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VRBO Bear Stay property reviews

Read about vacation rentals where VRBO employees have stayed.

At HomeAway and VRBO, we love vacation rentals—and we love to stay in them, too! Since 2003, our employees have been enjoying the amazing properties listed on our site with their families, friends--and the VRBO bear. When they get back from their vacations, they love to tell us all about their stay. Read on to get the inside scoop from employees who share your love of travel.

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# 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 Own 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

Like Home, Only Better!

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

We had a cancellation Oct 4th for 5 nights. Call now to book!!!

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

2 or 4 BR on the Best Swimming Beach in Rincon - AC throughout, Great View

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 will not be disappointed!!!

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

4bdrm open for Late October/Early November! Stay at the best in West!

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 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

Deals, Free Nights & Best Rates- Platimum 3B Bear Paw Ldge: The BEST ski in/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

# 309255 Grand Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Large And Inviting Custom Home With Lake and Mountain Views!

Great Grand Lake Vacation House!

Great Grand Lake Vacation House!

02/28/2012 - I was so excited to be heading back to Grand Lake this year again! It is like being home again among the mountains, pine trees, and snow.

This home was very cozy with more than enough space for me and my companions. The 4 bedrooms gave us several sleeping options along with the additional blow up beds to help make everyone comfortable. Everything was well kept and up-to-date with hardwood and tile flooring, great fixtures, leather couches, and lovely cabinetry. We also had plenty of room to park 4 vehicles (3 trucks and 1 SUV).

For dining in, the kitchen was more than accommodating – The gourmet kitchen made it as “easy as home” to cook up a good supper for the crew.

The breathtaking view of the mountains with a short walk to Columbine Lake made this home that much more appealing. The quiet serene community and friendly neighbors were like the cherry on top of the sundae. The porch made it easy to enjoy the fantastic mountain and lake views – not too mention the awesome pictures we took from this porch.

After a bit of sledding (which the kids and I did in the neighborhood on the great hilly snow covered streets) and snowmobiling (only 10 minutes away) in the scenic Grand Lake area, we enjoyed relaxing by the fireplace in the cozy living room. We hunkered around the dining table for card and board games.

The drive to town was only a few minutes (perfect for those that want to be out-of-town but not too far from civilization) which made it convenient for an afternoon of bowling at the quaint 8 lane bowling alley. Plenty of shopping and dining options were available – the barbeque at Sagebrush was great!

For those that need to be “plugged-in”, Dish Network service keeps you in tune to the world (especially events like the Daytona 500, depending on the day).

This Bear Highly recommends you stay here during your visit to Grand Lake.

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

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

DEEP Lake Travis Waterfront; Private Boat Dock (Still in Deep Water) 75 Inch 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 Harbor Island, Low Country & Resort Islands, South Carolina, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Private Pool, August 23-30 20% OFF Oceanfront 5BR Beach Home

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, 4 BR, 4 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 Monthly Rentals Great Prices!

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

Beautuful Summerlin Location**Hot Tub**Pets Welcomed**Monthly Rental Only

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 Pet Friendly Steps to Beach andHistoric Carlsbad 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, 2 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

Beat the Summer Heat!!- 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

# 274028 Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, The Islands, British Columbia, Canada, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Oceanfront,Pool,Hot Tub,Tennis,5 Star, Romantic. Wow Factor!!

Great Vancouver Island Oceanfront Views!

Great Vancouver Island Oceanfront Views!

07/25/2011 - What an incredible adventure on Vancouver Island! This fantastic gem of a property is hidden away on the coast of Vancouver Island in the small town of Ladysmith, near Nanaimo. This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and serene properties you will experience! Words and pictures can only begin to describe the view from this penthouse hideaway. You will find yourself surrounded by ocean views and immersed in lush, green forest. The sunrise over the water provides a view that you may never forget.

It is obvious that the owners love their property and the location. Their passion for the surrounding beauty and the property itself are evident in many ways. The booking process was quick and easy. The owners supplied all the relevant info and gave great tips for things to do and how to get to the island. The property was well stocked with nearly all a traveler could want or need and is excellent condition!

The chef’s kitchen is a phenomenal addition to this property and allows travelers to cook at home while enjoying the views. Even condiments were provided!

The master bedroom is elegant and comfortable. Plus, the large windows open right to the waves crashing on the beach below! This is ocean front living at its finest!

The Inn of the Sea resort offers a pristine swimming pool and hot tub right on the water, along with a BBQ grill and tennis court. The surrounding flowers and gardens add simple beauty to this already amazing location.

The Inn of the Sea is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or honeymoon adventure! Caution: You may not want to leave!

The VRBO Bear

# 240904 Ventura, Southeast, Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Luxurious Orlando Home in Gated Golf Community

Orlando Vacation Home in Gated Community

Orlando Vacation Home in Gated Community

07/25/2011 - I had a great time staying in this beautiful Orlando home located within 20-45 minutes of all the Orlando attractions. Situated in a warm, inviting community called Ventura Country Club which included resort like amenities. The exquisitely maintained golf course that welcomes you onto the property is a quiet place to unwind while I was on vacation. I made a decision to stop by the enormous pool for a quick dip and peered into a great looking restaurant and bar. I enjoyed the peaceful and extremely relaxing Ventura Country Club community.

My favorite part of the house itself was the screened in patio overlooking the large backyard, where you could enjoy a quiet and shaded meal. The master bedroom and bathroom is massive and immaculately kept. This was one of the most comfortable houses I’ve had the opportunity to stay in during my travels.

If you’re looking for a convenient location near all the attractions along with excellent amenities, I recommend this lovely home in a beautiful country club setting.

The VRBO Bear

# 155364 Red Quill Village, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME

Huge, Luxury Townhouse with Hot Tub in Downtown!

Summer Vacation in Winter Park CO!!!

Summer Vacation in Winter Park CO!!!

07/18/2011 - Comfortable, beautiful and convenient are just a few of the things I found while enjoying my weekend in this Winter Park townhome. Its interior set the mood for enjoyment as I wandered each room and enjoyed the beauty to be had! The house is warm and inviting and holds a group comfortably. The vaulted ceilings made the house feel more open creating what appeared to be more space, with plenty of windows throughout to enjoy the Colorado beauty. A few of the amenities that made my stay so enjoyable were: the hot tub; the privacy that each floor allowed; the computer at my disposal; the large kitchen with updated appliances, plenty of cooking utensils; and plenty of seating both in the kitchen as well as the dining room.

The convenience of being right off the main street made it easy to move around town. You can practically walk to everything. There is so much to offer in Winter Park, such as shopping, the local pub, the skate park, the playground, numerous restaurants, hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, 4-wheel drive trails and so much more! You can also be picked up steps from the Townhouse on the free shuttle bus and taken to Winter Park Resort. There is something to do for everyone!

Experience the beautiful Colorado mountains and vacation in style at this townhome to create your perfect family vacation!

The VRBO Bear

# 280494 Mount Pocono, Poconos, Northeastern Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CABIN

LOG CABIN 5BD 3BA Hot Tub Pool Table River Firepit Pinball RATES INPUT DATES

The Poconos Log Cabin with Hot Tub!

The Poconos Log Cabin with Hot Tub!

07/07/2011 - I felt right at home in this log cabin in the Poconos. The cabin is new construction so it had a nice clean, bright, airy feel. It’s pretty spacious, with plenty of room on the deck, den and main living area. The place is ideal for a large group. The deck in particular was a hit for my group - with a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner and a hot tub to relax in. The den downstairs was a lot of fun for TV-watching and playing pool. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a bathroom for every bedroom. So it was easy for the Bear and his friends to get up and going in the morning.

The property is just steps away from a very pleasant rail-to-trail path that follows a scenic river. The path is great for leisurely walks and biking as well. And the river affords some nice river rafting through an outfitter that’s right up the road. The cabin is just on the outskirts of a small town. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home.

For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on the Lehigh River for your next vacation!

The VRBO Bear

# 10376 Tops'l Beach Manor, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Labor Day AVAIL! Best renting condo in private resort w/gorgeous views

Destin condo with Ocean View!!!

Destin condo with Ocean View!!!

06/23/2011 - This Beach Manor condo was exactly what I needed! The view from the balcony was the first thing I noticed upon entering the unit and I spent hours out there sitting, reading and just enjoying the view! Larry, the property owner is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and was able to give World War II history lessons about the area right off his balcony.

The unit itself had gotten a few upgrades and features a huge flat screen TV. The seating on the balcony provided the adult bears in my group the opportunity to sit outside and listen to the waves while still watching the TV through the glass door. The large dining room table allowed us to enjoy great breakfasts and dinners.

The condo provided beach access within a 2 minute walk from the elevator to beach. This came in handy when lunch time rolled around as you could be back down to the beach after making a sandwich in a matter of minutes! The beach at Tops’l is absolutely beautiful and not terribly crowded providing just the right amount of relaxation.

In addition to the beach and the view, this place had great amenities such as putt-putt, a basketball hoop and tennis courts. I recommend this Tops’l Beach Manor for your next family vacation.

The VRBO Bear

# 79466 La Mirage, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO


Port Aransas TX Vacation Rental

Port Aransas TX Vacation Rental

06/21/2011 - This was the perfect holiday weekend getaway to the Texas Gulf! Whether you go to the gulf for the fishing, kite surfing, walks on the beach, fun in the sun or just to get away and relax, this beach condo suits any type of vacation.

The complex is named La Mirage; because it’s everything your mind imagines when you desire an escape from exhaustion and stress. The condo was immaculate and provided all the amenities of a fancy hotel. The unit is one of the best in the whole complex with a huge private balcony and a seriously beautiful view of the ocean – the perfect place to gather with friends or just lounge, read and enjoy the breeze. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living room/dining room area, it’s great for families.

I dined in one night and enjoyed a shrimp feast with all the supplied necessities in the kitchen. I also took advantage of the local mom & pop restaurants. The condominium complex provides charcoal grills and a nice covered patio area, great for lunch time barbeques and mingling with the other vacationers. I met some friends from San Antonio who shared their grilled stuffed jalapeño poppers.

If you want to explore the town or need to stock up on supplies before the weekend begins, you’re only 5 minutes from the Port A strip with great seafood restaurants, gift shops, bait & tackle, grocery store, and small town bars. You can fish the piers, the jetty, and the inlet shallows all within 5 minutes. Locals mentioned awesome red fish catching in Rockport just 20 minutes away.

I hope to come back to Port Aransas again soon and stay in the beach condos at La Mirage!

The VRBO Bear

# 276850 SoCo, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME

Stunning SoCo Mid-Century Modern - Minutes from Downtown.

Great Austin Townhome on South Congress

Great Austin Townhome on South Congress

06/17/2011 - I just spent an amazing weekend getaway at this modern, updated townhome, known as “The Orange Door.” It’s located in the friendly Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, Texas. This ‘pet friendly’ townhome has all the comforts of home – with even better décor and furniture! The kitchen was full of amenities any bear could want (especially a bear who likes coffee) and each bed was as comfy as could be.

The neighborhood is friendly and serene and just a short walk to South Congress (aka SoCo) which is a great place to grab a delicious bite, explore cool and funky shops, get a drink or hear some great live music. Also within walking distance is Stacy Park, where the dog walked me every morning. There is also a spring fed pool in this park – perfect for cooling off from the hot Austin summers.

The Orange Door is the perfect place to stay when traveling to Austin. It is centrally located and has all the amenities of home.

The VRBO Bear

# 270430 Peter Bay, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 5 BR, 5 BA, VILLA

3 to 5 Bedroom Villa with Incredible Views, Minutes to North Shore Beaches!

St John Villa with Ocean Views!

St John Villa with Ocean Views!

06/02/2011 - This little bear just had the experience of a lifetime! If you come to grab a taste of the Caribbean, look no further. From the amazing views to the amazing tranquil atmosphere of this property, Areca Peter Bay takes the cake! A long winding driveway reveals a beautiful private gate welcoming you to your home away from home. All the amenities were exquisitely maintained and the surrounding landscape was crafted with the utmost expertise, including lush tropical plants and fruits ripe for the picking at every glance. A true kaleidoscope of color!

The beautiful infinity pool was a great place to spend time at sunrise or sunset and was often frequented. Truthfully the view was spectacular from anywhere on the property! Most nights were spent on the magnificent patio area, poolside, with the BBQ grill smoking and the gentle bay breezes blowing, creating the most relaxing evenings.

The local town, shopping and white sandy beaches were mere minutes away and the local residents were always welcoming. The cleaning crews that came during the week were cheery and very hospitable. Not to mention the owner, Diana was extremely helpful, available for anything at anytime and was a real treat! She pointed out key places to dive, kayak and snorkel near the area and they did not disappoint. This little bear will be returning again and again and you should do the same!

The VRBO Bear

# 130480 Ridgway, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Award-winning Cow Creek Suite: edge-of-town quiet comfort, convenience & views!

Southwest CO 2 bedroom near SanJuanMtns

Southwest CO 2 bedroom near SanJuanMtns

05/27/2011 - This apartment is ideally located right in Ridgway and offers one of the best views of the mountains. Close to everything on the Western Slope, when you stay here, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of it all.

Thanks to the hosts' attention to detail, this mountain retreat feels like brand new and the extra details like fluffy bath towels and extra blankets made it special. The beds were comfortable and the rooms quite spacious. The kitchen is stocked with spices and everything else you need to prepare a home cooked meal.

The abundance of windows made it perfect for viewing the snow-capped mountains. At night, the stars seemed like giant clusters of lights. Amazing how many more there are when the city lights don’t interfere! The two decks made star gazing a nightly ritual.

I spent a cool afternoon shopping in the quaint stores in nearby Ouray. A late afternoon snow shower gave me a chance to enjoy an early dinner at The Ouray Brewery. With the sun shining and warm winds, some hiking near the waterfall the next day was just the ticket.

This Ridgway suite was ‘just right’ for this Colorado mountain loving Bear. I know you’ll enjoy it too!

The VRBO Bear

# 306535 Bird Rock, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Charming 4 BR/2 BA Birdrock Beach House with Some Ocean View

Relax at La Jolla Bird Rock 4bedroom

Relax at La Jolla Bird Rock 4bedroom

05/26/2011 - La Jolla, California - my favorite place to be in Spring! I recently stayed at a quaint cottage in Bird Rock that was just 20 minutes from everywhere I wanted to go! The airport, downtown San Diego, Sea World and the Zoo were all convenient to this beach house. Upon my arrival at this charming home, I was met by the owner, Annelie. She was so friendly and even left me a little welcome basket!

The house is more than comfortable with plenty of space and beautiful, fragrant orchids in all the windows! I felt like I had walked into a tropical dream house. This La Jolla home is spacious with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a beautiful patio right off the kitchen. It was so relaxing to sit on one of the deck chairs and watch the sunset right as it began to sink into the ocean. This home is perfect for anyone traveling with little cubs. The front yard is all grass and completely fenced in; perfect for playing games and running around. The owners even offered to let me use their bikes so I could ride along the beach! The greatest part about this getaway is how close everything is. The ocean, the shops, the attractions and my favorite coffee shop -The Living Room, are all within walking distance or a short drive.

The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful with easy access to the main street where you can find many restaurants and shops to browse. At the house, you won’t run out of the necessities. The owners have completely stocked the bathrooms with toiletries and linens and the kitchen is full of utensils and amenities.

I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday near the city of La Jolla!

The VRBO Bear

# 326929 Other South Padre Island Properties, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beach House Directly Facing Gulf of Mexico

Family Vacation at Gulf Coast BeachHouse

Family Vacation at Gulf Coast BeachHouse

05/23/2011 - I enjoyed a perfect stay in a delightful home on South Padre Island. Natural light floods the well appointed house. The best part was that you could see the beach from virtually every window in the living room. The kitchen and baths all boasts granite countertops. Everything in the home was brand new – I felt like I was their first guest. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. Each room even had a large flat screen television set with cable TV.

The island kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could need. But if you prefer not to cook, there’s a delicious restaurant just across the street. It was so nice to be only steps away from exquisite beach side dining.

Another incredible feature of this home is the spacious second floor patio. I spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying the beach views. But that’s not all, I walked down to the beach and within minutes was catching the highly sought after gulf trout and redfish.

What a wonderful vacation! It’s only a 2 minute walk to the beach and has an amazing view of the water. My trip to South Padre was everything I could have asked for and more.

The VRBO Bear

# 241418 Ocean Walk, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Walk to Beach, 4bdr + Playroom

Family Vacation near ocean N San Diego

Family Vacation near ocean N San Diego

05/23/2011 - One word: FANTASTIC! Fantastic accommodation, fantastic location and fantastic owners. For my recent trip to San Diego I enjoyed to staying at this lovely home in Carlsbad. It was only 30 minutes from the San Diego airport and was super easy to find. Upon arrival, Kim, met me at the house and could not have been more pleasant.

This beach house was very well maintained and had all a vacationing family could want or need. The cubs will love the playroom which was equipped with everything from puzzles and books to ride-on toys and stuffed animals. Your cubs can put a pin in the city they’re from on the gigantic map of the world. The small details were phenomenal. There was a fantastic book of everything to do in San Diego and Carlsbad with directions and helpful hints. Grocery store and pharmacy loyalty cards were left behind which will help you save a bundle when shopping for supplies. A special gift basket of ingredients for making s’mores was a nice treat to look forward to using in the outdoor fire pit. The beds were ultra comfortable and a full size crib can be set up for the youngest cub.

The beach was a very easy walk across the street, maybe 5 minutes max. Even though it was a great place for a family, I would highly recommend this home to any group. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you’ll love this beautiful Carlsbad home near the beach.

The VRBO Bear

# 314785 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Charming Apartment Fully Air Conditioned - Best Neighborhood

Charming Paris Apartment, Great Location

Charming Paris Apartment, Great Location

05/16/2011 - Ah, Paris in the springtime…so romantic. I truly enjoyed this marvelous city, mostly due to this apartment’s coziness and amazing location. I felt right at home and loved how everything I could wish for was right at my paw tips.

The best part about staying here was its location - there’s a Metro station 1 minute away by foot, the entrance to the magnificent Tuileries garden is just as close. You’ll love the upscale shopping just around the corner, and it was nice to be able to easily visit the Mona Lisa at the famous Louvre museum (just 5 a minute walk).

After a long day of exploring Paris and visiting museums, it was nice to relax on the cozy sofa in the nook by the bedroom. The bathroom was the perfect size - not too big and not too small; plus, I really liked the faucet in the bathroom. The water changes color according to the temperature; blue for cold, red for hot!

If you’re looking for the perfect romantic place to stay in Paris, look no further because you’ve found it!

The VRBO Bear

# 71538 Truman Annex, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

:: OLD TOWN OASIS @ THE ANNEX :: Lavish & Airy / Oceanfront Pool / Near Duval...

Great Key West Vacation Condo!!!

Great Key West Vacation Condo!!!

05/12/2011 - From the moment I set foot in this condo, I was enthralled with its spaciousness and beautiful décor. With two full bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, large living area and two balconies; it makes for a very comfortable stay.

The location of this condo is absolutely perfect. Just a short walk from the back door, you can get a front row seat to view the famous Key West Sunset in the evening. Also within walking distance is Duval Street which is filled with plenty of restaurants and shops for your entertainment. Don’t forget to grab a slice of Key Lime pie which is offered at multiple restaurants nearby.

After a long day seeing the sites, the pool at the condo is a great way to relax and cool off with a great view of the ocean just feet away.

There sure is a lot to see and do in the United States southernmost city. I can guarantee there won’t be a dull moment here. Come stay in this lovely Key West condo and you’ll enjoy a front seat to all the fun!

The VRBO Bear

# 264979 Lincoln City, Central Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Toddler Friendly Family Retreat with Mega Ocean Views, Steaming Hot Tub

Great Stay at Lincoln City Vacation Home

Great Stay at Lincoln City Vacation Home

05/10/2011 - The Oregon Coast is one of those magical places you have to experience as soon as you can and as often as possible. That used to be what kept me coming back, but now I’ve got another reason: Shearwater House. April can still be a brisk time of year in Lincoln City, especially when you’re this close to the beach. That didn’t stop me from taking long walks on the water every day and searching for that elusive stone called agate. Once I’d gotten my fill of exploring and was ready to head back up the hill to the house, the hot tub would be waiting for me to relax and reminisce about the day while watching the sun set over the water.

I could easily have stayed at the house and enjoyed the walks, the panoramic ocean views and the cozy fire every day, but there was too much to see! The whale-watching excursion from Depoe Bay took us out on a boat to see if we could catch a glimpse of a grey whale – famous in these parts. I’m convinced he was watching us from the deep as we trolled by.

Debi, Shearwater House’s fearless owner, provided a wonderful list and I took advantage of every suggestion I could cram into my 2 days: Secret Beach at low tide (this is best in the summer); the Newport Aquarium (CUTE puffins!); the lighthouse at Yaquina Head; and Devil’s Punch Bowl (where I had the most amazing clam chowder!)

Grab a group of friends, your whole family (this house sleeps 8-12), or just your honey-bear and head to Shearwater House today!

The VRBO Bear

# 316485 Seaside, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME

Luxurious Oceanfront Home: 2 Master Suites, Sauna, Jacuzzi Tub

Luxury at this great Seaside Beachfront!

Luxury at this great Seaside Beachfront!

05/10/2011 - This beach house is a perfect getaway on the Oregon coast; from the instant you walk in there are ocean views surrounding you and you’re on the beach when you step off the patio! It was located very close to everything Seaside has to offer, which made it easy to come and go as needed.

All of the comforts of home were included (stocked kitchen, plenty of towels, wifi and satellite tv), and some extras like a sauna, three outdoor living spaces, game room and telescope were great to have! With a family room and formal living area, there is enough space to spread out if there is a large group of people but also plenty of cozy areas to relax as well. My favorite part of the home was the two master suites with panoramic ocean views that you can wake up to each morning! The main master suite has an amazing jetted shower and a spa tub too. The house was beautifully decorated and was a treat to come home to at the end of a long day. I can’t wait to return!

The VRBO Bear

# 297709 Port Ludlow, Olympic Peninsula & Pacific Coast, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Romantic Waterfront Home, Sandy Beach, Hot Tub, Kayaks, Firepit, WiFi

Relaxing Retreat in Port Ludlow, WA

Relaxing Retreat in Port Ludlow, WA

05/05/2011 - Relaxing, quiet, peaceful, romantic, luxurious . . . This vacation home is everything described and so much more. The owners truly anticipated everything you could possibly need to thoroughly enjoy your time away. Beautiful gardens and water views delighted me upon arrival. The house was well lit with natural light from the many windows. Almost every angle showcased the magnificent water views. The kitchen had heated tile floors, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and was fully equipped for any cooking need. The dining area was inviting with the picturesque window seat, unique lighting fixture, and endless views. My traveling companions and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm, cozy fireplace in the cool evenings along with a good movie from the extensive DVD library provided for guests’ entertainment. The surround sound system with volume controls in each room was a bonus! The pampering didn’t end there. The upstairs master bedroom boasted a plush king size bed and tall windows with beautiful water views. The master bath had heated tile floors, his and hers vanities, a walk-in closet with his and hers bathrobes and slippers, and a shower with jet options.

The fun was only beginning. We soaked up the sun in reclining lounge chairs on the lawn, relaxed in the hot tub, took a stroll along the beach, and enjoyed a good meal on the deck. It was so fun to have two kayaks available at the property to explore the beautiful water views up close and personal. Truly breathtaking!

Nearby attractions include waterfalls, hiking trails, historic Port Gamble, Poulsbo, whale watching, private local charters, local theater, Lavender Festival, art galleries, wine tasting, and more. The options are endless. Take advantage of this property and get away from it all. Whether it is relaxation or adventure you seek, you will find it at this amazing vacation home in Port Ludlow. Come experience it for yourself!

The VRBO Bear

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