Thanksgiving in Big Bear

thansgivingDinnerWe love this time of year. It’s our busy season, but it’s also a time we get to share in some of the best family connections. We help families arrange things so that brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, friends, and grand parents can enjoy each other’s company rather than scramble to find spare beds, mothballed travel trailers, and not-so-nearby hotel rooms. We transport families from the logistics business to the “tell me what you’ve been up to since I saw you last” business. It’s a truly fun and rewarding thing to be a part of, and Thanksgiving in Big Bear is one of our favorites.

There are lots of great things you’ll enjoy about your Thanksgiving in Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Most of our luxury cabins and estates are equipped with great kitchens, and many will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. Bring your fixins and your family’s best chef, and you’ll make this Thanksgiving one that everyone will remember.

Thanksgiving in Big BearThere’s a special thrill that many families experience when they make an effort to get everyone together under the same roof for special occasions like Thanksgiving in Big Bear. We have many properties that can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. Thanksgiving morning will be something truly special when you have friends and family together enjoying the Macy’s parade, delighting in the smell of the turkey roasting, and getting caught up.

And after your feast, Big Bear is one of the most picturesque spots you’ll likely ever find to enjoy a leisurely walk to help make some room for pumpkin or pecan pie a bit later. Choose one of our cabins within walking distance to The Village, and later in the weekend you can gather some in your group to get a jump on your Christmas shopping by browsing through the shops there. There are dozens of great shops in Big Bear Village, and you’re sure to find great ideas for just about everyone on your list.

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 Big Bear. 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.



A Special Thanksgiving in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of year. For many of us it’s a time devoted to gathering as many family and friends together to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.  It’s a perfect time to gather the family and escape to a Five Star Vacation Rental for some very good reasons.

Many of us have childhood memories of being shuffled off to various sofas and spare rooms to make room for visiting relatives. This usually meant long waits for overworked bathrooms and eating in shifts to accommodate the extra guests. The stories are often fond memories, but there are better ways to make lasting memories. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got some great options to keep your extended family and friends feeling pampered while you all enjoy spending time together over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

We’re still about a month out from Thanksgiving, and most of our properties are already booked. But as we write this, there are still several great options that can prove to be a great gathering place for your family over this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.

While people around the country are pulling out their winter clothes, how about treating your family to a long weekend with your own indoor heated pool and spa? It sounds almost decadent, but it’s certain to be a Thanksgiving that everybody in your group will remember with a smile. Our Cabin #12 has 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths and room for 16 guests. The kids will love the bunk beds. The kitchen has big windows that look out to the indoor pool, so you can keep an eye on the kids while you prepare the Thanksgiving feast. Hurry, because this one won’t last. Book online and view more photos and details at this link.

Our Cabin #32 also has room for 16 guests with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has dual master suites, so it’s a great choice for multiple families or to pamper grandma and grandpa during their visit. Its kitchen is perfect for preparing your Thanksgiving feast, and you’ll all enjoy the many luxury touches with the beamed cathedral ceilings and subdued lighting. Built to enhance your relaxation, we’re confident this luxury cabin will be a perfect place for your family to gather on Thanksgiving. Hurry to book this now at this link. If this one is already taken, you can search for others at this link.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re interested in spending Thanksgiving elsewhere, check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.



More November Fun in Big Bear

If you haven’t yet planned your November getaway to Big Bear, now is a great time.  November is beautiful in Big Bear, and it marks the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving in Big Bear will be a wonderful experience for the entire family.  If you hurry, you may still be able to book one of our luxury Big Bear Vacation Rentals and have it be the destination for the entire extended family this year. Many of our properties sleep a dozen guests, so you can get comfy beds for everybody. Search our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.

Thanksgiving weekend offers some great fun. As we mentioned in last week’s blog, Thanksgiving morning you can pay ahead for your afternoon feast with the annual Turkey Trot. This zany run is a combination costume contest and walk/trot/run for the whole family. The winner gets … you guessed it … a free turkey dinner. Details and registration info at this link:

Want something to do Thanksgiving morning requiring a wee bit less exertion? Gather the family and head down to Pine Knot Marina to take the leisurely 90 minute Big Bear Lake tour on Miss Liberty, the beautiful 64′ paddle wheeler. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you ride this fully-equipped vessel.  It’s a fun and informative adventure that is narrated with interesting local history and an occasional celebrity sighting.  Get more details on their website:

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off the annual Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts created by local artisans. There are over 50 booths, and you’re sure to find the exact right gift for everybody on your gift list including Uncle Henry. And we all know how hard he is to buy for.

region-capture-23Continuing weekends through November are performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” There’s an amazing pool of local talent that puts together this show, and it’s certain to be a fun adventure for your whole family.  Get more details and purchase tickets at this link:

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link. In the mood for a holiday elsewhere? We’ve got some other great destinations 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.


November Events in Big Bear

November is a fun month in Big Bear, and there are plenty of reasons to plan a getaway for the family.  Here are just a few highlights.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens on November 18th and has performances weekends through December 2. This is the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber musical that has become one of the most popular plays in the history of theater. It’s a fun event for the entire family during your stay with us in Big Bear.  Purchase your tickets in advance or get more details at this link:

Thanksgiving is an amazing family experience when you spend it in a luxury vacation rental in Big Bear. We still have a good selection of luxury vacation rentals available for the long Thanksgiving weekend, but we usually sell out, so book yours while you can.

thanksgivingturkeyYou have a few great options for enjoying your family meal on Thanksgiving.  Several local markets offer a full turkey or ham dinner with all the fixins if you just want to relax and enjoy your time away. If you’re bringing the family gourmet along for your stay, all of our cabins have full kitchens, so you can cook right at your vacation home to combine those yummy aromas with your family and friends. There are also some restaurants that stay open each year offering both traditional turkey fare and a good selection of other cuisines.  Whichever one you choose, you’ll have the backdrop of your Five Star Vacation Rental to enjoy the meal with your loved ones as you relax and watch some parades and football.

If you want to work off some of those calories in advance, the 4th annual Big Bear Turkey Trot takes off at 9AM Thanksgiving morning. It’s a crazy event where you can run from 3-9 miles, dress like a turkey, and work up a real appetite for your feast a bit later on. There is a registration fee for this, and you can get more info on their website: .

Be sure to check back next week, when we’ll cover more fun things to do in Big Bear during November.  You can view all of our Big Bear properties and book online at this link:

We also have some other great opportunities for relaxation at our other destinations as well. 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.


Thanksgiving in Big Bear

Are you having the family over for Thanksgiving?  It’s a holiday tradition for many families to have a big dinner hosted for the extended family and friends for Thanksgiving. It can also be a time when relatives from the far flung corners of the country gather to enjoy one another’s company, get caught up on things, and enjoy a time to be thankful over a great meal.

One challenge that faces many families at these events is finding enough space for all the visiting relatives.  It can be logistical nightmare, and too often ends with a couple of uncles and cousins stretching out on hideaway beds or taking over the living room sofas for extra sleeping space.  Maybe you’re thinking of turning one of the kid’s rooms into something resembling the barracks at an army base with a couple rows of bunk beds crammed into the space.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerAnd while the challenge of finding sleeping accommodations for a large group can be difficult, that’s just the beginning. When morning arrives, you can never have enough bathrooms.  It’s one thing to lay out some extra mattresses for sleeping, but how do you add a couple more bathrooms to meet the needs of your guests?

And for those of you who choose to put the relatives up at local hotels or motels, your trouble just gets shifted from finding enough beds to finding enough cars to collect them all and get them together for the family events.

Well, you don’t have to worry about it. At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got all the beds and bathrooms your family needs. Imagine making this the year where you don’t tear apart the entire house to make room for the guests, but instead choose of of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals for Thanksgiving with the family.  Now you can choose how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, and you’ll all enjoy the amazing luxury that’s found in each of our Big Bear vacation rentals.

Family of Feet warming at a fireplaceImagine waking up Thanksgiving morning with everybody well rested, and nobody sleeping on the floor. You can choose the best cook in your group and prepare the turkey while the rest gather around the TV to watch parades and football. It can be a time of family togetherness and relaxation for everybody, and a logistical nightmare for nobody. Doesn’t that sound better?

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 Thanksgiving in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

How About a Big Bear Vacation Rental For Thanksgiving?

thansgivingDinnerIt’s just about that time again.  We’re filling our cupboards with candy, and it will soon be replaced with Thanksgiving fixins.  It’s always busier, but it’s a fun kind of busy.  We get to spend time planning to see those we love, and enjoy relaxing around good food while we marvel how all our kids seem so much bigger than we remember.

At Five Star Vacation Rentals, it’s also a very busy time of year, but we may well enjoy it more than most.  In addition to planning get togethers for our own families, we get to help our guests make their preparations as well.  The holidays offer a great opportunity to gather up family from all across the fruited plain, so you can create a truly special time.  This is one of the great advantages of planning your holiday with a Big Bear vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Instead of fighting with the headache of foldaway beds strewn around living room floors and renting rooms at various motels both near and far, you can reserve one of our luxurious Big Bear cabins or estates to house them all.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerIf you’ve never actually done this, it’s an experience you’ll find easy to enjoy.  All our cabins come fully equipped with the cookware and linens you’ll need, so mom avoids those midnight sessions in the laundry room prepping for the influx of relatives.  And since you’re all staying in a luxury cabin, there’s no worry about the kids bumping into strangers in the hall.  The only people down the hall during this holiday will be the ones you brought with you.  It also makes for a great morning together.  Instead of marshalling the troops to find a restaurant with questionable food and unquestionable wait times, you can all just filter into the kitchen of your vacation rental.  Many of our properties have dining space for a dozen or more, and we also have a number of adjacent properties.  With a little planning, you can assemble a getaway for 20 or more.

The holidays fill up quickly, so be sure to book your getaway early.  You can search for our available properties 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 holiday 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.

Plan a Great Holiday With Your Family In Big Bear

The holiday season is upon us.  We always love this time of year.  We get busier with shopping and making plans, but it has an entirely different flavor from those same pursuits the rest of the year.  During the holidays we’re shopping for special gifts for people we love, and we’re making plans to enjoy time with family and friends. The rest of the year shopping and making plans can be mostly mundane, but during the holidays we enjoy these things much more.

Planning a family holiday in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear is a great alternative to the usual overcrowding that so many families choose.  Many of our cabins are designed to comfortably accommodate multiple families.  This means that you can enjoy this holiday season like none you’ve had before.  Instead of crowding into uncomfortable settings at home, you can all stretch out and enjoy the luxury of one of our great Big Bear cabins.   Make this the year you invite more relatives to come for the holidays.  You’ll enjoy more time just hanging out together and less of a struggle trying to find suitable beds for everyone.

Your time spent with family in your Big Bear Five Star Vacation rental cabin will be a delight for everyone in your group.  Our cabins are specifically chosen for their attention to comfort and luxury.  The kitchens each have the cooking tools needed so the chefs in your family can have some real fun preparing gourmet meals for your group.  You can plan day trips to the Village for some great shopping and fine outside dining as well.  We’ll soon have snow on the ground, so you can add skiing, sledding and snow play to your activities as well.  The hardest part of your time with us will be when you have to eventually leave to return home.  But don’t despair.  You can book your next getaway with us as soon as you get back home.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re looking for a getaway someplace else, 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.

Aunt Clarissa Called. She’s Coming For Thanksgiving.

We all love Aunt Clarissa.  And we’re pretty sure every family has their own Aunt Clarissa.  We really do love her.  She has an opinion about everything, and advice for almost anything.  She makes it a point to spend every holiday at our house, and we’re pleased to have her.  But she has a bad back, so she can’t be expected to sleep on the sofa.  Or the hideaway bed.  Or in a nearby hotel.  For the last couple of years we’ve abandoned our bedroom, so she can get the best bed in the house.  Somehow each year, it seems we end up sleeping on the sofa in our own home.  But we really love Aunt Clarissa.

This year we’re doing things differently and so should you.   Stop subjecting your family to the annual tradition of inviting all the relatives over for the holidays while you scramble for sleeping space on the various sofas, rollaways, or air mattresses on the floor.  In addition to making your home look like some new challenge on American Ninja Warrior, you end up with a week’s worth of work after everyone leaves just to get back to normal.  Be honest.  Don’t you sometimes dread the holidays when you know there’s going be so much extra work and lost sleep as a result of just wanting to spend time with your extended family?  Well, this is the year to put a stop to it.  This is the year you can finally start truly enjoying the holidays and relax with family and friends.

Call Five Star Vacation Rentals and let our specialists help you locate a luxury vacation rental cabin or estate in Big Bear.  We have a collection of the finest quality Big Bear cabins you can possibly find.  Our cabins range in size perfect for groups from a small family to a big multi-family reunion.  Aunt Clarissa can have her very own room without relegating you to the sofa.  We’ll help you choose the one that’s just right for your plans.  But don’t delay.  We usually get completely booked for the holidays.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you with your plans.  You can also browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches or  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you put a lot of time and effort into planning your getaway, and we’re confident that your stay with us will be a great memory for everyone in your party.

Bring Your Family To Big Bear For Thanksgiving

The holiday season is upon us, and you may already be feeling some of the usual pressures.  Where will you find room for the new relatives?  How many different tables will you need to set up this year?  Will you need to limit your number of guests?

If your home is the usual holiday destination, it can be daunting to accommodate them all each year as your family grows with new kids and spouses.  Well, we’ve got a perfect solution.  Rent one of our Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabins in Big Bear!  It’s a great option for big families, and provides the entire family with a memorable treat.  But as you can imagine, we are usually booked solid for that weekend. Be sure to call us right away to grab one of our luxury vacation rentals.

You’ll have a few tasty options for your Thanksgiving getaway.  Stillwells Restaurant inside the Northwoods Resort is a popular destination for many folks.  Just imagine having a great Thanksgiving meal (or their usual scrumptious buffet) and have absolutely zero dishes to do when you’re done.  Stillwells requires reservations, so be sure to call well in advance (909) 866-3121 ext. 7885 to be sure you get space set aside for your group. You’ll enjoy great food, relaxing time with your family, and the freedom to walk away from a huge pile of dirty dishes. It’s almost too good to imagine.

Another great option is to serve your family and guests a pre-cooked meal at your vacation rental cabin.  Both Staters Brothers and Vons in Big Bear are offering full Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings.  You can choose from Turkey, Ham, or Prime Rib.  For larger groups, mix and match to provide a greater variety for your family.  You’ll also need to order these in advance.  You can reach Stater Brothers at (909) 866-5211, and Vons at (909) 866-8459. Be sure to buy some nice disposable plates and cups, so your Thanksgiving clean up will be mostly with a trash bag instead of a dish rag!

And for our dyed-in-the-wool gourmets, rest assured that virtually all of our luxury vacation rental cabins and estates have kitchens equal to the task for your Thanksgiving preparations. Many of our units have double ovens and gas ranges. Be sure to check out the specifics with us. Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find the best cabin for your getaway.

We often have snow on the ground during Thanksgiving, so be sure to plan ahead and pack your skis.  This could be a weekend you’ll remember for a long time as a great time with family, some great food, and amazing skiing.  The only unpleasant part of the entire experience is when you have to pack up and return to the real world.

Looking for a Thanksgiving getaway elsewhere? We’ve got you covered. We can also help you book your Thanksgiving 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 holiday 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.