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Time shares are changing the way people vacation

Susan Wood

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Florida time-share owner Christopher Denton, right, from San Jose, and a friend chat outside the Marriott recently.

Rexene and Shawn Hall don’t have to go far to get their bit of paradise.

The Gardnerville couple bought into a one-week Stardust time-share unit for a mere $4,000 more than 18 years ago when it wasn’t necessarily fashionable to do so.

“We got it because in a way it forces you to vacation more. We’ve always traveled, so we use it as an exchange,” she said, floating in the pool.

During a stay in Tahoe last month, she skied with the sparse crowds and he went gambling.

They go to Mexico a lot but have also vacation in Utah. If they want friends to join them in Tahoe, the couple simply plops down $50 per room night as an owner amenity.

Even Stardust worker Jim Hubbard likes the idea and the complex- staying in a room to catch a Mark Twain talk. His job is as a tour concierge of sorts, entertaining the owner guests with activities.

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Mary Armosino had more of a drive to cash in on the Tahoe lifestyle. The Corning, Calif., woman bought into the Trendwest time-share system with 6,000 points, then added another 4,000 about three years ago. Her travels have resulted in a family gathering with her parents at Lawrence Welk’s resort in Escondido.

Armosino believes a stigma plagued the time-share industry years ago, further admitting she didn’t want to tell her parents and in-laws they were staying in a time share she arranged.

“We’ve got to do things and go places we wouldn’t normally go to,” she said, listing Germany, Italy, France and Hawaii as just a few time-share destinations she’s visited with her husband.

She wanted a South Shore property to go with her time share at Olympic Village on the North Shore and was impressed with the Round Hill development’s units.

She also enjoys the amenities, choosing the fitness room over outside activities with the drizzle of a Tahoe spring.

Christopher Denton opted for the outdoors during his recent visit, being among thousands of people who inquire about a tour through the Marriott Timber Lodge after looking into Trendwest. The San Jose man headed toward a half-day of skiing. He owns a Florida time share, so he knows the drill. To him, getting away is a part of the lifestyle.

According to Money magazine, studies have shown that women who take at least two vacations a year are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who go rarely or not at all. Men cut their risk by 30 percent.