Finish up October in Style

We’re in the final few days of October, and you may well be looking for an excuse to get away for a few days of fun. We like the way you think.

Serving at Oktoberfest.This weekend puts the “Big” in Big Bear for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the end of Oktoberfest for the year. The annual food, fun, frankfurter, and funky shopping event is coming to a close. It’ll be another long year until you get the chance to down a tankard of exotic beer surrounded by people wearing lederhosen. Kinda makes you tear up at the loss, doesn’t it? Well, you can do something about that by just calling us at 310-780-3411 to book a last-minute getaway.

Little boy in halloween costume with basket for candies in the pBut wait, there’s more. Consider keeping the kids out of school for an educational journey on Monday night as the Big Bear Village celebrates Halloween. This is a chance for them to conduct a field study of the different varieties of zombies as found in the Big Bear area. Promise their teachers you’ll have them turn in a full report on their findings.  You can dress up the entire family as your favorite politician, zombie or monster and stroll among the shops in Big Bear Village. Most shops are offering treats for the kids and adults alike, and it’s a great opportunity to explore some really fun shopping and yummy foods.

You can view all of our Big Bear luxury vacation rentals at this link.  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.

More October Fun in Big Bear

October is one of the best months to visit Big Bear. Oktoberfest is in full swing on the weekends, and there’s plenty of fun for the family during the week as well.  Here’s just a sample of the fun that awaits you:

wolfThe Big Bear Alpine Zoo is celebrating Wolf Awareness Week October 9th through 16th. Wolves play a vital role in Big Bear’s ecosystem, and this is your chance to learn more about them from the zookeepers. The week will culminate with special presentations at the zoo on October 15th with hourly presentations from noon until 3 PM. Among other interesting facts, visitors will learn about why the wolves howl, and you’ll be invited to join along. It’s sure to be a howling good time!

After you’ve spent a while howling at the moon with the big dogs, you can take part in the Zoo’s Flashlight Safari every Friday and Saturday night through October. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the nocturnal animals that are usually hidden away during usual zoo hours. Bring your own flashlight, dress warmly, and arrive promptly at 6:30 PM. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+) and children from 3 to 10 years of age, and children under 3 years are free.

kidshalloweenHalloween in Big Bear is a special treat each year, and one that you should try to experience with the family. Big Bear Village dedicates the night to offering treats to all ages of kids who stroll among the shops in costume. Whether you’re a short one or a tall one, this is a time you can have some real run and collect some great treats in the process. Over 50 of the Village shops are participating, and you’re guaranteed to finish the night with enough candy to keep every dentist from here to Barstow busy for months.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that any activity you may choose to do in Big Bear will be greatly enhanced by staying in one of our luxury vacation rental cabins and estates. We choose properties for their comfort and unique style, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy your time under our roof as much as you enjoy your other Big Bear activities.

You can view all of our Big Bear cabins and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday 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 holiday in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

Oktoberfest in Big Bear

October is just around the corner, and with that the holiday season will be in full swing. You don’t have to be a Halloween enthusiast to fully appreciate everything this month has to offer. The onset of fall, the arrival of pumpkin spice, and the cooler weather are all reasons to celebrate and take a break from your usual routine.

What’s the best way to do so? A vacation, of course! You need not venture abroad or across the country to find relaxation, luxury, and quality time with your family.  A world-class vacation spot with accommodations that are just as nice can be found in nearby Big Bear.

There’s plenty to get excited about this October in Big Bear. Fishing enthusiasts can get in on trout season and enter the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest. It’ll be held on the first of the month, starting at a bright and early 6:30 AM. Attendees will gather at Big Bear Marina at 500 Paine Rd. for the fishing and festivities.

Another tradition, the 46th Annual Oktoberfest, will grace the streets of Big Bear. Adults can enjoy craft beers while kiddos can take part in activities and games. The whole family is sure to have a blast. It, too, will be held at the beginning of the month on the 1st and 2nd at the Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

October is the perfect time for a quick getaway before the hustle and bustle of the holidays really begins. Whether you’re considering a solo trip or a family vacation, nothing will make it unforgettable like booking luxurious lodgings. Five Star Vacation Rental maintains a number of accommodations in Big Bear, including vacation homes that are complete with a gourmet kitchen, dining room, HDTV with cable, and many other luxury features like pool tables and spas. Check out all our luxury Big Bear cabins and estates at this link.

There are plenty of other places to enjoy the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental in October, too. 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 getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Oktoberfest Starts Brewing This Weekend

Big Bear’s annual Oktoberfest arrives this weekend, and it’s a great time to plan a visit to a Five Star vacation rental.  This event attracts visitors from all over, and it’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of entertainment, great food, shopping, and of course, some of the world’s best beers.

The festivities kick off on Saturday, September 10th, and the opening weekend celebrates America’s heroes with free admission for all military (past and present), law enforcement, and fire fighters.  The fun continues weekends through the end of October.  If you’ve never been to Oktoberfest in Big Bear, here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect:

You’re going to have a lot of great food choices to make.  Along with the traditionally yummy brats, you’ll also enjoy knockwurst, polish sausage, roasted chicken, roast beef, and roast pork, and lots of gravy.  For dessert there’s apple strudel, cotton candy, kettle corn, and homemade fudge.  And this is just a small sampling; there’s much much more.  Be sure to pack extra insulin.

For the entertainment, you’ll want to pack your dancing shoes.  There’s plenty of opportunity to jump in and join along. You may even find yourself doing the chicken dance. There are log sawing competitions, and plenty of fun for the kids as well. You can get their faces painted, temporary tattoos, and there’s a big bounce house too. Bands direct from Europe will be performing, and Oktoberfest-related souvenirs including beer steins ranging from miniatures to mammoth.

As much fun as you’ll have at Oktoberfest, the real star of your visit will be your Five Star Vacation Rental. We specialize in luxury properties, and our  Big Bear cabins are prime examples. You’ll be able to relax in style, so your fun at Oktoberfest will be made even more memorable by the luxury you’ll enjoy with one of our Big Bear Vacation Rentals.  Check out all our Big Bear properties at this link. You can see lots of great photos and book online as well.

Want to plan a getaway someplace 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 getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

There’s Just Too Much September

Honestly, we’re poring over the upcoming events in Big Bear for September, and we realize we’re going to need to start offering a monthly rate for our vacation rentals here.  We certainly encourage you to give it a try, but we’re convinced there’s just too much going on to cram into a quick weekend getaway or even a longer stay during the week. Check out these options.

Oktoberfest makes its annual “why-wait-for-October?” arrival on September 10th this year. Feel free to call it “Septemberfest” if you must.  The fun will the same regardless.    It runs weekends until the end of October.

If you’ve never been to Oktoberfest, you’ve been missing out.  In addition to one of the most amazing collections of international brews found anywhere, the entire family will find lots of fun and activities.  Yep, last week you couldn’t even spell “lederhosen,” and now you own a pair.  Nice knees.  There’s plenty of Bavarian music to get your feet moving, and the kids will love all the activities set up just for them.  Sundays are family day. Kids get in free, and the’ll enjoy a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and carnival games.

September 10th will see the arrival of the hugely popular Young Eagles program at the Big Bear airport.  This event is intended to acquaint kids with the thrill of civilian aviation.  Aimed at kids ages 8-17, it offers many their first free flight in a private airplane.  The pilots will spend time with participants explaining the different parts of the aircraft to teach them the basics of flight and how the planes work.  The free flight that follows is the essence of excitement.  This is something every parent should do for their kids.  And it’s free.  This takes place on the second Saturday of each month through September. More info on their website:  www.youngeagles.org

Weekends at the Big Bear Discovery Center are a big hit with our guests.  You can join them for nature walks and learn some of the little-known history of Big Bear and its inhabitants.  The trail guides will also provide fascinating information about the plant and animal life that surrounds you.   Visit their website for more details.

Of course all of these activities take on a special significance when you have a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental cabin to head back to after you’ve had your fun.  Cook up a big family meal in your gourmet kitchen or just assemble the family in the hot tub for a relaxing evening after your full day.  A Five Star Vacation Rental will be the difference between, “that was fun” and “we’ve GOT to do that again!”

You can view all of our Big Bear luxury vacation rentals at this link.  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.

Ready For an Escape Yet?

Keep Calm Poster with Crown

School’s been back in for a few weeks.  How’s that going?  Are you adjusting to the new schedule?  We mentioned this a couple weeks ago, and we’ve already begun to see a steady stream of guests who are fighting to keep up with the pressures of simultaneously helping with homework, getting to dance and piano lessons, and arriving at soccer practice on time. And don’t forget to squeeze in a meal that was not purchased from the driver’s seat of your car, and is a bit more complicated than the brief hop from the freezer to the microwave to the hungry children.   It’s a feat almost worthy of a booth at Comic-Con.

It’s important as these pressures close in that you find time to relax and recharge your batteries.  We can think of no better way to do this that a quick weekend getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  There’s really something about the crisp mountain air that revitalizes both the body and the soul.  Couple this with the luxury of your vacation rental, and it’s a remedy for just about any of the pressures you’re facing.

Oktoberfest is under way, and it’s a great activity for the entire family.  Mom and dad can sample some truly amazing beers from around the world while you all can enjoy the music, great food, dancing and booths.  Buy one of those beer steins that’s bigger than your head as a souvenir, and  you’ll smile every time you pull it out back home.  Oktoberfest runs weekends through October.

October has a full slate of other fun activities as well.  On Friday and Saturday nights we recommend you take in the Flashlight Safari at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo.  This is a unique opportunity to observe the animals after dark.  The zoo is an entirely different place once the sun goes down, and many animals are far more active.  On many nights you’ll hear the wolves howling, the owls hooting, and your kids squealing with delight.  It’s a great time.  Visit the zoo’s website for more info: www.bigbearzoo.org

Child with a flashlight looking for somethingOn Saturday, October 17, Big Bear will enjoy a rare treat.  TV star Kiefer Sutherland brings his band to town for a performance at The Cave.  Sutherland has been performing in clubs around the country for years, and this is a great opportunity to hear some great music while spending an evening with one of your favorite TV stars.  You can get more information online at www.thecavebigbear.com

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

September in Big Bear — Oktoberfest and More

September is an especially full month in Big Bear.  We’ll cover a few of the highlights here.

Oktoberfest is always a favorite with our guests. There’s great food, entertainment, and of course lots of great beer. It kicks off this year on Saturday September 16th and runs weekends through October 31st. As in years past, the opening weekend September 16th and 17th will be American Heroes Weekend. Admission is free for all past and present, military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and their immediate families.

Oktoberfest continues to grow in popularity every year, so we recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance and reserve your stay in one of our Five Star Vacation rentals as quickly as possible.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to reserve your stay, and purchase your tickets for Oktoberfest online at this link.

September is also filled with events for cyclists.  The Big Bear Cycling Association has a full month planned with events scheduled for both weekdays and weekends.  You can bring your own bikes from home, or rentals are available once you arrive.  The September events are available for all comers from beginners through experienced riders.  Visit their website for more details: www.bigbearcycling.com

History buffs will have a great time with the 32nd Annual Big Horn Mountain Men Holcomb Valley Rendezvous. The Big Horn Mountain Men are a group of historical re-enactors who set up a living history encampment of the fur trade era of the American West, spanning the time period of the French and Indian War (1700) to 1840. You’ll enjoy great period food, crafts, and colorful characters from this time period. This event takes place a few miles outside Big Bear at the Holcomb Valley Scout Ranch. Download the flyer at this link.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

October in Big Bear

October is just around the corner, and we’ve got plenty of good reasons for you to plan your next getaway with Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.

Oktoberfest is in full swing, and we’re certain there’s a stein or two just waiting for you to show up.  Beer is just the beginning of Big Bear’s Oktoberfest fun. This event keeps getting bigger and bigger each year and is a great destination for the entire family.  In addition to a wondrous collection of exotic international beers, there are events planned to keep everybody in the family occupied with something fun.   You’ll be humming polka tunes for weeks to come.  It’s one of those rare moments in your life you may well hear yourself utter the words, “You know, I think I’d like to learn to play the accordion.”

The rows of booths have lots of fun souvenirs and kid-oriented stuff like a bounce house, face painting, balloon creations, and spray-on tattoos.  Combine this with the nearly endless polkas and food, and you’ll see why so many people keep coming back year after year.   Oktoberfest runs weekends through October 25.

Anglers are going to love the annual Troutfest on October 4th and 5th.  Sponsored by Western Outdoor News, this event offers a great weekend of fishing with some great prizes and trophies offered.  You can fish from shore or on the lake, and there are several different categories you can vie for.  Visit the Western Outdoor News website for more details.

Regardless of the reason you choose for your Big Bear getaway, you time away will be much more enjoyable with a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate as part of the picture.  We choose only the finest luxury vacation rentals in Big Bear, so you can enjoy an amazing getaway that promises to let you truly relax as you soak in your surroundings.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Take To The Lake — And To the Land!

September is one of the best months for activities on Big Bear Lake as we enjoy the last of the warmer weather before the onset of fall.  At the peak of summer, the lake water can get in the low 70° range.  This is great weather for boating, fishing, and even swimming on the lake.  It’s a great opportunity for your family to “dive in” and enjoy some of the great water activities on Big Bear Lake.

 

Thursdays offers ladies only a fun time with the “Babes on Boards” potluck and paddle board event at Captain John’s Fawn Harbor and Marina.  This fun event is limited to ladies only, and we’re told it’s an absolute blast. Be sure to call ahead for details, as there is an age requirement. Contact Serena Saunders at 909-866-6478 for more details.

The entire family can enjoy stand up paddle boarding with mid-week rentals at Captain John’s. Paddle boarding is great fun, and definitely gets easier the more you practice. And with the warmer lake water this time of year, you won’t suffer at all when you slip into the water.

Want to just spend some time on the lake? You can rent anything from a little canoe to a 12 person boat at Captain John’s. Spending an afternoon just drifting around the lake with no real destination can be amazingly relaxing. Grab a good book, some cool refreshments and a light lunch. You’ll quickly find the gentle lapping of the lake water against the hull of the boat to be supremely relaxing.

September usually offers some good trout and bass fishing, so we recommend all anglers pack their gear to enjoy some fun as well.  There’s nothing quite like serving up the amazingly fresh catch of the day when you were the one to catch it.  Our luxury Big Bear vacation rental cabins and estates all have full kitchens with the utensils you’ll need to cook up a gourmet meal.

If you choose to venture off the lake, there are some very special events taking place in Big Bear during September.  The annual Oktoberfest celebration kicks off September 13th and runs weekends through October 25th.  Many of our guests make this an annual event.  Oktoberfest brings great fun to town.  It’s that time of year you can sample dozens of exotic beers from around the world, and polka till you just can’t polka any more.  The kids will have a great time as well with dance contests and tons of activities just for them.  Bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, and polka.  There are few things needed beyond these to enjoy a fulfilled life.  Except maybe some quality time in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear.  And lederhosen.

September 19 – 21st Big Bear hosts the 15th annual International Film Festival.  This event keeps getting bigger every year, and it’s a great time for film buffs.  You’ll get a chance to do some star gazing, since we usually see a handful of famous actors in town for the event.  There are over 100 films screened during the festival, and you can also participate in seminars and panels for both film makers and film fans alike.  Be sure to book your cabin and get your tickets in advance.  It’s a busy weekend, and we often get booked up in advance.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

September in Big Bear. Plant This In Your Mind.

Well, the kids are back in school or will be in a few days.  It’s time to surrender to the more mundane aspects of a weekly schedule that includes early morning roundups of kids, backpacks, lunches, puppies and car keys.  Why is it that the car keys are always someplace new?  Maybe we should devote an entire blog to that topic.  But not this one.

Your bodies may well be going through the motions of a post-summer reality, but there’s really no reason to surrender your mind to this eventuality.  Much of your daily routine can be handled quite well without devoting your entire attention to it, right?  Spreadsheets and calendars already have boxes on them, and you just need to punch in a bit of text.  Heck, most of those reports you’re preparing can practically write themselves.  And unless you really are a brain surgeon or rocket scientist, this really isn’t brain surgery or rocket science.  So why not allow your mind to continue in summer vacation mode for a while longer?  We can’t think of any compelling reason to pull you back.  In fact, we’ve cooked up a few reasons that you should remain in vacation mode for at least another several weeks.  Take a look at some of the fun things that you can do in Big Bear in September:

Oktoberfest is back! It starts September 13th and runs weekends through October 25th.  This annual event if one of our most popular, and it’s absolutely a great time for the entire family.  There’s beer, brats, more beer, great ethnic costumes, more beer, games for the kids, dancing, beer, and pretzels.  And did we mention beer?  Even if you’re not a big beer drinker, Oktoberfest in Big Bear is great fun.  The food is just amazing, and there are so many fun things to do with lots of great little shops and stalls to visit as well.  Grab your sweetie, and prepare to polka! Will you please pick up one of those cool little caps with the feather in it for us?

September 19-21 also sees the arrival of the 15th annual Big Bear Film Festival. This is a great event for film buffs of all stripes.  You can rub elbows with industry leaders, and there’s usually some great star gazing if you can peer behind that sea of over-size sun glasses to pick out the “A” listers that fly into town for the occasion.  This is a very popular event, and you should get your tickets in advance.  This year there will be over 115 movies shown at different venues around town, and there will be a great selection of 3D films to choose from as well.  You can buy your tickets at this link.

There’s really no better way to enhance your enjoyment of these September events in Big Bear than with a luxury vacation cabin or estate from Five Star Vacation Rentals.  We have assembled dozens of the finest, most luxurious properties to be found anywhere in Big Bear.  You can spend your days taking in some of the cutting edge films or sampling international beers, but spend your nights in the comfort and luxury of your Five Star Vacation Rental.  It’s a perfect combination.  Spend all day on your feet having fun, and prop up your feet at night in your luxury vacation rental.  Check out our Big Bear vacation rental cabins and estates at this link.

Give us a call, and we’ll be glad to book your getaway for you. Looking for a vacation somewhere else?  No problem! Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.