Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years 2013!

The New Year is a moment of quiet reflection. Reflect on the year gone by; of the happy gains and missed opportunities. Recount the good and bad of the past year. Introspect on your personal growth, and learn from the experiences. New Years is the time to ensure that we bring balance to our life with positive influences overriding the negative ones. Happy New Years from the team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals!

New Years Countdown......

Well, it's finally here, the last day of 2012. We're on the 24 hr. countdown. It's been an awesome year and we hate to see it go, but, we also look forward to 2013 and all the wonderful things to come.

We thank all of this years guests who chose to share their time with us and allow Gold Rush to be a part of their special time in Big Bear.

We value the opportunity to make your stay in Big Bear an exceptional one. We're not here to just rent cabins, we are here to welcome you with the spirit of family and kinship that will add to the positive experience you will enjoy when you stay with Gold Rush Resort Rentals.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your memories, we hope that you will choose to stay with us again in 2013!

Take a look at our beautiful Snow Summit slopes at night! The Torch Light Parade is an awesome sight to see.  If you want to do something a little different other than being in a warm and cozy cabin at midnight, try the slopes of Summit at the stroke of midnight!

See you on the slopes!  :-)

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Specials Posted! Stay Informed, SAVE $$ and Escape to Big Bear!

 The team here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals definitely likes a good deal, and saving money! Why not share some good deals with our guests? Here at Gold Rush we have just updated our "Golden Specials" for the new year so we can share Big Bear with you! A great money saving deal that we are now advertising for 2013 is being offered from 1/7/13-2/28/13 and can NOT be beat! Pack your bags and head for the mountains! Whether its skiing, snowboarding, or just a relaxing week away from it all;Take a look and give us a call to book your Big Bear vacation TODAY!!

Get A FREE NIGHT! - Offer Good: 01/07/2013 - 02/28/2013 MID-WEEK NIGHTS ONLY! Sorry, not available on holiday nights including FEB. 14TH, Valentines Night!


Pay for at least one night and get a Non-Holiday Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday FREE.

Here's how this works........

*Rent for Sunday night and get the consecutive non-holiday Monday night for FREE.

*Rent for Monday night and get the next night, Tuesday for FREE.

*Rent for Tuesday night and get the next night, Wednesday for FREE.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gold Rush Resort Rentals on YouTube! Take a Look NOW!

       Gold Rush Resort Rentals is pleased to announce that we do have a current and up to date YouTube channel which features videos of properties, fun activities, and a lot of other cool activities! Stay up to date with Gold Rush on YouTube today!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Decorate Your Own Christmas Wreath!

  1. The artificial evergreen wreath is probably the most forgiving wreath to work with. You can bend and fluff the greens to make the wreath full or flat, whatever your preference. Start with a large wire ribbon bow. Always use wire ribbon because it's easy to turn and twist. Use a whole roll. You want the bow to be big. Loop the ribbon back and forth until you have six to eight loops; leave some ribbon at the beginning and end for tails. Tie the middle tightly with floral wire. Stand back and admire your work. As you continue to decorate think in odd numbers. Bunch three balls or other decoratives together and place on the wreath. Perhaps in another area, use a single pine cone. Attach your decorations with the floral wire. Hang the wreath on a door and stand back to determine what you want to add. Remember, sometimes less is more!
  2. The grapevine wreath is the most popular base to work with. You can keep it simple for a country     look or add lots of natural ingredients for a more sophisticated look. The grapevine looks nice by itself, so perhaps just adding something to one side and a bow may be enough. What is also nice about the grapevine wreath is you can stick decorations into the twigs. Little floral wire is necessary.
  3. So let your imagination run wild and create a "one of a kind" Christmas wreath to add a special touch to your home for the holidays!

Color Cones...Spice up Fire Time!!

These pine cones burn with brilliant blue and green colors in wood fires. Just toss onto a fireplace or campfire once the fire is going well and enjoy the colorful display. These also make PERFECT gifts!! Stop by Gold Rush Resort Rentals today to purchase your very own COLOR CONES!!! $5.00 per bag!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Another cabin review

   Here is another new cabin to our rental program! We call this cabin "Ned's Hideway" and it is very affordably priced for a group of up to 8 people!  It is conveniently located near the lake, 3 marinas and the Village!  Just a short drive to the ski resorts also!
   It is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a large wood burning stove/fireplace and LOOK! .... A foosball table for fun!  The cabin is decorated with a "mountainy" feeling with TV's galore for your enjoyment.  There is even an option with the TV's to enjoy programming in foreign languages!  So check out "Ned's Hideaway" and think about some time up here enjoying our mountain paradise, soon!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snuggle Bear Cabin

   So, it's just the two of you  -  and you want to spend a quiet weekend or mid-week get away in Big Bear?  Check out one of the newest additions to our "cabin rental family":  SNUGGLE BEAR cabin!  It is the perfect hide-a-way cabin in the quiet Big Bear sub-community of Moonridge.  If you feel you want to leave the comfort of the warm Swedish style fireplace and get in a morning or afternoon of skiing it is just a short drive to Bear Mountain ski resort from this 1 bedroom 1 bath cabin.  For our spring, summer or fall visitors, it is also just a hop, skip and jump to our 9 hole Bear Mountain golf course.
    It is a small compact cabin with a full kitchen, 1 full bathroom, a cozy living room with the afore mentioned Swedish style fireplace in the living room that is just begging you  to cuddle up on the comfy couch and have a hot chocolate, pop corn and watch a movie. It has real wood knotty-pine interior walls with a very mountain "cabiny" feeling interior with log-style stair bannisters and a small deck to enjoy the out doors at the front. There is a queen size bed in the bedroom.
  A very affordable cabin for a romantic mountain get-a-way!  Pictures will be coming very soon to our website, so keep tuned!

Bear's Lair-Holiday Special! $200 OFF Nightly Rate!

Must mention this special at time of booking. 

Book three nights or more at Bears Lair from 12/26-12/29/12 and receive $200 off the base nightly rate, other fees apply. 

Certain restrictions may apply. 

Give us a call to book today 1-800-363-8303 or 909-866-5678 

Regular Price: $899.00 - Reduced Price: $699.00

Capture Christmas Memories!

Want to capture your lil one's first Christmas in a unique and cute way? Try our DIY project that will last for years to come!

Dip baby's foot in glue and then glitter the ornament. 
*Do a handprint for little wave*

Monday, December 17, 2012

Upcoming Weather Report

   Here is the latest information as far as our weather up here in paradise is concerned - for the next few days anyway!  
   Partly cloudy skies into this evening as our cold front works its way down  state with clouds and winds on the increase later tonight. Rain and snow showers will become likely overnight and by Tuesday morning as the snow level lowers from above 7,000 feet to 4,500 feet where several inches of snow are possible. Continued cold & windy Tuesday with scattered snow showers, highs in the 30's with wind child values in the teens & single digits throughout the day. Clearing Tuesday night & Wednesday and still quite chilly as an offshore flow develops behind the departing low, highs only in the 30's as lows cool to the teens. Fair and warmer for Thursday and Friday, then increasing clouds, winds and cooler temperatures over the weekend as low pressure event approaches.

The Many Definitions of Christmas!


 For many people around the world Christmas can mean many things. From a religious aspect to the act of giving and receiving gifts, this time of year is definitely a time to give thanks and spread cheer. Growing up I learned the true meaning of Christmas and that is family and friends and being together. As stated by a famous poet Piri Thomas; "Las Navidades de mi niñez eran más que Kris Kringle, alias Santa Claus, alias Mami y Papi, o quien sea. Para mi las Navidades eran la alegría de estar con la familia--pobres de bolsillo, pero ricos de corazón." To sum that up in English Piri Thomas was saying that during his childhood Christmas was more than Kris Kringle, Santa Claus, Mom & Dad, or whoever. For him and myself Christmas was the happiness of solely being with family; poor in the pocket, but rich in the heart. 

DIY Christmas Gift...Hot Cocoa Cones!

This DIY Christmas gift is filled with Hot Chocolate for two! Add some chocolate chips to make this hot chocolate even more yummy, marshmallows, and Red Christmas trees for garnish. To add a bit more holiday cheer you can even add Red, and Green colored sprinkles and some cocoa powder. For the adults receiving this gift add some peppermint Schnapps to enjoy with their sweetie!  A simple yet crafty way to make a great stocking stuffer that screams creativity!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

   As the temperatures drop during the winter months, our local fire agencies want to suggest some safety tips that can help reduce the risk of home heating fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. You can reduce the likelihood of having a home heating fire by taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly. Use a sturdy fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying into the room. Keep rugs and other combustible materials at least three feet from floor furnaces and space heaters, and turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. Never plug portable heaters into an extension cord or multi-plug adapter. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home (and replace smoke alarm batteries each year). Never use an oven to heat your home. If you are staying in one of our rental cabins, we ask that you DO NOT remove the fireplace ashes yourself.  Our cleaning crew will take care of that after you check out of the cabin.. Also, never burn Christmas trees, pine cones, pine needles or branches you might find outside on the ground near your cabin, in a fireplace or wood stove, as they burn too fast and could be explosive, plus they do emit toxic fumes that are harmful to you and our environment, not to mention the chimney flue.  But do enjoy your fireside experience!  And remember, we sell firewood at our office!

Friday, December 14, 2012

The 12 Days of Christmas (song)

   Did you know that the song, "The 12 Days of Christmas", which we normally think of as an English Christmas carol, may be of French origin?  Evidence suggests that it was first published in written form in England in the year  1780.
   Although the actual origin of the song is not known, it may have begun as a Twelfth Night game in which the leader would recite a verse, then each of the players in turn would  recite the same verse.  The leader would then add another verse and so on until one of the players would make a  mistake in repeating and would then have to offer up a penalty such as a kiss or a sweet treat.
  Evidence shows that the song is older than the printed version, although it is not known how much older.  Over the years there have been several changes to the lyrics.  Several different versions in the lyrics exist in different countries, also, like France, Scotland and Australia.
     The 12 days in the song refer to the 12 days after Christmas (or in some instances, Christmas Day or even the day after Christmas) and go to the day before Epiphany or January 5th (Twelfth Night).
    No matter what the origin, it remains to this day, a favorite Christmas carol of mine!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Create a Blizzard's Worth of Snowflakes

When moisture condenses and freezes on a window, some say that Jack Frost has stopped by, leaving the lacy pattern as a souvenir. Grace your panes with paper snowflakes, attaching them with poster putty. Or make a wreath of snowflakes by sticking them one at a time to a wall with poster putty. Kids can happily occupy themselves cutting out dozens of paper snowflakes. Then adults can step in with thread and tape, and together you can watch your family's own gentle blizzard materialize.

1)Fold the Paper in Half

Start with a square piece of paper. Fold the paper in half diagonally to make a triangle.

2)Fold into Another Triangle

 Now, fold the triangle in half so the pointy corners meet.


3)Fold into Thirds

Fold your triangle into thirds.

4)Fold and Make Adjustments

 Fold into the shape as shown. You may need to adjust these folds a little to get the sides to match up, so don't crease the paper until the folds are just right.

5)Cut Across Bottom

Cut across the bottom of your paper so it is straight.

6)Cut Lines into Triangle

Cut the folded paper with variations of straight and curvy lines. Get creative with your snowflake designs by experimenting with different sizes and shapes of cutouts.

7)Unfold Paper

Gently unfold the paper to see your unique snowflake. Use poster putty to attach to windowpanes, or make a wreath of snowflakes by sticking them one at a time to a wall with poster putty. Then just sit back and enjoy your own personal winter wonderland.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Gift Suggestions

Here is a timely quote!
Christmas Gift Suggestions .....
   To your enemy - forgiveness
   To an opponent - tolerance
   To a friend - your heart
   To a customer - service
   To all - charity
   To every child - a good example
   To yourself - respect
    -Oren Arnold

DIY Holiday Fun With the Kids!

Although pinecones are beautiful just as they are, you can also dress them up with a little bit of glue and a little bit of glitter to capture some of that Christmas magic!!

Supplies Needed:
  • Pinecones(found in beautiful Big Bear Lake, CA)
  • White school glue
  • Glitter (Whatever colors you like)
  • Paint brush

How To:

  1. Dip paint brush in glue, use brush to layer glue wherever you would like your pinecone to glisten and shine!
  2. Hold pinecone over tray or mat and sprinkle with glitter of your choice
  3. Repeat with glue and glitter as desired
  4. Set aside and dry
This is a simple and easy way to have some much needed family fun as well as an easy way to add some festivity for the holidays!

News Flash!

   We have added several new cabins to our "family" of rental cabins!  Feel free to browse the website to see them!
   Check out "Snuggle Bear", "Conifer View Haus", "Edgemoor Retreat", "Eagles Haven", "Silver Bear", "Casa Dena", "Bella Falcone", "Summit Retreat"  and "Bear's Lair" to name just a few!  Pick out your favorite and make a reservation!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chain Requirement Information

   Do you know what the different snow chain control requirements mean?  "R-0", "R-1", "R-2" or "R-3"?  Well, if you are planning on driving up to Big Bear during the winter, it is a good thing to know and be aware of!

                                                                  No restrictions
Chains or snow tread tired required.  Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32" -
                                        with an M&S imprint on the tire's sidewall
Chains required on all vehicles, except 4 wheel drives or "all-wheel" drives with snow tread tires on all 4 wheels.  4 wheel drives MUST carry chains in the vehicle.  If you have  4 wheel drive, engage it.  Use 4-low only if your vehicle gets stuck
                                Chains required on ALL vehicles, no exceptions

IT’S THE LAW: Carry tire chains at all times during winter travel in the mountains!

   It would be a good thing to purchase your chains before you start up the mountain, also.  A "lagre box" store like Wal-Mart, Target, or auto parts store like Pep Boys will have them.  They must match the size of your tires - EXACTLY (look on the tire side wall and write down the exact numbers/letters to match them up).  Also a good rule is to read your car's manual to see if they would be installed on the front or the rear wheels.

   When you are stopped at a "chain control" point, there will most likely be personnel there to assist you in putting on your chains; usually for a  nominal fee, if you are unfamiliar with how to install them.

   Remember, always use caution when driving on our mountain roads when we have rain, snow or icy conditions!  We want you to enjoy your trip to our beautiful mountains and come back again and again!


Monday, December 10, 2012

More Facts About Our National Bird

   Did you know it was a federal offense to possess eagle feathers? The law that supports this strict control is The Bald Eagle protection act of 1940.  It was amended in 1962 to include Golden Eagles and reformed in 1994 which moved the National Repository for the feathers and other eagle "parts" to Denver, Colorado.  Only pre-qualified Native Americans are allowed to possess these feathers.  The law allows for fines from $25,000 to $100,000 for the unauthorized possession of eagle "parts" including feathers.  Bald eagle feathers found on the ground or lost naturally during "molting" season are gathered and sent to the Fish and Wildlife Service in Sacramento and distributed solely from there.
   *There is one exception to this rule - the U.S. Army's special division called the 101st Airborne Division - aka the "Screaming Eagles".  Any soldier who has served with the Screaming Eagles can possess ONE eagle feather as recognition of their service.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Some Interesting Information on our (local) National Birds

   Did you know we have 2 beautiful American bald eagles here in Big Bear that you can get "up close and personal" with?  They are "Alaska" (the male) and "Valentine" (the female). They can be seen at our local "zoo" - the Big Bear Alpine Zoo which is an alpine wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center operated locally by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District of San Bernardino County.  Alaska came to us from Washington state.  He was found with a gunshot wound and is also blind in one eye due to an infection. Valentine has cataracts and is virtually blind.  They both have a home for life at our local facility. This past spring, Valentine actually laid an egg!  Both Alaska and Valentine guarded their egg fiercely.  Unfortunately the egg did not hatch, but there's always next spring!  Our zoo is open year round (weather permitting and excluding Christmas Day).  The best time to go is around 3 p.m. when they conduct their daily feeding tour.  Price is very affordable from $6.00 - $9.00 with children under 3 admitted for free.  Consider at visit to the zoo when you're in Big Bear!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Specials

   Be sure and keep checking our webpage - for new specials being added for reservations made between now and just after the new year!  Also if you are making a reservation for either the weekend of December 14th or over Christmas day itself we are offering to add (call for price information) a fully decorated and lit Christmas tree to your reservation if you would like!  So do your homework, study the website and book a cabin!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!

Recipe for Christmas All Year Long
Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.
Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.
Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)
Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.
If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.
By Joanna Fuchs
Gold Rush Resort Rentals wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Get your gloves, hat, scarf, and snow clothes ready for an awesome winter in Big Bear! We're looking forward to a great season ahead.

Every year we look forward to getting help from Santa and his helpers. Because Santa has endorsed our cabins to be his favorites he has allowed us to dawn his name! We look forward to the extra help that the elves give us during this time of year, it makes the demand of the season easier.

All of our guests spending time with us this holiday season will be treated to an exceptionally well prepared cabin, just perfect for your stay.
We promise that sugar plums will dance in your heads with a good nights sleep in our beds.

Your children will delight when they get a Santa visit one night. If you are staying in a Santa's cabin in Big Bear a few days prior to the holiday, Santa will be happy to stop in for a visit.

We are here to spread holiday cheer to all who make Santa's cabins their choice for the holiday season.

To help make a stay more affordable for you Santa is extending many special promotions throughout the season. Click this link to browse all the promotions Santa is currently offering.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SoapRocks...Take it for Granite!

SoapRocks are replicas of the earth's precious stones, made from mild, extra long-lasting, vegetable glycerin soap. Like fresh air on different days, each variety has its own unique, light aroma. Several premium soap bases are required to bring such wonderful washing qualities to SoapRocks. Up to 180 additional steps are necessary to recreate in each soap, the beauty that takes nature millions of years. Wake up with wonder, or soothe yourself after a long days work. As you bathe you discover the skin care, the freshness, the aroma, the beauty, and the soft feel of your skin. SoapRocks...the beauty that makes each day precious. Visit Gold Rush Resort Rentals to see all of the varieties in stock. We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Break Your Own Geode with Gold Rush Resort Rentals!

What Are Geodes?

                A Geode is a rock that contains a cavity lined with crystals. The most common are clear quartz crystals, but some have colored crystals. All you need is one of our Geodes, an old sock or sack, and a hammer to break them open! There is no way to tell what is inside a Geode until you break it apart-but that is the most exciting part! Come on in today for your very own Geode extravaganza!

Home for the Holidays

Yes, that's right, what would the holidays be without being in one of our homes?

Make this Christmas even more special by treating your family to a wonderful Christmas in a Big Bear cabin.

Most Christmas' we have been lucky enough to experience a white Christmas. Start a family tradition of spending your family time in a cabin in Big Bear.

Play in the snow, teach the kids to ski, or, how about inner tubing down a snowy slope.

Our kids will never forget making a snow cave during one of their snow play afternoons.

Monday, December 3, 2012

It really is ...... "beginning to look alot like Christmas"

   Ok, so Christmas is really coming faster and faster every day!!  I don't know what it is, but it seems like the older we get, the faster all holidays approach and there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. 
   The Gold Rush office has now been transformed into  the "Santa's Cabin" office with Christmas decorations and twinkling lights abounding inside and out, the fireplace burning and cookies baking in our oven.  Even we office workers have been transformed into "Santa's Little Helpers" or "Santa's Elves" depending on who you ask.  Now all we need is some snow .......
    There are lots of specials going on to sweeten the deal for prospective renters including discounts, Christmas trees, snowman making contests and visits from Santa.  Check out the website for these specials and more!!  
    As we gear up for the upcoming seasonal festivities, remember to take a little time to reflect on what the  spirit of the season really means.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Tradition of the Yule Log

                The ritual and tradition of the “Yule” log is one of the oldest Christmas traditions to date. In celebrating with a Yule log one should gather with family, and friends for songs, stories, feasts, and fun. There is quite a bit of ritual and ceremony tied to the “Yule Log,” it dates back to even before the first Christmas celebration.  Say goodbye to personal faults, mistakes, and bad choices as they are burned into the flame so everyone’s New Year can start fresh. Why not continue an age old tradition with your family and relive the spirit of the “Yule Log” in Big Bear Lake with Gold Rush Resort Rentals. Give us a call today at 800-363-8303 or 909-866-5678 OR take a look at our site 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coming soon .... some new high altitude recipes

   I have just been given a new cook book!  It's called "Pie in the Sky".  It is totally about baking practices and secrets for baking in high altitudes, and it's chock full of recipes!
   I have lived at a mile high (in altitude) or more for the last 26 years and have, of course, done a lot of baking over the years.  I have followed, or not, the "high altitude" directions in the same recipe at different times and have really not noticed any difference in taste or consistency, so we will see ...
    My goal is to pick a recipe and try it out using the high altitude changes and then again not using them, and report back.  If it turns out to be a worthy dish, I will also post the recipe in my blog. Check back for the results!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Claus to visit Big Bear Village

   If you are planning on being here in Big Bear for the Christmas season - at least up until December 23rd, you will be able to catch Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the corner of Pine Knot Blvd. and Village Dr., "holding court" and taking requests from the kids.  They will be there from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.  It's another great Big Bear tradition and photo opportunity!
   The whole town is taking on it's Christmas persona more and more every day with local businesses and private homes donning their outside Christmas decorations and lights.  It is fun to see daily (and nightly) changes that are taking place when driving through town. 
   Now all we need is some snow ..........

Monday, November 26, 2012

Think Snow!

   With Thanksgiving behind us, we look forward to the Christmas season just ahead!
    We had that little surprise snow storm in the weeks before Thanksgiving that got everyone excited for our upcoming snowy ski and snowboarding season.  Both resorts were in full swing early.  Then that fickle Mother Nature decided to throw us a curve ball and turn our day time temperatures back up a bit.  Night time temps have been staying true to the season - down in the low 30's and high 20's so the ski resorts have been able to do some snow making at night. 
   It looks like weather forecasts are being favorable for maybe some precipitation later this coming week so send some positive thoughts our way for some of that "white stuff" that makes our town sparkle and puts smiles on the town's business owners faces!!
   In other words do your snow dance and .......  THINK SNOW !!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cyber Monday Special

   Hey everyone!  Check out our "Cyber Monday" special!  This is good for any reservation made on the INTERNET on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 11:59 p.m.  Monday night.
   If you make a reservation for any upcoming date in any of our cabins .... you will receive when checking in - an "Old Tyme Family Photo Package" - which is valued at $55.00 -  as our gift to YOU!!!
   We have an excellent photographer here in Big Bear that specializes in old-fashioned, period type photography.  Wouldn't this be an especially different way to remember your trip to Big Bear?
   So check out the website, pick your dates and cabin and reserve it - on Monday!
                     * This gift offer cannot be combined with any other special*

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Today is a time for good food with friends and family! The best things in life are not ones bought with money but the ones we can share with our loved ones and ones we hold dear!

Don't get sick "gobbling" (pun intended) too much turkey! 

Yawn, Yawn, I think I've eaten too much turkey myself, too much tryptophan.......snoring now......snooooze

The Turkey Elf of Gold Rush

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Haunting in Big Bear!

Hey all you boys and ghouls out there, it's time to get your scare on! 
Get out to the village this evening and have a hauntingly awesome time!

This is the night for thrills and chills. 
Keep it safe, Keep it clean, Have an awesome Halloween!

Greetings from the Halloween Crew at Gold Rush


The Halloween Haunt Meister

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall brings fun fishing times on Big Bear Lake!

The incredible fall scenery and fantastic fishing make for good times on Big Bear Lake.  Fall and spring are the two times of year the lake reaches cool temperatures that the rainbow trout thrive in and the jet skiers and wake sports do not!  This is prime fishing time and also a great opportunity to watch the eagles.  You feel as if the lake is waiting just for you and the trout get feisty in the cooler weather and fight hard which is as much fun as it is a great show.  Photo opportunities are countless and the memories are priceless.  We'd like to take a moment and thank Gold Rush Resort Rentals for all the fine folks they send to fish with us.  Keeping visitors happy and returning is top priority and our goal is to bring quality fishing adventures and experiences to all who come to Big Bear for their special getaway or vacation time.  Gold Rush referred one of their wonderful cabin rental owners to us over the past weekend.  This was a special grandfather/grandson fishing trip on a perfect Saturday morning.  The trout were spunky and biting and grandpa was proud watching his young grandsons reel in their catch and having fun.  Words can't describe the quality moments and bonds made while charter fishing.  It's exciting watching folks taking turns reeling in the trout and being the star while everyone else on the boat is cheering you on.  Many laughs and fun competitive times happen while fishing with your group.  It always turns out to be so much more than expected.  The grand finale for most who keep their fish is the group photos, fish cleaning and then taking the catch back to the cabin for a fresh meal.  Rainbow trout fishing is special and after finding out how rewarding trolling on Big Bear Lake can be, most come back once or even twice a year to make it a regular event.  Couples, families, friends and even solo private charter fishing trips are ALL fun and everyone is always happy they spent time fishing on Big Bear Lake. The leaves are changing colors and falling fast, the air is getting brisker and there's still about a month of fantastic fall fishing left.  For a fishing getaway full of fun memories you may book your cabin at Gold Rush
Resort Rentals 1-866-372-2246 or view the "rental search" at the link above on this page.  Call Lucky Bear Fishing at 909-866-7303 to book a private charter or for fishing suggestions/tips.  If you go fishing on your own we suggest Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon or slip rentals 909-866-2455 and Big Bear Sporting Goods for fishing gear and tackle 909-866-3222.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It was a sweet summer and it should be fantasic fall fishing on Big Bear Lake!

The summer could not have been sweeter on Big Bear Lake for all water activities. The weather was incredible, fishing was fine and most important the memories made with so many special visitors were PRICELESS. Big Bear is truly a four season getaway and we think you should visit at least once during winter, spring, summer and fall. FALL IS FANTASTIC and personally as trout fishers we find fall the most appealing for being out on the lake catching rainbow trout. This blog is to inspire you to get to Big Bear soon during this time and try some trout fishing before winter hits. Not only are the trout loving the cooler water temperatures and starting to bite more but the scenery is absolutely amazing. If you go out on the lake this time of year and troll for rainbow trout you will feel as if you are fishing in a PAINTING.  First thing you notice as you're trolling along and looking into the lake is the colors and different effects of the water. Then you look up and outward and start taking in the beauty of the entire lake and incredible views all around the shoreline. You'll get lost looking at all the trees with their different shades of leaves which is a kaleidoscope of autumn colors- those trees are hard to get past. Once you look up along the mountains to their peaks and then all the way to the sky you will feel the total picture and know what we mean by fishing in a painting. Some are fortunate to get a bonus like a great sunrise, sunset maybe a rainbow or awesome clouds and the moon. It sometimes does not look real it is so perfect and finely detailed and ever changing. The birds are intersting to watch this time of year and you will see many sorts from ducks to eagles. Can't forget the feeling and smell of the air, it's feeling is clean and crisp and the scent it's different now for sure- it smells like one of those room fresheners but REAL with the gentle scent of pine, the other plants and leaves and there's that little kick of the wood burning coming from the smoke of a cabins chimney. Your senses really can tell that the seasons are changing and winter is on the way. Now that all the summertime recreational activities are done and gone from this point on you might even find you are the ONLY one fishing on the lake and it feels as if the entire mountain and lake was reserved all for yourself. It is a treat like none other. We highly suggest if you're looking for a new adventure to give Big Bear Lake and charter fishing a try. You will not be disappointed and it is often the highlight of ones stay in Big Bear. It's more than fishing, it's a tour of the lake while relaxing and catching beautiful rainbow trout at the same time. You will find countless photo opportunities, memories and feeling of complete satisfaction when you get back to the dock. It's a huge surprise for many when they find out how much joy and fun times trolling for rainbow trout on such a beautiful lake can be. Once discovered how rewarding trout fishing can be, Big Bear usually becomes an annual getaway and there is an awesome bond many families and friends make with their favorite charter fishing guides. It's special fishing for a few hours together, getting to know folks and watching them catch their trout each year while on quality vacation time.  You may want to do all the fishing on your own and that's great too. Pleasure Point Marina is close to the Gold Rush office and it's where Lucky Bear Fishing Charters is located.  It's a wonderful marina and great location to fish out of. Pleasure Point offers pontoon and slip rentals and will do your Quagga Muscle inspection, issue you a lake permit and let you launch your boat if you moor there. Big Bear Sporting Goods is a great resource and place to shop if you plan to go fishing on your own. They will give you tips, sell you what you need and ultimately save you time and money.  If you go charter fishing or visit the guys at Big Bear Sporting Goods it can make a difference and you should be catching instead of fishing! We will continue to do charters until December 1st or as soon as 6" or more of snow arrives- which ever comes first. The trout bite should get better and better as the water temperature drops. Please go to Fishhound for the latest Big Bear Lake fishing reports. One of the most important things to consider when you visit Big Bear is where to stay. We know our customers who stay with Gold Rush Resort Rentals always enjoy their getaway and they mention how lovely, clean and conveniently located the cabins are and they really like the Gold Rush office location too. All customers plan to return which is a sure indication that Gold Rush treats folks right. Here's the phone numbers and web sites to the businesses mentioned who will all make your stay memorable and fun. Gold Rush Rental Resorts for cabin rentals: hit the CABIN SEARCH button above or call 1-866-372-2246. Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon/slip rentals: 909-866-2455. Lucky Bear Fishing Charters for guide service: 909-866-7303. Big Bear Sporting Goods for fishing  tackle, gear and pole rentals: 909-866-3222. IMPORTANT- anyone who plans to fish on Big Bear Lake who is 16 years or older must have a valid California fishing license. Please visit for licenses, general info and fish and game regulations. The limit is five trout per person each day. Well we pretty much have given you the resources needed to make your fall fishing trip complete while visiting Big Bear Lake now all you need to do is make your reservations!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Falling for Big Bear

Fall has officially arrived in Big Bear. With each season, the weather isn’t the only thing that changes, so does the options of things to do. Come on up, the weather is cooler and the crowds have waned. Visitors to Big Bear are treated to the beauty of autumn colored leaves, brilliant yellow, orange, and red all ablaze and in bloom.
While the lake is still accessible and always a special treat, anglers have recorded record weight catches. If you don’t own a boat you can still rent one from many of Big Bears marinas sprinkled throughout the Big Bear Valley.  If the lake is not on your to do list, maybe you want to enjoy the mountains on horseback.  At Baldwin Lake Stables you can choose from 1 or 2 hour rides as well as half day rides. There’s a variety of terrains to explore on several trails, each with incredible views along the way. Riding by horseback is a peaceful way to discover another side of the Big Bear Valley. 
Another option would be to explore the trails of the Big Bear Valley by foot. Get your hiking boots on and prepare for adventure via foot path.  Become one with nature and declare your independence from the trappings of modern technology by using your own foot power. You may just surprise yourself, hiking just may become an activity you will discover you enjoy and choose to do it more often.
These activity options are just a few to consider. Big Bear Lake has so much to do, see, and explore every season of the year.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The holidays will be here before you know it! We are already posting some savings to help make things more affordable.

At Gold Rush Resort Rentals, we are commited to helping our guests by offering nice cabins at fair pricing. Value for your vacation dollar.

Keep watching our specials page as we have promotions planned at various times. We look forward to welcoming you to our home for the holidays!

Come on up and treat yourself to a white winter wonderland this Christmas!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Come On Up to Oktoberfest Fun!

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is in full swing.  It began September 15, just a few weekends ago, but, nonetheless, it’s as good as ever. Anyone that has attended surely knows why this event is the most popular in the country. 
The Big Bear Oktoberfest history dates as far back as 1970, that’s 42 years of German festival fun!  Come on up we’re serving up the Bratwurst,  apple strudel, and many varieties of Beer for all to  enjoy. Don’t forget to participate and try your skill at log sawing or stein carrying, and, of course, let’s not forget doing the Chicken Dance.
We’re here to help you find the cabin that is perfect for your specific needs.  Last day of Oktoberfest is Oct. 27th. Call us today at 800 363-8303.

Friday, September 21, 2012

"Coming Out" in Big Bear!

Don't be afraid to show your support and come on out to help the Big Bear Alpine Zoo this Friday, Sept. 21rst.

Everyone is invited to attend the "Coming Out of Hibernation Party" held at the RE/Max Real Estate Office in the Moonridge Corridor.

Attendees will be treated to the premier presentation of the new "Zoo Scale Model," as well as live entertainment and food. Although admission is free, donations are appreciated and will support The Big Bear Alpine Zoo in its cause to educate the public regarding the treatment, protection and conservation of wildlife.

More details call (909) 878-4200

Location: 42718 Moonridge Road

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Forcast of Snow In Big Bear this Saturday!

Who said it doesn’t snow in the summer? Well, maybe not in your area, but, when you live in paradise you can expect the unexpected!
If you haven’t visited Big Bear Lake during the Hot Dawgz and Hand Rail event you’re missing quite a treat! This event has been held in Big Bear for nine straight years and this year is no exception. This Saturday, September 22nd is the date that snow will appear on the slopes of the Bear Mountain Resorts, turning summer into winter with 120 tons of the fun white stuff!
The event is the largest winter kickoff in the industry and brings out over 7,000 sports enthusiasts - the top forty professional snowboarders will be in attendance as well as compete for $15,000 in cash prizes. This year’s competition will be all new for 2012.
Many other activities will be included for tourists enjoyment. A variety of vendors, live music that will include bands & DJs, games, prizes, contests, food, and more. This is also the final chance to get the best deal on prices for a Special season pass for the 2012/13 ski season.
It's not too late to call and rent one of our cabins and make it an unforgettable weekend! Come on up and enjoy the snow!

Our Toll Free Number to Your Unforgettable Stay is 800 363-8303

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Big Bear Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest officially opens today and runs every weekend thru October 27th.  Oktberfest is one of Big Bear Lakes main events and is reputed to be the largest Oktoberfest event held in Southern California. Many of our guests and tourists to Big Bear make attending this fun loving activity an annual tradition. The fun of Oktoberfest starts each Saturday at noon with German bands, polka dances, and events for the entire family. 

Today, the Oktoberfest is opening with a salute to our America’s Hero's. This evenings opening ceremony will reflect an acknowledgment of the sacrifice made by the brave men and women in all services of our military, fire fighters, and our men in blue. Any attending guests that have I.D. verifying that they are part of that team will get in for free.

The Big Bear Oktoberfest draws some rather large attendance, if you're planning to attend, you may want to heed some of our advise to help make your attendance more enjoyable.

Buy your tickets in advance
Buying your tickets in advance is easy and one way to avoid large lines at peak times. click this link to view the pricing and packages offered.

Don't just come for the day, make it a fun weekend by choosing one of our Big Bear cabins! We have many Big Bear cabins to choose from with a variety of pricing and options. Call us toll free at 800 363-8303 or Click this link to begin your search: 

Fun for the whole family! As you would expect, there are German bands and dancing, an awesome way to introduce young children to the German cultural experience. If you have young children, make your trip to the event on Sunday. Sundays are family day and children under 12 get free admission and adult tickets are only half price. Besides music and dancing there are also a variety of contests you can choose to participate in or just simply watch and enjoy the entertainment! For kids, their contests begin on Sundays at approx. 3:00 p.m. and can include pretzel eating, polka tots, and other themed activities.

Other fun activities at the fest besides the music and contests are the vendors offering an array of items to purchase as well as face painting, bounce houses, pony rides, and, there's even a petting zoo. 

Try some German Cuisine:
Don't forget, or, if you don't know, Oktoberfest is also known for its German delicacies and wonderful food! There are many varieties to choose from you'll have a difficult time narrowing it down, or maybe decide to sample a few. Either way, you won't be disappointed! What would an Oktoberfest be without Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Polish sausage, Sauerkraut, and German Potato salad. Don't worry, for those of you who are less adventurous or have children who have finicky palates, there's also the good ol' American favorite, hot dogs, hamburgers, and more. So, there's no way to leave hungry!

Good Ol' German Beer! It doesn't get any better than this! For those of you who are 18 years and older and enjoy a good brew, there's over a dozen different beers to choose from. Indulger's will not have to worry about driving as O’Doul’s is sponsoring a Free Shuttle ride back to your cabin from the festivities.

All and all, this years Oktoberfest is sure to please, we hope to see you up in Big Bear soon!

The team at Gold Rush

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Guess Who's Turning 68 Years Old?

Who is currently 67 years old, has his own website, and is a national icon? It is Smoky Bear! His "birthday" is Aug. 8th and he is still going strong preventing forest fires!

Smokey has no middle name, not even "THE"...but he is the real deal. Go to his website and take the "Get Your Smokey On Pledge" and play some games. You have to be at least 13 to take the pledge!

So come on up and check out the Smokey Bear discounts at the Discovery Center as well as keeping an eye out for ol' Smokey himself! They don't call it Big Bear for nothing!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Pancakes

Start your birthday off right by making these delicious pancakes that get their flavor from cake batter rather than pancake batter. The glaze is heavenly if you love butter cream frosting as I do.
Put a candle on top and you've got yourself a birthday breakfast that is sure to put a smile on anyones face no matter how old they are turning!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Activities in Big Bear

Here's a video put out by Bear Mountain Resorts about some activities to consider doing this summer.
Of course this is jus the tip of the ice-burg, but, it's a nice introduction to get your thoughts going. If you're not in the mood to be active, there's always enjoying ones self in a wonderful woodsy cabin.
We have lots of cabins to choose from located throughout the Big Bear Valley.
Look at our Concierge and Local links to connect with some of the businesses shown in this video.
We look forward to seeing you up on higher ground!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Brent Payne and Dakota In Concert

Listen up all you cowboys and cowgirls, and others of course, following the Chili Cook Off, Brent Payne and Dakota will be in concert for some good ol' barn stompin' good music!

Brent Payne has opened for numerous musical artists including: Garth Brooks; Willie Nelson; Buck Owens; 38 Special; Charlie Daniels; Lee Greenwood; Vince Gil; Randy Travis; BJ Thomas and Asleep at the Wheel.

Payne begins his musical journey at the Convention Center stage at 7 p.m. This is fresh from Las Vegas, and covers a variety of music that will appeal to young and the young at heart. Jazz, classic rock, oldies, country and rhythm and blues. 

Dakota is a seasoned group with six professionals from every walk of life. Their musical influences run deep and include Irish, Classical, and very deep rooted Jazz. You couple that with a country boy from Oklahoma and you wind up with a very unique sound.

For more about Brent Payne and Dakota, visit
Tickets for the Brent Payne and Dakota concert are now on sale. Click Here. Tickets are $10.

Old Miner's Chili Cook Off Today

Hey, everyone, the Old Miner's Chili cook of is today. Professionals from all over attend and compete in this International Chili Society event!

Make sure you come with an empty stomach and ready to taste lots of varied recipes of great chili!

The event is being held this year at the Big Bear Convention Center, there's also carnival rides and vendors selling all kinds of artistic things for souvenirs. Games and rides are from 10 am to 10 pm today. There is no admission fee to the chili cook off, guests wishing to taste the chili are charged $3.00 for a "tasting" kit.

The recipes for judging will be Red Chili, Chili Verde and Homemade Salsa.

If chili isn't your thing or you want to add some other interesting food, Wyatt's Restaurant and bar is the newest addition to the Convention Center.

TIP OF THE DAY: TAKE BENO, and there will BE NO gxs........LOL :)

Good Luck to All the Chili Cookers out there, oh ya, good luck to all the tasters too!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Lucky Day Today!

It's arrived! "Lucky" 13 is here, one of the best things is that it is also Friday! 

Our team is busily preparing cabins for all those of you who made the smart choice to get out of the humidity and enjoy our fresh clean mountain air.

Today is the Old Miners Calcutta Kick off Dance and Auction held at the Convention Center, this is the official kick off of the Chili Cook off event. Those in attendance will enjoy dinner and drinks as well as join in the fun festivities of a live auction. Bidders will be making their decision on which team will be the winners of the Chili cook off event.The great thing about being the lucky bidder on the winning team is that the winning team of the cook off will share their cash prize winnings with the person who was the winning bidder for their team along with the Old Miners Association. The Calcutta Dinner is always a fun affair.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eve of Friday the 13th!

It's almost here.......

Your lucky day is when you can get away to a beautiful place like Big Bear Lake and get a discount at the same time.

We're  Lookin' Out For You!
Make Friday the 13th your lucky day by renting one of our cabins by the lake,village, or swim beach and have an awesome weekend as well as get a discount on your stay!

Get out of the tremendous heat down the hill and enjoy our wonderfully blue skies and crystal clean lake water. Make sure you protect yourself in the sun by wearing sun screen.

Rent a boat from Pleasure Point Marina or take a guided fishing excursion with "Lucky" Bear Fishing Charters!

So, make today your "LUCKY" day and come on up for some fresh air and sunshine!

Your Fun Loving Hospitality Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals!