Archive for June, 2013

I know from experience that listening to and playing music can improve my mood. Depending on what I am listening to, it can relax me, give me energy, make me happy or give me drive (such as when I am working out). Well, a recent study (reported by Medical News Today) proves that theory and more. There are actual mental AND physical health benefits that music provides. Here is the story:

Playing and listening to music benefits both mental and physical health.

The finding came from the first-large scale review of 400 research papers in the neurochemistry of music which found that music can improve the function of the body’s immune system and reduce levels of stress.

Listening to music was also shown to be more successful than prescription drugs in decreasing a person’s anxiety before undergoing surgery.

A report from 2011 indicated that anxiety in cancer patients can be reduced by music. Prof. Levitin explained:

“We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics. But even more importantly, we were able to document the neurochemical mechanisms by which music has an effect in four domains: management of mood, stress, immunity and as an aid to social bonding.”

Results showed that music increases an antibody that plays an important role in immunity of the mucous system, known as immunoglobulin A, as well as natural killer cell counts, the cells that attack germs and bacteria invading the body.

Listening to and playing music can also lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), according to Levitin and Dr. Mona Lisa Chanda, his postgraduate research fellow.

Previous research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry demonstrated that music therapy, when combined with standard care, is a successful treatment for depression.

The experts recommend a number of areas for later trials in the field. For example, identifying the relationship between the “love drug” oxytocin, group affiliation and music.

They suggested administering naltrexone (an opioid antagonist drug used when a person is having alcohol withdrawal) to determine whether musical pleasure is encouraged by the same chemical systems in the brain activated by other types of pleasure, such as food.

A study from 2011 suggested that thrilling music is similar to food and sex – more pleasure and anticipation means more dopamine.

The authors also urged for studies “in which patients are randomly assigned to musical intervention or a rigorously matched control condition in post-operative or chronic pain trials.” The pointed out that proper controls include TV, comedy recordings, audio books, or films.

The report, published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
(Report written by Sarah Glynn)

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The weather in Big Bear has been absolutely PERFECT this past week – and the forecast for the coming week looks just as AMAZING! If you’ve never been to Big Bear Lake in the summertime, you’ve missed out!! Gorgeous weather, TONS of activities to do – on AND off the lake – and more special events than you would believe. We do it up LARGE for a small town! Come see what the hoopla is all about…

Book a Big Bear Cabin with RS Vacations and take advantage of our SIZZLING, SUMMER DEALS and choose from a wide variety of ACTIVITIES PACKAGES – Discount tickets on stuff you want to do. Book online or give us a call Toll-Free at 855-366-0800. You will love our personalized service and attention to detail!!


6-20-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

what's up 6-22-13Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Here at RS Vacations, we LOVE music – and we want you to enjoy some great music, for a wonderful cause, at a discount reserved just for our guests. June 29th is the first stop on the “Nature’s Harmony Tour” – part of the 2013 Music in the Mountains fundraiser to help protect and renew our beloved mountains.

Book a Big Bear Vacation Cabin with us and choose the following package – your tickets will be waiting for you at your cabin.

Package Special: (Save 35%) Music In the Mountains June 29: “Classic Rock Harmony”

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Enjoy music under the stars June 29th at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater and 3 tribute bands at a 35% savings for Adult General Admission Tickets! The Long Run, Fortunate Son, and A Band with No Name are all featured. Rock to the music by the Eagles, John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and America for ONLY $19 for Adult General Admission (Normally $29). Tickets MUST be purchased at the time of booking. Gates open at 5:00PM and concert begins at 6:00PM. See you there!

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Music is alive and well this summer in Big Bear and no matter what your taste, there is something for you. Along with the featured events below, Big Bear has several local restaurants, bars and clubs featuring live music every weekend.

RS Vacations has some Sizzling, Summer Deals going on right now, including a July 4th Special: Book 3 Nights, Get the 4th Night FREE! If that doesn’t make you want to sing, I don’t know what will!! Visit us today to book your perfect Big Bear Cabin and enjoy the music at 7000′.

Here is a rundown of the some of the major musical and theatrical offerings over the next couple of months:

Big Bear Cowboy Gathering

June 21, 22, 23   2013

The Big Bear Cowboy Gathering Committee welcomes you to the 14th Annual Gathering.
We are looking forward to a fabulous event filled with top cowboy entertainers. Joining us this year will be Sourdough Slim, Gary Robertson, The Open Range Trio,
along with Nancy Lee as pre-entertainment.

2013 JazzTrax

The 8th Annual Big Bear Lake Jazz Trax Summer Music Festival takes place Lakeside at the Marina Resort. Lineup and schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY JUNE 21   Guitarist Extraordinaire STEVE OLIVER Unplugged On Board the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel boat on Big Bear Lake. Cruises at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure

After Party at Nottingham’s Saxophonist WILL DONATO and DJ Jonathan Phillips

Noon: Chicago Guitarist NICK COLIONNE special unplugged performance
1:00 PM:  Keyboardist NICHOLAS COLE
3:00 PM: Hit Saxman EUGE GROOVE
5:00 PM: British Guitar Legend PETER WHITE

After Party at Nottingham’s with DJ Jonathan Phillips

Noon:  T.B.A. Young Up and Coming Barbados born Saxophonist
1:00 PM: Jazz Vocalist SELINA ALBRIGHT
3:00 PM: Legendary Hammond B-3 Player BOOKER T. JONES of Booker T and the MG’s Fame 5:00 PM: The Godfather of Smooth  GEORGE DUKE

Tickets on sale Now! Call 866-TRAX TIX or purchase on-line at www.jazztrax.com

2013 Music in the Mountains


“Classic Harmony Tour”
$29 general admission; adult;  Available

June 29    The Long Run, Experience the Eagles
                   with special guests,
                   A Band with No Name, The America Show approved by 

Fortunate Son, A Tribute to Music of John Fogerty

“Journey to Harmony Tour”

All Ticket Options Currently Available!
$27 general admission; adult
$35 bench seat package with parking; adult

July 20      DSB, The World’s Greatest Tribute to Journey &
As Seen on National TV; check out their stunning review!
                   with special guest,
                   The British Beat, Journey Decades of British Invasion

“Endless Summer Tour”

All Ticket Options Currently Available!
$25 general admission; adult
$35 bench seat package with parking; adult

August 31   Gary Seiler & CoastRiders, A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet
                     “Changes in Attitudes”
                     with special guest,
                     Upstream, featuring the BEST Reggae, Calypso, Soca


The Cave


C.A.T.S. presents – OKLAHOMA!

Jun 21, 2013 | 07:30PM – 10:00PM

CATS (The Community Arts Theater Society) will present their summer musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award classic, OKLAHOMA!, featuring such beautiful music as Oh What A Beautiful Morning and People Will Say We’re In Love. With production values as only the CATS organization can produce, the musical promises to be an outstanding theatrical experience for the whole family.

CATS brings OKLAHOMA! to the Big Bear Performing Arts Center for 12 performances: June 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, July 2, 3, 5, & 6 at 7:30 and June 23, 30 and July 7 at 1:30. Ticket prices range from $16-$28 for Adults; $15-$26 for Seniors, and $9-19 for Kids under 18.

Tickets for all events will be available through the CATS web site at www.bigbeartheater.org.


Old Miners 2nd Annual Big Bear Bluegrass Festival

Jul 12 – 14, 2013

Bring out your washboards, spoons and best boots for stompin’ this summer for the 2nd Annual Big Bear Bluegrass Festival July 12, 13 & 14, 2013.  Enjoy three days of live “Bluegrass with Big Bear Altitude.”  Choose from breath-taking Breakfast & Bluegrass concerts aboard the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Cruise, intimate acoustic sounds on board an authentic Hay Wagon Ride through the Village, free Bluegrass concerts on the Beach, a headliners Nitegrass concert in the Village, and much more.  Bluegrass workshops will also be available for enthusiastic students eager to learn from the talented group of Americana aficionados invading Big Bear this summer.  Shuttle service between sponsoring lodges, the Old Miners Chili Cookoff, and all Bluegrass concert venues will be available. View website for full performance schedule and to buy tickets.

Location: Various Locations in Town

Contact: Tel: (909) 584-5949 Website: www.bigbearbluegrass.com

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Other than my family, music is my very favorite thing in this world. I love to listen to it, sing it and play it on the piano. I have a broad taste in music, enjoying everything from classical to heavy metal – my playlists would have most people scratching their heads. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to it. My 80’s pop playlist is my favorite to clean house to, while I find hard rock and alternative help me push hard when I’m working out. Certain songs bring back memories like no time has passed and others express how I am feeling at the moment. I love music.

Growing up here in Big Bear, I was involved in school chorus, show choir, production choir and madrigals. We sang for the school, our families, the community, and even competed down the hill on occasion. From 2nd grade to High School Graduation, I was singing. During my adult years, my husband and I have enjoyed many concerts and if I had the time, I would do karaoke every night. 🙂

I also love the theater. In 4th grade, I landed the role of Mary Poppins in the play of the same name. From that moment on, I had the bug. For the next 8 years, I was in every play the schools performed. Sometimes big roles, sometimes small, but always involved. I also had the chance to see a few Broadway shows down in Los Angeles, including Annie and Les Miserables – which was, by the way, amazing!

These days I do more listening and watching than actual performing. Did you know that Big Bear offers some amazing musical and theatrical events? This summer is filled with several opportunities to reminisce to music of the 60’s & 70’s, rock out to 80’s hits, and clap your hands & stomp your feet while enjoying Oklahoma! on stage.

Music and the theater are great ways to escape life’s bumps and celebrate the triumphs. They can make you laugh, make you cry and make you think. My life is so much richer because of them and I hope that you enjoy them as well. Come on up and see what Big Bear has to offer. Visit RSVacations.net and start planning your mountain getaway. Stay tuned to the blog this week where I will highlight some of the many music and theatrical events going on this summer in beautiful Big Bear Lake.

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The July 4th Holiday weekend is just over 2 weeks away and we are running a fantastic promotion here at RS Vacations! Book today at RSVacations.net – our cabins are going fast!!

Celebrate July 4th : Stay 3 Nights and Get the 4th Night FREE

June 30 to July 8, 2013
Stay 3 nights and get the 4th night FREE and celebrate the 4th with us in cooler mountain weather. Savor all the summer activities Big Bear has to offer and enjoy a good old fashioned 4th and Big Bear’s SPECTACULAR fireworks show over the lake. Discount automatically applies with Online booking or call us today and we will help you with the booking process.+++++ NOTE: Discount CAN NOT apply to existing reservations. This offer CAN NOT be combined with other RS Vacations booking discounts. Minimum stay of 4 nights required.

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Deer Canyon Chalet


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Cute, Cozy, Retro-Cabin Charm, just minutes from Bear Mountain.

Looking for a fun, family getaway with classic mountain charm? Deer Canyon Chalet is less than 1 mile from the slopes, zoo and the golf course and is the perfect family cabin for your Big Bear Getaway. This 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1200 sq. ft. cabin sleeps 6 and features cute, retro-cabin decor and everything you’ll need for a weekend of Big Bear fun.

Unwind after a day of activities in the woodsy living room that features wood beamed ceilings, a large, rustic fireplace and Flat Screen TV. WiFi is also provided for your use. The large windows let in plenty of sunlight and let you enjoy the view of the pines.

The dining table seats 4 and there is a bar with additional dining seating. In the kitchen you will find everything you’ll need for your stay including newer appliances and tile counter tops. A full-size washer and dryer are located nearby for your convenience.

The roomy master bedroom has a queen bed, TV, a ceiling fan and plenty of storage. Look out to the large back yard from the guest bedroom which has a double bed and twin bunk beds. Lots of storage here too. A full bathroom is centrally located for all.

Out on the wrap-around deck you will find a charcoal barbecue and a swing to enjoy the beautiful Big Bear sunsets. The big back yard has plenty of room for play.

Sorry, No Pets.

Deer Canyon Chalet is a fun and charming mountain retreat. Book today and let the escape begin.


  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
Less than 1 mile from Bear Mountain
Close to Golf Course, Zoo
Parking for 2 Cars
Queen in Master
Full Size and Twin Bunk Beds in Guest Room
Flat Screen TV
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Dining for 6
Ceiling Fans
Full-Size Washer & Dryer
Large Deck with BBQ
1200 sq. ft.



*We have passed a wonderful time at your cabin. We are thinking of coming back again this next February and will reserve again with you. Thank you and Happy New Year.
–Luis M., Mexico

*Thank you, we had a wonderful time, the cabin was cozy and clean and warm.
–Rick B.

View more photos, check availability and book Deer Canyon Chalet online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to an amazing Big Bear Lake Vacation.

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

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