Saturday, December 31, 2011

What a fabulous holiday

Talk about an awesome week in Big bear!!!!
We had a small parade, kids throwing snowballs, and great family time here over Christmas. I'm so happy to be a resident of the Big Bear Lake area.

Wonderful guests too! We made cookies everyday and coffee for the check-in's and would you believe it that a party brought us the same!!!! We said "Greetings and please help yourself to some of our freshly baked cookies and they almost said it in harmony. So we shared the sugary delights while exchanging info and keys by our little fire. (Epic check-in time)

Having a great time here and looking forward to meeting our three groups today, feels like they are all my best friends and it's sad watching them go lol

Have a great morning people, you are all great

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve to all....

Here at the Gold Rush Resort Rentals we are getting ready for Christmas! Our stocking are hung, and some elves must have come while we were away, cause we have gifts under our tree! We have trimmed the tree and hung the stockings with care. We are sitting by the cozy fire while we make some fresh cookies and hot cocoa, cause Santa's on his way! If you'd like to leave me a message you know I'm not only one his helpers but me and "The Big Guy" go way back. I have ties with Santa himself, and he knows I'm always good. So tell me what you want, and I will get the message to him tonight before he leaves on his big journey! Hope your Christmas is great and have the best day with your family! From our family to yours...CHEERS

Jacuzzi tubs bubbley and flowers Oh my!

If your looking for a long overdue vacation, plan a romantic getaway to Big Bear Lake. We have the perfect package for you here at The Gold Rush. We have plenty of cabins that have a beautiful jacuzzi spa, views of the surrounding areas maybe the ski slope or perhaps even the lake. If you'd like to take advantage of our "Romance Package" we can have a few things to make your evening special, waiting in the cabin upon your arrival. You'll be surprised to find a small candle a bottle of sparkling cider and a rose waiting for your love. We even have a few extras to compliment your unsurpassed romantic jester color it up if you will. We have pinecones that make your fire turn a spectacular show of colors and also a light to go in the jacuzzi to turn the water into a beautiful rainbow bath! Come join us here in Big Bear after the crazy hectic holidays for your romantic getaway soon!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Snowman Pet
I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as can be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first --- it wet my bed

The first Christmas tree

This is the story I tell my children every year as we put up our Christmas tree, I was so excited to find it in poem form so I had to share with all of you! Have a Merry Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Here is a picture of the trees behind our office

I love how the snow sticks to the branches when it's cold outside. Just dont stand under a tree that looks like this!!! I was not one to note that gravity is potentially everywhere, after shovling the walkway for our supply container I heaved a heavy shovel load over my head and it seemed to land directly in the tree listed here, knocking down about 100 lb's of snow on the beaten path I had created.

Ohhh well.....

Too bad April Fools day is in the spring, seems i found a great joke to play on the next person that need supplies :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wildlife in Big Bear

We have so much wildlife here in Big Bear. The animal abound all over place
In each and every tree you'll find cute gray squirrels, along with blue jays, woodpeckers and black crows. You may even spot a red tail hawk or if your really lucky a majestic bald eagle.

There's chipmunks roaming the ground and raccoons sneaking around at night. Its possible you'll see a coyote, and you may run into a skunk or a beaver along the forest trail. We also have bigger wildlife such as bobcats, mule deer big horn sheep and yes we still have bears! They may not be the wild grizzly bears that we got our name from, but we do have smaller black bears roaming the hills.

You may not want to share whats in your picnic basket, but you could always put out some peanuts, bird seed or even old bread and watch to see the wildlife come out to share your treats.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

We at Gold Rush beleive strongly in great accommodations

Its wonderful seeing the snow on our newest addition to the Gold Rush office.

Come by and take advantage of a 5 Star public restroom!!!!
Complete with great ventilation, outside lockable door, moon port hole to view who is next in line and interesting postings from the early 19th century wanted posters!!!

Please make sure to leave the seat down as common courtesy for the next guest :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Find an excuse...

Join us here in Big Bear for a beautiful winter stay.
There are so many reasons to come join us for a short trip before the craziness of the holidays start. We are centrally located in Southern California an easy two hour drive from most anywhere in the valley or beach city. The snow is falling, beauty is all around and everyone is getting into the holiday spirit. You can board or ski at one of So Cal's best ski resorts. We have some great restaurants to enjoy an amazing dinner with your family. Take a trip to the Village, a downtown shopping area with many unique gifts shops, you'll be able to find that last minute gift for the most discriminating tastes. You can take the kids to see Santa and afterward head right up the street to get in some inner tube sledding fun!
We have a great selection of cabins to choose from small and secluded for that romantic getaway to large and luxurious for the big groups. Visit our website or call me here at the office 1-866-372-2246 to find the perfect vacation spot for your next Big Bear adventure.

Getting ready for christmas?

What a beautiful day here in Big Bear! With the fresh snow on the tree tops and glistening on the ground I sit by the fire all snug in the office. One of the best things to do around Christmas time is to watch all those classic Christmas movies. I thought you might enjoy a list of my all time favs, the classics and maybe some you forgot about. Cuddle up, snuggle by the fire and make some new family traditions watching some of these movies with your family this holiday season. Heres my top 10 must see movies for Christmas...
  • Home Alone
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman and Frosty returns
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • The Grinch that Stole Christmas (short animated film)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Bad Santa
  • Elf
  • Nightmare before Christmas
And my #1 best Christmas movie of all time is.....
  • The Grinch that Stole Christmas (with Jim Carey)
Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... He thought...means a little bit more.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Things to Do During the Christmas Holiday Weekend

Looking for some fun things to do while on vacation, here in Big Bear, over the up coming Christmas weekend? Well I have made a list of exciting things to do here in the valley with your family. Check it out...

Alpine Slide: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (weather permitting); Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Big Bear Snow Play: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Bowling Barn: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, 12 noon -10 p.m.

Elevations Day Spa: Christmas Eve & Day Open at 10 a.m. (call for appointments)

Big Bear Fun Plex: Christmas Eve & Day Open, hours TBA

Moonridge Animal Park: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, CLOSED.

Baldwin Lake Stables and Petting Zoo: Christmas Eve, last ride (1 hour) at 3 p.m.; Christmas Day, call for reservations.

Snow Summit: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Day Session* 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Night Session 3 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). *Day Session extends to 6 p.m. when Night Session is offered.

Bear Mountain Ski Resort: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 8 a.m. - 4:30 pm.

Helicopter Big Bear: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Open, call for reservations.

Gallery of the American Landscape: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Christmas Day, CLOSED.

Big Bear Discovery Center: Christmas Eve, 8:30 a.m. –2 p.m.; Christmas day, CLOSED. Monday, Dec. 26, Federal Holiday, CLOSED; Tuesday Dec. 27 & Wednesday Dec. 28: CLOSED.

So come on up! Make your reservations with us here at Gold Rush at but hurry the clock is ticking and availability is limited!

Snow Shoeing & Cross Country Ski Packages

If all the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes is not your thing but you still wanna get out and play in the snow check out Goldsmiths Board House. They have cross country ski and snow shoe packages from $15.00. Get out and see a different side of Big Bear. Goldsmiths offers maps for some of the best cross country trails in the winter no expensive lift tickets needed. There are different trails for different skill levels. There are trails with lake views for short or long hikes. They also offer snowboard, ski, safety gear and clothing rentals. The also do ski service and expert boot fitting. Come into Gold Rush Resort Rentals and ask us how you can get a 10% off rental discount with Gold Smiths.

Start 2012 off right with a FREE night on us!

I know its only 10 days ‘till Christmas but are guys ready for the New Year?! Gold Rush Resort Rentals has a GREAT New Years special going on now. Book a 4 night stay starting December 28, 2011 and stay New Years day January 1, 2012 FREE! So make your plans soon….its just right around the corner. Go online at or call me Sara here at the office, toll free at 1-866-372-2246. Hope to make your New Years one to remember!

Awesome Snow Conditions in Big Bear !

Big Bear Lake is experiencing the best snow conditions of the 2011 season. The season began in November, and between the snow that Mother Nature left and the snow making abilities at the Resorts, the base soon built to one to two feet of machine groomed packed powder. With the help of Mother Nature's cold temperatures, this base has been maintained.
Snow making has extended to the highest runs.

This week will be perfect for snowboarding and skiing at the Resorts.
Cold temperatures will remain in the mid-30's to the mid-40's all week.
In fact, snow predicted for the weekend has already dropped 2 inches, 2 days early!

Realizing this, the Holiday week is a perfect time to visit the San Bernardino Mountains for skiing and boarding. If you haven't already, book your lodging as soon as possible. With the wonderful snowy weather, we are expecting maximum fun time on the slopes!

Not expecting all the fun!!!!

When I walked into the Gold Rush office this morning I wore my sunglasses and had my coffee from home. Skies were clear and partly cloudy, no wind and a little chilly. After leaving for lunch I walked out into a blizzard!!! Snow everywhere and no signs of it letting up. Skiing is going to be great!!!!

Give me a call and you'll get the weather conditions as current as possible ;)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Win Ca$h with your vacation pictures and videos!

Share your Big Bear adventures with us at the Gold Rush Resort Rentals and win a grand prize of $200 ca$h!

Submit your favorite pictures of family, friends, pets or Big Bear Lake scenery - and YOU could be a winner!

Winning photos are published on the Gold Rush Resort Rentals website, our blog and our various social media accounts!

For Videos

The Mother Lode Award $200; Golden Nugget Award $100; Silver Certificate Award $50. All Prizes will payout upon receipt of Entry in a “hard” format.

For Photos

The Mother Lode Award $100; Golden Nugget Award $25.

Frosty the Snowman gets a job interview

“So where do you see yourself in 6 months?”

Building Memories with our families

We are having a Snowman contest

in Big Bear!

You can win a free weekend getaway to stay here in Big Bear!

We will start you off with an "official" snowman making kit when you check into the office. We’ll even have warm, fresh out of the oven cookies waiting for you!

Then you and your family create your snowman any ol' way you wish. Get silly, get creative, make it your own! Take your pictures write your story and submit your photos to

The prize for the best snowman is a Spring 2 night stay at the Prospectors Cabin, good for a family of 4, anytime from April 1 - May 15, 2012.

Come join our family here in Big Bear to start building your traditions and memories with your family today!

Go online or call us at 1-866-372-2246 to get planning!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Expecting more fun!!!!!!

Hello everyone!!! Who could ask for a better weekend in Big Bear with enough snow to play in and not enough to hinder driving. This is why I live here, fun always seems to show itself all year round.

Expecting snow this weekend, hope to see you all here :)

Mike Flaherty

Weather for Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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ClearMostly SunnySnow ShowersSnow Showers

Wind: E at 5 mph

Humidity: 17%50°20°45°20°38°20°36°18°
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Children In Big Bear want to know, "When Did Mrs. Claus come in the picture?"

Though no mention was made of her, Santa Claus' wife made her debut in 1899 in Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride, one of a set of thirty-two books by Katharine Lee Bates, composer of "America the Beautiful.

In 1908, another story encouraged children to start leaving a little food for Santa Claus because he would be tired after his hard work. Carrots and other treats were later added for his reindeer. Of course, Santa always left a note thanking the children for their kindness.

A 1910 advertisement for Ivory Soap showed a child sitting in front of the fireplace with a bowl of water, a towel and a bar of Ivory soap so that Santa could wash up after coming down the chimney. Following the ad to the letter, soiled wash clothes and dirty water was often found on Christmas morning.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Why Rent Through Us??

Here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals our focus is to provide our guests with good old fashion down home Southern (southern Calif. that is) Hospitality. From the moment your reservation is placed we want you to know our appreciation in making Gold Rush your choice in vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake.

Customer service is our number one priority and we guarantee you will experience that when you choose to stay with Gold Rush Resort Rentals. We know that our success is directly related in your satisfaction! When you stay with us you may come as guests, but, you will leave as family. We want you back!

We focus on providing clean cabins with attention to detail, value for you vacation dollar. and friendly service. This is our winning combination to assure our guests the quality vacation time they deserve. We focus on the details so that you can focus on the fun!

Our team of prospectors (reservationists) are locals to the area and have lived in Big Bear Lake for a combination of over 20 years, they know the area well. They are knowledgeable on all aspects of the properties within our inventory and can help support you in making the best choice on the cabin(s) for your specific needs.

Our service team works diligently in preparing and servicing all of our properties, whether it is classified as a 1 nugget or 5 nugget accommodation, EVERY cabin is treated with the same higher standards we insist upon. Our guests can be assured that which ever cabin they choose to stay in there will be no surprises except good ones.

Come make memories up here with us, in the beautiful Big Bear Lake mountains. Go online to see the great discounts and specials we offer or call us here at the office at 1-866-372-2246. Hope to see you for the holidays!

Come play and stay in Big Bear Lake!

Alright guys, The snow is glistening and the weather is warm! Come spend next weekend with us up here in the mountains. Santa is in the Village for the kids to visit.The ski resorts Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are waiting to take you up the lifts for skiing and snowboarding. Then after your long day playing come spend a few nights with us! We have some amazing specials right now. Stay in one of our participating 2 or 3 bedroom cabins and pay for 2 nights and get 50% off the base rate for your 3rd night OR you can stay 3 nights and get a 4th night FREE! This offer is only good for this next coming weekend starting December 15th - 18th. These cabins wont last so make your reservations today. Call us or go online to see all of our cabins and the specials we are offering.

Write a letter to Santa ad get a FREE teddy bear!

Besides our great cabin specials, there are some fun and exciting events happening here in Big Bear.You can go visit with Santa with the kids! At check in we give Santa letters and encourage you and the kids to turn them in at check out and get a free teddy bear!

Make sure you bring your list cause he"ll be checking HIS list twice. The Village of Big Bear Lake presents Christmas in the Village on every weekend leading up to Christmas. Santa Claus will be at his hut at Village Drive and Pine Knot Blvd corner Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For more details please call (909) 878-4747.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Santa's Coming to Town in Big Bear

Hey, don't forget the tree lighting in the village this evening. We love this annual event, it's a great experience for the family. The kids will love to welcome Santa as he makes his grand entrance.

Festivities begin around 4:30 pm.

See you there.....

Christmas Boutique in Big Bear

Well, Thanksgiving dinner was great! We had all the trimmings and we also got some nice recipes to try from this blog.
Today we are going to head out the the Big Bear Convention Center to start our Christmas shopping at the Christmas Boutique. We look forward each year to this event as we have made some great purchases in years past. It's also an opportunity to get some very unique items that you just don't see everyday as merchants from all over the country come to sell their special items.

See you are the center, shop til you drop! For more info on the Christmas Boutique look at our events calendar.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Messages

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our loyal guests who allow us the pleasure of extending our warmest hospitality time and again!

We are truly blessed and thank you for making Gold Rush Resort Rentals your home away from home in Big Bear!

Happy Thanksgiving to All......
The Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Best Things in Life Are Free

When we count our many blessings;
It isn't hard to see that life's most valued
treasures are the treasures that are free.
For it isn't what we own or buy
that signifies our wealth.
It's the special gifts that have no price:
our family, friends and health.

~Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The World's Best Candied Yams for Thanksgiving Dinner

This is recipe is really simple to make but they are the best candied yams you'll ever eat!

Fresh Yams (decide how many servings you need, 1 yam can be 2 generous portions of cut into quarters)
Butter (the amount depends upon how much candied sauce you want)
Box of Brown Sugar (this too depends upon how much sauce you need)

That's it, can you believe there are only 3 ingredients to the best candied yams you'll ever eat?

Cook your yams:
Now, you need to fill a large dutch oven with water and put your fresh yams inside, bring to a light boil and cook until the yams are soft.
Drain and remove yams from the water. Let the yams cool so that you can work with them.
Peel Yams and cut into whatever size portions you want, place them in a 13X9 dish

 Make the candy sauce:
Depending upon how many yams you will need to cover with sauce, each batch of sauce is one whole cube of butter melted with one whole box of light brown sugar. Melt the two together, then pour over the yams.

Bake Candied Yams:
Once all the yams are covered generously with the sauce you will need to cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.

Let stand so that the sauce thickens, serve warm.

Monday, November 21, 2011

About Bear Mountain Ski Resort

If you are a snowboarder, this is the place for you. Looking for Spring break in the middle of winter? Well, this is it. Bear Mountain is definitely the place for young snowboards or the young at heart. 

Many if not most of the runs feature rails and jumps specifically designed for boarders. A huge half-pipe is right at the bottom of the main run as well as Southern Californias Super pipe!

The lodge has a party atmosphere, hence adding to the spring break feel. There is also a viewing deck to take in all the action from.

For more information call Bear Mountain at 909-585-2519