The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear
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!
# 248529 San Antonio, South Texas Plains, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE
San Antonio Vacation Rental with a pool!
09/16/2011 - I had a fantastic time in this spacious 4 bedroom estate in San Antonio, TX. The house was full of personality and provided me and my friends with the perfect getaway. We spent hours lounging in the 40x20ft pool, playing cards in the tiki bar, and cooking dinner in the well equipped kitchen.
The house is a 1960’s estate located in the well established, beautiful neighborhood of Alamo Heights and is about 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes to the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. It offers 4 bedrooms/ 3.5 bathrooms, and could comfortably sleep 10-12 people, which makes it perfect for a family getaway, golf getaway (near Quarry Golf Course), or larger group.
It really is a dream home for any group with 2 dining rooms (formal and casual), a media room with a big screen projector, pool complete with a diving board and floaties, tiki bar with grill. Plus it had a steam room and Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, 2 iMac computers, and so much more!
I highly recommend this vacation rental as perfect for groups or family visiting San Antonio, TX.
The VRBO Bear
# 167736 Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Beautiful Cape Cod Vacation Rental!
09/12/2011 - This little Bear really enjoyed his trip to Barnstable and the Cape. This beautiful house is an easy drive from all of the major cities in New England, and an easy drive to the Cape Cod National Seashore and Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket ferries. The house has a friendly feel that makes it so you cannot help but relax. It also has wonderful natural light throughout. Perfect for a family or couples, it has all the necessary amenities to make you feel at home. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful landscape, numerous trails within walking distance and a number of wonderful restaurants nearby.
Without all the city lights, you can enjoy the simply amazing view of a star-filled sky on a clear night. So come, relax and enjoy this beautiful Cape Cod home for yourself! You’ll be glad you did.
The VRBO Bear
# 248447 Mission Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Mission Beach house, San Diego CA
08/24/2011 - I really enjoyed my stay in this fantastic beach house. With a tandem kayak, several bikes, beach toys and chairs, coolers, beach towels and more, the owners have supplied almost everything for an enjoyable beach vacation for any age. Pack light if you are staying here!
Here are the other reasons why I loved this vacation home:
Lots of books and games for family “good ole’ time fun. No toys necessary! With 2 patios and the kitchen table, my group loved the variety of eating locations.
Just 1 block from the bay and 2 blocks from the ocean, we could easily carry beach toys, snacks and chairs to the beach. It’s also an easy drive downtown. And just 1 block from the main drag, you can grab a quick bite for any meal, morning coffee, late night drink or just run to the corner store for a last minute item. Just 5 minutes from Sea World and 15 minutes from the San Diego Zoo means no hassle and even bringing a small child back for a nap.
For a memorable, fun family vacation or just an adult getaway, you’ll find it all here in this beach house on Mission Bay.
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# 65798 Private Homes, Village, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Vacation near beach Carlsbad San Diego
08/22/2011 - This townhome is very convenient for beach lovers. You can see the ocean from the front door and upstairs deck. The beach is literally just a few steps away. Very easy to carry your beach gear!
Downtown is just a short walk, where you can find restaurants. Walk along the boardwalk or on the sand. Both are great options! It’s also very convenient 5 minute drive to Legoland.
This townhome has a lot of space. There’s a generous living room and dining area. The 2 bedrooms upstairs are pretty big. The master has its own deck and view of the ocean. The second bedroom has 2 double beds; great for families or small groups.
The VRBO Bear
# 123488 Pagosa Springs, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Beautiful Pagosa Springs CO Vacation!
08/16/2011 - I had a wonderful time in this vacation home in Pagosa Springs with friends and family. The house, aptly called the "tree-house," was on two levels and each morning I awoke to breathtaking views of the trees and mountains and could listen to the myriad of birds just outside the windows. The hummingbirds were spectacular to watch as they were coaxed to the porch by two well-positioned feeders.
It was a real treat for me to witness a double rainbow during my stay and enjoyed the refreshing mountain air I grew up on. Here I could completely relax. I especially liked being able to explore in the garden with the cubs and also visit the fishing lake which was only a 2 minute drive from the house.
What a comfortable stay I had with my family in this spacious home. The young ones could watch TV in the playroom while the adults ate dinner around the dining table. Breakfasts were fun for the kids as they sat at the bar counter and were served from a spacious and well stocked kitchen. There were more than enough beds for everyone and even a pack and play for the littlest sibling. The hot tub was an added bonus and was enjoyed by all ages.
One day we took the steam train from Durango to Silverton up the mountain pass and were thrilled to see the river and awesome scenery. The whole family had fun going down the river on tubes near the hot springs only 10 minutes from the house and finished off that day with an ice cream from a restaurant that came recommended by the owner. There were other useful tips about where to go and what to see that helped us make the most of our time in Pagosa Springs.
The owner and his property management company were professional and friendly and made the stay extremely easy, enjoyable and memorable. I’m already longing for the mountains again and the view from the wraparound porch...
The VRBO Bear
# 151129 Private Homes, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Hot tub under the stars in Breckenridge!
08/09/2011 - This Bear was spoiled in Breckenridge, Colorado!
The special touches that the owner has added in this home are not to be missed. The bathrooms have been decorated with beautiful sinks, faucets and shower heads. No detail was overlooked. The theater room was so comfortable at the end of the day for a movie and of course the hot tub under the starts was just perfect. The mountain decorations added to the ambiance of the home.
My companions and I had everything we needed in the well appointed kitchen to make our meals. The large refrigerator was so nice to have and a lot of free cabinet space was great for putting our food away. I really felt at home here.
While the winters in Colorado provide great skiing, I just LOVE the summer time in the mountains! There is so much to do here, and the weather is great. From walking and hiking to biking the scenic roads, we were good and tired by the end of the day. Breckenridge is a quaint little town with so many fun activities to offer. The Alpine Slide is very close, including shopping and yummy restaurants all close by.
My companions and I enjoyed this exceptional home so much; we did not want to leave! Coming back here for vacation is simply a must.
The VRBO Bear
# 210608 Keystone Village, Quicksilver, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors
08/02/2011 - I could not have been more impressed by this spacious and cozy Keystone condo. Right away, I noticed the warm colors, the mountain décor, plenty of lighting throughout, the flat screen TV and gas fireplace, the stereo system, and the comfortable living room seating; all visible as we walked through the door. Just around the corner were the fully equipped updated kitchen and 3 spacious bedrooms. Great for multiple families! The cubs will love the bunk bedroom! If you bring your little ones, leave your pack-n-play and highchair at home because the condo supplies both. I enjoyed sitting out on the patio and looking out on the green grass and wildflowers growing. So beautiful! I also spent time in the pool and hot tub, which is just down the path from the house and in the evenings, enjoyed the games supplied at the condo.
Don’t stay inside too long. There is so much to do and see in Keystone and surrounding areas. The skiing is great, and the shuttle will pick you up right out front, so you can enjoy a day of skiing without the hassle of the drive. Plus you will have your own ski locker just outside your door. Not only are you close to skiing, you are close to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall if that is more your style. In warmer seasons, bring your bicycles. There is a great trail surrounding the property or, if you’re looking for something more challenging, there are plenty of trails to explore. Lake Dillon is just down the road where you can rent a boat and tour the lake if you like. There really is something for everyone all year round.
Keystone is a great mountain town. You’ll enjoy coming back here time again and this condo is the perfect home away from home!
The VRBO Bear
# 274028 Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, The Islands, British Columbia, Canada, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Vancouver Island Oceanfront Views!
07/25/2011 - What an incredible adventure on Vancouver Island! This fantastic gem of a property is hidden away on the coast of Vancouver Island in the small town of Ladysmith, near Nanaimo. This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and serene properties you will experience! Words and pictures can only begin to describe the view from this penthouse hideaway. You will find yourself surrounded by ocean views and immersed in lush, green forest. The sunrise over the water provides a view that you may never forget.
It is obvious that the owners love their property and the location. Their passion for the surrounding beauty and the property itself are evident in many ways. The booking process was quick and easy. The owners supplied all the relevant info and gave great tips for things to do and how to get to the island. The property was well stocked with nearly all a traveler could want or need and is excellent condition!
The chef’s kitchen is a phenomenal addition to this property and allows travelers to cook at home while enjoying the views. Even condiments were provided!
The master bedroom is elegant and comfortable. Plus, the large windows open right to the waves crashing on the beach below! This is ocean front living at its finest!
The Inn of the Sea resort offers a pristine swimming pool and hot tub right on the water, along with a BBQ grill and tennis court. The surrounding flowers and gardens add simple beauty to this already amazing location.
The Inn of the Sea is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or honeymoon adventure! Caution: You may not want to leave!
The VRBO Bear
# 240904 Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Orlando Vacation Home in Gated Community
07/25/2011 - I had a great time staying in this beautiful Orlando home located within 20-45 minutes of all the Orlando attractions. Situated in a warm, inviting community called Ventura Country Club which included resort like amenities. The exquisitely maintained golf course that welcomes you onto the property is a quiet place to unwind while I was on vacation. I made a decision to stop by the enormous pool for a quick dip and peered into a great looking restaurant and bar. I enjoyed the peaceful and extremely relaxing Ventura Country Club community.
My favorite part of the house itself was the screened in patio overlooking the large backyard, where you could enjoy a quiet and shaded meal. The master bedroom and bathroom is massive and immaculately kept. This was one of the most comfortable houses I’ve had the opportunity to stay in during my travels.
If you’re looking for a convenient location near all the attractions along with excellent amenities, I recommend this lovely home in a beautiful country club setting.
The VRBO Bear
# 155364 Red Quill Village, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME
Summer Vacation in Winter Park CO!!!
07/18/2011 - Comfortable, beautiful and convenient are just a few of the things I found while enjoying my weekend in this Winter Park townhome. Its interior set the mood for enjoyment as I wandered each room and enjoyed the beauty to be had! The house is warm and inviting and holds a group comfortably. The vaulted ceilings made the house feel more open creating what appeared to be more space, with plenty of windows throughout to enjoy the Colorado beauty. A few of the amenities that made my stay so enjoyable were: the hot tub; the privacy that each floor allowed; the computer at my disposal; the large kitchen with updated appliances, plenty of cooking utensils; and plenty of seating both in the kitchen as well as the dining room.
The convenience of being right off the main street made it easy to move around town. You can practically walk to everything. There is so much to offer in Winter Park, such as shopping, the local pub, the skate park, the playground, numerous restaurants, hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, 4-wheel drive trails and so much more! You can also be picked up steps from the Townhouse on the free shuttle bus and taken to Winter Park Resort. There is something to do for everyone!
Experience the beautiful Colorado mountains and vacation in style at this townhome to create your perfect family vacation!
The VRBO Bear
# 280494 Mount Pocono, Poconos, Northeastern Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
The Poconos Log Cabin with Hot Tub!
07/07/2011 - I felt right at home in this log cabin in the Poconos. The cabin is new construction so it had a nice clean, bright, airy feel. It’s pretty spacious, with plenty of room on the deck, den and main living area. The place is ideal for a large group. The deck in particular was a hit for my group - with a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner and a hot tub to relax in. The den downstairs was a lot of fun for TV-watching and playing pool. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a bathroom for every bedroom. So it was easy for the Bear and his friends to get up and going in the morning.
The property is just steps away from a very pleasant rail-to-trail path that follows a scenic river. The path is great for leisurely walks and biking as well. And the river affords some nice river rafting through an outfitter that’s right up the road. The cabin is just on the outskirts of a small town. 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.
For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on the Lehigh River for your next vacation!
The VRBO Bear
# 10376 Tops'l Beach Manor, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Destin condo with Ocean View!!!
06/23/2011 - This Beach Manor condo was exactly what I needed! The view from the balcony was the first thing I noticed upon entering the unit and I spent hours out there sitting, reading and just enjoying the view! Larry, the property owner is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and was able to give World War II history lessons about the area right off his balcony.
The unit itself had gotten a few upgrades and features a huge flat screen TV. The seating on the balcony provided the adult bears in my group the opportunity to sit outside and listen to the waves while still watching the TV through the glass door. The large dining room table allowed us to enjoy great breakfasts and dinners.
The condo provided beach access within a 2 minute walk from the elevator to beach. This came in handy when lunch time rolled around as you could be back down to the beach after making a sandwich in a matter of minutes! The beach at Tops’l is absolutely beautiful and not terribly crowded providing just the right amount of relaxation.
In addition to the beach and the view, this place had great amenities such as putt-putt, a basketball hoop and tennis courts. I recommend this Tops’l Beach Manor for your next family vacation.
The VRBO Bear
# 79466 La Mirage, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Port Aransas TX Vacation Rental
06/21/2011 - This was the perfect holiday weekend getaway to the Texas Gulf! Whether you go to the gulf for the fishing, kite surfing, walks on the beach, fun in the sun or just to get away and relax, this beach condo suits any type of vacation.
The complex is named La Mirage; because it’s everything your mind imagines when you desire an escape from exhaustion and stress. The condo was immaculate and provided all the amenities of a fancy hotel. The unit is one of the best in the whole complex with a huge private balcony and a seriously beautiful view of the ocean – the perfect place to gather with friends or just lounge, read and enjoy the breeze. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living room/dining room area, it’s great for families.
I dined in one night and enjoyed a shrimp feast with all the supplied necessities in the kitchen. I also took advantage of the local mom & pop restaurants. The condominium complex provides charcoal grills and a nice covered patio area, great for lunch time barbeques and mingling with the other vacationers. I met some friends from San Antonio who shared their grilled stuffed jalapeño poppers.
If you want to explore the town or need to stock up on supplies before the weekend begins, you’re only 5 minutes from the Port A strip with great seafood restaurants, gift shops, bait & tackle, grocery store, and small town bars. You can fish the piers, the jetty, and the inlet shallows all within 5 minutes. Locals mentioned awesome red fish catching in Rockport just 20 minutes away.
I hope to come back to Port Aransas again soon and stay in the beach condos at La Mirage!
The VRBO Bear
# 276850 SoCo, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME
Great Austin Townhome on South Congress
06/17/2011 - I just spent an amazing weekend getaway at this modern, updated townhome, known as “The Orange Door.” It’s located in the friendly Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, Texas. This ‘pet friendly’ townhome has all the comforts of home – with even better décor and furniture! The kitchen was full of amenities any bear could want (especially a bear who likes coffee) and each bed was as comfy as could be.
The neighborhood is friendly and serene and just a short walk to South Congress (aka SoCo) which is a great place to grab a delicious bite, explore cool and funky shops, get a drink or hear some great live music. Also within walking distance is Stacy Park, where the dog walked me every morning. There is also a spring fed pool in this park – perfect for cooling off from the hot Austin summers.
The Orange Door is the perfect place to stay when traveling to Austin. It is centrally located and has all the amenities of home.
The VRBO Bear
# 270430 Peter Bay, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 5 BR, 5 BA, VILLA
St John Villa with Ocean Views!
06/02/2011 - This little bear just had the experience of a lifetime! If you come to grab a taste of the Caribbean, look no further. From the amazing views to the amazing tranquil atmosphere of this property, Areca Peter Bay takes the cake! A long winding driveway reveals a beautiful private gate welcoming you to your home away from home. All the amenities were exquisitely maintained and the surrounding landscape was crafted with the utmost expertise, including lush tropical plants and fruits ripe for the picking at every glance. A true kaleidoscope of color!
The beautiful infinity pool was a great place to spend time at sunrise or sunset and was often frequented. Truthfully the view was spectacular from anywhere on the property! Most nights were spent on the magnificent patio area, poolside, with the BBQ grill smoking and the gentle bay breezes blowing, creating the most relaxing evenings.
The local town, shopping and white sandy beaches were mere minutes away and the local residents were always welcoming. The cleaning crews that came during the week were cheery and very hospitable. Not to mention the owner, Diana was extremely helpful, available for anything at anytime and was a real treat! She pointed out key places to dive, kayak and snorkel near the area and they did not disappoint. This little bear will be returning again and again and you should do the same!
The VRBO Bear
# 130480 Ridgway, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Southwest CO 2 bedroom near SanJuanMtns
05/27/2011 - This apartment is ideally located right in Ridgway and offers one of the best views of the mountains. Close to everything on the Western Slope, when you stay here, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of it all.
Thanks to the hosts' attention to detail, this mountain retreat feels like brand new and the extra details like fluffy bath towels and extra blankets made it special. The beds were comfortable and the rooms quite spacious. The kitchen is stocked with spices and everything else you need to prepare a home cooked meal.
The abundance of windows made it perfect for viewing the snow-capped mountains. At night, the stars seemed like giant clusters of lights. Amazing how many more there are when the city lights don’t interfere! The two decks made star gazing a nightly ritual.
I spent a cool afternoon shopping in the quaint stores in nearby Ouray. A late afternoon snow shower gave me a chance to enjoy an early dinner at The Ouray Brewery. With the sun shining and warm winds, some hiking near the waterfall the next day was just the ticket.
This Ridgway suite was ‘just right’ for this Colorado mountain loving Bear. I know you’ll enjoy it too!
The VRBO Bear
# 112483 Rockport, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Great 3 bedroom Rockport Gulf Coast TX!
05/27/2011 - I arrived at the property to find a beautiful home located directly on the bay. I was more than pleased when I saw the long pier that went far out into the bay. You can walk out on the pier and feel like you’re right out in the middle of the water. Here a bear can fish to his heart’s content.
Inside the home was beautifully decorated with very nice and comfortable furniture and sleek countertops in the large kitchen area. Each room was immaculate with detailed décor to match the bay setting. The lighting in the home gave off a relaxing ambiance.
I cannot express the gratitude for all the owners, Debi and Keith did to make my stay perfect. A bouquet of flowers and a basket of fresh fruit were waiting in the kitchen when I arrived. They know how to make their vacation rental truly feel like a home away from home!
The VRBO Bear
# 306535 Bird Rock, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relax at La Jolla Bird Rock 4bedroom
05/26/2011 - La Jolla, California - my favorite place to be in Spring! I recently stayed at a quaint cottage in Bird Rock that was just 20 minutes from everywhere I wanted to go! The airport, downtown San Diego, Sea World and the Zoo were all convenient to this beach house. Upon my arrival at this charming home, I was met by the owner, Annelie. She was so friendly and even left me a little welcome basket!
The house is more than comfortable with plenty of space and beautiful, fragrant orchids in all the windows! I felt like I had walked into a tropical dream house. This La Jolla home is spacious with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a beautiful patio right off the kitchen. It was so relaxing to sit on one of the deck chairs and watch the sunset right as it began to sink into the ocean. This home is perfect for anyone traveling with little cubs. The front yard is all grass and completely fenced in; perfect for playing games and running around. The owners even offered to let me use their bikes so I could ride along the beach! The greatest part about this getaway is how close everything is. The ocean, the shops, the attractions and my favorite coffee shop -The Living Room, are all within walking distance or a short drive.
The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful with easy access to the main street where you can find many restaurants and shops to browse. At the house, you won’t run out of the necessities. The owners have completely stocked the bathrooms with toiletries and linens and the kitchen is full of utensils and amenities.
I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday near the city of La Jolla!
The VRBO Bear
# 326929 Other South Padre Island Properties, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Family Vacation at Gulf Coast BeachHouse
05/23/2011 - I enjoyed a perfect stay in a delightful home on South Padre Island. Natural light floods the well appointed house. The best part was that you could see the beach from virtually every window in the living room. The kitchen and baths all boasts granite countertops. Everything in the home was brand new – I felt like I was their first guest. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. Each room even had a large flat screen television set with cable TV.
The island kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could need. But if you prefer not to cook, there’s a delicious restaurant just across the street. It was so nice to be only steps away from exquisite beach side dining.
Another incredible feature of this home is the spacious second floor patio. I spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying the beach views. But that’s not all, I walked down to the beach and within minutes was catching the highly sought after gulf trout and redfish.
What a wonderful vacation! It’s only a 2 minute walk to the beach and has an amazing view of the water. My trip to South Padre was everything I could have asked for and more.
The VRBO Bear
# 241418 Ocean Walk, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Family Vacation near ocean N San Diego
05/23/2011 - One word: FANTASTIC! Fantastic accommodation, fantastic location and fantastic owners. For my recent trip to San Diego I enjoyed to staying at this lovely home in Carlsbad. It was only 30 minutes from the San Diego airport and was super easy to find. Upon arrival, Kim, met me at the house and could not have been more pleasant.
This beach house was very well maintained and had all a vacationing family could want or need. The cubs will love the playroom which was equipped with everything from puzzles and books to ride-on toys and stuffed animals. Your cubs can put a pin in the city they’re from on the gigantic map of the world. The small details were phenomenal. There was a fantastic book of everything to do in San Diego and Carlsbad with directions and helpful hints. Grocery store and pharmacy loyalty cards were left behind which will help you save a bundle when shopping for supplies. A special gift basket of ingredients for making s’mores was a nice treat to look forward to using in the outdoor fire pit. The beds were ultra comfortable and a full size crib can be set up for the youngest cub.
The beach was a very easy walk across the street, maybe 5 minutes max. Even though it was a great place for a family, I would highly recommend this home to any group. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you’ll love this beautiful Carlsbad home near the beach.
The VRBO Bear
# 314785 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Charming Paris Apartment, Great Location
05/16/2011 - Ah, Paris in the springtime…so romantic. I truly enjoyed this marvelous city, mostly due to this apartment’s coziness and amazing location. I felt right at home and loved how everything I could wish for was right at my paw tips.
The best part about staying here was its location - there’s a Metro station 1 minute away by foot, the entrance to the magnificent Tuileries garden is just as close. You’ll love the upscale shopping just around the corner, and it was nice to be able to easily visit the Mona Lisa at the famous Louvre museum (just 5 a minute walk).
After a long day of exploring Paris and visiting museums, it was nice to relax on the cozy sofa in the nook by the bedroom. The bathroom was the perfect size - not too big and not too small; plus, I really liked the faucet in the bathroom. The water changes color according to the temperature; blue for cold, red for hot!
If you’re looking for the perfect romantic place to stay in Paris, look no further because you’ve found it!
The VRBO Bear
# 71538 Truman Annex, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Key West Vacation Condo!!!
05/12/2011 - From the moment I set foot in this condo, I was enthralled with its spaciousness and beautiful décor. With two full bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, large living area and two balconies; it makes for a very comfortable stay.
The location of this condo is absolutely perfect. Just a short walk from the back door, you can get a front row seat to view the famous Key West Sunset in the evening. Also within walking distance is Duval Street which is filled with plenty of restaurants and shops for your entertainment. Don’t forget to grab a slice of Key Lime pie which is offered at multiple restaurants nearby.
After a long day seeing the sites, the pool at the condo is a great way to relax and cool off with a great view of the ocean just feet away.
There sure is a lot to see and do in the United States southernmost city. I can guarantee there won’t be a dull moment here. Come stay in this lovely Key West condo and you’ll enjoy a front seat to all the fun!
The VRBO Bear
# 264979 Lincoln City, Central Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great Stay at Lincoln City Vacation Home
05/10/2011 - The Oregon Coast is one of those magical places you have to experience as soon as you can and as often as possible. That used to be what kept me coming back, but now I’ve got another reason: Shearwater House. April can still be a brisk time of year in Lincoln City, especially when you’re this close to the beach. That didn’t stop me from taking long walks on the water every day and searching for that elusive stone called agate. Once I’d gotten my fill of exploring and was ready to head back up the hill to the house, the hot tub would be waiting for me to relax and reminisce about the day while watching the sun set over the water.
I could easily have stayed at the house and enjoyed the walks, the panoramic ocean views and the cozy fire every day, but there was too much to see! The whale-watching excursion from Depoe Bay took us out on a boat to see if we could catch a glimpse of a grey whale – famous in these parts. I’m convinced he was watching us from the deep as we trolled by.
Debi, Shearwater House’s fearless owner, provided a wonderful list and I took advantage of every suggestion I could cram into my 2 days: Secret Beach at low tide (this is best in the summer); the Newport Aquarium (CUTE puffins!); the lighthouse at Yaquina Head; and Devil’s Punch Bowl (where I had the most amazing clam chowder!)
Grab a group of friends, your whole family (this house sleeps 8-12), or just your honey-bear and head to Shearwater House today!
The VRBO Bear
# 316485 Seaside, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME
Luxury at this great Seaside Beachfront!
05/10/2011 - This beach house is a perfect getaway on the Oregon coast; from the instant you walk in there are ocean views surrounding you and you’re on the beach when you step off the patio! It was located very close to everything Seaside has to offer, which made it easy to come and go as needed.
All of the comforts of home were included (stocked kitchen, plenty of towels, wifi and satellite tv), and some extras like a sauna, three outdoor living spaces, game room and telescope were great to have! With a family room and formal living area, there is enough space to spread out if there is a large group of people but also plenty of cozy areas to relax as well. My favorite part of the home was the two master suites with panoramic ocean views that you can wake up to each morning! The main master suite has an amazing jetted shower and a spa tub too. The house was beautifully decorated and was a treat to come home to at the end of a long day. I can’t wait to return!
The VRBO Bear
# 297709 Port Ludlow, Olympic Peninsula & Pacific Coast, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing Retreat in Port Ludlow, WA
05/05/2011 - Relaxing, quiet, peaceful, romantic, luxurious . . . This vacation home is everything described and so much more. The owners truly anticipated everything you could possibly need to thoroughly enjoy your time away. Beautiful gardens and water views delighted me upon arrival. The house was well lit with natural light from the many windows. Almost every angle showcased the magnificent water views. The kitchen had heated tile floors, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and was fully equipped for any cooking need. The dining area was inviting with the picturesque window seat, unique lighting fixture, and endless views. My traveling companions and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm, cozy fireplace in the cool evenings along with a good movie from the extensive DVD library provided for guests’ entertainment. The surround sound system with volume controls in each room was a bonus! The pampering didn’t end there. The upstairs master bedroom boasted a plush king size bed and tall windows with beautiful water views. The master bath had heated tile floors, his and hers vanities, a walk-in closet with his and hers bathrobes and slippers, and a shower with jet options.
The fun was only beginning. We soaked up the sun in reclining lounge chairs on the lawn, relaxed in the hot tub, took a stroll along the beach, and enjoyed a good meal on the deck. It was so fun to have two kayaks available at the property to explore the beautiful water views up close and personal. Truly breathtaking!
Nearby attractions include waterfalls, hiking trails, historic Port Gamble, Poulsbo, whale watching, private local charters, local theater, Lavender Festival, art galleries, wine tasting, and more. The options are endless. Take advantage of this property and get away from it all. Whether it is relaxation or adventure you seek, you will find it at this amazing vacation home in Port Ludlow. Come experience it for yourself!
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# 86494 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE
Great Wine Country CA Vacation Home!
05/04/2011 - When I arrived at Alder Mews I found a tranquil private guest home situated within a gated community on a 20 acre ranch full of rolling hills, beautiful oak trees, a pond and some horses enjoying the pasture. This home is so peaceful, I immediately felt relaxed with its serene valley views from the pool area, along the creek side, and sitting at the pond. Every morning I was greeted by a family of geese and many other friendly feathered friends. Lounging in the hammock reading a book each morning is a great way to start the day while sipping coffee and nibbling on some tasty pastries that the wonderful proprietors had waiting when I checked in.
The home owners have transformed what was once a horse stable into this immaculate and pristine one bedroom cottage. They have taken great pride in perfectly outfitting this home with plush linens, stocked kitchen to include all the basics in the refrigerator and some cheese and a bottle of wine waiting when I arrived. The living room has two comfortable couches to stretch out on. After a day of wine tasting in Sonoma and the surrounding areas I came back to relax and enjoy the large 37 inch Flat Screen TV, CD & DVD player with a nice selection of DVD’s. The dining rooms seats 4 comfortably and also has a desk with high speed internet for those bears that have to stay in touch. The bedroom has a queen bed and perfectly set up for a wonderful bear nights rest. The bathroom is stocked with all the necessities you may have forgotten to pack, including shampoo, lotion, hairdryer, and beach towels for the pool. There is a spacious garage with a washer and dryer to clean your clothes after a busy day hiking the trails or some fly fishing at the pond.
The guest house is just a short drive from the historical Sonoma Plaza where you’ll find many shops, wine tasting specialty stores and restaurants.
It is a perfect getaway for a long weekend or extended holiday in this lovely cottage and explore the beautiful 20 acre setting in the California Wine Country.
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# 236450 Noe Valley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
San Francisco 2 bedroom in nice area!
04/07/2011 - What a San Francisco treat! I arrived late on a Thursday evening to a beautiful and welcoming apartment in the heart of picturesque Noe Valley. This restored Edwardian apartment building has all the living essentials with a modern flare. From the clean lines in the updated kitchen to the spa-like bathroom, I knew I was going to enjoy my stay here.
Stepping out at the intersection of 24th and Castro, I was eager to check out the neighborhood. I was surrounded by unique boutiques, friendly neighborhood florists and cozy restaurants with outstanding local fare. My friends and I started our adventure with a walk to a favorite local eatery, Chloe for brunch. I recommend the almond cranberry pancakes!
This apartment is in a perfect location for exploring the San Francisco area. Just steps from two bus lines that can take you north through Pacific Heights to the Marina or to East to pick up a train into downtown, I was able to easily visit any neighborhood and San Francisco attraction I liked.
After shopping downtown on Market Street, I walked through Chinatown to Colt Town, one of the highest points in San Francisco with amazing views of the Bay. From there, I headed down to Fisherman’s Wharf and got a taste of the local creamy clam chowder. I finished my first day of touring the city with chocolate from Ghirardelli Square.
After all my day adventures and exploration, it was great to come back to such a comfortable apartment. My friends and I can’t wait to plan a return visit.
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# 317541 Beaver Creek Landing, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Enjoy watching skiers while in hot tub!
04/06/2011 - The Staff at the East West Resorts made me feel welcome before I even arrived at the Bear Paw. They sent information on the area, ski/snowboard rental information and catering services. I and my traveling companions were greeted at the door by the staff making sure all our needs were met giving us a wonderful start to our trip!
Beauty, comfort, elegance and serenity are just a few of things you will find while staying at this condominium. The private elevator opened right into the comfortable and roomy living room showing off the large gas fireplace, perfect for sitting and relaxing in front of after a long day of skiing. You won’t need to bring extra entertainment in your suitcase as you will find plenty of movies and games along with a TV in every room. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need, along with high-end appliances. The décor is elegant and comfortable making you feel right at home. There is nothing the owner hasn’t thought of!
A few of the amenities you will enjoy at the Bear Paw Lodge is your very own Ski locker, right outside your door providing a safe and warm place to keep your equipment. Adjacent to the clubhouse, this unit gives you easy access to the 3 hot tubs and pool which are heated year round. Just a few feet from the ski hill makes this house a true ski in, ski out property. After a long day on the slopes, you can ski back to the condo and enjoy a nice soak in the hot tub. Beaver Creek also has plenty of entertainment such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, dining, golf and spas just to name a few.
Your expectations will be exceeded while staying at the Bear Paw. Enjoy a relaxing, fun and rejuvenating stay and you’ll want to come back year after year.
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# 249771 Nihilani, Princeville, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Kauai Hawaii 4 bed w/Mountain Golf View!
04/06/2011 - On a recent trip to Princeville resort on Kauai, HI my extended bear family and I stayed at the “House of Aloha.” The Owners communicated with us very clearly leading up to our trip and made sure we had contact info for the local liaison in case of any questions.
The condo was spacious with wide hallways, large rooms, kitchen area and living areas. Ten of us were accommodated very comfortably! The kitchen, with dark coconut hardwood floors was equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and drink cooler. It also provided a contemporary island ambience to match the light fixtures and window coverings.
The bedrooms and baths were high quality, very clean and convenient with a sense of resort living. The laundry room was on the same floor as the bedrooms which made laundry easy and allowed us to pack less! They had at least one of everything you would want and need from linens to pantry to cleaning supplies.
We really appreciated the boogie boards and snorkel gear provided so we didn’t have to spend extra money on rentals at the beach. The House of Aloha has all the vacation gear you need.
Of course the location is what makes this resort condo extra special. Situated next to the exclusive Makai golf course, it has its own community pool and spa within the Princeville resort. Bedrooms and balconies look out across the golf course to the mountains of Hanalei Bay with waterfalls easily visible.
Just a few minutes away is the local town of Hanalei with many great restaurants, shops and shave ice (a bear’s personal favorite!). From Hanalei you can access the beaches of Hanalei Bay which boasts the sandiest beaches and best sunsets in Kauai. Jump off the pier when the tide is high or try the standing paddleboard lessons like the ancient Hawaiians. There is so much to do so give yourself lots of time to enjoy!
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# 235794 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Ideal Downtown Seattle 2 bedroom condo!
04/04/2011 - This contemporary downtown condo was ideal for our weekend getaway to one of the great west-coast cities--Seattle! Convenient to all the favorite Seattle destinations, such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, may traveling companions and I could walk or hop on the bus, which stops right in front of the condo building.
We found the accommodations to be nicely decorated with urban chic furnishings. Very cool place—a perfect match to our downtown Seattle experience. The queen bed was very comfortable, with high quality bedding. Special touches like the welcome basket and robes, made us feel like we were truly on vacation. And the kitchen was just right for our quick breakfast and evening snack. Ralph’s Market is just down the street to get the items we needed. With so many great restaurants nearby, we found ourselves eating most meals out.
Darik made us aware of all the details before our arrival. There were no surprises when we arrived and the great photos on the listing are exactly how we found the condo when we arrived. He put our mind at ease and I felt confident when we arrived that everything would be as he said…and it was!
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# 297692 Montgomery Estates, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe South Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 8 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Tahoe Mountain Lodge great for families!
04/04/2011 - My friends and I were thrilled to be heading to Lake Tahoe again to enjoy the beautiful snow capped mountains, pine trees and the breath taking lake! Blue Haven is conveniently located just a short 5-10 minute drive to downtown Lake Tahoe with so many year around attractions.
When the entire pack of bears arrived at the home we were all amazed at the open spacious floor plan and a perfect spot for our Bear getaway! We rustled through the home finding luxurious furnishings at every turn with beautiful hard wood floors, iPod radios in every room, incredible spacious kitchen and of course the large decks with the most amazing views. This home is a nice luxury home without the fussy luxury feel, it is very cub friendly with video games like Wii, billiards and board games, it is furnished with cubs in mind.
The main floor of the house includes the very well-appointed master bedroom encompassing luxurious indulgent linens, its own gas fireplace and large flat screen TV. Within the large master closet are all of the extra cub care items that might be needed. Next is the second bedroom with queen bed, separate ½ bath with beautiful new front loading washer & dryer, kitchen and family room. The kitchen is nothing short of a chef’s dream. It comes complete with fully stocked with top of the line pots and pans, two huge sets of dishes for both the big guys and little ones. There is additional seating on the stools at the wrap around bar overlooking the kitchen and close to the dining room for the cubs; the owners have supplied high chairs for the baby cubs as well.
The 2nd floor encompasses a large full bathroom, 2 bedrooms with indulgent linens a full living room with a balcony, large flat screen TV, an iPod docking station and cozy gas fireplace as well as a poker/game table for all bear friends that like to play cards or choose from tons of board games.
The 3rd floor has four more plush bedrooms, 2 large full bathrooms, one with a steam shower that everyone will love. There is a 3rd living room with a large flat screen TV, fire place, gaming console with Wii and wet bar close to the matching billiards table. Five steps outside this level is the best part after a day of skiing, hiking or hanging out in the cool air or summer night is the Jacuzzi with unique massage configurations to rest your tired muscles.
All the pack agrees and highly recommends you make the Blue Haven house your next vacation getaway. Not only did we have many attractions at our finger tips to get out and enjoy, but is also perfect for family gatherings with or without ever leaving the house.
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# 316439 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Great downtown Seattle condo!!!
03/18/2011 - I was so impressed with this condo in the Belltown area of Seattle! I arrived early in the evening and found so many restaurants to choose from within a block! I enjoyed a meal at Momma’s Mexican Kitchen that was fantastic. The grocery store was around the corner, so I picked up a few breakfast items while I was out.
This condo is stylish, clean, and inviting. You get the feeling that each item was specifically picked for the space. I didn’t want to leave, but the beautiful city beckoned. Pikes Place Market and the first Starbucks were a 10 minute walk away. Piroshsky Bakery is right next to Starbucks and they had the best Russian pastries! I dare you to walk by without being drawn in!
The Space Needle was really close by as well as EMP. Take in the view of the Pudget Sound from Kerry Park, and make sure you go see the Ballard Locks. Watching boats go through is amazing. So much to do, I need to go back!
The condo was perfect for relaxing in the afternoons. There was plenty of seating and 2 TV’s. The Wi-Fi was a great feature to make reservations around town as well as look at maps. The kitchen had everything needed for meal preparation, though I found the food in the area irresistible. The couch was the perfect place to nap a bit.
This condo is close to Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Cornish College of the Arts, The Art Institute, Antioch University and University of Washington. If you’re heading out for a visit, you won’t regret staying here! Public transportation comes right to the front door, so a car isn’t really required to see the best of the area.
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# 152596 Woodmoor, Baldy Mountain, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
Breckenridge ski home w/ gourmet kitchen
03/16/2011 - My travels brought me to snowy Breckenridge Colorado and Mount Vista Manor. With Breckenridge ski resort just a short distance away, and many other ski resorts close by I was in a prime location in the heart of ski country. Surrounded by the snow capped Rocky Mountains, this house provided a true Colorado experience.
After a hard day of skiing my traveling companions and I looked forward to our return to the house. The hot tub was perfect and the views are simply unbelievable. We made full use of the kitchen and cooked some truly epic meals. Cooking for a group is no small task and the right tools (pots, pans, etc.) are essential, and we had everything we needed in the gourmet kitchen. Each meal was always paired with amazing views from the dining room table and off the back deck.
The two upstairs master suites were incredible. Lying in bed and looking out onto the mountains was a great way to start the day. Each member of our group had plenty of privacy with their own bedroom. Some bedrooms even had a humidifier which helped to offset the dry climate.
This place takes leisure time very seriously. The downstairs game room was an incredible place to hang out and unwind. With a pool table, video games and foosball, everybody had something to do. The family room adjacent to the kitchen was a relaxing spot to watch a movie, play games, or just relax and read. Having the iPod dock run through a great sounding stereo system was a nice touch. We could put on some tunes while cooking or just relaxing. Did I mention they had a PS3 AND a Wii?
Other features included an outdoor grill, garage parking for two cars, wrap-around deck and a quick 5-minute drive to downtown Breckenridge and the slopes. The convenient location allowed us to ski three different mountains during our visit, which gave us a real taste of Colorado’s best skiing. The ability to keep two cars in the garage free of snow made getting out to the slopes so much easier.
The owners were great to work with and highly responsive. They really have thought of everything. Instructions for electronics were easy to find. Ken & Teri also provided restaurant tips and other helpful advice. If you’re planning a ski trip or a mountain get-away, you’ll find all you could want in this comfortable home.
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# 234915 Treasure Island, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Waterfront Condo Treasure Is FL!
03/11/2011 - Argh Matey’s! I’ve discovered a gem in Treasure Island, Florida! Westwind Resort is conveniently located on the Intracoastal Waterway and directly across from the pristine beaches of the Gulf Coast of Florida. Upon my arrival at Westwind the staff was very personable and helpful, ensuring our stay would be a relaxing, memorable experience.
This 1100 square foot two bedroom, two bath condo offers plenty of space and privacy, yet has some of the amenities of a hotel. The two bedrooms are generously situated apart from one another, in-between the two full baths. The master bedroom has a king size bed and a private bath. The second bedroom can be arranged to have two twin beds or a queen, making it flexible for sleeping arrangements. There is also a pull out sleeper sofa to accommodate additional guests. The updated kitchen has granite counter tops, full size stainless steel appliances and all the necessities to make a meal if you so desire. The unit has excellent views of the pool and waterway from the living room and master bedroom and all rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished. On the property grounds a heated pool is nicely situated with a view of the waterway, where you can enjoy watching dolphins playing within feet of you. There are also three fishing piers on the property, making a fun activity for myself and the cubs during our downtime. Concierge is available for transportation services, grocery delivery, dry cleaning, dinner reservations, spa & massage appointments, tickets or just about anything else your heart desires. Included in your stay with Westwind Resort is a complimentary membership to Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club where a variety of activities are offered, a gym and another outdoor heated pool.
A Publix grocery store, souvenir shop and a nice selection of restaurants are within walking distance of the condo. On the north end of Treasure Island is John's Pass Village where you can find local fishing fleet, boat tours, parasailing, jet skiing, unique boutiques and dining. A little further south we discovered Fort DeSoto County Park. Fort DeSoto has miles of unspoiled, white sandy beaches, calm, clear water and a laid back atmosphere, making it America’s Top Beach for 2009. If you are looking for something fun and interesting to do with the family, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is just a short distance away, where you can meet the now famous Winter, the dolphin.
Whether planning a romantic getaway, a couples weekend or a fun filled family vacation, consider making Treasure Island your next vacation destination! I give this condo two paws up!
The VRBO Bear
# 278275 Blue River, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great stay at this Breckenridge condo
03/08/2011 - This Breckenridge home is perfect for a pack of bears! When I arrived, I was welcomed by a cozy, cabin feel and a warm crackling fireplace. I could instantly tell this was going to be a perfect weekend getaway.
My traveling companions and I headed up for the weekend to escape from the hustle and bustle. There was plenty of space in this humble abode for all of us to sit back, relax, and watch our favorite movies. We each had our own flat screen TV in our rooms! After watching a movie we headed upstairs for a ping pong match and a game or two of air hockey. One of the best things about this cabin is you get the feeling of being secluded in the mountains, but only about 2.5 miles from town.
After a long day of walking around town or hitting the slopes, we came back to a warm house and relaxed in the bubbling hot tub. The heated floor mat leading to the hot tub was a nice touch. There were plenty of activities to do during our stay. We found shops, restaurants, trails and the gondola is just minutes away! If you choose to stay indoors, the cabin is stocked with plenty of movies and puzzles to keep you entertained.
The home has many windows providing beautiful views. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make our meals; from pots and pans to salt and pepper. The living room had comfortable chairs and couches that were always inviting after a day out on the town. The bathrooms were stocked with plenty of towels and wash cloths and the hosts even spoiled us with soaps and lotions! This is a fantastic home whether you're visiting for a couple days or staying for a week.
The VRBO Bear
# 127565 Tours, Tours Area, Centre-Loire Valley, France, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, CASTLE
03/03/2011 - Choose La Noue for a true cultural experience. This is not your average “vacation rental” and nothing like a hotel stay.
La Noue is a 16th century chateau with a rich history tucked away in the French countryside. Currently, it’s owned by the same family since the 1830s. While you will probably stay in the updated apartment, be sure to ask the owner for a full tour. You’ll find many rooms, hallways, staircases and even its own chapel. Tucked away in the French countryside, you can easily drive to the large chateaux in the Loire Valley, including Chambord and Chenonceau.
It’s perfectly relaxing for couple’s getaway but also suitable for families with children. There are plenty of toys, rooms with double beds and a great lawn for running around. The renovated ballrooms and chapel make it a good choice for special events and weddings.
There’s a nice flat screen TV with DVDs to enjoy a comfortable living room with a large fireplace. The bathrooms are updated and the shower pressure is great! The laundry machine is available to you, making it easier to pack light.
Stay here for a vacation rich in history but with the convenience, space and privacy of any home.
I want to thank Christine and her brother for hosting me in their ancestral home. I loved the yummy jam from the region and the bread and biscuits were a nice touch!
The VRBO Bear
# 13487 Destiny-By-The-Sea, Scenic Gulf Drive Central West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoying the deck
03/02/2011 - Well...the Bear just made a return visit to this home and "Bon Bini" still lives up to expectations! "Bon Bini" means "welcome" and this home again welcomed my buddies and me for a great stay in one of Destin area’s great beachfront neighborhoods "Destiny by the Sea". This prestigious gated community has only a ‘beary’ small number of homes, each fancier than a bear is accustomed to, and Bon Bini among the nicest of the bunch. All the streets are brick, and the private beach has enough room for hundreds of bears! The beach is made up of pure-white, clean, ‘beary’ soft sand, and the water is crystal-clear emerald green, as the Destin area is famous for, making it one of the premier beach areas in Florida.
Bon Bini was very comforting and packed with lots of amenities. From the moment we unloaded suitcases, I was thinking about how we would get them up 3 flights of stairs in this 3 story masterpiece, but right inside the front door was an elevator! Considering all three floors have their own master bedroom, we were sure able to spread out as if we each had our own den. As you may have noticed, I like to sit on the deck wherever I go, and Bon Bini had enough decks to go around a dozen vacation homes! Each deck was open and inviting, each lined with glass doors, providing a nice open ambiance. Every deck had wonderful views of the ocean, Florida palms, or this truly unique and quiet neighborhood.
Even though bears usually live off the land, this bear was dining on seafood every night, and Bon Bini is just seconds away from many of Destin’s great seafood restaurants. Destin is, after all, the world’s luckiest fishing village, so you can enjoy all the fresh, local seafood you want and don’t need a bear’s fishing skills.
Bon Bini is truly an amazing vacation home, full of fine furnishings, conveniences you can only imagine, unbelievable room and comfort, and a golf cart for leisurely cruises around the neighborhood. If you want a solid first-class vacation or hibernation experience in the family-friendly Destin area, you can't go wrong by staying at Bon Bini!
The VRBO Bear
# 3188 Savoy Villas, Sandstone, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Nice Vail Colorado Ski Condo!!!
02/25/2011 - What an amazing place to come out of hibernation!!! As you may know I’m not your typical bear because I find it hard to stay in my rock cave when there are such lavish comfortable places to stay and play in my native mountains. Vail is one of my favorite ski hills in all of Colorado and this cozy condo fits Bears and cubs just right. If skiing is your activity, the free Vail busses will pick you up just a block away, which is only a 10 min ride to Vail Village. I found this extremely convenient since the condo home base to me and my traveling companions.
Since the streams were frozen and hard to scoop fish out of, we were happy to find a shopping center 5 min down the road. The shopping center provided everything including a grocery store, liquor store, sports store with rental gear and restaurants. If you forgot something at your den or needed anything, you could find it there.
The main floor of the condo is great for family or group together time. The kitchen, dining and lounge area are wide open and will keep everyone together. There is a great deck with lots of privacy just off of this great room. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you’d need to whip up a meal before or after your day of mountain adventuring. When its time to clean up and retire for the evening we were surprised no one had to fight for a shower. Each bedroom has its own adjoined full bathroom.
This mountain escape is perfect for families, a few couples, or a few bear buddies looking to get away and enjoy the pristine mountain air. I’ve already recommended this place to all of my friends in the National Forest and will recommend it to you as well. Enjoy!!
The VRBO Bear
# 139942 Scorpio, Vail Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Relaxing in this super Vail Village condo w/ views of slopes and walk to lifts!
02/11/2011 - A weekend adventure of snowy fun and rejuvenation was awaiting – just what this bear needed!
This cozy condo at the ‘Scorpio’ was just what I anticipated and more. The view of the Vail Ski Resort is inviting from the large living room picture windows. Just a hop, skip and a jump and you are on the slopes! Remodeled with impressive upgrades and elegant décor, leisure time by the fire was most enjoyable. I especially loved the kitchen, and bear in mind, a home cooked meal is a great way to spend a snowy evening in. The open floor plan includes a breakfast bar, perfect for conversing with the cook.
Each bedroom displays amazing views as well. They are both tastefully decorated, have comfortable beds and one of them even has an electric fireplace to warm frosty paws! Beautiful intricate marbled bathrooms – one with a steam shower and the other, a Jacuzzi bath.
On a short stroll from the condo, I found my paws on the heated cobblestone streets of Vail Village. Its unique charm creates an ambiance of European culture. Friends and I enjoyed a snowy evening walk with glittering trees lit along our path, where we enjoyed open fire pits and ice sculptures – what a great way to spend a Saturday night!
This lovely condo in Vail Village can be enjoyed year-round. There are hiking and biking trails, golf and river rafting activities during the warmer months. On your next visit to Vail, I highly recommend a stay in this lovely condo, any time of the year – I know you will love it as much as I did!
The VRBO Bear
# 114336 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America, 6 BR, 6 BA, VILLA
Loved our stay in this Rio de Janeiro 6 bedroom villa wpool--center of Copacana!
02/03/2011 - This Rio De Janeiro Villa is a miniature mansion located on a quiet dead end street in a great location. It's just three blocks from Copacabana Beach and only a block or so from the nearest subway station.
I could bearly contain my surprise upon entering the villa to see the enclosed covered atrium with its plethora of flowering, hanging plants and beautiful stained glass windows. I've never seen so many indoor plants in a home before! The floors are beautiful stone and or wood and many of the walls are made from wood as well. The furnishings and decorations are an eclectic collection of old and new, with many interesting and unique antique items. The kitchen and baths feature quality fixtures and equipment. While the rooms are not large, the beds are very comfortable, and the villa is in top quality condition. In the summer, you'll be pleased to know that the air conditioning works fabulously and there is even a small pool located on the top floor.
Perhaps the most endearing feature of the villa is the fabulous staff who took such great care of us. Upon our arrival, our luggage was carried upstairs to our room for us. Michaeljon spoke excellent English and was very helpful with directions and tips for things to see and do including arranging rides to/from the airport if needed. Denise cooked a fantastic breakfast for us each morning, at no additional cost, and will even cook lunch or dinner as well (there is a cost for this service). They made up the rooms for us each day, and even did laundry for us... Wow!
The VRBO Bear
# 259327 Woodmoor, Baldy Mountain, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Awesome stay at this Breckenridge Log Home with Mountain Views!
02/03/2011 - Think of this house as your home away from home! The views are amazing, the house is fully equipped and you are close to skiing! What more could you want?
This weekend was an added bonus as I got to see the incredible Breckenridge Snow Sculptures. It was one of my favorite times of year to be in Breckenridge. There is always so much to do, like Oktoberfest, Art Fairs, and lots of races. You can see the ski slopes from the house and it is just minutes from the gondola that will take you up to the slopes. Not to mention the Ski Shuttle that is just steps from the driveway making it that much easier to head to the slopes for the day. There are so many amazing shops, restaurants, and hiking/biking trails that there is something for everyone all year long!
But if you are like us, and enjoy relaxing inside by the fire in a cozy mountain house then you’ll love this place! This house was not lacking in anything. The kitchen was fully stocked and included high-end appliances; each bathroom was supplied with plenty of towels and complimentary soaps; and the bunk bed room and pool table downstairs make for the perfect hangout. I especially liked the sunroom with an additional table and chairs and a large flat screen TV for those late night card games! Perfect for the guys! Each bedroom has beautiful log beds and a flat screen TV. The large logs on the ceiling and walls along with the beautiful mountain décor make this house even cozier. If relaxing is your style then you’ll love the large hot tub right outside to soak in after a long day of playing. The large dining room, beautiful hard wood floors, outside deck with amazing views, and large master bathroom are just a few of the things that make this house so great.
Come for a weekend or stay for a month. Either way you will have exactly what you need for a wonderful stay in Breckenridge!
The VRBO Bear
# 252052 Historic Eastside, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Great Santa Fe Adobe Home with hot tub and fireplaces!
02/01/2011 - My companions and I rode in the BearMobile all the way from Texas to New Mexico but despite our weariness we were completely delighted to arrive in the beautiful historic neighborhood of Eastside Santa Fe. The low profile adobe houses on small winding roads possess all the charm of old New Mexico (the house is over 100 years old). After entering a cozy courtyard we found the door to Casa Encanto. We were greeting by a plush setting, decorated in tasteful southwest décor. It was a little bit chilly but the 3 kiva fireplaces assured us we’d soon be warming our paws by a crackling fire. The gracious owners, Marta and Mark supplied us with enough firewood for our entire visit.
I couldn’t ‘bear’ another minute in my traveling clothes so I hopped in the large jetted tub in the master bathroom. It was well stocked with everything to get my fur looking fresh, and plenty of fluffy clean towels. When I was ready for the full tour of Casa Encanto, even more surprises were in store. There was a hot tub outside our window and the bed was like sleeping on a cloud! My traveling buddies reported that their beds were equally as heavenly. We also found our own private courtyard and a gorgeous kitchen covered in pretty colored tiles. There was a fireplace there too, and plenty of supplies for cooking a meal including some green chilies from the Santa Fe Farmers Market, which is a must see!
After we soaked in the luxury at Marta and Mark’s exceptional property it was time to explore Santa Fe! Thankfully they made it completely effortless by giving us a great list of sights and restaurants. But as if that wasn’t enough they equipped the house with an iPad – BEARY generous. We ate so much great food and experienced lots of New Mexican culture. And to top it all off Marta even stopped by with some homemade delicious gelato and made us feel right at home.
We simply could not have had a better trip, thanks to Marta and Mark and the enchanting Casa Encanto – the ultimate home base for a trip to Santa Fe.
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# 169616 Anchorage, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Skiing minutes away from this great lake and mtn view condo in Summit County
01/06/2011 - My family and I were fortunate enough to spend the holiday season skiing in Summit County, Colorado. What’s more, we were lucky enough to stay at this beautiful condo overlooking Lake Dillon, just minutes away from Key Stone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain ski resorts. In the description, the owner mentioned it was just remodeled. She thought of every little detail to give you all the conveniences of home but added luxurious comfort of a vacation: a nightlight in the second bathroom if you bring kids, steamer in the master shower to warm up tired and sore muscles, and artwork that give the condo personality and warmth you’d never find in a hotel! I was very impressed by the thought and effort the owner put into this condo, providing an enjoyable stay.
The new modern kitchen with cabinet lighting and granite countertops is fully stocked with plenty of spices, cooking oils, condiments, and any kitchen tool you’d ever need for cooking here. Make yourself a great cup of coffee with the coffee maker while you enjoy the fabulous view of Lake Dillon.
The living room furniture was extremely comfortable, perfect for ending the day relaxing with a movie or TV show in front of the fireplace. Record your own program using the DVR! Internet strength was great if you bring a computer.
The beds were very comfortable. We all slept well on the memory foam. There are plenty of extra pillows and blankets if you need more.
My personal favorite was the master bathroom. The shower is large and as mentioned, has its own steamer!
Everything was very clean when we arrived. And the owner was very helpful and responsive during our stay, offering us any help we needed. I hope to return again and would recommend this Lake Dillon condo to any traveler.
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# 241029 Copper Springs Lodge, Copper Mountain, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Ski-In/Ski-out Copper Mountain Colorado 2-bedroom condo with fireplace!
01/06/2011 - After a snowy ride through the mountains, my traveling companions and I were pleasantly surprised to arrive at this warm, comfortable ski in/ski out condo. We immediately felt at home.
Large windows give you a great view of the Copper Mountain resort. We felt spoiled so close to the mountain. I was really excited!
The family room is fabulously luxurious. Be forewarned, even the most dedicated early morning skiers might want to hang around in the morning. The rustic looking dining table with log-cabin style chairs and cushions make it a perfect spot to linger over coffee or hot chocolate and even catch up on email if you like! What’s more, the instant fire place, HD LCD TV, comfortable couch and chairs make it an inviting spot to return to after a full ski day.
The two bedrooms and two bathrooms are quite spacious. The bedrooms have enough room to fit all your ski gear and move around freely. No one is cramped in here! You can also use the pull out couch in the living room for extra guests. Both bathrooms are also fairly large.
With parking under the condo, you can drive in to the garage and not have to get out in the cold. That’s a little luxury you don’t expect. Get warm and stay warm! The laundry is just down the hall making it convenient to wash or just dry off your wet winter clothes.
This is a fabulous condo for ski season, and definitely convenient to Copper for spring season too! I’d love to stay here for much longer and return again!
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# 324951 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Delightful Downtown Austin Condo - Beautifully furnished and walk to everything!
12/18/2010 - I just got back from Austin, where I love to visit. I had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful condo so close to everything downtown. The weather is usually nice, so you’ll be happy to do without the rental car and walk to all the best places to eat and shop.
The home is spacious for a one bedroom in downtown and so much better than a hotel! The kitchen included spices, cooking utensils, pots and pans – with a lovely granite countertop just begging to be used. There’s also a kitchen patio with a barbeque grill and outdoor seating. One of the special things about this unit is its views of the city. You can go out on the upstairs balcony and see up and down 6th street as well as views of the city skyline. At night, the city lights are fabulous.
Even though its location is on a popular street, I was surprised at how little noise I noticed at night. I slept like Goldie Locks in a bed that was ‘just right.’ But best of all was the big onyx shower with rain shower head. Now that was luxury! You’ll love the big master suite.
Thank you to Trey and Brandy for being wonderful hosts – offering tips, supplying restaurant and activity guides, they are really focused on making your stay delightful. I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Austin.
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# 301391 Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great stay at this Waterfront Austin Home on Lake Travis!
11/23/2010 - The home is incredibly gorgeous, with a large, open floor plan and well-considered details from marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances to gorgeous fixtures and lighting. Two large patios spanning the back of the house made the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine in the cool evening air.
As the inner-most property on a short cove, the house has the best of both worlds – a sweeping view of the water as well as a near-private swimming area where the cove ends into a fabulous grotto, isolated from the main lake traffic. November weather is a bit chilly for swimming, but you could imagine floating in the grotto in warmer months, perfect for the young cubs. A rare find on Lake Travis, there was a large flat lawn perfect for running and tossing a ball or Frisbee but also safely surrounded by a beautiful iron fence to keep kids and pets from getting too close to the water.
Sleeping arrangements were easy. Each bedroom has its own bathroom so even 3 couples with kids are able to manage showers. An array of quality, inflatable mattresses and blankets makes tucking the kids away a no-brainer.
In my group, kids and adults were entertained all weekend. Our choices suited all ages ranging from: Wii games and ping pong in a true “man cave,” wide selection of DVDs and satellite TV in the media room, foosball, board games and a closet full of toys and dolls for the little ones!
Last but not least, one of our absolute favorite features was the surround sound in every room of the house. You could turn the music on or off in each room. The kids could nap or watch TV while the adults listened to music.
I highly recommend this house for families, reunions, and other groups looking to relax and reconnect.
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# 175004 Seaside, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Panoramic Views of Ocean - Incredible Oceanfront House in Seaside, OR
11/23/2010 - This oceanfront beach house was the perfect retreat for a beary special birthday weekend. Felt like home from our first step through the door. The panoramic views of the ocean were breathtaking – quite picturesque!
The home was fully equipped with everything we could have needed from linens to pots & pans. There was also an outside shower for rinsing off sand from excursions to the beach. With two double car garages, there was ample parking available for our party as well.
You may have heard great grandpa bear tell the story about ‘Goldie Locks and the Three Bears’ and how he liked his bed firm and hard. Well, I must admit this next generation appreciates true comfort. All of the beds at this beach house in Seaside were like sleeping on a cloud – once you layed down, your entire body was supported in complete relaxation. I couldn’t help but close my eyes and say, “This is just right.”
This incredible vacation rental has something for everyone:
• stroll through the dunes to the beach
• make a fire on the sand before sunset to roast marshmallows and sing songs
• relax in a comfy chair reading a good book with the view of the ocean at a glance
• bake a cake in the fully equipped kitchen
• watch a movie and lounge on the couch
• stroll the Seaside Promenade and take in the sites
• visit local art galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops, or
• take a short 7 mile drive to Cannon Beach to shop and take pictures of the incredible Haystack Rock
You won’t want to miss out on this incredible beach house in Seaside, Oregon!
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# 202604 Old Town, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Loved my stay in this Gulf Coast, TX Port Aransas house close to beach!
11/10/2010 - This week I traveled with a young family to Port Aransas. I enjoyed a long weekend in this home close to the beach but with an updated and modern feel. The couches in the living room are so comfortable! We found them perfect for relaxing with our morning coffee, evening drinks, and just an afternoon rest with our favorite books. But don’t sit down, or you won’t want to get up!
Stainless steel appliances, great wine glasses, bar seats that face the kitchen, next to elegant table and chairs provide a great setting for good meals with friends and family. The kitchen looks out to a fabulous second story deck with a grill, table and chairs, and plenty of space for family and friends. Kids and dogs will be safe on the deck with a sturdy wrap around railing that’s approximately 4 feet high.
For a great night’s sleep, we found two very comfortable queen beds with lots of pillows and blankets and even LCDs with Dish Satellite TVs to watch movies in bed. The master suite has privacy and its own bathroom, slightly separated from the other two bedrooms but still close enough to hear a child milling about in the night. The kids fit comfortably in the third bedroom with two twin beds, right across from a bathroom.
Labeled “The Tree House”, the living, sleeping, and dining areas are on the second floor. On the ground level, we found a hammock for relaxing outside surrounded by a grassy fenced in area for kids or pets to run around. This vacation rental is fantastic. More friends visited for a day and kept commenting that it is absolutely gorgeous! They were surprised to see such a nicely decorated house that was perfect for entertaining but also kid-friendly so close to the beach and downtown.
We enjoyed dinner and great beer at the Port Aransas Brewery. Try their famous Burgers and sweet potato fries! There are plenty of activities to try as well: Free Tour at the UT Marine Science Center, dolphin tour at Woody’s Sports Center or tour the most famous aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington.
For a perfect relaxing getaway or family vacation, I highly recommend this Port Aransas vacation rental home!
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# 9812 Le Jardin, Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
DestinFL Condo at Baytowne Wharf. Nice!
11/08/2010 - This property is very nicely appointed and is perfect for anyone who enjoys the lap of luxury. I had a beary nice time staying in Le Jardin. The home is in the perfect location—in the heart of Baytowne Wharf, just steps outside the door are all the shops, restaurants daily entertainment. The Wharf has all sorts of entertainment going on all day long so you will never be at a loss for things to do here.
This home is a rare find with three master bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, which is perfect for three couples to share. The beds were delightful with luxuriously soft sheets. The double sided fireplace in the third floor master was a nice surprise; you can see it from the master bedroom and the master bathroom.
Overall, I found the home to be well-appointed and upscale but at the same time comfortable enough to kick back and cozy-up on the sofa.
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# 3644 Four O'Clock Subdivision, Four O'Clock, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Great Ski-In/Ski-out in Breckenridge, Colorado 4-bedroom house with fireplaces!
11/01/2010 - “Our Mountain Honey” is a very special home nestled in the pine trees in Breckenridge, Colorado. No detail has been overlooked, and the “Bear” décor made me feel right at home.
I could tell that a lot of effort went into making this home special and welcoming. There was plenty of space for everyone to spread out and spaces to come together. This home was perfect for all the different ages of our group. The movie selection was excellent!
The den with the pool table was a popular for some friendly competitions, while the den with the fireplace was used for reading, playing checkers and watching the snow fall. Relaxing in this home was easy as the comfortable furniture and beds were almost too inviting!
In the historic town of Breckenridge, we discovered unique shops and restaurants as well as the main-stream coffee shop we couldn’t live without. The Outlet Shops in nearby Silverthorne made for some great bargains to bring home.
This Bear could stay forever in a lovely home like this!
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