The Adventures of the VRBO® Bear
The nice folks at VRBO® gave me this page so I could show you the Vacation Rental homes that I have visited. In case you don't recognize me, I'm the VRBO® Bear - a rare blue eyed Teddy bear that loves to travel all over the world... and when I travel, of course I stay only at VRBO® Vacation Rentals (so should you!!)
# 83158 Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 10 BR, 11 BA, CASTLE
Relaxing in the lap of luxury
03/31/2009 - As soon as my bear family and I arrived at the “Las Vegas Mini-Castle,” we instantly knew we could look forward to a weekend of being treated like royalty. This home was an entertainer’s dream! With 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, it truly lived up to the “Castle” name.
Throughout the castle’s spacious 8,750 square foot floor plan, we discovered beautiful architectural & decorating details in every room. It was breath-taking, from the majestic stonework arches to the custom marble flooring to the grand piano. This home featured high end finishes throughout, including marble tile, glistening hardwood floors, granite countertops, jacuzzi tubs, beautiful cabinetry and more. As we stepped into each room, we walked through pure luxury.
On the Castle’s second floor, the game room boasted a fantastic pool table, wet bar, TV, stereo, gaming tables and even slot machines! Adjoining the game room was a fabulous patio, featuring a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip. However, the most enjoyable feature was the outside entertainment area where my bear family & I played each day until the sun went down. It featured a state-of-the art barbeque, granite counter top bar and outdoor kitchen area that were phenomenal! My personal favorite was the wonderfully refreshing pool with a cascading waterfall and Jacuzzi. Off the pool area, there was a fully-equipped guest house, with two additional bedrooms and one bathroom. It’s perfect for guests that prefer even more privacy.
The home’s location was very convenient and close by the Las Vegas Strip and the Las Vegas airport. Situated within a gated community that is made up of four mini castles, the Castle also prides itself on being extremely private and secure. If you are looking to entertain a large group of friends/family or plan a business getaway, then look no further! I highly recommend a stay at any one of the Las Vegas mini-castles. They are top notch accommodations with no detail overlooked.
The VRBO Bear
# 88237 The Porches, Steamboat Springs, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, TOWNHOME
I love Steamboat!
03/05/2009 - My bear family had a wonderful stay at this beautiful property. Before we even arrived, we were welcomed to The Porches by the superb staff and concierge service. They were willing to help us plan any of our activities prior to arrival and even grocery shop for us if we needed it. When we arrived, we learned about the property’s plentiful amenities and services. There was a complimentary shuttle service that could take us anywhere within the city, complimentary coffee available in the “Barn” anytime we wanted, a paper delivered directly to our doorstep every morning, and the satisfaction of knowing that if we needed anything we could call the concierge. Additionally, the property complex featured a heated pool, steam room, exercise room and game room that we could use day and night.
We were pleasantly surprised when we walked into this magnificent townhouse to discover that preparations had been made in anticipation of our arrival. There was a nice toasty fire in the fireplace and lights were on. The amazing décor featured beautiful art on the walls, a nice mountain theme throughout the whole house, and candles placed all around the house for added warmth. We quickly checked out the rest of the house to find a beautiful kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite countertops, and a nice dining area to eat our home cooked meals. Downstairs, we were pleased to find a family room with a pool table, poker table, wet bar, large flat screen tv, and another sitting area in front of a roaring fire. The little bear cubs especially liked the bunk bedroom that was all their own for the weekend. Their Mom and Dad liked the master bedroom with yet another fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a jetted tub, big glass shower, and heated floors. Whether you are staying at The Porches with a small or large group, they offer a variety of units to accommodate any guest size.
They say there is some of the best skiing in Steamboat. So whether you are coming to ski, shop, or just enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains you will not be disappointed when staying at The Porches. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.
The VRBO Bear
# 167480 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
Just rockin’ in the Rockies!
03/03/2009 - Upon my arrival to this gorgeous Estes mountain log home, I was stunned by its beauty. There were many trees surrounding the home and a handy stone walkway to the stairs which led to the front door. I made my way inside to find that the interior was just as wonderful as the exterior! I was greeted by a hanging antler chandelier in the dining room and an enormous moose head looking right at me from above the fireplace in the living room. The hardwood floors and vaulted wood ceilings were simply spectacular.
Everything I needed was conveniently on the main floor: the spacious kitchen, dining room, living room with fireplace and TV (complete with cable and a surround sound system), bedrooms, bathroom and even a hot tub! The loft on the upper level had a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains and I enjoyed waking up to the scenic views each and every morning.
Of course, you can’t go to Estes Park without doing a little souvenir shopping. This home was perfectly situated 5-10 minutes from the excitement of downtown.
Being the busy bear that I am, I needed to work while on vacation but it was no problem at all since the home had free wireless high speed Internet. After I got my work done, I relaxed by dipping my furry feet into the hot tub.
This was one weekend away I’ll never forget and I hope to make it back up the mountain again soon!
The VRBO Bear
# 81547 Grand Lake, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Chillin’ on the front porch of the Mustang Lodge
02/16/2009 - When I first set eyes on this beautiful log den, I thought, “Oh yeah … this is the kind of place I could hibernate in!” When I walked inside, my thought was confirmed. From the cozy bear-themed comforter to the wood-carved bear table pedestal, I felt right at home among my friends. My favorite bear was the strong one; he was still holding up the coffee table when we departed.
It was difficult to decide which room to sleep in. All four were wonderful and accessorized beautifully, but my favorite was the bear-themed room. My friends liked the sleigh room, which inspired sweet dreams about having fun in the snow.
We chose to eat most of our meals in and the kitchen fit our plans perfectly. The new stainless steel appliances were a dream. When we weren’t dining in, we headed into nearby Grand Lake to eat and shop. The variety of stores and restaurants were amazing for such a small town! The food we had was excellent and if we had more time, we would have loved to sample all the restaurants. Imagine how fun to be able to drive the snowmobiles into town, for gas, shopping and dining!
While the comforts of the fantastic den beckoned us inside, we came to Grand Lake to play in the snow. After all, Grand Lake is known as “The Snowmobile Capital of Colorado”. We rode snowmobiles directly from our cozy log den! There were miles and miles of groomed trails to enjoy, narrow backwoods trails to skillfully maneuver, hills to climb (“Chicken” and the famous “Super Chicken”) as well as meadows full of powder for playing. Around every corner I wanted to stop to take another picture. The views were unsurpassed … God surely did some of His best work right here in the Rockies!
At the end of the day, we returned to the den to soak sore muscles in the Jacuzzi tub. Some nights we relaxed in front of the fireplace or watched a movie in the spacious family room.
This bear grrrrrreatly recommends you come to experience Mustang Lodge and the Grand Lake area for yourself!
The VRBO Bear
# 198461 Capistrano Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing and enjoying a fabulous California sunset right on the patio
02/16/2009 - Just yards from the ocean, this beachfront vacation gem is perfect for the beach lover! For a wonderful taste of California coastal living, this home is it! After relaxing indoors, it was fantastic to step right from the patio onto the sand to enjoy 180-degree views of the beach and ocean from either of two patios. The large patio just steps from the sand was amazing and a great place to take in a fabulous sunset, have a great barbeque, or just relax to the sounds of the surf.
The large and well-appointed rooms will make for a comfortable stay for large and/or several families. From the great flat screen TV’s in every room to the game room fully loaded with games for every age...how wonderful it was to leave home and feel like you were at home when you arrived! Beautifully decorated with a beach theme and designed with comfort in mind, there’s no better place to spend a few days or longer!
Capistrano Beach is a very well-kept secret in Southern California. The ideal location for taking long walks on the beach, surfing, sunning or just relaxing, this home is sure to please. We'll be talking about this trip for many years!
The VRBO Bear
# 111554 Beaver Creek Landing, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Waiting for the shuttle to Beaver Creek Village right outside the condo.
01/30/2009 - When I arrived at the Beaver Creek Resort on a Friday evening with my 2 human companions, I could “bearly” believe my eyes. Not only was the location and complex far more than I had hoped for, but the condo itself was perfect!
From the hardwood floors to the hangers in the closets to the beautiful marble tiling, there was no expense spared in this condo. Every detail was top-of-the-line. I especially enjoyed the soaking tub in the master bathroom! This was one of the coziest “caves” I have ever stayed in.
This specific condo had the best location in the complex. We sat in front of the roaring fire and watched the skiers get on the lift right outside the living room window. Plus, the fantastic fitness room, pool and spa amenities were conveniently located across the hall from the front door.
The Beaver Creek Landing was more than accommodating. The lobby featured a fireside game room complete with pool table, foosball table, and chess set in front of a warm fireplace. We used their shuttle service to get to Beaver Creek Village and back home safely after a day of skiing and activities. This condo is the perfect place to stay if you want to play in the snow all day and be entertained in the evening!
The VRBO Bear
# 45763 Private Homes, Cascade Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
The AMAZING View From the Livingroom
01/21/2009 - This beautiful, recently remodeled Vail mountain vacation house was truly immaculate and one-of-a-kind.
The house was absolutely breathtaking and the living room’s large picture windows offered views like you’ve never seen before. From the hardwood floors to the kitchen to the bedrooms to the bathrooms, every feature of this modern home was impressive. The home was so spacious and private yet it still felt cozy and at home.
Whether you’re visiting Vail in the summer or winter months, you need to explore all that the little quaint town has to offer. The house is conveniently located on Vail Mountain in Cascade Village so you can catch a few runs before returning for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day skiing without all the hustle and bustle with skiing crowds.
If you're looking for a relaxing or fun-filled getaway, you will enjoy everything this wonderful house has to offer you and your guests.
The VRBO Bear
# 10889 Private Homes, North Forest Beach, Island Areas, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying a Lovely Evening & a Beautiful View on Hilton Head Island
01/21/2009 - Upon arrival at this luxury, beachfront home, I had no idea what was in store for me. The bright, airy ambiance lifted my spirits “beary” high and I couldn't keep my eyes off the sweeping ocean views from nearly every room in the house. In this day and age, many seek a place where they can find comfort & serenity, somewhere they can escape from it all and most importantly, somewhere to spend quality time with friends and family. While staying in this beautiful house, I was able to find all of this and more.
Three of the six lovely bedrooms had private verandas where you could sit and watch the dolphins at play or take in a sunset or two. The two-story, open living area was an enjoyable place to interact, relax and enjoy the large dining area which seated up to 10. The main floor master suite had French doors, which opened to the deck, pool and never-ending ocean views. The jetted tub in the bath had shutters, which opened into the bedroom, allowing you to enjoy the views while taking a relaxing bubble bath.
If you enjoy a good, home cooked meal, I found the kitchen very well- equipped with appliances. Plus, there was a lovely, wood patio table in the back, with plenty of additional seating on the large deck to enjoy a juicy steak or seafood on the grill… my favorite! During a hot summer day, the kids can play in the private, heated pool, while the adults lounge in one of several Adirondack chairs. The owner even provides several beach toys and towels for use during your stay.
Rain or shine, the Yellowdog ByThe Sea home had a variety of nearby activities for the young and the young-at-heart to choose from. A walk down to the seashore to dip my "bear" feet in the water turned into a quest to find sand dollars peeking though the surface. Friendly, local people showed me the easiest way to find these beautiful treasures. A five minute walk north along the coast brought me to a small village atmosphere, boasting several fine and casual restaurants, gift and ice cream shops, and even a theater! A stroller for the little ones was available to make the beach walking a little easier and there were flashlights for adventurers who preferred to beach comb by moonlight.
Oh, how I wished to linger and relax for just a few more days. To stretch out by the pool, enjoying a glass of sweet tea and savoring every moment of my vacation experience in the south!
The VRBO Bear
# 113343 Sea Point Lodge, St. Simons Island, Coastal, Georgia, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the Relaxing Ocean Breezes
01/16/2009 - It was a treat to call this very comfortable and spacious St. Simons Island condo my home for a few days. Everything about this accommodation was top notch. From the furnishings to the beautiful limestone flooring to the quality linens on the beds, the condo was immaculate! The open floor plan was spacious and the soothing blue and gold tones in the eclectic décor made us feel right at home.
While staying at this condo, make sure you take the time to appreciate a beautiful sunrise or sunset. We indulged in the warm ocean breezes off one of the two balconies facing the ocean. Plus, it was so nice to jump into a plush bed and sleep through the night like a baby after a long day of island sightseeing.
If you are a history buff, you will want to spend several days visiting the museums and landmarks on St. Simons Island. A few blocks away from the condo, we rented bikes. The paths throughout the island made it easy to ride or walk to the nearby village which offered a nice variety of restaurants and shops. I highly recommend the Georgia Sea Grill, a great place for a delicious, romantic dinner. The beaches can stretch out for hundreds of yards at low tide, making it ideal for taking a leisurely walk or bike ride. If you are one who likes to take a dip in the ocean or have kids, you can walk out several hundred feet and the water never gets higher than your waist!
The VRBO Bear
# 180659 Other Oceanside Properties, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2.75 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the game room
12/09/2008 - Just a block from the beach, this newly renovated townhouse was exactly what we needed for a relaxing family vacation. The townhouse provided easy access to all the tourist attractions we wanted to see and it was only a brief walk to the scenic Oceanside beach and pier. We took advantage of the convenience of having many little shops, restaurants and a movie theater just down the street. Plus, it was very easy to take a train north towards Los Angeles or south towards San Diego to see all the sites each city offered.
After a day out of sightseeing, it was nice to come back to the spacious townhouse that included all the essentials. The front patio and third-floor deck were both great for enjoying the warm California sun and the ocean breeze. The large kitchen made it easy to cook for the whole family. There was plenty room for everyone and the large master suite made it easy to kick back and relax.
We spent our evenings relaxing on the third-floor deck and playing darts and foosball in the game room. All the cubs were also taken care of with beach toys, video games, a baby play pen, and a high chair. There were even bikes for us to use during our stay! They were great for cruising along the Oceanside Beach boardwalk.
Our stay in Oceanside was very enjoyable and this wonderful townhouse made it even better!
The VRBO Bear
# 193433 Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
VRBO Bear enjoying the tranquil porch
12/04/2008 - I recently stayed in the luxurious Water’s Edge condo during a business trip to the Orlando area. The Vista Cay condo was perfectly equipped and the location couldn’t have been more convenient. It was just a quick drive to the convention center, great restaurants, and Orlando area theme parks (SeaWorld was my favorite).
The home itself was nice, new and impeccably clean. I especially enjoyed the tranquil back porch overlooking the lake. I slept soundly on the comfy king bed in the master suite and enjoyed the roomy master bath. The living area provided plenty of space and comfort to rest my furry paws after a hard day’s work. Plus, the kitchen was spacious and well-equipped.
Overall, my stay couldn’t have been better. The host was very accommodating and I appreciated the welcome phone call upon arrival. I’d definitely recommend this home for families, couples, or business travelers. You’ll appreciate all of the “bear necessities” offered in the condo and the location can’t be beat.
The VRBO Bear
# 48329 Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Vacation at Mt. Crested Butte, CO
11/05/2008 - You will absolutely love this mountain lodge! My family and a small group of their teenage friends descended upon this house and did not want to leave. I am lucky bear to have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Everything you could possibly need for a luxurious stay in gorgeous Crested Butte, Colorado was included. Cooking for our family clan was a breeze with the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The beautiful log dining table was big enough for everyone to enjoy a family dinner. I did not need anything at all. The owners thought of everything, including containers to hold leftovers after dinner.
Plus, the owners of this lodge spared no expense at making their guests feel right at home. The large great room layout nicely accommodated our group needs. The pool table was used all weekend, while the cozy couches were great for resting. A large coffee table was perfect for putting together a puzzle. The view outside the windows was amazing –I could imagine watching skiers from my comfy seat on the couch during the ski season!
Each of the bedrooms had creative lodge theme decorations. The beds were so comfortable that it made hibernating each night easy. On the main floor, one of the bathrooms included a Jacuzzi tub, while another one featured a double shower. Upstairs, there were three more bedrooms and more bathrooms! The teenage boys were very excited about the downstairs apartment and really made it their own. The house was perfectly set up for the whole group.
If you are dreaming of a peaceful and relaxing hideaway, you have found the vacation home you are looking for! It was my kind of place and I hope to go back again very soon.
The VRBO Bear
# 117045 Other Scottsdale Properties, Scottsdale, Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Loving the Beautiful Arizona Desert View!
10/28/2008 - Come experience the sheer beauty of the Arizona Desert in this unbelievable hillside home. As I entered the main gate into the Fire Rock community, I knew I was in for a treat. This incredible hillside community is full of gorgeous, custom homes that ooze luxury and relaxation.
I was astounded by the amount of intricate tile and stone work in this home. Everywhere you look, the floors and walls were adorned with travertine and marble. Attention has been paid to each and every detail. From top to bottom, this home has state of the art appliances, furnishings and fixtures. The interior design of this home was also equally impressive. The paint colors uniquely reflected the spirit of the Southwest and the art pieces accenting the furniture were truly elegant. The bedding, linens and window coverings were top of the line, making this home the perfect place for rest and relaxation! The kitchen and dining areas (both indoor and out) were fully equipped for entertaining and the big picture windows offered the best views in town!
Inside and out, this home was dressed to impress. Featuring plenty of comfortable outdoor seating, a fireplace and sparkling pool/hot tub, the backyard deck was the best place to hang out with family and friends. The deck also included a unique, outdoor misting system which comes in handy during Arizona’s hot summers.
The location of this home offers easy freeway access to the main Phoenix area. Plus, nearby shopping will also add convenience to your trip. If you are looking for a private, quiet, luxurious getaway, then this Scottsdale area home is just the place for you. I absolutely loved my time in this magnificent home, so I know you will too!
The VRBO Bear
# 211 Lodge at Lake Dillon, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
10/28/2008 - I cleverly planned my getaway to Dillon, CO when the fall colors were at their peak because I couldn’t miss another autumn in the Rocky Mountains! The drive up from Denver took about an hour, but I was already feeling more relaxed by the time I arrived at the Lodge at Lake Dillon. It was easy to find and the location couldn’t be more perfect. Surrounded by majestic mountains, it was nestled on a bluff over beautiful Lake Dillon and within walking distance of coffee shops, locally-owned restaurants and the grocery store.
It instantly felt like a private mountain lodge the minute I walked in the condo. I could tell that a lot of effort went into making this unit special and welcoming. After I took in the stunning view of the lake and mountains from both the living area and the second bedroom, I appreciated the condo’s other thoughtful touches. I loved the wooden stools, doors, and cabinets which gave the condo a cozy, rustic mountain feel. The wood flooring, bedroom carpeting, and the kitchen granite countertops were in excellent condition. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and pretty candle sconces on the walls added to the overall comfort of this home.
The kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could ever need. Even the pantry covered the basics I had forgotten like coffee and olive oil. After a quick trip to the market, I was ready to make several home-cooked meals in the well-equipped kitchen.
I thoroughly enjoyed the brisk and colorful bike ride around Lake Dillon. I really fell in love with Dillon and the friendly people who smiled and waved as we passed each other on the family-friendly bike path. Before long, I was ready to head back to the condo and relax with a book in the comfy leather chair in front of a roaring fire. And when it was time to call it a night; I could have easily hibernated all winter in the bed’s luxuriously soft sheets!
Who says you have to drive hours west for a true mountain experience? My trip to Dillon was everything I could have asked for and more. Plus, I didn’t even use a whole tank of gas! We will definitely be visiting again soon. The snow was falling as we checked out and this bear can’t wait to pack a snowboard for his next visit to Dillon, CO!
The VRBO Bear
# 76361 Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Fort Myers, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the views from the screened-in balcony.
10/28/2008 - When I arrived at the Sanibel Harbour Resort condo, I was “beary” impressed with my new home for the next couple of nights. The unit was even more spacious than I imagined. The floor plan was very inviting and the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors featured a beautiful view of the bay. The overall cleanliness and the comfortable furnishings made me feel right at home. Bear in mind, I had gotten up to catch an early morning flight and after a long day of air travel, it was nice to arrive at such a welcoming home.
The first thing I did was take a nice nap in my very soft king bed. The owners thought of every detail, including the heavy curtains on bedroom windows. Every bear needs her beauty rest!
Afterwards, I relaxed on the comfy couches where I kicked back and put my paws up while watching a show on the flat screen TV. After a quick run to the grocery store (just a ½ mile away), I enjoyed a meal on the sunny, screened-in balcony which offered fabulous views.
Once I had recovered from my travels, I was able to take advantage of the complex’s many amenities: 6 pools, tennis courts, and a newly renovated health club (I have to keep my bearish figure!). You can even arrange boating trips or kayak rentals, so there’s no shortage of entertainment. Even if you’re traveling for business, the condo features a computer desk where you can plug into a high speed Internet connection.
Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, you simply can’t deny the comfort and convenience of this Sanibel Harbour Resort condo.
The VRBO Bear
# 56480 Private Homes, Mid Beach (Millionaires Row), Miami Beach, Florida South East, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Preparing for a dip in the private pool.
10/28/2008 - As you drive up to this Mediterranean-style villa, you’ll find yourself on a road decorated in the quintessential Miami Beach style. The road is lined with palm trees and the house is surrounded by colorful plants and flowers. The bright terracotta exterior was perfectly beachy and made me “beary” excited for my Miami getaway.
As you walked through the arched mahogany door, you stepped into a bright, open space with marble tiles that were cool on my paws. There was a seating area right off the kitchen with views of the gardens and another formal dining area with seats for an entire bear family. The kitchen was beautifully decorated with updated appliances and unique translucent cabinets. However, the outdoor living space was the most impressive of all. We relaxed under the gazebo where we appreciated the carefully manicured gardens. We rested our paws on the chaise lounges by the private pool, flanked by extra-large palm trees.
Miami’s famous nightlife scene may not be open to bears, but I certainly feel like I had a true Miami Beach experience. After a long day of lounging at the beach and exploring nearby sights like Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, it was nice to return home to the villa’s spacious bedrooms with extra-comfy mattresses, soft sheets and private TVs. Unwinding and washing the sand off my fur in the steam room shower in the master bedroom was also quite a treat.
The home’s location, convenience, amenities and overall comfort were so wonderful that I’m tempted to skip hibernation this year and spend my winter at this Miami Beach villa.
The VRBO Bear
# 18271 Stowe, Vermont, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Stowe’s best kept secret,”The Theatre”!
10/27/2008 - This delightful Mountainside Resort condominium is nestled in the trees of the charming mountain town of Stowe. We were pleased to find the condo’s location only a few miles from town and minutes from Stowe Mountain Ski Resort. From our pre-trip planning to our arrival at the condo, the owners were incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful.
The "Theater in the Woods" was extremely comfy and had all of the conveniences of home. The foyer was roomy enough to accommodate a family of skiers and all their gear. Mama Bear marveled over the kitchen’s exquisite decor and all the wonderful cooking conveniences. Papa Bear loved the wireless Internet and the bear cubs enjoyed having the privacy of their own rooms. Everyone had a great time watching movies on the 50' HDTV Home Theatre System. The large screened-in patio was a nice touch and Baby Bear loved the swing! The pool and jacuzzi were inviting after a full day of visiting the famous Von Trapp Family Lodge and driving through the many of the area’s charming covered bridges.
In the historic town of Stowe, we discovered unique shops, boutiques and restaurants. We visited the friendly Stowe’s Coffee House (look out Starbucks!) and our favorite "Pie in the Sky" pizza joint, a must-stop dinner destination for this bear family. Plus, we enjoyed the ambiance of this quaint New England village by taking the 5-mile scenic recreational path which winds along the West Branch River. Whether you are into family dining, sightseeing, shopping, skiing or just relaxing, Stowe is the ideal destination. No matter what time of year you visit, you will treasure your stay at the "Theatre in the Woods"!
The VRBO Bear
# 170325 Lexington, Kentucky, USA, 5 BR, 4.75 BA, HOUSE
Front Steps Lead to Beautiful Entrance
10/27/2008 - Razor Cave’s Manor House is the perfect spot for a large gathering of family or friends in the Bluegrass. This five bedroom spacious home is well-appointed with fine hardware and finishings. The loving craftsmanship put into the remodel of this house is apparent as you explore the home.
The main floor contains a stylish kitchen which opens to a comfortable sitting area, all with great views of the flat screen TV over the fireplace (one of many throughout the home). Across from the formal dining room is a quiet sitting room with a piano, ideal for entertaining and socializing. At the opposite end of the house is a billiards room which includes a bar, a mini fridge and a large flat screen TV mounted above.
Take a few steps down to the basement and you’ll find another large flat screen TV along with a wide selection of movies and video games to play on the PlayStation 2. You can challenge your family or friends to a game of poker at the large card table next to the fireplace. When you’re hungry for a snack, the kitchenette is steps away.
Keep going around the corner and you’ll discover another bedroom and a bathroom appointed with a beautiful claw foot tub. Don’t forget the extra twin bed tucked in the corner of the Grotto for those who can’t separate themselves from the game room fun.
Upstairs, you’ll find four bedrooms, including the master with a large walk-in closet and a bathroom. The bathroom features a sink separated from the toilet and shower room which is a time saver when getting ready! The second bathroom is shared by the other three bedrooms. One of the three bedrooms features kid-friendly bunk beds.
You may never leave the driveway considering this home has everything you need, but the surrounding activities are worth a visit. If you happen to be visiting during basketball season and are lucky enough to get tickets, take in the University of Kentucky basketball spectacle alongside the crazy fans that turn the Rupp Arena blue.
If you’re traveling during the spring or fall, don’t miss the live horse racing. You can place your bets at the Keeneland Race Track, just west of downtown Lexington. Nearer to the farm is the Kentucky Horse Park. Exploring the area by car is the best way to take in the surrounding scenic horse farms. Some farms have been sets of famous Hollywood films! The fall season offers picturesque views of the changing leaves and yearlings playing in the paddocks in the crisp morning air.
Anytime of year is a great time to visit Lexington, Kentucky. Whether you’re interested in sports or horses or beautiful scenery, the central Kentucky area offers something for everyone. I’m sure your stay will be rewarding at Razor Cave Farm.
The VRBO Bear
# 115326 Kapaa, Coconut Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the views and gardens at Fern Grotto Inn
10/24/2008 - My recent stay at the Fern Grotto Inn was made memorable by the beautiful gardens at the entrance of property and the home’s historic value. As far as bears go, I like to think I’m pretty cultured, and I could tell right away that this home had been truly cared for. This Hawaiian plantation cottage was nicely decorated, beautifully furnished and well-equipped.
I enjoyed eating honey at the large wooden table in the dining area, big enough to fit all the hungry bears in my group. The table was perfect for board games at night, when we relaxed from a long & eventful day. The Kauai sun can be pretty strong, especially with all our fur, so it was nice to come home to air-conditioning, which can be a rare commodity in Hawaii. At the end of the day, we cooled down on the comfortable Adirondack chairs outside the cottage which were positioned perfectly to capture the evening shade.
The comforts of this cottage were equally matched by its convenience. The cubs certainly appreciated the proximity to the airport after traveling for so many hours. The Wailua River and Lydgate Park were within walking distance, and there were a variety of restaurants to choose from, even for our pickiest bears. We were also able to explore other parts of the island, like Princeville and Hanalei, in just a short drive. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Fern Grotto Inn, whether we were exploring the local attractions or taking advantage of the comforts of the cottage.
The VRBO Bear
# 78852 Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The VRBO preparing for a round of golf on the Wailea Blue course.
10/24/2008 - Oh boy (or should I say oh bear), this golf course condo in gorgeous Wailea made me feel right at home. From the comfortable couches to the well-equipped kitchen to the library full of books, my stay at this home had everything I wanted. I highly appreciated the cable television in each bedroom and the wireless Internet. During my stay, I was able to keep up with my favorite baseball team- the Cubs, of course.
Thanks to the condo’s location on the Wailea Blue Golf Course, I was able to perfect my short game on several beautiful Maui mornings. Throughout the day, we watched golfers try to beat par at the 7th hole from the condo’s patio seating area. Beyond the golf course, the view from the patio showcased the mountains in the distance.
During my stay in Wailea, I took advantage of Maui’s many offerings: scenery (Road to Hana), great restaurants (Mama’s Fish House and Matteo’s), beautiful beaches (Wailea Beach, Big Beach, DT Fleming Park Beach), culture (Old Lahaina Luau), and activities (snorkeling off the coast of Molokini).
After long days of fun and sun, we relaxed on the patio to floral-scented ocean breezes and listened to music on the stereo.
The VRBO Bear
# 151144 Other Port Aransas Properties, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Love this yard!
10/20/2008 - If you’re looking for a beach vacation for the entire family including the dog, look no further. Port Aransas is an economical Gulf Coast beach town ideal for a weekend escape from the daily grind. The small town has a big atmosphere with plenty to do. Enjoy the large beaches and calm waters which are ideal for families. Go fishing on a private charter. Shop or dine in one of the eclectic shops and restaurants.
Pack light when you load the car for your trip to this home. This vacation rental home has all the beach gear you need. It is well equipped with a cooler, wagon, beach chairs and beach toys. Man’s best friend is welcome at the rental, so use the extra space in your car to bring your dog. He can accompany you at the beach, relax in the shaded, fenced back yard or admire the wall art of stuffed animals that fell prey to a prior guest.
The hosts are charming and accommodating. They quickly respond to emails and phone calls. They will even arrange for reservations at their favorite restaurant where everyone knows their names and the food is excellent. The owners ensure you have everything you will need during your stay. To help your children remember their stay, they allow them to pick a departing gift from the toy chest.
The VRBO Bear
# 423858 Mountain Valley, Aspen, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the amazing view from the elegant Great Room!
10/12/2008 - If you are looking to experience the glamor and luxury that Aspen has to offer, you will not find a more perfect property than this newly built custom home. Nestled in the prestigious hills above Aspen, this ritzy getaway will not disappoint! The upscale furnishings in this home are second to none. If you love technology, then this is the home for you! With a Control 4 remote control system in every room, you can control the lighting, audio, video, temperature, blinds, alarm system and more! The tile and stone work throughout is absolutely stunning. Love music? Listen to any song you would like through the built in Rhapsody music system. Heated flooring both inside and out puts your comfort first! One of the most unique features of this property is its art. The owner must love traveling too, because you will be able to experience and enjoy art and artifacts from all over the world. Intriguing and very interesting for sure! If you have a large party of guests, there is just no better place to entertain! The kitchen is fully equipped to handle large, elegant parties. The dining area and great room provide a warm, open space to dine, along with floor to ceiling windows that display the majesty of the mountains. This property is one of two. So, if you need more room, you can check out Listing #200534 to rent both homes together! Had a long day exploring? Relax in the mountainside hot tub as you are surrounded by forest and the open sky. Truly beautiful! If you have never been to Aspen, it is a must! The shopping and dining are unforgettable. Don't miss out on this once in a life time opportunity! It truly is a dream home! Happy Travels!
# 28216 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 9 BR, 7.5 BA, VILLA
Just one of the cozy inviting rooms at Taninah
09/29/2008 - I’m one of the luckiest bears around, and I’ve done quite a bit of traveling, but my recent trip to the ecologically-friendly Taninah in Playa del Carmen, Mexico was both more exciting and more relaxing than I could have imagined. The layout of the property was perfect for all the members of my group, with private guest houses for us to stay in, but plenty of places for us to congregate. The older bears enjoyed relaxing by the pool and hot tub, while the young cubs hid in the private cave and pretended like they were hibernating before sliding down the water slide into the crystal clear pool. The bear cubs were able to enjoy the in-ground trampoline, basketball court, treehouse, and sandbox, plus the game room, complete with pool table, ping pong, and air hockey, while the grown-up bears took advantage of the fitness center, library, putt putt course and driving range. One of the favorite activities for us bears of all ages was swinging down the zip-line on the property and letting the cool breezes whiz through our fur. Even if we never left the house, we would still “bearly” have enough time to take it all in!
Besides the exceptional amenities and the great location, what really set this vacation home apart from other homes we’ve stayed in are the owners and on-site staff. The homeowners have really taken care to preserve the natural surroundings while offering a completely unique experience for their guests. The staff is available to take care of your every need 24 hours a day from the very start of your trip.
When we’d arrive back at the house after a day of excursions the staff was waiting with cool washcloths on silver platters – we bears aren’t used to this kind of red-carpet treatment! After a full day, we would head into our dens for the night, and find that our beds were prepared with turn-down service. All in all, the availability of the staff and the privacy of the home made for the utmost in relaxation, yet the convenience to nearby activities and all the amenities at the property kept us on the go!
The VRBO Bear
# 116844 Private Homes, Lahaina, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing on the Lanai
09/25/2008 - The Lahaina Oceanfront Estate was better than I expected! As soon as my family and I walked through the front door, we immediately saw the wonderful ocean view which we enjoyed each day. The open floor plan, multiple windows and doorways on the main level made for a refreshing cross breeze from the ocean as we relaxed in the living room. The amazing views continued upstairs from the master and one of the three bedrooms. The bedroom beside the private pool offered the same sunsets and privacy as the main section of the home. My grandparents enjoyed the "ohana" (separate one bedroom apartment) which was perfect with minimal steps and still close to the main living areas of the home. The property layout was great for everyone in our family.
We often gathered in the kitchen overlooking the Pacific Ocean that opened to the lanai. I will always treasure the great conversations we had while grilling dinner outside in the evenings and over homemade breakfasts each morning.
Plus, the location of this beautiful property is perfect! It's within walking distance to several popular local restaurants. If you desire to prepare your own meal in the fully equipped kitchen, there's a grocery store conveniently located to the home. We even walked to the famous "Old Lahaina Luau" and "Old Lahaina Town" is just a few minutes by car. If you're considering a Maui vacation, I highly recommend Lahaina and everything it has to offer. The Lahaina Oceanfront Estate is ideal for a family reunion getaway and perfect for weddings or special events!
The VRBO Bear
# 11509 Elk Point, Durango Mountain Resort, Durango, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
Relaxing in Beautiful Durango
09/05/2008 - My family and I had a wonderful time at this luxurious home located on the slopes at the Durango Mountain Resort.
As we entered the property for the first time we were absolutely amazed by how spacious and beautifully decorated each and every room was. We fell in love with the great room, which boasts oversized sofas, great for curling up on after a long day of fun-filled activities.
The master bedroom is inviting too, with a fireplace and oversized bed that gives new meaning to a "good night's sleep." The gourmet kitchen was a perfect gathering place with all high end appliances and granite countertops. Everything we needed was right there at our fingertips.
If you are not into skiing, there are lots of other things to do here in the summertime, including rafting in the Animas River, horseback riding, hiking and the alpine slide.
Mesa Verde National Park, is only about a 45 minute drive from the house or you can catch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad just off Main Avenue in Durango and be there in about 25 minutes.
If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay in any season....come to Durango and enjoy its many splendors.
The VRBO Bear
# 155180 Villas of South Padre, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Howdy from South Padre Island, Texas!
09/04/2008 - Greetings from South Padre Island,
WOW! This "beary" luxurious, three-level home has everything a traveler could ask for and more! The home features three bedrooms, each with it's own private bath. The home also has a powder room on the lower level and the top level.
The beautifully decorated family room, dining room, and well-equipped kitchen are located on the lower level. The VRBO Bear enjoyed watching the Olympics on the flat screen LCD TV in the living room! There is also a "den" on the third floor equipped with a flat screen LCD TV. There are SIX flat screen LCD TVs in this home.
Conveniently located in one of South Padre's beachfront, gated communities, this vacation home is situated on a cul-de-sac just across from the community pool and within walking distance to the beach. South Padre Island features nice restaurants, shops, bike rentals, and, of course, the beach! The VRBO Bear and his friends enjoyed the dolphin tour. There is plenty to do in South Padre Island!
This lovely vacation home has it all! Come and enjoy South Padre Island, Texas.
The VRBO Bear
# 134325 Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Hanging out in Alaska with my beary best buddies
08/20/2008 - Come to Alaska and be mesmerized by the beauty and magnitude of the “final frontier.” From the moment you arrive, you will be awe struck by the beautiful landscape. On the way to the property we were welcomed by three moose waiting for us along side the road. The first thing my bear buddies noticed when we entered the home was how spacious and clean it was. As we ventured out we were pleased at how convenient this vacation rental was to restaurants, grocery stores and various other activities. It is situated on a very quiet street with a heavily wooded area and wetlands all around.
Any bear traveling alone, with friends, or with his bear family would enjoy this spacious three-level property where there is plenty of room available for a corporate retreat, family reunion or a vacation getaway.
Features include: Modern kitchen, very large bedrooms for peaceful nights rest after fun-filled days of exploring any number of activities. Some of those activities may be the 5th Street Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, wildlife viewing almost anywhere you go or salmon fishing everywhere, even in the middle of the city, just to name a few. The owners ensure you are well informed to plan your vacation adventures by providing all the brochures you need.
The furnishings in this home are all excellent quality. You will not be disappointed if you choose this property for your Alaskan vacation.
The VRBO Bear
# 117716 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Incredible view from the Twin Sisters Chalet!
08/12/2008 - Twin Sisters Chalet is a treasure in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, Colorado! I was welcomed by the owner with a thoughtful gift basket. This beautiful property is part of a fourplex in the hills above Estes. It is quiet, peaceful and in an absolutely gorgeous location. Elk roam about the property as if it were their own.
The large, open kitchen is fully stocked to meet all of your needs. Most of the lights in the house are equipped with dimmer switches, creating a warm atmosphere in every room. That chalet is tastefully decorated and extremely clean.
The property is a wonderful blend of antiques mixed with modern style and convenience. With a very rich history, this property was once a working restaurant and was later turned into condos which have been family owned since the 1970’s.
There is nothing like getting away from it all in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. You are close to town as well as Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you are looking for a cozy, family style home for your vacation, then the Twin Sisters Chalet will be a perfect fit for you!
The VRBO Bear
# 8647 Noe Valley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
There were beautiful lilies to greet me!
08/01/2008 - This charming Victorian flat is a must for truly getting the effect of living in the heart of San Francisco. It has all the modern conveniences of home with the authenticity of the Victorian era. Dramatic high ceilings with detailed crown molding and lovely sculptured light fixtures were found in almost every room. The hardwood floors throughout the flat are extremely beautiful as is the remodeled kitchen and marble bathrooms.
We were impressed by the layout of the flat with two bedrooms in the front and two in the back with a long hallway adjoining. It is extremely spacious and perfect for two families. There is a beautiful formal dining room and comfy living room with plenty of space to relax after a day touring the city! Speaking of relaxing, the beds were heavenly! We spent one evening strolling the neighborhood, picking up a few things at a local market and dining in. It was an experience in itself to soak up the ambiance of this historical place.
We have to say that the bear fell in love and left his heart in San Francisco!
The VRBO Bear
# 153127 South San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Greetings! Enter here for a lovely Tuscan Villa retreat!
08/01/2008 - This Tuscan villa apartment made for the perfect bear retreat in South San Francisco! We were minutes from the airport, which added to the excitement and anticipation. The entrance gate opened and we drove into a lovely garden of beautiful flowers on each side of the stone driveway. The owners live on site and met us for a tour before leaving us on our own to enjoy. They were most helpful and so friendly. The grounds are well kept and we had a lovely view of the hot tub and tennis courts.
From the moment we walked through the door, we were impressed by the ambiance of this warm and inviting home away from home. The Tuscan decor was exquisite. The bedrooms and their closets are especially roomy and the beds super comfy. The pullout leather sofa was easy to use and comfortable to sleep on as well. The kitchen was equipped for a beartastic meal, which was a nice change to eating out! We loved watching a movie on the flat screen after a long day of sightseeing. It was an added bonus to have a laptop computer for our use!
We were sad to leave our bear lair in South San Francisco! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I am confident that you will too!
The VRBO Bear
# 101327 Georgetown, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Anyone for a game of pool?
07/21/2008 - Holy bear cubs, this place is amazing! I arrived with my seven new human friends and two new canine friends at this pet-friendly mountain home and had to immediately check out every room in the house. Everything was just as the photos depicted and then some! We walked downstairs, saw the pool table, and it was all over. Game on! Between the pool table and the hot tub, I’m not sure which was the bigger hit.
The home is wonderfully decorated to make visitors feel comfortable. Even the large open areas had a cozy atmosphere. DirecTV is provided in each of the bedrooms. In the kitchen we found everything we needed to cook our meals. For those of you who like outdoor barbecues, there was a nice new grill.
If you prefer to dine out, you'll find some rustic and unique places to choose from in town. Our favorite was The Red Ram! For a great after-dinner treat, we stopped at Georgetown Valley Candy Company, where they make most of their own candy by hand.
Looking for adventure? It’s all around! Check out the hiking trails, starting with the one just outside the front door. There’s also my favorite activity - fishing! Georgetown Lake is just down the hill. Scenery abounds! All you need to do is look out the windows and right up a mountain.
If you’re looking for a mountain getaway, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this top notch vacation rental!
The VRBO Bear
# 172511 Santa Cruz, Central Coast, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Santa Cruz beach home- incredible location!
07/21/2008 - This brand new, custom designed Craftsman home was built by the owners themselves! It stands out as the nicest, most luxurious home on the block! I arrived to a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers, a bottle of California wine and a block of Italian truffle cheese!
The 8 foot tall French doors with glass throughout add to the sheer beauty of this beach home. No detail was overlooked and this home has it all, from dimmer switch lighting to radiant heated flooring to intricate tile and slate designs. The beds and bedding are so elegant and comfortable that I wanted to bring them home with me.
Outside there were multiple slate patios to choose from to enjoy the great views of the Marina and the Harbor. The gardens and landscaping make you feel like you are staying in a tropical resort. This home has everything you could possibly need for the perfect vacation.
The location of this Santa Cruz beach home is second to none! You are literally two blocks from the Beach Harbor, the Santa Cruz Light House and one of the best restaurants in town - The Crow’s Nest. Within 10 minutes of the home you will find the Beach Boardwalk (an amusement park on the water), Downtown Santa Cruz with great shopping, amazing surfing, plenty of great restaurants and more! If you want to experience the majesty of the California Redwoods, you are only 20 minutes away! This the perfect home to experience Santa Cruz at its finest.
The VRBO Bear
# 164655 Other Breckenridge Properties, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 7 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
The VRBO Bear says Hello from Frisco in the Beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains!
06/03/2008 - Hello from the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains!
What a "beary" spectacular home. This home has everything a traveler could ask for and more! Ideal for a family reunion or wedding, this home features SEVEN bedrooms and seven baths. The seventh bedroom is a mother-in-law apartment!
The kitchen is large and well equipped. It features two sinks, double ovens, and even two dishwashers. It can accommodate the preparation of meals for a small army! The beautiful dining table can seat 16 people.
This vacation home also features a spacious living room, private hot tub, and a fully equipped game room! The game room includes a 47-inch high definition TV, a surround sound stereo, a full-size pool table, and a game table! This home has ELEVEN high definition TVs!
This home is situated on a cul-de-sac just one block from Frisco's Main Street with restaurants, shops, bike rentals, and bus stop. There is no need for a car once you get here - the Summit Stage is FREE!
In the winter, enjoy skiing at several nearby ski resorts including Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper Mountain. Vail and Beaver Creek are just 29 minutes away! In the summer, enjoy Lake Dillon and Frisco Marina, which are just four blocks away. There is also a public park and tennis courts near the home - LOTS TO DO!
This vacation home has it ALL! Come and enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains!
# 4026 Dunes of Destin, Mid-Destin, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
A Fun Summer Day at “Lily Pad by the Sea”
05/27/2008 - Pack your bags, leave all your worries behind and head south to Destin, Florida. This charming home has the best of both worlds - located lakefront and just steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in America!
If you are looking for a great home for your next family vacation, you have struck gold! This four bedroom home includes two master suites, each with a king-size bed and private bath. Each of the suites has a balcony that overlooks the lake and pool below. In the evenings, I enjoyed sitting outside and relishing the sights and sounds of the lake with its lighted water features. The other two rooms have twin beds or bunks for the kiddos. Upon entering the main living area, you will discover an open layout that is great for spending time with the family. This home is tastefully decorated with cheery beach décor and furniture. There are two sliding glass doors that lead to a large deck with lounge chairs and your private lakefront pool. In the attached garage you will find adult and kids bikes available for your use, along with a variety of beach and pool toys.
Just a few yards from your front door is a boardwalk that goes across the lake to the private beach reserved exclusively for “Dunes of Destin” residents. While others staying at nearby condo resorts are fighting for a spot on a crowded beach, you will have your choice of spacious oceanfront relaxation with personal beach chairs and umbrellas.
Destin is known for its family friendly atmosphere and activities. Located across the street from Dunes of Destin is the Big Kahuna’s Water Park, miniature golf, bumper cars, and go-carts. There are also many restaurant selections and plenty of shopping for everyone.
“Lily Pad by The Sea” offers all the privacy you desire but has all the amenities of a resort minus the crowds. Why stay anywhere else?
The VRBO Bear
# 51401 Papakea Resort, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The Bear getting ready to dive Molokini Crater off the Maui coast!
05/21/2008 - This Papakea Resort condo is perfectly located to take in all the sites and activities of the west coast of Maui. Papakea is an older but beautifully maintained resort just minutes north of the famous town of Lahaina. The condo features a pool and putting green just steps away from the patio door. Some of the best snorkeling on the coast is just a few yards further.
The condo is decorated in the traditional Hawaiian manner with wicker furniture. The master bedroom has lots of windows allowing beautiful views of the lush gardens and pools (with koi), putting greens, swimming pool, and Molokai in the distance. The kitchen is fully furnished, and the counter and bar stools make a great desk to connect your laptop to the free WiFi...that is, if you want to keep up with the world offshore!
The owners of this condo own several other similar Papakea Resort condos so you can easily arrange for a family or other large group reunion through them. As an added bonus, they own Hawaii Rafting, one of the best West Maui dive shops with trips to Lanai, a largely unexplored island. Guests of theirs get discounts on dives! A Bear could get used to living and diving in Maui.
The VRBO Bear
# 143078 Lihue, Lihue-Kalapaki, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
The Bear getting ready to Scuba Dive in Kauai!
05/20/2008 - Upon opening the front door of Hale Pali Kai and seeing the entire opposite wall of the great room wide open to the lanai, we knew we were in for a very special stay. Much of our time here was spent on the lanai, watching the changing shadows on the mountains across the valley, the cruise ships arriving and departing from the harbor, and the many surfers, snorkelers, and beachcombers below and around Kalapaki Bay.
This is pure luxury, from the upper loft bedroom with a superb pullout sofa and private bath, through the great room and kitchen, to the lower two master suites, each with a massive bathroom and private lanai. This home is designed for entertaining and comes alive in the evening when the sun goes down and the lights of the nearby resort come on. My friends and I spent most evenings chatting around the large granite-topped kitchen island or watching the sunsets from the lanai. The entertainment system is amazing, as are the flat screen TVs throughout the home.
Everything you'll want including a wide variety of music (including traditional Hawaiian) and current movies on DVD is here. The free WiFi allowed us to keep in touch with the outside world...but we mostly ignored it! We golfed, dived, and even took a helicopter tour of the island. Everything is close by and Hale Pali Kai is the perfect place for a Bear and his friends to get away from the outside world.
Signed, The VRBO Bear
# 157478 Encinitas, San Diego County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing in the cool breezes under the palapa
05/06/2008 - The Plantation Cottage is a tropical oasis. The Encinitas, California, vacation property is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. You will feel as if you have escaped to Hawaii or a Fijian resort.
The interior of the cottage is luxurious with every modern convenience. The vaulted ceilings and wood beams create a large feel to this one-bedroom, one-bath cottage. The many windows and skylights also enhance the bright open feeling at this vacation rental. Entertainment and electronics are not lacking in any way with four plasma TVs and an integrated sound system. This cottage also provides the perfect place for business travelers with wireless internet, a fax machine, and copier all provided.
You can also enjoy a fire place and lounge in the front of the property, or a fire pit and additional seating area in the back. Perfect for enjoying good conversation and yummy food in the outdoors. The authentic cedar spa and jets made for wonderful evenings of relaxation, and we thoroughly enjoyed the flat screen TV and mood music provided in the outside hutch.
Let me tell you about the local scene in downtown Encinitas. We enjoyed a delightful breakfast at the 101 Diner on their outdoor patio, and downtown is filled with fun shops, boutiques, surf shops, cafés, and many unique restaurants. Fun at the beach was only a few minutes away.
The owner was very helpful and offered suggestions for local dining. His friendly black lab also made us feel welcome and right at home. The Plantation Cottage is an amazing get away. You will have to come and see for yourself. The tropical, lush landscaping, cedar barrel spa, palapa, and cool breezes are waiting for you!
The VRBO Bear
# 151084 Private Homes, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA, 5 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
I really had a blast in the game room….
04/30/2008 - This is a truly magnificent luxury Santa Barbara oceanfront property with tremendous attention to detail and terrific owners. The pictures on the website hardly do it justice – the views are stunning, and the traditional Cape Cod architecture of the home strikes a perfect balance between casual and stylish. We went with three couples and there was plenty of room for everyone. Each couple had a room with beautiful ocean views and top-quality bedding. The house is very well outfitted with entertainment systems, furnishings, books, and all the amenities needed for cooking and enjoying the home. The gourmet kitchen is of the highest quality, worthy of any chef, and includes a large farm table situated against the backdrop of the wonderful ocean views. The house is located on a steep cliff, with stair access to the beach about 50 yards down the road. We saw whales, dolphins and seals during our visit.
The owners were fantastic – greeting us at the airport and taking care of our every need – including the provision of extra bicycles, the arrangement of a wine tour, and a chef that prepared snacks for our arrival and an amazing multi-course dinner during one of our three nights in the home. The property is a short drive into downtown Santa Barbara (a couple of us biked into town from the house) which offers lots of shopping and restaurants. But overall the house is pretty tough to leave with its many amenities including an outdoor fire pit overlooking the ocean, hot tub, swimming pool, and extensive game room with a pool table, video games, and the completely addicting “Earthshaker” pinball machine. It also has an amazing movie theatre…which we used several times…it really felt like getting away to the movies with true theatre-quality sound and video.
This is an expensive rental, but one where you’ll get what you pay for. It is as luxurious as any 5-star hotel with the space and comfort for one or two large families. We didn’t bring the kids, but they would have really enjoyed it. Parents with small kids might be a little paranoid about the bluff, so be prepared to be on guard if your children are overly curious in this regard. Overall we’d rate this one an easy “10” and recommend it unequivocally! Thanks so much to Jay and Kari Ann!
# 113175 Islamorada, Islamorada Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Sitting on the upper deck overlooking the canal.
04/21/2008 - I had a wonderful time in this spacious four-bedroom home in a lovely setting in Islamorada. Upon our arrival, we were personally welcomed by the owner and given a tour of the house. The owner was kind enough to take time to tell us about favorite local restaurants and sights to see. The home is wonderfully light and airy feeling. There is plenty of room for everyone to relax and enjoy the tranquil setting, fish from the dock, soak up the sun on the decks or in the pool, and watch the boats, fish, and birds on the canal and bay. The sea breeze was refreshing, and watching the palm trees dance in the breeze was calming. Although the nightlife and activity on Islamorada is only minutes away, the home is peaceful and quiet, and instead of noise, we heard the gentle sound of the sea.
Islamorada is perfect for boating and fishing and is only a few minutes’ drive from Key Largo where you can dive and snorkel to your heart’s content. We had a pleasant drive to Key West, making many stops along the way to view the plants and wildlife of the Keys. The view from the famous Seven Mile Bridge is beautiful with the blues and greens of the ocean and gulf dotted with boats. You’ll enjoy your taste of the tropics in Islamorada.
# 97094 Private Homes, Movie Colony, Palm Springs, Central, Palm Springs, Deserts, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Sunning My Paws in Beautiful Palm Springs!
04/21/2008 - I can’t think of anything better than heading to Palm Springs to enjoy some much needed sun after a long winter's nap! What a thrill it was to stay in this Palm Springs home.
This Palm Springs vacation home invites you back to a time when Hollywood movie stars retreated to this warm climate for socialization, golf, and much needed rest and relaxation. It’s located in central Palm Springs in what’s known as the "Movie Colony" neighborhood.
It is apparent that time and design have made this home a special place. Whether outside or inside, you’ll enjoy the classy feel of the era of the glamorous lifestyle. The well appointed retro interior design and open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows, boasting a view of the pool area and backyard, makes one take a deep breath and reach for something tall and cool.
With special touches like the interior/exterior sound system, remodeled full kitchen, and flat screen TVs, there was no lack for home entertainment. And we found plenty of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment nearby.
In the evening, we could not decide whether to be outside or inside! We enjoyed balmy nights with the beautiful and subtle outdoor lighting and a starry night sky and we were pampered inside looking out at the glowing pool inviting us for a night swim. I found the "Grand Old Dame" enchanting and often spent time day dreaming of myself in a bygone era, fully expecting Frank Sinatra to come around the corner!
# 73089 Sea Isle, Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear swimming with the Dolphins at "Dolphin Watch" in Galveston, TX
03/20/2008 - I had a ‘beary’ wonderful time visiting Dolphin Watch on Galveston Island in Texas! This property is everything I need in a vacation home. I especially loved the satellite TV in every room while relaxing at home after a day of fun on the island. I enjoyed hearing and seeing the beauty of the ocean from the spacious front deck. Having an outdoor sink or shower is a must after spending time on the beach, and this property had BOTH available for my use. It was a great!
The layout of this home fit my bear taste perfectly. The kitchen was ‘beary’ nice to cook in. (You’ll love the granite counter tops!) The home was clean, and the décor was lovely – just take a look at the photo of my “swim with the dolphins”! The home is conveniently located a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re planning on visiting Galveston, you’ll be sure to feel ‘beary’ at home at Dolphin Watch.
# 145925 Westgate, The Canyons, Park City, Utah, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
View of the mountain from the balcony. I’m ready to hit the slopes!
02/27/2008 - My visit to the Elk’s Lodge, Suite 1902 at Westgate Resort in Park City was a celebrity’s dream. I received VIP treatment from the moment I arrived. Our host, Kevin, along with the front desk staff, greeted our party in the lobby to answer any questions, and both were available around the clock for anything we might need. They even provided ski storage plus the service of a staff that will dry your skis and lock them up for you. So if you spend a long day on the slopes, let them take your skis, quickly return to your room, and then relax in front of a blazing fire. Our host even made dinner reservations for us. Now that’s service!
My favorite part of this vacation rental is that it offers something most vacation rentals don’t, and that’s room service. You can order breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you wish, from the resort’s fine restaurant. This suite is perfect for a romantic getaway with a full service spa for that much needed massage after a day of skiing. You’ll also love the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool that’s open year-round. Yes, this is resort living, with all the service and amenities you’d expect from a luxury resort at a very reasonable vacation rental rate. Thank you, Kevin, for a most enjoyable and memorable stay!
The VRBO Bear
# 115600 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing in this elegant urban home
01/16/2008 - Don’t miss staying at this beautiful, early twentieth century Victorian house located in the heart of the city of Denver. With its beautiful moldings around the doors, windows and ceiling and original hardwood floors, this Denver vacation rental was definitely one of the most unique houses this little bear has visited. Papa Bear said it was one of his favorite properties that he’s ever stayed at.
We loved the warm and inviting paint colors, exposed brick, beautiful light fixtures and antique decor. We felt at home right away. The beautiful, fully stocked, updated kitchen made it easy to cook all our meals. We also loved the unique fireplaces all over the house and all the conveniences of home.
This vacation home is within walking distance to the 16th Street Mall, and with so much to do downtown, you will never have to go very far to have a great time. Enjoy great restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s and Wolfgang Puck, just to name a few.
So come and experience all Denver has to offer. I know you won’t be disappointed!
The VRBO Bear
# 295400 Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying amazing sunsets from this great Laguna Beach beach home
12/27/2007 - My recent visit to a cozy Laguna Beach cottage was ‘beary’ special. The yard presented orange and avocado trees full of produce to enjoy and flowers so delicate and colorful. The wall of French doors to the front deck opened the entire living space to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The view of Catalina Island on the horizon and of the sunset will take your breath away.
A multitude of quilts, pillows, and art really make it feel like a place a bear could relax and take a great nap!
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# 207786 Villa Coyaba, Scenic Gulf Drive West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
So close, I can enjoy the sounds of the ocean from the family room.
12/13/2007 - This beautiful gulf front condo was the perfect relaxing retreat for any beach getaway. We had plenty of room to spread out in over 2,000 square feet of living space. Located on the garden level, our Destin condo looked over the inviting pool and beyond to endless stretches of sugary white beaches. Since the condo faces directly south, we enjoyed early morning sunrises over the ocean as well as captivating red and orange sunsets.
Because this property is in the heart of Destin, several restaurants and shops were within walking distance. If you do rent a car, two underground parking spots are provided with easy elevator access. If you enjoy cooking, be sure to get your groceries and take advantage of the gourmet kitchen with everything you need to prepare your meals.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy the flat screen TVs provided in each room along with DVD players. Easy beach access straight from your sliding glass door patio makes playing in the surf or taking a stroll along the beach completely hassle free. There’s something for everyone in this beautiful Destin resort condo.
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# 8629 McCall, Idaho, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoys the view out the picture window of the dining room
11/29/2007 - What an ideal location for a family gathering! Eleven of my family members joined me at this great Idaho cabin for Thanksgiving week. We enjoyed the warmth of the dining room with the wood burning stove, two recliners, pine wood floors and views of Ponderosa State Park out our windows. Spotting the deer and fox were a fun treat as well.
This McCall, Idaho cabin was originally just a dining area, kitchen, half bath and loft for sleeping, with the comfy feel of an Idaho mountain lake cabin. Since then, the cabin has tripled in size to a house that sleeps up to 16, adding five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two family rooms, allowing plenty of room for all of us to sleep comfortably and relax.
With its close proximity to Payette Lake and bordering Ponderosa State Park, the location is perfect! Book it soon for your family reunion vacation rental or large group vacation rental. This bear plans to go back in the summer to enjoy the lake and biking, hiking and golf!
# 150352 Highlands, North Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoys amazing views of Breckenridge Ski Area from Master Bedroom
11/29/2007 - My friends and I spent a very memorable weekend at this INCREDIBLE Breckenridge mountain home in Breckenridge, Colorado. I asked them to describe GORGEOUS “Grace Manor” and here’s what they had to say:
We enjoyed SPECTACULAR views of Breckenridge Ski Mountain from the house, the deck and the hot tub. The WARMTH of the mountain décor and furnishings welcomed us the minute we walked in. The ELEGANCE spoiled us for a weekend: the four master bedrooms each had their own TV/DVD and private bathroom. The SPACIOUS gourmet kitchen had every appliance, dish and kitchen tool we needed. BEAUTIFUL architecture included wood beams and stone, gas fireplaces in living room, great room and main master bedroom. COMFORTABLE chairs and couches invited us to cuddle up and watch a movie or just lie by the fire and read.
Another plus about renting Grace Manor is the great management staff who we found very helpful; they wanted to make our stay the best it could be. So book your next Breckenridge vacation at Grace Manor – it’s truly a luxury vacation experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!
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# 123277 Private Homes, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Look at the beautifully landscaped backyard with pool and patio!
10/29/2007 - I decided to take a trip to San Diego, and boy am I glad I did! Our accommodations in Oceanside were outstanding. When we first arrived, we were treated to a grand tour – upon entering through the wrought iron gate, we were soothed with the sounds of the three tiered cascading fountain. The home was a delight, with a princess bedroom, pirate bedroom, Hawaiian bedroom and a most romantic master retreat, each complete with flat screen TVs. I appreciated the bright, happy colors throughout the house – no bland, boring hotel-type décor or cramped space but so much more than we imagined!
Out back was a full BBQ, a large, cozy fireplace and plenty of chairs for lounging. The cubbies enjoyed the pool and waterfall while I took advantage of the relaxing hot tub. When the cubs weren’t in the pool, they were jumping on the trampoline or playing on the swing set. There was so much space to play, even a putting green.
The beach was a only a mile away, and Disneyland was just an hour. We decided to visit the park during the week when lines were short. But best of all was coming back to relax and enjoy this exceptional home where everything you need is provided, from beach towels, boogie boards and bikes to the most comfortable pillow top beds. Our host even provides a special treat for all her guests. (Thank you, Carrie, for anticipating everything this furry guest and his cubs could need!)
The VRBO Bear
# 82173 Sant Marti, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
VRBO Bear enjoying the view.
10/08/2007 - The location and layout of this lovely apartment was perfect for my “Bearcelona” adventure. My human traveling companions especially appreciated the privacy of the two separate sleeping wings, each with its own bath and climate control.
The apartment’s location in the modern Diagonal Mar area offered easy access to the metro system. Hop on a metro train, and it is just a quick ride to the city center. The nearby shopping area, with its many restaurants, included a large supermarket - very convenient.
But my favorite aspect was the view from this 18th floor unit. The sweeping vista from the mountains to the sea was a treat for the eye, offering an expansive panorama of the city - impressive by day, sparkling by night. I was even able to catch a glimpse of the iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral from the private balcony. Just beautiful!
# 90263 Annapolis, Central, Maryland, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the colorful artwork in this charming apartment.
09/20/2007 - What could be better than a visit to historical Annapolis MD? - the lovely accommodations the VRBO Bear found in this charming apartment in Eastport! This home has been completely renovated and was a cozy retreat at the end of the day.
The purpose of our visit was to attend the First Class Parents' Weekend at the US Naval Academy. This bear's friends have a son at the Academy, and the apartment was in a perfect location for the weekend's festivities. There are restaurants and quaint stores all around this location, with a Ruth's Chris Steak house right down the street! We walked to the Academy on the first morning, crossing the bridge over Spa Creek and enjoying the sights of the marina - boats, homes and businesses along the way. In the evening, we enjoyed the ride on the water taxi that dropped us off just a few blocks from the apartment.
The apartment was a delight, with every comfort a bear could desire. The bed with its luxurious linens was so comfortable, I could have hibernated all weekend! The kitchen was stocked with any item I might have needed, and the living room was inviting with a comfortable sofa and TV. And if you are a bear who needs to stay "connected," there is even wireless internet available.
Our hostess, Joanne, is an artist, and there are many pieces of her work displayed throughout the apartment, including charming painted furniture and beautiful artwork on the walls. She even has a small gallery of her work in her home, which is attached to the apartment. You can tell that every detail was lovingly appointed with a generous spirit.
If you are planning a visit to Annapolis, MD, for Boat Week, USNA Commissioning week, or Parents Weekend, or just for the joy of exploring this historical, quaint city, be sure to inquire about this perfect apartment in the heart of Eastport!
The VRBO Bear