Global Resort Homes – My Type of Lifestyle Vacation Homes in Kissimmee, Florida

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The recent winter snow storm that just hit Toronto with a big pile of snow made me miss the warm weather and the fun activities that I did when I was in Kissimmee, Florida back in November of last year.

Moreover, as March break and the summer season is just around the corner, I am sure you are starting to plan for your next vacation for 2016. Whether you are a family planning for a trip with your children or young couples just wanted to have some lifestyle activities or outdoor adventures, I highly recommend you to consider Kissimmee, Florida as one of your destination options.

When people fly to Disney World, most of them would choose the Disney Resort as their accommodations. However, did you know that Kissimmee, Florida, which is just a 20-25 minutes drive from Disney World offers a variety of luxury, modern, chic resort homes that will fit your needs and lifestyle? Not only these resort homes are beautiful, they are also very competitive in terms of price.

Last November, I was travelling with a number of Social Media Influencers to Kissimmee, Florida and we stayed at the Global Resort Homes at Champions Gate. These are luxury resort homes that are managed by a management company. There are a large number of resort communities in Kissimmee. People actually buy and own these resort homes. However, they may stay at these homes for a few months or even just for a few weeks over the entire year.

What happens when they don’t stay around but travel elsewhere around the world? The management team will help them list out the resort homes for travelers so they can book for a week or stay for a weekend, etc.

When we arrived outside the Global Resort Home, we were informed that the homes ranged from 4,5,6,7 and 8 bedrooms. We stayed at a home that had 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. All of the homes at Champions Gate feature a master suite with king bed and are professionally decorated. My favourite part of the resort home? Each home comes with its own backyard with a barbecue, patio table and chairs. Most importantly, each home comes with its own swimming pool, Jacuzzi tub and the backyard comes with a private screen to prevent mosquitoes from sucking your fresh blood. Furthermore, all homes comes with a washer and dryer and FREE WIFI.

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Every home is furnished so basically we are ready to move in and chill. There are comfy sofas and chairs throughout the entire home. Peeps can cook their own food or microwave some popcorn and watch a movie. It’s a luxury lifestyle. On top of that, during your stay, you have access to the 20,000 sq. ft. Oasis clubhouse (located near you), that provides outdoor water slides, lazy river, splash park, fitness centre, tiki bar and movie theatre, plus a playground and volleyball courts. If you want to be a baller, you can even rent a luxurious cabanas that is air-conditioned and comes with furniture and television. And it even comes with its own washroom with a shower stall. How baller is that? In my next MoVernie BLOG, I will talk more about my experience at the Oasis clubhouse. For this MoVernie BLOG, let’s focus on the resort home itself.

After telling you how fancy and how big this resort home is, your must be thinking that renting this resort home daily must be expensive. You are dead wrong! I got to admit, I thought it would cost me a fortune but it turns out renting a luxurious resort home like this is very reasonably priced. Depending on how long you rent the home, which month of the season you are renting the home, you are looking at about $400-$600USD (check its website for more up-to-date info.) a night for a home that ranges from 4-8 bedrooms. To me, that’s very competitive to what you pay for a smaller size room at Disney resort.

I think resort homes are perfect for family with children, or better yet, a few families spending together for a week. Imagine your family live in Toronto. Your sibling lives in Vancouver. Your parents live in Winnipeg. Imagine you all decided to fly to Kissimmee to spend for a week. Instead of renting a number of Disney resort rooms that are relatively small and hard for the entire family to hang out, the resort homes have the large amount of space for everyone. Everyone has their own bedrooms and ample number of bathrooms. Kids can play games and walk around the entire large home. Kids swim in the pool and adults chill at the Jacuzzi tub.

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Although I don’t have a family of my own yet, but I could also see myself booking a resort home the next time I come to Kissimmee. Imagine we have a group of young couples? Instead of renting a hotel room each, we chip in to book for a large resort home. We have our own big bedroom along with our own bathroom. If we want to cook, we can cook with the kitchen appliances and dishes and cutlery are also available for us to use.

Instead of trying to find a restaurant that can accommodate the big group, I rather have dinner at the resort home, which is more comfortable and less stressful. In case you are tired after spending the entire day doing outdoor activities in Kissimmee or at the Disney theme parks and you don’t want to cook anymore. Not a problem! Global Resort Homes offer an optional home chef service where they will draft a food menu ahead of time for you to approve. When you are out having fun, the chef team can access your resort home (each resort home has its specific key code that changes after every traveller’s stay) so they can prepare the food in your kitchen. When you return home super tired, the chef begin preparing the food for you and your children. Now, that’s what you called “service”!

MoVernie Tips & Recommendations:

The following tips & recommendations will hopefully help maximize and make your experience an enjoyable one when you stay at one of the Global Resort Homes in Kissimmee, Florida:

– There are so many different types of resort homes that fits your needs. They even offer condominium, townhouse or single home styles. Make sure you check out all the different house types that fits your needs

– There are a number of resort community to choose from. The one that we stayed at is called the “Champions Gate”, which is one of the newest and nicest resort communities. Check out which resort community fits your style

– Many of these homes comes with a recreational room that includes foosball, pool table or other goodies. However, each home is different, so make sure you check out each resort home listing and see which one fits you

– During your stay, you have access to the Oasis club house, make sure you utilize the facilities and spend some time there. It’s a paradise

– Speaking of Oasis club house, we found that some resort homes are located a bit far from the club house. I would recommend that if you have family members who aren’t super mobile, you can drive your rental car to the club house as they have parking spots or simply choose a resort home that is in close proximity to the club house.

– I highly definitely recommend you to utilize the kitchen and prepare some food and enjoy the dining area

– Utilize the barbecue and the patio table

– Last but not least, make sure you dedicate a day just doing nothing and just chill all day in the swimming pool. Trust me, it was refreshing getting sunshine and swimming in cool water

Now, enough of me talking about this Global Resort Home, it’s time to check out some of the photos that I snapped during my stay at this 8-bedroom, 6-bathroom luxurious home at the Champions Gate.

Travel assistance was provided by Experience Kissimmee. As always, the opinions expressed in this post is entirely my own.

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Bristol, Virginia – Experience The Birthplace of Country Music & The Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Welcome to Bristol, Virginia! Bristol is best known to be “The Birthplace of Country Music” in which some of the first commercial recordings of country music were born, showcasing Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Bristol, geographically, is also unique as its state line is directly separated by the two states (Virginia and Tennessee). Basically, you can visit both states in just 30 seconds by walking across the street, it’s quite an experience!

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Due to the region’s rich history and music heritage, Bristol and other counties have united together to create “The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail” experience. This music trail experience is all-year round, tourists and the locals can drive along this famous Crooked Road and visit various venues to explore the history of each county and the live music performances.

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

You can start off the Crooked Road journey by visiting the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum. This museum’s theater experiences and interactive displays bring you back in time to experience the far-reaching influence country music has to the Americans. You can even record your own country music song! As you walked 2 blocks from the museum, you will see the famous sign that welcomes visitors to the twin cities of Bristol Virginia and Tennessee. Its motto is “A Good Place to Live”. If you are hungry, make sure to visit the famous “Burger Bar“, it has been a classic diner since 1942. Famously known as the last place Hank Williams, Sr. (singer-songwriter) was last seen alive.

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Just a short drive down The Crooked Road, along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll find the Blue Ridge Music Center. Enjoy the music of local performers and tour the Roots of American Music museum to learn more about the earlier days of mixing of European and African musical cultures in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s quite an experience to be listening to the sound of music in the middle of the mountainous tops and the national park. After an evening of good entertainment, make your stay at The Bolling Wilson Hotel. It’s an unique upscale lodging experience in Downtown Wytheville, Virginia where you can grab a nice dinner at “Graze On Main” restaurant. As well as enjoying a nice cocktail on its hotel’s Perch Rooftop Terrace overlooking the entire Wytheville county!

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Time for a tour of the county of Abingdon! You can walk along the city’s main street or the farmer’s market and see the historical buildings dating back to the 1700s. Also make a visit to the famous Barter Theater, one of the longest-running professional theatres in the nation. Have a stay at the historic Martha Washington Inn which was once served as an upscale women’s college, a Civil War hospital and barracks turned into an upscale inn that offers spa services with gym, swimming pool and tennis facilities. Near Abingdon, you’ll find Heartwood, tucked into Virginia’s mountains and home to the music, crafts and food of the Crooked Road. Many of the artisans featured at Heartwood are members of Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network.

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

All-in-all, if you enjoy country music or if you enjoy the nature and also appreciates the roots of the rich history of this region, The Crooked Road is a journey for you!

Other Places & Activities to Visit Along The Crooked Road

Ralph Stanley Museum (features the life and music of the legendary music performer)
Original Country Cabin (built in 1937-38, the longest continuously running site for traditional music along the entire Crooked Road.)
Country Cabin II (built in 2002)
The Carter Family Fold (which is a rustic, music shed offering traditional Appalachian music and clogging)
The Inn at Wise (a 100-year-old historic landmark, located just off the Crooked Road)
University of Virginia at Wise (liberal arts college)
Bristol Motor Speedway (houses 160,000 people)
Davis Valley Winery (wines & moonshine)
Skeeter’s “World Famous Hotdogs

Follow my journey on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos.

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Virginia Tourism – @VisitVirginia

Visit Wytheville – @VisitWytheville

Visit Abingdon – @VisitAbingdon

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Skeeter’s “World Famous Hotdogs

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Famous Moon Shine from Davis Valley Winery

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Davis Valley Winery

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

The Inn at Wise

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

This way to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Martha Washington Inn

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Barter Theater

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Ralph Stanley Museum

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

The historic Carter Family Fold

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Graze on Main restaurant inside the Bolling Wilson Hotel

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Graze on Main restaurant inside the Bolling Wilson Hotel

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Country Cabin II

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Live performers inside The Carter Family Fold

South West Virginia - Birthplace of Country Music (The Crooked Road)

Beautiful natural landscapes & appalachian in South West Virginia