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.
It’s been a long few months, and we’re seeing a near stampede of families eager to get out and enjoy some time away while still taking measures to keep safe. And with many families looking at a future that has the kids spending time on Zoom classes, lots of families need a some new options. With a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear you can both get outdoors and keep the kids attending their online classes. And it’s hard to imagine a better option than having a quiet morning while the kids complete their schoolwork followed by an afternoon of family hikes, fishing on the lake, relaxing barbecues, and a night of stargazing under the crisp Big Bear sky.
One of the great things about hiking in Big Bear is most of us already have all the gear we need. Most trails are well maintained and there’s no need to invest in expensive hiking boots. Of course, it’s a bit more fun to immerse yourselves in the experience with some great footwear, but it’s usually not needed. And the surroundings are spectacular. Wildlife abounds, and it’s not uncommon to spot bald eagles. Though the namesake bears are usually a bit more elusive, the trails will sometimes be shared with fox, deer, racoons and coyotes. Combine this with the crisp mountain air along with the rustling of the wind through the trees, and you can start to see how relaxing this will be.
The summer months offer opportunities for the anglers and golfers in the family as well. Rent a boat or try your luck from the lakeshore. Rainbow trout and largemouth bass are the most common catches, and there’s nothing that beats a dinner cooked up with your own fresh catch of the day. Just add a bit of butter and garlic can be all that’s needed to create a memorable dinner for the family. Bear Mountain Ski Resort is transformed into a 9-hole golf course that’s perfect for all skill levels. And there’s nothing quite like the beauty of playing through the backdrop of the majestic backdrop of Big Bear.
Your next 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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/
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.