Why a Vacation Rental?

We started our company with a couple simple ideas: Vacations are meant to be fun, and enjoying the luxurious surroundings found in golf estates, high end cabins, and condos on the beach is something that makes them even more fun. High end hotels can be a lot of fun with luxury surroundings, and we’ve had our share or those vacations. But even the best hotels have things that we can’t control like common hallways, boisterous guests, and seldom enough room to really stretch out. And we really like to stretch out.

There are hotel rooms with some extra room, but if you’ve priced those, you’ll quickly see they can be amazingly expensive. And with the extra cost, you still end up sharing hallways, having inconvenient or expensive parking, and often still needing to seek meals elsewhere. We’re undoubtedly biased about this, but renting a luxury vacation rental offers an amazing value. For the price of a nice hotel room, you can plan a getaway in a property with a level of luxury few of us enjoy.

And that’s really the point.

Most families don’t get a lot of vacations. Vacations are special, and we often spend months planning and researching to make them the best they can be. We’re always delighted to hear back from our guests about their special time away. Many of them are truly once in a lifetime experiences. We’re pleased to have helped people launch new marriages, celebrate long-time marriages, and enjoy family get togethers. They’ve enjoyed starting their mornings with coffee together in front of a fireplace followed by a great breakfast overlooking views of snow, golf courses and crashing waves. And it really just starts there.

With a Five Star Vacation Rental, you get a complete package. You have the entire home, cabin or condo that’s entirely yours during your stay. You share your hallways only with those you invited. You share your meals with the people in your group. And if there’s a lineup for breakfast, it’s just the people you care about most in your own private kitchen. The laughter you hear around you is familiar and welcome. Pick one of our many homes with a private pool, and enjoy some family fun away from strangers. It’s real relaxation. And it’s real luxury.

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

Plan Your January Big Bear Getaway

To help you plan your January Big Bear getaway, we’re here to offer a few great reasons beyond the amazing luxury you’ll enjoy in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals. January is one of the best months to visit, because there’s usually a good snow pack for the skiers, and Big Bear Village is humming with the shops and restaurants open for great food and fun shopping.

The Alpine Slide is open year round and has enough activities to fill several visits. Their Mineshaft Coaster is a thrilling one mile coaster ride downhill with enough twists and turns to keep you giggling and shrieking the entire ride. The new Soaring Eagle takes riders up backwards 100 feet vertical and 500 feet long to the launch tower before you are catapulted forward at speeds up to 28 mph back to the base. Their snow play hill is perhaps the best inner tube snow run in all of Big Bear, and they’ve made trips up the hill amazingly easy with their covered magic carpet lift that glides you up the hill protected from the elements by a plexiglass enclosure. And for general all around fun, you can enjoy their go carts and mini golf. It’s one of our favorite Big Bear destinations, and one we always recommend to all our guests.

Gold Rush Mining Adventures is open year round and offers great fun for the entire family. You can pan for gold, shop for geodes and gemstones and enjoy their mining decor. It’s a great time of discovery and excitement for kids as they dig for rough stones, polished rocks, fossils, and even some old shark’s teeth. Years from now, your kids will still pull out the bottle of their treasures and remember the fun they had that day at Gold Rush Mining Adventures. They’re located at 40016 Big Bear Blvd.

And of course, there’s the skiing. Many of our guests return every year for their pilgrimage to the slopes. And this year is already shaping up to be a great snow year with lots of pack and the hope of a very snowy season ahead. Most runs at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open, and you’ll want to get your lift tickets in advance because of the popularity.

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

Labor Day in Big Bear

We really hate to see the summer come to an end, but we know it’s inevitable. We’ve been watching the back to school ads popping up everywhere, and we’re already reworking our schedules for getting the kids back in school and fitting in the various sports and clubs. But take heart, there’s still time to schedule a great Labor Day in Big Bear.

If you’re planning to arrive on Friday for the long weekend, there’s plenty of great events to kick off your stay. Art on the Corner in the Heart of Big Bear Village on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue. Fine art and craftsmanship will be featured in a variety of mediums. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, listen to the music and browse the wonderful artwork. Proceeds to benefit the Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and the Open Sky Music Foundation. No charge to wander.

On Friday evening, we recommend Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon Honky Tonk Fridays at the Big Bear Convention Center. The doors open at 4pm and the live band gets things rolling at 6pm. You’ll enjoy some great music and dancing.

On Saturday, August 31st, we recommend a visit the 10th Annual “Cool Run in the Mountains” Car Show at the Big Bear Convention Center. All cars are welcome to register and participate, and you can expect to see a wide variety of restored classics, customs, and oddities as well. This is always a huge hit, and many of the owners hang around to answer questions and explain their restorations.

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 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Make Your July 4th a Blast in Big Bear

You’ve got lots of choices for your July 4th celebration, and Big Bear may well be the best one. Every year Big Bear rolls out the biggest fireworks display in all of Southern California. Many families make this an annual event, and you may do likewise after your first visit.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 1.52.34 PMThere are a lot of reasons why Big Bear’s Independence Day is so spectacular. The fireworks are certainly one of the main reasons. The beauty of the fireworks is more amazing because they’re fired from a barge on the lake, and the reflection off the water unlike anything you’ve probably seen before. The show can be seen from pretty much anywhere along the shore, from boats on the lake, and many of our properties are perfect for viewing from their decks.

Woman asian Marathon running race, Run up the mountain road.Of course every 4th of July must include some great barbecue, family events, and other activities. You can start your day with the second annual 4th of July Fun Run at Meadow Park. This is a truly fun run with prizes being awarded for the best costumes. Choose the distance that suits you best from 5K, 10K, and 15K, with strollers and walkers welcome on the course.

After the run, you can take in the festivities at the 25th Annual Independence Day Fair at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. There will be booths with local artisans, live music, and specialty foods and gifts. The kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, crafts and lots of treats. Admission is free, and it’s a great way to enjoy some fun shopping and entertainment before the fireworks start later. Open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillWhen you’re ready to settle in for some great barbecue and a good spot to watch the fireworks, plan to head over to the Rotary Club’s annual barbecue. Tickets include a range of tasty options from hot dogs and hamburgers to barbecued chicken and baby back ribs. And the ticket price also lets you stay to enjoy the fireworks from one of the best settings anywhere along the lake. You’ll want to bring your own chairs and dress warmly, because it may get chilly.

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 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

A Summer to Remember Starts Here

You’re just coming off of spring break, and you may not be thinking too much about the summer, but we’ve always been in favor of early planning. And planning a summer to remember starts here. We have luxury, adventure, and just plain fun waiting just inside the door of our amazing Five Star Vacation Rentals. Here are a few ideas to spark your early summer plans:

Memorial Day in Big Bear

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillVeterans Park in Big Bear will host the annual Memorial Day event. It’s a great time to meet with or join fellow veterans and celebrate the great sacrifice made by some, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do. It’s a great barbecue to celebrate the brave men and women who have served to protect our freedoms.

Plan for Father’s Day June 16th

We’ve had a great ski season this year, but as that winds down it’s a great time to start planning your summer getaway.  And there are some events coming up that that you can make even more special by spending them in Big Bear. This may be a great time to show dad just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you over the years. Father’s Day falls on Sunday June 16th this year, and few things will make dad feel more appreciated than whisking him away for a fun and relaxing weekend in Big Bear.

July 4th in Big Bear

Big Bear FireworksThe Independence Day spectacle in Big Bear is considered the be the largest fireworks display in all of Southern California. The fireworks are launched over Big Bear Lake, and can be seen from venues all around the lake. There will be lots of barbecue, fishing, hiking, and general relaxation going on. We’re usually booked up for this holiday. And since it falls on a weekend this year, it’s wise to plan ahead and book your stay early.

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.

 

Don’t Miss Ski Season in Big Bear

Spring is in the air, and that means we’re in for some great changes. But it also means we’re heading into the last weeks of ski season in Big Bear, so now’s the time to make sure you don’t miss ski season in Big Bear.

We’ve had a great season so far, and there’s still plenty of snow remaining. Due to heavier than usual snowfall, the slopes are remaining open this year through Easter. This will give you more time to enjoy some downhill fun. And we have some great choices for where to stay while you’re in Big Bear enjoying the snow. Check out these great vacation rentals:

8238470737Our Cabin #9, 4 bBedroom Summit has room for 11 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It’s in a perfect location just 200 yards from the Snow Summit slope, so you’ll be able to maximize your time by just rolling out of bed and hitting the slopes within minutes. When you’re not on the slopes, you’ll be relaxing on a quiet cul-de-sac with a pool table, foosball table, backyard barbecue and a hot tub. And if you’re looking for away to have your large group getaway, we also rent the two adjacent cabins for room enough for 26 guests. Call us for details.

4765600595Cabin #16 sits adjacent to Cabin #9 and can be rented separately or together for larger groups. This one is also just a couple minute walk from Snow Summit and a quick drive to The Village. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 8 guests. It boasts a beautiful rock fireplace, a pool table, and a sunken 6 person hot tub.  And the wood decor throughout will enhance the rustic luxury you’ll find around you here.

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.

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Big Bear

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Big Bear, we’re ready to help you make that happen. We’ve still got a handful of cabins and estates available for Christmas, but we’re almost certainly going to be booked solid, so you’ll need to hurry if you want to make this happen for your family.

Cabin23view2We’re excited that snow is already falling in Big Bear, and the ski slopes are open. This means your Christmas visit to Big Bear can include some fun skiing, snow boarding, or just having some fun family snow play. And there’s really nothing quite like having the family wake up on Christmas morning to a snow-covered landscape outside. If conditions allow, you may even have get the chance to build your family’s first snow man. And that is a moment most kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

snowplayBig Bear Snow Play is one of Big Bear’s most popular winter attractions. It features one of Big Bear’s biggest slopes, and is the go-to destination for inner tube downhill fun.  They’ve also got a “Magic Carpet” ride to get you from the bottom of the long slope all the way to the top without losing your breath. They’re open daily from 10am – 4pm with evening hours on the weekends. They’re even open on Christmas day from 11am to 4pm. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of racing down a slope on a tube, it’s a thrill you’re definitely going to enjoy.

Time is running out to plan your white Christmas in Big Bear.  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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

 

Got Summer Plans Yet?

Have you made your summer plans yet? The time is slipping away, and we’ve got some great choices to help make your getaway truly special this year.  Here’s a small sample of some of the fun events and activities you can enjoy when you book your summer getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear:

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideHiking Big Bear is a great opportunity for your family to turn off your phones, pull on some good walking shoes, and enjoy some great family time. There are trails throughout the Big Bear area with a variety of distances and exertion levels designed to fit every hiker. They range from hikes lasting less than an hour to hikes designed to challenge even the most seasoned hiker. Some of the paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible and feature stops along the way to learn more about the botany, geology, and wildlife of the area. There’s more info on the available trails at this link.

The company of young people are sitting around the bonfire and singing songsHikers and outdoor enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center. They have fun programs scheduled throughout the summer including night hikes, campfire presentations, gold panning, and more. Many of their activities are scheduled with volunteer naturalists to answer questions and provide fascinating insight in to the beautiful plants and wildlife that surround us here in Big bear. Check out their calendar for more info on the many fun events they have available during your visit.

RennaisanceFairThere’s still time to catch this year’s Renaissance Faire running weekends through August 12th. This annual event offers a great collection of costumes, period entertainment and some of the best foods found anywhere on the planet for the past several hundred years. This is a family event where you can stroll among minstrels, royalty, and enjoy stage shows featuring magicians, period music, and some very funny acts.

We’re really proud of our lineup of luxury cabins and estates in in Big Bear. We learned long ago that vacation time is a rare and special time for most families, and we dedicate ourselves to making sure your time with us is the best possible. You can view them all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

 

Make This Father’s Day Extraordinary

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and this presents an opportunity to show dad exactly how much you appreciate all he’s done for you. Make sure he knows you remember all those awkward calls you made in your youth when you were a bit short of rent money, needed help buying your books for school, or found yourself stranded with a broken down car in need of a quick rescue. For all these reasons and a thousand more, you can make this year the one he remembers for a lifetime.

Five Star Vacation Rentals has a number of great choices that can meet and exceed whatever activities dad likes best. If he’s a golfer, we have some great luxury villas right on the fairway in La Quinta. We just added a few truly spectacular properties that will have dad’s eyes getting wide as he smiles looking out over the beautiful green expanse just waiting for him and his clubs. Check out all of our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

Is dad more of a laidback-relax-on-the-beach kind of guy? How about setting him up with a relaxing stay at our Villa la Estancia resort in Nuevo Vallarta?   This high rise vacation spot is right on the beach and offers a complete resort experience with a swim-up bar and just a momentary walk to the adjacent beach. There’s golfing nearby as well as lots of great shopping and local cuisine in Puerto Vallarta. If dad wants to try his hand at some serious fishing, there’s marlin and tuna charters leaving regularly out of the Puerto Vallarta marina. Check out more photos and details at this link.

Of course, Big Bear is our most popular destination, and there’s always something for dad to enjoy here. Big Bear Lake has some great fishing and water sports. Rent a boat for the afternoon, and do some fishing or just drift around enjoying the sound of the water gently lapping at the boat while you all enjoy a picnic on the water or quietly relax with a good book in the cool breeze over the lake. Later, you can treat dad to some steaks prepared just the way he likes them in the gourmet kitchen of your Five Star Vacation Rental. The entire family will enjoy the benefits of celebrating dad, but make sure you go all out to give him the special time he deserves. This link has our Big Bear vacation rentals.

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time to make a special getaway just for Dad.  Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

What Kind of Big Bear Vacation Would You Like?

Spring is a great time in Big Bear, and this is a perfect time to drop everything and take that long-delayed family vacation you’ve been meaning to schedule. The mountain air feels especially crisp most mornings, and each day presents new opportunities for getting some relaxing time with your family or friends in a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental.

Cycling takes off during spring in Big Bear. The Big Bear Cycling Association keeps an active schedule going, and there is something on the calendar most days. Rides are available from beginner to experienced, and all of them will have you riding through the beauty of Big Bear surrounded by the trees and lake on many of the rides. Of course you can also take out on your own. Big Bear has several bike paths you can follow on this map. If you’d like to join with other cyclists for one of the planned outings by the Big Bear Cycling Association, you can view their calendar of rides at this link.

Avid hikers can also find some great trails in and around the Big Bear area. Several of our vacation rentals are located near great hiking, and you can also use this map to locate more. Hiking Big Bear during the spring is especially beautiful as the local greenery flourishes and the wildlife activity increases.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceOf course there’s always the option to just do nothing. Our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals and estates are designed to cater to this need best. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Bear, but also be sure to just plan some down time to recharge your batteries and get some relaxing time with the family.  Start the day with a great breakfast cooked in your own kitchen. Pick one of our cabins with some great games, and you can enjoy a friendly game of pool or foosball. Later on you can all adjourn to the hot tub and soak for a while before dinner.  Finish the evening in front of the fire while sharing funny stories. We hope you get the picture, and we’re here to help you put your family in that photo.

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy a getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.