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March 2013 Issue
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Say Hello to Spring; Where to Enjoy Warmth and Good Times
Featured in this Issue

March Poll Local Happenings New Partnership: SPG and Delta Relaxing Days on St. John Mardi Gras Fun in Orlando
When it comes to spring getaways, you’re probably ready to say goodbye to the frigid temperatures and head to warmer locations where you can take in the fresh air and enjoy the lush surroundings. Whether you’re bringing the family on a spring break retreat, going on a girlfriends getaway or taking your sweetie on a trip for two, there are so many ways to enjoy the springtime together with Starwood Vacation Network.

Take Sheraton Mountain Vista Owner Richard S., who snapped this shot last spring of granddaughter Maddie amid thousands of poppies in Lancaster, California (about two-and-a-half hours from Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert). From the sun and fun of South Carolina’s coast to the vibrant beauty of southern California’s blooms, Owners can experience a variety of memorable moments.

To experience the best of spring, click below for activities and experiences in some of our favorite destinations.

Owners Experience:
Mardi Gras at
Universal Orlando® Resort

Ragnhild and Pal Dag Pettersen, Owners at Sheraton Vistana Resort, recently visited from Norway and were surprised with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride a float in the Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida® parade. See how this fun-loving couple embraced the spirit of New Orleans right here in Orlando.

Watch Their
Exciting Experience

The Petersen Family at Mardi Gras
Extraordinary Places: St. John

Just 20 square miles, St. John is the smallest of the United States Virgin Islands, with two-thirds of the island set aside as national parkland. Within this ideal location, you’ll be at the perfect vantage point to experience a rich variety of activities, from day sails to snorkeling, fine dining and much more.

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Explore extraordinary St. John
Stay Eat
The Westin St. John Resort & Villas Cruz Bay Prime Restaurant
Amid active days exploring St. John’s pristine beaches, you’ll revel in coming back to your spacious one-, two- or even three-bedroom villa or townhouse with the amenities of home. Stretch out on a chaise lounge chair by the pool, where you can fill each relaxing hour with as much or as little action as you want. The newest spot at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas features prime, grass-fed steaks and lamb, as well as local seafood. On Fridays and Saturdays, unwind with cocktails and live music. For a romantic experience, arrange a dinner for two on the beach. Reservations recommended.
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See Do
White sand beach at Great Cruz Bay Snorkeling
Just steps from the resort’s pool lies the white-sand beach of scenic Great Cruz Bay. Feel the soft powdery sands at your feet walking onto the 1,200-foot stretch of prime Caribbean beachfront before wading into welcoming turquoise waters. You’ll find more than 31 of the world’s most pristine beaches on the island of St. John. Snorkeling offers an invigorating look into the world of exotic reefs and colorful sea life. Popular snorkeling spots include Cinnamon Bay, Flanagan’s Cay and Trunk Bay. Catamaran and private charters to visit the neighboring islands can be arranged with the resort’s Vacation Services Desk.
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Mark Your Calendar

Looking for last-minute activity ideas? Enjoy these events during your upcoming stay at these destinations.

Maya Wine and Food Festival Fashion Week Arnold Palmer Invitational
Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival
Fashion Week
El Paseo™ 2013
Arnold Palmer® Invitational
March 14-17
Palm Desert
March 15-23
March 18-24
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