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.
# 210608 Keystone Village, Quicksilver, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors
08/02/2011 - I could not have been more impressed by this spacious and cozy Keystone condo. Right away, I noticed the warm colors, the mountain décor, plenty of lighting throughout, the flat screen TV and gas fireplace, the stereo system, and the comfortable living room seating; all visible as we walked through the door. Just around the corner were the fully equipped updated kitchen and 3 spacious bedrooms. Great for multiple families! The cubs will love the bunk bedroom! If you bring your little ones, leave your pack-n-play and highchair at home because the condo supplies both. I enjoyed sitting out on the patio and looking out on the green grass and wildflowers growing. So beautiful! I also spent time in the pool and hot tub, which is just down the path from the house and in the evenings, enjoyed the games supplied at the condo.
Don’t stay inside too long. There is so much to do and see in Keystone and surrounding areas. The skiing is great, and the shuttle will pick you up right out front, so you can enjoy a day of skiing without the hassle of the drive. Plus you will have your own ski locker just outside your door. Not only are you close to skiing, you are close to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall if that is more your style. In warmer seasons, bring your bicycles. There is a great trail surrounding the property or, if you’re looking for something more challenging, there are plenty of trails to explore. Lake Dillon is just down the road where you can rent a boat and tour the lake if you like. There really is something for everyone all year round.
Keystone is a great mountain town. You’ll enjoy coming back here time again and this condo is the perfect home away from home!
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# 274028 Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, The Islands, British Columbia, Canada, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Vancouver Island Oceanfront Views!
07/25/2011 - What an incredible adventure on Vancouver Island! This fantastic gem of a property is hidden away on the coast of Vancouver Island in the small town of Ladysmith, near Nanaimo. This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and serene properties you will experience! Words and pictures can only begin to describe the view from this penthouse hideaway. You will find yourself surrounded by ocean views and immersed in lush, green forest. The sunrise over the water provides a view that you may never forget.
It is obvious that the owners love their property and the location. Their passion for the surrounding beauty and the property itself are evident in many ways. The booking process was quick and easy. The owners supplied all the relevant info and gave great tips for things to do and how to get to the island. The property was well stocked with nearly all a traveler could want or need and is excellent condition!
The chef’s kitchen is a phenomenal addition to this property and allows travelers to cook at home while enjoying the views. Even condiments were provided!
The master bedroom is elegant and comfortable. Plus, the large windows open right to the waves crashing on the beach below! This is ocean front living at its finest!
The Inn of the Sea resort offers a pristine swimming pool and hot tub right on the water, along with a BBQ grill and tennis court. The surrounding flowers and gardens add simple beauty to this already amazing location.
The Inn of the Sea is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or honeymoon adventure! Caution: You may not want to leave!
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# 240904 Ventura, Southeast, Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Orlando Vacation Home in Gated Community
07/25/2011 - I had a great time staying in this beautiful Orlando home located within 20-45 minutes of all the Orlando attractions. Situated in a warm, inviting community called Ventura Country Club which included resort like amenities. The exquisitely maintained golf course that welcomes you onto the property is a quiet place to unwind while I was on vacation. I made a decision to stop by the enormous pool for a quick dip and peered into a great looking restaurant and bar. I enjoyed the peaceful and extremely relaxing Ventura Country Club community.
My favorite part of the house itself was the screened in patio overlooking the large backyard, where you could enjoy a quiet and shaded meal. The master bedroom and bathroom is massive and immaculately kept. This was one of the most comfortable houses I’ve had the opportunity to stay in during my travels.
If you’re looking for a convenient location near all the attractions along with excellent amenities, I recommend this lovely home in a beautiful country club setting.
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# 155364 Red Quill Village, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME
Summer Vacation in Winter Park CO!!!
07/18/2011 - Comfortable, beautiful and convenient are just a few of the things I found while enjoying my weekend in this Winter Park townhome. Its interior set the mood for enjoyment as I wandered each room and enjoyed the beauty to be had! The house is warm and inviting and holds a group comfortably. The vaulted ceilings made the house feel more open creating what appeared to be more space, with plenty of windows throughout to enjoy the Colorado beauty. A few of the amenities that made my stay so enjoyable were: the hot tub; the privacy that each floor allowed; the computer at my disposal; the large kitchen with updated appliances, plenty of cooking utensils; and plenty of seating both in the kitchen as well as the dining room.
The convenience of being right off the main street made it easy to move around town. You can practically walk to everything. There is so much to offer in Winter Park, such as shopping, the local pub, the skate park, the playground, numerous restaurants, hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, 4-wheel drive trails and so much more! You can also be picked up steps from the Townhouse on the free shuttle bus and taken to Winter Park Resort. There is something to do for everyone!
Experience the beautiful Colorado mountains and vacation in style at this townhome to create your perfect family vacation!
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# 280494 Mount Pocono, Poconos, Northeastern Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
The Poconos Log Cabin with Hot Tub!
07/07/2011 - I felt right at home in this log cabin in the Poconos. The cabin is new construction so it had a nice clean, bright, airy feel. It’s pretty spacious, with plenty of room on the deck, den and main living area. The place is ideal for a large group. The deck in particular was a hit for my group - with a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner and a hot tub to relax in. The den downstairs was a lot of fun for TV-watching and playing pool. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a bathroom for every bedroom. So it was easy for the Bear and his friends to get up and going in the morning.
The property is just steps away from a very pleasant rail-to-trail path that follows a scenic river. The path is great for leisurely walks and biking as well. And the river affords some nice river rafting through an outfitter that’s right up the road. The cabin is just on the outskirts of a small town. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home.
For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on the Lehigh River for your next vacation!
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# 10376 Tops'l Beach Manor, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Destin condo with Ocean View!!!
06/23/2011 - This Beach Manor condo was exactly what I needed! The view from the balcony was the first thing I noticed upon entering the unit and I spent hours out there sitting, reading and just enjoying the view! Larry, the property owner is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and was able to give World War II history lessons about the area right off his balcony.
The unit itself had gotten a few upgrades and features a huge flat screen TV. The seating on the balcony provided the adult bears in my group the opportunity to sit outside and listen to the waves while still watching the TV through the glass door. The large dining room table allowed us to enjoy great breakfasts and dinners.
The condo provided beach access within a 2 minute walk from the elevator to beach. This came in handy when lunch time rolled around as you could be back down to the beach after making a sandwich in a matter of minutes! The beach at Tops’l is absolutely beautiful and not terribly crowded providing just the right amount of relaxation.
In addition to the beach and the view, this place had great amenities such as putt-putt, a basketball hoop and tennis courts. I recommend this Tops’l Beach Manor for your next family vacation.
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# 79466 Cinnamon Shore, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Port Aransas TX Vacation Rental
06/21/2011 - This was the perfect holiday weekend getaway to the Texas Gulf! Whether you go to the gulf for the fishing, kite surfing, walks on the beach, fun in the sun or just to get away and relax, this beach condo suits any type of vacation.
The complex is named La Mirage; because it’s everything your mind imagines when you desire an escape from exhaustion and stress. The condo was immaculate and provided all the amenities of a fancy hotel. The unit is one of the best in the whole complex with a huge private balcony and a seriously beautiful view of the ocean – the perfect place to gather with friends or just lounge, read and enjoy the breeze. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living room/dining room area, it’s great for families.
I dined in one night and enjoyed a shrimp feast with all the supplied necessities in the kitchen. I also took advantage of the local mom & pop restaurants. The condominium complex provides charcoal grills and a nice covered patio area, great for lunch time barbeques and mingling with the other vacationers. I met some friends from San Antonio who shared their grilled stuffed jalapeño poppers.
If you want to explore the town or need to stock up on supplies before the weekend begins, you’re only 5 minutes from the Port A strip with great seafood restaurants, gift shops, bait & tackle, grocery store, and small town bars. You can fish the piers, the jetty, and the inlet shallows all within 5 minutes. Locals mentioned awesome red fish catching in Rockport just 20 minutes away.
I hope to come back to Port Aransas again soon and stay in the beach condos at La Mirage!
The VRBO Bear
# 276850 SoCo, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME
Great Austin Townhome on South Congress
06/17/2011 - I just spent an amazing weekend getaway at this modern, updated townhome, known as “The Orange Door.” It’s located in the friendly Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, Texas. This ‘pet friendly’ townhome has all the comforts of home – with even better décor and furniture! The kitchen was full of amenities any bear could want (especially a bear who likes coffee) and each bed was as comfy as could be.
The neighborhood is friendly and serene and just a short walk to South Congress (aka SoCo) which is a great place to grab a delicious bite, explore cool and funky shops, get a drink or hear some great live music. Also within walking distance is Stacy Park, where the dog walked me every morning. There is also a spring fed pool in this park – perfect for cooling off from the hot Austin summers.
The Orange Door is the perfect place to stay when traveling to Austin. It is centrally located and has all the amenities of home.
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# 270430 Peter Bay, USVI - St. John, Caribbean, 5 BR, 5 BA, VILLA
St John Villa with Ocean Views!
06/02/2011 - This little bear just had the experience of a lifetime! If you come to grab a taste of the Caribbean, look no further. From the amazing views to the amazing tranquil atmosphere of this property, Areca Peter Bay takes the cake! A long winding driveway reveals a beautiful private gate welcoming you to your home away from home. All the amenities were exquisitely maintained and the surrounding landscape was crafted with the utmost expertise, including lush tropical plants and fruits ripe for the picking at every glance. A true kaleidoscope of color!
The beautiful infinity pool was a great place to spend time at sunrise or sunset and was often frequented. Truthfully the view was spectacular from anywhere on the property! Most nights were spent on the magnificent patio area, poolside, with the BBQ grill smoking and the gentle bay breezes blowing, creating the most relaxing evenings.
The local town, shopping and white sandy beaches were mere minutes away and the local residents were always welcoming. The cleaning crews that came during the week were cheery and very hospitable. Not to mention the owner, Diana was extremely helpful, available for anything at anytime and was a real treat! She pointed out key places to dive, kayak and snorkel near the area and they did not disappoint. This little bear will be returning again and again and you should do the same!
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# 130480 Ridgway, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Southwest CO 2 bedroom near SanJuanMtns
05/27/2011 - This apartment is ideally located right in Ridgway and offers one of the best views of the mountains. Close to everything on the Western Slope, when you stay here, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of it all.
Thanks to the hosts' attention to detail, this mountain retreat feels like brand new and the extra details like fluffy bath towels and extra blankets made it special. The beds were comfortable and the rooms quite spacious. The kitchen is stocked with spices and everything else you need to prepare a home cooked meal.
The abundance of windows made it perfect for viewing the snow-capped mountains. At night, the stars seemed like giant clusters of lights. Amazing how many more there are when the city lights don’t interfere! The two decks made star gazing a nightly ritual.
I spent a cool afternoon shopping in the quaint stores in nearby Ouray. A late afternoon snow shower gave me a chance to enjoy an early dinner at The Ouray Brewery. With the sun shining and warm winds, some hiking near the waterfall the next day was just the ticket.
This Ridgway suite was ‘just right’ for this Colorado mountain loving Bear. I know you’ll enjoy it too!
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# 306535 Bird Rock, La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relax at La Jolla Bird Rock 4bedroom
05/26/2011 - La Jolla, California - my favorite place to be in Spring! I recently stayed at a quaint cottage in Bird Rock that was just 20 minutes from everywhere I wanted to go! The airport, downtown San Diego, Sea World and the Zoo were all convenient to this beach house. Upon my arrival at this charming home, I was met by the owner, Annelie. She was so friendly and even left me a little welcome basket!
The house is more than comfortable with plenty of space and beautiful, fragrant orchids in all the windows! I felt like I had walked into a tropical dream house. This La Jolla home is spacious with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a beautiful patio right off the kitchen. It was so relaxing to sit on one of the deck chairs and watch the sunset right as it began to sink into the ocean. This home is perfect for anyone traveling with little cubs. The front yard is all grass and completely fenced in; perfect for playing games and running around. The owners even offered to let me use their bikes so I could ride along the beach! The greatest part about this getaway is how close everything is. The ocean, the shops, the attractions and my favorite coffee shop -The Living Room, are all within walking distance or a short drive.
The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful with easy access to the main street where you can find many restaurants and shops to browse. At the house, you won’t run out of the necessities. The owners have completely stocked the bathrooms with toiletries and linens and the kitchen is full of utensils and amenities.
I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday near the city of La Jolla!
The VRBO Bear
# 326929 Other South Padre Island Properties, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Family Vacation at Gulf Coast BeachHouse
05/23/2011 - I enjoyed a perfect stay in a delightful home on South Padre Island. Natural light floods the well appointed house. The best part was that you could see the beach from virtually every window in the living room. The kitchen and baths all boasts granite countertops. Everything in the home was brand new – I felt like I was their first guest. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. Each room even had a large flat screen television set with cable TV.
The island kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could need. But if you prefer not to cook, there’s a delicious restaurant just across the street. It was so nice to be only steps away from exquisite beach side dining.
Another incredible feature of this home is the spacious second floor patio. I spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying the beach views. But that’s not all, I walked down to the beach and within minutes was catching the highly sought after gulf trout and redfish.
What a wonderful vacation! It’s only a 2 minute walk to the beach and has an amazing view of the water. My trip to South Padre was everything I could have asked for and more.
The VRBO Bear
# 241418 Ocean Walk, Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Family Vacation near ocean N San Diego
05/23/2011 - One word: FANTASTIC! Fantastic accommodation, fantastic location and fantastic owners. For my recent trip to San Diego I enjoyed to staying at this lovely home in Carlsbad. It was only 30 minutes from the San Diego airport and was super easy to find. Upon arrival, Kim, met me at the house and could not have been more pleasant.
This beach house was very well maintained and had all a vacationing family could want or need. The cubs will love the playroom which was equipped with everything from puzzles and books to ride-on toys and stuffed animals. Your cubs can put a pin in the city they’re from on the gigantic map of the world. The small details were phenomenal. There was a fantastic book of everything to do in San Diego and Carlsbad with directions and helpful hints. Grocery store and pharmacy loyalty cards were left behind which will help you save a bundle when shopping for supplies. A special gift basket of ingredients for making s’mores was a nice treat to look forward to using in the outdoor fire pit. The beds were ultra comfortable and a full size crib can be set up for the youngest cub.
The beach was a very easy walk across the street, maybe 5 minutes max. Even though it was a great place for a family, I would highly recommend this home to any group. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you’ll love this beautiful Carlsbad home near the beach.
The VRBO Bear
# 314785 Paris Arrondissement 1, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Charming Paris Apartment, Great Location
05/16/2011 - Ah, Paris in the springtime…so romantic. I truly enjoyed this marvelous city, mostly due to this apartment’s coziness and amazing location. I felt right at home and loved how everything I could wish for was right at my paw tips.
The best part about staying here was its location - there’s a Metro station 1 minute away by foot, the entrance to the magnificent Tuileries garden is just as close. You’ll love the upscale shopping just around the corner, and it was nice to be able to easily visit the Mona Lisa at the famous Louvre museum (just 5 a minute walk).
After a long day of exploring Paris and visiting museums, it was nice to relax on the cozy sofa in the nook by the bedroom. The bathroom was the perfect size - not too big and not too small; plus, I really liked the faucet in the bathroom. The water changes color according to the temperature; blue for cold, red for hot!
If you’re looking for the perfect romantic place to stay in Paris, look no further because you’ve found it!
The VRBO Bear
# 264979 Lincoln City, Central Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great Stay at Lincoln City Vacation Home
05/10/2011 - The Oregon Coast is one of those magical places you have to experience as soon as you can and as often as possible. That used to be what kept me coming back, but now I’ve got another reason: Shearwater House. April can still be a brisk time of year in Lincoln City, especially when you’re this close to the beach. That didn’t stop me from taking long walks on the water every day and searching for that elusive stone called agate. Once I’d gotten my fill of exploring and was ready to head back up the hill to the house, the hot tub would be waiting for me to relax and reminisce about the day while watching the sun set over the water.
I could easily have stayed at the house and enjoyed the walks, the panoramic ocean views and the cozy fire every day, but there was too much to see! The whale-watching excursion from Depoe Bay took us out on a boat to see if we could catch a glimpse of a grey whale – famous in these parts. I’m convinced he was watching us from the deep as we trolled by.
Debi, Shearwater House’s fearless owner, provided a wonderful list and I took advantage of every suggestion I could cram into my 2 days: Secret Beach at low tide (this is best in the summer); the Newport Aquarium (CUTE puffins!); the lighthouse at Yaquina Head; and Devil’s Punch Bowl (where I had the most amazing clam chowder!)
Grab a group of friends, your whole family (this house sleeps 8-12), or just your honey-bear and head to Shearwater House today!
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# 297709 Port Ludlow, Olympic Peninsula & Pacific Coast, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing Retreat in Port Ludlow, WA
05/05/2011 - Relaxing, quiet, peaceful, romantic, luxurious . . . This vacation home is everything described and so much more. The owners truly anticipated everything you could possibly need to thoroughly enjoy your time away. Beautiful gardens and water views delighted me upon arrival. The house was well lit with natural light from the many windows. Almost every angle showcased the magnificent water views. The kitchen had heated tile floors, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and was fully equipped for any cooking need. The dining area was inviting with the picturesque window seat, unique lighting fixture, and endless views. My traveling companions and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm, cozy fireplace in the cool evenings along with a good movie from the extensive DVD library provided for guests’ entertainment. The surround sound system with volume controls in each room was a bonus! The pampering didn’t end there. The upstairs master bedroom boasted a plush king size bed and tall windows with beautiful water views. The master bath had heated tile floors, his and hers vanities, a walk-in closet with his and hers bathrobes and slippers, and a shower with jet options.
The fun was only beginning. We soaked up the sun in reclining lounge chairs on the lawn, relaxed in the hot tub, took a stroll along the beach, and enjoyed a good meal on the deck. It was so fun to have two kayaks available at the property to explore the beautiful water views up close and personal. Truly breathtaking!
Nearby attractions include waterfalls, hiking trails, historic Port Gamble, Poulsbo, whale watching, private local charters, local theater, Lavender Festival, art galleries, wine tasting, and more. The options are endless. Take advantage of this property and get away from it all. Whether it is relaxation or adventure you seek, you will find it at this amazing vacation home in Port Ludlow. Come experience it for yourself!
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# 255374 Kingsland, Lake LBJ, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great 4bed house w/hot tub on lake!!!
04/11/2011 - I had been looking forward to my relaxing getaway on Lake LBJ for quite some time. I couldn’t wait to arrive at the house and take in the peacefulness of the no-wake cove.
I was in awe of the lush lawn and massive oak trees outside the house. The grass felt so good on my paws! The views from the upper and lower level decks were enough to wash all your stress away. (And believe me, it’s tough being such a busy bear.)
When we weren’t lazing on the lounge chairs, I enjoyed getting my fur wet in the hot tub or taking a dip in the cove. The owners even have kayaks available for rent for their guests! They also put me touch with Splash Rentals so my traveling companions and I were able to go out on the pontoon for the day.
This lake house is the perfect setup for a family getaway. With a queen bed, king bed, and multiple bunk beds, this house can sleep an entire sleuth of bears! Believe me, this house provides much more than the 'bear' necessities. Whether you’re looking for a vacation with the cubs or a relaxing getaway among friends, the location and amenities provided are perfect for all ages.
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# 236450 Noe Valley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
San Francisco 2 bedroom in nice area!
04/07/2011 - What a San Francisco treat! I arrived late on a Thursday evening to a beautiful and welcoming apartment in the heart of picturesque Noe Valley. This restored Edwardian apartment building has all the living essentials with a modern flare. From the clean lines in the updated kitchen to the spa-like bathroom, I knew I was going to enjoy my stay here.
Stepping out at the intersection of 24th and Castro, I was eager to check out the neighborhood. I was surrounded by unique boutiques, friendly neighborhood florists and cozy restaurants with outstanding local fare. My friends and I started our adventure with a walk to a favorite local eatery, Chloe for brunch. I recommend the almond cranberry pancakes!
This apartment is in a perfect location for exploring the San Francisco area. Just steps from two bus lines that can take you north through Pacific Heights to the Marina or to East to pick up a train into downtown, I was able to easily visit any neighborhood and San Francisco attraction I liked.
After shopping downtown on Market Street, I walked through Chinatown to Colt Town, one of the highest points in San Francisco with amazing views of the Bay. From there, I headed down to Fisherman’s Wharf and got a taste of the local creamy clam chowder. I finished my first day of touring the city with chocolate from Ghirardelli Square.
After all my day adventures and exploration, it was great to come back to such a comfortable apartment. My friends and I can’t wait to plan a return visit.
The VRBO Bear
# 249771 Nihilani, Princeville, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Kauai Hawaii 4 bed w/Mountain Golf View!
04/06/2011 - On a recent trip to Princeville resort on Kauai, HI my extended bear family and I stayed at the “House of Aloha.” The Owners communicated with us very clearly leading up to our trip and made sure we had contact info for the local liaison in case of any questions.
The condo was spacious with wide hallways, large rooms, kitchen area and living areas. Ten of us were accommodated very comfortably! The kitchen, with dark coconut hardwood floors was equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and drink cooler. It also provided a contemporary island ambience to match the light fixtures and window coverings.
The bedrooms and baths were high quality, very clean and convenient with a sense of resort living. The laundry room was on the same floor as the bedrooms which made laundry easy and allowed us to pack less! They had at least one of everything you would want and need from linens to pantry to cleaning supplies.
We really appreciated the boogie boards and snorkel gear provided so we didn’t have to spend extra money on rentals at the beach. The House of Aloha has all the vacation gear you need.
Of course the location is what makes this resort condo extra special. Situated next to the exclusive Makai golf course, it has its own community pool and spa within the Princeville resort. Bedrooms and balconies look out across the golf course to the mountains of Hanalei Bay with waterfalls easily visible.
Just a few minutes away is the local town of Hanalei with many great restaurants, shops and shave ice (a bear’s personal favorite!). From Hanalei you can access the beaches of Hanalei Bay which boasts the sandiest beaches and best sunsets in Kauai. Jump off the pier when the tide is high or try the standing paddleboard lessons like the ancient Hawaiians. There is so much to do so give yourself lots of time to enjoy!
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# 235794 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Ideal Downtown Seattle 2 bedroom condo!
04/04/2011 - This contemporary downtown condo was ideal for our weekend getaway to one of the great west-coast cities--Seattle! Convenient to all the favorite Seattle destinations, such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, may traveling companions and I could walk or hop on the bus, which stops right in front of the condo building.
We found the accommodations to be nicely decorated with urban chic furnishings. Very cool place—a perfect match to our downtown Seattle experience. The queen bed was very comfortable, with high quality bedding. Special touches like the welcome basket and robes, made us feel like we were truly on vacation. And the kitchen was just right for our quick breakfast and evening snack. Ralph’s Market is just down the street to get the items we needed. With so many great restaurants nearby, we found ourselves eating most meals out.
Darik made us aware of all the details before our arrival. There were no surprises when we arrived and the great photos on the listing are exactly how we found the condo when we arrived. He put our mind at ease and I felt confident when we arrived that everything would be as he said…and it was!
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# 297692 Montgomery Estates, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe South Shore CA, Lake Tahoe California, California, USA, 8 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Tahoe Mountain Lodge great for families!
04/04/2011 - My friends and I were thrilled to be heading to Lake Tahoe again to enjoy the beautiful snow capped mountains, pine trees and the breath taking lake! Blue Haven is conveniently located just a short 5-10 minute drive to downtown Lake Tahoe with so many year around attractions.
When the entire pack of bears arrived at the home we were all amazed at the open spacious floor plan and a perfect spot for our Bear getaway! We rustled through the home finding luxurious furnishings at every turn with beautiful hard wood floors, iPod radios in every room, incredible spacious kitchen and of course the large decks with the most amazing views. This home is a nice luxury home without the fussy luxury feel, it is very cub friendly with video games like Wii, billiards and board games, it is furnished with cubs in mind.
The main floor of the house includes the very well-appointed master bedroom encompassing luxurious indulgent linens, its own gas fireplace and large flat screen TV. Within the large master closet are all of the extra cub care items that might be needed. Next is the second bedroom with queen bed, separate ½ bath with beautiful new front loading washer & dryer, kitchen and family room. The kitchen is nothing short of a chef’s dream. It comes complete with fully stocked with top of the line pots and pans, two huge sets of dishes for both the big guys and little ones. There is additional seating on the stools at the wrap around bar overlooking the kitchen and close to the dining room for the cubs; the owners have supplied high chairs for the baby cubs as well.
The 2nd floor encompasses a large full bathroom, 2 bedrooms with indulgent linens a full living room with a balcony, large flat screen TV, an iPod docking station and cozy gas fireplace as well as a poker/game table for all bear friends that like to play cards or choose from tons of board games.
The 3rd floor has four more plush bedrooms, 2 large full bathrooms, one with a steam shower that everyone will love. There is a 3rd living room with a large flat screen TV, fire place, gaming console with Wii and wet bar close to the matching billiards table. Five steps outside this level is the best part after a day of skiing, hiking or hanging out in the cool air or summer night is the Jacuzzi with unique massage configurations to rest your tired muscles.
All the pack agrees and highly recommends you make the Blue Haven house your next vacation getaway. Not only did we have many attractions at our finger tips to get out and enjoy, but is also perfect for family gatherings with or without ever leaving the house.
The VRBO Bear
# 316439 Belltown, Downtown, Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Great downtown Seattle condo!!!
03/18/2011 - I was so impressed with this condo in the Belltown area of Seattle! I arrived early in the evening and found so many restaurants to choose from within a block! I enjoyed a meal at Momma’s Mexican Kitchen that was fantastic. The grocery store was around the corner, so I picked up a few breakfast items while I was out.
This condo is stylish, clean, and inviting. You get the feeling that each item was specifically picked for the space. I didn’t want to leave, but the beautiful city beckoned. Pikes Place Market and the first Starbucks were a 10 minute walk away. Piroshsky Bakery is right next to Starbucks and they had the best Russian pastries! I dare you to walk by without being drawn in!
The Space Needle was really close by as well as EMP. Take in the view of the Pudget Sound from Kerry Park, and make sure you go see the Ballard Locks. Watching boats go through is amazing. So much to do, I need to go back!
The condo was perfect for relaxing in the afternoons. There was plenty of seating and 2 TV’s. The Wi-Fi was a great feature to make reservations around town as well as look at maps. The kitchen had everything needed for meal preparation, though I found the food in the area irresistible. The couch was the perfect place to nap a bit.
This condo is close to Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Cornish College of the Arts, The Art Institute, Antioch University and University of Washington. If you’re heading out for a visit, you won’t regret staying here! Public transportation comes right to the front door, so a car isn’t really required to see the best of the area.
The VRBO Bear
# 234915 Treasure Island, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Waterfront Condo Treasure Is FL!
03/11/2011 - Argh Matey’s! I’ve discovered a gem in Treasure Island, Florida! Westwind Resort is conveniently located on the Intracoastal Waterway and directly across from the pristine beaches of the Gulf Coast of Florida. Upon my arrival at Westwind the staff was very personable and helpful, ensuring our stay would be a relaxing, memorable experience.
This 1100 square foot two bedroom, two bath condo offers plenty of space and privacy, yet has some of the amenities of a hotel. The two bedrooms are generously situated apart from one another, in-between the two full baths. The master bedroom has a king size bed and a private bath. The second bedroom can be arranged to have two twin beds or a queen, making it flexible for sleeping arrangements. There is also a pull out sleeper sofa to accommodate additional guests. The updated kitchen has granite counter tops, full size stainless steel appliances and all the necessities to make a meal if you so desire. The unit has excellent views of the pool and waterway from the living room and master bedroom and all rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished. On the property grounds a heated pool is nicely situated with a view of the waterway, where you can enjoy watching dolphins playing within feet of you. There are also three fishing piers on the property, making a fun activity for myself and the cubs during our downtime. Concierge is available for transportation services, grocery delivery, dry cleaning, dinner reservations, spa & massage appointments, tickets or just about anything else your heart desires. Included in your stay with Westwind Resort is a complimentary membership to Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club where a variety of activities are offered, a gym and another outdoor heated pool.
A Publix grocery store, souvenir shop and a nice selection of restaurants are within walking distance of the condo. On the north end of Treasure Island is John's Pass Village where you can find local fishing fleet, boat tours, parasailing, jet skiing, unique boutiques and dining. A little further south we discovered Fort DeSoto County Park. Fort DeSoto has miles of unspoiled, white sandy beaches, calm, clear water and a laid back atmosphere, making it America’s Top Beach for 2009. If you are looking for something fun and interesting to do with the family, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is just a short distance away, where you can meet the now famous Winter, the dolphin.
Whether planning a romantic getaway, a couples weekend or a fun filled family vacation, consider making Treasure Island your next vacation destination! I give this condo two paws up!
The VRBO Bear
# 278275 Blue River, South Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great stay at this Breckenridge condo
03/08/2011 - This Breckenridge home is perfect for a pack of bears! When I arrived, I was welcomed by a cozy, cabin feel and a warm crackling fireplace. I could instantly tell this was going to be a perfect weekend getaway.
My traveling companions and I headed up for the weekend to escape from the hustle and bustle. There was plenty of space in this humble abode for all of us to sit back, relax, and watch our favorite movies. We each had our own flat screen TV in our rooms! After watching a movie we headed upstairs for a ping pong match and a game or two of air hockey. One of the best things about this cabin is you get the feeling of being secluded in the mountains, but only about 2.5 miles from town.
After a long day of walking around town or hitting the slopes, we came back to a warm house and relaxed in the bubbling hot tub. The heated floor mat leading to the hot tub was a nice touch. There were plenty of activities to do during our stay. We found shops, restaurants, trails and the gondola is just minutes away! If you choose to stay indoors, the cabin is stocked with plenty of movies and puzzles to keep you entertained.
The home has many windows providing beautiful views. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make our meals; from pots and pans to salt and pepper. The living room had comfortable chairs and couches that were always inviting after a day out on the town. The bathrooms were stocked with plenty of towels and wash cloths and the hosts even spoiled us with soaps and lotions! This is a fantastic home whether you're visiting for a couple days or staying for a week.
The VRBO Bear
# 127565 Tours, Tours Area, Centre-Loire Valley, France, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, CASTLE
03/03/2011 - Choose La Noue for a true cultural experience. This is not your average “vacation rental” and nothing like a hotel stay.
La Noue is a 16th century chateau with a rich history tucked away in the French countryside. Currently, it’s owned by the same family since the 1830s. While you will probably stay in the updated apartment, be sure to ask the owner for a full tour. You’ll find many rooms, hallways, staircases and even its own chapel. Tucked away in the French countryside, you can easily drive to the large chateaux in the Loire Valley, including Chambord and Chenonceau.
It’s perfectly relaxing for couple’s getaway but also suitable for families with children. There are plenty of toys, rooms with double beds and a great lawn for running around. The renovated ballrooms and chapel make it a good choice for special events and weddings.
There’s a nice flat screen TV with DVDs to enjoy a comfortable living room with a large fireplace. The bathrooms are updated and the shower pressure is great! The laundry machine is available to you, making it easier to pack light.
Stay here for a vacation rich in history but with the convenience, space and privacy of any home.
I want to thank Christine and her brother for hosting me in their ancestral home. I loved the yummy jam from the region and the bread and biscuits were a nice touch!
The VRBO Bear
# 13487 Destiny-By-The-Sea, Scenic Gulf Drive Central West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoying the deck
03/02/2011 - Well...the Bear just made a return visit to this home and "Bon Bini" still lives up to expectations! "Bon Bini" means "welcome" and this home again welcomed my buddies and me for a great stay in one of Destin area’s great beachfront neighborhoods "Destiny by the Sea". This prestigious gated community has only a ‘beary’ small number of homes, each fancier than a bear is accustomed to, and Bon Bini among the nicest of the bunch. All the streets are brick, and the private beach has enough room for hundreds of bears! The beach is made up of pure-white, clean, ‘beary’ soft sand, and the water is crystal-clear emerald green, as the Destin area is famous for, making it one of the premier beach areas in Florida.
Bon Bini was very comforting and packed with lots of amenities. From the moment we unloaded suitcases, I was thinking about how we would get them up 3 flights of stairs in this 3 story masterpiece, but right inside the front door was an elevator! Considering all three floors have their own master bedroom, we were sure able to spread out as if we each had our own den. As you may have noticed, I like to sit on the deck wherever I go, and Bon Bini had enough decks to go around a dozen vacation homes! Each deck was open and inviting, each lined with glass doors, providing a nice open ambiance. Every deck had wonderful views of the ocean, Florida palms, or this truly unique and quiet neighborhood.
Even though bears usually live off the land, this bear was dining on seafood every night, and Bon Bini is just seconds away from many of Destin’s great seafood restaurants. Destin is, after all, the world’s luckiest fishing village, so you can enjoy all the fresh, local seafood you want and don’t need a bear’s fishing skills.
Bon Bini is truly an amazing vacation home, full of fine furnishings, conveniences you can only imagine, unbelievable room and comfort, and a golf cart for leisurely cruises around the neighborhood. If you want a solid first-class vacation or hibernation experience in the family-friendly Destin area, you can't go wrong by staying at Bon Bini!
The VRBO Bear
# 3188 Savoy Villas, Sandstone, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Nice Vail Colorado Ski Condo!!!
02/25/2011 - What an amazing place to come out of hibernation!!! As you may know I’m not your typical bear because I find it hard to stay in my rock cave when there are such lavish comfortable places to stay and play in my native mountains. Vail is one of my favorite ski hills in all of Colorado and this cozy condo fits Bears and cubs just right. If skiing is your activity, the free Vail busses will pick you up just a block away, which is only a 10 min ride to Vail Village. I found this extremely convenient since the condo home base to me and my traveling companions.
Since the streams were frozen and hard to scoop fish out of, we were happy to find a shopping center 5 min down the road. The shopping center provided everything including a grocery store, liquor store, sports store with rental gear and restaurants. If you forgot something at your den or needed anything, you could find it there.
The main floor of the condo is great for family or group together time. The kitchen, dining and lounge area are wide open and will keep everyone together. There is a great deck with lots of privacy just off of this great room. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you’d need to whip up a meal before or after your day of mountain adventuring. When its time to clean up and retire for the evening we were surprised no one had to fight for a shower. Each bedroom has its own adjoined full bathroom.
This mountain escape is perfect for families, a few couples, or a few bear buddies looking to get away and enjoy the pristine mountain air. I’ve already recommended this place to all of my friends in the National Forest and will recommend it to you as well. Enjoy!!
The VRBO Bear
# 139942 Scorpio, Vail Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Relaxing in this super Vail Village condo w/ views of slopes and walk to lifts!
02/11/2011 - A weekend adventure of snowy fun and rejuvenation was awaiting – just what this bear needed!
This cozy condo at the ‘Scorpio’ was just what I anticipated and more. The view of the Vail Ski Resort is inviting from the large living room picture windows. Just a hop, skip and a jump and you are on the slopes! Remodeled with impressive upgrades and elegant décor, leisure time by the fire was most enjoyable. I especially loved the kitchen, and bear in mind, a home cooked meal is a great way to spend a snowy evening in. The open floor plan includes a breakfast bar, perfect for conversing with the cook.
Each bedroom displays amazing views as well. They are both tastefully decorated, have comfortable beds and one of them even has an electric fireplace to warm frosty paws! Beautiful intricate marbled bathrooms – one with a steam shower and the other, a Jacuzzi bath.
On a short stroll from the condo, I found my paws on the heated cobblestone streets of Vail Village. Its unique charm creates an ambiance of European culture. Friends and I enjoyed a snowy evening walk with glittering trees lit along our path, where we enjoyed open fire pits and ice sculptures – what a great way to spend a Saturday night!
This lovely condo in Vail Village can be enjoyed year-round. There are hiking and biking trails, golf and river rafting activities during the warmer months. On your next visit to Vail, I highly recommend a stay in this lovely condo, any time of the year – I know you will love it as much as I did!
The VRBO Bear
# 114336 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America, 7 BR, 6 BA, VILLA
Loved our stay in this Rio de Janeiro 6 bedroom villa wpool--center of Copacana!
02/03/2011 - This Rio De Janeiro Villa is a miniature mansion located on a quiet dead end street in a great location. It's just three blocks from Copacabana Beach and only a block or so from the nearest subway station.
I could bearly contain my surprise upon entering the villa to see the enclosed covered atrium with its plethora of flowering, hanging plants and beautiful stained glass windows. I've never seen so many indoor plants in a home before! The floors are beautiful stone and or wood and many of the walls are made from wood as well. The furnishings and decorations are an eclectic collection of old and new, with many interesting and unique antique items. The kitchen and baths feature quality fixtures and equipment. While the rooms are not large, the beds are very comfortable, and the villa is in top quality condition. In the summer, you'll be pleased to know that the air conditioning works fabulously and there is even a small pool located on the top floor.
Perhaps the most endearing feature of the villa is the fabulous staff who took such great care of us. Upon our arrival, our luggage was carried upstairs to our room for us. Michaeljon spoke excellent English and was very helpful with directions and tips for things to see and do including arranging rides to/from the airport if needed. Denise cooked a fantastic breakfast for us each morning, at no additional cost, and will even cook lunch or dinner as well (there is a cost for this service). They made up the rooms for us each day, and even did laundry for us... Wow!
The VRBO Bear
# 259327 Woodmoor, Baldy Mountain, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Awesome stay at this Breckenridge Log Home with Mountain Views!
02/03/2011 - Think of this house as your home away from home! The views are amazing, the house is fully equipped and you are close to skiing! What more could you want?
This weekend was an added bonus as I got to see the incredible Breckenridge Snow Sculptures. It was one of my favorite times of year to be in Breckenridge. There is always so much to do, like Oktoberfest, Art Fairs, and lots of races. You can see the ski slopes from the house and it is just minutes from the gondola that will take you up to the slopes. Not to mention the Ski Shuttle that is just steps from the driveway making it that much easier to head to the slopes for the day. There are so many amazing shops, restaurants, and hiking/biking trails that there is something for everyone all year long!
But if you are like us, and enjoy relaxing inside by the fire in a cozy mountain house then you’ll love this place! This house was not lacking in anything. The kitchen was fully stocked and included high-end appliances; each bathroom was supplied with plenty of towels and complimentary soaps; and the bunk bed room and pool table downstairs make for the perfect hangout. I especially liked the sunroom with an additional table and chairs and a large flat screen TV for those late night card games! Perfect for the guys! Each bedroom has beautiful log beds and a flat screen TV. The large logs on the ceiling and walls along with the beautiful mountain décor make this house even cozier. If relaxing is your style then you’ll love the large hot tub right outside to soak in after a long day of playing. The large dining room, beautiful hard wood floors, outside deck with amazing views, and large master bathroom are just a few of the things that make this house so great.
Come for a weekend or stay for a month. Either way you will have exactly what you need for a wonderful stay in Breckenridge!
The VRBO Bear
# 252052 Historic Eastside, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Great Santa Fe Adobe Home with hot tub and fireplaces!
02/01/2011 - My companions and I rode in the BearMobile all the way from Texas to New Mexico but despite our weariness we were completely delighted to arrive in the beautiful historic neighborhood of Eastside Santa Fe. The low profile adobe houses on small winding roads possess all the charm of old New Mexico (the house is over 100 years old). After entering a cozy courtyard we found the door to Casa Encanto. We were greeting by a plush setting, decorated in tasteful southwest décor. It was a little bit chilly but the 3 kiva fireplaces assured us we’d soon be warming our paws by a crackling fire. The gracious owners, Marta and Mark supplied us with enough firewood for our entire visit.
I couldn’t ‘bear’ another minute in my traveling clothes so I hopped in the large jetted tub in the master bathroom. It was well stocked with everything to get my fur looking fresh, and plenty of fluffy clean towels. When I was ready for the full tour of Casa Encanto, even more surprises were in store. There was a hot tub outside our window and the bed was like sleeping on a cloud! My traveling buddies reported that their beds were equally as heavenly. We also found our own private courtyard and a gorgeous kitchen covered in pretty colored tiles. There was a fireplace there too, and plenty of supplies for cooking a meal including some green chilies from the Santa Fe Farmers Market, which is a must see!
After we soaked in the luxury at Marta and Mark’s exceptional property it was time to explore Santa Fe! Thankfully they made it completely effortless by giving us a great list of sights and restaurants. But as if that wasn’t enough they equipped the house with an iPad – BEARY generous. We ate so much great food and experienced lots of New Mexican culture. And to top it all off Marta even stopped by with some homemade delicious gelato and made us feel right at home.
We simply could not have had a better trip, thanks to Marta and Mark and the enchanting Casa Encanto – the ultimate home base for a trip to Santa Fe.
The VRBO Bear
# 169616 Anchorage, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Skiing minutes away from this great lake and mtn view condo in Summit County
01/06/2011 - My family and I were fortunate enough to spend the holiday season skiing in Summit County, Colorado. What’s more, we were lucky enough to stay at this beautiful condo overlooking Lake Dillon, just minutes away from Key Stone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain ski resorts. In the description, the owner mentioned it was just remodeled. She thought of every little detail to give you all the conveniences of home but added luxurious comfort of a vacation: a nightlight in the second bathroom if you bring kids, steamer in the master shower to warm up tired and sore muscles, and artwork that give the condo personality and warmth you’d never find in a hotel! I was very impressed by the thought and effort the owner put into this condo, providing an enjoyable stay.
The new modern kitchen with cabinet lighting and granite countertops is fully stocked with plenty of spices, cooking oils, condiments, and any kitchen tool you’d ever need for cooking here. Make yourself a great cup of coffee with the coffee maker while you enjoy the fabulous view of Lake Dillon.
The living room furniture was extremely comfortable, perfect for ending the day relaxing with a movie or TV show in front of the fireplace. Record your own program using the DVR! Internet strength was great if you bring a computer.
The beds were very comfortable. We all slept well on the memory foam. There are plenty of extra pillows and blankets if you need more.
My personal favorite was the master bathroom. The shower is large and as mentioned, has its own steamer!
Everything was very clean when we arrived. And the owner was very helpful and responsive during our stay, offering us any help we needed. I hope to return again and would recommend this Lake Dillon condo to any traveler.
The VRBO Bear
# 241029 Copper Springs Lodge, Copper Mountain, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Great Ski-In/Ski-out Copper Mountain Colorado 2-bedroom condo with fireplace!
01/06/2011 - After a snowy ride through the mountains, my traveling companions and I were pleasantly surprised to arrive at this warm, comfortable ski in/ski out condo. We immediately felt at home.
Large windows give you a great view of the Copper Mountain resort. We felt spoiled so close to the mountain. I was really excited!
The family room is fabulously luxurious. Be forewarned, even the most dedicated early morning skiers might want to hang around in the morning. The rustic looking dining table with log-cabin style chairs and cushions make it a perfect spot to linger over coffee or hot chocolate and even catch up on email if you like! What’s more, the instant fire place, HD LCD TV, comfortable couch and chairs make it an inviting spot to return to after a full ski day.
The two bedrooms and two bathrooms are quite spacious. The bedrooms have enough room to fit all your ski gear and move around freely. No one is cramped in here! You can also use the pull out couch in the living room for extra guests. Both bathrooms are also fairly large.
With parking under the condo, you can drive in to the garage and not have to get out in the cold. That’s a little luxury you don’t expect. Get warm and stay warm! The laundry is just down the hall making it convenient to wash or just dry off your wet winter clothes.
This is a fabulous condo for ski season, and definitely convenient to Copper for spring season too! I’d love to stay here for much longer and return again!
The VRBO Bear
# 324951 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Delightful Downtown Austin Condo - Beautifully furnished and walk to everything!
12/18/2010 - I just got back from Austin, where I love to visit. I had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful condo so close to everything downtown. The weather is usually nice, so you’ll be happy to do without the rental car and walk to all the best places to eat and shop.
The home is spacious for a one bedroom in downtown and so much better than a hotel! The kitchen included spices, cooking utensils, pots and pans – with a lovely granite countertop just begging to be used. There’s also a kitchen patio with a barbeque grill and outdoor seating. One of the special things about this unit is its views of the city. You can go out on the upstairs balcony and see up and down 6th street as well as views of the city skyline. At night, the city lights are fabulous.
Even though its location is on a popular street, I was surprised at how little noise I noticed at night. I slept like Goldie Locks in a bed that was ‘just right.’ But best of all was the big onyx shower with rain shower head. Now that was luxury! You’ll love the big master suite.
Thank you to Trey and Brandy for being wonderful hosts – offering tips, supplying restaurant and activity guides, they are really focused on making your stay delightful. I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Austin.
The VRBO Bear
# 301391 Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Great stay at this Waterfront Austin Home on Lake Travis!
11/23/2010 - The home is incredibly gorgeous, with a large, open floor plan and well-considered details from marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances to gorgeous fixtures and lighting. Two large patios spanning the back of the house made the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine in the cool evening air.
As the inner-most property on a short cove, the house has the best of both worlds – a sweeping view of the water as well as a near-private swimming area where the cove ends into a fabulous grotto, isolated from the main lake traffic. November weather is a bit chilly for swimming, but you could imagine floating in the grotto in warmer months, perfect for the young cubs. A rare find on Lake Travis, there was a large flat lawn perfect for running and tossing a ball or Frisbee but also safely surrounded by a beautiful iron fence to keep kids and pets from getting too close to the water.
Sleeping arrangements were easy. Each bedroom has its own bathroom so even 3 couples with kids are able to manage showers. An array of quality, inflatable mattresses and blankets makes tucking the kids away a no-brainer.
In my group, kids and adults were entertained all weekend. Our choices suited all ages ranging from: Wii games and ping pong in a true “man cave,” wide selection of DVDs and satellite TV in the media room, foosball, board games and a closet full of toys and dolls for the little ones!
Last but not least, one of our absolute favorite features was the surround sound in every room of the house. You could turn the music on or off in each room. The kids could nap or watch TV while the adults listened to music.
I highly recommend this house for families, reunions, and other groups looking to relax and reconnect.
The VRBO Bear
# 175004 Seaside, Northern Coast, Oregon, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Panoramic Views of Ocean - Incredible Oceanfront House in Seaside, OR
11/23/2010 - This oceanfront beach house was the perfect retreat for a beary special birthday weekend. Felt like home from our first step through the door. The panoramic views of the ocean were breathtaking – quite picturesque!
The home was fully equipped with everything we could have needed from linens to pots & pans. There was also an outside shower for rinsing off sand from excursions to the beach. With two double car garages, there was ample parking available for our party as well.
You may have heard great grandpa bear tell the story about ‘Goldie Locks and the Three Bears’ and how he liked his bed firm and hard. Well, I must admit this next generation appreciates true comfort. All of the beds at this beach house in Seaside were like sleeping on a cloud – once you layed down, your entire body was supported in complete relaxation. I couldn’t help but close my eyes and say, “This is just right.”
This incredible vacation rental has something for everyone:
• stroll through the dunes to the beach
• make a fire on the sand before sunset to roast marshmallows and sing songs
• relax in a comfy chair reading a good book with the view of the ocean at a glance
• bake a cake in the fully equipped kitchen
• watch a movie and lounge on the couch
• stroll the Seaside Promenade and take in the sites
• visit local art galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops, or
• take a short 7 mile drive to Cannon Beach to shop and take pictures of the incredible Haystack Rock
You won’t want to miss out on this incredible beach house in Seaside, Oregon!
The VRBO Bear
# 202604 Old Town, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Loved my stay in this Gulf Coast, TX Port Aransas house close to beach!
11/10/2010 - This week I traveled with a young family to Port Aransas. I enjoyed a long weekend in this home close to the beach but with an updated and modern feel. The couches in the living room are so comfortable! We found them perfect for relaxing with our morning coffee, evening drinks, and just an afternoon rest with our favorite books. But don’t sit down, or you won’t want to get up!
Stainless steel appliances, great wine glasses, bar seats that face the kitchen, next to elegant table and chairs provide a great setting for good meals with friends and family. The kitchen looks out to a fabulous second story deck with a grill, table and chairs, and plenty of space for family and friends. Kids and dogs will be safe on the deck with a sturdy wrap around railing that’s approximately 4 feet high.
For a great night’s sleep, we found two very comfortable queen beds with lots of pillows and blankets and even LCDs with Dish Satellite TVs to watch movies in bed. The master suite has privacy and its own bathroom, slightly separated from the other two bedrooms but still close enough to hear a child milling about in the night. The kids fit comfortably in the third bedroom with two twin beds, right across from a bathroom.
Labeled “The Tree House”, the living, sleeping, and dining areas are on the second floor. On the ground level, we found a hammock for relaxing outside surrounded by a grassy fenced in area for kids or pets to run around. This vacation rental is fantastic. More friends visited for a day and kept commenting that it is absolutely gorgeous! They were surprised to see such a nicely decorated house that was perfect for entertaining but also kid-friendly so close to the beach and downtown.
We enjoyed dinner and great beer at the Port Aransas Brewery. Try their famous Burgers and sweet potato fries! There are plenty of activities to try as well: Free Tour at the UT Marine Science Center, dolphin tour at Woody’s Sports Center or tour the most famous aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington.
For a perfect relaxing getaway or family vacation, I highly recommend this Port Aransas vacation rental home!
The VRBO Bear
# 9812 Le Jardin, Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
DestinFL Condo at Baytowne Wharf. Nice!
11/08/2010 - This property is very nicely appointed and is perfect for anyone who enjoys the lap of luxury. I had a beary nice time staying in Le Jardin. The home is in the perfect location—in the heart of Baytowne Wharf, just steps outside the door are all the shops, restaurants daily entertainment. The Wharf has all sorts of entertainment going on all day long so you will never be at a loss for things to do here.
This home is a rare find with three master bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, which is perfect for three couples to share. The beds were delightful with luxuriously soft sheets. The double sided fireplace in the third floor master was a nice surprise; you can see it from the master bedroom and the master bathroom.
Overall, I found the home to be well-appointed and upscale but at the same time comfortable enough to kick back and cozy-up on the sofa.
The VRBO Bear
# 277930 Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, VILLA
You'll love the landscaping at this amazing Wailea Luxuury 2bdrm suite in Maui!
10/26/2010 - Even the VRBO Bear family needs a beach vacation once in a while, and there is no better place than on the island of Maui!! And when visiting Maui, the Wailea Beach Villas and Unit Number 210 cannot be beat for location and amenities!
Located on the sunny south west side of the island in the Wailea resort area, the property alone coupled with the Wailea beach adjacent to the property would be enough to keep a happy family busy for a great vacation. The condo was incredibly spacious and very well furnished, with two bedrooms plus a den providing ample space and sleeping room for us and the cubs. The kitchen was immaculate, with top-of-the-line appliances, including double ovens and two refrigerators to keep all of our honey and salmon fresh during our stay. In addition to the indoor kitchen, the outdoor lanai includes a Viking gas grill and table setting for those evening cookouts and dinner while overlooking the impressive family pool area and the Pacific Ocean.
Of course while in Hawaii, a family doesn’t want to spend too much time indoors, and that’s where the immaculate grounds of the Wailea Beach Villas come into play. Everything is so tropical and very well manicured, including many types of flowers, several streams and waterfalls along the resort sidewalks. Even the TWO pools each have a waterfall in them! I have to admit, the first couple of days I ate a little too much honey while relaxing by the pool, but fortunately was able to work off that added weight in the fitness center located right by the ground floor pool.
The WBV beach staff was very helpful as well, setting up complimentary chairs and umbrellas on the best spots on Wailea beach if we wanted; they were happy to help get us situated for a day of playing on the beach.
Mrs. Bear of course needed to get some shopping done, but that was easy since The Shops at Wailea was located right across the street, an easy walk from Unit 210. Several restaurant options are located at the shops as well for those nights when we felt like eating out.
All in all, Unit 210 at the Wailea Beach Villas was a wonderful condo and a tremendous place to spend a Hawaiian vacation!
The VRBO Bear
# 294590 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Rocky Mountain Views from this great Estes Park 2 bedroom Condo!
10/26/2010 - The drive up to Estes Park is one of the best drives in Colorado…and this drive was no different. Walking up the steps to the condo, we could look over our shoulders and see the amazing mountain views and clear blue skies. The view from the deck is magnificent and a perfect place to spend the morning, drinking coffee! The 2 bedrooms were comfortable and were nicely decorated. The bathrooms were fully stocked with plenty of towels. Every amenity was covered, from matches to coffee to plenty of dishware. If I needed something, I could find it! There are menus and tourist recommendations so you can make a choice as to what you want to do. In case you want to check your email, the Wi-fi is really fast and works great! The condo is clean, quiet, comfortable and very accessible.
Making my way through town and up the road to the house, I knew that this condo was perfectly located. The historic Stanley Hotel is less than a 2-minute drive away. The condo is close to Safeway and the Estes Park visitor center. Rocky Mountain National Park is about a 5-minute drive to the entrance, where there are many hiking trails to choose from! The trail I hiked was only 20 minutes from the condo. Drink plenty of water, get rest and enjoy your time here. I will be back!
The VRBO Bear
# 295623 Canyon Lake, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Canyon Lake waterfront property in the Hill Country of Austin Texas!
10/20/2010 - Have you ever been to Canyon Lake? It is a 45 minute drive from Austin and you should really make plans to enjoy the beauty and everything it has to offer for a vacation full of family bear fun.
Situated on the pristine waters of Canyon Lake is a magnificent and unforgettable house: ‘Serenity Cove.’ It is a breathtaking bi-level 3 bedroom and 2.5 bath with panoramic views of the lake from every room. There are over a thousand square feet of balconies with plenty of seating to view the lake and to entertain family and friends.
There are so many activities for the whole family to enjoy, including boating, fishing and tubing the nearby rivers. There are two boat ramps close by to launch your boat or jet ski. The water is a stone's throw from the house, and there is a well maintained walking bridge that takes you down to Canyon Lake for a day of fun. The nights are absolutely beautiful with wonderful sunsets and bright stars to enjoy while sitting in the large Jacuzzi.
The home is located in a secluded area only minutes away from area attractions such as the "horseshoe" on the Guadalupe River, Whitewater Amphitheater, historic Gruene TX, New Braunfels TX, Schlitterbahn, and the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers that are famous for their many festivals and fun family activities.
Each room is well appointed with quite comfortable furnishings throughout. The full gourmet kitchen is large enough for several cooks in the kitchen! You can either enjoy your meal out on the deck or at the beautiful dining room table with enough seating for six. The living room coffee table is full of board games for the whole Bear family to enjoy and play. The large master bedroom is located on the main floor and has a luxurious bathroom with a huge shower. Downstairs on the lowest level are the guest bedrooms that also have TVs, DVD players and video games to keep the cubs occupied. There are plenty of pillows and blankets for the two pull out couches located in the lower living room and bunk guest bedroom.
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# 80154 Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
VRBO stayed 1/2 block from Grand Canal in this great penthouse apt. in Venice
10/14/2010 - If you want to live like a true Venetian, this top floor apartment is for you. Just make sure you don't mind walking up 3 flights of stairs as there is no elevator in this original 17th century building (Hey, but that's part of the experience!) Since I had human friends with me, we really appreciated that there are two separate sleeping areas (one bedroom and one loft) and two separate baths. Everyone said that the mattresses were very comfortable (I slept on the sofa bed, which can be used for extra sleeping space as needed). The baths both contained newer top of the line fixtures, and the kitchen area even includes a dishwasher and washing machine (bet they didn't have those in the 17th Century!). The High Speed WIFI Internet worked like a breeze and it was great to be able to email photos to my bear friends back home (boy were they jealous!)
We REALLY appreciated all the help that Judit the property manager gave us. She gave complete instructions so the water taxi could drop us off close to the property. She met us and walked with us to show us how to get to the property and how everything works. She was fantastic!
Being able to explore Venice from this property was super; the location was very centrally located. The building is about 1/2 a block from Venice's Grand Canal and in about 3 minutes, you can be shopping for fresh fish and vegetables at the Rialto Market. A couple minutes more and you are at the Rialto Bridge. In ten more minutes, you are at San Marco Square - and all along the way, there are the most fabulous shops to explore. There are so many interesting places you can walk to in Venice. Next to the gelato, walking was my favorite pastime! When you plan your trip to Venice, I recommend that you take a serious look at this property.
The VRBO Bear
# 197270 Bass Lake, Yosemite Area, Gold Country & High Sierra, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the great views of Bass Lake from this vacation home in Yosemite area
10/14/2010 - “Brrr!” was my first thought when I walked in. The owner came to our rescue! She was so helpful; she stopped by and showed us how to turn on the electric fireplace and heater. The house warmed up quickly and soon felt like home. I slept like a bear cub in hibernation! The next morning I found games and puzzles and ample room for entertaining.
The view of Bass Lake from the deck was spectacular! There’s nothing like early mornings on Bass Lake! The view of the lake when the sun peeks over the mountains and begins to shine through the trees and causes a morning mist to move across the lake is a sight to behold! It is like a slice of heaven!
Some friends raved about the hamburgers at the Forks Resort Restaurants. They lived up to their reputation – the hamburgers were awesome! While I didn’t take time to visit the Yosemite Valley, I thoroughly enjoyed browsing around Bass Lake and Oakhurst. The neighbors are so friendly!
I had breakfast at Pete’s Place in Oakhurst before heading home. I highly recommend a trip to Bass Lake for a beautiful fall vacation or plan to getaway just about any time of year to enjoy this vacation rental.
The VRBO Bear
# 285427 Boston, Greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 3 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the great vacation rental in Beacon Hill area of Boston, Massachusetts
10/13/2010 - This week I lived among the locals in Boston’s revered Beacon Hill neighborhood. This gorgeous 3 bedroom apartment is located seconds from the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets. This very comfortable home had everything I needed. Three levels up, I marveled at the absence of street noise while enjoying the local flavor. The roof top deck is an ideal spot to enjoy a morning coffee, local pastries and take in the view. The home is artfully decorated. The beds are quite comfortable and the bathroom lovely and spacious with a fabulous shower. The modern kitchen had everything we needed.
My companions needed no car at all. Everything is truly within a few minutes walk. I strolled down streets and soaked up the culture. I chatted with locals, had croissants at a local bakery, shopped "The Hill" and grabbed some groceries at Savenor's Market - a Julia Child favorite. There is a wonderful day spa a few steps from the apartment, Boston Common is a block away, and a variety of great dining choices abound!
This apartment is also very close to any type of public transportation we needed to go out and tour all the many parts of this fantastic historical city. If you do bring a car, a public parking garage is just a block away under Boston Common. Take a tour of the city, walk the neighborhoods, visit the museums, and experience the fabulous history of America's birthplace! Boston is a city for all seasons and this Beacon Hill apartment is a wonderful home away from home.
The VRBO Bear
# 287569 Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 5 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Great vacation property,close to all there is to see in Cape Cod, Massachusetts!
10/13/2010 - Cape Cod Bliss! This cottage was my home base for an exciting Cape Cod adventure. Situated in the quaint town of West Harwich, this lovely home is so centrally located on the Cape that I could literally explore the entire cape in both directions. I felt right at home with exceptional comfort.
This cottage has everything I had hoped for, including two truly fantastic patios to enjoy the outdoor experience. The large side patio on the side of the home looks into the spacious yard, with a family size table and chairs, umbrella and lots of space for a large gathering. There was also great yard to play in and explore. The Front patio is a fully screen-enclosed room and provides a perfect place to enjoy morning coffee, sit down for a good read or just enjoy a glass of wine at day’s end.
Each of the bedrooms is decorated in the traditional Cape Cod style, welcoming dreams of the seashore. The home is quiet, serene and peaceful. I found it well stocked with wonderful books, games, and puzzles as well as local information, including maps and personal recommendations. If you want to prepare your own meals, the kitchen has everything you need.
I was so close to the shore, restaurants and markets, there was no need for a car. There were also excellent trails nearby for walking and biking! The owners even offer a wide selection of bikes for guest use!
This lovely cottage is the perfect choice to spend an entire season on Cape Cod!
The VRBO Bear
# 80397 Mountain Meadows, East Vail, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
Great 3-bedroom townhome with mountain decor in Vail, Colorado!
10/12/2010 - You’ll love the brand-new EVERYTHING in this Vail townhome - this bear and VRBO friends sure did! When the owner renovated, they chose high-end, top quality kitchen appliances (we love the huge fridge!), wood flooring, countertops, tile, furniture, new flat screens TVs, etc. Even the cookware is top of the line.
We found this great Vail townhome to be warm and inviting, with the furnishings of mountain-casual décor. The master suite was resort quality, with premier bedding and an extra-comfortable mattress.
We awoke to the beautiful golden aspens out our window. The townhouse is ideally situated in a quiet area of East Vail, yet conveniently located to freeway (I-70) access. Just across the street is the Vail Racquet Club, where we enjoyed our morning latte at Wendy’s Alpine Coffee Shop. The free Vail transportation is just steps from the Mountain Meadow Townhomes and just a few-minutes ride to the ski lifts. In Vail you’ll find world-class restaurants, entertainment and plenty to do each season of the year.
The VRBO Bear gives a ‘two paws up’ for this property and would recommend this mountain home for your next Vail, Colorado vacation!
# 268686 Barton Heights, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 7 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear had a great stay at this nice Austin, TX home in Barton Heights area!
10/12/2010 - Wow! This was the perfect house for a classy bear like me during my visit to Austin, Texas. From the top floor “yogi” room where I did my “yoga” bear exercises all the way down to the 1st floor, this amazing house was a wonderful place to stay. There was lots of space for my friends to visit together, but plenty of individual retreat space as well so we could have quiet time when we wanted it.
This home was located in a nice residential neighborhood, several blocks from the main road. There were large yards and lots of big trees, but we were still a very short drive from downtown and the airport, so it was easy to get around the fun city of Austin.
Our hostess was wonderful – she left DVDs, CDs and lots of books here for us to enjoy. She has decorated this house with many fun extras – and there’s a fireplace, a hot tub, BBQ grill, huge multi-level deck, and even a jungle gym for the “cubs” to play on in the enclosed back yard. We loved the special touches – towels near the hot tub, a welcome sheet that explained where to find things and how to lock up the house, stained glass, beautiful art pieces, and a hammock. We felt at home and very welcomed.
The kitchen was huge, with many modern conveniences. I loved the way it opened up into the great room (with fireplace) so that the folks cooking or eating in the kitchen could still be part of the conversation with the folks relaxing on the couch. The flat screen TV was in the “other” living room so that visiting and TV watching didn’t have to happen in the same room.
Lots of windows throughout on every side along with skylights made this house very cheery and bright. Everything was clean and shiny. All in all, this lovely home has left me with perfect memories of my recent trip to Austin.
The VRBO Bear
# 238618 Huron, Ohio, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing on the deck of this great vacation home in Huron, Ohio
09/27/2010 - I was trekking along the banks of Lake Erie in northern Ohio when I arrived at this charming home in Huron. I needed a relaxing place to stay while still being close to all the fun and excitement in the area – this place was it!
There’s plenty of room in this house for a bear and his family. Each room is thoughtfully decorated in warm, inviting colors. The bedrooms are comfortable and a perfect spot for relaxation while affording everyone in the group some peace and quiet. The cubs found plenty to do in the finished basement; toys, videos, coloring books, soft couches, space to play games. They had a great time having their own space away from the family.
I had a fantastic time whipping up bear-treats in the updated and beautiful kitchen while the family kicked back in the comfy living room. I think Mama Bear even snuck away, now and again, to take a nap in the cozy sunroom, though she insists she was just reading a book!
When we weren’t spending time enjoying the house, we found plenty to do thanks to the helpful area information that the homeowner provided. Turns out we could visit the beach, ride ferry boats, and even experience the world-famous coasters at Cedar Point amusement park, all a short drive from this great home.
Come visit this delightful home. You’ll be glad you did!
The VRBO Bear
# 280636 Four Corners, Davenport, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Relaxing by the spa in this great Orlando house close to Disney!
09/23/2010 - The Pelican Cove Villa was everything that its VRBO listing promised it would be. I loved the easy access to shopping, restaurants, and local attractions. I could sleep in late each morning and still manage to spend long days at the local parks. There was so much to do and restaurants to enjoy! With all the activity, I could eat all I wanted without storing up too much fat for the winter.
In the evenings, I relaxed with some of my stuffed friends who lived at Pelican Cove Villa. The pool was a nice private retreat to cool off my paws after long days at the local amusement parks. Your cubs will love the well-stocked toy box to entertain them while mom and dad whip up one of their favorite meals.
Everything about this home was designed to make a bear’s vacation stay magical… and it was.
The VRBO Bear
# 300245 Columbia Heights, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Entry to this great 2-bedroom condo in Washington DC close to mall
09/21/2010 - I had so much fun staying at this apartment! Upon arrival we met our gracious host, who showed us the unit and several other features. The fresh flowers in the kitchen and in the entry way of the building were a very nice welcoming touch. Since a member of my party had a conference to attend in another area of town, our host had taken the time to pick up a bus brochure and gave us transportation options. He also suggested several restaurants within walking distance. What a wonderful host!
We loved the apartment in this historic building. One wall even had exposed brick. The large size and layout gave us privacy and quiet when we needed it, but a nice living room with a flat screen TV and iPod player for social time.
I can’t say enough about the kitchen. So many utensils and gadgets, even a gourmet chef could find what was needed. Our host left us several “extras” like tea, coffee, spices and other goodies.
All in all, this was a great place to stay for a classy bear like me. I can highly recommend it for folks that have business in our nation’s capital, or just want to enjoy a vacation and see the city.
The VRBO Bear