Some Five Star New Year’s Resolutions

Most of us are darn near gleeful at the thought of leaving 2020 behind. It’s been a year of challenges and we’re filled with hope for better things in the year ahead. And one of the ways many of us greet the new year is with resolutions. Here are a few of ours:

Cherish the People In Our Lives

When we distill everything down to what’s most important in our lives, we can never get very far away from those we love the most. And our circle of important people often includes our friends, family, coworkers and sometimes just special people we meet along the way. We’re hoping the new year will provide us more chances to express our affection for these people and keep in touch with them more regularly. We hope you’ll find those opportunities for the people in your life as well.

Really Enjoy Life

As we surround ourselves with increasing amounts of technology, we can also get wrapped up in a world that can rob us of some of life’s more refreshing and truly genuine moments. We’re resolving in this new year to actually find some roses along the way and then stop to smell them. And we’re going to pet kittens to hear them purr, find something fun to surprise someone we love with, listen to the wind, the birds, and the ocean. And we’ll make it a point to do silly things once in a while, because it makes our kids laugh.

Enjoy Relaxing Time Away

It’s our business, but it’s also our pleasure. Our motivation for getting into this business is the motivation that keeps us visiting our own properties. We love getting away, feeling pampered, and enjoying the amazing surroundings found at our properties. When we’re in La Quinta, we love an early morning game of golf, followed by an afternoon lounging by pool adjacent to the fairway. Our days in Big Bear often start with a cup of coffee overlooking the forest view followed by an afternoon stroll through the forest and a relaxing evening by the fireplace with wine for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids.

However you and your family decide to celebrate the New Year, Five Star Vacation Rentals will always be ready to provide the quality luxury accommodations in some of the most sought after destinations. View all of our La Quinta properties at this link or browse our choices in Big Bear.  You can book online 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.

 

 

 

Plan a Desert Getaway

We know Southern California never really gets extremely cold. But for many of us natives, those mornings when the temps dip below 50 can cause us to shiver a bit. We understand all the Minnesota transplants laugh at such folly, but reality is what we make of it. When we’re not specifically seeking out cold weather for skiing, we prefer to keep warm.

And that leads us to the great delight we have in our Southern California winters to spend more time on the golf course or relaxing by the pool at one of our La Quinta luxury properties.

Located a short drive from Palm Springs, La Quinta offers some great options for a winter getaway with weather that will keep you enjoying the outdoors. The golfers in your group will be thrilled with their options.  There are 24 courses in La Quinta with another 76 within 20 miles. It may well be the center of the golfing universe with more options for golfers than any place else. Dozens of the courses are public or municipal courses with no membership required.

A short drive away is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The ten minute trip takes you over the cliffs of Chino Canyon in a rotating gondola giving you amazing 360 degree views. It’s a great adventure up a 2.5 cable ride to the pristine wonder of Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the 8500 foot elevation where you’ll find restaurants, a gift shop, observation decks, a natural history museum, and over 50 miles of hiking trails.

Military aircraft buffs will want to plan a trip to the Palm Springs Air Museum. While most exhibits are temporarily closed, the museum is still offering their hugely popular Warbird Ride program that lets you book a seat for a thrilling ride in a historic warbird. Their retail store remains open as well with many items and displays you can buy to take home with you. And if you plan your visit accordingly, you can get reservations for the F-117 Experience where you’ll get a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to view this amazing aircraft with your visit led by former pilots and engineers behind the development of the program.

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.

Plan a November Golf Getaway to La Quinta

This time of year we start seeing an increase in activity with our Big Bear cabins. This usually coincides with the first real snowfall of the season. But we don’t want to neglect our guests who enjoy some of the other great activities available in Southern California, so we’re highlighting this week some great options to plan a November Golf getaway to La Quinta.

November usually offers perfect weather for golfing with lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s, and virtually no rain days. Couple this with La Quinta’s collection of truly world-class golf courses and you’re set for a golf getaway that will be everything you want. And we’re ready with some amazingly luxurious options to help enhance your stay.

PGA107 CourtyardWhile we always hesitate to favor any of our properties over any other, we have to admit that PGA107 always has us smiling with a bit more spring in our step. We’re not sure if it’s the deck for our morning coffee off the private upstairs bedroom overlooking the small adjacent lake, the seating areas in the open courtyard, or the arched doorways and windows that remind us of something from old Hollywood. But whatever it is, we really love this place, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same. It’s spread out over 4600 square feet and with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. When you’re not out on one of the nearby golf courses, you can relax in your own private salt water pool and spa with the soothing sounds of their waterfall in the background. There’s plenty of grassy areas and room to spread out here. Check out more photos and details, or book online at this link.

PGA122 is another of our desert gems, and it’s located on the 6th fairway of the PGA West Weiskopf Private Course. There are built in TVs throughout the house with Travertine flooring and dark Italian granite in the kitchen. There’s plenty of outdoor seating to take in the mountain and fairway views when you’re not enjoying the Pebble Tech pool and spa with their adjacent waterfall. There’s room for 8 guests in its 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Find more photos and details or book online at this link.

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.

 

 

 

Plan a Golf Getaway to La Quinta

Golfers can be a passionate group. They’ll both plan golf getaways months in advance and constantly keep their clubs at the ready to stop by the driving range or play a quick 9 holes on the fly. It’s a game that embodies so many things many of us love: the outdoors, relaxing time with friends, and a competitive pursuit. And we’ve got some great properties to help you plan a golf getaway to La Quinta.

La Quinta has emerged as something of a mecca for golfers. There are some amazing world-class courses and we have lots of choices overlooking some of these courses. And with the holidays rapidly approaching, this is a great time to plan a family holiday getaway with a generous amount of golfing thrown in.

Here are just a couple of examples of luxury estates to choose from to plan a golf getaway to La Quinta:

Our PGA121 is the 4 Bedroom Private PGA West Pool Retreat. This beautiful luxury estate features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with room for up to 10 guests spread out over a huge 4600 square foot floor plan. You’ll enjoy your own private pool overlooking the 2nd fairway of the PGA West Greg Norman course. The private casita is a great feature that adds an extra layer of privacy for your family get together. When you’re not relaxing in your own private pool, you can ease away any soreness from your day on the links by soaking in the oversize tub. See more photos and book online at this link.

PGA111 is our Beautiful Norman Estates at PGA West.  Overlooking the 10th tee of the Greg Norman Golf Course, this 3400 square foot estate had 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with room for 10 guests. Imagine your Thanksgiving day enjoying some locally catered turkey and fixins while watching the games and festivities on the massive 75″ TV. You’ll positively love taking in the view of the adjacent golf course while relaxing by the salt water pool with its tanning shelf, waterfalls, and spa. Book online and see more photos and details at this link.

If you’re not able to find the dates you want with either of these great properties, don’t despair. We have a dozen vacation rentals in La Quinta to chose from, and we’ll help you create a getaway your family will long remember and want to repeat. 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.

Plan Your Next Getaway

With the new year upon us, we’ve extended our online booking calendar out to all of 2020. This is a great opportunity to plan your next getaway early. Most of us only get a limited amount of time away each year, and it’s important to take full advantage of it. With a little bit of early planning, you can make a truly memorable getaway this year.

Choose Big Bear for Scenery and Skiing

If your idea of relaxation involves lots of outdoorsy stuff like hiking, skiing, and enjoying nature, choose Big Bear for the scenery and skiing. Weather permitting, ski season usually stays open until early April. It’s a busy time for us, and it’s wise to book your stay as early as possible. We have lots of great options that will keep you just as happy off the slopes as you are on them. Few things are more relaxing that settling down in front of the fireplace at the end of a long day of skiing. Add in some time in the hot tub and a relaxing meal, and the moment is complete.

But Big Bear is also a great choice for the rest of the year. Spring is spectacular and opens more opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. The Big Bear Zoo is also a great destination for an afternoon learning about the diverse animals found in the Big Bear area. And each of your days spent exploring are capped off with a relaxing day in your Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.

Choose La Quinta for Desert Beauty and Golfing

La Quinta is a great choice with lots of luxury properties available outside Palm Springs in Southern California. Choose La Quinta for desert beauty and golfing. Most of our La Quinta properties are located on the fairways of the world-class golf courses spread throughout the area. Most have their own private pools and spas as well. And La Quinta is has lots of great entertainment opportunities available from model rocketry, community picnics, to kite flying competitions.

Palm Springs TramNearby Palm Springs has great options for find dining, museums, and the tram takes you on a 2-1/2 mile cable journey through rugged canyons and mountainside to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top. It’s a great way to spend the day, and you’ll bring home lots of amazing memories.

You can make 2020 better than ever by planning your next getaway with us in a Big Bear or La Quinta vacation rental. Check out 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 Some Fun in La Quinta

Over the past several years we’ve built up an impressive presence in La Quinta, just a short drive away from Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Our properties are mostly on the world-class golf courses found in the La Quinta area, but there are lots of great attractions in the area off the links as well. If you’re not a golfer, you can still have a great time. Here are a few activities we’ve heard good things about.

Jeep ToursNative Californians will likely be keenly interested in learning more about the San Andreas fault. It’s something that’s jolted many of us awake at night, and it runs directly through Palm Desert adjacent to La Quinta. Desert Adventures is offering a fascinating San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert that takes you along the fault where you’ll learn amazing insights about its geology and history. See an oasis on the fault that’s fed by an underwater spring, and visit a Native American site to learn about early inhabitants of the area. They also offer sunset and stargazing tours after dark. Check out their website for more details and to book your trip: https://red-jeep.com/tours/san-andreas-fault-jeep-tours/

Palm Desert Downhill BikingAnother great way to get up close and personal with the beautiful surroundings in the desert is with the Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure. As the name implies, this is a mostly downhill ride. They supply the bicycles and your tour takes you through a protected wilderness zone running along the San Andreas Fault, to areas inaccessible by traditional tour vehicle. Along the way, you’ll snap photos of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the All-American Canal, and the eastern Coachella Valley. The 20-mile (32-km), paved route is mostly downhill with no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic, making this a fun and scenic adventure suitable for all ages. More info at this link.

Camel ConnectionEveryone in the family will enjoy a visit to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. You can feed a giraffe, meet a camel, and watch some butterflies flutter by. Pay a visit to the petting zoo, or spend some time with one of the zookeepers learning more about the animals and their natural surroundings. You’ll delight in the massive G-Scale model railway, and see how the zoo is helping injured and displaced animals mend in their hospital. The zoo has been a fixture in the Palm Springs area for 50 years, and it’s a great way to spend the day. Visit their site for more details at this link.

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.

Golf La Quinta

DCF 1.0It’s estimated that 25 million Americans play golf.  It’s one of the most popular sports in America. It combines a lot of things many of us enjoy. Golf courses are literally a walk in the park. The surroundings are often among the most breathtaking in an area. Golf is a game that requires skill, fosters competition among friends, and provides endless hours discussing shots missed, shots made, and shots that got away. And many of Southern California finest courses are found when you golf La Quinta.

We’re proud to have assembled a great group of luxury properties located on several of the best courses. Golf rates the La Quinta collection of courses as among the top 100 best courses in North America. Public tee times are widely available, and most of our locations are right on the fairway.  Here are a couple examples of the kind of luxury you can expect:

PGA104Our PGA 104 has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and room for 12 guests in its rambling 4000 square foot floor plan. It sits behind the private gates to The Grand Legends community, directly on the 16th fairway of the PGA WEST Jack Nicklaus Tournament Golf Course.It features 3 full master suites and a private casita with its own bedroom and bath. After a day on the links, you can relax in your own private pool, or settle into the two-person spa tub in one of the master suites. See more details and book online at this link.

Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 11.37.53 PMPGA 111 is a stunning 3,400 square foot resort home perfect for entertaining on expansive golf course lot overlooking the 10th Tee Box of the Greg Norman Golf Course in the prestigious private community of “Norman Estates”. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Bathrooms. Enjoy a family movie night outdoors in the large covered loggia with plenty of seating and a 75″ TV wall mounted with swivel bracket that allows for viewing from the pool/spa. The covered loggia features “misters”, 2 ceiling fans, and “sun shades” that make it perfect for outdoor living. The backyard features a large saltwater pool with tanning shelf and waterfalls, spa with a cascading water feature, both with great view of the Greg Norman golf course and stunning desert landscaping. You’ll find more details and online booking at this link.

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.

Plan a Trip To The Desert

Is your family looking for a relaxing getaway that can check off the boxes for your favorite activities while returning every evening to a luxury home? We encourage you to check out our great selection of luxury estates in La Quinta. These estates are mostly located right on the fairways of world-class golf courses. And nearby Palm Springs offers access to a full range of shopping and entertainment venues. Here’s a sampling of the activities you can enjoy during your visit:

Old Town La QuintaOld Town La Quinta is a popular destination with its great selection of shops, restaurants, bars and specialty vendors. They also host seasonal events like art shows, a farmer’s market, holiday brunches, and outdoor concerts. These popular locales are something most want to include in their La Quinta visit. Visit their website at this link for more info.

If you family delights in learning more about the history behind the places you visit, the La Quinta Museum is a popular choice. You’ll find the rich history of the area including a diorama of a Cahuilla Indian village and another depicting native animals. There’s a constant rotation of themes of local interest including a Route 66 exhibit opening in mid June. You can check out their hours and current exhibits at this link.

Palm Springs TramwayA short drive away is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is a great day trip for the entire family. The ride up the tram offers amazing views of the rugged terrain of the local mountains. And the cool crisp air at the top of the tram offers an amazing contrast to the typically much hotter feeling in the desert below. Once you reach the top, there are guided nature walks and the Peaks restaurant offers fine dining and unbelievable views of the desert below.

Be sure to check out all our properties in La Quinta.  You can book online or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find the right property to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan your perfect 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 Big BearNuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark City, and Southern California Beaches.

Plan Your Spring Getaway

We know we’re still a ways away from Spring, but part of creating the perfect getaway often includes some wise advance planning. And we’ve got some great choices for your Spring getaway. Check out these properties:

F8675FFB-155D-0010-07A88063B26A15C6-4Z6A1807PGA101 is a 4000 square foot La Quinta mansion with room for 10 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Its private pool and spa with nearby fire pit certainly enhance your relaxation as do the stunning views of the mountains and adjacent golf course. It’s wide folding doors allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery and golf course views while relaxing inside. But you’re going to want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the view from the private pool and spa. View more details and book online at this link.

96A72E51-155D-0010-07C9858C8DBE5262-61PGA108 sits overlooking the 17th hole of the Nicklaus Private Course with views of the Santa Rosa Mountains beyond. You’ll find yourself enjoying the privacy and relaxing in the pool with its custom rock work and swaying palms overhead. There’s plenty of room for 8 guests to stretch out in its 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, and you’ll want to plan some great dinners to take advantage of the chef’s kitchen. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

Big Bear is a great destination year round. We have many luxury vacation rentals to choose from, and we can accommodate groups from a couple looking for a romantic getaway to over 25 for large company or church functions, or a family reunion. Here’s just one example:

9376750698Our Luxurious Castle Glen Estate is 5200 square feet of luxury with room for up to 16 guests to immerse themselves in one of the best examples of a custom estate you can find in the Big Bear area. With its soaring ceilings and custom finishes throughout, you’ll spend your first moments just soaking in the rich craftsmanship that surrounds you here. There’s room for 16 guests in its 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.The living room has plenty of seating along with huge floor to ceiling windows looking directly at Bear Mountain ski resort. The property features 2 huge master suites with Cal king beds and deck access. Incredible Lake and Mountain views are captured from the the master suites and adjoining bathrooms. Each master suite also has a fireplace. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

We have dozens of other examples in La Quinta and Big Bear to choose from, and you can be assured that we pride ourselves on creating a great experience for each of our guests. Browse all of our Big Bear cabins at this link, and our La Quinta estates here. Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you find the right property to meet your specific requests. We can accommodate both big and small groups, so feel free to call us for ideas on how to plan your perfect 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 City, and Southern California Beaches.

Enjoy a Desert Getaway This Winter

The Big Bear ski season is in full swing, and we’re running near capacity most weekends. We’ve still got lots of availability during the week, however, and that’s a great option for people who can arrange their schedules around it. The slopes are definitely less crowded, and many of our properties have lower weekday rates. Check out our Big Bear properties at this link.

But if your family is in the mood for something completely different, we recommend you take a look at our amazing La Quinta vacation rentals in the desert near Palm Springs. The desert is perfectly delightful this time of year, and the golfing is great. Take a look at a couple of our luxury options for your enjoyment:

PGA107Our PGA107 is a great example of the type of quality and luxury we have available. This one always reminds us of a Hollywood mansion from the 1940’s. It has soaring open beam ceilings and arched doorways over custom flooring. The salt water pool and spa are perched overlooking a water feature on the Greg Norman course. It has a private upstairs bedroom with its own private deck for quiet mornings or evenings relaxing in the sun. The floor plan is spread out over 4600 square feet with room for 12 guests in its 5 bedroom 5.5  baths. Add in the chef’s kitchen with granite counters, and you’ll soon see why this one is so popular. Check out more photos and details or book online at this link.

PGA102The view will keep you captivated at PGA102. Its southern exposure stretches across the Greg Norman course to the stunning Santa Rosa mountains beyond. There’s room for 10 guests in its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. You’ll enjoy cool evenings in relaxing in the pool and spa as you watch the colors of the sunset play across the sky. The private casita makes this one perfect for larger groups or multiple families to share. Check out more photos and book online at this link.

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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and Big Bear.