I have been a member of WorldMark since 2009 and have had a few very nice holidays at Flynns, Kirra and Golden Beach resorts however I wanted more from my membership and so accumulated some credits and earlier this year took my wife and two daughters to the US and Canada for two weeks staying in WorldMark properties in 5 US cities on the west coast. All I can say is WOW.
Seattle, Washington- The Camlin.
Old world charm beautifully presented rooms great staff all complimented one of the west coasts most lovely cities, we landed in a snow storm and it snowed while we walked the town. This is a must stay destination for anyone visiting the states.
- The underground city tour;
- Pikes Market;
- Boeing Factory.
Victoria Clipper ferry across Puget Sound
Victoria BC (Canada) – Worldmark Victoria
Superbly located right on the inner harbour; don’t believe what they write about the noise of the seaplanes, yes they take off across the front of the property but what a great sight. The units are superb facilities and you can fully self cater. Just minutes from downtown shopping – a must for anyone wanting a couple of days in a beautiful city.
- The Old Spaghetti factory feed is sensational.
- Butchart gardens tour
- Up the Island by car to the wilderness areas.
BC Ferries to Vancouver
Vancouver BC (Canada) – The Canadian
Situated right in the heart of a vibrant city just metres from Robson St and walking distance to Stanley Park. Vancouver is a great place if you want to drink coffee and like Starbucks as they are on every corner (or it seems that way). The food is cosmopolitan and there are some fabulous pubs. Look up Hornby St and see snow covered mountains over the lake.
- Granville Island markets
- Whistler Mountaineer to the snow fields for a day (or you could stay at the Worldmark units there if you like) but make sure you fly back out by seaplane into Vancouver if you can. It’s awesome.
To San Francisco
San Francisco, California – Worldmark San Francisco Bush St
I know you won’t believe it but it situated on a hill!! These premises are not modern but they are well presented and with no kitchens force you to go to taste the highlights of the local cuisine. If you love Italian then two blocks up is “Uncle Vito’s Pizza”. Even if you don’t love Italian go there and you will. There is a note of apology on your pillow that the property may not be up to the standard of other Worldmark resorts, it might not be but it was perfect, where it was and what it offered. In SF you only want a room to sleep in. And boy San Fran is a place you must all go.
- Alcatraz (of course) but do the night tour there are some great additional features you don’t get during regular tours.
- Pier 39 and the sea lions.
- The Embarcadero.
- Lombard St
Anaheim, California – Worldmark Anaheim
Typical of the location. Sumptuous, the unit was enormous with a great kitchen fantastic location two blocks to somewhere called “Disneyland” Great view of the nightly fireworks from the roof top spa area, although it was hard to get a spot in the spa. For some reason it was pretty popular about 8:30 to 9:00.
- Disneyland – I am told is OK
- A trip to Hollywood (It is a long way and takes much longer than you would think). Tacky but worth the visit….ONCE.
- Venice Beach
- The Cheesecake factory.
- Day trip to San Diego Zoo.
- Honda Stadium to watch the “Mighty Ducks” is an absolute must if you are lucky enough to be there when a game is on. We were…. fabulous.
What a fabulous experience, great resorts, not one complaint about any of them. I fully recommend everyone thinking of travelling to west coast to look at what is available it will be worth it.
Oh, and we stayed at WorldMark Resort in Lewers St. Waikiki for 5 nights on the way home, most unfortunate that these units are not available on exchange for non North American members but was fortunate enough to be able to rent them over the “net”. They are sensational.
Ross & Elaine