Take a Hike!

Spring is a great time around here. While we’re always a bit sad to put away our snow gear, spring brings with it a host of new opportunities and adventures to embark upon. And for those of us who love the outdoors, it’s a perfect time to pack our bags and take a hike.

Do You Prefer Grass or Sand Between Your Toes When You Take a Hike?

footstepsOur beautiful resort at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is a perfect springtime destination. This time of year sees some of the best weather with the high most days getting into the low 80’s and overnight temperatures in the 60’s. Our beach lovers can’t get enough of the miles of pristine sand when its coupled with the luxury of one of our beach-front condos. Each condo is equipped with a full kitchen, and there is gourmet dining on site as well. Puerto Vallarta is a short cab ride away with its great shopping and rich local cuisine.

If your version of hiking includes chasing a golf ball down the fairway, you’re going to love spending time at Villa la Estancia. The Flamingo Golf course is just a few minutes away and offers championship level golfing. This full service golf course has club rentals, carts, lessons, a driving range, and a beautiful natural backdrop to enjoy on your outing. A day on the links, followed by an evening walk along the shore can only be made better with a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental to return to at the end of the day.

Hike the Forest in Big Bear

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideBig Bear is by far our most popular destination year round, and spring is a perfect time to plan your visit. The forest comes alive with wild flowers and the sights and sounds of birds and deer during the spring. Big Bear has dozens of miles of trails, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake from many of them. And with Big Bear, you can enjoy a range of great experiences on every hike. Take in the forest, dip your toe in the cool lake water, and enjoy a great meal in The Village all on the same outing.

Of course the best part of any Big Bear hike is when you return to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental afterward. You’ll enjoy an unrivaled level of comfort and craftsmanship. Spring nights are great for barbecuing and relaxing later in front of the fireplace. It’s a perfect solution to a busy life, and a great way to reconnect with family and recharge your batteries.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Summer Golf Vacation Choices

We always get an increased number of calls this time of year as families start looking forward to the end of the school year and make their summer plans. It’s an exciting time, and an especially good time to get the entire family involved. Find out what special quests you’d like to explore for this year’s vacation. Golfing is a consistent favorite with many families, and we have some of the best golfing destinations.

Our La Quinta properties are nestled amid some of the best golf courses in the country. Most of our properties there are right on the fairways as well.  You’ll not only have a chance to enjoy some great golfing during the day, you can also relax in the evenings with some great views over the courses. La Quinta’s proximity to Palm Springs makes this a great destination for the non-golfers as well. The shopping and night life in Palm Springs is great, and for a bigger adventure, plan a day trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy lunch and an amazing view in the cool air at the top.

Big Bear’s own 9 hole golf course opens in May, and offers one of the most beautiful settings you can find. Nestled among the slopes of Bear Mountain, this course is a real delight and another great activity to take in while staying in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.

Flamingo GolfThose seeking an even more exotic golf getaway will want to consider our luxury condos on the beach in Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. The Flamingos Golf is and 18 hole championship course just 5 minutes away from Villa la Estancia. There’s a putting green, driving range, pro shop, lessons, and club rentals as well. It can make for a perfect getaway with your days split between the sands and beach of your luxury condo, and some of the finest golfing available. Choose one of our ocean view condos, and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset over the ocean after a great day golfing. Our condos all have full kitchens, so you can cook your own meal or dine at one of the on-site restaurants.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Meet Our Newest Luxury Vacation Rentals in La Quinta

We’re always excited when we add new properties to our family amazing destinations, and this week we’d like you to meet our newest luxury vacation rentals in La Quinta.  The timing on these additions is great, as we’re just a few weeks away from the Stagecoach Festival, and each of these are just minutes away.

La Quinta is a wonderful place to visit year round. Nearby Palm Springs is well known for having some of the best shopping and entertainment in all of Southern California. And golf enthusiasts will be overwhelmed with the options. There’s really something for everyone at this destination, and we’ve got some of the best options for your comfort during your visit.  Take a look at these newest additions to our La Quinta properties:

05F120FD-155D-0010-073F3BB60BBC1E23-27Check out our PGA111.  Your group of up to 10 guests will marvel at the luxury in the 3400 square feet that surrounds you. There are 4 bedrooms with 3.5 baths, and 3 of the bedrooms are master suites with their own baths. This is a great choice for multiple families to share.  The backyard sits right on the Greg Norman golf course with amazing views. Enjoy your own private salt water pool and spa as you take in the aroma of steaks or burgers cooking up on the outdoor barbecue. Follow this link to see what real relaxation looks like.

F200CC7E-155D-0010-07847E09912B888D-IMG_0507PGA112 has room for 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. This magnificent property overlooks the 11th hold of the Jack Nicklaus Private Course. The views are amazing, and the luxury extends throughout the entire property. You’ll want to chill your wine in the wine cooler when you arrive, and later you can enjoy a soothing glass of it as you relax by the pool or work together in the gourmet kitchen to cook up something delightful for your entire party. Let the kids enjoy a night out in the detached casita, so the adults can have a quiet evening alone. Check out more photos and details at this link.

 

7CFF0A38-155D-0010-07E54682293CA5FB-1607Our PGA113 is a beautiful home with a private backyard. There’s room for 8 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. The gourmet kitchen is a delight with its double ovens and granite counters. If you’ve never experience the refreshing feel of a salt water pool and spa, you’re in for a treat.  The sounds of the cascading water feature will enhance your backyard relaxation as you gather around the barbecue.  The master suite has its own fireplace and retreat. Every guest can enjoy unrivaled privacy with this home’s two large private casitas.  Book online or view more photos and details at this link.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Looking For a Fun Getaway?

If you’re looking to put together a fun getaway, we’ve got some great ideas for you. Whether it’s for a quick weekend retreat or a full week of fun and relaxation, we’ve got some options that will make your time away simply amazing. Check out these amazing properties that as we write this are available for your stay during the first week of April.

Cabin3Cabin #3 is our “Five Star Snow Summit.” This full log cabin has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 9 guests. It’s located just a short distance from The Village, with all the shopping and great restaurants there. Your adventure here begins with our pair of whimsical carved bears greeting you on the deck as you first arrive. The experience grows as you enter and are surrounded by the exposed timbers and mountain decor. Choose your relaxation from a game of pool, a warm dip in the bubbling spa, or just relaxing by the river rock fireplace. Your time here will fun and memorable. Book online or get more details at this link.

Cabin23aWant to enjoy some amazing luxury with panoramic views overlooking Big Bear Lake? Our Cabin #23 “Stunning Boulder Cove Estate” is a perfect option. With its 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, there’s room for 12 guests in amazing luxury. Two of the bedrooms are master suites, so it’s a great option for multiple families. Enjoy some time walking along your own private lakeside cove, or assemble on the deck for a family meal overlooking the lake and rock outcroppings. The views are just amazing, and the hardest part of your stay will be when you need to leave this beautiful luxury property. This link has more photos and details. Click through for online booking as well.

Cabin46aIf you’re a fan of fine craftsmanship, you’re going to love your time in our Cabin #46, “High Timber Log Estate.” This is a hand-built Canadian full log home that will take your breath away. The massive timbers are just amazing, and you’ll appreciate the attention to detail. The great room boasts a towering floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and there’s a huge deck out offering tree top views. There’s room for 16 guests in its 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, so you’ll enjoy plenty of privacy for multiple families or larger groups. There’s a fun treehouse out back that’s sure to delight the kids. You can book online or view more photos and details at this link.

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 whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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.

 

 

Getting a Tax Refund? We’ve Got a Great Idea How To Use It

Are you getting a tax refund this year? We’ve got a great idea how to use it. What better way to celebrate your hard work than taking a well-deserved getaway with your friends or family? And what better place than in a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin in Big Bear?

Peaceful and warm image of a open book by fireplace.March and April are perfect months for heading to Big Bear. The ski season is winding down, but there’s still plenty of great things to fill your time. Or you can turn off your cell phone, grab a couple of books you’ve been neglecting for a while, and enjoy some of the most relaxing quiet time you’re likely to find. Just prop yourself up where you can soak in the warmth of the fireplace, stop occasionally for a good meal, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s a recipe for recharging your batteries and getting a fresh perspective on life.

Country Women Line DanceIf you want to supplement your stay with some great fun, we recommend you head over to the Big Bear Convention Center for some good old fashioned line dancing. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Convention Center offers a full slate of line dancing opportunities.  Wednesdays you’ll enjoy live music with free line dancing classes, and then on Fridays and Saturdays you can put into practice your new steps with their line dance extravaganzas. The music is great, and it’s the one place where you’re likely to step on somebody’s toes and laugh about it. Visit their website for more details. Cowboy boots and hats are optional, but will certainly add to experience.

If you want to make part of your relaxation spending some time in the kitchen, you’re going to love spending some time at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market at the Convention Center. The Farmer’s Market’s season opens the first Tuesday in April, and is a great resource for locally-grown fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating a culinary masterpiece for your family knowing the ingredients were purchased fresh and local. The market is open from 8:00am to 1:30pm each Tuesday starting on April 3rd.

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.

 

 

 

Enjoy March in Big Bear

March in Big BearAre you ready to take the plunge and enjoy March in Big Bear? We’re talking about an actual plunge. Big Bear’s annual Polar Plunge is scheduled for March 3rd, and it’s a great time for you to demonstrate your bravery for all to see. Yes, you can have some fun, freeze your, um, fajitas, and support Inland Empire Special Olympics at the same time. For those of you sane enough to actually refuse to enter the frigid waters of Big Bear Lake, there’s plenty of fun stuff and ways to support the cause without ever entering the water. Count us in as part of the latter.  The Plunge takes place at Veteran’s Park, 40870 Big Bear Blvd. Registration starts at 10am.

If you want to avoid the crowds on the morning of the Polar Plunge, The Cave is also hosting a pre-registration party the night before on March 2nd. It will feature live music and a meet-and-greet with local Special Olympics athletes.  The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive, and the fun starts at 6pm.

Snowboarder in halfpipeIf you’re sad that the Winter Olympics are ending, there’s still some great half pipe action to enjoy. On March 4th the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association is hosting their half pipe competition at Bear Mountain. This is the training ground for future Olympians, and a great chance to see some of the most talented half pipe skiers around. The event starts at 10am at Bear Mountain. Registration starts at 8:30am and the event begins at 9:30am. Visit their website at this link for more details.

The Bald Eagle Celebration continues on March 10th with volunteer spotters helping provide the annual count followed by an informative presentation on these majestic birds and their long history in the Big Bear region. Those wanting to participate in the count should arrive at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am. The bald eagle presentation takes place at 10am. Contact the Big Bear Discovery Center for more details.

So, are you ready to take the plunge? 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 whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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.

 

Plan Your Perfect Spring Vacation

We know the nights are still bit chilly, but it’s a great time to start looking forward to the arrival of Spring. If you start early enough, you can plan your perfect spring vacation, and we’d love to help.

 Spring in Big Bear is just amazing. The pristine beauty of the surrounding forest is at its peak during springtime, and this makes your stay even more relaxing than usual. Few things are as rewarding as waking up in the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental and looking out your windows on the beauty of the forest around you. Squirrels, deer, and lots of other wildlife are easily spotted during your wandering around Big Bear.

Indulge us for a moment and imagine returning to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental after a full day of hiking, skipping rocks on the lake, and shopping for some great souvenirs in The Village. You walk in the door as the sun is slowly setting in the distance. Walk out on your back deck, and you may catch a squirrel or two scampering up the side of a tree, and hear the call of a few different birds overhead. Near twilight, you may see a family of deer wander nearby, and the sound of the breeze gently weaves through the trees nearby.  You make a mental note to see if there’s anyway you could possibly make a daily commute from here to your job in the city.

Big Bear Lake bouldersWe’ll tell you that the commute is too long for most of us, but a weekend or full week’s vacation here can recharge your batteries in ways you never imagined. Just setting aside a time to enjoy the muted sounds of the forest and the fresh feeling of the cool night air will do wonders for your outlook. It’s a great time to pack up the kids and spend some family time over Spring Break.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Spring vacation is pretty busy for us, and there’s no better time to book your getaway than now.  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.

 

 

Plan Your March Vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

There’s a lot to like about living in Southern California. Though we seldom get the kind of temperature extremes seen in many other areas of the country, it does get a bit chilly in the months leading up to Spring.  This can be a bit frustrating for those of us who love spending time on the beach. It can take a bit of the enjoyment out of the experience when the weather turns cold. But we’ve got a great solution, so you can have your beach and warm weather too.  Plan your March vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and you’ll see why it’s one of the most desirable times to visit.

Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 3.49.10 PMOur resort at Villa la Estancia sits right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico and March weather here is a beach-goer’s delight. The average temperature is in the 70’s with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s. And the water temperature is positively delightful. March typically sees the ocean temperature hovering around 75° making for some of the most enjoyable ocean swimming you’ll find. By comparison, the beach ocean temperatures off the coast of Southern California seldom reach 70° and hover in the 50’s during March. A quick plane trip, and you can feel the sand beneath your feet and take a refreshing swim without getting a bad case of the shivers in the process.

VLE00Though you may be tempted to spend most of your time laying on the beach or swimming, our Villa la Estancia resort and nearby Puerto Vallarta offer so many things to do, you’ll have some serious conflicts to resolve. Villa la Estancia boasts a world-class spa on site that will pamper you beyond belief. They have a lengthy menu of spa services that will target whatever stresses you, and provide an amazing level of relaxation.

Puerto Vallarta is a quick cab ride away, and offers a colorful and vibrant experience with a uniquely local flavor. There are great shopping destinations for a variety of options to pick up souvenirs, locally-sourced arts and crafts, and some of the most amazing seafood and ethnic cuisine.

Kevin and Maria Cobb were guests at Villa la Estancia before they decided to invest in the luxury condos on the beach there. They have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling for all our guests. 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Great Vacations Require Work

Vacation Date Travel Day Trip Circled Calendar 3d IllustrationIf you’re somebody who still feels great vacations require work, we’ve got some good news. Those days are gone.

For most families, vacation time is a precious commodity. We never seem to get enough of it, and vacations never last as long as we’d like. This is why so many families devote considerable time to planning out their vacation time.  We applaud this approach, and a big part of our job is helping families make these plans, so their time away is maximized. While nobody can plan for every possible glitch, we can help steer you toward an experience that can easily beat pretty much anything you’d find at even the finest hotels.

hotel hallwayPart of the advantage of our vacation rentals over a hotel experience is how much of the vacation experience you can wrap into this single choice. With a hotel, you’re still faced with finding restaurants to keep your group fed. And if you’re traveling with a large family or group of friends, you’ll need to get several rooms. This can create a real challenge to keep everyone close by, and you won’t want the kids wandering through hotel hallways to go from room to room.

With your Five Star Vacation Rental, you’ll have an entirely different experience from start to finish. The first thing you’ll notice is you don’t need to send one person in search of a parking place while the other checks in and hoists the Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraluggage up to the room. Your Big Bear vacation rental is like coming home, but to a really nice luxury version of home. Park in the driveway and everybody goes in together.  If your rental has a hot tub, it is truly your hot tub.  Nobody but those you have with you will be sharing it. If your kids want to run down the hall to one of the other rooms, it’s a hallway in your home, and you won’t run into any strangers there. Want a midnight snack? No need to go in search of a vending machine. Your fully-equipped kitchen is just down the hall, and you can stock the refrigerator and cupboard with whatever snacks or goodies you want. Go grab a granola bar, and forget searching for dollar bills or quarters.

And as easy as it is to plan a getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental, the time you spend with us is even easier. You’ll enjoy a level of luxury, privacy, and convenience that just can’t be found with a hotel.

Maria and Kevin 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 whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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.

 

February in Big Bear

Big Bear is always a fun destination. The natural beauty here is a major attraction for many city dwellers. Big Bear is most often what comes to mind when people talk about the advantages of Southern California living. The cities can be a hot mess of traffic jams, long waits at the store, long hours at work, and a general feeling of too much to do and too little time to do it. But within a couple hours of most Southern California areas, you can arrive in Big Bear with the crystal waters of the lake, the cool breezes through the trees, and a much more relaxing pace. It’s a perfect retreat from your everyday pressures, and coming up in February, there are a number of things to enhance your stay with us here.

BaldEagle2On February 10th bird lovers will have a unique opportunity to help count one of Big Bear’s most celebrated winter guests, the bald eagle. The Big Bear Discovery Center teams up with the US Forest Service to conduct the Bald Eagle count each year. Volunteers should dress warmly and provide their own binoculars. Meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am for training, and the count goes from 9am to 10am. If you miss this count, the final count day will be on March 10th. Visit the Discovery Center website for more details.

The Cave is considered by many to be Big Bear’s premier live music venue, and February does not disappoint. If you love tribute bands, you’re going to have some great choices. On February 2nd enjoy the Kiss tribute band, Kissed Alive. Paint your face, and pull on your platform shoes for a night that’s sure to rock your world. On February 3rd, you’ll be treated with Motley 2, the Motley Crue tribute band. And on February 17th, put on your rose colored glasses and join Kenny Metcalf as he presents Elton John for your enjoyment. Other performers during February include Fishbone on the 10th, Fatal 80’s with Gretchen Bonaduce on the 16th, and Dokken on the 24th. Visit The Cave’s website for ticket and schedule information.

Couple in loveMake your Valentine’s Day stay in Big Bear even more romantic with a night out  at the 5th annual Sweetheart Ball. The Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Foundation hosts this fun annual event with proceeds going to charity. This year’s theme is “Give Where You Live.” Be sure to reserve in advance. Call Dawn Hartmeister at (800) 926-0409 or dawnehartmeister@gmail.com. The Sweetheart Ball will be held at the The Lodge Ballroom on Wednesday evening, February 14th, starting with cocktails at 5PM and Dinner at 6PM.

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.