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Trading a Timeshare
We retired a year ago, and it has been quite an adjustment for us. We moved from the temperate climate of Hawaii to the four seasons in Utah. I was truly mesmerized by the falling leaves strewn around the ground last fall. My husband joined me when the snow had begun to fall. Luckily it was a mild winter, and we didn't suffer too much from the change in climate. We had a garden year round in Hawaii, and wanted to learn about planting crops during the changing seasons.
Westgate Resort and Spa
Important lesson learned
Do not plant crops until 15 May, as you may freeze the poor little seeds, and have to start all over again. The weather can really fool you, being beautiful and warm one day and freezing cold the next. We enjoyed experimenting with different crops. We actually had quite a good harvest of corn, kale, carrots, onions, peas, onions, and other crops. My husband, who had raised bananas in Hawaii, had to learn how to grow alternatives. After several months of planting, weeding, growing and harvesting our bounty, besides spending quality time with our grandchildren and attending their activities, we needed a break.
Our Trip up the Mountain
We traded our timeshare in Las Vegas, for one closeby. Westgate Park City Resort and Spa at the Canyons was the perfect choice for us. It was off season - before the snows would bring people from around the world to the slopes. It was practically a ghost town up at the ski resorts although we knew it wouldn't last long.
The drive up the Canyon was an adventure in itself. The autumn leaves were nearing their peak. Aspen and fir trees lined the windy roads and rivers. We took a ride a ride up the Alpine Loop (27 miles), which is Utah State Route 92. It is sometimes called Timpanogos Highway. It is part of the Uintah National Forest. Deer Creek Reservoir is a favorite of boaters, and you pass it on the way to Park City.
Westgate Park City Resort and Spa
When we finally reached our destination, we were surprised at the number of timeshares in the mountains. It took a little while to find Westgate, but once we were there, we were pleasantly surprised with the accommodations and amenities offered. There was a waterfall at the entrance of the timeshare. There was a bar/restaurant and a fine dining establishment which we eventually made use of. They offered spa services and an indoor/outdoor pool, game room, jacuzzi and much more. It felt like heaven. It was my first time having a facial massage and treatment. They allowed me to sit at the indoor spa pool with water falling on my shoulders.
Our own room had a full kitchen, living room, queen bed with a soaker rub and steam shower. There was a little store where we could buy groceries.
The Edge was a five star experience. The chef gave us complementary horderves, which included lobster and beetroot with a tantalizing sauce. Puff pastry, coconut shrimp and tiramisu and creme brulee for dessert. One of the best meals I have enjoyed. We also dined at the Drafts Bar and Grill. Delicious food.
The staff of the hotel were very pleasant and helpful. The grounds include a miniature golf course, gondola rides up the mountain and hiking. The views are breathtaking. If I was a skiier, I'm sure it would be the perfect place to stay, as it is accessible to many good slopes.
Not too far from Westgate is the main street of Park City. You can take a good walk up and down the main road and see several art galleries, which thrilled me. This is an old mine town which has been preserved for tourists to enjoy. Then there is a group of factory outlets where you can find some fine deals on a variety of clothes and other needs.
Our Grandchildren Visit Us
Our grandchildren came to visit for one day. They thoroughly enjoyed the indoor/outdoor pool, game room, ping pong, and air hockey. We let the little girls have a bath in the huge tub, and they were delighted with the jacuzzi and bubbles everywhere. There are two hot tubs by the pool. We had a wonderful time with the kiddies.
We have fond memories of our time at Westgate and Park City. It was a perfect getaway for us after a summer of learning how to grow a garden in Utah. It was affordable and memorable.
© 2014 Elayne