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.

Celebrate Your Summer Events With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Despite our wish to prolong the season, we’re moving quickly through spring. We’re seeing some new flowers and trees growing and some of us are reacting to more pollen in the air as well.   It’s a great time of year, and one that moves us forward toward the events of summer. And this is one time of year when many big events take place in our lives.

Region capture 26If you’ve got a significant graduation on the horizon, a great way to mark the occasion is with a family getaway to one of our Big Bear vacation rentals. What better way to celebrate the hard work and accomplishment of your graduate than with a relaxing time in the serenity of a Big Bear cabin or estate? Let them sleep late, and greet them with a breakfast of their favorite fixins prepared fresh in your gourmet kitchen.  Pick one of our properties with a hot tub, and add that into the mix for relaxation. Enjoy some leisurely shopping in The Village, and plan on a nice meal at one of the great restaurants there.  Make it a weekend or an entire week, and your graduate will appreciate the relaxation and quiet solitude you can find here.

Region capture 27If you’re planning a traditional June wedding, Big Bear is a great place for your ceremony and your honeymoon. There are a number of great locations to have your wedding, and we have the perfect solution for gathering your entire wedding party for the occasion. We have adjacent properties that can host up to 28 people. That’s room enough for all the in laws, maids of honor and best men, and a handful of grandparents as well. And there are few better places to enjoy your honeymoon after the big event. Spend some relaxing time hiking in the surrounding hillsides, dining and shopping in The Village, and enjoying the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental.

And June weddings also launch June anniversaries. You can make this year the one you plan something truly special to celebrate your marriage. And while it’s common to celebrate the big numbers like 10, 20, 30 years or more, there’s no reason that your 2nd, 4th, 7th or 9th should be excluded from a great time in a luxurious Big Bear vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

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.

 

Plan the Perfect Christmas in Big Bear

dirty dishesMany of us woke up this morning with a few extra relatives in town with some of them under our roofs. We also greeted the day with the faint aroma of yesterday’s turkey feast still lingering around the kitchen. And whether or not you’re one of those who runs out to find the great sales this weekend, one thing is for certain: Thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re on that fast track to Christmas and Hanukkah. It’s a fun time, but it’s also a time when many families feel extra stress over the commitments and expectations that usually come with the season. This year you can leave the stress behind by and plan the perfect Christmas in Big Bear.

Enjoy more quality time with your extended family in Big Bear in a Five Star Vacation Rental. We still have a handful of luxury vacation rentals available for the Christmas weekend, but they’re going fast.  Christmas is one of the most amazing times in Big Bear, and you can plan a family getaway that will have all your relatives vowing to do it again next year.

Big Bear Village pulls out all the stops for Christmas. It turns into a whimsical nostalgic winter wonderland with plenty of cheerful reminders of the excitement of the season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting every weekend from 10am to 4pm, and the Village merchants help add to the festive spirit with great lights and decorations as well.

Christmas is a delight for the snow aficionados as well. The ski season is open, and the slopes are usually in great shape come Christmas time. Break out your skis or rent some when you arrive. All of our Big Bear properties are a good choice for skiers, and some are within walking distance to the slopes. There’s also plenty of fun snow activities without skis as well. The Alpine slide has a great downhill sled ride and inner tubes for more sliding fun.

But the center of your Big Bear visit will likely be your time spend in the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin or estate. Each of our properties is a cut above the rest designed for your comfort and enjoyment. Most have hot tubs and games stocked to allow plenty of quality family time as your spend time relaxing around the fire and enjoying each others company. And we have properties with room for any range of guests, so you can plan your holiday getaway for just your immediate family or something to include all the far flung relatives across the country. You can make your plans confident that you’ll be providing a great memory for your entire group as they delight in the luxury of the accommodations making a perfect Christmas in Big Bear.

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.

Why Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals?

FamilyHiking_StockEvery week we take an opportunity here to cover some interesting event or activity at one of our destinations.  It’s easy to understand why.  Our guests are an active bunch, and they tend to hit the ground running when they arrive for their Five Star getaway.  And our properties are located in some of the most amazing destinations.

You have a lot of things to consider when you plan your next vacation or weekend getaway, and big part of that decision is the place you’ll stay once you arrive.  Though you may sleep less on vacation, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have a comfortable bed waiting for you when you’re ready to catch a few winks.  We are unlike virtually every other option out there.

Hotels are a common choice for many travelers, but there are definite drawbacks.  Even the best hotel can take on the feeling of a college dorm if you just happen to book your stay at the wrong time.  Common hallways are often filled with uncommon noises at all hours.  It only takes one rude guest to rouse an entire floor of sleeping vacationers.  We all have stories along those lines, don’t we?

In addition to the roulette of noisy  neighbors, hotels also require more time and planning to do even the most simple things you do at home.  With some rare exceptions, you cannot simply roll out of a hotel bed and make yourself a yummy omelette, some toast, coffee, and orange juice in the morning.  Even hotels that offer a breakfast service would prefer that you don’t show up in your pajamas and slippers for the meal.  Greeting the morning with the requirement that you get dressed and share the time with complete strangers is a major detraction from the enjoyment.

This is where a vacation rental makes a huge difference.  It literally becomes your home away from home.  It has all the convenience of home, but you’re magically transported to a destination that offers more fun and relaxation than home.

Five Star Vacation Rentals takes this concept light years beyond and lets you experience your vacation in a manner that is typically reserved only for the extremely wealthy.  We have assembled top-notch luxury properties in some of the West’s most desirous locations.  These properties offer craftsmanship and luxury furnishings that are intended to amaze our guests.  And that’s the typical reaction we get.  For the duration of your stay with us, you’ll experience a level of quality surroundings that are difficult to duplicate.  Beyond the luxury and fine craftsmanship around you, you’ll get to spend more time with fewer distractions simply enjoying yourself with your loved ones during your time away.  And isn’t that what you’ll appreciate most?

Want to experience this amazing quality for yourself?  We maintain luxury rentals in Big Bear,  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.

 

July in Big Bear

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the big Fourth of July celebration in Big Bear, and there’s still time to book your family getaway.

If you’ve never experienced Independence Day in Big Bear, you’re missing out.  First off, the fireworks display rates as one of the biggest in all of California.  And there’s nothing like the beauty of watching the explosions and light trails as they are reflected off the surface of the lake.  Couple this experience with the lavish luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental, and you’ve got a recipe for a getaway the family will be talking about with fondness for years to come.

The Fawnskin Doo Dah parade is scheduled for July 23rd. If you’ve never been, it’s a lot of fun.  It’s still a lot of fun even if you have been.  There’s a chili cookoff and a wacky parade.  The parade is sometimes short, sometimes long, every time funny.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is having lots of great events in July.  On Saturdays and Sundays the entire family can enjoy guided nature walks where you can explore more of the natural beauty that surrounds us in Big Bear, and learn some fascinating history as well.  On Saturday the 23rd, you can enjoy a musical evening with rocker John Waite.  For more details visit their website at http://www.bigbear.com/event/?id=10957

But if you’re looking for a something else, 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.

 

Three Steps to Making Summer 2016 the Best You’ve Ever Had

Summer is a welcome chance to relax, take a break from school and spend quality time bonding with your family. It can fly by quickly if you don’t seize the opportunity to get out and have a great time, though. Why not take the Best Sumer Ever Challenge? You guessed it—we’ve got everything you need to make summer 2016 the best one you’ve ever had. With a little bit of planning, team work, and enthusiasm, it can be a reality. Here are three tips for putting the plan into action:

1. Involve the whole family in planning. It’s called a family vacation for a reason. Every member of the team should have a chance to offer their input on vacation ideas. Call it pre-game preparation before the big trip, and open the floor for a group discussion. Everybody will get excited when they can get involved in planning.

2. Choose a family-friendly destination. Everybody will likely have different ideas of what they want to do, but the good news is you can likely do it all if you plan wisely! This way the whole family is satisfied and enjoys the vacation. You should select a destination that offers entertainment, educational opportunities and the beauty of nature all in one place. A place like Big Bear might just fit the bill!

3. Lock in luxury accommodations. The best part of a vacation is enjoying and relaxing in a haven away from home. With a luxury vacation rental to retire to, you can immerse yourself fully in the stress relief a vacation will provide. At Five Star Vacation Rental, we maintain our properties with families like yours in mind. We know that you’ll likely be busy and you need accommodations that will suit everybody. Amenities like gourmet kitchens and luxurious details are just the cherry on top.

We aim to offer each of our guests a truly unforgettable experience. Our vacation homes are located in world-class destinations, and they are crafted with state-of-the-art features. If you’re ready to ditch the cost and monotony of a hotel, you can trust us to provide a great alternative. Nothing makes for a better getaway than fun and relaxation combined with unparalleled luxury.

Big Bear one of the top destinations for summer vacations, but if you’re looking for a more exotic vacation, we also maintain rentals in  Nuevo Vallarta, 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.

Differences Between a Hotel and a Vacation Rental

If you’re planning on spending your vacation in a hotel, you’re missing out. Hotels offer convenience, safety, and clean accommodations, but so do vacation homes, along with plenty of other benefits! If you’ve been putting off a vacation for fear of the hassle or planning it involves, you can rest easy. Renting a vacation home can take the stress out of vacation planning and offer a fun, economical getaway. There are a million and one reasons to stay at a vacation rental instead of a hotel, but we’ll give you the top four:

1. Avoid loud surroundings and disruptions. Hotels are notorious for unexpected disruptions, loud hallways, crowdedness…we could go on and on. Is this any way to spend your vacation? Of course not. You can sidestep paper thin walls and enjoy a home-away-from-home all to yourself and your family by booking a vacation rental. Instead of noisy neighbors, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of nature.

2. Maintain privacy. Along with those aforementioned noisy neighbors, you’ll enjoy a lack of privacy at nearly any hotel you might stay in. Not so at a vacation rental. With the place all to yourself, you can revel in the retreat your vacation should provide. A vacation rental will let you enjoy a getaway to its fullest extent.

3. Save time and money. Hotels often come with a host of fees and tacked-on expenses, and they offer subpar value in many cases. Renting a vacation home, on the other hand, provides maximum value. You can save time, too, by arriving at your accommodation and settling in—don’t worry about valet, check-in, or any of the other obligations you’d encounter at a hotel.

4. Get a full vacation experience. When you’re on vacation, you want to escape from the stress of everyday life. Maybe you’re with friends or family, and you want them to have a good time, too. A luxury rental means you can finish off a day of activities and exploration with true relaxation. Instead of just a place to sleep, it’s a haven to retreat to.

Big Bear is one of the top destinations for a getaway. Five Star Vacation Rental also offers luxury accommodations in  Nuevo Vallarta, 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.