Plan Your January Big Bear Getaway

To help you plan your January Big Bear getaway, we’re here to offer a few great reasons beyond the amazing luxury you’ll enjoy in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals. January is one of the best months to visit, because there’s usually a good snow pack for the skiers, and Big Bear Village is humming with the shops and restaurants open for great food and fun shopping.

The Alpine Slide is open year round and has enough activities to fill several visits. Their Mineshaft Coaster is a thrilling one mile coaster ride downhill with enough twists and turns to keep you giggling and shrieking the entire ride. The new Soaring Eagle takes riders up backwards 100 feet vertical and 500 feet long to the launch tower before you are catapulted forward at speeds up to 28 mph back to the base. Their snow play hill is perhaps the best inner tube snow run in all of Big Bear, and they’ve made trips up the hill amazingly easy with their covered magic carpet lift that glides you up the hill protected from the elements by a plexiglass enclosure. And for general all around fun, you can enjoy their go carts and mini golf. It’s one of our favorite Big Bear destinations, and one we always recommend to all our guests.

Gold Rush Mining Adventures is open year round and offers great fun for the entire family. You can pan for gold, shop for geodes and gemstones and enjoy their mining decor. It’s a great time of discovery and excitement for kids as they dig for rough stones, polished rocks, fossils, and even some old shark’s teeth. Years from now, your kids will still pull out the bottle of their treasures and remember the fun they had that day at Gold Rush Mining Adventures. They’re located at 40016 Big Bear Blvd.

And of course, there’s the skiing. Many of our guests return every year for their pilgrimage to the slopes. And this year is already shaping up to be a great snow year with lots of pack and the hope of a very snowy season ahead. Most runs at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open, and you’ll want to get your lift tickets in advance because of the popularity.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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 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.

Plan a Special Holiday Getaway With Five Star Vacation Rentals

This year is the year many families have declared they’re going to go on at least one great family getaway. We’ve been seeing it more and more as families want to have some fun and relaxing experiences during these challenging times. This winter is a great time to plan a special holiday getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

At Five Star Vacation Rentals we strive to provide a great experience with lots of relaxing and luxurious touches along the way. This holiday season is shaping up to be one of our busiest in memory, so we’re recommending all our guests plan ahead and book early to make sure you can get that special trip planned for the family.

Big Bear is our most popular destination, and the holiday season in Big Bear offers lots of great activities in a beautiful forest setting. By Christmastime, Big Bear often has a generous blanket of snow. And on the years it doesn’t, you’ll still be greeted with exhilarating cold, clean, mountain air amid the towering trees. For us city dwellers, an early morning walk in the chilly air amongst the trees and mountains in Big Bear is a rare treat. And for the skiers, the treat is even greater when it’s followed by a run down the slopes at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit.

Off the slopes, there’s still plenty of fun winter activity. One of our favorites is the Alpine Slide. Their new Mineshaft Coaster brings a coaster experience to Big Bear with hairpin turns, tunnels and 360 degree corkscrews. The coaster will take you down a mile-long track through the trees. They have their own snow making equipment on site, so as long as the weather is cold enough, you can also enjoy their snow play options with inner tube downhill runs, and their signature Alpine Slide where you can recreate a luge experience as you race down the mountain on the specially designed track and sleds.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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 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.

Plan Your November Big Bear Getaway

We’re so excited to see more families making plans to get out and enjoy activities together. And with the holidays just around the corner, our bookings are filling up for Thanksgiving and Big Bear. But don’t despair, we still have some openings, and it’s a great time to plan your November Big Bear Getaway.

The weather is hard to predict, but we usually see some snow by November. And even when there is no snow, there’s plenty to do. Here are some of our favorites:

Spend some time at the Big Bear Zoo. We’re always pleased to hear from guests who discover this gem during their visit to Big Bear. The zoo is small enough to enjoy in just an afternoon, but big enough to offer some great examples of local wildlife. You can enjoy seeing bears, coyotes, a badger, a bobcat, eagles, and much more. It’s a very intimate experience, and unlike any zoo you’ve probably visited before. For more information, admission fees, and hours, please visit their website: https://www.bigbearzoo.org

The Big Bear Alpine Slide is open year round with a variety of adventures and rides depending upon the season and the weather. They recently completed the Mineshaft Coaster, and it’s a hit. You’ll hop on your private sled and you’re in control of the brakes for the gravity-propelled ride down the state-of-the-art stainless steel tube track. The track stretches for a mile and you’ll get up to speeds over 25mph. And this is just one of the fun activities you can enjoy during your visit. Each of the rides brings a new thrill, and discount tickets are available for multiple rides. Check out their website for more information: http://alpineslidebigbear.com/

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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 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.

Hurry. There’s Snow in Big Bear

SnowBoarderWe see it just about every year. March rolls around, and we start seeing the snowpack in Big Bear fade away. We also start getting calls from people who delayed their ski trips. Sadly, some delay too long, and another year goes by without some quality time racing down the slopes. You can be sure this doesn’t happen to you if you’ll just take a few minutes now to carve out your slice of winter in Big Bear.

We’re already seeing an increase in our snow bookings. And with the arrival of big new storms during the past weeks, we’re sure to see the trend increase. In case you’ve forgotten all the snow fun that awaits, let’s take a moment to review:

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are southern California’s premiere downhill ski destinations. The storms this season have contributed to conditions that many only dream about. A huge base helps keep the runs pristine longer. Temps are dropping below freezing most nights, so the massive snow making machines are supplementing the slopes with fresh powder most nights. It’s a great time to visit.

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 feature. 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!

Big 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. This could be how future Olympians are born.

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.

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick With

Oh sure, we all agree we need to drop that extra weight.  But let’s not waste a perfectly good New Year’s resolution on something as boring as that.  Let’s give wings to our resolutions, so we can embrace them, cherish them, and allow our inner child to jump up and down about them.  Here’s one everybody can get behind: “I’m going to rent a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin in Big Bear and go skiing!”  Now you’re talking our language.

When you get back from the slopes . . .

We’re right in the thick of ski season, and we suggest you don’t delay getting your reservations. Our bookings in Big Bear always run near capacity during the ski season, and every year we have some folks who miss the season entirely because they delay getting their cabin booked with us.  Don’t be that guy.  Resolve today that you’ll allow nothing to stop you from enjoying some of Southern California’s finest skiing followed by relaxing in one of Southern California’s finest cabins.  It’s a combination that is unbeatable and leads to many return trips.  You’ll quickly learn why.  There’s really nothing that compares with soothing some of your tired muscles after a long day on the slopes by soaking in one of our hot tubs.  And when you finally dry off and wander back into the cabin, you’ll be amazed at the great luxury that surrounds you.  You and your guests will enjoy the finest quality lodging available in Big Bear, and then wake refreshed the following morning to do it all again.  It’s a wonderful way to recharge your batteries.  Want to save some money both on your skiing and our cabin? Book your stay during the week.  The slopes are less crowded, and the weekday rates are lower both on our cabins and on the slopes.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you plan a great getaway.

And as if wonderful skiing weren’t enough, Big Bear also has a wide variety of snow play activities to keep you busy off the slopes as well.  Kids and adults alike love the thrill of the downhill runs at Big Bear Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play.  Big Bear Alpine Slide has downhill runs on sleds in tracks that will have you feeling like an Olympic luge champion.  And you can also have some good old bouncing fun on the inner tube slide hills at both locations.  Big Bear Snow Play has a great “Magic Carpet” that whisks you back to the top of the slope after each run in a Plexiglass-enclosed moving sidewalk to protect you from the elements.  Both spots are open for the entire snow season, and offer a great alternative for families with little ones who may not be ready for the slopes, or just in search of a very fun time.  Visit their websites for more info on hours and tickets:  http://alpineslidebigbear.com and http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com

And there’s always fine dining and great shopping available in the Village.  An afternoon stroll through the shops there always includes some delightful gift ideas and usually something that will easily find it’s way into your decor back home.  It’s a great way to spend some time away from the slopes and just relax with the family.

But whatever is involved in your idea of a perfect getaway, we’ve got you covered.  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  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you make the reservation for your next getaway.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let you view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

Grab Your Skis — Bear Mountain Is Open!

Well, it’s official.  The Big Bear ski season has commenced.  We started seeing some snow in the last couple of weeks, and Bear Mountain opened just in time for Thanksgiving.  This marks the beginning of our busiest time of year, so be sure to book your Big Bear vacation rental cabin early.

As we write this, Bear Mountain is the only ski resort open in all of Southern California.  And we just happen to have a few dozen of Southern California’s finest vacation rental cabins, condos and estates.  Booking your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin is a perfect way to maximize the great experience you’ll have with your Big Bear ski getaway.  Our return guests can tell you about the amazing experience of having a fun day on the slopes followed by a relaxing evening in one of our luxury cabins.  It’s especially delightful to relax in the comfort of a hot tub to soothe some of the inevitable bumps and minor aches you may feel after getting back on the slopes for the first time this season.  Most of our cabins have hot tubs, so be sure to ask one of our customer service agents to find the exact right cabin for your getaway.  For the best value, be sure to buy your lift tickets online before you arrive.  They’re offered at a discount at this link.

And there’s plenty to do off the slopes as well.  The kids will surely love a down hill run at the Alpine Slide.  It’s Southern California’s only true bobsled experience, and it’s an annual tradition for many families. They’ve also got one of Southern California’s best tubing hills, for a bouncing great time.  Visit their website for prices and hours:   http://www.alpineslidebigbear.com/AlpineSlide.html .

And for mom and dad, there are plenty of great shops and tasty restaurants in Big Bear Village.  So if you can pry yourself away from the slopes for a while, you can have a great afternoon of relaxing shopping followed by some of the finest dining experiences available anywhere in California.  And of course, you’ll have the delightful anticipation each day that you’ll end up back at your Five Star Vacation Rental luxury Big Bear cabin.

You can view all our Big Bear cabins at this link, or call us at a 310-780-3411.  We’ll be happy to help you put together the ideal getaway. We’ve got luxury vacation rentals in Big Bear,  Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of which one of our luxury getaway locations you choose, you can be assured that we’re working to make sure your vacation will be one you’ll want to repeat again every year.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let you view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.