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.

Meet Five Star Vacation Rentals’ Newest Luxury Big Bear Cabin

We’re very pleased to announce the newest addition to our Five Star Vacation Rental lineup of luxury estates.  No. 44 Dreamscape Villa is nestled in the forest in the Moonridge area of Big Bear.  It offers tree-top views and is very close to many of our favorite Big Bear attractions like Ski Slopes, Big Bear Snow Play, and the lake.

This cabin is pure delight and luxury crafted at the hands of Bob Dixon.  Bob has been building distinctive properties for nearly 40 years and some of Big Bear’s most desirable cabins started on the drafting tables at Dixon Construction. You’ll be delighted with the attention to detail as you relax in the log-themed decor and marvel at the majestic views from the deck.

We’ve filled the house with great diversions including a Foosball table, and a new Sony LED TV.  As the evening gets late, you will likely find yourself in front of the custom fireplace while you fix some steamy hot chocolate in the modern gourmet kitchen.  Be sure to spend a little while in the warm relaxation of the spa before you head off to bed.

Come morning, you’ll be back in the kitchen to cook up a perfect breakfast for the entire family.   One of you should sneak out early so the rest of the family can wake up to the wonderful smell of fresh coffee brewing.  We keep the kitchen stocked with all the cookware and utensils you’ll need to make anything from a simple omelet to a gourmet quiche.

After your first night, you’ll be faced with the dilemma that confronts most of our guests.  The cabin is so cozy and luxurious, you’ll consider just staying in for the entire day to drink in the wonderful architecture and amenities.  But Big Bear is full of fun things to do outside, and that’s likely why you choose to come in the first place.  We’ll leave it to you to resolve this dilemma as you wish.  But inside the cabin, or outside in wonderful Big Bear, you and your family will surely have a vacation to remember.

You can view more details about our new Dreamscape Villa at this link.  If you’re planning your winter getaway somewhere other than one of our luxury Big Bear cabins, we can help as well in the following areas:  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. At Five Star Vacation Rentals we realize that your time away on vacation is important, and we treat it that way. We are constantly working to ensure that your stay in one of our luxury rentals is an experience you’ll always remember fondly and want to repeat often.

Call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your next getaway.


January Events In Big Bear

January is a busy month in Big Bear, and there are lots of fun activities available beyond the slopes.  One of the great things about Big Bear is that you can ski all day, and have some real fun at night as well.  And there’s enough to keep you busy off the slopes to make January a great time for a visit even if you don’t ski at all.

The Big Bear Discovery Center has lots of great activities planned for January.  Each Saturday morning they offer a snowshoeing adventure in the San Bernardino National Forest with a resident naturalist. You’ll learn how to snowshoe, and go for a guided trek through the forest.  Snowshoes, poles, water and a snack are provided. Please bring warm clothing layers and waterproof boots or shoes. You can buy tickets online at this page:

The center also has a fun animal tracking event every weekend that allows you to locate and identify some of the local animal tracks.  This is great fun for the entire family.  Come learn how to track animals found in the forest. Learn how tracks are cast and make your very own. After creating your animal track, a naturalist will guide you on a 20 minute walk around the grounds searching for signs of animals.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is located at 40971 North Shore Drive in Fawnskin.

Take cooking lessons.  Release your inner Julia Child by spending some time with one of the world-class chefs at the Copper Q.  It’s an amazing experience with limited space so budding gourmets or wannabe chefs can rub elbows with a pro to see how it’s really done.  You’ll learn to cook some of the most amazing delicacies and get to sample your work along the way.  Classes are scheduled during the week, and space is limited, so be sure to call ahead.  Here’s their website for more details:

Hear some great music or make your own.  Friday nights in Big Bear offer a great selection of live music.  Here are a few great choices for your entertainment:

Nottingham’s Tavern at 40797 Big Bear Blvd.
Mill Creek Cattle Company at 41072 Big Bear Blvd
Skeleton Key Folk Music Center at 560 Pine Knot Avenue
Chad’s Place 40740 Village Drive

And on Tuesday night you have the opportunity to make some of your own music with karaoke at Murrays Saloon at 672 Cottage Lane.  Break free of your shower and show the world your true talent.

And as you know, there’s also some amazing skiing to be found right now.   So whatever your passion, we’re here to help you put together a luxury getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental cabins and estates.  Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll get you started on your way to a great getaway.

Looking for a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear? We also have some great vacation rental estates, cabins, and condos available in   Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.



Welcome Our Newest Big Bear Vacation Rental Cabin

At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re always on the lookout for distinctive properties we can offer to our guests.  We’re very choosy, so we can make sure you’ll find the finest quality and top notch luxury regardless of which of our properties you may choose,.  Our newest property is “Grand Lakefront,” and it meets our standards without any exception.

Located right on the lake, this amazing property is nestled in Big Bear’s most exclusive neighborhood. It’s perched on a hill overlooking the lake and includes 250 feet of lake frontage.  As you walk through the front door, you’ll realize the genius of the architect’s attention to design.  The entire home is built to accentuate the amazing lake views.  The home is constructed of full-round lodgepole pine logs from Montana.  The builder fully assembled the home first in Montana to check for a perfect fit.  The home was then disassembled, transported, and reassembled on the present site.  It’s a very expensive way to build a home.  But when you’re concerned with getting every last detail absolutely correct, it starts to make sense.  As you spend time in this beautiful home, you’ll begin to notice all the details that showcase the craftsmanship required to build it.  See more information on our Grand Lakefront page.

The home has 3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms with room for 10 guests. Two of the bedrooms open onto the outdoor patio, so it’s perfect for large parties or two families to share, so they can stay up as late as they want or sleep late without disturbing the other guests.  And when you step out on the patio, you’ll be looking out over the lake and the colorful custom landscaping.  The home is professionally decorated to enhance the feeling that you’re in your own private mountain lodge.   The gourmet kitchen will be a delight to the chef in your family, and you can enjoy your meals out on the wonderful viewing patio while you enjoy the warmth of the massive outdoor stone fireplace.

As the glow from the fire grows dim late in the evening, you can gather the kids for some star gazing.  Enjoy locating the constellations, and watch as a steady parade of shooting stars makes their appearance.  We’re convinced this will be a home you’ll want to visit again and again.  Here are some more details:

Bedroom #1 King with viewing window and private bath.
Bedroom #2 Queen with entrance to outdoor patio.
Bedroom #3 2 Queen with entrance to outdoor patio.
Large loft with 2 twin
Queen pull out sofa in gathering room

Full round log home
3.5 bathrooms
Outdoor Jacuzzi
Boat Dock
Fully Equipped Kitchen
2 large screen TV’s
Surround Sound
Outdoor Stereo Sound
Wireless Internet
Game Room with ping pong table, darts, pool table, and game table
Walk in closets
Beautiful furnishings
Washer and Dryer
Huge outdoor patio with fireplace off kitchen
Huge patio with Jacuzzi off gathering room
Large patio Lakeside
Beautiful Professionally Landscaped Grounds

Give us a call at 310-780-3411 to book your stay at this lovely home.  If you’d like to view our other Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  Planning a vacation somewhere else?  We’ve got luxury vacation rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to insuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will have you enjoying every possible moment.  Call us today, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

October in Big Bear Has Something For Everyone. Call Us to Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin

Autumn in Big Bear is one of the most beautiful times of year to join us.  The nights start to get a bit cooler, and the mornings are greeted with wonderful refreshing cool breezes.  You’ll regret putting off your stay with us here while you roast in the stifling October heat that so frequently hits Los Angeles. Avoid regret.  Call us today to book your October vacation getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental Big Bear cabins.  Here are some of the fun events waiting for you in October:

Oktoberfest Kid's Costume Contest

Oktoberfest continues its annual run weekends until the end of the month.  This is one of Big Bear’s most popular events, and there’s something for every member of the family.  This year introduces more fun for the little ones with the Kindermeister Party Pack.  The package includes admission, Kid’s Meal, Sports Cup (with half-priced refills during your visit), one non-alcoholic beverage and a singing chicken keychain.  Oktoberfest finishes its run this year on Saturday, October 27 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 9:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.  This final weekend is always a busy one for us, so be sure to book your cabin early, and bring something fun to wear!

Since 2004, Western Outdoor News has sponsored the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest and it has proven to be a popular outing for all members of the family. Enjoy a weekend among your fellow anglers as you fish for fun and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Please visit the website at or call Western Outdoor News at (949)366-0030.  You could actually fish and win money at it.  No, you’re not dreaming!  October 6th.

Curious Owls Greet Nighttime Explorers!

This one just sounds irresistible!  Join us on Saturday evenings during October for the Flashlight Safari Through Moonridge Animal Park.  This unique experience lets you enjoy Moonridge Animal Park’s nocturnal animals. Gates open 6:15 PM and close at 6:30 PM to start the tour.  Bring your flashlight and wear warm clothes. For more information call (909) 584-1299 or visit The fun culminates on Saturday, October 27th with Boo In The Zoo. This starts in the  late afternoon and continues through the early evening with a truckload of fun including Tricks ‘n Treat–The Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.  Dress up the kids, and spend the evening with some real animals!

Kids, Costumes, Candy . . . Fun!

Halloween in the Village is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy Halloween.  Join us on the evening of October 31st and wander through the village in costume.  The kids will have a wonderful time as more than 50 of our merchants join in the fun with loads of candy for the kids.  Dress warmly and have the kids bring extra large goody bags.  This is going to be a Halloween to remember!

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your October getaway.  Also, we’re starting to fill up our holiday reservations, so don’t delay your plans. Call us and we’ll help you plan a holiday in Big Bear that will bring joy to the entire family.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, 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.  Don’t risk your precious vacation time by booking anywhere else!



Five Star Vacation Rentals Cabin Featured in New Film

Filming in our kitchen

We’re so excited about this, we can barely sit still.  We received a phone call today from filmmaker Jillian O’Neil.  She rented our Big Bear cabin #1 a while ago to use in a new film she was making, “A Separate Life.”  And today she calls us to let us know the film was finished a while ago, and will be featured in the upcoming Big Bear Film Festival.  Watch a trailer for the movie at this link.  You’ll note that our cabin did not once flub its lines.

The film has turned out to be quite a success, and movie goers all around the world have been watching Jillian’s compelling drama acted out in our lovely cabin.  The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and Jillian won the Best New Director award from the Action On Film International Film Festival last summer.  But as much as we love Jillian’s new film, we just couldn’t take our eyes off that lovely cabin in the background. . . .   But don’t you expect that from us?

Jillian told us that her film is on the schedule at the Big Bear Film Festival for September 16th, and as we write this blog, the starring cabin is still available for that weekend.  For all you film buffs out there, how cool would that be to go see the movie and then spend the weekend in the cabin where it was filmed?  Call us right away at 310-780-3411 for this last minute booking.

Hollywood comes to Big Bear

And even if you’re not a film buff, this cabin is a consistent favorite with our guests.  From the dramatic open ceilings to the large country kitchen, there’s a whole lot to like about this cabin.  If you enjoy hiking, the national forest is only 3 lots away where you can hike to spots with incredible views of the lake.  The Big Bear zoo and golf course are also within walking distance.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth 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.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you put together a vacation that will be the one your family just keeps smiling about for years to come.

Introducing Our Newest Big Bear Vacation Rental Cabin, and Great Solutions For Large Groups

As Five Star Vacation Rentals continues to grow, we’re excited to also grow in our ability to cater to the unique needs of larger groups. We just added our newest property this week, and it boasts the largest guest capacity of any of our properties.

Room for your group of 24

If you’ve ever been involved in planning a getaway for a larger group, you’re well aware of the hurdles you face. First you need to find a hotel with sufficient rooms available for dates you want. Then you need to coordinate with your group to make room assignments, track keys and arrival times, be sure nobody abuses the hotel mini-bar to run up your bill and much more. It can be a real headache. That’s why we’re so excited to offer a better solution that typically costs much less and provides much more quality time for your group. While you may work hard elsewhere simply to find enough space to sleep, with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you’ll create a place for your group to gather. And isn’t that what you’re really looking for?  It’s the difference between fighting to find enough tables at the local restaurant so you can seat  your group in a noisy, crowded dining room, or gathering everyone together around a huge dining table where you can relax and enjoy each other’s company for as long as you like.  And there will be no fighting over the tip!

Meadowbrook Estate
Luxurious main cabin with 1200 square foot guest cabin

Our newest Big Bear vacation rental cabin has room for 24 guests. This secluded Meadowbrook Estate sits on 5 acres and has a huge main cabin with a 1200 square foot guest cabin. The two cabins combined offer 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms with room for 24 guests.  This luxurious resort cabin boasts fine workmanship and materials throughout.  It has a professional-grade kitchen so you can keep your group smiling with delicious meals for the entire gathering.  Its outdoor spa will be a big hit with both the kids and adults.  The windows look out over the acreage, so you can further enjoy the seclusion.  View more details about this amazing property on this page.

If you have a group of up to 26, we have 3 of our Big Bear cabins (Cabin #3, Cabin #9, and Cabin #16)  located next door to each other offering space for 26 guests with a total of 10 bedrooms and 6-1/2 baths.

We also have a number of cabins with room for 16 guests that can be a great option for your group as well.  Just call one of our friendly customer service agents, and we’ll be happy to help you plan out the perfect getaway for your family reunion, holiday getaway, or church retreat.  You can reach us at 310-780-3411.  Browse all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins on this page.

If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We’re here to help you create a vacation getaway that will keep you smiling for months to come!

If We Let You In On a Secret About Our Big Bear Cabin Vacation Rentals, Will You Promise To Tell All Your Friends?

Several years ago your intrepid blogger decided to take the entire family to the mountains for a wonderful Christmas celebration in a luxury cabin.  And knowing this business as he does, he did something that we have been recommending to our friends and repeat guests often:   Make your reservations by August.

Now August is not normally when our thoughts turn to holiday preparations.  But when it comes to planning a truly memorable and exciting holiday, you should take care of it early.  People often decide very late that they’d love to have a unique Big Bear Christmas, but if you wait too long, it may not happen.  Often times by early November we see our available dates rapidly disappearing.  And our most popular cabins are often booked solid even earlier.

So this year don’t delay your plans.  Call us early, and start planning for this year’s getaway that will have you all smiling long into the new year.  Here are a few suggestions we have for your holiday vacation:

Cabin #1 Big Bear Mountain 4 Bedroom Beautiful Slope Side Cabin

Cabin 1 is a great choice for your Christmas getaway

Consistently one of our most popular cabins, this beauty is just minutes away from the slopes at Bear Mountain.  It’s a roomy 4 bedroom with room for 13 guests. You’ll also enjoy two master suites and a large spa There is a new pool table and a 7 person spa waiting for you to enjoy after a day on the slopes.  There is something for everyone in this cabin which has a large flat screen television in the great room for you to enjoy.  One of our recent guests described this cabin as “absolutely beautiful.”  We’re confident you’ll agree.  View more details here, or call us at 310-780-3411.

Cabin #20 Grand 8 Bedroom Estate At Castle Glen

Amazing luxury and room for the extended family

We still remember the first time we saw the inside of this luxurious cabin.  The soaring 35′ ceilings are just amazing.  It has 8 bedrooms with three of these master suites in 6700 square feet of custom craftsmanship.  Everywhere you turn, you’ll see the finest granite, marble, hardwood, and stone finishes.  There are 7 bathrooms as well.  With room for 16 guests, this is a perfect choice to gather the extended family for a Christmas getaway you’ll all cherish.  The property features a theater room with a 10 foot screen, so you can gather the family to watch your DVD of It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas eve.  View the photos and more details here.

#29 Chalet Summit 9 Bedroom Next To Snow Summit

Chalet Summit has room for 16 guests

Chalet Summit is another of our cabins that is perfect for your extended family or multi-family holiday.  It has 9 bedrooms with 8 of them master suites.  You can wave goodbye to all those years of lumpy rollaway beds and old Uncle Clarence’s horrible snoring on the sofa.  You’ll enjoy the new hardwood floors and wonderful amenities including the spa.  It’s just a few minutes to Snow Summit, the lake and Big Bear Village.  It’s got plenty of games as well including a pool table, foosball, PacMan and more.  We’ve got more photos and details on this page.

Browse all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth 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.  Book your stay online, or call us at 310-780-3411.  Remember, your vacation time is too important to gamble with. Stay with us at Five Star Vacation Rentals for the peace of mind you’ll have knowing we’re working to make sure your stay is delightful and creates a great memory for your entire family.

Our Newest Big Bear Luxury Cabin Rental Is Just Steps Away From Bear Mountain Skiing

We just posted Lassen’s Lodge, our newest Big Bear luxury cabin, and wanted our faithful blog followers to get all the details.  This one is so new we haven’t had time to get the professional photography done yet.  But you don’t need Ansel Adams to understand why we’re so excited about the newest member of our Five Star Vacation Rentals family.  Take a look at the best part of this beauty:

That's Bear Mountain in the front yard

This is a view looking out from the front of the house.  As you can see, the road is the only thing that stands between you and the Bear Mountain slopes. If you got any closer, you’d have to build an igloo.  With this amazing cabin you can literally roll out of bed, strap on your skis, and hit the slopes. Well, maybe you should get dressed and eat breakfast first, but you get the idea.  We’re anticipating that this one will be booked solid for the entire ski season, so we’re encouraging all our die-hard skiers to grab open slots while they’re available.   We’re prepared to secure your ski vacation for anytime through next spring, so be sure to work out your plans and call us right away.

In addition to the great location, we’ve made sure the cabin will meet the level of comfort and luxury you expect from a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  The cabin has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and enough beds to sleep 12 with a maximum occupancy of 14.  The living room has custom furniture with a rock carved fireplace.  You may end up fighting over who gets to prepare dinner with the fully equipped kitchen that features beautiful granite countertops.  And don’t worry about the kids.  You can be sure they’ll be kept plenty busy with all the games we’ve packed in.  It’s an impressive list:  We have a Foosball table, a pinball machine, chess table, and plenty of other board games.

Relax in front of the fireplace
Relax in front of the fireplace

This Big Bear vacation rental is a perfect destination for all our sports fans too.  You’ll surely want to take a break from the slopes to watch the game on the huge 60 inch plasma TV with its surround sound system.   You’ll love the large dining room table for setting up snacks and pizza boxes to fuel your enjoyment of the game.

There’s also a gas barbecue on the deck and a hot tub with room for 6.  Just imagine that amazing moment when you’re up to your neck in the warm water of the hot tub, and the air is filled with the sweet aroma of the steaks on the barbecue. It’s making our mouths water just thinking about it.  After the first day, it will seem like it’s been months since you were in the city rushing off to work or spending all day on your cell phone.

And once the quiet of the evening comes and the kids are finally drifting off to sleep, you can retire to the wonderful master suite.  It has a king size bed and is a great retreat for mom and dad.  It has a fireplace and a plasma TV, so you can enjoy some time alone.   We’re certain that the only regret you’ll have about your stay at Lassen’s Lodge is that you didn’t stay longer.

We’re accepting reservations immediately, so give us a call at 310-780-3411.  You can view more photos and pricing on this page. We also have Five Star Vacation Rentals available in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Each of our destinations offers a wealth of activities for your entire family.