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Things to do in Big Bear in May

As you may expect, we’re convinced that anytime is a great time to visit Big Bear. But there are a lot of great things to do in Big Bear in May¬†that will make your visit even better. Here are just a few:

Enjoy Some Song and Dance

Screen Shot 2018-04-20 at 10.16.23 AMThere’s no need to think you’re alone when you’re enjoying the music of 80’s pop queen Tiffany. She sold 15 million albums and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. She’ll be appearing at The Cave on May 11th, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite tunes. She puts on a great show. The Cave offers an intimate experience, so you can enjoy a great evening with this iconic pop star. You can purchase your tickets in advance at this link.

The Cave has a full slate of great performances set for May. Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will enjoy the tribute band Simple Man on May 5th. Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s and came to known as “King of the Surf Guitar.” He’ll be at The Cave on May 12th. Dave Mason was a founding member of the group, “Traffic,” and he’ll be appearing at The Cave on May 19th. Check out their busy month of great performers on their website:¬†

Country festivalAll month long you can kick up your heels with some great music and line dancing at Wyatt’s at The Big Bear Convention Center. Every Wednesday Wyatt’s rolls out Big Bear’s biggest dance floor for some good old fashion, heel kickin’ fun. They open the doors at 4pm, and offer lessons for every skill level. So bring your two left feet, your complete lack of rhythm, and a willingness to stumble around with a fun crowd.¬† Head back to Wyatt’s on Friday and Saturday nights for live music. Visit their website for the full slate of performers.

Grab Your Clubs and Hit The Links

May 18th is opening day at the Bear Mountain Golf Course in Big Bear. This 9 hole course is a perfect place to get in some time on greens with the backdrop of the San Bernardino mountains beyond. With so many things to do in Big Bear, you’ll find this 9 hole course is a great choice that leaves plenty of time for other activities. There’s a driving range, a pro shop, and certified PGA lessons are available as well.

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 Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta.


August in Big Bear: Biking, Hiking, Fairing, and Zooing

August in Big Bear is just plain packed with too much to do. ¬†Once you get a look at all the fun we have in store, you’ll be calling us and asking for a monthly rate on your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate. ¬†No kidding, there really is something for everyone all month long. ¬†Here’s just a glimpse at the upcoming events:

We devoted last week’s blog to the upcoming Renaissance Faire. ¬†That will run weekends August 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16. ¬†Follow this link for details. Prepare to have the time of your life.

The 2015 Tour de Big Bear is scheduled for August 1. ¬†There are 25, 50, 70, and 100 mile courses offered, and it’s a great event for the serious cyclist. ¬†Check out this link for the course details, so you can choose the one that best fits your skill and fitness level. ¬†Each course is well marked, and hydration points are available along the way. ¬†It’s a great opportunity to enjoy cycling through the beautiful Big Bear surroundings.

The Big Bear Discovery Center offers weekend nature walks that are always popular with families. ¬†The hikes are easy, and offer frequent stops to learn about the beautiful plants and wildlife that surround us in the Big Bear. ¬†You’ll also gain some great insights into the history of our region.

Plan a visit to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo to enjoy their annual Ice Cream Safari on August 1. As you all know, ice cream goes with virtually anything, and we can think of no better mix than ice cream and wild animals. This annual event is always a big hit, and a chance for the family to take in a yummy treat while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo.

Whatever may be your reason for visiting Big Bear, Five Star Vacation Rentals will be working behind the scenes to make sure your stay with us is filled with luxury, fun, and fond memories.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, or browse our properties in Big Bear, Mammoth, Park City , Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long summer vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Big Bear cabin or estate.

April in Big Bear

Winter is coming to a close, and we’re eager to see the arrival of spring and summer. ¬†Sure, it’s melancholy to put away our skis for another season, but the great thing about Big Bear is there’s never a lack of things to do. ¬†Here are a few ideas to get you started on your next adventure up the mountain with us:

Plan a quick weekend getaway to enjoy Big Bear’s nightlife. ¬†Here’s the list of local nightspots we recently compiled:

The Cave
at 40789 Village Drive
Tel: (909) 878-0500

Chad’s Place
40740 Village Drive
Tel: (909) 866-2161

B’s Boathouse
350 Alden Road
Tel: (909) 866-5400

Black Diamond Tavern
42172 Moonridge Road
Tel: (909) 366-0871

Nottingham’s Tavern
40797 Big Bear Blvd.
Tel: (909) 866-4644

Club Bombay
672 Pine Knot
Tel: (909) 878-0133


As the snow continues to clear, more of the great outdoor activities will resume. ¬†Most hiking trails are open now and offer some of the most amazing natural views of big Bear. ¬†Some of our cabins are located very close to these trails, so you enjoy the best Big Bear has to offer just moments away from your home base in a Five Star Vacation Rental. ¬†Here’s a map you may want to print out for your stay:¬†

Cycling is a popular activity in Big Bear and especially so in the spring and summer months. ¬†Load up your own bikes, or there are plenty of bike rental options once you arrive. ¬†Here’s a map for some of the more popular bike trails:¬†

Of course, you can always opt for our favorite Big Bear activity. ¬†That’s the one where we enjoy a wonderful meal prepared in our the gourmet kitchen of our Five Star Vacation rental. ¬†After enjoying a few minutes of light conversation after dinner, we head over by the fireplace and just sink into the couch to relax. The conversation quickly turns to our notice of the wonderful luxury that surrounds us. ¬†And it really doesn’t matter which one of our amazing vacation rental cabins or estates we choose. ¬†The experience is pretty much the same: ¬†We’re able to relax and enjoy the company of our friends and family far away from the pressures of our daily lives.

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



How to Create a Once-In-A-Lifetime Big Bear Vacation

Big Bear is one of our most popular destinations, and there are plenty of good reasons for that. ¬†We have some of the finest Big Bear cabin rentals you’ll be able to find, and it’s a short drive from anywhere in Southern California. ¬†Also, Big Bear is a year-round resort with world-class skiing in the winter, and boating, fishing, hiking, and golfing the rest of the year.

Since many of our guests plan ahead for months to make their Big Bear vacation memorable, we’d like to throw in a few events and activities that are easily overlooked by many visitors, but very popular with Big Bear residents.

Let's Eat In Tonight!

Unleash Your Inner Gourmet!
From April through September the Big Bear Convention Center hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market. Each Tuesday from 8:30am til 1:00pm you can choose from a wonderful variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. ¬†And since all of our cabins come equipped with full kitchens and cooking implements, you can plan out some amazing family meals. ¬†The Convention Center is located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. ¬†Click here to view the map or get directions.

Enter Our Trout Tournament
The Big Bear annual trout tournament falls on Saturday and Sunday May 19th – 20th. ¬†There’s a prize pool of $8000 to be split among the fishermen who land the biggest trout. ¬† And new this year is a special tagged prize fish. ¬†If a lucky fisherman lands this fish, he’ll win $10,000. Visit ¬† more details.

Welcome to All Pirate Families

Arrrrrh!, Be Pirates For a Day
Yes, once a year you can put on your best Jack Sparrow and join a bunch of crazy pirates during Big Bear’s annual Pirate Faire. ¬†¬†It’s a great time for the entire family. ¬†The Faire puts on historical reenactments of battles and events. ¬†Deck out the entire family in pirate garb and have fun watching the kids enter the costume contest. ¬†There’s fun shopping, food, music, and plenty of grog for dad. ¬†This year’s Pirate Faire is on June 2nd. ¬†Click here for more details and ticket prices.

Enjoy Some Jazz on the Lake
Tickets have just gone on sale for the 7th Annual¬†Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival. ¬†If you’re a jazz fan, this is a great event in an unmatched setting. ¬†Each year name artists trek to Big Bear to perform on the lake in our annual Jazz Music Festival. ¬†Bring the entire family to enjoy some amazing music along with great food and refreshments. ¬†The Music Festival runs June 2-3 this year. ¬†For more details and an updated list of performers, visit the JazzTrax website.

Be sure to book your cabin with us as far in advance as you can to ensure availability. Click here to view all of our Big Bear cabins, or just give us a call at 310-780-3400.

Planning a vacation somewhere other than Big Bear?  Be sure to look at our luxury rentals in Park City, Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches, Mammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.