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VRBO Bear Stay property reviews

Read about vacation rentals where VRBO employees have stayed.

At HomeAway and VRBO, we love vacation rentals—and we love to stay in them, too! Since 2003, our employees have been enjoying the amazing properties listed on our site with their families, friends--and the VRBO bear. When they get back from their vacations, they love to tell us all about their stay. Read on to get the inside scoop from employees who share your love of travel.

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# 1038463 Sunridge Woods, Davenport, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Solterra Resort 6 Bedroom, 5 Bath, Theater Room, Kids Play Room, Pool Home

Relax and enjoy your private pool at Sunshine House.

Relax and enjoy your private pool at Sunshine House.

11/19/2017 - The Sunshine House is an ideal example of what a HomeAway rental is - a home, away from home! Our experience at this beautiful home in Solterra Resort in Davenport was simply amazing. The house was warm and inviting – a great family home with lots of space! The owner’s hospitality made us feel very welcome and we quickly settled in. We chose to stay in the first day following our arrival to relax and enjoy the pool and outside area of the home with the family. The kid’s theme rooms were great and we even got one of our little one to sleep in her room by herself for the first time because she loved the room so much! Thank you Sunshine House! You have made our family vacation one to remember!

# 487772 Pali Ke Kua, Princeville, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Updated Vintage Hawaiiana-2 Level Secluded Cottage! Walk to Beach!

Enjoy amazing views and a relaxing stay while in Kauai.

Enjoy amazing views and a relaxing stay while in Kauai.

11/13/2017 - We enjoyed our stay in this lovely end-unit condo in Princeville, Hi. The location is ideal – it’s a quick drive to amazing beaches, and a stroll away from some great restaurants! This condo made the perfect home base, and we could hardly *bear* the thought of leaving. The views were beautiful, especially the sunsets. We appreciated the comfortable beds, the awesome bathrooms and the unique antique Hawaiian décor…I felt so at home I was tempted to go back into hibernation! It was nice to have access to all the extras including the snorkel (I made a few fish friends but they were too pretty to snack on!). The beach chairs, extra towels, and boogie boards also came in handy during my adventures. After my days of exploring, I’d make dinner in the clean, fully-stocked kitchen; sit in the hot tub for a bit, then play the ukulele in the backyard under the stars. It’s been a truly magical vacation. Thank you for sharing your lovely, welcoming, and comfortable home with me, the VRBO bear.

# 727023 Sapphire, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Sapphire Luxury Ocean Front And Majestic Pool View, Unit 208

You'll have everything you need for your South Padre Island vacation plus views!

You'll have everything you need for your South Padre Island vacation plus views!

11/09/2017 - The VRBO Bear had a relaxing stay at this luxurious condo in South Padre Island, Texas. The condo provided everything you need for a beach getaway, such as beach towels, chairs, and swim toys for the kids. Direct beach access was a short walk just beyond the glorious pool and hot tub where we spent the majority of our time. The condo also had a gym, spa, game room, and movie theatre. The kitchen was fully stocked and had plenty of pantry and refrigerator space to bring your own food and drinks. Each bedroom had its own TV and a large closet with extra blankets. The master bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub which was a nice addition. Veronica was very accommodating and easy to communicate with. Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful condo!

# 764686 Aptos, Central Coast, California, USA, 2 BR, 3 BA, VILLA

Luxury Beach Villa In The Seascape Resort, Steps From The Beach, Great Amenities

This beach villa is the perfect getaway when visiting the west coast!

This beach villa is the perfect getaway when visiting the west coast!

11/07/2017 - Our family had a great time visiting Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, California. It was my wife’s first time visiting the west coast and this recently remodeled beach villa was the perfect getaway. While the unit is a short walk to the beach it is directly located above one of the property pools and has a beautiful view of the pacific from the balcony. The kitchen was stocked with plenty of utensils and the unit itself was well furnished including a washer/dryer. There’s a restaurant onsite and also a set of boutique shops across the street which made our meals very convenient. The location of the property was a perfect driving distance to Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay and Big Sur. Overall; we really enjoyed this unit, location and the amenities of the resort and would highly recommend it to anyone planning a visit to Aptos!

# 88148 SS. Annunziata, Florence, Firenze (Florence) Province, Tuscany, Italy, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

The Florian Apartment give you the feeling to touch the Duomo

You will love this central location while exploring the Florence sights.

You will love this central location while exploring the Florence sights.

11/06/2017 - The VRBO bear took a step back in time and landed in the Renaissance age in the heart of Florence, Italy. Bliss began with gorgeous views of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Cathedral of Florence, right outside the window of this adorable apartment. The rustic vibe in the quaint space immersed us in authentic Italian design and culture. As we lounged in the main bedroom with a hot cup of tea, the music from the street musicians could softly reach your ears. Open any of the windows, and the sounds of the locals bustling through the shops and restaurants made us feel as if we had lived there our whole lives. The apartment is in the perfect, central location within the breathtaking Piazza del Duomo, with easy access to every art gallery or museum in the area. Take a short and scenic walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia to marvel Michelangelo’s David’s work and others who are among the greatest artists of our time. Of course, the local restaurants had us coming back for more delicious food and wine every evening. Nothing was more romantic than walking along the cobblestone streets with a slight drizzle of rain to coat the incredible architecture of the buildings. If you want to experience a true getaway to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, this apartment provides the perfect place to do just that.

# 15244 Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

TOP-FLOOR PENTHOUSE + BEACHFRONT CONDO!! UNOBSTRUCTED $$MILLION OCEAN VIEWS!!

Maui never looked better than it does from this penthouse view!

Maui never looked better than it does from this penthouse view!

11/05/2017 - This review could start and end with the amazing view from this penthouse condo in Maui…but it won’t because the rest of the rental was just as good! The condo is freshly updated with beautiful tile and granite features, appliances, and the furniture is comfy and great for lounging after a “tough” day at the beach, which by the way is steps away from the pool and hot tub. You can start your day watching the sun rise over two Hawaiian Islands, while having coffee on the lanai. Next, the concierge can help you arrange snorkeling gear or activities before you head out for some beach time - lounging under the palm trees and rainbows. Get out and enjoy some of the great excursions on Maui, then be sure to grab a drink and retreat to the hot tub at the end of the day to take advantage of the island breeze while you watch the sun dip behind the islands. Head upstairs and enjoy a FULLY stocked kitchen with everything you need to whip up a gourmet meal. At the end of your day you can cool off with a rainfall shower in the renovated bathroom, then slip in to the very comfortable bed for a great night’s sleep while you listen to the waves crashing on the beach. The best part is waking up to do it all over again the next day!¬ This condo had it all, including the million dollar view. We had such an amazing vacation at the Mahana 1204 and can’t wait to go back. It books up far in advance so plan ahead for your Maui vacation!

# 63246 Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Barcelona Province, Catalunya, Spain, Europe, 3 BR, 2 BA, APARTMENT

Art Nouveau Luxury Apartment in the Heart of Barcelona

This location in Barcelona can't be beat. It's close to everything.

This location in Barcelona can't be beat. It's close to everything.

10/14/2017 - The VRBO Bear had an amazing visit in the Art Nouveau apartment in Barcelona, Spain. This spacious 3 bedroom apartment was situated in a great location – ideal for our first visit to this beautiful city. It was mere walking distance to the Plaza Catalunya and the Ramblas where there was a plethora of places to eat, shop, and explore. The apartment was fully equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our vacation, including a washer and dryer - which came in handy for us prior to us boarding our cruise ship. Valentin and his sister Eli were absolutely great hosts. They made sure we had everything we needed for our stay and that we could access them at any time in the event we needed anything. Eli went as far as suggesting great spots to eat and visit during our stay. I see why guests love staying at their apartment. Thanks for sharing your lovely apartment and being great hosts!

# 99587 Lincoln City, Central Coast, Oregon, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Panoramic Ocean Views at Kalani Kai, Roads End on Oregon Coast

You will love everything from comfort to views in this beautiful coastal home.

You will love everything from comfort to views in this beautiful coastal home.

10/12/2017 - The VRBO Bear just had a wonderful fall visit to the Oregon Coast. The 3 story home had amazing views of the coast, especially from the 3rd floor living room with floor to ceiling panoramic windows. Linda was a lovely host and very helpful with scheduling, suggesting activities in the area and making sure the bear was happy for the entire stay. The home had everything you would need for an extended stay. Comfortable Bedrooms, multiple Living Rooms, 2 Outdoor Decks with ocean views and a Hot Tub with an ocean view as well to soothe those sore muscles after long walks on the beach and cliff-side hikes. The new, full size washer and dryer came in handy too. The bear had everything and more in the home. The trip was a wonderful time of relaxation and the host Linda and the accommodations could not have been more perfect for some well needed time away. Can’t wait to return to this beautiful part of Oregon.

# 696594 Sandy Point, Mid-Coast & Islands, Maine, USA, 2 BR, 1 BA, HOUSE

"Our Maine Retreat" is a unique, one of a kind experience.

You will enjoy staying in the unique cabin retreat while on your Maine vacation.

You will enjoy staying in the unique cabin retreat while on your Maine vacation.

10/10/2017 - The VRBO Bear and family enjoyed an amazing stay at this charming cabin in Stockton Springs, Maine. The cabin is a short walk to the Penobscot River’s Sandy Beach Park, should you desire an evening stroll. It is also less than an hour’s drive to Acadia National Park and is right in the middle of Maine’s “mid coast”. It’s the perfect location to appreciate the best Maine has to offer. The “touristy” choices were aplenty, from hiking the Mount Desert Island (this bear’s favorite), to touring the coastal lighthouses and villages. You can take in the history of what was once the seafaring powerhouse of the country. Penobscot Maritime Museum and Fort Knox (ME) are two gems within just a few miles. The cabin itself has a true cabin in the woods feel. It almost seems like it was carved entirely out from a piece of solid timber. The best part about that is the airiness and the ambience of this backwoods retreat. We loved the touch and the smell of planks, the central pillars made of solid tree trunks. It was a “way-back machine” that took us to childhood memories of weekends spent in the country. Enjoy it for the sensory gem that it is, these bears most certainly did. Communications with the owners were prompt and courteous. The owners provided a folder of maps, charts, menus and brochures of parks, attraction and places to dine. We did not feel like we lacked in anything, be it comfort or convenience.

# 219584 Hacienda de Mita, Punta de Mita (Punta Mita), Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico, 3 BR, 4 BA, CONDO

Punta Mita bottom floor Beachfront Condominium Inside Gates of Four Seasons

Fun in the sun at the beachfront condo in Punta de Mita.

Fun in the sun at the beachfront condo in Punta de Mita.

10/09/2017 - The VRBO bear and her friends had an amazing visit to this beachfront condominium in Punta Mita! It was our first time visiting this area of Mexico and felt safe, secure, and pampered. While the property shares the same gate as the Four Seasons it is part of a complex called Hacienda de Mita and this is one of the very best units! The unit itself is very spacious with both indoor and outdoor verandas for everyone to lounge and have meals. The bedrooms had lovely décor, the beds were very comfortable and the bathroom amenities were amazing. The location of the property is close to beautiful beach clubs (resort like), golf courses, tennis, and other activities. The concierge service that is provided is top notch and available to help with anything. They arranged for a cook to come every morning and make us a delicious breakfast as well as helped arrange other activities. Having a pool just off our patio and being able to watch the surfers throughout the day was a bonus! Overall, we really enjoyed this unit and location and highly recommend it!

# 647169 Driggs, Teton Valley, Idaho, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Magnificient Place Here For You. New, Awesome, Clean And Ready For Fun!

You will absolutely love your stay and the views at this beautiful condo.

You will absolutely love your stay and the views at this beautiful condo.

10/07/2017 - We had a great time at this beautiful spacious condominium in Driggs, Idaho. We went during the peak of the fall color season and the views were stunningly beautiful, especially the view from the patio of the golf course. The property owners were extremely nice & informative. Everything was very well organized and we found thoughtfully written detailed instructions throughout. The living room was very spacious and cozy with a TV (hundreds of channels to choose from), free wifi and plenty of games, puzzles and cards for all. Each bedroom was tastefully decorated and had extremely comfortable beds and beautiful bathrooms. My special mention is the well-appointed kitchen which was spacious and had everything we needed and more – perfect for preparing meals and eating in which we did every day! Having a full size washer & dryer was convenient, as we had two little ones. We found all of the hiking necessities you can think of, including bear spray, binoculars, an umbrella, hiking sticks…and list goes on. This is a great place for families with kids and the location is ideally situated between Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Jackson Hole is a 30 minute scenic drive. I highly recommend this property in this peaceful community. Julia and Scott, thank you so much sharing your home with us!

# 96089 Stateline, Lake Tahoe South East Shore NV, Lake Tahoe Nevada, Nevada, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

6 Blocks to Ski Lift! Lake View Log Home 3 BDRM 4 Bath, Fire pit, Hot Tub

This home has it all. Beautiful views and luxurious amenities are yours.

This home has it all. Beautiful views and luxurious amenities are yours.

09/27/2017 - The VRBO bear and his friends had a great time at this treehouse overlooking South Lake Tahoe. The luxurious accommodations were spacious and the 3 bedrooms allowed everyone in our party to have their own space. The kitchen was stocked with staple pantry items, making it an especially nice bear den! No detail was spared!!! The back deck and views made time stand still. Never once seeing a neighbor in this secluded spot, they really got to enjoy the private firepit and take in the gorgeous end of summer weather...brrrrrrrr!!!!! The house was minutes away from the casinos and Heavenly Village. With the owner’s kind dinner spot recommendations in mind, these bears enjoyed several of the “local dives”. Upon return from some of the nearby beautiful trails, us bears would take a plunge in the toasty hot tub, complete with star gazing! Some nights we’d cuddle up on the couch to watch movies on the impressive 80” screen… just the bare necessities. The incredible hospitality and luxurious accommodations were just what the bear and his friends were looking for during their time away! From the rose pedals on the bed, to heated toilets, this treehouse could make this bear not want to return to the wild!

# 414116 Anaheim, Anaheim Area, Orange County, California, USA, 6 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Funtierland + Rapunzel's Tower + Pool/Hot Tub + Netflix

Enjoy the Disney decor, pool and all the fun this home and LA has to offer.

Enjoy the Disney decor, pool and all the fun this home and LA has to offer.

09/23/2017 - The VRBO Bear enjoyed this beautiful home close to Disneyland and other area attractions. This house was decorated with a wonderful themed interior. My children had so much fun staying in the Star Wars and Cars rooms! I have been going to Disney for 16 straight years and have always stayed at a Disney property. This rental however, was beyond my expectations and far better than staying at a hotel! The extra space for the whole family and private pool with jacuzzi were just a few of the added benefits to renting this home. The bedrooms were very comfortable and there were plenty of extra linens, blankets, and towels. The kitchen was stocked with more than enough dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc. To top it all off the owners were very responsive! We will definitely rent this home again the next time we are in the area.

# 452799 June Lake, Gold Country & High Sierra, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CHALET

Luxurious Yosemite Gateway Chalet with Outdoor Hydrotherapy Tub

You will enjoy both the amenities and the views at this gorgeous cabin.

You will enjoy both the amenities and the views at this gorgeous cabin.

09/14/2017 - The VRBO Bear, weary from days of rugged backpacking in Yosemite National Park found a picturesque, tranquil mountain home resembling something right out of a dream. The chalet’s rustic log exterior gives it a cozy, inviting presence that fits perfectly with the surrounding mountain views. Inside, the chalet wowed the Bear with its luxurious amenities and sustainable design. Most of the furniture is made of wood and beautiful Native American decorations and scenic photos of the Sierras and Yosemite line the walls and mantles. Motion-sensing, energy efficient lights brighten up every room. TWO hot tubs are available, one outdoor and one in the master suite - and both worked flawlessly! The large kitchen comes complete with all the cookware needed to prepare some tasty meals. A classic wood stove adorns the adjacent family room, begging to be used in the cold winter months. The Bear’s favorite, however, was the Grand Room, a lofty living room complete with a large bar, stools, leather couches, fireplace, and even a backgammon table. Yes, there’s a TV with some DVDs available, but the Bear much preferred to read a book in one of the many lounging areas. Upstairs, the chalet offers three bedrooms each with its own comfy memory foam mattress, bathroom and clean shower. There was no shortage of extra blankets and towels. The surrounding grounds are well-kept and breathtaking. Majestic mountains and pine forests can be seen in every direction. Serene babbling brooks form a border between the chalet and surrounding wilderness. The chalet, located in the quiet mountain town of June Lake, is near many stunning lakes and mountains. The Bear mainly chose this location for its proximity to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, which is under an hour’s drive. There’s a general store to buy groceries nearby, and also a few restaurants offering traditional American fare. The chalet is perfectly suitable for a family retreat or group wanting to escape the noise and rush of city life. The Bear enjoyed this pristine getaway and will be dreaming of visiting again!

# 963180 Lafayette, Front Range, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, TOWNHOME

Luxury, sophistication and location. You won't be disappointed!

Explore Colorado and enjoy all the comforts of home while relaxing each night.

Explore Colorado and enjoy all the comforts of home while relaxing each night.

09/13/2017 - The VRBO Bear had an amazing summer visit in Lafayette, Colorado. It was the first time visiting the area and we couldn’t have found a more perfect home. Clove was very attentive from the moment we booked with her and she was also an excellent host, making sure we were settled in the first day. This spacious townhome included everything we needed to feel like we were home, including plenty of towels and kitchen gadgets. The living area was cozy with comfy seating. The location of this property was excellent. The town of Lafayette is very quiet and we were just 20 minutes away from Boulder. It was convenient to park our rental car in the home’s private 2-car garage. We had an enjoyable stay at this property!

# 370022 Whispering Oaks, Kissimmee Central, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, VILLA

Conservation View - Hot Tub - Pool Heat Included - Very Private

You will enjoy relaxing by the beautiful outdoor pool.

You will enjoy relaxing by the beautiful outdoor pool.

09/09/2017 - While in the family-friendly destination of Orlando, Florida, this bear family was treated to a wonderful stay at this villa in Whispering Oaks. There was plenty of space for our family to spread out and enjoy our vacation. Each bear cub enjoyed having their own room with a TV all to themselves. The master bathroom has a newly remodeled shower that proved to be most relaxing! The kitchen is ideal for families to eat together and avoid having to eat out for every meal. The whole family marveled at the beautiful décor of the house and how comfortable we felt here. The family-favorite was the outdoor pool and hot tub. We spent many hours frolicking in the warm water enjoying the privacy of the backyard! The major theme parks are a short drive away as are all the other Orlando attractions, shopping and grocery stores. Thank you to Terry, the owner, for making our vacation a memorable and relaxing one!

# 779219 Nashville, Middle, Tennessee, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Luxurious home in the hip 12th S neighborhood! Walk to amazing venues and bars.

You will be in the heart of Music City at this beautiful Nashville home.

You will be in the heart of Music City at this beautiful Nashville home.

09/05/2017 - The VRBO Bear packed his cowboy boots and headed to Nashville to celebrate his dad 60th birthday. The pictures of this property do not do justice, the house is simply stunning. It is very spacious and tastefully decorated with trendy and iconic decorations. We often found our whole family gathering around the house sharing memories! The property is located in a key location, a very short drive to downtown, shopping malls and tons of yummy restaurants and bars. We had a wonderful stay and appreciated the hospitable owner, needleless to say it was a very memorable trip... one for the books!

# 324072 Porta al Prato, Florence, Firenze (Florence) Province, Tuscany, Italy, Europe, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

City View Gorgeous Apartment

The view from the balcony can't be beat!

The view from the balcony can't be beat!

09/02/2017 - The VRBO Bear had a wonderful time exploring Florence (or Firenze as the locals call it) from this perfectly situated apartment. Everything we could possibly want to see or do was within a short walk, if not at our doorstep. Our lovely hosts, Alfredo and Paola were more than happy to offer their recommendations on where to go and what to see in Florence and provided us with a comprehensive binder full of the best restaurants, maps, and must see attractions of the city. Their welcoming spirits left us excited to rush out and acquaint ourselves with this lovely city. After a long day of sight-seeing, it was nice to come back “home” to our clean, quiet, and air conditioned apartment to relax. We could prepare our own dinner from the well equipped kitchen with groceries from the convenient store located directly below us or dine at the restaurant across the street. We enjoyed our morning coffee from the patio that overlooks this majestic city. The picturesque Duomo Cathedral greeted us each morning and bid us goodnight each evening. The view cannot be beat! The Bear would highly recommend this property for anyone checking the gorgeous city of Florence from their bucket list!

# 878384 Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 2 BA, VILLA

NO MARIA STORM DAMAGE! 5 STAR Spectacular Beachfront Ocean View Luxury Villa

Check out the view from this great patio!

Check out the view from this great patio!

08/31/2017 - The VRBO bear and family were blown away when they came to visit this breathtaking beach villa in Palmas Del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico. It was the ultimate get-away! The interior design of the villa was mesmerizing and elegant. The two patios have incredible views and a great amount of space. The villa was very accommodating, and it had all of the necessities needed (and more!). There were two TVs for watching movies at night, internet access, books and games. It also had a large, stunning kitchen stocked with plenty of dishes and utensils, which was useful for making breakfast, smoothies, and snacks. The weather here was amazing, and the beach was very close by. Thanks to the owners, the unit was stocked for the beach, including beach chairs, towels, a cooler, a large colorful umbrella, boogie boards, sand castle toys, and more! The VRBO bear soaked up the sun and sipped on refreshing virgin Pina Coladas. It was an unforgettable vacation at this beautiful beach villa in Palmas Del Mar!

# 567089 Lion Square Lodge, Lionshead Village, Vail, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 1 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Heart of Lionshead - Platinum Rated - 100 Yards to the Gondola & Born Free Lifts

The beautiful view from the balcony!

The beautiful view from the balcony!

08/30/2017 - This bear needed a cooler place for his summer vacation and Lion Square Lodge in Vail was the perfect fit. The condo was wonderfully stocked with everything you need to cook meals, comfortable beds with luxury linens, a Murphy bed (our little cub’s “secret magic bed”), a cozy fireplace, and of course beautiful mountain views! We loved leaving the balcony door open to let in the fresh air off the mountain and taking in the vista while we played cards and board games. The older cub spent time in the heated pool and hot tubs while Mama and Papa enjoyed the mountain & stream views. The location of the condo was convenient to so many amenities. It was a short beautiful walk to Lionshead Village where we could grab a bite or head right out our front door for a hike along Gore Creek or if we were feeling really industrious, up the mountain! Lionshead is within walking distance to Vail Village, which is connected by beautiful trails through the forest. The cub’s favorite activities included the gondola ride up the mountain, visiting the playgrounds on our daily walks, hiking, and renting bikes to cruise around Vail and the surrounding area. Mama bear loved her morning run through the forest and Papa bear loved the various micro brews Colorado has to offer. Lion Square Lodge is the perfect place to stay to take in all Vail has to offer. This bear family can’t wait to go back!

# 753129 Queens, New York City, New York, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Perfect for families or business travelers looking for extended weekend in NYC👪

Home in residential area of Queens - easy access to NY subway!

Home in residential area of Queens - easy access to NY subway!

08/29/2017 - The VRBO bear and his friends had a great time at this homey abode in Queens, NY. The living room is very spacious and with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, everyone in our party had plenty of space to call their own. The kitchen was stocked with fresh fruit and breakfast supplies, giving the bear and his friends a healthy start to each day. The backyard had a table, chairs and grill enabling us to enjoy the gorgeous end of summer weather. The house was in walking distance of a grocery store and close to public transportation to whisk us away to a day in the city. Each day we returned to a tidy house with freshly made beds and clean towels. The hospitality and spacious accommodations were just what the bear and his friends were looking for during their time in New York!

# 629134 BlackBear, Purgatory (Formerly Durango Mountain Resort), Durango, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Luxury Family Mountain Townhome w/MTN Club Access **GREAT SKI VACATION**

Beautifully decorated interior - cozy and comfortable!

Beautifully decorated interior - cozy and comfortable!

08/25/2017 - I was fortunate to spend a week of vacation in this wonderful mountain townhome in the San Juan Forest conveniently located between Durango and Silverton in Colorado. I was surrounded by the best possible mountain views and small lakes – it was amazing! The patio off the master bedroom had a great view of the mountains, and it was so relaxing to just sit and gaze. The location was ideal, being less than an hour to local attractions, including Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and Four Corners. Every morning we walked on the scenic trails and paved roads nearby and my son enjoyed the pool and water slides at the Mountain Club. City Market was close by for groceries and we were able to cook fabulous meals in the fully stocked kitchen. Overall, we had a great relaxing stay in this lovely home.

# 809069 Miami, Florida South East, Florida, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Four Seasons 1 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Unit On The 36th Floor With Partial Bay View

Enjoy the beauty of Biscayne Bay right from your luxurious condo!

Enjoy the beauty of Biscayne Bay right from your luxurious condo!

08/25/2017 - I saw the beautiful pictures and read the amazing reviews on the listing prior to booking this rental at Four Seasons in Miami. After arriving, I was delighted beyond my expectations, especially after seeing the wonderful Biscayne Bay view from the panoramic windows! Both the living room and master bedroom have a sitting area to enjoy the scenery and just relax – I even dozed off! I especially loved the privacy of being on the very top floor and found it extremely quiet. The layout of the room is exquisite - both living room and bedroom are spacious, clean and tastefully decorated. Marble bathrooms, glass walk-in shower, bathrobes and toiletries were all amazing extras! The best part about booking here is the responsiveness and over the top hospitality of Jim, the property owner. Being attentive to his travelers' needs is definitely an obvious priority he has, and I appreciated that. My friend and I maximized our 3 day trip in Miami, with 2 of them being soggy ones. We were still able to enjoy the pool (those hammocks are the first I've seen in a hotel pool!) and use the Equinox, which is a major bonus that comes with the rental. We were able to use the fitness equipment and enjoy the steam room and sauna. The location had a great advantage to being near the MetroMover Financial District stop (less than 3 min walk), since we didn't want to drive. We used it to visit Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park and CityCenter Mall. We loved the whole experience of this one bedroom suite, including the location, amenities, and the hospitality of the hotel staff. Thank you Jim for everything!

# 648944 Blue Ridge, Northwest High Country, Georgia, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CABIN

Fantastic Mountain Views,Secluded 3 Bed, 3 Bath cabin, Aska Adventure Area, Pets

The ambiance of the fireplace makes Bear's Best extra cozy!

The ambiance of the fireplace makes Bear's Best extra cozy!

08/25/2017 - We ran away from our hectic lives and escaped to Bear's Best to reconnect as a family. From the first night this cozy cabin felt like home. The views from the multiple decks were spectacular, including the amazing stars that you can’t see in the city. The mountain air was cool enough for us to enjoy time outside; running around the yard, investigating different types of bugs, flowers and moss and watching the hummingbirds and a turkey vulture. It seemed we were the only bears around, although we heard rumors to the contrary. During the days, after tiring from playing and exploring the area, we rested on one of the decks and played dice games from the cabins game collection. At night, we cuddled on the couch and watched movies from the cabins movie collection. The owners thought of everything we may have needed, including small details in the kitchen making it easy to whip up dinner or a light snack in a jiffy. The cabin had quick access to town where there were a number of nearby attractions. Our host, Suzan, had guides available for us to review before heading out into the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We found some excellent hiking and fishing spots, and a great, local restaurant right on the Toccoa River. After a long day of hiking, the jetted tub is a fabulous way to relax those sore muscles. Our trip was a time of relaxation and bonding, which we will never forget and can’t wait to return to this home away from home in the mountains.

# 966708 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Water Views front and Back ~ Sleeps 13! #PetsStayFree

Enjoy a relaxing stay at this beautiful house, just a short walk to the beach.

Enjoy a relaxing stay at this beautiful house, just a short walk to the beach.

08/21/2017 - If I had one word to describe our vacation at Serenity House in Galveston, it would be “relaxing”! The location of the house is perfect, including a very short walk to the beach. The house itself is quite spacious, and has all the amenities a family would need on a vacation. It definitely beats living in a hotel with limited space and features. The master bedroom has a huge balcony which overlooks the pond and fountain. It was a perfect place to wind down, relax and catch up on a favorite book and sip wine. The living room is spacious which made it convenient for my family and it also has a balcony. Kimberly, the owner was super responsive, and made us feel welcome. She has thoughtfully furnished this house in beautiful beach themed décor and has provided plenty of pillows, blankets and towels so you don’t have to worry about bringing that along. We even found beach toys for the little ones to build sand castles. How thoughtful! I couldn’t have chosen a better spot to hang out with my family. We took a short walk to the beach twice a day, and enjoyed long walks along the shore. There is local seafood store where we purchased fresh fish to cook and eat in the spacious kitchen. One night we went out for pizza and then spent the evening playing board games that the owner had provided in the house. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who’s looking for an escape from their busy lives.

# 818107 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Christmas at the beach! We'll decorate so you don't have to!

You'll be just steps from the gulf coast beach while at this beautiful cottage.

You'll be just steps from the gulf coast beach while at this beautiful cottage.

08/20/2017 - What a beautiful, well decorated and relaxing vacation home in this gorgeous resort style community in Pointe West, Galveston. The cottage was extremely clean and well appointed, with plenty of natural light with spectacular views of the Bay as well as the Gulf Coast and Lagoon. At night, we sat out on the patio to watch the sunset on the bay, while the birds and frogs on the lagoon serenaded us. The kitchen had all the necessary utensils and cutlery for dining in. Each room was equipped with comfortable beds and luxurious linens. All rooms had TV’s with Netflix for entertainment. If you wish to indulge in the Point West Club, for a nominal fee you can enjoy pools, a great restaurant and bar area. Even a lazy River! The beach is just steps away over the bridge. Each morning the beach comber was out cleaning any debris making for white clean sand for ours to enjoy. In the garage, the property owner supplied us with umbrellas, toys and ice chest so we did not have to bring our own. You only need your sunscreen and towels for a day of beaching it!

# 718265 Canyon Lake, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Charming Waterfront House on Canyon Lake - Perfect for Families!

This home is the perfect spot for fun and relaxation while enjoying Canyon Lake.

This home is the perfect spot for fun and relaxation while enjoying Canyon Lake.

08/20/2017 - The VRBO Bear and friends loved their stay at The Cove on Canyon Lake! The property, owned by Patty and Craig, perfectly accommodated the Bear and her 8 friends - everyone had a cozy place to hibernate every night. The kitchen was nicely equipped to handle every meal during their stay and the charcoal grill on the patio was nice to have available. The patio was great for sipping morning coffee while watching birds and butterflies and enjoying the amazing sunsets at the end of the day. It was a short walk down to the lakeshore where the bears had a wonderful time floating in the beautiful water of Canyon Lake. The jetted tub in the master suite was the perfect place to unwind after a fun day of lake activities, and the beds were all very comfy. The hot tub on the lower balcony was also lovely – and the ideal place to enjoy a cold drink and good conversation. The Bear can’t recommend this property enough; it’s the perfect place for families or small groups, and has everything you need to enjoy your time at Canyon Lake. Thank you Patty and Craig for such an amazing weekend at The Cove!

# 360517 San Antonio, South Texas, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail

Your stay in San Antonio can be cozy, unique and truly charming. Don't miss it!

Your stay in San Antonio can be cozy, unique and truly charming. Don't miss it!

08/13/2017 - This home in San Antonio is pure magic. Every corner of this thoughtfully appointed space is full of eclectic treasures from around the world. The effect is cozy, unique, and utterly charming. Even though we were a convenient 10 minutes to the heart of downtown San Antonio, we felt like we were in another world. My friends and I enjoyed an unforgettable weekend sipping wine under the trees, taking selfies with the friendly chickens who live on the grounds, and looking for shooting stars while enjoying the plunge pool. The kitchen is fit for a master chef, and the beds are soft and comfortable. I would recommend this home for anyone looking to escape for a relaxing weekend or reconnect with family or friends.

# 205012 Terres Basses, St Maarten, St. Martin (St Maarten), Caribbean, 4 BR, 4 BA, VILLA

MILLE FLEURS-Spectacular Ocean Views & Privacy-FORMER DIANA ROSS ESTATE

You'll feel you are truly in paradise at this St. Martin villa.

You'll feel you are truly in paradise at this St. Martin villa.

08/12/2017 - From the moment we walked into this beautiful Villa in St. Martin, we knew it was one-of-a-kind. We enjoyed the perks of staying in a private residence with the benefits of a five-star hotel! Jack, the owner, had impeccable communication before and throughout our stay. We were picked up at the airport providing a worry-free and expedited arrival and our rental car was waiting for us at the villa. Heither, our housekeeper, greeted us upon arrival, gave us a tour and came daily to clean the villa. In addition, Shane manages the impeccable grounds with beautiful vegetation – it is very well taken care of. As we explored the villa, no words were spoken as my whole party was in awe of the stunning furnishings and majestic ocean views throughout. This 4-bedroom villa was spacious - perfect for large families or friends traveling together. The master bedroom was separate from the other 3 bedrooms and each bedroom had an en suite bathroom providing even more privacy. The kitchen was fully stocked with all cooking utensils necessary to create lavish meals. We spent our mornings sitting by the pool, taking in the ocean breeze as we sipped our coffee and ate fresh French pastries. We spent our days exploring nearby beaches with pristine water, fish and wildlife – Plum Bay being our favorite! It is a short walk from the villa so it was easy to pack up a cooler of food and drinks and spend hours in the sand on provided beach chairs and umbrellas! At night, we spent quality time together in the pool and lounging in the cabana while listening to music. This was a vacation we will talk about for years to come thanks to Jack and his stunning Mille Fleurs Villa in St. Martin!

# 723070 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

OCTOBER DEAL! Beach/pool front luxury condo - sunny fall on Galveston beach!

You will be close to everything at this amazing Galveston property.

You will be close to everything at this amazing Galveston property.

08/07/2017 - The VRBO Bear had a wonderful stay in this Galveston condo in early August! Upon arrival, we were excited by the quality of the rental and the care the owner put into it. The decor was lovely, and fit the ocean side nature. The condo had everything we needed to enjoy our family vacation. We had kitchen supplies for baking and dinner prep and a pack ‘n play for our 18th month old son. The balcony overlooks the pool and has a nice seating area with an ocean view. The grounds of the condo complex were also very nice, with two pools (one for children and one more adult oriented). We didn’t use the onsite gym, but saw that it had the basics to get a good workout in. The location is great, since it’s a very quick walk to the beach and also in walking distance to Walmart and a few dining options. Overall, we all had a great time, and would recommend this condo to anyone looking for a place to stay near the beach in Galveston. I hope to return next year for another family beach getaway!

# 104202 Passage Point, Copper Mountain, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Newly remodeled, slope view condo at Passage Point

Hike, bike or relax at this beautiful Copper Mountain condo with stunning views.

Hike, bike or relax at this beautiful Copper Mountain condo with stunning views.

08/06/2017 - I had such a blast on my solo vacation in this amazing condo in Copper Mountain! I am now certain that summer is the best time to be in Colorado - there is so much to do! I loved taking the ski lifts up the mountain and hiking down. The golf course on the mountain was stunning as well, and the people I met while playing were very nice, even to an old bear like myself. The condo itself was chic and cozy, with the wood accents adding a flare that was quite pleasing to the eye. My favorite part of the condo was walking out onto the balcony and just looking out over the village and the mountains. The views are stunning! If I were to sum up my stay in one photo it would be of the village and mountains, because the coziness the photo gives me inside is exactly how I felt the entire trip.

# 99752 Avon, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Perfect for Families! Vail Beaver Creek Mountain Retreat

You won't find a place with more beautiful mountain views than here.

You won't find a place with more beautiful mountain views than here.

07/30/2017 - What a beautiful, well decorated and relaxing vacation home in a quiet and peaceful cul-de-sac in Beaver Creek. We were surrounded by mountains with amazing views and after our 3 night stay; we did not want to leave! Upon arrival, the house was extremely clean and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay, including a kitchen with all the necessary utensils and cutlery for dining in. The first floor living area was open and we enjoyed hang out with family and friends – listening to music with surround sound and playing board games. There is plenty of natural light and windows with spectacular mountain views. The view from the master bedroom made for a beautiful site to wake up. The kid’s room had bunkbeds, which was perfect for our kids to play and share laughter. All of the beds were perfectly made and comfortable with plenty of extra sheets and blankets. Beaver Creek has plenty of exciting attractions to enjoy your summer or winter vacation.

# 583085 Villa La Estancia, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

BEACHFRONT Spa/Resort---VILLA LA ESTANCIA-- Gorgeous Designer 2 bdr Villa!!

You will love every minute at this beautiful complex. Come see!

You will love every minute at this beautiful complex. Come see!

07/29/2017 - WOW! WOW! WOW! This property is in a resort community and everything is geared for enjoyment and relaxation. The valet attendants greet you with smiles, helping hands and “Welcome Home”. The location within the complex is perfect; steps from the lobby and close enough to the beach and pool to be convenient but far enough away that you do not hear the pool noise. The photos do not do this spacious condo justice. The ceilings are high, the furniture is beautiful, and the view of Lands End is spectacular! The Master bedroom has a King size bed that was extremely comfortable, and the 2nd bedroom (on the other side of the living area) had two Queen beds that was perfect for the kids with an attached bathroom. The kitchen was well appointed with nice dishes, glassware, and pans, and utensils. Our favorite place to lounge was the patio, with its sofa, table, and chaise lounges. It was always shaded and fan cooled. We utilized the gas grill several times during the week. The common Spaces of Villa La Estancia are lush, meticulously cared for, and clean. I always found an abundance of chaise lounges at the pool (under an umbrella for me, full sun for my husband). The staff was always prompt, friendly and attentive even by the pool. The resort has a small grocery store on site, or there is a Wal-Mart Supercenter 2 miles away for heavy shopping. From the resort we walked along Medano Beach to dinner in the Marina (20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride). The week was magical and relaxing, we will definitely be back to this wonderful, worry free condo. Stacy, your property and hospitality are awesome!!!!

# 907874 North Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, TOWNHOME

Beach! Pool! Fun Under The Sun!

You'll have your "fun under the sun" at this Padre Island paradise!

You'll have your "fun under the sun" at this Padre Island paradise!

07/29/2017 - We spent our vacation at this very beautiful Villa in North Padre Island conveniently located within walking distance to the beach! The townhome itself is tastefully decorated. The living area is spacious and has everything you need, including Wi-Fi. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and all the necessities needed for preparing meals and dining in. The cozy bedroom has an extremely comfortable king size bed and flat screen TV, perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. We spent our days at the beach and then enjoyed the temperature controlled pool in the evenings. It was very relaxing! My family, which includes our six month old baby and I enjoyed our stay and we would love to come back to this lovely townhome again. I would highly recommend a visit to North Padre Island and when you do, make sure that you stay at this beautiful Villa - making your vacation even more memorable.

# 483172 Island Retreat, Port Aransas, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, STUDIO

Hurricane Harvey Relief workers welcome! Gulf View - Private Balcony

Come enjoy the balcony views and take a walk on the beach. You will love it!

Come enjoy the balcony views and take a walk on the beach. You will love it!

07/21/2017 - From the moment they arrived, the Bear and his family knew that Island Retreat #132 was the hidden jewel of Port Aransas. The property features truly magnificent 180 degree views of the ocean, a spectacular sunrise, and a shaded balcony in the evening. Inside the property, you will find two comfortable queen beds that are positioned “just right” to either watch TV or to carelessly gaze at the ocean. The beautiful kitchen has granite countertops and new stainless-steel appliances. It is fully stocked with everything you could imagine that even a novice sous chef can produce a five-star meal. Tile floors extend throughout the property and the bathroom shower features elegant tile accents. Outside, we were able to use our free parking permit and consistently landed a spot right in front of the property. With the beach only a five-minute walk away, it made it easy to go back to the property for forgotten items or to make a quick lunch. We ventured out for dinner each night and Natalie, the property owner, provided us with excellent recommendations. Trout Street delivered an amazing meal with local seafood and an unforgettable ambiance. The proximity of the property also allowed us to see some of the local attractions; one afternoon we crossed the free ferry and ventured as far as the Big Tree on Goose Island (about 35 miles away). Always the perfect host, Natalie called us both when we checked in and checked out to ensure that we were enjoying our stay. Thank you for allowing us to create memories for a lifetime!

# 579524 Dawsonville, Lake Lanier, Northeast Mountains, Georgia, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

A Contemporary Mountain Retreat, NO Deposit Required, Sleeps 8, a VRBO Bear stay

You won't believe the views from this Big Canoe home!!!

You won't believe the views from this Big Canoe home!!!

07/20/2017 - It’s a pleasure to give our highest possible rating to this marvelous home in Big Canoe, and it was the ideal setting for a family reunion. To begin, the owners couldn’t be more hospitable. They were very attentive before, during and after our stay to make sure we had all of the information we would need to be happy and comfortable throughout our week. The actual property itself is even better than pictured. We were giddy with utter joy walking through the front door every day. What a view! The home benefits from a stunning design that is part cozy mountain cottage, part sleek contemporary home. There was plenty of space for our family of 8 to spread out; however all of the common areas were well appointed and designed for family time. By the end of our stay, we wanted to move in! The home is located in the community of Big Canoe, a private mountain community comprised of thousands of acres of beautiful Appalachian forest, lakes, nature trails, and wildlife. There are also a host of amenities and facilities for both adults and families. We used the swim and tennis clubs daily, rented pontoon boats, hiked and the spent evenings on one of the several porches or balconies at the home to enjoy the mountain sunsets. Overall, it is a very idyllic place in a great location. Other things our family truly appreciated were the kitchen, the extensive outdoor entertaining space, the allergen-free policy, and the well-stocked game cabinet. We cooked most meals, so we appreciated how well-equipped the kitchen was. We have allergy-sufferers in the group, so we loved that the cleaning detergents were all perfume free and the pillows/bedding/towels were hypoallergenic. We also made good use of the puzzles, games and DVDs on hand. Overall, it was a wonderful trip, and we definitely look forward to going back next year!

# 40666 Southern Dunes, Haines City, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Beautiful Townhome Close to Clubhouse 20 mins from Disney

Bring the family and enjoy this resort townhome just minutes from Disney World.

Bring the family and enjoy this resort townhome just minutes from Disney World.

07/16/2017 - The VRBO bear and family had a wonderful time in this exceptional resort townhome minutes from Disneyworld in Orlando. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the necessities needed to cook and enjoy an early morning breakfast and to gather around the table for a late snack with family, friends, and bears of course! The lounge offers a great cozy sitting area to come together to plan the day’s excursion or to relax after a day of family fun! The home has three spacious bedrooms which are decorated with lovely modern furnishings and décor. The master bedroom is big enough to host all the bears in to watch movies and converse about all the exciting memories from the day’s activities. This lovely townhome sits on right on the golf course so you will wake up to the soothing Florida sunrise through the bay windows with a magnificent view of the golf course. The home is within walking distance to many local shops and restaurants which was convenient. Although a majority of the day was spent at the park, the bears looked forward to coming home to a very relaxing townhome to end the day. Overall the bears had a wonderful time on this family vacation and are very grateful to Gill and Peter for their hospitality and memorable stay!

# 447530 Rincon, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, 3 BR, 3 BA, VILLA

LUXURY BEACHFRONT VILLA- DIRECTLY ON BEAUTIFUL CORCEGA BEACH- CALM WATER - WIFI

Enjoy the beautiful ocean views while relaxing on your patio.

Enjoy the beautiful ocean views while relaxing on your patio.

07/11/2017 - The VRBO bear and family had a fabulous time in this beautiful open concept villa in Puerto Rico. It is the ideal family getaway beach location where the ocean is literally at your feet! Each bedroom is spacious with full-size in-suite bathrooms and separate balconies – 2 of them overlooking the ocean, where we saw magnificent sunsets while relaxing in comfortable chairs. The bears made good use of the large, well-stocked kitchen. In addition, the dining room has room for plenty of seating, as well as the patio table. In fact, the patio was a favorite place to spend time, with several lounge chairs, beach toys, chairs and umbrellas, a large gas grill, and of course, the constant rhythmic sound of the surf only meters away. To top it off, the villa is only minutes outside of Rincon by car, where there are abundant restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as access to several other beaches, some of which are regarded as the best surfing spots in the Caribbean. Overall, the bears had a wonderful and relaxing time and highly recommend Pelican Pass.

# 88189 Budapest, Hungary, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Downtown Air Conditioned Nice Apartment on a Silent Street - Opera

You’ll love this immaculate, modern apartment in the heart of Budapest.

You’ll love this immaculate, modern apartment in the heart of Budapest.

07/09/2017 - The VRBO Bear had a fantastic stay in this cozy apartment which is in the perfect location to explore Budapest. Many of the city’s most famous attractions are within walking distance including the famed Opera house and Parliament. The Bear and his friend loved waking up every morning having coffee at one of the nearby cafes, or from the Nespresso machine within the apartment. With the guidebooks and maps provided by the host, it was easy to navigate Budapest and take advantage of all that charm that the city has to offer. Any sites that could not be reached on foot could easily be accessed via the excellent public transportation system. Fortunately for the Bear and his friend, the apartment is located near multiple transportation stops. After a long day of sight-seeing, it was great to sit outside and have dinner at one of the restaurants along the beautiful Liszt Ferenc tér. Eating in was also a delight, thanks to the apartment’s well equipped, modern kitchen. Despite the fact the location is so conveniently located to all the city has to offer, the apartment is on a quiet street, so getting a good night’s rest could not have been easier – especially the air conditioning which kept the apartment comfortable, even in the heat of the summer. The Bear would highly recommend this property for anyone exploring the delights of Budapest!

# 789874 Moclips, Olympic Peninsula & Pacific Coast, Washington State, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

Relaxing Ocean Views from Every Room - Dogs Welcome

You will enjoy every minute of your relaxing stay at Sea Mist.

You will enjoy every minute of your relaxing stay at Sea Mist.

07/07/2017 - Sea Mist House provided the PERFECT seaside vacation for my wife, dog and I. The drive was beautiful and unique, transitioning from lush forests to open beaches. The home itself had the most comfortable, spacious accommodations, offering multiple rooms for sleeping, dining and relaxing. The kitchen was well stocked and had modern appliances. There was also a pair of binoculars, on the bay window sill, which we used daily to view birds (we even saw a bald eagle one day!), crashing waves and the beach. The master bathroom had the most amazing jet tub that we used every day! It was both relaxing and rejuvenating! There were plenty of towels for our use, even a separate stack for dogs. We enjoyed the comfortable bed in the master bedroom, plush and inviting and we took advantage of the opportunity to sleep in each morning. There was a telescope, which we used to observe the wondrous site of the glowing moon. We also made use of the amenities, including free wifi and a DVD library. The backyard was idyllic, offering chairs for lounging and a table for outdoor dining. We also utilized the grill for burgers and the fire pit for s'mores! The outdoor space was also excellent for our dog. Since our stay included the 4th of July holiday, we watched an incredible firework display from the backyard! The view down to the shore and sea was spectacular and we spent many hours gazing out at the ocean. When we wanted to venture down to the dog-friendly beach, it was a short walk. The mornings and evenings were cool and it was delightfully warm during the day. We were provided with a helpful restaurant & activity guide. We had a luxurious dinner at the Ocean Crest restaurant, enjoying local seafood that rivaled the best we have ever eaten! We also visited Emily's Bakery twice while in town, munching on scones, maple bars, croissants and coffee. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to find a bit of seclusion and a lot of relaxation, especially if you have a furry friend in tow! SeaMist House is perfect for couples, ideal for dogs and would be a superb fit for larger families too! Thank you DeAnne for a memorable stay!

# 1039236 Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 5 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE

Magazine St. Masterpiece 5 BR in L Garden District

This is an absolutely beautiful place to stay when visiting New Orleans!

This is an absolutely beautiful place to stay when visiting New Orleans!

07/04/2017 - The photos don’t do justice to this beautiful townhome in the Garden District of New Orleans. Built in the 1830’s and refurbished in 2015, it is grand, replete with accents, paintings, books, and nooks that will invite you to relax and get refreshed. The ceilings are high on most floors, allowing for natural light to flow throughout which adds to the magnificence of the home and details as simple as a door hinge in this home are a piece of art. The kitchen has modern appliances (super-quiet dishwasher and silent-shutting kitchen drawers were my favorites) and marble countertops. There is a small outdoor patio providing a great place to relax and enjoy the ambiance. The location is ideal in the Lower Garden District with convenient back alley access. It is minutes from several attractions including the Mardi Gras Museum and Jackson Square. We could not have asked for more and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Five stars for this excellent vacation rental.

# 328391 Historic Eastside, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Casa Santander De Santa Fe...5,800 Sq Ft

You will find everything you need in the wonderful adobe style home.

You will find everything you need in the wonderful adobe style home.

07/04/2017 - Our bear family enjoyed this lovely adobe home amongst beautiful landscaping in Santa Fe. We experienced lots of exploring in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas and were rewarded with a peaceful sleep only to be gently woken as the sun drifted into the bedrooms through the sky lights. Our happiest memories on this trip were made as we gathered around the breakfast table playing chess and walking or catching a peddle taxi to Canyon Road to explore the arts and culture of Santa Fe. We used the house as a base for whitewater rafting, hiking with llamas and shopping in the farmers market/square. Elizabeth was a wonderful host, responsive to our questions and genuinely happy to have us stay at her childhood home. The adobe architecture is charming and wonderful and the amenities have everything you need for a great vacation. We left feeling rested and rejuvenated!

# 304356 Radium Hot Springs, Lake Windermere, British Columbia Rockies, British Columbia, Canada, 3 BR, 2 BA, COTTAGE

Cobblestone Cottage, Hot Springs Pool Passes Incl. Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2*

Come enjoy this fully equipped & charming cottage in the Columbia Valley.

Come enjoy this fully equipped & charming cottage in the Columbia Valley.

07/04/2017 - The VRBO bear had a fantastic stay in this cozy cottage with eight friends! The cottage looks just like the photos and the descriptions of what was provided are very accurate. We slept well in the comfortable beds, cooked delicious meals in the kitchen every day, and appreciated the bathroom amenities and extra pillows and blankets provided. The front, side, and back decks are even more spacious than it seems in the photo. We visited Radium Hot Springs with our free passes and walked around the town and along the river on Canada Day. The neighborhood is very quaint and all of the neighbors seemed to be enjoying just being together outdoors. It is about a two hour drive to get to Banff, but you will enjoy the beautiful views, so it was no problem. We recommend trying poutine in Calgary, canoeing on Lake Louise, vising Lake Peyto and Lake Morraine, and going shopping and having a nice meal in Banff. We wish we had been able to stay longer and do more!

# 796628 Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CONDO

Contemporary Sandestin Condo

Pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of this lovely Destin condo.

Pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of this lovely Destin condo.

06/30/2017 - Our bear clan enjoyed this charming condo with another bear family, which included two bear cubs. When Mama Bear first entered the condo, I could hear her say ‘wow’. The living space is completely open with comfy leather couches in front of a large flat screen TV where we caught a few movies over Netflix when we had a passing rain shower. The bar was fully functional with a professional ice machine which kept our beach drinks frosty. When we were not at the beach which was a 10 min tram ride away, the cubs ran across the alley to spend time at the pool. The older bears relaxed on one of the two balconies! One faced private New Orleans styles courtyard which was very peaceful with a running water fountain. The other balcony overlooked a walkway that led to the center of resort village which was fun for bear watching. The beds were very comfy and all the linens and towels were premium hotel quality. The bathrooms each had their own unique design. The convenience of staying at the village was a true perk of this property. A really great variety of restaurants and live music most days made the place holiday central. There were at least four ice cream parlors close by and the cubs had their choice of and yes they tried them all during our stay! We were also 15 minute drive away from Grayton and Seaside which were very easy beach trips and the Donut Hole on the way was a must stop every time we passed it. On top of the beautiful condo, Tresha was incredibly responsive and more than happy to assist with all of our questions.

# 39273 Natz Ti Ha, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

VRBO Bear stayed here👍👍Mediterranean Style-Free Mid-Week Cleaning-Great Pool!

You'll be just steps from the beach, shops, restaurants and beautiful gardens.

You'll be just steps from the beach, shops, restaurants and beautiful gardens.

06/28/2017 - My family and I had a wonderful experience at the Condo De Jardin in the beautiful Playa del Carmen – our vacation stay was perfect! Upon entry, we enjoyed a nice cool breeze inside which was a nice break from the heat and humidity. The many views from this lovely condo were amazing. We had a comfy couch and television which we hardly used because there was soooo much to do outside including the pool and nearby beaches. The pool was nice and was always the perfect temperature and few used it so it was quiet. The condo was only steps away from the beach and crystal blue waters flow everywhere as far as the eye can see. We appreciated the hospitality book where we found so many things to do nearby - where to eat, where to shop, the best places to go to for groceries and anything else you would need. Shops, food and nightlife are only a few short blocks away and go on for miles if you wish to continue walking, enjoying the ambiance. The food was so gooood and the shops were affordable. This beautiful home was delightful, awesome and comfortable. The staff was friendly and super helpful. We loved every minute of our stay and cannot wait to come back to serenity at Condo De Jardin.

# 434871 Bainbridge Island, Puget Sound North, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Modern Bainbridge Island Home with Ocean and Seattle Skyline Views

Enjoy the views and every minute of your stay in this lovely 3 bedroom home.

Enjoy the views and every minute of your stay in this lovely 3 bedroom home.

06/28/2017 - The bear had an exceptional stay at this property! Even just getting to the house was a fun adventure on a ferry ride with beautiful views of the heart of Seattle, Mt Rainier, and the excitement of the Puget Sound. Once on Bainbridge Island, you get to see a lovely town, much more low-key than the busy Seattle you just left. There is short drive to the property which is a very scenic. After parking and turning the corner around some bushes in the driveway, you will be blown away by the range of view this property provides and it only gets better from there. You can see the breathtaking views from nearly every room in the house, and comfortable outdoor seating is provided in multiple locations. The house is clean and well stocked with all the necessities. Each room has a comfortable bed and access to its own bathroom. Most of our time was spent watching the activity in the sound, including sailboats, fishing boats, cruise ships and even some sea life. It is a short distance from the house to the water. We spent some time walking the beach while the tide was out and picking up some sea goodies before the tide came back in. Travelers could fill many days with activities in the area if they can pull themselves away from the views on the property. On top of all that, the owner and property manager were responsive to anything we needed. The bear would recommend this property to everyone.

# 423161 Seacrest Beach North, Seacrest Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

Upgraded Beach House!

You'll be close to everything from restaurants & shops to the pool & beach.

You'll be close to everything from restaurants & shops to the pool & beach.

06/24/2017 - An escape to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Florida was just what this Bear and his family needed. As we made the drive into Seacrest, we were pleased at the close proximity the house had to so many neat shops and restaurants along 30A. After parking our car in one of the two convenient parking spots right outside the house we walked up the few steps and into the beachy Sunshine Shack. We were instantly met with all the comforts of home. The kitchen and living room were beautifully decorated and the dining area had plenty of seating for the whole family. It was just perfect for the many evenings we spent playing cards and board games together. The kitchen had everything this Bear needed to prepare meals for the family. The open concept floor plan was spacious and very nice for keeping a good eye on the baby cubs running around. The living room windows gave us a pleasant view of the neighborhood trail system that you could access right off the back porch, which provided a lovely shaded path for walking or bicycling. We enjoyed the porch swing in the mornings while drinking our coffee and gearing up for long fun filled days at the beach. I must say it was tempting to begin hibernating once we slept in the spacious and cozy bedrooms. During the day we ventured a few steps around the corner to catch the free tram that took us over to access Seacrest beach. On days when we wanted to be more adventurous we would ride the provided bicycles to 30A. We were so thankful for all the awesome beach gear we were able to use during our stay, which made our time we spent at the beach even more special. When also spent time swimming in the luxurious and enormous pools just a few blocks from the house. April and her family were excellent hosts and made everything during our stay just as perfect as honey. This bear family definitely felt at home in Seacrest and can't wait to return!

# 417097 North Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

"The Brassy Dolphin " Beautiful Warm Winter Days On the Beach.

This beautiful condo has it all, including a great location.

This beautiful condo has it all, including a great location.

06/15/2017 - The VRBO Bear and his friend felt at home the second they stepped into this lovely condo on North Padre Island, just minutes from Port Aransas and downtown Corpus Christi. The Brassy Dolphin was immaculately clean and inviting, where we enjoyed cozy lighting and an electric fireplace. The porch opened to a wonderful balcony view of both the bayside and the public beach, which is just over a block from the front door. The bedroom was clean and cozy, with a lovely queen bed; and the huge walk-in closet and well-stocked bathroom ensured the Bear and his guest had plenty of room to store their things and get ready for their day in peace. The kitchen provided modern appliances, two coffee makers, a microwave, and everything else the Bear and his guest needed to enjoy three meals per day -- although they were too excited about the nearby restaurants to spend much time cooking! Mornings started with a long walk up the beach, a workout in the onsite gym (which is well-equipped and easily accessible with the provided key), and sunbathing by the attached pool. Evenings were all about adventure: The location on “the island” (as the locals call it) puts you close to all the best attractions, including pristine beaches and horseback riding, bayside fishing excursions, an array of local bistros and shops, and an easy route into downtown Corpus Christi. The complex also has “quiet hours,” which the Bear and his guest appreciated during their short stay. The Bear would recommend the Brassy Dolphin for any couple or smaller group looking for a warm, welcoming place to experience the best Corpus Christi has to offer.

# 587082 Opihihale, Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

You won't want to leave the lanai! Come feel the difference of Blue Hawaii!

You'll have spectacular views and amazing sunsets right from the lanai.

You'll have spectacular views and amazing sunsets right from the lanai.

06/13/2017 - This amazing home was the perfect vacation location for the VRBO Bear and his friends. The headline is accurate in that you really won’t want to leave the lanai - the view is spectacular, and is far beyond what can be captured in photos. The Balinese daybed on the lanai was truly relaxing, and the provided electric grill and table set made for a perfect dinner setting while watching the amazing sunsets. In the home, the living room was very comfortable and all features and appliances were modern and worked perfectly. In the bedrooms, the beds were all very comfortable and much appreciated after a long day spent swimming, snorkeling and hiking at the amazing Lava Rock Beach which was just down the road. While there are neighbors, the area was very quiet and peaceful at night, with only the sound of insects and birds chirping, along with the soothing sound of the majestic ocean. It was truly relaxing. When not at the house, we ventured out to Kona, coffee plantations and nearby small towns. This bear and his friends would certainly stay again, and highly recommend this property for your stay on the Big Island of Hawaii!

# 555312 The Crane, St. Philip, Barbados, Caribbean, 5 BR, 5 BA, VILLA

Perch Perfect- Award-Winning villa Next To The World-Famous Crane Beach!

Just like living in paradise while vacationing in Barbados!

Just like living in paradise while vacationing in Barbados!

06/10/2017 - From the moment the VRBO Bear & her family walked into the Cragmere villa we knew the next 7 days would be just like living in paradise! As soon as we entered this luxurious home, we saw gorgeous views of the ocean and felt the amazing summer breeze. This 5 bedroom, 4200 square foot villa was spacious and well appointed. Each bedroom had an en suites to provide even more privacy. It is perfect for a large families or friends traveling together. Each morning, we enjoyed the sunrise from the balcony, while sipping our coffee and listening to the crash of the waves. At night, we spent quality time together in the living room enjoying the crisp breeze. We went swimming at the pool daily; soaking up the sun and lounging on the daybeds. One of our favorite things to do while staying at Cragmere was going on a quick 10 minute walk to Crane Beach. This beach has breathtaking views and the waves provided hours of entertainment for our entire family. This is a vacation we will remember and talk about for years to come thanks to the stunning Cragmere villa in Barbados!



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