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 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.

Imagine Some Relaxing Time Away in Big Bear

Right now a lot of us are spending time imagining how much different things have turned out, and how much better we hope they’ll be. It’s only natural. Life has taken some unexpected turns for many of us, and we’d really welcome some change. We can easily imagine some relaxing time away in Big Bear, and we’re here to help you make that happen.

Big Bear offers lots of great things to help your stay be a memorable one. You can start with a quiet walk in the woods to help the calm and serenity of Big Bear settle in with your family. Chipmunks, squirrels and raccoons are commonly seen around the hiking paths. And as winter approaches, bald eagles become more common. Big Bear is hosts the largest wintering population of bald eagles in Southern California, and it’s a real treat to watch these majestic birds soar overhead throughout Big Bear.

And even the more common activities you do to relax every day take on a new significance once you settle in to your Big Bear Vacation Rental. Movie nights are just more fun when you’re sitting in the comfort of your cabin nestled in the woods. And game night will never be the same as you listen to the breeze outside rustle through the forest and soak in the warmth of the fireplace. This will be a time your family long remembers. This is why so many of our guests return regularly to create new memories.

Your next relaxing getaway can start by viewing all of our Big Bear vacation rental 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 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.

 

 

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.