Can You Imagine Your Family Relaxing In One of These?

At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got a lot of great properties to choose from in some of the most desirable locations. Big Bear is our most popular destination. This time of year it’s a skiers paradise with Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, two of the best skiing resorts in the western United States.

But Big Bear has always been a popular destination in every season. Big Bear Lake is well stocked with bass, trout and catfish. Winter fishing is amazing if you dress warm enough. And in every season, many guests have the delightful experience of enjoying the freshest of fish dinners after a relaxing day of fishing on the lake. Opportunities for this kind of activity are very limited in most of our lives and can become wonderful family bonding memories that last a lifetime.

For the skiers, we have several properties adjacent to the slopes. There are few more delightful experiences for the avid skier than to roll out of bed, grab a quick breakfast, and walk a few minutes to the slopes. Our Cabin 9 is a great choice for skiers. With 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, there’s roof for 11 guests and you’ll be a 200 yard walk from the slopes. A day on slopes followed by an evening in luxury is a pretty good experience.

Our Cabin 1 is also a quick walk to the slopes. It has room for 13 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Just roll out of bed, smile at your very pleasing surroundings, grab a quick cup of coffee, and hit the slopes. Maybe breakfast, maybe not, maybe just a quick cup of yogurt. For many of us it’s not a tough call when you can be on the slopes early without worrying about parking. And after the slopes, your can look forward to the very comfortable surroundings found at your Five Star Vacation Rental. Big Bear Village is a short drive away if you want to grab a good meal or do some shopping.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Some Five Star New Year’s Resolutions

Most of us are darn near gleeful at the thought of leaving 2020 behind. It’s been a year of challenges and we’re filled with hope for better things in the year ahead. And one of the ways many of us greet the new year is with resolutions. Here are a few of ours:

Cherish the People In Our Lives

When we distill everything down to what’s most important in our lives, we can never get very far away from those we love the most. And our circle of important people often includes our friends, family, coworkers and sometimes just special people we meet along the way. We’re hoping the new year will provide us more chances to express our affection for these people and keep in touch with them more regularly. We hope you’ll find those opportunities for the people in your life as well.

Really Enjoy Life

As we surround ourselves with increasing amounts of technology, we can also get wrapped up in a world that can rob us of some of life’s more refreshing and truly genuine moments. We’re resolving in this new year to actually find some roses along the way and then stop to smell them. And we’re going to pet kittens to hear them purr, find something fun to surprise someone we love with, listen to the wind, the birds, and the ocean. And we’ll make it a point to do silly things once in a while, because it makes our kids laugh.

Enjoy Relaxing Time Away

It’s our business, but it’s also our pleasure. Our motivation for getting into this business is the motivation that keeps us visiting our own properties. We love getting away, feeling pampered, and enjoying the amazing surroundings found at our properties. When we’re in La Quinta, we love an early morning game of golf, followed by an afternoon lounging by pool adjacent to the fairway. Our days in Big Bear often start with a cup of coffee overlooking the forest view followed by an afternoon stroll through the forest and a relaxing evening by the fireplace with wine for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids.

However you and your family decide to celebrate the New Year, Five Star Vacation Rentals will always be ready to provide the quality luxury accommodations in some of the most sought after destinations. View all of our La Quinta properties at this link or browse our choices in Big Bear.  You can book online 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 Vallarta and Big Bear.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from Five Star Vacation Rentals

Merry Christmas from all of us at Five Star Vacation Rentals. It’s been a year of firsts, and we’ve all faced new challenges, but we’re ending it grateful for all our blessings and eager for the new year.

This past year we’ve been honored to host amazing life events for our guests. We’ve seen weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and thousands of happy people just eager to find some pampering above and beyond for a short while. We’re excited to see what new adventures we can be a part of in the coming year, and we want to extend our thanks to our guests who made it all possible. Without you, there would be no Five Star Vacation Rentals.

So we hope you’ll join us in recognizing lots of things could have been better this year, but there were still lots of things that were great blessings. And we trust that the year ahead will have it’s own new challenges and blessings and with each other, we’ll not only make it through, we’ll make through with gratitude.

May God bless each of you and may the coming year be one that sees your family grow closer, your friendships stronger, and your health be strong.

Plan Your January Big Bear Getaway

To help you plan your January Big Bear getaway, we’re here to offer a few great reasons beyond the amazing luxury you’ll enjoy in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals. January is one of the best months to visit, because there’s usually a good snow pack for the skiers, and Big Bear Village is humming with the shops and restaurants open for great food and fun shopping.

The Alpine Slide is open year round and has enough activities to fill several visits. Their Mineshaft Coaster is a thrilling one mile coaster ride downhill with enough twists and turns to keep you giggling and shrieking the entire ride. The new Soaring Eagle takes riders up backwards 100 feet vertical and 500 feet long to the launch tower before you are catapulted forward at speeds up to 28 mph back to the base. Their snow play hill is perhaps the best inner tube snow run in all of Big Bear, and they’ve made trips up the hill amazingly easy with their covered magic carpet lift that glides you up the hill protected from the elements by a plexiglass enclosure. And for general all around fun, you can enjoy their go carts and mini golf. It’s one of our favorite Big Bear destinations, and one we always recommend to all our guests.

Gold Rush Mining Adventures is open year round and offers great fun for the entire family. You can pan for gold, shop for geodes and gemstones and enjoy their mining decor. It’s a great time of discovery and excitement for kids as they dig for rough stones, polished rocks, fossils, and even some old shark’s teeth. Years from now, your kids will still pull out the bottle of their treasures and remember the fun they had that day at Gold Rush Mining Adventures. They’re located at 40016 Big Bear Blvd.

And of course, there’s the skiing. Many of our guests return every year for their pilgrimage to the slopes. And this year is already shaping up to be a great snow year with lots of pack and the hope of a very snowy season ahead. Most runs at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open, and you’ll want to get your lift tickets in advance because of the popularity.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Plan a Golf Getaway to La Quinta

Golfers can be a passionate group. They’ll both plan golf getaways months in advance and constantly keep their clubs at the ready to stop by the driving range or play a quick 9 holes on the fly. It’s a game that embodies so many things many of us love: the outdoors, relaxing time with friends, and a competitive pursuit. And we’ve got some great properties to help you plan a golf getaway to La Quinta.

La Quinta has emerged as something of a mecca for golfers. There are some amazing world-class courses and we have lots of choices overlooking some of these courses. And with the holidays rapidly approaching, this is a great time to plan a family holiday getaway with a generous amount of golfing thrown in.

Here are just a couple of examples of luxury estates to choose from to plan a golf getaway to La Quinta:

Our PGA121 is the 4 Bedroom Private PGA West Pool Retreat. This beautiful luxury estate features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with room for up to 10 guests spread out over a huge 4600 square foot floor plan. You’ll enjoy your own private pool overlooking the 2nd fairway of the PGA West Greg Norman course. The private casita is a great feature that adds an extra layer of privacy for your family get together. When you’re not relaxing in your own private pool, you can ease away any soreness from your day on the links by soaking in the oversize tub. See more photos and book online at this link.

PGA111 is our Beautiful Norman Estates at PGA West.  Overlooking the 10th tee of the Greg Norman Golf Course, this 3400 square foot estate had 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with room for 10 guests. Imagine your Thanksgiving day enjoying some locally catered turkey and fixins while watching the games and festivities on the massive 75″ TV. You’ll positively love taking in the view of the adjacent golf course while relaxing by the salt water pool with its tanning shelf, waterfalls, and spa. Book online and see more photos and details at this link.

If you’re not able to find the dates you want with either of these great properties, don’t despair. We have a dozen vacation rentals in La Quinta to chose from, and we’ll help you create a getaway your family will long remember and want to repeat. 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 Vallarta and Big Bear.

Join the Crowd Socially Distancing

It’s been a long few months, and we’re seeing a near stampede of families eager to get out and enjoy some time away while still taking measures to keep safe. And with many families looking at a future that has the kids spending time on Zoom classes, lots of families need a some new options. With a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear you can both get outdoors and keep the kids attending their online classes. And it’s hard to imagine a better option than having a quiet morning while the kids complete their schoolwork followed by an afternoon of family hikes, fishing on the lake, relaxing barbecues, and a night of stargazing under the crisp Big Bear sky.

One of the great things about hiking in Big Bear is most of us already have all the gear we need. Most trails are well maintained and there’s no need to invest in expensive hiking boots. Of course, it’s a bit more fun to immerse yourselves in the experience with some great footwear, but it’s usually not needed. And the surroundings are spectacular. Wildlife abounds, and it’s not uncommon to spot bald eagles. Though the namesake bears are usually a bit more elusive, the trails will sometimes be shared with fox, deer, racoons and coyotes. Combine this with the crisp mountain air along with the rustling of the wind through the trees, and you can start to see how relaxing this will be. 

The summer months offer opportunities for the anglers and golfers in the family as well. Rent a boat or try your luck from the lakeshore. Rainbow trout and largemouth bass are the most common catches, and there’s nothing that beats a dinner cooked up with your own fresh catch of the day. Just add a bit of butter and garlic can be all that’s needed to create a memorable dinner for the family.  Bear Mountain Ski Resort is transformed into a 9-hole golf course that’s perfect for all skill levels. And there’s nothing quite like the beauty of playing through the backdrop of the majestic backdrop of Big Bear. 

Your next getaway can start by viewing all of our Big Bear vacation rental 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 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

HappyNewYearWe’re a few days out from New Years, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our guests for another great year. We have much to be grateful for, and we’re glad to have been able to participate in many great life events with our guests over the past year.

We’ve seen weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, office ski parties, graduation celebrations and more relaxing family vacations than we can count. We’re honored to be a part of these significant moments with our guests, and we’re excited to see what the new year will bring as well.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceIf one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend more quality time with your family, we’re here to help. Most families get precious few days away together, and it’s important to maximize the time. Hotels are common choice, but there’s much more relaxation and quality time to be found in a Five Star Vacation Rental. Unlike hotels where your door opens out to a hallway travelled by strangers at all hours of the night, your vacation rental is your dedicated space. The only people wandering around will be the people you brought with you.

Additionally, your Five Star Vacation Rental is perfect for families to relax together. The adults can settle in by the fire and talk late into the night without concern about the kids. They’re just down the hall safe in their own rooms. And sleepy mornings are so much better when you don’t need to muster the troops, get dressed, and go in search of a restaurant for breakfast. Just head over to your fridge, and begin your day at your pace with your own food as early or as late as each of your wants.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear vacation rental. Start by viewing 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 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Have More Christmas Guests Than Beds?

We’re coming up on the season when many families face a good problem. They end up with more guests coming for the holidays than they have room for. If you have more Christmas guests than beds, it’s the best of all possible problems. But it’s also one that can add stress at a time when you’d really prefer to relax and concentrate on enjoying the season. This is a problem we help families solve with great results.

sleeping manMany of us have fun memories of large family get togethers that ended up with aunts and uncles sleeping on sofas with living room furniture moved to make way for rollaways and inflatable beds. While the memories are often fond ones, the aches, pains, and lost sleep from the makeshift sleeping arrangements are not. It takes just one guest like our Uncle Harry sawing logs all night to make the next day a bit more bleary eyed for the rest of us.

Sure, we’re biased, but we really do have a much better alternative. Keep all the fun family time, but get rid of the lost sleep and long bathroom wait times. Bring your family to one of our luxury Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear this Christmas. We’re usually booked solid every Christmas, so it’s best not to delay.

Child playing with snow in winter. Kids outdoors.Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. We usually have a good amount of snow. And there are hillsides and fields all around the area ready for your family’s downhill slides, snowball fights, and building a youngster’s first snow man. The Village is a great destination for great shopping, meeting Santa, and enjoying a fine meal.

cute cheerful girl in a Christmas hat on a colored background holding gifts in her handsBut the best part of the experience is the time you’ll enjoy with your friends and family. Choose a property with plenty of room for everyone, and the morning grumbling will change from lost sleep and a line for the bathroom to the bad jokes dad is telling and shooing the kids away from the presents. It’s a great difference and a Christmas you’ll all remember with smiles.

To plan your holiday getaway, 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 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Plan Your September Visit to Big Bear

The kids are just about ready to start back to school, and you’re probably telling yourself you could really use a another vacation after all the running around and rescheduling involved. We couldn’t agree more, and we’ll gladly help you plan your September visit to Big Bear.

Oktoberfest in Big BearWe’re beyond excited to see this year’s Oktoberfest arrive on September 7th running weekends through November 2nd. This year marks the 49th anniversary, and it’s on track to be the best one yet. This family event is consistently rated as Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest. Opening weekend will offer free admission to all current and former military, fire fighters, and law enforcement. And this year free admission is extended to their families as well. It’s one of the biggest events on the Big Bear calendar, and one many of our guests return for every year. Enjoying a fun day at Oktoberfest followed by a relaxing stay in one of our luxury Five Star Vacation Rentals is a perfect combination. Buy your tickets in advance and get more details at this link.

The Big Bear Cycling Association continues to have scheduled rides throughout September for all skill levels. We can’t encourage you enough to join in on these. Big Bear has so much natural beauty that flies by from inside a car. The slower pace you’ll enjoy on a cycling adventure is perfect for absorbing more of the amazing wildlife and natural beauty.  Bring your own bike, or rent one after you arrive. Check out the calendar of ride at https://bigbearcycling.com.

Baby Goat Yoga in Big BearBear Valley Farms is quickly becoming one of our favorite attractions in Big Bear. They’re offering activities that are just plain fun. If you’ve never gone horseback riding with the kids, this is a great opportunity to share that experience. And since they are a working farm, they also offer farm tours where you can get up close and feed the various animals. And our favorite new fun activity is goat yoga. Yes, you can experience having these cute critters climbing all over you while you engage in a series of stretches and exercises. But your smile muscles will probably get the biggest workout. Check out all the fun events they offer 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 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.

 

More July Fun in Big Bear

In last week’s blog we detailed all the great fun you can have during your July 4th stay in Big Bear, and this week we’re going to show you have you can have even more July fun in Big Bear. It’s one of the most popular events of the year, and if we still have any cabins available, you’ll be glad you came for it. In this week’s blog we’re going to look at some of the other fun things you can do during your July visit.

Find some unique creations from local artists at Art on the Corner in the Village from July 4th through 7th on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue. Fine Art, craftsmanship, and a variety of different mediums will be found. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, and enjoy the music as you browse the artwork. Proceeds to benefit the Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and the Open Sky Music Foundation.

Let's Eat In Tonight!
Let’s Eat In Tonight!

If you’re staying with us on a Tuesday, and you’d like to try your hand at some culinary creations using locally grown ingredients, you’re going to want to head over to the Big Bear Valley Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center. The Market is open 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday morning, and it’s a great way to start your day with some fresh fruits and other local items.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 8.37.31 PMRock and roll and comedy fans are definitely going to want to check out The Cave’s lineup during July as well. Our favorite is The Jefferson Starship appearing on the evening of July 19th. This iconic band features some of the original members and will recreate the sound known to at least a couple of generations. You’re in for a great laugh with Pauly Shore of “Totally Pauly” fame will be appearing on July 20th, and the month closes out on July 27th with the inimitable style of Ted Nugent as he brings his unique brand of rock and roll that will just about blow the roof off.

There’s still so much more than we can fit in here. Your time in a Five Star Vacation Rental will leave you feeling relaxed and with your batteries recharged. 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.