Have You Booked Your Ski Getaway Yet?

Have you booked your ski getaway yet? Big Bear has had a great ski season so far, and both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will remain open through March. But time is growing short. Every year we have regular guests who get busy and miss their opportunity to have a ski getaway. Don’t let this happen to you.

We’ve got some great opportunities for you to make sure this year is a great one for your family and friends to have a great getaway. Here are a few great options:

Big Bear Vacation RentalFrom the moment you walk up the steps and are greeted by our pair of whimsical carved bears, you’ll know you’re in for a treat with our Cabin #3, Five Star Snow Summit. This is located at the base of Snow Summit, and you’ll be on the slopes in just a minute or two without having to hunt for parking. There’s room for 9 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. You’ll love the rustic mountain decor, and will enjoy relaxing in the hot tub after a long day on the slopes. It’s also a short way from The Village with its unique shops and restaurants. See more photos and details, and book online at this link.

Big Bear Vacation RentalLocated next door to Cabin #3 is our Cabin #9, 4 Bedroom Summit. This luxury cabin has 4 bedrooms with 2.5 baths with room for 11 guests. The slopes are adjacent to this one as well, so you skip the driving around looking for a parking space and walk right over to start skiing. Enjoy a game of pool or some foosball, and be sure to feel how relaxing the hot tub is after a day on slopes. Combine this with Cabin 3 and you’ll have room for 20 people to enjoy your getaway. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

Big Bear Vacation RentalBut wait, there’s more. We also have a third cabin adjacent to these first two. Do you have a group of 25 or so looking for a fun ski getaway together? Our Cabin #16, Pine Lodge Outdoor Spa is right next to the first two above, and with this one, you’ll also enjoy having the slopes at Snow Summit just moments from your door. You’ll also enjoy the short drive to the Village for its great shops and nightlife. And time spent relaxing in the spa during the chilly evenings under the stars will be a memory you’ll long cherish. Choose just one of these cabins or all of them for your extended family, church group, or office ski party. Click here for more info on this one.

Your next ski 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 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.

 

March in Big Bear

In addition to all the great skiing, there are plenty of other great things to do during March in Big Bear. Here are just a few things you’ll enjoy during your stay with us.

Polar Bear PlungeIf it’s March in Big Bear, it’s time to freeze your fanny with the annual Polar Plunge Saturday, March 7 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2020 – the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin’ for a reason to help support Special Olympics. Join the Polar Plunge Registration Party at Santana & Mavericks from 6 – 9 PM and get to know your fellow plungers! 40771 Big Bear Blvd.. More details here.

Boy ScoutsThe 16th Annual Bear Mountain Scout Weekend will take place on March 7-8, 2020. This offer is available to active Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. All scouts participating on Scout Weekend will receive a Bear Mountain Scout Weekend Patch 2020.

Give your Scout the opportunity to test their knowledge and on-hill skills while earning their Snow Sports Merit Badge at Bear Mountain’s annual Scout Weekend. BSA Merit Badge counselors will be on hand to evaluate Scouts and help them work towards Merit Badges. To participate, Scouts must bring their Snow Sports Merit Badge completed workbook and Blue Cards.

watching wildlifeEnjoy the Discovery Center Nature Hikes every Saturday and Sunday in March. Meet the volunteer at the trailhead noted on the schedule. Volunteers can be identified by their green shirts. No registration is required and guided hikes are free. In the event of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Hikers are advised to wear layers in the winter months and good hiking boots. Be sure to bring water and an Adventure Pass to park at any trailheads. Passes may be purchased at the Big Bear Visitors Center. More details at this link.

You can start your next getaway 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.

Getting Serious About Having Fun

We have the great pleasure of talking to people on a daily basis about their plans to have some fun. And we’re always delighted when we hear back from some of them about the great time they had with us, and how much it meant to them to create the memories and recharge their batteries. It’s really gratifying, and we’re convinced there’s nothing wrong with getting serious about having fun.

Family relaxing on the grassYou’ve probably seen the same studies we have. There’s actually quite a bit of research that shows how much we all benefit from relaxation. It’s a really amazing elixir. Relaxation gives us more energy by increasing the flow of blood  around our body. We feel calmer, have clearer thinking, and relaxation can promote a general positive feeling. It increases our memory and helps our decision making. Our heartbeat slows, our tension is eased, and our blood pressure is lower. If relaxation were a drug, it’s something every doctor would prescribe for us. So, take it from us, your vacation doctor, you should get serious about having fun.

If you need an excuse to schedule some time away, there are a lot to choose from. Anniversaries are always great, and they don’t need to be just for weddings. We’ve seen people plan getaways around the day they first met, their first date, and you can get even more creative from there. Celebrate a promotion, a new baby, national pizza day, or the Annual Kumquat Festival that is surely happening somewhere at sometime convenient for your plan. You get the picture. All you really need is a desire to make it happen and those with whom you want to have it happen. Lather, rinse, repeat.

young woman hiker relaxing in the woodsAnd of course you know we’re going to offer you some of the best places on the planet to enhance your relaxation. Our cabins in Big Bear offer some of the best locations and finest luxury you can find. Beach lovers will want to find their way to our surf side resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. And our golfers and desert lovers will delight in the time they spend in one of our luxury golf course homes in La Quinta.

So when you’re ready to get serious about having fun, you 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  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 Next Getaway

With the new year upon us, we’ve extended our online booking calendar out to all of 2020. This is a great opportunity to plan your next getaway early. Most of us only get a limited amount of time away each year, and it’s important to take full advantage of it. With a little bit of early planning, you can make a truly memorable getaway this year.

Choose Big Bear for Scenery and Skiing

If your idea of relaxation involves lots of outdoorsy stuff like hiking, skiing, and enjoying nature, choose Big Bear for the scenery and skiing. Weather permitting, ski season usually stays open until early April. It’s a busy time for us, and it’s wise to book your stay as early as possible. We have lots of great options that will keep you just as happy off the slopes as you are on them. Few things are more relaxing that settling down in front of the fireplace at the end of a long day of skiing. Add in some time in the hot tub and a relaxing meal, and the moment is complete.

But Big Bear is also a great choice for the rest of the year. Spring is spectacular and opens more opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. The Big Bear Zoo is also a great destination for an afternoon learning about the diverse animals found in the Big Bear area. And each of your days spent exploring are capped off with a relaxing day in your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Choose La Quinta for Desert Beauty and Golfing

La Quinta is a great choice with lots of luxury properties available outside Palm Springs in Southern California. Choose La Quinta for desert beauty and golfing. Most of our La Quinta properties are located on the fairways of the world-class golf courses spread throughout the area. Most have their own private pools and spas as well. And La Quinta is has lots of great entertainment opportunities available from model rocketry, community picnics, to kite flying competitions.

Palm Springs TramNearby Palm Springs has great options for find dining, museums, and the tram takes you on a 2-1/2 mile cable journey through rugged canyons and mountainside to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top. It’s a great way to spend the day, and you’ll bring home lots of amazing memories.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear or La Quinta vacation rental. Check out 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.

New Year, New Plans

We’re putting off a few more days before we take down the tree and the Christmas lights. We’re excited to welcome in the New Year, and have great hope for the adventures that await us in the days and months ahead. We love the fresh feeling we get from the New Year, new plans, and the opportunity to make this year even better than last year.

If one of your resolutions was to spend more time with your loved ones, we’ve got some great opportunities on the horizon that you can start planning for now.

Plan a Family Ski Vacation

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowBig Bear’s ski season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to plan a family ski vacation. Whether you have little ones looking for their very first ski experience, or you’re an expert-level skier hoping to get some quality time in on the slopes, Big Bear’s two ski resorts have choices you’ll be happy with. And with your Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day, you can be sure your time will be fun, relaxing, and leave you feeling pampered.

Big Bear offers lots to do off the slopes as well. The Village is packed with lots of great little shops and restaurants. The nearby Big Bear Zoo is a great stop to see local wildlife and some actual bears while in Big Bear.

Plan an Exotic Mexico Vacation

ViewIt’s a bit jarring to move from ski slopes to sandy beaches, but those are two choices we offer. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. This is a great time of year to visit. Their weather is usually mild this time of year with very little rain and temperatures ranging from the 70’s and 80’s. The ocean water temperature also usually stays in the high 70s during our winter, and gets even warmer during the spring.

The Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach and just a short cab ride away from the airport and the shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.  There’s no shortage of activities. You can go deep sea fishing, enjoy a massage and steam spa, taste the local cuisine at the many small shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, or bring your clubs and spend some afternoons on the nearby championship golf courses. It can be a great getaway for one or all of these things.

You can start your next getaway 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.

 

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

HappyNewYearWe’re a few days out from New Years, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our guests for another great year. We have much to be grateful for, and we’re glad to have been able to participate in many great life events with our guests over the past year.

We’ve seen weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, office ski parties, graduation celebrations and more relaxing family vacations than we can count. We’re honored to be a part of these significant moments with our guests, and we’re excited to see what the new year will bring as well.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceIf one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend more quality time with your family, we’re here to help. Most families get precious few days away together, and it’s important to maximize the time. Hotels are common choice, but there’s much more relaxation and quality time to be found in a Five Star Vacation Rental. Unlike hotels where your door opens out to a hallway travelled by strangers at all hours of the night, your vacation rental is your dedicated space. The only people wandering around will be the people you brought with you.

Additionally, your Five Star Vacation Rental is perfect for families to relax together. The adults can settle in by the fire and talk late into the night without concern about the kids. They’re just down the hall safe in their own rooms. And sleepy mornings are so much better when you don’t need to muster the troops, get dressed, and go in search of a restaurant for breakfast. Just head over to your fridge, and begin your day at your pace with your own food as early or as late as each of your wants.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear vacation rental. 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.

Have More Christmas Guests Than Beds?

We’re coming up on the season when many families face a good problem. They end up with more guests coming for the holidays than they have room for. If you have more Christmas guests than beds, it’s the best of all possible problems. But it’s also one that can add stress at a time when you’d really prefer to relax and concentrate on enjoying the season. This is a problem we help families solve with great results.

sleeping manMany of us have fun memories of large family get togethers that ended up with aunts and uncles sleeping on sofas with living room furniture moved to make way for rollaways and inflatable beds. While the memories are often fond ones, the aches, pains, and lost sleep from the makeshift sleeping arrangements are not. It takes just one guest like our Uncle Harry sawing logs all night to make the next day a bit more bleary eyed for the rest of us.

Sure, we’re biased, but we really do have a much better alternative. Keep all the fun family time, but get rid of the lost sleep and long bathroom wait times. Bring your family to one of our luxury Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear this Christmas. We’re usually booked solid every Christmas, so it’s best not to delay.

Child playing with snow in winter. Kids outdoors.Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. We usually have a good amount of snow. And there are hillsides and fields all around the area ready for your family’s downhill slides, snowball fights, and building a youngster’s first snow man. The Village is a great destination for great shopping, meeting Santa, and enjoying a fine meal.

cute cheerful girl in a Christmas hat on a colored background holding gifts in her handsBut the best part of the experience is the time you’ll enjoy with your friends and family. Choose a property with plenty of room for everyone, and the morning grumbling will change from lost sleep and a line for the bathroom to the bad jokes dad is telling and shooing the kids away from the presents. It’s a great difference and a Christmas you’ll all remember with smiles.

To plan your holiday getaway, 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.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Why Choose a Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel?

We’ve been in this business so long, sometimes we lose sight of the main reasons people come to us instead staying at a hotel. We’re aware there are many good hotels out there, and many offer great amenities. So what’s the difference, and why choose a vacation rental instead of a hotel? There are quite a few good reasons, and here are our top ones.

Vacation Rentals Offer More Privacy

Empty Hotel corridor with row of doorsA common feature of every hotel is the fact that you’re sharing the space with other people. And sometimes you’re sharing the space with a lot of other people. Even the finest hotels have common hallways, and if you’re unfortunate enough to get a room adjacent to the elevator or stairwell, you can count on a steady flow of traffic past your room at all hours. This is especially bad if you have the misfortune to choose your stay at the same time as a group like the Duluth Yodeler’s Association. They’re a fun group, but a bit less fun when they’re yodeling in the hallway outside your room at 3am.

Vacation Rentals Offer More Convenience

Breakfast in KitchenSometimes a hotel is the best choice if you’re staying in a downtown area, but with the right planning, you can often find a good vacation rental even in those locations. Mornings in most hotel rooms start with formulating a plan for breakfast that typically involves going to a local restaurant. And during busy times, it involves waiting for a table at that restaurant. With your vacation rental, you greet each morning with all the conveniences of home. A quick stop by the market on your way in, and you’ll have a full kitchen stocked with all you need to make your own breakfast. While you’re still in your pajamas, and without waiting for a table.

Vacation Rentals Offer Better Value

Group of friends outside cabinThis is especially true when you plan a big family, work, or church event around your vacation rental. Finding rooms for a dozen people can be very expensive and involves lots of logistics to get everyone in the same place at the same time for meals, meetings, and activities. Many of our properties have room for a dozen guests or more, so even our most expensive properties suddenly become less expensive than a basic motel room when the cost is shared across a large group. And you’ll have the added benefit of spending more time together, which is probably the main reason you planned your event anyway, right?

Big Bear is our most popular destination, and 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 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.

It’s Oktoberfest Time!

We’re beyond thrilled to see Oktoberfest just around the corner. This year marks the 49th anniversary of this family event, and it’s on track to be the best yet. The fun happens every weekend starting September 7th and running through November 2nd. You can save by purchasing your tickets in advance at this link. And this year when you purchase your September ticket in advance, you’ll get a free ticket to return for closing weekend.

Opening weekend on September 7th will offer free admission to all current and former military, fire fighters, law enforcement, and their immediate families.

This year’s festival will feature four bands directly from Germany. You’ll also enjoy beers ranging from the same ones enjoyed at the Munich Oktoberfest for more than 150 years, to more modern versions. The food will of course range from brats to knockwurst direct from the German butcher.

Big Bear OktoberfestThe Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths) is designed for the entire family with lots of special treats just for the kids. You’ll find arts, crafts, collectibles and trinkets for mom and dad. The kids will love the carnival games, taking a turn on Samson the Mechanical Bull, the bounce house, balloon artist, face painting and airbrushed tattoos.

Sundays are family day with half price adult admission and kids under 12 get in for free. There are contests for the kids every Sunday ranging from boot holding to a costume contest during the final weekend’s Halloween celebration. Every child will take home a prize with special awards going to the 3 best costumes. Start planning now!

You can book your Oktoberfest 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 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.

May Events in Big Bear

There are enough May events in Big Bear to keep you busy all month long. It’s a perfect time to plan your Five Star Vacation Rental getaway and here are just a few of the fun things you can enjoy during your stay.

Cropped Biker in ForestSpring relaunches Big Bear’s cycling season, and there are a bunch of events planned all month long. The events start May 1st. with a twilight ride starting from Maggio’s Pizza at 5:30pm. Many consider Big Bear to the cycling capital of Southern California, and the Big Bear Cycling Association is one of the most active cycling groups anywhere in the country. Owing to Big Bear’s natural beauty and varied terrain the association offers a broad spectrum of rides for all skill levels and some planned specifically as family events. Visit their website for more details on upcoming rides: https://bigbearcycling.com

ruby slippersBig Bear’s night life is jam packed throughout May with some really great choices sure to delight everyone in the family. For a fun night of comedic relief, and family-friendly slapstick, head over to the Big Bear Performing Arts Center for the Big Bear High School Performing Arts Department’s presentation of a Panto version of “The Wizard of Oddz.” Inspired by the comedic style started in England, this loosely follows Dorothy and her friends trying to get back to Kansas with some very funny changes and audience participation along the way. You’ll want to order tickets in advance for the performances. Runs May 2-3-4 at 7pm and May 4-5 at 2pm.

Music lovers will have their choice of great events in May as well. The Cave continues with its lineup of great bands. May kicks off on Friday the 3rd with a performance by X, one of the most influential punk bands from the past 40 years. The following night will see Anuhea, the Hawaiian songstress bring her unique sound to The Cave. And here’s a list of other acts appearing throughout the month.
5/11: T.S.O.L.
5/18: Led Zepagain, a tribute band to Led Zeppelin
5/25: Desperado: An Eagles Tribute Band
Visit https://thecavebigbear.com for more details and to buy tickets in advance.

Each of these events will be enhanced when you finish the day by retreating to the luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.