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.
# 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!
# 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!
The VRBO Bear
# 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.
The VRBO Bear
# 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.
The VRBO Bear
# 248447 Mission Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 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.
The VRBO Bear
# 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.
The VRBO Bear
# 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...
The VRBO Bear
# 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!
The VRBO Bear
# 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!
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# 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.
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# 79466 La Mirage, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Port Aransas TX Vacation Rental
06/21/2011 - This was the perfect holiday weekend getaway to the Texas Gulf! Whether you go to the gulf for the fishing, kite surfing, walks on the beach, fun in the sun or just to get away and relax, this beach condo suits any type of vacation.
The complex is named La Mirage; because it’s everything your mind imagines when you desire an escape from exhaustion and stress. The condo was immaculate and provided all the amenities of a fancy hotel. The unit is one of the best in the whole complex with a huge private balcony and a seriously beautiful view of the ocean – the perfect place to gather with friends or just lounge, read and enjoy the breeze. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living room/dining room area, it’s great for families.
I dined in one night and enjoyed a shrimp feast with all the supplied necessities in the kitchen. I also took advantage of the local mom & pop restaurants. The condominium complex provides charcoal grills and a nice covered patio area, great for lunch time barbeques and mingling with the other vacationers. I met some friends from San Antonio who shared their grilled stuffed jalapeño poppers.
If you want to explore the town or need to stock up on supplies before the weekend begins, you’re only 5 minutes from the Port A strip with great seafood restaurants, gift shops, bait & tackle, grocery store, and small town bars. You can fish the piers, the jetty, and the inlet shallows all within 5 minutes. Locals mentioned awesome red fish catching in Rockport just 20 minutes away.
I hope to come back to Port Aransas again soon and stay in the beach condos at La Mirage!
The VRBO Bear
# 276850 SoCo, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME
Great Austin Townhome on South Congress
06/17/2011 - I just spent an amazing weekend getaway at this modern, updated townhome, known as “The Orange Door.” It’s located in the friendly Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, Texas. This ‘pet friendly’ townhome has all the comforts of home – with even better décor and furniture! The kitchen was full of amenities any bear could want (especially a bear who likes coffee) and each bed was as comfy as could be.
The neighborhood is friendly and serene and just a short walk to South Congress (aka SoCo) which is a great place to grab a delicious bite, explore cool and funky shops, get a drink or hear some great live music. Also within walking distance is Stacy Park, where the dog walked me every morning. There is also a spring fed pool in this park – perfect for cooling off from the hot Austin summers.
The Orange Door is the perfect place to stay when traveling to Austin. It is centrally located and has all the amenities of home.
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# 270430 Peter Bay, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 5 BR, 5 BA, VILLA
St John Villa with Ocean Views!
06/02/2011 - This little bear just had the experience of a lifetime! If you come to grab a taste of the Caribbean, look no further. From the amazing views to the amazing tranquil atmosphere of this property, Areca Peter Bay takes the cake! A long winding driveway reveals a beautiful private gate welcoming you to your home away from home. All the amenities were exquisitely maintained and the surrounding landscape was crafted with the utmost expertise, including lush tropical plants and fruits ripe for the picking at every glance. A true kaleidoscope of color!
The beautiful infinity pool was a great place to spend time at sunrise or sunset and was often frequented. Truthfully the view was spectacular from anywhere on the property! Most nights were spent on the magnificent patio area, poolside, with the BBQ grill smoking and the gentle bay breezes blowing, creating the most relaxing evenings.
The local town, shopping and white sandy beaches were mere minutes away and the local residents were always welcoming. The cleaning crews that came during the week were cheery and very hospitable. Not to mention the owner, Diana was extremely helpful, available for anything at anytime and was a real treat! She pointed out key places to dive, kayak and snorkel near the area and they did not disappoint. This little bear will be returning again and again and you should do the same!
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# 130480 Ridgway, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Southwest CO 2 bedroom near SanJuanMtns
05/27/2011 - This apartment is ideally located right in Ridgway and offers one of the best views of the mountains. Close to everything on the Western Slope, when you stay here, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of it all.
Thanks to the hosts' attention to detail, this mountain retreat feels like brand new and the extra details like fluffy bath towels and extra blankets made it special. The beds were comfortable and the rooms quite spacious. The kitchen is stocked with spices and everything else you need to prepare a home cooked meal.
The abundance of windows made it perfect for viewing the snow-capped mountains. At night, the stars seemed like giant clusters of lights. Amazing how many more there are when the city lights don’t interfere! The two decks made star gazing a nightly ritual.
I spent a cool afternoon shopping in the quaint stores in nearby Ouray. A late afternoon snow shower gave me a chance to enjoy an early dinner at The Ouray Brewery. With the sun shining and warm winds, some hiking near the waterfall the next day was just the ticket.
This Ridgway suite was ‘just right’ for this Colorado mountain loving Bear. I know you’ll enjoy it too!
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# 306535 Bird Rock, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relax at La Jolla Bird Rock 4bedroom
05/26/2011 - La Jolla, California - my favorite place to be in Spring! I recently stayed at a quaint cottage in Bird Rock that was just 20 minutes from everywhere I wanted to go! The airport, downtown San Diego, Sea World and the Zoo were all convenient to this beach house. Upon my arrival at this charming home, I was met by the owner, Annelie. She was so friendly and even left me a little welcome basket!
The house is more than comfortable with plenty of space and beautiful, fragrant orchids in all the windows! I felt like I had walked into a tropical dream house. This La Jolla home is spacious with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a beautiful patio right off the kitchen. It was so relaxing to sit on one of the deck chairs and watch the sunset right as it began to sink into the ocean. This home is perfect for anyone traveling with little cubs. The front yard is all grass and completely fenced in; perfect for playing games and running around. The owners even offered to let me use their bikes so I could ride along the beach! The greatest part about this getaway is how close everything is. The ocean, the shops, the attractions and my favorite coffee shop -The Living Room, are all within walking distance or a short drive.
The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful with easy access to the main street where you can find many restaurants and shops to browse. At the house, you won’t run out of the necessities. The owners have completely stocked the bathrooms with toiletries and linens and the kitchen is full of utensils and amenities.
I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday near the city of La Jolla!
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# 326929 Other South Padre Island Properties, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Family Vacation at Gulf Coast BeachHouse
05/23/2011 - I enjoyed a perfect stay in a delightful home on South Padre Island. Natural light floods the well appointed house. The best part was that you could see the beach from virtually every window in the living room. The kitchen and baths all boasts granite countertops. Everything in the home was brand new – I felt like I was their first guest. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. Each room even had a large flat screen television set with cable TV.
The island kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could need. But if you prefer not to cook, there’s a delicious restaurant just across the street. It was so nice to be only steps away from exquisite beach side dining.
Another incredible feature of this home is the spacious second floor patio. I spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying the beach views. But that’s not all, I walked down to the beach and within minutes was catching the highly sought after gulf trout and redfish.
What a wonderful vacation! It’s only a 2 minute walk to the beach and has an amazing view of the water. My trip to South Padre was everything I could have asked for and more.
The VRBO Bear
# 241418 Ocean Walk, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Family Vacation near ocean N San Diego
05/23/2011 - One word: FANTASTIC! Fantastic accommodation, fantastic location and fantastic owners. For my recent trip to San Diego I enjoyed to staying at this lovely home in Carlsbad. It was only 30 minutes from the San Diego airport and was super easy to find. Upon arrival, Kim, met me at the house and could not have been more pleasant.
This beach house was very well maintained and had all a vacationing family could want or need. The cubs will love the playroom which was equipped with everything from puzzles and books to ride-on toys and stuffed animals. Your cubs can put a pin in the city they’re from on the gigantic map of the world. The small details were phenomenal. There was a fantastic book of everything to do in San Diego and Carlsbad with directions and helpful hints. Grocery store and pharmacy loyalty cards were left behind which will help you save a bundle when shopping for supplies. A special gift basket of ingredients for making s’mores was a nice treat to look forward to using in the outdoor fire pit. The beds were ultra comfortable and a full size crib can be set up for the youngest cub.
The beach was a very easy walk across the street, maybe 5 minutes max. Even though it was a great place for a family, I would highly recommend this home to any group. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you’ll love this beautiful Carlsbad home near the beach.
The VRBO Bear
# 314785 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Charming Paris Apartment, Great Location
05/16/2011 - Ah, Paris in the springtime…so romantic. I truly enjoyed this marvelous city, mostly due to this apartment’s coziness and amazing location. I felt right at home and loved how everything I could wish for was right at my paw tips.
The best part about staying here was its location - there’s a Metro station 1 minute away by foot, the entrance to the magnificent Tuileries garden is just as close. You’ll love the upscale shopping just around the corner, and it was nice to be able to easily visit the Mona Lisa at the famous Louvre museum (just 5 a minute walk).
After a long day of exploring Paris and visiting museums, it was nice to relax on the cozy sofa in the nook by the bedroom. The bathroom was the perfect size - not too big and not too small; plus, I really liked the faucet in the bathroom. The water changes color according to the temperature; blue for cold, red for hot!
If you’re looking for the perfect romantic place to stay in Paris, look no further because you’ve found it!
The VRBO Bear
# 264979 Lincoln City, Central Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great Stay at Lincoln City Vacation Home
05/10/2011 - The Oregon Coast is one of those magical places you have to experience as soon as you can and as often as possible. That used to be what kept me coming back, but now I’ve got another reason: Shearwater House. April can still be a brisk time of year in Lincoln City, especially when you’re this close to the beach. That didn’t stop me from taking long walks on the water every day and searching for that elusive stone called agate. Once I’d gotten my fill of exploring and was ready to head back up the hill to the house, the hot tub would be waiting for me to relax and reminisce about the day while watching the sun set over the water.
I could easily have stayed at the house and enjoyed the walks, the panoramic ocean views and the cozy fire every day, but there was too much to see! The whale-watching excursion from Depoe Bay took us out on a boat to see if we could catch a glimpse of a grey whale – famous in these parts. I’m convinced he was watching us from the deep as we trolled by.
Debi, Shearwater House’s fearless owner, provided a wonderful list and I took advantage of every suggestion I could cram into my 2 days: Secret Beach at low tide (this is best in the summer); the Newport Aquarium (CUTE puffins!); the lighthouse at Yaquina Head; and Devil’s Punch Bowl (where I had the most amazing clam chowder!)
Grab a group of friends, your whole family (this house sleeps 8-12), or just your honey-bear and head to Shearwater House today!
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# 297709 Port Ludlow, Olympic Peninsula & Pacific Coast, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing Retreat in Port Ludlow, WA
05/05/2011 - Relaxing, quiet, peaceful, romantic, luxurious . . . This vacation home is everything described and so much more. The owners truly anticipated everything you could possibly need to thoroughly enjoy your time away. Beautiful gardens and water views delighted me upon arrival. The house was well lit with natural light from the many windows. Almost every angle showcased the magnificent water views. The kitchen had heated tile floors, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and was fully equipped for any cooking need. The dining area was inviting with the picturesque window seat, unique lighting fixture, and endless views. My traveling companions and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm, cozy fireplace in the cool evenings along with a good movie from the extensive DVD library provided for guests’ entertainment. The surround sound system with volume controls in each room was a bonus! The pampering didn’t end there. The upstairs master bedroom boasted a plush king size bed and tall windows with beautiful water views. The master bath had heated tile floors, his and hers vanities, a walk-in closet with his and hers bathrobes and slippers, and a shower with jet options.
The fun was only beginning. We soaked up the sun in reclining lounge chairs on the lawn, relaxed in the hot tub, took a stroll along the beach, and enjoyed a good meal on the deck. It was so fun to have two kayaks available at the property to explore the beautiful water views up close and personal. Truly breathtaking!
Nearby attractions include waterfalls, hiking trails, historic Port Gamble, Poulsbo, whale watching, private local charters, local theater, Lavender Festival, art galleries, wine tasting, and more. The options are endless. Take advantage of this property and get away from it all. Whether it is relaxation or adventure you seek, you will find it at this amazing vacation home in Port Ludlow. Come experience it for yourself!
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# 255374 Kingsland, Lake LBJ, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great 4bed house w/hot tub on lake!!!
04/11/2011 - I had been looking forward to my relaxing getaway on Lake LBJ for quite some time. I couldn’t wait to arrive at the house and take in the peacefulness of the no-wake cove.
I was in awe of the lush lawn and massive oak trees outside the house. The grass felt so good on my paws! The views from the upper and lower level decks were enough to wash all your stress away. (And believe me, it’s tough being such a busy bear.)
When we weren’t lazing on the lounge chairs, I enjoyed getting my fur wet in the hot tub or taking a dip in the cove. The owners even have kayaks available for rent for their guests! They also put me touch with Splash Rentals so my traveling companions and I were able to go out on the pontoon for the day.
This lake house is the perfect setup for a family getaway. With a queen bed, king bed, and multiple bunk beds, this house can sleep an entire sleuth of bears! Believe me, this house provides much more than the 'bear' necessities. Whether you’re looking for a vacation with the cubs or a relaxing getaway among friends, the location and amenities provided are perfect for all ages.
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# 236450 Noe Valley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
San Francisco 2 bedroom in nice area!
04/07/2011 - What a San Francisco treat! I arrived late on a Thursday evening to a beautiful and welcoming apartment in the heart of picturesque Noe Valley. This restored Edwardian apartment building has all the living essentials with a modern flare. From the clean lines in the updated kitchen to the spa-like bathroom, I knew I was going to enjoy my stay here.
Stepping out at the intersection of 24th and Castro, I was eager to check out the neighborhood. I was surrounded by unique boutiques, friendly neighborhood florists and cozy restaurants with outstanding local fare. My friends and I started our adventure with a walk to a favorite local eatery, Chloe for brunch. I recommend the almond cranberry pancakes!
This apartment is in a perfect location for exploring the San Francisco area. Just steps from two bus lines that can take you north through Pacific Heights to the Marina or to East to pick up a train into downtown, I was able to easily visit any neighborhood and San Francisco attraction I liked.
After shopping downtown on Market Street, I walked through Chinatown to Colt Town, one of the highest points in San Francisco with amazing views of the Bay. From there, I headed down to Fisherman’s Wharf and got a taste of the local creamy clam chowder. I finished my first day of touring the city with chocolate from Ghirardelli Square.
After all my day adventures and exploration, it was great to come back to such a comfortable apartment. My friends and I can’t wait to plan a return visit.
The VRBO Bear
# 249771 Nihilani, Princeville, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Kauai Hawaii 4 bed w/Mountain Golf View!
04/06/2011 - On a recent trip to Princeville resort on Kauai, HI my extended bear family and I stayed at the “House of Aloha.” The Owners communicated with us very clearly leading up to our trip and made sure we had contact info for the local liaison in case of any questions.
The condo was spacious with wide hallways, large rooms, kitchen area and living areas. Ten of us were accommodated very comfortably! The kitchen, with dark coconut hardwood floors was equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and drink cooler. It also provided a contemporary island ambience to match the light fixtures and window coverings.
The bedrooms and baths were high quality, very clean and convenient with a sense of resort living. The laundry room was on the same floor as the bedrooms which made laundry easy and allowed us to pack less! They had at least one of everything you would want and need from linens to pantry to cleaning supplies.
We really appreciated the boogie boards and snorkel gear provided so we didn’t have to spend extra money on rentals at the beach. The House of Aloha has all the vacation gear you need.
Of course the location is what makes this resort condo extra special. Situated next to the exclusive Makai golf course, it has its own community pool and spa within the Princeville resort. Bedrooms and balconies look out across the golf course to the mountains of Hanalei Bay with waterfalls easily visible.
Just a few minutes away is the local town of Hanalei with many great restaurants, shops and shave ice (a bear’s personal favorite!). From Hanalei you can access the beaches of Hanalei Bay which boasts the sandiest beaches and best sunsets in Kauai. Jump off the pier when the tide is high or try the standing paddleboard lessons like the ancient Hawaiians. There is so much to do so give yourself lots of time to enjoy!
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# 235794 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Ideal Downtown Seattle 2 bedroom condo!
04/04/2011 - This contemporary downtown condo was ideal for our weekend getaway to one of the great west-coast cities--Seattle! Convenient to all the favorite Seattle destinations, such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, may traveling companions and I could walk or hop on the bus, which stops right in front of the condo building.
We found the accommodations to be nicely decorated with urban chic furnishings. Very cool place—a perfect match to our downtown Seattle experience. The queen bed was very comfortable, with high quality bedding. Special touches like the welcome basket and robes, made us feel like we were truly on vacation. And the kitchen was just right for our quick breakfast and evening snack. Ralph’s Market is just down the street to get the items we needed. With so many great restaurants nearby, we found ourselves eating most meals out.
Darik made us aware of all the details before our arrival. There were no surprises when we arrived and the great photos on the listing are exactly how we found the condo when we arrived. He put our mind at ease and I felt confident when we arrived that everything would be as he said…and it was!
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# 297692 Montgomery Estates, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe South Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 8 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Tahoe Mountain Lodge great for families!
04/04/2011 - My friends and I were thrilled to be heading to Lake Tahoe again to enjoy the beautiful snow capped mountains, pine trees and the breath taking lake! Blue Haven is conveniently located just a short 5-10 minute drive to downtown Lake Tahoe with so many year around attractions.
When the entire pack of bears arrived at the home we were all amazed at the open spacious floor plan and a perfect spot for our Bear getaway! We rustled through the home finding luxurious furnishings at every turn with beautiful hard wood floors, iPod radios in every room, incredible spacious kitchen and of course the large decks with the most amazing views. This home is a nice luxury home without the fussy luxury feel, it is very cub friendly with video games like Wii, billiards and board games, it is furnished with cubs in mind.
The main floor of the house includes the very well-appointed master bedroom encompassing luxurious indulgent linens, its own gas fireplace and large flat screen TV. Within the large master closet are all of the extra cub care items that might be needed. Next is the second bedroom with queen bed, separate ½ bath with beautiful new front loading washer & dryer, kitchen and family room. The kitchen is nothing short of a chef’s dream. It comes complete with fully stocked with top of the line pots and pans, two huge sets of dishes for both the big guys and little ones. There is additional seating on the stools at the wrap around bar overlooking the kitchen and close to the dining room for the cubs; the owners have supplied high chairs for the baby cubs as well.
The 2nd floor encompasses a large full bathroom, 2 bedrooms with indulgent linens a full living room with a balcony, large flat screen TV, an iPod docking station and cozy gas fireplace as well as a poker/game table for all bear friends that like to play cards or choose from tons of board games.
The 3rd floor has four more plush bedrooms, 2 large full bathrooms, one with a steam shower that everyone will love. There is a 3rd living room with a large flat screen TV, fire place, gaming console with Wii and wet bar close to the matching billiards table. Five steps outside this level is the best part after a day of skiing, hiking or hanging out in the cool air or summer night is the Jacuzzi with unique massage configurations to rest your tired muscles.
All the pack agrees and highly recommends you make the Blue Haven house your next vacation getaway. Not only did we have many attractions at our finger tips to get out and enjoy, but is also perfect for family gatherings with or without ever leaving the house.
The VRBO Bear
# 316439 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Great downtown Seattle condo!!!
03/18/2011 - I was so impressed with this condo in the Belltown area of Seattle! I arrived early in the evening and found so many restaurants to choose from within a block! I enjoyed a meal at Momma’s Mexican Kitchen that was fantastic. The grocery store was around the corner, so I picked up a few breakfast items while I was out.
This condo is stylish, clean, and inviting. You get the feeling that each item was specifically picked for the space. I didn’t want to leave, but the beautiful city beckoned. Pikes Place Market and the first Starbucks were a 10 minute walk away. Piroshsky Bakery is right next to Starbucks and they had the best Russian pastries! I dare you to walk by without being drawn in!
The Space Needle was really close by as well as EMP. Take in the view of the Pudget Sound from Kerry Park, and make sure you go see the Ballard Locks. Watching boats go through is amazing. So much to do, I need to go back!
The condo was perfect for relaxing in the afternoons. There was plenty of seating and 2 TV’s. The Wi-Fi was a great feature to make reservations around town as well as look at maps. The kitchen had everything needed for meal preparation, though I found the food in the area irresistible. The couch was the perfect place to nap a bit.
This condo is close to Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Cornish College of the Arts, The Art Institute, Antioch University and University of Washington. If you’re heading out for a visit, you won’t regret staying here! Public transportation comes right to the front door, so a car isn’t really required to see the best of the area.
The VRBO Bear
# 234915 Treasure Island, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Waterfront Condo Treasure Is FL!
03/11/2011 - Argh Matey’s! I’ve discovered a gem in Treasure Island, Florida! Westwind Resort is conveniently located on the Intracoastal Waterway and directly across from the pristine beaches of the Gulf Coast of Florida. Upon my arrival at Westwind the staff was very personable and helpful, ensuring our stay would be a relaxing, memorable experience.
This 1100 square foot two bedroom, two bath condo offers plenty of space and privacy, yet has some of the amenities of a hotel. The two bedrooms are generously situated apart from one another, in-between the two full baths. The master bedroom has a king size bed and a private bath. The second bedroom can be arranged to have two twin beds or a queen, making it flexible for sleeping arrangements. There is also a pull out sleeper sofa to accommodate additional guests. The updated kitchen has granite counter tops, full size stainless steel appliances and all the necessities to make a meal if you so desire. The unit has excellent views of the pool and waterway from the living room and master bedroom and all rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished. On the property grounds a heated pool is nicely situated with a view of the waterway, where you can enjoy watching dolphins playing within feet of you. There are also three fishing piers on the property, making a fun activity for myself and the cubs during our downtime. Concierge is available for transportation services, grocery delivery, dry cleaning, dinner reservations, spa & massage appointments, tickets or just about anything else your heart desires. Included in your stay with Westwind Resort is a complimentary membership to Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club where a variety of activities are offered, a gym and another outdoor heated pool.
A Publix grocery store, souvenir shop and a nice selection of restaurants are within walking distance of the condo. On the north end of Treasure Island is John's Pass Village where you can find local fishing fleet, boat tours, parasailing, jet skiing, unique boutiques and dining. A little further south we discovered Fort DeSoto County Park. Fort DeSoto has miles of unspoiled, white sandy beaches, calm, clear water and a laid back atmosphere, making it America’s Top Beach for 2009. If you are looking for something fun and interesting to do with the family, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is just a short distance away, where you can meet the now famous Winter, the dolphin.
Whether planning a romantic getaway, a couples weekend or a fun filled family vacation, consider making Treasure Island your next vacation destination! I give this condo two paws up!
The VRBO Bear
# 278275 Blue River, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great stay at this Breckenridge condo
03/08/2011 - This Breckenridge home is perfect for a pack of bears! When I arrived, I was welcomed by a cozy, cabin feel and a warm crackling fireplace. I could instantly tell this was going to be a perfect weekend getaway.
My traveling companions and I headed up for the weekend to escape from the hustle and bustle. There was plenty of space in this humble abode for all of us to sit back, relax, and watch our favorite movies. We each had our own flat screen TV in our rooms! After watching a movie we headed upstairs for a ping pong match and a game or two of air hockey. One of the best things about this cabin is you get the feeling of being secluded in the mountains, but only about 2.5 miles from town.
After a long day of walking around town or hitting the slopes, we came back to a warm house and relaxed in the bubbling hot tub. The heated floor mat leading to the hot tub was a nice touch. There were plenty of activities to do during our stay. We found shops, restaurants, trails and the gondola is just minutes away! If you choose to stay indoors, the cabin is stocked with plenty of movies and puzzles to keep you entertained.
The home has many windows providing beautiful views. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make our meals; from pots and pans to salt and pepper. The living room had comfortable chairs and couches that were always inviting after a day out on the town. The bathrooms were stocked with plenty of towels and wash cloths and the hosts even spoiled us with soaps and lotions! This is a fantastic home whether you're visiting for a couple days or staying for a week.
The VRBO Bear
# 127565 Tours, Tours Area, Centre-Loire Valley, France, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, CASTLE
03/03/2011 - Choose La Noue for a true cultural experience. This is not your average “vacation rental” and nothing like a hotel stay.
La Noue is a 16th century chateau with a rich history tucked away in the French countryside. Currently, it’s owned by the same family since the 1830s. While you will probably stay in the updated apartment, be sure to ask the owner for a full tour. You’ll find many rooms, hallways, staircases and even its own chapel. Tucked away in the French countryside, you can easily drive to the large chateaux in the Loire Valley, including Chambord and Chenonceau.
It’s perfectly relaxing for couple’s getaway but also suitable for families with children. There are plenty of toys, rooms with double beds and a great lawn for running around. The renovated ballrooms and chapel make it a good choice for special events and weddings.
There’s a nice flat screen TV with DVDs to enjoy a comfortable living room with a large fireplace. The bathrooms are updated and the shower pressure is great! The laundry machine is available to you, making it easier to pack light.
Stay here for a vacation rich in history but with the convenience, space and privacy of any home.
I want to thank Christine and her brother for hosting me in their ancestral home. I loved the yummy jam from the region and the bread and biscuits were a nice touch!
The VRBO Bear
# 13487 Destiny-By-The-Sea, Scenic Gulf Drive Central West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoying the deck
03/02/2011 - Well...the Bear just made a return visit to this home and "Bon Bini" still lives up to expectations! "Bon Bini" means "welcome" and this home again welcomed my buddies and me for a great stay in one of Destin area’s great beachfront neighborhoods "Destiny by the Sea". This prestigious gated community has only a ‘beary’ small number of homes, each fancier than a bear is accustomed to, and Bon Bini among the nicest of the bunch. All the streets are brick, and the private beach has enough room for hundreds of bears! The beach is made up of pure-white, clean, ‘beary’ soft sand, and the water is crystal-clear emerald green, as the Destin area is famous for, making it one of the premier beach areas in Florida.
Bon Bini was very comforting and packed with lots of amenities. From the moment we unloaded suitcases, I was thinking about how we would get them up 3 flights of stairs in this 3 story masterpiece, but right inside the front door was an elevator! Considering all three floors have their own master bedroom, we were sure able to spread out as if we each had our own den. As you may have noticed, I like to sit on the deck wherever I go, and Bon Bini had enough decks to go around a dozen vacation homes! Each deck was open and inviting, each lined with glass doors, providing a nice open ambiance. Every deck had wonderful views of the ocean, Florida palms, or this truly unique and quiet neighborhood.
Even though bears usually live off the land, this bear was dining on seafood every night, and Bon Bini is just seconds away from many of Destin’s great seafood restaurants. Destin is, after all, the world’s luckiest fishing village, so you can enjoy all the fresh, local seafood you want and don’t need a bear’s fishing skills.
Bon Bini is truly an amazing vacation home, full of fine furnishings, conveniences you can only imagine, unbelievable room and comfort, and a golf cart for leisurely cruises around the neighborhood. If you want a solid first-class vacation or hibernation experience in the family-friendly Destin area, you can't go wrong by staying at Bon Bini!
The VRBO Bear
# 3188 Savoy Villas, Sandstone, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Nice Vail Colorado Ski Condo!!!
02/25/2011 - What an amazing place to come out of hibernation!!! As you may know I’m not your typical bear because I find it hard to stay in my rock cave when there are such lavish comfortable places to stay and play in my native mountains. Vail is one of my favorite ski hills in all of Colorado and this cozy condo fits Bears and cubs just right. If skiing is your activity, the free Vail busses will pick you up just a block away, which is only a 10 min ride to Vail Village. I found this extremely convenient since the condo home base to me and my traveling companions.
Since the streams were frozen and hard to scoop fish out of, we were happy to find a shopping center 5 min down the road. The shopping center provided everything including a grocery store, liquor store, sports store with rental gear and restaurants. If you forgot something at your den or needed anything, you could find it there.
The main floor of the condo is great for family or group together time. The kitchen, dining and lounge area are wide open and will keep everyone together. There is a great deck with lots of privacy just off of this great room. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you’d need to whip up a meal before or after your day of mountain adventuring. When its time to clean up and retire for the evening we were surprised no one had to fight for a shower. Each bedroom has its own adjoined full bathroom.
This mountain escape is perfect for families, a few couples, or a few bear buddies looking to get away and enjoy the pristine mountain air. I’ve already recommended this place to all of my friends in the National Forest and will recommend it to you as well. Enjoy!!
The VRBO Bear
# 139942 Scorpio, Vail Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Relaxing in this super Vail Village condo w/ views of slopes and walk to lifts!
02/11/2011 - A weekend adventure of snowy fun and rejuvenation was awaiting – just what this bear needed!
This cozy condo at the ‘Scorpio’ was just what I anticipated and more. The view of the Vail Ski Resort is inviting from the large living room picture windows. Just a hop, skip and a jump and you are on the slopes! Remodeled with impressive upgrades and elegant décor, leisure time by the fire was most enjoyable. I especially loved the kitchen, and bear in mind, a home cooked meal is a great way to spend a snowy evening in. The open floor plan includes a breakfast bar, perfect for conversing with the cook.
Each bedroom displays amazing views as well. They are both tastefully decorated, have comfortable beds and one of them even has an electric fireplace to warm frosty paws! Beautiful intricate marbled bathrooms – one with a steam shower and the other, a Jacuzzi bath.
On a short stroll from the condo, I found my paws on the heated cobblestone streets of Vail Village. Its unique charm creates an ambiance of European culture. Friends and I enjoyed a snowy evening walk with glittering trees lit along our path, where we enjoyed open fire pits and ice sculptures – what a great way to spend a Saturday night!
This lovely condo in Vail Village can be enjoyed year-round. There are hiking and biking trails, golf and river rafting activities during the warmer months. On your next visit to Vail, I highly recommend a stay in this lovely condo, any time of the year – I know you will love it as much as I did!
The VRBO Bear
# 114336 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America, 7 BR, 6 BA, VILLA
Loved our stay in this Rio de Janeiro 6 bedroom villa wpool--center of Copacana!
02/03/2011 - This Rio De Janeiro Villa is a miniature mansion located on a quiet dead end street in a great location. It's just three blocks from Copacabana Beach and only a block or so from the nearest subway station.
I could bearly contain my surprise upon entering the villa to see the enclosed covered atrium with its plethora of flowering, hanging plants and beautiful stained glass windows. I've never seen so many indoor plants in a home before! The floors are beautiful stone and or wood and many of the walls are made from wood as well. The furnishings and decorations are an eclectic collection of old and new, with many interesting and unique antique items. The kitchen and baths feature quality fixtures and equipment. While the rooms are not large, the beds are very comfortable, and the villa is in top quality condition. In the summer, you'll be pleased to know that the air conditioning works fabulously and there is even a small pool located on the top floor.
Perhaps the most endearing feature of the villa is the fabulous staff who took such great care of us. Upon our arrival, our luggage was carried upstairs to our room for us. Michaeljon spoke excellent English and was very helpful with directions and tips for things to see and do including arranging rides to/from the airport if needed. Denise cooked a fantastic breakfast for us each morning, at no additional cost, and will even cook lunch or dinner as well (there is a cost for this service). They made up the rooms for us each day, and even did laundry for us... Wow!
The VRBO Bear