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The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear

Hi Everyone!

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

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# 177026 Gold Coast, Near North, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Mag Mile!- Beautiful Brownstone- the Best Location Downtown.

Beautiful stained glass windows in the living room

Beautiful stained glass windows in the living room

07/01/2009 - Our recent bear travels brought us to the lovely Gold Coast neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. We experienced the culture firsthand in this beautiful Victorian Brownstone, amidst a quiet tree-lined picturesque street. What a delight!

This prime location offers an array of activities within close proximity. The famous Magnificent Mile can be found a few blocks away, where you will find every kind of shop imaginable for the seasoned shopper to the shopping browser. Elegant and casual dining can be found within a short scenic walk. Enjoy the historical churches and buildings that align the perfectly manicured Michigan Avenue. Stroll along the paved pedestrian walkway to Navy Pier where you will find shops, rides and fun for all ages at this local tourist attraction. An assortment of elegant and casual dining can be found a few scenic blocks away. Attend a variety of theaters and museums throughout the city, which are easily accessible by public transportation.

The owners were accommodating and hospitable, creating an enjoyable stay from the start. We loved the brownstone’s ideal location and the brownstone’s interior was equally charming. We were impressed with a private entryway and winding staircase leading us up to the third floor apartment. We found it roomy and sophisticated yet it was comfortably equipped with all the necessities of home. The stained glass windows in the living room added to the tasteful décor. Beautiful hardwood and granite flooring throughout, an updated kitchen and an elegant bedroom gave us the Victorian ambiance and antique charm we were hoping to experience!

We were delighted to experience Chicago by staying in this fabulous brownstone apartment nestled in a quaint neighborhood and are sure you will as well!

The VRBO Bear

# 40954 Private Homes, Historic District, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

The in Town Home! Hot Tub, Pool Table, Sauna, Beautiful Yard.

Fun ski lift swing in the backyard!

Fun ski lift swing in the backyard!

06/22/2009 - I felt right at home in this spacious house in Breckenridge! Before unloading the car, we all explored every room in this warm and inviting house, and we explored the fenced backyard. I enjoyed the freedom of frolicking in the yard with the two four-legged friends that accompanied us for our long weekend getaway at this pet friendly Breckenridge home!

Our initial tour of the home revealed many surprises! The living room has one of the largest fireplaces I’ve ever seen. Off the living room, we found the master bedroom with en suite bath, wood-burning stove, and sliding doors to the backyard and deck. The view of the mountains from every window in the front of the house is amazing! Through the dining room, large kitchen, and down the hall, there is a second master bedroom with en suite bathroom and one more bedroom with two twin beds. Off this second master bedroom is the sunroom with a pool table, which was a huge hit for this fun-loving family of six.

Hold on to your bearskin rugs – there’s more! On the lower level, we discovered a family room, three more bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sauna! We had the best of both worlds with room to spread out and find privacy as well as opportunities for family togetherness. We found lots to do among many board games, playing cards and poker chips.

The house is just a short walk away from the town of Breckenridge and practically right around the corner from the gondola. While the kitchen has all you need to cook a gourmet meal, there are restaurants of almost every cuisine imaginable right in town. After strolling Main Street, hiking, or skiing, a nice soak in the hot tub is the perfect way to relax!

This is the perfect house for a weekend getaway, a whole vacation, or even a small reunion. I would definitely choose to stay at the Briar Rose in historic Breckenridge again!

The VRBO Bear

# 113264 Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Luxurious 2.5 Bedroom Paradise

Enjoying beautiful views at Wailea Beach Villas

Enjoying beautiful views at Wailea Beach Villas

06/11/2009 - If you want to be pampered, stay at this beautifully furnished "penthouse villa" at Wailea Beach Villas, located right on Wailea Beach in heart of Wailea. This villa comes equipped with everything a bear needs for serious relaxing!

After a traditional lei greeting when we arrived, the staff took care of getting our bear luggage to our villa and parked the car for us. Speaking of parking, you will love the cool underground parking featuring an elevator that takes you within a few steps of the villa front door.

The fully equipped kitchen is fabulous and has everything a bear might need to whip up a gourmet meal. However, I confess that most evenings we just took a leisurely bear stroll to one of the many fine restaurants nearby. Dining was so convenient; I didn’t have to use the car.

My human friends enjoyed the nearby shopping too. As for me, I spent most of my time soaking in the sun by the pool or on the beach. While snorkeling, I saw four of the biggest sea turtles I've ever seen on the reef area just to the right of the resort. According to the resort staff, during migration season (winter months), whales are visible right from the shore every day!

There are numerous amenities that make this place so convenient. Features included big flat panel TVs, free Wi-Fi, a private lanai with stainless steel BBQ, washer and dryer in the villa as well as cooling A/C and ceiling fans. Plus, the villa was an easy walk to the workout room, pool and hot tub. There's even a pool table in the clubhouse room upstairs.

I could “bearly” get my human friends to start packing when our stay was over. They didn't want to leave, and neither did I!

The VRBO Bear

# 26479 Cavaillon, Luberon Area, Provence, France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE

Provence Luberon-Sunny Cottage-~A/C~-Pool-Garden-Jacuzzi!

VRBO Bear with some of his newfound French friends.

VRBO Bear with some of his newfound French friends.

06/11/2009 - Bonjour mes amis! The VRBO bear has just returned from the Sheherazade property in Cavaillon, France. The beautiful retreat was everything he had always imagined France to be… picturesque, historic, and charming. In fact, the Sheherazade Cottage was so comfortable that the bear was hard-pressed to travel outside the restful and private grounds. As you can see from his photo, the VRBO Bear made several new friends and enjoyed a cornucopia of local cuisine… including, of course, delicious honey from the Luberon Area of Provence.

Nonetheless, with advice and directions from Monika, the VRBO bear ventured out daily to explore the wonderful locations surrounding him in the south of France. The Sheherazade property provided easy access to so many nearby adventures that the VRBO bear actually lost weight in spite of his unusually high and thoroughly savored caloric intake.

Everything about this European vacation was satisfying and interesting. However, nothing was more delightful than getting to know the property owner Monika and her assortment of furry friends. As with all great vacations, the time passed much too quickly and the VRBO bear could only say… c’est la vie!

The VRBO Bear

# 138084 Capistrano Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Deluxe Oceanfront Beach House with Hot Tub & Game Room on the Sand

Soaking up the Sun in Capo Beach!

Soaking up the Sun in Capo Beach!

06/08/2009 - The Blue Eyed Bear Soaks up the Sun!

My most recent vacation adventure brought me to beautiful Capistrano Beach in Southern California’s Orange County. When I stepped out onto the vacation home’s very private beach to soak up the sun, I discovered the delightful sand under my paws.

My human friends cooked up a fabulous dinner in the fully equipped kitchen while I sat out on the upper deck to watch the sunset. As the sun sank into the ocean, my companions built a bonfire on our private beach. We roasted marshmallows and counted the stars under the bright moonlit sky.

There were two large bedrooms on the lower level of this home offering plenty of accommodations for my whole clan (the house sleeps 12!). The garage had surf toys, including games to keep everyone in my party occupied. We played air hockey, foosball and ping pong!

In addition to the two downstairs bedrooms, the upstairs of this beach house featured a large room for relaxing, fixing a snack, playing games, watching TV, or just listening to the sound of the surf only a stones throw away. This room was absolutely fantastic!

Each morning we enjoyed our freshly brewed coffee out on the sand, as we made our plans for the day. There were so many local activities within a short drive - the only question was… what aren’t we going to do?

Ideally located between Dana Point Harbor and beautiful San Clemente, the home was convenient to movie theaters, shopping, and wine tasting. Just 10 minutes north, we visited The Historic Mission and quaint town of San Juan Capistrano where the “famous “ swallows return each year!

If you’re seeking Southern California sunshine, beachfront bliss, and culture, this is the perfect vacation home for you.

The VRBO Bear

# 229319 Honua Kai, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

May 2015 - $595/Night!!! Ocean View 3Bd/3Br at Honua Kai!!!

A picture perfect view from the lanai.

A picture perfect view from the lanai.

06/08/2009 - When you come to this beautiful vacation rental located in the newly developed Houna Kai Resort, be sure to pack your swimsuit and be prepared to enjoy the perfect Maui weather. If you are looking for the privacy and comfort of a vacation rental combined with the luxuries of an upscale resort (i.e. cocktail service at the pool), then look no further.

The Honua Kai Resort was ideally located along the shore of Kaanapali Beach. As you can see from my photo, we enjoyed the picture-perfect view of the ocean from the lanai. The location created the ideal environment - not too hot, not too cool, but just right. The folding glass wall feature was just plain cool. First thing in the morning, we'd open the glass wall to enjoy the Maui salt-water breezes inside the rental.

Speaking of the rental - WOW! The owners spared no expense finishing and furnishing their property. The kitchen was fit for a professional chef with high-end Viking appliances. The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were not too soft, not too hard, but offered the perfect level of comfort. To top it off, the bathrooms were incredibly spacious and featured spa-like luxuries.

Although the comforts of the rental made it difficult to leave, we managed to make it out the front door. The pool didn't let us down. There was a large infinity pool with an attached kiddie pool and two hot tubs. The water temp was not too hot, not too... (you know where I'm headed)... but, perfect. If you find yourself getting thirsty, don't fear- every 15 minutes the wait staff comes to take your order, so there's no need to leave the comfort of the pool. If you seek even more pampering, private cabanas are available to rent. Plus, they are building an additional pool that will have a slide and water features for the whole family to enjoy!

The beach was footsteps away from the pool. The kids enjoyed building sand castles and playing in the water. Papa enjoyed burying the kids and mama in the sand. After wearing ourselves out, we washed off in the showers and headed back to the pool and BBQ'd some lunch.

Given the rental's prime location, we took advantage of sightseeing around Maui. Lahania was a convenient 5-10 minute drive down the coast where we took a boat tour, enjoyed shopping and went out to dinner. We also visited the "Baby Beach" which is ideal for toddlers because it has no waves. Mama and Papa managed to slip away from the kids for a day and enjoyed the adventure of zip-lining through the hills of Maui.

We wish we could have enjoyed all the activities Maui had to offer (golfing, surfing, helicopter tours, volcanos, waterfalls, etc.), but we ran out of time. If you stay at this rental, you’re central to everything. Best of all, the gracious hosts ensure you are comfortable and help you plan to get the most out of your Maui vacation.

The VRBO Bear

# 178660 Hawi, Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, BUNGALOW

Historic, Ocean View Home Featured in Sunset Magazine

Every bear should have a day bed like this for lounging!

Every bear should have a day bed like this for lounging!

06/08/2009 - For a welcome tonic from urban life, come and stay at this scenic and peaceful property on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. It’s the perfect place for relaxing with a good book, splashing lazily in the water during the heat of the day, or just enjoying the breezes and doing nothing.

Puakea Ranch covers multiple acres, so we had all the privacy and space a bear could want. The working ranch featured two horses, free-ranging chickens, and two of the friendliest dogs you could meet. A special treat was picking up fresh eggs from the chicken coop. Between the animals, the pool, the hammock, and the tree swing, there was plenty of built-in entertainment for all of us.

Originally built in 1949, the house was clearly designed with tropical living in mind. The elevated living space as well as the window and doors on every side of the home provided maximum cross-ventilation. The house was set far enough away from the main road that the infrequent traffic is barely unnoticeable, and yet near enough to the ocean to take in the nice view and ocean breezes.

The owner’s attention to detail was evident throughout the property. Bathrooms were supplied with locally-made soaps. The garage was generously provisioned with beach chairs, floaties, and other beach toys. The house was well-stocked with books for both adult and children. A drawer was filled with a first-aid kit, hydrocortisone, sunscreen, aloe for sunburns — everything we might need on vacation. The kitchen even had child-size utensils. This home takes the “family-friendly” label seriously!

Furnishings were high quality and in keeping with the historic nature of the house. Our bed was so lovely we would have happily brought it back to our own home if we could! There were also abundant seating options both inside and out. Our favorite was the large daybed with great views of the horses and the ocean. For adult pampering, the separate bath house provided a huge soaking tub and a shower with multiple shower heads. The spa-like environment was the perfect place to relax after the cub was put to bed.

If you need provisions (as bears do, sometimes), Puakea Ranch is just 2 miles south of Hawi Town. Hawi Town is small but has all the basics including a grocery store, ice-cream and coffee shop, and several nice restaurants. Be sure to pick up 100% Kona coffee at the Kohala Coffee Mill in town!

From the house, the famous white sand beaches at Mauna Kea and Hapuna Beach were an easy drive south. On the way, stop by Kawaihae Harbor for yummy (and affordable) eats.

This rental had so many wonderful features we couldn’t fit them all in this review. Come and experience them for yourself!

The VRBO Bear

# 227111 Private Homes, Poipu, South Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Poipu Beach, Kauai - Excellent Location - 4 Bedroom House!

Aloha from the sunny south shores of Kauai!

Aloha from the sunny south shores of Kauai!

05/29/2009 - This home was uniquely architected by the owner’s father to take full advantage of the incredible ocean views. You can hear the waves crashing upon the shore from every room throughout the home. The open living room features lots of windows and a large seating capacity to comfortably admire the awe-inspiring surroundings.

Whether you’re traveling as a bear family of four or with a larger group, this home features four bedrooms to accommodate eight guests. The three full bathrooms gave everyone in our group privacy they needed in the mornings while getting ready.

If you’re traveling with a gourmet chef bear or simply someone who has a passion for cooking, the fully-equipped kitchen has everything you’d need. The large table and benches made of “monkeypod” wood in the spacious dining area were perfect for entertaining during the evenings we opted to dine in. Plus, the outdoor gas grill was great for cooking up a Hawaiian-style BBQ.

The beauty of this home is evident inside and out. Both the lanai and luxurious hot tub on the deck overlook the blue Pacific Ocean. After an active day of sightseeing, this bear relaxed in the hot tub which had a soothing underwater light show with changing colors. The beautiful landscaped yard lush with tropical flowers featured a refreshing outdoor shower. It was perfect after a long soak in the hot tub or a swim in the ocean.

Did I mention this home is located just a stone’s throw away from the beach? While playing at the beach, VRBO’s bear friends saw sea turtles and dolphins! The home is also in close proximity to fine and casual dining, golf, shopping, snorkeling, etc. Just a block away from the home we discovered “Brenecke’s”, one of our favorite restaurants on the island!

Kauai, the “garden island” is not as touristy as some of the other Hawaiian Islands yet there are so many attractions to see! We enjoyed a train ride around the sugar cane plantation, a bird-eye’s view of the island by helicopter, a round of golf at the Kiahuna Golf Course and an evening luau.

The VRBO bear and his friends loved their stay at Hale Hali'a and hope to make our Hawaii vacation a tradition for years to come!

Aloha and Mahalo,
The VRBO Bear

# 53580 Seagrove Beach West, Seagrove Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE

Luxury Gulf Front - 6 BR, Heated Pool & Hot Tub

The front entrance was so inviting!

The front entrance was so inviting!

05/14/2009 - A little sea bird told me about this great place! The home is perfectly situated on the beach and within walking distance of the much desired town of Seaside. Upon arrival, it was love at first sight. I entered through the wrought iron gate, framed by a vine covered, lattice arch, which led me to this beautiful Seagrove Beach home. I knew my stay here would be enchanting!

I was eager to explore all the amenities I had read about prior to my arrival - from the exceptionally well-equipped, modern kitchen to the entertainment room with a pool table and jukebox. An eclectic mix of furnishings and personalized décor gave this home a distinctive “at home” feeling. The large, glass dining table was perfectly placed for enjoying the ocean views and the company of family and friends.

Upstairs , the huge master retreat is comparable to none other. Floor-to-ceiling windows from one end of the room to the other frame the breathtaking views of the Gulf. The room is complete with a king-sized, four-poster canopied bed, and a seating area including a couch, chairs and ottomans. There are two master baths and one features a steam shower! Mix up your favorite drink right there in the room at your own mini bar and watch your favorite movie on the ceiling mounted wide screen plasma TV.

The back patio offers an oceanfront, saltwater pool and a hot tub - another ideal location to relax and unwind. To complete the ambiance, an outdoor sound system is wired to listen to your favorite tunes. Grill “the catch of the day” and enjoy your meal under the pergola, while watching a beautiful sunset. If you prefer beach bathing, there are beach chairs and towels available for your use. To cool off, row out in the waves aboard the two person kayak or take a dip in the beautiful, crystal blue water. There are miles of bike paths so make sure and take advantage of the bicycles to explore the area’s scenery and attractions. You'll find many shops and cafes in nearby Seaside.

After spending your vacation in Seagrove Beach, I'll guarantee you’ll leave having a deep connection to this beachfront home and you’ll wish to return time and time again.

The VRBO Bear

# 228911 Rosedale, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Rosedale Retreat, Modern Motif, Five-Star Design

Luxury and charm in central Austin

Luxury and charm in central Austin

05/14/2009 - My bear family and I stayed in this central Austin home for a long weekend. We really enjoyed this tastefully decorated home with artwork and mementos from London. The house has been newly refurbished with every attention to detail - from the clever lighting to the designer touches throughout. The stylish, well-equipped kitchen allowed us to whip up breakfast in the mornings and the grill outside made dinner a pleasure as we could sit and put our paws up in the quiet neighborhood.

We were minutes away from the Central Market shopping center which made it easy to stock up our fridge and downtown Austin was only a short drive away. The house had a comprehensive guide of all the sights to see, which was very helpful. We, however, decided to enjoy the comforts of this home. The cubs enjoyed the garden and the porch out back, whilst we relaxed in the shower/steam room in the ultra-modern bathroom.

A beary comfortable stay together with the warm welcome we received from our hosts Cindy and Aram, made it a true home away from home experience.

The VRBO Bear

# 222138 Waimanalo Beach, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful Beachfront Estate Setting

Getting some sun on Waimanalo Beach

Getting some sun on Waimanalo Beach

05/13/2009 - This house is a water-loving bear's beach vacation paradise because the house sits on one of the finest swimming beaches anywhere! It allows easy beach access and comes stocked with boogie boards, fins, snorkels and beach towels. Outdoor showers and a beach-facing lanai ensured that this Bear could wash off all the beach sand before enjoying the nicely tiled and carpeted interior of the house.

Every room faces the beach, so you are guaranteed a beautiful view no matter where you are in the house. Plus, each bedroom has its own bathroom ensuring privacy for all guests. I woke up to a gorgeous sunrise on Waimanalo Beach. I took sunrise pictures from the lanai before brewing a pot of Kona coffee and cooking breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen. While I ate my breakfast, I watched cardinals and myna birds feed in the yard. My bear friends and I spent our days soaking up the sun and playing in the sand and waves.

Waimanalo is a small town so we did most of our grocery shopping and much of our dining in the nearby town of Kailua. Kailua is about a 15 minute drive from Waimanalo and it offers numerous restaurants, many with a uniquely island feel and Hawaiian cuisine. No matter what your appetite is Kailua has a restaurant to satisfy your hunger- pizza, burgers, Mexican food, Italian food and much more. In the mood for shopping? Kailua has everything from clothing stores to gifts shops.

Beach views, great swimming, snorkeling and comfy beds for a group of eight or ten bears make this a perfect place for a relaxing beach vacation!

The VRBO Bear

# 219993 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 0 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

West 6th Street Downtown Austin Studio

Enjoying the weather in the private courtyard

Enjoying the weather in the private courtyard

05/13/2009 - This vacation rental is ideal for those traveling by themselves or with a spouse. You get the comforts of home in an ideal central location for the same price as a mid-grade hotel! The tasteful, contemporary furniture and finishes provided a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Thanks to the hosts' attention to detail like fresh cut flowers on the table and comfortable bath towels, I settled in nicely and had an enjoyable stay.

Austin is known for its fun, hip atmosphere and this vacation rental is in the heart of it all on historic West 6th Street. Walk down the driveway for a wonderful Southwestern meal and margarita at ‘Z Tejas. For breakfast or lunch, try the hip Portabla Café which is a few blocks away. In fact, CitySearch selected Portabla as the #2 lunch spot in Austin. If eating-in sounds more appealing, stroll down the street to Whole Foods and pick-up some gourmet food to cook in the vacation rental kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with spices and everything else you need to prepare a home cooked meal.

Although this property is a studio by definition, you'll find the term doesn't do it justice. The thoughtful floor plan creates an excellent division of space. The private courtyard featuring a nice patio table and colorful umbrella also adds to the living space.

If you are looking to travel to Austin, TX, don't pass up this rental! You won't find a better value for the price.

The VRBO Bear

# 6989 Lanikai, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Restored Historic "Walker" House on world-famous Lanikai Beach.

Another beautiful day on Lanikai Beach

Another beautiful day on Lanikai Beach

05/13/2009 - When my Bear family and friends chose to stay in “John Walker’s Beach House” located on Lanikai Beach, we couldn’t have picked a better place to spend the week. We were welcomed by our host with a basket of fresh fruit and beautiful flowers.

This house was built in the 1930’s, but had all of the modern conveniences you want when you are on vacation. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed in order to prepare our meals.

The main house included 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bedrooms were good-sized and the beds were wonderful to sleep in after our long days spent on Lanikai Beach. Have a group larger than 6 guests? In addition to the main house, you can also rent a guesthouse and boat house on the property.

Every morning we woke up early to view the beautiful sunrises and walk along the beach. The water was very calm due to the offshore reef, making it the perfect beach for families with children. During low tide, we enjoyed snorkeling as well as beachcombing for beach glass and shells. Plus, we had a great time going kayaking in the bay and even paddled out to the nearby Mokulua Islands.

Kailua Town was a 5 minute drive from Lanikai which made it convenient for grocery, clothes and souvenir shopping. If you don’t feel like cooking, Kailua offered a variety of restaurants including Mexican food, Chinese food, pizza, burgers and more. If you’re seeking even more shopping, eating and sightseeing opportunities, Honolulu is only a 30 minute drive. However, it’s hard to tear yourself away from beautiful Lanikai Beach!

If you are looking for a great beach getaway, this Bear says to look no further. “John Walker’s Beach House” is the perfect place to stay!

The VRBO Bear

# 22603 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Snowed Inn Estes - Log Home/detached guest house

Enjoying Snowed Inn Estes with my bear-y good friend

Enjoying Snowed Inn Estes with my bear-y good friend

04/27/2009 - Snowed Inn Estes was a great place to stay! While we were still unpacking the car, we were treated to the sight of a dozen elk coming down the hill behind the cabin. When we went inside, we were immediately impressed with the lovely rooms, each with those extra little decorating touches that added warmth and beauty to make us feel very much at home. It was very apparent that the owners love this home and want their guests to enjoy it as much as they do.

The kitchen was fully equipped with excellent cookware as well as many spices and condiments. All of the beds were extremely comfortable, ensuring a good night’s sleep. The open floor plan perfectly accommodated the dining and entertainment needs of our large group. Weather permitting, we recommend starting your day eating breakfast outside on the front porch.

The guest house offered the perfect solution for additional space if you’re traveling with a larger group. The guest house featured charming décor, a queen bed and a luxurious jetted tub! Again, the owners have truly gone out of their way to make this a special place.

Snowed Inn Estes is convenient to Rocky Mountain National Park and a variety of activities including hiking, biking, rafting, and more. It’s an ideal location to seek peace and quiet in the outdoors, but it’s also nearby to downtown Estes Park with its many shops, excellent restaurants, library, and movie theater. Remember to buy some salt water taffy at The Taffy Shop!

This comfortable, inviting home had everything we needed in a vacation home and more. Try Snowed Inn Estes for an outstanding mountain getaway destination.

The VRBO Bear

# 64767 Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Shasta Cascade, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

'Castle of Lake Shasta'

Enjoying a book and a cup of coffee on the back deck

Enjoying a book and a cup of coffee on the back deck

04/27/2009 - We knew we had chosen the perfect place for our long weekend getaway the moment we first saw The Castle in Lake Head, California. Walking through the door, our first impression was the attention to detail. The Castle was beautifully decorated as one would expect a castle would be. The home masterfully balanced new modern conveniences with beautiful old world antiques. Marc, the owner was a very gracious host and ensured everything was perfect for our arrival. Plus, he made himself available for any questions or concerns during our stay.

Upon our arrival, we enjoyed exploring The Castle. The property featured little areas tucked away within the structure that provided something new to look at and discover around every corner. After exploring the whole house, I chose the master bedroom as my favorite out of the five bedrooms. The decision was hard since four of the five bedrooms have wall mounted flat screen TVs! The master bedroom featured a king sized bed, comfy mattress and little window seat that overlooked the valley. It was the ideal place for me to sit and read my favorite novel. The master bedroom also included a large soaking tub with a variety of bubble baths, bath salts and soaps to pamper myself.

The kitchen was a cook’s dream with granite countertops, a double oven, large refrigerator, dishwasher, and lots of pots and pans for whipping up the perfect meal. The kitchen even featured a wall mounted TV to listen to while we cooked.

While staying at The Castle, there were a variety of activities to keep us busy. Inside the house, we had fun playing ping pong, Foosball, card games and more. We spent a lazy morning sunning ourselves on deck chairs from the home’s large deck featuring scenic Shasta Lake views. Most afternoons, we headed down the hill to Shasta Lake for swimming and fishing. If you have a boat, there’s nearby places to dock and launch it close by The Castle. Additionally, Shasta Lake National Park provided opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and hunting.

In addition to many outdoor activities, the city of Redding was only a short drive away. In Redding, we visited many of the local attractions including the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Shasta Dam and local gardens. We shopped and enjoyed a wide variety of restaurants. After a long day in Redding, we enjoyed returning to The Castle and soaking our tired paws in the hot tub as we watched the sunset.

Overall, The Castle was a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s the perfect place to relax and make lasting memories for any family large or small.

The VRBO Bear

# 2513 Cayucos, Central Coast, California, USA, 8 BR, 6 BA, CHATEAU_/_COUNTRY_HOUSE

Destination Luxury Ranch Retreat 8BR/6b+ on 850 Coastal Acres W/Pool

Enjoying the view at the Cottontail Creek Ranch

Enjoying the view at the Cottontail Creek Ranch

04/24/2009 - When my bear family and I arrived at the Cottontail Creek Ranch, we instantly felt at home!

This luxury ranch retreat is nestled among some of California’s most breathtaking rolling hills. The location beckons you to enjoy the outdoors and everything the Central Coast has to offer. Whether you like to hike, fish, horseback ride, surf, or just simply hang out and enjoy some of the most awe inspiring views this home has to offer, this is the place for you!

Our gracious hosts, Roger and Susan, made our arrival special in so many ways. From the beautiful fresh cut flowers in every bedroom to the delicious fresh fruit picked right from the ranch orchards to the awesome homemade cookies, no detail was overlooked. They took us on a tour of their 850 acre working ranch and we marveled at the incredible view overlooking the Estero Bay. The fresh air carried the fabulous scent of their orange orchards and flowers blossoming throughout the property. Plus, we were free to eat anything that was ripe and ready for picking on the grounds. We enjoyed lemons, oranges, avocados and fresh herbs. It was simply amazing! The fabulous surroundings, wide open spaces and views truly recharged our spirits.

The home itself rivaled the ranch’s outside surroundings. From the historical Monterey pine floors to the custom woodwork, this home really showcased the owners’ personality and artistic flair. Susan’s whimsical artwork and Roger’s intricate woodwork throughout the home exuded warmth. They truly put their hearts and hands into making sure that we felt right at home.

Cottontail Creek Ranch featured 5 luxurious bedrooms, each with their own personal baths. Everyone had their own personal space to retreat to and relax. The home’s floor plan was perfect for togetherness and included great family gathering spots like a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, spacious dining room as well as the large living room with its massive rock fireplace. Every room had an incredible view to enjoy. We spent evenings around the great fire pit or soaking in the steaming spa reminiscing about the day’s adventures. It was the perfect home for a reunion or celebration!

If you must venture away from this private paradise, Cottontail Creek Ranch is in close proximity to the vineyards of Paso Robles, fabulous seafood in Morro Bay, and the quaint coastal town of Cayucos. It’s also a convenient home base to launch an excursion up the coast to visit Hearst Castle or explore the craggy coast of Big Sur. We have not stopped talking about our visit to the California Central Coast and the Cottontail Creek Ranch.

Thanks Roger and Susan for a great stay!



The VRBO Bear

# 170618 Hacienda de Mita, Punta de Mita (Punta Mita), Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

4 Seasons/Inside Gates+Beachfront+Incredible Views+Free Cart

Stunning beachfront condo in beautiful Punta Mita

Stunning beachfront condo in beautiful Punta Mita

04/16/2009 - My bear family & I stayed at this stunning beachfront condo for a week in March.

From start to finish, everything was first class. This third floor luxury condo was ‘beary’ spacious, beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and totally equipped. The main living area had a breezy, open floor plan which included a gourmet kitchen, family room and dining area. The largest wall was made up of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that opened out onto an expansive deck. From the deck, the view of the beach and ocean was spectacular. The interior surroundings and oceanfront scenery were the perfect setting for relaxation. This bear family slept very comfortably in the large and stylishly furnished bedrooms which featured marble bathrooms.

The condo building was located in a private setting inside of the gates of the exclusive Punta Mita Resort. We stayed here in Four Seasons’ style for a fraction of the cost and had direct access to a beautiful beach. The location was so ideal that we reached the beach and private pools within 60 seconds of leaving the front door.

Punta Mita was the perfect place for a family vacation and the condo’s convenient location makes the most of everything that the neighborhood has to offer. The town of Punta Mita and a variety of excellent restaurants were less than a 5 minute walk away. We enjoyed relaxed, local dining at a string of superb restaurants on the beach in the town of Punta Mita. Our favorite places to eat included Sufi and Café des Artistes.

Owner Kim Henrie was super helpful and friendly. He made us feel very welcome at this outstanding property and offered great advice on the best places to visit during our vacation. As part of our stay, we had access to a full concierge service that helped us organize terrific excursions including horseback riding, snorkeling and whale watching. It was very exciting to see a couple of humpback whales close up from our boat! Our condo stay also included residence club membership privileges and we indulged in a range of sensibly priced, relaxing spa services, all in a comfortable and private beach setting.

The climate here was unbeatable. The weather in March was absolutely perfect with blue sunny skies and highs in the 80’s everyday. We had a fantastic time and hope to return again soon!

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# 23541 Paris Arrondissement 7, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

After Christmas Sale! Walk to Eiffel Tower, Seine, Cafés & Markets

Enjoying a quiet morning in the garden patio!

Enjoying a quiet morning in the garden patio!

04/14/2009 - It was a pleasure returning to London, one of my 'beary' favorite cities in the world. This lovely apartment is close to all of central London but provided an exceptionally quiet place to decompress on our journey back from India. A short Tube ride took us to Harrods and the shops of Knightsbridge, one of the city's premier shopping districts. We also spent a interesting evening at the Tower of London to experience the Ceremony of the Keys. Each night, as has happened every night for over 700 years, there is a ceremony as they officially lock up the Tower. It's well worth arranging the free tickets online.

Madelyn and Phillipe, the owners are very gracious hosts and in addition to being available to answer our questions about the apartment and the city, they have a very wide selection of London and UK guide books for guests to use. As mentioned before, the apartment is on a quiet street in a beautifully restored neighborhood originally built as homes for Queen Victoria's staff. Each home on the block has a colorful garden in front and this apartment also has a beautiful, tranquil garden patio directly behind. It is a great place to spend a summer morning having a cup of coffee and reading the Times of London or the latest Jeffrey Archer novel.

I particularly liked the art in the apartment. There are several original paintings, including one of the exterior of the home, as well as a stone bas-relief of an ancient chariot and team of horses. Another similar piece can be found high on the wall in the garden patio. I also loved the marble fireplace mantel in the living room. In a word, this apartment is elegant and very well-appointed.

If your travel plans call for time in London, this apartment will provide a most memorable stay in the heart of everything you'll want to do.

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# 23502 La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

500 feet to the Beach with a pool! $4,200 week Mar 20 - Apr 11 $7,000 Summer!

Walk to the Beach and enjoy the waves

Walk to the Beach and enjoy the waves

04/06/2009 - When I stepped into The Dunleavey, I was welcomed by the bright rays of sunshine and beautiful view through the numerous windows facing the ocean. Upstairs, I enjoyed the spacious den and the wide open kitchen which was equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and all the “bear” necessities. I was excited about the upstairs master bedroom where I could relax in the king size bed and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. I had my very own private bathroom, including two sinks, a large shower and a walk-in closet. The large windows and sliding glass door that opened to the perfect view of the beach was my favorite feature of the master bedroom. Downstairs, I had the choice of staying in one of three bedrooms, all wonderfully furnished with lots of room to invite my bear friends. In the morning, I was able to enjoy a breakfast out on the deck in the sunny La Jolla weather.

Outside of the home, I loved being able to walk to the beach and spend time surfing or just dipping my paws in the soft, warm sand. While in La Jolla, I favored the small shops and delectable restaurants, which were all in walking distance of The Dunleavey! I was even able to visit some of my friends at The Wild Animal Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo which were within a short drive. Overall, The Dunleavey is a very relaxing beach home for a family large or small!

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# 161641 Flagstaff, Canyon Country & Northeast, Arizona, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Timberloft - a Flagstaff Luxury Lodge Home

Had snow much fun in Flagstaff!

Had snow much fun in Flagstaff!

04/06/2009 - A family gathering brought me to beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona for a stay at the spectacular Timberloft which was nestled among the Ponderosa Pines.

We entered this tri-level “lodge style” home on the main level featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. I immediately noticed the warm elegance and attention to detail starting with the large open kitchen, the dining area (table set for 10 plus bar dining area!), wide roomy living area and the inviting natural stone fireplace.

The main level featured three bedrooms complete with three full bathrooms. The master suite was exceptionally luxurious with a Jacuzzi tub and flat screen tv! The loft area included additional sleeping areas and the lower level of this home had another full bedroom, with its own bathroom and private patio. There was plenty of room for everyone in our group! For family entertainment, the spacious upper level loft area featured a cozy fireplace, game room with card table, billiards and an authentic pinball machine.

No detail was forgotten in this spacious home. There are several flat screen TVs and WiFi coverage throughout the entire home. After spending the morning on the golf course and an afternoon of fun and games, my human companions cooked up a delicious gourmet dinner in the well-equipped kitchen. Later, we enjoyed a soak in the Jacuzzi with mugs of hot cocoa and watched the tree tops sparkle in the night as the snow drifted down onto the pines.
The Timberloft’s sublime location was private and quiet, yet close to many of the area’s most popular attractions. Flagstaff is on Historic Route 66 and just a few minutes to the campus of NAU and skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl. Plus, the Grand Canyon, Winslow, Sedona, Williams, or Prescott are a short day trip away! This is a perfect year-round destination for hiking, biking, horseback riding and exploration.

Whether you are looking for a cozy hibernation with your own bear clan, a romantic getaway, or sightseeing adventures, the Timberloft lodge is a first class home away from home!

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# 223439 Telemark, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME

Groups Love this Lakeside Townhome in Downtown WP.

An amazing kitchen with everything you need

An amazing kitchen with everything you need

04/02/2009 - Nestled in the pines of Winter Park, Colorado our family was in bear heaven in this luxurious, yet comfortable townhome. The friendly management team gave us a warm welcome for our long weekend getaway! Upon our arrival, we found a thoughtful gift basket awaiting us.

All five levels of the townhome were accessorized with charming décor and we discovered attention to detail in every room. Being an end unit, the countless windows offered us majestic views of the beautiful pine trees and mountain peaks. It was the perfect amount of privacy and scenery!

After a busy day of adventure, unloading and loading the car was a bearable chore with the convenience of having our own private garage that led right into the townhome. The main living room was warm and inviting with a gas fireplace, HDTV and comfy furniture to lounge around in. Featuring upgraded appliances, the classy kitchen was amazing and was equipped with every cooking apparatus imaginable! Plus, the open floor plan made for easy conversation with the cook.

The roomy bedrooms were separated on each of the three main levels, each with its own full bathroom. Off the main level, the second bedroom was perfect for toddler bear who loved sleeping in the trundle bed. The upper level featured a second living room loft with a third bedroom. The older bear cubs retreated to this cozy nook to watch movies on the big screen. The lower level master bedroom included a walkout patio with a Jacuzzi that overlooked Telemark Pond. The ambiance of the light snow and fog off the pond took our breath away!

Winter Park is truly a winter wonderland. The townhome is on the free shuttle service route to the ski resort and only a few miles away if you want to drive or walk. Gather around the fire pit with a cup of hot cocoa after ice skating in the town square or shop the boutiques after dining out in one of the town’s unique restaurants. Our family discovered a tubing hill located minutes away from the townhome. We had hours of fun playing in the snow before returning to our weekend retreat to eat and relax. Locals told us Winter Park is full of spring wildlife sightings as well as summertime activities; we can hardly wait to return to experience another season of fun!

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# 83158 Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 10 BR, 11 BA, CASTLE

40% Discount-Call for details!!! Rent $5m Castle

Relaxing in the lap of luxury

Relaxing in the lap of luxury

03/31/2009 - As soon as my bear family and I arrived at the “Las Vegas Mini-Castle,” we instantly knew we could look forward to a weekend of being treated like royalty. This home was an entertainer’s dream! With 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, it truly lived up to the “Castle” name.

Throughout the castle’s spacious 8,750 square foot floor plan, we discovered beautiful architectural & decorating details in every room. It was breath-taking, from the majestic stonework arches to the custom marble flooring to the grand piano. This home featured high end finishes throughout, including marble tile, glistening hardwood floors, granite countertops, jacuzzi tubs, beautiful cabinetry and more. As we stepped into each room, we walked through pure luxury.

On the Castle’s second floor, the game room boasted a fantastic pool table, wet bar, TV, stereo, gaming tables and even slot machines! Adjoining the game room was a fabulous patio, featuring a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip. However, the most enjoyable feature was the outside entertainment area where my bear family & I played each day until the sun went down. It featured a state-of-the art barbeque, granite counter top bar and outdoor kitchen area that were phenomenal! My personal favorite was the wonderfully refreshing pool with a cascading waterfall and Jacuzzi. Off the pool area, there was a fully-equipped guest house, with two additional bedrooms and one bathroom. It’s perfect for guests that prefer even more privacy.

The home’s location was very convenient and close by the Las Vegas Strip and the Las Vegas airport. Situated within a gated community that is made up of four mini castles, the Castle also prides itself on being extremely private and secure. If you are looking to entertain a large group of friends/family or plan a business getaway, then look no further! I highly recommend a stay at any one of the Las Vegas mini-castles. They are top notch accommodations with no detail overlooked.

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# 88237 The Porches, Steamboat Springs, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, TOWNHOME

72 hours left to receive 15% off summer bookings! Hurry they sell out fast!

I love Steamboat!

I love Steamboat!

03/05/2009 - My bear family had a wonderful stay at this beautiful property. Before we even arrived, we were welcomed to The Porches by the superb staff and concierge service. They were willing to help us plan any of our activities prior to arrival and even grocery shop for us if we needed it. When we arrived, we learned about the property’s plentiful amenities and services. There was a complimentary shuttle service that could take us anywhere within the city, complimentary coffee available in the “Barn” anytime we wanted, a paper delivered directly to our doorstep every morning, and the satisfaction of knowing that if we needed anything we could call the concierge. Additionally, the property complex featured a heated pool, steam room, exercise room and game room that we could use day and night.

We were pleasantly surprised when we walked into this magnificent townhouse to discover that preparations had been made in anticipation of our arrival. There was a nice toasty fire in the fireplace and lights were on. The amazing décor featured beautiful art on the walls, a nice mountain theme throughout the whole house, and candles placed all around the house for added warmth. We quickly checked out the rest of the house to find a beautiful kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite countertops, and a nice dining area to eat our home cooked meals. Downstairs, we were pleased to find a family room with a pool table, poker table, wet bar, large flat screen tv, and another sitting area in front of a roaring fire. The little bear cubs especially liked the bunk bedroom that was all their own for the weekend. Their Mom and Dad liked the master bedroom with yet another fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a jetted tub, big glass shower, and heated floors. Whether you are staying at The Porches with a small or large group, they offer a variety of units to accommodate any guest size.

They say there is some of the best skiing in Steamboat. So whether you are coming to ski, shop, or just enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains you will not be disappointed when staying at The Porches. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

The VRBO Bear

# 167480 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN

Log Home With Outstanding Snow Capped Mountain View

Just rockin’ in the Rockies!

Just rockin’ in the Rockies!

03/03/2009 - Upon my arrival to this gorgeous Estes mountain log home, I was stunned by its beauty. There were many trees surrounding the home and a handy stone walkway to the stairs which led to the front door. I made my way inside to find that the interior was just as wonderful as the exterior! I was greeted by a hanging antler chandelier in the dining room and an enormous moose head looking right at me from above the fireplace in the living room. The hardwood floors and vaulted wood ceilings were simply spectacular.

Everything I needed was conveniently on the main floor: the spacious kitchen, dining room, living room with fireplace and TV (complete with cable and a surround sound system), bedrooms, bathroom and even a hot tub! The loft on the upper level had a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains and I enjoyed waking up to the scenic views each and every morning.

Of course, you can’t go to Estes Park without doing a little souvenir shopping. This home was perfectly situated 5-10 minutes from the excitement of downtown.

Being the busy bear that I am, I needed to work while on vacation but it was no problem at all since the home had free wireless high speed Internet. After I got my work done, I relaxed by dipping my furry feet into the hot tub.

This was one weekend away I’ll never forget and I hope to make it back up the mountain again soon!

The VRBO Bear

# 198461 Capistrano Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Family Beach Home on the Sand

Relaxing and enjoying a fabulous California sunset right on the patio

Relaxing and enjoying a fabulous California sunset right on the patio

02/16/2009 - Just yards from the ocean, this beachfront vacation gem is perfect for the beach lover! For a wonderful taste of California coastal living, this home is it! After relaxing indoors, it was fantastic to step right from the patio onto the sand to enjoy 180-degree views of the beach and ocean from either of two patios. The large patio just steps from the sand was amazing and a great place to take in a fabulous sunset, have a great barbeque, or just relax to the sounds of the surf.

The large and well-appointed rooms will make for a comfortable stay for large and/or several families. From the great flat screen TV’s in every room to the game room fully loaded with games for every age...how wonderful it was to leave home and feel like you were at home when you arrived! Beautifully decorated with a beach theme and designed with comfort in mind, there’s no better place to spend a few days or longer!

Capistrano Beach is a very well-kept secret in Southern California. The ideal location for taking long walks on the beach, surfing, sunning or just relaxing, this home is sure to please. We'll be talking about this trip for many years!

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# 111554 Beaver Creek Landing, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Ground Floor & 30 Yards from Back Deck to Chair Lift!

Waiting for the shuttle to Beaver Creek Village right outside the condo.

Waiting for the shuttle to Beaver Creek Village right outside the condo.

01/30/2009 - When I arrived at the Beaver Creek Resort on a Friday evening with my 2 human companions, I could “bearly” believe my eyes. Not only was the location and complex far more than I had hoped for, but the condo itself was perfect!

From the hardwood floors to the hangers in the closets to the beautiful marble tiling, there was no expense spared in this condo. Every detail was top-of-the-line. I especially enjoyed the soaking tub in the master bathroom! This was one of the coziest “caves” I have ever stayed in.

This specific condo had the best location in the complex. We sat in front of the roaring fire and watched the skiers get on the lift right outside the living room window. Plus, the fantastic fitness room, pool and spa amenities were conveniently located across the hall from the front door.

The Beaver Creek Landing was more than accommodating. The lobby featured a fireside game room complete with pool table, foosball table, and chess set in front of a warm fireplace. We used their shuttle service to get to Beaver Creek Village and back home safely after a day of skiing and activities. This condo is the perfect place to stay if you want to play in the snow all day and be entertained in the evening!

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# 45763 Private Homes, Cascade Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, CHATEAU_/_COUNTRY_HOUSE

Fantastic Vail Home Next to the Mountain & Vail Village

The AMAZING View From the Livingroom

The AMAZING View From the Livingroom

01/21/2009 - This beautiful, recently remodeled Vail mountain vacation house was truly immaculate and one-of-a-kind.

The house was absolutely breathtaking and the living room’s large picture windows offered views like you’ve never seen before. From the hardwood floors to the kitchen to the bedrooms to the bathrooms, every feature of this modern home was impressive. The home was so spacious and private yet it still felt cozy and at home.

Whether you’re visiting Vail in the summer or winter months, you need to explore all that the little quaint town has to offer. The house is conveniently located on Vail Mountain in Cascade Village so you can catch a few runs before returning for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day skiing without all the hustle and bustle with skiing crowds.

If you're looking for a relaxing or fun-filled getaway, you will enjoy everything this wonderful house has to offer you and your guests.

The VRBO Bear

# 10889 Private Homes, North Forest Beach, Island Areas, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE

Magical Oceanfront 6BD, 6BA Dream Home - Sleeps 12 +

Enjoying a Lovely Evening & a Beautiful View on Hilton Head Island

Enjoying a Lovely Evening & a Beautiful View on Hilton Head Island

01/21/2009 - Upon arrival at this luxury, beachfront home, I had no idea what was in store for me. The bright, airy ambiance lifted my spirits “beary” high and I couldn't keep my eyes off the sweeping ocean views from nearly every room in the house. In this day and age, many seek a place where they can find comfort & serenity, somewhere they can escape from it all and most importantly, somewhere to spend quality time with friends and family. While staying in this beautiful house, I was able to find all of this and more.

Three of the six lovely bedrooms had private verandas where you could sit and watch the dolphins at play or take in a sunset or two. The two-story, open living area was an enjoyable place to interact, relax and enjoy the large dining area which seated up to 10. The main floor master suite had French doors, which opened to the deck, pool and never-ending ocean views. The jetted tub in the bath had shutters, which opened into the bedroom, allowing you to enjoy the views while taking a relaxing bubble bath.

If you enjoy a good, home cooked meal, I found the kitchen very well- equipped with appliances. Plus, there was a lovely, wood patio table in the back, with plenty of additional seating on the large deck to enjoy a juicy steak or seafood on the grill… my favorite! During a hot summer day, the kids can play in the private, heated pool, while the adults lounge in one of several Adirondack chairs. The owner even provides several beach toys and towels for use during your stay.

Rain or shine, the Yellowdog ByThe Sea home had a variety of nearby activities for the young and the young-at-heart to choose from. A walk down to the seashore to dip my "bear" feet in the water turned into a quest to find sand dollars peeking though the surface. Friendly, local people showed me the easiest way to find these beautiful treasures. A five minute walk north along the coast brought me to a small village atmosphere, boasting several fine and casual restaurants, gift and ice cream shops, and even a theater! A stroller for the little ones was available to make the beach walking a little easier and there were flashlights for adventurers who preferred to beach comb by moonlight.

Oh, how I wished to linger and relax for just a few more days. To stretch out by the pool, enjoying a glass of sweet tea and savoring every moment of my vacation experience in the south!

The VRBO Bear

# 113343 Sea Point Lodge, St. Simons Island, Coastal, Georgia, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Experience a Truly Luxurious Beachfront Getaway.

Enjoying the Relaxing Ocean Breezes

Enjoying the Relaxing Ocean Breezes

01/16/2009 - It was a treat to call this very comfortable and spacious St. Simons Island condo my home for a few days. Everything about this accommodation was top notch. From the furnishings to the beautiful limestone flooring to the quality linens on the beds, the condo was immaculate! The open floor plan was spacious and the soothing blue and gold tones in the eclectic décor made us feel right at home.

While staying at this condo, make sure you take the time to appreciate a beautiful sunrise or sunset. We indulged in the warm ocean breezes off one of the two balconies facing the ocean. Plus, it was so nice to jump into a plush bed and sleep through the night like a baby after a long day of island sightseeing.

If you are a history buff, you will want to spend several days visiting the museums and landmarks on St. Simons Island. A few blocks away from the condo, we rented bikes. The paths throughout the island made it easy to ride or walk to the nearby village which offered a nice variety of restaurants and shops. I highly recommend the Georgia Sea Grill, a great place for a delicious, romantic dinner. The beaches can stretch out for hundreds of yards at low tide, making it ideal for taking a leisurely walk or bike ride. If you are one who likes to take a dip in the ocean or have kids, you can walk out several hundred feet and the water never gets higher than your waist!

The VRBO Bear

# 180659 Other Oceanside Properties, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

2 Master Suite Beach Home Just Steps to the Beach!

Enjoying the game room

Enjoying the game room

12/09/2008 - Just a block from the beach, this newly renovated townhouse was exactly what we needed for a relaxing family vacation. The townhouse provided easy access to all the tourist attractions we wanted to see and it was only a brief walk to the scenic Oceanside beach and pier. We took advantage of the convenience of having many little shops, restaurants and a movie theater just down the street. Plus, it was very easy to take a train north towards Los Angeles or south towards San Diego to see all the sites each city offered.

After a day out of sightseeing, it was nice to come back to the spacious townhouse that included all the essentials. The front patio and third-floor deck were both great for enjoying the warm California sun and the ocean breeze. The large kitchen made it easy to cook for the whole family. There was plenty room for everyone and the large master suite made it easy to kick back and relax.

We spent our evenings relaxing on the third-floor deck and playing darts and foosball in the game room. All the cubs were also taken care of with beach toys, video games, a baby play pen, and a high chair. There were even bikes for us to use during our stay! They were great for cruising along the Oceanside Beach boardwalk.

Our stay in Oceanside was very enjoyable and this wonderful townhouse made it even better!

The VRBO Bear

# 193433 Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

VISTA CAY RESORT, OC CONVENTION CENTER, UNIVERSAL/SEAWORLD/WALT DISNEY WORLD

VRBO Bear enjoying the tranquil porch

VRBO Bear enjoying the tranquil porch

12/04/2008 - I recently stayed in the luxurious Water’s Edge condo during a business trip to the Orlando area. The Vista Cay condo was perfectly equipped and the location couldn’t have been more convenient. It was just a quick drive to the convention center, great restaurants, and Orlando area theme parks (SeaWorld was my favorite).

The home itself was nice, new and impeccably clean. I especially enjoyed the tranquil back porch overlooking the lake. I slept soundly on the comfy king bed in the master suite and enjoyed the roomy master bath. The living area provided plenty of space and comfort to rest my furry paws after a hard day’s work. Plus, the kitchen was spacious and well-equipped.

Overall, my stay couldn’t have been better. The host was very accommodating and I appreciated the welcome phone call upon arrival. I’d definitely recommend this home for families, couples, or business travelers. You’ll appreciate all of the “bear necessities” offered in the condo and the location can’t be beat.

The VRBO Bear

# 48329 Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE

Welcome to Mount Crested Butte's Favorite Vacation Rental Home

Vacation at Mt. Crested Butte, CO

Vacation at Mt. Crested Butte, CO

11/05/2008 - You will absolutely love this mountain lodge! My family and a small group of their teenage friends descended upon this house and did not want to leave. I am lucky bear to have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

Everything you could possibly need for a luxurious stay in gorgeous Crested Butte, Colorado was included. Cooking for our family clan was a breeze with the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The beautiful log dining table was big enough for everyone to enjoy a family dinner. I did not need anything at all. The owners thought of everything, including containers to hold leftovers after dinner.

Plus, the owners of this lodge spared no expense at making their guests feel right at home. The large great room layout nicely accommodated our group needs. The pool table was used all weekend, while the cozy couches were great for resting. A large coffee table was perfect for putting together a puzzle. The view outside the windows was amazing –I could imagine watching skiers from my comfy seat on the couch during the ski season!

Each of the bedrooms had creative lodge theme decorations. The beds were so comfortable that it made hibernating each night easy. On the main floor, one of the bathrooms included a Jacuzzi tub, while another one featured a double shower. Upstairs, there were three more bedrooms and more bathrooms! The teenage boys were very excited about the downstairs apartment and really made it their own. The house was perfectly set up for the whole group.

If you are dreaming of a peaceful and relaxing hideaway, you have found the vacation home you are looking for! It was my kind of place and I hope to go back again very soon.

The VRBO Bear

# 211 Lodge at Lake Dillon, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Beautiful 2BR Lake Dillon Condo! Direct Lake & Mountain View - Book Now!

10/28/2008 - I cleverly planned my getaway to Dillon, CO when the fall colors were at their peak because I couldn’t miss another autumn in the Rocky Mountains! The drive up from Denver took about an hour, but I was already feeling more relaxed by the time I arrived at the Lodge at Lake Dillon. It was easy to find and the location couldn’t be more perfect. Surrounded by majestic mountains, it was nestled on a bluff over beautiful Lake Dillon and within walking distance of coffee shops, locally-owned restaurants and the grocery store.

It instantly felt like a private mountain lodge the minute I walked in the condo. I could tell that a lot of effort went into making this unit special and welcoming. After I took in the stunning view of the lake and mountains from both the living area and the second bedroom, I appreciated the condo’s other thoughtful touches. I loved the wooden stools, doors, and cabinets which gave the condo a cozy, rustic mountain feel. The wood flooring, bedroom carpeting, and the kitchen granite countertops were in excellent condition. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and pretty candle sconces on the walls added to the overall comfort of this home.

The kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could ever need. Even the pantry covered the basics I had forgotten like coffee and olive oil. After a quick trip to the market, I was ready to make several home-cooked meals in the well-equipped kitchen.

I thoroughly enjoyed the brisk and colorful bike ride around Lake Dillon. I really fell in love with Dillon and the friendly people who smiled and waved as we passed each other on the family-friendly bike path. Before long, I was ready to head back to the condo and relax with a book in the comfy leather chair in front of a roaring fire. And when it was time to call it a night; I could have easily hibernated all winter in the bed’s luxuriously soft sheets!

Who says you have to drive hours west for a true mountain experience? My trip to Dillon was everything I could have asked for and more. Plus, I didn’t even use a whole tank of gas! We will definitely be visiting again soon. The snow was falling as we checked out and this bear can’t wait to pack a snowboard for his next visit to Dillon, CO!

The VRBO Bear

# 76361 Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Fort Myers, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Great Winter Rates-Recently Updated-Call about Marriott Amenities- Free Kayak

Enjoying the views from the screened-in balcony.

Enjoying the views from the screened-in balcony.

10/28/2008 - When I arrived at the Sanibel Harbour Resort condo, I was “beary” impressed with my new home for the next couple of nights. The unit was even more spacious than I imagined. The floor plan was very inviting and the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors featured a beautiful view of the bay. The overall cleanliness and the comfortable furnishings made me feel right at home. Bear in mind, I had gotten up to catch an early morning flight and after a long day of air travel, it was nice to arrive at such a welcoming home.

The first thing I did was take a nice nap in my very soft king bed. The owners thought of every detail, including the heavy curtains on bedroom windows. Every bear needs her beauty rest!

Afterwards, I relaxed on the comfy couches where I kicked back and put my paws up while watching a show on the flat screen TV. After a quick run to the grocery store (just a ½ mile away), I enjoyed a meal on the sunny, screened-in balcony which offered fabulous views.

Once I had recovered from my travels, I was able to take advantage of the complex’s many amenities: 6 pools, tennis courts, and a newly renovated health club (I have to keep my bearish figure!). You can even arrange boating trips or kayak rentals, so there’s no shortage of entertainment. Even if you’re traveling for business, the condo features a computer desk where you can plug into a high speed Internet connection.

Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, you simply can’t deny the comfort and convenience of this Sanibel Harbour Resort condo.

The VRBO Bear

# 18271 Stowe, Vermont, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Stowe Vermont's Theater in the Woods - Location, Location!

Stowe’s best kept secret,”The Theatre”!

Stowe’s best kept secret,”The Theatre”!

10/27/2008 - This delightful Mountainside Resort condominium is nestled in the trees of the charming mountain town of Stowe. We were pleased to find the condo’s location only a few miles from town and minutes from Stowe Mountain Ski Resort. From our pre-trip planning to our arrival at the condo, the owners were incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful.

The "Theater in the Woods" was extremely comfy and had all of the conveniences of home. The foyer was roomy enough to accommodate a family of skiers and all their gear. Mama Bear marveled over the kitchen’s exquisite decor and all the wonderful cooking conveniences. Papa Bear loved the wireless Internet and the bear cubs enjoyed having the privacy of their own rooms. Everyone had a great time watching movies on the 50' HDTV Home Theatre System. The large screened-in patio was a nice touch and Baby Bear loved the swing! The pool and jacuzzi were inviting after a full day of visiting the famous Von Trapp Family Lodge and driving through the many of the area’s charming covered bridges.

In the historic town of Stowe, we discovered unique shops, boutiques and restaurants. We visited the friendly Stowe’s Coffee House (look out Starbucks!) and our favorite "Pie in the Sky" pizza joint, a must-stop dinner destination for this bear family. Plus, we enjoyed the ambiance of this quaint New England village by taking the 5-mile scenic recreational path which winds along the West Branch River. Whether you are into family dining, sightseeing, shopping, skiing or just relaxing, Stowe is the ideal destination. No matter what time of year you visit, you will treasure your stay at the "Theatre in the Woods"!

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# 78852 Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

DISCOUNT $199/nt APRIL 20-26 Peaceful,Remodeled @Grand Champion WIFI/DVR/PARKING

The VRBO preparing for a round of golf on the Wailea Blue course.

The VRBO preparing for a round of golf on the Wailea Blue course.

10/24/2008 - Oh boy (or should I say oh bear), this golf course condo in gorgeous Wailea made me feel right at home. From the comfortable couches to the well-equipped kitchen to the library full of books, my stay at this home had everything I wanted. I highly appreciated the cable television in each bedroom and the wireless Internet. During my stay, I was able to keep up with my favorite baseball team- the Cubs, of course.

Thanks to the condo’s location on the Wailea Blue Golf Course, I was able to perfect my short game on several beautiful Maui mornings. Throughout the day, we watched golfers try to beat par at the 7th hole from the condo’s patio seating area. Beyond the golf course, the view from the patio showcased the mountains in the distance.

During my stay in Wailea, I took advantage of Maui’s many offerings: scenery (Road to Hana), great restaurants (Mama’s Fish House and Matteo’s), beautiful beaches (Wailea Beach, Big Beach, DT Fleming Park Beach), culture (Old Lahaina Luau), and activities (snorkeling off the coast of Molokini).

After long days of fun and sun, we relaxed on the patio to floral-scented ocean breezes and listened to music on the stereo.

The VRBO Bear

# 151144 Private Homes, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

3BR/2BA Heart of 'Old Port Aransas' House, Walk to Ocean, Sleeps 8

Love this yard!

Love this yard!

10/20/2008 - If you’re looking for a beach vacation for the entire family including the dog, look no further. Port Aransas is an economical Gulf Coast beach town ideal for a weekend escape from the daily grind. The small town has a big atmosphere with plenty to do. Enjoy the large beaches and calm waters which are ideal for families. Go fishing on a private charter. Shop or dine in one of the eclectic shops and restaurants.

Pack light when you load the car for your trip to this home. This vacation rental home has all the beach gear you need. It is well equipped with a cooler, wagon, beach chairs and beach toys. Man’s best friend is welcome at the rental, so use the extra space in your car to bring your dog. He can accompany you at the beach, relax in the shaded, fenced back yard or admire the wall art of stuffed animals that fell prey to a prior guest.

The hosts are charming and accommodating. They quickly respond to emails and phone calls. They will even arrange for reservations at their favorite restaurant where everyone knows their names and the food is excellent. The owners ensure you have everything you will need during your stay. To help your children remember their stay, they allow them to pick a departing gift from the toy chest.

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# 28216 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 9 BR, 6 BA, VILLA

Taninah...extremely unique, featured on TV $100 to $200 p/p per night inc. meals

Just one of the cozy inviting rooms at Taninah

Just one of the cozy inviting rooms at Taninah

09/29/2008 - I’m one of the luckiest bears around, and I’ve done quite a bit of traveling, but my recent trip to the ecologically-friendly Taninah in Playa del Carmen, Mexico was both more exciting and more relaxing than I could have imagined. The layout of the property was perfect for all the members of my group, with private guest houses for us to stay in, but plenty of places for us to congregate. The older bears enjoyed relaxing by the pool and hot tub, while the young cubs hid in the private cave and pretended like they were hibernating before sliding down the water slide into the crystal clear pool. The bear cubs were able to enjoy the in-ground trampoline, basketball court, treehouse, and sandbox, plus the game room, complete with pool table, ping pong, and air hockey, while the grown-up bears took advantage of the fitness center, library, putt putt course and driving range. One of the favorite activities for us bears of all ages was swinging down the zip-line on the property and letting the cool breezes whiz through our fur. Even if we never left the house, we would still “bearly” have enough time to take it all in!

Besides the exceptional amenities and the great location, what really set this vacation home apart from other homes we’ve stayed in are the owners and on-site staff. The homeowners have really taken care to preserve the natural surroundings while offering a completely unique experience for their guests. The staff is available to take care of your every need 24 hours a day from the very start of your trip.

When we’d arrive back at the house after a day of excursions the staff was waiting with cool washcloths on silver platters – we bears aren’t used to this kind of red-carpet treatment! After a full day, we would head into our dens for the night, and find that our beds were prepared with turn-down service. All in all, the availability of the staff and the privacy of the home made for the utmost in relaxation, yet the convenience to nearby activities and all the amenities at the property kept us on the go!

The VRBO Bear

# 155180 Villas of South Padre, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

4 Bedroom Villa in the Villas of South Padre

Howdy from South Padre Island, Texas!

Howdy from South Padre Island, Texas!

09/04/2008 - Greetings from South Padre Island,

WOW! This "beary" luxurious, three-level home has everything a traveler could ask for and more! The home features three bedrooms, each with it's own private bath. The home also has a powder room on the lower level and the top level.

The beautifully decorated family room, dining room, and well-equipped kitchen are located on the lower level. The VRBO Bear enjoyed watching the Olympics on the flat screen LCD TV in the living room! There is also a "den" on the third floor equipped with a flat screen LCD TV. There are SIX flat screen LCD TVs in this home.

Conveniently located in one of South Padre's beachfront, gated communities, this vacation home is situated on a cul-de-sac just across from the community pool and within walking distance to the beach. South Padre Island features nice restaurants, shops, bike rentals, and, of course, the beach! The VRBO Bear and his friends enjoyed the dolphin tour. There is plenty to do in South Padre Island!

This lovely vacation home has it all! Come and enjoy South Padre Island, Texas.

The VRBO Bear

# 134325 Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Large-Downtown-Quiet!! Summer $375 night/ April $250 nt

Hanging out in Alaska with my beary best buddies

Hanging out in Alaska with my beary best buddies

08/20/2008 - Come to Alaska and be mesmerized by the beauty and magnitude of the “final frontier.” From the moment you arrive, you will be awe struck by the beautiful landscape. On the way to the property we were welcomed by three moose waiting for us along side the road. The first thing my bear buddies noticed when we entered the home was how spacious and clean it was. As we ventured out we were pleased at how convenient this vacation rental was to restaurants, grocery stores and various other activities. It is situated on a very quiet street with a heavily wooded area and wetlands all around.

Any bear traveling alone, with friends, or with his bear family would enjoy this spacious three-level property where there is plenty of room available for a corporate retreat, family reunion or a vacation getaway.

Features include: Modern kitchen, very large bedrooms for peaceful nights rest after fun-filled days of exploring any number of activities. Some of those activities may be the 5th Street Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, wildlife viewing almost anywhere you go or salmon fishing everywhere, even in the middle of the city, just to name a few. The owners ensure you are well informed to plan your vacation adventures by providing all the brochures you need.

The furnishings in this home are all excellent quality. You will not be disappointed if you choose this property for your Alaskan vacation.

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# 137010 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Beautiful Condo Near Town and Entrance to RMNP; Next to River, Fishing

The VRBO Bear relaxing on the Big Thompson River

The VRBO Bear relaxing on the Big Thompson River

08/12/2008 - The incredible location of this townhouse will make you never want to leave Estes Park. Just steps from the Big Thompson River, it is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The kitchen was big enough for our large group to hang out, cook and eat together. The pictures do not do this home justice. There are many amenities that make this place feel like home. I could have hibernated all season in these comfortable beds!

The local YMCA and downtown Estes Park are about a 5 minute drive. There are hiking trails and beautiful scenery all around, including a great view of the gondolas.

If you are looking to have a place to relax and get away from it all; or a place to eat, shop and enjoy downtown Estes Park, this is the place for you!

The VRBO Bear

# 117716 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Twin Sisters Chalet - Every 7th night free!

Incredible view from the Twin Sisters Chalet!

Incredible view from the Twin Sisters Chalet!

08/12/2008 - Twin Sisters Chalet is a treasure in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, Colorado! I was welcomed by the owner with a thoughtful gift basket. This beautiful property is part of a fourplex in the hills above Estes. It is quiet, peaceful and in an absolutely gorgeous location. Elk roam about the property as if it were their own.

The large, open kitchen is fully stocked to meet all of your needs. Most of the lights in the house are equipped with dimmer switches, creating a warm atmosphere in every room. That chalet is tastefully decorated and extremely clean.

The property is a wonderful blend of antiques mixed with modern style and convenience. With a very rich history, this property was once a working restaurant and was later turned into condos which have been family owned since the 1970’s.

There is nothing like getting away from it all in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. You are close to town as well as Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you are looking for a cozy, family style home for your vacation, then the Twin Sisters Chalet will be a perfect fit for you!

The VRBO Bear

# 8647 Noe Valley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Luxury Victorian Flat -- Heart of Sf- 2000 Sq Ft - wifi - parking

There were beautiful lilies to greet me!

There were beautiful lilies to greet me!

08/01/2008 - This charming Victorian flat is a must for truly getting the effect of living in the heart of San Francisco. It has all the modern conveniences of home with the authenticity of the Victorian era. Dramatic high ceilings with detailed crown molding and lovely sculptured light fixtures were found in almost every room. The hardwood floors throughout the flat are extremely beautiful as is the remodeled kitchen and marble bathrooms.

We were impressed by the layout of the flat with two bedrooms in the front and two in the back with a long hallway adjoining. It is extremely spacious and perfect for two families. There is a beautiful formal dining room and comfy living room with plenty of space to relax after a day touring the city! Speaking of relaxing, the beds were heavenly! We spent one evening strolling the neighborhood, picking up a few things at a local market and dining in. It was an experience in itself to soak up the ambiance of this historical place.

We have to say that the bear fell in love and left his heart in San Francisco!

The VRBO Bear

# 153127 South San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Private Apartment in Tuscan Villa

Greetings!  Enter here for a  lovely Tuscan Villa retreat!

Greetings! Enter here for a lovely Tuscan Villa retreat!

08/01/2008 - This Tuscan villa apartment made for the perfect bear retreat in South San Francisco! We were minutes from the airport, which added to the excitement and anticipation. The entrance gate opened and we drove into a lovely garden of beautiful flowers on each side of the stone driveway. The owners live on site and met us for a tour before leaving us on our own to enjoy. They were most helpful and so friendly. The grounds are well kept and we had a lovely view of the hot tub and tennis courts.

From the moment we walked through the door, we were impressed by the ambiance of this warm and inviting home away from home. The Tuscan decor was exquisite. The bedrooms and their closets are especially roomy and the beds super comfy. The pullout leather sofa was easy to use and comfortable to sleep on as well. The kitchen was equipped for a beartastic meal, which was a nice change to eating out! We loved watching a movie on the flat screen after a long day of sightseeing. It was an added bonus to have a laptop computer for our use!

We were sad to leave our bear lair in South San Francisco! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I am confident that you will too!

The VRBO Bear

# 101327 Georgetown, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Spring and Summer in the High Rockies is Priceless

Anyone for a game of pool?

Anyone for a game of pool?

07/21/2008 - Holy bear cubs, this place is amazing! I arrived with my seven new human friends and two new canine friends at this pet-friendly mountain home and had to immediately check out every room in the house. Everything was just as the photos depicted and then some! We walked downstairs, saw the pool table, and it was all over. Game on! Between the pool table and the hot tub, I’m not sure which was the bigger hit.

The home is wonderfully decorated to make visitors feel comfortable. Even the large open areas had a cozy atmosphere. DirecTV is provided in each of the bedrooms. In the kitchen we found everything we needed to cook our meals. For those of you who like outdoor barbecues, there was a nice new grill.

If you prefer to dine out, you'll find some rustic and unique places to choose from in town. Our favorite was The Red Ram! For a great after-dinner treat, we stopped at Georgetown Valley Candy Company, where they make most of their own candy by hand.

Looking for adventure? It’s all around! Check out the hiking trails, starting with the one just outside the front door. There’s also my favorite activity - fishing! Georgetown Lake is just down the hill. Scenery abounds! All you need to do is look out the windows and right up a mountain.

If you’re looking for a mountain getaway, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this top notch vacation rental!

The VRBO Bear

# 172511 Santa Cruz, Central Coast, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

5th Ave Beach House Craftsman Style

Santa Cruz beach home- incredible location!

Santa Cruz beach home- incredible location!

07/21/2008 - This brand new, custom designed Craftsman home was built by the owners themselves! It stands out as the nicest, most luxurious home on the block! I arrived to a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers, a bottle of California wine and a block of Italian truffle cheese!

The 8 foot tall French doors with glass throughout add to the sheer beauty of this beach home. No detail was overlooked and this home has it all, from dimmer switch lighting to radiant heated flooring to intricate tile and slate designs. The beds and bedding are so elegant and comfortable that I wanted to bring them home with me.

Outside there were multiple slate patios to choose from to enjoy the great views of the Marina and the Harbor. The gardens and landscaping make you feel like you are staying in a tropical resort. This home has everything you could possibly need for the perfect vacation.

The location of this Santa Cruz beach home is second to none! You are literally two blocks from the Beach Harbor, the Santa Cruz Light House and one of the best restaurants in town - The Crow’s Nest. Within 10 minutes of the home you will find the Beach Boardwalk (an amusement park on the water), Downtown Santa Cruz with great shopping, amazing surfing, plenty of great restaurants and more! If you want to experience the majesty of the California Redwoods, you are only 20 minutes away! This the perfect home to experience Santa Cruz at its finest.

The VRBO Bear

# 4026 Dunes of Destin, Mid-Destin, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Waterfront Lily Pad by the Sea ... Destin, Florida

A Fun Summer Day at “Lily Pad by the Sea”

A Fun Summer Day at “Lily Pad by the Sea”

05/27/2008 - Pack your bags, leave all your worries behind and head south to Destin, Florida. This charming home has the best of both worlds - located lakefront and just steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in America!

If you are looking for a great home for your next family vacation, you have struck gold! This four bedroom home includes two master suites, each with a king-size bed and private bath. Each of the suites has a balcony that overlooks the lake and pool below. In the evenings, I enjoyed sitting outside and relishing the sights and sounds of the lake with its lighted water features. The other two rooms have twin beds or bunks for the kiddos. Upon entering the main living area, you will discover an open layout that is great for spending time with the family. This home is tastefully decorated with cheery beach décor and furniture. There are two sliding glass doors that lead to a large deck with lounge chairs and your private lakefront pool. In the attached garage you will find adult and kids bikes available for your use, along with a variety of beach and pool toys.

Just a few yards from your front door is a boardwalk that goes across the lake to the private beach reserved exclusively for “Dunes of Destin” residents. While others staying at nearby condo resorts are fighting for a spot on a crowded beach, you will have your choice of spacious oceanfront relaxation with personal beach chairs and umbrellas.

Destin is known for its family friendly atmosphere and activities. Located across the street from Dunes of Destin is the Big Kahuna’s Water Park, miniature golf, bumper cars, and go-carts. There are also many restaurant selections and plenty of shopping for everyone.

“Lily Pad by The Sea” offers all the privacy you desire but has all the amenities of a resort minus the crowds. Why stay anywhere else?

The VRBO Bear

# 51401 Papakea Resort, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Papakea - Remodeled 2BR/2BA - Rent Owner Direct

The Bear getting ready to dive Molokini Crater off the Maui coast!

The Bear getting ready to dive Molokini Crater off the Maui coast!

05/21/2008 - This Papakea Resort condo is perfectly located to take in all the sites and activities of the west coast of Maui. Papakea is an older but beautifully maintained resort just minutes north of the famous town of Lahaina. The condo features a pool and putting green just steps away from the patio door. Some of the best snorkeling on the coast is just a few yards further.

The condo is decorated in the traditional Hawaiian manner with wicker furniture. The master bedroom has lots of windows allowing beautiful views of the lush gardens and pools (with koi), putting greens, swimming pool, and Molokai in the distance. The kitchen is fully furnished, and the counter and bar stools make a great desk to connect your laptop to the free WiFi...that is, if you want to keep up with the world offshore!

The owners of this condo own several other similar Papakea Resort condos so you can easily arrange for a family or other large group reunion through them. As an added bonus, they own Hawaii Rafting, one of the best West Maui dive shops with trips to Lanai, a largely unexplored island. Guests of theirs get discounts on dives! A Bear could get used to living and diving in Maui.

Aloha,
The VRBO Bear

# 143078 Lihue, Lihue-Kalapaki, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Best on the Bay! Kalapaki Bay Standout Location. Contemporary, Clean, Open

The Bear getting ready to Scuba Dive in Kauai!

The Bear getting ready to Scuba Dive in Kauai!

05/20/2008 - Upon opening the front door of Hale Pali Kai and seeing the entire opposite wall of the great room wide open to the lanai, we knew we were in for a very special stay. Much of our time here was spent on the lanai, watching the changing shadows on the mountains across the valley, the cruise ships arriving and departing from the harbor, and the many surfers, snorkelers, and beachcombers below and around Kalapaki Bay.

This is pure luxury, from the upper loft bedroom with a superb pullout sofa and private bath, through the great room and kitchen, to the lower two master suites, each with a massive bathroom and private lanai. This home is designed for entertaining and comes alive in the evening when the sun goes down and the lights of the nearby resort come on. My friends and I spent most evenings chatting around the large granite-topped kitchen island or watching the sunsets from the lanai. The entertainment system is amazing, as are the flat screen TVs throughout the home.

Everything you'll want including a wide variety of music (including traditional Hawaiian) and current movies on DVD is here. The free WiFi allowed us to keep in touch with the outside world...but we mostly ignored it! We golfed, dived, and even took a helicopter tour of the island. Everything is close by and Hale Pali Kai is the perfect place for a Bear and his friends to get away from the outside world.

Signed, The VRBO Bear

# 157478 Encinitas, San Diego County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE

Tropical Plantation Beach Cottage

Relaxing in the cool breezes under the palapa

Relaxing in the cool breezes under the palapa

05/06/2008 - The Plantation Cottage is a tropical oasis. The Encinitas, California, vacation property is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. You will feel as if you have escaped to Hawaii or a Fijian resort.

The interior of the cottage is luxurious with every modern convenience. The vaulted ceilings and wood beams create a large feel to this one-bedroom, one-bath cottage. The many windows and skylights also enhance the bright open feeling at this vacation rental. Entertainment and electronics are not lacking in any way with four plasma TVs and an integrated sound system. This cottage also provides the perfect place for business travelers with wireless internet, a fax machine, and copier all provided.

You can also enjoy a fire place and lounge in the front of the property, or a fire pit and additional seating area in the back. Perfect for enjoying good conversation and yummy food in the outdoors. The authentic cedar spa and jets made for wonderful evenings of relaxation, and we thoroughly enjoyed the flat screen TV and mood music provided in the outside hutch.

Let me tell you about the local scene in downtown Encinitas. We enjoyed a delightful breakfast at the 101 Diner on their outdoor patio, and downtown is filled with fun shops, boutiques, surf shops, cafés, and many unique restaurants. Fun at the beach was only a few minutes away.

The owner was very helpful and offered suggestions for local dining. His friendly black lab also made us feel welcome and right at home. The Plantation Cottage is an amazing get away. You will have to come and see for yourself. The tropical, lush landscaping, cedar barrel spa, palapa, and cool breezes are waiting for you!

The VRBO Bear



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