Archive for May, 2014

Memorial Day, the official start of summer in Big Bear Lake, is just around the corner. Along with the dozens of activities that take place all summer long – in The Village, on the Lake, in the National Forest and all around the Valley – there are several special events going on this weekend as well.  Come on up and see what summertime in Big Bear is all about. Check out the details below.

If you haven’t booked a cabin yet, don’t worry! RS Vacations has homes available in all sizes and at special last minute prices. Visit our website and book that Big Bear Cabin for Memorial Day! See you soon!!


Memorial Day Weekend Special Events


  • Meteor Watching & Campfire at The Big Bear Discovery Center

    May 23, 2014 08:00PM – May 24, 2014 02:00AM

     Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation for an evening under the stars at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater on Friday, May 23rd at 8pm. Our first Star Party will kick off our campfire series held every Friday and Saturday through Labor Day.

    This is sure to be an exciting evening as Comet 209P/LINEAR is predicted to shower the night sky with the most “shooting stars” North America has seen in decades. The campfire will begin at 8pm with a brief presentation about our night skies, including common constellations and stars you may see during your time in Big Bear and continue into the evening with telescopes set up in our large parking lot for public viewing.

    Admission $5 Children under 5 FREE…Campers staying at Serrano Campground FREE as well

    Bring blankets, chairs and warm layers and set up your own cozy spot to gaze upon the sky above. Hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and s’mores will on be on sale.

    All proceeds benefit the Southern California Mountains Foundation and help us reach our mission of “Education, Conservation and Responsible Recreation on Public Lands.”

    Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 Highway 38/North Shore Drive

    Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website: www.mountainsfoundation.org


  • Meteor Shower Cruise on Miss Liberty

    May 23, 2014 11:00PM – May 24, 2014 01:00AM

    Witness the birth of the newest meteor shower in style on a cruise aboard the Miss Liberty on Big Bear Lake. In the early morning hours of May 24th, Earth will pass through a stream of dust particles left behind by Comet LINEAR. The resulting meteor shower will likely be spectacular, and Big Bear Lake is in a perfect viewing position.

    The floating star party, which lasts from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., includes light hors d’oeuvres and a toast with champagne or a delicious hot coffee drink.

    Download Flyer

    Cost is $35 per person, and seating is limited. For reservations, call (909) 866-8129.

    Location: Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat at Pine Knot Landing at 439 Pine Knot Ave

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-6129 Website: www.pineknotmarina.com


  • Big Bear StarLight Festival in the Village

    May 24 & 25, 2014 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM

    We’re going out of this world to start summer by blending fun in the sun with a celebration under the stars! Join our star-studded crew – the AstronomyOutreach network, Astronaut Story Musgrave, who was on the Challenger’s first flight among five other notable space missions, and other science heroes who worked on projects including the Cassini Mission to Saturn and the Curiosity Rover Mission to Mars – for the StarLight Festival, sponsored by Pepsi.

    Celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – the future of America’s education and job growth! – as the streets of Big Bear Village fill with stargazers of all ages.

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    In addition to witnessing a rare meteor shower that will result in the most dramatic display of shooting stars in more than a decade, adults and children can participate in stellar daytime and nighttime activities. From an exclusive viewing of Apollo moon rocks to 10-foot model rockets to a flight flown Challenger Space Shuttle tile and musical performances, there’s enough fun for everyone!

    For more updates on event activities, check us out on Facebook at StarLightFestival, on Twitter @Stars_Festival or visit our website at www.StarLightFestival.com.

    Location: In the Village of Big Bear Lake and The Big Bear Elementary School

    Contact: Website: www.starlightfestival.com


  • Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Opens for Season

    May 24, 2014 | 10:00AM – 04:00PM

    Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Opens for Season. Come and visit the museum where thousands of Big Bear historical artifacts are displayed. Adults $3, Under 14 Free

    Location: Greenway Drive, Big Bear City CA 92314

    Contact: Tel: (909) 585-8100 Website: www.bigbearhistory.org


  • Jefferson Starship at the Cave

    May 24, 2014 | 06:00PM – 11:00PM

    Jefferson Starship, with founding members Paul Kantner and David Freiberg plus Grammy nominated star of “Love, Janis” Cathy Richardson, continue an astonishing 5 decade odyssey begun by Hall of Fame inductee, Kantner who also founded Jefferson Airplane.

    Opening for Jefferson Starship is The Bulldawg Blues Band. The Los Angeles based band performs a unique rock and blues revue of songs. The band’s powerful sound has taken them all across southern California, Nevada, and anywhere blues fans demand a rocking show.

    The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6pm Concert starts at 8pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com


  • Antique Car Club Show & Shine and Pinewood Derby at Big Bear Snowplay

    May 25, 2014 | 08:00AM – 03:00PM

    Lots of Fun for the Car Enthusiast and the Whole Family! Car Show and Pinewood Derby at the Big Bear Snow Play Lot. No charge for either the show cars or spectators. The Pinewood Derby is for local 5th grade students.  Please call or visit website for more information.

    Location: Big Bear Snowplay at 42825 Big Bear Blvd

    Contact: Tel: (909) 584-4333 Website: www.antiquecarclub.org



  • Big Bear Lake Half Marathon and Memorial 5K Fun Run

    May 25, 2014 | 08:00AM – 03:00PM


    Welcome to the Big Bear Lake Half Marathon. This is road running at its finest. A scenic and challenging course full of steep up and downs, rolling hills and a two mile climb up to 7,300′ for a gorgeous run through Big Bear Lake’s most scenic neighborhoods.

    Race day also includes the Memorial 5k Fun Run, a scenic and challenging course along the border of the National Forest. Both events share the same Start and Finish in The Village of Big Bear Lake.

    This is an Open Air Big Bear event so you can expect a FUN start and finish in The Village of Big Bear Lake with Live Music and Local Vendors at the Lifestyle Expo.

    The Big Bear Lake Half Marathon and Memorial 5k Fun Run is an official proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project! A portion of each race entry fee will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year we raised $1000 for the Wounded Warrior Project at the 1st Memorial 5k Fun Run. With the addition of the Half Marathon we hope to raise a lot more this year!

    More information at: www.bigbearlakehalfmarathon.com

    Location: Starts and Finishes in the Village of Big Bear Lake

    Contact: Tel: (909) 744-4056 Website: www.openairbigbear.com or www.bigbearlakehalfmarathon.com



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No plans for Memorial Day? Planning to come to Big Bear, but forgot to book a cabin? Not to worry! RS Vacations has cabins left for the upcoming holiday weekend. We have great specials happening too, so be sure to visit us at RSVacations.net and book that cabin!!

This list is up to date as of Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM. Houses can be booked online at any time. No guarantee of availability.


Lodge Cabins (sleep 10+)


Eden Mountain Lodge

Castle Glen Estates, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 16 | 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths
Lake View, Spa, Pool Table, Bar


Northshore Family Lodge

North Shore, Big Bear
Sleeps 14 | 5 bedrooms/3.5 baths
Indoor Spa, Pool Table, Foosball, Air Hockey


Click to view larger imageBear Peek Inn

Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 12 | 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
Walk to Bear Mountain, Zoo & Golf, Spa, Pool Table


Big Bear Lake – Summit Area
Sleeps 10 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Walk to Snow Summit, Huge Deck





Midsize Cabins (sleep 7 – 9)

Blue Moon Lodge

Moonridge Area, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 9 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Bear Mountain Views, Foosball, Jetted Tub



Click to view larger imageLa Cerena Chalet

Lower Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 9 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Walk to Bear Mountain Shuttle, Large yard for play


 Click to view larger imagePine View Escape

Big Bear City, Big Bear
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Large Decks, Spa, Ping Pong


OMG-Our Mountain Getaway

Big Bear City, Big Bear
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
Large Decks, Foosball, Quiet Area



Click to view larger imageForest Chalet

Central Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Huge back deck w/ Spa, Bar & BBQ, Foosball



Lagunita Lakefront

Lagunita Point, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Lakefront, Private dock, Stunning views



Moonridge Chalet

Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedroom/2 bath
Quiet area, Foosball, Large Deck


Click to view larger imageAir Chalet

Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 2 bedroom/1 bath
Walk to Bear Mountain, Spa, Foosball



Beagle’s Nest

Fox Farm, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 4 bedroom/2 bath
Central location, Spa, Kid’s Play Room


Click to view larger imageBluebird Cottage

Eagle Point, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedroom/2 bath
Walk to Lake & Swim Beach, Fenced Backyard


Click to view larger imageBearlagio

Central Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 8 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Walk to Snow Summit, Spa, Foosball


Mountain Hideaway

Upper Moonridge Area of Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 7 | 3 bedrooms/3 baths
Game Room w/Pool Table, Foosball & Air Hockey


Click to view larger imageCatalina Retreat

Fox Farm, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 7 | 3 bedroom/2 bath
Central location, Spa, Pool Table



Cozy Cabins (sleep 3 – 6)


Click to view larger imageCougar Cottage

Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
Bear Mountain Views, Spa, Large yard w/ Lighted basketball court & swing set


A Piece of Heaven

Lower Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Close to Bear Mountain Shuttle, Spa, Fenced Backyard


Bär Wiesen Stadhaus
(Bear Meadows Townhouse)
Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 2 bedrooms/2.5 baths
On Golf Course, Walk to Slopes, Zoo


Dancing Bears

Upper Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 2 Bedrooms/1.5 Baths
Breathtaking Views of Bear Mountain, Quiet Area



 Ski Sweet A

Big Bear Lake – Summit Area
Sleeps 6 | 2 bedroom/2 bath
Walk to Snow Summit, Newly updated


Southern Comfort

Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 3 bedrooms/2 baths
Close to Bear Mountain, Zoo & Golf, Foosball Table




Bear Country Getaway

Sugarloaf, Big Bear
Sleeps 6 | 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths
Quiet area, Close to National Forest, Large deck



Click to view larger imageBear View

Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
Bear Mountain Views, Large deck


Primrose Place

Moonridge, Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 6 | 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
Close to Bear Mountain, Spa, Large deck




Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 5+ | 2 bedrooms/1 bath
Close to Bear Mountain, Zoo & Golf, Spa



Click to view larger imageMoulin Rouge

Central Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 5 | 2 bedrooms/1 bath
Lake View, Walk to Village, Large Deck


Sunset Getaway

Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 5 | 2 bedrooms/1 bath
Close to Bear Mountain, Zoo & Golf


Almost Paradise

Village area of Big Bear Lake
Sleeps 2 | 1 bedrooms/1 bath
Walk to the Lake and Village

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So you have caught a few trout in a Big Bear Lake fishing tournament. Now what? Well you cook it up and eat it, of course! Here is a well-reviewed recipe I found on AllRecipies.com:

Pecan-Crusted TroutPecan-Crusted Trout Recipe


Makes 4 servings
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets trout
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix pecans, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Place flour in a separate shallow bowl. Dip trout fillets in flour and shake off excess; dip fish into beaten egg, then into seasoned pecans, lightly pressing pecan coating onto fish. Arrange fillets on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 12 minutes.

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Back when I was a kid, my friends and I used to go down to the shore of Big Bear Lake in the summer and do some fishing. You have to understand that this was before cell phones, tablets, facebook, selfies, 892 cable channels and even before the internet. We actually had to go outside to be entertained. We spent our entire 3 months of summer outdoors – climbing trees, riding bikes, building forts, fishing….I think kids are really missing out by having so much technology at their fingertips. 😦

Anyway, when we went fishing, the only bait I remember using was worms and Velveeta cheese in a jar.  Apparently, bait has become a lot more advanced and fish specific. It also appears that it is all about the lures. They are extra showy and have funny names (made in Hollywood? 😉 ), but it seems that this is the way to catch a modern trout. I guess fish are harder to entertain these days as well. 🙂

Since there are a couple of fishing tourneys happening this weekend in Big Bear Lake, I thought I would share with you the best Trout lures (according to the all-knowing internet):

Courtesy of OutdoorLife.com

Rebel Wee-Craw
Designed to imitate a crawfish scooting across the bottom, this 2-inch-long crankbait reaches 5-7 feet. Formed with a tucked-under tail by the bill and bulging claws facing the aft treble, the Wee Craw (and its Teeny version) give the appearance of a fleeing crustacean.

Berkley Gulp!Trout Worm
When the fish need a finesse presentation, Berkley’s buoyant worm does the trick. Packed with the all-natural Gulp! scent attractant, the Trout Worm suspends off the bottom when fitted with a light wire hook. A good choice for float rigs, three-way rigs, or scaled-down dropshots.

Lindy Fuzz-E Grub
Trout like this grub’s soft-plastic body with its slick, life-like appearance and tantalizing marabou tail enhances the display. This, along with a two-color painted eye on the jig head prompts aggressive strikes and entices the fish to eat the whole bait, then hold on longer for greater hook sets.

Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue
A good choice for larger trout, the Rogue offers lots of flash and erratic action, along with the ability to sit motionless – a common strike-triggering tactic. The bait’s nearly neutral buoyancy enables it to hold its position when paused and then dart away with the next twitch. Equipped with internal noisemakers, this Rogue is a good choice for cold or clear water.

Rebel Tracdown Minnow
The sinking version of the original Rebel Minnow, the Tracdown enables you to reach trout holding lower in the water column. Made for moving water, the bait’s straight tracking facilitates targeted presentations.

Strike King Bitsy Minnow

At 1 ¼ inches and 1/8 ounce, this little crank offers a bite-size morsel for feeding trout. Fished on light line, the enticing action and reflective eye makes this little crankbait appealing to fish, while ease of use makes it a good choice for kids and beginners.

Luhr-Jensen Hus Lure

With a narrow profile and compact design, the Hus Lure casts like a bullet and cuts through surface current to reach big-fish depths. An erratic minnow-like action produces strikes with minimal angler-imparted action. Swift currents will “work” the Hus Lure for you, but in lighter flows, slight rod twitches snap the bait forward so it can flutter back into the current.

Rapala Count Down

A consistent sink rate of one foot per second allows for precise targeting of specific depths whether the fish are suspended, at the weed tops or holding on bottom structure. Trolled or cast, this weighted balsa lure swims with a slow-rolling Rapala action. Sized well for stream trout, the inch-long, 1/16-ounce CD01 runs 1-3 feet and sports a single No. 12 treble.

Blue Fox Vibrax

With a 60° shallow depth blade, this detailed spinner runs from the surface to two feet, so it’s a good choice for shallow scenarios. The die cast and chrome plated body has a laser holographic painted finish and emits sonic vibration when the interior section strikes the outer bell. The treble hook is dressed with calf tail and tinsel for visual appeal and enhanced profile.

Mepps Comet Mino (Size #1)

The soft plastic minnow’s erratic swimming motion and hand-painted finish imitate an injured baitfish, while the flash and vibration of a Mepps spinner call attention to the presentation.

Mepps Little Wolf (Size 1/4)
Genuine silver plating and a reverse curve design yields intense flashing from this sturdy little spoon. Balanced for consistent side-to-side wobbling over a range of retrieval speeds, the spoon maintains its action when paused for an active fall. Ideal for 2- to 4-pound line and ultralight spinning tackle, the Little Wolf casts easily so it’s a great way to introduce kids and novices to the sport.

Mr. Twister Micro Crawfish
Sized and shaped to resemble a juvenile crawfish, the Mr. Twister Micro presents an irresistible meal for trout foraging over stream rocks. Rig this soft bait on a 1/64-ounce jighead and slowly scoot it over the bottom like a real crustacean.

Mr. Twister Twister Mite
Crafted to resemble a hellgrammite, this soft plastic bait performs well on a light Mister Twister jig head, a drop shot or a Carolina rig. Work the Twister Mite in an around structure to temp hungry trout.



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Big Bear LakeBig Bear Lake is enjoying beautiful, spring weather this coming week with sunny skies and daytime highs in the 70’s through the weekend and cooling just a bit early next week. Gorgeous!!

We have a couple of fishing tournaments happening this weekend – Aaron’s Bass Tournament and the 32nd Annual Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic. Dust off that tackle box, dig out your fishing pole and come up to beautiful Big Bear Lake for a chance to win some cash while enjoying the lake!

If fishing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities to take part in. Get some thrills biking the downhill at Snow Summit, Take a helicopter ride to enjoy the sights, go bowling or ice skating, play a round of golf, or just wander through The Village. There are shops, restaurants and clubs to appeal to everyone. These things and so much more await you in Big Bear Lake!!

RS Vacations has some sizzling deals on vacation cabins going on right now. Enjoy a last-minute deal and save 25% on a 2 Night Stay on select homes through May 22. Thinking of coming up for Memorial Day Weekend? We have specials for that weekend as well. Visit our specials page to see the details. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!


5-15-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 5-17-14Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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warmemorialbackground.jpgMemorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. Come join us in beautiful Big Bear Lake to welcome in the official start of the summer season!

We are currently running a couple of fantastic specials for the Memorial Day Weekend. Check them out below, then visit us at RSVacations.net and book your Big Bear Cabin. Hurry, with these sizzling deals, we are sure to fill up fast!!


Memorial Day Specials

5/23/14 – 5/26/14
Sizzling Memorial Day Weekend Deal: 3 Nights for the Price of 2 on select homes.
NOT TO BE USED WITH OTHER RS VACATIONS DISCOUNTS AND ONLY FOR NEW RESERVATIONS. Select homes only. Discount will automatically apply to applicable homes.
Get 15% off a 3 night stay for Memorial Day Weekend on select homes.
Offer can NOT be combined with any other offer. Select homes only. New reservations only. Discount will automatically apply to applicable homes.

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After a brief burst of winter weather, we are expecting slightly warmer temperatures in Big Bear for the week to come, with clear skies. Snow Summit has the sky chair and bike park open Friday-Sunday for now and the lake is open as well.

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate Mom and all she does. Several local restaurants have Mother’s Day specials this Sunday – be sure to check out the flyer below for more info.

Memorial Day is just around the corner and RS Vacations still has homes available. Join us in beautiful Big Bear Lake for the official opening of the summer season. Visit our website today and book the perfect Big Bear Cabin for your family’s holiday weekend.

See you soon!!


5-8-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 5-10-14 revEvents courtesy of BigBear.com

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