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.
# 996266 Kukuihaele, Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Awesome view from the dining table on the lanai.
09/06/2014 - The sun was setting on Waipio Bay in a hundred different shades of pink and purple. Tree frogs were singing to one another all around us as a cool breeze blew through the house from a multitude of screened windows and doors as the VRBO Bear and his family arrived at our vacation rental Hale Io. The house was filled with traditional Hawaiian music. Of course, since we are a family of bears, we immediately had to check out the beds! We roved excitedly all around the house and found that every room has a queen bed or bigger, each with plump pillows and a gorgeous view to wake up to. This house sleeps 10 in comfort and splendor. You have no idea how stunned you will be when you wake up in the middle of the night and see thousands of stars twinkling in the night sky! We found the kitchen amply stocked with high quality pots, pans, utensils, dishes and knives. The pantry was stuffed with spices and the big butcher block counter invited us to make meals there. As a bonus, the grounds will provide (when in season) fresh guava, lilikoi, coconut, and grapefruit to add local flavor to your meals. But if you’re not the cook-it-yourself type, no worries! Honokaa is a 10-minute drive away and offers some great little restaurants. Whether it’s the peaceful lanai and organic ingredients at Green Market and Café or karaoke by talented locals at The Landing, the town has a little something for everyone. The house sits on sprawling grounds with amazing views of the Waipio Bay, the black sand beach at the foot of the Waipio Valley, and Maui in the distance. Since bears are nature lovers, we hiked down to the Waipio Valley and spent a gorgeous morning on the beach. You can enjoy sitting on the beach listening to the surf, or you can go clambering over rocks to secluded overlooks. If you’re not a strong enough swimmer to brave the complex current where the river meets the ocean, you can just soak in the cool river a little upstream. It looks swifter than it is, and I can attest that sitting up to your neck in the cool river water and laying your head back on the sand is absolute bliss. The hike back to the top was tough, but there are paid shuttle vans that do the round-trip down and up from a little art gallery near Hale Io. Hale Io genuinely feels like a home, with art on the walls and good books on the shelves and everything you could possibly need in the kitchen. The house has books and board games, a comfy pune’ to nap on, a luxurious pool and a hot tub to soak in. There are towels to take with you to the beach, bocce balls and beanbag toss games to play in the back yard, a waterslide, and outdoor showers.
# 501529 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, COTTAGE
What a beautiful view!
09/05/2014 - What can I say? The VRBO Bear had a great time in Galveston thanks to this beautiful property that had everything we needed! With 6 adults and 3 kids we had plenty of room and felt right at home. We had a great time making breakfast in the kitchen every morning and dinner every night. The kitchen was lovely and had spices and pantry items already stocked. There were also many pots and pans, utensils, plates and glasses to use, we didn’t need anything else!
Access to the beach walkway is directly across the street from the house which was so convenient. It was perfect being so close to the beach and being able to walk over whenever we wanted – especially with 3 kids in tow and lots of sand toys to carry! We also went over to the Beach Club to enjoy the pool and views. It was absolutely beautiful and there was plenty of space without feeling overcrowded.
The home has a grill, which we did not use, but it was nice that it was provided just in case. There is also an outdoor shower on the back of the house which was VERY useful and we used it many times to wash off the sand from our feet after being at the beach. There are also beautiful views of the bay from the balconies on the back of the house and we got to see some beautiful sunsets.
Timo was very responsive and helpful in providing all the information we needed prior to our stay. He even sent an activity guide he created for things to do or restaurants he recommended. This beach cottage was the perfect place to get away from it all and relax on the beaches of Galveston! We had a great time and would love to go back!
# 346843 Tidewater Beach Resort, Gulf Resort Beach, Panama City Beach Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The balcony views and breezes can't be beat.
09/04/2014 - This was our first time in Panama City and we came here to celebrate our marriage anniversary. We stayed here for 5 nights and loved every bit of it. The condo was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay here. The time we spent on the beach was unsurpassed.
The condo was well stocked and Kathy took care of even the smallest details to make sure we were comfortable and well cared for. We were pleasantly surprised to see fresh flowers awaiting us when we arrived. She even called us up to make sure we were comfortable and didn't need anything extra.
We spent hours on the balcony, enjoying the breezes and the view. We spotted dolphins, stingrays and a shark during our stay and one thing that stands out of all is the amazing view from the balcony.
The listing pictures don't do this place justice. Kathy, you have a beautiful beach condo - thank you for sharing it with us.
# 67476 Truman Annex, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Key West equals Key Fun!!!!
08/23/2014 - This was our first visit to Key West and what an amazing trip it was! We arrived at this large, beautiful condominium completely stocked with amenities that made us feel right at home. Our first relaxing view of Key West was from our second floor balcony overlooking a tropical and lush flora and fauna surrounding a heated pool. Right from the beginning we knew this trip was going to be a success.
The location of our Truman Annex condo could not have been better. The central location of our unit was perfect - we were in walking distance of the most popular and beautiful attractions in Key West. The unit is a VERY short walk to Fort Zachary Taylor which had some of the best and easiest beach access in all of Key West. Staying at Mike’s beautiful unit gave us the chance to explore Key West without having to worry about a vehicle, since with this great location we could easily walk to all popular restaurants, museums, and even the most southern point of the USA!
The interior of the unit was very tropical and Florida at heart. The grill provided on the balcony gave us the chance to cook up some locally caught fish and have a more intimate dinner on the balcony. The kitchen was very spacious with plenty of amenities to help with cooking and prepping food. The unit also provided our very own blender to spice up our night with margaritas!
Mike, the owner of the unit, made himself available at all times for any questions we had about the unit or nearby attractions. He was very helpful making sure we were able to find the complex and unit when we arrived. When we come back again Mike’s unit in the Truman Annex will DEFINITELY be our number one choice to stay at. We’d like to thank Mike and his family for hosting the VRBO Bear and providing unforgettable memories that we’ll share for a long time.
# 407415 Marigny-Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 0 BR, 1 BA, STUDIO
A quiet oasis at the end of Bourbon Street.
08/22/2014 - The condo was a quaint little spot that was conveniently located at the very end of Bourbon Street which made it easy to walk to everything, whether it be history or nightlife! A perfect place for two people with a lot of privacy from neighbors and any outside noise. The condo was on a really beautiful street with lots of trees and pretty houses, and made us feel right at home.
We really enjoyed the security of the building. The apartment being inside the building made us feel very secure and stowed away from the high energy of New Orleans. It was a great place to settle after a long day of great food, live music, and taking in the city with my best friend. The bed was big enough for two and the kitchen was perfect to store all of our yummy leftovers. Cindy was very helpful with the rental information, had really good nearby recommendations, and was easy to reach for questions. Definitely would stay here again!
# 458848 Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
Ahhhh, mountains and meadows. You can't beat the great outdoors!
08/16/2014 - The Alpenglow Chalet was the perfect place for the bear and her family to spend a week exploring the mountains. Our favorite thing about the house was the proximity to some of the most beautiful hiking trails we’ve been on. Crested Butte definitely lives up to its reputation as Colorado’s wildflower capital of Colorado. We loved Cary and Regina’s suggestions for hikes and made good use of the many hiking guides they keep in the house.
Returning to the fully stocked kitchen, outdoor fireplaces and hot tub after hiking was just what we needed after long days on the trails. We continued to enjoy beautiful views of the mountains from the comfort of the home, as the place is surrounded by them. There is nothing like watching the sun set over the mountains from the front deck! I would highly recommend this house to friends and family and would love to return someday.
# 305364 Paris Arrondissement 5, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Enjoying this charming apartment!
08/10/2014 - The moment we walked into this charming apartment we knew we were right at home. The pictures do not even do it justice. It was much larger than we expected and had an amazing view. It was nice opening up the windows and seeing all the people below but also nice to be able to close them and enjoy the quiet when needed. The building itself had an old charm that really made us feel that we were living like true Parisians. The location was absolutely perfect. There were so many great attractions and restaurants within walking distance and the metro was just around the corner. Alexandre left some great restaurant and local attraction recommendations, which we were very pleased with! We will definitely stay here again when we return to Paris in the future.
# 464676 Estate Dorethea, Northside, USVI - St. Thomas, Caribbean, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
You just can't beat Caribbean views like this!
08/09/2014 - VRBO Bear reporting for duty! It has been a while since I’ve been to the Caribbean, and as I was browsing and daydreaming of the beach, I came across the Villa Bijoux Bleu listing and I knew I had to see this place for myself! A few quick emails with Kelle, and I had everything booked.
My travel companions and I were greeted by Shary, who led us to grab some groceries (gotta have plenty of honey and salmon around, of course) and took us to the villa. The pictures are accurate, but nothing compares to seeing it in person. The patio and courtyard are beautiful, with lush landscaping. The pool is luxurious and includes a waterfall and grotto. The outdoor kitchen is fully stocked, and we made full use of the Green Egg smoker!
The inside of the house is just as beautiful and inviting as the outside. The house is not only decorated wonderfully, but they have provided everything you could need. From towels, to cooking utensils, to coolers and beach stuff, it was all there for us to use. We spent several evenings cooking and relaxing by the pool, and it seemed like being at home, with a beautiful view of course! Speaking of the view, the entire back side of the house is a patio balcony with an amazing view of the ocean. It was easy to spend hours on the balcony, lounging in a hammock, cooled by the breeze.
We were given a packet with information about the house, and most importantly, suggestions on restaurants and activities. All of the suggestions were great. We checked out some snorkeling spots, a few beaches and as many restaurants as we could fit in. A few places of note: there is a convenience store within a short walk, a great restaurant called Thirteen just down the road from that, and Magen’s Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is less than 10 minutes’ drive away! All of the recommendations were outstanding.
Kelle, Alfred and Shary were amazing hosts. We arrived the day after a tropical storm, and there were slight interruptions in power across the island. I was in constant communication with one of the team about status and schedules. They made us feel very comfortable and it was only a very minor inconvenience.
Overall, the house is wonderful, the staff treats you like a VIP, and the location is fabulous. I cannot recommend Villa Bijoux Bleu enough!
# 421500 Monte Vista, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 7 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
A restful relaxing place for everyone!
08/02/2014 - From the moment you walk in the door of this palace and take your first glimpse of the breathtaking view, you have the distinct impression that you are now Master of the Texas Hill Country. When it was built, it was the home with the highest elevation in all of Austin and there is no doubt that this point of pride permeates the mansion and everyone who is lucky enough to stay in it.
When we arranged a friend reunion, we had no idea that such a perfect location was within our reach. Ryan, playing the role of owner-extraordinaire, was more than accommodating, communicative and genuinely welcoming to me and my friends.
Having friends in from all over the country with age ranges from 1-70 years, everyone felt at home. There was enough room for everyone to sit, eat, chat, play and relax. The kids had a blast playing in the overwhelmingly well stocked play room (puppet show, anyone?) The ping pong table was a big hit and the large natural gas grill kept our bellies full! The huge hot tub and plush patio furniture kept everyone relaxed while enjoying the indescribable Texas sunset.
Exploring and enjoying the innumerable amenities made for a treasure hunt of delight. There was something amazing to experience in every inch of this well cared for and surprisingly accessible home. Overnight accommodations were comfortably spaced for each family to relax and the living, dining and play areas made for great fellowship among the large group. This gorgeous and refined estate is without a doubt exactly where you want to stay with your family and friends on your next trip to Austin.
# 373921 Anaheim, Anaheim Area, Orange County, California, USA, 6 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
It's like Disneyland at home!
08/01/2014 - The Bear family goes to Disneyland!
From the moment we entered the door and our little cub went running from room to room yelling “This is so awesome!” we knew we had picked the right home for our Disneyland vacation. This beautiful home is spacious, well decorated, beautifully furnished, 100% cub-friendly, and just minutes away from Disneyland.
Each bedroom is themed to a Disney movie or character with wall decorations, murals, and bedding. There is a fantastic room we named the “Toy Room” because of its Toy Story theme and HUGE box full of stuffed animal characters. The little cubs had such a great time playing. They also really loved the collection of Disney DVDs!
As for us adult Bears, we were pleasantly surprised to find everything we needed for our stay. The very well thought-out welcome packet taught us everything we needed to know about the house and the surrounding area. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to cook meals for our 5 day visit. The strollers, pack-n-play, and other very practical amenities (wifi, computer, children's books, etc.) were tremendously appreciated and made for much lighter travel.
There was so much to do in the area and when we weren’t at Disneyland we were visiting the Discover Science Center, the beach, and visiting family in a nearby city. The provided notes about nearby stores and fun places to go were quite helpful.
Owners, thank you so much for making this amazing home available to us on our vacation. Oh, and each night our Bear family loved watching the spectacular firework show!
# 101536 South Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Ahhh, the beauty of it all.
07/26/2014 - Casa Do Re Mi exceeded all expectations. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left all we could think was WOW! As soon as you enter Casa Do Re Mi you are faced with the most amazing view of the Bay of Banderas. The experience only gets better as a smiling Ivan promptly supplies the most delicious Margaritas. Ivan then invites you to sit down for a welcome dinner. The meal, prepared by Chayo, is, as every meal that followed, absolutely delicious.
On the following days Ivan helped arrange activities, supplied refreshments and kept the garden and pool tidy. Chayo prepared a succulent breakfast and dinner that we picked the day before. Sarah kept the house spotlessly clean. They made sure at every turn that this bear family had the best time possible.
Casa Do Re Mi is built in the style of a Mexican hacienda. The attention to detail in its decoration and upkeep is remarkable. The finely furnished indoors and outdoors provide everything you need to relax and enjoy the all-surrounding spectacular ocean views. Everything is beautifully maintained.
That attention to detail is also displayed by Barb the owner with her guests. We had a conversation prior to departure on the phone to go over Casa Do Re Mi. She asked us which beverages we’d like to be there for our arrival. She called us to check that everything was going well. In short, she cares about her guests having an unforgettable experience.
Across the street from the villa we relaxed and swam at the beach. The house has plentiful towels and beach toys that our bear family enjoyed. The hotel Lindo Mar across the street has an elevator for easy access to a beautiful beach with calm waters that our little bear particularly enjoyed.
We spent a lot of time swimming and laughing at the pool. Our time there was made better by Ivan’s constant supply of refreshing beverages. After fantastic dinners and deserts we were treated to mesmerizing sunsets. Our bear family has been to many places around the world but Casa Do Re Mi will forever be one of our favorites!
# 4031 South Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 6 BR, 7 BA, VILLA
A playground in paradise - all play and no stress!
07/19/2014 - In all of our family adventures, we have never had a more relaxing reunion – and it was all because of this incredible home and staff. We are a family of 11 (3 generations with 6 adults and 5 children aged 2 to 10) – and the home provided the perfect retreat for each of us. The property has something for everyone and provides space, privacy and comfort across the board. We particularly appreciated the family friendliness. We felt secure with a gated property that kept the children from wandering onto the beach or off the property. Additionally, the staff cooked child friendly meals and high chairs and pack & plays for cribs were provided. The home has several bedrooms to escape the heat with incredibly strong AC, as well as shaded areas with satellite television for the kids to take a sun break. More importantly, the natural beauty and nearby outdoor activities (steps from the back porch) kept us busy and having fun. The staff arranged for a boat to pick our entire family up on the beach in front of the home, and we went fishing (caught more than 10 bonitos in a couple of hours) and then went snorkeling near Los Arcos (a great trip for children).
The views from the master bedroom, living room and patio are unrivaled. You can see clear waters, white beaches and phenomenal sunsets. The layout of the house is great for multiple families. There is a grand common area with huge patio and views, and comfortable lounge furniture to relax and enjoy the sun or shade on the bottom floor. This area also has 2 king bedroom suites with private bathrooms, and a shared half bath. The beds were all very comfortable. The second floor has 4 bedrooms, including the master suite.
The kitchen, formal dining and living room are on the top floor – which we rarely used given how much we enjoyed the bottom floor patio (and that the upstairs does not have AC, so could get hot during the day).
Finally, the homeowner went above and beyond to be sure we had a great time. The private chef prepared every meal during our stay and the food was delightful. The house manager made drinks through the day and catered to any needs, while the maid kept the entire property spotless for the duration of our stay.
# 449900 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the sun on the patio!
07/08/2014 - I had such a nice time staying in Bob and Lisa’s comfortable and charming vacation rental that I would recommend it to any friend or person looking for a good place to stay when visiting Austin. The location is perfect: within walking distance of restaurants, stores such as Whole Foods supermarket and the lake trail as well. It is close to downtown and at the same time located in a very quiet and nice neighborhood. Coming from the Austin airport, it was easy to find even for someone who has never been in Austin and without a GPS!
Entering the home is very convenient and easy because there is a door lock with key code: no need to schedule an appointment to get the keys and no need carry extra keys. The AC was already turned on when I arrived and the temperature was cool and welcoming. The place was clean and ready for guests, very welcoming! As nice and professional as a hotel and even better because there is a kitchen, a beautiful dining area and a huge living room.
The bedrooms are spacious with very comfortable beds and enough room to store clothes and other items. The bathrooms are also quite large and beautiful.
Last but not least , there is a cute patio right beside the kitchen to have a drink or even dinner outside and 2 bikes in the garage to use on the lake trail or just wander around Austin. I also had the chance to take some yoga classes very close by as there are tons of yoga studios everywhere
# 300247 Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Living the good life!
06/27/2014 - This bear and her husband had the pleasure of staying on the beautiful northern shores of Jamaica, in the Rose Hall area. This private one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo at Palmyra offered incredible views of the ocean and tranquil surroundings throughout our stay. The condo was nicely appointed with upgraded Bosch appliances and furnishings. Being on the fifth floor, we had a lovely balcony that allowed views of the ocean, as well as the mountains. We were happy to see a washer/dryer which came in handy for wet towels and clothing. Wifi and cable television worked well, as did the dual air conditioners in the bedroom and living room. We loved the shower; great water pressure and a fabulous shower head that I am ready to install at home!
We had no trouble getting onto “island time”, waking up in the comfy king size bed, sipping Blue Mountain coffee on the balcony each morning, and lazing around the incredible pool area or swimming in the blue waters on the private beach. We had our choice of places to relax, whether it was under a palm tree on the secluded beach, one of the many pool deck chairs, or even the comfy couches under the cabana next to the pool.
To say the staff was friendly is an understatement. From the concierge to the maintenance man, Victor, all became our friends quickly during our stay. One of the gentlemen scaled a ladder to the top of a palm tree to bring us fresh coconuts. He craftily used his machete to open it up so that we could enjoy the coconut water that spilled from inside.
The location of the condo was excellent. While we had complete serenity at the resort, we had a world of fun adventures nearby. A scenic drive to Ocho Rios, or a short drive to Montego Bay’s famous Hip Strip and Doctor’s Cave Beach were all possible. Golf courses abound in this area, and they were simply exquisite and very challenging.
There were several dining options nearby, whether it was to eat authentic Jamaican food in nearby food shacks such as Scotchies or Far Out Fish, or fine dining at the Half Moon Bay Resort, just a half mile up the road, we found the possibilities were plenty. We ate ocean front on most evenings, even being so close to the water that we could put our feet in at the Chill Out Hut. We even found a delightful English pub called Robbie’s Kitchen with a wonderful staff and excellent food at the small shopping center up the road. Our most exciting find was the Café Blue, a lovely coffee shop in the Rose Hall Shoppes that served excellent coffee, sandwiches, and gelato.
Our stay in Jamaica was such a pleasant one that it was difficult to return home.
# 388481 Angel Fire, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CHALET
Ahhhh! The great outdoors!
06/16/2014 - Wow! What a relaxing vacation! This mountain cabin with terrific views and wildlife walking through the backyard took our breath away. The wood beams and ceiling make this open cabin feel rustic and woodsy. The open feel and tons of room helped us to settle right in. While being situated right by the golf course and a wonderful playground area, this cabin still felt like we were up in the trees. We had deer walking through the back yard and elk down the street. The wildlife in the area was just a piece of the treasure of Angel Fire.
This cabin is so close to so many wonderful things to do. Local activities like mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing and hiking. Unique experiences like feeding the Alpacas are also close by. Taos is a great day trip and offers spectacular mountain scenery along the way. For a more relaxing time, just sitting on the wrap around deck and listening to the wind in the trees made the outside world melt away.
This home made everything so easy for us. From doing laundry to extra blankets during the cold mountain nights, the experience was wonderful. This cabin offered everything we could have asked for and our vacation was truly relaxing. Thank you for letting us share your home away from home!
# 32153 Sunset Lakes, Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Relax and relish the scenic views!
06/12/2014 - I have rave reviews for this home, the property management company, and the owner. Our flight into Orlando landed in the late evening. The detailed instructions on how to get to and into the home made it easy to get situated and unload. We woke up the next day to find ourselves in a gorgeous home with scenic views of the lake right behind us. I picked up breakfast items from the local grocery store (Publix; within 5-7 minutes away). By the time I got back, my family was already swimming around in the enclosed pool (great for summer time to keep the bugs away). The water was a bit chilly, being mid-June, even though we were in Florida. I realized I should have asked for the pool to be warmed up when Brian, the owner, asked me about it during the boarding checklist. After realizing my mistake, I gave the property management company a quick call and within a few short hours the pool heater had been turned on. WOW, what excellent service! I had to call the property management company a couple of times again with minor questions (e.g. wifi network access, the alarm battery died.) Wendy, the property manager, was pleasant, easy-going, and extremely responsive both times.
The house gave us an opportunity to unwind and relax. Whether it was the swimming, the napping in the super comfortable beds, the roomy home, or the quiet cul-de-sac that it sat on, we took full advantage of the amenities and ability to dis-engage from the real world. The home is super close to various activities like Old Town (kid’s amusement park 15 minutes away), various restaurants (5-10 minutes), and Disney Downtown (20-30 minute drive).
The home was roomy, clean, easily accessible, and just fantastic! Next time I’m in Kissimmee, I’m definitely coming back! Thank you so much for a great time.
# 398501 Wears Valley, East, Tennessee, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
I love the balcony! What an amazing view!
06/01/2014 - This was our first visit to the Smokey Mountain area and my first impression was a great one at Park View. The wonderful three-story cabin was fully-furnished and well-equipped to handle people of all ages. The mountain view from all four balconies was absolutely awesome. The cabin is positioned just right, close enough to the main town and yet just far enough away to feel like you have the entire mountain to yourself.
The interior of the cabin had a nice layout, looked professionally decorated and had plenty of extras. We spent a lot of time enjoying the hot tub, pool table, arcade and movie theater on the lower floor. Most days during our stay we found it difficult to leave because we enjoyed the cabin so much. The three bedrooms in the cabin were furnished with comfortable, large beds, TVs and easily accessible bathrooms. The kitchen was great for making meals and had all of the appliances necessary to do the job. The main living area was spacious and inviting and had a fantastic view of the Smokies through the large windows that span the back wall. The main balcony near the entrance to the cabin had a great view, seating around the perimeter and a fire pit. It was a great area to enjoy the view and relax each night.
The area around the cabin was very nice as well. Park View sits atop a mountain, and getting to and from the cabin was super-simple once we had our bearings of the area. The main town is filled with great restaurants and tons of attractions for all ages. The welcome information at the cabin provided recommendations and information about the area that we found most helpful.
Don, the owner of the cabin, was very helpful and proactive in making sure that we were informed about our trip, the area and the cabin itself. We truly felt that he cared and wanted our stay to be great.
From the linens to the kitchenware to the barbecue grills outside, the Park View cabin provides all of the necessities one needs to simply pack their bags for vacation and enjoy a stay in the cabin just as if it were their own home. This experience at Park View was by far one of the best vacation experiences we’ve had in a long time. We’d like to thank Don and his family for hosting the VRBO Bear and providing a ton of great memories that we’ll share for a long time.
# 447336 The Crane, St. Philip, Barbados, Caribbean, 4 BR, 5 BA, VILLA
Ahhhh! Relaxing by the pool.
05/31/2014 - When we arrived at the airport in Barbados we were greeted by the smiling face of Willie (of Emmanuel Tours cab service) holding up my name on a card. Willie was extremely hospitable and happy to assist us with all of our transportation needs throughout our vacation. He was always there whether we needed a ride into town or just to pick up groceries.
Upon arriving to the vacation home we were absolutely floored by how beautiful and picturesque the scenery was. The front door opened into a large furnished living area with couch, surround stereo system, and full kitchen. The double doors in back opened onto a large patio with an infinity pool and an unobstructed view to the ocean. We could hear the waves breaking throughout our stay which created a very peaceful and serene ambiance throughout the home. When we wanted to turn up the music and have a good time, there was an iPad connected to the stereo system within the house that allowed us to play provided music or connect our own.
All of the rooms were very spacious and most opened up to the outdoors with fantastic views of the ocean. The master had a large balcony that overlooked the ocean. In the back patio area there was a large gazebo where our entire party of 8 could sit and relax. There we found stairs leading down toward the ocean to a small terrace with a bed that sat directly over a small cliff overlooking the ocean (spectacular!). Another set of steps would take you all the way down to the ocean where, when the tide was out, you could walk on the small sandy beach and into the rock face where there were cave-like openings where we could see crabs and other small sea creatures.
There were many fun places to experience within walking distance. Cutters Deli was just down the street; Roger was a fantastic host and saw to his customers personally, even delivering items to the vacation home himself. The Rum Punch was the best I’ve ever had! The food there was AMAZING, the flying fish sandwich has to be the best lunch I’ve ever had in my life! We also had access to the Crane Hotel which had a variety of restaurants and shopping sites as well as access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
This was truly one of the most memorable trips we have had and we want to thank the extremely hospitable people of Barbados and our hosts for an amazing experience.
# 283184 Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Beautiful views of the coastline and mountains from the rooftop terrace!
05/28/2014 - The Palma Vista Villa in Puerto Rico is adjacent to a cove on Seven Seas Beach, offering striking views of the coastline and the mountains of the rainforest from a beautifully furnished rooftop terrace. It’s located close to many attractions, including the opportunity to lounge in the shade of a palm tree on virtually private beaches. Snorkel the coral reefs, tie up a hammock while enjoying local refreshments, and enjoy fresh local fare. Listen to the sounds of waves lapping and the little frog, the Coqui, sing in the sunset.
The Palma Vista Villa is a comfortable and complete setting for a relaxing getaway without ever leaving the villa, but there is so much to do nearby! Explore the nearby rainforest for a casual hike or drive. Our bear family chose to hike to the top of the mountain and picnic while taking in breathtaking views of the rainforest rolling out to crystal blue shorelines. Later we explored the waterfalls that cascaded down the mountains of the rainforest. In the evening we took a starlit tour of the Laguna Grande and experienced a moonlit mangrove forest with bioluminescent water that left us in awe of the wonders of nature. Watch fish splash in phosphorescent blue schools across the lagoon and see your own hand light up the water, truly amazing.
The white sand beaches of nearby Palamino Island and the isolated snorkeling grounds were something to behold. We dove with fish of all colors, discovered conchs and schools of brightly colored fish in the coral. The island is fully staffed with tropical drinks and food. Close to the Palma Vista Villa, you could choose to spend a morning or the entire day (as we did) with enough time to return to the Villa, relax and whip up some daiquiris with world famous Puerto Rican rum.
The Villa is spectacular, with finely furnished indoor and outdoor spaces with everything you need to cook, relax, and refresh. It’s an incredible space, with both the opportunity for privacy and places to gather, eat, drink, enjoy or play. The décor is tasteful and comfortable. The kitchen has modern conveniences for preparing a fine meal for a bear family. The bedding and towels are high quality with everything you need for a beach day including a cooler, beach chairs, and a portable awning.
The staff and owners were extremely professional, friendly, and welcoming. All of the information about the area and local knowledge was well documented and gave us information we needed to truly see the best aspects of the area. The owners and staff were willing and available to answer any questions we had. We hope to return and that you also take this opportunity to experience the luxury, adventure, and relaxation that we found at the Palma Vista Villa.
# 240977 Ocean Jewels, Daytona Beach, Florida Central East, Florida, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Loved the beautiful decor!
05/01/2014 - I had a spring getaway by the beach, and was delighted to find a beautifully decorated and wonderfully furnished condo overlooking the ocean.
My first impression was how neat and orderly the condo was. I was instantly comfortable and the condo had everything I needed to host a few cubs and mama bear for a relaxing time on the beach. Recent upgrades were everywhere, from the tile backsplash in the bathrooms to the glass top mini-stove.
The condo had a unique flair and the walls were professionally textured and painted recently. The bathrooms were immaculate and boasted a separate artistically tiled shower and tub, as well as a fountain style sink. The bed was comfortable and cozy and the linens were clean and fresh. Utensils, cups, glasses, dishes, towels, games, boogie boards, rafts, and other basic things were provided in this well -furnished cozy condo on the ocean shore. In fact I had all of the comforts of home and everything I needed to entertain my bear troop. There was even enough room on the leather pull out sofa to sleep an extra guest, as mama bear became so relaxed and fell sleepy.
This property is located in the center of all things beach and everything I needed was close by as far as stores, shops, take-out and delivery foods. Walks on the beach, local shopping and restaurants, and local attractions like the boardwalk and parks, game rooms, and bars are all within walking distance.
# 234988 Majestic Sun, Scenic Gulf Drive Central East, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the unobstructed view from the private balcony!
04/19/2014 - The VRBO bear visited Destin, Florida and enjoyed a relaxing stay at a wonderful, family-friendly property. As soon as we arrived we were in “beach” mode. The condo is in a prime location, separated from the beach by only a two lane road, and there are no other buildings in front to block the ocean view. The beach and pool are only a few steps away. Another perk are the sidewalks/bike paths which are easily accessible, and great to take to the several restaurants within walking distance. The neighborhood is full of other families on vacation, and the atmosphere is pleasant and enjoyable.
The condo had everything we needed – they even provided a cooler, beach chairs, beach umbrella, and beach cart. The comforts of home were in the details: throw blankets on the couches, extra pillows in the bedroom, and hairdryers in the bathroom. There was plenty of room in this two bedroom condo and it is perfect for a family! Each bedroom has comfortable bedding and is attached to its own bathroom. The kitchen is well stocked and features an eat-at bar plus a small dining area that opens into the family room. The interior has top of the line amenities and is very comfortable.
We spent the majority of our time on the balcony. We enjoyed coffee in the morning and cocktails at night, all while taking in the beautiful ocean view.
The owners, Andree and Mike, are wonderful to work with. They thought of every detail, so we would not have to! They even provided us recommendations before we arrived for a fishing trip and tennis courts.
All in all, we could not have asked for a more relaxing and stress-free trip to the beach!
# 427644 Canyon Lake, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying this charming waterfront home!
03/29/2014 - Our wonderful Canyon Lake escape – Water’s Edge
From the moment we arrived at Canyon Lake, we were impressed by the natural beauty of the area. We were delighted by the generous parking, friendly neighbors and the supreme view of the lake. The house sits on an elongated lot that is deep and deliciously lakefront. Water’s Edge provides an ample ground-level covered space for easy entertaining, dining alfresco and of course barbequing!
As we climbed the staircase to the wrap-around deck, our eyes were immediately drawn to the stunning, panoramic views of Canyon Lake. The house is a charming escape that offers a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a comfortable leather sofa, an easy chair and wonderful natural light. The kitchen is spacious, equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, fridge with water & ice dispenser, a nice stovetop and oven as well as a double sink.
Water’s Edge offers three comfortable bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. Ample linens are available with plenty of plump pillows and comfortable mattresses. Two of the bedrooms offer easy access to the wrap-around deck.
We were delighted by the quality of the local restaurants and quick access to grocery, convenience stores and gas stations. There’s even a great hardware store that sells fishing rods and ice coolers.
Water’s Edge owner Patty was really fantastic. She was super-friendly and generous with restaurant suggestions.
Pack your bags and prepare for a joyous escape to a truly memorable property deep in the pristine Texas Hill Country!
# 401219 Marigny-Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
# 379622 Mission Dolores, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Hanging out in this beautiul and conveniently located flat
10/31/2013 - This SF flat could not have been more perfect! Alan was a fantastic host – He greeted us upon our arrival, showed us everything we needed to know around the flat and provided recommendations for our time in the city. The check out process was just as easy and overall, the entire experience was seamless.
Not only is the interior in superb condition, the modern décor made it even more enjoyable. The abundance of natural light combined with the gorgeous views of the city made it difficult to leave the flat each day! Between Dolores Park across the street, a quick walk to Valencia, the Mission, the Castro or a 15 min train ride to Downtown, you can easily access everything SF has to offer from this perfect location. Some of our favorites that were in walking distance include Bi-Rite Creamery, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine Bakery and afternoons in Dolores Park.
Can't wait to plan my next trip so I can book another stay at the SF Vacation Abode!
# 395014 Mayan Princess, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, 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
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
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!
# 4677 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, 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
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
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
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
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.
# 217989 Surfside Beach, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the beautiful scenery!
08/09/2013 - What a lucky bear family we are to have stayed at this absolutely ideal beach house!
Nestled in the quiet town of Surfside Beach, we had nearly absolute privacy. We were however, a thirty-minute drive away from Galveston Island which has entertainment and activities-a-plenty for bears of any age.
The Fish House, as it's titled, is nicely appointed so we were able to make beautiful meals in the open and airy kitchen. There is a large and sturdy outdoor table to enjoy those meals with endless views of the waves. A roomy deck wraps around three sides of the house and there are two bonus balconies on each side of the second floor. This momma bear got to enjoy her coffee while relaxing in the morning breezes from each side of the house and watching the cranes and seagulls fish for breakfast.
This is the kind of house that makes you want to go home and redecorate your bear cave. The Fish House has a definite style and lots of it. You can absolutely feel the love and attention that is afforded with the decor and amenities. There is a gorgeous clawfoot tub in the master suite, beautiful linens and soft towels. The upstairs living room is so perfect for snuggling up with the cubs and watching movies before bed--and that is exactly what we did. It was a great way to unwind after hours in the ocean.
Speaking of the ocean, Fish House is close enough to the beach that my little three year-old cub could walk unassisted and carry his pail and shovels. The house has a garage with beach toys, boogie boards and more plus an invaluable outdoor shower to get the sand out of your fur and leave the beach outside.
I have and will continue to recommend this house to anyone in need of a relaxing and serene vacation with family or group of friends.
# 98704 Nuevo Arenal, Lake Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America, 6 BR, 6 BA, VILLA
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!
# 234215 Angelhaus, Purgatory (Formerly Durango Mountain Resort), Durango, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
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
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
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!
# 316962 Sapphire, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, 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
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!