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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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# 28216 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 9 BR, 7 BA, VILLA

Taninah...Featured on Extreme Homes & Amazing Vacation Homes

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

# 116844 Private Homes, Lahaina, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Lahaina Oceanfront Estate - 6br Turtle Sanctuary!

Relaxing on the Lanai

Relaxing on the Lanai

09/25/2008 - The Lahaina Oceanfront Estate was better than I expected! As soon as my family and I walked through the front door, we immediately saw the wonderful ocean view which we enjoyed each day. The open floor plan, multiple windows and doorways on the main level made for a refreshing cross breeze from the ocean as we relaxed in the living room. The amazing views continued upstairs from the master and one of the three bedrooms. The bedroom beside the private pool offered the same sunsets and privacy as the main section of the home. My grandparents enjoyed the "ohana" (separate one bedroom apartment) which was perfect with minimal steps and still close to the main living areas of the home. The property layout was great for everyone in our family.

We often gathered in the kitchen overlooking the Pacific Ocean that opened to the lanai. I will always treasure the great conversations we had while grilling dinner outside in the evenings and over homemade breakfasts each morning.

Plus, the location of this beautiful property is perfect! It's within walking distance to several popular local restaurants. If you desire to prepare your own meal in the fully equipped kitchen, there's a grocery store conveniently located to the home. We even walked to the famous "Old Lahaina Luau" and "Old Lahaina Town" is just a few minutes by car. If you're considering a Maui vacation, I highly recommend Lahaina and everything it has to offer. The Lahaina Oceanfront Estate is ideal for a family reunion getaway and perfect for weddings or special events!

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, CONDO

Large-Downtown-Quiet!! Summer $350 night/ April $220 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.

The VRBO Bear

# 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, 2 BA, HOUSE

High Rockies fall colors are here and the Train is Running

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

# 142819 Village of La Jolla, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Heritage Place - Spacious with Private Jacuzzi, Perfect for Large Groups

Enjoying the afternoon breeze and the colorful landscape.

Enjoying the afternoon breeze and the colorful landscape.

06/06/2008 - Before I arrived at Heritage Place, I was expecting to find a spacious home, much bigger than the bear den I’m used to. My expectations were correct, but what I didn’t realize from the pictures was just how bright and open the home is. The kitchen area is surrounded by glass doors that can be left open to let in the sunshine. My fur keeps me pretty warm, so I really enjoyed the afternoon Pacific breezes. The deck on the third floor, which is just outside one of the master bedrooms, is bordered by three glass doors as well, allowing you to really bring the outside in.

You can enjoy the outdoors from inside the home, or you can simply enjoy the outdoors! The grounds and gardens of Heritage Place are remarkably colorful and meticulously manicured. Relaxing on the deck and admiring the property was my favorite thing to do – it was even better than a pot of honey! I also enjoyed dipping my paws in the hot tub on the patio at around 5:00 when it would just start to cool down in the evening.

Heritage Place may be a historic landmark, but it is certainly equipped with modern-day luxuries. The large gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances is perfect for a whole family of bears! The elegant stained concrete floors on the first floor even have built-in heaters to keep your paws warm if you’re visiting in the cooler months. The furnishings are not only appropriate for this historic home but also provide for the utmost in comfort. Between the pillowtop mattresses and the fresh breezes, even sleeping was a treat! I might even come back in the winter to hibernate. Each of the two master suites (which have extra beds for the kiddos) have connecting bathrooms. You can come in from a sunny La Jolla day and relax in one of the tubs or clean off under the dual shower heads.

The openness and airiness of Heritage Place can only be matched by its convenience to area shops, restaurants, and activities. The home is only 2.5 blocks to Windansea Beach, a somewhat secluded area where I was able to watch the waves break on the rocks. Other beaches are a quick drive or bike ride away (if your legs are long enough), including Children’s Pool, where I watched the seals bobbing up and down in the water. Even popular San Diego attractions like Old Town or the San Diego Zoo were just a quick 15 to 20 minute drive. (I bet you couldn’t guess that the polar bears and pandas were my favorites!) After I had all I could “bear” of the afternoon heat, it was always a treat to return to Heritage Place, which was truly the epitome of luxury and relaxation.

# 4026 Dunes of Destin, Mid-Destin, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 4 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, 3 BA, CONDO

5 Star Holiday on Kalapaki Bay, Kauai, in Spacious Luxury

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

# 151084 Private Homes, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA, 5 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE

OCEANFRONT, private beach - pool - 5 bed 7 bath

I really had a blast in the game room….

I really had a blast in the game room….

04/30/2008 - This is a truly magnificent luxury Santa Barbara oceanfront property with tremendous attention to detail and terrific owners. The pictures on the website hardly do it justice – the views are stunning, and the traditional Cape Cod architecture of the home strikes a perfect balance between casual and stylish. We went with three couples and there was plenty of room for everyone. Each couple had a room with beautiful ocean views and top-quality bedding. The house is very well outfitted with entertainment systems, furnishings, books, and all the amenities needed for cooking and enjoying the home. The gourmet kitchen is of the highest quality, worthy of any chef, and includes a large farm table situated against the backdrop of the wonderful ocean views. The house is located on a steep cliff, with stair access to the beach about 50 yards down the road. We saw whales, dolphins and seals during our visit.

The owners were fantastic – greeting us at the airport and taking care of our every need – including the provision of extra bicycles, the arrangement of a wine tour, and a chef that prepared snacks for our arrival and an amazing multi-course dinner during one of our three nights in the home. The property is a short drive into downtown Santa Barbara (a couple of us biked into town from the house) which offers lots of shopping and restaurants. But overall the house is pretty tough to leave with its many amenities including an outdoor fire pit overlooking the ocean, hot tub, swimming pool, and extensive game room with a pool table, video games, and the completely addicting “Earthshaker” pinball machine. It also has an amazing movie theatre…which we used several times…it really felt like getting away to the movies with true theatre-quality sound and video.

This is an expensive rental, but one where you’ll get what you pay for. It is as luxurious as any 5-star hotel with the space and comfort for one or two large families. We didn’t bring the kids, but they would have really enjoyed it. Parents with small kids might be a little paranoid about the bluff, so be prepared to be on guard if your children are overly curious in this regard. Overall we’d rate this one an easy “10” and recommend it unequivocally! Thanks so much to Jay and Kari Ann!

# 113175 Islamorada, Islamorada Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful Pool Home Quick Ocean/Bay Access Heated Pool

Sitting on the upper deck overlooking the canal.

Sitting on the upper deck overlooking the canal.

04/21/2008 - I had a wonderful time in this spacious four-bedroom home in a lovely setting in Islamorada. Upon our arrival, we were personally welcomed by the owner and given a tour of the house. The owner was kind enough to take time to tell us about favorite local restaurants and sights to see. The home is wonderfully light and airy feeling. There is plenty of room for everyone to relax and enjoy the tranquil setting, fish from the dock, soak up the sun on the decks or in the pool, and watch the boats, fish, and birds on the canal and bay. The sea breeze was refreshing, and watching the palm trees dance in the breeze was calming. Although the nightlife and activity on Islamorada is only minutes away, the home is peaceful and quiet, and instead of noise, we heard the gentle sound of the sea.

Islamorada is perfect for boating and fishing and is only a few minutes’ drive from Key Largo where you can dive and snorkel to your heart’s content. We had a pleasant drive to Key West, making many stops along the way to view the plants and wildlife of the Keys. The view from the famous Seven Mile Bridge is beautiful with the blues and greens of the ocean and gulf dotted with boats. You’ll enjoy your taste of the tropics in Islamorada.

# 97094 Private Homes, Movie Colony, Palm Springs, Central, Palm Springs, Deserts, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Grand Old Dame! Mid-Century Movie Colony Classic! Pool! Spa! Mountain Views!

Sunning My Paws in Beautiful Palm Springs!

Sunning My Paws in Beautiful Palm Springs!

04/21/2008 - I can’t think of anything better than heading to Palm Springs to enjoy some much needed sun after a long winter's nap! What a thrill it was to stay in this Palm Springs home.

This Palm Springs vacation home invites you back to a time when Hollywood movie stars retreated to this warm climate for socialization, golf, and much needed rest and relaxation. It’s located in central Palm Springs in what’s known as the "Movie Colony" neighborhood.

It is apparent that time and design have made this home a special place. Whether outside or inside, you’ll enjoy the classy feel of the era of the glamorous lifestyle. The well appointed retro interior design and open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows, boasting a view of the pool area and backyard, makes one take a deep breath and reach for something tall and cool.

With special touches like the interior/exterior sound system, remodeled full kitchen, and flat screen TVs, there was no lack for home entertainment. And we found plenty of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment nearby.

In the evening, we could not decide whether to be outside or inside! We enjoyed balmy nights with the beautiful and subtle outdoor lighting and a starry night sky and we were pampered inside looking out at the glowing pool inviting us for a night swim. I found the "Grand Old Dame" enchanting and often spent time day dreaming of myself in a bygone era, fully expecting Frank Sinatra to come around the corner!

# 109340 Other Rosemary Beach Properties, Rosemary Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

Tagganale - Finest Gulf-Front Luxury Rental on 30-~A~

Enjoying the opulent setting for my beach vacation

Enjoying the opulent setting for my beach vacation

04/10/2008 - South Walton Beach provides a great out-of-the-way beach vacation that’ll take you back in time to lovely and uncrowded beaches, quiet ocean sunsets and wonderful quaint shops. Located halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin, South Walton Beach provided a quiet, relaxing getaway during a busy season in Florida.

I had the pleasure of visiting Tagganale, a beautiful new condo right on the beach. But this wasn’t like any condo – it was one of only three other units to share its oceanfront pool and spa. Top notch furnishings completed a luxury vacation that was well beyond our expectations.

The VRBO Bear

# 73089 Sea Isle, Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

DOLPHIN WATCH - Hot Tub - Tiki Bar - Handicap Ramp

VRBO Bear swimming with the Dolphins at "Dolphin Watch" in Galveston, TX

VRBO Bear swimming with the Dolphins at "Dolphin Watch" in Galveston, TX

03/20/2008 - I had a ‘beary’ wonderful time visiting Dolphin Watch on Galveston Island in Texas! This property is everything I need in a vacation home. I especially loved the satellite TV in every room while relaxing at home after a day of fun on the island. I enjoyed hearing and seeing the beauty of the ocean from the spacious front deck. Having an outdoor sink or shower is a must after spending time on the beach, and this property had BOTH available for my use. It was a great!

The layout of this home fit my bear taste perfectly. The kitchen was ‘beary’ nice to cook in. (You’ll love the granite counter tops!) The home was clean, and the décor was lovely – just take a look at the photo of my “swim with the dolphins”! The home is conveniently located a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re planning on visiting Galveston, you’ll be sure to feel ‘beary’ at home at Dolphin Watch.

# 145925 Westgate, The Canyons, Park City, Utah, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

VRBO Bear stayed here! 'Exclusively Suite 1902' Presidents' Week

View of the mountain from the balcony. I’m ready to hit the slopes!

View of the mountain from the balcony. I’m ready to hit the slopes!

02/27/2008 - My visit to the Elk’s Lodge, Suite 1902 at Westgate Resort in Park City was a celebrity’s dream. I received VIP treatment from the moment I arrived. Our host, Kevin, along with the front desk staff, greeted our party in the lobby to answer any questions, and both were available around the clock for anything we might need. They even provided ski storage plus the service of a staff that will dry your skis and lock them up for you. So if you spend a long day on the slopes, let them take your skis, quickly return to your room, and then relax in front of a blazing fire. Our host even made dinner reservations for us. Now that’s service!

My favorite part of this vacation rental is that it offers something most vacation rentals don’t, and that’s room service. You can order breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you wish, from the resort’s fine restaurant. This suite is perfect for a romantic getaway with a full service spa for that much needed massage after a day of skiing. You’ll also love the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool that’s open year-round. Yes, this is resort living, with all the service and amenities you’d expect from a luxury resort at a very reasonable vacation rental rate. Thank you, Kevin, for a most enjoyable and memorable stay!

The VRBO Bear

# 115600 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful Victorian Row House 1-4 Bedroom No Car Needed Downtown/Capital Hill

Relaxing in this elegant urban home

Relaxing in this elegant urban home

01/16/2008 - Don’t miss staying at this beautiful, early twentieth century Victorian house located in the heart of the city of Denver. With its beautiful moldings around the doors, windows and ceiling and original hardwood floors, this Denver vacation rental was definitely one of the most unique houses this little bear has visited. Papa Bear said it was one of his favorite properties that he’s ever stayed at.

We loved the warm and inviting paint colors, exposed brick, beautiful light fixtures and antique decor. We felt at home right away. The beautiful, fully stocked, updated kitchen made it easy to cook all our meals. We also loved the unique fireplaces all over the house and all the conveniences of home.

This vacation home is within walking distance to the 16th Street Mall, and with so much to do downtown, you will never have to go very far to have a great time. Enjoy great restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s and Wolfgang Puck, just to name a few.

So come and experience all Denver has to offer. I know you won’t be disappointed!

The VRBO Bear

# 295400 Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

VRBO Stays with us! Walk to the beach! Oct 21- Nov 20 now available!

Enjoying amazing sunsets from this great Laguna Beach beach home

Enjoying amazing sunsets from this great Laguna Beach beach home

12/27/2007 - My recent visit to a cozy Laguna Beach cottage was ‘beary’ special. The yard presented orange and avocado trees full of produce to enjoy and flowers so delicate and colorful. The wall of French doors to the front deck opened the entire living space to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The view of Catalina Island on the horizon and of the sunset will take your breath away.

A multitude of quilts, pillows, and art really make it feel like a place a bear could relax and take a great nap!

The VRBO Bear

# 207786 Villa Coyaba, Scenic Gulf Drive West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Villa Coyaba - The Most Luxurious Gulf Front Condos in Destin!

So close, I can enjoy the sounds of the ocean from the family room.

So close, I can enjoy the sounds of the ocean from the family room.

12/13/2007 - This beautiful gulf front condo was the perfect relaxing retreat for any beach getaway. We had plenty of room to spread out in over 2,000 square feet of living space. Located on the garden level, our Destin condo looked over the inviting pool and beyond to endless stretches of sugary white beaches. Since the condo faces directly south, we enjoyed early morning sunrises over the ocean as well as captivating red and orange sunsets.

Because this property is in the heart of Destin, several restaurants and shops were within walking distance. If you do rent a car, two underground parking spots are provided with easy elevator access. If you enjoy cooking, be sure to get your groceries and take advantage of the gourmet kitchen with everything you need to prepare your meals.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the flat screen TVs provided in each room along with DVD players. Easy beach access straight from your sliding glass door patio makes playing in the surf or taking a stroll along the beach completely hassle free. There’s something for everyone in this beautiful Destin resort condo.

The VRBO Bear

# 8629 McCall, Idaho, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Close to Lake, Sleeps 16 -- Expanding kitchen and eating area

VRBO Bear enjoys the view out the picture window of the dining room

VRBO Bear enjoys the view out the picture window of the dining room

11/29/2007 - What an ideal location for a family gathering! Eleven of my family members joined me at this great Idaho cabin for Thanksgiving week. We enjoyed the warmth of the dining room with the wood burning stove, two recliners, pine wood floors and views of Ponderosa State Park out our windows. Spotting the deer and fox were a fun treat as well.

This McCall, Idaho cabin was originally just a dining area, kitchen, half bath and loft for sleeping, with the comfy feel of an Idaho mountain lake cabin. Since then, the cabin has tripled in size to a house that sleeps up to 16, adding five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two family rooms, allowing plenty of room for all of us to sleep comfortably and relax.

With its close proximity to Payette Lake and bordering Ponderosa State Park, the location is perfect! Book it soon for your family reunion vacation rental or large group vacation rental. This bear plans to go back in the summer to enjoy the lake and biking, hiking and golf!

# 150352 Highlands, North Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

A spacious home with luxurious amenities, elegant design and privacy

VRBO Bear enjoys amazing views of  Breckenridge Ski Area from Master Bedroom

VRBO Bear enjoys amazing views of Breckenridge Ski Area from Master Bedroom

11/29/2007 - My friends and I spent a very memorable weekend at this INCREDIBLE Breckenridge mountain home in Breckenridge, Colorado. I asked them to describe GORGEOUS “Grace Manor” and here’s what they had to say:

We enjoyed SPECTACULAR views of Breckenridge Ski Mountain from the house, the deck and the hot tub. The WARMTH of the mountain décor and furnishings welcomed us the minute we walked in. The ELEGANCE spoiled us for a weekend: the four master bedrooms each had their own TV/DVD and private bathroom. The SPACIOUS gourmet kitchen had every appliance, dish and kitchen tool we needed. BEAUTIFUL architecture included wood beams and stone, gas fireplaces in living room, great room and main master bedroom. COMFORTABLE chairs and couches invited us to cuddle up and watch a movie or just lie by the fire and read.

Another plus about renting Grace Manor is the great management staff who we found very helpful; they wanted to make our stay the best it could be. So book your next Breckenridge vacation at Grace Manor – it’s truly a luxury vacation experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!

The VRBO Bear

# 72276 Buena Vista, South Central, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Brock Haus Log Home on Cottonwood Creek - Truly Magnificent !!

Enjoying the beautiful outdoors

Enjoying the beautiful outdoors

10/29/2007 - If you are looking for a relaxing, enjoyable, fun filled vacation, then look no further. You have found the perfect vacation. We had everything we needed at this gorgeous property in beautiful Buena Vista, Colorado. We had such a good time, we didn’t want to leave. We felt so welcome in the house - as soon as we stepped through the doors, we already felt at home. It was so nice going on vacation but having so many comforts of home.

The mountain décor was beautiful and made it truly feel like a cabin in the mountains. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook each meal, and we enjoyed eating at the big table in the dining room. It was so nice watching TV on the big screen. Our favorite activity was being outside and enjoying the incredible views from the large deck while listening to the stream below. The bear cubs especially enjoyed going down to the pond and watching the fish jump. To bad we didn’t bring our fishing poles!

If you don’t feel like staying indoors, there is so much to do in Buena Vista. There’s snowmobiling in the winter, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, and swimming at the hot springs, just to mention a few. There are also some great restaurants to eat at if you don’t feel like cooking. It was so nice to read everyone’s nice comments about their previous stays. One guest had this to say, “The sound of water running over rocks and stones, horses grazing in the green pastures, aspen tree leaves rustling in the breeze… Memories are made of this.” And I agree.

The VRBO Bear

# 123277 Private Homes, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Resort-Style Oasis - Private Pool & Spa, Kids Play Area, Putting Green & More

Look at the beautifully landscaped backyard with pool and patio!

Look at the beautifully landscaped backyard with pool and patio!

10/29/2007 - I decided to take a trip to San Diego, and boy am I glad I did! Our accommodations in Oceanside were outstanding. When we first arrived, we were treated to a grand tour – upon entering through the wrought iron gate, we were soothed with the sounds of the three tiered cascading fountain. The home was a delight, with a princess bedroom, pirate bedroom, Hawaiian bedroom and a most romantic master retreat, each complete with flat screen TVs. I appreciated the bright, happy colors throughout the house – no bland, boring hotel-type décor or cramped space but so much more than we imagined!

Out back was a full BBQ, a large, cozy fireplace and plenty of chairs for lounging. The cubbies enjoyed the pool and waterfall while I took advantage of the relaxing hot tub. When the cubs weren’t in the pool, they were jumping on the trampoline or playing on the swing set. There was so much space to play, even a putting green.

The beach was a only a mile away, and Disneyland was just an hour. We decided to visit the park during the week when lines were short. But best of all was coming back to relax and enjoy this exceptional home where everything you need is provided, from beach towels, boogie boards and bikes to the most comfortable pillow top beds. Our host even provides a special treat for all her guests. (Thank you, Carrie, for anticipating everything this furry guest and his cubs could need!)

The VRBO Bear

# 118467 Private Homes, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

5BR/3BA - Resort Style Oasis - Private Pool & Spa, Putting & Play Area & More!

Look at the beautifully landscaped backyard with pool and patio!

Look at the beautifully landscaped backyard with pool and patio!

10/29/2007 - I decided to take a trip to San Diego, and boy am I glad I did! Our accommodations in Oceanside were outstanding. When we first arrived, we were treated to a grand tour – upon entering through the wrought iron gate, we were soothed with the sounds of the three tiered cascading fountain. The home was a delight, with a princess bedroom, pirate bedroom, Hawaiian bedroom and a most romantic master retreat, each complete with flat screen TVs. I appreciated the bright, happy colors throughout the house – no bland, boring hotel-type décor or cramped space but so much more than we imagined!

Out back was a full BBQ, a large, cozy fireplace and plenty of chairs for lounging. The cubbies enjoyed the pool and waterfall while I took advantage of the relaxing hot tub. When the cubs weren’t in the pool, they were jumping on the trampoline or playing on the swing set. There was so much space to play, even a putting green.

The beach was a only a mile away, and Disneyland was just an hour. We decided to visit the park during the week when lines were short. But best of all was coming back to relax and enjoy this exceptional home where everything you need is provided, from beach towels, boogie boards and bikes to the most comfortable pillow top beds. Our host even provides a special treat for all her guests. (Thank you, Carrie, for anticipating everything this furry guest and his cubs could need!)

The VRBO Bear

# 82173 Sant Marti, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Stunning 18th Fl. Penthouse-Style Apt. Overlooking City, Ocean, WiFi

VRBO Bear enjoying the view.

VRBO Bear enjoying the view.

10/08/2007 - The location and layout of this lovely apartment was perfect for my “Bearcelona” adventure. My human traveling companions especially appreciated the privacy of the two separate sleeping wings, each with its own bath and climate control.

The apartment’s location in the modern Diagonal Mar area offered easy access to the metro system. Hop on a metro train, and it is just a quick ride to the city center. The nearby shopping area, with its many restaurants, included a large supermarket - very convenient.

But my favorite aspect was the view from this 18th floor unit. The sweeping vista from the mountains to the sea was a treat for the eye, offering an expansive panorama of the city - impressive by day, sparkling by night. I was even able to catch a glimpse of the iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral from the private balcony. Just beautiful!

# 129859 Private Homes, Lionshead Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE

5-Bedroom House on Vail Mountain

Enjoying the beautiful fall foliage from the large private hot tub

Enjoying the beautiful fall foliage from the large private hot tub

10/02/2007 - I had the pleasure of visiting this spectacular mountain retreat in the heart of Vail’s prestigious ski resort town. Nestled into the mountainside, this luxurious home was a perfect haven. October is the best time to see the changing fall colors and the aspen trees were in glorious shades of gold! My friends and I took advantage of the view while soaking in the very private hot tub just off the master bedroom.

This fantastic mountain home boasts a large gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. We were not disappointed. We had no trouble finding everything we needed to prepare a big family dinner to enjoy around the dining table.

The shuttle bus was within a short walk and took us from east Vail to the west end of town. There were a variety of shops in-between to cater to your every whim, not to mention a skating rink, a library and plenty of choices for dining.

After skiing, shopping, hiking or whatever your choice of activity, it’s a great treat to come back to this spacious luxury hideaway. Pamper yourself in the jetted master bath, take a steam shower or just relax in the six-person hot tub, and the little cubbies loved the game room where they had a big flat screen TV all to themselves.

The VRBO Bear

# 90263 Annapolis, Central, Maryland, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Eastport Artist Accommodations House and/or Apartment

Enjoying the colorful artwork in this charming apartment.

Enjoying the colorful artwork in this charming apartment.

09/20/2007 - What could be better than a visit to historical Annapolis MD? - the lovely accommodations the VRBO Bear found in this charming apartment in Eastport! This home has been completely renovated and was a cozy retreat at the end of the day.

The purpose of our visit was to attend the First Class Parents' Weekend at the US Naval Academy. This bear's friends have a son at the Academy, and the apartment was in a perfect location for the weekend's festivities. There are restaurants and quaint stores all around this location, with a Ruth's Chris Steak house right down the street! We walked to the Academy on the first morning, crossing the bridge over Spa Creek and enjoying the sights of the marina - boats, homes and businesses along the way. In the evening, we enjoyed the ride on the water taxi that dropped us off just a few blocks from the apartment.

The apartment was a delight, with every comfort a bear could desire. The bed with its luxurious linens was so comfortable, I could have hibernated all weekend! The kitchen was stocked with any item I might have needed, and the living room was inviting with a comfortable sofa and TV. And if you are a bear who needs to stay "connected," there is even wireless internet available.

Our hostess, Joanne, is an artist, and there are many pieces of her work displayed throughout the apartment, including charming painted furniture and beautiful artwork on the walls. She even has a small gallery of her work in her home, which is attached to the apartment. You can tell that every detail was lovingly appointed with a generous spirit.

If you are planning a visit to Annapolis, MD, for Boat Week, USNA Commissioning week, or Parents Weekend, or just for the joy of exploring this historical, quaint city, be sure to inquire about this perfect apartment in the heart of Eastport!

The VRBO Bear

# 67504 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE

Historic Pinecone Cottage 1.78 Acres of Mountain Views!

VRBO Bear enjoys scaling the rocks at Pinecone Cottage

VRBO Bear enjoys scaling the rocks at Pinecone Cottage

09/14/2007 - My GrandPaw used to say to me, “You need to get back to your roots from time to time.” So I decided to head up to Estes Park to stay in Pinecone Cottage. Pinecone Cottage is the only cottage located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. When I walked into the cottage, all I could say was, “Wow!” It was clean and beautiful, with pine walls and plenty of windows to see the awe-inspiring views. And I had my choice of six comfortable beds (and you know bears like to sleep soundly).

The kitchen was so well equipped that one evening, I prepared dinner myself. To top it off, I went out on the deck to enjoy the perfect weather and spectacular views. After it got a little chilly, I retired indoors to the big, comfortable Jacuzzi tub. What perfection!

Pinecone Cottage is five minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park where I went hiking, drove Old Fall River Road, and read a book by one of the many lakes. I also had plenty of opportunities to commune with my old friends, like the Elk, Deer, Pika and Hawk families! It is also only five minutes from downtown Estes Park, with plenty of shopping and restaurants.

Whether hiking, shopping, eating, or just relaxing, Pinecone Cottage is a must for anyone. My GrandPaw was right...it doesn’t get any better than this!

All the best,
The VRBO Bear

# 79426 Dalton Ranch, Durango, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Gated Luxuriously-Furnished Townhome in Gorgeous Dalton Ranch

Enjoying the Music

Enjoying the Music

09/01/2007 - We were wowed as we entered this gorgeous, new townhome for our bear stay. It features three bedrooms, a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, wet bar, den, loft and a two-car garage. It is in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood about ten minutes north of downtown Durango. The home is tastefully decorated with beautiful furniture, pictures and other accessories - we enjoyed being inside the home as much as being outside, sightseeing Durango.

The ceiling-mounted speakers distribute smooth music throughout the open area. The covered flagstone patio made the breakfast time in the backyard worthwhile. The bear cubs were delighted to watch the historic Durango-Silverton train from the backyard.

This rental property definitely ranks high in the Bear’s list for Durango.

# 41253 Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

VRBO Stayed Here: Panoramic Ocean View!

VRBO Bear enjoying Beautiful Hermosa Beach

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 Christie Heights, Peak 8, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 8 BR, 8 BA, HOUSE

Expansive former chalet with private theater, game room, hot tub, and gazebo: Grand View Lodge

Stopped to smell the daisies!

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

5 Star Ski-in/Ski-Out Condo in the heart of Beaver Creek Village

VRBO Bear on  granite countertop with HDTV, fireplace, ceiling fan in livingroom

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

Bareskin Lodge - Best Value in Vail

Warming up by the fire

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!

Warmly,
VRBO Bear

# 114928 Deadwood, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Upscale 6000 sq ft ski-in/out mountain home. 10% off Fall 2014 stays!!!

The bear lounges comfortably on the leather sofa.

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

HOME IN QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD, VIEWS,PRIVATE HOT TUB,GARAGE,FREE WI FI

The VRBO Bear relaxes on the deck

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

Next to nothing, yet close to everything!

The bear loves the spiral staircase up to the master bedroom loft

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.

Sincerely,
The VRBO Bear

# 105867 Pagosa Springs, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Large Comfortable Vacation Home

Welcome to Pagosa Springs

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

Location, Location, Location - Spectacular Views of 13 Virgin Islands

The Bear sends his greetings from Point Pleasant, USVI!

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

# 19458 Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Beachfront Villa @ Rio Mar Resort- Specials!

Relaxing on the balcony

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

Santa Barbara Getaway! 6 BR One Block to the Beach! $2550 wk!

The VRBO Bear enjoying the lush backyard.

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

Luxury Townhouse with Mountain Views & Private Hot Tub

Warming up by the fire after a day of snowboarding

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

Take advantage of $249 a night Sep - Oct - ASK

Come Enjoy a Tropical Paradise!

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

Uptown on the Park

Dinner overlooking the Park

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!

Signed,
The VRBO Bear

# 11336 Sunbeam Estates, Historic District, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Heart of Breckenridge - 4,200 Sf - Treasure of Klack

VRBO Bear warming by the fire!

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.

Signed,

The VRBO Bear

# 10441 Sunbeam Estates, Historic District, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

4000 Square Feet, 5 BR, Log Post and Beam Home in Town

Relaxing By The Cozy Fire

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.

Signed,
The VRBO Bear



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