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A Publication of the Colonial Crossings Owners Association In October 2011, the management and staff of
your resort adopted a new motto. Focused on excellent customer service, the motto describes a commitment to providing genuine hospitality while being flexible and reliable in providing customer service. Interval International, Inc., your affiliated exchange company, provides management a summarized report that reflects both owners’ and exchange guests’ overall vacation experiences while at the resort. The 4th quarter report for 2011 proved that the staff’s implementation of the motto has thus far been successful. Your resort scored 92% for an overall vacation ownership product. For example, guests rated our services at 95%. This was a significant increase from the previous quarter. Housekeeping services was the largest improvement contributing to this rating; a 22% increase from the third quarter of 2011. In miscellaneous items, the resort common areas reflected an increase of 3%. Similarly, units and activities both reflected increases. Note: Recent improvements such as the Clubhouse Business Center, upgraded fitness center and game room were not yet available to guests for the purposes of this report.
Colonial Crossings Clubhouse
Volume 12, Issue 2
Spring 2012 Dates to Remember:
In this issue:
Interval Platinum Our Top 7 Best Restaurants Relay for Life Team Formed Local Event Calendar
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Busch Gardens - Opens March 24 Local Farmer’s Market - Opens March 31 1st Annual Resort “Eggstravanga” - April 7 CW Historic Garden Week - April 23 - 29
Progress report: Resort refurbishments
Over the last several months,
your resort Maintenance and Quality Assurance staff has been focused on refurbishing units. We are pleased to report on their progress to date. As of this print, all units have been painted in Buildings 300 &
400. (Units in Buildings 100 & 200 were previously painted in the Spring 2011.) Smallwares (coffee makers, toasters, utensils, etc.) have been replaced in all units. Similarly, flat screen televisions will be installed in Buildings 100 & 200 beginning at the end of March.
A second television will be installed in the second bedroom of each two-bedroom unit. Other completed projects include the Clubhouse Business Center, upgrades to the Fitness Center, improvements to the Clubhouse lobby and a renovated game room.
g o p l at i n u m w i t h i n t e rva l !
Upgrading your membership
to ‘Interval Platinum’ through Interval International, Inc., your resort’s affiliated exchange company, creates multiple options to maximize your ownership interest. Interval Platinum includes ShortStay Exchange, VIP Concierge and Interval Options; all currently offered under the Interval Gold membership. One of the most popular benefits, ShortStay Exchange allows members to split one week of vacation into two vacations, up to 6 nights each! Expanding on this and other benefits, Interval Platinum creates a one-of-a-kind vacation program for owners. Highlighted by Free Guest Certificates, exchanges and Getaway accommodations can be assigned to family and friends at no additional cost. For members with business schedules requiring frequent air travel, complimentary enrollment in the Standard Priority Pass program provides access to more than 600 airport VIP lounges in 300 cities worldwide. Coupled with Interval Gold’s complimentary Hertz #1 Club Gold membership, members will save $159.00 in annual membership dues to these two programs. Discounted week-long resort stays, or Getaways, are offered to Interval Platinum members with priority viewing and a $50.00 discount! Take advantage of Getaways to travel when and where you desire by putting you in total control of your vacations! Other benefits include Platinum’s Companion Airline Travel Program and Platinum Escapes, which are created specifically for Platinum members. Escapes offer deeply discounted resort stays that may be available from time to time. Our staff is always happy to teach and assist with learning more about Interval!
More than just An empty field
Busch gardens announces summer series
of the eight original shires formed in colonial Virginia in 1634, Yorktown is the site of surrender by General Cornwallis ending the American Revolutionary War. But, here are some lesser known attractions to this keystone of American history.
Gardens Williamsburg, voted the world’s most beautiful theme park, has released their summer event series.
Ramp Jam (Part of ASA Action Sports World Tour) April 21 - 22 April 28 - 29 Glory at the Gardens May 6 - Anthem Lights & NewsBoys May 20 - Kirk Franklin June 10 - Chris Tomlin & The City Harmonic June 24 - Third Day
Busch Gardens Live May 13 - Cobra Starship June 3 - Hot Chelle Rae June 17 - Kellie Pickler August 26 - Victoria Justice Illuminights! July 1 - August 19
Yorktown Beach is a favorite spot of the locals Naval ships can often be viewed at Cheatam Annex The Tall Ship Alliance sails daily from her home port, Riverwalk Landing Pier
Enjoy special shows in each country nightly! Fireworks cap your day starting at 9:30 p.m. For information, visit www.buschgardens.com or check with our Member Service staff.
For more information about Yorktown, visit historyisfun.org.
Note: All events are subject to change
O U R TO P s e v e n B E S T W I L L I A M S B U RG R e s tau r a n t s Our
staff knows the importance of good eats! That’s why we decided to share with you our “Top 7” picks for the best restaurants Williamsburg has to offer. #1 Fat Canary - $$$$ Discover rare and exceptional wines that compliment some of the finest menu selections you will experience dining in Williamsburg. www.fatcanarywilliamsburg.com #2 Blue Talon Bistro - $$$$ Executive Chef David Everett offers “serious comfort food” complete with a burnt sugar ice cream and select brandies to finish your evening. www.bluetalonbistro.com #3 A Chef’s Kitchen - $$$$ Exquisite pairings are offered while a learning experience ensues as diners are given the recipe to recreate the multi -course dinner. www.achefskitchen.biz #4 Opus 9 Steakhouse - $$$$ This “favorite of the locals” serves up fork-tender prime rib and earned the 2011 Best of Hampton Roads Reader’s Choice Award for Best Overall R e s t a u r a n t a nd B es t W i n e L i s t . www.opus9steakhouse.com #5 Chickahominy House - $$ Established in 1955, the breakfasts and lunches served here are highlighted by Virginia ham biscuits, pancakes and Brunswick stew. www.oldchikahominy.com #6 The Cheese Shop - $ Akin to the Fat Canary, The Cheese Shop’s sandwiches have become an addiction for some. Grab a pint of the original House Dressing for dipping! You can thank us later. www.cheeseshopwilliamsburg.com #7 Retro’s - $ Serving up burgers, fries, sundaes and frozen custard, the nostalgia comes free. www.retrosgoodeats.com
1st Annual Easter “Egg”stravaganza!
When: Saturday April 7, 2012 Where: Resort Clubhouse Time: 11:00 A.M. Come have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, dye eggs and hunt for one of two “Golden Eggs”!
Call Member Services for more information at (877) 276-7647
IN OUR COMMUNITY
Relay for life
The annual Relay For Life international event is about saving lives. Drawing more than 3.5 million people from around the United States, funds are raised for those affected by cancer. “I’m Going to Love You Through It” will be the team name for the staff of Colonial Crossings. So far, the staff has raised more than $1,000. The event, held locally at Jamestown High School, will take place May 4, 2012. The 12-hour walk is highlighted by the “Survivor’s Lap.” If you would like to make a donation visit relayforlife.or/williamsburg or call team captain, Miranda Jackson at (757) 941-1540.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Experience the park’s newest rollercoaster Verbolten! Park Opens May 24 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. *** RevQuest - Sign of the Rhinoceros Help save the Revolution with this interactive reality game complete with code solving! Great for families with kids. Included with admission. March 26 – April 22 ***
Budget vacationing: airfare
face it: Do the words “budget” and “airfare” even make sense side-by-side anymore? The majority of folks would say probably not since vacationing certainly costs more than it did 10 years ago. But the reality is you don’t have to withdraw from your IRA to cover the cost of airfare. Smaller Airports: Low-cost airlines service select cities and can provide significant savings. For example, AllegiantAir flies direct from Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) to Orlando/Sanford (SFB) for under $200.00 round-trip. PeoplExpress, a low-cost carrier from the 1980s, is attempting to make a comeback and has headquartered at PHF. Other airports servicing this region are Richmond (RIC) and Norfolk (ORF), both about 45 minutes from Williamsburg. Search Patterns: With the majority of travelers searching for the best deal on-line, computers track what flights you are
searching. A good deal may only be available for a period of minutes and when you return to the site, the price of the ticket may be increased. If you think it’s a great deal, chances are it is. Departure Day: Prices are heavily driven by the busiest travel days of the week. Traveling on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays will prove to be the most expensive. Being flexible with your travel dates and departing mid-week or on Saturday will help to keep your ticket costs lower. Farecompare.com: This booking engine allows users to search multiple sites instantly to compare prices. The site also offers great travel tips to help you save money on your next trip.
Historic Gardens Week Various daily activities/events between April 23 - 29. Check CW guide for more information. ***
Jamestown Day Celebrate the 405th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Maritime demonstrations and military displays highlight this event. Separate admission will be required. Event is one day only - May 12 ***
Photo contest Winner announced
Williamsburg Farmers Market
Local vendors display their finest goods and produce. Merchants Square – Duke of Gloucester Street Saturdays beginning March 31 ***
The Flanary family’s picture was chosen as the winner of the CCW 2011 Photo Contest. Congratulations!
Photographer: Amy Flanary Date: March 2011 Description: Cannon at the College of William & Mary
Water Country USA
Park Opens May 19 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ***
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. All events are subject to change without notice.
200 English Garden Way Williamsburg, VA 23188
A n o d e t o s p r i n g : A m e r i c a ’ s pa s t i m e
A nation’s constant
I arose in a time of turmoil, when men were traded like horses I have witnessed enemies become friends, and friends become enemies I’ve noticed winners with tears of joy And I have seen losers with looks of grief and despair Still young at the turn of the century I bared eyes on the horseless carriage and the flight at Kittyhawk I gave life and a name to an orphan who became a sultan Then I granted him an Ironhorse too I was devastated when eight men compromised their childhood dreams I chipped a tooth on one of the toughest of Georgia peaches known I survived both world wars and any other my homeland has faced I’ve been both beat up and pampered I have seen children grow and mature under my wing I saw a miracle that shocked my followers in a summer of love Spahn and Sain pray for rain and the triumph of Coogan’s Bluff, I was a handyman with a trusting hammer, I called Hank A few times in my life I’ve been perfect, and fell short on many others There have been many tragedies in my life including depression and a strike People have seen me on T.V., in person, and even on the radio Children are put to bed with stories I was author to I am a bond of greatness, between father and son A splendid splinter in the working thumb of America I have seen lots of changes, but I, myself, have not I love my followers as they love me And that’s why I will always be A Nation’s Constant
A Nation’s Constant by Michael Steven Richards
Welcome the return of the dusty clay on the infield, the smell of hot dogs, and the roar of the crowd .
Did you know our area has great baseball? Ask our Concierge for more information
William & Mary tribe
Richmond Flying squirrels
April Home Schedule April 1 - 1:00 p.m. - Towson April 3 - 7:00 p.m. - Maryland - E.S. April 6 - 7:00 p.m. - Delaware April 7 - 4:00 p.m. - Delaware April 8 - 1:00 p.m. - Delaware April 10 - 7:00 p.m. - Richmond April 28 - 1:00 p.m. - Norfolk State April 28 - 4:30 p.m. - Norfolk Sate
April Home Schedule April 12 - 6:35 p.m. - Altoona April 13 - 6:35 p.m. - Altoona April 14 - 6:35 p.m. - Altoona April 15 - 2:05 p.m. - Altoona April 16 - 6:35 p.m. - Reading April 17 - 6:35 p.m. - Reading April 18 - 10:35 a.m. - Reading April 27 - 6:35 p.m. - New Britian April 28 - 6:35 p.m. - New Britian April 29 - 2:05 p.m. - New Britian April 30 - 6:35 p.m. - Bowie
April Home Schedule April 9 - 7:15 p.m. - Gwinnett April 10 - 7:15 p.m. - Gwinnett April 10 - 7:15 p.m. - Gwinnett April 11 - 7:15 p.m. - Gwinnett April 12 - 7:15 p.m. - Charlotte April 13 - 7:15 p.m. - Charlotte April 14 - 7:15 p.m. - Charlotte April 15 - 1:15 p.m. - Charlotte April 24 - 7:15 p.m. - Durham April 25 - 7:15 p.m. - Durham April 27 - 7:15 p.m. - Louisville April 28 - 7:15 p.m. - Louisville April 29 - 1:15 p.m. - Louisville April 30 - 12:15 p.m. - Louisville
College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
Double-A Affiliate of San Francisco Giants
Triple-A Affiliate of Baltimore Orioles
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