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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.

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# 401219 Marigny-Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME

Impeccably Renovated Luxury Cottage with Courtyard & Jacuzzi

Ready to unwind in the Jacuzzi

Ready to unwind in the Jacuzzi

03/12/2014 - With so much history and tradition in the city of New Orleans, this cottage strikes a beautiful balance of local charm and modern living. The details of the property stood out from the moment we walked in and extended throughout the home. The mix of local artwork with modern furnishings made it clear that the owners were committed to creating a great space.

The formal dining room space is perfect for a large family dinner and we took full advantage. The full kitchen and backyard grill allowed us to enjoy the great local markets and fresh seafood. All the modern appliances and cooking utensils were at hand allowing us to prepare meals with ease. We would open the full length windows to the front of the home and enjoy the amazing weather while enjoying food and drink with friends.

The proximity of the living room meant that our favorite local jazz band was playing on the music doc whenever we were home. The full entertainment center kept our favorites within ear shot throughout the cottage. The complement of movie channels was a nice addition, although we preferred to spend our time listing to music when not out trying to catch live shows.

The bedrooms each had their own unique charm and artwork but provided plenty of space as well. The large closet space allowed us to unpack like we were home. The beds and linens were more comfortable than what I have at home. The place we spent most of our time was definitely the kitchen and back yard where we shared our favorite stories of the day before jumping into the Jacuzzi to unwind. With a surplus of soft towels, a nice backlit yard and privacy fence, there was no better way to end the day.

With character to spare and proximity to just about everything, we could not have picked a better place to stay. The owners and property manager were very gracious and communicated with us throughout the reservation process and after checkout. In all, we feel fortunate to have stayed in a place that made our visit one to always remember.

# 108605 Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

Luxury Penthouse Villa-Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Relax, play games, or enjoy the view from your private balcony

Relax, play games, or enjoy the view from your private balcony

03/06/2014 - This wonderfully furnished, comfortable, penthouse villa is nestled at the top of the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort and Spa. Even with 10 of us, the villa was very spacious and comfortable. The wonderful cool cross-ventilation of the ocean breeze in the main kitchen area/living room, meant we didn't have to use the A/C. You will spend mornings drinking coffee, seeing the stunning sunrises, and taking in the ocean breeze. Afternoons will be spent sipping a mint mojito, or a 'cuba libre'. Evenings will be highlighted by gazing out over the balcony, listening to the symphony of singing coqui frogs from the landscape below, as you watch the large cruise ships set out to sea from San Juan. Grandpa Bear spent an afternoon watching cartoons with the little bears in the wonderfully cozy and spacious media room.

Eva and Jose have thought of everything with their villa. Each bedroom had a private FULL bathroom. Plenty of clean towels, sheets, and pillows are available. The kitchen has everything you need if you want to prepare meals. We stopped by a grocery store in Luqillo, named Amigo's, a mere 7 minutes from the villa on PR-3, and stocked up for incidental meals and snacks for our stay. If you want a quick coffee and a breakfast sandwich, consider stopping by Dalia's Diner, right at the intersection of PR-3 and PR-968. If you want a heavier meal or dinner, head out for Ritchie's Cafe at the top of the hill on PR-968. Ritchie's is best for lazy afternoons for great vistas, or catch it in the evenings on the weekend for some live local color. (Call ahead for details).

The bears spent lots of hours on the beach. Bring lots of sun screen! Eva and Jose provided boogie boards for the little bears (or big bears too) to enjoy on the beach. We felt like we practically had the whole beach to ourselves which was surprisingly nice considering it was Spring Break. Momma bear had a great, peaceful stroll up and down the beach as she collected shells and sand dollars. You have to look for them, but they are there! The little bears came in from the beach, and washed themselves at the showers before jumping into one of the communal pools available for Rio Mar residents, and spent more time having some good splash fun.

One evening we took a tour at 'Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve' -- the Biolumniscent Bay excursion. We decided on this because we had little bears and Grandpa and Grandma bear along on our vacation. We visited the Fajardo lighthouse, and later when we returned to the villa, we realized we could spot the lighthouse from the balcony! We got to experience the bioluminescent bay at night, and it was very amazing walking around outside with no lights or flashlights. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was educational for bears of all ages.

We also visited El Yunque, the only official Rain Forest of the U.S. Forest Service. The views from the Yokahu Tower are spectacular. If you are up for the hike, do the Mt. Britton lookout tower. It is worth the trip. Some of the bears in our family took a dip at the Mina Falls, and the best part - it was only minutes away from Eva and Jose's villa!

We did many more things while staying at Rio Mar. We visited Arecibo Observatory, made a few trips to Old San Juan, and ventured for a long day trip to Ponce. Whatever your bear family decides to do, tennis, golf, hotel, spa, walks on the beach, jet skis, day trips, or just sitting back and enjoying the view, know that you will have a memorable and peaceful vacation with this vacation villa as your home base.

# 201505 Chateau Roaring Fork, Aspen, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

3D Tour! Renovated, Spacious, Deluxe Corner unit, Great views, Hot Tubs, Pool

The perfect vacation rental for location, comfort, and views!

The perfect vacation rental for location, comfort, and views!

02/20/2014 - The pictures on VRBO did not do this beautiful property justice. There were elements everywhere that made the condo feel like a true mountain chalet. I loved the antler chandelier over the dining table, old black and white photos of the town framed in each room, snow shoes in the shape of a heart on the wall in the living room, and rustic wood furniture throughout the condo. Two great sized bedrooms with their own bathrooms made the property a perfect candidate for future trips with family or friends. The kitchen had everything we needed including an iPod docking station. There was a bottle of red wine and two glasses waiting on the expansive granite countertop in the kitchen. The living room had an awesome bear sized leather couch and with a collection of comfy pillows and throw blankets. One of the pillows read “Home is Where the Heart Is”. This was probably my favorite touch, and a perfect pillow for a vacation rental.

Arriving in the dark we hadn’t seen the mountains around us. The next morning I saw the view, which took my breath away. The condo was so close to Aspen mountain that we could see lifts from our living room! I couldn’t get over the views from our condo. I kept opening the patio door to go outside, take pictures, and just be closer to the mountainous backdrop. The condo was perfect for those who plan on coming to Aspen to snowboard or ski. We were given our own locker right outside for snowboards. There was also a giant wooden bench for our coats, gloves, hats, boots, goggles, etc. The shuttle down the street took us to Snowmass. After a day on the mountain we came back and read through magazines on the coffee table, enjoying a glass of wine and learning about famous diners and pubs to try. Our muscles were given a chance to recover in the hot tub.

The condo is within walking distance to every shop, restaurant, and bar in Aspen. Knowing that everything was a short walk away made planning unnecessary and allowed us to enjoy being on vacation. We walked down the street to get groceries. We were able to walk to the shuttle that took us to each mountain which was awesome. We didn’t use the rental car all weekend.

We shopped one afternoon, stopping at an old pub to enjoy a drink and watch the end of a basketball game. Dinner was Italian and I enjoyed one of the best plates of lasagna I’ve ever had. Aspen is the perfect spot for a bear! I fell in love with the crisp air, snowy mountains, friendly people and simple way of living. The property’s owner, Brian, made sure we were more than taken care of and was super responsive when I had questions about Aspen or the condo. I could not have asked for a better person to work with. On our drive back to Denver we talked about coming back every year and bringing friends, always staying in the same condo because it was so special to us. I’m so bearrrrr-y thankful to have been given the opportunity to experience such a beautiful place!

# 410068 Cedar Ridge, Upper Village, Whistler, Vancouver Coast & Mountains, British Columbia, Canada, 4 BR, 4 BA, CHALET

30 mtrs from SkiSlope-Private HotTub-Spectacular views-Deck-Watch skiers go by B

Trail map handy--planning for the day on the slopes!

Trail map handy--planning for the day on the slopes!

02/08/2014 - This February, four of my friends and I decided to come out of hibernation early to hit the slopes at Whistler. We were spoiled rotten by the luxurious amenities and prime location of this property! The proximity to Village Run was ideal for skiing and snowboarding – every morning we would roll out of bed, strap on our gear, and cruise down to the gondola. We didn’t have to deal with the hassle of lugging around our boards or hobbling in ski boots, and also had time to squeeze in a couple of extra runs at the end of the day!

In addition to primo mountain access, the panoramic views of the valley from the wrap-around deck are breathtaking. There’s a hot tub that is constantly kept at 104o F – the perfect temperature for relaxing after a long day of tearing up the slopes. After enjoying the hot tub, the propane grill was great for cooking up a feast in the evening. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to prepare our meals, and there was tons of space and seating in the living and dining areas. The 42” flat screen HDTV, Bose sound system, and wifi internet connection kept us entertained on the nights that we decided to stay in.

After surveying the cabin’s accommodations, I can definitely sympathize with Goldilocks. There are beds for up to 10 people, and the downstairs bathroom has been completely remodeled with a rain shower and heated tile floors. The stackable washer/dryer came in handy for drying out my soggy ski clothes at the end of the day - even bears wipe out occasionally!

It was a pleasure planning my trip with the property’s owner, Sabina. She was incredibly responsive to all of my questions, and even helped me book our lift tickets and ski rentals at a discount before we arrived! Whenever I had a question, I had no problem reaching Sabina by phone, text, or email, and it made my Whistler experience that much more enjoyable.

After our stay at Cedar Ridge, it’s going to be really tough to return to my cave next winter!

# 425198 Wailua Bay View, Wailua, Coconut Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 0 BA, CONDO

Breathtaking Kauai! Remodeled and Refurbished Oceanfront Condo

Relaxing and enjoying this perfectly located condo at the end of each day

Relaxing and enjoying this perfectly located condo at the end of each day

12/27/2013 - New Year’s in Kauai is just what the Bear family ordered for our winter getaway! This bear couple was spoiled on their 20th Anniversary with this perfectly located Condo in Wailua, on the Coconut Coast. It was the perfect location for us to do everything we wanted in Kauai.

The condo is situated at the end of the complex – away from street noise – and close to the fabulous beach and ocean view. Right when we arrived, we headed straight to the balcony to take in the sounds and view that is Kauai. The condo was well stocked with everything we needed for the beach as well as a clean and organized kitchen. And, they had air conditioning in the bedroom if it was too hot. But we didn’t need it. There were plenty of windows to open to catch the ocean breezes!

The location of our condo was perfect. We had easy access to multiple grocery stores and restaurants. But, we were far enough from town that we didn’t feel like we couldn’t get away from everything. The owners were also very attentive and surprised us with some snacks, coffee and a bottle of wine waiting for our arrival!

It seems to me that the owners really care about their home! They recently remodeled their bathroom into a mini oasis! The large shower head and openness of the space was very relaxing. They provided us plenty of towels and supplies for our visit.

One of our favorite evenings was walking over to Waialua Bay (about a 2 minute walk) with our beach chairs in hand, a tasty beverage, sitting close to the water and watching the stars. It was dark and peaceful in the evening. We brought a flashlight with us to find our way. After sitting and chatting for a while, we decided to look at what was around us with our flash lights. To our surprise, there were about 10 tiny crabs frozen by our light – staring at us. Then they quickly zipped back into the water or into their homes in the sand. It was a magical evening for all of us.

I really enjoy going on bike rides and it is very easy to go biking in Kauai. There was a bike path (called the Ke Ala Hele Makalae 7 mile trail) that starts directly across from our condo – which becomes a dedicated path in Kapa’a after 2 miles. Papa Bear LOVES to roller skate, so Mama Bear got a Bike (with room for me!) and we took that path at least 3 times on our visit. It goes all the way to Kuna Bay where we got to play in the waves and watch the surfers. I’m glad we brought towels and sunscreen!

During our visit, we got to head to the North Shore and visit the remote area of Wainiha and Tunnels Beach to go snorkeling. The waves were too high at the Tunnels Beach (in the Winter the water is more rough in the North), so we decided to check-out the Kalalau Trail – which is an 11 mile trail that goes all the way over to the Na Pali Coast. Our family loves to snorkel – so we were looking forward to the location. But, the trail was very beautiful and in the lush jungle. The trail was a little much for my little legs to handle, so we only made it a ½ mile in – but I’m glad I went that far and got to enjoy the views!

A few days later we headed to the South end of the Island to snorkel at Poipu Beach. There were a lot more people down there, but the snorkeling was great! We also snorkeled near our condo at Lydgate Park. It was a sheltered swimming area that had a few fish to see. There were lots of families there and I felt much safer and protected from the higher waves!

At the end of every day, it was nice to get back to our comfortable condo. We could cook what we wanted and barbeque by the pool. We made Hawaiian Ribs one night – they took 3 hours to cook – so I got to swim in the beautiful pool and warm my fur in the sun! Another night we picked up some giant Kauai farm raised shrimp on our way back from Waimea in Hanapepe. They were so good! And a bargain too! We cooked those by the pool as well.

It is always sad when it is time to go home. But, we had a relaxing and enjoyable time at this condo in Wailua. The location, amenities and scenery made this one of the most memorable vacations we have had in a long time. I will definitely tell my friends about this magical trip. Thank you for accepting the Bear into your home in Kauai.

# 103695 Pacific Grove, Central Coast, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Oceanview Designer Beach House 2 Free Aquarium Passes

Relaxing in this wonderful condo. Great views and location!

Relaxing in this wonderful condo. Great views and location!

12/26/2013 - We planned a Christmas trip to the Monterey bay area and this was this property was the highlight of our trip! The 2 bedroom, 2 full bath nicely equipped Condo is located near the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row shopping. Included in this condo, is 4 guest passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which gives this VRBO rental an added savings. The views are astonishing! The patio overlooks the ocean and a lush green narrow park that runs along the Ocean side with a hike and bike trail. We saw a wedding party taking pictures in the park and hear that many wedding happen at this park location!

We rented bikes from about a block away and enjoyed riding along the coast from the 17 mile drive to the Aquarium and took post card perfect pictures along the way.

While making coffee in the morning we looked out through the patio window and saw a couple whales swimming in the bay. The binoculars on the cabinet allow you to get up close!

The entire condo complex is family owned and we were able to visit with some of Sally’s family. They are wonderful people and a pleasure to chat with.

The kids also enjoyed board games in from the game cabinet and were able to post their favorite photos of the day using the high speed WIFI.

# 160190 Cedar Ridge, Upper Village, Whistler, Vancouver Coast & Mountains, British Columbia, Canada, 4 BR, 4 BA, CHALET

4BR-4 Coveted TRUE ski in/out-Skiers Plaza-Slopeside-Privat HotTub-Amazing Views

Happy holidays from Whistler!

Happy holidays from Whistler!

12/16/2013 - This holiday season, I decided to take a few of my friends skiing and snowboarding with me in Canada at Whistler Blackcomb. Boy, am I glad I picked this property to stay at! This house has everything you need for a perfect mountain vacation.

The first thing all of us could not stop talking about was the amazing location of this property. This house is literally right next to the slopes. We would strap on our gear, grab our skis and boards, take a few steps, and we were right on the run down to the village! Not all of us were expert skiers or snowboarders, but that wasn’t a problem. The run is an easy one; a beginner will have no problem making their way down.

After a long day of skiing and afternoon fun in the village, taking the lift back up and walking to the house was incredibly easy. At night, walking down the run to get to dinner, family fun, and nightlife in the village was a delight. Being that close to the village makes the experience truly unforgettable.

In the house, the experience took our trip to a whole other level of fun. The kitchen had everything we could possibly need to make delicious meals. It’s like they thought of everything! Skiing into the house for lunch or dinner was a huge plus.

For the nights where we weren’t interested in going out in the village, getting in the hot tub after dinner to relax was truly amazing. The Jacuzzi is on the deck outside; it is kept hot from the moment you arrive. You can gaze upon the mountains and the trees while relaxing in the water. It is a spectacular way to end any day on the mountain.

The owner of this property thought of everything we could possibly need to have a great stay at Whistler. Don’t like putting your feet in cold ski boots in the morning? There’s a bootwarmer in the garage! Hate cold towels after you step out of the shower? The towels are kept on a towel warmer. There was even a beautiful Christmas tree waiting for us when we arrived to capture the holiday spirit!

The house is kept comfortably warm with heat running under the stone floors and a fireplace that keeps the house cozy and clean. My little bear feet could hardly believe how warm it was! Did I mention that the fireplace is perfect for s’mores? It’s the perfect den to sit in with loved ones and watch TV while making a few tasty treats.

We knew that we were in for a treat while visiting Whistler Blackcomb, but our experience here surpassed our wildest dreams. With everything so well thought-out and the location being so spectacular, it really is the best way to experience Whistler. When we make another trip, you can bet I’ll be checking to see if this property is available again!

# 410097 French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

French Quarter Condo -Close toHouse of Blues, Super Dome & Convention Center

Cozy bed for a bear's slumber!

Cozy bed for a bear's slumber!

12/05/2013 - Our Bear family arrived the first week of December and the city was decorated for the Christmas holiday already and looked beautiful. We were met by the loveliest property manager who welcomed us and let us into the property. The condo was much larger than we expected! There was so much space and it had everything you could possibly need, including a front load washer and dryer. The property manager made it very clear that she was available anytime if we needed anything.

We loved making breakfast in the gourmet kitchen every morning and cozying up on the couch to reminisce about the adventures from the night before. The beds were very comfortable, which we appreciated after all of the walking we did each day. Each bedroom had its own flat screen TV to watch the morning news and weather while getting ready for the day ahead. The two bathrooms had plenty of towels, more than enough for the four of us. The big master bathtub came in handy to soak our bear paws in after doing walking tours around town.

As a Bear I had never been to New Orleans before so I had no idea what to do. With the free wifi we were able to plan each night and find fun activities via the internet, but they also had a great guide magazine and list of places nearby. The location was perfect - we didn’t take a single cab and were able to just leave our car in a parking garage all weekend.

We didn’t want to leave because we had such a relaxing and carefree time in this apartment. The space, beds, baths and location were juuuuust right! We will definitely plan on going back on our next Bear vacation.

# 222964 Cocles, Limon, Costa Rica, Central America, 2 BR, 2 BA, VILLA

Geckoes Lodge: Rainforest Barefoot Luxury & Plunge Pool Near Gorgeous Beaches

We loved this luxurious villa, inside and out!

We loved this luxurious villa, inside and out!

12/05/2013 - If you’re planning the perfect Costa Rican vacation look no further than Geckoe’s Lodge, Casa Bromelia. This bear couple on their honeymoon was spoiled with luxury accommodations in a private rainforest paradise. We were greeted by our friendly hosts Tom and Zoe, who have spared no expense in creating an eco-friendly abode with views that will take your breath away. A thoughtful fruit basket with Costa Rican snacks and a delicious pineapple along with a bottle of champagne were set out to celebrate the occasion.

The impeccable attention to detail makes Casa Bromelia a true home away from home. A fully stocked kitchen, cell phone with necessary numbers, helpful travel guides and daily cleaning ensured we had a relaxing vacation. The hammocks also helped, it was amazing to see toucans and the beautiful blue morpho butterfly from the front porch. This beautiful, large, 2 bedroom home has an open concept layout that provides rainforest views at almost every turn. The master bedroom is absolutely perfect with a very comfortable bed, seating and a spacious bathroom.

The natural light peering through the windows started off our day as we explored the many beaches of the Caribbean coast, visited the Jaguar Rescue Center (baby howler monkeys crawling all over us!),a relaxing couples massage at Indulgence spa and shopped in Puerto Viejo. For a truly unforgettable meal visit La Pecora Nera which is a scenic little walk from the property. We enjoyed a perfectly seasoned and seasonal tasting menu in a romantic open air setting. After our active days we looked forward to arriving at the secluded oasis and taking a dip in the plunge pool.

There is so much to do, see and enjoy in this area that 6 days wasn’t enough and we’re already planning a return trip! I haven’t hesitated in recommending this home to my family and friends. This was the most memorable and relaxing vacation these bears could have ever hoped for.

# 32798 Old Seagrove Beach, Seagrove Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

'Five O'Clock Somewhere' - 5 BR/3 BA Beach House & Heated Pool

Enjoyed splashing in the heated pool!

Enjoyed splashing in the heated pool!

11/25/2013 - The Bear family Thanksgiving went off without a hitch this year, thanks to this wonderful rental. With plenty of space for 8 family members, including Baby Bear and his big sister, this beautiful beach home allowed everyone to relax while spending quality family time together.

The entire family enjoyed hanging out in the large, open-plan, upstairs den and kitchen area. Whether sharing meals together or snuggling on the couches for a movie, this was the perfect place to enjoy each other's company. However, when one family needed a little extra space, or an afternoon nap, the additional downstairs bedrooms and den served as the perfect place to spread out. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking and dinnerware making our Thanksgiving meal a snap to prepare. With a little help from the nearby supermarket, we were able to whip up a low key feast to keep traditions alive while still enjoying the relaxing beach atmosphere.

Baby bear and his big sister got a big kick out of splashing in the heated pool, but even more fun was taking the short walk to build castles on the beach just two blocks away! The calming waves, sugar white sand, and warm sun of Seagrove Beach created the perfect background for this year's holiday celebration. Plus, the small town of Seaside is within easy walking distance and provided us with hours of fun holiday shopping, people watching, and decadent holiday snacking.

This beach house was the perfect combination of out of the way and in the middle of everything. We felt safe letting the little ones play in the yard knowing that we were at the end of a quiet street, but could also easily walk or ride bikes to any destination that we wanted to go. I would highly recommend this rental to any family or group looking for a place to reconnect with each other, get away from the hustle of everyday life, and have a great time in a fun town.

# 175950 Molino de Agua, Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

LIKE NO OTHER: MOLINO DE AGUA - ENTIRE 4TH FLOOR ON BEACH - HEART OF TOWN

Views from your own wrap-around balcony cannot be beat!

Views from your own wrap-around balcony cannot be beat!

11/22/2013 - It does not get much better than visiting Skip's luxurious beachfront condo in Puerto Vallarta. Prior to our arrival, Skip and his property manager Drucilla went over an beyond in helping us plan for transportation, dining, and activities, all of which ended up surpassing our expectations.
Upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta, we were greeted at the airport by Skip's driver, Dagoberto, who escorted us to the condo (with cold drinks in tow!). My jaw nearly dropped to the floor when we walked in to see a meticulously decorated condo with every modern amenity you can imagine alongside 270 degree views of the beautiful oceanfront. The main areas were spacious, allowing us to relax and enjoy one anothers company. The three bedrooms all had ocean views, comfortable beds, and in-suite bathrooms which was perfect for three couples traveling together. There is no better place in the world to watch a sunset with a glass of wine than the wrap around balcony. Beyond the actual condo being so spectacular, the pool and grounds are impeccable as well. We enjoyed time in the large beautiful pool which has a swim-up bar and restaurant with great food.
As much as I wanted to spend all my time in the condo, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most incredible beach towns I have ever visited and Skip's condo is also in the best location in all of Puerto Vallarta to enjoy them. The condo is located on the beach and within walking distance to all the amazing restaurants and shops within the town. Be sure to follow Skip's recommendations on dining as every meal we had was incredible..
There is truly no better place to enjoy Puerto Vallarta and all it has to offer than Skip's oceanfront condo!

# 224704 Downtown, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, VILLA

Private Pool, Hot Tub, Parking, Roof Deck, A++ Location - Downtown Key West

Relaxing by the pool at this beautiful condo

Relaxing by the pool at this beautiful condo

11/13/2013 - I enjoyed a wonderful stay at this beautiful condo right in the heart of Key West. Mark, the owner, was nice enough to greet us with wine and give us a tour of the property. He provided helpful suggestions of restaurants and other activities around Key West and was able to answer all of our questions.

The compound was jaw-droppingly beautiful. The pictures on the listing were so amazing I didn't think it was possible that the property could match up. It did and then some! We honestly did not want to leave! The home was nicely furnished, and the pictures and decorating were beautiful. The property is well stocked & impeccably clean. Every room has amazing light and updated appliances. The kitchen had everything we needed in order to make meals during our stay and there were a ton of spices and cooking supplies in the cabinets. It was as if we never left home...only my kitchen at home is not nearly this nice. There were extra linens, plenty of towels provided, and each bathroom was nicely appointed. The heated pools were both so inviting, we spent a majority of our time in the water when we weren't out on the town.

There are patios along with a rooftop deck that are great for hanging out. You'll especially enjoy the spaciousness of the Master Suite and the balcony that overlooks Duval Street. It's great for people watching.

I don't think this condo could have a better location, literally in the middle of everything and all the fun that Key West has to offer. Whether you are more into doing touristy things or you like to check out the local hangouts; this condo is right where you want to be. We were able to try out a lot of the places that Mark recommended along with restaurants listed in the guest book. Everything was fabulous.

We are already talking about our next vacation to Key West and will definitely be staying here again. Don't miss your chance to enjoy Key West and stay at this fantastic home!

# 395014 Mayan Princess, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Upscale 2 Story Condo. Free Sunrises every day...from 2 balconies!

A great welcome and a lovely condo!

A great welcome and a lovely condo!

10/18/2013 - What a lovely condo! The views from the decks on both floors are breathtaking. You can see all of the pools (there are 3!) and the Jacuzzi, all with a backdrop of the ocean. Gorgeous. The main bedroom upstairs has a huge King bed, an ottoman that folds out into a twin bed, and a fainting couch. The fainting couch was of course my favorite. From there, I could stare out at the waves and listen to the surf in complete relaxation.

I couldn’t stay there all day, though. There were adventures to be had! In town, we stood in the mouths of two sharks, drank too much coffee and ate too many pastries and homemade gelato, and grabbed fishing gear. Then we headed out to the beach and cast our lines! What a great day.

Back at the condo later that night, we opened a bottle of wine and then took a long walk on the beach, accessible right from the boardwalk at the condo. The stars were out in force!

It was hard to leave, but this bear has some amazing memories and will definitely be back! Many thanks to Richard and his fantastic attention to detail. Everything we could possible need (and more!) was at our finger (paw?) tips.

# 403756 Waikomo Stream Villas, Poipu, South Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, VILLA

Tropical Oasis Amongst World Class Resort Area of Poipu

Relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view on the lanai

Relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view on the lanai

10/06/2013 - What a perfect spot for a bear honeymoon! This was my first trip to Hawaii and I am very fortunate to have ended up at the Waikomo Stream Villa hosted by Jayne and Wes!

I was happy with the condo from my first steps into the unit – which was only steps from the parking that is right out front and free! The condo was very homey and allowed us to have a comfortable home base. The condo was also very breezy and we didn’t even need to use the A/C. The porch off the back of the unit had a nice table to enjoy refreshing drinks. We loved sitting out there and relaxing. There were lots of interesting fish in the stream including beautiful koi fish. The plant life at the property was beautiful and we enjoyed walking around the grounds. We also saw lizards, frogs and toads, which I loved! And waking up to the chirping birds in the morning was wonderful. That and the warm weather and sunshine made us never want to leave Poipu!

There were many different beaches and restaurants within walking distance. My husband and I ended up walking down to Poipu Beach every afternoon to go swimming and boogie boarding and do people watching. There are plenty of beaches to snorkel and watch for turtles. We would bring the cooler, chairs, beach towels, umbrella and boogie boards from the condo and have a great time at the beach. We loved all the suggestions on beaches, stores, restaurants, hikes and activities that Jayne and Wes left us. This was so helpful for us being first time guests to the island. There was so much to do nearby. But the condo is also very private and quiet and you aren’t surrounded by other guests at all time.

After a long day at the beach, the home had everything we needed to relax including WiFi, cable, 2 flatscreen TV’s and a fully equipped kitchen to make dinner.

We will be back! Maybe even before our 1st honeymoon!

# 42260 Colosseo Foro Romano (Coliseum & Roman Forum), Rome, Latium (Lazio), Italy, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Elegant Apartment-Studio in CENTRO STORICO (WIFI, AC, Satellite) - Owner managed

Enjoying this cozy apartment and its great location

Enjoying this cozy apartment and its great location

10/03/2013 - What a great apartment in Rome! We arrived after a long day of traveling to find fresh cannolis and wine awaiting our arrival. The owner, Alessio, was very helpful and arranged a car service for us ahead of time so we wouldn’t have to deal with taking a cab from the airport and locating the apartment ourselves. We were also sent a list of great restaurants to eat at which was super helpful. Being on our honeymoon, we very much enjoyed eating at all of the great restaurants Rome has to offer.

The apartment is in a great location, in a lively neighborhood with tons of restaurants and bars nearby. It is walking distance to almost every major attraction and is close to the Coliseum which was incredible. We only took a cab once our entire trip! There is a subway stop nearby if you don’t feel like taking a cab. We also liked having a convenient store close for toiletries and food.

The apartment is very clean and cozy with a nice comfortable king bed. We especially liked the cold AC and the kitchen. The kitchen had everything we needed including a coffee maker, plates, silverware and most importantly wine glasses and a wine opener! We opened the windows that lead to the street often and enjoyed hearing all of the hustle and bustle of the busy neighborhood but loved how quiet the room was when we closed the windows at night.

We also appreciated the free wifi which had a faster connection than any hotel we stayed in during our 2 week trip. We are very thankful to have stayed here and hope to return someday!

# 420019 Seabreeze Beach, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Beachfront condo with the Best views, Free WiFi

This is a great place to enjoy the sand and water!

This is a great place to enjoy the sand and water!

09/10/2013 - We can't wait to get back to this perfect beach condo! It looks even better in person, and the location and view can't be beat. The condo has one bedroom, but the layout and luxurious furnishings made it feel very spacious and comfortable for our family of four. The balcony furniture was high end, which made ocean gazing even more wonderful. The kitchen was outfitted with upgraded appliances and had absolutely everything we needed to cook our food each day. We loved getting a fresh catch of fish or shrimp from a nearby seafood market for dinner each night.

This is as close as you can get to the beach, with only the low lying dunes between you and gorgeous crystal green waters and soft sand. We loved being on the second floor; it meant we had a great view but could use the stairs or elevator. And we loved this condo building! It was very well taken care with a groundsman working all day to keep things tidy and ready for the guests to enjoy. There were two pools, one heated, and one not, and we used both since some days the wind picked up and made the heated pool just perfect for lounging in. The hot tub was also very hot and inviting!

If you are looking for a beautiful beach in Texas, South Padre Beach is the place! And this condo was the perfect way to enjoy it. Thanks for having us! Til next time..

# 4677 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

Beach House w/ private pool are a favorite of guest visiting the Mayan Riviera

Enjoying our time at our private villa!

Enjoying our time at our private villa!

09/09/2013 - Wow, this is one spoiled, relaxed, and rejuvenated bear! If you are the type of person who longs for the privacy of a house but enjoys the service of a hotel while on vacation, then this property is the place for you! From the moment we arrived at this lovely villa, we knew we had picked the perfect spot for our trip. We were offered fresh tropical drinks upon arrival and felt immediately at home.

Miguel and Liza were the perfect hosts – leading up to the trip Liza made sure we had all of the details we needed, from directions to transportation, and after we arrived Miguel helped us plan all of our activities. We really enjoyed our snorkeling trip at Puerto Morelos (only a 10 minute drive and they will pick you up at the villa) as well as checking out the nightlife in Playa Del Carmen (an easy 20 minute drive if you rent a car, which the bear recommends if you plan to explore the Mayan ruins or cenotes).

Most of all, we enjoyed soaking up the sun in the amazing full-sized poolside beds, jumping in the refreshing pool, and enjoying the waves on our very private beach (we felt like celebrities). If you walk further down the beach, you will hit a few crowded resorts with beachgoers crammed next to one another. Every time we walked by we thought, “We are so lucky to be in our private villa!”

Another perk of this property is Miguel’s fabulous cooking! We had the beef fajita welcome dinner as well as the authentic Mayan pork dinner. Not only were both meals delicious, but they are brought right to the villa at whatever time you specify, along with margaritas! What more could you ask for? Another treat that was my personal favorite was the lobster pizza – you’ve got to try it! If you do feel like cooking during your stay, the kitchen is fully stocked with ample fridge space and bottled water is provided. And if you want to pamper yourself even further, you can schedule a mani/pedi or massage right by the beach!

From the tranquil beach to the attentive hosts, this place was truly a gem! Thank you Liza and Miguel for the most wonderful vacation! We will be back at the next opportunity we have!

# 222776 Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 6 BR, 6 BA, VILLA

Casa de Las Palmas . . . like your own beachfront estate on the Sea of Cortez!

Leaving our dream house on an ATV adventure!

Leaving our dream house on an ATV adventure!

09/07/2013 - Best family trip ever – perfect place to relax and play

In all of our bear family adventures, we have never come across a more perfect beach house than Casa de las Palmas. We were a family of 12 (3 generations with 8 adults and 4 children under the age of four) – 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 pool is child-proofed with an incredible shallow lounge section perfect for accompanied kiddos to take a dip. The homeowner also provides games for children (video games, Disney movies, beach gear and even a train set) and adults (snorkel gear, ping pong, satellite TV and internet). More importantly, the natural beauty and nearby outdoor activities (steps from the back porch) kept us busy and having fun. We stand-up paddle boarded every day and the marine life just outside the home is incredible – schools of fish, manta rays, dolphins, tortoises and more!

The views from the common areas and patio are unrivaled. You can see clear waters, white beaches and mountains in the distance. On several occasions, we saw dolphins and tortoises in the ocean from our patio. The layout of the house is perfect 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. The bedrooms are organized in 3 wings. The main common area includes a bedroom and bathroom. Additionally, there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms connected to the main house by covered patios. Finally, there are wonderful casitas (2BR/2BA) with a covered patio overlooking the pool – and across a cobblestone walkway from the main house. The beds are comfortable, and the owner provided 2 cribs for our infant children.

Finally, the homeowner went above and beyond to be sure we had a great time. She arranged for us to hire local chefs to prepare every lunch and dinner (much better value than eating out, and much less stressful than cooking in). Additionally, she connected us with local companies for fishing excursions (we were picked up by a boat at our house), ATV tours (pick-up and delivery at our house – an awesome adventure) and spa treatments. Every day we took on a new activity – and also found time to just relax at the great private pool and beautiful beach at the home.

# 116204 Milton Bight, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Right on the beach and just steps from the sea!

Enjoying the magnificent views!

Enjoying the magnificent views!

08/24/2013 - If you are looking for a secluded private paradise, Toucan Blue is the perfect destination. To reach the house you drive across a sturdy private bridge though a gorgeous mangrove forest that is bursting with life. If you stop and look you will see crabs, lizards, birds, and who knows what else! The sand is white, the water is blue, a one of a kind reef lies a short distance from the shore, and the area is private and peaceful.

The home is made for outdoor living and sitting on the covered porch staring out at the sea is hard to beat! We stayed during some of the hottest days of the year and found the shade and the breeze of the patio perfect! The rooms are very private and comfortable. If you want a peaceful getaway the property has everything you need to hide away for days. If you are looking for a home-base to return to after long days of exploring this beautiful home is situated near the middle of the island and not far from many exciting activities. The next property over is home to the popular Subway Dive Shop where you can contract for an afternoon of snorkeling or become scuba certified!

Amazing restaurants are a quick trip in either direction. You can find raked and manicured beaches close by if you want drink service while lounging near the water but the big hotels and tourist areas are a good bit away so you won't find crowds and chaos. This area of the island is for those looking to find their own path. When it was time to head for the plane home we all felt very sad to be leaving our beautiful and peaceful paradise.

# 100027 Paris Arrondissement 3, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Perfect Location and Designer Luxury Apartment Next to Arts & Metiers Metro/Muse

The city is right outside your door!

The city is right outside your door!

08/20/2013 - It was such a treat to stay in this gorgeous, spacious, luxury Paris apartment in the Marais. We arrived late at night after 18 hours of traveling, and we were thrilled to find such a stunning bathroom with rainfall shower (with great water pressure to boot!) and a heavenly soft, white bed. Days were spent traipsing through the Marais and all over Paris, and we returned each night before dinner for a quick nap on the huge, incredibly comfortable couch watching DVDs on the flat screen. Adjusting to the time change was no problem thanks to this apartment.

We were so near fun shops, food markets, the best falafel in town (L'As). We had one of our best meals in Paris only blocks away from the apartment, at L'Auberge Nicolas Flamel, which the owner suggested to us. As far as convenience goes, the metro stop is right outside and there are plenty of taxis nearby, as well. We are already having Paris withdrawals and hope to return to this dreamy apartment soon!

# 354082 Westwinds, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Stocked 2BR unit with 6seat Golf Cart - Amazing Sunset Views 16th floor

Taking in refreshing gulf breezes, check out the view!

Taking in refreshing gulf breezes, check out the view!

08/17/2013 - This condo is the perfect place to spend a beach vacation. It is just an elevator ride away from a beautiful, white-sand beach with clear, blue water.
The first thing we noticed in when walking into the condo is how open it is. The kitchen, dining and living rooms are all open to each other, which is great for a family wanting to spend time together. We spent our evenings playing family games in the living room and cards in the dining room. The bedrooms both have private bathrooms, comfortable seating and flat-screen televisions.
The kitchen is light, airy and well equipped with pots, pans, bowls, utensils and everything else you need to enjoy preparing a great meal. We got fresh fish and shrimp from a market in Destin and made some excellent dinners here. Since we were so close to the beach, we were able to eat shrimp and pasta at lunch instead of being limited to packing lunch or eating beach food.
Of course the beach is the main attraction here, and this is an incredible beach. The sand is snow white, the water is cool and clear, and the waves are just right for boogie boarding. The beach is reserved for Westwinds guests, so it isn't crowded. There is a beach-side hut where you can get a snack, snow cones, or a drink.
We found two other features of this condo that were great for a beach vacation. The keyless entry is convenient, and means you don't have to remember to bring your key when you inevitably have to run back to the condo to grab something you forgot. The laundry room is situated right next to the entrance, so you can stash your sandy towels and beach toys there and leave the rest of the condo sand-free.

# 98704 Nuevo Arenal, Lake Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America, 6 BR, 6 BA, VILLA

Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace

Nature at your doorstep!

Nature at your doorstep!

08/07/2013 - What a perfect home in Costa Rica! The Sunset’s magnificent vistas of the Lake and Volcano are amazing! The house is perched high in the cloud forest, secluded and so, so private, situated within easy trips to the activities of La Fortuna, Nuevo Arenal, Canas and 2.5 hours from a Pacific Coast beach day. Activities are located from ten minutes to an hour away. Patrick was always ready with suggestions for amazing activities and he made all the reservations for us!

There are lots of areas for local hiking and exploration right outside the house. We bears really appreciate nature and there is much to explore!

The climate is perfect. It is cool and crisp, with temperatures that fluctuate from the 60’s to the high 80’s and virtually bug free, due to the constant breezes. They even have air conditioning!

As a hungry bear I really loved the included breakfasts. They are hearty and delicious, with a lot of variety, everything made from scratch. We usually skipped lunch! We also enjoyed the dinner service, it was great after a long day of touring to relax in the home with a freshly prepared, delicious, homemade dinner. So you can enjoy a second (or third ; ) glass of wine and unwind. Patrick even provided a birthday celebration dinner for us; I heard he does anniversaries too!

The indoor pool house was such a great spot to enjoy the pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, ping pong and weights, regardless of the weather outside. This is only home in the region that offers this.

It was great to have high speed internet to check all of our emails too. The house has everything you need - you will want to stay forever!

# 79324 Manchester, North Coast, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Ocean Front Privacy on 9 Acres_Views_Beach Access......20 Miles S of Mendocino

A bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast!!

A bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast!!

08/05/2013 - When arriving at Cottontail Acres the first thing I noticed was the incredible views of the Point Arena Light House and the ocean. As a bear I appreciate nature and this 9 acre bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast was just what I needed to relax, recharge my batteries and enjoy myself. A few friends and I enjoyed golfing at the Little River Inn Golf course and we found some fabulous restaurants in Mendocino. Manchester Beach was our back yard and we enjoyed the serene beauty of a virtually private coastal experience. The beach was dotted with interesting driftwood sculptures that captivated our senses.

When in the mood to stay in and relax after a long day we took advantage of the large movie collection. The long dining room table allowed us a chance to play poker and was comfortable for our group of 7 large bears and even had a lot of room for more bears if necessary.

We liked the loft and the accents of the home and enjoyed sitting on the deck listening to music as the sun went down. The observation deck halfway down the path to the beach was also a favorite spot to sit and meditate while enjoying the expansive ocean view. One time we saw a pair of hawks wing their way through the cool air above. The privacy and almost total serenity of this house is one thing that will draw us back to Cottontail Acres at some point, I am sure. This was easily one of the most beautiful locations this bear has ever visited.

# 234215 Angelhaus, Purgatory (Formerly Durango Mountain Resort), Durango, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Slopeside 3BR/2BA Real wood burning fireplace ***Durango Mountain Club access

Enjoying the mountain air from our balcony!

Enjoying the mountain air from our balcony!

07/24/2013 - This Bear cannot get enough of the Colorado Mountains! The condo here in the Durango Mountain Resort was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. The owners supplied everything I needed for making meals and gave me the good idea to stop in Durango for groceries before heading up the hill to the condo (a short 25 minutes from town).

There was so much to do at the Durango Mountain Resort, I found myself trying new things every day. The Alpine Slide, the Bungee Trampoline and a Zip Line were all just a two minute walk from the condo! The beds were comfy, the pool was heated and the short drive to downtown Durango made this a perfect location for us.

There were tons of great places to eat and shop, like the Steamworks Brewery. They had outstanding burgers with unique flavors. And the bear cubs really liked the Toy Depot – with reasonable prices and unique toys for all ages. On the way to the condo was Honeyville. You know I had to stop there and stock up on some local honey, jam and syrup. Yum Yum!

# 176138 Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

'Chesa Mare' A Beautiful 3/2.5 on Open Water with Great Dockage!

Ocean and canal views right out your door!

Ocean and canal views right out your door!

07/06/2013 - “Chesa Mare” says it all! The moment I arrived I knew my visit would be a dream. The home on Leserra Lane offered plenty of room for a relaxing week on the water. 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms is plenty of space to spread out. The outdoor space is even better! The wrap around decks on the 2nd and 3rd levels is spectacular! The view over coffee couldn’t get more beautiful. Views of the canal and the open ocean never get old.
The whimsical decorative touches added so much fun! I made a new friend in the Pelican! Sand dollars are in each screen door and since every room has at least one sliding glass door onto the decks, that is a lot of screen doors. The owners helped make my whole experience so much easier and entertaining. They provided a booklet filled with things to do in the area and a pass to get in to the 4th of July fireworks at a local resort. You haven’t seen fireworks until you’ve seen them over the water!
This home is set up with everything you need from home. From multiple coffee pot options to beach towels and the washer and dryer – all was perfect for a week long stay. The kitchen provided everything needed for preparing each meal as well as picnic lunches to take on the go. This bear even prepared the days catch and made hush puppies to go with it! The dining room table quickly became the center of the home. Aside from meals, it quickly displayed souvenirs and mementoes from my explorations. There was plenty of room for it all.
I couldn’t have asked for a better home to accompany my trip to the Keys!
The VRBO Bear

# 392981 Simpson Bay, St Maarten, St. Martin (St Maarten), Caribbean, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Paradise Found, Luxurious Beachfront Condo in Simpson Bay

A picture perfect vacation!

A picture perfect vacation!

06/24/2013 - This trip was filled with “Kodiak” moments. But seriously, this bear loved every moment spent in this beautiful condo nestled on the semi-private Simpson Bay Beach!

When we arrived at the Las Arenas complex (which was just a 5 minute drive from the airport), we were greeted by the on-site security guard as we pulled into our designated parking space for the week. When we rounded the corner, we had a truly picturesque view – an infinity pool with lounge chairs overlooking the beach and cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea. I could “bear-ly” believe my eyes! The beach was semi-private and is arguably the quietest (but one of the most beautiful) beaches on the island. Waking up to go running along the beach, which was just a few steps away from our condo, was a nice treat…better than a pot of honey!

The island of St. Maarten is a bustle of activity, with so many fun activities available including horseback riding, ziplining, and parasailing. I had to “paws” and look around at the beautiful scenery with every stop! The owner provided all the materials needed to settle in, including a cell phone to make local calls (supported by a phone card)! We also had a list of recommended restaurants and activities from the owner, which we took full advantage of. It was a very fun adventure and my thanks goes to the owner for “pre-bearing” us for our vacation. It was “paws-ibly” the best trip this bear has ever taken!

# 132274 Tower, Lake Vermilion, Northeast, Minnesota, USA, 4 BR, 1 BA, CABIN

Stone Fireplace - Stunning Views - Very Private

Enjoying the great view from this bright, wonderful room

Enjoying the great view from this bright, wonderful room

06/20/2013 - I felt right at home in this log cabin on Lake Vermilion. Natural light flows throughout this cabin because of the large windows that give a view of the lake at almost every turn. It’s very spacious, with plenty of room upstairs and downstairs. The large shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. There are four bedrooms so there was plenty of room for everyone. The upstairs living room in particular was a hit for my group because could relax and watch TV while looking at the amazing views of the lake. Outside there is a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner which we also used to cook the fresh fish we caught from the dock.

The property is just steps away from the amazing Lake Vermilion. We took a boat out and enjoyed a day on the lake, catching many fish. The cabin is very close to a town called Ely, which is a beautiful town to go shopping and has awesome restaurants. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home. We enjoyed visiting the Wolf Museum in Ely.

For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on Lake Vermilion for your next vacation!

The VRBO Bear

# 286730 Calistoga, Napa County, Wine Country, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, ESTATE

Private 60 Acre Wine Country Estate with a Pool and Vineyards

Enjoying a dip in the pool.

Enjoying a dip in the pool.

06/10/2013 - Wow! We wanted to experience the wine country and this was the place! The owner was extremely responsive and very nice.

Less than 10 minutes from Calistoga we passed the gates to the property and knew this was going to be special. After driving a few acres past rolling hills into the live vineyard, we saw the adorable farmhouse and cottage with the pool between them. The day was rather warm and the first thing we did was to jump in the pool. From the pool, we could admire the views of the hills and felt lucky to have such a large area to ourselves. The pool was enjoyable, very clean and clear. Once we finally got out, we found nice plush beach towels. After moving inside we enjoyed the gift of wine which was actually from the owner’s own label. Each room in the house has plenty of windows to continue enjoying the views. Downstairs there was a cozy living room with nice rocking chairs. If we had stayed longer, we probably would have cooked more since the kitchen is fully stocked with everything. The bedrooms were upstairs with comfy beds and soft linens.

In the mornings, all the healthy bears would run on the trails that weave thru the vineyard. The trails go up hills with views of apple trees that are spread throughout the property. A favorite spot was the relaxing porch where we found nice big chairs and could gaze out to the hillside.

We had a special evening the night we used the grill and the outdoor dining area. There was accent lighting on the house that made it feel like a special holiday as we dined outdoors. One benefit of being out alone on 60 quiet acres is that you can hear crickets in the evening and birds in the morning.


# 316962 Sapphire, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR JUNE 23 to JUNE 30TH! (Last open week in June!) ASK NOW!

Relaxing on the balcony at this wonderful condo.

Relaxing on the balcony at this wonderful condo.

06/08/2013 - We really enjoyed our stay at Sapphire 707. All you need to bring is yourself, sunblock and a swimsuit and you are all set! The owner provides everything else you need for your fun days at the beach. We found beach towels, beach toys, coolers, chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards, a very convenient addition.

The condo appeared exactly as described in the listing. The view from the living room/kitchen and balcony was amazing, and definitely did not disappointment. It was beautiful to look out at and people watch. We ate on the balcony a couple of times and also enjoyed watching a lightning storm one night from the living room. The pool was nice and not overly crowded. Sapphire guests are allowed to use The Pearl’s pool next door which we enjoyed since it had a frog slide and was kid friendly. They also played music and had a walk-up bar with refreshments and food.

The master bedroom was spacious and the king size bed was very comfortable. Each bathroom had dual sinks and all the amenities were provided. Hand soap, shampoo, conditioner and even make up remover were provided. Hair dryers were also provided in each bathroom and there were plenty of towels and washcloths. The condo also included a washer and dryer. We used them a couple of times. It was nice to pack up clean clothes for the trip home.

The other two bedrooms were exactly as described. The kitchen had all stainless steel appliances and the entire condo was up to date. It was very refreshing and there was even a spice rack. The hotel staff was all very friendly and helpful as well. The elevators were extremely fast, important since we were up on the 7th floor. I would definitely recommend this condo to friends and family.

# 331194 Eixample, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Two fabulous terraces, luxury 2BR Penthouse. Close to center

Comfortable in my spacious penthouse.

Comfortable in my spacious penthouse.

05/31/2013 - After touring other parts of Europe, we arrived in Barcelona and stayed at this spacious penthouse located right in the heart of the city. Comfortable, elegantly furnished, up-to-date, and well-equipped; this was the perfect place to relax while exploring the city!

When we walked up to the entrance, we were greeted at the door by Valentin. As we rode the elevator to the topmost floor in the building, we knew we were in for a treat! Right as you enter, the ornate furnishings immediately jump out at you and set the mood; this is a place the owners really do care for. Complementing the classy decor, the property includes the latest high-tech features such as fast internet, cable service, a modern smart TV, and ambient mood lighting.

Valentin was a very thoughtful host; he gave us a detailed tour and showed us how to use the various features and amenities throughout the place. He gave us his personal cell phone number in case we needed anything during our stay.

The kitchen is fully stocked with tons of pots, pans, appliances, dishes, utensils, and basic ingredients one would expect, along with a dining table large enough for all 6 guests. Each bedroom has a very comfy bed with tons of pillows, plenty of lighting options, private bathroom with vanity sink, a separate shower, and huge stylish drapes.

As for the location, we couldn't have chosen better. It really is a walking distance to some of the city's most famous attractions such as Downtown/Las Ramblas, and also the sights near Montjuic like the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. At the same time, we were far enough into a residential neighborhood to really get immersed into the local experience. The nearby streets are lined with shops, restaurants, bars, bakeries and supermarkets, all without feeling crowded or "touristy."

In the evenings, each of the terraces was an ideal place to sip on a glass of wine and unwind with a fantastic view of Mt Tibidabo (or Montjuic to the south), all while enjoying the faint sounds of the city below.

Alas, our wonderful stay eventually came to an end, but we are glad we got to experience this home away from home!


# 69514 Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, 2 BR, 3 BA, APARTMENT

Beautiful Apartment in Barrio Norte, Wi Fi Internet

Enjoying the books, music, and art in this wonderful room!

Enjoying the books, music, and art in this wonderful room!

05/26/2013 - Live like a real Argentinian - be surrounded by art, literature, music and film! This home truly feels like a HOME, but Buenos Aires style. You will be inspired just looking at the incredible art and book/music collection. Start your appreciation for art at home, then go explore Buenos Aires’ incredible museums!

The bed was incredibly comfortable, a nice touch was two firm pillows and two soft pillows for whatever your preference. We were greeted with fresh flowers, a bowl of oranges, chocolate, and coffee for the morning. The apartment was impeccably clean, the sheets were so fresh they may have been brand new and again, the bed was SO COMFORTABLE! The sunlight through the massive windows was so lovely - and a comfy reading chair invited me to sit there and relax.

The apartment is well equipped with two TVs with several English channels and all the soccer channels you could ever want. There are fans and AC’s in every room and the kitchen is well stocked with cookware, so we sometimes made our own meals. We loved the old fashioned keys (think middle age cathedral or library keys!) and a fun, old world elevator as well. We were greeted by a friendly manager who helped us book soccer tickets, made sure we had everything we needed, and even offered to get us extra groceries.

The apartment is centrally located, extremely safe with a doorman and keyed entry, with a NYC or old Europe type of feel. The street has tall trees and it is fun to sit in the chair and read while watching the dog walkers and passers-by. Just a few steps from the apartment are dozens of café’s, restaurants, shopping, and easy access to the subway and bus system.

If you like clean, inviting, artistic, authentic, friendly and an amazing location, then book here!

# 307230 Castro, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Prime Central Luxurious 2/2 + Den near Underground Lines. Wifi. Cable.

I loved being so close to everything I needed!

I loved being so close to everything I needed!

05/12/2013 - This beautiful, sunny, cozy flat was the perfect place to call home during my adventures in San Francisco! When I first walked in I was immediately impressed with the simple, modern, yet historically funky feel of the space. The owner created a thoughtful balance of luxury and warmth, simplicity and comfort. Everything was really well stocked in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. A lot of love and energy was put into the important aspects of making a rental stay perfect – I was sad to leave my amazing bed and shower!

Located in the hip and happening Castro neighborhood, I walked to all kinds of great bars and restaurants. If I needed a quick snack, drink, or personal item, I could take a short walk to the Rainbow Market located on the corner of my block. When I wanted to frolic in other parts of the city, like the Mission district, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf, I could just hop over to the Castro public transit station and take a quick 10-15 minute ride to my destination, or take my time on a historic cable car ride into the city. I didn’t need a car at all except for the day my friends and I went to the magical Muir Woods redwood forest across the bay.

I want to thank my host Jack for being so friendly and helpful. He was so easy to work with! I came back from my vacation feeling refreshed and happy, and my stay at Jack’s rental was a big reason why!

The VRBO Bear

# 12630 Formosa Gardens Estate, Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

VRBO STAYED HERE!! 2.5 Miles to Disney! 6BR/4BA- 3100 Sf, Mickey Pool Private!!

Even a Bear like me can have a "magical" time at Disney!

Even a Bear like me can have a "magical" time at Disney!

05/12/2013 - My family and I had a spectacular stay at this beautiful property. The 6 bedroom home had everything we needed and wanted. It was absolutely perfect for our first vacation to Disney World. We didn’t stay at Disney but were literally 5 minutes away via a short cut on Sherberth Road which the owner graciously included in her email to us with the directions and access codes. The added bonus of not staying at Disney included having a private pool and especially the comforts of feeling at home.

The owner was wonderful and prompt at answering all of our questions and truly helpful and attentive to meeting all of our needs. She has done a great job at keeping her vacation home up to date and very cozy. We cooked every meal at the house; breakfast, lunch and dinner - and the kitchen was fully equipped with every pot and pan you could need along with proper cooking utensils.

Our family spent most of the time together in the kitchen and family living room talking, eating and watching movies. But if anyone wanted to go off on their own it was nice having a TV in each bedroom.

I can honestly say I would recommend this property to any of my friends and family and know without a doubt they would have a great experience there. The property owner is a very generous and hospitable person to work with. Thank you for allowing us to spend our vacation in your home!

# 344693 Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Upscale Modern & Renovated with Designer Showers 1148 sq ft with 224 sq ft lanai

Ahhhh....beautiful surroundings and a 5 minute walk to the beach!

Ahhhh....beautiful surroundings and a 5 minute walk to the beach!

04/30/2013 - Grand Champions Villas is one of the VRBO Bear’s favorite places to stay when visiting Maui, and this condo made it especially great! Located in beautiful Wailea, we loved exploring all the nearby beaches and taking advantage of the perfect weather. The owner has even provided beach chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards that we were able to bring with us every day.

The condo itself had everything we could have needed, including luxury towels, comfy beds, and televisions in both bedrooms. The bathrooms are incredibly spacious and have been recently renovated. With A/C units and extra fans in each room, we stayed nice and cool even in the Hawaii sun.

The complex has two pools to choose from and great views of the nearby golf courses. The community itself is bright and cheerful, with tons of nearby restaurants and shops.

I would strongly recommend this condo to anyone looking to visit Maui – we had a beary great time!

# 243739 Kailua, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Kailua Beachfront -Charming,Private, Hawaiian Style Home

The back deck is a perfect place to relax!

The back deck is a perfect place to relax!

04/17/2013 - Just another day in paradise. The bear highly recommends staying at this amazing Hawaiian-style beachfront home with breathtaking views of the ocean. From the front lanai with its porch swing and BBQ to the back yard with its beach access and ocean views, this house is perfect for any group that is looking to get away for a true beach vacation…literally steps away from the beach. We spent 7 nights in this cozy private property secured behind a 700 foot lava rock wall. The kitchen was well stocked and offered all the tools for preparing our meals. Waking up to the amazing sunrise off the back deck and falling asleep to the ocean waves made this a very memorable vacation.

We could not have asked for better weather. The house is within a short luxurious walk in the sand or short ride to a plate lunch at Buzz’s Steak & Fish House or a shave ice. To top it all off, the town of Kailua, a short walk/ride from the house, provided all the shopping and activities we needed to make our stay complete. The people of Kailua are very friendly. What a privilege to stay at this beautiful place.

# 332433 WaterTower Place, Frisco, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Luxury Condo, Private Hot Tub, Perfect Location

Enjoying a few minutes in the livingroom by the fireplace.

Enjoying a few minutes in the livingroom by the fireplace.

04/08/2013 - This beautiful condo was the perfect retreat for my outdoor adventures in Summit County, Colorado. Frisco is near all of the best skiing, snowmobile tours, hiking trails and even a giant tubing hill for my young friends!

Right when you enter this mountain getaway you know you’re going to have a 5-star experience. From the welcome basket and bottle of wine, to all of the toiletry items you’re able to settle right in to your vacation. The condo had everything we needed for our stay including a private hot tub with snow-capped mountain views, two master suites with private bathrooms, a loft area with Xbox and DVDs, and a completely stocked kitchen with everything we needed to cook dinner while enjoying the toasty fireplace and beautiful scenery.

Anyone from a large family to a group of friends would enjoy this condo since there are plenty of spaces for everyone to spread out and relax after a long day outdoors! The best part is that even when you’re indoors there are amazing mountain views everywhere you look!

If you want to wander around Frisco, you’re only one block away from Main Street and all of the charming boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. You’re also next to the shuttle stop that takes you all around Summit County.

Don’t be surprised if at the end of your vacation you don’t want to leave this amazing home away from home. I know I can’t wait to return!

The VRBO Bear

# 237081 Tahoe Keys, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe South Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

fun! Pool table-Foosball-hot tub-bbq-shuffleboard! big game room!

Enjoying the incredible views in this wonderful area!

Enjoying the incredible views in this wonderful area!

04/08/2013 - Our party was trying to locate a cabin very close to the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA, as we’d purchased 2 and 3 day passes to ski and snowboard. After searching through numerous VRBO listings in the Lake Tahoe area, we narrowed our search down to five listings. The very first picture from Bonnie’s Cabin listing in Lake Tahoe Keys looked fantastic so we dug a little deeper and would soon discover one of the coolest spots in Lake Tahoe; upon arrival, we found that Bonnie’s photos, although grand, simply could not do it justice!
This beautiful 2-story Log Cabin served as a luxurious “home base” for us throughout our Tahoe trip. Located just a few minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort, the Heavenly Gondola, Casinos, and Restaurants, we could not have asked for more. If you step outside the back yard and fence, you can be at the river in seconds; follow the river west for a 15-20 minute hike and you’ll find yourself on a sandy shore looking out over emerald green and deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe which are surrounded by snowy mountain peaks with altitudes of up to 10,000+ feet. The sights alone while in Tahoe were utterly amazing, but the unusually crisp clean, fresh air was something we’ll never forget either.
This enormous cabin is outfitted with very cozy updated furniture in both the great room and bedrooms. The Great Room has 2 couches and a few chairs, all of which are comfortable enough to fall asleep on within minutes (trust me, I know from experience). Also in the Great Room is a Pool Table, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong, Bar, Mini Fridge, Flat Screen TV with Cable, a Projector, Surround Sound System, and an Xbox! The 5 bedrooms in the house are furnished with very comfortable mattresses, warm blankets, and fresh/clean linens. The bathrooms were clean and stocked with toilet paper and hand soap. The cabin has a washer and dryer. There are two back porches: one upstairs with a picnic bench, grill, tall bar table with bar chairs, and a porch downstairs with a relaxing swinging chair that looks out into the wilderness behind the house. The Hot Tub was an awesome “go-to” option with an adult beverage after getting back to the house in the evening.
Our time spent in Tahoe was an amazing experience – one that we won’t ever forget. Bonnie and Kris were so kind and accommodating to any of our needs or questions. We could not have asked for more! I highly recommend contacting Bonnie about availability soon if you plan to stay in Lake Tahoe. You will have a fantastic, refreshing vacation!
The VRBO Bear

# 197801 San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Beachfront Three Story Villa W/Heated Pool

Relaxing in this beautiful location with lullabies of the ocean waves

Relaxing in this beautiful location with lullabies of the ocean waves

03/16/2013 - Three straight cloudless sunny days in a fabulous house with an absolutely fabulous location! Tucked away behind views of lush palm trees and calming lullabies of the ocean waves, there was not a chance that any worldly stresses could interfere. This sweet house packed all the amenities one could ask for; from the heated saltwater pool, full kitchen and comfy queen beds, to the long-stretched tiled viewing porches on every level of this three story gem. There was always something wonderful to gaze upon! The mornings would start nice and slow sipping coffee, enjoying the cool morning breezes and taking in the various sounds of jungle wildlife. In the afternoons, we could laze in the warm pool and grill our meals as the local fisherman would stop in to offer the catch of the day. As fresh as it gets! In the evenings we could enjoy our favorite tunes on the IPOD stereo system in the kitchen/dining area and then open the fully glassed sliding doors to enjoy the sea breezes and cloudless starry nights. Every level had ocean views! The owners, Nils and Denice ever so graciously explained the ropes and some of the impressive elements of this little surf town. They are in the hospitality business so they are a real treat to converse with! It is such a wonderful place to vacation when you want to escape the tourist element and enjoy the overabundance of friendly and cultural atmosphere.

The food was absolutely to die for! The shopping was great and San Pancho is just minutes away from a popular tourist destination, Sayulita, if you wanted to indulge in even more trinkets, surfing and people-watching. On a day excursion we enjoyed snorkeling, which was fantastic and we even got to see Humpback whales in the wild!

Getting to the house is easy as it is one main highway straight from the airport to the town. The home is gated and has its own yard so you can be as private as you would like. Everything was stress free! Whether you are looking for a place to relax or go adventuring, you can do it all here. Don’t miss out on this little slice of Mexican heaven!

# 340750 Coalmont, Middle, Tennessee, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

The House at Lakeshore 23 Acre Estate 73 Acre Lake 4BR/3BA;Sewanee;Beersheba;

Having fun with Gus the baby donkey.

Having fun with Gus the baby donkey.

03/15/2013 - I needed a vacation to ease me out of a long winter of hibernation. I was looking for a place with lots of access to nature, near a lake full of fish and geese; a place where I could relax and ease into spring. Boy, did I find the perfect place in Southeast Tennessee at the House on Lakeshore. I was impressed by the information I found on line for this VRBO listing.

When I got there, I was even more impressed. I was greeted with a basket full of fresh baked blueberry and poppy seed muffins, a breakfast starter kit, and some bathing essentials. The blueberry muffins were made with blueberries that came from the property and were delicious.

After settling in the very spacious two story lake house, I noticed there were incredible views of the lake from the master bedroom, kitchen, and an expansive back porch. The front porch has a great view of the fenced in goats and donkeys that reside on the property. Every bed was comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed sleeping in every morning and waking to the calls of geese as they swooped in to land in the lake each morning.

I spent several mornings fishing off the pier on the property and then ventured into the lake on one of two paddle boats. Exploring the lake was a blast and also good exercise. Several days were spent doing nature hikes in the area. There were falls and creeks to explore as well as cliffs to climb, and photos to take of the amazing geography. Every evening I took advantage of the warm hot tub on the back deck as well as grilling up some choice entrees for dinner on the outdoor grill.

When I wanted to play games, I had my choice of ping pong, foosball, corn hole, various board games, and checkers. When I wanted to kick back and relax, I had a hammock, porch swing, a nice selection of movies and several TVs to choose from. I also had access to a fully equipped kitchen and the nearby towns had nice restaurants and grocery stores to make this feel like home.

I was so refreshed after my time here and would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to relax and get away. It is especially good for reunions, family vacations, couples getaway, etc. I would love to come back and visit again one day and finish seeing the rest of the surrounding countryside in this beautiful part of the Cumberland Plateau.

The VRBO Bear

# 252228 Sonoma, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

10 Acres w/360° Amazing Views of Sonoma

Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!

Just wait until you see the amazing views from peaceful retreat!

03/08/2013 - Our party stayed at this house for a weekend and it was perfect! We needed a big place and wanted to be near all of the action in Sonoma, and we definitely got that - but we couldn't have expected the amazing views!! We enjoyed every sunrise & sunset.

The square is just a few minutes away, and we easily found grocery stores and restaurants nearby.

The neighborhood is quite nice. After we pulled into the driveway and up the hill, we immediately we noticed the breathtaking views for miles all around! The home was a peaceful retreat for any group, very private and park-like.
The views could also be seen from the living room & dining room. We made our way out to the lawn pretty quickly, which was easy to do with all the outdoor furniture where our group could relax and enjoy the view. Several of my friends live in NYC and other large cities, and they LOVED the wide open space and the deer grazing on the lawn.

The owners really have thought of everything. The large bathrooms were well stocked with hair dryers and other inconvenient-to-pack items, including a curling iron. There were emergency items like sunscreen, toothpaste/toothbrush, and hairspray. The kitchen was very large, and it had all of the utensils, pots & pans and dishes that we needed. We were pleased to find a basket of fresh fruit and tea available as well. We made dinner one night and several of the girls could be prepping veggies and cooking at the same time in the kitchen. And of course, everything was clean & tidy.

You might not expect a vacation rental to have good beds, but these were very comfortable - you will get a very good sleep here, guaranteed.

It wasn't just the wine and general activity during the weekend - very friendly owners, too!

# 345201 Alexandria, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Historic Home with View of Potomac River and Activities Galore

Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.

Comfortable rooms to relax in after a great day sightseeing.

02/13/2013 - My husband and our two boys went to visit my family in the Washington, D.C. area. After extensive searching, we came across this lovely little house in Old Town Alexandria. We knew we loved the place as soon as we saw it. It has its own driveway, helpful because the area has limited parking available. The backyard/courtyard is currently under construction, but looks like it's going to be beautiful. The entrance has a mud room, with the other rooms all upstairs. In this mudroom, they have a cute little chalkboard that welcomes the family. I grew up in the area and the old house reminded me of my youth. It's very old and has a lot of the lovely original fixtures, including hardwood floors.

Going up the stairs, on the right is a wonderful parlor with a TV and chess table. It is warm and inviting, with an eclectic style. On the left is a hallway where the bedrooms and kitchen are located. The first room is the master room where we found fresh cut flowers, a charming personal touch. The next room is a wonderful kid room with two twin beds. The boys took an instant liking to the home, especially when they found home-made cookies on the bed! The last room is the kitchen and then the sunroom, which was the biggest hit!

The sun shines into the sunroom in the mornings, making it warm and inviting. It also has a lovely view of the homes of Old Town along with a view of the Potomac River. When we were in the house, we stayed primarily in the sunroom. It was a great area where we could connect as a family.

The house is in a perfect location. Within a short walking distance are tons of restaurants, shopping, the Potomac River and the wonderful Torpedo Factory, where you can see local artists at work. It’s a quick hop, skip and a jump to D.C. itself.

We were all pleased with the house and would definitely stay there again when we go back.

# 383613 Pitkin Creek, East Vail, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Mountain Home VRBO Stayed Here! Hot Tub East Vail 3rd Bus Stop to Town

You'll have a mountain of fun here!

You'll have a mountain of fun here!

02/06/2013 - The Bear broke out his snow gear for a fabulous stay at this GREAT East Vail mountain home. As if the beauty of Vail’s wintery wonderland was not enough, the Bear was VERY impressed with many aspects of this home, particularly the open kitchen and living areas which made both early morning pre-ski and early evening après-ski time together so much fun. Each unique bedroom with its own bathroom, two of which have loft spaces, provided adequate sleeping and bathing privacy for the Bear and his friends. The Bear loved walking out the front door, walking less than 3 minutes to the bus and riding 10-15 minutes to Vail Village, exploring Vail mountain on his snowboard, and partaking in Vail’s nightlife including dinners at Game Creek and La Bottega and watching music legend Roy over at the Marriott lounge sing his favorite tunes. When the Bear took a day off from hitting the slopes, he read his book in the living area gazing at the beautiful white mountains, played chess with friends, sat in the hot tub to rest his Bear paws, and cooked his favorite dish of turkey tacos. The owners made the Bear feel so welcome with all of their suggestions and by ensuring that all amenities were just right for their guests. The Bear was even greeted by the neighborhood fox Cleo and they became great friends over leftover bacon! Many many thanks to Richard and Emily for a great stay!

# 95734 St. Joe Beach, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Gulf Front,Family Friendly, huge porches, sunsets, 2 Master Suites

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs.

One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings.

The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :)

The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space.

The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases.

We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula.

This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses split by a rolling door. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself.

The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call.

The VRBO Bear

# 353123 Beacon Hill, Florida Main North West, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Gulf Front,sunsets; 3BR, sleeps 10, small group discounts available

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach!

12/29/2012 - The moment we walked into what we call “The Rocking Chair House”, we were amazed at how well maintained, nice and spacious the house was. Many properties say beachfront or near the beach but this house is right on a large stretch of a gorgeous white sand beach! You can take in the views from two full length covered porches with eight plus relaxing rocking chairs. One of the best part of any beach stay is a bonfire and at this house it’s completely legal and fun to do. Just clean up the area in the morning. There’s a trash can right at the entrance so this is easy to do. We enjoyed making s’mores and telling stories by the fire a couple of the evenings. The WIFI reaches out towards the beach and on the patios so you can enjoy browsing your iPad, checking emails and sending real time photos that will make your family jealous :) The house is very spacious compared to many we have stayed at and has a very efficient layout. Each bedroom has two sinks, one in the shower area and one right in each of the master bedroom(s). This allows two people to get ready at the same time and have some extra space. The kids had a blast going up and down the spiral staircase which makes the upstairs feel like their private hideaway. There are other doors upstairs leading to the second “full length” deck which they used a bit, but they really enjoyed the spiral staircases. We had some great meals at Joe Mama’s Pizza and several of the local oyster bars. Even during the off season, this area is a blast and offers many great things to do. One of our favorite adventures was driving out to the Indian Pass oyster bar which is near a park out on a peninsula. This property is basically two symmetrical fully equipped 3 bedroom houses. You can rent both or one side during non summer months. Due to the flexibility of this layout, you can have a family reunion with multiple families or book it for yourself. The hosts were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. One morning we had a wind storm and they called us to make sure everything was alright. This house was so solid and quiet, we barely even noticed but appreciated the call. The VRBO Bear

# 228323 Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

3 Bedrooms and Private Pool in a Bird Watcher's Paradise!

The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

The Gorgeous Indoor Atrium

11/02/2012 - The moment we drove up to Casa Maganda we were amazed at how meticulously maintained and beautiful the area was, especially since it was right in the middle of a rainforest! As soon as we drove up to the house and pulled into the gate we saw a protected port that was perfect for our rental car. We were greeted shortly after our arrival by Buck who made sure fresh, local fruit was there for us and even brought a pound cake that his wife had made. Buck answered all of our questions about the property and Tarcoles and made sure to let us know about all the wonderful things we should do. Everyone in Tarcoles knows Buck and will sometimes offer you a discount on a tour if you mention his name. He was kind enough to book a fishing, hiking and snorkeling adventure for us!

As soon as you walk into the house you’ll see a gorgeous atrium with a huge sky-lit roof and calming fountain. The whole house is built around this beautiful room. Behind the atrium is a cozy TV room and media center that is attached to the kitchen. The TV was big enough for all of us to watch and the media center had a monitor for the security cameras around the property. The kitchen had everything we needed and even included a really neat pineapple slicer that made coring and slicing pineapples a snap. We were able to keep the outside of our pineapples and use them as cups! The granite countertops, modern appliances and beautiful wooden cabinets allowed us to prepare all sorts of wonderful meals. We also used the outdoor grill to prepare fresh fish and chicken tacos.

There are plenty of seating areas around the house where we could relax with our laptops and Kindles using the WiFi connection. We were even able to stream music outside from our favorite internet stations while lounging by the pool. If you continue walking down the backyard you can see a river behind the property called the “Tarcolitos”. There are steps that lead down from the backyard and you can stick your feet in if you’d like. We were able to hike to the waterfall that feeds this river by driving up the road a few kilometers.

The bedrooms in the house were super comfy. There’s a maid that comes every day to tidy up and make the beds, plus she can do special chores such as laundry if you leave a nice tip. Each room had its own AC unit which made sure everyone was comfortable. The two double bedrooms were perfect for my friends and were connected by a large bathroom with its own shower and double sinks. There was enough privacy and space for everyone. I chose the master bedroom with a King Size bed, Jacuzzi tub, huge shower and double sinks. This bed was so comfortable and luxurious, only the smell of amazing Costa Rican coffee could get me out! I also really enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub, especially after the 4 hour hike we took to see the waterfalls. There’s a shorter way to view the waterfalls through the entrance of Pura Vida gardens without going on the big hike we did.

This was the perfect place to experience Pura Vida and indulge in everything Costa Rica has to offer.

# 261084 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Beach Front Designer Home with Pool

Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!

Ahhhh, sun, surf and amazing views!!!!

10/13/2012 - You Betta Belize It! From the start we were treated with kindness and luxury. My family and friends were greeted at the boat dock and welcomed by the owner with tropical flowers for the ladies. They helped us carry our luggage to the house and showed us around this beautiful designer home.

It is true; Casa Rana is a living-breathing piece of art, dancing with energy twenty four hours a day. The owners have furnished the home with every last detail to make your vacation a true experience. The kitchen is filled with all the cooking needs of a chef and is adjacent to the beautiful dining room with amazing views. The living room is plush and well-lit to read your favorite book or share your day’s stories with your family. All three bedrooms have unobscured panoramic views of the ocean, top of the line bedding, beautiful art, private bathrooms with walk in showers, and doors that open to the patios.

If you are looking for privacy and a vacation rental tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you can have just that. This private lot has a wonderful hammock tucked away in the trees with great views of the ocean and beautiful tropical flowers. The property has a wonderful BBQ area to cook out, leading to a wonderful 10’ x 14’ Plunge Pool perfect for cooling off and hanging out. The patios have wonderful Adirondack style cushioned chairs to relax on, as well as two large lounge chairs. We spent every morning watching the amazing sun rise either from the patio or the dock while discovering dolphins and sea rays as they often come by for a visit. There is a wonderfully put together Zen Garden on the back side of the house for your relaxation, yoga, or just to contemplate life. No matter where you were, every evening was filled with listening to the wonderful sound of frogs from the pond behind the house as they filled the night air with a glorious sound!

If you want to get out and explore the town of San Pedro there are shuttles which can pick you up for a small fee and take you into town. If you want to go Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Cave Tubing, Zip Lining, Visiting Mayan Ruins, Kayaking, Swimming, Spa or Spa Treatments, you are just a phone call away. Diana has many trusted guides and she can help direct you. We took a suggested day trip snorkeling aboard EL GATO with Captain Geraldo Badillo and 1st Mate Justo as they took us to Hol Chan Reef. They were great guides as they pointed out eagle rays, huge turtles, and dolphins playing. They then took us on to Caye Caulker for a few hours of shopping and lunch before heading back out to snorkel Shark Ray Alley to swim with the sharks. Our Captain made us the most delicious fresh salsa for us to enjoy on our trip back to San Pedro. From there we did a little shopping before catching the Tropical Ferry back to the house for the evening.

We truly enjoyed our stay at Casa Rana and know you will too! May the frogs always be with us!

The VRBO Bear

# 388568 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Ben Franklin's Hideaway

After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!

After a fun day in Paris, you can relax and soak in this nice big tub!

10/07/2012 - The Ben Franklin Hideaway was in the perfect location in Paris. I had a terrific time starting all my excursions from this quaint little apartment. The apartment is conveniently located near a wonderful grocery store that allowed me to buy a few meals. As a traveling bear, I prefer to cook my own food when traveling - having a grocery store nearby where I could buy all the ingredients made this rather easy. In a city like Paris, public transportation is the best way to get around, and the location of Ben Franklin Hideaway provided very easy access to a couple of the most useful metro stops. Being the culture buff that I am, I truly appreciated living so near the Louvre. It was a treat to be able to take a ten minute walk to the museum and hang out there.
After a long day, I was able to have a comfortable sleep at the Ben Franklin Hideaway. The bathroom was also terrific, with a huge bathtub where I could relax after an action packed day.
As for the inside of the Hideaway, there certainly were a few things which could have used improvement, and the owner and I discussed opportunities to make the apartment itself as wonderful as its location. I am confident that when the next traveler stays here, the amenities will be in perfect working order with detailed instructions on their use, along with some advice on good restaurants and the construction outside of the window will have been completed.
If you love exploring cities by foot and want to stay at the perfect location for this, the Ben Franklin Hideaway is your place to stay.

The VRBO Bear

# 173493 Cannon Beach, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Luxury, Oceanview, Family home, Firepit! Near Cannon Beach, Steps to Sand!

You will love every inch of this beautiful home.

You will love every inch of this beautiful home.

10/07/2012 - Welcome to Rancho Del Mar, a home away from home. This is a beautiful place to stay with everything we needed and beyond; and the perfect place to stay while exploring the Oregon Coast. It is ideal for families and extended families but has lots to offer the grownups too.

The owners of Rancho Del Mar have taken great pride in their home and give extra care to their visitors. The home is not only beautifully decorated, comfortable and very clean but is stocked with what you will need for your stay; with games, puzzles, firewood, sand toys and a well-appointed kitchen. The owners were also delightful to work with, answering all of our questions and providing us with a list of activities to do in the area. They were one of our favorite owners that we have had the pleasure to vacation with.

Rancho Del Mar sits 4 homes back from the beach. It has a side yard with trees, flowers, chairs, a sand box for the cubs. The expansive back deck is off of the family room and master suite and features great ocean views, perfect for lounging in the sun, relaxing, listening to the surf, and enjoying family meals too. Inside the newly renovated and beautifully decorated home is a big log fireplace, perfect for cozy evenings or enjoying the view when the weather is less than perfect. The kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, a beautiful tile back splash and everything that a chef would need including coastal colored Fiesta-ware and stainless steel appliances. The beds and bedding are high quality and very comfortable. The kids’ bunk rooms are a dream, as well as the kids’ game and TV room. There is an outdoor shower off of the laundry room that is perfect for rinsing off after a day at the beach. There are games, movies, puzzles, books, toys, a wagon and sand toys for the kids or the inner bear in all of us.

Arch Cape is a small community of homes between the highway and the pristine Arch Cape beach. It is only 4-6 houses wide between the highway and the ocean. It is a quiet community with an easily accessible beach. There are various pathways to the rock barrier and then the soft sand. The beach is perfect for taking long walks, sea-shelling, making sand castles and just relaxing. You can walk a mile up the beach to Hug Point and explore the caves and tide pools or the waterfall at low tide, or walk south towards Oswald State Park and its gorgeous hiking trails. Arch Cape is very close to nearby towns, sights to see, mountains for hiking and many other beaches to explore. Our bear family enjoyed exploring the beaches, Cannon Beach and its lovely shops and divine restaurants, hiking at Oswald State Park and Short Sands Beach, building a beach bonfire, touring the Tillamook lighthouse and the yummy cheese factory, riding beach bikes, crabbing at Nehalem Bay and even just enjoying Rancho Del Mar was its own slice of heaven. There are so many fun things to see and do in the northern Oregon coast.

Rancho Del Mar was a perfect home for the VRBO Bear and our cubs. The bear highly recommends that you choose to stay here and explore the Oregon coast.

The VRBO Bear

# 400534 Crystal Beach, Scenic Gulf Drive West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

'Plantation House'-Designer Home, Pool, Across from Beach!

Fun in the sun!!!

Fun in the sun!!!

09/24/2012 - What a perfect beach vacation I had at The Plantation House! This house was ultra luxurious, with beautiful furniture and decor in every room spanning 3 floors, with views of the ocean from 2 balconies!
Waking up on the 3rd floor loft style suite was a real highlight, sunlight streaming in from all the windows with the morning ocean in view. It is just across a non-busy street from the ocean, and you can still hear the waves! We drove to many beaches in the area during our week-long stay, but the beach in front of the house was just as gorgeous and lovely. The whitest, sugary sand, and the water was always clear, blue-green and just the right temperature, even at the end of September. Some days the ocean was glassy like a giant pool with many kinds of fish swimming around, and other days there were waves for me to jump in! Flags on the beach let you know how strong the current is that day.

The house had everything we needed all week - beach chairs and umbrellas, multiple coolers to picnic down on the beach, floats, beach towels and even a beach bag and mats to use. When the sun was at its strongest, we would come back to the house, shower off in the outdoor shower, and hang out in the pool. The house has a super-nice sound system that pipes to every floor and to the pool and deck areas. It was all controlled with an iPad mounted in the wall that let you choose where the music played. Very fun! The pool was heated, which made it great at night under the moon. There is even a rolling cooler in the kitchen that we could wheel out to the poolside with our drinks! Most nights, we went to the local fish market and bought freshly caught fish and grilled on the pool patio grill. What a treat! I can't imagine having a better beach vacation, thanks Plantation House!

The VRBO Bear.

# 52768 Ocean Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Oceanfront 180 Panoramic View Luxury 2 BR Single Story Condo

Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean

Relax and enjoy the views from the deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean

09/06/2012 - Welcome to Marty’s Beach House! This place is not only beautiful inside, but UNBELIEVABLE outside. We have never in all our years of traveling seen a view this breathtaking from our very own balcony. The owner & manager are wonderful to deal with; very responsive throughout the entire process. They even provided a fine California wine on arrival to welcome us!

Enjoy the warm ocean breeze from every room in the house, along with breathtaking views the moment you walk in the door!

Large COMFORTABLE beds with plenty of space. The amazing showerheads in each bathroom felt more like a spa than a home.

The kitchen is completely stocked. Every detail from an assortment of spices down to champagne glasses were included. All modern appliances in the completely updated kitchen made cooking easy and enjoyable. Really no need to ever eat out if you’d prefer!

Laundry machines are large and reliable, making it easy to quickly wash and dry everyone’s clothes. Detergent is supplied for your stay (not always the case so it’s a nice touch). The owner supplied beach towels, another nice touch since that’s usually a last minute detail everyone seems to forget.

The balcony is quite large with new patio furniture, making it easy to eat or lounge outside at all times. In the evenings we enjoyed a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset. What a gorgeous view! I can’t say enough about this condo. Truly one of the most incredible places we’ve had the privilege of staying at!



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