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