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.
# 247506 Boston, Greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME
I had my own top bunk!
09/30/2009 - “Wow,” is all that I can say. If you are a history buff, this is the place for you! Not only were we in the middle of the place that so many amazing Revolutionary War events occurred, but our vacation rental home was in the heart of it all. The owners have taken a compact space and made it a wonderful retreat which allowed us to savor everything around us as well as experience the architecture of the 1700’s. I was “beary” amazed to learn so much in just a few days.
The house dates all the way back to colonial times and has some interesting tales to tell. I learned all about it on the VRBO website. Phew – those family feuds go way back! I’m glad I’m a bear. I learned that the house was once called the Skinny House. Standing four stories tall, the house’s height makes it feel roomy. Each floor is one room and the owners have done an exceptional job in upgrading the home to feel very contemporary while still retaining its history. The original wood floors are polished to shine. The kitchen, bathroom and bedroom amenities are very modern. I even had my own top bunk!! My traveling companions enjoyed the queen bed and slept soundly.
Since the house was actually on the “Freedom Trail,” we could look out the front window and see the famous Copps Hill burial ground. From the front door, we were within walking distance to most of the historical sites and followed the red line through the downtown area. Right up the street was Old North Church, the place where Paul Revere rode through the town. There were restaurants galore and plenty of shopping at the Quincy Market. Riding on the shoulder of my companion I got a great “bear’s eye view.” The convenient location made this vacation home a perfect place to stay while enjoying the history of this great country.
The VRBO Bear
# 138908 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Beautiful Wildlife in Your Own Front Yard
09/25/2009 - The “Whispering Pines Cabin in the Woods” was truly a perfect retreat for a family reunion. Sue, the owner, was a delight to work with- from the first time we spoke to her to after we returned home. The location offers the best of both worlds. It offers solitude, but is close to Estes Park’s wonderful shops, restaurants and “Fun City." During our stay we visited the art fair and walked through the town, taking in all the little shops to get souvenirs.
The moment we arrived, we realized the cabin was bigger than it looked in the photos. After walking in the front door, there’s a large combination dining area/living room, with a huge stone fireplace and hearth. The living room features a flat screen television VHS/DVD player with an assortment of videos and DVDs. Readers enjoyed browsing a nice collection of books. The Wi-Fi connection was great and we used it to research local activities and restaurants. The dining room had a large table that comfortably sat everyone in our group (ten people) for meals and board game evenings. There was a gas fireplace that keeps the place warm and toasty. The cabin’s craftsman style décor and lodge furnishings made the interior feel very cozy and quaint. The kitchen included all the dishes and utensils one needed for cooking and cleaning up. There was even a washer and dryer, which made it convenient for doing a load of our dirty clothes.
The cabin had lots of room to spread out. The bedrooms were comfortable with rustic décor. There was another bedroom called the “Maid’s Room.” It boasted a futon, half bath, and TV/DVD player. The cubs enjoyed watching their shows and videos in the Maid’s Room. However, the claw foot bathtub was a favorite for all. The claw foot bathtub bathroom served three bedrooms. There was another bathroom with tub and shower off the kitchen. There were plenty of towels, soaps, lotions, hair dryers and toiletries for everyone in our group.
We all loved the glassed-in front porch for reading and drinking a cup of coffee. One morning, we had the pleasure of watching a huge bull elk scraping his antlers on a tree in the front yard. The front porch was a great place for relaxing and watching the cubs playing on the swing in the front yard or having fun with a game of horseshoes. Our group enjoyed many games together in the front yard and will treasure the memories. It was a weekend we will always cherish and hope to return to again and again. During our visit, we celebrated two birthdays and we couldn’t have imagined a better place to pass the good times. You will love this cozy and warm “Cabin in the Woods.” I know this Bear had a wonderful time!
The VRBO Bear
# 183993 Private Homes, Silverthorne, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME
Saddle up, move ‘em out ...
09/23/2009 - A 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Denver puts you in the heart of Summit County. If you’re a ski buff, Silverthorne is the place for you since it’s convenient to 3 popular ski resorts. It’s only 10 minutes to Keystone, 15 minutes to Copper Mountain and 25 minutes to Breckenridge.
Tucked into the wooded hills of Silverthorne, this lovely townhome was a delightful retreat. Each of the 4 bedrooms included a large flat screen TV. With many cable programs to choose from, the kids enjoyed their programs in their own room while the adults watched their favorite shows. Best of all, the townhome featured comfy king size beds and private baths. So bring the entire family- there’s room for everyone!
We felt right at home with the well-crafted log furniture such as dining chairs and log hewn beds. Plus, we got a kick out of the leather saddle bar stools at the kitchen counter. Everything is well built and sturdy enough for even Goldilocks and don’t forget to bring Baby Bear. He’ll have his very own crib to sleep in. From hairdryers in every bathroom to plenty of kitchen appliances and cookware, this place has everything for the perfect family mountain getaway.
Come enjoy the Colorado Rockies – you’ll feel like a native in this cozy home away from home.
The VRBO Bear
# 221320 Bainbridge Island, Puget Sound North, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE
Relaxing dockside after a kayak ride
09/04/2009 - “Beary”convenient to Seattle’s Pike Place Market city sights, but a world away from the tourist hustle-and-bustle you’ll discover idyllic Bainbridge Island. To reach Fletcher Bay Landing from Seattle, simply hop on the 35 minute ferry to Bainbridge Island from Pier 52. Enjoy the panoramic city skyline views from the ferry’s open-air top viewing deck as you make your way to the island. Arriving at Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor ferry landing, it’s a scenic five minute drive to Fletcher Bay Landing through fragrant pine tree forests with peek-a-boo views of Puget Sound.
From the moment I stepped through front door, the cottage was breath of fresh air. Through the spacious bay windows, light bathed the living room in warmth and the dining room table featured a glass vase of hand-cut flowers. Thoughtful and personal touches make this vacation rental truly standout. There’s a worldwide map on the wall and guests are invited to pinpoint their hometown with a push pin. To experience the island through a local’s point of view, owners Larry & Sandy provide a custom map highlighting their favorite sights and restaurants. On the coffee table, there’s plenty of area magazines, a book of the island’s history and a big white binder of activity brochures for added inspiration on things to see and do.
The cottage’s interior was designed with comfort-in-mind. Lounging is encouraged on the living room’s brown leather sofa. The master bedroom’s cozy cotton sheets and extra soft blankets are great for snuggling with that someone special. The bathroom features amenities you’d find at luxury boutique hotel- an abundant supply of plush towels, an Aveda shampoo/conditioner dispenser in the shower and organic hand lotion sink side.
Fletcher Bay Landing’s serene sheltered cove location set the mood for relaxation, romance and recreation. A beautifully landscaped stone path led to two separate terraces overlooking the waterfront. It was the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon of reading and sipping a glass of wine by moonlight around the outdoor gas fireplace. The ramp leading down to an on-site private dock was bordered by seasonal blackberry bushes (ripe for the picking). Guests are welcome to use four kayaks and a canoe (free of charge) to explore the island’s coastline with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountain range. During a sunset kayak outing, I spotted brightly colorful starfish, a family of otters swimming out to sea and blue herons soaring above the shore.
You can buy the “bear essentials” for cooking up a homemade dinner at nearby Town & Country Market, a local grocery store that’s well-stocked with a wide variety of wine, produce and organic food. If you prefer to dine out, try Four Swallows, a fine dining seafood bistro. Don’t forget to swing by Blackbird Bakery for lavender caramel tarts and a café latte to start off your morning.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic weekend for two or small family getaway to reconnect with nature, Fletcher Bay Landing is the perfect vacation prescription!
The VRBO Bear
# 156356 Other Telluride Properties, Telluride, Telluride Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The is much better than home!
09/02/2009 - The “Heart of Telluride” is certainly descriptive of this luxury condo located in the middle of Main Street in Telluride. Restaurants, shopping, and the quaint town of Telluride are just steps away from the front door.
Upon arriving, we were surprised at the beauty of our vacation rental. You feel like you just stepped into a “show home”. The attention to detail in the design and decorations was spectacular. From the stone walls, original artwork, and unique lighting, there was much to admire and enjoy. To our surprise, we were also welcomed with a beautiful gift basket.
The bedroom featured a stone wall, fireplace, flat screen TV, and luxurious linens. The curtains provided complete darkness for a very restful night of sleep. We had our choice of either bathroom to use for getting ready in the morning. Both were beautifully decorated with glass tile, richly-colored painted walls, and granite countertops. Included were organic, handmade soaps, shampoo and lotions by a local business in Telluride. The steam shower was certainly enjoyable after a long day of playing in the mountains.
While in Telluride we had plenty to keep us busy. Our hosts provided us with a list of recommended restaurants and activities when we made the reservation. If you are looking for additional advice, the on-site caretaker is always nearby. Telluride is tucked away in the spectacular, towering San Juan Mountains and offers a wide range of activities: hiking, mountain biking, golf, art, shopping, and dining. The gondola, which takes you up the mountain and to Mountain Village, is a short walk from the property. It is free and runs from early morning until midnight.
We would certainly choose this vacation rental again. It was so relaxing and enjoyable!! It’s a great place to stay anytime of year and the hosts ensure you love your stay.
The VRBO Bear
# 197737 Na Hale O Keauhou, Keauhou, Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
Surrounded by gorgeous Hawaiian landscaping
08/27/2009 - Ideally located in the south Kona area of Keauhou, we arrived at our vacation rental within minutes after landing in Kona. Driving into this gated resort, we were welcomed by the beautifully landscaped grounds. The flowers, trees and grass area were very well manicured, a setting you would expect to find at a high-end resort. We loved the nice pool and big hot tub area, as well as the shallow pool for the kids.
This unit is located at the end of the complex, providing quiet and privacy. It’s secluded with both ocean views and a natural preserve area behind the townhome. We enjoyed our morning cup of Kona coffee on the balcony off of our master suite, with a view of the ocean. The covered patio was a great spot for our dinner cookout, with a nice grill and patio furniture.
Our stay at this spacious two story townhouse gave everyone their own room to relax. All three bedrooms (king, king and two singles) had their own flat screen tv and private bathroom. Air conditioning was a big plus for the warmer Hawaiian days. Our ipod sounded great on this impressive sound system. Wireless internet kept us as connected as we wanted to be! And Carol, our host, made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. The comforts of this home made us think about coming back and staying for an extended period of time.
We frequented the snorkeling beach just down the street from the townhouse, where we saw sea turtles each time we snorkeled there! We found this townhouse was the perfect place to come back to after our days of exploring the Big Island of Hawaii.
The VRBO Bear
# 205608 Kihei Beachfront Resort, Central Kihei, Kihei, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Watching the sunset from the lanai
08/27/2009 - This oceanfront villa is one of the premier properties in Maui. It is right on the beach and enjoys some of the best panoramic views on the island. We were immediately captivated with the views of the ocean windsurfers who were 20 feet or higher in the air right behind the house!
This home is a most luxurious and sophisticated property in Kihei - from the hardwood floors to the granite countertops. Top of the line amenities have been included. Right outside your front door there is a beautiful private salt water pool .
You will feel safe and sound with 2 security gates around the property; one for your car - then another when you enter the property.
The owner has provided all the comforts of home and included additional well-appointed touches everywhere. The beds are so comfortable, and of course the Egyptian cotton sheets and lots of pillows on every bed give it that extra special touch. Since the 3 bedrooms each have their own bathroom, traveling with a larger group is possible and very comfortable.
The last night of our trip we were pleased to end the evening with a glorious sunset view from the comfort of the lounge chairs on the back porch!
The VRBO Bear
# 168910 Private Homes, Keystone, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 8 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Your own mountain right in the backyard!
08/21/2009 - This bear never gets tired of the Colorado Mountains! I was overwhelmed at the all the extra special touches this Keystone house offers its guests. The owners of this magnificent house have made every effort to make you feel like you are at home.
There were 4 master bedrooms with the most comfortable king sized beds. Each master bedroom had a private bath- a truly nice feature when adults are traveling together. The owners took extra care in choosing beautiful tile and fixtures for all of the bathrooms. There were additional rooms upstairs for the kids and bunks in the basement, also. With so many beds it was easy for everyone to have their own space and privacy.
The kitchen was packed with top-of-the-line amenities such as a huge stainless steel gas stove and refrigerator. There were two dishwashers, which turned out to be a big help with all the cooking we did! Plus, granite counter tops made after-dinner clean up easy.
This house backed up to a mountainside and when we sat on the porch or relaxed in the hot tub at night, we felt like we were the only ones around. Stargazing was our favorite pastime at night and there were plenty of shooting stars and constellations to see in Keystone. At 9,000 feet, the sky was so much bigger and brighter.
During our stay, we made time to shop at the Silverthorne Outlet Mall and found some amazing deals. The Oulet Mall was only a 7 minute drive from the home.
We thoroughly enjoyed our summer stay in Keystone and plan to go back for some skiing in the winter. The home’s mud room provided plenty of space to hold ski and snowboard gear and the location can’t be beat. It’s only a short drive to 3 major ski areas!
The VRBO Bear
# 204010 Casa del Mar Resort, Los Cabos Corridor, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying views of the Sea of Cortez
08/17/2009 - When I arrived at Casa Del Mar, I couldn’t believe my eyes. You can see straight through from the open-air lobby to the ocean and mountains just beyond the pools. I could hardly wait to explore!
Once I could tear myself away from the incredible view from the spacious balcony at our condo, I headed poolside. My favorite pool was the one built right into the sand. Bear in mind, my fur keeps me pretty warm so I certainly appreciated the ocean breezes that kept me cool while I relaxed in a lounge chair shaded by a colorful umbrella. I have to confess I’m not much of a drinker, but I thoroughly enjoyed my pina colada at the swim-up bar. What a refreshing treat!
The condo also offered some great amenities that I was “beary” excited to take advantage of. I don’t speak much Spanish, but I was able to keep up with all my favorite shows thanks to the TV satellite that broadcast US channels. I loved the iPod docking stations in the bedrooms and I listened to my favorite songs as I got ready for a night on the town.
Cabo San Lucas offers plenty of entertainment for social bears. With all the restaurants and bars along the marina, it was hard to decide where to go each night. We also enjoyed renting jet skis at Medano Beach and snorkeling to Santa Maria Cove. Although I was a bit scared of the waves at first, I decided to grin and bear it and I was truly glad I did. The views from the jet skis and the catamaran for our snorkeling trip were too good to miss!
My trip to Cabo was one of my favorite vacations. I would recommend it to any bear looking to practice his golf swing, test out his snorkel gear or just work on his tan!
The VRBO Bear
# 18977 Pacific Beach, San Diego County, California, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Just a few steps from the water’s edge
07/30/2009 - Greetings from sunny San Diego, California! I was looking for a great place to stay and had a lovely time at Nancy’s Mission Bay condo.
This property couldn’t have been in a better location. It overlooks beautiful Sail Bay and is situated right on the sand—just a few steps from the water’s edge. The views from the large condo windows facing the beautiful Bay were simply amazing! When the slider doors were fully open (up to 8 feet!), I felt like I was right outside on the water. This was especially enjoyable in the evenings after catching the sunset.
There’s so much to do on the Bay and the condo was only a short walk to the ocean! I especially had fun riding around the Bay bike paths with the bicycles Nancy provided. Plus, there were beach chairs, sand toys, a beach umbrella and beach towels for use during my stay. The Bay was perfect for swimming, sun bathing and for play. Who wouldn’t love to relax in front of the fire place, watch multiple flat screen TVs or enjoy the use of the Wi-Fi after a day of fun?
With all the conveniences of home and many added luxuries, I had such a lovely vacation staying in Nancy’s condo. You would be missing out if you didn’t visit Mission Bay, and specifically this condo right off Sail Bay. If this one is already booked, you’ll be sure to enjoy professional, quality service when you stay at one of Nancy’s many other properties!
The VRBO Bear
# 170825 Hali'i Kai, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Hangin’ Loose on the Big Island!
07/17/2009 - Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii!
The fragrance of plumeria drifted across our lanai as I listened to the palm trees rustled by the trade winds. This Bear adventure brought us to the Hali’i Kai neighborhood located in Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast.
The moment we stepped inside this beautiful condo, my Bear family and friends felt the luxurious comforts of our “home away from home”. There were two full bedrooms and bathrooms (plus, extra sleeping on the pull-out sofa). The beds in this home were so comfortable, this bear wanted to sleep in most days! Each room had fans, but the cross winds kept everything at very comfortable temperatures. The kitchen was fully appointed to allow cooking a large meal, a quick snack, or just enjoying early morning coffee out on the lanai. Also, each room featured a flat screen TV for entertainment. However, with so many things to do in this incredible location, we found ourselves enjoying the outdoors most of the day.
The owners provided a closet of beach towels, chairs and coolers. Simply bring your snorkel gear and head north to one of the islands greatest snorkel spots at “Hapuna Beach” for a day of boogie boarding, snorkeling and frolicking in the crystal clear water. My bear family and friends did much sightseeing during our vacation. We snorkeled at several beaches and recommend Kealakekua Bay, kayaking to Cooks Monument and the black sand beaches of Punalu’u. We drove around the Island to Hilo, explored the Volcano Park, walked through the giant lava tube, & hiked a few of the many trails. Enjoy golfing and tennis? There are 3 Waikoloa golf courses and tennis courts located right near Hali’i Kai! Plus, a wide variety of great restaurants and shops were located right in the Hali’i Kai resort area. We ventured out a few nights to sample some authentic Hawaiian cuisine.
This condo combined the true elegance of Hawaiian style and convenience of modern life. It had everything we needed for the “beary” best vacation. There was so much history, culture and adventure nearby and this condo was the perfect place to start from for all we wanted to see!
The VRBO Bear
# 48330 Ekahi Village, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Maui noka‘oi" - Maui is the Best!
07/17/2009 - The living area was very comfortable with the flavor of Hawaiian furnishings, which provided a welcome, relaxing end to action-packed days! The bedroom, (with king bed) also had a private lanai for reading or just relaxing.
The condo was just a few steps from one of the pools within the Wailea Ekahi Village, making an energizing early morning (or a refreshing late afternoon) swim very convenient! Additionally, this property was a quick 5 minute walk right out the front door to “Keawakapu Beach”, one of Maui’s most beautiful beaches. A 3 minute stroll to “Mokapu Beach” or “Ulua Beach” brought us to some of the very best snorkeling spots Maui has to offer. No need to drive to the beach, when the ocean is literally right there! If you want to get in a few rounds of golf, check out the gorgeous courses nearby the village.
About 15 miles from the airport but worlds away from the city, the condo was truly a great location for Maui sightseeing and some “beary” good day trips. While staying in this condo, getting to all of Maui’s wonderful places was a breeze! While I relaxed on the beach, my friends drove up to Lahaina to explore the sights. The historic “Iao Needle” was just 16 miles away. You can drive 44 miles to see the sunrise at Haleakala or enjoy an amazingly beautiful 63 mile drive on the “Road to Hana” highway. For a great stroll along the shoreline, don’t forget to check out the beachside path- just down the beach from the condo!
The VRBO Bear
# 179390 Gold Coast, Near North, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Enjoying the city view at Navy Pier
07/06/2009 - Just off Lake Shore Drive on East Cedar Street, this Bear discovered a sophisticated city den in the heart of Chicago. I was impressed when we stepped inside this 1 bedroom, 1 bath brownstone historical landmark national treasure. The interior featured warm gold colors and rich red walls that combined classical 19th century décor with modern day touches. Why settle for a hotel mini bar fridge when you can have stainless steel kitchen appliances and custom cabinetry? The living room was well-lit by big, beautiful bay windows and provided ample seating with two club chairs and a leather convertible sofa you could sink into after a long day of sightseeing. We watched a movie on the luxury HD flat screen TV in true comfort.
The brownstone’s location offers variety no matter what brings you to the city. Bring your suit and visit Oak Street Beach, only a block away. Comfortable shoes will take you along a pedestrian walkway to Navy Pier, a local tourist attraction, where you will find shops, rides and fun for all ages. Dining nearby is plentiful, from elegant to casual (for Chicago-style deep dish pizza, check out Gino's East Pizzeria). We dined in with family and our bear friends a few times during our visit and we were “beary” glad that Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods were a short distance away for picking up ingredients for brunch.
Extravagant shopping is found only two blocks away along the legendary Magnificent Mile. Shop till you drop but not before enjoying chocolate at Ghirardelli's (try the World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae!). A variety of museums and theaters attract those fond of the arts (the Harry Potter Exhibition is fascinating). City streets host historical churches and parks galore. And if you’re feeling romantic, you can take a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through the city’s moonlit leafy-treed avenues.
To accommodate our bear family and friends, we were able to experience two bedroom apartments #2 (Listing #179390) and #3 (Listing #177026) in this brownstone, each with its own originality and flair. If you’re staying in the city for pleasure or business, look no further than this charming brownstone a few blocks away from the Lake Michigan shoreline and all of Chicago’s best attractions.
The VRBO Bear
# 177026 Gold Coast, Near North, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Beautiful stained glass windows in the living room
07/01/2009 - Our recent bear travels brought us to the lovely Gold Coast neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. We experienced the culture firsthand in this beautiful Victorian Brownstone, amidst a quiet tree-lined picturesque street. What a delight!
This prime location offers an array of activities within close proximity. The famous Magnificent Mile can be found a few blocks away, where you will find every kind of shop imaginable for the seasoned shopper to the shopping browser. Elegant and casual dining can be found within a short scenic walk. Enjoy the historical churches and buildings that align the perfectly manicured Michigan Avenue. Stroll along the paved pedestrian walkway to Navy Pier where you will find shops, rides and fun for all ages at this local tourist attraction. An assortment of elegant and casual dining can be found a few scenic blocks away. Attend a variety of theaters and museums throughout the city, which are easily accessible by public transportation.
The owners were accommodating and hospitable, creating an enjoyable stay from the start. We loved the brownstone’s ideal location and the brownstone’s interior was equally charming. We were impressed with a private entryway and winding staircase leading us up to the third floor apartment. We found it roomy and sophisticated yet it was comfortably equipped with all the necessities of home. The stained glass windows in the living room added to the tasteful décor. Beautiful hardwood and granite flooring throughout, an updated kitchen and an elegant bedroom gave us the Victorian ambiance and antique charm we were hoping to experience!
We were delighted to experience Chicago by staying in this fabulous brownstone apartment nestled in a quaint neighborhood and are sure you will as well!
The VRBO Bear
# 113264 Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying beautiful views at Wailea Beach Villas
06/11/2009 - If you want to be pampered, stay at this beautifully furnished "penthouse villa" at Wailea Beach Villas, located right on Wailea Beach in heart of Wailea. This villa comes equipped with everything a bear needs for serious relaxing!
After a traditional lei greeting when we arrived, the staff took care of getting our bear luggage to our villa and parked the car for us. Speaking of parking, you will love the cool underground parking featuring an elevator that takes you within a few steps of the villa front door.
The fully equipped kitchen is fabulous and has everything a bear might need to whip up a gourmet meal. However, I confess that most evenings we just took a leisurely bear stroll to one of the many fine restaurants nearby. Dining was so convenient; I didn’t have to use the car.
My human friends enjoyed the nearby shopping too. As for me, I spent most of my time soaking in the sun by the pool or on the beach. While snorkeling, I saw four of the biggest sea turtles I've ever seen on the reef area just to the right of the resort. According to the resort staff, during migration season (winter months), whales are visible right from the shore every day!
There are numerous amenities that make this place so convenient. Features included big flat panel TVs, free Wi-Fi, a private lanai with stainless steel BBQ, washer and dryer in the villa as well as cooling A/C and ceiling fans. Plus, the villa was an easy walk to the workout room, pool and hot tub. There's even a pool table in the clubhouse room upstairs.
I could “bearly” get my human friends to start packing when our stay was over. They didn't want to leave, and neither did I!
The VRBO Bear
# 138084 Capistrano Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Soaking up the Sun in Capo Beach!
06/08/2009 - The Blue Eyed Bear Soaks up the Sun!
My most recent vacation adventure brought me to beautiful Capistrano Beach in Southern California’s Orange County. When I stepped out onto the vacation home’s very private beach to soak up the sun, I discovered the delightful sand under my paws.
My human friends cooked up a fabulous dinner in the fully equipped kitchen while I sat out on the upper deck to watch the sunset. As the sun sank into the ocean, my companions built a bonfire on our private beach. We roasted marshmallows and counted the stars under the bright moonlit sky.
There were two large bedrooms on the lower level of this home offering plenty of accommodations for my whole clan (the house sleeps 12!). The garage had surf toys, including games to keep everyone in my party occupied. We played air hockey, foosball and ping pong!
In addition to the two downstairs bedrooms, the upstairs of this beach house featured a large room for relaxing, fixing a snack, playing games, watching TV, or just listening to the sound of the surf only a stones throw away. This room was absolutely fantastic!
Each morning we enjoyed our freshly brewed coffee out on the sand, as we made our plans for the day. There were so many local activities within a short drive - the only question was… what aren’t we going to do?
Ideally located between Dana Point Harbor and beautiful San Clemente, the home was convenient to movie theaters, shopping, and wine tasting. Just 10 minutes north, we visited The Historic Mission and quaint town of San Juan Capistrano where the “famous “ swallows return each year!
If you’re seeking Southern California sunshine, beachfront bliss, and culture, this is the perfect vacation home for you.
The VRBO Bear
# 229319 Honua Kai, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO
A picture perfect view from the lanai.
06/08/2009 - When you come to this beautiful vacation rental located in the newly developed Houna Kai Resort, be sure to pack your swimsuit and be prepared to enjoy the perfect Maui weather. If you are looking for the privacy and comfort of a vacation rental combined with the luxuries of an upscale resort (i.e. cocktail service at the pool), then look no further.
The Honua Kai Resort was ideally located along the shore of Kaanapali Beach. As you can see from my photo, we enjoyed the picture-perfect view of the ocean from the lanai. The location created the ideal environment - not too hot, not too cool, but just right. The folding glass wall feature was just plain cool. First thing in the morning, we'd open the glass wall to enjoy the Maui salt-water breezes inside the rental.
Speaking of the rental - WOW! The owners spared no expense finishing and furnishing their property. The kitchen was fit for a professional chef with high-end Viking appliances. The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were not too soft, not too hard, but offered the perfect level of comfort. To top it off, the bathrooms were incredibly spacious and featured spa-like luxuries.
Although the comforts of the rental made it difficult to leave, we managed to make it out the front door. The pool didn't let us down. There was a large infinity pool with an attached kiddie pool and two hot tubs. The water temp was not too hot, not too... (you know where I'm headed)... but, perfect. If you find yourself getting thirsty, don't fear- every 15 minutes the wait staff comes to take your order, so there's no need to leave the comfort of the pool. If you seek even more pampering, private cabanas are available to rent. Plus, they are building an additional pool that will have a slide and water features for the whole family to enjoy!
The beach was footsteps away from the pool. The kids enjoyed building sand castles and playing in the water. Papa enjoyed burying the kids and mama in the sand. After wearing ourselves out, we washed off in the showers and headed back to the pool and BBQ'd some lunch.
Given the rental's prime location, we took advantage of sightseeing around Maui. Lahania was a convenient 5-10 minute drive down the coast where we took a boat tour, enjoyed shopping and went out to dinner. We also visited the "Baby Beach" which is ideal for toddlers because it has no waves. Mama and Papa managed to slip away from the kids for a day and enjoyed the adventure of zip-lining through the hills of Maui.
We wish we could have enjoyed all the activities Maui had to offer (golfing, surfing, helicopter tours, volcanos, waterfalls, etc.), but we ran out of time. If you stay at this rental, you’re central to everything. Best of all, the gracious hosts ensure you are comfortable and help you plan to get the most out of your Maui vacation.
The VRBO Bear
# 227111 Private Homes, Poipu, South Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Aloha from the sunny south shores of Kauai!
05/29/2009 - This home was uniquely architected by the owner’s father to take full advantage of the incredible ocean views. You can hear the waves crashing upon the shore from every room throughout the home. The open living room features lots of windows and a large seating capacity to comfortably admire the awe-inspiring surroundings.
Whether you’re traveling as a bear family of four or with a larger group, this home features four bedrooms to accommodate eight guests. The three full bathrooms gave everyone in our group privacy they needed in the mornings while getting ready.
If you’re traveling with a gourmet chef bear or simply someone who has a passion for cooking, the fully-equipped kitchen has everything you’d need. The large table and benches made of “monkeypod” wood in the spacious dining area were perfect for entertaining during the evenings we opted to dine in. Plus, the outdoor gas grill was great for cooking up a Hawaiian-style BBQ.
The beauty of this home is evident inside and out. Both the lanai and luxurious hot tub on the deck overlook the blue Pacific Ocean. After an active day of sightseeing, this bear relaxed in the hot tub which had a soothing underwater light show with changing colors. The beautiful landscaped yard lush with tropical flowers featured a refreshing outdoor shower. It was perfect after a long soak in the hot tub or a swim in the ocean.
Did I mention this home is located just a stone’s throw away from the beach? While playing at the beach, VRBO’s bear friends saw sea turtles and dolphins! The home is also in close proximity to fine and casual dining, golf, shopping, snorkeling, etc. Just a block away from the home we discovered “Brenecke’s”, one of our favorite restaurants on the island!
Kauai, the “garden island” is not as touristy as some of the other Hawaiian Islands yet there are so many attractions to see! We enjoyed a train ride around the sugar cane plantation, a bird-eye’s view of the island by helicopter, a round of golf at the Kiahuna Golf Course and an evening luau.
The VRBO bear and his friends loved their stay at Hale Hali'a and hope to make our Hawaii vacation a tradition for years to come!
Aloha and Mahalo,
The VRBO Bear
# 53580 Seagrove Beach West, Seagrove Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
The front entrance was so inviting!
05/14/2009 - A little sea bird told me about this great place! The home is perfectly situated on the beach and within walking distance of the much desired town of Seaside. Upon arrival, it was love at first sight. I entered through the wrought iron gate, framed by a vine covered, lattice arch, which led me to this beautiful Seagrove Beach home. I knew my stay here would be enchanting!
I was eager to explore all the amenities I had read about prior to my arrival - from the exceptionally well-equipped, modern kitchen to the entertainment room with a pool table and jukebox. An eclectic mix of furnishings and personalized décor gave this home a distinctive “at home” feeling. The large, glass dining table was perfectly placed for enjoying the ocean views and the company of family and friends.
Upstairs , the huge master retreat is comparable to none other. Floor-to-ceiling windows from one end of the room to the other frame the breathtaking views of the Gulf. The room is complete with a king-sized, four-poster canopied bed, and a seating area including a couch, chairs and ottomans. There are two master baths and one features a steam shower! Mix up your favorite drink right there in the room at your own mini bar and watch your favorite movie on the ceiling mounted wide screen plasma TV.
The back patio offers an oceanfront, saltwater pool and a hot tub - another ideal location to relax and unwind. To complete the ambiance, an outdoor sound system is wired to listen to your favorite tunes. Grill “the catch of the day” and enjoy your meal under the pergola, while watching a beautiful sunset. If you prefer beach bathing, there are beach chairs and towels available for your use. To cool off, row out in the waves aboard the two person kayak or take a dip in the beautiful, crystal blue water. There are miles of bike paths so make sure and take advantage of the bicycles to explore the area’s scenery and attractions. You'll find many shops and cafes in nearby Seaside.
After spending your vacation in Seagrove Beach, I'll guarantee you’ll leave having a deep connection to this beachfront home and you’ll wish to return time and time again.
The VRBO Bear
# 219993 Downtown, Austin, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 0 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the weather in the private courtyard
05/13/2009 - This vacation rental is ideal for those traveling by themselves or with a spouse. You get the comforts of home in an ideal central location for the same price as a mid-grade hotel! The tasteful, contemporary furniture and finishes provided a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Thanks to the hosts' attention to detail like fresh cut flowers on the table and comfortable bath towels, I settled in nicely and had an enjoyable stay.
Austin is known for its fun, hip atmosphere and this vacation rental is in the heart of it all on historic West 6th Street. Walk down the driveway for a wonderful Southwestern meal and margarita at ‘Z Tejas. For breakfast or lunch, try the hip Portabla Café which is a few blocks away. In fact, CitySearch selected Portabla as the #2 lunch spot in Austin. If eating-in sounds more appealing, stroll down the street to Whole Foods and pick-up some gourmet food to cook in the vacation rental kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with spices and everything else you need to prepare a home cooked meal.
Although this property is a studio by definition, you'll find the term doesn't do it justice. The thoughtful floor plan creates an excellent division of space. The private courtyard featuring a nice patio table and colorful umbrella also adds to the living space.
If you are looking to travel to Austin, TX, don't pass up this rental! You won't find a better value for the price.
The VRBO Bear
# 6989 Lanikai, East Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Another beautiful day on Lanikai Beach
05/13/2009 - When my Bear family and friends chose to stay in “John Walker’s Beach House” located on Lanikai Beach, we couldn’t have picked a better place to spend the week. We were welcomed by our host with a basket of fresh fruit and beautiful flowers.
This house was built in the 1930’s, but had all of the modern conveniences you want when you are on vacation. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed in order to prepare our meals.
The main house included 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bedrooms were good-sized and the beds were wonderful to sleep in after our long days spent on Lanikai Beach. Have a group larger than 6 guests? In addition to the main house, you can also rent a guesthouse and boat house on the property.
Every morning we woke up early to view the beautiful sunrises and walk along the beach. The water was very calm due to the offshore reef, making it the perfect beach for families with children. During low tide, we enjoyed snorkeling as well as beachcombing for beach glass and shells. Plus, we had a great time going kayaking in the bay and even paddled out to the nearby Mokulua Islands.
Kailua Town was a 5 minute drive from Lanikai which made it convenient for grocery, clothes and souvenir shopping. If you don’t feel like cooking, Kailua offered a variety of restaurants including Mexican food, Chinese food, pizza, burgers and more. If you’re seeking even more shopping, eating and sightseeing opportunities, Honolulu is only a 30 minute drive. However, it’s hard to tear yourself away from beautiful Lanikai Beach!
If you are looking for a great beach getaway, this Bear says to look no further. “John Walker’s Beach House” is the perfect place to stay!
The VRBO Bear
# 22603 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying Snowed Inn Estes with my bear-y good friend
04/27/2009 - Snowed Inn Estes was a great place to stay! While we were still unpacking the car, we were treated to the sight of a dozen elk coming down the hill behind the cabin. When we went inside, we were immediately impressed with the lovely rooms, each with those extra little decorating touches that added warmth and beauty to make us feel very much at home. It was very apparent that the owners love this home and want their guests to enjoy it as much as they do.
The kitchen was fully equipped with excellent cookware as well as many spices and condiments. All of the beds were extremely comfortable, ensuring a good night’s sleep. The open floor plan perfectly accommodated the dining and entertainment needs of our large group. Weather permitting, we recommend starting your day eating breakfast outside on the front porch.
The guest house offered the perfect solution for additional space if you’re traveling with a larger group. The guest house featured charming décor, a queen bed and a luxurious jetted tub! Again, the owners have truly gone out of their way to make this a special place.
Snowed Inn Estes is convenient to Rocky Mountain National Park and a variety of activities including hiking, biking, rafting, and more. It’s an ideal location to seek peace and quiet in the outdoors, but it’s also nearby to downtown Estes Park with its many shops, excellent restaurants, library, and movie theater. Remember to buy some salt water taffy at The Taffy Shop!
This comfortable, inviting home had everything we needed in a vacation home and more. Try Snowed Inn Estes for an outstanding mountain getaway destination.
The VRBO Bear
# 64767 Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Shasta Cascade, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying a book and a cup of coffee on the back deck
04/27/2009 - We knew we had chosen the perfect place for our long weekend getaway the moment we first saw The Castle in Lake Head, California. Walking through the door, our first impression was the attention to detail. The Castle was beautifully decorated as one would expect a castle would be. The home masterfully balanced new modern conveniences with beautiful old world antiques. Marc, the owner was a very gracious host and ensured everything was perfect for our arrival. Plus, he made himself available for any questions or concerns during our stay.
Upon our arrival, we enjoyed exploring The Castle. The property featured little areas tucked away within the structure that provided something new to look at and discover around every corner. After exploring the whole house, I chose the master bedroom as my favorite out of the five bedrooms. The decision was hard since four of the five bedrooms have wall mounted flat screen TVs! The master bedroom featured a king sized bed, comfy mattress and little window seat that overlooked the valley. It was the ideal place for me to sit and read my favorite novel. The master bedroom also included a large soaking tub with a variety of bubble baths, bath salts and soaps to pamper myself.
The kitchen was a cook’s dream with granite countertops, a double oven, large refrigerator, dishwasher, and lots of pots and pans for whipping up the perfect meal. The kitchen even featured a wall mounted TV to listen to while we cooked.
While staying at The Castle, there were a variety of activities to keep us busy. Inside the house, we had fun playing ping pong, Foosball, card games and more. We spent a lazy morning sunning ourselves on deck chairs from the home’s large deck featuring scenic Shasta Lake views. Most afternoons, we headed down the hill to Shasta Lake for swimming and fishing. If you have a boat, there’s nearby places to dock and launch it close by The Castle. Additionally, Shasta Lake National Park provided opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and hunting.
In addition to many outdoor activities, the city of Redding was only a short drive away. In Redding, we visited many of the local attractions including the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Shasta Dam and local gardens. We shopped and enjoyed a wide variety of restaurants. After a long day in Redding, we enjoyed returning to The Castle and soaking our tired paws in the hot tub as we watched the sunset.
Overall, The Castle was a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s the perfect place to relax and make lasting memories for any family large or small.
The VRBO Bear
# 2513 Cayucos, Central Coast, California, USA, 8 BR, 6 BA, CHATEAU_/_COUNTRY_HOUSE
Enjoying the view at the Cottontail Creek Ranch
04/24/2009 - When my bear family and I arrived at the Cottontail Creek Ranch, we instantly felt at home!
This luxury ranch retreat is nestled among some of California’s most breathtaking rolling hills. The location beckons you to enjoy the outdoors and everything the Central Coast has to offer. Whether you like to hike, fish, horseback ride, surf, or just simply hang out and enjoy some of the most awe inspiring views this home has to offer, this is the place for you!
Our gracious hosts, Roger and Susan, made our arrival special in so many ways. From the beautiful fresh cut flowers in every bedroom to the delicious fresh fruit picked right from the ranch orchards to the awesome homemade cookies, no detail was overlooked. They took us on a tour of their 850 acre working ranch and we marveled at the incredible view overlooking the Estero Bay. The fresh air carried the fabulous scent of their orange orchards and flowers blossoming throughout the property. Plus, we were free to eat anything that was ripe and ready for picking on the grounds. We enjoyed lemons, oranges, avocados and fresh herbs. It was simply amazing! The fabulous surroundings, wide open spaces and views truly recharged our spirits.
The home itself rivaled the ranch’s outside surroundings. From the historical Monterey pine floors to the custom woodwork, this home really showcased the owners’ personality and artistic flair. Susan’s whimsical artwork and Roger’s intricate woodwork throughout the home exuded warmth. They truly put their hearts and hands into making sure that we felt right at home.
Cottontail Creek Ranch featured 5 luxurious bedrooms, each with their own personal baths. Everyone had their own personal space to retreat to and relax. The home’s floor plan was perfect for togetherness and included great family gathering spots like a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, spacious dining room as well as the large living room with its massive rock fireplace. Every room had an incredible view to enjoy. We spent evenings around the great fire pit or soaking in the steaming spa reminiscing about the day’s adventures. It was the perfect home for a reunion or celebration!
If you must venture away from this private paradise, Cottontail Creek Ranch is in close proximity to the vineyards of Paso Robles, fabulous seafood in Morro Bay, and the quaint coastal town of Cayucos. It’s also a convenient home base to launch an excursion up the coast to visit Hearst Castle or explore the craggy coast of Big Sur. We have not stopped talking about our visit to the California Central Coast and the Cottontail Creek Ranch.
Thanks Roger and Susan for a great stay!
The VRBO Bear
# 170618 Hacienda de Mita, Punta de Mita (Punta Mita), Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, CONDO
Stunning beachfront condo in beautiful Punta Mita
04/16/2009 - My bear family & I stayed at this stunning beachfront condo for a week in March.
From start to finish, everything was first class. This third floor luxury condo was ‘beary’ spacious, beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and totally equipped. The main living area had a breezy, open floor plan which included a gourmet kitchen, family room and dining area. The largest wall was made up of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that opened out onto an expansive deck. From the deck, the view of the beach and ocean was spectacular. The interior surroundings and oceanfront scenery were the perfect setting for relaxation. This bear family slept very comfortably in the large and stylishly furnished bedrooms which featured marble bathrooms.
The condo building was located in a private setting inside of the gates of the exclusive Punta Mita Resort. We stayed here in Four Seasons’ style for a fraction of the cost and had direct access to a beautiful beach. The location was so ideal that we reached the beach and private pools within 60 seconds of leaving the front door.
Punta Mita was the perfect place for a family vacation and the condo’s convenient location makes the most of everything that the neighborhood has to offer. The town of Punta Mita and a variety of excellent restaurants were less than a 5 minute walk away. We enjoyed relaxed, local dining at a string of superb restaurants on the beach in the town of Punta Mita. Our favorite places to eat included Sufi and Café des Artistes.
Owner Kim Henrie was super helpful and friendly. He made us feel very welcome at this outstanding property and offered great advice on the best places to visit during our vacation. As part of our stay, we had access to a full concierge service that helped us organize terrific excursions including horseback riding, snorkeling and whale watching. It was very exciting to see a couple of humpback whales close up from our boat! Our condo stay also included residence club membership privileges and we indulged in a range of sensibly priced, relaxing spa services, all in a comfortable and private beach setting.
The climate here was unbeatable. The weather in March was absolutely perfect with blue sunny skies and highs in the 80’s everyday. We had a fantastic time and hope to return again soon!
The VRBO Bear
# 23541 Paris Arrondissement 7, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
Enjoying a quiet morning in the garden patio!
04/14/2009 - It was a pleasure returning to London, one of my 'beary' favorite cities in the world. This lovely apartment is close to all of central London but provided an exceptionally quiet place to decompress on our journey back from India. A short Tube ride took us to Harrods and the shops of Knightsbridge, one of the city's premier shopping districts. We also spent a interesting evening at the Tower of London to experience the Ceremony of the Keys. Each night, as has happened every night for over 700 years, there is a ceremony as they officially lock up the Tower. It's well worth arranging the free tickets online.
Madelyn and Phillipe, the owners are very gracious hosts and in addition to being available to answer our questions about the apartment and the city, they have a very wide selection of London and UK guide books for guests to use. As mentioned before, the apartment is on a quiet street in a beautifully restored neighborhood originally built as homes for Queen Victoria's staff. Each home on the block has a colorful garden in front and this apartment also has a beautiful, tranquil garden patio directly behind. It is a great place to spend a summer morning having a cup of coffee and reading the Times of London or the latest Jeffrey Archer novel.
I particularly liked the art in the apartment. There are several original paintings, including one of the exterior of the home, as well as a stone bas-relief of an ancient chariot and team of horses. Another similar piece can be found high on the wall in the garden patio. I also loved the marble fireplace mantel in the living room. In a word, this apartment is elegant and very well-appointed.
If your travel plans call for time in London, this apartment will provide a most memorable stay in the heart of everything you'll want to do.
The VRBO Bear
# 161641 Flagstaff, Canyon Country & Northeast, Arizona, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Had snow much fun in Flagstaff!
04/06/2009 - A family gathering brought me to beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona for a stay at the spectacular Timberloft which was nestled among the Ponderosa Pines.
We entered this tri-level “lodge style” home on the main level featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. I immediately noticed the warm elegance and attention to detail starting with the large open kitchen, the dining area (table set for 10 plus bar dining area!), wide roomy living area and the inviting natural stone fireplace.
The main level featured three bedrooms complete with three full bathrooms. The master suite was exceptionally luxurious with a Jacuzzi tub and flat screen tv! The loft area included additional sleeping areas and the lower level of this home had another full bedroom, with its own bathroom and private patio. There was plenty of room for everyone in our group! For family entertainment, the spacious upper level loft area featured a cozy fireplace, game room with card table, billiards and an authentic pinball machine.
No detail was forgotten in this spacious home. There are several flat screen TVs and WiFi coverage throughout the entire home. After spending the morning on the golf course and an afternoon of fun and games, my human companions cooked up a delicious gourmet dinner in the well-equipped kitchen. Later, we enjoyed a soak in the Jacuzzi with mugs of hot cocoa and watched the tree tops sparkle in the night as the snow drifted down onto the pines.
The Timberloft’s sublime location was private and quiet, yet close to many of the area’s most popular attractions. Flagstaff is on Historic Route 66 and just a few minutes to the campus of NAU and skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl. Plus, the Grand Canyon, Winslow, Sedona, Williams, or Prescott are a short day trip away! This is a perfect year-round destination for hiking, biking, horseback riding and exploration.
Whether you are looking for a cozy hibernation with your own bear clan, a romantic getaway, or sightseeing adventures, the Timberloft lodge is a first class home away from home!
The VRBO Bear
# 223439 Telemark, Winter Park, Winter Park Area, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME
An amazing kitchen with everything you need
04/02/2009 - Nestled in the pines of Winter Park, Colorado our family was in bear heaven in this luxurious, yet comfortable townhome. The friendly management team gave us a warm welcome for our long weekend getaway! Upon our arrival, we found a thoughtful gift basket awaiting us.
All five levels of the townhome were accessorized with charming décor and we discovered attention to detail in every room. Being an end unit, the countless windows offered us majestic views of the beautiful pine trees and mountain peaks. It was the perfect amount of privacy and scenery!
After a busy day of adventure, unloading and loading the car was a bearable chore with the convenience of having our own private garage that led right into the townhome. The main living room was warm and inviting with a gas fireplace, HDTV and comfy furniture to lounge around in. Featuring upgraded appliances, the classy kitchen was amazing and was equipped with every cooking apparatus imaginable! Plus, the open floor plan made for easy conversation with the cook.
The roomy bedrooms were separated on each of the three main levels, each with its own full bathroom. Off the main level, the second bedroom was perfect for toddler bear who loved sleeping in the trundle bed. The upper level featured a second living room loft with a third bedroom. The older bear cubs retreated to this cozy nook to watch movies on the big screen. The lower level master bedroom included a walkout patio with a Jacuzzi that overlooked Telemark Pond. The ambiance of the light snow and fog off the pond took our breath away!
Winter Park is truly a winter wonderland. The townhome is on the free shuttle service route to the ski resort and only a few miles away if you want to drive or walk. Gather around the fire pit with a cup of hot cocoa after ice skating in the town square or shop the boutiques after dining out in one of the town’s unique restaurants. Our family discovered a tubing hill located minutes away from the townhome. We had hours of fun playing in the snow before returning to our weekend retreat to eat and relax. Locals told us Winter Park is full of spring wildlife sightings as well as summertime activities; we can hardly wait to return to experience another season of fun!
The VRBO Bear
# 83158 Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 10 BR, 11 BA, CASTLE
Relaxing in the lap of luxury
03/31/2009 - As soon as my bear family and I arrived at the “Las Vegas Mini-Castle,” we instantly knew we could look forward to a weekend of being treated like royalty. This home was an entertainer’s dream! With 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, it truly lived up to the “Castle” name.
Throughout the castle’s spacious 8,750 square foot floor plan, we discovered beautiful architectural & decorating details in every room. It was breath-taking, from the majestic stonework arches to the custom marble flooring to the grand piano. This home featured high end finishes throughout, including marble tile, glistening hardwood floors, granite countertops, jacuzzi tubs, beautiful cabinetry and more. As we stepped into each room, we walked through pure luxury.
On the Castle’s second floor, the game room boasted a fantastic pool table, wet bar, TV, stereo, gaming tables and even slot machines! Adjoining the game room was a fabulous patio, featuring a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip. However, the most enjoyable feature was the outside entertainment area where my bear family & I played each day until the sun went down. It featured a state-of-the art barbeque, granite counter top bar and outdoor kitchen area that were phenomenal! My personal favorite was the wonderfully refreshing pool with a cascading waterfall and Jacuzzi. Off the pool area, there was a fully-equipped guest house, with two additional bedrooms and one bathroom. It’s perfect for guests that prefer even more privacy.
The home’s location was very convenient and close by the Las Vegas Strip and the Las Vegas airport. Situated within a gated community that is made up of four mini castles, the Castle also prides itself on being extremely private and secure. If you are looking to entertain a large group of friends/family or plan a business getaway, then look no further! I highly recommend a stay at any one of the Las Vegas mini-castles. They are top notch accommodations with no detail overlooked.
The VRBO Bear
# 88237 The Porches, Steamboat Springs, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, TOWNHOME
I love Steamboat!
03/05/2009 - My bear family had a wonderful stay at this beautiful property. Before we even arrived, we were welcomed to The Porches by the superb staff and concierge service. They were willing to help us plan any of our activities prior to arrival and even grocery shop for us if we needed it. When we arrived, we learned about the property’s plentiful amenities and services. There was a complimentary shuttle service that could take us anywhere within the city, complimentary coffee available in the “Barn” anytime we wanted, a paper delivered directly to our doorstep every morning, and the satisfaction of knowing that if we needed anything we could call the concierge. Additionally, the property complex featured a heated pool, steam room, exercise room and game room that we could use day and night.
We were pleasantly surprised when we walked into this magnificent townhouse to discover that preparations had been made in anticipation of our arrival. There was a nice toasty fire in the fireplace and lights were on. The amazing décor featured beautiful art on the walls, a nice mountain theme throughout the whole house, and candles placed all around the house for added warmth. We quickly checked out the rest of the house to find a beautiful kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite countertops, and a nice dining area to eat our home cooked meals. Downstairs, we were pleased to find a family room with a pool table, poker table, wet bar, large flat screen tv, and another sitting area in front of a roaring fire. The little bear cubs especially liked the bunk bedroom that was all their own for the weekend. Their Mom and Dad liked the master bedroom with yet another fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a jetted tub, big glass shower, and heated floors. Whether you are staying at The Porches with a small or large group, they offer a variety of units to accommodate any guest size.
They say there is some of the best skiing in Steamboat. So whether you are coming to ski, shop, or just enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains you will not be disappointed when staying at The Porches. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.
The VRBO Bear
# 167480 Estes Park, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN
Just rockin’ in the Rockies!
03/03/2009 - Upon my arrival to this gorgeous Estes mountain log home, I was stunned by its beauty. There were many trees surrounding the home and a handy stone walkway to the stairs which led to the front door. I made my way inside to find that the interior was just as wonderful as the exterior! I was greeted by a hanging antler chandelier in the dining room and an enormous moose head looking right at me from above the fireplace in the living room. The hardwood floors and vaulted wood ceilings were simply spectacular.
Everything I needed was conveniently on the main floor: the spacious kitchen, dining room, living room with fireplace and TV (complete with cable and a surround sound system), bedrooms, bathroom and even a hot tub! The loft on the upper level had a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains and I enjoyed waking up to the scenic views each and every morning.
Of course, you can’t go to Estes Park without doing a little souvenir shopping. This home was perfectly situated 5-10 minutes from the excitement of downtown.
Being the busy bear that I am, I needed to work while on vacation but it was no problem at all since the home had free wireless high speed Internet. After I got my work done, I relaxed by dipping my furry feet into the hot tub.
This was one weekend away I’ll never forget and I hope to make it back up the mountain again soon!
The VRBO Bear
# 198461 Capistrano Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Relaxing and enjoying a fabulous California sunset right on the patio
02/16/2009 - Just yards from the ocean, this beachfront vacation gem is perfect for the beach lover! For a wonderful taste of California coastal living, this home is it! After relaxing indoors, it was fantastic to step right from the patio onto the sand to enjoy 180-degree views of the beach and ocean from either of two patios. The large patio just steps from the sand was amazing and a great place to take in a fabulous sunset, have a great barbeque, or just relax to the sounds of the surf.
The large and well-appointed rooms will make for a comfortable stay for large and/or several families. From the great flat screen TV’s in every room to the game room fully loaded with games for every age...how wonderful it was to leave home and feel like you were at home when you arrived! Beautifully decorated with a beach theme and designed with comfort in mind, there’s no better place to spend a few days or longer!
Capistrano Beach is a very well-kept secret in Southern California. The ideal location for taking long walks on the beach, surfing, sunning or just relaxing, this home is sure to please. We'll be talking about this trip for many years!
The VRBO Bear
# 111554 Beaver Creek Landing, Beaver Creek, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Waiting for the shuttle to Beaver Creek Village right outside the condo.
01/30/2009 - When I arrived at the Beaver Creek Resort on a Friday evening with my 2 human companions, I could “bearly” believe my eyes. Not only was the location and complex far more than I had hoped for, but the condo itself was perfect!
From the hardwood floors to the hangers in the closets to the beautiful marble tiling, there was no expense spared in this condo. Every detail was top-of-the-line. I especially enjoyed the soaking tub in the master bathroom! This was one of the coziest “caves” I have ever stayed in.
This specific condo had the best location in the complex. We sat in front of the roaring fire and watched the skiers get on the lift right outside the living room window. Plus, the fantastic fitness room, pool and spa amenities were conveniently located across the hall from the front door.
The Beaver Creek Landing was more than accommodating. The lobby featured a fireside game room complete with pool table, foosball table, and chess set in front of a warm fireplace. We used their shuttle service to get to Beaver Creek Village and back home safely after a day of skiing and activities. This condo is the perfect place to stay if you want to play in the snow all day and be entertained in the evening!
The VRBO Bear
# 45763 Private Homes, Cascade Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, CHATEAU_/_COUNTRY_HOUSE
The AMAZING View From the Livingroom
01/21/2009 - This beautiful, recently remodeled Vail mountain vacation house was truly immaculate and one-of-a-kind.
The house was absolutely breathtaking and the living room’s large picture windows offered views like you’ve never seen before. From the hardwood floors to the kitchen to the bedrooms to the bathrooms, every feature of this modern home was impressive. The home was so spacious and private yet it still felt cozy and at home.
Whether you’re visiting Vail in the summer or winter months, you need to explore all that the little quaint town has to offer. The house is conveniently located on Vail Mountain in Cascade Village so you can catch a few runs before returning for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day skiing without all the hustle and bustle with skiing crowds.
If you're looking for a relaxing or fun-filled getaway, you will enjoy everything this wonderful house has to offer you and your guests.
The VRBO Bear
# 10889 Private Homes, North Forest Beach, Island Areas, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying a Lovely Evening & a Beautiful View on Hilton Head Island
01/21/2009 - Upon arrival at this luxury, beachfront home, I had no idea what was in store for me. The bright, airy ambiance lifted my spirits “beary” high and I couldn't keep my eyes off the sweeping ocean views from nearly every room in the house. In this day and age, many seek a place where they can find comfort & serenity, somewhere they can escape from it all and most importantly, somewhere to spend quality time with friends and family. While staying in this beautiful house, I was able to find all of this and more.
Three of the six lovely bedrooms had private verandas where you could sit and watch the dolphins at play or take in a sunset or two. The two-story, open living area was an enjoyable place to interact, relax and enjoy the large dining area which seated up to 10. The main floor master suite had French doors, which opened to the deck, pool and never-ending ocean views. The jetted tub in the bath had shutters, which opened into the bedroom, allowing you to enjoy the views while taking a relaxing bubble bath.
If you enjoy a good, home cooked meal, I found the kitchen very well- equipped with appliances. Plus, there was a lovely, wood patio table in the back, with plenty of additional seating on the large deck to enjoy a juicy steak or seafood on the grill… my favorite! During a hot summer day, the kids can play in the private, heated pool, while the adults lounge in one of several Adirondack chairs. The owner even provides several beach toys and towels for use during your stay.
Rain or shine, the Yellowdog ByThe Sea home had a variety of nearby activities for the young and the young-at-heart to choose from. A walk down to the seashore to dip my "bear" feet in the water turned into a quest to find sand dollars peeking though the surface. Friendly, local people showed me the easiest way to find these beautiful treasures. A five minute walk north along the coast brought me to a small village atmosphere, boasting several fine and casual restaurants, gift and ice cream shops, and even a theater! A stroller for the little ones was available to make the beach walking a little easier and there were flashlights for adventurers who preferred to beach comb by moonlight.
Oh, how I wished to linger and relax for just a few more days. To stretch out by the pool, enjoying a glass of sweet tea and savoring every moment of my vacation experience in the south!
The VRBO Bear
# 113343 Sea Point Lodge, St. Simons Island, Coastal, Georgia, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the Relaxing Ocean Breezes
01/16/2009 - It was a treat to call this very comfortable and spacious St. Simons Island condo my home for a few days. Everything about this accommodation was top notch. From the furnishings to the beautiful limestone flooring to the quality linens on the beds, the condo was immaculate! The open floor plan was spacious and the soothing blue and gold tones in the eclectic décor made us feel right at home.
While staying at this condo, make sure you take the time to appreciate a beautiful sunrise or sunset. We indulged in the warm ocean breezes off one of the two balconies facing the ocean. Plus, it was so nice to jump into a plush bed and sleep through the night like a baby after a long day of island sightseeing.
If you are a history buff, you will want to spend several days visiting the museums and landmarks on St. Simons Island. A few blocks away from the condo, we rented bikes. The paths throughout the island made it easy to ride or walk to the nearby village which offered a nice variety of restaurants and shops. I highly recommend the Georgia Sea Grill, a great place for a delicious, romantic dinner. The beaches can stretch out for hundreds of yards at low tide, making it ideal for taking a leisurely walk or bike ride. If you are one who likes to take a dip in the ocean or have kids, you can walk out several hundred feet and the water never gets higher than your waist!
The VRBO Bear
# 109441 Mildred, Richland Chambers Lake, Prairies & Lakes, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
VRBO Bear enjoying the beautiful cove on the private wooded lot.
12/22/2008 - Located on a private wooded lot in a beautiful cove of Richland Chambers Lake, this home offered the perfect den-like setting. We didn’t have any problems getting there because the owner sent us a detailed map and easy-to-follow directions, along with tons of local information on anything and everything there was do in the local area (from where we could purchase bait to a recommended walking/jogging route). The young bears were particularly excited about roasting marshmallows, so the information provided about campfires was greatly appreciated.
The home itself was perfect for a large bear clan of family & friends traveling together. The living area, kitchen and dining area were large enough for the entire group to enjoy at the same time. The bedrooms were roomy and the comfy beds were outfitted with luxurious linens. All in all, the house was extremely comfortable for small and big bears alike.
The amenities made this home standout from other vacation rentals I’ve stayed at. Believe me- I’ve stayed in a lot of homes! It was the BEST-equipped home because the owners have thought of everything- from toys to a rolling white board for playing Pictionary to a little picnic table for toddlers. The kitchen was perfect for hungry bears and even featured two coffee pots (one for regular and one for decaf). Bears naturally have a lot of energy, so some of us can’t handle all the caffeine!
From sunrise to sunset, our group enjoyed playing football in the yard, kayaking, paddle boating, fishing on the lake and building campfires. When we weren’t outside, we were able to relax in the spacious home and take advantage of the indoor amenities including the ping pong table, video game console, and extensive movie library. It was truly a great weekend getaway, perfect for any big bear gathering!
The VRBO Bear
# 193433 International Drive Area (Disney - SeaWorld), Southwest, Orlando, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
VRBO Bear enjoying the tranquil porch
12/04/2008 - I recently stayed in the luxurious Water’s Edge condo during a business trip to the Orlando area. The Vista Cay condo was perfectly equipped and the location couldn’t have been more convenient. It was just a quick drive to the convention center, great restaurants, and Orlando area theme parks (SeaWorld was my favorite).
The home itself was nice, new and impeccably clean. I especially enjoyed the tranquil back porch overlooking the lake. I slept soundly on the comfy king bed in the master suite and enjoyed the roomy master bath. The living area provided plenty of space and comfort to rest my furry paws after a hard day’s work. Plus, the kitchen was spacious and well-equipped.
Overall, my stay couldn’t have been better. The host was very accommodating and I appreciated the welcome phone call upon arrival. I’d definitely recommend this home for families, couples, or business travelers. You’ll appreciate all of the “bear necessities” offered in the condo and the location can’t be beat.
The VRBO Bear
# 48329 Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Area, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 6 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Vacation at Mt. Crested Butte, CO
11/05/2008 - You will absolutely love this mountain lodge! My family and a small group of their teenage friends descended upon this house and did not want to leave. I am lucky bear to have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Everything you could possibly need for a luxurious stay in gorgeous Crested Butte, Colorado was included. Cooking for our family clan was a breeze with the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The beautiful log dining table was big enough for everyone to enjoy a family dinner. I did not need anything at all. The owners thought of everything, including containers to hold leftovers after dinner.
Plus, the owners of this lodge spared no expense at making their guests feel right at home. The large great room layout nicely accommodated our group needs. The pool table was used all weekend, while the cozy couches were great for resting. A large coffee table was perfect for putting together a puzzle. The view outside the windows was amazing –I could imagine watching skiers from my comfy seat on the couch during the ski season!
Each of the bedrooms had creative lodge theme decorations. The beds were so comfortable that it made hibernating each night easy. On the main floor, one of the bathrooms included a Jacuzzi tub, while another one featured a double shower. Upstairs, there were three more bedrooms and more bathrooms! The teenage boys were very excited about the downstairs apartment and really made it their own. The house was perfectly set up for the whole group.
If you are dreaming of a peaceful and relaxing hideaway, you have found the vacation home you are looking for! It was my kind of place and I hope to go back again very soon.
The VRBO Bear
# 117045 Other Scottsdale Properties, Scottsdale, Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Loving the Beautiful Arizona Desert View!
10/28/2008 - Come experience the sheer beauty of the Arizona Desert in this unbelievable hillside home. As I entered the main gate into the Fire Rock community, I knew I was in for a treat. This incredible hillside community is full of gorgeous, custom homes that ooze luxury and relaxation.
I was astounded by the amount of intricate tile and stone work in this home. Everywhere you look, the floors and walls were adorned with travertine and marble. Attention has been paid to each and every detail. From top to bottom, this home has state of the art appliances, furnishings and fixtures. The interior design of this home was also equally impressive. The paint colors uniquely reflected the spirit of the Southwest and the art pieces accenting the furniture were truly elegant. The bedding, linens and window coverings were top of the line, making this home the perfect place for rest and relaxation! The kitchen and dining areas (both indoor and out) were fully equipped for entertaining and the big picture windows offered the best views in town!
Inside and out, this home was dressed to impress. Featuring plenty of comfortable outdoor seating, a fireplace and sparkling pool/hot tub, the backyard deck was the best place to hang out with family and friends. The deck also included a unique, outdoor misting system which comes in handy during Arizona’s hot summers.
The location of this home offers easy freeway access to the main Phoenix area. Plus, nearby shopping will also add convenience to your trip. If you are looking for a private, quiet, luxurious getaway, then this Scottsdale area home is just the place for you. I absolutely loved my time in this magnificent home, so I know you will too!
The VRBO Bear
# 211 Lodge at Lake Dillon, Dillon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
10/28/2008 - I cleverly planned my getaway to Dillon, CO when the fall colors were at their peak because I couldn’t miss another autumn in the Rocky Mountains! The drive up from Denver took about an hour, but I was already feeling more relaxed by the time I arrived at the Lodge at Lake Dillon. It was easy to find and the location couldn’t be more perfect. Surrounded by majestic mountains, it was nestled on a bluff over beautiful Lake Dillon and within walking distance of coffee shops, locally-owned restaurants and the grocery store.
It instantly felt like a private mountain lodge the minute I walked in the condo. I could tell that a lot of effort went into making this unit special and welcoming. After I took in the stunning view of the lake and mountains from both the living area and the second bedroom, I appreciated the condo’s other thoughtful touches. I loved the wooden stools, doors, and cabinets which gave the condo a cozy, rustic mountain feel. The wood flooring, bedroom carpeting, and the kitchen granite countertops were in excellent condition. The spacious tiled shower, fluffy towels and pretty candle sconces on the walls added to the overall comfort of this home.
The kitchen was stocked with every utensil a cook could ever need. Even the pantry covered the basics I had forgotten like coffee and olive oil. After a quick trip to the market, I was ready to make several home-cooked meals in the well-equipped kitchen.
I thoroughly enjoyed the brisk and colorful bike ride around Lake Dillon. I really fell in love with Dillon and the friendly people who smiled and waved as we passed each other on the family-friendly bike path. Before long, I was ready to head back to the condo and relax with a book in the comfy leather chair in front of a roaring fire. And when it was time to call it a night; I could have easily hibernated all winter in the bed’s luxuriously soft sheets!
Who says you have to drive hours west for a true mountain experience? My trip to Dillon was everything I could have asked for and more. Plus, I didn’t even use a whole tank of gas! We will definitely be visiting again soon. The snow was falling as we checked out and this bear can’t wait to pack a snowboard for his next visit to Dillon, CO!
The VRBO Bear
# 76361 Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Fort Myers, Florida South West, Florida, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Enjoying the views from the screened-in balcony.
10/28/2008 - When I arrived at the Sanibel Harbour Resort condo, I was “beary” impressed with my new home for the next couple of nights. The unit was even more spacious than I imagined. The floor plan was very inviting and the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors featured a beautiful view of the bay. The overall cleanliness and the comfortable furnishings made me feel right at home. Bear in mind, I had gotten up to catch an early morning flight and after a long day of air travel, it was nice to arrive at such a welcoming home.
The first thing I did was take a nice nap in my very soft king bed. The owners thought of every detail, including the heavy curtains on bedroom windows. Every bear needs her beauty rest!
Afterwards, I relaxed on the comfy couches where I kicked back and put my paws up while watching a show on the flat screen TV. After a quick run to the grocery store (just a ½ mile away), I enjoyed a meal on the sunny, screened-in balcony which offered fabulous views.
Once I had recovered from my travels, I was able to take advantage of the complex’s many amenities: 6 pools, tennis courts, and a newly renovated health club (I have to keep my bearish figure!). You can even arrange boating trips or kayak rentals, so there’s no shortage of entertainment. Even if you’re traveling for business, the condo features a computer desk where you can plug into a high speed Internet connection.
Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, you simply can’t deny the comfort and convenience of this Sanibel Harbour Resort condo.
The VRBO Bear
# 18271 Stowe, Vermont, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Stowe’s best kept secret,”The Theatre”!
10/27/2008 - This delightful Mountainside Resort condominium is nestled in the trees of the charming mountain town of Stowe. We were pleased to find the condo’s location only a few miles from town and minutes from Stowe Mountain Ski Resort. From our pre-trip planning to our arrival at the condo, the owners were incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful.
The "Theater in the Woods" was extremely comfy and had all of the conveniences of home. The foyer was roomy enough to accommodate a family of skiers and all their gear. Mama Bear marveled over the kitchen’s exquisite decor and all the wonderful cooking conveniences. Papa Bear loved the wireless Internet and the bear cubs enjoyed having the privacy of their own rooms. Everyone had a great time watching movies on the 50' HDTV Home Theatre System. The large screened-in patio was a nice touch and Baby Bear loved the swing! The pool and jacuzzi were inviting after a full day of visiting the famous Von Trapp Family Lodge and driving through the many of the area’s charming covered bridges.
In the historic town of Stowe, we discovered unique shops, boutiques and restaurants. We visited the friendly Stowe’s Coffee House (look out Starbucks!) and our favorite "Pie in the Sky" pizza joint, a must-stop dinner destination for this bear family. Plus, we enjoyed the ambiance of this quaint New England village by taking the 5-mile scenic recreational path which winds along the West Branch River. Whether you are into family dining, sightseeing, shopping, skiing or just relaxing, Stowe is the ideal destination. No matter what time of year you visit, you will treasure your stay at the "Theatre in the Woods"!
The VRBO Bear
# 115326 Kapaa, Coconut Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the views and gardens at Fern Grotto Inn
10/24/2008 - My recent stay at the Fern Grotto Inn was made memorable by the beautiful gardens at the entrance of property and the home’s historic value. As far as bears go, I like to think I’m pretty cultured, and I could tell right away that this home had been truly cared for. This Hawaiian plantation cottage was nicely decorated, beautifully furnished and well-equipped.
I enjoyed eating honey at the large wooden table in the dining area, big enough to fit all the hungry bears in my group. The table was perfect for board games at night, when we relaxed from a long & eventful day. The Kauai sun can be pretty strong, especially with all our fur, so it was nice to come home to air-conditioning, which can be a rare commodity in Hawaii. At the end of the day, we cooled down on the comfortable Adirondack chairs outside the cottage which were positioned perfectly to capture the evening shade.
The comforts of this cottage were equally matched by its convenience. The cubs certainly appreciated the proximity to the airport after traveling for so many hours. The Wailua River and Lydgate Park were within walking distance, and there were a variety of restaurants to choose from, even for our pickiest bears. We were also able to explore other parts of the island, like Princeville and Hanalei, in just a short drive. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Fern Grotto Inn, whether we were exploring the local attractions or taking advantage of the comforts of the cottage.
The VRBO Bear
# 78852 Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
The VRBO preparing for a round of golf on the Wailea Blue course.
10/24/2008 - Oh boy (or should I say oh bear), this golf course condo in gorgeous Wailea made me feel right at home. From the comfortable couches to the well-equipped kitchen to the library full of books, my stay at this home had everything I wanted. I highly appreciated the cable television in each bedroom and the wireless Internet. During my stay, I was able to keep up with my favorite baseball team- the Cubs, of course.
Thanks to the condo’s location on the Wailea Blue Golf Course, I was able to perfect my short game on several beautiful Maui mornings. Throughout the day, we watched golfers try to beat par at the 7th hole from the condo’s patio seating area. Beyond the golf course, the view from the patio showcased the mountains in the distance.
During my stay in Wailea, I took advantage of Maui’s many offerings: scenery (Road to Hana), great restaurants (Mama’s Fish House and Matteo’s), beautiful beaches (Wailea Beach, Big Beach, DT Fleming Park Beach), culture (Old Lahaina Luau), and activities (snorkeling off the coast of Molokini).
After long days of fun and sun, we relaxed on the patio to floral-scented ocean breezes and listened to music on the stereo.
The VRBO Bear
# 151144 Private Homes, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Love this yard!
10/20/2008 - If you’re looking for a beach vacation for the entire family including the dog, look no further. Port Aransas is an economical Gulf Coast beach town ideal for a weekend escape from the daily grind. The small town has a big atmosphere with plenty to do. Enjoy the large beaches and calm waters which are ideal for families. Go fishing on a private charter. Shop or dine in one of the eclectic shops and restaurants.
Pack light when you load the car for your trip to this home. This vacation rental home has all the beach gear you need. It is well equipped with a cooler, wagon, beach chairs and beach toys. Man’s best friend is welcome at the rental, so use the extra space in your car to bring your dog. He can accompany you at the beach, relax in the shaded, fenced back yard or admire the wall art of stuffed animals that fell prey to a prior guest.
The hosts are charming and accommodating. They quickly respond to emails and phone calls. They will even arrange for reservations at their favorite restaurant where everyone knows their names and the food is excellent. The owners ensure you have everything you will need during your stay. To help your children remember their stay, they allow them to pick a departing gift from the toy chest.
The VRBO Bear
# 423858 Mountain Valley, Aspen, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 5 BR, 6 BA, HOUSE
Enjoying the amazing view from the elegant Great Room!
10/12/2008 - If you are looking to experience the glamor and luxury that Aspen has to offer, you will not find a more perfect property than this newly built custom home. Nestled in the prestigious hills above Aspen, this ritzy getaway will not disappoint! The upscale furnishings in this home are second to none. If you love technology, then this is the home for you! With a Control 4 remote control system in every room, you can control the lighting, audio, video, temperature, blinds, alarm system and more! The tile and stone work throughout is absolutely stunning. Love music? Listen to any song you would like through the built in Rhapsody music system. Heated flooring both inside and out puts your comfort first! One of the most unique features of this property is its art. The owner must love traveling too, because you will be able to experience and enjoy art and artifacts from all over the world. Intriguing and very interesting for sure! If you have a large party of guests, there is just no better place to entertain! The kitchen is fully equipped to handle large, elegant parties. The dining area and great room provide a warm, open space to dine, along with floor to ceiling windows that display the majesty of the mountains. This property is one of two. So, if you need more room, you can check out Listing #200534 to rent both homes together! Had a long day exploring? Relax in the mountainside hot tub as you are surrounded by forest and the open sky. Truly beautiful! If you have never been to Aspen, it is a must! The shopping and dining are unforgettable. Don't miss out on this once in a life time opportunity! It truly is a dream home! Happy Travels!
# 28216 Private Homes, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 9 BR, 6 BA, VILLA
Just one of the cozy inviting rooms at Taninah
09/29/2008 - I’m one of the luckiest bears around, and I’ve done quite a bit of traveling, but my recent trip to the ecologically-friendly Taninah in Playa del Carmen, Mexico was both more exciting and more relaxing than I could have imagined. The layout of the property was perfect for all the members of my group, with private guest houses for us to stay in, but plenty of places for us to congregate. The older bears enjoyed relaxing by the pool and hot tub, while the young cubs hid in the private cave and pretended like they were hibernating before sliding down the water slide into the crystal clear pool. The bear cubs were able to enjoy the in-ground trampoline, basketball court, treehouse, and sandbox, plus the game room, complete with pool table, ping pong, and air hockey, while the grown-up bears took advantage of the fitness center, library, putt putt course and driving range. One of the favorite activities for us bears of all ages was swinging down the zip-line on the property and letting the cool breezes whiz through our fur. Even if we never left the house, we would still “bearly” have enough time to take it all in!
Besides the exceptional amenities and the great location, what really set this vacation home apart from other homes we’ve stayed in are the owners and on-site staff. The homeowners have really taken care to preserve the natural surroundings while offering a completely unique experience for their guests. The staff is available to take care of your every need 24 hours a day from the very start of your trip.
When we’d arrive back at the house after a day of excursions the staff was waiting with cool washcloths on silver platters – we bears aren’t used to this kind of red-carpet treatment! After a full day, we would head into our dens for the night, and find that our beds were prepared with turn-down service. All in all, the availability of the staff and the privacy of the home made for the utmost in relaxation, yet the convenience to nearby activities and all the amenities at the property kept us on the go!
The VRBO Bear
# 155180 Villas of South Padre, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA
Howdy from South Padre Island, Texas!
09/04/2008 - Greetings from South Padre Island,
WOW! This "beary" luxurious, three-level home has everything a traveler could ask for and more! The home features three bedrooms, each with it's own private bath. The home also has a powder room on the lower level and the top level.
The beautifully decorated family room, dining room, and well-equipped kitchen are located on the lower level. The VRBO Bear enjoyed watching the Olympics on the flat screen LCD TV in the living room! There is also a "den" on the third floor equipped with a flat screen LCD TV. There are SIX flat screen LCD TVs in this home.
Conveniently located in one of South Padre's beachfront, gated communities, this vacation home is situated on a cul-de-sac just across from the community pool and within walking distance to the beach. South Padre Island features nice restaurants, shops, bike rentals, and, of course, the beach! The VRBO Bear and his friends enjoyed the dolphin tour. There is plenty to do in South Padre Island!
This lovely vacation home has it all! Come and enjoy South Padre Island, Texas.
The VRBO Bear
# 8647 Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT
There were beautiful lilies to greet me!
08/01/2008 - This charming Victorian flat is a must for truly getting the effect of living in the heart of San Francisco. It has all the modern conveniences of home with the authenticity of the Victorian era. Dramatic high ceilings with detailed crown molding and lovely sculptured light fixtures were found in almost every room. The hardwood floors throughout the flat are extremely beautiful as is the remodeled kitchen and marble bathrooms.
We were impressed by the layout of the flat with two bedrooms in the front and two in the back with a long hallway adjoining. It is extremely spacious and perfect for two families. There is a beautiful formal dining room and comfy living room with plenty of space to relax after a day touring the city! Speaking of relaxing, the beds were heavenly! We spent one evening strolling the neighborhood, picking up a few things at a local market and dining in. It was an experience in itself to soak up the ambiance of this historical place.
We have to say that the bear fell in love and left his heart in San Francisco!
The VRBO Bear