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Timeshare Tales Winner

Congratulations to the Lowrance family for winning the Breckenridge Timeshare Tales contest! We had some amazing entries, and it wasn’t easy to pick a winner. Five members of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Relations department judged the entries, narrowing them down to a top 15, then a top five and finally a winner! Thank you all for your entries, and take a look at a few of our favorites below.

First Place:

photoMy family experience began at Grand Timber Lodge back in 1998 or 1999, when I received a packet from Grand Timber asking me if I was interested in buying into a property that was only in the drawing stage at the time. I live outside of Memphis, Tennessee, and the only explanation that I could come up with as to why I received this in the mail was that I was single and for the previous three years, I had planned a trip for a large group of my single friends and booked the Breckenridge condos in my name.

I grew up in a conservative, middle-class family, and I knew that I had a good job and a house, but would not be able to afford a vacation rental on my own. I approached my father from the angle that if he bought in with me, it would be a good way for us to meet my sister and brother-in-law once per year in Colorado. (They live in Seattle but had lived in Colorado previously). HE BOUGHT IT! And the two of us began to try to sell my mother on the idea.

In summer 1999, after signing the papers and buying into Grand Timber, my mother and I visited the property. Building 1 was the only building that was finished. In the winter of 2000, we came out for our first of many “family reunions.” Since that time we have significantly enlarged our family. I added a husband in 2001 and two children, one in 2003 and the other in 2005—followed by my sister and brother-in-law adding twins in 2006.

In all different stages of our trips, we have been able to be together to build memories as a family, even though we all live so far apart. Grand Timber has allowed my parents to get to know their grandkids who live on the other side of the US. We have watched the kids grow from infants to skiing blue and black runs on the mountain.

My dad is now gone, but WOW, what memories he helped our family build by just helping me follow my dream.

Kristen Lowrance

Honorable Mentions:

My life changed in so many wonderful ways after I purchased at Grand Timber Lodge two years ago, and I could never be happier!

Becoming an owner has been a wonderful experience for me. I fell in love with Breckenridge five years ago and decided to become an owner two years ago. My longtime boyfriend and I immediately started enjoying the benefits of ownership by visiting Summit County 10–15 days each season to snowboard, even though we live in California.

In April 2014, I drove to Breckenridge with a close friend to enjoy a weeklong vacation. One day when she and I were getting off Imperial Lift, I was completely surprised to see my boyfriend! The man I love was waiting for me at the top of the tallest lift in America, proposing to me on a beautiful bluebird day! Of course I said YES, and we expect to marry next summer!

I am so thankful for the beautiful memory he has given me, but it never would have been possible without my ownership at Grand Timber Lodge! Breckenridge will always hold a special place in my heart for giving me such a beautiful life moment.

Thank you for always taking care of us and making us feel welcomed!

Kristin Guerrero (soon to be Mrs. Hermano)!

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As a handicapped person who has had multiple spinal surgeries, I have extreme mobility limitations. Back in 2000 my husband and I moved to Colorado with the hopes of being able to enjoy all the winter and summer activities outdoors; this was prior to the onset of my major medical issues. We began traveling around and discovered Breckenridge. Needless to say, we fell in love—so much so that we purchased a vacation ownership at the Grand Timber Lodge after the groundbreaking. Since that time we have traveled to Breckenridge year round to enjoy all our favorite outdoor activities.

To that end, we purchased a time share at the Grand Lodge Peak 7 in 2014, and it has been heaven since then. I am able to get directly on to the Peak Trail year round to enjoy hiking, climbing, walking, snowshoeing, ice hiking and various other activities and then relax and enjoy the saunas and grotto to unwind from a heavenly day.

My trips to the Grand Lodge at Peak 7 are always memorable, as I am always testing my physical abilities in new and exciting ways, and the staff at the Grand Lodge is always ready to help me in any way I may need. I simply could not be happier. I am always excited to arrive and always sad to leave, but always look forward to my next trip.

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timeshare taleMy husband and I have been foster parents with a local Denver agency for over 10 years, and during that time we have had the opportunity to serve over 25 children by welcoming them into our home, into our family, loving on them and guiding them  for as little or as long as they need.

Through those years, we have been extraordinarily blessed to adopt four of those special kiddos into our forever family—in addition to our two biological daughters and two current foster daughters (not pictured). Having a big family has its advantages (every day is a play date, birthdays every month, no leftovers), but it also has its challenges, like  the laundry mountain, organizing the shoe room and most importantly, taking vacations.

Just getting all of us out of the house, let alone out of town, is like herding cats—it’s nearly impossible to achieve and still remain sane!  Good grief, I nearly lose my religion on the way to church Sunday mornings (can I get an AMEN?).

And this is where Grand Lodge has picked up the slack and made life so sweet for our family!

Since we purchased our ownership in fall 2012, we have, without fail, visited the Grand Lodge over the weekend every other month (yes, they know me by name). This is our dedicated, leave-the-cares-and-troubles-in-the-city-and-go-relax-as-a-family time. It’s non-negotiable! We pack food for the day and clothes … that’s it! The Lodge has everything else covered … even down to the sunscreen and combs! I know exactly what to expect for each visit … and without fail, the Lodge delivers—beautifully! The staff bends over backward to make our stay a vacation, not just a family trip (Ummm, yes! There is a difference).

We desperately need those weekends to regroup and recoup, and I truly believe that our family’s success is highly attributable to our commitment to vacation so regularly.

We even get to steal an adults-only weekend about twice a year. That is remarkably amazing!

Grand Lodge, thank you for all you do; you are part of our family (yes, there is room)!

See you in January!