Enchanting Quebec


Glorious sunshine, tree-clad mountains robed in an array of vivid fall colours, and the old-world charm of Quebec ensured a panorama of lifetime memories beyond our wildest expectations. Visiting Quebec in late September 2008 proved one of out best vacation choices to date. Although "off season" between summer warmth and winter skiing, our days were filled with a variety of novel experiences, each rivaling the last. Whether hiking in the mountains, taking a tram ride along a cascading waterfall, touring Île d'Orléans and viewing the incoming migration of snow geese, visiting a local winery, dining in charm of Old Quebec City, or simply enjoying a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, we could not have anticipated greater enjoyment...Indeed, this vacation would be one worth repeating.

-Denise D. from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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North Shore Lake Tahoe


North Shore Lake Tahoe

This was taken as we made our way to the southeast side of Lake Tahoe for some cross country skiing. The view was spectacular with plenty of snow. Had a great time during our stay and they hosts were very friendly and helpful.

-James C. from Lincoln, CA

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On top of Heavenly


On top of Heavenly

We skied there the first time in 2006. We were there for 2 weeks and had the best snow.

-Ying S. from Daniels, WV

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A great year-round vacation destination….that’s Lake Tahoe.


As a child I was very fortunate that my parent took us on extremely nice vacations.  Since then, having always had a fascination with the west, it was my biggest desire to return to Lake Tahoe.  After all who couldn’t be a fan of the west and not be a fan of Bonanza? If you pay attention to the opening scene, the background of the majestic mountains is beautiful Lake Tahoe, where in fact the Ponderosa was built.

Taking the ski lift in the center of town is a must. At the top is a glorious, breathtaking view of the magnificent snow capped mountains and the blue sparkling bed of water filled from streams of melted snow from those mountains, complete with a blue sky background sprinkled with a few white clouds.  What an amazing scene.

And if you’re a big fan of the old west you can take a trip into the past to Virginia City. There, you’ll see stage coaches, old fashion trains, and spittoon saloons.  Or you can take a day and go whitewater rafting.  Or go west for the day and take in beautiful Yosemite.  Or just sit on the beaches of the great Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is a great destination year round.  I suggest everyone experience Lake Tahoe at least once in their life…I know it’s someplace you will want to return to again someday.

Come back to the RCI Blog this week to check out photos from RCI members who have traveled to Lake Tahoe. Do you have any tips for what to do or where to go while vacationing in Lake Tahoe? If so, please comment below.

 

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Winter Serenity


This old historic barn near the ski slopes of Steamboat Springs, CO gives one a sense of peace and solitude. It is one of the original structures built when Steamboat Springs was just beginning.

 

This old historic barn near the ski slopes of Steamboat Springs, CO gives one a sense of peace and solitude. It is one of the original structures built when Steamboat Springs was just beginning.

- Gary E. from Round Lake, IL

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Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe


Taken during our skiing trip in South Lake Tahoe.

 

Taken during our skiing trip in South Lake Tahoe.

- Mark D. from Morpeth, England

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Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel


We had a wonderful time at Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. The resort was fabulous and the skiing was the best in the East! Even our 4 year old had a great time on the slopes!

 

We had a wonderful time at Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. The resort was fabulous and the skiing was the best in the East! Even our 4 year old had a great time on the slopes!

- Sandy T. from Sterling, MA

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Morning ski


Morning ski.

 

Morning ski.

- Stuart Q. from Raytown, MO

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Georgian Manor in Collingwood


Georgian Manor in Collingwoof - Ski trip to Collingwood, ON, Canada

 

Ski trip to Collingwood, ON, Canada

- Brenda V. from Sioux Lookout, ON

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Ski vacation in Washington State


Ski vacation in Washington State

 

Ski vacation in Washington State

- Homan F. from West Chester, PA

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Jackson Hole Racquet Club


Last week of ski season and the snow was still coming down. It made a beautiful early "Spring Wonderland."

 

Last week of ski season and the snow was still coming down. It made a beautiful early "Spring Wonderland."

- Pamela H. from Connelly Springs, NC

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Mountainside at SilverCreek


Skiing at Winter Park, CO

 

Skiing at Winter Park, CO

- Vance Z. from Hudson, WI

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Skiing at an RCI affiliated resort in Colorado


Skiing at an RCI affiliated resort in Colorado

 

Skiing at an RCI affiliated resort in Colorado

- John S. from Isle of Palms, SC

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Ski Vacation in the Poconos


Karen P. - RCI Social Media and Marketing NewsI’ll be honest, I’m not an expert skier – or even close to tackling a double black diamond trail for that matter.  But I do love a great ski getaway, whether it’s for a nice long week across country (I live in New Jersey) or nearby in the Poconos.

I grew up skiing at a local mountain, but it wasn’t until years later that I planned my first ski vacation at Shawnee Mountain in Pennsylvania.  Shawnee is a great ski mountain for all skill levels.  It seems to be designed for beginners, as most of the trails are a beginner or intermediate, but it also offers a few expert trails as well as a terrain park for more advanced skiers.  If a few in your family or group don’t ski, Shawnee offers a snow tubing park, which is a lot of fun.  Once you’re done with the slopes, there’s plenty to explore in the nearby Shawnee-on-Delaware and East Stroudsburg area, including great shopping and dining.

If you love to ski or are looking to plan your next ski adventure, check back throughout the week to read stories and view photos that RCI subscribing members have shared from their ski vacations through RCI.  You might just get an idea for your next winter escape!

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Acapulco – Sun and Fun All Year Long!


Fernanda M. - Mexico Vacation StoriesWith nice, warm weather throughout the year, Acapulco has everything you need to enjoy the vacation of your dreams.  Whether you are planning a family vacation, traveling with a group of friends or looking for a romantic getaway, Acapulco is the place to be! Here’s a short list I compiled of tips and information for you when vacationing in Acapulco:

• Acapulco offers many different types of water sports for almost all ages – water skiing, banana boats, windsurfing, and more. I personally suggest that you try the stand-up paddle board. It’s the new “in-fashion sport” here in Acapulco.

• Acapulco is known for its golf and tennis courts, hosting The Mexican Open tennis tournament every year.  

• If you want to please the little ones, the Cici Water Park is the place for them. Children will be thrilled by the rides, as well as the aquarium and the seal and dolphin show.

• For the historians, Acapulco has many popular tourist attractions rich in history, such as Fort of San Diego and Mural Diego Rivera.

• Acapulco offers authentic food for everyone’s tastes, from seafood, tacos al pastor and my favorite –  “Pozole” Guerrero Style (green pozole), as well as international cuisine and much more. Several restaurants boast spectacular views of the Acapulco Bay.

• Acapulco is internationally well known for its night life, offering a great variety of bars, night clubs and discotheques with all kinds of music. You will find them along La Costera, Avenida Escénica, and the new Diamante Area.

• Talk about romance! Acapulco has been a favorite destination since the ‘50s for national and international celebrities, who have chosen this paradise for weddings or honeymoons.

• Last but not least, you cannot leave the city without visiting one of my favorite places:  Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) located on the top of a hill in the Las Brisas area, guarded by the Trouyet Cross, a huge cross that can be seen from almost anywhere in Acapulco. Its lovely gardens make this a beautiful and peaceful place with a breathtaking view that is worth the trip alone.

Do you have any tips on where to play, eat, or shop in Acapulco? If so, share your story here. If you want to hear more about Acapulco, come back to the RCI Blog this week. We’ll be sharing photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited Acapulco.

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Skiing Magic


Great skiing at Magic Mountain in Vermont

 

Great skiing at Magic Mountain in Vermont

 

- Richard M. from West Hempstead, NY

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A Serendipitous Encounter in Vermont


Dan C. - Food and Travel Tips and InfoSix years ago, my then fiancé (now my wife) and I decided to take a road trip to Vermont. It was our first time to New England and we were looking forward to seeing the beautiful fall colors. We drove from New Jersey, up through the Catskills and Adirondacks of New York, and finally into Vermont. We stayed off the interstates and drove along Vermont’s local highways through many charming and quaint small towns.

 

We stayed at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, located on Vermont’s scenic highway VT 108 just north of Stowe, a popular ski town. As we drove into Stowe, we were enchanted by the beauty and serenity of the covered bridges, mountain views, and the small-town charm. As a foodie, I really appreciated the wide array of quality restaurants in Stowe. I also appreciated the farm-to-table food culture of Vermont’s residents – sourcing locally grown, sustainable, and organic produce and meats from local farms and purveyors.

 

My wife and I fell in love with Vermont on our first visit and we’ve been going back ever since. A few weeks ago, we celebrated our two year wedding anniversary, also our 4th  fall-foliage trip to Vermont. In a serendipitous moment, my wife and I bumped into fellow RCI subscribing members Larry and Mary Whitney. They are happy RCI members since the mid-90s. They saw my picture in the RCI Directory of Affiliated Resorts, along with my recommendation to visit Vermont during fall – and they recognized me! I was humbled that the Whitneys decided to plan their vacation based on my recommendation. It was a truly serendipitous encounter.

 

A Serendipitous Encounter in Vermont - The Whitneys and me

The Whitneys and me

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RCI® subscribing membership benefits that you might not know about


Catherine S. - Cruise Stories and RCI NewsWe love helping to send you, our RCI subscribing members, on vacation!  In order to provide you with even better vacation options and enhancements to your overall membership, we have an established alliance with International Cruise and Excursions (ICE) – which is sometimes referred to as Our Vacation Center.

 

Through this alliance, we’re able to provide you with many benefits that you may already be familiar with:

 

  • The RCI Cruise program gives you the option to purchase a cruise at a reduced price with exchange, or purchase a cruise without exchange (sometimes referred to as “Cruise Extra VacationsSM getaways”) both with the Best Rate Guarantee.

 

  • RCI Cruise & Resort Vacations* offers you the opportunity to receive up to two weeks of vacations in one convenient and flexible package.  You can spend one week cruising to great destinations like Mexico, Alaska or Hawaii, and the second week in an awesome resort destination like Las Vegas or Florida.

 

  • With RCI Vacations*, you can save up to 70% off at select preferred hotels in popular destinations worldwide. Our members can purchase up to five hotel savings certificates which can be used to book hotels and save hundreds of dollars on each stay compared to popular online travel sites.  In addition to the hotel savings certificates, every RCI Vacations package includes a choice of a prepaid cruise, resort or hotel vacation. 

 

  • RCI Platinum® Lifestyle Benefits, including golf discounts, spa getaways and gift certificates, ski packages, an online wine store, tickets to movies, concerts and sporting events, and online shopping. 

 

  • RCI Travel, which allows you to get the best pricing on air, rental car, and hotels, making your vacation planning more convenient!

 

Our alliance with ICE helps us provide you with even greater enhancements to your RCI membership.

 

Have you taken advantage of any of these benefits yet? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

 

 

*Not available to all members

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McDonald Lake - Glacier National Park


A perfect mirror image on a perfect day in this park full of spectacular images. In mid-September, the road that crosses the park is closed midway so it is necessary to drive around the park to get to the opposite entrance. Meadow Lake Golf and Ski Resort is very, very lovely in itself with mountain views and a golf course out the door.

 

A perfect mirror image on a perfect day in this park full of spectacular images. In mid-September, the road that crosses the park is closed midway so it is necessary to drive around the park to get to the opposite entrance. Meadow Lake Golf and Ski Resort is very, very lovely in itself with mountain views and a golf course out the door.

 

- Rae B. from Kingston, NY

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Glacier National Park


We stayed at Meadow Lake Golf and Ski Resort in a one-bedroom on a golf course. Every day we had breakfast in our condo, packed our lunches, and then drove 15 miles to the entrance of Glacier National Park, where we hiked different hikes with park rangers and on our own. it was a very memorable vacation.

 

We stayed at Meadow Lake Golf and Ski Resort in a one-bedroom on a golf course. Every day we had breakfast in our condo, packed our lunches, and then drove 15 miles to the entrance of Glacier National Park, where we hiked different hikes with park rangers and on our own. it was a very memorable vacation.

 

- Judith F. from Delmar, NY

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