The Art of Getting Monday Off, or Great Weekend Getaways

Great weekend getaways don’t just happen by accident.  It has never once happened that a family just woke up one morning and found themselves magically transported to a luxury cabin in the majestic Big Bear forest.  It takes a bit of planning and often some ingenuity to make a great weekend getaway happen.  We certainly strive to make the experience as simple as possible, but it does take a plan.  And with this post, we’ll even help you create the perfect plan.

The biggest problem with any weekend getaway is that you must actually return home when the weekend is over.  Part of being an adult is coping with the harsh realities that life deals us, and this is certainly one of the harshest.  But we have a plan to soften the blow.  With a little bit of planning, you can get Monday off, and this will change the entire feel of your weekend away.  It begins to morph into a mini vacation with the addition of Monday.  Here’s how it works:

Arranging Monday off will have a degree of difficulty that is entirely dependent upon your job.  If you’re self-employed, the boss is a pushover and you have nothing to fear.  If you work for a tyrant, it will take additional wrangling.  You may have accumulated some personal days off, or you may be able to reason with your boss.  Just explain the value of that day off in terms of how it will renew your energy and efficiency upon your return.  Pull worn photos of your children out of your wallet and explain to your boss that studies show children who do not spend weekends away in Big Bear with their family are 72% more likely to enter a life of crime.  Try begging and pleading too.

Once you’ve accomplished this, the rest is easy.  You can book your stay directly online with most of our properties, and we’ll gladly help you book any of them with a quick phone call to us at 310-800-5454.  Then the fun begins.  Now you’ve arranged for a getaway that starts Friday afternoon and runs through the entire weekend.  Come Monday morning when the rest of the world is heading back to work, you can enjoy one last dip in the spa or enjoy your morning coffee out on the deck as you breath in the crisp clean Big Bear air.  You’ll be on the road at about the time everybody else is just taking their lunch break.  Your batteries will be recharged, and you’ll have enjoyed a full weekend of relaxation and fun in your Five Star Vacation Rental.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you plan a great getaway for just a weekend or several weeks.  Browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, or 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.

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.