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.
# 452799 June Lake, Gold Country & High Sierra, California, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, CHALET
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Fishermans Village, Sandestin Area, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, 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
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
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
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
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'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
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!
# 1022229 Corpus Christi, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
What a great place to stay when visiting Corpus Christi.
06/09/2017 - We had a wonderful time in this clean, organized and comfortable condo in Corpus Christi! Kandi, the owner was very helpful and extremely responsive. We enjoyed all the comforts of home, including beach towels/toys, puzzles, books and movies and we found even more beach equipment i.e. Beach chairs, skim boards, life jackets, fishing poles etc. in the garage. The elevator made carrying luggage/groceries up a simple task. Inside the condo, the décor is extremely colorful and well furnished, including a well equipped kitchen to prepare meals. The bedrooms have ample storage and the beds were comfortable. There is ample seating both in the dining and living room and we found that having a washer and dryer in the condo was a lifesaver. The pool was clean and there were pool toys available to use. There is a small picnic table, multiple lounge chairs and a shade structure. Along the water there are the boat slips as well as a nice deck to sit and watch the birds, fish or watch the amazing sunset! The location was great - we had no shortage of amazing restaurants and shopping conveniences nearby. The condo is minutes to 3 different beach access points. We took a day trip to Mustang Island (excellent beaches), Corpus Christi (USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium) and Port A where there is a pirate ship cruise and dolphin siting cruises too. So many cool things to see while we were there! Overall we had a fantastic vacation and we highly recommend this vacation rental property!
# 826787 Seabreeze Beach, South Padre Island, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO
Penthouse with a view!
05/25/2017 - This lovely beachfront condo in South Padre Island was the perfect beach getaway for this VRBO Bear and his friend! There was no need to make plans for entertainment - we were content with making the brief walk to the beach and then retreating back to our cozy condo once we had enough sun! The views from the balcony are simply unbeatable and the warm breeze so inviting. We enjoyed eating all of our meals and having drinks on the balcony watching the waves. The kitchen provided all the necessities needed to cook our meals — we recommend stopping at one of the local seafood markets for delicious fresh-caught shrimp! The bedroom was spacious and has a comfy King-size bed! Overall this condo has everything you need, including beach towels, sand toys, boogie boards, even a blender for piña coladas. The condo’s location was perfect, with a convenience store within walking distance, and many shops and restaurants just down the road. The VRBO Bear would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing weekend by the sea.
# 497794 Ocean House I, Gulf Shores Central, Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO
Steps away from the beach!
05/22/2017 - The VRBO Bear truly enjoyed a beach getaway while steps away from the coast at Gulf Shores, Alabama. The luxurious condo had ample space for the Bear and friends, while providing a breathtaking view of the ocean. The location could not be any better, with this condo being right along the ocean and very close to all other attractions in the area. All essentials needed for a relaxing vacation were provided. Every room was beautifully decorated and set the tone with its seashore-themed touches. When not taking in the sun on the balcony, the Bear go for a swim in the beachside pool (downstairs) or take a dip in the ocean only a moment’s walk away. Best of all was the extremely friendly and responsive host, June, who made this trip flow seamlessly. I look forward to returning and would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for their own beach getaway!
# 99503 Wimberley, Hill Country, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CABIN
Rock your cares away while taking in the Cypress Creek beauty.
05/21/2017 - Sundance Lodge was truly a relaxing retreat for the Bear and his friends as they enjoyed being surrounded by the Texas Hill Country in a spacious, welcoming vacation home. While located a short walk away from the Wimberley town square, Sundance Lodge provided a private retreat during our stay. We enjoyed watching the multitude of birds, squirrels (including rock squirrels), and deer from the porch which overlooks Cypress Creek. The outdoor kitchen made for memorable meals with family, and the dogs were free to relax and enjoy their stay along with their owners (including a dip in the creek). Tina and Shellye were incredibly accommodating hosts, providing all the necessities for spending time at the Lodge as well as a wealth of information for venturing out in the nearby area for dining, outdoor activities, and shopping. The bear and his friends would highly recommend Sundance Lodge to visitors to Wimberley and the surrounding areas, and hope to return soon.
# 97096 Paris Arrondissement 5, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 0 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT
A true GEM in the perfect location!
05/19/2017 - This airy and bright studio is an absolute GEM and it was perfect for the VRBO bear and its partner. The location of this lovely property is ideal. It was a breeze to get to and from the apartment from the Gare Du Nord Train station. In addition, there are plenty of subway options within minutes of the house (RER B, M4) and many bus stops as well. The local grocery store literally a two minute walk away from the apartment, and a lovely creperie and bakery are located just downstairs. Rue De la Harpe itself is buzzing with great food options and many museums and Notre Dame is right around the corner. The Eiffel Tower is 4.1km (2.5 miles) away from the apartment and a scenic 50 min walk to the tower runs along the Seine River and covers a lot of Paris’ best sights and museums including The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and the Tuileries. Even though the house is on a busy street, once you close the door, the sounds vanish letting you unwind in peace. The apartment is full of light, very tastefully decorated, and had all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay (including a washer, iron, TV, great shower fixtures, and reliable internet). We loved coming home to this cozy retreat after a long day of walking around in Paris and we really look forward to visiting again.
# 149213 Lincoln City, Central Coast, Oregon, USA, 5 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Wonderful place to relax and just steps from the beautiful Oregon coast.
05/17/2017 - Our bear clan had a great time at the Drift Away house. The location is hard to beat, just a few houses from the ocean! The beach access is less than a block away and leads to a wide, sandy beach perfect for sandcastles, playing in the surf, Frisbee, kite flying, and more! The location was the perfect base for exploring the Oregon coast, and the great DVD collection kept us busy when the weather didn’t cooperate. The spacious home easily accommodated all of us with plenty of room for lounging in the family room and a big dining table for meals. We loved the views from the upper floor decks and the hot tub was heavenly. We found the kitchen well stocked with everything we needed to whip up breakfast, lunch and dinner. When we didn’t feel like cooking, the nearby areas had plenty of great dining options to choose from. Tanya and her husband are professionals and it shows. The home included a binder full of useful information and suggestions for the area, and instructions for all of the house amenities were clearly posted. Thanks for making Drift Away our home away from home on the Oregon coast!
# 857142 Galveston, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA, 3 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Just sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset or a stroll to the beach.
05/15/2017 - Las Brisas in Pointe West was the ideal place for the VRBO Bear and family to relax. The house was perfect and the owner, Lauren, was fantastic and very quick to respond to any questions. The home had everything we needed: comfortable beds; brand new kitchen appliances, games, TV with cable and Netflix, and the Bear’s favorite, multiple decks to relax and enjoy the sunset. Lauren even provided pack-n-plays and baby gates for the toddlers on the trip, so everyone was taken care of. The ground floor patio also had hammocks, a weber charcoal grill, fire pit, outdoor shower and hose to rise off sand, and a garage that was packed with everything the Bear needed for the beach: from beach chairs to sand toys and even a wagon to help with transportation. The beach access was only three houses down the block, and the Clubhouse with family friendly infinity and kiddie pools was a very quick drive. Staying for a week in May meant that during the week, we had the beach practically to ourselves, and when the weekend came around it was never crowded. Pointe West doesn’t allow cars on the beach - a huge plus when you’re a bear or have little ones running around. The VRBO Bear would definitely vacation at Las Brisas again.
# 377488 Forest Hills, North Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 8 BR, 6 BA, ESTATE
This gorgeous mountain retreat is in a great location and super comfortable.
05/06/2017 - This luxurious home provides a gorgeous mountain retreat for family and friends to get together in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, Colorado. The views of Breckenridge Ski Resort are breathtaking and we found the perfect spot on the deck for family photos with the spectacular mountain as a backdrop. The house backs up to the national forest so the bears had a wonderful hike up the mountain. The painstaking care shows in the details of this beautifully decorated home. Each room is tastefully decorated and has all of the necessary things needed for a wonderful relaxing stay. There is a large deck, a well-equipped kitchen, a loft filled with doll houses and toys (keeping the bear cubs busy), a theater room and a game room (a big hit) with a poker table, pool table, foosball and air hockey. Everyone was entertained! The location is within close proximity to gondolas and the town, whether you are planning for a week of hibernation or to shred some slopes with the clan. This home provides the perfect launching point and home base for your Breckenridge adventure, whether it is skiing, hiking, mountain-biking, etc. The owner was kind and responsive; this bear family paws-itively adored their trip, and would certainly stay here again!
# 65397 Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico, 4 BR, 4 BA, HOUSE
Casa Blanca is stunning and just steps away from the beach!
04/28/2017 - This VRBO bear stayed at the Casa Blanca beach house with family and friends to celebrate a special birthday. Everything about our stay was exceptional, and if I could rate the house and staff with more than 5 stars, I would! Casa Blanca itself is a stunning house, with 4 well-decorated, large bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a spacious living room and an updated kitchen. It is located in a private, safe and ideal location—right next to a semi-private beach, the Cozumel ferry port and all the 5th street action (food and bars). The house was truly incredible, but what made our stay extra special, was the staff. Curt, the owner of the house, was so accommodating, friendly and easy to communicate with and Alberto, the house manager was incredibly hospitable as well. We had arranged to have a chef come in the first night to cook a traditional Mexican meal, and the food and fresh margaritas were prepared when we arrived! We felt like celebrities as the staff welcomed us with open arms, served us in the house and provided us with such an incredible first impression of Mexico. There were also maids that came to the house every day to help clean and do our laundry, which was great considering we had such a large group! The remaining time at the house was perfect, as we frequently swam in the ocean, the private pool and BBQ’d in the backyard. Overall, I could not have wished for a better stay in Playa del Carmen—Curt, Alberto and the rest of the staff really went above and beyond to help plan the perfect vacation for my husband and our friends—and they succeeded. I would HIGHLY recommend Casa Blanca to anyone that is interested in a beautiful home with exceptional service.
# 488300 Windsor Palms (formerly Wyndham Palms), Kissimmee Central West, Kissimmee, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA, 6 BR, 3 BA, VILLA
Enjoy the private salt water pool & spa at the end of a fun day.
04/22/2017 - Windsor Palms Villa was truly a breath of fresh air for the Bear and his friends as they explored attractions in and around Orlando, Florida. This lovely villa was spacious and well-furnished with everything we needed. My son loved the theme rooms, especially the “Cars” themed room and had fun playing with the video games. The entire family was pleasantly thrilled with the welcome gifts, which were thoughtfully provided by Jessica, the home owner. This home is conveniently located near the major attractions in Orlando and especially close to Disney, Universal and Sea World. All in all the property was great and Jessica was very friendly and easily reachable - thank you Jessica! It was a great trip and this bear family highly recommends staying at this beautiful property.
# 183544 Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, ESTATE
This is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
04/20/2017 - The Wells Stone Resort was an amazing experience for the whole Bear family! This gorgeous log cabin is private, well-appointed, and has the perfect blend of 18th century character with 21st century sophistication. For five days, we enjoyed our morning coffee while watching the fog rise off the Smoky Mountains; our afternoons were spent enjoying the game room and pool table, as well as exploring the surrounding areas of Cherokee, Asheville, and Pisgah National Forest; and each evening, you could find us either in the relaxing hot tub, or enjoying the open stone fireplace in the living room. The kitchen was well-equipped, and we never lacked anything when cooking breakfast or dinner. All of the touches and décor throughout the house are well-placed and thoughtful, and really give you a good sense of the history of the home, the area, and the owners. As much as we enjoy the mountains, I had high hopes for this vacation, and our stay at the Wells Stone Resort far exceeded our expectations. I really look forward to our next trip to the Smoky Mountains, to Maggie Valley, and to this beautiful home. Thank you, Ken and Laurie.
# 795073 Nashville, Middle, Tennessee, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE
Here in the heart of Nashville, you are minutes to most everything.
04/16/2017 - The VRBO Bear and his very large family of 12 enjoyed spending time together in this luxurious, perfectly located townhome in the heart of Nashville, TN. From the moment we arrived, we were in awe of how spacious and perfect the townhouse was and how wonderfully thoughtful the manager, Lauren, was. Upon exploring the house, each room we entered was delightful and every little detail looked like it came out of a magazine. The kitchen and living areas are an “open concept” which made spending time together as a family easy and comfortable. The house was so packed full of amenities, the bear and his family felt spoiled – the kitchen had high-end appliances like a Ninja blender, Keurig coffee maker and each bedroom was beautifully decorated with comfy beds and large, flat-screen TVs. While everything about this place was breathtaking, the bear really enjoyed a cup of coffee or an evening cocktail from the 3rd floor balcony with beautiful views. The townhome is located in the heart of the city so our opportunities for fun were endless. We took to the streets to explore and enjoy all that Nashville had to offer and by the end of the trip, we saw (and ate) everything. While it’s hard to pick a favorite nearby attraction, we enjoyed walking through Vanderbilt University, Centennial Park, and jumping in the car for a quick 5 minute drive down to Broadway Street where we loved singing and dancing to the live country tunes as Nashville is known as Music City! The bear had one of the best trips he has ever had and is thankful to have stayed in this lovely house with such a generous host. This bear is already planning a trip back to Nashville to enjoy this home again; I couldn’t recommend this place enough.
# 389998 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE
Casa Bosque has absolutely everything you could want both inside and out.
04/16/2017 - Casa Bosque was truly an amazing place for the Bear and all his family and friends. This beautiful property is located near the Nature Center with easy access to stores, restaurants and entertainment. Don’t worry about needing anything other than what you'd like to stock your fridge with because this home is loaded with every detail a kitchen could ask for, from wok's, pots and pans, coffee makers, to toaster ovens and any utensils necessary to cook whatever your heart desires. The open floor plan with family style seating creates the best gatherings along with an outdoor patio and grill with outdoor heating if necessary. All you need is your clothing as all bedding and linens are in abundance, ready for use along with toiletries and bathroom necessities. Downtown Albuquerque and Old Town is in close proximity and is full of unique attractions. This wonderful Casa is great for families looking to explore what Albuquerque has to offer – be ready to have a great time!