Most Beautiful Sunset


Most Beautiful Sunset

This photo was taken on the resort's beach and was one of the most beautiful and romantic sunsets we have ever seen.

-Paul W. from Arena, WI

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Views of Puerto Vallarta


Views of Puerto Vallarta

Views from our resort.

-Kathryn J. from San Diego, CA

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Puerto Vallarta – The Convergence of Contrast


Jozef WPuerto Vallarta, a city rich in culture and excitement, is a wonderful location to relax while still offering the opportunity to experience adventure. What strikes me each time I visit Puerto Vallarta is the meeting of opposites.

It has always fascinated me that a location so well known for Mexican culture can also feel so American. Puerto Vallarta is one of the top spots abroad, where some Americans choose to settle down after retirement. This speaks to the fact that many of the people in Puerto Vallarta speak English, as well as, Spanish. There are also many American-style stores and restaurants to enjoy.

However, if you are looking to experience traditional Mexico, head into town. There you will find Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which was constructed in the 19th century. Near this church you will find an open air market to shop for local crafts. Don’t forget to head a bit southwest of the church to find the newly remodeled Malecon, a boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon is teeming with life, from shops to live statues to impromptu fire shows… the Malecon offers it all!

Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay, the third largest bay in Mexico. You can swim in the warm ocean water, as most of the resorts are located on or near the beach. You will also see cruise ships docking into the ports, which can make for a nice evening activity, watching as the sun sets on the horizon.

Another benefit of Puerto Vallarta is the easy access to the ocean while still maintaining the enjoyment of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Sierra Madre Mountains are within easy access if you’d like to add some adventure to your trip. There are opportunities to partake in adventurous activities such as ATV riding and hiking. Spend the day in the lush mountain jungles as you explore the rivers and trails that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

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 Puerto Vallarta as well.

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Beautiful Fall Scene in the Poconos


Beautiful Fall Scene in the Poconos

During the fall, we booked a resort in the Poconos. It had a big onsite lake for boating, fishing, and many walking trials. We enjoyed our accommodations with the beautiful two bedroom and loft.

-Lynn K. from Trenton, New Jersey

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Lac Morency


Lac Morency

Such a beautiful country with spectacular fall colors. A resort with great amenities, in a country setting overlooking the lake. We enjoyed the hospitality.

-Elaine W. from Merrickville, ON, Canada

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Life on the Mountain


Christmas Mountain Village puts you in the heart of nature. The cabins give you the feeling of being in the woods while being close to the Dells with all the fun they offer. You can spend a day in the Dells exploring the water parks, boat rides, and many different types of entertainment. There is something different in Wisconsin Dells for young and old alike. At the end of the day you can go back to Christmas Mountain Village to enjoy the serenity of your own piece of nature. The cabins are nicely furnished and the pools are close by for taking a swim at the end of a fun filled day. If you do not feel like going to the Dells, the resort offers golf, an indoor pool and play area, bar and restaurant, and boating or fishing on the grounds, along with nature trails for hiking and walking. This is a clean and beautiful resort. We found it to be a very relaxing getaway resort.

-Joseph H. from Cadillac, MI

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Terrific Time at Tamaracks


The Tamarack Resort was a beautiful resort community with lovely accommodations. The condos felt like luxury townhomes with bedrooms upstairs and the living quarters on the first level. My family had the best time using the on-site amenities like the fitness center, swimming pools, and racquetball courts. We barbequed right outside of our condo and enjoyed the spacious kitchen and living room. My husband and I had a great time, and our children were just in heaven because there were endless activities between the Dells' waterparks and the fun at the Tamaracks Resort. We are so thankful to RCI for providing these wonderful vacations for our family to enjoy.

-Carol W. from Chicago, IL

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Family Fun in the Dells


We took a vacation with my in-laws, my husband's brothers and sister, their children, my mom and step-dad, and our kids. Looking back, I have never been more pleased to have taken the trip. Eighteen of us went and had three units at Christmas Mountain Village. It was awesome for all of us to be able to be at the resort at the same time and have the option of eating there together instead of eating out everyday and trying to find room to fit all of us. Now my father-in-law has been diagnosed with COPD and has had a tough go of it and most recently is bed bound. My mother-in-law finds it difficult to get out the house now with her medical conditions. It was our only vacation we every took with all of my husband's siblings and his mom and dad. I am so happy that we have that memory because we could never do anything like that now. We were thrilled that RCI made it so easy to arrange to have so many people come down with us. Thank you RCI. To many members of our family it one of the best vacations they have ever had.

-Julie B. from Sterling Heights, MI

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Wisconsin Dells Fourth of July Week at Peppertree at Tamaracks


his resort is the best!!! On site there is an awesome exercise/recreation building. It is the BEST I have ever seen. There is an indoor lap pool, a large pool area for children of all ages to play in, an outdoor pool (nice size), racquetball courts (indoor), volleyball, a video arcade, and you are close to a Walmart. The drive to the various Dells' attractions is minimal, 20 minutes at most. The old fashioned diner in the city is a must to go to. It looks like a hole in the wall, but the inside is awesome and the food is great. You will love it. Of course, Noah's Ark is great. It is kid friendly. Ripley’s Believe It or Not is cool as well. The kids will love Wizard Quest. Enjoy your time, there is loads of other stuff to do and see.

-Michele K. from Kewaunee, WI

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81 million people in the US live within 600 miles of the Wisconsin Dells, "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®"


Beth SDid you know that more than ¼ of the total US population lives within a 600 mile radius of the Wisconsin Dells?  For many, this is less than an 8-hour drive to a destination that delivers endless hours of activities for people of all ages!

My family of five has been traveling to the Dells nearly every October for the past eight years, and we’re planning a return visit over Fall Break this year.  With three boys ages 3-14 years old, our interests change daily, and the Dells is one of the few drive-to destinations that the whole family looks forward to. Here is a list of what you can do during your trip to the Dells!

At the waterpark:

  • My 14-year old –LOVES the wave pools, surfing, water slides and sometimes a hot tub to (in his words) “chillax”J
  • My 6-year old – He’s crazy about playing basketball and getting his feet wet riding the big kid slides!  With zero-degree entry pools, water guns galore, and plenty of splashing water, there are endless kid-friendly areas to play.
  • My 3-year old – Last year he loved floating on the lazy river, chasing his brothers and gliding down the tot sized slides. 
  • Where can you find all of these amazing water park activities in the Dells?  Our personal favorites are the Wilderness Resort, Kalahari, and Mount Olympus
     

Away from the waterpark:

This week on the RCI Blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have also traveled to the Dells. Be sure to come back to take a look!

Have you vacationed in the Wisconsin Dells, what other recommendations do you have (for me and the other 81 million people living within 600 miles)?

Here’s a pic of my 2-oldest boys at the wave pool. 

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35th Anniversary


My husband and I wanted a vacation to celebrate our anniversary and we wanted something close to home. We chose Christmas Mountain Village in Wisconsin Dells. We used our resort as a base and took several day trips over the course of our week. Wonderful vineyards that offered wine tasting just a couple of hours away. We visited House on the Rock in Spring Green and spent time at the resort. We had a fireplace in our cottage and made great use of it during the chilly October evenings! What could be better than a warm fire on a cold night with my husband of 35 years? What a relaxing and fantastic trip.

-Lynn C. from Oconomowoc, WI

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Sip and Enjoy


The Worldmark Windsor was the base resort for our trip to northern California wine country. While the scenery in northern Sonoma and Napa Valley was breathtaking at times, the Sonoma Coast was even more outstanding. Wine tasting tours allowed us to experience some very good wines and meet some of the winemakers, who were eager to share their experiences and enthusiasm. The small towns offered their own charm for us to explore. The resort was not only in a great location, but the staff was accommodating, knowledgeable and ready to assist. Sitting on the balcony of our second floor unit and grilling steaks while drinking our new found wine of the day made for a memorable time that I would repeat again.

-Robert R. from Hightstown, NJ

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The magnificent view from CrossKeys Vineyard


The magnificent view from CrossKeys Vineyard

On a wine tour we came across this vineyard, only miles from the resort. The view was spectacular!

-Marla S. from Philadelphia, PA

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A Dream Trip to Hainan


Jenny U.As a child, I pictured Hainan as a mysterious and remote island waiting for courageous visitors to reveal its nature. It was not until many years later that my parents planned a spontaneous family trip which uncovered a fascinating and mind-soothing journey in my memory.

We took a ferry to Haikou, the northern point of Hainan. On arrival our family headed directly to a local seafood restaurant where I had steamed red crab meat, juicy shrimps and tender large yellow croaker. Never had I tasted seafood as sweet and luscious. It is said that the pristine south seawater has gifted Hainan with the most delicious seafood. The next morning, we drove alongside the East Coast national road to Sanya Bay. For miles along the road, there were people riding bicycles passing high-reaching coconut trees, cycad and palm trees swaying along the sea breeze.  Behind us, the clear blue sky stretched far to meet the edge of the dazzling seawater.

We arrived at one luxurious resort in Sanya Bay and spent half the day sitting among the sublime tropical plants and vibrant flowers. As far as I could see, I was able to spot two islands amongst thin mist and motorboats sailing around them. People can go angling, a type of fishing, on one island where the best angling club of Sanya rests.  In the afternoon, I took a walk along the bay and touched the warm sea water while fishermen were trawling (another type of fishing) and singing in the distance. People can join in and take trawling lessons, then take their self-caught fish home. Our short stay came to the end as the sun settled below the sea, leaving a golden lining in the sky.

This week on the RCI Blog we’ll be sharing a lot of great information about China. I hope this will help you plan your next vacation to China!

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Arenal Volcano


Arenal Volcano

Beautiful resort on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Costa Rica has too many wonderful things to see and do, with the friendliest people. A true paradise.

-Dorothy B. from High River, AB, Canada

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Branson


I had visited a resort in Branson, Missouri as a guest, not realizing I would have an opportunity to own a timeshare. It was so beautiful, tranquil and welcoming I had to own it. Later I learned how wonderful the area is for sunning, swimming and golf. Many historic cities are nearby to explore. I love my timeshare! It is truly a gift to share with family and friends.

-Barbara H. from Anderson, IN

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Lake view from a Branson resort


A beautiful view from the back porch of our condo. The grandkids loved walking along the lake shoreline and finding shells and rocks that were "jewels" to them. They also loved the indoor pool since it was still spring.

-Dorothy L from Strafford, MO

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Take a trip and never leave the farm!


Take a trip and never leave the farm!

Milking a cow while visiting Silver Dollar City near Branson, MO...just one of the many places to go when vacationing in the Ozarks and staying at Silverleaf's Ozark Mountain Resort.

-Kenneth R. from Hope, KS

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Hang on!!!


Hang on!!!

Table Rock Lake is an O'Connor family favorite especially while staying at Wilderness Club at Big Cedar. Dad was trying to shake the family off the tubes when this picture was taken. We all hung on!!!! Ten years and counting making memories at Table Rock Lake. There are many fine resorts we stay at in and around Branson every year....Thank you RCI!!!

-Timothy O. from Crystal Lake, IL

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Friends/Laughter/Shows/Places


We had never heard of Branson, Missouri and little did we know what we were in for. When I did some research about how wonderful it would be, as well as how different it would be, people would ask me why I would want to go out there. However, after I booked it and read more about it, we decided to go with another couple. Not only did we stay at a fabulous resort that received a high rating, we had the best time ever. We booked show after show and I got to see Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet show. It was the best. I even ran to him for a hug... Every night we went to a different show and the people there were so friendly and caring. Branson was so beautiful, surrounded by mountains, and the city was immaculate. In fact, it was was so wonderful there that we went back a second time with other friends. On top of all the fun, the shows were very affordable compared to New York. We saw a lot of famous people as well. There are some beautiful theaters in Branson. This was my best vacation ever. We have a lot of beautiful pictures and memories of Branson and will go back there again someday.

-Anna S. from Fairfield, NJ

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