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SNOWBIRDING IT, COTTAGE STYLE
By Jane Cassie
For Travel Writers’ Tales


1. Golden Village Palms Jane & Brent's cottagy home

Where can you book a beautiful four-hundred square foot fully-equipped holiday cottage that's close to languid pools, awesome activities and ongoing entertainment, for a fraction of the price of a comparable hotel stay? Normally we're not on the lookout for accommodation when we motor south to our favourite snowbird home, as our roving fifth wheel is always in tow. But due to unexpected circumstances this year, our visit to Golden Village Palms RV Resort (GVP), in Hemet California, needs to be a shorter one, so we zip down quickly by air to where a park model awaits our arrival.


2. Jane in her Golden Village Palms home


3. Golden Village Palms cottage bedroom

More than a dozen craftsman-like cottages are the newest kids on this popular resort's block. Our covered veranda extends a warm welcome and beyond is every primal comfort necessary for a lengthy stay; two flat screen TVs, WiFi, DVD, a heavenly pillow-top bed. Our spacious living quarters are decked out in designer duds and an all-equipped kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. The back door leads to a patio where a barbecue promotes dining alfresco and just steps away is fun, fun, fun!


4. Passion for Pickleball at GVP Over the next seven days we attempt to fit in as much as possible. We load up on fresh produce at Tuesday's farmers' market, try our luck at games nights and Texas Hold'em and please our passion for pickleball. The four outdoor courts, just a short stroll away, get plenty of action and a challenging tournament raises our competitive spirits. A fitness centre, zumba classes, volleyball and aqua-fit are heart-healthy contenders, as are the nearby hiking trails, pristine parks and over a dozen reasonably-priced golf courses.

Live music wafts over the pool deck every afternoon and both tribute and dance bands provide regular evening entertainment. Although we miss out on this year's featured bands like The Beach Boys, CCR and Santana, we enjoy a taste of Polynesia on our final night when the pool patio turns tropical and umbrella drinks are paired up with luau-style entertainment.

"It's been an amazing week," my husband says as we saunter back to our holiday home. "And thanks to our cozy cottage, our RV has enjoyed a total rest too!"

If you've always wanted to be included in the flock of snowbirds but are sans the roving home, here are a few other resorts that offer accommodation rentals.

Golden Village Palms RV Resort Address:

3600 West Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92545
Website: http://www.goldenvillagepalms.com/
Rentals:
Daily: $160.00 to$240.00
Weekly: $880.00
Off season: $2,550 / month
High season: $3,150 / month
Some local activities - Diamond Valley Lake, Temecula vineyards, mountain town of Idyllwild, 72 Kms (45 miles) west of Palm Springs, 137 kms and 137 kms (85 miles) north of San Diego.

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5. Emerald Desert Villa - Image compliments of the resort


6. Emerald Desert Villa interior - Image compliments of the resort

Emerald Desert RV Resort
Address: 76000 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Website: www.emeralddesert.com

Located in Palm Desert, this oasis is close to championship golf courses, shopping and dining. A few of the upscale amenities include: temperature-controlled pools, a putting green, driving range, tennis and pickleball courts and a grand clubhouse. Emerald Desert offers twelve rental villas, ranging in size from studios to 3 bedrooms.

Rentals:
From April – December:

Daily rates $95.00 - $225.00
From January – March: Daily rates $150.00 - $325.00
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7. Park model Rincon east- Image compliments of the resort


8. RinconWest Train Garden - Image compliments of the resort

Rincon Country East RV Resort / Rincon Country West RV Resort
Address: 8989 E Escalante Tucson, AZ 85730 / 4555 S Mission Rd Tucson, AZ 85746
Website: www.rinconcountry.com

Both the intimate resort of Rincon Country East and spacious Rincon Country West aim to please. Between the two, there are over a hundred hobby and interest clubs to choose from. And while Bowser paws around the agility course at Rincon West, train buffs will be lured to its railroad garden –the largest of its kind in Arizona!

Rentals:
Weekly: January – March: $630.00
April – December: $450.00
Monthly:
Jan – Mar: $1,950 – $2,250
Apr – Jun: $1,300 – $1,400
Jul – Sep: $900 / Month
Oct – Dec: $1,300 – $1,400

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9. Sky Valley Resort - Image compliments of the resort


10. Caliente Springs Resort - Image compliments of the resort

Sky Valley Resort and sister property, Caliente Springs Resort
Address: 74711 Dillon Rd. Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241 / 70200 Dillon Rd. Desert Hot Springs, CA
Website: www.SkyValleyResort.com / www.CalienteSprings.com

Rentals: These nearby resorts are located in the Coachella Valley on the outskirts of Palm Desert. In addition to a great location and loads of amenities they feature natural hot springs pools and spas, golf, pickleball, tennis, and very active activities and chapel programs. Each resort hosts 13-15 fully-stocked park models, most of which are less than five years old.

Daily: $150.00 per night in highest season
Weekly: $675.00 in highest season
April – December: $1,575* / month
January – March: $2,500 / month

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PHOTOS by Brent Cassie unless otherwise mentioned

1. Golden Village Palms Jane & Brent's cottagy home - by Brent Cassie
2. Jane in her GVP home - by Brent Cassie
3. GVP cottage bedroom - by Brent Cassie
4. Passion for Pickleball at GVP - by Brent Cassie
5. Emerald Desert Villa - Image compliments of the resort
6. Emerald Desert Villa interior - Image compliments of the resort
7. Park model Rincon east- Image compliments of the resort
8. RinconWest Train Garden - Image compliments of the resort
9. Sky Valley Resort - Image compliments of the resort
10. Caliente Springs Resort - Image compliments of the resort

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