Make This Holiday Season Special

This has been a year unlike any other, and if your family is like ours, you’re really looking forward to some real quality time together this holiday season. We’re already seeing our Thanksgiving and Christmas reservations come in, and this is a great time to plan ahead to make this holiday season special.

This Thanksgiving will see many families gathering with a renewed sense of thankfulness. We’re happy to see so many families resuming normal activities, and we have many great options for your get together this holiday season. All of our properties have full kitchens, so you gather all your family chefs to create a great feast.

But maybe your family could really use a year off from cooking duties. Big Bear has some great dining options. Some will be offering full meals to take out, so you can have a great meal gathered around your own dining table, without any of the cooking. It’s a great option.

Looking beyond Thanksgiving, we’re anticipating a great Christmas in Big Bear this year. We often wake up on that morning to fresh snow, but even without snow, it’s a magical time to be in Big Bear. Winter in Big Bear means cold mornings that are great for a brisk walk before breakfast. It’s a special treat watching the kids open their presents as you look out over the forest

Your next holiday getaway can start by viewing all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

 

Do Thanksgiving Differently This Year

We really love Thanksgiving with the family. It’s one of the few times of the year we get to spend time with friends and relatives from all over and get caught up. This is a holiday built around a meal, so time in the kitchen is a usual extension. And while many of us enjoy the cooking, you may want to do Thanksgiving differently this year. Big Bear has several great restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving day, and it’s a great opportunity to spend more time with everyone, rather than have your handful of cooks disappear for the hours leading up to the feast.

Peppercorn GrillePeppercorn Grille enjoys some of the best reviews in all of Big Bear, and they’re serving a traditional turkey and trimmings meal on Thanksgiving day. They’re located in The Village at 553 Pine Knot Avenue in Big Bear, and you’ll want to make your reservations as early as possible. Your hosts are Julie and Mike Hastings. Julie is a lifelong Big Bear resident, and opened the restaurant with the goal to provide great food and great service in a great environment. Most diners agree she pulled it off. Reserve online or give them a call at 909-866-5405.

Jaspers SmokehouseIf your group is inclined to enjoy a Thanksgiving journey down a barbecue path, our choice in Big Bear is Jasper’s Smokehouse and Steaks.  They’re offering their full regular menu on Thanksgiving, so you can choose from a great selection of barbecue ribs, chicken, steaks, sandwiches and all the fixins. They’ve got a selection of domestic and imported beers, or just settle in with a frosty glass of southern sweet tea. Be sure to grab a slice of the chocolate bliss cake before you leave. You’ll thank us. Jasper’s is located at 607 Pine Knot Ave. Or give them a call at 898-866-2434.

Spring RollsIn the mood for some Asian food this Thanksgiving? Dynasty has an amazing menu featuring most traditional asian dishes but also Maine lobster and Peking duck. They also have a great wine selection and a full bar. This will be a great option if you have vegetarians in your group, as they have a good selection of entrees for them as well. They’re located at 40989 Big Bear Blvd, or give them a call at 909-866-7887.

Of course, nothing will make your family time more enjoyable than the hours you’ll spend together relaxing in front of the fireplace at your Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin or estate in Big Bear. To plan you holiday getaway, view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Plan Your Holiday Getaway

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerAs we welcome the month of November, our thoughts necessarily turn to the holidays. We’ve been not so subtly reminded of their pending arrival as we go about our usual shopping with their yearly push of holiday merchandise. But now really is the best time to plan your holiday getaway.

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and it’s one of our busiest times. Many families make a yearly trek to one of our Big Bear vacation rentals to assemble their far flung family members in the comfort and luxury we offer. It’s an entirely different holiday experience to have a rambling luxury home or estate with enough room for everyone to have a bedroom or bunks for kids compared to years past with various nearby motels, and mattresses and rollaway beds scattered throughout our homes creating an obstacle course in the process. We love spending time with our families, and the fewer obstacles we encounter, the better.

happy friends celebrating christmas at home feastBig Bear is our most popular destination, and Thanksgiving usually finds snow on the ground making the experience that much better. If you’ve never greeted a Thanksgiving or Christmas morning with a snow-covered view out your windows and a roaring fire in the fireplace, it is truly an experience you should put on your bucket list. With cups of steaming coffee and hot chocolate shared among your family and friends, it’s impossible to stop the great stories of shared childhood experiences, loving memories of those we miss, and excitement about what our shared futures hold. It’s just a better experience. As the season progresses our availability gets scarcer, so it’s wise to make your plans early.

Little boy with his father building snowman in snowy park. Active outdoors leisure with children in winter.All of our properties come with fully-equipped kitchens, so you can encourage the chefs in your group to dive in, and create a great Thanksgiving or Christmas morning buffet. After your meal, bundle up and go for a great walk through the pines as the kids tag along throwing the occasional snowball or pleading with you to build a snowman back at the cabin. It’s a holiday time everyone will fondly remember and want to repeat every year.

Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. To plan you holiday getaway, view all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

November Night Life In Big Bear

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to catching up with family and friends visiting from out of town. It can be a perfect time to book your Big Bear getaway, so you can add a more relaxing atmosphere to your time together. We recommend you check out the November night life in Big Bear during your stay.

Our reservations typically spike this time of year as many families start making their holiday plans. We’re often completely booked for the holidays, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead. And as part of those plans, we’re taking a look in this week’s blog at some of the nightlife you can enjoy with your guests while you’re spending time in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins or estates in Big Bear.

In addition to spending the actual holidays with your family, your time in Big Bear can include some great nighttime experiences as well. Here’s a sampling:

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.01.46 PMMusic lovers will enjoy their November nightlife in Big Bear with a visit to The Cave. This has emerged as Big Bear’s premiere live music venue, and they’ve got a full lineup for November. They’re kicking things off on November 2nd with the Monsters of Metal Night. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Maiden USA, Mr Crowley, Big City Nights and Dirty Deeds. The metal fest continues the following night on the 3rd with LA heavy metal standards by Dokken. Head over to The Cave on 9th for the “Big Bear Mini-Fest.” fundraiser for Big Bear High School Art Club in coordination with Bear Valley Go For the Arts! Music will be provided by Low Lake Mountain Fire, Quint & Loneship. Lorrie Morgan is launching her fist solo album in 5 years and will be appearing on the 16th. “Led Zepagain” Tribute to Led Zeppelin appears on the 17th. The
“Cash’d Out” Johnny Cash Tribute lands on the 24th. Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas, and they’ll be wrapping up November’s lineup on the 30th.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.00.14 PMTheater fans will want to plan for performances of “Little Women” and “Wait Until Dark” at the Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets online for these local productions that will be sure to keep you spellbound. For more details check out their website here.

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 holiday 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.

November Events in Big Bear

You’re probably not surprised that we think anytime is a great time to visit Big Bear, but November is an especially great time to plan your Big Bear getaway. Follow along with us and we’ll give you a handful of reasons.

In our last week’s blog we detailed some of the great reasons to plan your family’s holiday gathering in Big Bear. We have a lot of great choices with many options that will handle even very large families. It’s a great chance to stop fretting over roll away beds, fold out sofas, and just concentrate on having some quality time with your loved ones. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years in Big Bear can be truly magical. Check out all our Big Bear properties at this link. The holidays are popular, so we recommend you book your stay early.

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 2.33.07 AMOktoberfest continues through the first weekend in November. If you’ve never been, you’ve been missing some great fun. You’ll enjoy some of the best beers from around the world as well as food that will have your mouth begging for more. There are bands, kids events, and a lot more. Check their website  for tickets and more info.

Theater fans will find a couple of great options for your November visit. The Big Bear High School Performing Arts Department is presenting the classic, “Little Women” at the Performing Arts Center on November 1st thru 3rd at 7:00 pm and a November 4th matinee at 2:00 pm. Suspense fans will want to plan for The Big Bear Theater Project’s presentation of “Wait Until Dark.” This thriller will take to the Performing Arts Stage from November 15th through 18th. Tickets are available online for both plays at this link.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 4.42.47 PMWhat better way to start your Thanksgiving morning than with Big Bear’s annual Turkey Trot? This fun run raises money for the local food bank, and is a great way to work up an appetite for your feast later in the day. There are 3, 6, and 9 mile distances offered, and you’re encouraged to dress as wacky as you like. Get more details and register in advance online at this link: http://www.bigbearturkeytrot.com

Inspecting SantaThe Friday after Thanksgiving is overflowing with events as well. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their annual appearance in the Village with the tree lighting ceremony as part of the festivities. It’s also a great day to get a jump on your Christmas shopping with the 34th Annual Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. This year’s boutique will feature over 40 arts and crafts vendors, fun events for kids, and lots of great food and drinks.

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.

 

Plan Your Holiday Getaway Early

We know it’s still early, but our holiday bookings tend to fill up pretty fast. So this is your early reminder that the holidays are on the way, and there’s no time like the present to make your plans.

Thanksgiving in Big BearThe holidays are our favorite time of year. Families gather with loved ones often coming in from distant places to celebrate together. And we consider it a privilege to help many families find a great solution to keep all their loved ones together in a luxury vacation rental. Big Bear is a favorite destination for many family holidays, and we have properties there that can accommodate groups of 20 or more with adjacent cabins. And when the weather cooperates, it can be an amazingly beautiful time as well with snow on the ground.

Most of our properties boast full chef’s kitchens, so you can get your family’s best cooks to work on creating a feast everyone will enjoy. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are some great options for dining out for your family feast.

Nottinghams is a Big Bear staple. They have been serving Big Bear residents and visitors for decades. They offer Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts that are sure to keep everyone in your party glowing and satisfied. Reservations are a must. Visit their website for more details. You can book your reservation up to 30 days in advance.

The Peppercorn Grille is another Big Bear favorite. It has a menu ranging from sea food to pizza, sandwiches, and pasta. They’re open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve this year. You’ll need reservations. Visit their website at this link.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerWhichever option you choose, your family will enjoy the benefits of staying together rather than having different family members spread out across several different locations or hotels. It can be a real delight to have everyone share a relaxing breakfast together without first having to make arrangements for transportation. The holidays really should be a time spent enjoying your family rather than working out the logistics of collecting them all in one place. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you’ll have that part of your holiday taken care of.

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.

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:  http://bigbearturkeytrot.com/

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: http://pineknotmarina.com/activities/lake-tours/

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: http://www.bigbeartheater.org/

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: http://www.bigbeartheater.org

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: http://bigbearturkeytrot.com/ .

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: http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals

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.