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The Enduring Spirit of Independence

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10 Thrills, Chills & Adventure 14 See America from a Different Point of View

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16 That Summer Groove 17 Homemade Flavors 17 New Amenities

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he busiest travel season of the year begins in just a few weeks—as do many members’ dreams of an extended summer vacation. Families are taking advantage of their kids being out of school to get in some much-deserved time to get away together, while others simply love the return of summer fun under the sun. Be sure to get out there and enjoy it! Whether heading to the beach, mountains or theme parks, the Club is seeing strong reservation activity at many of our member resorts. The best dates are quickly filling up right through Labor Day weekend. If you wish to travel this summer to any of our locations and have not yet booked, I strongly recommend you make those plans now. If you need help planning, our Vacation Counselors are standing by to give you a hand. One piece of important Club Partner news I want to share with you comes from Priority Club® Rewards. As of July 1 this year, the program will be changing its name to IHG® Rewards Club. As a Club member, you can rest assured that all the benefits you already enjoy with that program will remain. The good news is they are adding a few more to make it even better. And lastly, our feature takes you back in time to fascinating historical sites to visit near our member resorts. Plus, we take a look at a few ways to add a little thrilling fun for adults on vacation and have some great resort updates to share. Enjoy your summer and happy travels! Sincerely,

Patrick K. Connolly Senior Vice President, Owner Support


The

Enduring Spirit of

Independence Experience the fascinating history and courage that defined a nation

In the spirit of the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War already underway and Independence Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to get closer to the history of America. So when you’re planning your next Club vacation, consider exploring a little farther out and bringing a piece of the story of America back home with you.

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Left: Fort Ticonderoga. Above: Ethan Allen Homestead Museum.

Capturing a Nation

New England is rich with history, and although many acts leading up to the Revolutionary War centered on the Boston, MA area, it was Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont that gave the rebels their first victory. By capturing Fort Ticonderoga from the British, and later Crown Point and Fort George, France became believer and threw its support behind the colonists.

When Visiting Ascutney Mountain Resort in southern Vermont is a great home base for a historical tour of New England. Ft. Ticonderoga is less than 100 miles west in upstate New York and the historic city of Burlington Vermont is about 20 miles north of that. The fort is open for tours from May 17 – October 20. Included on its 2,000 acres are also the King’s Garden, an extensive art collection, and special exhibits on period weaponry and medical care. Or carve out a couple of days to visit Boston to see where it all began, about 145 miles southeast. There are plenty of IHG hotels where you can use your Club Points for an overnight stay in both cities.


Revolutionary Roots Run Deep in

South Carolina Fort Moultrie

Although the northern colonies are well-known for their major role in the Revolutionary War, South Carolina also played a significant part. Sullivan’s Island in Charleston Harbor, SC, home to Fort Moultrie, has the distinction of experiencing the first naval attack of the war in 1776. The fleet was repelled, saving Charleston from invasion and helping further spur the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

Fort Sumter Less than a century later in 1861, the first shots of the American Civil War took place at Fort Sumter, also located in Charleston Harbor. The fort fell to southern Confederate forces, only to have the northern Union Navy return and retake it following a 20-month bombardment on both Ft. Sumter and Ft. Moultrie. On April 14, 1865, the same battle-scarred U.S. flag that came down in the surrender was re-raised over Ft. Sumter.

Fort Sumter Facts • 2.5 million bricks were purchased to construct the fort. • The stone and granite foundation weighs 115 million pounds, equal to over 25 fully loaded space shuttles. • The commanders on each side of the battle knew each other, one an artillery instructor and the other his student 30 years prior at West Point. Above: Fort Sumter.

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Above Left: USS YORKTOWN. Top Right: Vietnam Support Base at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

Ghosts of WWII USS YORKTOWN was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and is now retired and berthed in Charleston Harbor at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Nicknamed the “Flying Lady,” she earned 11 battle stars in WWII and five in Vietnam service. When visiting, get ready to walk and climb, because you get incredible access to roam the ship. Several aircraft are also on board and the museum includes a Cold War submarine, destroyer, the museum of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and a replica Vietnam Support Base.

When Visiting Charleston is located about 100 miles south of South Beach Resort and well worth a day (or more) visit. The city brims with charm and enough historical sites and museums to satisfy even the biggest history buff! Fort Sumter is located on an island and only accessible by boat. Ferry service is available from its Visitor Education Center in downtown Charleston or Patriots Point Naval &

Above: Cannon at Fort Moultrie.

USS YORKTOWN Facts • Originally the USS BON HOMME RICHARD, she was renamed YORKTOWN after the famous Revolutionary War battle. • In 1970, she was used in the Hollywood film Tora! Tora! Tora! to recreate the attack on Pearl Harbor. • She was the recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission.

Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. Guided tours are generally not available, but with each ferry arrival, visitors have access to a 10-minute ranger history talk. Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivan’s Island and is accessible by car. Tours are selfguided, but from March – November, guided ranger tours are available on weekends. This increases to several times daily from June 1 through August 15.


Secret Unionists

in Tennessee

Just a stone’s throw from Smoky Mountain Resort, grab a meal where Unionist militia operated during the Civil War. The “Old Mill” in Pigeon Forge, TN was a garment factory and made shoes for northern soldiers. In 1861 following the secession of Tennessee, John Trotter and his son established a home guard that went underground when Confederates moved in. They served as secret Union courtiers and guides, gathered intelligence and harassed southern troops. Two years later, the Union took back control of the area and it remained that way through the rest of the war.

When Visiting Head over to beautiful Old Mill Square, where the original buildings still stand. There is a general store, cafe, restaurant, old-fashioned pottery making and more for you to enjoy.

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Way Back…

St. Augustine, FL is the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the continental U.S. Although founded in 1565 as a Spanish military outpost, various skirmishes forced it to change hands several times until 1821, when American soldiers took possession. Top: The “Old Mill”. Above: Shopping in St. Augustine, FL.

When Visiting The unique character of the city with the oldest masonry fort in the country has made St. Augustine a popular visitor destination. It’s a little over a two-hour drive north from Orange Lake Resort. Click here to learn more about this unique city.

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Thrills, Chills &

Adventure Sometimes all you want is a jolt of adrenaline to fire up your vacation! We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill, all-ages activities, but things that lean more toward an older crowd.

Fortunately, some of your member resorts can drop you right in the middle of a whole bunch of them! Here are a few that may make your hair stand on end, but will also give you great stories for the kids back home.

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Hit the Track Not too many of us drive a Ferrari, McLeran or Aston Marin supercar to work, but don’t let that stop you. On your next visit to Desert Club Resort in Las Vegas, head over to Exotics Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and slide yourself into one of 13 insanely beautiful driving machines. You get the choice of ride-along or solo driving, number of laps and more. Want to take it up a notch? Get your blood pumping on the same track at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in a 600 HP NASCAR race car. Bank the corners at 165 mph from eight to 50 laps while driving solo or shotgun along with a professional instructor. (The same experience is also available at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando.)


Reach for the Sky Vegas is known for its crazy experiences and for most people, these few may be the most insane. What do you say to flying straight up, out or down over 1,000 feet above the city? The Big Shot is a classic plunge ride that punches you up with 4-Gs of force to 1,081 feet at its tip, then free fall back down— but it’s mounted on the top of the iconic Stratosphere tower on the Vegas Strip. There’s also Insanity that spins you out facing down at 900 feet above ground and Skyjump that sends you plummeting down 108 floors. They are definitely not for the faint of heart and whatever you do, don’t ride on a full stomach! Above: Las Vegas skyline.

minutes’ drive from Orange Lake Resort, it’s called the SkyCoaster and it does it a bit differently. You are harnessed by a cable connected to your back and dropped from a height of 300 feet to “fly” just above a body of water. Yikes.

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Above: Mission Space, Epcot

Get Thrown

into Space Three of our southern resort destinations have all sorts of ways to throw you about. Near both South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC and our two resorts in Panama City Beach, FL, look for the Sling Shot. You’ll be propelled at, oh... about 100 mph into the sky in open-faced seats connected between two 300-foot towers! Farther south in Kissimmee just a few 12–13

If you’d like to fly way above the water at 120 mph—straight down—then Skydive Myrtle Beach is the way to go. It’s a tandem drop, so there’s no worry you’ll forget to pull the rip cord! To reach farther out into space without ever really leaving the ground, try Mission Space at Epcot® theme park. This intense motion simulator ride is so realistic, they now also offer a much tamer option without many of the realistic effects for the wary. You’ll actually feel the G-forces increase as you are launched by rocket onto a mission to Mars. NASA helped design it, so you can say it really is the next-best thing to going to astronaut school.


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See America from a Different Point of View In the last issue, we headed north on Amtrak’s Silver/Palmetto Line in search of all the wonderfully odd little attractions that fill America. We were enjoying Forrest Gump’s famous movie prop and just like his immortal words, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” yes, there is always another surprise waiting!

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Let’s poke around Savannah, GA just a little more before we hop back aboard…

1 Hello Brave Sailors The Waving Girl is a legend in Savannah that, like any beloved story, grows more interesting with time. The facts are: Young Florence Martus (1868 –1943) greeted every ship coming into port day or night with a wave of a cloth or lantern for 44 years straight— that’s about 50,000 ships! She became a legend across the maritime trade and the rest is well, history. Was it a sailor love story? The fanciful act of a young girl? Simply drying her laundry? We’ll really never know, but it sure reads like a classic love ballad.

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Bird Girl sculpture. Sylvia Shaw Judson, 1936

And Speaking of Interesting Statues… Remember the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?” The 1994 book it was based on featured the “Bird Girl” from Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery. The eerie cover photo drew a lot of attention to the statue, then more so with the movie about a true-life local mystery. For years, people flocked to the statue and chipped off pieces before it was moved to a museum. She’s quite the celebrity in town still­—unlike the movie whose fame, shall we say, is mostly dead and buried.


3 The Haunted Halls of Politics The World’s Largest Fire Hydrant

Everyone claims to have the biggest so and so… but this unique piece of Americana may be true! Standing at almost 40’ and weighing in at 675,000 pounds, is “Busted Plug” in Columbia, SC was designed to withstand a direct hit by a tornado. It’s all part of the local street art scene and is slated to move to a place that appreciates the joke. The real question is: Just how big is the dog that uses this thing?

The argument can be made that all Statehouses are haunted with people who are barely there—but bureaucrats in Raleigh, NC believe the state capitol building is! Reports vary of a specter prowling the building, visions of confederate soldiers, strange noises and other ghostly behaviors. Many workers even refuse to stay there after dark.

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Ron Howard’s Triumphant Return Try Something New

Before arriving in Raleigh, have a Vacation Counselor book at stay at the Hotel Indigo®. Cool and funky with an urban touch, the hotel has a distinctly modern feel. The downtown entertainment area is close by with a performing arts center, shopping at the Streets at Southpoint and the unique American Tobacco District entertainment area.

Until Next Time...

The 1960s never died, they just live on TV Land… and in Raleigh’s Pullen Park. The cable station put up a statue of Andy and Opie (aka Andy Griffith and little Ron Howard) to commemorate the fictional show. The venerable likenesses found the big city just a bit less forgiving than the little town of Mayberry. Or was it really Mount Airy, NC—the real-life location of the fictional show and museum? Arguments ensued, and now both places have similar statues. It all worked out—just like everything always did on the show.

Just what is Connecticut doing in Virginia? Our tour moves north, and the odd just keeps getting better!


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When the summer serves up live tunes, what’s not to love? Grab the family, a few beach chairs or blanket and head on out! Near two of our Panama City Beach resorts in Pier Park, see free weekly Summer Concert Series each Sunday from June 2 – August 4. Enjoy country, bluegrass, 80s, funk and jazz and more. Across the bay at Panama City Marina is the free Baybreeze Concert Series. On the third Thursday of every month, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. through October, enjoy bands, wine samples and even a bounce house for the kids. Not too far along the Texas shore from our Galveston Beach Resort is East Beach, the biggest in the state, which attracts thousands of people from Houston. 16–17 16-17

It frequently features many live music acts including major outdoor concerts regularly through August. But be warned! As the only beach on the island that allows alcohol on it, think of it more as an adultoriented hangout than a place to go with young children. Near South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Celebrity Square nightclub district at Broadway at the Beach features 10 nightspots on a New Orleans-style boulevard. And every Thursday to Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. through September 1 is Summer Party in the Street, where the night heats up with free live bands and DJs! And of course over in Gatlinburg, TN, the annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Fest returns June 21 – August 10. See live, costumed street performers roam downtown every Friday and Saturday night.


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What could be better than barbecue paired with a cold drink on a hot New England day? On your visit to Ascutney Mountain Resort in Vermont, hop on over to the Harpoon Brewery Championships of New England Barbecue. Teams from all over the region descend on the Windsor microbrewery July 27–28 to compete for bragging rights of the tastiest barbecue in the region.

New Amenities

Rolling out Across the Resorts! The Tiki Express launched at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, FL last month offering frozen cocktails, frosty smoothies and other tasty concoctions. This new mobile bar is making the rounds with regular stops at each pool area and outside the lobby check-in at the West Village. It also joins the FUN Team as its zany poolside activities roll around the resort.

Got a taste for the really cold stuff? I’m not talking about the crazy concoctions over at the Ben & Jerry Factory Tour, which are great too, but handmade ice cream made with your help at Billings Farm & Museum. Help make it—then help eat it— every Sunday in June. It may not be exactly homemade, but old-fashioned fried dough and cotton candy from a fair that’s been around for 164 years is pretty darn close! From August 28 – September 7, the Walworth County Fair comes to the Lake Geneva Resort area. There are even some pretty good bands stopping in. It’s a great way to send off the summer with a whole lotta’ family fun.

Top & Above: Tiki Express satisfies thirsty guests at Orange Lake Resort.

Guests love the selection of both alcohol and nonalcoholic drinks, and right now Mai Tais are emerging as guest favorites. Cast your “vote” on your next visit and let us know what you think on our Facebook page!


Above: Gold Mine Bar & Grill expands! Below: Fudge comes to Orange Lake Resort. Bottom: New fitness center added to Desert Club Resort.

Marketplace Fudge, the “oh-so-sweet” goodness made by hand in the West Village Marketplace store, has launched and will be sold throughout the resort’s retail centers. Plus, based on your feedback, the Marketplace has also expanded its Starbucks® service to offer the extended drink menu currently available at Currents Café in River Island. Las Vegas’ Desert Club Resort is excited to announce the re-opening of the Gold Mine Bar & Grill after major renovations. The expanded, full-service restaurant and bar now offers enclosed, eat-in service, take-out and patio dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The resort also opened a new activity center and second fitness center to better serve the increasing number of owners, members and guests vacationing at this very popular resort. Sunset Cove Resort in Marco Island, FL, our exclusively Signature Collection Reserve property, has just opened an activity center for family fun. Plus, look for the new Dreamlander Tours operating from our boat dock. They offer kayaking, paddle boards, eco tours and more—and members get 10% off! 18–19 18-17


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