Dreaming of a White Christmas? That’s One of Our Specialties

One of the great things about Southern California is the close proximity we have to so many diverse climates and activities.  We can travel east for a short time and quickly change from city living into the desert communities of Palm Springs and La Quinta.  We travel west and hit the amazing shoreline with beaches and fishing.  Just a short drive to the south, and we can enter Mexico, which we’re convinced offers the most authentic, um, Mexican food, on the planet.  And within just a couple hours drive of virtually anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can find yourself at some of the most popular theme parks and movie studios.  It’s really an amazing place, but perhaps even more so during the winter.

Big Bear skiing awaits

Winter brings a new element to Southern California that is found in very few places on earth.  Within a single day and just a couple hours drive you can go from wearing short sleeves and shorts, to skiing down a mountainside covered with fresh powder snow.  There’s really nothing quite like it anywhere else.  And for many Southern Californians, the opportunity to spend some time in the snow is something they really look forward to.  We understand.  We feel the same way.

The great thing about our Big Bear vacation rentals is the amazing amount of activities available for the family.  With the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, there’s enough skiing to keep even the most avid skier smiling for many days.  But in addition to the skiing, Big Bear has some of the best shopping you’ll find anywhere.  Local arts and crafts can be found in many of the Village shops.  There is a huge variety of local restaurants and other activities as well.  Take a look at our Big Bear vacation rentals on this page, or call us at 310-780-3411 to book your getaway.

Our Mammoth Mountain condos are right on the slopes and offer some of the best skiing you’ll find anywhere in the world.  We offer ski-in/ski-out units, so that you can enjoy every last moment  your heart desires racing down the slopes.   Our units have shopping on-site and are the best home base possible for your next ski trip.  Click here to take a look at our vacation condos at Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth has miles and miles of ski runs

We’re also pleased to offer a beautiful Park City condo right the base of Park City Mountain located next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts.  This luxury vacation rental has cathedral ceilings and a balcony overlooking the slopes.  So pack your skis and give us a call.  You’re certain to smile until your face hurts with this one.  Here’s the direct link to our Park City condo.

We’ve got so many great choices for your snow vacation, it may seem a bit overwhelming.  Please give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best vacation rental for your winter getaway.

 

Pack Your Bags. You Should Be in a Big Bear Vacation Cabin Rental in September!

September is a wonderful month to visit Big Bear.  The mornings are cool and crisp and you escape the heat of Los Angeles.  Plus, there’s a great collection of things to do.  In a previous blog we detailed some of the fun events planned for Labor Day weekend, but there’s much more to do during September in Big Bear.

Cycling in Big Bear

Cycling enthusiasts from all over the western United States trek to Big Bear each year to take part in the many scheduled rides.  It’s easy to see why.  Big Bear’s cool clear air is a delight for cyclists.  The Big Bear Cycling Association has rides planned several times each week, and rides are available for all skill levels.  Reserve one of our great vacation cabin rentals and either bring your own bikes, or rent them when you arrive.  Bear Valley Bikes has a great selection of bikes tailor made for the roads and trails in Big Bear.  Visit their website for more details:  http://bvbikes.com/bike-rental/

Running Trails in Big Bear

Load up the family, and pack your running shoes.  It’s time for the  Endure the Bear mountain trail run. This starts in the Village and heads into the beautiful National Forest Trails on the south shore of Big Bear Lake. The run features routes for all levels from 50K, 30K and 15K as well as a 5k Family Fun Run & Walk. Finish Festival and activities both at Friday night registration and Saturday Race with live music, vendors and more. Friday evening September 7th and Saturday morning.  Visit the website for more details on this and the many other outdoor events scheduled in September in Big Bear.  http://www.openairbigbear.com/

17th Annual Harley Bike Run fundraiser for Big Bear’s Moonridge Zoo Grizzly Bears. Open to the public and all bikes welcome! Saturday September 8th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  Poker Ride – Prizes – Vendors – BBQ and Live Music.  Register at Chad’s Place in the Village 40740 Village Drive. All proceeds to benefit the Grizzly Bears at Moonridge Animal Park. For more information call (909) 878-4200.

The Grizzly Run Benefits Our Bears!
The Grizzly Run Benefits Our Bears!

Grab those oversized sun glasses and floppy hat. It’s time to hit the streets of Big Bear and look like you’re a famous movie star hoping to go unnoticed.  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.   Grab some popcorn and candy.  And be on the lookout for some really famous faces.  Who knows who you may see?  For more info please call (909) 866-3433.

Call us today 310-780-3411, and one of our friendly staff will help you plan the ideal Big Bear getaway.  We also have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel. Look over our cabins on our Big Bear page.   Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available beach properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Last Minute Magical Fun in Big Bear

Magic
Magic Beyond Belief. Be there!

We just got a note from one of our favorite magicians alerting us to a very special evening of magic and humor for the entire family.  On July 20th and 21st the Big Bear Performing Arts Center will host “Magic Beyond Belief.”  It’s a captivating show of theatrical sleight of hand, magic, and illusions accented with comedy.  It’s also a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s most talented magicians fresh from international appearances and Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

The show is being produced by Steve Owens, an internationally famous magician and showman.  The performances start at 7pm each evening and are perfect for all ages.  Visit Steve’s website for more information:  http://magicbeyondbelief.moonfruit.com/.  You can purchase your tickets online at this link.

We have cabins available for the weekend, so enjoy an evening of magic and then relax in the wonder of one of our luxurious Big Bear cabins.   View all of our Big Bear cabins at this link. Or call us at 310-780-3411.  One of our helpful vacation coordinators will be happy to help you locate the best cabin for your Five Star Vacation Rental weekend.  We may not be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but we’ll help you put together a magical vacation for your entire family!

More August Reasons For Reserving Your Big Bear Vacation Rental Cabin

Summer is a perfect time to visit Big Bear.  The weather is great and there are tons of activities for the entire family.  In last week’s blog we covered some of the events coming up during the first half of August.  This week we’re covering the highlights for the last half of August.

Calling All Cowboys!

This is one of our favorites.  The 13th Annual Big Bear Cowboy Gathering will take place on August 16-19. The Gathering always features outstanding musicians, authors, storytellers and poets and this year looks to be the best. The fun kicks off Thursday night with a Ranch Dinner and Get-Together featuring many of the performers.  Evening shows are at the PAC on Friday and Saturday Night. Plus an outdoor mercantile and fun entertainment for the whole family Saturday afternoon and Sunday. On Sunday, you’ll find Cowboy Breakfast, Cowboy Church, and much more. Something for the cowboy in everyone! Check out the website for full details or call (909)380-1871. Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office or on-line at www.citybigbearlake.com.  Visit their website for more details: http://www.bigbearcowboygathering.net/

All summer long the Big Bear Cycling Association is sponsoring rides for participants of all ages and skill levels.  There’s really nothing like biking out in the fresh clean air of Big Bear.  Call us today to book your Big Bear vacation cabin rental.  Bike rentals are available, or pack your own.  Either way, a biking getaway is a great adventure for the family, and it’s even more fun when you end the day back at one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals!  Visit the Big Bear Cycling Association’s website for more details on scheduled rides:  www.bigbearcycling.com

August 17-19 the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley presents its 13th Annual Fine Arts Festival; “Art on the Lake”which  kicks off Friday evening with an opening night reception set to take place from 7 pm to 9 pm. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is FREE. Come out to enjoy the amazing talents of local photographers, painters, jewelers, and sculptors. There will be 50 artists from throughout Southern California exhibiting and selling their work.  All takes place  under the tent at the Marina Resort on the lake. For more details call (909)585-5916.  See more info and details online at  www.bigbearartscouncil.org

The Annual Renaissance Faire continues on the 18th and 19th.  We have more information about this on last week’s blog.

The Mrs. Robinson Band Will Have You Dancing!

Mrs. Robinson is billed as the “Ultimate Tribute Band,” but we think they’re the world’s most talented chameleons.  On August 18th come out to  Bear Cave Event Center at the Bear Creek Resort to see this amazing band. Close your eyes during their performance, and you’ll be convinced you’re hearing classic Creedence, the B52’s, the Beatles, and more. General Admission seating is $15.00, Reserved $ 25.00. Doors open at 5:00 PM Concert starts at 6:30 PM.  The band’s website has more details: http://www.mrsrobinson.biz/ Be sure to pack your dancing shoes, ‘cuz you’re gonna need them!

On Sunday, August 19th, The Broadway Café at 1117 W. Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear City, will sponsor a summer evening of old-time silent movie shorts with the incredible Bob Salisbury on the theatre organ.  Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for kids under 18.   The all inclusive price includes the movies and entertainment, and either a burger or hot dog dinner. Info can be found on the CATS web site at www.bigbeartheater.org or at the Broadway Café at 909-585-7682.

Don’t let the summer get away from you without booking your Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin!  Call us today 310-780-3411 and one of our friendly staff will help you plan the ideal Big Bear getaway.  For more summer fun, we also have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel.  Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.