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READY TO GO ON MORE VACATIONS? Take Advantage of Your Owner Benefits

Discover

New Destinations Right in Your Backyard

Enter to Win! San Clemente

CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

Uncover This Beach City’s Rich History


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G R E E TI N G S ! At Grand Pacific Resorts we’re passionate about finding ways to enrich your vacation ownership, and we hope everything within the pages of Time Together inspires new experiences in the destinations you already love, and encourages you to explore new vacation opportunities. We’re proud of the sense of community you can find throughout our family of resorts (p. 36) where owners and associates make meaningful connections and build traditions year after year. Reintroduce yourself to The Grubbs Family and how they continue their annual vacation tradition by road tripping to the Strawberry Capital of the World in Oxnard, California where they explored the Channel Islands Harbor (p. 8) and found a new home away from home at Channel Island Shores Resort (p. 12). Owners looking to make memories in the Sunshine State can cruise the coast to San Juan Capistrano, travel to the seaside haven of San Clemente, and learn about the rich history as we celebrate the resort’s 30th anniversary (p. 30) and 90th anniversary of the cozy-coastal beach town, or plan your next vacation by discovering all the great events happening throughout the Golden State (p. 94). We’re privileged to have a devoted team (p. 98) who embrace every day as an opportunity to add more value to your ownership. From the Vacation Specialists at Grand Pacific Vacation Services providing personal service to our owners and guests (p. 83), to the team of creative contributors to the pages of Time Together (p. 5), we’re dedicated to our core purpose of “Enriching Lives by Creating Experiences Worth Sharing.” As always, your feedback is valued. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts about this issue and how we can make Time Together and your ownership more enriching to you and your loved ones. You'll find an opportunity on the back cover to win items featured in this issue and provide us with your feedback. On behalf of Grand Pacific Resorts, I want to thank you for allowing us to be your timeshare management company and hope you find the inspiration to treat yourself to more vacations with the newest issue of Time Together. Sincerely,

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Let’s Pull Back the Curtain Meet Alex R., Content Writer

Meet Taylor G., Our Multimedia/Graphic Designer

“Nothing makes me happier than bringing three of my favorite things together: writing, family, and travel. It’s exciting to work with a team of talented contributors who are just as passionate about bringing family traditions and travel inspiration to life, making Time Together a dream come true project. I hope everything within the pages of this issue inspires as much joy as they were to write about. Growing up, my parents showed me that some of the best memories are made when experiencing new places and cultures with family and friends, which is why I always tell readers: explore more with the people who mean the most to you! Knowing that Time Together inspires new adventures and spending quality time with one another is the biggest reward a writer could ask for.”

“I love bringing Time Together to life! While I help out on photo shoots and video production, I’m really responsible for taking the collective information and bringing it together into a cohesive, entertaining format. Allowing my creativity to take control so you can enjoy flipping through is the best part of working on our owner magazine. It’s so rewarding to be a resource for you and your vacations! After experiencing a lot of what’s in this issue firsthand, my advice would be to try all the things. Seriously! Even if it sounds outside of your comfort zone, just go. Experience it all, and explore everything the destination has in store for you! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.”

Meet Renée W., Director of Creative Services Brand Management

Meet Chris H., Our Multimedia Production Specialist

“Creating Time Together for you is truly one of the most fulfilling outputs of my work. I think back to watching my mom save-up so we could take a vacation every year because she knew the importance of spending time together and broadening our horizons. Each year, I visit with owners at annual meetings and learn that the same is true for so many of our families. Knowing how valuable your vacation time is, we approach everything that we do with a heartfelt commitment to ensuring that you and your family get the most from your vacation experience. I hope that you connect with the stories we bring to life in this edition, and find value in our recommendations. We would love to know what Time Together means to you, and how we can make it better in the future. If you give us your feedback, we’ll put in the work to make sure it’s everything you want it to be!”

“I was part of the pilot edition of Time Together – I’ve been involved from the start! I love being able to look back and see how it’s grown and expanded to be what it is today. We have a small team, but the work we put forth is comparable to one significantly larger! Our staff is dedicated to making sure you know and see what is out there. I’m the one taking professional photos and producing the videos of our destinations and resorts, and really hope that everything you see inside this edition inspires you to get out and explore. Hopefully it will inspire you to take some photos and videos of your own for us to feature in future editions, too! More than anything though, I hope that reading Time Together inspires you to try new things, spend time with your loved ones, and enjoy every minute of it.” T I M E TOG E T HE R : 2018

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You Spoke, We Acted In last year’s issue of Time Together, we included a giveaway for your thoughts. Congratulations to Claudia C., owner at Coronado Beach Resort, for winning a week at Southern California Beach Club in Oceanside, California plus a whale watching charter for two! We loved reading your feedback! Be sure to check the back cover for an opportunity to submit your thoughts on what you'd like to see more of in future issues of Time Together for a chance to win a Cruise for Two!

What did you enjoy most in this issue of Time Together? Spotlights on all your resorts, especially the activities. -Leonard H. We’re so glad to hear that! In this issue of Time Together, you’ll find spotlights on each of our resorts starting on page 36. We also did an extended version of Mark Your Calendar on page 94, so you can find all kinds of fun activities in the areas where you’ll be staying! If you want to see even more activities, follow us on social media.

I would like more in depth information when you describe a location, like the segment on Oceanside. -Gloria O. That’s a great request coming from San Clemente Cove owner, Gloria! If you turn to page 22, you’ll find rich articles on San Clemente Cove’s 30th anniversary. Plus, we go in depth on things to do around the area, which we think you’re really going to enjoy. If there’s a destination you want us to explore, feel free to let us know!

I’d like to see more historical articles about the areas around the resorts, similar to the Del Mar article. -Bonnie Z. We love writing historical pieces! In this issue, we focus on the history of San Clemente, as the city turned 90 this year! In the past we’ve also done histories of other destinations, like the history of Coronado in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Time Together which you can read on page 22. We’ll make sure to keep doing more historical articles, and hope you enjoy what you read!

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Please continue to explain how to access benefits and nurture your relationship with owners! Any information on where and what to expect at the annual event for owners would also be extremely helpful. -Karen B. We’re thrilled that you like what you’ve been reading so far! If you flip to page 32, you’ll find even more information on your owner benefits, like our exchange network, GPX. Additionally, on page 74, you can find information and access to your annual meeting calendar. As always, if you ever have any questions, our Grand Pacific Vacation Services agents are standing by to help make sure booking your vacation is as pleasurable as going on vacation.

We’d like to see more specific recommendations of locales, offerings, and restaurants at each Grand Pacific resort. -Bob & Bea O. Bob and Bea, that’s such a great idea. In this issue we take a deep dive into San Clemente and Oxnard! For each location we send out a research team that explores the area to find all the fun things for you to do! We look at each location from a variety of perspectives: families with small children, retirement age travelers, single travelers, and whatever kind of traveler you are.

I would love step by step instructions of how to operate the depositing and exchanging of properties. -Christy R. That’s a wonderful idea, Christy! You’ll be excited to find information on our exchange network, GPX, with how-to videos, membership insights, and so much more on page 80. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this issue, you can always head to the GPX website, the GPX YouTube page, or you can give one of our Grand Pacific Vacation Service agents a call. They’re available to you 7 days a week!

I’d love to see more deals, detailed pics of featured resorts, destination highlights, solo-travel friendly locations, and maybe something like travel meet-ups with a focus on single seniors! -Claudia C. We love the suggestions, Claudia! For great travel deals, be sure to sign up for the GPX and ResorTime emails. If you’d like to see more information on our family of resorts, turn to page 36–we think you’ll like what you see. As far as solo-travel friendly areas, we took a road trip up to Oxnard’s Channel Island Shores and did a full exposition on different, fun activities to do in the area. If you’re looking for recommendations and some travel meet-ups, ask the front desk for destination tips and social events at our resorts to help you meet and mingle with new people. From a hot toddy party in Tahoe to hula in Hawaii, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We hope you take advantage!

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THE GRUBBS GO

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Reacquaint yourself with the Grubbs Dan, Kristina, and their two young daughters, Aubrey and Payton, are a family of avid vacationers who make annual family trips a top priority. We had the pleasure of meeting them when Dan won our 2016 GPX Father’s Day Contest, earning them a free 7-night stay vacation!

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As we got to know the family better, we learned that Kristina was brought up with annual vacations and is now a timeshare owner herself at RiverPointe Napa Valley. Kristina’s mother passed down her ownership in 2001 so Kristina could continue to treasure past memories while creating new ones with her family. The Grubbs love using their week each year to create new memories. They also take advantage of any opportunity to explore new destinations and truly understand the value of spending time together making memories in exciting places.

“We love to travel and want to give our kids a childhood filled with amazing memories that we’ve created together,” Kristina said. Since meeting The Grubbs family two years ago, we’ve followed them on several of their vacation adventures, ranging from Big Bear to Branson—and now, Channel Island Shores!

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Adventure

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Dan and Kristina used their Owner Benefits to continue their annual vacation tradition by road tripping up the coast to the Strawberry Capital of the World in Oxnard, California. With eco-friendly travel as another top priority for their family, the Grubbs opted for a hybrid car rental to wind their way up the Pacific Coast Highway and soak in the stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

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When on a road trip, gas costs (especially at these current prices) can be cost prohibitive. If you have a long drive coming up and don’t own a hybrid car, it may be beneficial to you—and the environment—to rent one! Hybrids are available at all major rental car companies.

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Pros of renting a hybrid: • Less expensive to operate and get 20% better mileage than regular cars • Improved fuel efficiency, preventing unnecessary consumption

• Reduced emissions, helping keep pollution at a minimum


CHANNEL ISLAND NATIONAL PARK FUN FACTS: • The chain of islands boasts 175 miles of pristine undeveloped coastline • Temperatures range from 20-100 degrees • Home to 150 unique species found nowhere else in the world, earning them the nickname Galapagos of North America • Oldest human remains in North America dated at 13,000 years old was found here • Is located 60 miles from 18 million people but is one of the least visited of all the National Parks

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This adventurous family are pros when it comes to road tripping.

“Family road trips are a rite of passage,” said Dan, an avid childhood road tripper himself. Always looking for ways to make long drives more fun and engaging—and also to stave off some of the “Are we there yet?” questions—Dan and Kristina always have snacks at the ready. The parents keep everyone entertained by playing road trip classics like “I spy” or even singing along to car karaoke as ways to pass the time on long stretches of road that don’t include using gadgets. The Grubbs even manage to make their road trips educational!

“Creating a list of questions or fun facts for quizzes to take on a road trip is one of our favorite ways to not only learn more about each other or the areas we’re visiting, but also sets the stage for a lot of laughter and smiles on the way to our resort,” explained Kristina. T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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Once the family rolled up and checked into Channel Island Shores Resort, they were happy to discover how close they were to Oxnard State Beach and quickly made plans for a family volleyball match. They got a free ball rental from the front desk then bumped, set, and spiked it on the beach volleyball court as the sun set behind them. The next day, The Grubbs set out to explore Oxnard. They drove to Channel Islands Harbor, just five minutes from the resort, and spent the early part of the afternoon kayaking through the marina. To the girls’ delight, they also encountered seals napping right on the docks!

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After working up an appetite, they had their pick of restaurants and dessert shops at the harbor before deciding on Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant for a taste of locally caught fish. After lunch, they all treated themselves to frozen yogurt at Buttercups Cool Treats where Aubrey and Payton loved selecting all their favorite toppings and flavors!

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To cap off a great day of food and fun, and once the girls fell asleep, Dan and Kristina got a chance to unwind and relax grown up style in the private spa on their patio.

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On their last day in town, the family went for a gondola ride through the Channel Islands Harbor where Dan arranged a special surprise message in a bottle for Kristina to find along the canals! So sweet!

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Recap

VACATION

Heading back after their getaway, Dan declared it, “Another vacation for the books!” while Aubrey and Payton discussed the trip all the way home, already planning where the family should visit next!

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Enter To Win!

Your Face H E RE

At Grand Pacific Resorts, we love getting to know families like The Grubbs and having the opportunity to share with fellow owners all the ways to use ownership and create even more vacation traditions. If you’re interested in sharing a vacation memory with us, submit your family's story with a photo for a chance to be featured in our next issue of Time Together !

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TABLE Talk

Butter Beans & Grilled Shrimp

If you’re in the mood for a warm and hearty seasonal dish, this is the perfect recipe for a cool day! We easily found all the ingredients, including fresh shrimp, at a local grocery store and also incorporated a couple of olive oil and balsamic varieties that we picked up at Oliver’s in San Clemente for an extra dash of unique flavor!

Ingredients: 2 regular cans of butter beans, drained 1 carrot, finely minced 1 celery stalk, finely minced 1/2 onion, finely minced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 1/4 cup Oliver’s Arbequina extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup Oliver’s Coconut Balsamic 2 tbsp tomato paste 12 large shrimp 16 oz chicken broth A pinch of salt and pepper

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Enter to win Oliver's Balsamic and Olive Oil Set! See the back cover for details of how to win.

Directions Coat shrimp with Oliver’s Coconut Balsamic then salt and pepper to taste. Grill or pan fry shrimp until thoroughly cooked, then cut into pieces and set aside. In a large sauce pan, heat Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil to medium-high then add carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Sautee for 15 minutes until soft. Add tomato paste and continue to cook until all ingredients are mixed together. Add broth and beans then salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for another 20 minutes. Spoon beans into a shallow bowl then add cooked shrimp. Garnish with parsley, serve with warm bread of choice, and dig in!

Click Here to get the recipe!

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TABLE Talk

cactus cooler

When vacationing under the desert sun—no matter the time of year—there's nothing more refreshing than a Cactus Cooler Cocktail over ice! Even more delicious than its citrusy sweet taste? This drink is less than 200 calories—even less if you make it non-alcoholic. We picked up all the ingredients at a grocery store around the corner from our resort and prepared our drinks in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset from our patio.

Ingredients for two cocktails: 1 ounce of orange juice 1 ounce of lime juice 3 ounces of cranberry juice 1 ounce of tangerine or other favorite juice 8 ounce can of lemon lime soda

Optional: 2 ounces of tequila 1 ounce of triple sec (Pro tip: We purchased the little 2-ounce bottles at a discount liquor store)

Directions: Using a large shaker or covered pitcher, add the ice, juices, and optional alcohol then shake for 30 seconds. Pour mixture into a serving glass and add a dash of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with fresh fruit slices, mint leaves, and a fun straw then enjoy!

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Experience It.

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San Clemente:

PAR ADISE FOUND

Far south of the bustle of Los Angeles and just north of San Diego County, the Pacific Coast Highway slows to meander through a coastal enclave dotted with terracotta-tiled roofs set against a glimmering Pacific Ocean.

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BEFORE BECOMING A

CIT Y The quaint town’s decidedly Mediterranean feel and relaxed pace of life could easily be mistaken for a vacation destination somewhere along the Amalfi Coast rather than just a short drive away from Southern California’s two most metropolitan cities—the exact sentiment San Clemente has aimed to evoke since its inception 90 years ago. San Clemente was originally occupied by the native Juañeno people but was virtually uninhabited until Father Junipero Serra established the San Juan Capistrano Mission in 1776. Natives were conscripted to work for the mission, and it was during this time that native and Spanish settlers alike began to establish villages nearby.

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A MAN WITH A

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In 1925, Ole Hanson, the mayor of Seattle and major land developer, craved a sun-filled seaside escape that would serve as a vacation haven for Southern Californians tired of “the big city.” With its idyllic weather, pristine beaches, and fertile soil, San Clemente embodied Hanson’s vision of a Mediterranean-style resort town. The town’s founder declared: “I have a clean canvas, and I am determined to paint a clean picture. Think of it—a canvas five miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide…my San Clemente by the sea!” Hanson’s ideas for developing the area were initially rejected, many people fearing that investing in a city far removed from Southern California’s two main urban areas would spell financial ruin. Yet Hanson clung to his dream. Then one rainy day in December of 1925, Hanson invited over 600 LA inhabitants to venture out to the undeveloped plot and hear his real estate presentation, providing luxury transportation and meals for all interested buyers. His efforts proved to be worthwhile: Within six months, Hanson sold over 1,200 lots at an average price of $300/lot. Private homes and public structures alike were developed, including San Clemente’s iconic pier, community center, the Beach Club, and San Clemente Plaza. In an effort to lend the town a uniform Spanish colonial charm, a mandate was issued with each land deed that required buildings sport white stucco exteriors and red tile roofs, an architectural style that’s since distinguished the area. First Newspaper: El Heraldo de San Clemente

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A House Of

ROMANCE Hanson himself wanted a slice of his seaside resort dream. He built a villa-style home for his family that he named “Casa Romantica,” a sprawling estate perched on a bluff overlooking the town’s iconic pier. He lost the property in the Great Depression shortly after inhabiting it, and the home was confiscated by the bank. After passing through the hands of several different owners, Casa Romantica eventually fell into a state of neglect and seemed doomed for demolition. Fortunately, a group of San Clemente activists, coupled with generous donations from local residents, were able to preserve the historic house, restoring it to its original glory and converting it into San Clemente’s cultural and historical center.

City Flower: Bougainvillea

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THE WHITEHOUSE OF

THE WEST San Clemente became a sought-after getaway not only for weary LA residents, but for weary DC politicians as well. In 1969, Richard Nixon purchased a portion of the HH Cotton Estate, one of the original Hanson homes. The property was nicknamed the “Western Whitehouse”—a term used for a president’s vacation home. World leaders would come visit Nixon at his San Clemente home, and after his resignation, he made the Western Whitehouse his permanent residence until he sold it in 1980. Prior to Nixon, the estate also hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt who liked playing cards while overlooking the ocean.

City Slogan: “Spanish Village by the Sea”

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Past, T H E Future

HONORING THE LOOKING TO

San Clemente is celebrating its 90th year of becoming a recognized city and is now home to approximately 65,000 residents who are committed to preserving its original charm. On top of restoring and maintain historical buildings, vendors are also designing new storefronts to match Hanson’s original vision of white stucco walls contrasted with red-tiled roofs.

City Tree: Coral

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Surf CI T Y With ideal year-round swells, San Clemente is also a major surf spot destination, including one of the West Coast’s premier surf spots—Trestles. The town is home to a large concentration of surf publications, surfboard shapers, and some of the world’s most renowned surfers, like Shane Beschen and Mike Parsons.

Enter to win one of these beautiful Historical San Clemente Books! See the back cover for details on how to win.

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ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY In addition to the city of San Clemente’s 90th anniversary, our resort San Clemente Cove is also celebrating a milestone: 30 years since opening its doors!

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The Mediterranean-style resort is nestled on a hillside just steps from the pier, sand, and seafront shops and cafes—epitomizing a long-ago dream successfully brought to life.

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Dip your way to deliciousness! One of the oldest olive oil and balsamic tasting galleries in Southern California, Oliver’s features 25 olive oil and aged balsamic varieties—all bottled on site and available in one-of-a-kind flavors, like champagne mimosa vinegar. One Sunday every month, a chef comes onsite to demonstrate how to prepare four different entrees, infusing each dish with inventive oil and vinegar combinations! 30

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In with the old! This antique store in Historic San Clemente is housed in a building dating back to 1910 and has remained true to its roots by boasting original flooring, banisters, and hardware. As a co-op with over 20 different leased spaces, it offers a wide variety of high-end antique and vintage finds, ranging from European and Asian collectables to American mid-century modern pieces—something for every decorative style!

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Get in touch with your sweet side! Whether you love baked goods, or frozen treats are more your sugar craving style, this charming seaside bakery offers something for every sweet tooth. From cupcakes to ice cream, these all-natural goods are made onsite all day and come in gluten-free options! Customize your own ice cream sandwich or stop in for a cinnamon roll on Sundays. T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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You Ask, We Answer

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Your ownership comes with a host of opportunities to take more vacations, and Grand Pacific Vacation Services is here to help make the planning process easier. Turn to us when you need to book your use week reservations, exchange, or rent by the night or week at discounted owners-only rates.

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AS AN OWNER WITH GRAND PACIFIC RESORTS, WHAT ARE MY BENEFITS?

You have so many great benefits as an owner. You automatically receive access to Grand Pacific Exchange (GPX), your exclusive exchange network, where you have the option to explore thousands of destinations, resorts, and cruise sailings around the world. You can also explore ResorTime, giving you the ability to book nightly rentals, perfect for weekend getaways—plus you always save 20% for being an owner!

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RESORTIME AND BONUS TIME?

Great question! ResorTime gives you access to discounted nightly rentals and you can book up to a year in advance. Depending on your home resort, Bonus Time gives you a discounted rate at your home resort for up to three nights. Reservations can be made within twentyone days of check-in. For more information on the Bonus Time policy of your home resort you can explore Help Articles within your Owners Community online, call a Vacation Specialist at (888) 477–6967, or call your home resort.

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I’D LIKE TO TRANSFER MY OWNERSHIP TO MY GRANDCHILDREN. HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT DOING THAT?

We understand that when you purchased your timeshare you had dreams of passing on the gift of family vacations for years to come, which is why we’re here to guide you through the process of passing down your ownership. Before getting started there’s a few things to consider:

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& TALK ABOUT IT

It’s important to have a discussion to decide who you’d like to pass your ownership onto (your grantee). This ensures a smoother process when handled early on. We encourage you to explain your plans to that person or group of people before you start the process so everyone clearly understands both the responsibilities and the benefits of properly using and maintaining the gift of vacation ownership.

MOVING FORWARD

Once your grantee has agreed to accept your ownership, we recommend you move forward right away. The transfer process takes 45-60 days on average, assuming all the documentation is properly filled out.

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As an owner at Grand Pacific Resorts, you have exclusive access (and lower rates) with Advanced Commercial Financial Company. Experts are standing by to provide you with all the options, tools, and resources to assist in passing down your ownership. For assistance, please call (760) 827-4400.

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AS A FLOAT WEEK OWNER, HOW DO I RESERVE MY WEEK AND HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN I BOOK?

First thing to do is to decide what your preferred dates of travel are and then depending on your home resort you can make reservations up to 12-24 months in advance. For more information you can explore Online Help Articles within your Owners Community on the Grand Pacific Resorts website. When you’re ready to reserve your week, you can call a Vacation Specialist at (888) 477– 6967.

If you’d like to venture outside your home resort, many of your fellow owners choose to deposit their float week with your internal exchange network, GPX. This gives you access to thousands of resorts worldwide. You can exchange your week online or to explore all of your options please call a Vacation Specialist at (888) 477-6967.

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Wish You Were

HERE By: Jim & Shelly

We can connect to anyone, anywhere, anytime with the click of a button. While email and social media posts are certainly a convenient way of reaching multiple people quickly, the art of personal communication is being replaced by the luxury of instant communication. Picking out postcards and sending them with handwritten greetings is a fun and creative way of letting your friends and family (and the neighbor watching your house) know that you’re having a good time and are thinking of them. It’s also certain to make their day when they receive a personal note in the mailbox. (When was the last time that happened?) Often times, postcards will become keepsakes that your loved ones will save, re-read, and cherish whenever they feel like taking a trip down memory lane. It’s not quite the same printing out an email to place in a box! We’ve enjoyed this Harris family tradition for years, and as a result, our four grandkids have a shoebox full of postcards from our travels. It's fun to share our adventures with 34

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them knowing that maybe someday they’ll visit the very places we’ve sent postcards from. We have a collection of a couple hundred vintage postcards at home that we rotate on display—sort of like holiday decorations. We have cards for all the major holidays as well as birthdays, anniversaries, and many travel destinations. Postage is only .35 cents for a regular size card or .50 for an oversized one. Don't forget to pack postcard stamps when you travel. It makes it so easy to drop a couple of cards in the mail each day. You can also make your own personalized postcards, which is easier than ever.

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Order your vacation pictures from a photo service. Most drugstores offer instant prints for just a few cents.

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Customize your card. Some places allow you to order your photos as postcards, but you can also customize the back of a photo to look like a postcard by drawing three address lines on the far right side.

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Write it, stamp it, and drop it in the mail!

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CARLSBAD SEAPOINTE RESORT

WAVE CREST RESORT

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS CLUB AT MARBRISA

GRAND PACIFIC PALISADES RESORT & HOTEL

CORONADO BEACH RESORT

CHANNEL ISLAND SHORES

INDIAN PALMS VACATION CLUB

RIVERPOINTE NAPA VALLEY

KAUAI BEACH VILLAS

MAKAI CLUB RESORT

RED WOLF LAKESIDE LODGE

RED WOLF LODGE AT SQUAW VALLEY

HANALEI BAY RESORT

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WELCOME DISCOVER OUR COLLECTION OF GRAND PACIFIC RESORTS

In this section, you’re invited to explore the resorts throughout California and Hawaii that are all managed by Grand Pacific Resorts. When you’re in the mood to vacation somewhere new, you can use your owner benefits to exchange or rent by the night or by the week. There’s so much to explore and experience! Take your family on a hike along the bluffs of Del Mar; try something new with stand-up paddle boarding on the Carlsbad Lagoon; visit the Top Gun house in Oceanside; make a snowman in the mountains of Tahoe; soar above Napa in a hot air balloon; or swim with sea turtles off the coast of Kauai. There are so many different wonderful places for you to explore – the options are almost endless! Flip through the pages and find the resort that you and your family would love to stay at next.

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CAPISTRANO SURFSIDE INN

34680 COAST HIGHWAY CAPISTRANO BEACH, CA 92624 • (949) 240-7681

Minutes away from Dana Point Harbor, Doheny State Beach, and numerous family attractions, this seaside resort is the ideal location for your next beach vacation. You’ll enjoy a private balcony, spacious rooms, barbeque grills, and plenty of pool and beach toys for the kids when you stay at this ocean front resort. One and Two Bedroom Units

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"Small, quaint Timeshare complex‌ friendly staff, newly remodeled rooms‌ in a great location." - FRANK "The room was not just a room, yet more like a 1 bedroom apartment with an amazing view and the biggest bathtub ever! Overall, I'd give this place a 10/10..." - KELLI "The staff was very helpful and friendly. The room was clean and roomy with a huge tub & full kitchen. We especially enjoyed the complimentary bikes and beach items available for us and our kids. We definitely recommend it! " - ANNIE

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CARLSBAD INN BEACH RESORT 3075 CARLSBAD BLVD. CARLSBAD, CA 92008 • (800) 235-3939

European charm meets California cool at this beachfront resort in Carlsbad Village. The inn’s courtyard serves as an expansive outdoor living room—the perfect place to relax while your kids frolic in the grass. As the sun sets, unwind in the ocean view hot tub, or gather around an outdoor fire pit. Then retreat to your coastalinspired room to rest up for another day in paradise. One & Two Bedroom Units

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"Second time we have stayed. Staff was helpful, upbeat, and very knowledgeable of nearby restaurants and attractions. It’s our ‘go to’ beach location!” - KEVIN "Close to downtown dining and antique shopping. Beautiful open courtyard to relax in the shade of the umbrellas overlooking the ocean. It’s a jewel of Carlsbad!" - CURT "Perfect location. So close to the beach, shops and restaurants. Right in the heart of downtown Carlsbad! " - VICTORIA

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CARLSBAD SEAPOINTE RESORT 6400 SURFSIDE LANE, CARLSBAD, CA 92011 • (760) 603-1700

Escape the noise of everyday life at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, a laid back resort overlooking an unspoiled bluff in North San Diego County. Lounge poolside while drinking in views of the Pacific, or stroll along the beach as waves lap against your feet. Whatever you choose, your condo offers a spacious and scenic home away from home at the end of the day. One & Two Bedrooms

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"This is the best resort in Carlsbad! The activities director, is a warm, funny guy who goes beyond courtesy and makes you feel at home. Every employee is friendly and ready to spring into action for your slightest need." - JANE "Boy did we have a perfect ocean view. The resort is perfectly located to the ocean, easy access to the Coaster station, and convenient to Carlsbad Village. Highly recommend. " - JAZMIN "We stayed in a two bedroom, two bath unit which had an amazing view of the water. The resort has activities like Monday Welcome Breakfast, towel origami, water aerobics, candy sushi, pizza bingo, offers of margaritas, s’mores, and other goodies. Great resort for relaxing and enjoying the view!" LINDA T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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CHANNEL ISLAND SHORES

1311 MANDALAY BEACH ROAD OXNARD, CA 93035 • (805) 985-0621

Experience Southern California at its best. Channel Island Shores, your new home away from home, is steps from a prestine beach and just a short drive from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Relax in your spacious accommodations or fire up the barbecue after kayaking the local harbor and building sand castles by the sea.

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"… The grounds have beautiful flowers and only steps from the beach… A place forever in our memories, and the staff are kind and accommodating. Love this place. " - TRINA "Our family loved our vacation and stay at Channel Island Shores. Plenty of room for a family of 5. Master bedroom was awesome… Hot tub was fantastic! " - MIKE "We spent two weeks at Channel Island Shores and loved every moment. We were a stone’s throw from a almost private, wide, sandy beach. The accommodations were very comfortable and quiet, and the management was great! " - RICHARD T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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CORONADO BEACH RESORT 1415 ORANGE AVENUE, CORONADO, CA 92118 • (619) 522-6000

Coronado Beach Resort is located across from the Hotel del Coronado in a town known for its casual and idyllic coastal ambiance. The perfect day begins and ends on the resort’s rooftop deck, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the beach while lounging in the sun. Downtown San Diego is just a short drive or ferry ride away. Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"I cooked three times this trip; the deck top grills are just a few steps away from our room – very useful and convenient. I visit here 3 times a year and ALWAYS look forward to it. The staff is the best, all so friendly…" - JIM "Great location! Wonderful place, literally right across the street from Hotel Del Coronado and its wonderful beach. Town is also across the street, so you can walk to everything and not even have a car. Plus, they have free bikes you can use…" - VICKY "In addition to the friendliness of the staff, the welcoming Ms. Cody hello, and the location, we found the resort to be very quiet and were able to get a restful night’s sleep every night." - KATHY T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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HANALEI BAY RESORT

5380 HONOIKI ROAD, PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI, HI 96756 • (808) 826-6522

Hanalei Bay Resort is a tropical Shangri-La, complete with lush gardens, tennis courts, lava rock waterfalls, the only swim-up bar on the island, and an awardwinning pool. A scenic path leads to the resort’s private beach, but all you have to do is step outside your island-inspired condo to enjoy breathtaking views of the bay. This celebrated resort is only missing one thing - you! One & Two Bedrooms

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"I highly recommend the Hanalei Bay Resort. This is our 7th time to our timeshare and this was the best yet. The staff was very helpful and the unit was in great shape. They have added a pool bar since our last visit." - DOUG "This is clearly a five-star resort with so many amenities and first-class treatment. The units are spacious and well-appointed. The pool is large, yet comfortable, and the eight tennis courts are just one more perk. " - MITCH "Beautiful rooms on a beautiful property! The Happy Talk Lounge has great food and drinks as well. The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you want to stay in Princeville area I highly recommend the Hanalei Bay Resort!" - ANDY T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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HILTON GRAND VACATION CLUB AT MARBRISA 1594 MARBRISA CIRCLE, CARLSBAD, CA 92008 • (760) 828-4520

Elegant, fresh, and inviting, MarBrisa offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of Southern California. Throw out the agenda and simply soak up the ambiance. These beautiful Mediterranean-inspired villas give you the sense that you’ve stepped out of time, while the resort’s proximity to LEGOLAND and the beach make it ideal for families with active kids. Studio, One, Two & Three Bedrooms

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"The rooms are so clean, organized and spacious. The resort has a lot of activities, tons of games and a couple beautiful pools. The town of Carlsbad has a lot to offer; there are a ton of restaurants nearby. Overall it’s a wonderful place to stay." - SEAN "We spent two weeks relaxing in a spacious one bedroom condo. The staff from checkin, housekeepers, maintenance, and nightly turndown services were all great. " - SHERYL "We stayed here mainly for our two day trip to Legoland and were impressed with the whole experience.The amenities (restaurant, heated pools, gym, golf course, back door access to Legoland) make this place a true staycation location." - GRIFFIN T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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INDIAN PALMS VACATION CLUB 48630 MONROE STREET (77 ABBOTT STREET-CHECK IN) INDIO, CA 92201 • (760) 342-1485

Palm Springs is just a short drive from this casual resort. But you don’t need a car to enjoy the desert’s charm. Challenge yourself with 18 holes on the neighboring golf course, or spend the day sunbathing by the resort’s sparkling pool. Whatever you do, you’ll enjoy views of the mountains surrounding the Coachella Valley and plenty of California sun. One & Two Bedrooms

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"Definitely a nice place to have a quiet relaxing time with family… and we also enjoyed their root beer party, pancake breakfast and the service was really friendly." - JUDITH

"Very clean, comfortable room that was well appointed. The property was quiet, and very secure as it was gated with 24 hour security service. Pool and Jacuzzi area was clean, and inviting." - CHRIS "What a quiet area. Easy access to shopping, but far enough away for little to no traffic noise. Wonderful weather… Loved it!" - RUTH T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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KAUAI BEACH VILLAS

4330 KAUAI BEACH DRIVE LIHUE, HI, 96766 • (808) 241-1000

Here, you’re more than a guest — you’re ohana (family). Find your piece of paradise at this private beachfront property. Located on the lush Coconut Coast and only three miles from the Lihue Airport, Kauai Beach Villas is a prime area to enjoy all the local attractions. Sunbathe on the beach, snorkel Kauai’s abundant reefs, or hike the miles of trails around the island. With so many choices, our on-site concierge can help make your stay the Hawaiian vacation you’ve been dreaming of. One & Two Bedrooms

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"Our two bedroom villa was clean and well maintained. It had all the amenities you could need, including a cooler to take around. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and found treats when we arrived!" - FRANK "Our view was amazing, and we really enjoyed our morning walk on the beach. It’s easy to get from there from the airport, just an 8 minute ride. I cannot stress enough how wonderful the staff was; they were equally as beautiful as Kauai. " - KELLI "Loved our couple of days at Kauai Beach Villas. Well equipped kitchen and had more than enough room. The beach is lovely for a stroll or to sit and read with a book." - ANNIE T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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MAKAI CLUB RESORT

4180 LEI O PAPA ROAD, PRINCEVILLE, HI 96722 • (808) 826-8851

Located on a lush hillside neighboring the Makai Golf Course, the Makai Club Resort is the perfect base for your island adventure. While you could easily spend your entire vacation relaxing at the resort’s sparkling pool or the nearby beach, there’s ample opportunity to explore The Garden Isle by land, air, and sea. One & Two Bedrooms

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"Check in was quick and easy, staff was friendly, accommodating and efficient in handling every request. The cottage, grounds and pool were clean and the two-bedroom cottages are so much more roomy and better than a typical Hawaiian condo." - MANNY "It was amazing to be able to make breakfast and drink coffee in the morning and look at the amazing waterfalls coming off Mount Wai'ale'ale. The resort is perfect and near so much of the north shore!" - SARA "Beautiful scenery at this quiet resort, and easy to relax. There are many beaches and walking trails in the area. The staff is all friendly with Aloha spirit, and there is great food at the local restaurants!" - JENNA T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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CAPISTRANO SURFSIDE INN RED WOLF LODGE AT SQUAW VALLEY 2000 SQUAW LOOP ROAD OLYMPIC VALLEY, CA 96146 • (530) 583-7226

Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley is perfect any time of year, but winter is when it really shines. Located at the base of the mountain near the Alpine Village, this ski-in/ski-out resort offers easy access to the slopes. After a full day of skiing, nothing beats a long soak in the rooftop hot tub, except maybe falling asleep snug in your bed! Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"The condo was very nice and well equipped. We were able to cook in our kitchen, BBQ on the grill outside the club house, and go eat in the village‌ The bed was very comfortable. The service was friendly. " - GREG "Location is awesome. Only steps away from shops and restaurants at Squaw Valley Olympic Village. 10 minute drive to Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe area. 15 minute drive to Truckee and Donner Lake State Park!" - JUANA "While the Tahoe City area was extremely crowded, this resort was full but very laid back. We enjoyed the hot tubs, grilling on the deck and playing ping pong. Overall great experience! " - TONY T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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RED WOLF LAKESIDE LODGE

7630 NORTH LAKE BOULEVARD TAHOE VISTA, CA 96148 • (530) 546-6262

Escape your daily cares at Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge, a cozy alpine getaway located on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. The wooded property faces the lake, offering breathtaking views of the water and access to a sandy beach and private dock. In winter, build a snowman outside your condo or start a snowball fight with your kids with the lake as a scenic backdrop. Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"It is perfectly located within walking distance of King’s Beach and far away from the craziness of other high traffic areas. Resort has all the amenities you need – lakefront location with ample lounge chairs, free kayaks, clean BBQ grills and picnic tables… " - BRINK "The staff here is very personable and competent. They make me feel like I am truly returning home to my favorite spot on the lake. It’s a great place to simply relax on the beach or around the pool, or take a kayak." - WILSON "… it is a quaint, cozy lakeside cabin resort… If you are looking for a nice cozy mountain getaway by the lake and near Kings Beach in North Tahoe, I highly recommend it. " - MARYLOU T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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CAPISTRANO SURFSIDE INN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACH CLUB 121 SOUTH PACIFIC STREET, OCEANSIDE, CA 92054 • (760) 722-6666

With nothing between you and the sand except “The Strand,” Southern California Beach Club is the quintessential beachfront resort. Stroll the Oceanside Pier or explore the local shops and eateries. Every condo has a private patio or balcony where you can enjoy the ocean breeze. Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"The resort is right on the sand on a lively part of the beach… and it’s also near the Oceanside pier with a 50’s diner. Plenty of classy restaurants close by and an art market and food trucks line the streets on Thursday…" - NOEL "Our room was beautiful, clean and peaceful. We love how clean the entire resort is, the staff always goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is taken care of. There is always cold water, coffee and tea in the lobby… " - KEVIN "We love this place! Can’t beat it, listening to the ocean waves all day and night. Views of the ocean, beach and pier. Love coming back to Oceanside!" - JULIE T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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RIVERPOINTE NAPA VALLEY 500 LINCOLN AVE NAPA, CALIFORNIA 94558 • (707) 252-4200

Located less than five minutes from Downtown Napa, RiverPointe caters to wine enthusiasts, adventurous foodies, and everyone in between. Linger at one of the area’s award-winning restaurants, or prepare your own elegant feast in the comfort of your condo kitchen. The resort’s patios are the perfect setting for dining alfresco with a glass of wine in hand. Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"We were wonderfully surprised by the closeness to everything, the friendly staff, and the endless cuteness. You get total privacy, stocked kitchen, comfy pillows and bed, all nestled in nature. We were all happy we stayed there. " - ANGELICA "Love this place. Location is great. On the river with a nice two mile river walk. Staff was very friendly, and go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and ensure you had a wonderful time. Highly recommend. " - KAREN "We had a great time! We did a hot air balloon tour and visited Jelly Belly. Jelly Belly even had their own wine and chocolate tasting. Can't wait to go back!" - JILL T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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GRAND PACIFIC PALISADES 5808 ARMADA DRIVE, CARLSBAD CA. 92008 • (760) 827-3200

Grand Pacific Palisades invites you to a distinctive Carlsbad experience. Our resorts' location gives you postcard-perfect views of the Pacific Ocean and the Carlsbad Flower Fields, which blaze with color every spring. Carlsbad’s leading attractions are close by. There's even have a pedestrian entrance to LEGOLAND. Hotel, One, Two & Three Bedrooms

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"The kitchen is roomy and filled with everything I need! The two rooms were spacious… the king bed in the master was luxurious. I can’t wait to come back. " - HANNAH "The service was exceptional! Our needs were treated as though they were of the utmost importance. " - JACK "We loved that there was an adult pool, Jacuzzi, and amenities away from the children’s pool and playground. Great location near outlet mall, restaurants, Costco, Legoland, and the beach. ." - ANNIE

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SAN CLEMENTE COVE

104 SOUTH ALAMEDA LANE, SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672 • (949) 492-6666

This Mediterranean-style resort is nestled on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Step outside the lobby to explore the bustling streets of San Clemente, or take a short stroll on the pier to watch the surfers and anglers. On a clear day, you can see as far as Catalina Island from the resort. Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"My husband and I loved this place for the location and great space. The pier/ocean are just across the street. Staff is so nice, beach chairs, towels, boogie boards – all free!" - JOHN "The front desk is very accommodating and super nice. Our one bedroom included a living room, kitchen, and the bed was extremely comfortable. We had a partial view of the ocean and it was perfect to watch the sunset from the balcony." - KELLI "Our one bedroom unit was immaculate and so comfortable. We felt at home from the start. I highly recommend this place. It was so close to all our destinations. " - ANNIE

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VILLA L'AUBERGE

1570 CAMINO DEL MAR, DEL MAR, CA 92014 • (858)259-1515

From the sparkling pool to the sun-drenched rooms, everything at Villa L’Auberge speaks luxury, indulgence, and utter relaxation. Retreat to this seaside haven and enjoy sunbathing and swimming complemented by a blissful massage at the neighboring spa. The racetrack and some of San Diego’s finest restaurants are close by. Studio, One & Two Bedrooms

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"Our unit was wonderful. Pool, hot tub, restaurants and hotel bars are great. Best part: It's a short walk to the beach. You won’t find a better spot in Del Mar!" - GEO "The location, the views, the pool, the staff, lunch on the patio, the SPA next door – Everything was lovely! Everyone there was friendly and very accommodating. I will definitely return! Stunning! " - MARY "Our unit had a nice view of the ocean, was clean, had comfortable furniture, bed and pillows were great, had a fireplace, was spacious and light and bright if we desired. It was quiet and we slept so well here. We could walk to most everything we needed." - FLORA T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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WAVE CREST RESORT

1400 OCEAN AVENUE, DEL MAR, CA 92014 • (858) 755-0100

Del Mar Village is only two blocks from Wave Crest Resort, yet when you’re at this private seaside retreat overlooking the Pacific everything else melts away! Spend your vacation lounging on the beach, exploring the bluff trails, or cheering on the horses at the racetrack.

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"We’ve stayed here twice and it’s really a gem of a spot. Quiet, great views of the ocean, excellent staff and nice condos, grills, and pool. Every time we’ve stayed here, the worst part is leaving." - STEVE "We loved the resort. It’s on a cliff with beautiful ocean views. You can also rent beach chairs, wagons, sand toys or umbrellas if you can’t bring yours. Can’t wait to stay here again!" - JESSICA "Truly a place to “veg”, relax and recharge. The units are beautifully appointed and it becomes a home away from home. Also a good place to make your home base to make side trips to San Diego, La Jolla, Carlsbad and surrounding areas." - ED T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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OWNERS ANNUAL CELEBR ATION

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We love meeting with owners and learning about all the ways they make memories while on vacation. Check out the smiles that vacation ownership has created at this year’s round-up of 2018 Annual Owners Meetings. Come join us at your home resorts Annual Meeting! Be sure to visit your Owners Community to find out when your 2019 celebration is happening.

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We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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Is Your Sunscreen Green? Sunscreen has come a long way since it’s invention in 1938 by a Swiss chemistry student. As recently as a few decades ago, many people didn’t give much thought to using any form of sun protection. Although sunscreen gained more fame after WWII with the invention of Coppertone (remember the baby on the bottle?), it wasn’t until the late 1970s that the FDA began to regulate production, and sunscreen began to be widely used. However, recent discoveries show that many sunscreens contain chemicals that can potentially put our health— and the environment—at risk. The chemical ingredients contained in many sunscreens have been linked to various health issues, and our oceans are also being affected. Certain active ingredients in chemical sunscreen damage coral, making reefs far less able to regenerate. According to Reuters, between six thousand and fourteen thousand tons of sunscreen end up in coral reef areas each 76

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year, and sunscreen chemicals deposited in more remote swimming areas can easily flow downstream into coastal waters. The good news is that there is a viable, healthy, and environmentally sustainable alternative: organic sunscreen! Its innovative yet all-natural ingredients eliminate all the chemicals we don’t want on our skin—or in the environment—while still protecting us and the planet. In fact, effective in January 2021, Hawaii has officially banned all chemical sunscreens in an effort to protect its waters. In addition to helping preserve marine life, natural SPF also has multiple health benefits for those of us who slather it on: 1

Natural minerals form a protective barrier on the skin, unlike chemicals such as parabens and oxybenzone that absorb into the skin and the bloodstream.

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No more having to wait 20 minutes after applying to go out in the sun! Unlike chemical sunscreens, organic options take effect immediately and don’t break down in the sun.

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Organic SPF naturally provides a broad spectrum of sun protection while most chemical sunscreens provide only UVB protection or require a mix of chemicals to achieve both UVA and UVB protection.

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WHEN CHOOSING A SUNSCREEN... TRY TO AVOID THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS: • Oxybenzone—the top offender! • 4-meth-benzyldencamphor (4-MBC) • Benzophenone-3 • Octyl-methyl-cinnamates (OMC) • Octyl-dimethyl-para-aminobenzoic Acid (OD-PABA) • Homosalate (HMS)

LOOK FOR SOME OF THESE INGREDIENTS INSTEAD: • Avocado oil, red raspberry seed oil, or tea tree oil • Cocoa butter • Vitamin E • Aloe vera • Grape seed • Tocopheryl acetate (derived from vitamin E and a natural alternative to parabens)

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One of our favorite picks for organic sunscreen is the COOLA collection. Scientifically advanced and locally sourced, their range of plantbased suncare products are fully sustainable, rich in antioxidants, and offer full spectrum coverage. With sunscreens designed for everything from face and body to sports and baby, there is something for everyone to enjoy safe fun in the sun!

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YOUR EXCLUSIVE EXCHANGE NETWORK As an owner with Grand Pacific Resorts you receive exclusive access to GPX, your internal exchange network. Along with no enrollment fee and no annual fees, you also have the benefit of booking rental weeks starting at $349, exchange weeks starting at just $69, and saving up to $1,500 on cruises.

Why Use GPX: https://youtu.be/RKHGb3t_jZE Get to Know GPX: https://youtu.be/ztP3rLK4Qpc

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H O W D O I S E A R C H F O R M Y N E X T VA C AT I O N O N G P X ? GPX makes it easy to navigate through thousands of resorts and destinations to find availability. Whether you have flexible dates and prefer to glance at availability by the year, or if you know you need a week during the holidays, GPX is always here for you. There are three ways to search: •

Search by destination and time you’d like to travel

Search by resort location

Search by resort

How to Search for Your Vacation: https://youtu.be/WeezmggypM8

W H AT I S AVA I L A B L E O N M Y M E M B E R D A S H B O A R D ? Along with providing a concierge level of service with Grand Pacific Vacation Services, we also give our owners the ability self-service their vacation needs with GPX’s Member Dashboard. On your personalized dashboard you can see your account information, ownership weeks, transaction history including exchanges and rental weeks, previous searches, weeks on hold, deposits and exchanges, and start a special vacation request. How Do I Sign into the GPX Website: https://youtu.be/bjEdWxmglxo

W H AT I S G P X C R U I S E - E X C H A N G E ? Now you can exchange your timeshare week for a discounted cruise vacation! Simply deposit your week and save up to $1,500 per cabin. GPX Cruise-Exchange includes over 150,000 options on more than 17,000 unique cruises world-wide on the major cruise lines including river cruises. For more information and to stay up to date on cruise deals be sure to sign up for GPX emails. Call a Vacation Specialist for more information at (866) 325-6295.

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GRAND PACIFIC VACATION SERVICES Grand Pacific Vacation Services (GPVS) is your partner in the vacation planning process. From helping you understand your vacation ownership benefits and reserving a week at your home resort, to booking additional vacations or exchanges through GPX and ResorTime, and so much more, we’re always here for you! DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT: SCOTTSDALE Treat yourself to an extra vacation and explore the stunning desert oasis, Scottsdale, Arizona. Baseball fans can check out the spring training home to the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Vacationers can play rounds of golf on the many championship golf courses, relax and rejuvenate at worldrenowned spas, and enjoy the foodie delights across the city. Book your vacation to Scottsdale using your owner benefits GPX or ResorTime by simply going online or calling Grand Pacific Vacation Services at (888) 477-6967.

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VACAT ION SP ECI A L IS T SP O T L IGH T It’s Our Pleasure to Introduce You to

Christine W.

Christine has been part of our team for over ten years and enjoys assisting owners with their benefits and helping make their vacations a reality. Her favorite part of the job is that each day is the gift of a new experience. She loves getting to talk to a variety of folks, helping them plan everything from their annual vacation to a family reunion, to honeymoons, and so much more! During her many years of making meaningful connections with owners, Christine has learned that owners consider their home resort and the associates as part of their family. Her most memorable professional moment being the time she helped an owner who had lost a parent plan a “Celebration of Life” at Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort. She learned that they wanted to celebrate their parent’s life where they had made so many cherished memories. “I was so grateful to help them,” explains Christine. “The experience made me realize I’m not just making a reservation—I’m helping make a memory that could impact a family for the rest of their lives.” Christine enjoys talking with owners and says that her most common requests are for the most budget friendly resort options and to vacation in Southern California. Her advice to owners looking to book their next vacation is to plan far in advance so the GPVS team can make their vacation dreams come true! Along with being passionate about the vacation experience, she is also a dedicated grandmother. With her music background and musically inclined family, she enjoys singing with her daughters and grandchildren. Her family loves to vacation at Grand Pacific Palisades because it’s perfect for all ages! Their favorite resort amenities are the family pool and arcade. Christine says her grandson always asks, “Nana, when are we going to the resort again!” T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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Giving back to our local communities has been at the heart of Grand Pacific Resorts for decades, with our efforts rooted in a mantra of ‘what matters to you, matters to us’. This year, we were inspired to see so many owners join us in giving back. From sharing charities with us that you would like us to support, to actually donating your vacation time to families in need, we experienced a record year engaging our community of owners and charitable causes.

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Giving TIME TOGETHER

We partnered with Send Me on Vacation, an organization that funds trips for financially disadvantaged breast cancer survivors, for many years and are proud to continue to grow our partnership even stronger. In 2017, we furthered our longstanding partnership by launching a new program called Revive & Thrive. Through this program, you as an owner can donate your vacation week to a cancer survivor to provide her and her family with some muchneeded rest and rejuvenation. Through your generosity and kindness, four women and their families were gifted a week-long vacation. Some of you that donated your weeks asked us to relay messages of hope and love, and some stories of going through cancer yourself. It was an absolute honor to present the deserving women with their vacation weeks, and sharing your stories with them was overwhelmingly emotional. We are always inspired by the families that Send Me On Vacation supports, but we're exceedingly uplifted and inspired by our owners gracious gifts. We were already a top sponsor for their benefit, Champions for Charity, when we learned that they were short of their goal to raise $50,000 by only $890. Our team came together and added $900 to our donation so that Send Me On Vacation could exceed their goal and send even more women on the vacations they deserve. If you are feeling inspired and would like to give the gift of rejuvenation by donating your vacation week to a breast cancer survivor, fill out the form at https://gpxvations.com/donate

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Education

COMES FIRST

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SWING INTO ACTION

Every year, we host an annual Christel House Open Golf Tournament, a fundraiser in which the proceeds directly benefit the charity Christel House. This organization is committed to helping transform the lives of impoverished youth around the world through education, medical care, and love in an effort to break the poverty cycle and raise self-sufficient members of society. This year, we raised over $50,000 to help provide children in need with the education and tools necessary to create a better future for not only themselves, but also their families and communities. That’s a 43% increase from our donation last year! We know how generous and giving our guests are, and decided to open another opportunity for our guests to get involved with our first annual Christel House Putt-Putt! This mini golf fundraiser was held right on the mini golf course at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, and we were so excited to see so many of you show up for the cause.

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A D I F F E R E N T WAY T O G I V E

This summer we extended summer internships to Christel House graduates: Charley Jackson and Zirci Ayala. These young women attended Christel House Indianapolis from first to twelfth grade, and are currently attending college in Indianapolis. During their time at our home office, they received hands-on experience in hospitality marketing, event coordination, and helped out at Grand Pacific Palisades for two weeks. While we were the ones teaching them new skills, we learned something as well: you can give back more than money – you can use your time and talent to provide opportunities to the next generation, setting them up for success. Learn more about Christel House and how you can get involved by visiting their website at https://christelhouse.org/. Just a $25 donation covers medical care for 60 students!

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Clean

AS A WHISTLE We partnered with Clean the World, an organization committed to gathering and providing basic hygiene necessities for people around the globe affected by poverty, homelessness, and natural disasters, back in 2016. In 2018, with your help we gathered unused or partially used soaps from guest units to produce…drumroll please…12,928 bars of soap! The recycled soap goes into hygiene kits that are then sent to impoverished countries and emergency room distribution centers. It was even used to help out during the hurricanes last year! We want to do even more, and know you do too! So when you’re leaving your vacation, don’t throw bath items away. Simply leave them on the counter, and we’ll take it from there.

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Let's Get Social From beach days and finding foodie favorites, to family traditions and why you love to travel, share your vacation photos with us for a chance to be featured. Simply Use #MyGrandMemories on Or upload photos at:GrandPacificResorts.com/MyGrandMemories

Let’s be friends. Be sure to follow your home resort on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on your favorite destinations and so much more!

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CALENDAR D ECE M B E R It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Stay at San Clemente Cove and celebrate the season at Santa’s Village by the Sea in San Clemente on December 2. You and your family will enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, snow hill sledding, hot cocoa and so much more. Or, stay at Capistrano Surfside Inn and take a sleigh ride over to Dana Point to enjoy their 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights on December 8! Boats in the harbor get decked out with holiday lights from bow to stern, and you can watch the beauty sail right by for free from the harbor.

JAN UARY

New Year’s resolutions are great, but life is too short to not enjoy delicious food. Stay at Channel Island Shores and experience Oxnard’s Tacos, Treats & Tastings in honor of California Restaurant Month! Indulge in a multicultural experience with signature taco menus, special treats, and featured beverage tastings from Friday, January 18-Sunday, January 27.

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While in Oxnard, head out on a whale watching adventure! January is peak migration season for California gray whales, and you can experience a portion of their journey from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm waves of Baja California. Channel Islands Whale Watching offers excursions through the breathtaking waters around Channel Islands National Park and the National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Southern California. You may also see blue whales, humpback whales, orca, seals, sea lions, or dolphins.

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Let cupid’s arrow strike your heart this Valentine’s Day and take your significant other on a romantic getaway to Carlsbad. Stay at Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort and take a romantic stroll down the beach towards Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Make sure you make reservations first! We highly recommend staying on the outdoor patio – you get an amazing view of the sunset while indulging in delicious seafood and steak. Looking to stay a little further south? Stay at Wave Crest Resort or Villa L’Auberge and visit a staple romantic restaurant, Chart House in Cardiff. It sits right on the shore and boasts floor to ceiling windows, which means your view will be spectacular while you dine on superbly scrumptious seafood.

MARCH

Hop to it and book your vacation at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort so that you and your family can have Easter fun in Carlsbad! The always fun and adorable Carlsbad EGGstravaganza Spring Festival happens every March, and it’s a good time for your whole family. Your little ones will enjoy egg hunts, meeting the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, and more.

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CALENDAR APRI L Oceanside gets immersed in culture during Oceanside Days of Art in April! Featuring over 80 local artists, you’ll find unique artwork from paintings and sculptures to ceramics and fine jewelry. The festival has three performance venues, hands-on activities for children, and a delicious array of food trucks for you and your family to enjoy. You’ll be steps away from the fun while vacationing at Southern California Beach Club.

MAY

Oxnard in the springtime is not just beautiful, it’s also sweet! The 35th annual California Strawberry Festival will be taking place on May 19 and 20, and will host over 50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, 200 Arts & Crafts vendors, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and more. It’s one of the top festivals in the nation, so stay at Channel Island Shores to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

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JUNE

Make your reservation at Riverpointe Napa Valley this summer and enjoy a treat for your taste buds and your ears. The Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, only 9 miles away from the resort, was started by Jazz legend Brian Culbertson in 2012 and has been a staple in Napa since then. Enjoy music from some of your favorite jazz musicians all while sipping on delightfully delicious wines. This event usually sells out, so book your tickets now! Also happening in June? The San Diego County Fair! The theme for 2019 is, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. Immerse yourself in creative and educational exhibits while eating everything deep fried and yummy, or go on carnival rides and enjoy the live performances throughout the fair! Stay close to the fairgrounds at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, Carlsbad Beach Inn Resort, or Grand Pacific Palisades! These resorts are just a coaster ride away, and you won’t get caught in all the traffic around Del Mar.

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San Clemente in the summer: what could be better? How about attending the San Clemente Ocean Festival! Held every year in July, you and your whole family will enjoy art exhibits, ocean races, car exhibits, and live performances. Plus, it’s held right next to the pier, which is a short walk from San Clemente Cove or quick drive from Capistrano Surfside Inn. Do you have a love of comics? San Diego’s Comic Con is set to return in late July! If you’re quick enough to get tickets to the must-see always-sold-out event, you’ll enjoy everything from beautiful artwork, panels with movie stars, and attendees dressed head to toe in costumes! Even if you don’t get tickets, there are a variety of events to attend right outside the con. Plus, you’ll still get to see all the dressed up attendees! If you’re booked at Coronado Beach Resort in July, you’ll be close to all the festivities.

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CALENDAR AUG UST Spice up your summer with the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival! There will be music, food, a salsa making challenge, arts & crafts, and contests & games.

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Fall in NorCal is a sight to see! Come to Lake Tahoe for the three day Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival to eat delicious foods and sip on sweet wines. The event boasts different culinary cook-offs and fun events like, “sip salutations” (yoga followed by wine tasting) and “progressive picnics," where you can enjoy the mountain views while sipping beers paired with food along the route. There are even events for kids, so your whole family can enjoy! Either Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge or Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley would be perfect to vacation at during this event. 96

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OC TO B E R

Take a step off the mainland and head to the warm waters of Hawaii next October! Stay at any of our Kauai properties - Makai Club Resort, Kauai Beach Villas, or Hanalei Bay Resort - and enjoy sun, sand, and the aloha spirit. While you’re there, head to the Kauai Coffee and Chocolate Festival to indulge in sweet treats and Kona delights!

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Carlsbad is the place to be in November! The semi-annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire happens on the first Sunday of the month, and people from all over the country come to visit. Over 800 vendors will be setting up unique booths filled with handcrafted art, antiques, jewelry, clothing, home décor, plants, and more. There’s a children’s area so the kids can play, and there’s an international food court serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. Stay at any of our Carlsbad Resorts to be close to the fun! Thinking about spending Thanksgiving in California? Head to Capistrano Surfside Inn so that you can participate in California’s largest Thanksgiving Day Run Event – the Dana Point Turkey Trot! Enjoy the cool ocean breezes and beautiful views while getting in a little exercise before the big meal.

BOOK YOUR NEXT VACATION Are you ready to book your stay at a sister resort? Flip over to our Family of Resorts section on page 36 and use your owner benefits to book your vacation with GPX or ResorTime.

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CELEBR ATING

Our People

At Grand Pacific Resorts we take pride in our team of associates, which is why each year we roll out the red carpet for our annual Best of the Best Gala where we celebrate our BE EPIC Champions of the Year from each resort and the home office, along with recognizing an exceptional general manager and resort. From the heartfelt service you receive at check-in, to the passionate attentiveness you receive during your vacation, our associates are always striving to embody our core values of Balance, Empowerment, Enthusiasm, Passion, Integrity and Consistency. In February, we celebrated our associate accomplishments by recognizing our 2017 BE EPIC Champions with a glamorous night at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, complete with a reception, dinner, gifts and an awards ceremony. “This is my favorite event of the year,” said co-president of Grand Pacific Resorts, David Brown, “We get to come together and honor our associates and their incredible dedication and passion for the vacation experience. Our BE EPIC champions and award winners exemplify our core purpose of, ‘Enriching Lives by Creating Experiences Worth Sharing.’ We want them to know they’re appreciated and supported, because these shining stars are what make Grand Pacific Resorts great.” At this year’s gala we celebrated top accolades that included Wilbert Tai Hook of Makai Club Resort for his exceptional mentorship and commitment to community philanthropy. Please join us in congratulating our Best of the Best honored in this keepsake photo album. Has an associate helped you create wonderful vacation memories, or provided you heartfelt service during your stay at your home resort? Submit a BE EPIC Moment to help recognize the shining stars at Grand Pacific Resorts.

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GRAND PACIFIC RESORTS

RISES TO THE TOP ARDA AWARDS Grand Pacific Resorts is proud to announce we won five gold awards at this year’s 2018 American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Awards held earlier this year in Las Vegas. The ARDA Awards Program recognizes top industry professionals for their excellence and accomplishments in categories that enhance vacation ownership. Grand Pacific Resorts’ Gold Award Winners included Kelly Brady-Snyder – Inventory Revenue Management Manager, Sarah Fant – Housekeeping Manager, and Wisam Al Saffar – Maintenance Manager at Carlsbad MarBrisa, and Grand Pacific Vacation Services – Call Center Team, and Reputation Issues/Crisis Management. We were also a finalist in six other categories and proud of our team’s accomplishments. The winners and finalists represented multiple areas throughout Grand Pacific Resorts including: Housekeeping, Maintenance, Inventory, Call Center, Training, Marketing, Activities and Resort Management, which illustrates our overall commitment to excellence in providing our owners with exceptional vacations. “We are extremely proud of our team and the recognition we received at ARDA World 2018,” said Co-President David Brown. “To win the same number of Gold awards as the largest companies in the timeshare industry, and have so many associates selected as finalists amongst toptier hospitality brands, is a testament to Grand Pacific Resorts’ commitment and dedication to enhancing the owner experience. It is thanks to our incredible team of associates that we continually build on our success year after year.” T I M E TOG E T H E R : 2018

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PERSPECTIVE AWARDS Grand Pacific Resorts won the prestigious Perspective Magazine Awards for Best Team for the fourth year in a row, along with Best Place to Work and Best Corporate Social Responsibility for the second consecutive years, and took home Best Management Company for the first time at the annual GNEX conference in Miami, FL. The Perspective Magazine Awards are considered among the highest achievements in timeshare, as winners are decided in part from votes by peers in the timeshare industry.

“We are incredibly proud of our associates and the value they create for owners, home owner associations, and local communities. The recognition we received from Perspective Magazine at GNEX, is a thrilling opportunity to honor the commendable efforts from our team and their dedication to our core purpose of creating experiences worth sharing,� said Grand Pacific Resorts Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Lobo, of the achievements.

At Grand Pacific Resorts, our passionate team of associates are dedicated to providing heartfelt service and helping create vacation memories that last a lifetime. As we continue to grow and find new ways to improve your vacation experience, we look forward to seeing what more we can accomplish in the coming year!

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HIP-HIP-HOORAY FOR HOUSEKEEPING OLYMPICS In October we celebrated our company-wide, “Housekeeping Olympics” at Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort. Grand Pacific Resort considers housekeepers our “heart of the house” and this highly anticipated event helps highlight the importance of all housekeepers and their role in helping provide memorable vacations for our families each year. From towel origami to fastest bed making, associates eagerly encouraged the friendly competitions. After the event housekeeping teams were invited to a catered party complete with a mariachi band to continue the celebration of the contributions and skills that housekeepers make at each resort. “This event shows how our housekeeping teams take serious pride in their profession and resort,” said Nigel Lobo, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s also a lot of fun.” We appreciate our dedicated housekeeping teams and everything they do at our resorts in helping create experiences worth sharing for our owners and guests. They truly are the heart of the house. If you’re ready to have some fun at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, look no further than Dexter! Meet the resort’s Director of Fun and Engagement who is famous for his s’mores, triple berry mojitos, and warm, welcoming personality. Learn about the activities he coordinates, his favorite thing about his job, and more!

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