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The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear

Hi Everyone!

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

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# 53043 Private Homes, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

Luxury Oceantfront Condo, 5br/4ba, Spa, Large Kitchen P908-1

Ah!  The views from this beautiful Oceanside beachfront condo!

Ah! The views from this beautiful Oceanside beachfront condo!

06/29/2010 - I just returned from an incredibly relaxing stay in this beachfront property in Oceanside, CA. From the moment I entered through the beveled door, I knew I was in for a luxurious vacation experience.

The well-equipped kitchen, with granite countertops and a spacious island with plenty of seating, was really impressive. As I explored further, the ocean view from the dining area and living room was incredible. The unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean from the outdoor deck was also magnificent!

The 5 well-appointed bedrooms and comfy window seats made it an excellent choice for our bear reunion. My favorite bedroom was the one nearest to the ocean where I was lulled to sleep by the crashing waves.

The highlight of this luxurious condo was the living room’s oversized window seat overlooking the ocean. From there the entire family enjoyed breathtaking sunsets (and bear naps!) and we were thrilled to see dolphins jumping over the ocean waves at dawn and at dusk.

We spent memorable days on the sandy beach that was mere steps away, and we spent the cool summer evenings just relaxing in the condo’s private hot tub looking up at the clear night sky.

Our whole bear clan is already looking forward to another visit to this paradise beach condo.

The VRBO Bear

# 214299 Summit Cove, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Great Family House Close to the Best of Summit County

I love this close-to-Keystone cabin in Summit County!

I love this close-to-Keystone cabin in Summit County!

06/24/2010 - I just returned from a wonderful visit to beautiful Dillon, CO. Dillon is a picturesque mountain town nestled on the shore of Dillon Reservoir, a Colorado gem well worth visiting. In the summer you can boat, fish, bicycle, hike and take in the many other activities in the area. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, snowmobile or snowshoe in the brisk winter air.

This house is spacious, inviting with all of the amenities and a charming western flair in the furnishings. From the deck there is a gorgeous view of the mountains. It was a short walk to the lake where I fished for trout. I couldn't wait to get back to the house and fire up the gas grill to have fresh fish for supper. Yum! After dinner my fiends and I went downstairs and had a great time playing air hockey and foosball in the rec room.

The next day we went shopping in the many stores in Dillon and took a stroll along the lakeside. There was even a free concert in the amphitheater along the lakeshore path.

The owners were gracious and helpful, even calling the first night to make sure everything was in order and going well. I had a fabulous time at this property and look forward to going back again!

The VRBO Bear

# 276852 Travis Heights, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME

Light, Bright Urban Oasis: in Coveted Travis Heights near SoCo and Downtown

Come relax in comfort at this urban oasis near SoCo in Austin.

Come relax in comfort at this urban oasis near SoCo in Austin.

06/16/2010 - I just got back from another great weekend in Austin – I love that city, there’s always so much fun to be had! The Green Door is in Travis Heights, a charming, quiet, centrally-located neighborhood about 8 blocks from funky SoCo – a perfect location to experience the first fruits of Austin. The home has attractive curb appeal with a wrap around front porch and two comfortable chairs to relax in and enjoy the view amidst huge historic oak trees.

This contemporary home has an open floor plan with new furnishing throughout. The comfortable modern couch in the living room seats 4 adults easily (the oversized, long hair pillow was my favorite). Cool concrete floors throughout the home keep the temperatures pleasant during the hot summer. I enjoyed watching the NBA Finals on the HD flat screen TV.

The open kitchen has clean, crisp white counters and is well equipped with all new appliances, plenty of glassware, dishes, pots and pans, and coffee maker – all the necessary items to prepare a home cooked meal. The refrigerator was pre-stocked for me with a six-pack of assorted local beers and the fresh flowers were a great touch. Right outside the sliding kitchen door was the gas barbeque, perfect for grilling fresh Salmon I bought from the Whole Foods Global Headquarters just 2.5 miles away. You can use one of the classic cruiser bikes that comes with the rental!

The shower/tub has a rain head faucet – I loved that. The towels are new and soft – probably thanks to my distant relative, The Snuggle Bear. Both beds were very comfortable with great pillows. The walk-in master closet is spacious and could easily double as a babies sleeping room; plenty of wooden hangers are available in both closets.

The Green Door is hands-down a regular favorite of mine to recommend for a weekend or week-long stay for one to two couples, or a small family. The owners have thought of every detail. They even went above and beyond to make sure I enjoyed my stay and even before my visit they were attentive and easy to contact during the reservation process. They also provided maps & local magazines, notebooks with places of interests, and suggestions for fun activities during my stay, like Esther’s Follies on 6th St. - hilarious!! This home has all the conveniences of a home-away-from-home, but with thoughtful personal touches to make it a great vacation spot.

The VRBO Bear

# 205277 Private Homes, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

4200 sf,Gourmet Kitchen,Prvt.Hot Tub,Sauna,Pool Table,Wi-Fi

Enjoying my stay at this Large Summit County Mountain Log Home in Keystone

Enjoying my stay at this Large Summit County Mountain Log Home in Keystone

06/07/2010 - The minute we drove up to this beautiful mountainside gem, we knew our weekend in the mountains would be special.
This comfortable, spacious, custom built mountain retreat with its massive log construction, beautifully appointed rustic décor and stunning views was perfect. The open, gourmet kitchen with its professional appliances was well equipped to prepare the meals we enjoyed around the large dining table. All four bedrooms were quiet, private and featured nice comfortable beds. One was even like its own apartment with a full kitchen and private entrance! The large deck was perfect for morning coffee, afternoon sunning and enjoying the dramatic views of the beautiful snow capped peaks all around us.
And that’s not all… There’s an invigorating sauna, Satellite TVs with DVD players, gas grill, fireplace, billiards table, foosball table, WiFi…whew! After all that, no wonder it was so relaxing to soak in the large hot tub on the patio and try to count all the stars in the heavens!
Summer time is this bear’s favorite time to visit the Rocky Mountains. Nearby hiking trails and bike paths gave us a great place to walk, bike and enjoy the wonders of nature. Keystone’s two golf courses are just around the corner. Located close to the fine dining, skiing and shopping that Summit County has to offer, you’ll never be too far away from all of the year-round fun! Keystone, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, A-Basin and Copper Mountain are all just a few minutes away. During ski season, you’ll be in the middle of some of the best ski resorts in Colorado. And the free Summit Stage bus stop is just at the bottom of the hill.
I can’t imagine a better place than this to unwind, relax and take in the beauty of the Rockies while enjoying all the fun of Summit County!

The VRBO Bear

# 188870 Mountain Village, Telluride Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Eureka! Luxurious,Great Location! PAY 5, STAY 7 in winter

Amazing views from the window seat of this great Telluride mountain home

Amazing views from the window seat of this great Telluride mountain home

05/27/2010 - The owners of the Eureka house at Mountain Village in Telluride, Colorado were kind and welcoming hosts during my visit to Telluride. Now I’m no superstar like Tom Cruise, Oprah, or some of the other Telluride locals but I can see why the celebrities love Telluride! It’s a small town full of friendly people from superstars to everyday folks who just want to get away in the mountains. Everyone seems to know each other and they make you feel like this is where you belong.

The Eureka house itself is a luxury home with everything you can think of. The cedar beams, stone hearths and wood floors make a mountain bear feel right at home. And beneath this Tyrollean lodge styled architecture are all the amenities to pamper a bear like me. It has a steam shower, jetted tubs, KitchenAid appliances, and radiant floor heat! If you need to adjust your bindings there is a work station in the large garage with tools to help you out. When I’m done skiing the mountain I can ride right down to the Eureka house, leave my boots in the mudroom and sit in the hot tub! From there on the top deck I can see most of the San Juan Mountain Range with jagged peaks and icy ridges. Then I can fall asleep in one of the master suites while snow falls outside the window and a fire burns in the hearth.

Telluride is surrounded by rugged 14,000 foot peaks. The people here call it “Little Switzerland” because it looks like the Alps – ahh, my kind of place! From town you can see Bridal Veil Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the United States. Telluride Ski Resort boasts some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. The lifts and gondola connect Mountain Village and downtown Telluride so that you can practically travel around town on your skis.

The Eureka house is just a five minute walk to Mountain Village where a quaint pedestrian hamlet has been built. It’s a little town of its own with shopping, fine dining, burger joints, parks, spas and more. It even has a grocery store. Or you can jump on the gondola that takes you right into downtown Telluride just a few minutes away. There are festivals in almost all seasons in the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. In the summer there is a festival almost every weekend!

So whether you’re a celebrity or just an average Joe looking for a mountain retreat, the Eureka house will make your stay perfect!

The VRBO Bear

# 289603 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

7652 Square Feet 4 BR/4 BA Historic Renovated Downtown Mansion

My luxury stay in this great Downtown Denver Mansion

My luxury stay in this great Downtown Denver Mansion

05/21/2010 - A delightful experience awaits you! Our host graciously met me as I arrived and took me on a tour of this marvelous downtown mansion.

Much work and consideration went into the restoration and décor of this 1900 historical mansion. From the perfectly appointed furnishings to the gourmet kitchen, the home provided all the charm of a bygone era with all the modern appliances and electronics to make this bear’s stay pampered and priceless.

Some extraordinary features of this lovely home include: an extravagant master bedroom with luxurious linens, sitting area, and flat screen TV; an enormous master bath with a huge whirlpool tub and steam shower; rustic brick and hardwood floors through-out; and a large home theater with projector and drop down screen, just to name a few.

The wrap-around porch meets up with the beautifully landscaped courtyard featuring Italian marble pillars, a tile fountain, Italianate fireplace and outdoor kitchen and dining area.

Each room and even outdoors is wired for sound for your listening pleasure.

It was truly a delight preparing meals in the gourmet eat-in kitchen, which boasts granite countertops and top of the line appliances. My favorite feature, though, had to be the built-in Miele coffee machine, complete with complimentary coffee and an assortment of soothing, natural teas. I brewed, steamed and frothed to my hearts’ content!

The location of this downtown beauty cannot be surpassed! You will find yourself very near all the shopping, restaurants, theaters, and sporting venues that downtown Denver has to offer.

The VRBO Bear

# 264805 Barton Heights, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Breathtaking Beauty - Walk to downtown, Zilker Park, Barton Springs

Enjoying the beauty surrounding this great Barton Springs area house

Enjoying the beauty surrounding this great Barton Springs area house

05/19/2010 - I just got back from Austin and couldn’t wait to tell you about this wonderful home just minutes from downtown, yet tucked away in a lovely, quiet neighborhood. It was everything a Bear could want. This home is surrounded by trees making it feel quite secluded. I truly felt right at home. The master bedroom had a screened in deck with the ambiance of a treehouse, perfect for relaxing with a book or enjoying your morning breakfast. But that wasn’t all! The master bedroom boasts a huge flat screen TV and a bathroom ‘just right’ for a spa get-away! The shower with multiple shower heads and sunken bath will pamper you like royalty.

Just beyond the back deck is a private apartment over the garage with full kitchen living area and bedroom. The other 3 bedrooms in the main house each had their own bathroom and roomy closet space. With sleeping accommodations for 10, this property is a great find for larger groups visiting the Austin area. The deck off the kitchen with BBQ grill provides plenty of comfortable space for outdoor entertaining.

There’s much to see and do in Austin. I enjoyed walking along South Congress (called SoCo by the locals) and seeing the many varieties of restaurants and shops. There’s an abundance of dining experiences from casual fare offered out of streamlined campers and eaten on picnic tables, to eclectic diners, to myriad upscale fine dining restaurants. You’ll want to come back and try it all. I also had to visit 6th Street to take in the sites and sounds, where you’ll see why Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the world.”

Whether you enjoy peaceful parks or the musical nightlife, there’s something for everyone to enjoy within a short distance of this lovely, spacious and oh, so inviting home in the heart of Austin.

The VRBO Bear

# 79737 Napa, Napa County, Wine Country, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE

1892 Victorian Farmhouse, luxury rental - Special Winter Rates! Please inquire!

Relaxing in the backyard and enjoying the view!

Relaxing in the backyard and enjoying the view!

05/12/2010 - It’s spring, and with its green rolling hills, oak trees dotting the hillsides, and beautiful vineyards in every direction, Napa Valley - the California wine country was calling me. Renowned for its rural beauty and featuring more than three hundred wineries, the region also boasts extraordinary homes, one of which we had the pleasure of staying at – the Adriance House, a Queen Anne Victorian estate.

Upon our arrival, our hosts graciously received us and spent time walking us through this incredible estate home as well as updating us on some of the fun events going on in the area during our stay. They also provided fantastic recommendations for wineries and restaurants in the area.

It is evident that our hosts put much thought and care into the restoration and décor of this 1892 historical farmhouse. From the perfectly appointed furnishings to the gourmet kitchen, the home provided all the charm of a bygone era with all the modern appliances to make our stay comfortable and convenient.

We enjoyed every aspect of this home: the spacious living room with its antique parlor stove, the gourmet kitchen with all the amenities, warm cozy beds, and sunsets off the backyard deck with the late evening light filtering through redwood pines and climbing roses.

With ample room for large or multiple families, a pool and spa, and nearby to all that Napa has to offer, I can't imagine a more fabulous place to stay on vacation!

# 209630 San Antonio, South Texas Plains, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Contemporary Home on the San Antonio River & Mission Trail

Lounging by the pool before exploring the tree fort

Lounging by the pool before exploring the tree fort

05/05/2010 - While planning my trip to San Antonio, Texas, I anticipated a terrific vacation and knew the property was going to be great from the first day I corresponded with owners Eric and Alice. They were always quick to respond, helpful, informative and full of answers and suggestions!

My expectations were exceeded as I caught my first glimpse of the large stucco house. Eric was there to meet me and we hit it off immediately! Before entering the house, I explored the backyard with the lush vegetation, stately pecan trees, and the heated pool. Then I spied the tree fort positioned high in one of the large trees! Climbing the ladder to the fort, I had a great view of the San Antonio River running along the rear of the property. Beary, beary pretty!

Upon entering the house I oo'd and ah'd as I inspected the eclectic art collection, the interesting group of art deco furniture, the centrally-positioned circular gas fire pit, and the contemporary surfaces -- lots of high-end amenities in a modern and inviting setting. I brought a few friends with me, so we had our choice of three beautiful bedrooms inside the main house (only one word for the master bedroom suite: WOW!). One couple chose the garage apartment with its king-size bed, private bath and efficiency kitchen. No one minded cooking in the incredible kitchen -- very open and spacious with a gorgeous view of the pool and grounds. The garage TV room was an amazing retreat where we watched movies in a cozy and comfortable setting.

Though we definitely had fun at the famous San Antonio River Walk, the Alamo, the San Juan Mission and lots of wonderful restaurants, it was always a special treat to come back to this beautiful VRBO property where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The VRBO Bear

# 202024 Canyon Lake, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Enjoy the Relaxing Hot Tub

Great Canyon Lake view from the deck!

Great Canyon Lake view from the deck!

05/05/2010 - As a well-traveled bear who’s always on the go, I was really looking forward to my relaxing getaway at Canyon Lake. I couldn’t wait to arrive at the private beach haus and reunite with some friends I’ve known since we were cubs.

We were in awe over the blue waters of Canyon Lake and the view from the home. The two-story windows in the living room and the patio just outside the three sets of sliding glass doors provide stunning views of the water. We enjoyed sitting out on the deck admiring the view and eating hamburgers we cooked on the brand new charcoal grill. We also thoroughly enjoyed the canoe that the owners provide for their guests. We could 'bearly' get over how clear the water was!

This lake house is the perfect setup for a family getaway. With full-size bunk beds, futons, and a trundle bed, this house can sleep an entire sleuth of bears! Believe me, this house provides much more than the 'bear' necessities. Whether you’re looking for a vacation with the cubs or a relaxing getaway among friends, the location and amenities provided are perfect for all ages.

The VRBO Bear

# 85817 West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Country, Montana, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Two Feathers Cabin Lodging - a Jewel at Forest's Edge

I think you'll enjoy this cozy cabin as much as I did!

I think you'll enjoy this cozy cabin as much as I did!

05/03/2010 - Two Feathers cabin was quite the home away from home! I stayed there during spring, but this cabin would be perfect for any season! There was plenty to do in the small town of West Yellowstone during the few days I was there, but I spent most of my time in Yellowstone National Park. I spotted plenty of buffalo, elk, a couple of bald eagles, two very large wolves and even ran into my cousin “Grizzly”! It was quite the adventure seeing Old Faithful and many hot springs and geysers throughout my trip. Yellowstone is full of excitement. I also visited the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone and was able to see the bears and wolves right up close! It was well worth visiting.

After a long, fun day of driving and hiking through the park, it was great to come back to the cabin and sit by the fireplace. The owners of Two Feathers have literally thought of everything you can possibly imagine to make your stay comfortable and are just a stones-throw away if you need them. I’m definitely looking forward to another stay at this beautiful cabin!

The VRBO Bear

# 266070 Mountain House, Slopeside, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

One Bedroom/Two Bath Slopeside Condo! Incredible Views and Location!

Look how close the ski slopes are!

Look how close the ski slopes are!

04/29/2010 - I was looking for a nice mountain home to visit during the final week of skiing at Keystone, when I came across this wonderful condo. I couldn’t believe how close it was to the slopes! Just a few paw-steps and I was at the chairlift, ready to start my day of skiing. Slopeside? Definitely!

This condo was the perfect size for me to rest and unwind after my winter adventures. I could relax upstairs in bed and watch the great flat-screen TV or on the comfy leather couch downstairs in front of another flat-screen TV. This unit even had a DVD player, an iPod dock, and wi-fi so I could keep in touch with my favorite website – VRBO.

I really liked the tile and hardwood floors throughout the condo. And the kitchen was so nice! Beautiful cabinets, countertops and tile work all made for truly enjoyable meal preparation. The whole condo was so bright and airy with all the windows. And what a view! You really get to appreciate Keystone Mountain and the surrounding area by staying this close to the slopes – and by relaxing on the balcony with a hot cup of cocoa.

The condo is located close to all of the fine dining, skiing and shopping that Summit County has to offer. You’ll never be too far away from any of the year-round fun!

To top it all off, the owner was great to work with. She was happy to help with anything we needed, and she really made our stay a memorable one.

Make sure you check out Slopeside for your next visit to Keystone!

The VRBO Bear

# 232563 Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 17 BR, 12 BA, ESTATE

Entertainer's Mansions 1&2 Together 17 Gst Rms 12 BA Nr Strip!

Enjoying my own personal and private Oasis

Enjoying my own personal and private Oasis

04/27/2010 - From the moment my family of bear cubs and I arrived at the Entertainer’s Mansion in Las Vegas, we instantly knew we were in for a fabulous stay! This home was an entertainer’s dream! Our host greeted us very warmly, and was so accommodating, it was truly a pleasure. He had all the details worked out prior to our arrival and was extremely professional and very thoughtful.

From the grand foyer boasting a beautiful inlaid marble tile floor to the soaring ceilings with an amazing chandelier and grand staircase, we knew this was going to be an over-the-top property. As our host led us on the tour of the mansion, it just kept getting better and better as we went along. Each room was professionally decorated with fine furnishings and high-end finishes. The master bedroom suites were absolutely fabulous. The fully stocked gourmet kitchen was a chef’s dream! All of the guest suites were also tastefully decorated, and all the bedding was of the highest quality. We had to tear ourselves out of the luxuriousness and coziness of our beds! The mansion also has a fantastic game room with a great pool table and even some very fun slot machines! Adjacent to the game room was the theatre room, complete with a great video library.

If all that isn’t enough, the outdoor living and entertaining space was absolutely breath-taking. It was our own personal oasis for the weekend! The pool and spa look like something you might find in a designer's magazine. It was completely made out of rock with several waterfalls, a fire feature and lighting to make it a very dramatic evening setting. We swam our paws off from sun up till late into the evening.

The Entertainer's Mansion is centrally located to all Las Vegas has to offer. It was just the perfect location for a great Vegas experience. The Mansion definitely lived up to its name and then some! Thanks for an over-the-top stay, and we just had only one regret…that our stay was not longer!

The VRBO Bear

# 105080 Lakeway, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Chateau Lakeview - in Heart of Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Enjoyed this great view of Lake Travis from the upstairs deck

Enjoyed this great view of Lake Travis from the upstairs deck

04/27/2010 - Pulling in to the driveway of this beautiful home, I knew I was in for a relaxing weekend. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood surrounded with trees and boasting several decks in both the front and rear of the house, this house looked like the perfect place to relax. How could it not be? Walking in to the house, I got the same impression. The house was beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and complete with all the essentials for a great stay. There was even a variety of University of Texas pieces that are essential for any Austin area home. We really enjoyed sitting on the front decks in the comfortable chairs and watching the sun set over Lake Travis. Not only was the house beautiful and relaxing, but it also had plenty of room for all your friends and family and a kitchen big enough to cook for all of them.

Lake Travis is just a few minutes from the house and it offers endless outdoor entertainment options. Whether you're boating, swimming, hiking or enjoying a picnic under a tree, you’re sure to find something fun. If you’re looking for something different, make the short trip to downtown Austin and check out one of the many clubs for some live music, restaurants for some delicious food, or any of the other hot spots that make Austin a great city.

Whether you choose to spend your days enjoying the beautiful Lake Travis or exploring downtown Austin, you couldn’t ask for a better, more relaxing place to lay your head.

The VRBO Bear

# 198508 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Garden St. House - Close to Downtown - Parks,Trails, Lake Close

Bear stay in this charming Austin house

Bear stay in this charming Austin house

04/21/2010 - I was very happy to stay in this beautiful home in the lovely city of Austin, Texas for a long weekend. The home is centrally located, just a couple minutes from downtown. I could crawl right down the street to a number of shops, bars and restaurants (there is so much to do nearby this home!). I was also able to make my way down to the nearby Town Lake Trail for a morning jog.

Austin is a wonderful city filled with so much to see and do. In addition to everything within walking distance of the home, there were many greenbelts and nature areas to make a bear feel right at home. If you like the night life, you'll find clubs and theaters within easy driving distance. If you're a history buff, Austin is filled with many historic sites, from the state capitol to The University of Texas. Or, if you would rather relax, the home has a very nice porch and balcony that you can sit on while you enjoy the beautiful weather. I cannot wait to make a return visit to this gorgeous Garden Street house.

The VRBO Bear

# 207395 Borders Lodge, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Ski in/Out Beaver Creek Village. Incredible views. Heated Pool, Mountain Views

Amazing views of Beaver Creek from this Ski-in Ski-out Penthouse

Amazing views of Beaver Creek from this Ski-in Ski-out Penthouse

04/08/2010 - This ski-in ski-out penthouse in Beaver Creek is a great property in a fantastic location - Border's Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado! What's not to like? When we arrived, we parked in the underground garage and took the elevator to our penthouse condo. The views of the Beaver Creek Village and ski area are fabulous. For skiing, what could be more convenient than ski-in ski-out? Elkhorn lift #14 is right outside the door, ready to whisk you up the mountain for unmatched Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch skiing.

Did I tell you that this home is located within walking distance of Beaver Creek Village? Well it's true, or if you prefer to ride, a Beaver Creek shuttle stops about every 15 mins. In the Village you will find quaint shops, art galleries, and of course, a skating rink (in the winter). For dinner, try Ti Amo in Avon for great Italian food and reasonable prices.

Back at home, you'll enjoy not only the fabulous views, but also a cozy gas fireplace, dining for 8, full kitchen with granite counters, high speed Internet and 2 master suites (one with whirl pool tub, steam shower) - Downstairs is the front desk staffed with friendly helpful people, complementary coffee, tea hot chocolate (this little bear's favorite to enjoy while sitting by the fire). When not skiing, rest your weary bones in the hot tub, swim the heated pool or use the workout room. Consider yourself blessed to stay in this fabulous VRBO property, I know that I did!

The VRBO Bear

# 60542 Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Exquisite Home with Panoramic View of City & Bay

Enjoying the outdoor living space in this beautiful Point Loma home

Enjoying the outdoor living space in this beautiful Point Loma home

04/05/2010 - The Point Loma area is the place to stay when planning your next family vacation or family reunion in San Diego. Minutes from the airport, this beautiful Point Loma vacation home is close to favorite San Diego attractions such as Sea World, San Diego harbor, downtown San Diego, the Point Loma Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean.

This San Diego home with spectacular views was the ideal setting for our Bear family gathering ---bright, light, spacious and relaxing with extra outdoor living spaces. The upstairs expansive master suite allowed us to get away from it all, with Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, and private deck with, of course, views of the city and harbor. The three bedrooms and three bathrooms on the main level provided privacy for all. And the large kitchen, eating area, comfortable family room and patio area provided an ideal gathering area.

Early-bears enjoyed the beautiful sunrises from this home and nighttime views of downtown San Diego were amazing. Also, on our evening walks, we loved watching the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. A real highlight were the walks in this gorgeous Point Loma neighborhood, with Peet’s coffee our destination and Fresh & Easy market close by for groceries.

If you have friends or relatives attending Point Loma Nazarene University, you can easily walk from here to campus. I would highly recommend this home for year-round family gatherings, as well as a place for families of PLNU students to stay while visiting their student.

The VRBO Bear

# 258772 Private Homes, Palm Springs, North, Palm Springs, Deserts, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Voted #1 Vacation and Event Home in Palm Springs!! A One of a Kind Estate!!

Amazing backyard paradise at this resort-like estate

Amazing backyard paradise at this resort-like estate

03/17/2010 - When I arrived at this sprawling Palm Springs estate, I knew that I was in for a “beary” relaxing weekend. I took one step inside and I was greeted by the trickling sounds of a lovely wall fountain— just like my home in the woods! Ahhhh, peace at last.

The home is 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom house so it’s plenty big for you and your cubs in tow. Everyone can find something to enjoy, whether it’s cooking up a feast in the chef’s kitchen, sitting by the fireplace in the living room, or exploring the backyard wonderland. I personally went straight to the back and enjoyed a game of beach volleyball with the family.

After the game, the cubs jumped into the gorgeous freshwater pool and that was my cue to hibernate. ‘Bear’ in mind, we had an extremely long flight, so I was quite jetlagged! I sank into the king size bed and the surround sound system lulled me to sleep. What astounded me most about this house was how cozy and warm it is considering its size— the cubs could be on one side playing while the rest of us were on the other side enjoying the fireplace.

This property truly has something for everyone and we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

The VRBO Bear

# 174490 San Luis Obispo, Central Coast, California, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Flying Caballos Century Old Farm House

Relaxing on the porch of the restored ranch house in San Luis Obispo

Relaxing on the porch of the restored ranch house in San Luis Obispo

03/15/2010 - Why hibernate when you can escape to San Luis Obispo’s lush landscape for the winter? To escape my “cabin fever,” I decided to gather some friends and head to California’s Central Coast. The Flying Caballos Ranch House was perfectly suited for our weekend getaway. From the moment we ambled through the white picket fence, the bright yellow exterior greeted us like a burst of sunshine.

The turn-of-the-century ranch house was enchanting while its modern appliances offered all the creature comforts. The architectural details, renovations, wall colors, furniture, and linens gave us the feeling of being transported back-in-time without getting stuck in a time warp. From bright and cheery to soft and dim, the room’s lighting options were adjustable creating a warm, glowing ambience akin to oil lamps. Each of the five bedrooms was fitted with crisp white linens under plush comforters. We were grateful that one room provided a toddler bed to keep our little one nearby. The home was casual in its décor, allowing us to truly kick our feet up and relax.

Within minutes of arriving, we were all eager to get outside and explore. A lush green manicured lawn with plenty of seating and a beautiful view, offered a relaxing spot to linger and catch up. An outdoor grill complete with a large table for dining provided the perfect place to cook and socialize outdoors. Beyond the picket fence, we discovered a scenic natural landscape with tall willowy grasses, a covered bridge (reminiscent of those in Bridges of Madison County) and a pasture of horses. By ringing the large iron bell, you could signal the horses to come over and visit. A long leisurely walk led to the bottom of a hill with a hiking trail leading up. It was perfect for anyone desiring a physical challenge.

Although there were many attractions in the surrounding towns, the desire to stay put and enjoy this comfortable home kept us on the property for most of our stay. It was the perfect opportunity to reconnect!

The VRBO Bear

# 197087 Adams Morgan, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Penthouse with Lush Garden in the Sky!

Scenes of DC from the rooftop terrace

Scenes of DC from the rooftop terrace

03/12/2010 - Washington DC is a city with a long history and lots of sightseeing opportunities. This apartment was the perfect home base for exploring our nation's capitol.

Adams Morgan is a fun neighborhood, kind of classy for a bear like me. The apartment is on a quiet street, yet within walking distance of a Metro station, so that we could easily get all over the city. Back home, coming through the front door truly felt like coming home, with many welcoming touches, including fresh flowers, fun knick-knacks, and cozy furnishings.

Waking up in the morning, we all felt eager for the day. The apartment is sunny and bright, filled with light from the many windows. I could hardly wait to brew some coffee, and take my mug out onto the rooftop deck. Filled with plants and flowers, a BBQ grill, and comfortable patio furniture, it was a delightful way to begin the day. A large pond is filled with hungry fish that beg to be fed.

A view of the National Cathedral from the deck reminded me that it was time to head out for the day. There is so much to see and do in Washington DC! This trip we toured the White House and the Capitol, visited our congressman's office, and saw some monuments, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

There are many wonderful restaurants to eat at, or pick up food to bring home and enjoy on the deck. DC offers everything from Lebanese to Ethopian restaurants and gave us the opportunity to try all sorts of new foods. Our hostess had a book with lots of recommendations. We also fixed a few meals at the apartment, since the kitchen was well stocked and very convenient.

All in all, we had the perfect vacation, with the perfect place to stay!

The VRBO Bear

# 146034 Woodmoor, Baldy Mountain, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

'View Manor' - Five Master Suites!!

What a view from this great deck...every season!

What a view from this great deck...every season!

03/11/2010 - The Bear family and I were looking to get away for the weekend in Summit County, Colorado. We wanted to stay at a nice home that could hold all of our family plus some friends we wanted to bring along. We were seeking a place we could relax, play, and spend time together. We found all of this, and more, at Breckenridge’s View Manor.

Upon arrival, we enjoyed parking in the heated garage to unload our belongings. Once inside, we were thrilled to find so much space for our group! The two downstairs bedrooms provided ample space for the cubs and their buddies to spread out. The game room offered hours of entertainment for the little ones; they loved the big screen TV, the PlayStation video game console and the pool table.

Upstairs, we found three big, beautifully-decorated bedrooms, a spacious and well-stocked kitchen, and a very nice family room. With so much room, the whole family could spread out during and after each mealtime. Though, everyone’s favorite spot was the ultra-comfy couch. We all loved getting to rest our bear paws on such a relaxing sofa.

From the deck, there was a fantastic view of the Breckenridge ski slopes. The majestic snow-capped peaks were an awesome sight! The view was a nice bonus for this quiet, serene location and these bears sure felt at home.

The whole group got to do so many activities in the nearby Breckenridge area. Some of us went snowshoeing. Others went skiing and snowmobiling while the cubs thoroughly enjoyed sledding down the hill. And at the end of each day, we relaxed and soaked away our aches in the bubbly hot tub.

We truly enjoyed our time in this beautiful mountain home and we know you will, too!

The VRBO Bear

# 137656 Mountain House, Autumn Brook, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 5 BA, TOWNHOME

4BR/5bth-Walk to Lift-Luxury Home-Private Hottub-Free Internet

Enjoying the beautiful decor in this great luxury mountain house

Enjoying the beautiful decor in this great luxury mountain house

03/10/2010 - This trip I visited Keystone, CO for a long weekend of winter fun and skiing. Jack Frost was kind enough to pay a visit to Keystone on Friday night, bringing fresh powder for a perfect skiing day on Saturday.

Once I arrived, I was excited to see how close the home was to Keystone Village, the mountain gondola and the ski lifts. The home was within walking distance of a variety of ski rental stores, restaurants, fun bars and very chic boutiques.

The townhouse had a gourmet kitchen equipped with all the appliances, dishes, cooking utensils and other kitchen needs to feed a hungry crew. The friends I came with gathered around the large dining room table with me to enjoy a few very nice meals and play some cards and board games. While sitting in front of the warm fireplace, we watched some classic and new movies in the cozy living room and gazed at the skiers skiing down the slopes. This beautifully decorated, luxury townhome had three levels. All 4 bedrooms had large, warm and cozy sleeping spaces as well as full private bathrooms. There was even a fifth full bathroom on the main level. The big kids in our group loved the loft area which featured a PlayStation, tons more movies and games. The loft also included an extra bed with a trundle.

During the day, our group enjoyed the sunny deck which was a great vantage point to watch skiers swoosh down the mountain. We took the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and prepared some wonderful steaks on the large BBQ grill. The second deck included a large, relaxing hot tub that everyone enjoyed after a long day of skiing.

This is a great place for any size family or group of friends. I highly recommend you take advantage of everything this luxury townhome has to offer!

The VRBO Bear

# 217809 Tampa, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Newer Luxury Waterfront Home on Tampa Bay-Infinity Pool/Spa

Spectacular waterfront views of Tampa Bay by the pool and hot tub

Spectacular waterfront views of Tampa Bay by the pool and hot tub

03/09/2010 - This beautiful home was located in a quiet, gated community in Apollo Beach. I entered this “tropical paradise” through the main front walkway decked out in green palm trees and flowers, under a massive archway, and through glass double doors. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the owner, who was very pleasant and professional. The owner gave me a tour of the home and explained all the features. Plus, the owner provided a concierge service for an effortless vacation stay. Services included having the kitchen stocked with groceries, restaurant recommendations and ticket reservations. Wireless internet and long-distance service were included at no extra charge.

Like staying in a model home, this home was immaculate and exceptionally decorated. Designer touches all throughout the home made it especially outstanding. The most incredible feature of this home was its location directly on Tampa Bay. There were amazing views of the bay from the master bedroom balcony and the family room opening to the back of the house. The family room had floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view from this spectacular location!

The large back patio area had cushioned lounge chairs and seating, overlooking a spectacular drop-off pool into the ocean view. One night, I soaked in the hot tub after a busy day at Busch Gardens while gazing at the ocean just a few feet away and the stars overhead.

The master bedroom upstairs was very spacious, with a walk-in closet and 5-piece bath. The king-sized bed had a soft, extra deep pillow top mattress that just enveloped this bear’s body. There was a huge, over-sized shower in the bathroom, with a large double sink area to get ready in the morning. I woke up each morning to view the ocean from the private balcony and watch the ships and birds fly over the water. I even saw a Manatee glide slowly past the docks.

The kitchen was open and spacious, with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A center island contained the gas range and all the small appliances I needed during my stay. There was also a double-oven in the wall and an outside grill off the back patio. There was seating for 10 in the dining room, with a smaller table in the kitchen nook and three tall stool seats to eat at the counter by the sink. In this ideal kitchen, everything but the food is provided to enjoy all the meals you care to cook.

This home will comfortably accommodate multiple members from the bear clan with plenty of privacy. The queen bedroom downstairs had a bath with a shower, in addition to the master bedroom upstairs. Other guests can choose from three additional bedrooms upstairs, which share another bathroom with shower and tub. Besides the master bedroom, my favorite room upstairs was the den with the pull-out sleeper couch. It was very large and comfortable, with an extra large TV! All the bedrooms have their own TV’s, to wind down with a favorite show before going to bed.

This vacation home had all the comforts of home that made my stay so enjoyable. The towels for the bath and pool were the plushest, thickest towels this fur has ever felt! There were hooks behind every bedroom door, and a convenient towel rack on the back patio after exiting the pool. There were games and books to occupy leisure time, and thick cushions for the back deck seating area.

I truly felt at home in this exceptional vacation rental and wish it was my own home. I recommend this home to anyone and everyone – you will love this house and truly enjoy your stay!

The VRBO Bear

# 143089 Blue River, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Spectacular Mtn Views! Game Room! Hot Tub! 25% off 7Nt MLK stay!

Warming by the fire, enjoying amazing views

Warming by the fire, enjoying amazing views

03/02/2010 - Over the weekend, I decided it was time to gather the bear family and head for the hills to a wintry retreat in Breckenridge, Colorado. Jack Frost was kind enough to pay us a visit upon our arrival, leaving the area with a fresh dusting of glistening powder. Bustling with skiers and boarders just off the slopes, the town was full of activity. There were many restaurants and shops in which to stop and stretch our weary legs from the car ride.

We continued our drive through Breckenridge, the small community of Blue River, (just south of the city) and up the mountainside to a beautiful mountain retreat fondly known as Quandary Vista. Upon entering Quandary Vista, the family was able to spread out for the weekend in the incredibly spacious living and dining room which was adjacent to the newly updated, full-service kitchen.

The wrap-around deck just off the living room provided us with beautiful, unobstructed views of Quandary Peak. Sitting at 14,265 ft., the majestic peak and its grandeur could not be missed through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows that surrounded the living room.

The cubs headed to the basement for the weekend and took claim to their very own territory in one of the four large bedrooms and two bathrooms. They took advantage of the pool table in the large common space and a few cubs soothed their sore muscles in the hot tub located just outside on the lower level deck.

We all fell in love with the secluded master bedroom which sat on the second level. The large, beautiful bathroom complete with a Jacuzzi tub added to the splendor of the large bedroom. It was a much appreciated retreat after a day of snow-shoeing!

Overall, this spacious home will leave you feeling warm and “fuzzy” with all the comforts of your own home and more.

The VRBO Bear

# 162804 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Stunning Rocky Mountain View Vacation Home- Mont Blanc Chalet

Enjoying the beautiful mountain views of Estes Park

Enjoying the beautiful mountain views of Estes Park

02/26/2010 - I decided to take the Bear family up to Estes Park, CO for a weekend of winter fun. Jack Frost decided to pay a visit to Estes Park, bringing along a foot of new snow and I was fortunate to have picked such a wonderful house to enjoy the snowy weekend. On the map, the Mont Blanc Chalet appears to be practically on the main road from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park, but don’t be fooled – the road to the chalet requires a short drive up a winding mountain road. Once you’re there, you’d never realize that you’re so close to town. The wow factor at Mont Blanc is high; you enter the house from the driveway and walk up to the first floor and are greeted by a large living area with huge windows overlooking the Estes Valley. The whole bear family spent the first 10 minutes “oohing” and “aahing” over the house before we could even unload the Bearmobile.

The Mont Blanc Chalet is a comfortable home on three levels. The cubs loved the loft area with its bunk beds and immediately made themselves at home, while the grown ups appreciated the kid friendly touches like gates for the stairs and bed railings for the upper bunks. The large kitchen features granite tile countertops and all the appliances and cooking utensils you need to create your own meals, which were enhanced by the amazing view right from the dining room table. If there’s a restaurant in Estes Park with a better view, this bear hasn’t found it yet. The bear family enjoyed the sunny deck, complete with hot tub, and one highlight of the stay came when a family of mule deer made their way down the driveway and spent a good half hour browsing for their dinner right below the deck.

The wonderful thing about Mont Blanc is that even though it feels isolated, you’re only a short drive to everything Estes Park has to offer. The Fun City Amusement Park, the downtown area itself and the YMCA are all within 10 minutes, and Rocky Mountain National Park is just up the road. The YMCA was a highlight of the trip, and is a real hidden gem in Estes Park, offering all kinds of activities including roller skating, ice skating, and the new craft room, which provides an opportunity to make your own one-of-a-kind souvenirs and keepsakes.

I heartily enjoyed my vacation at the Mont Blanc Chalet and recommend that you take advantage of everything it has to offer!

The VRBO Bear

# 286070 Hahns Peak, Steamboat Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

The Angler Cabin at Midnight Ranch

Enjoying the comfy, handmade log bed!

Enjoying the comfy, handmade log bed!

02/24/2010 - The "Angler" was all I hoped for and more. Even before setting my paws in the door, I had fallen in love with the cabin and the beautiful valley! I started my day listening to the fire crack and pop while I watched the sunrise slowly transform the snow-covered mountains from blue to pink to acres of sparkling diamonds. Take a moment and imagine yourself being surrounded by such a scenic vista.

The mix of primitive, antique and woodsy elements blended together in a charming way, creating a "homey" atmosphere that had a way of instantly setting us "at ease". I claimed the bedroom with the beautiful handcrafted log bed (as a bear, it was the obvious choice and most comfortable tree I ever slept in!).

Bears like the sweet stuff and we ate well. The kitchen’s Maytag appliances worked great and the gas stove and oven were a dream. Having a dishwasher was also very much appreciated.

We came to ride snowmobiles and the trailhead to the many Forest Service trails were just outside the front door. It was so nice to just get on and ride without the need to load them back on the trailer at the end of the day. We explored the Hahns Peak, Colorado area and even, rode to Wyoming. We experienced awesome riding in fresh powder, day after day. We wish we could have stayed longer with so many more trails to ride and meadows to discover. This summer, we hope to return to explore by ATV or mountain bike.

Our host was exceptional and very eager to make sure we had a perfect stay- and it was!

The VRBO Bear

# 235871 Grand Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Stay Where the VRBO Bear Stayed in Grand Lake!

Surrounded by exquisite custom accents

Surrounded by exquisite custom accents

02/19/2010 - This custom built home located in The Shores of Shadow Mountain subdivision could be considered the perfect “home away from home”. It is only a 10 minute drive to town and just a short walk to the lake. Could it get any better?

When I arrived with my traveling companions, John, the homeowner greeted us and gave us a complete tour of this spectacular home. At one point, we gazed out the “crow’s nest” windows in awe of the lake and mountain views. We were blessed to see the amazing flight of a bald eagle (where was my camera when I really needed it- still packed).

The air was cold and crisp while the snow was sparkly and fresh. The lake views were breathtaking, especially one morning when the fog rolled off the lake. You could see the crystal trees that had been coated by frost as the fog moved across the lake and land.

This home featured exquisite furnishings and custom accents from top-to-bottom. Each bedroom was warm and welcoming. The master bedroom had a great breakfast/reading deck (which a furry bear like me can enjoy this time of year), and the master bathroom truly made me feel like royalty. The kitchen was beautiful and very well equipped with everything you could imagine to cook a meal. While we ate and played games, the fireplace located between the kitchen and the living room kept everyone nice and toasty. My favorite feature was the radiant floor heating; it was so wonderful to pad across the warm, cozy floors. I could have hibernated just resting on the radiant, warm floor.

Some of my companions enjoyed a morning of snowmobiling up on the trails and others took snowboarding lessons at Sol-Vista Ski Resort, which was only a 30 minute drive. We went bowling at the Grand Lake Bowling Alley and went sledding on the nearby sledding hill. However, the best part of the trip was hanging out and laughing together, in the warmth of this amazing “home away from home.”

Grand Lake was a very quaint small town, but still offered a couple of small grocery stores and several different restaurants. On our final night in Grand Lake, we went to town and dined at a Mexican restaurant called Poncho and Lefty’s. The food was very yummy.

You will not be disappointed with a stay in this exquisite home!

The VRBO Bear

# 50220 Private Homes, Fraser, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME

New Mountain Home

Getting ready to enjoy the hot tub

Getting ready to enjoy the hot tub

02/19/2010 - My latest adventure began with a scenic drive over Berthoud Pass where I and my travel-mates enjoyed beautiful views of pine-treed mountain peaks into the Fraser Valley town of Winter Park.

As it was snowing upon our arrival, we were thankful for the convenience of the garage. Entering the duplex, we were quite impressed by the spacious four bedroom floor plan. The large closets in the foyer surved well for all our winter gear. The two master suites on the main floor, both equipped with TV and DVD players, provided privacy away from the two living areas on the upper and lower floors. The two living areas were ideal for our clan of all ages. While the adults enjoyed the main living area, playing board games and munching on snacks at the large table while watching the Olympics on the large flat screen TV, the teen cubs found the lower level living room a perfect retreat where they could play foosball and video games.

The spacious kitchen was on the main level. The cook was “beary” happy preparing most of our meals at home as the kitchen provided all the necessities. Additional sleeping arrangements were convenient on the lower level, with an adjacent bedroom having two bunk beds and a den with an additional twin bed. Don’t forget to take in the view off the patio in the private hot tub!

Winter Park offered excellent downhill skiing and snowboarding in addition to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and a terrific tubing hill only a few minutes away. There was a shuttle bus to take us wherever we needed to go. We enjoyed access to the neighborhood recreation center, which featured an outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness facility- all within walking distance of the duplex. I can’t wait to come back in the summertime for hiking, biking and wildlife sightings. You'll find this Fraser Valley mountain home is the perfect retreat to rejuvenate!

The VRBO Bear

# 95937 Lionshead Arcade, Lionshead Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Lionshead Village Condo in Vail just steps from the gondola shops & restaurants

Relaxing in the living room of this great Vail condo

Relaxing in the living room of this great Vail condo

02/04/2010 - Driving into Vail as the sun was setting was a great way to start off my stay. My fur could barely keep me warm, but the scenic views were worth it! Luckily, there were lots of logs waiting for me to start a cozy fire in the condo’s fireplace. I loved my condo in Lionshead Arcade. There was plenty of room for a bear family of 4. The kitchen had everything a chef needed, but the dinner suggestion my friend Jon gave me for “Sweet Basil’s “ restaurant sounded too good to pass up. I bundled up and headed to Vail Village for a magical evening. The holiday lights and cold mountain air took my breath away.

In the morning, the smell of hot coffee and good food brought me down the stairs to a little café called “Les Delices de France“. Don’t pass this up this little gem! It’s a great place to fuel up before hitting the slopes. While Vail Village is a short 5 minutes away, you don’t need to leave this little nook. Shops, restaurants, parking, shuttle and ski lifts are all outside your door. The owner arranges for Jon and his friends to take care of all your needs, which they do with first class service. I can’t wait to come back!

The VRBO Bear

# 30016 Other Beaver Creek Properties, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

The Exception, Your Home Away from Home!

Enjoying the view from the porch

Enjoying the view from the porch

01/14/2010 - The scenic drive to Eagle-Vail was breathtaking. The Rocky Mountains, dusted with fresh snow, was a scenic sneak peek of a glorious weekend getaway. I was equally impressed by the ideal location of this lovely home. It was perfectly nestled in a charming neighborhood on the outskirt of Beaver Creek, surrounded by majestic pine trees.

My stay in “The Exception” provided the ideal winter wonderland retreat! Each room featured large windows with fabulous mountain views. This exclusive home was spaciously spread out on four levels, perfect for accommodating large families or groups. Each of the three bedrooms on the third floor had its own full bathroom, including a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub in the master bath (what a treat!). Additional bedrooms were available in the upper loft and on the lower level, both providing adequate privacy. The well-equipped kitchen and a roomy dining room made cooking and eating in enjoyable. To have a perfect end to a perfect day, I soaked in the luxurious, private “Hot Springs” spa.

There are many activities guests can enjoy during their stay. Hit the slopes at one of the prestigious ski resorts just minutes away, explore the open terrain on cross county skis or snowshoes, or ice skate at the local rink. If outdoor adventure is not your forte, you will be content inside this delightful home. Read a good book by the beautiful stone wood fireplace, play a game of pool or watch a movie on the comfy couches in the recreation room. There is even a computer and a WiFi connection for those who need to connect with the outside world!

This home is also perfect for a summer getaway. There’s a garage equipped with mountain bikes, a “Burley” bike trailer to pull the little ones, tennis rackets as well as towels for drying off after a refreshing dip in the outdoor community pool. Plus, hiking and biking the Eagle Creek trail is a fabulous way to enjoy the Colorado Rockies!

You will enjoy your stay at “The Exception” as I did on this trip to Beaver Creek. There are plenty of activities to enjoy or if you come to relax, you are guaranteed to feel rejuvenated when you leave!

The VRBO Bear

# 3055 Private Homes, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

On the River, Private Hot Tub, Wi-Fi, Wooded, Quiet, Close to town

Relaxing in Master Bedroom at the great Cabin in the Woods

Relaxing in Master Bedroom at the great Cabin in the Woods

01/12/2010 - Driving into Breckenridge with the holiday lights still illuminated set the mood for a great stay at this VRBO property. Just three miles past downtown Breckenridge heading south, we arrived at a winter wonderland. The setting for this VRBO mountain cabin was wonderful. The location offered gorgeous views; it was so peaceful and serene.

This vacation home was very cozy. I and my family enjoyed the relaxed living area with gas fireplace, TV, eating area and kitchen all together in one great room. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed for family meals. I sat in the comfy chair by the fireplace, watching TV and ‘surfing’ my laptop. The wireless high speed Internet had a lot of bandwidth which allowed me to get some work done. The bedrooms were plentiful with comfortable beds and enough bathrooms for everyone in our family. We loved the main-level master bedroom’s Jacuzzi tub. This was our private getaway while upstairs the cubs each had a room of their very own.

One of my favorite activities was the outside hot tub. The soothing warm waters were relaxing after a day of activity around Breckenridge. With expansive open spaces and beautiful trees, the Blue River area was an ideal place for snowshoeing and other winter activities.

This Bear and family would highly recommend the South Breckenridge Blue River area. It’s close to town, yet peaceful and secluded as the Blue River runs directly behind the cabin. We loved our winter holiday stay but any season would be a great time to visit. Summer would be a wonderful time to return for hiking, star gazing and fly fishing. The owner has arranged for Carrie to assist you with your booking as well as anything you need during your stay. As the owner says, staying at Blue River really gives you the ‘cabin in the woods’ feeling.

The VRBO Bear

# 250419 Private Homes, Cascade Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

LUXURY HOME/5BD & BUNK RM/SLEEP15+/ ON CREEK & CHAIR #20 or SKI-IN&OUT AT HOTEL

Enjoying the holidays in Vail

Enjoying the holidays in Vail

01/07/2010 - I had the pleasure of staying in this Cascade Village home in Vail, Colorado over the Christmas 2009 holiday. The beautiful setting overlooking Gore Creek was the perfect winter wonderland.

The sprawling, three-level residence had every amenity possible. Upon entering the front hall, one is treated to an incredible mountain view out of the giant windows in the great room down below. On this entry level, there were two bedrooms with a full bath. The larger of the bedrooms had a desk with a computer to access the Internet. As I descended the steps into the living area, I was surrounded with views out of every window and a magnificent fireplace complemented by a large Christmas tree. I knew I had found the perfect place to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. The great room contained furnishings fit for a king. Every chair offered comfort and warmth with pillows and throws. The surround sound throughout this living area made us feel like we were at a concert as we listened to music or watched television.

The kitchen was unbelievably stocked with utensils and equipment to satisfy any great chef. It was truly something for the “Galloping Gourmet.” There was a comfortable corner table to sit and enjoy morning coffee while we took in the great views and enjoyed watching “the cooks” prepare breakfast. The dining room housed a grand square table that comfortably seats twelve. Alternatively, you can enjoy your meal outside on the deck which overlooks Gore Creek. The deck came with a heat lamp to ward of the chilly mountain air. The main level also had a bunk room behind the kitchen which comfortably slept three.

The next level down was a walkout basement with three additional bedrooms. The master bedroom is a residence all of its own. The furnishings were fantastic and warm - again fit for a king. All the linens throughout the home were top of the line with down pillows, comforters and mattresses. The master suite opened onto a large wrap around deck that housed a hot tub. There were extra large towels furnished for everyone who wants to enjoy the quiet of the mountains while enjoying some soaking time in the hot tub. The master bath had both a large shower and a jetted tub. His-and-her sinks kept us from getting in each other’s way. The oversized king bed was so comfortable and warm it was tough to get up in the mornings. The other two bedrooms were beautifully decorated and also furnished with only the best. All the linens were top of the line and the room was complimented with down accessories. Each of these large bedrooms has its own full bath. The large laundry room is on this floor, also. It was equipped with two dryers and a large washer and plenty of laundry baskets to hold all of the towels from the hot tub.

This home was very well equipped and situated in a perfect location surrounded by mountains. It was a fantastic residence that could easily make one want to hibernate here for the entire winter.

The VRBO Bear

# 27463 Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

VRBO BEAR RECOMMENDATION--OCEANFRONT ESTATE w/HEATED POOL, JACUZZI, OCEAN VIEWS

Spectacular oceanfront views

Spectacular oceanfront views

12/22/2009 - My friends and I used this luxury Oceanside Point Loma property as our “home base” while we attended a conference in San Diego. It was ideal! The home had more space than we expected – six bedrooms and four bathrooms (sleeps 16-22!) – which allowed each of us to enjoy our own room and bathroom. Though we had plenty of privacy, the home also had many comfortable central gathering points like the spacious kitchen, living room, and den. And the media fans of the group were not disappointed! The property was equipped with three Plasma HDTV’s and five 32” to 50” LCD HDTVs.

One of the best things about this San Diego vacation rental was that it was located right on the beach! There was nothing better than returning from long days inside a conference room to this beautiful home. We sat on the front porch, protected from the wind by a glass enclosure, and stared out at our unobstructed Pacific Ocean view. One of my friends even thinks she caught a glimpse of a migrating California Gray Whale!

And when we got tired of staring at the surfers, the bogey boarding, and the walkers and joggers along the beach trail, we moved our small party to the villa’s backyard where there was a heated swimming pool and raised Jacuzzi spa. Can you say heaven?

To stretch our legs, we walked along Sunset Cliffs Nature Park, which meanders along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma. This gentle, peace-loving bear was ecstatic to see that the entire area is designated as a multiple species conservation area. Papa Bear could breathe freely, and relish the sights and sounds of the wildlife around us.

We loved San Diego, and we especially loved Villa Magnifica. If a San Diego beach vacation with a sizable group is in your future, I highly recommend this property.

The VRBO Bear

# 148684 Littleton, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Garden Paradise for Relaxation While You Work or Play

Warming my paws by the fire place

Warming my paws by the fire place

12/11/2009 - The name “Garden Paradise” says it all when describing this lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bath home just outside Denver. This home features a large sun room, a finished basement with large screen TV and workout equipment, as well as a private hot tub in the garden area. The home was not only beautifully decorated with antiques and original works of art, but was also decked out for the upcoming holiday season with plenty of garland and twinkle lights.

Cooking any meal was possible in the fully-equipped and stocked kitchen. The kitchen flowed directly into a living space which allowed the conversation to continue, even while cooking. The home was very light and airy thanks to the many skylights that provided natural light. A large sunroom looked out over the back yard and garden areas. Although my trip was in December and the garden was covered with snow, one could imagine springtime with the garden in bloom. The gardens were a peaceful and quiet place to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty.

The home was in close proximity to local grocery stores, restaurants and shopping. It was only forty five minutes from the Denver airport and thirty minutes from downtown Denver’s attractions and nightlife.

This home fits any type of vacationer. It is close enough to enjoy the big city while at the same time far enough away to offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.

The VRBO Bear

# 163081 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Downtown~Upscale & Affordable~1899 Elegant Victorian 1-4 Bdrm

VRBO Bear in the Mile High City!

VRBO Bear in the Mile High City!

12/08/2009 - This lovely tri-level, 4 bedroom, 2 bath Victorian home (built in 1899) was the home base for our “Mile High City” vacation. Located in the historic Capitol Hill District, this duplex offers all the modern conveniences in beautifully restored comfort. The entrance to the house is on the main level, which features gorgeous hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. The kitchen and breakfast area bring together the spirit of the home, with the original natural exposed brick, period tiles and modern, high-end appliances. It’s the perfect combination to cook a fantastic meal and afterwards, sit down and enjoy the ambiance. The cozy back yard has a deck for enjoying the quiet of the neighborhood or space for a barbeque and entertaining friends! There is a private garage, so no need to worry about parking on the street.

The three upstairs bedrooms, the bathroom and private office can be found at the top of the lovely oak staircase. The lower level master bedroom with its nostalgic western feel is tastefully decorated. There is also a private bathroom, which is updated and very modern.

Just down the street from this Pearl Street home, you’ll encounter the rich history of downtown Denver. Close by are several museums such as The Denver Art Museum, The Children’s Museum of Denver, The Molly Brown Museum, Wings over the Rockies, and the Museum of Nature and Science. Kids will love discovering how money is made on a free tour of the U.S. Mint. Close to the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, you can ride the free trolley and enjoy the shops, restaurants and street side entertainment – day or night! Denver has over 200 parks and 850 miles of off-street bike paths and trails to enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a centrally located place to stay in Denver, this home is in the heart of it all!

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# 14873 Private Homes, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 9 BR, 11 BA, HOUSE

Multi-Million Dollar Luxury Home Rental in Beaver Creek Resort

Great setting for ski vacation, summer golf, or retreats

Great setting for ski vacation, summer golf, or retreats

12/03/2009 - I was lucky enough to stay in this incredible and truly unique property for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This spectacular home is located in the heart of the Beaver Creek Resort right on the golf course. Outside, the beautiful Beaver Ceek runs behind the home and the peaceful sound of running water fills the air. The surrounding mountains and landscape offer the true Colorado Rocky Mountain experience.

This large home is a great fit for a big group. With 9 available bedrooms and 10 1/2 bathrooms, there is plenty of privacy to be found. The home is adorned with eclectic Western decor. There is something new to look at and enjoy around every corner. The massive wood burning fireplace brings a special warmth and glow to the main living area. The handcrafted wine cellar is second to none and you will enjoy relaxing in this beautiful room after a day on the slopes. This home is the only home in the entire Vail Valley that has a dining room that can seat 22 people. The kitchen is fully equipped to handle cooking for and serving 22 guests, also.

The master suite is a home in itself. It includes a fantastic king size bed with a Swedish Tempurpedic mattress, a 2-way fireplace, sitting room with flat screen TV and a bathroom fit for royalty with its large jetted tub, steam shower and sauna.

The wrap around deck and large hot tub for 8 makes enjoying the outdoors a truly remarkable experience! You will find yourself in awe of the majestic mountain setting. The Beaver Creek Village transportation is available to you at no charge. The personal chauffer will come right to the home to pick you up and take you to the Village and to the slopes, all of which are only a few minutes away.

This home is clean, comfortable and an amazing mountain property that is like no other. You will love working with the owners, as it is their goal to provide you with the best ski/mountain vacation possible.

The VRBO Bear

# 980 Los Pinos, Peak 9, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Luxury Breckenridge Vacation Rental - Cozy place to stay and Ski in Breckenridge

Setting up the table for dinner

Setting up the table for dinner

12/03/2009 - I felt right at home when we stepped through the doorway of this Los Pinos condo. All the comfy furniture was arranged to resemble a cute “great outdoors” theme. I thoroughly enjoyed the well thought out appointments of various appliances and amenities- everything from an iron box and ironing board to extra pillows and magazines! I especially liked the kitchen with the shining granite tile countertop, fully equipped with everything needed to whip up some delicious munchies.

We went skiing for most of the stay. It was literally a ski-out condo with the Snowflake Lifts just steps away from the front door. From the little cubs to Mama and Papa Bear to Grams and Gramps, it was fun for everyone.

From the condo, it is a very easy walk to the Main Street or you can take the free shuttle that stops in front of the condo complex. Plus, there are plenty of casual and fine-dining choices nearby.

If you are ready for a wonderful, luxurious condo and a relaxing yet exciting getaway, I recommend going to Breckenridge and staying at this superb condominium unit!

The VRBO Bear

# 57630 Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Point Loma Charmer Now Booking for Spring & Summer!Great Reviews!Great Location!

Enjoying views of nicely landscaped yard

Enjoying views of nicely landscaped yard

11/30/2009 - This Point Loma charmer of a home was the perfect location for my fall trip to San Diego. Located on in a quiet wooded Point Loma neighborhood, this comfortable casual home offers everything a little bear could hope for, yet is less than 10 minutes from San Diego's Lindbergh field (how convenient is that?). This home is close to EVERYTHING that San Diego has to offer - the lights of the Gaslamp District and downtown San Diego, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway (a must for WWII History buffs), watching the sunset from Sunset Cliffs, or the nearby beach communities of Ocean Beach, Mission/Pacific Beach, La Jolla. And after a day of sightseeing, what more could a little bear desire than my own little place of solitude? That's what this home offers, and so much more...

Upon arriving at the home, you will take note of the quiet dead end street location (very little traffic) complete with a fenced front and rear yard. Upon entering, you'll appreciate the comfortable living and dining areas and hardwood floors throughout. The sunny equipped kitchen, and the large deck area off the kitchen is perfect for both small or large groups, complete with BBQ, Hot Tub and even your own private basketball court. When the sun goes down, and it's time for a little hibernation, the comfortable master bedroom suite is a great place to retire and dream about all the exciting things in store for tomorrow.

The VRBO Bear

P.S. As an added bonus, for those visiting Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), this home is just a few short blocks from the school, making it perfect for visiting alumni or parents of current students who prefer a real home, rather than a small hotel room.

# 149611 Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake, Big Bear, Inland Empire, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Boulder Bay Chalet Lakefront Luxury

A Bear for all Seasons!

A Bear for all Seasons!

11/20/2009 - This bear adventure brought the blue-eyed bear to beautiful Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California! Situated right on Big Bear Lake’s serene Boulder Bay with its very own private dock, this magnificent 4 bedroom, 3 bath vacation home had everything a bear needed for year round fun.

The two-level chalet style home has two decks that look out on to the crystal waters of Boulder Bay on Big Bear Lake. Inside, you’ll find two stone fireplaces, large sunken living room, flat Screen TVs, a fully equipped kitchen, and dining room. All the beds are cozy and comfortable and there are even two additional sleeping lofts for large family or group gatherings. The mountain décor brings a warm touch of home which is felt in each and every room. The homemade quilts encourage you to snuggle up around the fireplace. Play games at the large dining room table, or soak in the two-person Jacuzzi off the upper deck under the stars. The views from nearly every room are spectacular!

Local activities are endless in any season. The owners provide canoes, kayaks and a pontoon boat for use on the lake. You can take a refreshing swim or try your hand at fishing. Right at your door, there are mountain biking and hiking trails so you can explore the natural flora and fauna. The “village” is just down the road for shopping, strolling and night life. For winter time visits, there are skiing and snowboarding resorts within a very short drive. Also, there’s an Alpine slide and snow play areas nearby for the kids!

Just a quick two hour drive from San Diego or an hour from Orange County or Los Angeles, Big Bear is truly the perfect vacation destination. During my stay, we had all the conveniences for me to feel right at home.

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# 183873 Private Homes, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 8 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

8 bedroom house on 30 acres with pool, party barn. Oasis near downtown Austin!

Relaxing on the front porch

Relaxing on the front porch

11/19/2009 - Austin is a beautiful city with lots of events happening year-round. On my recent trip to central Texas, I went with a large group and stayed at the Rockin’ Y Ranch. Upon our arrival, Eric, the owner was on hand to give us a tour of the property and answer any questions we had during our stay.

The house sits on 30 acres and although you’ll feel like you’re in the country, it’s just a short drive to downtown. Lovely old trees and stone walls surround this farmhouse making it a wonderful secluded retreat. Walk to the ‘barn’ and you’ll find a party space for entertaining. Amenities include a pool table, ping pong table, foosball and lots of couches for comfortable seating. Outside are large fire pits, a beautiful pool and a stainless steel barbeque complete with an oven. It’s a spacious area and perfect for a large family or group reunion.

Inside, you’ll experience an ambience that takes you back-in-time. It reminded me of going to Grandma’s house. You’ll feel right at home, where you can put your feet up, relax and be carefree. You can be a kid again and run wild, enjoy the tire swing, jump in the pool, chase the chickens and play – nobody will yell at you for jumping on the beds either.

The furnishings are comfortable with an antique flair. There’s quite a variety of collections to explore just like Grandma’s house. You’ll find a rock collection, knickknacks from the Far East, a quilt from India, Mexican pottery - all mixed in with cowboy and American Indian artifacts. It’s a delightful combination of eclectic treasures! No snobby designer home or sterile hotel-like rooms, here. This place is the real thing- a well lived-in ranch farmhouse lovingly designed for comfort.

Come experience a slice of authentic Americana from the days when life was simpler. Bring the whole family – no matter what your age is, each guest can feel like a kid again. Then, gather round the large kitchen table and share stories of your adventures. Whether reminiscing on the good old days or recent escapades, your kids will love it and want to come back with their own kids someday.

The VRBO Bear

# 192541 Buena Vista, South Central, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Journey's End Ranch: Colorado Mountain Vacation Rental Estate

What a view!

What a view!

11/12/2009 - Imagine driving through the beautiful Rocky Mountains to a house in the middle of 100 acres with breathtaking views, wildlife just grazing right outside your door, and the peace and solitude you’ve always dreamed of. That’s what you’ll discover when you stay at Journey’s End.

We arrived at Journey’s End just in time to catch an amazing sunset cascading off the surrounding mountains. It was truly a sight to see! We knew right away that our journey had only begun. This was our 3rd annual hunting trip to Buena Vista, Colorado. The Papa Bears went out hunting while the Mama Bears stayed back with the cubs. The house was very spacious and fit both our families very comfortably. The stunning kitchen had absolutely everything we needed. The cubs spent most of their time sitting at the bar stools coloring pictures. Every morning, the sunlight gleaming through the large open windows heated the house and every evening, we loved sitting around the large gas fireplace to reminisce about the day’s adventures. At night, we watched movies from the large video library. Then, we fell asleep to the moonlight shining over the brilliant white snow and dreamed our vacation would never end.

In addition to the Papa Bears shooting an elk, the highlight to our trip was sledding down the hill nearby the house. The cubs had a blast! If you prefer to get away for the day, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs is conveniently within driving distance. We spent an entire day relaxing in the soothing thermal waters. Even if you visit during the summer, there’s so much to do and see outside that you’ll never get bored. Biking, fishing, hiking and skiing are a few of the other seasonal adventures to be enjoyed.

The property manager went above and beyond to ensure a comfortable stay. This will be a trip that we will never forget. Journey’s End really is not an end at all, but a beginning to some wonderful memories!

The VRBO Bear

# 40381 Other Beaver Creek Properties, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME

Must See - Million $$$ Townhouse - ~Ski-In~ / Ski-Out Location

Relaxing by the fire!

Relaxing by the fire!

11/12/2009 - Welcome to the beautiful mountains of Colorado and the Arrowhead Resort at Beaver Creek! This amazing mountain property combines modern luxury with all the conveniences of home. Located in a gated community in the beautiful hills of Beaver Creek, this great townhome is only a short minute walk to the Arrowbahn lift at Arrowhead Ski Resort. Your stay includes access to amenities such as the restaurant at the Country Club of the Rockies, pool and hot tub complex, tennis courts, fly fishing and numerous hiking trails.

From the moment you pick up your keys, you will feel welcomed in every way. Not only is this townhome absolutely gorgeous on the inside, but it is immaculately clean! No need to bring any of your own supplies, as this home is very well equipped with everything you need. The furnishings are tasteful and very comfortable.

The alder wood cabinetry, doors and trim are top-of-the-line and bring an elegant yet rustic mountain feel to the home’s decor. The gas fireplaces will warm you right up on a cold Colorado night. The quality construction of the building provides a peaceful and quiet vacation experience. The private, heated underground parking provides easy access to the townhome unit along with peace of mind for your vehicle.

You will hurry back to the property from your day outdoors just to be able to relax in the luxurious master bath. The steam shower and the jetted tub provide the perfect end to a long day of hitting the slopes.

The property is centrally located near shopping, restaurants and many mountain resort towns including Avon, Edwards and Vail. The owners of this property were great to work with and very professional. It is evident they love their home and ensure all their guests have a wonderful visit.

If you are looking for a wonderful mountain getaway, then you must stay at this incredible townhome. The Bear and his friends very much enjoyed their stay and hope you will, too!

The VRBO Bear

# 109581 Private Homes, West End, Aspen, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Beautiful West End Home - Fantastic Location on VRBO Aspen

Elegantly furnished dining area

Elegantly furnished dining area

11/03/2009 - Ahhh…Aspen in the fall and the beautiful changing colors! I arrived just in time to enjoy the close of this wonderful autumn season.

On our arrival, we drove right into the garage and unloaded. The mudroom entrance from the garage is perfect for all your ski gear . There’s a washer and dryer right in the mudroom for you to peel off those wet winter clothes and get them dry if you’ve just come from a day of outdoor winter activities. From the mudroom, you enter the large kitchen. There’s plenty of workspace to prepare and cook for a big gathering. The kitchen opens to a family room with fireplace and roomy dining area. From the kitchen, family room and dining area to all the bedrooms and bathrooms, there was plenty of space to spread out.

Downstairs, we found more amenities for entertaining including a large flat screen TV, spacious sitting areas and a pool table. There’s no arguing over what to watch; there are TVs in nearly every room. It’s a perfect home to entertain and even celebrate a family reunion, so you can bring along the whole gang. Best of all, the master suite occupies the 2nd floor and has its own private balcony. From there, the views of the mountain are spectacular!

Of course, I had to explore the wonderful town of Aspen and check out the art galleries, shops and restaurants- all just a few blocks away. I found the locals to be very welcoming and friendly folks. I think they’re used to seeing lots of bears in the area. They even had a likeness of one bear all made out of nails and it was over seven feet tall!

No matter what time of year, you’ll enjoy this spacious Aspen home. It’s located in a lovely quite neighborhood, but conveniently close to all the shops and dining that makes Aspen famous.

The VRBO Bear

# 50691 Kailua, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Your Island Home Away from Home!

Showering outdoors is a perk of paradise.

Showering outdoors is a perk of paradise.

11/03/2009 - After visiting the Kalama Beach House, I decided that hibernation is for the birds. Why sleep away the winter when you can experience a healthy dose of sunny paradise on Oahu? The property was steps away (less than a block) from beautiful Kailua beach and minutes away from delicious local dining. This bear did sleep, but only after days filled with Polynesian culture, sightseeing, boogie boarding, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and island cuisine. Speaking of food, I feasted on the delicious island treats of exotic fruits, meats, and sweets during my visit. This bear just so happens to love Spam, a local favorite.

Although the Kalama Beach House was totally comfortable and featured a refreshing salt water pool, my favorite thing about the property was the outdoor master bath. Resembling a tiki hut and hosting a rain forest shower, the master bath was a relaxing getaway that made me feel as if I were living in the jungle (without those pesky lions and tigers, of course).

I was genuinely sad to leave Oahu’s tropical setting and return to my wintery home. I will most definitely return to Hawaii and may even consider trading in my snow skis for a surf board.

The VRBO Bear

# 214115 Boston, Greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Impeccably Renovated 3 Story Home w/ 4 Bedrooms in Vibrant Hip Neighborhood

Enjoying the beauty and serenity of Jamaica Pond

Enjoying the beauty and serenity of Jamaica Pond

10/29/2009 - This home, centrally located in Jamaica Plain, is the ideal place to stay if you are planning a visit to Boston. Jamaica Plain or “JP” as the locals call it is a very green, friendly and artsy neighborhood. This home has a fabulous remodeled kitchen that opens to a great patio which is perfect for outdoor entertaining or dining. Here, you can experience how the real Bostonians live!

The comfortable four bedroom, two bath home is situated right on Centre Street, the main street running through JP. Almost everything is in walking distance of the home. Along Centre Street there are some fantastic restaurants, eateries, pubs, shopping, art galleries, and bakeries. The street is also home to the famous JP Licks, which offers some of the best coffee and all-natural ice cream in Boston (one of the Bear’s favorite stops). Another claim to fame of Jamaica Plain is the historical Samuel Adams Brewery. Stop by for a free tour and tasting.

You’ll discover Jamaica Pond within a couple of blocks of this home. The pond is surrounded by very lush trees and landscaping. The 1.5 mile path that meanders through beautiful foliage draws runners and walkers galore. There are lovely benches to stop and take in the sheer beauty of this gorgeous setting. During the summer months, you can even rent sail boats and row boats. Breathtaking historical homes, some dating back to the early 17th century, surround the pond. Much of the architecture has withstood the test of time and has been painstakingly restored both inside and out. The Jamaica Pond and the very near Arnold Arboretum end what is commonly referred to as the Emerald Necklace. It’s a series of parks and waterways designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, an 1860’s landscape architect.

While in Boston be sure to take in as many of the historical sites as possible. Be sure to check out the Freedom Trail, the Boston Harbor, the Old North Church, and the Boston Commons (oldest park in the country). You really don’t need a car when staying here. Public transportation is right outside the front door and that will get you to the “T” (rail system) which takes you into downtown Boston or any of the surrounding areas. Once in the heart of downtown Boston, you can take an informative trolley tour around the town which permits you to jump off and on at any of the sites that interest you. The Bear highly recommends the narrative trolley tour!

After a long day of sightseeing, I especially liked curling up in front of the fireplace and pondering what my next Boston adventure would be…

The VRBO Bear

# 91928 Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Stunning Private 19th Century Mansion in Manhattan

Relaxing after exploring the city!

Relaxing after exploring the city!

10/29/2009 - New York City is truly the city that never sleeps! As soon as we landed, my friends & I were in awe of the streets lined with skyscrapers, the colorful autumn leaves in Central Park and the glittery lights of Times Square. We could not wait to get out on the town and experience everything the Big Apple had to offer.

When we arrived at the townhouse on the Upper East Side, we were greeted at the door by the housekeeper who graciously showed us around and made us feel right at home. We knew we’d be very comfortable during our visit as the townhome’s spacious four bedroom floor plan gave us each a room of our own. The fully-stocked kitchen was very convenient when we didn’t feel like eating out. The spacious living room upstairs with the large flat screen TV was a relaxing common space for sitting around and chatting. The attention to detail on the beautiful marble fireplace and the upper floor’s vaulted ceiling was incredible and we felt like we were staying in a true architectural work-of-art. Every morning, we took our coffee out on the back patio and enjoyed the New York breeze. After a long day of sightseeing, there was even a hot tub available for soaking my weary paws.

We loved staying on the Upper East Side as the neighborhood felt very safe and the local residents were friendly to tourists. With so many cafés, restaurants, shops and grocery stores within walking distance, we did not have to travel far to enjoy ourselves. The townhome was just 5 blocks away from Central Park, where we strolled the scenic tree-lined pathways and watched various street performers. All of New York’s most popular attractions including Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Plaza were easily accessible via the subway.

New York City was such an exhilarating city to visit that I’m already planning another trip there next year. This Rocky Mountain Bear just loves the excitement of the big city and I know you will too. But don’t just take my word for it; go experience it yourself!

The VRBO Bear

# 95799 Fanore, County Clare, Ireland, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Extraordinary Holiday Retreat

Enjoying the outdoors in Fanore, Ireland

Enjoying the outdoors in Fanore, Ireland

10/22/2009 - This home in Fanore was simply stunning. While the outside was made of stone to mimic the area’s historic old stone houses, the inside was very modern, comfortable, and very well decorated. The views of the ocean from the upstairs living room were absolutely gorgeous. The living room was an amazing place to sit and enjoy a nice cup of hot tea while gazing out onto the ocean. The beds were also amazingly comfortable with their many pillows and cozy down comforters to keep us warm on chilly nights.

It was unbelievable how much there is to see and do in this area of Ireland. There were many great restaurants, quaint pubs, old castle ruins a few miles up the road and in the next town over, Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction- The Cliffs of Moher. Plus, the beach was just a short walk down the road. The beach alone with its unique limestone rock formations and tide pools with many fascinating creatures, kept us entertained for hours. The sunset (which was also viewable from the home’s private balcony) was truly incredible. Needless to say, I did not want to leave this beautiful home.

The VRBO Bear

# 20707 Sneem, County Kerry, Ireland, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE

Mermaid Isle Secluded, Waterfront Stone Cottage, Ring of Kerry

Looking for dinner....

Looking for dinner....

10/22/2009 - Upon my arrival to Mermaid Isle, I was greeted by the wonderful owners who showed me around the cottage. The views from this home will take your breath away. The cottage is located right on the Ring of Kerry, an extremely beautiful and captivating area in Ireland that you won’t want to miss. The area is very secluded and makes it easy to take a breather from the every day hustle and bustle of life. I guarantee you will not want to leave when your departure date sneaks up on you. The cottage is hundreds of years old but, was wonderfully updated inside. We were cozy and comfortable with a nice fire crackling in the old fashioned stove.

During my stay, I took the rowboat out on a couple occasions to explore the “private island” not far off the shore, as well as to do a little fishing in the peninsula. While paddling, I spotted a few seals just feet from my boat. With the rubber Wellington boots the owners provided for their guests, I was able to explore the many tide pools in the area without getting my paws wet! There are also historical ruins just behind the cottage to explore, too. There’s so much to see and do on the land and waters surrounding the home, there’s really no need to leave. What a beautiful, majestic place to spend a vacation in Ireland!

The VRBO Bear

# 28318 South Bristol, Mid-Coast & Islands, Maine, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE

Spectacular Oceanfront House - Deep Water Dock

Relaxing and taking in the fabulous view of McFarland Cove

Relaxing and taking in the fabulous view of McFarland Cove

10/21/2009 - When the Bear, his family and friends arrived at this quaint cottage home in South Bristol, Maine, we were immediately charmed by its idyllic location. The cottage was nestled above McFarland’s Cove, a secluded and tranquil cove which led out to the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous trees dappled in autumn colors and a view of the bay that was postcard-perfect, the cottage was a real hidden gem! The cove and its calm turquoise waters were absolutely perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. We truly enjoyed watching the local lobstermen coming in and out of the bay as they pulled up their catch of the day. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to flag down a boat for some fresh Maine lobster straight from the sea!

The cottage has a terrific deck overlooking the cove complete with plenty of comfy seating for relaxing and taking in the breathtaking views. We especially enjoyed watching the sunrise over the bay as there’s simply nothing as serene and as peaceful as an East Coast sunrise. The cottage’s interior was very cozy, with a great cabin feel and a warm fireplace to gather around with the family. The dining room boasted perfect bay views and was ideal for nightly dinner feasts as well as fun and games with family and friends. The rustic charm of the home included a fully stocked country kitchen and hotel grade beds… what more can a bear ask for?! The Bear had to pry himself from the luxuriousness of his bed to begin exploring Southern Maine.

We walked the leaf-strewn roads, explored the beautiful coves and frolicked in the leaves. We enjoyed the local fare of “lobsta”, “clam chowda”, steamed and fried clams. We stopped at a few wineries in the Maine area for tastings. Plus, we toured a few of the neighboring towns of Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta, Camden, Rockland, and Pemaquid. Whether it’s autumn, winter, spring or summer, a scenic drive is best for photographing the area’s vivid landscape. There was so much beauty to be seen in Maine, you cannot take a bad photo of the region’s ponds, rivers and hidden coves.

Overall, we enjoyed the beauty and history of the Pemaquid Lighthouse, historical homes, shops, and harbors. Maine’s motto tells it all… “Maine, the way life is supposed to be!”

The VRBO Bear

# 82301 Marblehead, North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Charming House - Deck Over Pond in Seaside Marblehead

Relaxing by the pond!

Relaxing by the pond!

10/21/2009 - On our East Coast quest for New England adventure and autumn beauty (commonly known as “Leaf Peeping”), we were drawn to the town of Marblehead, MA. Marblehead was rich in seafaring history, colonial enchantment and coastal beauty. Our host - truly a bear lover- graciously received our company and provided a charming home complete with honey!

Nestled in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood, “The Pond House” provided a warm and cozy atmosphere during our vacation. Four bedrooms offered ample space for our needs. Living up to its name, the home’s location overlooking a pond filled us with peace and serenity. One can view the pond from both inside the home, as well as on the outside, expansive deck. Wishing to experience more of this charming neighborhood and its proximity to the sea, a two-minute walk brought us down to the shoreline. The diversity of rocky outcroppings and sandy shores was absolutely breathtaking!

Located just 40 minutes from Boston, this home is an ideal place to experience all that northern Massachusetts had to offer. The owners provided great suggestions for local restaurants and points of interest. They lived nearby and were available to answer any questions during our stay. During our visit, we drove to Salem to experience the Haunted Happenings Halloween Festival. Salem is only a short drive from Marblehead and offered plenty of local festivities and fun.

We fell in love with the local cuisine, the friendly people, and the colonial architecture during our Massachusetts trip. Marblehead is beautiful and recommended for anyone wanting to enjoy the history, beauty, and diversity of the New England coast.

The VRBO Bear



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