Archive for July, 2013

This is a great time of year to visit us in Big Bear Lake – great weather and plenty of things to do. Our typical summer pattern of chances of afternoon thunderstorms continues this week, with perfect temps in the upper 70’s. Have some fun in Fawnskin at the annual Doo Dah Parade and enjoy a variety of  Summer Theater and Live Music over the weekend.

As always, RS Vacations has a variety of homes and cabins available for your Big Bear Vacation. Visit us at RSVacations.net and see for yourself. While you’re there, check out our great specials and package deals – you will definitely see something you like to do and get a great discount to boot!! What are you waiting for???

7-25-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 7-27-13Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Since I started writing this blog almost a year ago, I have covered many topics and highlighted several local activities that are available to take part in here in Big Bear. Although I have lived here for 36 years, many of them I have never tried. Over the last several weeks I have had the opportunity to take part in a couple of those fun activities with the hubby.

MM ConcertIf you read this post I wrote about music a few weeks back, you know that I love it in all its forms. Back in the end of July, the hubby and I had the opportunity to attend ‘Music in the Mountains’. This is an annual music series that consists of 3 different performances throughout the summer that raise money to heal and sustain our National Forest. It is put on by the Mountains Foundation and takes place at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.

We had a blast! The venue is an outdoor amphitheater that boasts beautiful mountain views and good sound. It was great fun to sit out among the pines and listen to classic, live music. We were treated to 3 different bands that night – Tribute Bands to ‘America’, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’ and ‘The Eagles’. They all performed well and folks had fun dancing up front. We really enjoyed ourselves and I definitely recommend that you take the opportunity to see one of these shows. The last show of this season is August 31. Don’t miss it!! RS Vacations offers discounted tickets to those that book with us. Check out the specials page on our website for more info.

I have also written posts about kayaking – something I’ve wanted to try for years and finally did it! We launched onto the lake from a marina in Fawnskin and spent a couple of hours paddling around the lake. It was truly beautiful and so much fun! We got a little bit of a workout, a little bit of relaxing, and a whole lot of fun.

Because we don’t own a boat, we don’t get the opportunity to spend much time on this lake of ours. We have been out with friends on wave runners and in boats over the years, but this was a new and totally unique perspective. I didn’t get photos this time, but I will try to get some the next time we go out – there will absolutely be a next time. I ❤ kayaking!

RS Vacations also offers a discount kayaking package upon booking. Check out the activities page here on the blog for more info. You will have fun!!

I will keep trying out new things as often as I can so that I can give you a first hand account of all the fun stuff Big Bear Lake has to offer. Stay tuned!!


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Forest Chalet


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Spa and Foosball included in this Charming, All Season Rental

Forest Chalet is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath cabin centrally located close to Snow Summit, 1 mile from the lake, close to the Village, and located just steps away from Big Bear Lake’s National Forest. In the winter you will have amazing sledding and snow play opportunities, and in the summer, hiking trails are right outside your door. Along with being recently remodeled by a professional interior decorator, this cabin has plenty of amenities to make it feel like home. Forest Chalet offers everything you need for a wonderful vacation in the heart of Big Bear Lake.

The cozy living room has a new flat screen TV and WiFi as well as a wood burning fireplace. The living room TV is set up to stream free Netflix and there is a Play Station 2 available for your use. The wonderful recently updated kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances for the cook’s delight. You will enjoy the convenience of a downstairs bedroom with queen bed and flat screen TV/ DVD Player. There is a full bath and washer and dryer on this level.

The two upstairs bedrooms are very spacious. Romantic guest one has a comfy queen bed, twin bed and flat screen TV. The large “kid’s room” sleeps 6 with a double bed, 2 twin beds, and trundle beds underneath each twin. The added bonus of a Foosball table and flat screen TV will make any kid happy! There is also a second full bath on this level for everyone’s convenience.

Enjoy an evening meal on the spacious back deck while cooking up your favorite mountain meal on the BBQ and finish up the night soaking in the new outdoor spa while your cares melt away.

Convenient parking for 5 cars.

Come on up to Forest Chalet and let your vacation begin!

Sorry NO Pets


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

Centrally Located Near the Lake, Snow Summit, the Village, and the National Forest
Foosball Table and Boardgames
Flat Screen TV’s/ Blu-Ray Players in Every Room
WiFi/ DVD Players/ Playstation 2
Updated Kitchen with Granite Counters and Stainless Appliances
Downstairs Bedroom with Queen Bed
Guest Bedroom with Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed
The “Kid’s Room” with 1 double bed, 2 Twins, and 2 Trundles Underneath
Washer and Dryer
Natural Gas BBQ
Spacious Back Deck

Sorry NO Pets

View more photos, check availability and book Forest Chalet 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 Forest Chalet, please click the following link: Forest Chalet Printable Flyer



*I’ve stayed at a lot of cabins in Big Bear, lakefronts included, and I think this is my favorite one. I had no idea how much I would enjoy being able to walk to the hiking trails in the National Forest. It’s so nice if you love to get out. The cabin itself is fantastic. Well appointed, clean, and tastefully decorated. I should also add that the quality of the furniture is top notch. The log bed is amazing. And of course, to top it off, the hot tub makes this place is a 5 star for me. Can’t wait to stay here again..!
–Chase, Los Angeles

*Thank You! The Hot Tub was great!! Great location and place; will return!

*Great time – great place! Cute decor throughout. Comfy beds. Thank you!
–The L. Family, Temecula

*Thanks! Amazing Cabin/Time and Memories! 🙂
–Chris B.

*One big happy family. Your place is fabulous! It was awesome, loved it!

*We had so much fun!! Thank you for a fantastic house and great vacation!
–M & S, San Diego

*Needed some family time 🙂 Great cozy cabin!! Will be back!
–The Sabri Family

*From the moment we walked in, this cabin exceeded our expectations. It was immaculate, had everything we needed and was so whimsically, yet tastefully decorated, we enjoyed exploring every room. Although cozy, with two couples and five children, we never felt crowded.
The location is central to everything so it was quite convenient. There are many areas to sled around the cabin so those of us who don’t ski or snowboard had plenty to do. We would definitely recommend this cabin and are already planing to return next year!
–Joelle & Jeff

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Big Bear Lake is a unique Resort Destination in Southern California with year-round activities for the whole family. But what’s the weather like? Amazing! We enjoy all four seasons here – and each is truly beautiful. Let RS Vacations help you find a perfect Big Bear Cabin – any season of the year – to get away from it all and make some amazing memories!

Here are a few interesting stats on our fabulous climate:

According to the National Weather Service, the warmest month at Big Bear is July, with a daily average temperature of 64.7 °F (18.2 °C). The coolest month is January, with a daily average temperature of 34.1 °F (1.2 °C). There are an average of 1.7 days each year with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher. Freezing temperatures have occurred in every month and occur on an average of 186 days each year, on average from September 24 thru June 4. With a period of record dating only back to 1960, the highest temperature recorded was 94 °F (34 °C), last recorded on July 15, 1998, while lowest was −25 °F (−32 °C) on January 29, 1979.

Due to the 6,790 to 7,200 ft (2,070 to 2,200 m) elevation of the weather station, precipitation is greater than in the lowlands of San Bernardino County, averaging 21.15 in (537 mm) a year. The maximum 24-hour precipitation was 9.43 in (240 mm) on December 6, 1966. Measurable precipitation normally occurs 44.9 days a year. Mountain thunderstorms occasionally produce heavy rainfall, even in midsummer (when most southern California lowland locations are quite dry). Big Bear Lake’s climate is Csb (Warm-summer Mediterranean) under the Köppen climate classification.

In contrast to most of southern California, the Big Bear Lake region normally receives significant winter snow because of its high elevation. Snowfall, as measured at lake level, averages 72 in (180 cm) per season; upwards of 100 in (250 cm) can accumulate on the forested ridges bordering the lake, at elevation above 8,000 ft (2,400 m). In February 1990, 59.5 in (151 cm) of snow were recorded. The most snow in 24 hours was 27.0 in (69 cm) on March 27, 1991. The greatest snow depth was 58 in (150 cm) on February 3, 1979. Snow has fallen in every month except July and August. There are normally 18 days each year with measurable snow of .1 in (0.25 cm) or more.

Info courtesy of Wikipedia

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Looking to beat the heat? Our Big Bear weather forecast for the coming week boasts temps in the 70’s and our famous summer, afternoon thunderstorms to cool things down. Not to worry though, these storms are usually fairly brief and you will still be able to have your fun on the lake, in the forest or around town. This is a great time of year to visit the mountains!!

Along with the huge number of activities to do in Big Bear during the summer months, we have a few great events happening this weekend as well. Check out this weekend’s “What’s Up?” below for more information.

Visit us at RSVacations.net if you are looking to beat the heat, lose the crowds, and have some fun in beautiful Big Bear Lake. Take advantage of our summer specials and get discounted tickets on fun activities to boot – Book your Big Bear Vacation Cabin today!! See you soon!

7-18-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com 

what's up 7-20-13Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Cougar Cottage


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Adorable, updated cabin with Spa, Playground and Ski Resort Views

Welcome to Cougar Cottage! Make yourself at home in this charming 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 1200 sq.ft. cabin that is perfect for your family mountain getaway. At your arrival you will find parking for 3 cars, and a welcoming front deck with chairs to enjoy the view of Bear Mountain Ski Resort. Enjoy the perfect, central location which is mere minutes from the golf course, ski slopes, zoo, lake and village.

As you step into Cougar Cottage, you are greeted with lovely, lodge-style decor, brand new carpet and tile floors, wood beam ceilings and a cozy wood burning fireplace. Sit back and relax in the comfortable leather sofas and watch your favorite movie on the large flat screen TV.

The fully equipped kitchen features new granite tile countertops, range, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher. All the comforts of home are here as well including a coffee maker, crock pot and everything else you will need for your stay. The dining table seats 6 and has a view of the ski slopes from the large windows.

A full size washer and dryer are located in the nearby mud room along with a convenient half bath and a door to the kid-friendly back yard.

The main floor master bedroom features a comfortable queen bed, views of the slopes, a flat screen TV and a lighted vanity area which is perfect for getting ready or checking your email. The newly remodeled, full bath boasts a beautiful tiled shower/tub and granite topped vanity. Guest bedroom 1 also features a queen bed and both bedrooms have ceiling fans.

Upstairs is the place for kids! The fully enclosed loft bedroom has two twin beds, a flat screen TV and even an A/C unit for those warm, summer nights.

Speaking of kids, they will absolutely love the swing/playset and lighted basketball court in the upper-level back yard. In the winter they even have their own sledding hill and plenty of room for snow play. Step around to the side of the front wrap-around deck and discover an outside dining area with BBQ and relaxing Spa. There is convenient parking for 3 cars. The garage is locked off for the owner’s use.

Cougar Cottage truly is the perfect Big Bear family getaway with all the comforts of home. Book today and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Sorry, NO Pets




  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5

Central location with Bear Mountain Views
Parking for 3 cars
Large Decks with BBQ and Spa
Newly updated, New carpet/tile
1200 sq. ft.
Wood burning fireplace
Flat screen TV’s, DVD, WiFi
Fully equipped kitchen
Dining for 6
3 bedrooms with 2 queens and 2 twins
Back yard with Swing/play set and lighted basketball court

View more photos, check availability and book Cougar Cottage online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a fun, family Big Bear Lake Vacation.

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

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Summer is still in full-swing here in Big Bear and you have your choice of hundreds of activities around the valley along with some fun, special events each weekend. You really can get an escape from everyday stresses by joining us at 6,700′. Check out our wide selection of homes at RSVacations.net and see our packages and deals on our specials page.

Beautiful weather continues this week with the added bonus of occasional afternoon thunderstorms. I LOVE summer storms in the mountains. The smells and sounds are wonderful and so relaxing! If you have never experienced our summer thunderstorms, be sure to book a Big Bear Cabin from RS Vacations before the end of August, and you will most likely get the chance!


7-11-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

what's up 7-13-13

Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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