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Our 6/20/14 trip to St Augustine

We just returned from a 4 day stay at Grande Villas in St. Augustine.  This is one of our favorite resorts in Florida and is less than a 2 hour drive for us.  This time we stayed in room 447, which was a deluxe 1 bedroom on the 4th floor of building 4.  The deluxe is the largest 1 bedroom that they have.  This one bedroom is approx. 920 SF.  It features a King in the master room and a sofa bed in the living room. There is a full bath and a full kitchen.  Amenities include a screened balcony/patio, tub w/jets and washer/dryer.

The kitchen was spacious and well equipped with fairly new appliances.  The was plenty of counter space and storage space.  We usually prepare meals at most resorts we stay at.  In fact, we have celebrated Thanksgiving twice at this resort.  Here’s a picture of the kitchen area.

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This particular unit had a skylight in the living room which added a nice touch. A sliding glass door led out to the screened balcony overlooking the golf course.  It was pleasant having coffee there in the morning but this time of year it soon became to warm to sit too long.  There was a table and 4 chairs on the balcony.

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The master bedroom had a door to the screened balcony and a jetted tub in addition to a shower in a separate area.  Having 2 bathroom sinks is always a plus.

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The pool area was well kept.  It was fairly busy as was the hot tub.  The whole area was closed one night because of an “incident” that required super shock.  Didn’t ask for the details but it was open again in the morning.

My biggest complaint about this stay was that the wifi was terrible.  I don’t remember that being a problem in the past.  I had AT&T check the setup but they couldn’t find a problem.  I never actually asked resort personnel to check into it.  Maybe resetting the router would have fixed it but I didn’t feel like getting into it with anybody.

All in all, we had a very enjoyable stay there and look forward to returning.

Bluegreen announces 3 new resorts!

Announcing THREE new Bluegreen Resorts!

Bluegreen Vacations® is constantly adding to our collection of outstanding resorts in an effort to provide you with the best of the best. Chosen for superior beauty, quality, location, and more, we are happy to unveil three new resorts—Horizon at 77th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, The Hotel Blake in Chicago, Illinois and The Innsbruck Aspen in Aspen, Colorado!*

Horizon at 77th — Myrtle Beach, SC
Located along the beautiful South Carolina coastline, Myrtle Beach is always a popular destination for family vacations. And right in the center of this amazing city is Horizon at 77th resort—an Oceanside retreat with spectacular views and all the amenities you need to feel at home. At Horizon at 77th, you’re just steps away from the beach and numerous fun-filled attractions. Enjoy swimming, fishing, parasailing, or even just relaxing on the shore. If you’d prefer to stay dry, thrilling amusement parks, speedways and golf courses dot the landscape. Whatever your interest, get ready to enjoy a laundry list of fun, excitement and adventure during this vacation!

The Hotel Blake — Chicago, IL
The Hotel Blake, situated in downtown Chicago’s urban Printer’s Row district, offers a relaxing retreat for the whole family. With easy access to everything the city has to offer, there won’t be a shortage of things to see and do. Step into the past at the incredible Chicago History Museum full of exquisite art, historical objects and artifacts. Visit the State Street Shopping District, alive with motion and bustling energy, and plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment. And don’t forget to visit Millennium Park, home to the famous Cloud Gate, unofficially dubbed “The Bean.”

The Innsbruck Aspen — Aspen, CO
Nestled amidst the beautiful mountains, The Innsbruck Aspen delivers a distinctive level of warmth, charm and hospitality from the moment you arrive. Conveniently located in the heart of Aspen, the resort provides easy access to everything this beautiful mountain town has to offer. From skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and sleigh rides to hiking, horseback riding, festivals and concerts—a seemingly endless array of seasonal pleasures await!

 

 

Bluegreen makes reservations even easier!

People who say they can never make a reservation at Bluegreen have not tried in the last couple of years.  Bluegreen has a very simple and effective means of making a reservation anytime and anywhere you want.   With Plan-it Bluegreen, all you have to do is select your destination from the pull down menu, select the number of nights you want to stay and the month you want to travel.  The Plan-it Bluegreen is the first thing you see when you log into your Bluegreen account.

Search by destination

Here’s what I got when I was looking for a vacation in Daytona Beach, FL in Sept 2014.  Mind you, that’s only 7 months away and look at what’s available at the “world’s most famous beach”.

Every spot in green has an availability for a 3 night stay.  You can filter the results by clicking a resort and room size to the right.

It really couldn’t be easier.  Remember, everyone has an 11 month window to book a vacation.  The sooner you book it the better the selection.

Search by date

What if you wanted to see what was available at all Bluegreen resorts for a particular month?  That’s easy too. Just click the tab “search by date” and enter the dates you are interested in.

You wind up with a table that shows all the resorts available in the Bluegreen inventory for that date.  You can the click on any resort and you will see exactly what’s available.