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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 Vallarta, Big Bear, Park City, Southern 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.

Summer Vacation Will Soon Be Just a Memory

VanInForestIf you’re like us, you’re astonished by how quickly the summer is passing by.  August is almost here, and that means most families are getting ready to start the kids back to school.  The flyers in our mailboxes and Sunday papers just reinforce this with all the back-to-school sales cropping up. You can almost hear the alarm going off on that first morning  back, marking a definite end to summer vacation.  And you can’t pull the covers over your head on that morning.

But there’s still some good news.  We have some of the finest quality luxury vacation rentals, and we still have openings available before the end of summer.  If you’ve found yourself daydreaming at work thinking about getting away, we can help.  Wouldn’t you really rather be relaxing on the deck of your luxury vacation rental in the forest, feeling a cool breeze on your face, and enjoying the refreshing sights and sounds of Big Bear?

Your kids will also enjoy the opportunity to get away for a summer vacation in Big Bear.  A childhood vacation to this beautiful spot can spark a lifelong love for the outdoors.  Pack your bikes or rent some when you arrive, and you can take in even more of the natural surroundings.  Include a weekend in your stay, and you can head over to the Big Bear Discovery Center for weekend programs including an evening campfire and some fun crafts.

We also have some other great opportunities for summer vacation to our other destinations.We also maintain rentals in  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern 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.



When you think of taking a vacation, maybe you think about a long road trip or plane ride. Vacations are supposed to get your mind off stress and unite your family with fun. A getaway doesn’t necessarily require distance, though. You can escape and grab some quality bonding time locally on the California coast. Planning a staycation, in fact, is one of the easiest ways to gather friends and family together. We get it, you’re busy–and so is everybody else in your circle. The allure of planning a group reunion can be dampened by the nightmare of coordinating schedules, agreeing on a destination, and organizing transportation. Why not make it easy? Get your loved ones under one roof to enjoy a weekend getaway at one of California’s own beaches.

One of the most inviting locales along the coast is Corona Del Mar. At a little over an hour south of Los Angeles, it is just far away to provide a vacation experience without the hassle of arranging travel and extensive time off. The beach offers breathtaking scenery and stunning landscape, while your rental offers the retreat and luxury you crave. There’s something here for everybody, too. It’s the perfect spot for a reunion, and you won’t need to worry about keeping everybody occupied. Between beach activities and time spent together, you can be sure a great time will be had by all. An escape for a weekend will help you return home rejuvenated and relaxed!

Staying local means everybody can join in the fun, too. Renting a luxury vacation home can provide the perfect site for fun and relaxation in the evenings while you enjoy the scenery of the beach during the day. You might catch some waves and play in the sun, but nobody would really blame you if you just enjoyed the comfort of your vacation rental. With posh amenities and the invitation of luxury, it may outshine even the sunniest of southern California days. Family and friends will love the chance to relax on a local getaway and retire to luxury.

A getaway doesn’t have to be far away. Focus on enjoying time with loved ones, forget your stress and enjoy the comfort of luxurious lodgings.

The California Coast isn’t the only place you can get a luxury rental. If you do decide to travel for your getaway, Five Star Vacation Rental offers lodgings in Big Bear and many other inviting destinations, including Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 310-780-3411.

Oktoberfest Is Here!

Oktoberfest is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Big Bear. Festivities will kick off this weekend, and visitors will flood in to enjoy all of the beer, food, and fun that Oktoberfest has to offer. The activities span eight weekends and are a great reason to get away with the family for a memorable vacation, but if you don’t plan soon, you may lose your chance! Vacation rentals often get booked up during the festival, so if you want to experience Oktoberfest, you had better book your rental soon!

At Oktoberfest, you will find a huge celebration of the best frivolities German culture has to offer. While its original purpose was the exhibition of German beers, it has expanded to encompass all of the elements of a festival, including food, dancing, and competitions. These festivities have become a huge draw for families and tourists, and of course, you will still have the opportunity to sample an array of delightful German drinks. The events of the festival focus on celebrating life, creating memories, and learning about other cultures.

Kids in Bavarian costumes in wheat fieldYou don’t have to worry about keeping the kids entertained when Oktoberfest is in town. Big Bear is always a great place for families to vacation, but when the festivities of Oktoberfest fill the town, everybody gears up to create a magical experience for visitors. In addition to the events of the festival, there are always opportunities for kids to learn at places like the Discovery Center or take in the gorgeous wildlife through a nature walk. You will get a memorable vacation no matter when you choose to visit, but Oktoberfest is not to be missed!

Big Bear is home to some of the most beautiful nature in Southern California, and it is the perfect destination for a luxurious vacation. Visiting with the family during Oktoberfest gives you the opportunity to enjoy family-oriented games and activities or sneak out and make it a date night filled with music, gourmet food, and international beer tastings. At the end of a day filled with fun, nothing is more relaxing than settling into your gorgeous vacation rental and looking forward to another day of Big Bear excitement!

Five Star Vacation Rentals specializes in creating luxurious vacations in the most beautiful destinations.  You can browse our properties and book online, or let one of our specialists help you find the perfect getaway destination for your family.  We have great vacation rentals available in Big Bear, Mammoth, Park City , Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long family vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect location.  Just give us a call at 310-780-3411, and our vacation specialists will help you create an experience that your family will always cherish.

Rebellion Is Not Just For Teenagers

If your house is like ours, your mornings have gone through a big change over the last couple of weeks.  School’s back in session, and the lazy days of summer are quickly receding into just a fond memory.  The early morning quiet you enjoyed through the summer is now punctuated with a chorus of grumpy kids getting ready for school, and an impossibly full schedule.  If you allow it to happen, this can be a really depressing time of year.

So don’t let that happen.

Remember when you were 14 and knew so much more about life, love, and philosophy than anyone else? Those were heady days, and our ability to reject virtually any offered advice or criticism was epic. We would grow our hair long or short depending upon what most aggravated our parents, and our music had too many drums played too loudly.  We were in rebellion, and our parents regretted ever having children.

Well, we’ve likely grown out of many of these bad behaviours, but we can still exercise some rebellion.  And we can now direct our rebellion into pursuits that are far more enjoyable than bad clothing or a new tattoo.  While all your friends and neighbors are surrendering to the rigors and pressure of the back to school schedule, you can break out and enjoy life as if you were 14 again.  Plan a weekend getaway to Big Bear!

We just happen to have some rebellion-ready luxurious cabins nestled in Big Bear.  If you want to be really rebellious, add a Friday, Monday, or both to your weekend getaway, so you can make a real vacation out of it.

Every Five Star Big Bear Vacation Rental is a luxurious destination designed specifically to offer a level of comfort and quality design that will have you shedding your pressures as you unwind.  Some of our cabins can accommodate a dozen guests, so you can bring the whole neighborhood if you want.  Or invite the in laws, and have some great family time together.

Browse all our Big Bear properties at this link.  Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you plan a great getaway.  Interested in a getaway at one of our other destinations? Browse our properties in  Mammoth, Park City , Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, or Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway for rebellious weekend away or a week-long vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect cabin or estate.

Enjoy an Active Getaway to Big Bear

As the summer draws to a close, many of us are reluctant to abandon all the activities we’ve been enjoying for the past several months. And there’s really no reason to stop enjoying lots of fun activities just because school is starting back up and your schedule is a bit tighter.

The vibrant nature of Big Bear make it a natural draw for sports of all kinds. Throughout the year, you will see snowboarders, cyclists, and runners—just to name a few—visit Big Bear to compete, train, or simply play in the beautiful environment that surrounds them. In the warmer months of summer and spring, water sports dominate the local activities, but in the cold of fall and winter, you get to see the gorgeous snow that entices snowboarders and other cold weather sportsmen!

This is the time of year when the unique beauty of Big Bear truly shines. On September 19th, snowboarders will flock to enjoy it and compete in the 12th Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails competition. Offering an early taste of winter, this event marks the kickoff of snow sports in Big Bear with some manufactured snow. It’s great fun for athletes, locals, and visitors alike. There will be an array of booths set up representing dozens of brands who will hold contests to win merchandise. This will also be your last chance to get the lowest price possible on a season pass for winter 2015-2016. These passes will be available onsite at The Parks at Bear Mountain from 9am to 6pm.

If you are visiting and get the chance to check out the festivities, you won’t regret it, but you don’t have to watch by the sidelines and watch others have all of the fun. You can take advantage of the snow and enjoy some sports of your own! As the winter season gets underway, ski resorts will begin opening their slopes to visitors. Skiing is a great way to exercise, see the best of Big Bear nature, and have a truly unique experience during your vacation. Snowboarding, similarly, is a fun way to enjoy the upcoming winter weather and get a vigorous workout in the process!

Snow sports are hardly the only physical activities Big Bear has to offer. Year-round, you can traverse hiking trails, compete in marathons, or do yoga in the solitude of nature. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Big Bear, nothing is more relaxing than retiring to your luxury vacation rental at the end of the day. You deserve to rest and reward yourself after a long day of activities!

Whatever may be your reason for visiting Big Bear, Five Star Vacation Rentals will be working behind the scenes to make sure your stay with us is filled with luxury, fun, and fond memories.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, or browse our properties in Big Bear, Mammoth, Park City , Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long summer vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Big Bear cabin or estate.