If You Stay In a Hotel Instead of a Five Star Vacation Rental Your Car Insurance May Go Up

Summer is quickly passing by, and you have yet to plan your family vacation. That’s okay; we’re here to help. But you must listen to what we say, or you could end up with a life of regret. Seriously.

You take a real gamble with your vacation when you stay anywhere else but in one of our luxurious rental properties.  Aside from the fact that our feelings will be deeply hurt, you could well be destined for a real vacation nightmare. In an earlier blog we detailed the heartache you’ll face before you even get to sleep on your first day in a hotel vacation. We start this week’s blog on the night you arrive at your hotel after you’ve finally got the entire family in bed. It’s been a long day, and the family finally starts drifting off to sleep.

Be sure to ask for extra pillows. You're going to need them.

A few moments after you start to swim out into the warm fluffy ocean of vacation dreams, you learn that 4am is the exact right time for members of the Audubon Society to embark on their birdwatching trek for the day.  Now fully awake, again, the entire family listens intently as the birdwatchers slowly file past your room with each practicing a specific bird call they will be using to coax birds closer throughout the day.  While you’d really rather be sleeping,  you are all astonished at the amazing variety of bird calls produced by the 150 or so bird lovers passing just outside your door.  And as the hallway finally begins to quiet down, your room begins to brighten up.  The sun is rising on the first full day of your vacation.

When Timmy doesn't sleep well, he's grumpy all day

The entire family is grumpy, tired, and hungry. But since you’re not in one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rentals, there is no kitchen, no refrigerator, and no microwave. You’ve got to trek outside in search of food.

But first you have to find your car. A late-model white SUV sure seemed like a good idea at the dealership when you bought it, but now you’re looking at a sea of them in the hotel parking lot. No worry. You pull out your key dongle and holding it high above your head you trigger the car’s alarm. You hear a distant honking and start working toward the sound. In almost no time at all, you find your car. Unfortunately, you also find that some lovesick teenager has scratched the message, “I hate you Brad” across the hood of your car. It seems Brad also drives a late-model white SUV, and his ex-girlfriend is no better at finding his car than you were at finding yours.  Oh well.

Undaunted, you pile the family into the car and commence your search for food. You’re determined to make this a fun day. You tell them to look on the bright side. At least you’re not Brad, and your car insurance rates had to go up eventually anyway.

Is this really what you had in mind?

Most families get only one vacation a year, and many families can only get away once every few years or so. Your vacation time is too important to leave to chance. Every year families return from vacations with stories of fun things they did, but all too often these stories are tempered with tales of horrible hotel rooms, noisy neighbors and lousy parking. So let’s divide up your vacation and make sure this one is a winner. You start planning for fun things to do in one of our many destinations, and we’ll be sure to have only the most luxurious quality cabins, condos and homes ready for you when you arrive. Almost all of our units offer private parking in only the best neighborhoods. We promise that your car will not be marred with the message, “I hate you Brad,” or we’ll give you your money back. Honest.

This is not our actual staff, but we answer our phones just like these people

In the meantime, please call us at 310-780-3411 to book your vacation getaway. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

It’s our goal to make sure that you enjoy your second, third, and fourth stay with us even more than your first.

Last Minute Magical Fun in Big Bear

Magic Beyond Belief. Be there!

We just got a note from one of our favorite magicians alerting us to a very special evening of magic and humor for the entire family.  On July 20th and 21st the Big Bear Performing Arts Center will host “Magic Beyond Belief.”  It’s a captivating show of theatrical sleight of hand, magic, and illusions accented with comedy.  It’s also a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s most talented magicians fresh from international appearances and Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

The show is being produced by Steve Owens, an internationally famous magician and showman.  The performances start at 7pm each evening and are perfect for all ages.  Visit Steve’s website for more information:  http://magicbeyondbelief.moonfruit.com/.  You can purchase your tickets online at this link.

We have cabins available for the weekend, so enjoy an evening of magic and then relax in the wonder of one of our luxurious Big Bear cabins.   View all of our Big Bear cabins at this link. Or call us at 310-780-3411.  One of our helpful vacation coordinators will be happy to help you locate the best cabin for your Five Star Vacation Rental weekend.  We may not be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but we’ll help you put together a magical vacation for your entire family!

More August Reasons For Reserving Your Big Bear Vacation Rental Cabin

Summer is a perfect time to visit Big Bear.  The weather is great and there are tons of activities for the entire family.  In last week’s blog we covered some of the events coming up during the first half of August.  This week we’re covering the highlights for the last half of August.

Calling All Cowboys!

This is one of our favorites.  The 13th Annual Big Bear Cowboy Gathering will take place on August 16-19. The Gathering always features outstanding musicians, authors, storytellers and poets and this year looks to be the best. The fun kicks off Thursday night with a Ranch Dinner and Get-Together featuring many of the performers.  Evening shows are at the PAC on Friday and Saturday Night. Plus an outdoor mercantile and fun entertainment for the whole family Saturday afternoon and Sunday. On Sunday, you’ll find Cowboy Breakfast, Cowboy Church, and much more. Something for the cowboy in everyone! Check out the website for full details or call (909)380-1871. Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office or on-line at www.citybigbearlake.com.  Visit their website for more details: http://www.bigbearcowboygathering.net/

All summer long the Big Bear Cycling Association is sponsoring rides for participants of all ages and skill levels.  There’s really nothing like biking out in the fresh clean air of Big Bear.  Call us today to book your Big Bear vacation cabin rental.  Bike rentals are available, or pack your own.  Either way, a biking getaway is a great adventure for the family, and it’s even more fun when you end the day back at one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals!  Visit the Big Bear Cycling Association’s website for more details on scheduled rides:  www.bigbearcycling.com

August 17-19 the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley presents its 13th Annual Fine Arts Festival; “Art on the Lake”which  kicks off Friday evening with an opening night reception set to take place from 7 pm to 9 pm. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is FREE. Come out to enjoy the amazing talents of local photographers, painters, jewelers, and sculptors. There will be 50 artists from throughout Southern California exhibiting and selling their work.  All takes place  under the tent at the Marina Resort on the lake. For more details call (909)585-5916.  See more info and details online at  www.bigbearartscouncil.org

The Annual Renaissance Faire continues on the 18th and 19th.  We have more information about this on last week’s blog.

The Mrs. Robinson Band Will Have You Dancing!

Mrs. Robinson is billed as the “Ultimate Tribute Band,” but we think they’re the world’s most talented chameleons.  On August 18th come out to  Bear Cave Event Center at the Bear Creek Resort to see this amazing band. Close your eyes during their performance, and you’ll be convinced you’re hearing classic Creedence, the B52’s, the Beatles, and more. General Admission seating is $15.00, Reserved $ 25.00. Doors open at 5:00 PM Concert starts at 6:30 PM.  The band’s website has more details: http://www.mrsrobinson.biz/ Be sure to pack your dancing shoes, ‘cuz you’re gonna need them!

On Sunday, August 19th, The Broadway Café at 1117 W. Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear City, will sponsor a summer evening of old-time silent movie shorts with the incredible Bob Salisbury on the theatre organ.  Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for kids under 18.   The all inclusive price includes the movies and entertainment, and either a burger or hot dog dinner. Info can be found on the CATS web site at www.bigbeartheater.org or at the Broadway Café at 909-585-7682.

Don’t let the summer get away from you without booking your Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin!  Call us today 310-780-3411 and one of our friendly staff will help you plan the ideal Big Bear getaway.  For more summer fun, we also have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel.  Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Get Away This August With a Big Bear Vacation Cabin Rental

Grab your bikes and head to Big Bear!

The summer is slipping away!  Remember last year you promised yourself that you would do something fun next year? Well, this IS next year.  Don’t let the time slip away.  The kids will only be this age once, and you have no idea what may come up next summer.  We have it on good authority from our in-house Mayan calendar expert that you may never get another chance to enjoy a summer vacation like you will this year.  And our Mayan calendar expert has never been wrong.   Okay, it’s decided.  You really need to book a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear!

August is a great month to visit Big Bear.  The summer is in full swing and you can escape the stifling heat of the Southern California low lands for the cooler crisp air in Big Bear.  It’s wonderful to know that when Los Angeles is reaching triple digits heat, you may need to pack a sweater for the cool Big Bear evenings. Here are a few events you can enjoy during your August visit to Big Bear:

Enjoy cycling for the entire family.  Several times each week there are organized rides, and there are lots of bike paths available, so  you can head out on your own too.  The Big Bear Cycling Association is one of the country’s most active cycling groups, and they have lots of opportunities for riders of all ages and skill levels.  Visit their website for more details: http://bigbearcycling.com/Calendar.html

Blues for the Zoo Benefit

On August 4th, you can come out and enjoy the 3rd Annual “Blues For The Zoo” Concert at Swim Beach. You’ll enjoy fine food, and local artisans on site.  The concert features festival seating, so beach chairs and blankets are welcome. No coolers please. Swim beach will be open to concert goers so plan on bringing swim suits as well. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of show at the gate. Children 10 and under are FREE.  Headlining the afternoon of music is Zydeco “crown prince” C.J. Chenier. According to Downbeat Magazine, “his vocals and accordion drip with top-line Louisiana hot sauce, keeping the good times rolling with energized adaptations of blues and Creole R&B classics.” Chenier carries on in the tradition of his father Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, playing accordion-based American blues and danceable two-steps, singing in both French and English.  No blues festival is complete without a guitar hero and Jimmy Thackery fits the bill. The six-string virtuoso is known to unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar, guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent.  So grab a couple of chairs, a blanket, and get ready to have an afternoon of toe-tapping fun!  Click here for more details and discount tickets

Tuesday Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center continues every Tuesday throughout the summer.  It features great fresh fruit and vegetables for your cooking.  But there’s plenty of other fun stuff too, with unique arts, crafts, and other home made items.

The Antique Car Club’s Fun Run takes place Friday August 10th through Sunday August 12th. The Fun Run features a car show with 500+ cars – roadsters, classics, antiques and hot rods, lining the streets of Big Bear Village. Friday is registration day from 9-5 pm for participants at the Bartlett Parking Lot, Saturday is the day to view the cars on display from 9-4 pm and the Fun Run drive around the Lake takes place at 4pm at the end of day on Saturday, and the awards ceremonies are on Sunday starting at 9:00 am.  For more information call, 909-866-3938 or visit their website: www.antiquecarclub.org

Fun at the Renaissance Faire!

The 11th annual Big Bear Valley Renaissance Faire takes place August 11-12 & 18-19. 10 am to 6 pm in beautiful downtown Fawnskin on the north shore of Big Bear Lake!!   New entertainers as well as your good old favorites!! The Knights of Mayhem, Adam Reid “the Bawdy Juggler”, the Belles of Bedlam, Victoria Goring, Gallows Humor and many more have already signed on for entertainment! As always 5 stages and a complete children’s game area!!  Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-4BIGBEAR or on website. For more details please call (909) 237-0448 or visit the website: www.bbvrsinc.org

On August 11th, you can enjoy a live performance by The REUNION BAND – “They can’t use THE LETTERMAN name anymore. Now they are: “REUNION”. They will be singing their hits! Master of Ceremonies will be our great John Grandi. After Glow Party – dancing to The White Water Band, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. All for a donation of $50 to support Big Bear charities.

On August 12, you’ll enjoy the Theatre at the historic Knickerbocker Mansion: Wyatt Earp presents “Doc Holliday” under the Mansion Tent.  Tickets are $20 for adults and  $10 for student admission.  Special dinner (optional) follows in the Knickerbocker Mansion Dining Room.  Reservations are required for dinner. For more info and reservations, call the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley at (909) 585-5916 or visit their website: www.bigbearartscouncil.org

And this just covers the first half of August!  As you can see there’s plenty of great stuff to do while you relax in the amazing comfort of your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to book yourvacation.  Remember, your vacation time is just too important to leave to chance.  Don’t rent a hotel room where you will be surrounded by strangers and fighting for parking.  Your family deserves a vacation that will be something you’ll all be talking about and laughing with delight over for many years to come.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.


Book Your Big Bear Vacation Cabin Rental for July 4th

Summer is here! The kids are out of school, and you can’t let another summer go by without planning something special. There are lots of great events coming up for the 4th of July in Big Bear, so start packing and give us a call. We have cabins available!  Just spending some quality family time in one of our luxury Big Bear cabins is enough to recharge your batteries.  But there’s tons of other stuff you can do while you’re here:

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Come out for Corvettes West

Corvettes West’s Big Bear Bash 2012 takes place this year from June 29th until July 1st.  Lots of great Vettes’ to check out and admission to public events is FREE to all. Main event for public viewing of cars is the Participants Choice Car Show at the Marina Resort on Friday June 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Other events include a Low Speed Autocross at the Big Bear Airport on Saturday June 30th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and a Corvette Drive Around the Lake on Saturday afternoon. For more info please call (909)864-0372 or visit their website.

Come out on Sunday, July 1st for the  Community Mountain Bike Ride hosted by the Big Bear Cycling Association.  Starts  at Chains Required at 9:00 am. Ride with Us! Something for riders of ALL levels! Learn to ride the beautiful trails of Big Bear!  For more details please visit website. www.bigbearcycling.com

The King and I
A great play in a great place!

CATS, The Community Arts Theater Society of Big Bear Valley, will present its summer musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award winning classic, THE KING AND I, starring Robin Field. The musical runs at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center for 12 performances on June 22, 23, 27, 29, 30, July 3, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 and on June 24, July 1 and July 8 at 1:30.  Ticket prices range from $16-$28 for Adults; $15-$26 for Seniors, and $9-19 for Kids under 18. Tickets are available through the CATS web site at www.bigbeartheater.org and  can also be purchased through the PAC Box Office at 909-866-4970.

The Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July Lakefront Fireworks and Barbeque at the Marina Resort on Lakeview Drive. For $20, guests can have cheese or pepperoni pizza meal or $25 for Rib Eye Steak meal . $75 VIP Ticket includes steak or chicken meal plus reserved seating area with tables –  $50 VIP ticket includes steak meal plus reserved viewing area with tables.  $10 No Food, View Only tickets are available for Kids 10 and under. Plus live entertainment and kids games before the Fireworks start. Tickets can be purchased at Bear City Glass (909) 585-2037, Sotheby’s (909) 878-4214, Shelli’s Hallmark (909) 866-4882 or at Marina Resort (909) 866-5000.  This is Southern California’s largest 4th of July fireworks display!

Fireworks Over Big Bear
Fireworks Over The Lake

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your 4th of July getaway now. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.   We know that your vacation time is very special, and we are dedicated to making sure you get the best quality vacation time.


Studies Show You Should Stay in a Five Star Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel

Well, that may not be exactly what the studies said, but hear us out on this.

We’ve been doing some reading on why people take vacations and the benefits of a good vacation.  There is a surprising amount of agreement among many experts that (we feel) shows why you should choose Five Star Vacation Rentals for your next family getaway.

Surveys show that the number one reason for going on vacation is to relax together as a family.   At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we offer a unique opportunity to make your precious vacation time more enjoyable and more relaxing for your entire family.

Here’s just one example.  Let’s imagine that you plan a family vacation and make reservations at a nice hotel in Big Bear or near the ocean in Southern California.  This is the way most people plan their vacations, so what could be wrong with that?  Well, let’s take a closer look.

Please be patient while we prepare your table

You travel most of the day and arrive at the hotel in the early evening.  The first thing most families do after checking into their room is to get something to eat.  Unlike a Five Star Vacation Rental, your hotel room does not have a full kitchen with a stove and refrigerator, so you head out to the nearby restaurant.  This is where the trouble begins.

You have to wait over an hour for a table because the place is packed with other families who checked into their rooms just a few minutes earlier than you did.  When you finally get a table, it’s right next to the kitchen, and the guy in the booth next to you is a long-haul trucker taking a load of live skunks to a nearby nature preserve.  With the kitchen noise on one side and the aroma on the other, you all decide to cut your losses and just order whole wheat toast with grape jelly.  To go.

Once back at your room, you eat your cold toast and start channel surfing as the kids bounce up and down on the beds.  There’s not much on TV, so you’re thankful the beds have plenty of bounce to them.  The pool is closed for repairs, but the kids soon discover the fun of playing with the ice machine down the hall.  Your youngest daughter returns to the room and tells you she overheard a conversation between two guests walking down the hallway.  “Daddy,” she asks you, “what’s a ‘Probation Officer,’ and why would somebody try to hide from one?”  At a Five Star Vacation Rental the only guests down the hall are the ones you brought with you.  Big difference.

Before you know it everybody starts yawning, and its time to call it a night.  It’s been a very long day.  Unlike a Five Star Vacation Rental which would have three or more full bedrooms, there are only two beds in your hotel room.  You get the kids tucked into one bed where they commence squirming and fighting over the blankets.  They quiet down after just a few short hours, and everybody starts falling asleep.  With any of our vacation rental cabins you could each have your own bedroom.  Another big advantage in our favor.

A few moments after you start to drift off to the wondrous land of vacation dreams, you learn that the Ukrainian hockey team in the room above you has just arrived home for the night and needs to get in just a bit more practice for tomorrow’s match.   While you’d really rather be sleeping, the entire family marvels that there is a distinct difference between the sound made by a body check and that of a body slam when heard in your room below. Your oldest son tries to recreate the sound with his little  sister, but he quickly learns she just doesn’t sound the same when slammed to the floor.  Fortunately, the doctor at the Emergency Room assures you that your daughter’s arm will be perfectly fine after the cast comes off in about 8 weeks.  Once you all return to the room, you find the hockey team upstairs has finally gone to bed, and so do all of you.  It’s been a very long day.

But wait, there’s more . . . in our next installment. Be sure to watch our blog for more on this sad tale about the utter despair suffered by most people who choose to stay anywhere other than with us at Five Star Vacation Rentals.

In the meantime, don’t leave the quality of your next vacation to chance.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your next holiday with confidence.  We guarantee your stay with us will be free of any interruptions from a Ukrainian hockey team, or we’ll give you your money back.  No other company in the entire vacation rental industry offers this guarantee.

Browse all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

Our Newest Big Bear Luxury Cabin Rental Is Just Steps Away From Bear Mountain Skiing

We just posted Lassen’s Lodge, our newest Big Bear luxury cabin, and wanted our faithful blog followers to get all the details.  This one is so new we haven’t had time to get the professional photography done yet.  But you don’t need Ansel Adams to understand why we’re so excited about the newest member of our Five Star Vacation Rentals family.  Take a look at the best part of this beauty:

That's Bear Mountain in the front yard

This is a view looking out from the front of the house.  As you can see, the road is the only thing that stands between you and the Bear Mountain slopes. If you got any closer, you’d have to build an igloo.  With this amazing cabin you can literally roll out of bed, strap on your skis, and hit the slopes. Well, maybe you should get dressed and eat breakfast first, but you get the idea.  We’re anticipating that this one will be booked solid for the entire ski season, so we’re encouraging all our die-hard skiers to grab open slots while they’re available.   We’re prepared to secure your ski vacation for anytime through next spring, so be sure to work out your plans and call us right away.

In addition to the great location, we’ve made sure the cabin will meet the level of comfort and luxury you expect from a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  The cabin has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and enough beds to sleep 12 with a maximum occupancy of 14.  The living room has custom furniture with a rock carved fireplace.  You may end up fighting over who gets to prepare dinner with the fully equipped kitchen that features beautiful granite countertops.  And don’t worry about the kids.  You can be sure they’ll be kept plenty busy with all the games we’ve packed in.  It’s an impressive list:  We have a Foosball table, a pinball machine, chess table, and plenty of other board games.

Relax in front of the fireplace
Relax in front of the fireplace

This Big Bear vacation rental is a perfect destination for all our sports fans too.  You’ll surely want to take a break from the slopes to watch the game on the huge 60 inch plasma TV with its surround sound system.   You’ll love the large dining room table for setting up snacks and pizza boxes to fuel your enjoyment of the game.

There’s also a gas barbecue on the deck and a hot tub with room for 6.  Just imagine that amazing moment when you’re up to your neck in the warm water of the hot tub, and the air is filled with the sweet aroma of the steaks on the barbecue. It’s making our mouths water just thinking about it.  After the first day, it will seem like it’s been months since you were in the city rushing off to work or spending all day on your cell phone.

And once the quiet of the evening comes and the kids are finally drifting off to sleep, you can retire to the wonderful master suite.  It has a king size bed and is a great retreat for mom and dad.  It has a fireplace and a plasma TV, so you can enjoy some time alone.   We’re certain that the only regret you’ll have about your stay at Lassen’s Lodge is that you didn’t stay longer.

We’re accepting reservations immediately, so give us a call at 310-780-3411.  You can view more photos and pricing on this page. We also have Five Star Vacation Rentals available in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Each of our destinations offers a wealth of activities for your entire family.


The Virtues of Staycationing, Nearcationing, or Just Enjoying Southern California

It seems that in the life of every Southern Californian there comes a time when you look at your spouse and say, “You know, I just realized we haven’t been to Disneyland since your Uncle Harold visited us back in 2007.  I think they’ve got a couple of new attractions.”

Well, actually, they do! And so for this week’s blog, we’re going to encourage all our Southern California friends to dive in and participate in the recently-coined activities of a “staycation” or “nearcation.” As the names imply, some folks are electing to stay closer to home for upcoming vacations, and we’re here to encourage that. We’ve got some of the most luxurious accommodations available near Southern California beaches, so you can plan out an amazing vacation very near home.

Staycations are a great new trend, and with a Five Star Vacation Rental, you can maximize both the fun and value of staying near home for your upcoming getaway. Here are just a few of the advantages:

Resistance is futile. Go see the mouse.

Plan a vacation with your kids and their friends. Many of our kids have friends they will miss over the summer, and would love to have them along on a vacation. Since most of our Southern California beach properties have large sleeping capacities, it can be a great getaway with room for all your kids’ friends in tow. It’ll be a delight to listen to them laughing and giggling late into the night in the luxury of one of our vacation rentals. Get them all out of bed the following morning for a quick drive to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, or just a short walk to the beach. No plane tickets, no airports, no rental cars – just great fun in a luxury vacation rental near the beach.

Feel the Ocean Breeze

You can finally get caught up with friends and relatives. Count up the number of times you’ve told some family member or friend, “Let’s make some time to get together.” Most of us can sadly count up quite a few of those. Well, renting one of our big luxury homes nearby is a great way to make that happen.

Call each of those friends and relatives and tell them to set aside that special night when you’re going to have them over for a barbecue at your vacation rental beach home. Imagine how much more special that night will be as you all enjoy the cool evening breeze and watch the sun set on the ocean from the deck of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’ll make the time all that more special to have them spend the night in one of the guest suites and just pick up in the morning where you left off the night before.  Or have everybody meet at Disneyland.  Enjoy a great day at the park, and then caravan back to your vacation rental home at the beach.  You can all get up the next morning and walk down to the beach to continue the fun.  This is an amazing way to finally make the time to get together with those you care about the most.

Romantic Beach Wedding

Plan the perfect summer wedding, family event, or church retreat. Do you have a wedding coming up with guests coming in from out of town?   Five Star Vacation Rentals can be a perfect solution that everyone will remember as a wonderful time.  Do yourself and your loved ones a favor.  Skip that thought you had that went something like this:  “Well, if we move Johnny out to the couch, and have Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary take his bed, then we’ll get the rollaway out of storage and . . . ”  Don’t do it!  Make this a special time filled with joy, not old lumpy bedding and long lines for your bathroom.

Last November we had a bridal party rent one of our Laguna Beach homes. Jessica was the bride and she wrote us a note to tell us her family’s stay leading up to her wedding was “absolutely amazing.”  Her entire bridal party enjoyed nightly sunsets on the ocean with lots of room to move around.   They had no musty old roll-away beds and no lines for the bathrooms!   Jessica and her family took a joyous occasion and turned it into a wonderful experience for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom.   Read more of her comments and see which of our homes she chose here. So whether you’re planning a wedding on the beach or anywhere in Southern California, one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beach homes is certain to make this an amazing time.

Laguna Beach Arts Festival -- Book Early!

Book now for your stay during the Laguna Beach Sawdust Arts Festival. This year’s festival runs from June 29th through September 2nd, and attracts visitors from all over the world.  We sell out most years during the festival, so be sure to book early.  The festival is a great event for the entire family with over 200 skilled artisans displaying creations from fine portraiture to delicately blown glass.  There’s also great entertainment and a huge variety of great food.

Call us today 310-780-3411 and we’ll be glad to have one of our friendly staff help you plan the ideal Southern California getaway.  We have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel.  Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park City, Palm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.



Plan a Great Family Getaway to Villa la Estancia in Mexico

View from one of our Villas. Don't you wish you were here?

You’re looking at the calendar and trying to decide on a vacation destination for this summer or next winter.  There are so many choices.  How about trying something exotic this year with a resort getaway to the beach at Villa la Estancia in Mexico?  There are lots of good reasons.

Villa la Estancia is consistently one of the highest rated destinations in all of Mexico.  Guests seem to have nothing but rave reviews online:  “We had a king suite and lived like rock stars.” is one of our favorites.  The staff is carefully chosen and trained to be mindful of your every need.  Your stay will be one the entire family never forgets.

Located right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Villa la Estancia is is the picture of beach-side luxury.  We have 16 units to choose from, with a good range of pricing too.  The resort has a a huge spa with a  17,000 sq ft facility which features 14 indoor treatment suites, two exclusive VIP treatment suites with private Jacuzzi and shower, a spa retail shop, a full-service beauty salon and a fitness studio.

Your luxury home away from home. You won't want to leave.

Each of our units is furnished with all the luxury appointments.  If you want to forego the restaurants, you’ll have a full kitchen to cook your own meals. If you have a good day fishing, you may want to bake up a gourmet fish dinner for the family.  The suites all have a great floor plan geared toward accommodating large groups or more than one family.  And since we have so many units available, it’s ideal to book your larger family reunion or church retreat into several of our units.  Take a virtual tour of one unit 1502 here.

Pack your golf clubs and enjoy a round or two while you’re away as well.  There are plenty of other local activities to keep the entire family busy.  Choose from horseback riding, surfing, shopping, historic sites, museums, ATV rentals and boat rentals.  We think you should stay at least 2 weeks to take it all in.  But that’s just us talkin’!

The on-site restaurants are world class, and you can enjoy the full resort experience with the gourmet selections available from  room service.  We’re especially fond of the La Casona restaurant.  It’s the only restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta to feature Kobe and Angus Certified Beef.

Enjoy the Festival from December 1-12th.

Villa la Estancia is a year-round resort, so if you can’t make it this summer, we’re accepting reservations for your winter vacation.  And winter is a very special time to visit.

Each year the nearby historic Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe hosts a 12 day festival starting on the first of December. The festival is a great time to visit with lots of family fun, food vendors and a great fireworks display to culminate the festival.  Be sure to book your stay early as the festival is very popular!

We have a variety of units available, and Villa la Estancia offers our guests a great all inclusive package that lets you take care of meals and gratuities.  There’s more information about the all-inclusive plan here. Call us at 310-780-3411 or visit our Villa la Estancia page here to view all our units.

Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear Guest Testimonials

Five  Star Vacation Rentals was started in a very different way than most vacation rental companies.  That’s one of the reasons we consistently find our guests calling us for return visits.  Before we ever got into the vacation rental business we were guests at vacation rentals. We’ve seen first hand the difference quality management can make in a guest’s overall experience. We’ve combined this with our background in hotel management and guest services to create a level of service that we’re confident cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

We’re continually pleased to see guests become regular visitors to our properties.  Some find a favorite rental they want to keep returning to, and others enjoy the fact that they can choose any of our rentals with the confidence that they will have a great experience regardless of which unit they choose.  Here are just a few of the many testimonials we’ve received:

Cabin #1: "Thrilled"

Softball Team Scores a Great Getaway With Big Bear Cabin #1
“Just a quick note, our softball team (35 and over) were thrilled with the cabin.  It is absolutely beautiful and fit the 10 of us to a tee.  We appreciate the great deal you gave us, and all the women wanted your website for their future stays in Big Bear.  Hope to do business with you again.”
Submitted by DeDe G.  after staying in our Big Bear Cabin #1 Bear Mountain 4 Bedroom.  Click here to see more info on this cabin.


Big Bear Cabin #3 is “Nice, Clean, and Cozy”

Cabin #3: "Great Rental"

“Hello Kevin,
We just wanted to send along a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for a wonderful stay at your cabin #3 this last week. We enjoyed our stay very much in this wonderful home at a very nice location. Looking forward to staying with you again soon. May God Bless!”
Submitted by John & Diana C after staying in our Big Bear Cabin #3.

John D. and his family also stayed in Cabin #3, and sent us this note:

“First off I want to say thank you for the great rental in Big Bear this weekend. We had a great time and enjoyed our stay. We plan to rent from you many more times in the near future. Cabin was very nice, clean and cozy.
Thank you for the great customer service.”   View more info or book Cabin #3 online here.

Cabin #5 "Like Home"

Our Big Bear Cabin #5 Rental Is a Lakefront Dream
“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Cobb,
Had to take the time and thank you.  The cabin was well beyond our expectations.  It was in a perfect location andit was roomy, comfortable and felt like home.  All of us loved it.
We have also now recommended this cabin to two of our friends and more to come.  We think you will get a call in the near future from a friend of my husband asking for this or one of your other cabins.  A relative from San Diego is also planning on using this wonderful find in the near future.  We have a great number of friends who probably will be in contact.  We can’t recommend it enough.  Again, thank you.
The low hassle and professional handling of this matter was more than appreciated.”  Submitted by Patty C.  View more pictures and details about Cabin #5 here.

We encourage you to look over all our Big Bear vacation rental cabins and see the many recommendations provided by previous guests.   It’s important to us that your experience in any of our cabins builds a great memory that will have you returning year after year.

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your vacation getaway now. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.