Winter In Big Bear With or Without Skis

Big Bear has always been our most popular destination, and with good reason.  Each season brings a new variety of activities and natural wonders.  Winter is our most popular season, because the addition of snow simply explodes the number of activities available.

Skiing is certainly at the forefront during winter.  Big Bear is fortunate to have two world-class ski destinations in Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.  The slopes share lift tickets and a free shuttle runs all day long between the two destinations, so you’re free to travel between them and enjoy double the amount of downhill runs.  No need to even stop for a rest.  Just relax on the shuttle for the few minutes travel time between the two slopes.   And be sure to end each day by relaxing in the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin.

Off the slopes, there’s still plenty to keep you enjoying your stay in Big Bear.

Here’s a question for the physicists among us:  What do you get when you cross the forces of gravity with the smooth surface of a snow-covered hill and an inner tube topped with a giggling child? Well, pure fun!  Big Bear Snow Play is Southern California’s favorite downhill inner tube destination.  They’ve taken the age old combination of sliding an inner tube down a snowy hill to an entirely new level.  Their covered magic carpet lift that transports you to the top of the slope without wearing you out.  There’s just one flat rate entry price, and they’ll supply the tube.  With this, you’ll get unlimited runs down the hill.  This is a great choice for families with small children who want to play in the snow, but don’t want to strap skis on the little ones yet.  Visit their website for more details: http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com/

The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain offers an entirely different sort of downhill fun. You kids will get wide-eyed when they realize that you’re taking them for a wild bobsled ride down a banked, twisty hillside track.  It looks and feels almost like the downhill runs in the Olympics, and there’s really nothing like it anywhere else in Southern California.  The runs are open year-round, so even if there’s no snow during your visit, the downhill bobsled runs will be open.  You can get more information on their website:  http://alpineslidebigbear.com/AlpineSlide.html

As you can see, winter in Big Bear is an amazing time, and it’s even more amazing to enjoy it while relaxing in the luxury and comfort of your Five Star Vacation Rental.  The only thing remaining is to call us or book your Big Bear getaway online at this link: http://fivestarvacationrental.com/area_BigBear.php.  Or give us a call, and we’ll be glad to book your getaway for you. Looking for a vacation somewhere else?  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CitySouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We’ve Got A Suggestion!

If your house is like ours, we’re still finding bits of wrapping paper and ribbons scattered around after our Christmas morning clean up.  The kids are dividing their time equally between playing with their new toys and playing with the boxes they came in.

We had the most amazing Christmas dinner.  Grandma volunteered to cook a turkey with her patented dressing, so it was like Thanksgiving 2.0.  Shortly after the last bite of pumpkin pie was consumed, the dads in attendance dutifully fell straight into a winter’s nap on the sofa and recliner.  We still think this is just a ploy to get out of helping with cleanup, but the moms were especially charitable and no complaints were heard.

As soon as the cleanup began, our thoughts turned to the week ahead and celebrating the new year with our resolutions.  We all agreed that we need to exercise more, manage our money better, and spend more time with family.  Each of these is admirable, but seem to repeat each and every year.  So this year,  we want to share with you a truly great idea that may well take care of all three of these resolutions: Get away to Big Bear in Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.

Yes, we’re likely a wee bit biased on this, but it’s still a worthy idea.  Big Bear is simply breathtaking this time of year, and the recent storms have blanketed the mountain with a good supply of snow.  This means all the snow features are open, and you’ll have more snow activities available to keep you active.  At the bottom of the ski run you’ll be breathless both from the thrill of the run, and the exercise involved.  You can check that one off your list.

Next, we agree that wise money management is essential.  Most families are feeling some of the squeeze from today’s economy.  Thankfully, that squeeze doesn’t need to impact your plans.  A Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear is an amazing value.  For about the cost of an average upscale hotel, you can enjoy far more with luxury, privacy, and room to breathe in a Five Star Vacation Rental.  Many of our cabins have hot tubs and lake or forest views.  Couple this with the fully equipped kitchens in our cabins, and you’ll start to see the amazing difference in value you get with Five Star.  And unlike piling the entire family into a single hotel room, your Five Star Vacation Rental has enough bedrooms to allow dad to snore blissfully loud without ever disturbing the rest of the family. That alone is worth the price of admission.

But the most important resolution is spending more time with your family.  A Five Star Vacation Rental is perfect for this.  Unlike a hotel room, with Five Star Big Bear cabins, you can cook your own meals and eat together in your dining room.  Instead of packing up the entire family, piling into the car, and then waiting to get seated in a pricey restaurant, you can just relax and enjoy a meal together in your luxury cabin.  Don’t feel like cooking?  Order take out and relax by the fire as you enjoy each other.  Another resolution accomplished.

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

Fall — In Love — In Big Bear

We can’t believe that summer is officially ending and the first day of fall is just a few days away.  Halloween candy is already popping up on the store aisles, and we’ve already had a couple of chilly mornings.  Time marches on, and waits for no man, and . . . lots of other cliches.  But have you allowed time to trample on your plans for a romantic getaway?  Well, we just double checked, and the clock is still ticking.  The longer you delay, the longer you’ll be delayed.  You may quote us on that.  You should really stop procrastinating, and give us a call.  We have more getaway specialists on hand than a convention of bank robbers.  And our getaway specialists will help you plan a romantic time away with virtually no worry about any jail time as a result.  They’re really that good.

Big Bear is an ideal destination for your getaway anytime of year.  It’s one of the few places in Southern California that you can actually see fall colors in abundance.  The colors usually arrive some time in October, and they’re really spectacular.  The brilliant oranges and reds are breathtaking and make for a really romantic time.  We highly recommend that you make some time with you sweetheart to have romantic getaway in the fall.  There’s really no better time to propose, celebrate your anniversary, or just reaffirm  your commitment.  We can’t imagine a more romantic moment than walking hand-in-hand down a colorful path, and pausing to propose, offer a surprise gift, or just look deeply in your mate’s eyes and say, “This is a beautiful place, but it pales in comparison with your beauty, and the joy you’ve brought into my life.”  Hand us a tissue, we’re getting misty-eyed.  So will you.

The romance of your special time in Big Bear will be greatly enhanced by the luxurious pampering you’ll experience in our Five Star Vacation Rental Big Bear cabins and estates.  Of course, true romance is unbounded by any geographic limits.  So feel free to take your romantic plans to any of our destinations.  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.

Take To The Lake — And To the Land!

September is one of the best months for activities on Big Bear Lake as we enjoy the last of the warmer weather before the onset of fall.  At the peak of summer, the lake water can get in the low 70° range.  This is great weather for boating, fishing, and even swimming on the lake.  It’s a great opportunity for your family to “dive in” and enjoy some of the great water activities on Big Bear Lake.

 

Thursdays offers ladies only a fun time with the “Babes on Boards” potluck and paddle board event at Captain John’s Fawn Harbor and Marina.  This fun event is limited to ladies only, and we’re told it’s an absolute blast. Be sure to call ahead for details, as there is an age requirement. Contact Serena Saunders at 909-866-6478 for more details.

The entire family can enjoy stand up paddle boarding with mid-week rentals at Captain John’s. Paddle boarding is great fun, and definitely gets easier the more you practice. And with the warmer lake water this time of year, you won’t suffer at all when you slip into the water.

Want to just spend some time on the lake? You can rent anything from a little canoe to a 12 person boat at Captain John’s. Spending an afternoon just drifting around the lake with no real destination can be amazingly relaxing. Grab a good book, some cool refreshments and a light lunch. You’ll quickly find the gentle lapping of the lake water against the hull of the boat to be supremely relaxing.

September usually offers some good trout and bass fishing, so we recommend all anglers pack their gear to enjoy some fun as well.  There’s nothing quite like serving up the amazingly fresh catch of the day when you were the one to catch it.  Our luxury Big Bear vacation rental cabins and estates all have full kitchens with the utensils you’ll need to cook up a gourmet meal.

If you choose to venture off the lake, there are some very special events taking place in Big Bear during September.  The annual Oktoberfest celebration kicks off September 13th and runs weekends through October 25th.  Many of our guests make this an annual event.  Oktoberfest brings great fun to town.  It’s that time of year you can sample dozens of exotic beers from around the world, and polka till you just can’t polka any more.  The kids will have a great time as well with dance contests and tons of activities just for them.  Bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, and polka.  There are few things needed beyond these to enjoy a fulfilled life.  Except maybe some quality time in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear.  And lederhosen.

September 19 – 21st Big Bear hosts the 15th annual International Film Festival.  This event keeps getting bigger every year, and it’s a great time for film buffs.  You’ll get a chance to do some star gazing, since we usually see a handful of famous actors in town for the event.  There are over 100 films screened during the festival, and you can also participate in seminars and panels for both film makers and film fans alike.  Be sure to book your cabin and get your tickets in advance.  It’s a busy weekend, and we often get booked up in advance.

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.

September in Big Bear. Plant This In Your Mind.

Well, the kids are back in school or will be in a few days.  It’s time to surrender to the more mundane aspects of a weekly schedule that includes early morning roundups of kids, backpacks, lunches, puppies and car keys.  Why is it that the car keys are always someplace new?  Maybe we should devote an entire blog to that topic.  But not this one.

Your bodies may well be going through the motions of a post-summer reality, but there’s really no reason to surrender your mind to this eventuality.  Much of your daily routine can be handled quite well without devoting your entire attention to it, right?  Spreadsheets and calendars already have boxes on them, and you just need to punch in a bit of text.  Heck, most of those reports you’re preparing can practically write themselves.  And unless you really are a brain surgeon or rocket scientist, this really isn’t brain surgery or rocket science.  So why not allow your mind to continue in summer vacation mode for a while longer?  We can’t think of any compelling reason to pull you back.  In fact, we’ve cooked up a few reasons that you should remain in vacation mode for at least another several weeks.  Take a look at some of the fun things that you can do in Big Bear in September:

Oktoberfest is back! It starts September 13th and runs weekends through October 25th.  This annual event if one of our most popular, and it’s absolutely a great time for the entire family.  There’s beer, brats, more beer, great ethnic costumes, more beer, games for the kids, dancing, beer, and pretzels.  And did we mention beer?  Even if you’re not a big beer drinker, Oktoberfest in Big Bear is great fun.  The food is just amazing, and there are so many fun things to do with lots of great little shops and stalls to visit as well.  Grab your sweetie, and prepare to polka! Will you please pick up one of those cool little caps with the feather in it for us?

September 19-21 also sees the arrival of the 15th annual Big Bear Film Festival. This is a great event for film buffs of all stripes.  You can rub elbows with industry leaders, and there’s usually some great star gazing if you can peer behind that sea of over-size sun glasses to pick out the “A” listers that fly into town for the occasion.  This is a very popular event, and you should get your tickets in advance.  This year there will be over 115 movies shown at different venues around town, and there will be a great selection of 3D films to choose from as well.  You can buy your tickets at this link.

There’s really no better way to enhance your enjoyment of these September events in Big Bear than with a luxury vacation cabin or estate from Five Star Vacation Rentals.  We have assembled dozens of the finest, most luxurious properties to be found anywhere in Big Bear.  You can spend your days taking in some of the cutting edge films or sampling international beers, but spend your nights in the comfort and luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental.  It’s a perfect combination.  Spend all day on your feet having fun, and prop up your feet at night in your luxury vacation rental.  Check out our Big Bear vacation rental cabins and estates at this link.

Give us a call, and we’ll be glad to book your getaway for you. Looking for a vacation somewhere else?  No problem! Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Back To School Blues? Take a Deep Breath and Give Us a Call

It’s so hard to believe that school is starting up again.  It seems it was just a few days ago we were all getting excited about the onset of summer, and now we’re seeing Back to School sales and backpacks magically appearing on young shoulders again.  While it’s impossible to get the time back, we can certainly refuse to surrender all of our fun over to the relentless new schedules that face us each fall.

Thank heaven for weekends.  Even when our schedules face the pressures of shoehorning in school events, sports, dance, and work, we can still count on having a couple days that are available for reworking each week.  Yes, even the weekends tend to fill up, but you usually have a larger canvas to paint on each Saturday and Sunday, don’t you?  Well, grab those paints and help your family’s mental health skyrocket by planning a fun weekend getaway for September in one of our Big Bear vacation rentals.  We have dozens of luxury vacation cabins and estates to choose from, and we can recommend any of them for your getaway.

September is such a great time to escape to Big Bear.  While the heat in much of Southern California can quickly turn oppressive, Big Bear’s climate is almost always crisp and cool.  As you crest the hill, you can smile and utter those words you would never say elsewhere:  “Kids!  Roll down the windows and smell the air!”  And as that rush of clean, chilly air fills your car, the relaxation will begin to set in.   Even before you set foot inside the amazing luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, your entire family will start to feel the glow.  Your jaw muscles slacken, your neck feels a bit looser, and your affections towards each other will increase.  Soon the car will start to fill with the excited conversations of what to do first:  Take a walk in the woods, head down to the lake, go shopping in the village, and more.

But you may well find all your other plans put on hold once you cross the threshold of your cabin.  First-time guests are always amazed at the luxury and craftsmanship that is apparent in virtually all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins and estates.  Many of our vacation rentals have forest and lake views.   Each is furnished with an emphasis toward luxury and relaxation.  We have an abundance of chairs and sofas that are specifically designed to swallow you up in great comfort.   You may well find your conversation changing to, “Let’s just hang out here for a while.”  We understand.  That’s exactly what we were hoping you’d say.

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.

Welcome Our Newest Luxury Vacation Rental

We’re always excited when we welcome a new property into our vacation rental family.  Our new 3700 square foot Eagle Ridge Lodge is no exception.  It’s spacious 5 bedroom floor plan has room for 14 guests, so you can plan for a multiple family getaway,  or a retreat for your extended family and friends.

You’ll love both the look and feel of this amazing log cabin.  The woodsy aroma and full log interiors will captivate you immediately.   It’s a folksy feel that’s steeped in luxury, and will surely draw you into a great, relaxing family time.

Be sure you schedule a match for both the mini pool table and the foosball table.  You’ll all soon be squealing with delight as you leave your cares behind down the mountain and immerse yourselves in some Big Bear-style relaxation.  You’ll exchange counting cars for counting squirrels, and you’ll enjoy tree and lake views instead of pavement and smog.  It’s a perfect time to recharge your batteries right before the end of summer.

Enjoy your evenings in the cabin by gathering around the rock fireplace and enjoying some hot chocolate together.  Be sure to relax for a while in the hot tub before you call it a night.  That warm water washing over you will get you so relaxed that you’ll drift off to sleep right away.  And be sure to skip setting the alarm.  Sleep in as late as you want.  Or until the kids head in and start bouncing on the foot of the bed asking for breakfast.  But even that will be a delight as you enjoy the granite counters in the kitchen.  Your pancakes never tasted so good!

View more details about Eagle Ridge Lodge at this link.  Or give us a call, and we’ll be glad to book your getaway for you. Looking for a vacation somewhere else?  No problem! Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Calling All Bargain Hunters: We’ve Got Discounts and You Don’t Need Coupons

Sometimes we’re pulled in by the spectacle of some of those reality TV shows.  We were channel surfing the other night and landed on a program that showed a woman getting several thousand dollars worth of groceries for less than a $100.00.  She had a huge file folder with hundreds of coupons she sorted through.  It looked like this was something she worked on for hours every day and her shopping ended up being an all-day event.  While we’d much rather spend an hour watching a good action adventure show, this one held our interest due to the amazing bargain she landed.  And doesn’t everyone enjoy a good bargain?  Of course we do!

For most of us, we plan out our vacations months in advance.  We arrange our travel and make reservations after researching our options.  That’s the only way to make sure everything comes together when the long-awaited getaway finally arrives.  But some folks may suddenly get a few days off or just decide to take a last-minute vacation. One of the downsides of last-minute vacations is that your options may be limited and often more expensive. If you’ve ever booked a flight at the last minute, we see you nodding your head vigorously right now.  Well, w e have some good news for you bargain hunters out there.

If you realize during your lunch on Thursday that you may actually be able to cut work on Friday, give us a call.  We may have one of our luxury vacation rental units available.  If we do, we may well be able to give you a bit of a discount, so the rental won’t sit vacant over the weekend.  It’s a win-win. You can pay a bit less, and we’ll avoid the vacancy.  We can’t promise we’ll have anything available, but it’s certainly worth a try.  If you’d like to get an occasional email from us with last minute specials, drop us a line at fivestarvacationrental@gmail.com.  We’ll let you know when something comes available.  Be sure to add our phone number (310-780-3411) to your contacts, so you can call us as soon as you may get a few days off.  No coupons to collect, and no long lines at the market.  Just call us, and we’ll try to track down a bargain for you.

Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Big Bear,  Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

July In Big Bear: Fun Nights and Fun Days!

At about 3pm yesterday, we announced that summer is officially here.  We didn’t use those exact words; the actual words we used would be best left unrepeated.  But that was the moment we realized the air conditioning in our car was struggling to keep up with the heat beating down on us while we were parked on our favorite freeway.  This uncomfortable moment arrives about this same time each year, and lasts for the several months of summer until things start cooling down a bit.  We shouldn’t really complain because we have it much better than most folks, and so can you.  You can abandon the heat and pressure of the city freeways to join us in the cool, refreshing, and relaxing atmosphere in Big Bear.  And July is the perfect time to plan this short trek.

We still have a few vacancies available for the July 4th weekend, so be sure to call us right away if you’d like to grab one of them.  As we’ve mentioned in recent blogs, the Big Bear annual fireworks display is one of the best you can see anywhere.  Combine this great display with a stay in one of our luxury vacation rentals, and it has the makings of a perfect weekend getaway.

One of our favorite spots in Big Bear is the Discovery Center.  They’ve packed their July schedule with a bunch of fun and informative events.  Here’s just a sampling of the fun you can enjoy:   Each Friday, head over to the Center at about 7pm for a campfire presentation that will have you learning some of the more quirky history of the region.  On Saturday, July 5th, head over to the Discovery Center at 10am, and you can choose between building your own birdhouse, or trying your hand at gold panning.  The gold panning is always at the top of our list.  Every Saturday and Sunday, you can head over for their weekend nature walks.  These weekly guided walks are not strenuous, and you’ll learn a bunch about the local history and flora.  We highly recommend it.

If you’re in the mood for a relaxing getaway elsewhere, be sure to check out the rest of our properties in   Park CitySouthern California Beaches, Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and Mammoth Mountain.  We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Stop Putting It Off . . . and Save!

We’re starting to see our first really warm days, and that should serve as a reminder that you need to plan your summer getaway.  Well, your timing is great if you call us right away.  We’ve got a couple of last minute events that are a perfect excuse for you to head for a great family vacation.

Father’s Day is just a week away, and we still have some openings available in Big Bear.  What better way is there to show dad how much you love him than by whisking him away to the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear?  We have yet to meet a dad who doesn’t love spending time in Big Bear.  This time of year the short drive up the hill brings you into a cooler climate with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest.  Couple this with great opportunities for fun on the lake, hiking, biking or just relaxing, and it’s sure to be a Father’s day he’ll always remember.  Since all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins come with full kitchens, you can plan ahead to make him a truly gourmet breakfast on Father’s day.  Then follow that up with a day filled with his favorite activities.  He’ll be happy, and the entire family will certainly benefit from that.  Pampered dads have been known to pamper their wives even more, and he just might raise the kid’s allowances too.  Everybody wins.

The Independence Day holiday is also just around the corner.  July 4th on Big Bear Lake is something many families want to repeat again year after year.  It’s always one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California, and its beauty is magnified by the cool evening and spectacular reflections off the lake.  Many of our cabins have barbecues on the deck, so you can just imagine the great taste you can enjoy that day as well.  Enjoy an afternoon filled with your own tasty barbecue fixin’s followed by an evening of spectacular lights and explosions in the sky.  Finish it off with some hot chocolate while relaxing in the hot tub, and you’ll have a weekend that will have the family smiling for weeks to come.

July is also a great time to enjoy a getaway to one of our other destinations.   If you can make your plans on short notice, we may be able to book you into a vacant cabin with one of our last-minute specials.  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.