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.
# 293931 Kingsland, Lake LBJ, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
A great place to stay with friends and family!
12/30/2014 - This waterfront home on Lake LBJ was the perfect get-away for our extended family. There were plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms for all 10 of us to stay comfortably and spread out, while the great room and living room provided space for us to all spend time together, too. In the evenings, we enjoyed preparing dinner in the well-equipped kitchen.
When we arrived, the house was warmly set with music playing to greet us, and everything was spotless and ready for us. We each took a turn on the bongo drums! They also gave us a fun way to rouse the sleepyheads in the mornings.
The waterfront view of the lake and the wooded area across was truly breathtaking. The large windows all along the back of the house enabled us to enjoy the lake from the cozy inside on days when it was too cold to spend a lot of time out on the deck. When the sun did come out, the kids enjoyed canoeing and kayaking on the still, clear water while mom and grandma watched from the back patio.
This house would be a great place for a couples' or ladies' retreat. Next time, we'll try out the huge tub built for two and the wet bar!
# 293953 Marble Falls, Lake Marble Falls, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Ahhhh, enjoying the views from the deck.
12/28/2014 - The pictures had me sold! A cozy lake house overlooking the water with all of the amenities you will ever need. I made myself at home as soon as I arrived. Big comfy bed? Check. Clean bathrooms? Check. Large kitchen? CHECK! I quickly unpacked my things and got right to cooking. All the cooking utensils I could think of were already there in the house. With my choice of THREE barbeque grills, I was able to cook up some fajita and sides in no time. Once dinner was served, I retreated to the small balcony overlooking the cool, calm, water as the sun went down.
Instead of a taking a nap on the large king bed, I went to the living room where a large TV with satellite awaited me. I figured I could chill on these beautiful leather couches before exploring the town, just right across the river. Since the lake house is centrally located within Marble Falls, I was able to enjoy the city and the surrounding area with ease. I decided to take in the sights and enjoy wine from the local wineries, none further than 20 minutes from the house. After that, a delicious meal at Francesco’s Italian Restaurant where I was able to bring in the wine I brought from nearby wineries. What could be better?
During my stay, the host kept in touch with me to ensure the home had everything I needed. It sure did! I enjoyed every bit of my stay. Thanks to the host for allowing me to stay in your home!
# 411913 Oxnard, Central Coast, California, USA, 3 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Incredible Beachfront Location!
12/27/2014 - This winter, the VRBO Bear & family decided to forgo hibernation in favor of the stunning Windy Gables and its incredible beachfront location. All of the family agrees: it was the best decision ever!
Upon entering the property, we were welcomed with a note and a crate of locally grown strawberries left by the owners, Jay & Ceci. Their thoughtful gesture, coupled with the cozy, yet beautiful decor of the house, made my family feel right at home. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to prepare meals, the rooms were spacious enough to sleep our group of 15, and the views of the California coast from the kitchen, living room, and dining room were absolutely breathtaking.
Santa Barbara is less than an hour away, but Oxnard's beautiful weather (65°F and sunny in December!) and Hollywood Beach makes it hard to leave. It's hard to stick to planned activities when the beach is your back yard. The seemingly private beach allowed my family and I to enjoy a variety of simple, but fun, activities (wave watching, beach volleyball, etc) together. We dined at a local restaurant down the street, Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, which we highly recommend to anyone who has an appetite for generous portions of traditional Brazilian food.
Windy Gables is the ideal beach getaway for families. The VRBO Bear & family thanks Jay & Ceci for having us in their home, responding to all of our questions in a timely manner, and providing us with an opportunity to share a wonderful experience that will forever be cemented in our memories.
# 125304 Pacific Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Close to Sea World, the Zoo and Legoland.
12/22/2014 - We had a wonderful stay in this house located in Pacific Beach. The house was very clean and well-arranged. For our stay in December, we found a lush Christmas red poinsettia plant on the table -a perfect way to celebrate our holiday vacation. A bay playground is a couple of blocks away, so great for those traveling with kids. The owner provided bikes and sand toys which my daughters used with their niece and nephew. The owner were very kind and responsive to all our requests. We asked for a pack n play and additional blankets, which they provided. The house is so close to Sea World and not too far away from the San Diego Zoo and Legoland.
This home is a great place to spend your vacation!
# 373831 Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 4 BR, 4 BA, CONDO
Breathtaking views from the penthouse paradise.
12/21/2014 - The Bear feels lucky to have stayed in this fabulous penthouse condo in Jaco, Costa Rica, and provides a 10 out of 10 rating on both the experience and location. The Bear arrived late at night after flying and driving from San Jose airport, and was greeted by the security guard as well as a kitchen stocked for a quick snack. The Bear and friends then slept comfortably in each of the four private bedrooms, all of which have their own bathroom. It wasn’t until the the next morning that he realized how “BEARY” special this place is indeed – the views literally took the Bear’s breath away, from EVERY room and on EVERY balcony of this 9th floor “palace”.
The Bear loved walking down to the beach, dining in open air ocean-front restaurants, riding waves on boogie boards and surfboards, and strolling and shopping through Jaco. When the Bear wanted to just relax in the condo, there was no shortage of fun to be had there either – playing dominoes on the balcony, shooting pool, eating a private chef-cooked meal, watching movies on the big flat screen TV, and catching sunsets. It was also a special treat to visit nearby attractions like the Manuel Antonio National Park and nearby Playa Hermosa’s surfing competition.
Lastly, part of a great vacation is knowing what to do and being able to tap into resources that can help facilitate activities if you need it; the concierge office on the same street provides just that and more. Many many thanks to Phil, Evelyn, and the DayStar property management group for a stay to remember – Pura Vida!
# 145930 Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe North Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
A restful, relaxing place in Lake Tahoe!
12/20/2014 - This cabin was perfect for our ski vacation! Nestled in the woods of north Lake Tahoe, this beautiful property had everything we needed for a great stay.
When we arrived, the first thing we noticed was the spacious living area with high ceilings. The fireplace was right there, very easy to light a fire at the push of a button and spend time with loved ones.
We all found ourselves in love with the kitchen here! A wonderful space for us to make meals together and dine as one happy family. Gas stoves were perfect for whipping up dinner in a jiffy, and this property had everything we needed for that. Coffee in the morning is a personal favorite, and this particular property had a coffee maker and filters ready and waiting for us.
After a long day of skiing, it’s especially awesome to have a great bed to sleep in. The beds were amazingly warm and comfortable. If any of us had a request to change the temperature… it was easy! This property had a Nest thermostat, really easy to use when things got a bit chilly. Also, the garage was perfect for storing our gear and loading it up in the car before heading up to the mountain.
We couldn’t say enough about the location. The trees outside the property were plentiful, which provided us with a picturesque view. Getting to the slopes was a pretty snappy drive, just a trip around the lake. We also heard this area was wonderful in the summertime. This property has a grill and everything you’d need to have a great summer getaway.
We had a wonderful time visiting Lake Tahoe and staying at this property. We’d love to come back in the summertime!
# 108399 Aina Nalu, Lahaina, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great location, great amenities, & perfect for families.
12/19/2014 - The booking experience with Coconut Condos was top notch. They laid out the timeline of communications during the booking process. I had the access code to the condo well before our trip and they sent me several emails during my stay to make sure we had everything we needed.
The pictures reflect exactly what you are getting in the condo. Yes, the bathrooms are just as nice as they look in the pictures. The slate tiles in the shower make you feel like you are at a 5 star hotel.
The condo is in the center of everything at Lahaina. Front street and the water is a short two block walk. Anything else in Lahaina is within blocks and is an enjoyable walk. You won’t need a car unless you want to explore the island or go to the baby beach (about a 1 mile walk).
The complex has two pools, two gas BBQ’s and one hot tub. There is a nice outdoor space with a TV next to the main pool. This was a favorite spot for us to hang out in the afternoon and we met several families with kids in the same age group from around the world. We used the onsite concierge to book a dinner cruise, helicopter tour, and whale watching excursion. You get all of the amenities you would expect at a luxury resort with a fraction of the cost.
I met fellow vacationers that have been coming to the same complex for 5+ years and I certainly understand why. I will be coming back here again the next time we come to Maui.
# 450120 Keystone Village, Homestead, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Get ready to hit the slopes!
12/18/2014 - This condo was perfect! When I arrived, I walked into this condo, plopped down and felt right at home. The entire condo was spacious and cozy. When I awoke in the morning and finally got out of bed (talk about a comfy bed), I walked into the living room to find the big windows facing the picturesque winter mountains. The condo faces the side of the mountains where the Keystone Ski Resort is located. At night the resort actually lights up the silhouette of the mountains around. It was nice and very peaceful.
The condo itself was great. The beds were perfectly made and very comfortable. The kitchen was roomy and stocked with everything I needed. Getting connected to the internet was easy as pie. Upon my return from a long day riding my board, the fireplace kept me warm and the big screen TV kept me entertained.
The location was great! The condo sits right on the route for the free shuttle, so my trip to the ski slope was really quick, and really easy. The shuttle runs late into the night so I did not have to drive anywhere.
The condo's owner came by and left me a nice care package while I hit the slopes at Keystone that day. She could not have been nicer! If I needed her, she was there without hesitation. Before my arrival she was very on point with any information I needed. I definitely plan on staying here again the next time I decide to forego my hibernation and hit the slopes at Keystone!
# 165586 Duomo, Florence, Firenze (Florence) Province, Tuscany, Italy, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Stay right in the heart of Florence!!!
12/12/2014 - I cannot say enough about how thoughtful our host, Claudia, and her staff were. When we arrived, we were greeted with a welcome basket of treats. We were greeted with other surprises as well, but I won’t give away all of their secrets.
The layout of this apartment was more spacious than we had anticipated. It was decorated with festive, tasteful holiday fare (Christmas season), which was a nice touch. The apartment and each room seemed larger than the online pictures. The gem for us was the hidden, upstairs loft-style sunroom. We spent a lot of our down time there relaxing and talking about the day’s sights and adventures, as well as reading and doing some online activities. The loft was cozy, but still had plenty of space for us to relax and unwind.
During our stay, our hosts loaned us a cell phone to use for local calls. A Europe converter plus was available for our electronics to charge, so we didn’t have to bring or purchase a converter. The wi-fi connection in the apartment was strong.
The apartment is located exactly in the heart of everything that we wanted to experience in Florence. There is an excellent restaurant across the street, and a local mart literally right next door. This apartment was close to the shopping district, as well as several restaurants, bakeries, gelato shops and other eateries. Museums, water canals, and the awesome Il Duomo di Firenze were nearby, all within a 10-15 minute walk from the apartment. A low-fee credit union ATM was 3 minutes away, too, which was a huge value add for us. The train station was in walking distance, which allowed us to avoid taxi fees.
All in all, we completely enjoyed this stay. Our hosts could not have been more helpful -thank you so much!
# 484410 Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, BUNGALOW
Having a grand time on Grand Turk!!!
12/10/2014 - Beachside Bungalow on Grand Turk is the perfect place for an idyllic tropical getaway. The house sits directly on a secluded beach with the Caribbean as a backyard. As soon as we walked into the house, we knew this would be the perfect pre-Christmas vacation.
We enjoyed watching the sunset each evening while lying in the hammock or sipping cocktails on the patio couch. The spacious master bedroom opens directly out onto the patio with perfect views of the beach. I can't think of a more relaxing way to fall asleep each night, listening to the waves, or to wake up each morning greeted by the sun and crystal blue water.
The large, well-appointed kitchen and market within walking distance made preparing meals easy. There are also a number of local spots for daily meals and drinks. The two cruiser bikes that came with the house made getting around the island even more enjoyable.
The house also has beach chairs, games and snorkel gear. The reef is just out the back door and is full of interesting sea life. The island is fairly quiet and the locals are very friendly and accommodating. The cruise ship port is at the other end of the island so you can choose to mingle with the passengers or enjoy the peace and quiet.
Drew was easy to work with and booking the house was a breeze. Arelys, the local property manager was very helpful and answered any questions that arose. There is plenty of information about the island in an easily accessible binder and the local cell phone provided was pre-loaded with minutes.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing beach vacation, this is a great spot to get away and unwind.
# 222730 Waterside Village, Steamboat Springs, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME
Shops, restaurants and slopes are just minutes away.
12/05/2014 - A great mountain getaway! The condo is ideally situated in the downtown area and the first stop on the shuttle from the airport. The unit was fully stocked as a home away from home. The views of the mountains and river are accessible from every room. All shops and restaurants are just a few steps away and it is great to have a natural food store in the same building. The slopes are a short 10 minute free bus ride away without having to park a car. The springs pool is within walking distance and a great way to relax at the end of the day. The owners have paid a great deal of attention in providing a comfortable stay.
# 337680 Leeward, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Caribbean, 3 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE
Enjoying the lounge bed on the secluded beach!
11/27/2014 - This Thanksgiving, the VRBO Bear decided the best place to spend the holiday was on a quiet, secluded beach on Providenciales, rather than watching football while stuffed with desserts. What a terrific decision!! As soon as we arrived, we were overtaken by the serenity and beauty of Long Bay. The house sits on a lot directly on the beach. There is another house next door, but still plenty of privacy.
We walked into a very clean, comfortable, and tasteful home. The first thing we did was kick off our shoes and walk out the patio door right to the beach. The beach was very clean and manicured nearly every day. There are many amenities available on the beach including kayaks, beach chairs, fire pit, and our favorite, the lounge bed. We brought our own snorkeling gear and had great diving. It’s a gentle beach, shallow, but still teeming with fish and wildlife. Many hours each day were filled by lounging beachside at Silver Palms, especially in the lounge bed!
The house has a kitchen which enabled us to cook most of our meals. We brought our own food and spices/seasonings, which is highly recommended. We bought fresh fish and cooked it on the grill located beachside as we sat next to our bonfire. Paradise!
Another huge benefit of Silver Palms Cottage is the location. This truly is a property for those that want to get away and have seclusion. That being said, it’s just a short drive to the tourist part of the island, Grace Bay, and all the restaurants and shops located on that side of the island. Because the house is on Long Bay, there is not any traffic and it’s very quiet, making it easy to melt away into full-on relaxation.
The owners are very friendly and easy to work with. If you are looking for a quiet and quaint cottage on the beach that is away from the tourists, this is a great spot for you. If you’re typically the ‘resort type’, consider this home if you want seclusion with peace and privacy. We found Silver Palms to be inviting and romantic, which was exactly what we wanted.
# 84068 Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the grounds or walk to the beach.
11/19/2014 - We loved our stay at this spacious property with stunning ocean views from the balcony and master bedroom. The community is very kid-friendly with lots of onsite activities (the swimming pool, children’s park, turtle-watching, and beach toys were all hits with our kids). The condo is walking distance from the beach, although the dragon swimming pool (with an ocean view) is where we spent most of our time.
Ramon was very welcoming, and met us at the car rental office so he could lead us on the 1-hour drive to the property. That was helpful, since driving directions in that area can be confusing. Throughout our stay, Ramon and Evelyn were very responsive to our questions. They even came by one evening (at our request) to show us how to work the electronic/electrical appliances as we were settling in. Evelyn provided all the information that was necessary, including information about a baby-sitter.
The location, Humacao, is an hour’s driving distance from all the popular tourist destinations (El Yunque, San Juan, ferry ride to Flamenco Beach). So if you are looking to be away from the crowds, this is the place for you. The community is gated and very safe.
Groceries are available at a WalMart supercenter that is 4 exits away from the property. We chose to cook at home often. The kitchen was clean and well equipped with all the appliances we needed. It also saved a lot of money for us.
The condo is in fabulous condition. The basket of treats and snacks was very useful and thoughtful, and the coloring activity books were a hit. The views from the bedroom and balcony are awesome. We saw the sunrise each day from our bed. Vieques Island can be seen on the horizon, along with a beach chock-full of coconut palms.
All amenities/appliances are available, beds comfortable, beautiful interior décor (modern themed.) Thank you Evelyn and Ramon for an excellent vacation home. We couldn’t have asked for more, 5 stars!
# 29796 Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
A Puerto Rican vacation paradise.
11/18/2014 - I decided a tropical Puerto Rican vacation was just what this Bear needed most in November. When I arrived at this hidden paradise I knew it would be difficult for me to ever want to leave. The drive from the San Juan airport to the house was as easy as could be and as I pulled up to the gated driveway I was anxious to explore the well-manicured grounds and take a dip in the luxurious, pristine pool.
The expansive, incredibly gorgeous views from the house took my breath away. It felt like I was on top of the world with such a spectacular panorama of the ocean. I could even see many of the smaller islands off in the distance. At night I was spoiled by bright stars and twinkling lights from the nearby towns. Being away from the hustle and bustle, but still just a short drive away to beaches and activities (such as El Yunque National Rain Forest,) this home had the best of both worlds.
The house itself was lovely with plenty of room for me and my Bear friends. The bedrooms were spacious and we all hibernated for many hours every night in the very comfortable beds. During much of our stay we took advantage of the gourmet kitchen amenities. I sure wish all my meals could have such a magnificent ocean backdrop!
The balcony was where we spent most of our time enjoying mugs of Puerto Rican coffee in the mornings and tropical cocktails in the evenings. We loved listening to the delightful songs of the coquis welcoming us to the island.
I can’t say enough how much this Bear enjoyed his stay on the island and we want to give a Big Bear Hug to Monica. Thank you for opening up your wonderful home to us. It truly was paradise!
# 278745 Pacific Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 3 BR, 1 BA, BUNGALOW
Beautiful views and weather to match.
11/10/2014 - What a wonderful getaway weekend we had at Bungalow by the Bay! Terri was a pleasure to work with, and the home was perfect. From the moment we pulled up to see the mini beach with chairs in the front yard overlooking the bay, to the time we left, we had a great experience.
The home was stocked with everything one could need and more. The weather was beautiful, and the home lent itself nicely to enjoying the breezes with plenty of windows and doors overlooking the bay or backyard hideaway. We enjoyed several sunsets from the comfort of the front yard utilizing the mini beach setup and chairs. There is such an amazing view of the bay, cars traveling on the street frequently slow down or stop to take photos! Just a few steps away from the front door are stairs to experience the beautiful views directly on the beach.
We chose exploring by foot rather than renting a car. There were a ton of great restaurants and beach activities within a mile or two of the home. When we wanted to relax, we were able to enjoy the home amenities such as the cozy hot tub when the evening temperatures were just right. We also loved sitting on the back porch soaking in the amazing weather. Downtown was a short 15 minute cab ride. The beds were very comfortable, and the shower always had plenty of hot water. The bathroom was also well supplied with essentials.
I fell in love with San Diego and this lovely home.
# 425608 Nashville, Middle, Tennessee, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the morning air from the porch.
11/09/2014 - My buddies and I spent our vacation in Nashville. We selected this house based on its location and size. We received all of the information in advance and the keyless locks worked like a charm. Once inside it was a great setup. Each of us had our own bedroom and all were equally nice. The house was nicely decorated nicely with a warm, comfortable feel. The home was spotlessly clean.
The owners had some personal, welcoming touches. They left my buddies and I a note on the fridge as well as suggestions for activities in the area. The kitchen was stocked with more than the basics – sodas, beer, water, snacks – all in addition to more standard food items like coffee and milk. There were also games and easy directions for wifi, tv and other amenities.
The location was near Edwin Warner and Percy Warner Parks; we had great morning runs and beautiful fall views. We enjoyed the fact that we could get to the heart of Nashville in 20 minutes as well as enjoy the bucolic area.
I highly recommend staying at this house when you’re in Nashville. This place worked well for a “guy’s weekend” and I could see it work even better for a family or a few couples that wanted to travel together.
# 209238 Hale Ili Ili, South Kihei (Kamaole I & II Beaches Area), Kihei, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Steps away from the ocean and what a view!
11/08/2014 - While some bears hibernate in the winter, this VRBO Bear goes to Hawaii! Upon arrival, we were greeted by Kathy, the owner of this unit and business owner of Rentals Maui, Inc. She gave us a personal tour of the unit, the surrounding property, and all of the amenities. After the usual stress of air travel, it was so nice to receive such individual attention!
So.... where to begin?! The unit itself is on the second/top floor of this small, 4-unit property. It is very quiet as it's on a small side street (Ili Ili Rd.) off of the main S. Kihei Rd., and of course, right on the ocean. The building must be fairly new because it is in very good shape, both inside and out. You can see beautiful sunsets from the lanai and hear the soft surf at night. It's perfectly situated to see the green flash, which this bear has seen several times! Hint: an elevated position (not the ocean's edge) has a better advantage!
Leaving a towel and flip-flops ("slippers" in Hawaiian!) by the pool each morning, Mrs. Bear and I walked the short distance across grass and sand to the beach with mask, snorkel, and fins in hand. Within moments, we were at the reef in front of this unit swimming with tropical fish and turtles. Yes, you can drive to lots of beautiful beaches on this island, but it sure is nice to have one right in your backyard! In fact, you can see turtles poke their heads up to breathe from the lanai! And after a swim, what's more convenient than an outdoor shower just outside the gate to the pool! Not just a showerhead, but two additional faucets to rinse your gear and feet!
The list of amenities is long for this unit (see main description) and there's not one thing we found missing or needed. Only fresh or personal items (e.g. food and the aforementioned snorkel gear) are things that you will want to get on your first day. After breakfast and morning swim, get out and see this lovely island. If you need suggestions for places to go, restaurants, or services, just ask Kathy or any of the helpful staff at Rentals Maui! Thanks to all of them, we had the perfect vacation! Mahalo!
# 308262 Pittsburg, East Texas, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN
Enjoying the Fall beauty from the porch.
11/07/2014 - When my travel companions and I arrived at the cabin on the lake, we were amazed by its natural beauty. Our first moments were spent walking out to the pier and enjoying a drink on the deck, watching the moon play on the calm lake waters, enjoying the stars and sounds of nature.
The bedrooms were comfortable and inviting. The heavy quilts were perfect to keep us warm on the cool nights. We fell into a peaceful sleep to the sounds of nature. We awoke early to watch the sunrise over the lake and even spotted some turtles swimming in the water. The comfy beds did allow us to sleep in a number of mornings, but the first one was special and we wanted to get started on enjoying our amazing property.
Late in the fall for East Texas, the trees were changing color still and beautifully stood out against the lake. We enjoyed watching the birds from the house decks and the hot tub. Late at night, we even spotted a raccoon! It was a treat to see so many animals we don’t typically find in the city.
On the few rainy days we kept ourselves entertained with the board game collection and watching old movies on the couch.
The cabin is very well kept and treasured. We found special touches throughout the cabin, small touches which made it truly feel like a home away from home.
# 339330 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Just steps from the ocean!
10/27/2014 - What a relaxing beach getaway! As soon as I arrived, I walked up the stairs to take in the incredible views of the beach at sunset. The sound of the ocean waves, the setting sun across the ocean, and a drink in hand, this was the life for me!
The beach house was roomy, with more than enough space for our family of 8 (it could have easily accommodated 4 more bears). We enjoyed the huge family room and ample sized kitchen with views of the ocean; it was like being on a ship. We cooked a lovely meal with family all gathered around and even had a drink station set up without anyone stepping on any paws. We never felt crowded. After dinner, we gathered outside on the wrap around balcony to admire the stars glistening in the night sky. We even saw a few bears night fishing and hunting for crabs on the beach.
The bedrooms were roomy, with comfortable, inviting beds. I loved the fireplace and balcony off the upstairs bedroom. There was even a chiminea on the balcony for cool breezy evenings. I awoke to a beautiful sunrise and after a breakfast I ran right out onto the secluded beach, very clean and full of little shells to gather. I saw dolphins jumping, pelicans soaring, and fisherman casting their lines into the ocean. The little cubs joined me on the beach and we all played and sat for hours with hardly a soul around. The cubs loved running along the clean, sandy beach and wading in the shallow waters. It was perfect!
After a day on the beach, we came back to our great entertaining house, where we had fun sitting at the game table, playing one of the many games. We even got to brush up on our pool shark skills with the billard table upstairs.
# 378091 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
Beautiful condo with a beautiful view!
10/27/2014 - When my travel companions and I arrived at the entrance to the Harbor Steps, we were taken aback by the beautiful modern design and luxurious allure of the building’s façade. We knew immediately that we had made the right choice in selecting this condo for our stay in downtown Seattle. Upon entering the lobby, we were greeted by a friendly concierge who provided the keys to our unit. We made our way to the elevator where I eagerly hit the button for our floor, waiting in anticipation to feast my eyes on what would be our new home for the next week. As we reached the door, I slid the key into the lock, turned it quickly and swung the door open wide (with some help from my companions, of course). They say first impressions are everything, and let me tell you, this property made quite the impression indeed.
The entry way alone made it clear that we had stumbled into something special. A few steps into the living area revealed a breathtaking, unobstructed view of Elliot Bay through the huge corner window. Ferries and barges floated by purposefully, unaware of their new admirers. The spacious room was flanked by a cozy bedroom and large bathroom (complete with washer and dryer) on the left and a grand dining area on the right. The table was set for six with exquisite dinnerware and a centerpiece that exuded elegance. Just past the dining area was a door leading out onto the patio where a cool, crisp breeze could be felt coming off the water. My companions excitedly made their way to the kitchen to investigate what they believe to be the most important room in a home. It was fully equipped with various appliances, utensils, dishes and sundries that would make short work of preparing a satisfying vacation dinner. They were ecstatic to also find a gift bag with assorted treats to help ease the tension from a long day of traveling.
The next stop was the master bedroom. I threw myself onto the giant bed and knew right away that this would be the best night’s sleep I had ever gotten away from home (which would later prove to be entirely accurate). The large dresser and closets on the opposite wall provided plenty of room for unpacking, leading to a feeling of belonging not afforded by living out of a suitcase. The attached master bathroom was equally large and the standing shower provided the perfect temperature and water pressure for a truly relaxing experience. I returned to the living room and curled up on the couch with my companions as we sat contented and comfortable, contemplating the courteous and creative custodians that concocted these conditions. We planned the following day’s excursions to Pike’s Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum and the Aquarium, all reachable with a 5 minute walk. This was a vacation we would not soon forget…
# 52692 Harpswell (N,S,E&W), Portland & Casco Bay, Maine, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE
Just steps from the ocean.
10/06/2014 - Eager to return to New England with fall colors setting in, this bear was rewarded ten-fold with this Oceanside cottage on Potts Point, finally finding a relaxing retreat to view nature’s splendid beauty.
The house is amazing - situated only a few steps away from the ocean. With provided kayaks and canoes, the water front became a paradise for beachcombing, allowing access to the sometimes peninsula that appears during low tide.
Ardell greeted me with a special handwritten note, a move I found to be most touching, an invitation to enjoy the house and the full comfort of the amenities provided. The kitchen pantry was amply supplied for this amateur chef’s needs.
The sunroom provided unparalleled views for watching the sunset over the ocean and for the adventurous folks in our party, the map room and well-curated guide book provided all the staging tools needed for discovering the additional beauties of the surrounding area.
I was able to witness the history of the house by viewing photos from days gone by at the lobster pound just a few hundred feet across the causeway. Needless to say, this bear is ready to make a return to this oceanside wonder and explore more of the natural wonders that await!
# 353194 Uptown-Carrollton, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoy beautiful landscaping right from the porch!
09/29/2014 - The Oulala House in the Garden District of New Orleans is absolutely magnificent. Michelle, the host, was equally great. We were greeted by her upon our arrival and given a tour of the historic house, which was beautiful and spotlessly clean. We had 12 travelers on our trip and everyone stayed comfortably. There are plenty of bathrooms and beds to be able to sleep a large number of people.
The backyard is incredibly well kept with beautiful landscaping and the pool was clean and inviting. It was a great relief from the humidity and nice to come home to each day. Michelle has provided several binders with a great amount of information on local restaurants, bars and attractions in the city, which made it easy to figure out exactly where we wanted to eat and find interesting places in the city to check out.
The house is very conveniently located, right by the trolley tracks. For around $1, you can take a 30 minute trolley ride to Canal Street, which puts you near all of the big attractions and famous restaurants in the city.
# 147152 Uptown, Far North, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Warm and cozy!!!
09/18/2014 - What a treat it was to stay at this spacious yet cozy Chicago condo! As soon as my paw stepped inside the front door and left the hustle and bustle of the street, I felt relaxed and at home.
I was greeted by the lovely woman who owns the place, Andrea. She was very helpful and hospitable and gave me some great restaurant recommendations. As she showed me around I started getting more and more excited about my stay. The master bedroom was comfortable with plenty of closet space. The attached master bathroom was well lit with a big jacuzzi bath in between his and her sinks! The two other bedrooms had plenty of space and each had a queen size bed. The second bathroom had a large double sink vanity and a great shower. As she showed me the main living area I was pleased by how spacious it felt! I was delighted by the wall-to-wall windows and large comfortable wrap around couch. All of which was overlooked by a clean, modern kitchen stocked with free coffee and tea, and good enough for any chef looking to make a meal.
Each day when I went I went out to explore the city, it was a breeze to get downtown because the condo is right next to Lake Shore Drive. I had many great adventures shopping on the Magnificent Mile, sunning in Millennium Park, throwing pennies into Buckingham Fountain, walking along the lake, riding the ferris wheel at Navy Peer and so much more. But every day I looked forward to heading home, taking a hot shower in my clean bathroom and making some tea in the tea kettle before plopping down on the comfortable sofa in my Chicago oasis. Every morning I woke up so refreshed that I thought I had been hibernating! The beds were comfortable, and the rooms were quiet and peaceful, they were just right.
I can't say enough good things about my experience here. It was clean, well stocked, well lit and really felt like a home away from home. I'm definitely going to stay here next time I visit the windy city. Thanks Andrea!
# 326077 Arqua Petrarca, Veneto, Italy, Europe, 4 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Enjoying the panoramic view!
09/13/2014 - Ca’Contea is an impeccably designed countryside villa amidst the picturesque backdrop of the tranquil Veneto Region. I recommend booking Ca’Contea if you are interested in living like a local bear of Teolo nestled in the dramatic yet serene Euganean Hills, but want a relaxing sanctuary that’s still in paw’s reach from the more popular and busy destinations like Venice, Verona, Padova, Montegrotto and Abano Terme Hot Springs, and Vicenza.
Upon arriving at our private gated property, we found ourselves in awe of the blooming rose bushes, the fruit trees (fig, pomegranate, apple, plum, etc.) and the 12 acres of vineyards. The panoramic view from the villa allowed us to escape from our hustle-bustle city lifestyle and get immersed with the calming Euganean scenery. There was even an outdoor brick oven that overwhelmed us with the sense that we were in the true heart of rustic Italy.
The historic countryside villa was completely modernized inside with a fully functioning kitchen, complete with local spices and cooking necessities. Next to the kitchen, a dramatic formal dining room was dressed to comfortably seat up to 14 bears – great for family gatherings or holiday meals.
On the lower level, there were 2 spacious living rooms full of eye-catching décor and all the comforts of home. Books, guides, maps, recommendations, comfortable sitting areas, wifi, games, and a big flat screen TV were all easily accessible.
Upon walking up the large brick stairs to the second floor, we noticed all the eclectic artwork and tastefully decorated interior as we approached 4 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a huge office – all with gorgeous views of the land.
Altogether, we are applauding Ca’Contea and we want to give Cristina a big bear hug for such a memorable lifetime experience. Thank you so much. We would love to return!
# 996266 Kukuihaele, Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Awesome view from the dining table on the lanai.
09/06/2014 - The sun was setting on Waipio Bay in a hundred different shades of pink and purple. Tree frogs were singing to one another all around us as a cool breeze blew through the house from a multitude of screened windows and doors as the VRBO Bear and his family arrived at our vacation rental Hale Io. The house was filled with traditional Hawaiian music. Of course, since we are a family of bears, we immediately had to check out the beds! We roved excitedly all around the house and found that every room has a queen bed or bigger, each with plump pillows and a gorgeous view to wake up to. This house sleeps 10 in comfort and splendor. You have no idea how stunned you will be when you wake up in the middle of the night and see thousands of stars twinkling in the night sky! We found the kitchen amply stocked with high quality pots, pans, utensils, dishes and knives. The pantry was stuffed with spices and the big butcher block counter invited us to make meals there. As a bonus, the grounds will provide (when in season) fresh guava, lilikoi, coconut, and grapefruit to add local flavor to your meals. But if you’re not the cook-it-yourself type, no worries! Honokaa is a 10-minute drive away and offers some great little restaurants. Whether it’s the peaceful lanai and organic ingredients at Green Market and Café or karaoke by talented locals at The Landing, the town has a little something for everyone. The house sits on sprawling grounds with amazing views of the Waipio Bay, the black sand beach at the foot of the Waipio Valley, and Maui in the distance. Since bears are nature lovers, we hiked down to the Waipio Valley and spent a gorgeous morning on the beach. You can enjoy sitting on the beach listening to the surf, or you can go clambering over rocks to secluded overlooks. If you’re not a strong enough swimmer to brave the complex current where the river meets the ocean, you can just soak in the cool river a little upstream. It looks swifter than it is, and I can attest that sitting up to your neck in the cool river water and laying your head back on the sand is absolute bliss. The hike back to the top was tough, but there are paid shuttle vans that do the round-trip down and up from a little art gallery near Hale Io. Hale Io genuinely feels like a home, with art on the walls and good books on the shelves and everything you could possibly need in the kitchen. The house has books and board games, a comfy pune’ to nap on, a luxurious pool and a hot tub to soak in. There are towels to take with you to the beach, bocce balls and beanbag toss games to play in the back yard, a waterslide, and outdoor showers.
# 501529 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, COTTAGE
What a beautiful view!
09/05/2014 - What can I say? The VRBO Bear had a great time in Galveston thanks to this beautiful property that had everything we needed! With 6 adults and 3 kids we had plenty of room and felt right at home. We had a great time making breakfast in the kitchen every morning and dinner every night. The kitchen was lovely and had spices and pantry items already stocked. There were also many pots and pans, utensils, plates and glasses to use, we didn’t need anything else!
Access to the beach walkway is directly across the street from the house which was so convenient. It was perfect being so close to the beach and being able to walk over whenever we wanted – especially with 3 kids in tow and lots of sand toys to carry! We also went over to the Beach Club to enjoy the pool and views. It was absolutely beautiful and there was plenty of space without feeling overcrowded.
The home has a grill, which we did not use, but it was nice that it was provided just in case. There is also an outdoor shower on the back of the house which was VERY useful and we used it many times to wash off the sand from our feet after being at the beach. There are also beautiful views of the bay from the balconies on the back of the house and we got to see some beautiful sunsets.
Timo was very responsive and helpful in providing all the information we needed prior to our stay. He even sent an activity guide he created for things to do or restaurants he recommended. This beach cottage was the perfect place to get away from it all and relax on the beaches of Galveston! We had a great time and would love to go back!
# 346843 Tidewater Beach Resort, Gulf Resort Beach, Panama City Beach Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The balcony views and breezes can't be beat.
09/04/2014 - This was our first time in Panama City and we came here to celebrate our marriage anniversary. We stayed here for 5 nights and loved every bit of it. The condo was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay here. The time we spent on the beach was unsurpassed.
The condo was well stocked and Kathy took care of even the smallest details to make sure we were comfortable and well cared for. We were pleasantly surprised to see fresh flowers awaiting us when we arrived. She even called us up to make sure we were comfortable and didn't need anything extra.
We spent hours on the balcony, enjoying the breezes and the view. We spotted dolphins, stingrays and a shark during our stay and one thing that stands out of all is the amazing view from the balcony.
The listing pictures don't do this place justice. Kathy, you have a beautiful beach condo - thank you for sharing it with us.
# 67476 Truman Annex, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Key West equals Key Fun!!!!
08/23/2014 - This was our first visit to Key West and what an amazing trip it was! We arrived at this large, beautiful condominium completely stocked with amenities that made us feel right at home. Our first relaxing view of Key West was from our second floor balcony overlooking a tropical and lush flora and fauna surrounding a heated pool. Right from the beginning we knew this trip was going to be a success.
The location of our Truman Annex condo could not have been better. The central location of our unit was perfect - we were in walking distance of the most popular and beautiful attractions in Key West. The unit is a VERY short walk to Fort Zachary Taylor which had some of the best and easiest beach access in all of Key West. Staying at Mike’s beautiful unit gave us the chance to explore Key West without having to worry about a vehicle, since with this great location we could easily walk to all popular restaurants, museums, and even the most southern point of the USA!
The interior of the unit was very tropical and Florida at heart. The grill provided on the balcony gave us the chance to cook up some locally caught fish and have a more intimate dinner on the balcony. The kitchen was very spacious with plenty of amenities to help with cooking and prepping food. The unit also provided our very own blender to spice up our night with margaritas!
Mike, the owner of the unit, made himself available at all times for any questions we had about the unit or nearby attractions. He was very helpful making sure we were able to find the complex and unit when we arrived. When we come back again Mike’s unit in the Truman Annex will DEFINITELY be our number one choice to stay at. We’d like to thank Mike and his family for hosting the VRBO Bear and providing unforgettable memories that we’ll share for a long time.
# 281128 North Shore Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, South Pacific, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Check out the harbor views!
08/23/2014 - This house was fantastic, especially the wide panoramic view of the harbor. The entire back of this house is VIEW, VIEW, VIEW. You can see the glimmering ocean in almost every window. It is stunningly beautiful and made me realize what a pretty city Sydney is.
The rest of the house is quite nice as well. There is a large commercial stove in the kitchen that would make even the most serious chef happy. The living room is open and spacious with nice clean comfortable couches and an entertainment /music system anyone would love. We did not watch too much of the huge 60+ inch TV, though, because the view was outstanding and the beach was just took a short walk down the road. While we were down at the beach we noticed several nice restaurants along the shore. All are good but the Bathhouse restaurant on the ocean was our favorite.
But this review is about the house. When you go downstairs there is a kids’ room with 3 beds, a bath, a big 60 inch TV, Xbox360 and plenty of built in toys to play with. You may have a hard time getting your kids out of the house but the beach down the road usually did the trick for us.
I have saved the best for last. The owners’ retreat is fantastic and includes a reading lounge, a clean open dressing area with large closets, and a truly breathtaking view. The furnishings are nice and the bed is quite comfortable, but the view is simply historic. We found ourselves waking up slower each day just so we could lie in bed a little longer and enjoy the fantastic view.
There are many other items to mention as well - the private pool, the fantastic indoor- outdoor dining area, and the top notch furnishings.
Everything about the house was professional and easy. The property agent was fantastic and a pleasure to deal with. Mosman was an easy ferry ride into the CBD of Sydney. Close to the beach. Close to the zoo. Great neighborhood. We will certainly be looking forward to staying here again.
We very much enjoyed our stay. The house is the best vacation rental we have stayed in.
# 407415 Marigny-Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 0 BR, 1 BA, STUDIO
A quiet oasis at the end of Bourbon Street.
08/22/2014 - The condo was a quaint little spot that was conveniently located at the very end of Bourbon Street which made it easy to walk to everything, whether it be history or nightlife! A perfect place for two people with a lot of privacy from neighbors and any outside noise. The condo was on a really beautiful street with lots of trees and pretty houses, and made us feel right at home.
We really enjoyed the security of the building. The apartment being inside the building made us feel very secure and stowed away from the high energy of New Orleans. It was a great place to settle after a long day of great food, live music, and taking in the city with my best friend. The bed was big enough for two and the kitchen was perfect to store all of our yummy leftovers. Cindy was very helpful with the rental information, had really good nearby recommendations, and was easy to reach for questions. Definitely would stay here again!
# 458848 Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
Ahhhh, mountains and meadows. You can't beat the great outdoors!
08/16/2014 - The Alpenglow Chalet was the perfect place for the bear and her family to spend a week exploring the mountains. Our favorite thing about the house was the proximity to some of the most beautiful hiking trails we’ve been on. Crested Butte definitely lives up to its reputation as Colorado’s wildflower capital of Colorado. We loved Cary and Regina’s suggestions for hikes and made good use of the many hiking guides they keep in the house.
Returning to the fully stocked kitchen, outdoor fireplaces and hot tub after hiking was just what we needed after long days on the trails. We continued to enjoy beautiful views of the mountains from the comfort of the home, as the place is surrounded by them. There is nothing like watching the sun set over the mountains from the front deck! I would highly recommend this house to friends and family and would love to return someday.
# 305364 Paris Arrondissement 5, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Enjoying this charming apartment!
08/10/2014 - The moment we walked into this charming apartment we knew we were right at home. The pictures do not even do it justice. It was much larger than we expected and had an amazing view. It was nice opening up the windows and seeing all the people below but also nice to be able to close them and enjoy the quiet when needed. The building itself had an old charm that really made us feel that we were living like true Parisians. The location was absolutely perfect. There were so many great attractions and restaurants within walking distance and the metro was just around the corner. Alexandre left some great restaurant and local attraction recommendations, which we were very pleased with! We will definitely stay here again when we return to Paris in the future.
# 103436 Kaanapali Royal, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Wow, what a view!
08/07/2014 - Wow, were the first words out of our mouths when we walked into the condo. What a view through the living room window past the Lanai and overlooking the golf course out to the Pacific Ocean; natural beauty everywhere! My son instantly ran upstairs and squealed with delight at the view from the upstairs bedroom. The condo was huge and had everything we needed and more. The King size beds were so comfy after the long plane ride. We slept like babies. The mornings were peaceful and I enjoyed my coffee every morning on the lanai overlooking the gardens while listening to the birds and the sound of the trees swaying in the wind. I haven’t been this relaxed in a very long time.
You can take a quick stroll to the beach or hop on the green trolley to Whalers Village, Kaanapali Beach or Black Rock in minutes. There are also several Luau’s to choose from just a trolley ride away or you can walk to Eco-Skyline next door and head to the mountains for Ziplining.
We like to stay active and explore and were delighted on how close this home is to everything we wanted to do. We didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the car going place to place. It was a short drive to Front Street shopping, the Maalaea Harbor, and all the natural wonders of the Island. You have to check out the Nakalele Pt Blow Hole and the Tide pools near Poelua Bay. After our long days of having fun, the condo was the perfect place to kick back, enjoy a home cooked meal and the beautiful sunsets. Whether you want to snorkel with the turtles, jump from the rocks, play in the surf, shop till you drop or RELAX, this is the Greatest Place to Escape.
# 421500 Northwest Hills, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 7 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
A restful relaxing place for everyone!
08/02/2014 - From the moment you walk in the door of this palace and take your first glimpse of the breathtaking view, you have the distinct impression that you are now Master of the Texas Hill Country. When it was built, it was the home with the highest elevation in all of Austin and there is no doubt that this point of pride permeates the mansion and everyone who is lucky enough to stay in it.
When we arranged a friend reunion, we had no idea that such a perfect location was within our reach. Ryan, playing the role of owner-extraordinaire, was more than accommodating, communicative and genuinely welcoming to me and my friends.
Having friends in from all over the country with age ranges from 1-70 years, everyone felt at home. There was enough room for everyone to sit, eat, chat, play and relax. The kids had a blast playing in the overwhelmingly well stocked play room (puppet show, anyone?) The ping pong table was a big hit and the large natural gas grill kept our bellies full! The huge hot tub and plush patio furniture kept everyone relaxed while enjoying the indescribable Texas sunset.
Exploring and enjoying the innumerable amenities made for a treasure hunt of delight. There was something amazing to experience in every inch of this well cared for and surprisingly accessible home. Overnight accommodations were comfortably spaced for each family to relax and the living, dining and play areas made for great fellowship among the large group. This gorgeous and refined estate is without a doubt exactly where you want to stay with your family and friends on your next trip to Austin.
# 373921 Anaheim, Anaheim Area, Orange County, California, USA, 6 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
It's like Disneyland at home!
08/01/2014 - The Bear family goes to Disneyland!
From the moment we entered the door and our little cub went running from room to room yelling “This is so awesome!” we knew we had picked the right home for our Disneyland vacation. This beautiful home is spacious, well decorated, beautifully furnished, 100% cub-friendly, and just minutes away from Disneyland.
Each bedroom is themed to a Disney movie or character with wall decorations, murals, and bedding. There is a fantastic room we named the “Toy Room” because of its Toy Story theme and HUGE box full of stuffed animal characters. The little cubs had such a great time playing. They also really loved the collection of Disney DVDs!
As for us adult Bears, we were pleasantly surprised to find everything we needed for our stay. The very well thought-out welcome packet taught us everything we needed to know about the house and the surrounding area. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to cook meals for our 5 day visit. The strollers, pack-n-play, and other very practical amenities (wifi, computer, children's books, etc.) were tremendously appreciated and made for much lighter travel.
There was so much to do in the area and when we weren’t at Disneyland we were visiting the Discover Science Center, the beach, and visiting family in a nearby city. The provided notes about nearby stores and fun places to go were quite helpful.
Owners, thank you so much for making this amazing home available to us on our vacation. Oh, and each night our Bear family loved watching the spectacular firework show!
# 101536 South Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Ahhh, the beauty of it all.
07/26/2014 - Casa Do Re Mi exceeded all expectations. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left all we could think was WOW! As soon as you enter Casa Do Re Mi you are faced with the most amazing view of the Bay of Banderas. The experience only gets better as a smiling Ivan promptly supplies the most delicious Margaritas. Ivan then invites you to sit down for a welcome dinner. The meal, prepared by Chayo, is, as every meal that followed, absolutely delicious.
On the following days Ivan helped arrange activities, supplied refreshments and kept the garden and pool tidy. Chayo prepared a succulent breakfast and dinner that we picked the day before. Sarah kept the house spotlessly clean. They made sure at every turn that this bear family had the best time possible.
Casa Do Re Mi is built in the style of a Mexican hacienda. The attention to detail in its decoration and upkeep is remarkable. The finely furnished indoors and outdoors provide everything you need to relax and enjoy the all-surrounding spectacular ocean views. Everything is beautifully maintained.
That attention to detail is also displayed by Barb the owner with her guests. We had a conversation prior to departure on the phone to go over Casa Do Re Mi. She asked us which beverages we’d like to be there for our arrival. She called us to check that everything was going well. In short, she cares about her guests having an unforgettable experience.
Across the street from the villa we relaxed and swam at the beach. The house has plentiful towels and beach toys that our bear family enjoyed. The hotel Lindo Mar across the street has an elevator for easy access to a beautiful beach with calm waters that our little bear particularly enjoyed.
We spent a lot of time swimming and laughing at the pool. Our time there was made better by Ivan’s constant supply of refreshing beverages. After fantastic dinners and deserts we were treated to mesmerizing sunsets. Our bear family has been to many places around the world but Casa Do Re Mi will forever be one of our favorites!
# 4031 South Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 6 BR, 7 BA, VILLA
A playground in paradise - all play and no stress!
07/19/2014 - In all of our family adventures, we have never had a more relaxing reunion – and it was all because of this incredible home and staff. We are a family of 11 (3 generations with 6 adults and 5 children aged 2 to 10) – and the home provided the perfect retreat for each of us. The property has something for everyone and provides space, privacy and comfort across the board. We particularly appreciated the family friendliness. We felt secure with a gated property that kept the children from wandering onto the beach or off the property. Additionally, the staff cooked child friendly meals and high chairs and pack & plays for cribs were provided. The home has several bedrooms to escape the heat with incredibly strong AC, as well as shaded areas with satellite television for the kids to take a sun break. More importantly, the natural beauty and nearby outdoor activities (steps from the back porch) kept us busy and having fun. The staff arranged for a boat to pick our entire family up on the beach in front of the home, and we went fishing (caught more than 10 bonitos in a couple of hours) and then went snorkeling near Los Arcos (a great trip for children).
The views from the master bedroom, living room and patio are unrivaled. You can see clear waters, white beaches and phenomenal sunsets. The layout of the house is great for multiple families. There is a grand common area with huge patio and views, and comfortable lounge furniture to relax and enjoy the sun or shade on the bottom floor. This area also has 2 king bedroom suites with private bathrooms, and a shared half bath. The beds were all very comfortable. The second floor has 4 bedrooms, including the master suite.
The kitchen, formal dining and living room are on the top floor – which we rarely used given how much we enjoyed the bottom floor patio (and that the upstairs does not have AC, so could get hot during the day).
Finally, the homeowner went above and beyond to be sure we had a great time. The private chef prepared every meal during our stay and the food was delightful. The house manager made drinks through the day and catered to any needs, while the maid kept the entire property spotless for the duration of our stay.
# 449900 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the sun on the patio!
07/08/2014 - I had such a nice time staying in Bob and Lisa’s comfortable and charming vacation rental that I would recommend it to any friend or person looking for a good place to stay when visiting Austin. The location is perfect: within walking distance of restaurants, stores such as Whole Foods supermarket and the lake trail as well. It is close to downtown and at the same time located in a very quiet and nice neighborhood. Coming from the Austin airport, it was easy to find even for someone who has never been in Austin and without a GPS!
Entering the home is very convenient and easy because there is a door lock with key code: no need to schedule an appointment to get the keys and no need carry extra keys. The AC was already turned on when I arrived and the temperature was cool and welcoming. The place was clean and ready for guests, very welcoming! As nice and professional as a hotel and even better because there is a kitchen, a beautiful dining area and a huge living room.
The bedrooms are spacious with very comfortable beds and enough room to store clothes and other items. The bathrooms are also quite large and beautiful.
Last but not least , there is a cute patio right beside the kitchen to have a drink or even dinner outside and 2 bikes in the garage to use on the lake trail or just wander around Austin. I also had the chance to take some yoga classes very close by as there are tons of yoga studios everywhere
# 430075 Sant Marti, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
All the comforts of home!!!
06/28/2014 - Wow! What a great vacation in Barcelona, España! This apartment was muy perfecto for my daughter and me. We stayed one week in Barcelona for some beach time and sightseeing. This apartment provided everything we could ask for with all the necessary amenities and its wonderful location. It was located only 3 blocks to the closest subway metro station and one block to the beach. We were able to walk to the beach on many wonderful sunny days!
The owner was wonderful and prompt at answering all of our questions and truly helpful and attentive to meeting every one of our needs. He has done a great job at keeping the vacation property up to date and very cozy. The living room provided adequate space and seating for us to plan out our daily adventures and excursions around Barcelona!
I can honestly say I would recommend this property to any of my friends and family and know without a doubt they would have a great experience. The property owner is a very generous and hospitable person to work with.
# 300247 Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Living the good life!
06/27/2014 - This bear and her husband had the pleasure of staying on the beautiful northern shores of Jamaica, in the Rose Hall area. This private one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo at Palmyra offered incredible views of the ocean and tranquil surroundings throughout our stay. The condo was nicely appointed with upgraded Bosch appliances and furnishings. Being on the fifth floor, we had a lovely balcony that allowed views of the ocean, as well as the mountains. We were happy to see a washer/dryer which came in handy for wet towels and clothing. Wifi and cable television worked well, as did the dual air conditioners in the bedroom and living room. We loved the shower; great water pressure and a fabulous shower head that I am ready to install at home!
We had no trouble getting onto “island time”, waking up in the comfy king size bed, sipping Blue Mountain coffee on the balcony each morning, and lazing around the incredible pool area or swimming in the blue waters on the private beach. We had our choice of places to relax, whether it was under a palm tree on the secluded beach, one of the many pool deck chairs, or even the comfy couches under the cabana next to the pool.
To say the staff was friendly is an understatement. From the concierge to the maintenance man, Victor, all became our friends quickly during our stay. One of the gentlemen scaled a ladder to the top of a palm tree to bring us fresh coconuts. He craftily used his machete to open it up so that we could enjoy the coconut water that spilled from inside.
The location of the condo was excellent. While we had complete serenity at the resort, we had a world of fun adventures nearby. A scenic drive to Ocho Rios, or a short drive to Montego Bay’s famous Hip Strip and Doctor’s Cave Beach were all possible. Golf courses abound in this area, and they were simply exquisite and very challenging.
There were several dining options nearby, whether it was to eat authentic Jamaican food in nearby food shacks such as Scotchies or Far Out Fish, or fine dining at the Half Moon Bay Resort, just a half mile up the road, we found the possibilities were plenty. We ate ocean front on most evenings, even being so close to the water that we could put our feet in at the Chill Out Hut. We even found a delightful English pub called Robbie’s Kitchen with a wonderful staff and excellent food at the small shopping center up the road. Our most exciting find was the Café Blue, a lovely coffee shop in the Rose Hall Shoppes that served excellent coffee, sandwiches, and gelato.
Our stay in Jamaica was such a pleasant one that it was difficult to return home.
# 388481 Angel Fire, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CHALET
Ahhhh! The great outdoors!
06/16/2014 - Wow! What a relaxing vacation! This mountain cabin with terrific views and wildlife walking through the backyard took our breath away. The wood beams and ceiling make this open cabin feel rustic and woodsy. The open feel and tons of room helped us to settle right in. While being situated right by the golf course and a wonderful playground area, this cabin still felt like we were up in the trees. We had deer walking through the back yard and elk down the street. The wildlife in the area was just a piece of the treasure of Angel Fire.
This cabin is so close to so many wonderful things to do. Local activities like mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing and hiking. Unique experiences like feeding the Alpacas are also close by. Taos is a great day trip and offers spectacular mountain scenery along the way. For a more relaxing time, just sitting on the wrap around deck and listening to the wind in the trees made the outside world melt away.
This home made everything so easy for us. From doing laundry to extra blankets during the cold mountain nights, the experience was wonderful. This cabin offered everything we could have asked for and our vacation was truly relaxing. Thank you for letting us share your home away from home!
# 32153 Sunset Lakes, Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Relax and relish the scenic views!
06/12/2014 - I have rave reviews for this home, the property management company, and the owner. Our flight into Orlando landed in the late evening. The detailed instructions on how to get to and into the home made it easy to get situated and unload. We woke up the next day to find ourselves in a gorgeous home with scenic views of the lake right behind us. I picked up breakfast items from the local grocery store (Publix; within 5-7 minutes away). By the time I got back, my family was already swimming around in the enclosed pool (great for summer time to keep the bugs away). The water was a bit chilly, being mid-June, even though we were in Florida. I realized I should have asked for the pool to be warmed up when Brian, the owner, asked me about it during the boarding checklist. After realizing my mistake, I gave the property management company a quick call and within a few short hours the pool heater had been turned on. WOW, what excellent service! I had to call the property management company a couple of times again with minor questions (e.g. wifi network access, the alarm battery died.) Wendy, the property manager, was pleasant, easy-going, and extremely responsive both times.
The house gave us an opportunity to unwind and relax. Whether it was the swimming, the napping in the super comfortable beds, the roomy home, or the quiet cul-de-sac that it sat on, we took full advantage of the amenities and ability to dis-engage from the real world. The home is super close to various activities like Old Town (kid’s amusement park 15 minutes away), various restaurants (5-10 minutes), and Disney Downtown (20-30 minute drive).
The home was roomy, clean, easily accessible, and just fantastic! Next time I’m in Kissimmee, I’m definitely coming back! Thank you so much for a great time.
# 398501 Wears Valley, East, Tennessee, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
I love the balcony! What an amazing view!
06/01/2014 - This was our first visit to the Smokey Mountain area and my first impression was a great one at Park View. The wonderful three-story cabin was fully-furnished and well-equipped to handle people of all ages. The mountain view from all four balconies was absolutely awesome. The cabin is positioned just right, close enough to the main town and yet just far enough away to feel like you have the entire mountain to yourself.
The interior of the cabin had a nice layout, looked professionally decorated and had plenty of extras. We spent a lot of time enjoying the hot tub, pool table, arcade and movie theater on the lower floor. Most days during our stay we found it difficult to leave because we enjoyed the cabin so much. The three bedrooms in the cabin were furnished with comfortable, large beds, TVs and easily accessible bathrooms. The kitchen was great for making meals and had all of the appliances necessary to do the job. The main living area was spacious and inviting and had a fantastic view of the Smokies through the large windows that span the back wall. The main balcony near the entrance to the cabin had a great view, seating around the perimeter and a fire pit. It was a great area to enjoy the view and relax each night.
The area around the cabin was very nice as well. Park View sits atop a mountain, and getting to and from the cabin was super-simple once we had our bearings of the area. The main town is filled with great restaurants and tons of attractions for all ages. The welcome information at the cabin provided recommendations and information about the area that we found most helpful.
Don, the owner of the cabin, was very helpful and proactive in making sure that we were informed about our trip, the area and the cabin itself. We truly felt that he cared and wanted our stay to be great.
From the linens to the kitchenware to the barbecue grills outside, the Park View cabin provides all of the necessities one needs to simply pack their bags for vacation and enjoy a stay in the cabin just as if it were their own home. This experience at Park View was by far one of the best vacation experiences we’ve had in a long time. We’d like to thank Don and his family for hosting the VRBO Bear and providing a ton of great memories that we’ll share for a long time.
# 447336 The Crane, St. Philip, Barbados, Caribbean, 4 BR, 5 BA, VILLA
Ahhhh! Relaxing by the pool.
05/31/2014 - When we arrived at the airport in Barbados we were greeted by the smiling face of Willie (of Emmanuel Tours cab service) holding up my name on a card. Willie was extremely hospitable and happy to assist us with all of our transportation needs throughout our vacation. He was always there whether we needed a ride into town or just to pick up groceries.
Upon arriving to the vacation home we were absolutely floored by how beautiful and picturesque the scenery was. The front door opened into a large furnished living area with couch, surround stereo system, and full kitchen. The double doors in back opened onto a large patio with an infinity pool and an unobstructed view to the ocean. We could hear the waves breaking throughout our stay which created a very peaceful and serene ambiance throughout the home. When we wanted to turn up the music and have a good time, there was an iPad connected to the stereo system within the house that allowed us to play provided music or connect our own.
All of the rooms were very spacious and most opened up to the outdoors with fantastic views of the ocean. The master had a large balcony that overlooked the ocean. In the back patio area there was a large gazebo where our entire party of 8 could sit and relax. There we found stairs leading down toward the ocean to a small terrace with a bed that sat directly over a small cliff overlooking the ocean (spectacular!). Another set of steps would take you all the way down to the ocean where, when the tide was out, you could walk on the small sandy beach and into the rock face where there were cave-like openings where we could see crabs and other small sea creatures.
There were many fun places to experience within walking distance. Cutters Deli was just down the street; Roger was a fantastic host and saw to his customers personally, even delivering items to the vacation home himself. The Rum Punch was the best I’ve ever had! The food there was AMAZING, the flying fish sandwich has to be the best lunch I’ve ever had in my life! We also had access to the Crane Hotel which had a variety of restaurants and shopping sites as well as access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
This was truly one of the most memorable trips we have had and we want to thank the extremely hospitable people of Barbados and our hosts for an amazing experience.
# 283184 Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Beautiful views of the coastline and mountains from the rooftop terrace!
05/28/2014 - The Palma Vista Villa in Puerto Rico is adjacent to a cove on Seven Seas Beach, offering striking views of the coastline and the mountains of the rainforest from a beautifully furnished rooftop terrace. It’s located close to many attractions, including the opportunity to lounge in the shade of a palm tree on virtually private beaches. Snorkel the coral reefs, tie up a hammock while enjoying local refreshments, and enjoy fresh local fare. Listen to the sounds of waves lapping and the little frog, the Coqui, sing in the sunset.
The Palma Vista Villa is a comfortable and complete setting for a relaxing getaway without ever leaving the villa, but there is so much to do nearby! Explore the nearby rainforest for a casual hike or drive. Our bear family chose to hike to the top of the mountain and picnic while taking in breathtaking views of the rainforest rolling out to crystal blue shorelines. Later we explored the waterfalls that cascaded down the mountains of the rainforest. In the evening we took a starlit tour of the Laguna Grande and experienced a moonlit mangrove forest with bioluminescent water that left us in awe of the wonders of nature. Watch fish splash in phosphorescent blue schools across the lagoon and see your own hand light up the water, truly amazing.
The white sand beaches of nearby Palamino Island and the isolated snorkeling grounds were something to behold. We dove with fish of all colors, discovered conchs and schools of brightly colored fish in the coral. The island is fully staffed with tropical drinks and food. Close to the Palma Vista Villa, you could choose to spend a morning or the entire day (as we did) with enough time to return to the Villa, relax and whip up some daiquiris with world famous Puerto Rican rum.
The Villa is spectacular, with finely furnished indoor and outdoor spaces with everything you need to cook, relax, and refresh. It’s an incredible space, with both the opportunity for privacy and places to gather, eat, drink, enjoy or play. The décor is tasteful and comfortable. The kitchen has modern conveniences for preparing a fine meal for a bear family. The bedding and towels are high quality with everything you need for a beach day including a cooler, beach chairs, and a portable awning.
The staff and owners were extremely professional, friendly, and welcoming. All of the information about the area and local knowledge was well documented and gave us information we needed to truly see the best aspects of the area. The owners and staff were willing and available to answer any questions we had. We hope to return and that you also take this opportunity to experience the luxury, adventure, and relaxation that we found at the Palma Vista Villa.
# 240977 Ocean Jewels, Daytona Beach, Florida Central East, Florida, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Loved the beautiful decor!
05/01/2014 - I had a spring getaway by the beach, and was delighted to find a beautifully decorated and wonderfully furnished condo overlooking the ocean.
My first impression was how neat and orderly the condo was. I was instantly comfortable and the condo had everything I needed to host a few cubs and mama bear for a relaxing time on the beach. Recent upgrades were everywhere, from the tile backsplash in the bathrooms to the glass top mini-stove.
The condo had a unique flair and the walls were professionally textured and painted recently. The bathrooms were immaculate and boasted a separate artistically tiled shower and tub, as well as a fountain style sink. The bed was comfortable and cozy and the linens were clean and fresh. Utensils, cups, glasses, dishes, towels, games, boogie boards, rafts, and other basic things were provided in this well -furnished cozy condo on the ocean shore. In fact I had all of the comforts of home and everything I needed to entertain my bear troop. There was even enough room on the leather pull out sofa to sleep an extra guest, as mama bear became so relaxed and fell sleepy.
This property is located in the center of all things beach and everything I needed was close by as far as stores, shops, take-out and delivery foods. Walks on the beach, local shopping and restaurants, and local attractions like the boardwalk and parks, game rooms, and bars are all within walking distance.
# 234988 Majestic Sun, Scenic Gulf Drive Central East, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the unobstructed view from the private balcony!
04/19/2014 - The VRBO bear visited Destin, Florida and enjoyed a relaxing stay at a wonderful, family-friendly property. As soon as we arrived we were in “beach” mode. The condo is in a prime location, separated from the beach by only a two lane road, and there are no other buildings in front to block the ocean view. The beach and pool are only a few steps away. Another perk are the sidewalks/bike paths which are easily accessible, and great to take to the several restaurants within walking distance. The neighborhood is full of other families on vacation, and the atmosphere is pleasant and enjoyable.
The condo had everything we needed – they even provided a cooler, beach chairs, beach umbrella, and beach cart. The comforts of home were in the details: throw blankets on the couches, extra pillows in the bedroom, and hairdryers in the bathroom. There was plenty of room in this two bedroom condo and it is perfect for a family! Each bedroom has comfortable bedding and is attached to its own bathroom. The kitchen is well stocked and features an eat-at bar plus a small dining area that opens into the family room. The interior has top of the line amenities and is very comfortable.
We spent the majority of our time on the balcony. We enjoyed coffee in the morning and cocktails at night, all while taking in the beautiful ocean view.
The owners, Andree and Mike, are wonderful to work with. They thought of every detail, so we would not have to! They even provided us recommendations before we arrived for a fishing trip and tennis courts.
All in all, we could not have asked for a more relaxing and stress-free trip to the beach!
# 125149 Manzanillo, Colima, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the amazing view!
04/04/2014 - This extraordinary house nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Manzanillo (las Brisas) was the perfect place for our large group of ten celebrating two milestone birthdays together! This beachfront home is 30 yards from the Pacific Ocean on Playa Azul with the most amazing views. Much time was spent on the back balcony watching birds, swimmers, walkers, large ships venturing in and out of the harbor, and listening to the waves crashing on the beach. As the name indicates, we truly experienced the “House of Sunsets”, as we watched the sun disappear into the Pacific below a beautiful orange-pink sky nearly every evening.
Casa Puesta del Sol is beautifully decorated throughout, and nearly every room displays large, original oil paintings (portraits) from the photo-realistic Jalisco artist, David Villasenor. We found each of the six bedrooms to be very spacious with comfortable beds and a bathroom, which accommodated our large group very well. The breezes coming off the ocean kept the place cool; however, each room has an individual air conditioner and a ceiling fan as well.
We enjoyed hanging out in the pool, sitting at the palapa bar, and visiting the very-uncrowded beach only footsteps from the house. Manzanillo is the most charming town with authentic character. We also took several excursions as well, including a day trip to Barra de Navidad for sightseeing and shopping; a 4-hour private fishing charter where we caught exclusively mackerel; a day trip to El Salto de Minatitlan – a water park and waterfalls up in the mountains about an hour’s drive east of Manzanillo – we were the only ones there that day, and truly enjoyed the falls and swimming in the pools below them and a day at La Playa Boquita on the northwest end of Manzanillo.
The house is maintained by a staff of 3 who come in every day to clean. They can arrange almost anything that you would like, including fishing trips, massages, sightseeing trips, or shopping. Guests have the option of having meals prepared, including shopping for the food and cleaning up afterwards. Our group availed ourselves of this service for one or more meals almost every day we were there. We found a wonderful pollo asado restaurant only two doors down from Puesta del Sol for dining out. Try Chef LLevArt Bistro, if you desire a more upscale restaurant, which is about ½ mile away.
This is truly a lovely vacation home. The VRBO Bear gives Casa Puesta del Sol a big thumbs up!
# 427644 Canyon Lake, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying this charming waterfront home!
03/29/2014 - Our wonderful Canyon Lake escape – Water’s Edge
From the moment we arrived at Canyon Lake, we were impressed by the natural beauty of the area. We were delighted by the generous parking, friendly neighbors and the supreme view of the lake. The house sits on an elongated lot that is deep and deliciously lakefront. Water’s Edge provides an ample ground-level covered space for easy entertaining, dining alfresco and of course barbequing!
As we climbed the staircase to the wrap-around deck, our eyes were immediately drawn to the stunning, panoramic views of Canyon Lake. The house is a charming escape that offers a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a comfortable leather sofa, an easy chair and wonderful natural light. The kitchen is spacious, equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, fridge with water & ice dispenser, a nice stovetop and oven as well as a double sink.
Water’s Edge offers three comfortable bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. Ample linens are available with plenty of plump pillows and comfortable mattresses. Two of the bedrooms offer easy access to the wrap-around deck.
We were delighted by the quality of the local restaurants and quick access to grocery, convenience stores and gas stations. There’s even a great hardware store that sells fishing rods and ice coolers.
Water’s Edge owner Patty was really fantastic. She was super-friendly and generous with restaurant suggestions.
Pack your bags and prepare for a joyous escape to a truly memorable property deep in the pristine Texas Hill Country!
# 302629 Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
I can stay perched on this sofa and look at this amazing view all day long!
03/14/2014 - From the moment we entered the apartment, all we could say was “WOW!” This beautiful Telegraph Hill flat provides picture perfect views. The large windows of the main room and master bedroom were open to enjoy every scenic moment. In the early mornings, the world was quiet with the sound of the occasional fog horn in the distance while the sun gently filled the master bedroom. Just as enticing, as the evening sun went down, we would watch the lights on the bridge turn on while sipping a glass of champagne.
The penthouse has been nicely remodeled and tastefully decorated with a balance of up-to-date appliances and conveniences, while still maintaining the historic San Francisco Edwardian charm on the outside. Beautiful hardwood floors shine throughout. There is a nice separation between the master bedroom and the other two large bedrooms. The beds and linens were extremely comfortable. The penthouse is spacious and airy with high ceilings and filled with natural light and plenty of storage. The kitchen had everything we needed. The bathrooms were elegantly renovated and professionally cleaned. The towels were plush and hotel quality.
The location was ideal for us. The walkability to restaurants, cafes, and shopping was a plus to staying in the unit itself. Historic landmarks such as Coit Tower, Embarcadero, Ferry Plaza, and Transamerica Pyramid (just to name a few) surrounded us. When we did require transportation for farther locations, cabs were nearby, easy to hire, and could get us anywhere we needed to go. The home was a relaxing place for us to land after a full day of walking and sightseeing.
The owner, Richard, was very accommodating and helpful. His professionalism was apparent in the entire booking and check in/out process. He was prompt in his replies to my initial inquiry and questions. Richard presented us with an informative email prior to our arrival providing suggestions and recommendations for things to do in the area. I could tell right away I was dealing with a very experienced owner.
It was definitely hard to leave when our vacation ended. Thank you Richard, for hosting us Bears at your lovely apartment!