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What’s Your Perfect Vacation?

We devote a lot of time to helping people create their perfect vacation. We consider ourselves to be among those lucky few who have found work that doesn’t really feel like work at all. It’s great fun and often a privilege to work with people to plan a vacation, family reunion, anniversary or secret birthday celebration with a loved one. And we still get a thrill when we hear later just how great things went. But as with most great adventures, a little planning can go a long way toward creating a great getaway. And this week’s blog is going to help you plan a perfect vacation.

Do you have golfers in the family? If so, we’ve got some great options for you to choose. And we have a few different destinations as well.

GolfVacationOur most popular golf destination is La Quinta in the desert just outside Palm Springs. La Quinta has been called “the golf capital of the world.” There are several world-class courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Classic Course is a past host of the Bob Hope Classic Tournament, and a consistent favorite with our guests. There are few things more relaxing than spending the morning under the deep blue skies with the mountain views beyond followed by relaxing just off the fairway with a cool drink on the patio of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s a perfect recipe to help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with your family. Check out our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingFor many of us city dwellers, the allure of nature is a regular part of our relaxation. We buy machines to recreate the sounds of rushing water, rainfall, and other soothing nature sounds. But as we all know, there’s really nothing like actually immersing yourself in nature to relax and enjoy these things as the naturally occur around you. That’s the sort of relaxation you can enjoy with a getaway to Big Bear. Summer is a great time to enjoy Big Bear’s natural beauty. There are dozens of miles of hiking paths with exertion levels to fit every family member.

Fishing at sunsetBig Bear Lake is fully stocked, so you can expect to catch bass, rainbow trout, and catfish. Some great fishing can be had directly off the shore in many locations. If you’d prefer to get out on the water, Holloway’s Marina is a great resource for boat rentals. Follow the online maps to the best fishing spots. There are few things tastier than treating your group to a meal with your fresh catch of the day.

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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

June is Fishing Month in Big Bear

Region capture 53There are so many things to love about Big Bear. Our ski season draws visitors from far and wide to enjoy the downhill thrills. And when the snow melts, the thrills move to the lake. June is a great time for anglers to plan a getaway in Big Bear, because the only thing better than that thrill of a tug on your line is landing a fish and winning some cash in the process.

Region capture 52The fun starts on June 3-4 with the Fishin for 50K Trout Tournament. Entries are limited, and you can buy your tickets at this link.  5 tagged trout are placed in the lake and each is worth a cool $10K. 25 trout will land $200 each with another 50 tagged for a $50 prize. But the winning keeps going with a raffle at the awards ceremony where thousands of dollars worth of gear and accessories will be given away.  You could even win a Hobie Kayak. And the fun also helps fund better fishing in Big Bear Lake with $20 from each entry fee contributed to the Big Bear Lake trout fishery program.

Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament continues on June 10th with payouts for the biggest fish.  This tournament continues throughout fishing season, and is a great opportunity to catch some bass with a chance at catching some cash as well. You’ll want to register in advance for this event. More details at this link.

CarpRoundupThe Big Bear Municipal Water District is sponsoring the 14th annual Carp Roundup on June 17th and 18th. Carp is an invasive species that threatens the Big Bear Lake ecosystem. You can help lower the threat and maybe win some cash in the process. The roundup is open to boaters, shore fishers, and bow fishers. Prizes are offered for the biggest and smallest fish caught. Sign up is for two-person teams, and you can access the entry form at this link.

These tournaments can add some real fun to your Big Bear Lake fishing trip, but nothing can beat the relaxation of just floating along on the quiet lake or sitting along the bank with your pole and relaxing with friends and family. Five Star Vacation Rentals offers a perfect home base for whatever fishing expedition you have planned. Each of our luxury vacation rental cabins and estates has a full kitchen, so you can enjoy some of the freshest fish possible after your day on the lake.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.


Fishing in Big Bear is Better Than Ever

Do you love fishing? Do you love lakes brimming with catches just waiting to happen? Imagine there’s a fisher’s paradise hidden away within proximity to Los Angeles and surrounding areas. It’s a place called Big Bear, and there’s no better time to go fishing there than in the summer. Baseball might be America’s Favorite Pastime, but we think fishing is probably number two. In Big Bear, it’s definitely number one, and you’ll see why when you visit. With cool breezes, an easily accessible lake, boat rentals available, and water full of fish, it’s no wonder sportsmen flock to the area.

Rainbow trout is the most popular fish species to be found in Big Bear Lake. You may know that these fish are only populous in bodies of water that have great depth. Luckily, the lake accommodates plenty of these fish, and you can take advantage of their presence by fishing in deeper waters. The western side of the waters is known to be particularly favorable to trout fisherman, but you may encounter them at nearly any part of the lake.

Trout aren’t the only residents inhabiting Big Bear Lake, though. You’re also likely to catch some largemouth bass. This species is known for its aggressiveness, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be caught. Quite the opposite, in fact! The lake offers conditions that bass thrive in, and they’re likely to bite almost any bait that’s in the water. If you position yourself near weeds, docks, or rocky areas, you can expect to round up more than a few of these fishes.

Other species such as catfish and panfish are also plentiful in the waters. Many of these are active in both the day time and the nigh time, so you can grab a catch any time you’d like. We weren’t kidding when we said Big Bear is a fisherman’s paradise. It isn’t just for pros, though. Big Bear Lake is a fantastic place for aspiring fishers to get their grounding, find success and learn more about techniques.

There are several establishments, in fact, that offer guided fishing tours for those who want to learn more before setting out solo. Cantrell Guide Service and Fish Big Bear Charter Service can turn fishing into a fun group activity. If you’re ready to cast your bait like a pro, you can rent a pontoon, get bait, and cover all your other fishing needs at one of the marina’s many experts.

If it’s outdoors fun you’re after, Big Bear is one of the top destinations. Five Star Vacation Rental also offers luxury accommodations in  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Take To The Lake — And To the Land!

September is one of the best months for activities on Big Bear Lake as we enjoy the last of the warmer weather before the onset of fall.  At the peak of summer, the lake water can get in the low 70° range.  This is great weather for boating, fishing, and even swimming on the lake.  It’s a great opportunity for your family to “dive in” and enjoy some of the great water activities on Big Bear Lake.


Thursdays offers ladies only a fun time with the “Babes on Boards” potluck and paddle board event at Captain John’s Fawn Harbor and Marina.  This fun event is limited to ladies only, and we’re told it’s an absolute blast. Be sure to call ahead for details, as there is an age requirement. Contact Serena Saunders at 909-866-6478 for more details.

The entire family can enjoy stand up paddle boarding with mid-week rentals at Captain John’s. Paddle boarding is great fun, and definitely gets easier the more you practice. And with the warmer lake water this time of year, you won’t suffer at all when you slip into the water.

Want to just spend some time on the lake? You can rent anything from a little canoe to a 12 person boat at Captain John’s. Spending an afternoon just drifting around the lake with no real destination can be amazingly relaxing. Grab a good book, some cool refreshments and a light lunch. You’ll quickly find the gentle lapping of the lake water against the hull of the boat to be supremely relaxing.

September usually offers some good trout and bass fishing, so we recommend all anglers pack their gear to enjoy some fun as well.  There’s nothing quite like serving up the amazingly fresh catch of the day when you were the one to catch it.  Our luxury Big Bear vacation rental cabins and estates all have full kitchens with the utensils you’ll need to cook up a gourmet meal.

If you choose to venture off the lake, there are some very special events taking place in Big Bear during September.  The annual Oktoberfest celebration kicks off September 13th and runs weekends through October 25th.  Many of our guests make this an annual event.  Oktoberfest brings great fun to town.  It’s that time of year you can sample dozens of exotic beers from around the world, and polka till you just can’t polka any more.  The kids will have a great time as well with dance contests and tons of activities just for them.  Bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, and polka.  There are few things needed beyond these to enjoy a fulfilled life.  Except maybe some quality time in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear.  And lederhosen.

September 19 – 21st Big Bear hosts the 15th annual International Film Festival.  This event keeps getting bigger every year, and it’s a great time for film buffs.  You’ll get a chance to do some star gazing, since we usually see a handful of famous actors in town for the event.  There are over 100 films screened during the festival, and you can also participate in seminars and panels for both film makers and film fans alike.  Be sure to book your cabin and get your tickets in advance.  It’s a busy weekend, and we often get booked up in advance.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City,  Southern California Beaches, Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

More September Fun In Big Bear. Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin Now!

September is spilling over with fun things to do in Big Bear.  We’ve already had two blogs posted covering some of the September events.  Our first one covered Labor Day and the tons of fun planned.  We covered things to do in the first half of September in another blog.  You really need to get away for some of these great things to do:

As we noted in our last blog, the Big Bear International Film Festival takes place September 14-16th. Film screenings and workshops will be held at the PAC and the Village North Theater.For more info please call (909) 866-3433 or visit their website: This is considered one of the top film festivals in the country.

It's Finally Here . . . Oktoberfest!

One of Big Bear’s most popular events starts in the middle of September.  It’s Oktoberfest, and you definitely need to be here for this one.  The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for seven consecutive weekends, September 15 through October 27 at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. The times are Saturdays 12 noon to 12 midnight and Sundays 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. Book your ticket online for $1.00 OFF! For more information call 909-585-3000.  Opening weekend  (September 15-16) is dedicated to American Heroes. All past and present military, law enforcement, fire fighters and their immediate families will get free admission.

And if great international beers don’t meet all your needs, the Village Business Association presents their annual Autumn Wine Walk on Saturday, September 15th.  You’ll enjoy strolling Big Bear Village shops while sampling fine wines and light hors d’oeuvres. $30 per person (Pre-sale) • $35 per person (Day of the Event if Available) Purchase tickets at Hunter Halls, Paisley Boutique, Cedar Rose, Room-to-Room, Home Warehouse Design Center, and Shirt Shanty in the Village. Check-in to get wristbands starts at 3 pm Saturday at the Xmas Tree Lot (corner of Pine Knot and Village Drive). For more information, please contact: Cheri at (909) 878-8044.

Fishing For Fun and Profit!

Calling all anglers!  Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournaments hosts their final tournament of the year on September 22nd.  This is a great chance to rent a boat, grab some bait, and spend a fun afternoon on the lake.  Who knows?  You may be the big winner! For tournament details please visit the website The event and weigh-in will be held at B’s Backyard BBQ. For more details please call 800-475-3166.

Fruits, Vegetables, Arts, Crafts . . . Farmer's Market.

Get some tasty accents for your Five Star Vacation Rentals Big Bear cabin with locally-grown farm fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers all summer long. The Farmer’s Market also features unique arts, crafts and handmade items by local artisans. Enjoy the fun and flavors every Tuesday all summer long at the Big Bear Convention Center. For more information, call (909) 585-3000.

Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

If you have any questions or would just like more information about booking any of our units, please talk to one of our friendly rental agents at 310-780-3411.  Don’t gamble on the quality of your next vacation.  Call us to book a vacation getaway your entire family will absolutely love.