Great Vacations Require Work

Vacation Date Travel Day Trip Circled Calendar 3d IllustrationIf you’re somebody who still feels great vacations require work, we’ve got some good news. Those days are gone.

For most families, vacation time is a precious commodity. We never seem to get enough of it, and vacations never last as long as we’d like. This is why so many families devote considerable time to planning out their vacation time.  We applaud this approach, and a big part of our job is helping families make these plans, so their time away is maximized. While nobody can plan for every possible glitch, we can help steer you toward an experience that can easily beat pretty much anything you’d find at even the finest hotels.

hotel hallwayPart of the advantage of our vacation rentals over a hotel experience is how much of the vacation experience you can wrap into this single choice. With a hotel, you’re still faced with finding restaurants to keep your group fed. And if you’re traveling with a large family or group of friends, you’ll need to get several rooms. This can create a real challenge to keep everyone close by, and you won’t want the kids wandering through hotel hallways to go from room to room.

With your Five Star Vacation Rental, you’ll have an entirely different experience from start to finish. The first thing you’ll notice is you don’t need to send one person in search of a parking place while the other checks in and hoists the Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraluggage up to the room. Your Big Bear vacation rental is like coming home, but to a really nice luxury version of home. Park in the driveway and everybody goes in together.  If your rental has a hot tub, it is truly your hot tub.  Nobody but those you have with you will be sharing it. If your kids want to run down the hall to one of the other rooms, it’s a hallway in your home, and you won’t run into any strangers there. Want a midnight snack? No need to go in search of a vending machine. Your fully-equipped kitchen is just down the hall, and you can stock the refrigerator and cupboard with whatever snacks or goodies you want. Go grab a granola bar, and forget searching for dollar bills or quarters.

And as easy as it is to plan a getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental, the time you spend with us is even easier. You’ll enjoy a level of luxury, privacy, and convenience that just can’t be found with a hotel.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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.

 

Some Great New Year’s Resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals

Young people enjoying new years eve with fireworksUshering in the first day of a new year is magical. Though part of our brain recognizes it’s really just another day, we endow it with almost magical forces that excite our thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts. That’s always a good thing. There’s no need to be stuck in a rut or resign ourselves to an existence we’d really rather see improve. Look beyond, and see opportunities and new experiences you can embrace in the new year. And that’s one thing we can help with by offering some great New Year’s resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Couple relaxing with glass of wine at fireplaceVacation time is one of those things that often resets with the arrival of the new year.  And vacation time is important. By now we’ve all become familiar with the studies that show vacations actually improve your productivity at work. It turns out that keeping your shoulder to the wheel for too long is bad for both your shoulder and the wheel. You need some time away to relax and recharge your batteries.  Our relationships can be strengthened with some time away together as well. With this in mind, our humble suggestion is that start making plans for your getaway to a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, La Quinta, or Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FirePlanning your next getaway with us is sure to add more fun and relaxation to your time. You can leave behind the search for a hotel, and trade up for the luxury of a condo, cabin or estate designed to make you and your guests feel pampered. It’s a great choice. You’ll have your own kitchen, everybody gets their own private room, and you won’t have to share your hallway with strangers coming and going at all hours. It’s an entirely different experience and one you’ll want to repeat.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Your New Years Celebration With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Happy New Year Celebration Text with Festive Gold Fireworks Collage in Night SkyThis is the most wonderful time to be in Big Bear. We haven’t seen a lot of snow yet, but it’s getting cold enough at night that the snow making machines are running, and the ski slopes are open.  The Alpine Slide is running daily as well, so there’s plenty of snow fun both on and off the slopes to keep you busy. This is a perfect time to plan your New Years celebration.

Big Bear is a great choice for your New Years get together for a some very good reasons. Here are just a few:

Play and Stay Close By

Big Bear has a great selection of pubs and entertainment to fill your evening, and with a designated driver or cab, you can all have a good time and keep the fun going for your entire stay.

Keep Your Friends Close

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FireNew Year’s Eve celebrations can be great fun, but it’s often bittersweet when the evening comes to a close and everyone must leave. With a Five Star Vacation Rental, you can enjoy yourselves until the early hours, and then have your guests retreat to separate luxury rooms all under the same roof. This is a great advantage, especially for families that want to enjoy the time together. Have a great night out, ring in the New Year together, and get the following morning to catch the Rose Parade with a breakfast prepared fresh in your own gourmet kitchen.

Your New Years celebration in a Five Star Vacation Rental will be both relaxing and fun. There’s a great satisfaction our guests experience by surrounding themselves with the luxury and craftsmanship found in our Big Bear vacation rentals. We strive to make sure every visit is special, and every guest has the finest experience.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Enjoy the Five Star Difference

Suitcases and bags in trunk of car ready to depart for holidaysThere are a number of things that we all take into account when we plan a family getaway or vacation. In this week’s blog we’re going to take a look at the Five Star difference you’ll enjoy when you stay with us in one of our luxury vacation rentals. We’re confident you’ll agree that there’s a huge difference between us and staying at some other accommodation.

Vacations are usually a pretty special event. We don’t get to take them any where near as often as we’d like, and it’s important to pack as much value as we can into the limited time we have. This is where you’ll start to see the real Five Star difference.

The Five Star DifferenceUnlike staying at a hotel, with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you’ll enjoy the privacy of an entire home, condo, or estate dedicated solely for the use of your family. This means that when your kids step outside their bedroom, they’ll be standing just down the hall from you. At a hotel if your kids step outside the room, they’re usually in a public area that can have quite a bit of foot traffic by strangers. That also can bring unwanted noise at odd hours to interrupt your sleep. At a Five Star Vacation Rental you’ll usually be staying in a quiet area, and have complete privacy.

Our luxury accommodations are a great advantage as well. If you could find a hotel that has the type of views with a private spa, expansive living space, full kitchen and a fireplace, the expense would be astronomical. Now combine that with our floor plans that can handle up to 16 guests, and the expense would grow even greater. Many of our properties are perfect for multiple families to share, so if you split costs, this makes the value simply impossible to duplicate with any other type of resort.

You’ll also see the Five Star difference in the destinations we serve. Big Bear is our most popular choice, but we have lots of condos on the beach at Villa la Estancia near Nuevo Vallarta, and snow getaways in Park City and Mammoth as well.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. View our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.

You can book online or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Thanksgiving in Big Bear

thansgivingDinnerWe love this time of year. It’s our busy season, but it’s also a time we get to share in some of the best family connections. We help families arrange things so that brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, friends, and grand parents can enjoy each other’s company rather than scramble to find spare beds, mothballed travel trailers, and not-so-nearby hotel rooms. We transport families from the logistics business to the “tell me what you’ve been up to since I saw you last” business. It’s a truly fun and rewarding thing to be a part of, and Thanksgiving in Big Bear is one of our favorites.

There are lots of great things you’ll enjoy about your Thanksgiving in Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Most of our luxury cabins and estates are equipped with great kitchens, and many will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. Bring your fixins and your family’s best chef, and you’ll make this Thanksgiving one that everyone will remember.

Thanksgiving in Big BearThere’s a special thrill that many families experience when they make an effort to get everyone together under the same roof for special occasions like Thanksgiving in Big Bear. We have many properties that can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. Thanksgiving morning will be something truly special when you have friends and family together enjoying the Macy’s parade, delighting in the smell of the turkey roasting, and getting caught up.

And after your feast, Big Bear is one of the most picturesque spots you’ll likely ever find to enjoy a leisurely walk to help make some room for pumpkin or pecan pie a bit later. Choose one of our cabins within walking distance to The Village, and later in the weekend you can gather some in your group to get a jump on your Christmas shopping by browsing through the shops there. There are dozens of great shops in Big Bear Village, and you’re sure to find great ideas for just about everyone on your list.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Plan a Winter Getaway to The Beach

VLE00We know that the holidays are just around the corner, and this is a time when lots of people start taking time off. While traditional getaways to our Big Bear cabins are certainly most popular, this is also a perfect time of year to plan a winter getaway to the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. If you’re up for a fun adventure this holiday season, you can enjoy the warmer days found south of the border in our beachside resort at Villa la Estancia on the coast in Mexico.

footsteps Long to feel the sand beneath your toes without freezing them off? You can enjoy that in Villa la Estancia. These beautiful towers sit right on the beach, and offer a true resort experience. The on-site amenities make all the difference with this destination. They have award-winning restaurants offering a full fare of fresh seafood, steaks (including Kobi beef) and more. The resort just received a 2017 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Award.

If you want to enjoy a the night life, there is a great selection of nearby bars and restaurants for whatever mood you’re in at the moment from a quiet, intimate spot, live music with dancing, or a seaside bar with the sound of the crashing waves to fill your senses.

The Tatewari Spa on the premises is a world-class spa that will soothe your senses with soft candlelight, relaxing music, and gentle aromas during your visit. You’ll have a choice of a massage to fit your specific needs at the moment. The massages can help pregnant women, anyone feeling stressed out, golfers, and all of us who could use a healthy dose of pampering.
Woman Getting Facial Treatment
The resort is a short cab ride from Puerto Vallarta where you can enjoy a vibrant shopping district, amazing local food, and a wide choice of night life entertainment. Try hard to avoid calling your friends back home to tease them about the amazing time you’re having here. Next year they may join you to plan a winter getaway to the beach.

Kevin and Maria Cobb were guests at Villa la Estancia before they decided to invest in the luxury condos on the beach there. They have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling for all our guests. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Planning a Last Minute Getaway? We Can Help

Keep Calm Poster with CrownSome of us thrive on the adrenaline of last-minute changes and working out things right before it’s too late. We’re the ones that regularly pulled all nighters in school, and regularly had moments of reckoning where we would seem to run out of time, energy, and inspiration at the most inopportune moments. We’re also the ones that may be seen planning a last minute getaway. Well, relax. Five Star Vacation Rentals is ready to help you get this done.

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re entering into one of our busiest times of year. Lots of our guests enjoy spending the holidays in a larger, more luxurious home with room for all the assembled friends and relatives to comfortably spend the time together.  We are single-handedly working to remove lumpy roll away beds and old leaky air mattresses from as many homes as we possibly can. It’s a big job, and we need your help.

Woman Hiding Under CoversEven if you waited till the last moment to realize, “Hey, we can actually find a luxury vacation rental from Five Star and avoid covering our living room with mattresses and cranky relatives,” our staff is available to help you locate a perfect option. We’ll take your desired dates, size of your group combined wit any specific details and help you create a getaway for everybody that will have them thinking you’ve been planning this for months.

But the best part of your experience with a Five Star Vacation Rentals getaway is the fun and relaxation you’ll enjoy during your stay.  We work hard to make sure every night spent in one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals is one you’ll want to do over and over again. We select only the finest properties to join our family of cabins, estates and condos. We keep our properties well maintained, and have a staff of tradesman on call for any last-minute fixes that may occur.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been helping create amazing getaways and vacations in luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Halloween in Big Bear

Halloween pumpkinIf your family is like ours, Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. It combines the chance to let your little ones experience a brief time as a super hero, zombie, funny character, or animal. There’s lots of candy involved as well. It’s hard to find anything not to like about Halloween. And Halloween in Big Bear is especially fun.

Big Bear Village pulls out all the stops for Halloween to make it a special time for kids and adults alike. They sponsor a night of trick or treating among the shops, so it becomes one of those rare times when the kids will actually enjoy going with you to do some shopping. Over 50 shops will join in the fun this year, so any kid wearing a costume can plan on getting a treat at each one. It’s a fun and safe alternative to wandering your neighborhood with mixed results. The kids will love all the sweets they pick up along the way, and you’re sure to find some craft, fine wine, or a special item that will fit perfectly on a shelf at home.

Halloween in Big BearOne way to maximize your fun over Halloween is to make it a family getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental to cap off the experience. Enjoy a fun evening strolling with the kids, shopping and trick-or-treating in The Village, then finish the night with a great meal in a local restaurant or one you cook up yourself in your gourmet kitchen. Either way, it’s going to be a fun night as the kids sort through their candy, and you all relax by the fireplace in your luxury vacation rental.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been providing luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will ski getaway to Big Bear. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Do You Have a Five Star Vacation Rentals Property?

Kevin and Maria Cobb
Kevin and Maria Cobb

When Kevin and Maria Cobb first turned a handful of their personal investment properties into Five Star Vacation Rentals nearly two decades ago, they could hardly have imagined their company would grow to include over 50 luxury properties spread from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, to Park City, Utah.  But with thousands of satisfied guests enjoying tens of thousands of nights each year, the business has become an amazing achievement. And it’s something we hope to keep expanding with more top quality luxury homes, cabins and condos.

There are several key elements to our success. Finding and representing the best quality properties is certainly central, but our marketing and ongoing maintenance are nearly as important. We are specifically interested in adding new properties in our core areas of Big Bear and La Quinta in California. As a part of the Five Star family, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits.

Smart Targeted Marketing

We invest heavily in Google Adwords and PPC services to make sure we keep our properties in front of those looking for a vacation getaway. If you’ve tried to market your property on your own, you may be aware of the tremendous challenge and expense this creates. We combine this with smart Search Engine Optimization and social media interaction to keep guests informed of our options.

Five Star Vacation Rentals Simplified Reservations and Online Interactions

Five Star Vacation Rentals CalendarGetting our properties in front of interested guests is only a portion of our efforts. We’ve also invested in a sophisticated real-time online calendar and booking system that makes our family of properties available for rent 24/7. Guests can book their stay easily online or with one of our custom apps for Apple and Android devices.

We combine our online presence with unmatched telephone support, and you’ll realize some great benefits with your FiveStar Vacation Rental. Our phone agents are trained to provide top notch customer service and find a great fit for each guest. We keep our staff trained in a friendly sales approach that makes guests feel welcome while encouraging them to make that reservation.

Maintaining the Best Properties

We keep your investment in top notch condition, so you can be sure to get the maximum income. Our guests expect their stay to be seamless, and we deliver that. In the rare case where an issue arises during a guest’s stay, we have maintenance staff on call to quickly resolve virtually any issue that may arise.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Plan an Intimate Getaway

In our blog last week, we took a look at some of the great options you have for your large group to enjoy a luxury getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. This week we’re going to head in the opposite direction an offer some great options for your next intimate getaway to help you set a romantic mood, or just spend some quality time relaxing together.

Cabin5viewIf your idea of relaxation includes sitting on the deck off the master suite and enjoying an unobstructed view of the lake spread out before you, our Cabin 5 will be a great choice. This cabin is built with special attention paid to luxury furnishings and windows looking out on the panoramic lake views. It has an oversize spa for relaxing, and the gourmet kitchen will surely inspire your culinary talents to cook up something wonderful during your stay. A stunner during any season, this one is sure to give you a relaxing time and a true sense of being pampered.

Cabin23view2Keeping with our lake-view motif, we also recommend our Cabin 23, Boulder Cove Estate. Nestled amidst the dramatic rock outcroppings of Boulder Cove, the views from this property are unequalled anywhere in Big Bear. Truly panoramic views of the lake are found throughout the property. You’ll delight in the leather furnishings and attention to detail found throughout the decor. Choose the relaxation you want from enjoying a movie with theater sound on the flat screen, relaxing in the hot tub, or just spending a quiet evening together in front of the fireplace. You’ll delight in the time you spend here.

VillaLaEstanciaIf you’re in the mood for a truly exotic getaway, we recommend you consider booking your romantic retreat to Villa la Estancia, our resort on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. You’ll be just footsteps away from the surf, and enjoy a truly resort experience. The on-site restaurants offer the best fine steaks and seafood. Choose one of our sea-side rooms, so you can wake up each morning to the sea breeze and end each day with a sunset. There are championship golf courses nearby, and wonderful shopping and local cuisine in nearby Puerto Vallarta.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.