2008 Thanksgiving in South Florida


I could tell over 20 fabulous vacation stories of our adventures with RCI exchanges since we bought our first week in 1996. However, most fresh in our minds is seven days at Vacation Village at Weston, FL near Ft. Lauderdale. We always try to select our resorts not only for the amenities (we were not disappointed), but for day trip adventures as well. Our day trips included a day cruise to the Bahamas and a trip to the Everglades, including a boat ride. We also went on a resort-sponsored bus ride to enjoy the sunset on Key West, a Thanksgiving Day drive to the beaches of Miami, and had a picnic with turkey sandwiches at the calm waters off Key Biscayne State Park. Late November in South Florida beckons with warm 70 degree days, cool nights, little rain and best of all, few bugs. Ahh! What RCI adventure is next?

 

- Maribeth P. from Vernon Rockville, CT

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Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


This picture was taken just a short walk from the resort, on the beach.

 

This picture was taken just a short walk from the resort, on the beach.

 

- Peggy M. from Teulon, Manitoba

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Vacation Village at Bonaventure


For my exchange week I chose Mizner Place (a Vacation Village resort) in Weston, FL, right near Ft. Lauderdale. I traveled there from PA by bus. When I arrived at the registration desk and they realized I had no vehicle, they changed my accommodations to Vacation Village at Bonaventure, also in Weston, but within walking distance to many things. I was very happy about this as I could walk to the pool and gym. My place was perfect and I enjoyed being where all the action was. Every consideration was extended to me which made my stay perfect. I did go over to see the Mizner which had its own little town right there. A quiet area for people wishing that, but I was glad to be in the busy section. Thank you RCI for making my exchange easy. Your people have always been very friendly and extremely helpful.

 

- Martha D. from Bloomsburg, PA

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Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club, Key Largo, Florida


It was the first time we exchanged and it was the best! Loved the Keys. We drove to Key West from our resort – only a 2.5 hour drive – and saw all the Keys on our way down and back. Very doable in one day, but next time, we will plan an overnight stay to get the full Key West experience. We found great out-of- the-way restaurants and really enjoyed the Harry Harris Park – not a fishing park, but great for walking and watching the ocean. We also loved Bahia Honda State Park. Worth the trip! Best part of our stay was sitting on our balcony – watching the dolphins every morning and enjoying a glass of wine and watching the beautiful sunsets every evening. We are already planning our next exchange. Would highly recommend this resort!

 

- Patricia P. from Vero Beach, FL

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The Galleon Resort


While staying at the Galleon in Key West, my wife and I took a sunset cruise which was very enjoyable.

 

While staying at the Galleon in Key West, my wife and I took a sunset cruise which was very enjoyable.

 

- Eugene G. from Indianapolis, IN
 

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Key West 2009


The hour and a half wave runner tour starting at The Galleon Resort in Key West was a highlight of our stay there last summer. Watersports, private beach, pool, and proximity to Old Town Key West with all it has to offer make the Galleon the perfect place to relax and enjoy a week or more in Key West. An evening sunset cruise or an all-day trip to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park are both close at hand and provide fun on the water. Don't miss the Sunset Celebration (a nightly arts festival) at Mallory Square, the Conch Tour Train ride, or the Hemingway Home and Museum. There is plenty to do both daytime and nighttime. Even flying in and out of the Key West International Airport is an adventure.

 

- Frederick G. from Forest Hill, MD

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Key West June 2009


I visited Key West for the first time since I was a young child in the 1960's. I have dreamed of going back ever since my last visit. My sister and I stayed at The Galleon Resort in the heart of Old Key West which is right along the water. We had a fantastic view out over the water and of the magnificent Key West sunsets. The resort and staff were fantastic. Some highlights of our trip were the day tour we took by boat to the Dry Tortugas National Park, visiting the Hemingway Home and Museum, going to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, shopping, and dining out. Key West is well worth the visit. Many get there on a cruise ship for a few hours, but you cannot beat spending a week there. The people are very friendly and helpful. There is Wi-Fi all over the island. We rented a car from the Miami International Airport, but once we were in Key West, we never used the car. It would be worth the flight directly into Key West and a shuttle to the resort unless you want to enjoy the almost 4 hour drive through the Keys as we did.

 

- Kim M. from Apple Valley, MN

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Colorado Vacations - Wyndham Pagosa


Bordered by 2.3 million acres of the San Juan National Forest, Wyndham Pagosa is a complete recreational community located in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. Tennis courts; a golf course; and a recreational center, featuring an indoor pool, a weight room, games room, and racquetball courts, are all nearby. In winter, a daily shuttle to the Wolf Creek ski area is offered. Cross-country skiing with rental equipment is also available. Please note: The resort is at high altitude. Learn about high-altitude sickness to prevent the problems associated with this illness.

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Pagosa Springs 2008


During the summer of 2008 my husband, son and I spent a week in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, our first exchange trip. I'd never heard of Pagosa Springs, and had just asked the RCI Vacation Guide to find us something no more than a three day drive from San Francisco (not in a city). The resort was great, our unit very attractive with anything we might have wanted...We went rafting, hiking, soaked in hot springs, and drove to the town of Taos through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. We also had a great trip there and back, with stops at the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park...and more beautiful countryside. A great beginning to our RCI exchange vacations -- can't wait until the next one!

 

- Susan S. from Pacifica, CA

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Colorado Trip 2008


Our trip to Wyndham Pagosa in Colorado was one that we will always remember. We were able to get a place large enough for my brothers and sisters to come along as well. We enjoyed so many places of interest there. We went on a stage coach ride and a sunset dinner included. The sunset dinner was beautiful, especially over the Rocky Mountains. We also found an old ghost town up in one of the mountains above Silverton. We took lots of pictures of the outside, but were also able to go inside all of the buildings. It made for a great day for us to have found the town. We also got to see alpenglow in Ouray. It was beautiful, something that we will always remember. The whole trip was exciting for us. First we were all together on a vacation, then to see and explore the area was so exciting. We even went to the cliff dwellings and of course the hot springs. It was a great time and being together at the resort made it possible.

 

- Kathleen C. from Brentwood, NH

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Pagosa Springs, CO


We have been coming to Pagosa Springs for many years and staying at Fairfield Pagosa, now called Wyndham Pagosa. We fish and golf, bike and hike, we just love the area and the beautiful surroundings. While biking around the area, we saw a house for sale and bought it last summer. This has been our first summer spent in our mountain retreat and now we are free to travel elsewhere to find new places we have never seen. We have friends come up to visit and if we run out of room, we can just book them into an affiliated resort. It was so wonderful to come here year after year and see that it was a place we would like to spend our summers since we are from the Phoenix, Arizona area and it is too hot to stay there in the summers. We love RCI and exchanging!

 

- Barbara C. from Morristown, AZ

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Washington, D.C. Trip


We went through RCI to exchange for a trip to Virginia and while staying at the resort, we took a trip through the resort to Washington, D.C. We didn't think we would ever be able to visit Washington, D.C. and all the great places that we got to see. We are from a small town and don't travel a lot, but this was a trip that my husband and I will never forget. We took the Civil War tour and also visited some of the historical places that we had read about in history books. Those battles came alive for us by seeing where they had taken place. We would like to go back someday!

 

- Ernest J. from Glasgow, KY

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Washington, D.C. 2009


We traveled to the DC area to see the sights. We enjoyed The U.S. Capitol, The White House, all the monuments, several museums, Mt. Vernon, many battlefields and even visited with our Congressman. The amazing part of the trip was where we slept each evening. We stayed at an RCI affiliated resort for the week. It is on a beautiful lake and away from the hustle of D.C. Yes, we drove one and a half hours the four mornings we went to D.C. but then we could come back to the "slow" life of the resort. It was perfect for our group!!

 

- Becke W. from Midland, TX

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D.C. Trip


Our trip to Washington, D.C. was a very tiring, but inspirational trip. We saw so many sights of interest, and they were educational as well. The Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery was just breathtaking to watch. This is a trip I would recommend to anyone. We saw Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, the Kennedy graves, and all the points of interest. We took so many photos and videos so we can always share these memories. The weather was beautiful and we saw the National Christmas Tree, the White House, and too many other sights to name! We stayed at Eagle Trace at Massanutten Resort. The resort was so big, there were so many things to do. We loved it there and this year we are planning on going back and taking the Civil War tour. My husband and I are big history fans and we love to visit places of interest that let you go back in time and think about what happened and where. I hope you got something from my story. Thanks!

 

- Johnny B. from Morristown, TN

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Virginia Vacations - Massanutten Resorts




Discover Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, home to Massanutten, a four seasons resort destination. It's the ideal setting for seeking your roots in history, your place in nature, and rejuvenation through recreation. Massanutten has it all, with sking, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, golf, wine tasting, wildlife, entertainment, and history all onsite or nearby. Check out this video to see all Massanutten has to offer for your next vacation!
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Wlliamsburg 2008


My trip to Williamsburg was the greatest trip. I took my two grandchildren, ages 11 and 7 as well as my neighbor and her two children. We drove down to Virginia from New York and had a wonderful scenic ride. Once we arrived in Williamsburg we were very pleased with our resort. We found the resort to be spacious, clean, and very accommodating. The surrounding amenities were great. The pool area was really nice and clean...I truly recommend using RCI to anyone looking to exchange great accommodations. They will truly meet your expectations.

- Josephine R. from Brooklyn, NY
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Massanutten, VA 8/09


It's so hard to get an active family together, but we managed it this year at Massanutten. Our daughter came with her husband and 3 year old son. Our son and his girlfriend came in from DC and our oldest son, his wife and two little girls, ages 1 and 5 came too. Only one family could stay the entire week with Craig and I, but it worked out that the guys all got a chance to golf, the girls all got to go trail riding, we got to bike, swim, enjoy the water park and the chairlift and magic show. PLUS we had plenty of time to play games and enjoy each others company...My husband and I have been to this resort many other times, but sharing it with the kids and grandkids really made our vacation special. Thanks so much for providing this wonderful opportunity!!

- Sally R. from Mifflinburg, PA
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Massanutten


View from the top of Massanutten Mt. in Virginia with all its peace and tranquility. Spectacular ski lift rides, plus all the fun and challenging activities the resort offers. A great family vacation destination, as well as for all. My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our time at Massanutten. Don't just take my word for it, go check it out for yourself!

View from the top of Massanutten Mt. in Virginia with all its peace and tranquility. Spectacular ski lift rides, plus all the fun and challenging activities the resort offers. A great family vacation destination, as well as for all. My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our time at Massanutten. Don't just take my word for it, go check it out for yourself!

- Linda G. from Sykesville, MD
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Trip to Shenandoah Valley


After enjoying each of our exchange vacations through RCI to such places as Costa Rica, Orlando, and the Poconos, our family of eighteen found our trip to an RCI affiliated resort in the Shenandoah Valley the best. Washington, D. C. was close, as were visits to many nearby sites: Civil War battlegrounds, estates of American historical figures, and beautiful landscapes. The amenities at the Eagle Trace at Massanutten were comfortable, elegant, complete. The setting is rustic, with groundhogs, deer, and other critters visiting below our balconies on a nightly basis (even an occasional skunk!). Eagle Trace had more than enough to keep everyone busy: golf, swimming, horseback riding, wonderful hiking trails. We'll go back.

- Eugene W. from Argyle, TX
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Massanutten


My family trip to Massanutten: This was one of the best trips I have ever been on. We had so much to do there. The family loved it. We did things we had never done before. We tried skiing, snow boarding, horse back riding, and surfing. I bet you are wondering how we did all of that at one place, well we did! Oh yeah we also did crafts I mean the whole family...This was one of the best affiliated resorts we have been to!

- Sheila R. from Grandy, NC
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