Make This Summer Vacation One To Remember

Every year most families talk about making big plans for their summer vacations. These discussions often start far in advance. Some families get busy over the summer and let the time slip away. They’re often the ones that vow to start planning earlier next year. Other families have a great summer vacation, and want to duplicate the experience the following year. Whether your family falls into one of those camps or somewhere in between, Five Star Vacation Rentals will help you make this summer vacation one to remember.

Happy family sitting in the carSeveral years ago the new term “staycation” entered our lexicon and was used to describe something we’ve been doing for years. Essentially, it’s taking a vacation, but not getting very far from home while doing it. It’s a great idea and one that can help planning and budgeting much simpler. There’s no need for passports, plane tickets, or special transportation. Just pile into the family car and within a few hours your vacation is starting. For our Southern California neighbors, the perfect destination for your staycation is Big Bear.

2girlspaddlingBig Bear is our most popular destination year round. It offers some of the most beautiful pristine forest and mountains you can find anywhere in California. It also has a thriving community with fishing, water sports, great shops, lots of performance venues with live music, and a very active cycling community. Take a look at some of our recent blogs highlighting the fun things you can do here and here.  And our collection of luxury estates, and cabins in Big Bear will keep your feeling pampered during your stay with us. Many of our cabins feature forest and mountain views, hot tubs, and a level of luxury that’s hard to find. View all of our Big Bear properties at this link. You can see photos, amenities and book your stay online.

VLEbeachViewIf you’re in the mood for a more exotic getaway, June can be a great time to visit our beachside resort at Nuevo Vallarta. Summer weather can be very romantic with frequent thunder storms. Many of our off-season guests enjoy the dramatic views out over the ocean as storms roll in and out. There are still many sunny days, but the mix of weather can be very refreshing. And with the beach just a few moments away from your room, it’s easy to catch some quality time laying in the sand on the days the sun is out.  It’s a quick flight out of LAX to Puerto Vallarta, where a quick cab ride gets you to the resort. View our Nuevo Vallarta beach condos 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 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.

Make This Father’s Day Extraordinary

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and this presents an opportunity to show dad exactly how much you appreciate all he’s done for you. Make sure he knows you remember all those awkward calls you made in your youth when you were a bit short of rent money, needed help buying your books for school, or found yourself stranded with a broken down car in need of a quick rescue. For all these reasons and a thousand more, you can make this year the one he remembers for a lifetime.

Five Star Vacation Rentals has a number of great choices that can meet and exceed whatever activities dad likes best. If he’s a golfer, we have some great luxury villas right on the fairway in La Quinta. We just added a few truly spectacular properties that will have dad’s eyes getting wide as he smiles looking out over the beautiful green expanse just waiting for him and his clubs. Check out all of our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

Is dad more of a laidback-relax-on-the-beach kind of guy? How about setting him up with a relaxing stay at our Villa la Estancia resort in Nuevo Vallarta?   This high rise vacation spot is right on the beach and offers a complete resort experience with a swim-up bar and just a momentary walk to the adjacent beach. There’s golfing nearby as well as lots of great shopping and local cuisine in Puerto Vallarta. If dad wants to try his hand at some serious fishing, there’s marlin and tuna charters leaving regularly out of the Puerto Vallarta marina. Check out more photos and details at this link.

Of course, Big Bear is our most popular destination, and there’s always something for dad to enjoy here. Big Bear Lake has some great fishing and water sports. Rent a boat for the afternoon, and do some fishing or just drift around enjoying the sound of the water gently lapping at the boat while you all enjoy a picnic on the water or quietly relax with a good book in the cool breeze over the lake. Later, you can treat dad to some steaks prepared just the way he likes them in the gourmet kitchen of your Five Star Vacation Rental. The entire family will enjoy the benefits of celebrating dad, but make sure you go all out to give him the special time he deserves. This link has our Big Bear vacation rentals.

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time to make a special getaway just for Dad.  Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Imagine Kicking Up Your Feet In These Big Bear Vacation Rentals

Spring is here, and with it our thoughts turn to springish things like stopping and smelling roses, taking a walk in a beautiful forest, and finding some time to do these things.

Well, we can’t offer too much help with locating the time for some fun, but we certainly can offer some great motivation for you to do so. With this week’s blog, we’re going to take a look at a few of our stellar properties just waiting to host your next getaway and provide you with a fond memory of a truly luxurious, relaxing time away.

3923190729We’ll start with our Cabin #23, Monterey Lodge. This luxury cabin is located in the Moonridge area of Big Bear. It’s got 2200 square feet filled with custom furnishings and amazing design elements. There’s plenty of room for your party of up to 10 guests to enjoy this vacation rental. Take advantage of the nearby hiking, and you’ll be happy to end the day in one of the jetted bathtubs in each of the bathrooms. View more photos and book online at this link:  http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-23-monterey-lodge/1990-95385

Next up we’ll take a closer look at our E332B188-155D-0010-070BC481AB280239-beer loop2Cabin #27, Bear Loop in Big Bear. You’ll have a wonderful time with your family as you settle into the 4 bedrooms and 4 baths offered by this luxury big bear vacation rental. With room for up to 16 guests, this one is ideal for larger families or multiple families to share.  The sweeping lake views from the wall of windows in its great room are simply breathtaking. Get all the details, more photos, and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-27-bear-loop-in-big-bear/1990-107861

1982530703Our Cabin #31 offers panoramic lake views that will keep you enchanted for hours just absorbing the beauty of one of Big Bear’s most enchanting features.  Our Stunning Boulder Cove Estate features 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with room for 12 guests.  With 2 master suites, this one also provides a great opportunity for a larger group or two families to share. The gourmet kitchen with granite counters is sure to please the chef in your party and offer a great opportunity to enjoy some wonderful fresh-cooked meals.  Take a look at more photos and book online at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/booking/no-31-stunning-boulder-cove-estate/1990-95409

We hope this sparks your desire to carve out some time for your family to enjoy a getaway to one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals. Take a look at all our Big Bear properties at this link: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals. We also have some great luxury choices waiting for you if you choose to visit  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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. If you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

April in Big Bear

We’ve had some amazing weather this year, and the avid skiers are loving it. The Big Bear ski resorts are still boasting a good base and machine-groomed slopes, so procrastinators still have a bit of time to enjoy the thrill of some downhill runs. We’re not sure how much longer these conditions will last, so we encourage you to book your stay quickly.  If you’re thinking of joining us in April, we’ve got some great options for you to explore.  And there’s a lot of great fun to have while in you’re in Big Bear.

Bear Mountain is kicking off spring fun with Bear Break at Bear Mountain starting on March 25th and continuing through April 1st. This annual event celebrates the closing days of snow activities and is a great choice for spring break. You’ll enjoy tube racing, dual pond skim, giant beer pong, and much more. There will be live entertainment and plenty of laughs to go around.

The opening of spring also marks the return of the weekly Tuesday Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center. This is a real hit with many of our guests. When you rent one of our Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabins, you typically get a full gourmet kitchen as one of the benefits. What better way to explore your culinary potential than to grab some locally grown fruits, vegetables, and spices to create a delightful meal for everyone in your party to enjoy?

Night life is always fun in Big Bear, and April will not disappoint you. The Cave continues to be one of our most popular night spots, and will have a lineup of truly eclectic groups appearing throughout April. Visit their website for dates and times: http://thecavebigbear.com/

Jazz fans are invited on April 11th to assemble for a Jazz Supper at The Pines Lakefront presented by the Big Bear Center for Spiritual Enrichment.  You’ll enjoy a wonderful pasta buffet dinner followed by the jazz vocals of Nancy Celeste Walker. For more info, call 909-866-3200 or visit The Pines website at http://www.thepineslakefront.com/

Spring is a great time to visit Big Bear, and we’re convinced you won’t find any way to better enjoy your time here than in one of our luxury vacation rentals. We have luxury cabins and estates to choose from, and it’s a great way to maximize you time away. You can review all our Big Bear rentals and book online at this link: www.fivestarbigbear.com . We also have a great selection of luxury vacation rentals available in our other destinations including:  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, 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.

Celebrate Your Events With Us

We’re right in the middle of ski season, and our Big Bear cabins are filled with lots of avid downhill fans. It’s a great time. The Big Bear area is beautiful in all seasons, but especially so in winter. But sooner than we’d like, the snow will melt, and we’ll see folks planning getaways for different reasons.

Each year we all have special moments we set aside for extra attention. Some are common with most of us like a birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon. But there are lots of other occasions that are great to mark with a special getaway.

Happy large family with children in autumn parkFamily reunions are great and can be even better if you can get the entire group together without having to resort to the impersonal experience of a hotel. We have several properties located adjacent to each other creating a comfy getaway for up to 28 guests. There’s just no comparison to the safety and relaxation you can enjoy having your family stay in a private luxury cabin. There are no strangers walking down the hallways, and no concerns about parking or finding a common meeting place. Pick the best chef among your group, and put them to work in the gourmet kitchen you’ll find in most of our cabins.  You can entirely skip the restaurant experience where you coordinate rides, times, and meeting places.  Just pull on your slippers and shuffle out to the kitchen to greet the rest of your family.

Vintage portrait of a young hipster couple posing  in wedding suite and dress at sunset in the forestBig Bear is also a great choice for your wedding. There are a number of beautiful venues in Big Bear for your nuptials. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can invite your entire bridal party to be there for all the fun and last-minute scurrying leading up to the big day. The time can be that much more special when you’re enjoying creating a new family while relaxing with your extended family in the luxury of one or more of our Big Bear vacation rentals.

There are so many other life events that can be made even more special with a getaway to a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. Celebrate adopting your new child, landing that big job, getting your book published, the day you met your sweetheart, or your retirement. We’re here to help you find the perfect destination to match your occasion and the number of guests you’ll have.

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.

More August Events in Big Bear

Most of us are acutely aware that summer is rapidly slipping away from us.  If you haven’t already started, in just a few short weeks you’ll be shopping for school supplies and new clothes for the fall semester.  You’ll be swapping out your summer schedule for the busier one that happens each year when the kids return to school.  There’s still time to make this summer one to remember with some great activities planned for August.

Cycling raceBig Bear has one of Southern California’s most active cycling clubs, and they have a number of scheduled events coming up in August. You can join the Big Bear Cycling Association several days each week for a variety of group rides for the full spectrum of riders.  Some are geared toward experienced competitive riders, but many are intended for guests and tourists to enjoy the beauty of Big Bear by joining other riders on scenic routes.  One of their biggest rides of the year is coming up on Saturday, August 6th. The Tour de Big Bear spans over 100 miles, and covers some of the most beautiful scenery found anywhere in the area.  Shorter distances are available as well.  Visit their website for more information and to sign up: http://tourdebigbearhc.com/.

As we’ve mentioned in our recent blogs, August also sees the arrival of the annual Renaissance Faire with all the great food, fun entertainment, and amazing period performers.  This is one of our most popular events, so you’ll want to book your vacation rental cabin or estate early to make sure you’re all ready for some great jousting over a cup of mead. The Renaissance Faire runs weekends August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 at Pederson’s Mill in Fawnskin.

Here’s a quick rundown on just a handful of other events you can enjoy during your stay with us.  This is just a small sample!

Wednesdays enjoy some good old fashioned line dancing at Wyatt’s Saloon at the Convention Center.  Free lessons and music provided by DJ Joe Vonesh.  Doors open at 4pm, and dancing starts at 7pm.

Fridays and Saturdays are Honkey Tonk nights back at Wyatt’s Saloon.  Enjoy live music with some foot-stomping great times.  Doors open at 4pm, and the fun starts at 6pm.

HikingFeetSaturday mornings in August the Big Bear Discovery Center offers guided nature walks.  These are a great opportunity to explore the amazing beauty that surrounds us here in Big Bear and learn some amazing facts about the history of the area.  Visit their website for details: www.mountainsfoundation.org.

Combine these scheduled events with Big Bear’s amazing hiking trails, boating, and scenic beauty, and you can see we’ve got lots of great fun in store for you during your stay with us in Big Bear.  And if you’re interested in relaxing elsewhere, we’ve got some great options.  We also maintain 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 will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

What’s On Your Vacation Schedule?

Planning a vacation usually starts with picking a place and booking your stay, but then you must make the plan within the plan. With a destination chosen, you can pick what attractions and activities to fill up your schedule with. In Big Bear, it won’t be a challenge to find items to add, but it may be a challenge to narrow down a list that will fit the time you’re spending in town.

If there’s a single must-see in Big Bear, it’s probably the town’s titular lake. With activities for the whole family that run annually, you can catch fishing tournaments in Summer and other seasonal activities throughout the year. Surrounding the lake are other natural wonders that invite exploration and adventure, so don’t forget to take in the exploits offered by Big Bear’s own terrain while you’re visiting.

Other activities include the Discovery Center and a rotation of monthly activities downtown, but perhaps now’s the time to rebel and make absolutely no plans at all. With a wealth of activities to take in, there’s no pressure to make plans or decisions, and an open schedule can give you and your family the freedom to explore. Don’t get too committed to a strict itinerary when the distractions you find along the way could very well be the best part of the trip.

One part of the experience to mark on your schedule is relaxation. Vacations are all about having fun and getting away, and scheduling some relaxation time is a big part of that. When you’re staying in a deluxe cabin in the heart of Big Bear’s gorgeous forests, it isn’t hard to unwind. Take the opportunity to let stress go and enjoy the simple pleasure of a home away from home. The rest of your vacation schedule will be better for it.

But if you’re looking for a something else, we also maintain 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 will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

June in Big Bear

Things in Big Bear start to heat up in June—both literally and metaphorically. As summer sets in, activities at the lake become more active, and the sun’s warmth presents visitors with plenty of opportunities to bask in the light and have fun. If you’re ready to explore and try new things, there are several activities this month that may tickle your fancy. Expect some fine wine, some bike competitions, and some fishing with very high stakes involved.

June will see The Village Summer Wine Walk revisit Big Bear and celebrate wine, art, and Big Bear’s downtown Village, as it does every year. This year, however, the proceeds from the event will be donated to a few different great causes. The Big Bear Valley Education Trust and Christmas in the Village are two that have been announced thus far. Event attendees will enjoy the wine samplings that line downtown’s main drag along shops and restaurants, with an emphasis on tasting wines from cultures around the world. The walk will take place on June 4th, starting at 3:30PM.

If wine isn’t your scene, though, that’s ok—maybe biking is! The Kenda Cup Series will be presenting the first annual Mountain Bike Shoot Out on June 5th. This event will feature top bikers competing for the Kenda Cup by performing stunts and other impressive feats along the Snow Summit trail. This event is for professionals only, but visitors can attend and watch the bikers race and perform stunts. For more information on the event and how to get tickets, you can call (909) 633-6729.

And if neither wine nor biking thrills you…well, you can get involved in fishing, but the stakes are high. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. A competition aptly titled Fishing for $50K apparently promises the champion a reward of $50,000. It will take place on June 11th and June 12th, and participants may register at 630 Bartlett Rd. More details will be announced at the time of the competition, but if you are interested in learning more, you can call (800) 424-4232 for information and tickets.

These are a few activities June will offer Big Bear visitors, but renting a cabin might be the best attraction yet. But if you’re looking for a something else, we also maintain 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 will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Treat Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Though it may be hard to think of a present good enough for your dad, booking a vacation isn’t too shabby. As the date approaches, you can ditch the card and make some real memories in Big Bear.

Big Bear has all the makings of a fantastic bonding experience. If you want to show dad you care by investing in quality time, there’s no better place. No matter what interests he may have, there’s sure to be an outlet for it. Some of the local highlights include the unparalleled fishing opportunities, the collection of museums and music venues, and the world-class dining scene. Make any of these features part of your Father’s Day, and you can bet Dad will feel the appreciation.

Rest assured that the vacation will be equally enjoyable for all other family members, too. There’s something for everybody in Big Bear. While dad takes in the majestic scenery, your kids might marvel at museum exhibits. Enticement springs around every corner, but perhaps the most sought after offering Big Bear boasts is the opportunity to relax. If your life is like most people’s, you rarely get a chance to do this.

In Big Bear, you can. Treat yourself and your Father’s Day party to the exquisite gift of a retreat. Nothing provides a better environment for this than a luxury vacation rental. If you want to skip the noise and cramped quarters of a hotel, you can experience a new level of comfort embodied in lush accommodations, gourmet kitchens and expertly manicured units. We understand how rarely most people can get away, so when you do, it has to be special. When you stay in one of our vacation rentals, it will be.

Dad deserves the best, and this year, you can give it to him. Don’t wait to reserve your rental and plan an unforgettable trip filled with activities, quality time and the luxury of relaxation. This is the year to have a great time and show him how much you love him. Who needs sentimental cards, after all, when you’re living the real thing?

Big Bear one of the top destinations for summer vacations, but if you’re looking for a more exotic vacation, we also maintain 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 will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Staycations

When you think of taking a vacation, maybe you think about a long road trip or plane ride. Vacations are supposed to get your mind off stress and unite your family with fun. A getaway doesn’t necessarily require distance, though. You can escape and grab some quality bonding time locally on the California coast. Planning a staycation, in fact, is one of the easiest ways to gather friends and family together. We get it, you’re busy–and so is everybody else in your circle. The allure of planning a group reunion can be dampened by the nightmare of coordinating schedules, agreeing on a destination, and organizing transportation. Why not make it easy? Get your loved ones under one roof to enjoy a weekend getaway at one of California’s own beaches.

One of the most inviting locales along the coast is Corona Del Mar. At a little over an hour south of Los Angeles, it is just far away to provide a vacation experience without the hassle of arranging travel and extensive time off. The beach offers breathtaking scenery and stunning landscape, while your rental offers the retreat and luxury you crave. There’s something here for everybody, too. It’s the perfect spot for a reunion, and you won’t need to worry about keeping everybody occupied. Between beach activities and time spent together, you can be sure a great time will be had by all. An escape for a weekend will help you return home rejuvenated and relaxed!

Staying local means everybody can join in the fun, too. Renting a luxury vacation home can provide the perfect site for fun and relaxation in the evenings while you enjoy the scenery of the beach during the day. You might catch some waves and play in the sun, but nobody would really blame you if you just enjoyed the comfort of your vacation rental. With posh amenities and the invitation of luxury, it may outshine even the sunniest of southern California days. Family and friends will love the chance to relax on a local getaway and retire to luxury.

A getaway doesn’t have to be far away. Focus on enjoying time with loved ones, forget your stress and enjoy the comfort of luxurious lodgings.

The California Coast isn’t the only place you can get a luxury rental. If you do decide to travel for your getaway, Five Star Vacation Rental offers lodgings in Big Bear and many other inviting destinations, including Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 310-780-3411.