, and there are also plenty of downhill sites to have fun with your sled or inner tube. Just adding a couple extra days for quiet time in front of the fireplace or in the hot tub can greatly increase the enjoyment of your stay us.  Make time for an evening in Big Bear Village to include a great meal at one of the restaurants and a leisurely stroll among the fun shops. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or some quality family time, your time away should be as relaxing as it possibly can be, and this is sure to help.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

December in Big Bear

December is always a magical time in Big Bear. We expect to see some snow, but its been cold enough that Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have both been making snow, so the skiers have good machine groomed conditions.  There’s also plenty to keep you busy off the slopes as well.

Fans of live theater will want to get tickets to the final weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” It closes this weekend, so be sure to check if tickets are still available. Call the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at (909) 866-4970.

Christmas in Big Bear Village a real wonderland. Santa and Mrs. Claus can be found here each weekend through December 24th, so bring the kids and their lists down for Santa to review. Village merchants get in the spirit as well with lots of colorful decorations and some great ideas for gifts and unique creations by local artisans.

baldeagleWhile Big Bear’s population tends to swell during the winter, it’s also a favorite cold-weather destination for bald eagles. This creates a unique opportunity for volunteers to join with the Forest Service to conduct the annual Bald Eagle count. Volunteers are needed to help count the majestic birds who arrive in Big Bear each year. The Forest Service will provide a brief orientation and point you to a vantage point to watch for these amazing birds. Get more details at this link: http://mountainsfoundation.org/events/2016/11/21/bald-eagle-celebration

2nd_annual_messiah_flyer_logoWe can think of no better way to get into the true spirit of Christmas than to participate in the 2nd annual Messiah singalong at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center. This is a time to join hands and hearts and rejoice over the real meaning of the season. And sing along with a great orchestra and choir in the process.  It’s certain to be an absolutely heavenly experience.  There are two performances on December 17th at 2pm and 7pm. Seating is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at this link.

While we love spending time each December in Big Bear, we have some other great destinations to choose from as well. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

It’s Freezing in Big Bear. You Know What That Means?

We’ve had a real cold snap in Big Bear. It’s been below freezing every night, and the distant whooshing sound you hear is the snow machines working on that base every night. Yes, it’s time to pull out your skis and book your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Middle Aged Couple On Ski Holiday In MountainsBig Bear is a year-round destination, but winter is when the fun gets hip deep. Literally.  And we’re just one short week away from the start of ski season. There’s no better way to work off your Thanksgiving dinner than spending Friday on the slopes. You’ll have to hurry, though. Last we checked, we only had a couple of vacation rental cabins in Big Bear still available for the holiday weekend. You can search for available properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals

If you’re not able to join us over the holiday weekend, this is a great time to nail down your plans and book your ski getaway in Big Bear for another time. Winter is always a busy season for us because of the popularity of the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. And many of our properties are located very close with some close enough that you can walk to the slopes. Can you imagine that? Roll out of bed in your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, have a great breakfast in your cabin’s gourmet kitchen, then grab your skis and walk to the slopes. It just doesn’t get much better than this.

Woman relaxing in the jacuzzi taking a bath
Woman relaxing in the jacuzzi taking a bath

If you’re a bit sore after spending the day on the slopes, you’ll find most of our properties have hot tubs to make for a perfectly relaxing evening afterward. Top that off with some relaxation in front of the fireplace with our friends and family, and you’ll soon see why the toughest part of any Five Star Vacation Rental getaway is that morning you need to pack up and return home. But don’t despair.  The snow will continue to fall, the hot tubs will continue to greet you at the end of the day, and you’re welcome to return as often as you like. The luxury of your Big Bear vacation rental will be ready whenever you want to return.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link. In the mood for a getaway elsewhere? We’ve got some other great destinations too. We also maintain rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

There’s Just Too Much September

Honestly, we’re poring over the upcoming events in Big Bear for September, and we realize we’re going to need to start offering a monthly rate for our vacation rentals here.  We certainly encourage you to give it a try, but we’re convinced there’s just too much going on to cram into a quick weekend getaway or even a longer stay during the week. Check out these options.

Oktoberfest makes its annual “why-wait-for-October?” arrival on September 10th this year. Feel free to call it “Septemberfest” if you must.  The fun will the same regardless.    It runs weekends until the end of October.

If you’ve never been to Oktoberfest, you’ve been missing out.  In addition to one of the most amazing collections of international brews found anywhere, the entire family will find lots of fun and activities.  Yep, last week you couldn’t even spell “lederhosen,” and now you own a pair.  Nice knees.  There’s plenty of Bavarian music to get your feet moving, and the kids will love all the activities set up just for them.  Sundays are family day. Kids get in free, and the’ll enjoy a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and carnival games.

September 10th will see the arrival of the hugely popular Young Eagles program at the Big Bear airport.  This event is intended to acquaint kids with the thrill of civilian aviation.  Aimed at kids ages 8-17, it offers many their first free flight in a private airplane.  The pilots will spend time with participants explaining the different parts of the aircraft to teach them the basics of flight and how the planes work.  The free flight that follows is the essence of excitement.  This is something every parent should do for their kids.  And it’s free.  This takes place on the second Saturday of each month through September. More info on their website:  www.youngeagles.org

Weekends at the Big Bear Discovery Center are a big hit with our guests.  You can join them for nature walks and learn some of the little-known history of Big Bear and its inhabitants.  The trail guides will also provide fascinating information about the plant and animal life that surrounds you.   Visit their website for more details.

Of course all of these activities take on a special significance when you have a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental cabin to head back to after you’ve had your fun.  Cook up a big family meal in your gourmet kitchen or just assemble the family in the hot tub for a relaxing evening after your full day.  A Five Star Vacation Rental will be the difference between, “that was fun” and “we’ve GOT to do that again!”

You can view all of our Big Bear luxury vacation rentals at this link.  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.

Don’t Rent a Hotel When You Can Stay in Style

Different people have different standards when traveling. Some people will prioritize finding the most affordable accommodations, while others will demand the most exquisite luxury. What if the most luxurious accommodations were also the best value? Well, folks, it isn’t too good to be true. Allow us to present the following reasons why choosing a vacation rental might, in fact, be a better bang for your buck. Not to mention, a better experience and a better place to make memories.

The differences between a hotel room and a vacation rental are plentiful. While a hotel may place you in a cramped room within close proximity to loud neighbors, a vacation rental gives you all of the space and privacy you could ever crave. You need not worry about crying babies or any other late-night sounds drifting over from adjacent rooms. Instead, you can relax and rest freely in a space that’s entirely yours.

Region capture 19Unless, of course, you decide to share it! A vacation rental is the ideal way to share a vacation with your family or with other travelers. Unlike other accommodations, a rental gives you the ability to welcome guests as you please. Parking is also no longer an issue. While a hotel might charge you to park, the area surrounding your rental is also free game for your use, so you and any guests joining you can park without worry. Eliminating the potential charge of parking can result in substantial savings.

You can also save by utilizing the gourmet kitchen in your vacation rental and cooking meals instead of eating out. While sampling local food is, of course, part of your trip, you can make memories cooking with professional-grade amenities. This can save you the cost of several meals and make your vacation even more special. If the goal of your trip is to relax and escape, you deserve a space in which you can do so. A vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rental offers features and luxury that beat what any hotel might offer as well as an experience that is truly invaluable.

While Big Bear is our most popular destination, 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.

Planning a Nuevo Vallarta Beach Vacation

Where do you go when you want an exotic beach getaway that’s close to home…but not too close? It isn’t a trick question, and yes, such a place exists. The cool sandy beaches of Mexico’s Nuevo Vallarta may be exactly what you’re looking for. With flight times out of LAX averaging three hours, it’s clear why this locale is such a popular pick for luxurious yet accessible vacations. The beach boasts warm, white sand contrasted by clear blue water and the lush greenery that covers the ground.

Bright, coastal scene of a palm tree leaf and blissful clouds hovering over a beach in Nuevo Vallarta, MexicoAnd as if the beach wasn’t enough to get you packing, the area’s other amenities certainly will. There are several luxury shopping malls that offer the finest in retail, and most of the stores accept American dollars. The dining scene, too, is unparalleled. Exotic gourmet cuisine is the norm in Nuevo Vallarta, so much so that some people have been known to visit just for the food. Few other locales can rival the quality of food, dining, and entertainment found here…and don’t forget the beach!

Once you’ve taken in all of these offerings, you can visit the many luxury condominiums, pools, spas, and golf courses that are nearby, too. At every turn, Nuevo Vallarta offers the finest entertainment to visitors. Perhaps the most luxurious of all its features, however, is the Villa la Estancia property. This development, in the most exclusive area of Nuevo Vallarta, houses luxury housing, penthouses, and vacation rentals. The stunning views and picturesque exterior make this the most coveted accommodation in the city, and Five Star Vacation Rental offers select rentals in the complex.

Whether you need a quick getaway or a major vacation, Nuevo Vallarta is a wonderful place to land. Its proximity to Los Angeles paired with its level of luxury make it an unbeatable choice for visitors. Investing in a vacation rental during your stay can make your experience even better, and Five Star Vacation Rental is proud to offer the most exquisite rentals in the area. If you are ready for a fabulous Mexican adventure, do it in style, and book one of our Villa la Estancia offerings.

Villa la Estancia is the standard for luxury in Nuevo Vallarta, and Five Star Vacation Rental offers only the top quality accommodations. is our top Spring Break destination, but if you’re looking for a more exotic vacation, we also maintain rentals in Big Bear,  Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern 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.

Big Bear Vacation Rental: Slope Side at Bear Mountain

ClubViewHD_27When your family decides to plan a vacation getaway, what are the most important elements?  It varies a bit from family to family, but there are some common features that pretty much every family wants. In this week’s blog, we’re featuring our Big Bear vacation rental, “Slope Side at Bear Mountain,” and we’re sure it’ll hit the mark for even the most demanding members of your family.

For starters, it’s located in Big Bear — our number one vacation destination.  Big Bear has more to offer for a vacation rental than you can possibly experience in a single weekend or even a full week’s vacation.  As the winter approaches, winter sports start taking center stage, and our Cabin #1 is ideally situated to take ClubViewHD_46full advantage of the snow activities.  It’s just a 2 minute walk to the slopes at Bear Mountain.  Can you imagine rolling out of bed, enjoying a nice breakfast with your family, and then walking a couple minutes to a great day skiing? For many of our guests, it’s a dream come true.  And this cabin is ideal for extended family and friends. It has room for up to 13 guests, and a big 7 person spa to relax after your day on the slopes.  It has 4 bedrooms and three baths with a set of bunk beds the kids will enjoy.  It’s also a short drive into The Village, so you can spend some of your downtime shopping and enjoying the local cuisine. But we think you’ll have the best time just relaxing in this Big Bear Vacation Rental.

ClubViewHD_33But you may choose to take all your meals in once you get a look at the fully-equipped kitchen.  You’ll find everything you need to create wonderful meals.  And since you run the kitchen, you get to choose your favorite foods cooked exactly the way you want.  Best of all, there’s no waiting for a free table in a loud restaurant, and there’s no need to tip the staff (unless the kids help out, and you want to reward them!). It’s a wonderful family time in a beautiful home nestled amid the trees adjacent to the slopes.

View more photos and details at this link.  You can book online, or give us a call at 310-780-3411 for more details on this or any of our other Big Bear vacation rentals.  At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re dedicated to offering the best quality cabins and estates, so you can just relax and feel pampered during your stay with us.  We strive to make sure the hardest part of your visit will be when you have to pack up and go back home.

 

It’s Not Too Late for Labor Day in Big Bear

The last gasps of summer are echoing around our homes.  They take the form of rushed mornings, conflicting schedules, and the recognition that life would be simpler if we had a fleet of cars with drivers for the little ones.  If school hasn’t already started back up for your family, it soon will. Even if you had a family vacation over the summer, Labor Day is a great way to have one last hurrah before fully settling in with the new schedule when school gets in full swing.

Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7th this year, and the mountain is packed with great events for the long weekend.  We often get booked solid, so be sure to call us right away to book your getaway.  We reported on a couple of the Labor Day events in last week’s blog, so be sure to check that out (here) for more info on the Car Show and the Annual Mountain Men gathering.  Here are a few more of the fun things happening that weekend:

The annual Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show takes over the Big Bear Convention Center for the weekend, and it promises to be a great event for the entire family.  Browse the many booths filled with crafts and artworks created by local artisans. This one is great for the kids, because many of the artists will be creating works live at the event.  You’ll see pottery thrown, dolls crafted, unique jewelry, and hand-carved bears. There will be some great food and live entertainment as well. Doors are open from 10am to 5pm on the 5th and 6th.

The Busy Bears Annual Quilt Show at Big Bear Middle School in on September 6th this year from 10am to 5pm.  This annual event showcases some of the most amazing and creative works of stitchery you’ll find anywhere.  It’s a great opportunity to see this centuries-old craft close up, and many of the quilts are on sale with proceeds benefiting local Big Bear charities.  It’s a unique opportunity to walk away with an instant family heirloom lovingly crafted by a local artisan.  There’s a $5 admission fee to benefit the charities.  Visit their website for more info: http://www.busybearsquiltguild.com

The weekend also have numerous events for the cyclists sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association and ongoing nature walks at the Discovery Center. Whatever event draws you to Big Bear, we confident the best part of your visit will be the comfort you experience in  your Five Star Vacation Rental. There’s really no better way to end a full day of fun family activities than to retreat to the privacy and luxury you’ll find in one of our Big Bear vacation rentals.

You can view all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Making other plans for Labor Day weekend?  Here are links to our other destinations in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain,  Southern California Beachesand Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whatever your plans may be for this or other upcoming events, make sure your next anniversary, birthday, or holiday is one your family will always fondly remember.  We’ll be happy to help that happen, so call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.