Archive for November, 2012

The Village in Big Bear Lake does offer many unique shopping experiences and plenty of tasty restaurants, but there is so much more to experience. This time of year it is decked out in all of its Holiday Splendor and you can enjoy a festive atmosphere and live entertainment, including carolers!  Here are just a few of the fun experiences you can have in The Village:


Experience Glow Bowling

Take a Segway Tour

Visit Santa in The Village

Visit Santa in The Village

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride

Go Ice Skating

There is so much more! Come and stay with RS Vacations and experience everything Big Bear has to offer. Visit us at RSVacations.net and book today!


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Since last Friday started the holiday shopping season and last Saturday was ‘Small Business Saturday’, let’s talk about shopping in Big Bear Lake’s Village. Here is a quick description of what The Village has to offer:

The City of Big Bear Lake boasts a beautiful shopping and entertainment district on the Lake, nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. With over 120 local vendors, the Village can satisfy your every shopping wish in just one stop!

  • isit a charming shopping and entertainment district on beautiful Big Bear Lake, nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains.
  • magine delightful boutiques, adorable souvenir shops, elegant home decor and more, all in one place.
  • unch with friends, dine by candlelight with a loved one or enjoy dinner with the family.
  • et us accommodate you for the day or the whole weekend.
  • dventure around the village, bowl with friends or sail around the lake.
  • et things done: go to the bank, ship a package or get a massage.
  • njoy our enchanting Village and come back to visit us often!

My husband and I walk through the Village every couple of months or so, but we always spend a day there this time of year. It is a great way to spend a day and we find beautiful and unique gifts for everyone on our Christmas list. There are restaurants for every taste and plenty of things to do for all ages. Why fight the crowds at the Big Box stores and get the same old gifts as everyone else? Come to Big Bear and find the perfect gifts in the perfect mountain setting.

RS Vacations still has cabins available for December and we’d love to have you stay with us while you embark on a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping spree! Visit us at RSVacations.net and book today!

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Cyber Monday Special:

Book TODAY (11/26/12) and receive 20% off your stay between 11/26/12 to 12/20/12 on MOST of our fine homes. Arrival or Departure MUST be between these dates and offer can not be used in conjunction with other discounts and can not apply to existing reservations. Book Online at www.rsvacations.net and check off Cyber Monday box in Step 1. Update the pricing and your discount will apply! Come on up and enjoy a Getaway from it all!

Photo: Cyber Monday Special: Book TODAY and receive 20% off your stay between 11/26/12 to 12/20/12 on MOST of our fine homes.  Arrival or Departure MUST be between these dates and offer can not be used in conjunction with other discounts and can not apply to existing reservations.  Book Online at www.rsvacations.net and check off Cyber Monday box in Step 1. Update the pricing and your discount will apply!  Come on up and enjoy a Getaway from it all!

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Fox Mountain


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Enchanting Cabin with Spacious Floorplan and Dreamy Fireplace in Master


Retreat to this enchanting 3 bedroom/2 bath family home in a lovely Fox Farm neighborhood, less than one mile from Bear Mountain Ski Resort, the Moonridge Zoo and Bear Mountain Golf Course.

Enjoy warm gatherings in this bright Great Room with open living room, kitchen and dining area complete with Pellet Stove to keep you cozy at night. Amenities include a flat screen TV, sleeper sofa for two, and WiFi.

The dreamy upstairs Master Suite has a luxurious king bed, inviting wood burning stove, private balcony and master bath. Enjoy the luxury of Guest Room One with its comfortable queen bed. Guest Room Two has a twin over double bunk bed that is perfect for the family or the kids.

Delight in year-round festivities in the huge backyard – perfect for making snowmen in the winter. Enjoy exquisite mountain summer days and evenings from the large front deck.

The spacious garage has plenty of room for parking, and a washer and dryer is also available for your convenience.

Unwind and enjoy yourselves at our Fox Mountain retreat!

Good Dogs Allowed!


  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

One mile from Bear Mountain, Moonridge Zoo and Moonridge Golf Course
King in Master Bedroom with Wood burning Stove and Private Bath and Balcony
Queen bed
Twin over double bunk bed
Sleep Sofa in living room
Open living room/kitchen/dining area with Pellet Stove
Garage access and parking
Huge backyard that can be fenced in with child/pet gate
Large front deck
Nice Fox Farm neighborhood
Pet Friendly for Good Dogs

View more photos, check availability and book Fox Mountain online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a Luxurious Big Bear Lake Vacation.

To view, download and/or print a .pdf flyer of Fox Mountain, please click the following link: Fox Mountain Printable Flyer

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Now here is a ‘holiday’ I can get behind. Small Business Saturday is more than just helping the economy, it is about helping people. Probably people you know-friends, neighbors, family members. Someone you know makes a living by running their own business. It is how they pay their mortgage, put food on their table and send their kids to college. Buying at local small businesses helps them and boots your local economy. As a regular shopper of the big-box stores, I realize that sometimes you have to go for the best deal possible, but a couple of times a month, try stopping in a local mom and pop shop and support someone that is trying to survive in a difficult economy.

Here is a brief history of ‘Small Business Saturday’:

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.

American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41  local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.

Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, was national spokesperson for Small Business Saturday its first year. The 3/50 Project encourages consumers to commit to spending $50 of their current monthly budgets with independently owned small businesses they care about.

The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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I will start by saying that I have never taken part in the insanity that is ‘Black Friday’. I am just not a big crowd person. Maybe that is because I have lived almost my entire life in a small town, but I just don’t like it. I do understand that people spending money is good for the economy, but does it have to be done all in one day? The following picture was circling around facebook yesterday and I think it is kind of funny.

I didn’t realize that this craziness started back in the 1960’s. Here is a brief history of Black Friday.


Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many non-retail employers also observe this day as a holiday along with Thanksgiving, giving their employees the day off, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005, although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate, have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time.

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black”.

For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers opened at midnight for the first time. In 2012, Walmart and several other retailers announced that they would open their stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, prompting calls for a walkout among some workers. Black Friday shopping is known for attracting aggressive crowds, with annual reports of assaults, shootings, and throngs of people trampling on other shoppers in an attempt to get the best deal on a product before supplies run out.

“Black Friday” as a term has been used in multiple contexts, going back to the nineteenth century, where it was associated with a financial crisis in 1869in the United States. The earliest known invocation of “Black Friday” to refer to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving was made in a public relations newsletter from 1961 that is clear on the negative implications of the name and its origin in Philadelphia:

For downtown merchants throughout the nation, the biggest shopping days normally are the two following Thanksgiving Day. Resulting traffic jams are an irksome problem to the police and, in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday. Hardly a stimulus for good business, the problem was discussed by the merchants with their Deputy City Representative, Abe S. Rosen, one of the country’s most experienced municipal PR executives. He recommended adoption of a positive approach which would convert Black Friday and Black Saturday to Big Friday and Big Saturday.

The attempt to rename Black Friday was unsuccessful, and its continued use is shown in a 1966 publication on the day’s significance in Philadelphia:

JANUARY 1966 – “Black Friday” is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. “Black Friday” officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.

The term “Black Friday” began to get wider exposure around 1975, as shown by two newspaper articles from November 29, 1975, both datelined Philadelphia. The first reference is in an article entitled “Army vs. Navy: A Dimming Splendor”, in The New York Times:

Philadelphia police and bus drivers call it “Black Friday” – that day each year between Thanksgiving Day and the Army–Navy Game. It is the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year in the Bicentennial City as the Christmas list is checked off and the Eastern college football season nears conclusion.

The derivation is also clear in an Associated Press article entitled “Folks on Buying Spree Despite Down Economy”, which ran in the Titusville Herald on the same day:

Store aisles were jammed. Escalators were nonstop people. It was the first day of the Christmas shopping season and despite the economy, folks here went on a buying spree. … “That’s why the bus drivers and cab drivers call today ‘Black Friday,'” a sales manager at Gimbels said as she watched a traffic cop trying to control a crowd of jaywalkers. “They think in terms of headaches it gives them.”

The term’s spread was gradual, however, and in 1985 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that retailers in Cincinnati and Los Angeles were still unaware of the term.

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From all of us here at RS Vacations Big Bear:

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

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I love finding new and exciting ways to experience Big Bear. We have so much beauty here, and there are several vantage points to view it from. A few weeks ago, I shared how to see our valley from the air. This week, its all about the lake.

Big Bear Lake in November, you say? Why, yes. Even though boating season has ended for 2012, you can still experience Big Bear from the water on Miss Liberty.

Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat on Big Bear Lake

“Enjoy the spectacular Big Bear Lake fall views in our special Thanksgiving Day cruise. Don’t worry about the cold, the Lower Deck is fully heated!”

Miss Liberty is a 64′ long, 24.5′ high Skipperliner 1500LX built in 1994 and fully refurbished in 2006. She features a fully shaded upper deck, a fully enclosed and heated main salon, modern restrooms, and small group seating areas. Refreshments including light snacks, a variety of beverages such as beer and wine, champagne and sodas can be purchased from our ‘cash only’ galley. Miss Liberty is handicapped accessible and her capacity is 125 passengers.

Board the Big Bear Valley’s one-of-a-kind tour boat on breathtaking Big Bear Lake for a fully narrated 90 minute guided tour featuring highlights of Big Bear’s rich history dating back to 1845. Hear fun facts, folklore, celebrity sightings, and much more!

Best of all, the weather is expected to be absolutely gorgeous this Thanksgiving Week! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Big Bear in a whole new way. Find out more information at the Miss Liberty website: http://www.pineknotmarina.com/missliberty.html

Need a place to stay? We still have cabins available! Book today at www.RSVacations.net and join us in paradise!


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