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.
# 12630 Formosa Gardens Estate, Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Even a Bear like me can have a "magical" time at Disney!
05/12/2013 - My family and I had a spectacular stay at this beautiful property. The 6 bedroom home had everything we needed and wanted. It was absolutely perfect for our first vacation to Disney World. We didn’t stay at Disney but were literally 5 minutes away via a short cut on Sherberth Road which the owner graciously included in her email to us with the directions and access codes. The added bonus of not staying at Disney included having a private pool and especially the comforts of feeling at home.
The owner was wonderful and prompt at answering all of our questions and truly helpful and attentive to meeting all of our needs. She has done a great job at keeping her vacation home up to date and very cozy. We cooked every meal at the house; breakfast, lunch and dinner - and the kitchen was fully equipped with every pot and pan you could need along with proper cooking utensils.
Our family spent most of the time together in the kitchen and family living room talking, eating and watching movies. But if anyone wanted to go off on their own it was nice having a TV in each bedroom.
I can honestly say I would recommend this property to any of my friends and family and know without a doubt they would have a great experience there. The property owner is a very generous and hospitable person to work with. Thank you for allowing us to spend our vacation in your home!
# 261352 Camden, London, England, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
We had easy access to "the tube" as well as parks and restaurants.
05/11/2013 - We had a had a wonderful time at this bright and beautiful property – the listing and pictures are very accurate. Our experience started off great as the owner, Sara, provided us a detailed description on the property and was always quick to respond to any questions.
After a long day of travel, we were very pleased with how clean and welcoming the property was. The flat is very spacious and the huge window overlooking the courtyard was such a treat. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the short walk to Regent's Park. The property is very close to Primrose Hill, a 6 minute walk to the Underground and plenty of great places to eat within walking distance. If you want to head in to London to see the sites, hop on the tube and you are there within 15-20 minutes.
The owners did a great job of updating the property, but also keeping the historic feel in the flat. We enjoyed cooking our own meals in the well-equipped kitchen, watching movies on the large flat screen after a long day of sight-seeing, and feeling like we were locals. We would definitely recommend this property and would love to return again!
The VRBO Bear
# 344693 Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Ahhhh....beautiful surroundings and a 5 minute walk to the beach!
04/30/2013 - Grand Champions Villas is one of the VRBO Bear’s favorite places to stay when visiting Maui, and this condo made it especially great! Located in beautiful Wailea, we loved exploring all the nearby beaches and taking advantage of the perfect weather. The owner has even provided beach chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards that we were able to bring with us every day.
The condo itself had everything we could have needed, including luxury towels, comfy beds, and televisions in both bedrooms. The bathrooms are incredibly spacious and have been recently renovated. With A/C units and extra fans in each room, we stayed nice and cool even in the Hawaii sun.
The complex has two pools to choose from and great views of the nearby golf courses. The community itself is bright and cheerful, with tons of nearby restaurants and shops.
I would strongly recommend this condo to anyone looking to visit Maui – we had a beary great time!
# 243739 Kailua, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
The back deck is a perfect place to relax!
04/17/2013 - Just another day in paradise. The bear highly recommends staying at this amazing Hawaiian-style beachfront home with breathtaking views of the ocean. From the front lanai with its porch swing and BBQ to the back yard with its beach access and ocean views, this house is perfect for any group that is looking to get away for a true beach vacation…literally steps away from the beach. We spent 7 nights in this cozy private property secured behind a 700 foot lava rock wall. The kitchen was well stocked and offered all the tools for preparing our meals. Waking up to the amazing sunrise off the back deck and falling asleep to the ocean waves made this a very memorable vacation.
We could not have asked for better weather. The house is within a short luxurious walk in the sand or short ride to a plate lunch at Buzz’s Steak & Fish House or a shave ice. To top it all off, the town of Kailua, a short walk/ride from the house, provided all the shopping and activities we needed to make our stay complete. The people of Kailua are very friendly. What a privilege to stay at this beautiful place.
# 353774 Paris Arrondissement 18, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
I love the wonderful view of Paris from the terrace!
04/14/2013 - This is the apartment you’ve seen in movies: French windows opening onto a quiet street, with a view of private hillside gardens, a terrace with the best view in Paris and a completely outfitted kitchen. Alexandra and Olivier have thought of every detail—from the natural wood paneling that artfully hides the toilet room to the beautiful artwork throughout the apartment. Even the dishes and glasses are pretty!
The kitchen has a combo grill/oven/microwave, clothes washer and fridge, but only the glass cooktop gives away that this isn’t an original kitchen from the 18th century since everything else is neatly tucked behind wood or iron doors.
I really appreciated that Alexandre took the time to go through the apartment with me and explain each appliance and gadget. The hospitality is apparent everywhere—well stocked cleaning cabinet, tasteful decor throughout, good quality linens, even soap in the shower. The terrace is the perfect place for morning coffee and evening wine, with a view that includes the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, Notre Dame and Pompidou Center. It was easy to plan our days and keep in touch with family and friends with the fast internet connection.
The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, bars and shops. It is also filled with tourists by day, but clears out quite a bit in the evenings for your post-dinner ice cream walk.
I was sad to leave my little home away from home in Paris, but have many fond memories, and am already planning my return!
# 332433 WaterTower Place, Frisco, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Enjoying a few minutes in the livingroom by the fireplace.
04/08/2013 - This beautiful condo was the perfect retreat for my outdoor adventures in Summit County, Colorado. Frisco is near all of the best skiing, snowmobile tours, hiking trails and even a giant tubing hill for my young friends!
Right when you enter this mountain getaway you know you’re going to have a 5-star experience. From the welcome basket and bottle of wine, to all of the toiletry items you’re able to settle right in to your vacation. The condo had everything we needed for our stay including a private hot tub with snow-capped mountain views, two master suites with private bathrooms, a loft area with Xbox and DVDs, and a completely stocked kitchen with everything we needed to cook dinner while enjoying the toasty fireplace and beautiful scenery.
Anyone from a large family to a group of friends would enjoy this condo since there are plenty of spaces for everyone to spread out and relax after a long day outdoors! The best part is that even when you’re indoors there are amazing mountain views everywhere you look!
If you want to wander around Frisco, you’re only one block away from Main Street and all of the charming boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. You’re also next to the shuttle stop that takes you all around Summit County.
Don’t be surprised if at the end of your vacation you don’t want to leave this amazing home away from home. I know I can’t wait to return!
The VRBO Bear
# 237081 Tahoe Keys, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe South Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the incredible views in this wonderful area!
04/08/2013 - Our party was trying to locate a cabin very close to the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA, as we’d purchased 2 and 3 day passes to ski and snowboard. After searching through numerous VRBO listings in the Lake Tahoe area, we narrowed our search down to five listings. The very first picture from Bonnie’s Cabin listing in Lake Tahoe Keys looked fantastic so we dug a little deeper and would soon discover one of the coolest spots in Lake Tahoe; upon arrival, we found that Bonnie’s photos, although grand, simply could not do it justice!
This beautiful 2-story Log Cabin served as a luxurious “home base” for us throughout our Tahoe trip. Located just a few minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort, the Heavenly Gondola, Casinos, and Restaurants, we could not have asked for more. If you step outside the back yard and fence, you can be at the river in seconds; follow the river west for a 15-20 minute hike and you’ll find yourself on a sandy shore looking out over emerald green and deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe which are surrounded by snowy mountain peaks with altitudes of up to 10,000+ feet. The sights alone while in Tahoe were utterly amazing, but the unusually crisp clean, fresh air was something we’ll never forget either.
This enormous cabin is outfitted with very cozy updated furniture in both the great room and bedrooms. The Great Room has 2 couches and a few chairs, all of which are comfortable enough to fall asleep on within minutes (trust me, I know from experience). Also in the Great Room is a Pool Table, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong, Bar, Mini Fridge, Flat Screen TV with Cable, a Projector, Surround Sound System, and an Xbox! The 5 bedrooms in the house are furnished with very comfortable mattresses, warm blankets, and fresh/clean linens. The bathrooms were clean and stocked with toilet paper and hand soap. The cabin has a washer and dryer. There are two back porches: one upstairs with a picnic bench, grill, tall bar table with bar chairs, and a porch downstairs with a relaxing swinging chair that looks out into the wilderness behind the house. The Hot Tub was an awesome “go-to” option with an adult beverage after getting back to the house in the evening.
Our time spent in Tahoe was an amazing experience – one that we won’t ever forget. Bonnie and Kris were so kind and accommodating to any of our needs or questions. We could not have asked for more! I highly recommend contacting Bonnie about availability soon if you plan to stay in Lake Tahoe. You will have a fantastic, refreshing vacation!
The VRBO Bear
# 197801 San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing in this beautiful location with lullabies of the ocean waves
03/16/2013 - Three straight cloudless sunny days in a fabulous house with an absolutely fabulous location! Tucked away behind views of lush palm trees and calming lullabies of the ocean waves, there was not a chance that any worldly stresses could interfere. This sweet house packed all the amenities one could ask for; from the heated saltwater pool, full kitchen and comfy queen beds, to the long-stretched tiled viewing porches on every level of this three story gem. There was always something wonderful to gaze upon! The mornings would start nice and slow sipping coffee, enjoying the cool morning breezes and taking in the various sounds of jungle wildlife. In the afternoons, we could laze in the warm pool and grill our meals as the local fisherman would stop in to offer the catch of the day. As fresh as it gets! In the evenings we could enjoy our favorite tunes on the IPOD stereo system in the kitchen/dining area and then open the fully glassed sliding doors to enjoy the sea breezes and cloudless starry nights. Every level had ocean views! The owners, Nils and Denice ever so graciously explained the ropes and some of the impressive elements of this little surf town. They are in the hospitality business so they are a real treat to converse with! It is such a wonderful place to vacation when you want to escape the tourist element and enjoy the overabundance of friendly and cultural atmosphere.
The food was absolutely to die for! The shopping was great and San Pancho is just minutes away from a popular tourist destination, Sayulita, if you wanted to indulge in even more trinkets, surfing and people-watching. On a day excursion we enjoyed snorkeling, which was fantastic and we even got to see Humpback whales in the wild!
Getting to the house is easy as it is one main highway straight from the airport to the town. The home is gated and has its own yard so you can be as private as you would like. Everything was stress free! Whether you are looking for a place to relax or go adventuring, you can do it all here. Don’t miss out on this little slice of Mexican heaven!
# 340750 Coalmont, Middle, Tennessee, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Having fun with Gus the baby donkey.
03/15/2013 - I needed a vacation to ease me out of a long winter of hibernation. I was looking for a place with lots of access to nature, near a lake full of fish and geese; a place where I could relax and ease into spring. Boy, did I find the perfect place in Southeast Tennessee at the House on Lakeshore. I was impressed by the information I found on line for this VRBO listing.
When I got there, I was even more impressed. I was greeted with a basket full of fresh baked blueberry and poppy seed muffins, a breakfast starter kit, and some bathing essentials. The blueberry muffins were made with blueberries that came from the property and were delicious.
After settling in the very spacious two story lake house, I noticed there were incredible views of the lake from the master bedroom, kitchen, and an expansive back porch. The front porch has a great view of the fenced in goats and donkeys that reside on the property. Every bed was comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed sleeping in every morning and waking to the calls of geese as they swooped in to land in the lake each morning.
I spent several mornings fishing off the pier on the property and then ventured into the lake on one of two paddle boats. Exploring the lake was a blast and also good exercise. Several days were spent doing nature hikes in the area. There were falls and creeks to explore as well as cliffs to climb, and photos to take of the amazing geography. Every evening I took advantage of the warm hot tub on the back deck as well as grilling up some choice entrees for dinner on the outdoor grill.
When I wanted to play games, I had my choice of ping pong, foosball, corn hole, various board games, and checkers. When I wanted to kick back and relax, I had a hammock, porch swing, a nice selection of movies and several TVs to choose from. I also had access to a fully equipped kitchen and the nearby towns had nice restaurants and grocery stores to make this feel like home.
I was so refreshed after my time here and would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to relax and get away. It is especially good for reunions, family vacations, couples getaway, etc. I would love to come back and visit again one day and finish seeing the rest of the surrounding countryside in this beautiful part of the Cumberland Plateau.
The VRBO Bear
# 252228 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!
03/08/2013 - Our party stayed at this house for a weekend and it was perfect! We needed a big place and wanted to be near all of the action in Sonoma, and we definitely got that - but we couldn't have expected the amazing views!! We enjoyed every sunrise & sunset.
The square is just a few minutes away, and we easily found grocery stores and restaurants nearby.
The neighborhood is quite nice. After we pulled into the driveway and up the hill, we immediately we noticed the breathtaking views for miles all around! The home was a peaceful retreat for any group, very private and park-like.
The views could also be seen from the living room & dining room. We made our way out to the lawn pretty quickly, which was easy to do with all the outdoor furniture where our group could relax and enjoy the view. Several of my friends live in NYC and other large cities, and they LOVED the wide open space and the deer grazing on the lawn.
The owners really have thought of everything. The large bathrooms were well stocked with hair dryers and other inconvenient-to-pack items, including a curling iron. There were emergency items like sunscreen, toothpaste/toothbrush, and hairspray. The kitchen was very large, and it had all of the utensils, pots & pans and dishes that we needed. We were pleased to find a basket of fresh fruit and tea available as well. We made dinner one night and several of the girls could be prepping veggies and cooking at the same time in the kitchen. And of course, everything was clean & tidy.
You might not expect a vacation rental to have good beds, but these were very comfortable - you will get a very good sleep here, guaranteed.
It wasn't just the wine and general activity during the weekend - very friendly owners, too!
# 345201 Alexandria, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.
02/13/2013 - My husband and our two boys went to visit my family in the Washington, D.C. area. After extensive searching, we came across this lovely little house in Old Town Alexandria. We knew we loved the place as soon as we saw it. It has its own driveway, helpful because the area has limited parking available. The backyard/courtyard is currently under construction, but looks like it's going to be beautiful. The entrance has a mud room, with the other rooms all upstairs. In this mudroom, they have a cute little chalkboard that welcomes the family. I grew up in the area and the old house reminded me of my youth. It's very old and has a lot of the lovely original fixtures, including hardwood floors.
Going up the stairs, on the right is a wonderful parlor with a TV and chess table. It is warm and inviting, with an eclectic style. On the left is a hallway where the bedrooms and kitchen are located. The first room is the master room where we found fresh cut flowers, a charming personal touch. The next room is a wonderful kid room with two twin beds. The boys took an instant liking to the home, especially when they found home-made cookies on the bed! The last room is the kitchen and then the sunroom, which was the biggest hit!
The sun shines into the sunroom in the mornings, making it warm and inviting. It also has a lovely view of the homes of Old Town along with a view of the Potomac River. When we were in the house, we stayed primarily in the sunroom. It was a great area where we could connect as a family.
The house is in a perfect location. Within a short walking distance are tons of restaurants, shopping, the Potomac River and the wonderful Torpedo Factory, where you can see local artists at work. It’s a quick hop, skip and a jump to D.C. itself.
We were all pleased with the house and would definitely stay there again when we go back.
# 383613 Private Homes, East Vail, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
You'll have a mountain of fun here!
02/06/2013 - The Bear broke out his snow gear for a fabulous stay at this GREAT East Vail mountain home. As if the beauty of Vail’s wintery wonderland was not enough, the Bear was VERY impressed with many aspects of this home, particularly the open kitchen and living areas which made both early morning pre-ski and early evening après-ski time together so much fun. Each unique bedroom with its own bathroom, two of which have loft spaces, provided adequate sleeping and bathing privacy for the Bear and his friends. The Bear loved walking out the front door, walking less than 3 minutes to the bus and riding 10-15 minutes to Vail Village, exploring Vail mountain on his snowboard, and partaking in Vail’s nightlife including dinners at Game Creek and La Bottega and watching music legend Roy over at the Marriott lounge sing his favorite tunes. When the Bear took a day off from hitting the slopes, he read his book in the living area gazing at the beautiful white mountains, played chess with friends, sat in the hot tub to rest his Bear paws, and cooked his favorite dish of turkey tacos. The owners made the Bear feel so welcome with all of their suggestions and by ensuring that all amenities were just right for their guests. The Bear was even greeted by the neighborhood fox Cleo and they became great friends over leftover bacon! Many many thanks to Richard and Emily for a great stay!
# 410104 French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great location at a great price! You will love your stay.
01/07/2013 - “This property is the top of the line in the French Quarter! The pictures and video are just as fabulous as the rental itself. I would really recommend this property to any guests who have a large group and want that extra space to spread out after a crazy night out on Bourbon Street. Everything from the fresh clean linens, convenience of the washer/dryer, and disposable toothbrushes all came in handy on my late night out in the Big Easy. The condo has great security from the front door of the building to the front door of the rental and makes any guest feel safe. Beautifully located across from the House of Blues and within walking distance of everything cool in the Quarters. A must-stay for anyone who likes to live large for a great price!”
The VRBO Bear
# 95734 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!
12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs.
One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings.
The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :)
The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space.
The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases.
We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula.
This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses split by a rolling door. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself.
The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call.
The VRBO Bear
# 353123 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!
12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs. One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings. The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :) The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space. The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases. We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula. This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself. The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call. The VRBO Bear
# 228323 Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium
11/02/2012 - The moment we drove up to Casa Maganda we were amazed at how meticulously maintained and beautiful the area was, especially since it was right in the middle of a rainforest! As soon as we drove up to the house and pulled into the gate we saw a protected port that was perfect for our rental car. We were greeted shortly after our arrival by Buck who made sure fresh, local fruit was there for us and even brought a pound cake that his wife had made. Buck answered all of our questions about the property and Tarcoles and made sure to let us know about all the wonderful things we should do. Everyone in Tarcoles knows Buck and will sometimes offer you a discount on a tour if you mention his name. He was kind enough to book a fishing, hiking and snorkeling adventure for us!
As soon as you walk into the house you’ll see a gorgeous atrium with a huge sky-lit roof and calming fountain. The whole house is built around this beautiful room. Behind the atrium is a cozy TV room and media center that is attached to the kitchen. The TV was big enough for all of us to watch and the media center had a monitor for the security cameras around the property. The kitchen had everything we needed and even included a really neat pineapple slicer that made coring and slicing pineapples a snap. We were able to keep the outside of our pineapples and use them as cups! The granite countertops, modern appliances and beautiful wooden cabinets allowed us to prepare all sorts of wonderful meals. We also used the outdoor grill to prepare fresh fish and chicken tacos.
There are plenty of seating areas around the house where we could relax with our laptops and Kindles using the WiFi connection. We were even able to stream music outside from our favorite internet stations while lounging by the pool. If you continue walking down the backyard you can see a river behind the property called the “Tarcolitos”. There are steps that lead down from the backyard and you can stick your feet in if you’d like. We were able to hike to the waterfall that feeds this river by driving up the road a few kilometers.
The bedrooms in the house were super comfy. There’s a maid that comes every day to tidy up and make the beds, plus she can do special chores such as laundry if you leave a nice tip. Each room had its own AC unit which made sure everyone was comfortable. The two double bedrooms were perfect for my friends and were connected by a large bathroom with its own shower and double sinks. There was enough privacy and space for everyone. I chose the master bedroom with a King Size bed, Jacuzzi tub, huge shower and double sinks. This bed was so comfortable and luxurious, only the smell of amazing Costa Rican coffee could get me out! I also really enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub, especially after the 4 hour hike we took to see the waterfalls. There’s a shorter way to view the waterfalls through the entrance of Pura Vida gardens without going on the big hike we did.
This was the perfect place to experience Pura Vida and indulge in everything Costa Rica has to offer.
# 261084 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!
10/13/2012 - You Betta Belize It! From the start we were treated with kindness and luxury. My family and friends were greeted at the boat dock and welcomed by the owner with tropical flowers for the ladies. They helped us carry our luggage to the house and showed us around this beautiful designer home.
It is true; Casa Rana is a living-breathing piece of art, dancing with energy twenty four hours a day. The owners have furnished the home with every last detail to make your vacation a true experience. The kitchen is filled with all the cooking needs of a chef and is adjacent to the beautiful dining room with amazing views. The living room is plush and well-lit to read your favorite book or share your day’s stories with your family. All three bedrooms have unobscured panoramic views of the ocean, top of the line bedding, beautiful art, private bathrooms with walk in showers, and doors that open to the patios.
If you are looking for privacy and a vacation rental tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you can have just that. This private lot has a wonderful hammock tucked away in the trees with great views of the ocean and beautiful tropical flowers. The property has a wonderful BBQ area to cook out, leading to a wonderful 10’ x 14’ Plunge Pool perfect for cooling off and hanging out. The patios have wonderful Adirondack style cushioned chairs to relax on, as well as two large lounge chairs. We spent every morning watching the amazing sun rise either from the patio or the dock while discovering dolphins and sea rays as they often come by for a visit. There is a wonderfully put together Zen Garden on the back side of the house for your relaxation, yoga, or just to contemplate life. No matter where you were, every evening was filled with listening to the wonderful sound of frogs from the pond behind the house as they filled the night air with a glorious sound!
If you want to get out and explore the town of San Pedro there are shuttles which can pick you up for a small fee and take you into town. If you want to go Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Cave Tubing, Zip Lining, Visiting Mayan Ruins, Kayaking, Swimming, Spa or Spa Treatments, you are just a phone call away. Diana has many trusted guides and she can help direct you. We took a suggested day trip snorkeling aboard EL GATO with Captain Geraldo Badillo and 1st Mate Justo as they took us to Hol Chan Reef. They were great guides as they pointed out eagle rays, huge turtles, and dolphins playing. They then took us on to Caye Caulker for a few hours of shopping and lunch before heading back out to snorkel Shark Ray Alley to swim with the sharks. Our Captain made us the most delicious fresh salsa for us to enjoy on our trip back to San Pedro. From there we did a little shopping before catching the Tropical Ferry back to the house for the evening.
We truly enjoyed our stay at Casa Rana and know you will too! May the frogs always be with us!
The VRBO Bear
# 173493 Cannon Beach, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
You will love every inch of this beautiful home.
10/07/2012 - Welcome to Rancho Del Mar, a home away from home. This is a beautiful place to stay with everything we needed and beyond; and the perfect place to stay while exploring the Oregon Coast. It is ideal for families and extended families but has lots to offer the grownups too.
The owners of Rancho Del Mar have taken great pride in their home and give extra care to their visitors. The home is not only beautifully decorated, comfortable and very clean but is stocked with what you will need for your stay; with games, puzzles, firewood, sand toys and a well-appointed kitchen. The owners were also delightful to work with, answering all of our questions and providing us with a list of activities to do in the area. They were one of our favorite owners that we have had the pleasure to vacation with.
Rancho Del Mar sits 4 homes back from the beach. It has a side yard with trees, flowers, chairs, a sand box for the cubs. The expansive back deck is off of the family room and master suite and features great ocean views, perfect for lounging in the sun, relaxing, listening to the surf, and enjoying family meals too. Inside the newly renovated and beautifully decorated home is a big log fireplace, perfect for cozy evenings or enjoying the view when the weather is less than perfect. The kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, a beautiful tile back splash and everything that a chef would need including coastal colored Fiesta-ware and stainless steel appliances. The beds and bedding are high quality and very comfortable. The kids’ bunk rooms are a dream, as well as the kids’ game and TV room. There is an outdoor shower off of the laundry room that is perfect for rinsing off after a day at the beach. There are games, movies, puzzles, books, toys, a wagon and sand toys for the kids or the inner bear in all of us.
Arch Cape is a small community of homes between the highway and the pristine Arch Cape beach. It is only 4-6 houses wide between the highway and the ocean. It is a quiet community with an easily accessible beach. There are various pathways to the rock barrier and then the soft sand. The beach is perfect for taking long walks, sea-shelling, making sand castles and just relaxing. You can walk a mile up the beach to Hug Point and explore the caves and tide pools or the waterfall at low tide, or walk south towards Oswald State Park and its gorgeous hiking trails. Arch Cape is very close to nearby towns, sights to see, mountains for hiking and many other beaches to explore. Our bear family enjoyed exploring the beaches, Cannon Beach and its lovely shops and divine restaurants, hiking at Oswald State Park and Short Sands Beach, building a beach bonfire, touring the Tillamook lighthouse and the yummy cheese factory, riding beach bikes, crabbing at Nehalem Bay and even just enjoying Rancho Del Mar was its own slice of heaven. There are so many fun things to see and do in the northern Oregon coast.
Rancho Del Mar was a perfect home for the VRBO Bear and our cubs. The bear highly recommends that you choose to stay here and explore the Oregon coast.
The VRBO Bear
# 388568 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!
10/07/2012 - The Ben Franklin Hideaway was in the perfect location in Paris. I had a terrific time starting all my excursions from this quaint little apartment. The apartment is conveniently located near a wonderful grocery store that allowed me to buy a few meals. As a traveling bear, I prefer to cook my own food when traveling - having a grocery store nearby where I could buy all the ingredients made this rather easy. In a city like Paris, public transportation is the best way to get around, and the location of Ben Franklin Hideaway provided very easy access to a couple of the most useful metro stops. Being the culture buff that I am, I truly appreciated living so near the Louvre. It was a treat to be able to take a ten minute walk to the museum and hang out there.
After a long day, I was able to have a comfortable sleep at the Ben Franklin Hideaway. The bathroom was also terrific, with a huge bathtub where I could relax after an action packed day.
As for the inside of the Hideaway, there certainly were a few things which could have used improvement, and the owner and I discussed opportunities to make the apartment itself as wonderful as its location. I am confident that when the next traveler stays here, the amenities will be in perfect working order with detailed instructions on their use, along with some advice on good restaurants and the construction outside of the window will have been completed.
If you love exploring cities by foot and want to stay at the perfect location for this, the Ben Franklin Hideaway is your place to stay.
The VRBO Bear
# 400534 Crystal Beach, Scenic Gulf Drive West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Fun in the sun!!!
09/24/2012 - What a perfect beach vacation I had at The Plantation House! This house was ultra luxurious, with beautiful furniture and decor in every room spanning 3 floors, with views of the ocean from 2 balconies!
Waking up on the 3rd floor loft style suite was a real highlight, sunlight streaming in from all the windows with the morning ocean in view. It is just across a non-busy street from the ocean, and you can still hear the waves! We drove to many beaches in the area during our week-long stay, but the beach in front of the house was just as gorgeous and lovely. The whitest, sugary sand, and the water was always clear, blue-green and just the right temperature, even at the end of September. Some days the ocean was glassy like a giant pool with many kinds of fish swimming around, and other days there were waves for me to jump in! Flags on the beach let you know how strong the current is that day.
The house had everything we needed all week - beach chairs and umbrellas, multiple coolers to picnic down on the beach, floats, beach towels and even a beach bag and mats to use. When the sun was at its strongest, we would come back to the house, shower off in the outdoor shower, and hang out in the pool. The house has a super-nice sound system that pipes to every floor and to the pool and deck areas. It was all controlled with an iPad mounted in the wall that let you choose where the music played. Very fun! The pool was heated, which made it great at night under the moon. There is even a rolling cooler in the kitchen that we could wheel out to the poolside with our drinks! Most nights, we went to the local fish market and bought freshly caught fish and grilled on the pool patio grill. What a treat! I can't imagine having a better beach vacation, thanks Plantation House!
The VRBO Bear.
# 52768 Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean
09/06/2012 - Welcome to Marty’s Beach House! This place is not only beautiful inside, but UNBELIEVABLE outside. We have never in all our years of traveling seen a view this breathtaking from our very own balcony. The owner & manager are wonderful to deal with; very responsive throughout the entire process. They even provided a fine California wine on arrival to welcome us!
Enjoy the warm ocean breeze from every room in the house, along with breathtaking views the moment you walk in the door!
Large COMFORTABLE beds with plenty of space. The amazing showerheads in each bathroom felt more like a spa than a home.
The kitchen is completely stocked. Every detail from an assortment of spices down to champagne glasses were included. All modern appliances in the completely updated kitchen made cooking easy and enjoyable. Really no need to ever eat out if you’d prefer!
Laundry machines are large and reliable, making it easy to quickly wash and dry everyone’s clothes. Detergent is supplied for your stay (not always the case so it’s a nice touch). The owner supplied beach towels, another nice touch since that’s usually a last minute detail everyone seems to forget.
The balcony is quite large with new patio furniture, making it easy to eat or lounge outside at all times. In the evenings we enjoyed a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset. What a gorgeous view! I can’t say enough about this condo. Truly one of the most incredible places we’ve had the privilege of staying at!
# 72308 Private Homes, Princeville, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Everything you will need is provided in this beautiful kitchen
08/21/2012 - Beautiful Princeville home tucked away in a serene Kauai neighborhood.
Welcome to Hale Pakele for a home away from home! This place is beautiful and offers all of your creature comforts in a fabulous location. We highly recommend you choose this place for your next Hawaiian vacation:
The owner is amazing. John was super nice, helpful, and easy to reach before, during, and after our stay.
Enjoy walks or runs along a scenic paved trail bordering a nearby golf course.
Bunk beds offer plenty of space for up to four children to sleep comfortably. Our two children had ample space to play in the early morning while we slept downstairs. What a treat! (especially in those first few days adjusting to the time difference)
Kitchen is completely stocked. Nice ceramic plates for dining contrasted by casual sets for kids or eating outside. Enough oil, salt, tea, coffee, etc. to get you through the first few days (although we recommend a stop at Walmart and Costco after leaving the Lihue airport). Walk in pantry neatly organized. All modern stainless steel appliances. Sharp knives. Great wine glasses. Try the built-in griddle for pancakes and grilled cheese. Décor is beautiful.
Laundry machines are large and reliable. Easy to quickly wash and dry everyone’s clothes. Detergent is supplied for your stay (not always the case so it’s a nice touch).
The owners don’t supply Beach trip accessories, but we found previous renters had supplied them! We found a wide selection of tools to build sand castles, beach chairs, snorkeling gear, aqua socks, and clean beach towels (which the owners do provide) in good condition. There was also a nice cooler!
There are three outdoor patios, or lanais, to enjoy this luscious scenery and cool breeze in their comfy furniture.
Outdoor barbeque and bar with patio chairs and table where everyone can grill, drink, and eat together.
Enjoy the open spaces downstairs where you can see everyone cooking in the kitchen, sitting at the dining table, and relaxing in the large comfy sofa and chairs watching cable on the flat screen HDTV. You can do your thing and stay together at the same time. Easy to talk across the rooms, watch kids while you cook, or just do your thing.
There are three rooms that could all qualify as master bedrooms! They are awesome. The bed in the true master bedroom downstairs, where we slept, was super comfy and the giant extended shower was spa-like.
There is a desk and table upstairs fit for a computer if you need to work while you’re here. Fast, free Internet. Easy to work, upload pictures, etc.
What else can we say about this property, except that you probably aren’t staying long enough! To that point, if you are planning an extended stay in Hawaii, Hale Pakele is a great choice.
# 15798 Other South Padre Island Properties, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, TOWNHOME
Enjoy the ocean breeze as the sun sets!
08/19/2012 - Our large sleuth of thirteen bears had a vacation to remember at this beautiful town house. It was the perfect home base for our beach outings, but the house itself rivaled the beach as the star of the vacation. After a morning at the beach, the cubs stayed entertained at the house while the adults relaxed.
This home is every bit as luxurious in real life as it appears in the listing photos. Even with our large group, it felt roomy. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances, granite countertops, and all the pots and pans we needed to cook a full meal. It is open to the living and dining rooms and has a big island with bar stools so we could all hang out together at meal times.
The game room was a huge hit with the cubs. With air hockey, ping pong, and a pool table, there was something for everyone. The younger ones played board games in the loft above the game room and pretended it was their tree house.
In the evenings we enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching the sun set over the bay. What a gorgeous view! If you are looking for the perfect place to vacation with your family or large group, you will find it here.
# 306406 Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, VILLA
Grill out on the patio or just kick back and relax by the fire.
07/09/2012 - The Retreat in Laguna is not only a fabulous five star ocean front villa, it is a complete vacation experience! From the first communication to every last possible detail, this villa is the perfect place for your Laguna Beach getaway! With its luxurious Italian style, this quaint, cliffside villa is every traveler’s dream for the perfect beach getaway. The Retreat In Laguna is a hidden gem among the oceanfront cliffside of the ever popular and artsy town of Laguna Beach. With direct beach access and amazing ocean views, the waves will lull you into relaxation.
The 1 bedroom villa offers everything you need to feel right at home. Every amenity has been thought through. Even beach towels, chairs, toys and umbrellas are provided for your comfort and fun in the sand! The kitchen is absolutely stunning and fully equipped for any cooking during your stay. The Retreat offers free laundry facilities as well. The common grounds on the property are absolutely stunning and everything is perfectly kept! With the Retreat’s central location, you can literally walk to most anywhere in Laguna!
The staff at the Retreat is second to none! They made us feel like family from the moment we stepped onto the property! We were actually sad to say goodbye.
The evenings were complete with the cool ocean breeze as we sat in front of our private stone fire pit while listening to the waves crashing on the beach. We were surrounded by the most beautiful rose garden as we soaked up the sun on our private patio.
Not only is the villa a fabulous beach getaway, but The Retreat provides an entire vacation experience! From In-Villa Massages and Spa Treatments to Whale Watching Tours, Paddle Board Surfing, Fine Dining, Tide Tours, Yoga Classes, Art Festivals and more! Every care was taken to make sure that we experienced the absolute best that Laguna Beach has to offer! The staff at the Retreat was able to set up absolutely anything we wanted to do!
If you are looking for some fun in the sun, then look no further. This is truly one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed and one of the most memorable vacation experiences to date!
# 84616 Rincon, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying this wonderful beach with a choice of sun or shade
07/08/2012 - Mr. Bear and I decided to spend our long-overdue honeymoon in the relaxed town of Rincon, Puerto Rico. We were pleasantly surprised by the owner of Casa Serena, who took the time to describe the town and property in advance to ensure it met our expectations. She also provided us with maps, a list of restaurants and the necessary instructions to ensure we had a great stay.
Upon arrival, we could not believe the true proximity of the house to the beach – literally steps from the backyard gate! The crashing waves could be heard through the large screened windows – a constant reminder that we were on vacation even when we were indoors!
We feasted on the ripe mangos from the tree in the backyard, swam in the relaxing warm waters, and went snorkeling at the nature reserve just on the other side of town. Rincon and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer, but having Casa Serena as our “den away from home” made all the difference in the enjoyment of our stay.
Located in a residential neighborhood, Casa Serena is ideal for the laid-back bear who wishes to embrace the authentic Puerto Rico experience. (This picture is the almond tree just outside the backyard gate.)
# 219858 Napa, Napa County, Wine Country, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Ahhhhh, all the comforts of home!
07/05/2012 - Downtown Napa-Walk to Everything!
“Villa Murialdo” lived up to its billing! The Bear found Villa Murialdo to be very convenient to downtown Napa with all of its hustle-and-bustle. Located steps from the end of the Napa river walk, the Bear did not feel the need to hibernate after the short walk back from the city.
The kitchen provided everything the Bear needed – coffee filters, coffee, filtered water and various sundries. Even the much-needed bottle opener after a day of touring wine country was included.
A minor glitch in the WiFi was quickly remedied by Sandy, the efficient property owner. The Bear was confident that should any other amenity need attention, Sandy would have quickly resolved it as well. Fortunately, everything at Villa Murialdo worked fine.
The Bear enjoyed his stay and found downtown Napa extremely pleasant.
# 46990 Grand Reserve, Davenport, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Loving this wonderful Florida home!
06/08/2012 - The bear had a great time at this beautiful and well stocked vacation home. With 2 families that included kids as well as seniors we were all comfortably accommodated in this spacious 5 bedroom home. An inviting kitchen with a large center island and well stocked cabinets allowed us to cook and serve warm meals.
The children's rooms have walls painted with Disney themes! The couches and beds are all soft and very comfortable. All the bedrooms have large sleek TV's/DVD players, and the family room has a 55" LCD TV with blue-ray and cable setup. All the rooms and bathrooms were clean and very well furnished. The work center in the kitchen was setup with a computer and printer so we could easily look up and print directions to local sites of interest.
The owner has provided lots of amenities like strollers, toys for all ages, board games, books, movies, umbrellas, etc.
There is a large screened, heated swimming pool and poolside lounge chairs all of which we thoroughly enjoyed after our full days at Universal Studios and Disneyworld. The garage houses a pool table for relaxing evenings.
The home is in a great location, just 15 min drive to Disneyworld and the famous International Drive, and about 35 mins to Orlando airport.
This is a great family friendly vacation home. The owner was very professional and efficient throughout the rental process. We highly recommend this vacation home and its owner who was so welcoming and accommodating.....you will not be disappointed!!!
# 160124 Private Homes, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing on the porch
05/22/2012 - We just got back from our stay at this fabulous vacation home and we feel so refreshed. Words cannot express how much fun we had and what a nice place this is.
Lynn and Captain Kevin were welcoming and helpful. From the moment I arrived at the home I was amazed at how nice and clean the home was. The kitchen was fully stocked and had everything we needed for our stay. We only had to go to the store to get some groceries and we had fun cooking in the spacious and beautiful kitchen. Everything in this home is top-notch from the granite counter tops in the kitchen to the plush couches and chairs in the living room. All the décor is beautiful and up to date.
Just a few steps away is the beautiful ocean. We enjoyed taking long walks on the clean and beautiful beach, collecting shells and just watching the sea. Our child enjoyed making sand castles with the provided buckets, shovels and castle making tools. Also provided were umbrellas, chairs, and bikes. I loved riding a bike up and down the street and also to the nearby café to grab a drink and snack. Another highlight of the stay was spending time on the porch swing. We could relax on the porch and watch the ocean from a distance. We were also lucky to see fireworks from the porch during the Memorial Day weekend festivities.
While at the house you can curl up on one of the couches and read a book or just relax. For meal time the large, fully equipped gourmet kitchen was wonderful. Everything from durable pots and pans to spices were included. If eating out is your thing, there are many restaurants nearby. When it was time for bed, this bear thought the plush beds were "just right." There were plenty of beds to sleep all of us comfortably and 2 bathrooms, so we didn’t have to fight over shower time. The second bathroom even has a huge walk-in shower.
Whether you are looking to have a relaxing getaway or a fun filled family vacation I would highly recommend this property. I could not have asked for a better vacation, and will definitely be staying at this rental again.
Signed, VRBO Bear
# 350517 Tesuque, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN
Wonderful mountain retreat close to Santa Fe!
04/26/2012 - The Bear had a very hard time leaving this wonderful mountain retreat inside the Santa Fe National Forest! Thoughtfully appointed and extremely relaxing, the property made it hard to even want to venture the short ride to downtown Santa Fe – we could have spent our entire stay at the property and been completely content. We enjoyed wonderful hikes, relaxing soaks in the hot tub, incredible woodland views from the many windows, and restful slumber in the comfortable beds. All day (and night, when we chose to open the windows) we were serenaded by the pleasant babbling sound of the front yard brook – so incredibly peaceful. The very thoughtful owner had all sorts of guide books and hiking maps ready for our stay, and an extremely well-appointed kitchen to make meal prep a breeze. There are great local restaurants a short drive away, dramatic showings of hummingbirds, and a luxurious steam shower to ease away any aches from a busy day of hiking or sightseeing. Three bedrooms make this a great choice for a family or multiple couples. There were even friendly neighbor dogs that came to visit the Bear and offered to accompany us on a daily hike. We are already ready for another visit to Tesuque mountain cabin!
# 271394 Windansea Community, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Enjoyed our La Jolla Vacation Property near the beach!
04/26/2012 - This stylish condo with designer touches is just half a block to one of La Jolla’s nice and scenic sandy beaches. It’s a quick, few-blocks drive to the Village of La Jolla, where we enjoyed great restaurants like the Cottage, Brockton Villa (get an outside table if you can; try the Coast Toast!), and Cody’s. Also, we enjoyed treats at our chain favorites-- Cold Stone and Starbucks. With Von’s close by, you can get the groceries you need for your stay. You’ll find the granite and stainless kitchen just right to enjoy eating in once in a while too.
Our fun Sunday-morning-after-church outing was the La Jolla Farmer’s Market (Girard and Genter St). Take some great local produce back to the condo, as well as the Cravory cookies! You may want to skip the expensive brunch and come here for crepes and fresh fruit. It was one of the best farmer’s markets we’ve been to. We also rented bikes near La Jolla Shores and took the scenic route through La Jolla and down the Pacific Beach Boardwalk. This was one of our favorite days spent in La Jolla, and highly recommended!
With two master bedroom suites upstairs, this is really ideal for two couples. One master has a large flat screen TV, gas fireplace and a nice tiled shower with a very nice ocean view! The other master bedroom and bath are just as private and the bed just as comfortable. The main level has a sofa sleeper in its own room that would be great for the kids…with a bathroom close by. We loved hearing the sound of the ocean waves from the condo.
VRBO Stayed Here and thoroughly enjoyed every minute!
# 25153 Bachelor Gulch, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Enjoy a great Bachelor Gulch getaway!
03/19/2012 - I spent four days in Colorado at the Bear Paw Lodge at Bachelor Gulch Resort which is part of Beaver Creek. When we saw that it was named Bear Paw, we knew we were in the right place.
When we got there, we had a bunch of information waiting for us on Beaver Creek, and all the extra services included with the rental. Also included in our welcome pack were tasty snacks that we appreciated after a long day of travel. This place is a skier and snowboarder paradise. The property is on the mountain, for a true ski-in/ski-out experience.
Just steps away from our patio were three outdoor oversized hot tubs, and a swimming pool, perfect for the after-ski soak. Sitting in the tub and looking up at the Rocky Mountains and stars at night was so relaxing! As much as snow is a great thing for a skier, it can be a hassle to clean off your car. Not in this place. Covered, underground parking was included with the rental which helped, as we had over 18 inches of new snow during our stay! There was also a free ski locker, so we could leave our skis and snowboards out of sight and out of the way at the end of the day. One day we also had a cookout using the unit’s outdoor grill. How cool to take a break from the mountain and to have a nice lunch under the Colorado sun!
The condominium is very spacious, and comfortably accommodated 7 adults during our stay. A large dining area adjacent to the kitchen made it a great place for my group of seven to interact as we all sat around the dining room table. When we weren’t eating (which wasn’t that often) we had plenty of space to hang out and talk, while having a fire in the fireplace, another opportunity to talk about how much we enjoyed the fantastic ski conditions and fresh powder! During the day, the owners even provided a maid service, so we came home to a clean condominium every day (Bears and grown-ups aren’t always the cleanest ?).
In the end we had a wonderful visit at the Bear Paw Lodge, and only wished we could have stayed longer!
# 365303 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Austin Vacation Rental with Great Views!
02/29/2012 - I arrived in Austin, Texas and found a great musical oasis. This is a fun spot. The condo is on Sixth Street so live music, bars, and restaurants are just blocks away. After a night out make a snack in the kitchen, cuddle up on the couch, and find recordings of Austin City Limits on the TV!
If you are a musician you may be interested in playing the guitars or the fully weighted keyboard. Unfortunately the guitars were a little too big for me, but I was able to work out chopsticks on the keys and a jig on the mandolin and ukelele!!!
I wish I had this place for South By South West this year. I would be in the middle of all the SXSW action. There are 5 venues within a two block radius.
If you are interested in exploring the Austin night life and live music you will probably love this place as much as me!
The VRBO Bear
# 47756 Lift Condos, Warrior's Mark, Warrior's Mark West, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Ski in Ski Out BreckenridgeVacationCondo
02/21/2012 - Huge condo, fabulous views, perfect location!
This condo is everything you could want in a mountain getaway! With 3 bedrooms and two pullout couches, there is plenty of room for a large family or a bunch of friends. The pictures do not do a justice to just how close you are to the slopes and downtown Breckenridge! It was an easy walk to the heart of the slopes and the lifts, as well as many restaurants and shops downtown.
This condo was recently remodeled with an updated kitchen, flat screen TV, a gas grill, and very comfortable beds. The owners definitely thought ahead by providing towels, toiletries, and extra blankets. The addition of the heated ski locker at the bottom of the stairs is a wonderful convenience as we could leave everything downstairs and not clutter up the condo with skis, poles, and ski boots. The condo also has a heated pool and several hot tubs to help your body recover after a long day of skiing.
We cannot wait to come back and stay in this condo next year!
The VRBO Bear
# 46090 Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Beautiful Lake Travis Waterfront Home!
01/20/2012 - Our stay at this lake house was amazing. The listing is accurate: it has everything a group or family would need to getaway and just chill out. There are so many features about this house that make it so special. Here are a few of our favorites:
• The fully equipped kitchen has everything to cook a great meal, plus a grill outside, and lots of seating options for both adults and children.
• On the fabulous deck, we read books and napped in the hammock and enjoyed snacks, drinks and great conversation at the deck tables.
• Kids loved it! They all shared the room of four bunk beds; played foosball, ping pong; watched movies; and oh yeah, wore themselves out playing in and around the lake water.
• One nice big room offering space, variety and inclusion. Everyone can do their own thing but still see each other and be together.
• Waking up to dramatic panoramic views of the lake and Pace Bend Park.
By the way, the owner was so helpful and responsive. When we had questions, she answered her phone and returned our texts immediately. The check-in and check-out procedures were very clear and reasonable, making settling in and leaving to return home pretty easy.
We’d definitely recommend this property and return again!
# 77293 Lisbon, Lisbon Region, Portugal, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Great Stay - modern apartment in Lisbon!
12/08/2011 - This apartment was a wonderful place to stay. With its central location I was right in the heart of Lisbon. Everything you could need is all within walking distance, and if you don’t feel like walking, there are plenty of forms of transportation right at your doorstep. The apartment has all the amenities you could need on a trip, way better than staying at a hotel. Paulo was great. He waited for me patiently to arrive. and gave me details about the apartment, its features and even left a contact number if any question or issues arose. With the city so beautiful and so much to see, it was nice to come back to such a comfortable place to relax and sleep at the end of the day. It was hard to leave! I wish I could stayed longer.
Thanks for everything Paulo. I hope to come back to Lisbon again soon and enjoy your beautiful apartment again!
The VRBO Bear
# 242599 Hana, East Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Great Maui Oceanfront Vacation Rental
11/30/2011 - After a gorgeous drive up Hana Highway, I was amazed by the beauty and the location of the Hamoa Beach House. The driveway is fenced by lava rock and the lush gardens welcomed us to this stunning oceanfront home. Upon entering the house, we were welcomed by an ocean view, floor to ceiling windows and authentic Hawaiian koa wood paneling. They do call it Heavenly Hana for a reason.
Our group of 6 (4 adults and 2 children) had our choice of large, private bedrooms and were quickly drawn to the great living and dining area where we were able to eat our meals (inside or out!) and enjoy the ocean during every moment.
I am bearish about cleanliness and I was particularly impressed with the immaculate upkeep of this large home. Being directly next to the beach, one would expect a few grains of sand on the glossy wood floors. There was no sand to be found.
If you’re not aware that Hamoa Beach is the most beautiful beach in the world, you should be. The beach is secluded; it’s a perfect expanse of soft sand and incredible Blue Hawaiian waves. This beach is just a 3 minute walk from the house. We didn’t even need to cross the road!
Throughout our stay, we enjoyed the great kitchen, hammock, hot tub and super comfortable beds. Take that Goldilocks! We had plenty of room, were close to Hana and hiked in the gorgeous Haleakala National Park. We just can’t ‘bear’ to leave. I’ll take wonderful memories with me into hibernation this winter.
Thank you Hamoa Beach House!
The VRBO Bear
# 287609 Akumal, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Beach Front Akumal Mexico VacationVilla!
11/09/2011 - There I was, bear on the beach, a click or three south of Playa Akumal. My five friends oohed and aahhed at their first sight of the white Yucatan sand and blue-green yet crystal-clear sea. I took a dozen steps from the villa’s front porch and was in it. After swimming with the fishes and coral, I rinsed at the outdoor shower, shook my furry hide, stretched out in a palm tree-supported hammock, and sipped a cold Bohemia.
The light is different in this tropic latitude, and so is your attitude. I felt as though I could hear sounds and see colors more clearly. With a cool breeze flowing through the nicely appointed kitchen, the bear observed a daily rite: preparing guacamole and margaritas from fresh local ingredients. As I served bebidas, guacamole, y totopos de maiz to my mates, I realized that our stretch of beach was quiet – almost private. The resort a couple hundred meters north was inaudible. Jet skis and the occasional power boat gamboled near the east horizon, beyond hearing. My fuzzy ears detected only palm fronds and shore break. Gorgeous dawn skies over the gem-like sea invite one to snorkel. Turtle nests, monitored and protected dot the beaches. Crabs of all sizes leave meandering tracks during the night.
The house features a lavish garden/courtyard on the way in from the street, a large living room and kitchen/dining area, and three air-conditioned suites: a downstairs master, plus two upstairs each with a balcony. We frequently chose to sleep al fresco. Plenty of ruins and lagunas, cenotes, cafes, and shopping, but the bear hugged home. Our villa and beach were it.
It would be tough to top. This bear’s been on quite a few spectacular and relaxing vacations, but his seven-day sojourn at Villa Italiano beats all.
The VRBO Bear
# 282590 Ocean Grove, Shore Region, New Jersey, USA, 9 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Ocean Grove NJ Beach House Ocean View
09/23/2011 - The Bear decided to go a little off the beaten path and leave his humble abode in the Rocky Mountains to venture to Ocean Grove, NJ and see the ocean. So what if Mother Nature threw Hurricane Irene at the NJ shore a week before his trip? The Bear was undaunted and is happy to report: Irene may have caused problems, but the New Jersey shore is essentially untouched and open for business!
The Chelsea makes an excellent rental for families with small kids and pets. The house is huge, boasting 9 bedrooms, a big front porch, a giant dining table sufficiently large to feed the entire crew, and a kitchen big enough to cook for that kind of crowd. After dinner, I was able to retire to the huge master bedroom with French doors opening onto a large balcony, letting in the sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing on the beach. What a way to relax!
Did I mention that the beach is only a block away? Walk to the end of the block and you’re right on the boardwalk, with the sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean laid out before you. Bring your blankets and umbrella, if your cubs are like the ones in my group, it’ll be hours before you can tear them away. They’ll be splashing in the waves, digging sandcastles, and collecting seashells for hours. Or bring your surfboard. I enjoyed watching the surfers take on the waves.
Ocean Grove itself is a lovely little town. There are a huge number of shops and restaurants just a few blocks from the Chelsea and no end of things to do within walking distance – you can go to local parks and playgrounds, shop on Main Street, visit the historic Great Auditorium and the surrounding vacation tents, enjoy a ride on the paddle boats at Wesley Lake, or venture up to Asbury Park for all the attractions on the boardwalk, even try to spot The Boss at The Stone Pony. I did have one rainy day, but not to worry – The Chelsea’s owners provided loads of games and amusements right in the house. The cubs especially loved the craft closet and having tea parties in the Duck Room. When we finally felt the need to get out of the house, Jenkinson’s Aquarium in nearby Point Pleasant provided a great rainy day excursion.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Ocean Grove and the Chelsea. You will too! It’s never too early to plan your next vacation, so go book now!
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# 248529 San Antonio, South Texas, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE
San Antonio Vacation Rental with a pool!
09/16/2011 - I had a fantastic time in this spacious 4 bedroom estate in San Antonio, TX. The house was full of personality and provided me and my friends with the perfect getaway. We spent hours lounging in the 40x20ft pool, playing cards in the tiki bar, and cooking dinner in the well equipped kitchen.
The house is a 1960’s estate located in the well established, beautiful neighborhood of Alamo Heights and is about 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes to the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. It offers 4 bedrooms/ 3.5 bathrooms, and could comfortably sleep 10-12 people, which makes it perfect for a family getaway, golf getaway (near Quarry Golf Course), or larger group.
It really is a dream home for any group with 2 dining rooms (formal and casual), a media room with a big screen projector, pool complete with a diving board and floaties, tiki bar with grill. Plus it had a steam room and Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, 2 iMac computers, and so much more!
I highly recommend this vacation rental as perfect for groups or family visiting San Antonio, TX.
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# 167736 Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Beautiful Cape Cod Vacation Rental!
09/12/2011 - This little Bear really enjoyed his trip to Barnstable and the Cape. This beautiful house is an easy drive from all of the major cities in New England, and an easy drive to the Cape Cod National Seashore and Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket ferries. The house has a friendly feel that makes it so you cannot help but relax. It also has wonderful natural light throughout. Perfect for a family or couples, it has all the necessary amenities to make you feel at home. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful landscape, numerous trails within walking distance and a number of wonderful restaurants nearby.
Without all the city lights, you can enjoy the simply amazing view of a star-filled sky on a clear night. So come, relax and enjoy this beautiful Cape Cod home for yourself! You’ll be glad you did.
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# 248447 Mission Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Mission Beach house, San Diego CA
08/24/2011 - I really enjoyed my stay in this fantastic beach house. With a tandem kayak, several bikes, beach toys and chairs, coolers, beach towels and more, the owners have supplied almost everything for an enjoyable beach vacation for any age. Pack light if you are staying here!
Here are the other reasons why I loved this vacation home:
Lots of books and games for family “good ole’ time fun. No toys necessary! With 2 patios and the kitchen table, my group loved the variety of eating locations.
Just 1 block from the bay and 2 blocks from the ocean, we could easily carry beach toys, snacks and chairs to the beach. It’s also an easy drive downtown. And just 1 block from the main drag, you can grab a quick bite for any meal, morning coffee, late night drink or just run to the corner store for a last minute item. Just 5 minutes from Sea World and 15 minutes from the San Diego Zoo means no hassle and even bringing a small child back for a nap.
For a memorable, fun family vacation or just an adult getaway, you’ll find it all here in this beach house on Mission Bay.
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# 65798 Private Homes, Village, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Vacation near beach Carlsbad San Diego
08/22/2011 - This townhome is very convenient for beach lovers. You can see the ocean from the front door and upstairs deck. The beach is literally just a few steps away. Very easy to carry your beach gear!
Downtown is just a short walk, where you can find restaurants. Walk along the boardwalk or on the sand. Both are great options! It’s also very convenient 5 minute drive to Legoland.
This townhome has a lot of space. There’s a generous living room and dining area. The 2 bedrooms upstairs are pretty big. The master has its own deck and view of the ocean. The second bedroom has 2 double beds; great for families or small groups.
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# 123488 Pagosa Springs, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Beautiful Pagosa Springs CO Vacation!
08/16/2011 - I had a wonderful time in this vacation home in Pagosa Springs with friends and family. The house, aptly called the "tree-house," was on two levels and each morning I awoke to breathtaking views of the trees and mountains and could listen to the myriad of birds just outside the windows. The hummingbirds were spectacular to watch as they were coaxed to the porch by two well-positioned feeders.
It was a real treat for me to witness a double rainbow during my stay and enjoyed the refreshing mountain air I grew up on. Here I could completely relax. I especially liked being able to explore in the garden with the cubs and also visit the fishing lake which was only a 2 minute drive from the house.
What a comfortable stay I had with my family in this spacious home. The young ones could watch TV in the playroom while the adults ate dinner around the dining table. Breakfasts were fun for the kids as they sat at the bar counter and were served from a spacious and well stocked kitchen. There were more than enough beds for everyone and even a pack and play for the littlest sibling. The hot tub was an added bonus and was enjoyed by all ages.
One day we took the steam train from Durango to Silverton up the mountain pass and were thrilled to see the river and awesome scenery. The whole family had fun going down the river on tubes near the hot springs only 10 minutes from the house and finished off that day with an ice cream from a restaurant that came recommended by the owner. There were other useful tips about where to go and what to see that helped us make the most of our time in Pagosa Springs.
The owner and his property management company were professional and friendly and made the stay extremely easy, enjoyable and memorable. I’m already longing for the mountains again and the view from the wraparound porch...
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# 151129 Private Homes, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Hot tub under the stars in Breckenridge!
08/09/2011 - This Bear was spoiled in Breckenridge, Colorado!
The special touches that the owner has added in this home are not to be missed. The bathrooms have been decorated with beautiful sinks, faucets and shower heads. No detail was overlooked. The theater room was so comfortable at the end of the day for a movie and of course the hot tub under the starts was just perfect. The mountain decorations added to the ambiance of the home.
My companions and I had everything we needed in the well appointed kitchen to make our meals. The large refrigerator was so nice to have and a lot of free cabinet space was great for putting our food away. I really felt at home here.
While the winters in Colorado provide great skiing, I just LOVE the summer time in the mountains! There is so much to do here, and the weather is great. From walking and hiking to biking the scenic roads, we were good and tired by the end of the day. Breckenridge is a quaint little town with so many fun activities to offer. The Alpine Slide is very close, including shopping and yummy restaurants all close by.
My companions and I enjoyed this exceptional home so much; we did not want to leave! Coming back here for vacation is simply a must.
The VRBO Bear
# 210608 Keystone Village, Quicksilver, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors
08/02/2011 - I could not have been more impressed by this spacious and cozy Keystone condo. Right away, I noticed the warm colors, the mountain décor, plenty of lighting throughout, the flat screen TV and gas fireplace, the stereo system, and the comfortable living room seating; all visible as we walked through the door. Just around the corner were the fully equipped updated kitchen and 3 spacious bedrooms. Great for multiple families! The cubs will love the bunk bedroom! If you bring your little ones, leave your pack-n-play and highchair at home because the condo supplies both. I enjoyed sitting out on the patio and looking out on the green grass and wildflowers growing. So beautiful! I also spent time in the pool and hot tub, which is just down the path from the house and in the evenings, enjoyed the games supplied at the condo.
Don’t stay inside too long. There is so much to do and see in Keystone and surrounding areas. The skiing is great, and the shuttle will pick you up right out front, so you can enjoy a day of skiing without the hassle of the drive. Plus you will have your own ski locker just outside your door. Not only are you close to skiing, you are close to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall if that is more your style. In warmer seasons, bring your bicycles. There is a great trail surrounding the property or, if you’re looking for something more challenging, there are plenty of trails to explore. Lake Dillon is just down the road where you can rent a boat and tour the lake if you like. There really is something for everyone all year round.
Keystone is a great mountain town. You’ll enjoy coming back here time again and this condo is the perfect home away from home!
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# 274028 Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, The Islands, British Columbia, Canada, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Vancouver Island Oceanfront Views!
07/25/2011 - What an incredible adventure on Vancouver Island! This fantastic gem of a property is hidden away on the coast of Vancouver Island in the small town of Ladysmith, near Nanaimo. This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and serene properties you will experience! Words and pictures can only begin to describe the view from this penthouse hideaway. You will find yourself surrounded by ocean views and immersed in lush, green forest. The sunrise over the water provides a view that you may never forget.
It is obvious that the owners love their property and the location. Their passion for the surrounding beauty and the property itself are evident in many ways. The booking process was quick and easy. The owners supplied all the relevant info and gave great tips for things to do and how to get to the island. The property was well stocked with nearly all a traveler could want or need and is excellent condition!
The chef’s kitchen is a phenomenal addition to this property and allows travelers to cook at home while enjoying the views. Even condiments were provided!
The master bedroom is elegant and comfortable. Plus, the large windows open right to the waves crashing on the beach below! This is ocean front living at its finest!
The Inn of the Sea resort offers a pristine swimming pool and hot tub right on the water, along with a BBQ grill and tennis court. The surrounding flowers and gardens add simple beauty to this already amazing location.
The Inn of the Sea is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or honeymoon adventure! Caution: You may not want to leave!
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# 240904 Ventura, Southeast, Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Orlando Vacation Home in Gated Community
07/25/2011 - I had a great time staying in this beautiful Orlando home located within 20-45 minutes of all the Orlando attractions. Situated in a warm, inviting community called Ventura Country Club which included resort like amenities. The exquisitely maintained golf course that welcomes you onto the property is a quiet place to unwind while I was on vacation. I made a decision to stop by the enormous pool for a quick dip and peered into a great looking restaurant and bar. I enjoyed the peaceful and extremely relaxing Ventura Country Club community.
My favorite part of the house itself was the screened in patio overlooking the large backyard, where you could enjoy a quiet and shaded meal. The master bedroom and bathroom is massive and immaculately kept. This was one of the most comfortable houses I’ve had the opportunity to stay in during my travels.
If you’re looking for a convenient location near all the attractions along with excellent amenities, I recommend this lovely home in a beautiful country club setting.
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# 155364 Red Quill Village, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME
Summer Vacation in Winter Park CO!!!
07/18/2011 - Comfortable, beautiful and convenient are just a few of the things I found while enjoying my weekend in this Winter Park townhome. Its interior set the mood for enjoyment as I wandered each room and enjoyed the beauty to be had! The house is warm and inviting and holds a group comfortably. The vaulted ceilings made the house feel more open creating what appeared to be more space, with plenty of windows throughout to enjoy the Colorado beauty. A few of the amenities that made my stay so enjoyable were: the hot tub; the privacy that each floor allowed; the computer at my disposal; the large kitchen with updated appliances, plenty of cooking utensils; and plenty of seating both in the kitchen as well as the dining room.
The convenience of being right off the main street made it easy to move around town. You can practically walk to everything. There is so much to offer in Winter Park, such as shopping, the local pub, the skate park, the playground, numerous restaurants, hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, 4-wheel drive trails and so much more! You can also be picked up steps from the Townhouse on the free shuttle bus and taken to Winter Park Resort. There is something to do for everyone!
Experience the beautiful Colorado mountains and vacation in style at this townhome to create your perfect family vacation!
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# 280494 Mount Pocono, Poconos, Northeastern Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
The Poconos Log Cabin with Hot Tub!
07/07/2011 - I felt right at home in this log cabin in the Poconos. The cabin is new construction so it had a nice clean, bright, airy feel. It’s pretty spacious, with plenty of room on the deck, den and main living area. The place is ideal for a large group. The deck in particular was a hit for my group - with a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner and a hot tub to relax in. The den downstairs was a lot of fun for TV-watching and playing pool. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a bathroom for every bedroom. So it was easy for the Bear and his friends to get up and going in the morning.
The property is just steps away from a very pleasant rail-to-trail path that follows a scenic river. The path is great for leisurely walks and biking as well. And the river affords some nice river rafting through an outfitter that’s right up the road. The cabin is just on the outskirts of a small town. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home.
For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on the Lehigh River for your next vacation!
The VRBO Bear
# 10376 Tops'l Beach Manor, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Destin condo with Ocean View!!!
06/23/2011 - This Beach Manor condo was exactly what I needed! The view from the balcony was the first thing I noticed upon entering the unit and I spent hours out there sitting, reading and just enjoying the view! Larry, the property owner is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and was able to give World War II history lessons about the area right off his balcony.
The unit itself had gotten a few upgrades and features a huge flat screen TV. The seating on the balcony provided the adult bears in my group the opportunity to sit outside and listen to the waves while still watching the TV through the glass door. The large dining room table allowed us to enjoy great breakfasts and dinners.
The condo provided beach access within a 2 minute walk from the elevator to beach. This came in handy when lunch time rolled around as you could be back down to the beach after making a sandwich in a matter of minutes! The beach at Tops’l is absolutely beautiful and not terribly crowded providing just the right amount of relaxation.
In addition to the beach and the view, this place had great amenities such as putt-putt, a basketball hoop and tennis courts. I recommend this Tops’l Beach Manor for your next family vacation.
The VRBO Bear