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The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear

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The nice folks at VRBO® gave me this page so I could show you the Vacation Rental homes that I have visited. In case you don't recognize me, I'm the VRBO® Bear - a rare blue eyed Teddy bear that loves to travel all over the world... and when I travel, of course I stay only at VRBO® Vacation Rentals (so should you!!)

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# 180596 South Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

Still open for Christmas, Full Ocean View, Luxury Villa

Breathtaking views from the deck.

Breathtaking views from the deck.

08/17/2013 - What an amazing Luxury Villa, highly recommended by the Bear family! We were greeted with VIP services which included being picked up at the airport. When we arrived at the villa there was fresh guacamole with pico and amazing homemade margaritas by the owner and host Adrian! We were shown around the home and the ample amenities were pointed out to us.
The villa has breathtaking views of Banderas Bay where we enjoyed the sunrise each day and breakfast prepared by Monica. Every morning we had the chance to see dolphins and pelicans playing in the ocean right from the deck. August may be known as Puerto Vallarta’s rainy season, but we had sunshine all day with great sunsets and beautiful lightning shows coming over the mountains of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The welcomed rain cooled things off almost every night.
Every room in the villa has stunning decorations. The blown glass, local art, carved wood and special lighting around the home has a fascinating touch. You will be delighted with new discoveries around the house that you didn’t notice the day prior. Because this is the owner’s home she has given her very best down to every last detail, including a fan in every room. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need and more. The master bedroom has a grandiose view of the ocean from the shower. The spacious bedrooms offer splendid bedding. The bathrooms have unique water features in blown glass water containers and drinking glasses for added comfort. The pool overlooks the vast Pacific Ocean, and has a beautiful angelfish water fountain and a marvelous turtle with a mosaic inlay.

Every evening we were totally relaxed and pampered. If there is something you need, they have it. They even offer in house massage for a special rate. Daily cleaning, breakfast made and if you wish to go on an excursion, they know just where to send you. Snorkeling, diving, zip lining, fishing and dinner cruises are some of the best in the world. If you like to Tango or Yoga, this villa is the place to go!

The home is located in the most beautiful part of Puerto Vallarta and close to everything. We took walks around the neighborhood on the beautiful cobblestone streets enjoying the hillside vegetation with colorful bougainvillea, geranium, hibiscus, and splendid ferns. The local beach is just below the home as well as the romantic zone and downtown square known as the Malecon, all just a short cab ride away. They have wonderful evenings with live music and dancing in the square where the locals come out and celebrate life with music, dancing and great shopping.

# 354082 Westwinds, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

On the Beach 2BR - 16th floor Westwinds @ Sandestin - 6seater Golf Cart included

Taking in refreshing gulf breezes, check out the view!

Taking in refreshing gulf breezes, check out the view!

08/17/2013 - This condo is the perfect place to spend a beach vacation. It is just an elevator ride away from a beautiful, white-sand beach with clear, blue water.
The first thing we noticed in when walking into the condo is how open it is. The kitchen, dining and living rooms are all open to each other, which is great for a family wanting to spend time together. We spent our evenings playing family games in the living room and cards in the dining room. The bedrooms both have private bathrooms, comfortable seating and flat-screen televisions.
The kitchen is light, airy and well equipped with pots, pans, bowls, utensils and everything else you need to enjoy preparing a great meal. We got fresh fish and shrimp from a market in Destin and made some excellent dinners here. Since we were so close to the beach, we were able to eat shrimp and pasta at lunch instead of being limited to packing lunch or eating beach food.
Of course the beach is the main attraction here, and this is an incredible beach. The sand is snow white, the water is cool and clear, and the waves are just right for boogie boarding. The beach is reserved for Westwinds guests, so it isn't crowded. There is a beach-side hut where you can get a snack, snow cones, or a drink.
We found two other features of this condo that were great for a beach vacation. The keyless entry is convenient, and means you don't have to remember to bring your key when you inevitably have to run back to the condo to grab something you forgot. The laundry room is situated right next to the entrance, so you can stash your sandy towels and beach toys there and leave the rest of the condo sand-free.

# 317923 La Romana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean, 8 BR, 8 BA, VILLA

Tropical Chic Villa

Enjoy the beautiful view of Casa de Campo while relaxing on the balcony

Enjoy the beautiful view of Casa de Campo while relaxing on the balcony

08/16/2013 - We had the pleasure of spending a whole week in the Dominican Republic in what has to be one of the most beautiful vacation homes we have ever experienced. We arrived at Casa de Campo early in the morning around 7AM, and were guided to Barranca 2. There we were greeted by our waitress for the week; she gave us a tour of the grounds, and then served us the first of many delicious meals that we would enjoy during our stay.

The villa is huge, and both the rooms and landscape were something you might see in a magazine. It consisted of a total of 8 bedrooms spread across four separate quarters. The property was spacious, and gave full privacy from all other villas. The bedrooms were all well-appointed with beautiful furniture and ample toiletries. The master bedrooms both have huge sauna tubs, and a couple of the guest bedrooms had outdoor showers. One of the master bedrooms is located above the dining room, and it had a large balcony with a beautiful view of both the lush green of Casa de Campo, as well as a distant view of the ocean. Both the pool and hot tub were huge, and the staff kept them immaculately clean the whole time we were there.

I highly recommend requesting both the personal chef and waitress, and all of the staff for that matter. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, and the food was amazing. The chef handled going to the store for us each day, purchasing whatever we asked for, and the waitress always checked on us to see if we wanted anything to eat or drink; I’ve never felt so pampered in my life.

We also had a pair of golf carts which were very handy for getting around Casa de Campo. Beyond the beautiful villa, you are surrounded by the lush landscape of Casa de Campo. There is a beach which you can take either your car or golf carts to, as well as a marina, grocery store, restaurants, golf course, and gas station. It is basically a fully functioning city.

We loved every aspect of our amazing rental, as well as the awesome staff that helped to make our stay all the more memorable.

# 89206 Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

7 Mile Beach Front Condo right on Ocean, Very Private Beach & Great Snorkeling

Catching some rays with the iguanas by the beach!

Catching some rays with the iguanas by the beach!

08/12/2013 - “Our HomeAway in Paradise” was the first thing we said as we walked through the door. Immediately we knew we had chosen something
special.

The breathtaking views from the living room were the first thing we saw as we stepped in the door. As we walked through the condo for the first time, we were impressed that the condo felt so much like a home. We were instantly comfortable and relaxed.

The master bedroom had the most comfortable king size bed and an entire wall made of windows. It felt like we were sleeping and waking up on the actual ocean with this window. The view was amazing! We did not stay in the guest room, but we saw that it had the same luxuries as the master. Some might say it is a double master condo.

I would say the nicest part of the condo was the kitchen. It reminded me of my home with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a blender that made the perfect frozen margaritas! The kitchen proved to be the most useful room in the condo. It was easily manageable and cost efficient. We found it useful to eat breakfast and bring lunch to our daily adventures.

Our favorite place in the condo was the patio. Every meal and free moment was spent there gazing at the prettiest ocean one has ever seen.

The condo was conveniently located on Seven Mile Beach and had great snorkeling. This Bear family would highly recommend this condo to anyone and everyone!

# 217989 Surfside Beach, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Fish House: Fabulous Family Beach Home

Enjoying the beautiful scenery!

Enjoying the beautiful scenery!

08/09/2013 - What a lucky bear family we are to have stayed at this absolutely ideal beach house!

Nestled in the quiet town of Surfside Beach, we had nearly absolute privacy. We were however, a thirty-minute drive away from Galveston Island which has entertainment and activities-a-plenty for bears of any age.

The Fish House, as it's titled, is nicely appointed so we were able to make beautiful meals in the open and airy kitchen. There is a large and sturdy outdoor table to enjoy those meals with endless views of the waves. A roomy deck wraps around three sides of the house and there are two bonus balconies on each side of the second floor. This momma bear got to enjoy her coffee while relaxing in the morning breezes from each side of the house and watching the cranes and seagulls fish for breakfast.

This is the kind of house that makes you want to go home and redecorate your bear cave. The Fish House has a definite style and lots of it. You can absolutely feel the love and attention that is afforded with the decor and amenities. There is a gorgeous clawfoot tub in the master suite, beautiful linens and soft towels. The upstairs living room is so perfect for snuggling up with the cubs and watching movies before bed--and that is exactly what we did. It was a great way to unwind after hours in the ocean.

Speaking of the ocean, Fish House is close enough to the beach that my little three year-old cub could walk unassisted and carry his pail and shovels. The house has a garage with beach toys, boogie boards and more plus an invaluable outdoor shower to get the sand out of your fur and leave the beach outside.

I have and will continue to recommend this house to anyone in need of a relaxing and serene vacation with family or group of friends.

# 98704 Nuevo Arenal, Lake Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America, 6 BR, 6 BA, VILLA

Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace

Nature at your doorstep!

Nature at your doorstep!

08/07/2013 - What a perfect home in Costa Rica! The Sunset’s magnificent vistas of the Lake and Volcano are amazing! The house is perched high in the cloud forest, secluded and so, so private, situated within easy trips to the activities of La Fortuna, Nuevo Arenal, Canas and 2.5 hours from a Pacific Coast beach day. Activities are located from ten minutes to an hour away. Patrick was always ready with suggestions for amazing activities and he made all the reservations for us!

There are lots of areas for local hiking and exploration right outside the house. We bears really appreciate nature and there is much to explore!

The climate is perfect. It is cool and crisp, with temperatures that fluctuate from the 60’s to the high 80’s and virtually bug free, due to the constant breezes. They even have air conditioning!

As a hungry bear I really loved the included breakfasts. They are hearty and delicious, with a lot of variety, everything made from scratch. We usually skipped lunch! We also enjoyed the dinner service, it was great after a long day of touring to relax in the home with a freshly prepared, delicious, homemade dinner. So you can enjoy a second (or third ; ) glass of wine and unwind. Patrick even provided a birthday celebration dinner for us; I heard he does anniversaries too!

The indoor pool house was such a great spot to enjoy the pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, ping pong and weights, regardless of the weather outside. This is only home in the region that offers this.

It was great to have high speed internet to check all of our emails too. The house has everything you need - you will want to stay forever!

# 79324 Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE

Cottontail Acres; Private 9 Acres, Ocean Frontage, Gorgeous Views & Beach Access

A bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast!!

A bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast!!

08/05/2013 - When arriving at Cottontail Acres the first thing I noticed was the incredible views of the Point Arena Light House and the ocean. As a bear I appreciate nature and this 9 acre bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast was just what I needed to relax, recharge my batteries and enjoy myself. A few friends and I enjoyed golfing at the Little River Inn Golf course and we found some fabulous restaurants in Mendocino. Manchester Beach was our back yard and we enjoyed the serene beauty of a virtually private coastal experience. The beach was dotted with interesting driftwood sculptures that captivated our senses.

When in the mood to stay in and relax after a long day we took advantage of the large movie collection. The long dining room table allowed us a chance to play poker and was comfortable for our group of 7 large bears and even had a lot of room for more bears if necessary.

We liked the loft and the accents of the home and enjoyed sitting on the deck listening to music as the sun went down. The observation deck halfway down the path to the beach was also a favorite spot to sit and meditate while enjoying the expansive ocean view. One time we saw a pair of hawks wing their way through the cool air above. The privacy and almost total serenity of this house is one thing that will draw us back to Cottontail Acres at some point, I am sure. This was easily one of the most beautiful locations this bear has ever visited.

# 94215 Bella Luna, Orange Beach East, Orange Beach, Alabama, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

***August Special 25% OFF WK *****

Ahhh, living the life of luxury!

Ahhh, living the life of luxury!

08/03/2013 - The VRBO Bear loved being able to stay at this beautiful condo in Orange Beach! With being so close to the white sandy beaches, all of the wonderful shopping and good sea food restaurants, it was a fun filled week for all of us and the Bear!

When we first arrived, we were in awe of the gorgeous kitchen, huge windows overlooking the bay and luxurious master bathroom. The master bathroom’s soaking tub, large glass shower and vanities are sure to make anyone feel they are living in the life of luxury! The condo was huge and had plenty of room for all of us to cook together in the kitchen and then gather around for meals. Being so close to Bella Luna’s pools, hot tub, sauna, and the beach, it was a very enjoyable week with plenty of relaxation.

Each room had their own TV with super comfy beds which gave us all plenty of rest for our days at the beach. We enjoyed boogie boarding and getting some sun while watching dolphins playing off in the distance. It was a great vacation and would be a perfect place to stay for anyone coming to Orange Beach!

# 234215 Angelhaus, Durango Mountain Resort, Durango, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Slopeside 3BR/2BA Real wood burning fireplace Durango Mountain Club access

Enjoying the mountain air from our balcony!

Enjoying the mountain air from our balcony!

07/24/2013 - This Bear cannot get enough of the Colorado Mountains! The condo here in the Durango Mountain Resort was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. The owners supplied everything I needed for making meals and gave me the good idea to stop in Durango for groceries before heading up the hill to the condo (a short 25 minutes from town).

There was so much to do at the Durango Mountain Resort, I found myself trying new things every day. The Alpine Slide, the Bungee Trampoline and a Zip Line were all just a two minute walk from the condo! The beds were comfy, the pool was heated and the short drive to downtown Durango made this a perfect location for us.

There were tons of great places to eat and shop, like the Steamworks Brewery. They had outstanding burgers with unique flavors. And the bear cubs really liked the Toy Depot – with reasonable prices and unique toys for all ages. On the way to the condo was Honeyville. You know I had to stop there and stock up on some local honey, jam and syrup. Yum Yum!

# 176138 Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

'Chesa Mare' A Beautiful 3/2.5 on Open Water with Great Dockage!

Ocean and canal views right out your door!

Ocean and canal views right out your door!

07/06/2013 - “Chesa Mare” says it all! The moment I arrived I knew my visit would be a dream. The home on Leserra Lane offered plenty of room for a relaxing week on the water. 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms is plenty of space to spread out. The outdoor space is even better! The wrap around decks on the 2nd and 3rd levels is spectacular! The view over coffee couldn’t get more beautiful. Views of the canal and the open ocean never get old.
The whimsical decorative touches added so much fun! I made a new friend in the Pelican! Sand dollars are in each screen door and since every room has at least one sliding glass door onto the decks, that is a lot of screen doors. The owners helped make my whole experience so much easier and entertaining. They provided a booklet filled with things to do in the area and a pass to get in to the 4th of July fireworks at a local resort. You haven’t seen fireworks until you’ve seen them over the water!
This home is set up with everything you need from home. From multiple coffee pot options to beach towels and the washer and dryer – all was perfect for a week long stay. The kitchen provided everything needed for preparing each meal as well as picnic lunches to take on the go. This bear even prepared the days catch and made hush puppies to go with it! The dining room table quickly became the center of the home. Aside from meals, it quickly displayed souvenirs and mementoes from my explorations. There was plenty of room for it all.
I couldn’t have asked for a better home to accompany my trip to the Keys!
The VRBO Bear

# 314887 Annapolis, Central, Maryland, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Romantic Gothic Revival Church - Historic Annapolis!

Relaxing with friends.

Relaxing with friends.

07/02/2013 - This Bear is gobsmacked and I am still pinching myself, not fully believing that I stayed in such a fantastic property. This converted church is literally in the middle of it all in historic downtown Annapolis. There is so much to do to right outside the door, but this vacation rental is so nice, the Bear felt completely at ease just kicking back and playing chess with one of the cubs instead of exploring the hustle-and-bustle.

Entering the front door is a treat with a grand staircase leading immediately up. At first, the Bear was a little concerned about lugging the, well, luggage up stairs. But then the Bear found the private elevator.

Entering the main floor with the living room was an astounding experience. A very well-apportioned kitchen faced huge clear-and stained-glass window with a commanding view of the Maryland State House. Preparing coffee in the morning with this view was a special treat. The Bose surround sound stereo system married to the flat panel TV made for a nice place to cool the paws and the wet bar provided everything else.

The next floor up is the main suite. The Bear still cannot believe waking up in a church on a Sunday morning, but a Bear’s life is a varied one. This suite looks out upon the same view as the kitchen, giving a great “good morning” to Annapolis. The master bath with the large whirlpool tub and separate walk-in shower provided ample soak-and-clean time. At first, I was a little concerned about the privacy of the tub, but then I found the switch that controls the electronic glass panel. Up -> clear. Down -> opaque. I could have thrown that switch all day, but if I did, I would have missed going up to the top floor.

The top floor (the 4th from the street) is where the cubs stayed. There was plenty of space with beds, day beds, and hide-a-beds. Very nice faux stucco covering the not-so-faux brick made for a visually appealing space.

One more space to talk about – the Bell Tower. The church’s conversion went all-the-way to the belfry and the bell tower is now a very nice little nook with another wetbar and minifridge. The entire Bear Family had hors d’oeuvres up there as we peeked out of the windows.

The Bear has stayed in some pretty nice places. This property in downtown Annapolis is right up at the top of them. Great property, great location, and a great time.

# 392981 Simpson Bay, St Maarten, St. Martin (St Maarten), Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Paradise Found, Luxurious 1 or 2 Bedroom Beachfront Condo in Simpson Bay

A picture perfect vacation!

A picture perfect vacation!

06/24/2013 - This trip was filled with “Kodiak” moments. But seriously, this bear loved every moment spent in this beautiful condo nestled on the semi-private Simpson Bay Beach!

When we arrived at the Las Arenas complex (which was just a 5 minute drive from the airport), we were greeted by the on-site security guard as we pulled into our designated parking space for the week. When we rounded the corner, we had a truly picturesque view – an infinity pool with lounge chairs overlooking the beach and cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea. I could “bear-ly” believe my eyes! The beach was semi-private and is arguably the quietest (but one of the most beautiful) beaches on the island. Waking up to go running along the beach, which was just a few steps away from our condo, was a nice treat…better than a pot of honey!

The island of St. Maarten is a bustle of activity, with so many fun activities available including horseback riding, ziplining, and parasailing. I had to “paws” and look around at the beautiful scenery with every stop! The owner provided all the materials needed to settle in, including a cell phone to make local calls (supported by a phone card)! We also had a list of recommended restaurants and activities from the owner, which we took full advantage of. It was a very fun adventure and my thanks goes to the owner for “pre-bearing” us for our vacation. It was “paws-ibly” the best trip this bear has ever taken!

# 132274 Ely, Northeast, Minnesota, USA, 4 BR, 1 BA, CABIN

Stone Fireplace - Stunning Views - Very Private

Enjoying the great view from this bright, wonderful room

Enjoying the great view from this bright, wonderful room

06/20/2013 - I felt right at home in this log cabin on Lake Vermilion. Natural light flows throughout this cabin because of the large windows that give a view of the lake at almost every turn. It’s very spacious, with plenty of room upstairs and downstairs. The large shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. There are four bedrooms so there was plenty of room for everyone. The upstairs living room in particular was a hit for my group because could relax and watch TV while looking at the amazing views of the lake. Outside there is a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner which we also used to cook the fresh fish we caught from the dock.

The property is just steps away from the amazing Lake Vermilion. We took a boat out and enjoyed a day on the lake, catching many fish. The cabin is very close to a town called Ely, which is a beautiful town to go shopping and has awesome restaurants. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home. We enjoyed visiting the Wolf Museum in Ely.

For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on Lake Vermilion for your next vacation!

The VRBO Bear

# 315087 Solana Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Steps to the Beach~Dazzling~ Views~ great prices!

“Relaxed and ready to hit the surf!”

“Relaxed and ready to hit the surf!”

06/18/2013 - Solana Beach is a beautiful community near San Diego and this spectacular home overlooks the sandy beach and all the surfing action. This Bear is duly impressed!

We were amazed at the wonderful views from BOTH patios of this beach home. The bear cubs couldn’t wait to take the short walk down to the beach and swim in the rolling waves. They also loved playing at the nearby park on the way to the beach. There were plenty of beach chairs and boogie boards available to keep the whole family relaxed and busy.

This home is very comfortable with plenty of room for a family of bears to spread out. We especially loved the cool ocean breeze that flowed through the patio doors. The kitchen is very up-to-date and has everything you need to do some cooking after a long day at the beach. The cubs were kept entertained by all the videos and games that were provided and they loved their comfy beds to recover from their busy days.

Mr. and Mrs. Bear really appreciated the private gated parking and the remarkably easy access from the garage to the front door. And we all loved how close the pool and hot tub were – steps from the front door! The Owner is very helpful and great to work with - she will help make your vacation memorable!

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy Solana Beach and stay at this fantastic home!

# 286730 Calistoga, Napa County, Wine Country, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE

Private 60 Acre Wine Country Estate with a Pool and Vineyards

Enjoying a dip in the pool.

Enjoying a dip in the pool.

06/10/2013 - Wow! We wanted to experience the wine country and this was the place! The owner was extremely responsive and very nice.

Less than 10 minutes from Calistoga we passed the gates to the property and knew this was going to be special. After driving a few acres past rolling hills into the live vineyard, we saw the adorable farmhouse and cottage with the pool between them. The day was rather warm and the first thing we did was to jump in the pool. From the pool, we could admire the views of the hills and felt lucky to have such a large area to ourselves. The pool was enjoyable, very clean and clear. Once we finally got out, we found nice plush beach towels. After moving inside we enjoyed the gift of wine which was actually from the owner’s own label. Each room in the house has plenty of windows to continue enjoying the views. Downstairs there was a cozy living room with nice rocking chairs. If we had stayed longer, we probably would have cooked more since the kitchen is fully stocked with everything. The bedrooms were upstairs with comfy beds and soft linens.

In the mornings, all the healthy bears would run on the trails that weave thru the vineyard. The trails go up hills with views of apple trees that are spread throughout the property. A favorite spot was the relaxing porch where we found nice big chairs and could gaze out to the hillside.

We had a special evening the night we used the grill and the outdoor dining area. There was accent lighting on the house that made it feel like a special holiday as we dined outdoors. One benefit of being out alone on 60 quiet acres is that you can hear crickets in the evening and birds in the morning.


# 316962 Sapphire, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Sapphire 707 - A SLICE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH!! LAST MINUTE SPECIAL - SEE BELOW!

Relaxing on the balcony at this wonderful condo.

Relaxing on the balcony at this wonderful condo.

06/08/2013 - We really enjoyed our stay at Sapphire 707. All you need to bring is yourself, sunblock and a swimsuit and you are all set! The owner provides everything else you need for your fun days at the beach. We found beach towels, beach toys, coolers, chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards, a very convenient addition.

The condo appeared exactly as described in the listing. The view from the living room/kitchen and balcony was amazing, and definitely did not disappointment. It was beautiful to look out at and people watch. We ate on the balcony a couple of times and also enjoyed watching a lightning storm one night from the living room. The pool was nice and not overly crowded. Sapphire guests are allowed to use The Pearl’s pool next door which we enjoyed since it had a frog slide and was kid friendly. They also played music and had a walk-up bar with refreshments and food.

The master bedroom was spacious and the king size bed was very comfortable. Each bathroom had dual sinks and all the amenities were provided. Hand soap, shampoo, conditioner and even make up remover were provided. Hair dryers were also provided in each bathroom and there were plenty of towels and washcloths. The condo also included a washer and dryer. We used them a couple of times. It was nice to pack up clean clothes for the trip home.

The other two bedrooms were exactly as described. The kitchen had all stainless steel appliances and the entire condo was up to date. It was very refreshing and there was even a spice rack. The hotel staff was all very friendly and helpful as well. The elevators were extremely fast, important since we were up on the 7th floor. I would definitely recommend this condo to friends and family.

# 244053 Summer House, Orange Beach Central, Orange Beach, Alabama, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Beautifully Decorated 3BD/2BA Condo | Huge Outdoor Pool | FREE Nights In August

Relaxation with a view!!!!

Relaxation with a view!!!!

06/01/2013 - What a perfect beach vacation I had at The Summer House! The condo was decorated with beautiful furniture and has views of the Alabama Gulf Coast from both the living room and master bedroom. Going to sleep each night listening to the waves was a real treat. Each morning I woke up early and enjoyed my coffee on the spacious balcony. The beach was literally just a short elevator ride away and was gorgeous. I collected a lot of shells during my stay to take home and will remember this wonderful trip every time I look at them. The water was warm and I enjoyed boogie boarding on the waves! The condo complex also had exercise equipment, an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

The condo had everything we could have needed, including towels, a washer and dryer, comfy beds, televisions in the three bedrooms and a large table the entire family could fit around. The kitchen was fully stocked with cookware and the charcoal grills in the courtyard allowed us to cook in after a relaxing day on the beach. I made multiple runs to the local fish market to pick up fresh shrimp, snapper and royal reds. Another family favorite was Hope’s Cheesecake which is a short distance away.
I can’t imagine having a better beach vacation! I highly recommend this condo to anyone looking to visit Orange Beach!

The VRBO Bear.

# 331194 Eixample, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

2 terraces, luxury 2BR Penthouse. Residential neighbourhood, close to center

Comfortable in my spacious penthouse.

Comfortable in my spacious penthouse.

05/31/2013 - After touring other parts of Europe, we arrived in Barcelona and stayed at this spacious penthouse located right in the heart of the city. Comfortable, elegantly furnished, up-to-date, and well-equipped; this was the perfect place to relax while exploring the city!

When we walked up to the entrance, we were greeted at the door by Valentin. As we rode the elevator to the topmost floor in the building, we knew we were in for a treat! Right as you enter, the ornate furnishings immediately jump out at you and set the mood; this is a place the owners really do care for. Complementing the classy decor, the property includes the latest high-tech features such as fast internet, cable service, a modern smart TV, and ambient mood lighting.

Valentin was a very thoughtful host; he gave us a detailed tour and showed us how to use the various features and amenities throughout the place. He gave us his personal cell phone number in case we needed anything during our stay.

The kitchen is fully stocked with tons of pots, pans, appliances, dishes, utensils, and basic ingredients one would expect, along with a dining table large enough for all 6 guests. Each bedroom has a very comfy bed with tons of pillows, plenty of lighting options, private bathroom with vanity sink, a separate shower, and huge stylish drapes.

As for the location, we couldn't have chosen better. It really is a walking distance to some of the city's most famous attractions such as Downtown/Las Ramblas, and also the sights near Montjuic like the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. At the same time, we were far enough into a residential neighborhood to really get immersed into the local experience. The nearby streets are lined with shops, restaurants, bars, bakeries and supermarkets, all without feeling crowded or "touristy."

In the evenings, each of the terraces was an ideal place to sip on a glass of wine and unwind with a fantastic view of Mt Tibidabo (or Montjuic to the south), all while enjoying the faint sounds of the city below.

Alas, our wonderful stay eventually came to an end, but we are glad we got to experience this home away from home!


# 69514 Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, 2 BR, 3 BA, APARTMENT

Beautiful Apartment in Barrio Norte, Wi Fi Internet

Enjoying the books, music, and art in this wonderful room!

Enjoying the books, music, and art in this wonderful room!

05/26/2013 - Live like a real Argentinian - be surrounded by art, literature, music and film! This home truly feels like a HOME, but Buenos Aires style. You will be inspired just looking at the incredible art and book/music collection. Start your appreciation for art at home, then go explore Buenos Aires’ incredible museums!

The bed was incredibly comfortable, a nice touch was two firm pillows and two soft pillows for whatever your preference. We were greeted with fresh flowers, a bowl of oranges, chocolate, and coffee for the morning. The apartment was impeccably clean, the sheets were so fresh they may have been brand new and again, the bed was SO COMFORTABLE! The sunlight through the massive windows was so lovely - and a comfy reading chair invited me to sit there and relax.

The apartment is well equipped with two TVs with several English channels and all the soccer channels you could ever want. There are fans and AC’s in every room and the kitchen is well stocked with cookware, so we sometimes made our own meals. We loved the old fashioned keys (think middle age cathedral or library keys!) and a fun, old world elevator as well. We were greeted by a friendly manager who helped us book soccer tickets, made sure we had everything we needed, and even offered to get us extra groceries.

The apartment is centrally located, extremely safe with a doorman and keyed entry, with a NYC or old Europe type of feel. The street has tall trees and it is fun to sit in the chair and read while watching the dog walkers and passers-by. Just a few steps from the apartment are dozens of café’s, restaurants, shopping, and easy access to the subway and bus system.

If you like clean, inviting, artistic, authentic, friendly and an amazing location, then book here!

# 307230 Castro, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Prime Central Luxurious 2/2 + Den + Parking Available near Underground Lines.

I loved being so close to everything I needed!

I loved being so close to everything I needed!

05/12/2013 - This beautiful, sunny, cozy flat was the perfect place to call home during my adventures in San Francisco! When I first walked in I was immediately impressed with the simple, modern, yet historically funky feel of the space. The owner created a thoughtful balance of luxury and warmth, simplicity and comfort. Everything was really well stocked in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. A lot of love and energy was put into the important aspects of making a rental stay perfect – I was sad to leave my amazing bed and shower!

Located in the hip and happening Castro neighborhood, I walked to all kinds of great bars and restaurants. If I needed a quick snack, drink, or personal item, I could take a short walk to the Rainbow Market located on the corner of my block. When I wanted to frolic in other parts of the city, like the Mission district, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf, I could just hop over to the Castro public transit station and take a quick 10-15 minute ride to my destination, or take my time on a historic cable car ride into the city. I didn’t need a car at all except for the day my friends and I went to the magical Muir Woods redwood forest across the bay.

I want to thank my host Jack for being so friendly and helpful. He was so easy to work with! I came back from my vacation feeling refreshed and happy, and my stay at Jack’s rental was a big reason why!

The VRBO Bear

# 12630 Formosa Gardens Estate, Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

VRBO STAYED HERE!! 2.5 Miles to Disney! 6BR/4BA- 3100 Sf, Mickey Pool Private!!

Even a Bear like me can have a "magical" time at Disney!

Even a Bear like me can have a "magical" time at Disney!

05/12/2013 - My family and I had a spectacular stay at this beautiful property. The 6 bedroom home had everything we needed and wanted. It was absolutely perfect for our first vacation to Disney World. We didn’t stay at Disney but were literally 5 minutes away via a short cut on Sherberth Road which the owner graciously included in her email to us with the directions and access codes. The added bonus of not staying at Disney included having a private pool and especially the comforts of feeling at home.

The owner was wonderful and prompt at answering all of our questions and truly helpful and attentive to meeting all of our needs. She has done a great job at keeping her vacation home up to date and very cozy. We cooked every meal at the house; breakfast, lunch and dinner - and the kitchen was fully equipped with every pot and pan you could need along with proper cooking utensils.

Our family spent most of the time together in the kitchen and family living room talking, eating and watching movies. But if anyone wanted to go off on their own it was nice having a TV in each bedroom.

I can honestly say I would recommend this property to any of my friends and family and know without a doubt they would have a great experience there. The property owner is a very generous and hospitable person to work with. Thank you for allowing us to spend our vacation in your home!

# 261352 Camden, London, England, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful House in private road at the Heart of Primrose Hill

We had easy access to "the tube" as well as parks and restaurants.

We had easy access to "the tube" as well as parks and restaurants.

05/11/2013 - We had a had a wonderful time at this bright and beautiful property – the listing and pictures are very accurate. Our experience started off great as the owner, Sara, provided us a detailed description on the property and was always quick to respond to any questions.
After a long day of travel, we were very pleased with how clean and welcoming the property was. The flat is very spacious and the huge window overlooking the courtyard was such a treat. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the short walk to Regent's Park. The property is very close to Primrose Hill, a 6 minute walk to the Underground and plenty of great places to eat within walking distance. If you want to head in to London to see the sites, hop on the tube and you are there within 15-20 minutes.
The owners did a great job of updating the property, but also keeping the historic feel in the flat. We enjoyed cooking our own meals in the well-equipped kitchen, watching movies on the large flat screen after a long day of sight-seeing, and feeling like we were locals. We would definitely recommend this property and would love to return again!

The VRBO Bear

# 344693 Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Upscale Modern and Renovated with Designer Showers

Ahhhh....beautiful surroundings and a 5 minute walk to the beach!

Ahhhh....beautiful surroundings and a 5 minute walk to the beach!

04/30/2013 - Grand Champions Villas is one of the VRBO Bear’s favorite places to stay when visiting Maui, and this condo made it especially great! Located in beautiful Wailea, we loved exploring all the nearby beaches and taking advantage of the perfect weather. The owner has even provided beach chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards that we were able to bring with us every day.

The condo itself had everything we could have needed, including luxury towels, comfy beds, and televisions in both bedrooms. The bathrooms are incredibly spacious and have been recently renovated. With A/C units and extra fans in each room, we stayed nice and cool even in the Hawaii sun.

The complex has two pools to choose from and great views of the nearby golf courses. The community itself is bright and cheerful, with tons of nearby restaurants and shops.

I would strongly recommend this condo to anyone looking to visit Maui – we had a beary great time!

# 243739 Kailua, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Kailua Beachfront Estate-Charming,Private, Hawaiian Style Home

The back deck is a perfect place to relax!

The back deck is a perfect place to relax!

04/17/2013 - Just another day in paradise. The bear highly recommends staying at this amazing Hawaiian-style beachfront home with breathtaking views of the ocean. From the front lanai with its porch swing and BBQ to the back yard with its beach access and ocean views, this house is perfect for any group that is looking to get away for a true beach vacation…literally steps away from the beach. We spent 7 nights in this cozy private property secured behind a 700 foot lava rock wall. The kitchen was well stocked and offered all the tools for preparing our meals. Waking up to the amazing sunrise off the back deck and falling asleep to the ocean waves made this a very memorable vacation.

We could not have asked for better weather. The house is within a short luxurious walk in the sand or short ride to a plate lunch at Buzz’s Steak & Fish House or a shave ice. To top it all off, the town of Kailua, a short walk/ride from the house, provided all the shopping and activities we needed to make our stay complete. The people of Kailua are very friendly. What a privilege to stay at this beautiful place.

# 353774 Paris Arrondissement 18, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Amazing Terrace Eiffel Tower View

I love the wonderful view of Paris from the terrace!

I love the wonderful view of Paris from the terrace!

04/14/2013 - This is the apartment you’ve seen in movies: French windows opening onto a quiet street, with a view of private hillside gardens, a terrace with the best view in Paris and a completely outfitted kitchen. Alexandra and Olivier have thought of every detail—from the natural wood paneling that artfully hides the toilet room to the beautiful artwork throughout the apartment. Even the dishes and glasses are pretty!

The kitchen has a combo grill/oven/microwave, clothes washer and fridge, but only the glass cooktop gives away that this isn’t an original kitchen from the 18th century since everything else is neatly tucked behind wood or iron doors.

I really appreciated that Alexandre took the time to go through the apartment with me and explain each appliance and gadget. The hospitality is apparent everywhere—well stocked cleaning cabinet, tasteful decor throughout, good quality linens, even soap in the shower. The terrace is the perfect place for morning coffee and evening wine, with a view that includes the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, Notre Dame and Pompidou Center. It was easy to plan our days and keep in touch with family and friends with the fast internet connection.

The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, bars and shops. It is also filled with tourists by day, but clears out quite a bit in the evenings for your post-dinner ice cream walk.

I was sad to leave my little home away from home in Paris, but have many fond memories, and am already planning my return!

# 237081 Tahoe Keys, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe South Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

fun! Pool table-Foosball-hot tub-bbq-close2ski&stores

Enjoying the incredible views in this wonderful area!

Enjoying the incredible views in this wonderful area!

04/08/2013 - Our party was trying to locate a cabin very close to the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA, as we’d purchased 2 and 3 day passes to ski and snowboard. After searching through numerous VRBO listings in the Lake Tahoe area, we narrowed our search down to five listings. The very first picture from Bonnie’s Cabin listing in Lake Tahoe Keys looked fantastic so we dug a little deeper and would soon discover one of the coolest spots in Lake Tahoe; upon arrival, we found that Bonnie’s photos, although grand, simply could not do it justice!
This beautiful 2-story Log Cabin served as a luxurious “home base” for us throughout our Tahoe trip. Located just a few minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort, the Heavenly Gondola, Casinos, and Restaurants, we could not have asked for more. If you step outside the back yard and fence, you can be at the river in seconds; follow the river west for a 15-20 minute hike and you’ll find yourself on a sandy shore looking out over emerald green and deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe which are surrounded by snowy mountain peaks with altitudes of up to 10,000+ feet. The sights alone while in Tahoe were utterly amazing, but the unusually crisp clean, fresh air was something we’ll never forget either.
This enormous cabin is outfitted with very cozy updated furniture in both the great room and bedrooms. The Great Room has 2 couches and a few chairs, all of which are comfortable enough to fall asleep on within minutes (trust me, I know from experience). Also in the Great Room is a Pool Table, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong, Bar, Mini Fridge, Flat Screen TV with Cable, a Projector, Surround Sound System, and an Xbox! The 5 bedrooms in the house are furnished with very comfortable mattresses, warm blankets, and fresh/clean linens. The bathrooms were clean and stocked with toilet paper and hand soap. The cabin has a washer and dryer. There are two back porches: one upstairs with a picnic bench, grill, tall bar table with bar chairs, and a porch downstairs with a relaxing swinging chair that looks out into the wilderness behind the house. The Hot Tub was an awesome “go-to” option with an adult beverage after getting back to the house in the evening.
Our time spent in Tahoe was an amazing experience – one that we won’t ever forget. Bonnie and Kris were so kind and accommodating to any of our needs or questions. We could not have asked for more! I highly recommend contacting Bonnie about availability soon if you plan to stay in Lake Tahoe. You will have a fantastic, refreshing vacation!
The VRBO Bear

# 332433 WaterTower Place, Frisco, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Luxury Condo, Private Hot Tub, Perfect Location

Enjoying a few minutes in the livingroom by the fireplace.

Enjoying a few minutes in the livingroom by the fireplace.

04/08/2013 - This beautiful condo was the perfect retreat for my outdoor adventures in Summit County, Colorado. Frisco is near all of the best skiing, snowmobile tours, hiking trails and even a giant tubing hill for my young friends!

Right when you enter this mountain getaway you know you’re going to have a 5-star experience. From the welcome basket and bottle of wine, to all of the toiletry items you’re able to settle right in to your vacation. The condo had everything we needed for our stay including a private hot tub with snow-capped mountain views, two master suites with private bathrooms, a loft area with Xbox and DVDs, and a completely stocked kitchen with everything we needed to cook dinner while enjoying the toasty fireplace and beautiful scenery.

Anyone from a large family to a group of friends would enjoy this condo since there are plenty of spaces for everyone to spread out and relax after a long day outdoors! The best part is that even when you’re indoors there are amazing mountain views everywhere you look!

If you want to wander around Frisco, you’re only one block away from Main Street and all of the charming boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. You’re also next to the shuttle stop that takes you all around Summit County.

Don’t be surprised if at the end of your vacation you don’t want to leave this amazing home away from home. I know I can’t wait to return!

The VRBO Bear

# 197801 San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Beachfront Three Story Villa W/Heated Pool

Relaxing in this beautiful location with lullabies of the ocean waves

Relaxing in this beautiful location with lullabies of the ocean waves

03/16/2013 - Three straight cloudless sunny days in a fabulous house with an absolutely fabulous location! Tucked away behind views of lush palm trees and calming lullabies of the ocean waves, there was not a chance that any worldly stresses could interfere. This sweet house packed all the amenities one could ask for; from the heated saltwater pool, full kitchen and comfy queen beds, to the long-stretched tiled viewing porches on every level of this three story gem. There was always something wonderful to gaze upon! The mornings would start nice and slow sipping coffee, enjoying the cool morning breezes and taking in the various sounds of jungle wildlife. In the afternoons, we could laze in the warm pool and grill our meals as the local fisherman would stop in to offer the catch of the day. As fresh as it gets! In the evenings we could enjoy our favorite tunes on the IPOD stereo system in the kitchen/dining area and then open the fully glassed sliding doors to enjoy the sea breezes and cloudless starry nights. Every level had ocean views! The owners, Nils and Denice ever so graciously explained the ropes and some of the impressive elements of this little surf town. They are in the hospitality business so they are a real treat to converse with! It is such a wonderful place to vacation when you want to escape the tourist element and enjoy the overabundance of friendly and cultural atmosphere.

The food was absolutely to die for! The shopping was great and San Pancho is just minutes away from a popular tourist destination, Sayulita, if you wanted to indulge in even more trinkets, surfing and people-watching. On a day excursion we enjoyed snorkeling, which was fantastic and we even got to see Humpback whales in the wild!

Getting to the house is easy as it is one main highway straight from the airport to the town. The home is gated and has its own yard so you can be as private as you would like. Everything was stress free! Whether you are looking for a place to relax or go adventuring, you can do it all here. Don’t miss out on this little slice of Mexican heaven!

# 340750 Coalmont, Middle, Tennessee, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

The House at Lakeshore 23 Acre Estate 73 Acre Lake 4BR/3BA;Sewanee;Beersheba;

Having fun with Gus the baby donkey.

Having fun with Gus the baby donkey.

03/15/2013 - I needed a vacation to ease me out of a long winter of hibernation. I was looking for a place with lots of access to nature, near a lake full of fish and geese; a place where I could relax and ease into spring. Boy, did I find the perfect place in Southeast Tennessee at the House on Lakeshore. I was impressed by the information I found on line for this VRBO listing.

When I got there, I was even more impressed. I was greeted with a basket full of fresh baked blueberry and poppy seed muffins, a breakfast starter kit, and some bathing essentials. The blueberry muffins were made with blueberries that came from the property and were delicious.

After settling in the very spacious two story lake house, I noticed there were incredible views of the lake from the master bedroom, kitchen, and an expansive back porch. The front porch has a great view of the fenced in goats and donkeys that reside on the property. Every bed was comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed sleeping in every morning and waking to the calls of geese as they swooped in to land in the lake each morning.

I spent several mornings fishing off the pier on the property and then ventured into the lake on one of two paddle boats. Exploring the lake was a blast and also good exercise. Several days were spent doing nature hikes in the area. There were falls and creeks to explore as well as cliffs to climb, and photos to take of the amazing geography. Every evening I took advantage of the warm hot tub on the back deck as well as grilling up some choice entrees for dinner on the outdoor grill.

When I wanted to play games, I had my choice of ping pong, foosball, corn hole, various board games, and checkers. When I wanted to kick back and relax, I had a hammock, porch swing, a nice selection of movies and several TVs to choose from. I also had access to a fully equipped kitchen and the nearby towns had nice restaurants and grocery stores to make this feel like home.

I was so refreshed after my time here and would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to relax and get away. It is especially good for reunions, family vacations, couples getaway, etc. I would love to come back and visit again one day and finish seeing the rest of the surrounding countryside in this beautiful part of the Cumberland Plateau.

The VRBO Bear

# 327428 Sunset, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE

Rent A Whole House For Your Family - Enjoy Quiet Privacy

You’ll find this home as charming as the VRBO Bear himself!

You’ll find this home as charming as the VRBO Bear himself!

03/09/2013 - My friends and I arrived via the Muni at 22nd Ave and Taraval Street on a Saturday afternoon in mid-March, honey pots bought from a nearby Trader Joe’s in tow. Next to the Muni stop is a playground and public library where families and children were gathered. We headed towards our den away from home, which was only a short two-block walk through a lovely neighborhood of pastel-colored stucco houses.

The house itself is one of the most charming on the street. Unlike most of the surrounding two-story homes, it has only a few steps to the front door, easy when carrying luggage! Once inside, we were amazed at the details that make this home exceptionally inviting; from how spotlessly clean it was, to the chocolates left for us on the pillows, the color-coded towels, and to the lamp that was left on to welcome our arrival. We appreciated the well-organized and fully-stocked kitchen, as well as the private deck and picnic table in the backyard for al fresco dining. The entire house is filled with natural light during the day, making it feel even more spacious and warm. We were glad to come home to this cozy house after our long adventures around the city.

With public transportation less than a 10 minute walk away, this house is an ideal home base for exploring San Francisco without a car. My friends and I went to Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Fillmore, Golden Gate Park, and many other unique places. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the house (we were in dumpling heaven on Taraval Street!), several grocery stores, and lots of public green space.

We truly felt at home in this wonderful vacation rental. Eric, the owner, gets a round of a-paws for being a very kind and exceptional host. The pride and care he takes in his rental business is evident in the details and our memories of San Francisco will always include the time we spent in this slice of paradise.

# 252228 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Wine Country Vista *10 Acres & 360° Views* - Kid Friendly!

Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!

Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!

03/08/2013 - Our party stayed at this house for a weekend and it was perfect! We needed a big place and wanted to be near all of the action in Sonoma, and we definitely got that - but we couldn't have expected the amazing views!! We enjoyed every sunrise & sunset.

The square is just a few minutes away, and we easily found grocery stores and restaurants nearby.

The neighborhood is quite nice. After we pulled into the driveway and up the hill, we immediately we noticed the breathtaking views for miles all around! The home was a peaceful retreat for any group, very private and park-like.
The views could also be seen from the living room & dining room. We made our way out to the lawn pretty quickly, which was easy to do with all the outdoor furniture where our group could relax and enjoy the view. Several of my friends live in NYC and other large cities, and they LOVED the wide open space and the deer grazing on the lawn.

The owners really have thought of everything. The large bathrooms were well stocked with hair dryers and other inconvenient-to-pack items, including a curling iron. There were emergency items like sunscreen, toothpaste/toothbrush, and hairspray. The kitchen was very large, and it had all of the utensils, pots & pans and dishes that we needed. We were pleased to find a basket of fresh fruit and tea available as well. We made dinner one night and several of the girls could be prepping veggies and cooking at the same time in the kitchen. And of course, everything was clean & tidy.

You might not expect a vacation rental to have good beds, but these were very comfortable - you will get a very good sleep here, guaranteed.

It wasn't just the wine and general activity during the weekend - very friendly owners, too!

# 299432 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ile St Louis, Charming Suite with Best City Reviews, Wifi+Tel

Lots of room for a bear to kick back and relax.

Lots of room for a bear to kick back and relax.

02/27/2013 - This apartment is absolutely beautiful, and very large for Paris! It is in a charming old building, but has been completely remodeled so that it possesses the best of both worlds. Its large windows provide warm lighting, and high ceilings display wonderful exposed hardwood beams. It has a nice sized bedroom and a large living room that has both a couch and a chair that fold out to provide room for another 3 people. There is storage everywhere for clothing and anything else you can imagine. The bathroom has all new hardware and an amazing walk-in shower. A great kitchen is equipped with new appliances and all the amenities if you feel like staying in and cooking. However the location is absolutely perfect, with tons of excellent restaurants and brasseries within walking distance for those who prefer to dine out. Many other places of interest are walkable, or at a minimum a quick metro ride away if you don’t feel like walking. The apartment is on a nice quiet street, so you won’t be bothered if you decide to sleep late, but is close to all sorts of nightlife if you decide that you want to stay out late. Overall the apartment and location are ideal, with everything you could ask for to provide an amazing Paris getaway.

The VRBO Bear

# 168257 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ile St Louis, wide charming Studio with Best City Reviews, Wifi+Tel included

I loved being sooooo close to everything!

I loved being sooooo close to everything!

02/27/2013 - After looking at photos of the studio, we were pleasantly surprised to see how much larger it appeared when we actually stepped inside. The apartment is decorated in warm colors, and all of the mirrors help make the space feel quite spacious but cozy. The bathroom is huge with a great walk-in shower, and the pull-out sofa bed is quite comfortable. There is a fully equipped kitchen with really every amenity that you would require. However the best part of this apartment is definitely the location. The train from the airport drops you off no more than a 5 minute walk away, and you are perfectly placed to visit every neighborhood of Paris. Ile Saint Louis has a number of cute restaurants and shops, and the Marais is just a quick walk across the bridge and provides access to a great area full of unique and fun restaurants. Our favorite part was that we could walk to pretty much everything! Even though the weather was chilly, we were able to walk to the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Pompidou Centre. Many other places are walkable, or at a minimum a quick metro ride away if you don’t feel like walking! Nicolas is a great host, as he provides tons of information and is readily available on his cell phone. Any questions you have, he’s happy to answer for you and gives great advice.

The VRBO Bear

# 220042 Cle Elum, North Central Cascades, Washington State, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, CABIN

6BR/6BA 4300sqft Sleep30 Beds Pool Priv Hot Tub Near Suncadia

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

02/24/2013 - Our unbelievable experience started even before we arrived. The owner of this cabin, Pennie, made our getaway an easy and enjoyable one. After speaking to us and going over logistics of our stay, she found out that my sister in-law would be celebrating her birthday, and we were also celebrating 2 soon-to-be wedded couples in the party. She advised there would be something special waiting for us when we arrived.

As we drove into the Roslyn Ridge community, we saw a group of breathtaking cabins. It was obvious that this community takes pride in their homes. We turned onto Tiger Lily Lane, and there it was, “Cabin Near Suncadia”. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was a very large wooden slab dining table, enough to seat about 12 comfortably! On the dining table were trays of gifts including branded champagne glasses, pens, Frisbees, coffee mugs, and an adorable mini stuffed moose. In the living room were high ceilings with 2 rustic chandeliers, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, surrounded by orchids and flowers. To the left of the fireplace was an enormous stuffed moose waiting for us to arrive. Bear and Moose were instant friends, of course. We set our bags down and made our way upstairs to the loft and 2 bedrooms. Here the VRBO Bear found another stuffed friend, Reindeer. There was a set of bunks in the loft with an adorable wooden checkers table.

All together this cabin has 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. There was a gigantic pool table, and a kitchen with a round dining table great for playing board games or cards. There was also a foosball table.

The living room had comfortable couches and a flat screen TV with a Wii, perfect for streaming Netflix movies or playing some virtual Wii bowling. This place couldn’t get any better! And then it did….we opened the back door and found a glorious 8 person hot tub just waiting for the Bear to jump in. This was the best weekend getaway ever!

The VRBO Bear

# 232313 Suncadia, North Central Cascades, Washington State, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, CABIN

6+BR/6BA 4300sqft Sleep30 Beds Pool Priv Hot Tub Roslyn Ridge

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

02/24/2013 - Our unbelievable experience started even before we arrived. The owner of this cabin, Pennie, made our getaway an easy and enjoyable one. After speaking to us and going over logistics of our stay, she found out that my sister in-law would be celebrating her birthday, and we were also celebrating 2 soon-to-be wedded couples in the party. She advised there would be something special waiting for us when we arrived.

As we drove into the Roslyn Ridge community, we saw a group of breathtaking cabins. It was obvious that this community takes pride in their homes. We turned onto Tiger Lily Lane, and there it was, “Cabin Near Suncadia”. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was a very large wooden slab dining table, enough to seat about 12 comfortably! On the dining table were trays of gifts including branded champagne glasses, pens, Frisbees, coffee mugs, and an adorable mini stuffed moose. In the living room were high ceilings with 2 rustic chandeliers, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, surrounded by orchids and flowers. To the left of the fireplace was an enormous stuffed moose waiting for us to arrive. Bear and Moose were instant friends, of course. We set our bags down and made our way upstairs to the loft and 2 bedrooms. Here the VRBO Bear found another stuffed friend, Reindeer. There was a set of bunks in the loft with an adorable wooden checkers table.

All together this cabin has 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. There was a gigantic pool table, and a kitchen with a round dining table great for playing board games or cards. There was also a foosball table.

The living room had comfortable couches and a flat screen TV with a Wii, perfect for streaming Netflix movies or playing some virtual Wii bowling. This place couldn’t get any better! And then it did….we opened the back door and found a glorious 8 person hot tub just waiting for the Bear to jump in. This was the best weekend getaway ever!

The VRBO Bear

# 281065 Roslyn, North Central Cascades, Washington State, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, CABIN

6BR/6BA 4300sqft Sleep30 Beds Pool Priv Hot Tub Near Suncadia

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

02/24/2013 - Our unbelievable experience started even before we arrived. The owner of this cabin, Pennie, made our getaway an easy and enjoyable one. After speaking to us and going over logistics of our stay, she found out that my sister in-law would be celebrating her birthday, and we were also celebrating 2 soon-to-be wedded couples in the party. She advised there would be something special waiting for us when we arrived.

As we drove into the Roslyn Ridge community, we saw a group of breathtaking cabins. It was obvious that this community takes pride in their homes. We turned onto Tiger Lily Lane, and there it was, “Cabin Near Suncadia”. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was a very large wooden slab dining table, enough to seat about 12 comfortably! On the dining table were trays of gifts including branded champagne glasses, pens, Frisbees, coffee mugs, and an adorable mini stuffed moose. In the living room were high ceilings with 2 rustic chandeliers, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, surrounded by orchids and flowers. To the left of the fireplace was an enormous stuffed moose waiting for us to arrive. Bear and Moose were instant friends, of course. We set our bags down and made our way upstairs to the loft and 2 bedrooms. Here the VRBO Bear found another stuffed friend, Reindeer. There was a set of bunks in the loft with an adorable wooden checkers table.

All together this cabin has 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. There was a gigantic pool table, and a kitchen with a round dining table great for playing board games or cards. There was also a foosball table.

The living room had comfortable couches and a flat screen TV with a Wii, perfect for streaming Netflix movies or playing some virtual Wii bowling. This place couldn’t get any better! And then it did….we opened the back door and found a glorious 8 person hot tub just waiting for the Bear to jump in. This was the best weekend getaway ever!

The VRBO Bear

# 345201 Alexandria, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Historic Home with View of Potomac River and Activities Galore

Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.

Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.

02/13/2013 - My husband and our two boys went to visit my family in the Washington, D.C. area. After extensive searching, we came across this lovely little house in Old Town Alexandria. We knew we loved the place as soon as we saw it. It has its own driveway, helpful because the area has limited parking available. The backyard/courtyard is currently under construction, but looks like it's going to be beautiful. The entrance has a mud room, with the other rooms all upstairs. In this mudroom, they have a cute little chalkboard that welcomes the family. I grew up in the area and the old house reminded me of my youth. It's very old and has a lot of the lovely original fixtures, including hardwood floors.

Going up the stairs, on the right is a wonderful parlor with a TV and chess table. It is warm and inviting, with an eclectic style. On the left is a hallway where the bedrooms and kitchen are located. The first room is the master room where we found fresh cut flowers, a charming personal touch. The next room is a wonderful kid room with two twin beds. The boys took an instant liking to the home, especially when they found home-made cookies on the bed! The last room is the kitchen and then the sunroom, which was the biggest hit!

The sun shines into the sunroom in the mornings, making it warm and inviting. It also has a lovely view of the homes of Old Town along with a view of the Potomac River. When we were in the house, we stayed primarily in the sunroom. It was a great area where we could connect as a family.

The house is in a perfect location. Within a short walking distance are tons of restaurants, shopping, the Potomac River and the wonderful Torpedo Factory, where you can see local artists at work. It’s a quick hop, skip and a jump to D.C. itself.

We were all pleased with the house and would definitely stay there again when we go back.

# 383613 Private Homes, East Vail, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Mountain Home VRBO Stayed Here! Hot Tub East Vail 3rd Bus Stop to Town

You'll have a mountain of fun here!

You'll have a mountain of fun here!

02/06/2013 - The Bear broke out his snow gear for a fabulous stay at this GREAT East Vail mountain home. As if the beauty of Vail’s wintery wonderland was not enough, the Bear was VERY impressed with many aspects of this home, particularly the open kitchen and living areas which made both early morning pre-ski and early evening après-ski time together so much fun. Each unique bedroom with its own bathroom, two of which have loft spaces, provided adequate sleeping and bathing privacy for the Bear and his friends. The Bear loved walking out the front door, walking less than 3 minutes to the bus and riding 10-15 minutes to Vail Village, exploring Vail mountain on his snowboard, and partaking in Vail’s nightlife including dinners at Game Creek and La Bottega and watching music legend Roy over at the Marriott lounge sing his favorite tunes. When the Bear took a day off from hitting the slopes, he read his book in the living area gazing at the beautiful white mountains, played chess with friends, sat in the hot tub to rest his Bear paws, and cooked his favorite dish of turkey tacos. The owners made the Bear feel so welcome with all of their suggestions and by ensuring that all amenities were just right for their guests. The Bear was even greeted by the neighborhood fox Cleo and they became great friends over leftover bacon! Many many thanks to Richard and Emily for a great stay!

# 410104 French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

French Quarter Retreat Condo walk to the Super Dome & Convention Center

Great location at a great price! You will love your stay.

Great location at a great price! You will love your stay.

01/07/2013 - “This property is the top of the line in the French Quarter! The pictures and video are just as fabulous as the rental itself. I would really recommend this property to any guests who have a large group and want that extra space to spread out after a crazy night out on Bourbon Street. Everything from the fresh clean linens, convenience of the washer/dryer, and disposable toothbrushes all came in handy on my late night out in the Big Easy. The condo has great security from the front door of the building to the front door of the rental and makes any guest feel safe. Beautifully located across from the House of Blues and within walking distance of everything cool in the Quarters. A must-stay for anyone who likes to live large for a great price!”

The VRBO Bear

# 95734 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Gulf Front, Sunset Views,Spacious,Family Friendly, Oceanfront,W

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs.

One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings.

The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :)

The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space.

The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases.

We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula.

This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses split by a rolling door. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself.

The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call.

The VRBO Bear

# 353123 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Gulf Front; 3BR, 2.5 Bath, Sunset Views, sleeps 10

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs.

One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings.

The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :)

The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space.

The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases.

We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula.

This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses split by a rolling door. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself.

The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call.

The VRBO Bear

# 228323 Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

3 Bedrooms and Private Pool in a Bird Watcher's Paradise!

The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

11/02/2012 - The moment we drove up to Casa Maganda we were amazed at how meticulously maintained and beautiful the area was, especially since it was right in the middle of a rainforest! As soon as we drove up to the house and pulled into the gate we saw a protected port that was perfect for our rental car. We were greeted shortly after our arrival by Buck who made sure fresh, local fruit was there for us and even brought a pound cake that his wife had made. Buck answered all of our questions about the property and Tarcoles and made sure to let us know about all the wonderful things we should do. Everyone in Tarcoles knows Buck and will sometimes offer you a discount on a tour if you mention his name. He was kind enough to book a fishing, hiking and snorkeling adventure for us!

As soon as you walk into the house you’ll see a gorgeous atrium with a huge sky-lit roof and calming fountain. The whole house is built around this beautiful room. Behind the atrium is a cozy TV room and media center that is attached to the kitchen. The TV was big enough for all of us to watch and the media center had a monitor for the security cameras around the property. The kitchen had everything we needed and even included a really neat pineapple slicer that made coring and slicing pineapples a snap. We were able to keep the outside of our pineapples and use them as cups! The granite countertops, modern appliances and beautiful wooden cabinets allowed us to prepare all sorts of wonderful meals. We also used the outdoor grill to prepare fresh fish and chicken tacos.

There are plenty of seating areas around the house where we could relax with our laptops and Kindles using the WiFi connection. We were even able to stream music outside from our favorite internet stations while lounging by the pool. If you continue walking down the backyard you can see a river behind the property called the “Tarcolitos”. There are steps that lead down from the backyard and you can stick your feet in if you’d like. We were able to hike to the waterfall that feeds this river by driving up the road a few kilometers.

The bedrooms in the house were super comfy. There’s a maid that comes every day to tidy up and make the beds, plus she can do special chores such as laundry if you leave a nice tip. Each room had its own AC unit which made sure everyone was comfortable. The two double bedrooms were perfect for my friends and were connected by a large bathroom with its own shower and double sinks. There was enough privacy and space for everyone. I chose the master bedroom with a King Size bed, Jacuzzi tub, huge shower and double sinks. This bed was so comfortable and luxurious, only the smell of amazing Costa Rican coffee could get me out! I also really enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub, especially after the 4 hour hike we took to see the waterfalls. There’s a shorter way to view the waterfalls through the entrance of Pura Vida gardens without going on the big hike we did.

This was the perfect place to experience Pura Vida and indulge in everything Costa Rica has to offer.

# 252322 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Marais. Luxury,Quiet & Large. Walk to Notre Dame last Minute 10 %Off

Kick back and relax in this comfy living room after a fun day in the area

Kick back and relax in this comfy living room after a fun day in the area

10/23/2012 - For a bear like me in a new city, location is of utmost importance. This charming apartment has a great location in the heart of Paris. “Point zero” or “kilometre zero” from where all distances are measured in France is literally 10 minutes walk. You don’t get more central than that. The closest subway station has only yellow line or line #1, but it takes you straight to many sites in Paris, including the Louvre, Champs Elysee and the Eiffel tower.

Before I arrived, I had an idea of how central the apartment is. That is why we were very surprised to see how spacious the apartment is given its location. It can accommodate 4 people easily and even has a separate naturally-lit dining room.

While the apartment is central, it is definitely not touristy. Stepping out the door, you will find yourself surrounded by Parisians grocery shopping, sipping coffee and carrying loaves of baguette. We quickly shopped and ate like Parisians and really enjoyed it.

Our host during the stay, Barbara and Gomez, the owner, helped us settle in quickly and remained extremely helpful during our stay. They were very quick in responding to all of our inquiries and in general very pleasant to work with. The apartment even has a table full of 2012 tour books for Paris. While we came prepared, these little details show that the owners care about travelers and their stays.

# 384700 Pointe West, Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beachfront @ Pointe West - Lazy Dog Escape

After a day on the beach, you can enjoy all the comforts of home.

After a day on the beach, you can enjoy all the comforts of home.

10/16/2012 - Come stay at this beautiful beachfront home that can be enjoyed year-round! This house is perfect for any group that is looking to get away for a true beach vacation…literally steps away from the beach.

The location of this house is perfect. It is located in Pointe West Resort which is about 15 miles from downtown Galveston. The home is perfectly situated on the beach with 2 stories of decks that look out over the beautiful beach and ocean. The decks are perfect for enjoying dinner outside with the night breeze or your morning coffee as you watch the sun rise over the ocean. It also offers quick beach access with a walkover just steps away. The bottom level under the house has two large picnic tables which are great for group gatherings and an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach.

The inside of the house is quite spacious and comfortable with an open floor plan for enjoying time together. We traveled with our family of four along with my brother’s family of three and had lots of space to enjoy each other’s company, while still having our own privacy. There is a fireplace in the living room and master bedroom which would make a cold weather getaway quite enjoyable and relaxing!

Pointe West Resort has 2 separate pool areas – one with an infinity pool and kids pool overlooking the ocean and another with a small lazy river overlooking the bay. They are perfect spots for breaking up the beach time with the kids or just going to cool off from the ocean water.
I highly recommend this home for any and group looking for a comfortable and relaxing beach getaway on the gulf coast of Texas.

The VRBO Bear

# 261084 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Designer Luxury Oceanfront Home

Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!

Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!

10/13/2012 - You Betta Belize It! From the start we were treated with kindness and luxury. My family and friends were greeted at the boat dock and welcomed by the owner with tropical flowers for the ladies. They helped us carry our luggage to the house and showed us around this beautiful designer home.

It is true; Casa Rana is a living-breathing piece of art, dancing with energy twenty four hours a day. The owners have furnished the home with every last detail to make your vacation a true experience. The kitchen is filled with all the cooking needs of a chef and is adjacent to the beautiful dining room with amazing views. The living room is plush and well-lit to read your favorite book or share your day’s stories with your family. All three bedrooms have unobscured panoramic views of the ocean, top of the line bedding, beautiful art, private bathrooms with walk in showers, and doors that open to the patios.

If you are looking for privacy and a vacation rental tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you can have just that. This private lot has a wonderful hammock tucked away in the trees with great views of the ocean and beautiful tropical flowers. The property has a wonderful BBQ area to cook out, leading to a wonderful 10’ x 14’ Plunge Pool perfect for cooling off and hanging out. The patios have wonderful Adirondack style cushioned chairs to relax on, as well as two large lounge chairs. We spent every morning watching the amazing sun rise either from the patio or the dock while discovering dolphins and sea rays as they often come by for a visit. There is a wonderfully put together Zen Garden on the back side of the house for your relaxation, yoga, or just to contemplate life. No matter where you were, every evening was filled with listening to the wonderful sound of frogs from the pond behind the house as they filled the night air with a glorious sound!

If you want to get out and explore the town of San Pedro there are shuttles which can pick you up for a small fee and take you into town. If you want to go Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Cave Tubing, Zip Lining, Visiting Mayan Ruins, Kayaking, Swimming, Spa or Spa Treatments, you are just a phone call away. Diana has many trusted guides and she can help direct you. We took a suggested day trip snorkeling aboard EL GATO with Captain Geraldo Badillo and 1st Mate Justo as they took us to Hol Chan Reef. They were great guides as they pointed out eagle rays, huge turtles, and dolphins playing. They then took us on to Caye Caulker for a few hours of shopping and lunch before heading back out to snorkel Shark Ray Alley to swim with the sharks. Our Captain made us the most delicious fresh salsa for us to enjoy on our trip back to San Pedro. From there we did a little shopping before catching the Tropical Ferry back to the house for the evening.

We truly enjoyed our stay at Casa Rana and know you will too! May the frogs always be with us!

The VRBO Bear

# 173493 Cannon Beach, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Luxurious and Modern Family-Friendly Home, Amazing Ocean Views!

You will love every inch of this beautiful home.

You will love every inch of this beautiful home.

10/07/2012 - Welcome to Rancho Del Mar, a home away from home. This is a beautiful place to stay with everything we needed and beyond; and the perfect place to stay while exploring the Oregon Coast. It is ideal for families and extended families but has lots to offer the grownups too.

The owners of Rancho Del Mar have taken great pride in their home and give extra care to their visitors. The home is not only beautifully decorated, comfortable and very clean but is stocked with what you will need for your stay; with games, puzzles, firewood, sand toys and a well-appointed kitchen. The owners were also delightful to work with, answering all of our questions and providing us with a list of activities to do in the area. They were one of our favorite owners that we have had the pleasure to vacation with.

Rancho Del Mar sits 4 homes back from the beach. It has a side yard with trees, flowers, chairs, a sand box for the cubs. The expansive back deck is off of the family room and master suite and features great ocean views, perfect for lounging in the sun, relaxing, listening to the surf, and enjoying family meals too. Inside the newly renovated and beautifully decorated home is a big log fireplace, perfect for cozy evenings or enjoying the view when the weather is less than perfect. The kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, a beautiful tile back splash and everything that a chef would need including coastal colored Fiesta-ware and stainless steel appliances. The beds and bedding are high quality and very comfortable. The kids’ bunk rooms are a dream, as well as the kids’ game and TV room. There is an outdoor shower off of the laundry room that is perfect for rinsing off after a day at the beach. There are games, movies, puzzles, books, toys, a wagon and sand toys for the kids or the inner bear in all of us.

Arch Cape is a small community of homes between the highway and the pristine Arch Cape beach. It is only 4-6 houses wide between the highway and the ocean. It is a quiet community with an easily accessible beach. There are various pathways to the rock barrier and then the soft sand. The beach is perfect for taking long walks, sea-shelling, making sand castles and just relaxing. You can walk a mile up the beach to Hug Point and explore the caves and tide pools or the waterfall at low tide, or walk south towards Oswald State Park and its gorgeous hiking trails. Arch Cape is very close to nearby towns, sights to see, mountains for hiking and many other beaches to explore. Our bear family enjoyed exploring the beaches, Cannon Beach and its lovely shops and divine restaurants, hiking at Oswald State Park and Short Sands Beach, building a beach bonfire, touring the Tillamook lighthouse and the yummy cheese factory, riding beach bikes, crabbing at Nehalem Bay and even just enjoying Rancho Del Mar was its own slice of heaven. There are so many fun things to see and do in the northern Oregon coast.

Rancho Del Mar was a perfect home for the VRBO Bear and our cubs. The bear highly recommends that you choose to stay here and explore the Oregon coast.

The VRBO Bear

# 388568 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ben Franklin's Hideaway

After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!

After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!

10/07/2012 - The Ben Franklin Hideaway was in the perfect location in Paris. I had a terrific time starting all my excursions from this quaint little apartment. The apartment is conveniently located near a wonderful grocery store that allowed me to buy a few meals. As a traveling bear, I prefer to cook my own food when traveling - having a grocery store nearby where I could buy all the ingredients made this rather easy. In a city like Paris, public transportation is the best way to get around, and the location of Ben Franklin Hideaway provided very easy access to a couple of the most useful metro stops. Being the culture buff that I am, I truly appreciated living so near the Louvre. It was a treat to be able to take a ten minute walk to the museum and hang out there.
After a long day, I was able to have a comfortable sleep at the Ben Franklin Hideaway. The bathroom was also terrific, with a huge bathtub where I could relax after an action packed day.
As for the inside of the Hideaway, there certainly were a few things which could have used improvement, and the owner and I discussed opportunities to make the apartment itself as wonderful as its location. I am confident that when the next traveler stays here, the amenities will be in perfect working order with detailed instructions on their use, along with some advice on good restaurants and the construction outside of the window will have been completed.
If you love exploring cities by foot and want to stay at the perfect location for this, the Ben Franklin Hideaway is your place to stay.

The VRBO Bear

# 400534 Crystal Beach, Scenic Gulf Drive West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

'Plantation House'-Designer Home, Pool, Across from Beach!

Fun in the sun!!!

Fun in the sun!!!

09/24/2012 - What a perfect beach vacation I had at The Plantation House! This house was ultra luxurious, with beautiful furniture and decor in every room spanning 3 floors, with views of the ocean from 2 balconies!
Waking up on the 3rd floor loft style suite was a real highlight, sunlight streaming in from all the windows with the morning ocean in view. It is just across a non-busy street from the ocean, and you can still hear the waves! We drove to many beaches in the area during our week-long stay, but the beach in front of the house was just as gorgeous and lovely. The whitest, sugary sand, and the water was always clear, blue-green and just the right temperature, even at the end of September. Some days the ocean was glassy like a giant pool with many kinds of fish swimming around, and other days there were waves for me to jump in! Flags on the beach let you know how strong the current is that day.

The house had everything we needed all week - beach chairs and umbrellas, multiple coolers to picnic down on the beach, floats, beach towels and even a beach bag and mats to use. When the sun was at its strongest, we would come back to the house, shower off in the outdoor shower, and hang out in the pool. The house has a super-nice sound system that pipes to every floor and to the pool and deck areas. It was all controlled with an iPad mounted in the wall that let you choose where the music played. Very fun! The pool was heated, which made it great at night under the moon. There is even a rolling cooler in the kitchen that we could wheel out to the poolside with our drinks! Most nights, we went to the local fish market and bought freshly caught fish and grilled on the pool patio grill. What a treat! I can't imagine having a better beach vacation, thanks Plantation House!

The VRBO Bear.

# 193441 Chocolate Hole, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

Spectacular Panoramic Views, Rates discounted for SUMMER

You can't beat the breathtaking views!

You can't beat the breathtaking views!

09/15/2012 - Villa Intimasea is the ideal location for a relaxing and secluded vacation away from it all. This villa has everything you need to kick back and relax with the most breathtaking ocean views around.

When we arrived on St. John, we were immediately greeted with a hug from Martha, the property manager. She drove us to the villa (a short 10 minute drive), pointing out important places around town that we’d need to know during our stay. From the beginning, both the owner and Martha made us feel so comfortable and excited for our trip, offering us travel advice and recommendations for things to do during our stay, and even stocking our fridge with the necessary groceries!

When we arrived at Villa Intimasea, there were fresh cut flowers on the table and Martha gave us a tour of the property. Unfortunately it was night time, so we didn’t get a glimpse of the views we would wake up to. The next morning, as I opened the doors of our bedroom onto the wrap-around balcony, my jaw literally dropped. This villa has the most breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean I have ever seen! Located on top of a hill, you can see for miles out over the bays and inlets of water. We couldn’t help but spend most of our time on one of the patios, just enjoying the view. The flowers are bright and colorful, the hills are green and lush, and the water is a piercing blue. At night, you are greeted with the warm ocean breeze and the chirping of tree frogs as you sit in one of the comfy lounge chairs on the patio - the best seat in the house for star gazing!

The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, with comfy queen beds, Wi-Fi, and flat screen TV’s in each room. Each bedroom has its own stylish bathroom, and includes individual shampoo and soaps for each guest. Two of the bedrooms even have their own kitchenettes – just in case you’re craving a midnight snack!

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to cook meals just like you do back home. You’ll find all the essentials and then some. Or you could head outside to the gas grill by the pool to whip up some tasty BBQ.

Heading out to the beach for the day? Villa Intimasea has beach chairs, towels and a cooler to help you make the most of your trip! Spent the day on the beach and still craving the water? Take a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi to finish out your day, and watch the sunset from the balcony.

All-in-all this villa is the absolute package. You get all the comforts of home, with a view that is unbelievable. It is conveniently located close to Cruz Bay, yet far enough away to let you completely relax and soak up island life. I would highly recommend Villa Intimasea in a heartbeat to any one visiting St. John.

# 52768 Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Oceanfront 180 Panoramic View Luxury 2 BR Single Story Condo

Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean

Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean

09/06/2012 - Welcome to Marty’s Beach House! This place is not only beautiful inside, but UNBELIEVABLE outside. We have never in all our years of traveling seen a view this breathtaking from our very own balcony. The owner & manager are wonderful to deal with; very responsive throughout the entire process. They even provided a fine California wine on arrival to welcome us!

Enjoy the warm ocean breeze from every room in the house, along with breathtaking views the moment you walk in the door!

Large COMFORTABLE beds with plenty of space. The amazing showerheads in each bathroom felt more like a spa than a home.

The kitchen is completely stocked. Every detail from an assortment of spices down to champagne glasses were included. All modern appliances in the completely updated kitchen made cooking easy and enjoyable. Really no need to ever eat out if you’d prefer!

Laundry machines are large and reliable, making it easy to quickly wash and dry everyone’s clothes. Detergent is supplied for your stay (not always the case so it’s a nice touch). The owner supplied beach towels, another nice touch since that’s usually a last minute detail everyone seems to forget.

The balcony is quite large with new patio furniture, making it easy to eat or lounge outside at all times. In the evenings we enjoyed a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset. What a gorgeous view! I can’t say enough about this condo. Truly one of the most incredible places we’ve had the privilege of staying at!



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