Winter Serenity


Winter Serenity

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

-Gary E. from Round Lake, IL

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Winter is Right Around the Corner!


Dave TWith temperatures beginning to fall and the holiday season right around the corner, it is time to break out the heavy coats and embrace the season. As winter is knocking at the door and Jack Frost is nipping and your nose, I can’t help but think of all the things I love about this time of year. The first snowfall, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, freshly baked cookies, there are too many to name.

While it can be hard to step away from all the distractions and running around that are associated with the season, I find winter to be the perfect time to escape and explore my adventurous side. A snow filled vacation is an awesome opportunity to take part in these activities or even try new ones! Some of my favorite activities include skiing, ice-skating and snow tubing. And after I’m done with the day’s activities there is nothing better than relaxing at a beautiful snow covered resort in a warm outdoor hot tub or in front of a roaring fire.

Some may beg to differ, but winter is my favorite time of year. Whether it’s cruising down the slopes or curling up by the fire with a good book, it doesn’t get much better in my opinion. Check back to the RCI Blog for great stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who also share my love for this time of year!

 

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Supernal Light


Supernal Light

During our August trip to Sedona, Arizona, the skies were generally clear overhead. However, there were usually wonderful clouds on the horizon and there nearly always seemed to be storm conditions somewhere in the distance.

In the evenings, I often drove the Red Rock Loop Road, looking for wonderful light over the red rocks. This evening, I just managed to get a couple shots off before shadows fell over Cathedral Rock. I was about to pack up when the real drama unfolded.

A rainbow appeared, the likes of which I'd never seen before. Instead of a delicate semi-circle, it was an Olympian beam of light descending almost vertically from the clouds.

-Glenn G. from Los Angeles, California

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Weather in the Sierras


A few years ago during the week of Memorial Day, we took our jet skis to Bass Lake. The weather was unusually cool, but we went out on the jet skis anyway. The lake was deserted so we had the whole place to ourselves. We parked in a sheltered cove and fed the ten tiny little ducklings and their mom. As we left the cove, an eagle came down and grabbed a fish out of the water and flew off.

The next day we went to Yosemite National Park. The park was full, so we were stopped on the road for quite a long time. We were right next to the rapids of the Merced River. We picnicked in our car watching and listening to the beauty of the Merced River.

-Gordon B. from Vista, CA

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Colorado: A Great Surprise!


Jenny DBefore my parents-in-law moved to Colorado, I had never visited the state, and believed that the only thing people did there was ski. So when my husband and I planned our first trip to visit his parents a few years ago, I was not very enthusiastic (seeing as my favorite vacation spot is the beach!). Since that first visit, we’ve been back to Colorado many times, and each time there is something new and so very different from my home-state of NJ, that I now very much look forward to our visits.

Once, we visited a little amusement park called Santa’s Workshop, built into the slopes of the Pikes Peak mountain range (that was certainly a first for me).  And don’t be fooled by the name! It is a Christmas-themed amusement park and open from mid-May until December 24. On another visit, we spent time at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, an amazing up-close encounter with rescued wolves of all types and sizes, who even treat you to a serenade at the end of your walking tour! And although I’d never imagined standing next to a rock the height of a skyscraper, I was amazed at the beauty of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. The stunning views were like something I’d only seen on the National Geographic channel!

All in all, Colorado has now become a favorite place to visit, and I always leave having seen or learned something interesting and new – and very different from my East Coast roots.

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

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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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