Why a Vacation Rental?

We started our company with a couple simple ideas: Vacations are meant to be fun, and enjoying the luxurious surroundings found in golf estates, high end cabins, and condos on the beach is something that makes them even more fun. High end hotels can be a lot of fun with luxury surroundings, and we’ve had our share or those vacations. But even the best hotels have things that we can’t control like common hallways, boisterous guests, and seldom enough room to really stretch out. And we really like to stretch out.

There are hotel rooms with some extra room, but if you’ve priced those, you’ll quickly see they can be amazingly expensive. And with the extra cost, you still end up sharing hallways, having inconvenient or expensive parking, and often still needing to seek meals elsewhere. We’re undoubtedly biased about this, but renting a luxury vacation rental offers an amazing value. For the price of a nice hotel room, you can plan a getaway in a property with a level of luxury few of us enjoy.

And that’s really the point.

Most families don’t get a lot of vacations. Vacations are special, and we often spend months planning and researching to make them the best they can be. We’re always delighted to hear back from our guests about their special time away. Many of them are truly once in a lifetime experiences. We’re pleased to have helped people launch new marriages, celebrate long-time marriages, and enjoy family get togethers. They’ve enjoyed starting their mornings with coffee together in front of a fireplace followed by a great breakfast overlooking views of snow, golf courses and crashing waves. And it really just starts there.

With a Five Star Vacation Rental, you get a complete package. You have the entire home, cabin or condo that’s entirely yours during your stay. You share your hallways only with those you invited. You share your meals with the people in your group. And if there’s a lineup for breakfast, it’s just the people you care about most in your own private kitchen. The laughter you hear around you is familiar and welcome. Pick one of our many homes with a private pool, and enjoy some family fun away from strangers. It’s real relaxation. And it’s real luxury.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

February Events in Big Bear

February is a great month to plan your Big Bear getaway. Skiing is in full swing and the local shops and restaurants are open for business. It’s a perfect time to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway, and include some snow play for fun while you’re here. Here are just a few February events in Big Bear you can enjoy during your stay.

The Gold Rush Mining Company offers an immersive winter experience that has proven to be a real hit. Journey into the snow cave where active snow falling events occur daily, find a crystal that represents your birth month, zodiac, numerology, or planet, discover hidden treasures in the heated water sluice all the while under a canopy of sparkling crystal icicles, crack open a snowball revealing never before seen sparkling crystal centers or go on a winter expedition where you can take home all the treasure you find and more. Check out their website for more details.

When was the last time your family enjoyed a night out bowling? The Bowling Barn in Big Bear has been a favorite community destination for years. Bowling is a great family outing, and a truly delightful rite of passage in many families. Many of us remember all the gutter balls we threw followed by the exhilaration of getting a strike. Add a few snacks, and some really cool shoes, and it’s a night most families will find themselves plotting to repeat. Be sure to check out their nightly glow bowling where they dim the lights and turn up the music. They also have an arcade, full service bar, and snack bar.  Check out more details at the website: https://bowlingbarn.com

And these are just a couple of fun events you can enjoy when you’re not skiing or enjoying some of the other snow play events during your visit.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Some Five Star New Year’s Resolutions

Most of us are darn near gleeful at the thought of leaving 2020 behind. It’s been a year of challenges and we’re filled with hope for better things in the year ahead. And one of the ways many of us greet the new year is with resolutions. Here are a few of ours:

Cherish the People In Our Lives

When we distill everything down to what’s most important in our lives, we can never get very far away from those we love the most. And our circle of important people often includes our friends, family, coworkers and sometimes just special people we meet along the way. We’re hoping the new year will provide us more chances to express our affection for these people and keep in touch with them more regularly. We hope you’ll find those opportunities for the people in your life as well.

Really Enjoy Life

As we surround ourselves with increasing amounts of technology, we can also get wrapped up in a world that can rob us of some of life’s more refreshing and truly genuine moments. We’re resolving in this new year to actually find some roses along the way and then stop to smell them. And we’re going to pet kittens to hear them purr, find something fun to surprise someone we love with, listen to the wind, the birds, and the ocean. And we’ll make it a point to do silly things once in a while, because it makes our kids laugh.

Enjoy Relaxing Time Away

It’s our business, but it’s also our pleasure. Our motivation for getting into this business is the motivation that keeps us visiting our own properties. We love getting away, feeling pampered, and enjoying the amazing surroundings found at our properties. When we’re in La Quinta, we love an early morning game of golf, followed by an afternoon lounging by pool adjacent to the fairway. Our days in Big Bear often start with a cup of coffee overlooking the forest view followed by an afternoon stroll through the forest and a relaxing evening by the fireplace with wine for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids.

However you and your family decide to celebrate the New Year, Five Star Vacation Rentals will always be ready to provide the quality luxury accommodations in some of the most sought after destinations. View all of our La Quinta properties at this link or browse our choices in Big Bear.  You can book online or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next vacation or 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 Nuevo Vallarta and Big Bear.

 

 

 

Break Out the Skis. It’s Time!

Our regular guests will need no reminder, but we’ll post this anyway. We’ve got snow in Big Bear, and you’re going to want to get your reservations placed. Yes, we’re pleased to announce it’s time to break out the skis.

We love winter in Big Bear and our skiers this year have even more incentive to hit the slopes. This has been a year many of us are eager to leave behind, and we’re pretty sure a few runs down the slopes will help. We’re already seeing our winter bookings coming in, so we recommend you get your reservations in early to make sure you get that much needed time on the slopes. Here are a couple of guest favorites:

Cabin 9 is just 200 yards from the Snow Summit resort, and you’ll love the chance to walk to the slopes rather than trying to find a parking space. Rolling out of bed, grabbing some coffee, a quick breakfast and hitting slopes without even looking for your car keys is a pretty cool way to start any day. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with Cabin 9. It’s on a quiet cul-de-sac and it’s a perfect spot to relax after a long day on the slopes. The big jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom is perfect to soothe any sore muscles, and you’ll all love gathering around the fireplace to wind down with stories from the day.

Cabin 29 is also close to Snow Summit. And with its 9 bedrooms and 9.5 baths there is room for 16 guests. Each of the 9 bedrooms has its own bathroom, so there’s plenty of privacy for large families. And the kids will love the freedom of having their own private suites with a bathroom. The two master bedrooms have Jacuzzi tubs, so mom and dad can have some real luxury of their own at the end of the day. The slopes at Snow Summit are close by, so this is a great choice for a family ski getaway. The restaurants and shops of The Village are also just a few minutes away making this one a perfect choice for your Big Bear getaway.

Check out 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 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 VallartaLa Quinta and Miami, Florida.

 

 

Some Great Choices For Your Next Getaway

We love talking to guests and learning about their plans. Over the years, we’ve hosted weddings, honeymoons, family reunions, church retreats, and lots of just plain family fun. It’s always a delight to help people find the right property for their getaway, and we’re going to take a look at a couple of our guests’ favorites.

Cabin 49 is a recent addition to our family of properties. We call it the “Brand New San Gorgonio Lodge.” It was built in 2019 and sits on a treed lot within a 10 minute walk of Snow Summit. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with room for 12 guests. Its great room has a wall of windows looking out on the forest, and there are plenty of comfy places to relax near the fireplace. There’s a slipper bathtub in the master suite just waiting for you to slip in and feel all your stress dissolve away. The wood accents and live edge counters will be a constant reminder of the beautiful forest just outside. Click here for more details and to book online.

As the colder weather starts moving in to Big Bear, one of our personal favorites is Cabin 12, “Indoor Pool and Spa at Beautiful Lakeside Retreat.” As the name reveals, this cabin boasts an indoor pool and spa. As your family splashes around in the private pool, be sure to tell the kids how when you were their age, you had to walk all the way to the city pool and share it with a hundred other kids. And then splash them a bit just  for fun. It’s sure to be a getaway you all remember and will want to repeat. Check for available dates, get more info, and book online at this link.

Your next relaxing 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.

Making a Better Fall Getaway

We’re willing to bet most of you didn’t have “stay home, avoid friends, limit travel and homeschool” on your bingo cards for this year. But when life throws lemons at you, we say “make a huge tasty lemon meringue pie.” And part of that involves making a better fall getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate in Big Bear.

Part of the upside of having the kids doing their schoolwork from home is that you’re no longer tethered to having them in school. As part of our “Glass Half Full Initiative,” we’re suggesting you turn this unexpected situation into a plus and have your family dedicate some time to enjoying the beauty found in Big Bear. It’s a truly great solution. Start the day with a family breakfast followed by quiet time for the kids to do their online schooling, and finish up with an afternoon walk in the woods or a family movie night with popcorn and treats. It’s a family vacation without missing school.

Most of Big Bear is back open with observing social distancing and masks. And if you’d prefer, each of our cabins has a full kitchen, so you can cook up your favorites right without even venturing out. Just slide out to the deck and enjoy the cool Big Bear evening air as the family enjoys a great dinner. Grab some desert later and maybe relax in the spa too. Get the picture? This can actually become a time your family remembers fondly.

Bring your bicycles along to expand your exploring. Whether you’re on the streets or bike trails, there’s plenty to explore in Big Bear. The shops and restaurants at The Village are open, and there are many great gifts and treasures to be found. Grab some takeout from any of the wonderful restaurants, and you can enjoy a great meal back at your Five Star Vacation Rental.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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.

Plan Your Fall Big Bear Getaway

Life is slowly returning to normal, and we’re seeing families rushing to book getaways in our most popular destinations. Our September dates are filling fast, so we’re encouraging all our new and returning guests to plan ahead. This fall and winter are shaping up to be very busy, so be sure to get your reservations in early for your fall Big Bear getaway.

While many events are slowly rolling back out, there are several areas in Big Bear that are fully reopened and welcoming guests.

Get Your Feet Wet in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake remains the center of attention for many guests and with good reason. Fishing is open, and if you’ve never had a pleasure of serving up fresh fish for dinner that you just caught a few hours earlier, you’re really missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. You can buy your fishing license online before you arrive, and you’ll have options ranging from fully guided fishing tours, to boat rentals, to just relaxing along the bank of the lake as your bobber floats lazily with the breeze.

If you’re looking for a more immersive lake experience, rent some wave runners, paddle boards or kayaks for the whole family at Big Bear Marina. The wave runners are positively addicting. It’s all the fun of a motorcycle with the added fun of splashes and none of the scrapes and bruises from falling over. Of course the kayaks and paddle boards have their own fun as well. Family races and tipping over dad will be laughs you’ll all long remember.

Get Your Feet Dusty on Big Bear Trails

You’re going to love the contrast you’ll feel when you pull on some comfortable shoes and take to the hiking trails in Big Bear. This is about as polar opposite as you can get from sitting on the 405 at 3pm. There are over a dozen hiking trails in the Big Bear area, and each one offers a closer view of the beautiful surroundings. On your fall Big Bear getaway you’ll be so glad you traded in the smells of hot exhaust for the crisp air you’ll inhale during your hike. Take along a pair of binoculars, and you may spot some woodpeckers, hawks, and maybe even a bald eagle.

Kick Your Feet Up and Relax in Your Five Star Vacation Rental

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Big Bear, but there is a shortage of great places to stay while you’re doing them. Book your stay early, so you can start planning your getaway. And whether you’re looking to get wet, stay dry, or just stay in front of the fireplace, you’re sure to have a relaxing time.

Check out 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 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.

Join the Crowd Socially Distancing

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.

Spotlight on Big Bear

Big Bear is our most popular destination. It’s about a two hour drive from most of Southern California and offers some amazing recreational choices. Part of its popularity is because there are so many fun things to do all year round. The winter offers world-class skiing and snow play; in the other seasons you’ll enjoy hiking, fishing, and boating. The city also boasts an amazingly diverse selection of live music venues, theaters with local productions, museums, shops and many amazing restaurants.

Of course our favorite attraction in Big Bear is our collection of Five Star Vacation Rental cabins and estates. We have about 30 properties to choose from can accommodate groups up to 26 with some of our cabins located side-by-side. You can view all our properties and book online at this link, and here are a couple to whet your appetite.

CAbinOur Shasta Pines Log Estate always strikes us as a bit whimsy when we approach it. The roofline has a striking collection of windowed gables breaking skyward supported by the full log walls of the cabin itself. It has room for 16 guests in its 5 bedrooms and 5 baths spread over a sprawling 5500 square foot floor plan. It backs up to the national forest with easy access to great hiking trails and sledding in winter. And the massive windows will keep you appreciating the beauty and wonder of the forest just beyond.  Its lot feels secluded in upper Moonridge, but it’s not far from the Village with its great shops and restaurants. Downstairs is a game room with a pool table and foosball table. View more photos and book online at this link.

6396360704This next property is also a great choice for a group of up to 16 looking to plan a great getaway. The Luxurious Castle Glen Estate has been a part of our rental family for quite a while, but it still makes us stutter with a brief “wow” every time we walk into it. It has raised ceilings in the great room and panoramic windows with an amazing view. It stretches out over a rambling 5200 square foot floor plan with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. There are two master suites with mountain and water views and deck access. There’s a first-floor apartment with its own kitchenette, fireplace and living room. You’re sure to find a way to relax with its pool table, poker table, and spa. You can book online and see more photos at this link.

You can book your stay online or 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 summer vacation or 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 Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Plan a Quick Midweek Summer Getaway

Portrait Of Family On Airbed In Swimming PoolMost families like to plan a big summer vacation. The kids are out of school, and you’ve likely already had some conversations about it. But maybe your schedules are still too packed for a vacation lasting a full week or longer. If that’s the case, you can take advantage of our lower weekday rates and plan a quick midweek summer getaway.

Our busiest rental times are usually on the weekends, and many of our properties are priced accordingly. A midweek getaway can offer a greater value for your vacation dollars with the added benefit of lighter crowds at some of the more popular activities Big Bear has to offer. July is an especially busy month with lots of opportunities to enjoy dancing, dining, cycling and singing.

For your dancing fun, head over to Wyatt’s at The Big Bear Convention Center every Wednesday for free line dancing lessons and some foot stompin good fun. A plethora of dining options await you in The Village. Pick any one of the fine restaurants there as you stroll among the shop filled with unique gifts and amazing crafts. You’ll enjoy the smaller crowds during your midweek visit. The cyclists can keep active all month long by joining with the Big Bear Cycling Association for one of their many scheduled rides during July. Check out their website for times and places. And lastly, our favorite venue for top notch bands we just love to sing along with is The Cave. They’ve got a great lineup scheduled for July including a special appearance by Ted Nugent. Visit their website for info on upcoming bands.

And if you’re in the mood for a midweek stay with a real bang, you’ll want to grab one of our last remaining luxury vacation rentals for the 4th of July. In last week’s blog, we took a look at the July 4th holiday. It’s a perfect time to visit Big Bear for Southern California’s largest fireworks display. Choose one of our properties with a barbecue, and you’re all set for a perfect getaway.

You can book your stay online or 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 spring vacation or 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 Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.