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The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear

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

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# 116855 Maui Kamaole, South Kihei (Kamaole III Beach Area), Kihei, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Designer's Own STUNNING OCEANVIEW 1 Bedroom/ 2 Bath

Great Maui condo with ocean views!

Great Maui condo with ocean views!

07/29/2010 - I just got back from a very relaxing vacation in Maui. I stayed at this beautiful condo in Kihei. Kihei is such a nice town - quiet and peaceful, yet lots of fun things to do within walking distance. There are plenty of shops and restaurants and even a club or two with live music for evening entertainment. There's a beach just steps across the road and many more within a very short drive. I swam on the beach and snorkeled, and relaxed by the very nice pools that the condo community has to offer.

Maui is a gorgeous island and this condo is centrally located in Kihei so that you have quick and easy access to things like helicopter rides or driving up the volcano for the incredible views of the island. I highly recommend the helicopter ride. It was the best! You are also a very short drive away from Maalaea where you can catch a sunset cruise, deep sea fishing or snorkeling cruises.

The unit itself is nicely decorated with local island flair. It has everything you need to have fun on the beach, including beach chairs, snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach mats and towels. It's situated at the front of the complex facing the ocean so you have an amazing view. I spent time out on the lanai just watching the ocean and relaxing.

The owner was gracious and helpful. He even provided a book in the condo with restaurant menus and recommendations as well as activities to help you plan a great time while you're here.

I highly recommend Maui for your next vacation and this condo is the place you want to stay in Kihei when you go!

The VRBO Bear

# 58258 Maalaea, Central Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Beautiful 2 bd/2ba Beachfront condo

Living it up in this Maui Ocean Front Condo!

Living it up in this Maui Ocean Front Condo!

07/29/2010 - I love Maui and enjoyed staying at this condo in Maalaea! It is beautifully decorated with lots of island knickknacks and pictures. The condo had plenty of room for family or friends with two bedrooms to spread out in. You'll find the view from the balcony is simply breathtaking, particularly when the sun is going down.

Maalea is a little town situated around the harbor of Maalaea where you can catch any number of sea excursions – snorkeling, fishing, whale watching, dinner cruises or pretty much anything to do with the sea. There’s also an aquarium to visit and several restaurants and bars, all within walking distance. Even better, the condo is located at the end of Sugar Beach, which stretches for miles between Maalaea and Kekei. If you can’t find solitude on that beach you didn’t look very hard because much of it is unvisited. I took a long walk along the beach and once I got past a couple of hotels and condo complexes I had the beach almost completely to myself. The area is quiet and peaceful, a great place to get away and unwind. But it’s also centrally located so it’s very close to all of the attractions you’d want to see on Maui. We drove up the volcano and along the Road to Hana and also to a walk to the harbor for a snorkeling trip to Molokini - a small crater and marine reserve just off the coast. One night we walked just a few doors down and ate at the highly rated Waterfront Restaurant. It was all so close!

The owner was gracious and helpful, providing links and phone numbers for local restaurants and tours after asking me what I might like to do and even suggested a couple I hadn’t thought of. I had a fabulous time in Maui, especially in this wonderful ocean front condo!

The VRBO Bear

# 213313 Blue River, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Perfect for Families! Large Kitchen! Beautiful Views! Private Hot Tub!

Great master bedroom balcony view of Breckenridge Blue River Area

Great master bedroom balcony view of Breckenridge Blue River Area

07/28/2010 - Breckenridge has always been one of my favorite places to visit in Colorado and this trip did not disappoint!! Driving through town and up the dirt road, my eyes caught the magnificent house just to the right of me. I walked up to the door and right in front are gorgeous flowers including a red Columbine! I knew then, that this was a place unlike anything else. The house was very open, beautifully decorated, well taken care of and the view right out the living room was amazing!! I sat in the leather recliners a lot of my weekend just gazing out the window. In the master bedroom there is a balcony and the view from there was always inviting when I would wake up in the morning! The sun spilled through the windows and the doors as I stepped out and saw a magnificent view! You can not beat the views from this house!

This place feels like a home - warm and welcoming. Every room was comfortable and the kitchen was my favorite! The hot tub was the perfect setting to stargaze and the back deck was great to sit on in the morning while enjoying a cup of coffee. From the moment I walked in to the time I left I was wonderfully surprised at how great of a place this was.

If you plan to visit Breckenridge - bring the whole family. You'll have plenty of room for a large group and enjoy staying in this great mountain home.

The VRBO Bear

# 250849 Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

MOST POPULAR RENTAL IN FLAMINGO, GREAT VIEWS & LOCATION!!!!

Enjoying the view of this Costa Rica Ocean from the beach!

Enjoying the view of this Costa Rica Ocean from the beach!

07/28/2010 - Stepping into Villa Bougainvillea is truly an escape into paradise. The most amazing features of this home were the breathtaking views from the infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean. The view was spectacular whether eating at the kitchen table, relaxing on the couch or staring out from the super comfortable patio furniture. Not to mention, just as enjoyable from the pool!

The master bedroom is extremely spacious with a bamboo ceiling and huge walk-in closet. The master bath gives access directly to the pool as well as a unique outdoor shower, with of course more magnificent views.

I felt right at home from the moment I stepped into Villa Bougainvillea. The décor and furnishings were authentic and comfortable so that I could truly relax on this vacation. The kitchen was extremely spacious with all the high end appliances one could need – there was even a wine fridge and a grill. With custom lighting I was able to choose the ambience I wanted depending on the mood.

The beach is a perfect 5 minute walk from the house and when I felt adventurous, there were many other beaches to discover nearby as well. There are many adventures to be had in Costa Rica and Villa Bougainvillea is the perfect home to unwind and relax before and after a day of exploring and on the beach.

The VRBO Bear

# 195677 Brand Building, Aspen, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Penthouse Luxury with private rooftop deck in the heart of town

Dining with a view of Aspen Mountain

Dining with a view of Aspen Mountain

07/22/2010 - My friends and I couldn't wait for our weekend getaway in Aspen. This lovely condo, the Penthouse in the beautifully preserved historic Brand Building definitely exceeded our expectations. You will be equally impressed when you step into this elegant and tastefully decorated condo. The magnificent views will take your breath away as you gaze out the oversized windows soaking up the view of Aspen (Ajax) Mountain from virtually anywhere in this beautiful condo.

The layout is unique, with comfortable beds and full bathrooms with sunken tubs (bear sized). The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you will need for dining in. It was a treat to barbeque from the rooftop, star gaze and listen to the live music playing on the streets below. With such a great location in the center of town, you won’t need the car. Our gracious owner gave us recommendations for a fun filled, yet relaxing weekend.

Aspen itself is full of the charm and character you’ll want to experience for yourself. It’s an ideal place for an adventurous bear like myself, who loves the outdoors. You won't want to miss a walk or bike ride along the Roaring Fork River and see amazing views of the lush foliage and wildlife. While hiking is plentiful, if you aren't up for the climb, a scenic gondola ride is a favorite alternative. The streets of Aspen, lined with red brick and an array of beautiful trees, display historical buildings where you will find shops from eclectic to couture. Restaurants are plentiful here where Aspen is known for its world-class cuisine. You will also enjoy a diverse mix of entertainment on virtually every block, including music and art displays.

While our summer vacation experience was superb, Aspen’s skiing and winter activities make it a wonderful year-round destination. We treasured our time in this lovely downtown Aspen condo and are sure that you will find the same.

The VRBO Bear

# 14360 Vantage Point, Lionshead Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

5 min. walk to Gondola! Gorgeous Remodel! Great rates!

Hi from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Vail, Colorado!

Hi from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Vail, Colorado!

07/16/2010 - What a lovely part of the world this is and there is so much to do! This condo is in Lionshead, part of Vail Village. It is within walking distance of many great restaurants and shops! Several other attractions are easily accessible via the Vail bus system and the bus stop is only about a block from the condo building.

I and a few of my friends enjoyed going to the free outdoor concert at the Vail Amphitheater and eating on the patios of several great restaurants! We also enjoyed playing golf at the Eagle-Vail Golf Course just 20 minutes away!

This roomy condo features two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a spacious living room/dining room area! It is situated just across from the pool and comes with covered parking!

Come on up to the Rocky Mountains, a great place to visit year-round!

The VRBO Bear

# 293908 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

VRBO BEAR APPROVED!! Best location around!! Family Reunion Headquarters!!

Beautiful Rocky Mountain views from this great vacation home!

Beautiful Rocky Mountain views from this great vacation home!

07/15/2010 - I left for one of my favorite destinations, Estes Park, CO. Stepping out of the car in front of the Rocky Mountain Overlook, one is greeted by the scent of pine trees carried on mountain breezes and the sound of birds in those same trees. The Rocky Mountain Overlook takes full advantage of Estes Park’s magical location. Situated on a hillside above Lake Estes, it commands views of the lake and the entire Estes Valley, as well as Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker. The house is set on a wooded lot littered with boulders – a natural playground for any cubs and the ones that came with me took quickly to exploring the 3 acre lot.

The real surprise was when we entered the house. It was a warm day, but the house was refreshingly cool when we walked in, and it stayed a comfortable temperature throughout our visit, even when the temperatures dropped at night, the house stayed warm. The Rocky Mountain Overlook is made for families, with the downstairs bedroom providing cub-friendly comforts like bunkbeds and a Wii console, while upstairs features a big kitchen and dining room, a comfortable living room, and even touches for the seniors like handicap accessible assists in the bathrooms and bathtubs. Did I mention the views? Even if you’re inside preparing dinner, you can enjoy the view of the valley through the open wall through to the dining room. Whoever designed this house truly appreciated the beauty of the site.

Should you want to leave the house, it’s convenient to the rest of the area. The house itself is easily accessible from the main road into town, and from the house it’s a short walk down the hill to Lake Estes and the walking / biking trail that circles the lake, and it’s a short drive to downtown Estes Park. The cubs enjoyed trips to the Fun City amusement park, the YMCA of the Rockies, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

I had a delightful stay at the Rocky Mountain Overlook. The owners were very helpful and easy to work with and clearly want to make their house a great vacation home for their guests. I am even more enamored of Estes Park and dreaming of my next visit.

The VRBO Bear

# 5331 Trapper's Crossing, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Trappers Crossing 2BD/2BR Quiet & Peaceful but close to River Run-Free WiFi

Hello from Trapper’s Crossing in Keystone, Colorado!

Hello from Trapper’s Crossing in Keystone, Colorado!

07/15/2010 - I and my friends enjoyed our stay in this cozy yet roomy townhome! Located on the ground floor, there are no stairs to climb! The deck is a relaxing place to drink your morning coffee and listen to the tranquil sound of the Snake River.

The townhome is beautifully decorated throughout featuring the lodge look in earth tones. The living room has seating capacity for the family as well as a TV for watching your favorite shows. The fully-equipped kitchen is a cook’s dream with all of the things needed to cook a delicious meal. There are two lovely bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The vacation home even has a washer and dryer! The hot tub is just across the parking lot from this unit.

This townhome is in the quiet area of Keystone yet all of the activities are just a short bus ride away. And the bus stop is just a short walk. There are many wonderful activities to enjoy in this area including golf!

The VRBO Bear

# 55308 Corpus Christi, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Amazing Rentals in Corpus Christi, North Padre, & Port Aransas

Relaxing stay at this beach front condo in Corpus Christi

Relaxing stay at this beach front condo in Corpus Christi

07/07/2010 - The Vista Del Sol condo is all about location. It sits just 3-5 minutes from all that is Corpus Christi. Take a short ride over the bay bridge and you are downtown, or aboard the USS Lexington (also visible from the balcony), or check out the wonder at the Aquarium. If you are looking to go to the beach, just walk downstairs and you’re there!

What makes this condo stand out in the complex is that it one of just a few that has a balcony with a beach view. Inside you’ll find everything you need to enjoy a little R & R with a fully stocked kitchen and large, comfy bed in the bedroom. I’m really picky about pillows and take it from me, these are great pillows. I particularly enjoyed the flat screen on the wall in the living room that could be turned toward the balcony so you can watch your favorite show while out in the sun. This place is perfect for a couple looking for a beach front condo in the heart of Corpus Christi.

The VRBO Bear

# 236212 Larkspur, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Luxury Top-Level Condo on Sunny Waterfront

Enjoyed my stay at this waterfront Larkspur condo near San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoyed my stay at this waterfront Larkspur condo near San Francisco Bay Area

07/06/2010 - What an unforgettable stay! The unit was perfectly situated on the third floor at the bend of the tidelands providing optimal views in both directions as far as you can see. It was really nice to know I was in the city with nearby conveniences and yet find myself in a private oasis with water views and no buildings across the way. Light, cool breezes carried throughout the unit making the atmosphere very relaxing. Skylights & vaulted ceilings created a bright and open feeling as well.

I was delighted to discover the dream bed for any bear. At the push of a button, the mattress could go from too hard or too soft, to just right with the Sleep Number 5000 in the master bedroom. It had head and foot massage options too! The kitchen was fully upgraded and well-equipped for your every cooking need. Breakfast was enjoyed on the balcony with the lovely views as morning kayakers passed by.

Venturing to downtown San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge was a short 10 mile drive away. It was a true delight to explore the shops on Pier 39, visit the seals, and take photos of Alcatraz across the bay. I also got to boogie with my bear self in the tiki themed restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel called the Tonga Room. It was an unforgettable visit to Larkspur, CA with endless options for relaxation and entertainment!

The VRBO Bear

# 263213 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 3 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Sonoma Valley Bucolic Estate: View, Pool, Spa, Bocce, Elevator

Great stay at this California Wine Country estate with Pool

Great stay at this California Wine Country estate with Pool

07/02/2010 - Grand Adventures in the Breathtaking Wine Country of Sonoma, CA

The drive to Brambleberry in Sonoma, CA was breathtaking and beautiful as we passed vineyard after vineyard. Upon my arrival, I was greeted warmly by the owner who took the time to acquaint me with all the amenities this property has to offer.

Brambleberry was the perfect getaway for our entire bear family. The solar heated pool, custom stone hot tub, outdoor shower with hot & cold water, ping pong table, hammock, porch swing and multiple tree swings provided us with endless fun. The owner also mentioned that a bocce ball court is being prepared for future guest enjoyment. There was outdoor patio seating for coffee in the morning and a picnic table with ample seating for lunches in the afternoon. There were movies, music and games for all ages. The owner also provides two pak-n-plays and a baby monitor for those young cubs that come to stay.

The wine country in Sonoma, CA was more beautiful than I imagined. We toured the Benziger Vineyards and the cool wine caves where the wine barrels are stored. We also had a chance to visit Imagery Vineyards near Arrowood all within 10 miles of the Brambleberry property. We found it very convenient that most of the vineyards were easy to locate off the main highway through town.

You have Santa Rosa, Calistoga, 12 vineyards, many dining options, the only Petrified Forest in CA, and so much more within 15 miles of this amazing rental property. Come and see for yourself all the beauty and adventure Brambleberry & Sonoma, CA has to offer!

The VRBO Bear

# 27620 Island Park, Idaho, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Cozy log cabin close to the water, wifi, hot tub, gas grill

Enjoyed my stay at this Island Park Cabin with Hot Tub

Enjoyed my stay at this Island Park Cabin with Hot Tub

07/02/2010 - Ahh, rest and relaxation! I had the opportunity to stay in the Summerwind Cabin, located in Island Park, ID. Island Park is a great destination near Yellowstone National Park for everything from hiking and fishing, to snowmobiling and cross country skiing.

Summerwind Cabin had everything a bear needs for a great vacation. It is a quiet location among a forest of pine trees, within walking distance to the Island Park Reservoir. The cabin is very spacious and includes a full kitchen, comfortable living room, laundry room, 2 bathrooms, and enough beds for the whole family. The deck is a huge plus with dining table and hot tub for hours of outdoor enjoyment. The cabin even comes with a canoe to take out on the water. For those who want to stay indoors, the TV offers dozens of channels.

If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on the nearby ATV trails, go for a hike to Mesa Falls, or spend a day boating and fishing at Henry’s Lake State Park just a few miles away. My favorite part of the trip was the close proximity to West Yellowstone and the national park, so I could easily go visit my wildlife kin. Island Park is the perfect home base for exploring the park because you can return to peace and quiet after a day at the popular tourist spots like Old Faithful.

Thank you Summerwind Cabin for an enjoyable and relaxing stay!

The VRBO Bear

# 168779 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Luxurious Log Home Near Estes Park & Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park

The perfect place for family bonding near Rocky Mountain National Park

The perfect place for family bonding near Rocky Mountain National Park

06/29/2010 - This gorgeous and very spacious cabin sits at the edge of a forest. Imagine my delight! In addition to the porch swings at either end of the front porch, there was also a tree swing for the young ones.

Inside, I found everything in perfect order for some much needed pampering. The beds were extremely comfortable, and the couch provided a cozy place to play board games around the table. To unwind at the end of the day, a hot soak by candlelight in the claw foot tub was perfect! If you make prior arrangements with the owners, you can also use the two-person hot tub. A door from the master suite opens directly onto the deck where the hot tub is located.

From the high-end bathroom fixtures to the well-appointed kitchen, I had everything needed to stay indoors for the entire weekend. However, being so close to the great Rocky Mountains, that wasn’t an option for me! I ventured into Estes Park a few times for dining and strolling and shopping. I also took a “ghost tour” of the famous Stanley Hotel and learned a lot about its grand history.

The owners were helpful and very kind.

The VRBO Bear

# 214299 Summit Cove, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Great Family House Close to the Best of Summit County

I love this close-to-Keystone cabin in Summit County!

I love this close-to-Keystone cabin in Summit County!

06/24/2010 - I just returned from a wonderful visit to beautiful Dillon, CO. Dillon is a picturesque mountain town nestled on the shore of Dillon Reservoir, a Colorado gem well worth visiting. In the summer you can boat, fish, bicycle, hike and take in the many other activities in the area. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, snowmobile or snowshoe in the brisk winter air.

This house is spacious, inviting with all of the amenities and a charming western flair in the furnishings. From the deck there is a gorgeous view of the mountains. It was a short walk to the lake where I fished for trout. I couldn't wait to get back to the house and fire up the gas grill to have fresh fish for supper. Yum! After dinner my fiends and I went downstairs and had a great time playing air hockey and foosball in the rec room.

The next day we went shopping in the many stores in Dillon and took a stroll along the lakeside. There was even a free concert in the amphitheater along the lakeshore path.

The owners were gracious and helpful, even calling the first night to make sure everything was in order and going well. I had a fabulous time at this property and look forward to going back again!

The VRBO Bear

# 276852 Travis Heights, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME

Light, Bright Urban Oasis: in Coveted Travis Heights near SoCo and Downtown

Come relax in comfort at this urban oasis near SoCo in Austin.

Come relax in comfort at this urban oasis near SoCo in Austin.

06/16/2010 - I just got back from another great weekend in Austin – I love that city, there’s always so much fun to be had! The Green Door is in Travis Heights, a charming, quiet, centrally-located neighborhood about 8 blocks from funky SoCo – a perfect location to experience the first fruits of Austin. The home has attractive curb appeal with a wrap around front porch and two comfortable chairs to relax in and enjoy the view amidst huge historic oak trees.

This contemporary home has an open floor plan with new furnishing throughout. The comfortable modern couch in the living room seats 4 adults easily (the oversized, long hair pillow was my favorite). Cool concrete floors throughout the home keep the temperatures pleasant during the hot summer. I enjoyed watching the NBA Finals on the HD flat screen TV.

The open kitchen has clean, crisp white counters and is well equipped with all new appliances, plenty of glassware, dishes, pots and pans, and coffee maker – all the necessary items to prepare a home cooked meal. The refrigerator was pre-stocked for me with a six-pack of assorted local beers and the fresh flowers were a great touch. Right outside the sliding kitchen door was the gas barbeque, perfect for grilling fresh Salmon I bought from the Whole Foods Global Headquarters just 2.5 miles away. You can use one of the classic cruiser bikes that comes with the rental!

The shower/tub has a rain head faucet – I loved that. The towels are new and soft – probably thanks to my distant relative, The Snuggle Bear. Both beds were very comfortable with great pillows. The walk-in master closet is spacious and could easily double as a babies sleeping room; plenty of wooden hangers are available in both closets.

The Green Door is hands-down a regular favorite of mine to recommend for a weekend or week-long stay for one to two couples, or a small family. The owners have thought of every detail. They even went above and beyond to make sure I enjoyed my stay and even before my visit they were attentive and easy to contact during the reservation process. They also provided maps & local magazines, notebooks with places of interests, and suggestions for fun activities during my stay, like Esther’s Follies on 6th St. - hilarious!! This home has all the conveniences of a home-away-from-home, but with thoughtful personal touches to make it a great vacation spot.

The VRBO Bear

# 205277 Private Homes, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

4200 sf,Gourmet Kitchen,Prvt.Hot Tub,Sauna,Pool Table,Wi-Fi

Enjoying my stay at this Large Summit County Mountain Log Home in Keystone

Enjoying my stay at this Large Summit County Mountain Log Home in Keystone

06/07/2010 - The minute we drove up to this beautiful mountainside gem, we knew our weekend in the mountains would be special.
This comfortable, spacious, custom built mountain retreat with its massive log construction, beautifully appointed rustic décor and stunning views was perfect. The open, gourmet kitchen with its professional appliances was well equipped to prepare the meals we enjoyed around the large dining table. All four bedrooms were quiet, private and featured nice comfortable beds. One was even like its own apartment with a full kitchen and private entrance! The large deck was perfect for morning coffee, afternoon sunning and enjoying the dramatic views of the beautiful snow capped peaks all around us.
And that’s not all… There’s an invigorating sauna, Satellite TVs with DVD players, gas grill, fireplace, billiards table, foosball table, WiFi…whew! After all that, no wonder it was so relaxing to soak in the large hot tub on the patio and try to count all the stars in the heavens!
Summer time is this bear’s favorite time to visit the Rocky Mountains. Nearby hiking trails and bike paths gave us a great place to walk, bike and enjoy the wonders of nature. Keystone’s two golf courses are just around the corner. Located close to the fine dining, skiing and shopping that Summit County has to offer, you’ll never be too far away from all of the year-round fun! Keystone, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, A-Basin and Copper Mountain are all just a few minutes away. During ski season, you’ll be in the middle of some of the best ski resorts in Colorado. And the free Summit Stage bus stop is just at the bottom of the hill.
I can’t imagine a better place than this to unwind, relax and take in the beauty of the Rockies while enjoying all the fun of Summit County!

The VRBO Bear

# 188870 Mountain Village, Telluride Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Eureka! Luxurious,Great Location! PAY 5, STAY 7 in winter

Amazing views from the window seat of this great Telluride mountain home

Amazing views from the window seat of this great Telluride mountain home

05/27/2010 - The owners of the Eureka house at Mountain Village in Telluride, Colorado were kind and welcoming hosts during my visit to Telluride. Now I’m no superstar like Tom Cruise, Oprah, or some of the other Telluride locals but I can see why the celebrities love Telluride! It’s a small town full of friendly people from superstars to everyday folks who just want to get away in the mountains. Everyone seems to know each other and they make you feel like this is where you belong.

The Eureka house itself is a luxury home with everything you can think of. The cedar beams, stone hearths and wood floors make a mountain bear feel right at home. And beneath this Tyrollean lodge styled architecture are all the amenities to pamper a bear like me. It has a steam shower, jetted tubs, KitchenAid appliances, and radiant floor heat! If you need to adjust your bindings there is a work station in the large garage with tools to help you out. When I’m done skiing the mountain I can ride right down to the Eureka house, leave my boots in the mudroom and sit in the hot tub! From there on the top deck I can see most of the San Juan Mountain Range with jagged peaks and icy ridges. Then I can fall asleep in one of the master suites while snow falls outside the window and a fire burns in the hearth.

Telluride is surrounded by rugged 14,000 foot peaks. The people here call it “Little Switzerland” because it looks like the Alps – ahh, my kind of place! From town you can see Bridal Veil Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the United States. Telluride Ski Resort boasts some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. The lifts and gondola connect Mountain Village and downtown Telluride so that you can practically travel around town on your skis.

The Eureka house is just a five minute walk to Mountain Village where a quaint pedestrian hamlet has been built. It’s a little town of its own with shopping, fine dining, burger joints, parks, spas and more. It even has a grocery store. Or you can jump on the gondola that takes you right into downtown Telluride just a few minutes away. There are festivals in almost all seasons in the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. In the summer there is a festival almost every weekend!

So whether you’re a celebrity or just an average Joe looking for a mountain retreat, the Eureka house will make your stay perfect!

The VRBO Bear

# 289603 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

7652 Square Feet 4 BR/4 BA Historic Renovated Downtown Mansion

My luxury stay in this great Downtown Denver Mansion

My luxury stay in this great Downtown Denver Mansion

05/21/2010 - A delightful experience awaits you! Our host graciously met me as I arrived and took me on a tour of this marvelous downtown mansion.

Much work and consideration went into the restoration and décor of this 1900 historical mansion. From the perfectly appointed furnishings to the gourmet kitchen, the home provided all the charm of a bygone era with all the modern appliances and electronics to make this bear’s stay pampered and priceless.

Some extraordinary features of this lovely home include: an extravagant master bedroom with luxurious linens, sitting area, and flat screen TV; an enormous master bath with a huge whirlpool tub and steam shower; rustic brick and hardwood floors through-out; and a large home theater with projector and drop down screen, just to name a few.

The wrap-around porch meets up with the beautifully landscaped courtyard featuring Italian marble pillars, a tile fountain, Italianate fireplace and outdoor kitchen and dining area.

Each room and even outdoors is wired for sound for your listening pleasure.

It was truly a delight preparing meals in the gourmet eat-in kitchen, which boasts granite countertops and top of the line appliances. My favorite feature, though, had to be the built-in Miele coffee machine, complete with complimentary coffee and an assortment of soothing, natural teas. I brewed, steamed and frothed to my hearts’ content!

The location of this downtown beauty cannot be surpassed! You will find yourself very near all the shopping, restaurants, theaters, and sporting venues that downtown Denver has to offer.

The VRBO Bear

# 264805 Barton Heights, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Breathtaking Beauty - Walk to downtown, Zilker Park, Barton Springs

Enjoying the beauty surrounding this great Barton Springs area house

Enjoying the beauty surrounding this great Barton Springs area house

05/19/2010 - I just got back from Austin and couldn’t wait to tell you about this wonderful home just minutes from downtown, yet tucked away in a lovely, quiet neighborhood. It was everything a Bear could want. This home is surrounded by trees making it feel quite secluded. I truly felt right at home. The master bedroom had a screened in deck with the ambiance of a treehouse, perfect for relaxing with a book or enjoying your morning breakfast. But that wasn’t all! The master bedroom boasts a huge flat screen TV and a bathroom ‘just right’ for a spa get-away! The shower with multiple shower heads and sunken bath will pamper you like royalty.

Just beyond the back deck is a private apartment over the garage with full kitchen living area and bedroom. The other 3 bedrooms in the main house each had their own bathroom and roomy closet space. With sleeping accommodations for 10, this property is a great find for larger groups visiting the Austin area. The deck off the kitchen with BBQ grill provides plenty of comfortable space for outdoor entertaining.

There’s much to see and do in Austin. I enjoyed walking along South Congress (called SoCo by the locals) and seeing the many varieties of restaurants and shops. There’s an abundance of dining experiences from casual fare offered out of streamlined campers and eaten on picnic tables, to eclectic diners, to myriad upscale fine dining restaurants. You’ll want to come back and try it all. I also had to visit 6th Street to take in the sites and sounds, where you’ll see why Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the world.”

Whether you enjoy peaceful parks or the musical nightlife, there’s something for everyone to enjoy within a short distance of this lovely, spacious and oh, so inviting home in the heart of Austin.

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# 79737 Napa, Napa County, Wine Country, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE

1892 Victorian Farmhouse, 5 Bedroom 3.5 Bath luxury rental - Special April Rate

Relaxing in the backyard and enjoying the view!

Relaxing in the backyard and enjoying the view!

05/12/2010 - It’s spring, and with its green rolling hills, oak trees dotting the hillsides, and beautiful vineyards in every direction, Napa Valley - the California wine country was calling me. Renowned for its rural beauty and featuring more than three hundred wineries, the region also boasts extraordinary homes, one of which we had the pleasure of staying at – the Adriance House, a Queen Anne Victorian estate.

Upon our arrival, our hosts graciously received us and spent time walking us through this incredible estate home as well as updating us on some of the fun events going on in the area during our stay. They also provided fantastic recommendations for wineries and restaurants in the area.

It is evident that our hosts put much thought and care into the restoration and décor of this 1892 historical farmhouse. From the perfectly appointed furnishings to the gourmet kitchen, the home provided all the charm of a bygone era with all the modern appliances to make our stay comfortable and convenient.

We enjoyed every aspect of this home: the spacious living room with its antique parlor stove, the gourmet kitchen with all the amenities, warm cozy beds, and sunsets off the backyard deck with the late evening light filtering through redwood pines and climbing roses.

With ample room for large or multiple families, a pool and spa, and nearby to all that Napa has to offer, I can't imagine a more fabulous place to stay on vacation!

# 209630 San Antonio, South Texas Plains, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful Contemporary Retreat on the San Antonio River & Mission Trail

Lounging by the pool before exploring the tree fort

Lounging by the pool before exploring the tree fort

05/05/2010 - While planning my trip to San Antonio, Texas, I anticipated a terrific vacation and knew the property was going to be great from the first day I corresponded with owners Eric and Alice. They were always quick to respond, helpful, informative and full of answers and suggestions!

My expectations were exceeded as I caught my first glimpse of the large stucco house. Eric was there to meet me and we hit it off immediately! Before entering the house, I explored the backyard with the lush vegetation, stately pecan trees, and the heated pool. Then I spied the tree fort positioned high in one of the large trees! Climbing the ladder to the fort, I had a great view of the San Antonio River running along the rear of the property. Beary, beary pretty!

Upon entering the house I oo'd and ah'd as I inspected the eclectic art collection, the interesting group of art deco furniture, the centrally-positioned circular gas fire pit, and the contemporary surfaces -- lots of high-end amenities in a modern and inviting setting. I brought a few friends with me, so we had our choice of three beautiful bedrooms inside the main house (only one word for the master bedroom suite: WOW!). One couple chose the garage apartment with its king-size bed, private bath and efficiency kitchen. No one minded cooking in the incredible kitchen -- very open and spacious with a gorgeous view of the pool and grounds. The garage TV room was an amazing retreat where we watched movies in a cozy and comfortable setting.

Though we definitely had fun at the famous San Antonio River Walk, the Alamo, the San Juan Mission and lots of wonderful restaurants, it was always a special treat to come back to this beautiful VRBO property where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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# 202024 Canyon Lake, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Enjoy the Relaxing Hot Tub

Great Canyon Lake view from the deck!

Great Canyon Lake view from the deck!

05/05/2010 - As a well-traveled bear who’s always on the go, I was really looking forward to my relaxing getaway at Canyon Lake. I couldn’t wait to arrive at the private beach haus and reunite with some friends I’ve known since we were cubs.

We were in awe over the blue waters of Canyon Lake and the view from the home. The two-story windows in the living room and the patio just outside the three sets of sliding glass doors provide stunning views of the water. We enjoyed sitting out on the deck admiring the view and eating hamburgers we cooked on the brand new charcoal grill. We also thoroughly enjoyed the canoe that the owners provide for their guests. We could 'bearly' get over how clear the water was!

This lake house is the perfect setup for a family getaway. With full-size bunk beds, futons, and a trundle bed, this house can sleep an entire sleuth of bears! Believe me, this house provides much more than the 'bear' necessities. Whether you’re looking for a vacation with the cubs or a relaxing getaway among friends, the location and amenities provided are perfect for all ages.

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# 85817 West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Country, Montana, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Two Feathers Cabin Lodging - a Jewel at Forest's Edge

I think you'll enjoy this cozy cabin as much as I did!

I think you'll enjoy this cozy cabin as much as I did!

05/03/2010 - Two Feathers cabin was quite the home away from home! I stayed there during spring, but this cabin would be perfect for any season! There was plenty to do in the small town of West Yellowstone during the few days I was there, but I spent most of my time in Yellowstone National Park. I spotted plenty of buffalo, elk, a couple of bald eagles, two very large wolves and even ran into my cousin “Grizzly”! It was quite the adventure seeing Old Faithful and many hot springs and geysers throughout my trip. Yellowstone is full of excitement. I also visited the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone and was able to see the bears and wolves right up close! It was well worth visiting.

After a long, fun day of driving and hiking through the park, it was great to come back to the cabin and sit by the fireplace. The owners of Two Feathers have literally thought of everything you can possibly imagine to make your stay comfortable and are just a stones-throw away if you need them. I’m definitely looking forward to another stay at this beautiful cabin!

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# 266070 Mountain House, Slopeside, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

50 yd lifts, elevator, deck, garage, fireplace, huge views, new paint, area rugs

Look how close the ski slopes are!

Look how close the ski slopes are!

04/29/2010 - I was looking for a nice mountain home to visit during the final week of skiing at Keystone, when I came across this wonderful condo. I couldn’t believe how close it was to the slopes! Just a few paw-steps and I was at the chairlift, ready to start my day of skiing. Slopeside? Definitely!

This condo was the perfect size for me to rest and unwind after my winter adventures. I could relax upstairs in bed and watch the great flat-screen TV or on the comfy leather couch downstairs in front of another flat-screen TV. This unit even had a DVD player, an iPod dock, and wi-fi so I could keep in touch with my favorite website – VRBO.

I really liked the tile and hardwood floors throughout the condo. And the kitchen was so nice! Beautiful cabinets, countertops and tile work all made for truly enjoyable meal preparation. The whole condo was so bright and airy with all the windows. And what a view! You really get to appreciate Keystone Mountain and the surrounding area by staying this close to the slopes – and by relaxing on the balcony with a hot cup of cocoa.

The condo is located close to all of the fine dining, skiing and shopping that Summit County has to offer. You’ll never be too far away from any of the year-round fun!

To top it all off, the owner was great to work with. She was happy to help with anything we needed, and she really made our stay a memorable one.

Make sure you check out Slopeside for your next visit to Keystone!

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# 232563 Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 17 BR, 12 BA, ESTATE

Entertainer's Mansions 1&2 Together 17 Gst Rms 12 BA Nr Strip!

Enjoying my own personal and private Oasis

Enjoying my own personal and private Oasis

04/27/2010 - From the moment my family of bear cubs and I arrived at the Entertainer’s Mansion in Las Vegas, we instantly knew we were in for a fabulous stay! This home was an entertainer’s dream! Our host greeted us very warmly, and was so accommodating, it was truly a pleasure. He had all the details worked out prior to our arrival and was extremely professional and very thoughtful.

From the grand foyer boasting a beautiful inlaid marble tile floor to the soaring ceilings with an amazing chandelier and grand staircase, we knew this was going to be an over-the-top property. As our host led us on the tour of the mansion, it just kept getting better and better as we went along. Each room was professionally decorated with fine furnishings and high-end finishes. The master bedroom suites were absolutely fabulous. The fully stocked gourmet kitchen was a chef’s dream! All of the guest suites were also tastefully decorated, and all the bedding was of the highest quality. We had to tear ourselves out of the luxuriousness and coziness of our beds! The mansion also has a fantastic game room with a great pool table and even some very fun slot machines! Adjacent to the game room was the theatre room, complete with a great video library.

If all that isn’t enough, the outdoor living and entertaining space was absolutely breath-taking. It was our own personal oasis for the weekend! The pool and spa look like something you might find in a designer's magazine. It was completely made out of rock with several waterfalls, a fire feature and lighting to make it a very dramatic evening setting. We swam our paws off from sun up till late into the evening.

The Entertainer's Mansion is centrally located to all Las Vegas has to offer. It was just the perfect location for a great Vegas experience. The Mansion definitely lived up to its name and then some! Thanks for an over-the-top stay, and we just had only one regret…that our stay was not longer!

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# 105080 Lakeway, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Chateau Lakeview - in Heart of Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Enjoyed this great view of Lake Travis from the upstairs deck

Enjoyed this great view of Lake Travis from the upstairs deck

04/27/2010 - Pulling in to the driveway of this beautiful home, I knew I was in for a relaxing weekend. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood surrounded with trees and boasting several decks in both the front and rear of the house, this house looked like the perfect place to relax. How could it not be? Walking in to the house, I got the same impression. The house was beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and complete with all the essentials for a great stay. There was even a variety of University of Texas pieces that are essential for any Austin area home. We really enjoyed sitting on the front decks in the comfortable chairs and watching the sun set over Lake Travis. Not only was the house beautiful and relaxing, but it also had plenty of room for all your friends and family and a kitchen big enough to cook for all of them.

Lake Travis is just a few minutes from the house and it offers endless outdoor entertainment options. Whether you're boating, swimming, hiking or enjoying a picnic under a tree, you’re sure to find something fun. If you’re looking for something different, make the short trip to downtown Austin and check out one of the many clubs for some live music, restaurants for some delicious food, or any of the other hot spots that make Austin a great city.

Whether you choose to spend your days enjoying the beautiful Lake Travis or exploring downtown Austin, you couldn’t ask for a better, more relaxing place to lay your head.

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# 198508 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Garden St. House - Close to Downtown - Parks,Trails, Lake Close

Bear stay in this charming Austin house

Bear stay in this charming Austin house

04/21/2010 - I was very happy to stay in this beautiful home in the lovely city of Austin, Texas for a long weekend. The home is centrally located, just a couple minutes from downtown. I could crawl right down the street to a number of shops, bars and restaurants (there is so much to do nearby this home!). I was also able to make my way down to the nearby Town Lake Trail for a morning jog.

Austin is a wonderful city filled with so much to see and do. In addition to everything within walking distance of the home, there were many greenbelts and nature areas to make a bear feel right at home. If you like the night life, you'll find clubs and theaters within easy driving distance. If you're a history buff, Austin is filled with many historic sites, from the state capitol to The University of Texas. Or, if you would rather relax, the home has a very nice porch and balcony that you can sit on while you enjoy the beautiful weather. I cannot wait to make a return visit to this gorgeous Garden Street house.

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# 207395 Borders Lodge, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Ski in/Out Beaver Creek Village. Incredible views. Heated Pool, Mountain Views

Amazing views of Beaver Creek from this Ski-in Ski-out Penthouse

Amazing views of Beaver Creek from this Ski-in Ski-out Penthouse

04/08/2010 - This ski-in ski-out penthouse in Beaver Creek is a great property in a fantastic location - Border's Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado! What's not to like? When we arrived, we parked in the underground garage and took the elevator to our penthouse condo. The views of the Beaver Creek Village and ski area are fabulous. For skiing, what could be more convenient than ski-in ski-out? Elkhorn lift #14 is right outside the door, ready to whisk you up the mountain for unmatched Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch skiing.

Did I tell you that this home is located within walking distance of Beaver Creek Village? Well it's true, or if you prefer to ride, a Beaver Creek shuttle stops about every 15 mins. In the Village you will find quaint shops, art galleries, and of course, a skating rink (in the winter). For dinner, try Ti Amo in Avon for great Italian food and reasonable prices.

Back at home, you'll enjoy not only the fabulous views, but also a cozy gas fireplace, dining for 8, full kitchen with granite counters, high speed Internet and 2 master suites (one with whirl pool tub, steam shower) - Downstairs is the front desk staffed with friendly helpful people, complementary coffee, tea hot chocolate (this little bear's favorite to enjoy while sitting by the fire). When not skiing, rest your weary bones in the hot tub, swim the heated pool or use the workout room. Consider yourself blessed to stay in this fabulous VRBO property, I know that I did!

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# 60542 Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Exquisite Home with Panoramic View of City & Bay

Enjoying the outdoor living space in this beautiful Point Loma home

Enjoying the outdoor living space in this beautiful Point Loma home

04/05/2010 - The Point Loma area is the place to stay when planning your next family vacation or family reunion in San Diego. Minutes from the airport, this beautiful Point Loma vacation home is close to favorite San Diego attractions such as Sea World, San Diego harbor, downtown San Diego, the Point Loma Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean.

This San Diego home with spectacular views was the ideal setting for our Bear family gathering ---bright, light, spacious and relaxing with extra outdoor living spaces. The upstairs expansive master suite allowed us to get away from it all, with Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, and private deck with, of course, views of the city and harbor. The three bedrooms and three bathrooms on the main level provided privacy for all. And the large kitchen, eating area, comfortable family room and patio area provided an ideal gathering area.

Early-bears enjoyed the beautiful sunrises from this home and nighttime views of downtown San Diego were amazing. Also, on our evening walks, we loved watching the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. A real highlight were the walks in this gorgeous Point Loma neighborhood, with Peet’s coffee our destination and Fresh & Easy market close by for groceries.

If you have friends or relatives attending Point Loma Nazarene University, you can easily walk from here to campus. I would highly recommend this home for year-round family gatherings, as well as a place for families of PLNU students to stay while visiting their student.

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# 258772 Private Homes, Palm Springs, North, Palm Springs, Deserts, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Voted #1 Vacation and Event Home in Palm Springs!! A One of a Kind Estate!!

Amazing backyard paradise at this resort-like estate

Amazing backyard paradise at this resort-like estate

03/17/2010 - When I arrived at this sprawling Palm Springs estate, I knew that I was in for a “beary” relaxing weekend. I took one step inside and I was greeted by the trickling sounds of a lovely wall fountain— just like my home in the woods! Ahhhh, peace at last.

The home is 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom house so it’s plenty big for you and your cubs in tow. Everyone can find something to enjoy, whether it’s cooking up a feast in the chef’s kitchen, sitting by the fireplace in the living room, or exploring the backyard wonderland. I personally went straight to the back and enjoyed a game of beach volleyball with the family.

After the game, the cubs jumped into the gorgeous freshwater pool and that was my cue to hibernate. ‘Bear’ in mind, we had an extremely long flight, so I was quite jetlagged! I sank into the king size bed and the surround sound system lulled me to sleep. What astounded me most about this house was how cozy and warm it is considering its size— the cubs could be on one side playing while the rest of us were on the other side enjoying the fireplace.

This property truly has something for everyone and we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

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# 174490 San Luis Obispo, Central Coast, California, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Flying Caballos Century Old Farm House

Relaxing on the porch of the restored ranch house in San Luis Obispo

Relaxing on the porch of the restored ranch house in San Luis Obispo

03/15/2010 - Why hibernate when you can escape to San Luis Obispo’s lush landscape for the winter? To escape my “cabin fever,” I decided to gather some friends and head to California’s Central Coast. The Flying Caballos Ranch House was perfectly suited for our weekend getaway. From the moment we ambled through the white picket fence, the bright yellow exterior greeted us like a burst of sunshine.

The turn-of-the-century ranch house was enchanting while its modern appliances offered all the creature comforts. The architectural details, renovations, wall colors, furniture, and linens gave us the feeling of being transported back-in-time without getting stuck in a time warp. From bright and cheery to soft and dim, the room’s lighting options were adjustable creating a warm, glowing ambience akin to oil lamps. Each of the five bedrooms was fitted with crisp white linens under plush comforters. We were grateful that one room provided a toddler bed to keep our little one nearby. The home was casual in its décor, allowing us to truly kick our feet up and relax.

Within minutes of arriving, we were all eager to get outside and explore. A lush green manicured lawn with plenty of seating and a beautiful view, offered a relaxing spot to linger and catch up. An outdoor grill complete with a large table for dining provided the perfect place to cook and socialize outdoors. Beyond the picket fence, we discovered a scenic natural landscape with tall willowy grasses, a covered bridge (reminiscent of those in Bridges of Madison County) and a pasture of horses. By ringing the large iron bell, you could signal the horses to come over and visit. A long leisurely walk led to the bottom of a hill with a hiking trail leading up. It was perfect for anyone desiring a physical challenge.

Although there were many attractions in the surrounding towns, the desire to stay put and enjoy this comfortable home kept us on the property for most of our stay. It was the perfect opportunity to reconnect!

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# 197087 Adams Morgan, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Penthouse with Lush Garden in the Sky!

Scenes of DC from the rooftop terrace

Scenes of DC from the rooftop terrace

03/12/2010 - Washington DC is a city with a long history and lots of sightseeing opportunities. This apartment was the perfect home base for exploring our nation's capitol.

Adams Morgan is a fun neighborhood, kind of classy for a bear like me. The apartment is on a quiet street, yet within walking distance of a Metro station, so that we could easily get all over the city. Back home, coming through the front door truly felt like coming home, with many welcoming touches, including fresh flowers, fun knick-knacks, and cozy furnishings.

Waking up in the morning, we all felt eager for the day. The apartment is sunny and bright, filled with light from the many windows. I could hardly wait to brew some coffee, and take my mug out onto the rooftop deck. Filled with plants and flowers, a BBQ grill, and comfortable patio furniture, it was a delightful way to begin the day. A large pond is filled with hungry fish that beg to be fed.

A view of the National Cathedral from the deck reminded me that it was time to head out for the day. There is so much to see and do in Washington DC! This trip we toured the White House and the Capitol, visited our congressman's office, and saw some monuments, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

There are many wonderful restaurants to eat at, or pick up food to bring home and enjoy on the deck. DC offers everything from Lebanese to Ethopian restaurants and gave us the opportunity to try all sorts of new foods. Our hostess had a book with lots of recommendations. We also fixed a few meals at the apartment, since the kitchen was well stocked and very convenient.

All in all, we had the perfect vacation, with the perfect place to stay!

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# 146034 Woodmoor, Baldy Mountain, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

'View Manor' - Five Master Suites!!

What a view from this great deck...every season!

What a view from this great deck...every season!

03/11/2010 - The Bear family and I were looking to get away for the weekend in Summit County, Colorado. We wanted to stay at a nice home that could hold all of our family plus some friends we wanted to bring along. We were seeking a place we could relax, play, and spend time together. We found all of this, and more, at Breckenridge’s View Manor.

Upon arrival, we enjoyed parking in the heated garage to unload our belongings. Once inside, we were thrilled to find so much space for our group! The two downstairs bedrooms provided ample space for the cubs and their buddies to spread out. The game room offered hours of entertainment for the little ones; they loved the big screen TV, the PlayStation video game console and the pool table.

Upstairs, we found three big, beautifully-decorated bedrooms, a spacious and well-stocked kitchen, and a very nice family room. With so much room, the whole family could spread out during and after each mealtime. Though, everyone’s favorite spot was the ultra-comfy couch. We all loved getting to rest our bear paws on such a relaxing sofa.

From the deck, there was a fantastic view of the Breckenridge ski slopes. The majestic snow-capped peaks were an awesome sight! The view was a nice bonus for this quiet, serene location and these bears sure felt at home.

The whole group got to do so many activities in the nearby Breckenridge area. Some of us went snowshoeing. Others went skiing and snowmobiling while the cubs thoroughly enjoyed sledding down the hill. And at the end of each day, we relaxed and soaked away our aches in the bubbly hot tub.

We truly enjoyed our time in this beautiful mountain home and we know you will, too!

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# 137656 Mountain House, Autumn Brook, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 5 BA, TOWNHOME

4BR/5bth-Walk to Lift-Luxury Home-Private Hottub-Free Internet

Enjoying the beautiful decor in this great luxury mountain house

Enjoying the beautiful decor in this great luxury mountain house

03/10/2010 - This trip I visited Keystone, CO for a long weekend of winter fun and skiing. Jack Frost was kind enough to pay a visit to Keystone on Friday night, bringing fresh powder for a perfect skiing day on Saturday.

Once I arrived, I was excited to see how close the home was to Keystone Village, the mountain gondola and the ski lifts. The home was within walking distance of a variety of ski rental stores, restaurants, fun bars and very chic boutiques.

The townhouse had a gourmet kitchen equipped with all the appliances, dishes, cooking utensils and other kitchen needs to feed a hungry crew. The friends I came with gathered around the large dining room table with me to enjoy a few very nice meals and play some cards and board games. While sitting in front of the warm fireplace, we watched some classic and new movies in the cozy living room and gazed at the skiers skiing down the slopes. This beautifully decorated, luxury townhome had three levels. All 4 bedrooms had large, warm and cozy sleeping spaces as well as full private bathrooms. There was even a fifth full bathroom on the main level. The big kids in our group loved the loft area which featured a PlayStation, tons more movies and games. The loft also included an extra bed with a trundle.

During the day, our group enjoyed the sunny deck which was a great vantage point to watch skiers swoosh down the mountain. We took the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and prepared some wonderful steaks on the large BBQ grill. The second deck included a large, relaxing hot tub that everyone enjoyed after a long day of skiing.

This is a great place for any size family or group of friends. I highly recommend you take advantage of everything this luxury townhome has to offer!

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# 217809 Tampa, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Newer Luxury Waterfront Home on Tampa Bay-Infinity Pool/Spa

Spectacular waterfront views of Tampa Bay by the pool and hot tub

Spectacular waterfront views of Tampa Bay by the pool and hot tub

03/09/2010 - This beautiful home was located in a quiet, gated community in Apollo Beach. I entered this “tropical paradise” through the main front walkway decked out in green palm trees and flowers, under a massive archway, and through glass double doors. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the owner, who was very pleasant and professional. The owner gave me a tour of the home and explained all the features. Plus, the owner provided a concierge service for an effortless vacation stay. Services included having the kitchen stocked with groceries, restaurant recommendations and ticket reservations. Wireless internet and long-distance service were included at no extra charge.

Like staying in a model home, this home was immaculate and exceptionally decorated. Designer touches all throughout the home made it especially outstanding. The most incredible feature of this home was its location directly on Tampa Bay. There were amazing views of the bay from the master bedroom balcony and the family room opening to the back of the house. The family room had floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view from this spectacular location!

The large back patio area had cushioned lounge chairs and seating, overlooking a spectacular drop-off pool into the ocean view. One night, I soaked in the hot tub after a busy day at Busch Gardens while gazing at the ocean just a few feet away and the stars overhead.

The master bedroom upstairs was very spacious, with a walk-in closet and 5-piece bath. The king-sized bed had a soft, extra deep pillow top mattress that just enveloped this bear’s body. There was a huge, over-sized shower in the bathroom, with a large double sink area to get ready in the morning. I woke up each morning to view the ocean from the private balcony and watch the ships and birds fly over the water. I even saw a Manatee glide slowly past the docks.

The kitchen was open and spacious, with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A center island contained the gas range and all the small appliances I needed during my stay. There was also a double-oven in the wall and an outside grill off the back patio. There was seating for 10 in the dining room, with a smaller table in the kitchen nook and three tall stool seats to eat at the counter by the sink. In this ideal kitchen, everything but the food is provided to enjoy all the meals you care to cook.

This home will comfortably accommodate multiple members from the bear clan with plenty of privacy. The queen bedroom downstairs had a bath with a shower, in addition to the master bedroom upstairs. Other guests can choose from three additional bedrooms upstairs, which share another bathroom with shower and tub. Besides the master bedroom, my favorite room upstairs was the den with the pull-out sleeper couch. It was very large and comfortable, with an extra large TV! All the bedrooms have their own TV’s, to wind down with a favorite show before going to bed.

This vacation home had all the comforts of home that made my stay so enjoyable. The towels for the bath and pool were the plushest, thickest towels this fur has ever felt! There were hooks behind every bedroom door, and a convenient towel rack on the back patio after exiting the pool. There were games and books to occupy leisure time, and thick cushions for the back deck seating area.

I truly felt at home in this exceptional vacation rental and wish it was my own home. I recommend this home to anyone and everyone – you will love this house and truly enjoy your stay!

The VRBO Bear

# 143089 Blue River, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Spectacular Mtn Views! Game Room! Hot Tub! 25% off 7Nt MLK stay!

Warming by the fire, enjoying amazing views

Warming by the fire, enjoying amazing views

03/02/2010 - Over the weekend, I decided it was time to gather the bear family and head for the hills to a wintry retreat in Breckenridge, Colorado. Jack Frost was kind enough to pay us a visit upon our arrival, leaving the area with a fresh dusting of glistening powder. Bustling with skiers and boarders just off the slopes, the town was full of activity. There were many restaurants and shops in which to stop and stretch our weary legs from the car ride.

We continued our drive through Breckenridge, the small community of Blue River, (just south of the city) and up the mountainside to a beautiful mountain retreat fondly known as Quandary Vista. Upon entering Quandary Vista, the family was able to spread out for the weekend in the incredibly spacious living and dining room which was adjacent to the newly updated, full-service kitchen.

The wrap-around deck just off the living room provided us with beautiful, unobstructed views of Quandary Peak. Sitting at 14,265 ft., the majestic peak and its grandeur could not be missed through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows that surrounded the living room.

The cubs headed to the basement for the weekend and took claim to their very own territory in one of the four large bedrooms and two bathrooms. They took advantage of the pool table in the large common space and a few cubs soothed their sore muscles in the hot tub located just outside on the lower level deck.

We all fell in love with the secluded master bedroom which sat on the second level. The large, beautiful bathroom complete with a Jacuzzi tub added to the splendor of the large bedroom. It was a much appreciated retreat after a day of snow-shoeing!

Overall, this spacious home will leave you feeling warm and “fuzzy” with all the comforts of your own home and more.

The VRBO Bear

# 162804 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Stunning Rocky Mountain View Vacation Home- Mont Blanc Chalet

Enjoying the beautiful mountain views of Estes Park

Enjoying the beautiful mountain views of Estes Park

02/26/2010 - I decided to take the Bear family up to Estes Park, CO for a weekend of winter fun. Jack Frost decided to pay a visit to Estes Park, bringing along a foot of new snow and I was fortunate to have picked such a wonderful house to enjoy the snowy weekend. On the map, the Mont Blanc Chalet appears to be practically on the main road from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park, but don’t be fooled – the road to the chalet requires a short drive up a winding mountain road. Once you’re there, you’d never realize that you’re so close to town. The wow factor at Mont Blanc is high; you enter the house from the driveway and walk up to the first floor and are greeted by a large living area with huge windows overlooking the Estes Valley. The whole bear family spent the first 10 minutes “oohing” and “aahing” over the house before we could even unload the Bearmobile.

The Mont Blanc Chalet is a comfortable home on three levels. The cubs loved the loft area with its bunk beds and immediately made themselves at home, while the grown ups appreciated the kid friendly touches like gates for the stairs and bed railings for the upper bunks. The large kitchen features granite tile countertops and all the appliances and cooking utensils you need to create your own meals, which were enhanced by the amazing view right from the dining room table. If there’s a restaurant in Estes Park with a better view, this bear hasn’t found it yet. The bear family enjoyed the sunny deck, complete with hot tub, and one highlight of the stay came when a family of mule deer made their way down the driveway and spent a good half hour browsing for their dinner right below the deck.

The wonderful thing about Mont Blanc is that even though it feels isolated, you’re only a short drive to everything Estes Park has to offer. The Fun City Amusement Park, the downtown area itself and the YMCA are all within 10 minutes, and Rocky Mountain National Park is just up the road. The YMCA was a highlight of the trip, and is a real hidden gem in Estes Park, offering all kinds of activities including roller skating, ice skating, and the new craft room, which provides an opportunity to make your own one-of-a-kind souvenirs and keepsakes.

I heartily enjoyed my vacation at the Mont Blanc Chalet and recommend that you take advantage of everything it has to offer!

The VRBO Bear

# 286070 Hahns Peak, Steamboat Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

The Angler Cabin at Midnight Ranch

Enjoying the comfy, handmade log bed!

Enjoying the comfy, handmade log bed!

02/24/2010 - The "Angler" was all I hoped for and more. Even before setting my paws in the door, I had fallen in love with the cabin and the beautiful valley! I started my day listening to the fire crack and pop while I watched the sunrise slowly transform the snow-covered mountains from blue to pink to acres of sparkling diamonds. Take a moment and imagine yourself being surrounded by such a scenic vista.

The mix of primitive, antique and woodsy elements blended together in a charming way, creating a "homey" atmosphere that had a way of instantly setting us "at ease". I claimed the bedroom with the beautiful handcrafted log bed (as a bear, it was the obvious choice and most comfortable tree I ever slept in!).

Bears like the sweet stuff and we ate well. The kitchen’s Maytag appliances worked great and the gas stove and oven were a dream. Having a dishwasher was also very much appreciated.

We came to ride snowmobiles and the trailhead to the many Forest Service trails were just outside the front door. It was so nice to just get on and ride without the need to load them back on the trailer at the end of the day. We explored the Hahns Peak, Colorado area and even, rode to Wyoming. We experienced awesome riding in fresh powder, day after day. We wish we could have stayed longer with so many more trails to ride and meadows to discover. This summer, we hope to return to explore by ATV or mountain bike.

Our host was exceptional and very eager to make sure we had a perfect stay- and it was!

The VRBO Bear

# 235871 Grand Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Stay Where the VRBO Bear Stayed in Grand Lake!

Surrounded by exquisite custom accents

Surrounded by exquisite custom accents

02/19/2010 - This custom built home located in The Shores of Shadow Mountain subdivision could be considered the perfect “home away from home”. It is only a 10 minute drive to town and just a short walk to the lake. Could it get any better?

When I arrived with my traveling companions, John, the homeowner greeted us and gave us a complete tour of this spectacular home. At one point, we gazed out the “crow’s nest” windows in awe of the lake and mountain views. We were blessed to see the amazing flight of a bald eagle (where was my camera when I really needed it- still packed).

The air was cold and crisp while the snow was sparkly and fresh. The lake views were breathtaking, especially one morning when the fog rolled off the lake. You could see the crystal trees that had been coated by frost as the fog moved across the lake and land.

This home featured exquisite furnishings and custom accents from top-to-bottom. Each bedroom was warm and welcoming. The master bedroom had a great breakfast/reading deck (which a furry bear like me can enjoy this time of year), and the master bathroom truly made me feel like royalty. The kitchen was beautiful and very well equipped with everything you could imagine to cook a meal. While we ate and played games, the fireplace located between the kitchen and the living room kept everyone nice and toasty. My favorite feature was the radiant floor heating; it was so wonderful to pad across the warm, cozy floors. I could have hibernated just resting on the radiant, warm floor.

Some of my companions enjoyed a morning of snowmobiling up on the trails and others took snowboarding lessons at Sol-Vista Ski Resort, which was only a 30 minute drive. We went bowling at the Grand Lake Bowling Alley and went sledding on the nearby sledding hill. However, the best part of the trip was hanging out and laughing together, in the warmth of this amazing “home away from home.”

Grand Lake was a very quaint small town, but still offered a couple of small grocery stores and several different restaurants. On our final night in Grand Lake, we went to town and dined at a Mexican restaurant called Poncho and Lefty’s. The food was very yummy.

You will not be disappointed with a stay in this exquisite home!

The VRBO Bear

# 50220 Private Homes, Fraser, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME

New Mountain Home

Getting ready to enjoy the hot tub

Getting ready to enjoy the hot tub

02/19/2010 - My latest adventure began with a scenic drive over Berthoud Pass where I and my travel-mates enjoyed beautiful views of pine-treed mountain peaks into the Fraser Valley town of Winter Park.

As it was snowing upon our arrival, we were thankful for the convenience of the garage. Entering the duplex, we were quite impressed by the spacious four bedroom floor plan. The large closets in the foyer surved well for all our winter gear. The two master suites on the main floor, both equipped with TV and DVD players, provided privacy away from the two living areas on the upper and lower floors. The two living areas were ideal for our clan of all ages. While the adults enjoyed the main living area, playing board games and munching on snacks at the large table while watching the Olympics on the large flat screen TV, the teen cubs found the lower level living room a perfect retreat where they could play foosball and video games.

The spacious kitchen was on the main level. The cook was “beary” happy preparing most of our meals at home as the kitchen provided all the necessities. Additional sleeping arrangements were convenient on the lower level, with an adjacent bedroom having two bunk beds and a den with an additional twin bed. Don’t forget to take in the view off the patio in the private hot tub!

Winter Park offered excellent downhill skiing and snowboarding in addition to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and a terrific tubing hill only a few minutes away. There was a shuttle bus to take us wherever we needed to go. We enjoyed access to the neighborhood recreation center, which featured an outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness facility- all within walking distance of the duplex. I can’t wait to come back in the summertime for hiking, biking and wildlife sightings. You'll find this Fraser Valley mountain home is the perfect retreat to rejuvenate!

The VRBO Bear

# 95937 Lionshead Arcade, Lionshead Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Lionshead Village Condo just steps to gondola shops & restaurants SAVE 10%

Relaxing in the living room of this great Vail condo

Relaxing in the living room of this great Vail condo

02/04/2010 - Driving into Vail as the sun was setting was a great way to start off my stay. My fur could barely keep me warm, but the scenic views were worth it! Luckily, there were lots of logs waiting for me to start a cozy fire in the condo’s fireplace. I loved my condo in Lionshead Arcade. There was plenty of room for a bear family of 4. The kitchen had everything a chef needed, but the dinner suggestion my friend Jon gave me for “Sweet Basil’s “ restaurant sounded too good to pass up. I bundled up and headed to Vail Village for a magical evening. The holiday lights and cold mountain air took my breath away.

In the morning, the smell of hot coffee and good food brought me down the stairs to a little café called “Les Delices de France“. Don’t pass this up this little gem! It’s a great place to fuel up before hitting the slopes. While Vail Village is a short 5 minutes away, you don’t need to leave this little nook. Shops, restaurants, parking, shuttle and ski lifts are all outside your door. The owner arranges for Jon and his friends to take care of all your needs, which they do with first class service. I can’t wait to come back!

The VRBO Bear

# 30016 Other Beaver Creek Properties, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

The Exception, Your Home Away from Home!

Enjoying the view from the porch

Enjoying the view from the porch

01/14/2010 - The scenic drive to Eagle-Vail was breathtaking. The Rocky Mountains, dusted with fresh snow, was a scenic sneak peek of a glorious weekend getaway. I was equally impressed by the ideal location of this lovely home. It was perfectly nestled in a charming neighborhood on the outskirt of Beaver Creek, surrounded by majestic pine trees.

My stay in “The Exception” provided the ideal winter wonderland retreat! Each room featured large windows with fabulous mountain views. This exclusive home was spaciously spread out on four levels, perfect for accommodating large families or groups. Each of the three bedrooms on the third floor had its own full bathroom, including a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub in the master bath (what a treat!). Additional bedrooms were available in the upper loft and on the lower level, both providing adequate privacy. The well-equipped kitchen and a roomy dining room made cooking and eating in enjoyable. To have a perfect end to a perfect day, I soaked in the luxurious, private “Hot Springs” spa.

There are many activities guests can enjoy during their stay. Hit the slopes at one of the prestigious ski resorts just minutes away, explore the open terrain on cross county skis or snowshoes, or ice skate at the local rink. If outdoor adventure is not your forte, you will be content inside this delightful home. Read a good book by the beautiful stone wood fireplace, play a game of pool or watch a movie on the comfy couches in the recreation room. There is even a computer and a WiFi connection for those who need to connect with the outside world!

This home is also perfect for a summer getaway. There’s a garage equipped with mountain bikes, a “Burley” bike trailer to pull the little ones, tennis rackets as well as towels for drying off after a refreshing dip in the outdoor community pool. Plus, hiking and biking the Eagle Creek trail is a fabulous way to enjoy the Colorado Rockies!

You will enjoy your stay at “The Exception” as I did on this trip to Beaver Creek. There are plenty of activities to enjoy or if you come to relax, you are guaranteed to feel rejuvenated when you leave!

The VRBO Bear

# 3055 Private Homes, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

On the River, Private Hot Tub, Wi-Fi, Wooded, Quiet, Close to town

Relaxing in Master Bedroom at the great Cabin in the Woods

Relaxing in Master Bedroom at the great Cabin in the Woods

01/12/2010 - Driving into Breckenridge with the holiday lights still illuminated set the mood for a great stay at this VRBO property. Just three miles past downtown Breckenridge heading south, we arrived at a winter wonderland. The setting for this VRBO mountain cabin was wonderful. The location offered gorgeous views; it was so peaceful and serene.

This vacation home was very cozy. I and my family enjoyed the relaxed living area with gas fireplace, TV, eating area and kitchen all together in one great room. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed for family meals. I sat in the comfy chair by the fireplace, watching TV and ‘surfing’ my laptop. The wireless high speed Internet had a lot of bandwidth which allowed me to get some work done. The bedrooms were plentiful with comfortable beds and enough bathrooms for everyone in our family. We loved the main-level master bedroom’s Jacuzzi tub. This was our private getaway while upstairs the cubs each had a room of their very own.

One of my favorite activities was the outside hot tub. The soothing warm waters were relaxing after a day of activity around Breckenridge. With expansive open spaces and beautiful trees, the Blue River area was an ideal place for snowshoeing and other winter activities.

This Bear and family would highly recommend the South Breckenridge Blue River area. It’s close to town, yet peaceful and secluded as the Blue River runs directly behind the cabin. We loved our winter holiday stay but any season would be a great time to visit. Summer would be a wonderful time to return for hiking, star gazing and fly fishing. The owner has arranged for Carrie to assist you with your booking as well as anything you need during your stay. As the owner says, staying at Blue River really gives you the ‘cabin in the woods’ feeling.

The VRBO Bear

# 250419 Private Homes, Cascade Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

LUXURY HOME/5BD & BUNK RM/SLEEP15+/ ON CREEK & CHAIR #20 or SKI-IN&OUT AT HOTEL

Enjoying the holidays in Vail

Enjoying the holidays in Vail

01/07/2010 - I had the pleasure of staying in this Cascade Village home in Vail, Colorado over the Christmas 2009 holiday. The beautiful setting overlooking Gore Creek was the perfect winter wonderland.

The sprawling, three-level residence had every amenity possible. Upon entering the front hall, one is treated to an incredible mountain view out of the giant windows in the great room down below. On this entry level, there were two bedrooms with a full bath. The larger of the bedrooms had a desk with a computer to access the Internet. As I descended the steps into the living area, I was surrounded with views out of every window and a magnificent fireplace complemented by a large Christmas tree. I knew I had found the perfect place to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. The great room contained furnishings fit for a king. Every chair offered comfort and warmth with pillows and throws. The surround sound throughout this living area made us feel like we were at a concert as we listened to music or watched television.

The kitchen was unbelievably stocked with utensils and equipment to satisfy any great chef. It was truly something for the “Galloping Gourmet.” There was a comfortable corner table to sit and enjoy morning coffee while we took in the great views and enjoyed watching “the cooks” prepare breakfast. The dining room housed a grand square table that comfortably seats twelve. Alternatively, you can enjoy your meal outside on the deck which overlooks Gore Creek. The deck came with a heat lamp to ward of the chilly mountain air. The main level also had a bunk room behind the kitchen which comfortably slept three.

The next level down was a walkout basement with three additional bedrooms. The master bedroom is a residence all of its own. The furnishings were fantastic and warm - again fit for a king. All the linens throughout the home were top of the line with down pillows, comforters and mattresses. The master suite opened onto a large wrap around deck that housed a hot tub. There were extra large towels furnished for everyone who wants to enjoy the quiet of the mountains while enjoying some soaking time in the hot tub. The master bath had both a large shower and a jetted tub. His-and-her sinks kept us from getting in each other’s way. The oversized king bed was so comfortable and warm it was tough to get up in the mornings. The other two bedrooms were beautifully decorated and also furnished with only the best. All the linens were top of the line and the room was complimented with down accessories. Each of these large bedrooms has its own full bath. The large laundry room is on this floor, also. It was equipped with two dryers and a large washer and plenty of laundry baskets to hold all of the towels from the hot tub.

This home was very well equipped and situated in a perfect location surrounded by mountains. It was a fantastic residence that could easily make one want to hibernate here for the entire winter.

The VRBO Bear

# 27463 Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

VRBO BEAR RECOMMENDATION--OCEANFRONT ESTATE w/HEATED POOL, JACUZZI, OCEAN VIEWS

Spectacular oceanfront views

Spectacular oceanfront views

12/22/2009 - My friends and I used this luxury Oceanside Point Loma property as our “home base” while we attended a conference in San Diego. It was ideal! The home had more space than we expected – six bedrooms and four bathrooms (sleeps 16-22!) – which allowed each of us to enjoy our own room and bathroom. Though we had plenty of privacy, the home also had many comfortable central gathering points like the spacious kitchen, living room, and den. And the media fans of the group were not disappointed! The property was equipped with three Plasma HDTV’s and five 32” to 50” LCD HDTVs.

One of the best things about this San Diego vacation rental was that it was located right on the beach! There was nothing better than returning from long days inside a conference room to this beautiful home. We sat on the front porch, protected from the wind by a glass enclosure, and stared out at our unobstructed Pacific Ocean view. One of my friends even thinks she caught a glimpse of a migrating California Gray Whale!

And when we got tired of staring at the surfers, the bogey boarding, and the walkers and joggers along the beach trail, we moved our small party to the villa’s backyard where there was a heated swimming pool and raised Jacuzzi spa. Can you say heaven?

To stretch our legs, we walked along Sunset Cliffs Nature Park, which meanders along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma. This gentle, peace-loving bear was ecstatic to see that the entire area is designated as a multiple species conservation area. Papa Bear could breathe freely, and relish the sights and sounds of the wildlife around us.

We loved San Diego, and we especially loved Villa Magnifica. If a San Diego beach vacation with a sizable group is in your future, I highly recommend this property.

The VRBO Bear

# 148684 Littleton, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Garden Paradise for Relaxation While You Work or Play

Warming my paws by the fire place

Warming my paws by the fire place

12/11/2009 - The name “Garden Paradise” says it all when describing this lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bath home just outside Denver. This home features a large sun room, a finished basement with large screen TV and workout equipment, as well as a private hot tub in the garden area. The home was not only beautifully decorated with antiques and original works of art, but was also decked out for the upcoming holiday season with plenty of garland and twinkle lights.

Cooking any meal was possible in the fully-equipped and stocked kitchen. The kitchen flowed directly into a living space which allowed the conversation to continue, even while cooking. The home was very light and airy thanks to the many skylights that provided natural light. A large sunroom looked out over the back yard and garden areas. Although my trip was in December and the garden was covered with snow, one could imagine springtime with the garden in bloom. The gardens were a peaceful and quiet place to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty.

The home was in close proximity to local grocery stores, restaurants and shopping. It was only forty five minutes from the Denver airport and thirty minutes from downtown Denver’s attractions and nightlife.

This home fits any type of vacationer. It is close enough to enjoy the big city while at the same time far enough away to offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.

The VRBO Bear

# 163081 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Downtown~Upscale & Affordable~1899 Elegant Victorian 1-4 Bdrm

VRBO Bear in the Mile High City!

VRBO Bear in the Mile High City!

12/08/2009 - This lovely tri-level, 4 bedroom, 2 bath Victorian home (built in 1899) was the home base for our “Mile High City” vacation. Located in the historic Capitol Hill District, this duplex offers all the modern conveniences in beautifully restored comfort. The entrance to the house is on the main level, which features gorgeous hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. The kitchen and breakfast area bring together the spirit of the home, with the original natural exposed brick, period tiles and modern, high-end appliances. It’s the perfect combination to cook a fantastic meal and afterwards, sit down and enjoy the ambiance. The cozy back yard has a deck for enjoying the quiet of the neighborhood or space for a barbeque and entertaining friends! There is a private garage, so no need to worry about parking on the street.

The three upstairs bedrooms, the bathroom and private office can be found at the top of the lovely oak staircase. The lower level master bedroom with its nostalgic western feel is tastefully decorated. There is also a private bathroom, which is updated and very modern.

Just down the street from this Pearl Street home, you’ll encounter the rich history of downtown Denver. Close by are several museums such as The Denver Art Museum, The Children’s Museum of Denver, The Molly Brown Museum, Wings over the Rockies, and the Museum of Nature and Science. Kids will love discovering how money is made on a free tour of the U.S. Mint. Close to the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, you can ride the free trolley and enjoy the shops, restaurants and street side entertainment – day or night! Denver has over 200 parks and 850 miles of off-street bike paths and trails to enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a centrally located place to stay in Denver, this home is in the heart of it all!

The VRBO Bear

# 14873 Private Homes, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 9 BR, 11 BA, HOUSE

Multi-Million Dollar Luxury Home Rental in Beaver Creek Resort

Great setting for ski vacation, summer golf, or retreats

Great setting for ski vacation, summer golf, or retreats

12/03/2009 - I was lucky enough to stay in this incredible and truly unique property for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This spectacular home is located in the heart of the Beaver Creek Resort right on the golf course. Outside, the beautiful Beaver Ceek runs behind the home and the peaceful sound of running water fills the air. The surrounding mountains and landscape offer the true Colorado Rocky Mountain experience.

This large home is a great fit for a big group. With 9 available bedrooms and 10 1/2 bathrooms, there is plenty of privacy to be found. The home is adorned with eclectic Western decor. There is something new to look at and enjoy around every corner. The massive wood burning fireplace brings a special warmth and glow to the main living area. The handcrafted wine cellar is second to none and you will enjoy relaxing in this beautiful room after a day on the slopes. This home is the only home in the entire Vail Valley that has a dining room that can seat 22 people. The kitchen is fully equipped to handle cooking for and serving 22 guests, also.

The master suite is a home in itself. It includes a fantastic king size bed with a Swedish Tempurpedic mattress, a 2-way fireplace, sitting room with flat screen TV and a bathroom fit for royalty with its large jetted tub, steam shower and sauna.

The wrap around deck and large hot tub for 8 makes enjoying the outdoors a truly remarkable experience! You will find yourself in awe of the majestic mountain setting. The Beaver Creek Village transportation is available to you at no charge. The personal chauffer will come right to the home to pick you up and take you to the Village and to the slopes, all of which are only a few minutes away.

This home is clean, comfortable and an amazing mountain property that is like no other. You will love working with the owners, as it is their goal to provide you with the best ski/mountain vacation possible.

The VRBO Bear

# 980 Los Pinos, Peak 9, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Luxury Breckenridge Vacation Rental - Cozy place to stay and Ski in Breckenridge

Setting up the table for dinner

Setting up the table for dinner

12/03/2009 - I felt right at home when we stepped through the doorway of this Los Pinos condo. All the comfy furniture was arranged to resemble a cute “great outdoors” theme. I thoroughly enjoyed the well thought out appointments of various appliances and amenities- everything from an iron box and ironing board to extra pillows and magazines! I especially liked the kitchen with the shining granite tile countertop, fully equipped with everything needed to whip up some delicious munchies.

We went skiing for most of the stay. It was literally a ski-out condo with the Snowflake Lifts just steps away from the front door. From the little cubs to Mama and Papa Bear to Grams and Gramps, it was fun for everyone.

From the condo, it is a very easy walk to the Main Street or you can take the free shuttle that stops in front of the condo complex. Plus, there are plenty of casual and fine-dining choices nearby.

If you are ready for a wonderful, luxurious condo and a relaxing yet exciting getaway, I recommend going to Breckenridge and staying at this superb condominium unit!

The VRBO Bear

# 57630 Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Point Loma Charmer Now Booking for Spring & Summer!Great Reviews!Great Location!

Enjoying views of nicely landscaped yard

Enjoying views of nicely landscaped yard

11/30/2009 - This Point Loma charmer of a home was the perfect location for my fall trip to San Diego. Located on in a quiet wooded Point Loma neighborhood, this comfortable casual home offers everything a little bear could hope for, yet is less than 10 minutes from San Diego's Lindbergh field (how convenient is that?). This home is close to EVERYTHING that San Diego has to offer - the lights of the Gaslamp District and downtown San Diego, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway (a must for WWII History buffs), watching the sunset from Sunset Cliffs, or the nearby beach communities of Ocean Beach, Mission/Pacific Beach, La Jolla. And after a day of sightseeing, what more could a little bear desire than my own little place of solitude? That's what this home offers, and so much more...

Upon arriving at the home, you will take note of the quiet dead end street location (very little traffic) complete with a fenced front and rear yard. Upon entering, you'll appreciate the comfortable living and dining areas and hardwood floors throughout. The sunny equipped kitchen, and the large deck area off the kitchen is perfect for both small or large groups, complete with BBQ, Hot Tub and even your own private basketball court. When the sun goes down, and it's time for a little hibernation, the comfortable master bedroom suite is a great place to retire and dream about all the exciting things in store for tomorrow.

The VRBO Bear

P.S. As an added bonus, for those visiting Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), this home is just a few short blocks from the school, making it perfect for visiting alumni or parents of current students who prefer a real home, rather than a small hotel room.



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