Make This Summer Different With a Vacation Rental in Big Bear

Summer vacation, young girl ready for travelWe know we are just a few weeks into spring, but our thought this time of year inescapably start leaping forward to summer. It’s only natural. Summer is a great time for most families. The kids are out of school, and you can finally work to clear your schedules to get some quality time together as a family. But if you’re like a lot of families, these opportunities slip away year after year in the usual rush of events around your house. You can make this year different by just making plans early, alerting the whole family, and start everyone moving in a trajectory that culminates in your long-awaited summer vacation.

FishingGirlBig Bear is a great destination for your summer fun. The lake offers multiple opportunities to pursue swimming, boating, and fishing. There are few things more satisfying during your Big Bear vacation than to gather at dinner time in your luxury Five Star vacation rental and enjoy a meal of the fish you just caught a few hours earlier. Add a bit of wine, some locally-grown produce, and one of the signature desserts you’ll find at Gadley’s Bakery to add a yummy finish to the meal.

But if you’re serious about making this happen, it’s important to carve out the time pretty quickly. Task the kids with researching all the fun events taking place during your stay, and soon you’ll have the entire family counting the days until you pack  up and head out for your Big Bear adventure.

fishermanThe summer months in Big Bear also offer a number of great opportunities for cyclists, runners, and hikers. The Big Bear Cycling Association is one of the most active anywhere in California. Bring your own bikes or rent some when you arrive, and you can get involved in one of the many different rides scheduled. Visit their website at this link. 

The Big Bear Discovery Center is a great resource for visitors, and a quick stop there can uncover last-minute events or other fun offerings you may not find before you arrive. Visit their website, and plan a visit when you get in town.

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.

Have You Booked Your Big Bear Ski Getaway Yet?

SkierThat muffled sound of delight you hear is the gleeful anticipation of avid skiers reading the Big Bear snow report. New snow has fallen, and there’s a great layer of fresh powder just waiting for your skis to meet it. The weather is cooperating with us well, and the conditions may be at their peak for the season. This is a great time to plan your Big Bear ski getaway.

If you can get time off work, weekdays are your best option. We usually have more properties available for your Five Star Vacation Rental during the week, and the slopes are a bit less crowded as well. But both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are well prepared for your visit regardless of when you can getaway.

If skiing is your passion, we’re here to help you enjoy it even more. There’s really nothing that tops a great day of skiing like relaxing in the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and you’ll have the perfect way to relax and work out any soreness from your time on the slopes.

FriendsOnPorchIt’s also a great opportunity to put together a quick getaway for your extended family, church group, or a group of coworkers. Many of our properties can accommodate a dozen or more guests, so with almost no advance planning, you can all head up the mountain and enjoy a memorable time on the slopes, and some great time together in front of the fireplace or relaxing in the hot tub.

Be sure to check the road conditions in advance, and make plans if chains are required. There are a few ways to get up the mountain, and you can use this link to check road conditions:

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.

Last Call for Labor Day in Big Bear

Labor Day in Big Bear is a great way to enjoy summer’s last hurrah, and we’re here to help you enjoy every last moment of it.  It’s always a busy weekend for us, and we only have a handful of Big Bear Vacation Rentals still available as we write this.  Since this is very last minute, you’ll probably want to give us a call to book your stay.

We can’t promise these will still be available, but if you hurry, here are a few of the properties you may be able to enjoy this weekend:

Our cabin #6, Talmadge Lodge is a real beauty, and perfect for a getaway this weekend.  It’s located just a short walk to The Village, so you can enjoy some of the great shopping and restaurants just a few minutes away.  It’s built with grand style and boasts 5 bedrooms and 4 baths with room for 16 guests.  You can enjoy your Labor Day in Big Bear without ever leaving the cabin with this one. It has an amazing gourmet kitchen and a pool table, foosball table, exercise room, 2 fireplaces. See more photos and details at this link.

If that one’s already taken,  be sure to ask about Cabin 13. We call it Ski-In/Ski-Out Bear Mountain, and it’s just as comfy and beautiful during the summer as it is with skis. It has an open concept living room with nice big screen LCD, DirecTV, and a DVD player, so you can bring that collection of your favorite movies you’ve been wanting to watch.  Be sure to spend a few minutes just walking around the house and taking in all the warmth of the wood in the log-style cabin. Cap it all off with a relaxing soak in the spa out on the deck.  You get more info and photos at this link.

One last bit of paradise that’s still available at this writing is our Cabin #15, Gorgeous Lakeview Village Lodge.  As the name implies, this amazing Big Bear vacation rental boasts some of the best views of the lake from virtually every room.  It has a secluded location, so you can enjoy some privacy while you relax in the hot tub. After dinner you can relax in front of the fireplace or enjoy a friendly game of pool.  Make this a Labor Day in Big Bear that you’ll all remember!

Want to plan a getaway someplace else? 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.

Spending St. Patty’s in Big Bear

St. Patrick’s Day means something a little bit different to everybody. For kids, it’s a warning to wear green or be pinched, and for adults, it might be the rare opportunity to drink green beer. Its origins have seemingly gotten lost in translation, but you’re bound to have fun on a holiday devoted to lucky clovers, pots of gold, and leprechauns. A day this silly deserves to be celebrated unabashedly, and there’s no better place to do that than in Big Bear while luxuriating in one of the finest vacation rentals available. Renting a cabin in Big Bear might mean it’s your friends who spend St. Patrick’s Day green with envy!

If you’re planning to chase rainbows on a hunt for pots of gold, the weekend of March 17th might be the time to do it. If you had other activities in mind, though, Big Bear has lots to offer. March is a particularly beautiful time to visit. Snow starts to melt off, amusement abounds, and outdoor activities, as always, provide more than enough entertainment. You can spend the day exploring one of Big Bear’s many lush forest areas, and though you likely won’t find gold, you may find some four-leafed clovers. Nothing is quite as lucky as getting to relax in a premium Big Bear cabin, though.

If you’d rather spend the day celebrating in a more traditional manner, adults can enjoy the festivities that will be hosted at many local bars and taverns. Nottinghams Tavern is just one destination you can stop by for food, drinks and a great social scene. St. Patrick’s Day is sure to provide a lively party scene, but whether or not green beer will on the menu, we’re not sure.

Big Bear is known for its beautifully green landscapes, so what better place could there be to spend St. Patrick’s Day? And your trip won’t be complete without booking a luxury vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rentals. Other rentals don’t compare to the designer features, stunning layouts, and immaculate beauty of our cabins. Don’t be surprised if you visit Big Bear and find that you’d prefer to stay inside all day!

Big Bear is our most popular locale, but we offer incredible rentals for a variety of other destinations, too. So if St. Patty’s in Big Bear is not your cup of tea, you can book Five Star Vacation rentals in Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. Most people don’t get to vacation often, so we go above and beyond to ensure that when you’re staying in one of our rentals, you are enjoying the finest luxury and relaxation. If you’d like more information, you can reach out to our friendly staff by calling 310-780-3411.

Calling All Anglers. What Would You Do With $50,000?

For avid fishermen, there’s nothing quite like the thrill you feel with you get those first few tenuous taps on the end of your line.  The adrenaline starts pumping, and you wait anxiously for the follow up pull indicating you’ve got one on the line.  Now combine that thrill with the possibility that the fish you’re pulling in may bring a $50,000 payday with it, and it’s a level of excitement that will make your head spin.  And that’s exactly the thrill that awaits you in Big Bear at the 50K Trout Derby the weekend of June 7th and 8th.  In addition to the grand prize there are other cash and merchandise prizes being handed out as well.  It’s going to be great fun, and you should plan to be here.

This event draws anglers from all over the Southland, and with good reason.  Big Bear Lake has some great fishing, and the surrounding scenery is just amazing with the towering pines and mountains.  At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we help make the occasion even better with the finest cabins and estates available in all of Big Bear.  It’s easy to imagine your family enjoying a fun day fishing at the lake.  And even if you’re not one of the big winners, you can take your catch back to the Five Star cabin to cook up some of the freshest and tastiest fish you’ll ever have.  All of our luxury vacation rentals have full kitchens with all the pots and pans you’ll need to bring a real gourmet dinner to the table from your catch of the day.

Even if you’re not much of a fisherman, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Big Bear.  With spring in full bloom, the mountain takes on a crisp and beautiful scent at every turn.  Hiking along the miles of trails will have you spellbound by the beauty there.  Couple that with the amazing luxury you’ll enjoy in your vacation rental cabin, and it’s a getaway that will have you smiling for your entire stay.  And the only bad part of the experience will come when you have to start packing to go back home.  But don’t despair, we’ve got dozens of great cabins for your enjoyment, and you can come back as often as you wish.

If you do head up for the $50K Trout Derby, you can call the Big Bear Lake Visitor Center for info and to enter.  Their number is 800-424-4232.  And call us at 310-780-3411 to book your getaway.  To view our Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  We can also help you plan your holiday in one our other destinations as well. Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth 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 ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.

New Studies Shows The Key To Happiness Is In a Five Star Vacation Rental

Well, we may be stretching things a bit, but follow along with us.  You’ll see there’s good reason to believe that true happiness can be found in one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental cabins, estates, and condos.

Researchers at Cornell University and San Francisco State University recently completed studies in which individuals were surveyed about recent purchases and experiences.  The object of the studies was to find the source for the greatest happiness among the study participants.  Would they be most happy by acquiring some new material object, or through some shared experience?   As surprising as it may seem, both studies found that we tend to be happier when we have a shared experience than when we buy something new.  The studies found that the joy of a new material purchase fades fairly quickly and is nearly gone with in a matter of weeks.  On the other hand, the memories of an experience shared with others is far more likely to linger and provide lasting joy for a very long time.  There are a number of reasons for this.

We tend to be more open about sharing details about an experience than we are sharing our feelings about a new purchase.  Many of us feel self-conscious about buying something bigger or better than our friends may have, but experiences are usually more about the emotions and activities involved.  And those are much easier and less threatening for many of us to share.

And this is where we step in and provide a height of joy you’ll be smiling about for years to come.  At Five Star Vacation Rentals we have collected some of the finest memory-producing properties to be found anywhere on Earth.  Maybe other planets too.  Our properties are designed to engulf you in a sense of luxury and relaxation unlike anything you have ever known.  We’ve chosen properties located in some of the most beautiful locations to augment the beauty of our luxury estates and cabins.

To view our Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  We can also help you plan your holiday in one our other destinations as well. Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth 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 ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Grab Your Skis — Bear Mountain Is Open!

Well, it’s official.  The Big Bear ski season has commenced.  We started seeing some snow in the last couple of weeks, and Bear Mountain opened just in time for Thanksgiving.  This marks the beginning of our busiest time of year, so be sure to book your Big Bear vacation rental cabin early.

As we write this, Bear Mountain is the only ski resort open in all of Southern California.  And we just happen to have a few dozen of Southern California’s finest vacation rental cabins, condos and estates.  Booking your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin is a perfect way to maximize the great experience you’ll have with your Big Bear ski getaway.  Our return guests can tell you about the amazing experience of having a fun day on the slopes followed by a relaxing evening in one of our luxury cabins.  It’s especially delightful to relax in the comfort of a hot tub to soothe some of the inevitable bumps and minor aches you may feel after getting back on the slopes for the first time this season.  Most of our cabins have hot tubs, so be sure to ask one of our customer service agents to find the exact right cabin for your getaway.  For the best value, be sure to buy your lift tickets online before you arrive.  They’re offered at a discount at this link.

And there’s plenty to do off the slopes as well.  The kids will surely love a down hill run at the Alpine Slide.  It’s Southern California’s only true bobsled experience, and it’s an annual tradition for many families. They’ve also got one of Southern California’s best tubing hills, for a bouncing great time.  Visit their website for prices and hours:   http://www.alpineslidebigbear.com/AlpineSlide.html .

And for mom and dad, there are plenty of great shops and tasty restaurants in Big Bear Village.  So if you can pry yourself away from the slopes for a while, you can have a great afternoon of relaxing shopping followed by some of the finest dining experiences available anywhere in California.  And of course, you’ll have the delightful anticipation each day that you’ll end up back at your Five Star Vacation Rental luxury Big Bear cabin.

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,  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 you 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.

A Big Bear Vacation For Adrenaline Junkies

Summer is in full swing, and many folks are in the final planning stages for their vacation time.  Summer is one of our favorite times of year for this reason.  We love helping folks put together getaways perfectly suited for their specific desires.  Some people look forward to their vacation time looking for quiet and solitude.  Many of our guests enjoy traveling at speeds no faster than a golf cart.  And we’ve featured some of our golf vacations in a an earlier blog.  But his week we want to go in an entirely different direction and highlight some of the outrageous and somewhat terrifyingly fun things you can do in Big Bear.

Fun In the Air

Screams and squeals of delight can be heard emanating from the skies above Big Bear on most summer afternoons.  And with good reason.  The airspace immediately above Big Bear is host to some of the most outrageous bucket-list adventures available anywhere.  Here’s just a sample:

Big Bear Parasailing will have you soaring 300 feet above pristine Big Bear Lake.  This adventure involves a high power boat, 600 feet of towline, and a parachute.  Adventurers aged 12 or over can fly solo and kids over 7 can fly in tandem with an adult.  The tamer members of your party can come along for a ride in the tow boat for a small extra fee.  We understand the view from up there is simply amazing, and the folks riding in the boats below can barely hear you scream.  But keep trying.  Visit their website at http://www.bigbearparasail.net . They also have some amazing jet boat rides we mention below.

Strap on your water-powered jet pack and fly board with Action Aqua Flight, and you’ll soon be harnessing the power of a jet stream of water to levitate above the lake.  We have it on good authority that this is where Iron Man first learned to fly with his jet pack.  You’ll quickly learn to manipulate the powerful streams of water to reach heights up to 15 feet above the water.  Make sure you have someone along to take pictures.  You can tell your friends about how you once dreamed you could fly, and then the folks at Action Aqua Flight made it happen.  Be sure to ask us about this activity when you book your luxury cabin rental, and we’ll be able to get you a discount.  For more details, visit their website at http://actionaquaflight.com

Fun On the Water

There are only a handful of jet boats operating in the United States, and Big Bear is home to one of the most popular.  They’re a big trend in New Zealand, and it’s easy to see why.  Combine a roller coaster with a Disney thrill ride; then take away the rails and run it over the water.  This is just a glimpse of what’s in store for you when you board one of these roaring speedsters.  Your captain will help you enjoy your ride by adding in some local color and history.  But that’s just filler. It’s the power and banked turns you’ll be remembering long after the ride is over.  Their website is located at http://bigbearparasail.net/rides.html.

Wake boarding and water skiing continue to be some of the most popular extreme sports in Big Bear.  The folks at Holloway’s Marina and North Shore Landing have a fleet of powerful Ski Sanger boats that are perfect for towing both skiers and wakeboards.   Their expert pilots will maneuver the boats to maximize the wake and give you some amazing air time.  They cater to experts and beginners alike with free lessons to get you going quickly.  Visit their website for more info: http://www.bigbearboating.com/wakesports.php .

But whether your tastes run from mild to wild, we have a luxury vacation rental cabin or estate that will be just right for your next vacation.  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 create the perfect getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be confident that we’ve worked hard to make sure all of our properties provide a level of luxury and relaxation that will keep you smiling for the duration of your visit. 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.