Spending St. Patty’s in Big Bear

St. Patrick’s Day means something a little bit different to everybody. For kids, it’s a warning to wear green or be pinched, and for adults, it might be the rare opportunity to drink green beer. Its origins have seemingly gotten lost in translation, but you’re bound to have fun on a holiday devoted to lucky clovers, pots of gold, and leprechauns. A day this silly deserves to be celebrated unabashedly, and there’s no better place to do that than in Big Bear while luxuriating in one of the finest vacation rentals available. Renting a cabin in Big Bear might mean it’s your friends who spend St. Patrick’s Day green with envy!

If you’re planning to chase rainbows on a hunt for pots of gold, the weekend of March 17th might be the time to do it. If you had other activities in mind, though, Big Bear has lots to offer. March is a particularly beautiful time to visit. Snow starts to melt off, amusement abounds, and outdoor activities, as always, provide more than enough entertainment. You can spend the day exploring one of Big Bear’s many lush forest areas, and though you likely won’t find gold, you may find some four-leafed clovers. Nothing is quite as lucky as getting to relax in a premium Big Bear cabin, though.

If you’d rather spend the day celebrating in a more traditional manner, adults can enjoy the festivities that will be hosted at many local bars and taverns. Nottinghams Tavern is just one destination you can stop by for food, drinks and a great social scene. St. Patrick’s Day is sure to provide a lively party scene, but whether or not green beer will on the menu, we’re not sure.

Big Bear is known for its beautifully green landscapes, so what better place could there be to spend St. Patrick’s Day? And your trip won’t be complete without booking a luxury vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rentals. Other rentals don’t compare to the designer features, stunning layouts, and immaculate beauty of our cabins. Don’t be surprised if you visit Big Bear and find that you’d prefer to stay inside all day!

Big Bear is our most popular locale, but we offer incredible rentals for a variety of other destinations, too. So if St. Patty’s in Big Bear is not your cup of tea, you can book Five Star Vacation rentals in Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. Most people don’t get to vacation often, so we go above and beyond to ensure that when you’re staying in one of our rentals, you are enjoying the finest luxury and relaxation. If you’d like more information, you can reach out to our friendly staff by calling 310-780-3411.

Why Not ‘Spring Forward’ Into a Big Bear Vacation Rental?

There’s nothing quite like being robbed of an hour of sleep. Alas, Father Time isn’t always on our side, and so we begin the springtime season with Daylight Savings. If you’re like most people, the adjustment will be a little difficult, but waking up in a luxury cabin can help soften the blow. Losing an hour of sleep isn’t so bad, after all, if the rest of the night is spent in the comfort of a vacation rental’s warm, cozy bed. Daylight Savings isn’t just a great excuse to rent a cabin, though, it’s also one of the most beautiful times of year that you can plan a visit to Big Bear.

As the clocks spring forward, winter gives way to the welcoming brightness of spring. This is a fantastic time to come visit, since most of the snow has started to melt off, and activities during this season often take place around the lake. Fish species such trout and bass populate the water and make for ideal fishing conditions. Amateur fishers and seasoned pros alike are welcome to bring their bait and catch some of the lake’s plentiful fish population.

ChildhoodOther activities include biking along one of many mountain trails nestled in nature as spring blooms. The snow that covers many of the paths in winter will melt off and open up opportunities for anybody who’d prefer a bike experience with a little more traction than snow provides. There are vendors nearby who supply bike rentals, and you can also book a spot on a guided tour if you’d like to bike along in a group. Biking in the beautiful landscape that spring reveals is a wonderful adventure.

The only thing that might rival the fun and activities of Big Bear itself is the luxury and relaxation you’ll find in a Five Star Vacation Rental. Our properties combine the absolute best of comfort and high-end accommodations, with gourmet kitchens, designer features, and gorgeous fireplaces throughout many of our rentals. You’ll find that the excitement of a day in the town may be matched by the excitement of settling in and relaxing in the comfort of your vacation rental.

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.

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.


Plan Ahead For the Holidays

Enjoying time with family.We know it’s a bit early, but the holidays are just around the corner.  This is a perfect time to start planning a getaway that will be one the family memory book.  And since we typically get much busier as the holidays approach, now is a great time to pick a date, pick a destination, and begins making some plans for fun.

If your Christmas is like ours, it’s always busier than we would like and we never get to spend quite as much time as we’d hope for with family and friends.  Why not make this year different?  A holiday away in Big Bear can be an amazing event.  One of the great things about planning your vacation rental with Five Star is we have some wonderful estates available.  These properties have more than enough room for multiple families to share.  Think of the possibilities:  You can plan for a wonderful family reunion or get together a bunch of friends from the neighborhood or school.  However you choose to fill your Five Star Big Bear vacation rental, you’ll be assured you’re getting a high quality luxurious getaway.

thansgivingDinnerWe’re already about half booked up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  New Year’s Eve is going fast as well.  This is an opportunity for you to create a wonderful time for your extended family as well.  The Big Bear ski season is usually in full swing by Christmas, and sometimes even by Thanksgiving.  And if  you’re already making travel plans for the holidays, the time spent in a Five Star Vacation Rental is vastly superior to anything you’ll encounter at even the finest hotel. Instead of being scattered across several rooms with strangers around every corner, you can enjoy an entire luxury cabin or estate.  The kids get their own rooms, and so do the parents.  If Uncle Harry snores can have his own room at the end of the hall; nobody needs to lay awake in misery.  It’s a perfect solution, and you’ll all awake refreshed ready to share breakfast in your own kitchen surrounded only by the people you invited.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

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.

Find a Bit of Romance

Right around Valentine’s Day each year, we see a spike in bookings for all our destinations.  It’s the perfect time to set aside some time for you to rekindle the romance with your sweetheart.  But why wait until February?  We’ve got some great ideas right here in the middle of summer that are guaranteed to delight the two of you.

How about a stormy getaway to the beach Puerto Nuevo?  One of the most romantic memories from early in our marriage was during a stormy day.  We grabbed some takeout from our local rib joint, and by the time we got home the sky just opened up.  It was a deluge, but our little rented house had a covered patio out back.  We settled in at the small table under the patio for our feast, and we enjoyed a great meal as the sky raged and flashed with a summer thunderstorm.  That was many years ago, but it’s something we regularly remember.  We were enjoying some great food, the delight of each other’s company, and a turbulent stormy sky.  And this is something you may recreate right now on the beach at Villa la Estancia in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

The rains pick up this time of year at the beach in Puerto Nuevo, but it does nothing to detract from the beauty and luxury of this destination.  Each of our luxury condos is just steps away from the beach.  Summer storms are common, but each unit has a covered patio where you can relax and take in the beauty of the storm over the ocean.  It can be a vacation more about the time you spend together at this amazingly romantic destination.  There are two onsite restaurants, a huge spa, and no compelling reason to ever leave the property.  Settle in, spend some time relaxing together, and wait for a great summer storm to roll in.  Add a romantic meal on the patio, and we guarantee this will be a moment you’ll want to repeat over and over again.

You can find romance at any of our destinations.  Just call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you plan a great summer vacation.  Browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, or Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation at the beach, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Five Star Vacation Rental.

Summer Fun in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Five Star Vacation Rentals has properties located in some of the most desirable destinations in the world.  With summer vacations just around the corner, it’s a great time to look at the possibilities.  This year you can plan a vacation that will be the one the entire family looks back on for years to come as their all-time favorite. Here is a quick recap of our top two destinations.  Either of these will be a great option for your summer getaway:

Big Bear Vacation Rentals

Far and away, this is our most popular destination.  We’ve worked hard over the years to assemble some the most luxurious cabins and estates available in Big Bear.  Our cabins offer something for everyone.  If you want seclusion and privacy, we’ve got you covered.  Want to enjoy a great lake view with room for the extended family?  No problem.  Planning a family reunion with 20-30 family members?  We have adjoining cabins available that will keep you all centrally located without the hassle and expense of renting a dozen hotel rooms.

Summer is an ideal time to visit Big Bear.  The lake is stocked, and fishing is a great pastime.  Boating on the lake is also popular with boat, sailboard, and jet ski rentals available.  There are a number of great hiking trails that will immerse you in the beauty of Big Bear’s forest.  Bring your bike with you or rent one when you arrive, and you’ll find another great opportunity to enjoy the pristine surroundings.  View all of our Big Bear rentals at this link: www.FiveStarBigBear.com

Villa la Estancia Mexico Vacation Rentals

We were one of the early buyers at this resort outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and we regularly return to enjoy the amazing sandy beaches.  It’s everything you expect from a beachside resort.  It has luxurious pools with sunken cabanas, so you can just swim up and get some refreshments.  It has a 30,000 square foot world-class spa on site that will provide you with a decadent level of pampering.  The restaurants located at the resort are world class, and offer an amazing combination of local seafood with the finest Kobe beef dishes as well.  Ask us about our all-inclusive meal package to simplify your stay.

In addition to the great beach and resort benefits here, you’ll be located a short cab ride from Puerto Vallarta.  This amazing historic city has a large community of artisans who sell their works on the streets and in small local shops.  And the local cuisine is just amazing.  Some of the best lobster we’ve ever had was in a little hole-in-the-wall cafe nearby.  There are so many fun shops and arts available, you’ll find yourself returning over and over again.  This is one of the reasons we always travel with an extra empty bag.  It’s never empty by the time we return home!

There are direct flights to Puerto Vallarta out of LAX, and the resort is just a short cab ride from the airport.  Check out all our available Villa la Estancia units at this link.

And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California Beaches, and Mammoth Mountain,  A well planned vacation in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.


The Art of Getting Monday Off, or Great Weekend Getaways

Great weekend getaways don’t just happen by accident.  It has never once happened that a family just woke up one morning and found themselves magically transported to a luxury cabin in the majestic Big Bear forest.  It takes a bit of planning and often some ingenuity to make a great weekend getaway happen.  We certainly strive to make the experience as simple as possible, but it does take a plan.  And with this post, we’ll even help you create the perfect plan.

The biggest problem with any weekend getaway is that you must actually return home when the weekend is over.  Part of being an adult is coping with the harsh realities that life deals us, and this is certainly one of the harshest.  But we have a plan to soften the blow.  With a little bit of planning, you can get Monday off, and this will change the entire feel of your weekend away.  It begins to morph into a mini vacation with the addition of Monday.  Here’s how it works:

Arranging Monday off will have a degree of difficulty that is entirely dependent upon your job.  If you’re self-employed, the boss is a pushover and you have nothing to fear.  If you work for a tyrant, it will take additional wrangling.  You may have accumulated some personal days off, or you may be able to reason with your boss.  Just explain the value of that day off in terms of how it will renew your energy and efficiency upon your return.  Pull worn photos of your children out of your wallet and explain to your boss that studies show children who do not spend weekends away in Big Bear with their family are 72% more likely to enter a life of crime.  Try begging and pleading too.

Once you’ve accomplished this, the rest is easy.  You can book your stay directly online with most of our properties, and we’ll gladly help you book any of them with a quick phone call to us at 310-800-5454.  Then the fun begins.  Now you’ve arranged for a getaway that starts Friday afternoon and runs through the entire weekend.  Come Monday morning when the rest of the world is heading back to work, you can enjoy one last dip in the spa or enjoy your morning coffee out on the deck as you breath in the crisp clean Big Bear air.  You’ll be on the road at about the time everybody else is just taking their lunch break.  Your batteries will be recharged, and you’ll have enjoyed a full weekend of relaxation and fun in your Five Star Vacation Rental.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you plan a great getaway for just a weekend or several weeks.  Browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, or Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long summer vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Big Bear cabin or estate.

Life Has Too Many Regrets. Grab Your Skis and Avoid This One

We’re getting amazing snow in Big Bear right now.   March is upon us, and the skiing is better than ever.  But it can’t last forever; Spring is right around the corner. You don’t want to look back at this time once May rolls around realize you wasted one of your last chances to hit the slopes.  The conditions right now are great.  Don’t put this off any longer.

We imagine nobody will be surprised to learn that we’re in favor of the 4 day work week as long as you plan the other 3 days in one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals.  We’re also in favor of using some of those accumulated vacation days you have in reserve.  And we’re continually proposing that our guests just take a few days for relaxation in the mountains.  Call it personal days, impersonal days, or an out of town excursion that involves absolutely no work whatsoever.  This is a perfect time for some days on the slopes and some nights relaxing in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  Order your lift tickets in advance and save some money with this link: http://www.bearmountain.com/snowboard/rates/lift-tickets/

Our weekday bookings are usually much lighter than the weekends, and the same applies to the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.  Get more time in on the slopes, and enjoy a wider choice of cabins for your time off the slopes.  As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll find even the best restaurants in the Village will seat you immediately.  It’s a great chance to unwind.

After a fun day on the slopes or in the Village, you can look forward to the evenings in your Five Star Vacation Rental. You’ll find each of our properties to be a luxurious delight. Cozy up in front of the fire and just relax with your family. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and that’s another great spot to end the day.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Upcoming Events In Big Bear

Skiing is still the number one reason to head to Big Bear right now.  With artificial snow being made nightly and snowfall in the weather forecast, it’s a perfect time to book your ski getaway.  But Big Bear is a great destination this time of year even if you have no intention of picking up skis.

Over the years, Big Bear’s nightlife has really expanded.  The sleepy little mountain town that first gained notoriety for the “swarms of bears” found here has morphed into a lively getaway for families and night owls alike.   There’s a steady stream of popular musicians performing around town.  And though skiing is the biggest draw during the winter, there’s still plenty of great activities to be had without taking up skis.  Here’s just a sample of the events upcoming in March:

First on our list is a bit extreme, but certainly a chilly way to support a great cause.  The 4th Annual Big Bear Lake “Polar Plunge” for Special Olympics takes place on March 7th at Swim Beach starting at 10:00am.  Grab your pet penguin and head over to support the Special Olympics.  After you’ve been chilled and shaken (not stirred), be sure to rush your numb appendages over to your Five Star vacation rental.  Pick one with a hot tub, so you can more quickly defrost as you continually repeat, “What the heck was I thinking?”  Once you’ve thawed, keep warm by the fireplace.

If you’re more interested in kicking up your heels than freezing them off, you may want to visit one of Big Bear’s fun night spots. Here’s a partial list for your club hopping:

The Cave
at 40789 Village Drive
Tel: (909) 878-0500

Chad’s Place
40740 Village Drive
Tel: (909) 866-2161

B’s Boathouse
350 Alden Road
Tel: (909) 866-5400

Black Diamond Tavern
42172 Moonridge Road
Tel: (909) 366-0871

Nottingham’s Tavern
40797 Big Bear Blvd.
Tel: (909) 866-4644

Club Bombay
672 Pine Knot
Tel: (909) 878-0133

We also recommend that you plan a visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center.  They always have fun and interesting activities on tap.  During March you can participate in the annual Bald Eagle count.  This is a great outing for nature lovers and photographers alike.  You may get a chance to see these amazing birds up close during the count.  The final day of this year’s count is March 9th, and you can get more details at this link.

But the most important event in Big Bear is that moment your family walks through the front door of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.  It’s an amazing feeling.  You’ll be immersed in the luxury and quickly make yourself at home.  You’ll laugh as the kids bounce on the beds and you explore every corner.  Test the water in the hot tub to make sure it’s just right and then decide if you’ll fix dinner in the gourmet kitchen or head out to one of the great restaurants nearby.  And it will take a while before you realize you haven’t wasted a single moment worrying about whatever pressures you left behind as you walked through the door.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  If you’re in the mood for a getaway to one of our other destinations, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain Southern California Beaches or Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy each other, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.