Bandera in October & November

View from the Bandera resort

Planning a trip this fall? There’s always fun to be had in the Texas Hill Country! Here are a few highlights:

  • Boerne Oktoberfest (October 1st): Celebrate Bavarian culture, food… and beer! Held at Boerne’s historical downtown and Olde Town Shopping Center.
  • Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg (October 6-8th): Held in downtown Fredericksburg, this event celebrates German heritage with music, food, drinks, artisans and more.
  • Texas Hill Country Musicfest (October 14th): Live music in the cowboy capital of the world!
  • 8th Annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest (October 21st): This Fredericksburg fest offers craft beer, an all-you-can-eat speciality sausage meal, dancing and more.
  • Hunters Bar-B-Que Celebration (November 4th): This 54th annual musicfest includes a gun raffle, games, food vendors and more.
  • Bandera Honors Veterans (November 11th): A parade, music and, of course, more bar-b-que!
  • Lighting of the Christmas Tree and German Pyramid (November 24th): Fredericksburg is a wonderful place to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Come for the lighting of the tree and stick around to meet Santa!
  • Ford Holiday River Parade (November 24th): Come to San Antonio’s River Walk for this special event. Tickets are available here, or free seating is available on a first come basis (bring your own chairs!).
  • Dickens on Main (November 25-26th): One of the most-loved events of the season, the 17th Annual Dickens on Main is held in the historical downtown of Boerne. Two days of family fun include a tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage rides and a chance to start your holiday shopping in the local shops. Don’t miss the concert held Saturday night!

Looking for more ideas for what to do in the Texas Hill Country? Stop by the front desk during your stay — our friendly staff is a wealth of information and would love to help you make the most of this special area.

Daytona in October & November

Planning a visit to Daytona Beach this fall? Here are some fun events happening around town:

  • October 19-22: Biktoberfest! This year marks the 25th anniversary of this motorcycle rally, which draws over 125,000 visitors each year. Watch the pros compete, enjoy live music and more!
  • October 27-29: Daytona Beach Dream Cruise. This free event features classic cars and is celebrating its 10th year.
  • November 4-5: The Halifax Art Festival. In downtown Daytona, this festival features fine art and crafts, live entertainment, children’s events, fine dining and more.
  • November 23-26: The 44th Annual Turkey Run at Daytona International Speedway.

Some other year-round options include:

What are you favorite fall activities in the Daytona Beach area?

Hot on the Hot List!

Curious about exploring some new destinations? Perennial Vacation Club members don’t only have access to our 3 beautiful home resorts, but to an additional 5,000+ resorts in 80 countries around the world! Here are a few of the exciting, in-house exchanges currently available on our club’s Hot List:

  • In the center of the Las Vegas strip you’ll find the Jockey Club, located between the Bellagio and City Center and a short walk from Planet Hollywood, Paris, Bally’s and more!
  • For outdoor fun, consider Banff Gate Mountain Resort in Alberta, Canada. Stay in a chalet while enjoying water rafting, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, dog sledding, golf and more.
  • Lodge by the Blue in Breckenridge, Colorado offers a true lodge experience with modern comforts. Here you’ll find beautiful patio decks, an indoor heated pool and the chance to enjoy skiing, hiking, sledding, fishing and more.
  • Or visit the Rangeley Lake Resort in Maine for year-round fun and gorgeous outdoor scenery.

Find more information (and all of our current Hot List exchanges) here. Remember to check back often, since the Hot List is updated all the time. And of course, we have many more exchanges than can be featured on the Hot List, so contact Reservations if you have a particular destination in mind. You can also review our list of U.S. Direct Exchanges and International Direct Exchanges for more information.

*Exchanges are available for Perennial Vacation Club members only. The fee is $125 for within the continental U.S. and $150 for outside the continental U.S.

Easy Summer Salad

Looking for a light, delicious salad to enjoy this summer? This one is simple to pull together whether you’re at home or traveling, and it’s easy to adjust and vary to suit your preferences.

Greek Summer Salad

  • Black beans (rinsed)
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Fresh basil (as much as you like!)
  • White onion, chopped
  • Feta cheese
  • Good quality olive oil
  • Salt

Mix everything together and enjoy! This is also easy to make ahead; just wait to add the olive oil until serving. It’s wonderful with a slice of bread (to soak up any remaining olive oil) and a glass of white wine.

Or, replace the black beans with white beans, skip the onion and feta cheese, and instead add a good squeeze of fresh lime juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. Also delicious!

What are your favorite summer recipes?