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New  Year, New Vacations. Plan Your Best Trip Ever
Now that it’s 2013 you’re probably counting down the days till you leave for vacation this year. As you gear up for relaxing stays and fun-filled moments, you’re also likely preparing a list of activities you want to do during your trip.

From hot air balloon rides to swimming with dolphins, there are endless activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained on your vacations. But with so many fantastic options it can be hard to narrow down your list of must-dos. If you’re looking for activity ideas for your next trip, these resources can help guide your planning and make this year’s vacation your best getaway ever.

  1. RESEARCH RESORTS ONLINE
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  3. VACATION PLANNING COUNSELORS
  4. RESORT CONCIERGES
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Photo Contest Winners: Grand Prize - Christine W.; 1st Place: Karl S.; 2nd Place: J.H.S.
COMMUNITY
ONE FAMILY’S CANCÚN ADVENTURE

The Liles family, Elite Owners from Corpus Christi, Texas, have experienced many unforgettable moments during stays at our villa resorts, including a very special trip to their Home Resort in Cancún, Mexico. See how this family of four spent a revitalizing week at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort.

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EXTRAORDINARY PLACES: CALIFORNIA

Welcome to two revitalizing escapes where you enjoy the peaceful Sonoran Desert of Palm Desert and a secluded oasis known as Rancho Mirage. Explore extraordinary California

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The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa Pinzimini
Nestled in the Coachella Valley, this resort shares amenities with The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa. This is your stylish haven from which you can explore Palm Springs and the rest of this world-class golf and spa destination. The recently opened restaurant features fresh modern flare on home cooked Italian favorites: pastas, thin-crust pizzas and small plates. Handcrafted cocktails, Bellinis and Italian cream sodas are also on tap.
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Living Desert Desert Willow Golf Resort
Get an up close and personal view of exotic animals at this preservation park, showcasing rare wildlife from throughout North America and Africa. Enjoy more than 50 hands-on exhibits inside at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert for plenty of exploration and play. Two award-winning championship courses converge in one legendary golf destination at the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, where you can choose the challenging Firecliff course or a more relaxing round on the Mountain View course.
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HAPPENINGS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

Southwest Arts Festival 100th Annual Winter Carnival Bands, Brew & BBQ
CALIFORNIA
SOUTHWEST ARTS FESTIVAL
COLORADO
100TH ANNUAL WINTER CARNIVAL
FLORIDA
BANDS, BREW & BBQ
Indio
January 25-27
Steamboat Springs
February 6-10
SeaWorld® Orlando
Weekends, February 9 to
March 17
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DECEMBER POLL RESULTS
HOW DO YOU PLAN YOUR VACATION ACTIVITES?
84% - Research online; 8% - Concierge; 4% - Ask advice from a friend; 3% - Vacation Planning Counseor; 1% - Facebook
Featured Poll: What's your idea of a romantic vacation?
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