Why a Vacation Rental?

We started our company with a couple simple ideas: Vacations are meant to be fun, and enjoying the luxurious surroundings found in golf estates, high end cabins, and condos on the beach is something that makes them even more fun. High end hotels can be a lot of fun with luxury surroundings, and we’ve had our share or those vacations. But even the best hotels have things that we can’t control like common hallways, boisterous guests, and seldom enough room to really stretch out. And we really like to stretch out.

There are hotel rooms with some extra room, but if you’ve priced those, you’ll quickly see they can be amazingly expensive. And with the extra cost, you still end up sharing hallways, having inconvenient or expensive parking, and often still needing to seek meals elsewhere. We’re undoubtedly biased about this, but renting a luxury vacation rental offers an amazing value. For the price of a nice hotel room, you can plan a getaway in a property with a level of luxury few of us enjoy.

And that’s really the point.

Most families don’t get a lot of vacations. Vacations are special, and we often spend months planning and researching to make them the best they can be. We’re always delighted to hear back from our guests about their special time away. Many of them are truly once in a lifetime experiences. We’re pleased to have helped people launch new marriages, celebrate long-time marriages, and enjoy family get togethers. They’ve enjoyed starting their mornings with coffee together in front of a fireplace followed by a great breakfast overlooking views of snow, golf courses and crashing waves. And it really just starts there.

With a Five Star Vacation Rental, you get a complete package. You have the entire home, cabin or condo that’s entirely yours during your stay. You share your hallways only with those you invited. You share your meals with the people in your group. And if there’s a lineup for breakfast, it’s just the people you care about most in your own private kitchen. The laughter you hear around you is familiar and welcome. Pick one of our many homes with a private pool, and enjoy some family fun away from strangers. It’s real relaxation. And it’s real luxury.

Book online and check out our Big Bear cabins and 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 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 properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

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 Your Fall Big Bear Getaway

Life is slowly returning to normal, and we’re seeing families rushing to book getaways in our most popular destinations. Our September dates are filling fast, so we’re encouraging all our new and returning guests to plan ahead. This fall and winter are shaping up to be very busy, so be sure to get your reservations in early for your fall Big Bear getaway.

While many events are slowly rolling back out, there are several areas in Big Bear that are fully reopened and welcoming guests.

Get Your Feet Wet in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake remains the center of attention for many guests and with good reason. Fishing is open, and if you’ve never had a pleasure of serving up fresh fish for dinner that you just caught a few hours earlier, you’re really missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. You can buy your fishing license online before you arrive, and you’ll have options ranging from fully guided fishing tours, to boat rentals, to just relaxing along the bank of the lake as your bobber floats lazily with the breeze.

If you’re looking for a more immersive lake experience, rent some wave runners, paddle boards or kayaks for the whole family at Big Bear Marina. The wave runners are positively addicting. It’s all the fun of a motorcycle with the added fun of splashes and none of the scrapes and bruises from falling over. Of course the kayaks and paddle boards have their own fun as well. Family races and tipping over dad will be laughs you’ll all long remember.

Get Your Feet Dusty on Big Bear Trails

You’re going to love the contrast you’ll feel when you pull on some comfortable shoes and take to the hiking trails in Big Bear. This is about as polar opposite as you can get from sitting on the 405 at 3pm. There are over a dozen hiking trails in the Big Bear area, and each one offers a closer view of the beautiful surroundings. On your fall Big Bear getaway you’ll be so glad you traded in the smells of hot exhaust for the crisp air you’ll inhale during your hike. Take along a pair of binoculars, and you may spot some woodpeckers, hawks, and maybe even a bald eagle.

Kick Your Feet Up and Relax in Your Five Star Vacation Rental

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Big Bear, but there is a shortage of great places to stay while you’re doing them. Book your stay early, so you can start planning your getaway. And whether you’re looking to get wet, stay dry, or just stay in front of the fireplace, you’re sure to have a relaxing time.

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 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 a Quick Midweek Summer Getaway

Portrait Of Family On Airbed In Swimming PoolMost families like to plan a big summer vacation. The kids are out of school, and you’ve likely already had some conversations about it. But maybe your schedules are still too packed for a vacation lasting a full week or longer. If that’s the case, you can take advantage of our lower weekday rates and plan a quick midweek summer getaway.

Our busiest rental times are usually on the weekends, and many of our properties are priced accordingly. A midweek getaway can offer a greater value for your vacation dollars with the added benefit of lighter crowds at some of the more popular activities Big Bear has to offer. July is an especially busy month with lots of opportunities to enjoy dancing, dining, cycling and singing.

For your dancing fun, head over to Wyatt’s at The Big Bear Convention Center every Wednesday for free line dancing lessons and some foot stompin good fun. A plethora of dining options await you in The Village. Pick any one of the fine restaurants there as you stroll among the shop filled with unique gifts and amazing crafts. You’ll enjoy the smaller crowds during your midweek visit. The cyclists can keep active all month long by joining with the Big Bear Cycling Association for one of their many scheduled rides during July. Check out their website for times and places. And lastly, our favorite venue for top notch bands we just love to sing along with is The Cave. They’ve got a great lineup scheduled for July including a special appearance by Ted Nugent. Visit their website for info on upcoming bands.

And if you’re in the mood for a midweek stay with a real bang, you’ll want to grab one of our last remaining luxury vacation rentals for the 4th of July. In last week’s blog, we took a look at the July 4th holiday. It’s a perfect time to visit Big Bear for Southern California’s largest fireworks display. Choose one of our properties with a barbecue, and you’re all set for a perfect getaway.

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.

 

Give Dad a Great Day With Five Star Vacation Rentals

Father help son to ride bicycle in summer park. Back viewThrough the years he’s been there as your emergency banker, reliable defender, and biggest cheerleader. He’s loved you through thick and thin, and you can probably trace some of your greatest triumphs to his help and support. We’re a couple weeks away from Father’s Day, and you may still be stumped in your pursuit of something special for dad this year. Well, be stumped no more. We’ve got a great idea and some great activities to make sure dad knows just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you over the years.

We still have a handful of luxury vacation rentals available for the Father’s Day weekend, and that’s a perfect starting point for your celebration of dad’s day. Gathering the family together under one roof in Big Bear is an event that many families try to repeat every year. And with some of our larger Big Bear cabins, you can include all the grandads and extended family in your plans.  Pick out some of dad’s favorite movies to watch, and let the kids handle the barbecue duties for a change.  Make sure to choose one of our cabins with a hot tub, so dad can relax after dinner in the soothing warmth of the heated water.

middle-aged man with three sons holding fishing rods smiling (portrait)There’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay when you’re not relaxing in your Five Star Vacation Rental. Check out our collection of great Big Bear June events in our earlier blogs at this link and this one. There’s really something for pretty much every dad. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, cycling, dancing, or a night of live music at one of Big Bear’s popular venues, dad will come away from the experience realizing how much you appreciate him.  And everyone in your group will share the luxury and pampered feelings that come with your time in a Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s the best sort of win-win we can imagine.

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 special Father’s Day with your family.  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 getaway whatever the occasion may be.  Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Plan Your June Big Bear Getaway

We’re just a couple weeks away from June, and it’s a great time to plan a Big Bear getaway. In our blog a couple weeks ago we noted some great events upcoming in June for cyclists and anglers. This week we’re going to take a look at some of the other great events you can enjoy during your June getaway in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Fans of live music will find plenty to keep them happy during June. Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Convention Center hosts line dancing with live music every Friday and Saturday night all month long. You’ll have a great time kicking up your heels at this popular venue.

The Cave is featuring some of the hottest indie and tribute bands all month long. The fun starts on June 1st with Buck Cherry the Anaheim rock band. Eagles tribute band, “Desperado” appears the following night. June 9th will feature a performance by “Uptown Funk,” the Bruno Mars tribute band. Al Jardine of the Beach Boys will be appearing on June 15th. Puddle Of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri, and they’ll be taking the stage at The Cave on June 16th. Mark the date for June 23rd when “Aeromyth” the Aerosmith Tribute band will land at The Cave. On June 30th “Queen Nation” will rock the house with 90 minutes of non stop Queen hits. Whatever your flavor, The Cave has music to move you in June.

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Wine lovers will want to be sure to book their stay with us over June 9th for the Annual Village Summer Wine Walk. This event has sold out in past years, so you’ll want to get your tickets early. With the price of admission you’ll get a commemorative wine glass, a map to the 28 participating locations, and tickets for 12 different tastings. This annual event is a great choice for anyone who appreciates fine wine or wants to learn more about wine. Purchase your tickets online at this link.

Of course the best part of any stay in Big Bear is your luxury vacation rental by Five Star Vacation Rentals. 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.

Why a Five Star Vacation Rental Is Better Than a Hotel

Every once in a while we like to take a moment to recap some of the differences you’ll enjoy with you book your next vacation or getaway and why a Five Star Vacation Rental is better than a hotel.

Hotels can be be fun, but they really can’t compete with the value you’ll get with a Five Star Vacation Rentals luxury cabin, estate, or condo. Here are just a handful of differences:

The finest hotels often bill themselves as offering all the comforts of home. We claim that specific advantage in a far more literally way. With us, you’re actually getting an entire home, estate, cabin, or condo during your stay. That means you’ll have your own kitchen, living room, bedrooms, personal hot tub, and everything else that comes with staying in an actual home. But the advantages go far beyond that as well.

Bed woman noise - funnyEven the finest hotels have walls you’re sharing with neighbors. And don’t even get us started on hotel hallways. Why is it everytime we travel and stay at a hotel, we end up on the floor filled with those in need of Loud Talkers Anonymous?  We understand that many people are out having fun during their hotel stays, and it’s common to return to the hotel excited and chatting loudly about the day. We don’t understand why they do it at 3am.  And though we never recall specifically requesting it, we alway seem to get the room immediately adjacent to the elevator, ice machine or vending machines. Once in a while we actually score the Trifecta and get a room adjacent to all three. We don’t care what Millennials say. Sleep is NOT overrated.

But beyond the shared walls and hallways, hotels lack many of the conveniences that can make a big difference during your stay. “Where did we park the car?” is a question no Five Star guest ever asked. It’s in the driveway, or the garage, not hidden among hundreds of other cars in the hotel parking lot. You’ll remember this advantage when you forget your glasses in the car.

Woman and child in jacuzzi waving to cameraBut the things that make a real difference are the luxury, the privacy, and the freedom you’ll enjoy with a Five Star Vacation Rental. Want a glass of ice water and a snack in the middle of the night? Just pull on your slippers and pad your way over to the kitchen. And many of our cabins will have you enjoying your own personal fireplace, hot tub, and a deck with a great view. You just can’t match it with any other option.

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.

 

Some Great New Year’s Resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals

Young people enjoying new years eve with fireworksUshering in the first day of a new year is magical. Though part of our brain recognizes it’s really just another day, we endow it with almost magical forces that excite our thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts. That’s always a good thing. There’s no need to be stuck in a rut or resign ourselves to an existence we’d really rather see improve. Look beyond, and see opportunities and new experiences you can embrace in the new year. And that’s one thing we can help with by offering some great New Year’s resolutions from Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Couple relaxing with glass of wine at fireplaceVacation time is one of those things that often resets with the arrival of the new year.  And vacation time is important. By now we’ve all become familiar with the studies that show vacations actually improve your productivity at work. It turns out that keeping your shoulder to the wheel for too long is bad for both your shoulder and the wheel. You need some time away to relax and recharge your batteries.  Our relationships can be strengthened with some time away together as well. With this in mind, our humble suggestion is that start making plans for your getaway to a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear, La Quinta, or Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Family Wearing Socks Warming Feet By FirePlanning your next getaway with us is sure to add more fun and relaxation to your time. You can leave behind the search for a hotel, and trade up for the luxury of a condo, cabin or estate designed to make you and your guests feel pampered. It’s a great choice. You’ll have your own kitchen, everybody gets their own private room, and you won’t have to share your hallway with strangers coming and going at all hours. It’s an entirely different experience and one you’ll want to repeat.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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 VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

Happy New Year 2018 word abstract in wood typeHappy New Year from Five Star Vacation Rentals. Welcoming in a New Year is always exciting. We’ve grown accustomed to this change as a representing much more than a new day. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, and one that we greet with resolutions, renewed hope, and excitement about the opportunities that we expect to see.

No set of New Year’s resolutions would be complete without including a plan for your upcoming vacation time. Whether it’s planning a romantic weekend for your anniversary or a longer getaway for a family vacation, we encourage you to use our online booking to find a great choice for your Big Bear relaxation.

AlpineSlideWinter in Big Bear offers some great activities. While we haven’t seen a lot of snow yet this year, it’s been plenty cold, so the ski resorts are making snow nightly, and there’s a good base built up. Snowboarders will have a great time. Nearby you can also enjoy the Big Bear Alpine Slide with downhill runs in individual sleds. It’s a great time.

But we’re convinced the best time you’ll have during your stay in Big Bear is in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, estate, or condo. Winter in Big Bear is amazing, and many of our cabins have great lake and mountain views. Choose one with a hot tub, and you have have the enjoyment of relaxing in the chilly Big Bear evenings while you soak in your own personal hot tub on the deck. It’s an amazing feeling.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to Big Bear. 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 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.