The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear
The nice folks at VRBO® gave me this page so I could show you the Vacation Rental homes that I have visited. In case you don't recognize me, I'm the VRBO® Bear - a rare blue eyed Teddy bear that loves to travel all over the world... and when I travel, of course I stay only at VRBO® Vacation Rentals (so should you!!)
# 41253 Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
VRBO Bear enjoying Beautiful Hermosa Beach
08/28/2007 - Hi from beautiful Hermosa Beach! In an exclusive, luxurious Strand location!
What a delightful, cozy apartment beautifully furnished with all the comforts of home! This lovely apartment has two bedrooms furnished with VERY comfortable beds. Large windows are found in the fully-equipped kitchen and living room featuring a view of the Strand, beach, and pier. This rental also has access to DSL and wireless internet connections for those who need it.
Very knowledgeable about the area, our friendly host was able to recommend the best restaurants. And she was right.... This apartment is definitely in the perfect location! It is within walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants.
# 128109 Peak 8 Village, Peak 8, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 8 BR, 8 BA, HOUSE
A former chalet that does everything well (600 yds to lifts, free shuttle, events): Grand View Lodge
Stopped to smell the daisies!
08/22/2007 - My bear stay at the Grand View Lodge was perfect. It had everything that we needed to make our stay memorable. We decided to have a big bear family reunion and this was the perfect place.
Upon entering the Grand View Lodge, we felt right at home. It has such a cozy feel to the home with beautiful décor and huge fireplace. The home was very accommodating for our large family. Even with all the rooms filled, we all felt like we had plenty of space and none of us felt crowded. The main floor bedroom was just what Great Grandmother Bear needed so she didn’t have to worry about any stairs. We loved the large table where we stayed up till the wee hours playing games. The game room was a favorite of the papa bears and bear cubs where they played foosball and pool. The kitchen was stocked full of helpful items for us when we cooked our meals in-house. The laundry room even had detergent we could use since the little cubs got every piece of clothing they had dirty. The bears with computers were pleased to find the WiFi available. After working we could relax in the jetted tub in the master bath or hot tub in the backyard.
We were very impressed by the hospitality. We found a book of information that was very helpful in deciding what we would be doing for the weekend (like the alpine slide and river walk). The mama bears had a fun time shopping at the outlet mall in Silverthorne. We found a restaurant in Breckenridge with a delicious menu. We felt extra special having a basket of goodies in each bathroom that was left for us. We also knew that we could give the owners a call at any time. The pleasant memories we made at the Grand View Lodge will be with us forever.
# 65249 St. James Place, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
VRBO Bear on granite countertop with HDTV, fireplace, ceiling fan in livingroom
07/26/2007 - Considering a long weekend in the Colorado Mountains this fall? What a great time to try out this five-star resort! We loved this beautiful, spacious condo with comfortable lodge interior design in the heart of Beaver Creek Village. Everything is close...we walked to restaurants, shops, Starbucks.
This five-star resort's amenities include outdoor and indoor hot tubs, indoor pool, workout facility and concierge service. The front desk staff was very helpful and welcoming. Special features we enjoyed: nice new flat screen HDTVs, gas fireplace, ceiling fans, wireless high speed internet, leather furniture and a great kitchen with granite countertops. After hiking and biking, we read and relaxed on the balcony with views of surrounding aspen trees and Beaver Creek Mountain. Oh, and the daily housekeeping made it an extra relaxing vacation!
This place was just what we hoped for. The location, the accommodations, the amenities...really ideal! There's no doubt that many of the vacationers who have stayed here are 'repeat customers.' Contact the owner, Jordan, to reserve your mountain get away...you won't be disappointed.
The VRBO Bear
# 46812 Ptarmigan Townhomes, West Vail, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Warming up by the fire
07/21/2007 - If you are looking for a charming place to stay in Vail, the "Bareskin Lodge" is a wonderful place to stay. The overall feel is like a cozy but modern cabin in this three-bedroom condo. The owners have taken great care to decorate and make this an inviting and comfortable stay that is also kid friendly. It has everything you need for a vacation away.
When you walk in the door, the beautiful new kitchen is on the left with granite counter tops, new slate stone tile floor and all new appliances. On the right is an oversized laundry room with a bench and racks for ski gear. Also on the main floor is a nice big dining room table to the left with a bar looking into the kitchen. Gorgeous pine floors give it a modern but mountain feel. And the main floor has a sunken family room with a pull-out sofa, a fireplace, a TV-entertainment cabinet and stereo and a bathroom.
Out the back door is a deck, heated pool for the summer and a hot tub, both shared by the quiet condo complex. I visited in the summer and thoroughly enjoyed the heated pool.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms plus a small loft, almost like a tree house with a mattress - it was a great find. The master is spacious with a big queen-size bed, a TV, closets and a balcony looking over the pool and mountainside. The middle room has four beds (two bunk beds). The other room is a spacious room with another comfy queen-size bed. This place can sleep up to 12! Each room has a humidifier and fan. The owners have created a kid-friendly place with a play yard, a booster seat and toys for the bear cubs to enjoy.
The condo complex was quiet with parking right out front, a park up the road, stores near by, a few steps from the free bus stop and ten minutes from Vail Village and skiing. Everything is so convenient.
Vail is just a gorgeous mountain town. There is so much to do: ski, hike, bike, relax, swim, shop and dine. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here at the Bareskin Lodge and know you will too!
# 118200 Kensington & Chelsea, London, England, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
The Bear uses the provided computer & phone to plan the events for the next day
07/07/2007 - Bears love comfort, and this lovely flat was perfect for a London holiday with the wife and cubs. The large living room and kitchen area provided plenty of space for lounging about, and we saved a bundle being able to cook and eat some of our meals ‘at home.’ Had it not been summer, we would have found the beds comfortable enough for our winter hibernation.
Bears also love convenience, and the Notting Hill location put everything we wanted to do within easy reach. The underground station is only a short walk around the corner, and between the underground and walking, we were able to get to the many exciting sights and activities of London within 45 minutes, and often under 20 minutes. There are a number of good take-aways, restaurants and authentic British pubs within walking distance, as well as a grocery, a chemist, two book stores and two Starbucks.
Finally, bears love pampering, and our host made sure we were pampered by having fresh fruit and wine waiting for us upon our arrival. The provided telephone and computer with wireless internet access were also very nice to have. And while we never had the need, it was comforting to know that our host was only a phone call away if a problem arose. We loved our stay in Notting Hill, and we are certain that you will too.
# 114928 Deadwood, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA, 5 BR, 5.5 BA, HOUSE
The bear lounges comfortably on the leather sofa.
07/06/2007 - If you are looking to spend time in the Deadwood, South Dakota, area for your next vacation getaway, then look no further. This residence is at 7,000 feet and is the highest residence in South Dakota. It provides you all the summer activities you would desire and ski-in/ski-out availability to the Lodge at Terry Peak during the winter ski season. The owners of this property really took the time to meet their guests’ needs and went above and beyond with a special touch to make your stay the best that it can be.
This beautiful, custom-built home exceeded my bear expectations. I loved the beautiful detailed work throughout the home, the spacious bathrooms, high class décor and furnishings. The nicely equipped kitchen had everything you would need to make a gourmet meal, and the dining area was large enough to seat all my bear friends.
The large, custom windows allowed us to enjoy the surrounding expansive view from the whole back side of the home. You can sit and ponder the splendor in front of you while relaxing on the deck that stretches the full length of the home, or frolic in the hot tub under the stars in privacy. Every room provided peace and the feel that you are in the comfort of your own home. The radiant floor heating on all three levels kept my chilly paws oh so warm. This home also features a heated garage to house all your ski gear, or entertain the largest of visiting bears and their cubs.
The owners took the time to provide information on the surrounding area restaurants, shops and entertainment. If you are looking to spend more time out than in (although once you see this home, you won’t want to leave) Deadwood has endless activity opportunities such as skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling, hiking, fishing, golf, biking, sightseeing, shopping, and gaming.
My stay was absolutely wonderful, and I know you would love it too.
The VRBO Bear
# 11205 Private Homes, Winter Park Ranch, Fraser, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
The VRBO Bear relaxes on the deck
06/13/2007 - Greetings from the VRBO Bear in Winter Park, Colorado! I had a fabulous time at "Brooky" lodge nestled in a quiet neighborhood conveniently located in the Fraser Valley. I sure liked how easy it was to get to.
The setting was very peaceful and relaxing, and I especially enjoyed the hot tub on the deck! The radiant floor heating all throughout the house was a treat on my cold bear paws. What a toasty way to warm up after a day out in the Rocky Mountains! With the flip of a switch I was quite cozy as I relaxed in front of the gas fireplace. I found that the satellite TV, well equipped kitchen, games and everything else I needed to feel "at home" made it a wonderful stay!
My bear taste sure did enjoy the comfy king-size bed along with a nice master bath with plenty of space. I especially enjoyed the beautiful log furnishings and décor at Brooky (kind of reminded me of back home where all my bear relatives live). What a beautiful home and a great place to bring the family!
Until next time,
The VRBO Bear
# 89664 Evergreen, Denver Mountain, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
The bear loves the spiral staircase up to the master bedroom loft
05/20/2007 - My adventure story experiencing the "Colorado Dream Vacation" still feels like a beautiful dream! I arrived in Evergreen at 9:30 at night in the wilderness dark. It was so fun and exciting to follow the solar powered lights to the magnificent home and cabin on this mountain. It was even more gorgeous than any of the pictures I had seen of this "get into the woods and away from the city" vacation site.
The first sight was the Jacuzzi. It was so warm and cozy. Then I pounced into the amazing cabin and when I looked up, I saw the tin ceilings; and when I looked straight ahead, I saw this huge all natural mountain rock built into the family room. I couldn’t believe it! Then, as I turned to my left, there was this tall spiral wrought iron staircase that let up to the master bedroom. I couldn’t wait to see what was up there, so I climbed as fast as I could, and it was pure Colorado. It had tree trunks for night stands and a big comfy bed and a light with antlers. I felt just at home as any bear would here.
Did I mention the terracotta color slate tiles on the walls in the kitchen, bathroom and on the floor? They were so unique and wonderful, I just loved them. But my favorite was the view out these huge windows at the unforgettable Colorado Dream Cabin. I could see the tops of the trees and the moonlight - and in the morning - the blue sky.
The owner explained to me that there is a honeymoon package available including champagne, strawberries, and massage available for the most romantic getaway. I hope you find this cabin as much of a dream as I did.
The VRBO Bear
# 105867 Pagosa Springs, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Welcome to Pagosa Springs
04/30/2007 - Calling all bears out of hibernation!
If you are looking to escape the everyday life of the city zoo, this is a bear's "dream come true." Upon arrival at this picturesque lodge style home, we were welcomed by a glowing fire and fresh flowers. The owners of this home went above and beyond to ensure our enjoyment and comfort. They even wrote a special poem about the VRBO bear visiting Pagosa Springs!
Although this custom home is very spacious, I felt like I was in my own den. What an eye for detail! The personal touches amazed me throughout my stay, everything from the gorgeous hand carved door to the etched stone surrounding the fireplace. The well equipped, modern kitchen has beautiful custom cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and seating for a large group. You will wake up to stunning views feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep on the comfy beds.
Pagosa Springs is a quaint mountain village surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains. A must-do is a soak in the therapeutic pools of the world class Great Pagosa Hot Springs (only minutes away)... how rejuvenating! The mama bears can enjoy shopping and massages, while papa bears hunt and experience world class fishing.
Dan, the owner was kind enough to take time out of his busy day to show me his other properties. I would encourage you to take a look at the additional homes Dan has available - they are all worth seeing and would be perfect to combine if you have a large group gathering.
I guarantee you will enjoy your stay, no "bear bones" about it!
The VRBO Bear
# 103297 Point Pleasant, East End, USVI - St. Thomas, Caribbean, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
The Bear sends his greetings from Point Pleasant, USVI!
04/17/2007 - It's hard to imagine a better view than the one you get from virtually anywhere in this Virgin Islands condo. The entire north and east walls are floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors. Every morning, I got up, opened the doors to create a light breeze throughout the unit and had breakfast on the lovely patio overlooking the pool, the bay, St John, and Tortuga (BVI).
Jim, the owner, has created a unique ambiance by furnishing the condo with furniture and accessories from Bali and the far east. It's a tranquil and relaxing environment. Fungi's, a restaurant serving traditional West Indian cuisine is steps below, right on the beach area so there's no need to feel pressured to drive to dinner, if you don't want to fix your own. If you do want to dine out there are a number of fine restaurants within a few miles.
It is a bit of a challenge to find this place the first time but it's time well-spent as the seclusion and quiet make it an ideal home base for a Virgin Islands vacation. It is very close to Red Hook and the ferry to St John and far enough from the airport to have little, if any noise. My evenings were spent on the patio reading, watching the birds and boats rocking, and listening to the waves a hundred feet away.
This is a great place, and a bear from the mountains could get used to staying here for a long time!
The VRBO Bear
# 76170 Private Homes, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
Checking out the beautiful views
04/09/2007 - Our expectations were exceeded when we stayed at this beautiful house in Winter Park. Just 10 miles from Winter Park you are close enough to be able to run to the store if you need to, but far enough away that you feel like you’re the only people on earth! You will absolutely love the breath taking views that you can see right outside your window. As you can see from the picture I enjoyed everyday!
We walked into the house and felt right at home in this beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bath home.
We loved the décor throughout the whole house, and the stocked kitchen was equipped with everything we needed to make all our meals at the house. The little bear cubs had so much fun playing in the loft upstairs while the Big Bears enjoyed relaxing in front of the fire or playing games at the large table. We loved sitting outside in the hot tub staring at the stars and not ever wanting to get out. But of course we couldn’t stay in forever or these paws would be too pruney! Let’s not forget the subfloor heating to warm our paws in the early mornings.
If you don’t want to stay in, there are so many things that you can do outside. There is skiing, sledding or snow shoeing. Then there are the ever so popular ping pong tournaments in the heated garage that the whole family can enjoy! You can also enjoy mountain biking, BBQing, fishing and shopping in the great shops of Winter Park. If you don’t feel like cooking, check out the great restaurants in Winter Park. It’s not too far if you want to see Sol Vista or Grand Lake either.
Once you see this beautiful cabin in the mountains you’ll come back with your family again and again. Don’t take my word for it though. Come check it out for yourself!
Signed, The VRBO Bear
# 19458 Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Relaxing on the balcony
03/19/2007 - My trip to Puerto Rico got off to a great start when I saw this beautiful development right on the beach, just a two minute walk to the luxurious Westin Rio Mar Resort and Casino. The drive from the San Juan Airport took only 45 minutes in heavy afternoon traffic (and only 25 minutes off rush hour), and we discovered that you really need a car to see everything near this beautiful property.
The villa was private and quiet; noisy college students on Spring Break were no where to be found. In fact, the beach at the Ocean Villas was practically deserted, even at this peak travel time. It was a perfect place for my beary big family of seven (including one small bear.) Two large bedrooms separated by a living, dining and kitchen area, left everyone a place to sleep, although I spent most of my time perched on a piano looking out to the ocean below.
I visited El Yunke, a beautiful rain forest where we hiked and learned about the unique animals that live there, including the little Coqui frog. I didn’t see one, but I could hear them everywhere. The only problem with El Yunke was that no bears live there; that makes no sense to me!
The beach was less than 40 feet from the villa. It was well appointed with free chairs and umbrellas for beachcombers. The water was very warm, even in March. When we got tired of being on the beach, we could go to the pool and watch iquanas and other lizards sunning next to us.
This condo was quiet, beautiful and well appointed. My nine year old bear handler and his sixteen year old brother had just as much fun as the two 22 year old college students and their parents. All of us found things to do on the beach in Puerto Rico. I bet you can too.
Signed, The VRBO Bear
# 88179 The Mesa (Beach Area), Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
The VRBO Bear enjoying the lush backyard.
03/04/2007 - With its magnificent terrain, ocean views and perfect weather Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Shopping, dining, golfing, hiking, biking and relaxing on the beach are just a handful of activities you can enjoy while there.
Located roughly one block from the beach, this home provides an excellent starting point for all Santa Barbara has to offer. The 3,500 sq. ft. floor plan offers the best of all worlds. Whether you are inside or outside you can choose to spend your time enjoying the company of others or fade away into privacy and seclusion.
The center of the home is great for group events. Cook dinner in the amply stocked kitchen. Enjoy dinner or playing games together at the large table. As you work your way towards the perimeter of the house, you slowly find yourself in more intimate surroundings.
Whether you are the first to bed or the last, the large bedrooms provide privacy and quiet. Each side of the house has a master suite and two other bedrooms. There is plenty of room for everyone. The comfortable beds ensure you are ready to enjoy the splendors of Santa Barbara the next day.
The backyard offers a similar layout. Looking to enjoy the beautiful weather as a group? The deck is for you. Want to curl up with a loved one in front of the fire pit? Head off in either direction in the beautifully landscaped yard and you'll find the perfect place.
The hosts of the home are great! Working out the details of our stay was easy and enjoyable. When we arrived they had a basket of treats waiting for us. They also provided a useful destination guide of local restaurants and activities. Needless to say, we had a great vacation and are sure you will also.
Signed, The VRBO Bear
# 31366 Quail Meadows, Silver Springs, Central Park City, Park City, Utah, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
Warming up by the fire after a day of snowboarding
02/17/2007 - This townhouse was the perfect place for my vacation. It has everything a bear could hope for. The kitchen was fully stocked with pots and pans for a gourmet dinner. Each bed was comfortable and warm along with the living room. My favorite part, however, was the private hot tub where I could warm up (and loosen up) after a hard day of snowboarding. Then I snuggled up by the fire and snoozed!
This townhouse is also close to the slopes, town and shopping. There was so much to see and it was exciting to be in the same city where they had the 2002 Winter Olympics!!
Then it was off to the airport which was a short drive from Park City.
What a great vacation, what a great location!! I loved it BEARY much!
Signed, The VRBO Bear
# 67815 Kaanapali Shores, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Come Enjoy a Tropical Paradise!
01/22/2007 - This wonderful place is set in a tropical paradise, just steps away from the sandy beach and ocean shore. Our host Luba gave us some great tips on the best places to eat and shop while we were there. She thought of everything to make our stay the best here in Hawaii, with beach toys for the younger cubs and boogie boards for the adventurous!
There were so many things to do and see. We took a trip to the Haleakala volcano and a wonderful snorkeling trip to Molokini, while whale watching on the way. Of course our stay wouldn’t have been complete without a sunset Lua right on the beach!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 86063 Charlotte, Heartland, North Carolina, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Dinner overlooking the Park
01/15/2007 - "Cozy, Sophisticated Comfort" Whether you're in Charlotte for business or pleasure, this is definitely the place to stay! This upscale, "Uptown Condo on the Park" emanates the terms Cozy, Sophisticated and Comfy.
Upon entering the condo, the beauty and detail of the décor took my breath away. On a cold night, enjoy a fire in the fireplace and relax in the leather recliner or the plush sofa with a good book from the host's diverse library. Or, you could also enjoy a movie on the wall mounted LCD flat panel television with lots of channels to choose from.
Prepare a "Beary-licious" meal in the fully equipped, modern kitchen and enjoy your meal in the gorgeous dining room which overlooks the park. Enjoy your coffee on the porch while taking in the peaceful scenery. We just loved the swing on the porch after a "Beary" long day of shopping at the outlet mall!
When sleep calls, climb into the plush queen sized bed in the master bedroom which is fully equipped with luxurious linens. Both bedrooms contained "Beary" comfortable beds which lulled me to sleep and the linens kept my fur quite warm on those chilly nights.
Our most gracious host was very accommodating and his attention to detail is top notch. I hope that you enjoy your stay as much as we did!
The VRBO Bear
# 11336 Sunbeam Estates, Historic District, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear warming by the fire!
11/07/2006 - No need to look any further, you have found the vacation home you are looking for! This house has everything you would possibly need for a luxurious stay in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado.
My little bear cubs and I started off our getaway in town, scouting out all the great shops. There is a true variety for everyone. With the shops, restaurants and ski slopes near by, it makes this homes location superb.
After a fun day out, we were anticipating our time of relaxation in this amazing home. The owners of this accommodation stopped at no expense to make their guests feel right at home. We were very impressed with the fully equipped kitchen and beautiful dining table that seats a large group of people. When we weren’t in the kitchen eating, we were sitting in front of the beautiful gas fireplace or downstairs in the home theatre watching our movies. After the little cubs went into hibernation for the night, papa bear and I relaxed in the private hot tub outside.
This home features large windows that showcase an amazing view of the ski slopes. I also have to mention the huge garage to house all your ski/snowboard gear, and the sub floor heating to warm those paws. We were very pleased to have such a kid friendly accommodation.
There is something about the Rocky Mountains that is so soothing. I can’t think of a better way than to spend your next vacation to Breckenridge, Colorado in this spectacular home. Come visit and see for yourself.
The VRBO Bear
# 61774 Seascape Villas, South Forest Beach, Island Areas, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Greetings from Forrest Beach on Hilton Head Island
10/27/2006 - What a great Fall getaway! This Seascape Villa was a luxury retreat for me and some of my beary closest friends. A perfect place for a family, with a spacious living room and beautiful kitchen. Especially for mom and dad who want some privacy, the 3rd floor master suite is just the thing.
The weather was perfect so we were able to spend most every day of our fall break relaxing on the beach with just a short walk from this townhome. But there was so much to see and do with world-class golf courses all over the island…it was a must on our list of things to do.
Another great way to see the island is by bike. Whether you ride on the beach or choose from over 50 miles of bike paths, it’s a wonderful way to see the breath taking landscape, beautiful golf courses and dense tropical forests of Hilton Head Island.
Of course after a day at the beach, this bear was hungrier than a polar bear after hybernation! So we hopped on our bikes and rode only about a mile before we found a great place to stuff ourselves on, you guessed it! Seafood, my favorite!
The time went by just too fast….I want to go back and try some kayaking, a dinner cruise, or maybe even parasailing.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 10441 Sunbeam Estates, Historic District, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing By The Cozy Fire
10/16/2006 - If you are looking to spend time in Breckenridge, Colorado for your next vacation getaway, then look no further. The owners of this property really took the time to meet their guests’ needs and went above and beyond with a special touch to make your stay the best that it can be.
This beautiful, custom-built log home exceeded my bear expectations. I loved the beautiful detailed tile work throughout the home, the spacious bathrooms, high class décor & furnishings. The nicely equipped kitchen had everything you would need to make a gourmet meal and the dining room table was large enough to seat all my bear friends. The large custom windows allowed us to enjoy the surrounding Rocky Mountain beauty. You can sit and ponder the splendor in front of you while relaxing on one of the many decks. Every room provided peace & the feel that you are in the comfort of your own home. The radiant floor heating, on all 3 levels kept my chilly paws oh so warm. This home also features a heated garage to house all your ski gear, and a mud-room with cubbies for your outdoor equipment.
The owners took the time to provide information on the surrounding area restaurants, shops and entertainment. If you are looking to spend more time out, than in (although once you see this home, you won’t want to leave) Breckenridge has endless activity opportunities such as skiing/snowboarding, shopping, hot air balloon rides, fly-fishing, hiking, biking and my favorite, eating!
My stay was absolutely wonderful and I know you would love it too.
The VRBO Bear
# 84163 Gearhart, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Set Sail To Gearhart, Oregon!
10/08/2006 - This beautiful beach house will welcome you to its casual, clean ambience and set the stage for an unforgettable time of relaxation with your family and friends. If you are here on a cool Oregon day as I was, you will enjoy the comfort and warmth of the rock surround gas fireplace and will stay beary warm and cozy under the fluffy down comforters on the beds. The kitchen is very modern and well equipped, with special touches such as coffee beans and a grinder. You get the feeling of connectedness in the wide open floor plan of this home, and you will love the private, fenced in patio adjacent to a forested area that is perfect for bird watching.
If you enjoy shopping, nearby Seaside is great for that and just a short drive north is historic Astoria. Take time to climb the column there for a breathtaking view of the ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River. If golf is your game, the Gearhart Golf Course is within walking distance from the home. It is a public, 18 hole course that opened in 1892, making it the oldest course in the Northwest.
This area is a great place to vacation and you will love calling this place your home, for your stay in Oregon. The owner of this property is very accommodating, with concerns that your stay here is what you would expect.
The VRBO Bear
# 31278 Key West Farms, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
The view from the master bedroom deck
08/21/2006 - This property was great for my quiet getaway. It's tucked away, so I felt secluded, and I enjoyed peace and quiet, but the townhouse is close enough that I was only a quick drive to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall or even the grocery store. I went on plenty of nature walks and passed by a beautiful golf course along the way.
The accommodations of the townhouse were wonderful. The atmosphere is cozy and warm, once I got there, I didn't want to leave. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the large kitchen came in handy when we were making breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This place is beautiful, and I had a BEARY good time in Dillon, Colorado.
# 61148 Kauhale Makai - Village by the Sea, Central Kihei, Kihei, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Bear enjoying the great view.
07/26/2006 - This sixth floor condo with calming Oriental décor made an excellent base camp for my Maui adventures. As I entered, I was immediately drawn to the lanai. Equipped with a table and chairs, it was the perfect spot for an alfresco meal and my morning "cup o' joe" (just what a sleepy bear needs to bring him out of hybernation.) And what a view! I particularly enjoyed watching the wind and the kite surfers!
The layout was perfect for me and my human traveling companions. Each bedroom has a private bath. The kitchen was well equipped and convenient. At the end of a busy day in the Maui sun, a soak in the private jacuzzi tub felt wonderful. Beary nice!
# 27884 Keystone Ranch, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 9 BR, 8 BA, HOUSE
Cooking in the professionally equipped kitchen
07/24/2006 - Though the drive to this stunning mountain house is not far from Denver, it left me feeling miles from the daily grind. Upon my arrival, the location of this house was the first thing to impress me. I found myself just footsteps from the Keystone Ranch Golf Course. I could have enjoyed my entire weekend just lounging on the porch or in the hot-tub watching golfers pass by. Of course, once I saw all that the interior of the house had to offer, I had trouble deciding where to spend my time.
The kitchen was generously appointed with all I needed to prepare a gourmet meal for my family and friends and the large dining area allowed ample seating for everyone. Heading to the basement, I found a large screen HD TV, arcade style video games, a pool table, and a foosball table – just my kind of fun. Because of the oversized bar and full kitchen, I was able to prepare and serve great party food to my guests. Just outside I found the 8 bear hot tub. We enjoyed our nights just sitting in the warm water and watching the stars appear overhead, while sipping our favorite drinks.
When our days were finished, my guests and I were pleased to settle into the well thought out sleeping accommodations. All of the bedrooms were supplied with fine linens and bedding. And with the addition of TVs, alarm clocks, space heaters and humidifiers, we felt as if every need had been thought of. The owners were also happy to supply us with a high chair and crib for my cubs.
We chose to spend some of our time biking the wonderful trails surrounding the area, and the pool was a hit with everyone. During the summer, the lakes, hiking trails, and abundance of outdoor activities will keep any age and any level of thrill seeker busy. Even the shoppers will find plenty of activity at the new and ever growing selection of stores and shops in the area. Given all this home has to offer, it would be the perfect spot to host a wedding party, family reunion, or even a romantic couples weekend. Anyone using this home for their event will not be disappointed, I know I wasn’t.
# 725 Mountain Side, Frisco, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
The Bear 'pawses' his busy, fun-filled day to smell the flowers in the backyard
06/25/2006 - If you are looking for an activity filled mountain vacation, you’re not likely to find a more convenient-to-everything location. 'Bearly' a hop, skip and a jump from every major attraction in Summit County, this home is perfect for a family mountain get-a-way. In fact, there are enough beds for two families to sleep quite comfortably.
The relaxing private hot tub is guaranteed to transform even a grumpy grizzly into a teddy bear, and the toasty wood stove chases away every chill in the crisp mountain air. Our four cubs were entranced by racing homemade boats down the little brook that flows through the backyard, and by the bright stars in the nighttime mountain sky.
Frisco is a delightful mountain town with everything you could possibly need within a few minutes, and much of it within walking distance. Mama Bear enjoyed numerous shopping opportunities while Papa Bear and the cubs went fishing. During our stay, Frisco hosted a fabulous BBQ competition that attracted competitors from several states away. Between the BBQ, the many quality restaurants, and the full kitchen at the house, we were well fortified for our daily excursions of fun.
The cubs can't stop talking about the mountain of wonderful memories we made here. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a mountain of your own.
The VRBO Bear
# 74421 Estate Peterborg, Northside, USVI - St. Thomas, Caribbean, 5 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Hello from the Aqua Vista Villa in lovely St. Thomas, USVI!
04/19/2006 - The locals call in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, "PARADISE!"
The word PARADISE definitely applies to this lovely villa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There is a BEAUTIFUL VIEW from the terrace... You can see Hans Lollick Island, birdlife, colorful flowers and bushes, and you may even see a cruise ship of in the distance.
The home is spacious with three bedrooms upstairs and an additional two more downstairs. The master bedroom has a door to the terrace. This villa can comfortably accommodate a large family. Caribbean flair is sensed in all areas of the home. The home features brightly decorated rooms, granite floors throughout, and for the gourmet chef or the amateur cook - a well equipped kitchen. This home has it all ... including a six person hot-tub (How Relaxing!).
Situated in Peterborg Estate, the home is close to Magen's Beach... This truly is PARADISE!
# 46695 Beijing, China, Asia, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
The Bear looking at all the Beijing tour guides.
03/22/2006 - From start to finish our trip to Beijing was a unique experience. Unlike any other property I know of on VRBO.com, this condo comes with a car, driver, and bilingual tour guide! Dinglian (Ding) and her husband Liupei were available throughout our stay to be sure we had a wonderful time experiencing the marvels of ancient China, the massive ongoing modernization of the city, and the ample shopping opportunities. By the time we left we felt we had known them forever and considered them good friends.
This residence offers the guest the opportunity to live like a local. It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, not a resort. While there are a large number of apartment buildings nearby there was little if any noise, particularly during the evening and night hours. It was hard to believe we were in a city of 11 million people, that is until we got into rush hour traffic...grin.
Ding and Liupei know all the local restaurants and grocery markets so you can expect to eat very well and inexpensively while in Beijing. We did, however have the pleasure of taking them to the Hard Rock Café for their first time. They liked the burgers but thought they were expensive...they were.
Highlights of the trip were visiting the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, the Ming Tombs, and climbing the Great Wall, 25 miles outside the city. Each of these places were magical and the memories will last a lifetime. It was very easy to visit all these sites during our short stay since we had our own driver and guide and didn't have to rely on being with a large group and following their schedule. I highly recommend visiting China and this VRBO.com property. If you are interested in visiting Beijing and would like more information, feel free to contact Marvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 34538 Coral Sands, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida North East, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
VRBO Bear Enjoying the beach on Ameilia Island
02/23/2006 - I have always wanted to visit Amelia Island so didn’t hesitate when my friends invited me to join them for a few nights at Beach Jungle, a two bedroom condo directly on the beach, with a large balcony overlooking the ocean. I just love sleeping to the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean!
This place was perfect for me and my two buddies; nice and clean, beary comfortable, with all the amenities a bear could want.
The town is Fernandina Beach, Florida - a historic, traditional southern town, with lots of little shops and restaurants. It took me back 20 years with its laid-back family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a real jewel that has yet to be spoiled by crowds and high-rise condominiums. I loved the seemingly endless acres of open space and grasslands, and seemingly miles and miles of unspoiled beach.
Make sure to visit the local restaurants. Barbara Jeans just can’t be missed, nor KP’s Deli for an incredible piece of cake. And on the far southern end of the island you can even go horseback riding on the beach!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 74962 Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Taking a 'bear-back' ride in the Baers' Den!
02/06/2006 - It had been years since I had explored the woods of northern New Mexico so when my traveling companion mentioned an opportunity to stay at the Baers' Den condo in Taos, I was really excited to return to the area! While Taos Ski Valley isn't one of the best known ski areas in the US, it is a great value and offers lots of varied ski terrain. Taos is also an art lover's mecca with dozens of galleries and artisans markets. It's a beautiful drive from either Denver or Albuquerque.
This beautiful new condo is about one mile from the base of the ski slopes and with the excellent shuttle system at the resort you can be skiing within minutes of leaving the condo. There are several good restaurants at the base and more in Arroyo Seco and Taos minutes away back down the mountain. The building was very well thought out with very wide hallways to ease carrying your luggage to the condo. The condo itself is nicely appointed with a gas kiva-style fireplace with timer and had a CD/DVD/VHS/tuner and TV for our entertainment. A large sliding door opens up in the living room to bring the outdoors in and provides a beautiful view of the forests and mountains surrounding the Taos Ski Valley.
Henry, the building's developer and manager was available for questions and suggestions at any point during our stay and had maps and guide books available to help us plan our activities. He pointed out the hiking trails directly out the back of the condo which would make nice summer explorations!
Consider staying at the Baers' Den for your next vacation, whether summer or winter. I made lots of new friends here with all of the bears that 'inhabit' the condo. It was almost like a family reunion!
Signed, VRBO Baer...oops, VRBO Bear
# 68365 River Run, Jackpine Lodge, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The Bear on the Balcony, Watching People Walk to and from the Slopes!
01/16/2006 - This Condo is perfect for a weekend or even an extended stay in Keystone, CO. It is the closet building to the gondola, and is located in the River Run area, so my friends and I didn't have to walk far after a long day of snowboarding. I didn't even have to endure the cold weather when we arrived since we parked in the heated parking garage.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the village. We were so close we could look out over the balcony and watch people walking to the slopes, getting a quick lunch, or shopping. There was a live band playing near by that we could hear from the Condo when we open the balcony doors. We loved our "village view" and felt like we were part for everything going on.
There was no need to leave the Condo for anything but skiing and snowboarding. This Condo has it all... from a full kitchen to high speed wireless internet, and a cozy gas fireplace. We would get up in the morning and go snowboarding and then come back for a quick lunch and warm ourselves by the fireplace, then head back out and snowboard until bedtime (Yes, night skiing and boarding is great up here!!) We didn't even have to haul our boards and boots back up to the Condo, we just simply put them in the storage lockers downstairs.
For comfort and convenience, this is the Condo you're looking for! I know my friends and I had a "Beary" good time!!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 55445 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
The VRBO Bear in Estes Park - Colorado Rocky Mountains!
11/25/2005 - Nestled in the Colorado Rocky Mountains...
The VRBO Bear stayed in this Fabulous home in the town of Estes Park, Colorado. The home has five bedrooms and three baths... Spacious and perfect for a large family! The views of the mountains from this home are incredible. The kitchen is modern and fully-equipped for the chef in the family. There are two living areas... The living room AND a family room with a big screen TV. This home is awesome!
Estes Park is full of fun activities and the Rocky Mountain National Park is also close by. Come and enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 3668 Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
VRBO bear and the well in the outside patio
10/31/2005 - This beautiful, spacious home made my stay in Venice "beary" enjoyable. The private outside patio is ideal for enjoying a tasty lunch in the Italian sunshine. There's even a well!
Inside, the apartment is decorated with an antique Italian charm and there are plenty of interesting and informative books and maps that definitely come in handy for getting around the city. There are also all the amenities that made our stay easier including washer/dryer, dishwasher, fax machine, and television.
The apartment was only a short 5 minute walk to the nearest Vaporetti (waterbus) station. From there, we could do everything that Venice has to offer: cruising the shops around the Rialto bridge, strolling through Piazza San Marco, eating plenty of pizza and gelato, and basking in the sunshine on the beaches of Lido. I was "beary" happy that I found this place!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 16874 Paris Arrondissement 14, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
VRBO bear gazing out his bedroom at the courtyard
10/31/2005 - I immediately felt at home in this 4-story house in the Montparnasse area, where cafes and culture abound. After passing through the lovely courtyard and entering the house, I could "bearly" contain myself! The home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and is decorated with chic avant-garde artwork. There is a fully stocked kitchen, a variety of music to play on the stereo, and hundreds of books to choose from, including several Paris travel books in english.
My hosts couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. To top it off, the neighborhood was nice, quiet, and safe -- a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city center but still just a short metro ride or walk away. Tres magnifique!!!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 59694 Other Austin Properties, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear Enjoying the Deck
09/17/2005 - A perfect place for a bear and his friends to get away from it all, yet, still be "city close" to Austin. This vacation home is located right on the waterfront of Lake Austin. Relax on one of the TWO decks - enjoy in the hammock for a little bit of hibernation. Large mature trees give you the choice of a place in the sun, or a place in the shade. I like having choices if you know what I mean.
Inside the air conditioned home, there's a large fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room, full laundry, multiple fireplaces (there's even an outside fireplace too!!!),3 bedrooms and two baths - the King Size bed in the master bedroom was especially comfortable.
Every day we saw deer in the neighborhood... this waterfront vacation home is city close, yet worlds apart.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 66550 Private Homes, Unspecified, Steamboat Springs, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Welcome to the Cabin!
09/08/2005 - If you are looking for a comfy cabin nestled in the Steamboat Mountains then you’ve found the perfect place. This little bear had a wonderful time in this beautiful homey cabin. The beautiful decorations throughout the whole house made it a quiet relaxing retreat. It was the perfect place to come with my friends for the weekend.
When entering the cabin we were greeted with a beautiful gift basket complete with wine to enjoy. With 4 spacious bedrooms each with their own private bath there was plenty of privacy for all of us. The best part was sitting in front of the fire and playing games with my friends all night long. It felt just like we were at home. We didn’t want to leave when our vacation was over.
The only problem we had was trying to decide whether to cook outside on the grill and enjoy the beauty of the mountains or cook inside in the gourmet kitchen. Either way I was happy because this little tummy was full!
If it had been ski season I would have been out on the slopes which are within walking distance. I was able to sooth my aching muscles in our very own private hot tub. We were even able to see a deer and her two fawn right outside our back door. What could be better then that?
Don’t look any further! If you want a beautiful cozy house to stay at then you’ve already found the place.
The VRBO Bear
# 67238 Gold Hill, Southern Oregon, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 3.25 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear relaxing in the beautiful living room
08/22/2005 - This bear found a delightful retreat in Southern Oregon. This beautiful home is conveniently located off Interstate 5, near Gold Hill. Here you’ll find plenty of room for a little bear like me to roam in a very peaceful setting. Whether you are grilling or enjoying the hot tub on the multi-level deck, you will love this serene oasis that over looks the Rogue River, complete with it’s own private dock.
This elegantly decorated hideaway has every modern convenience. It has a Jen-Air kitchen, cable TV, internet access, washer and dryer, fireplace and exceptional décor. There is room enough for up to 8 guests. There are 2 bedrooms in the main floor, a third bedroom is located downstairs with a private entrance. It also has a detached studio that provides a luxurious private living area next to your private two car garage..
This secluded refuge is just 15 minutes from Medford or Grants Pass, and just minutes away from shopping and many fine restaurants. You can also go hiking, biking, and horseback riding, or boating in this beautiful area. You’ll know you have definitely struck "gold" in Gold Hill when you visit this VRBO property.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 59049 West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Country, Montana, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
A mountain view near the Big Sky townhouse.
08/17/2005 - Greetings from Big Sky Montana! That’s where this bear stayed while visiting beautiful Yellowstone National Park. You’ll enjoy every minute of your stay in this lovely three-bedroom townhouse at Big Sky resort. Whether you want to snuggle up by the fireplace on a cold winter evening or simply hibernate (sleep in) and have a "home cooked" breakfast at your leisure, this is the place for you. You will enjoy a full kitchen, 3 comfortable bedrooms with 3 baths. Who needs a movie theater when you can kick back and enjoy a DVD on the big screen TV? If you’re like me, you don’t like to over pack, so it was very convenient to use the laundry facilities just off the kitchen.
Big Sky Mountain is known for its winter fun with downhill skiing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides nearby. It is also a great place to stay in the summer months. Activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, and white water rafting are just minutes away. You can even take a slow walk around the small lake in front of the complex. We enjoyed the beautiful drive down to Yellowstone, just 45 minutes away and enjoyed all the wonders of this national park. It’s truly a beautiful area for a little bear like me to have fun in the summer or winter. You’ll love it too!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 14655 Private Homes, Silverthorne, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 12 BR, 9 BA, LODGE
That's me sitting on the porch rail!
08/11/2005 - Howdy everyone from the beautiful mountains of Colorado. My girlfriends and I just spent a wonderful weekend up in Summit County at the Summit Peaks South Lodge. Boy, is it a big place... a little guy like me could get lost with all the rooms. We spent most our time gabbing and playing games in the big, open family room. It's so cool with huge logs and windows everywhere. I mean, you can even see part of Lake Dillon out one of the windows. It sure was pretty watching the sun rise up over the lake and mountains in the distance.
We loved spending time outside too, since there were woods and trails everywhere. The lodge is backed by forest, so several of us took a long walk on Saturday. I was afraid I would get lost, but my girlfriends knew the way back. There are also trails down the road from the lodge too. Hiking is so much fun in Colorado. That's me enjoying the great outdoors in the picture. I spent much of my time outdoors sitting on the nice log porch. I kept waiting for the hummingbirds to visit, but I think I scared them away.
My friends and I spent several hours shopping at the Outlet Mall a ways down the road from the lodge. One friend even walked all the way down there just to get her Starbucks early Saturday morning. There's so much to see and do around this area. Everything is close by. Hope you can come visit here soon... plan on having a great time!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 5175 Mountain House, Cinnamon Ridge, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The Bear relaxing on the deck, overlooking the wetlands and bike path.
07/27/2005 - There are a lot of condos in Summit County but you'll not find a more immaculate one than this one. Our hosts Kevin & Rachel provided all the little details like toiletry kits, local maps, books, and games. You will also not find one with closer parking. The parking area is steps away from the front but cleverly shielded by the outside ski/bike lockers, another nice feature. No need to haul your skis or bikes through the unit to a locker on the deck like at many other locations.
The view from the deck is wonderful; the wetlands, just steps away and the ski slopes just a couple hundred yards away. There are hiking and biking trails all over the area that for the ambitious can take them clear to the beautiful Dillon Resevoir and beyond.
While Summit County is hardly a secret with four of the world's premier ski areas, many visitors are finding that it has become a four-season resort area. There are many year-around attractions and it offers a welcome relief from the heat at lower elevations! My VRBO.com friends and I heartily recommend this condo for it's great location and varied activities and amenities.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 623 Warder, Netherlands, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Enjoying the morning and improving weather on the deck at Country and Lake
07/07/2005 - This bear couldn’t believe what a nice find Country and Lake was! Located just outside the charming village of Edam, Country and Lake sits across the street from the beach and is surrounded by open farms. The friendly hosts write and direct plays in nearby Edam and are becoming well known around the world. They have been to Sundance by invitation of Robert Redford himself and have taken their work to Broadway and many other major cities around the US, Caribbean, and Europe. You will want to schedule plenty of time to get to know them better.
Both apartments are very nice. This bear and his friends loved them both, and felt right at home in the open surroundings. All possible amenities are offered, and then some, such as the use of bikes – the preferred mode of transportation for many Hollanders.
Nearby Edam is a real jewel. It's that little quaint European village you always dreamed of but maybe never found. Edam celebrates 650 years 'City Rights' in 2007. There will be festivities all over then. Today it appears to have lost none of its original charm. Well known for the cheese it exports, Edam is a place to get lost in for several relaxing days. Parking is easy in Edam, or use the bikes and be there just about as quickly.
You can catch a nice bus at Edam and find yourself in Amsterdam in less than half an hour. It’s so easy, and you can transfer to the trams and quickly make your way anywhere in Amsterdam, such as the Van Gogh Museum. If you fly into Amsterdam and rent a car, you’ll find the drive to Country and Lake short and easy.
Country and Lake is a great place to stay in Holland. You’ll feel welcome and right at home, can relax in the quiet surroundings, and yet spend all the time in Amsterdam or touring the surrounding countryside you want.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 36728 Grand Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
I loved my stay in the mountains!!!
06/16/2005 - If you love the beauty of the mountains, breath taking views, a clean cozy cabin and seeing wild life up close and personal then you’ll love this cabin in the mountains.
To my surprise, upon entering the beautiful town of Grand Lake, there on the side of the road was a huge Bull Moose with antlers bigger then I have ever seen. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Where else, other then Grand Lake, could I have seen a moose on the side of the road? What a lucky bear I am.
If that wasn’t good enough to make the whole trip worth it I stepped into the cabin and was pleasantly surprised. The pictures I had seen did not do it justice. This clean cozy cabin had a full kitchen, living area, beautiful views, and relaxing atmosphere which made me feel at home right away. I could not wait to sit my paws down and relax in front of the fireplace.
Within walking distance to Shadow Mountain Lake, Grand Lake and downtown Grand Lake there was so much to do. There were also some wonderful restaurants to eat at, such as Sagebrush (barbecue), Pancho and Lefty's (mexican), and Chuck Hole for breakfast. Oh where these little legs can go.
I definitely had a Grand time while staying in Grand Lake and will come back to visit the area again.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 41590 Waterview Towers, Holiday Isle, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
I Loved Sunbathing By The Crystal Blue Ocean Waters
05/22/2005 - Holiday Isle is a beautiful three-mile long island located in Destin, Florida. This coastal paradise is home to upscale residences and resorts, gorgeous landscaping and paths, perfect for that morning jog or bike ride. The famous, white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters of this Gulf coast isle are complimented by this luxury condo located in the Waterview Towers. This penthouse unit is nothing short of spectacular with it’s designer furnishings, awesome views and abundant amenities. Upon entrance, you are greeted with a spacious living area for dining, relaxation and entertainment. Floor to ceiling windows line the length of the room which provide unobstructed views of the Destin Harbor. The three large bedrooms, all with lavish linens, can comfortably sleep six to eight.
The master suite has a king-sized, cherry wood bed, large armoire with television, a writing desk, mirrored dresser and private balcony. Its in-suite bathroom has a large, jetted tub surrounded by mirrors, a roomy tiled shower with seating area, and a double sink vanity. At the opposite end of the unit, are the second and third bedrooms, adjoined by a "Jack and Jill” bathroom, equipped with a dual vanity and tiled shower. The second bedroom is decorated in a West Indies theme, accented with palm trees and dark wood. This room has a queen- sized bed, with a reading area and a sliding door to access the large balcony. The third bedroom is decorated in a nautical theme with navy blue, red and a natural wicker queen size bed. It hosts a huge wall unit with glass doors and shelves which houses a television and a large safe for your valuables.
The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, glasses and small appliances (coffee grinder & maker, toaster & blender). The kitchen is also equipped with a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave and a breakfast bar with bar stools. All of the countertops are a beautiful granite and cabinets are a modern natural wood. In the dining area is a marble top table with 4 wood backed chairs. The living area is outfitted with a large cushioned couch and two very comfortable over-sized chairs with ottomans. For your entertainment, is an armoire with a large, flat- screened television and a bar area, with icemaker, wine cooler and sink. An additional half bath is located near the entrance for your convenience. Outside on the balcony are two, glass-topped tables, chairs and loungers to enjoy warm, relaxing evenings or your morning cup of coffee. The views are spectacular and I could have spent hours, just watching the boats go by (Destin is the sport fishing capital of the nation). By far this unit is one of the most beautiful I’ve stayed in yet and I would highly recommend staying here if you plan on visiting the Destin area.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 29508 Other Portland Properties, Portland, Portland Metro, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 2.5 BA, HOUSE_BOAT
The VRBO Bear Visits the Portland, Oregon Area & Stays in a FLOATING HOUSE!
04/26/2005 - What a blessing it was to stay this BEAUTIFUL FLOATING HOME. We enjoyed the lovely scenery looking through picture windows throughout the home. We spent peaceful time on the spacious deck out back on the Willamette River. We watched water-skiers ski up and down the river... WOW!
This floating home was featured on HGTV's Living Channel 80 Homes. The home has all of the amenities we could ever want... Three bedrooms including a spectacular master suite. Located in Oregon City, this home is close to everything. We visited downtown Portland, the vineyards in the surrounding area, and the beautiful falls on the way to the Oregon coast.
What a relaxing and enjoyable vacation... We would love to go back again soon!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 55661 Belltown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Ahhh, Enjoying my Starbucks and this Spectacular View "From Sea to Sky"!
04/10/2005 - I knew I was in Heaven when I walked into my Seattle Skyrise Apartment. The views... the appointments... the views!!! It was like living outside with the amenities of luxury inside. It was a clear day (I hear those aren't common in Seattle), but I had plenty of them during my 5 day visit to the Coffee Capital!.
I could even see Mount Rainier!!! One of my favorite activites was just looking out the beautiful, large picture windows at the water below. I could see the ferry making its way back and forth across the glassy sea.
And, of course, I was only a few minute's walk from 'STARBUCKS'!!!!! Ahhhhh, life doesn't get any better than this.
You know, a Bear's favorite food is fish, so the world famous Pike Place Market was a daily stop for me. I could spend all day there, (and did). The fresh fish, the shops, the street entertainment, there was so much to do, and the best thing was, I was right in the middle of it!
At the end of each fun-filled day, I returned to the privacy of this beautiful apartment. From my cozy and beary comfortable bed, I could even enjoy the beautiful sights of Seattle and the lights below while drifting off to sleep.
I can't wait to go back! Signed, VRBO Bear
# 24191 Paris Arrondissement 7, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Bonjour! From The Eiffel Tower!
03/25/2005 - This elegant one bedroom apartment is superbly located in Paris’ 6th Arrondissement, where upscale boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants are abundant. The day we arrived, our host was ready and waiting for us with a smile. She was very gracious with her time and gave us a walk through tour of the apartment before handing the keys over. We found her to be very helpful and told us we could call her any time for any questions or concerns we had.
After seeing pictures of this getaway, I knew it would be beautiful but pictures just don’t do justice. "Luxury" is the best word I can use to explain the ambiance, with its stylish furnishings and awesome views of the Eiffel Tower from your private balcony, so close can almost reach out and touch it!
This owner has put much thought and detail into making your stay special. Guide books, reading books and DVD movies are provided for lazy, rainy days or a night in. There was a wonderful homemade notebook filled with maps, restaurant and tour suggestions. WiFi internet is also provided for those who brought their laptop. A complimentary gift basket was provided. It included a bottle of wine, milk, orange juice, snack biscuits and a beautiful baguette bag.
The kitchen is very modern with cherry wood cabinets & granite counter tops, complete with a dishwasher, cooking supplies, utensils and a fun espresso machine. Even the espresso pods are provided! The light filled living room has large, French style windows and beautifully finished wood floors. The room is tastefully decorated with hand selected, upscale Victorian furnishings, a marble surrounded fireplace and several decorative pieces and wall art collected from local flea markets and chic boutiques in the area. The master bedroom is decorated in white and lavender for a clean and cheerful feeling and furnished with a king-size bed made up of two twin-size beds (could be separated if needed). The ensuite bathroom also has top quality fixtures.
I found this retreat to be the perfect setting for my "honey" and I to spend our Paris vacation together. This apartment is clean, lavish and highly recommended to all.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 49695 Keauhou Punahele, Keauhou, Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
I was "Beary Brave" to sit high above the drop off overlooking Waipio Valley!
03/21/2005 - Paradise? Yes, this is it!! Upon landing in beautiful Kona among the fragrant flowers and warm breeze, I realized that I was "Beary Hungry". I stopped in town to eat at "Poncho and Lefty’s" (great Mexican food) before heading up Alii Drive to the Condo.
When I entered my "Home away from Home" I was greeted by the unmistakable Aloha Island Breeze coming through the screen doors leading to the lanai. This was a beautiful, well appointed condo and I was lucky enough to be staying here! The condo was spacious, with a beautiful, very well equipped kitchen. It was squeaky clean and comfortable. I slept like a King in my King size Bed! I had lots of room to roam and didn’t feel cramped for space. I could even venture up the circular staircase to the loft area where I tried out the beds. They were "Just Right".
I was so glad that the location gave me the view over the golf course and onto the blue ocean. During the day I could swim, go to Starbucks "in town", and even lounge in privacy on the lanai and catch some rays. At night, the sunsets were spectacular!
When you stay here, be sure to take a day and explore your way to Waipio Valley and the top of Mauna Kea Mountain. These were highlights for me. There was one problem with this condo... I was so comfortable and happy here, that I didn’t want to leave!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 13861 Carate Urio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy, Europe, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
I Loved the Spectacular Views of Lake Como From One of Five Balconies!
03/15/2005 - One of the most beautiful areas in Italy is comprised of Como and its adjoining lake of the same name. Here, you will find clear blue waters, snow-capped alpine peaks and historic walled towns. This relaxing getaway is located in the charming town of Carate-Urio, a small village with narrow, cobblestone streets and meandering pathways. I believe that this is one of the most beautiful, undiscovered vacation destinations in the world.
"Vista Lago" is located in a historic hotel, which has been recently converted into upscale & luxurious apartments. Upon entrance of this third floor apartment you will find a spacious and sunny living room, dining area and kitchen. This home features 5 balconies, all of which have panoramic views of the lake. I was impressed to find details such as a provided cell phone, satellite TV, a CD player with a variety of CD’s, vacation guide books, brochures for the surrounding businesses and a list of recommended restaurants for that area.
Towards the rear of the apartment is the master bedroom which has its own private balcony and views to enjoy as you are waking up in the morning. There is an adjoining master bath which consists of 12' ceilings, tub and shower, large sink basin and marble throughout. The secondary bedroom also has its own balcony and views. There is an adjoining studio apartment, which can be closed off for privacy and rented separately. It includes a kitchen, living area with table for four, sleeper sofa and fully tiled bathroom.
Because the town is in such a quaint, residential area, there are only a few restaurants and small convenient stores within walking distance. We found it easiest to rent a car but there is also a bus stop right in front of the building and a water taxi can also pick you up for excursions around the lake.
This is a perfect vacation spot for those who enjoy and cherish peace and tranquillity away from every day crowds. You are sure to go home refreshed and relaxed.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 55751 Savannah, Coastal, Georgia, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
VRBO Bear enjoying the historic view from this Savannah loft.
03/08/2005 - Some of my frequent traveling buddies and I have had our blue eyes on Savannah for some time and were very lucky to find this great loft in the heart of this beautiful and beary historical city. This loft is more than roomy enough for a bear and all his companions. It’s absolutely beautiful inside with wood floors and exposed brick walls, high ceilings, large old windows, new furniture, and a kitchen full of modern conveniences.
This loft is a 3rd floor corner unit with great views in two directions. It sits on Broughton street - the main drag of a revitalized and very lively downtown Savannah. It’s within easy walking distance of famed River Street, The Savannah College of Art and Design, great shopping, and good restaurants.
Savannah is the first city of the 13th colony, founded in 1773 on an extensive system of 24 historical squares, each named after a person or event important to the history of Savannah. Monuments, statues, and sometimes graves are found in these squares, each a mini-park with open grassy areas, Spanish-moss laden trees, brick walkways, and plenty of park benches, all surrounded by incredibly architected homes, buildings, and churches.
Savannah is a city like no other, full of history and beautiful architecture, and only 20 minutes from wonderful Tybee Island and its great beaches.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 11688 River Park, Warrior's Mark, Warrior's Mark West, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoying the wood-burning fireplace
01/11/2005 - Imagine my delight when my last minute inquiry resulted in a short stay at Michael’s Haven, a gorgeous log cabin in the woods. When my friends and I arrived, it was dark with soft, fluffy snowflakes falling, but the house was glowing with welcoming lights. Wade, the friendly on site caretaker, was very gracious and made sure all of our needs were met.
This is much more than a cabin....it is a finely crafted six bedroom log home with every amenity you can imagine. The décor is delightful, with lodge and wildlife touches in every room. Huge hand hewn logs, river stone, antler touches on lamps and even surrounding the mirror in one of the bathrooms, and lots of bear and other animal accessories, all contribute to the home’s cozy atmosphere. A little bear cub is even welcome with its own unique log crib and hand crafted hickory high chair, as well as a gate at the top of the stairs for safety. There is even room for a Bear Clan of 18 to hibernate!
This home is situated directly above the Blue River, with tall spruce trees all around....it certainly made this bear feel right at home! The back deck has a view of the surrounding forest, as well as of Breckenridge’s Peak 10. There is also a terrific hot tub, which was greatly appreciated after a long day at the slopes. The mama bears who didn’t ski enjoyed hanging out at Michael’s Haven with a nice fire in the tall stone fireplace, while the rest of the clan caught the shuttle to the ski resort...the shuttle stop is just a short walk up the road from the home.
This home is one of the beary best, and I am sure you would agree!
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 26757 Oceanside, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Look at the Sand Dollar I found!
12/17/2004 - You've heard the saying, "Heaven's a little closer in a cottage by the sea". You will find this true after staying in this lovely, inviting home. From the moment you step inside you feel a sense of peace and tranquillity. It's evident the owner has taken special care to make each and every room a fun and relaxing retreat. The home is custom decorated throughout with exactly what you would imagine and more for a place on the beach. During my visit it was cool out so I enjoyed curling up on the couch with a good book while enjoying the wood burning fireplace and the gorgeous ocean views. Even Fido will feel at home with all of the "pet friendly" items provided, including a bed just for him. The basket of goodies left for us was a special treat and I loved the drawer full of a variety of flavored teas.
My host has even put much thought and detail into the outside of this home. Upon entrance through the wooden gate in the front you will find a little garden and path that leads to the back deck which overlooks the ocean. Situated on the deck is a large gazebo with your own private hot tub in it... Boy was that nice to have!
The Oregon coast is always beautiful come rain or shine. One day I took a long stroll on the beach and found some sand dollars and even some "bear caves" to explore in. Oceanside is the perfect place to enjoy the Oregon coast and this is the quintessential place to stay.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 24649 Maalaea, Central Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
VRBO Bear enjoying the lanai
11/18/2004 - Huge, unobstructed views of the Pacific ocean, the south Maui shoreline and Haleakala... wow! I couldn't keep my baby blue eyes off of those views... what a great place to watch for Humpback whales in the winter months, I can bearly wait to come back!
I bearly set my furry paws in this Maui condo, when I noticed all the recently upgraded features such as granite counter tops in the kitchen and baths, marble tile floors, big screen TV, stereo system, etc... all the features of home PLUS this condo is centrally located in Maalea - not far from the Maui Ocean Center aquarium.
Just down the street, begins a 4 mile beach that's to die for - great for strolling or beach combing. When you get a "rumbly in your tummy", there's lots of great Maui restaurants nearby too. What are you waiting for?
Signed, VRBO Bear