One of the reasons that I can travel as much as I do is because I own a lot of timeshare points.
And if I book within 60 days of my stay, I can get a 50% discount and a unit level upgrade.
This current trip revolves around three workshops that I am going to be attending at the Monroe Institute in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia next month, but given the weather at this time of year in the mid-west, I decided to add a visit to the South Carolina coast before I went to Virginia.
So, here I am, on my way to Myrtle Beach, and instead of spending the night in a motel, I am staying in a two bedroom deluxe suite in Nashville that I got for the equivalent of $20 worth of my timeshare maintainance fees. It’s cold outside, but I’m enjoying a nice take-out Chinese dinner (which I picked up at Crazy Buffet, one of my favorite Evansville restaurants, on my way out of town!) and watching three of my favorite TV shows with a nice glass of red wine.
And tomorrow morning I can have a free meal if I attend a member’s breakfast and listen to a spiel about the company.
In addition to the image at the top, the resort has several amusing “musical” trees along the entrance road.
I like the Nashville resort, because it’s quite close to the Opryland hotel, (on the right in the picture – from the resort balcony) It has an absolutely amazing indoor gardens, (which is especially well decorated at Christmas). I’m not going to get a chance to visit them this trip, but I will when I’m back in October for the Killer Nashville mystery writer’s convention.
Now, my Myrtle Beach week starts on Friday night, and I had planned to take three slow and easy days driving there from Nashville, stopping at a couple of motels on the way, and doing a bit of sight-seeing.
But with the temperature dropping so drastically, sight-seeing didn’t seem to be such a good idea for this part of the trip. So I decided to get to Myrtle Beach a day early. I checked online and found that if I booked a 1 bedroom deluxe (at a 50% discount!) I could get an upgrade to a two bedroom presidential suite for the night on Thursday. Since it will also only cost me the equivalent of $20 in maintenance fees, I thought, “Why not?” (I’ll let you know what it looks like when I get there!)
Just doing it because I can!
And I took this picture of an icicle hanging from a traffic light just before I got to the resort. I guess the wind blew the light back away from the ice, and left it hanging there!