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Your Colonial Crossings Newsletter
Dear Colonial Crossings Owners,
Upcoming Events for The Historic Triangle
Colonial Williamsburg’s “The Revolutionary City” 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily Busch Gardens Williamsburg Park opens at 10:00 a.m. Water Country USA Park Season Opener May 10, 2008 Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. North Anna/ Cold Harbor Civil War Van Tour Lee Hall, Newport News, VA May 17, 2008 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continue on the route of Grant’s Overland Campaign with historian Michael Moore. The tour includes visits to Mt. Carmel, Ox Ford, Hanover Station, Cold Harbor, and Wilcox’s Landing. $45 per person. Reservations required. Virginia War Museum Memorial Day Ceremony, Victory Arch at 25th Street in Newport News. May 26, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Special discount on museum admission following the ceremony. Colonial Williamsburg hosts a wide variety of programs featuring historic re-enactors, plays, films and concerts. Call 1-800-HISTORY and check the Daily Schedule upon arrival.
We are always very pleased to see our owners and guests return to Colonial Crossings and enjoy all that the Historic Triangle has to offer in entertainment, shopping and living history. That said, sometimes it's fun to seek out a new destination to explore. After all, variety IS the spice of life, right? Our members have an entire world open for their discovery through our partnering exchange company Interval International. “I.I.” is one of the world's leading exchange networks and offers the opportunity to travel to over 2300 resorts, from Myrtle Beach to Malaysia, Branson to Barcelona, New York to New Caledonia. Founded in 1976, I.I. maintains the highest standards of excellence for its partnering resorts and requires each of them to consistently meet quality guidelines. “Premier” resorts have attained the company's highest recognition level with its emphasis on modern features and appointments; “Select” resorts provide a great vacation experience with a warm, friendly atmosphere. I.I. offers a directory of its destination choices that lists locations, amenities, area attractions, etc. It's fun just to read through it to see all the nearby and far-flung places available to our Colonial Crossings members! For example, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is represented by over 25 resort choices, several of which hold the Premier or Select designations. This wildly successful “little beach town” continues to grow its options for fun and entertainment. In fact, this month will see the debut of the area's newest amusement center Hard Rock Park. The place “where rock comes to play” stretches over 55 acres and features over 50 rides, including Led Zeppelin-The Ride, a 155-foot-high roller coaster that boasts six loops and hits 65 mph. A special Grand Opening Celebration takes place June 2-3 and features concerts by the Eagles and The Moody Blues. Want an example of some place exotic that you may travel to through I.I.? The WorldMark Denarau Resort in the exotic South Pacific paradise of Fiji may be just what you're looking for. With its beautiful uncrowded beaches, lush gardens and temperate climate, Fiji is truly a romantic getaway spot. There are so many wonderful, exciting places to experience in the world and Colonial Crossings (along with Interval International) wants you to know that you CAN make your once-in-a-lifetime vacation dreams a reality! Call our friendly reservations staff at 866-279-5436 for details. **************************** Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. - Seneca
Land’or International Executive Officers:
John L. Holt III, CEO Ronald T. Holt, President Edmund P. Hannum III, CFO Karen Cross, Sr. Vice-Pres. Norma Dill, Sr. Vice-Pres. David Shively, CEO (Williamsburg) Tim Sirles, Sr. Vice-Pres. Linda Ward, Vice-Pres. Lori Crume, Vice-Pres. Jim Moncrieff, Vice-Pres. Elaine Dowling, Vice-Pres. John Ruch, Director-Corp. Publications Ginny Eyler, Director-Concierge
Dear Owners, It has been quite a while since I spoke to you from the Manager’s Corner. Our Monday evening welcome parties have been very well received and attended, including our movie and game nights. An exclusive alliance with Colonial Heritage has added a well received discounted golfing and dining experience. Our most recent partnership with Doraldo's, one of Williamsburg’s finest Italian restaurants, features a discounted rate for Colonial Crossings owners and guests. Also available for your dining pleasure is their exclusive V.I.P. Dining package every Tuesday and Thursday evening, complete with limousine service to and from. Currently, we are working with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance to promote and offer discount services and products throughout the historical area. We anticipate this service to be available in June. Colonial Williamsburg is continuing their highly successful “Revolutionary City” program, which gives an up front and personal account of the events leading up to our fight for independence. Jamestown’s historic seventeenth century depiction of the hardships facing the 1607 settlers in the “new world” is bigger and better with the completion of their welcome center facility. Yorktown's Victory Center and Battlefield is a living museum of the Revolutionary War’s victorious fight for independence and the birth of the country we call home. Early indications look promising for a great 2008 year. As always, and on behalf of the staff and management at Colonial Crossings, we thank you for the continuing opportunity to be of service and to provide you with the best vacation experience possible. Sincerely, . Tony Conti General Manager
First and foremost, Phase II was completed September 9th and has been generating positive guest comments since we opened the doors to the forty-four units. Phase III construction of the Governor’s Building encompassing fifty - two units is progressing well with an estimated occupancy date of December ‘08’. The anticipated Phase I upgrade has met with some obstacles which I am happy to report have been resolved and a late 2008/early 2009opening is planned for this project. Phase IV has met with some obstacles also which are currently being reviewed. We anticipate a resolution by mid-year.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mario D'Auria (Sales Director) and Brett Bunch (Marketing Director) to the Colonial Crossings family. Both Mario and Brett bring extensive experience and a reputation of success.
“There are many things in life that will capture your eye, but few will capture your heart. These are the ones to pursue. These are the ones worth keeping.”
Breaking News From The Historic Triangle
The sixth annual Michelob Ultra Open golf tournament takes place May 8 – 11 at Kingsmill in Williamsburg. The Ladies' Professional Golf Association event always features the premier names in women's golf and is known as the tour's “fifth major”, as well as being named the LPGA's “Best Overall Event on the Tour”. The tourney includes three pro-am events which, in the last five years, have raised over $1.3 million for charity. The ladies will compete for a $2.2 million purse on the beautiful River Course; the top names in the LPGA are scheduled to compete, including 2007 champ Suzann Pettersen. Additional events include a fashion show, junior clinic and family fun zone. Additional information is available at www.michelobultraopen.com . From May 15th through August 17th ,The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk presents Rembrandt's Etchings: The Embrace of Darkness and Light. Rembrandt achieved unparalleled fame as a printmaker and is hailed today as one of the greatest etchers of all time. Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition includes more than 130 of the master’s etchings, and traces Rembrandt’s career as a printmaker from the drama and technical razzle-dazzle of his early productions to the quiet mystery and poetry of his final works. Details and directions may be obtained at www.chrysler.org .
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has opened its gates for the 2008 season and the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park (for the 17th consecutive year in 2007) is ready with a full schedule of concerts and special guests. The park also garnered the award for Best Theme Park for the second year in 2007 and continues to push the envelope for entertaining parkgoers with new innovative experiences. Mark your calendar for Glory at the Gardens (May 4, 11 and 18), a series of concerts featuring 11 Christian artists that include Third Day, Mark Schultz and Natalie Grant. The Summer Nights Concert Series kicks off in July with '80's heartthrob Rick Springfield performing, followed by Grand Funk Railroad and the Charlie Daniels Band. Busch Gardens offers many options for purchasing tickets such as season passes, a combination Busch Gardens/Water Country USA Vacation Pass and a Military Pass. Additional information on the park is available at www.buschgardens.com. On the weekend of May 16 - 18, Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums mark their 50th anniversary year-long celebration with a Drummer's Call. Fife and Drum units from all across North America will be in attendance and a live webcast of The Grand Review will be shown on www.history.org on May 17th at 12:30 p.m. Founded in 1958, the corps performs nearly 500 times annually and allows visitors to Colonial Williamsburg to not only see living history, but to hear it as well. Other notable Fifes and Drums performances occur on July 4 and during December's Grand Illumination. History buffs take note! Historic Yorktown is the place to be for a special Memorial Day celebration on May 24-25, 2008. Civil War Weekend will feature tactical demonstrations, encampments and a Confederate field hospital that will interpret the role Yorktown played during the Civil War Peninsula Campaign. Special Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at the Yorktown National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery. The events take place at the Yorktown Battlefield from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and a nominal admission is charged. Details may be obtained at 757-898-2410.
Land'or International 4050 Innslake Drive, Suite 204 Glen Allen, VA 23060 The Historic Triangle: Shopper's Paradise!
Shopping (that great American tradition) is plentiful in the area of Colonial Crossings. More than 200 retail and designer outlet stores make the Historic Triangle a shopping mecca! Prime Outlets at Williamsburg, Patriot Plaza Premium Outlets and the Williamsburg Outlet Mall combined offer more than 150 factory and designer outlet stores. In the heart of Williamsburg, Merchants Square boasts specialty boutiques and designer stores as well as Colonial reproductions and collections. The Williamsburg Antique Mall features more than 400 antique dealers as well. Whether you're looking for summer or back-to-school clothes, antiques, gift ideas or just good old fashioned bargains, the Historic Triangle is the place to find them all!
Americans love vacation ownership, as borne out by nearly 80% satisfaction ratings. The chart shown below illustrates that, of Americans who buy timeshare, over 30% of new timeshare sales are to current owners. The point? Today's timeshare is a big hit with buyers because their options are varied, flexible and meet the travel needs of today's savvy consumer.
Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg A Land’or Resort: 200 English Garden Way Williamsburg, VA 23188 (757) 941-1540 www.colonialcrossings.com Land’or International Corporate Offices 4050 Innslake Drive Suite 204 Glen Allen, VA 23060 (800) 552-2839
Source: ARDA International Foundation, November 2007
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