44 Great Reasons to Visit Big Bear in September

September is one of the most popular months to visit Big Bear, and we’ve got 44 great reasons why you should call us right away to book your getaway.  Our 44 reasons are some of Big Bear’s most luxurious and finely furnished vacation rental cabins and estates.  While other families will be plunging into the stress of crowded hotels, loud lobbies, and long waits for restaurant seating, you can make sure your family enjoys the finest quality lodging with a full kitchen and private parking.  Since you’re booking a getaway to relax and enjoy yourselves, why not make sure you can . . . well, relax and enjoy yourselves?  Nothing really compares to the plush relaxation and luxury you’ll enjoy in one of our vacation rental cabins and estates.

September is traditionally the month when fall arrives and provides Southern Californians with a glimpse into the beauty of the changing seasons.  It’s a rare opportunity to show your kids that there’s more to fall than getting an extra hour of sleep when daylight savings time kicks in.  And for the many transplants who moved here from the south and east, it’s a chance to revisit the beauty you may have enjoyed as a kid.  We can think of no better way to enhance the pure relaxation of your visit than to settle in with one of our 44 amazing Big Bear luxury vacation rentals from FiveStarVacationRental.com.

Now there’s no sure way to predict exactly when the leaves will start turning colors, but we do have a bunch of great events on the calendar for September that are sure to make your visit a memorable one.  Here’s just a sampling:

In last week’s blog, we detailed the upcoming annual Big Bear Film Festival.  This is always a great event with lots of fun things for folks both in and out of the film industry. It’s an especially important event for anyone looking to break into the film industry, since there will be producers, directors, and big-name talent as well.

Oktoberfest is also coming up in a few weeks with a wide variety of great food and events for every member of the family.  Mom and dad will enjoy some great international beers and cuisine while the kids have plenty of activities geared just for them as well.  And the village overflows with fun shopping and kitschy items that will quickly become treasured mementos of the fun time you had in Big Bear.

Combine these fun events with miles of nature walks, great restaurants, and a top quality Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate, and you’ll see there’s really no limit to the fun things to do in Big Bear during September.  Whether you plan to spend your time walking along the trails to drink in the rich sights and smells of fall, or want to jump into the middle of Oktoberfest with its amazing offering, we can assure you your September stay will have you planning your return trip right away.

Be sure to look at all our luxury rentals in Big Bear.  We can also help you book your getaway to one of our other destinations in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We’re committed to making sure your vacation will be a great memory for your entire family.  Call us at 310-780-3411 for more details or to book with us on the phone.

Oktoberfest Is Just Around the Corner. Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin Early

We’re getting a jump on September events in Big Bear, because the month is packed with some of our most popular of the year.  If you’ve never visited Big Bear during September, it’s a real treat as the leaves begin to turn with the evenings become cooler.  And every September we’re excited to welcome back Southern California’s most popular Oktoberfest celebration.

Big Bear’s first Oktoberfest was celebrated back in 1971, and it grows in popularity and attendance each year.  This year’s celebration commences September 14th and continues for 7 consecutive weekends through October 27th.  Many of our guests make it an annual rite of fall to reserve their favorite cabin and spend some time drinking in (literally and figuratively!) the fun and culture of the event.  Once you attend, you’ll soon see why.

This year’s celebration will continue the tradition of offering some of the world’s finest German beers, bratwursts, sauerkraut, and apple strudel.  Big Bear prides itself as one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfests with much of the cuisine and brews created by German brewers, bakers, and butchers.  The list of tasty ales keeps expanding each year, and you can count on finding brews ranging from traditional German varieties to yummy flavored beers including lemonade, pumpkin, raspberry and more.  You haven’t fully lived until you’ve sampled a steaming hot fresh bratwurst washed down with an icy cold authentic German beer.  If you’re not drooling, check your pulse.

And you’ll have plenty of opportunity to work off your meals with lots of dancing and unique shopping booths to stroll through as well.  If you’ve been searching for an excuse to break out your lederhosen and get down to some serious German fun, this is it.

Oktoberfest is always a busy time for us here at Five Star Vacation Rentals, so we recommend that you get your reservation in early.  And be sure to ask about a discount for weekly rentals if you want to stay longer to enjoy some of the other September events.   Check back for next Friday’s blog with details about this year’s Big Bear International Film Festival.

You can view all our Big Bear cabins at this link, or call us at a 310-780-3411.  We’ll be happy to help you put together the ideal Oktoberfest getaway.  And while Big Bear is certainly our favorite spot to celebrate Oktoberfest, you can also enjoy great beer and fine dining at any of our other destinations including Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of which one of our luxury getaway locations you choose, you can be assured that we’re working to make sure your vacation will be one you’ll want to repeat again every year.

October in Big Bear Has Something For Everyone. Call Us to Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin

Autumn in Big Bear is one of the most beautiful times of year to join us.  The nights start to get a bit cooler, and the mornings are greeted with wonderful refreshing cool breezes.  You’ll regret putting off your stay with us here while you roast in the stifling October heat that so frequently hits Los Angeles. Avoid regret.  Call us today to book your October vacation getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental Big Bear cabins.  Here are some of the fun events waiting for you in October:

Oktoberfest Kid's Costume Contest

Oktoberfest continues its annual run weekends until the end of the month.  This is one of Big Bear’s most popular events, and there’s something for every member of the family.  This year introduces more fun for the little ones with the Kindermeister Party Pack.  The package includes admission, Kid’s Meal, Sports Cup (with half-priced refills during your visit), one non-alcoholic beverage and a singing chicken keychain.  Oktoberfest finishes its run this year on Saturday, October 27 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 9:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.  This final weekend is always a busy one for us, so be sure to book your cabin early, and bring something fun to wear!

Since 2004, Western Outdoor News has sponsored the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest and it has proven to be a popular outing for all members of the family. Enjoy a weekend among your fellow anglers as you fish for fun and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Please visit the website at www.wonews.com or call Western Outdoor News at (949)366-0030.  You could actually fish and win money at it.  No, you’re not dreaming!  October 6th.

Curious Owls Greet Nighttime Explorers!

This one just sounds irresistible!  Join us on Saturday evenings during October for the Flashlight Safari Through Moonridge Animal Park.  This unique experience lets you enjoy Moonridge Animal Park’s nocturnal animals. Gates open 6:15 PM and close at 6:30 PM to start the tour.  Bring your flashlight and wear warm clothes. For more information call (909) 584-1299 or visit  www.moonridgezoo.org The fun culminates on Saturday, October 27th with Boo In The Zoo. This starts in the  late afternoon and continues through the early evening with a truckload of fun including Tricks ‘n Treat–The Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.  Dress up the kids, and spend the evening with some real animals!

Kids, Costumes, Candy . . . Fun!

Halloween in the Village is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy Halloween.  Join us on the evening of October 31st and wander through the village in costume.  The kids will have a wonderful time as more than 50 of our merchants join in the fun with loads of candy for the kids.  Dress warmly and have the kids bring extra large goody bags.  This is going to be a Halloween to remember!

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your October getaway.  Also, we’re starting to fill up our holiday reservations, so don’t delay your plans. Call us and we’ll help you plan a holiday in Big Bear that will bring joy to the entire family.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.  Don’t risk your precious vacation time by booking anywhere else!

 

 

Planning the Perfect Oktoberfest Getaway

Oktoberfest Is Here!

Tomorrow is the opening day of Oktoberfest, and it will continue to run through October 27th.  Have you made your plans yet?  This is one of the year’s biggest events in Big Bear, and it’s something that many families make a regular yearly tradition.  If you’ve never been, it will take just one visit to see why it is so popular.

This weekend opens with a salute to America’s Heros.  Past and present military, law enforcement and fire fighters will get free admission.  There will be a special opening ceremony on Saturday night to offer thanks for the sacrifice of these brave men and women.

The fun of Oktoberfest starts each Saturday at noon with German bands, polka dances, and events for the entire family.  There can be some pretty big crowds, so here are a few suggestions to make your weekend more enjoyable.

Buy your tickets in advance

There can be a line to buy tickets during peak hours, so one quick way to get the fun started right away is buy your tickets in advance.  There are a variety of ticket prices and packages available, and you can purchase them at this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1758871515?ref=eorgbtn

Come hungry!

Did we mention the beer?

One of the great delights about Oktoberfest is the wonderful food.  From amazingly tender pork roast to consistent favorites like the German Sausage Sandwich, you can count on finding so many food options that you’ll want to stay longer just to sample more of the wonderful cuisine.  Knockwurst, bratwurst, and Polish sausage abound, and virtually every dish will be topped with generous amounts of German potato salad and sauerkraut.

For the less adventurous among you, there’s also a full American menu available with hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries and the like.

Come thirsty!

There are over a dozen different beers to choose from as well as a good supply of wine too.  O’Doul’s Free Shuttle will be operating each evening offering a free ride back to your cabin from the festivities.

And when you finish sampling the amazing food and drink at Oktoberfest, be sure to visit the visit the Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths).  These shops offer an amazing assortment of fine chocolates, beef jerky, kites, old fashion clothes, gifts and artwork.  The Avenue of the Booths is an especially big hit with the kids.  You’ll find face painting, bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

Be prepared to laugh and enjoy yourself

The entertainment never ends during Oktoberfest.  There are fun contests for the entire family as well as bands and dancing.  It’s a great time for the family to just relax have some  real fun.  Sundays are family day with half price adult admission and free for children 12 and under. The Children’s contests including Pretzel Eating and Boot Holding. Children’s contests take place at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sundays and are free for children.

Enjoy it all from the comfort of your Big Bear Five Star Vacation Rental Cabin

Oktoberfest is even more enjoyable when you stay in one of our luxurious Big Bear Vacation Rental Cabins.  We still have a number of cabins available, so give us a call at 310-800-5454.  We’ll be happy to help you put together your first or fifteenth visit to Oktoberfest.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.

We also have vacation rentals available  in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  And we specialize in helping our guests create vacations with memories that will last a lifetime.

More September Fun In Big Bear. Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin Now!

September is spilling over with fun things to do in Big Bear.  We’ve already had two blogs posted covering some of the September events.  Our first one covered Labor Day and the tons of fun planned.  We covered things to do in the first half of September in another blog.  You really need to get away for some of these great things to do:

As we noted in our last blog, the Big Bear International Film Festival takes place September 14-16th. Film screenings and workshops will be held at the PAC and the Village North Theater.For more info please call (909) 866-3433 or visit their website:  www.bigbearfilmfestival.com This is considered one of the top film festivals in the country.

It's Finally Here . . . Oktoberfest!

One of Big Bear’s most popular events starts in the middle of September.  It’s Oktoberfest, and you definitely need to be here for this one.  The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for seven consecutive weekends, September 15 through October 27 at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. The times are Saturdays 12 noon to 12 midnight and Sundays 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. Book your ticket online for $1.00 OFF! For more information call 909-585-3000.  Opening weekend  (September 15-16) is dedicated to American Heroes. All past and present military, law enforcement, fire fighters and their immediate families will get free admission.

And if great international beers don’t meet all your needs, the Village Business Association presents their annual Autumn Wine Walk on Saturday, September 15th.  You’ll enjoy strolling Big Bear Village shops while sampling fine wines and light hors d’oeuvres. $30 per person (Pre-sale) • $35 per person (Day of the Event if Available) Purchase tickets at Hunter Halls, Paisley Boutique, Cedar Rose, Room-to-Room, Home Warehouse Design Center, and Shirt Shanty in the Village. Check-in to get wristbands starts at 3 pm Saturday at the Xmas Tree Lot (corner of Pine Knot and Village Drive). For more information, please contact: Cheri at (909) 878-8044.

Fishing For Fun and Profit!

Calling all anglers!  Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournaments hosts their final tournament of the year on September 22nd.  This is a great chance to rent a boat, grab some bait, and spend a fun afternoon on the lake.  Who knows?  You may be the big winner! For tournament details please visit the website www.bigbearbassfishing.com. The event and weigh-in will be held at B’s Backyard BBQ. For more details please call 800-475-3166.

Fruits, Vegetables, Arts, Crafts . . . Farmer's Market.

Get some tasty accents for your Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear cabin with locally-grown farm fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers all summer long. The Farmer’s Market also features unique arts, crafts and handmade items by local artisans. Enjoy the fun and flavors every Tuesday all summer long at the Big Bear Convention Center. For more information, call (909) 585-3000.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

If you have any questions or would just like more information about booking any of our units, please talk to one of our friendly rental agents at 310-780-3411.  Don’t gamble on the quality of your next vacation.  Call us to book a vacation getaway your entire family will absolutely love.

 

 

Congratulations to Vanny Chow, The Winner of Our Oktoberfest Cabin Rental Contest!

We’d like to thank everybody who submitted an entry for our Big Bear photo contest. We had some really great entries, and it was very difficult to choose the winner.

Riley Chow, you're a winner!

Our judges selected Vanny’s photo because it seemed to capture the essence of a Five Star Vacation Rentals getaway to Big Bear. It’s clearly fun for the entire family and a memorable event.

The photo features Vanny’s son Riley. He was about 2 years old at the time, and was clearly delighted about something. We reached Vanny by phone, and she gave us some background on the photo:

“It was taken out in front of one of those great knick knack stores in the village. They had a little jelly bean vending machine out in front, and I bought some for Riley. I think it was the first time he ever had jelly beans.” She gave Riley one of the jelly beans right before she snapped the photo. Riley clearly approved of the treat.

And we learned that Vanny feels the same way about Five Star Vacation Rentals. She rented from other companies in the past, but found “some rentals we tried didn’t even provide the basic amenities.”

She has rented from us two years in a row and really likes our service and great selection: “Five Star has so many different properties, and we’ve tried a couple of them. We had our car get stuck in the snow in the driveway once when we were supposed to check out, but they extended our checkout time at no charge and even got us help to get out!”

Weekends from September 15th through October 27th

Vanny mentioned she really appreciates that our cabins are prepared so she can just arrive and relax. The cabins she rented both had all the necessary amenities so she could get settled in right away.

Vanny’s advice for anybody considering a Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear getaway is very straight forward: “Definitely do it. It was a great experience. No need to worry about anything. The cabins are very clean and all have full amenities, so you can enjoy your stay without having to worry about anything.” She adds that she had such a delightful stay “I told everybody about it – all my friends and family. I even put it up on my Facebook page!”

Well, Vanny, we appreciate your kind words, and are glad your stay exemplified the experience we strive to deliver to each of our guests. Congratulations again on your win, and enjoy your upcoming stay in Big Bear for Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is one of the biggest events of the year in Big Bear. There’s fun for the entire family with lots of great bands, shows, and exotic beers to sample. We’re currently accepting reservations for Oktoberfest which runs weekends from September 15th through October 27th. But be sure to book early as we sell out most years. You’re definitely not going to want to miss this!

Call us today at 310-780-3411. Browse our Big Bear cabins on this page.

Win a Free Cabin Rental in Big Bear!

About the only thing we can imagine better than a Five Star Vacation Rentals weekend in Big Bear, is getting that weekend for FREE!   And right now you have the chance to win a great weekend stay at one of our Big Bear Cabins.

It’s simple to enter and no purchase is required. Just visit our Facebook page and submit your original photo or video depicting time you’ve spent in Big Bear. We’re looking for photos or videos that will highlight great times you’ve had there. They can be from any season and any activity in Big Bear. Submit your entries on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Fivestarvacationrentals

Here are a few ideas to stir your imagination:

  • Depict family activities in any season
  • Send a video of fun you’re having in one of our Five Star Big Bear Cabins
  • Have any good videos of your first time skiing?
  • Have you taken any video or photos of Big Bear wildlife?

The contest runs from March 16th-April 16th, and we’re looking for your original photos and videos. We’ll announce the winner on Facebook on Monday April 23rd, and the lucky winner will receive 8 Oktoberfest tickets and a free weekend in a 3 bedroom cabin during Oktoberfest.

Join us for Oktoberfest in Big Bear

Oktoberfest in Big Bear is a great time for the entire family. Every year there are amazing bands, festivities, and – of course – beer! There’s an expanded bier garten with big screen TV’s to watch the NFL, or college ball games while you relax with friends. The kids will love the game booths and petting zoo, while you can sign up for the log sawing or beer drinking contests.

At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy the luxury of one of our 3 bedroom cabins that will sleep up to 6 guests. You can relax in front of the fireplace or enjoy a movie.  It will be a weekend that you’ll always remember.

Contest Rules: No purchase is necessary. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States aged 18 or over. To enter, just visit our Facebook page between March 16th and April 16th, 2012 and submit an original photo or video that you personally created in or around Big Bear. The winner will be selected by Five Star Vacation Rentals and announced on our Facebook page on April 23rd.