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.

 

Give Dad a Great Day With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Father help son to ride bicycle in summer park. Back viewThrough the years he’s been there as your emergency banker, reliable defender, and biggest cheerleader. He’s loved you through thick and thin, and you can probably trace some of your greatest triumphs to his help and support. We’re a couple weeks away from Father’s Day, and you may still be stumped in your pursuit of something special for dad this year. Well, be stumped no more. We’ve got a great idea and some great activities to make sure dad knows just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you over the years.

We still have a handful of luxury vacation rentals available for the Father’s Day weekend, and that’s a perfect starting point for your celebration of dad’s day. Gathering the family together under one roof in Big Bear is an event that many families try to repeat every year. And with some of our larger Big Bear cabins, you can include all the grandads and extended family in your plans.  Pick out some of dad’s favorite movies to watch, and let the kids handle the barbecue duties for a change.  Make sure to choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, so dad can relax after dinner in the soothing warmth of the heated water.

middle-aged man with three sons holding fishing rods smiling (portrait)There’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay when you’re not relaxing in your Five Star Vacation Rental. Check out our collection of great Big Bear June events in our earlier blogs at this link and this one. There’s really something for pretty much every dad. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, cycling, dancing, or a night of live music at one of Big Bear’s popular venues, dad will come away from the experience realizing how much you appreciate him.  And everyone in your group will share the luxury and pampered feelings that come with your time in a Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s the best sort of win-win we can imagine.

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 special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Plan Your June Big Bear Getaway

We’re just a couple weeks away from June, and it’s a great time to plan a Big Bear getaway. In our blog a couple weeks ago we noted some great events upcoming in June for cyclists and anglers. This week we’re going to take a look at some of the other great events you can enjoy during your June getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Fans of live music will find plenty to keep them happy during June. Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Convention Center hosts line dancing with live music every Friday and Saturday night all month long. You’ll have a great time kicking up your heels at this popular venue.

The Cave is featuring some of the hottest indie and tribute bands all month long. The fun starts on June 1st with Buck Cherry the Anaheim rock band. Eagles tribute band, “Desperado” appears the following night. June 9th will feature a performance by “Uptown Funk,” the Bruno Mars tribute band. Al Jardine of the Beach Boys will be appearing on June 15th. Puddle Of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri, and they’ll be taking the stage at The Cave on June 16th. Mark the date for June 23rd when “Aeromyth” the Aerosmith Tribute band will land at The Cave. On June 30th “Queen Nation” will rock the house with 90 minutes of non stop Queen hits. Whatever your flavor, The Cave has music to move you in June.

wine tasting
wine tasting

Wine lovers will want to be sure to book their stay with us over June 9th for the Annual Village Summer Wine Walk. This event has sold out in past years, so you’ll want to get your tickets early. With the price of admission you’ll get a commemorative wine glass, a map to the 28 participating locations, and tickets for 12 different tastings. This annual event is a great choice for anyone who appreciates fine wine or wants to learn more about wine. Purchase your tickets online at this link.

Of course the best part of any stay in Big Bear is your luxury vacation rental by Five Star Vacation Rentals. 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.

Why a Five Star Vacation Rental Is Better Than a Hotel

Every once in a while we like to take a moment to recap some of the differences you’ll enjoy with you book your next vacation or getaway and why a Five Star Vacation Rental is better than a hotel.

Hotels can be be fun, but they really can’t compete with the value you’ll get with a Five Star Vacation Rentals luxury cabin, estate, or condo. Here are just a handful of differences:

The finest hotels often bill themselves as offering all the comforts of home. We claim that specific advantage in a far more literally way. With us, you’re actually getting an entire home, estate, cabin, or condo during your stay. That means you’ll have your own kitchen, living room, bedrooms, personal hot tub, and everything else that comes with staying in an actual home. But the advantages go far beyond that as well.

Bed woman noise - funnyEven the finest hotels have walls you’re sharing with neighbors. And don’t even get us started on hotel hallways. Why is it everytime we travel and stay at a hotel, we end up on the floor filled with those in need of Loud Talkers Anonymous?  We understand that many people are out having fun during their hotel stays, and it’s common to return to the hotel excited and chatting loudly about the day. We don’t understand why they do it at 3am.  And though we never recall specifically requesting it, we alway seem to get the room immediately adjacent to the elevator, ice machine or vending machines. Once in a while we actually score the Trifecta and get a room adjacent to all three. We don’t care what Millennials say. Sleep is NOT overrated.

But beyond the shared walls and hallways, hotels lack many of the conveniences that can make a big difference during your stay. “Where did we park the car?” is a question no Five Star guest ever asked. It’s in the driveway, or the garage, not hidden among hundreds of other cars in the hotel parking lot. You’ll remember this advantage when you forget your glasses in the car.

Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraBut the things that make a real difference are the luxury, the privacy, and the freedom you’ll enjoy with a Five Star Vacation Rental. Want a glass of ice water and a snack in the middle of the night? Just pull on your slippers and pad your way over to the kitchen. And many of our cabins will have you enjoying your own personal fireplace, hot tub, and a deck with a great view. You just can’t match it with any other option.

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.

 

Enjoy March in Big Bear

March in Big BearAre you ready to take the plunge and enjoy March in Big Bear? We’re talking about an actual plunge. Big Bear’s annual Polar Plunge is scheduled for March 3rd, and it’s a great time for you to demonstrate your bravery for all to see. Yes, you can have some fun, freeze your, um, fajitas, and support Inland Empire Special Olympics at the same time. For those of you sane enough to actually refuse to enter the frigid waters of Big Bear Lake, there’s plenty of fun stuff and ways to support the cause without ever entering the water. Count us in as part of the latter.  The Plunge takes place at Veteran’s Park, 40870 Big Bear Blvd. Registration starts at 10am.

If you want to avoid the crowds on the morning of the Polar Plunge, The Cave is also hosting a pre-registration party the night before on March 2nd. It will feature live music and a meet-and-greet with local Special Olympics athletes.  The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive, and the fun starts at 6pm.

Snowboarder in halfpipeIf you’re sad that the Winter Olympics are ending, there’s still some great half pipe action to enjoy. On March 4th the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association is hosting their half pipe competition at Bear Mountain. This is the training ground for future Olympians, and a great chance to see some of the most talented half pipe skiers around. The event starts at 10am at Bear Mountain. Registration starts at 8:30am and the event begins at 9:30am. Visit their website at this link for more details.

The Bald Eagle Celebration continues on March 10th with volunteer spotters helping provide the annual count followed by an informative presentation on these majestic birds and their long history in the Big Bear region. Those wanting to participate in the count should arrive at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 8am. The bald eagle presentation takes place at 10am. Contact the Big Bear Discovery Center for more details.

So, are you ready to take the plunge? Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. 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 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Some Great New Year’s Resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals

Young people enjoying new years eve with fireworksUshering in the first day of a new year is magical. Though part of our brain recognizes it’s really just another day, we endow it with almost magical forces that excite our thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts. That’s always a good thing. There’s no need to be stuck in a rut or resign ourselves to an existence we’d really rather see improve. Look beyond, and see opportunities and new experiences you can embrace in the new year. And that’s one thing we can help with by offering some great New Year’s resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Couple relaxing with glass of wine at fireplaceVacation time is one of those things that often resets with the arrival of the new year.  And vacation time is important. By now we’ve all become familiar with the studies that show vacations actually improve your productivity at work. It turns out that keeping your shoulder to the wheel for too long is bad for both your shoulder and the wheel. You need some time away to relax and recharge your batteries.  Our relationships can be strengthened with some time away together as well. With this in mind, our humble suggestion is that start making plans for your getaway to a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, La Quinta, or Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FirePlanning your next getaway with us is sure to add more fun and relaxation to your time. You can leave behind the search for a hotel, and trade up for the luxury of a condo, cabin or estate designed to make you and your guests feel pampered. It’s a great choice. You’ll have your own kitchen, everybody gets their own private room, and you won’t have to share your hallway with strangers coming and going at all hours. It’s an entirely different experience and one you’ll want to repeat.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

Happy New Year 2018 word abstract in wood typeHappy New Year from Five Star Vacation Rentals. Welcoming in a New Year is always exciting. We’ve grown accustomed to this change as a representing much more than a new day. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, and one that we greet with resolutions, renewed hope, and excitement about the opportunities that we expect to see.

No set of New Year’s resolutions would be complete without including a plan for your upcoming vacation time. Whether it’s planning a romantic weekend for your anniversary or a longer getaway for a family vacation, we encourage you to use our online booking to find a great choice for your Big Bear relaxation.

AlpineSlideWinter in Big Bear offers some great activities. While we haven’t seen a lot of snow yet this year, it’s been plenty cold, so the ski resorts are making snow nightly, and there’s a good base built up. Snowboarders will have a great time. Nearby you can also enjoy the Big Bear Alpine Slide with downhill runs in individual sleds. It’s a great time.

But we’re convinced the best time you’ll have during your stay in Big Bear is in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, estate, or condo. Winter in Big Bear is amazing, and many of our cabins have great lake and mountain views. Choose one with a hot tub, and you have have the enjoyment of relaxing in the chilly Big Bear evenings while you soak in your own personal hot tub on the deck. It’s an amazing feeling.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.