If You Stay In a Hotel Instead of a Five Star Vacation Rental Your Car Insurance May Go Up

Summer is quickly passing by, and you have yet to plan your family vacation. That’s okay; we’re here to help. But you must listen to what we say, or you could end up with a life of regret. Seriously.

You take a real gamble with your vacation when you stay anywhere else but in one of our luxurious rental properties.  Aside from the fact that our feelings will be deeply hurt, you could well be destined for a real vacation nightmare. In an earlier blog we detailed the heartache you’ll face before you even get to sleep on your first day in a hotel vacation. We start this week’s blog on the night you arrive at your hotel after you’ve finally got the entire family in bed. It’s been a long day, and the family finally starts drifting off to sleep.

Be sure to ask for extra pillows. You're going to need them.

A few moments after you start to swim out into the warm fluffy ocean of vacation dreams, you learn that 4am is the exact right time for members of the Audubon Society to embark on their birdwatching trek for the day.  Now fully awake, again, the entire family listens intently as the birdwatchers slowly file past your room with each practicing a specific bird call they will be using to coax birds closer throughout the day.  While you’d really rather be sleeping,  you are all astonished at the amazing variety of bird calls produced by the 150 or so bird lovers passing just outside your door.  And as the hallway finally begins to quiet down, your room begins to brighten up.  The sun is rising on the first full day of your vacation.

When Timmy doesn't sleep well, he's grumpy all day

The entire family is grumpy, tired, and hungry. But since you’re not in one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rentals, there is no kitchen, no refrigerator, and no microwave. You’ve got to trek outside in search of food.

But first you have to find your car. A late-model white SUV sure seemed like a good idea at the dealership when you bought it, but now you’re looking at a sea of them in the hotel parking lot. No worry. You pull out your key dongle and holding it high above your head you trigger the car’s alarm. You hear a distant honking and start working toward the sound. In almost no time at all, you find your car. Unfortunately, you also find that some lovesick teenager has scratched the message, “I hate you Brad” across the hood of your car. It seems Brad also drives a late-model white SUV, and his ex-girlfriend is no better at finding his car than you were at finding yours.  Oh well.

Undaunted, you pile the family into the car and commence your search for food. You’re determined to make this a fun day. You tell them to look on the bright side. At least you’re not Brad, and your car insurance rates had to go up eventually anyway.

Is this really what you had in mind?

Most families get only one vacation a year, and many families can only get away once every few years or so. Your vacation time is too important to leave to chance. Every year families return from vacations with stories of fun things they did, but all too often these stories are tempered with tales of horrible hotel rooms, noisy neighbors and lousy parking. So let’s divide up your vacation and make sure this one is a winner. You start planning for fun things to do in one of our many destinations, and we’ll be sure to have only the most luxurious quality cabins, condos and homes ready for you when you arrive. Almost all of our units offer private parking in only the best neighborhoods. We promise that your car will not be marred with the message, “I hate you Brad,” or we’ll give you your money back. Honest.

This is not our actual staff, but we answer our phones just like these people

In the meantime, please call us at 310-780-3411 to book your vacation getaway. 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 QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

It’s our goal to make sure that you enjoy your second, third, and fourth stay with us even more than your first.

The Virtues of Staycationing, Nearcationing, or Just Enjoying Southern California

It seems that in the life of every Southern Californian there comes a time when you look at your spouse and say, “You know, I just realized we haven’t been to Disneyland since your Uncle Harold visited us back in 2007.  I think they’ve got a couple of new attractions.”

Well, actually, they do! And so for this week’s blog, we’re going to encourage all our Southern California friends to dive in and participate in the recently-coined activities of a “staycation” or “nearcation.” As the names imply, some folks are electing to stay closer to home for upcoming vacations, and we’re here to encourage that. We’ve got some of the most luxurious accommodations available near Southern California beaches, so you can plan out an amazing vacation very near home.

Staycations are a great new trend, and with a Five Star Vacation Rental, you can maximize both the fun and value of staying near home for your upcoming getaway. Here are just a few of the advantages:

Resistance is futile. Go see the mouse.

Plan a vacation with your kids and their friends. Many of our kids have friends they will miss over the summer, and would love to have them along on a vacation. Since most of our Southern California beach properties have large sleeping capacities, it can be a great getaway with room for all your kids’ friends in tow. It’ll be a delight to listen to them laughing and giggling late into the night in the luxury of one of our vacation rentals. Get them all out of bed the following morning for a quick drive to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, or just a short walk to the beach. No plane tickets, no airports, no rental cars – just great fun in a luxury vacation rental near the beach.

Feel the Ocean Breeze

You can finally get caught up with friends and relatives. Count up the number of times you’ve told some family member or friend, “Let’s make some time to get together.” Most of us can sadly count up quite a few of those. Well, renting one of our big luxury homes nearby is a great way to make that happen.

Call each of those friends and relatives and tell them to set aside that special night when you’re going to have them over for a barbecue at your vacation rental beach home. Imagine how much more special that night will be as you all enjoy the cool evening breeze and watch the sun set on the ocean from the deck of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’ll make the time all that more special to have them spend the night in one of the guest suites and just pick up in the morning where you left off the night before.  Or have everybody meet at Disneyland.  Enjoy a great day at the park, and then caravan back to your vacation rental home at the beach.  You can all get up the next morning and walk down to the beach to continue the fun.  This is an amazing way to finally make the time to get together with those you care about the most.

Romantic Beach Wedding

Plan the perfect summer wedding, family event, or church retreat. Do you have a wedding coming up with guests coming in from out of town?   Five Star Vacation Rentals can be a perfect solution that everyone will remember as a wonderful time.  Do yourself and your loved ones a favor.  Skip that thought you had that went something like this:  “Well, if we move Johnny out to the couch, and have Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary take his bed, then we’ll get the rollaway out of storage and . . . ”  Don’t do it!  Make this a special time filled with joy, not old lumpy bedding and long lines for your bathroom.

Last November we had a bridal party rent one of our Laguna Beach homes. Jessica was the bride and she wrote us a note to tell us her family’s stay leading up to her wedding was “absolutely amazing.”  Her entire bridal party enjoyed nightly sunsets on the ocean with lots of room to move around.   They had no musty old roll-away beds and no lines for the bathrooms!   Jessica and her family took a joyous occasion and turned it into a wonderful experience for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom.   Read more of her comments and see which of our homes she chose here. So whether you’re planning a wedding on the beach or anywhere in Southern California, one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beach homes is certain to make this an amazing time.

Laguna Beach Arts Festival -- Book Early!

Book now for your stay during the Laguna Beach Sawdust Arts Festival. This year’s festival runs from June 29th through September 2nd, and attracts visitors from all over the world.  We sell out most years during the festival, so be sure to book early.  The festival is a great event for the entire family with over 200 skilled artisans displaying creations from fine portraiture to delicately blown glass.  There’s also great entertainment and a huge variety of great food.

Call us today 310-780-3411 and we’ll be glad to have one of our friendly staff help you plan the ideal Southern California getaway.  We have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel.  Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park City, Palm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

 

 

Our Newest Big Bear Vacation Estate In Castle Glen

Castle Glen Estate offered by Five Star Vacation Rentals
Our Newest, Most Luxurious Castle Glen Estate

We always get excited when we locate an exceptional new home to offer our guests.  But this one is really special. We’re calling it “The Grand 8 Bedroom Estate At Castle Glen,” and it’s 6700 square feet of unmatched luxury.

Imagine spending an exciting day on the slopes at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit and returning home to our newest estate.  After you park the car, you walk in and allow your eyes to drink in the full 35 foot ceiling in the great room.  The dramatic fireplace in the great room hugs the wall up to the full height of the open beam ceiling.  The glow from the fireplace fills the room with a warm light as you walk to the windows and watch the growing shadows across the treetops out to the lake.  Step out on the deck and get a closer look at the view as you slowly inhale the crisp, clean air that draws so many people to Big Bear.

It will be tough to leave the amazing luxury you’ll find with this Big Bear vacation rental.  After you eat a great meal cooked in the gourmet kitchen, you’ll need to decide if you want to play pool, foosball, ping pong, or gather up the family and head into the theater room to watch a movie on the 10 foot screen.

Amazing 35' Ceiling. New Furnishings Arrive March 25th

The attention to detail is evident at every turn in this home.  You’ll delight in the touches of marble, granite, hardwoods and stone that are integrated in the design.  With 3 master bedrooms and a total of 8 bedrooms, this is an ideal choice for large groups or multiple families to share — up to 16 guests.  And with 7 bathrooms, your entire party will be able to get ready for the day with no waiting.

Our designers are spending the next few weeks finding distinctive furnishings to match the amazing decor and craftsmanship of this extraordinary estate. When we start renting this on March 25th, you’ll be greeted with a level of comfort and luxury that you simply cannot find in any other vacation rental.  So call us today at 310-780-3411 to book a vacation that your family will never forget.  Click here to view more details or book your stay online with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

A November Wedding . . . Relaxing Family Time . . . And Amazing Laguna Beach Views

Laguna Beach Sunset
A Five Star Sunset

We recently received a note from one of our guests who stayed at our Laguna Beach Gem.   Jessica rented this beautiful home for her entire family to spend the week of her wedding together. They had a great time. She notes in her letter that they found the house to be “absolutely amazing” and it was a great home base for the entire family.

View From Kitchen
Drink In the Kitchen View

We pride ourselves on our professional photography, but she said our photos don’t do justice to the property. Of course, you’ll have to judge that for yourself after you spend some quality time soaking up the sunsets, ocean breezes and luxurious appointments that you’ll find in this stunning property.

Take a closer look at some of the amenities that Jessica noted in her letter: She says “the kitchen has GIANT windows with unobstructed views of the ocean so every sunset was enjoyed over wine while making dinner.” She also loved the floor plan and overall roominess of the property: “It gives enough space and you never feel cramped.”

And while the amenities at our lovely Laguna Beach home will keep you smiling all day, Jessica notes that the luxury continues to impress even when you sleep: “The beds are VERY comfortable.”

A short walk to the beach
A Short Walk To The Beach

The experience continues if you want the party to expand outside. This unique property has three ocean-view decks and a back yard. It’s a short walk to the beach, or a short drive to downtown Laguna Beach with its art galleries, world-class restaurants, and unique shopping.

Our Laguna Beach Gem has 3 bedrooms,  2-1/2 baths with room for up to 11 guests.  We usually rent this home on a monthly basis, but we can sometimes carve out a weekly rental.  Click here to view more details on this home. Call Five Star Vacation Rentals at 310-780-3411 to start planning your amazing getaway. But don’t delay, our summer schedule is already starting to fill.

Why Choose Luxury Vacation Rentals?

The bags are packed; the flights are booked… all that’s missing from your perfect vacation getaway is where to stay. For years, hotels were the standard of choice for luxury accommodation. Increasing, however, discerning travelers are discovering that luxury vacation rentals are the perfect “home away from home” – balancing five star amenities with personal comforts and privacy.

Luxury Vacation Homes Set the Standard for Comfort, Exclusivity and Privacy

Book your getaway to luxury!
Big Bear Luxury from FiveStarVacationRental.com

From romantic getaways to family-friendly fun, five star vacation rentals balance the need for luxurious accommodation with personal privacy. There’s no traipsing down a hallway late at night to visit the ice machine, no loud slamming doors or flushing toilets, and no disturbances from boisterous neighbors arriving home past midnight. Best of all, instead of waking up early for that stale continental breakfast, you can relax in your bathrobe with a cup of coffee out by the pool – you’d never do that in a hotel, would you?

Increasingly, a five star beach home or a five star big bear vacation rental is also a smart choice for budget-friendly accommodations. Many discerning travelers are surprised to learn that the cost of a week’s stay at a five star rental may be far less than a week at an equivalent hotel. This is especially true for large families or several couples traveling together. Instead of booking several hotel rooms, families and friends can relax and live comfortably at their new home away from home. There’s no need to cram into a crowded bedroom or share bathrooms. With a luxury vacation rental, everyone has their own space!

A luxury vacation rental is all about the little extras. Multiple master suites make vacation rentals a natural choice for several couples traveling together. Gourmet, stainless steel kitchens make cooking fun – whether you’re brewing hot chocolate after a day on the slopes at Big Bear or grabbing a few snacks to take down to your Laguna beach party. Need to keep the kids entertained? A large big screen TV or board games will keep them occupied in the family room, while you and your spouse share a quiet moment together. At the end of the day, relax in the privacy of your own pool or hot tub – without having the moment spoiled by other hotel guests. Whether you choose a cottage, condo or home, thousands of square feet of space, multiple bedrooms and expansive outdoor space sure beat a tiny hotel room and balcony.

Selecting a five star vacation rental is just the beginning! At Five Star Vacation Rentals, our talented team also specializes in creating a completely custom experience tailored to your needs and interests. From Big Bear and Mammoth Lakes to the Southern California beaches and beyond, we specialize in helping our guests discover unique, authentic activities. This is the type of personalized service and attention to detail offered by the most exclusive hotel concierges.