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Marriott’s Grande Vista

Spring Break is two months away, and the kids will need something to do. Orlando, Florida, is by far one of the hottest vacation spots, especially if you’re looking to entertain the entire family. There are so many attractions and activities available. You have Universal Studios, Disney and a plethora of other entertainments to fill […]

Green Tip

If you live in a part of the country with cold winters, you probably already know about the benefits a humidifier can provide for your skin and your respiratory health. But you may not be aware that using a humidifier can also help reduce your heating bills. The more moisture there is in the air, the warmer it will feel. When running a humidifier, you can reduce the heat from your furnace by a couple of degrees and maintain the same degree of comfort. And in winter, comfort is what it’s all about!

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Timeshare Week Donations For Charity

img_4903The Kessler family have enjoyed their Grand Lodge on Peak 7 timeshare for many years and have found a way to share their Breckenridge experience with others in need. Recently, Vicki Kessler shared her family’s decision to donate their timeshare to Domus Pacis Family Respite, a local nonprofit whose mission is, “To offer individuals, who are on a challenging medical journey, a homelike environment that encourages interaction with other family members and caregivers in a comfortable and peaceful surrounding.”

“We have been very blessed and we really do feel a responsibility to share the blessings we receive. So when we plan for the use of our timeshare, we always factor Domus Pacis into it,” explained Vicki.  “I think everyone has a family member or friend who have gone through life changing medical issues. We love the idea of being able to bring a light to their journey. Going through a year of chemo or battling a major disease is exhausting. We understand that, and for that reason partnering with Domus Pacis makes a whole lot sense for us.”

Domus Pacis relies entirely on the mountain community of Summit County for the use of donated resort homes to serve families battling cancer. Owners participating in the program have complete flexibility over weeks that their home would be donated and may choose to include the cleaning fee as part of the donation, or Domus Pacis would be happy to cover that expense.

“Giving up one week of a timeshare in a beautiful place like Breckenridge carries much more impact than you might ever think” said Vicki, explaining that she and her husband use the Grand Lodge timeshare donation as a way to teach her own children about the value of philanthropy.  “Our children do recognize their own ability to contribute to charitable efforts and make a difference in other’s lives. I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit. One of my son’s friend’s parents said, ‘Get your friends to contribute to Katrina Relief and we will match dollar for dollar.’  My son, who was about 10 then, gave every dollar he had, which was around $140.”

Domus Pacis families who benefit from a home donation write thank you letters to those sponsoring their visit. “We treasure these thank you cards,” said Vicki. “The first thank you card was from a family with a young child who had leukemia. The card included a picture drawn by this child of him and his parents playing in the snow, and that has stuck with all of us.”

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is a frequent contributor to Domus Pacis families through their Charity Week program. If you are interested in learning more about this program or donating a week,  contact the Owner Relations Department at bgvcharityproject@breckgv.com or 877-453-4440. They are available from Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at 877-453-4440.

Owner Tip: Self-Rentals

If you are planning on renting your unit out on your own, please pay attention to a new ordinance by the Town of Breckenridge for short-term rentals. The town of Breckenridge now requires that any unit rented on a short-term basis must display a Breckenridge Business License Number in any advertising. We can provide you with the specific license number for your property, so please contact the Owner Support department if you prefer to rent on your own and before advertising your rental.

For our full guide to self-rentals see below: 

If you choose not to participate in our rental program, you have the option of renting out your unit on your own. You may list your rental at any rate you feel appropriate, and we are more than happy to disclose the rates we are charging. To check prices, please call our Owner Support department. You may either rent your week to multiple guests or as one full stay, in order to generate as much income as possible. Many owners utilize vacation rental websites, family and friends, or even social media to find renters.

Listed below are some websites in which owners have had success in the past:

◘   www.redweek.com                                                              ◘   www.vrbo.com

◘   www.vacationtimesharerentals.com                            ◘   www.craigslist.com

◘   www.homeaway.com                                                         ◘   www.flipkey.com

When posting your ad, you are more than welcome to steer owners to our websites to take virtual tours of the units, view amenities, and show what the resort has to offer.

We recommend that you have a contract with any renter to establish rates, policies, etc. Once you have secured a renter for your unit, please give us a call with their name(s) and contact information, including an email address so that a confirmation for their stay can be sent. Your renter will need to have an ID and a major credit card for incidentals upon check-in. You will be responsible for all payments between you and your renter.

You are more than welcome to actively look for renters while you are participating in our rental program. However, we can only accept your renter if your unit hasn’t been rented out or if we are able to move any existing reservations to another available unit. You are allotted one full clean per week, so keep in mind if you are renting your unit on your own and you have more than one renter that you will be responsible for a cleaning fee between stays. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Owner Support department Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

Check-in Day vs Room Location

Did you know that your check-in day can determine the building your stay will be in? Make sure to pay attention to these factors when booking your owner week!