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The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear

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

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# 252228 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Wine Country Vista *10 Acres & 360° Views* - Kid Friendly!

Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!

Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!

03/08/2013 - Our party stayed at this house for a weekend and it was perfect! We needed a big place and wanted to be near all of the action in Sonoma, and we definitely got that - but we couldn't have expected the amazing views!! We enjoyed every sunrise & sunset.

The square is just a few minutes away, and we easily found grocery stores and restaurants nearby.

The neighborhood is quite nice. After we pulled into the driveway and up the hill, we immediately we noticed the breathtaking views for miles all around! The home was a peaceful retreat for any group, very private and park-like.
The views could also be seen from the living room & dining room. We made our way out to the lawn pretty quickly, which was easy to do with all the outdoor furniture where our group could relax and enjoy the view. Several of my friends live in NYC and other large cities, and they LOVED the wide open space and the deer grazing on the lawn.

The owners really have thought of everything. The large bathrooms were well stocked with hair dryers and other inconvenient-to-pack items, including a curling iron. There were emergency items like sunscreen, toothpaste/toothbrush, and hairspray. The kitchen was very large, and it had all of the utensils, pots & pans and dishes that we needed. We were pleased to find a basket of fresh fruit and tea available as well. We made dinner one night and several of the girls could be prepping veggies and cooking at the same time in the kitchen. And of course, everything was clean & tidy.

You might not expect a vacation rental to have good beds, but these were very comfortable - you will get a very good sleep here, guaranteed.

It wasn't just the wine and general activity during the weekend - very friendly owners, too!

# 168257 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ile St Louis, wide charming Studio with Best City Reviews, Wifi+Tel included

I loved being sooooo close to everything!

I loved being sooooo close to everything!

02/27/2013 - After looking at photos of the studio, we were pleasantly surprised to see how much larger it appeared when we actually stepped inside. The apartment is decorated in warm colors, and all of the mirrors help make the space feel quite spacious but cozy. The bathroom is huge with a great walk-in shower, and the pull-out sofa bed is quite comfortable. There is a fully equipped kitchen with really every amenity that you would require. However the best part of this apartment is definitely the location. The train from the airport drops you off no more than a 5 minute walk away, and you are perfectly placed to visit every neighborhood of Paris. Ile Saint Louis has a number of cute restaurants and shops, and the Marais is just a quick walk across the bridge and provides access to a great area full of unique and fun restaurants. Our favorite part was that we could walk to pretty much everything! Even though the weather was chilly, we were able to walk to the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Pompidou Centre. Many other places are walkable, or at a minimum a quick metro ride away if you don’t feel like walking! Nicolas is a great host, as he provides tons of information and is readily available on his cell phone. Any questions you have, he’s happy to answer for you and gives great advice.

The VRBO Bear

# 299432 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ile St Louis, Charming Suite with Best City Reviews, Wifi+Tel

Lots of room for a bear to kick back and relax.

Lots of room for a bear to kick back and relax.

02/27/2013 - This apartment is absolutely beautiful, and very large for Paris! It is in a charming old building, but has been completely remodeled so that it possesses the best of both worlds. Its large windows provide warm lighting, and high ceilings display wonderful exposed hardwood beams. It has a nice sized bedroom and a large living room that has both a couch and a chair that fold out to provide room for another 3 people. There is storage everywhere for clothing and anything else you can imagine. The bathroom has all new hardware and an amazing walk-in shower. A great kitchen is equipped with new appliances and all the amenities if you feel like staying in and cooking. However the location is absolutely perfect, with tons of excellent restaurants and brasseries within walking distance for those who prefer to dine out. Many other places of interest are walkable, or at a minimum a quick metro ride away if you don’t feel like walking. The apartment is on a nice quiet street, so you won’t be bothered if you decide to sleep late, but is close to all sorts of nightlife if you decide that you want to stay out late. Overall the apartment and location are ideal, with everything you could ask for to provide an amazing Paris getaway.

The VRBO Bear

# 220042 Cle Elum, North Central Cascades, Washington State, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, CABIN

6BR/6BA 4300sqft Sleep30 Beds Pool Priv Hot Tub Near Suncadia

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

02/24/2013 - Our unbelievable experience started even before we arrived. The owner of this cabin, Pennie, made our getaway an easy and enjoyable one. After speaking to us and going over logistics of our stay, she found out that my sister in-law would be celebrating her birthday, and we were also celebrating 2 soon-to-be wedded couples in the party. She advised there would be something special waiting for us when we arrived.

As we drove into the Roslyn Ridge community, we saw a group of breathtaking cabins. It was obvious that this community takes pride in their homes. We turned onto Tiger Lily Lane, and there it was, “Cabin Near Suncadia”. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was a very large wooden slab dining table, enough to seat about 12 comfortably! On the dining table were trays of gifts including branded champagne glasses, pens, Frisbees, coffee mugs, and an adorable mini stuffed moose. In the living room were high ceilings with 2 rustic chandeliers, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, surrounded by orchids and flowers. To the left of the fireplace was an enormous stuffed moose waiting for us to arrive. Bear and Moose were instant friends, of course. We set our bags down and made our way upstairs to the loft and 2 bedrooms. Here the VRBO Bear found another stuffed friend, Reindeer. There was a set of bunks in the loft with an adorable wooden checkers table.

All together this cabin has 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. There was a gigantic pool table, and a kitchen with a round dining table great for playing board games or cards. There was also a foosball table.

The living room had comfortable couches and a flat screen TV with a Wii, perfect for streaming Netflix movies or playing some virtual Wii bowling. This place couldn’t get any better! And then it did….we opened the back door and found a glorious 8 person hot tub just waiting for the Bear to jump in. This was the best weekend getaway ever!

The VRBO Bear

# 232313 Suncadia, North Central Cascades, Washington State, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, CABIN

6+BR/6BA 4300sqft Sleep30 Beds Pool Priv Hot Tub Roslyn Ridge

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

02/24/2013 - Our unbelievable experience started even before we arrived. The owner of this cabin, Pennie, made our getaway an easy and enjoyable one. After speaking to us and going over logistics of our stay, she found out that my sister in-law would be celebrating her birthday, and we were also celebrating 2 soon-to-be wedded couples in the party. She advised there would be something special waiting for us when we arrived.

As we drove into the Roslyn Ridge community, we saw a group of breathtaking cabins. It was obvious that this community takes pride in their homes. We turned onto Tiger Lily Lane, and there it was, “Cabin Near Suncadia”. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was a very large wooden slab dining table, enough to seat about 12 comfortably! On the dining table were trays of gifts including branded champagne glasses, pens, Frisbees, coffee mugs, and an adorable mini stuffed moose. In the living room were high ceilings with 2 rustic chandeliers, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, surrounded by orchids and flowers. To the left of the fireplace was an enormous stuffed moose waiting for us to arrive. Bear and Moose were instant friends, of course. We set our bags down and made our way upstairs to the loft and 2 bedrooms. Here the VRBO Bear found another stuffed friend, Reindeer. There was a set of bunks in the loft with an adorable wooden checkers table.

All together this cabin has 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. There was a gigantic pool table, and a kitchen with a round dining table great for playing board games or cards. There was also a foosball table.

The living room had comfortable couches and a flat screen TV with a Wii, perfect for streaming Netflix movies or playing some virtual Wii bowling. This place couldn’t get any better! And then it did….we opened the back door and found a glorious 8 person hot tub just waiting for the Bear to jump in. This was the best weekend getaway ever!

The VRBO Bear

# 281065 Roslyn, North Central Cascades, Washington State, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, CABIN

6BR/6BA 4300sqft Sleep30 Beds Pool Priv Hot Tub Near Suncadia

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

Six bedrooms plus the loft for me and my friends.

02/24/2013 - Our unbelievable experience started even before we arrived. The owner of this cabin, Pennie, made our getaway an easy and enjoyable one. After speaking to us and going over logistics of our stay, she found out that my sister in-law would be celebrating her birthday, and we were also celebrating 2 soon-to-be wedded couples in the party. She advised there would be something special waiting for us when we arrived.

As we drove into the Roslyn Ridge community, we saw a group of breathtaking cabins. It was obvious that this community takes pride in their homes. We turned onto Tiger Lily Lane, and there it was, “Cabin Near Suncadia”. As we entered, the first thing we noticed was a very large wooden slab dining table, enough to seat about 12 comfortably! On the dining table were trays of gifts including branded champagne glasses, pens, Frisbees, coffee mugs, and an adorable mini stuffed moose. In the living room were high ceilings with 2 rustic chandeliers, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, surrounded by orchids and flowers. To the left of the fireplace was an enormous stuffed moose waiting for us to arrive. Bear and Moose were instant friends, of course. We set our bags down and made our way upstairs to the loft and 2 bedrooms. Here the VRBO Bear found another stuffed friend, Reindeer. There was a set of bunks in the loft with an adorable wooden checkers table.

All together this cabin has 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. There was a gigantic pool table, and a kitchen with a round dining table great for playing board games or cards. There was also a foosball table.

The living room had comfortable couches and a flat screen TV with a Wii, perfect for streaming Netflix movies or playing some virtual Wii bowling. This place couldn’t get any better! And then it did….we opened the back door and found a glorious 8 person hot tub just waiting for the Bear to jump in. This was the best weekend getaway ever!

The VRBO Bear

# 345201 Alexandria, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Historic Home with View of Potomac River and Activities Galore

Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.

Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.

02/13/2013 - My husband and our two boys went to visit my family in the Washington, D.C. area. After extensive searching, we came across this lovely little house in Old Town Alexandria. We knew we loved the place as soon as we saw it. It has its own driveway, helpful because the area has limited parking available. The backyard/courtyard is currently under construction, but looks like it's going to be beautiful. The entrance has a mud room, with the other rooms all upstairs. In this mudroom, they have a cute little chalkboard that welcomes the family. I grew up in the area and the old house reminded me of my youth. It's very old and has a lot of the lovely original fixtures, including hardwood floors.

Going up the stairs, on the right is a wonderful parlor with a TV and chess table. It is warm and inviting, with an eclectic style. On the left is a hallway where the bedrooms and kitchen are located. The first room is the master room where we found fresh cut flowers, a charming personal touch. The next room is a wonderful kid room with two twin beds. The boys took an instant liking to the home, especially when they found home-made cookies on the bed! The last room is the kitchen and then the sunroom, which was the biggest hit!

The sun shines into the sunroom in the mornings, making it warm and inviting. It also has a lovely view of the homes of Old Town along with a view of the Potomac River. When we were in the house, we stayed primarily in the sunroom. It was a great area where we could connect as a family.

The house is in a perfect location. Within a short walking distance are tons of restaurants, shopping, the Potomac River and the wonderful Torpedo Factory, where you can see local artists at work. It’s a quick hop, skip and a jump to D.C. itself.

We were all pleased with the house and would definitely stay there again when we go back.

# 383613 Private Homes, East Vail, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Mountain Home VRBO Stayed Here! Hot Tub East Vail 3rd Bus Stop to Town

You'll have a mountain of fun here!

You'll have a mountain of fun here!

02/06/2013 - The Bear broke out his snow gear for a fabulous stay at this GREAT East Vail mountain home. As if the beauty of Vail’s wintery wonderland was not enough, the Bear was VERY impressed with many aspects of this home, particularly the open kitchen and living areas which made both early morning pre-ski and early evening après-ski time together so much fun. Each unique bedroom with its own bathroom, two of which have loft spaces, provided adequate sleeping and bathing privacy for the Bear and his friends. The Bear loved walking out the front door, walking less than 3 minutes to the bus and riding 10-15 minutes to Vail Village, exploring Vail mountain on his snowboard, and partaking in Vail’s nightlife including dinners at Game Creek and La Bottega and watching music legend Roy over at the Marriott lounge sing his favorite tunes. When the Bear took a day off from hitting the slopes, he read his book in the living area gazing at the beautiful white mountains, played chess with friends, sat in the hot tub to rest his Bear paws, and cooked his favorite dish of turkey tacos. The owners made the Bear feel so welcome with all of their suggestions and by ensuring that all amenities were just right for their guests. The Bear was even greeted by the neighborhood fox Cleo and they became great friends over leftover bacon! Many many thanks to Richard and Emily for a great stay!

# 410104 French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

French Quarter Retreat Condo walk to the Super Dome & Convention Center

Great location at a great price! You will love your stay.

Great location at a great price! You will love your stay.

01/07/2013 - “This property is the top of the line in the French Quarter! The pictures and video are just as fabulous as the rental itself. I would really recommend this property to any guests who have a large group and want that extra space to spread out after a crazy night out on Bourbon Street. Everything from the fresh clean linens, convenience of the washer/dryer, and disposable toothbrushes all came in handy on my late night out in the Big Easy. The condo has great security from the front door of the building to the front door of the rental and makes any guest feel safe. Beautifully located across from the House of Blues and within walking distance of everything cool in the Quarters. A must-stay for anyone who likes to live large for a great price!”

The VRBO Bear

# 95734 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Gulf Front, Sunset Views,Spacious,Family Friendly, Oceanfront,W

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs.

One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings.

The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :)

The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space.

The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases.

We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula.

This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses split by a rolling door. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself.

The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call.

The VRBO Bear

# 353123 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Gulf Front; 3BR, 2.5 Bath, Sunset Views, sleeps 10

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs.

One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings.

The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :)

The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space.

The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases.

We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula.

This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses split by a rolling door. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself.

The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call.

The VRBO Bear

# 228323 Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

3 Bedrooms and Private Pool in a Bird Watcher's Paradise!

The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

11/02/2012 - The moment we drove up to Casa Maganda we were amazed at how meticulously maintained and beautiful the area was, especially since it was right in the middle of a rainforest! As soon as we drove up to the house and pulled into the gate we saw a protected port that was perfect for our rental car. We were greeted shortly after our arrival by Buck who made sure fresh, local fruit was there for us and even brought a pound cake that his wife had made. Buck answered all of our questions about the property and Tarcoles and made sure to let us know about all the wonderful things we should do. Everyone in Tarcoles knows Buck and will sometimes offer you a discount on a tour if you mention his name. He was kind enough to book a fishing, hiking and snorkeling adventure for us!

As soon as you walk into the house you’ll see a gorgeous atrium with a huge sky-lit roof and calming fountain. The whole house is built around this beautiful room. Behind the atrium is a cozy TV room and media center that is attached to the kitchen. The TV was big enough for all of us to watch and the media center had a monitor for the security cameras around the property. The kitchen had everything we needed and even included a really neat pineapple slicer that made coring and slicing pineapples a snap. We were able to keep the outside of our pineapples and use them as cups! The granite countertops, modern appliances and beautiful wooden cabinets allowed us to prepare all sorts of wonderful meals. We also used the outdoor grill to prepare fresh fish and chicken tacos.

There are plenty of seating areas around the house where we could relax with our laptops and Kindles using the WiFi connection. We were even able to stream music outside from our favorite internet stations while lounging by the pool. If you continue walking down the backyard you can see a river behind the property called the “Tarcolitos”. There are steps that lead down from the backyard and you can stick your feet in if you’d like. We were able to hike to the waterfall that feeds this river by driving up the road a few kilometers.

The bedrooms in the house were super comfy. There’s a maid that comes every day to tidy up and make the beds, plus she can do special chores such as laundry if you leave a nice tip. Each room had its own AC unit which made sure everyone was comfortable. The two double bedrooms were perfect for my friends and were connected by a large bathroom with its own shower and double sinks. There was enough privacy and space for everyone. I chose the master bedroom with a King Size bed, Jacuzzi tub, huge shower and double sinks. This bed was so comfortable and luxurious, only the smell of amazing Costa Rican coffee could get me out! I also really enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub, especially after the 4 hour hike we took to see the waterfalls. There’s a shorter way to view the waterfalls through the entrance of Pura Vida gardens without going on the big hike we did.

This was the perfect place to experience Pura Vida and indulge in everything Costa Rica has to offer.

# 252322 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Marais. Luxury,Quiet & Large. Walk to Notre Dame last Minute 10 %Off

Kick back and relax in this comfy living room after a fun day in the area

Kick back and relax in this comfy living room after a fun day in the area

10/23/2012 - For a bear like me in a new city, location is of utmost importance. This charming apartment has a great location in the heart of Paris. “Point zero” or “kilometre zero” from where all distances are measured in France is literally 10 minutes walk. You don’t get more central than that. The closest subway station has only yellow line or line #1, but it takes you straight to many sites in Paris, including the Louvre, Champs Elysee and the Eiffel tower.

Before I arrived, I had an idea of how central the apartment is. That is why we were very surprised to see how spacious the apartment is given its location. It can accommodate 4 people easily and even has a separate naturally-lit dining room.

While the apartment is central, it is definitely not touristy. Stepping out the door, you will find yourself surrounded by Parisians grocery shopping, sipping coffee and carrying loaves of baguette. We quickly shopped and ate like Parisians and really enjoyed it.

Our host during the stay, Barbara and Gomez, the owner, helped us settle in quickly and remained extremely helpful during our stay. They were very quick in responding to all of our inquiries and in general very pleasant to work with. The apartment even has a table full of 2012 tour books for Paris. While we came prepared, these little details show that the owners care about travelers and their stays.

# 384700 Pointe West, Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beachfront @ Pointe West - Lazy Dog Escape

After a day on the beach, you can enjoy all the comforts of home.

After a day on the beach, you can enjoy all the comforts of home.

10/16/2012 - Come stay at this beautiful beachfront home that can be enjoyed year-round! This house is perfect for any group that is looking to get away for a true beach vacation…literally steps away from the beach.

The location of this house is perfect. It is located in Pointe West Resort which is about 15 miles from downtown Galveston. The home is perfectly situated on the beach with 2 stories of decks that look out over the beautiful beach and ocean. The decks are perfect for enjoying dinner outside with the night breeze or your morning coffee as you watch the sun rise over the ocean. It also offers quick beach access with a walkover just steps away. The bottom level under the house has two large picnic tables which are great for group gatherings and an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach.

The inside of the house is quite spacious and comfortable with an open floor plan for enjoying time together. We traveled with our family of four along with my brother’s family of three and had lots of space to enjoy each other’s company, while still having our own privacy. There is a fireplace in the living room and master bedroom which would make a cold weather getaway quite enjoyable and relaxing!

Pointe West Resort has 2 separate pool areas – one with an infinity pool and kids pool overlooking the ocean and another with a small lazy river overlooking the bay. They are perfect spots for breaking up the beach time with the kids or just going to cool off from the ocean water.
I highly recommend this home for any and group looking for a comfortable and relaxing beach getaway on the gulf coast of Texas.

The VRBO Bear

# 261084 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Designer Luxury Oceanfront Home

Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!

Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!

10/13/2012 - You Betta Belize It! From the start we were treated with kindness and luxury. My family and friends were greeted at the boat dock and welcomed by the owner with tropical flowers for the ladies. They helped us carry our luggage to the house and showed us around this beautiful designer home.

It is true; Casa Rana is a living-breathing piece of art, dancing with energy twenty four hours a day. The owners have furnished the home with every last detail to make your vacation a true experience. The kitchen is filled with all the cooking needs of a chef and is adjacent to the beautiful dining room with amazing views. The living room is plush and well-lit to read your favorite book or share your day’s stories with your family. All three bedrooms have unobscured panoramic views of the ocean, top of the line bedding, beautiful art, private bathrooms with walk in showers, and doors that open to the patios.

If you are looking for privacy and a vacation rental tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you can have just that. This private lot has a wonderful hammock tucked away in the trees with great views of the ocean and beautiful tropical flowers. The property has a wonderful BBQ area to cook out, leading to a wonderful 10’ x 14’ Plunge Pool perfect for cooling off and hanging out. The patios have wonderful Adirondack style cushioned chairs to relax on, as well as two large lounge chairs. We spent every morning watching the amazing sun rise either from the patio or the dock while discovering dolphins and sea rays as they often come by for a visit. There is a wonderfully put together Zen Garden on the back side of the house for your relaxation, yoga, or just to contemplate life. No matter where you were, every evening was filled with listening to the wonderful sound of frogs from the pond behind the house as they filled the night air with a glorious sound!

If you want to get out and explore the town of San Pedro there are shuttles which can pick you up for a small fee and take you into town. If you want to go Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Cave Tubing, Zip Lining, Visiting Mayan Ruins, Kayaking, Swimming, Spa or Spa Treatments, you are just a phone call away. Diana has many trusted guides and she can help direct you. We took a suggested day trip snorkeling aboard EL GATO with Captain Geraldo Badillo and 1st Mate Justo as they took us to Hol Chan Reef. They were great guides as they pointed out eagle rays, huge turtles, and dolphins playing. They then took us on to Caye Caulker for a few hours of shopping and lunch before heading back out to snorkel Shark Ray Alley to swim with the sharks. Our Captain made us the most delicious fresh salsa for us to enjoy on our trip back to San Pedro. From there we did a little shopping before catching the Tropical Ferry back to the house for the evening.

We truly enjoyed our stay at Casa Rana and know you will too! May the frogs always be with us!

The VRBO Bear

# 173493 Cannon Beach, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Luxurious and Modern Family-Friendly Home, Amazing Views! 1 block to ocean

You will love every inch of this beautiful home.

You will love every inch of this beautiful home.

10/07/2012 - Welcome to Rancho Del Mar, a home away from home. This is a beautiful place to stay with everything we needed and beyond; and the perfect place to stay while exploring the Oregon Coast. It is ideal for families and extended families but has lots to offer the grownups too.

The owners of Rancho Del Mar have taken great pride in their home and give extra care to their visitors. The home is not only beautifully decorated, comfortable and very clean but is stocked with what you will need for your stay; with games, puzzles, firewood, sand toys and a well-appointed kitchen. The owners were also delightful to work with, answering all of our questions and providing us with a list of activities to do in the area. They were one of our favorite owners that we have had the pleasure to vacation with.

Rancho Del Mar sits 4 homes back from the beach. It has a side yard with trees, flowers, chairs, a sand box for the cubs. The expansive back deck is off of the family room and master suite and features great ocean views, perfect for lounging in the sun, relaxing, listening to the surf, and enjoying family meals too. Inside the newly renovated and beautifully decorated home is a big log fireplace, perfect for cozy evenings or enjoying the view when the weather is less than perfect. The kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, a beautiful tile back splash and everything that a chef would need including coastal colored Fiesta-ware and stainless steel appliances. The beds and bedding are high quality and very comfortable. The kids’ bunk rooms are a dream, as well as the kids’ game and TV room. There is an outdoor shower off of the laundry room that is perfect for rinsing off after a day at the beach. There are games, movies, puzzles, books, toys, a wagon and sand toys for the kids or the inner bear in all of us.

Arch Cape is a small community of homes between the highway and the pristine Arch Cape beach. It is only 4-6 houses wide between the highway and the ocean. It is a quiet community with an easily accessible beach. There are various pathways to the rock barrier and then the soft sand. The beach is perfect for taking long walks, sea-shelling, making sand castles and just relaxing. You can walk a mile up the beach to Hug Point and explore the caves and tide pools or the waterfall at low tide, or walk south towards Oswald State Park and its gorgeous hiking trails. Arch Cape is very close to nearby towns, sights to see, mountains for hiking and many other beaches to explore. Our bear family enjoyed exploring the beaches, Cannon Beach and its lovely shops and divine restaurants, hiking at Oswald State Park and Short Sands Beach, building a beach bonfire, touring the Tillamook lighthouse and the yummy cheese factory, riding beach bikes, crabbing at Nehalem Bay and even just enjoying Rancho Del Mar was its own slice of heaven. There are so many fun things to see and do in the northern Oregon coast.

Rancho Del Mar was a perfect home for the VRBO Bear and our cubs. The bear highly recommends that you choose to stay here and explore the Oregon coast.

The VRBO Bear

# 388568 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ben Franklin's Hideaway

After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!

After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!

10/07/2012 - The Ben Franklin Hideaway was in the perfect location in Paris. I had a terrific time starting all my excursions from this quaint little apartment. The apartment is conveniently located near a wonderful grocery store that allowed me to buy a few meals. As a traveling bear, I prefer to cook my own food when traveling - having a grocery store nearby where I could buy all the ingredients made this rather easy. In a city like Paris, public transportation is the best way to get around, and the location of Ben Franklin Hideaway provided very easy access to a couple of the most useful metro stops. Being the culture buff that I am, I truly appreciated living so near the Louvre. It was a treat to be able to take a ten minute walk to the museum and hang out there.
After a long day, I was able to have a comfortable sleep at the Ben Franklin Hideaway. The bathroom was also terrific, with a huge bathtub where I could relax after an action packed day.
As for the inside of the Hideaway, there certainly were a few things which could have used improvement, and the owner and I discussed opportunities to make the apartment itself as wonderful as its location. I am confident that when the next traveler stays here, the amenities will be in perfect working order with detailed instructions on their use, along with some advice on good restaurants and the construction outside of the window will have been completed.
If you love exploring cities by foot and want to stay at the perfect location for this, the Ben Franklin Hideaway is your place to stay.

The VRBO Bear

# 400534 Crystal Beach, Scenic Gulf Drive West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

'Plantation House'-Designer Home, Pool, Across from Beach!

Fun in the sun!!!

Fun in the sun!!!

09/24/2012 - What a perfect beach vacation I had at The Plantation House! This house was ultra luxurious, with beautiful furniture and decor in every room spanning 3 floors, with views of the ocean from 2 balconies!
Waking up on the 3rd floor loft style suite was a real highlight, sunlight streaming in from all the windows with the morning ocean in view. It is just across a non-busy street from the ocean, and you can still hear the waves! We drove to many beaches in the area during our week-long stay, but the beach in front of the house was just as gorgeous and lovely. The whitest, sugary sand, and the water was always clear, blue-green and just the right temperature, even at the end of September. Some days the ocean was glassy like a giant pool with many kinds of fish swimming around, and other days there were waves for me to jump in! Flags on the beach let you know how strong the current is that day.

The house had everything we needed all week - beach chairs and umbrellas, multiple coolers to picnic down on the beach, floats, beach towels and even a beach bag and mats to use. When the sun was at its strongest, we would come back to the house, shower off in the outdoor shower, and hang out in the pool. The house has a super-nice sound system that pipes to every floor and to the pool and deck areas. It was all controlled with an iPad mounted in the wall that let you choose where the music played. Very fun! The pool was heated, which made it great at night under the moon. There is even a rolling cooler in the kitchen that we could wheel out to the poolside with our drinks! Most nights, we went to the local fish market and bought freshly caught fish and grilled on the pool patio grill. What a treat! I can't imagine having a better beach vacation, thanks Plantation House!

The VRBO Bear.

# 52768 Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Oceanfront 180 Panoramic View Luxury 2 BR Single Story Condo

Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean

Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean

09/06/2012 - Welcome to Marty’s Beach House! This place is not only beautiful inside, but UNBELIEVABLE outside. We have never in all our years of traveling seen a view this breathtaking from our very own balcony. The owner & manager are wonderful to deal with; very responsive throughout the entire process. They even provided a fine California wine on arrival to welcome us!

Enjoy the warm ocean breeze from every room in the house, along with breathtaking views the moment you walk in the door!

Large COMFORTABLE beds with plenty of space. The amazing showerheads in each bathroom felt more like a spa than a home.

The kitchen is completely stocked. Every detail from an assortment of spices down to champagne glasses were included. All modern appliances in the completely updated kitchen made cooking easy and enjoyable. Really no need to ever eat out if you’d prefer!

Laundry machines are large and reliable, making it easy to quickly wash and dry everyone’s clothes. Detergent is supplied for your stay (not always the case so it’s a nice touch). The owner supplied beach towels, another nice touch since that’s usually a last minute detail everyone seems to forget.

The balcony is quite large with new patio furniture, making it easy to eat or lounge outside at all times. In the evenings we enjoyed a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset. What a gorgeous view! I can’t say enough about this condo. Truly one of the most incredible places we’ve had the privilege of staying at!

# 72308 Private Homes, Princeville, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Luxurious 4 BR, 3.5 Bath Home with Mountain View!

Everything you will need is provided in this beautiful kitchen

Everything you will need is provided in this beautiful kitchen

08/21/2012 - Beautiful Princeville home tucked away in a serene Kauai neighborhood.

Welcome to Hale Pakele for a home away from home! This place is beautiful and offers all of your creature comforts in a fabulous location. We highly recommend you choose this place for your next Hawaiian vacation:

The owner is amazing. John was super nice, helpful, and easy to reach before, during, and after our stay.

Enjoy walks or runs along a scenic paved trail bordering a nearby golf course.

Bunk beds offer plenty of space for up to four children to sleep comfortably. Our two children had ample space to play in the early morning while we slept downstairs. What a treat! (especially in those first few days adjusting to the time difference)

Kitchen is completely stocked. Nice ceramic plates for dining contrasted by casual sets for kids or eating outside. Enough oil, salt, tea, coffee, etc. to get you through the first few days (although we recommend a stop at Walmart and Costco after leaving the Lihue airport). Walk in pantry neatly organized. All modern stainless steel appliances. Sharp knives. Great wine glasses. Try the built-in griddle for pancakes and grilled cheese. Décor is beautiful.

Laundry machines are large and reliable. Easy to quickly wash and dry everyone’s clothes. Detergent is supplied for your stay (not always the case so it’s a nice touch).

The owners don’t supply Beach trip accessories, but we found previous renters had supplied them! We found a wide selection of tools to build sand castles, beach chairs, snorkeling gear, aqua socks, and clean beach towels (which the owners do provide) in good condition. There was also a nice cooler!

There are three outdoor patios, or lanais, to enjoy this luscious scenery and cool breeze in their comfy furniture.

Outdoor barbeque and bar with patio chairs and table where everyone can grill, drink, and eat together.

Enjoy the open spaces downstairs where you can see everyone cooking in the kitchen, sitting at the dining table, and relaxing in the large comfy sofa and chairs watching cable on the flat screen HDTV. You can do your thing and stay together at the same time. Easy to talk across the rooms, watch kids while you cook, or just do your thing.

There are three rooms that could all qualify as master bedrooms! They are awesome. The bed in the true master bedroom downstairs, where we slept, was super comfy and the giant extended shower was spa-like.

There is a desk and table upstairs fit for a computer if you need to work while you’re here. Fast, free Internet. Easy to work, upload pictures, etc.

What else can we say about this property, except that you probably aren’t staying long enough! To that point, if you are planning an extended stay in Hawaii, Hale Pakele is a great choice.

# 15798 Other South Padre Island Properties, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, TOWNHOME

Awesome, Huge 6 BR/6.5 BA Townhome on the Bay - Fish from Your Dock!!

Enjoy the ocean breeze as the sun sets!

Enjoy the ocean breeze as the sun sets!

08/19/2012 - Our large sleuth of thirteen bears had a vacation to remember at this beautiful town house. It was the perfect home base for our beach outings, but the house itself rivaled the beach as the star of the vacation. After a morning at the beach, the cubs stayed entertained at the house while the adults relaxed.

This home is every bit as luxurious in real life as it appears in the listing photos. Even with our large group, it felt roomy. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances, granite countertops, and all the pots and pans we needed to cook a full meal. It is open to the living and dining rooms and has a big island with bar stools so we could all hang out together at meal times.

The game room was a huge hit with the cubs. With air hockey, ping pong, and a pool table, there was something for everyone. The younger ones played board games in the loft above the game room and pretended it was their tree house.

In the evenings we enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching the sun set over the bay. What a gorgeous view! If you are looking for the perfect place to vacation with your family or large group, you will find it here.

# 305732 Belle Mer, Navarre Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Luxurious Condo 2 Gulf Front Masters

All the comforts of home and steps from the ocean! Who could want more?

All the comforts of home and steps from the ocean! Who could want more?

07/28/2012 - This beautiful beachfront condo was the perfect getaway for me and my family this summer! The property is well-appointed with lovely furnishings, granite counters throughout, comfortable beds, and more. A large unit at 2000 square feet, we all had plenty of space to relax and enjoy.
The owners of this condo really do make their travelers feel at home, providing amenities that many condos do not have. The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, and we had everything we needed to cook together all week. They also supplied us with plenty of activities to do indoors: movies, puzzles, games, and a computer with complimentary internet access. The “little things” were there for us as well – even a small cooler, perfect size for taking down to the beach. The VRBO Bear
Speaking of the beach, this condo was right on the sand! A few steps past the pool and we were there. It was not crowded at all. The pool was so much fun when we wanted a break from the salt water and we met many new friends there as well. We enjoyed spending time on the large balcony that overlooks the pool and ate many meals “al fresco” there.
The location couldn’t be better. Navarre Beach is a bit off the beaten path and not overcrowded with touristy attractions…but still close enough to larger Pensacola Beach and Ft. Walton Beach that we made a few smaller day trips in for some shopping.
We could not have enjoyed our stay at Belle Mer more, and highly recommend this condo to anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday!

# 403857 Inner Sunset, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE

Spacious, Beautiful and Quiet Home with Ocean Views, Easy Parking

Wonderful stay in San Francisco!

Wonderful stay in San Francisco!

07/26/2012 - My stay in San Francisco was enjoyable, largely due to the fact that I stayed in this lovely 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home in the Inner Sunset neighborhood. The owner of the home personally left a handwritten note to welcome my housemates and me, and he even came to visit to ensure we had everything we needed! He was very responsive to text messages and phone calls, which made preparations for (and our actual stay) very pleasant.

The home was well equipped with supplies. There were snacks available to munch on, cooking utensils, extra blankets/pillows, toiletries, a safe, internet access, maps, movies, books, and all I would need to wash my clothes and dishes.
We were located very close to wonderful restaurants, which were within a short 3-5 minute drive. We could hop on public transportation within a couple blocks of the house to get downtown and to other parts of the city, which were very convenient. My housemates rented a car, and it was so easy for them to find free street parking within a block of the home.

Overall, this was a great place to stay and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the San Francisco area.

-VRBO Bear

# 306406 Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, VILLA

Charming Laguna Beach Condo - Walk Right Down to the Shore!

Grill out on the patio or just kick back and relax by the fire.

Grill out on the patio or just kick back and relax by the fire.

07/09/2012 - The Retreat in Laguna is not only a fabulous five star ocean front villa, it is a complete vacation experience! From the first communication to every last possible detail, this villa is the perfect place for your Laguna Beach getaway! With its luxurious Italian style, this quaint, cliffside villa is every traveler’s dream for the perfect beach getaway. The Retreat In Laguna is a hidden gem among the oceanfront cliffside of the ever popular and artsy town of Laguna Beach. With direct beach access and amazing ocean views, the waves will lull you into relaxation.

The 1 bedroom villa offers everything you need to feel right at home. Every amenity has been thought through. Even beach towels, chairs, toys and umbrellas are provided for your comfort and fun in the sand! The kitchen is absolutely stunning and fully equipped for any cooking during your stay. The Retreat offers free laundry facilities as well. The common grounds on the property are absolutely stunning and everything is perfectly kept! With the Retreat’s central location, you can literally walk to most anywhere in Laguna!

The staff at the Retreat is second to none! They made us feel like family from the moment we stepped onto the property! We were actually sad to say goodbye.

The evenings were complete with the cool ocean breeze as we sat in front of our private stone fire pit while listening to the waves crashing on the beach. We were surrounded by the most beautiful rose garden as we soaked up the sun on our private patio.

Not only is the villa a fabulous beach getaway, but The Retreat provides an entire vacation experience! From In-Villa Massages and Spa Treatments to Whale Watching Tours, Paddle Board Surfing, Fine Dining, Tide Tours, Yoga Classes, Art Festivals and more! Every care was taken to make sure that we experienced the absolute best that Laguna Beach has to offer! The staff at the Retreat was able to set up absolutely anything we wanted to do!

If you are looking for some fun in the sun, then look no further. This is truly one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed and one of the most memorable vacation experiences to date!

# 84616 Rincon, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Right On the Best Swimming Beach in Rincon - AC throughout and Great Views

Enjoying this wonderful beach with a choice of sun or shade

Enjoying this wonderful beach with a choice of sun or shade

07/08/2012 - Mr. Bear and I decided to spend our long-overdue honeymoon in the relaxed town of Rincon, Puerto Rico. We were pleasantly surprised by the owner of Casa Serena, who took the time to describe the town and property in advance to ensure it met our expectations. She also provided us with maps, a list of restaurants and the necessary instructions to ensure we had a great stay.
Upon arrival, we could not believe the true proximity of the house to the beach – literally steps from the backyard gate! The crashing waves could be heard through the large screened windows – a constant reminder that we were on vacation even when we were indoors!

We feasted on the ripe mangos from the tree in the backyard, swam in the relaxing warm waters, and went snorkeling at the nature reserve just on the other side of town. Rincon and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer, but having Casa Serena as our “den away from home” made all the difference in the enjoyment of our stay.

Located in a residential neighborhood, Casa Serena is ideal for the laid-back bear who wishes to embrace the authentic Puerto Rico experience. (This picture is the almond tree just outside the backyard gate.)

# 219858 Napa, Napa County, Wine Country, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Downtown Napa-Walk to Everything!

Ahhhhh, all the comforts of home!

Ahhhhh, all the comforts of home!

07/05/2012 - Downtown Napa-Walk to Everything!

“Villa Murialdo” lived up to its billing! The Bear found Villa Murialdo to be very convenient to downtown Napa with all of its hustle-and-bustle. Located steps from the end of the Napa river walk, the Bear did not feel the need to hibernate after the short walk back from the city.

The kitchen provided everything the Bear needed – coffee filters, coffee, filtered water and various sundries. Even the much-needed bottle opener after a day of touring wine country was included.

A minor glitch in the WiFi was quickly remedied by Sandy, the efficient property owner. The Bear was confident that should any other amenity need attention, Sandy would have quickly resolved it as well. Fortunately, everything at Villa Murialdo worked fine.

The Bear enjoyed his stay and found downtown Napa extremely pleasant.

# 46990 Grand Reserve, Davenport, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

3250 sqft 5BR/4BA Luxury Family Home, Game Room, close to Disney, Inclusive Rate

Loving this wonderful Florida home!

Loving this wonderful Florida home!

06/08/2012 - The bear had a great time at this beautiful and well stocked vacation home. With 2 families that included kids as well as seniors we were all comfortably accommodated in this spacious 5 bedroom home. An inviting kitchen with a large center island and well stocked cabinets allowed us to cook and serve warm meals.

The children's rooms have walls painted with Disney themes! The couches and beds are all soft and very comfortable. All the bedrooms have large sleek TV's/DVD players, and the family room has a 55" LCD TV with blue-ray and cable setup. All the rooms and bathrooms were clean and very well furnished. The work center in the kitchen was setup with a computer and printer so we could easily look up and print directions to local sites of interest.

The owner has provided lots of amenities like strollers, toys for all ages, board games, books, movies, umbrellas, etc.

There is a large screened, heated swimming pool and poolside lounge chairs all of which we thoroughly enjoyed after our full days at Universal Studios and Disneyworld. The garage houses a pool table for relaxing evenings.

The home is in a great location, just 15 min drive to Disneyworld and the famous International Drive, and about 35 mins to Orlando airport.

This is a great family friendly vacation home. The owner was very professional and efficient throughout the rental process. We highly recommend this vacation home and its owner who was so welcoming and accommodating.....you will not be disappointed!!!

# 250430 Phoenix West, Orange Beach West, Orange Beach, Alabama, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

January availability at this luxurious Phoenix West four bedroom paradise!

Superb Condo on the sugar white beaches at the luxurious Phoenix West Condo

Superb Condo on the sugar white beaches at the luxurious Phoenix West Condo

06/01/2012 - After an amazing week of the most gorgeous ocean views, a gorgeous and comfortable condo, new friends, and the most delicious seafood, the Bear had a very hard time backing his bags and heading home.

After traveling for many hours, arriving at the Phoenix West Resort was refreshing. The highrise itself is stunning with every possible amenity for the entire family to enjoy. There was indoor and out door pools, a zero entry pool, a baby pool, hot tubs, beach entrances, tennis, work rooms, AND cabana boys. Our condo, which I am convinced was the nicest, was a corner unit with what seemed to be a never ending patio, in fact every room had a their own private patio. The condo was amazing, and was furnished like something out of a magazine.

This is the best family friendly vacation we have ever gone on. Next year the bear convinced us to book it for two weeks instead of one. We highly recommend this condo and its amazing owner who was so welcoming and accommodating to large families, groups, couples, absolutely anyone....you will not be disappointed!!!

# 160124 Private Homes, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Beach View! Upscale, Private, Convenient, Loaded

Relaxing on the porch

Relaxing on the porch

05/22/2012 - We just got back from our stay at this fabulous vacation home and we feel so refreshed. Words cannot express how much fun we had and what a nice place this is.

Lynn and Captain Kevin were welcoming and helpful. From the moment I arrived at the home I was amazed at how nice and clean the home was. The kitchen was fully stocked and had everything we needed for our stay. We only had to go to the store to get some groceries and we had fun cooking in the spacious and beautiful kitchen. Everything in this home is top-notch from the granite counter tops in the kitchen to the plush couches and chairs in the living room. All the décor is beautiful and up to date.

Just a few steps away is the beautiful ocean. We enjoyed taking long walks on the clean and beautiful beach, collecting shells and just watching the sea. Our child enjoyed making sand castles with the provided buckets, shovels and castle making tools. Also provided were umbrellas, chairs, and bikes. I loved riding a bike up and down the street and also to the nearby café to grab a drink and snack. Another highlight of the stay was spending time on the porch swing. We could relax on the porch and watch the ocean from a distance. We were also lucky to see fireworks from the porch during the Memorial Day weekend festivities.

While at the house you can curl up on one of the couches and read a book or just relax. For meal time the large, fully equipped gourmet kitchen was wonderful. Everything from durable pots and pans to spices were included. If eating out is your thing, there are many restaurants nearby. When it was time for bed, this bear thought the plush beds were "just right." There were plenty of beds to sleep all of us comfortably and 2 bathrooms, so we didn’t have to fight over shower time. The second bathroom even has a huge walk-in shower.

Whether you are looking to have a relaxing getaway or a fun filled family vacation I would highly recommend this property. I could not have asked for a better vacation, and will definitely be staying at this rental again.


Signed, VRBO Bear

# 350517 Tesuque, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Modern Cabin Inside Sf National Forest 12 Miles to Plaza

Wonderful mountain retreat close to Santa Fe!

Wonderful mountain retreat close to Santa Fe!

04/26/2012 - The Bear had a very hard time leaving this wonderful mountain retreat inside the Santa Fe National Forest! Thoughtfully appointed and extremely relaxing, the property made it hard to even want to venture the short ride to downtown Santa Fe – we could have spent our entire stay at the property and been completely content. We enjoyed wonderful hikes, relaxing soaks in the hot tub, incredible woodland views from the many windows, and restful slumber in the comfortable beds. All day (and night, when we chose to open the windows) we were serenaded by the pleasant babbling sound of the front yard brook – so incredibly peaceful. The very thoughtful owner had all sorts of guide books and hiking maps ready for our stay, and an extremely well-appointed kitchen to make meal prep a breeze. There are great local restaurants a short drive away, dramatic showings of hummingbirds, and a luxurious steam shower to ease away any aches from a busy day of hiking or sightseeing. Three bedrooms make this a great choice for a family or multiple couples. There were even friendly neighbor dogs that came to visit the Bear and offered to accompany us on a daily hike. We are already ready for another visit to Tesuque mountain cabin!

# 271394 Windansea Community, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Beautiful Condo at Windansea Beach

Enjoyed our La Jolla Vacation Property near the beach!

Enjoyed our La Jolla Vacation Property near the beach!

04/26/2012 - This stylish condo with designer touches is just half a block to one of La Jolla’s nice and scenic sandy beaches. It’s a quick, few-blocks drive to the Village of La Jolla, where we enjoyed great restaurants like the Cottage, Brockton Villa (get an outside table if you can; try the Coast Toast!), and Cody’s. Also, we enjoyed treats at our chain favorites-- Cold Stone and Starbucks. With Von’s close by, you can get the groceries you need for your stay. You’ll find the granite and stainless kitchen just right to enjoy eating in once in a while too.

Our fun Sunday-morning-after-church outing was the La Jolla Farmer’s Market (Girard and Genter St). Take some great local produce back to the condo, as well as the Cravory cookies! You may want to skip the expensive brunch and come here for crepes and fresh fruit. It was one of the best farmer’s markets we’ve been to. We also rented bikes near La Jolla Shores and took the scenic route through La Jolla and down the Pacific Beach Boardwalk. This was one of our favorite days spent in La Jolla, and highly recommended!

With two master bedroom suites upstairs, this is really ideal for two couples. One master has a large flat screen TV, gas fireplace and a nice tiled shower with a very nice ocean view! The other master bedroom and bath are just as private and the bed just as comfortable. The main level has a sofa sleeper in its own room that would be great for the kids…with a bathroom close by. We loved hearing the sound of the ocean waves from the condo.

VRBO Stayed Here and thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

# 25153 Bachelor Gulch, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

3B Bear Paw Ldge: Luxury & Convenience, TRUE ski in / ski out!

Enjoy a great Bachelor Gulch getaway!

Enjoy a great Bachelor Gulch getaway!

03/19/2012 - I spent four days in Colorado at the Bear Paw Lodge at Bachelor Gulch Resort which is part of Beaver Creek. When we saw that it was named Bear Paw, we knew we were in the right place.

When we got there, we had a bunch of information waiting for us on Beaver Creek, and all the extra services included with the rental. Also included in our welcome pack were tasty snacks that we appreciated after a long day of travel. This place is a skier and snowboarder paradise. The property is on the mountain, for a true ski-in/ski-out experience.

Just steps away from our patio were three outdoor oversized hot tubs, and a swimming pool, perfect for the after-ski soak. Sitting in the tub and looking up at the Rocky Mountains and stars at night was so relaxing! As much as snow is a great thing for a skier, it can be a hassle to clean off your car. Not in this place. Covered, underground parking was included with the rental which helped, as we had over 18 inches of new snow during our stay! There was also a free ski locker, so we could leave our skis and snowboards out of sight and out of the way at the end of the day. One day we also had a cookout using the unit’s outdoor grill. How cool to take a break from the mountain and to have a nice lunch under the Colorado sun!

The condominium is very spacious, and comfortably accommodated 7 adults during our stay. A large dining area adjacent to the kitchen made it a great place for my group of seven to interact as we all sat around the dining room table. When we weren’t eating (which wasn’t that often) we had plenty of space to hang out and talk, while having a fire in the fireplace, another opportunity to talk about how much we enjoyed the fantastic ski conditions and fresh powder! During the day, the owners even provided a maid service, so we came home to a clean condominium every day (Bears and grown-ups aren’t always the cleanest ?).

In the end we had a wonderful visit at the Bear Paw Lodge, and only wished we could have stayed longer!

# 365303 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Modern Loft, East 6th St., Scenic Downtown View & Proximity

Austin Vacation Rental with Great Views!

Austin Vacation Rental with Great Views!

02/29/2012 - I arrived in Austin, Texas and found a great musical oasis.   This is a fun spot. The condo is on Sixth Street so live music, bars, and restaurants are just blocks away. After a night out make a snack in the kitchen, cuddle up on the couch, and find recordings of Austin City Limits on the TV!

If you are a musician you may be interested in playing the guitars or the fully weighted keyboard.  Unfortunately the guitars were a little too big for me, but I was able to work out chopsticks on the keys and a jig on the mandolin and ukelele!!!

I wish I had this place for South By South West this year.  I would be in the middle of all the SXSW action.  There are 5 venues within a two block radius.

If you are interested in exploring the Austin night life and live music you will probably love this place as much as me!

The VRBO Bear

# 47756 Lift Condos, Warrior's Mark, Warrior's Mark West, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

3 Bedroom, Near Ski-in/Ski-Out Peak 9 Condo with Panoramic View!

Ski in Ski Out BreckenridgeVacationCondo

Ski in Ski Out BreckenridgeVacationCondo

02/21/2012 - Huge condo, fabulous views, perfect location!

This condo is everything you could want in a mountain getaway! With 3 bedrooms and two pullout couches, there is plenty of room for a large family or a bunch of friends. The pictures do not do a justice to just how close you are to the slopes and downtown Breckenridge! It was an easy walk to the heart of the slopes and the lifts, as well as many restaurants and shops downtown.

This condo was recently remodeled with an updated kitchen, flat screen TV, a gas grill, and very comfortable beds. The owners definitely thought ahead by providing towels, toiletries, and extra blankets. The addition of the heated ski locker at the bottom of the stairs is a wonderful convenience as we could leave everything downstairs and not clutter up the condo with skis, poles, and ski boots. The condo also has a heated pool and several hot tubs to help your body recover after a long day of skiing.

We cannot wait to come back and stay in this condo next year!

The VRBO Bear


# 257408 Indian Creek, Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Luxury 5-Star, 6 BR/4 BA Pool Villa - 5 Minutes to Disney

Florida VacationVilla w/pool nearDisney!

Florida VacationVilla w/pool nearDisney!

01/30/2012 - My family of 9, including three generations of grandparents, kids and grandkids, stayed at the Sunshine Villa and were delighted by the spaciousness of the one-story house, the great layout of all the rooms, the incredibly comfortable beds, and the good-sized pool. The proximity to Disney, Universal and Celebration was great. And the days that we didn’t go the attractions, we were so grateful for all of the amenities of the house. We enjoyed swimming in the heated pool, playing at the nearby tennis courts and playgrounds, working out in the yard, watching movies on the large flat screen TV, having large meals in the dining room, playing foosball and pool, and playing our own games! It really provided the perfect setting for our family reunion and we highly recommend it for others!

# 46090 Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

DEEP Lake Travis Waterfront; Boat Dock (Still in Deep Water) New 75' TV

Beautiful Lake Travis Waterfront Home!

Beautiful Lake Travis Waterfront Home!

01/20/2012 - Our stay at this lake house was amazing. The listing is accurate: it has everything a group or family would need to getaway and just chill out. There are so many features about this house that make it so special. Here are a few of our favorites:
• The fully equipped kitchen has everything to cook a great meal, plus a grill outside, and lots of seating options for both adults and children.
• On the fabulous deck, we read books and napped in the hammock and enjoyed snacks, drinks and great conversation at the deck tables.
• Kids loved it! They all shared the room of four bunk beds; played foosball, ping pong; watched movies; and oh yeah, wore themselves out playing in and around the lake water.
• One nice big room offering space, variety and inclusion. Everyone can do their own thing but still see each other and be together.
• Waking up to dramatic panoramic views of the lake and Pace Bend Park.
By the way, the owner was so helpful and responsive. When we had questions, she answered her phone and returned our texts immediately. The check-in and check-out procedures were very clear and reasonable, making settling in and leaving to return home pretty easy.
We’d definitely recommend this property and return again!

# 77293 Lisbon, Lisbon Region, Portugal, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Chiado Apartments - Modern Central Apartment in Historic Lisbon

Great Stay - modern apartment in Lisbon!

Great Stay - modern apartment in Lisbon!

12/08/2011 - This apartment was a wonderful place to stay. With its central location I was right in the heart of Lisbon. Everything you could need is all within walking distance, and if you don’t feel like walking, there are plenty of forms of transportation right at your doorstep. The apartment has all the amenities you could need on a trip, way better than staying at a hotel. Paulo was great. He waited for me patiently to arrive. and gave me details about the apartment, its features and even left a contact number if any question or issues arose. With the city so beautiful and so much to see, it was nice to come back to such a comfortable place to relax and sleep at the end of the day. It was hard to leave! I wish I could stayed longer.

Thanks for everything Paulo. I hope to come back to Lisbon again soon and enjoy your beautiful apartment again!

The VRBO Bear

# 20386 Beaufort, Low Country & Resort Islands, South Carolina, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Private Pool, Oceanfront 5BR $1600/rent WK October 20-November 15 Week

South Carolina Oceanfront Vacation Home!

South Carolina Oceanfront Vacation Home!

12/06/2011 - My South Carolina vacation was wonderful at this beachfront house. The location was perfect. It was great walking the beach, and fishing. My friends and I caught Spot and Red Drum while fishing between the bay and ocean – all just a short walk from the house. When surf fishing and crabbing didn’t fill our days and our nets, we kayaked the marshes. Wildlife was all around. Dolphin watching was a sport each day directly in front of the house. The pool was not the only thing private; it was a rare day to find another soul on the beach.

I loved the low country with its local flare and quaint shops in Beaufort and Front Royal. One of the seafood restaurants was a favorite. The dockside dining was great. What could be better for a bear’s lunch than fresh shrimp right off the boats?

Another great spot was Hunting Island State Park, only a 5 minute drive away. It offers lush surroundings with a nature walk and the Atlantic beach for shelling. A lighthouse completes this picturesque island and offers spectacular views from atop!

Back at the beach house at the end of the day, the supper comfy beds helped us relax to enjoy each new day’s beautiful view.

For a memorable getaway, Seaside Simplicity is the place to visit!

The VRBO Bear

# 242599 Hana, East Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Breathtaking Oceanfront Location, Gorgeous Views, Stroll to Hamoa Beach, Hot Tub

Great Maui Oceanfront Vacation Rental

Great Maui Oceanfront Vacation Rental

11/30/2011 - After a gorgeous drive up Hana Highway, I was amazed by the beauty and the location of the Hamoa Beach House. The driveway is fenced by lava rock and the lush gardens welcomed us to this stunning oceanfront home. Upon entering the house, we were welcomed by an ocean view, floor to ceiling windows and authentic Hawaiian koa wood paneling. They do call it Heavenly Hana for a reason.

Our group of 6 (4 adults and 2 children) had our choice of large, private bedrooms and were quickly drawn to the great living and dining area where we were able to eat our meals (inside or out!) and enjoy the ocean during every moment.

I am bearish about cleanliness and I was particularly impressed with the immaculate upkeep of this large home. Being directly next to the beach, one would expect a few grains of sand on the glossy wood floors. There was no sand to be found.

If you’re not aware that Hamoa Beach is the most beautiful beach in the world, you should be. The beach is secluded; it’s a perfect expanse of soft sand and incredible Blue Hawaiian waves. This beach is just a 3 minute walk from the house. We didn’t even need to cross the road!

Throughout our stay, we enjoyed the great kitchen, hammock, hot tub and super comfortable beds. Take that Goldilocks! We had plenty of room, were close to Hana and hiked in the gorgeous Haleakala National Park. We just can’t ‘bear’ to leave. I’ll take wonderful memories with me into hibernation this winter.

Thank you Hamoa Beach House!

The VRBO Bear

# 287609 Akumal, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA

Casa Gray beautiful beachfront villa Aventuras Akumal

Beach Front Akumal Mexico VacationVilla!

Beach Front Akumal Mexico VacationVilla!

11/09/2011 - There I was, bear on the beach, a click or three south of Playa Akumal. My five friends oohed and aahhed at their first sight of the white Yucatan sand and blue-green yet crystal-clear sea. I took a dozen steps from the villa’s front porch and was in it. After swimming with the fishes and coral, I rinsed at the outdoor shower, shook my furry hide, stretched out in a palm tree-supported hammock, and sipped a cold Bohemia.

The light is different in this tropic latitude, and so is your attitude. I felt as though I could hear sounds and see colors more clearly. With a cool breeze flowing through the nicely appointed kitchen, the bear observed a daily rite: preparing guacamole and margaritas from fresh local ingredients. As I served bebidas, guacamole, y totopos de maiz to my mates, I realized that our stretch of beach was quiet – almost private. The resort a couple hundred meters north was inaudible. Jet skis and the occasional power boat gamboled near the east horizon, beyond hearing. My fuzzy ears detected only palm fronds and shore break. Gorgeous dawn skies over the gem-like sea invite one to snorkel. Turtle nests, monitored and protected dot the beaches. Crabs of all sizes leave meandering tracks during the night.

The house features a lavish garden/courtyard on the way in from the street, a large living room and kitchen/dining area, and three air-conditioned suites: a downstairs master, plus two upstairs each with a balcony. We frequently chose to sleep al fresco. Plenty of ruins and lagunas, cenotes, cafes, and shopping, but the bear hugged home. Our villa and beach were it.

It would be tough to top. This bear’s been on quite a few spectacular and relaxing vacations, but his seven-day sojourn at Villa Italiano beats all.

The VRBO Bear

# 301991 City Centre, Central and Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, Vancouver Coast & Mountains, British Columbia, Canada, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Superior Deluxe King

Great Stay- upscale Vancouver Condo!

Great Stay- upscale Vancouver Condo!

11/01/2011 - This downtown modern condo was the perfect home for my trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. With wonderful amenities like a washer/dryer, full kitchen, adjustable mood lighting and access to the hotel’s fitness center, this condo was my top choice. There was even a drawer full of maps and guidebooks to help me get started on all the fun things to explore during my stay. The décor is updated and I immediately felt at home in this one bedroom condo. I really enjoyed ending my day with a drink on the balcony overlooking the city and water. It really was the perfect way to end my days. The super comfortable king size bed was a great place to sprawl out for a good night’s rest to recover from all the day’s activities.

This rental is truly in the center of downtown and the best starting point for exploring all of Vancouver. I had easy access to public transportation for a meal in Chinatown, a bike ride in Stanley Park and exploring the public market on Granville Island. Not to mention Vancouver is a coffee lover’s paradise and the condo was in proximity to every type of coffee shop you could ever dream of!

If you plan to travel to Vancouver, this stylish downtown condo is just right!

The VRBO Bear

# 128973 Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful Summerlin Location with Hot Tub, Gas Grill & Pets **Monthly/Long Term

Nice Las Vegas Vacation Rental!

Nice Las Vegas Vacation Rental!

10/27/2011 - The Desert Rose vacation home is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. The moment you step in the front door using the convenient keyless entry, you’re welcomed by a clean, open environment and high vaulted ceilings.

Each room is beautifully decorated, including the upstairs hallways which have photos that depict the history of Las Vegas. The kitchen is well stocked with all of the essentials and the living room is filled with video games, board games, and DVDs for plenty of relaxing entertainment if Las Vegas itself isn’t entertaining enough.

The backyard is absolutely perfect for a BBQ with plenty of seating, green grass, a wood burning fire pit, and a large grill. Don’t forget to take a dip in the therapeutic hot tub as well!

The location of this home is great. Its central location allows you to get to the strip as well as other sites in a matter of minutes so no time is wasted traveling. It also has multiple restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping surrounding its neighborhood.

This home is the best of both worlds; you can enjoy the wild side of what Vegas has to offer but also be able to escape to the solitude, quiet, and comfort of your own private retreat when you are ready to wind down.

The VRBO Bear

# 282590 Ocean Grove, Shore Region, New Jersey, USA, 9 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Ocean View, Child Friendly, 9 Bedroom House Steps to the Beach

Ocean Grove NJ Beach House Ocean View

Ocean Grove NJ Beach House Ocean View

09/23/2011 - The Bear decided to go a little off the beaten path and leave his humble abode in the Rocky Mountains to venture to Ocean Grove, NJ and see the ocean. So what if Mother Nature threw Hurricane Irene at the NJ shore a week before his trip? The Bear was undaunted and is happy to report: Irene may have caused problems, but the New Jersey shore is essentially untouched and open for business!

The Chelsea makes an excellent rental for families with small kids and pets. The house is huge, boasting 9 bedrooms, a big front porch, a giant dining table sufficiently large to feed the entire crew, and a kitchen big enough to cook for that kind of crowd. After dinner, I was able to retire to the huge master bedroom with French doors opening onto a large balcony, letting in the sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing on the beach. What a way to relax!

Did I mention that the beach is only a block away? Walk to the end of the block and you’re right on the boardwalk, with the sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean laid out before you. Bring your blankets and umbrella, if your cubs are like the ones in my group, it’ll be hours before you can tear them away. They’ll be splashing in the waves, digging sandcastles, and collecting seashells for hours. Or bring your surfboard. I enjoyed watching the surfers take on the waves.

Ocean Grove itself is a lovely little town. There are a huge number of shops and restaurants just a few blocks from the Chelsea and no end of things to do within walking distance – you can go to local parks and playgrounds, shop on Main Street, visit the historic Great Auditorium and the surrounding vacation tents, enjoy a ride on the paddle boats at Wesley Lake, or venture up to Asbury Park for all the attractions on the boardwalk, even try to spot The Boss at The Stone Pony. I did have one rainy day, but not to worry – The Chelsea’s owners provided loads of games and amusements right in the house. The cubs especially loved the craft closet and having tea parties in the Duck Room. When we finally felt the need to get out of the house, Jenkinson’s Aquarium in nearby Point Pleasant provided a great rainy day excursion.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Ocean Grove and the Chelsea. You will too! It’s never too early to plan your next vacation, so go book now!

The VRBO Bear

# 248529 San Antonio, South Texas Plains, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE

La Casa-Elegant, Designer Estate-Paradise only 5 Minutes from Airport

San Antonio Vacation Rental with a pool!

San Antonio Vacation Rental with a pool!

09/16/2011 - I had a fantastic time in this spacious 4 bedroom estate in San Antonio, TX. The house was full of personality and provided me and my friends with the perfect getaway. We spent hours lounging in the 40x20ft pool, playing cards in the tiki bar, and cooking dinner in the well equipped kitchen.

The house is a 1960’s estate located in the well established, beautiful neighborhood of Alamo Heights and is about 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes to the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. It offers 4 bedrooms/ 3.5 bathrooms, and could comfortably sleep 10-12 people, which makes it perfect for a family getaway, golf getaway (near Quarry Golf Course), or larger group.

It really is a dream home for any group with 2 dining rooms (formal and casual), a media room with a big screen projector, pool complete with a diving board and floaties, tiki bar with grill. Plus it had a steam room and Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, 2 iMac computers, and so much more!

I highly recommend this vacation rental as perfect for groups or family visiting San Antonio, TX.

The VRBO Bear

# 167736 Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Desirable Home Near Wildlife Sanctuary, Beach & Island Ferries

Beautiful Cape Cod Vacation Rental!

Beautiful Cape Cod Vacation Rental!

09/12/2011 - This little Bear really enjoyed his trip to Barnstable and the Cape. This beautiful house is an easy drive from all of the major cities in New England, and an easy drive to the Cape Cod National Seashore and Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket ferries. The house has a friendly feel that makes it so you cannot help but relax. It also has wonderful natural light throughout. Perfect for a family or couples, it has all the necessary amenities to make you feel at home. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful landscape, numerous trails within walking distance and a number of wonderful restaurants nearby.

Without all the city lights, you can enjoy the simply amazing view of a star-filled sky on a clear night. So come, relax and enjoy this beautiful Cape Cod home for yourself! You’ll be glad you did.

The VRBO Bear

# 248447 Mission Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

3 story Shaker Shingle Home in the heart of Historic Mission Beach

Mission Beach house, San Diego CA

Mission Beach house, San Diego CA

08/24/2011 - I really enjoyed my stay in this fantastic beach house. With a tandem kayak, several bikes, beach toys and chairs, coolers, beach towels and more, the owners have supplied almost everything for an enjoyable beach vacation for any age. Pack light if you are staying here!

Here are the other reasons why I loved this vacation home:
Lots of books and games for family “good ole’ time fun. No toys necessary! With 2 patios and the kitchen table, my group loved the variety of eating locations.

Just 1 block from the bay and 2 blocks from the ocean, we could easily carry beach toys, snacks and chairs to the beach. It’s also an easy drive downtown. And just 1 block from the main drag, you can grab a quick bite for any meal, morning coffee, late night drink or just run to the corner store for a last minute item. Just 5 minutes from Sea World and 15 minutes from the San Diego Zoo means no hassle and even bringing a small child back for a nap.

For a memorable, fun family vacation or just an adult getaway, you’ll find it all here in this beach house on Mission Bay.

The VRBO Bear

# 65798 Private Homes, Village, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Ocean View & Steps to Beach & Village

Vacation near beach Carlsbad San Diego

Vacation near beach Carlsbad San Diego

08/22/2011 - This townhome is very convenient for beach lovers. You can see the ocean from the front door and upstairs deck. The beach is literally just a few steps away. Very easy to carry your beach gear!

Downtown is just a short walk, where you can find restaurants. Walk along the boardwalk or on the sand. Both are great options! It’s also very convenient 5 minute drive to Legoland.

This townhome has a lot of space. There’s a generous living room and dining area. The 2 bedrooms upstairs are pretty big. The master has its own deck and view of the ocean. The second bedroom has 2 double beds; great for families or small groups.

The VRBO Bear

# 123488 Pagosa Springs, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Treehouse: Huge Pagosa Springs Home (3200 Sq Ft)Awesome Mountain Views

Beautiful Pagosa Springs CO Vacation!

Beautiful Pagosa Springs CO Vacation!

08/16/2011 - I had a wonderful time in this vacation home in Pagosa Springs with friends and family. The house, aptly called the "tree-house," was on two levels and each morning I awoke to breathtaking views of the trees and mountains and could listen to the myriad of birds just outside the windows. The hummingbirds were spectacular to watch as they were coaxed to the porch by two well-positioned feeders.

It was a real treat for me to witness a double rainbow during my stay and enjoyed the refreshing mountain air I grew up on. Here I could completely relax. I especially liked being able to explore in the garden with the cubs and also visit the fishing lake which was only a 2 minute drive from the house.

What a comfortable stay I had with my family in this spacious home. The young ones could watch TV in the playroom while the adults ate dinner around the dining table. Breakfasts were fun for the kids as they sat at the bar counter and were served from a spacious and well stocked kitchen. There were more than enough beds for everyone and even a pack and play for the littlest sibling. The hot tub was an added bonus and was enjoyed by all ages.

One day we took the steam train from Durango to Silverton up the mountain pass and were thrilled to see the river and awesome scenery. The whole family had fun going down the river on tubes near the hot springs only 10 minutes from the house and finished off that day with an ice cream from a restaurant that came recommended by the owner. There were other useful tips about where to go and what to see that helped us make the most of our time in Pagosa Springs.

The owner and his property management company were professional and friendly and made the stay extremely easy, enjoyable and memorable. I’m already longing for the mountains again and the view from the wraparound porch...

The VRBO Bear

# 151129 Private Homes, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Share the Expense - Multi Family Rental-2 master bedrooms

Hot tub under the stars in Breckenridge!

Hot tub under the stars in Breckenridge!

08/09/2011 - This Bear was spoiled in Breckenridge, Colorado!

The special touches that the owner has added in this home are not to be missed. The bathrooms have been decorated with beautiful sinks, faucets and shower heads. No detail was overlooked. The theater room was so comfortable at the end of the day for a movie and of course the hot tub under the starts was just perfect. The mountain decorations added to the ambiance of the home.

My companions and I had everything we needed in the well appointed kitchen to make our meals. The large refrigerator was so nice to have and a lot of free cabinet space was great for putting our food away. I really felt at home here.

While the winters in Colorado provide great skiing, I just LOVE the summer time in the mountains! There is so much to do here, and the weather is great. From walking and hiking to biking the scenic roads, we were good and tired by the end of the day. Breckenridge is a quaint little town with so many fun activities to offer. The Alpine Slide is very close, including shopping and yummy restaurants all close by.

My companions and I enjoyed this exceptional home so much; we did not want to leave! Coming back here for vacation is simply a must.

The VRBO Bear

# 210608 Keystone Village, Quicksilver, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Opening day is around the corner- 1600 SF-Pool/ hot tub/ ground floor

Enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors

Enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors

08/02/2011 - I could not have been more impressed by this spacious and cozy Keystone condo. Right away, I noticed the warm colors, the mountain décor, plenty of lighting throughout, the flat screen TV and gas fireplace, the stereo system, and the comfortable living room seating; all visible as we walked through the door. Just around the corner were the fully equipped updated kitchen and 3 spacious bedrooms. Great for multiple families! The cubs will love the bunk bedroom! If you bring your little ones, leave your pack-n-play and highchair at home because the condo supplies both. I enjoyed sitting out on the patio and looking out on the green grass and wildflowers growing. So beautiful! I also spent time in the pool and hot tub, which is just down the path from the house and in the evenings, enjoyed the games supplied at the condo.

Don’t stay inside too long. There is so much to do and see in Keystone and surrounding areas. The skiing is great, and the shuttle will pick you up right out front, so you can enjoy a day of skiing without the hassle of the drive. Plus you will have your own ski locker just outside your door. Not only are you close to skiing, you are close to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall if that is more your style. In warmer seasons, bring your bicycles. There is a great trail surrounding the property or, if you’re looking for something more challenging, there are plenty of trails to explore. Lake Dillon is just down the road where you can rent a boat and tour the lake if you like. There really is something for everyone all year round.

Keystone is a great mountain town. You’ll enjoy coming back here time again and this condo is the perfect home away from home!

The VRBO Bear



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