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Get Some Turf Under Your Feet With a Golf Vacation

You’ve been cooped up for months. The highlight of the family’s week has been a trip to the grocery store just to remember what it feels like to be outside again. You’re really ready to spend time outside again. A lot of time. And we’ve got a great idea. How about pack the clubs and plan a golf getaway?

Our most popular golf destination is La Quinta. We have over a dozen luxury properties with fairway views. And if you’re at all familiar with the area, you’ll know La Quinta is home to some of the best golf courses found anywhere in the world. Several of the more popular ones are open to the public with no membership requirements. Each luxury property features a private pool, so your time off the links will be as relaxing as your time playing. In addition to golf, there’s plenty of other activities locally or just a quick drive away in Palm Springs. You can enjoy great shopping, theaters, and some of the finest food in all of California.

But Southern California also has a hidden gem for golfers in Big Bear. During the off season, the Bear Mountain Ski Resort converts to a beautiful 9 hole golf course. You’ll enjoy an invigorating time playing in the 7000 foot alpine setting against the backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountains. The course features a full-service pro shop, a practice area, and a 300 yard driving range. You’ll want to book your tee time in advance at this link, and we’ll be happy to help you locate a great Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate nearby to relax in when you’re not out golfing.

You can book your stay online or view all of our La Quinta properties at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next 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 Big Bear.

Planning a Great Golf Vacation

When your family is looking for some leisure time, it’s always important to keep in mind those things that each of you most enjoy. In this week’s blog we’re going to help you plan out a golf vacation getaway that will best cater to the golfers in your family.

Group Of Golfers Walking Along Fairway Carrying Golf BagsThere are millions of golfers around the country,¬†probably because¬†it’s a sport that combines several things a lot of people enjoy: Spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings with friends and family in a pursuit that requires some practice and skill¬†but also benefits from a bit of luck too. Planning a great golf vacation can be a wonderful treat for the golfer in your family.

We have several destinations among our vacation rental homes, estates and condos that are located perfectly to cater to your golf cravings.

Golf, ball lying on the green next to holeWe’ve lately been adding some amazing luxury estates to our lineup in the community of La Quinta near Palm Springs in the desert east of Los Angeles. These homes are all located on local golf courses, so you can enjoy the links by day, and relax just off the fairways at night. Choose one of our homes with a private pool and spa, and you’ll have a getaway that everyone in your party will enjoy even if they aren’t golfers.¬† Many of these properties come with private casitas and multiple master suites, so they’re suited for bigger parties and multiple families to enjoy. View all our La Quinta properties at this link.

Palm tree and lake on tropical oceanfront golf courseWant to make your golf getaway a bit more exotic? Choose one of our luxury surf-side condos at Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and you’ll be sure to have a memorable getaway. In addition to a location near several championship golf courses, your family will enjoy a luxury resort on the beach with the great shopping and dining of Puerto Vallarta nearby.¬† Check out our Villa la Estancia vacation rentals at this link.

Though Big Bear is our most popular destination, it’s not usually due to the golfing. But the Bear Mountain golf course can add to a great mountain getaway for your golf vacation. This 9-hole course enjoys the dramatic scenery you expect in Big Bear, and is a great course for golfers of all skill levels. Combine this with the other great attractions you enjoy in Big Bear, it can be a great choice that will keep your golfers happy, but also have lots of other choices for biking, hiking, fishing, and boating for the rest of the family. The golf course is open seasonally through the end of October. View all your luxury Big Bear vacation rental choices at this link.

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 next 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  Park City, Utah, Palm Springs/La Quinta,  Southern California Beaches, Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

We Have New Properties!

We’re always excited when we add new properties to our family of luxury cabins and estates. And this feeling is increased when we add 5! Check out these new additions:

Cabin 36 in Big Bear meets and exceeds our standards of luxury. With its whimsical furnishings and wonderful flooring and finishes, you’ll be thrilled to relax here. The view from the deck is amazing, and you’ll be literally soaking it in as you relax in the spa surrounded by the forest view. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with room for 9 guests. See more photos and details at this link.

Our new Cabin #7 has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with room for 10 guests. This is new construction just completed last year, and it spreads out over 2500 square feet of luxury. It offers lots of privacy and plenty of wood finishes to help you truly immerse yourself into the Big Bear experience. Enjoy the great forest views off the deck as you get some much needed time to recharge your batteries. More photos at this link. 

Ready for some serious golf time? Well, pack your bags and your clubs and head to our newest addition in PGA104 Luxurious PGA West overlooking the fairway in La Quinta. This amazing property boasts 4000 square feet with a separate casita that will be a delight for the kids or perfect for 2 families to share. It has a total of 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with room for 12 guests. ¬†In addition to the fairway views, you’ll be looking out on Santa Rosa Mountain as well. Three of the bedrooms are master suites, so the only problem with your stay may be getting the desire to actually leave this beautiful estate. Check out all the photos and book online at this link.

Want room for a bigger group with matching luxury? We just added this amazing 4300 square foot La Quinta¬†estate on the golf course with a wonderful pool and spa to enjoy. ¬†The Travertine flooring and stone fireplace are wonderful examples of the fine craftsmanship you’ll enjoy throughout this remarkable property. After a full day on the links, you can retreat to this oasis and enjoy a dinner you create in the gourmet kitchen or throw some steaks on the barbecue. You’ll have a hard time leaving this one when your stay is done. More photos and online booking at this link.¬†

Our new PGA102 Luxury PGA Norman Hideaway is a great choice for the serious golfer who wants to make sure everybody in their party has a great time even if they don’t golf. It has room for 10 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. ¬†It overlooks the Greg Norman golf course with the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains in the background. The main living area has a bank of windows so you’ll be enjoying the amazing view constantly as you enjoy your stay. The pool and spa promise to keep everyone in your group refreshed and happy with their time spent at this amazing estate.

Check out all our La Quinta 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 Big Bear. 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, and  you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Golf in Big Bear

AdobeStock_89240595_WMWhen people think of Big Bear, they may think of the beautiful views of the lake, the amazing culture, or the family-friendly activities. These are some of the best features the town has to offer, but there’s one other gem that shouldn’t be overlooked; Big Bear is a fantastic place for a world-class golfing getaway. Big Bear Mountain is home to a scenic golf course 7,000 feet up. Nestled in the Moonridge Meadow, it’s the perfect site for a relaxing round of golf. You’ll find a 9-hole course complete with a pro shop, restaurant on site, and rentals available for both golf clubs and gold carts.

The course is located at 43101 Goldmine Dr., and you can learn more about seasonal hours by calling (909) 585-8002. Catching a quick game of golf during your stay is a great idea for a few reasons. The pristine scenery, incredible breeze and light exercise can combine to offer an amazing feeling of being refreshed. Few activities offer such enjoyable relaxation paired with a nice workout. After all, what’s better than getting fit and having fun at the same time? Talk about having your cake and eating it too!

If you golf the full course, you’ll pack in a considerable amount of exercise for your heart and burn a good number of calories. The extent of the exercise depends on variables such as how far you walk, whether you carry your clubs, and whether or not you opt for a golf cart. You can also expect a healthy boost to your heart rate. All that concentration and swinging will keep your blood pumping evenly while the sport improves your mood and prepares your body for relaxation later. Didn’t know golf was such an investment in your health, did you?

Golf is just one of many outdoor activities visitors to Big Bear can enjoy. During winter, the same area offers skiing and snowboarding to accommodate colder weather and snow. There are virtually no limits to the fun that can be had in Big Bear’s great outdoors. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends, or with family, you can make the most of your trip by booking a luxury vacation rental to stay in. Five Star Vacation Rental offers exclusive vacation homes that offer gourmet kitchens, expansive floor plans, and other enticing features that make it the obvious choice for vacation accommodations.

Golf is just one of the activities visitors to Big Bear can enjoy. 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.

Calling all Golfers. Five Star Vacation Rentals Has a Getaway For You

We’re just finishing up ski season in most of our destinations, and skiers are some of our favorite guests. ¬†But we see many of these same folks come back during the spring and summer to pursue their passion for golf. ¬†The reason for their return visits is pretty clear: ¬†We have some of the best destinations with the finest courses that you can find anywhere. ¬†Whether you’re an avid golfer or just interested in starting, we’ve got the perfect choice for you.

Our Palm Springs/La Quinta properties offer real luxury during your golf vacation.  These properties are located right on the fairway of the most popular golf courses in the Palm Springs РLa Quinta area.  And with the many other activities nearby, you may want to book your stay for the entire summer.  The golfers in your family can hit the links every morning while the rest of the family can enjoy the shopping, theater, and other great local activities.

We can’t think of a better way to spend our summer vacation than booking a week or month at the beach while staying in one of our luxury¬†Southern California Beach estates. ¬†And since Southern California boasts some of the nation’s finest golf courses, you can be sure your golf craving will be satisfied. ¬†You have a number of top courses to choose from, but our favorite is the¬†Monarch Beach Golf Links. ¬†You’ll enjoy a day full of “it just doesn’t get any better than this” moments while you take in the lush green fairways that stretch out to the azure ocean views beyond.

Puerto Nuevo Golf

Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is one of our favorite golf destinations. ¬†While most of our guests choose this resort because it is located right on the beach, avid golfers will feel their pulse quicken when they get a look at the local golfing opportunities. ¬†You can’t beat the convenience of the par 72 Flamingos Golf Course that’s a quick 5 minute cab ride from your luxury condo. ¬†After you enjoy a few rounds there, be sure to take the brief 30 minute drive to the Vista Vallarta Golf Club where you’ll enjoy play on courses bearing the names of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. ¬†There are daily flights from all Southern California airports, so you can be on the course this afternoon.

While the Mammoth Mountain ski season often runs through June, come July, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful golfing found anywhere in the world.  The Sierra Star Golf Course is situated in the soaring pines at 8000 feet above sea level. This par 70 championship course was designed by Cal Olson, and many golfers find the altitude gives them some of their longest drives ever.

Big Bear seems to be an endless source of fun for most of us, and it’s no different for golfers. ¬†Book your stay in one of our luxury vacation rental cabins, and you’ll enjoy Big Bear’s 9 hole Bear Mountain course. ¬†Golfing usually starts in the middle of May, so give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you pick out the perfect cabin for your getaway.

As you can see, we’ve got some amazing choices for the golfers in your family. ¬†Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the best one for you. ¬†And whichever one of our golf destinations you may choose, you’ll have the assurance that we’re working hard to make sure your golf vacation is a great one.

Looking For a Warm Christmas? Five Star Vacation Rentals Has the Answer

Lots of folks who live in Southern California have landed here from other parts of the country where the weather is not quite as nice as ours. ¬†Well, now that we think about it, NO place really has weather nearly as nice as ours, right? ¬†These transplanted Californians delight in some things that are completely foreign to us natives. ¬†For example, never once has your faithful blogger delighted in NOT having to shovel snow. ¬†In fact, he has never even held a snow shovel. ¬†But if you were born and raised in Minnesota, that simple statement would set your head spinning with a great big smile on your face. ¬†Southern California is sort of like the Emerald City to these folks. It’s a dream land where nobody really needs a heavy coat, black ice is something you get when you pour Coke into the ice tray, and the sun actually seems to shine brightly almost every day of the year. ¬†Yes, Toto, you really aren’t in, err, Minnesota any more.

Not our idea of fun.  Is it yours?
Not our idea of fun. Is it yours?

Many of these folks become then envy of their less-fortunate relatives still trapped in the arctic climates from which they fled. ¬†And the contrast in the weather is never so dramatic as when the holidays arrive. ¬†Your weekly phone conversation with Uncle Julius in Minneapolis invariably covers exactly how long it took him to shovel out the ¬†driveway so he could find the car. ¬†And if he’s really lucky, he’ll tell about the wonderful new snowblower he just bought. ¬†You can smile and tell him about the wonderful new lawnmower you just bought. ¬†It’s quickly¬†apparent that the two of you — though once neighbors — now reside on entirely different planets.

But the holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family from all the far flung areas they’ve landed. ¬†And it would be a crime NOT to offer a brief respite to those you love by hosting your own holiday get-together at one of our luxurious Southern California or Mexico vacation rentals. ¬† You’ll certainly be more popular with the snow-bound relatives, and you may decide to become a Realtor so you can profit from the relocation that many of them will begin planning as soon as they return home and their feet hit the hard, frozen soil. ¬†Be sure to tell them you can get them seats at the Rose Parade, and they won’t need a parka for it either.

We have some great choices for a warm-weather winter getaway.  All of our vacation rental units are luxuriously furnished and promise to provide an amazing setting for your family and friends to enjoy the holidays together.

Our Southern California beach homes are located within walking distance of the beach and offer an amazing level of luxury. ¬†The beach homes are also ideally located to serve as a home base for visiting all of Southern California’s favorite attractions from Sea World, just a couple hours to the south, and Hollywood studios an hour or so to the north. ¬†Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are even closer. ¬†Click here for a closer look at our Southern California beach homes.

This is your view from the balcony at Villa La Estancia. Notice that there's not a snow shovel in sight.

If you have a very large group, our best¬†accommodations may be with our Villa La Estancia Mexican resort vacation rentals located right on the beach in Puerto Nuevo. ¬†We have 16 units available in the resort, so we can accomodate a group of virtually any size. ¬†The resort is located just a few minute’s drive from the¬†¬†Puerto Vallarta Airport, and all southern California airports offer direct flights. ¬†Trust us, Aunt Mildred from Detroit will rewrite her will to include you after she spends an hour in the on-site spa at Villa La Estancia. ¬†In addition to the ocean swimming and boating, all the golfers in your group will enjoy the championship golf courses nearby as well. ¬†Good luck getting them all back on the plane to Minnesota after that! ¬†Click here to view our Villa La Estancia vacation rentals.

Our Palm Springs/La Quinta vacation rentals are a special delight during the holidays.  Palm Springs pulls out all the stops at Christmas time, and the entire family will delight in great shopping, shows, and amazing restaurants.  Our vacation rentals are right on the golf course, so you can have everybody back east dust off their clubs and enjoy a few rounds while their neighbors back home will be lifting nothing but their snow shovels.  It makes for a perfectly delightful time.  You can look at our Palm Springs/La Quinta properties on this page.

Give us a call today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan your ideal family vacation. ¬†Your vacation time is very special, so don’t gamble with it. ¬†Our goal is to offer you a level of luxury that you just won’t find anywhere else.








Winter Fun and Golfing in Palm Springs/La Quinta With a Five Star Vacation Rental

Enjoy a golf vacation this year.

We got a call this week from our old aunt Clarisse in Duluth. ¬†She usually calls us this time of year to talk about the weather, so we were prepared. It seems the weather in Duluth has been unseasonable warm for this time of year. ¬†It’s only dipped below freezing 4 days this week. ¬†But even with this apparent¬†proof of global warming, Aunt Clarisse calls us each November to let us know she’s packing away her Bermuda shorts for the winter, and pulling down her suitcases. ¬†And is that spare bedroom of ours still available for Thanksgiving?

Well that got us to thinking. ¬†How wonderful would it be if when your own aunt Clarisse calls (or Laura, or Betty, or Norma, or Susan), you could inform her you’re handling things a bit differently this year. ¬†Yes, she’s always welcome to come visit, but no, she won’t be in the guest bedroom. ¬†And she should also delay packing away her overly-plaid shorts. ¬†You see, this year, you’re having the entire family join you for a winter getaway to a Five Star Vacation rental in Palm Springs/La Quinta. We think you should seriously consider this.

For many people, Thanksgiving and Christmas are days filled with both fun and meaning. ¬†We get to spend time with friends and relatives we don’t see too often, and we’re also able to enjoy some relaxing time recounting our many blessings away from the holiday rush. ¬†And if you want to enjoy this time along with some outdoor activities and nice weather, there’s really no better place than in a Five Star Vacation Rental in the La Quinta/Palm Springs area.

No snow here! Just amazing golf course views.

Consider this: While our dear dear aunt Clarisse lives in an area where even the ice cubes migrate to warmer climates, you can plan the holiday of a lifetime for your extended family in one of our luxurious Southern California desert vacation rentals. ¬†The average winter temperatures in La Quinta rarely drop below 60 during the day, so while all the folks back home may be shopping for parkas and cutting firewood, your entire party can enjoy the holidays in shorts and a light jacket. And while much of the country must pack away their golf clubs for the winter, you can make sure yours continue to get a workout. That’s a much better option, don’t you think?

We’ve got two amazing properties available. ¬†Our Spacious Modern Perfection at PGA West sits right on the golf course. ¬†Imagine the looks you’ll get ¬†back home when you let them know you spent your holidays playing golf with folks who have never seen a snow shovel. ¬†This home is right on the 4th fairway and has both a pool and spa to relax in at the end of the day. ¬†Palm Springs is close by with great shopping and outlet stores for last-minute gifts.

Let the folks back home build snowmen. You can enjoy this view instead.

Our La Quinta Country Club Home is an absolute gem. ¬†This luxury home overlooks the fairway and has panoramic mountain and lake views. ¬†Plus, it comes with access to the¬†Mountain View Country Club, so you can enjoy golfing and maybe even get in a bit of celebrity watching. ¬†And we know you’re going to want to spend some quality time in the infinity pool to enjoy the fairway views while you wrinkle up smiling at the amazing comfort and quality of this finely-crafted home.

Call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your winter getaway in one of our Palm Springs/La Quinta luxury vacation rentals. ¬†And if you’d prefer some snow for your winter vacation,¬†you can view our Big Bear cabins on this page. ¬†Please be sure to also look at our other luxury rentals in¬†Park City,¬†Southern California Beaches,¬†Mammoth Mountain, and¬†Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. ¬†As always, you can depend upon Five Star Vacation Rentals to ensure that any one of our vacation rental homes and cabins will meet and exceed your expectations. ¬†We know that your vacation time is precious, and we are constantly working to make sure that your only regret will be that you couldn’t stay with us longer.

Plan a Perfect Golf Getaway to La Quinta


We’re excited to announce the newest member of our Five Star Vacation Rental family of properties. It’s a pristine golf getaway located on the Fourth Fairway of the Weiskopf Golf Course at the world-famous PGA West in La Quinta.

The weather in La Quinta this time of year is just perfect for long, relaxing days on the links. And with PGA West’s six championship courses, you can have nearly a full week of golfing on a different course each day. These courses are designed by five golf legends: Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus. And if you want to take your golf to the next level, the Jim McLean Golf School is located at The Tournament Clubhouse and offers instruction to beginning and advanced players.

Relax in the pool . . . on the golf course

After a day on the golf course, our La Quinta vacation rental home offers the perfect retreat to relax with family and friends. The great room is furnished with comfy furnishings, or grab a cold drink and relax in the twilight overlooking the fairway. As evening approaches, increase the relaxation by lighting up the fireplace on the covered patio.

But your passion for golf will be distracted by the amazing luxury of our new La Quinta getaway. This custom home offers southern double fairway views over the Weiskopf Golf Course. The great room floor plan boasts floor to ceiling windows which overlook the golf course and the Santa Rosa Mountains.

With 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, this home has plenty of space for a group of golfing buddies or two families to enjoy resort living. It has a den, casita, fireplace on the covered patio, custom made furniture, and electronic window treatments. Before you head out to the links for the day, start out with coffee on the private gated courtyard overlooking the fairway.

Amazing Family Fun at Knott's Soak City

The La Quinta area has so much to offer in terms of nightlife and family entertainment, so you may want to take advantage of our monthly rate for a family vacation that will create a lifetime of memories. The golfers in your family can head out for any of the PGA West courses while the rest of the family can grab their swim suits and head to Soak City (March – October

Here are some other fun ideas for your stay:

Palm Springs Air Museum

Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

Palm Springs Art Museum

Call us at 310-800-5454 today for booking information on this amazing home.  Or for more details and online booking click here.