Hurry. There’s Snow in Big Bear

SnowBoarderWe see it just about every year. March rolls around, and we start seeing the snowpack in Big Bear fade away. We also start getting calls from people who delayed their ski trips. Sadly, some delay too long, and another year goes by without some quality time racing down the slopes. You can be sure this doesn’t happen to you if you’ll just take a few minutes now to carve out your slice of winter in Big Bear.

We’re already seeing an increase in our snow bookings. And with the arrival of big new storms during the past weeks, we’re sure to see the trend increase. In case you’ve forgotten all the snow fun that awaits, let’s take a moment to review:

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are southern California’s premiere downhill ski destinations. The storms this season have contributed to conditions that many only dream about. A huge base helps keep the runs pristine longer. Temps are dropping below freezing most nights, so the massive snow making machines are supplementing the slopes with fresh powder most nights. It’s a great time to visit.

While we’re often inclined to enjoy winter in Big Bear from the comforting warmth of a hot tub or by the crackling fireplace in one of our luxurious vacation rentals, there are some additional fun things to do in Big Bear.

Big Bear Snow Play offers downhill inner tubing with a delightful twist. They have a “magic carpet” that takes you effortlessly from the bottom of the run back to the top. It’s a great feature. It’s pretty much all play and no work. Enjoy a thrilling ride down one of southern California’s longest downhill inner tube runs, and then relax on the magic carpet ride back up the hill to do it again. Sign us up!

Big Bear Alpine Slide is another favorite. Experience the fun of a luge run down the hill. You’ll navigate one of the twisting banked concrete runs in your sled as you race to the finish. This could be how future Olympians are born.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway 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 August Events in Big Bear

Most of us are acutely aware that summer is rapidly slipping away from us.  If you haven’t already started, in just a few short weeks you’ll be shopping for school supplies and new clothes for the fall semester.  You’ll be swapping out your summer schedule for the busier one that happens each year when the kids return to school.  There’s still time to make this summer one to remember with some great activities planned for August.

Cycling raceBig Bear has one of Southern California’s most active cycling clubs, and they have a number of scheduled events coming up in August. You can join the Big Bear Cycling Association several days each week for a variety of group rides for the full spectrum of riders.  Some are geared toward experienced competitive riders, but many are intended for guests and tourists to enjoy the beauty of Big Bear by joining other riders on scenic routes.  One of their biggest rides of the year is coming up on Saturday, August 6th. The Tour de Big Bear spans over 100 miles, and covers some of the most beautiful scenery found anywhere in the area.  Shorter distances are available as well.  Visit their website for more information and to sign up: http://tourdebigbearhc.com/.

As we’ve mentioned in our recent blogs, August also sees the arrival of the annual Renaissance Faire with all the great food, fun entertainment, and amazing period performers.  This is one of our most popular events, so you’ll want to book your vacation rental cabin or estate early to make sure you’re all ready for some great jousting over a cup of mead. The Renaissance Faire runs weekends August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 at Pederson’s Mill in Fawnskin.

Here’s a quick rundown on just a handful of other events you can enjoy during your stay with us.  This is just a small sample!

Wednesdays enjoy some good old fashioned line dancing at Wyatt’s Saloon at the Convention Center.  Free lessons and music provided by DJ Joe Vonesh.  Doors open at 4pm, and dancing starts at 7pm.

Fridays and Saturdays are Honkey Tonk nights back at Wyatt’s Saloon.  Enjoy live music with some foot-stomping great times.  Doors open at 4pm, and the fun starts at 6pm.

HikingFeetSaturday mornings in August the Big Bear Discovery Center offers guided nature walks.  These are a great opportunity to explore the amazing beauty that surrounds us here in Big Bear and learn some amazing facts about the history of the area.  Visit their website for details: www.mountainsfoundation.org.

Combine these scheduled events with Big Bear’s amazing hiking trails, boating, and scenic beauty, and you can see we’ve got lots of great fun in store for you during your stay with us in Big Bear.  And if you’re interested in relaxing elsewhere, we’ve got some great options.  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 vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

Why Not ‘Spring Forward’ Into a Big Bear Vacation Rental?

There’s nothing quite like being robbed of an hour of sleep. Alas, Father Time isn’t always on our side, and so we begin the springtime season with Daylight Savings. If you’re like most people, the adjustment will be a little difficult, but waking up in a luxury cabin can help soften the blow. Losing an hour of sleep isn’t so bad, after all, if the rest of the night is spent in the comfort of a vacation rental’s warm, cozy bed. Daylight Savings isn’t just a great excuse to rent a cabin, though, it’s also one of the most beautiful times of year that you can plan a visit to Big Bear.

As the clocks spring forward, winter gives way to the welcoming brightness of spring. This is a fantastic time to come visit, since most of the snow has started to melt off, and activities during this season often take place around the lake. Fish species such trout and bass populate the water and make for ideal fishing conditions. Amateur fishers and seasoned pros alike are welcome to bring their bait and catch some of the lake’s plentiful fish population.

ChildhoodOther activities include biking along one of many mountain trails nestled in nature as spring blooms. The snow that covers many of the paths in winter will melt off and open up opportunities for anybody who’d prefer a bike experience with a little more traction than snow provides. There are vendors nearby who supply bike rentals, and you can also book a spot on a guided tour if you’d like to bike along in a group. Biking in the beautiful landscape that spring reveals is a wonderful adventure.

The only thing that might rival the fun and activities of Big Bear itself is the luxury and relaxation you’ll find in a Five Star Vacation Rental. Our properties combine the absolute best of comfort and high-end accommodations, with gourmet kitchens, designer features, and gorgeous fireplaces throughout many of our rentals. You’ll find that the excitement of a day in the town may be matched by the excitement of settling in and relaxing in the comfort of your vacation rental.

While Big Bear is our most popular destination, you can also enjoy some quality time in our other great luxury vacation rentals:  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 310-780-3411.

Live a Life With No Regrets. Book a Vacation Rental In Big Bear

Woman with stains on shirt

As adults we’re forced to feed and clothe both ourselves and our children.  We have bills to pay, and we face the heartbreak of staining our favorite shirt or brushing against wet paint in our lucky jeans. Life is not fair.

While Five Star Vacation Rentals cannot resolve the cosmic truth of unfairness, we can help you break your personal cycle of bad choices.  Does this describe you? The weekend arrives, and you’re just hanging out. You wander out to the garage, and see your skis over in a dark corner gathering dust. Then you remember that Big Bear has a huge snowpack with machine groomed powder. You vow that next weekend will be different.  You vow that you will never suffer the regret of another wasted weekend.

We’re here to help you resolve your regret and live life to the fullest.  We have collected the finest luxury cabins and estates on this or any other planet.  We have convenient booking on our website, and a helpful staff available to answer any questions or help you choose among our many great properties. We have a great selection of Big Bear vacation rentals, and we’re happy to help you choose the best one for your getaway.

Bare couple feet by the cozy fireplace. Man and Woman relaxes by warm fire with a cup of hot drink and warming up her feet. Close up on feet. Winter and Christmas holidays conceptVisiting Big Bear this time of year is sure to be a hit with the entire family. The slopes are great and there are plenty of local activities for you to enjoy both on and off the slopes. And if you’re not going for the skiing, our luxury cabins and estates are great for just relaxing and recharging your batteries.  Stay up late relaxing in front of the fireplace, and sleep as late as you want in the morning without setting an alarm.  Each of our cabins has a fully equipped kitchen, so you can cook up a great breakfast and greet the day with a steaming cup of hot coffee made exactly the way you want it.  And no need to wait for a booth or tip the server.

While Big Bear is our most popular destination, you can also enjoy some quality time in our other great luxury vacation rentals:  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 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:  http://www.fivestarvacationrental.com/big-bear-rentals

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.

Spooky Times In Big Bear

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, and we’ve got some positively spooky ideas for great fun in Big Bear.

As many of your know, Halloween in Big Bear is a pretty big deal.  The entire village pulls out all the stops to make sure that kids and parents alike will have a great time.  Dress the kids up as little ghouls or zombies and hit the Village streets from 5pm to 7:30.  Many of the merchants will be handing out free candy.  Mom and dad will have a great time too enjoying all the fun shops at the Village as you stroll in the cool October evening.   We still have some vacancies for that weekend, and you can make a really fun time of it for the entire family.  Streets filled with little goblins and zombies, free candy, and a luxury Big Bear cabin rental from Five Star Vacation Rental.  Life doesn’t get much better than this.

Most of us get so wrapped up in the fun of Halloween that we neglect to examine the actual roots of this centuries-old event.

There are a number of ideas about how the tradition began.  Many say it was started as a Celtic ritual that was meant to mark the end of the harvest season.  Some say it was later converted to a Christian celebration of the dead.

Our favorite story was from our old Uncle Murray.  He said Halloween was started centuries ago by a guy named Hal who was constantly begging for free food from his neighbors  One year in late October the neighbors rebelled at his freeloading and plotted a way to make it stop.  They all dressed in scary outfits and decided to scare Hal away.  They hid in the bushes one night as Hal made his usual rounds and jumped out while screaming loudly.  The plot seemed to work.  Hal ran away and did not return.  His neighbors celebrated the fact that they had weaned Hal from his continually mooching.  Things became unusually quiet around the neighborhood.  It was too quiet.

Talk soon started around the neighborhood, and it seemed as though the neighbors actually started missing Hal.  “Where has he been?” They asked each other.  But they always were reminded, “Hal is weaned.”  And they were surprised to discover they actually began to miss the little moocher.  They came up with a plan.

Late the next October a group of the neighbors went to visit Hal.  He was overjoyed to see them and even happier with their plan.  He understood that he imposed upon them with his incessant begging, so he agreed to limit his visits.  They said he was welcome to visit as often as he liked, and the neighborhood would celebrate the rekindling of their friendship each October by celebrating a day they called, “Hal is weaned.”  Soon all the neighbor kids joined in the yearly celebration recreating the event by going door to door in scary costumes, asking for handouts, and shouting, “Hal is weaned!”  As you can see, over the years the name has morphed to a bit simpler, “Halloween.”  Or something like that.  Did we mention that Uncle Murray was also abducted by aliens once, too?

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 weekend 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.

New High Timber Ranch Big Bear Vacation Rental

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just added another new luxury vacation rental in Big Bear.  This one brings a wealth of luxury features, and we’re confident it will inspire many guests to start planning return visits even before their first one is finished.

This amazing property is a prime example of the “Wow Factor.”  As you walk up the pavers on the approach to the front door, you immediately recognize the level of quality craftsmanship and pride that went into its construction.  It’s a true log cabin both in and out.  It showcases some of the best work we’ve seen in any log construction.

The cabin is dominated by its towering central fireplace.  It defines the great room area by ascending up through the loft floor and continues to the ceiling above.  The open loft area adds to the spacious feel you’ll experience.   The cabin also boasts one of the largest outdoor living areas we’ve seen.  The massive main deck measures 1600 square feet, and places you amid the treetops.  With 3 master suites, this luxury vacation rental is perfect for large groups or multiple families.  The large backyard has plenty of room for winter play with sleds and saucers.  There’s even a treehouse that will be a hit with the kids.

The other luxury amenities you’ll notice are the rustic-style decorating including antlers and oversize sofas and chairs.  The radiant floor heating will be a big hit as the weather turns colder.  Enjoy simple bare feet or stockings without any discomfort even as the snow flies out the window.  And the elevation here at High Timber Ranch typically gets more snow than the lake or village areas.  Skiers in your party will enjoy its close proximity to Bear Mountain.  Your entire party will enjoy the amazing relaxation and luxury they’ll experience at High Timber Log Estate.

Click this link for more details and to book online.  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 weekend 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.

Meet the Newest Members of the Five Star Vacation Rentals Family

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Temperatures are starting to dip in Big Bear and we’re expecting the season’s first snow anytime. We’re almost booked solid for Thanksgiving, and we just added two new properties.

Sinatra’s Villa is a beautiful log cabin just a 5 minute walk to Snow Summit and quick drive into the Village. You’ll love the soaring ceiling in the great room, and the large deck has amazing forest views. It has 3 bedrooms with a loft, so there’s plenty of room for your party of up to 8 people.  We’ve packed this cabin with great diversions including a pool table, foosball table, Playstation, and a TV in every room.  We’re sure this one will quickly become a favorite, so be sure to book your stay right away.

Our second new addition is Pine Nest Chalet. This is a new purchase, and has all new furniture and appliances. And it’s a perfect choice for all our football fans. We’re including the NFL package, so you can get in some great time away in Big Bear and catch some great football games at the same time. Just add some beer and pizza, and this may well be the most relaxing vacation retreat you’ve ever had. After the game is over, you’ll have fun shooting some pool with the family, or dive into a lively game of darts.   You’ll also enjoy the beauty of the forest with the while you relax in the hot tub and take in the tree top views.

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 getaway. We’ve got luxury vacation rentals in Big Bear 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.

Be sure to download our new IOS and Android apps. These are a great tool to let your view our properties and book them while you’re on the go.

 

Hollywood Comes to Five Star Vacation Rentals. Again.

We’re starting to feel like a stage mom.

We’ve got these amazing kids (read “vacation rental cabins, estates, and condos”) that have such overwhelming appeal, it’s only natural that folks are drawn to their luxury and custom features.  And with increasing frequency, people are putting our kids in TV shows and movies.  In recent months our properties have appeared on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” ABC’s “The Lookout,” and the indie film, “A Separate Life.” We’re mighty proud about that.

Our most recent brush with fame is with Cabin 10, The Grand Lakefront in Big Bear.  The cabin was featured on WETV’s Kendra On Top episodes, “The Big Bare” and “Cabin Fever.”   Kendra and her husband Hank celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary with a weekend stay in this cabin.  And we’d be hard pressed to choose a better destination.

If you watched the show, you saw the squeals of delight as the young starlet arrived.  “Look how beautiful this is!” was her first reaction, and she threw in a “this is awesome!” as well.  But this is nothing new to us.  That’s how we reacted when we first saw this amazing log estate on the lake.  And our guests have pretty much the same reaction each time they arrive as well.  It’s a remarkable property.

This home is constructed of full round lodgepole pine logs from Montana. And to ensure the absolute best quality, the builder actually assembled the entire cabin on site in Montana to check that each joint and log fit exactly to their rigorous demands. Once they were satisfied with it, they disassembled it log by log and loaded it on trucks bound for an exclusive lot in Big Bear right on the lake. As you can imagine, this is a very expensive way to build a cabin. But after you spend a few minutes wandering around inside, you’ll quickly begin to see the level of luxury and craftsmanship that can only be achieved by this extreme attention to detail.

This cabin truly represents the absolute best that Big Bear has to offer.  You’ll enjoy all the water sports with the included dock, and the lake views from the deck are just amazing.  The gourmet kitchen will delight even the most demanding of chefs, and you’ll be surrounded by the constant reminders that this luxury home is the product of many hours work at the hands of many talented craftsmen.  If you’re looking for someplace to enjoy the full star treatment, Cabin 10 is a great choice. View more photos and get booking information at this link.

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.  We’ll do our best to have you feeling like Hollywood royalty.  Call us at 310-780-3411 for more details or to book with us on the phone.

Spotlight on Estate by the Lake Big Bear Vacation Rental

We have so many amazing properties, sometimes we get concerned that the beauty and quality of any individual property may be overlooked as guests browse our vacation rentals. It’s a bit like having a tray of precious gems to choose from. All may be amazing but viewed together, its difficult to really grasp the true quality and rarity of any individual one without picking it up and taking a closer look. So with that in mind, we’d like to direct your attention to one of our amazing estates in Big Bear.

We’ve seen quite a few amazing properties, so we’re not as easily impressed as we once were. But we still vividly recall when when we first visited Estate By the Lake, and experienced the amazing luxury and sheer size of the space. As we walked through the estate, our mind raced with the sort of luxury that our guests will experience while staying here. The dining room is surely one of the most spectacular rooms with its soaring ceiling and custom stained glass acorn-themed chandeliers. And the dining table is huge with room to feed your entire group in a single sitting.

With its 6 bedrooms and 5-1/2 baths, it’s ideal for large groups or multiple family getaways. But it has so many desirable amenities, that it will be appealing to any of our guests, regardless of the size of your party. Fishing on the lake is great this time of year, and the lake is right across the street. For more outdoor fun, you’ll want to relax in the sunken spa, or take a swim in the pool. The kitchen is a gourmet’s delight with beautiful natural stone counters, double ovens, and professional-grade gas stove.  It sits on a huge lot, so be sure to set aside some time to enjoy strolling the grounds for a while or sitting out on one of the decks to enjoy the cool summer evening breezes. And you can settle in with some hot chocolate later in front of one of the 4 fireplaces to cap off the day.

Five of the bedrooms are master suites, and two have full Jacuzzi tubs for your relaxation. There’s a steam shower as well for your enjoyment. There’s a level entrance with two downstairs bedrooms making this property fully handicap accessible and perfectly comfortable for including the grandparents in your getaway.

But you really need to take a closer look at the pictures to get a sense of the amazing luxury you’ll experience with this estate. View more details about our Cabin #8 at this link.

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 next 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  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.