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Discover Hidden Gems
TimeSharing Today
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Jul/Aug, 2013
Discover Hidden Gems
Beyond the brand-name universe, hundreds of smaller resorts vie for attention. Without huge marketing budgets, they receive exchanges by virtue of their location and through word of mouth. To aid in that process, we asked some of the exchange companies to tell
us about resorts that may be below the radar but worth a visit. Here are their “hidden gems:”
Lake Tansi Village
Lake Tansi Village is in Tennessee’s famed Cumberland Plateau region, an area rich
in heritage and southern charm. Also known as The Golf Capital of Tennessee, this region
houses 10 championship golf courses catering to golfers of all skill levels. The community’s
wealth of activities includes winery tours, museums, Davy Crockett’s hunting grounds, Ruby
Falls, Mark Twain’s spring, and the world’s largest treehouse.
The resort offers condominiums ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, all with full
kitchens and outdoor space. On site, guests have access to four lakes, marina, boat rentals,
bait and tackle shop, beach area, picnic areas, and playground.
Fishermen will find success as bass, crappie, catfish, and pan fish are plentiful in the surrounding lakes. The recreation center houses a health and fitness center, weight training and
cardio equipment, racquetball courts, sauna, hot tub, tanning bed, arcade room with games
and pool tables, miniature golf, tennis, and indoor and outdoor pools.
Cannon’s Restaurant and the 19th Hole Restaurant and Lounge are great places for onsite dining, and additional dining and shopping are just minutes away in nearby Crossville.
Top area attractions include Cumberland Mountain State Park, Craighead Taverns, and Cumberland County Playhouse. Nearby
sightseeing cities include Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
The resort staff at Lake Tansi Village treats everyone with the finest southern hospitality. Whether you want to golf the week away,
tour local attractions, or simply relax, Lake Tansi Village is a vacation destination that will leave you and your family with unforgettable memories. For more information, contact Crown Vacation Exchange, 1-877-26CROWN (262-7696), [email protected]
David Walley’s Resort and Hot Springs
Trading Places International can get you to Genoa—but before you start thinking of
expensive airfare to Europe, be aware that we’re talking about Genoa, NV. The Nevada version of Genoa was named after the Italian version, but that’s the extent of their resemblance.
A mile south of Genoa is David Walley’s Resort and Hot Springs, a famous natural hot
springs and spa, first built in 1862 and known as Walley’s Hot Springs. Trading Places International manages David Walley’s and gets an abundance of exchange inventory all year.
It is popular with our exchangers who want to visit the Lake Tahoe area and receives rave
reviews. With local activities such as skiing, freshwater fish and game, gambling, golfing,
and hiking, David Walley’s Resort and Hot Springs is a four-season destination with something for everyone.
Genoa was first settled by Mormon pioneers. Orson Hyde changed the name of the community to Genoa, after Genoa, Italy. It was in Utah Territory before the Nevada Territory was
created in 1861.
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Genoa was the home of Nevada’s first hotel and court. Nevada’s first newspaper, the
Territorial Enterprise, was founded in Genoa in 1858. Another first for the state, the Genoa Bar, billed as “Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor,” was patronized by Mark Twain, Teddy
Roosevelt, and Johnny Cash.
Scenes from the 1973 movie Charley Varrick were filmed in town, and the village
was the set for the 1990 movie Misery, starring Kathy Bates. For Misery, Genoa doubled
in size with buildings added for the filming, which were removed afterwards.
For more information, contact Trading Places International, 800-365-7617, http://
www.tradingplaces.com/.
Lawai Beach Resort
The Hawaiian Islands are everyone’s personal slice of heaven. Less than 100 miles
from the hustle and bustle of Oahu’s city life
is the beautiful island of Kauai, The Garden
Isle, famed for its tropical North Shore, the
magnificent cliffs of Napali Coast, and the
sunny south shore of Poipu.
Lawai Beach Resort, in beautiful Poipu,
is perfectly situated with amazing ocean views
and stunning sunsets. One- and two-bedroom
fully furnished condos with lanais (balconies)
face the wondrous sounds and sights of the
Pacific Ocean. The resort has three pools and
Jacuzzis, tennis court, miniature golf, gym and a full-service concierge desk to plan any
adventurous Kauai activity. On-site activities include yoga classes, lei making, hula
lessons, watercolor painting classes, scuba demos, and a Keiki hula show and craft fair.
At Lawai Beach Resort, a feeling of ohana (family) is present throughout the property. Exchanges and daily or weekly rentals are available. For more information, contact
Hawaii Time Share Exchange, 866-860-4873 toll free, email [email protected], www.htse.
net or the resort’s Web site, www.lawaibeach.org.
Lagonita Lodge
Surrounded by towering pines, Lagonita
Lodge sits on the tranquil south shore of Big
Bear Lake in southern California. This quintessential mountain lodge boasts spacious oneand two-bedroom suites with gorgeous views
of the lake, warm cottage décor, full kitchens,
gas fireplaces, environmentally friendly bathroom amenities, and satellite television.
The charming village of Big Bear Lake,
less than two miles away, is bursting with
eclectic shops, boutiques, and incredible fine
dining. Whether you’re skiing, snow-tubing,
hiking, zip-lining, or relaxing with a day of
fishing and boating, this area is a perfect place to enjoy a summer or winter vacation.
Close by are Magic Mountain Recreation Area and two of southern California’s finest skiing destinations, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. After a day on the slopes, Lagonita Lodge offers ski storage, a cheerful fire in the lobby, and coffee ready and waiting.
If you prefer simply to take in the area’s beauty, Lagonita Lodge’s patio offers serene views of the lake and an outdoor spa—or you can rent a bicycle and take a leisurely
ride to the village or along the lake shore. Relax in the spa or heated pool, work out in the
fitness center, or play billiards or ping-pong in the recreation room. The resort also has
barbecues located next to most of the units, and a children’s swing set.
For more information, contact Dial An Exchange, 800-468-1799, http://www.dialanexchange.com.
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