Friday, January 31, 2014

Top 5 Places to Snap Travel Photos

When traveling around the United States there is so much to see. If you are a shutterbug, these five places will help you find the best photo vantage points. The next time you stay in a timeshare rental hop on a bike or into a car and visit these must see locations to snap photos of famous landmarks and skylines like a pro.

1. New York City: In the city that never sleeps there are several options for snapping photos. The best photos of the Statue of Liberty you will get will be on the ferry ride to Ellis Island. Insider Tip: These are the closest photos you will get of the statue too. If you want a cool city lights photo at night walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and snap a photo of the Empire State Building and the NYC city skyline all lit up (pictured). If you want a photo of NYC from above then go to the top of the Empire State Building. Web: Ellis Island Ferry at Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Empire State Building. Locations: Ellis Island at Battery Park (75 Battery Place, NYC), Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St, NYC; use this map to walk across the bridge from the park), Empire State Building (350 5th Ave, New York, NYC).

2. San Francisco, CA: Once the morning fog wears off head on over to Fort Point to snap a clear photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. Insider Tip: Photos of the bridge in the fog are most dramatic. If you want the famous postcard shot of this bridge drive, bike or walk across the bridge to the other side to Battery Spencer in Marin County. For a perfect shot of the famous homes known as the "Painted Ladies" head to Alamo Square. Web: Fort Point, Battery Spencer, Alamo Square. Locations: Fort Point (Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA), Battery Spencer (Conzelman Rd, Sausalito, CA), Alamo Square (Steiner St. & Hayes St.).

3. Charleston, SC: Head to The Battery. Here you will have Charleston Harbor on one side and White Point Gardens on the other side and nearby you will be treated to Rainbow Row with breathtaking estate homes (Insider Tip: Angle your shot of Rainbow Row with Charleston Harbor in the background). Keep an eye out for the Confederate Monument and cannons, sailboats in the harbor, giant oak trees with sunlight through the branches, and carriage tours passing by. Web: The Battery & White Point Gardens. Location: East Battery & Murray Blvd., Charleston, SC.

4. Los Angeles, CA: The Hollywood sign sits a top Mount Lee and the sign hovers over the top of LA. To get the best vantage point of the sign, drive to Lake Hollywood Park (Insider Tip: This is the closest you can get to the sign by car). Once at the park, enjoy a picnic in the grass and then get shutterbug happy. Insider Tip: Best shots are at dawn and just before dusk. Web: Lake Hollywood Park. Location: 3160 Canyon Drive Hollywood, CA.

5. Seattle, WA: It's been said, especially on a clear day, that Seattle's city skyline is the prettiest of all the major cities in the U.S. Seattle's skyline features the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Center, downtown skyscrapers, sports stadiums, and just behind the city backdrop is Mount Rainier floating above the Emerald City. If you want all these landmarks in one photo visit Kerry Park a top Seattle's Queen Anne hill. Set up a tripod and click away. Insider Tip: Best time of year to snap this shot is from late winter to early spring when Mount Rainier is snow capped. Web: Kerry Park. Location: 211 W Highland Dr., Seattle, WA.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Win Their Heart With These Top Destinations!

February begins to roll around and the hunt for the perfect Valentine's Day present is on! Even with great intentions, how many of us fall back on the tired standbys of chocolate, flowers and a night out?  As much as everyone might love chocolate, we know you can do better! This Valentine's Day, treat your significant other to something they really want - how about a week away in one of the romantic destinations in the country? We've put together a little list of our favorite romantic getaways that has something perfect for every couple!


There's just something about Maui... it's in the States, but still carries the spirit of an exotic paradise. Maui also boasts some super-luxxe resorts that are swoon-worthy, and is very tourist-friendly and welcoming for new visitors. Maui epitomizes the sun-soaked, easy-going vibe travelers expect from Hawaii and the adventurous couple has plenty to experience - exploring exotic jungles, hiking around volcanoes or learning to surf. Of course, if you're after a more relaxed experience, Maui has still got you covered. Beach lounging is a perennial favorite of many a Hawaiian visitor, and the island is home to quite a few award-winning spas to leave you and your lover feeling utterly pampered.


Perhaps a beachside vacation just isn't your thing... are you the type who perks up at the mention of snuggling on ski lifts and sharing hot cocoa in the lodge? Perhaps Vail is the perfect choice for you! There's something about the chilly weather and forested mountains that inspires romance, and while skiing is naturally the highlight of a Vail getaway, there's plenty more to keep you occupied. Hiking and equestrian trails offer some uncontested views of one of Colorado's most breathtaking regions, or enjoy an afternoon together strolling through Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The Gerald Ford Amphitheater is one of America's premiere outdoor venues, and catching one of the varied performances here is the perfect conclusion to a Vail day spent together.

Key West

Key West is defined by its laid-back oceanside attitude, making it a blissful retreat for couples who just want to relax. Between days lounging on the beach and nights out dining at quirky, local retreats, Key West might be one of the least demanding getaways ever. But should you find a day to peel yourself away from the ocean, there's plenty to do in this one-of-a-kind community: the Key West aquarium, shopping in Mallory Square or enjoying the bars of Duval Street are just some of the local pastimes. 

Cape Cod

Cape Cod embodies the spirit of the Northeast, and is ideal for the traveling couple who seek a quaint and quiet ambiance but with plenty of opportunity for fun. Cape Cod's main attractions are of a decidedly nautical nature - lighthouse touring, whale watching and seaside dining as well as mainstays such as boating, charter fishing and kicking back on the beach. For an extra romantic night, how about a waterfront, seafood dinner at the Black Cat Tavern, followed by a starlight cruise with a Catboat cruise at Hyannis Port!

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is all about the splendor of nature, where every view is a breathtaking one. While it might not be the best vacation spot for the average couple, adventurous pairs will not be left disappointed. Regardless of whether you're going away for Valentine's Day or planning a summer trip as a gift, Lake Tahoe is packed with seasonal wonders. Winter visitors will have access to Lake Tahoe's best skiing and snowboarding opportunities, while summer visitors can enjoy swimming and sailing on the lake. With gorgeous mountain trails and thick, evergreen forests, hiking and biking can be enjoyed almost all year long. Lake Tahoe also boasts over 300 clear days a year, so you can count on some stargazing together after a day of adventuring. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Top 5 Ski Destinations

The Winter Olympics are right around the corner. Do you know where you should ski near your timeshare rental? With so many destinations to choose from this list will narrow it down for you. Get ready to ski the fresh powder. Here are the top 5 ski destinations:

1. Park City , UT: Our very own U.S. Ski Team considers Park City, Utah home. In an Olympic year, it’s sure fun to go ski on their snow playground. Park City is considered one of the premier ski towns in America. Park City Resort offers access from town with four parks for all types of snow sports. Web: Park City Mountain Resort. Location: 1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT.

2. Jackson Hole, WY: This is the Promise Land of ski resorts. Jackson Hole, WY attracts world class skiers to its slopes as it was the birthplace of extreme skiing. Be sure to checkout ski route Alta 1 (for expert skiers only). Web: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Location: 3395 Cody Ln, Teton Village, WY.

3. Vail, Colorado: Vail’s resort is huge. They offer something for every type of skier or snowboarder. You are almost always promised perfect powder, especially after a storm. Insider tip: Study the trail map before you venture out, no kidding, it’s huge! Web: Vail Mountain Resort. Location: 250 Vail Mountain, Vail, CO.

4. North Conway, NH: North Conway was one of the leading ski destinations in America until Western resorts caught national attention. But don’t count out a classic. Nestled in the Mount Washington Valley in the White Mountains is prime powder. The Cranmore resort is known for innovative grooming, lifts, and ski schools. This resort is a great beginner mountain for families with young kids. Web: Cranmore Mountain Resort. Location: 1 Skimobile Rd, North Conway, NH.

5. Big Sky, MT: A short drive north of Yellowstone National park is a grand mountain named Lone Peak and it stands alone. On a clear day there is no better view from a ski destination. Skiers are treated to views of Yellowstone and the Grand Teton national parks, and even glimpses of Idaho. And you can’t go wrong with a mountain that boasts 400 inches of snow a year. Web: Big Sky Resort. Location: 50 Big Sky Resort Rd, Big Sky, MT.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Resorts of Williamsburg - Step into a Nation's History!

Williamsburg is a city that truly epitomizes 'timelessness'. Just as it was a pivotal presence in the colonial era, Williamsburg has aged gracefully into a bastion of southern charm. There's little surprise  that it's become one of the top travel destinations in the US, and especially on the east coast! While you can find any number of generic hotels in the region, there's no way we could let you settle for that when some of our favorite Williamsburg resorts capture all the ambiance of this town steeped in history...

Williamsburg Plantation

The exterior of Williamsburg Plantation.
Williamsburg Plantation perfectly embodies the historical spirit of the region, with a sweeping colonial facade and grounds reminiscent of the plantations of old. Staff exude southern hospitality and capture the spirit of a bygone era, and much of the property follows suit; the resort's clubhouse is styled after Thomas Jefferson's Monticello residence, and even the resort's outdoor pool creates the illusion of a lakeside plantation.

When planning a stay at Williamsburg Plantation, count on having quite an expanse of room at your disposable. The resort offers two and four bedroom units, and while the resort's facade and public buildings reflect old-world charm, the units themselves are unabashedly modern. Rooms are furnished with warm tones - red, orange, golden-yellow and cream - and trimmed with sleek black wood. Suites themselves are fully outfitted with separate dining rooms, complete kitchens (in most suites), whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, televisions and DVD players, in-room WiFi and a balcony or patio.

There's never a shortage of activities in Williamsburg, ranging from historical excursions to theme parks. However, there's bound to be a couple days where you want to relax and enjoy all the resort has to offer, and Williamsburg Plantation certainly has you covered. The resorts boasts a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a dedicated children's pool and a hot tub. There's also barbecue grills and picnic tables, a playground and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a nature trail, horseshoe pit, arcade and an onsite spa. Regardless of how many individuals make up your group or what their interests are, Williamsburg Plantation has enough variety to keep everyone busy.

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony

Perhaps you're seeking only the most luxurious, indulgent trip to Williamsburg. Look no further than Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony. Tucked away inside the exclusive gated community of Ford's Colony, Marriott's Manor Club goes out of its way to offer guests the most complete resort experience.

Exterior and Grounds of Marriott's Manor Club.
Marriott's Manor Club offers lavish two bedroom suites packed full with all the necessities for your perfect vacation. All suites offer open living and dining rooms, full kitchens, televisions throughout the unit, oversized soaking tubs, fully furnished balconies or verandas and in-room WiFi access. The rooms themselves speak of elegance - classic patterns and vibrant colors alongside classically constructed furniture lend the entire suite a lavish bearing.

There's no doubt that Marriott's Manor Club comes equipped with everything to make your vacation one of the most memorable. The on-site MarketPlace is perfect when you're cravings snacks, cold drinks or ice cream, and access to Starbucks coffee and Pizza Hut Express is a major plus. The Spa at Manor Cub offers full spa treatments and salon services to keep you looking and feeling great, and there's even the Showtime movie theater to keep the whole family occupied for an evening. If that's not enough, guests also receive complimentary access to the Ford Manor Country Club, which offers 54 holes of championship golf as well as the award-winning Dining Room at Ford's Colony - a critically acclaimed restaurant. 


Exterior and Grounds of Greensprings.
With a name like Greensprings, it's easy to imagine a resort nothing short of picturesque, and Diamond Resorts' Williamsburg-based property certainly lives up to its name. Mimicking a plantation surveying its grounds, Greensprings reigns over the adjacent Williamsburg National Golf Club and is lushly maintained with plenty of greenery. The gorgeous grounds and laid-back ambiance make Greensprings the perfect destination for a more relaxed Williamsburg getaway.

With two bedroom and four bedroom units, Greensprings offers plenty of room to unwind. The units are decorated with warm tones and classically crafted furniture that complement the relaxed spirit of the resort. Each unit is completely furnished with its own fireplace, balcony, patio or terrace, whirlpool jet tub and steam shower - all features that set Greensprings apart from standard hotels. 

Have a golfer in your midst? A stay at Greensprings includes discounted fees for the nearby greens, a tantalizing lure for the golfer. Minigolf is also present on site, offering fun for the entire family. If golf isn't quite your forte, Greensprings offers an activity desk to provide counsel on all there is to do in Williamsburg.

No doubt these resorts are just a few places to kick off the perfect Williamsburg vacation. But there's so much more to see and do beyond just what the resorts have to offer. Take a peek at our Pinterest board for some of Williamsburg's top attractions and best kept secrets...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Top 5 Cities to Shop in America

On your next timeshare vacation hop in your car and head out to one of these fabulous shopping areas. Sometimes the best shopping trips are just a quick day trip away! Get the inside scoop on where to shop the best boutiques too. Here are the Top 5 cities to shop: 

1. Chicago: There are so many stores along The Magnificent Mile, it’s hard to visit each one, but The Mile offers something for everyone! Plan to do a lot of walking and shopping and dining. Insider tip: For boutique shopping don’t miss the trendy Wicker Park area (just a short train ride from The Mile). Best Boutique: Penelope’s. Web: The Magnificent Mile. Location: N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.

2. New York City: Manhattan is brimming with stylish stores and boutiques. To shop both head to the SoHo area for stores that will delight every traveler. And be sure to eat lunch in nearby Little Italy. Best Boutique: IF SoHo. Web: Soho NYC Boutiques. Location: West Broadway to Crosby Street and Houston to Canal Streets.

3. Los Angeles: The Third Street Promenade is closed to vehicular traffic making this shopping destination pedestrian friendly for the whole family! Keep your eyes peeled for performers as you shop. For high-end shops head to Rodeo Drive. Near Anaheim? Head to South Coast Plaza (this mall has every store including several stores for fashionable men). For local boutique shops head to nearby Montana Avenue. Best Boutique: London Sole. Web: Third Street Promenade. Location: 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA.

4. Nashville: The Hill Center Green Hills in Nashville’s Brentwood neighborhood is a shoppers outdoor mecca. This area sure beats shopping indoors at the mall. Head over to Brentwood and stroll by trendy stores under the Tennessee sun. Insider tip: For boutique shops visit Franklin, TN. Best Boutique: Haven. Web: Hill Center Green Hills. Location: 4015 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN.

5. Houston: The Galleria is massive and popular with locals and tourists in the Houston area. Other malls in the area include Woodlands Mall and Highland Village. If you only have time for one mall make it The Galleria. For boutique shops head to Westheimer Rd. Best Boutique: Duo. Web: The Galleria.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Resorts of San Francisco - The Best of the Bay!

San Francisco needs no introduction - it's a city steeped in American history and renowned for everything from shopping to sightseeing to dining and entertainment. Surely, if you're seeking a vacation that will keep on you on toes and offer a little bit of everything, San Francisco should be at the top of your list. Of course, don't even think about staying at a run-of-the-mill hotel when San Francisco has so many stunning resort options to offer. Let us show you some of the most unique and exciting resorts to experience the City by the Bay...

Nob Hill Inn

The living area of a Nob Hill Inn suite.
San Francisco's Nob Hill Inn caries with it a long legacy of luxury and extravagance. Once home to wealthy railroad tycoons and successful gold miners, the Nob Hill Inn has retained its ambiance through the ages. The resort's history is part of the allure, but the Nob Hill Inn is also ideally located. Situated in San Francisco's upscale Nob Hill District, guests have access to some of San Francisco's premier must-see's and must-do's.

If there's one word to describe Nob Hill Inn, it's most assuredly elegant. Rooms evoke the charm of an upscale, turn-of-the-century townhouse and are furnished with touches such as claw-foot bathtubs,  armoires inlaid with exotic woods, hand-carved chairs and tables as well as tile-faced fireplaces. The Nob Hill Inn also boasts rooms to fit any group, from the intimate Gramercy room that sleeps two to the sprawling Huntington two-bedroom suit that's fit for up to six guests. 

While Nob Hill might not ring a bell to visitors unfamiliar with San Francisco, the district offers some of the city's more artistic and educational attractions. The Nob Hill Theater is a huge draw, as is the Cable Car Museum and Huntington Park - home of numerous art shows. Staying at Nob Hill Inn puts you right within walking distance of some of these experiences. Oh, and let's not forget Nob Hill's unique and  breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay from one of those infamous cable cars...

Wyndham Canterbury at San Francisco

Before being taken under Wyndham's wing, the Wyndham Canterbury was once the Canterbury Hotel & Whitehall Inn and was one of the most prominent fixtures in San Francisco for more than seventy years. Since, it's undergone renovations and upgrades to offer guests an unparalleled experience while still keeping in step with its 1930's-style charm. The Wyndham Canterbury is also ideally located - just mere steps away from Union Square. 

A bedroom unit at Wyndham Canterbury.
The Wyndham Canterbury offers one and two bedroom units that combine classic charm with modern style. While the furniture and patterning evokes memories of the resort's original history, rooms are updated with bold, modern colors and clean lines to create a look that's both sleek and tasteful - and 100% Californian. The Wyndham Canterbury doesn't fall short in amenities either; the property boasts a fitness center, game room, concierge and an on-site restaurant.

Tucked away in the heart of San Francisco, the Wyndham Canterbury offers unparalleled access to all the city's best attractions. Union Square's famed shopping and dining opportunity's are all within walking distance and the centralized location gives you the very best access to wherever you want to be.

The Suites at Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the prime draws for anyone seeking to experience San Francisco to its fullest. What once started as a humble fish market has become one of the premier tourist destinations in the area. The Suites at Fisherman's Wharf are just steps away from the Wharf and are the undisputed choice when you want the very best access to the fun in the area.

A bedroom unit at The Suites At Fisherman's Wharf.
The Suites at Fisherman's Wharf offers one and two bedroom suites with a modern and beachy vibe befitting their waterfront namesake. Bright colors mixed with contemporary patterns lend an energy to the suite that evokes the unique spirit of San Francisco. Each suite is also loaded with all the amenities needed to make your unit feel like a home away from home - dining areas, full kitchens, balconies, flat-screen televisions and complimentary WiFi access all serve to make your stay as comfortable as can be. 

A stay at The Suites at Fisherman's Wharf makes travel easy - the Hyde Street cable car stop is right outside the resort's front door. Of course, that's providing you're not already occupied at Fisherman's Wharf. The Wharf calls itself home to a wide number of eclectic attractions from The Cannery, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the Maritime National Historical Park, the Aquarium of the Bay and a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. With such a diverse selection of nearby excitement, The Suites at Fisherman's Wharf is a fantastic choice for your San Francisco getaway.

San Francisco is a city of boundless opportunities, and there's always something new to experience. There's no doubt it can be tough to cram so much to do into the span of a week (or less!). Check out our Pinterest board below for some of the best attractions in San Francisco that you wouldn't dream off missing out on!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in January 2014

There are so many January events across the nation. To make your search easier here are events worth checking out in Washington, Utah, Oregon, New York, and South Carolina. If you happen to stay in a nearby timeshare in one of these areas you won't want to miss the following January 2014 events:

1. January 10-12 and 17-19: Lake Chelan is transformed into winter fun for the whole family. Winterfest features ice sculptures, live music, a wine walk, ale and hard cider tasting, beach bonfires, a polar bear splash, and to top off the fun enjoy an evening of fireworks. Web: Lake Chelan Winterfest. Location: Lake Chelan, WA.

2. January 16-26: Park City turns into Hollywood glitz and glamour each year at the Sundance Film Festival. Check out what's new in independent films, enjoy rubbing shoulders with celebrities (look for founder Robert Redford), and be sure to wear warm clothes as winter in Utah is chilly! P.S. Film tickets are best ordered a head of time. Insider Tip: Get on their email list for early alerts to ticket sales. Web: Sundance Film Festival. Location: Park City, UT.

3. January 24-26: Pop culture fans and gamers flock to Portland for the Wizard World Portland Comic Con. Join thousands of fans at the Oregon Convention Center and see what's new in pop culture. Comic Con features movies, comics, toys, video gaming and more. There is something for everyone and keep your eyes peeled for inventive costumes worn by attendees. Web: 2014 Wizard World Portland Comic Con. Location: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR.

4. January 24-February 2: The Winter Antique Show in Manhattan features antiques ranging from ancient roman glass to mid-century modern designs. The show features curators, collectors, dealers, and design professionals. Arrive early and explore 73 exhibits and discover a new vintage gem for your home. P.S. Every object exhibited is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 160 experts from the U.S. and Europe. Web: Winter Antique Show. Location: Park Avenue Armory, 67th St. & Park Ave., New York City, NY.

5. January 26: The Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation invites seafood lovers to shuck and eat. At this fishy festival you can participate in an oyster shucking contest and an oyster eating contest all under the umbrella of live entertainment. There will be 80,000 pounds of oysters on hand! Web: Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation. Location: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (near Charleston).

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Monday, January 06, 2014

The Resorts of Sedona - Revive, Revitalize and Rejuvenate!

Sedona is a land long steeped in mysticism. Mysterious vortexes surround the area, and the famed red rocks themselves are said to hold healing powers. During this time of year - when the weather is just too cold and too bitter - it seems like we all could use a bit of healing. So, if a bit of reviving and rejuvenating is what you're after, let us show you some of the best resorts to kick off a week of healing and relaxation...

Hyatt Pinon Pointe

With its burnt-orange coloring and classic adobe facade, the Hyatt Pinon Pointe looks right at home nestled among Sedona's red rocks. Situated in the heart of downtown Sedona at Y-Intersection, guests have immediate access to explore the community. A traditional artist's community, there is no shortage of unique shopping, dining and sightseeing opportunities and the close proximity to this experience is no doubt one of Pinon Pointe's draws.
A bedroom at the Hyatt Pinon Pointe.

The resort is also undoubtedly amazing in its own right. Luxurious one and two-bedroom units are offered, outfitted with full kitchens, dining rooms, fireplaces and internet access. The rooms are decked out in warm earth tones that evoke the natural splendor of the region and do an excellent job of bringing the beauty of Sedona to every minute of your vacation.

There's certainly no shortage of fun to be had on property - Hyatt Pinon Pointe boasts a tennis court, playground, ping pong and pool tables, a fire pit and grills, a clubhouse just for kids, hot tubs, steam rooms and a heated pool that offers a gorgeous view of the Sedona backdrop. Perhaps the biggest draw is the Shops at Pinon Pointe located right on site. Independent boutiques and a handful of galleries make up the bulk of this cozy shopping center, and familiar dining options (Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery!) as well as local affairs like Wildflower Bread Company and Sound Bites Grill keep you going all vacation long. 

Sedona Summit

Hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of Sedona proper is Diamond Resorts' Sedona Summit. Perched atop the plateau in the north of the town, this stunning resort overlooks the rest of city and offers an uncontested view of Sedona's mountains. Sedona Summit's primary draw lies in its proximity to the area's natural wonders - Rock Slide State Park is just a skip and a jump away, and hiking trails are yours for exploration almost right outside the resort's back door.

The living area of one of Sedona Summit's units.
Sedona Summit boasts gorgeously appointed studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Rooms come equipped with a full or partial kitchen (depending on unit size), television and DVD player and a magnificent fireplace the entire group will adore curling up to after a long day of exploring the area. The decor is deep and rich, employing wood tones and detailing to reinforce Sedona's reputation as an area of unparalleled natural beauty.

In addition to its proximity to the natural side of Sedona, Sedona Summit offers a number of on-site amenities to provide you with an unforgettable experience. The property boasts a total of four heated swimming pools and six hot tubs. There's a barbecue area and a fitness center, as well as a dedicated picnic area. There's no debate - Sedona Summit is the resort choice if you want to experience the quieter side of this legendary destination.

The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort

The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort is tucked up against Sedona's famed mountain range and is ringed with an eighteen-hole golf course that would be any golfer's dream. And indeed, is there anywhere better to practice your game than underneath clear, blue skies with painted, red rocks looming in the background? Of course, The Ridge is far more than just a golf destination - it's an amazing resort in its own right!

A bedroom at The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort
Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units are offered and include a full or partial kitchen (depending on unit size), a television and DVD player and either a patio, balcony or terrace to enjoy the view from the comfort of your own room. Much like Sedona Summit, The Ridge harnesses earthy browns and tans and clean lines that complement the red, mountainous backdrop.

The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort also lies exceptionally close to the Village of Oak Creek, and is the first choice if you want to experience hiking, biking and horseback riding among trails split between Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. The Village also offers some fantastic opportunities for fishermen, and you'll definitely want to hit the creek and pull in some impressive trout. Once your adventures for the day are concluded - whether golfing, hiking, fishing or just exploring - you have unlimited relaxation options back at your resort. Heated pools and hot tubs are scattered among the grounds, and afterwards, look forward to watching the sunset and stars from your balcony.

These are just a few of our favorite resorts in breathtaking Sedona, Arizona! We also encourage you to check out our Sedona Pinterest Board to pick up some ideas on the must-see and must-do attractions in the region!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in Jackson Hole, WY

The gateway to Jackson Hole takes you past breathtaking peaks and sweeping clear country skies. The town of Jackson is a tourist mecca and offers year-round outdoor fun for the whole family. Stay in a Jackson Hole timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Jackson Hole, WY:

1. Go Grand: As you head toward Jackson Hole from Yellowstone, keep the Grand Tetons to your right and you'll know you're on your way to Jackson! The Grand Tetons will take your breath away. On the right side of the road there are places to pull over and gawk at the beauty of the Grand Teton mountain range. The Grand Tetons boast a whopping 310,000 acres of peaks, forests, and lakes. A trip to the Grand Teton National Park will make a lasting impression on you and your family. Insider tip: Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in the wildflower fields at the base of the Grand Tetons. Web: Grand Teton National Park. Location: Northwestern Wyoming; just north of Jackson Hole and south of Yellowstone National Park.

2. Hear the Bugle: Each fall in the Jackson Hole area there is a familiar sound. The distinctive sound of a bugle call means one thing: elk. The elk at this time of year are headed to the National Elk Refuge a wide-open sanctuary where the local elk go to eat staff-provided alfalfa pellets during harsh winter months when food in the wild is scarce. In the winter months, you can spot elk from your car or you can take a guided sleigh ride. Get ready to see up to thousands of elk at one time. Web: National Elk Refuge. Location: 532 N. Cache Street, Jackson, WY.

3. Relax with a View: The Granite Hotsprings Pool is open year-round and invites those who like a little R&R. Visitors to the area say the same thing over and over again, "Look at that view!" From the 112-degree pool you will be treated to beautiful winter views of the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest (in the summer the pool is 93 degrees). Insider tip: The road to the pool is closed in the winter but the pool is open to those who ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile in. In the summer months, you can drive right up to the pool. Be sure to check out the waterfall just before the pool. Web: Granite Hotsprings Pool. Location: Granite Creek Road, Jackson, WY.

4. Get Cultured: Discover over 2,000 works of art exploring local wildlife just three miles from downtown Jackson Hole at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Don't be surprised when you spot some pieces that date back to 2500 B.C.! From the museum you are treated to views of the nearby National Elk Refuge in the winter months, which is always a hit with unsuspecting visitors. Web: National Museum of Wildlife Art. Location: 2820 Rungius Road, Jackson Hole, WY.

5. Be Snow Bound: In the winter months, a trip to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a must. Skiers and snowboarders have access to 2,500 acres of runs with a 4,139 foot vertical drop. The area averages 400 inches of snowfall a year so in the winter months be sure to go play in the powder. Skiing not your thing? The Jackson Hole Arial Tram will show you the sights. Web: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Location: 3395 Cody Lane, Teton Village, WY.

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