Girls Weekend in Austin, Texas


Jenny HA short time ago, I visited Austin, Texas for a “Girls Weekend.”  Coming from Louisiana, New Jersey and Colorado, we were looking for a cool city to meet up in and spend the weekend exploring, shopping, eating and generally enjoying each other’s company.  Austin was a perfect pick!

There are so many restaurants to choose from, including outdoor bars where we could people-watch (one of my favorite activities!).  Austin’s theme “Keep Austin Weird” is apparent throughout the city.  It’s a very unique city that is proud of its differences.  We spent an entire day shopping on Congress Street – there are so many funky new and vintage shops – something for everyone! Uncommon Objects was a shop we all loved. 

In general, Austin was a great city for us because we could walk around, pop into shops, stop to eat at all the local restaurants and food trucks, and see the town without having to drive a lot. Then there is the music and nightlife scene!  6th Street is the place to be – grab a bite to eat and then stay for happy hour and a night of local music and dancing.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family adventure or a fun weekend with friends, you won’t be disappointed with Austin. Want to hear more about Austin and other spots in Texas? Come back to the RCI Blog this week. We’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited Texas themselves!

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Planning a trip to Florida? Check out the gulf coast!


Jennifer H. - RCI Technology UpdatesLooking for a fun vacation spot in Florida? While Orlando and the normal coastal cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale are great, don’t rule out the panhandle on Florida’s gulf coast. There are so many options that I never even knew about before visiting last year for the first time. I was lucky enough to have to travel there for work, but I’ve gone back since (as have many of my co-workers!) for rest and relaxation.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit Destin, Fort Walton Beach and various beaches along the beautiful Route 30A in northwest Florida.  There is something for everyone there!

 

If you want something fun and family friendly, Fort Walton Beach and Destin have many restaurants, shopping (the shops in Destin Commons), marinas that offer boat rentals, mini-golf and other fun activities for everyone in the family. Tommy Bahamas (great for fish tacos!) and Cuvee Bistro (Grouper Vince was my favorite!) are two of my favorite restaurants that I never miss when I visit.

 

Another gorgeous area you don’t want to miss is the beaches of South Walton along Route 30a. There are some beautiful options off the beaten path. I couldn’t believe how different the areas are from one another and how much there is to do. Grayton Beach, Seaside and Rosemary Beach are my personal favorites.  Grayton Beach has a beautiful state park (Grayton Beach State Park) – this part of the panhandle is just breathtaking! And it is perfect for kayaking, riding your bike or just relaxing on the beach and enjoying some well-deserved R&R. In Rosemary Beach, one of my favorite places is a little apothecary shop named Pish Posh Patchouli’s. They have amazing homemade lotions and bath products along with cool gifts and beauty products.  Shopping at Seaside is fun, too – I can never walk out of Sundog Books without a handful of new reading material.

 

Want to hear more? Come back to the RCI Blog this week, where we will be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited the many towns along Florida’s gulf coast.

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Awestruck in Steamboat Springs, CO


RCI Technology UpdatesAs a child and teenager, my family went on ski vacations to Colorado almost every winter.  After graduating college, I even took a job in Colorado and lived there for a while.  Yet, somehow, I’d never made it to Steamboat Springs.

This fall, I finally had the chance to visit Steamboat and it totally lives up to the hype of the quintessential ski town (or “snowboard town” if you’re like me). There is a charming downtown with lots of shops and so many restaurants.  There is even a little feel of “the old west.” And the views are just amazing…I couldn’t help but be in constant awe of the beautiful mountains.

You can fly directly into Steamboat but I chose to fly into Denver and make the drive – Colorado is just so gorgeous I wanted to soak it all in.  I stayed right on the mountain – ski in/ski out – and it was perfect.  The units were nice, clean and comfortable and the staff was so friendly. The mountain wasn’t open yet, but while I was visiting they got their first snowfall of the year…it’s really a magical feeling!

This week on the RCI Blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have also experienced the magic of Steamboat Springs. Be sure to check back!

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Next stop: Branson, MO!


Jennifer H. - RCI Technology UpdatesAs a country music fan, I’ve always wanted to visit Branson, MO. Every day there are multiple live performances—a music lover’s dream! As I started to research the destination, I learned there is a lot more to Branson than just country music—it looks like a great romantic getaway for my fiancée and me and, someday, a great place to take our family. Theme parks, concerts, drive-in movies, pools, water sports on the lake, golfing and of course shopping and great restaurants. My next vacation will be on Table Rock Lake, it looks beautiful and I can’t wait to explore all that Branson has to offer. When I come back, I’ll be sure to blog about what we did and what we liked most!

This week, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who vacationed in Branson – enjoying everything from seeing exciting shows and eating at delicious restaurants to visiting a butterfly museum and just relaxing. Be sure to check back!

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Winter in the New England States


Jennifer H. - RCI Technology UpdatesGrowing up it was a family tradition to go on a ski vacation to Killington/Pico, Vermont each winter.  Sometimes it was just our family but more often than not, we would have 2-3 condos full of people.  We’d drive up in a caravan of cars loaded with downhill and cross country skis, poles, boots, snowboards, snowshoes, ice skates, you name it, it’s in one of the vehicles.

My favorite part of those vacations was just getting away from our daily lives and to spend time with family and friends – whether it was racing down the mountain, lunch at the peak, après-ski at the base, hitting the hot tub, big group dinners, or sitting in front of the fireplace recounting our adventures on the hill and making plans for the next day.  I have the best memories from our family ski trips and I will cherish them forever.

It’s exciting to hear from members about the memories they have made while on vacation. This week, we will post stories and photos from subscribing members who have traveled to Vermont and other New England states in the winter. Be sure to come back!

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