Procrastinators Don’t Ski Enough

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

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

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

Your next ski getaway can start by viewing all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Winter is on the Way

Are you feeling it yet? Winter is on the way, and with it will come our favorite time of year.  Winter brings so many fun things to Big Bear, and we often get booked solid as a result. There’s no time like the present to book your reservation for this great time of year.

Family on Ski LiftThe ski season officially opens this year on November 23rd. Early snow can push this forward, but late snow usually means the slopes will be machine groomed to start. Either way, our skiers will want to make sure they grab one of our great locations for the season. If you’ve ever skied Snow Summit or Bear Mountain, you’ve surely noticed there are cabins lining the slopes and a community of cabins within walking distance. As you can imagine, these are ideal for skiers, and here are a couple we rent:

9280550014Our Cabin #9 is a short walk to the slopes at Snow Summit. It’s on a quiet cul-de-sac with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and room for 11 guests. And when you’re not on the slopes, it’s a perfect retreat with a spa and all the comforts to let you relax and recuperate after a full day on the slopes. The master features a Jacuzzi tub, and there’s a spa for you all to share as well. It has a pool table, foosball, and granite counters in the kitchen.

Cabin 13Located right on the slopes at Bear Mountain is our Cabin #13. This features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and room for 14 guests. That first morning you’ll find the amazing advantage of avoiding the long lines and frenzied parking when you can just strap on your skis and head right out your back door. There’s really nothing quite like it. And this one also caters to your relaxation off the slopes with a pool table, foosball, and spa.

We have plenty more luxury properties to choose from that are a quick walk or drive to the slopes. 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 winter 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Don’t Miss Ski Season in Big Bear

Spring is in the air, and that means we’re in for some great changes. But it also means we’re heading into the last weeks of ski season in Big Bear, so now’s the time to make sure you don’t miss ski season in Big Bear.

We’ve had a great season so far, and there’s still plenty of snow remaining. Due to heavier than usual snowfall, the slopes are remaining open this year through Easter. This will give you more time to enjoy some downhill fun. And we have some great choices for where to stay while you’re in Big Bear enjoying the snow. Check out these great vacation rentals:

8238470737Our Cabin #9, 4 bBedroom Summit has room for 11 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It’s in a perfect location just 200 yards from the Snow Summit slope, so you’ll be able to maximize your time by just rolling out of bed and hitting the slopes within minutes. When you’re not on the slopes, you’ll be relaxing on a quiet cul-de-sac with a pool table, foosball table, backyard barbecue and a hot tub. And if you’re looking for away to have your large group getaway, we also rent the two adjacent cabins for room enough for 26 guests. Call us for details.

4765600595Cabin #16 sits adjacent to Cabin #9 and can be rented separately or together for larger groups. This one is also just a couple minute walk from Snow Summit and a quick drive to The Village. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 8 guests. It boasts a beautiful rock fireplace, a pool table, and a sunken 6 person hot tub.  And the wood decor throughout will enhance the rustic luxury you’ll find around you here.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

It’s Ski Season in Big Bear

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

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

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

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

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Life Has Too Many Regrets. Grab Your Skis and Avoid This One

We’re getting amazing snow in Big Bear right now.   March is upon us, and the skiing is better than ever.  But it can’t last forever; Spring is right around the corner. You don’t want to look back at this time once May rolls around realize you wasted one of your last chances to hit the slopes.  The conditions right now are great.  Don’t put this off any longer.

We imagine nobody will be surprised to learn that we’re in favor of the 4 day work week as long as you plan the other 3 days in one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals.  We’re also in favor of using some of those accumulated vacation days you have in reserve.  And we’re continually proposing that our guests just take a few days for relaxation in the mountains.  Call it personal days, impersonal days, or an out of town excursion that involves absolutely no work whatsoever.  This is a perfect time for some days on the slopes and some nights relaxing in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  Order your lift tickets in advance and save some money with this link: http://www.bearmountain.com/snowboard/rates/lift-tickets/

Our weekday bookings are usually much lighter than the weekends, and the same applies to the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.  Get more time in on the slopes, and enjoy a wider choice of cabins for your time off the slopes.  As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll find even the best restaurants in the Village will seat you immediately.  It’s a great chance to unwind.

After a fun day on the slopes or in the Village, you can look forward to the evenings in your Five Star Vacation Rental. You’ll find each of our properties to be a luxurious delight. Cozy up in front of the fire and just relax with your family. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and that’s another great spot to end the day.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Welcome to 2015. Grab Your Skis!

We had a great time welcoming in the New Year, and we sure hope you did as well.  We did everything in moderation, and woke up with a clear head ready to take in the Rose parade.  New Year’s day was very relaxing, and we’re finally starting to run out of left overs from all the holiday meals.

Like many people, the New Year is always an exciting time for us. We make big resolutions and every year we actually manage to accomplish some of them.  It’s always best to start small, and work your way into the big ones. “Get out of bed, “make breakfast,” and “go to work” are easy and help us feel confident in moving on the larger ones.  Maybe this year we’ll actually get to the really big ones , so we can have the satisfaction of announcing that we’ve established world peace.  And we’ll make the announcement from the top of Mount Everest.  It could happen.

But the easier items on our resolution list are things we really want to do anyway: spend more time with our family and ski more this season.  If your list has a couple of similar resolutions, Five Star Vacation Rentals will gladly help you kill two birds with one stone.

The early storms this season helped create a great base for skiing in Big Bear.  As the storms continue, the condition of the slopes just gets better.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are making snow in between storms, and it has all the makings of one of the best ski seasons we’ve seen in many years.  There’s really no better reason to grab your skis and reserve a few nights in a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin.  Even if you don’t ski, there’s plenty of snow fun in Big Bear including sledding and inner tube slides.

Well, maybe there is one better reason:  spending some quality time with your family.  A ski getaway can be a great opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a great downhill run followed by an evening of laughter with your family in front of a warm fire in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin.  Each of our cabins is selected for their distinctive luxury features.  There’s good reason why we’ve hosted Hollywood starlets and had our cabins appear in film.  Our cabins are stars in their own right, and you’ll understand that best as you relax in the amazing comfort of the one you choose for your next family ski getaway.

You can view all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Here are links to our other ski destinations in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain.  In the mood for a warmer getaway?  Check out our vacation rentals in  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy some time together, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

 

 

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We’ve Got A Suggestion!

If your house is like ours, we’re still finding bits of wrapping paper and ribbons scattered around after our Christmas morning clean up.  The kids are dividing their time equally between playing with their new toys and playing with the boxes they came in.

We had the most amazing Christmas dinner.  Grandma volunteered to cook a turkey with her patented dressing, so it was like Thanksgiving 2.0.  Shortly after the last bite of pumpkin pie was consumed, the dads in attendance dutifully fell straight into a winter’s nap on the sofa and recliner.  We still think this is just a ploy to get out of helping with cleanup, but the moms were especially charitable and no complaints were heard.

As soon as the cleanup began, our thoughts turned to the week ahead and celebrating the new year with our resolutions.  We all agreed that we need to exercise more, manage our money better, and spend more time with family.  Each of these is admirable, but seem to repeat each and every year.  So this year,  we want to share with you a truly great idea that may well take care of all three of these resolutions: Get away to Big Bear in Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.

Yes, we’re likely a wee bit biased on this, but it’s still a worthy idea.  Big Bear is simply breathtaking this time of year, and the recent storms have blanketed the mountain with a good supply of snow.  This means all the snow features are open, and you’ll have more snow activities available to keep you active.  At the bottom of the ski run you’ll be breathless both from the thrill of the run, and the exercise involved.  You can check that one off your list.

Next, we agree that wise money management is essential.  Most families are feeling some of the squeeze from today’s economy.  Thankfully, that squeeze doesn’t need to impact your plans.  A Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear is an amazing value.  For about the cost of an average upscale hotel, you can enjoy far more with luxury, privacy, and room to breathe in a Five Star Vacation Rental.  Many of our cabins have hot tubs and lake or forest views.  Couple this with the fully equipped kitchens in our cabins, and you’ll start to see the amazing difference in value you get with Five Star.  And unlike piling the entire family into a single hotel room, your Five Star Vacation Rental has enough bedrooms to allow dad to snore blissfully loud without ever disturbing the rest of the family. That alone is worth the price of admission.

But the most important resolution is spending more time with your family.  A Five Star Vacation Rental is perfect for this.  Unlike a hotel room, with Five Star Big Bear cabins, you can cook your own meals and eat together in your dining room.  Instead of packing up the entire family, piling into the car, and then waiting to get seated in a pricey restaurant, you can just relax and enjoy a meal together in your luxury cabin.  Don’t feel like cooking?  Order take out and relax by the fire as you enjoy each other.  Another resolution accomplished.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway in one of our other ski destinations, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain.  Want to head to warmer climes for your getaway, check out our vacation rentals in  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy some time together, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

Plan Your Winter Getaway!

The long summer and fall have come to an end, and it’s time to start preparing for your annual pilgrimage to the snow in Big Bear.  For some of us it’s far more frequent than just annually, but whatever may be your schedule, now is the time to book your getaway.

We’re already starting to see some promising snow reports, and there’s no real reason to delay your plan.  Here are a few tips to help make your getaway more enjoyable.

Buy your lift tickets in advance. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain share lift tickets and offer a free shuttle between the slopes.  It’s easy to fill your day with one great run after another. Here’s the link to buy tickets online: http://www.snowsummit.com/ski/rates/lift-tickets

Plan a weekday getaway. As the ski season gets into full swing, weekends will be get busier.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are well equipped for big crowds, but many of us prefer ski on lighter days.  Whichever is your preference, be sure to plan ahead.

Book a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury vacation rental cabin. Those first few days back on the slopes may well result in a few sore muscles.  But we’ve got the perfect solution for that.  Most of our Big Bear luxury rentals have hot tubs.  We’ll be happy to help you find the best vacation rental for your getaway.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway in one of our other ski destinations, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain.  Want to head to warmer climes for your getaway, check out our vacation rentals in  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy some time together, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

We’ve Got Snow!

It’s one of those phrases that so many of us just love to hear over and over.  Like when your spouse looks lovingly in your eyes, and says, “I love you,”  or when your kid rushes in the door with a beaming face declaring, “I got all A’s!” And add to that list when Five Star Vacation Rentals taps you gently on the shoulder and whispers excitedly, “We’ve got snow!”

It’s our absolute most favorite time of the year.  We feel like a perennial groundhog, looking anxiously to the sky and learning more about weather patterns than a CalTech grad.  Big Bear is an extraordinarily delightful destination any time of the year, but especially so when snow arrives.  This means its time for you to take action while there’s still time.

Now you’ll need to time your visit to meet your specific desires.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are getting snow, but neither has announced the exact date they’ll open for skiers.  But don’t let that slow you down. There are plenty of fun hills and snow play around town, but we’re still waiting for the slopes to open up.  It’s a great time to grab the kids and some snow disks for a great weekend getaway.  And you can still prepare for the season by purchasing your season passes for the slopes at this link.

Winter is our busiest season, so it’s important to plan ahead.  We may still have one or two cabins available for Thanksgiving.  As soon as the slopes open up, we’re typically deluged with reservations.  Don’t delay making your reservation to make sure you get that much needed time away in Big Bear!

Just can’t wait any longer?  Some lifts are already open in Park City and Mammoth.  You can book your stay online, or call us at 310-780-3411.  We’ll help you pick out the perfect luxury rental for your family or group.  And remember, it’s a perfect time to plan your Christmas getaway as well.  Book early, so you can have a wider selection of luxury vacation rental cabins in Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Not in the mood for a cold weather getaway?  We’ve got you covered!  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches,  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, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

April Events in Big Bear

Spring is quickly closing in on us, but we’ve still got plenty of good skiing weather here in Big Bear.  With a couple of late storms, we usually have good skiing conditions lasting into late April.  And there are some great reasons to start planning your April getaway to Big Bear now.

Each year Bear Mountain and Snow Summit invite Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters & Active Military to take advantage of Honor Our Heros/Uniform Days.  The last opportunity this season will be on April 3 & 4. It’s the resort’s way of showing appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice of these folks.  Just take your valid work identification to any Bear Mountain or Snow Summit ticket window and you will receive a $38.00 lift ticket. Up to a $21 savings!

CATS presents “Mark Twain and the Shakespeare Mystery” A One-Act, One-Man Show by Robin Field. The shows will be on April 5, 6, 10, 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM. Matinees at 2:30 on April 7 and 14. For more details please call or visit their website:
Location: CATS Warehouse Theater at 1117 West Big Bear Blvd
Contact: Tel: (909) 585-4757 Website: www.bigbeartheater.org

Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Bear with ongoing events at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Gather the family for a 30-minute Nature Walk on Saturdays at 1pm and 2 pm and Sundays at 11 am and 12 noon to learn about the local plant life, wildlife and some very interesting historical facts. Great activity for fami…
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333
Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website: www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com

Every Saturday in April the Big Bear Alpine Zoo offers animal feeding tours that allow you to go along with the zookeepers as they visit each of the animals with their meals. It’s a great experience for the kids, and a rare behind-the-scenes tour that you just can’t find at most zoos. The keeper takes time to explain interesting facts about the animals as they are fed — a great opportunity to learn about our wildlife! There’s no additional cost for the tour, but regular admission rates apply for entry into the zoo. Regular Zoo Hours are 10-5 on Saturdays/Sundays and 10-4 on weekdays. The feeding tours usually last about an hour starting at 3pm.
Location: Big Bear Alpine Zoo at 43285 Goldmine Drive
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4200 Website: www.moonridgezoo.org

We’ll have more information on fun Big Bear April events in an upcoming blog.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your stay.  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.