Point Those Skis Downhill, but Which Hill?

Ski season is upon us, an we’re getting calls from increasing numbers of downhill fans. It’s a fun time of the year, and we hope this is a long season. One of the great things about this time of year is the many choices you have to pursue your ski passion. We’re pleased to have some of the most luxurious destinations to make your time off the slopes almost as fun as your time on them. Here are a few great options we have.

skiingBig Bear is our most popular ski destination.  The great thing about skiing in Big Bear is how convenient it is to get to the slopes. Many of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins are within walking distance of the slopes, and all the rest are a short drive away.  Choose one of our luxury Big Bear cabins, and you’ll have a struggle each day to leave the luxury of your cabin for the thrill of the slopes. Book a couple extra days, so you can get a full measure of enjoyment from both. View our Big Bear cabins and book online at this link.

If you’re a Mammoth Mountain fan, we’ve got a couple of great options. We have two adjacent condos at Juniper Springs Lodge that provide a great home base for some serious skiing. This is a true ski-in/ski-out destination, and the ski lift is right outside your door.

Park City consistently rates as one of the top 10 ski resorts in North America, and we’ve got a great way for you to enjoy your stay there even more. We have a slope side condo located at the base of Park City Mountain next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts. Located in the Snow Flower resort, this has some great amenities to enjoy off the slopes as well. One of the most popular is the heated pool kept at a toasty warmth year round.

Whichever one of our destinations you choose, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, condo, or estate is going to be a luxuriously relaxing part of your next ski getaway.

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.

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.

Time To Plan Your Ski Getaway

The recent storms blanketing Southern California have inflicted pain on our driving, but bring paradise to the ski slopes. The weather reports say the drought is not over, but there’s plenty of great base now. And fresh powder is falling regularly.  You need to stop procrastinating, grab your skis and call us.

Our most popular ski destination is Big Bear, and it’s easy to see why.  Big Bear has two of Southern California’s most popular ski resorts. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit both offer great slopes and cater to skiers of all ages and skill levels.  Lift tickets give you access to both slopes, and they offer a free shuttle between them.  On some days, you can ski virtually all day along on two different mountains without repeating the same run.  Save some time by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Here’s the link:  http://www.bearmountain.com/snowboard/rates/season-passes/ Reserve your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental at this link: http://fivestarvacationrental.com/area_BigBear.php .  There’s nothing like spending a day on the slopes and then returning to the amazing luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin.

In the mood for a run down the slopes at Mammoth? We can help you there too.  We have two great condos in the Juniper Springs Lodge.  We love this destination because it’s a true ski in-ski out location.  For the serious skier, you have no travel time at all.  You’re right on the slopes, and can just about roll out of bed directly onto the first ski run of the day within minutes.  Take a look at our Mammoth units at this link: http://fivestarvacationrental.com/area_MammothMountain.php .

We’re also pleased to offer a beautiful condo at the base of Park City Mountain in Park City.  Located just moments from to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts, this is a great destination for up to 4 guests.  It’s also centrally located for the great nightlife offered in Park City, so you can ski all day and enjoy the nightlife until exhaustion brings you back to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental.  It will be a great feeling, though.  Take a closer look at this property at this link: http://fivestarvacationrental.com/propertyPage.php?prop=snowFlower

With all these great reasons to hit the slopes, the only thing remaining is to call us or book your getaway online.  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.

Planning the Perfect 4th of July In Big Bear

School is almost out, and if your household is like ours there’s already been lots of talk about what to do this summer.  And at our house, there’s always a tug to go in different directions.  Some want theme parks; some want the beach.  We’ve also got our “Road Trip Faction” that argues every year for driving as far as we can for half the summer and then turning around and driving back.  Like that’s going to happen.  But every year, we can all agree on one thing:  Let’s plan to see the best fireworks on 4th of July!  Now this is something that our Five Star Vacation Rental family is expert at.

July 4th at Big Bear Lake is the sort of thing that many families do over and over again every year and with good reason.  The Big Bear Rotary Club makes sure they keep the display as one of the best you can see anywhere in the western United States.  The show lasts about 30 full minutes and the  explosions take place about a mile above the glimmering surface of the lake.  It’s an event to remember as the dazzling lights in the sky are reflected in the waters of the lake.  If you’d like to enjoy some great food and the best seats for watching the fireworks, the Kiwanis also have an annual barbecue with great hot dogs, burgers and steaks to enjoy.  They’re also offering packages that include VIP seating that will have you squealing with delight as you watch the colorful explosions in the cool night air.  For more info on the Kiwani’s Barbecue and seating, visit their site at this link.

If you needed any further reason to get away this weekend, there’s also the  great Big Bear climate to enjoy.  July in Southern California can be, well, stifling at times.  But that’s never a problem in Big Bear.  July is the warmest month of the year here, but the average July temperature is just shy of 65°. As temperatures go, this is one we can all live with.  And you will really be living when you spend the holiday in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.   Imagine the great fun your family will have  as you spend the long holiday weekend tucked away in your luxury vacation rental.  Many of our cabins have hot tubs, so you can spend the evening relaxing with a cool drink.

We usually sell out in advance, so be sure to book your cabin early.  View all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Please also check out our luxury vacation rentals in 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 your and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Dreaming of a White Christmas? That’s One of Our Specialties

One of the great things about Southern California is the close proximity we have to so many diverse climates and activities.  We can travel east for a short time and quickly change from city living into the desert communities of Palm Springs and La Quinta.  We travel west and hit the amazing shoreline with beaches and fishing.  Just a short drive to the south, and we can enter Mexico, which we’re convinced offers the most authentic, um, Mexican food, on the planet.  And within just a couple hours drive of virtually anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can find yourself at some of the most popular theme parks and movie studios.  It’s really an amazing place, but perhaps even more so during the winter.

Big Bear skiing awaits

Winter brings a new element to Southern California that is found in very few places on earth.  Within a single day and just a couple hours drive you can go from wearing short sleeves and shorts, to skiing down a mountainside covered with fresh powder snow.  There’s really nothing quite like it anywhere else.  And for many Southern Californians, the opportunity to spend some time in the snow is something they really look forward to.  We understand.  We feel the same way.

The great thing about our Big Bear vacation rentals is the amazing amount of activities available for the family.  With the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, there’s enough skiing to keep even the most avid skier smiling for many days.  But in addition to the skiing, Big Bear has some of the best shopping you’ll find anywhere.  Local arts and crafts can be found in many of the Village shops.  There is a huge variety of local restaurants and other activities as well.  Take a look at our Big Bear vacation rentals on this page, or call us at 310-780-3411 to book your getaway.

Our Mammoth Mountain condos are right on the slopes and offer some of the best skiing you’ll find anywhere in the world.  We offer ski-in/ski-out units, so that you can enjoy every last moment  your heart desires racing down the slopes.   Our units have shopping on-site and are the best home base possible for your next ski trip.  Click here to take a look at our vacation condos at Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth has miles and miles of ski runs

We’re also pleased to offer a beautiful Park City condo right the base of Park City Mountain located next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts.  This luxury vacation rental has cathedral ceilings and a balcony overlooking the slopes.  So pack your skis and give us a call.  You’re certain to smile until your face hurts with this one.  Here’s the direct link to our Park City condo.

We’ve got so many great choices for your snow vacation, it may seem a bit overwhelming.  Please give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best vacation rental for your winter getaway.