Dreaming of a White Christmas? That’s One of Our Specialties

One of the great things about Southern California is the close proximity we have to so many diverse climates and activities.  We can travel east for a short time and quickly change from city living into the desert communities of Palm Springs and La Quinta.  We travel west and hit the amazing shoreline with beaches and fishing.  Just a short drive to the south, and we can enter Mexico, which we’re convinced offers the most authentic, um, Mexican food, on the planet.  And within just a couple hours drive of virtually anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can find yourself at some of the most popular theme parks and movie studios.  It’s really an amazing place, but perhaps even more so during the winter.

Big Bear skiing awaits

Winter brings a new element to Southern California that is found in very few places on earth.  Within a single day and just a couple hours drive you can go from wearing short sleeves and shorts, to skiing down a mountainside covered with fresh powder snow.  There’s really nothing quite like it anywhere else.  And for many Southern Californians, the opportunity to spend some time in the snow is something they really look forward to.  We understand.  We feel the same way.

The great thing about our Big Bear vacation rentals is the amazing amount of activities available for the family.  With the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, there’s enough skiing to keep even the most avid skier smiling for many days.  But in addition to the skiing, Big Bear has some of the best shopping you’ll find anywhere.  Local arts and crafts can be found in many of the Village shops.  There is a huge variety of local restaurants and other activities as well.  Take a look at our Big Bear vacation rentals on this page, or call us at 310-780-3411 to book your getaway.

Our Mammoth Mountain condos are right on the slopes and offer some of the best skiing you’ll find anywhere in the world.  We offer ski-in/ski-out units, so that you can enjoy every last moment  your heart desires racing down the slopes.   Our units have shopping on-site and are the best home base possible for your next ski trip.  Click here to take a look at our vacation condos at Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth has miles and miles of ski runs

We’re also pleased to offer a beautiful Park City condo right the base of Park City Mountain located next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts.  This luxury vacation rental has cathedral ceilings and a balcony overlooking the slopes.  So pack your skis and give us a call.  You’re certain to smile until your face hurts with this one.  Here’s the direct link to our Park City condo.

We’ve got so many great choices for your snow vacation, it may seem a bit overwhelming.  Please give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best vacation rental for your winter getaway.

 

December Events in Big Bear

December is one of the most magical months to visit Big Bear.  Most years we’ve had snow on and off for a few weeks, and the holidays are right around the corner.  We recommend you book your December getaway early to make sure you get the right cabin.  Here are a few things to look forward to during your Big Bear stay in one of our vacation rental cabins:

Skiing.  Lots of Sking

December usually has good skiing conditions at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. We’re often busiest on the weekends, so there can be shorter lift waits during the week.  We may also have a wider selection of cabins available during the week as well.  Give us a call a 310-780-3411 and we’ll help you pick out the best cabin for your getaway. There’s really nothing like having fun all day on the slopes and then have the pleasure arriving back at your luxurious cabin to relax and prepare to do it all again the next day.

Gather Your Little Animal Lovers

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo has some great events planned for December.  At noon each day one of the zoo keepers will bring out one of the animals to allow a closer look and provide more details.  It could be an owl, a raccoon, or even an eagle.  Then later at 3pm, you’ll have a chance to follow one of the zookeepers as they make their rounds feeding the animals.  It’s a great time to learn more about many of the animals and get a behind-the-scenes view of running the zoo.  There’s no extra charge for these activities, so you may want to head over at noon and stay past 3pm.  The zoo is centrally located to much of Big Bear.  Here’s a map to the zoo.

Free Nature Walks at the Big Bear Discovery Center

This is another great family outing.  The Discovery center hosts 30 minute walks each weekend that describe some of the plants, animals, and history of Big Bear.  The walks are great for families with kids of all ages.  The walks are not strenuous, so even the little ones can have a grand time exploring some forest trails.  For specific times and location, visit the Discovery Center’s website at www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com, or give them a call at (909) 382-2790.

Enjoy a Night Out With “Oliver”

Big Bear’s community theater group has its holiday performances of “Oliver” playing the end of November through December 1st and 2nd. This is a real crowd-pleaser, and one that is designed to keep the entire family entertained.  Visit their website at http://BigBearTheater.org, or call the box office at (909) 866-4970.  If your kids have never had the fun of enjoying live theater, this can be an amazing treat performed by a group of local artists.

Isn't it time to introduce your kids to Frosty?

A White Christmas for Your Family

Many of us in Southern California hardly ever see snow other than on TV.  But there is a real joy to be found in gathering with family and friends in the snowy mountains of Big Bear.  Even if you don’t plan on skiing, a Christmas in Big Bear may well be one that creates a lifetime of great memories for your family.  And if you book early enough, you may be able to get one of our larger cabins that will have room for up to 16 family members.   City kids will delight at being able to run outside and build their first snowman.  If their feet and noses start getting too cold, they can run back in and get warmed up in front of the fireplace.  When their friends ask them about their Christmas vacation, they’ll have lots of great memories to tell.

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your December getaway.  Winter is always our busiest time, so we encourage you to make your plans early for the best selection among our luxury cabins. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re looking for a getaway someplace else, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth 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.

Be sure to check back next week.  We’ll have more things to do during your December getaway to Big Bear.

Welcome Our Newest Big Bear Vacation Rental Cabin

At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re always on the lookout for distinctive properties we can offer to our guests.  We’re very choosy, so we can make sure you’ll find the finest quality and top notch luxury regardless of which of our properties you may choose,.  Our newest property is “Grand Lakefront,” and it meets our standards without any exception.

Located right on the lake, this amazing property is nestled in Big Bear’s most exclusive neighborhood. It’s perched on a hill overlooking the lake and includes 250 feet of lake frontage.  As you walk through the front door, you’ll realize the genius of the architect’s attention to design.  The entire home is built to accentuate the amazing lake views.  The home is constructed of full-round lodgepole pine logs from Montana.  The builder fully assembled the home first in Montana to check for a perfect fit.  The home was then disassembled, transported, and reassembled on the present site.  It’s a very expensive way to build a home.  But when you’re concerned with getting every last detail absolutely correct, it starts to make sense.  As you spend time in this beautiful home, you’ll begin to notice all the details that showcase the craftsmanship required to build it.  See more information on our Grand Lakefront page.

The home has 3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms with room for 10 guests. Two of the bedrooms open onto the outdoor patio, so it’s perfect for large parties or two families to share, so they can stay up as late as they want or sleep late without disturbing the other guests.  And when you step out on the patio, you’ll be looking out over the lake and the colorful custom landscaping.  The home is professionally decorated to enhance the feeling that you’re in your own private mountain lodge.   The gourmet kitchen will be a delight to the chef in your family, and you can enjoy your meals out on the wonderful viewing patio while you enjoy the warmth of the massive outdoor stone fireplace.

As the glow from the fire grows dim late in the evening, you can gather the kids for some star gazing.  Enjoy locating the constellations, and watch as a steady parade of shooting stars makes their appearance.  We’re convinced this will be a home you’ll want to visit again and again.  Here are some more details:

Bedroom #1 King with viewing window and private bath.
Bedroom #2 Queen with entrance to outdoor patio.
Bedroom #3 2 Queen with entrance to outdoor patio.
Large loft with 2 twin
Queen pull out sofa in gathering room

Lakefront
Full round log home
3.5 bathrooms
Outdoor Jacuzzi
Boat Dock
Fully Equipped Kitchen
2 large screen TV’s
Surround Sound
Stereo
Outdoor Stereo Sound
Wireless Internet
Game Room with ping pong table, darts, pool table, and game table
BBQ
Walk in closets
Beautiful furnishings
Washer and Dryer
Huge outdoor patio with fireplace off kitchen
Huge patio with Jacuzzi off gathering room
Large patio Lakeside
BYOB Bar
Beautiful Professionally Landscaped Grounds

Give us a call at 310-780-3411 to book your stay at this lovely home.  If you’d like to view our other Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  Planning a vacation somewhere else?  We’ve got luxury vacation rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to insuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will have you enjoying every possible moment.  Call us today, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Planning Your Big Bear Ski Getaway With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Well, the kids and their crazy costumes have come and gone.  The seasonal changing of our clocks is just a couple days away, and it’s time for serious skiers to get about planning their first big ski getaway for the season.  And we’re here to help you choose the best vacation rental for your getaway.

Planning a Big Bear Ski Getaway

It's time to teach the kids to ski!

Big Bear is certainly our most popular winter getaway. People travel from all over the world to enjoy the amazing slopes each winter. And the community of Big Bear is one of the most desirable for the time you’ll spend off the slopes as well.

When you’re hitting the slopes, you’ll find downhill runs catered for all skill levels. It’s a great opportunity for a family outing to spend time with your kids teaching them a hobby they’ll enjoy for the rest of their lives. Years from now, you’ll probably smile when your kids tell the story of the first time mom or dad took them skiing. For a parent, there are few memories more joyous than the excited giggles of your children tumbling in the snow as they try out skis for the first time. And no matter how cold and wet you may get, you can retreat to the warm luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental just a few minutes away from the slopes. Cold toes and frozen noses will soon evaporate into the warmth of a roaring fire or a steaming hot tub. Early the next day the kids will likely wake you up by bouncing on your bed, begging for you to rush them back to the slopes again. These are the moments that make parenting worthwhile.

We suggest choosing one of two approaches for your ski getaway.  If your vacation time is not flexible, call us today and we’ll work with you to find the best cabin for the size of your group and whatever amenities you’d prefer on the specific dates you wish.  If you have some flexibility and can getaway at the last moment, give us a call when you’re ready.  We’ll find whatever last-minute vacation rental cabins may be available for your stay.  Either way, we’ll work with you to get a great cabin at a great rate.

The ride up is almost as much fun as the ride down.

Snow Summit usually opens sometime during November.  The first runs last year started on about the 10th of November.  Watch the weather reports, and be sure to call us as soon as you get your dates.  Our cabins fill up fast once the skiing begins.   As the season progresses, we’ll be sure to blog details about all the winter fun available in Big Bear beyond the slopes.  Many of our winter guests in Big Bear have a wonderful time without ever putting on a pair of skis.

And don’t forget that we have amazing luxury rentals available in several more locations as well.  If you’re planning your winter getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, we can help as well in the following areas:  Park City, Utah, Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. At Five Star Vacation Rentals we realize that your time away on vacation is important, and we treat it that way. We are constantly working to ensure that your stay in one of our luxury rentals is an experience you’ll always remember fondly and want to repeat often.

Call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your next getaway.

Winter Fun and Golfing in Palm Springs/La Quinta With a Five Star Vacation Rental

Enjoy a golf vacation this year.

We got a call this week from our old aunt Clarisse in Duluth.  She usually calls us this time of year to talk about the weather, so we were prepared. It seems the weather in Duluth has been unseasonable warm for this time of year.  It’s only dipped below freezing 4 days this week.  But even with this apparent proof of global warming, Aunt Clarisse calls us each November to let us know she’s packing away her Bermuda shorts for the winter, and pulling down her suitcases.  And is that spare bedroom of ours still available for Thanksgiving?

Well that got us to thinking.  How wonderful would it be if when your own aunt Clarisse calls (or Laura, or Betty, or Norma, or Susan), you could inform her you’re handling things a bit differently this year.  Yes, she’s always welcome to come visit, but no, she won’t be in the guest bedroom.  And she should also delay packing away her overly-plaid shorts.  You see, this year, you’re having the entire family join you for a winter getaway to a Five Star Vacation rental in Palm Springs/La Quinta. We think you should seriously consider this.

For many people, Thanksgiving and Christmas are days filled with both fun and meaning.  We get to spend time with friends and relatives we don’t see too often, and we’re also able to enjoy some relaxing time recounting our many blessings away from the holiday rush.  And if you want to enjoy this time along with some outdoor activities and nice weather, there’s really no better place than in a Five Star Vacation Rental in the La Quinta/Palm Springs area.

No snow here! Just amazing golf course views.

Consider this: While our dear dear aunt Clarisse lives in an area where even the ice cubes migrate to warmer climates, you can plan the holiday of a lifetime for your extended family in one of our luxurious Southern California desert vacation rentals.  The average winter temperatures in La Quinta rarely drop below 60 during the day, so while all the folks back home may be shopping for parkas and cutting firewood, your entire party can enjoy the holidays in shorts and a light jacket. And while much of the country must pack away their golf clubs for the winter, you can make sure yours continue to get a workout. That’s a much better option, don’t you think?

We’ve got two amazing properties available.  Our Spacious Modern Perfection at PGA West sits right on the golf course.  Imagine the looks you’ll get  back home when you let them know you spent your holidays playing golf with folks who have never seen a snow shovel.  This home is right on the 4th fairway and has both a pool and spa to relax in at the end of the day.  Palm Springs is close by with great shopping and outlet stores for last-minute gifts.

Let the folks back home build snowmen. You can enjoy this view instead.

Our La Quinta Country Club Home is an absolute gem.  This luxury home overlooks the fairway and has panoramic mountain and lake views.  Plus, it comes with access to the Mountain View Country Club, so you can enjoy golfing and maybe even get in a bit of celebrity watching.  And we know you’re going to want to spend some quality time in the infinity pool to enjoy the fairway views while you wrinkle up smiling at the amazing comfort and quality of this finely-crafted home.

Call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your winter getaway in one of our Palm Springs/La Quinta luxury vacation rentals.  And if you’d prefer some snow for your winter vacation, you can view our Big Bear cabins on this page.  Please be sure to also look at our other luxury rentals in Park CitySouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  As always, you can depend upon Five Star Vacation Rentals to ensure that any one of our vacation rental homes and cabins will meet and exceed your expectations.  We know that your vacation time is precious, and we are constantly working to make sure that your only regret will be that you couldn’t stay with us longer.

Spotlight on Mammoth Mountain Vacation Rentals

Grab your skis. It's time!

California is the most amazing place to live, isn’t it? Your intrepid blogger is still turning on the air conditioning with our current heat wave, but he just glanced at the calendar of events and sees that the Mammoth Mountain ski season opens in just a few weeks.  Yes, that sound you hear coming from the garage is your skis whining for some attention.  You’re still running around in shorts and stopping for the occasional Slurpee on the way home, but pay no mind to these things.  Winter is here.  You may not feel it, and it may seem too soon, but it’s not.  Grab a rag, dust off your skis, then grab your credit card, and give us a call.  We’ve got some great Mammoth vacation rental condos that are just as eager to see you as you are to see them.

Opening weekend at Mammoth is always an amazing event.  At 8:30 am on Thursday, November 8th, Mammoth kicks off a huge weekend of festivities.  The first chair goes up and the celebration begins.  This is one of the year’s biggest events in Mammoth.  Snowfest is celebrated with live music, movie premiers, and much more.  Visit their website for the full lineup of fun.

If you’ve never been to Mammoth for a ski trip before, you’re really cheating yourself out of one of the great experiences in the life of a Southern California skier.  The quality of the skiing rivals that found in some of the top resorts around the world.  And the sheer number of runs available usually insures that you actually spend your time skiing rather than fighting downhill traffic.  Ski runs are available for all skill levels, with some amazingly long runs for intermediate and expert skiers that give  you outrageous amounts of downhill time.

We’ve got ski-in/ski-out condos that are perfect for your getaway.  We have 2  Juniper Springs condos next door to each other, so you can put together a group of up to 8 people to share.

Go Fishing!

And for all our anglers out there, the “Ambush at the Lake” Convict Lake Fall Trout Derby is ongoing through the middle of November. This is a great annual event with thousands of dollars in prizes. Drop a line, hook some cash! The entry fee is only $15.00, and it can be some great family bonding time hanging out on the lake trying to stay warm. Visit this link for more details. Bring blankets, a Thermos of hot chocolate, and some old memories to help create a few new ones.

Don’t forget that we also have Five Star Vacation Rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta,  Southern California Beaches,  and Big Bear.  Each of our destinations offers a huge variety of activities for the entire family, so call us to book your next vacation.  We’ll help you plan a vacation you’ll always remember and want to repeat.

 

 

Plan Your Thanksgiving Big Bear Getaway

Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

The stifling heat of summer is just about gone, so our thoughts start to turn to our winter vacations.  Winter in Big Bear is a unique experience in Southern California.  You and your family can sit in the rustic luxury of one of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins, while within a couple hour’s drive millions of other Southern California residents labor away in traffic, smog, and crowded cities.   It’s the relaxing vacation getaway that your entire family will enjoy.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to plan a getaway for you and your extended family.

Have a big family Thanksgiving.

All of our Big Bear cabins have full kitchens and many are gourmet kitchens.   For many families, much of the closeness and intimacy of Thanksgiving revolves around the work in the kitchen.  If you’re cooking, it’s a day that starts early and quickly fills the cabin with the wonderful smells of the season.

Let someone else cook this year

How about Thanksgiving without cooking?

Make this year the one that you finally get all the distant relatives to fly out and enjoy a family reunion for Thanksgiving.  This can be a wonderful opportunity to get caught up with family members from all parts of the country.  And to make sure you don’t miss a single moment of quality time with them, this may be a good year to let someone else do the Thanksgiving cooking.  Fortunately, in Big Bear you have some very tasty options.

A number of good Big Bear restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving day, so you can load everybody up and head over one of these fine eateries.  Click here to see a list of local restaurants who have been open in years past, so we suggest that you contact them to confirm that they’ll be open again this year.

For an even better experience, there are good catering options available in Big Bear as well.  One of our favorites is Denise Cavalli Catering. Denise is a local fixture in Big Bear, and she’ll work all day on Thanksgiving so that you don’t have to.  Visit her website for more details and to arrange for your professionally catered delicious dinner: http://www.bigbearcaterer.com/

And apart from all the food options available in Big Bear, you’ll also have a dizzying variety of choices for how to spend your time away from the dinner table.  There’s our world-class skiing and shopping as well.  Call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your Big Bear Thanksgiving getaway.

Call us and we’ll help you plan an amazing Thanksgiving in Big Bear.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth 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.  Don’t risk your precious vacation time by booking anywhere else!

 

 

Big Bear Fall Colors Getaway Time

Big Bear Fall Colors

Though it may vary a bit from year to year, we’re quickly coming upon the usual time when Big Bear starts showing its fall colors.  Living in Southern California, most of us miss the amazing variety of fall colors that explode in other areas of the country.  This may be your one chance to experience the amazing beauty of the changing of the seasons in Southern California.

October is most often when the fall colors make their arrival, so please give us a call right away at 310-780-3411 to book your stay.  Most years the colors are in full display during the 2nd and 3rd week of October, so you may want to wait til the last moment to grab one of our available cabins.

While you’re here, October is also one of the most active months of the year in Big Bear, so be sure to plan for lots of other activities as well.

Oktoberfest continues till the end of the month.  This is one of Big Bear’s most popular events, and its easy to see why.  There are dozens of activities for all age ranges, and lots of exotic beers to sample for mom and dad as well.  You’ll be sure to have fun with the street fair that accompanies the festivities as well.

After you have some fun at Oktoberfest, be sure to head over to the zoo on Saturday evenings during October for the Flashlight Safari Through Moonridge Animal Park.  This provides a rare opportunity to view the zoo’s nocturnal residents when they are most active.  Gates open 6:15 PM and close at 6:30 PM to start the tour.  Bring your flashlight and wear warm clothes. For more information call (909) 584-1299 or visit  www.moonridgezoo.org

October Fun at Moonridge Zoo

The zoo gets into the Halloween swing of things on October 27th with Boo In The Zoo. This starts in the  late afternoon and continues through the early evening with a truckload of fun including Tricks ‘n Treat–The Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.  Get the entire family into costume, and head over to the zoo to let the animals get a good look at you.  We’re sure they’ll be amused.

And on Halloween evening, the 31st, be sure to dress warmly, but strangely, and visit the village where the local merchants all join in to fuel a cosmic sugar jolt for young and old alike.  The merchants will have candy and other fun things at the ready for every strangely dressed kid that comes along.  It’s an annual tradition, and you really should plan on being there.

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your October getaway.  Also, we’re starting to fill up our holiday reservations, so don’t delay your plans. Call us and we’ll help you plan a holiday in Big Bear that will bring joy to the entire family.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth 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.  Don’t risk your precious vacation time by booking anywhere else!

 

 

 

October in Big Bear Has Something For Everyone. Call Us to Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin

Autumn in Big Bear is one of the most beautiful times of year to join us.  The nights start to get a bit cooler, and the mornings are greeted with wonderful refreshing cool breezes.  You’ll regret putting off your stay with us here while you roast in the stifling October heat that so frequently hits Los Angeles. Avoid regret.  Call us today to book your October vacation getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental Big Bear cabins.  Here are some of the fun events waiting for you in October:

Oktoberfest Kid's Costume Contest

Oktoberfest continues its annual run weekends until the end of the month.  This is one of Big Bear’s most popular events, and there’s something for every member of the family.  This year introduces more fun for the little ones with the Kindermeister Party Pack.  The package includes admission, Kid’s Meal, Sports Cup (with half-priced refills during your visit), one non-alcoholic beverage and a singing chicken keychain.  Oktoberfest finishes its run this year on Saturday, October 27 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 9:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.  This final weekend is always a busy one for us, so be sure to book your cabin early, and bring something fun to wear!

Since 2004, Western Outdoor News has sponsored the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest and it has proven to be a popular outing for all members of the family. Enjoy a weekend among your fellow anglers as you fish for fun and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Please visit the website at www.wonews.com or call Western Outdoor News at (949)366-0030.  You could actually fish and win money at it.  No, you’re not dreaming!  October 6th.

Curious Owls Greet Nighttime Explorers!

This one just sounds irresistible!  Join us on Saturday evenings during October for the Flashlight Safari Through Moonridge Animal Park.  This unique experience lets you enjoy Moonridge Animal Park’s nocturnal animals. Gates open 6:15 PM and close at 6:30 PM to start the tour.  Bring your flashlight and wear warm clothes. For more information call (909) 584-1299 or visit  www.moonridgezoo.org The fun culminates on Saturday, October 27th with Boo In The Zoo. This starts in the  late afternoon and continues through the early evening with a truckload of fun including Tricks ‘n Treat–The Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.  Dress up the kids, and spend the evening with some real animals!

Kids, Costumes, Candy . . . Fun!

Halloween in the Village is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy Halloween.  Join us on the evening of October 31st and wander through the village in costume.  The kids will have a wonderful time as more than 50 of our merchants join in the fun with loads of candy for the kids.  Dress warmly and have the kids bring extra large goody bags.  This is going to be a Halloween to remember!

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your October getaway.  Also, we’re starting to fill up our holiday reservations, so don’t delay your plans. Call us and we’ll help you plan a holiday in Big Bear that will bring joy to the entire family.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth 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.  Don’t risk your precious vacation time by booking anywhere else!

 

 

Spotlight on Villa La Estancia in Mexico

Plan something new for your fall or winter vacation this year.  We have luxury units available right on the beach in the Villa La Estancia resort in Nuevo Vallarta.  There is a wonderful assortment of activities and shopping available, and there’s always the option to just spend a few days relaxing on the beach.

The Fall weather is delightful with temperatures averaging in the 70’s and 80’s.  Getting there couldn’t be easier.  Flights are available to the Puerto Vallarta airport (PVR) from San Diego, Orange County, and LAX.  Direct flights arrive in about 3 hours, and the resort is a 10-minute cab ride from the airport.  Here are a few suggestions for your trip:

Make it a golf vacation

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf
Vista Vallarta Club de Golf

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf has grown in the past decade to become an international destination for golf enthusiasts.  Opened in April 2001, the first course at Vista Vallarta is a Signature Design by Jack Nicklaus. Since this course is located on the property’s highest elevation, golfers are treated not only to world class golf but will enjoy breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta, the Marina and Banderas Bay as well.

Also on the property is a beautiful course designed by Tom Weiskopf.  Built on the property’s lower west end, golfers won’t believe they have simply taken a different turn from the club house.Here the terrain is extreme with dense jungles, deep ravines and swift creeks.  Both the Weiskopf and Nicklaus courses are designed with scenery unlike any you’ll find in the United States.  Pack your clubs, and give us a call.  We’ll give you all the details for reserving your amazing golf vacation.   For more information about golfing at Vista Vallarta Club de Golf, visit their website at http://www.vistavallartagolf.com/indexen.html

Make some new aquatic friends

Amazing Dolphin Encounter
Amazing Dolphin Encounter

The Aquaventuras Park is a short drive from our resort at Villa La Estancia, and it’s well worth it.  This is a wonderful water park that features up close swimming with dolphins.  It’s really an amazing adventure.  Testimonials on their website help capture some of the fun in store for you there.  Anne from New Jersey writes,

Dancing in the water with a dolphin was unbelievable. I will never forget today!

Jocelyn Limos described her adventure this way:

If you love dolphins like I do, then this is something you need to do for The Experience of a Lifetime. I would do this over and over again. Thank you for my dream come true!

We expect you’ll be writing your own testimonial of the amazing experience you’ll have spending some time with these wonderfully intelligent and affectionate creatures.  Aquaventuras Park offers some great discounts for advance booking, so call us at 310-780-3411 first, then visit their website to book your tickets and start planning your exciting getaway.

Pry yourself away from the beach and do some shopping

Puerto Vallarta Shopping
Puerto Vallarta Shopping

There’s nothing wrong with spending all day every day on the beach (bring sunscreen!).  After all, it’s a vacation, and you should have the freedom to just relax.  Despite the amazing beauty of the pristine beach right in front of our resort, we recommend that you set aside at least one day to experience the great shopping, food, and culture in the community surrounding Villa La Estancia.  A quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta will bring you to beautiful shops and world-class dining.  Local artisans have their wares on display daily, and we can’t let you go home before you sample at least one of the local restaurants with an ice-cold beverage of your choice.  As with most of our Five Star Vacation Rental getaways, the only problem you can expect is that you’ll regret you didn’t book your stay for longer.

But wait, there’s more!

We’ve only just scratched the surface of all the fun things for you and the family on your Villa La Estancia vacation.  In a future blog we’ll give you details on horse-back riding, boating, fishing, and other fun things.  But don’t wait for us to write about it!  Call us and book your vacation, so you can dive into your own Puerto Nuevo adventure.

We have over a dozen units available for rent in Villa La Estancia ranging from our luxurious penthouse suite to lower level suites overlooking the pool.  Whichever unit you choose, you can be confident that your suite will be clean, comfortable, and luxurious.  Our mission is to make sure your precious vacation time is always enjoyed to the fullest.  View our Villa La Estancia properties on this page, or call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your Nuevo Vallarta vacation.

And don’t forget that we also have Five Star Vacation Rentals available in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Big Bear.  Each of our destinations offers a wealth of activities for the entire family, so call us to book your next vacation.