John and Suzi Gilmore, North Carolina natives, have been THIRDHOME members since 2014. Since then they’ve taken 14 trips by using their property at Deer Valley Club. And now they’re planning to spend 2 months traveling Europe, using their Keys. Get to know THIRDHOME members John and Suzi Gilmore!
How did you get involved with THIRDHOME?
Through our ownership at The Deer Valley Club in Deer Valley, Utah.
Where are you based?
Raleigh, NC, USA
Who do you usually travel with?
Usually with each other and we sometimes we have our son John Jr. with us.
What do you do for a living?
I have just retired from 23 years in sales management with Merck & Co., Inc. John is a retired Entrepreneur.
What are your favorite travel hobbies?
Skiing, yoga, cultural events, riding John’s Goldwing, sporting events, spa, shopping, visiting friends.
In your past travels with THIRDHOME, what was your favorite destination and what did you love about it?
That is a very difficult question because we have had so many wonderful stays! The UK and Europe are always at the top of our list, but we’ve also had terrific vacations in the US and Caribbean. What we love most about our THIRDHOME travels is getting a chance to stay ‘as a native’ and immerse ourselves in the local culture. Staying in a fantastic residence just enhances our experience!
What’s the next destination you are eyeing to travel to with THIRDHOME?
We’re spending 2 months in Europe this summer so we’re hoping to use our Keys for maybe Italy, Paris, London, etc.
What do you love most about your property with THIRDHOME?
It’s easy! We decide when we want to be at our propriety in Deer Valley and we submit our other weeks to THIRDHOME and they do the rest!
How has THIRDHOME changed the way you travel?
We’ve stayed in some amazing places that we likely would not have been able to do so easily. Now that we’re both retired, we’ll be able to take even greater advantage of last minute travel opportunities (no Keys) and plan for more travel overall.
What is the nicest amenity you have encountered while staying at a THIRDHOME property?
Staying at Mr. DeVere’s charming Cotswold cottage and to absorb the history in pure comfort made it the best trip to this part of England that I’ve ever had and I’ve been regularly traveling to the UK since I was a child.
What makes a THIRDHOME stay so special?
Being able to stay in high-end luxury properties all over the world and to enjoy the local scene!
How is staying in a THIRDHOME different than other types of accommodations?
Much more like home. It makes traveling easier when you know you’ll have what you need available at your fingertips.
How would you describe THIRDHOME to a friend?
If you want to expand your travel experiences and stay in some amazing places, do it through THIRDHOME!
What’s the most memorable restaurant you’ve eaten at during one of your trips?
John always loves The River Cafe in London and we have our favorite Indian restaurant there too. We were also recently in Sonoma for the holidays and had some memorable meals in Sonoma and Napa.
Any travel tips for fellow members?
We always pick up a Christmas ornament on our travels so we have a wonderful tree of memories!
Compared to other exchange and rental platforms, how has your experience been hosting other THIRDHOME members?
So far, nothing compares to the ease of use, quality of the properties and the overall value with THIRDHOME.