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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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# 760987 West Newport, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 3 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Lux on Peninsula Newport Beach - 9 Houses to Ocean - Roof Terrace BBQ garage

This is a wonderful condo just steps from Newport beach.

This is a wonderful condo just steps from Newport beach.

01/06/2018 - On the first 5 nights of 2018, the VRBO Bear and two families stayed in this fantastic condo - steps away from Newport Beach. Michael, the owner was very accommodating and responsive to all of our requests. After a tiring day at Knott’s Berry Farm, we were so happy to enter a home that was clean and ready for our stay. The following morning, we carried the beach toys (provided)to the beach - it was so relaxing! The location of the condo was perfect. We made a short two mile scenic drive to go whale watching and deep sea fishing. DisneyLand and Legoland were nearby as well. The house is fully equipped with all the amenities we needed, including a washer/dryer, internet access, two TVs, BBQ grill, and lots of additional linens needed for a comfortable stay. The detailed instructions and recommendations from Michael were very helpful as well. It was the first time for my daughter and her friend to have a sleep-over party. They had their own bedroom with two twin beds and they were so happy! Thank you so much Michael for the lovely stay and the wonderful vacation!

# 36610 Destiny Beach Villas, Scenic Gulf Drive Central West, Destin Area, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 2 BA, VILLA

Villa- 4 Bedrooms -50 Steps to Beach!

Come enjoy the beautiful Destin beaches and this cozy & convenient villa.

Come enjoy the beautiful Destin beaches and this cozy & convenient villa.

12/30/2017 - The VRBO Bear and family enjoyed an incredible after-Christmas stay in this cozy and convenient villa in Destin, Florida! We enjoyed the beautiful Destin Beach, a mere 50 steps away and had few tourists due to this being the off-season. The villa had comfortable furniture and several amenities to make our stay feel like we were at home. The five of us stayed in both sections of the villa and had ample amounts of space to cook/eat together and also go to our separate rooms for some downtime. Our gracious host made sure we had plenty of information on local things-to-do, restaurants, and even the weather so we could make the most of our time. We ventured out most days to either grab a bite or enjoy the perfect sand and water on the beach. We particularly enjoyed The Crab Trap restaurant since it is directly across the street from the villa, has a great food and beverage selection, and a playground out back for the kids! We truly enjoyed our white sand holiday getaway and look forward to returning this summer!

# 668390 Canyon, Panhandle Plains, Texas, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Doves Rest Cabins - Fortress, on the West Rim

The views were amazing and you are just a short drive to great hiking trails.

The views were amazing and you are just a short drive to great hiking trails.

12/26/2017 - Our stay at the Dove’s Rest Fortress was absolutely amazing. We could not have picked a better place to spend our Christmas holiday – they even had an adorable little Christmas tree already decorated and lit when we arrived! While this property is a 2 bed/2 bath, it was just the bear, a friend, and our two dogs, so we only utilized one half of the property. Each morning, we enjoyed watching the pink and purple sunrise come up over the canyon from the back deck and kitchen. The fireplace gave us that wonderful holiday feel and we enjoyed having the Apple TV to watch movies after dark. The kitchen was fully stocked with appliances, and I made a huge array of meals for our Christmas holiday – from homemade ramen, to reverse seared ribeye, to quiche, to a full ham dinner with all the usual Christmas holiday side dishes. This would be such a fun place to go back to with family or another couple! It was a quick (10 minute) drive to Palo Duro Canyon State Park where we hiked the Lighthouse Trail and the Rock Garden Trail. Our dogs fully enjoyed exploring the canyon around us and we were so appreciative that, not only were dogs allowed at the property, but they stay for free! Overall, this was a truly fantastic holiday getaway and we can’t wait to stay at another Dove’s Rest property soon!

# 348668 Elk Meadows, Ridgway, Southwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Sneffels Retreat! Enjoy Amazing Mountain Views in Peace & Comfort!

Explore Colorado or just relax and enjoy the views and a warm fire!

Explore Colorado or just relax and enjoy the views and a warm fire!

12/26/2017 - The VRBO Bear and family enjoyed their Christmas holiday in this beautiful cabin in Ridgway, Colorado. The front door is just steps away from a beautiful walking trail surrounded by the beautiful mountains – a winter wonderland! The house itself was decorated beautifully for the holidays and there was effort in every room to make it feel like home. There were seven of us and we had plenty of space to play games, cook together, relax and enjoy each other’s company as we sat by the cozy, warm fireplace. The bear could not have asked for more! Marsha, the owner went above and beyond as a host, giving tips on hiking trails and updating us on the weather. She suggested a short 15 minute drive to the Hot Springs, in Ouray. The chilly wintry air made our soak in the hot springs so inviting. We stopped by some tourist attractions in Ridgway and since we are John Wayne fans, we ate at the True Grit Café and stopped by the Outlaw Saloon, where John Wayne’s hat and signed autograph are placed, and both having ties to his films. We enjoyed spending a ‘white’ Christmas here and since we are from Texas, it was a first! We are so thankful for this experience and will cherish these memories forever.

# 1031308 Old Florida Village, Santa Rosa Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Florida North West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

FREE Street Legal Golf Cart-New 30A Beach House-4 BR-Sleeps10-Private Pool

Enjoy your private pool or the beautiful sunsets at the beach.

Enjoy your private pool or the beautiful sunsets at the beach.

12/24/2017 - The Bear’s stay in Santa Rosa Beach right before Christmas was nothing less than amazing! It was quite the Christmas present for the whole family. The front door is just a short golf card ride away from the beautiful white sandy beaches! Did I mention that the bear enjoyed riding around on the golf cart almost more than the beach? We could ride to many restaurants and shops on 30A, including a new 30A staple - Shunk Gully Oyster Bar. Each morning we enjoyed our coffee out by the pool and enjoy each other’s company in a great outdoor space! Each night we would take a ride to the (very private) beach to watch the sunset! The bear really loves all the areas along 30A including Grayton, Seaside, Seagrove and Rosemary Beach. This property gave us easy access to these areas without being too close to the hustle and bustle. Elena was the best host and even provided us a Christmas tree and some goodies upon our arrival! This has been the best bear stay yet and we can’t wait to come back!

# 652258 Anaheim, Anaheim Area, Orange County, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, TOWNHOME

SUITE ESCAPES 8! Walk to Disney/Conv Center! Pool!

You will love this beautiful townhouse and you can walk to Disneyland.

You will love this beautiful townhouse and you can walk to Disneyland.

12/23/2017 - The VRBO Bear and his family had a magical stay at Suite Escapes 8 for Christmas this year. Situated right next to the convention center and a short distance from the Disneyland entrance, this place was ideal for us and our young cubs. The beautiful townhouse is well stocked with all the amenities and things that we needed. They have thought of everything. The games, toys, and dress ups were an absolute hit with the cubs, and the master suite served as a perfect escape for mom and pop, with the incredibly comfortable bed, and our own personal large flat screen TV. Everybody was having the time of their lives. When it was time to head over to Disneyland we were so relieved to have a stroller and cooler provided to haul our necessities. We could have made the walk over to the park, but we decided to take an inexpensive car service(UberXL) because we were so close. The owners, Andy and Jennifer, were so kind and attentive that I knew we were going to be taken care of. We felt so lucky to stay in this amazing place. I am already making plans to come back again soon and stay in one of their other 9 locations. It was an incredible stay and it was hard to leave, but how lucky I am to have something special that makes saying goodbye so hard.

# 892112 Broken Bow, Oklahoma, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CABIN

Tranquil Skies, Brand New Cabin In Broken Bow, OK

Relax in the huge hot tub or while grilling steaks on the patio. What a cabin!!

Relax in the huge hot tub or while grilling steaks on the patio. What a cabin!!

12/20/2017 - Our stay at Tranquil Skies was incredible. We could not have picked a better place for our vacation in Broken Bow - this place is truly magical! We were so grateful to Mitchell, the owner. His response time was great and he gave us helpful recommendations for local activities and restaurants to enjoy. The cabin was luxurious and the attention to detail was amazing. We had everything we needed to feel at home. There are plenty of patios to relax on, including one with a huge hot tub with an outdoor TV and grill. We were able to relax while cooking some steaks and watching football. This cabin offers plenty of space for two to three couples, allowing everyone to hangout and enjoy. The large picture windows were great for catching views of the forest, which were all amazing. You’ll fall in love with how comfortable the beds are and all of the bedding is so cozy! We can’t thank Mitchell enough for our stay and for his hospitality and we looking forward to returning!

# 457679 Kaha Lani Resort, Wailua, Coconut Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

KahaLani 216, April & May $175 per night/$1225 week: 2bdrmOceanview SEE VIDEO!

Everything you need to have fun in Kauai and all with great views.

Everything you need to have fun in Kauai and all with great views.

12/16/2017 - This is life in Kauai at Kaha Lani! The beach view from the patio and the sounds of the ocean at night helped this little bear feel at home and comfortable in beautiful Kauai. The condo is near a well-kept and safe beach, so I could go snorkeling each morning. I could also just relax and eat by the pool, since there is both a shower and a grill there. The condo has everything, including snorkeling & fishing gear, as well as coolers. All this gear made it even easier for me to enjoy the condo and this amazing island. The condo is near good restaurants like Sam’s Ocean View, hiking at the Sleeping Giant, and is just a short trip to the north coast or Waimea Canyon on the west side of the island. I was definitely a happy bear while staying at Kaha Lani.

# 321774 Clinton, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

Midtown, Large 1 Open Studio Sleeps 5, Balcony Over Garden, Great Deal!

Beautiful brownstone apartment in The Big Apple!

Beautiful brownstone apartment in The Big Apple!

12/14/2017 - We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in this lovely brownstone apartment in New York City. The detailed architecture was beautiful and unique. We had everything we could have needed while on vacation and as a family of three, we had plenty of space to feel comfortable and not feel cramped. The location was more than we could have ever hoped for! We were so delighted to realize we were walking distance from Time Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and many other sites. The neighborhood, including local restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries allowed us to experience New York from the perspective of a local. Thank you so much for all of your recommendations and tidbits, we enjoyed our trip very much and will always remember how wonderful our experience was!

# 618818 Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Steps away from Balboa Pier--Close to water activities and shopping

You will enjoy the ocean views and super location of this lovey condo.

You will enjoy the ocean views and super location of this lovey condo.

12/13/2017 - The VRBO Bear loves ocean views from a sunny patio, having a sandy beach just steps away, and riding bikes along the ocean among the many other fun water activities in Newport Beach. Jeff & Stephanie’s lovely condo provided a fabulous location to do all the above activities. We organized a family reunion with ages ranging from toddlers to seniors and all of us had an amazing stay and truly appreciated the convenience of being within walking distance of the breathtaking Balboa Pier and Fun Zone. We took a walk with our 16-month baby girl to the beach and pier at least twice a day and she thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Even without going out, the spacious 2nd floor patio is a perfect place to enjoy the view of the ocean, listen to the sound of the waves, and bathe in the California sunshine. Jeff & Stephanie kindly offer two bicycles to enjoy multiple pleasant bike trips early in the morning and late at night when bike rental shops are closed. The owners were also very responsive and answered the questions we sent via text messages within minutes. Thank you very much for the memorable experience and we look forward to visiting again!

# 93529 Maili, West Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 0 BA, COTTAGE

Incredible Ocean and Sunset Views

Views!!! Need I say more?

Views!!! Need I say more?

12/13/2017 - The Bear had a great start to his Hawaiian holidays in this Oahu property. Right on the water, the bear loved looking out at the beautiful views from both the window in the dining area and the balcony of this cottage. Being steps away from the beach made it convenient to take a nice stroll along the water’s edge. One night, the Bear and his guest grilled up steaks on the balcony, and watched the most epic sunset. This is an above-garage apartment (or guest house); the main house on the property is rented separately but there is some space between the two buildings, and both have views of the ocean. The bed is comfortable and the size is perfect for 1 - 2 people. The property is gated and can supply much rest and relaxation, particularly when remaining on the property. The Bear experienced one of its true highlights of his entire trip… in seeing not one, but two humpback whales in the ocean as part of the Dolphin Excursion Tour, only 10 minutes from the property. The Bear found out that he LOVES Whales.

# 643206 Ski Hill Condos, Peak 8, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Recently Remodeled! One Block to Main St. & Close to the Slopes

You'll love being just steps away from Main Street and the Breckenridge Gondola.

You'll love being just steps away from Main Street and the Breckenridge Gondola.

12/12/2017 - The VRBO bear stayed at this wonderful condo in Breckenridge in early December. The location is perfect, just a short walk takes you to Main Street for great shopping and dining options and if skiing and snowboarding is on your to-do list; the short walk to the free gondola for Peak 8 is right around the corner. The condo is beautifully furnished and everything feels like brand new. There's ample sleeping space for six, which includes a king size bed in the master and an extra-large bunk bed in the second bedroom which has a queen bed on the bottom and a full size bed on top. We had a blast playing in the snow and exploring all the nearby attractions. We highly recommend taking a short 15 minute drive to the Frisco Adventure Park for an afternoon of tubing - it was great fun! After a cold wintry day outdoors, the bear family would retreat to the condo to snuggle up by a warm fire in the wood fireplace and curl up on the sofa to watch movies. Eric was incredibly accommodating and great to communicate with. We can't wait to come back!

# 672465 Kingdom Park, North Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Northwest, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 4 BA, TOWNHOME

Breckenridge Luxury -1900 Sq Ft Of Comfort, Minutes To The Slopes!

Relax my the fireplace or stroll down to the shops in Breckenridge.

Relax my the fireplace or stroll down to the shops in Breckenridge.

12/11/2017 - The VRBO Bear and friends enjoyed staying at this luxury condo during a December ski trip to Breckenridge. This is the perfect rental for any group/family looking to enjoy everything Breckenridge has to offer! The condo is very close to both Downtown Breckenridge and the Breckenridge Ski Resort. There is a bus stop directly in front of the condo complex where we hopped on the free shuttle every morning and was at the Peak 8 gondola in 2 minutes. The condo was very clean, cozy, and comfortable. It came fully equipped with everything we needed to feel right at home. The beds were extremely comfortable and almost caused the VRBO Bear to dive right into a deep winter hibernation. We enjoyed having the gas fireplaces to keep us warm as we relaxed. We spent evenings in the main living room sitting by the fire, watching TV, and enjoying the snowy scenic view outside the glass patio doors. After a long day on the slopes it was great to come back and relax our muscles in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the great Colorado mountain scenery. The hot tub was not private however it never once got crowded with people during our stay. We enjoyed the condo so much that we were tempted to stay at the condo in the evenings despite all the great restaurants and attractions in Breckenridge. There are many great restaurants in Breckenridge but we highly recommend Empire Burger and Breckenridge Brewery as those were our personal favorites. It’s very easy to stroll down Main St. and stumble upon several great bars, restaurants, and gift shops. Alise was a great host! She was very friendly, responsive, and easy to communicate with. She even made sure to leave out a Pack N Play our friend’s 2 year old daughter. The property guidebook she provided in the condo made it very easy for us to take advantage of the condo’s great amenities including free wifi and cable TV. We had an amazing trip and the condo was absolutely perfect for our needs. Highly recommended for families or groups looking for a relaxing place to stay in a perfect location that’s close to everything. We will definitely stay here again.

# 380978 Denver, Denver Metro, Denver Area, Colorado, USA, 3 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

Sparkling New and Modern, Downtown, Lohi, Close to it All!

Bike or walk to town when staying at this lovely home.

Bike or walk to town when staying at this lovely home.

12/06/2017 - The VRBO Bear had an amazing stay at this unique house. The house has been fully updated, and the location was fabulous for us! We thought that not being directly “Downtown” would mean that we would be taking cars everywhere, but we were wrong!! There were so many great restaurants and shops within walking distance. Downtown was walking distance for us, but having the bikes available made it a breeze to travel back and forth. It was our First Anniversary trip and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our stay. There were great recommendations that Christine had left in her book when we arrived. We tried to eat at all of them, but there were too many to try during our trip! The owner was very prompt in her responses and her on-site person was very kind in helping us out with any questions. This was the perfect spot for my wife and I, and we can’t wait to visit again!!

# 470616 Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 0 BR, 1 BA, COTTAGE

Amid luscious garden, surrounded by the city

Enjoy the gardens just outside or walk to nearby cafes while in New Orleans.

Enjoy the gardens just outside or walk to nearby cafes while in New Orleans.

12/05/2017 - The VRBO Bear and friends enjoyed staying at this cottage during a November escape to New Orleans. The cottage is situated in the fragrant and historic garden district within walking distance of amazing cafés and restaurants. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, one can still benefit from those areas by taking a short drive or riding the street car (approximately 1.5 miles). Our daily routine was spent waking up with the fragrant smells of the garden district and the wonderful garden at the cottage. We took a short walk to nearby cafés to enjoy the tastes and flavors of the city. Because the cottage is situated in the heart of the city, we were able to enjoy the benefits of the nearby street car with all of its rich history and convenience. We would make frequent stops at the cottage throughout the day as we enjoyed art galleries, restaurants, and live music. It was nice to take a break from daily activities and enjoy reading in the shared patio area. Our hosts were beyond splendid. Local artists in their own right, they’ve decorated the cottage with their own inspiring art. Matilde' and Gustavo also recommended local places to visit and things to do. This cottage really just exemplifies everything that is great about New Orleans. We felt right at home in this wonderful place. We were sad to leave. However, we know that we will be back soon! Thank you Matilde and Gustavo!

# 20673 Paris Arrondissement 7, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe, 2 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

Beautiful Residence in the Heart of Paris... Great Location!

You are just blocks away from many of the Paris attractions.

You are just blocks away from many of the Paris attractions.

12/04/2017 - The Bear loved her stay at this amazing Parisian apartment in the heart of the City of Lights! There could not be a better location. Just a short walk from the famous and charming open-air Rue Cler Market, the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, Museum d’Orsay and several other famous attractions. The apartment was a block away from the Latour de Maubourg Metro stop which allowed easy access to anywhere in Paris including the Gare du Nord train station. Upon arrival, Fernando was at the apartment to check us in, show us the apartment, make sure we could access wi-fi and answer any questions we had about the area. Communication is key when staying at a Vacation Rental, and we had great communication with the owner even though we don’t speak French! Thank you so much for a lovely stay and the beautiful Parisian memories. xoxo Merci!

# 417112 Roney Palace, South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida South East, Florida, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, APARTMENT

GORGEOUS OCEAN VIEW - ON SOUTH BEACH

South Beach accommodations with great views and direct beach access.

South Beach accommodations with great views and direct beach access.

12/04/2017 - The VRBO Bear had a very memorable and fun experience at this wonderful condo on South Beach. Everything is within walking distance from the condo and the views were fabulous. The couch was very comfortable and I really enjoyed the king-sized bed. The property was clean and had all the dishes and cutlery needed. All the amenities were the best anyone could ask for. The property owner is very responsive and respectful; did I mention accommodating? Had to be one of the best experiences I have had in a stay. I would definitely stay here again! Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!

# 473395 Puget Sound, Washington State, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, HOUSE

South Beach Cozy Cottage - Waterfront Perfection

The views at this waterfront cottage are absolutely beautiful!!!

The views at this waterfront cottage are absolutely beautiful!!!

12/03/2017 - Hospitality at its finest! Debbie & Rico have created the perfect island getaway in the Pacific Northwest. My best friend and I decided to take a girls weekend at the cottage – it felt like we were getting away from it all as soon as we boarded the ferry to Bainbridge Island. After a short drive through the quaint downtown area, we found ourselves on a quiet, beautiful, pine-tree lined road down to the waterfront. The cottage was easy to find and access, and Debbie let us know she was only a text message away if we had any questions. We spent the first evening there making smores by the cozy fireplace and sipping wine. The amenities are fantastic and the view to die for – we spent half our weekend just looking out at the huge windows overlooking the bay. We saw an eagle, seals, and quite a few humming birds! The beds were oh so comfortable and everything worked as expected. All-in-all we had a fantastic time and were sad to leave – this certainly won’t be our last time at this cozy waterfront cottage! Thank you Debbie & Rico for making us feel right at home.

# 806385 Lihue, Lihue-Kalapaki, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, HOTEL

POOL/OCEAN VIEWS ALMOST BEACHFRONT KING BED WIFI + FREE RESORT & PARKING PASS!

Everything you will need for a wonderful vacation in Kauai is here!

Everything you will need for a wonderful vacation in Kauai is here!

12/02/2017 - The Kauai Beach Resort is a fantastic place to stay on Kauai island. Kathy, the owner was very accommodating and helpful, providing constant recommendations for things to do around the island. The property itself had everything we needed for the vacation like snorkel gear, beach chairs, umbrella, hiking poles, and towels to name a few. Kathy had also taken extra care to provide sun screen, insect repellent, some over the counter medications and other such useful things. The property is located in the Kauai Beach Resort and we had full access to all the resort amenities like the pool, Jacuzzi etc. It is also very conveniently located, right on a beach and very close to the airport. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Thank you Kathy, you’ve made our vacation truly memorable. If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Kauai, we highly recommend this suite in Kauai Beach Resort.

# 265868 Maalaea, Central Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2 BR, 2 BA, CONDO

Aurora Sands - Spectacular Oceanfront 2 BR/2 BA Condo

Enjoy the ocean views from the lanai or get out and explore Maui.

Enjoy the ocean views from the lanai or get out and explore Maui.

12/02/2017 - We have stayed in Maui many times but the Aurora Sands oceanfront condo was the best location ever. We felt right at home from the first moment we first walked in. Everything was provided including a fully stocked kitchen, two full modern baths and even snorkeling gear, coolers and boogey boards. The owners were extremely helpful and made sure we had everything we needed throughout our stay. The property was spotless and well maintained and the kitchen was stocked with all of the basics we needed to prepare meals which we enjoyed on the picture perfect lanai overlooking the ocean and the yacht harbor. We were only a short walking distance to the Ma'alaea Harbor, restaurants and the Maui Ocean Center Aquarian which is a must see. We could walk to some of the best sailing, diving and whale watching cruises in the world! The central location in Ma'alaea is also perfect for short drives to Lahaina, Kahului (airport) or Kihei. This is a beautiful home and a great location for anyone wanting to see whales, mantas and giant turtles and enjoy all of Maui’s beauty and culture. We highly recommend this home away from home and will definitely be back. Mahalo, Meera!

# 396360 Marigny-Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

French Quarter Romantic Suite with Courtyard!!

You will enjoy both the history & charm of this beautiful French Quarter suite.

You will enjoy both the history & charm of this beautiful French Quarter suite.

11/24/2017 - Our visit to New Orleans was absolutely incredible thanks to Eric and his accommodations at Southern Charm. The bed was very comfortable, we loved the big fluffy towels and the kitchen was even more spacious than we expected. We enjoyed and appreciated the historical New Orleans charm of the house. The suite was only a few blocks from the French Quarter, making it walking distance from great attractions like Jackson Square, Pat O'Briens, Preservation Hall, the French Market and countless fabulous restaurants. When we ventured outside the French Quarter, we found the historical New Orleans Street Cars only a few blocks away. Although the house was close the activities of the French Quarter, the neighborhood was peaceful and quiet during our entire stay. If you're looking for a great place to relax while you experience the Big Easy, we highly recommend this suite at Southern Charm.

# 193452 Bophut, Koh Samui Area, Thailand, Asia, 2 BR, 2 BA, VILLA

*Ultimate Koh Samui Fantasy Villa*(Balinese Design)

You can explore Thailand or just relax in your private garden oasis.

You can explore Thailand or just relax in your private garden oasis.

11/21/2017 - The Koh Samui Fantasy Villa was a fantastic place to stay on the VRBO bear's Thailand vacation. Rob, the owner and Oh, the villa manager were both very accommodating and helpful, recommending things to do around the island. The villa is beautiful, especially when lit up at night. The architectural design is breathtaking and the pool is a great place to cool off during the heat of the day. There are tall coconut trees and elaborate vegetation lining the whole yard, pool chairs, a BBQ grill, outdoor speakers, a Sala and a large dining table for entertaining large groups. The bedrooms have a lot of natural light and direct access to the pool. The villa is well equipped with a washer/dryer, high speed internet, several movies & TV channels, and a fully stocked kitchen. The location is awesome too, it's only a 5 minute drive from Fisherman's Village (the bear's favorite area of the island) and a great beach called Bophut Beach. There are multiple supermarkets nearby and it's a short distance from Chaweng Beach, the biggest, busiest beach on the island. The house is stocked with a plethora of towels, pillows and linens for a comfortable stay. Rob, the bear and friends thank you so much, your Thailand home is pure magic!

# 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!

# 632252 Tampa, Florida Central West, Florida, USA, 4 BR, 3 BA, HOUSE

VRBO BeAr stayed here! Gilligan's Island House-Dolphins, Golf, Fish, gulf access

This relaxing Tampa home is right on the water and provides beautiful views.

This relaxing Tampa home is right on the water and provides beautiful views.

11/19/2017 - Gilligan’s Island is a great house that I would 100% recommend to anyone visiting Tampa. The owners, Cheri and Ken, were very excited to host us. They provided all the information we needed to know about the stay: what to bring and what not to bring, what to expect and how to contact them, what there is to do in the area, etc… Once we checked in, Cheri and Ken were very responsive to any questions and made sure our vacation was nothing but relaxing. The house itself is just like the pictures. It is spacious, has a great view, and is a great vacation home. The house is right on the water and we actually saw dolphins during our stay! The amenities and location of this house definitely make it worth visiting, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

# 326035 Honua Kai, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

VRBO Bear Stayed in our Spectacular Ocean View Honua Kai Resort 7th Floor Home

Treat yourself to the comforts of home and the beauty only found in Maui!

Treat yourself to the comforts of home and the beauty only found in Maui!

11/18/2017 - Mahalo, Randy & Mary, for opening up your beautiful condo to us for a quick pre-holiday getaway, we only wish we could’ve stayed longer! We had a truly 5 star experience from beginning to end. Not only was the condo spacious, clean, and comfortable, but it also included the many conveniences and amenities of home. Mary and Randy thought of everything….EVERYTHING! Beach chairs, cooler(s), pool/beach toys, beach towels, kitchen gadgets and appliances, spices galore, hooks for wet bathing suits, phone charger, laundry hamper, washer/dryer, safe, and the list goes on. The ocean view from the Lanai and master bedroom can’t be beat, SO beautiful. The resort was lush and well maintained with multiple pools and hot tubs. The atmosphere is family friendly, with lots of things to do with the kiddos. The well-known Duke’s Beach House is on the premises and makes for an incredible breakfast, lunch, or dinner spot. Try the Hula pie :). Randy & Mary provided us with so many wonderful recommendations for food, shopping, excursions, and tips for getting the most out of our visit to Maui. We took their lead on several recommendations and they certainly did not disappoint. We highly recommend Honua Kai: Hokulani #738 to anyone traveling to Maui and hope to be back soon ourselves!

# 196157 Waikiki Banyan, Waikiki, South Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

'Ocean Escape' Your Perfect Spot! Clean, Comfortable, Free Prkg, Wifi, and phone

Relax & enjoy your stay in Waikiki, including glorious views from your Lanai.

Relax & enjoy your stay in Waikiki, including glorious views from your Lanai.

11/18/2017 - The VRBO bear and friends enjoyed being just steps away from the surf, sand, and palms in breathtaking Waikiki Beach. Relaxation began as soon as we stepped into ‘Aloha Hideaway’ where stresses were melted away by the aroma of essential oils of lavender and mint. We enjoyed having our morning coffee on the 26th floor lanai watching the glorious Hawaiian sun rise over Diamond Head - awe-mazing view! The owners have fully equipped this beautiful and spacious condo with everything you need including a well-stocked kitchen for entertaining. We were provided with sunscreen, beach towels and a sunbrella for a day on the beach. You can spend your entire day lazing on Waikiki Beach or strolling along the beach front walk dotted with world-class restaurants and luxury shops at The International Marketplace. If you rent a car, there’s so much to explore on the island – we recommend you head up to the North Shore for Shrimp Scampi and watch the amazing Waimea Beach sunset near the Banzai Pipeline surfers. You can also watch the sunset sipping a Mai Tai at the famous Duke’s beachfront terrace surrounded by flaming tiki torches. The bear and friends enjoyed every minute of their stay at the ‘Aloha Hideaway’. Mike & Naoko – thank you for your hospitality.

# 593241 White Sands Village, Kailua-Kona, Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 5 BR, 5 BA, HOUSE

Walk to Beaches! 6 Bd*/5 Bth, Large Kona Home With Private Pool, & Sunset Views

Enjoy the sun, surf and sights like Green Sand Beach.

Enjoy the sun, surf and sights like Green Sand Beach.

11/14/2017 - Being a VRBO Bear, I’m privileged to get to stay in some of the coolest vacation rental properties in the world. I must say, by far, this is one of the best! If you are thinking about vacationing on the Big Island in Hawaii, look no further! This property named Hale ‘Olu Olu is amazing. The Hale was extremely clean and well-appointed with all the comforts of home. Tons of tropical trees, plants and flowers surround the Hale making you feel as if you were in a tropical rain forest. The private swimming pool was inviting, clean, and relaxing. The location is fantastic being just minutes from Magic Sands Beach and Kahalu’u Beach Park (we went here a few times – wonderful snorkeling full of tropical fish and sea turtles…our favorite). It is a short drive down the scenic coast where you will find local favorites like Da Poke Shack (amazing!) Huggo’s and On The Rocks. The owners, Mike and Laura, and their caretaker, Cassie were extremely welcoming - making sure we had everything we needed. They even made arrangements for area attractions like Volcano National Park and swimming with Manta Rays! They truly created a fantastic experience that will last a lifetime.

# 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: The feeling of touching 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 Mahana, Kaanapali, West Maui, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 1 BR, 1 BA, CONDO

A++ TOP-FLOOR PENTHOUSE CONDO!! BEACHFRONT!! and MILLION$$ 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 having coffee on the lanai with views of two Hawaiian islands or end the day watching a colorful sunset. 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

Spectacular Beachfront Ocean View Villa/ Roof Top Deck/ Pool Elec & Water

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/ On Demand Ski Shuttle & Mountain Club Access

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

Delightfu 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.



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