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.
# 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 Dingle, 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.
# 381855 Kanab, Utah, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
You'll be on top of the world in your Utah paradise!
04/15/2016 - What an incredible vacation! The bear arrived to this property with hefty expectations and wasn’t disappointed. The home was clean, comfortable and stocked with all supplies. The pool and hot tub were a huge perk, as we all needed to soak after the long hikes! The townhouse was located in a quiet pocket near the end of the street, within walking distance of shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. Tyler, our wonderful host, was amazingly accessible and provided great tips on areas of interest, places to eat, etc. The home is perfectly located. Just a short drive to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park, Lake Powell, and a multitude of other destinations. I only wish I could give this place more than 5 stars. We will definitely be back to the area, and will definitely stay at Tyler’s home again.
# 449418 Pompano Beach, Florida South East, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
Just enjoying the sea air under the banyan tree!
04/12/2016 - This property is amazing, and has a beautiful view of the canal. The home is fully childproofed, which put me at ease with my two year old. The outdoor sitting area is screened off with a high lock to make sure that small children cannot open it. The property is located about a mile away from the beach, and there are plenty of stores and restaurants nearby. The grounds are kept in pristine condition, and there are two peaceful sitting areas in the backyard. One sitting area is located under a beautiful 100 year old banyan tree that faces the canal. The other is located near a full size propane grill which is great for dinner in the evenings. The pool is a very nice salt water pool that can be heated at your request. Everything is as described on this advertisement. Claude is very hospitable. If you are looking for a beautiful home managed to perfection in Ft. Lauderdale, this is the place to go!
# 620548 Bear Crossing, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relax in the hot tub and gaze at the stars!
04/05/2016 - Wow, we could not have asked for a better experience in Winter Park than the one we had at this house. From the moment you walk in, you can see the breathtaking views through the living room windows. It felt like we were looking at a painting as we were relaxing in the large living room area. We cooked many meals in the fully stocked, open kitchen that also provided a lovely view of the mountains. Whether it’s snowing, sun shining bright, or if you are just looking at the night sky this view will just blow you away. The house was conveniently located only 1.3 miles from restaurants, shops, etc. If you aren’t up for a walk, no worries, there is also a shuttle that comes very often to take you anywhere you need to go. It is also only a 5 minute drive/shuttle ride to the Winter Park Resort! If you are looking for an adventure snowmobiling is a must! We took a 2 hour tour up to the continental divide and it was phenomenal. This house is extremely spacious which was a huge perk for us. We would have bears playing games in one living room while other bears would go to the second living room for a little workout session. After long days of working out and skiing we were able to relax in the amazing hot tub under the stars. I would highly recommend this home for a large group of friends or family for your next winter vacation.
# 503287 Kenwood, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 3 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Warm and cozy villa in a super convenient location!
04/01/2016 - “The villa was beary perfect in every way! We knew it was going to be a special place from the moment we pulled up to the iron gate and drove through the grape vines down the front driveway of the property. When I walked through the front door, the home’s interior took my breath away. Everything was perfect. It was modern, yet had a very cozy and warm feeling. We had a lot of fun playing some of the games that were available for us while sitting near the toasty electric fireplace. The home was fully stocked with everything we needed and more. There were even fun toys and a highchair for our baby bear! Not only did we have a beautifully decorated dining room to eat in, we had a second option to dine outside in the back yard, which had breathtaking views! It was nice to sit amongst the fresh herbs and flowers or by the pool looking out at the hills and trees.. The location of the property is quite convenient and close to everything. There were many walkable shops, restaurants and wineries with tastings right across the street to enjoy. Anyone who has a chance to stay at this romantic (and it was very romantic!) 5 star villa hosted by a 5 star owner would be very lucky and have a guaranteed relaxing time. Erika, thank you for such a truly wonderful stay!”
# 271788 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Rest and recharge yourself at Glencoe Retreat!
03/27/2016 - From the gorgeous sunlight that flooded the bedroom to the lush greenery surrounding the property, the VRBO Bear felt right at home at this retreat. The quiet neighborhood is just biking distance to the party scene of Venice Beach, and our gracious hosts greeted us warmly, even with our late check-in. As we walked through the patio that separates the main house from the cottage in the back, we were mesmerized by the hanging lights, luxurious outdoor pizza oven and enchanting garden statues. They have captured the Venice aesthetic in their own back yard. The cottage itself is modern and spacious: high ceilings allow the light to fill the rooms and the clean lines of the furniture and appliances magnify the “zen” we felt as soon as arrived. But don’t let the minimalism fool you—the cottage amenities were above and beyond our expectations. One afternoon, we used the washer and dryer after a ride to the beach (bikes provided!); then enjoyed the cable TV so we could rest up for our next adventure. The Glencoe Retreat even boasts an outdoor soaking tub in the cottage’s private porch. The VRBO Bear visited great restaurants and bars in the surrounding areas (and is still dreaming of Abbott’s pizza, days later). In retrospect, we wished we spent more time at the cottage but its central location made it so easy to explore Venice and Santa Monica by bike and by foot. So whether you’re looking for a staycation or a homebase to explore West LA, Glencoe Retreat is a great place to recharge.
# 708494 Aurora, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy all the comforts of home while vacationing in Denver!
03/19/2016 - This property was so beautiful, the pictures don’t do it justice. The place was immaculate. From the time we stepped in the home until the time we left we experienced nothing but comfort. The owners were so nice and very welcoming. Anytime I called them (for minor things of course) they were more than willing to help. The kitchen was fully equipped. More than enough towels were provided, along with everything else you would need in a vacation rental. We felt like we were at home, and didn't want to leave when it was time to check out!
# 660094 Windsor Hills, Kissimmee West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
Amazing location with all the comforts of home!!!
03/18/2016 - I, VRBO Bear, arrived excited to explore Universal Studios with my friends. Staying at this lovely vacation home allowed us to be comfortable all together and away from the crowds. There was no end of choices for entertainment at the townhome. We enjoyed relaxing in the pool, watching a little March Madness, and sharing a healthy home cooked meal. We had some last minute questions about our stay and our host was easy to reach and perfectly helpful. Though there was lots of activity in the neighborhood, we never heard our neighbors when we were inside our townhome. The location is ideal for experiencing Orlando’s many attractions. Though I had a car, I didn’t use it. We walked to all the resort amenities, like the pool, gym and theater. We took the shuttle (info at the clubhouse) to Universal Studio the next day. We were picked up at the front door and delivered to the VIP entrance. The day was magical. We drove past Disney World, water parks and other adventures on the way to Universal. Did I mention the location is AMAZING? We retreated back to our home away from home and relaxed together over our home cooked dinner. In a word, Spectacular! It was hard to leave because we had hardly begun to visit all the fun places close by, but we will be back! Thanks for making a great time so easy …
# 186808 Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy your private, relaxing, tropical, Hawaiian escape!!!
03/17/2016 - It was simply Amazing! We spent 7 nights here and we wished we could have stayed longer. The beautiful Zen Villa is a gem nestled behind shops and restaurants in the quaint laid back country town of Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It provides a private relaxing escape from all the fun you will have on Oahu. When you first step onto the grounds of the Villa, you will be greeted by a beautiful tropical garden surrounding the main home. Exploring the property, you will find a banana tree, a lime tree, numerous tropical plants, and water fountains. The charming villa was everything we could have hoped for and more. It has modern upgrades throughout, and was spotless and well kept. Even though there are multiple restaurants and eateries nearby, we enjoyed cooking in the well appointed kitchen and eating on the outdoor deck. With 3 teenagers, we really appreciated the 3 bathrooms, all of which had walk in showers. And speaking of teenagers, the free Wifi was a must. There are multiple French doors that let the cool trade winds blow in from the ocean. The villa is just minutes from some of the most iconic beaches in the world on the north shore of Oahu. My kids made extensive use of the boogie boards and snorkeling gear. My wife appreciated the provided beach towels and beach chairs. The Villa is within walking distance of everything we needed to stock up on for our stay. The VRBO bear highly recommends this property for a relaxing private gateway in paradise.
# 303355 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Close to everything yet quiet and comfortable. You will enjoy!
03/12/2016 - The VRBO Bear had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful, spacious townhome for a 3-night getaway over Spring Break. We arrived late Wednesday night and Chris (the owner’s son who lives in the main house up front) stayed up to greet us as soon as we arrived, giving us a full tour of the property upon our arrival and making sure we felt at home. We had our own garage space on the first floor of the property, which was great because we rarely needed our rental car. Every floor of the three-story townhome was bright and airy, we felt like we were living in the trees! We are both pretty light sleepers, and although the home is walking distance to all the downtown nightlife, the rental was so peaceful we slept like babies. We woke up in the morning and had a beautiful view of the Santa Ynez mountains from the huge patio. Franceschi Park is only a short drive from the property, where you can get a breathtaking view of the city, coastline and Channel Islands. We also explored Stearns Wharf and “the Funk Zone” which has tons of cool new restaurants and local wineries, both were only a 5 minute Lyft ride from the property. Chris recommended we head to State Street, and it did not disappoint! State Street is only 2 blocks away, and we were able to walk there for our morning coffee, shopping, and the best Thai restaurant in Santa Barbara. The VRBO Bear highly recommends this townhome for anyone looking for a comfortable and relaxing getaway, but wants to be close to everything Santa Barbara has to offer. Thanks Karen, Chris, and his family for making us feel right at home!
# 347032 Pacific Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, BUNGALOW
You will love staying in this beautiful San Diego condo!
03/09/2016 - Wow, we were pleasantly surprised by this adorable guest condo when we arrived in San Diego. We spent 2 nights here and wish we could have stayed longer because there was so much to do. The staff was very friendly and delivered fresh towels to our doorstep as soon as we arrived. The rental was spotless and extremely well-kept with a brand new coffee maker, high thread count sheets, and full-sized bathroom toiletries. The condo has modern upgrades with tons of natural lighting. We loved opening the windows to let in the cool ocean breeze during the day. One of the best parts about this rental is the access to the toy box below the unit. We took our beach cruisers out for a spin around the bay and Pacific Beach oceanfront, then stopped and ate fish tacos at a great local restaurant down the street. We were walking or biking distance to everything we needed: Trader Joe’s, Von’s, and all the local shops on Mission Blvd. We enjoyed a beer on our patio in the perfect California weather and could imagine making burgers on the grill if we had more time. Nate from Beach N’ Bay Rentals was so easy to work with and was just a phone call away for our questions. The VRBO Bear highly recommends this property for anyone looking for a vacation or a fun couple’s getaway. We felt like locals at this perfectly situated property and cannot wait to plan another trip!
# 567112 Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Breathtaking views from your private rooftop terrace!!
03/09/2016 - This entire experience was amazing! The hospitality that we received while visiting Puerto Rico was above and beyond what we had expected. I have so many wonderful things to say about this home! When we arrived, the manager Anthony was very accommodating and welcoming. We were greeted at the home and given a grand tour. The home was spacious and beautiful, the pictures are great but when you actually arrive your breath is taken away by how beautiful it is. We had pretty much everything we needed throughout our stay, including towels, kitchen supplies, toiletries, beach towels, beach chairs, etc. The place definitely felt like home for the week. The view from the balcony and the roof top terrace were just the best! The roof top terrace makes this property go from wonderful to extraordinary. The view from the terrace is just breathtaking and having breakfast and some mimosas on the rooftop terrace is a definite must! The beach is just steps away and there is also a lovely pool within the community. There are several nearby beaches within walking distance that have beautiful waves and sand, and nice clear blue water. I couldn’t think of a better place to have experienced Puerto Rico and everything it has to offer than staying at this property. The VRBO bear definitely will return!
# 739931 Canyon, Panhandle Plains, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CABIN
You can enjoy the beautiful views right from the cabin!
03/05/2016 - As the VRBO Bear, I have had the opportunity to stay at many wonderful vacation rentals and I must say that my week at Doves Rest ChairLift Cabin was one of the most relaxing vacations that I have ever experienced. The owner and manager are very pleasant gentlemen and came by to welcome me on my first day there. The cabin was well beyond my expectations. It is just as described, but it is hard for pictures to do it justice. The view is so beautiful that I did not want to leave. It overlooks Palo Duro Canyon State Park and it is about a 5 minute trip by car to reach the park, but it’s hard for the park to compete with the beauty of the view at ChairLift Cabin. The cabin is very comfortable and has everything you need to have a wonderful stay. Bring your groceries and you are able to cook full meals in the kitchen and on the outdoor gas grill. There are TVs in each room, but we hardly turned them on. Sitting on the porch and staring out at the canyon during the day and up at the magnificent star filled sky at night is much preferable to watching anything on TV. It’s very private and you will not hear a sound except for maybe some wildlife passing by. Try to stay for a full week - trust me, it doesn’t get old! If you decide to venture out and want to go horseback riding, there is a place right down the road that is between the cabin and the park. You can ride from the side of the highway down into the canyon. I cannot recommend ChairLift Cabin enough! I have spent all week bragging about how great it was and look forward to going back.
# 434576 Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America, 5 BR, 5 BA, VILLA
There are just no words to describe "paradise".
02/17/2016 - This house was amazing! We had a group of 10 people who perfectly fit in this luxury house that had plenty of room for us to spend time together but also have privacy when we wanted to. I don’t think pictures can justify the view that you have while sitting in the living room, outside on the patio, in the pool and from one of the bedrooms. It’s just spectacular. Even when it’s dark outside the house is enjoyable; you can hear the ocean waves and see all the night stars. The house is perched on a small cliff with direct Flamingo Beach access down a few stairs where you can walk to a few hotels and restaurants. The area surrounding the house is pretty quiet and perfect for a relaxing beach vacation. A local tour agency, restaurant and delicious vegetarian sandwich shop are just down the road from the property as well. We hired a private chef while at the house for dinner one night and even arranged for a masseuse to come to the house for relaxing massages by the pool. We also booked several activities that I would recommend as well: a sunset catamaran tour out of Tamarindo (45 minutes away), surf lessons and an evening turtle nesting tour. The owner of the house made sure we had all of the necessary information before we arrived and we were greeted by the house manager and housekeeper upon arrival. The housekeeper was around the property some of the time so she was helpful when any questions came up. Sunset Villa is properly named because, wow, the sunsets at this house are beautiful. The VRBO Bear could not have asked for a better stay!
# 382181 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Rocky Mountain beauty right outside your door!
02/16/2016 - The pleasure of staying in this home began with our beautiful drive into Estes Park. The home itself was incredibly well maintained, very clean, and furnished with everything imaginable (including extras such as a mini library, cookware, washer & dryer, movies, games, a fireplace, and even fuzzy bathrobes.) The home is so cozy and perfect for a family or friends getaway. I would highly recommend it to anyone. There is a lovely view from the back patio that overlooks the town which is only a 5 minute walk away. Estes Park is dog friendly and gladly welcomed our dog into all the shops. Located a very short drive away is Rocky Mountain National Park with amazing scenery and awesome hiking trails. Christie, thank you for being so accommodating, easily accessible, and for sharing your beautiful home. We will absolutely be returning.
# 154950 Prague, Czech Republic, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Relax in your retreat and enjoy breathtaking views right out your window.
02/03/2016 - Such a wonderful experience! The location of this apartment is incredible. Just step out, you are already in the most famous spot in Prague - Old Town Square, directly across from the Astronomical Clock! Although the square attracts many tourists, the apartment is tucked away from the noise. The area has everything to offer; plenty of shopping, food and attractions are a 3 to 5 minute walk away. The views out of every window are breathtaking. It’s nestled on the third floor of a very enchanting, old building (much like all the buildings in Prague) but the apartment is completely renovated with all new materials and updated appliances. From the master bedroom window, you can see both the Tyn Cathedral and the Church of St. Havel – absolutely stunning structures. Everything worked perfectly. The apartment is spacious and comfortable and we felt right at home. Instead of going out for breakfast, most mornings we opted for cooking and enjoying slow mornings in the cozy space. The owner, Dana, was such a delight throughout the entire process, from booking to check-out. She was very attentive to our needs, responded quickly and was always available if we needed anything. Her local Prague contact, Radek, met at the apartment to welcome us and get us familiar with the property. He was nearby and available for any questions or help during our stay. We are so thrilled about our experience staying here and thank Dana for being such an exceptional host. We highly recommend this property to anyone visiting Prague and would we love to stay there again!
# 625664 Christiansted, USVI - St. Croix, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great location and amenities with all the comforts of home!
01/27/2016 - What a wonderful vacation! Sugar Cane Beach was the VRBO Bear’s backyard while at Colony Cove Condominiums. Breeze’s restaurant next door was very convenient on our first night, after a long day of traveling. The condo is less than 10 minutes away from the boardwalk and the shopping square of Christiansted. A snorkeling adventure, either on the Cove or Buck Island, are both close. The front desk provides snorkeling gear free of charge! Returning the snorkeling gear was easy – we just left the gear in our rental when we checked out. The VRBO Bear really appreciated this. We appreciate how comfortable the owner made their condo. The condo provided the space & amenities we needed during our 5 day vacation. The two back-to-back bathrooms made getting ready easy and convenient for both of us. Returning to the condo to unwind after our days of sightseeing was a treat in itself. If you are looking for a place that feels like home, this is a great choice. The VRBO Bear approves!
# 284248 Alma, South Central, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, LODGE
Enjoy the beauty of Breckenridge in total comfort!!!
01/24/2016 - The VRBO Bear had the pleasure to stay in this beautiful lodge with friends and family during a weekend ski trip to Colorado. I cannot say enough great things about this beautiful lodge and its friendly owners! Starting with the location… This lodge is located in a gorgeous scenic location just south of Breckenridge. It was close enough to be a short 20 minute drive to the ski slopes in Breck, but also far enough away to provide peace, privacy, and tranquility. Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the lodge had an amazing mountain view right out the front window. There was plenty of amazing scenery and wildlife surrounding the lodge. We saw a few foxes and even a moose just down the road. The lodge was gorgeous and well taken care of. It was clean, spacious, and very comfortable. It was well equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We spent the days skiing the slopes of Breckenridge and then came home to relax in the warm hot tub. In the evenings, we cooked a nice dinner in the fully equipped kitchen and then enjoyed some relaxation in front of the fireplace in the family room. We also enjoyed the game room downstairs where we played billiards on the pool table. During the day, a few members of our group enjoyed snow-shoeing, hiking, and sledding on the trails surrounding the lodge. The sleds and snow-shoes were provided by the owners for us to enjoy. We enjoyed the house so much that we did not want to be away at the ski slopes all day long. The house had everything we needed to be happy and comfortable without having to drive into town for additional entertainment. It was exactly as described in the listing and the owners were extremely nice and welcoming. We would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a comfortable and relaxing place to call “home” while visiting the beautiful mountains of Colorado. We will be back next year after winter hibernation!
# 429269 Private Homes, North, Old Town, Park City, Utah, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Everything you will need and a great location!
01/17/2016 - I cannot say enough wonderful things about this location, home, and the owners (Karen and Brian)! The home is very spacious and easily accommodates a large group of 10. There are games, supplies, and extras (hot tub, pool table, etc.) galore! Everything we could possibly need is available – towels, kitchen items, toiletries, Wi-Fi, and entertainment. The atmosphere is very warm, welcoming, and cozy. It is a great place for family and friends to stay together. Park City, Utah is a beautiful and scenic area. The home is just a few blocks away from the Park City resort for skiing and snowboarding. Good dining areas are within walking distance or a short drive. There is also a convenient free shuttle that goes between the resorts and around the town. The owners, Karen and Brian, are extremely responsive and accommodating. They provided quick answers and made sure we were doing well during our stay. They even sent us helpful weather alerts! Overall, this was a great place to stay and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Park City area.
# 765768 Cumming, Lake Lanier, Northeast Mountains, Georgia, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
Luxury on Lake Lanier!!! What could be better?
01/03/2016 - The Bear loved his getaway in the North Georgian mountains on beautiful Lake Lanier, and rates the experience at Pointe Retreat with a perfect 10 out of 10 rating. From the moment the Bear walked in, the incredible view and beautifully appointed living space made a great first impression. The stay truly lived up to this first impression – the Bear felt like a king in the lap of luxury. During the stay, there was absolutely no shortage of fun to be had – the Bear and his friends enjoyed large brunches, dinners and bbqs together, hiked at a nearby park, and played a host of games including many air hockey matches (which was a big hit with the Bear’s young friends). The indoor and outdoor crackling fires were also the perfect backdrop to working on a group puzzle and watching football and movies together. The Bear even took a plunge in the lake; he quickly followed it up with some time in the hot tub with his friends to warm up. The Bear loved the large hot tub – what a treat! After all their playing, the Bear and his friends slept comfortably in each of the six bedrooms, excited to wake up for another fun day together. Lastly, part of a great vacation is to feel welcomed and the owner did that and more – Lisa truly went above and beyond to ensure the Bear’s stay was flawless – many thanks to Lisa for a vacation to remember!
# 335569 Windsor Palms (formerly Wyndham Palms), Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
You will enjoy the location and wonderful pool and hot tub.
12/21/2015 - Great location! Amazing pool/hot tub! Family friendly and fun for all ages! We spent 4 fun-filled nights at this house in Orlando. We wanted a home that was spacious, allowed for cooking meals, had a pool and hot tub, and was close to Disney and Universal Studios. We found all these amenities and more at this Windsor Palms home. Upon arrival, the home was perfectly clean and welcoming. The rooms were just as pictured. The pool/hot tub and outdoor area was visible and welcoming. We really wanted a place that we could cook meals, and we were able to cook everything we wanted at this home. The grill was great as well as the kitchen and utensils provided. The home is very close to restaurants, grocery, and shopping options. When we were ready to go to the park, Disney and Universal Studios were within miles, and took less than half an hour to get to. After a long day at the park, the hot tub and heated pool felt amazing. We spent many nights lounging outside in the screened in area, never having to worry about pesky Florida mosquitoes. When we weren’t spending time outside, we were busy playing games! Board games, a pool table, and an air hockey table were all provided. Even though we didn’t want to leave, at least it was a short 20 minute drive to the airport! We had so much fun and can’t wait to plan our next trip to this clean, fun-filled, perfectly located home in Florida.
# 163627 St. Pete Beach, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE
A relaxing place to stay while enjoying St. Pete Beach!!
12/15/2015 - What a delightful stay at St. Pete Beach! I can’t think of a better way to describe this house than “charming.” The owner was extremely responsive, quick, and accommodating throughout the entire process and we had a wonderful vacation. When we arrived, she was there to meet us personally and show us around. There was a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge plus some muffins for breakfast, and other goodies to help us enjoy our stay. The house itself is very warm and cute, with more than enough space to live and sleep, and some DVDs to watch when we needed a break. Both of my kids were able to have their own beds which was great! There is an entirely separate garage loft that has 3 beds and a kitchen sink that my friends used as their “guest cottage.” It was the perfect amount of communion and privacy if you have multiple couples/families staying. There are two porches, a more private back porch where we ate and were able to enjoy the sunny December weather. There is also a front porch with chairs and a lovely hammock where we watched the meteor shower at night. Extremely relaxing! We felt very secluded with foliage blocking the street and sidewalk out front. The neighborhood has a lovely beach vibe, with beach shops, ice cream parlors, and a beachfront cafe (for breakfast) with live music on Sunday mornings. Perfect for enjoying some food, coffee, music, and letting the kids run on the beach. There are plenty of lunch places to eat, and even, surprisingly, a delicious raw food cafe if you’re wanting to balance your fish and shrimp consumption. The beach is exquisite, we enjoyed walking on the soft white sand. Swimming in December was a little chilly but we did it anyway and had a blast. We were rewarded by finding many sea creatures. The calm sea was perfect for the kids to play in. When we were done swimming, we used the many beach balls, Frisbees, sand buckets, and comfortable beach chairs included in the garage of the rental. There are even a few bikes to use as well. I couldn’t have asked for more or a more beautiful and welcoming place to spend our long weekend. Thanks Pass-a-grille!
# 511596 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
A wonderful place to stay in Estes Park.
12/07/2015 - We spent a long weekend in a cozy cabin with great views of the surrounding mountains. It was a peaceful and beautiful setting for a visit. When we first arrived, there were elk in the front yard. The owner, Jason, left special treats for our arrival and was helpful with our questions. We arrived during the quiet season in Estes Park, after a recent snowfall, so there was still snow on the ground. We walked down the street to the local bar and grill (Cables), where we met several of the locals and had a good time. The cabin was close to shopping and downtown, and a short drive from the Rocky Mountain National Park. Just a great location. After a day out, we enjoyed the relaxing jacuzzi tub. The kitchen was well equipped with cooking oils and spices and all the pots and pans we could need. We prepared several meals at home. The living room was cozy and the loft upstairs sleeps two. Two more could sleep in the living room sofa which opens up into a bed. The deck outside looked like it would be awesome in warmer weather, but it was cold enough that we mostly stayed inside. We had a great vacation in the mountains and are planning our next trip.
# 238274 Suches, Northeast Mountains, Georgia, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN
Enjoy this beautiful cabin and the wrap-around porch.
11/30/2015 - We enjoyed a fabulous stay at this beautiful cabin in the mountains. Driving to the cabin we had spectacular views of the mountains. The cabin is larger than we imagined with a nice driveway and well maintained lawn. There is an amazing wrap around porch that stretches from front to back and includes an outside table for meals or playing games and plenty of seating. When we walked in the front door we realized the owners love this cabin and care about their guests. It’s well decorated with comfortable furnishings. The kitchen is well equipped, has a charming gas fireplace in the living room and the view of the river is stunning. All the bedrooms have wonderful beds and furniture. The jacuzzi tub upstairs was relaxing after hiking all day, and the sauna is great! Upstairs we found a ping pong table and really fun arcade golf game. We spent much of our time enjoying the deck over the river out back, sitting by the fire pit with spectacular views of the stars, playing horseshoes and catching some giant trout (fishing poles were supplied). The area has great hikes (including part of the Appalachian Trail) and we loved the waterfalls and beautiful scenic drives. Several charming towns are nearby, including Blairsville. We had fun at Mercier Orchards at Blue Ridge, Georgia, and we enjoyed the copper mining museum in Ducktown, Tennessee. Springer Mountain with an elevation of 3,780' has stunning views and definitely worth seeing. Of course good trout fishing is everywhere. The owners of this cabin have thought of every detail to make your stay magnificent, the cabin is amazing!
# 378777 Sant Marti, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Great location and spacious flat in Barcelona.
11/27/2015 - We stayed at this flat along with friends (two couples) and had an awesome trip. The flat is in a perfect location, near the Olympic village, by the edge of the center of Barcelona. You can walk to the Metro Station in 5 minutes, and in 2 stops you are in the heart of Barcelona. It’s also only one block from the beach. We could easily visit all the tourist sites and entertainment. There are grocery stores along the street and it’s very convenient for picking up daily supplies. This flat backs to a green space, very quiet for sleeping. The flat was renovated recently and the kitchen and bathrooms are unusually spacious in an EU city. Valentin, the owner, came to meet us at the apartment and chatted with us. He also gave us pointers where the best tapas places are -we greatly appreciated the tips since we are all foodies. In short, this place is a gem and we are definitely going to stay here again when we come back!
# 377898 Budapest, Hungary, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Beautiful and spacious place to stay in Budapest.
11/21/2015 - Our stay at this apartment in Budapest was perfect. Our host and property manager were friendly, accommodating and helpful from the beginning to the very end. The flat is beautifully furnished, spacious and in an excellent location - right between Raday Street and the very popular Central Market Hall. We had so many sites, restaurants and opportunities at our fingertips with this location. The two-bed, 1.5 bath home provided perfect accommodations for two, but is absolutely suited for four, complete with laundry facilities, extra closet space, a cute little balcony and a full kitchen. Budapest is a beautiful city with a fascinating history; this apartment is perfectly suited to explore such a unique European gem.
# 378687 Budapest, Hungary, Europe, 1 BR, 0 BA, APARTMENT
Great location, full kitchen and all the conveniences of home.
11/21/2015 - My wife and I enjoyed a week long stay at Rita and Ken’s Budapad in Hungary. Their apartment offers many unique opportunities to see the city as its location is near the opera, and within a 15 minute walk of the parliament building, St Stephen’s Basilica and the chain bridge which leads to Buda Castle, St Matthias Church and much more. They offer many great amenities including free wifi, a very comfortable bed, a full kitchen, and a bathtub fit for a king. There is also a laundry machine that you can use to clean your clothes! The guest book was brimming with the recommendations for the best tours, sites to see, tips for using the public transportation, restaurants to try and things to do in Budapest. It would take weeks to do everything listed in the book, but I wish we'd had the time to do it all! I would highly recommend anyone traveling to Budapest stay at this property!
# 503416 Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio Area, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Great location with a pool and even a private chef.
11/20/2015 - Villa Tortuga is the dream vacation! I became a HomeAway/VRBO employee because traveling is my passion – I have traveled all over the world and lived abroad for over a year. I searched long and hard for the optimal place to take my vacation with 10 adventure-loving friends, and Villa Tortuga offered everything that we were looking for: great location, plenty of space, beautiful environment, pool and amenities. The private chef & housecleaning services made it impossible to resist! I can easily say without any hesitation, that my experience at Villa Tortuga was one of the best (perhaps the VERY best) travel experience I have ever had. The exceptional staff at Villa Tortuga made our travel stress-free and seamless. Victor, the concierge manager, presented us with the most popular options for Costa Rican attractions, booked all of our excursions, and facilitated the transport. We were fed like royalty – I have never eaten that well in my life. The chefs were an absolute pleasure to be around and every dish they made was fit for a gourmet restaurant. I lived in Italy for a year and they served me the best risotto I have ever tasted. The villa was absolutely beautiful and had plenty of room and amenities. It is ideal for any sort of guest – families, honeymooners, retreats, friend groups.. anybody! We were all so impressed with the villa, the location, and the staff – there is truly not a single negative comment to make. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone and everyone. I will certainly be planning a trip back!
# 655588 Kahana, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
You will not want to leave once you see the views from this Maui condo.
11/13/2015 - What a wonderful spot for a couple’s getaway! This was our first trip to Maui and the accommodations could not have been better. This condo is modern and comfortable. You are right on the ocean and have access to the beach, the pool, and plenty of lawn chairs to soak up the sun. Also, the view is amazing! The entire experience was very relaxing. We enjoyed spending time on the lanai reading, sipping coffee, and staring off into the sea. It may be warm out but you never get too hot with the cool ocean breeze. The condo is walking distance to a handful of restaurants including the Maui Brewing Company, Miso Fat for Sushi, and wonderful coffee at the Hawaiian Village Coffee shop. You can also stock up at the Whalers General Store or the farmers market. The location is perfect because you are close to it all, but also tucked away in a quiet complex. It is only a short drive to the Napili and Kapulua Beaches which are well known to be some of the nicest on the island. They both have soft sand and plenty of opportunities for spotting turtles and fish. The condo also comes with beach chairs, towels, and an umbrella for shade. We loved the comforts of this condo which included wood floors and updated carpet in the bedroom. There are flat screen TVs in the living and bedroom and the kitchen includes coffee supplies and high end cooking utensils. The linens are soft and the bed is comfortable. All in all, these amenities are very much appreciated in your home away from home. We wish we never had to leave, but we’ll definitely be back!
# 286157 Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Belize, Caribbean, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
This is paradise in Belize!!! You will love it!
11/07/2015 - What is there to say about Villa Tipsy Gecko except, wow! From the moment we arrived in our Belizean paradise, until the minute we departed, the Tipsy Gecko staff made sure this bear was one happy cub! To begin, our cave was nothing short of spectacular. Every bear needs water, and this bear had not only a refreshing pool, but the entire Caribbean just outside the back door. The cave itself was perfect. As days tend to get hot in Belize, we appreciated the air conditioning. It made coming indoors for a bit of hibernation a great pleasure. Everyone knows bears love to eat…and this bear was never disappointed. Domingo and Manuel were our 5 star chefs. We were lucky, we had these two cooking for us on three separate days; breakfast, lunch and dinner. All were wonderful. Oh, and did I mention desserts? Ours were all home made! Domingo went out of his way to take grocery requests before he left for town. His communication before, during and after our stay was Bearrific!! The rest of the staff was just as outstanding. Javier was our ride to and from the airport (and even once into town) and delivered fishing rods. Mabel, our concierge, took care of our every whim. She was super helpful - including greeting us upon arrival, touring the home with us, and she immediately set us in the right direction by finding and booking our excursions. She arranged for massages to happen at the home, referred us to TOP NOTCH tour guides and checked in often in case we had a need. Mabel is a GEM, and a great resource for our time here. The staff took great care of us; keeping the cave clean and having our clothes freshly laundered every day. The pool and grounds were meticulously cared for; we often saw Tipsy Gecko staff quietly tending to the needs of the home and grounds to keep it pretty. To sum it all up, it takes a lot to make me a happy bear, but Villa Tipsy Gecko, you made a Belizer out of me!
# 369268 Carmel By the Sea, Central Coast, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the views and making memories in Carmel.
10/31/2015 - The VRBO Bear stayed in Carmel! My friend and I were fortunate to secure this immaculate property right off the Monterey Bay. The owners were very responsive and accommodating on short notice. We were glad to know they have a local contact if anything is needed. The house was beautiful, everything was provided. Laundry, coffee, ironing, basic toiletries were there. A hot tub to stare up at the stars, a patio overlooking the crashing waves. Several bedrooms. Beautiful artwork throughout the home. The owners provide local guides to explore the city, but if you’re in the mood to stay in, you’ll find several TV's, couches for relaxing, and an expansive living room area with multimedia instructions. I'll be framing a picture of our view looking to the west from the home. This view oversees the beautiful landscaping along this pristine street in Carmel. It's a vacation spot forever in our memories.