Holidays in Big Bear

There’s a reason why Big Bear is our most popular destination. It’s simply one of the most beautiful places you can imagine, and this beauty is enhanced during winter when it takes on a magical feel. We love the sounds of kids giggling as they build their first snowman, have their first snowball fight, and learn the joy of warming frozen toes in front of a fireplace. It’s a family experience where you can turn off your phones and enjoy some truly amazing family time by celebrating the holidays in Big Bear.

Holidays in Big BearChristmas in Big Bear is a great option both for a small family or a larger get together with extended family and friends coming together to celebrate. And we have options for groups of all sizes. For many Southern California families, Christmas in Big Bear can be the perfect opportunity to experience the special day with snow-covered hills and glistening trees surrounding you. There are few things more satisfying than Christmas morning with a fire going in the fireplace while the snow-covered trees fill the view out the windows.

Happy New Year 2020New Year’s brings another way to celebrate the holidays in Big Bear as we ring in 2020. Bundle up and gather the family for the 55th annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade. Watch over 100 skiers and snowboarders light up the night as they make their way down the face of the mountain in the dark with torches to create a spellbinding spectacle of light. The parade runs down the slope at Snow Summit and starts at 8pm.

Wyatt’s Family New Years Eve Party is happening at Wyatt’s Grill & Saloon and offers Big Bear’s only true family New Year’s Eve celebration featuring children’s activities, live music, and dancing. Doors open at 5 PM at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. This year’s festivities feature the legendary Doo Wah Riders. Having appeared in concert with the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and Dolly Parton, the Doo Wah Riders are country with a unique, original sound. It is high energy country with a Cajun twist. The Doo Wah Riders take the stage at 8:00 PM.

You can end this year better than ever by spending your holidays in Big Bear. Start by viewing 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Have More Christmas Guests Than Beds?

We’re coming up on the season when many families face a good problem. They end up with more guests coming for the holidays than they have room for. If you have more Christmas guests than beds, it’s the best of all possible problems. But it’s also one that can add stress at a time when you’d really prefer to relax and concentrate on enjoying the season. This is a problem we help families solve with great results.

sleeping manMany of us have fun memories of large family get togethers that ended up with aunts and uncles sleeping on sofas with living room furniture moved to make way for rollaways and inflatable beds. While the memories are often fond ones, the aches, pains, and lost sleep from the makeshift sleeping arrangements are not. It takes just one guest like our Uncle Harry sawing logs all night to make the next day a bit more bleary eyed for the rest of us.

Sure, we’re biased, but we really do have a much better alternative. Keep all the fun family time, but get rid of the lost sleep and long bathroom wait times. Bring your family to one of our luxury Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear this Christmas. We’re usually booked solid every Christmas, so it’s best not to delay.

Child playing with snow in winter. Kids outdoors.Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. We usually have a good amount of snow. And there are hillsides and fields all around the area ready for your family’s downhill slides, snowball fights, and building a youngster’s first snow man. The Village is a great destination for great shopping, meeting Santa, and enjoying a fine meal.

cute cheerful girl in a Christmas hat on a colored background holding gifts in her handsBut the best part of the experience is the time you’ll enjoy with your friends and family. Choose a property with plenty of room for everyone, and the morning grumbling will change from lost sleep and a line for the bathroom to the bad jokes dad is telling and shooing the kids away from the presents. It’s a great difference and a Christmas you’ll all remember with smiles.

To plan your holiday getaway, 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Plan Your Holiday Getaway

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerAs we welcome the month of November, our thoughts necessarily turn to the holidays. We’ve been not so subtly reminded of their pending arrival as we go about our usual shopping with their yearly push of holiday merchandise. But now really is the best time to plan your holiday getaway.

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and it’s one of our busiest times. Many families make a yearly trek to one of our Big Bear vacation rentals to assemble their far flung family members in the comfort and luxury we offer. It’s an entirely different holiday experience to have a rambling luxury home or estate with enough room for everyone to have a bedroom or bunks for kids compared to years past with various nearby motels, and mattresses and rollaway beds scattered throughout our homes creating an obstacle course in the process. We love spending time with our families, and the fewer obstacles we encounter, the better.

happy friends celebrating christmas at home feastBig Bear is our most popular destination, and Thanksgiving usually finds snow on the ground making the experience that much better. If you’ve never greeted a Thanksgiving or Christmas morning with a snow-covered view out your windows and a roaring fire in the fireplace, it is truly an experience you should put on your bucket list. With cups of steaming coffee and hot chocolate shared among your family and friends, it’s impossible to stop the great stories of shared childhood experiences, loving memories of those we miss, and excitement about what our shared futures hold. It’s just a better experience. As the season progresses our availability gets scarcer, so it’s wise to make your plans early.

Little boy with his father building snowman in snowy park. Active outdoors leisure with children in winter.All of our properties come with fully-equipped kitchens, so you can encourage the chefs in your group to dive in, and create a great Thanksgiving or Christmas morning buffet. After your meal, bundle up and go for a great walk through the pines as the kids tag along throwing the occasional snowball or pleading with you to build a snowman back at the cabin. It’s a holiday time everyone will fondly remember and want to repeat every year.

Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. To plan you holiday getaway, 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Big Bear

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Big Bear, we’re ready to help you make that happen. We’ve still got a handful of cabins and estates available for Christmas, but we’re almost certainly going to be booked solid, so you’ll need to hurry if you want to make this happen for your family.

Cabin23view2We’re excited that snow is already falling in Big Bear, and the ski slopes are open. This means your Christmas visit to Big Bear can include some fun skiing, snow boarding, or just having some fun family snow play. And there’s really nothing quite like having the family wake up on Christmas morning to a snow-covered landscape outside. If conditions allow, you may even have get the chance to build your family’s first snow man. And that is a moment most kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

snowplayBig Bear Snow Play is one of Big Bear’s most popular winter attractions. It features one of Big Bear’s biggest slopes, and is the go-to destination for inner tube downhill fun.  They’ve also got a “Magic Carpet” ride to get you from the bottom of the long slope all the way to the top without losing your breath. They’re open daily from 10am – 4pm with evening hours on the weekends. They’re even open on Christmas day from 11am to 4pm. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of racing down a slope on a tube, it’s a thrill you’re definitely going to enjoy.

Time is running out to plan your white Christmas in Big Bear.  You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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 Choices For Your Christmas in Big Bear

With Thanksgiving behind us, many families are starting to make plans for their family get together for Christmas. We’re usually booked solid, so we wanted to give our blog readers a heads up on some of the properties that are still available for your Christmas in Big Bear. Here are a few of the choices you have as of this moment. This selection will be changing as more bookings come in.

Cabin 6 Talmadge LodgeCabin #6, Talmadge Lodge is a great choice. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and room for 16 guests. This is a 3 story estate with views of the lake and mountains. It’s a short walk to both the lake and village making it a great choice for your family’s Christmas gathering. Spend evenings relaxing in the spa, playing pool, or having a family foosball tournament. It boasts a true chef’s kitchen with double ovens and granite counters. Book online at this link.

Cabin 10 Bald EagleCabin #10, Bald Eagle Lodge is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin spread out over 3300 square feet with room for 14 guests. You’ll enjoy the lake views, and will find lots of great family fun with the pool table and spa. It’s in a great location where you can walk to the lake or enjoy a short drive to either of Big Bear’s ski slopes, and a snow play area is just a mile away. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

Cabin 16 Beautiful Lakeside RetreatCabin #12, Beautiful Lakeside Retreat is a great choice for families that want to stay active during their stay. With its year-round indoor swimming pool, this can be an amazing time for your family. Imagine a chilly December morning starting the day with a brisk swim in your pool, and follow up with some time on the slopes. Where else can you do that? There’s room for 16 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Check out more info at and book online at this link.

You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.

 

 

December In Big Bear

We sure hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly did. We stuffed the turkey, and then the turkey stuffed us. We’re still glowing from all the great food and loved ones we got to see. We’re excited about the month ahead, and we’re going to spend a few moments in this week’s blog to take a look at December in Big Bear.

Christmas socks conceptChristmas and New Years are probably our two busiest holidays of the entire year. We’re getting booked fast so you’ll want to book your getaway as quickly as possible. Along with these two holidays, there’s plenty of fun going on in Big Bear during December to make your stay even more fun.

We still have a handful of properties available for Christmas and New Years. If you’ve never spent Christmas in Big Bear, it’s an experience your entire family will love. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, it’s a chance to book a single destination for the entire family to share during the holiday. Imagine no more shuttling relatives between spare sofas and a collection of nearby motels. Choose one of our Big Bear properties with enough room for everyone, and it’s sure to make the holiday even more special.

Santa and Mrs Claus with plate of cookiesThe kids will love you for including a visit with Santa and Mrs Claus during your stay during December in Big Bear. Our two biggest celebrities are appearing every Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 4pm through Christmas Eve. Head on over to the Big Bear Christmas Tree Lot at the Corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive. And while you’re in the Village, be sure to visit some of the great shops and restaurants there as well.

regard vers la montagneBig Bear’s ski season is officially open, and that means our available cabins and estates will get booked up more quickly for the next several months. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski slopes opened last week with machine grooming over a 16-24″ base. Lift tickets are available on their website at this link: https://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/.

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.

 

Christmas and New Years in Big Bear

Thanksgiving turkey dinnerThanksgiving is less than a week away, but we want to give all our blog followers a head start on their Christmas and New Year’s in Big Bear plans. This is always our busiest season, and we’re often completely booked weeks in advance. More than half our properties are already booked, so this is a great time to make your reservation.

Christmas in Big Bear is truly magical. When the weather cooperates, it can be a winter wonderland. And even if there’s no snow, it still has the pristine beauty of the forest, lake, and mountain views. There’s a peacefulness and calm you’ll find on the mountain that is nearly impossible to duplicate in the crowds and streets around Southern California. This Christmas can be a true respite and a time to carve out some relaxing family time without the distractions that surround you at home. And if we get snow, it can also be a great chance to have some fun on the slopes with your extended family.

Man trying to sleep on couchIt’s always great to see the relatives, but the logistics of housing them all can be a challenge. Many of us grew up on homes that either served as the holiday destination for far-flung family members or a convenient nearby stop with an extra bedroom or couch to house the relatives. This year can be very different, and a real treat for everyone. Instead of making arrangements for relatives to sleep in questionable comfort at a variety of different locations, you can choose a luxury vacation rental with enough beds and space for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. Under one roof. It’s a real game changer.

Holiday mornings become an entirely different experience with your Five Star Vacation Rental. Rather than waiting for everyone to arrive from their various destinations, you can all just walk down the hall and meet in the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee while you take everyone’s breakfast orders. The kitchen is outfitted with all you need to create an amazing omelette for everyone’s needs. It’s relaxing, it’s a great time to bond with family, and it can really be a time you wouldn’t have unless you were all under the same roof together.

Family celebrating new yearNew Year’s Eve in a Five Star Vacation Rental is a great experience, and it’s another time we’re usually booked solid. The annual Snow Summit Torchlight Parade is a visual delight as over 100 skiers and snowboarders will make their way down the slope with torches illuminating the way. And one of our luxury cabins is a perfect way to assemble a group of family and friends to celebrate the New Year safely. You can all gather around the fireplace and count down to the New Year, and travel no farther than your bedroom down the hall to call it a night. It’s a fun, safe way to celebrate the occasion.

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.

November Events in Big Bear

You’re probably not surprised that we think anytime is a great time to visit Big Bear, but November is an especially great time to plan your Big Bear getaway. Follow along with us and we’ll give you a handful of reasons.

In our last week’s blog we detailed some of the great reasons to plan your family’s holiday gathering in Big Bear. We have a lot of great choices with many options that will handle even very large families. It’s a great chance to stop fretting over roll away beds, fold out sofas, and just concentrate on having some quality time with your loved ones. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years in Big Bear can be truly magical. Check out all our Big Bear properties at this link. The holidays are popular, so we recommend you book your stay early.

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 2.33.07 AMOktoberfest continues through the first weekend in November. If you’ve never been, you’ve been missing some great fun. You’ll enjoy some of the best beers from around the world as well as food that will have your mouth begging for more. There are bands, kids events, and a lot more. Check their website  for tickets and more info.

Theater fans will find a couple of great options for your November visit. The Big Bear High School Performing Arts Department is presenting the classic, “Little Women” at the Performing Arts Center on November 1st thru 3rd at 7:00 pm and a November 4th matinee at 2:00 pm. Suspense fans will want to plan for The Big Bear Theater Project’s presentation of “Wait Until Dark.” This thriller will take to the Performing Arts Stage from November 15th through 18th. Tickets are available online for both plays at this link.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 4.42.47 PMWhat better way to start your Thanksgiving morning than with Big Bear’s annual Turkey Trot? This fun run raises money for the local food bank, and is a great way to work up an appetite for your feast later in the day. There are 3, 6, and 9 mile distances offered, and you’re encouraged to dress as wacky as you like. Get more details and register in advance online at this link: http://www.bigbearturkeytrot.com

Inspecting SantaThe Friday after Thanksgiving is overflowing with events as well. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their annual appearance in the Village with the tree lighting ceremony as part of the festivities. It’s also a great day to get a jump on your Christmas shopping with the 34th Annual Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center. This year’s boutique will feature over 40 arts and crafts vendors, fun events for kids, and lots of great food and drinks.

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.

 

Plan Your Holiday Getaway Early

We know it’s still early, but our holiday bookings tend to fill up pretty fast. So this is your early reminder that the holidays are on the way, and there’s no time like the present to make your plans.

Thanksgiving in Big BearThe holidays are our favorite time of year. Families gather with loved ones often coming in from distant places to celebrate together. And we consider it a privilege to help many families find a great solution to keep all their loved ones together in a luxury vacation rental. Big Bear is a favorite destination for many family holidays, and we have properties there that can accommodate groups of 20 or more with adjacent cabins. And when the weather cooperates, it can be an amazingly beautiful time as well with snow on the ground.

Most of our properties boast full chef’s kitchens, so you can get your family’s best cooks to work on creating a feast everyone will enjoy. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are some great options for dining out for your family feast.

Nottinghams is a Big Bear staple. They have been serving Big Bear residents and visitors for decades. They offer Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts that are sure to keep everyone in your party glowing and satisfied. Reservations are a must. Visit their website for more details. You can book your reservation up to 30 days in advance.

The Peppercorn Grille is another Big Bear favorite. It has a menu ranging from sea food to pizza, sandwiches, and pasta. They’re open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve this year. You’ll need reservations. Visit their website at this link.

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinnerWhichever option you choose, your family will enjoy the benefits of staying together rather than having different family members spread out across several different locations or hotels. It can be a real delight to have everyone share a relaxing breakfast together without first having to make arrangements for transportation. The holidays really should be a time spent enjoying your family rather than working out the logistics of collecting them all in one place. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, you’ll have that part of your holiday taken care of.

You can easily book your stay at any time 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Last Minute Christmas Plans in a Five Star Big Bear Vacation Rental

We understand last minute changes and scrambling to accommodate more guests. This time of year we get those calls every day. It’s usually exciting, though. The joy of this season is always magnified by having more friends and family around us. Last minute calls with an excited voice declaring, “Hey! I got some time off work, so I’ll be there for Christmas!” are the best kind to get. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we can help you gather all these important people together under one roof without resorting to spreading old mattresses around the living room or setting up a tent in the backyard.

As we write this on Friday morning, December 15th, we still have a handful of luxury Big Bear vacation rentals available with Christmas as part of your stay. Some will require minimum stays that will include days before or after Christmas, so call us at 310-780-3411 or check the individual calendars of each of these. Just click on the photo to view more details and book online:

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Kevin and Maria Cobb have been your hosts at Five Star Vacation Rentals for nearly two decades. Our personal dedication to creating a luxury experience for all our guests is something that keeps them returning year after year.

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.