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The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear

Hi Everyone!

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!!) When staying with VRBO, always remember to Carpe Vacationum®, Seize the Vacation!

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# 222964 Cocles, Limon, Costa Rica, Central America, 2 BR, 2 BA, VILLA

Geckoes Lodge: Rainforest Barefoot Luxury & Plunge Pool Near Gorgeous Beaches

We loved this luxurious villa, inside and out!

We loved this luxurious villa, inside and out!

12/05/2013 - If you’re planning the perfect Costa Rican vacation look no further than Geckoe’s Lodge, Casa Bromelia. This bear couple on their honeymoon was spoiled with luxury accommodations in a private rainforest paradise. We were greeted by our friendly hosts Tom and Zoe, who have spared no expense in creating an eco-friendly abode with views that will take your breath away. A thoughtful fruit basket with Costa Rican snacks and a delicious pineapple along with a bottle of champagne were set out to celebrate the occasion.

The impeccable attention to detail makes Casa Bromelia a true home away from home. A fully stocked kitchen, cell phone with necessary numbers, helpful travel guides and daily cleaning ensured we had a relaxing vacation. The hammocks also helped, it was amazing to see toucans and the beautiful blue morpho butterfly from the front porch. This beautiful, large, 2 bedroom home has an open concept layout that provides rainforest views at almost every turn. The master bedroom is absolutely perfect with a very comfortable bed, seating and a spacious bathroom.

The natural light peering through the windows started off our day as we explored the many beaches of the Caribbean coast, visited the Jaguar Rescue Center (baby howler monkeys crawling all over us!),a relaxing couples massage at Indulgence spa and shopped in Puerto Viejo. For a truly unforgettable meal visit La Pecora Nera which is a scenic little walk from the property. We enjoyed a perfectly seasoned and seasonal tasting menu in a romantic open air setting. After our active days we looked forward to arriving at the secluded oasis and taking a dip in the plunge pool.

There is so much to do, see and enjoy in this area that 6 days wasn’t enough and we’re already planning a return trip! I haven’t hesitated in recommending this home to my family and friends. This was the most memorable and relaxing vacation these bears could have ever hoped for.

# 215914 Trailhead Lodge, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Spacious and Private Ground Floor Condominium-Perfect Winter Park Getaway!

Eat, drink and be merry in this beautiful kitchen

Eat, drink and be merry in this beautiful kitchen

11/26/2013 - This condo is in one of the most extraordinary areas in Colorado. We were able to spend our days snowshoeing the backcountry trails off Berthoud Pass, driving and hiking in West Rocky Mountain National Park, fly-fishing on the Colorado River, and ended our days in the heated pool & spa. If you want to stay near the condo, you have close access to the Fraser Trail, downtown shopping, or you can take the free ski bus to the Winter Park Resort!

The holiday was enhanced by the comfort of this wonderful condo. With 2 bedrooms and 4 beds, there was plenty of room for our family of 6. It is a spacious unit with an open kitchen, living and dining area that promotes easy cooking and relaxation. Papa Bear cooked his first Thanksgiving turkey in the updated oven, and found all the kitchen utensils and dining ware needed for preparation and serving. After the big feast, we all fell asleep on the comfortable furniture to some football games playing on the satellite network.

As a proud bear tenant of the Trailhead Condo, I highly recommend you bring your cubs and enjoy the wealth of comfort and adventure this property has to offer!

Sincerely,

VRBO Bear

PS: Did I mention the owner is very nice? Jerry was extremely generous and picks up his phone immediately if you need to get in touch with him.

# 32798 Old Seagrove Beach, Seagrove Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

'Five O'Clock Somewhere' - 5 BR/3 BA Beach House & Heated Pool

Enjoyed splashing in the heated pool!

Enjoyed splashing in the heated pool!

11/25/2013 - The Bear family Thanksgiving went off without a hitch this year, thanks to this wonderful rental. With plenty of space for 8 family members, including Baby Bear and his big sister, this beautiful beach home allowed everyone to relax while spending quality family time together.

The entire family enjoyed hanging out in the large, open-plan, upstairs den and kitchen area. Whether sharing meals together or snuggling on the couches for a movie, this was the perfect place to enjoy each other's company. However, when one family needed a little extra space, or an afternoon nap, the additional downstairs bedrooms and den served as the perfect place to spread out. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking and dinnerware making our Thanksgiving meal a snap to prepare. With a little help from the nearby supermarket, we were able to whip up a low key feast to keep traditions alive while still enjoying the relaxing beach atmosphere.

Baby bear and his big sister got a big kick out of splashing in the heated pool, but even more fun was taking the short walk to build castles on the beach just two blocks away! The calming waves, sugar white sand, and warm sun of Seagrove Beach created the perfect background for this year's holiday celebration. Plus, the small town of Seaside is within easy walking distance and provided us with hours of fun holiday shopping, people watching, and decadent holiday snacking.

This beach house was the perfect combination of out of the way and in the middle of everything. We felt safe letting the little ones play in the yard knowing that we were at the end of a quiet street, but could also easily walk or ride bikes to any destination that we wanted to go. I would highly recommend this rental to any family or group looking for a place to reconnect with each other, get away from the hustle of everyday life, and have a great time in a fun town.

# 175950 Los Muertos Beach, Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

LIKE NO OTHER: MOLINO DE AGUA - ENTIRE 4TH FLOOR ON BEACH - HEART OF TOWN

Views from your own wrap-around balcony cannot be beat!

Views from your own wrap-around balcony cannot be beat!

11/22/2013 - It does not get much better than visiting Skip's luxurious beachfront condo in Puerto Vallarta. Prior to our arrival, Skip and his property manager Drucilla went over an beyond in helping us plan for transportation, dining, and activities, all of which ended up surpassing our expectations.
Upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta, we were greeted at the airport by Skip's driver, Dagoberto, who escorted us to the condo (with cold drinks in tow!). My jaw nearly dropped to the floor when we walked in to see a meticulously decorated condo with every modern amenity you can imagine alongside 270 degree views of the beautiful oceanfront. The main areas were spacious, allowing us to relax and enjoy one anothers company. The three bedrooms all had ocean views, comfortable beds, and in-suite bathrooms which was perfect for three couples traveling together. There is no better place in the world to watch a sunset with a glass of wine than the wrap around balcony. Beyond the actual condo being so spectacular, the pool and grounds are impeccable as well. We enjoyed time in the large beautiful pool which has a swim-up bar and restaurant with great food.
As much as I wanted to spend all my time in the condo, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most incredible beach towns I have ever visited and Skip's condo is also in the best location in all of Puerto Vallarta to enjoy them. The condo is located on the beach and within walking distance to all the amazing restaurants and shops within the town. Be sure to follow Skip's recommendations on dining as every meal we had was incredible..
There is truly no better place to enjoy Puerto Vallarta and all it has to offer than Skip's oceanfront condo!

# 224704 Private Homes, DownTown, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, VILLA

Private Pool, Hot Tub, Parking, Roof Deck, A++ Location - Downtown Key West

Relaxing by the pool at this beautiful condo

Relaxing by the pool at this beautiful condo

11/13/2013 - I enjoyed a wonderful stay at this beautiful condo right in the heart of Key West. Mark, the owner, was nice enough to greet us with wine and give us a tour of the property. He provided helpful suggestions of restaurants and other activities around Key West and was able to answer all of our questions.

The compound was jaw-droppingly beautiful. The pictures on the listing were so amazing I didn't think it was possible that the property could match up. It did and then some! We honestly did not want to leave! The home was nicely furnished, and the pictures and decorating were beautiful. The property is well stocked & impeccably clean. Every room has amazing light and updated appliances. The kitchen had everything we needed in order to make meals during our stay and there were a ton of spices and cooking supplies in the cabinets. It was as if we never left home...only my kitchen at home is not nearly this nice. There were extra linens, plenty of towels provided, and each bathroom was nicely appointed. The heated pools were both so inviting, we spent a majority of our time in the water when we weren't out on the town.

There are patios along with a rooftop deck that are great for hanging out. You'll especially enjoy the spaciousness of the Master Suite and the balcony that overlooks Duval Street. It's great for people watching.

I don't think this condo could have a better location, literally in the middle of everything and all the fun that Key West has to offer. Whether you are more into doing touristy things or you like to check out the local hangouts; this condo is right where you want to be. We were able to try out a lot of the places that Mark recommended along with restaurants listed in the guest book. Everything was fabulous.

We are already talking about our next vacation to Key West and will definitely be staying here again. Don't miss your chance to enjoy Key West and stay at this fantastic home!

# 444915 St. George, Utah, USA, 8 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Large St. George Executive Vacation Home w/ views of red rock mountains

On my way to relax in this wonderful covered patio area

On my way to relax in this wonderful covered patio area

11/10/2013 - What a wonderful place for a bear family vacation! This vacation home in St. George, Utah is so comfortable and well put together it really makes you feel like you're at home. The views from the house in every direction are absolutely beautiful.

The entire property is perfect for hosting large family vacations. Baby Bear had fun swimming in the heated pool and playing with all the toys while Grandma Bear relaxed on the patio and in the gazebo enjoying the view of the Red Rock Mountains. We used the theater room every night to watch movies together. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed which was a time saver in the morning making it easy to have a quick breakfast then leave for our daily adventure. It was easy to relax with such big comfortable beds in every room and bathrooms filled with luxurious towels and all the bathroom amenities we needed. From the moment we arrived we could tell the owners are professionals. The property was so well organized. All the switches were labeled which made everything as easy to use as it is at home.

While we were staying at the property we made several day trips to Zion National Park which is only 30 miles away. On the first trip we saw 4 bighorn sheep, several deer and an eagle and on the second trip our whole family went on a helicopter ride over the backcountry out past the beehive and returning back along the edge of the park. In the evening we took baby bear on long peaceful walks through the neighborhood, everyone we met was friendly. This is definitely a place we will visit again.

Thank you so much for allowing our family to enjoy your beautiful vacation home!

# 379622 Castro, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Hidden Gem. Historical Neighborhood. Modern Amenities. Views!

Hanging out in this beautiul and conveniently located flat

Hanging out in this beautiul and conveniently located flat

10/31/2013 - This SF flat could not have been more perfect! Alan was a fantastic host – He greeted us upon our arrival, showed us everything we needed to know around the flat and provided recommendations for our time in the city. The check out process was just as easy and overall, the entire experience was seamless.

Not only is the interior in superb condition, the modern décor made it even more enjoyable. The abundance of natural light combined with the gorgeous views of the city made it difficult to leave the flat each day! Between Dolores Park across the street, a quick walk to Valencia, the Mission, the Castro or a 15 min train ride to Downtown, you can easily access everything SF has to offer from this perfect location. Some of our favorites that were in walking distance include Bi-Rite Creamery, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine Bakery and afternoons in Dolores Park.

Can't wait to plan my next trip so I can book another stay at the SF Vacation Abode!

# 395014 Mayan Princess, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Upscale 2 Story Condo. Free Sunrises every day...from 2 balconies!

A great welcome and a lovely condo!

A great welcome and a lovely condo!

10/18/2013 - What a lovely condo! The views from the decks on both floors are breathtaking. You can see all of the pools (there are 3!) and the Jacuzzi, all with a backdrop of the ocean. Gorgeous. The main bedroom upstairs has a huge King bed, an ottoman that folds out into a twin bed, and a fainting couch. The fainting couch was of course my favorite. From there, I could stare out at the waves and listen to the surf in complete relaxation.

I couldn’t stay there all day, though. There were adventures to be had! In town, we stood in the mouths of two sharks, drank too much coffee and ate too many pastries and homemade gelato, and grabbed fishing gear. Then we headed out to the beach and cast our lines! What a great day.

Back at the condo later that night, we opened a bottle of wine and then took a long walk on the beach, accessible right from the boardwalk at the condo. The stars were out in force!

It was hard to leave, but this bear has some amazing memories and will definitely be back! Many thanks to Richard and his fantastic attention to detail. Everything we could possible need (and more!) was at our finger (paw?) tips.

# 403756 Waikomo Stream Villas, Poipu, South Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, VILLA

Tropical Oasis Amongst World Class Resort Area of Poipu

Relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view on the lanai

Relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view on the lanai

10/06/2013 - What a perfect spot for a bear honeymoon! This was my first trip to Hawaii and I am very fortunate to have ended up at the Waikomo Stream Villa hosted by Jayne and Wes!

I was happy with the condo from my first steps into the unit – which was only steps from the parking that is right out front and free! The condo was very homey and allowed us to have a comfortable home base. The condo was also very breezy and we didn’t even need to use the A/C. The porch off the back of the unit had a nice table to enjoy refreshing drinks. We loved sitting out there and relaxing. There were lots of interesting fish in the stream including beautiful koi fish. The plant life at the property was beautiful and we enjoyed walking around the grounds. We also saw lizards, frogs and toads, which I loved! And waking up to the chirping birds in the morning was wonderful. That and the warm weather and sunshine made us never want to leave Poipu!

There were many different beaches and restaurants within walking distance. My husband and I ended up walking down to Poipu Beach every afternoon to go swimming and boogie boarding and do people watching. There are plenty of beaches to snorkel and watch for turtles. We would bring the cooler, chairs, beach towels, umbrella and boogie boards from the condo and have a great time at the beach. We loved all the suggestions on beaches, stores, restaurants, hikes and activities that Jayne and Wes left us. This was so helpful for us being first time guests to the island. There was so much to do nearby. But the condo is also very private and quiet and you aren’t surrounded by other guests at all time.

After a long day at the beach, the home had everything we needed to relax including WiFi, cable, 2 flatscreen TV’s and a fully equipped kitchen to make dinner.

We will be back! Maybe even before our 1st honeymoon!

# 42260 Colosseo Foro Romano (Coliseum & Roman Forum), Rome, Latium (Lazio), Italy, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Elegant Apartment-Studio in Centro Storico (WIFI, AC, SAT) - Owner managed ;-)

Enjoying this cozy apartment and its great location

Enjoying this cozy apartment and its great location

10/03/2013 - What a great apartment in Rome! We arrived after a long day of traveling to find fresh cannolis and wine awaiting our arrival. The owner, Alessio, was very helpful and arranged a car service for us ahead of time so we wouldn’t have to deal with taking a cab from the airport and locating the apartment ourselves. We were also sent a list of great restaurants to eat at which was super helpful. Being on our honeymoon, we very much enjoyed eating at all of the great restaurants Rome has to offer.

The apartment is in a great location, in a lively neighborhood with tons of restaurants and bars nearby. It is walking distance to almost every major attraction and is close to the Coliseum which was incredible. We only took a cab once our entire trip! There is a subway stop nearby if you don’t feel like taking a cab. We also liked having a convenient store close for toiletries and food.

The apartment is very clean and cozy with a nice comfortable king bed. We especially liked the cold AC and the kitchen. The kitchen had everything we needed including a coffee maker, plates, silverware and most importantly wine glasses and a wine opener! We opened the windows that lead to the street often and enjoyed hearing all of the hustle and bustle of the busy neighborhood but loved how quiet the room was when we closed the windows at night.

We also appreciated the free wifi which had a faster connection than any hotel we stayed in during our 2 week trip. We are very thankful to have stayed here and hope to return someday!

# 350160 Mission Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Private Beach House! Steps to Bay and Ocean!

I love this wonderful courtyard!

I love this wonderful courtyard!

10/02/2013 - I found the perfect house to stay in on Mission Beach. From the moment I entered the courtyard and saw the Bird of Paradise blossoms and the palm trees I was in love. Upon entering the first floor there was a large bedroom with French doors leading out to that wonderful courtyard! After my travels, this bear wanted to just sit and take in the salty breeze, but there were two more levels of this house to explore.

Heading up the stairs took me into the bright and open living area/kitchen on the second floor. The wood floors, comfortable couches, fireplace and kitchen made me feel welcome. The owner provided helpful information about the area, the house and the router security code, so that the internet could be accessed. Also on the second floor I found a bedroom and a full bath. This bedroom even had a bed for baby bear!

On to the top floor! Wow! The third floor has a very large bedroom with beautiful windows that the California sun shines through making the room bright and cheery. There is a wonderful fireplace and storage shelves on one wall. The en suite bathroom had a tub and a separate shower, very convenient. But the best part of the third floor was the deck. The sunrises over Mission Bay were amazing. This deck was the place for morning coffee and evening star watching. We could see the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mission Bay to the east.

This house is laid out perfectly. It works for a family with small cubs and is very kid friendly. Our group included 6 adults and we all had privacy and quiet since there was a private bedroom and bathroom on each floor.

We enjoyed walking to great restaurants along Mission Beach Blvd for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was nice to leave the car parked in the garage and just walk around. This house is close to all the action, fun of Mission Beach and only 15 minutes from La Jolla or Downtown San Diego.

The home owner was a joy to work with and her attention to details and her charisma is well reflected in this property. I look forward to returning to San Diego and staying at this lovely home again!

# 420019 Seabreeze Beach, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Direct Beachfront condo, Unobstructed view, Free WiFi

This is a great place to enjoy the sand and water!

This is a great place to enjoy the sand and water!

09/10/2013 - We can't wait to get back to this perfect beach condo! It looks even better in person, and the location and view can't be beat. The condo has one bedroom, but the layout and luxurious furnishings made it feel very spacious and comfortable for our family of four. The balcony furniture was high end, which made ocean gazing even more wonderful. The kitchen was outfitted with upgraded appliances and had absolutely everything we needed to cook our food each day. We loved getting a fresh catch of fish or shrimp from a nearby seafood market for dinner each night.

This is as close as you can get to the beach, with only the low lying dunes between you and gorgeous crystal green waters and soft sand. We loved being on the second floor; it meant we had a great view but could use the stairs or elevator. And we loved this condo building! It was very well taken care with a groundsman working all day to keep things tidy and ready for the guests to enjoy. There were two pools, one heated, and one not, and we used both since some days the wind picked up and made the heated pool just perfect for lounging in. The hot tub was also very hot and inviting!

If you are looking for a beautiful beach in Texas, South Padre Beach is the place! And this condo was the perfect way to enjoy it. Thanks for having us! Til next time..

# 4677 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Beach House w/ private pool are a favorite of guest visiting the Mayan Riviera

Enjoying our time at our private villa!

Enjoying our time at our private villa!

09/09/2013 - Wow, this is one spoiled, relaxed, and rejuvenated bear! If you are the type of person who longs for the privacy of a house but enjoys the service of a hotel while on vacation, then this property is the place for you! From the moment we arrived at this lovely villa, we knew we had picked the perfect spot for our trip. We were offered fresh tropical drinks upon arrival and felt immediately at home.

Miguel and Liza were the perfect hosts – leading up to the trip Liza made sure we had all of the details we needed, from directions to transportation, and after we arrived Miguel helped us plan all of our activities. We really enjoyed our snorkeling trip at Puerto Morelos (only a 10 minute drive and they will pick you up at the villa) as well as checking out the nightlife in Playa Del Carmen (an easy 20 minute drive if you rent a car, which the bear recommends if you plan to explore the Mayan ruins or cenotes).

Most of all, we enjoyed soaking up the sun in the amazing full-sized poolside beds, jumping in the refreshing pool, and enjoying the waves on our very private beach (we felt like celebrities). If you walk further down the beach, you will hit a few crowded resorts with beachgoers crammed next to one another. Every time we walked by we thought, “We are so lucky to be in our private villa!”

Another perk of this property is Miguel’s fabulous cooking! We had the beef fajita welcome dinner as well as the authentic Mayan pork dinner. Not only were both meals delicious, but they are brought right to the villa at whatever time you specify, along with margaritas! What more could you ask for? Another treat that was my personal favorite was the lobster pizza – you’ve got to try it! If you do feel like cooking during your stay, the kitchen is fully stocked with ample fridge space and bottled water is provided. And if you want to pamper yourself even further, you can schedule a mani/pedi or massage right by the beach!

From the tranquil beach to the attentive hosts, this place was truly a gem! Thank you Liza and Miguel for the most wonderful vacation! We will be back at the next opportunity we have!

# 222776 Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 6 BR, 6 BA, VILLA

Best Baja Beachfront Vacation in Los Barriles! 4 or 6 BR/6 BA, Fenced Pool/Spa

Leaving our dream house on an ATV adventure!

Leaving our dream house on an ATV adventure!

09/07/2013 - Best family trip ever – perfect place to relax and play

In all of our bear family adventures, we have never come across a more perfect beach house than Casa de las Palmas. We were a family of 12 (3 generations with 8 adults and 4 children under the age of four) – and the home provided the perfect retreat for each of us. The property has something for everyone and provides space, privacy and comfort across the board. We particularly appreciated the family friendliness. We felt secure with a gated property that kept the children from wandering onto the beach or off the property. Additionally, the pool is child-proofed with an incredible shallow lounge section perfect for accompanied kiddos to take a dip. The homeowner also provides games for children (video games, Disney movies, beach gear and even a train set) and adults (snorkel gear, ping pong, satellite TV and internet). More importantly, the natural beauty and nearby outdoor activities (steps from the back porch) kept us busy and having fun. We stand-up paddle boarded every day and the marine life just outside the home is incredible – schools of fish, manta rays, dolphins, tortoises and more!

The views from the common areas and patio are unrivaled. You can see clear waters, white beaches and mountains in the distance. On several occasions, we saw dolphins and tortoises in the ocean from our patio. The layout of the house is perfect for multiple families. There is a grand common area with huge patio and views, and comfortable lounge furniture to relax and enjoy the sun or shade. The bedrooms are organized in 3 wings. The main common area includes a bedroom and bathroom. Additionally, there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms connected to the main house by covered patios. Finally, there are wonderful casitas (2BR/2BA) with a covered patio overlooking the pool – and across a cobblestone walkway from the main house. The beds are comfortable, and the owner provided 2 cribs for our infant children.

Finally, the homeowner went above and beyond to be sure we had a great time. She arranged for us to hire local chefs to prepare every lunch and dinner (much better value than eating out, and much less stressful than cooking in). Additionally, she connected us with local companies for fishing excursions (we were picked up by a boat at our house), ATV tours (pick-up and delivery at our house – an awesome adventure) and spa treatments. Every day we took on a new activity – and also found time to just relax at the great private pool and beautiful beach at the home.

# 116204 Milton Bight, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Toucan Blue Beach House with Spectacular View

Enjoying the magnificent views!

Enjoying the magnificent views!

08/24/2013 - If you are looking for a secluded private paradise, Toucan Blue is the perfect destination. To reach the house you drive across a sturdy private bridge though a gorgeous mangrove forest that is bursting with life. If you stop and look you will see crabs, lizards, birds, and who knows what else! The sand is white, the water is blue, a one of a kind reef lies a short distance from the shore, and the area is private and peaceful.

The home is made for outdoor living and sitting on the covered porch staring out at the sea is hard to beat! We stayed during some of the hottest days of the year and found the shade and the breeze of the patio perfect! The rooms are very private and comfortable. If you want a peaceful getaway the property has everything you need to hide away for days. If you are looking for a home-base to return to after long days of exploring this beautiful home is situated near the middle of the island and not far from many exciting activities. The next property over is home to the popular Subway Dive Shop where you can contract for an afternoon of snorkeling or become scuba certified!

Amazing restaurants are a quick trip in either direction. You can find raked and manicured beaches close by if you want drink service while lounging near the water but the big hotels and tourist areas are a good bit away so you won't find crowds and chaos. This area of the island is for those looking to find their own path. When it was time to head for the plane home we all felt very sad to be leaving our beautiful and peaceful paradise.

# 257262 Queen Anne, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

A Very Special Queen Anne View Home - Near Seattle Center & The Gates Foundation

Relax in front of a nice fire in the spacious living room.

Relax in front of a nice fire in the spacious living room.

08/21/2013 - The moment we pulled up to the house, we knew that we had discovered a gem in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The owner of the 3,100 sq ft home helped make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. As we walked up the walkway, we were greeted with a lovely scent from the garden. Opening the front door, we were welcomed with fresh flowers. The pristine kitchen had the most beautiful backsplash, a Viking range stove/oven and stainless steel refrigerator. It was fully stocked with plates, flatware, cooking utensils, pots/pans, placemats, glasses, coffee, coffee filters, anything and everything needed to enjoy a beautiful breakfast or cook a decadent meal.

Upstairs to the left was a bedroom with 2 twin beds, and the second bedroom had a queen size bed facing the Puget Sound and a full bath. The master bedroom and bath were elegant and perfect. The master bathroom had marble floors and marble tiling in the all glass shower, and marble countertops for the dual vanity sinks. Above the master bathtub was a beautiful chandelier. Beneath the first floor was a game room with a flat screen TV, 2 comfortable couches and plenty of board games to play. We opened the back door and found a beautiful back yard with a slate patio and grill.

Holly (the owner) told us about Café Fiorre, the best coffee shops, the best nearby supermarkets (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Safeway) and the best restaurants in the area. Just 2 blocks from the house was Kerry Park, which had an amazing view of downtown Seattle, Mt Rainer, Puget Sound and other beautiful sights.
We had a wonderful week in Seattle. Thank you to Holly for providing a beautiful home for our stay.

# 100027 Paris Arrondissement 3, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Designer Luxury Apartment Next to Arts & Metiers Metro/Museum

The city is right outside your door!

The city is right outside your door!

08/20/2013 - It was such a treat to stay in this gorgeous, spacious, luxury Paris apartment in the Marais. We arrived late at night after 18 hours of traveling, and we were thrilled to find such a stunning bathroom with rainfall shower (with great water pressure to boot!) and a heavenly soft, white bed. Days were spent traipsing through the Marais and all over Paris, and we returned each night before dinner for a quick nap on the huge, incredibly comfortable couch watching DVDs on the flat screen. Adjusting to the time change was no problem thanks to this apartment.

We were so near fun shops, food markets, the best falafel in town (L'As). We had one of our best meals in Paris only blocks away from the apartment, at L'Auberge Nicolas Flamel, which the owner suggested to us. As far as convenience goes, the metro stop is right outside and there are plenty of taxis nearby, as well. We are already having Paris withdrawals and hope to return to this dreamy apartment soon!

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

Xmas OPEN, Luxury Villa, Spectacular Ocean Views, Private Heated Pool, 5 STAR

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

Amazing Sunset Views Stocked 2BR 16th floor Westwinds Sandestin - 6seat Golf Car

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.

# 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 Manchester, North Coast, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE

Ocean Front w/View|Private Beach Access on 9 Acres|20 Miles S of Mendocino CA

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

Free Night Specials on any dates until May 9th!! All resonable offers considered

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, Purgatory (Formerly 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: March Madness! Discounts in March for Your Summer Reservation!

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

3BR / 2BA | Large Balcony With Beautiful Gulf Views | Liquid Life Rentals

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

Two fabulous terraces, luxury 2BR Penthouse. 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!

# 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-shuffleboard! big game room!

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

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

Amazing Views in Sonoma

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

Best Paris reviews, Ile St Louis, most exclusive location, charming little gem

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

# 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

# 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

# 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



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