Spend Valentine’s Day in Big Bear

Valentine's Day RomanceWe have long advocated for taking your romantic life to a new level. And with Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, this is a perfect time to make this year’s celebration a great one. Sure, grab some chocolates and flowers, but also tell your love to pack a bag. February 14th falls on a Friday this year, so this is a great opportunity to plan a long weekend and spend Valentine’s Day in Big Bear.

Ski season is in full swing, so you can plan the long weekend with time on the slopes while relaxing in the comfort of your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental when you’re not on the slopes. Choose one of our properties with a spa, and the scene is set. Relax in front of the fireplace after dinner and enjoy the contrast of the chilly evening air while you bask in the warmth of your hot tub.

Romantic Valentine's Day in Front of FireAnd this is not a typical hotel getaway. Instead of having a room in a hallway full of doors to other rooms, you’ll have the entire place to yourselves. If there’s a conversation taking place in the hallway, it’s one you’re involved in, not some stranger wandering the hallway looking for their room. And it’s a perfect setup to have a quiet dinner or breakfast in front of the fireplace followed by a relaxing dip in the spa later. Take a walk in the brisk wintery Big Bear night to refresh yourselves.

There are lots of things that make for a memorable, romantic time together, but the most important one is the actual time together. And with your Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear getaway, you can relax and create new memories that you’ll carry with you in the years ahead.

You can start your Valentine’s Day getaway 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 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.

How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Doing?

We hope you had a great holiday season. We sure did. We decided not to make any overly optimistic resolutions this year to avoid the disappointment of failing at them too quickly. So far we’re doing okay. We hope you are too. We know our local gym is doing great with its full parking lot, and we wish all those ambitious people the best. We’ll settle for a few more brisk walks, a few less chocolate sundaes, and a lot more quality time with the family.

Happy family sitting in the carThat last one sure can be elusive, can’t it? No sooner have we put away the holiday decorations than we find ourselves running headlong into new after school activities, playing catch up at work, and generally struggling to make sure we all find the dinner table at about the same time even a few nights.

One thing our family enjoys is the time we set aside for vacations and getaways. Even when we slack a bit on quality family time, our getaways are a time we dedicate to each other and creating fresh memories together. And at Five Star Vacation Rentals, that’s the fun we hope to help families find.

ViewIf you want to try something really exotic, how about planning a family getaway to the white sandy beaches in Nuevo Vallarta? January and February usually have some of the best weather of the year with less rainfall and temperatures  hovering in the 70s and 80s. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach to choose from, and you’ll enjoy the full resort experience. There are world-class restaurants on site. The shops and great local restaurants are a short cab ride away in Puerto Vallarta. How long has it been since you had fresh lobster while watching the surf? Probably too long.

There are flights daily out of LAX to Nuevo Vallarta, and the resort is a quick caba ride away from the airport. Bring your clubs to enjoy some of the great golfing nearby, and plan on some day trips into Puerto Vallarta for the great selection of gifts and artwork by local artisans. And did we mention the lobster?

Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your stay with us. Check out our Nuevo Vallarta beach condos at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411. Check out our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link. 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.

 

Sand in Your Toes Time

One of the great things about living in Southern California is the moderate climate. Sure we have our hot summers and occasional cold winter nights, but for the most part we’ve got it pretty good. But our beach times are often limited to the summer months. Surfers can don wetsuits for their fun, but the rest of us usually wait for warmer temperatures. But what if you didn’t have to wait?

Did you know that the average ocean temperature off the coast of Nuevo Vallarta in Mexico is usually in the high 70s this time of year? That’s about 10 degrees warmer than it is in Southern California. And that makes all the difference in the world. There’s no need to wait until summer when you can enjoy a luxury vacation rental right on the beach with Five Star Vacation Rentals in Villa la Estancia.

It’s a getaway you’ll really enjoy. The weather is warmer, there’s often only rain a couple of days during the month. There’s all the fun to be found when you head the short distance over to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy some great shopping and local restaurants. There’s even a chocolate museum. You’ll never want to leave.

The Spa Treatment
The Spa Treatment

You can pamper yourself with the huge 17,000 square foot onsite spa and enjoy fine dining at La Casona, the eclectic fine dining steakhouse at the resort. Or just relax by the pool or at the water’s edge. Get the picture?

All of our luxury suites have full kitchens and most have water views. You can end your day in Puerto Vallarta by cooking up the fresh catch of the day you buy there, or reheating the leftovers from one of the many great local restaurants to choose from.

You can view all of our Nuevo Vallarta condos and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday in  Big Bear 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 holiday in Nuevo Vallarta or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

New Year, New Plans

We’re putting off a few more days before we take down the tree and the Christmas lights. We’re excited to welcome in the New Year, and have great hope for the adventures that await us in the days and months ahead. We love the fresh feeling we get from the New Year, new plans, and the opportunity to make this year even better than last year.

If one of your resolutions was to spend more time with your loved ones, we’ve got some great opportunities on the horizon that you can start planning for now.

Plan a Family Ski Vacation

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowBig Bear’s ski season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to plan a family ski vacation. Whether you have little ones looking for their very first ski experience, or you’re an expert-level skier hoping to get some quality time in on the slopes, Big Bear’s two ski resorts have choices you’ll be happy with. And with your Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day, you can be sure your time will be fun, relaxing, and leave you feeling pampered.

Big Bear offers lots to do off the slopes as well. The Village is packed with lots of great little shops and restaurants. The nearby Big Bear Zoo is a great stop to see local wildlife and some actual bears while in Big Bear.

Plan an Exotic Mexico Vacation

ViewIt’s a bit jarring to move from ski slopes to sandy beaches, but those are two choices we offer. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. This is a great time of year to visit. Their weather is usually mild this time of year with very little rain and temperatures ranging from the 70’s and 80’s. The ocean water temperature also usually stays in the high 70s during our winter, and gets even warmer during the spring.

The Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach and just a short cab ride away from the airport and the shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.  There’s no shortage of activities. You can go deep sea fishing, enjoy a massage and steam spa, taste the local cuisine at the many small shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, or bring your clubs and spend some afternoons on the nearby championship golf courses. It can be a great getaway for one or all of these things.

You can start your next getaway 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.

 

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.

Procrastinators Don’t Ski Enough

We’re already hearing people talk about their New Year’s resolutions, and we’d really rather just put that off a bit longer. We’re excited about Christmas, but we think it’s perfectly fine to wait to make any serious resolutions. But one thing we’re not delaying is our ski plans, because procrastinators don’t ski enough. So if you’re looking for another hint, now is the best time to book your ski getaway.

Ski GetawayThe ski conditions are looking pretty good, and our bookings are increasing (with our non-procrastinating guests). If you’ve never booked a ski outing with us, it can be a great experience. We have a good selection of luxury properties to choose from. Many are a short drive to the slope and several are just a few minutes’ walk away. We have a couple that are ski in/ski out as well. Your ski getaway is enhanced  in amazing ways when you can skip the part where you load up the car, drive to the slopes, and then search for a parking space.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FireAnd having a Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day only enhances your enjoyment. Pick a property with a spa, and you can relax in the soothing hot water to ease away any aches or pains from your day on the slopes. Follow this up with a great meal you can prepare in your kitchen. And finish the night relaxing by the fire and planning your return to the slopes in the morning. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, or gathering a group of friends for a ski getaway, Five Star Vacation Rentals is a perfect choice. But remember to book early, because procrastinators don’t ski enough.

Your next ski getaway can 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.

 

Holidays in Big Bear

There’s a reason why Big Bear is our most popular destination. It’s simply one of the most beautiful places you can imagine, and this beauty is enhanced during winter when it takes on a magical feel. We love the sounds of kids giggling as they build their first snowman, have their first snowball fight, and learn the joy of warming frozen toes in front of a fireplace. It’s a family experience where you can turn off your phones and enjoy some truly amazing family time by celebrating the holidays in Big Bear.

Holidays in Big BearChristmas in Big Bear is a great option both for a small family or a larger get together with extended family and friends coming together to celebrate. And we have options for groups of all sizes. For many Southern California families, Christmas in Big Bear can be the perfect opportunity to experience the special day with snow-covered hills and glistening trees surrounding you. There are few things more satisfying than Christmas morning with a fire going in the fireplace while the snow-covered trees fill the view out the windows.

Happy New Year 2020New Year’s brings another way to celebrate the holidays in Big Bear as we ring in 2020. Bundle up and gather the family for the 55th annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade. Watch over 100 skiers and snowboarders light up the night as they make their way down the face of the mountain in the dark with torches to create a spellbinding spectacle of light. The parade runs down the slope at Snow Summit and starts at 8pm.

Wyatt’s Family New Years Eve Party is happening at Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon and offers Big Bear’s only true family New Year’s Eve celebration featuring children’s activities, live music, and dancing. Doors open at 5 PM at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. This year’s festivities feature the legendary Doo Wah Riders. Having appeared in concert with the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and Dolly Parton, the Doo Wah Riders are country with a unique, original sound. It is high energy country with a Cajun twist. The Doo Wah Riders take the stage at 8:00 PM.

You can end this year better than ever by spending your holidays in Big Bear. 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.

We’ve Got Snow, You’ve Got Skis, Let’s Talk

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to dig out your skis. We last spotted them hanging behind your tent and precariously close that old can of paint in the garage. This is the one time it’s truly fun to dig through the garage, because those slopes won’t ski themselves.

With the opening of ski season comes some of the best times in Big Bear. The holidays are magical in the forest, and there’s plenty of fun things to do off the slopes as well. Some of our properties have their own private sledding slopes where you can walk out back with the kids and start your snow adventures right away.

BigBearNightSnowTubingIf you’d like to have a great time with the family snow tubing, Big Bear Snow Play is a great choice. They’re open daily from 10am to 4pm with night time glow tubing on weekends from 5pm to 9pm. We especially like Big Bear Snow Play because their “magic carpet” transports you back to the top of hill after your run to enjoy another wild ride down the hill. And the glow tubing after dark makes it even more fun.

Big Bear Alpine ZooA winter visit to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo can be another great excursion for the family. The animals often exhibit different behaviors during snowy times, and the keepers still schedule informative presentation in the amphitheater every day with one of the zoo’s animals. The zoo is a great opportunity to get up close with some of the wildlife that roams the forest and hill surrounding Big Bear.  Visit their website for more info at this link.

Big Bear Bowling Barn
Big Bear Bowling Barn

Do you have fond memories of family bowling nights? We sure do, and it’s another great activity you can plan during your Big Bear stay. The Bowling Barn has 16 lanes with computerized scoring. There’s also an arcade for the kids and the Alley Oops Sports Bar with darts, pool tables, and HD tv’s to watch sporting events. And it’s all fun and games until somebody keeps throwing gutter balls. Check out their website at this link.

You can start your next getaway 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 December Big Bear Getaway

Beautiful family smiling happy and confident. Eating roasted turkey and toasting with cup of wine celebrating Christmas at homeWe’re entering our favorite time of year, and we’re standing by to help you plan your December Big Bear getaway. Use our online booking and search feature to see what properties are available at this link. The holidays are upon us, and Big Bear is a favorite destination for many of our guests. The winter weather transforms Big Bear into a beautiful and whimsical destination. It’s a great time for many southern California kids to get their first chance to build a snowman, slide down a snowy hillside, and engage in a family snowball fight.

girl playing with a snowmanChristmas in Big Bear can be the start of a new family tradition. Since many of our properties can easily accommodate a dozen or more guests, it can be a perfect option for gathering extended family and friends together in the luxury and comfort of a Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin or estate. And if the weather cooperates, you may all find yourself waking on Christmas morning to a wintery snow fantasy right outside your windows. It’s an entirely different experience when Christmas morning involves gathering everyone from their different parts of the cabin instead of waiting for them all to arrive from different parts of town or across the country.

After you finish opening your presents on Christmas morning, you may want to head over to Stillwell’s restaurant for the Christmas buffet running from 12 to 3. Choices include signature entree items, a carving station, omelettes, a waffle and pasta bar, hot and cold sides, soup and salad, home made desserts and unlimited champagne or mimosas for the adults. Reservations are needed, so plan ahead and visit their website at this link.

Region capture 17The skiers in the family usually find the slopes are great right around Christmas time, and they will be open all through the holiday season. In addition to skiing, Big Bear Snow Play is a great place for the entire family to enjoy inner tubing down their slope and riding their “magic carpet” back to the top again to do it all over again. Head to The Village to take holiday pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus every weekend from 10 AM – 4 PM through December 22. And all season long The Village will be decorated with twinkling lights.

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.