Archive for October, 2012

Bear Peek Inn


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Elegant and Comfy Mountain Home in Prime Location with Spa, Pool Table, Gourmet Kitchen and More….

Come and bring your family or friends up and enjoy this absolutely beautiful house that has it all!

Enter the front door of this mountain retreat and take in the huge living room with Grand Piano (Mathushek) for the budding and experienced musician, TV, DVD, Surround Sound, WiFi, and a queen sleeper sofa. The chef’s in your group will LOVE the gourmet kitchen with ample counter seating and appliances to cook up a gourmet mountain meal enjoyed by all. The dining room has seating for 12 with a table that converts, Voila!, to a full size pool table/poker table.

The private upstairs master suite has a comfy king with twin sleeper sofa, sitting area, desk, private bath with shower/tub and TV/DVD/VCR. The spacious upstairs guest bedrooms have a queen bed each with TV’s. Guest bedroom one also has a single sleep sofa which is perfect for the kids. The large loft which overlooks the dining area with its magnificent windows to the backyard, provides an excellent “4th bedroom” with a queen sleep sofa, two closets, and TV. There are 2 additional bathrooms with showers upstairs so no one has to wait in line!

For your convenience, there is another 1/2 bath and washer and dryer in the laundry room which are both just past the kitchen. The 2 car garage is adjacent and ready for guest use. Additional parking for 2 cars in the driveway.

Walk outside on the expansive decking and enjoy the sounds of the forest and the zoo animals just across the way. The kids will love it! Coming back to civilization and ready to be pampered, enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa located in the open air conservatory just off the master suite. A Charcoal BBQ is provided for your grilling pleasure on the deck.

Parking for 4 cars.

Sorry, NO PETS!

To view more information, check availability or to book Bear Peek Inn, visit us at www.RSVacations.net today.

To view and print a pdf flyer, please click the following link:
Bear Peek Inn Printable Flyer


  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5

Perfect Location – Across from Zoo, Bear Mountain and Golf Course
Large Living Room with Fireplace and Grand Piano
Seating for 12 in Dining Room
Beautiful Gourmet Kitchen
Spacious Master Suite
Two Guest Bedrooms and Bathrooms upstairs
Pool Table
Deck with BBQ
Two Car Garage

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If you’re like me, when you look in a magazine or catalog and see an amazing holiday display you think, ‘I could never afford to do that’. While I have always liked my Halloween decorations, I never had exactly what I wanted. There are two reasons for that: 1)While I am a fairly creative person, sometimes I need inspiration to get me on my way. 2)I have very expensive taste but not so much in the budget department.

Enter Pinterest. I got hooked on this little app several months ago, pinning away to my heart’s content. When I started searching for holiday decor, I was bombarded with amazing Halloween displays and problem number 1 was solved. I had more inspiration than I knew what to do with. As I started visiting some of the links, I was amazed to find that most of these people shopped for items at the same place. Pottery Barn, you ask? Nope. The Dollar Store. Finally, a solution to problem number 2!

So off we went to our local Big Bear Dollar Tree. We grabbed a basket and started tossing in everything that we thought we could do something with. Crows, plastic and foam pumpkins, silk flowers, vases, frames, spiders, skulls, eyeballs and every other creepy thing we saw. The cart was pretty full by the end and we were a bit nervous about the total. The big number? $46. Score!

Okay, so we had a bunch of cheap, plastic stuff. Now what? Spray paint. We painted all those not-so-great looking pumpkins, skeletons  and skulls either black or chrome. Wow, what an improvement! I also made spooky trees from paper lunch bags (idea:Pinterest) and we painted those as well. The hubby printed off some spooky, ghost pictures and we framed those (idea:Pinterest), and he also found a picture of a Ouija Board and some hand-drawn Tarot Cards that he printed and mounted on some thin wood. We filled bottles with food-colored water, rubber eyeballs, plastic spiders and flies and more. Many of these bottles were ones I had saved and washed after use. Throw in some treasures we already had (the amazing clock-my Grandmothers, the Edgar Allen Poe Book of Poems-from my Mom-in-Law), a little spanish moss and bam!: A cheap but beautiful series of Halloween vignettes that I absolutely love.

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The Captain’s Anchorage is a landmark in Big Bear Lake, adding special flavor to the local history.  When built in 1946, the restaurant was known as the Sportsman’s Tavern.   In the ensuing sixty years, the establishment has weathered fires, gambling and an innocuous ghost named George.

Many stories are told of the ghost’s antics.  Most employees are not rattled by his rattling of pots and pans, nor his propensity for loudly tromping upstairs. His habit of hiding silverware, glasses, and other common items, however, is aggravating at times. George has been known to shatter bottles in the bar and even tug on the bartender, Lorraine’s ponytail.

The most mysterious aspect about George is the fact no one actually knows how he died.  George is said to have committed suicide, but local lore notes that he was suspected of having embezzled quite a pocket full of cash before his mysterious death.  George was an accountant for the Sportsman’s Tavern when it was owned by Andy Devine, famous for his role as “Jingles”in the “Wild Bill Hickock” television series.

Book a cabin with RS Vacations and spend a weekend enjoying Big Bear and it’s rich history. Who knows, you might even get to meet George in person!

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Come to Big Bear this October and join us for our spooky Halloween festivities. Hurry and take advantage of this ‘killer’ deal at RS Vacations today!


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As we draw closer to October 31st, there are several Halloween Activities taking place in Big Bear that will get you in a spooky mood! There are events for kids and events for adults-something for everyone!! So dust off your witch’s hat or eye patch and come on up to Beautiful Big Bear Lake and join the fun! Need a place to stay? Visit us at RSVacations.net to book a cabin and take advantage of our Fall Specials!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Feast of the Harvest Moon – A Native American Fall Festival

Children’s Forest youth volunteers present a Native American Fall Festival at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Special Live Performances by Elaine Meyers and Terry Goedel.

Where: Big Bear Discovery Center – 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE – Donations accepted
More Info: http://www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com/

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nature Night – All About BATS!

Join Drew Farr, Forest Service Wildlife Biologist for a fascinating presentation all about bats.  This presentation focuses on dispelling common myths about our flying friends.  Come early to decorate a bat cookie. Dress as your favorite forest creature to enter a costume contest.

Where: Big Bear Discovery Center – 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE – Donations accepted
More Info: http://www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com/

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Oktoberfest German Spooktacular!

The festival closes on Saturday, October 27 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes

Where: Big Bear Lake Convention Center – 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake
Time: 3:00 PM Children’s Costume Contest / 9:00 PM Adult Costume Contest
Cost: Adults – $18.00 / Children (In Costume) – FREE
More Info: http://bigbearevents.com/oktoberfest/

BOO! In the Zoo

Bring the children on this special day for a late afternoon/early evening of Tricks ‘n Treats – The Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.  Also enjoy seeing the park animals receive their Halloween treats too!

Where: Big Bear Alpine Zoo – 43285 Goldmine Drive, Moonridge
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Ages 11 to 59 – $9.00 / Ages 3 to 10 – $6.00 / Children under 3 – Free
More Info: http://bigbearzoo.com

‘Voyage of the Dammed’ on Miss Liberty

Celebrate Halloween on the “Voyage of the Dammed” aboard the Miss Liberty Paddle Wheel Boat. Includes Costume Contest, Door Prizes, Hors d’oeuvres, and one non-alcoholic drink.

Where: Pine Knot Marina – 439 Pine Knot Avenue, Big Bear Lake
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $30.00 / Children – $15.00
More Info: http://www.pineknotmarina.com/voyage.html

Costume Party @ Mill Creek Cattle Co.

Adult Halloween Costume Party at Mill Creek Cattle Company with Live Music by Contagious. Cash Prizes for Best Costumes.

Where: Mill Creek Cattle Co. – 41072 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake
Cost: No cover charge
More Info: www.diamonlilsbigbearcity.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween in the Village

Bring your kids to the safest place to Trick-or-Treat this Halloween! With 50+ places to stop for candy you are sure to fulfill your sweet tooth. Take a walk through the village seeing all the horrors that it has to offer! Don’t forget your costume or you’ll miss out on the trick or treating!

Where: Village Dr. and Pine Knot Ave. – In the Village, Big Bear Lake
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.bigbear.com/m/events-calendar/event/?id=2054

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I Love Halloween. Its not all about the candy like it was when I was a kid. Now its about the decorating. And pumpkin carving. And costumes. Okay, I basically love everything about it. 🙂 Even before my husband and I had our son, we carved pumpkins, decorated inside and out and basically just enjoyed this silly, gruesome holiday. Every year I look forward to October 1st, when it becomes ‘politically correct’ for me to decorate for Halloween. Over the years, our decorating style has evolved from gory and gruesome to fall-like cutesy and finally this year thanks to Pinterest and the dollar store, classic and subtly creepy.

Pumpkin carving is a serious business in our house. Every year on October 30th, My husband, son and I along with 8-10 of our closest family members get together for a pumpkin carving party. We have a potluck of creepy food and drinks, everyone has a cleaned-out pumpkin and the artistry begins. There are no triangle eyes or big square teeth allowed here. We end up with a fabulous collection of intricately carved masterpieces that when finished are lit, and we ohh and ahh over our mad skills. It is a wonderful, fun evening spent with family. A tradition now for 18 years.

The thing about Halloween in Big Bear is this: Its cold. Sometimes freezing! I remember as a kid trick or treating through our neighborhood with a coat, hat, mittens and snow boots over my carefully planned Rageddy-Ann costume. It was also very dark due to lack of street lights and so many weekend homes. These days though, most people trick-or-treat in Big Bear Lake Village. It is nicely lit with streetlamps, the Village merchants hand out candy, and there are even hot chocolate and coffee stands around to warm you up. It is fun to take your kids with a group of friends and spend the evening socializing while they fill their pillowcases.

Decorating your home and celebrating holidays (even the silly ones) with family and friends brings joy and happiness. It helps to take our minds off everyday stresses and invites those who visit your home to do the same. I hope you have a fun and creepy Halloween this year! BOO!!

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Eden Mountain Lodge


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Castle Glen Luxury Home: Have a Heavenly Mountain Experience

Savor the breathtaking lake and Stanfield Marsh views from every room in this 3500 sq ft. elegant yet comfortable tri-level mountain home just made for a family or friend reunion. Relish every amenity that is provided for your enjoyment; from the game room with its pool table, game table, wet bar and wood fireplace to the spacious outdoor spa. Your group will fall in love with heavenly Eden Mountain Lodge.The front door opens to a spacious great room with a floor to ceiling fireplace surrounded by comfy seating. The roomy gourmet kitchen with double oven and space for plenty of cooks has bar seating that opens up to the dining and living areas.The romantic first floor master suite has a king size bed and a master bath with jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace. Sliders lead out to the spa with gorgeous views from one of five decks.The second floor has a Game Room to die for with pool table, wet bar and seating around another wood fireplace. The room has THREE flat screens.Just around the corner you will find another cozy master with a king size bed and jacuzzi tub. The two other welcoming bedrooms open out to a shared deck. One room has a king and the other a queen and twin over double bunk. A queen sleep sofa and twin futon make everyone comfy.

WiFi, Surround Sound, an Intercom system, DVD player and a full size washer and dryer are provided for your convenience.

Fido can join his pack here!

Relax, unwind, and enjoy as you make wonderful Big Bear memories!

View more photos, check availability and book Eden Mountain online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a luxurious Big Bear Lake Vacation.
To view and print a flyer of Eden Mountain, please click the following link:

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5

Spectacular Views
SLEEPS 14, PARKING FOR 4 CARS (Garage not available)
Two Master Bedrooms with Jacuzzi Tubs
Spa off Master
Three King Size Beds, One Queen, One Twin Over Double Bunk bed
Three Fireplaces (2 wood burning and 1 Gas)
Game Room including Pool Table, Wet bar and 3 flat screen TV’s
Spacious Kitchen for Group Cooking with Double Ovens
Five Decks for Sunset viewing
Surround Sound
Intercom System
Charcoal BBQ
Adjacent to Eagle Preserve
Walk to Lake and Pond
Shopping Close by

Good Dogs Welcome. Woof!

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If you’re planning on attending the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest this year, you might want to prepare yourself by learning one of the traditional dances so you can participate fully in the festivities. The dance I am highlighting today? The Chicken Dance. If you have small children, they will most likely know the series of rhythms and moves already, but for those of you over the age of eight, listen for the polka and off you go:

  1. When you hear the first cheeps of the Chicken Dance, run to the dance floor and join the forming circle.
  2. Hold your arms up in front of you, forming beaks with your thumbs and fingers. Open and close your “beaks” four times to the music.
  3. Put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your elbows four times to the music.
  4. Bend your knees and wiggle your hips four times to the music, placing your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken.
  5. Straighten your knees and clap four times, with the music.
  6. Repeat steps 2 thru 5 four times.
  7. Join hands with the person on each side of you and skip around in a circle to the music, reversing the direction of the circle once.
  8. Repeat the entire sequence until the end of the song.


    Be sure to practice this at home – you wouldn’t want to get out on the dance floor and look silly!  😉

    Don’t forget that the Oktoberfest ends on October 27,2012 so take advantage of our Oktoberfest Special and book a cabin at RS Vacations today!

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Way back in the year 1810, in Southern Germany, Bavaria, in the middle of the autumn harvest, Prince Ludwig  was wed to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildurghausen. The ceremony was a grand event held in a magnificent “weise” (meadow) just outside the gates of Munich and took place on the 12th of October. 40,000 people attended the wedding and the reception was quite the party with huge amounts of food and beer being served. At the conclusion of this magnificent party, the prince held an impromptu horse race across the great meadow, to the delight of his guests. The townspeople were so delighted in fact, that they decided to rename the venue Theresiewiese (Therese Meadow) in honor of the Prince’s new bride.

On the one year anniversary of this memorable day, it was decided that another grand party would be thrown to celebrate. King Maximillian agreed, but this party was to be even bigger, better and longer than the first. This became an annual tradition that we now know as Oktoberfest.

One hundred and sixty-one years later, in the small town of Big Bear Lake, California,  two German immigrants, Hans and Erika Bandows decided to celebrate their first successful year as lodge owners in their new home by holding an Oktoberfest just like the one they used to attend in Munich. After several days of cooking, cleaning and decorating by the Bandows and their two daughters, Big Bear Lake’s Oktoberfest began. And so it has continued for forty two years.

Over the years, our Oktoberfest has grown bigger and better, but Hans is still Burgermeister and Erika still stops by the kitchen to add her special touch. The tradition continues, and each fall locals and visitors alike gather together to celebrate life, friends, family and beer.

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