Archive for March, 2013

As I was posting the Events Calendar for this weekend, I noticed that Big Bear Mountain Resorts have put their heads together with the Easter Bunny to bring skiers and snowboarders some egg-stra special fun this Easter Sunday! 🙂 Did you know that Peter Cottontail uses Instagram? Who knew he was that cool? Here’s the scoop:

Skiers and Snowboarders: On Sunday, March 31, 2013, between 10 AM and Noon, keep an eye out for Easter Eggs on your favorite runs at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. For hiding spot hints, follow Instagram@Snow_Summit or Instagram@Bear_Mountain. Bring the Easter Eggs you find to Guest Services for bindings, hats, beanies, backpacks, t-shirts, hoodies and more! No foot traffic – must have a valid lift ticket.

Looking for a last-minute reservation? Book the perfect Big Bear Escape online today! RS Vacations has cabins to fit the needs of most any group and we have some awesome spring discounts going on right now. Click the “Specials” banner on the home page at RSVacations.net  or check out Wednesday’s post here for more info. See you soon!


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Beautiful Spring weather again this coming week with just a small chance of showers on Sunday evening and Monday morning. Come on up to beautiful Big Bear Lake!!

3-28-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

This Easter weekend you have your choice of activities. Ski/Snowboard, Biking or even Boating are available! Isn’t Spring great???

what's up 03-30-13
Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Spring is in the air! The flowers and trees are budding, the birds are singing, the sun is shining – there is no better time to see the mountains come alive!! RS Vacations has some terrific spring specials to share with you to make your getaway to Big Bear more affordable than ever.

Book 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night FREE

For arrivals March 21 until May 31st (EXCEPT Memorial Day Weekend)

STAY 3 nights at one of our SELECTED homes and SAVE 33% (get the 3rd night FREE).

Can’t stay 3 Nights? Then take advantage of this one:

Get 15% off a 2 Night Stay

For Arrivals March 15 TO May 31 (EXCEPT Memorial Day Weekend)

Save 15% OFF A 2 NIGHT STAY on SELECTED properties

Book your Big Bear Vacation Cabin online at RSVacations.net and the savings will automatically be deducted! Or call us today at 855.366.0800 and let us find the perfect cabin for your springtime getaway!

Offers good for the following homes: ~A Piece of Heaven ~Air Chalet ~Alpine Mountain ~Bayside Retreat ~Bear Country Getaway ~Bear Peek Inn ~Bear Ranch Retreat ~Bear View ~Bluebird Cottage ~Catalina Retreat ~Clyde’s Chalet ~Deer Canyon Chalet ~Eden Mountain Lodge ~Fox Mountain ~Heavenly Hideaway ~Highland Hideaway ~Kuehl Kabin ~La Cerena Chalet ~Moonridge Chalet ~Moulin Rouge ~Northshore Family Lodge ~Pineview Escape ~Primrose Place ~Rockspray Retreat ~Ski Sweet A or B or Ski Sweet Combo ~Whispering Forest ~Zell Haus


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Heavenly Hideaway


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Recently Updated, Charming Big Bear Hideaway with Spa

Ready to escape to Big Bear? Heavenly Hideaway is perfect for a family or couples getaway and conveniently located within a few minutes of the slopes and shopping. Hiking and fishing are nearby.This recently updated, cute cabin has wood beam ceilings, new flooring, a toasty wood burning stove, cozy living room with sofa, love seat, and flat screen TV with WiFi. The updated, fully appointed kitchen has all you need for mountain cooking with microwave, stove, oven and dishwasher, and full size refrigerator. A full size sleep sofa in the living room is great for the kids!The master bedroom upstairs has a comfy queen bed with a deck off the master with a view of the backyard. The guest room also has a comfy queen bed and a full size futon for a couple or the kids. One full bath is located downstairs and one full bath upstairs.

Enjoy the view from the deck and the lovely back yard with spa for relaxing mountain evenings. A charcoal BBQ is provided for grilling and the kids will enjoy playing in the snow in the backyard.

Sleeps 6 with 2 car parking

No pets and no smoking allowed.

Book Heavenly Hideaway securely online today and get ready for Big Bear fun!


  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2

Recently Updated
2 Bedrooms with Queen Beds
Full Size Futon in Guest Bedroom
Full Size Sleep Sofa in Living Room
2 Full Baths
Wood Burning Stove
Flat Screen TV and WiFi
Level Lot
Fully Appointed Kitchen with Dishwasher

View more photos, check availability and book Heavenly Hideaway online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a relaxing Big Bear Lake Vacation.

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

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Beautiful spring weather this week! Feel like skiing? The slopes still have great conditions! Feel like taking a bike ride? Bike rentals are available too! We’ve got the best of both worlds in Big Bear! Come on up!!

3-21-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 3-23-13Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Tomorrow is the first day of spring! While there are many things that are wonderful about spring in Big Bear, one of the things we look forward to the most is the return of the Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center.

16623605-basket-with-vegetablesBig Bear’s Farmer’s Market features fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers grown by farmers local to Southern California. In addition to the delicious produce, the market also features unique arts & crafts created by local artisans and even antiques and collectables! It is a great way to spend a sunny, spring morning.

The Big Bear Farmer’s Market is held every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM beginning April 2nd and running through September 24th. Come join us and see what the local folks have to offer!

RS Vacations has discounted rates on our cabins when you stay mid-week this spring. Visit our website to book your Big Bear Getaway today and enjoy the splendor of spring in Big Bear!

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I love Easter. It reminds me that spring is finally here. It is fitting that it takes place in spring – a time of renewal. Grass is sprouting up, flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are active in the newly leaved trees….It just makes me happy.

Of course I also love Easter because it gives me an opportunity to consume deviled eggs, jelly beans and Cadbury chocolate bunnies without guilt! There is also the egg dying, basket filling and the egg hunt – which my husband still insists upon even though the boy is 19. He just loves to find new and creative places to hide them!

Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or just springtime in general, it is a great time to put aside our daily stresses and focus on the family. Spend the weekend celebrating traditions and just having fun. These are the memories that our children will hold dear when they are older – and they will continue them with their own kids!

Why not come to Big Bear and celebrate with us? The weather is beautiful and as always, there is tons to do! Book a Big Bear Cabin with RS Vacations and enjoy our lower springtime rates. Come on up!!

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A Piece of Heaven


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Family Fun with Spa and Fenced in Backyard

A Piece of Heaven is a charming home in lower Moonridge that offers wood beam ceilings, wood flooring, and wood accents throughout. Here you are close to the action on the slopes and golf course and less than a mile away from shopping. There are even a few restaurants walking distance away. A shuttle stop for the slopes is close by so you can leave the car parked!

Enter through the gate and walk up the few steps to the large front deck and lovely front door. The comfy living room has seating around a warm brick fireplace with a new flat screen TV and WiFi. Play your favorite game at the game table which overlooks the backyard. The spacious, fully appointed kitchen with dishwasher, has bay window dining and oak flooring. A full bath downstairs and stackable front load washer and dryer are very convenient.

The three bedrooms are upstairs. To the left you will find the alcoved master with its king size comfy bed and full bath that opens to the master or the hall for guest use. Guest bedroom one has a queen bed and window seat and spacious guest bedroom two has twin bunk beds the kids will love.

The back door opens to a wonderful roomy private deck with a large 6 person spa. Take a few steps down to the large fenced in back yard; perfect for the kids to have winter or summer fun in. A charcoal BBQ is provided for your use. The very roomy front deck is also a perfect place to enjoy the Big Bear mountain air.

NO PETS. 3 Car Parking

You will agree that this is your Big Bear home away from home at A Piece of Heaven. Come on up to paradise!


  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Close to Bear Mountain
Large Spa
Fenced Backyard
Wood Floors and fully Appointed Kitchen with Bay Window in Dining Area
Flat Screen in Living Room, WiFi, TV in 2 Bedrooms
King, Queen, Twin Bunk Beds
Wood Beam Ceilings and Wood Burning Fireplace
Guest Bedrooms with Window Seats
Stackable Front Load Washer and Dryer
Charcoal BBQ
Linens Included

View more photos, check availability and book A Piece of Heaven online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a relaxing Big Bear Lake Vacation.

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

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Well, since St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, I thought it might be an appropriate time to share a little more of Big Bear’s “Gold Rush” history. Let’s find out about Lucky Baldwin and Big Bear’s second Gold Rush. Thanks to bigbearhistorysite.com for the info and photos!


In 1860, Bill Holcomb started a Gold Rush that began bringing people into the Big Bear valley in significant numbers for the first time. Within just a few months of his discovery, the once secluded Big Bear/Holcomb valley area had the highest concentration people in all of San Bernardino county. But by 1862, the excitement had fizzled out, and most of the miners had given up and gone elsewhere. The problem wasn’t due to a lack of gold, but a lack of water. It was going to take specialized equipment and “big money” to recover gold from the Big Bear / Holcomb Valley area. One of those “big money” efforts actually started a second gold rush.



Baldwin Lake in Big Bear and Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles were both named after Elias J. Baldwin. – Rick Keppler collection

This second “gold rush” was sparked by a wealthy man by the name of Elias J. (Lucky) Baldwin. Lucky Baldwin, a multimillionaire who had originally made his fortune in the Ophir Mine in Nevada.

In 1873, Baldwin began quietly investigating the mining possibilities in the Big Bear Lake area. He eventually purchased an existing claim on the mountain slopes at the north/east end of what is now Baldwin Lake for $30,000. He then incorporated the Gold Mountain Mining Company, and began construction of a huge 40 stamp mill at the base of today’s Gold Mountain.

Word spread quickly of a new discovery by Lucky Baldwin at Big Bear. Soon exaggerated reports testifying to the quality of his gold claim fueled the excitement. The Guardian reported on September 12, 1874, that Baldwin’s Gold Mountain in Big Bear was a “…. mineralogical miracle” and went on to say “…. we have never heard or read of a similar discovery ….the crown of the mountain is a mass of gold bearing rock….”.

Baldwin’s new company carved out a road from Cactus Flats to Big Bear, and began hauling in machinery and parts for the huge 40-stamp mill. Overnight a town called Bairdstown popped into existence at the base of Gold Mountain.


The Gold Mountain House in Bairdstown at the base of Gold Mountain. – Rick Keppler collection

In September of 1874, the new community had a blacksmith shop, a butcher shop, two boarding houses, and two saloons. By spring, Bairdstown had grown to include three general stores, two livery stables, three restaurants, two hotels, several saloons, a black smith shop, a bakery, a meat market, a Chinese wash house, a tailor, a shoemaker, a barber, and even a cemetery. As with most mining towns, fist fights and shootings were regular events, and the cemetery always had an occasional customer. By 1875, the great 40-stamp mill was finished and ready for operation.

Lucky Baldwin arrived in Big Bear on March 6, 1875, and fired up the new $250,000 steam powered stamp mill for the first time. The deafening sound of the heavy stamps reverberated throughout every corner of Big Bear valley as he started processing 100 tons of ore a day.

After two months of intense operation the results were disappointing. It looked like that the top of that Gold Mountain might not be made of gold after all. In fact the ore being processed was of such low quality that it was barely paying the overhead. An unhappy Baldwin decided to shut down half of the mills 40 stamps, and continue operation on a reduced scale. Finally, on October of 1875, he shut the mill down completely. After only 8 months of operation, Big Bear’s second gold rush was over.

Overnight, Bairdstown became a ghost town. The stamp mill would sit dormant for almost two years until August 14, 1878, when a fire mysteriously broke out completely destroying the mill. “Lucky” Baldwin retained ownership of his Gold Mountain claims, but swore that he would never invest another dime of his own money into Gold Mountain.

After the fire in 1878, these ruins at Gold Mountain overlooked Baldwin Lake until the early 1900's. - Rick Keppler collection
After the fire in 1878, these ruins at Gold Mountain overlooked Baldwin Lake until the early 1900’s. – Rick Keppler collection


Many years later in 1899, a man by the name of Captain J.R. DeLaMar approached Lucky Baldwin with a plan to build a new stamp mill and reopen the Gold Mountain Mines in Big Bear. To everyone’s surprise, Baldwin agreed.

DeLaMar was under no illusion as to the quality of the ore on Gold Mountain. He was betting on two things for success: 1) He felt that the rich “mother lode” that everyone had been looking for was still there, and 2) he planned to incorporate a new technology for recovering gold, called a “cyanide process”. DeLaMar felt that this cyanide process would allow his operation to turn a profit by greatly increasing the amount of gold recovered from Gold Mountains low grade ore. In the mean time he would continually look for that “mother lode” he thought everyone had missed.

DeLaMar’s new 40 stamp mill in Big Bear was located higher up on the side of Gold Mountain just above the ruins of the original burned out mill. Once again, Bairdstown sprang back to life. The new mill began operating at a feverish pace. For over two years, it aggressively processed 130 tons of ore every 24 hours, night and day.

This is the DeLaMar’s stamp mill at Gold Mountain. It sat on the side of the mountain overlooking the ruins of Baldwin’s first stamp mill. – Rick Keppler collection

DeLaMar’s efforts actually managed to turn a small profit, but that elusive “mother lode” he so desperately wanted was never found. DeLaMar ceased his operations in 1903, and Bairdstown, which had since been renamed Doble, once again reverted back to a ghost town.

From the early 1900’s through the late 1940’s, different companies and individuals would occasionally step forward to invest time and money in reopening Baldwin’s Gold Mountain mines in Big Bear, but always with little success. Today, you can wander through the concrete ruins of DeLaMar’s stamp mill, and the old cemetery still exists to mark the spot where Bairdstown was once located.

Gold Mountain wasn’t the only “big money” mining operation in these mountains. Part 3 of this Big Bear Gold Rush series will take a look at an unusual mining operation in Holcomb Valley, and the famous Rose Mine.

© Rick Keppler

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This week we have the best of early spring.
Amazing ski conditions and temps in the 50’s & 60’s. Perfect! Come on up!!!

3-14-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

Do you have the “Luck of the Irish”?
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with us and ‘get your green on’!

what's up 3-15-13
Events courtesy of BigBear.com

Need a last-minute cabin rental? We have plenty of homes available!
Book your Big Bear Escape today!

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