Dreaming of a White Christmas in Big Bear

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Big Bear, we’re ready to help you make that happen. We’ve still got a handful of cabins and estates available for Christmas, but we’re almost certainly going to be booked solid, so you’ll need to hurry if you want to make this happen for your family.

Cabin23view2We’re excited that snow is already falling in Big Bear, and the ski slopes are open. This means your Christmas visit to Big Bear can include some fun skiing, snow boarding, or just having some fun family snow play. And there’s really nothing quite like having the family wake up on Christmas morning to a snow-covered landscape outside. If conditions allow, you may even have get the chance to build your family’s first snow man. And that is a moment most kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

snowplayBig Bear Snow Play is one of Big Bear’s most popular winter attractions. It features one of Big Bear’s biggest slopes, and is the go-to destination for inner tube downhill fun.  They’ve also got a “Magic Carpet” ride to get you from the bottom of the long slope all the way to the top without losing your breath. They’re open daily from 10am – 4pm with evening hours on the weekends. They’re even open on Christmas day from 11am to 4pm. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of racing down a slope on a tube, it’s a thrill you’re definitely going to enjoy.

Time is running out to plan your white Christmas 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 holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

 

Got Summer Plans Yet?

Have you made your summer plans yet? The time is slipping away, and we’ve got some great choices to help make your getaway truly special this year.  Here’s a small sample of some of the fun events and activities you can enjoy when you book your summer getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear:

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideHiking Big Bear is a great opportunity for your family to turn off your phones, pull on some good walking shoes, and enjoy some great family time. There are trails throughout the Big Bear area with a variety of distances and exertion levels designed to fit every hiker. They range from hikes lasting less than an hour to hikes designed to challenge even the most seasoned hiker. Some of the paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible and feature stops along the way to learn more about the botany, geology, and wildlife of the area. There’s more info on the available trails at this link.

The company of young people are sitting around the bonfire and singing songsHikers and outdoor enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center. They have fun programs scheduled throughout the summer including night hikes, campfire presentations, gold panning, and more. Many of their activities are scheduled with volunteer naturalists to answer questions and provide fascinating insight in to the beautiful plants and wildlife that surround us here in Big bear. Check out their calendar for more info on the many fun events they have available during your visit.

RennaisanceFairThere’s still time to catch this year’s Renaissance Faire running weekends through August 12th. This annual event offers a great collection of costumes, period entertainment and some of the best foods found anywhere on the planet for the past several hundred years. This is a family event where you can stroll among minstrels, royalty, and enjoy stage shows featuring magicians, period music, and some very funny acts.

We’re really proud of our lineup of luxury cabins and estates in in Big Bear. We learned long ago that vacation time is a rare and special time for most families, and we dedicate ourselves to making sure your time with us is the best possible. You can view them all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

 

More Fun For Your July Big Bear Getaway

In our blog last week, we looked at some of the fun things you can plan for your July getaway to Big Bear. July is packed with fun stuff, so we’re taking a look at some more of the fun things you can include during your stay.

JoustingOur favorite event is the annual Renaissance Faire running weekends starting July 14th through August 12th. If you’ve never been, it’s a great time with amazing food and many interesting characters. Be sure to watch for the themed weekends, and feel free to join in the fun with your own costumes. This year you’ll have the chance to enjoy fairies, pirates, royalty, and more. And the food is simply amazing. You’ll be able to select from a variety of period foods. Just follow the amazing aromas to see which one you’ll take in.

Cycling raceBig Bear boasts one of the most beautiful venues for cyclists in all of California. The Big Bear Cycling Association is hosting cycling events all month long culminating in the Big Bear Cycling Festival from July 28 through August 5th. This is the only week-long cycle festival in the United States. Events are scheduled in the dirt and the road with offerings geared toward all skill levels. You’ll find altitude acclimation rides, kids events, and a cycling expo displaying the best in cycling gear and technology. There are a number of events scheduled including Crafts N Cranks, which combines your passion for mountain biking, and craft brews with a fun run at Snow Summit, the mountain biking Mecca of Southern California. Visit http://bigbearcyclingfestival.com for more info.

watching wildlifeYour family can learn more about ecotourism in Big Bear during Big Bear Valley Outdoor Adventure Days on July 29th and 30th. This event takes place at the Big Bear Discovery Center and features nature, history, discovery and more. Visitors will be able to visit a Big Bear wetland area, explore Big Bear Lake on paddle boats, and learn more about Big Bear’s rich Native American history. Nature walks and bird watching tours will also be offered. It’s a great way to enjoy Big Bear and learn about how we can preserve its beauty for future generations.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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.

Things to do in June in Big Bear

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Oh sure, the kids are getting restless, and we’re starting feel that annual push toward the family vacation. But maybe this year can be different. With a little help from Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can ease into a summer vacation almost effortlessly. June is a great month to plan your stay, and there’s a lot happening in Big Bear in June.

Biking is Big in June

Biking takes off in June with lots of planned events throughout the month. The Big Bear Cycling Association offers rides from a Monday morning java run through road training, and community fun rides. Many rides cater to all skill levels, and it’s one of the best ways to enjoy Big Bear. The June days are typically mild, and it’s sheer delight to be free of the confines of a car as you pedal your way around the beautiful surroundings Big Bear offers. Visit their website for more information and the calendar of rides scheduled: www.BigBearCycling.com.

BB Fishing Derby-C4-01Have Some Fun Fishing

Big Bear Lake is a great fishing destination and June has some fishing events planned you’re definitely going to want to attend.

June 9th and 10th will see the arrival of the annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby. This combines two of our favorite pursuits: Fishing and Cash! Big Bear Lake will be stocked with 5 tagged fish that will bring $10,000 or more to the lucky anglers who land them. It’s a great time to load up the kids and go fishing for funds. The entry fee is $30 for kids and $80 for 16 and over. The fee covers fishing for both days of the derby. You can register online at this link.

Stick around the following weekend June 16th and 17th, and you can participate in the annual Carp Roundup. This event is for anglers and bow fishers. There are thousands of dollars in prizes with top teams vying for team prizes of $1000. It’s a fun event. You’ll need to register and pay your fee in advance. You can download the entry form 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 spring 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.

 

 

Summer Vacation Made Easy

We can tell it’s getting closer to summer, because the kids are starting the yearly ritual of dreading finals while delighting in the pending end of the school year. There are new arrivals weekly at the Home Depot nursery, and our garden is looking a bit greener as a result. These seasonal signs are the annual reminder that a great summer vacation takes some planning. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals you can easily create a luxury getaway to some amazingly fun and relaxing destinations.

Big Bear is our most popular destination year round. During the summer, it becomes a great respite from the heat and harried lifestyle in Southern California.

HikersWhile we always have a hard time leaving the luxury and pampered feeling we get inside our Five Star Vacation Rental, there’s always something fun to do when we venture out.  There are miles and miles of hiking paths in the Big Bear area, and Big Bear Lake offers great fishing, boating and other water sports.

Starting in the middle of May, Big Bear’s seasonal golf course opens up with 9 holes of golfing fun nestled amid some spectacular scenery with the San Bernardino mountains in the background.

Handsome singer with rock and roll band performing music on stageBig Bear’s nightlife also keeps our guests entertained. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Big Bear Convention Center boasts Big Bear’s biggest dance floor, and every Wednesday night hosts a good old fashioned line dance to make good use of it. They even offer free lessons, so dancers of all skill levels can have some fun without too much worry about stepping on too many toes.

The Cave in Big Bear offers great live music with some big name performers and some what will soon be. If your idea of a fun evening is listening to live music, The Cave in Big Bear is a great destination. Nearby, The Village offers a wonderfully eclectic blend of small shops and restaurants. It makes for a perfect afternoon or evening stroll to see some of the great crafts and mementoes that would make a great souvenir of your getaway to Big Bear.  You’ll long remember and want to soon repeat your relaxing summer getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

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 spring 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.

 

 

 

Looking For a Fun Getaway?

If you’re looking to put together a fun getaway, we’ve got some great ideas for you. Whether it’s for a quick weekend retreat or a full week of fun and relaxation, we’ve got some options that will make your time away simply amazing. Check out these amazing properties that as we write this are available for your stay during the first week of April.

Cabin3Cabin #3 is our “Five Star Snow Summit.” This full log cabin has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 9 guests. It’s located just a short distance from The Village, with all the shopping and great restaurants there. Your adventure here begins with our pair of whimsical carved bears greeting you on the deck as you first arrive. The experience grows as you enter and are surrounded by the exposed timbers and mountain decor. Choose your relaxation from a game of pool, a warm dip in the bubbling spa, or just relaxing by the river rock fireplace. Your time here will fun and memorable. Book online or get more details at this link.

Cabin23aWant to enjoy some amazing luxury with panoramic views overlooking Big Bear Lake? Our Cabin #23 “Stunning Boulder Cove Estate” is a perfect option. With its 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, there’s room for 12 guests in amazing luxury. Two of the bedrooms are master suites, so it’s a great option for multiple families. Enjoy some time walking along your own private lakeside cove, or assemble on the deck for a family meal overlooking the lake and rock outcroppings. The views are just amazing, and the hardest part of your stay will be when you need to leave this beautiful luxury property. This link has more photos and details. Click through for online booking as well.

Cabin46aIf you’re a fan of fine craftsmanship, you’re going to love your time in our Cabin #46, “High Timber Log Estate.” This is a hand-built Canadian full log home that will take your breath away. The massive timbers are just amazing, and you’ll appreciate the attention to detail. The great room boasts a towering floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and there’s a huge deck out offering tree top views. There’s room for 16 guests in its 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, so you’ll enjoy plenty of privacy for multiple families or larger groups. There’s a fun treehouse out back that’s sure to delight the kids. You can book online or view more photos and details at this link.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Getting a Tax Refund? We’ve Got a Great Idea How To Use It

Are you getting a tax refund this year? We’ve got a great idea how to use it. What better way to celebrate your hard work than taking a well-deserved getaway with your friends or family? And what better place than in a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin in Big Bear?

Peaceful and warm image of a open book by fireplace.March and April are perfect months for heading to Big Bear. The ski season is winding down, but there’s still plenty of great things to fill your time. Or you can turn off your cell phone, grab a couple of books you’ve been neglecting for a while, and enjoy some of the most relaxing quiet time you’re likely to find. Just prop yourself up where you can soak in the warmth of the fireplace, stop occasionally for a good meal, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s a recipe for recharging your batteries and getting a fresh perspective on life.

Country Women Line DanceIf you want to supplement your stay with some great fun, we recommend you head over to the Big Bear Convention Center for some good old fashioned line dancing. Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Convention Center offers a full slate of line dancing opportunities.  Wednesdays you’ll enjoy live music with free line dancing classes, and then on Fridays and Saturdays you can put into practice your new steps with their line dance extravaganzas. The music is great, and it’s the one place where you’re likely to step on somebody’s toes and laugh about it. Visit their website for more details. Cowboy boots and hats are optional, but will certainly add to experience.

If you want to make part of your relaxation spending some time in the kitchen, you’re going to love spending some time at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market at the Convention Center. The Farmer’s Market’s season opens the first Tuesday in April, and is a great resource for locally-grown fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating a culinary masterpiece for your family knowing the ingredients were purchased fresh and local. The market is open from 8:00am to 1:30pm each Tuesday starting on April 3rd.

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 spring 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.

 

 

 

Great Vacations Require Work

Vacation Date Travel Day Trip Circled Calendar 3d IllustrationIf you’re somebody who still feels great vacations require work, we’ve got some good news. Those days are gone.

For most families, vacation time is a precious commodity. We never seem to get enough of it, and vacations never last as long as we’d like. This is why so many families devote considerable time to planning out their vacation time.  We applaud this approach, and a big part of our job is helping families make these plans, so their time away is maximized. While nobody can plan for every possible glitch, we can help steer you toward an experience that can easily beat pretty much anything you’d find at even the finest hotels.

hotel hallwayPart of the advantage of our vacation rentals over a hotel experience is how much of the vacation experience you can wrap into this single choice. With a hotel, you’re still faced with finding restaurants to keep your group fed. And if you’re traveling with a large family or group of friends, you’ll need to get several rooms. This can create a real challenge to keep everyone close by, and you won’t want the kids wandering through hotel hallways to go from room to room.

With your Five Star Vacation Rental, you’ll have an entirely different experience from start to finish. The first thing you’ll notice is you don’t need to send one person in search of a parking place while the other checks in and hoists the Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraluggage up to the room. Your Big Bear vacation rental is like coming home, but to a really nice luxury version of home. Park in the driveway and everybody goes in together.  If your rental has a hot tub, it is truly your hot tub.  Nobody but those you have with you will be sharing it. If your kids want to run down the hall to one of the other rooms, it’s a hallway in your home, and you won’t run into any strangers there. Want a midnight snack? No need to go in search of a vending machine. Your fully-equipped kitchen is just down the hall, and you can stock the refrigerator and cupboard with whatever snacks or goodies you want. Go grab a granola bar, and forget searching for dollar bills or quarters.

And as easy as it is to plan a getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental, the time you spend with us is even easier. You’ll enjoy a level of luxury, privacy, and convenience that just can’t be found with a hotel.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

February in Big Bear

Big Bear is always a fun destination. The natural beauty here is a major attraction for many city dwellers. Big Bear is most often what comes to mind when people talk about the advantages of Southern California living. The cities can be a hot mess of traffic jams, long waits at the store, long hours at work, and a general feeling of too much to do and too little time to do it. But within a couple hours of most Southern California areas, you can arrive in Big Bear with the crystal waters of the lake, the cool breezes through the trees, and a much more relaxing pace. It’s a perfect retreat from your everyday pressures, and coming up in February, there are a number of things to enhance your stay with us here.

BaldEagle2On February 10th bird lovers will have a unique opportunity to help count one of Big Bear’s most celebrated winter guests, the bald eagle. The Big Bear Discovery Center teams up with the US Forest Service to conduct the Bald Eagle count each year. Volunteers should dress warmly and provide their own binoculars. Meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am for training, and the count goes from 9am to 10am. If you miss this count, the final count day will be on March 10th. Visit the Discovery Center website for more details.

The Cave is considered by many to be Big Bear’s premier live music venue, and February does not disappoint. If you love tribute bands, you’re going to have some great choices. On February 2nd enjoy the Kiss tribute band, Kissed Alive. Paint your face, and pull on your platform shoes for a night that’s sure to rock your world. On February 3rd, you’ll be treated with Motley 2, the Motley Crue tribute band. And on February 17th, put on your rose colored glasses and join Kenny Metcalf as he presents Elton John for your enjoyment. Other performers during February include Fishbone on the 10th, Fatal 80’s with Gretchen Bonaduce on the 16th, and Dokken on the 24th. Visit The Cave’s website for ticket and schedule information.

Couple in loveMake your Valentine’s Day stay in Big Bear even more romantic with a night out  at the 5th annual Sweetheart Ball. The Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Foundation hosts this fun annual event with proceeds going to charity. This year’s theme is “Give Where You Live.” Be sure to reserve in advance. Call Dawn Hartmeister at (800) 926-0409 or dawnehartmeister@gmail.com. The Sweetheart Ball will be held at the The Lodge Ballroom on Wednesday evening, February 14th, starting with cocktails at 5PM and Dinner at 6PM.

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

 

Plan Your Special Event With Five Star Vacation Rentals

calendarPlan your special event with Five Star Vacation Rentals, and we’ll help make your special days even more memorable. Each year our families have a collection of important dates on our calendars. Some events like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas are common for pretty much all of us and fall on the same day for all of us. But other special days like birthdays, a military homecoming, anniversaries, job promotions, retirement parties and many more fall on different days for different families. But all of these deserve special attention and a real effort to enhance the quality of the day.  That’s where we come in.

Family PartyThere can be both a great advantage and a lot of fun to planning out these family events well in advance. The advantage of early planning is you’ll usually have a better selection of great properties to choose from. And the fun can be almost endless. Once you secure your Five Star Vacation Rental, you can start making your plans for the rest of your event. Who will you invite? What fun activities nearby can you plan for your group’s stay? If it’s a surprise, how will you spring it on them? This part of the planning can last for weeks and create some imaginative and very touching scenarios to enhance your celebration.

And whatever planning goes into the making of your event, we’ll be working to make sure your stay with us only makes it better. We have a great collection of luxury vacation rentals to choose from, so whether you’re looking for a retreat to the forests of Big Bear, the sandy beaches of Nuevo Vallarta, or the breathtaking golf course and mountain views of La Quinta, we have a destination that will add a luxurious feeling to your time away.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.