Plan Your July Getaway in Big Bear

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingSummer is in full swing, and our reservation line is heating up. It happens this time every year as excited families decide this is the year they’re going to plan a vacation that includes some truly luxurious accommodations. And we’re delighted to help create these memorable vacations, anniversaries, honeymoons and more. Our collection of luxury estates and cabins represents some of the finest properties you can find in all of Big Bear.  And your stay with us in these luxury accommodations is sure to create an experience your family will long remember.

Crowd wathcing fireworksJuly is an especially good month to plan your Big Bear getaway. Independence Day is one of our busiest holidays. The fireworks display in Big Bear the biggest Fourth of July fireworks display in Southern California. It’s especially fun, because the fireworks are launched from a barge on Big Bear Lake. The display in the sky is magnified by the reflections of the water. It’s truly an amazing show, and one you need to put on your bucket list.

Enjoy a fun night at the theater with The Big Bear Theater Project’s 80th anniversary presentation of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” You’ll enjoy a nostalgic trip to Grover’s Corners, and enjoy an evening with its colorful residents. The play opens July 6th, and runs through July 14th. For showtimes and information, visit their website. You can purchase tickets online at this link.

JoustingJuly 14th marks the opening of the annual Renaissance Faire in Fawnskin. It runs weekends through August 12th. This is one of our absolute favorite events, and a delightful time for everyone. This year they’re offering themed weekends. Fantasy Weekend is July 21-22, and you can expect to see fairies and all manner of mythical forest creatures. July 28-29 is Pirates Weekend, and you arrrrrrrr sure to have a Jolly Roger of a time. August 4th and 5th is Steampunk Weekend, and every goggle-wearing time-traveling Victorian is sure to enjoy some fun. The fun closes out on August 11th and 12th with Royal Weekend. This celebration of the faire’s royalty will include a sumptuous banquet fit for a queen, and you can join her for some turkey legs that are literally bigger than your head. Visit the faire’s website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Ongoing events during July include many scheduled rides with the Big Bear Cycling Association, and of course you’re invited to enjoy any of the miles of hiking trails that will get you up close with the beauty that Big Bear has to offer.

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 summer 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.

Plan a Great July 4th in Big Bear

BigBearFireworksThe 4th of July is always a pretty big deal around here. Many families kick off their summer vacations with this holiday, and those heading to Big Bear for the holiday always enjoy a special treat. The fireworks display is the largest one in all of Southern California. The fireworks are fired from a barge on Big Bear Lake, and visible from many shoreside properties and parks, but are even more spectacular from a boat on the lake. It’s a truly memorable event, and one that many families repeat every year.

The fourth falls in the middle of the week this year, so it’s a great opportunity for many families to plan a vacation to include the weekends before and after. And there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay for the full week. Here’s a sample of the events that week:

July starts with a full slate of cycling events sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association. The events continue all month long with rides scheduled for all age and skill levels. Biking in Big Bear is a wonderful adventure with many rides taking advantaAnd if you arrive without a bike, you’ve got some great options to rent them in Big Bear. Visit for more information on upcoming events.

NugentAtTheCaveRock and roll fans have a special treat on July 2 when Ted Nugent appears at The Cave. He’s sold over 40 million albums, performed a staggering 6500 live shows, and is world renown for his guitar shredding. This is a unique opportunity for Southern California fans to enjoy his unique brand of music in The Cave’s intimate setting. Get more details, view all upcoming shows, and purchase tickets at The Cave’s website.

Marathon running race, fun run, people feet on roadHead over to Meadow Park on the morning of fourth for the 1st Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run. Kick off the holiday with a fun run at Meadow Park, a great place on the lake to reserve your spot for the evening fireworks!
It’s a fun event for the entire family. Kids (and strollers!) welcomed with 3 distances – 5K, 10K, 15K. Wear something wacky, and you may win the costume contest as well. Head over to for more details and preregistration.

The Convention Center will be hosting a July 4th Independence Day Fair. You’ll enjoy fun games, old fashion contests, vendor booths, and some great food as well.

Barbecue pork ribs on a grillAnd if you don’t feel like cooking up your own feast, head over to the Marian Resort on Big Bear Blvd for the Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth Of July BBQ. This is also a great spot to view the fireworks. They’ll have booths set up with games, live music, and lots of other fun activities. Be sure to pack your lawn chairs and some blankets, so you can enjoy the fireworks in comfort later. Get more info on ticket prices and activities at this link.

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.


July Fun in Big Bear

Are you ready to grab hold of some great times in Big Bear? July is one of our favorite times to plan a Big Bear getaway. Here’s some of the fun stuff going on:

Big Bear hosts the biggest 4th of July fireworks show in all of Southern California. This annual event is something that many families return for every year. There are many vantage points around the lake, and the reflection off the surface of the water makes the display come alive in ways you can barely imagine.  Combine the show in the sky with some great barbecue cooked on the deck of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s certain to please the entire family, and make for a long weekend you’ll all remember fondly. We still have a handful of cabins available, so book online at this link, or give us a call at 310-780-3411.

With the kids out of school for the summer, a getaway during the week can be a real treat. The weekday experience in Big Bear can offer a slower pace with fewer people. We often have a better selection of cabins during the week as well. If your version of a relaxing getaway includes fewer crowds and less cars on the road, a weekday excursion to Big Bear will likely be a great choice.

PainterOn July 1st and 2nd, you can enjoy the Big Bear Artwalk Festival. This annual event hosts a juried display of some of the best work by local and regional artists. Bring your wallet, and you plan on finding something that you’ll want to hang on the wall.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” presented by the Community Arts Theater Society continues through July 8th at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. This Broadway musical classic is a fun romp through the comics with something for everyone in the family.  You can get more info and purchase tickets at this link:

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

4th of July in Big Bear

The 4th of July is always spectacular in Big Bear.  The annual fireworks display is among the top 5 in all of California, and timed to last 30 minutes or more.  And while millions of other Southern Californians will be flocking to public fireworks displays around the southland in the July heat, your family can enjoy a crisp cool time in the mile-high climate of Big Bear.  The fireworks extravaganza can be viewed from much of Big Bear, and we still have a few cabins that remain available.  But don’t delay, we will likely sell out shortly.

The fireworks always prove the be the great finish to a fun day in Big Bear.  There are plenty of barbecue events around town, and you can also plan your own gourmet meal cooked in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.  Be sure to ask for one of our units with a barbecue grill, and you’ll be ready to go.  We may even have a unit available that allows you to watch the fireworks right from the deck.  It’s the best of all possible worlds.  Enjoy some great grilled food and drink followed by a spectacular fireworks display right out your back deck.  You’ll be capturing a moment where all your cares from back home will simply vanish as you enjoy the time with family and friends.  Isn’t that what a vacation is all about?

Though many of our guests choose to spend their time just relaxing in the luxury of their Five Star Vacation rental in Big Bear, there’s plenty to keep the more active ones busy.  Snow Summit converts its ski lift to a scenic ride up to the 8200 foot peak of the slope.  The views from there are just breathtaking.  Big Bear’s seasonal golf course emerges as well, so the duffers in your party can enjoy a quick round in the cool mountain air.

Summer is also a great time to get all wet in Big Bear.  There are watercraft of virtually every type and size available for rent from sailboards to fishing boats.  Action Aqua Flight set up shop in Big Bear a couple years ago, and it’s still amazing to watch people fly over the surface of the lake on powerful jets of water.  If you ever wanted to feel the thrill of flying like Ironman, this is the experience for you.

Whatever you may choose to fill your time in Big Bear, the most important part is that you’re together with your family and loved ones away from the distractions and pressures of everyday life.  You can get caught up and reaquainted in ways that just aren’t likely over the dinner table back home.  When you’re sitting with each other on the deck of your Big Bear vacation rental, you can tell corny jokes, watch for interesting birds and wildlife, and just generally unwind together.  It’ll be over far too soon, so enjoy it while you can.

Five Star Vacation Rentals specializes in creating luxurious vacations in the most beautiful destinations.  You can browse our properties and book online, or let one of our specialists help you find the perfect getaway destination for your family.  We have great vacation rentals available in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long summer vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect location.  Just give us a call at 310-780-3411, and our vacation specialists will help you create an experience that your family will always cherish.

Planning the Perfect 4th of July In Big Bear

School is almost out, and if your household is like ours there’s already been lots of talk about what to do this summer.  And at our house, there’s always a tug to go in different directions.  Some want theme parks; some want the beach.  We’ve also got our “Road Trip Faction” that argues every year for driving as far as we can for half the summer and then turning around and driving back.  Like that’s going to happen.  But every year, we can all agree on one thing:  Let’s plan to see the best fireworks on 4th of July!  Now this is something that our Five Star Vacation Rental family is expert at.

July 4th at Big Bear Lake is the sort of thing that many families do over and over again every year and with good reason.  The Big Bear Rotary Club makes sure they keep the display as one of the best you can see anywhere in the western United States.  The show lasts about 30 full minutes and the  explosions take place about a mile above the glimmering surface of the lake.  It’s an event to remember as the dazzling lights in the sky are reflected in the waters of the lake.  If you’d like to enjoy some great food and the best seats for watching the fireworks, the Kiwanis also have an annual barbecue with great hot dogs, burgers and steaks to enjoy.  They’re also offering packages that include VIP seating that will have you squealing with delight as you watch the colorful explosions in the cool night air.  For more info on the Kiwani’s Barbecue and seating, visit their site at this link.

If you needed any further reason to get away this weekend, there’s also the  great Big Bear climate to enjoy.  July in Southern California can be, well, stifling at times.  But that’s never a problem in Big Bear.  July is the warmest month of the year here, but the average July temperature is just shy of 65°. As temperatures go, this is one we can all live with.  And you will really be living when you spend the holiday in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.   Imagine the great fun your family will have  as you spend the long holiday weekend tucked away in your luxury vacation rental.  Many of our cabins have hot tubs, so you can spend the evening relaxing with a cool drink.

We usually sell out in advance, so be sure to book your cabin early.  View all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Please also check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth 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 ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

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.

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 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!

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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.