Archive for July, 2014

We are continuing to get much needed rain in Big Bear this week with an increasing chance of afternoon thunderstorms through the weekend. This is a beautiful time of year in the mountains and if you haven’t experienced it, I highly recommend coming up and cooling off.

joustThis weekend finishes off the Big Bear Cycling Festival with the 5th Annual Tour de Big Bear rolling through the Valley. If you are driving around town during the race, please use extra caution. If you are looking to get in touch with your inner knight or lady (or wench 🙂 ) head on over to Fawnskin and take part in the 13th Annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire. Food, music, entertainment, vendors, games and more await you! Check out the flyer below to get more information on these and other events happening around Big Bear Lake this weekend.

If you are looking for a clean and well-appointed cabin for your next stay in Big Bear, be sure to check out the ‘Our Homes’ tab on this blog or visit our website at RSVacations.net. No matter what your reason for visiting us, we have the perfect cabin for you! Book your Big Bear Getaway today!!


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Bluebird Cottage


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Single Story, Pet Friendly Cottage Near the Lake with Boat Parking Available

Get ready for winter or summer fun in this delightful single story cottage with easy access located near the lake, Meadow Park and Swim Beach. Meadow Park is only 3 blocks away and can be enjoyed during the winter for snow play with the family and Fido or frolic in the water at Swim Beach (next to Meadow Park) during the summer. Bluebird Cottage is pet friendly with a fenced in backyard and has garage parking for 2 cars and driveway parking for 2 more cars, with boat parking on the lot. The cottage is perfect for a family or two couples and their kids.

The cozy living room has an electric fireplace and NEW flat screen TV. WiFi is also available for your use. The adjacent fully stocked spacious kitchen has an eat in dining room and offers refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher for your use. Both the living room and kitchen have vaulted ceilings with skylights and large windows to let in all that mountain sunshine.

The large master offers a queen bed and wonderful private bath with an oval tub to relax and soak in as well as a separate shower. There is a new flat screen in the master as well. Guest one has a queen bed and the kids will love guest two which has two twin bunkbeds. There is another full bath with a shower tub combination.

A full size washer and dryer are provided for your use in the laundry area next to the
garage entrance.

Featured parking includes 2 car parking in the garage, 2 cars in the driveway and boat parking next to the driveway.

Good dogs welcome!

The lake is open…so what are you waiting for?

View more photos, check availability and book BlueBird 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 Bluebird Cottage, please click the following link: Bluebird Cottage Printable Flyer


Single Story on Level Lot
Near the Lake, Meadow Park, Swim Beach
Boat Parking
Garage Parking
Pet Friendly
Fenced Backyard
Electric Fireplace
Flat Screen TV
Queen in Master with Oval Tub and Separate Shower in Master Bath
Queen in Guest
2 Twin Bunk Beds in Guest Two
Vaulted Ceilings with Skylights
Dining in the Kitchen



“We enjoyed our stay very much and would consider you for any future Big Bear Travel Plans. Thank you for your kind and courteous service.”
— JoAnn V.

“We had a wonderful time this weekend. The cabin was in a perfect area for us to enjoy walking, fishing, and of course Meadow Park. Thank you so much for all the guidance you gave me in choosing Bluebird Cottage. I definitely will be back with the family, maybe on another weekend so we can do some more exploring.”
—Christina A. 9/2013

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Refreshing afternoon thunderstorms are a possibility this weekend in Big Bear Lake, but not to worry, they usually only last a short time and then it clears up once again. Highs will be in the low 80’s. Perfect temps for your mountain getaway!

This weekend marks the start of the Big Bear Cycling Festival, which will have cycling information, vendors, rides and activities for the whole family. The event lasts for an entire week, so be sure to check out the schedule of events which I posted in Tuesday’s post HERE. There will also be live music at The Cave, some Old Miner’s Days events and the 3rd Annual ‘Spirits of the West’ Brewfest at the Convention Center. This is a family event, with a selection of Root Beers to sample as well as adult spirits.

If you have room in your heart and your home for a furry, 4-legged family member, be sure to head over to Captain John’s Marina on Saturday for the Dog Dayz of Summer Event. There will be dogs that are looking for new families and fun for the family!

We have cabins available for this weekend and beyond, so be sure to check out our selection at RSVacations.net and book that Big Bear Vacation Cabin. See you soon!!


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Beginning this Saturday, July 26, Big Bear Lake will be host to the inaugural Big Bear Cycling Festival. If you need a place to stay, head on over to RSVacations.net and book a cabin. We have a great last-minute special going on. Book today!!

Here are all the details on this fun, week long event:




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Just steps to the Lake and minutes to The Village and Ski Resorts.


Welcome to Camelot! A 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1400 sq. ft. cabin with Spa.

Enter in and you are instantly welcomed by the cozy, cabin-y feel of this home. The open living space lets everyone in your group be a part of the action. The cozy Living Room features a Wood Burning Fireplace and a Flat Screen TV for your enjoyment and comfortable seating for everyone. The Dining Area and Fully Equipped Kitchen are right here as well. The perfect place to socialize! The main floor also includes Guest Bedroom 1 with a Queen Bed along with a Full Bath and laundry.

Venture upstairs to find the Master Bedroom, which has a comfy King Bed, Flat Screen TV and a Romantic Fireplace. There is even a peek-a-boo lake view from the window. On this level there is also Guest Bedroom 2 with 2 Twin Beds, another Full Bath and a loft area with a Full Size Futon.

Outside you will find a spacious deck with a BBQ, seating and a relaxing Spa to unwind in after a busy day exploring Big Bear. Take a short walk and be at the lake for wildlife viewing and to see one of Big Bear’s spectacular sunsets. The Village, Ski Resorts, Marinas and all that Big Bear has to offer are just minutes away.

Book Camelot today!

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


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

Walking distance to Lake
Woodsy Interior
Wood Burning Fireplace
Flat Screen TV
Cable (no WiFi)
3 Bedrooms/2Baths
1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Twins plus a Full Size Futon
Spacious Deck with BBQ
Parking for 3 cars at rear of cabin



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To finish off this week’s topic of Xeriscape, here are 7 informative facts about this water-conserving method of landscaping:

  • Approximately 50 percent of annual water production is used for landscape irrigation.
  • By following the “7 Principles of Xeriscape,” between 50 and 75 percent of the water used in traditional landscapes can be conserved.Xeriscape house
  • By grouping plants by water need, plants are healthier, easier to maintain and less susceptible to disease, requiring less use of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • A good xeriscape not only will save water, it also will increase your property value by as much as 15 percent.
  • There are different styles of xeriscape – natural, cottage, alternative turf, mountain and informal.
  • A typical community could increase its total vegetated area while simultaneously reducing water use significantly, primarily by replacing turf areas with trees and ground cover.
  • Many xeriscape designs include plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

If you are in Big Bear Lake this weekend, be sure to take the FREE Xeriscape Garden Tour. You will get tons of information and be able to see several examples of Xeriscape in action.

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Wonderful, summertime weather continues this coming week in Big Bear Lake, with highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. A slight chance for an afternoon thunderstorm on Saturday, but gorgeous weather continues throughout the rest of the week.

In addition to the Xeriscape Tour that I have talked about this past week, this weekend there will be live music, Old Miner’s Days events and more! Terri Nunn heads up her band, Berlin at The Cave on Friday night. Don’t miss this blast from the past! This weekend also features the 2nd installment of this season’s Music in the Mountains series. Tributes to Journey and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will have the crowd rocking at the Discovery Center‘s outdoor pavilion. Remember that this event raises money to keep our forests healthy, so rock out for a great cause!! Check out all the details on these events and more on the flyer below.

Whether you are looking for a last-minute getaway or are planning a future trip to Big Bear, make sure you check out our fantastic cabins at RSVacations.net. We have romantic cabins for couples, fun family cabins, and large cabins for big groups. Book your perfect Big Bear Vacation Cabin today!!



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Xeriscape LogoThe 12th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour sponsored by the Sierra Club Big Bear group is set to take place on Saturday, July 19th. Participants can begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9 am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, located at 41223 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across the street from the Denny’s Restaurant.  Once registered, participants will have until 4:00 pm to complete the driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.

A tour booklet, which includes the locations of the 8 stops, a map and helpful information on gardening in the mountains, will be handed out at the starting location. Experts will be on hand at each of the homes on the tour to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time. Several of the tour sponsors will be on hand at the Eminger’s starting location to answer questions about topics such as composting, tree care and artificial turf. Drought-tolerant plants will be on sale at Eminger’s throughout the day.

Once again the tour will feature a special FireWise home where the homeowner married defensible space with drought tolerant and native plants. Attendees will be able to pick up information on which native plants should be planted within 15 feet of the home and which should be planted outside a 15 foot circle. You CAN have a beautiful, natural yard and be FireWise, too.

Native plants will also be on sale mid-way through the tour at Hunters Nursery with native plant expert, Orchid Black on hand to answer your questions.   For additional information on the Sierra Club’s Xeriscape Garden Tour contact Christie Walker at 909-547-2237.

Location: Check-in Emingers Mountain Nursery at 41223 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tel: (909) 547-2237 Website: www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.com

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BigBearXeriscapeWater. The most important element in all of life. No living thing can survive very long without it and yet in many parts of the world, including here in Big Bear, drought is an ongoing concern. As humans, we use water without thought; to wash our bodies, to cook and drink, to clean our clothes, wash our cars, and to irrigate our yards. We take it for granted because it is always there when we turn the faucet. Although we often hear about conservation and water shortages, it is hard to change our habits and believe that the situation is as serious as we are told.

While there are many areas of our lives where we can use water more wisely, one of the best ways to conserve is to change the way we think about our landscaping. Now, I will admit that I love a nice, lush lawn. Grass is beautiful and nice to play on and picnic on, and it certainly has its place in backyards and parks, but I believe that there is a lot of beauty in natural landscaping as well, when done right. I am not talking about just letting the weeds take over your yard. 🙂 There is a way to use native, drought-tolerant plants and materials to create a landscape that is beautiful, interesting and water smart. It is called “Xeriscaping”.

“Xeriscaping was a term coined back in 1970s in Denver, CO, to mean water wise or water efficient landscaping. The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros, which means dry. Don’t let that mislead you into thinking we’re talking about deserts and cactus or even a drought plagued, barren landscape. Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that involves choosing plants that are appropriate to their site and creating a landscape that can be maintained with little supplemental watering.

Xeriscaping is not a style or category of garden design. It is basically some common sense guides to gardening in harmony with your site and can actually be applied to any type of garden design.” (About.com)

Seven Principles of Xeriscaping

  1. Planning and Design – Have a Plan. Take a look at your garden’s topography, exposure and soil. Don’t try to fight your site. Create planting zones and group your plants by their needs. For example, groups tough, drought tolerant plants in areas exposed to full day sun, give less tolerant plants some partial shade and keep the more delicate or demanding plants for a spot near your water source. 
  2. Choose Appropriate Plant Material – You may choose to incorporate a few plants that will need to be coddled, but for the most part, selecting plants that thrive in your area during low water conditions will give you the best results. This often includes native plants that we so often take for granted. The choice of plants will vary by region, even within a single yard. You may also be surprised to see how many plants are considered xeric, once they have established themselves and when properly cared for. 
  3. Soil Improvement – The old adage that if you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of the plants, is very true here. The key, as always, is incorporating generous amounts of organic matter. This will improve water penetration and retention in any type of soil. Rich, loose, water holding soil will encourage good root development and lessen the plant’s need for supplemental water. It is best to amend your soil before planting and to regularly use organic mulch, as mentioned in Step 4. 
  4. Mulch – Mulching is a naturally occurring process, but as gardeners we tend to want things tidy and we rake away all the leaves and debris that coat and decay into the soil. So we have to bring in more aesthetically pleasing mulch, such as shredded bark and compost.However it gets there, mulch adds a great deal to your garden. It moderates soil temperature, holds moisture, slows erosion and suppresses weeds that would compete with your plants for food and water. It also gradually decomposes and feeds the soil. Apply about 4 inches of mulch at the initial planting and check it each season to see if it needs to be replenished.
  5. Practical and Appropriate Turf Areas – Most of us still want some areas of lawn in our landscape and many of us want way too much lawn. Think about how much water, fertilizer and gasoline it takes to keep your lawn green throughout the summer.Where to place the lawn should be part of your initial design plan, taking into consideration what you plan to use your lawn for. If you are using grass as a ground cover, there are other options that would be less labor and water intensive.

    Choose an appropriate grass seed for the lawn’s exposure. Different seeds do well in different regions. Kentucky Blue grass is beautiful, but it can also be a water hog where it’s not happy.

  6. Efficient Watering – Not all plants need the same amount of water and those needs may change with the seasons. If you’ve followed the steps above, you have your plants grouped by their water needs, including your lawn, and can water only where it’s needed.Drip irrigation systems are often recommended for efficient watering. These systems allow you to control when and how much water a plant gets and to direct the water only to the plants that need it.

    Base your watering schedule on the needs of the plants and not on an arbitrary schedule. All plants will require more supplemental watering for the first year or two that they are becoming established. However after they have acclimated and developed a good root system, supplemental watering should become much less frequent.

  7. Appropriate Maintenance – Yes, even a xeriscape garden will require some maintenance. Watering, weeding, pruning, deadheading and sensible pest management will all factor into the quality of your garden.

This coming weekend, our local “Sierra Club” will be hosting its annual Xeriscape Garden Tour of Big Bear Valley. You will get information about Xeriscape Gardening and will tour local yards where it has been put into practice. This event is FREE and I will share the details in tomorrow’s post.

If you are looking for something different to do this weekend, why not join us in Big Bear? The Xeriscape Tour is only one of several special events happening around town and it will give you a chance to get away and beat the heat! Head on over to RS Vacations.net and take advantage of our last-minute special. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!

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Kayak groupSummer is moving right along in Big Bear Lake, and this weekend’s weather looks to be just beautiful with highs around 80 degrees with a few afternoon clouds. Starting on Sunday, watch for chances of afternoon thunderstorms through the middle of next week. Beautiful summertime weather in the mountains!! Come on up and beat the heat!

This weekend will be filled with activities and events for the whole family to enjoy. If you enjoy a spicy bowl of chili and are looking for some Old Miner’s Days fun, check out the Chili Cook-off and Outhouse Races in The Village. Rather get a killer workout and have some fun on the Lake? Take part in the Big Bear PaddleFest. Learn about the latest equipment from vendors and enjoy music, food and drinks! The kids will enjoy the Old Time Bear Country Fair at the Zoo with face painting, contests and an animal feeding tour. End the day with dinner and some great music in the beautiful Big Bear Village!

If you are planning a trip to Big Bear, make sure you go to RSVacations.net to browse our wide selection of cabins. From Lakefronts with private docks to romantic cabins for 2, we do have something for everyone. Make sure you check out our exclusive discounts on area activities on our specials page! Book your Big Bear Getaway today!!



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