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Blue skies, stunning scenery and a plethora of activities are some of the things that make summer in Summit County the best. Hiking in the woods to the Sawmill Reservoir, riding your bike down Aspen Alley, sitting on the deck enjoying a beverage at Robbie’s Tavern, trying your hand at fly fishing in the Blue […]

Interval International: Hotel Exchange

In early June, Interval International launched an exciting new exchange program for Gold and Platinum members that allows you to use your points or unredeemed deposits for discounted hotel stays around the world. This is a great opportunity to use your membership with Interval International for discounted travel to metropolitan areas that are normally not available for Exchanges.

Let’s review this new offer:

  1. The Hotel Exchange is a new program offered by Interval through a partnership between the company and many hotels in cities around the world. Interval members can receive a monetary discount on hotel stays based on available inventory in addition to a low one-time Exchange fee of $79.
  1. You are eligible to book a Hotel Exchange if you have a current basic membership plus the Gold or Platinum add-on benefit package, or if you have a current Club Interval Gold membership. While you can conduct a search for available Hotel Exchanges with a basic membership, once you are ready to book you will be prompted to upgrade to a Gold or Platinum level.The Gold or Platinum benefit packages will provide you the same discounts for the Hotel Exchange: there is no benefit to purchasing the more expensive Platinum add-on. Instead, your discount is determined by the trading power of your deposit. For example, a high-demand week in the middle of July will result in a bigger discount than a low-demand week in early May.
  1. Searching for a Hotel Exchange is very similar to the search for a regular vacation exchange, and we are happy to assist you in this step. Log in to your Interval account and, on the My Units page, select Hotel Exchange under the Exchange options. Select a destination from the drop-down box once you start typing in a city, hotel name, airport, or landmark and provide your desired check-in and check-out dates. You can also select the number of rooms and the number of adults who will be on this trip. Once you click on the Search button, you will be able to see some hotels that have rooms available during your desired time frame. At the top of this screen you can select how many points you are willing to spend on this Exchange, which will then determine the discount you are offered. The more points you select, the lower the additional payment that will be required.Please remember that there will also be an Exchange fee of $79 that you must pay to Interval International at the time of making the reservation, besides the additional payment that is listed with the hotel options.
  2. One important item to remember is that the Hotel Exchange is non-refundable upon booking. Unlike Vacation Exchanges, you don’t have 24 hours to cancel your reservation, there is no E-Plus option and you cannot change your reservation dates after confirmation.
  1. The discounts offered through this program don’t just vary by the points you are exchanging; they also vary by date and/or location. A New Year’s Eve stay in New York City most likely has less of a discount than an early May stay in Richmond, Virginia.

Some additional important details to keep in mind:

  • A Hotel Exchange cannot be booked with a traditional unredeemed deposit that was deposited late and has a “Late Restriction” attached.
  • You need to search for hotel exchange availability at least 14 days in advance.
  • Once booked, a Hotel Exchange is non-refundable.
  • You cannot set up a request and put yourself on a Hotel Exchange waitlist. A Hotel Exchange will only be available as an instant confirmation for currently available inventory. What you see is what you get.
  • You do not purchase a Guest Certificate for a Hotel Exchange, even if you are not a member of the travel party. When you go through the check-out process, you must provide the name of the person who is checking in, and this person does not have to be listed as a member on your Interval account.
  • There is no nightly minimum for a Hotel Exchange: you can book a one-night stay.

The Hotel Exchange presents a number of additional benefits of our Interval membership:

  • You can book trips to cities and metropolitan areas that aren’t available for traditional Exchanges.
  • You can use points that are about to expire and use as few as 15,000 points to book a Hotel Exchange, which may not be enough to book a one-week exchange.
  • You might be able to get a great deal on a short stay, even if a short-stay exchange is not available with our traditional exchanges.

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If you have any questions regarding the new Hotel Exchange program or anything else related to Interval, please feel free to reach out to us at 877-453-4440. We are always happy to assist you.

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Makin’ Waves and Catchin’ Rays

Looking to spend a little time on the water while on vacation? Plan an adventure out on the lake during your next visit to Breckenridge. From SUP rentals to boat rentals, there are a variety of activities that should the whole family entertained.

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9th Annual BGV “Adopt-A-Trail” Projects!

We invite you to join Breckenridge Grand Vacations staff members for our 9th Annual Trail Maintenance Project.  Working with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, each year BGV “adopts” a section of a local trail in need of repair and maintenance. We also encourage our staff to participate in philanthropic efforts like this by offering 24 […]

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Seven Free Activities To Do With Toddlers

The mountains are a perfect place for a family vacations. With an abundance of activities for all ages, there is never a lack of options. The difficulty comes when planning for the extra little ones.

Is it worth paying for a full-day activity and only have time for a few hours? Will they even be able to participate and enjoy the activity you just paid for? How far away from Breckenridge can you get before the need for a nap hits?

Breathe easy with our list for seven, free, in-town activities for toddlers. You can enjoy each of these activities for as long as you would like, but an emergency exit won’t ruin anyone’s day.

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Prospector Park

Prospector Park:

Located off Main Street, this park is the perfect place to let the kids run around after lunch or while mom is off doing some retail therapy. The slide, tunnel, spiderweb net and bear are complimented with stunning views of the Ten Miles Range. The parking lot located directly across Main Street helps make this park extremely accessible.

Peek-A-Boo Toys

Peak-A-Boo Toys is a toy store located on Main Street. While it may seem counter productive to take a child into a toy store, this indoor play area will entertain the kids for hours. Located in the back of the store, Peak-A-Boo Toys has an art table, a train table featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, a play kitchen and miscellaneous toys like puzzles, Legos and blocks. BUT most importantly they have a giant octopus with a kiddie slide and two trampolines!

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Sawmill Reservoir

Sawmill Trail:

This 1.5 round-trip hike begins at the bottom of the Snowflake Lift. The trail runs along a stream and ends at a small reservoir. Trees line the hike and provide plenty of shade along the way. There is small gradual incline gain totaling at 240 feet, but nothing that majority of kids can’t handle. Not sure if this hike will be a good fit? Watch a short video recap of this trail here.

Gondola Ride

The Gondola runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is a wonderful way to see the town of Breckenridge and Peak 8. This is free of charge and one pod can hold up to eight passengers. This scenic ride runs over Cucumber Gultch, passed Peak 7 and will end at the base of Peak 8. At Peak 8 you will find Epic Discovery (this is not free), The Tbar Restaurant and stunning views. There is a small playground area that is free of charge and a perfect place for the kids to play while you take in the views.

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Highline Railroad Park

Highline Railroad Park

Located off Boreas Road, beside the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, is a hidden gem of a park. This railroad themed playground has a little something for everyone. Engine No. 9, a locomotive that served Breckenridge for over 50 years, is also located at this park along with historical plaques that tell Breckenridge’s railroad history. For the kids, you will find a “mining cave”, play train car and some other railroad themed items for them to play on.

Library

The Summit County Library offers a variety of weekly activities that are free and for children. Story time and coloring time are a few of the weekly options. The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center location also has a children’s area with books, dvds, a play area and a sitting area. For the older kids there is a junior’s area, teen’s area and a coffee shop for mom and dad. The activities offered are changing frequently, but enjoying a good book is always a great option for a rainy afternoon.

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Blue River

The Blue River

Grab a blanket, some snacks and head on over to the Riverwalk lawn. Here you will find green grass, easy river access and plenty of room for the kids to run. The lawn is next to a rock sitting wall that makes it easy for the kids to dip their feet into the river and splash around (with adult supervision). From playing catch to soaking in the sun, the options of entertainment are endless. Pets are not allowed in this area, so if Fido is along for vacation he will not be able to enjoy this area.