VRBO Bear Stay property reviews
Read about vacation rentals where VRBO employees have stayed.
At HomeAway and VRBO, we love vacation rentals—and we love to stay in them, too! Since 2003, our employees have been enjoying the amazing properties listed on our site with their families, friends--and the VRBO bear. When they get back from their vacations, they love to tell us all about their stay. Read on to get the inside scoop from employees who share your love of travel.
# 378777 Sant Marti, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Great location and spacious flat in Barcelona.
11/27/2015 - We stayed at this flat along with friends (two couples) and had an awesome trip. The flat is in a perfect location, near the Olympic village, by the edge of the center of Barcelona. You can walk to the Metro Station in 5 minutes, and in 2 stops you are in the heart of Barcelona. It’s also only one block from the beach. We could easily visit all the tourist sites and entertainment. There are grocery stores along the street and it’s very convenient for picking up daily supplies. This flat backs to a green space, very quiet for sleeping. The flat was renovated recently and the kitchen and bathrooms are unusually spacious in an EU city. Valentin, the owner, came to meet us at the apartment and chatted with us. He also gave us pointers where the best tapas places are -we greatly appreciated the tips since we are all foodies. In short, this place is a gem and we are definitely going to stay here again when we come back!
# 377898 Budapest, Hungary, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Beautiful and spacious place to stay in Budapest.
11/21/2015 - Our stay at this apartment in Budapest was perfect. Our host and property manager were friendly, accommodating and helpful from the beginning to the very end. The flat is beautifully furnished, spacious and in an excellent location - right between Raday Street and the very popular Central Market Hall. We had so many sites, restaurants and opportunities at our fingertips with this location. The two-bed, 1.5 bath home provided perfect accommodations for two, but is absolutely suited for four, complete with laundry facilities, extra closet space, a cute little balcony and a full kitchen. Budapest is a beautiful city with a fascinating history; this apartment is perfectly suited to explore such a unique European gem.
# 378687 Budapest, Hungary, Europe, 1 BR, 0 BA, APARTMENT
Great location, full kitchen and all the conveniences of home.
11/21/2015 - My wife and I enjoyed a week long stay at Rita and Ken’s Budapad in Hungary. Their apartment offers many unique opportunities to see the city as its location is near the opera, and within a 15 minute walk of the parliament building, St Stephen’s Basilica and the chain bridge which leads to Buda Castle, St Matthias Church and much more. They offer many great amenities including free wifi, a very comfortable bed, a full kitchen, and a bathtub fit for a king. There is also a laundry machine that you can use to clean your clothes! The guest book was brimming with the recommendations for the best tours, sites to see, tips for using the public transportation, restaurants to try and things to do in Budapest. It would take weeks to do everything listed in the book, but I wish we'd had the time to do it all! I would highly recommend anyone traveling to Budapest stay at this property!
# 503416 Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio Area, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Great location with a pool and even a private chef.
11/20/2015 - Villa Tortuga is the dream vacation! I became a HomeAway/VRBO employee because traveling is my passion – I have traveled all over the world and lived abroad for over a year. I searched long and hard for the optimal place to take my vacation with 10 adventure-loving friends, and Villa Tortuga offered everything that we were looking for: great location, plenty of space, beautiful environment, pool and amenities. The private chef & housecleaning services made it impossible to resist! I can easily say without any hesitation, that my experience at Villa Tortuga was one of the best (perhaps the VERY best) travel experience I have ever had. The exceptional staff at Villa Tortuga made our travel stress-free and seamless. Victor, the concierge manager, presented us with the most popular options for Costa Rican attractions, booked all of our excursions, and facilitated the transport. We were fed like royalty – I have never eaten that well in my life. The chefs were an absolute pleasure to be around and every dish they made was fit for a gourmet restaurant. I lived in Italy for a year and they served me the best risotto I have ever tasted. The villa was absolutely beautiful and had plenty of room and amenities. It is ideal for any sort of guest – families, honeymooners, retreats, friend groups.. anybody! We were all so impressed with the villa, the location, and the staff – there is truly not a single negative comment to make. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone and everyone. I will certainly be planning a trip back!
# 655588 Kahana, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
You will not want to leave once you see the views from this Maui condo.
11/13/2015 - What a wonderful spot for a couple’s getaway! This was our first trip to Maui and the accommodations could not have been better. This condo is modern and comfortable. You are right on the ocean and have access to the beach, the pool, and plenty of lawn chairs to soak up the sun. Also, the view is amazing! The entire experience was very relaxing. We enjoyed spending time on the lanai reading, sipping coffee, and staring off into the sea. It may be warm out but you never get too hot with the cool ocean breeze. The condo is walking distance to a handful of restaurants including the Maui Brewing Company, Miso Fat for Sushi, and wonderful coffee at the Hawaiian Village Coffee shop. You can also stock up at the Whalers General Store or the farmers market. The location is perfect because you are close to it all, but also tucked away in a quiet complex. It is only a short drive to the Napili and Kapulua Beaches which are well known to be some of the nicest on the island. They both have soft sand and plenty of opportunities for spotting turtles and fish. The condo also comes with beach chairs, towels, and an umbrella for shade. We loved the comforts of this condo which included wood floors and updated carpet in the bedroom. There are flat screen TVs in the living and bedroom and the kitchen includes coffee supplies and high end cooking utensils. The linens are soft and the bed is comfortable. All in all, these amenities are very much appreciated in your home away from home. We wish we never had to leave, but we’ll definitely be back!
# 286157 Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Belize, Caribbean, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
This is paradise in Belize!!! You will love it!
11/07/2015 - What is there to say about Villa Tipsy Gecko except, wow! From the moment we arrived in our Belizean paradise, until the minute we departed, the Tipsy Gecko staff made sure this bear was one happy cub! To begin, our cave was nothing short of spectacular. Every bear needs water, and this bear had not only a refreshing pool, but the entire Caribbean just outside the back door. The cave itself was perfect. As days tend to get hot in Belize, we appreciated the air conditioning. It made coming indoors for a bit of hibernation a great pleasure. Everyone knows bears love to eat…and this bear was never disappointed. Domingo and Manuel were our 5 star chefs. We were lucky, we had these two cooking for us on three separate days; breakfast, lunch and dinner. All were wonderful. Oh, and did I mention desserts? Ours were all home made! Domingo went out of his way to take grocery requests before he left for town. His communication before, during and after our stay was Bearrific!! The rest of the staff was just as outstanding. Javier was our ride to and from the airport (and even once into town) and delivered fishing rods. Mabel, our concierge, took care of our every whim. She was super helpful - including greeting us upon arrival, touring the home with us, and she immediately set us in the right direction by finding and booking our excursions. She arranged for massages to happen at the home, referred us to TOP NOTCH tour guides and checked in often in case we had a need. Mabel is a GEM, and a great resource for our time here. The staff took great care of us; keeping the cave clean and having our clothes freshly laundered every day. The pool and grounds were meticulously cared for; we often saw Tipsy Gecko staff quietly tending to the needs of the home and grounds to keep it pretty. To sum it all up, it takes a lot to make me a happy bear, but Villa Tipsy Gecko, you made a Belizer out of me!
# 369268 Carmel By the Sea, Central Coast, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the views and making memories in Carmel.
10/31/2015 - The VRBO Bear stayed in Carmel! My friend and I were fortunate to secure this immaculate property right off the Monterey Bay. The owners were very responsive and accommodating on short notice. We were glad to know they have a local contact if anything is needed. The house was beautiful, everything was provided. Laundry, coffee, ironing, basic toiletries were there. A hot tub to stare up at the stars, a patio overlooking the crashing waves. Several bedrooms. Beautiful artwork throughout the home. The owners provide local guides to explore the city, but if you’re in the mood to stay in, you’ll find several TV's, couches for relaxing, and an expansive living room area with multimedia instructions. I'll be framing a picture of our view looking to the west from the home. This view oversees the beautiful landscaping along this pristine street in Carmel. It's a vacation spot forever in our memories.
# 396338 Rockaway Beach, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Nothing beats the beauty of the Oregon coast -see for yourself!
10/25/2015 - I enjoyed every minute of this vacation; from the beautiful scenic drive to Rockaway Beach until our trip back through the beautiful Tillamook State Forest. Nothing makes a trip to the beautiful Oregon coast complete quite like a relaxing, beautiful, perfectly maintained town home to stay in. I was really impressed at the care that was put into making this vacation rental such a wonderful place to stay. Everything we needed was already stocked and waiting for us. Every floor of the townhome has great natural lighting and an unforgettable view. The main level den/bar and a garage were just icing on the cake of this wonderful townhome. I truly feel that this rental would be well suited from anyone looking for an escape to a nice quiet relaxing coastal town. I loved the location with Tillamook just down the road and Astoria an easy day trip towards the north. I was blown away by the parks and scenic lookouts along the way to these amazing tourist destinations. We also enjoyed Hug Point State Park, it will always have a special place in my heart. If you have never been to the Pacific Northwest and want an experience of a lifetime I highly recommend you try out this vacation rental. Thank you so much for opening your doors and sharing your home with me.
# 273238 Sevierville, East, Tennessee, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
Great location and views from atop the mountain.
10/24/2015 - We enjoyed our time at the wonderful two-story “Southern Charms” cabin. This fully-furnished, authentic log cabin has a mountain view from the main wrap around deck and the upper balcony view is absolutely awesome, especially in the fall. The cabin is in a great location, close enough to the main town and yet just far enough away to feel like you are in a secluded area away from the noise and traffic of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The interior of the cabin has a nice layout, looked professionally decorated and had plenty of extras. We spent a lot of time enjoying the hot tub, pool table and very nice entertainment center. The main living area is spacious and inviting. The three bedrooms in the cabin are furnished with comfortable, large beds, TVs and easily accessible bathrooms with Wifi connectivity throughout. The kitchen is great for making meals and had all of the appliances necessary to do the job. The porch around the entrance to the cabin had a great view with seating around the perimeter. It was a great area to enjoy the view and relax in the morning and evening. Most days we spent hanging out at the cabin and enjoying the quiet before heading to town to visit some of the popular tourist attractions. The area around the cabin was very nice as well. Southern Charms sits atop a mountain, and navigating between town and the cabin was very simple. The main town is filled with great restaurants and tons of attractions for all ages. The welcome information at the cabin provided coupons and information about the area that we found most helpful. Elayne, the owner of the cabin, was very helpful and proactive in making sure that we were informed about our trip, the area and the cabin itself prior to arrival. We felt like we were staying at a friend’s place. We’d like to thank Elayne for hosting the VRBO Bear and providing a ton of great memories that we’ll share for a long time.
# 432534 Glen Rose, Prairies & Lakes, Texas, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
This beautiful ranch has plenty of space and the views are AMAZING!
10/18/2015 - This property is in a great location for family/friend gatherings and is just such a beautiful place! We invited our dear friends and their kids to join us. They told me how awesome the house and views were as soon as they arrived. The pictures don’t do justice to this eclectic house with each space/room having a theme which embodies the spirit of the ranch. We had 6 adults and 6 kids between the ages of 4-12 and the layout of the house gave it a roomy and spacious feel. The front porch views are AMAZING! You can see far off into the valley and a pond with a beautiful huge tree across from the deck. The house has a fully stocked kitchen making it easy for us to cook our own food. The kids loved the space to run and visits to the pond to feed the catfish. If you want to a nice visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park, it’s just 5 minutes down the road. Sandra the property manager was so nice and greeted us upon our arrival. She took our kids to feed the goats which was a huge hit! She was very knowledgeable about things to do and offered us tickets to the park to purchase at a discount. She also sent us thorough directions to the ranch which saved travel time. There are many well thought of details to make not only the stay enjoyable, but also the journey to this place easy. Our friends and I talked about staying at the ranch again. Oh and next time we will definitely hit the walking/hiking trails.
# 704476 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
A clean, comfortable condo close to everything in Denver.
10/18/2015 - After waking up from hibernation, the VRBO Bear needed some vacation time in Denver, Colorado. I looked at several other rentals in Denver and this one caught my attention because of the great location and beautiful decor. It’s located in the center of downtown Denver just blocks from Coors Field and several great bars and restaurants. A rental car is needed only if you plan to leave downtown and explore the areas outside of Denver. Most of the downtown attractions are walking distance (or a short cab ride) from the condo. The condo itself is extremely nice, exactly as described in the listing. Very clean, comfortable, and well equipped with all of the basic amenities. The beds were comfortable and made it very easy for me to fall into deep bear hibernation every night. The condo is on the 6th floor and has a phenomenal view of downtown Denver off the back patio. We enjoyed waking up and sipping coffee on the patio every morning. The kitchen was well equipped and had everything we needed to make great home cooked meals. The living room was spacious and provided the perfect setup to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring Denver and its surrounding areas. We felt right at home and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We made several short day trips to explore the surrounding area and scenic Colorado attractions. Boulder was only a 40 minute drive and we found beautiful hiking spots and really great breweries. I highly recommend hiking the Flatirons if you make it to Boulder. The view from the top of the trail is amazing! We also made time to check out the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater. We did not see a concert but it was worth the short drive simply to see the beautiful scenery and view from the top of the amphitheater. In addition to the 5 star accommodations, Nate at LUX Denver was an excellent host. He was friendly, easy to communicate with, and quick to respond to our emails. I would definitely recommend this rental to anyone looking for a perfect place to stay while visiting downtown Denver. We had an incredible time and the VRBO Bear will definitely be staying at this rental again in the future!
# 266776 Hart Bay, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 5 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Sun, surf and breathtaking views.
10/16/2015 - On the day of check-in Jessy met us at the barge and led us to the Villa. The short drive to the Villa was picturesque. As we entered the property, we were blown away by the location and the unobstructed views of the blue Caribbean! Our favorite times in the Villa were to watch the sunrises with a cup of coffee and feel the strong Caribbean breezes at night. The Villa is very spacious and well-appointed, wonderful for family gatherings or special events. All parts of the Villa had breathtaking views of the ocean and the architecture allowed for plenty of sun and breeze. Its close proximity to Cruz Bay made shopping and dining a breeze. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the coral at world famous Trunk Bay and also visited the nearby Westin. I would highly recommend this Villa for anyone looking for a perfect Caribbean vacation!
# 153472 Avon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Mountain life, complete with a fireplace and a beautiful view!
10/11/2015 - This property is a must-see. A 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom condo nestled in the valley below Beaver Creek in Avon, CO was JUST what we needed for a quick girls’ getaway. We shopped at the nearby grocery store, and cooked many meals in the perfectly-appointed kitchen. On the nights we didn’t cook, we wandered into Vail, went up the hill to Beaver Creek Village or just went into Avon, and found plenty of wonderful places to eat. Some highlights were our visit to the spa at The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, just 5 minutes away, and our dinner at 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill. That said, everything just melted away once we got back to the condo, built a fire, and sat on the balcony overlooking the mountain. We drank coffee in the mornings, wine at night, and enjoyed the cool mountain air. The beds were amazing, with 600 thread count sheets, lots of pillows and fluffy down comforters. There were TVs in every bedroom, and we listened to the new Sonos sound system all the time. Oh, and another favorite perk – the garage fits an SUV. This owner really has thought of everything to make your stay not just comfortable, but also memorable. This bear will definitely be back.
# 558725 Castro, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Great views and a super location!!!
09/21/2015 - Upon arriving at the property, we were greeted by David, our concierge, and given a tour of our new home for the next five days in San Francisco. Instantly, my group and I fell in love. The view of the city from all sides of the house revealed a beautiful sight of the unique architecture of San Francisco. Outside, there was a great patio area where one could catch the breeze of the bay. When it got a bit chilly, we turned on the hot tub and relaxed as we played music from the surround system in the backyard.
The property is literally in the center of the most vibrant parts of the city. Within walking distance is the Castro District, famous for its history. There, you can go to the Castro Theatre where you can catch very interesting and great programming. My friends and I caught a double feature of "Smooth Talk" and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," the latter of which is one of my friend's favorite films. To the east of the rental was the Mission District, a great place to walk around and shop and catch a bite to eat. Grocery stores surround the neighborhood.
The public transportation is easily accessible from this rental as well! Buses are only a block away and subways leading to downtown are only a five minute walk. We were able to go to beach in the afternoon, get dinner downtown, and explore the clubs and bars in Castro easily in one day.
The comfortable beds and sofas alongside the 63" inch plasma screen television were perfect to curl up in and catch some television or Netflix after a long day of walking around the city. Waking up wasn't difficult when we could roll out of bed and feel the cool bay breeze while looking towards the beautiful San Francisco city. Thank you, House of Muse, for the wonderful stay - this Bear can't wait until his next time in San Francisco!
# 2908 Other Vail Village Properties, Vail Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
A mountain getaway with everything you will need!
09/21/2015 - The colors are changing in Colorado and this Bear had to go see for himself!
Aspen trees change colors every fall and this wonderful home in Vail turned out to be a great place as our “home base” to go see the all of the wonderful yellow and red leaves! This spacious house was a perfect fit for our group. The oversized Great Room with soft leather couch was almost too comfortable to leave.
We loved taking a hike in during the day time, and cook wonderful meals at night. The gourmet kitchen was well stocked with plenty of dishes and silverware as well as pots and pans. Everything we needed was right there: crock pot, baking dishes, serving pieces, toaster oven, placemats, you name it- we had it. There are two dining tables in the house and it was nice for everyone to have a place to sit. No one had to stand and try to maneuver a plate and a beverage, it worked out so well.
When it comes to bedrooms, there was no lack of space or comfort! All of the bedrooms are oversized with dressers and supersized closets. The beds are very comfortable and the sheets were extra soft. I was so impressed I had to ask the owner where he bought them! This owner really makes an effort to makes his guests feel like “family” with wonderful towels and linens. He provides special makeup removal towels in the bathrooms as well as cotton balls along with shampoo and conditioner.
The eight person hot tub was a real treat for us gals, while our guys played pool. A full bar next to the pool table was nice for making cocktails and the kiddos enjoyed the Wii right around the corner.
# 581729 Mayan Princess, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Close to the beach and a great stay when visiting Corpus Christi!
09/20/2015 - Hi! VRBO Bear here. Our family found a magnificent gem here in Corpus Christi, TX. We wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a relaxing weekend out on the beach. This vacation rental had it all. Upon entry, there was soothing music playing from the downstairs and upstairs TV. We had a family of 7 and there were plenty of beds for all of us. The master bath was huge, big enough to fit our entire family! All the appliances and switches were labeled, so it was easy to get acquainted with the rental. The double balcony was an added bonus with a dining area where guests can eat outside. The views from the condo were amazing.
A short walk from this rental has you on the beach within minutes. It was super convenient for our family. A short drive would get you back into the city for any necessary shopping. The private pools for the complex are nice if you prefer not to swim in the open water. The kitchen was fully stocked with all the essentials which allowed us to cook dinner and breakfast for the whole family. At night, the cable TV came in handy to catch a football game. Instructions to operate all the state-of-the-art machinery was informative.
The owner was very accommodating to all of our needs. He had a very quick response time and made sure our stay was smooth sailing. We will definitely come back to stay at this rental again!
# 233151 Gruene, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Having fun and just relaxing at this charming old home.
09/19/2015 - We headed out to the country to enjoy some solitude and bask in nature. We bears needed to reconnect with our naturalistic natures and The Yellow Yaus in Gruene was the perfect hideaway. The 106-year-old house with polished wooden floors and open kitchen and living room exuded coziness. Small, delicate touches such as paintings depicting the town’s favorite spots and antique ornaments tickled our senses with delight. The backyard patio was a favorite spot to sit and talk or just relax. The spacious bedrooms beckoned to us to tuck in, as bears usually do, but we had to explore.
The town’s center was only a few minutes’ walk and along the way, we took in the appealing sights. We saw antique shops with trinkets and souvenirs to remember our stay, local restaurants housed in pristine historic buildings, and outside festivals with people strolling around mingling, relishing the last days of summer.
We bears immersed ourselves in the culture of relaxation. Not a care in the world was a strong ambience in the air that we felt as well. The friendliness of the owner, Tom, who came personally to recommend spots to explore, made us feel that we were right at home.
With heavy hearts our wonderful stay came to an end, but we enjoyed it immensely. So too bad, Goldilocks, we bears plan to go back. Don’t get too comfortable.
# 118351 Calypso Resort Towers, Open Sands, Panama City Beach Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
09/11/2015 - A Bear’s Birthday Stay
We could not have picked a more perfect place to celebrate my best bear friend’s birthday. This condo was more than we expected and we already were in love with it just from the pictures. The pictures do not do it justice. The check-in was a sea breeze and from there all we had on our agenda was rest and relaxation. Cara made the stay so enjoyable by making sure we had everything we needed so we didn’t have to worry about a thing.
The entire condo had more than enough space. There were 7 of us bears all together and the condo slept each of us comfortably in beds. It was great being able to just enjoy each other’s company and sit down for meals.
We spent almost an hour on the balcony just watching the prettiest sunset we had ever seen. We watched dolphins from the balcony every day and it took just 2 minutes to get to the beach. When you stand on the balcony you feel like you are on the edge of the world with nothing but clear emerald water in front of you. Besides being so close to the beach you are within walking distance of Pier Park which we went to every night to celebrate. Even the locals were welcoming.
I’m fairly certain this bear will be back again.
# 216122 Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing at the pool.
09/06/2015 - Great vacation! We were welcomed with a gift basket full of treats for the whole bear family and a refrigerator with refreshments! The VRBO Bear was in need of a little downtime at the end of the summer. This was the most beautiful and relaxing visit vacation ever.
The house is straight out of a designer magazine, updated, bright and airy, soothing and relaxing colors, hardwood floors throughout and super spacious. Large sliders open the whole house up to the gorgeous back yard pool and canal dock. It's located in the quiet residential end of Anna Maria Island away from the day trippers.
This bear enjoyed spending mornings at the beach a short 2 blocks away, afternoons relaxing on the large outdoor patio enjoying the beautiful landscaping surrounding our large 30 ft saltwater pool, and evenings eating on the patio and picnic table followed by quiet time on the private dock watching the sunset and waiting for the resident manatee to appear.
The bear family found everything they needed was provided for - hotel quality towels, linens and bath amenities, the most organized and efficient kitchen ever, beach towels, beach cart, beach toys and floats. For rainy days, there were plenty of supplies - books, crayons and puzzles. There was even a canoe!
Two separate wings and a separate master gave all of us privacy. The older cubs had their own wing with 2 bedrooms and a shared bath. A pocket door allowed Mama and Papa bear to close out noise. It would be perfect for a holiday visit with our whole family.
The Bear family loved this house. I think Mama Bear cried as we drove away.
# 366305 South Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida North East, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Extraordinary views right from the deck!!!
08/21/2015 - I, the VRBO Bear, had a wonderful time with my bear friends and family at Fred’s lovely St. Augustine beach house!
In the mornings, we headed out to the deck and enjoyed a cup of coffee while taking in the extraordinary ocean views. Once we had some energy, we grabbed the provided beach towels and chairs and walked just a few steps to the private beach. Some days we lost track of time basking in the sun and playing in the waves with the provided boogie boards and kayaks.
When it was time to eat, we had everything we needed to cook delicious meals for all of us hungry bears: a spacious kitchen, plenty of utensils, a fully stocked spice cabinet, and an outdoor grill.
The house was very clean, the beds were comfortable, and the HD television (with lots of channels) was an added bonus for the nights we were worn out after a long day.
The location of the home was absolutely perfect. In the afternoons and evenings, we enjoyed nearby golfing and water front dining (thanks to Fred’s excellent suggestions). Of course, being only a short drive away, we also made several trips to the historic city of St. Augustine for shopping, sightseeing, and even more wonderful dining.
We absolutely loved this vacation rental and can’t wait to go back!
# 471038 Corpus Christi, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
Beautiful place to stay while at Padre Island, with views of the water.
08/20/2015 - This property was a perfect getaway on the beach at a fantastic villa on the water!
We had two families and this was our first time at Padre Island with our cubs. Upon entering the house, we loved the open floor plan with the kitchen and living area together with a view of the water. The entire house was nicely themed with beach vacation touches like a bowl full of shells that were signed from previous visitors. The master suite also had a great view of the water. The master bathroom was also very nicely decorated and had a extra large shower and whirlpool tub. The other two rooms had comfy full sized beds.
Momma Bear loved the kitchen which was well stocked and had Tupperware for all of our beach picnics. The papa bears enjoyed our time on the back patio by the grill with the cubs doing cannonballs off the pier. We also got to eat out at some fun nearby places, just 5-10 min away. JB's German Bakery for breakfast was delicious. By the coast we hit the popular Snoopies for fried seafood and the cubs made sure we did not forget about the ice cream parlor.
The house is just down the street from the brand new Schlitterbahn Water Park. The highlight of the trip was definitely the wind surfing off of Wild Bird Basin. This was located about 10 minutes away and is one of the top (if not the top) destinations for wind surfing in the USA. It’s shallow water with a sandy bottom so even the cubs tried it out. We enjoyed the beach at Padre Island National Seashore – a 60 mile stretch of beautiful undeveloped beach. There were beach towels, chairs, coolers and toys provided at the house.
During downtime back at the house, there was wifi and cable or the lady bears would just get their fur tanned by the water.
Last but not least, the owner was not only very responsive, but proactive in keeping us informed about our upcoming stay.
# 502313 Los Pinos, Peak 9, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Enjoy luxury in Breckenridge Colorado.
08/15/2015 - We could not have been happier with our summer stay at Los Pinos! We loved both the property and its location. Our group contained five adults and two children, and the condo was the perfect size for us. We were able to spend time together in the kitchen/dining/living area and also have privacy in each of the three bed and bathrooms.
The kitchen was full of all of the dishes and equipment we needed, and it was very nice to have the washer and dryer to wash our hiking clothes. The kids loved the bunk beds and playing in the yard outside, while I especially loved having the master suite on a separate floor, complete with its own porch where I could sit and read, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the view of the beautiful trees. Sadly, we were too busy having fun for me to use the beautiful master bath jacuzzi tub. We could have spent the entire time having a blast without even leaving the property!
Los Pinos was close to downtown. The weather was perfect, day and night, which was a big change from the Austin heat! We were active outside during the day: the kids loved spending the day at the Summer Fun Park, and I got to deal with my fear of heights and hike my first fourteener, Quandary Peak, which was only a few miles away. Then, we relaxed and had wonderful meals each night; we especially liked Relish and Blue River Bistro.
Also, Steve was very responsive; he responded to every message from me within a few hours, despite living in a different time zone! We were given detailed directions, instructions for check in and check out, for the wireless, pool, and garage, and multiple ways to contact both the owners and the property managers.
I would recommend Steve and Hayley’s place to everyone I know, and hope to one day go back there again myself!
# 438319 Eureka Valley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, STUDIO
Close to the Metro and check out this amazing garden just outside your door.
08/08/2015 - I loved this rental property as it was right next to everything. We were so close to the Castro, a grocery store, a drugstore and many restaurants and bars. There was even a hardware store nearby with anything that you could need.
I loved the space of the studio. It was perfect for me and my friend. Intimate but not small and perfect for couples, with plenty of space. It’s a lot bigger than any hotel room I’ve seen in San Francisco and has the kitchenette you’ll never find in a hotel room. We were able to keep snacks and little nibbles in the room so we didn’t have to run out to get something in the morning before we were ready to head out to our next adventure. The bed was giant and very comfortable. I could sleep forever on the sheets provided. We had everything we needed from an iron and ironing board to robes and slippers.
We were close to public transportation. It was a short walk to catch the Metro to anywhere in the city. It’s also close to bus lines if you prefer.
Although we weren’t able to meet Jan, we did get to meet Wandralee and had a great time visiting with her. She was able to recommend restaurants and many things that we hadn’t heard of.
The best part of staying here was the amazing garden out back. It was pretty and wonderful to look at as we sat outside in the morning. There’s a great table in the back corner where you can look at the trees and the garden while relaxing or two chairs just outside the sliding glass door. The garden would be great for those who like to meditate or do yoga in the morning. Or anytime as the space is so quiet even during the rush hour. You can’t hear any traffic or noise unlike many of the downtown hotels. I even heard from Wandralee that a couple staying here got engaged in the garden.
I’d highly recommend this studio to anyone wanting to stay in San Francisco. I’d love to stay here again next time I’m in town.
# 374434 Grassy Key, Marathon Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
A beautiful place to relax after a day of exploring the Keys!
08/08/2015 - The VRBO Bear stayed at the Key Lime Kottage and he could ‘Bearly’ stand to leave…..
I must first just say, the owners of this incredibly nice property in the Central Florida Keys are impeccable vacation rental owners in every single regard. The VRBO Bear was very impressed. Every nuance and detail of the property is top-notch and they take great pride to ensure that their property is impeccable in every regard.
The swimming pool and hot tub, enclosed by a lovely Florida screened room provided a wonderful insect-free habitat that my family enjoyed every evening after an adventure-filled day exploring the Florida Keys. It was simply the best. Imagine lying in a hot tub watching your favorite movie on a large screen TV, surrounded by the darkness of a mangrove forest and not another house in sight.
My Bear family and I sponsored a dolphin (Cayo) at the dolphin research center next door to the Key Lime Kottage, and for our membership fee ($100) we were allowed to visit the dolphins at the center every day of our stay for no extra charge. (Except the gift shop, as the VRBO Bear has young cubs.) The center is a mere 100 yards from the Kottage on foot. This alone was hard to beat, but even more fun than that, was every morning and evening we would take the kayaks provided by the Kottage and visit the dolphins by sea… it was so much fun. And about the kayaking… the Bear family explored the entire bay to the north and to the south, including the fascinating mangrove tunnel forest just across the bay. Sunsets on a kayak in the bay in the evening…..in a word, priceless.
Another nice feature the Bear appreciated about the Kottage were the detailed instructions about everything you might have questions about, such as how to load the kayaks from the garage and to the dock, which trash cans were for recycling and when to get them to the curb, to the details regarding the proper operation of the hot tub, and much more. The owners of Key Lime Kottage have thought of it all.
The VRBO Bear likes to cook and there were every manner of quality cooking pots and accessories a chef like the Bear could ever want or need. In particular, the knives were of excellent quality and sharp. The VRBO Bear appreciates sharp knives while cooking and was very pleased to discover this when he started preparing meals. For the VRBO little cubs, my kids, one thing they appreciated was the excellent technology. There was a solid Wi-Fi signal on the entire property and the TV in the main living room for evening movie watching was outstanding as well as the TV at the hot tub outside. And finally, for Momma Bear, when asked what her favorite things were she said there were very nice towels, including an abundance of pool towels, a nicely stocked kitchen with everything that you need to cook meals, there were notes to answer all questions, and there were good pool toys for the kids.
Every detail was thought of to make the traveler experience the best with all the creature comforts possible for a vacation. If you are looking to have a wonderfully private and secluded vacation escape in a premium property managed by owners that genuinely care about your experience you need look no further than the Key Lime Kottage. It was an incredibly relaxing place for the VRBO Bear Family to stay at and they would love to visit again someday!
# 179336 Sea Village, Kailua-Kona, Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the breeze and breathtaking views of the ocean.
08/01/2015 - We had a great stay at this condo in Kona. It’s located along a main street, and we were excited to see the ocean and breathtaking views as the car turned into the property.
There were so many exciting things to do on the island, we didn’t spend too much time indoors or get to use the pool. Our favorite times in the condo were the mornings and late evenings. The lanai had a perfect view of the ocean as we were actually right alongside it! In the mornings, we would drink coffee and watch the dolphins and cruise ships through the binoculars. At night, the breeze was perfect and we spent nights reading on the deck to the sound of ocean waves.
All the amenities in our little condo were just what we needed: snorkels, beach towels, bath towels, pool noodles, games, DVDs, and washing/drying machine. The bed was very tall, but very comfortable! We took hot and good-pressured showers each night, too!
I highly recommend this stay for anyone looking for a little condo in the perfect location with wonderful ocean views.
# 445306 Other Marco Island Properties, Marco Island, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
The perfect place to enjoy southern Florida.
08/01/2015 - After a short drive from Ft. Lauderdale, this Pops Bear was ready to relax with Ma Bear, Kid Bear, and Grandma & Papa Bear for a week on Marco Island in this beautiful vacation home. We couldn’t have been more happy!
Tom, our host, was an extremely nice and accommodating guy. Upon arrival he greeted us, went over where everything was and how things worked in the house. He spent time going over a map of the island with us showing us some of the key places. Overall, he made us feel comfortable and welcome.
The main entryway opens up into a large open great room with lots of natural light and a great view of the pool and waterways. There was a nice formal dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen connected which made it easy to relax, cook meals, and be together. But what we loved most was being able to step right out to the enclosed lanai and pool. This virtually doubled the living space and made it very easy to entertain Kid Bear.
The home was perfect for a family of bears, as it provided a perfect balance of being together or having privacy when we wanted. The master suite is on one side of the house and the other two bedrooms are on the opposite side. That made it nice for Grandma and Papa Bear to get some rest when Kid Bear decided to wake up early in the morning!
All three bedrooms were very comfortable with pillow top mattresses and soft bed linens, but the master suite stood out. It’s hard not to relax when you have a full pillow top king-sized bed to sleep on, a huge bathroom with an oversized tub and shower to bathe in, and a sliding glass door that leads directly to the pool.
All the things a family might need in a house were there, including utensils, linens, dishes, cooking spices, pots, pans, etc. Everything you’d need for a trip to the beach, including umbrellas and sand mats, were all there. Pool toys, soap and shampoo, and a really nice grill were available.
One of our favorite things about the house was getting up early in the morning, being able to take a few steps out to the boat dock, and watching the sun rise.
This home is central to everything. Both beaches are about 10 minutes away and both have fun activities such as parasailing and renting wave runners. Most of the restaurants are 5-10 minutes away. Pops Bear recommends driving 30 minutes into Naples, FL for a nice evening out.
After a week there we were sad to have to go back to our cave. There is a LOT to love about this wonderful Marco Island vacation home and we would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thanks for the great experience!
# 237474 Cane Bay, USVI - St. Croix, Caribbean, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Lounging in the sun, overlooking the beatiful ocean views!!!
07/25/2015 - The VRBO Bear just had an amazing first day in the beautiful U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix! The weather was perfect - in the 80’s and a summer breeze filled the air. The bear was fortunate to stay in a designer estate that sits on top of two private hilltop acres overlooking St. Croix. A great plus is that the bear could leave his passport at home and travel with just a US license!
The beautiful home provided island living to its fullest. The outdoor living area, including the kitchen, living room, dining room, and pool, all overlook the Caribbean. The bear’s favorite parts of the house included the relaxing hammock, upstairs balcony and the pool! The Larimar Estate had plenty of room for all of the bear’s items because it was 4200 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Michael, the onsite caretaker of the property provided the bear with a full list of activities for the week such as island explorations, snorkeling, and relaxing at the beach. The bear had a real surprise towards the end of his stay when Michael brought over Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies to the house to perform fire dancing!
The bear had an unforgettable experience at Villa Larimar in St. Croix. The ocean views, outdoor living space, and the onsite property manager provided us a wonderful vacation.
# 108839 Sierra Manors, Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain, Gold Country & High Sierra, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Great views in the middle of town!
07/18/2015 - This property is located right in the middle of the town. It's walking distance to Starbucks, bike & ski rentals, the resort shuttle and the main grocery store! It's very roomy, modern and updated with a nice vaulted wood ceiling. It's fully stocked with all the basics from paper towels to laundry soap. We have stayed in many vacation rentals and this was the best stocked with all the basics we needed to enjoy our week.
Our family thought this townhouse was comfortable and homey. We felt very relaxed and enjoyed being able to explore the town on bike, foot or using the free transportation system.
It’s very close to Footloose Sports where you can rent the best mountain bikes in town. We rode from the very top of Mammoth Mountain right down to the Townhouse!
The owner was very responsive to all questions. I'd highly recommend staying here and we hope to return some time soon. Thanks to Buck for the great trip.
# 290951 Taos, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Everything about this place was perfect!
07/18/2015 - We had an awesome time at Las Piedras. Five stars aren’t enough!
The home had an antique, relaxing feel. The effect was mesmerizing just like one would experience at the spa, with the difference that the calming effect lasts way more than just an hour or two.
Pictures don’t do justice to this property. One must stay to experience beauty and calming effect of the cottage. From the entrance there are outstanding views of the mountains. The living area also had great mountain views. From the sunroom you could spot rabbits running in the bushes. There were skylights at multiple locations in the home that kept the home well illuminated.
The kitchen is fully equipped with whatever one might need. It is clean and well kept. We were a large group and cooked at home. Cid’s grocery is close-by where you can find local organic grocery items.
The vacation home is spacious. Master bath is a home in itself. Amenities are excellent; sauna, spa, washer and dryer, and kitchen appliances, ping-pong room, lots of games, tons of books, patio with excellent views and grill and the list keeps going on.
A week is not enough to enjoy this place. It is a perfect retreat for family and friends. Needless to say, next time we visit Taos, we know where our home is!!
# 588048 New Braunfels, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
We enjoyed everything about this beautiful home.
06/28/2015 - The Lake Dunlap house was the perfect location for a laid back retreat to celebrate my birthday. My best bear friends (4 of us) had a wonderful time lounging in the sunshine on the boat dock. Having breakfast on the back patio overlooking the serene, morning lakefront was the perfect way to start the day. We had plenty of room to spread out and relax while catching up with friends and we all slept comfortably in our own rooms.
The proximity to Whitewater Amphitheater was perfect. We were able to Uber to and from the concert easily and several tubing spots were accessible near by. I’d recommend the Walker’s home for your next gathering of bear friends or family, big or small. They have plenty of comfortable beds and living areas inside and out for the group to hang out together or find peace and quiet in their own corner of the property. Next time we go I hope we have a chance to sit under the stars and listen to the lake lapping at the shore by the fire pit!
# 378678 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE
Beautiful place, both inside and outside.
06/23/2015 - This Sonoma cottage is the perfect secluded spot for visiting all the area has to offer! A friend joined me, and we had the pleasure of staying in this hide-away at the end of a long, private driveway.
The cottage has all the amenities a bear would need, including a bottle of wine waiting to be uncorked upon arrival. The bright kitchen was well-stocked with necessities, including beer, water and ice. The bedroom sleeps two and the sleeper-sofa sleeps two, so each of us had plenty of room to sprawl at night after long days of hunting for honey and wine. The garden patio is gorgeous and begs for guests to sit outside enjoying the cool, dry evenings of northern California.
The downtown square in Sonoma has many restaurants, shops, and wine bars. It is only a mile away, which is a quick drive or an easy walk through the quiet neighborhood. The owners, Bennett and Sheila, offer their classic cherry red VW Beetle to drive around. Although we did not drive it, we admired the shiny car each time we entered the driveway.
As a springboard for visiting the Sonoma and Napa region, this is a fantastic location to stay. I highly recommend visiting this Sonoma cottage for anyone visiting the wine country!
# 314948 Longbeach Village, Longboat Key, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Here is the "key" to a wonderful vacation.
06/20/2015 - With our first impression of this house on Longboat Key, we knew our vacation was going to be great. The owners had thoughtfully turned the A/C on before we arrived, which was quite a welcome for our Bear family. Momma Bear, Baby Bear, and I were part of a mini gathering of the Bear Clan – nine in all.
We immediately noticed how clean this place was. The floor plan was set up to accommodate with three separate Bear caves (oh – you humans call these bedrooms, I believe) with a large kitchen & living room in the middle providing plenty of space to spread out when little bears needed to take naps in a quiet space.
As you know, bears are often hungry, so the kitchen is hugely important and the Longboat house rental had a great one. It had everything that a Foodie Bear could ever want. I particularly liked the generous size of the refrigerator – lots of room.
A big plus was this house was in a quiet neighborhood without the buzz of traffic. Great for sleepy Bear naps. We were happy the beaches were so close and that the homeowners were good enough to have a huge collection of beach toys, umbrellas, chairs, beach towels, etc. We quickly realized there would be plenty of shade, comfortable chairs and toys.
A personal favorite were the five bikes - nice, good quality bikes. They worked great for both trips to the beach and to town. And talk about responsive home owners - they called on our first day to check how things were going and we happened to mention that the bike tire air pump was broken and within an hour a new one was on the front step.
The Bear Clan’s visit to Longboat was a real success. Much of it was the result of a well maintained and super clean house with homeowners who obviously cared enough to equip their home with things like bikes & beach toys that make such a difference when you’re on vacation. Great job!
# 592080 Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 3 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Home - home on the range!
06/12/2015 - We had a fantastic stay at the Wellington Vineyard estate home. The home is completely lovely and well-appointed and the grounds are gorgeous.
This bear family feels this place is PERFECT as both a comfortable, child-safe place for one or more families and also luxurious and beautiful as a wine country getaway for grown-ups. The kitchen is marvelous and there are so many places to eat! A nice dining room table and tables on both the porch and yard on either side of the house. We bears do lots of cooking and really appreciated the nice appliances and kitchen tools. The house offers gorgeous vistas from every room. The living room has wall-to-wall sliders, providing views of the vineyards, mountains, and gardens.
We have 3 small bear cubs and shared the home with another bear family. Erika, the manager, provided several high chairs, sleeping cot, pack n plays, and lots of high quality toys for the kiddos. It was the perfect place for a family trip. The heated pool has a safety cover, which gave us peace of mind with our small children. Many hours were spent playing ping pong and bocce ball too! There was a huge pile of beach towels and several emergency kits, a nice plus.
Upon our arrival, a nice bottle of wine was waiting for us, made with grapes from the vineyard that the house resides on. There were 8 bikes with helmets available and the house is located off the main road, which makes it feel off the beaten track. It's also located in a perfect spot in Sonoma Co, with many restaurants and wineries nearby.
The house was spotless and stocked with high quality bed linens and very comfy beds. We'd love to return with a couple of couples for a weekend away. This house is wonderful!
# 160183 Country Club, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 7 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy the beautiful outdoor living space!
06/12/2015 - We highly recommend a stay in this beautiful La Jolla home to experience a wonderful vacation. The home has 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, which was more than enough room for our group of 9 Bear family members (6 adults and 3 children). Three of the bedrooms have king beds, which was a major plus given that we had three couples in our group. The upstairs bedrooms have relaxing balconies with incredible views of La Jolla, the beach, and the Pacific Ocean. The house has several living areas and a large, accommodating kitchen, which made it a perfect retreat for cooking meals and enjoying each other's company. The house also has several family-friendly features including kid's toys, movies, and beach toys.
The property also has a beautiful outdoor living area and backyard, including several nice sitting areas and many lovely plants native to southern California. The adults enjoyed the outdoor fireplace in the evening and the kids enjoyed playing games in the back yard. We took advantage of the outdoor grill to cook fresh fish from the nearby El Pescador Fish Market.
The home is located less than a mile from downtown La Jolla, which has many restaurants and great shopping. Also within walking distance from the house, the La Jolla cove is a must-see (look for the sea lions!) and the Coast Walk trail offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic La Jolla coastline. A short drive away, the La Jolla Shores Beach is a beautiful public beach. It was very clean, not too crowded, with free parking, and a perfect place to relax and watch beautiful sunsets. For those who enjoy golf, Torrey Pines offers one of the most scenic courses in all of golf.
This Bear family had a truly memorable vacation in this fantastic home and we thank the owners for an amazing experience!
# 599810 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
The perfect place to stay in Galveston!
06/11/2015 - The bear family had a fantastic stay at Villa Bel Mare in Galveston! We traveled with another family, for a total of four adults and five children. The home was perfectly set up for a group of two families. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with bathrooms. The master bedroom has a large closet (with an air vent) that had a futon mattress and pack and play, along with extra bedding storage. The little closet was perfect for my two year old to sleep in! The master bedroom is also very large and carpeted, so there was plenty of room for a child in a sleeping bag there as well.
Downstairs is the living space and another bedroom with two full size beds, a full bathroom, and a TV/ DVD player. That bedroom worked well for the children. The living space is open, with two tables/ chairs plus barstools, so we had plenty of dining space. There is a large deck off the downstairs, with six deck chairs and a table/ chairs set. We spent a lot of time on the balcony enjoying the views.
The house had everything we needed, and it was very clean when we arrived. There is a grill outside, which we used every day. There were also plenty of dishes, serving dishes, and grilling tools. My favorite touch was the mini LED night lights around the home, which were great to put with the children at night.
The beach is about a block away. It was wonderful! We were there during the week, and it was not crowded at all. There was always plenty of parking right by the beach walkway entrance, in case you want to take coolers and other beach gear. We set up a beach canopy in the morning and left it up all day, even when we returned to the house for a midday break. We also left some chairs and other items with the canopy, and it was all there when we returned.
There is wide open space all around the home, so there are great views in every direction of the ocean and bay sides. You can see both the sunrise and sunset!
# 355767 Gulf Point, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
There is something here for the whole family!!!
06/07/2015 - I highly recommend this condo for a family stay! It was fully equipped to ensure we had a comfortable and enjoyable vacation. Many recent upgrades have been done, including a new washer/dryer and a new TV in the master bedroom. There were many handy and thoughtful perks throughout the condo - a beach cart, beach chairs, beach mats and toys, a poker table, and games. The kitchen is fully equipped with lots of dishes, pots and pans, a coffee maker, toaster, ice maker in the freezer, blender, dishwasher and just about anything you’ll need if you plan on cooking. With TV’s, Direct TV and DVD players in both bedrooms as well as the living room, I was able to keep the kids busy while making breakfast or packing/unpacking.
The balcony had 4 chairs and a table. It was well shaded so it was nice to be able to hang out at any time of day. We had views of the bay from our bedrooms and the balcony overlooks the pool. Parking was easy - the garage is right under the condo. The elevators worked perfectly, no issues and there was even a cart for luggage which made life much easier when unloading and loading luggage.
The pool is awesome! There is a kiddie pool with a sun shade over it, a hot tub, a deep end, built in chaise lounges so you can literally lay down while you’re in the pool and a cabana in the middle for plenty of shade! Several grilling stations with shade and picnic tables are nearby.
The beach is a very short walk on a private walkway. It was easy to get to and even easier with that beach cart! With two small children, all of the beach toys plus our umbrella, towels and blanket, this beach cart was a life saver.
The condo is right next to Schlitterbahn Water Park and there’s a restaurant right on the beach which allowed us to grab a bite before heading up.
I already miss this condo and wish we could have stayed for the whole summer!
# 410295 Murphy, Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
Sit back and enjoy the mountain views.
06/06/2015 - The cabin was super clean and fully appointed with everything our family needed. We were able to sit by the fireplace and enjoy the mountain views each night. There were two levels of decks, an outside fire pit, a ping pong table, and huge windows facing out over the mountains. We had plenty of room for everyone to relax, play and enjoy some R&R. WiFi and satellite TV meant we were able to stay connected.
We had never been to the Blue Ridge Mountain area, so having all the local tourist info in a nice binder made our rather impromptu vacation experience fun and easy. There was much to see and do. We enjoyed eating fresh goods at the local orchard, riding the Blue Ridge Train through the mountains, shopping, traveling to the nearby TN Aquarium (totally worth the long hike!) and we wish we would have had enough time to spend a few days rafting, hiking, and zip-lining!
Our family can’t wait to come back. It was nice to slow down, enjoy the views and just do whatever we wanted to do!
# 681249 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
We enjoyed the beautiful views and sandy beaches.
06/05/2015 - Our family of four had a wonderful time in Galveston visiting this Gulf Coast historic city. Of course the VRBO Bear traveled with us and had a very relaxing vacation at the Diamond Beach condo as well, which by the way exceeded our expectations. Our accommodation was clean and tastefully decorated. The owners didn’t miss anything making sure every room had all the comforts of home. Our favorite place to hang out was the ocean-front open concept kitchen area and living room, which extended over to an extra specious balcony. Views of the ocean, palm trees and passing by pelicans were everything we needed to relax.
As much as we loved spending time in the condo, cooking, playing and enjoying the views, we enjoyed using the beautiful amenities the property had to offer. Kids loved splashing at very clean pools, floating down the lazy river and of course the water slide. One of the benefits of the location, which we found extremely positive, was unlimited access to Galveston’s sandy beaches. Between the luxurious amenities and easy access to local attractions, it’s hard to imagine there is a better place to spend a vacation in Galveston.
We appreciate the owners leaving us information about where to shop, eat and what to see. The condo is located at the very end (west end) of Seawall Boulevard. We loved slow drives along the ocean while stopping for ice cream or other treats. We enjoyed the historic district featuring beautiful architecture, but also shops and cafes. We also had a free ferry ride, a tour of a retired submarine and a battleship, and visited the aquarium at Moody Gardens. But best of all, we were so happy returning each day to our condo, which made our vacation a perfect family time!
# 121846 Pacific Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Cool down on the patio and enjoy the fresh air.
06/05/2015 - I highly recommend this property for a family stay! It was fully equipped to ensure we had a comfortable and enjoyable vacation, which we did. The owner was very responsive and we answered all of our questions quickly. There were many handy and thoughtful perks at the house such as a radio flyer wagon that my son enjoyed, beach cruisers, beach toys, surfboards, boogie boards, Wii, Xbox 360, kids’ books, and other toys for children. The kitchen is fully equipped with lots of dishes, pots and pans, a coffee maker, toaster, blender, dishwasher and just about anything you’ll need if you plan on cooking.
The outdoor grill was great for my family to enjoy the great climate in Pacific Beach, cook our dinner, and just be outside. My favorite part of the day was enjoying an afternoon iced tea on the patio.
The property was a short walk from coffee, great restaurants and the beach. We would take our son in the wagon every morning to get coffee and then walk down to the boardwalk and play on the beach.
I look forward to staying at this property again!
# 349937 Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, Central, Palm Springs, Deserts, California, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, ESTATE
A fantastic home with an awesome pool!
06/04/2015 - Palm Springs is known for its beautiful weather, art, architecture, and its famous residents, past and present. Near the heart of this vibrant city, the Bear family had the fortune of staying at a true oasis in the warm California desert.
This gorgeous home was a perfect fit for the 12 members of the Bear family. Everyone was comfortable in the 6 wonderful bedrooms and sharing the 7 updated bathrooms. Our favorite was the master suite. It is HUGE! Not only are there TWO king beds, but also a fireplace, a couch, a desk, and a massive master bath. In addition, there are two sliding doors for easy access to a private seating area and the outdoor areas.
The relaxed mid-century style of the house is most evident in the living and dining areas. The living room furniture is modern yet comfy while the dining area is large enough to accommodate up to 16 people (or Bears). Everyone enjoyed the big LED HDTV and all the movies, along with the internet connectivity.
The well-designed high-end kitchen is amazing! The cupboards and drawers are all helpfully labeled so we could find all the kitchen tools we required. The two dishwashers were put to good use, as well as the handy stand-alone ice maker and wine chiller. There is plenty of room to prepare, serve and store all the delicious goodies you could ever bring or make.
The family favorite, by far, was the outdoor pool area. We all spent most of our time relaxing under the shade of the patio, on the beds by the pool, or in the awesome pool itself. We truly enjoyed floating in the pool, staring at the blue skies, the palm trees, and the gorgeous view of the nearby mountains. We spent each of our nights soaking in the spa or by the fire pit enjoying our time together.
Our trip to Palm Springs was truly memorable thanks to this fantastic home. Yours will be, too!
# 245002 Bluff Mountain, East, Tennessee, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
Smoky Mountain views from your door. Wow!!!
06/04/2015 - Mrs. Bear and I, along with our baby cub, were joined by my parents for a fun filled 5 days at this gorgeous cabin in the Smoky Mountains. This 3 bedroom cabin had every amenity we desired from the king sized beds, to the handy washer and dryer (especially great when traveling with children). The cabin was clean and well maintained and included amenities such as a pool table, theater room, popcorn machine, pack and play for the baby, and a very nice hot tub.
The location is ideally located about 10 minutes from Pigeon Forge, so we were able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still be close enough to enjoy conveniences. We enjoyed a trip across the mountains to Cherokee, North Carolina, had fun at Dollywood, and ate at many of the delicious options such as the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show, The Old Mill, The Apple Barn, and Paula Deen’s new restaurant.
This home was perfect for our bear family Smoky Mountain vacation!
# 41093 Kapalua Golf Villas, Kapalua, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
Epic sunsets nightly! Who needs anything more?
05/29/2015 - My vacation at the Kapalua Golf Villas was the most rewarding vacation I have ever taken. Upon my arrival, I immediately fell in love with the view. The tile patios, or Lanais as they say on the island, are perfectly situated on top of a hill overlooking Kapalua Bay and both the Island of Molokai and Lanai. Our villa faced west, which meant we had an epic sunset every night of our stay.
The villa was perfect for staying in and cooking the beautiful cuts of fish we found at the fish market in Lahaina. The kitchen was very well stocked and allowed for multiple people to cook. We enjoyed our easy-going breakfasts at the Gazebo Restaurant, where you can watch the waves roll in over a big plate of Hawaiian Fried Rice and Macadamia Pancakes. Leilani’s, Meriman’s, and Mama’s Fish House served great dinners and cocktails.
Both bedrooms are spacious have their own full bathrooms complete with walk in showers. The condo comes with a washer & dryer , Wi-Fi, cable, and a stereo.
The location of the villa has easy access to plenty of the island’s adventures. We snorkeled in Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay, both sites only a stone’s throw away. The beautiful, neon coral in both of these quiet harbors attract a myriad of tropical fish, including the Humuhumunukunuku?puaa, Hawaii’s state fish. We hiked historic Iao Valley and took the drive to Haleakala Crater to watch the sun rise above the clouds at 10,000 feet. The Road to Hana was another favorite activity and by far one of the more beautiful drives on earth. The small towns of Paia and Lahaina are complete with cafés and restaurants, gift boutiques, art galleries, and enough Maui charm to make them worth visiting.
# 579014 Palm Harbor, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Ahhhh, a nice swim after a day on the town!
05/27/2015 - Mrs. Bear, our four cubs and I joined extended family for a wonderful week-long family vacation at this beautiful Florida getaway. The 5 bedroom home had more than enough room for our group of 9 bears to spread out and feel comfortable, and plenty of welcoming gathering places to spend quality time together. The home is impeccably decorated and clean, and full of every convenience you could need for a family get together, including a high chair, baby gate and pack-and-play for our youngest cub. We especially enjoyed the first floor entertainment area, swimming in the sparkling pool just a few feet away from the canal on Lake Tarpon, playing many friendly games of billiards, and watching family movies together.
The location in Palm Harbor on Lake Tarpon offered convenient access to local grocery shopping and movie theaters, while also serving as a great home base for exploring the area. We enjoyed a cruise into the Gulf from the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, and also took our cubs to the beach in Pass-a-Grille, the roller coasters at Busch Gardens, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter from the Dolphin Tale movies.
This home was perfect for our bear family Florida vacation!
# 444791 Buttonwood Bay, Key Largo, Key Largo Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
This Key Largo condo is close to everything!
05/20/2015 - Our bear family was so pleased to walk into our charming, cozy condo on the bayside of Key Largo! We felt right at home watching Netflix on the Apple TV in the spacious living room with comfy couches. We had coffee each morning on the porch overlooking the boat dock.
The owners provided a pack and play and there was plenty of room in the large master bedroom to fit mom, dad and cub. Grandma Bear stayed in the other bedroom which was equipped with a double bed and a twin bed with a trundle.
The condo was in close driving distance to great dining – the Fish House (our favorite), the Key Lime Pie Factory (best in Key Largo), and Skippers (great for drinks). We took a quick day trip to Key West in order to visit the shops and see the sunset.
Our favorite part of the stay was the community amenities – the pools and the beach. The closest pool was a five minute walk past the boat slips, provided ample shade and was not crowded at all. The private community beach offered a nice shallow area with a sunning/diving platform for the adventurous. The water was great!
# 374838 International Drive Area (Disney - SeaWorld), Southwest, Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the views with a morning cup of coffee.
05/10/2015 - While visiting Florida Tech, we had the perfect excuse to visit Universal Studios in Orlando. We stayed in this beautiful 2-bedroom condo, overlooking Lake Bryan during our trip. We brought 3 people, but we could easily have invited 5 more. There was plenty of room.
The mornings were lovely, and we yearned to take in the view with a cup of coffee on the balcony. But we just had to get to Harry Potter World, stat! It only took 15 minutes to drive to the park – so convenient.
After a day chasing away Dementors, taking the Hogwarts Express, and having our wands choose us, we loved spending our evenings in this wonderful vacation condo, sitting around the living room playing scrabble, and reminiscing about our day. It was easy to stay stocked with snacks and drinks with a market just across the street. We grabbed Starbucks on the way to the park every morning (it was at the end of our driveway), and stopped by the front desk at night to grab a DVD, or a new game to play.
Exhausted from all of our fun, we would collapse in the comfy beds each night, dreaming of chocolate frogs and Butter Beer. All in all a very successful visit to Universal – mostly due to our wonderful accommodations.
# 419318 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
The perfect place to stay and play!
05/02/2015 - How do you make a vacation in wonderful Galveston even better? By staying at this immaculate centrally located condo! My bear family and I had such a wonderful time, we were all sad to leave. This condo is perfect for families, or for any other traveler who enjoys a relaxing beautiful place to stay. We especially enjoyed the patio for drinking coffee and listening to the waves. When we were resting in the condo, we enjoyed all of the TV channels. This condo has literally everything we could think of. The bright décor was refreshing and appreciated. The closet off of the master room is so massive we were able to put our cub’s blow up bed in there so she could have her own room! The abundance of towels was hotel quality and it was nice having all of the extra amenities.
The gated entrance made the condo feel very safe and secluded. If you ever did need anything, there is a Walmart across the street.
Galveston is a lovely city with a wide array of attractions from the beach to the strand. We specifically enjoyed learning about all of the history that this city has to offer. The free ferry ride to Port Bolivar is always a plus! Galveston and the Sunrise Condo go together like sand and sunshine, a perfect pair!
# 107980 Mokuleia, North Shore Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying this beautiful island retreat!
04/26/2015 - My husband and I spent a week in Honolulu, Hawaii. We arrived late in the evening, but Gina's instructions were clear and easy to follow. We had been provided us with a key-code to open the gate so we didn’t have to worry about keys throughout the trip. The North Shore Beach is just few blocks away and the relaxing sound of the ocean waves will help you get some of the best sleep you've had in your life.
The main living area has the comfy couch and we also had an eating area with table and chairs. For those of you who like to cook when traveling, you will really be very happy with the well-stocked kitchen. It had every size pot and pan that I could think of and plenty of utensils and tableware. Everything was of high quality. If you’re not interested in cooking there are plenty of restaurants just a few minutes away.
The master bedroom has the large king size bed which was excellent and the master bath has a nicely updated en-suite with tub and rainfall showerhead. It has soap, conditioner and other personal care items, including hair dryers and plenty of towels.
The patio has plenty of seating and a nice, big grill if you want to spend some time there. Additional features are the big private carport, laundry and a beautiful backyard.
This place has easy access to most of Oahu attractions. In summary, this is most thoughtful vacation rental I have ever experienced. Every need of a guest has been attended to and attention paid to every detail.
# 103086 Tang-O-Mar, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Just a short walk to the beach!
04/25/2015 - Mrs. Bear and I needed a little beach time with extended family. This amazing beach house just outside of Destin provided just that. Our own little Margaretville in paradise!
The 3 bedroom beach house was very nicely furnished in a fitting beach feel with plenty of little touches along the Margaritaville theme that gave the whole house a relaxing ambiance. There was plenty of room for all 5 adults and the 2 cubs we brought with us in the nicely furnished rooms. The home had ample parking for our 3 vehicles.
We absolutely loved the short walk to the beach so we could come and go as we pleased. The private beach made the experience very relaxing, unlike the more touristy and crowded nearby beaches in the area. Aside from the beach, our little bear’s favorite spot was the small pool and patio area below the house where he practiced his cannonballs. Daddy Bear loved being able to cook up delicious steaks on the new grill near the pool.
In the evenings we enjoyed lounging in the numerous chairs in the huge porch area, listening to waves crashing in the background. It was great to let the cubs roam free in the fenced in porch area complete with kid proof locks on the gates so we didn’t need to stress about them wandering off. We also took full advantage of the large dining table in the open floor plan living area with plenty of seating.
On nights when we didn’t feel like cooking or doing dishes we were only a short drive to a number of great local restaurants. When we needed a change from the beach life we could easily get to the nearby outdoor shopping area to pick up a gift, grab a coffee, or enjoy a delicious gelato. The home is only a short drive from Destin’s HarborWalk village filled with entertainment, shops, and restaurants right on the water.
All in all if you are looking for a nice place to get away from the fast paced life and to reconnect with family and friends then this is the house for you!
# 63444 Asheville, Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
A beary comfy cabin in the woods!
04/14/2015 - Mrs. Bear and I recently spent a few days among the mountains in Asheville, and we agreed this cabin surrounded by trees was the perfect location. On day one, we drove up to a cute white picket fence lining the driveway, and we were greeted by cute flower gardens leading up to the porch. We were very excited that we would have our own private cabin. As we entered, we were blown away by how spacious a two-bedroom cabin could really be. There’s plenty of room for the whole family to mingle, and the master bedroom just seems to go on and on as you enter the sitting area and turn the corner.
Once we got settled in, we decided to check out the property. There’s a neat old barn that’s fun to explore, and lots of open space to stretch out my legs. The wrap-around porch has plenty of seating and a nice, big grill if you want to spend some time there. Unfortunately, we had a bit of rain, so we spent a lot of time inside. Thankfully, the gravel walkway made sure the mud stayed out of the house and out of the car.
Everything about the place was convenient and comfortable: on-site laundry, a big, spacious Jacuzzi tub, plenty of towels for the whole family, and easy access to most of Asheville’s attractions. A lot of Asheville’s highways can be winding and confusing, but getting to this vacation rental couldn’t have been easier. One exit and one turn got us to the front door without much effort.
We had such a great experience, and we can’t wait to get back to this comfy cabin in the woods!
# 51623 Mountain Trolley, South, Old Town, Park City, Utah, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Everything you could need for a perfect vacation stay.
04/06/2015 - My husband and I went to Park City to visit family for the week and spend some time at the nearby ski resorts. Although our goal of the trip was to spend time outdoors and take advantage of the home’s excellent location in Old Town, we found ourselves hesitant to leave the well-appointed rental.
Park City is a historic mining town with a vibrant Main Street full of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. As we walked into 24 Daly, located at the top of Main Street, we found the town’s personality reflecting through the charming home.
After taking in the historic street view from the porch rocking chairs, you enter into a cozy den with a gas fireplace and comfortable seating for 5 (including a massage chair). From there, you can turn left into a reading room / bedroom with French doors and a curtain for privacy. It is appointed with convertible daybed and computer with printer (boarding passes ?). Or you can continue straight into the adjacent dining room and kitchen.
The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, cookware, cooking supplies and spices. I would recommend seeing what is in stock before heading to the grocery store. Ample dishes and flatware were also available. We were delighted to find an array of complimentary Nespresso pods!
In the back of the home are the two bedrooms with upholstered walls that made for quiet, uninterrupted sleeping. In addition the luxurious bedding allowed for easy sleep after long days on the mountain. We were also happy to find an abundance of clean towels in the master armoire (comes in handy when utilizing the hot tub in the back).
The master has a nicely updated en-suite with tub and rainfall showerhead. The other bathroom is also well updated. Both come with high-end soap, shampoo, conditioner and other personal care items, including hair dryers.
Additional features are the two parking spaces (one of which is HEATED! = no shoveling) that are very valuable given your prime location and lack of public parking. A ski boot dryer is provided for your comfort. Board games, cards, Netflix, extensive cable, and a DVD collection provide ample evening entertainment.
In summary, this is most thoughtful vacation rental I have ever experienced. Every need of a guest has been attended to and attention paid to every detail.