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.

 

Summer Vacation Made Easy

We can tell it’s getting closer to summer, because the kids are starting the yearly ritual of dreading finals while delighting in the pending end of the school year. There are new arrivals weekly at the Home Depot nursery, and our garden is looking a bit greener as a result. These seasonal signs are the annual reminder that a great summer vacation takes some planning. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals you can easily create a luxury getaway to some amazingly fun and relaxing destinations.

Big Bear is our most popular destination year round. During the summer, it becomes a great respite from the heat and harried lifestyle in Southern California.

HikersWhile we always have a hard time leaving the luxury and pampered feeling we get inside our Five Star Vacation Rental, there’s always something fun to do when we venture out.  There are miles and miles of hiking paths in the Big Bear area, and Big Bear Lake offers great fishing, boating and other water sports.

Starting in the middle of May, Big Bear’s seasonal golf course opens up with 9 holes of golfing fun nestled amid some spectacular scenery with the San Bernardino mountains in the background.

Handsome singer with rock and roll band performing music on stageBig Bear’s nightlife also keeps our guests entertained. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Big Bear Convention Center boasts Big Bear’s biggest dance floor, and every Wednesday night hosts a good old fashioned line dance to make good use of it. They even offer free lessons, so dancers of all skill levels can have some fun without too much worry about stepping on too many toes.

The Cave in Big Bear offers great live music with some big name performers and some what will soon be. If your idea of a fun evening is listening to live music, The Cave in Big Bear is a great destination. Nearby, The Village offers a wonderfully eclectic blend of small shops and restaurants. It makes for a perfect afternoon or evening stroll to see some of the great crafts and mementoes that would make a great souvenir of your getaway to Big Bear.  You’ll long remember and want to soon repeat your relaxing summer getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

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.

 

 

 

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway With Five Star Vacation Rentals

WomanHoldingHeartWe’re less than a month out from Valentine’s day, and this is a great time to make your plans. Why not make this year special by planning a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate? It can make a huge difference, and will likely be a getaway you’ll long remember.

There’s nothing wrong with tradition, and most of us are reliable when it comes to making sure our loved ones get a nice card, a romantic dinner and maybe some candy and flowers. But you can make it so much more. How about planning a getaway that includes waking up to a panoramic forest view with Big Bear Lake in the background? With our Big Bear cabins you can start the day with a fresh breakfast prepared in your cabin’s gourmet kitchen. Relax a while, and then take a stroll on one of Big Bear’s scenic hiking trails. Later you can visit The Village and enjoy browsing the dozens of unique shops with memorable items and gifts crated by local artists. Spend romantic evenings relaxing in front of the fireplace. Choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, and you can enjoy the brisk evening nights while relaxing alone together.

NuevoVallartaOr choose one of our beachside Nuevo Vallarta condos in Mexico for a truly exotic getaway. Take a quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta and you’ll soon be shopping for great local souvenirs or enjoying some great seafood at a little cafe. As the sun gets lower in the sky, you can enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean from the balcony of your suite. Plan a fun evening out and head to one of the local destinations for some live music and dancing. Cap the evening off with a brief stroll down the beach as you listen to the waves crashing nearby. This is romance taken to a new level.

We still have plenty of openings for Valentine’s week, and we’ll be happy to help you book your stay. Just give us a call at 310-780-3411.

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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Enjoy the Five Star Difference

Suitcases and bags in trunk of car ready to depart for holidaysThere are a number of things that we all take into account when we plan a family getaway or vacation. In this week’s blog we’re going to take a look at the Five Star difference you’ll enjoy when you stay with us in one of our luxury vacation rentals. We’re confident you’ll agree that there’s a huge difference between us and staying at some other accommodation.

Vacations are usually a pretty special event. We don’t get to take them any where near as often as we’d like, and it’s important to pack as much value as we can into the limited time we have. This is where you’ll start to see the real Five Star difference.

The Five Star DifferenceUnlike staying at a hotel, with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you’ll enjoy the privacy of an entire home, condo, or estate dedicated solely for the use of your family. This means that when your kids step outside their bedroom, they’ll be standing just down the hall from you. At a hotel if your kids step outside the room, they’re usually in a public area that can have quite a bit of foot traffic by strangers. That also can bring unwanted noise at odd hours to interrupt your sleep. At a Five Star Vacation Rental you’ll usually be staying in a quiet area, and have complete privacy.

Our luxury accommodations are a great advantage as well. If you could find a hotel that has the type of views with a private spa, expansive living space, full kitchen and a fireplace, the expense would be astronomical. Now combine that with our floor plans that can handle up to 16 guests, and the expense would grow even greater. Many of our properties are perfect for multiple families to share, so if you split costs, this makes the value simply impossible to duplicate with any other type of resort.

You’ll also see the Five Star difference in the destinations we serve. Big Bear is our most popular choice, but we have lots of condos on the beach at Villa la Estancia near Nuevo Vallarta, and snow getaways in Park City and Mammoth as well.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. View our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.

You can book online or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Great Dining in Big Bear

Big Bear is full of things to keep you and your family busy during your visit. In the winter the skiing is unsurpassed, and the rest of the year you have the beauty of nature and water fun on the lake. Here are just a few things you can enjoy during your next stay with us in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Fine dining in The Village. Big Bear Village is just a short drive from most of our properties, and a short walk from many of them. You’ll find your time in The Village to be great fun. Here are some of the great restaurants you’ll find:

Region capture 85BJ’s Restaurant and Sandwich Shop is one of the most popular eateries on the mountain, and we’ve got an old pair jeans that are too small now to prove it. They offer up amazing burgers, ice cold beer, and fixins that will keep your entire group moaning with delight. Check out their Facebook page here.

If you want to sample one of the most amazing Reuben sandwiches ever made on planet Earth, you’ll want to stop by Grizzly’s Bear Belly Deli at 42530 Moonridge Rd. Their barbecue beef and chicken sandwiches are also just amazing. They’ve got some good veggie options too, if that’s what you’re looking for. Visit their website at this link to view the full menu, and be sure to arrive hungry!

PeppercornGrilleIf you’re in the mood for something a bit fancier, we recommend the Peppercorn Grille at 553 Pine Knot Ave, Big Bear Lake. They’ve got a great menu to suit pretty much anything you’re in the mood for. From seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches,  chicken, wraps and salads, you’re sure to find something on the menu that will leave you smiling. They’re one of the best reviewed restaurants in all of Big Bear. Check out their menu at this link.

And one of our favorite eating spots in Big Bear is the kitchen of whatever Five Star Vacation Rental we happen to be enjoying at the moment. You’ll find each of our luxury properties has a fully equipped kitchen to help unleash the gourmets in your party for some great culinary delights served up at your own hands. So whether you enjoy the great eateries found in Big Bear, or cook your own, you’re sure to have a great time during your stay.

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 next 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  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

August in Big Bear

Summer is well under way, and we hope you’ve already made your plans to getaway for a much deserved vacation or weekend in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. August is one of our favorite months, and there’s plenty of fun scheduled to keep the family happy.  Here’s a sample of the fun you can look forward to during your stay with us:

The Renaissance Faire makes its 16th annual appearance starting on August 5th and continuing every weekend for the entire month. If you’ve never been to this event, you’re in for a real treat. Each weekend carries a different theme ranging from pirates to purple, and fairies to steampunk. The food is amazing, and it’s only place we know of where you can get juicy turkey legs the size of your head. You’ll delight with the sights and smells that surround you as costumed participants stroll amid the many vendors and food booths. There will be magic, sword swallowing, jousting and dancing. It’s everything you’d hoped your college experience would be without the exams.  See more event details and purchase tickets in advance at this link: https://www.bbvrsinc.org

Cycling raceAugust is also a big cycling month in Big Bear. The Big Bear Cycling Association has rides scheduled continuously throughout the month. Rides are available for all experience levels and ages. The 8th annual Tour de Big Bear is scheduled for August 5th as part of the Big Bear Cycling Festival starting July 29th. This event offers several different distances, so riders of varying skill can choose the one that best fits their abilities. Choose from the namesake Tour de Big Bear with its 25 mile distance and 1368′ climb to the most difficult being the HC Gran Fondo covering 125 miles and a 12,000′ climb. There are 50, 70, and 107 mile courses to choose from as well. See more detailed descriptions and registration info at this link.  The scenery and cool mountain air are just a couple reasons why this has been voted as Southern California’s Favorite Ride.

classic retro vintage blue carAugust 11th welcomes the 28th Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run in the Village. This three-day event is one of the biggest of its kind, and 500 cars are expected to participate. This is always a hit with car buffs. There is no admission charge to view these beautifully restored and preserved cars. There’s a small fee if you want to display your car, and this helps fund local Big Bear charities. You may want to join the crowd lining the streets when they embark on the “Cruise Around the Lake.”

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy an August getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

Top Three Reasons to Choose Five Star Vacation Rentals. Part 2: The Luxury

In our blog last week, we started to take a look at the things that will make your time away in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals a greater value than just about any other option. Last week we walked through the way our private vacation rentals offer quite a few advantages over staying at a hotel for your next vacation. This week, we’re going to take a look at one of our most popular distinctions: The luxury.

9748600253If you arrived at our website after a web search for vacation rentals, you’re surely aware there are quite a few options. As our name implies, we decided to take over a segment of the vacation market that would heighten the experience for our guests. It’s not uncommon for people to return from a vacation and rave about the fun they had or the beautiful surroundings of the city. We wanted to make sure that part of the experience was enhanced by the level of luxury guests experience when they stay with us. We accomplished this by only choosing top echelon properties. For many of our guests, this distinction helps their vacation time take on an even greater significance.

Many of our guests get precious little time for vacations, and it’s a challenge to pack as much value into these special little pockets of time they carve out. Just getting away is a huge part of the equation, but a vacation is a bit like a good recipe. If you don’t use the right ingredients, you can get an outcome that just isn’t as good as you were expecting. It’s always fun to anticipate your vacation, and our luxury accommodations help your experience match your expectations. And then some.

0616170875These vacation rentals are chosen for their luxury, and you’ll notice that from the moment you walk through the door. It’s a great way to enhance your time away by enjoying the sort of luxury homes, cabins, and estates that have long been the sort of destinations only enjoyed by the very rich.  Some of our homes have even appeared in movies and TV like this one and this one in Big Bear. And a famous collection of Orange County wives spend some time at our Nuevo Vallarta destination as well. If you like the idea of adding that wonderful touch of luxury to your next getaway, we’re here to help you make that happen.

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.

March Fun in Big Bear

If you’re looking for some last minute fun in Big Bear, check out our blog from last week. February is chock full of great things. This week, we’re going to cover some of the events you’ll want to plan for with your March visit.

Spring Break is the biggest event every March. We often get booked up weeks in advance, so now is the perfect time for your reserve your getaway. We can’t promise there will still be snow, but we can promise there will always be lots of fun things to do while you’re staying in your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Region capture 56Want to freeze your patootie and make some money for a great cause too? Join in for the 6th annual Big Bear Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics.  The Cave is sponsoring a pre-registration party on Saturday night March 3rd from 6 – 10pm with free admission for everyone registered for the plunge. You’ll assemble at 10am, Saturday, March 4 at Pine Knot harbor for the actual plunge itself.  For more information, to register or make a donation, visit the Plunge website at this link.  As they like to say, you’ll be “Freezin for a reason!”

If you’re not in the mood for a freezing dip, you can join another great cause on March 4th with the United States Adaptive Recreation Center’s annual skiathon to support the purchase of adaptive ski equipment and train volunteers and staff to offer adaptive ski lessons. Participants will get a full-day Bear Mountain ticket with lift-line cutting privileges and a host of other goodies. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a great day on the slopes and support a worthy cause in the process.  For more details and to register online, visit their website: http://usarc.org/skiathon

Region capture 55On March 5th you can watch or participate in USASA’s Half Pipe #1 and #2 at Bear Mountain.  Half Pipe is one of the most exhilarating sports we see on the mountain, and this is a great opportunity to see some of the best or enter to become one of them. Contact Bear Mountain for more details and tickets: http://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/winter

We encourage all the skiers to be sure to book their getaway quickly. The snow always seems to disappear each year with a good number of you  having missed the chance to indulge. Our weekday vacancies often give you good selection and smaller crowds on the slopes, so if you can get away during the week, that’s a great option.  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.

 

Making a Merry Holiday in Mammoth Mountain

If you’re in search of a winter wonderland for a holiday retreat, you’ll soon realize that southern California doesn’t offer as many options as other parts of the country might. The options that are available, however, are of no lesser quality than their midwestern competitors. A few hours outside of Los Angeles, there are snowy landscapes and powdery ski slopes for all. Mammoth Mountain skiing is among the best.

One of the best spots to find these features is in the welcoming Mammoth Mountain. Though mammoth sightings are not guaranteed, an array of winter activities is. One of the highlights of the area is the majestic ski slopes, which tourists and athletes alike travel to enjoy.

The slopes along the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains are renowned for their accessibility for practice and competition. Even if you are looking for a more casual ski, you can take advantage of its many terrain parks and two gondolas. The whole family will have a great time trekking up and down the snowy mountain.

If Mammoth Mountain skiing isn’t your scene, there will be special events held throughout the season. The annual Night of Lights happens on December 17 and offers a vibrant precursor to Christmas celebrations. Held at 1000 Canyon Blvd., Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, the fireworks show is sure to leave a lasting impression. You can learn more about this and other events by calling 800-626-6684

At the end of the day, nothing is better than relaxing and taking in the scenery, and nowhere is easier to do this than in luxury accommodations. Five Star Vacation Rental offers the finest lodgings in Mammoth Mountain, including features like a gourmet kitchen, dining room, luxury linens, and on-site shopping. We go above and beyond to make every stay special, and with the holidays on the horizon, there’s no better time to plan a getaway for the whole family.

Mammoth Mountain is just one of many locales you can retreat and relax in a luxury vacation rental. We also have lodgings available in Nuevo VallartaBig BearPark 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.