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She Said “Yes”

On August 3, 1986 I surprised my girlfriend with a trip to San Diego, California in hopes that she would accept me as her future husband. On that date we took a romantic dinner cruise around San Diego Bay and I popped the question. It was such a beautiful evening and she gleefully said,”Yes.” We were married on August 1, 1987 and have been exceedingly happy ever since. Approximately 10 years later we returned to San Diego, with three children in tow, and relived the wonderful proposal. Now that all the children have left home and we are empty nesters, I would love to revisit that most wonderful moment almost 27 years ago! My wife and I have endured some tragic losses in our lives but our love for each other has endured the test of time and grown stronger every day! I have been blessed by her presence in my life and it would all have been for naught if it wasn’t for that fateful evening many years ago on a romantic dinner cruise on the San Diego Bay! Thanks you for allowing me to share this experience and my love for my beautiful bride!

-Mike F.


Fab Take Coronado 2014

My two sisters and two girlfriends are reaching a new chapter in our lives. All of our kids are in their twenties and some of us are dealing with Empty Nest Syndrome and it can be quite challenging at times. One of us was turning 50 and we all wanted to do something really special, to plan a trip and just go somewhere. After several weeks of making calls, I was able to book the Coronado Beach Resort! I own there so I was praying that would help get me in. Well I called the week of my girlfriend’s birthday and I was able to book it! I have to tell you the staff was incredible! They were so caring and accommodating, like when I told the phone agent that I was so excited to be able to get a two-bedroom room and she put me on hold and booked us in the room facing the Del Coronado with a balcony! When I sent out the email and text blasts to the girls they were more excited than I anticipated.

When we arrived, the front desk staff was courteous and friendly. They knew we were trying get there a little early to dress up the room for the birthday girl. They mentioned they put a bottle of wine with strawberries for us. (How sweet!) Oh my goodness, the accommodations were perfect, enough room for all 5 of us!

I took everyone upstairs to catch the view, and it was beautiful! Everything was in walking distance from where we were staying. We went to Miguel’s for dinner, great food, and company. Then we walked across the street to the Del for the sunset and the ambiance of the historic hotel, which was incredible! Walked back and went upstairs to the Jacuzzi. Even the March weather was perfect!

We got up the next the day for breakfast and walked to a French bistro, which again, had great food. We walked back and some of us went upstairs to Jacuzzi again and relax in the sun. A couple others got on beach bikes provided by the resort and went site seeing. It was a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all! In the evening we walked a couple of blocks to McP’s Irish Pub and had dinner and dancing, a great atmosphere. Everyone celebrated our girlfriend’s birthday with us.

Our girlfriend said that was one of the best birthdays ever, even if she was turning 50. Thank you ResorTime and all the staff at the Coronado Beach Resort for help make all of this possible

-Rita D


Vacation in Maui

My sister, son, nephew and I vacationed in Maui, Hawaii this past summer. I love Maui and plan on returning many more times.

One of the highlights of our trip was a kayak snorkeling excursion. We drove out to Kihei which was probably about 45 minutes from Kahana. This company was highly recommended in the reviews I read. In addition, one of the guides was recommended because he was very patient with non-swimmers. Yes, you’ve read it correctly! My sister and I cannot swim! After swallowing tons of water, my sister and I both became accustomed to snorkeling with life jackets on! It was such an amazing experience! I never thought that I would have the opportunity to see such beautiful fish and huge turtles swim within an arm’s length of me! It’s an experience that I will never forget!

After a few days of watching my son cliff drive, attending a Luau, shopping, sightseeing, dining out and relaxing at the beach, we planned our final excursion. We scheduled a tour to take us on the Road to Hana, which was to be the highlight of our trip! Sadly, our trip had to be canceled due to a hurricane! Yes, a hurricane! Not just one hurricane, but two hurricanes! Hawaii hadn’t had a hurricane since since 1994! Lucky us! Well since we couldn’t get a flight out, we made the preparations to stay! What an experience! The resort staff was great at keeping the vacationers calm with weather updates and an evacuation plan. Luckily, in the end, Hurricane Iselle turned out to be just a tropical storm. I guess we can say that we survived an almost-hurricane! We are planning to return to take the Road to Hana and to watch the sunrise from the top of the volcano. I can’t wait! Hawaii is such a beautiful place to visit and the people are so very nice!

-Yvonne C.


Adventure is Waiting

Vacations mean different things to many people. Your idea of an excellent vacation may be reading your new book and sipping on a piña colada in a hammock, or it could be zip lining through green trees and blue skies. Maybe your version of an adventurous vacation is rock climbing, skiing, or snorkeling. No matter you’re definition of adventure, activity awaits your arrival at properties all over the world.

img-mtbRed Wolf Lodge resort enthusiast Mike Thorburn traveled off-season to fully explore and experience the forgotten perks of his favorite property. “When most people think of Squaw Valley they probably think of winter, snow and skiing. But when I think of Squaw I think of summer, great weather, great hiking and biking and spending time bbqing and reading,” he said.
Penny Toney experienced an emotional connection the first time she and her family vacationed to the Grand Canyon. Awed by the majestic beauty and natural landscape that enveloped them, they stepped out (quite literally) of their comfort zone when they neared the edge of the canyon. Toney recalled, “We stood there, as a family… How can a “big hole” bring up feelings and emotions I’ve never met before? How can a “big hole” bring my family better together? How can a “big hole” cause me to recognize everything has an effect on us? This “big hole” made me feel…whole,” she reminisced.

Grandparent Kevin Hall had a goal to expose his teenage grandson to the adventures of traveling well before he was old enough to pursue solo trips. When planning their family vacation, “We chose Maui for all that it has to offer for a family, so many big adventures,” he said. In particular, he wanted to provide his grandson with influential, action-packed memories he could cherish forever. “We made it up to Waimea Valley a couple of times for some great hikes, including the seven mile Alakai Swamp hike. Even though we were in the clouds for much of it, the views over the Napali coast were breath-taking. Other adventures on Kauai include the off-road trip back to the place where Jurassic park was filmed and taking the Zodiac adventure up the Napali Coast for some great sightseeing and snorkeling.” Action-packed itineraries aside, Hall said, “As he grows up and takes off on his own adventures, our hope is that he will have cataloged a supply of special memories of time spent with his grandparents and the magical island of Kauai.”

Hall’s enthusiasm and passion is parallel to that of the staff at ResorTime; associates are committed to creating valuable, worthwhile and memorable vacations for you are your family. Attentive staff provides knowledgeable recommendations and do their best to accommodate your travel desires.

From snorkeling in Hawaii to surfing in California, golfing in Arizona to skiing in Colorado, hiking in Oregon to white water rafting in Idaho, deep sea fishing in Florida to fishing in Montana, there is a property ideal for any level of adventure. Don’t wait any longer to start your adventure; call us at (877) 867-6506 now!


Family Fun in the Sun in San Diego

img-sd-zooOver 70 miles of sand and surf stretch over the San Diego county coastline, but the second largest city in California is home to more than beaches, surfers, and sunshine. San Diego offers abundant activities throughout its county limits, and ResorTime connects you with the resorts that offer quality amenities and a caring staff. After spending a family day at the Birch Aquarium or hiking through Batiquitos Lagoon, rest your head each night in your tranquil and comfortable room in one of San Diego’s resorts available via ResorTime.

Avid traveler Amy Hernandez described her family’s recent vacation to Carlsbad and San Diego was their best yet. “The kids loved it all, because it was all about discovery.” Hernandez and her family visited Legoland, explored the Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park, and met animals at the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. “Our family bond grew in leaps and bounds in just that one short week,” Hernandez fondly recalled.
Other family-friendly day trips include:

  • Seaport Village – between souvenir vendors, photo ops and restaurants at the newly renovated Police Headquarters, Seaport Village charms visitors of all ages.
  • USS Midway – this battleship’s tour is perfect for those history buffs or navy enthusiasts.
  • Gaslamp Quarter – roam historical downtown streets ideal for shops and dining.
  • PETCO Park – catch a MLB game; home of the San Diego Padres.
  • Little Italy – boutiques, galleries and authentic Italian restaurants line the streets, where the Saturday Farmer’s Market serves fresh coconut drinks.
  • San Diego Botanical Garden – pack a picnic and visit the lovely Hamilton Children’s Gardens in beautiful Encinitas.
  • La Jolla Cove – snorkel with tiger sharks, kayak the caves, and watch sea lions sun bathe.
  • Del Mar Racetrack – from horse racing to the San Diego County Fair to concerts, the racetrack is a great excursion for the whole family.
  • Belmont Park – this historic oceanfront amusement park located in Mission Bay is a family-friendly way to beat the heat after a day at the beach

Ron Lively, admires Carlsbad resort Grand Pacific Palisades for its well-kept grounds, professional maintenance, and the relationship his family has with the staff – one that feels like extended family. “The fact that the resort is so close to major attractions adds another great value to our vacation,” he said.

The families mentioned above have discovered time and time again how their vacations enrich their lives with thoughtful touches and add unique and extraordinary experiences to their family memories.

Book your next family getaway at one of many resorts in San Diego by calling us at (877) 867-6506.

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