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.
# 146354 Dresden, Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE
Enjoy your time in the cozy lakefront cottage!
10/06/2016 - Our stay at the Getg Inn was just what the bear and I needed! Our trip included running in the Wineglass Marathon in Corning and then resting and relaxing afterwards. Of course, this included wine tasting at many nearby local wineries surrounding Seneca Lake. This cozy home is perfectly located right on the lake as well and the views were amazing. It was extremely clean when we arrived. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. We cooked dinner and enjoyed dining in most of the time and our evenings were spent looking out at the lovely lake. The bedrooms were well-appointed with plenty of extra blankets, pillows and sheets. Our early mornings included views of the gorgeous sunrise while drinking coffee and planning our day of wine tasting. There are many wineries close by and about half a mile apart all around the lake. We also found a local brewery “Climbing Bines” just up the road and a grocery store nearby where there were plenty of vegan options. Everyone we met was super friendly! We did a little kayaking with the kayaks available with the rental and took a little hike on the gorge in the nearby Watkins Glen State Park. The owners, Jim and Susan were hospitable and quick to respond. It was obvious that they care about their property very much. I would recommend this property to anyone!
# 394462 Savannah, Coastal, Georgia, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, GUEST_HOUSE
Enjoy this beautiful courtyard and location while staying in historic Savannah.
10/06/2016 - The VRBO bear vacationed in the luxurious Marmaduke Hamilton Estate, which is ideally located in the heart of the Savannah Historic district. Our carriage house suite was beautifully decorated and perfectly suited for a couple of any age group. The bed was comfortable and the space is very well utilized. All appliances and furniture is modern and contemporary. If you’re into food, art, architecture, and history as much as I am, there is arguably no better place in the United States you can stay! Most of our adventures were within walking distance and there is a trolley stop within a few blocks walk as well, so there is no need for a car. However, if you’d like to venture down the road to Tybee Island or outside of town to any of the beautiful historic landmarks such as the Wormsloe Plantation or Fort Pulaski a rental car is preferred. The property owner and property manager were both extremely nice and happy do anything to ensure we had a lovely stay, which we absolutely did and will certainly be back. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
# 175731 Porto Playa, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
You will love this beautiful condo and the short walk to the beach.
10/06/2016 - Porto Playa was exactly as it was stated on the listing. The beach is one block south and the buzzing 5th Avenue is one block north, making this an ideal location since it is so close to everything. We were surrounded by tropical beauty as soon as we entered the condo hotel. Laura, the owner was helpful through the whole process and the front desk staff was super accommodating during our stay. You have plenty of opportunities to relax, whether it is in the spacious condo, on the front patio overlooking the beautiful courtyard, pool side basking in the sun or at the Indigo Beach Club. Your options are endless. We found an abundance of options for a variety of restaurants nearby. Two of our favorites were La Brocherie, the quiet French restaurant off the Avenue and La Casota on the Avenue, where we found fish that was the best we have ever had. Porto Playa has everything you need and will exceed all your expectations.
# 302200 Old Town, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Comfortable modern luxury right in the heart of Key West!
09/21/2016 - This two-story luxurious vacation home is perfectly located a block from the center of the famous Duval Street in downtown Key West. There is a market nearby and a grocery store a short drive away for stocking the kitchen. For bears who aren’t interested in cooking, there are many local restaurants nearby. I highly suggest Deuce's Off the Hook (reservations recommended). Although this vacation home is conveniently close to the 'action', it is surprisingly quiet. The overall feel is one of comfortable luxury, with unique wood, exotic tiles and rich marble. Parking is available in the private driveway. The entrance has a private courtyard and the landscaped backyard has a swimming pool/hot tub, picnic table and a Big Green Egg grill. The well-equipped kitchen includes high end appliances. The dining area sits seven comfortably and opens into the modern style living area with a unique entertainment system. The master bedroom has a private sundeck (with outside shower) and a decadent bathroom (this bear’s favorite feature) beautifully tiled floor to ceiling with a large, glass enclosed walk-in shower containing SIX different nozzles that you can use one at a time or all at once. Sleep came easy on the king-sized bed with feather pillows and a down comforter (non-feather pillows and comforter available). The downstairs bedroom has direct access to the backyard pool and to the downstairs bathroom with white marble floors and walls and a glass enclosed walk in shower. The owner, Kim, is extraordinarily attentive and helpful. A helpful notebook containing local maps, information and recommendations is provided. This beautifully decorated, luxuriously appointed and thoughtfully hosted guesthouse is the nicest place that I have ever stayed in while traveling. We highly recommended staying here while vacationing in Key West.
# 501185 Rum Point, North Shore, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Caribbean, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Great location in the Grand Caymans with breathtaking views!
09/10/2016 - Vacationing at the luxurious Coral Loft is the exact recommendation this bear makes when visiting the Grand Caymans. The location is perfectly positioned on the North side of the island and steps (literally) to the beach. The open floorplan has breathtaking views of the ocean from one of the many windows and patio. There was plenty of space for our group with a casual living area - ideal for relaxing and unwinding. We found games, books and a 55” HDTV, equipped with a sound bar – perfect for catching our favorite team playing a football game! Dinner was prepared in the beautiful kitchen with stainless appliances, including a spacious refrigerator and a great set of pots and pans. Retiring for the night in the cozy bedrooms with stunning views was relaxing after a day of adventure. The master bedroom features an incredible waterfall shower. We spent a lot of time on the private beach where the snorkeling was spectacular – such a variety of different fish swimming through the various vertical reefs (make sure to bring your water shoes)! Having an outdoor shower was nice to wash off sandy bear paws. If we weren’t on the beach, we were sunning in lounge chairs by the private pool. The owners have provided multiple bikes in the garage so you can take a ride down to Rum Point Beach and enjoy some authentic food and beverages or take advantage of additional water sports like paddle boards and jet skis. We found the people on the island to be super friendly wherever we went. If you chose to visit the Grand Caymans, contact the hospitable hosts Bonnie and Colin to schedule your best beach vacation experience ever.
# 620448 Ko Olina, West Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
This stunning condo has everything you could want - including beautiful views!
09/07/2016 - The Ko Olina Beach Villa was the perfect place for a birthday getaway. When the bear and his friends arrived we knew we were about to have a week full of beach time, cocktails at the pool bar and soaking in our luxurious surroundings… what more can you ask for? The condo was stunning. Located on the sixth floor, it looked out over the west side of the island to views of the pristine private beach and lush mountains. We loved the open floor plan, with a fully stocked kitchen, a comfortable living room and glass sliding doors that opened up onto the lanai, making the room feel as if it was outside. All three bedrooms were comfortable with high-end furniture and exquisite décor. It was well maintained and cleaned by a friendly staff. Located in the resort area of Ko Olina, we were on four private lagoons, had access to two pools and were in walking distance to restaurants, shops, and a grocery store. I couldn’t have a stronger recommendation, as this place is paradise. We simply cannot wait to go back.
# 367322 Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Firenze (Florence) Province, Tuscany, Italy, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Great location that's quiet yet close to shops and transportation.
09/05/2016 - The VRBO Bear and family enjoyed five nights in Florence at this bear-tiful historic apartment. Enrica, our host made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our vacation. The kitchenette was fully equipped for eating in and a living area cozy for unwinding after a busy day of being a tourist. The staircase leads to a lovely bedroom loft where you wake up every morning looking up at the beautiful ceiling from the 15th century. This apartment couldn’t be in a better location being tucked away where it is quiet at night and yet a very short walk to the train station. Just around the corner is the Palazzo Strozzi, a hub for high end shopping and great restaurants. The food here is magnificent – we found our favorite pastry shop just a block away. I couldn’t recommend this apartment more, it is perfect!
# 588997 Banyan Beach, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
You will love the area attractions or just staying at home.
08/17/2016 - We enjoyed our vacation at this beautiful Coral Cay condo on the beach. Rich, the host, provided excellent communication and directions. The condo entrance is on the second story of the building. The spacious condo itself is two stories with a room on the main floor and two additional rooms on the second floor giving our four guests (plus the VRBO Bear) plenty of privacy. The kitchen, dining room and living room were spacious and well appointed. We used the kitchen every day and took advantage of the outdoor grill - preparing our own meals helped us save money on going out to eat. There was a porch off the living room with a view of the pool and in addition, the master bedroom upstairs had a balcony with a beautiful view of the pool and ocean. Just down the hall was a room with two single beds, perfect for the little ones to hang out in. Our six year old daughter said she liked everything about staying at the condo! When she got tired from playing and swimming all day we turned on the TV which was equipped with cable and a DVD player. The lovely pool was close by and was very clean and the beach was only a short walking distance and it was amazing! The sand was so fine and the ocean so magnificent. There is an outdoor shower along the path to the beach where we could rinse off the sand before returning to the condo. We were provided with the use of boogie boards, sand castle builders, games, beach chairs and tennis racquets. The condo is perfectly located close to the main part of town where we found a variety of restaurants and shopping. This condo was a great choice for our end of summer family vacation. We would definitely choose to stay there again!
# 107257 Rincon, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Relax and enjoy this oasis just steps from the beach.
08/15/2016 - You will not find a more private getaway along the beautiful coast of Rincon. The front entrance of this gem leads you right into the open living room and kitchen. The master bedroom is roomy and includes plenty of closet space. This lovely condo has everything you would need to enjoy a beach vacation including snorkeling equipment, which comes in handy since we were just steps from the beach. There is a patio off the master bedroom leading to the tropical backyard (where we spent most of our time!). We loved the view from the immaculate yard full of plush canopy of trees, plants, and orchids. The location is very close to town and local boat rentals. Allison was a pleasure to work with, always accessible, and provided everything we needed! If you are looking for an ideal vacation with private beach access and great amenities, you will not want to miss out on staying in this lovely condo!
# 781340 Private Homes, Fort Lauderdale, Florida South East, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Cool off in the pool and enjory this backyard tropical paradise.
08/13/2016 - This beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach house was the perfect home base for our bear family vacation! Upon our arrival, Matt, the hospitable property manager offered us his recommendations for things to do and see in the area. The location of this property cannot be beat - it’s close to the airport, grocery store, restaurants and night life, but the house itself is tucked away on a very quiet private street. Most days, we’d travel to one of the incredible nearby beaches on crystal blue waters - our favorite one was less than a block away from our front door! The house came complete with a boogie board, beach chairs, umbrellas and plenty of towels, so we had everything we needed to enjoy some fun in the sun. At night, we would retreat back to the house and spend our evenings in our backyard pool, which felt more like our own private oasis. The tiki bar, lush foliage and pergola with flowing curtains instantly transported us to a tropical paradise. Bears have BIG appetites so the outdoor gas grill and gourmet kitchen (with gorgeous marble counter tops and high-end appliances) got lots of use during our stay. At meal time, we gathered around the large dinner table to celebrate our adventures. When it was time to hibernate for the night, we all enjoyed the opportunity to retire to our own bedrooms, each with their own TVs and memory foam mattresses to truly unwind. All in all, we were beary happy to have stayed in this home and can’t wait to go back!
# 210722 Rosa Blanca, Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the comforts of home and the beautiful balcony views.
08/12/2016 - This lovely Rosa Blanca condo is the place to be for vacationing in beautiful Playa del Carmen! As soon as I walked into this tropical paradise, I knew I was home. The condo is spacious with two bedrooms (the master includes an ensuite bath), and a cozy living room and dining room with seating for six. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals! The condo is situated on the third floor with a beautiful balcony overlooking the community pool. We enjoyed being close to the pool, as it was convenient for an early morning swim. We even enjoyed watching local wildlife from the pool. The location of this lovely condo is near everything! I could walk to the beach, shops, and even to the local Walmart to grab essentials. We were provided with beach towels, chairs, and even cozies. Make sure to stay here next time you’re in the Playa area. You won’t regret it!
# 489858 Parks, Canyon Country & Northeast, Arizona, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
This big beautiful cottage gives you plenty of room to relax and unwind.
08/10/2016 - The VRBO Bear and his family had a great time staying at Elk Meadow Cottage! The Cottage is in a very quiet part of a national forest, which was refreshing and relaxing. The four big bears and two cubs had plenty of room to spread out, including four bedrooms to choose from – each bedroom was unique and delightful. The kitchen was spacious which made preparing meals simple and the living room had enough sitting for all of the bears to gather together to watch TV at night. Elk Meadow Cottage served as a great base for the VRBO Bear and his family to spend their vacation enjoying all the glories of North Arizona!
# 480895 North Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands, Caribbean, 5 BR, 7 BA, VILLA
You will love the private beach and breathtaking views.
08/08/2016 - “Simply the Best, Villa”is located on the tropical lush island of North Caicos. Our goal was to have fun and be totally relaxed by the end of vacation – needless to say, our expectations were exceeded. This luxurious 5 bedroom and 6 ½ bathroom, 8000 square foot villa has everything, including breathtaking views. By the second day of the trip, we were already on Island time and had no clue what day of the week it was. The best part of this amazing villa was the world class private beach amidst lush tropical gardens. We enjoyed the beautiful, warm, crystal clear water and caught an occasional sailboat drifting by as we submersed ourselves into relaxation. Allison and Regine were hospitable and helpful. We opted to put in a grocery order prior to arrival (which we highly recommend for a small fee) and we arrived to the refrigerator, pantry, and a bar fully stocked as requested, putting us straight into vacation mode. If you want to get away from it all and recharge your batteries, “Simply the Best, Villa” is the place to go.
# 353365 Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
What a wonderful and convenient place to stay when visiting Paris!
08/08/2016 - Visiting Paris was a dream come true and the VRBO bear and his bear friend were not disappointed with this magnificent apartment located in the heart of wonderful Marias! There were two quant bistros located just below the apartment making it very convenient for a night cap. The numerous windows allowed for a great breeze and people watching on the street below. The location could not have been better! It was an easy 5 minute walk to St. Paul subway station and the bus stop was right outside our door. After a full day of sightseeing it was refreshing only having to walk up one flight of stairs. The apartment is beautifully decorated and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything these bears needed. David, the property manager was very friendly, helpful and gave great insight that made our stay comfortable and highly enjoyable! Shopping, restaurants, wine shops and transportation were conveniently located nearby. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this charming and lovely apartment next time you are in Paris!
# 860210 North Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your time in Corpus Christi.
08/07/2016 - Village by the Beach was the perfect location for our summer getaway. The bear family couldn't have asked for a more relaxing, comfortable place to stay for the week. This two story townhouse is beautifully furnished and spacious which made it great for our bear family. The beds were comfortable and we had plenty of extra blankets to snuggle up with. The kitchen is fully equipped with anything you might need to make your favorite meals. We also enjoyed the barbeque grill on the porch. The living room has plenty of cozy seating with a large smart TV and Blu-ray player for hanging out and watching movies. We had a blast spending the day at the beach, located only a block away. The lovely resort style pool was conveniently located outside the front porch where our little cub loved splashing in the kiddie pool and playing under the rain curtain waterfall. We found that there was no better way to cap off a perfect day than by relaxing on the second floor balcony. The owner was incredibly welcoming and helpful. We can’t wait to go back!
# 135092 Wailea Ekolu, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Breathtaking views and sunsets can be seen daily from the lanai.
08/05/2016 - Our travels brought us to the beautiful Wailea Sunset Condo in Maui. The view from the main lanai is truly breathtaking, especially for the spectacular sunsets. The open floorplan of the kitchen and living area makes this condo truly a joy to spend time in, and while there is a full sound system and large screen TV with premium cable, we found ourselves spending most of your time enjoying the lovely view from pretty much anywhere in the condo. All dining and tableware was provided so we could easily cook all our meals with all of the necessary utensils. We were thankful for the generously sized electric grill on the main lanai, and grilled out a couple of nights while enjoying the stunning sunset views. The pool is a stone’s throw from the unit, and we strolled over a few evenings to enjoy cooling off before turning in for the night. The amenities are well documented and a full guide full of adventure and dining around Maui is provided. When we were out and about, we didn’t have to go far, since the condo is located minutes away from shopping and dining and stunning beaches. You can truly use this condo as your home base for exploring the entire island or just to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery and beaches. We have to thank and commend Tim for this exceptional property, his incredible attention to detail, his helpfulness and communication, and making our honeymoon the most enjoyable vacation. I highly, highly recommend staying at Tim and Carolyn’s.
# 793555 Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 7 BR, 8 BA, VILLA
Relax and enjoy the backyard and pool.
08/02/2016 - Villa Ganesh was the perfect location for our bear retreat and ladies getaway. Nine bear friends stayed for a long weekend at this beautiful villa right next to the town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The villa has seven bedrooms which allowed everyone to have their own space and privacy. We spent much of our time hanging around the villa and enjoying the backyard and pool. Laura, the villa owner, was very helpful and provided us with many recommendations for activities (catamaran sailing expedition), local services, and directed us to locations we could shop for groceries. She even organized our own personal chef one night – what a treat! Only a short taxi ride or walk from the town and the beach we were able to get out and enjoy the wonderful restaurants, shops and nightlife that Playa del Carmen has to offer. Our group of ladies will always have amazing memories from this incredible weekend in paradise!
# 182213 Seal Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, BUNGALOW
Stay in this beautiful cottage close to beaches and Disneyland.
08/01/2016 - August 2016 - The VRBO Bear and his family had a wonderful time staying in the Pineapple Cottage! The cottage is located in the heart of the lovely Seal Beach community, which is a quieter town than Long Beach to the north and Huntington Beach to the south. Pineapple Cottage is in a great location: a short 5-10 min walk to downtown Seal Beach, a short 15-20 minute drive to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, a 10 min drive to Huntington Beach. The cottage is well equipped all around. The kitchen is stocked with all necessary appliances, utensils, seasonings, coffee grinder/maker, & espresso maker), the bedrooms have plenty of linens, blankets & pillows to choose from, and the living spaces have several sitting areas to relax, read, and watch tv. We really enjoyed the cool mornings and evenings in the front porch and rooftop deck! Both are great places to start the day and/or unwind the day! The cottage is amazing, but I need/want to express how wonderful the owners Kye and Elena are welcoming you to their vacation rental. From our initial correspondence, during pre-stay questions, through the check-in process, and post-stay follow-up, Kye & Elena have been amazing. They really cherish their Pineapple Cottage and truly enjoy sharing it with their guests!
# 327718 Talisman, Vail Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
You will enjoy the view and convenient location of this Vail retreat!
07/30/2016 - Our Bear family spent a week of summer vacation in this beautiful Vail condo – the perfect retreat for our Bear family. We enjoyed the comfortable open living space and a very accommodating kitchen, making it convenient for cooking meals and enjoying each others' company. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the second bedroom has two beds and a trundle, a major plus for our three cubs. The third full bathroom was especially nice for our family of five, and was also very convenient when we had guests. We appreciated many other family-friendly features, including toys for the cubs and a DVD player. One of the unique features of this condo is that it sits right on the beautiful Gore Creek, just steps from the back deck where we relaxed as we enjoyed the sounds of the creek and the gorgeous view - it is one of the most peaceful locations we’ve experienced while on vacation! The kids never tired of tubing in the creek (Tip: make sure to bring water shoes in the summertime!) The condo is situated in an ideal location in Vail Village, within a short walking distance to the best restaurants, shopping and parks. The owner was a pleasure ensuring we had a great experience. This Bear family had a truly memorable vacation in this exceptional condo and we thank the owners for an amazing experience! We hope to come back!
# 7686 Other Sandstone Properties, Sandstone, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great views and just a short walk to amost everthing you could need.
07/25/2016 - Chalet du Soleil is a cozy mountain retreat in the charming Lionshead Village of Vail. With a gorgeous view of the Gore Range Mountains and prime proximity to the gondolas and the village, whether you’ve come for a weekend hibernation or to shred some slopes with the clan, the Chalet promises to serve up to your needs. The painstaking care shows in the details, like a fully-stocked kitchen, complete with a fridge and pantry full of the basics, and all the accoutrements needed to whip up your own homemade meals. And let’s not forget the adorable customized toiletries in every bathroom. The cubs were delighted to find a game cupboard full of puzzles and board games, as well as a cabinet full of novels, all of which (in addition to the in-suite Jacuzzi!) offer a relaxing alternative to any of the more wild outdoor adventures. But where’s the fun without a little adventure? With three floors, and sleeping 10+, feel free bring the whole gang along on your mountain excursion! The house is a short walk from the gondolas and the heart of Lionshead, right off the “Born Free” ski run, perfect for tourists without transportation looking to have some fun. Location is excellent, the perfect launching point and home base for your Vail adventure, whether that be hiking, mountain-biking, skiing, etc.! Owners were kind and responsive, location was great, and the home was well-appointed. The Bear Family paws-itively adored their trip, and would certainly stay here again!
# 744078 Keystone Ranch, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Although the area is beautiful, you may not want to leave this wonderful home.
07/23/2016 - Our group of eight bears consisting of family and friends had one of our best ever vacations at this beautiful Keystone Mountain home! We enjoyed being able to relax in this spacious home with gorgeous views. There is hot tub off the back deck and a hiking/biking trail just a stone’s throw from the back door. Having two separate living areas, each with a large screen television (lots of movies too) and comfy furniture gave both adults and cubs their own space to hang out. The gourmet kitchen was super spacious and well stocked. We were impressed with having sharp knives to cook with! The bedrooms are spaced apart, providing a nice sense of privacy. The location is close to many amenities such as bike trails, horse stables, ski resorts with summer activities, and surrounding adorable towns like Lake Dillon and Frisco. Both have great restaurants and lots of shopping. We were torn between enjoying all there was to do and see and soaking in the luxury of our mountain home away from home. Michele, the owner, was very friendly and helpful which made our stay that much more enjoyable. We can't wait to book our next stay here!
# 136590 Whispering Forest, Big Bear, Inland Empire, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Relax and enjoy all the amenities Varsano Villa has to offer.
07/23/2016 - The charming Varsano Villa provided a great summer getaway! We arrived and were delighted to see a beautiful wrap around porch with chairs and a swing, the perfect place for doing what bears do best, relaxing! The porch led us to the back deck complete with a gas grill and hot tub – we could hardly wait to dip our tired paws. As we explored the inside of our rustic themed retreat, we found a relaxing living room complete with two full sized couches, an inviting fireplace, and a wall mounted flat screen TV – home away from home. The decorative bathrooms were clean and well equipped. The kitchen had everything making it a favorite location to hang out. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and the second bedroom was complete with a queen bed, bunk beds, a TV (including video games). Next time, we will bring the cubs! The owner provided a plethora of information on the local amenities and activities. This cozy gem is a very short drive to the quaint town of Big Bear where there are great restaurants, breweries, shops and nightlife. Equally as accessible were hiking trails, kayaking and swimming, and a farmer’s market to enjoy local produce and crafts. The locals were wonderful too providing great services like zip lining, fly fishing and gold mining! If you are looking for a relaxing getaway that is close to outdoor adventure, then look no further!
# 221935 Molino de Agua, Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
You will simply say, "Ahhh, we found paradise".
07/19/2016 - Casa Del Sol was the perfect place for a relaxing beach vacation for our pack of cubs. Immediately upon entering, we were in awe of the breathtaking views this luxurious condominium offers. The gourmet kitchen has the perfect setup for either entertaining or having a quiet romantic dinner. We were drawn towards the enormous balcony where we found the sliding glass door opening up to a refreshing ocean breeze. All we could muster was “Ahh – we found paradise!” It was hard to peel us away from the balcony until we found that there were two additional balconies – one off of each of the two master bedroom suites with beautiful views of old town Vallarta and the mountains. After a soak in the jetted tub, sleep came easy in the comfortable king sized beds. Momma bear and her cubs were delighted! We did not need a car since this lovely condo is in the heart of Puerto Vallarta with direct access to the boardwalk or “Malecon”, beautiful private beach access, and numerous delicious restaurants and fun activities. The owners and on-site, 24/7 staff were attentive and made this vacation a dream! This is the only place to stay in Puerto Vallarta if you are looking for luxury in the middle of it all.
# 692758 Downtown, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
You will enjoy this tropical oasis and its convient location.
07/17/2016 - Secret Villa II is perfect for an escape in the heart of Key West. You’re right in the middle of all the action (only 2 blocks off Duval Street,) yet the secluded house is set on a quiet, residential street for when you want to relax. The outdoor area is a tropical oasis that we had a hard time leaving! The pool, the lush foliage, and the outdoor seating were all perfect. We spent many hours at the pool relaxing, drinking fresh frozen beverages and bonding together. The house was equipped with everything we could possibly need during our stay (bath soaps, beach towels, all sorts of kitchen appliances, Apple TV, extended cable, and even a new bag of coffee). Each of the bedrooms is very private and equipped with the most comfortable luxury linens for a dreamy night’s sleep. Everyone in our party couldn’t stop talking about how comfortable the beds were! Secret Villa II was perfect for six adults. And perhaps the best part of Secret Villa II is the wonderful hosts! Jim and Kevin truly went above and beyond to make sure we were 100% comfortable during our stay. They were available when we needed them but also gave us complete privacy. Secret Villa II is the perfect home for your Key West vacation.
# 297270 Mountainback, Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain, Gold Country & High Sierra, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great place to stay while enjoying all Mammoth has to offer.
07/16/2016 - Mammoth California is one of the best places in the US for snowboarding and mountain biking and this property is located perfectly. It is near the Village shopping area which is the heart of the region. The living room and kitchen have a nice open plan that makes the place feel very large and inviting to guests. The fireplace ads a warm atmosphere and the windows open to a view of the mountains and the hot-tub. During our stay, we also used the gas grill, in the common area, offering a nice outdoor touch. The foosball table was great for our kids and provided extra entertainment before settling down for the evening. The smart TV offered all the latest apps from Netflix to Amazon Prime. The property has plenty of dishes and cookware that you can enjoy eating as many meals indoors as you’d like. Bus stop #77 runs right next to this condo making access to almost all the restaurants and bars extremely convenient! We loved staying at this place and hope to return again!
# 683559 Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 5 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy the pool, ocean breeze and beautiful views at your leisure.
07/15/2016 - The moment the VRBO Bear & his family walked into Casa Jaguar we knew we were at the perfect luxury family vacation home! The endless views of the ocean & lush landscaping were just beautiful. Having five bedrooms provided us with more than enough space for our family. The children enjoyed splashing in the pool while the adults spent time swimming laps & eating fresh local fruit at the swim-up bar. The staff at Casa Jaguar were very attentive, friendly and welcoming. They provided excellent service including hot breakfasts and delicious snacks as well as extremely clean rooms with fresh towels and linens. Many days were spent just enjoying Casa Jaguar and the amenities. When we wanted to venture out, we were able to take a quick drive into either Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo to explore the markets, eat the local food, and play at the beach. Our family will have memories that will last a lifetime thanks to this stunning property located in Ixtapa, Mexico.
# 332640 Ekahi Village, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Excellent place to relax and just a short walk to the beautiful beach!
07/14/2016 - This bear had a wonderful time with family and friends. The very short walk to the beach was through the gorgeous property and the hike itself was a highlight of the trip, as was the beach itself.... and what a beach! We have been to Hawaii before but have always stayed at a resort. Having a fully stocked kitchen and a full grill on a private lanai was so perfect, we invited another family for dinner. As for the condo itself, we loved the open floor plan with the kitchen and living area together and access to one of the lanais. The entire home was nicely themed with beach art and the landscaping surrounding the unit was very lush. The master suite had a nice private lanai with lounge chairs. The master bathroom had an extra-large shower with a smooth pebbled floor that was comfy to our feet. My cub really liked the hideaway Murphy bed that was easily opened and closed, and the wifi, Netflix and cable TV. Momma Bear loved the kitchen, which was well stocked and had Tupperware for all of our beach picnics. The washer and dryer were also full size to easily fit all our wet/sandy clothes. There were beach towels, chairs, coolers and toys provided. From the unit, we enjoyed a beautiful downhill walk to the family pool and beach. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer beach than Keawakapu. It had great sand with views of west Maui, Molokini and Kaho'olawe. You can also take a stroll all the way to Wailea Beach. We also got to dine at some fun places just 5-10 minutes away. Kihei Cafe and Da Kitchen were favorites and nothing beat Tamura's for Poke. Last but not least the owner was not only very responsive but proactive in keeping us informed about our upcoming stay.
# 399708 Coral Bay, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 1 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
Enjoy the pool, the outdoor patio and the fabulous views!
07/09/2016 - Island Dreams is the perfect place to get away and enjoy spectacular views of the Caribbean. This lovely home is nestled within a lush, green mountain that overlooks Coral Bay. The gourmet kitchen was well-stocked and cooking was especially nice with the patio doors open so we could feel the ocean breeze. The lanai was the perfect location to eat and watch the sailboats in the bay, adding to the ambiance of being in paradise. There is a barbecue grill in the private courtyard that we used and dined in the outdoor patio among the tropical gardens where we spotted hummingbirds and other wildlife. We enjoyed waking each morning to a splendid view of the glistening bay and steep green forests. If you are up early enough – the sunrise is incredible! We had everything we needed including beach towels, informative books/maps of the area and a small DVD collection. There is a market just down the road to supply groceries for the week. We found adventure exploring many beautiful white sandy beaches in nearby bays, some that you can even hike to. The snorkeling is incredible and diverse - we saw several large sea turtles and stingrays. When venturing out to dine, we found many idyllic and delicious restaurants in Coral Bay where it is hard to decide which is better - the food or the views. The people and locals are friendly and Nancy, the property manager was very informative and helpful. Islands Dreams in Coral Bay is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world.
# 430773 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
There's no better place to call home when visiting Albuquerque.
07/08/2016 - We were so pleased to pull into this quiet, gated community in Southwest Albuquerque and found that the house was just around the corner from the entrance - it was so inviting! We walked through the lovely front garden, and into the entrance, finding it perfectly air-conditioned, which as a furry bear is quite important. The spacious living room with gas fireplace, comfy couches, and a well-stocked bookshelf (including DVDs) were just what we needed to relax before heading out on our adventures. We hiked the Sandia Mountains, took the train to Santa Fe, visited our bear family in Los Lunas, and took in the general loveliness that characterizes New Mexico. Each night, we enjoyed the evening air out on the back patio. We felt like we were in our own backyard oasis getaway with plenty of privacy. We were delighted by the oversized garage for the car as well. I highly recommend making this casita your home base next time you’re in Albuquerque.
# 46877 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, ESTATE
Great location and the pool is sooooo refreshing!
06/30/2016 - Our family's stay at Runningwood was truly spectacular. From the views, to the pool, to the fully equipped kitchen, we felt completely taken care of and at home. We spent many evenings on the scenic patio enjoying the Sonoma sunset. The pool was a welcome relief during the day and the hot tub kept us cozy in the evenings. The home is conveniently located near town and a number of wineries, but you still feel miles away. It's the perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation while still having the luxuries of home, including surround sound, wifi, and cable. We would go back in a heartbeat!
# 413684 West Hills, Portland, Oregon, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
You will enjoy both Portland's beauty & fun from this serene location.
06/29/2016 - This Magical Woodland Home sits right on the edge of Forest Park, a breath-taking 5,000-acre urban forest right in the middle of Portland. Driving up the long driveway, this Bear family felt a million miles away from the bustling city, despite there being a shopping center and grocery store just 5 minutes away. We loved being surrounded by the towering trees, the serene grounds of our apartment and seeing two deer in the backyard. David and Margie were the perfect hosts, making sure we had everything we needed and were quick to answer any questions we had. We appreciated the special touches in the apartment including the bag of toys and pack n play left out for our little bear cub. Margie also said we were welcome to pick fresh blueberries from the blueberry bushes in the backyard! The apartment had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. In the bathroom, we loved the Sandalwood soap and lemon-flavored lip balm as well as the eco-friendly containers of shampoo and conditioner. There was also a wide assortment of books and board games for those wanting to enjoy a relaxing evening at home. This Bear family wanted to explore the city, and we appreciated the many books on places to visit and things to do in Portland. The apartment is just a short drive from Nob Hill, a bustling, quaint neighborhood with plenty of restaurants, shopping and the always-popular Salt & Straw ice cream shop. This was our first trip to Oregon and we couldn’t have asked for better accommodations. It was the perfect place to stay for these Bears who wanted to experience both Portland’s scenic beauty as well as life in the city. We would definitely stay here again!
# 433664 Eastlake and Portage Bay, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE
Enjoy relaxing at the Carriage House or walk to nearby attractions.
06/29/2016 - The Seattle Carriage House was the perfect place for the VRBO Bear and his friends to stay while we enjoyed our time in Seattle. Jill, the homeowner, did a fantastic job making sure that we had everything we would need for our stay. Upon arrival, the house was sparkling clean and completely prepared for our group. The four of us stayed comfortably in the house, and we easily could have had room for more! By far, our favorite feature of the house was the beautiful courtyard in the rear. To make the already unique location even more special, there is a chicken coop in the courtyard! The location in Capitol Hill was perfect as we were able to walk to many of the nearby attractions. Many of the other neighborhoods are just a short car ride away. Our entire group loved the Seattle Carriage House and cannot wait to stay there again!
# 474313 Rolling Hills at Formosa Gardens, Kissimmee West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
All the comforts of home and SO close to most of the local attractions.
06/25/2016 - My dream to visit Mickey Mouse and his friends finally came true! It was made even better by staying at the Disney Fantasy Villa. The home, which had four super comfortable bedrooms, made for the perfect retreat for my family of five. Since there were 3 bathrooms, there was no waiting in line to get ready each morning! We had everything we needed to fuel-up and have breakfast every day (toaster, coffee maker, and so many plates and utensils) before heading out to explore. We rented a car at the airport upon our arrival (a must to get around), and spent less than 15 minutes to travel to the Disney parks and 30 minutes to the Universal Studios parks. We even ventured about one hour to Clearwater Beach one day and we had a blast. After our long days at the magical parks, we would pick up food at one of the many nearby restaurants (Chuys, Bonefish Grill, Carrabbas, etc.) and bring it home to relax, play some Xbox, and also swim in the pool. We really enjoyed having the whole Disney Fantasy Villa to ourselves at the end of the day. It made it so easy to visit Mickey, Simba, Chewbacca, and all the princesses. I’m ready to go back and stay here again!
# 7133 Turtle Walk, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
You will love the beautiful ocean views from your balcony!
06/24/2016 - We were looking forward to seeing some emerald green water and voila, this bear and his family got a great view with the balcony windows facing the beautiful water! The space was bright and full of natural light which helped me out of my hibernation. I loved the comfortable furniture, all the room for the cubs, and a nice King size bed for me. We cooked fish we caught ourselves in the fully stocked kitchen. We ate on the balcony with the great weather and enjoyed fireworks from there too! Having the washing machine was great for staying fresh the whole week. On top of being right on the beach, the location was perfect since it wasn’t near the Destin or the Fort Walton traffic. Okaloosa Island is quiet but close to everything including grocery stores and great restaurants on the water. The space was great for family bonding but when we needed rest, we could retire to our respective corners. The owners and building staff went out of their way to be helpful and were super nice. This is the best three bedroom in the Destin area!
# 443627 Occidental, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CABIN
Hang out by the pool or enjoy all the other amenities.
06/22/2016 - Our stay at the Love Nest in Occidental, CA was just what the bear needed for a little R&R. Robert and Jeannie were very welcoming and considerate hosts who obviously care very much about their guests' experience. They have thought of all the extras that make the Love Nest retreat a one-of-a-kind vacation. The Love Nest is nestled on a hillside between towering trees. It feels like you are out in the forest, but you are truly less than half a mile from town center. Occidental is the epitome of a small North California town that offers everything from nearby wineries/vineyards, a farmers market, historic Italian food, to fun local shopping. It keeps getting better: you are a short drive (30 minutes) from Bodega Bay for tasty crab chowder, salt water taffy, and horseback riding; or you can go 45 minutes the other direction to get to Napa Valley and Sonoma. We had it in our mind that we would spend most every day out-and-about exploring wineries, but after we arrived at the Love Nest we couldn't tear ourselves away. We spent two full days of our trip just enjoying the cabin and all it has to offer! As I mentioned, Robert and Jeannie have thought of everything - like a chef's kitchen and projector TV. Get this...they even have a self-playing piano that you can turn on while drinking coffee in the mornings. Awesome. There is a sauna, tree house, hot tub, pool, grill, turtle pond, and the list goes on...truly a retreat within itself. Whether you are looking to explore north California, or just wanting a really funky and one-of-a-kind getaway for you and your significant other, the Love Nest is the perfect stop! Don't miss out.
# 473488 Colorado Springs, South Central, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
What a wonderful location to stay while in Colorado Springs!
06/22/2016 - It’s no secret that bears love the outdoors, and I can’t think of a better location than Colorado Springs to experience the raw beauty of America. I have been known to stay in a mountain den, but for this trip I wanted the whole house to stretch my legs and let the cub have a private bedroom. I felt extra warm and fuzzy when I found a cute Victorian style home in the Old Colorado City historic district, the perfect home base for a trip to Colorado Springs. The house is a short walk to breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurants on Colorado Avenue. I especially enjoyed Mountain Shadows Restaurant for a hearty breakfast and Dat’s Italian for an authentic New York style Italian dinner. After breakfast, stop by Mountain Mama’s Natural Foods for healthy hiking snacks including gluten-free and paleo options. The neighborhood is so peaceful and relaxing that a deer chose the neighbor’s back yard to bring two fawns into the world on the first morning of our stay. Who needs cable TV and Wi-Fi when you can watch a fawn taking its first steps? The house has everything you need if you want to cook for yourself including modern appliances. The back yard is perfect for grilling and relaxing if you are in the mood. Mama Bear loved the soaking tub after hiking Barr Trail. Little Bear loved the Cog Railway and especially the donuts and hot chocolate at the Summit House. A cozy Victorian style house feels just right after taking in the nourishing beauty of the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Katharine Lee Bates wrote a poetic review of Colorado Springs over 100 years ago that perfectly captures the beauty and emotion experienced by travelers then and now. Colorado Springs is truly America the Beautiful!
# 78970 Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley), Lake Tahoe North Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Beautiful views & great amenities are yours to enjoy at this Squaw Creek condo.
06/21/2016 - A getaway to the beautiful Olympic Valley ski area was exactly what this Bear needed having just come out of hibernation. With close proximity to Lake Tahoe and the town of Tahoe City, we knew we had picked the best spot for a vacation. As we traveled to the condo located at the prestigious Resort at Squaw Creek, we were greeted with expansive valley views that literally took our breath away. Not only was the resort beautiful, but the amenities were outstanding. With views of the mountains and golf course, we spent much of our free time enjoying the lovely heated pools and hot tubs. On the days we wanted a bit more adventure we explored nearby Olympic Village, taking the gondola up to the top of Squaw peak. Enjoying the outdoors as most Bears do, we spent many afternoons hiking nearby trails including the highly rated Shirley Canyon Trail. We also enjoyed the Lake Tahoe area such as Emerald Bay and Sand Harbor State Parks. There were plenty of lakefront restaurants to check out during our daytime excursions. Every evening we would return to the condo and snuggle up in the cozy living room by the fire and enjoy movies. The condo’s kitchen was a great bonus and had everything we needed to help feed hungry bears. The dining space also had plenty of seating. We slept soundly every night in the comfortable beds and we loved sipping our coffee each morning while enjoying the wooded views from the large condo windows. With the condo being an end unit we felt as though we were in a tree house and we thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet in its location in the resort. Our week definitely flew by too quickly and with so much to explore and see in the area, we know we want to return.
# 437423 Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
You'll have all the comforts of home while enjoying your time in New Orleans.
06/19/2016 - What a great house in New Orleans! Upon arrival, Tracy was there to greet us and show us around the house and tell us about everything in the area. This house is very close to two really amazing breakfast restaurants and a few really fun bars. (All within a mile of the house) Since this house is 1 block off of Canal Street, you don’t even need a car to get around since you can use the street cars that only cost you 3 dollars a day! The house itself is so comfortable, very spacious and has everything you need. The first floor has one very large living area with a futon that is divided into two spaces and then a great fully equipped kitchen. The upstairs is where the spacious bedroom is along with the single bathroom. The other great feature of this house is the HUGE backyard with a patio to enjoy the outside weather. There is even a small fishpond that sets a tranquil scene to just kick back and relax. Thank you Tracy for having such a great space for my husband and I to enjoy New Orleans!
# 295393 Salt Pond, Long Island, Bahamas, Caribbean, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Beautiful views and beaches are just steps away!
06/14/2016 - As the VRBO Bear, it is my duty to continue to travel the globe in search of the perfect vacation for you and your friends and family. My obligations this time took me to the Bahamas, specifically Long Island. Are you looking for a quiet getaway enjoying the most beautiful beaches in the world, almost all to yourself? While staying at a beautiful house with all the amenities of home seated right in front of your own beach? Then look no further than the Osprey Nest. Long Island is a short flight from Nassau, and has some of the best beaches in the world, including Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest salt water blue hole in the world. There are dozens of beaches, plenty of fishing and snorkeling, and sightseeing at places like Hamilton Cave and the Columbus Monument. But the main attraction for me is the Osprey Nest. Near the settlement of Salt Pond, the Osprey Nest is on the Atlantic side of the island, and backs up to a protected cove. The house is 4 air-conditioned bedrooms surrounding a great room with a living area, dining area and kitchen. The house is wonderfully decorated, updated and comfortable. Everything you need to cook with is in the kitchen. Outside large sliding glass doors is a huge deck with a dining table and seating areas overlooking the cove. And steps away is a soft sand beach with perfectly clear blue water. No need to pack up a cooler, fight for chairs, or hunt for food and water. You can walk back and forth in seconds between your home and an amazing beach all day long. In addition to the property, the house managers are fantastic. They will help you get around, and suggest places to visit and things to do. There are grocery stores and restaurants nearby. But I wouldn’t blame you if you stayed at your backyard beach the whole time like I did. Safe travels!
# 97407 Columbia Falls, Glacier Country, Montana, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Come enjoy the beauty of Glacier National Park with all the comforts of home.
06/14/2016 - We were planning a trip to Glacier National Park, and found this house which fit the bear’s needs perfectly. The home was clean, and very relaxing. The kitchen was very well stocked with plates, utensils, and everything else you could need, even a waffle maker. The hot tub was great! There were several TV’s throughout the house, and a DVD player. We enjoyed watching movies in the evening after our travels. The wifi was a good bonus. You might see some animals, I saw a large moose or elk, but couldn’t identify which since I never saw the head! I really enjoyed all the bird sounds, and being away from major traffic. The owners were great, meeting us at the property when we arrived, showed us the property, and also had good insight on touring Glacier National Park. They were available if we had questions, and we could either call or text. This home exceeded our expectations, we would definitely come back!
# 359007 Lihue, Lihue-Kalapaki, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The perfect condo on the perfect Hawaiian island!!!
06/13/2016 - The VRBO Bear stayed at this phenomenal condo on Kauai and loved every minute. The property owner, Duane, was super helpful and available to answer any questions. The condo is amazing and just as beautiful as the photos suggest. Just a very short walk barefoot (bear-foot?) from the back patio to the beach. Super comfortable dining, living room and kitchen where you can always hear the gentle crash of ocean waves and feel a light breeze. There is a long stretch of uncrowded, pleasant beach right outside the condo. Beds are comfy, everything is clean. The bathrooms are clean and recently updated. And the kitchen is perfect for morning coffee, lunch or preparing something big in the evening. The place looks great and it was a pleasure staying there. The location is ideal for exploring all that the island of Kauai has to offer. The condo is in the middle of the island which puts it in the best place to explore the south of the island (and Waimea Canyon) as well as the north side of the island (like Princeville and the Na Pali Coast). There were several tours and sites that the VRBO Bear took in that were just a matter of a few minutes’ drive from the condo. Kauai is a phenomenal place to visit. And this condo is a perfect place to stay to enjoy the island to its fullest. Bear tested, Bear approved!
# 707051 Pine Valley, Utah, USA, 10 BR, 8 BA, LODGE
Everything you could possibly need is all right here!
06/12/2016 - This home was so spacious, equipped with loads to do! The family had a great time disconnecting and spending evenings doing activities from croquet to basketball. There was always something to do to keep the kids (cubs) busy. The home has an amazing kitchen for family meals around the table or just to grab a quick snack from the pantry. The living space was super comfortable, the basement lounge area was perfect for relaxing on the couch with the kiddos to watch movies. There wasn’t a dull moment! The great room has the grandest view, with many great nooks to hang out in for a quick board game. Taking in the evening with dinner outside on the patio with plenty of outdoor seating was a joy. Beds were super comfy. After hiking in the nearby national parks, a nice soak in the tub was called for! We hiked half the trip but realized it was also fun lounging around the place, taking it easy! The grounds were so nice and you could tell there was a lot of attention to detail. I would stay there again, my entire family and parents truly loved every minute at this home away from home!
# 279671 Tarpon Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
You can relax and unwind while enjoying the ocean view and breeze.
06/10/2016 - Quite honestly, this was the best vacation we’ve ever had as a family! Staying at this Tarpon Beach condo was relaxing, serene, comfortable, accommodating and perfect. We were looking for a vacation that would allow us the opportunity to completely disconnect from our work and focus on our family, and this condo allowed us to do just that. Shelves of books, the screened in patio, and a 50 yard walk over the boardwalk to the beach meant we could spend an entire day collecting shells and enjoying the sea breeze. The condo is totally equipped with wifi, TVs, DVD players. Even though we did not use the televisions, we most certainly took advantage of all of the books, games and beach equipment provided. My husband took the bike out for a few rides while the kids and I took naps. Seriously, the most relaxing vacation I could have ever imagined. At night, there are no lights allowed on the beach from May through November because sea turtles come and dig their nests and lay their eggs. The island does a tremendous job of ensuring the wildlife is protected and so they mark each nest so it is not disturbed. It was wonderful to be on an island where a sea turtle that was born there years ago has now come back to the same island to lay its eggs! The abundance of restaurants, cafe’s, shops, and rainy day activities such as the shell museum and nature preserve were just as captivating. Speaking of captivating, Sanibel’s neighboring Island of Captiva is just over a short bridge and offers fun experiences such as the Bubble room and beautiful beaches where we watched the sunset. The owners of the condo are fantastic! They went above and beyond to ensure we had a terrific stay.
# 91272 Dunquin, County Kerry, Ireland, Europe, 4 BR, 4 BA, COTTAGE
The perfect location while exploring the beautiful sights of Ireland.
06/04/2016 - At the Stone Cottage on the Dingle Peninsula, we experienced the magic of late sunsets and lingering twilight...the perfect way to end our days of exploring this beautiful area of Ireland. Stone Cottage has it all -- beautiful sweeping views, the perfect location, easy access to the town of Dingle, and the genuine Irish cottage ambience. The house overlooks Sybil Head and Clogher beach. Each morning we had our coffee on the terrace while watching the waves crash on the cliffs and sheep graze in the pastures. We enjoyed walking through the pastures to the cliffs and Clogher beach – private access to a priceless view! The home has four very comfortable bedrooms, each with its own bath. The master bedroom is spacious with a separate sitting area. The best part of the master is two sets of large windows overlooking the sea and cliffs. While laying in bed we could watch the sunset over the ocean. The master bath has a clawfoot tub and each bathroom has towel warmers. We were impressed with how clean the house was; it was immaculate. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to cook our meals at home (food processor, steamer, etc.). Having a washer and dryer was very convenient. The working fireplace is made for cozy evenings, and our host Sharon provided us with wood and helped us build the fire. Overall, the house was comfortable, cozy, and hard to leave. We spent a week at the Stone Cottage and wished we had stayed longer! There is so much to do on Dingle. Directly from the house there are several beautiful walks. Exploring around the house was a delight! We wandered down back roads to find beautiful villages, beaches, and cliff walks. There are also many archeological sites close by. The Beehive huts along Slea Head Drive date from 2,000 B.C. are a must see, so is Kirkmander Church and Galarus Oratory. There is a cafe just two minutes down the road on foot, the town of Ballyferriter is five minutes down the road by car, and the town of Dingle is less than 15 minutes away by car. Dingle town is absolutely adorable. We had several amazing meals in town, saw traditional live music, and shopped at the local artisan stores. Overall, Stone Cottage was the perfect home base for our explorations on the Dingle Peninsula which we felt was the most beautiful area in all of Ireland!
# 721723 Stake Bay, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands, Caribbean, 3 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
Enjoy this oceanfront villa complete with pool, jacuzzi & million dollar views!
05/14/2016 - What an incredible vacation! We spent 6 beautiful days at Tides End and did not want to leave. Everything from the million dollar views to the well- appointed furnishings made this a trip to remember. The view, tranquility and peace of this place are amazing. The villa was well stocked and even better than the photos. We spent most of our time in the pool and Jacuzzi and enjoyed the breath taking sunsets each night. We were greeted each morning by an abundance of sunshine and warm weather that enticed us to enjoy our morning coffee on the patio. Afternoons were spent exploring the island and all it had to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed cooking each meal on the gas grill and serving dinner at the large dining tables inside and out. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the property manager, Derwin who waited patiently while we picked up our rental car and escorted us to the villa. He provided a full tour of the home and all the amenities that were offered such as bikes, kayak and a tutorial on working the high end electronics. He was also kind enough to take us out on his boat for a bit of fishing. While we did not have any luck catching fish, it was still an unforgettable experience. Thank you, Marcus and Jennifer for allowing us the chance to enjoy this little piece of paradise!
# 10756 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Abaco Islands, Bahamas, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
Just steps from villa to beach! What a great location!
05/14/2016 - There is no question! This is truly a ‘beary’ special villa nestled amongst one of the prettiest stretch of beaches you could ask for. The beach was right in front of the villa! To boot, the residence was perfectly cleaned, well maintained and well stocked. All the appliances/electronics were late model and allowed for easy meal preparation coupled alongside some Netflix binge watching in the evenings. We really enjoyed the multiple outdoor decks to which you could track the sun for a good tan at any time of the day. The neighborhood is one of the most well-manicured areas we have ever seen in the Bahamas with all the essentials within a short walk, cart or bike ride. You really did not have to leave the area which was such a piece of mind when sinking into true relaxation mode. The marina was super close and we recommend the boat day trip. We saw stingray, shark, sea turtles and a pod of dolphins actually come in to the cay one day while we were busy being beach bums. A truly rare and special appearance! The nearby owners are friendly and really make you feel right at home. All in all, this WAS home! Great for families, don’t pass this one up!
# 514951 Cannon Beach, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
You will enjoy being just steps from the beautiful Oregon coast.
05/11/2016 - The life of the VRBO bear can be tough and I longed for a relaxing escape. Luckily, this charming beach house was exactly what I needed. With an inviting outdoor space and ocean views from most rooms, how could you not love it? This is a historic home with character and cozy charm, and it comes with all the amenities that provide an enjoyable experience. The house was clean, the kitchen well stocked and the washer/dryer came in very handy. I especially appreciated the comfortable beds (a bear needs his sleep) and the big couch for settling in to watch a movie. I had no problem finding something to watch from the multiple sources on Roku. My little cubs loved the bunk bed and all of the artistic touches throughout the house. Once we were well rested, it was time to explore all that Cannon Beach had to offer. The location was perfect, being just 50 human steps to the sand (slightly more for a little bear). I spent my days walking the beach, feeling the surf, and taking in the views of Haystack Rock. The town itself was a wonderful surprise. The Beach House was within walking distance of unique coffee shops (I recommend Sleepy Monk Coffee), restaurants (you must try Pizza A’ Fetta!) and shopping. The cubs enjoyed getting ice cream and other sweet treats. We met friendly faces wherever we went. The Beach House was also an ideal location for a visit to the natural beauty of Ecola State Park. We made great memories here, and if you are looking for a place to stay on the Oregon coast, The Beach House can’t be beat!
# 458643 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN
Come enjoy Estes Park and the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
05/08/2016 - My trip to Estes Park met and exceeded everything this bear could have possibly hoped for. Pine Cone Cabin was a vision of beauty nestled in a breathtaking landscape. The home was flawless in its cleanliness and comfort, offering a luxury experience of the highest quality, surpassed only by the wonders of nature that surrounded it. The information presented on the listing was accurate and thorough, while the owners (Jack and Donna) were highly responsive, kind, and helpful. The location was stellar, whether we wanted to take the short drive to Rocky Mountain National Park or enjoy a peaceful time in the idyllic town of Estes Park; there was always plenty of natural and manmade entertainment to be found. The owners of Pine Cone Cabin have curated an immaculate vacation home and the VRBO Bear could not have been happier. It was one of the best vacations this bear has ever experienced. Thank you!
# 554798 Loch Ness, Scotland, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Your penthouse apartment in this beautiful Abbey will not disappoint.
04/20/2016 - My visit to Gruinyards with my family was everything a vacationing bear could wish for: a spacious and comfortable penthouse apartment with breathtaking views of Loch Ness and the surrounding countryside. The apartment was well appointed with everything we needed for a magical family get-away. Our host obviously took great care in preparing the space, with cozy and attractive furniture, dishes and utensils in the kitchen, games and puzzles, an organized binder with brochures for all of the area’s attractions, and manuals for all of the appliances. He even made sure we had tea and tasty biscuits upon our arrival. Gruinyards is located on the beautiful grounds of a nineteenth century Abbey in Fort Augustus. There was plenty for my family and I to do whether we wanted to venture out or stay close. It is conveniently located near several sites of historic interest including Fort Williams, Urquhart Castle, and the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Cruises of the Loch left regularly from a dock right next to the Abbey. Within the grounds we explored a fun playground, a super-human-sized chess set, and played croquet. My cubs especially enjoyed the heated pool, while I took a refreshing trip to the steam room and sauna. A wide range of food was just a short walk away with the Boathouse pub right on Loch Ness, the restaurant at the Lovat Hotel, and a market that had everything we needed when we didn’t want to venture out. The owners of Gruinyards have created a wonderful and relaxing space that we hope to visit again. This was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. Thank you!
# 326618 Wandsworth, London, England, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Beautiful Westminster flat just minutes from Buckingham Palace.
04/17/2016 - This lovely flat in a prime area in Westminster is the ideal for any bear visiting London. Although I never received my invitation to take tea with the Queen, it would have been only a 5 minute walk to reach Buckingham Palace. With so much to see and experience nearby, there’s not much need to take the Tube elsewhere, but the nearest station is right down the street. Exploring all day can wear a bear out, but it’s no effort to get back upstairs thanks to the handy lift (elevator). The charming one bedroom flat is an oasis of charm and light for times when you just want to put your paws up and relax. Not only is there a wide variety of places to go out to eat very close by, but you can take advantage of the nearby grocery stores to cook up your own feast in the fully stocked kitchen. At the end of the day, the comfy beds welcome you to curl up and hibernate for the night until the sun comes up and you head out again in a different direction for another adventure.