My husband, Lou, and I sold our home in Long Beach, California in June of 2004. We sold or stored all our personal belongings until we could find a new home. Thus began our lives as "turtles." Meaning, we managed for the next two months with two suitcases each to exist in the Fort Lauderdale area until we purchased a new home. Kind of like a turtle with everything on our backs! For the next few weeks we stayed in four different RCI affiliated resorts in and around the Fort Lauderdale area. Thank goodness we had so many weeks deposited so we could rest our weary bodies during our new home search. Thank you RCI for all your great vacation guides who supported our efforts to find the best places to stay and enjoy as our homes!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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