Saturday, June 30, 2012

America's Favorite Eats for the Fourth - BBQ Baked Beans

The Grill is the most popular cooking method for summer, and the most popular day for summer grillin' is an American favorite, Independance Day!

The grill isn't only for steaks, chicken, hot dogs, and hamburgers, you can also use it to make some awesome baked beans.

Most everyone looks forward to homemade BBQ Baked Beans on the fourth of July!

Here's another great recipe and demo on how the best beans won the west.......

Try these this holiday.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Gettin' Ready for July 4th - Grillin' Potato Bombs

Have you ever had a potato bomb? No, it's not something that explodes, except for the taste in your mouth.

Here's a twist on an old favorite. Try these this July 4th for somethin' different but tasty.

Found this video from the BBQ Pit Boys, it's worth the time it takes to watch.

Tell us what you think......

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Still Time to Reserve Your Cabin for Indpendence Day

Hurry, for those making a decision to come to Big Bear to celebrate the July 4th holiday, we still have a few available cabins.

Also available is a variety of promotional options for stays during Independence Day.

Click here to view our current promotions, July 4th and otherwise.

We're looking forward to seeing you in Big Bear!

The Gold Rush Team

July 4th Grillin' Recipes to follow

Get ready, as we are gearing up for the one of biggest grillin' days of the year!

As we approach the Independance day holiday we will post some fun grillin' recipes you may want to include on your lunch or dinner table for the day.

Check back each day to see what new ideas and recipes we add.

Have fun and grill hearty - let's party....

Let's begin with a refreshing festive punch....
Independence Punch

What you need:

Cranberry Juice
Blue Gatorade Frost
Diet 7-Up
Ice cubes

What to do:

(Either in a Glass or a drink dispenser)

Fill the glass or drink dispenser with Ice.

Pour In the Cranberry Juice.

Next Pour in the Blue Gatorade Frost, BUT make sure that when you're pouring the Blue Gatorade Frost that you pour straight onto some of the ice to gently add the layer. If you pour it directly into the juice it will mix!

Next, pour in the Diet 7up, also pour onto an ice cube to prevent them from mixing.

I suppose you could do this with any color drink combo.
Try other colored drinks for other seasons or holidays.

You need to use drinks with varying amounts of sugar, since those that contain more sugar (such as soda) are denser than those with less (such as diet drinks), this makes it possible to actually stack one on top of another.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Are you Ready for an Exciting July 4th?

The pomp and circumstance that surrounds the Independance Day celebration in Big Bear is awesome!

We are so blessed to be living in such a warm and wonderful town. Everyone working together to bring locals and traveling guests to our community warms our hearts.

Locals love to show their appreciation to visiting guests. We roll out the red carpet and hope that ya'll can tell we are happy to have you here.

Markets are stocking up their shelves to ensure that they have all the goodies you will need to bring back to your cabins for a great fourth of July BBQ.

Guests have expressed a hearty thank you for offering a FREE night, with the struggles of todays economy we understand how it can be difficult to overcome. Every little bit helps and we are here to help you take a break and get-a-way!

We're making sure all the BBQ's at the cabins are cleaned and ready for grillin'. Summer is a favorite, you get the smell of BBQ wafting in the air intermixed with the fresh mountain pine trees, what a way to go!

Call our toll free number to get your FREE JULY 4th night. (800) 363-8303

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gold Rush the Movie in Big Bear was released in 1925

Wellllll, actually June 26, 1925 the Charlie Chaplin movie, "Gold Rush" was released! Couldn't let THAT movie go by with out mentioning it!

Did you know that here in the Big Bear Valley numerous movies and TV shows have been filmed, many to do with the beauty and splendor of the mountains! Quite a few of these movies helped establish a place for Hollywood Notables to come to, to escape the city!

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's all about celebrating July 4th in Big Bear Lake

Heads up! Just wanted to share that we have posted a new page on our website. Click this up and take a peek, good info if you are coming up to celebrate Independance Day!

Hope to see you up here!

The Team at Gold Rush

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Who loves fireworks?!?

Big Bear Lake has been acclaimed one of the top three places in California for our spectacular 4th of July Fireworks display. Don't miss the show and book your cabin now!!!

We still have discounts available for all homes and group sizes (certain restrictions apply)

Availability will not last so give us a call ASAP (please) :)

(866) 372-2246

Saturday, June 23, 2012

We are offering July 4th Night FREE to our Renting Guests!

Yes, that's right. Currently, we have just posted an incredible offer that is extended to our entire inventory on all our remaining available cabins over July 4th.

This year, Independence Day is right smack dab in the middle of the week, hump day to be exact! We'll we thought it would be awesome to extend this great discount to guests looking to get away a few days.

If you rent July 2 & 3 you will get July 4th for FREE! 

How's that for an awesome special. This offer is for a limited time only, hurry, our countdown clock is ticking away the time.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Teachers ruled the trout on Big Bear Lake this week!

This week brought a group of teachers from Arizona to Big Bear Lake for team building, relaxation and fun times! We took the teachers out fishing in small groups over the past six days and everyone loved the lake and enjoyed themselves and found out how much fun trolling for rainbow trout can be. They each reeled in multiple trout and learned that fishing is a great thrill and challenge at the same time. The weather was spectacular and the group remarked how nice it was to not be in 114 degree temperatures and out of the desert and in a lush green forest. It was also nice to hear that they each want to bring their families back to experience the beauty and activities of the mountains. This past week the majority of our trout were caught trolling from Metcalf Bay to the dam and over to north shore at Grays Landing. Many quality 2-2.5 lb trout were caught from the surface to 25 feet. Night crawlers on the down riggers at 6ft and 15ft and Dick Nites in brass with orange and brass with chartreuse, PKLures 1/4oz copper flutter fish along with prototypes from PKLures are all working on leaded lines 3.5 to 4 colors. Various flies on the surface were working well in the mornings. If you are thinking of bringing a group to Big Bear Lake for a retreat make sure to check out Gold Rush Resort Rentals for awesome cabins that neighbor each other in great locations There are many activities for groups to participate in together like charter fishing. Lucky Bear Fishing Charters can accommodate up to eight adults comfortably on our fully loaded pontoon boat or up to 10 people if at least two children are in the group. Lucky Bear is perfect for bringing families, friends or coworkers together for a unforgettable trout fishing experience on a gorgeous lake that provides unlimited photo opportunities. The teachers enjoyed jet skiing, cruising around in a pontoon rental, Miss Liberty boat tour, zip lining and charter fishing. Here are some other great ideas for activities or things to do while staying in Big Bear Lake Big Bear Lake is a perfect place to create lasting lifetime memories and also relax and enjoy all of the natural beauty the mountains and lake have to offer. These teachers were not all sure that they would like to fish but all found out that trout fishing is the ultimate fun thing to do on Big Bear Lake. As soon as they caught their first fish they each were hooked. Most enjoyed eating the fresh trout they caught themselves and wanted to have it more than once for dinner. It was nice to know that these fine teachers who came from Arizona left the San Bernardino National Forest hooked and wanting to come back for more trout fishing and fun times on Big Bear Lake! Call Mike or Trish at Lucky Bear Fishing if you have questions or want to book a charter 909-866-7303

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sunny Sunny and More Sunny :)

Once Big Bear comes out of the cold temperatures it's almost like the valley blooms like a flower of options lol

I have been in the lake every chance I get , we have had nice warm weather with cool breeze all week and weather looks promising for the next few days as well.

With deals starting under $300 for a two night stay (with a spa!) who could not be here!
If you make your reservation more than 30 days out (non holiday) we will only require 60% of rental costs up front, making payment options easier.

Here is a tease of whats in store for the Big Bear Lake Valley

Weather for Big Bear Lake, CA

81°F |

Wind: NE at 13 mph

Humidity: 10%81°43°81°39°75°37°75°37°

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Fathers day to all the daddies out there!

Here is a little Poem I wrote to my father today and I wanted to share it with everyone...

To my father who I love so dearly

I should have listened to you in the past

But now I hear your words so clearly

I would give anything to make them last

You showed me so much in the time we had

You’ll always be such a wonderful dad

I value our memories and hold them dear

Here I am, in this world without fear

Today is your day, and I send you my love

With all my strength I know you’ll receive it from above

I feel your presence and let out a sigh

Knowing you hear me as plain as this day

From the sky

Happy Fathers Day

Martin Flaherty

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Musical arts of Big Bear....

this weekend Big Bear is having The "Singer and Songwriter" music in the mountains at our Discovery Center on the lake. Lots of musicians and info will be shared along with local places to eat in Fawnskin.

I personally love the north side of the lake for all the sights and lake related area.

Next weekend we have the annual Jazz Fest on the lake at The Marina Resort. This is a blast and loads of fun, you can even purchase a ticket to be on the watercraft that carries the band.

If music in the mountains sounds fun, give me a call to make your lodging plans :)

Prices start at $255.11 for two nights (with a jacuzzi)

Get Ready for an Amazing July 4th Holiday in Big Bear Lake

We’re less than a month away from the greatest show on earth! At least, the greatest show in Big Bear for July 4th festivities. Our fireworks extravaganza is reputed to be the best fireworks show in Southern Calfornia.
The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake hosts a barbecue lakeside on Wednesday, July 4th.  Celebrate America’s Independence while taking in the breath taking beautiful views of the lake while indulging your taste buds to some great food.
Not to mention the carnival games and live music in the area. There will be lots of action to entertain if you want to get involved. If not, sit back and relax in one of our wonderful cabins.
We are also extending discounts for the July 4th holiday. Check out our specials page and see what works for you.
It’s not too late to make your reservation. Hey, plan to participate in our Golden Grub Master contest.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Join in our Golden Grubmaster Contest!

We are excited to announce our newest contest we are offering to our guests who stay in one of our Big Bear cabins during the summer.

Our Golden Grubmaster contest is our twist on the ever popular food network show, Iron Chef America.

Guests who wish to participate will learn what the secret ingredient is at the time of their check-in. They will have an opportunity to bring their dish and have it judged against the other entries for the week.

The winner of that week will then be entered into our ultimate drawing on Labor Day weekend.  The name drawn on Labor Day will be declaired the "Golden Grubmaster" crown and win a free 2 night stay available anytime from Sept. 4 - Nov. 15, 2012.

We are always looking for fun ways to engage our guests and encourage them to have fun from the very beginning of their stay.

Do you like the idea of this contest? We'd love to hear your opinion. Also would welcome other ideas on family friendly contests and events to offer our guests.

Looking forward to hearing from you........

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Come on up Dad for an awesome Father's Day Weekend!

We’re on the eve of one of the most perfect weekends of the year! An awesome father’s day weekend awaits all lucky Dads who are coming to Big Bear Lake. This weekend promises to bring beautiful blue skies and wonderful wifs of the scent of pine trees that abound in our awesome mountain community.
Whether your dad is active and loves to go on hikes or just sit back on a boat and unwind while landing a line in the water this is the place to be. Fishing is a popular past time for many dads, whether you bring your own boat, rent one from any of the marinas throughout Big Bear, or treat dad to an extra special day on the lake with a professional fishing guide, dads of all ages and interests are sure to have an awesome father’s day on the hill!
For golf loving dads, don’t forget about our Bear Mountain Golf Course. Nine holes of challenging green, play it twice for a typical day of 18 holes.
We are so pleased to have offered one of our greatest promotions of the year. Our pay for one stay for two promotion has always made a big hit for the time we offer it.  June is a great month to take advantage of a free night. Don’t know anywhere else where you only need to pay for one night in a cabin and get the second night for free.
Our pay for one stay for two promotion runs thru June 23, 2012. Come on up and take advantage before time runs out!
See you soon…….

Friday, June 8, 2012

Summer is here and kids are getting out of school and going fishin'

In the past couple of weeks the weather has been extreme and dramatic to say the least. We have gone from folks wearing their ski clothes to fish in to shorts and tank tops in less than one week. The trout can't take off winter jackets and put on summer shorts so we'll assume that they are adjusting to these weather changes like we are! Trout fishing has officially got tough and many people are spending the day with not many bites. The best suggestions we can give is to stay determined and have a fun time! If you switch up your lure or bait about every fifteen minutes and change locations and depths often you should be able to round up some nice quality rainbow trout. The chance of catching a trophy size trout also exists. If there was any consistency to lures, locations, depth or other useful information we would provide it. The best thing to do is keep fishing and trying different things. The lures that worked the most in the past week are a variety of needlefish, PKLures, Rapalas and night crawlers. The trout were caught from surface to 25 feet. As quick as the trout turned off they should turn back on. In the meantime, patience is part of fishing and that is something that's not too bad to learn on gorgeous Big Bear Lake. The weather is exceptional and the lake is still wide open so get up for some fun summer time fishing. It's going to be a fun Father's Day Fishing Weekend on the lake! All these cute kids caught some fish this week but they also learned patience and were perfect sports.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Trout are Moving West and Playing Hard to Get!

Fishing can be challenging and fun at the same time and this weekend proved just that! The good news is you can catch some nice hard fighting trout right now on Big Bear Lake. Even better news is you could catch your trophy trout anytime and almost anywhere if you have a line in the water! Now the bad news is you must work a little harder and be patient and there is no better lake to spend time fishing on than Big Bear Lake. The preparation, wait and then landing the fish is what make fishing exciting and worth it all- especially when there's a beautiful rainbow trout at the end of the line! Well the trout are continuing to move around and adjust with the change in seasons. The water temperature has risen rapidly in the past month and this is when the trout go west and can play hard to get. In a three hour trip we averaged anywhere from 4 to 22 rainbow trout in the past three days. Good news is big fish are being caught and most of our trout have been nice 1 1/2 to 2 lb hold overs. There is no rhyme or reason to when, where and what will work right now! The secret is to be determined, keep changing locations, depths and lures if necessary. Most fish were caught on the south shore from Metcalf Bay to Lagunita Lodge and back. Lures that produced the most were a variety of PKLures and Rapalas. Copper, silver and brass all worked and perch and rainbow patterns hit most. PK flutter fish in silver and copper were on fire at times. 3/4 oz was hitting some nice size hard fighters. Night crawlers also were hot and then cold. Depths that hit most were between 19-24 feet and 6-7 feet on down riggers. Three to five colors on the leaded lines. Can't be specific about much now because variety is the name of the game and there is no consistency yet. Book your cabin with Gold Rush Resort Rentals and get up where the skies are sunny and blue! It's time to experience good, clean fishing on one of the most beautiful lakes in California. If you fish with Lucky Bear we will clean your fish so you can take back to your cabin to cook and enjoy! You may also catch and release. Call Mike and Trish at Lucky Bear Fishing to book a charter or for fishing suggestions for trolling 909-866-7303. Go to Big Bear Sporting Goods for shore and still fishing supplies and suggestions. Fishin' for 50K Trout Derby is this weekend- A TAGGED FISH WORTH 50K! It's time to relax, enjoy life and go fishing in Big Bear Lake. Check out the photo below of Alberto from Fishhound - that's a tagged 2.6 lb bow from May Trout Classic that did not get caught on tournament days!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The History of Flag Day

Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. Some state and local communities celebrated Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, but it wasn't an organized effort.

While Flag Day was celebrated after Wilson's proclamation, It was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Most Americans let this day pass as any other day! Let's get those flags flying everyday and display them correctly! We are a proud and mighty nation and we need to keep those flags flying!

I hope you have a great weekend, if we can assist you in making it great in Big Bear, please give us a call!