Our Prediction: The Snow Will Melt, and Spring Will Arrive

We’re usually hesitant to make predictions.  We’re just not good at probabilities.  The most profitable trip we ever took to Vegas involved missing our plane and skipping the trip entirely.  We didn’t lose a thing.  But we do have a couple of predictions, and we’re confident they don’t require any special skills to declare they’re true.

First, we know that the snow is going to melt.  Snow conditions are still good right now at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, so this is a great time to book a quick ski getaway.  If you don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day yet, you could make a romantic weekend of it.  Spend some time on the slopes and relax in front of a romantic crackling fire in the evening.  Choose one of our luxury cabins with a spa, and add a relaxing time together with the soothing warm waters to help you wind down.  It could be an amazing time both on and off the slopes.

Our next prediction has a near certain outcome as well.  Spring will arrive.  A quick review of history shows that spring has arrived almost every year for a very long time.  Spring is of course a mixed blessing.  It marks the end of winter and the ski season, but it also brings spring break.  Most local schools are taking off the last week of March.  It’s a great chance to plan a getaway for the family.  Some of our cabins can accommodate large groups, so you can take all the neighborhood kids with you.  It’s a great chance to keep the family together for a vacation in the amazing luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate in Big Bear.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you with your last minute ski or Spring Break plans.  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 ski getaway or a week-long Spring vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Big Bear cabin or estate.

Was One of Your New Year’s Resolutions To Stop Procrastinating?

Some of us are worse than others, but we all are prone to procrastination.  It seems it’s just part of the human condition.  Sometimes there’s really no good reason for it. Other times we have very important reasons like looking up the meaning of the word, “apanthropinization.”  And still other times it’s just Saturday and we’re entitled to disengage from any meaningful interaction with the reality of our lives.  Well, we’re here just like your old Aunt Valentina to encourage you to stop putting off your plans for some very important dates ahead.  But unlike her, we’re willing to step up with some solutions beyond simply wagging our finger in your face.

To make things simpler for you, we’re giving you a heads up today about some important dates that offer great opportunities to end your procrastinating and plan a great getaway to Big Bear.

Have you checked the calendar?  Valentine’s day is less than a month away.   Please tell us that you’re not seriously still thinking that after years of the same old CCFDO (Candy, Card, Flowers, Dinner Out), she’s not entitled to something a bit better this year.  And have either of you considered the possibility that a grander expression of your love and appreciation may well result in a grander expression of love and appreciation back your way?  We can’t imagine any possible down side to that.

Another good reason to hop on this one is that we may well be sold out for Valentine’s Day.  The date falls on a Saturday this year, so a weekend getaway will be even more popular than in previous years.  Prove to your spouse that you can conquer procrastination and book your Valentine’s Day romantic getaway today!  Once you’ve secured one of our luxury vacation rental cabins in Big Bear, you can begin to plan for that moment as you’re being smothered with grateful kisses.  You can briefly break away from that affectionate embrace and with all modesty state, “You know, I’ve been planning this for weeks.”  Mission accomplished.

Next on the agenda is Spring Break.  We’ll have more on that in a later blog post, but it’s another busy time for us.  You’re wise to plan ahead.  Most schools will observe Spring Break starting the last week of March, so — don’t make us say it — don’t procrastinate!  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you find the ideal vacation rental for your getaway.  Did you know that we have strategically acquired several luxury properties that sit side-by-side?  This is perfect if you want to plan a big outing for multiple families or large groups.  Call us and we’ll check to see what’s available for the dates you have in mind.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you with your Valentine’s Day or Spring Break plans.  Browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, or  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Call us at 310-800-5454 to make your plans.  We will help you conquer your procrastination and create a truly memorable getaway for you and your family.

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.

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.

Plan Your Winter Getaway!

The long summer and fall have come to an end, and it’s time to start preparing for your annual pilgrimage to the snow in Big Bear.  For some of us it’s far more frequent than just annually, but whatever may be your schedule, now is the time to book your getaway.

We’re already starting to see some promising snow reports, and there’s no real reason to delay your plan.  Here are a few tips to help make your getaway more enjoyable.

Buy your lift tickets in advance. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain share lift tickets and offer a free shuttle between the slopes.  It’s easy to fill your day with one great run after another. Here’s the link to buy tickets online: http://www.snowsummit.com/ski/rates/lift-tickets

Plan a weekday getaway. As the ski season gets into full swing, weekends will be get busier.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are well equipped for big crowds, but many of us prefer ski on lighter days.  Whichever is your preference, be sure to plan ahead.

Book a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury vacation rental cabin. Those first few days back on the slopes may well result in a few sore muscles.  But we’ve got the perfect solution for that.  Most of our Big Bear luxury rentals have hot tubs.  We’ll be happy to help you find the best vacation rental for your getaway.

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.