Dreaming of a White Christmas? That’s One of Our Specialties

One of the great things about Southern California is the close proximity we have to so many diverse climates and activities.  We can travel east for a short time and quickly change from city living into the desert communities of Palm Springs and La Quinta.  We travel west and hit the amazing shoreline with beaches and fishing.  Just a short drive to the south, and we can enter Mexico, which we’re convinced offers the most authentic, um, Mexican food, on the planet.  And within just a couple hours drive of virtually anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can find yourself at some of the most popular theme parks and movie studios.  It’s really an amazing place, but perhaps even more so during the winter.

Big Bear skiing awaits

Winter brings a new element to Southern California that is found in very few places on earth.  Within a single day and just a couple hours drive you can go from wearing short sleeves and shorts, to skiing down a mountainside covered with fresh powder snow.  There’s really nothing quite like it anywhere else.  And for many Southern Californians, the opportunity to spend some time in the snow is something they really look forward to.  We understand.  We feel the same way.

The great thing about our Big Bear vacation rentals is the amazing amount of activities available for the family.  With the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, there’s enough skiing to keep even the most avid skier smiling for many days.  But in addition to the skiing, Big Bear has some of the best shopping you’ll find anywhere.  Local arts and crafts can be found in many of the Village shops.  There is a huge variety of local restaurants and other activities as well.  Take a look at our Big Bear vacation rentals on this page, or call us at 310-780-3411 to book your getaway.

Our Mammoth Mountain condos are right on the slopes and offer some of the best skiing you’ll find anywhere in the world.  We offer ski-in/ski-out units, so that you can enjoy every last moment  your heart desires racing down the slopes.   Our units have shopping on-site and are the best home base possible for your next ski trip.  Click here to take a look at our vacation condos at Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth has miles and miles of ski runs

We’re also pleased to offer a beautiful Park City condo right the base of Park City Mountain located next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts.  This luxury vacation rental has cathedral ceilings and a balcony overlooking the slopes.  So pack your skis and give us a call.  You’re certain to smile until your face hurts with this one.  Here’s the direct link to our Park City condo.

We’ve got so many great choices for your snow vacation, it may seem a bit overwhelming.  Please give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best vacation rental for your winter getaway.

 

Studies Show You Should Stay in a Five Star Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel

Well, that may not be exactly what the studies said, but hear us out on this.

We’ve been doing some reading on why people take vacations and the benefits of a good vacation.  There is a surprising amount of agreement among many experts that (we feel) shows why you should choose Five Star Vacation Rentals for your next family getaway.

Surveys show that the number one reason for going on vacation is to relax together as a family.   At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we offer a unique opportunity to make your precious vacation time more enjoyable and more relaxing for your entire family.

Here’s just one example.  Let’s imagine that you plan a family vacation and make reservations at a nice hotel in Big Bear or near the ocean in Southern California.  This is the way most people plan their vacations, so what could be wrong with that?  Well, let’s take a closer look.

Please be patient while we prepare your table

You travel most of the day and arrive at the hotel in the early evening.  The first thing most families do after checking into their room is to get something to eat.  Unlike a Five Star Vacation Rental, your hotel room does not have a full kitchen with a stove and refrigerator, so you head out to the nearby restaurant.  This is where the trouble begins.

You have to wait over an hour for a table because the place is packed with other families who checked into their rooms just a few minutes earlier than you did.  When you finally get a table, it’s right next to the kitchen, and the guy in the booth next to you is a long-haul trucker taking a load of live skunks to a nearby nature preserve.  With the kitchen noise on one side and the aroma on the other, you all decide to cut your losses and just order whole wheat toast with grape jelly.  To go.

Once back at your room, you eat your cold toast and start channel surfing as the kids bounce up and down on the beds.  There’s not much on TV, so you’re thankful the beds have plenty of bounce to them.  The pool is closed for repairs, but the kids soon discover the fun of playing with the ice machine down the hall.  Your youngest daughter returns to the room and tells you she overheard a conversation between two guests walking down the hallway.  “Daddy,” she asks you, “what’s a ‘Probation Officer,’ and why would somebody try to hide from one?”  At a Five Star Vacation Rental the only guests down the hall are the ones you brought with you.  Big difference.

Before you know it everybody starts yawning, and its time to call it a night.  It’s been a very long day.  Unlike a Five Star Vacation Rental which would have three or more full bedrooms, there are only two beds in your hotel room.  You get the kids tucked into one bed where they commence squirming and fighting over the blankets.  They quiet down after just a few short hours, and everybody starts falling asleep.  With any of our vacation rental cabins you could each have your own bedroom.  Another big advantage in our favor.

A few moments after you start to drift off to the wondrous land of vacation dreams, you learn that the Ukrainian hockey team in the room above you has just arrived home for the night and needs to get in just a bit more practice for tomorrow’s match.   While you’d really rather be sleeping, the entire family marvels that there is a distinct difference between the sound made by a body check and that of a body slam when heard in your room below. Your oldest son tries to recreate the sound with his little  sister, but he quickly learns she just doesn’t sound the same when slammed to the floor.  Fortunately, the doctor at the Emergency Room assures you that your daughter’s arm will be perfectly fine after the cast comes off in about 8 weeks.  Once you all return to the room, you find the hockey team upstairs has finally gone to bed, and so do all of you.  It’s been a very long day.

But wait, there’s more . . . in our next installment. Be sure to watch our blog for more on this sad tale about the utter despair suffered by most people who choose to stay anywhere other than with us at Five Star Vacation Rentals.

In the meantime, don’t leave the quality of your next vacation to chance.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your next holiday with confidence.  We guarantee your stay with us will be free of any interruptions from a Ukrainian hockey team, or we’ll give you your money back.  No other company in the entire vacation rental industry offers this guarantee.

Browse all of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

Our Newest Big Bear Vacation Estate In Castle Glen

Castle Glen Estate offered by Five Star Vacation Rentals
Our Newest, Most Luxurious Castle Glen Estate

We always get excited when we locate an exceptional new home to offer our guests.  But this one is really special. We’re calling it “The Grand 8 Bedroom Estate At Castle Glen,” and it’s 6700 square feet of unmatched luxury.

Imagine spending an exciting day on the slopes at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit and returning home to our newest estate.  After you park the car, you walk in and allow your eyes to drink in the full 35 foot ceiling in the great room.  The dramatic fireplace in the great room hugs the wall up to the full height of the open beam ceiling.  The glow from the fireplace fills the room with a warm light as you walk to the windows and watch the growing shadows across the treetops out to the lake.  Step out on the deck and get a closer look at the view as you slowly inhale the crisp, clean air that draws so many people to Big Bear.

It will be tough to leave the amazing luxury you’ll find with this Big Bear vacation rental.  After you eat a great meal cooked in the gourmet kitchen, you’ll need to decide if you want to play pool, foosball, ping pong, or gather up the family and head into the theater room to watch a movie on the 10 foot screen.

Amazing 35' Ceiling. New Furnishings Arrive March 25th

The attention to detail is evident at every turn in this home.  You’ll delight in the touches of marble, granite, hardwoods and stone that are integrated in the design.  With 3 master bedrooms and a total of 8 bedrooms, this is an ideal choice for large groups or multiple families to share — up to 16 guests.  And with 7 bathrooms, your entire party will be able to get ready for the day with no waiting.

Our designers are spending the next few weeks finding distinctive furnishings to match the amazing decor and craftsmanship of this extraordinary estate. When we start renting this on March 25th, you’ll be greeted with a level of comfort and luxury that you simply cannot find in any other vacation rental.  So call us today at 310-780-3411 to book a vacation that your family will never forget.  Click here to view more details or book your stay online with Five Star Vacation Rentals.