THE BLOG

29
Mar

Employee Profile – Agustin Florido

Me and my happy family!

Hello! My name is Agustin Florido and I am the Area Manager for WowRentals in Big Bear Lake, CA.  It has been almost 3 years since I moved to US with my wife and daughter from Argentina.  Since then I achieved a lot, I learned English (which I’m still learning every day), I got my first Job at Wyndham Resorts in Big Bear and moved up quickly from there until I landed here as Area Manager at WowRentals.  Next week will be my one year anniversary and I am very excited about what the future holds.  I have really learned a lot at WowRentals and I really enjoy taking care of our owners’ amazing homes and helping make guests vacations in a Big Bear Cabin a wonderful experience.  With significant determination and honesty I know I will hit my own goals and continue to help make WowRentals a great company.

Running in the scenic mountain trails of Big Bear!

In my spare time, I am an avid ultra runner.  Ultra marathons are my get away, the mountain is my home.  Last year I was able to run my first 100K under 16hours and I managed to finish in 3rd place general and 1st in my age group.  This year I have 2 goals,  finish Holcomb valley race under 5.30 hours (50k) and finishing 100 miles under 24 hours.

I am also a volunteer search and rescue member for San Bernardino Sheriff Departament.  I dedicate over 200 hours a year doing this.  We are not simply hikers, we train a lot, we learn navigation, and do tracking, ropes rescues, hoist, alpine searches in heavy weather conditions, from ice and snow at over 6000ft in mount baldy to Joshua tree in summer under 120 degrees with the mandatory uniform, most of the time off road and off trails.  Two weeks ago we had 2 searches the same week. First one a missing hiker in Mount Baldy, my team was assigned to one of thecanyons under BackBone trail (extremely dangerous trail in winter under ice conditions, 15 inches wide, most of the time the subject won’t survive a fall there).  After hiking for 2 miles in this canyon, we hit a small waterfall, as a team leader I checked the waterfall, was no way for us to go further without a ropes team to climb the waterfall, was too risky, I climb to an edge where I thought was possible to go to the other side, it wasn’t, again, dangerous for the team with the backpacks, 1 mistake and we will be needing the rescue. I saw and I heard on the other side of the waterfall a big boulder coming down (was during 2 days rain and foggy days) there I decided wasn’t safe for us to keep going, we called our command post and we turned back, calling the name of the subject at all times and trying to see or hear something under the fog. Long story short, the subject was located next day, less then 500 feet from the waterfall we couldn’t cross, unfortunately deceased for Hypothermia, we do our best but this time we couldn’t get to him in time.

Search and Rescue in a Chopper!

Two days later in Joshua Tree, a subject had been missing for 4 days.  This time we located the subject, alive, skull fracture with multiple other fractures of limbs as he had fallen 20 feet in the rocks and survived there for 4 days.  Amazing, pay off!

Last night I got call here in Big Bear, the worse for parents, 3 missing girls, 12 years old each, they were playing outside and later reported missing as night set in.   Three hours searching buildings and off road forest at night but lucky for everybody they were found, scared but alive and now safe back with the parents.

Being a part of SAR and volunteering is just my way of making a difference.
I love every time my daughter says to me, “somebody is lost, go find them, her mommy is worried!   Get the back home”.

 

11
Nov

WowRentals Interview on Half Hour Intern Podcast

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Blake Fletcher, the host of the very popular Half Hour Intern podcast.   I really enjoyed my time conversing with Blake about WowRentals and the vacation rental business.  Glad to share my untraditional pathway into this industry.  As hard as it was to leave my dream job in corporate America, running my own business has had its rewards.  Freed of the corporate rat race… able to set my own course…  hired some great people… met some fascinating home owners … and I am fulfilling one of my many dreams.     “Mogul” may be a bit dreamy for a small fry like me in a big industry… but one day… just maybe!!  😉

Follow the links to hear the podcast.  Please leave a review for Blake on iTunes.  He does a great job.

For those of you that like podcasts, this has become one of my favorites.

ITUNES:  https://itun.es/us/71Io8.c

ANDROID:  https://soundcloud.com/halfhourintern/vacation-rental-mogul-with-ryan-bradley

WEBSITE:  http://www.halfhourintern.com/careers/vacation-rental-mogul-with-ryanbradley

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29
Sep

6 Bedroom Ski Chalet – Walk to Snow Summit

WowRentals.com is thrilled to introduce Snow Summit Ski Chalets to our future guests, just in time for winter rentals.  An obvious WOW-Factor for our Snow Summit Ski Chalets is Location, Location, Location!  Just 500 feet away from lifts at Snow Summit Ski Resort the Ski Chalets are two adjacent cabins with a total of 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and perfect for a large family, multiple families, or reunions.  Surrounded by tall pines, fresh air, and mountain ski slopes, Snow Summit Chalets make for a memorable winter or summer get away.  The cabins include two hot tubes and a large back yard for snow play, or hanging out.  We are proud to add these Two Cabins to our portfolio and look forward to our guests enjoying their time and creating memories here.  Visit our website at www.wowrentals.com for more information or to make your reservation today for Snow Summit Ski Chalet.

Snow Summit Ski Chalets!

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps: 20

Snow Summit Ski Chalets can be reserved separately or together.

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Open Floor Plan

Open Floor Plan

08
Sep

WOW Only Begins To Describe Our Feelings About Moose Manor!

Moose Manor is our latest addition to WowRentals portfolio of Sensational Vacation Estates in Big Bear Lake. This 3,100 square foot cabin has incredible 180 degree views of the lake from two levels of decks. Take in a breath of clean air and let your eyes wander across tree tops, Ski Slopes, and the beautiful lake… exhale and say “WOW”.  Moose Manor is conveniently located about 1/3 of a mile to The Village and about 2 miles to Snow Summit Ski Resort.  This is a comfortable custom home that can easily be enjoyed by a large group or 2-3 small families.  To enjoy this relaxing setting visit our website at www.wowrentals.com for more information or to make your reservation today for Moose Manor.

Receive a 20% new property discount when you reserve Moose Manor through November 20th (Use coupon code – MOOSE20) Hurry!

Updated, Cozy Furnishings!

Updated, Cozy Furnishings!

Pool Table Room

Pool Table Room

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Moose Manor:

  • Bedrooms:  4
  • Bathrooms:  4
30
Aug

Introducing Heavenly Valley Estate

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We are pleased to introduce Heavenly Valley Estate!  This vacation estate, which was once featured in architecture and design magazines, has a private swimming pool, tennis court and guest house as well as 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.  This cabin has open living spaces including a large living room with fireplace and pool table as well as a family room with a wet bar. Located on a 4-acre lot gives a sense of privacy.  The back of the house has the perfect private sled run in the winter. This estate has “Wow-Factor” throughout.  This home is located 0.7 miles away from Snow Summit Ski Resort and 1.5 miles from Bear Mountain Ski Resort and less than 2 miles from the lake.  We are proud to add Heavenly Valley Estate to our portfolio and look forward to our guests enjoying their time and creating memories here.  Visit our website at www.wowrentals.com for more information or to make your reservation today for Heavenly Valley Estate.

26
Jul

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Returns This Fall!

The Big Bear Lake Octoberfest is coming up fast.  Call or visit WowRentals.com now to reserve some of the best homes in Big Bear that are located walking distance to the festivities.

The 46th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest offers a unique experience unlike any other, staged at 7,000 feet and attracting thousands of visitors from September to October and it’s rated #1 in Southern California!

Never been to an Oktoberfest? You’re in for a great time! Featuring live music, German food and bands, games, a children’s fun-zone, and a huge dance floor in front of the stage to create memories this fall in Big Bear Lake.

If you’re looking for an attraction to take your friends and family to, you won’t be disappointed! The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest offers you fine food and drink among new friends young and old. Playing a variety of music indoors and out, you can take a seat and enjoy both German and American food.

What are you waiting for? Come on up to the Oktoberfest and enjoy Big Bear Lake like you never have before!

Weekends: Sept 10, 2016 – Oct 29, 2016

Saturdays: 12 noon – 12 midnight

Sundays: 12 noon – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Big Bear Lake Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315

Book your vacation homes with us, now accepting reservations at http://www.wowrentals.com/

20
Apr

Big Bear Bass Tournament

Come visit Big Bear for the 6th Annual Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament Series!

The series consists of 6 qualifying tournaments, March through August and ends with a 2-day tournament of champions September 17th & 18th.

For Big Bear Lake Tournament Registration & Weigh-in information, please call 800.475.3166 or visit www.bigbearbassfishing.com

Book your vacation homes with WowRentals –  http://www.wowrentals.com/

06
Apr

Big Bear Farmers Market

WOWRENTALS would like to invite you to the annual Big Bear Farmers Market

The 2016 season of the Big Bear Farmers Market is here! The Market runs every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm beginning April 5th. All the produce offered at the Market is grown by family farmers throughout the greater Southern and Central California area. Get the freshest fruits, vegetables, and flowers direct from the farm to your table. The Market also features unique arts, crafts, and handmade items by local artisans. Come join us!

Venue: Big Bear Lake Convention Center

Phone: (909) 585-3000

Address: 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315

For more information, visit www.highdesertfarmersmarket.com

22
Mar

Introducing our Latest Sensational Estate – Lake View in the Pines

We are pleased to introduce Lake View In The Pines!  This newly constructed, custom cabin has never been rented previously.  Lake View In The Pines has 6 bedrooms, 3 large decks with views of the lake, a state-of-the-art theater room, game room, and chef’s kitchen with viking appliances.  This home has “Wow-Factor” through the rafters!  It is ideally located in central Big Bear, only 1/5th mile to The Village and 2 miles to Snow Summit.  Everything is new and incredible in this sensational vacation home.  We are truly proud to add Lake View In the Pines to our portfolio and look forward to our guests enjoying their time and creating memories here.  www.wowrentals.com for more information or to make your reservation at Lake View In The Pines.

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08
Mar

30th Annual Big Bear Lake Independence Day Fair

30th Annual Big Bear Lake Independence Day Fair

A day of fun for the entire family under the pines. Arts & crafts, personalized collectibles, jewelry, clothing, soaps and lotions. With 40+ vendors there is something for everyone. Live entertainment, kid’s games, and bounce house.

Book your vacation homes with us for the 4th of July weekend, now accepting reservations at http://www.wowrentals.com/

Start: July 2, 2016 10:00 am – July 4, 2016 5:00 pm

Big Bear Lake Convention Center

42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315, United States

info@bigbearevents.com

(909) 585-3000