July In Big Bear: Fun Nights and Fun Days!

At about 3pm yesterday, we announced that summer is officially here.  We didn’t use those exact words; the actual words we used would be best left unrepeated.  But that was the moment we realized the air conditioning in our car was struggling to keep up with the heat beating down on us while we were parked on our favorite freeway.  This uncomfortable moment arrives about this same time each year, and lasts for the several months of summer until things start cooling down a bit.  We shouldn’t really complain because we have it much better than most folks, and so can you.  You can abandon the heat and pressure of the city freeways to join us in the cool, refreshing, and relaxing atmosphere in Big Bear.  And July is the perfect time to plan this short trek.

We still have a few vacancies available for the July 4th weekend, so be sure to call us right away if you’d like to grab one of them.  As we’ve mentioned in recent blogs, the Big Bear annual fireworks display is one of the best you can see anywhere.  Combine this great display with a stay in one of our luxury vacation rentals, and it has the makings of a perfect weekend getaway.

One of our favorite spots in Big Bear is the Discovery Center.  They’ve packed their July schedule with a bunch of fun and informative events.  Here’s just a sampling of the fun you can enjoy:   Each Friday, head over to the Center at about 7pm for a campfire presentation that will have you learning some of the more quirky history of the region.  On Saturday, July 5th, head over to the Discovery Center at 10am, and you can choose between building your own birdhouse, or trying your hand at gold panning.  The gold panning is always at the top of our list.  Every Saturday and Sunday, you can head over for their weekend nature walks.  These weekly guided walks are not strenuous, and you’ll learn a bunch about the local history and flora.  We highly recommend it.

If you’re in the mood for a relaxing getaway elsewhere, be sure to check out the rest of our properties in   Park CitySouthern California Beaches, Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and Mammoth Mountain.  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 you and your family.  Call us today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Stop Putting It Off . . . and Save!

We’re starting to see our first really warm days, and that should serve as a reminder that you need to plan your summer getaway.  Well, your timing is great if you call us right away.  We’ve got a couple of last minute events that are a perfect excuse for you to head for a great family vacation.

Father’s Day is just a week away, and we still have some openings available in Big Bear.  What better way is there to show dad how much you love him than by whisking him away to the luxury of a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear?  We have yet to meet a dad who doesn’t love spending time in Big Bear.  This time of year the short drive up the hill brings you into a cooler climate with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest.  Couple this with great opportunities for fun on the lake, hiking, biking or just relaxing, and it’s sure to be a Father’s day he’ll always remember.  Since all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins come with full kitchens, you can plan ahead to make him a truly gourmet breakfast on Father’s day.  Then follow that up with a day filled with his favorite activities.  He’ll be happy, and the entire family will certainly benefit from that.  Pampered dads have been known to pamper their wives even more, and he just might raise the kid’s allowances too.  Everybody wins.

The Independence Day holiday is also just around the corner.  July 4th on Big Bear Lake is something many families want to repeat again year after year.  It’s always one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California, and its beauty is magnified by the cool evening and spectacular reflections off the lake.  Many of our cabins have barbecues on the deck, so you can just imagine the great taste you can enjoy that day as well.  Enjoy an afternoon filled with your own tasty barbecue fixin’s followed by an evening of spectacular lights and explosions in the sky.  Finish it off with some hot chocolate while relaxing in the hot tub, and you’ll have a weekend that will have the family smiling for weeks to come.

July is also a great time to enjoy a getaway to one of our other destinations.   If you can make your plans on short notice, we may be able to book you into a vacant cabin with one of our last-minute specials.  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City 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 you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Summer Events and Great Family Getaways

The official opening of summer is just  days away, and we’re devoting this week’s blog to giving you more reasons to book your family reunion or getaway with us. Summer is the traditional time for families to gather, and there really isn’t a better way to enjoy the family than in one of our great Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Let’s plant a few seeds here and why don’t you see how you can make these grow?

If you’ll recall the last family reunion, Uncle Jerome was assigned to sleep on the couch.  This would be fine with most other relatives, but we must remember that Uncle Jerome is really not like your other relatives.   His bedtime is 8PM sharp, so he chases everyone out of the living room.  He takes command of the sofa and  falls asleep quickly.  His snoring commences within minutes.  And that’s when everyone remembers that Uncle Jerome’s snoring is simply epic.  Those trying to sleep in adjacent rooms endure a sleepless night.  Thankfully,  you’ve prepared your home for earthquakes, so there’s a relatively small amount of property damage.  But what if you could make this year’s reunion entirely different?

Well, we have just the solution.  Rub the sleep out of your eyes, and imagine this year’s reunion entirely differently.  This year, you’ll be renting one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rentals.  One of our larger estate properties will have enough bedrooms and beds for each and every family member.  Uncle Jerome’s snoring remains epic, but it is muted behind the door of his oversize room.  When you get up for your midnight snack, it’ll sound like a muted, distant roar as you tiptoe past his room.  Nobody will lose any sleep, and our vacation rentals can withstand the shaking.

Another wonderful part of renting from us is the great choices you have for your destination.  Big Bear is our most popular getaway.  The weather can be sweltering in Los Angeles or Orange County, but most of the summer in Big Bear is cool with crisp mountain breezes.  Everyone in the family will have  something fun to do.  You can go boating on the lake, cycling through town, or hiking in the hills.  But your favorite activity may be just hanging out at your amazing Five Star Vacation rental estate.  You’ll drink in the luxury of your surroundings both inside and outside during your stay.  Check out all our Big Bear properties at this link.

Want to plan your family getaway someplace else?  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City 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 a great family reunion.

 

Planning the Perfect 4th of July In Big Bear

School is almost out, and if your household is like ours there’s already been lots of talk about what to do this summer.  And at our house, there’s always a tug to go in different directions.  Some want theme parks; some want the beach.  We’ve also got our “Road Trip Faction” that argues every year for driving as far as we can for half the summer and then turning around and driving back.  Like that’s going to happen.  But every year, we can all agree on one thing:  Let’s plan to see the best fireworks on 4th of July!  Now this is something that our Five Star Vacation Rental family is expert at.

July 4th at Big Bear Lake is the sort of thing that many families do over and over again every year and with good reason.  The Big Bear Rotary Club makes sure they keep the display as one of the best you can see anywhere in the western United States.  The show lasts about 30 full minutes and the  explosions take place about a mile above the glimmering surface of the lake.  It’s an event to remember as the dazzling lights in the sky are reflected in the waters of the lake.  If you’d like to enjoy some great food and the best seats for watching the fireworks, the Kiwanis also have an annual barbecue with great hot dogs, burgers and steaks to enjoy.  They’re also offering packages that include VIP seating that will have you squealing with delight as you watch the colorful explosions in the cool night air.  For more info on the Kiwani’s Barbecue and seating, visit their site at this link.

If you needed any further reason to get away this weekend, there’s also the  great Big Bear climate to enjoy.  July in Southern California can be, well, stifling at times.  But that’s never a problem in Big Bear.  July is the warmest month of the year here, but the average July temperature is just shy of 65°. As temperatures go, this is one we can all live with.  And you will really be living when you spend the holiday in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.   Imagine the great fun your family will have  as you spend the long holiday weekend tucked away in your luxury vacation rental.  Many of our cabins have hot tubs, so you can spend the evening relaxing with a cool drink.

We usually sell out in advance, so be sure to book your cabin early.  View all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Please also 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.

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.

Your Own Private Cove on Big Bear Lake

People come to Big Bear for different reasons.  Some are celebrating big occasions like a wedding, anniversary or family reunion.  Others are looking to connect with friends or family by getting some time away together.  And some head up the hill to Big Bear for solitude and to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you there.  Many of our properties are well-suited to these pursuits, but we’ve just added a new property that has just about everything you could want to enjoy your time in Big Bear.

Our new Boulder Cove Estate on Peninsula Point is perfect for virtually any getaway you may plan.  It has a large floor plan with two master suites.  This makes it perfect for larger groups or two families to share the space.  It’s location right on the lake gives you panoramic views of the cove and all the surrounding area.  The dining area seats 10 at a single sitting, and the gourmet kitchen allows you to cook up a great meal you’ll all enjoy.  After dinner, you can all retire out to one of the decks where you’ll enjoy the cool breeze off the lake.  There’s also a barbecue and spa out there, so be sure to plan for that as well.  If one of you has a good day fishing, you can have a barbecue lunch followed by an evening relaxing in the spa.

But whatever you may do, you’ll be constantly reminded of the luxury that surrounds you in this amazing cabin.   Enjoy the theater sound system with a fun old movie on the big screen TV as you relax in the warmth of the leather seating.  Take the stairway down to your private cove, and sit with friends and family while you enjoy the sounds of the gently lapping water on the rocks.  You’ll feel like the stress and pressures of life are a million miles away.  And for the time you spend at our Boulder Cove Estate, they will be.

Here’s the link to view all of our Big Bear cabins and estates.  Also, be sure to 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 you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Our Newest Castle Glen Beauty

We’re excited to welcome our newest luxury getaway in Big Bear area of Castle Glen.  This home is a real beauty.  It’s spread over 3 levels and each is filled with views of both the lake and mountain.  The entire top level is devoted to the amazing great room.  On this level you can enjoy a friendly game of pool, watch some TV on the flat screen, or just step out on the deck and take in the wonderful lake views.

When evening arrives, you’ll be able to prepare a feast for the entire family in the gourmet kitchen.  Enjoy your meal in one of the two dining areas, or assemble out on the deck to admire the view and feel the cool breezes as you enjoy some time with your family and friends.  The home boasts two master suites and each has a jacuzzi tub.  If you’re a little sore from some extended hiking, just immerse yourself in the jacuzzi tub.  You’ll quickly start to feel the gentle massage of the rushing waters and bubbles.

Here’s a quick overview of what this beautiful cabin offers:

4 Bedrooms
3.5 Bath
2 Master Suites
2 Jacuzzi Spa Tubs
Top Floor Great Room w/ Brick Fireplace
2 Dining Areas
2 60′ Wide Screen TVs w/ DVD Players
Pool Table
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Laundry Room
2 Levels Of Decking For Viewing

Here’s the link to get a closer look at this cabin.  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 you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

 

Hello Easter, Summer’s on the Way

Easter vacation is already here, and lots of folks are getting their first glimpse of summer on the horizon.  It’s amazing that the year is slipping away so quickly.  This is a great time to start planning your summer getaway to one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals.  Here’s just a sampling of our luxury getaways:

Mighty Bear Manor in Big Bear is a consistent favorite with our guests.  The first thing you’ll notice is the huge carved bear that greets you as you walk up the driveway.  Towering 16 feet tall, this huge creature offers a preview of the grand size you’ll enjoy during your stay.  This cabin has the look and feel of a mountain chalet with amazing attention paid to the best furnishings to make sure you can relax in great luxury.  As you relax, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the slopes and the lake.  The cabin has 7 bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room for your extended family or group up to 16 people.  You’ll be shooting pool, playing ping pong or just relaxing in front of one of the fireplaces.  It’ll be a great time for your entire family.

Sky High Estate is another great cabin in Big Bear.  With 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, there’s plenty of room to spread out for your entire family.  Two of the bedrooms are masters and one has its own fireplace.  Though you’ll enjoy feeling like you’re living in the trees far away from civilization, the cabin as just a few minutes walk from the restaurants and shops in the Village.  You can enjoy hiking right out the backyard, or stay in and play a friendly game of pool.  The views are just amazing throughout the cabin, so you’ll be torn with relaxing and enjoying the view or grabbing your hiking boots to trek out into the trees.  It’s a great dilemma that will have you feeling relaxed whichever you may choose.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll highlight more of our vacation rental cabins, estates and condos.  We’ve got lots of opportunities for you and your family to have a truly amazing vacation this summer.  Take a look at all our Big Bear cabins at this link.  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.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you make the reservation for your next getaway.

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick With

Oh sure, we all agree we need to drop that extra weight.  But let’s not waste a perfectly good New Year’s resolution on something as boring as that.  Let’s give wings to our resolutions, so we can embrace them, cherish them, and allow our inner child to jump up and down about them.  Here’s one everybody can get behind: “I’m going to rent a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury cabin in Big Bear and go skiing!”  Now you’re talking our language.

When you get back from the slopes . . .

We’re right in the thick of ski season, and we suggest you don’t delay getting your reservations. Our bookings in Big Bear always run near capacity during the ski season, and every year we have some folks who miss the season entirely because they delay getting their cabin booked with us.  Don’t be that guy.  Resolve today that you’ll allow nothing to stop you from enjoying some of Southern California’s finest skiing followed by relaxing in one of Southern California’s finest cabins.  It’s a combination that is unbeatable and leads to many return trips.  You’ll quickly learn why.  There’s really nothing that compares with soothing some of your tired muscles after a long day on the slopes by soaking in one of our hot tubs.  And when you finally dry off and wander back into the cabin, you’ll be amazed at the great luxury that surrounds you.  You and your guests will enjoy the finest quality lodging available in Big Bear, and then wake refreshed the following morning to do it all again.  It’s a wonderful way to recharge your batteries.  Want to save some money both on your skiing and our cabin? Book your stay during the week.  The slopes are less crowded, and the weekday rates are lower both on our cabins and on the slopes.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you plan a great getaway.

And as if wonderful skiing weren’t enough, Big Bear also has a wide variety of snow play activities to keep you busy off the slopes as well.  Kids and adults alike love the thrill of the downhill runs at Big Bear Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play.  Big Bear Alpine Slide has downhill runs on sleds in tracks that will have you feeling like an Olympic luge champion.  And you can also have some good old bouncing fun on the inner tube slide hills at both locations.  Big Bear Snow Play has a great “Magic Carpet” that whisks you back to the top of the slope after each run in a Plexiglass-enclosed moving sidewalk to protect you from the elements.  Both spots are open for the entire snow season, and offer a great alternative for families with little ones who may not be ready for the slopes, or just in search of a very fun time.  Visit their websites for more info on hours and tickets:  http://alpineslidebigbear.com and http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com

And there’s always fine dining and great shopping available in the Village.  An afternoon stroll through the shops there always includes some delightful gift ideas and usually something that will easily find it’s way into your decor back home.  It’s a great way to spend some time away from the slopes and just relax with the family.

But whatever is involved in your idea of a perfect getaway, we’ve got you covered.  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.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you make the reservation for your next getaway.

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.

National S’mores Day is Almost Upon Us. Book Your Big Bear Vacation Rental Before It’s Too Late.

You look at the calendar and can’t believe that you did it again this year.  Summer is retreating quickly into Fall, and you have yet to gather the family for even a single special event or weekend away.  But don’t despair.  Five Star Vacation Rentals is just a phone call or mouse click away with a vacation that will have your entire family cheering with delight.

National S'mores Day is August 10th

Just in case you may need some further encouragement, we’ve pulled out our special events calendar and found dozens of worthy reasons to propel you out of your easy chair and into a luxury vacation estate or cabin rental in Big Bear.  Here’s just a sampling of worthy holidays on the August calendar:

As we mention in our title, National S’mores day is just around the bend on August 10th. Legend has it that this yummy treat was created by a group of Girl Scouts gathered around a campfire. Once they combined the melted marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, they quickly started insisting, “We want s’more!” And a national treasure was born. You can keep your fancy French desserts. Just give us s’mores!

But August is full of fun commemorations you can celebrate in Big Bear. Leading up to National S’mores Day, you can enjoy National Raspberry Cream Pie Day on August 1st and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on August 2nd. Due to a quirk in scheduling, National Watermelon Day and National Mustard Day both fall on August 3rd. We encourage you to celebrate both, but not simultaneously. We’re going to skip entirely any recommendation that you celebrate National Work Like a Dog Day on August 5th, and move immediately to National Wiggle Your Toes Day on August 6th. We can think of no better place to celebrate this one than with your feet dangling in the cool waters of Big Bear Lake.

National Bad Poetry Day is August 18th

There’s not space enough to list all the daily celebrations coming up in August, but you can choose your favorite from among National Bad Poetry Day, National Kiss and Make Up Day (our favorite), and National Frankenstein Day. And be prepared to create your own national holiday. Once you get settled into your luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental, you’ll quickly agree to create the “National We’re Going To Do This Again Next Summer Day.”

Start your annual celebration by viewing all our  Big Bear cabins and estates.   Or call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll gladly help you choose the perfect cabin for your family to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day (August 22nd).

And you are of course free to celebrate any of these worthy holidays at our other properties as well. Be sure to look at our luxury rentals 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.