Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Greetings!

"Hoppy" Easter from our team at Gold Rush to all our family, friends, and guests!

While all of you are busy at home waking up to the surprise that the Easter bunny left for you, don't forget that Snow Summit is having their annual Easter Egg hunt at 10am today for children 12 and under.

There's no charge for this fun event. We'd love for you to share any photos from the event. If you'd like to please post them here or send them to and we will post them for you.

Here's a photo or our creative handywork on the tree in our office. We love bringing out each holiday with festive decor to welcome all of our guests who may be coming during each holiday season.

For those of you who have not been able to come into our office, here's the photo of our Easter Egg tree.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A new feature to our website!

  If you haven't noticed already, we have a new feature that has been added - for your convenience - to the information on our website!
  When you are perusing the information on each of our cabins, check out the tab "MAP PROPERTY".   When you click on that tab you will see a Google version map of just where the cabin is located here in Big Bear.  You can zoom in by using the "plus" symbol at the left side of the map and if you click on the "satellite" tab on the upper right of the map, you will get a real time view of the neighborhood and the cabin of your choice.
  But wait!  Scroll down just a little further on the page and you have the opportunity to put in an address and map your drive from that cabin to any one of the local attractions listed below on the page!  And just check out our list of nearby attractions! Everything from the location of the Gold Rush main office, to local restaurants, marinas, ski resorts, ski and equipment rental shops, shopping, activities and various tour options are listed there for easy access - making planning your visit to our beautiful valley that much more stress-less, giving you a plethora of ideas on things to do while you are here.  You can even print out your directions beforehand to bring with you!  Our website is so fantastically "user friendly" - this is just another great feature to help you choose the best possible cabin for your Big Bear adventure!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ham for the Holiday!

It's just about Easter and it's time to start "hamming" it up! LOL, we always make a large ham for Easter. We like it sweet, we found two awesome ways to prepare and make a very delicious ham for the holiday.

We thought we'd share this in enough time for you to go out and buy the necessary items for the big day!

Here's two instructional videos to help you with preparing
 One is for using honey the other uses brown sugar.

Honey Ham - tastes very similar to the original Honey Baked Ham (only it costs way less)

This one is very good as well but uses lots of brown sugar

Rabbits aren't the only animal that is popular for this holiday!

Tell us what you think!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another Twist on Easter Egg Dyeing

If you like tye-dye you will looooove this twist on coloring Easter eggs.

Happy Dyeing......

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring in Big Bear Valley

  Spring has sprung in Big Bear Valley! 

This is one of the most beautiful times of the year in our valley!  You should plan on coming to see the wildflowers blooming, the fish jumping and maybe try one of the hiking or mountain bike trails that crisscross our valley and traverse over National Forest land! 

And of course there is still "Spring skiing" conditions at both resorts - at least until mid April, at this point for this year. 

The lake will re open on April 1st for boating and fishing out on the lake.  We have "Segway" tours and a Zip line adventure area, off road tours, kayak and canoe tours and rentals to explore the lake a little more "up close and personal", informational nature walks, of course the Village for fine dining and shopping experiences, the Alpine Zoo, check out our concierge info, and of course, just relaxing and unwinding in the clean fresh air above it all here at 7000 feet - as one of our local personalities says "a mile and a quarter closer to Heaven"!

Last but not least, check out our current specials for reduced rates on your favorite cabin, or be adventurous and try another cabin from our inventory!  

Hope to see you soon!

Create Beautiful Edible Art for Easter

Here's a twist on dyeing Easter Eggs! Check out this instructional video on creating a unique Easter egg using the same dye you use for the typical Easter egg.

This is easy and the eggs turn out awesome!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Getting Ready for Easter?

Easter is just around the corner and will be here in less than a week!

There's still time to make a reservation and spend an unforgettable Easter in Big Bear.

We wanted to share this adorable video, hope you like it......

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bear Kub Kabin goes Interactive!

Congratulations goes out to one of the premier cabins on our program. The Bear Kub Kabin has debuted a new interactive floorplan tour!

Bear Kub Kabin has been a favorite cabin of many guests who have stayed with us. It's three bedrooms and 2 baths plus game room with pool table, foosball, and outdoor hot tub has been the rave amongst our vacation guests. This lovely log cabin is sure to make YOUR time spent in Big Bear very special.

The new addition of this exciting option to view the details of the floor plan of this cabin will be a winning tool to invite guests to get a better insight into how each room of the cabin relates to one another as well as understand what rooms are on the various levels of the home.

Enjoy browsing the floor plan.  Also on the page is a video tour.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Conifer View Haus

  Nestled in the pines, Conifer View Haus is well named!  Conifer View Haus - 1  Just a very short drive to Bear Mountain Ski resort, this cabin is centrally located in the Moonridge area, close to many of Big Bear's attractions including the shopping centers.  If you are a group of up to 7 people, looking for a mountain cabin experience complete with an enclosed hot tub, this cabin would suit you well!
  As you enter this 3 bedroom, 2 bath cabin you are struck by the view from the many floor to ceiling windows that grace the spacious open floor plan.  Wood paneled walls and vaulted wood ceilings give the feeling of a true mountain cabin.  The beautiful rock fireplace is the focal point along one wall and the comfy living room seating makes you just want to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire!  The kitchen and dining areas are both open to the living room and the modern, well equipped kitchen beckons you to indulge in creating a gourmet feast!  There are 2 separate sliding glass doors that provide access to the upper deck where you can enjoy the views up close, smell the pines and the clean fresh mountain air and even use the barbeque to grill up your favorite barbequed meats!  This level also features a guest room with a double size bed and another with a pyramid bunk bed (full size bed on the bottom level and a twin size on the top level).  There is also a full size bathroom.  The living room also features a queen size futon for a non-private sleeping alternative.
  The upper level of this cabin is home to the master suite with a queen size bed, 32" HD TV and a private bath.   Even though it looks down on the living area below and the expansive views out of the cathedral windows, you can close the doors and be completely private.
  To enjoy the lower level enclosed hot tub room, you access this private room by utilizing the outer staircase on the upper deck.  The room is completely paneled in wood and  there is a fantastic view of the outdoors through the large sliding glass door.
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  Other features that come with Conifer View Haus are internet access and 2 Ipod docking stations and a DVD player in the living room.  So check out Conifer View Haus make some plans to come experience it for yourself!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Real Magic Carpets Found in Big Bear!

Yes, Big Bear has real magic carpets! Whoever said that magic carpets don't exist has never been to Big Bear Lake.

A big favorite of many visitors ( and locals alike) is our commercial snow play hills. All day long the hill side at the resorts abound with guests wisking down the snowy slopes in brilliantly colored inner tubes!

The Gold Rush Resort Rentals office is just down the street from the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, which is also home to Big Bear Snow Play Slopes. Offering a magic carpet for guests convenience.

The magic carpet has transformed this activity into a much easier experience, as it allows guests to simply board the carpet and rest while the carpet moves forward on its up hill climb to the top of the mountain. Once at the peek, guests simply get off the carpet, choose their spot and ride down the slope. Sounds easy? Well, it is! Simple as that.

No more climbing stairs, which makes it alot easier, especially when taking small children along. The magic carpet makes the day go by quickly and you're able to ride down alot more times than ever before.

The snow play hill is seasonal, however, the resort also grooms its hill with man made snow as often as proper conditions exist. So, it's open for snow play fun well into the Spring as the resort usually has a deep base.

Come on up to Big Bear and experience a real magic carpet ride, then, you too can tell everyone that magic carpets really do exist!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Good Morning to all the lil' Leprechaun's out there! Don't forget to wear some green today if you don't want to get pinched!

Have a great day - If you are going to drink, drink responsibly! Make it a safe holiday for all!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Check out what's new with Elk Lodge!

   News flash!!  Our Elk Lodge cabin Elk Lodge - 1has undergone a change to the way it can be rented!  Like our "Chipmunk Lodge" and "Goldrush" cabins, Elk Lodge has been divided into having 3 different ways to configure the cabin so that smaller groups or families can rent the cabin, keeping the spaciousness and ambiance of the cabin, but without the higher cost or the extra unneeded unused space of the entire cabin.
   Renting the whole "Elk Lodge" cabin, you get a spacious 3 bedroom plus den sleeping area,  2 bath cabin that sleeps 12 comfortably.  It boasts a remodeled kitchen, fireplace, wireless internet, a pool table, Ms Pacman arcade game, washer/dryer, spacious decks with a gas barbeque, a spa, garage access and a lake view.  Winter guests are also treated to a snow play sledding hill in the yard!  Additionally it is just a short walk to Big Bear Lake's Pleasure Point Marina!
  If you have less in your group but would still like to experience this cabin, Elk Lodge becomes "Lake View Lodge" which will sleep 4 to 8 people in style.  You would have access to 2 of the 3 bedrooms, plus the den/sleeping area and the 2 bathrooms as well as the remainder of the fabulous amenities mentioned above.
  Even less in your group?  "Big Bear Getaway" would accommodate 2 to 6 people with access to  the main master bedroom with the king size bed, plus the den sleeping area, the 2 baths, kitchen, fireplace, the pool table and Ms Pacman game, garage, BBQ, deck and spa (however, there would be no access to the washer/dryer area with this configuration of the cabin). 
  Elk Lodge and it's new additions are also now a member of our "pet friendly" cabins as well!  So consider Elk Lodge for your next Big Bear vacation!
  *When the smaller versions  would be in use, the locked off portions of the cabin would be unoccupied to ensure complete privacy to your group.  Rental of these smaller configurations would also require prior approval from management.


Friday, March 15, 2013

A new Big Bear Discovery Center program

  The San Bernardino National Forest Association is excited to introduce the first Nature Explore Classroom in the National Forest system coming to the Big Bear Discovery Center in May 2013!   The Nature Discovery Zone is an outdoor adventure space designed to enhance nature play and exploration while reconnecting children to nature.
   The Nature Discovery Zone was designed by volunteers, stakeholders/community members, staff, area children and an outside consultant, Nature Explore, a collaborative project of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.   The Nature Discovery Zone is designed to inspire creativity, connectivity and stewardship to the natural environment for children 2 to 7 years of age. 
  This new addition to the Big Bear Discovery Center features nine interactive areas to encourage outdoor exploration and unstructured play.  Areas include: gathering area, nature art, messy materials, building, climbing and crawling, music and movement, pathways through planting, dirt digging, quiet area, and a large open area for unstructured play.  
  So when you are in Big Bear, plan on visiting the Discovery Center (brochures available in our office) and check out this new program as well as the many other things to do there!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Snow Creations for 2012/13 Winter Season

This winter season has been awesome! We thank all our returning guests as well as first timers for making Gold Rush Resort Rentals their choice for their stay this 2012/13 season.

Keeping with our motto, Service First - Fun Always, we embarked on making sure our guests had an opportunity to experience some good ol' fashion time in the snow by providing them with our "snowman" kit and letting them know that we are having a snowman contest for a free weekend.

Here are some creatively cute creations. It's going to be difficult to choose who is the winner! Actually, everyone is a winner when it comes to sharing some quality time with friends and family doing an activity you would not be able to share together when you are down the hill.

Check these out, we're sorry for some of the photos not being right side up, we aren't sure how to change this as we have tried various things to no avail.......


Three Leaf Clover is not Milarky!

With St. Patricks Day approaching it's a good time to gather some three leaf clovers and add them to your floral arrangement, or , better yet, wear them somewhere on your person.

We were lucky enough to visit Ireland, bought a necklace that had a three leaf clover encased within a glass heart. We've seen them offered in a retail boutique in Las Vegas.

Anyway, just wanting to warn everyone, we've seen some funny little green fellows running around town, don't know what they are up to (certainly not as high as 3 ft. tall) but we believe they will be spreading some mischief over the lephrachaun holiday.

Keep your doors and windows closed, wear green, and drink shamrock shakes! We have a good recipe for making your own shamrock shake in our recipe section.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Snow-cations are Coming to an End !

We have had lots of fun welcoming many vacationers to their very own snow-cation! As you can imagine, the winter is high time in Big Bear. Although Big Bear is a four season resort, many guests flock to our popular destination during the winter as Big Bear is Southern California's premiere destination for family fun of the snowy kind! 

Big Bear is home to two awesome ski resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mtn., each offer their own specialties to skiers and snowboarders. With classes offered daily, families can come and enjoy whether they are beginners or old pros. Parents with small children can enter their children in classes in the kids' ski programs and have the comfort in knowing that the staff is helpful and friendly and that their child will end their day on the slopes with confidence and enthusiasm.

If you aren't into snow skiing or boarding the next best thing is to take a ride down snowy slopes at one of the commercial snow play areas in Big Bear Lake. We have two, one in Bear City and one towards the west side of Big Bear Lake.  You'll have fun at either one, whichever you choose you will be delighted to know that they each have a "magic carpet", yes, you heard me, a magic carpet! This wisks you up the hill without breaking a sweat! Just jump on and let it take you to the top while you ascend the hill. Once on top you simply place your inner tube where you want and glide down the hill to quickly want to get up and do it all over again.

Those guests who have rented a private cabin that offers it own snow play hill ( and we have a number of them to choose from) won't need to spend the extra money at the commercial resorts to have such fun. If you forgot to bring your tobbagan or snow saucer, Gold Rush Resort Rentals, or many other neighborhood retailers carries them for purchase.

When snow blankets the ground, you'd be hard pressed to not find a family or kids outside creating snowmen or other snow sculpture! It's fun to drive the streets and view the snow creations left by the artists that had fun in the afternoon.

Big Bear offers a small town atmosphere with a big heart! Our locals are friendly and eager to show our guests a great time!

Come on up and enjoy your own snow-cation before its too late!

The Friendly Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals :-)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Going Green in Big Bear Lake

Find Your Pot of Gold - Check out our Recipes for the Holiday!

Leapin' Leprachauns, St. Pat's Day is coming up. For all you green lovers, here's a quick link to our recipe section.

Browse thru the recipes by scrolling down once on the section, there's some good recipes for all kinds of drinks, breads, and goodies themed for the Leprachaunes in all of us! Have fun and think green!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Silver Bear Cabin

   Today's featured cabin is our "Silver Bear" Cabin Silver Bear is located in the Moonridge area of Big Bear, which places the cabin just a short drive to Bear Mountain ski resort.  Nestled among pine trees, this special  3 bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin sleeps 8 people comfortably.  We give it a "4 nugget" (out of 5) rating.  The decor reflects a mountain theme in every room, with a special added touch in the master bedroom of a gas fireplace for romantic evenings!  The cabin boasts a foosball table, expansive decks with a BBQ for your summer (or winter) grilling adventures, and there is even a seasonal sledding hill in the fenced yard for the kids to enjoy!  Other special features include a washer and dryer, internet, multiple TV's, garage access and fireplace with an "insert" in the living room.
  So check out this gem of a cabin in the pines for your next visit to beautiful Big Bear!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Don't Forget Us! Big Bear is a 4 Season Resort!

   With the winter season almost at an end, it is surprising to me the amount of people who only think about Big Bear as a winter-season resort!  More than once, as our guests are leaving, I have said, "Don't forget about us in the summer!" and they will look at me quizzically and say "What is there to do in Big Bear in the summer?!"
  Well .......for instance,  we have this big blue jewel of a lake that offers so much in the way of summer recreation, not to mention the great hiking and bicycling trails, the Moonridge Alpine Zoo, the historical museum, the Discovery Center programs (Music in the Mountains, just to mention one .... ) fireworks over the lake on July 4th, and the peace and quiet and clean mountain air that abound and refresh not only physically but mentally.  There is the spring and fall, also, that offer a myriad of opportunities for exploration of our beautiful valley.  Also it is less crowded on a typical "off season" weekend, than a busy mid-winter weekend.
   Big Bear is so close to much of Southern California, including the San Diego and Las Vegas areas.  Remember, if you've stayed with us before, returning guests receive a 10% discount off the base rate and first time guests qualify for a 5% discount off the base rate!  We also offer military, police and firefighter discounts.  We have pet friendly cabins, cabins with hot tubs, cabins close to the lake, cabins for large family reunions and for just 2!
   Remember to think Big Bear for all seasons of fun!

Winter Snow has been Perfect!

Today's scheduling has gone by quickly and the evening is now upon us. With most of our check-in's all snug in their cabins, we are awaiting a few more before calling it a day.

We've handed out snowman kits to our guests and are happily anticipating seeing the creative works of art that our guests come up with. Of course, all the new additions will be added to the contest.

Our team has really enjoyed this winter season! It's been nice to have some consistent snow fall in Big Bear without it being records levels, just enjoyable and pleasant.

Mother Nature seems to have planned it perfectly for our guests as well. Most of the time our snow events have fallen (pun intended) on or near the weekends making it awesome timing for everyone to enjoy the reason they came in the winter.

Our guests have told us that they enjoy when there is snow on the properties so that it allows them to stay at the property without getting into busy commercial locations.

Whatever you choose, making snowman, snow caves, snowball fights, or sledding down your own private snow play hill, we have many cabins to choose from for your perfect stay in Big Bear.

Our team is going to miss the winter season as it has been a fun time for all of us.

Winter White in Big Bear

Welcoming our guest with a "White" carpet to Big Bear!  Last night and this morning we have been receiving snow, just in time for all our guests to enjoy their weekend.

Come on up and take advantage of the end of the season snow fall.

We're here waiting to serve you - we still have a few cabins left for those of you who have not made advance plans.

Call us toll free - 1-800-363-8303 or Browse & Book On-line.

Your Dedicated Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snow Play Fun in Big Bear Lake

There's snow in the forcast which means there's snow much fun to be had! Come on up this weekend and enjoy! We're giving out snowman kits so that those wishing to enter our contest for a free weekend can participate. Just sharing a video that one of our guests wanted to share with others about their time spent while staying at the Gold Fever cabin in Big Bear.

It's always more fun to rent a cabin in Big Bear that offers its own private snow play hill. Enjoy the comforts of home while your kids have an awesome time having snow play fun during the winter season in Big Bear.

There's snow much fun to be had - just watch.......

There's still time to come on up and enjoy the beautiful snow we still have late in the winter season.

We'll be here waiting for your call!

Your Friendly Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals :-)
Toll Free 1-800-363-8303

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Welcome to our cabin family "Boulder Bay Condo"!

    We have a new "cabin" that has been added to our family of Big Bear cabins!  It is "Boulder Bay Condo" located in the west end of Big Bear Valley in picturesque Boulder Bay.  This cute condo is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath upper level condo with fantastic views of Boulder Bay. Guests have access to the condo complex swimming pool, in ground jacuzzi, and the complex game room with pool table.
   It is just a short walk to our new and improved Boulder Bay park, a local convenience market and a great little restaurant, a personal favorite .... Blanca & Pierre's.  You can also walk to the lake for viewing a gorgeous Big Bear sunset! 
   Check out "Boulder Bay Condo" and consider it for your next visit to Big Bear!
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

There's Still Time Left!

   Hello winter lovers!  Even though the weather has a touch of Spring to it .... it's still winter here in the San Bernardino mountains, and I do mean BIG BEAR LAKE!!  We locals say that it's never safe to do any outdoor gardening until after Mother's Day, so there is potential for snow up until then.  Both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit typically only stay open for the ski season into mid April due to their special use permit issued by the US Forestry Service.