Posts Tagged ‘Memories’

Vacations are for making memories. Holidays are for making memories. Why not combine the two and have an amazing Big Bear experience this winter? One of the truly great things about Big Bear is the variety of activities available. Whether you are a couple, a family with kids or a large group, there is something for you! What does Big Bear have to offer? Here are just some of the fun, winter activities to take part in.

Big-Bear-Lake-Cross-Country-Skiing_33_656x420Looking for some action? Try your legs at skiing or snowboarding at one of our world-class resorts. You can get private or group lessons, rent equipment or get a package that includes everything you’ll need for a day of winter fun. The view from the top is spectacular!

Do you want to experience the view at a slower pace? Well then, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is the way to go. There are several different trails and difficulties to suit your needs. Experience the forests of Big Bear under sparkling blue skies!

Maybe you want to experience the snow without all the work? Then tubing is where it’s at. We have two snow play resorts that feature ‘magic carpets’ to get you up the hill so that you can spend more time enjoying getting down. Race your family members down one of the longest runs in Southern California.

How about seeing Big Bear from a different perspective? Take a Helicopter tour of the snow-covered Valley, a Segway tour through town or a Jeep Tour into the forest that finishes with an exhilarating zip-lining experience through the treetops.

We also have, ice skating, horseback riding, bowling, laser tag, movie theaters, spas, a museum, a zoo and so much more. There are restaurants and bars for every taste, live music, and the Village is packed full of charming shops. We really do have it all!

If you are lucky enough to spend the Holidays with us, you can take part in Santa’s Grand Entrance and Village Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas in the Village, the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade or New Year’s Eve parties at Bear Mountain, Snow Summit or several other places in the Valley.

cedarfrontwinterAfter you’ve spent the day experiencing all of the action Big Bear has to offer, you’ll want to wind down in a cozy cabin, with a roaring fire, a soak in the spa and maybe a friendly game of pool, foosball or air hockey. We can help you with that part! RS Vacations has cabins of all sizes to suit your needs with amenities galore. Having a private cabin to call your own, means you can relax and unwind with all the privacy you could want. Just what you need for your perfect wintertime getaway! Visit us today to book a Big Bear cabin before they’re all gone! Your amazing holiday vacation starts here!!

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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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The past several weeks have been rough ones – for myself and many people I know and love. Friends lost, mothers lost, a wife lost and a daughter lost. There was suicide, accidents, heart attack, massive infection and cancer. Death has a way of rearing its head when we least expect it and we are left with nothing but memories and often times, regrets. We rarely know when it is coming and can we ever be truly prepared even if we do?

The best we can do is to ‘live like we are dying’ – be grateful for each day and try to live life to the fullest. Let go of fear and take some risks. Do something that truly makes you happy as often as possible. Take time to be silly. Give hugs. Say I love you.

But even more important, treat others as if it is their last day as well – make sure those you love KNOW you love them – by telling them and showing them every day. Be kind. Forgive. Do nice things simply to be nice. Strive to make those around you happier. Accept and love who they are. Don’t let ‘little things’ become ‘big things’.

People say “there is always tomorrow”, but that is not always true…

Appreciate every single day.

Sunrise - Danny Enger

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As long as I can remember, I have loved watching movies. Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Action….You name it, I’ll watch it! I love how a good script or brilliant performances can draw you into another world for a couple of hours. Movies make me laugh, cry, cringe, and think. The evolution of film making and effects just blows me away.

Back when I was a kid, Big Bear had just one screen at the Village Theater on Village Drive. It was a large screen and always showed double features. (I know, I know! 2 movies for 1 ticket??? Unthinkable! LOL. Ah, the good old days!!)  In the 70’s, it usually took a few months after release before a new movie would make it to our humble little theater. Fortunately, the internet didn’t exist yet so no one could ruin the ending for us on facebook! 🙂

I remember seeing Star Wars and just loving it. Everyone was amazed at the effects and talked about it for days. There was Jaws (scared the heck out of me, I’m not going to lie!),  ET, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Top Gun, Karate Kid, A Christmas Story, Home Alone….The list goes on and on! Every week when the movie changed, I was there (along with about 85% of Big Bear residents!!). After the movies ended, we always hit Jack in the Box for a Jumbo Jack. For those of you born after 1980, a Jumbo Jack actually used to be JUMBO!

We had a VCR (when they were still the size of a small country) and we rented movies on a fairly regular basis as well. Back then, if you wanted to buy a movie on VHS, it would cost you around $75. Ouch. (The not-so good old days). As the years went on and VHS got cheaper, our movie collection grew and then updated to DVD…and now Blu-Ray. We watch movies several nights a week at our house. So much better than mindless reality TV!!

Like books (which I also LOVE), movies can take you away from everyday life and transport you somewhere else and put you in someone else’s shoes for a just a little while. I love movies!!

What is your favorite movie??





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I love homemade things. Food, decor, quilts, gifts….somehow stuff is just better when it comes from the heart, you know? Knowing that someone spent their own precious time and energy to create something just to make me happy – it just gives me the warm fuzzies! Giving homemade is giving a piece of yourself.

In our home, we have always liked to give homemade gifts. For several years we were into toll painting. My husband would cut out the wood shapes and we would paint them up. All of our close family members have something that we painted and gave to them at Christmas. As time went by and we had less time available, we started making goodie trays to give instead. So far, no complaints! 😉

I have received a couple of handmade gifts over the years that are absolutely precious to me. The first is a ‘double wedding ring’ quilt that my Grandmother made for myself and my husband for our wedding. She used my favorite color for the back and used several of her old blouses ans dresses cut up for the pieces. Every time I snuggle up in it, I can remember her and feel her warm arms around me. She was the best!

StockingsThe second is a set of gifts that I will also treasure forever. My Mother-in-Law (whom I absolutely adored and miss terribly! 😦 ) was always crafting. It was her passion. For a time she loved to do cross-stitch and one year I opened up her gift and beheld a set of Christmas stockings for our family. I can’t even imagine the hundreds of hours she must have spent on them. She made an extra one for a future daughter-in-law and even one for our cat. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I miss you Mom!!

Time is a precious commodity that most of us don’t have enough of and trying to make handmade gifts is truly not possible for some people. The next best thing to making something yourself is to buy something that was made by hand. It still required time and care to create and has a uniqueness that makes it special.

On Labor Day weekend here in Big Bear Lake, the annual Fall Fest – Arts and Crafts Fair will be going on at the Convention Center. Here you will find a treasure trove of handmade gifts that you can browse and purchase – for yourself and as gifts. Come find that one-of-a-kind something that someone you love will adore! Join us as we welcome Fall and get your holiday shopping started. See you soon!


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