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fathers-day-tie-ABFather’s Day is coming up this weekend and with it, the age-old question: What does Dad really want for Father’s Day? Answer: Many different things, but I guarantee it is probably NOT another necktie. 🙂

Most dads work full time, and on the weekends are kept busy with chores and a honey-do list a mile long. This doesn’t leave much time for Dad to relax and enjoy the things he really loves. Father’s Day is supposed to his day – a day to celebrate him and all that he does for the family. The problem is, dads can be pretty hard to shop for, which is probably why they end up with a new tie every year…

Here’s an idea: Surprise Dad with a quick getaway in Big Bear Lake. What better way to celebrate the dad in our life than to share a weekend with him doing things that make him happy and relaxed? We have so many different activities up here, there is sure to be something the dad in your life would love!

Tomorrow, I will highlight a bunch of dad-approved activities that you can choose from that will knock his socks (and tie!) off!! In the meantime, head over to RSVacations.net and check out our available cabins. No matter the size of your family (and/or if your family has some 4-legged kids), we have the perfect cabin for a last-minute Father’s Day getaway. Book your Big Bear Cabin today and celebrate Dad!!

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Exercise should be fun! Well, that’s what ‘they’ say, right? I’d really like to know who ‘they’ are and how they know so much about everything anyway. But I digress…..

Getting enough exercise has always been an issue for me. I never played sports in school nor did I play recreational team sports as a kid. I sit in a chair at work and have hobbies that strain my brain more than my body. I try to get on the treadmill or stationary bike, but it is so boring! I do enjoy skiing every now and then and I finally took up mountain biking 5 years ago (not so fun riding up, really fun riding down!), but I really wanted to find a lake sport that the hubby and I could enjoy and get a workout to boot. We found it: Kayaking!

Kayak groupWe first tried kayaking four years ago on Big Bear Lake and we both absolutely loved it!  The view of the mountains? Spectacular! Nice cool water gently splashing you (or soaking you if you fall in like I did!), and a wonderful sense of peace and calm. Outdoor sports and activities really are a great way to get a workout because it is really more about the fun – the exercise is just a perk. I know that when I get back from a few hours on the slopes or a bike ride in the forest, I don’t feel like I just had a ‘workout’. I feel like I had an adventure that just happened to be good for me.  🙂 The same holds true after getting back from paddling.

One of the great things about Big Bear is that there are so many different ‘active’ things to do – all four seasons of the year. Just take your pick as to what you and your family enjoy and go do it. The bonuses of doing things in the mountains are the beautiful blue skies, sparkling blue lake, majestic pine forests and four-season weather. And of course the great workout!  If you’ve never experienced Big Bear, we invite you to come up and experience this one-of-a-kind locale for yourself.

This coming weekend hosts the 10th Annual Paddle Big Bear Event. I will have more information on this event throughout the week. If you’ve never paddled before, I highly recommend that you give it a try!

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Romantic BedIt’s that time of the year again. No boys, not Superbowl Sunday…..Valentine’s Day! Have you been giving your special someone the same old thing year after year? Flowers? Chocolates? A stuffed bear with a heart on the tummy? If the answer is yes then you need to step up your game, my friend. We here at RS Vacations Big Bear can help you make this Valentine’s Day one that she (or he) will never forget.

Some people think that this is a silly holiday created to sell cards, chocolate and flowers. I actually think it is important to celebrate romance. Our lives are so filled with work, stress, kids and activities that we don’t have time to give our all to our significant other very often. We need to remember that ‘spark’ that we had for one another way back at the beginning and rekindle it every so often.

The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to do spontaneous things like the ones that you did when you were dating. How about a helicopter tour over a beautiful mountain resort? A zipline ride through towering pines? A segway tour through a quaint village? Skiing or snowboarding on fresh powder? A couple’s massage? Later, a candlelit dinner. A romantic soak in an inviting spa. Snuggling in front of a roaring fire. All of these things are waiting for you in Big Bear.

Because Valentine’s Day falls mid-week this year, there are some amazing deals on all kinds of activities here in Big Bear designed just for couples. And RS Vacations has great mid-week pricing on all of our cabins. This is the perfect time to surprise your sweetheart with a romantic mountain getaway! Recapture the spark!

Be sure to visit www.RSVacations.net today to book one of our beautiful cabins. Surprise the one you love and make memories to last a lifetime! She (or he) will never forget it!

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BigBearSunsetWarm sunny days, crisp starry nights, leaves changing color….Fall has arrived in Big Bear and I for one am thrilled! I love cozy sweaters and boots; the sound of leaves blowing in the breeze; the smell of burning fireplaces…autumn is my favorite season.

Many people vacation here in the summer to escape the heat and enjoy the lake. Whether its boating, kayaking, parasailing or jet skis, Big Bear Lake does offer a multitude of options for summer fun.

Winter is also a popular season, with folks renting cabins to enjoy the holidays skiing, snowboarding or sledding with family and friends. There is no doubt that winter in Big Bear is magical.

Autumn is that time in between the two that seems to be forgotten. People are busy getting back to school, settling once again into their routines and thinking about the holidays coming up in a couple of months. Many people have never experienced Big Bear in the fall and if that includes you, let me tell you what you’re missing.

I love waking up early on a crisp, fall morning, grabbing a blanket, slippers and a warm cup of tea or coffee and watching the sun rise from a chair on the deck. I can hear the birds singing and the squirrels frolicking. I can smell the pines and the homey scent of fireplaces burning. Amazing. Later in the morning, I can take a walk or bike ride with the family. If we’re feeling adventurous, that would take the form of a hike or mountain bike ride in the forest, but if we wanted something relaxing, it would be a leisurely stroll through the Village or an easy ride on the pedal path along the lake shore. Either way, we are bound to see plenty of wildlife preparing for winter. In the afternoon, I might bake some cookies or a pie with the kids. I love the aroma of baking goodies – it just makes me smile. After dinner, either home-cooked, barbecued or at one of Big Bear’s manyfall-leaves restaurants, we would enjoy those goodies we made with a warm mug of hot chocolate either snuggled up in front of the fireplace watching a movie or while star-gazing out on the deck. After the kids settled into bed, the hubby and I would enjoy a soak in the hot tub under the stars. A perfect autumn day.

This coming weekend in Big Bear will have perfect fall weather and something for everyone, including the opening weekend of the Big Bear Oktoberfest, the International Film Festival at the PAC, the Village Fall Wine Walk, Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails at Bear Mountain, and so much more!

If you would like to experience your own perfect fall weekend in Big Bear, visit RSVacations.net now to book one of our beautiful cabins. Enjoy low, off-season pricing, no crowds, and the beauty of the mountains in the fall. Book your Big Bear Getaway today!!

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When I was a kid in the 70’s and early 80’s (yikes! did I just say that out loud?!), my parents would make us go play outside and not come home until dinnertime. We rode bikes and ran loose around our Big Bear neighborhood for hours at a time. We didn’t have video games yet (well, there was Pong, but you can only bounce a pixelated, square ball back and forth so pongmany times before it becomes boring!) and we had only 13 channels on TV, so most of my childhood was spent outside. Not only were we getting lots of exercise, we were learning how to interact with other kids, and often times practicing problem solving and conflict resolution without even knowing it. We didn’t have ‘helicopter’ parents who were constantly watching over us. If we had an issue with another kid, we just worked it out between us, got over it and went back to playing.

Fast-forward to the late 90’s when I have a kid of my own. It is no longer safe to just send your kids out the door to play unsupervised. I arranged play-dates and had him in recreational sports, but much of the time he just wanted to play video games (I have to admit, video games are WAY cooler now) or see what was on one of the 200 channels of TV. I’ll admit it, when my son was younger I did use TV or video games as an ‘electronic babysitter’ on occasion. We all have to get things done and sometimes just need the kids out from underfoot. Keeping them occupied with electronics is often times the best way to do that, but it is not necessarily what is best for them.

Nowadays, most every kid has their own smart phone and the only thing getting a workout are their fingers! They just are not getting the physical exercise and team-building experience that we did as kids. The arrival of Pokemon GO has gotten kids off the couch and walking around their neighborhoods, which is great, but they are still not directly interacting with one another and playing hard. I think physical play is really missing in our society and that is sad because our kids need it!

kag-logoThis coming weekend in Big Bear Lake, Snow Summit Mountain Resort is hosting the ‘Kids Adventure Games’. It is a kid-sized adventure race where teams of two navigate a natural terrain inspired obstacle course. It gives kids an opportunity to work together and push themselves physically and mentally to achieve a goal. In tomorrow’s ‘Tuesday’s Topic’ post, I will give complete details about the games and how to sign your kid up.

We still have several cabins available for the coming Labor Day Weekend, but they are starting to fill up. Head over to RSVacations.net and reserve your cabin now, then come on up and cheer your kid on as they take part in something that will stay with them and hopefully encourage a love of adventure and physical activity!

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This is a post from a couple of years ago, but every year at this time when Big Bear Lake opens for boating and the fishing tournaments get under way, I think of my grandparents and all of the memories I have of spending time with them on the lake. So in case you missed it, here it is again.

Miss you Grandma and Grandpa…

When I was a kid, my grandparents loved to take myself and my siblings fishing on Big Bear Lake. They had a pretty nice boat that they had named ‘The Jennifer Lynn’ after my oldest sister. Sometimes they would take all of us kids, sometimes we would go with them individually – but a good time was always in store.

Now my Grandpa was a kind and sweet man, but he was also pretty stubborn about things. We always had to use proper words around him – no slang was allowed. He was a bit fussy and liked things just so. I guess he was a bit of a perfectionist (hmm…I guess I got that from him :) ) so I was always a bit on guard around him.

Grandma on the other hand, ACTED that way around him, but she liked to be silly and ‘naughty’ on the sly. My mom told me stories about how when she was a kid, every once in awhile her mom would let her hide in the closet until Grandpa went to work and then let her play hooky from school and they would go do something fun.

As most men are, my Grandpa was pretty competitive and really didn’t like to lose. Unfortunately for him, my Grandma was a very lucky fisher-woman. Very lucky. He would use all of these fancy lures and specialty baits and catch maybe one little blue gill. Grandma would slap some Velveeta cheese on a hook and catch so many trout she would have to throw them back. Grandpa would get so mad! He just couldn’t figure it out. And when he wasn’t looking, she would look over at me and just giggle and giggle. Those were fun times and wonderful memories.

Big Bear Lake is open for the season and the fishing is great! This coming weekend is the Annual “Fishin’ for 50k” Trout Derby. This year, there are more chances than ever to win cash prizes!! Look for more information in tomorrow’s ‘Tuesday’s Topic’ post.

Come on up to Big Bear Lake and make your own special memories. We have many homes available for this coming weekend, including several LAKEFRONT CABINS WITH DOCKS!! Visit RS Vacations.net  and book your Big Bear Getaway today!!

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You may have heard that due to the California drought, the water level is down on Big Bear Lake. While that is true, there is NO shortage of beauty or fun on the water in Big Bear this summer! Bob has spent quite a bit of (well deserved!) time on the water this past month, and I thought that people should see just how gorgeous it is up here!! All of these photos were taken during the past month on Big Bear Lake. Enjoy!!

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Why not join us at 6700′ and see the beauty of Big Bear Lake with your own eyes? Visit our website at RSVacations.net and take advantage of lower, off-season rates and specials on the perfect cabin for you and your loved ones. We have exclusive, FREE discount coupons for several lake activities and other fun amusements in Big Bear. Simply request them at booking and they will be waiting at the cabin when you arrive. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!! See you on the water!!

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