It’s Ski Season in Big Bear

We love the snow, and we’re glad to see it finally arrive. If you haven’t already booked your ski getaway, now is the time. Dust off those skis and hurry to place your reservation in one of our luxury cabins before they’re all booked up.

Winter in Big Bear is a wonderful time. In addition to skiing, there are lots of other great activities off the slopes. While we’re often inclined to enjoy winter in Big Bear from the comforting warmth of a hot tub or by the crackling fireplace in one of our luxurious vacation rentals, there are some additional fun things to do in Big Bear.

Big Bear Snow Play offers downhill inner tubing with a delightful twist. They have a “magic carpet” that takes you effortlessly from the bottom of the run back to the top. It’s a great way to enjoy a downhill run without working up a sweat to do it all over again. It’s pretty much all play and no work. Enjoy a thrilling ride down one of southern California’s longest downhill inner tube runs, and then relax on the magic carpet ride back up the hill to do it again. Sign us up!

Snow PlayBig Bear Alpine Slide is another favorite. Experience the fun of a luge run down the hill. You’ll navigate one of the twisting banked concrete runs in your sled as you race to the finish. Treat yourself and your family to an Olympic experience with high banked turns and long straightaways to gain speed. The sleds are individually controlled and run an a combination of teflon pads and wheels. Riders have full control over the speed with fully functioning brakes for the faint of heart.

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.

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year Everyone!The glow from Christmas is still around, and many of us are enjoying our last few days with distant relatives. We’re a few days away from New Year, and it’s a time many of us start to think about how we hope to see the new year unfold. We may make resolutions, and many of them are important. Get in shape, spend more time with family, read more, learn a new language, and so on. It’s also a time we reflect on the past year and how far we’ve come.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingAt Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re constantly trying  to make sure every guest has a vacation experience that’s better than any they’ve had before. We select our properties carefully to find ones that embody a luxurious pampered feeling and give our guests a time they can be transported to a type of experience that many people only dream of. In this past year we’ve had the honor to help families plan weddings, honeymoons, vacations, retirements, and reunions. We’ve seen office outings and church retreats. And in each of these we’ve seen groups of people enjoying the company of their family and friends with the experience enhanced by the luxury of one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals.

We hope you’ll keep us in mind as you embark on your New Year’s plans. Big Bear’s slopes are open now with lots of fresh snow. Make sure this year you dust off those skis early and head on up the mountain. Before you know it, the kids will be starting their spring breaks, and you’ll be looking for something fun for the family to do.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins and estates at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan your perfect ski 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 Winter Getaway on The Beach

Southern California has some of the best weather found anywhere in the world. But as winter approaches, we do see the temperatures drop enough that the beaches are pretty empty. If you’re missing your beach time, your family may want to think about planning an exotic adventure for the new year where the weather is warmer and you can swim in the ocean. Sound interesting? Check out the luxury getaway we can put together for you in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Region capture 12The weather in Puerto Nuevo is remarkably warm this time of year. Most days the high is in the 80’s and the lows are in the 60’s. And the ocean water can be a cozy range from the high 70’s to low 80’s. It’s great beach conditions, and a great chance to enjoy the feel of sand between your toes while enjoying some amazing luxury in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beachside condos.

We have over a dozen luxury units in Villa la Estancia, and you’ll quickly see why these are so popular. The resort has all the amazing amenities you’d expect and more. There are award-winning onsite restaurants, a full spa, pools, and every unit is just moments from the surf.

GolfVacationThe golfers in your party will want to pack their clubs for the quick flight out of Southern California to enjoy the championship golf courses nearby. And Puerto Vallarta is a quick cab ride away with amazing local cuisine, shops with artwork from local artists, and some great historical sites as well.

But you’ll keep finding yourself drawn back to your luxury suite. Choose one with ocean views, and you can start each day with breakfast on the balcony overlooking the waves that await. In addition to great on-site dining, each of our units has a full kitchen, so you can try your hand at some of the great foods and fish you’ll find available in the Puerto Vallarta marketplace.

It’s exotic, it’s relaxing, and it’s a great way to plan a winter vacation that will have you feeling you’re in the middle of summer. Check out photos and book online at this link. Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in  Big BearMammoth MountainPark City, and La Quinta.

 

Big Bear Ski Season Is Open

Big Bear ValleyThere are six words that many of our guest spend months waiting to hear: “Big Bear ski season is open.” And we’re glad to confirm it’s true. We’ve been getting a good supply of fresh snow on top of groomed slopes, and we’re looking at some great conditions. This means it’s a great time to plan your ski getaway to Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Skiing in Big Bear offers something for every skill level, and there’s really no better way to plan your getaway than with a Five Star Vacation Rental as your home base during your stay. Those first couple of days back on the slopes can be a bit strenuous, so be sure to choose one of our properties with a hot tub. It’s a great picture, isn’t it? Spend the day having fun on the slopes, and follow it up with an evening relaxing in the comfort an privacy of your hot tub.

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowAnd the Five Star experience is so much better than other options. Some of our properties are within walking distance to the slopes, and all of them offer a level of comfort and privacy you simply cannot duplicate with most other options. Imagine avoiding crowded lobbies and parking lots. You’ll have your own private parking, and many of our properties have garages to park in at night. And we all know that a full day on the slopes can be both fun and tiring. How much better will you sleep in your own private luxury cabin compared to a room in a crowded hotel with a loud hallway just outside your door? We think you’ll find it an entirely different experience, and one that will make your enjoyment of your ski outing even more special.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find a cabin to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan your perfect ski 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.

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Big Bear

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Big Bear, we’re ready to help you make that happen. We’ve still got a handful of cabins and estates available for Christmas, but we’re almost certainly going to be booked solid, so you’ll need to hurry if you want to make this happen for your family.

Cabin23view2We’re excited that snow is already falling in Big Bear, and the ski slopes are open. This means your Christmas visit to Big Bear can include some fun skiing, snow boarding, or just having some fun family snow play. And there’s really nothing quite like having the family wake up on Christmas morning to a snow-covered landscape outside. If conditions allow, you may even have get the chance to build your family’s first snow man. And that is a moment most kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

snowplayBig Bear Snow Play is one of Big Bear’s most popular winter attractions. It features one of Big Bear’s biggest slopes, and is the go-to destination for inner tube downhill fun.  They’ve also got a “Magic Carpet” ride to get you from the bottom of the long slope all the way to the top without losing your breath. They’re open daily from 10am – 4pm with evening hours on the weekends. They’re even open on Christmas day from 11am to 4pm. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of racing down a slope on a tube, it’s a thrill you’re definitely going to enjoy.

Time is running out to plan your white Christmas in Big Bear.  You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.

 

 

 

Some Choices For Your Christmas in Big Bear

With Thanksgiving behind us, many families are starting to make plans for their family get together for Christmas. We’re usually booked solid, so we wanted to give our blog readers a heads up on some of the properties that are still available for your Christmas in Big Bear. Here are a few of the choices you have as of this moment. This selection will be changing as more bookings come in.

Cabin 6 Talmadge LodgeCabin #6, Talmadge Lodge is a great choice. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and room for 16 guests. This is a 3 story estate with views of the lake and mountains. It’s a short walk to both the lake and village making it a great choice for your family’s Christmas gathering. Spend evenings relaxing in the spa, playing pool, or having a family foosball tournament. It boasts a true chef’s kitchen with double ovens and granite counters. Book online at this link.

Cabin 10 Bald EagleCabin #10, Bald Eagle Lodge is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin spread out over 3300 square feet with room for 14 guests. You’ll enjoy the lake views, and will find lots of great family fun with the pool table and spa. It’s in a great location where you can walk to the lake or enjoy a short drive to either of Big Bear’s ski slopes, and a snow play area is just a mile away. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

Cabin 16 Beautiful Lakeside RetreatCabin #12, Beautiful Lakeside Retreat is a great choice for families that want to stay active during their stay. With its year-round indoor swimming pool, this can be an amazing time for your family. Imagine a chilly December morning starting the day with a brisk swim in your pool, and follow up with some time on the slopes. Where else can you do that? There’s room for 16 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Check out more info at and book online at this link.

You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.

 

 

December In Big Bear

We sure hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly did. We stuffed the turkey, and then the turkey stuffed us. We’re still glowing from all the great food and loved ones we got to see. We’re excited about the month ahead, and we’re going to spend a few moments in this week’s blog to take a look at December in Big Bear.

Christmas socks conceptChristmas and New Years are probably our two busiest holidays of the entire year. We’re getting booked fast so you’ll want to book your getaway as quickly as possible. Along with these two holidays, there’s plenty of fun going on in Big Bear during December to make your stay even more fun.

We still have a handful of properties available for Christmas and New Years. If you’ve never spent Christmas in Big Bear, it’s an experience your entire family will love. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, it’s a chance to book a single destination for the entire family to share during the holiday. Imagine no more shuttling relatives between spare sofas and a collection of nearby motels. Choose one of our Big Bear properties with enough room for everyone, and it’s sure to make the holiday even more special.

Santa and Mrs Claus with plate of cookiesThe kids will love you for including a visit with Santa and Mrs Claus during your stay during December in Big Bear. Our two biggest celebrities are appearing every Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 4pm through Christmas Eve. Head on over to the Big Bear Christmas Tree Lot at the Corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive. And while you’re in the Village, be sure to visit some of the great shops and restaurants there as well.

regard vers la montagneBig Bear’s ski season is officially open, and that means our available cabins and estates will get booked up more quickly for the next several months. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski slopes opened last week with machine grooming over a 16-24″ base. Lift tickets are available on their website at this link: https://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/.

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.

 

Christmas and New Years in Big Bear

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerThanksgiving is less than a week away, but we want to give all our blog followers a head start on their Christmas and New Year’s in Big Bear plans. This is always our busiest season, and we’re often completely booked weeks in advance. More than half our properties are already booked, so this is a great time to make your reservation.

Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. When the weather cooperates, it can be a winter wonderland. And even if there’s no snow, it still has the pristine beauty of the forest, lake, and mountain views. There’s a peacefulness and calm you’ll find on the mountain that is nearly impossible to duplicate in the crowds and streets around Southern California. This Christmas can be a true respite and a time to carve out some relaxing family time without the distractions that surround you at home. And if we get snow, it can also be a great chance to have some fun on the slopes with your extended family.

Man trying to sleep on couchIt’s always great to see the relatives, but the logistics of housing them all can be a challenge. Many of us grew up on homes that either served as the holiday destination for far-flung family members or a convenient nearby stop with an extra bedroom or couch to house the relatives. This year can be very different, and a real treat for everyone. Instead of making arrangements for relatives to sleep in questionable comfort at a variety of different locations, you can choose a luxury vacation rental with enough beds and space for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. Under one roof. It’s a real game changer.

Holiday mornings become an entirely different experience with your Five Star Vacation Rental. Rather than waiting for everyone to arrive from their various destinations, you can all just walk down the hall and meet in the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee while you take everyone’s breakfast orders. The kitchen is outfitted with all you need to create an amazing omelette for everyone’s needs. It’s relaxing, it’s a great time to bond with family, and it can really be a time you wouldn’t have unless you were all under the same roof together.

Family celebrating new yearNew Year’s Eve in a Five Star Vacation Rental is a great experience, and it’s another time we’re usually booked solid. The annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade is a visual delight as over 100 skiers and snowboarders will make their way down the slope with torches illuminating the way. And one of our luxury cabins is a perfect way to assemble a group of family and friends to celebrate the New Year safely. You can all gather around the fireplace and count down to the New Year, and travel no farther than your bedroom down the hall to call it a night. It’s a fun, safe way to celebrate the occasion.

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.

Time’s Running Out. Plan Your Thanksgiving Holiday Now

thanksgivingturkeyThanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, and there’s still time to make this year unlike all those that came before. But time’s running out. We’re often fully booked, so we recommend you plan your Thanksgiving holiday now.

If your family is like ours, you grew up with some pretty creative planning for these big family gatherings. In our house it often involved collecting rollaway beds from neighbors and friends, covering sofas with sheets and blankets, and blocking floors with mattresses. In the morning, we usually entertained whispers of how loud Uncle Louis snores, and the inevitable polite smiles when we asked our guests, “how did you sleep?” It really doesn’t need to be this way, and we’ve got some really amazing alternatives.

We want to encourage you to take a moment to leave behind these memories, and set your mind on creating some new ones this year. Better ones. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re your partner for creating some of the most amazing holiday memories you can imagine.

estateByTheLake_49As we write this blog, we still have over a dozen of our Big Bear properties available for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Several of them have enough space to comfortably accommodate 16 guests. Can you imagine the difference this will make? You can carpool to the property and enjoy the leisurely drive up the mountain to Big Bear. You’ll be greeted by a luxury vacation rental with plenty of room for everyone to sleep in comfort. Many of our cabins have full gourmet kitchens, so you may have some competition over who gets to do the holiday baking. You may prefer to take advantage of one of the local restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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 holiday 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.

November Night Life In Big Bear

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to catching up with family and friends visiting from out of town. It can be a perfect time to book your Big Bear getaway, so you can add a more relaxing atmosphere to your time together. We recommend you check out the November night life in Big Bear during your stay.

Our reservations typically spike this time of year as many families start making their holiday plans. We’re often completely booked for the holidays, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead. And as part of those plans, we’re taking a look in this week’s blog at some of the nightlife you can enjoy with your guests while you’re spending time in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins or estates in Big Bear.

In addition to spending the actual holidays with your family, your time in Big Bear can include some great nighttime experiences as well. Here’s a sampling:

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.01.46 PMMusic lovers will enjoy their November nightlife in Big Bear with a visit to The Cave. This has emerged as Big Bear’s premiere live music venue, and they’ve got a full lineup for November. They’re kicking things off on November 2nd with the Monsters of Metal Night. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Maiden USA, Mr Crowley, Big City Nights and Dirty Deeds. The metal fest continues the following night on the 3rd with LA heavy metal standards by Dokken. Head over to The Cave on 9th for the “Big Bear Mini-Fest.” fundraiser for Big Bear High School Art Club in coordination with Bear Valley Go For the Arts! Music will be provided by Low Lake Mountain Fire, Quint & Loneship. Lorrie Morgan is launching her fist solo album in 5 years and will be appearing on the 16th. “Led Zepagain” Tribute to Led Zeppelin appears on the 17th. The
“Cash’d Out” Johnny Cash Tribute lands on the 24th. Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas, and they’ll be wrapping up November’s lineup on the 30th.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.00.14 PMTheater fans will want to plan for performances of “Little Women” and “Wait Until Dark” at the Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets online for these local productions that will be sure to keep you spellbound. For more details check out their website here.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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 holiday 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.