Plan a Great July 4th in Big Bear

BigBearFireworksThe 4th of July is always a pretty big deal around here. Many families kick off their summer vacations with this holiday, and those heading to Big Bear for the holiday always enjoy a special treat. The fireworks display is the largest one in all of Southern California. The fireworks are fired from a barge on Big Bear Lake, and visible from many shoreside properties and parks, but are even more spectacular from a boat on the lake. It’s a truly memorable event, and one that many families repeat every year.

The fourth falls in the middle of the week this year, so it’s a great opportunity for many families to plan a vacation to include the weekends before and after. And there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay for the full week. Here’s a sample of the events that week:

July starts with a full slate of cycling events sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association. The events continue all month long with rides scheduled for all age and skill levels. Biking in Big Bear is a wonderful adventure with many rides taking advantaAnd if you arrive without a bike, you’ve got some great options to rent them in Big Bear. Visit www.bigbearcycling.com for more information on upcoming events.

NugentAtTheCaveRock and roll fans have a special treat on July 2 when Ted Nugent appears at The Cave. He’s sold over 40 million albums, performed a staggering 6500 live shows, and is world renown for his guitar shredding. This is a unique opportunity for Southern California fans to enjoy his unique brand of music in The Cave’s intimate setting. Get more details, view all upcoming shows, and purchase tickets at The Cave’s website.

Marathon running race, fun run, people feet on roadHead over to Meadow Park on the morning of fourth for the 1st Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run. Kick off the holiday with a fun run at Meadow Park, a great place on the lake to reserve your spot for the evening fireworks!
It’s a fun event for the entire family. Kids (and strollers!) welcomed with 3 distances – 5K, 10K, 15K. Wear something wacky, and you may win the costume contest as well. Head over to www.runbigbear.com for more details and preregistration.

The Convention Center will be hosting a July 4th Independence Day Fair. You’ll enjoy fun games, old fashion contests, vendor booths, and some great food as well.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillAnd if you don’t feel like cooking up your own feast, head over to the Marian Resort on Big Bear Blvd for the Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth Of July BBQ. This is also a great spot to view the fireworks. They’ll have booths set up with games, live music, and lots of other fun activities. Be sure to pack your lawn chairs and some blankets, so you can enjoy the fireworks in comfort later. Get more info on ticket prices and activities at this link.

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

 

Make This Summer Vacation One To Remember

Every year most families talk about making big plans for their summer vacations. These discussions often start far in advance. Some families get busy over the summer and let the time slip away. They’re often the ones that vow to start planning earlier next year. Other families have a great summer vacation, and want to duplicate the experience the following year. Whether your family falls into one of those camps or somewhere in between, Five Star Vacation Rentals will help you make this summer vacation one to remember.

Happy family sitting in the carSeveral years ago the new term “staycation” entered our lexicon and was used to describe something we’ve been doing for years. Essentially, it’s taking a vacation, but not getting very far from home while doing it. It’s a great idea and one that can help planning and budgeting much simpler. There’s no need for passports, plane tickets, or special transportation. Just pile into the family car and within a few hours your vacation is starting. For our Southern California neighbors, the perfect destination for your staycation is Big Bear.

2girlspaddlingBig Bear is our most popular destination year round. It offers some of the most beautiful pristine forest and mountains you can find anywhere in California. It also has a thriving community with fishing, water sports, great shops, lots of performance venues with live music, and a very active cycling community. Take a look at some of our recent blogs highlighting the fun things you can do here and here.  And our collection of luxury estates, and cabins in Big Bear will keep your feeling pampered during your stay with us. Many of our cabins feature forest and mountain views, hot tubs, and a level of luxury that’s hard to find. View all of our Big Bear properties at this link. You can see photos, amenities and book your stay online.

VLEbeachViewIf you’re in the mood for a more exotic getaway, June can be a great time to visit our beachside resort at Nuevo Vallarta. Summer weather can be very romantic with frequent thunder storms. Many of our off-season guests enjoy the dramatic views out over the ocean as storms roll in and out. There are still many sunny days, but the mix of weather can be very refreshing. And with the beach just a few moments away from your room, it’s easy to catch some quality time laying in the sand on the days the sun is out.  It’s a quick flight out of LAX to Puerto Vallarta, where a quick cab ride gets you to the resort. View our Nuevo Vallarta beach condos at this link.

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

Special Occasions Made More Special With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Family celebrating mother's day with bunch of flowersWe’re a couple days away from Mother’s Day, and we’re seeing the usual traffic of families taking some time away to pamper mom on her special day. Mom deserves the special attention all the time, and Mother’s Day is just one of the many special occasions we all look forward to each year. Of course the great thing about planning a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental is that everybody in your party will benefit from the gift. Here are just a few ideas to spark some ideas for your next event.

Big Bear is romantic any time of the year, and it’s a particularly romantic destination for newlyweds. There are several spots perfect for your actual ceremony and any of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins or estates is a great choice for your honeymoon.

If you’re looking to celebrate your anniversary, imagine watching a sunset from the deck of your luxury cabin while relaxing in the warm water of your private hot tub. Feel the cool crisp breeze and watch the trees gently swaying as you relax and celebrate your anniversary with the one you love. It’s an anniversary you’ll long remember, and want to repeat.

Large Hispanic family toasting at party outdoorsFamily reunions are amazing when you get Five Star Vacation Rentals involved in your planning. Imagine the fun when your extended family can rent two or three cabins side-by-side with room for up to 28 people.  This brings an entirely different quality to your family time during the reunion. Imagine the cooks in your party assembling in one of the cabins and creating a feast for all in attendance. After dinner you can enjoy some great family time, or designate one of the cabins for the kids while the adults enjoy some time catching up in another. And all will enjoy the amazing luxury provided by your Five Star Vacation Rental.

We’re sure you can see the possibilities. Birthdays, work and church retreats, graduation celebrations, and many more are made even more special when celebrated in the pampering that surrounds you in one of our Big Bear cabins or estates.

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

 

Why a Five Star Vacation Rental Is Better Than a Hotel

Every once in a while we like to take a moment to recap some of the differences you’ll enjoy with you book your next vacation or getaway and why a Five Star Vacation Rental is better than a hotel.

Hotels can be be fun, but they really can’t compete with the value you’ll get with a Five Star Vacation Rentals luxury cabin, estate, or condo. Here are just a handful of differences:

The finest hotels often bill themselves as offering all the comforts of home. We claim that specific advantage in a far more literally way. With us, you’re actually getting an entire home, estate, cabin, or condo during your stay. That means you’ll have your own kitchen, living room, bedrooms, personal hot tub, and everything else that comes with staying in an actual home. But the advantages go far beyond that as well.

Bed woman noise - funnyEven the finest hotels have walls you’re sharing with neighbors. And don’t even get us started on hotel hallways. Why is it everytime we travel and stay at a hotel, we end up on the floor filled with those in need of Loud Talkers Anonymous?  We understand that many people are out having fun during their hotel stays, and it’s common to return to the hotel excited and chatting loudly about the day. We don’t understand why they do it at 3am.  And though we never recall specifically requesting it, we alway seem to get the room immediately adjacent to the elevator, ice machine or vending machines. Once in a while we actually score the Trifecta and get a room adjacent to all three. We don’t care what Millennials say. Sleep is NOT overrated.

But beyond the shared walls and hallways, hotels lack many of the conveniences that can make a big difference during your stay. “Where did we park the car?” is a question no Five Star guest ever asked. It’s in the driveway, or the garage, not hidden among hundreds of other cars in the hotel parking lot. You’ll remember this advantage when you forget your glasses in the car.

Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraBut the things that make a real difference are the luxury, the privacy, and the freedom you’ll enjoy with a Five Star Vacation Rental. Want a glass of ice water and a snack in the middle of the night? Just pull on your slippers and pad your way over to the kitchen. And many of our cabins will have you enjoying your own personal fireplace, hot tub, and a deck with a great view. You just can’t match it with any other option.

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

 

Merry Christmas From All of Us at Five Star Vacation Rentals

Merry ChristmasWe’re just a few days out from Christmas, and we hope each of you are putting the finishing touches on your plans. It’s a great time to relax and enjoy some time with family and celebrate the many blessings we all enjoy.

We’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to each of you who joined us this year and allowed us to be a part of your vacations, family time, weddings and honeymoons, and much more. We truly enjoy becoming a part of all the important moments you shared with us.

We’re looking forward to the year ahead, and are excited for the new opportunities to help you create more great getaways.

Spotlight on La Quinta Vacation Rentals, Part 3

This week we’re tying up the tour of our Five Star Vacation Rental estates in La Quinta. If you missed the last two installments, you can check them out here and here.  La Quinta is a great destination for quite a few reasons. The golfers in your family will delight in our many properties located right on the fairway. The shopping and attractions of Palm Springs are just a short drive away. And all of your guests will benefit from the amazing luxury and attention to detail you’ll find in each of these stunning properties.

PGA 107 is one of the most amazing properties in all of La Quinta. It has the look and feel of a classic western stucco mansion with its clay tile roof and wrought iron details. It overlooks a lake adjacent to the Greg Norman Course, and its open floor plan spreads out over 4600 square feet.  12 guests can enjoy the 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with attached casita. When mealtime rolls around, you can choose between the gourmet kitchen or the poolside barbecue island with a view of the pool and cascading waterfall. Start your day with a cup of coffee on the elevated skydeck as you enjoy the lake view beyond. Check out more photos and details at this link.

Our final desert property, TL110, Gorgeous Terra Lago Home, is located in the Indio lake community of Terra Lago, a short drive outside of La Quinta. This community has canoeing, catch-and-release fishing and boating on the lake. There’s golfing nearby as well. This is beautiful pool home has 5 bedrooms with 3 baths and room for 8. The master suite is guaranteed to enhance your relaxation with a soaking tub. View 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.

Celebrate Your Summer Events With Five Star Vacation Rentals

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

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

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

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

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

Make This Summer Different With a Vacation Rental in Big Bear

Summer vacation, young girl ready for travelWe know we are just a few weeks into spring, but our thought this time of year inescapably start leaping forward to summer. It’s only natural. Summer is a great time for most families. The kids are out of school, and you can finally work to clear your schedules to get some quality time together as a family. But if you’re like a lot of families, these opportunities slip away year after year in the usual rush of events around your house. You can make this year different by just making plans early, alerting the whole family, and start everyone moving in a trajectory that culminates in your long-awaited summer vacation.

FishingGirlBig Bear is a great destination for your summer fun. The lake offers multiple opportunities to pursue swimming, boating, and fishing. There are few things more satisfying during your Big Bear vacation than to gather at dinner time in your luxury Five Star vacation rental and enjoy a meal of the fish you just caught a few hours earlier. Add a bit of wine, some locally-grown produce, and one of the signature desserts you’ll find at Gadley’s Bakery to add a yummy finish to the meal.

But if you’re serious about making this happen, it’s important to carve out the time pretty quickly. Task the kids with researching all the fun events taking place during your stay, and soon you’ll have the entire family counting the days until you pack  up and head out for your Big Bear adventure.

fishermanThe summer months in Big Bear also offer a number of great opportunities for cyclists, runners, and hikers. The Big Bear Cycling Association is one of the most active anywhere in California. Bring your own bikes or rent some when you arrive, and you can get involved in one of the many different rides scheduled. Visit their website at this link. 

The Big Bear Discovery Center is a great resource for visitors, and a quick stop there can uncover last-minute events or other fun offerings you may not find before you arrive. Visit their website, and plan a visit when you get in town.

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.

February Events In Big Bear

The snow is as thick as ever in Big Bear, and February is a great time to plan your getaway to one of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins in Big Bear.

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and we’re almost booked over the weekend before and after. But if you can plan a weekday getaway (which places you in Big Bear actually on the 14th), we still have a good number of available properties. Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll work with you to make even your last minute getaway a romantic one that you’ll both remember.

snow shoeingTake a guided snowshoe tour with the Big Bear Discovery Center weekends through March 4th.  Enjoy some of the rich natural beauty of Big Bear in the winter. Learn how to snowshoe and enjoy exploring the San Bernardino Mountains of Big Bear. You’ll hike through the forest with the help of a naturalist to point out the amazing things beyond the natural beauty of Big Bear. Reservations are required, and you can call Megan Oberdoerster @ 909-382-2842 for any questions.

The annual Bald Eagle Count is also ongoing through the Big Bear Discovery Center.  The monthly count is this weekend February 11th and again on March 11th. You’ll be volunteering for the Forest Service to count the number of bald eagles wintering in the San Bernardino Mountains. Dress warm, and bring your own binoculars.  Meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center between 8AM and 8:30AM. For more details, call 909-382-2790.

Enjoy some fun and music at The Cave in Big Bear. This fun venue hosts some of the best cutting edge and crowd favorites. Scheduled for February are Metalchi on 2/11, Pam Tillis on 2/17, “Deadman’s Party” Oingo Boingo tribute band on 2/18, Pato Banton and The Now Generation on 2/24, and Beatles Versus Stones on 2/25.  For more information on ticket prices and showtimes, visit http://thecavebigbear.com.

PianoKidCome out to the Big Bear Performing Arts Center on February 18th for the first edition of “Big Bear’s Got Talent.” This promises to be an amazing show filled with local students performing in a variety of categories. You’ll enjoy piano, classical vocal, and non-classical vocal competitions. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the local winners receive cash awards, and will go on to regional competition with other Southern California clubs.  Admission is free, and you can call 909-563-0331 for more details.

While all these events promise to be great fun, you’ll enjoy them even more when you stay in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals. Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

There’s Just Too Much September

Honestly, we’re poring over the upcoming events in Big Bear for September, and we realize we’re going to need to start offering a monthly rate for our vacation rentals here.  We certainly encourage you to give it a try, but we’re convinced there’s just too much going on to cram into a quick weekend getaway or even a longer stay during the week. Check out these options.

Oktoberfest makes its annual “why-wait-for-October?” arrival on September 10th this year. Feel free to call it “Septemberfest” if you must.  The fun will the same regardless.    It runs weekends until the end of October.

If you’ve never been to Oktoberfest, you’ve been missing out.  In addition to one of the most amazing collections of international brews found anywhere, the entire family will find lots of fun and activities.  Yep, last week you couldn’t even spell “lederhosen,” and now you own a pair.  Nice knees.  There’s plenty of Bavarian music to get your feet moving, and the kids will love all the activities set up just for them.  Sundays are family day. Kids get in free, and the’ll enjoy a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and carnival games.

September 10th will see the arrival of the hugely popular Young Eagles program at the Big Bear airport.  This event is intended to acquaint kids with the thrill of civilian aviation.  Aimed at kids ages 8-17, it offers many their first free flight in a private airplane.  The pilots will spend time with participants explaining the different parts of the aircraft to teach them the basics of flight and how the planes work.  The free flight that follows is the essence of excitement.  This is something every parent should do for their kids.  And it’s free.  This takes place on the second Saturday of each month through September. More info on their website:  www.youngeagles.org

Weekends at the Big Bear Discovery Center are a big hit with our guests.  You can join them for nature walks and learn some of the little-known history of Big Bear and its inhabitants.  The trail guides will also provide fascinating information about the plant and animal life that surrounds you.   Visit their website for more details.

Of course all of these activities take on a special significance when you have a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental cabin to head back to after you’ve had your fun.  Cook up a big family meal in your gourmet kitchen or just assemble the family in the hot tub for a relaxing evening after your full day.  A Five Star Vacation Rental will be the difference between, “that was fun” and “we’ve GOT to do that again!”

You can view all of our Big Bear luxury vacation rentals at this link.  We also maintain rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.