What’s Your Perfect Vacation?

We devote a lot of time to helping people create their perfect vacation. We consider ourselves to be among those lucky few who have found work that doesn’t really feel like work at all. It’s great fun and often a privilege to work with people to plan a vacation, family reunion, anniversary or secret birthday celebration with a loved one. And we still get a thrill when we hear later just how great things went. But as with most great adventures, a little planning can go a long way toward creating a great getaway. And this week’s blog is going to help you plan a perfect vacation.

Do you have golfers in the family? If so, we’ve got some great options for you to choose. And we have a few different destinations as well.

GolfVacationOur most popular golf destination is La Quinta in the desert just outside Palm Springs. La Quinta has been called “the golf capital of the world.” There are several world-class courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Classic Course is a past host of the Bob Hope Classic Tournament, and a consistent favorite with our guests. There are few things more relaxing than spending the morning under the deep blue skies with the mountain views beyond followed by relaxing just off the fairway with a cool drink on the patio of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s a perfect recipe to help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with your family. Check out our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingFor many of us city dwellers, the allure of nature is a regular part of our relaxation. We buy machines to recreate the sounds of rushing water, rainfall, and other soothing nature sounds. But as we all know, there’s really nothing like actually immersing yourself in nature to relax and enjoy these things as the naturally occur around you. That’s the sort of relaxation you can enjoy with a getaway to Big Bear. Summer is a great time to enjoy Big Bear’s natural beauty. There are dozens of miles of hiking paths with exertion levels to fit every family member.

Fishing at sunsetBig Bear Lake is fully stocked, so you can expect to catch bass, rainbow trout, and catfish. Some great fishing can be had directly off the shore in many locations. If you’d prefer to get out on the water, Holloway’s Marina is a great resource for boat rentals. Follow the online maps to the best fishing spots. There are few things tastier than treating your group to a meal with your fresh catch of the day.

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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Enjoy a Desert Getaway This Winter

The Big Bear ski season is in full swing, and we’re running near capacity most weekends. We’ve still got lots of availability during the week, however, and that’s a great option for people who can arrange their schedules around it. The slopes are definitely less crowded, and many of our properties have lower weekday rates. Check out our Big Bear properties at this link.

But if your family is in the mood for something completely different, we recommend you take a look at our amazing La Quinta vacation rentals in the desert near Palm Springs. The desert is perfectly delightful this time of year, and the golfing is great. Take a look at a couple of our luxury options for your enjoyment:

PGA107Our PGA107 is a great example of the type of quality and luxury we have available. This one always reminds us of a Hollywood mansion from the 1940’s. It has soaring open beam ceilings and arched doorways over custom flooring. The salt water pool and spa are perched overlooking a water feature on the Greg Norman course. It has a private upstairs bedroom with its own private deck for quiet mornings or evenings relaxing in the sun. The floor plan is spread out over 4600 square feet with room for 12 guests in its 5 bedroom 5.5  baths. Add in the chef’s kitchen with granite counters, and you’ll soon see why this one is so popular. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

PGA102The view will keep you captivated at PGA102. Its southern exposure stretches across the Greg Norman course to the stunning Santa Rosa mountains beyond. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. You’ll enjoy cool evenings in relaxing in the pool and spa as you watch the colors of the sunset play across the sky. The private casita makes this one perfect for larger groups or multiple families to share. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

You can book your stay online or view all of our La Quinta properties at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next 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 Big Bear.

Spotlight On La Quinta Vacation Rentals

We recently added several new properties to our family of La Quinta estates, so we’re going to devote this week and next week’s blogs to exploring some of the great reasons to choose La Quinta for your next getaway.

Golfing is the number one reason most of our guests choose this destination. La Quinta is home to some of the finest golf courses in the world. And we’ve chosen our properties to take advantage of that.  If your idea of a perfect getaway is spending the day on the links and relaxing poolside with a view of the fairway afterward, we have some great options for you.

Our PGA101 PGA West Home is a 4000 square foot treat to your senses. It has a private pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and fire pit. All four of its bedrooms have their own private baths, so it’s a perfect choice for larger groups and multiple families to share. 10 can stay comfortably. And when you’re not golfing, you can enjoy a game of pool or ping pong. See more photos and details at this link.

Your group is sure to love our PGA102 PGA Norman Hideaway. The mountain and golf course views out the back are amazing. The two room casita is sure to be a hit with the kids or a great option for larger groups. It has an amazing bank of windows that perfectly frame the view across the pool and spa out to the fairway and mountains beyond. Check out more photos at this link.

We call PGA103 our “Spacious Modern Perfection at PGA West.” The title gives a hint at the luxury you’ll enjoy during your stay. Relax in the outside seating area next to the pool and spa overlooking the fairway with the mountains beyond. The interior is punctuated with custom made furniture and electronic window treatments. And those floor to ceiling windows bring the beautiful view into play throughout the home. With 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, there’s room for 12 guests.

As you can see, we have some amazing La Quinta properties available for your next getaway. Be sure to check back next week for the second installment of our tour of the great Five Star Vacation Rental properties in La Quinta.  Check out all our La Quinta 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 Big Bear. 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.

 

We Have New Properties!

We’re always excited when we add new properties to our family of luxury cabins and estates. And this feeling is increased when we add 5! Check out these new additions:

Cabin 36 in Big Bear meets and exceeds our standards of luxury. With its whimsical furnishings and wonderful flooring and finishes, you’ll be thrilled to relax here. The view from the deck is amazing, and you’ll be literally soaking it in as you relax in the spa surrounded by the forest view. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 9 guests. See more photos and details at this link.

Our new Cabin #7 has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with room for 10 guests. This is new construction just completed last year, and it spreads out over 2500 square feet of luxury. It offers lots of privacy and plenty of wood finishes to help you truly immerse yourself into the Big Bear experience. Enjoy the great forest views off the deck as you get some much needed time to recharge your batteries. More photos at this link. 

Ready for some serious golf time? Well, pack your bags and your clubs and head to our newest addition in PGA104 Luxurious PGA West overlooking the fairway in La Quinta. This amazing property boasts 4000 square feet with a separate casita that will be a delight for the kids or perfect for 2 families to share. It has a total of 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with room for 12 guests.  In addition to the fairway views, you’ll be looking out on Santa Rosa Mountain as well. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, so the only problem with your stay may be getting the desire to actually leave this beautiful estate. Check out all the photos and book online at this link.

Want room for a bigger group with matching luxury? We just added this amazing 4300 square foot La Quinta estate on the golf course with a wonderful pool and spa to enjoy.  The Travertine flooring and stone fireplace are wonderful examples of the fine craftsmanship you’ll enjoy throughout this remarkable property. After a full day on the links, you can retreat to this oasis and enjoy a dinner you create in the gourmet kitchen or throw some steaks on the barbecue. You’ll have a hard time leaving this one when your stay is done. More photos and online booking at this link. 

Our new PGA102 Luxury PGA Norman Hideaway is a great choice for the serious golfer who wants to make sure everybody in their party has a great time even if they don’t golf. It has room for 10 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.  It overlooks the Greg Norman golf course with the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains in the background. The main living area has a bank of windows so you’ll be enjoying the amazing view constantly as you enjoy your stay. The pool and spa promise to keep everyone in your group refreshed and happy with their time spent at this amazing estate.

Check out all our La Quinta 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 Big Bear. 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, and  you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

It’s hard to believe that another year is winding down. This has been a year of highs and lows with more than a few surprises. We end the year as we started: Grateful for our guests who allow us to be a part of their vacations, holidays, and last-minute getaways.  As you start making your obligatory resolutions for the New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to spend more time in one of our great luxury getaways in 2017.

To further entice you, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added three new luxury golf course properties in the La Quinta area of Palm Springs.

PGA LegendOur Prestigious PGA Legends property has room for 10 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The travertine flooring and gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Kitchenaid appliances will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. When you’re not golfing, you can enjoy the views overlooking the golf course from the pool in the backyard. This is a level of luxury that few ever get to experience.  You can view more photo and details or book online at this link.

PGA NormanOur PGA Norman Hideaway has 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths and room for 8 guests. You’ll delight in the view of the Santa Rosa mountains beyond the golf course stretched out from the back yard. There are custom design and decorating features throughout. The open floor plan is perfect for spending some fun time with family and friends.  The kids will surely love some time away on their own in the two-room casita. See more photos and details at this link.

PGA West EstateThe PGA West Estate is one of the finest golf course homes we’ve ever seen. It’s designed for luxury living from the ground up. There is room for 12 guests in its 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath floor plan. With its large guest casita, it’s a great option for extra privacy for your stay. It sits on the 16th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Golf Course. When you’re not on the golf course yourself, you’ll enjoy relaxing with views of it out your windows.  We have more photos and details at this link.

Check out all our La Quinta 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 Big Bear. 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.

Looking For a Warm Christmas? Five Star Vacation Rentals Has the Answer

Lots of folks who live in Southern California have landed here from other parts of the country where the weather is not quite as nice as ours.  Well, now that we think about it, NO place really has weather nearly as nice as ours, right?  These transplanted Californians delight in some things that are completely foreign to us natives.  For example, never once has your faithful blogger delighted in NOT having to shovel snow.  In fact, he has never even held a snow shovel.  But if you were born and raised in Minnesota, that simple statement would set your head spinning with a great big smile on your face.  Southern California is sort of like the Emerald City to these folks. It’s a dream land where nobody really needs a heavy coat, black ice is something you get when you pour Coke into the ice tray, and the sun actually seems to shine brightly almost every day of the year.  Yes, Toto, you really aren’t in, err, Minnesota any more.

Not our idea of fun.  Is it yours?
Not our idea of fun. Is it yours?

Many of these folks become then envy of their less-fortunate relatives still trapped in the arctic climates from which they fled.  And the contrast in the weather is never so dramatic as when the holidays arrive.  Your weekly phone conversation with Uncle Julius in Minneapolis invariably covers exactly how long it took him to shovel out the  driveway so he could find the car.  And if he’s really lucky, he’ll tell about the wonderful new snowblower he just bought.  You can smile and tell him about the wonderful new lawnmower you just bought.  It’s quickly apparent that the two of you — though once neighbors — now reside on entirely different planets.

But the holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family from all the far flung areas they’ve landed.  And it would be a crime NOT to offer a brief respite to those you love by hosting your own holiday get-together at one of our luxurious Southern California or Mexico vacation rentals.   You’ll certainly be more popular with the snow-bound relatives, and you may decide to become a Realtor so you can profit from the relocation that many of them will begin planning as soon as they return home and their feet hit the hard, frozen soil.  Be sure to tell them you can get them seats at the Rose Parade, and they won’t need a parka for it either.

We have some great choices for a warm-weather winter getaway.  All of our vacation rental units are luxuriously furnished and promise to provide an amazing setting for your family and friends to enjoy the holidays together.

Our Southern California beach homes are located within walking distance of the beach and offer an amazing level of luxury.  The beach homes are also ideally located to serve as a home base for visiting all of Southern California’s favorite attractions from Sea World, just a couple hours to the south, and Hollywood studios an hour or so to the north.  Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are even closer.  Click here for a closer look at our Southern California beach homes.

This is your view from the balcony at Villa La Estancia. Notice that there's not a snow shovel in sight.

If you have a very large group, our best accommodations may be with our Villa La Estancia Mexican resort vacation rentals located right on the beach in Puerto Nuevo.  We have 16 units available in the resort, so we can accomodate a group of virtually any size.  The resort is located just a few minute’s drive from the  Puerto Vallarta Airport, and all southern California airports offer direct flights.  Trust us, Aunt Mildred from Detroit will rewrite her will to include you after she spends an hour in the on-site spa at Villa La Estancia.  In addition to the ocean swimming and boating, all the golfers in your group will enjoy the championship golf courses nearby as well.  Good luck getting them all back on the plane to Minnesota after that!  Click here to view our Villa La Estancia vacation rentals.

Our Palm Springs/La Quinta vacation rentals are a special delight during the holidays.  Palm Springs pulls out all the stops at Christmas time, and the entire family will delight in great shopping, shows, and amazing restaurants.  Our vacation rentals are right on the golf course, so you can have everybody back east dust off their clubs and enjoy a few rounds while their neighbors back home will be lifting nothing but their snow shovels.  It makes for a perfectly delightful time.  You can look at our Palm Springs/La Quinta properties on this page.

Give us a call today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan your ideal family vacation.  Your vacation time is very special, so don’t gamble with it.  Our goal is to offer you a level of luxury that you just won’t find anywhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Fun and Golfing in Palm Springs/La Quinta With a Five Star Vacation Rental

Enjoy a golf vacation this year.

We got a call this week from our old aunt Clarisse in Duluth.  She usually calls us this time of year to talk about the weather, so we were prepared. It seems the weather in Duluth has been unseasonable warm for this time of year.  It’s only dipped below freezing 4 days this week.  But even with this apparent proof of global warming, Aunt Clarisse calls us each November to let us know she’s packing away her Bermuda shorts for the winter, and pulling down her suitcases.  And is that spare bedroom of ours still available for Thanksgiving?

Well that got us to thinking.  How wonderful would it be if when your own aunt Clarisse calls (or Laura, or Betty, or Norma, or Susan), you could inform her you’re handling things a bit differently this year.  Yes, she’s always welcome to come visit, but no, she won’t be in the guest bedroom.  And she should also delay packing away her overly-plaid shorts.  You see, this year, you’re having the entire family join you for a winter getaway to a Five Star Vacation rental in Palm Springs/La Quinta. We think you should seriously consider this.

For many people, Thanksgiving and Christmas are days filled with both fun and meaning.  We get to spend time with friends and relatives we don’t see too often, and we’re also able to enjoy some relaxing time recounting our many blessings away from the holiday rush.  And if you want to enjoy this time along with some outdoor activities and nice weather, there’s really no better place than in a Five Star Vacation Rental in the La Quinta/Palm Springs area.

No snow here! Just amazing golf course views.

Consider this: While our dear dear aunt Clarisse lives in an area where even the ice cubes migrate to warmer climates, you can plan the holiday of a lifetime for your extended family in one of our luxurious Southern California desert vacation rentals.  The average winter temperatures in La Quinta rarely drop below 60 during the day, so while all the folks back home may be shopping for parkas and cutting firewood, your entire party can enjoy the holidays in shorts and a light jacket. And while much of the country must pack away their golf clubs for the winter, you can make sure yours continue to get a workout. That’s a much better option, don’t you think?

We’ve got two amazing properties available.  Our Spacious Modern Perfection at PGA West sits right on the golf course.  Imagine the looks you’ll get  back home when you let them know you spent your holidays playing golf with folks who have never seen a snow shovel.  This home is right on the 4th fairway and has both a pool and spa to relax in at the end of the day.  Palm Springs is close by with great shopping and outlet stores for last-minute gifts.

Let the folks back home build snowmen. You can enjoy this view instead.

Our La Quinta Country Club Home is an absolute gem.  This luxury home overlooks the fairway and has panoramic mountain and lake views.  Plus, it comes with access to the Mountain View Country Club, so you can enjoy golfing and maybe even get in a bit of celebrity watching.  And we know you’re going to want to spend some quality time in the infinity pool to enjoy the fairway views while you wrinkle up smiling at the amazing comfort and quality of this finely-crafted home.

Call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your winter getaway in one of our Palm Springs/La Quinta luxury vacation rentals.  And if you’d prefer some snow for your winter vacation, you can view our Big Bear cabins on this page.  Please be sure to also look at our other luxury rentals in Park CitySouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  As always, you can depend upon Five Star Vacation Rentals to ensure that any one of our vacation rental homes and cabins will meet and exceed your expectations.  We know that your vacation time is precious, and we are constantly working to make sure that your only regret will be that you couldn’t stay with us longer.